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‘5 Questions’ with Kate Avery Ellison!

May 31, 2012 Leave a comment

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome indie author Kate Avery Ellison to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors series!

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!


Frost (The Frost Chronicles)

Describe your book ‘Frost (The Frost Chronicles)‘ in ten words or less

Forbidden romance, monster-infested forests, and a frozen fantasy world.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

Well, the book idea evolved out of a short story I was writing a few months ago, but it’s safe to say the actual novel is FAR from that original short story. The only think that stayed the same is the main dilemma–what does the main character do when she discovers a wounded and bleeding young man in the forest?

Which of your characters is closest to your heart and why?

In FROST, my secondary character Ivy is one of my favorites. She’s the main character’s younger sister, and she’s a daydreamer just like me.

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it and how did that affect your writing / publishing process?

I used to work in a school, and my job allowed enough downtime that I could daydream about story ideas and make plans for future novels. Now I write full-time, and that is a blessing and a curse. It’s wonderful to have the time I need to write, but sometimes I go into full procrastination mode and get nothing done.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

I’m working on the sequel to FROST right now. It’s called THORNS, and it continues the story about Lia.

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

Robin McKinley
Megan Whalen Turner


Thanks again for stopping by, Kate! You can learn more about Kate Avery Ellison at her website/blog thesouthernscrawl.com, and Twitter: @Katiewriting.

Frost (The Frost Chronicles) is available on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback formats. You may also visit Kate’s Amazon author page to check out her other books!

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FREE Amazon $2 Credit for MP3 Music Downloads! (Pepsi Promo)

May 30, 2012 Leave a comment

This is so cool! Want to get a FREE Amazon $2 Credit for MP3 Music downloads? Easy peasy! Here’s what you need to do:

Come on, it’s a no brainer!

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(Video) Official Trailer for Les Miserables! (Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway)

May 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Popout: Official Trailer for Les Miserables

It’s here – the official trailer for Les Miserables (starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway)! The trailer has Anne Hathaway (as Fantine) singing ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ – have to say that while I was surprised at the slower arrangement (and it’s not sung operatically), Anne does emote the hell out of it. Heartbreaking!

Now I hope that they’ll have spots featuring Hugh and Russell!

P.S. Les Miserables: The 10th Anniversary Dream Cast in Concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall DVD is down to $24.63! 🙂

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New Kindle apps! Games and Puzzles!

May 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Here’s some new apps for the Kindle!

Awale: The Strategy Game (A Strategy Game for Kindle) by Vega Mobile

Awale: The Strategy Game (A Strategy Game for Kindle)‘ by Vega Mobile is available on the Amazon Kindle site for $0.99. Just click here to download!

Game Description

Play Awale, a strategy game known as one of the oldest and most famous strategy games in the world. Originally from Africa, this game was being played long before chess and checkers and continues to be popular today.

The goal of Awale is to capture more gems that your opponent. Choose one the 6 houses under your control. Gems from that house will be removed and distributed dropping one in each following house. After a turn, if the last gem placed into your opponent’s house brought the house’s total to 2 or 3, all the gems in that house are captured. Previous-to-last house of your opponent with 2 or 3 seeds are captured as well, and so on.

Select one of the 4 difficulty levels and play against Kindle.You also can decide to either play against the clock (3, 6 or 9 minute periods) or take it easy with the unlimited time mode. If you’re looking for an additional challenge, you can increase the difficulty even more by selecting a handicap (3,6 or 9 gems).

Enjoy this popular strategy game today!

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And check out the other new Kindle apps after the jump!

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‘Indie Saturday’ – A Special Shout Out to ERIK! of THIS KID REVIEWS BOOKS!

May 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Hi all! So, it’s the end of May and that means we’ve just wrapped up Cozy Mystery month on on the blog’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ series.

Just announcing that June has been slated Kids’ Books Month (from picture books for the young ‘uns to middle-grade age books), and we just wanted to give a special shout-out to kid blogger ERIK of THIS KID REVIEWS BOOKS! blog for nominating practically all the authors we will be featuring in June.

Erik is a 10-year-old book lover who blogs about books. His blog has the tagline: “A Place for Kids and Parents to discover books“. And you will – he features book reviews or special book events (like Children’s Book Week) regularly on the blog. And Erik was a total sweetheart when we asked for his help in nominating books to feature on Indie Saturday for June. Basically, these books have his stamp of approval – read, reviewed and recommended. Thanks Erik!

Check out Erik’s THIS KID REVIEWS BOOKS! blog and follow him on facebook!

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(Video) Adam Lambert – Never Close Our Eyes Music Video out NOW! @AdamLambert

May 29, 2012 Leave a comment

popout: Never Close Our Eyes Music Video

YES! It’s here – the music video for Adam Lambert’s latest single ‘Never Close Our Eyes’. LOVE IT!!! Very futuristic dystopian and love the monochromatic-to-psychedelic dance-off! (Also available on Vevo)

This is my fave video from everything that Adam has produced 🙂 🙂 🙂

Check out the Hits Daily Double Rumor Milly — Adam’s “Trespassing” is slated to cross 100,000 in sales by this week. Congrats Adam!!! Grab a copy of ‘Trespassing’ on iTunes and/or Amazon!

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‘5 Questions’ with Kay Bratt!

May 29, 2012 Leave a comment

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome indie author Kay Bratt to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors series!

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!


Chasing China; A Daughter's Quest for Truth

Describe your book ‘Chasing China; A Daughter’s Quest for Truth‘ in ten words or less

Mia searches for answers as to why she was abandoned as a toddler

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

I lived in China for several years and worked with orphans who were abandoned. I imagined that as the children grew, so did their curiousity and longing to know why they were abandoned.

Which of your characters is closest to your heart and why?

My main character, Mia, is the closest to my heart because she is a creation of many girls I met and loved in China. Girls who only longed to feel wanted and to be a part of a family. I wanted Mia to find answers to the questions that would bring her peace.

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it and how did that affect your writing / publishing process?

I am also a volunteer director for an organization that supports children in China. In all of my titles, I try to use my love of writing and the goal of weaving a good tale to raise awareness of issues affecting women and children in Asia.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

I’ve just finished revisions to a new project titled “A Thread Unbroken“. The story chronicles the journey of two girls in China who are abducted and sold to a family in a remote fishing village to be groomed as future brides. The story will show the tenacity and courage of one of the girls as she never gives up her will to find her way home.

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

Much of my inspiration for my writing comes from authors Lisa See and Amy Tan. While they are much more experienced and well known than I, I strive to build the same substantial fan base and reputation as an advocate for China that they have.


Thanks again for stopping by, Kay! You can learn more about Kay Bratt at her website kaybratt.com, and Facebook: www.facebook.com/Kay-Bratt.

Chasing China; A Daughter’s Quest for Truth is available on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback formats. You may also visit Kay Bratt’s Amazon Author’s page to check out her other books!

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