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This blog is my diary of works in progress. The only way a writer can improve upon her skill is to practice, practice and practice some more. Here, in this place of quiet peace, I pen to paper my thoughts and creativity. Welcome to my world.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thankful for Books Giveaway Winner!

I would like to congratulate and announce the winner of the Thankful for Books  Blog hop and Giveaway

.................. and the winner is ...................

Leanna Hiner

The organization she choose to receive the mystery box of books is VEAP Food Shelf.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Gratitude Giveaway 11/15/12 - 11/25/12

This hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. For this hop, I am giving away a ten dollar Amazon Gift Card to say thank you for visiting and following this blog. I have made many friends through my blog and learned so much from everyone who has shared, commented, responded and participated in my many blog posts. Thank you, thank you and thank you :) 

Leave your name, email and how you follow this blog (via email, GFC or twitter)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Writers' Charity Auction for the Victims of Hurricane Sandy

What I love most about the writing community is how quickly they set time aside to help others out. Seriously! These wonderful people have come through with their awesome talents and services to raise money to help those affected by some of the worse disasters to date!

Today is not different. I learned via Rach Writes that a group of writers have banded together to raise money to send to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which is helping the survivors of Hurricane Sandy and the long rode ahead of them as they clean up the city and get the people back on the rode to recovery and healing. Visit Jen Malone Writes to learn more about the auction she has organized and check out all the cool things up for bid. :)

Here's how it will work:
Choose any (or all) auctions below to bid on, using the comment box.   If you would like to bid, check the highest bid in the comment box and bid a higher dollar amount along with your contact information (either email, Twitter or Facebook info will work).  The auction will close on Wednesday November 7th at 5 pm EST and bids coming in after this date and time will be voided. Winners will be notified when the auction ends and should be prepared at that time to donate the bid amount directly to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.  Forward your receipt to me and I will put you in touch with the person who donated the service. It will be up to you and the donating party to determine a reasonable timeline in which to redeem your prize if it is a service such as a critique.

So let's all do our part and give to this wonderful cause! Even if you don't win a bid, please consider donating to the Red Cross or any organization that is on the ground helping our East coast neighbors.

Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop! 11/8 -11/13

It's a Book Giveaway Hop!

I have so much to be grateful for. For this hop, I will give away two mystery book prizes, one to the winner and the other will be donated to a non-profit organization, that caters to the care and welfare of children, of the winner's choice.
To be eligible, there is one rule,
 leave a comment below with your name, email and which organization you would like to send a book prize to should you win.
As always, this is a hop so hop along and see what treasures can be found from over one hundred participating blogs. :)
Happy Hopping!
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Book Review: The Faerie Ring Kiki Hamilton

Title: The Faerie Ring

Author: Kiki Hamilton

Genre:Paranormal/Historical, Young Adult 

Series: The Faerie Ring #1

Hardcover: 343 pages

Publication: September 27th 2011 by Tor Teen / Macmillan 

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The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.

Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.

Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…

I actually like this story and I'm not one who is into the faeries and paranormal type stories. It was a little slow at times due to the fact that the same information was repeated over and over again throughout the story. At one point I started to skim over it. BUT I loved the different twists in the story. Just when I thought I knew who the bad guy was, things turned upside down! I enjoyed the characters Tiki and Rieker. I actually liked Leo as well. But Rieker was a very intriguing character who was very well developed. I wished there was a little more about Tiki and her tattoo :) The author did a really good job in my opinion developing the setting of the story and making it feel authentic as I read it. I felt like I was in London during the 1800's.  I appreciate the lack of 'love interest or triangles' in the story. I have noticed that most if not all YA stories focus so much on the romance angle of a story. I'm action orientated and there was lots of it! Yes, Tiki likes Rieker and he confesses he loves her but that is at the very end of the story. I hope it continues that way in the next book. I have quite a few questions left unanswered which I hope will be answered in book 2: The Torn Wing :)

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