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Sunday, July 28, 2013

*DARE ME by Eric Devine Book Trailer Blast and Giveaway!*

Hello all :)! Today I'm featuring Eric Devine's DARE ME!

I'm going to give you the synopsis, a link to a sweet trailer, a purchase link, some author details (and...more links! Woohoo!), and then you can enter the fabulous giveaway. 

When Ben Candido and his friends, Ricky and John, decide to post a YouTube video of themselves surfing on top of a car, they finally feel like the somebodies they are meant to be instead of the social nobodies that they are. Overnight, the video becomes the talk of the school, and the boys are sure that their self-appointed senior year of dares will live in infamy. Every dare brings an increased risk of bodily harm, but Ben cannot deny the thrill and sense of swagger that come with it. The stakes become even more complex when a mysterious donor bankrolls their dares in exchange for a cut in the online revenue the videos generate. But at what point do the risk and the reward come at too high of a price? What does it take to stay true to one’s self in the face of relentless pressure?

~The premise for this one sounds promising (:

Watch the TRAILER for DARE ME!
And you can purchase DARE ME on Amazon HERE! ^_^

(Also, if the above trailer is too slow, you can check out this one on Youtube.)

Ok, now onto some info about the author, Eric Devine...

Eric Devine is the Young Adult fiction author of Dare Me (pub. date 10/8/13), Tap Out, and This Side of Normal.

He is also a high school English teacher and education consultant.

Eric married his high school sweetheart, and together they are raising two daughters in Upstate, NY.             

He is represented by Kate McKean of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.

Both Dare Me and Tap Out are edited by Lisa Cheng and published by Running Press.

Find Eric Devin on Twitter @eric_devine, Goodreads, Facebook, and Edelweeiss


1 Winner will get this snazzy t-shirt and an ARC of DARE ME by Eric Devine :)
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How far would you carry a dare? 

I remember doing some really crazy things when I was a kid while playing Truth or Dare...I'd love to hear your stories! Leave a comment below (:

Monday, July 22, 2013

Character Feature: Roronoa Zoro from One Piece

Since Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Blog commented about Zoro sounding ‘awesome’, I decided that my first character feature would be about Zoro.

*Sorry it’s taken me so long to do a feature, or really, post at all—we just got back from driving to Pennsylvania, we had VBS (3+hrs a night) last week, and we’re thinking about moving to GA within 2 months, so…the vice of time has been tight!*

If you guessed that my first post would be about Axel, you were right up until the moment above. Not to worry; Axel has a huge claim to fame, so it won’t be long. :3

The Profile:

Roronoa Zoro (say that 3 times fast with proper Japanese pronunciation! O_O)
Former bounty hunter and Straw Hat pirate

Pirate Hunter Zoro
Marimo (lovingly given by Sanji, meaning "moss-head")

Age: 21
Birthday: November 11th (guys, that's my birthday, too! :D)
Height: 5'11"
Weapon of Choice: Katana

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Pieces of the Sky

I've been building up a collection of sky photos for a while now, and since I have a blog, I thought why not share them here? 

Although I'm not a photographer or anything, I think most of the pictures (or at least what's in them) are gorgeous, and I'm excited to be able to share them with you :3.

Cloud cover (while driving...obviously)

I regret not having the stroke of brilliance to *video* this, as watching the clouds creep over and waft through the sky was incredible! Still, I'm happy about capturing a tiny piece of the moment.

Sun burst through cloud cover

Sun burst...again

I really like the hope, possibility, and freedom that these two pictures convey. It was difficult to get the shot right, though, which I why I took two pics...and I still don't feel like I really captured it. *sigh* oh well. I tried. 

Rainy day sky

Rainy days frequent Alabama summers, which throws off my groove. But I like the idea behind a big gray sky--it seems so peaceful and certain about the future. It has a grace about it that is open and submissive to change. 

Dusky pink sky

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Meaning(s) of Freedom--Happy Fourth!

Happy Independence Day!

Isn’t freedom a wondrous thing?

I don’t hesitate to answer YES! freedom is marvelous and most desirable. But freedom can also be frightening because it can be abused so easily. Freedom is powerful, and without a limit or a check to that power, who’s to say that disaster will never strike in some form or another?

After all, power can—and often is—abused by those who have it, whether intentionally or unintentionally. We’ve seen this throughout history.

And yet, even with the risk, we still consider freedom to be worth pursuing.

Despite the issues that surround our freedom on American soil—ambiguity and strife and questionable morality—we strive to reach a true freedom. (Freedom of speech, for example, is ambiguous and the subject of much strife; political correctness and the opinion of the majority tend to stamp out and punish voices that don’t agree. So really, only one side can have freedom of speech…which, in fact, is not freedom of speech.)

But what does it really mean to be free? What *is* freedom?

To be able to do whatever you want, whenever? Seems childish, doesn’t it?

How about being able to do whatever you want, whenever, as long as it doesn’t bother anyone else? Better?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

~Book Blast: The Devil Drinks Coffee by Destiny Ford~

Hello everybody! Guess what?

It’s yet another book blast ^_^’. 

(Contrary to what my blog seems to reveal at this point, this isn’t supposed to be a reviewer/book blog, so my next post will not, in fact, be a blast or a post about books.)

This time it’s The Devil Drinks Coffee by Destiny Ford. Hooray!
The book I’m going to dish about today is a bit quirky, which will hopefully pique the interest of lots of readers.  The title gave me a moment of pause—is this going to be worth it?—but after reading about it, I’ve decided it sounds pretty interesting.

I’m going to give you a synopsis, some author info, a link to an excerpt so you can test the waters, some purchase links, and then there’s going to be a super sweet INTL giveaway you can enter!

Onto the synopsis!

The Devil Drinks Coffee Summary
By Angela Corbett, writing as Destiny Ford

A cow suicide, a revolving door rescue, and the birth of a bright purple pig are starting to make Kate Saxee wonder if taking a job in her small hometown of Branson Falls, Utah, was such a great idea. As The Branson Tribune editor, Kate covers local news, which, more often than not, involves her accident-prone mom. Nothing truly newsworthy has ever happened in the quiet town until local teen Chelsea Bradford turns up dead in a Branson Falls lake.

The police rule Chelsea’s death an accident, but Kate suspects there’s more to the story—and she’s not the only one. Two of Branson’s most eligible bachelors are determined to help her solve the crime—among other things. But the small town social network is faster than Twitter, and gossip about Kate’s love-life is quickly branding her the Branson Falls hussy.

As Kate learns more about Chelsea, she discovers that plenty of people are trying to cover up the real story behind the girl’s death—including Chelsea’s parents. Now Kate has to juggle work, men, her mom’s most recent disaster involving a low-speed John Deere Combine chase on the freeway, and fend off the Mormons heaven-bent on saving her soul—all while solving Chelsea’s murder. Dealing with this is going to require a lot of coffee, chocolate frosted donuts, Neil Diamond’s greatest hits, and a slew of words not on the town approved imitation swear list.

I told you it was a bit quirky. But still, interesting, no?

You can read a bit of the novel HERE

If you read the excerpt (and even if you didn’t), feel free to comment! 


Here be the purchase links:

Now let’s find out more about Destiny Ford (aka Angela Corbett)!

As a child, Angela Corbett’s most prized possession was a set of read-along books. She used to follow along with the narrator on the stereo and dream of when she would be able to read by herself. Her childhood reading habit led her to consider her future career. However, after consulting with her parents, she realized she had already exceeded hobbit height and since fairies and dragonslayers were tricky jobs to get, she decided she wanted to create worlds of her own. She started writing poetry in elementary school and worked as a journalist in high school and college, but could never leave her love for writing fiction behind.

She is a graduate of Westminster College where she double majored in communication and sociology. She has worked as a journalist, freelance writer, and director of communications and marketing. She loves classic cars, traveling, and escaping in a good book. She lives in Utah with her incredibly supportive husband and their five-pound Pomeranian, Pippin, whose following of fangirls could rival Justin Bieber’s.

Eternal Starling is her debut novel and the first book in the Emblem of Eternity trilogy.

You can find her...

On her Website
On Twitter @AngCorbett

*And now I present to you the super sweet international giveaway!!*

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