January 16, 2018

Procrastinator’s Guide to the New Year

Posted in Books at 4:16 PM by Rockin' Rita

Welcome to another year at
The Procrastinate Reader!

Being “A Different Kind of Book Blog” I wanted to start off the new year a little differently, and no, I did not mean by being late with this post. That just kinda happened. Such is the life of a chronic procrastinator who happens to get distracted way to often. Anyway, let’s not procrastinate any further…

Blog Resolutions

  • post more often (or at least not go back into hiatus for months at a time)
  • gain active followers
  • have more followers comment
  • introduce new features (see next post for one new feature)
  • actually review books
  • post updates on what I’m reading
  • highlight indie authors
  • have bloggers, readers, authors, etc. guest post
  • don’t let life get in the way of blogging
  • blog for the fun of it…sure having followers increase is great, but that shouldn’t become the reason to blog

 

Reading Goals

  • read as many books as I can
  • write reviews (even if I don’t intend to post as a blog entry right away) as soon as I finish the book
  • don’t join reading challenges- just read, read, read
  • don’t forget about reading and reviewing eARCs sent by authors
  • step away from the tv and pick up a book (or ebook) once in a while
  • don’t let life get in the way of reading!

 

Other Bookish Goals for 2018

  • update facebook fan page whenever posting anything online about books, not just when there’s a new blog post
  • do some spring cleaning of twitter following and facebook friends lists (kinda both a general and bookish goal)
  • keep up with bookstagramming (and foodstagraming)
  • set up that booktube account (http://youtube.com/RockinRitaBlogs)
  • go to book launches and take pics (for bookstagram) and video (for booktube)
  • shop indie (especially author’s indie stores) when buying new books
  • keep participating in bookish chats
  • get more active in street teams
  • write down goals as I think of them so I procrastinate a little less
So there you have it folks, that’s a few of my goals and resolutions I have for TPR, reading, and a few other bookish things for this year.
Do you have any resolutions or goals for your blogs, bookstagram, booktube or reading lists? Share them in the comments below!

September 12, 2019

*SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!*

Posted in book hauls, bookish opportunities, Books, guest posts tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 8:00 AM by justinaluther

$0.99 for a limited time only! (3)Hey, everyone, Author Justina Luther here! Book 2 of my Step into Darkness series is publishing on the 24th of this month in eBook form. In honor of this fact, Would You Have Believed Me? is, for a very limited time only, going from $2.99 to $0.99! That’s right, y’all, it’s a sale! Across all of Amazon, USA, UK, and so on, my book is on sale.

I will fully, and shamelessly, admit I would love to get this book onto the best seller’s list and I can’t do that without you. If you can share about the sale, on your blog, with your friends, gift a copy to a friend, or buy a copy for your own Kindle, I will be forever grateful. A writer is nothing without readers, you guys are where the excitement for our work comes from, and how other lovers of words find us.

To be able to see that orange best seller tag next to my book’s title? I can’t even imagine. Even if you can’t buy, or share, I appreciate all of you.

Buy your copy now by clicking here.

Sincerely,

Justina.

September 10, 2019

“The Rest of Me” cover reveal

Posted in cover reveals tagged at 1:42 PM by Rockin' Rita

🔥🔥 COVER REVEAL🔥🔥

Check out Ashley Munoz’s amazing cover! The Rest of Me is coming on October 18th!

BLURB

Death never simply settles for the life it claims.

It’s greedy.

It stole all of our lives that night and while it put my husband in the ground, it left my four children and me behind.

After an ugly year of grief, something had to change.

 

My sister suggested open spaces, big skies and fresh air in the heart of Wyoming.

We settled into our shared estate the best we could, until I met my new neighbor.

Arrogant, bossy and rude; Reid was easily the worst person I’d ever met. I’d decided to write him off entirely until I realized he was the only local horse instructor.

 

I’d heard that if I could get my kids onto a horse, they’d start to heal.

Desperation had me creating an alliance with him.

Envy had me craving the connection he had with them.

 

Distracted by the newness of our situation, I missed how close his demons danced to my ghosts. While I was ignorantly letting him take my heart, it was too late to realize . . .

He’d already stolen it once before.

 

Add The Rest of Me to your Goodreads TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46363554-the-rest-of-me

 

EXCERPT

There was an awkward silence that hung between us. I was looking at Reid’s bare toes, from where he had one foot kicked over the other, angling his body in the doorway, still leaving room for me to pass if I wanted to. I wasn’t looking at him though, not at his face and the longer I waited the more I knew he wanted me to.

Up my eyes went from strong calves to narrow hips, to a full six pack with ridges and lines that I had never seen on another human up close before. Up to those solid pecks and burly biceps, further north to that firm jaw and full lips, until finally I landed on those mossy eyes, narrowed on me, under a set of dark eyebrows. I took in a quick, sharp breath. The air between us was suddenly charged and in desperate need of a caution sign so no one would dare engage the empty space between it.

“Means a lot to us, or you?” Reid rasped, low and menacing, like he needed my clarification as badly as he needed his next breath.

I blinked and prayed my voice would make it past my lips, “both.”

He took a step forward, engaging that empty, charged space.

I wanted to retreat but retreating was a form of surrender and I wasn’t ready to do that with him.

Suddenly, he was toe to toe with me and just inches from my face. There was nothing but darkness and decisions between us and my heart thrashing around in my chest at what might happen if the wrong ones were made.

“Layla,” Reid whispered, bringing his hand up to the shell of my ear. I closed my eyes tight, as though I could just wait him out and he’d disappear. That same hand traveled to my waist and pulled me a fraction closer to him, until he was kissing my forehead. An imprint from his lips seared the space below my hair line. I didn’t open my eyes, I just waited. A second later, I felt the air swish between us and a whispered, “you’re welcome.” I opened my eyes to see the door closed and Reid gone.

 

TEASER

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ashley was born in Nebraska, but raised in Oregon where she lives with her four children and husband.

If she’s not helping her husband with DIY projects around the house, she’s writing or sneaking off to a corner to read.

 

AUTHOR LINKS

 

FB Author Page:http://bit.ly/2LxktNK

ReaderGroup: https://www.facebook.com/groups/700042813665618/

Instagram: http://bit.ly/2WzBFmC

BB: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ashley-munoz

GR: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18233596.Ashley_Munoz

AMZ Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B07H76L9R5

Newsletter Sign up: www.ashleymunozbooks.com

August 9, 2019

Take a peek.

Posted in Books at 6:45 PM by justinaluther

Hey, everyone!

Author Justina Luther here! Getting my feet under me with all the lessons that come with being published has been a learning curve, to say the least. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, though. Believe it or not, #2 of my Step into Darkness series, Gut Check, is now on preorder in ebook and live in paperback! I’ll be sharing a bit more about that next week, but in the mean time, I wanted to share a scene from my debut novel Would You Have Believed Me? in case anyone here isn’t sick of me talking about it yet. haha What can I say? I’m excited!

Justina Luther (1)

Excerpt from Chapter 10 of Would You Have Believed Me?:

1:40, January 12 Adnerba, Ohio.

Naked trees dance with the wind, the sun shining bright and making the world outside the SUV look deceptively warm. Glancing at the car’s thermometer, Justine sees that it’s only 34 degrees. It’s supposed to be our coldest night yet.
Taking the off ramp to the lake, she lets her mind drift, her memory navigating the well-worn path without trying. Pulling into a parking spot, she grabs her gear from the back seat and heads for the shoreline. Read the rest of this entry »

May 29, 2019

Saving Forest Farm author interview & review

Posted in Books tagged , , at 10:12 PM by Rockin' Rita

Welcome Jack Purser to The Procrastinate Reader | A Different Kind of Book Blog! Thanks for allowing me to interview you about Saving Forest Farm! I’m so excited to have you here!

JP: Thank you for allowing me to come and share my book with more of the world!

TPR: Is Saving Forest Farm your first book? What is its premise?

JP: Yes, this is my first book. Two animal friends go on an adventure to save their farm from a drought. Despite some opposition and disapproval, they rely on their faith and courage to find rain for their farm.

TPR: Would you consider writing other genres besides children’s?

JP: I have a stories that I am working on that are geared toward adults. I wanted to get this one out there because it was the first one that I felt completely satisfied with so far.

TPR: Have you ever considered any other career besides author?

JP: When I was young, I wanted to be a film director and have several stories that I either made as class projects or never got to start or finish. I have decided to turn those stories into books.

TPR: What was your reason for writing this particular book?

JP: Originally, I wrote the story as a radio serial class project when I was in college 15 years ago. I wanted to have a clean and fun story unlike my other classmates. The name of the story was Let There Be Rain at that time. Most of the characters had different names, but Pastor Pig and Trevor Turtle remained the same. The way a classic radio serial program was formatted is that every time before and after a character is introduced the sound or name of the animal had to be made or spoken. For example, the voice actor would make a pig sound three times before and after Pastor Pig’s dialogue started and ended. This was fun and I really got to see more personality to each character in the readings and recordings. When I was writing the story for the class project, I reflected on where I was in my life. This was the first time that I was away from home at college on my own adventure looking for my life’s future rain. I was also dealing with personal family matters that I had never experienced before such as my parents divorcing and the deaths of one of my cousins and grandmother. On top of that, I had gotten really sick and the process took about two months to recover. A lot of adversity had entered my life, and I felt like I was in a mental and physical drought. With those new circumstances and experiences in my life, I was trying to stay optimistic and molded these components into my class project story theme. The characters that you see in the story had similar personalities of some my current and past friends. Overall, the adventure or journey within the story portrayed my feelings of hope, courage, self-discovery, and religion. After the project, I just kept the recording in storage for 13 years, and one day I came across the cassette tape. I did not have a cassette player anymore, so I had to go on the internet and find a cassette player to listen to the tape. Fortunately, I found one at a good price and listened to the story again since I had lost the script years ago. I transcribed the recording and rewrote the story into a children’s story. The only things that I needed to do was change some of the character names to flow better, book title, and add a few more characters and scenes. This was in the Fall of 2017 and by May 2018 I decided that I would like to actually publish the book. I found a publisher that helped me with the illustrations and after some months of proof reviews I had a finished product. November 7, 2018, Saving Forest Farm was a real thing and ready to be shared with the world.

TPR: What have you learned from writing SFF?

JP: Through this experience, I have learned to never give on my dreams and that the adventure never really ends.

The greatest moment of this experience was the first time that I got to read the finished book to my three children Jack (6), Livy (4), and Benji (2).

TPR: Thank you so much for joining us today Mr. Purser!

BLURB

The Forest Farm is enduring a drought and all the animal residents are wondering what to do. If something doesn’t change soon, they may all have to move away. After they elect Farrell Fox and Gunther Goat to search for a turtle who may be able to help, the two animal friends set off on an incredible journey without realizing they are being followed by a pesky pig on his own mission. Soon, they meet new friends like Suri Squirrel and Marley Mockingbird while facing many challenges. But will they be able to outsmart the pig in time to save the farm? In this charming children’s tale, two animal friends set out on a brave adventure to save their farm from a drought, Will they succeed? Read it to find out!

REVIEW

This was a really nice book! At first based on the illustrations I thought it was supposed to be a children’s picture book but it reads a little more like an early reader for kids who are just starting to read on their own. Purser did a great job with cute names that children would like, implementing moral values, and making it fun while still educational. I feel like the ending could’ve been a little less abrupt but overall I really liked it.

I will rate it 3.75 bleats (that’s the noise a goat makes) out of 5.

BOOK DETAILS

Available as: Casebound Hardcover, Perfect Bound Softcover, E-Book
Published: November 2018
Publisher: Archway Publishing
Pages: 30
ISBN: 9781480870826

WHERE TO BUY

Archway

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Google Play Books

OTHER INFO
Follow “Saving Forest Farm” on Facebook and Instagram @savingforestfarm for upcoming events and promotional contests.

Friend/follow Mr. Purser on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

May 9, 2019

Ten Questions for a Fictional Character: Justine of Would You Have Believed Me?

Posted in Books tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:39 PM by justinaluther

Hey, everyone! This is the third and final in the character interview series for Would You Have Believed Me? which is publishing tomorrow! Don’t miss this wonderful book!

To read Interview 1 click here, to read Interview 2 click here.

12/29 3:00 p.m.

Eric rises from the chair to be replaced by the same young girl I had met hurrying from the house earlier, Justine.

I extend my hand, offering her a smile which she returns despite the bags beneath her eyes. “Annya Qunitero.”

Her head bobs in acknowledgment, her handshake firm. “I’m sorry I had to run off like that earlier. Last moment errands I had promised Mom I would do before the big day.” She fidgets in her seat, her gaze flicking away for a moment.

“Not a problem. Shall we begin?”

She excuses herself for a moment to grab us two cups of hot tea before we begin. Read the rest of this entry »

April 15, 2019

Second Character Interview from Would You Have Believed Me? by Justina Luther

Posted in Books at 12:26 PM by justinaluther

Secone Character Interview for Justina Luther’s upcoming release Would You Have Believed Me?

Becoming Eryn Ryans

Ten
Questions for a Fictional Character: Eric Mitchell of Would You Have Believed
Me? #1 Of the Step into Darkness Series

Hey, everyone! This is the second in a series of three
character interviews for Justina Luther’s upcoming book Would You Have Believed Me? To find the first interview, click here:
https://justinaluther.wordpress.com/2019/03/18/ten-questions-for-a-fictional-character-camille-arnold-martin-of-would-you-have-believed-me-1-of-the-step-into-darkness-series/

12/29 2:30 p.m.

Camille gets up to leave and a young man with blond
hair takes her place across the kitchen table from me.

Smiling, I extend my hand. “Annya Quintero, freelance
writer.”

His adam’s apple bobs and he offers me a shy smile
with a firm handshake. “Eric. Justine said you’re interviewing all of us
because of her mom’s new man?”

I nod.“The
author I work for is quite interested in having the word get out about all of
you. Any questions for me before we get started?”

He shakes his head so I grab my pen…

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March 18, 2019

Ten Questions for a Fictional Character: Camille Arnold Martin of Would You Have Believed Me? #1 of the Step into Darkness Series

Posted in Books tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:44 AM by justinaluther

Camille is a central character in Would You Have Believed Me? which is #1 of the Step into Darkness Series. Check out this awesome character interview with her!

Justina Luther~ Welcome to My Imagination

WYHBM Cover

12/29 2:00 p.m.

My cab pulls up outside a nondescript suburban house with tan siding in Adnerba, Ohio and I tug my bag with notebooks and pens after me, swinging it over my shoulder. You’re Annya Quintero, you can do this. So what if this is the first interview you’ve done where your name is connected to it? You’ve got this! Shivering against the winter blast, I start up the front walk, passing a hulking man with auburn hair and amber eyes. I smile at him, readying to see if he knows where Camille is, but the glower he gives me makes me rethink the idea.

When I ring the doorbell the front door swings open and a petite girl with brilliant gray eyes stands smiling up at me. “You must be Annya! Come in, Mom is back in the kitchen. You’re interviewing her first, then my boyfriend Eric, and…

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February 24, 2019

Less than delicate thoughts on Plagiarism (A gentle rant)

Posted in Books at 10:16 AM by manonanisland

Good afternoon campers, like a badly buried Las Vegas hooker, I, author John McKay, have made my blogging return.

I’m sure everyone has heard about the plagiarism drama that unfolded on the interwebz this week. If not, just do a simple Google search or even Facebook or Twitter search and you’ll find lots! I have decided to stick my well-heeled snout into the kerfuffle, aren’t you grateful? (If you’re not, that’s ok. I’ll rant anyway!)

Papa Hemmingway (aka the legendary Ernest Hemmingway) said it so nicely: Writing is easy, just sit at a typewriter and bleed. Well that is what we are doing every time we close the old porn tabs (your mom is looking muy caliente, by the way) and fire up the Microsoft Word program (or whatever you use these days).

Writing is not easy, not even by a long shot. First you have to come up with an idea, one that has not already been used and would actually make for a decent enough book.

Okay wonderful, look at you looking all spiffy like.

Now just to barf out seventy to eighty frikken thousand words and you are set.

You have? Well golly Batman, aren’t we just the sexual tyrannosaurus this morning?

Now you need to edit it, find a publisher (That is a ransom note for another day), convince the publisher that you can actually sell said book. Then comes draft after draft, hostage negotiations with cover designers and formatters and then finally, you have the book in hand. (Ok, so, you don’t actually need to find a publisher, you can choose to self-pub, but that can be a lot more work for you, a busy adult with many things to do, and also another ransom note for yet another day.)

Now to deal with the troglodytes over at Amazon, not to mention the scammers and trolls on social media and all sort of mouth breather coming at you.

You’ve done it, you’ve made a book. Months and years of blood sweat and tears have gone into it. You are on the last helicopter out of Saigon with your nuts/ovaries still intact.

And then some talentless slob comes and steals your work? I beg your pardon dahling? Not even a polite request if they can quote you in their book (I would be honored, with publisher permission, of course. Manners will get you everywhere, love.) No, this inbred poodle fracker just waltzes into Berlin and takes entire passages and pages out of your book.

Not cool, mon amis, not cool at all!

I wish authors, both young and old, would realize this- your reputation as a writer is of paramount importance and once you’ve tarnished it, well it’s horrifically hard to get it back. The writing community is a small, incestuous bunch that doesn’t forgive and forget easily. Apart from the massive lawsuits, you would be lucky to write manuals for Hong Kong kitchen appliances after this! Your career for all intents and purposes is finished, my friend! You’d better warm up that Chucky Cheese mascot application as that’ll be about the only job you’ll be able to get now, and that’s it your lucky!

Sorry, I know I’m being a hot little biscuit this week, but it’s because I feel so strongly about this and I know many other authors and readers alike feel the same!

I know many a wonderful writer that toils away in the shadows for years without recognition. There are a great many amazing writers that never get the plaudits they so richly deserve. They deserve to see their books right next to mine on the bookshelves (hint hint, buy my book, you cretins) but then this classless Muppet comes along and steals their work. It’s wrong on so many levels!

I am therefore delighted that the book community has stood up so strongly against this particular thief. We have made our voices sound up loud and clear that such scumminess simply won’t be tolerated.

We must celebrate the hardworking writers out there, both indie and traditional and make every effort that the books they worked so hard on gets out there to the public.

As for those who commit plagiarism? A gulag in Siberia sounds lovely but banishment from the writing community would suffice. There is simply no space for them in our community. Ass-door-you bye bye.

Woof, the rant is finished kiddies. You can let Grammy out of her room now. The storm is over. One more like thing though, while I have your complete and undivided attention- why not check out my book? It will keep you on the edge of your seats!

That’s a damn promise.

Here’s the blurb and links and yeah, I will catch you on the dark side. LOL

Take care campers.

~JOHN MCKAY~

The Venom Protocols

“You should have left me alone.”
Charlotte Corday was once called the most dangerous woman on the planet by the FBI until she retired. But it’s not so easy to remain retired when the past is determined to drag her back into the hell she wanted to leave behind her.

To uncover the origins of the mysterious Valkyrie program, Charlotte fights through her own dark past, dredged up by those determined to keep her out of retirement… or out of the business permanently… and to find solace in her own razor blade filled mind.

Her own words—her own warning—will come to haunt them.

They should have listened.

UK ~ https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07C1W1SKX
US ~ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C1W1SKX
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-venom-protocols
Google Play: https://goo.gl/CWkN9A
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/781944

February 2, 2019

Five-Book Series by Kara Liane

Posted in Books tagged at 11:49 AM by authorkaraliane


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This contemporary series promises sweet moments, lots of romance, and plenty of steamy encounters. All stand-alones with HEAs and no cliffhangers! 

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Giveaway by Kara Liane

Posted in Books tagged at 11:36 AM by authorkaraliane

*To enter this giveaway, follow this link to my author web site https://www.karaliane.com/current-giveaways

Details about entry and requirements are outlined in the contest rules. Thanks for entering and good luck! *closes 2/7/19 EST midnight.

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