November 17, 2016

Beat the Backlist/ #ThrowbackBookClub (Updated 12/17/2016)

Posted in Books, reading challenges at 11:06 AM by Rockin' Rita

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THE CHALLENGE

The Beat the Backlist Challenge (further details can be found on NovelKnight’s site) is focused on knocking off titles that have been on your TBR for a while, or even ones that get pushed aside for new releases. Over the years, and especially this one, I’ve noticed that new releases are getting more and more attention while our TBRs continue to grow. And the polls I’ve seen/hosted have shown that readers also really want backlist title reviews (if that’s an added incentive to read more of them).

This challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st, 2017. 

That’s right. You have en ENTIRE YEAR to complete your goal.

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THE GUIDELINES

Books must be released prior to 2017

(this challenge isn’t for new releases)

That’s it!

Set your reading goal

Pick the books you want to read

READ!

This is more about you working toward decreasing your TBR stack alongside a bunch of other readers!

Post updates throughout the year with #beatthebacklist

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Here’s my backlist (subject to change as I buy more):

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So I have 16 books as of right now and I’m really hopeful (and nervous) that I will get through at least the majority of them. I’m so excited for this is the first book challenge I have ever participated in! Thank you @NovelKnight for creating a challenge meant for a Procrastinate Reader like me! I’m super excited!

Update:

Also adding in my current reads and an ebook from an author I just met on Bookstagram.

The Additions

  • Darkness Whispers by Aubrie L. Nixon
  • Spells & Sorcery aka #LexieSpells by S. Usher Evans
  • Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
  • The Touched Saga: The Caress of Fate by Elisa S. Amore

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#BeatTheBacklist Hogwarts House Mini-Challenge

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July 10, 2017

What’s Up? 

Posted in Books at 9:58 PM by Rockin' Rita

Hey everyone! 

Hope all is going well with all of you! I’m so very sorry I’ve been MIA for so long. Thank you so much for sticking by me during this incredibly long (for me) unintentional hiatus. I want to take some time right now to thank my new followers for checking out my blog. It really means a lot to have your support. I hope you are enjoying the L little bits I have posted so far and rest assured I am planning on getting back into blogging very soon!

I’ve been having an extremely busy year and have been working hard on my reading goals as well as getting a reasonable day job. I’m a member of 10 author street teams  (I think… I can’t keep up with how many I’m getting into) and have assisted Aubrie Nixon and Harloe Rae start their street teams. I am also speaking with recent debut author A. V. Geiger (Follow Me Back, Sourcebooks- 2017) and we’re in the early stages of planning her street team. 

What’s been going on in your worlds and/or blogs lately? Can you believe we’ve already made it through more than half of 2017?

April 28, 2017

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue Coloring Contest!

Posted in Books at 11:10 PM by Rockin' Rita

More to come from me and TPR real soon (I swear)! I appreciate your loyalty dear friends and followers during my long unintended hiatus. I will have a few reviews, I’ve got author interviews lined up, there’s the start of my official booktube channel to look forward to and so much more. I’ve been very busy actually reading! Shocker, I know,  but I swear I’ll reveal my secret in the coming months!

For now I’m temporarily out of “Hiatus Mode” to help announce something unprecedented from one of my favorite (still unread) authors, Miss Mackenzi Lee! Girl is about to release the highly anticipated “Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue” (#GentlemansGuide, #GGTVAV) and to celebrate she’s doing a totally #badass* giveaway!!!

Follow the link below for full details on the contest and how to enter.

Source: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue Coloring Contest!

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If you want to preorder #GentlemansGuide (and why wouldn’t you? Mack is a total #BadassBroad* herself!) I highly encourage you to #goindie and skip the big name bookstores. #ShopSmall and help celebrate your own (or Mack’s) community!

Not sure what your local indie is? No problem! Check out http://indiebound.com.

BRB gonna order my autographed** copy from her local indie bookseller @PorterSqBooks.

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*Mackenzi Lee hosts a weekly series on her twitter (@mackenzilee) called #BygoneBadassBroads all about the women who helped to (and in some cases all by themselves) shape history!

**I met Mack at a book event last year (one of my first ever… I swear I’ll get the vid up on booktube one of these days soon) and instantly became a fan. We’ve kept in touch on social media ever since and she was thrilled that I wanted to not just support her but support her favorite local indie. Not knowing if /when she’ll come to my area again I asked if she’d be willing to sign my books and include a bookmark if possible and she totally agreed!!! (Ahhhhhh!! BRB fangirling. 😍📚😎)

December 20, 2016

Its OFFICIAL!

Posted in Books at 9:26 PM by Rockin' Rita

Aubrie officially had to announce first on her blog but here’s some great news direct from her:

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Now that I have signed a contract, its safe to announce this amazing news!I signed with an amazing publishing company! Winter Wolf Press! I have become part of the pack, and I am thrilled. Its a small press, and that means that I have an amazing team working closely with me. How cool is that? That means that the books I publish will get the attention they deserve.

I did have to pull what was known as Darkness Whispers from the shelves, so if you got a copy, YAY for you! If not, do not fret, the book is being reworked, revised, edited and reborn! It will be released under an different title, and I can’t wait to share it with you. This journey I am taking is going to be very exciting! I am so glad that I get to share it with you all.

In the mean…

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December 14, 2016

2016 My Year in Books

Posted in book reviews, Books, reading challenges, reviews, updates at 11:20 AM by Rockin' Rita

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Also, I am on page 193 of 339 of Aubrie L. Nixon’s Darkness Whispers. Hoping I can finish it and add it to this list before the year is up! Wish me luck!

And I have one other update for you all…BookBub alerted me about something very special- a new deal on a David Arnold ebook! If you have not yet read Mosquitoland (how you passed up this incredible gem IDEK) now is your chance to get it deeply discounted!  I plan to post my review of this fantastic piece of work soon!

Mosquitoland by David Arnold Mosquitoland
By David Arnold

“A sparkling, startling, laugh-out-loud” story (The Wall Street Journal) with over 4,200 five-star ratings on Goodreads: Mim Malone embarks on a thousand-mile journey to visit her sick mother in this “stunning” odyssey (Kirkus Reviews starred review) from a New York Times bestselling author.

 $7.99 $1.99
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December 5, 2016

I need help…

Posted in Books, reviews tagged , , , at 11:05 PM by Rockin' Rita

So I’m several reviews behind right now but besides motivation and time I think my problem is that I just don’t really know how to write them. Anytime I go to write a review I’m all “OMG this book is amazing. 5 billion stars. Read now.” See my problem? I don’t wanna give spoilers or have my entire review be the book summary so that being said…
I need some help

  • How do you write reviews?
  • Are there any specific techniques you use?
  • Do you have any sources you can link me to that helped you in your early days of reviewing?
  • Do you know of any websites that can point me in the right direction?
  • Do you have any reviews you’re proud of on your blog? If so, please leave the link.

Currently reading:

“Darkness Whispers” by debut indie author Aubrie L Nixon; page 133 of 343

December 1, 2016

A+B= Lillis

Posted in author interviews, book birthdays, Books at 12:20 PM by Rockin' Rita

Happy Book Birthday

First thing is first, yesterday was the highly anticipated release day for J.C. Lillis’s 3rd published novel A&B. So, being honest I haven’t yet read any of her 3 books but I know without even reading any reviews on any of them that they are all fantastic! I highly recommend buying them all, if only for their brilliant covers!

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All about A&B

  • 318 pages
  • format: ebook (for now)
  • musical rivalry
  • cute bantery
  • f/f romance
  • AND Brandon & Abel from How To Repair A Mechanical Heart!!!!!

Eighteen-year-old Barrie Krumholtz is a super-tall optimist hell-bent on a single goal: securing a slot on Pop University, a reality show for singer-songwriters helmed by her #1 musical idol. When she humiliates herself on national TV and loses a spot in the finals to smug balladeer Ava Alvarez, the door to Barrie’s well-hidden dark side swings open. Never a quitter, she uses her bitter envy of Ava to shape a bold new artistic direction, and people love it. But when Ava ropes her into a secret collaboration, it sparks feelings neither girl expected—feelings that might threaten their creative identities and distract them from their professional goals. Can love and ambition live side by side? Is happiness an art-killer? They’ll figure it out with the help of a blue guitar named Fernando, a keyboard named Rosalinda, and a few new friends who feel like home.

(Rated R for Rivalry, Romance, and Really Neat Subplot featuring Brandon and Abel from How to Repair a Mechanical Heart.)

Now, for the fun part…an exclusive interview with the author!!

Lots of Lillis

The Procrastinate Reader: I learned through your Twitter (@jclillis) that your first name is Jennifer and middle is Catherine. If you were to change what the initials J.C. stand for, what would they be and why?

J.C. Lillis: Jiminy Cricket. I would like to be a walking conscience. I think more people could use one.

TPR: This is my favorite question to ask everyone, but it requires some hard thinking so I hope you’ve got your thinking cap on tight! Think back to your childhood…what was the first book you remember reading and falling in love with? What made you love it so much?

Lillis: Probably THE WITCHES by Roald Dahl. I remember being delighted by the witch convention–the whole idea of supernatural beings having these organized gatherings, and then just the horror of them stripping off their mundane middle-aged lady disguises to reveal their true selves. Witches have square feet and no toes! I loved all those absurd details. And the fact that the end was pretty dark and didn’t force a happy ending–that was the first time I remember realizing that stories could follow more than one prescribed trajectory. That’s stayed with me to this day (although in my own writing, I’ve kinda come back around to the happy ending).

TPR: What has had the greatest impact on your decision to become a published author?

Lillis: A bunch of factors. I had extremely supportive parents, some teachers/mentors who taught me a ton and helped me believe I could do this, and a spouse who actively helps me carve out pockets of writing time in my hectic schedule. I’m very aware that these are privileges, and very thankful for the supports I’ve had access to. 

Also, my marine biology aspirations fizzled by the time I was ten, so I needed something else to fall back on.

TPR: If you could meet someone from anywhere and anytime fictional or real, dead or alive, who would it be? Why would it be that person? What would be the first question you ask of that person?

Lillis: I would meet Cersei Lannister and ask if I could borrow her golden breastplate for the next marketing meeting.

TPR: Based on your Twitter, you seem like a kind of kooky, weird, crazy woman. Do you feel this allows you to be more relatable to your fans?

Lillis: I polled them all before I started tweeting and asked them how weird I could get away with being, and 89% of them chose “moderately weird,” so that’s what I went with. I hope they weren’t lying.

Nah, I mean, Twitter just gives me an outlet for the part of my personality that I don’t get to show in my day to day life (i.e. day job). It’s probably my real personality; I’m just too introverted to be like that all the time in public. And I think it’s connected me with other publicly normal, privately weird people, which is lovely.

TPR: Do you have any secret weird talents?

Lillis: Not really, unless you count remembering all the words to “You Can Call Me Al” when I can’t remember what I had for breakfast yesterday.

This question’s making me wish I had more weird talents. As soon as this interview’s over I’m gonna practice balancing a spoon on my elbow.

TPR: Favorite tv series to binge-watch?

Lillis: We re-watch Flight of the Conchords in its entirety probably every other year. I will watch it anytime and it will never not be funny.

TPR: Favorite book series to binge?

Lillis: I actually don’t read a lot of book series; I’m more into standalone contemporary novels. But I’m loving Roan Parrish’s interlocking m/m romance series right now–her second Middle of Somewhere book came out a few months ago and I can’t wait for the third. Her books are always so funny and thoughtful and gloriously angsty.

TPR: What is your most anticipated book? It can be something that’s on your to be read list that you haven’t gotten around to reading yet or a book not yet released.

Lillis: Ooh, I’m eagerly awaiting TIMEKEEPER, Tara Sim’s debut (out Nov 1, 2016). And I can’t wait to see what Wes Kennedy does next; I really enjoyed her debut novella TO TERMINATOR, WITH LOVE.

TPR: Do you have any secret tricks or tactics to aid in your book revisions?

Lillis: If you stare at a problem chapter and sulk hard enough at it, eventually it’ll rewrite itself. Also, old trash can lids are great for patching plot holes.

No, I mean–one of the hardest things I’ve learned is that each book is its own beast, and just because you’ve tamed other beasts successfully with one bag of tricks, that doesn’t mean those same tricks will work on the beast at hand. It’s always a lot of trial and error and tears and dark nights of the soul. A few things I do that tend to work across the board: watching a scene like a movie in my head to see how it plays, reading dialogue out loud, outlining the book as I go to make sure the story is solid. Also, I’ve learned to listen to m y instinct and stop trying to talk myself out of big revisions that will benefit the book but also be a giant pain in the ass. I always end up deciding my instinct was right anyway, so the sooner I accept it and dig into the work, the better.

TPR: You mentioned on Twitter back in July that you wrote new pajama pants into your WIP (now A&B). How much of your real life and favorite inanimate objects do you put into your stories?

Lillis: I do that a lot, actually! Working in details like that is fun and helps give the story texture. It’s also like a private Easter egg hunt for my longtime friends who read my books…they’ll be like “you put the penguin in Chapter Three!” or “that convention center was totally supposed to be the Farm Show building, right?”

TPR: Do you have any ultimate long-term career goals? Does it involve being a published author?

Lillis: Well, I’ve already published three books. But if you’re asking if my goal is to be traditionally published–I dunno? Probably not? I’ve got a lot to juggle all the time and I appreciate the flexibility of indie publishing. Being able to set and adjust my own deadlines is my secret to making this whole “life” thing work.

Basically, my goal is to write books that put joy and (hopefully) laughter into the world, and to publish as many of those as possible until I die. I plan to die painlessly with the imprint of a laptop keyboard on my face.

TPR: If you could have any animal (real or fictional, extinct or not) as a pet what would it be and why?

Lillis: I want an elephant, but a very small elephant so I could afford to feed it and it wouldn’t track mud through the house. Actually two small elephants, so the one isn’t lonely while I’m at work.

TPR: Do you have a favorite writing spot?

Lillis: My bed, but that just happens to be where I usually do it. (WRITING, I MEAN.) I don’t need a special spot to write; being a mom made me less precious about my writing routines, so I can pretty much do it anywhere. Though I guarantee you my answer would change if those treehouse-master guys came and built me a heated writing treehouse in my backyard. Then my family would never see me again.

TPR: What can you tell me about your work in progress without giving any details about the plot?

Lillis: I can tell you it vaguely resembles a book, in that there are multiple chapters and things happen and there is a beginning and middle and presumably an end.

TPR: Tell us a little about A&B without giving any details about the plot.

Lillis: If SOME details are acceptable to divulge: It’s my first f/f romance, it’s sort of like Amadeus except with super-ambitious female aspiring pop stars, and Brandon and Abel from HOW TO REPAIR A MECHANICAL HEART have the B-plot (in which they are ten years older but only slightly wiser).

TPR: Describe your dream library in great detail.

Lillis: This is probably blasphemy, but I wouldn’t want Belle’s massive library in Beauty and the Beast. Like, it might as well come with a plaque that says YOU WILL DIE BEFORE READING ONE EIGHTH OF THESE WORDS. And every day I’d feel enormous pressure to read an entire book because LOOK AT ALL OF THEM and you don’t want to be one of those people who keeps unread books around as ornaments, and soon I’d just keep the door closed and avoid it altogether because it would be a constant reminder of my own inadequacy and mortality.

Sorry, that wasn’t an answer. My dream library is close to what I have now: a few brightly painted shelves of my favorite comfort reads and books I deeply admire, and a well-used library card on my nightstand.

TPR: What’s your favorite part about being a mom? Do you see a lot of your likes, personality traits, etc in your daughter?

Lillis: My favorite part is also sometimes one of the most difficult parts: the knowledge that you helped create a small human who is entirely her own self, with her own individual likes, dislikes, talents, and personality traits. Like, my daughter enjoys reading but will only do it before bed–the rest of the time she’s super-active and very into outdoor play, which is the opposite of how I was at her age. And if you can let go of the urge to align your child’s interests and values with yours, it’s pretty amazing to watch her evolve into her own unique person.

We’re very different, she and I, but we do have some similarities. She’s extremely into music like I am and she’s written the first few chapters of several novels. One is called “The Turned Corner.” I think I’m going to have her name my books from now on.

TPR: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Lillis: “Try the massaman curry.”

(And also probably some stuff about believing in yourself and never giving up.)

TPR: Give some advice to a future author who wishes to become published.

Lillis: Work hard, read widely, research your options, and make friends with folks in the writing community so you’ll have someone to talk to while you’re procrastinating.

Also, there are many different ways to become a writer and get your voice heard. Don’t be too wedded to a single plan, because it’ll obscure the other paths available to you. I never imagined myself as an indie author but I gave it a shot, and four years into this adventure, I wouldn’t change a thing.

TPR: On a scale of 1 to 🐵🐵🐵🐵🐵 with 1 being lowest, mix tape sleepy pants being 10, and 🐵🐵🐵🐵🐵 being cute monkeys what was your favorite part of this interview?

Lillis: The monkey emojis, and also the realization that I had my dream library all along and didn’t even know it.

TPR: BONUS QUESTION!!!! If you could have any superpower at all…. what would it be?

Lillis: If I could have any superpower, it would be realizing a chapter doesn’t work BEFORE I WRITE AND EDIT THE WHOLE %*!%# THING. #amwriting

TPR: Thank you so much for being one of the first authors I get to interview! It really means a lot to me to have your support in this venture! This was an absolute blast for me! Glad you enjoyed yourself! I hope to read all your books soon and included HTRAMH in my backlog for the Beat The Backlist Challenge.

November 28, 2016

Who Wouldn’t Wanna Work with Kate Brauning?!

Posted in bookish opportunities, Books at 12:00 PM by Rockin' Rita

Before we get into detail about what could be the most amazing opportunity of your life, let me tell you a little about Ms. Brauning (in case you spend the majority of your days living under your massive TBR pile).

So, Who Is Kate Brauning?1

At fifteen Kate Brauning decided she wanted someone to find her own books by searching through the shelves of a library. She’s been writing ever since, and she’s not going to stop until she can no longer put one word after another. [Kate is the mastermind behind the critically acclaimed YA novel “How We Fall” (Merit Press, 2014)]

Kate has taught high school English, has taught fiction workshops at her library, and has worked with a literary agency and publishing houses. She loves attending writing conferences and book fairs, and is an associate editor at Entangled Publishing, where she works with young adult fiction. She’s also an advocate for domestic abuse victims and poverty eradication, and she volunteers with a grassroots nonprofit, One Body One Hope, which creates community-to-community relationships in Monrovia, Liberia, for infrastructure redevelopment and education.

The Opportunity of a Lifetime

So was browsing through bookish Twitter yesterday (by browsing I mean spending far more time than I should be. I swear it’s a trap LOL) and one of my favorite authors-whose-book-I-have-yet-to-read, Eric Smith, tweeted about a great opportunity fellow author Kate Brauning tweeted earlier. 

So I read Kate’s status then followed it through to her feed and read the comments followed by the post, which can be found on Pit Hub and it really is such an amazing opportunity!

The gist of it (more elaborate details on Pit Hub):

  • Internships open with Kate at Entangled Publishing. POC,queer, neuroatypical, & disabled applicants encouraged.
  • It’s open-ended, so starting after the holidays and ending whenever you need.
  • Needs for students can potentially be accommodated.
  • It’s remote! You can live anywhere as long as there is regular internet.
  • If you have a way to download and read digital files and at least twice weekly internet access, please do [apply]!
  • [A summer internship may potentially] open up for a more YA focused one w/out (explicit adult), especially lgbt.
  • If you and Kate know each other from Twitter, say so! Include your handle if it’s not your name, so she won’t miss you.

 

So there you have it folks…

Go forth and apply for the opportunity of a lifetime!*

*Posted with permission of Ms. Brauning*

November 21, 2016

Free for Thanksgiving!

Posted in Books at 10:38 PM by Rockin' Rita

November 18, 2016

I’ve Reached 10 Followers!!! (Updated 11/28)

Posted in Books, giveaways tagged , , at 2:23 PM by Rockin' Rita

My baby is growing up!

My blog relaunched as The Procrastinate Reader: A Different Kind of Book Blog back in July and it has now reached 10 followers!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited you guys! Thank you so much for coming along this journey with me! It really means so much!

In honor of my 10th follower– thanks Alicia–I want to do something very special!

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

The first person* to respond to this post with the following information will win a backlist book of their choosing from one of my favorite bookstores, The Strand in NYC! First 4 runners up will receive a bookmark of my choosing promoting an awesome book. 

  • Name
  • Blog/booktube/bookstagram name and address
  • Favorite book of all time and why
  • Favorite author
  • Favorite genre to read
  • Most anticipated book of 2017
  • One thing you’d like to see coming up on TPR

 

UPDATE: TPR has just reached 15 followers!! 

Thanks so much guys for your support! It really means a lot! To celebrate this milestone, I’ve decided to give away more bookmarks!!!!! Now instead of the first 5 people to respond, I’m opening it up to the first 15 responders!  That’s right 15 people will win prizes! Go forth and enter fellow book nerds!

 

 

 

*Anybody who signal flares is not eligible but I very much appreciate the support and will find a special way to thank you!*

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