Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hey, by the way: You're Awesome


You know how it feels when someone says, "Hey, by the way: you're awesome" and truly means it?

You know how it seems like people are doing less and less of that these days?

Sure, you may get recognized if you get a book deal or write a really awesome blog post, but what about the little things you do every day? Those are worth some recognition too.

Well I'm going to try to work my way back to recognizing the small things. And I'm starting with a new little project I call "Twitter Awesome Person of the Day." Or #awesometwit for short. Or something like that. *name is subject to change. I don't know how many times I've told you I'm terrible at naming things.

Every day (starting today) that I'm on Twitter, I'm going to try to recognize someone who was particularly cool that day.

And some of y'all may know that (due to my rotating work schedule) my concept of "day" is a little wonky. So by "day" I mean the time in between when I woke up and went to sleep, whenever that may be.

This should be fun! Feel free to join me! :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Launch of Sift Book Reviews

Some of y'all know this, some of you don't... But I started a new website!

At Sift Book Reviews, myself and four other talented people review self-published science-fiction and fantasy novels. You can read about our fantastic contributors and why we decided to start this blog!

If you're a reader of any sci-fi or fantasy genres, I'd appreciate it if you would go check out the site and click on that "follow" button on the right sidebar if you like what you see. Also, let your reading friends know about it and I might love you forever!

You can follow us on Twitter @siftbookreviews.

If you are/know a SFF self-published/indie author who would like us to review your book, please check out our Terms and Submissions info.

The first review is live today; I reviewed Linda Welch's Along Came a Demon.



Friday, April 15, 2011

Shatter Me, I'm famous!

Yeah, this post is about two topics that really have nothing to do with each other - but they make for an interesting blog post title, don't they?

Ok, so I'm not really famous. But I was interviewed by Brad Jaeger for his Aspiring Author Interview series... so that's close enough! Go check it out!

Secondly, Author Tahereh Mafi is holding an EASY AS PIE contest where you can win an ARC of her debut novel, Shatter Me. I've been wanting to read anything this girl wrote since the first day I read her wonderful blog so I'm definitely entering. I suppose you can enter too ... but I call second dibs if you win!


Here's the Goodreads summary:

Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old-girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.