Sunday, January 28, 2018

ARCs on my desk make me happy



A new round of ARCs (Advanced Readers' Copies) found their way to my desk last week. Thanks to our library's dedicated Friends' organization, Knoxville teens get to read, review, and keep these fresh books.


And talk about a great selection- look at these titles!
Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
A Girl's Guide to Joining the Resistance by Emma Gray

 There's something for just about every type of YA reader. For those familiar with library theory, one of our guiding principles is: every book its reader, and every reader her book. I am roughly paraphrasing Siyali Ramamrita Ranganathan, a library god on par with Melvil Dewey.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Romance is in the air! $100 Kick Off Giveaway

Welcome readers to a kick off celebration and giveaway!
~ ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR ~


A Month-Long Celebration of Clean Romance

– February 2018 –




Starting February 1st and running through the entire month of February we will be showcasing 14 fabulous authors. There will be 15 different giveaways, free ebooks and lots of great deals on books.
We’re starting off with a $100 Kick-Off Giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Code or $100 in Paypal Cash.
Check out this great list of authors we will be spotlighting!








Kimberley Montpetit



Be sure to stop by each week during February to learn about these amazing authors. You definitely don’t want to miss out on all the giveaways! To be sure you never miss a post subscribe to I Am A Reader’s Mailing List.









Giveaway Details

$100 in Paypal Cash or a $100 Amazon.com eGift Card

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Ends 2/28/18
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via PayPal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

National Reading Day after five

Generally, this is a day to encourage younger children to read. 
All day we've had programs galore and it's been lovely, a really great turnout.

But now I'm home and decided it's time for a guilty pleasure.
I received a gift card and still haven't spent it, so I picked up a book I've wanted to read.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn.
It's hugely popular. Written by a publishing house editor who studied crime fiction at Oxford, if memory serves me right. It took Mr. Finn (pen name of Daniel Mallory) a year to write. He sent it to his agent and low and behold, it started a bidding war. As in seven figures.
Go big, or  G O  B I G!!!
William Morrow bought the book, which happens to be the publisher where Finn aka Mallory works!
BTW, the book is delightful.

Anyway, to celebrate the day, that's what I'm doing,
 after taking off my librarian hat spent with wee folk.

Now, what about you?
What are you reading?



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Dreaming of books $250 GIVEAWAY!

Love a good book? How about we pair our love of good books with an amazing giveaway?
Can do, can do! Dreaming of Books $250.00 Giveaway has begun.
From January 15 to the 31st.


It's easy to enter and, of course, no strings attached aka free.
The perfect way to celebrate our love of reading thanks to Kathy at I Am A Reader!

Here is your chance to win $250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon Gift Card!!

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Monday, January 15, 2018

We all have a dream

If you asked me years ago whether I want to write (much less fiction), I would have laughed and blushed a little. I used to think that I couldn't do it, and if I did that no one would notice. Fast forward to 2018 and I am already meeting my own writing goals. Through persistence, and hopefully some talent, I am finding my voice.

From MLKDay.gov
Today is no different. While the public offices, schools and businesses close for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it's just another day on for me. There is a movement calling for people to honor his legacy not by taking a day off, but by active participation in whatever form they choose- a day on, a day of service. While writing may be a solitary  act, I am inspired to press on. Writing this blog and working on my book are my contribution. To make something that hopefully brings others happiness.
Thank you, Dr. King.


Now is the time!

1963 was not an end but a beginning!
Celebrate Martin Luther King Day with
I Have A Dream Speech - August 28, 1963 



Sunday, January 14, 2018

Love in the time of the flu

Trying to write and maintain perspective while being sick is hard work. Yours truly is just getting over the dreaded norovirus. Meanwhile, my friends and family are weathering countless other viruses and flu strains. I hope you and yours are staying healthy this winter.

While not diminishing or denying the very real negative effects, literary illnesses are fertile ground for budding romances. Think of the wounded soldier falling in love with a nurse in a field hospital. YA novels from John Green featuring characters learning to love and cope with serious medical problems. Characters experiencing the symptoms of being lovesick for the first time.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Another day, another story

If I've learned anything this week, it is that a) everyone universally agrees that Oprah is a force to be reckoned with, and b) there is always a new story to tell.

Although my work as a librarian is pretty book heavy, it isn't often that I feel a personal connection to every single title that comes across my desk. It just so happened that a couple of small projects  overlapped in an interesting way and so I find myself sitting here today reflecting on real romances re-imagined.

A most interesting example came by way of a teen review of a new YA novel just released a couple weeks ago, The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle.


For those in the know, this book is inspired by the real-world romance between Pierre Abelard and Héloïse d'Argenteuil. Their correspondence was famously recorded and translated throughout the years. Listen to lines like this, "We were united, first under one roof, then in heart; and so with our lessons as a pretext we abandoned ourselves entirely to love."




Monday, January 8, 2018

Write, revise, fall down, pray

As a new blogger and writer, it's mind-boggling what is involved when an author decides to go from a private endeavor to sharing their work. More than an act of trust, it's a moment of truth.


    Do I really want to publish this piece, post, novella, novel, whatever it is that is in my possession
    for the world to not only take notice, but read and give me feedback?

Yes. Resoundingly, yes!

It's enlivening, scary, humbling, a kick in the pants to get moving, and daunting, to say the least. But never, never is it disappointing!

If someone had said, you're going to work hard, for long, long hours, and then maybe just maybe someone might want to read what you have to say, I would've shrugged. Okay, I'm down for it.

Yet, now after coming out of the closet and telling the world, "Hello Universe, it's me, Alina Snow!" it's time to reflect.



Hands down, I'm so very, very pleased to be here blogging, posting, and learning the ins and outs of social media, and connecting with lots of folks who have shared, commented, and helped me grow.

So this T-H-A-N-K-S is for you, blogger community and those beyond. Big, big cyber HUG!

Signing off,
Alina Snow

Sunday, January 7, 2018

A month of Sundays

I love this Southern saying. It's what you might say to someone to let them know you haven't seen each other in a long time. You could even use it interchangeably with 'a (ra)coon's age'. Southerners really have all the best turns of phrase.
Sunday is a perfect mix of productivity and relaxation. Cooking, house upkeep, playtime with the pup, and family time all belong to Sunday. A month of Sundays sounds just perfect to me.
After an intense weekend of writing and choosing flooring for the whole house, I'm ready to wind down Sunday style.
  

Friday, January 5, 2018

Think happy thoughts

Shout-out to other readers and bloggers stuck in the path of the 'bomb cyclone'. This thing was no joke and it looks like freezing temperatures will not let up soon for our friends up north. I hope you all (and your animals) are safe and able to stay warm.

Also, I'm happy to report the home renovation project is coming along swimmingly...and fast! Major props to my contractor making dreams come true and communicating clearly throughout the process. 

The transformation has been amazing and I want to document it all. Walls, floors, cabinets have come out. A brick chimney and large windows were uncovered! 



It feels like it took an act of Congress for us to pick a house- we looked and looked and came close several times. We even passed on our house early on because we thought it would be too much money, and the work would be too hard. But so far it has all been worth it. More good things to come.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Ready to read through 2018


 Before I forget, I want to post my Most Anticipated of 2018 List.


It's only January and I'm already stoked for new book releases of 2018. Some of these are written by seasoned pros, others are new debuting authors, soon to be favorites.


Feel Free by Zadie Smith


An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Florida by Lauren Groff

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

Grist Mill Road by Christopher Yates

What are you excited to read this year?

BTW, The Bookof Choice Giveaway Hop (a la  Lonna @ FLYLēF) is zooming right along. Take a peek at what we're giving away here at Alina Snow Book Adventures!