Thursday, March 31, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Fool for Books Giveaway Hop

    This hop was organized by Kathy at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and co-hosted with The Bookish Snob.

    Over 200 participating blogs are offering a book related giveaway, and we are all linked up together so you can easily hop from one giveaway to another.  The hop runs from Friday, April 1st through Saturday, April 2nd .

    There will be one winner for my giveaway:

    GIVEAWAY: Win a book of your choice from The Book Depository (up to a $15 value)! If you should win, you will give me your book selection and mailing address, and I will have the book delivered to you. Please check here to verify that they deliver to your country.

    Rules (you knew there had to be some):
    • You must be 18 years or older
    • Open international (where Book Depository delivers).
    • To enter, just complete the form below.
    • For an extra entry, follow via Facebook or Networked Blogs.
    • Leave a separate comment for each entry.
    • A maximum of 2 possible entries!
    • Those who don't follow the rules risk being disqualified.
    • *NOTE: You are welcome to check the "follow via Networked Blogs" box if you follow via Facebook. I meant to make it either/or and forgot. Or just leave a comment below.
    Use this form to enter! 

    Deadline is April 2, 2011at 11:59 PM

    Thanks for stopping by! I hope to see you again!

    (Below are all of the participants in the Fool for Books Giveaway Hop):

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Last Call! "Like" Wendy Wax and get a chance to win a Kindle!

    There’s just one more day left!  Wendy Wax, author of MAGNOLIA WEDNESDAYS and the new novel TEN BEACH ROAD, out in May, is getting ready to give away an Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi.  It comes loaded with one of her most popular books, THE ACCIDENTAL BESTSELLER.

    Just “like” Wendy by going to http://www.authorwendywax.com and clicking on the Kindle or go directly to Wendy’s Facebook page at http://tinyurl.com/4p7nu4v

    The promotion ends on Thursday, 3/31/11.

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Freebies!

    Dear Readers,

    I know that there hasn't been much updates except for some movie reviews. I have an article coming up soon within this week. However, as appetizer I am giving out some wallpapers that I got from some site that I came across recently. *Please take note that they are not my artwork! I am just sharing it*

    So enjoy these few wallpapers guys! 














    Last but not least, its me! Finally after such a long time, a proper new pic of me! Like it? Wanna test your camera skills? Contact me! I'd do it for u provided I have the time! or if you need a photographer, let me know as well!! =D


    In whole, I would like to thank you guys for continuous support for this blog. I hope that all of you guys would gear up to read my up and coming article soon! Till then ciaoz people!! 

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Help earthquake-striken Christchurch and get a chance to win up to $80 in books!

    Beth over at Do Good is trying to help out those who have suffered damage and loss in the after effects of the February 22, 2011 earthquake that struck that region. She is asking people to make a donation-- big or small -- to your choice of four charities in that area. Then email her the receipt showing you did so, and she will in return enter your name in a drawing to win up to $80 in books from Better World Books!

    The more people to enter, the bigger the prize! The winning amount will be at least $20, and may go as high as $80 if she gets more than 50 entries!

    Winner will be drawn April 1st!

    Click here to enter!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

WINNER: Summer Road by Kelly Moran

    The winner of the free ebook copy of Summer Road by Kelly Moran is...


    Eileen is an author herself, and her book Schrödinger’s Cat is due to be published August 2011! Congratulations Eileen, both on winning and getting published! You should hear from Kelly soon!

    Don't forget to enter to win either The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman or Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. The contest ends 4/10!

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Mailbox Monday (3/28/11 edition)

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    Mailbox Monday is brought to us by The Printed Page.  Here is what I received over the last week or two:

    The Terror of Living by Urban Waite
    Won from CMash Loves to Read

    Phil Hunt is in deep trouble.

    Hunt is on the run from two men: Drake, the deputy sheriff who intends to catch him, and Grady, the vicious hitman who means to kill him.
    For twenty years Hunt has lived in Washington State, raising horses with his wife on his small farm. He's tried to stay out of trouble, wanting only to make a living and taking the occasional illicit job in order to do so.

    Then his last delivery goes horribly wrong, and the chase is on from the mountains down into the Puget lowlands. To have any chance of rescuing his quiet life, Hunt will have to deal with deputy sheriff Bobby Drake, a good man determined to make up for his father's tainted legacy and Grady Fisher, a very bad man intent on making a name for himself in the most violent ways. With a fondness for blood, Grady takes pleasure in the use of knives, taking Hunt's life apart piece by piece, all the while leaving a trail of victims across the state.

    Relentless and gorgeously written, with original characters and a vividly powerful sense of place, The Terror of Living heralds the arrival of a writer who will be compared with the great suspense novelists.

    Eli the Good by Silas House
    Won from There's a Book

    In his timely YA debut, a best-selling novelist revisits a summer of tumult and truth for a young narrator and his war-torn family.

    Bicentennial fireworks burn the sky. Bob Seger growls from a transistor radio. And down by the river, girls line up on lawn chairs in pursuit of the perfect tan. Yet for ten-year-old Eli Book, the summer of 1976 is the one that threatened to tear his family apart. There is his distant mother; his traumatized Vietnam vet dad; his wild sister; his former warprotester aunt; and his tough yet troubled best friend, Edie, the only person with whom he can be himself. As tempers flare and his father’s nightmares rage, Eli watches from the sidelines, but soon even he cannot escape the current of conflict. From Silas House comes a tender look at the complexities of childhood and the realities of war — a quintessentially Southern novel filled with music, nostalgic detail, a deep respect for nature, and a powerful sense of place.


    I also won a pack of books from Roofbeam Reader. I received the following books, along with a beautiful bookmark and some chocolate!

    Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

    In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

    But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

    Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.

    His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.

    Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
    (But mine has a different cover and is a special illustrated edition)

    Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

    Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

    With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.


    Extraordinary Engines: The Definitive Steampunk Anthology 

    Extraordinary Engines: The Definitive Steampunk Anthology assembles original stories by some of the genre's foremost writers. Edited by Nick Gevers, this collection includes brand new stories from some of science fiction and fantasy's foremost writers.



    And the following were received from other sources:

    Radio Shangri-La: What I learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth by Lisa Napoli
    Received through Read it Forward

    Lisa Napoli was in the grip of a crisis, dissatisfied with her life and her work as a radio journalist. When a chance encounter with a handsome stranger presented her with an opportunity to move halfway around the world, Lisa left behind cosmopolitan Los Angeles for a new adventure in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan—said to be one of the happiest places on earth.

    Long isolated from industrialization and just beginning to open its doors to the modern world, Bhutan is a deeply spiritual place, devoted to environmental conservation and committed to the happiness of its people—in fact, Bhutan measures its success in Gross National Happiness rather than in GNP. In a country without a single traffic light, its citizens are believed to be among the most content in the world. To Lisa, it seemed to be a place that offered the opposite of her fast-paced life in the United States, where the noisy din of sound-bite news and cell phones dominate our days, and meaningful conversation is a rare commodity; where everyone is plugged in digitally, yet rarely connects with the people around them.

    Thousands of miles away from everything and everyone she knows, Lisa creates a new community for herself. As she helps to start Bhutan’s first youth-oriented radio station, Kuzoo FM, she must come to terms with her conflicting feelings about the impact of the medium on a country that had been shielded from its effects. Immersing herself in Bhutan’s rapidly changing culture, Lisa realizes that her own perspective on life is changing as well—and that she is discovering the sense of purpose and joy that she has been yearning for.

    In this smart, heartfelt, and beautifully written book, sure to please fans of transporting travel narratives and personal memoirs alike, Lisa Napoli discovers that the world is a beautiful and complicated place—and comes to appreciate her life for the adventure it is.


    Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
    Received from the author Michelle Moran

    The world knows Madame Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire . . . but who was this woman who became one of the most famous sculptresses of all time? In these pages, her tumultuous and amazing story comes to life as only Michelle Moran can tell it. The year is 1788, and a revolution is about to begin.

    Smart and ambitious, Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador, Thomas Jefferson, to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie’s museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, and even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, yet her greatest dream is to attract the attention of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI; their stamp of approval on her work could catapult her and her museum to the fame and riches she desires. After months of anticipation, Marie learns that the royal family is willing to come and see their likenesses. When they finally arrive, the king’s sister is so impressed that she requests Marie’s presence at Versailles as a royal tutor in wax sculpting. It is a request Marie knows she cannot refuse—even if it means time away from her beloved Salon and her increasingly dear friend, Henri Charles.

    As Marie gets to know her pupil, Princesse Élisabeth, she also becomes acquainted with the king and queen, who introduce her to the glamorous life at court. From lavish parties with more delicacies than she’s ever seen to rooms filled with candles lit only once before being discarded, Marie steps into a world entirely different from her home on the Boulevard du Temple, where people are selling their teeth in order to put food on the table.

    Meanwhile, many resent the vast separation between rich and poor. In salons and cafés across Paris, people like Camille Desmoulins, Jean-Paul Marat, and Maximilien Robespierre are lashing out against the monarchy. Soon, there’s whispered talk of revolution. . . . Will Marie be able to hold on to both the love of her life and her friendship with the royal family as France approaches civil war? And more important, will she be able to fulfill the demands of powerful revolutionaries who ask that she make the death masks of beheaded aristocrats, some of whom she knows?

    Spanning five years, from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror,
    Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.

    Mothers & Daughters by Rae Meadows
    Received from the publisher Henry Holt and Company

    A rich and luminous novel about three generations of women in one family: the love they share, the dreams they refuse to surrender, and the secrets they hold

    Samantha is lost in the joys of new motherhood—the softness of her eight-month-old daughter's skin, the lovely weight of her child in her arms—but in trading her artistic dreams to care for her child, Sam worries she's lost something of herself. And she is still mourning another loss: her mother, Iris, died just one year ago.

    When a box of Iris's belongings arrives on Sam's doorstep, she discovers links to pieces of her family history but is puzzled by much of the information the box contains. She learns that her grandmother Violet left New York City as an eleven-year-old girl, traveling by herself to the Midwest in search of a better life. But what was Violet's real reason for leaving? And how could she have made that trip alone at such a tender age?

    In confronting secrets from her family's past, Sam comes to terms with deep secrets from her own. Moving back and forth in time between the stories of Sam, Violet, and Iris, Mothers and Daughters is the spellbinding tale of three remarkable women connected across a century by the complex wonder of motherhood.

    Ghellow Road by T.H. Waters
    Received from author T.H. Waters

    Ghellow Road is a literary diary of a young girl's journey through the tangled labyrinth that is her life. Theresa's story begins in a large midwestern city where she is born to loving parents in 1965. For a brief moment in time, her life is full, as is her heart, and the world is hers to receive without consequence. As time passes and Theresa grows, supernatural forces begin to shape her existence, no matter how carefully her father colors the empty spaces of her world. After a series of tragic events, Theresa and her family seek refuge in a small Minnesota town nestled near the shores of Rainy Lake. She creates a new life for herself there, sharing adventures with friends and riding the ups and downs of adolescence. Yet through it all, her mother remains forever lost in the prison of her own mind and forever lost to Theresa. The young girl feels as though she is leading a double life, one that no one else could possibly understand. She begins to peer at the world as if looking through a thick, black veil, never certain which pieces are illusion and which are not. Through the kindness and support of the townspeople, She eventually summons the strength to survive. This is a story of tragedy and triumph. This is the story of my life. 

    Thanks so much to all!

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Book Giveaways in Blogworld (3-26-11 edition)

    NOTE: A reminder that you are free to email me about any giveaways that you are having, if you want me to blog them, and I'll be happy to try to post them even if I am not entering them. Just include a link to the giveaway, what you are giving away, how many copies are being given away, and the deadline in order to assure being included. Email me at nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com.

    Here is a list of some giveaways going on in Blogworld*. Please note that new giveaways that were added this week are indented in Blockquotes:

    My Book Reviews is giving away 2 copies of The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady. Deadline is March 26. US only.

    Y(A)? Cuz We Write! is having a 200 followers giveaway for readers and writers alike. Deadline is March 26. 

    My Bookish Ways is giving away Enclave. Deadline is March 27. US/Canada only.

    Mystifying Paranormal Reviews is giving away Enclave. Deadline is March 27. US/Canada only.

    Splash of Our Worlds is giving away City of Fallen Angels. Deadline is March 27. International!

    At Home with Books is giving away your choice of a couple of books. Deadline is March 27. US only.

    My Bookish Ways is giving away a copy of Shadowspell. Deadline is March 30. US/Canada only.

    A Moment with Mystee  is giving away $25 to Book Depository. Deadline is March 31. International!

    Once Upon a Book Nerd is giving away I Am Number Four. Deadline is March 31. International!

    Super Mom Writes is having a Blogoversary celebration! $15 cert to online book retailer of your choice, or preorder of Where She Went or Supernaturally. Deadline is April 1. International!

    Booking it with Hayley G is giving away a Summoning prize pack. Deadline is April 1. US/Canada only.
    The Mod Podge Bookshelf is giving away a chance to win $100 to the online bookstore of your choice. Deadline is April 1. International!
    Squeaky Books is giving away a chance to win $100 to the online bookstore of your choice. Deadline is April 1. International!
    Peeking Between the Pages is giving away a signed copy of The Bird House. Deadline is April 2. US/Canada only.
    Peeking Between the Pages is having a 3 year Blogiversary giveaway! 3 different prizes up for grabs! Deadline is April 2. International!
    Feeling Fictional is giving away Before I Fall and Delirium, along with some swag. Deadline is April 2. International!
    The Book Swarm is giving away your book of choice from Book Depository ($15 value). Deadline is April 2. International!
    The Diary of a Bookworm is giving away a copy of Afterlife. Deadline is April 3. International!
    Planet Print is giving away your choice out of six books. Deadline is April 4. International!
    Historically Obsessed is giving away 5 copies of Claude and Camille. Deadline is April 4. US only.
    The Eclectic Reader is giving away These Things Hidden. Deadline is April 8. US/Canada only.
    Stories & Sweeties is giving away a copy of Wither. Deadline is April 12. International!
    Zombie Girl Shambling is giving away 5 copies of The Zombie Autopsies. Deadline is April 13. 

    I Swim for Oceans is giving away Awaken. Deadline is April 15. International!
    All About {n} is giving away a copy of The Dark and Hollow Places. Deadline is April 15. International!
    Musings of a YA Reader is giving away an ARC of Memento Nora. Deadline is April 18. US/Canada only.
    Tutu's Two Cents is giving away 2 copies to Caleb's Crossing. Deadline is April 19. US only.
    I Heart Monster is giving away $50 to the online bookstore of your choice! Deadline is April 30. International!
    Sparkling Reviews is giving a color Nook! Deadline is whenever 1100 followers is reached. International!

    Eli to the nth Power is giving away $25 to Amazon or Book Depository. Deadline is whenever 100 followers are reached. International!

    *Courtesy Note: Please keep in mind the many, many hours of work that goes into me compiling this list each week. Please be courteous and thoughtful, and do not steal my text. Either recreate your own list, or link to this list and direct your readers here for giveaway information. Thank you so much for your consideration.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

GIVEAWAY: The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman or Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

    I mentioned the other day that I attended a local reading festival and had picked up a few autographed books while I was there. What I didn't mention was that I picked up a couple of extras for you guys!




    Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars Series #1) by Sara Shepard
    Everyone has something to hide—especially high school juniors spencer, aria, emily, and hanna.

    Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful.

    But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished.

    How do I know? Because I know everything about the bad girls they were, the naughty girls they are, and all the dirty secrets they've kept. And guess what? I'm telling.

    The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman
    Alice Hoffman’s previous novel, The Third Angel, was hailed as "an unforgettable portrait of the depth of true love" (USA Today), "stunning" (Jodi Picoult), and "spellbinding" (Miami Herald). Her new novel, The Story Sisters, charts the lives of three sisters– Elv, Claire, and Meg. Each has a fate she must meet alone: one on a country road, one in the streets of Paris, and one in the corridors of her own imagination. Inhabiting their world are a charismatic man who cannot tell the truth, a neighbor who is not who he appears to be, a clumsy boy in Paris who falls in love and stays there, a detective who finds his heart’s desire, and a demon who will not let go.

    What does a mother do when one of her children goes astray? How does she save one daughter without sacrificing the others? How deep can love go, and how far can it take you? These are the questions this luminous novel asks. 

    At once a coming-of-age tale, a family saga, and a love story of erotic longing, The Story Sisters sifts through the miraculous and the mundane as the girls become women and their choices haunt them, change them and, finally, redeem them. It confirms Alice Hoffman’s reputation as "a writer whose keen ear for the measure struck by the beat of the human heart is unparalleled" (The Chicago Tribune).
    GIVEAWAY: Win your choice of Pretty Little Liars or The Story Sisters. Unfortunately this giveaway is for the US and Canada only, but there are international giveaways coming up in April. So keep your eyes open!

    Rules (you knew there had to be some):
    • You must be 18 years or older
    • Open to US and Canada residents only
    • To enter, just complete this form.
    • For extra entries, follow my blog, follow via Facebook/Networked Blogs, and/or blog about this contest. One extra entry for each. Sidebars are okay.
    • That's a total of 4 possible entries!
    • Those who don't follow the rules risk being disqualified.
    Use this form to enter

    Deadline is April 10, 2011

    Please note that this book is being shipped by me, and will be shipped without insurance or tracking. Therefore I am at the mercy of the post office. So far no book that I've shipped has been lost by them, but I can make no guarantees!
     
    Good Luck! Ready, Set, Go!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My first reading festival

    This weekend I attended my first reading festival. I've never been to anything like this before. It was a pretty good size, lasted all day, and had something like 24 authors speaking and signing books. Books-a-Million was selling the author's books inside, with 20% of the proceeds going towards the festival. I wound up spending way more than I should have, and I know next time to bring my own books I bought elsewhere! (I knew that would happen!)

    My first stop was the book sale, where I picked up a few books. I promptly took them out and had them autographed by Alice Hoffman! While I was at the book booth, I picked up some Envirosax at the great price of $3 each. Winning! *enter audio clip of Charlie Sheen here!*

    I also listened to authors Larry Baker and Susanna Daniel speak. Larry Baker was very entertaining. Here is a video of him talking about one of his books (from the Tulsa City-County Library)...


    Susanna Daniel talked of her love for Florida and the stilt homes of Biscayne Bay.

    I also listened to author Heather Graham speak. She is a very animated speaker!

    Food is always a problem at events like this for me. Being a pescatarian (vegetarian who eats fish and seafood), carnival food does not offer me many options. However there was a Greek booth, at which I found a delicious veggie wrap with hummus and tabbouleh. Not bad!

    At the end of the day, this is what I walked away with:

    The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman

    Alice Hoffman’s previous novel, The Third Angel, was hailed as "an unforgettable portrait of the depth of true love" (USA Today), "stunning" (Jodi Picoult), and "spellbinding" (Miami Herald). Her new novel, The Story Sisters, charts the lives of three sisters– Elv, Claire, and Meg. Each has a fate she must meet alone: one on a country road, one in the streets of Paris, and one in the corridors of her own imagination. Inhabiting their world are a charismatic man who cannot tell the truth, a neighbor who is not who he appears to be, a clumsy boy in Paris who falls in love and stays there, a detective who finds his heart’s desire, and a demon who will not let go.

    What does a mother do when one of her children goes astray? How does she save one daughter without sacrificing the others? How deep can love go, and how far can it take you? These are the questions this luminous novel asks.

    At once a coming-of-age tale, a family saga, and a love story of erotic longing, The Story Sisters sifts through the miraculous and the mundane as the girls become women and their choices haunt them, change them and, finally, redeem them. It confirms Alice Hoffman’s reputation as "a writer whose keen ear for the measure struck by the beat of the human heart is unparalleled" (The Chicago Tribune).

    The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman

    A coming-of-age story that pierces the soul and heals the spirit, this is the tale of the future leader of the Amazon women warriors. Rain must hold fast to her inner warrior, but she is startled and mystified by the first stirrings of mercy towards the enemy.





     A Good Man by Larry Baker

    Harry Ducharme is at the end of his rope. Booze and bad decisions have taken him from the A-list of talk-radio fame down to a tiny cinder-block station, WWHD in St. Augustine, Florida. He talks mostly to himself from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., not sure anybody is listening, reading books and poetry that he likes, not caring if anyone agrees with him, playing golden-oldies from the Sixties, and wondering how he got there.

    Then, as a hurricane pounds north Florida, with WWHD broadcasting to a town without electricity, Harry gets a visitor just as the eye of the hurricane passes over.  An old black man who calls himself a Prophet wants to borrow a Walt Whitman poem that Harry read the night before.  The Prophet wants “A Noiseless Patient Spider” to be the core of his next sermon, in which he announces the imminent arrival of a New Child of God.  Harry is a bit skeptical.


    A Good Man thus opens between the heaves of a hurricane and ends on Election night-2008 with the revelation of that Child.  Or perhaps not. Still, Harry is there, in the parking lot of a football stadium, surrounded by thousands of pilgrims, as witness to and participant in one final act of violence that might be a sign of the beginning, or the end.


    The story weaves back and forth in time, revealing the history of an orphan named Harry Ducharme. From Iowa farm to Florida beach, Harry is finally surrounded by men and women with their own burdens to carry. Captain Jack Tunnel  is the morning host, more right-wing than Rush, with a cranky co-host parrot named Jimmy Buffett, but also with a gentle secret life. Nora James is the mysterious “cooking woman” who broadcasts from her home kitchen, but whom nobody has ever seen. Nora cooks on-air and discusses women’s issues. Harry spends his first year in town trying to find her, only to discover that Nora’s whereabouts are a communal secret, revealed only to a select few. Carlos Friedmann has the 2–6 a.m. slot, a fourth-generation Jewish Cuban who cannot speak Spanish, but whose forte is to broadcast  fake interviews with Fidel Castro. Friedmann’s great desire is to kill and cook the parrot Jimmy Buffett.


    Harry had arrived in St. Augustine in November of 2000, just as the Florida governor was stealing an election for his brother. Living in a America’s oldest city, Harry reveals profound insights into American politics and history throughout A Good Man,  Eventually, his role in the New Child’s arrival becomes intertwined with contemporary politics, Iraq, 9/11, old-time religion, and classic literature from writers like Flannery O’Connor and Emily Dickinson, as well as the music of Harry Chapin.


    Harry Ducharme has always believed that somebody has written about him in the past. All he needs to do is find the right book or poem, and then he will understand himself.  Only the reader will see how true that is. 



    Stiltsville by Susanna Daniel (I love this cover!)

    One sunny morning in 1969, near the end of her first trip to Miami, twenty-six-year-old Frances Ellerby finds herself in a place called Stiltsville, a community of houses built on pilings in the middle of Biscayne Bay. 

    It's the first time the Atlanta native has been out on the open water, and she's captivated. On the dock of a stilt house, with the dazzling skyline in the distance and the unknowable ocean beneath her, she meets the house's owner, Dennis DuVal—and a new future reveals itself. 

    Turning away from her quiet, predictable life back home, Frances moves to Miami to be with Dennis. Over time, she earns the confidence of his wild-at-heart sister and wins the approval of his oldest friend. Frances and Dennis marry and have a child—but rather than growing complacent about their good fortune, they continue to face the challenges of intimacy and the complicated city they call home. 

    Stiltsville is the family's island oasis—until suddenly it's gone, and Frances is forced to figure out how to make her family work on dry land. Against a backdrop of lush tropical beauty, Frances and Dennis struggle with the mutability of love and Florida's weather, as well as temptation, chaos, and disappointment. But just when Frances thinks she's reached some semblance of higher ground, she must confront an obstacle so great that even the lessons she's learned about navigating the uncharted waters of family life can't keep them afloat. 

    With Stiltsville, Susanna Daniel weaves the beauty, violence, and humanity of Miami's coming-of-age with an enduring story of a marriage's beginning, maturity, and heartbreaking demise. 


    Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
    Everyone has something to hide—especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna.
    Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. And Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful. 

    But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished. 

    How do I know? Because I know everything about the bad girls they were and the naughty girls they are now. And guess what? I'm telling. 

    I got all of these autographed except for The Foretelling. It was a great day and we really enjoyed ourselves!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

GUEST POST: Author Kelly Moran

    I'm thrilled today to welcome author Kelly Moran, who has a new book Summer's Road due out on March 25th. Let's all please give her a warm welcome! Kelly, take it away!

    First, I'd like to sincerely thank Heather for letting me guest today. She's got a great group of followers and I'm honored. Don't forget to leave a comment or feel free to ask me any questions you may have. One commenter will win a FREE eBook copy of my upcoming release, Summer's Road, due out March 25th wherever books are sold.

    If interested, you can find trailers, reviews, my books, and more on my Web site at www.authorkellymoran.com, or my Blog at www.authorkellymoran.blogspot.com. I'm also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorkellymoran, Myspace at www.myspace.com/authorkellymoran, Goodreads at www.goodreads.com/authorkellymoran, and Twitter at www.twitter.com/authorkmoran.

    SUMMER'S ROAD is a book very dear to me. Most people don't know this, but the first draft was written when I was sixteen. It started out as a creative writing assignment where I had to write a short scene from a play. A year later, it inspired me to write a novella about it, which was later published under a different title and pen name. It was horrible, but had promise. I've published five books since then, and couldn't let my first baby go.

    So, onward I slaved. I got three great critique partners through the Romance Writers of America where I'm a member, and they helped me turn a cute story into a memorable one. I'm eternally grateful to them, and The Wild Rose Press (publisher) for helping me. Seventeen years after I first penned the book, it's getting it's full glory.

    Moral? Never give up!

    Blurb:

    After her father’s death, Summer Quinn realizes just how alone she feels in the world. With no family to fill her life now, she finds comfort among friends, but yearns for true love, contentment, and family. When her boyfriend, Matt, suggests they raise their relationship to a higher level, Summer jumps at the chance to get everything she’s  always wanted. Only, she doesn’t expect the heat arising between her and her best friend, Ian – a man who never seems to settle down. A man the complete opposite of what she’s looking for. But when her estranged mother reappears after twenty-eight years, Summer’s world completely flips upside down. As secrets from her family’s past and Ian’s true feelings for her emerge, Summer’s now faced with choices she’s not sure she can make. The rest of her life’s happiness hinges on her confronting a past she’d rather deny and legitimately opening her heart to love, even if it’s not where she expected to find it.

    Excerpt:
    Summer stepped onto the pier and gazed out over the ocean. Nighttime here was different than back home. There weren’t any city lights to disguise the stars. The ocean looked black, as dark as the sky above, so that across the horizon, she couldn’t tell where the sky ended and the water began. It was kind of like looking into heaven, like looking into the earth’s soul. 

    The drum of footsteps behind her broke her from her reverie. Turning, she saw Ian coming toward her. Shirtless, he hadn’t even bothered with the button on his jeans, he strode closer in bare feet with a bottle of wine in one hand and glasses in the other. 

    All she could think was how damn delicious he looked in the moonlight. Heat pooled in her belly and spread throughout her body like a wildfire. Ian Memmer. Not good. 
    "You shouldn’t be out here by yourself,” he said, pouring a glass of white wine and handing it to her, the look in his eyes saying it looks like you need this
    She took the glass from him and sipped before answering. “That’s the point, to be by myself.” 

    He raked a gaze over her. “And if you fell in?” 

    Maybe it was the moonlight. Maybe it was the call of the ocean. Whatever it was, something made her want to test the boundaries between them again. Matt or not. Friendship or not. Consequences be damned. “Then you’d save me. You always do.”
    Thanks again to Heather. Can't wait to hear what you guys think! Best always. XO

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Kelly! Any questions or comments for Kelly? One commenter will win a free e-book copy of Kelly's new book Summer's Road, due out March 25th! Just leave a little love below to be entered! Enter by March 27th.

    NOTE: Kelly's blog was supposedly hacked and wiped out. If you used to follow her blog, please check in and make sure you still are, as she had to recreate the blog again! 

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Monday, March 21, 2011

WINNERS: Zan-Gah and $35 to CSN Stores

    I forgot to announce the winners last week for my last two contests. The winner of  the two Zan-Gah series books is...
    Melanie L

    And the winner of the $35 CSN Stores gift code is...


    Both winners have been confirmed. Congratulations and thanks for participating! Stay tuned for more giveaways coming up!

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Book Giveaways in Blogworld (3-19-11 edition)

    NOTE: A reminder that you are free to email me about any giveaways that you are having, if you want me to blog them, and I'll be happy to try to post them even if I am not entering them. Just include a link to the giveaway, what you are giving away, how many copies are being given away, and the deadline in order to assure being included. Email me at nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com.

    Here is a list of some giveaways going on in Blogworld*. Please note that new giveaways that were added this week are indented in Blockquotes:

    Eleusinian Mysteries is giving away a copy of The Goddess Test. Deadline is March 19. International!

    Peeking Between the Pages is giving away a copy of The House of Six Doors. Deadline is March 19. US only.

    Amethyst Daydreams is giving away a preorder of City of Fallen Angels. Deadline is March 20. International!
    Pensive Bookeaters is giving away a prize pack of your choice! Deadline is March 20. 
    Dystopian Desserts is giving away your choice of dystopian novel. Deadline is March 20. International!
    Hooked to Books is giving away $15 to Book Depository and a copy of Darkness Becomes Her. Deadline is March 20. International!
    A Little Hope Amidst the Chaos is giving away gift cards! Deadline is March 20.
    Suko's Notebook is giving away $60 to CSN Stores. Deadline is March 21. US/Canada only.

    My Bookish Ways is giving away a copy of Afterlife. Deadline is March 23. US/Canada only.
    My Book Reviews is giving away 2 copies of The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady. Deadline is March 26. US only.
    Y(A)? Cuz We Write! is having a 200 followers giveaway for readers and writers alike. Deadline is March 26. 
    My Bookish Ways is giving away Enclave. Deadline is March 27. US/Canada only.
    Mystifying Paranormal Reviews is giving away Enclave. Deadline is March 27. US/Canada only.
    Splash of Our Worlds is giving away City of Fallen Angels. Deadline is March 27. International!
    At Home with Books is giving away your choice of a couple of books. Deadline is March 27. US only.
    My Bookish Ways is giving away a copy of Shadowspell. Deadline is March 30. US/Canada only.
    A Moment with Mystee  is giving away $25 to Book Depository. Deadline is March 31. International!

    Once Upon a Book Nerd is giving away I Am Number Four. Deadline is March 31. International!
    Super Mom Writes is having a Blogoversary celebration! $15 cert to online book retailer of your choice, or preorder of Where She Went or Supernaturally. Deadline is April 1. International! 
    Booking it with Hayley G is giving away a Summoning prize pack. Deadline is April 1. US/Canada only.
    Peeking Between the Pages is giving away a signed copy of The Bird House. Deadline is April 2. US/Canada only.

    Planet Print is giving away your choice out of six books. Deadline is April 4. International!
    Zombie Girl Shambling is giving away 5 copies of The Zombie Autopsies. Deadline is April 13. 
    I Swim for Oceans is giving away Awaken. Deadline is April 15. International!
    Musings of a YA Reader is giving away an ARC of Memento Nora. Deadline is April 18. US/Canada only.
    Sparkling Reviews is giving a color Nook! Deadline is whenever 1100 followers is reached. International!

    Eli to the nth Power is giving away $25 to Amazon or Book Depository. Deadline is whenever 100 followers are reached. International!

    *Courtesy Note: Please keep in mind the many, many hours of work that goes into me compiling this list each week. Please be courteous and thoughtful, and do not steal my text. Either recreate your own list, or link to this list and direct your readers here for giveaway information. Thank you so much for your consideration.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Howie Day - Collide

    The other day while I was rushing for a job interview, So You Think You Can Dance Season 7 was going on. And just as I was about to switch it off, I saw the most inspiring, and touching performance by Lauren and Kent. I know both the song and that performance is not a new thing but yet still I was certainly left feeling bad for not knowing it till recently!

    Well I did my research about this song and the singer. Below are his details:
    "Collide" is the second single from singer/songwriter Howie Day's second full-length album, Stop All the World Now, released in July 2004. The song, written by Howie Day and Kevin Griffin, follows in the vein of works from other pop balladeers like Dave Matthews, John Mayer and Duncan Sheik. The London Session Orchestra provided backing instrumentation on the initial album version of the song.

    "Collide" has since been used in promotion of various television series, including What About Brian, Friday Night Lights and General Hospital, as well as the 2005 film adaptation of Pride & Prejudice and the 2005 film The Perfect Man. This song has also been featured during episodes of Ghost Whisperer, Scrubs, ER, Bones, Third Watch, Cold Case, One Tree Hill, Smallville, Lost, Grey's Anatomy, Summerland and Joan of Arcadia. On General Hospital this was the song to which popular pairing Patrick and Robin, known as "Scrubs", first made on Memorial Day in 2006. This song was on Season 7 of So You Think You Can Dance featuring Kent Boyd and Lauren Froderman.


    There is the dance video, one look and I am pretty sure you'd be practically attracted to the video. Travis did a tremendous job in the choreo of this song and both the dancers are the best choice for it!

    Coming back to the song, it's such a great song! The lyrics of the song are below though.


    The dawn is breaking
    A light shining through
    You're barely waking
    And I'm tangled up in you
    Yeah

    But I'm open, you're closed
    Where I follow, you'll go
    I worry I won't see your face
    Light up again

    Even the best fall down sometimes
    Even the wrong words seem to rhyme
    Out of the doubt that fills my mind
    I somehow find, you and I collide

    I'm quiet, you know
    You make a first impression
    I've found I'm scared to know
    I'm always on your mind

    Even the best fall down sometimes
    Even the stars refuse to shine
    Out of the back you fall in time
    You somehow find, you and I collide

    Don't stop here
    I've lost my place
    I'm close behind

    Even the best fall down sometimes
    Even the wrong words seem to rhyme
    Out of the doubt that fills your mind
    You finally find, you and I collide

    You finally find
    You and I collide
    You finally find
    You and I collide
     
    Not to forget, I am also including on how this song actually fared in the song charts,
    Chart (2004) Peak
    position
    Australian ARIA Charts 9
    Canadian Singles Chart 7
    U.S. Billboard Adult Pop Songs 7
    U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 14
    U.S. Billboard Pop 100 14
    U.S. Billboard Hot 100 20
     
     
    Gosh am so in love with the song that it just keeps ringing in my head! How I wish I could sing so that I could make a cover for this song. That'll be so so damn freaking cool!!
     
    Well I supose that's about it for now. I just went through a 3 days of late night movie so the review of the movies are coming up as well. So till then guys! =D

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Mailbox Monday (03-14-11 edition)

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    Mailbox Monday is brought to us by The Printed Page.  Here is what I received over the last week or two:

    The Headhunter's Daughter by Tamar Myers
    Won from My Guilty Pleasures
    From Tamar Myers, author of The Witch Doctor's Wife, comes a spellbinding tale of equatorial Africa and a child torn dangerously between two worlds.
    In 1945, an infant left inadvertently to die in the jungles of the Belgian Congo is discovered by a young Bashilele tribesman on a mission to claim the head of an enemy. Recognized as human—despite her pale white skin and strange blue eyes—the baby is brought into the tribe and raised as its own. Thirteen years later, the girl—now called "Ugly Eyes"—will find herself at the center of a controversy that will rock two separate societies. 

    Young missionary Amanda Brown hears the incredible stories of a white girl living among the Bashilele headhunters. In the company of the local police chief, Captain Pierre Jardin, and with the witch doctor's wife, the quick-witted Cripple, along as translator, Amanda heads into the wild hoping to bring the lost girl back to "civilization." But Ugly Eyes no longer belongs in their world—and the secrets surrounding her birth and disappearance are placing them all in far graver peril than anyone ever imagined. 

    Room by Emma Donoghue
    Won from Read, Write and Live

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

    Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

    One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
    Won from Thirty Creative Studio

    One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.

    Outside In by Maria V. Snyder
    Won from Squeaky Books

    Me?

    A leader?

    Okay, I did prove that there's more to Inside than we knew.
    That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion—between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we're free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again—while still touching base with Riley, of course. He's the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there's outside and then there is Outside.

    And something from Outside wants In.

    Eli the Good by Silas House
    Won from There's a Book

    In his timely YA debut, a best-selling novelist revisits a summer of tumult and truth for a young narrator and his war-torn family.

    Bicentennial fireworks burn the sky. Bob Seger growls from a transistor radio. And down by the river, girls line up on lawn chairs in pursuit of the perfect tan. Yet for ten-year-old Eli Book, the summer of 1976 is the one that threatened to tear his family apart. There is his distant mother; his traumatized Vietnam vet dad; his wild sister; his former warprotester aunt; and his tough yet troubled best friend, Edie, the only person with whom he can be himself. As tempers flare and his father’s nightmares rage, Eli watches from the sidelines, but soon even he cannot escape the current of conflict. From Silas House comes a tender look at the complexities of childhood and the realities of war — a quintessentially Southern novel filled with music, nostalgic detail, a deep respect for nature, and a powerful sense of place.


    Radio Shangri-La by Lisa Napoli
    Received from Read it First

    Lisa Napoli was in the grip of a crisis, dissatisfied with her life and her work as a radio journalist. When a chance encounter with a handsome stranger presented her with an opportunity to move halfway around the world, Lisa left behind cosmopolitan Los Angeles for a new adventure in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan—said to be one of the happiest places on earth.

    Long isolated from industrialization and just beginning to open its doors to the modern world, Bhutan is a deeply spiritual place, devoted to environmental conservation and committed to the happiness of its people—in fact, Bhutan measures its success in Gross National Happiness rather than in GNP. In a country without a single traffic light, its citizens are believed to be among the most content in the world. To Lisa, it seemed to be a place that offered the opposite of her fast-paced life in the United States, where the noisy din of sound-bite news and cell phones dominate our days, and meaningful conversation is a rare commodity; where everyone is plugged in digitally, yet rarely connects with the people around them.

    Thousands of miles away from everything and everyone she knows, Lisa creates a new community for herself. As she helps to start Bhutan’s first youth-oriented radio station, Kuzoo FM, she must come to terms with her conflicting feelings about the impact of the medium on a country that had been shielded from its effects. Immersing herself in Bhutan’s rapidly changing culture, Lisa realizes that her own perspective on life is changing as well—and that she is discovering the sense of purpose and joy that she has been yearning for.

    In this smart, heartfelt, and beautifully written book, sure to please fans of transporting travel narratives and personal memoirs alike, Lisa Napoli discovers that the world is a beautiful and complicated place—and comes to appreciate her life for the adventure it is.
     

    What an awesome haul! Thanks to everyone for the great books! 

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The Tourist

    Well this movie has been out for quite some time but eventually I managed to finish watching the movie. Though I did hear way a lot of reviews from so many people that the movie sucked real big time, I just wanted to see for myself as I was just too curious.

    It certainly did not disappoint me as my hopes for the movie was to suck and it did! LOL totally a big time waste and no story line as how I would like to put.


    Well I am not sure if most of you people have watched this movie yet or not. Yet still I will add in the plot.


    The Plot.
    A woman named Elise (Jolie) is being trailed in Paris by French police working with Scotland Yard. At a cafe, she receives a letter from Alexander Pearce, a former lover, with explicit directions to board a train to Venice, Italy, pick out a man who resembles him and make the police believe that this man is Alexander Pearce. A mysterious stranger, not involved with the police, also seems to be watching Elise. Elise burns the letter and boards a train.
    She takes a seat beside Frank (Depp), an American tourist reading a spy novel, who is instantly attracted to her. The train arrives in Venice, and they take a boat to the Hotel Danieli. At dinner, much to Frank's dismay, Elise admits to having feelings for another man, presumably Alexander Pearce. They share a kiss, witnessed by the men following her.
    The next day, Frank awakens to find Elise gone. Men suddenly try to break into the hotel room. Frank barely escapes but is caught by the Italian police. A sympathetic detective listens to Frank's story that he does not know why these men are after him. He takes Frank from the jail and tells him that his story checks out, and that the men after him were Belarusians who have placed a prize on his head and who believe Frank to be someone else. The detective however then delivers Frank into the clutches of these same men, in order to collect the money they promised.
    Elise appears suddenly to rescue Frank, fleeing on a boat. Elise finally tells Frank that all this is happening because she kissed him and made the police believe that he was Alexander Pearce. Frank learns that Pearce stole two billion from a gangster named Shaw (Steven Berkoff) and is wanted by the British government for tax evasion. Stunned by the news, Frank says he still does not regret kissing Elise.
    Elise apologizes for getting him involved and tricks Frank off the boat. Frank says he loves her. Elise goes to a government building — where she works as a secret agent for Britain. She sees her fellow agent Acheson (Paul Bettany), who was among those following her in Paris. Elise had been assigned to investigate Pearce, but fell in love with him and had disappeared from her job. She tells Acheson that she is ready to help him find Pearce, because she wants to prevent anybody else from getting hurt.
    Elise goes to a ball Pearce has invited her to attend, wearing a wire. She is handed a letter by the same mysterious stranger from Paris. The letter is from Pearce, saying where to meet him. As Elise turns to leave, Frank is standing in front of her. They dance. Elise leaves to find Pearce and agent Acheson's men apprehend Frank. They both watch on surveillance equipment as Elise walks into a trap set by the gangster Shaw. The gangster threatens to kill her unless she returns the money Pearce stole from him. Acheson doesn't help her, confident that Pearce will show up to rescue her.
    Elise reveals the safe's location but does not know its code. Frank watches in horror as Elise is threatened yet again. Seeing that Acheson won't help Elise, Frank picks the lock to his handcuffs and escapes to help her. Frank pretends to be Pearce. Elise begs him to stop or he will be killed. Frank, acting as Pearce, tells Shaw that he will get his money but only if Elise is first released and safe. As Frank pretends that he is about to open the safe, Elise mouths "I love you."
    All of a sudden, Chief Inspector Jones (Timothy Dalton) gives the order for the police snipers to shoot Shaw and his men. Frank and Elise are unharmed. As the police survey the scene, agent Acheson can't believe that Pearce did not save Elise and Jones is furious with him for exposing her to danger. Jones then informs Elise that she has been terminated from the force. A police report informs them that Pearce has just been caught. As the room clears, Elise and Frank embrace. He asks her if she loves both him and Alexander Pearce. Elise answers yes. To spare her from this dilemma, Frank reveals that he is the real Alexander Pearce by entering the correct code for the safe. Pearce had gotten plastic surgery, so he could have a new life.
    The arrested man believed to be Pearce explains to police that he was paid to pretend and that he is just a tourist. Elise and Frank/Pearce leave on a boat with the money, finally being able to be together. In the safe, police find a bankers check for the ₤744 million in back taxes Pearce owed the British government.



    Even the plot seems kinda confusing. Feels more like millions of dollars was wasted on giving Depp and Jolie a nice vacation in Venice rather than a movie. Damn! People are too rich at times they don't know what to do do they?


    Even the Golden Globes made a mockery out of this movie. Despite its critical reception, the film was nominated for three Golden Globes: Best Musical or Comedy, Depp for Actor Musical or Comedy and Jolie for Actress Musical or Comedy.The fact that a film originally promoted as romantic thriller was nominated for the comedy or musical category garnered the film and the Golden Globes considerable mockery; when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) made the official announcement of nominees, the press room erupted with laughter. It was later revealed that the film was originally submitted by the studio as a drama, but von Donnersmarck then told the HFPA that the film should be categorized as a comedy. HFPA President Phil Berk noted that "Given the differing opinions, we asked the studio to screen the film for us in advance, and collectively, we decided that the elements of preposterous fun lent the film more to a comedy than a straight drama category."


    Yet still the achievement that the movie made is quite suprising. As The Tourist opened at $16,472,458 on its first weekend at #2 spot behind The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It has grossed more than four times of its first weekend profits. As of 2/21/11, the film has grossed $67,276,023 domestically and (as of 2/27/11,) $183,800,000 internationally for a total of $258,631,157 worldwide.[After its run, it will be Angelina Jolie's fourth most successful film (after Salt, Wanted and Mr. & Mrs. Smith), outgrossing Gone in 60 Seconds, The Bone Collector, the Lara Croft series and every other non-animated film she has starred in. It ranks as Johnny Depp's most successful film after the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, easily beating Sleepy Hollow and Public Enemies, nearly doubling the gross of Chocolat and Sweeney Todd and more than doubling the gross of Donnie Brasco.

    Am seriously craving for more movies like Inception as the story just left us with a lot of question marks! Though it is annoying but that's what I expect from movies rather than some time and money wasting recording that's being showed just like this.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Book Giveaways in Blogworld (3-12-11 edition)

    NOTE: A reminder that you are free to email me about any giveaways that you are having, if you want me to blog them, and I'll be happy to try to post them even if I am not entering them. Just include a link to the giveaway, what you are giving away, how many copies are being given away, and the deadline in order to assure being included. Email me at nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com.

    Here is a list of some giveaways going on in Blogworld*. Please note that new giveaways that were added this week are indented in Blockquotes:

    Book Flame is giving away a copy of Angelfire. Deadline is March 15. US only.

    Amused by Books is giving away a copy of The Bird House. Deadline is March 15. US only.

    The Book Chick is giving away a copy of One Bird's Choice. Deadline is March 18. US/Canada only.

    Eleusinian Mysteries is giving away a copy of The Goddess Test. Deadline is March 19. International!
    Peeking Between the Pages is giving away a copy of The House of Six Doors. Deadline is March 19. US only.
    Amethyst Daydreams is giving away a preorder of City of Fallen Angels. Deadline is March 20. International!
    Pensive Bookeaters is giving away a prize pack of your choice! Deadline is March 20. 
    Suko's Notebook is giving away $60 to CSN Stores. Deadline is March 21. US/Canada only.
    My Bookish Ways is giving away a copy of Afterlife. Deadline is March 23. US/Canada only.
    Y(A)? Cuz We Write! is having a 200 followers giveaway for readers and writers alike. Deadline is March 26. 
    My Bookish Ways is giving away Enclave. Deadline is March 27. US/Canada only.
    At Home with Books is giving away your choice of a couple of books. Deadline is March 27. US only. 
    A Moment with Mystee  is giving away $25 to Book Depository. Deadline is March 31. International!
    Once Upon a Book Nerd is giving away I Am Number Four. Deadline is March 31. International!
    Super Mom Writes is having a Blogoversary celebration! $15 cert to online book retailer of your choice, or preorder of Where She Went or Supernaturally. Deadline is April 1. International!
    Peeking Between the Pages is giving away a signed copy of The Bird House. Deadline is April 2. US/Canada only.
    Planet Print is giving away your choice out of six books. Deadline is April 4. International!
    Sparkling Reviews is giving a color Nook! Deadline is whenever 1100 followers is reached. International!
    Eli to the nth Power is giving away $25 to Amazon or Book Depository. Deadline is whenever 100 followers are reached. International!
    *Courtesy Note: Please keep in mind the many, many hours of work that goes into me compiling this list each week. Please be courteous and thoughtful, and do not steal my text. Either recreate your own list, or link to this list and direct your readers here for giveaway information. Thank you so much for your consideration.

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