Sunday, May 24, 2015

What Would You Do if Opportunity Came Your Way?



Brian Ivie has made films since he was little.  He dreamed of being a director like George Lucas, Stephen Spielberg or Ron Howard.  He and his friends would get together over the summer to remake their favorite films.  These were great memories growing up! 

So in college Brian got to study his passion at the University of Southern California in their prestigious film school.  Life could not get any better right?  Enter his roommate Ted a bigger than life Christian.  He had an enormous influence on Brian, his roommate’s life.  They would attend Campus Crusade for Christ but this did not really have an impact on him.

So what could impact Brian in his walk towards Christ?  A film project that Brian needs to do for school.  What would he focus this film on?  An article in the Los Angeles times caught his attention on a drop box in South Korea.  Soon an idea for the film took shape.  This drop box is used by a Pastor Lee to help unwanted babies.  How could this possibly change Brian’s life?

My Thoughts: 

My mother gave me the copy of the audiobook to listen to of Brian Ivie’s story.  This story was narrated by Brandon Batchelar.  He did a great job narrating this story.  He illustrated the passion of Brian Ivie well and his journey to following Christ. 

Sometimes you never know where the journey might take you.  What is your destiny?  How could God use your experiences to help others?  In the Drop Box a film was used to teach Brian Ivie what a big God can do.  I don’t think that we have seen the end of Brian and his journey.   

What could God do for you?

Rating:

4/5

Please visit Brian on his Facebook page, Twitter, and his website.

Congrats to the winner of the MKA Prize Pack!

Congratulations to Vivian!  She won the prize pack of both the Summer Rental and Save the Date prizes.  Please contact me by Tuesday evening of this week to claim your prize. 


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Are You Dressed to the Nines?



It is time to share another Janet Evanovich novel To The Nines.  This novel is the ninth in the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series.  What trouble could she possibly get into? Are you ready for the next adventure with Stephanie and the gang?

Synopsis: 

Stephanie and Ranger have to find Albert Singh who has skipped on his visa bond.  The type of bond is different from others that Stephanie has pursued in the past. Singh worked for this company TriBro but also expressed some unusual behavior.  It is extremely important that Samuel Singh is found because it could put Vinnie her cousin out of business.  Then Stephanie would have to find another job.  In typical Stephanie fashion the case does not go as planned.  As they put together the clues to find Singh, Stephanie finds out lot more about a game he participated in.  What is this game?  How does it impact Stephanie?

My Thoughts: 

I didn’t know how I would feel about this novel initially.  I did enjoy it.  I listened to the audio version which was narrated by Lorelei King.  I feel she does a great job of narrating Janet Evanovich’s novels.  I hope that she continues.  So now let’s get back to the story.

The story is set in Trenton New Jersey.  There is a side trip to Vegas included in this novel.  The author is extremely creative when coming up with new characters or showing us growth in the ones that we know so well.   When writing a series it is always good to keep the audience or readership interested.   I am ready for my next Janet Evanovich novel.

Rating:

4.5/5

Please visit Janet on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Congratulations to the Giveaway Winners!

I am announcing the winners of the two most recent giveaways! 

The winner of the Cecilia Dominic giveaway is Tanya!   Please email me at jenceyg@gmail.com for prize fulfillment.

The winner of the Mary Alice Monroe giveaway is Kathy!  Please email me. 

Ladies you have 48 hours to email me for prize fulfillment.  We still have one giveaway running for Mary Kay Andrews prize pack.  Good luck!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What is Your Status?



Thank you to Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke and Simon and Schuster for a copy of The Status of All Things.  I really enjoyed the first novel Your Perfect Life, and I think my readers will really enjoy this one.  How do you feel about Facebook and the statuses you see on them?  Do constantly update your status or only report when necessary?

Synopsis: 

Kate is preparing for her wedding day.  The next task on her agenda once she locates Max is the rehearsal dinner.  Where is Max?   When she finally finds him he tells her that he doesn’t want to marry her. She is stunned by this news and goes home with her friends Jules and Liam.   Kate walks into a Starbucks with a when a very special experience occurs.  All of the sudden she finds herself with an opportunity to possibly changer her future.  She wakes up in the past before the wedding.  Will Kate’s knowledge of what will happen in her relationship with Max help her keep him?  Or will she lose him?

My Thoughts: 

I really enjoyed this novel!  Authors Liz and Lisa explore what would happen if suddenly you could wish your life into a different direction, with just posting a status update on Facebook.  How fun could it possibly is?  I don’t know that I would wish for things on Facebook myself.  How about you?

Once again this novel is set in LA.  The authors write with such realistic dialogue and characters you would want to have real conversations.   There is one character trait that is not my favorite “narcism.”  I did feel that Kate was more likable by the end of the novel.

Rating: 

4.5/5

Please visit Liz and Lisa on their Facebook page, Twitter, and their Website.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Giveaway for Mary Andrews Prize Pack for Save the Date and Summer Rental

I just got some exciting news that Save The Date will be released in trade paperback and Summer
Rental will be released in mass market.  Two great reads by Mary Kay Andrews.  I am currently reading Beach Town and can't wait to share it with you.  So to start how about a giveaway  that includes this great prize pack.
Here's a list of what all will be in the fabulous goody bag:
  • Copy of SAVE THE DATE in trade paperback
  • Copy of SUMMER RENTAL in mass market paperback
  • Two different Mary Kay Andrews bookmarks
  • Set of 3 SAVE THE DATE recipe cards
  • SAVE THE DATE magnet
  • MKA Summer Rental sticker
  • BEACH TOWN lip balm with SPF 15
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The Audio Publishers Association announces THE AUDIOBOOK BLOGGER OF THE YEAR!

Contest Winner, The Literate Housewife,
To be crowned at Audies Gala on May 28th
 
 
May 4, 2015—The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced that Jennifer Conner who runs the book blog “The Literate Housewife,” will be recognized as the 2015 Audiobook Blogger of the Year—an honor awarded to her through a competition sponsored by the APA.
 
“The APA created this contest to recognize the valuable contribution of independent audiobook listeners who review and promote the format online” said Megan Fitzpatrick of Hachette Audio, who is an APA member and one of the contest judges. “We saw it as an opportunity to not only reward their work, but to increase engaging discussions about audiobooks on the web and to encourage new bloggers to join the conversation.”
 
For the competition bloggers were invited to submit entries for consideration by a 5-member panel of judges including three APA members, APA Executive Director Michele Cobb, and one celebrity judge—actor and award-winning audiobook narrator Bronson Pinchot.
 
“I was honored to join this effort to recognize all of the amazing work book bloggers do to celebrate and advocate the audiobook listening experience,” Pinchot said. “The range of focus from site to site (examining various genres and appealing to different audiences) was impressive, and their enthusiasm contagious. Without exception, the entries were of high quality, with well-written and deeply considered reviews, and many also had very strong reputations for championing audiobooks through social media.”
 
Entrants were judged on three review posts submitted for consideration; on the overall review coverage and aesthetics of their site; on their social media presence and interaction with their blog community and fellow bloggers; and on a personal statement.
 
 
“We were thrilled to g
et such strong entries,” said APA Executive Director Michele Cobb. “A good competition is a fierce one! Literate Housewife impressed us with her quality coverage and creativity.”
 
“It was great to see the wonderful enthusiasm for audiobooks among the entries and it was a really hard decision,” added Samantha Edelson of Macmillan Audio, an APA member and contest judge. “Ultimately, Literate Housewife’s thoughtfulness and attention to detail really stood out.”
 
Conner’s prize for winning the competition is 2 tickets to the black-tie Audies Gala, which will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the New York Acad
emy of Medicine in New York City. Conner will be recognized for her achievement at the Gala and have her photo taken with Audies emcee, author Jack Gantos, and contest judge Bronson Pinchot.
 
Conner had this to say about her new title: “Audiobooks are my passion. Knowing how gifted and diverse the audiobook blogging community is, it is an incredible honor to be chosen as the APA’s 2015 Audiobook Blogger of the Year. Receiving this award tells me that in some way I have contributed to the audiobook community that has given me so much.”
 
 
ABOUT THE AUDIO PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
Formed in 1987, the Audio Publishers Association (APA) is a not-for-profit trade association that advocates the common, collective business interests of audio publishers. The APA consists of audio publishing companies and allied suppliers, distributors, and retailers of spoken word products and allied fields related to the production, distribution and sale of audiobooks. The APA serves as a networking, educational and information forum for its members; delivers programs, services and awards that serve the common business interests for its members; and promotes policies and activities that accelerate audiobook awareness and industry growth. APA and its members work to bring all audio publishers together to create increased public awareness for the audiobook industry through joint publicity efforts, national consumer surveys, trade show exhibits, an association newsletter and the annual APA conference, APAC.