05.30.11

Mailbox Monday – May 30th

Posted in Event at 5:25 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at A Girl and Her Books for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. May’s host is MariReads.

This week I received a variety of books. First up is The Walled Garden by Michele Lang. The main character is a young woman who discovers a secret world underneath New York City in the 1980s. The kindle version was free when I got it.

Still Life With Murder by P.B. Ryan. This was another Kindle freebie. It’s part of a mystery series featuring Boston governess Nell Sweeney and opium-smoking former battle surgeon Will Hewitt. This is the first in a series that has 5 books so far.

In the Dark of Dreams by Marjorie M. Liu. I read the first few chapters in the 2010 EOS Reader HarperCollins put out last year. It’s a paranormal romance between a mortal girl and a merman.

Bossypants by Tina Fey. The cover is horrible so it definitely didn’t draw me in – I find Tina Fey talented and want to learn some more about her. Since it’s comprised of numerous essays it should be easy to read when I have chunks of time.

Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton. Another memoir but this time by the chef and owner of Prune. On our recent trip to New York, my husband ate there on Wednesday and had such a wonderful dining experience he had to return on Sunday with me for brunch.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

05.24.11

Mailbox Monday – May 23rd

Posted in Event at 12:29 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at A Girl and Her Books for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. May’s host is MariReads.

This week I received a copy of The Borgia Betrayal: A Novel by Sara Poole from St. Martin’s Press for review. Francesca Giordano, the court poisoner for Pope Alexander VI, must find out who is behind the plot to unseat the pope. This is a sequel to Poison which was released last year featuring the same characters.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

05.16.11

Mailbox Monday – May 16th

Posted in Event at 11:40 pm by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at A Girl and Her Books for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. May’s host is MariReads.

This week I received an ARC of The Arrivals by Meg Mitchell Moore from Anna of the Hachette Book Group. It’s a debut novel about an empty nester couple who find the house full once more due to unexpected visits from all of their children (and grandchilden). I’ve read a few chapters and don’t want to put it down. It’s going to be on tour next week if you want to see what others have to say about it.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

05.09.11

April 2011

Posted in Event, Status Report, Writing at 5:00 am by Amber

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews are not included.

  1. Sales in April: 0
  2. Rejections in April: 0
  3. Submissions sent out in April: 0
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 1

In April I took a workshop on plotting with Tina Gerow.  She gave some examples of different techniques and we tried one or two of them for ourselves.  The brainstorm forum gave me some good ideas on additional obstacles for my main character while I’m writing this month.

It’s May so that means it’s time for Writo de Mayo and MayNoWriMo – the month where you pick a writing challenge of your own.  This year my goal is to write at least 100 words Monday – Friday.  It’s not going great so far but I am getting some new words down.  I also signed up for May Boot Camp at SavvyAuthors.  My team is an awesome group of people.

05.08.11

Mailbox Monday – May 9th

Posted in Event at 11:45 pm by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at A Girl and Her Books for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. May’s host is MariReads.

 I received an electronic copy of The Summoner from the author, Layton Green, for review.  It’s the first in a series featuring Dominic Grey, a US Diplomatic Security Agent stationed in Zimbabwe, with no promotions on the horizon.  Grey’s investigation into the disappearance of a diplomat during a religious ceremony will change his career path and make him believe the impossible.

05.07.11

Ohioana Book Festival and Free Comic Book Day

Posted in Event at 1:09 am by Amber

It’s Saturday and there’s a convergence of events in town.

This year the Ohioana Book Festival is moving to a larger location.  I went to the festival last year and came home with about a dozen books (mostly signed).  As usual, they’ll have readings, book signings and panels with Ohio writers and illustrators planned throughout the day.

Local comic stores are participating in the annual Free Comic Book Day.  Some even have signings and guest visits.  I could totally meet Xander in person today!

I have some family commitments that will probably keep me from both events.  If you attend either one, have a good time!