Charity Hopping Around the World SIGN UP


Thanks to Kathy @ I Am A Reader Not A Writer  for  helping me and my sister Megan @ Reading Away the Days! to host this Charity Giveaway Hop!

Below are all the details and a link to where you can sign up all three of us want this to be a very fun and positive hop and are very happy you'd sign up and be apart of it with us!

THANK YOU!!

Charity Hopping Around the World
Giveaway HopMarch 30th to April 4th

Hosted by:
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
Reading Away the Days
Reading a Little Bit of Everything

Purpose: To promote a charity that you support.For the post, tell a little about the charity.
It can be a local, regional or worldwide charity.

Along with the info about the charity host a giveaway. It can be a giveaway related to the charity or it can just be book related!
The main thing is to spread the word about your favorite charity!
Hop Rules:
*All family friendly blogs & websites can participate.

*Choose a charity to spotlight.

*Host a giveaway on your site that runs from March 30th to April 4th. It can be related to the charity or book related.

*Include the Charity Hopping Around the World Image & the linky (or link to the hosts sites) in your post.

*No restrictions on the number of entries but please keep it simple.

*You can include a link to the charity's donation page but donations can not be a requirement or way to enter your giveaway.


To sign up simply add your blog to the linky below. Include shipping info in parenthesis after your blog name.


Nothing to do with books!! :D

Okay soo. . . This post has nothing to do with books. . . But I thought everyone should have a listen to what I get woken up to every morning around 7am!! :)
Below is a link to a video on my youtube channel! The lovely video is my mum singing Jessie J! She's a massive Jessie J fan and I have to listen to her squeling to her album every morning! :)


Ohh one problem though!! She had no idea I was filming her at the start . . .  as I left the camera outside her bedroom door. . . and now has no clue I uploaded it to youtube!! :)

Click below to have a gawk!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAfp0bNs7To

:) Don't forget to tweet and share it!! If yous wanna feel nice :)

How should I tell her??? Think she's got the X Factor??

Review: Words of Inspiration from your own Kind by Rachel Greer




Words of Inspiration from Your Own KindPaperback, 108 pages
Published May 5th 2011 by AuthorHouse
ISBN
1456738046 (ISBN13: 9781456738044)

Words of Inspiration from your own kind is an amazing, exceptionally brilliant book. It is filled with poems and poems that are so real and understanding.
I felt I could connect with some of them and know what the author means as they are so emotional and very very true. There were a few I loved but one that stood out from the rest for me was the one below and I've been allowed to tell yous all which one it is.
I have Risen
I will stand in the darkest moments, even if n that moment,
 I become depress,
That's the strength in me, I am that strong
If they drag me down in the dirt, I will come up cleaner.
To be all I can be is my focus
To be real at all times, I shall remain
I have to watch my back because people ain't what they portray to be
To keep the work ethic and believe in myself is all I remain to do.
To try to be a civilized young person is my mind state
Knowing there's nothing I can't do is my mind state
So ambitious mistaken to be conceited
Just smile when they talk down on me is all I will do
To continue to excel in every possible way is what I must thrive to do
To reach for the stars is what I will do, driven
I have risen
Any kind of writing just doesn't get any better than that. It is extraordinary and so so amazingly written. This book has definitely put alot of things in perspective for me and I can't believe how reading this book page after page I thoroughly enjoyed!
Everyone should read this novel! As it will near enough change the way you see things for the better! :)
Rachel Greer is a very talented author one which I know I will read any of her future work as Words of Inspiration just can't be enough!

You can purchase a copy pf the book here:
Amazon ~ (Available in Paperback, Hardback, Ebook)
Barnes and Noble ~ (Available in Paperback)

Family Magic Blog Tour: Character Profile



Character Profile: Syd

Full Name: Sydlynn Thaddea Hayle

Age: 16

Physical Description: Slim but athletic build (she’s a kick-ass soccer player) with long, wavy brown hair bordering on black, blue eyes and a handful of freckles that show up when she gets too much sun.

Background: Syd has grown up in a powerful coven, the daughter of the leader and a Demon Lord of the Seventh Plane. Ever since she can remember, she’s wanted to be ordinary. A powerful witch who is also half demon, she has access to an incredible amount of magic. But using said magic makes her dizzy and nauseated and has driven her to hate her power. She struggles every day to fit in with the normal kids, suffering from bullies and living the life of an outcast. Her parents refuse to let her shed her magic until her eighteenth birthday and she is counting down the days.

Who she lives with: Her mother Miriam Hayle, 38, her grandmother Ethpeal, 64, her little sister Meira, 9, her demon cat Sassafras, (age unknown to Syd), Uncle Frank (frozen at 21 by vampirism) and his girlfriend Sunny (age unknown to Syd). Her father visits from time to time through his granite effigy in the basement.

Where she lives: Syd and her family have just relocated to a small town in Pennsylvania called Wilding Springs. It’s a charming, frozen-in-time kind of place with picturesque buildings and gingerbread houses, a tourist dream right down to the local hangout, Johnny’s, a classic ‘50’s style diner. As normal and ordinary as it feels, Syd can’t help but get the impression there is something otherworldly about the place.

Likes: Syd loves soccer, football captain Brad Peters, anything to do with normal and ordinary. Her mom.

Dislikes: Her demon side, how the entire membership of her coven seems to think they have a say in what she does, being bullied. Her mom.

Mysteries: The Moromond family arrives in town, old friends of her mother’s. Syd is oddly drawn to and repulsed by the deliciously handsome Quaid Moromond, their dark, lean and perfectly yummy witch son. Naturally, he doesn’t fit in with her plans to be normal. She struggles with seemingly coincidental attacks on her family while battling the bullies who try to put her in her place as the weird new girl. A huge black dog seems to be following her everywhere while, to her utter amazement, Brad Peters, the captain of the football team, actually wants to be her friend.


Family Magic is avaiable to buy now! 

About the Author: Patti Larsen is a middle grade, young adult and adult author with a passion for the paranormal. Her YA thriller series, The Hunted, is available now. The first four books of The Hayle Coven series, Family Magic, Witch Hunt, Demon Child and The Wild are out now. Her YA paranormal novel, Best Friends Forever, and steampunk series, Blood and Gold, are due early in 2012. She is a full time writer and a part time teacher of her Get Your Book Done program. Patti lives on the East Coast of Canada with her very patient husband and four massive cats.

You can find her:

On Amazon.com and Goodreads

Next Blog Stop: A review of Family Magic on Book Passion for Life


Family Magic by Patti Larsen

Raising the Demon

“Haralthazar,” my mother glided closer to the statue, “we summon you this third night of Power, nine days and nine nights from Samhain Eve, to tighten our bond with you and your realm.” She knelt at the foot of the altar, the picture of the submissive handmaiden. Could she be any more ridiculous? Seriously. “My love, come and be welcome.”

The blinding flash that leapt from her to the statue continued to pour out of her in a deep blue rush of light. I turned my head slightly to the side, squinting in the glare, grateful for the edge of the cowl and the shadow it made. The whole room started to thrum, the floor vibrating with condensed magic as Mom used the energy we had given her to make the doorway that would let my father through.

Sixteen-year-old Sydlynn Hayle is the daughter of a powerful witch and a demon lord of the seventh plane. The trouble is, she just wants to be ordinary. Syd struggles to survive the minefield of her new high school while being torn between her attraction to football hero Brad Peters and the darkly mysterious Quaid Moromond. When her coven comes under attack, Syd is forced to face the fact only her power can save her family’s magic.

Get to know Your Blogger! Interview with Megan from Reading Away the Days & Giveaway!


Get to know your blogger is a weekly event which I decided to start again on my blog. It gives everyone the chance to get to know more about a blogger and see their likes and dislikes. If you a book blogger and would like to participate please email me at kerryannmcdade93@yahoo.co.uk

This week participating is Megan from Reading Away the Days! A YA crazed book blogger and my lovely sister.
Full Name: Megan McDade
Twitter URL: @Teamwolf1988
Facebook Page (Click Here)

Can you tell us abit about yourself?

Well, my name's Megan and I am a 23 year old book addict! Who doesn't love sitting down with an awesome book and being taken into that world, falling in love with characters and going on a journey to forbidden, unexplored and sometimes scary new places. I know I do! I also love to listen to music and watch television. I am a massive Glee fan, who just happens to (a little overobessively) love actor Darren Criss!!! :)



Can you tell us abit about your blog?

My blog is a blog for all things Young Adult (YA) YA is a genre I love and I don't think anything has even come close to beating it. I feature reviews of some of the most awesome new YA I love and am a big supporter of Indie/self published authors. I love to feature new/upcoming YA authors though my YA feature every Friday as well as organise blog tours for various authors.
How and Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging as I had been following many awesome blogs for a while and thought I could do that. I loved reading and shared my opinions on books I had read with my friends and sister. Why not share it with the world? LOL That is basically way I started blogging and what a journey it has been!
How long have you been blogging for?

I have been blogging since March 2nd 2011 and I remember this date as it is my best friends birthday :) I can't believe in less that two months I will be celebrating one year blogging.
Can you sum up your blogging experience so far in 5 words?

Eye-opening, inspirational, exciting, fun & shocking
What was your favourite book as a child and why?

Whenever asked this question even though I have read loads of books, one always springs to mind. I used to love reading the Mr Majeika books by Humphrey Carpenter.  They are about a teacher who is in fact a magician and the adventures he goes on with his class!
Do you judge a book by it's cover?
I do and I know this may be wrong! If I haven't read a book by the author before or the book isn't apart of a series, it is the book cover that usually makes me pick it up and see what is it about! : /

If you could have dinner with 2 characters from any books who would they be and why?

Oh that is such a hard question!! There are loads of fictional characters I love especially the guys he he. I will pick a guy and a girl to be fair. At the moment the guy would be Ryan Beckford from The Childe Series by CA Kunz. I love him!!! The girl would probably be.... oh scrap that it would have to be another guy, he he, Seth Waters from A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton. Hot!!

Which fictional hottie do you wish was real?

Really!!! Look at the trouble I had with the question above! There are loads!! fictional guys are hot! Emm.. there is Seth from a Witch in Winter, Ryan from The Childe Series, Ron from Harry Potter, Jacob from Twilight.. oh dear, how about oh Alex from the Angel Trilogy by L.A.Weatherly he is so hot! All these hotties have GF's though that might suck my blood or cast a spell on me being as their girlfriends are either, witches, half vampires or half angels!

Is there an author whose books you would recommend that have made an impact on you?

The Childe Series by CA.Kunz. I am reading this series at the minute and I love it.

What are your favourite 3 books of 2011?

The Childe by CA.Kunz
Far from War by Jeffery David Payne (one of my surprising faves!)
Forgotten by Cat Patrick

If you could have any book made into a movie what would it be?
The Childe series or Angel Trilogy (which is hopefully being made into a movie :))
Flash Questions!
Favourite:
Genre: YA anything
Mythical Creature: Don't know... a unicorn!?
Colour: Purple/Blue
Ice-Cream Flavour:Strawberry
Classic or Fairytale book: Pride and Prejudice
Team Edward or Jacob? Jacob
Giveaway!
One lucky person will win a copy of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.


You must be a GFC follower of Reading A Little Bit Of Everything AND Reading Away the Days!
Leave a comment below with your email address so I can contact you if you win.

Open Internationally!
What do you think of this weekly event? Do you follow Megan's blog? What did you think of the interview?

Interview with Jane Green and Giveaway!

Jane Green is January's monthly feature for more info on Jane Green Month click on the link below.
http://readinglittlebitofeverything.blogspot.com/2012/01/introducing-jane-green-month.html

I would like to thank Jane massively for taking the time out to answer these questions and for offering a signed copy of Promises to Keep for one lucky reader. I know everyone really appreciates it as much as me.

Now without waiting any longer below is the INTERVIEW WITH JANE GREEN!!! YAY!!!! & all the details for the giveaway!

Promises to Keep is your latest novel Can you tell my readers abit about it?
(It is called The Love Verb in the UK). It was inspired by my own experience of looking after one of my best friends when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and is really about the lessons I learned during that short and heartbreaking journey - what it means to love someone.

Do you like the way your UK/USA book covers are different and do you have a preference?
I have never had a strong preference, although I recently received the cover for my new book in the US, which is completely different to anything I have ever had before, and it is the most beautiful cover I have ever had.

Do you think the front covers of books need to be as capivating as the story itself?
Unquestionably. Faced with hundreds of books in a bookstore, you automatically gravitate to the ones with covers that are compelling or speak to you in some way.

What inspired you to become a writer? I was a huge reader as a child, and developed an enormous love of words, and of the ability we have, as humans, to escape and lose ourselves entirely within the pages of a wonderful book.

You have wrote many fantastic books which has been the most challenging to write? The Love Verb was the most challenging emotionally, but Girl Friday was the hardest, only because I was attempting to inject more mystery and suspense, and I got so bogged down by the complications of the plot, I lost my way with the characters, and their emotional journey.

I love reading your books and even over again, did you enjoy writing them as much as we (the readers) love reading them? I have the greatest job in the world, and I love it, but some books have definitely been easier than others. The Beach House and Jemima J were perhaps the easiest, only because the characters felt so real to me, I missed them for ages afterwards once I had finished writing.

What book are you currently reading? Untold Story by Monica Ali – a novel that deals with the fictitious premise that Princess Diana did not, in fact, perish in a dreadful accident, but escaped to live an anonymous life in a small suburb in America, and re-reading Perfection by Julie Metz.

Who are your favourite Authors?
Armistead Maupin, Jonathan Tropper, Barbara Trapido, Jane Gardam and Cathleen Schine.

For aspiring Authors out there is there any advice you could give them? Write the book you want to write, not the book you think is going to sell, and finish one book before you start another – anyone can start a book, but finishing it is the hard part.

Last question can you tell readers one random fact about yourself? If I had a choice, I would be in bed, lights out, by 9 every night. Sad, but true.

What did you think of the interview? Have you read any of Jane's books? which one is your favourite and why?

Giveaway:

Jane has kindly offered one lucky reader the chance to win a sighed copy of Promises to Keep. (As seen below.) To be in with a chance of winning just read on.


Giveaway Rules:

OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!!

13 January 2012 ~ 31 January 2012!!

*Must be a GFC follower of Reading A Little Bit Of Everything
*Leave a comment below with your GFC name & email address so I can contact you if you win.

Extra Entries:

Please leave direct links and Facebook/Twitter names.

"Like" Janes Facebook page: (Click Here) +2
Follow Jane Green on Twitter: @janegreen +2
Follow me on Twitter: @kerryann93 +2
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If you are a book blogger you might like to take part in my weekly event Get to know your blogger (Click Here) for more info or click the tab at the top of the page.

The light of Asteria Blog Tour: Book Excerpt & Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on The Light of Asteria Blog Tour. Below is an awesome excerpt from The Light of Asteria by Elizabeth Issacs along with a giveaway!

The Light of Asteria (The Kailmeyra Series)

What just happened? Memories raced as I sped toward the highway, desperately searching for an explanation. Nothing came.

The late afternoon breeze cooling the August sky seemed different. The smell was the same woodsy scent that was uniquely the mountains, but the air felt different—like fresh ozone after a spring rain. I shivered, suddenly regretting the impulse to leave the top off the Jeep.

Surely if something had happened, someone else would have noticed. What if it was all a figment of my imagination? Was he even real?

Dense trees surrounded the entrance to the gravel drive, and I pulled off the road for a moment, not yet ready to face Edna. Resting my head on the seat, I admired the day’s last light filtering through the canopy.

Something within me had changed. In an instant, my life felt different. It was as if my senses had spent their entire existence encased in slumber and they now were set free. My eyes wandered to the lush green life that grew dark in the muted light. The still small voice that beckoned me to stay now became insistent—it was crucial that I keep quiet. No one must know. Green eyes and warm hands embraced my memory one last time before I locked them away.

The Light of Asteria by Elizabeth Issacs

Come back on the 23rd of January for my review of The Light of Asteria!

Twitter: @kailmeyra




Autographed softcovers can be purchased on the website

Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive an Ebook of The Light of Asteria.

To Enter:

*You must be a GFC follower (please leave GFC follower name below)
*Please leave you email so I can contact you if you win.

Extra Entry:

* +1 Facebook or tweet about the giveaway: (Leave link below)

The Light of Asteria Blog Tour: Book excerpt & #giveaway via @kerryann93 http://readinglittlebitofeverything.blogspot.com/2012/01/light-of-asteria-blog-tour-book-excerpt.html 

-GIVEAWAY IS INTERNATIONAL
-GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO ANYONE 13+
-GIVEAWAY IS SPONSORED BY ELIZABETH ISSACS
-GIVEAWAY ENDS 31ST JANUARY 2012

Introducing Jane Green Month

Each month of 2012 a different author will feature as the highlight of that month and January's month long feature is . . . . Dun Dun Dun

The spectacular, fantastic, amazingly talented author

*Jane Green*


Jane Green is one of my all time favourite authors as her books captivate my imagination and take me into the world in which she writes. One of her books which I hold very close to my heart is Spellbound (American Version To have and To Hold.) as it kept me enchanted to read more and unable to put it down plus reading it is how I got my great obsession with the beautiful place Connecticut!

Jane Green has very kindly taken the time out to answer questions and very very very very nicely sent me a *Signed edition of Promises to Keep (UK Edition: The Love Verb) as a Giveaway to one lucky person!

This post will host as the main page for Jane Green Month and all posts related to this month will be linked below to help find them quicker.

There will be
  • An Exclusive Interview with Jane Green
  • *Signed Copy of Promises to Keep
  • Reviews of Jane Greens Books
  • Contests to win some book related swag etc.
So who's excited there January Blues are gone?? Who else is a big fan of Jane Green??

The Keeper Blog Tour: Character Profile & Giveaway


Book Blurb:  The morning of her sixteenth birthday, Billie feels blessed despite the reoccurring nightmare that wakes her. Loving parents, a caring boyfriend, and great friends surround her until an heirloom necklace throws her into a world she never imagined.
“Gifted” with supernatural powers and an unexpected destiny as the Keeper, Billie and a mysterious boy from her past must work together to find answers. But, as they begin to discover feelings for one another, he disappears leaving her to fight evil alone. Her life spirals out of control. She breaks up with her boyfriend, Tony, and alienates her best friends Arianna and Jocelyn to protect them from the truth.
As dark forces pursue her, Billie longs to run away from it all, yet a need to do what’s right compels her to face the future as the keeper of more than her own fortune.
Character Profile!
Full name: Billie Smith     Age: 16

 
Physical Description: Billie’s physique is what one might call average. She has a fair skin tone, grey eyes, and a lot of thick brown curly hair just past her shoulder.

This n That:  She grew up in a small town in the middle of Virginia, which is where the story takes place. Her father’s in sales, her mother’s a real estate agent, and Billie has a seventeen year old brother named Dan. Dan’s looks are similar to Billie’s; same skin tone and hair, and he is taller by a few inches. Billie and Dan haven’t been the closest of siblings during her first sixteen years of life. The family resides in a one story home a few blocks from her school.
Likes:  She enjoys hanging out with her best friends, Arianna (Ari) and Jocelyn (Joss). She loves her Golden Retriever, Sam. And she enjoys hearing her boyfriend, Tony’s New York accent. Her favourite snack is a plate of greasy cheese fries. And although Billie enjoys reading classics, she likes nothing more than to curl up on the couch and watch a classic musical.
Dislikes:  Stupid annoying people - which she just might classify as most of her graduating class. Billie is not crazy about her name. She dislikes make up and having to straighten her hair, but she does it anyway.
The eBook version of The Keeper by Natalie Star will be available for purchase through Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and Decadent Publishing on January 6, 2012.
Giveaway:
Natalie has kindly offered one winner some signed swag, an Ebook of The Keeper & a $10 Amazong Giftcard! How awesome is that! And yes, its international as long as you can use the amazon giftcard!
To Enter:
*You must be a GFC follower of my blog (Leave blog follower name)
*Please leave your email so I can contact you if you win.
Extra Entry:
+1 follow Natalie on twitter http://twitter.com/#!/iamjustnatalie (Please leave twitter follower name and make sure your profile public!
-GIVEAWAY IS INTERNATIONAL
-ANYONE 13+ CAN ENTER
-GIVEAWAY IS SPONSERED BY NATALIE STAR
-GIVEAWAY ENDS 20TH JANUARY 2012

LAST BLOG STOP IS TOMORROW JANUARY 6TH ON http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.com/

2011 Round-Up and 2012 Surprises! :)

First of

I'd like to wish yous all a very Happy New Year!! *Cheers* Hip Hip Hooray!

I hope 2012 brings you happiness, laughter, fun, love and loadsa good books!


Today I've decided to do a little 2011 round-up of Interviews and Reviews of the past year! 2011 has been one of the best years ever!
Reasons why:
  • I started my first ever blog Reading A Little Bit Of Everything
  • I got to connect with other wonderful bloggers and authors!
  • I've had interviews with Paige Toon, Hope Sargent, Jennifer Laurens, Nina-Marie Gardner,Terri Long, Jana Oliver and MORE!
  • Breaking Dawn Part 1 was released! EDWARD!! HEADBOARD!
Below in a full list of authors who have all been featured on my blog and if you click on their names you will be brought to their interviews! Enjoy!
I've also reviewed loads of books so the link below brings you to the page of my full list of reviews!

My Top 10 books of 2011: These are not in order of preference, the following 10 just stand out for me as best reads.

  1. Baby Be Mine ~ Paige Toon
  2. Sherry & Narcotics ~ Nina-Marie Gardner
  3. A Season of Eden ~ Jennifer Laurens
  4. Overprotected ~ Jennifer Laurens
  5. Forbidden The Demon Trappers ~ Jana Oliver
  6. In Leah's Wake ~ Terri Giuliano Long
  7. Evercrossed ~ Elizabeth Chandler
  8. Pretty Twisted ~ Gina Blaxill
  9. Betrayal ~ Mayandree Michel
  10. Heavenly ~ Jennifer Laurens
What are your favourite books of 2011?

Sadly I didn't succeed and read my challenge of 50 books for 2011 but for 2012 I'm hoping to read 150! I know what am I doing! ahhh!

What are your reading challenges?
2012 Highlights:
  • Breaking Dawn Part 2! Ahhhhhhh!!!
  • I have my 1 year blogoversary (Big Giveaway Planned)
  • Loads of new books being released!
Also mentioned in the title is 2012 Surprises so I've decided to share a little of what's coming up in 2012 on Reading A Little Bit Of Everything!

Each Month in 2012 an author will be highlighted with quite a major giveaway.

Jane Green will highlight January with an Exclusive Interview and Giveaway plus Reviews all month!
There is loads of exciting books out in 2012 too! YAY! Two that come to the top of my head is

  • Forgiven by Jana Oliver
  • One Perfect Summer by Paige Toon
Also if you are over the age of 18 then you are also very welcome to follow my A Redheads Guilty Reads blog which will also highlight an author each month and January is Nina-Marie Gardner with an exclusive Giveaway.

What have been your highlights from 2011?? What's been your favourite books? Movies?? What are you most looking forward to in 2012?