Observations- Author Connections, Book Trailers, Blog tours…

Every once in a while I like to share some of my observations with you on various literary related topics. Dood! Did you just notice what a proper sentence from me looks like?!?  Whoa!!! Don’t get used to it 😉

So, here we go…

Y’all know how much I love books right?!? Did you just say…”Well duh Tamie?!?” OMG!! Ok, but really it was a rhetorical question. Obviously, I love books or Bookish Temptations wouldn’t exist. Here’s the thing tho…I don’t just love reading books. Nope…I’m all about talking, writing, and discussing them as well. Do you have any idea how happy it makes me when I share a great book with someone and that person feels just as passionate about it as I do?!? It’s like all the best cliches in the world…having ur cake and eating it too, the cherry on top, icing on the cake…

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My Top 10 Book Covers of 2011

After putting myself through the trauma of choosing an order for my Top 10 Books for 2011 I decided I deserved a reprieve  for my favorite Top 10 Book covers. They are presented in no particular order, but I loved them all. Several of them were what drew my interest to the book in the 1st place.

I’m afraid in this day and age of ebook popularity that book covers aren’t given as much thought and attention as they should receive. I believe that’s a huge mistake. Whether I’m in a book store browsing,  looking online, or perusing a publishers site, I’m still drawn in by a great book cover. Sometimes it’s the colors that catch my eye, sometimes it’s the design/ picture/text, and sometimes it’s all.  I work in retail as a merchandiser when I’m not doing this, and my boss has a saying he’s fond of…It’s a 5 second decision for customers.

I don’t know how much input an author has on his/her book cover, but authors if you do have anything to say in the matter make sure your book cover speaks for you.

Alright, show time…

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Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

One hour to rewrite the past . . .

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.

That’s what the publisher says…here’s what I thought…

1st lemme tell u how I found this book. I was in my local bookstore, City Lights, and as I was checking out I was handed a bookmark and told about an upcoming visit by some new YA authors one of which was Myra McEntire. Long story short I went home and checked out the authors and decided to try Hourglass.

This book is an absolute gem. A must read. A steal your heart and keep it kind of book.

In chapter 4 Myra comes up with a 4 word sentence that is now in my top 10 favorite book sentences…yes I have fave sentences. I won’t explain it you’ll have to read the book, but here it is : Buttered biscuits and honey. *le satisfied sigh*

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Tamie is reading Hourglass by Myra McEntire

I’m 58% into Hourglass by Myra McEntire, and I’m very excited about this book.      Buttered biscuits and honey. It’s my favorite sentence at the moment. WoW! You’ll have to read it to find out why those 4 little words are so meaningful.