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Celebrating Debutantes 2016: Second Wave Kick-Off!

Celebrating Debutantes 2016 Second Wave

Celebrating Debutantes 2016 is back!

Early this year Precious and I launched the first wave of Celebrating Debutantes  – a blog event that features debut authors and their novels. Today we are thrilled to open the second wave of #CelebratingDebutantes2016. This second part of the event will run from August 4, 2016 to September 30, 2016. Two months of book love, features, giveaways, and fun. Which means more authors to follow and books to discover. Maybe your next favorite novel is one of them or maybe more.

Below is the list of novels and authors we will feature in the coming days. So watch out and follow the event. Also, don’t forget to check the giveaway below for international & PH readers.

Celebrating Debutantes 2016 Second Wave participants:

Tokens and Omens by Jeri Baird
The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers
Frayed by Kara Terzis
Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee
The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw
Life Before by Michele Bacon
In the Shadow of the Dragon King by J Keller Ford
100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen
The Distance To Home by Jenn Bishop
Cherry by Lindsey Rosin
Never Ever by Sara Saedi
The Killer in Me by Margot Harrison
Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley
Doreen by Ilana Manaster
How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy
Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen
The Fray Theory: Resonance by Nelou Keramati
The Crown’s Game by Everlyn Skye
The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
The Art of Holding On and Letting Go by Kristin Bartley Lenz
The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White
Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill
Ripple by Heather Smith Meloche
Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West
Resurrecting Sunshine by Lisa A. Koosis
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
A Bond Of Venom and Magic by Karen Tomlinson
Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally
Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jesicca Cluess
At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer
Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen
Spin the Sky by Jill MacKenzie
Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth
Until I Break by Kara Bietz
If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson
Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

CD2016 Second Wave Collage

Giveaway:

What’s up for Grabs?

  • A book of your choice from the list of Second Wave Celebrating Debutantes 2016 participants (International)
  • Surprise Prize Pack (PH Only)

The Rules:

  • Open Internationally to anywhere Amazon / Book Depository ships / PH Residents
  • For International prize will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
  • For PH giveaway, we will be sending the prize via local courier
  • There will be one (1) winner for International entries and another one (1) for PH entries
  • Winners will be chosen and announced by rafflecopter
  • Winners will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends on September 30, 2016

To enter fill out the rafflecopter form

Good Luck!!!

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Celebrating Debutantes 2016: First Wave Kick-Off!

Celebrating Debutantes 2016

Celebrating Debutantes 2016 starts today! Precious and I are super thrilled to start the first wave this year.

To those who haven’t yet heard of Celebrating Debutantes, this blog event actually started by Michelle of The Escapist, which aims to put on spotlight new authors of the current year. Now that Michelle finally said goodbye to the blogging world, Precious and I just can’t accept that Celebrating Debutantes will also bid farewell. So we asked Michelle if we can adopt her creation to continue celebrating new talents of the publishing world. Starting this year Celebrating Debutantes have a new homes as we promise to continue its legacy.

And since there are lots of debut authors this year, Precious and I decided to split the event into two parts to accommodate as many debutants as possible. The First Wave will feature January to June debut authors and the Second Wave for July to December debut authors.

We have lots of talented authors on board this year and Precious and I are more than thrilled to feature them and their wonderful works. So to start Celebrating Debutantes 2016, I’ll give you the list of participants and the whole first wave schedule in calendar and written list. And don’t forget to to check the bottom of the post for a little giveaway.

February 2016
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
15
Kick Off Post and Giveaway
16
The Heir and the Spare
17
zero day by jan gangsei
18The Year We Fell Apart 19The Big Rewind 20Arrows
21After the Woods 22 Holding Court 23Sword and Verse 24Magnetic Shift 25Flirting with Fame 26BOUNDERS cover 27The Girl Who Fell
28Bookishly Ever After 29Beyond The Red
March 2016
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1A Study in Charlotte 2Suffer Love 3The Mystery of Hollow Places 4Liars and Losers Like Us 5Crossing the Line
6Save Me, Kurt Cobain 7Fear My Mortality 8Without Borders 9The Way Back to You 10Don't Get Caught 11Stone Field 12The Last Great Adventure of the PB&J
13Curio 14Dig Too Deep 15Consider 16 My Kind of Crazy 17The Star-Touched Queen 18The Art of Not Breathing 19The Way I Used to Be
20Summer of Supernovas 21The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary 22Draw the Line 23Devil and the Bluebird 24Revenge and the Wild 25Ivory and Bone 26Please Don't Tell
27Emerge 28The May Queen Murders 29Love & Gelato 30Mirror in the Sky 31I Woke Up Dead at the Mall

Book photos will be linked to the actual spotlight post as well as the written list below. So don’t forget to come back to check out all these amazing debut authors and their novels. There will be lots of fun and exciting features and of course giveaways.

Celebrating Debutantes 2016 First Wave participants:

February 16, 2016 – The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
February 17, 2016 – Zero Day by Jan Gangsei
February 18, 2016 – The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin
February 19, 2016 – The Big Rewind by Libby Cudmore
February 20, 2016 – Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk
February 21, 2016 – After the Woods by Kim Savage
February 22, 2016 – Holding Court by KC Held
February 23, 2016 – Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
February 24, 2016 – Magnetic Shift by Lucy Briand
February 25, 2016 – Flirting with Fame by Samantha Joyce
February 26, 2016 – Bounders by Monica Tesler
February 27, 2016 – The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker
February 28, 2016 – Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
February 29, 2016 – Beyond the Red by Ava Jae
March 01, 2016 – A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
March 02, 2016 – Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake
March 02, 2016 – The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
March 03, 2016 – The Marked Girl by Lidsey Klingele
March 04, 2016 – Liars and Losers Like Us by Ami Allen-Vath
March 05, 2016 – Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers
March 06, 2016 – Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer
March 07, 2016 – Fear My Mortality by Everly Frost
March 08, 2016 – Without Borders by Amanda Heger
March 09, 2016 – The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott
March 10, 2016 – Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
March 11, 2016 – Stone Field by Christy Lenzi
March 12, 2016 – The Last Great Adventure of the PB&J Society by Janet Johnson
March 13, 2016 – Curio by Evangeline Denmark
March 14, 2016 – Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer
March 15, 2016 – Consider by Kristy Acevedo
March 16, 2016 – My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul
March 17, 2016 – The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
March 18, 2016 – The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander
March 19, 2016 – The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
March 20, 2016 – Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods
March 21, 2016 – The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan
March 22, 2016 – Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
March 23, 2016 – Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black
March 24, 2016 – Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto
March 25, 2016 – Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
March 26, 2016 – Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims
March 27, 2016 – Emerge by Tobie Easton
March 28, 2016 – The May Queen of Murders by Sarah Jude
March 29, 2016 – Love & Gelato by Jenna Welch
March 30, 2016 – Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorona
March 31, 2016 – I Woke Up Dead at the Mall by Judy Sheehan

Giveaway:

What’s up for Grabs?

  • A book of your choice from the list of Celebrating Debutantes 2016 participants

The Rules:

  • Open Internationally to anywhere Amazon / Book Depository ships
  • Prize will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
  • There will be one (1) winner only
  • Winner will be chosen and announced by rafflecopter
  • Winner will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends on April 1st, 2016

To enter fill out the rafflecopter form

Good Luck!!!

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2016 Reading & Blogging Goals

I’m back and hopefully more appearance than the past few months! Sorry for being MIA, there are just so many things that happened before 2015 ends like the wedding of one of my best friend which makes me super busy being a Maid of Honor, then there’s also the holidays and other life’s obligations. But now that I’m back I’m very much excited to share to all of you my 2016 reading and blogging plans.

Unlike last year where my reading and blogging plans was more “go with the flow” this year I’m actually lay-outing a more detailed plans with the push of my closest reading buddy Precious of Fragments of Life. Together we are organizing a blog event called “Celebrating Debutantes 2016”, wherein we are featuring debut authors of 2016 and their works. Since I love meeting new authors and discovering great talents I am actually excited to host this event with Precious.

Precious and I also targeting literary titles as part of our monthly reads this 2016. With a goal to try different genre than our usual YA fantasy or contemporary read we are trying a more mature/serious tone of reads. We already picked our target tiles for each month so watch out for our reviews.

As for my goodreads reading challenge this year, I’m back to 100 books to read. Last year I tried to cut it down to 50 books expecting for a more lay low reading in 2015, then eventually changed it to 100 since I am reading more than I targeted. I’m happy to report that I did finished the 100 books goals for 2015. Let’s see how I will perform for this year.

That’s all for now, will have to layout other plans too beside reading and blogging for 2016.

I hope everyone’s 2016 is getting off to a great start! Happy New Year to all!!!

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2015 Reading & Blogging Goals

Happy 2015 Everyone! How’s everyone year so far? I hope 2015 brings us all good cheers and blessings. 2015 is actually kicking pretty fast for me, it’s just few days since the year started but I feel like I’m in the fast lane already doing all the planning and other work related stuff. I foreseeing the year to be very busy which push me to decide to alter my blogging and reading plans. Instead of pushing myself with all the reading goals and challenges like what I do every year, I decided to cut all the goals for 2015 and just let the tides flow for me. No tight goals or concrete plans but to enjoy blogging and reading.

I’ve already cut my goodreads reading challenge goal to half – from the usual 100 books per year I’m doing a 50 books this year. I’m also hoping to read most the books from my shelves and lessened my habit of acquiring new books without having definite plans or timeline of reading them because I’m usually stack with my for review pile. As for getting books for review, just like last year, I will continue to stop requesting book for review. If I get an offer to review books I will consider them but will only accepts those books I think that I will really like or will definitely love. I’m also cutting joining review tour this year – this one will be bit hard since I’m one of the admins of a local book tour site but I’ll still try.

I’m going back reading more non-fictions books too beside those usual required reading for work. Last time I checked, the nonfiction area of my shelve is almost non-existence compare to the volumes of YA fiction books I have. Even if I add those dozens of self-help titles that I lend to my friends they are still too small compare to fictions books I acquired for the past years.

There are other plans but all these plans and goals are just more of a reminder for me to just removed the restrictions and the usual lines of schedule and target goals. Time to go back reading and reviewing for my own enjoyment and just share the love for written words without the hassle of obligations.

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SWEET EVIL Read Along Week Four: Halloween

This is the fourth and final week of Sweet Evil read along hosted by Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads together with her other co-host bloggers, Rachel of Fiktshun, Jaime of Two Chicks On Books, Tara of Tater’s Tall Tails and Nancy of Ravenous Reader. This week topic discussion is Halloween and we are required to read chapters 26 through 31 (pages 341-447). From these chapters we encounter Kaidan and Anna attending a Halloween Party which is where this week’s theme is based.

As for my Halloween…

Well, truth to be told, my Halloween experiences were as boring as they can be! I never experience attending Halloween party as a kid. Trick or treat doesn’t exists in my location until much recent years when I am too old to participate. My younger memories of Halloween is spending it with my family and relatives visiting the graves of our death relatives, bringing flowers, food and praying for them. On the night of Halloween, my Mom always light candles on our altar and even in our door steps. I don’t understand much what are those candles for, other than each candles represents each of our death relatives. Maybe it’s part of remembering them during this season and sending prayers as well.

Other than those usual ceremony, I also spend Halloween watching scary movies with my cousins, or simply chatting in dark with ghost stories scaring each others. Stories I never discover the authenticity which makes it harder to believe as I get older. I never really get scared by their stories anyway, no matter how interesting and convincing they delivered it. I like watching scary movies especially Japanese horror films, but I haven’t found one that really scared the hell out of me.

I never experienced attending costume parties for Halloween until when I was much older to organized one for others. My parents, especially my Mom doesn’t really approved of partying during Halloween, unless you are a kid. That she can tolerate more. She think Halloween should be spend more for the dead people, than attending party. Kids now a days are way luckier than me. They got the chance to do trick or treat with their friends, get candies or sweets and attend Halloween costumes parties.

Back to the book…

I already finished reading Sweet Evil during the second week of the read along. But I still do a re-read once in awhile as I love re-reading Kaidan’s scenes. Some of the quotes I like from this week required chapters read are:

“I’ve got a joke for you,” Kaidan told him. Jay nodded his head, ready.
“What’s the difference between a drummer and a savings bond?”
“I don’t know. What?” Jay beamed bright yellow.
“A savings bond matures and eventually makes money.”

“What do you want from me, Kai?”
“For starters?” His voice lowered to sexy, dangerous depths. “I want to introduce myself to every freckle on your body.”

For those who haven’t read the book yet, I hope those two quotes above will be intriguing enough to finally push you to start reading. You don’t want to miss Kaidan and Anna’s story. And since this is the final post for the read along, let me thank you once again the organizer/host and co-hosts of this event. Without their effort I wouldn’t discover Kaidan and Anna’s world or simply met Kaidan.

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SWEET EVIL Read Along Week Three: Truth or Dare

This is the third week of Sweet Evil Read Along hosted by Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads. For this week we are required to read Chapters seventeen through twenty five (pages 232- 340). From these chapters we’ve known more about the other Nephilim and their world. We also get to know Anna’s Dad and his interesting story with Anna’s mother.

For this week read along the theme is “Truth or Dare” inspired by the truth or dare game played by Anna, Kaidan and his Nephilim friends.

“How about a game of Truth or Dare?” Marna offered.

I was immediately apprehensive. Just as I was about to suggest something else, Kaidan spoke and my heart faltered.

“I’ll go first,” he said. “I dare Kope to kiss Anna.”

Everything inside me flooded with fury and embarrassment. Kaidan leaned far back with his arms crossed, cocky. I stood up without thinking and hooked my foot under his chair, swiftly kicking upward and causing him to topple backward. He looked up at me from the ground with a stunned expression that morphed into a grin.

Truth or Dare

To be honest I’m not a fan of Truth or Dare game. I don’t enjoy this as much when I was younger. I’m not sure how can I choose dare without someone giving me an actual dare, so I’ll just go with the truth and since there no questions for me to answer I will just list some little facts about me. I will limit these facts to something book related but not purely Sweet Evil, though. Here they are:

  • I haven’t read Sweet Evil earlier because of its angelic theme. I’m limiting my paranormal reads for this year because angel books are mostly missed than hit for me. Sweet Evil isn’t part of my priority read until this read along came.
  • I’ve only read the whole Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling last July. I’ve had those books in my TBR for the longest time. But only after watching the eight movies in DVD for the third time, I finally dive in with the books.
  • I don’t take notes while I’m reading so when the time comes that I need to review a book and I need a line or two to quote something, I have to scan the book all over again to find what I need to use. 
  • I’m not good in remembering authors name especially when I only read one book from him/her. I can remember the story, characters and major events from the book but not the author unless he/she is really well known.
  • I give copies of my favorite books to my friends not only because I want them to read it but also to avoid lending them my own copies and end up getting my books back battered.
  • I usually buy children books so I have something to discard every end of the year for public schools/library or street children.
  • When I was 18 I received tons of gifts but only one makes me cried so much, an inspirational book given by my brother’s girlfriend with a letter inside.
  • When that said book above was doodled inside by a child, I got the urge to hit the child the moment I found out what happened but I didn’t do it, instead I end up crying & devastated for days.

That’s all I can think of for now. I know they are not entertaining nor interesting facts but I hope I’ve shared something new about me to all of you. Enjoy reading Sweet Evil!

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