Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop–Win Awkward by Marni Bates!

Here’s a chance to win free books!   I am a Reader, Not a Writer is hosting the Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop.  The giveaway is March March 20 – March 25.   There will be a ton of chances for you to win some new reading material.  Just hop on over to I am a Reader, Not a Writer to see the other giveaways!  Click here to see the list of participating blogs.

I am giving away a finished copy of Awkward by Marni Bates!  I loved this book,  and I think you will, too!

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Book Blogger Confessions – Where’s the Love?


Book Blogger Confessions is a newish meme hosted by Tiger’s All Consuming Media or For What It’s Worth.   On the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month they be discuss a topic that effects book bloggers and then give other bloggers a chance to vent, share their opinion or offer a solution.

If you want to participate just grab their button and include it in your post with a link to either Tiger’s All Consuming Media or For What It’s Worth.   They will be providing a linky at the end of their posts so people can "hop" to see all the participants answers.

This week’s question:

Everyone LOVES that book! Why don’t I? How do you handle being the one reviewer who doesn’t like a book that’s taking the blogosphere by storm? Do you write a review? Pretend you didn’t read the book?

This happens to me a lot.  Either I am feeling meh about a book that everyone else is swooning over, or I am shouting out my love for a book that everyone else seems to hate.  It’s more frustrating for me when I think I’m the one reviewer in love with a book, because then I feel like I am swimming against the current.   I have this overwhelming urge to constantly share how much I loved it in hopes of convincing someone else to read it and love it, too.  I always write reviews for books that I don’t feel are getting enough love.

For those titles that didn’t captive me, I will still write a review expressing my opinions about why it didn’t knock my socks off.  There are just some books that don’t work for me, and while I am disappointed that I wasn’t blown away by the book, I will still share my thoughts about it.  If I totally hate a book, chances are that I won’t finish reading it.  I usually restrict my thoughts on the DNF books to Goodreads – if I haven’t finished, I don’t feel that I can write a balanced review, but I can certainly share what wasn’t working for me.  There are times when I am just not in the mood for that particular book at that particular point in my life, and so it gets set aside for another day. 

One thing that I have stopped doing is reading the latest and greatest hyped title near its release date.  Odds are, there will be 100 other reviews out the week the book is released, and I would rather save it for a time when the hype has died down a little.  It doesn’t matter whether I loved it, hated it, or was indifferent to it, I would rather focus on titles that might slip under the radar, and tackle the highly marketed books a little later in their shelf lives.

How about you?  What do you do when you and the next big thing don’t hit it off?


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Interview with Imogen Rose, Author of Initiation

Imogen Rose is the author of several YA paranormal novels, including the Portal Chronicles.  In her latest release, Initiation,  she revisits the mysterious and dangerous world of her Bonfire Academy.  Imogen stopped by the virtual offices to discuss her new book.

[Manga Manga Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Imogen Rose] I asked my daughter, and she said, “Awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome.” Who am I to argue? Seriously, though… Mom, multi-tasker, lover of good wine, food, and hot guys. A fan of YA TV, movies, and books.

[Manga Manga Café] Can you tell us a little about Initiation?

[Imogen Rose] Initiation is the prequel to Faustine (Bonfire Chronicles Book One). After Faustine was published, many of my readers wondered about her early years at the Academy, and also about her suddenly close relationship with Ryker. So Initiation takes us back to her first year at the Academy, and we get to experience her year through the eyes of Cordelia, her mentor. The Academy is home to all kinds of paranormals, not restrained by human morals—which I know is a bit hard to accept for some—so we get a look into their world from this angle.

[Manga Manga Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Imogen Rose] They were born from the rawest aspects of my imagination. 🙂

[Manga Manga Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the story?

[Imogen Rose] The writing itself comes easy. Getting it ready for publication—editing, etc.—is the more challenging part.

[Manga Manga Café] What three words best describe Cordelia?

[Imogen Rose] Raw, loyal, irresistible.

[Manga Manga Café] What are three things Cordelia would never have in her room?

[Imogen Rose] Melon (she hates the smell), salt (dampens her senses), and moonshine (my friend Anne-Marie tried to get her into this, and it ended badly).

[Manga Manga Café] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Imogen Rose] My daughter, Lauren. She always needs me to tell her stories!

[Manga Manga Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Imogen Rose] My MacAir and my two index fingers.

[Manga Manga Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Imogen Rose] Mallory Towers, by Enid Blyton.

[Manga Manga Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Imogen Rose] Shop, travel, watch movies, read, play with my dog, but mostly hang out with my daughter at her various activities.

[Manga Manga Café] How can readers connect with you?

[Imogen Rose] I am really easy to reach. I’m on Facebook and Twitter, and always available through email.

[Manga Manga Café] Thanks!

You can learn more about Imogen by visiting her website, Twitter, and Facebook.

Initiation is available now! It’s available in print and digital, and you can order a copy from your favorite bookseller, or by clicking the widget below.

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