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Eyes Like Stars Release Day!

I cannot believe I forgot the date! Today is the day debut author Lisa Mantchev’s novel, Eyes Like Stars.

EyesLikeStars Isn’t the cover absolutely beautiful? Anyway, I think the premise of the novel sounds incredible–definitely something unique. A quick blurb from the book:

Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.

She’s not an orphan, but she has no parents.

She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.

Until now.

Enter Stage Right 

NATE. Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie.

COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARD SEED, and PEASEBLOSSOM. Four tiny and incredibly annoying fairies. BERTIE’S sidekicks. 

ARIEL. Seductive air spirit and Bertie’s weakness. The symbol of impending doom.

BERTIE. Our heroine.

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

Check out the Amazon page too! I’m definitely heading out to the bookstore to find it.

Avid Readers

My appetite for a well written story is growing more and more every day. Searching for a good book has always involved a bit of frustration for me, especially as I read too fast sometimes and then I’m back at the beginning, searching earnestly for the next page turner. So, what better way to indulge in my desire of books than to search for blogs about them?

I’ve added a new section to the side called “Avid Readers” and those blogs are focused (for the most part) on book reviews. I find that most of the books I read (and have enjoyed) have come from a detailed review of the book by someone who obviously loves reading as much as I do. I don’t put too much stock in the Amazon reviews, for it’s clear that many people are way to quick to bash a book for something they don’t like. While I may not like a certain book I read, there’s a way to review it that doesn’t call for borderline vulgarity.

Anyway, if you have any book review blogs or websites you like to visit, let me know. It can be anything from adult mainstream to young adult, to fantasy to thriller and historical fiction–I’m trying to add to the list every day (or at least on a regular basis).

For the Love of Neighborhood Bookstores

I keep meaning to update more, but I can never seem to think of anything to write about. 😦

Anyway, switching gears. I had a nice little excursion yesterday to my local bookstore. It’s a small branch-off store from the Books-A-Million chain (our local stores are called Books & Co.) but it still retains that local bookstore feeling with friendly staff and a cozier atmosphere.  It’s within walking distance from my house (1.2 miles according to Google maps) and I can’t believe yesterday was only the second time I’ve been to that particular bookstore  in the year we’ve lived in our house.

The walk was refreshing; I ventured out near 8 p.m. at a suggestion from the hubby. I was hesitant at first because I didn’t want to walk home in the dark but he said he’d come and pick me up when I was ready (what a sweetheart :)). It took me exactly twenty minutes to get there, and I realized I probably should’ve put on better walking shoes–ballet flats are not meant for walks like that 😛

I realized I could easily get lost in there…lol. It doesn’t look big from the entrance but in reality there’s all these small nooks that branch off from the main aisle, all dotted with big, comfy armchairs. And the store was relatively empty, being after 8 on a weekday. It was almost like I had the whole store to myself!

I meandered around, picking up some of the books that I’ve marked down in my summer reading list (and wanting desperately to buy a few of them, especially Lisa See’s new novel). I even found Radiant Darkness, hiding away behind a few other books in the teen section. I was *this close* to picking it up but I realized I’d already spent a small chunk of money on a new purse I bought earlier, so back down it went. Sigh.

I spent a significant amount of time in an armchair with a travel guide to Japan, wishing that I was going there in real life instead of my imagination. Maybe someday.

I did end up buying something: the latest issue of Writer’s Digest magazine. There’s a list of the 101 Best Websites for Writers, and wouldn’t you know it, all of the agent blogs they mentioned I visit daily 🙂 There were lots of others sites on there, from critique groups to sites on publishing in general.

After my little excursion yesterday, I’ve made a promise to myself to try and venture there often, not only for the physical exercise but for the pure joy of just being surrounded by all the books 🙂 Even though the book switch to digital form, I have to admit that there’s some sort of joy lost with just downloading a book onto a Kindle or Sony Reader. I truly hope that the brick and mortar stores don’t completely disappear. Not to say that the eBooks don’t have their good sides; I’m just hoping that eBooks don’t completely take over.

For now, I’ll revel in having a bookstore so close. 🙂

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