Friday, December 19, 2014

Special Review Giveaway Opportunity!



If you've been following me on Twitter and Facebook, then you know that I've been hosting a series of Flash Giveaways to my fans and followers in thanks for all their support over the years. Today I want to extend that appreciation by hosting a special giveaway to all of the readers and bloggers who have taken the time to not only read my books, but have shared their reviews on their blogs, Goodreads, Amazon, etc.

So, in thanks to everyone who has read and reviewed my books, I'm hosting a giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card or 2 of my books to 1 lucky winner who has reviewed my books and posted those reviews online!

To enter, fill out the form below with your name, your email address, and the link to where I can find your review(s) of my book(s). If you've reviewed more than one of my books, you may enter for each review you've written! For every place you've posted your review(s), you'll earn an entry into the giveaway.

This giveaway will run from December 19th - 31st, and the winner will be chosen on January 1st! Good luck to everyone who enters. :D

Flirty Friday



I’m a huge fan of the Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier—I tore through the entire trilogy last year while I was on a cruise. I pretty much love any good time travel story, and Ruby Red had such a unique spin on time travel that it sucked me in from the first page. 

So I was very excited to recently find out through BookTuber Sasha Alsberg that Ruby Red was made into a movie in Germany, and that there’s a dubbed version in English! The movie was made last year, and I can’t believe I didn’t know about it until now. The moment I learned about, all I could think about was how I had to see the movie, so I gave in and watched it last night. 

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The movie was FANTASTIC! I read the books a year ago, so I don’t remember every detail, but the movie seemed to do a great job sticking to the plot of the books. The casting was perfect, and the scenes when they traveled back in time were so beautiful that they made me tear up, because I wish I could travel back in time, too.

I definitely recommend watching this movie if you’re a fan of the books, or if you’re a fan of time travel in general. Here’s the IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2418558/
 
What’s your favorite movie adaption of a YA book? Are there any movie adaptions you love that you wish more people knew about? 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that readers are eagerly anticipating. I've decided to get in on the fun, so here's my selection for this week:

This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I loved the first book in this series, These Broken Stars, and can't wait to read more in this incredibly unique, sci-fi world. From what I've seen online, This Shattered World is more of a companion novel to These Broken Stars than a sequel, a it features two new characters. I can't wait to read about them, and of course, I hope to see more of Lilac and Tarver, also!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13138734-this-shattered-world?ac=1
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: December 23, 2014
Series: Starbound #2
Synopsis:
The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Musings: Listening to Music While Writing



Listening to Music While Writing

A lot of people ask me, “What music do you like to listen to while you’re writing?” The sad answer is: I don’t listen to any music while I’m writing. I can’t listen to music while I’m writing because it distracts me too much. I also can’t have the TV on, or people around. I can’t be texting people, or talking to people on Twitter. I go into my room, close my door, and write in complete silence. 

I wish I could listen to music while I work, because I love music! I always blast music in the car, and when I’m showering, when I’m getting ready for bed, or getting ready to go out. I dance and sing along—my best friend says it’s like a “theater production.” But when I listen to music, I’m paying attention to the lyrics, and creating stories to go along with the songs. And that’s extremely distracting when I’m trying to write a book. So I write with silence, so I’m best able to get into the minds of the characters. 

However, music has been extremely inspiring to me, since Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video inspired my first book, Remembrance. You can read more about that here: http://blog.michellemadow.com/2011/07/how-remembrance-began.html
 
Do you listen to music while you get your work done? 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Fashion Friday



JULEP MONTHLY BOX

http://www.julep.com/ Maven Box


I love subscription makeup boxes, and my favorite one that I’ve tried has definitely been Julep. For those of you who don’t know, subscription makeup boxes are when you pay a certain amount per month for a box of assorted makeup goodies. There are all types of boxes out there to try! 

The boxes that I’ve tried have been: Birchbox, Ipsy, Glossybox, and Julep. The only one that I’ve stuck with for longer than a few months has been Julep. (I’ve been a Julep member for over a year.) Julep began as only nail polish, but now they have makeup and skin care products. You can use this link to sign up for your own Julep box, and you’ll get your first month FREE!

https://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/347882/ 

Here are the reasons I like Julep the best:
  • -          You can skip as many boxes as you want. Some months, you just don’t love the products offered. Julep lets you see the products for each month, and allows you to skip boxes if you aren’t feeling it that month. You can skip an unlimited amount of boxes! This way you can save money and not get overloaded with products.
  • -          You can choose what colors you receive. Let’s say Julep is offering a new eyeshadow in their box that month. You can see all the colors and pick the one you want. This wasn’t an option in the other boxes I tried, which resulted in receiving colors I would never use.
  • -          You can always trust that the Julep brand will be high quality. With Julep you’re only receiving Julep brand products (opposed to some of the other boxes that work with various companies every month). But every product I’ve gotten from Julep so far has been excellent quality, and they are things I’ve ended up using.
  • -          Julep always gives you full size products. The other boxes are mainly for “deluxe size samples” (although they claim they also give out full size products), but I got overloaded with samples, so Julep is a better option for me now.

Julep is more expensive than the other boxes (it’s $20 a month, opposed to Birchbox and Ipsy, which are $10 a month), but with the option to skip months, I make sure that I only receive products I actually want in colors I’ll wear. I usually skip about half of the boxes. I had fun with the other brand boxes at first, because they do offer more variety. But Julep is the only one I’ve stuck with long-term, because it’s quality over quantity. 

Have you tried any makeup box subscription services? Which are your favorites? 

Don’t forget to sign up for your own Julep month and FREE first box! And when you do, please use my link, because I will get points for referral.