Thursday, July 22, 2010

Blogmania bloggers are all about building relationships - between our blogs, our cherished readers, the online community and business owners. We value each other's opinion as we all are endeavoring to make the best choices for our home life. So it seemed natural to partner up with The Lane Real Estate Team and Breebee's blog to bring you our first ever twitter and blog blast party.

The Lane Real Estate Team is all about building relationships through communities - specializing in Kennewick Homes for Sale. And Bree is a blogger - and a mom - trying to think
outside of the box and help build community ties in
NWColumbus OH via her Kid event website! Our other twitterparty sponsors also offer items to help strengthen and maintain relationships - from stationery to hand stamped sentiments.

Our Party Theme: "Building toward Blogmania with The Lane Real
Estate Team" []

Info on the Blog Blast: If you post on your blog(s) our announcement between now and the twitter party you will be entered to win $100 cash. If we reach 500 blogs there will be two additional $50 drawings, totaling 3 winners! You can email or for the HTML code for blog(s) links and some posting specific OR ask the owner of this blog for info and they will provide you an HTML code. Please return with your specific blog post links on Bree's Blog (RSVP link below), under her Twitter Party PAGE tab.

Info on the Twitter Party - 9:30-10:30PM EST - SUNDAY AUGUST 22: There is a custom tweet grid and a linky for early RSVP. RSVP'ing early also enters you into special drawings. You do not have to RSVP to tweet and win but the 'extra' will not be available.

You can win both the blog blast and at the twitter party!

RSVP at BreeBee's:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

WIN a $25 E-Gift Card to Bath & Body Works ~OR~

A fellow blogger over at MotherofPearlItIs is hosting a Pre-Blogmania Giveaway contest! You could win a $25 e-gift card to Bath & Body Works ~OR~! So stop on by her blog, check out her fabulous sponsors, and enter for a chance to be the winner!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

WIn an ARC Copy of TormeLauren Katent by

Fellow blogger Carly at Writing from the Tub is offering you a chance to win...

...a copy of an ARC of Torment by Lauren Kate!

Here is a summary from Goodreads: How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for? In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean - and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future...and that Daniel hasn't told her everything.

What if his version of the past isn't actually the way things happened...what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?

I can't wait to read this book! If you are interested in reading it, too, head on over to Carly's blog to have the chance to win a copy of Torment!



Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Book Review: Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book by Kersten Hamilton

An Irish Fairy Tale with a Decidedly Modern Twist!
WARNING: Contains some spoilers!

Teagan “Tea” Wylltson has a dream. Finish high school with good grades, work part-time at the town zoo, and win a scholarship to Cornell’s Veterinary School. Boys and relationships were not part of that plan. Neither were fairy tales come to life and death-defying adventure, but Tea was in for a shocking surprise!

Tea’s daily life is filled with unique individuals, including a mother who is a brilliant author/illustrator of children’s fairy tales, a librarian father who claims to be a descendant of King Arthur’s wizard, Merlin, a younger brother who possesses the voice of an angel and the memory recall for song lyrics of an MP3 player, and a best friend with family ties to the local Mafia and an aunt who named her four sons after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! So when her parents agree to take in a long-lost cousin who had been living on the streets and with a band of Irish Travelers, Tea doesn’t even bat an eyelash. Until Finn Mac Cumhaill actually crosses the threshold of her home, that is, because from that moment onward, Tea’s eccentric but basically ordinary world turns upside down and nothing will ever be the same again!

Being a person of Irish descent, I really looked forward to reading this first installation of Kersten Hamilton’s new trilogy based on the Celtic fables that I have always found so fascinating. Tyger, Tyger did not disappoint! Ms. Hamilton’s book made the old legends come to life, enthralling me with her vivid portrayal of Mag Mell, and her spellbinding descriptions of all the magical creatures that live therein. Goblins, Sidhe, Storm Riders, Saints, and Guardian Angels all play essential parts in the unfolding drama, which is guaranteed to keep you entertained and glued to your seat as you turn page after page, unable to put the book down!

The only thing I would like to see changed in this fantastic tale is how Ms. Hamilton handles the aftermath of Aileen Wylltson’s death. That event is such a pivotal turning point in the story, yet it is glossed over with barely any mention. A few extra chapters inserted at that juncture of the story, further developing key information that is later brought into play, would in my opinion make the entire story feel more cohesive and the story line flow more smoothly between the world of modern-day Chicago and the ancient fantasy world of Mag Mell.

All in all, though, I enjoyed Tyger, Tyger a great deal, and I am very much looking forward to reading the next two installments in this lovely trilogy. I give Tyger, Tyger 4 paws!

***FTC Disclosure: This e-book was provided in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

Monday, July 5, 2010

Meet Me on Monday

Since I am still trying to increase my followers back to where I was on my old blog, I am participating in as many blog hops as I am able to for a little while to get my new blog exposed to as many fellow bloggers as possible. And so, I came across this blog hop on my friend Traci66's blog page, and decided to sign up!

Every Monday Java at Never Growing Old will post five get to know you questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!!

**This is a blog hop. You can get the code below so the links will show up on your blog.This makes it easier for everyone to follow along with all the others and see what thier answers maybe.

1. What is your favorite Fast Food Restaurant?
My favorite fast food restaurant would have to be Arby's. I love their Beef and Cheddar sandwich, potato cakes, and Diet Blackberry Iced FruiTea

2. If given a complete freedom to start afresh, what profession would you choose and why?
I would love to be a book editor! I have always been a grammer and spelling fanatic, and I read so many published books that still contain major errors! It drives me batty!

3. Do you prefer your toilet paper to come over the roll or under the roll?
Actually, I don't really care which way it comes off the roll. In my house, I'm just grateful if someone besides me actually changes out the empty roll!

4. What was your favorite tv show as a child?

I didn't watch much TV as a child or even now; I have always prefered peace and quiet and the company of a good book and a purring kitty! One show that I did watch frequently was the Waltons, and another that I enjoyed was Little House on the Praire.

5. What is your favorite Summer drink?
My favorite summer drink is ice water with fresh lemon juice and lemon wedges. A close second favorite is Diet Pepsi with lemon or lime.

So come on and join the Meet Me on Monday blog hop!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Book Blogger Hop With a Twist! July 2-5

Jennifer over at Crazy for Books hosts the Book Blogger Hop, where book bloggers can get to know each other and network with each other. And now she has added a weekly twist, where participants have to answer a question about themselves every week!

This week's question is: Tell us your NAME and WHY YOU STARTED BLOGGING

And here is my answer:

My name is Crazy Cat Lady (or CCL for short), and I started blogging because I wanted to be able to share my book reviews with others. I actually started my first book review blog back at the beginning of April and it soon got a little bit out of hand for me (I am medically disabled and couldn't keep up with all the giveaways and stuff I had gotten involved in), so I decided to close that one down and start fresh! This also gives me a chance to start fresh with the HTML coding, too, because somewhere along the way on my old page I messed something up and was having a lot of trouble adding things. So here I am! I will be transferring my completed book reviews over from my old site to a new page here, and I plan to keep this new site focused on reviewing the books I have read. So please, friend me if you haven't already done so, because I am completely starting over!



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