Preorder Opportunity – A Court of Wings and Ruin (Blue Bunny Books)

 

On May 2nd, Sarah J. Maas’s final book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of Wings and Ruin, will be released. Blue Bunny Books, an adorable independent book store in Dedham, MA, has a great opportunity for you.

All ACOWAR preorders will be signed and personalized by Sarah Maas. And any orders of Sarah’s other books will only be signed. Books will ship out after May 10th.

With book signings hard to come by or even get to this is a great way to add a signed book to you collection.

For more information please go HERE.

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Goodreads Giveaways

I feel like I have been a lousy blogger this week. I don’t know what it is but I haven’t been able to come up with anything to post that I think anyone would be all that interested in. I apologize for my lack of creativity.

But this morning I saw a tweet for a giveaway on Goodreads and thought, maybe I should do a post about some current ones you should enter. These are all subject to end dates so make sure you enter and you enter them soon. Some I have read or want to read and others I just think people will find interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a ton more giveaways on Goodreads, I just picked a few from the Young Adult section. You can find all Goodreads giveaways HERE.

Did you enter any of the above?

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Setting up an Edelweiss Filter

Sorry non-bloggers/non-librarians/non-booksellers, this post is not for you.

Recently, okay about 3 months ago, Edelweiss changed how their site works and functions. It was a shock and threw a lot of us for a loop. I mean the old site was hard enough to manage and figure out. Now there is a whole new system to work with.Not only that, but now when you are approved for a book you don’t even get an email notification alerting you (hint, you should long on to check that!). With all the changes I had had enough. I refused to go back to the old version, because I know they will get rid of that soon enough, and I played around and tried to learn how it works. I am no expert, but after some struggles I found the best way for me to navigate the system and it was through creating a filter.

The import part about creating a filter is to know the Vendors and Imprints that are important to you. In my example you will see I have Simon and Schuster and Harper Collins as two vendor, but the imprints is where I added a lot of different sections of the publishing world. I think the Imprints are the import part of your filter so make sure you add which ever ones you want easy access too.

Step one: Log into Edelweiss+. When you are on the home screen you will see something like the screen below. On this screen you will be able to see books you have been approved for, denied for, downloaded…you get the gist. You will also see a place that mentions filters (wording may be different since I already have a filter set). Click on this:

Step 2: You will then get a screen with a pop-up box that looks similar to this. Names your filter immediately (mine is named FAVE PUBS). This is where you will add the EDELWEISS VENDOR. IMPRINT, AGE and REVIEW COPY AVAILABILITY.  These specifications will allow you to see all the publishers you look at all at once. You will not need to dig through pages and pages to find certain pages and availability. As you can see in my example I have stuff to Young Adult books. There are options for all ages. If you read both Adult and Young Adult set up two filters and keep everything separate. Whatever is easy for you, do.

Step Three: When you are done building you filter you will see on the bottom right hand corner of the pop-up a results number (the one above says 94). Click on the phrase “Go to List” and see what books are in the filter you created.

And you should be all good. The Filter should now be saved and you should be able to look at it anytime and make your life a heck of a lot easier.

I hope this method is a help. It has definitely been one for me.

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Introducing: New Pretty

 

The day is finally here! After months and months of waiting my new blog design is here and I’m in love with it!

Rachel, of Hello, Chelly, did such a fantastic job on this design. She took a Pinterest board I created and made something so me. It is perfect and I love it! She 100% captured exactly the look I was going for and I’m just so happy.

Keep in mind though that my blog is now a work in progress. Slowly I will be updating my old posts to fit in with my new pretty and that is going to take a while. 4 years of blogging is a lot of posting. But I am up for the challenge.

Anyway I just wanted to pop on and show off the new pretty and Rachel’s amazing work.

What do you think? So Andi right?!?!

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20 Years Later – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Today marks the 20th anniversary for the greatest girl power show of all time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I have been a fan of this show since the beginning. I remember being in my senior of high school and talking about it with friends, actually I still talk about it with the same friends. It was different and unexpected for TV at that time and for me it still stands the test of time. The acting, writing and the stories were all so fabulously done that it will go down as one of the best things to ever be ion TV.

Since today is the anniversary I have been seeing a lot of “Ode to Buffy” stories online and thought I would try my hand at it. I have been meaning to do a Top Ten list of my favorite Buffy episodes and what better day than today.

1) Once More With Feeling – This will forever be my favorite episode of Buffy. It seems campy and cheesy when you think about it but this one show shed so much light on so many of the hidden problems the characters were having. All of their secrets were reveled and no one knew what woudl happen. Not to mention there was a smoking hot kiss at the end that I will never get over.

2) The Gift –  I cry EVERY TIME I watch this episode. It is so emotional and done so well. Buffy clicks a lot of pieces to information together and release what she has to do and what her real gift to the world is. The scene from the above picture is one of my favorite Buffy dialogues because it is so true.

3) Becoming Part 2 – This 2nd season finally destroyed me. Watching Buffy and Angel (who I shipped at the time) battle like they did and for Buffy to have to do what she did at the end, I was crushed. I still cry watching it. I did love when Angle told her she was all alone with nothing left and she realized she was all she needed. So true to Buffy.

4) Hush – The most original episode of TV that ever aired. The show was over half silence which put a massive taking on the backs of the actors. They had to portray everything with facial expressions and gestures. It was perfectly executed and the bad guys in this one were mad creepy.

5) The Body – In a show that was filled with supernatural beings and unexplainable deaths this episode was all about real life. It was heartbreaking to see the slayer, so strong and capable, have to deal with something she couldn’t control and lose someone she had no power to save. When SMG yells “We’re not supposed to more the body” I’m done. Also the character of Anya is so perfect in her outburst about death and not understanding.

6) Touched – This is a quieter episode near the end of the final season. Not a lot of people will have this on their Top 10 list, but the scenes with Buffy and Spike in the house are really important to the two characters and their relationship and growth. I love how they look at each other and will never be over it.

7) Grave – This is another episode I feel like won’t be on a lot of lists. But Grave is super important to the Buffy-verse. The concept is simple…grief. The show is really built on grieving for the death of someone you loved, of grieving for the person you were but lost, of letting go of the grief you have been holding on to. Willow’s breakdown with Xander…another tear fest for me.

8) Amends – A much forgotten episode from season 3, it sets up the whole final season without anyone even knowing about it.

9) Graduation Day Part 2 – Probably my most quoted episode of Buffy.  The ‘fire bad, tree pretty’ line sums up the day after BEA perfectly.

10 ) Chosen – The series finale was epic and I will leave it at that.

Honorable Mention) Pangs – This is for you Megan and your Thanksgiving text tradition!

Are you a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan? Are any of these episodes in your top 10? Share in the comments!

 

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