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Dewey’s Read-a-Thon!

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon!

Dewey

How can you not love Dewey’s Read-a-Thon? It is easily one of my favorites of the year and the amount of awesomeness they pack into it is always amazing. Challenges, twitter conversations, prizes and wonderful hosts throughout the 24 hours makes for a crazy but super fun day of (kinda) reading. Unlike my last go round with Dewey’s I am somewhat less prepared, I blame getting off a 50hr work week having much to do with that. Anyhow, on to my books (sorry no pictures, no time!). This is by no means a full list, but it has a bunch I’d really like to get to and I have SOOO many to choose from. ^.^ Oh and my challenge posts will be under the list so look for that!

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Outpost by Ann Aguirre

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

The Culling by Steven Dos Santos

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Devilish by Maureen Johnson

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Stats

Currently Reading:

Books Finished: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Pages Read: 279

Amount of Time Spent Reading: 3hrs 15minutes

Snacks Eaten:

Challenges Participated In:

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Challenges

Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? – Cologne, MN, USA (My bedroom)

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? – Tossup b/n The Madness Underneath and The Sea of Monsters

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? – I always get Domino’s for readathons, can’t wait! (Supreme if you are curious)

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! – o_o I love books? Cliche… I used to paint LotR figures? Outdated… Umm…I’m on the back of Sarah-Jane Lehoux’s latest book!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? – I did participate in the last one and I had a blast combining reading with challenges and a bunch of social interaction, I think I’ll likely do the same thing again though I might go a little heavier on reading and lighter on challenges. We shall see!


Interview with Sarah-Jane Lehoux plus giveaway!

Interview with Sarah-Jane Lehoux

Masquerade Blog Tour

I was lucky enough to get a second post in Sarah-Jane Lehoux’s Masquerade blog tour, this one an interview with her! Fair warning, I wrote the questions and they are kind of random, but I think you’ll enjoy them! Plus, as an extra bonus make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom as we are giving away 3 Sevy Series eBook sets as prizes!

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1. Tell us about the Sevy Series as a whole, what gave you the idea for it and did you ever think it would reach a third book?

Well, I first got the inspiration for Thief from a dream, in which a woman was running to a hut where her lover had just been murdered. I can’t remember much of that dream anymore, but I know there was a lot of fire and the floor of the hut was covered in furs. It was very real to me, and those images stuck in my mind.

Shortly after, I decided to join an RPG thread on a forum that I was a member of. I created a couple of different characters for that thread, including Sevy, whom I based upon that dream. As the thread went on, I fell more and more in love with her.

That RPG thread died out due to lack of interest from other participants, as such threads are wont to do. But I couldn’t let Sevy end there. I decided to write her story. I didn’t intend for it to become a series, let alone a novel, but once I started writing I couldn’t stop.

As soon as I was finished writing Thief, I knew that Sevy’s story was not done. So I began working on Shades of War, and halfway through that, I had decided that I needed five books to take her story to its conclusion.

To me, the Sevy Series is more than the magic and monsters it contains. It’s about a broken woman trying to become whole again. It’s about her trying, against all odds, to let go of past trauma, learn from her mistakes, and grow into a better person. Granted, I don’t make it very easy for her. J It’s also about learning to love yourself so that you can love someone else. And not just romantic love either. The friendships and the familial bonds that develop throughout the course of the series is just as important as the smexy times.

2. What about Masquerade sets it apart from the previous two books in the series? Is there a favorite element you incorporated into it?

FAIRIES!!!!! I’ve waited for a chance to delve deeper into the magic of Sevy’s world, and Masquerade gave me the perfect opportunities. I adore fairies; have since I was a child. I love their absurdities, I love their horror. These aren’t Disney fairies, and I love being able to showcase these creatures as they were originally viewed by our ancestors: not cutesy, doe-eyed innocents, but crafty, vengeful creatures with a completely different set of morals and logic.

3. Each book in the Sevy Series has a different setting. How do you manage to create such beautiful new places, how do they come from dream to reality in such detail?

I honestly don’t know, as I’ve sadly not traveled much in real life. I think it comes from my educational background in anthropology. I learned a lot about different cultures and how they have evolved over the millennia in response to their environment. Once I have a type of environment in mind, I research (gods bless the internet!) similar real world places to get a sense of what sensory words I can plunk in to give it the right feel.

The bulk of the action in Masquerade takes place on a tropical island. But I didn’t want your standard Caribbean paradise, so I mixed Central American islands with a touch of ancient Egypt. The Fingarten villa, for example, was inspired by watching Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra.

4. I love a kick-ass heroine as much as the next person, but do you identify most with Sevy or is there another character that you feel a kinship with and why?

There are parts of each of my characters that are similar to my own personality, but I definitely don’t think that Sevy and I would get on well in real life. In fact, the character I most identify with is Lon Destan (and if you’ve read the series, you can see that he and Sevy do not often see eye to eye). He is a good, kind person that sadly has low self-esteem due to abandonment and bullying as a child. This inferiority complex makes him a target for more dominant personalities (such as General Kye in Shades of War) to take advantage of him. I see a lot of myself and my own struggles in him.

5. A type of mind control or influence was used heavily in Masquerade, what was the inspiration for that?

Masquerade was intended to go in a much different direction than it ended up going. A character that turned out to be the antagonist was originally designed to be a good guy, but as I got further and further into the book, I had to stop and rethink things. I found that what I had written seemed stilted and forced, and I realized that it was because I was trying to force the characters into my intended plot.

This actually caused a major writing block for this story, and I ended up putting it on the backburner for a couple of years. When I came back to it, I rewrote the bulk of what I had previously written and just let the characters go.

But I still had SOME control, and in order for the series to progress, I needed a particular event to happen. But how to make it happen when I knew it was out of character for Sevy and co.? This got me stuck again, until one day, I was sitting on the bus, and it hit me! I realized that the magic I was setting up was a perfect conduit for the plot to flow through.

It was one of those perfect, serendipitous moments where all the wild threads of thoughts knit together and form a cohesive pattern. It’s moments like this that make writing worthwhile, imo.

6. From what you have told me there are at least two more upcoming books in the Sevy Series that feature her prominently, what are some things in the upcoming books that we can look forward to and will you ever stop torturing the poor girl?

Oh, I’ll never stop torturing her! She’s too much fun!

Hmmmm, some things to look forward to, huh? Well, let’s just say that someone will fall in love again, someone will find what they once lost, someone will make another cameo, and someone will become more powerful than anyone could imagine. Also, more magic, monsters, and murder. Book Four will have fans screaming for my head on a pike, but I may curry their favour back with Book Five.

Random Quick Hits:

Cats or Dogs? Cats, definitely. Although dogs are cutie-pies, I love the snarky, don’t-give-a-shit attitude of cats. Such big personalities in such tiny bodies. Plus, I’m a lazy person, so cats fit better in my day to day life than a dog would. I mean, a cat’s favourite thing to do is snuggle up somewhere comfy and nap the day away. How much more like me can you get?

Rain or Sunshine? There is nothing quite like the sound of spring rain on the roof. I love it! I love fleeting sprinkles and I love huge, booming thunderstorms. The only downside is that I tend to get head-achy on wet days, but what’s a little pain compared to the romance of rain?

Scary Movie or Funny Movie? Scary. A million times over. I eat up every bit of horror I can get. Growing up in a small Northern Ontario town, there wasn’t much to do but rent movies (unless you liked hockey and fishing!). My best friend and I would rent a couple horror movies every weekend and scare ourselves silly. I think I desensitized myself, because nowadays it takes a true spooky masterpiece to give me the chills, but I still love laughing over fake gore and cheap jump scares. And honestly, funny movies are more likely to make me cringe in embarrassment than laugh.

Favorite Snack? Any sort of chocolate treat. I’m a complete cliché. Chocolate is the wind beneath my wings.

Music while reading/writing or silence? I need music for a couple of reasons. One is that it helps me set the tone of what I’m writing. The second is that I live in a small-ish apartment with a husband who enjoys yelling at his video games. Music is a must to help keep me focused on what I’m working on.

Favorite underused word? Perfidious. It’s a fancy word, and sounds like it should mean something high-faluting. Actually, I changed my mind. High-faluting is my favourite underused word. I’m fickle with words. Ooh, fickle is another good one.

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I hope you enjoyed the interview, make sure to check out her book Masquerade here and enter the giveaway!

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Day 63: Masquerade by Sarah-Jane Lehoux plus a giveaway!

Day 63

Summary From GoodreadsMasquerade

Never Trust a Liar, especially when they’re telling the truth.

Starting over isn’t easy, especially when the world isn’t ready for you to change. Sevy, thief turned assassin turned mercenary, isn’t having any fun adjusting to a normal, law-abiding life. Luckily for her, an old partner in crime arrives with an irresistible proposition: a getaway to a tropical island, an adventure of a lifetime, and an amazing friendship ready to blossom into an even more amazing romance.

Things are looking up for Sevy. That is, until a pack of maniacal fairies with a taste for human flesh arrive on the scene.

Now she must unravel a web of magical intrigue hidden behind the outwardly idyllic atmosphere of the islands of Belakarta. Nothing is as it seems, and no one can be trusted. Trapped under the spell of a handsome and mysterious stranger, Sevy must fight fairies and tricksters to regain her freedom.

Or spend an eternity as a sorcerer’s plaything.

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Masquerade Blog Tour

That’s right, I’m part of a blog tour, huzzah! Even better is that it is for one of my best bookish/twitter friends Sarah-Jane Lehoux. ^.^ I received an eBook copy of Masquerade in exchange for my honest thoughts on the book, as always this in no way affected the following  review.

I’m pretty sure that it is Sarah-Jane’s mission in life to torture her characters, most especially Sevy. However, that doesn’t prevent Masquerade from being an excellent addition to the series. Sevy has to battle a whole host of new enemies, most of all the seemingly all-powerful Kirydan who quickly manages to get her wrapped around his finger.

The characters in Masquerade are, as is par for the course with the Sevy Series, the greatest strength of the book. Revik, the dark elf, takes on a greater role as he attempts to help Sevy escape from Kirydan. We find out more of Revik’s devotion toward his family and delve deeper into who he is as a person, as well as some hard sacrifices he is willing to make for a friend. While Sevy is still the focal point of Masquerade, she’d have it no other way, she isn’t like herself for the vast majority of the book. Under Kirydan’s spell she acts more and more like his pet/love slave, which is truly hard to watch, or in this case read.

The void of a heroine is taken up by Revik’s daughter, Yy’voura. A new character in the series, Yy’voura is a fun loving young dark elf who seems to want nothing more than to play yet another game with her friends, unfortunately those friends include Kirydan who has messed with her mind in a powerful way. As the book progresses we learn more about who Yy’voura truly is and what lengths she will go to in order to help her family.

Kirydan is an excellent villain. He’s got magical powers (always helps), good looks (doesn’t hurt) and even seems to have control over certain magical creatures as well. While he is definitely contemptible there is a vulnerability and a tortured past that gives the reader, as well as the other characters in Masquerade, just enough pause which is just what he wants. He’s corrupted, twisted and pitiable, and while that might seem slightly cliche it works in this case.

The plot is very heavily focused on the back and forth between attempted freeing of Sevy and company and further conquest by Kirydan. It is a balanced battle and will keep the reader anxious to find out which side will come out victorious, and what price they will have to pay in order to do so. For those of you who like a little naughtiness mixed in with your fantasy, Masquerade delivers just the right amount. With romance, daring attempts at rescue, a freakishly powerful yet seductive villain and plenty of magic Masquerade delivers the perfect combination.

As you can clearly tell, I thoroughly enjoyed Masquerade, just as I have with Thief and Shades of War. While they have all been excellent books in my opinion, the elements in Masquerade work even more perfectly than the previous ones and it has quickly become my favorite. Even though Masquerade was just released I already can’t wait for the next book in the series! Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 64 as well as a special interview with Sarah-Jane Lehoux!

Make sure to enter the giveaway for 3 Sevy Series eBook sets here! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #63/365

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Waiting On Wednesday #2

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by the fantastic people over at Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are excited about.

For this week my pre-publication selection that I can’t wait for is:

Masquerade by Sarah-Jane Lehoux

Set For Release On: Late October/November 2012 

Summary From Sarah-Jane Lehoux’s Website:

Starting over isn’t easy, especially when the world isn’t ready for you to change. Sevy, thief turned assassin turned mercenary, isn’t having any fun adjusting to a normal, law-abiding life. Luckily for her, an old partner in crime arrives with an irresistible proposition: a getaway to a tropical island, an adventure of a lifetime, and an amazing friendship ready to blossom into an even more amazing romance.

Things are looking up for Sevy. That is, until a pack of maniacal fairies with a taste for human flesh arrive on the scene.

Now she must unravel a web of magical intrigue hidden behind the outwardly idyllic atmosphere of the islands of Belakarta. Nothing is as it seems, and no one can be trusted. Trapped under the spell of a handsome and mysterious stranger, Sevy must fight fairies and tricksters to regain her freedom.

Or spend an eternity as a sorcerer’s plaything.

If you’ve been following my blog you’d know I’m a huge fan of the Sevy series and this one coming out soon has me really excited to see what will happen in the next adventure! Knowing Sarah-Jane it’s highly likely Sevy will be put through the ringer again, but I’m sure she’ll encounter some pretty amazing things along her way! You can check out my review for Thief here or for Shades of War here if you want to find out more about the previous two books. I would recommend buying and reading them both before Masquerade comes out, if you’d like to purchase them you can do so here.

Thank you so much for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment about what you think of Masquerade or your own Waiting On Wednesday post, I do read every one! You can also follow me if you’d like or check out my other posts, I do appreciate it. ^.^