Wednesday, October 31, 2012

OTL: Smartfood Selects

BzzAgent and Smartfood Selects sent me three bags of snacks to try. I received a full sized bag of Sour Cream Onion Puffed Corn and snack sized bags of Garlic Tomato Basil Hummus Popped Chips and Cinnamon Brown Sugar Multigrain Popped Chips. Smartfood is best known for its awesome tasting White Cheddar Cheese Poppcorn which is completely addictive and easy to eat an entire bag in one sitting. Now they are offering a larger variety of snacks with their Selects line. This line of popcorn, popped chips, and puffed corn highlights the flavor combinations of herbs and spices. Just as important as what has gone in to these snacks though is what has been left out. There are no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, 0 grams of trans fats, and no MSG. The snacks are Kosher and the bags are resealable.

Now that I've given you the facts, how do the snacks taste? Well, unfortunately, this review will be slightly biased simply based on the flavors I received. While I know it is unrealistic to expect a company to be able to send everyone their first choice in snack flavors, I do with there had been some way to indicate a preference when signing up for this event. I am not a fan of Sour Cream Onion flavored anything so I would not have chosen this product to try. My husband did try the Puffed Corn but he was not a fan. I think this was in part due to come confusion on what to expect. I'm pretty sure he thought he was getting a pop corn snack and the puffed corn texture was not at all to his liking. He said the flavor itself was fine but he associates it more with a potato chip and a crisp texture.

My favorite was the Garlic Tomato Basil Hummus Popped Chips. I loved the flavor and the chip texture was light yet crunchy at the same time. My only issue was that since I received a snack size bag, it was gone in very little time. I didn't find the amount I received to be very filling even though it was exactly a serving size for that product. The Cinnamon Brown Sugar Multigrain Popped Chips had the same texture as the hummus chips which was pleasing. I'm not sure about the flavor combination for this one though as the multigrain chip did not work as well with a sweet coating in my opinion. I think I would have preferred the Italian Herb Multigrain Popped Chip.

Overall, I like the Smartfood Selects concept but I would stick to the savory popped chips. I think I will use my $1 off coupon on the Parmesan Herb Popcorn because that sounds like a flavor I will really enjoy.

Have you tried any of the Smartfood Selects snacks? What do you think of them?

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Crown Phoenix Series by Alison DeLuca


I featured author Alison DeLuca and the Crown Phoenix series on the blog back in June and I'm excited to have her back as part of her fabulous tour run by First Rule Publicity. Alison's books have beautiful new covers so we are showing off a bit plus she has a HUGE giveaway for a new Kindle Fire HD and other prizes. There is so much going on with this tour that it simply cannot be contained in one post. Please visit the Crown Phoenix Tour Page to see all the tour stops, read the full book descriptions, and see pictures of the giveaway prizes.

Today Alison stops by to talk about her childhood and share an excerpt from the third book in the Crown Phoenix series, Lamplighter's Special. For excerpts from Night Watchman Express and The Devil's Kitchen check out this post.

Alison DeLuca, the Early Years

My childhood was rather unique, I suppose. For one thing, our family did a lot of packing up and moving. There was a series of years where I went to a new school every September, which is pure torture for an introverted child.

To add to that, my parents were both born overseas. My mother grew up in Ireland and my father in England. They took us to visit their parents every summer (more packing up and moving) so my sister and I developed British accents. We kept them until they were well and truly teased out of us in middle school.

The unsettled life was a curse and a blessing. I’m fluent in American English and Britspeak, a godsend for an editor and a writer who sets novels in England. However, I never developed that one special setting – the one place where my books can take place, the village or town that I know inside and out, like Stephen King’s Maine or JK Rowling’s London.

With all the school hopping and teasing, our grandmother’s house near Dublin was something of a refuge. My sister and I played with our cousins and were spoiled by our grandparents. They didn’t own a television, only an old-fashioned radio that we were allowed to listen . For entertainment, my sister and I had to make up our own games. We put on plays for each other, pretending to be explorers and princesses on the long, smooth lawn that extended to the rocky, frigid Irish sea.

There weren’t any toys except for our grandfather’s Barbies (he couldn’t resist buying them, and they were kept on the top shelf of his closet – never, ever to be played with.) Instead, we created ballerina dolls from fuschia blossoms and matchsticks.

In those days Dun Laoghoire was very safe, and we were allowed to explore on our own. There was a tiny park filled with what we called secret passages – little paths that led to park benches and miniature circles of grass. Alas, that park is a haven for addicts now.

Our grandmother’s house itself was a divine portal to another world. There were forgotten doors and creaking floors. The house wasn’t very comfortable – the loo was miniscule and very, very cold. Ivy grew all over the walls and covered the windows. In the room where my sister and I slept, the leaves had succeeded in pushing right in through the antique, wavy glass panes.

The windows themselves were set very close to the ground and had deep sills. It was a perfect place to escape with a book and a Crunchie bar. While I stayed there, I discovered the delights of Enid Blyton and Angela Brazil – authors hopelessly behind the times, but fascinating to my ten-year-old self.

Certainly those summers were very influential in my writing. That old house still haunts my dreams, even though the ivy is stripped from the walls and the lawn has been “landscaped.” The old Barbies were discovered and played with – the tiny shoes lost, the careful hairdos destroyed. My old books had to go in the bin. Saddest of all, we had to say goodbye to our grandparents.

They live on, however, in my mind and, to some extent, in the books I write.

About Alison:
Alison DeLuca is the author of several steampunk and urban fantasy books. She was born in Arizona and has also lived in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Mexico, Ireland, and Spain.

Currently she wrestles words and laundry in New Jersey.

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Excerpt from Crown Phoenix: Lamplighter's Special

The Manor where Squire Bisselthwaite lived was in the center of Grimstead Compound. The thirteen farms that made up the rest of the Compound fanned out from the large, old house. Most of the fields touched the edge of the Manor grounds at their narrowest points, although all the farms were separated from the Bisselthwaite property by a dark, crumbling wall.

As Lizzie and her family rode through the huge, rusted iron gates set into the stones, she glanced up at the rooftops of the Manor. Her hat slipped down her neck, and she clapped one hand to hold it on as she squinted up at the dark front of the house.

There was a rather grand entrance, but of course the carriage took the family to the back of the house to the kitchen gardens. As the cart jostled over the pebbly drive, Ninna murmured in Lizzie’s ear, “Did you see that?” She pointed up to one of the windows on the third or fourth floor.

“What?” Lizzie squinted again. It was all a gray blur to her.

“Oh, nothing. Just thought I saw a face in one of the windows upstairs.”

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Online Couponing in a Day for Dummies by Beth Montgomery

Title: Online Couponing in a Day for Dummies
Author: Beth Montgomery
Publication Date: July 2012
Publisher: Wiley
Source: Publisher
Available Format: eBook

Beth Montgomery runs the website In Good Cents which is one of my favorite sites for money saving tips and coupon matchups. When I found out she was putting together a book about online couponing I knew I needed to get a copy. Beth is known for presenting great information in an easy to use manner and this book is the perfect example of that.

Online Couponing in a Day for Dummies takes a potentially overwhelming subject and breaks it down in to manageable information bites. One of the things that I love about Beth's presentation is that she is completely realistic. She knows that she can provide the road map for navigating the online couponing landscape but she cannot take the trip for you. She gives you the background information you need and the steps you can take to do the work to discover the best way that coupons can work for your family. She also has realistic expectations about the level of savings one can expect to achieve on a regular basis.

As with other books in the For Dummies series, Online Couponing in a Day for Dummies has a great layout with lots of white space, bold headlines, bullet point lists, and graphic reminders throughout the book. This keeps the information to the point and easy to digest. One thing that I loved about having this book in the electronic format was that I could click the links and go right to additional information and supporting sites. That instant access makes it much more likely that I will utilize these resources rather than having a list of web sites in a print book.

Online Couponing in a Day for Dummies is a quick read but it is packed with information that will take some time to work through. I am confident that by following Beth's tips about sale cycles, coupon matching, and stockpiling commonly used ingredients I will be able to get a better handle on our grocery budget. I also have a much better feel for where to look for coupons on products that we actually use in our household.

Note: All opinions presented in book and product reviews are my own. Opinions presented in posts authored by others reflect the view of the author only and not necessarily my view or opinion. If a product was given to me for review, the source of that product is noted in the post. Amazon and Book Depository links are affiliate links and I do earn a small amount for each purchase. Other affiliate links will be noted in the post.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Connect with Library Girl Reads & Reviews

I want to make connections with those of you reading my blog. I want to engage in book conversations, introduce you to great books and authors, hear about what you are reading, and talk about the random stuff going on in our lives. Unfortunately, the blogging platform isn't working for that purpose as it seems people read blog posts and then go discuss them elsewhere because the comment system doesn't promote conversation.

In the hope of creating a bit more community, I recently started a Facebook page. I'm also on Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. I hope that you will join me in one or more of these social locations so we can connect and chat.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Join #MillicentMarie on Twitter Today! (10-11-12)

Millicent Marie Tour

Today is the day - the official launch of Millicent Marie is NOT my Name by Karen Pokras Toz! To kick things off you are invited to a Twitter Party. Join award winning children's author Karen Pokras Toz at 10 am, 11, am, and Noon EST and then again at 10 pm, 11 pm, and Midnight EST for 30 minutes of chatting, fun, and prizes.

The easiest way to join the conversation is with Login with your Twitter account, then enter #MillicentMarie to join the room.

The Twitter Party is just the beginning of the fun. Karen will be on tour for the next 21 days. Check out the full schedule here.

Twelve-year-old Millicent Marie does not like her name. After all, she was named for a woman who died more than fifty years ago and was not the most loveable member of the Harris family. Her friends call her Millie, but when she writes in her diary she refers to herself as Amanda – the name she always wished she had.

When Millie’s younger brother finds her diary on her computer, he decides to publish it as a blog for the entire world to see, including the boy Millie has a crush on. In the midst of all the mayhem, Millie/Amanda discovers she is suddenly Springside Elementary’s most sought after sixth-grade mystery gossip and advice columnist.

But not all is fun and games, as Millie quickly learns, once she realizes feelings are at stake. Nobody, least of all Millie, expects things to turn out as they do in this tale of friendship and respect.

Learn more & get your own copy (ebook and paperback):  

About Karen Pokras Toz:
Karen Pokras Toz is a writer, wife and mom. Karen grew up in Connecticut and currently lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. In June 2011, Karen published her first middle grade children’s novel for 7-12 year olds called Nate Rocks the World, which won First Place for Children’s Chapter Books and the Grand Prize Overall in the 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for a Global E-Book Award for Pre-Teen Literature. In 2012, Karen published the second in the Nate Rocks series, Nate Rocks the Boat, followed by middle grade novel, Millicent Marie Is Not My Name. Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Author Interview: Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar, Love Comes Later

Today I am pleased to interview Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar, author of Love Comes Later and From Dunes to Dior. Keep reading to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including a Kindle Fire, $550 in Amazon gift cards, 5 autographed copies of Love Comes Later, and 5 copies of its companion, From Dunes to Dior.

1. Love Comes Later tells the story of Abdulla’s arranged marriage to his cousin Hind. Neither is excited about the prospect—Abdulla because he is still recovering from the untimely death of his former wife and unborn child; Hind because she is a thoroughly modern girl who does not appreciate the prospect of being anyone’s second option. How did the inspiration for this story surface, particularly for the characters of Abdulla and Hind?

In conversations with people in Qatar, expat or Qatari, the subject of love inevitably came up. For women, the main issue involved the small pool of people they felt they had to choose from. My surprise and revelation came, however, when my male friends expressed similar sentiments. We often think men have all the power in male-dominated societies but from these discussions I began to realize how society limits both male and female aspirations with universal social expectations like marriage. The story began to form there: what would make a man unlikely to marry? And why? What would he do in order to keep his freedom?

2. You met your husband in Qatar although you are both American-raised and come from Asian heritage (you South Indian, and your husband of Laotian descent). How did the two of you meet? This sounds like such a magical love story!

We met at work, believe it or not, and at first the entire possibility of forging a lasting bond with someone I’d just met seemed as foreign to me as the desert landscape outside. I had my mind set on my career and wasn’t looking for a relationship; people were throwing dire warnings my way not to take anything starting overseas very seriously. But over time, I was impressed by the strength of my husband’s character and realized, despite the naysayers, I had never met anyone else like him. The desert is a great place to find out what someone is really about because you can’t rely on the busyness of life at home--work, family, friends--to hide behind. It’s just you, in a foreign setting, and that can be like a pressure cooker for most expats. What’s inside eventually comes out. Lucky for me, I listened to my gut, and six years of marriage later, I’m more and more grateful.

3. In Love Comes Later, how do the characters of Hind, Fatima, and Luluwa embody the modern Qatari (or Arab) woman?

They’re each their own personalities and have characteristics of different parts of Qatari society. Each of them occupies a space that demonstrates the changes in society as increasingly Qatar become open to the rest of the world. While Fatima was live, she was probably the most conservative of the three, which makes sense because she is also the oldest. She wanted to get married, and though she had a job outside the home, was much more excited about the birth of her first child. Hind has been allowed to study abroad without a family member, and during the story that causes her to become increasingly liberal-minded. Luluwa is very young at the time of this story, and she represents those in the next generation, who have even more choices facing them about tradition and society.

The Arabian Gulf is different from the Middle East, partly because of the oil revenues that drive the economy, but also because of the gender segregation that is very visible and preserved by the local community. While the female characters may have a lot in common with other Muslim women from the Arab world in terms of personal aspirations, their circumstances and context are unique to Qatar.

4. Based on your experiences, what is the one thing you believe Westerners would be the most surprised to learn about the city of Doha?

You can make relationships here that will last for a lifetime a lot more easily than you can at home. Part of the reason is that we are all in the same boat--expats and locals alike--everyone is searching for ways to make contribute to the rapid growth and development of the nation so that means you are engaged in meaningful work. Most people here are interested in cultural exchange and open about the world in general around them. This, plus the fact that the country is such a melting pot means that you and your children (if you have any) are more likely to have friends of different faiths and nationalities than many other places in the world.

5. What made you decide to relocate to Doha in particular, and what has motivated you to stay for so long (7 years)? Do you plan to move back to the U.S. one day, or might you set-up your permanent homestead in Qatar?

I don’t know of anywhere else that is investing as much in education as the Arabian Gulf at the present moment in time. I came to work at an American university, took some time to consult at the national university, and then worked for a newly established publishing company. They were all fairly big name organizations in their own right and the ability to contribute significantly on the programmatic level as I’ve done at a fairly young age would be difficult to replicate anywhere else.

Sorry, my academic side took over for a second! I am a scholar and this is a wonderful place to have the resources--perhaps most importantly time--to work on research and writing. And because I am a writer, I can’t remember another place I’ve lived that has so inspired me with subject matter--unless it was inside my own head as a teenage immigrant.

We agree in our house that we’ll stay as long as we’re having fun. And that doesn’t seem likely to change any time soon.

6. In your memoir From Dunes to Dior, you note that your American upbringing combined with your South Indian heritage, doctoral education, and femininity mean you’re a rather unique mixture of social identities in Qatar. How hard is it for you to reconcile all these sides of yourself while trying to fit in to this new society and take pride in all that makes you you?

Depends on the context; when I’m in traffic, it’s not unusual for me to return stares from men elbowing each other to have a look at me driving while they’re sitting in buses going back to their accommodation. In the classroom some students are taken aback for the first few sessions but eventually I grow on them. In instances where I have one on one interaction--or people hear my Western accent--I don’t have that much difficulty. It’s when I’m in places where judgments are made by skin color--the mall or first time meetings--that I have slightly more difficulty but in general these smooth out over time.

7. You’ve published six ebooks within the space of a year. How on earth do you manage to be so productive? Do you plan to keep this pace up, or are you just sprinting to get started?

I had the luxury of a backlist of manuscripts that had been politely declined by a number of agents over the years. Each time I stalled, I would go on and write another. I decided to give all of them a home on e-readers as a way of reaching readers. I have two more to go as part of the original list of 8. And of course there are ideas for new stories that keep coming up--even the possibilities of two more books with characters from Love Comes Later--but I think I’ll take a more relaxed approach after December!

8. You chose to pursue indie publishing even though your PhD in English Literature would make you a prime candidate for the traditional publishing model? Why indie, and if given the choice to do it all over again, would you still choose this path?

I came to indie publishing because I put a lot of time and effort into my academic books and no one--not even my mother--ever read them. That’s a long time for them to just waste away in the library. I kept hearing the indie drumbeat at conferences I attended and decided these manuscripts that weren’t being picked up didn’t need to be rejected 60 times in order to make it into the hands of readers. I don’t regret going indie. I wish I had done it sooner in the sense that it would have been fun to work on a single book, release it, and then start another book, instead of this wild and creative space I’m in right now where I’m revising one book, researching for another, and promoting others.

9. As a writer, what is the message you are trying to get out to the world? Who are you trying to reach, and what do you want to tell them? Are your books more entertainment/ informational driven, or is there a deeper resonance you are trying to achieve?

I want to take readers to places they’d like to go but can’t physically get to because of time or financial considerations. A book is the oldest form of technology we have, and though we’ve put them on tablets and found ways to make them enticing through video or graphics, we haven’t actually changed what a book does which is transport us to worlds other than our own. I want my stories to capture the essence and wonder of storytelling for the reader who will enter a world unfamiliar and yet see something of him/herself in the characters, dilemmas, and settings.

10. What can readers expect next from MohaDoha?

I am working on other titles… the very next one is a coming of age story, set in the U.S., told from the perspective of a young female protagonist, Sita, who we’ll root for to grow up into an empowered woman despite those who have other plans for her life.

I love interacting with readers. The more feedback I get, the better content I feel that I create. So the door is open--tell me what you loved or what was confusing--and I’ll keep you posted on the release date for An Unlikely Goddess!

As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the Love Comes Later eBook edition is just 99 cents this week--and so is the price of its companion, From Dunes to Dior. What’s more, by purchasing either of these fantastic books at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes. The prizes include a Kindle Fire, $550 in Amazon gift cards, and 5 autographed copies of each book.

All the info you need to win one of these amazing prizes is RIGHT HERE. Remember, winning is as easy as clicking a button or leaving a blog comment--easy to enter; easy to win!

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About Love Comes Later: What if pursuing your happiness also meant your best friend's disgrace? In Love Comes Later Sangita, Abdulla and Hind must chose between loyalty and love, traditional values and a future they each long to explore. Get it on Amazon.

About From Dunes to Dior: I moved East, back towards my roots, only to discover how much of the West I brought with me. From Dunes to Dior is the story of my life as an expat South Asian woman in the heart of the Middle East. Get it on Amazon.

About the Author: Six eBooks ago, Mohana joined the e-book revolution and now she dreams in plot lines. Visit Mohana on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Like to Help Give Things Away? Bloggers Wanted

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

World Animal Day Blog Hop - Children's Books

Today I am participating in the World Animal Day Blog Hop sponsored by Terri Giuliano Long and David M. Brown. I'm excited because this gives me an excuse to do something that I've wanted to do for a while - feature children's books. I read a lot of books with my daughters yet I haven't been blogging about them. I've contemplated adding a weekly children's book feature but I haven't gotten it beyond the thinking stage yet.

Even if children's books aren't your thing, you are going to want to keep reading because there are prizes to be won! Check out the Rafflecopter for the sponsored prize and then visit other blogs listed in the linky as some of them may be offering individual prizes.

Now that the housekeeping is out of the way, here are some of our favorite children's books featuring animals:

Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd is a really fun book that takes Dog on an adventure. In each place, Dog receives a colorful spot of something that stains his white coat. The book encourages the reader to count the spots and name the colors. Elizabeth and I also like the sound effects as Dog receives each messy spot.

The Little Red Hen (makes a pizza) by Philemon Sturges is one of our favorites right now. The Little Red Hen decides to make a pizza for dinner but discovers that she doesn't have everything she needs to make it. She asks the duck, the dog, and the cat for help but they are all too busy. So she sets off on her own to various stores to gather the equipment and ingredients she needs. One of the things that I really like about this book is the use of repetition so Elizabeth can help me out with reading the story. This is definitely one to read with mom or dad though because it contains unfamiliar words like eggplant, delicatessen, and anchovies.

Dewey There's A Cat in the Library by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter is the children's version of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Changed the World, also by Vicki Myron. This is a great true story about a cat who was found at a library on the coldest night of the year. Vicki, the librarian, cares for the cat and gives him a home at the library. In this story, Dewey interacts with the children at the library and learns about them even as he teaches them about cats. One of my favorite things about this book is the gorgeous illustrations.

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