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Books Blogs & Page Turners Issue #2

BBPT is a monthly meme hosted by Turn The Page where we rehash all our favorites from the month… books, blogs, and all things bookish! 

Books, Blogs & Page Turners – The books reviewed this month:
Trading Poisons ~ By Angel Lepire. Megan gave it 4 stars!
Simply Mine ~  By M.L. Gardner & Jane Carrington. Megan gave it 4.5 stars!
So Many Reasons Why ~ By Missing Johnson. Megan gave it 3 stars
Waiting For Martha ~ By Elly Grant. Megan gave it 3 stars
Lindsey’s Choice ~ Laurel Peterson. Megan gave it 4.5 stars
What I didn’t Say ~By Keary Taylor. Megan gave it 4.5 stars
Shattered ~ By Sandra Madera. Megan gave it 4.5 stars
Shredded~ By Karen Avivi. Megan gave it 5 Whopping Stars…. what a fantastic read about girl BMX riders!! 
Inseparable~(this review is almost done, but while started in May will probably not post until June 1st.) 
Books, Blogs & Page Turners – Manic Monday Winners:
Manic Monday Week #2 M.L. Garderder & Jane Carrington – Simply Mine
Manic Monday Week #3 Laurel Peterson – Lindsey’s Choice
Manic Monday Week #4 Sandra Madera – Shattered
Manic Monday Week #5 Missy Johnson – Inseparable 
Books, Blogs & Page Turners – The blogs we crushed on this month:
Paper Fantasies  Hosted by Kelly Watt. I know I crushed on her blog last month too, but hey what can I say, I know what I like. So this month I particularly enjoyed Kelly’s YA Epidemic #8: Everyone Loves An Average Girl. I think this happens a lot with books today, us writers tend to downplay the looks of our protagonist and make her plain and then when suddenly she is noticed by the steamy hot guy we all swoon. But it would appear that we are creating the opposite effect on our readers. After reading Kelly’s post I thought back to my protagonist, Lexie – did I make her strong and confident or was she described as plain? While I didn’t make her plain, I made her less showy than her sister or her best friends. She describes herself as pretty, but likes simplicity… a ponytail, jeans and t-shirt… hmmm, is this the same as calling her plain? This is what I love about Kelly’s YA Epidemics and I mentioned this last month as well, it gives the other side of me, the writer, the opportunity to see what readers like you, do and don’t like!! Thanks Kelly. 

Tangled Up In Books (formerly Perks of Being a Bookwork) Hosted by Sheri Boston. First I should say that I love her princess phase and the fact that she somehow finds a tangled picture to coincide with every post she puts up. It’s fantastic! I actually crushed on two areas of Tangled up in Books this month, first Sheri’s TTT – Books Dealing with Tough Issues and Her Swoon Thursdays. So the TTT, loved this one. I actually have either read or have them in my TBR, all of the books she listed. It also again made me think of my own writing. Harvest Moon deals with some really tough issues and as a newbie to the writing and blogging worlds, I feel like this area is becoming more popular. I love YA/NA books dealing with social issues or things that make you think. ooohh, makes me all giddy! As for her Swoon Thursday, I LOVE this. There is always something is a book I am reading that I want to share and I found this meme to be truly exciting and creative! 
Books, Blogs & Page Turners- Books up for review in June:
Okay, so I said last month that the Emi Lost & Found series would be reviewed in May, and I have read 2.75 of the 3 books, but was totally conflicted whether I wanted to review them individually or as one, so I waited…. and now it’s too late to feature them in May. I will be featuring them first in June and I still have yet to decide if they will be one single feature or three individual features. Guess you will have to wait and see. Other great books we will be reviewing this month are:

 




Books, Blogs & Pager Turners – Other bookish news and recaps: 
And in other bookish news, the month of May was a very busy one. I spent very little time working on my own writing and worse, aside from the Manic Monday winners I read only three books… well this isn’t completely true. I have read others… like the Emi books, as I already mentioned, but since they have they have yet to be reviewed, I guess they technically don’t yet count. 
Angela had to take a hiatus, yeah, before she even started… lol. I know she mentioned in her about me section that we work together and the opening of our new cafe has been beyond brutal. Mix that in with all the commitments we have outside of work and we are simply overloaded. So until she officially makes her presence known, you get me… and I will keep on reading, reviewing, and blogging all about it!! 
I am hoping that the month of June will settle down enough for me to balance my reading/reviewing and my writing. My deadline for Winter Solstice is still set for late fall, so I need to figure out some time management without detracting from TTPBB, because I have become obsessed with book blogging! 
And finally, I am planning to do a couple of author interviews next month, starting with Karen Avivi, the author of Shredded! So stay tuned for all that is to come in the month of June!
We hope you enjoyed our first issue of Books, Blogs & Page Turners… Go ahead and leave us a comment, tell us your thoughts, share your favorites from the month of May!! 
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Books, Blogs & Page Turners – Issue 1

BBPT is a monthly meme hosted by Turn The Page where we rehash all our favorites from the month… books, blogs, and all things bookish! 


Books, Blogs & Page Turners – The books reviewed this month:
The Breathing Series ~  by Rebecca Donovan. We gave it 5 stars! I absolutely loved these books and cannot wait for “Out of Breathe,” the third and final in the series. 
This Morning I Woke Up Dead ~ by Mindy Larson. I gave it 4 stars! 
Silently Screaming ~ by Dawn L. Husted. I gave it 4 stars! 
The Torturer’s Daughter ~ by Zoe Cannon. I gave it 4 stars!
Not Today, But Someday ~ by Lori. L. Otto. I gave it 5 stars! Loved…loved…loved it!
Books, Blogs & Page Turners – Manic Monday Winners:
While this was the first Manic Monday feature, it surely won’t be the last….
Manic Monday ~ Week #1: Lori L. Otto, Not Today, But Someday
Books, Blogs & Page Turners – The blogs we crushed on this month:
Between The Lines ~ Hosted by Trish. What we love and can’t help but crush on are her constantly witty TTT posts. I’m a list lover too and I always look forward to seeing what the Tuesday topic is and read her lists. Also, this month her post “memes, merits, & moans was a fun read that gave this book blogger the good swift kick in the butt to jump on the meme bandwagon. After reading her merits and moans I thought I would try to come up with some fun, quirky memes of my own… hope I made you proud Trish! 

Falling For YA ~ Hosted by Emily. I stumbled upon this blog through a directory and fell in love with Emily’s beautiful layout and was sure to tell her so. Other reasons I crushed on Falling For YA this month was her stacking the shelves meme… totally love this and when I saw Forever by Judy Blume, well… she had me at Forever! Judy Blume was my go to author all through elementary school and junior high. I have every one of her books and my #1 favorite is “Just As Long As We’re Together” 

Paper Fantasies ~ Hosted by Kelly. I love her new blog facelift… her button and oh can’t forget her twitter bird. Looked for that little guy everywhere on the net because I was crushing so hard! Never found him… so I just stop by her page a few times a week to ogle hers. Another reason I crushed on her blog, her YA epidemic meme… As a YA author I get some fantastic feedback both from Kelly and all of her trustworthy followers. Being far removed from the young adult pool it’s not always easy to know what to steer clear of or add more of… so thanks Kelly!! 

Books, Blogs & Page Turners- Books up for review in May:

Books, Blogs & Pager Turners – Other bookish news and recaps:
We Love Giveaways: The Emi Lost & Found Series by Lori L. Otto is up for grabs until May 13th. Be sure to enter for your chance to win the 3-book series on your Kindle, Nook or through Smashwords.  
Happy One Month Anniversary Turn The Page Book Blog!! 
And in other bookish news I am proud to announce I will be taking on another book reviewer… a best friend and co-worker, Angela Maine. I will let her do her own introducing to you all very soon and we hope that two will be better than one! 
We are always looking for more indie/self-published authors we can connect with and offer reviews to, do cover reveals…. If this is you, give us a shout out at ttpbookblog@gmail.com
TTP got another layout change and we think we like this one the best so far… it’s classic and simple. Maybe down the road we will invest in getting one of those super cool blog designers to give us a  unique TTP facelift!!
And finally, we are still in need of more great followers to share all our amazing reviews and fun memes with so if anyone has any suggestions, feedback or great followers for us… bring it on! 

We hope you enjoyed our first issue of Books, Blogs & Page Turners… Go ahead and leave us a comment, tell us your thoughts, share your favorites from the month of April and help spring us into May!!