Concurs aniversar #5

Era evident faptul ca nu trebuie sa lipseasca un concurs de swag-uri!

Puteti castiga semne de carte, magneti, felicitari, tatuaje, pixuri.

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Reguli:

1. Trebuie sa-mi urmariti blogul prin e-mail si sa-mi lasati un comentariu la aceasta postare cu numele vostru si adresa prin care ati dat follow.

2. Pentru 1 intrare in plus trebuie sa anuntati acest concurs pe blogul vostru sau pe orice retea de socializare, si sa imi lasati link-ul.

3. Raspundeti la intrebarea: Ce carte imi recomandati sa citesc?

Concursul se va desfasura in perioada 03.11.2013 – 07.11.2013. Castigatorul va fi ales prin random.org, pe data de 08.11.2013

SUCCES!

In my mailbox #12

Buna dimineataa! Sa va arat ce bunati am primit! Majoritatea vor fi incluse in concursurile urmatoare! 😀

House of secrets – Ned Vizzini & Chris Columbus – GENIALA si povestea si ambalajul! In curand recenzia!

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Instinct – J. A. Garland – Thank you

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O multimeeee de swag-uri – din pacate 2 au ajuns rupte, dar voi incerca sa le remediez. Avem un caiet, pixuri, semne de carte, magneti de frigider, jeleuri, lasere, sapun, etc! 😀

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Wake Forest – Charlotte Jackanicz

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De la Regan Black am primit Justice Incarnate, 2 pixuri si 2 racitoare cred.  Thank you!

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Alte semne de carte!

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Si cateva semne, brelocuri si vederi de la targ!

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Am asteptat sa fac aceasta postare, pentru a putea da startul si urmatoarelor concursuri. Am tot asteptat sa primesc un pachet important, dar nu stiu de ce am impresia ca s-a pierdut pe drum. Trebuia sa ajunga deja de o saptamana 😦 De obicei pachetele trimise prin USPS ajung in 2 saptamani. Uff! 😦 Voi ce ati mai achizitionat/primit?

O zi frumoasa!

Maratonul Concursurilor de Primavara / I. Interviu + Random giveaway

Dupa cum v-am spus in posturile precedente, m-am gandit sa organizez un mini maraton de concursuri!

Am ales ca primul concurs sa fie ceva usurel, si anume random. Vor urma concursuri de creatie si alte surprize.

Avem un interviu, realizat de catre Kristin Bailey si un premiu constituit din swag-uri, oferit de catre autoare (ea va va trimite pachetul).

Author Interview

1.   Hello Kristin! Thank you for granting me this interview. I’d like to talk first about your book Legacy of the Clockwork Key. How did this story come into being?

Legacy of the Clockwork Key began when I saw a picture of a steampunk raven that someone had created. I was fascinated by it, and I wondered who would put the effort into creating it and why.  I remember being in the car and seeing a large crow fly overhead and then I began to think about how amazing it would be if a mechanical bird could imitate a live one.  At that point my secret society of inventors was born.  I’ve always loved Victorian children’s literature, and I thought it would be fun to create a story that reflected the sweeping sense of whimsy and adventure of those classic books.

2.  What was the most challenging aspect of creating this character of Meg?

14377566_130305020000Meg is an extremely challenging character to deal with as an author. I knew first and foremost, in order for her to be convincingly brave enough to face all the enormous physical and mental challenges I was about to throw at her, she’d have to be exceptionally bold and really intelligent. The problem was, I had placed her in a time where being a bold and intelligent female often landed one in an insane asylum. Consequently, Meg is very constrained by her social position as a young women who has a certain sense of herself, but no means to act on it at the moment. The rashness that she needs to break through her social constraints and seize the reins of adventure can give her a harsh edge to her personality.

I didn’t intend to use a Zodiac sign as a strict personality guide, but I had to choose a birthday for Meg to make some of the timeline work out. It turns out, she’s and Aries through and through. She tends to shoot first and aim later.

The benefit of this is that Meg starts out in book one as a fairly flawed character. She’s naive, she’s stubborn, she jumps to conclusions, and she can be pushy. That has given her a lot of room to learn and grow through the course of the three books, and I’ve had fun seeing her mature into a composed and powerful character by book three.

3.  How did you approach the research needed for the book?

I tried to take the research one step at a time. First I did a lot of general reading on the Victorian era, and even broke out a lot of my favorite Charles Dickens novels to gain a sense of the contemporary language of the era, and also for setting details. I did a lot of reading on how households were run, and the rolls that servants had to play. Once I felt I had enough of the big picture in place, every time I needed a specific detail for the book, I looked that up individually to make sure it fit into my setting, and also that it was plausible. Looking up slang terms in particular was very interesting.

4.  What are your current/future projects?

I am currently writing book three, and it is fun to finally bring all the big picture pieces of the story together. I’m not thinking too much ahead of that, but I’d like to write something with a boy as a protagonist sometime in the future.

5.  If you had to be one of your protagonists, who would it be?

I can be really mean to my characters. I don’t think I’d want to be any of them. I put them in danger and injure them frequently.  I think if I had to be anyone, I’d be Oliver, just because he lives a fairly charmed life, unless I’m causing him immediate physical pain.

6. Who are your favourite writers and why?

I love Jim C. Hines, his fantasies are fun and his characters are fantastic. I love Julia Quinn novels because she writes such fun romance, and I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter books.

7.  What was the book that most influenced your life — and why?

Honestly, it was probably Black Beauty by Anne Sewell. I think it started my life long obsession with horses, but I think reading a book as a young girl written from the perspective of an animal, then following along through much of the joy, heartbreak, and abuse that animal suffered, left a mark on my spirit that can never be erased. Through my life, I have never doubted that animals have thoughts and feelings and I continue to try to live my life in a way to help as many animals as I can.

8. What are your 5 favorite books —and why?

I love Frankenstein, because it is thought provoking. I love Harry Potter because it is so much fun. I love Lord of the Rings for the world building. I really adoreGoblin Quest by Jim C. Hines because it is hysterically funny and touching at the same time. And I love Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson because it is one of those books that everyone should read.

9. What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your career as an author?

I’ve had some fairly serious writing setbacks that at the time seemed „career ending.” Picking myself up and recovering from those took a lot of mental fortitude. I guess in that way, I’m a little like Meg. I can be really stubborn and I don’t like to give up.

10. Describe your writing room PPanther-photo

I’m going to be moving soon, so it’s really a mess at the minute. I have a tiny desk in our greatroom. There’s a futon behind me, and some bookshelves, and the pool table down here. Mostly I’m staring at a messy desk and a blank wall in our cold basement. It’s not very glamorous. There are certain whimsical things in the room though, like this animation cell replica of the Pink Panther.

11. Take us through a typical day in the life of Kristin Bailey.

Most of the day is taken up just being a mom. I have to get the kids to school, feed everyone, clean the house, then if I get some time in the afternoon, I answer emails and try to do interviews and blog posts. Once everyone is asleep, that’s my time to write. I’m a night owl, and I hate mornings. Having the house dark and quiet is best for my concentration.

12. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I hope everyone enjoys Legacy of the Clockwork Key. I had a great time writing it and celebrating invention and engineering. More than anything, thank you for being readers and enjoying books.  If you would like to know more about The Secret Order, you can visit my website at http://www.kristinbailey.com, follow me on Twitter @KBaileyBooks or stop by and „like” my Facebook page.

Happy reading everyone!

Kristin Bailey

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Premiu: pachetul de swag-uri din imagine

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Va fi 1 castigator

Premiul va fi expediat de catre autoare.

Concursul incepe  azi si se termina pe data de 14 aprilie.

Castigatorul va  fi ales prin random.org

Reguli: Tot ce trebuie sa faceti este sa imi lasati intr-un comentariu numele vostru si sa imi urmariti blog-ul.

Pentru 1 intrare in plus, trebuie sa anuntati despre concurs pe orice retea sociala sau pe blog.

In my mailbox #10

Heya!! Ce facetiii? Dupa cum ati vazut din titlu, a venit vremea sa va prezint ce carticele am mai primit.

CUMPARATE: 

Din categoria obsesie pentru Levy, mi-am cumparat  3 carti, si anume: „Prima noapte”, „Si daca e adevarat” si „In alta viata”. Ceva impresii? Le-ati citit? Cum vi se par?

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PRIMITE:

De Martisor am primit aceste 2 carti: Omul cu cercurile albastre si Fericirea incepe azi (abia astept sa o citesc). Multumeeeesc!

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CASTIGATE:

Iar pe blogul Niaharei am castigat: Diavolul din Milano si 2 semne de carte. Multumesc mult!

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Cam acestea ar fi achizitiile mele. Sper ca nu am ratat nimic. Voi ce v-ati mai cumparat/castigat?

O seara placuta,

Roxi

In my mailbox #4

Stiu ca nu am mai postat de ceva timp, dar nu am avut timp de niimiiiiiiiicccc! Imi propusem pentru acest weekend sa gasesc o modalitate de a-mi rearanja cartile in biblioteca (ca nu mai incap de nici o culoare), sa termin o carte inceputa de vreo 4 zile si sa ma apuc de alta. Evident ca nu am facut nimic din ce mi-am propus!!

In schimb, am reusit sa ajung azi la posta sa mai ridic doua colete. S-au strans multe carti noi, si foarte multe ce asteapta sa fie citite. Promit ca in urmatoarele 2 luni NU voi mai cumpara nici una! O sa ma tin departe de toate librariile si imi voi bloca accesul pe nemira, elefant, etc :)))))

Deci, am urmatoarele carti de prezentat:

Cu Bravo Girl mi-am luat:

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– primele doua volume din seria Casa Noptii

Pe Blogul Colectionarului am castigat:

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– Furnica electrica de Philip K. Dick

– Cartea dragostei  de Phillipa Fioretti

– Iubiri nomade de Isabelle Eberhardt

Iar prin schimburi, am primit urmatoarele:

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– Frenezia de Francesca Lia Block

– Vagabondul Milionar de Vikas Swarup

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– Fantomele ne stiu toate secretele de Megan Grewe

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– Legaminte de Ally Condie

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– Vinerea Neagra de Doru Munteanu

– Obsesia de Lloyd C. Douglas

– Regina de gheata de Alice Hoffman

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– Prizonier la Guantanamo de Mollah Abdul

– Never let me go  de Kazuo Ishiguro

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– Privind soarele in fata de Irvin Yalom

Am primit si cateva swag-uri:

De la Nely Cab am primit urmatoarele:

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Pe spatele acesteia am si o dedicatie:

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Thank you Nely!

Iar de la Nikki Jeford am primit niste lucruri foarte foarte dragute – sunt preferatele mele. Thank you Nikki!!!

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– Sunt 3 semne de carte cu Entangled si 3 agatatoare de usa cu Aurora Sky. Mi se par fenomenale:

Pe o parte scrie: I’m reading . DO NOT DISTURBE; iar pe cealalta parte scrie DO NOT DISTURBE – Blood sucking in progress.

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Cate 2 din fiecare vor ajunge la voi!!

Voi ce carti ati mai achizitionat?

O zi frumoasa,

Roxi!

In my mailbox #2

Imi pare rau ca am fost un pic absenta zilele acestea, dar promit sa ma revansez! 😀 Mai am de primit cateva pachete de carti, dar efectiv nu am putut sa ma abtin sa nu va arat ce am primit azi dimineata! 😀

Cartile acestea le-am cumparat deoarece erau mult prea ieftine. Nu am idee cand vor fi citite, dar ce mai conteaza.

                                                               Privilegiul de  Zoey Dean

                                          Hollywoodul e ca un liceu de fite – de Zoey Dean

                                      Nici moarta, nici maritata de Maryjanice Davidson am luat-o de la Diverta cu 10 lei.

Iar acum cireasa de pe tort:

De la Patricia Lynne am primit 8 semne de carte semnate de autoare pentru Being Human si Snapshots. Thank you Patricia!

Si si si…de la Janet Fox am primit un plic mare umplut cu tot felul de lucruri frumoase! Avem 5 semne de carte pentru Sirens, 5 semne de carte pentru Forgiven si 5 semne de carte pentru Faithful. Mai avem 5 vederi si o brosurica cu primele doua capitole din Sirens . Toate sunt semnate! 😀 Thank you Janet!

Sa va zic ca ar trebui sa va bucurati si voi? Maine voi da startul unui concurs cu swaguri, evident cu cele primite mai sus. Imi voi opri cate doua din fiecare, iar restul vor ajunge la voi. Vor fi doi castigatori!

Have a nice day, Roxana!