Month: May 2013

Blogs To Talk About (9)

Posted May 17, 2013 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

For those of you who don’t know what BTTA is, here’s the lowdown: It’s short for Blogs To Talk About. For whoever is interested can e-mail me at and in the subject put BTTA or Blogs To Talk About, and in the message put your name and a link to your blog for me to check it out. Then I will contact you and send you a list of questions and when you respond I will set up a post. So, if you are interested in it, send me an e-mail! For past BTTAs go HERE

Name: Becca T.
Age: 33 years young 
Blog Name:  Lost in Books

What’s the story behind the blog name?
I like getting lost in stories so it seemed like an apt name, plus an easily identifiable one.

Why did you start to book blog and how long have you been book blogging?
I started in January of 2009.  I ran across an article by Karen Ballum aka Sassymonkey on Blog Her where she talked about book blogging.  That was the first time I’d heard of it.  I began reading her blog, finding others and reading them.  I soon felt compelled to share my thoughts about books, too, so I began Lost in Books.  Reading is a fun activity all on its own, but when you can share that passion with others with the same passion, it enriches the experience that much further.

Where is your favorite place to read?
Either curled up in bed or by the swimming pool in the summer. 

E-book or Hardcopy? Why?
I actually love both.  I like the flexibility of e-books.  I can take my Kindle anywhere and read books while waiting to get my car’s oil changed or at the doctor’s office.  I can’t lug around The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami because it’s 600 pages.  But if it is on my e-reader, I can. 
On the other hand, an e-reader will never compare to the feel of a book in my hands.  That’s what I first fell in love with and that will always be my favorite way to read.  There’s something about the heft of it in my hands, turning each crisp page, seeing them on my bookshelf just begging to be read next.  Sometimes Murakami begs to be read via paperback.

Favorite book of all-time and why?
I hate this question.  Does any ferocious reader have just one favorite book?  Because I don’t.  But I will give you just two.  It’s the best I can do. J

One is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.  This is the book that really launched me back into reading after a pretty substantial hiatus of pleasure reading for 7 years.  It’s one of less than a handful of books that I have read twice as an adult.  It’s about a family who follows the missionary husband/father to the 1960s Congo where the people and the land end up teaching the members of the family more than they teach them.

Another is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.  It’s just a phenomenal book.  On the surface it’s just a story about superfluous characters in a time of decadence and situational indifference. On a deeper level, it is a story about class warfare, about romanticism, about consequences, about whether we can relive the past, about how sometimes the truth can seem to be on the surface but is actually hidden.  It’s full of subtle nuances and makes you ask yourself questions. 

Do you have any blogs/bloggers that you look up to or that inspire you (feel free to name-drop)?
This list is substationally long, but one is my friend Tasha from Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books ( because she makes the cleverest connections between books and other things like cocktails or films and she manages to make her wittiness come across much better than I can.

What do you like to do in your free time?
When I’m not reading or blogging, I like to write, watch movies, practice yoga, go to the gym, and sketch.  I also like to go to the shooting range when I can afford it.  I am terrible right now but feel like a badass the better I get at it.  It’s pretty empowering.

Name a dessert, a color, a drink?
Chili’s Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie, Yellow, Mai Tai

If you could be one character, who would you be and why?
Nefertari from The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran.  She is an outcast when she is young because of what her family did, she then reinvents herself and comes back to the palace stronger than ever and wins the heart of the Pharaoh and then the people.  She overcame obstacles in her path to be a leader, marry her true love, and find redemption.  Pretty badass.  Plus, she lives in Ancient Egypt and I’m obsessed with Ancient Egypt.

How many books (on average) do you read a month?
Depending on how long they are and how many I am reading at a time (which is never less than 2-3) I read anywhere from 7 to 10 a month.

What are your favorite book-to-movie adaptations? Why?
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (both versions) The Swedish version has much better casting, especially for the role of Lisbeth.  It was also a very good adaptation and captured a lot of good stuff.  What I liked about the American film was that it ended as the book ended which is something I really like when a book is made into a movie.  I want it to have the same effect on me as the book did when I finish it.

Do you have any book boyfriends? If so, name them and explain why?
Mr. Darcy because it’s Mr. Darcy.

Name 5 books that everyone should at least read once:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
The Color Purple by Alice Walker

What is your dream job?
 Early Childhood Educator (which is what I did until I became too sick to work)
Children’s Book Author (which I am working on now!)

What book are you most looking forward to reading?
I’m assuming you mean that hasn’t been released yet. Again, I can’t name just one.  I really, really want to read:
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader

Thank you so much Becca for letting us get to know you! It was such fun!! The Great Gatsby is definitely one of my favorites as well!! I can’t wait to see the new movie! But I want to reread the book before I go see it! And you’re right, it’s simply too hard to choose just one book as your favorite. lol. My bad. :]


Comes The Night [Blog Tour & Giveaway]

Posted May 14, 2013 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Title: Comes the Night (Book 1 in the Casters Series)
Author: Norah Wilson and Heather Doherty
Age Group: Young Adult/New Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Release date: November 27, 2012
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

How far would you go to escape your own personal teenage hell? Would you run away, break away from everything you know—even your own body?
Alex Robbins, Brooke Saunders and Maryanne Hemlock could not be more different, yet they all have something in common—deep and soul-searing pain. They are also all students at Streep Academy, a boarding school just one step away from juvie, where they’ve come to complete high school. The three have been relegated to Harvell House, the residence reserved for the hardest cases, the so-called Rejects from Reject Row. 
In the forbidden attic of the old Victorian house-turned-residence, the girls discover the diary of Connie Harvell, a young woman who was confined and abused there some 50 years ago. In the end, Connie’s attic prison couldn’t hold her—not completely. She found a way out. At least a dark part of her did. And after reading her diary, the girls discover they can escape at will too. A terrifying, thrilling flight from their bodies and their troubles. 
But God help them, their pain isn’t all they leave behind when they join with the night. 
And God help anyone who’s wronged them…

Book Links:
Kindle || Amazon || Smashwords || B&N || Goodreads

About the Authors

NORAH WILSON is a Kindle best-selling author of romantic suspense and paranormal romance. She lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, with her husband, two adult children, dog Chloe, and kitty, Ruckus.
HEATHER DOHERTY fell in love with writing while taking creative writing courses with Athabasca University. Motivated by her university success, and a life-long dream of becoming a novelist, she later enrolled in the Humber School for Writers under the mentorship of David Adams Richards. Her first literary novel was published in 2006. While still writing dark literary (as well as not-so-dark children’s lit), she is beyond thrilled to be writing paranormal/horror with Norah. Heather lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick with her family. (No pets, but I swear Norah’s dog, Chloe, calls me Aunt Heather).
Together, Heather and Norah write dark, edgy, frightening young adult paranormal/horror.
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Giveaway Information: #1: Five (5) unsigned print copies of Comes the Night sent from CreateSpace – open internationally; #2: Five (5) eBook copies of Comes the Night (Smashword coupon code) – open internationally; #3: Three (3) $10 gift cards – choice of Amazon, B&N, or Book Depository

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Bout of Books Challenges

Bout of Books Challenges

Posted May 13, 2013 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Challenges: 5/13: Book Spine Poem Challenge Ten Things We Did and Probably Shouldn’t Have happens Every Other Day. Nobody comes between the Daughter of Smoke and Bone and The Iron King. The Academie procures Shade for Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Everneath. Anna Dressed in Blood is the Carrier […]

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon Updates

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon Updates

Posted May 13, 2013 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Guess what time it is! That’s right, it is time for one of the best read-a-thons ever! Bout of Books happens three times a year. It used to be a little scattered but now there is a set schedule! So we all know when the next Bout of Books will be :] Anyways, this is […]

Blogging Hiatus- This Week Only

Blogging Hiatus- This Week Only

Posted May 1, 2013 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

So, as many of you are probably experiencing…it’s the end of the school year. For me it’s the end of my schooling career. I am taking 1 week off from blogging to finish up my final papers and study for the finals that I have. I will be back next week, I promise. As for […]