Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Help Save the Magnolia League Series!

Okay y'all it's time to pull together and save this awesome series! I recently tweeted author Katie Crouch asking if we would get a book 3 in the Magnolia League series and she responded saying maybe if there is a twitter campaign. So, I am trying to get one going! Please help me with this tweet ANY AND ALL bloggers you know ANY AND ALL people who work for Poppy books (Part of Hatchet book group, Little Brown books) and let's flood twitter with this! I've started a hashtag for it as well #MagnoliaLeague AND #SavetheMagnoliaLeague. Please please please help save this wonderful series! How awesome would it be to show the publisher that the readers want more of this series, if enough of us flood them with it, maybe we can make it happen!

So say we all!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Sad News

I found out today, that author Vince Flynn has passed away. He died yesterday June 19th. It's very sad, he was only 47 years old. I pray for his family and friends. His books will be missed. You can see his website here and the goodreads page for him here as well pick up his books at any bookstore. He passed away from cancer which he was battling since 2010.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Open letter to girls from Queen Rania of Jordan

While browsing through different blogs, I came across this open letter from Queen Rania of Jordan. I loved what she had to say so much that I decided to past the letter to my blog thanks to Oasis YA
  for posting the letter, which is the site I found it on, I am unaware of where the letter was posted first.

Dear Girls of the World,

Some of you will be familiar with the childhood rhyme, "What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and all things nice, that's what little girls are made of."
Marketing and stereotyping combine to have us believe that you're also made of pink dresses, pigtails, dolls, ringlets, ribbons, bows and tiaras. That you like cupcakes. That all you will want to be are wives and mothers. That you're more "inclined" to the arts and "better suited" to caring professions like teaching and nursing.
And, maybe, that's true for some. But my daughter Salma teaches me every day that there's so much more to you -- and for you.
Salma is 13, and I can count, on one hand (in fact, on one finger!), the occasions she's worn a dress -- and they've never been pink! Dolls always stayed on the shelf. She's happiest dribbling a soccer ball past her brothers and scoring goals or building model airplanes with her father. She dreams of being an engineer. That's my Salma; that's why I love her.
So, when I think about girls rising, I think of girls like her and her sister, Iman. I think of the millions of courageous girls all over the Arab world and beyond who, every day, summon inner strength, surmount barriers and make a difference in their communities.
Let me tell you about 16-year-old Wafa Al-Rimi.
Some days in Yemen, there's less than one hour of electricity, so studying is tough.
"We were tired of darkness," Wafa said in an interview.
Rather than accept defeat, though, she built foundations under her dreams. With help from business mentors, she formed an all-female company that created solar-powered lights. They won INJAZ Al-Arab's Best Company of the Year in November.
Wafa and her friends are part of a new generation of independent-thinking Middle Eastern girls: torch-bearers and trail-blazers.
Today, almost as many girls as boys attend primary and secondary school. In the majority of Arab countries where there's data, women outnumber men at university, and more women than men study science.
I see and I hear that determination to succeed every day in Jordan.
Recently, I visited a girls' school in the south of Jordan where 12-year-old Noor told me about her grandmother, a famous storyteller who narrated other people's stories. Noor was proud of her "teta," but she had her own dream.
"I want to be mayor," she said. "I want to build a library full of books; I want to build a park so that children can play safely."
Noor wanted to write her own story. I knew then that she, and girls like her, would write a new chapter for our region.
It won't be easy. We have a long way to go. Increases in girls' attendance at school and university are not yet reflected in politics, the job market or society's mindsets. And there are still 5 million girls out of primary and secondary school across the Arab world.
But as the political, social and economic plates shift and settle around our region, there's never been a better time for girls to rise up and share their talents with society. And, girls! Society has never needed you more.
We know that in every country around the world, healthy, educated girls can play a crucial role in stabilizing societies, resolving conflicts, bolstering democracies, strengthening economies and nurturing healthy and educated children.
But they can't do it alone.
Role models can inspire. Campaigns can motivate. But if we want all girls everywhere to rise up, then we must find them, befriend them and support them.
That means going outside our comfort zones. Maybe they're recovering from civil war in Sierra Leone, like Mariama -- now educated and a popular radio DJ. Maybe they're trapped in servitude in Nepal, like Suma -- now an activist working to free others. Maybe they're living in slums in India, like Ruksana -- now strong and in school. (Find out more about their stories.)
And it means using our voices to speak up for those who cannot yet be heard. Lobbying for girl-friendly policies. Working with governments, non-governmental organizations, U.N. agencies and the private sector to create momentum for change.
Will it be easy? No.
Will it be as hard as studying in the dark or sleeping on a pavement? Enduring slavery or rebuilding a life after war? Going to school hungry and still achieving good grades? Certainly not.
And if we falter in our resolve, let's remember the strength and dignity of Wafa, Noor, Mariama, Suma, Ruksana and girls everywhere who, every day, fight for their right to education and opportunity.
If one girl with courage is a revolution, imagine what feats we can achieve together.
-- Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah
So say we all!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black Giveaway On another Blog

Hey y'all! I recently found a new blog. Lili's Reflections. It's really good, her reviews are thoughtful and well presented. She was lucky enough to go to BEA and she has a giveaway for the new Holly BLack book Coldest Girl in Coldtown. There is still plenty of time to enter, so if you're interested, go here and enter. If you don't want to enter, then still stop by her blog and read her posts. I have added her to my side bar for easier access.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dark World

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (September 13, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1936608855
  • Author: Zak Bagans & Kelly Crigger
  • Obtained: Local Library then bought my own copy.
  • Cover Art: I really like the gothic feel of the cover.
  • Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars.

Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew By Zak Bagans and Kelly Crigger.
Reviewed by  Moirae the fates book reviews.

It's easy to say ghosts exist or don't exist. Anyone can do that. Trying to figure out the why or what is a different story. Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans, host of the popular Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures, pulls from his years of experience with paranormal activities and unexplained phenomena to provide an evenhanded look at a divisive subject. In Dark World, regardless of whether you believe in the afterlife or not, Zak does his best to find and share answers to the phenomena that people encounter. He wants you to experience a haunting through his eyes: to feel what it's like to be scared, freaked out, pushed, cold, sluggish, whispered-at and touched by an ethereal being or attacked by a demonic spirit. But beyond simply experiencing these events, Zak is looking for the reasons behind them, searching for answers to the unanswered questions. Addressing all the major issues and theories of the field in an impartial way, Dark World is a must read for paranormal enthusiasts, those who don't believe and anyone who's ever wondered about things that go bump in the night. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

Full Disclosure: I am a huge fan of the show, I own all the dvds. I also have had my own experiences and am a believer in the Paranormal.

I really enjoyed this book, what I liked about it is that Zak Bagans, used simple terms, he wrote the book in a way that a person who isn't a paranormal investigator and has never looked into the paranormal beyond watching the show can understand what he's talking about. 

The book, does deal with some of Zak Bagans' own experiences, but he also goes into the equipment and his own views on the world of the Paranormal. I found it really interesting, one of things I liked the most was his thought and his hope of there one day being a database where all the evidence of all the paranormal investigators and the amateurs that has been caught is in one central place. That would be incredible!  I hope that happens! 

The book also gave people who are friends of his have a spot to share their hopes for the future of the field. The book was very enlightening. The way it was written had a feel of a person sitting across  the table from the reader and speaking rather then reading. That was really cool how that came across. I never got the feel either that Bagans was trying to "lord his knowledge" over the reader, a lot of times informational types of books can have that feel, but this one never did.

I also liked being able to get glimpses of the investigations in a more "in depth" look, we get to hear a little more about what he experienced then we saw on the show.

I do hope that Zak Bagans writes more in the future, I would love to read more books that he writes and to learn more about the field.  

If you are a fan of the show or if you are a believer or even if you aren't a believer I would say pick up the book and give it a read, if you're not a believer, pick it up with an open mind and see what Zak Bagans has to say. 

So say we all!