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Friday, November 8, 2013

I haven't disappeared, I've just been cRaZy busy and here's why...

   I know I've been missing around the book blogosphere and I want to explain why. I've had several surgeries this year and am finally finished with it all. (YAY!) My last surgery was at the end of June and during my recuperation time, I read like crazy. I'm not sure if this is linked to my reading struggles now but I have had such a difficult time since July when it comes to trying to get into a good book. This is one of the few reasons as to why I haven't been blogging. I've also had some issues with someone that was close to me when it came to taking content that I had originally posted. (I wish not to get into this but it is part of my story). During all of this mess, I started thinking about why I think so highly of my blog.

   I've always loved reading since I was young and struggled with not only finding good books to read, but others who shared a reading interest like mine. When I was introduced into the book blogging world I was amazed by what I had been missing. Because of this and the fact that I have been struggling with my job status, I fully devoted myself to Uniquely Moi Books. This summer, when the events came into play about my content, it made me sit back and think long and hard as to why it bothered me and why I put so much into my blog.

   I've come to realize that the time I spent with my blog was to replace the unhappiness with my job and I knew that this needed to change. I was stuck and used my blog as an outlet. I don't plan to quit blogging at all so this is not a goodbye! My first reason that I had stopped posting was because I was angry with the content mess. It continued because my dad had a boulder fall on him in August and I've had to take care of him while he recuperates. (He is doing good by the way). The last and now main reason as to why I haven't been posting is because I started going back to school in late August. I am majoring in Elementary Education and am doing great so far but still have a long way ahead of me. I feel like I have much to contribute to the world and teaching is the best place to go with it.

   I've finally been able to fit in a bit of free time to read and I have found myself still struggling to get into a book. Everything I try and read ends up becoming very predictable or doesn't seem to hold my interest. The whole point of me starting a book blog in the first place was to share amazing books that I have read. I don't want to clog up my blog with promo posts, although they are informative, it is not my opinion if it is not in a review. Feel free to offer advice on my reading struggles because this is something that really bothers me and it's been a bit since I can sit down and read an entire book and not find it predictable or not interesting. I miss all of you and hope to work through all of this soon. Thank you all so much for taking interest in Uniquely Moi Books.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

(Repost) Review: Linked by Judy Serrano

by Judy Serrano

Published by: GMTA Publishing
Released on: May 9, 2013
Pages: 334
Rating: 4/5

*Please note, this review was based from an ARC*

  I was pleasantly surprised when Judy Serrano contacted me to review the first novel in her newest series. I love her work so I wanted to be surprised going into it and did not read the blurb. What I discovered was shocking and left me desperate for answers. Fast paced, action packed, and romance laced, Linked will have you mesmerized.

   Daphne is a fill-in substitute teacher that just wants a stable job doing what she loves. Trying her hardest but working with teens, she thinks she's doing rather well until she gets notification that one of the parents wants a conference with her. What she expected to walk through the classroom door is not what she received. Not in the least.

   Charlie Cross is total eye candy and there is an instant connection between the two. Honesty is laid out on the table, he admits to his unhappy marriage and the separation. Daphne can deal with this. It's all good. At least, that's what she thinks. Surprise characters rise to the surface causing delight and much trouble.

   When Daphne realizes that there's more to Charlie than she ever thought possible, he acts out on it all and takes advantage. She thought she could get used to the idea but Charlie isn't letting that happen. Luckily, there's another man willing to accept Daphne with open arms. Heathcliff is special in his own way but it's something they can work on together. When you become "linked" it makes all the difference in the world.

Received for review from the author.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sporadically Inspired By Blog Tour and Giveaway

This is the last stop on the Sporadically Inspired By Blog Tour. Today I have an ebook giveaway for you guys but first, let's find out a bit more about Ashley.

The story of my life is one that’s still being written, it’s about a girl named Ashley that had to go through a few chapters before she learned how she wanted to live the rest of the story. I could take you through moment after moment that got me to where I am now; in fact I’d have to take you through every single one. So instead I’ll just give you some highlights. Around May 2009 after seeing 17 Again at the movies it inspired me to pick up writing. I couldn’t tell you what it was about that one movie that was different from the tons of others I had fallen in love with over the years that finally shined light on what I had been trying to figure out since I was first asked what I wanted to be when I grew up; but there it was…my dream realized. It’s funny how after you reach that moment, you can’t believe you didn’t think of it sooner…I’ve loved movies since I was a kid and played The Little Mermaid on repeat, and had always been a daydreamer who loved coming up with a good story. I started writing my ideas in script format for movies and then decided to try one of my ideas as a book.
I’m just a girl from a small town with a big dream. Classic story…think you’ve heard it a thousand times…well I’d like to think mine’s unique. Maybe not extreme or extravagant to everyone; but to me…to me it’s a fairy tale. Oh don’t get me wrong it’s also a comedy, a horror film (you know how bad hair days can be lol), one with action, love, tears, and inspiration…but it’s my story, and it’s one of kind.

I use to think dreams were…well just that, dreams; nothing but thoughts and wishes that you kept stored away for a day you didn’t know would come or not. But then I thought why should it be like that? Seemed like a tragedy really, to keep all my dreams in my head instead of experiencing them for real. So instead I decided I wanted to live my dreams and make them my reality…make them my ‘normal’…if there is such a thing a normal lol. It won’t be easy, who knows where it will take me, or how long it will take to get there…but I can promise one thing…it’ll be one amazing ride!
Forever Inspired

Sometimes, in a small community, it can be difficult to find reality in big dreams. Samantha can't wait to get out of town to start her life and move on from sad memories. Morgan isn't learning from the past, and Charlotte may be forced to make a hard choice over following her dreams. It's Cali's story from which the girls find their inspiration. They believe her story is a fictional cult classic that each have read over and over. It encourages them to follow their hearts.

In the end, however, it could be Cali who needs the most help turning her sporadic inspirations into reality. . . again.

Sporadically Inspired By is written in a unique style similar to a screenplay.
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Monday, July 1, 2013

Swag Tag- The July Sign Up List

   So, the idea for this came to me while I was thinking about some of the swag that I used to have and gave away and later, read the books, fell in love, and really wish I hadn't gave my goodies away. I desperately want them back. The purpose isn't to only find lost swag out there, but hopefully establish friendships with fellow bloggers. It's a cheap and easy way to connect, receive goodies in the mail, and make connections. I do hope you enjoy what I have put together. Oh, did I mention that some FABULOUS authors have sent swag so that I can put together a package to send to one lucky participant every month?? The picture of this months prize is below. If you have suggestions or concerns, feel free to email me.

Have Swag?
Pass some along to others.

Looking for Swag?
Fill out the form and maybe someone will have what you're looking for. It's ok if you just want some swag too. We all do! 

Don't have Swag but still want to Participate?
It's all good. Just send someone a note. We all love mail as long as it isn't bills, I'm sure. Small notes just saying hi or saying something thoughtful can really brighten ones day. 

Pass it On!
Yes guys, if you receive something, I can't make you send something to someone else, but I do encourage you to. 

Don't have a Blog?
It's okay. When filling out the form, just enter N/A in the section where it asks for you blog info.

Join the July List here
I don't know how well this idea will hold up guys. Help spread the word and add your name to the list! Just add your name and if you want to send something to someone, send them an email to get their address. Please DO NOT add your mailing address to the list. In doing this, please don't forget our international people. Swag is only a few dollars to mail out of the country.

View the July Entries here
This month's swag package giveaway includes all of the below.
 One winner will be chosen from random from the July Sign-up list. Special thank you's go out to all of the authors for donating.


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Review: The Elephant of Surprise by Brent Hartinger

The Elephant of Surprise
by Brent Hartinger

Published on: January 10, 2013
Published by: Buddha Kitty Books
266 Pages
Rating: 4/5

   Although this is the fourth book in The Russel Middlebrook Series, it would make as a good standalone. It gives enough info to fill you in on what's going on and hold a good storyline throughout to keep your interest at attention. Russel is known as the main character but I found myself having far more interest in the life of his best friend Min. I feel as if she has more drama throughout this novel than Russel.
  Russel does realize that living with a long distance relationship isn't cut out for all that it's worth. Having to deal with those problems are easy. It's helping Min through her crisis at hand that will prove the most difficult. It's obvious that something secretive is going on, but the outcome of it is the biggest mystery of all.

Received for review purposes from the author.