Thursday, May 31, 2012

YA Indie Carnival - Listopia Demystified

Today, the YA Indie Carnival sponsors are talking all about Listopia and sharing the votes that means the most to them while explaining their rationale.

Books from The Warrior Series are on hundreds of Listopia lists.  From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate each and every addition.  It means so much to have anything I've written be added to lists that includes some of my all time favorite books.  It means even more because - with the exception of a few additions - these were added by die-hard fans of The Warrior Series.  It does not matter to me if there is one person voting/adding or one thousand.  These nominations are important because they signal the fact that someone enjoyed my story enough to take time to vote.

Below, I'm sharing just a few of the lists that mean the most to me.  Looking at the titles of the lists and the books ranking near my own, I'm humbled by the opinions of my fans.  Thanks to all who've taken time to offer thanks (in the form of a vote) to the authors who have graciously shared their stories. 

Warriors of the Cross by T.R. GravesClockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareBorn at Midnight by C.C. HunterThe Mortal Instruments Boxed Set by Cassandra ClareThe Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
books everyone should read before they die - 1st out of 88 books   

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra ClareGuardians of the Cross by T.R. GravesClockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareWarriors of the Cross by T.R. GravesThe Iron King by Julie Kagawa
#1 favorite teen book ever read - 2nd & 4th out of 72 books   

Inflatable Men by Amy IvanWarriors of the Cross by T.R. GravesUnlovable by Sherry GammonTable 21 by T. Rafael CiminoGuardians of the Cross by T.R. Graves
Best New Authors of 2011 - 2nd & 5th out of 20 books   
City of Bones by Cassandra ClareWarriors of the Cross by T.R. GravesOffbeat Love Stories and More by Jennifer K. LaffertyClockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareControl Switch On by Ira Teller
Books that would make good movies - 2nd out of 44 books
The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsDead Until Dark by Charlaine HarrisClockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareThe Mortal Instruments Boxed Set by Cassandra ClareWarriors of the Cross by T.R. Graves
Your Favorite Book Series - 5th out of 64 books
The Iron King by Julie KagawaCity of Bones by Cassandra ClareWarriors of the Cross by T.R. GravesThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsAngelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
BIG TIME MAJOR EPIC SERIES - 3rd out of 52 books
The Host by Stephenie MeyerThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire by Suzanne CollinsMockingjay by Suzanne CollinsWarriors of the Cross by T.R. Graves
Passion by Lauren KateLast Sacrifice by Richelle MeadHades by Alexandra AdornettoGuardians of the Cross by T.R. GravesLegend by Marie Lu
Best Books of year - 4th out of 50
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Help by Kathryn StockettThe Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini1984 by George OrwellPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga #1) by Colleen Houck

This is an AMAZING... PHENOMENAL... WONDERFUL series, and it has instantly shot to the top of my personal all-time favorite series list. I should mention that I have three series tied for the top spot honors, meaning I could never choose between them. All are equally great in their own way.

In awe of this story, I could go on for pages and still not do justice to 's brilliance as it relates to this series. Instead, I will say Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga #1) is a perfect beginning to this amazing story. You can't keep yourself from falling in love with the very meek, extremely gentle, and absolutely endearing characters. I'm in love with every last one of them: Kelsey, Ren, Kishan, and Mr. Kadam.

The story is as intriguing as the characters. We are not forced to like anything about it. The aspect which makes this better than the rest is the way allows us to fall in love with each and every character through their actions, their stories, and their love of each other. Also, she has a talent for making the reader curioius. I found myself mentally planning a visit to India because of her beautiful descriptions.

This is another one of those stories that can easily be appreciated by anyone. The book gives us plenty of action and lots of wonderfully intimate moments. There is nothing (sex or profanity) that would make me shy away from recommending to avid readers younger than eighteen. Honestly, Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga #1) is a great read for anyone and everyone. As I said earlier, there are few that I would recommend higher.

The link below explains how an indie author, , became a bestselling author:
Salem author Colleen Houck finds success through e-books

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Passion (Fallen #3) by Lauren Kate

If you are a fan of period pieces, you will adore Passion (Fallen #3).  We are taken through past life after past life where Luce and Daniel meet, fall in love, and separate because of the curse plaguing them and their relationship.

There are moments that are tender where you fall deeper in love with the characters.  There are other times that are so heart wrenching that you mourn for their fate.  In the end, you are pulling for them and hoping they find each other for real and break the curse.

I liked the way I'm looking forward to Rapture (Fallen #4), which absolutely has the potential to be the best one yet.