ARCS FOR GRABS | ROUND ONE 

Okay guys, 

Here’s the promised post. So how this is going to go down. I’m going to include pictures here of the arcs/finished copies I’m giving away. All you have to do is look up the ones that interest you,then email me your top 3 choices in order of preference. I’ll try my best to get you your choice. If you are getting something I’ll email you back letting you know. If not, don’t  worry this is only Round 1. Also, the shipment of these will be spread out so I don’t spend too much money at once. 

Some of these might have been reviewed on here already, so if you get one of those copies I’ll let you know, that way you don’t have to review it if you don’t want to. 

Otherwise, once you get your arc, you have 3 weeks to send me your review so I can publish it. If you need an extension just let me know. 

Here are the titles :


Email is : wordsweheart@gmail.com

Enjoy! 

Would You Like To Get ARCS?

Hey guys,

So about a year and a half ago, I wrote this post about How To Get ARCS, and it has received so much love, which I am so grateful for. But anyways, I was looking at the stack of ARCS I’ve gotten , and I know I won’t be able to get to all of them, and I know a lot of you guys would be able to read them, so I thought of an idea.

I would send some of you guys ARCS, and in exchange you’d read it, write a review and send it to me. I would post it (and give you all the credit of course) and you’d also get to keep the ARC. If you’d like you could also post the review on your site as well. It would be like a Guest Review type of thing.

Let me know if you guys are interested so I can get a start on it!

Maybe for some more popular ones, I’d also start an  ARC Tour.

PS: If this does happen, it would be US only, sorry! Shipping prices are really hectic!


Check out my last post about creating your own APP. 

Do You Want Your Own App?

Hey guys,

Great news! Well you know how my blog now has its own app right? Which you can get here for Android and just look up “Words We Heart” on the apple app store. But anyways, do you guys want your own app? Well if yes, then you’re in luck because my developer is offering a free app for some of you guys, just go to this page here and get in contact with her!

I’ve been loving my app, and I know you all will too. Let me know how it goes for you (:

Xx,

Ashley

GIVEAWAY NEWS

Okay guys, I’m going to be picking the giveaway winner soon, so if you haven’t entered yet, you can still do so! Check out my last post (:

To enter :
-Download my app “Words We Heart”
-Go to the tab on the left and go on “Giveaways”
-Fill in the required fields (First name, email, way in which you follow me)

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Exciting News and GIVEAWAY

Hey guys,

Long time no see, but I have some exciting news to share with you guys!

Words We Heart is now also an APP! Yes! You can download it on the app store as well as on the Play Store! Just look up ” Words We Heart” and it should pop up. From now on all my future posts will also be posted on there. All future giveaways will also be posted on there. I can send you guys exclusive notifications and reminders. I’m uploading some older favorite reviews and posts on there as well in the mean time. Also a few weeks ago was my 2 year anniversary on here. I’m so grateful for everything I’ve accomplished with this blog. To celebrate both the release of my app as well as my anniversary I’m hosting a giveaway! And it’s international!

Okay so the prizes! 

-A book of your choice with a $20 budget ( I wanted to leave the option open for the winner so that way it won’t be something you already have)

Deathly Hallows Necklace, Harry Potter Inspired, Harry Potter Necklace, Large Deathly Hallows, Fandom Necklace

-You’ll also be getting a gold (not the silver shown) Deathly Hallows necklace 

-I’ll also throw in some arcs or finished copies in there too, not sure what yet.

Now to Enter you just have to download the app and there is a tab that will say Giveaway, just follow the instructions and you’re all set! The only requirement will be that you have to follow my blog, since this is a giveaway for my followers. So in the” paragraph text” portion of the form, put down how you’re following me and your username.

Ends in 2-3 weeks

GOODLUCK!!

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Blog Tour: RED: THE TRUE STORY OF RED RIDING HOOD by Liesl Shurtliff

 

 

RED High Res

Hi guys,

Today I bring to you a review of the new release RED: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff. I love fairy tales and I love OUAT. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

Here’s the summary:

Red is the most wonder-filled fairy tale of them all!”—Chris Grabenstein, New York Times Bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic.
But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.

With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for. . . .

Liesl Shurtliff weaves a spellbinding tale, shining the spotlight on a beloved character from her award-winning debut, Rump. 

And don’t miss Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, “a delightful story of family, perseverance and courage” (Booklist).

I loved the way Red was portrayed, I loved all the connections between the different story lines. Re-tellings are one of m y favorite things, I love seeing people’s different takes on very popular series. Little Red Riding Hood was never one of my favorite stories but this book as well as Ruby’s story line in OUAT definitely gave me a new appreciation for it.

If you enjoy re-tellings, books like The Lunar Chronicles series, shows like Once Upon A Time, I think you’ll enjoy this. It’s a fast, simple read that brings you back to your childhood.  I’m looking forward to checking out more of her work.

This post will be going up towards the end of February but this book releases on the 16th of April. Check it out then!


THE TOUR

RED: THE TRUE STORY OF LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD Pre-Pub Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February, 1: Bookiemoji, Author Guest Post

Tuesday, February, 2: Seeing Double In Neverland, Review

Wednesday, February, 3: MundieMoms/Kids, Review

Thursday, February, 4: BookHounds, Author Interview

Friday, February, 5: The Lovely Books, Review

Saturday, February, 6: I’m Shelf-ish, Guest Post

Sunday, February, 7:  Kid Lit Frenzy, Review

Monday, February, 8: Mel’s Shelves, Review

Tuesday, February, 9: Once Upon A Twilight, Author Random Facts

Wednesday, February, 10: SciFiChick.com, Review

Thursday, February, 11: Swoony Boys Podcast, Review

Friday, February, 12: Bittersweet Enchantment, Review

Saturday, February, 13: WinterHaven Books, Review except 18

Sunday, February, 14: The Cover Contessa, Review

Monday, February, 15: Pandora’s Books, Review

Tuesday, February, 16: On Starships and Dragonwings, Review

Wednesday, February, 17: As They Grow Up, Review

Thursday, February, 18: Owl Always Be Reading, Review

Friday, February, 19: Such a Novel Idea, Playlist and Review

Saturday, February, 20: The Children’s Book Review, A Selfie and a Shelfie

Sunday, February, 21: The Mod Podge Bookshelf, Author Movie Cast

Monday, February, 22: Katie’s Clean Book Collection, Review

Tuesday, February, 23: Words We Heart, Review

Wednesday, February, 24: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers, Author Guest Post

Thursday, February, 25: Confessions of a Readaholic, Review

Friday, February, 26: Bookish Antics, Review

Saturday, February, 27: Bumbles and Fairy-Tales, Review

Sunday, February, 28: Valerie’s Reviews, Review

Monday, February, 29: Lili’s Reflections, Review

Tuesday, March, 1: To Read, or Not To Read, Review

Wednesday, March 2: Stories & Sweeties, Review

Thursday, March 3: Cafinated Reads, Review

Friday, March 4: The Book Monsters, Review

Saturday, March 5: Twinning for Books, Review

Sunday, March 6: Curling Up With A Good Book, Review

Monday, March 7: The Compulsive Reader, Review

Tuesday, March 8: The Reading Nook Reviews, Review

Wednesday, March 9: Resch Reads and Reviews, Review

Thursday, March 10: Beauty and the Bookshelf, Review

Friday, March 11: Xpresso Reads, Review

Saturday, March 12: Diamond’s Reads, Review

Sunday, March 13: Blissful Book Reviews, Review

Monday, March 14: Vi3tbabe, Review

Tuesday, March 15: The Book Cellar, Review


 

GIVEAWAY

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Can’t get enough of the new fairy-tale-retelling trend? Don’t miss Liesl Shurtliff’s new dark, humorous stand-alone middle grade novel RED: THE TRUE STORY OF RED RIDING HOOD (on sale April 12, 2016)!

 

Liesl Shurtliff spins a spellbinding tale, shining the spotlight on one of the most beloved characters from her award-winning debut, Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin. This isn’t the Little Red Riding Hood from the canonical children’s tale. Shurtliff’s Red is strong, independent, brazen, and not afraid of anything . . . except magic. But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her weakness. Readers will gobble up this bewitching fantasy as they join Red on her journey of discovery through the sinister dangers of the enchanted dark forest.

 

Liesl Shurtliff’s first book, Rump, won over kids and critics alike, earning an IRA Award, a Texas Bluebonnet nomination, a Whitney nomination, and a starred review from Kirkus, proclaiming it “as good as gold.”

 

In RED, Liesl Shurtliff is at her best. New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Chris Grabenstein raves that “Liesl Shurtliff has truly out-magicked herself. Red is the most wonder-filled fairy tale of them all.” RED will capture the hearts of readers who like it Grimm, as well as followers of ABC’s TV show Once Upon a Time.

 

Oh, reader, what big teeth you have! The better to devour RED: THE TRUE STORY OF RED RIDING HOOD.

 

2015 in review

This year has been a roller coaster. There are so many things that I wanted to do, but didn’t. This year was a year of lessons for me, and for many others from what I gather. I want to take those lessons and learn from them, so that next year can be different.

As for blogging, I slacked off a lot this year, and for that I’m sorry, but hopefully next year I do better. It’s ironic that one of my most viewed in a day post was the Posting Schedule because I didn’t even stick to it, but again, lessons to be learned (:

I hope you all had a wonderful year, and I wish you all a Happy and Better New Year ♥ 

 


 

 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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How to be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras | Q&A & Giveaway

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 DETAILS

How To Be Brave: A Novel

By: E. Katherine Kottaras

St. Martin’s Griffin

Publication Date: November 3, 2015

Hardcover: $18.99 USD

ABOUT THE BOOK

An emotional contemporary YA novel about love, loss, and having the courage to chase the life you truly want. Reeling from her mother’s death, Georgia has a choice: become lost in her own pain, or enjoy life right now, while she still can. She decides to start really living for the first time and makes a list of fifteen ways to be brave – all the things she’s wanted to do but never had the courage to try. As she begins doing the things she’s always been afraid to do – including pursuing her secret crush, she discovers that life doesn’t always go according to plan. Sometimes friendships fall apart and love breaks your heart. But once in a while, the right person shows up just when you need them most – and you learn that you’re stronger and braver than you ever imagined.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

E. Katherine Kottaras is originally from Chicago, but now she writes and teaches in the Los Angeles area. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine and teaches writing and literature at Pasadena City College. She is at her happiest when she is either 1) at the playground with her husband and daughter and their wonderful community of friends, 2) breathing deeply in a full handstand, or 3) writing. She now lives in Los Angeles where she’s hard at work on her next book.

SOCIAL LINKS: 

Author’s Website Facebook |TwitterTumblr | Instagram | Goodreads


 

Here’s the Q&A:

What was your path to publication? How long did it take you to write the book? Was this the firstbook you wrote or just the first one that got published?

I’ve been writing since I was four years old (strange little odes to Crystal Gayle’s, my favorite countrysinger of the ‘80s – oh how I wanted her hair). I wrote throughout high school via environmentally-themedzines that my friends and I Xeroxed and handed out to the entire school, as well as secret poetry writtenin journals stashed under my bed. Of course, there were all those papers for college and grad school. (I’ma freak because I love writing essays for school.)However, I didn’t pursue creative writing seriously until I was 25 when I signed up for classes at UCLA.About seven years later after taking classes in short story, nonfiction, and YA, I finally decided to startsubmitting my work places – poetry, short stories, essays, etc. Around the same time, I decided to write abook. It’s YA paranormal, took me four years to write, and was rejected by absolutely every single agent Iqueried. Not even one request.So, after a bit of soul-searching and some acceptance that perhaps this book wasn’t “the one,” I startedover. I took some more classes through Litreactor where I started the book has eventually become HOWTO BE BRAVE. I’ve been extreeeeeemely lucky as the process has been fairly quick from initial draft topublication. Between beginning the book and publication, it will be a grand total of two years and ninemonths, which is actually quite amazing!

How did the idea for HOW TO BE BRAVE first come about?

Though the story is not autobiographical, much of HOW TO BE BRAVE is “true” in the sense that it waswritten after a difficult period of my life. After my mother passed away when my daughter was ten monthsold, I found myself sandwiched between the death of my best friend and the presence of this new life. Itwas a dark and confusing time – I wanted to drown in my grief but also knew I had to keep myself afloatfor the sake of my new baby. I started writing with this in mind – I was looking forward to the life of myown daughter, thinking about what I want for her.That’s when I turned to writing. On my darkest days, my husband would tell me to take time for myself –to go for walks, yoga, etc. – but more often than not, I would find myself at the library, writing. The act ofwriting was a way for me to work through my own grief and to also find new purpose my life.

What’s currently on your bucket list?

Here are a few things on my Do Everything Be Brave List:

Learn how to roller skate and/or ice skate without using the wall.

Ride my bike to yoga. (Bike lanes scare me!)

Hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (and all the way back up, I guess…)

Visit every continent (I’ve only been to two.)

Here are a few brave things I’ve done:

Flown down the largest zip-line in the continental U.S. despite my fear of heights. (and gave my eight-year old permission to do so as well.)

Paddle-boarded during high-wind season in Hawaii.

Fallen in love and stayed there for more than twenty years.

Become a writer. I tell my students everyday: it’s the scariest thing in the world.

How do you address body image issues with your daughter? Was that part of the drive to writethis book?

Absolutely. We talk a lot about how the media often “sells” a certain body type. .” I’ve shown herPhotoshopping videos like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPnfjwKfkSkand we discuss, quite openly, how it’s unrealistic to try to change your body to meet thestandards presented in magazines and on screens. I try to guide our conversation as adiscussion, asking her questions about why she thinks the media represents women and girls incertain ways. We talk about how every body is beautiful, and that she is beautiful, just as she is.

Of Georgia’s tasks, are there any you don’t think you could complete yourself? Are you up for thechallenge?

The only one I’m really afraid of is skydiving. My husband went skydiving ten years ago, but he didn’t tellme until AFTER the day was over. (And I was incredibly grateful for this choice.) But I don’t know…maybeone day…

 


PRAISE

“This is a solid story of loss that fits in well with other recent stories of grief in the face of a parent’s death, like Jennifer Castle’s The Beginning of After (2011) and Jennifer Brown’s Torn Away (2014). The book’s strongest sections are the lyrical flashbacks that tell the story of her mother’s life and death, but Georgia’s struggles with weight and body image are also handled with care. A perfect book for anyone trying to figure out what they want their life to look like, and how to be brave enough to make that life a reality.” —Booklist

“Georgia’s realistically profane voice aptly captures her personality, carrying the novel; her traverse through grief and experimentation make for a believable and satisfying character arc. A thoughtful exploration of grief and life.” —Kirkus

Reviews

“Georgia’s Greek-American heritage offers a distinctive backdrop for the novel’s themes of emotional healing and self- discovery, while Georgia herself emerges as a realistically flawed and genuine protagonist.” —Publishers Weekly

“How to Be Brave is a celebration of life, from the captivating open page to the emotional ending. Kottaras acutely and poetically depicts the painful struggle of re-finding yourself after a defining loss-and the stark effects of both success andfailure along the way-in a lovely, heartfelt debut.” —Dahlia Adler, author of  Behind the Scenes

“Just enough sass, just enough heart, and a narrator to root for. How to be Brave ushered me into another yet familiar world. Come along for the ride. You’ll be glad you did.” —Ron Koertge, award winning author of Coaltown Jesus

“Powerful and rare, How to Be Brave is a wonderfully told story with gleams of humor and wit that will inspire readers to live their lives for real.” —Robyn Schneider, bestselling author of The Beginning of Everything

“How To Be Brave does a cartwheel in your heart. It artfully reminds us that bravery forges a path through fear and grief.” —Courtney C. Stevens, author of Faking Normal

WHERE TO PURCHASE

Amazon |Barnes & Noble |IndieBound |Google Play |iBooks |Kobo |Indigo


 

GIVEAWAY:

St Martin’s Press was kind to offer one lucky winner a copy of the book (: It’s US and Canada only I’m afraid

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Update

Hey guys,

I’m so sorry, I haven’t been on here in like 3 weeks! I was AWOL. I took the SATs again at the start of the month (and it was the last time I’ll ever take that test again) and I’ve been stressing over college stuff.

I had a post scheduled to go up last week but that didn’t happen so I’ll post that up tomorrow, it has a giveaway for you guys too so that’s great (:

Again, I’m so sorry, I’ll try my best to keep within my schedule after I’m done with all this

Xx

Owl Post | Illuminae

Hey guys,

So recently i was sent the beautiful finished copy looking ARC of Illuminae courtesy of Random House and First In Line. It’s that beautiful copy everyone got at BEA and it looks exactly like the finished copy except it has the ARC stamp on the cover and the release date on the spine. I’m so excited to get to read this finally, I’ve been anticipating it for a while now and I was part of the promotion for it as well so every month i helped share a new addition to their website. It was all cool and I think the book is gonna be great!

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Also guys, I was going to post a Carry On related post that also offered a giveaway but I haven’t heard back from the publicist as of yet so idk where that’s going yet.

Xx