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Self Published Authors Wanted!

Self Published Authors Wanted!

Are  you a self published author? Have you written a great book, novel, short story, novella, or picture book and want to tell the world about it?

Need social media exposure?  Need an alternative to a blog tour? Just want to try something new?  Here’s your answer:

Buy an ad spot on An Unconventional Librarian.

Why?  As a blogger and a book seller I understand the importance of getting the right book into the hands of a reader. Readers can’t buy your book if they don’t know it exists! So the question is, if readers don’t see your book in a bookstore where can they see it?

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The answer is: on a blog just like this!  More and more readers trust book bloggers as a source of finding their next great read. They like us and as a result trust our judgement based on shared interests.  It’s kind of like the alliance Katniss and Peeta form with other champions in the Quarter Quell, without the menacing monkeys.  Readers who come to An Unconventional Librarian like middle grade, Young Adult, and children’s books.

Buy an ad spot on An Unconventional Librarian’s site and get easy additional exposure to potential readers. Choose your weapon below to help fight off President Snow and get noticed by future readers and friends.

 

 

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Blogging from A to Z: I Need Allies like Katniss #atozchallenge

I need Allies!

Friends, I need your help. Actually, I need your alliances.  Just like Katniss makes alliances in Catching Fire, I need a team of allies on my side.  You might know, I’m a member of the Blogging from A to Z team, see the post here, and for this great challenge to be successful I will need some help to get the job done.

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Here’s the deal, like Catching Fire, we will be part of a team who will work together to get things done and to survive.  Unlike Catching Fire, there is no Quarter Quell, no one gets eaten by feral animals, gets electrocuted, or drowns.  As the Unconventional Alliance, you will help me keep up with my duties with the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, make a few friends (allies), and consume large quantities of cake.  I was a helper last year and it was incredibly fun to see the inner workings of a spaceship giant blog hop like Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.

Want to be part of the Unconventional Alliance? Here are the requirements:

  • Be willing to participate in the Challenge in April
  • Can carve out extra time to help with the Challenge late March through April
  • Know how to use Google + (or be super willing to learn, stat!)
  • Keen sense of humor and ability to take whatever comes without freaking out (unlike Katniss)

Well, whaddaya think?  Do you have what it takes to be on the Unconventional Alliance?

I bet you do!

Drop your questions and email below to be considered.

Woot!

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Books Young Adult

Am I Divergent?

I just finished reading Divergent and I LOVED IT!

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If you don’t know anything about this wildly popular series, here’s a blurb from Goodreads.com

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Sounds great, right?  Based on the faction descriptions, I’m probably an Erudite.  What about you?  After meeting them during the book, I’m not sure that I’d actually want to be an Erudite because they seem kinda sick and twisted in a way that I don’t wan to be associated with. So maybe I AM Divergent?

Having finished the first audio book I’m now in a difficult predicament: do I continue with the series or do I stop and wait?  To be sure, I’m interested in moving forward.  It’s the holiday season so I’m sure there is someone SOMEWHERE who wants to gift me the audio version (which I will swoon if I receive). But that’s not the point.  I’m kind of burned out on series.  After binge reading (listening)  all five Mortal Instruments books, I’m tired.  I’m not sure that I have the emotional energy right now to spare, ya know? While anxiously waiting for Catching Fire to begin I saw the previews for the Divergent movie which doesn’t come out until after the new year.  Perhaps I can wait until then to pick up where I left off.

Meanwhile, I have time to squeeze in a few more books for pleasure.  I’m thinking Code Name Verity…

What do you think of Divergent?  Did you love it? Tell me!

 

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Young Adult

In the #CatchingFire Race, I’m Team GALE

In the #CatchingFire Race, I’m Team GALE

It’s no secret that I love young adult (YA) books. Right now, I think they’re the best stuff out there.  I’ll choose a YA over adult anytime.  Picture books trump all, however, but that’s another post.

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I’m sure many of you are as excited as I am to FINALLY FINALLY watch the much anticipated followup to The Hunger Games!  While many of you were tucked in your jim jams, my super secret movie crew and I braved the crowds and fought our way into opening night showing: on  a school night!

I will not provide any spoilers but I will say this: IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT.  WORTH IT.  Even though I’m on my 65th cup of coffee right now, because I stayed up way past my bedtime, Hollywood delivered.  To be sure, there were some changes from the book (as always) but I felt that Hollywood kept the spirit of the story alive.

Even now more than ever, I am Team Gale.  Regardless of what you think of Peeta (he is a nice boy.  too nice), Gale is THE MAN.  No -matter that is brother is THOR. Gale is a man’s man who protects Katniss’ family even when most men would have been like “what the what?” after seeing his woman kiss another man on the big screen.  Would someone please send GALE into the Hunger Games so we can get it done right?

please

Naturally, I’ve reviewed this series.  Check out my other posts:

As you can see, I’m crazy about the series.  Or just crazy! I’d love to hear what team you’re on or your thoughts on anything Hunger Games!

May the odds be ever in your favor

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Children Young Adult

What an Animal Reading Challenge COMPLETE!

Several months back I signed on to the What an Animal Reading Challenge with the good folks at What An Animal Reading Challenge.

The rules were simple: read a book that had an animal on the cover or contained an animal. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right?

HA! This turned out to be more difficult than I thought but I’m glad to say I completed it!

Yay!

Here are the books I read:

1. The Cat Who Turned On and Off Lilian Jackson Braun.  My review is here.

2. Green Eggs and Ham (Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!)  Reviewed here.

3. Hunger Games (a bird on the cover!!) Reviewed here.

4. Catching Fire.  I have NO proof, you’ll just hafta trust me.  You can quiz me if you like, I know ALL the answers.  prolly.

5. Mockingjay.  Proof that my cat supervised the reading of Mockingjay.

6. So Many Bunnies Board Book: A Bedtime ABC and Counting Book.  A video read; down below.

 

and ta DA!! That makes 6!!

I’ve loved participating in these challenges. Can’t wait to see what I’ll get into next.

Have you participated in any challenges?

dite moi! (tell me, in French.  or English)