Thursday, June 19, 2014

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Never Far Away, by Marysue G. Hobika

It is no surprise that I chose to host this blitz today. I love N/A as much as the best of zombie novels. Blasphemy, one may say! But it's true.

It's been a while since an interview has graced our blog. So it is with pleasure that an interview is featured today with Marysue G. Hobika.  We only posted the tour giveaway, so don't go anywhere until you have had a chance to throw your name in.

Thanks go out to Xpresso Book Tours & Author for putting this one on my radar.

Title: Never Far Away 
Author: Marysue G. Hobika
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Purchase Links: Amazon / B & N 
All Theo Baker wants is to get on with his new life as a student at Columbia, but his dreams keep getting infiltrated by the one girl who stole his heart—Stella, his sexy neighbor back home. They shared a kiss that turned his world upside down; only she said it didn’t mean anything to her. But he knows she lied and all he wants is a chance to prove that they could have something real, but it’s hard pining away for a girl who’s been avoiding him for the past year and a half.

Incoming freshman Stella Freeman is excited about going to college for photography—her true passion. She’s never more herself than when she is behind the camera. Regardless of her father’s constant backlash, she follows her heart to the city where Theo is currently living. He’s the only boy she’s ever loved, but she’s pushed him away. Still, he’s never been far from her thoughts, even if he doesn’t know.

What will happen when their paths cross? Will they have a second chance to be with their one first true love?

This book is intended for audiences 17+

Interview with Marysue G. Hobika
1-      What genre is your book? 

“Never Far Away” is my first crack at writing a New Adult/Contemporary Romance novel. My resume includes 3 YA novels, and I was ready to branch out and expand my style and audience. 

2-      What inspired you to write this novel? 

A real life event inspired this novel. I took a real situation—two neighbors fighting over seats on the back of the bus in elementary school, never really agreeing on anything, and placed these two antagonist characters years down the road. What happens? How are they different? The same? They share history, but can they share a future? 

3-      What book are you reading now? 

Currently I am reading short stories in Spanish and meeting with a great group of ladies once a month to discuss them. Hablamos en espaƱol todo el tiempo y me encanta. 

4-      If you could have breakfast with anyone past or present who would you choose, and why? 

I would choose my mother. She died when I was in my early twenties and so much has happened in my life since then that I’d love to share with her—I finished college, got my first job, got married, and had kids. I’d love to see the look on her face when I told her I’m a writer too. I’ll never forget the day back in high school when she drove me to school and I suddenly remembered I had written an essay on a whim for a contest and it was due that day—typed. (This was before computers were in every household). My mom sighed and took the essay to work and typed it for me and dropped it off at school, and I won. She was proud of me then and I’m sure she’d be proud of me know. After breakfast I’d like to have her show me how to make an apple pie with her homemade crust because that’s something I miss. 

5-         What’s your favorite dessert? 

 My mom’s homemade apple pie, of course. 

6-      How would you describe yourself in three words? 

Creative, Happy, and Kind. 

  Giveaway Time!

Open Internationally.

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Marysue G Hobika grew up in Caledonia, NY and attended SUNY at Buffalo where she studied to be a Spanish teacher.  Currently she lives in Pittsford, NY with her husband, three children, and her two pugs.
She has learned that stories don’t write themselves and tries to make time every day to sit down and write. She does her best thinking while in the shower, driving her kids around, or right before she falls asleep. She keeps a moleskin notebook handy that a dear friend gave her as a gift, so that if an idea occurs she can write it down. 

She doesn’t know where this journey will take her, but she has a lot of characters and stories floating around inside her head waiting to be brought to life.

Author’s Links: Website / Goodreads

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

From Page to Reel - Ender's Game

Time to switch things up and get into another movie adaptation. This one is very dear to my heart, as the only science fiction series I have actually gone nuts over. 

Let's chat about ... 

I came across the novel years ago, when an ex-boyfriend gifted me with a bag filled with his favorite novels (awesome gift!!!). One of those was Ender's Game

I left it for last...

Science fiction and I haven't really jived well. But the moment I began to read this.... I was so hooked I read the first 4 books in the series back to back. 

Recently I re-read the novel, and yup... this novel was just as engrossing and awesome the second time around. I fully plan on reading the full series again this year (if I can get through some of my book renew mountain).

Book Verdict:


 Shortly after I finished my re-read, a little birdie told me that the movie adaptation was in the works and had been cast already! 

 Yes.. I was UBER EXCITED!

 Movie Trailer Time!

Based on Orson Scott Card's novel, and directed by Gavin Hood, Ender's Game was initially released in the UK on October 25, 2013.
It was released on DVD in the U.S. on February 11, 2014.

With Ben Kingsley and Harrison Ford as part of the cast, this was promising to be epic. Though I was not familiar with Asa Butterfield, his look definitely fit with my image of Ender.

Where the movie failed to deliver for me, this actor drove it home as Ender. He personified him the way that I pictured him in my head, with his very intense stare and quiet, pensive looks and demeanor. He captured Ender's calculating manner as well as his immense sensitivity to a 'T'. 
Both Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley delivered beautiful performances as Graff, and Mazer Rackham. Mr. Ford especially succeeded in making me feel as conflicted about his character as in the book. I had a love and hate relationship with Graff - an understanding for his passion to make sure that the human race thrived and survived, and a dislike for his methods of pushing Ender to his limits and beyond, and his insistence that the only way was to obliterate the 'Bugger' race. 

Did the movie measure up to the book?

I am afraid that the answer is a 'no'. Hollywood definitely blew my mind with bringing the book to life with special effects, but I was pretty bored with the plot progression. The big reveal flopped for me on the movie screen, where it blew my mind in the book version.

Is it worth watching? 

Yes. It was great watching the big screen interpretation of one of the best novels I have ever read, even if it may not have measured up to the 5 star rating I gave the book.

Movie Verdict:

Did you read the novel, or watch the movie? Or Both? 

Let me know what you thought!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Netgalley Review - The Secret Keeper, by Kate Morton
During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

Purchase Links: Amazon / The Book Depository


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