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Armchair BEA- Non-Fiction

When it comes to Non-Fiction I actually do tend to read quite a bit of it. Since I was a young child I've read dozens of books focusing on plagues and zoonotic diseases. I find the subject matter fascinating and of course anyone who knows me can see the direct correlation between those and my love of Zombies as well. Some of my  favorites include:

One of my all time favorite Non-Fiction books on the subject is called The Hot Zone. If you've never read it you're missing out. The book is an eye opening account of what could happen if a deadly virus escaped amongst the populace. Think Stephen King's The Stand or Robin Cook's Outbreak except you know this time it is real.

In the same vein as books about diseases and plagues I  also tend to gravitate toward Non-Fiction books based on Disasters. Although don't you dare try to put Alive in this list. I loathe that book with a fiery vengeance. Being forced to read it over and over each year for school does that to a p…

Cover Reveal!! My Life As A Lumberjack by Sara V. Olds

Me, Mercedes Bennion? Working for the US Forest Service? I’ve never thought of myself as the outdoorsy, hard-working type. But one quick glance at those mouth-watering forest rangers and oh, baby, sign this seventeen-year-old up for a whole summer of fresh air, mountains and starry, starry nights!
Author Bio & Follow Links Sara V. Olds has been telling stories for as long as she can remember. One of her favorite memories is of unfolding a tale for friends while they were all bundled in sleeping bags watching a comet shower in the Uintah Mountains. Mother of three: Large, Medium and Small, she welcomes her newest role, that of mother-in-law.
Life has taken her from thither to yon and back again—she's moved 22 times during her marriage. She breathes to travel. Longs to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a horse. Is an addictive reader. Enjoys swimming, skiing, violin and movies. Wonders if she'll ever get to SCUBA dive again. And has found a calling that fulfills her in ways…

Review: Contamination (Prequel) by T.W. Piperbrook

Author: T.W. Piperbrook
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Publisher: Post Script Publishing
Format: E-Book
Publication Date: November 25, 2012 Book Information

St. Matthews, Arizona

The infection starts with Frank, one of the locals at the town bar. In just a few hours, it has consumed the entire town.

Dan Lowery, one of only four police officers in St. Matthews, soon realizes he is no match for the impending destruction. Violence and bloodshed litter the streets, and the infected roam freely. No one is safe here—not even his family.

Somewhere, someone knows what is happening, and about the horrors to come…but is it too late?

Review Contamination: St. Matthews takes you right to the onset of a mysterious Zombielike virus being unleashed on a small town. The story starts in a rural sheriff's office somewhere in the middle of Arizona. The town drunk Frank has been locked up again and the sole cop on duty Dan is left to deal with him.

From the moment Frank is introduced I knew he was a dead man w…

Armchair BEA- Literary Fiction

Today we've been asked to talk about Literary Fiction. While I read tons of books, Literary Fiction usually isn't among them. I tend to think of Literary Fiction as a stuffier version of a Contemporary novel and since I don't really read Contemporary you can see why I might not gravitate to Literary Fiction.

However, as I stated yesterday during the Genre Fiction post, If  it sounds interesting I'll read it. This year I haven't read many books that I personally believe fit the Literary Fiction title although I have read at least one.

The title was called The Wall and it is one of the most heartbreaking yet uplifting and telling stories I've ever read.

I honestly wouldn't be surprised if The Wall became a classic along the lines of The Kite Runner (which if you haven't read you should). The story was great and I would highly recommend it. If you want to read my review on this title click here.

Now, If The Wall doesn't quite sound like the book for yo…

Armchair BEA- Blogger Development & Genre Fiction

Blogger Development

It's funny when I started blogging I had clear cut goals in mind for what I wanted to achieve. I wanted to focus mainly on reviews with the occasional promotional post here and there. However, that didn't last long. While I don't get paid to blog and am by no means a professional I definitely feel that my relationship with  my blog has transformed from being just a hobby. I get antsy if I don't have at least a new post daily and continue to push myself to become a better blogger. One of the things I've always struggled with is contacting authors for interviews. I really feel awkward doing so. I have really tried to overcome that fear and have had some very nice responses from Authors which has helped motivate me even more. Another thing that has greatly changed from my beginning days of Blogging is my ability to reject a review request. I always felt like I had to accept every one that came across my path. Now I know I can reject without feeling…

Waiting On Wednesday (57) Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly blog post hosted by Breaking The Spine. For this weeks Waiting On Wednesday I chose Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts.
A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Alexandra Coutts's TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.
Expected Publication: September 17, 2013

_______________________________________ Why Am I Waiting? Tumble & Fall is one of my most anticipated Fall 2013 releases. While I admit that at first glance I was a bit put off by the declaration that it was an End of the worl…

Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Format: E-Book
Copy Provided By: Netgalley
Expected Publication Date: June 4, 2013 Book Information
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems t…

Trailer Tuesday (53)The Fault In Our Stars by John Green & The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Trailer Tuesday is a Weekly Blog Post hosted by me at Blood Sweat and Books. Each week I choose two Book Trailers to showcase. One Trailer will be for an upcoming book and the other will be one that has already been released.

This week I focus my spotlight on The Fault In Our Stars by John Green & The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen.

Available Now:
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with A…

From Page To Screen (42) Jurassic Park

For this weeks From Page To Screen I have decided to cover, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.

First let's discuss the book. Below is the cover.

Here's a bit of back story in case some of you aren't familiar with the novel. Jurassic Park is a novel written by Author Michael Crichton. The book was originally released November 1990 by Alfed A. Knopf. Jurassic Park is considered Michael Crichton's signature novel. Michael Crichton did years of research before writing Jurassic Park and eventually it took him 10 years to complete the story.

Let's take a look at some of the characters now, shall we.
Dr. Alan Grant- A paleontologist famous for his studies of fossilized dinosaur nests. Grant prefers being in the field does not mind getting his hands dirty unlike his colleagues who are comfortable sitting behind a desk all day.
John Hammond- Owner of the corporation who creates Jurassic Park. He has a love of Ancient creatures and is quite the well known Dinosaur fanatic. Ha…

Weekly Wrap Up (46)

Welcome to my Weekly Wrap Up!! Each week I share My Weekly Wrap Up of everything Book related (reviews,books purchased,won etc..). So let's get to it shall we!

 Books Reviewed Mortality by Kellie Sheridan Survivor (Alone #2) by James Phelan In The After by Demitria Lunetta
Audiobook Review The Prey (The Hunt #2) by Andrew Fukuda
Books Received The Grave Winner by Lindsey R. Loucks Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein  All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes
Thank You Disney-Hyperion, Lindsey R. Loucks and Berkley Trade for the books!
Purchased Books The Ugly Stepsister Fights Back by Sariah Wilson Land A Stranded Novel by Theresa Shaver Skin Trade by Tonia Brown
Books Given or Won None this week. :(
Giveaways Tour Giveaway! Win copies of Earth Angel & Boyfriend From Hell Ends5/31 Trail Of Bones Tour Giveaway! Win a $25 Giftcard Ends5/31 The Chemistry Of Fate Tour Giveaway! Win $10 & a leather journal Ends 5/30
Memes Trailer Tuesday (52) Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield…

Zurvival Saturday (57) Free Zombie E-Books

For this week's Zurvival Saturday I have a bunch of Free Zombie E-Books to share with all of you!! All you have to do is click on the link below the cover and it will take you straight to the purchase page. I've tried incorporating books for a variety of E-Readers. Most Smashwords books can be downloaded in any format needed. Let's get to the books now, shall we!
Smashwords Nook
Nook Kindle
Smashwords Kobo
Have you read any of these yet? If so, Which ones?  If not, Do you plan on reading any of them? 
Leave your response in the comments below! Please share this post!! I thank you if you do.
*Though free at time of posting, please verify that the “Kindle Price” is actually $0.00. If you see a price for “Prime Members” or “read for free”, then the book is NOT free any longer. Please leave a comment if you notice this so I can replace with another :)

*Authors Hav…