Friday, February 3, 2012

Wicked Winter Read-a-Thon February 3rd through February 5th

    Today begins the
Wicked Winter Read-a-thon 
 Hosted by: Rebecca @ Kindle Fever, April @  My Shelf Confessions.  
It’s not too late to join in the fun Just click on the Host links to join.

Here is a link to the challenges and there times:
*I will be hosting the Wicked Winter Ball challenge at 10AM(EST) Saturday February 4*

 Here  are the books I am hoping to read:

I will be stopping back and updating my progress on this link. To see how I am doing, simply click on the Wicked Winter Read-A-Thon Button on the right of my blog.  I hope you decide to join us.

Status updates:
Currently reading : Bone Crossed - I finished this at 2:30pm 2/3
Currently reading: Divergent  - I finished this at 12:47 pm 2/3
Currently reading Best Man Worst Man- I finished at 10:30 am 2/4
Currently reading Hunger Games  I finished at 11:30 pm on 2/4
Currently reading How a Cowboy Stole Her Heart - I finished at 2:00am on 2/5
Currently reading Thief of Hope I finished at 10:45 pm on 2/5 
Six  books in 3 days..not bad ! I am very happy with my reviews will post this week!
I had a blast and look forward to doing it all again in June for the Wicked Fire Read-a-thon June 20-24. I will post the event when the hosts finalize the details. 

1st Challenge Hosted by Kindle Fever

 “A second Ice Age is coming on quickly! What do you do in order to prepare and how do you end up surviving it?”  

My answer:
Not only would I survive, but I would become a tribe leader as well.  I have some kick-a$$ knowledge from reading post-apocalyptic, dystopias and urban fantasy novels. These would enable me to not only survive but thrive.

As a mother of three, former PTA and Girl Scout leader..I am very good at organizing and delegating. I would gather my family and folks along the way. We would first need to secure a good location, near a frozen lake. I am thing someplace in New Hampshire. Weapons would be important, to protect against theft and for hunting. Fortunately I know all about them from such heroines as Charley Davidson, Harper Blaine, Georgia Mason and the woman of the Night keepers. 
I would call on my knowledge base from such great novels as; Earth Children’s series by Jean M. Auel. Her characters lived in the Ice Age.  My Hunting skills from all of the Werewolf and shape shifter books I have read such as the Mercy Thompson series, Law of the Lycan series.  I know how to grow plants indoors from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, the Passage by Justin Corwin and Partials by Dan Wells. Medicinal skills from the Hollows, Garden Spells and a few witches I have encountered along the way.

One of the most important qualities needed to survive the ice age is to know your sh@t and if you don’t act like you do… people will follow you. I have gained these skills from fine leaders such as Mercy Thompson(from Moon Called), Harper Blaine(from Greywalker), Cat (from Half Way to the Grave), Rachel Morgan(Dead Witch Walking) and Jane Rizzoli (Freaks). Plus I'd be dressed for warmth and to impress in all black leather and combat boots. I'd carry a knife strapped to my thigh, and several tucked in my boots. A couple of guns on my hips and a big old samurai sword on my back. I learned how to dress from the heroines in my books. 

This is how I would survive….your welcome to join my tribe. 

Second Challenge  hosted by Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

Using at least 3 of  the titles of the books below...make up the most interesting, funny, romantic, mysterious, or simply ridiculous sentence that you can!

Kissing Snowflakes
Cold Kiss
The Black Ice
After the Snow
Cold Magic
Winter Garden

Here is my sentence:  
After the Snow, the cold magic from his frozen, cold kiss, sent  kissing snowflakes of black ice  shivering down my spine as he worked his cold magic on me  pushing me further into his demented winter garden. 

Third Challenge hosted by Vicky @ Books, Biscuits and Tea

Take a photo of your reading space/corner, the place where you're blogging from right now - and make it fun! Showcase the books you chose for the read-a-thon, the snacks you bought for this event, your pets who sleep next to you while you read, etc. Feel free to tell us a few words about why you chose this place for reading or about your reading habits so that we can get to know each other a little bit better. :) 

Here is my Reading Space (well one of many)
I like to read in my room in the winter when it's cold. The family room is usually filled with my teenage children' and their friends. The sounds of video games and laughter have me moving upstairs to a quieter place. Here in my room I can snuggle under the blankets with my nook. I like to read with a cup of coffee on my bedside table. Sometimes my hubby will read or watch TV beside me.  In the summer, I love to read on the back deck in the late afternoons. I finished Bone Crossed and tonight I will complete Divergent. Tomorrow it;s Hunger Games and Best Man Worst Man.. Sunday is still up in the

 Third Challenge: Wicked Winter Ball hosted by moi. 
see it here: Wicked Winter Ball

Update: and the winner thanks to is Roro@Roro is Reading
(Roro has been notified via email)

Forth Challenge Wicked cover Love  hosted by Christy @ Love of Books
 A cover puzzle. The host provided pieces of  covers and you had to tell what the book was .....I solved 10 out of 12. 

Fifth challenge hosted by Michelle @ Book Briefs

Ok, so how does this work? First you pick a book. Then you find pictures to represent the words in the book title. Then you put the pictures/clues together and try to guess what the book title is.  Get creative and make it as challenging as you want. Make a post with your Book picture puzzles and go around to different blogs and try to guess some of the puzzles.
Make a post with your picture puzzle and then come back here and comment on this post. Be sure to leave your email address/or twitter/or some way for me to contact you. Let me know if you are US or international. Also leave a link to your post or picture title.
If you want an additional entry you can try and correctly guess my book title.

Here is my picture title :

The answer to Michelle's picture title is Don't Breathe a Word.

 Sixth  Challenge  hosted by Claire @ Project TBR
For this challenge I would like you to tease me at random from your current read. All you need to do is to divide your book roughly into thirds and then randomly select two sentences from each third (so six in total) and put them together to give a good tease.

Here is my Tease at Random:

From the novel Thief of Hope:

Sydney, a street urchin and pickpocket in the town of Last Hope, has managed to evade the oppressive Guild for years, but there is no escaping fate when she's sentenced to death for associating with the resistance.  After she's rescued by a wizard, Sydney is forced to accept that magic-long outlawed throughout the Kingdom of Thanumor-still exists, and the Tuatha, a powerful faery folk, are much more than ancient myth and legend. When the wizard offers a chance to fight the Guild and bring Willem, bastard prince and champion of the Tuatha, to the throne, Sydney embraces the cause as a way to find her own redemption.  But Sydney's fear of the Guild, distrust of authority, and surprising connection to the Tuatha threaten Willem's success. Can she untangle the strange threads that entwine her life not only to the fate of the kingdom, but also to Willem himself?(synopsis from Goodreads)

Gregor placed a hand on his sword."I give you my word no harm will come to Willem." "Is it true what they are saying about Schramig?"A young solider stepped forward, eyes wide.(pg 92, nook)
She shivered. The silver-eyed man had called them the Shadow Folk. (pg 184, nook)
"So good to see you again, Syd. Can't believe I missed all the excitement." (pg 267, nook)

Seventh Challenge  hosted by Amanda @ Letters Inside Out

So, I challenge you…*smiles sweetly* to come up with a song on that fits your current read.

My response : Genesis - Dancing with the Moonlit Knight
My book : Thief of Hope by Cindy Young Turner
Why I chose this song:
The protagonist Sydney with the help of magic , wizards and the faery folk must safely return a king to its throne and defeat the Guild. Thus begins her journey traveling with the Moonlit Knight. 

Update: I won this event and my prize was a 10.00 itunes card and the novel Promise..which is in the mail from the Book Depository....thanks  Amanda :)

The Eighth and final challenge hosted by April @ My Shelf Confessions

Congratulations you’ve survived the Ice Age this long – some of you were more ingenious than others. However all of you will now face one of the Ice Age’s greatest challenges: the Wicked Winter Witch. She has magick and uses the fierce weather and temperatures to her advantage.
 How will you save yourself and the precious books you’ve managed to save and savor through this long winter? How will you defeat the Wicked Winter Witch so you can go on and fight another day until this evil Ice Age ends?
 Tell me your survival strategy – and be creative, she is not an easy foe to be felled. 

Here is my answer: 
The  Wicked Winter Witch is a worthy opponent, but I have surrounded myself with powerful friends. Harry has agreed to lend me his invisibility cloak. and we will use it to cover Cinder's hover craft.  The Carriers of the Mark have agreed to escort me to safety.  The fae from Rosemary and Rue will lay traps and illusions to distract the witch. Katiness's arrow is tried and true and when the clock strikes midnight she will find her mark and lay the witch down. Bones and Cat  shall hide her in a tower in a town called Heart and she shall haunt it's halls forever more. Christian from Unearthly will guard the tower for that is his purpose. Charley and Cookie have invited me to spend the remaining ice age with them. Reyes has connection and says he knows someone who can heat things up....i am confident the ice age is coming to an end. - Kimba

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At February 3, 2012 at 8:27 AM , Blogger kerry said...

Good luck I have read the Hunger Games and loved it same with Bone Crossed love her omega series too.

At February 3, 2012 at 8:44 AM , Blogger Nimue said...

Great bunch of books. I just re-read the Hunger Games this week. It's an amazing book!

At February 3, 2012 at 9:14 AM , Blogger Vicky said...

OOOOO you're reading Divergent and the Hunger Games! I need to read both of these. Looking forward to your reviews!

At February 3, 2012 at 9:38 AM , Blogger Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

Ooo, Divergent was one of my favorite reads of 2011. I hope you like it!

At February 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM , Blogger Bonnie said...

It sounds like you've got your sh@t together so I just might join your tribe in the event of another ice age! ;D

I hope you enjoy THG - I thought it was amazing and I have been dying to read Divergent!

At February 3, 2012 at 11:02 AM , Blogger Sam said...

Hunger Games AND Divergent? Yay! I hope you enjoy those two in particular. They're kind of favorites of mine. :D

At February 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM , Blogger Rebe said...

Good luck! I love Bone Crossed - it's my favorite of the Mercy Thompson books!

At February 3, 2012 at 2:27 PM , Blogger Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Hunger Games is awesome...and I really need to get to Divergent. Good luck with all of your reading! PS Love your challenge answer!


At February 3, 2012 at 2:47 PM , Blogger Christy D said...

Yay for Hunger Games! And save some of the chocolate cake for me. Mmmm. :)

At February 3, 2012 at 5:49 PM , Blogger roro said...

njoy / may the odds be in your favor/ guffaws

At February 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM , Blogger Chi Kittie said...

Very nice reading spot. I love to read with coffee in the morning too. :)

- Beckie

At February 3, 2012 at 10:25 PM , Anonymous Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) said...

I'm reading Divergent now, too! Liking it so far. :) And I adore reading on the back deck ... if it weren't for the mosquitoes!

At February 3, 2012 at 10:43 PM , Blogger Kristin said...

C-ya tomorrow on your challenge - I've gotta go read already!!!!
Kristin @myparahangover

At February 3, 2012 at 11:21 PM , Blogger Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Love to read outside as well in the summer!


At February 4, 2012 at 3:32 AM , Blogger Rebecca (Kindle Fever) said...

Ohh! Sounds wonderful. I usually am the same with my room, though I seriously need to get a cozy chair to cuddle up into, since my bed reading just killed my arm. o: Something in it has locked, lol! Blankets <3

At February 4, 2012 at 4:06 AM , Blogger Vicky said...

Reading outside in summer sounds lovely! And I agree with Bex, I read in bed a LOT but I seriously need a cozy chair. :) And I'm with you on the video games and the noise, I can't concentrate unless there's silence in the room.

Thanks for sharing a photo with us!
Books, Biscuits & Tea

At February 4, 2012 at 4:24 AM , Blogger Rebecca (Kindle Fever) said...

Also, your answer for the survival challenge is quite awesome! Gotta use the reading experience! Good job. ;)

At February 4, 2012 at 9:58 AM , Blogger Nikki said...

What a great idea. You have some great books. Best of luck. I like a nice quiet room to read in too.

At February 4, 2012 at 8:48 PM , Blogger jen7waters said...

Ah! I'm going to guess: Bone Crossed. :)

At February 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM , Blogger Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

If it's one of the books you are reading this weekend then I've got it :)


At February 5, 2012 at 11:58 AM , Blogger Claire said...

Awesome teaser! That sounds like a great read. Thanks for taking part :)


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