Fall Into Autumn: Day 1: BLOGGER INTERVIEW! Me My Shelf & I

Welcome to the Fall Into Autumn Reading Challenge!  To celebrate day one, I have with me here today, the FABULOUSLY FABULOUS Amber from Me, My Shelf and I!

Amber, the FIRST thing I notice about your blog is the AWESOME design!  How did you get so good at designing? 
Wow, thank you so much! To be honest it was a lot of trial and error. I have been doing design on some level for almost 9 years now. 
How did you find your co-bloggers for MMSAI? Did you guys instantly connect? (There’s QUITE a few of you!)
I’m afraid this isn’t the most interesting of answers, I simply put out a tweet asking if anyone wanted to work on MMSAI. There was a application they had to fill out, and my co-owner Rosmelie and I went over them and made our choices. We tend to agree on most things, so picking our new additions wasn’t too hard for us. 
If you had to choose one TYPE of book to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?
This is the meanest question I have ever been asked! LOL. I assume by type, you mean genre …so I would have to go with Contemporary or possibly Horror. I find I tired of Paranormal if I read too much it all together so I think I would be safe with one of those options. 
Are there any books you like to read, and do read, but don’t blog much about?
You know, I haven’t read anything that couldn’t be reviewed on the blog in forever. I don’t have a lot of extra time and so when I do read, I read from my blog TBR. It’s ok though, I chose YA for the blog because I enjoy it so it’s not as if I’m being tortured or something! LOL. Books I do enjoy but wouldn’t review on the blog would be,  True Crime. My favorite is a book called A Rip In Heaven, though the author escapes me at the moment. 
Favorite authors.. I’ll give you FIVE.  Go!
I…tried….I…can’t. I just don’t have any favorites. That sounds so terrible, don’t it? I love them all equally. It’s like asking me to pick a favorite child!!!
For the challenge we have going on now (Fall Into Autumn), we are TRYING to read outside our norm.. what would YOU try to read if you were participating?
I suppose I would try Steampunk or Mermaids then, since I really don’t like them much and I wouldn’t read them normally.
What is your favorite time/way to read? (Time of day/outside/inside/with the fam, alone,etc)
Anytime I can squeeze it in. With the family, all the activities, the blog….I would give anything for just an hour once in a while. This reminds me, I am so behind on my reading!!
Do you see yourself blogging for a long time to come?
I’ve tried to leave and can’t. I really want to write but the blog takes up so much of my time it’s nearly impossible. I think I will be apart of MMSAI for a long time,though maybe I won’t be running it someday. 
What do you like to do OUTSIDE of blogging/reading?
Write. Waste time on Pinterest and Tumblr. Hang out with my family, watch Dr. Who and kick my husbands butt in Phase 10.
Favorite book of 2011, and of 2012 thus far.  What are they?
2011 – FORBIDDEN by Tabitha Suzuma
2012 – VELVETEEN by Daniel Marks or DARK INSIDE by Jeyn Roberts

AMBER!  Thank you so much for being here at Books With Cass.  I personally adore your blog, and am sure many more out there do as well!  I wish you continued success 🙂 Thank you again.
Thank you for having me!!! It’s always great fun to be on the other side of the questions from time to time!

Connect with Amber: Blog | Twitter

P.S.- If for SOME CRAZY REASON, you haven’t signed up for the Fall Into Autumn Reading Challenge, you should do so!  HERE! Join Loretta, Alexa, Danie and Myself for epic giveaways, challenges, updates, interviews, and reviews!  I mean, what do you have to lose?


OF BLOOD AND BONE: Release! By: Courtney Cole

I am on tour this month for the fantabulous Courtney’ Cole’s new novel – Of Blood and Bone.
Make sure to check it out!  Here is the cover, synopsis and a BONUS teaser for you guys!
This book is being released SEPTEMBER 16th, 2012 by Lakehouse Press.
Check it out on Goodreads, here.

About Of Blood and Bone:

As a little boy, Luca Minaldi was told he was a monster.
As an adult, he knows it is true.
He lives in Malta, a fairytale-like place filled with sunshine and sea, beauty and secrets. And Luca’s darkest of secrets is the best kept of them all.
Eva Talbot arrives in Malta for the summer to finish up her doctoral dissertation. When she meets Luca, a mysterious and handsome shipping tycoon, there is an instant attraction, a disturbing and beautiful energy that she has never felt before. But she senses the darkness that lives within him. Eva is hired to care for his mother, who suffers from dementia, but it is Luca who Eva will eventually risk everything to save. Her life becomes a swirling chaos of darkness and romance, of secrets and mystery. And the question that emerges will become the most important answer of all.
Can she save Luca from the darkness that plagues him without losing herself?
The answer is a matter of life or death.

Here is a teaser from the book for you guys to enjoy!

Luca crosses the room in three strides and pours two glasses of what looks to be Scotch.  He walks back and hands me a glass.  I can practically feel the power emanating from him.  He’s the type of person who has been born into it.  It has been cultivated in him from the time he was an infant and it shows.  Power and money are in every molecular strand in his body.
“To sanity,” Luca says, tipping his glass toward mine. And then he downs his in one gulp. 
I take a tentative sip and realize quickly that I was correct.  It’s Scotch.  Neat.  Without one ounce of tonic or even an ice cube to dilute it.  It burns my mouth and warms my chest as it slides smoothly down.  But for some reason, I don’t want him to know that it makes me want to gag and cough.  I want to seem unfazed, so I drink the rest in two gulps and hand Luca back the empty glass.
It is worth my numb lips because there is approval in his eyes as he takes it.
“Aren’t you going to ask?” he says as he sets the glasses down on a heavy wooden side table.  He is still staring at me and his gaze makes me feel like my skin will be ablaze soon. 
“Ask what?”  I feel slightly woozy from the Scotch.  And to be honest, I’m also woozy from being so near to Luca Minaldi.  For several different reasons, he has an interesting effect on me.
“Wouldn’t you like to ask me if you’re safe here with me?”
I look at him, remembering his mother’s startling words.  My son is evil. 
“Am I?” I ask and my voice is barely a murmur. 
“Probably not.”
Luca’s voice is quiet in the study, as dark as the night surrounding us, and I suddenly feel like I should run, somewhere far away from here.  But at the same time, I know that I won’t.  I am ridiculously drawn to this man and the more I find out about him, the more I want to know.  So I shake my head.
“I’m not afraid.”
Luca looks at me again and I don’t see one ounce of the vulnerability that I have seen there before.  Instead, he is expressionless once more and darkly handsome. 
“Well, that’s the rub,” he answers.  “You should be.”

About Courtney Cole 

Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could.
She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. Every Last Kiss is her debut novel and she followed it with the rest of The Bloodstone Saga (Every Last Kiss, Fated, With My Last Breath and My Tattered Bonds).Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

Find Courtney:    website | twitter | facebook | facebook fan page

And.. we’re back. (ALMOST)

Hey guys!  SO SORRY for the long absence.  I’ve been extremely busy at work.  Monday I will be prepping some posts for you guys – just bare with me a little longer!

I tried last week to film a video for you guys on my new Canon camera.. it was HD.  It failed halfway through, and I gave up.  Over two hours to upload? Crazy!

Also, if you are on Instagram I post a lot a lot of pictures on there (not book stuff, typically), just pretty scenic things.
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Miss you all!

Currently reading: The Night Circus.
Next Read: One Good Hustle by Billie Livingston

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