February Flurries: Quick Thought #8: ARCs/Review Books

UPDATED ON NOVEMBER 13, 2018.

Hi everyone,

Today, I’m going to discussing ARCs/Review Books, which I get FAQs about.

What is an ARC or Review Book?

An ARC is an Advanced Reading Copy of a book that is given to bloggers/reviewers/youtubers to read, review and publicize, even before it comes out! A great marketing strategy if you ask me!

How do I qualify to read an ARC?

Most of the time, you should be somebody considered as “press”. Basically, that means that you publicize books regularly, and specifically online. Although, some companies enjoy having everyday readers review books, not knowing the hype that surrounds them.

Who do I contact?

On most publishers sites, they will have a contact me page, and they provide email addresses for book reviewers. Most will get back to you within a couple of days. Normally, people would supply contact info here, but since I live in Canada, it won’t be the same for the rest of you. If you are canadian and interested in contact info for different publishers, please email me at alyssacohen@readingreadingreading.com.

Tips for Reading/Reviewing ARCs

  • Try to review the book around the time it comes out, I usually aim to post my review on its release day. Anytime during the publication month would be fine in general, I believe.
  • If you don’t read books you are sent, publishers won’t want to send them to you!
  • Remember, these are NOT free books. Publishing houses pay money to print and ship them, and it is your job to read and review them. Blogging is getting PAID in books, always remember that!
  • DO NOT take EVERY book you are offered, unless you know that you will read them/have an interest in them! (Trust me on this one… I learned the hard way!)
  • Create a review policy page (like I have here), so that publishing houses know what you are interested in reading and reviewing.
  • When you are finished reading the book and have posted your review, send a link to the publishing house/publicist that sent it to you. They will appreciate it, and most will repost it on Twitter for more readers to read!

I hope that you enjoyed this quick thought of ARC’s/Review Books!

See you guys tomorrow!
Good Night Book Lions!

February Flurries: Shannon A. Thompson Author Interview!

Hi everyone!

Who remembers when I put up my posts list for my February series, and I said that I would be doing a special author interview? Well, I am so excited to announce that the author is Shannon A. Thompson, writer of “The Timely Death Trilogy”!

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Hello! I’m Shannon A. Thompson. I’m very passionate about writing, reading, and drinking too much coffee. After ten publications, I am currently seeking new representation so I can continue this writing journey! Photo by Colt Coan Photography.

I was so fortunate enough to have been corresponding with her for the last few weeks, and let me tell you, she is a wonderful lady!
Now for the part you have all been waiting for… the interview!


At what age did you start writing, or felt like you wanted to write a book?

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. Cliché, I know, but my mother taught me to write as a coping mechanism. As a child, I suffered from night terrors, and it was difficult for me to separate my dreams from reality, so she told me to turn them into stories. Since then, I’ve always wanted to be an author, but I started pursuing the dream when I was 11 years old after my mom died.

Give us a quick synopsis of the first book in “The Timely Death” trilogy, Minutes Before Sunset.

 Told in alternating points of view, Minutes Before Sunset revolves around an ancient war between the Light and the Dark, and the Dark is destined to win. While Eric deals with both his human identity and his shade life, Jessica confronts the reality waiting for her in the hometown her parents died in. The two will come together for different purposes, but in the end, destiny is threatening death, and everyone’s lives depend on the secrets of three young people as they face impending doom.  

Do you consider “The Timely Death” trilogy to be more of a Dystopian, Fantasy or Paranormal genre?

 To me, The Timely Death Trilogy is more paranormal than anything. I love anything and everything paranormal, but I feel like literature generally focuses on the same types of creatures – vampires, werewolves, etc. – and that made me sad. Why stick to the same type when there are endless legends out there? Why not create your own legend? So, The Timely Death Trilogy was born.  

How did you come up with the concept of the Lights and the Darks?

 The Timely Death Trilogy is based off of a dream – like most of my books. During a dark time in my life, I started having dreams of a boy coming to visit and talk to me, but he wasn’t exactly human. It was rather strange – almost like he was human during the dream, but as soon as I woke up, I knew he wasn’t – and I wanted to incorporate that, which is why they all have different identities that still seem human-like. I actually shared a real excerpt from my diary when I wrote a reaction to one of the dreams: http://shannonathompson.com/2013/11/15/my-dream-goodreads-extras/  

Was there a specific POV that you enjoyed writing for? Why?

 As a woman myself, this might seem strange, but I generally enjoy writing as a male character more. I honestly think it stems from the fact that I was raised by guys, so I’m more comfortable with male voices. I’m rather a tomboy myself, so to speak, but Eric was definitely a riot to work with. That being said, my novel – Take Me Tomorrow – was only written from a female lead’s POV, and I enjoyed her a lot! I enjoy all of them.  

Did you ever want to write from the POV of a light, instead of a dark?

 Sure did! And – in fact – you will learn a lot about the Light in the last book of the trilogy, Death Before Daylight. You’ll even get to speak to Darthon himself.  

Who is your character “crush/OTP” from your book?

 Pierce/Jonathon was my favorite character. I think I fell for him because he always brought a relieving laughter to the table, but he was always so supportive and sure of himself, too. In both of his identities, he has a complication that touched me, and he is involved in both Jessica and Eric’s life, so – since I was Eric and Jessica – it was hard to not become best friends with him.  

Do you ever want to write a different trilogy, but in the same world as “The Timely Death” trilogy is in?

I have a prequel of Eric’s parents partially written I would love to finish one day, but for now, the three books will be the only three books in that world.  

Are any of your characters influenced by anyone? Or, do they have the same personality as you, or somebody you know?

I don’t purposely base any of my characters off of people I know, but I have been told by a friend or two that certain people reflect characters. I mainly add things that I wish I had in my life. For instance, I have always admired painters, but I’m awful at it in the same way many people can’t sing. Just awful. So Jonathon and Jessica both pick up painting in the trilogy. It was fun exploring their independence as well as their friendship over something I admire.  

When you first started writing this trilogy, did you know from the start that you wanted to make it a trilogy? 

I definitely didn’t. I only knew Seconds Before Sunrise, book 2, and then, I wrote book 1. After that, I was struggling with it, because it didn’t feel right, and one of my best friends – who was reading it – had a dream and told me about it. Everything clicked. Book 3 was born, and it is dedicated to that friend of mine.  

Are you happy with how the covers of your books look, or do you plan to change them?

Although I’m very grateful for Viola Estrella and Autumn Fog Photography for the original covers, The Timely Death Trilogy is getting brand new covers for their re-release through Clean Teen Publishing later this year. I’m very excited to share them!  

Did you share the novel with your family/friends before publishing it?

Sure did! The Timely Death Trilogy was written between 2005 and 2009, and I gave the original copies to fans of my first novel, November Snow. That being said, the original copies are very different from the final product. In fact, I had an original reader call me and ask if I even gave them the same book.  

What advice to you give to aspiring authors?

I always tell aspiring writers to create your own mantra. It helps you through the bad days, and it energizes the good ones. Mine is “write with passion; succeed with self-discipline”, because it reminds me why I write, but it also tells me what I have to do to keep writing.  

How long did it take you to write the first book?

 Well, technically, the second book – Seconds Before Sunrise – was written first. You actually see a dream sequence in there that I had in real life. I basically wrote the trilogy as a way of coping with the dreams because they were equally disturbing as they were comforting. But after I wrote the Seconds Before Sunrise, I realized it wouldn’t make sense without a “first” book, so I wrote Minutes Before Sunset. They both took about four months to write but much longer to finalize everything.  

How do you like to write (listen to music, sit in a quiet place, etc.)?

I am all over the place with my writing. I go through phases, but I currently do most of my writing in a local hookah house.  

Do you ever want to write a different trilogy, but in the same world as “The Timely Death” trilogy is in?

 I have a prequel of Eric’s parents partially written I would love to finish one day, but for now, the three books will be the only three books in that world.  

What is your all time favourite book, and who are your all time favourite authors?

 I can’t have all-time favorites. They are all too amazing! But I love Meg Cabot, Billy Collins, Cassandra Clare, Lauren Oliver, and more. I enjoy reading everything, but memoirs, paranormal, and poetry are my favorite genres.  


I hope you guys enjoyed my very first interview on my blog! Also, if you didn’t catch the surprise, Shannon A. Thompson is re-releasing the book with a new publishing house called “Clean Teen Publishing”, and is coming out with new covers for them! I’m so happy that I am the first blog that has released this news!

I would like to give a HUGE thanks to Shannon, for letting me read, review, and interview her and her books! It has been a blast! Make sure you come back to see my review for the next book in the trilogy “Seconds Before Sunrise”!

Check out the book review for the first book “Minutes Before Sunrise” here:

Good Night Book Lions!

Alyssa’s Reviews – February Flurries: Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson!

Hi everyone!

Today, I’m going to be doing a book review for an AWESOME book!

DISCLAIMER: I was given this book for review from the author, Shannon A. Thompson. I am not being payed to review this book. All opinions and thoughts are my own, and are not being persuaded by anyone else.

Don’t know what this book is about? I’ve got your back!

Synopsis (taken off from the authors website):

“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates.”Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

Authors Website: http://shannonathompson.com/

Review:

THIS BOOK. WAS AMAZING. Probably one of the best books I’ve read this year, or even in a LONG time.

To be completely honest, I contacted the author not EXACTLY knowing what the book is about. And, when I really found ALL of it out, I was a bit skeptical. BUT, BOY WAS I WRONG.

This book was an amazing paranormal story.

I fell in love with almost ALL of the characters, except for Eric’s dad. I don’t know, I just was not feeling him.

Jessica, is probably one of my new favourite female protagonists of ALL TIME. I loved hearing about her background, and how she was adopted and doesn’t know ANYTHING about  her life. That is not a spoiler, just a little hint for the middle of the book. Hehe sneaky me!

Eric was adorable. He was really cute, but serious when he had to be. Whether Jessica didn’t see it or not, Eric fell for her from the beginning and it was adorable.

I also LOVED the writing style, and although it was similar to other YA books, I thought that it had it’s own aspects to it. One thing that was cool was that the book is in 2 POVs. I found that Eric’s perspective was at night and Jessica’s was during the day. I really liked that aspect because I thought that it was cool how we were seeing a FULL 24 hours in the day, that way we didn’t miss anything.

I thought that the concept was VERY interesting, and before I started reading it was quite intriguing. This book was unlike any other book I’ve read before. Now a days, you find books that are practically the same as another book, but with different characters.

The only part that I didn’t really like was how the concept was kind of confusing at first, but once you read further along, it’s very easy to understand. You just have to get used to it, that’s all!

Overall, I LOVED this book and gave it 5/5 stars! I read this book at the end of January, into the first day of February, and writing this review I didn’t have to look ONCE into the book, it just stuck with me! That’s how you know it was an excellent book!

I’d like to give a HUGE thanks for Shannon A. Thompson for letting me read and review her book! It was such a blast!

If you liked this review, PLEASE come back tomorrow for  a SPECIAL AUTHOR INTERVIEW. *hint hint, nudge, nudge*


Thank you guys so much for reading today’s post.

And until next time…

Good Night Book Lions!

February Flurries: My Second Obsession!

Hey guys,

Today I’m going to be talking about my second obsession (besides books, of course), which is everything DISNEY!!

Since I have a book blog, I thought I would recommend a few of my favourite Walt Disney World travel books!

I have only read the 2014 version of this book, but I’m sure that the 2015 version is the same with minor differences. This book is my FAVOURITE out of all of these, which is pretty obvious because it’s the first on my list.

Same as the last book, I’ve only read the 2014 version, but I’m sure that the 2015 version is the same with minor differences.

My dad actually owns, this book but from a few years ago. I would recommend this book to EVERYONE as it is HUGE with a lot of information included.


Those are all of my Walt Disney World travel book recommendations. I hope you guys enjoyed this post!

Good Night Book Lions!

February Flurries: Epic Reads Book Tag!

Hey guys!

Today, I’m going to be sharing with you my answers to the Epic Reads Book Tag! This tag was created by the awesome girls over at the Epic Reads YouTube Channel!

Margot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bdes8O-bHI0
Aubry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSuF8Xouzoc

Let’s get started!

1. If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters to tea, who you invite and what you would you serve them?

I would invite John Green and Augustus Waters to tea. I think that both of those men have such a poetic talent, and are all strong male characters in our society (both real and fake). Augustus provides hope, while John Green is such a poetic/talented men. And let’s not forget, John Green writes stories about cute guys providing hope! Click the link to find my The Fault in Our Stars by John Green book review: https://readingreadingalldaylong.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/the-fault-in-our-stars-by-john-green-book-review/.

2. What Book do you wish the author would write a prequel for?

I really am not a huge fan of prequels, but I can understand them only when they are needed. I really want a prequel to Anna and The French Kiss, relating to Ellie and St. Clair, and how they first met! I thought that would be really interesting, since I just finished that book YESTERDAY! Review to come!

3. Name two characters (NOT from the same book) do you think would make a good couple. 

Hmmm… Maybe, St. Clair from Anna and The French Kiss, and Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars. I feel like there relationship would be very humorous. Also, St. Clair would make Hazel feel better in times of sadness of grief.

4. If you ran into your favorite author on the subway and could say only one sentence to them who is it and what would it be?

We all know that is Chris Colfer.

I would probably ask him for his email, so we could correspond all night long. Or, I would probably ask him what the title for “The Land of Stories 4” is going to be.

5. What book made you a reader and why?

I can’t really answer this. Like I’ve said in most posts, I have been a big reader since I was a baby, and would always insist on a story read before bed. A book that got me into reading YA was probably Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys, which was my first YA book, or Divergent by Veronica Roth, because that was how I discovered Book Blogs/Booktube. Click the link to see my Divergent Movie Review: https://readingreadingalldaylong.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/divergent-movie-review/!

6.  Incendio! Your bookshelf just caught on fire. What one you book would you save?

ALL of “The Land of Stories” books by Chris Colfer, because each of them have a funny story behind them, which I may do a post on!

7. Which dystopian world would you want to live in if you had to choose one? Why?

UMMM… If I had a choice, most likely none. If I had to choose, probably the Divergent World, because I feel like I would be Divergent, which means an alien (GET IT DAD!). I was thinking of The Hunger Games Trilogy, but who’s kidding who, I wouldn’t survive 1 minute of the games, let alone 5 minutes!

8. What is your most epic read of all time?

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer.

That was it for the questions!

Here’s who I TAG:

Cristian: https://thebookishgod.wordpress.com/

Nathalia: https://anoutsiderreview.wordpress.com/

S B Mazing: https://authorsbmazing.wordpress.com/

Want to be TAGGED in my next post? Find out how, here: https://readingreadingalldaylong.wordpress.com/book-tags/how-do-i-choose-who-i-tag/

Good Night Book Lions!

February Flurries: Sunday Showcase {02/15}

Hey guys!

Today, I’m going to be doing a Sunday Showcase, which is a Sunday Meme where you share bookish things that happened throughout your week!

This week, I only had one “bookish” event through out the week!

I bought this book today at Indigo, while taking some pics for an upcoming blog post! Be on the lookout in the next few days for an “In My Bookstore”! It’s gonna be awesome! I’m so excited to start this book! Apparently, it’s like mix of The Fault In Our Stars and Eleanor and Park! I’ve read TFIOS, but not E&P, so maybe if I love this, I’ll get my hands on that! I’m reading Anna and The French Kiss for my first Week of Readathons 3 book! Next, I’ll probably read this but I wanted to finish Anna first! I’m gonna do a Week of Readathons Day 1 wrap up on here instead of Facebook this time because more of you read my stuff on here! See you later!

I finally bought “All The Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven!

Originally, I was not going to buy this book, but I decided to because the poster at Indigo was SO intriguing! I wish I took a picture of the post!

I actually did a BONUS post on my tumblr about the adventures of buying this book! Check it out here: http://readingreadingreadingalldaylong.tumblr.com/post/111016034382/i-bought-this-book-today-at-indigo-while-taking!

I hope you guys go and check out my tumblr page for exclusive posts and bonus content that associates with my blog!

See you guys tomorrow!
Good Night Book Lions!