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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Taking The Big Leap

After much contemplation, I have decided to move from a WordPress.com blog to a self-hosted WordPress.org website. I bought my domain name on last Sunday, and have exported Sugarpeach to my new website. There are still some loose ends to be tied up on these sites, especially the redirection of links, but my new website is for the most part ready. I changed the name of my blog. So now, instead of it being Sugarpeach, it is now called Audacious Reader. I will be posting more about why I switched to a self-hosted website. CLICK HERE TO VISIT AUDACIOUS READER I will not be deleting this blog, but I will no longer be posting here. In essence, Sugarpeach is now defunct. If you are an email subscriber here, please resubscribe using the feedburner tab located at the top of the right sidebar of Audacious Reader. If you are an author, please head over to Audacious Reader. I will no longer be responding to review requests sent using the Sugarpeach contact form. Thank you and I hope to see you at Audacious Reader!

Update: Due to problems with my web host company (the company suddenly withdrew their free web hosting policy without warning, disabling my blog and others’ as well) , I was forced to move back to a regular WordPress.com. The link above will bring you to my current blog.

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Random Acts of Kindness: January

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After reading about Random Acts of Kindness, I decided to join it. R.A.K. is started by the bloggers at Book Soulmates. The concept is giving without expecting any in return. After joining R.A.K., you post your wishlist and someone might decide to send you a book from your wishlist. You can also send someone else a book if you wish.

Rules:

• Sign up each month you’d like to participate in.

• Show off your participation! Grab one of the buttons available 🙂

• Create a wishlist and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.

{Post on your blog, Amazon, where ever as long as there’s a link to it.}

• If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wishlist and contact that blogger for their address.

• At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K!

Make a post saying ‘Thank You’ to whoever granted one of your wishes and share it with us 🙂

OPEN TO EVERYONE!

Let’s keep our International bloggers in mind and in our hearts.

Remember, there’s always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!

Here is the link to my wishlist on Amazon. Shoot me an email or fill up the contact form by clicking on the “Contact” tab in the menu above if you wish to send me a book or homemade item.

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2011 Wrap-Up & 2012 Challenges

Wrap-up

Deciding whether to post a year wrap-up post has been on the back of my mind the past few days. I’ve finally succumbed to peer pressure (not!). I’ll first start with the wrap-up before going on to the challenges I’ll be taking part in 2012.

Some fun stats first:

Total number of posts in 2011: 173
Total number of page hits in 2011: 12,020
Total number of books reviewed in 2011: 56

Top 5 books of 2011:

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – It was such a breathtaking debut novel! Definitely my favorite read in 2011. I did not post a review for it here as my review was published at Lovereading.co.uk.

The DMZ by Jeanette Windle – It is long at 500+ pages, but worth every minute I took to read it. The suspense, mystery, action, and romance were all at the right places in the right amounts.

Along Wooded Paths by Tricia Goyer – My favorite Amish book. I liked it so much, I had its sequel pre-ordered from The Book Depository as a birthday present, although it’ll only be released in April 2012.

Tuesday’s Child by Carolyn Gibbs – This book is proof that a book doesn’t have to be published by a big-name publisher to be good. It wasn’t a relaxing nor a light read, but the issues touched on in this book should serve as important reminders that domestic abuse exist.

The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson – The author played the romance element well. There was no rushing and the fairytale element in the book only served to make it an even better read.

I had many wonderful blogging moments this year. Moments with plenty of firsts – first giveaway, first interview, first guest post, first meme, first vlog. Among the things I’ve learned is how to ask interview questions, put on my thinking cap for creative guest post titles, and create a vlog using iMovie. I’m proud of all those accomplishments, minor they may be. Something I’m not proud of is the fact that I failed my first challenge. I simply did not have time to reread, much less read all the books I received this year. The books I won in giveaways have been put aside as I attempt to conquer my reading pile.

Challenges

But! I’ll be back even stronger in 2012. I have signed up for two giveaway hops and with this post, two challenges. I’ll be joining the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren as talked about in my post about it, and the ABC Challenge hosted by Patricia from Book Exhibitionism.

For the 2012 DAC, I have not yet checked the list of books by debut YA/MG authors, but will soon. I’ll probably pick one or two from the list and doing the rest as time goes by, meaning that I will not be actively looking for debuts, but will give priority to debut Young Adult/Middle Grade books sent to me for review.

As for the ABC Challenge, I have a few books in mind thus far. I aim to read at least five books for the challenge. I’m not setting a high target for myself because I’ll be away for three months next year (you’ll know about it when the time comes). The books I’m hoping to read (or reread, as in the case of a couple of books) are as follows:-

A Billion Reasons Why by Kristin Billerbeck (reread)
Beauty by Lisa Daily (tentative, depending whether NetGalley has it or not)
Crown of Vengeance by Stephen Zimmer (post has been scheduled)
Dark Water by Laura McNeal
Exile by Anne Osterlund (reread)

Final news:

I know this isn’t really news, but I’ll be keeping a book log here in Sugarpeach. I’ll be updating it each time I read a new book so that I can keep track of the number of books I’ve read. I know this is a little late for it, I should have done this years ago, but better late than never. This will in no way affect the posts as I’ll be having it as a separate page that will be listed in the menu tabs above.

Starting from January 1, 2012, I’ll be having a monthly post titled “The Dear Series”. In each post that will go live at the beginning of each month, I will address a certain issue either regarding authors or bloggers. If it is for authors, it would be titled “Dear Author”. If it is for bloggers, it would be titled “Dear Blogger”. Feel free to give me suggestions as to the issues you would like to see me write about.

This isn’t a news related to the entire 2012 year, but I’ll be having my first blog survey in mid-January, 2012. I hope to have as many readers as possible to fill in the survey. The survey is a sort of “feeler” and “touch-base” for me. I need to know whether the direction I’m taking this blog to with my posts is right or not.

I think I’ve said all I need to say here. This post is longer than I expected it to be. Before I end, here’s a fun fact. Did you know… that Sugarpeach had an average of 3 readers a day in December 2010? For December 2011, we had an average of 52 visitors a day. Not much a big jump, but who knows what holds in December 2012? Anyway, I’ve prattled long enough here!

Happy New Year to all Sugarpeach readers! 🙂 Signing off, 2011. Hello, 2012!

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It Is An Extra Special Day Today…

… that warrants a special post.

Sugarpeach readers:

Just wanna wish you a…

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Hope you have a wonderful, blessed day!

‘Tis the season for giving thanks…

Thank you for reading Sugarpeach this year. Without the faithful readership, I wouldn’t be able to continue blogging. I don’t know what next year holds for this blog, but hopefully it’ll be more fun things for you and me! Can I read an affirmative “YES!” to that?

To my fellow book bloggers… thank you for inspiring me. I love stalking your blogs and reading all your fun posts. Keep up the good work! Blogging can be tedious sometimes, but just visiting your blogs is enough to give me the push to continue blogging.

My Christmas post wouldn’t be done if I don’t say a big “THANK YOU” to the authors who have sent me books to review and supported Sugarpeach in one way or another. Thank you for believing that I can write book reviews. Thank you for believing the I can send you good interview questions. Thank you for allowing me to pick the titles of your guest posts.

All the best,
♥ Evangeline ♥

P.s. Keeping this message short and sweet because webpages are growing in girth. I can assure you I’m not joining that trend. No way!

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My Novel Taught Me

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The Writers Voice
Where you get to know the people behind the pages
(Please stop by and follow us at http://ourbooksourvoice.blogspot.com)
This is Emma Michaels, the author of ‘The Thirteenth Chime’ and
‘Anasazi’ and I am taking over! Don’t worry, it is only for one post to
introduce you to the team of amazing authors who are a part of a new
blog called, ‘The Writers Voice’. A blog run by 10 authors and dedicated
to letting you get to know each of us and the many guest authors we feature!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned when creating your book?

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“I think the main thing I learned was: If you feel the need and the love to do something in your heart but you don’t think you will be good enough, it is all the more reason to do it and become good at it. All you really need it honest passion and time.”
-Emma Michaels

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“Well, I don’t know if this is a learning thing……but a girl that I haven’t been ‘friends’ with on more than a run into her and say “hi” kind of basis has become one of my most trusted Lovies. She is great when it comes to helping me clean up a scene and make it flow right. Thank you Lara! You rock!”

-Devyn Dawson

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“How unpredictable a muse can be – that I have no control over where my characters will lead me.”

-Jamie Magee
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“If you wait for inspiration to strike you, you might as well give up writing altogether. Write even when you don’t feel like writing. Write even when you’re bored with your plot and characters because if you force yourself, at some point you’ll get back into the story.”

-Jayde Scott

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“For me, it is that I do better at coming up with the story by not thinking too much about it other than when I’m writing. I feel like I have inspiration from a higher power, helping me write and giving me ideas that come to me as I’m writing.”

-Victoria Simcox

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“That I could actually finish something I started. Three times!”

-Brenda Pandos

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“That people are enjoying my work. I wondered if anyone but me would ever like them, but there’s a few out there that do. I treasure every encouraging word!”

-Megg Jensen

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“That I actually had a whole book in me – and not just one, but many. During college, I’d given up on fiction writing. I’d convinced myself I was just never meant to write a novel and I needed to use my talent in the business world. When I decided to give it a try again, I was floored when an entire book, and then a series, immediately welled up, seemingly out of nowhere. Family and friends said they knew I had it in me, so I was the only one so surprised.”
-Kristie Cook

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“The most surprising thing I learned is that my outline was useless. I’m usually a very structured writer. I always create an outline just to assure myself that I have a logical beginning, middle and end to the story. In every case so far, I departed from the outline and ended up allowing the characters to take the story and run with it. I think the books have turned out better for it.”

-Raine Thomas
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“That I had an incredible imagination!”
-Kim Richardson
Oh yeah, did I mention we have amazing guest authors? 
Here is a sneak peak of a few of the interviews we have planned for the future:

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“I think what surprised me the most was that my characters had minds of their own and often took the story in directions I hadn’t anticipated. It was fun! And, kind of a roller coaster ride at times.”

-Julia Karr
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“I learned how incredibly carefully deadly viruses are handled in the lab—with more precautions than even occurred to me, and only very select people allowed to work with them—but also how easily mistakes can be made despite that, through human fallibility. It was scary and startling to find out how close to the catastrophe I write about in my book we may have come several times in the past.”
-Megan Crewe

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“I discovered—painfully, at times—that I really needed to come up with my own methods for writing and revising, and some of those methods are a little… unconventional. For example, the revision process was giving me fits as I tried to do it on my laptop. I finally started printing out chapters, cutting them up with scissors, and physically rearranging them and making notes on them. It went so much easier after that! It made me realize I just had to do what worked for me, even if I was the only one doing it that way.”

-K. C. Neal

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“For THE PRINCESS CURSE, I learned a bit of Romanian folklore; I learned that Romanian has had at least three words for dragons. First, zmeu, which is a dragon prominently featured in my book, is a humanoid sort of dragon that likes to kidnap young wives; second, balaur, which is a more dragony sort of dragon; and third, dracul, which we know from Vlad Dracul and of course Dracula. (Vlad Dracul was a member of the Order of the Dragon, which was a prestigious chivalric order of the day; he was very proud to be a member. “Dracula”–or slightly more accurately, “Draculea,” meant “son of the dragon.” In Modern Romania, dracul was adapted to a meaning more like “devil” while balaur stuck with meaning dragon, and zmeu means both dragon and… kite!”

-Merrie Haskell

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“There have been a few instances of “wait…I thought I made that up” connected with D,D and the sequel. Probably the biggest one concerns the Allister gene bank and nature preserve, which is mentioned in book one and becomes pivotal in book two. When I was drafting book one, I randomly decided this thing was located in “northern Nicaragua.” It’s my book, it’s 2195, I can make up anything I want, right?

While drafting book two I ended up mapping out some roads using Google Maps, and I found there was a dead zone through which no roads ran. “What is this thing getting in the way of my chase scene?” I huffed, zooming in.

Turns out there’s an enormous nature preserve located in northern Nicaragua, right where I said it would be.

Yeah, I didn’t get any writing done that day after finding that out.

-Lia Habel

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“How much I love writing from the male perspective. I don’t know why I found this surprising because all my life my guy friends have told me I don’t think like the ‘average’ female :-s Okkaaay. But yeah, I really enjoy writing from my hero’s perspective. It’s fun because, in general, there is a lot less ‘musing’ and a lot more ‘doing’.”
-Samantha Young
I hope you will join us at The Writers Voice and hear more from our team and other writers from around the web! 
“The Writers Voice: Where you get to know the people behind the pages”

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Reaper Two-Six Year 5: The Rise of Global Insurgency by Robert Grand

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I was supposed to host a review tour stop for this book, but was unable to receive the book. Since I want to honor my word about hosting this tour stop, I am just going to post the blurb of the book. I know this is an unusual post here in Sugarpeach, but there’s always a time for a “first”. Since I have not read the book, I cannot say if it is good or not.

Title: Reaper Two-Six Year Five: The Rise of Global Insurgency
Author: Robert Grand
Publisher: Reaper Two-Six Productions
Publication date: July 26, 2011
Product page: Amazon
Website: Reaper Two-Six Productions

Will the Reapers bring peace and stability to the World?

The world is suffering from the effects of out-of-control terrorism. Governments are spending huge amounts of precious capital for the safety and security of air and rail transportation as well as inspections at all sea ports. The global economic effect is crippling; countries struggle to manage commerce, international trade, business growth, job creation and tourism. The world’s economy is on the brink of collapse.

The Global Defense Organization (GDO) has been created to be a cost effective multinational elite group that monitors, infiltrates and eliminates terrorist activities within all supporting countries. Known only as Reaper Two-Six, this secret 48 member squadron has quickly earned a reputation for precisely eliminating terrorist threats, in the air and on the ground.

Why did China and Columbia oppose the creation of the GDO? Are they connected to global terrorist cells? Are they secretly financing the sale of weapons?

The Reaper’s greatest challenge is now upon them; infiltrate China and Columbia to discover their real intentions. Through a series of electrifying and heart-stopping missions, see how the Reapers use their skills and advanced technology to put fear back where it belongs; in the minds of the terrorists, not in the minds of its citizens.

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2012 Debut Author Challenge

2012 debut author challengeI am participating in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren. During the challenge, I will be reviewing debut Young Adult and Middle Grade novels. For a book to count towards the challenge, it needs to have a 2012 release date.

If an author has previously published books belonging to other genres, but is publishing a YA/MG novel in 2012, the book can count towards the challenge. If an author has had books published in one country, but is having a debut YA/MG novel in another country, that novel can count towards the challenge. Lastly, if the author has a self-published novel but is now traditionally published, the book counts towards the challenge.

Why am I giving you this info?

I want you to join in the challenge with me and many other book bloggers and authors! If you are an author who is having a YA/MG novel to be released in 2012 and would like me to review your novel, contact me. I have a few YA/MG debut books penciled in for review next year, but I’ll try to accommodate your request. If I pass your query, it’ll mean that I don’t have sufficient time to review your book. I’m also planning to host giveaways during this challenge. If you would like me to host a giveaway of your book(s) or swag, contact me.

Readers, you can also help me out with this challenge. I will be writing a post about either debut novels or debut authors. Let me know what you’d like to read in the post. When you’re at that, suggest catchy titles too. I look forward to hear from you. If you have any suggestions of posts you would like to read during 2012 DAC, let me know. Let’s make 2012 DAC fun and memorable!

For additional info, visit the 2012 DAC info page here.

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