About SamiK

I'm a Library Director for a small(ish) Texas town with a desire to share my love of books and the library with my community.

Currently, I am working towards my MLS (Master of Library Science) from Texas Woman's University (my alma mater!).

When I'm not treading through a pile a school work and work work, I make precious memories with both my handsome men at home. Whether we are playing with the sand between our toes, making a campfire, or just taking in a movie at home, every moment is unique.



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June 16, 2012

Guest Post: #MMBlogTour with Sherry Soule


Oh my goodness!!! Do you know what today is???? My first (ever) guest post and blog tour!!!! I'm super excited (if it's not obvious by the excessive use of exclamation marks) to welcome Sherry Soule to ☮ ❤ & YA! Thank you Sherry for allowing me to be a part of Moonlight Mayhem Blog Tour (#MMblogtour). Okay enough of me; let's get to the reason you are here!




This giveaway is open internationally! So let’s tell the blogging world!
*SPELLBOUND SERIES TRIVIA QUIZ*
Hi everybody, I’m author, Sherry Soule—waving from the SF Bay Area, where it can get pretty foggy. And I can’t believe that summer’s finally here, and even with the fog burning off by afternoon, I’m cranking the air conditioner and chatting on Twitter about my love of reading.
Thanks for letting me visit today as part of my epic Moonlight Mayhem Blog Tour. It’s an honor to be a guest and meet all of these awesome booklovers—like me!
Thus far, my tour has been a blast for me and the readers that participated. It is nice seeing familiar names in the comments at each stop. For those of you who haven’t heard of my super fun blog tour it’s not too late to join!

To celebrate the release of author, Sherry Soule’s new paranormal novel, MOONLIGHT MAYHEM, take this super fun quiz to see how savvy you are about the first two books in this unforgettable YA series, and score a Kindle or Nook version of the first book in the series, BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN! (Hint: you can most of these answers on the Spellbound Universe blog and Sherry’s blog.)

Now, let’s see how well you think you know this series (even if you’ve never read the books, you can find all the answers online) and be sure to check the bottom of the post for the details regarding this random giveaway.

1.     In the Moonlight Mayhem book trailer what is Shiloh’s epic problem?

a.      Ferocious wolves
b.      Deadly necromancers
c.      Shambling zombies
d.      Fear of the dark

2.    Where did Shiloh and Trent first see each other?

a.      At school
b.      In the gym
c.      Luna Pizza
d.      At church

3.    What remote coastal town is the series located?

a.      Castro Valley
b.      Larkspur
c.      Madrone Woodlands
d.      Whispering Pines

4.    Which paranormal(s) tormented Shiloh in the first book?

a.      Wraith
b.      Shades
c.      Shadow People (demon)
d.      a, b, and c

5.    What is Shiloh’s freakishness?

a.      She has a severe limp
b.      She is missing an ear
c.      She has six toes on her right foot
d.      She has a jagged scar on her wrist

6.   Which fictional demon hunter(s) does Shiloh must admire?

a.     Sam Winchester
b.     Salvatore brothers
c.      Buffy
d.     Charmed Ones

7.    What is Shiloh’s heritage?

a.      Heritage Witch
b.      Half Asian and Half Caucasian
c.      Hispanic
d.      Half American Indian and half French

8.    What type of magick does Shiloh’s mother, Jillian practice?

a.      White Magick
b.      Voodoo
c.      Wiccan
d.      Dark Arts

9.   What is a Sheol ? (*Hint: Google Sheol for the answer)

a.      A ride at Disneyland
b.      A town in Marin County
c.      A contagious rash
d.      A gateway to the Underworld

10. What are Shiloh’s supernatural pet(s)?

a.      Phoenix (exotic bird)
b.      Siamese cat (familiar)
c.      Fairies
d.      Shades

11.  What type of paranormal is Mrs. Baylock?

a.     Vampire
b.     Necromancer
c.     Witch
d.     Ghost
12.  Who was the first owner of Ravenhurst Manor? (*Hint: Google Owner of Ravenhurst for the answer)

a.      Michele Broussard
b.      Wealthy unknown family
c.      Maxwell Donavon
d.      Rowan Broussard

13.  What significance does the number “13” have in the series?

a.      Nothing it’s just a stupid number
b.      It’s the number of rooms in Ravenhurst Manor
c.      It’s the number of times that Shiloh sees a ghost
d.      It is part of an ancient prophecy foretelling of a girl who will break a curse


If you answered...

Mostly a's: You need to reread BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN and MOONLIGHT MAYHEM
Mostly b's: You should become a follower of the Spellbound Universe blog
Mostly c's: You need to recheck your facts, and then retake this quiz
Mostly d's: Congrats! You’re an impressive expert on all things Spellbound!


MOONLIGHT MAYHEM Synopsis:

Otherworldly Creatures. Dazzling Magic. Fiery Romance.
Shiloh Ravenwolf thought she was getting used to the strange events in Whispering Pines, until the full moon brings another surge of supernatural threats to her coastal town. Ferocious wolves, deadly necromancers, and shambling zombies have descended upon the neighborhood, so Shiloh needs to gain control of her magical abilities—fast!
It sucks that she has a crippling fear of the dark, which for a demon hunter can be an epic problem.
When her classmates are attacked by a mysterious creature and her father is murdered, Shiloh vows vengeance. Forcing her phobias aside, she forms an unlikely coven of supernaturally gifted teens to help her eradicate this menace. Except that's not all Shiloh has to worry about. She’s battling a different monster within herself and struggling not to become the very thing she fights: evil.
But with demon blood inside her—anything can happen…

Moonlight Mayhem is the second novel in the unforgettably epic Spellbound series
By Sherry Soule


Twitter hashtag #MMBlogTour

Places you can cyberstalk Sherry Soule:
Official Spellbound Series Universe: http://thespellboundseries.blogspot.com
Twitter @WriterSherry: http://twitter.com/writersherry
Awesome Book Trailers/YouTube: http://youtu.be/5uqVXKygvUs


A random US winner will be picked on 6/30/2012 and be posted at the top of this quiz, please check back on that day to find out if you’re the lucky winner.

Giveaway details for an eBook of BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN:
1.) You must comment with your quiz results
2.) Be a follower of the Spellbound Series Universe Blog
3.) Be a follower of this blog
4.) Follow us both on Twitter @WriterSherry and @PeaceLoveandYA

Good luck!
June 14, 2012

Tweet, tweet?

Twitter.
.
Personal? Check, although it's not used very often.
Work? Why yes, yes I do. (@bctx_library) Library updates.
Blog? CHECK! Figured it was time to give Peace, Love, & YA its own tweetspace. (@peaceloveandya)

Hopefully, it will be more used than the others have been in the past. Follow me here and there for updates, news, reviews, and more!

Now just to figure out what the heck I'm doing on there. teehee.

Oh, and did you notice the new pic? Ya like? Created with Google --remember piknik? well now its a free service of Google. Happy editing! :)


On another personal note:
I've mentioned my personal (wedding) blog, but now that the date has come and gone, it is time for growth.I'm going to start blogging about newlywed life and such. Keep up with me and the hubs' new life together here.

Book Tour with author Sherry Soule is this Saturday. Guest post, trivia, and a chance to win an ebook. Woohoo! Looking forward to it!

Whew! This summer, this week really, is just full of new things! If I don't post before, I'll see you (yes, you) Saturday!
June 1, 2012

Requesting your help!

If you've been following long enough or have looked back at my old posts, you would have seen a book review for Lighthouse Nights by Jake Vander Ark (found here). Now Jake needs our help!

He is trying to fund a project called Immortality, Miracles, and The Prettiest Girl in the World. What can you do? Back him. Yes, go do it now! :)

He's straightforward and open about where the money will go. In fact, it's fairly detailed:
From the project site:

Where the money will go:
-Designing and hosting five websites
-Test books
-Facebook ads
-POSSIBLE audiobook
-Distribution through lulu.com
-Four trailers
-Promotion on websites
-Extra books to send to reviewers
-Books for local bookstores
-Posters for local bookstores
-Cardboard book stands for local bookstores
-Cover image for "The Brandywine Prophet"
-Donor Rewards
Anything over $5,000 will go toward "Mara the Saint," the sequel to "The Accidental Siren."


Come on guys and gals, let's show some support for the literary world!

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IT WAS AMAZING!!!! You should be at the book store right now buying it! :)
I really liked it. You should def check it out and give it a shot
It was ok. At least read the synopsis on the back.
Eh....It was alright. It's borrow from a friend material.
Leave it on the shelf!!

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