Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Donating Books

I am always buying books from the library resale shelf partly because I love a good deal but also because I have a hard time parting with my books. So my theory is if I don't want to donate mines then I shall buy in support.

I am hoping many of you are like me (Please say I am not alone in shelving all my pretty books) in the respect that if i love the book I want it to sit pretty on my shelf. I do lend them to friends and if I do not see it for months at a time that is fine... just as long as I know I have it so when I want to peruse again it'll be there.
Hardly do I reread cover to cover but I enjoy opening to my favorite parts and rereading.

So now you know that I hold fast to my books (regardless of my hubby saying 'there is no space' and I say 'get me an ereader then') my children, on the other hand, I donate theirs all the time.
After a while they loose interest and I give them away either to friends & family or to the library.
Of course, I do this little by little... giving and replenishing their shelves over time.

Take a peek at these assorted books ready to be donated:

Donating Books

Donating Books Donating Books

These books were gathered from various sources. I purchased some but I was given the majority from Unlce Ron at my local library. I am a HUGE supporter of the library and he knows that I am
a WAHM and that I take care of many moms via church, the community, or the mom site I work for.
So I will be donating these to the moms to peruse and grab first then the left overs will be given
to a local charity or off to the library.

So what say you!!! Do you donate? or buy donated books?
What are your thoughts?
LLL in the 808 would love to hear your comments
so Talk To Me=)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

NEW Eclipse Novella from Stephenie Meyer!


This morning it was announced that Stephenie Meyer will be releasing a novella called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.

Here is Stephenie's message from her website:


I have a new book coming out. It's called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Well, it's more of a novella than an actual book—my version of a short story.

Actually, this has been a surprise to me, too. The reason why it's a surprise was that I never intended to publish this story as a stand-alone book. I began this story a long time ago—before Twilight was even released. Back then I was just editing Eclipse, and in the thick of my vampire world. I was thinking a lot about the newborns, imagining their side of the story, and one thing led to another. I started writing from Bree's perspective about those final days, and what it was like to be a newborn.

This story was something that I worked on off and on for a while, just for fun, in between the times I was writing or editing other Twilight novels. Later, when the concept for The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide came up, I thought that might be a good place for Bree. Her story is a nice complement to Eclipse; it explains a lot of the things that Bella never knew. So I dusted it off and finished it up for placement in the Guide.

At the same time, it came in handy for the Eclipse film. Melissa (Rosenberg, the screenwriter) had a ton of questions about what exactly was going on in Seattle, how Victoria managed things, what Riley was like, etc. I let her read what I had then, and later gave the whole thing to the director, David Slade. David asked if Xavier, Bryce, and Jodelle (Riley, Victoria, and Bree) could read it as well, so all the parties involved would end up having a really strong foundation for their characters before the cameras started rolling. I was pleased that this side of the story would make it into the film and was looking forward to including it in the Guide.

Then I got the news: my "short story" was nearly 200 pages long when typeset. It was too long to fit into the Guide—without ending up with a tome as heavy as the Oxford English Dictionary. My publisher approached me with the idea of releasing the Bree story on its own. One of the major benefits of this plan was that it would be out before the movie, so people would get to know Bree before they saw her in the film. That made sense to me, and we decided to go ahead with it.

There was one thing I asked for: since this story had always been an extra for me, and was meant to be released with the Guide, I wanted to be able to offer it to my fans for free. You all have bought a ton of my books, and I wanted to give you this story as a gift. My publisher was awesome and embraced this idea. We still wanted to also produce a physical book with a cool cover (see below) that you can add to your set if you like, but starting at noon on June 7th until July 5th, it will also be available online at

One other aspect of this release is the plan to give a more important gift to people who really need it. One dollar of each book purchased in the US from the first printing will be donated to the American Red Cross for their relief efforts in Haiti and Chile and other parts of the world where people are in great need. We're going to have an option online as well, so you can choose to make a donation if you want when you read the story online. I hope you will. I think that we can really help a lot of people with this.

I really hope you all enjoy this story. I had a blast writing it. I'm glad that after all this time cooling her heels in my files, Bree finally gets her chance to shine.

Thanks for all the support,


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Clockwork Angel Timer & City of Fallen Angels

Visit the Infernal Devices website!

I am anticipating this one!
Click Here to get yourself one too=)

Also, I cant believe we have to wait a year for the 4th installment of Mortal Instruments my mailbox 12...


... in my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kristi @ The Story Siren.  The meme will help me to gather, log and show off my weekly bookie spoils & a few extras.

Books I have purchased:
Demonfire (The Demonslayers, #1) 

Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate, #1)

 Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1)

Purchased for my daughters:
 Arthur's Valentine Countdown (Board Book with Stickers, Flaps to Lift, and a Punch-Out Valentine)

And.... more princess books.

Borrowed from the library for my daughters:

Elmer's Weather (English?Gujarati) (Elmer series)

A Red Train: A Colors Book 
 Spot's Christmas board book (Spot)

... I caved this week and allowed DVD rentals @ $1 a piece:
Walt Disney's Underdog and High School Musical 2

 My Twilight Goodie Report:
A fellow 808 Twilighter Officer attended the LA Convention and brought back a New Moon Photo for me!
I only have my camera phone right now and it takes lousy photos in the evening lights so I will post promptly sometime tomorrow (I hope- I'm going to be busy tomorrow)

Also, I received some spoils from the Sunday night New Moon DVD Release Party I attended.

Currently reading.... if you have not seen my GR:

Warprize (Chronicles of the Warlands, #1) 

 Intriguing to say the least. I am in love with this story and it pains me to slip away from its pages to make this post =(!

Also, reading
and Falling, Fly

I enjoy reading debut authors and Skyler is not disappointing. 
I believe it was mentioned that this book it poetically written and I am inclined to agree.
There is a sophistication to the writing that causes me pause after reading a few paragraphs... same with Warprize.  There is more to gain with these 2 books then just
a fascinating tale to curl up with but most certainly is.

I recently finished the Mortal Instruments and I am among the large group of loyal fans!
I enjoyed the books immensely and I enjoy Cassandra Clare's writing.  
In the coming week I hope to post a few of my thoughts on all of the books as a whole- that is if I can put down my currently GREAT reads!

OHHHHH.... I can not forget.  I received another award from
Natasha @ A Great Book is the Cheapest Vacation-- and YES, I do agree.  It is the cheapest vacation
but no less adventurous.

Hmmmm, Over The Top? I am a weeee bitty bitty bit loud and 'all over the place'--
is that Over the Top enough?
I do hope my blog lives up to all the amazing awards.
Mahalo Much my blog friends!

Okie dokie.... so I am to answer all the questions with a single word and then pass it on to
other bloggers.
As I was reading Natasha's answers I thought... what a great way to get to know the bloggers
behind the blogs.
Wicked Cool!

Your cell phone? dropped
Your hair? Black
Your mother?
Your father?
Your favorite food? Seafood
Your dream last night?
Your favorite drink?
Your dream/goal?   Happy
What room are you in?
Your hobby?
Your fear? Legacy
Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Where were you last night?
Something that you aren't?
Muffins? banana
Wish list item?
Where did you grow up? Kailua
Last thing you did?
Your TV?
Your pets? none
Friends? loving
Your mood? excited
Missing someone?
Vehicle? Armada
Something you aren't wearing? corset
Your favorite store?
Your favorite color? pink
When was the last time you laughed?
Last time you cried?
Your best friend? love
One place you go to over and over again?
Favorite place to eat?

=) Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Congratulations Hawaii- Winners of 50,000 New Books

Congratulations Hawaii
Winners of 50,000 New Books from 

50,000 Book Distribution Celebration Rally--March 25th!
Hawaii received 90,000 of the 200,000 something votes.

Today I attended the Distribution Celebration @
the Hawaii State Library
Congratulations Hawaii  Winners of 50,000 New Books from   What Book Got You Hooked 2009 Campaign 

Here is the program:

 Front side.  Back available upon request.

The speakers were inspiring and passionate.  The music was beautiful and full of Aloha!
Mahalo nui to Uluwehi Guerrero for his enchanting vocals and his
lovely dancers who danced with so much life.

Wally Amos is a gifted Story Reader.  He engages the children attention like only a few
can do.  Mahalo Wally=)

Wally selected to read today:
The Carrot Seed (Board Book)

The Crayon Box that Talked

you will find more information.
Final State Rankings:
1. Hawaii
 2. North Carolina
 3. Kentucky
 4. Oklahoma
 5. Alabama

Click Here for the complete list

Top Favorite Books:
1. Dr. Seuss Children’s Books
2. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
3. Little House on the Prairie
4. Where the Wild Things Are
5. Charlotte's Web

Click Here for the Top 26 Books

Not to forget, at today's celebration Barney, Tigger and Bugs Bunny was in attendance. News Media/Press
was there to cover this amazing event.
There was delicious refreshments and a beautiful (not to mention ONO) cake:

I had an edge piece.... with sprinkles٩(•̮̮̃•̃)۶!!!

Lastly, Click Here if you'd like to register to receive books under this contest!

I must admit I am still iffy on how and who will receive these books
but please do read further for more information.

New Moon DVD Weekend Celebrations

 'Life in Twilight Mode' has been an adventure.  I will be sad when everything
starts to calm down.
But until then let's PARTTTTAYYY!

Friday I was sick and so I stayed home and didn't attend any DVD Release Parties.
However, Saturday I went to Lori's Party.
Lori is one of the biggest Twilight Fans along with her good friend Donna, The Twilight Car Lady- as we call her.
On Sunday, I went to another party and will have to post pictures as soon as I have some.

  They are a riot to hang with..... I told them we need to edit the Twilight Saga movies with our commentaries instead.

 Check out Lori's 10'x20' screen.
(hmmmm mmmm, Dear Husband- you do know that I want one too, right?)


 I can not believe how great it was to watch Twilight under the moon back in October
and now New Moon under the moon......
(although it did rain on us a little but well worth it- Hardcore TwiFans)

 Sorry for the glare.

 Me! and one of my Goodies I won that evening. 
Lori.... Mahalo Nui!
She had the cutest trinket give aways and great prizes for the Trivia winners.
Shirts, gift cards, Sound tracks, banners, and a bunch of other great stuff as prizes. 

 Me! and Donna, The Twilight Car Lady
and here is her car.....

Donna and her *FAB* TwiCar   Donna and her *FAB* TwiCar

Donna and her *FAB* TwiCar  Donna and her *FAB* TwiCar
 Donna and her *FAB* TwiCar  Donna and her *FAB* TwiCar

 One thing that has proven itself over and over is: Twilight has the BEST fans ever.
I have made a number of friendships via Twilight that will last forever.
Aloha wau ia'oe Twilighters!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Chronicles of the Warlands by Elizabeth Vaughan

Warprize (Chronicles of the Warlands, #1) 

Warlord (Chronicles of the Warlands, #3)   

My friend Kainani @ Kainani's Readz recommended and loaned the Chronicles of the Warlands by Elizabeth Vaughan to me back on November last year.
Shame on me! I have yet to make the time to read it.... so I am now.  Although, I may have to take a break to read Silver Borne which is due out next week.
Anyhow, has anyone read these books or heard anything at all about them.  I'd love to hear it or even leave a link so I and others may check it out!


Saturday, March 20, 2010

...On My Wishlist 1...

...On My Wishlist... is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City.  I have seen this meme around but have yet to participate but I just seen A Trillian Books post and thought why not try it out this week.
So the idea of this meme is to highlight books that I covet... doesnt matter if it is an old released or new.

I have been trying to find a great Dragon book or books.... I would love to read about Shifting Dragons- that would be awesome!
Anyhow, these books are on my TBR list--- and I really want to read them.  I know some blog friend
have featured these books: Paranormal Haven and 

 Well, that's all I am going to highlight because I have wayyyy tooo many that I covet.

Oh...... I want to post this one since I will DEFINITELY be purchasing by the month's end:

Also, take a look at ... in my mailbox... another fun weekly meme!!=) my mailbox 11...

Kristi @ The Story Siren is the host of the my mailbox... meme!  This is the opportunity to post our bookie goodies (for the past week) so others can drool over them as I do theirs=)

and Falling, Fly


Bought for my daughters:
The Legend of the Laughing Gecko: A Hawaiian Fantasy

 Tutu's Da Kine Hawaii

Twilight Goodie Report:
 Also, I forgot to post this Twilight Goodie that a friend and an 808 Twilighter's Officer as well, gave to me:

photo-28  photo-27

I bought this from my local Walmart:
I don't buy a lot because most items are priced beyond what I would spend on trinkets.

 New Moon Key chain

BTW..... Kristi answered my blog question:
Dear Story Siren,


I have a question about tagging/labeling blog posts.

How detailed should I be? What is the best way to select the most efficient words/phrases?

Mahalo Nui,

Dear CK. Twilighter,

This is something you really have to determine yourself. I know for me, I don't use very detailed labels for my posts. Mainly due to the fact that I have A LOT of labels and for that reason I don't list them anywhere on my blog. If you are going to use your labels as a reference for your readers to find specifics within your blog, then I would advise being more detailed.

As for your second question I would suggest picking labels that best describe the novel and then be uniform throughout all of your posts. I try to label the genre, the author, the intended audience, my rating, and topic/subject. Try to find a system that best works for you and the context of what you will be using the labels for.

blogger, reader, dog lover
Story Siren

Blog Awards Update:
Double Wamy baby!=)
Okie dokie- here is how this award works-Thank & link to the person that gave you the award. 
Between both posts the award rules differ a weee bit so here I go.... a cross between what makes me happy and things about myself.

1. Squid Luau makes me happy=)
2. New Moon release makes me happy
3. the site of my sleeping daughters put a smile on my face
4. I recently went through a car wash.... for the first time that I can recollect
5. I love colored card stock paper
6. I just got a scanner so I am "scan happy"- going nuts scanning!
7. The dream I have often is of me floating peacefully on the water with the sun on my face
8. I have been through 3 iphones in the equal amount of years (not all my fault)
9. I take pictures of EVERYTHING... I have a pix of squid Luau (#1) but I dont think you all want to see it.
10. Once Were Warriors is an amazing movie.  I plan on reading and reviewing in the coming week.
I must say OWW is among my All time favorite movies... plus, I have a soft spot of Aotearoa
and the Maori culture.

The sequels are good but nothing compares to OWW.

Currently Reading:
City of Glass (Mortal Instruments, #3)
by Cassandra Clare

 City of Glass (Mortal Instruments, #3)

 Feel free to leave a direct link to your review of the Mortal Instruments Trilogy.
I would love to see it!
I have been reading the series so fast that I am not sure I will be able to pause to write down my thoughts!

Also I am looking forward to Cassandra's Newest series:
The Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
by Cassandra Clare 

 The Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
Check out the really cool website
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