Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tune In Tuesday {8} - 90's Edition Pt. 4

Tune In Tuesday is a fun weekly post hosted by Ginger at GReads.  It's a great way to see what kind of music other people are loving.  I’ve seen these around and just had to join in the fun.

G decided to make August 90s edition and I am loving it!  Since this is the last 90s post I'm throwing in a hodgepodge of my 
absolute favorite songs. 

No Doubt is hands down my favorite band of all time!  It's cliche, but Dont Speak is my favorite song of theirs.

It's hard to choose a favorite song from Oasis, but I'll go with Wonderwall with this. Adore this song (although Champagne Supernova goes right along with it)

1979 by Smashing Pumpkins was indeed released in the 90s and has to be included!

You can't mention 90s music without listing these two bands:

Weezer - Undone - The Sweater Song

Nirvana - All Apologies 

There are many many more songs I would LOVE to post on here! I'll always be a 90s radio junkie at heart.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


The giveaway ended last night at midnight. No, I did not stay up that late to pick a winner. I was asleep before 10:30. Yes, on a Friday night. My almost 4 year old does not allow me to sleep in. Ever. Even on weekends. So before we went out and about I picked my winners!  

To be fair I am using random.org. If the same name is picked I will ask the winner which they prefer and re-pick the other. Luckily that didn't happen...Now....

The winner of Love Story by Jennifer Echols is......Cherie from Ready. Write. Go.

And the winner of Switched and Hollowlands is...Jess from The Midnight Bookworm.  

Congrats ladies! I hope you enjoy the books!  

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I'm Halfway There!

I've reached the halfway mark of my WIP, Dream Weaver (working title) and let me tell you. It. Feels. GOOD! I made it to just over 30,000 words this weekend. Considering I started from scratch in June, I'd say that's pretty darn good (see post about that here). I changed the characters age, names, surroundings, everything. I've used a scene or two from the original, but still that had to be reworked to fit my new MC's. And this go around I'm doing split POV's, alternating chapters between Megan and Mason. I love it, couldn't be happier with it (well, okay, I could if it was done, but soon.  Very soon). 

I have to give a big thank you to all the people who have read, made suggestions, and helped critique this bad boy into the shape it's in. So very grateful for those I've asked and the few who have asked me about it (not naming any names just in case, but you know who you are).

I can't wait to be able to do a blog post that reads I'M DONE (hoping less than a month, but not holding my breath)! Although I know it'll still need to be edited and revised, it'll be a great feeling.

Don't forget about my contest! It ends tomorrow at midnight. 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tune In Tuesday {7} - 90's Edition Pt. 3

Tune In Tuesday is a fun weekly post hosted by Ginger at GReads.  It's a great way to see what kind of music other people are loving.  I’ve seen these around and just had to join in the fun.

G decided to make August 90s edition and I am loving it!

There are two songs that I listen to that always transport me back to the 90s.  The first is The Freshman by The Verve Pipe. This song was released my freshman year of high school (1996) and I've loved it ever since. 

This next song always reminds me of a summer I spent in Kentucky hanging out with my (older) cousin. She could drive and whenever we'd get in the car we'd crank up Killing Me Softly by the Fugees. I love love love this cover of the song. There's one that plays on the radio at work and I have a hard time singing along because it just doesn't sound right.

Hope you've enjoyed my picks. Leave some of yours in the comments below.

Welcome Aubrie Dionne! Author of Paradise 21

I'm so excited about this post!  This is my first author guest post and I'm so happy to have Aubrie on my blog.  She sparked my interest months back by tweeting about research for her book series.  She asked me to help out with her book release and I was more than happy to.  I got a sneak peak of Paradise 21 and let me tell you it is "Monstrously awesome, way cool to the max!"  

This book will never cease to amaze you. From beginning to end it is packed full of action and adventure. The description of the planets and space ships is incredible. New ideas and inventions, along with stuff from old earth you wouldn't imagine (like an entire forest in the middle of a colony ship flying through space), creates the world that Aries and Striker exist in.

Then there's the characters themselves. Adventurous and beautiful Aries, stunning yet rugged Striker, galactically gorgeous Barliss, loyal Loot, tough as nail Tiff, con-man Drifter and wise Reckon. They all have a unique characteristic that draws you to them. You will instantly adore Aries, fall for Striker and love to hate Barliss. I think Loot became my favorite quickly after he was introduced (the quotes above are two of my favorite lines from him).

The plot twists and turns throughout the entire book, always keeping you guessing. I could never guess how the story was going to end. 

Amazing book and I can't wait to see what the next has in store for us.  

Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind’s last hope, the New Dawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where humanity can begin anew—a planet that won’t be reached in Aries’ lifetime. As one of the last genetically desirable women in the universe, she must marry her designated genetic match and produce the next generation for this centuries-long voyage.

But Aries has other plans.

When her desperate escape from the New Dawn strands her on a desert planet, Aries discovers the rumors about pirates—humans who escaped Earth before its demise—are true. Handsome, genetically imperfect Striker possesses the freedom Aries envies, and the two connect on a level she never thought possible. But pursued by her match from above and hunted by the planet’s native inhabitants, Aries quickly learns her freedom will come at a hefty price.

The life of the man she loves.

Dear Readers of Paradise 21,

Have you ever wondered what will happen to the human race after life on Earth becomes uninhabitable? I do. All the time. Because I am a big old worry wart. I worry about driving in the snow (Winter in NH is like the ice planet Hoth in Star Wars), I worry about eating food beyond the expiration date, I worry about what to wear to look dressy enough, and I worry about planet Earth. Besides global warming, weapons of mass destruction, and other things, the sun will burn out someday, and I wonder if people will still be around. If so, what will they do? Where will they go?
This is where the New Dawn series and Paradise 21 comes in. I wanted to create a world where colonization is possible. Each book is about a different colony ship traveling to a paradise planet. Learning about the vastness of space, I realized each planet would take lifetimes to reach, so generations of colonists would have to live their lives on the ship to pass down the human DNA to their descendants.
But I wanted to make my space opera much more than scientific theories put to the test. I wanted aliens, desert planets, sandworms, space pirates, and laser fights. I wanted to make the story exciting and romantic at the same time. I wanted Paradise 21 to have something for everybody: action, adventure, science fiction, love. I worked on a perfect balance of all these dimensions, and Paradise 21 is what I came up with. I hope you all enjoy it!
Aubrie Dionne

About the Author:

Aubrie is an author and flutist in New England. Her stories have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, A Fly in Amber, and several print anthologies including Skulls and Crossbones by Minddancer Press, Rise of the Necromancers, by Pill Hill Press, Nightbird Singing in the Dead of Night by Nightbird Publishing, Dragontales and Mertales by Wyvern Publications, A Yuletide Wish by Nightwolf Publications, and Aurora Rising by Aurora Wolf Publications.  Her epic fantasy is published with Wyvern Publications, and several of her ebooks are published with Lyrical Press and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she’s not writing, she plays in orchestras and teaches flute at Plymouth State University and a community music school.

Friday, August 19, 2011

My First Giveaway! CLOSED!

I'm so excited. I hadn't planned on doing a contest yet (though I have ideas for future giveaways of books that have not been released). Here's why I'm doing on now; I found myself with two copies of the same book. While I do own multiple copies of some books, they are either a, paperback and hardback or b, real book and e-book. Never two exact copies of the same book!

So I started thinking what am I going to do with this extra book. LIGHTBULB! I'll have a giveaway. I've been fortunate enough to win a few books myself (my sister in law thinks I cheat. Not true. Random.org just loves me) so why not pay it forward. I started thinking when to do the contest. I was thinking of my one year blog anniversary, but that's not until November, way too far away. I want to do one now so I'm making something up.  Since I'm a bit OCD, including numbers, I looked at my followers. I was so close to 50 on my blog and 250 on twitter so I tweeted about it and in just a few days met both goals! Thanks to everyone who helped out.  Now for the fun part!

The prizes:  The first is a paperback copy of Love Story by Jennifer Echols and a really pretty book mark I picked out at Barnes & Nobles (and anything else I might find to add between now and when I mail it out). The second prize (yes two!) will be TWO e-books by Amanda Hocking; Hollowland, the first book in The Hollows series and Switched, the first book of the Trylle Trilogy. Why these you ask? I just read The Hollows.  It was my first zombie book and I LOVED it!  I blogged about it and a few people said they had not read it OR any of Amanda's other books, so I included Switched, another favorite of mine.

The Rules: Sorry, but only open to mailing addresses in the US. You must be a follower on my blog and twitter (please don't follow just for the contest and then unfollow later).  Then, comment below and tell me which prize you'd like to win, Jennifer Echols, Amanda Hocking (remember Amanda's are e-books, will be from amazon so make sure you have a way to read a kindle book) or it you would like to be entered for both. It's that easy!  Also leave a way for me to get a hold of you: twitter or email address.

Extra entries: Because I'm super nice I'm going to do extra points.

1 Point: You can tweet about it (use this post link and @MandieBaxter in the post and leave the link in the comment box).

1 Point: Like my Face Book Author Page and leave your name (if different from blog/twitter name) in the comment box.

2 Points: Blog about it and leave the link in the comment box.

Total of 5 entries!

I'll leave the contest open for a week, from today until Aug 26th at midnight central time. Then I'll total up points for each person (based on which prize you want, but you can only win one this time) and pick a winner from random.org on Saturday.

A big thank you to Katelyn for helping me hash out my first giveaway.  And check back Monday for a guest post from author Aubrie Dionne about her new book Paradise 21!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Katelyn's One Year Blogoversary!

So my friend Katelyn is having a HUGE celebration on her blog!  It's her one year blogoversary!  She created three blog videos for the occasion using questions asked on her blog and twitter.  To top it off she's having a HUGE giveaway!  And it's not your ordinary giveaway, she's makeing you work for it!  Be sure to stop by and check out.  The more entries the more prizes!

Here's my entry: "Here's THE TRUTH. ABOUT FOREVER ago I was down JELLICOE ROAD and I saw ANNA. AND THE FRENCH KISS she gave that  boy. Man, it would make a nun blush!"

Go check out her blog to see what this crazy story is all about!

Tune In Tuesday {6} - 90s Edition Pt 2!

Tune In Tuesday is a fun weekly post hosted by Ginger at GReads.  It's a great way to see what kind of music other people are loving.  I’ve seen these around and just had to join in the fun.

Last week G decided to kick of a 90s theme for Tune In.  I was so excited when I heard this.  And she to extend it another week!

This week I decided to pick songs from some of my favorite 90s movies!

(Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves - 1991
I love Bryan Adams!  Summer of 69, Can't Start This Thing We Started, Do I Have to Say the Words (DIHtStW is one of my favorite songs, just go listen to it and you'll see).  Basically his whole "So Far So Good" album is incredible.

Have a Little Faith In Me - John Hiatt - Benny & Joon - 1993
This is one of my all time favorite movies and this is such a great song. While I love this entire movie, one of my favorite parts is when he swings past the window, which is shown in this video.  If you haven't seen this movie, you're missing out.

Insensitive - Jann Arden - Bed of Roses - 1996
As you can tell, I love Christian Slater (Untamed Hearts is another favorite movie of mine).  And this song, Insensitive, screams 90s and summer!  Just love it!

Hope you've enjoyed some of my favorite 90s movies and music!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Post-Apocalyptic/ Dystopian Challenge Book 1

I'm joining in the fun of the Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Challenge!  The challenge is to read 15 Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian books between June 27th 2011 and June 27th 2012.  The challenge was started by Books Ahoy  It's my first book challenge (well, aside from the one I set for myself on good reads).

I finished my first book for this challenge last weekend and forgot about posting!  Better late than never, I guess.  

The first book I read was Hollowland (The Hollows #1) by Amanda Hocking.  Here's a description from goodreads.

"This is the way the world ends - not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door."

Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way - not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.

This is my first zombie book and I must say, I LOVED it!  I can't wait for the next book in this series to come out.  I'm also anxious to read more zombie books after this one.  

Friday, August 12, 2011

TGIF {6}

TGIF is a fun post created by Ginger at GReads.  It’s to recap what you’ve posted about through the week and then Ginger asks a fun question.

Friday, August 12th - Author Block Party: If you could gather a handful of authors to hang out with, who would you choose?

I was originally going to go with five authors (really, the list could go on forever) since there are five fingers on a hand (handful) but then got down to it and had to add one more (let's just say I'm using the six fingered man's hand to count on).  And these are listed in no particular order (my OCDness made me use alphabetical order so so these aren't listed as favorites, that would be mean).
James Patterson - Because he is an amazing writer!  I have not read a book of his and not liked it.  It would be interesting to see where he gets his ideas from.  I also love the fact that he wrote the first Daniel X book in hopes of getting his son to read.  Daniel X is one of my favorite series. 
Karsten Knight - Why wouldn't you want Karsten at your author party?  Just watch one of his vlogs and you'll see.  He's hilarious.  Rocks the Hawaiian shirt.  Most of all, he's an awesome writer.  It only took a page and I was already caught up in the story, not wanting to stop reading.  And hello!  He's from BOSTON!  Home of the Red Sox.  That alone gives him two thumbs up!
Maggie Stiefvater - A friend told me I needed to read Shiver, so I did and loved it.  Then I had to wait a few weeks for Linger, that was painful.  The ending left me wanting more.  Then I could not wait for Forever to release.  A year came and went and I loved Forever.  But again I was still left wanting more.  I would invite her in hopes that she'll assure me everything worked itself out after the book ended.
R.L. Stine - Hands down #1 on my list.  I grew up reading his books.  I remember the first Fear Street book I read.  I can tell you about most of them (it's been ages since I've read any).  
Stephenie Meyer - Raise your hand if you have not heard of Mrs. Meyer.  I bet 95% of you with your hands up are lying!  There are two things I want to ask her.  The first I wouldn't ask, but hope she'd maybe mention it in casual conversation (I fear asking would push the date back).  But I want to know when (if) Midnight Sun will be released (for those who don't know what MS is, it's Twilight from Edward's POV).  The second is when will we get more books in The Host series, like actual dates!  Don't get me wrong, I love Twilight.  I've read it four times and will read it again.  But I LOVE The Host MORE than Twilight.  To me it is the perfect book.  I can't wait to see what they do with the movie.
Veronica Roth - Divergent is hands-down my favorite dystopian book and favorite book of the year.  I read it in about a day and a half.  I just couldn't put it down.  Now that Forever is out, (one of) my next anticipated book is Insurgent.  And I'm going to extend her invitation to a plus one in hopes that she'll bring Four.

These are just a few of mine.  I stuck with published authors just so I wouldn't be here all day.  There are so many more talented people that are not on this list.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tune In Tuesday {5}

Tune In Tuesday is a fun weekly post hosted by Ginger at GReads.  It's a great way to see what kind of music other people are loving.  I’ve seen these around and just had to join in the fun.

This week (and a few more to come) G has decided to kick of a 90s theme for Tune In.  I was so excited when I heard this.  I love 90s music!

When I think of 90s music the first song that comes to mind is Stay by Lisa Loeb.  Saying I love this song is an understatement.  I can't get enough of it.  

The next song that came to mind was Kiss The Rain by Billie Myers.  This is another favorite of mine from the 90s.  I can't help but sing it for days after I hear it.

Hope you've enjoyed these blasts from the past!  Will be more to come.  And don't forget to check out the other posts over at GReads!

Friday, August 5, 2011

TGIF {5}

TGIF is a fun post created by Ginger at GReads.  It’s to recap what you’ve posted about through the week and then Ginger asks a fun question.

This Friday's Question
Taking it Personal: Which books have affected you on a personal level, and lingered in your mind long after you closed the pages?

Originally I wasn't going to do a post this week, but then I thought what the heck, why not?  So here goes.

One of my favorite books as a child was My Girl by Patricia Hermes.  

"When your Dad's an undertaker, 
your Mom's in heaven, 
and your Grandma's got a screw loose... 
it's good to have a friend who understands you. 
Even if he is a boy." (courtesy of good reads)

I loved the relationship between Vada and Thomas J.  It was real and innocent.  He was a nerd and she stood up for him.  She had a crazy life and he helped her escape from it for hours a day.  I liked seeing such a strong friendship between a boy and a girl.  I have two brothers and the neighborhood we lived in growing up was always more populated with boys.  I grew up climbing trees, riding bikes, playing kick the can, going fishing, etc.  It was great to read a character who you had something in common with.  That it was okay for boys and girls to be friends without being more.

I also adore her imagination.  She was always creating stories (although they were mostly related to her deteriorating health).  While they were never about my health, I would always create stories or adventures in my mind (unlike Vada, I was never brave enough to share them).

My favorite part from the book is the quote she writes for Thomas J and shares in her poetry class.  The entire emotional aspects of the book are summed up in these few lines.

"Weeping Willow with your tears running down, why do you always weep and frown?  Is it because he left you one day?  Is it because he could not stay?  On your branches he would swing, do you long for the happiness that day would bring?  He found shelter in your shade.  You thought his laughter would never fade.  Weeping Willow stop your tears for there is something to calm your tears.  You think death has ripped you forever apart but I know he'll always be in your heart."

It's been forever since I've read this book and I can still type that from memory!  I've rambled a bit and maybe made no sense, but to answer the question, a book that stays with me always is My Girl.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tune In Tuesday {4}

Tune In Tuesday is a fun weekly post hosted by Ginger at GReads.  It's a great way to see what kind of music other people are loving.  I’ve seen these around and just had to join in the fun.

A friend of mine got me listening to Eisley and right away I was hooked.  It is the perfect riding around with the windows down on a spring day music.  They are a rock band made up of four siblings and their cousin from Texas, one talented family.  What I like about them almost as much as their music is their name.  They took the fictional city Mos Eisley (Star Wars) and shortened it to just Eisley.  I know, I'm being cheesy, but really, they are a great band.  Eisley has quickly become one of my favorite groups to listen to on repeat.  I couldn't pick just one song, so here are my top two.  Their music is beautiful, just listen and enjoy.

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