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A Quote to Begin Your Night…

“Yesterday is history, Tomorrow a Mystery, Today is a gift.”

Yes, the quotes are returning to this site! Yay! And this is a fabulous quote and my motto for the new year.

Have a wonderful night everyone!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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January 13, 2014 · 10:13 pm

Changes…

Hi Everyone,

Last week provided me with two simple facts:

1. We lost another family member and there is no way for us to travel to be there to support our loved ones. Grieving from miles away is painful and lonely. I know I am not alone when I state that many of us are ready for the new year… a positive and productive new year.

2. My grandfather’s illness is advancing and it is becoming difficult to be the sole caregiver. I need help. My Mom is also finding it harder and harder to leave for work everyday, not knowing what is going to occur here at home.

 

Thanks to last week, I have spent the entire day today making changes to this site. As I have stated in my About Me page and in my very first post, I dream of becoming a full-time reviewer. Unfortunately, with the basic WordPress blog that I had and the small Wordads, I wasn’t making enough money to support my family… My family is top priority, but this blog, these books, the authors and all of you have become a part of my family. I will continue working on this site and writing my reviews, but I needed to find a way to earn more money. (Goal for 2014: Mom can go part-time and be here more often, while my reviews and blogging pay the bills. Sounds nice, right?!)

So what does this mean? Well, I have switched my blog from the basic WordPress.com to a self-hosted site. (Something that I had been saving for, for a long time.) I have spent all day, transferring, uploading, checking and verifying information and posts. Everything is here and running as smoothly as possible. All my reviews transferred, all of the pages and posts, too.  Some things that are different: the Twitter feed is new and the Goodreads feed is now a link. (It won’t update automatically, if I use the widget.) The follow button is different now, too. Instead of followers, it allows for subscribers. Subscribers will receive one email a week that will contain all the posts from that week.

Sadly, I lost the WordPress followers from my blog. They didn’t transfer over with every thing else. I am deeply sadden by this and have tried any and every thing I could to fix it, but I can’t. So if you used to follow my posts or know someone who used to follow my blog, could you please Subscribe to it now (and help me spread the word.) Thank you! I despise the fact that I lost some followers and have temporarily complicated things for you. So sorry. (If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.)

Why did I switch to a self-hosted blog? With a self-hosted site, I have more freedom on what I can post, plus I have the added benefit of being able to post ads. They will be minor and will not interfere with any posts. (You can note, at the bottom of the page/post there is a Google Ad already in place.) These ads will allow me to earn money to support my family and follow my dreams.
I can’t thank you all enough for your support. I truly appreciate it. You all have become a part of my extended online family and I look forward to discussing books with all of you, for years to come.

Until tomorrow… Thanks again for everything.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

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Well that looks better…

Hi Everyone,

After a few days of back and forth emails, I finally can say: “Welcome back Sidebars!!!” Thankfully the site’s home page is back to normal with everything in the right place. YAY!!! Thank you all for your help and I really appreciate all of your patience.

Also, The List has grown again! Thank you all for your support. The List is now at 99, which is unbelievable and amazing. Thank you!!!

I hope you all are having a wonderful week. I am headed to bed early tonight, so I can catch up on some reading. What are you reading this evening?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Feeling Sasee…?

Hi Everyone,

Sasee Magazine is a Women’s Magazine located in South Carolina. Starting on October 1, 2013, I will be writing book reviews for them. The good news for everyone here, is that the majority of these reviews will be ones that I have already written. At the top of the site, you will see I have added a new page specifically for Sasee. There you will find a link to their online site. (I will also provide it here at the bottom of this post.) Also, you will see each book title as it is published. So be sure to check out their site and I think all of you will enjoy the Read It! column. They review really incredible books.

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

Sasee Magazine link.

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Big Giveaway Extension

Hi Everyone,

How are you? This has been a crazy week, I can’t believe it is already August 1st! Since I haven’t been on here much this week, I have extended the Big Giveaway by a few days, in order to give everyone a chance to catch up on their entries. So make sure to head over to the Big Giveaway page and click on the Rafflecopter link, to make sure you are entered.

The last Facebook poem was posted yesterday and the last Twitter description was posted today. Make sure to check those out for extra entries in the Rafflecopter. Check back later tonight for the final Year in Review. The giveaway has been extended until Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 11:59pm EDT. Winner will be selected on Monday and announced here later that day. Good luck everyone!!! This has been an incredible year and I can’t thank you all enough for your support.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Week #7 is under way…

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to let you all know that week number 7 of the celebration/giveaways is in full swing now. Here is a quick list of everything, in case you missed it.

Saturday: A Year in Review #7 was posted. Just leave a comment under that post for a chance to win your choice of a Heat Wave ebook by author Alannah Lynne.

Sunday: Twitter Guess the Character from the description Game #7 was posted. Head on over to Twitter and check out the latest description (under favorites.) Then enter your answer in the Rafflecopter entry form under the Big Giveaway page. (Link provided in tweet, too.)

Monday: Facebook Guess the Poem/Poet Game #7 was posted. Head on over to the Ariesgrl Book Reviews Facebook page and look at the pinned post. It contains the latest partial stanza. Once you figure out the title of the poem or the name of the poet, enter your guess into the Rafflecopter entry form.

Good luck to you all!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Summer Reading and Fireworks

Hi Everyone,

I want to wish a Happy Belated Birthday to America!!! I hope each of you had a wonderful and safe 4th of July. As for me, well my little Ozzy is terrified of fireworks, so I was up all night trying to keep him calm and since it is a weekend again, there is sure to be more fireworks each night. However it is officially summer and I would like to know what everyone is reading… Do you have plans for summer romance books, heated action and mysteries, or are you keeping it light-hearted and funny? Is it just me or does it seem that each season tends to have a different genre of books to be read? Summer has always been about the vacation-esque books, the easy-to-read and the ones that give your mind a relaxing break. Do you have any favorites you like to read during the heated, long days of summer? As for me, I plan on reading several books this weekend. As of today, I started reading a romance book from The List and a beach novel set in France from the My Sister’s Books List.

If you are a fan of memoirs, you are in luck. Taking Flight is an emotional and riveting memoir and it is currently this week’s featured book. The author, Sarah Solmonson, has been generous enough to donate a paperback copy of her book for this week’s A Year in Review. So head on over to the post and leave a comment for your chance to win. Contest ends at 11:59pm EDT tonight and winner will be announced tomorrow. Good luck to you all!!!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Family

Hi Everyone,

Family is defined by a group of people with common ancestry. I think for the most part that is true, however I think an important part of life is the family you choose through your friends and your work. Sadly this weekend both of my families suffered loss, so it has been a roller coaster ride of emotions for me and therefore I haven’t been on here much.

However I am working on changing that. I apologize in advance to all of you. Tomorrow morning you will be bombarded with news and reviews, as I type everything up.

Thanks for your support. Have a wonderful night everyone. Talk to you all tomorrow.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Links Galore to Goodies and More!

Hi Everyone,

How was everyone’s weekend? Since today is Monday and there are several things happening here, I wanted to give a quick update with links to everything.

1. The Winner of the A Year in Review giveaway #4, still has not contacted me. Debbie DeMaio you won! Please contact me before June 25, 2013 at 148pm EDT.
2. The Twitter Guess Who Character Game was posted this weekend. Head over to Twitter to see the description then enter your answer in the Rafflecopter entry form under the Big Giveaway page.
3. The Facebook Guess the poet or poem game was posted today. Head over to Facebook to view the partial stanza from this week’s poem and enter your answer in the Rafflecopter entry form under the Giveaway link at the top of the page!
4. A Year in Review #5 was posted Saturday. There is no giveaway associated with this post, but it covers the Children’s Books that I have reviewed this past year. Enjoy! Look for more genres later this week!

5. This morning Love Realized blog tour was posted. (There was an error with the link that was emailed to everyone. I apologize.) Be sure to check out this post and leave a comment for your chance to win your very own ecopy!
6. Tomorrow there will be a cover reveal and a giveaway!

7. A few pages will be updated this week:
-I have been receiving more spam emails here lately, so the Contact page, will be changing to a Contact form. I apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause, but it is will hopefully help decrease the amount of spam. I will be testing this form for about a week. It should be easy to use, but if it doesn’t work out, I will change it back. Thanks for your understanding.
-I will be updating My Sister’s Books List later tonight. There will be several new books added and new books marked for reading this upcoming week. Be sure to check it out tonight.
-Also happening tonight, new info will be added under the Guest Reviewers page, since I will now be doing some guest reviews for another blog once a month.

Sorry to overwhelm you all with the news and links, but it was the easiest way for me to organize and share all of this info with you. I hope you enjoy the giveaways and cover reveals! I will be back tomorrow to discuss what everyone is reading for the summer.

Have a wonderful night!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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A Year in Review #5 Part 1

Hi Everyone,

How’s everyone enjoying the celebration and giveaways? This week will be an intermission of sorts. A halftime break from the giveaways, however reviews from this past year will still be featured. I wrote my very first review on here on June 27th of last year, about a children’s book. So today, I wanted to take a look back at the various Children’s Books that I have reviewed:

Fun Facts About Pets
Fun Facts About Pets is an excellent book for young children. Since it is an enhanced ebook, it can be read by just the child or parent, read along with the child or parent, or even read to the child. It is a bit long for the younger children, however the short, simple facts and cute pictures, should be able to hold a young child’s interest. This is a great book to encourage learning and reading for children.

The Elephant’s Child: How the Elephant got his Trunk
It is a cute story about one very curious elephant, who goes out alone in search of answers after all of the adult animals refuse to answer the elephant’s questions. It is an enhanced ebook, so there are several options available on how to read this story. The illustrations are spectacular, and as with most Children’s books, there is a lesson to be learned, however this lesson is for the adults.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard
I must warn you that this book contains spoilers from the series, so please (for my own peace of mind) read all seven Harry Potter books first. I have two favorite tales from this book. Rowling has co-created a charity called Children’s High Level Group, and Scholastic has donated the net proceeds from the sales of this book, which is another good reason to go out and purchase this book.

Zooey the AcroCat
This is a short children’s story about two cats named Baseball and Zooey. The star of the book is Zooey and her incredible talents, which might just get her into some trouble. A unique children’s book, with hand-drawn pictures that will be relatable to young children and give the story a more personal feel.

Have You Seen Hyacinth Macaw?
Patricia Reilly Giff has written about every young, adventurous girl’s dream with this book. Mystery, intrigue, suspense all occur in this first book in the Abby Jones, Junior Detective Mystery series. This chapter book has some illustrations and shorter sentences to make it easier to read.

What Children’s Books did you enjoy reading?

Check back throughout the week as I take a look back at other genres I have reviewed!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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