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Read with Ariesgrl

Hi Everyone,

In case you didn’t see yesterday’s post, today marks the beginning of a feature here on the site. Each month, I will be picking a book that has been on my dream list for years, and I will read a chapter or two each night. Then, once a week, I will post my thoughts, without spoilers. If you are interested in a title, I invite you to read along with me and we can discuss the book each week.

August’s selection is: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. There are 63 chapters, which means 2 chapters a night.

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A Quote to Begin the Day…

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
~Edith Sitwell

 

It has been a bitter cold week for much of the United States. I actually dug out my scarves and gloves that I hadn’t seen in close to four years! I saw this quote and it reminded me of the peaceful, snowy nights. For me, snow always meant magic was happening. It was some rare, beautiful and serene. To experience such cold temps this week without any snow, seemed wrong. However the cold gave many a great excuse to stay indoors, snuggled up under a blanket and reading a good book! (As if we ever really need another excuse to read!)

Stay safe and warm during this winter day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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A Quote to Begin the New Year…

“Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
~Alfred Tennyson

 

Happy New Year everyone! Four years ago today, I packed up my boys and we hit the road to begin our new life in South Carolina. It has been an interesting four years, but I am grateful for all of them. I have high hopes for a very happy 2015 for us all!

Thank you again for all of your continued support.

Cheers to 2015!
~Ariesgrl

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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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