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Happy Easter and Thank You!!!

Good Morning Everyone,

The past few days have been busy running errands and prepping eggs for today. But, I just wanted to take a quick minute to wish you all a very, Happy Easter. I hope each of you have a fun-filled day!

I also wanted to say a quick ‘Thank you’ to each of you! This month Ariesgrl Book Reviews has reached more milestones. As of today, The List has 56 books, while the My Sister’s Books List is at 25 books! This site has had over 2,500 views this month and I am so grateful to each of you! The number of followers on here, Twitter and Facebook are climbing and together they are close to being over 300! THANK YOU! I truly appreciate all of your support and I am very grateful that you are liking and following my reviews. So… Thanks to each of you!

Bonus surprises: This blog was nominated for another award that I will be accepting this coming week, plus it was tagged in a fun, appreciation game. (More details later this week.) Also, quotes from some of my reviews have been published in a series of books written by Alannah Lynne! Thank you very much to Alannah Lynne, for sharing that nice surprise with me this week.
Lastly, My Sister’s Books is now on Facebook! So be sure to like the store’s page the next time you are on Facebook, to show your support for the Indie stores.

Thanks again to each and every one of you! Your continued support means the world to me.
Have a wonderful Easter Sunday!


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The Sunshine Award!!!


Hi Everyone,

The other day, I was nominated for The Sunshine Award by Chelsea Brown! Thank you very much Chelsea, I really appreciate it!!!

The rules appear to be pretty simple:
1. Include logo in post or on site.
2. Answer ten questions about yourself.
3. Nominate ten other blogs.
4. Post links to the nominees’ sites and comment on their pages to let them know they won!
5. Link back to the person who nominated you.

I am going to use Chelsea’s questions as a guideline.

1. Favorite color: Either blue or red.
2. Dog versus cat: I love all animals, but I must say I am a dog girl!
3. Favorite number: 7 (something Chelsea and I have in common!)
4. Favorite month: MARCH!!! May have something to do with it being a fabulous month of birthdays. 🙂
5. Favorite state: Montana (Even though I have never been there, that is where my heart lies, thanks to numerous books.)
6. Favorite subject in school: Psychology, Science and Math (Yes math, I loved it and thrived in those classes, until Senior year when I fell in love with Psychology.)
7. Favorite genre: Everything (Everyone asks me this and I am sorry to disappoint, but I don’t have a favorite. It depends on my mood.)
8. Favorite music: Pretty much everything. Depends on my mood, but top favorite bands are: Buckcherry and Papa Roach.
9. Favorite flower: Pansies! (I love those faces.)
10. Favorite gemstone: Aquamarine, of course!!! :~)

Now for the important part, my nominees:
1. www.danazalesky.wordpress.com
2. www.authoramandabretz.wordpress.com
3. www.beatingrheumatoidarthritis.wordpress.com
4. www.sarahsolmonson.wordpress.com
5. www.kiramoorescloset.wordpress.com
6. http://onetrackmuse.com
7. www.fortheloveofautismandwriting.wordpress.com
8. http://museunleashed.com
9. www.authorinterviewcorner.wordpress.com
10. http://paulaacton.com

Congrats to each of these bloggers!!! Thank you again, Chelsea!

Hope you all have a wonderful night!!!


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What’s in store for the day…

Good Morning Everyone,


How are all of you? It has been a crazy week here on the home front and today is my first chance to sit down on the computer and type. This means it is going to be a busy day on here. I have several reviews to type, a Quote to post and an AWARD to accept!!! Oh my goodness, I just want to say a quick thanks to each of you for your continued support. It means the world to me. Thank you!


So sit back, relax and be prepared to read!!!


Have a wonderful day!



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A Big Thanks and a Few Awards

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed my last review. Right now I just wanted to take some time and say thank you. Thanks to each of you the List has continued to grow. Also as of today, this site has had over 6,500 all time views. WOW! Thank you all so much. As for the Other Sites, Facebook has a total of 20 likes and Twitter has 40 followers. You all are amazing and I can’t thank you enough for taking a chance on me and supporting me and my dreams. I hope that I am returning that favor by providing you with my honest reviews, but most of all I hope each of you have found some new-to-you-turned-favorite authors to support.

A few weeks ago, I was nominated for some awards by author, Emily Guido. I am so honored and humbled to accept these awards. It truly means the world to me that she thought to  nominate me. Thank you.

So what are these awards? Well…

Blog of the Year Award banner 600reality-blog-awardvery-inspiring-blogger-award

Wow! I am so shocked and very grateful thank you, Emily.

Now I am not sure what the rules are for each of these awards, so I am going to accept them with some random facts about me and list a few of the blogs that truly deserve these blogs! (Sound good to you?) Okay here we go:

Random Facts:

1. Today is the first day of NHL playing again, so I have a game on in the background. I despise both teams, but I it is nice to see the puck and the ice again.

2. My currently reading stack is at 6. Three of these books I started last year, but since I created this blog, I haven’t finished them. So they are in random rooms in my house and I read a little from them each month. (By little, I mean a page or two. Kind of annoying and not how I normally read, therefore they get a bit ignored.)

3. I have a calendar marking the days of the next book releases of both Dan Brown and Rick Riordan. (I call this eclectic taste. Which allows for all of the fabulous genres listed on here.)

4. I am still not really sure ‘how-to-blog.’

5. January 26, 2013 will mark one year, since I became a full time 24/7 caregiver.

Deserving blogs and bloggers:

Andrea Kelly

Amanda Bretz

Sarah Solmonson

Dana Zalesky

Cayley School Book Fairy

These are just a few of the blogs that I follow. I wish I could nominate you all. Know that for me, you are all winners and amazing people. Thank you all again for your support.

I hope each of you have a wonderful day!




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Vision, Awards and More…

Hi Everyone,

     As I mentioned in the last post, I have a concussion but I have been taking time to try to let it heal. The healing process apparently means lots of naps, but life doesn’t always allow for napping. However, my vision is no longer blurry and I have been able to read in short sessions. I haven’t been able to drive as of yet, so for the authors who have sent their books to me in the mail, please be patient; I hope to be able to go to the Post Office tomorrow. Thanks again. Since my vision is back and since I am not the kind of person who can just not do anything I signed up for Twitter and LinkedIn. I have added the Twitter link to the My Other Sites page. That page will be going through a major makeover later this week, hopefully.

      The reviews that are pending on Goodreads, Smashwords and BN.com will be updated later today. I have finished reading book #19 on The List page and will be posting my review for it tomorrow. However I am going to post it in a different method. I will post it first on Goodreads and it should then cross over to this site. I then want you all to tell me which style you prefer. I am testing this method because I think it will benefit the authors, since it takes me a little while before I can place my review on Goodreads. Please remember it is a test and the overall majority will decide if I continue that process in the future. Then I will start reading #14 on The List as the author was kind enough to send a copy through the mail system after I had experienced so many technical difficulties.

     Now on to the humbling and awkward award acceptance. Over the past two months this website was nominated for three awards. I am completely shocked and humbled by this action. It is because of all of you that this website is surviving and each of you help feed my dream of professionally writing reviews. Thank you. So, let’s begin:

1. Thank you to Invisible Ink for nominating me with the One Lovely Blog Award. Now she actually nominated me for this award back in September, but thanks to my crazy life I accidentally set it aside and never properly thanked her. For this I apologize to Whitney Carter and thank her dearly. Now since I have already been nominated for this award, I thought I would take this time to tell you all why you should check out her blog. She is an author and a blogger and she has several WIPs and blogs to show for it. She writes primarily in the fiction-fantasy genre, but her blog Invisible Ink offers several writing tips for new authors. Be sure to check out her website.

2. Thank you to Dana Zalesky for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you Dana. I am going to take this time to tell you all about Dana’s blog. Not only is Dana a nice person and a beyond wonderful friend, she is an amazingly talented artist. I know I don’t know much about art, (I can’t even draw a stick figure, shh) but Dana’s talent is breath-taking. She has set-up her blog to show pieces she is working on, such as mermaids and pixies, in hopes of finding a career in this field. Again, I am in awe at her work, please go check out her website.

3. Thank you to Emily Guido for nominating me for A Beautiful Blogger Award. Thank you Emily. I was previously nominated for this award, and I am shocked that I have been honored with it again. Emily Guido is the author of “The Light-Bearer Series.” I have read and reviewed the first two books and just finished reading the third. This series is a wonderful story of accepting the differences in each other using sci-fi characters in a modern world. Visit her website for snippets, trailers and much, much more.

I am completely humbled by these awards and thank each of the talented and amazing bloggers. Also I want to thank each of you for your support.

I have exciting news to share with all of you. The Man in the Box is a book that I had the opportunity to read and review a couple of months ago. It will be released to the public on November 30 , 2012, and to celebrate the author, Andrew Toy, is holding a fun photo contest on the book’s Facebook page. To read the first few chapters visit Andrew Toy’s website.

Lastly, I hope everyone is home safe and sound this weekend. However many people lost everything when Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast earlier this week. I am asking for everyone to help in any way possible. As you can guess I am unable to give financially but I can help spread the word and donate some items. My neighborhood, and many others, are holding clothing and food drives to help affected families. I know times are tough and not everyone can donate money, but we can all do a good deed and find a way to help others. Thank you.

For those who read this very, very, long post: I thank you. Happy Sunday Everyone!



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Hopeful Sunday!

Hi Everyone,

You might have noticed I have been completely absent from here for roughly a week. I do apologize. This past week was very tough on my family, plus Tuesday was supposed to be a day of celebrating a birthday, but it was delayed for a few days. However I must thank you all because upon my return here, I found some amazing news. Together you have helped this site reach over 3,300 views all-time and over 1,000 this month, plus several new followers. (Welcome!) Also, this site has been nominated for more awards by some pretty cool bloggers. (Thanks!) I am absolutely shocked and humbled by these facts. I want to give them proper respect and show my gratitude, so (fingers crossed) I will write more on this tomorrow.

I hate to say that I didn’t have much time to read this past week, but sadly it is the truth. This means I do not have a new review prepared for you all just yet. (Hoping for Tuesday/Wednesday.) Also hoping on Tuesday to be able to update my other sites with reviews. I do apologize for the delay. It takes a bit more time for me to access and be able to work on my desktop and transfer my review, hence the delay. I have learned that because I am not an author, I cannot connect my site here to the Goodreads site. However, since I am a reviewer, if I type my reviews on Goodreads first they can then automatically publish them onto my blog here. So since I do not have a review ready for you tonight, I thought I would take a poll from authors that use Goodreads and WordPress. As an author do you want my reviews typed here and then in roughly a week (except for this past week) an excerpt placed on Goodreads, or would you rather a full review be placed on Goodreads then published here? Leave a comment or email me with your thoughts.

Now I would be remiss if I did not discuss Hurricane Sandy. As some of you may have noticed, I am located in the Pawleys Island, SC area, but I am from Va. This weekend we experienced some fierce winds that knocked down a few trees, but otherwise nothing major occurred. We all were prepared for much worse, especially the torrential rain that did not come, thankfully. Now most of my friends and family live in SC and my heart goes out to them. I am sending prayers, positive thoughts and crossing all my fingers that everyone, not just my family and friends, will remain safe and unharmed by Hurricane Sandy. She is definitely making history, and my hope is that it will just be a factual account that is remembered and not a devastating memory. Everyone please be safe! Stay inside, listen to the radio, play games, just stay safe!

Thanks again for your continued support. You all are amazing! Have a wonderful night!



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A Beautiful Blogger Award

Hi Everyone,

It is a real honor to accept a nomination for an award. It is an extremely high honor to accept two nominations, on the same day! I am speechless. First I want to thank Scribbler for my nomination. This past week was very difficult for me to find time to blog, and when I came back it was exciting to see this nomination. I enjoy your blog and recommend everyone to go check out your website. There are two rules to this award: list seven things about yourself and then nominate seven other blogs.

About me:
1. I live near the beach, but I despise the beach. Give me a snowy mountain and I will be happy.
2. I was diagnosed with ITP at the age of 21, on September 11, 2008, and I have learned to live my life as an open book. By sharing everything, I hope to get people discussing uncomfortable topics and spread awareness about the lesser known auto-immune diseases.
3. I used to work as a Health Unit Coordinator in the Emergency Room in my hometown in Va. I miss my Va family! But we still stay in touch. Oh and distance will help show you who are your real friends and family. Love y’all!
4. I am a night person because the sun and I have a respectful love-hate relationship. If I step outside while the sun is out, I will be burned within ten minutes.
5. I love all animals, but little bugs freak me out. Oh spiders, too. And snakes are on my evil list after one bit Jagger and we ended up in the Animal hospital one night.
6. I am actually planning on writing a book about my life. My new motto is making laughter (not lemonade) from all of life’s lemons. Have no fear this is several years away from becoming a reality.
7. I am the biggest Washington Capitals fan you will ever meet. I am pretty sure I came out of the womb cheering “Let’s Go Capitals, Let’s Go!”

Now for my seven nominees (in no particular order):

1. Write On

2.  Domestic Diva, M.D.

3. The Jenny Mac Book Blog

4. Beating Rheumatoid Arthritis

5. Invisible Ink

6. “The Light-Bearer Series”

7. Writing Waffle

Thanks again to all of you for your support.




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One Lovely Blog Award

Hi Everyone,

   I want to thank Chelsea Brown for nominating me last week. She is a hopefully soon to be published author and has some interesting posts. I am so honored to have been nominated, especially during the time period where life took over, and my blogging time disappeared. So thank you Chelsea and I look forward to more posts from your multi-award nominated blog! The rules in accepting this nomination are easy, you must thank the person who nominated you, post the logo on your blog, and nominate fifteen blogs. As you all know I am new to blogging so it took me several attempts to getting the logo attached. But here it is:

How cute! Now onto my nominees (in no particular order):

1. Dana Zalesky

2. The Hand-Written Life

3. Amanda’s Blog

4. Elizabeth Rooks

5. That’s great Mom… but I have pie.

6. SoulSpirations

7. Sarah’s Shore

8. Fae+Rhys on the Left

9. Kira Moore’s Closet

10. A Scrapbook for Inspiration

11. Urban Wall Art & Murals

12. Texana’s Kitchen

13. For the Love of Autism and Writing

14. Adopting James

15. The Scribbler Archive

I take back the part of this being an easy award to accept. Trying to narrow down the blogs I like to just fifteen was difficult. If you don’t see your page listed, please don’t get upset. I think you all are fabulous and have amazing blogs. I wanted to share some of the more unique blogs with my nominees. Congrats to you all! Thanks again for all the support.




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Happy Saturday!

Hi Everyone,

     I hope everyone is having a nice weekend so far. Today was a crazy, hectic day on the home front and the blog world. My latest review has made an appearance on The Man in the Box‘s Facebook page and Andrew Toy‘s website! I have started reading the next book on The List. Plus, this blog was nominated for another award! It looks like I have a lot of work ahead of me tomorrow. First, I have several book reviews to add to my other sites. (My deepest apologies to the author’s that have been waiting for my reviews to pop up.) Then I have the great honor to work on accepting (and giving full credit to the bloggers that nominated me) two blog awards. Thanks again to all of my fabulous followers. I appreciate all of your support. Have a wonderful night everyone.


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I’m back!

Hi Everyone,

     I hope everyone has had a wonderful week. I want to apologize for my absence, and thank everyone for their patience. Family comes first, and the past week was hectic. I appreciate all of your support, and will have a new review posted for you tomorrow. Also, during my absence my blog was nominated for an award, which I am thrilled about, and I will post more about it tomorrow. Good night for now, and thanks again.



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