The Sunshine Blog Award!

Wow! I was really surprised when I got nominated in the Sunshine Blog Award by my two fellow bloggers, The Tiger’s Eye and NatsBookNook last March 31 and April 13 respectively. This award is given to blogs that brighten one’s day. I wasn’t able to create back the award post the first time I got nominated because of the busy schedules and to-do list. But hey, I felt like I need to do it now, as a wholeheartedly appreciation to my fellow bloggers. Thank you so much! 😉

 

Here are the rules…

1.  Include the award logo in your post & on your blog.

2.  Answer 10 questions about yourself – You can make up your own or you can use mine.

3.  Nominate 5 – 10 other wonderful bloggers.

4.  Let the other nominees know they are nominated and include links to their blog.

5.  Link the person who nominated you.

 

Let the fun begin…

1. Who is your favorite author ever?

That’s tough, but I really love Rick Riordan, Jude Deveraux and Mitch Albom. I don’t like to pick one since they write different genres. LOL!

2. Who is your preferred book boyfriend?

Can I have two book boyfriends? LOL! Of course, Peeta from Hunger Games and Adam from Shatter me! Peeta is so lovable while Adam is so hot!

3. Where and when do you usually read?

In my room before I sleep. One of the reasons why I’m always late for work. I also read during long travels.

4. What are your hobbies?

Besides reading, I like watching movies, traveling and shopping!

5. What did you shop this week?

I bought two nail polish from Etude House (blood red and yellow), blouses from Alexandre and two books from NBS. Yeah, I also like painting my nails while reading! haha.

6. What are your favorite movies?

Terminator Salvation, Tangled and The Hunger Games. All starts with letter T!

7. Favorite TV shows?

Chuck. This is because of my fondness with Zachary Levi! I started stalking him after I saw him in Tangled. He’s so funny and I just love his voice!

Pretty Little Liars. I just love the cute guys there, Caleb and Toby!

8. What is your happy food?

Pancakes! Yum, I’m hungry already!

9. If you could have any three superpowers, what would they be?

Manipulate actions, thoughts and emotions, Water/Air Power and Regenerative healing. That would be definitely fun!

10. If you could read one book for your entire life, which would it be?

The five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom. I’ve read it hundred times, and it makes me appreciate all the things in life, small or big they may be, they are all worth thanking for.

 

I nominate the ff in no particular order:

Melissa’s Midnight Musing

Reviewing Shelf

Blogs-of-a-bookaholic

The Tiger’s Eye

NatsBookNook

What I read yesterday

The Cheap Reader

Your Urban Fantasy

Sweet Southern Home

Beyond Imagination

 

 

xoxo

Author Interview: Melanie Cusick-Jones, Author of Hope’s Daughter

Hi all!

I’m delighted to introduce Melanie Cusick-Jones, the author of Hope’s Daughter, a dystopian/sci-fi book for young adults. I’ve read it and also wrote a review, you may find it here. It was indeed a wonderful book and I loved it!

 

After graduating from The University of Sheffield with an English Literature Masters in 2003, Melanie has been writing fiction – time permitting – ever since.

The Ambrosia Sequence (started in 2008) and The Elementals (begun in 2004) are both ongoing, extended projects each containing several novels, aimed primarily at young adults and hover somewhere in the middle of sci-fi, futuristic and fantasy genres. Hope’s Daughter, released in December 2011, is her debut novel and the first of The Ambrosia Sequence, with the sequel – Outlanders – due in 2012.

When she’s not writing Melanie enjoys the wet weather of the north of England with her dogs or disappearing into a book for a few hours (no surprise there then). Unfortunately, all too often the ‘day job’ gets in the way of the nicer things in life!

 

My interview goes..

How did you choose the genre you write in and where do you get your ideas?

Mel: The ideas for Hope’s Daughter came from a mixture of real life events and articles that I’ve read in newspapers and magazines about technologies and issues that are expected to affect our future; and from reading science fiction and dystopian books – such as George Orwell, H G Wells, Philip K Dick. I wanted to write about a world that I could see happening in the future from where we are right now.

 

How did you come up with the title and the names of the characters? Balik is a very unique name. 

Hope’s Daughter has a couple of reference points within the book – primarily the name comes from Cassie being a child raised on the Space Station Hope: she is one of the many sons and daughters of Hope.

For characters, I really like names with meaning, which can connect to their personalities or roles in a book. Balik is a native American name meaning ‘mighty warrior’, a little clue as to the person he might turn out to be J The origins of his name also suited his physical appearance. Similarly, Ami – Cassie’s best friend – means ‘friend’ in Japanese (similar to the French word as well) and ties in to her family’s geographic origins on earth.

 

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?

I think like many people out there it would be Harry Potter’s world: it has such variety, detail and amazing things to be and do – people love the books so much because who wouldn’t want to be a part of that world?

 

If your book were made into a movie, who do you picture playing each characters part?

I was never able to picture an actress for Cassie until recently, when I saw the advert for The Descendants with George Clooney.Shailene Woodley who plays his oldest daughter in that reminded me of the Cassie I saw inside my head: she’s pretty but not too perfect. Penn Badgley from Gossip Girl or Drew Roy from Hannah Montana both have the right kind of look for Balik, not sure if they’d be tall enough though 🙂

 

Since your first book, Hope’s Daughter is a dystopian/sci-fi for young adults, what are the other genres that you’d like to try?

I’m already partway through a series of middle grade fantasy stories that lead into a YA series of fantasy/paranormal books set in the same ‘fantasy world’. A little like Hope’s Daughter they are set in the ‘real world’ but then have the fantasy elements imposed onto that. I’m releasing the first two middle-grade books in the series free later this year for Kindle and via my website, just to see what people think of the series. It will be a while before I get around to releasing more of those as I’m focusing on the follow-up toHope’s Daughter. I’ve also got some ideas for contemporary YA stories, but they’re nothing more than notes in a book right now!

 

What is your favorite food?

Ooh, I love nice food, but my go-to food will always be Mexican – I love the spice and veggies.

 

What is your favorite movie?

I like so many it’s really hard to pin-point, however, I’ve just seen The Hunger Games and think it’s one of the best book to film adaptations I’ve seen – after doubting a couple of the casting choices originally I thought it came together really well and some character like Haymitch, Gale and Effie really came to life for me more than they had from the books alone.

 

Dogs or cats?

Definitely dogs – my Labradors would have something to woof about it if I said anything else 🙂

 

Tea or coffee?

Tea – don’t drink coffee at all – love the smell, but hate the taste

 

Ryan Reynolds or Alex Pettyfer?

Both gorgeous – but it would have to be Ryan for me.

 

Lastly, what is the message that you’d like to give to your fans and readers?

I’d just like to say thank you to the people who’ve taken the time to read my first book and supported me with messages, reviews and blog posts over the last few months – it really means a lot to any author. And also, keep an eye out for the next books as they’ll be coming through soon!

Thanks for having me on the blog today – really enjoyed the interview – Mel x

 

You’re welcome Mel! And thanks also for this wonderful interview, I really had fun! This is my first ever, and thanks for giving this opportunity to work with you. 😉

That’s it! You may also check her out in her website www.cusick-jones.com, she’ll be happy to hear from you!

xoxo

 

 

 

Lauren Oliver’s Book Signing!

Finally!

I’ve met one of my favorite authors, Lauren Oliver! It was a book signing event hosted by National Bookstore and Powerbooks at Greenbelt 4, Makati. I got there before lunch, and I was surprised I’m 28th in the registration line.

Here I am tearing the plastic of a newly bought delirium book that my friend Tina gave me. 😉

I’m with my very supportive boyfriend, waiting for Lauren to arrive.

That’s Lauren Oliver, signing the books of the host!

Lauren and me! Do you see how happy I am?! I love her, she’s very nice and friendly!

Those are my books that she has signed! 😉

Bohol Trip!

We went to Bohol in celebration with our 2nd year anniversary! Last Thursday, January 27, we took our flight to Bohol via Zest Air. We were so excited because it’s our first time to ride an airplane, I know its funny!;) It took only an hour and as we got there, we were picked up Kuya Toni through our availed package from Loveboholtours company. We stayed at Dumaluan Beach Resort, Room B5, and it was near the swimming pool. For me, the room location was perfect!

Here’s our itinerary for four days:

Day 1: transfer to resort

Day 2: Countryside Tour / Chocolate Hills Tour / Day Tour

– includes all entrance fees to all spots, parking fees, car/van to be used inclusive of fuel, buffet lunch at a floating restaurant
– spots: Blood Compact, Baclayon Church, Python Viewing, Tarsier Viewing, Lunch at a Floating Restaurant, Hanging Bridge, Man-made Forest, Butterfly Conservation Center, Chocolate Hills

Day 3: Dolphin watching w/island hopping

– includes: boat rental, boatman’s fee, use of snorkel gear, another boat ride to the snorkel area w/lifeguard
– spots: Dolphin Watching, Virgin Island (vanishing island), Balicasag Island
– no food included however there are fresh seafood at Balicasag Island where u can buy at your own & have it cook while u snorkel

Day 4: transfer to airport

I really enjoyed our Bohol trip! There are still upcoming pictures! More! And I still need to fix them and update this post. For now, here are some of our pics!

Loving effort

I took a 3-day vacation leave this past three business days to celebrate my bf’s 23rd birthday. On the first day, I went to the mall to go for gift hunting since I really don’t have time to search because we’re always together. I printed his pictures, bought materials for scrapbook, a watch in Tomato and a world’s greatest boyfriend award in Papermeroti.

On his exact birthday, I woke up early and head to his house in Taguig. I also bought a birthday dedication cake in Red Ribbon.

It took me two hours to get there. I was so exhausted and tired since I’m not really used to carrying heavy things and the weather was too hot. But all the efforts are worth doing. I made him happy, really happy. And it’s overwhelming to know that he appreciates them all.