The End of an Era

Hello, my dear On a Book Bender fans!

In the way of so many blogs and brands, it’s time to retire On a Book Bender.

Here’s what you should know:

You’ll also notice that all of those places are me under my own name.

After managing multiple brands and websites over the past five years, I’ve realized that I can’t do it all. Neither do I want to. So everything is going under one umbrella: Amanda Shofner.

I invite you to join me there. It’s going to be all my favorite topics, which includes self-publishing (which is a thing I do), books (because I never stopped loving reading), my dog (because, oh by the way, we adopted a dog in March), and my obsession with Futurama.

Because there’s a Futurama episode for just about everything in life. For serious.

It’s difficult to say goodbye to a brand that I’ve built over the years, but it’s time. The people I’ve met through On a Book Bender have been AMAZING and WONDERFUL and I LOVE YOU. I hope you’ll say “Hey!” to my @amshofner accounts and not be a stranger.

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A Veiled Truth by Amanda Shofner

Somehow, publishing a book never gets old. And I’m excited about this one, because it’s my first step into romance.

ROMANCE!

I’m debuting A Veiled Truth at 99 cents until June 30th, then it goes up to $2.99, so get it before then! Here are some buy links:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

It’ll be in print eventually.

Here’s an excerpt:

He cleared his throat. One corner of his mouth hooked up. “You’re avoiding me. There’s a difference.”

Her eyes darted to the door. Marcus was between her and freedom. Trapped. She put a hand over her stomach to settle its churning. He was right. She wanted to rewind to before this happened and continue on as if it hadn’t. If only she’d invented the time machine she’d attempted when she was twelve. A scientist’s regrets.

His gaze calculating, he continued his prowl through the room, invading her space. She escaped backward, held in thrall of the noiseless way he hunted her around the middle table. The counter was hard when she bumped into it. He crowded her, closing the gap until there was a bare inch between them. He was so close she could feel the heat radiating from his body, and her body answered, tilting toward his as if to steal his heat for herself. He raised his hand and twirled a stray piece of her hair around his finger.

“Think of it as an experiment.”

Her breath hitched, and time slowed, the increasing thump of her heart and his fingers in her hair the only two sensations capturing her attention. Her voice came out soft and slightly breathy and far too close to signs of arousal for her comfort. “An experiment.”

How intriguing. It would give them a definitive time limit and parameters. A way out. They could go back to friends when their sexual attraction ran its course — it always did for her. She could gracefully exit before they reached crucial tipping point; relationships ran the risk that one would end up like Judy. Will was already headed down that path with Jane. One of them had to keep their sanity — and their pants zipped.

“We can try it and see what happens.” He dropped her hair and tipped her chin up. “If you want more detail than that, you’ll have to come up with that yourself.”

“I’m not sure,” she said, but inside, her heart was tapping a yes. Yes to the way his fingers trailed desire across her skin.

His thumb brushed her bottom lip; his eyes lowered. “Perhaps a quick test to determine our compatibility?”

Her body thrummed. He knew how to play her, knew her well enough to say the right words. She was riveted by the way his green eyes had darkened and his head began the descent.

He was going to kiss her. Marcus was going to kiss her. And more than that, she wanted it.

You can read the entirety of the first chapter on its page on my author site.

AND! A review opportunity for you. I’m looking for people who have not read the previous books in my series to read A Veiled Truth. I’d like to determine whether it can be read as a standalone and well, I’m a little too close to the book to make that determination. ;)

If you’re interested, send me an email at onabookbender [at] gmail and I’ll hook you up.

Introducing Beth

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Hi everyone! I’m Beth and I’m the newest reviewer here at On a Book Bender. I’m been a huge fan of this blog for about a year now and I was so excited when I got the opportunity to be on the team of reviewers.

I really am a fun person that loved talking to people about books, so feel free to leave comments on my reviews, even if we have different opinions. I am a nice person (most of the time) and I think everyone has the right to their own bookish opinion.

That being said I should start this with explaining my reviewing tendencies. My rating are a little different than most and I don’t want someone to see a 3 star on a book they really liked and think that I hate it.

5 stars: I REALLY loved this book. I will be shoving this into your face. I will be re-reading this, probably multiple times.

4 stars: I liked it a lot. I would recommend it to you, even if its not a genre you may normally read because you may still like it. I may re-read it if I’m in the mood for it.

3 stars: It was good. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it. I would recommend it to someone that was asking for that particular genre.

2 stars: I probably wouldn’t recommend this to anyone unless they were searching specifically for this book. Will probably give away to the library or used bookstore because I don’t want it taking up room on my shelf.

1 star: I hardly give these out, but when I do it’s not pretty.

Now, onto my favourite genre! Mystery. Mystery. Mystery. I’ve been reading mystery books since I was a little kid, starting with Goosebumps and Nancy Drew. Nancy Drew books were my Harry Potter. Then in high school, I really started reading mystery books and I haven’t stopped since.

Lately, I’ve been reading more chick-lit/romance and young adult, but I’m more likely to pick up a mystery novel. I’m also really into sports biographies, but I don’t normally review them because it’s difficult. But I do love talking about sports /sports biographies so if that’s something you’re into, feel free to let me know!

Some of my favourite books are:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • In the Woods by Tana French
  • Broken Harbour by Tana French
  • I am Zlatan by Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
  • Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson
  • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
  • Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
  • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Those are just the more recent ones. I have a much longer list, but you get the idea.

Some of my favourite authors are

  • Janet Evanovich
  • Tana French
  • Colleen Hoover
  • Gillian Flynn

Some of my bookish memories were from when I was younger and I would read books with my grandma. That’s where I got my love of reading. I would say, though, that my favourite bookish moments are when I finish a book and just look at my boyfriend and he says “did it ruin your life?” This happens more than I would like to admit to.

Some other places that you can find me is on Twitter, Tumblr, Goodreads and Instagram. Feel free to stalk follow/add me!

Amanda’s 2015 Blogging Manifesto

Last year, I wrote a blogging manifesto for 2014. I liked it so much that I’m doing it again for 2015. But fancier this time.

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Here’s how it goes:

1. I will read what I want

If I want to read 100 historical romances in a row, I will. If I want to turn up my nose at ARCs and new releases, I will. It doesn’t matter what I read as long as I’m reading and I want to read it. What’s the point of agonizing over my reading choices? It’s supposed to be fun.

2. I will stay involved

I’ve become more distant from the book blogging community. That needs to change. More interaction on social media and blogs. More participation in events if I can swing it. Maybe it’s time for that historical romance month I keep talking about.

3. I will have fun

BECAUSE IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE  FUN. Do I need to say more? I like having fun, and the book blogging community is a great place to have it.

4. I will blog for myself

That means not being afraid of blogging or changing up my schedule or of skipping days (or weeks) completely. It means posting about what truly interests me, and not letting others dictate my blogging content or schedule.

5. I will drop the guilt

A lot of bloggers feel guilty if they can’t read a book or haven’t read a book “everyone else” has or if they don’t post on a schedule or if they need a break or if they don’t read as much as they want or… well, you get the idea. Book bloggers feel a lot of guilt. I’m not immune. So I will stop letting my guilt dictate my blogging and reading habits.

A Farewell, a thank you, and a see you soon

What better day than New Year’s Eve to reflect back on the year we passed? This year, I’m reflecting back a little farther – to June of 2013, when I started posting reviews here at On a Book Bender. I had seen a posting on Facebook that Amanda and Kelly were looking for an associate reviewer. At the time, I was reviewing books mostly to myself on Goodreads and on a Patch blog. But I wasn’t getting a lot of traffic or interactions with other readers. And so, when I saw the post, I thought, ‘why not?’

I was thrilled to start sharing my thoughts about the various stories, books, and novels I read! Even more thrilled to start conversations with many of you who read the blog. Finally, more book talk! (Not only do I thank you for indulging me, but my family and friends do, too! Up until then, they were hounded nonstop with my thoughts and verbal book reports.)

A little while later, I started my own blog space – Girl with Book Lungs. To be honest, I’m still stunned that it has taken off as quickly as it has. I feel thrilled and honored and blessed.

And busy. At times, even overwhelmed. Which is why I came to the difficult decision to resign from On a Book Bender and focus on Girl with Book Lungs. It’s both exciting and sad. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to write and review here, for the chance to meet some awesome ladies – Amanda and Kelly, I’m looking at you! – for the chance to strike up conversations with you wonderful readers. Thank you for getting to know me and for sharing your thoughts with me!

While I may be leaving On a Book Bender, I will still be a reader and I will still be around! I would love it if you would consider adding Girl with Book Lungs to your blog rolls, Facebook likes, and Twitter feeds. I wish you all the blessings of the holiday season, the excitement of new beginnings in the year to come, and my heartfelt thanks. I hope to see and hear from all of you soon!

XOXOXOXO,

Jenna

 

Elusive Memories Is Here!

Elusive Memories by Amanda Shofner

 

It’s HERE. Actually, it’s been here for a week now, but I wanted to wait until I had B&N buy links.

So pick up your copy: Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble

How about the synopsis?

The Northern Alliance Betterment Society, better known as the Hunters, has persecuted the Gifted for years. When Sam Benson is taken and her memory stolen, she certainly isn’t the first victim of the Hunters. But she’s determined to use her family’s influence as memory-bringer elders to make sure she’s one of the last.

As soon as she escapes the Hunters’ compound, anyway.

Two Hunter guards claim to be working to get Sam free, but only one has her best interests at heart—and holds the key to mounting an offense against the Hunters. With her memory fractured and the Hunters set against her, can she choose the right person to trust?

And, of course, you can check out a sample: Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble

PS. Watch The Book Vixen for an exclusive excerpt (and giveaway) TOMORROW.

PPS. I’ve already contacted some bloggers for review, but if I haven’t talked to you and you’d like to help with review or promotion, let me know by emailing hello [at] amandashofner.com

Want to Write? Write with The Writing Sidekick

The Writing Sidekick

Are you someone who’s always wanted to write a book? Whether you’ve kept the desire secret or not-so-secret, now’s the time to try it.

No excuses. I know you have them. No fears. You’ve probably got that too. Nothing. If you want to do it, do it.

I’ve created a community for writers seeking support and accountability called The Writing Sidekick. We’re going to WRITE.

During Camp NaNoWriMo in April (where you can set your own word count, so none of this “I can’t write 50,000 words” crap), we’re going to be on Google+ motivating each other and staying accountable. I’ll be sending out weekly emails designed to keep you on the straight and narrow.

So if you want to write, let’s write together. Join The Writing Sidekick.