Armchair BEA GIVEAWAY!!

I am so excited for Armchair BEA!  I was really hoping to be in New York to experience all that BEA has to offer.  I am not disappointed though, because Armchair BEA is proving to be a good time (and a lot cheaper)!  So, to celebrate Armchair BEA I am going to be giving away a copy of ……

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Of course I’d love you to be a GFC follower, but it isn’t required 😉  I’d also love for you to follow on Twitter and Facebook too, but again, it isn’t required….all you need to do is leave a comment with your email address and the winner will be chosen using random.org.  Of course I would love it if you left a comment telling me what you are enjoying most about Armchair BEA….but again, it isn’t required 😀  So glad to be participating in Armchair BEA and I am so glad to be meeting so many wonderful new bloggers, authors and publishers!

Have a great day!

Cici♥

May 24th, 2011 Giveaways! Yeah! 49 Comments

Original Sin GIVEAWAY!!!

OH MY HECK! Lisa Desrochers is doing another giveaway!  Why?  Because she can!  And I love her for that, because that means one more chance for ME YOU to win not only a copy of her soon-to-be-released (but not soon enough) Original Sin, signed, AND Where She Went, by Gayle Forman, signed.  Can you say OH MY FREAKING HECK?  I have been bugging out for an ARC of Original Sin since I fell in love with Personal Demons.  If you go back and read my review of Where She Went you will know how much I loved that book and think it would be so stinking awesome to have a signed copy of that book as well.  I have loved both of these authors and I am really excited for this opportunity to receive these two books.  So, a huge thank you to Lisa Desrochers for hosting this awesome giveaway and also to Gayle Forman for contributing.  Ok…so now, how do you enter?  Well, all you need to do is click on the big red link and enter away!  By the way, if you haven’t read the first in the series of either of these books, I highly, HIGHLY recommend that you do that, this week.  If you don’t feed your kids, clean the house, do laundry or play fetch with the dog, you can get both books read before dinner (which of course will probably have to be take-out).  Ok…click away!

Lisa Desrochers’ Fifth of Many Contests-for-No-Reason, Goodreads Original Sin Giveaway and OS teaser #28

May 11th, 2011 Books, Giveaways! Yeah! 0 Comment

Spring Carnival Giveaway!!

Special thanks to the following blogs for hosting the Spring Blog Carnival Giveaway Hop…Candace’s Book Blog, Reading Angel, Pure Imagination, and The Book Swarm.  Be sure to visit the links at the bottom of the post during May 1-8 for the special activities and giveaways on those days!

I will be giving away to one lucky winner a copy of Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen, a fun little circus journal and a one-of-a-kind Water For Elephants bookmark!

The giveaway is simple, just leave me a comment with your email address and a little comment about your favorite spring activity or memory!  Of course I would love if you became a follower of the blog, Twitter or Facebook, but it isn’t required, but can you can add a +1 entry for each of those that you do!  Be sure to visit the other blogs on the hop and enter for your chance to win!

*This contest is open to U.S. residents only*

**Contest runs from May 1-8**

So, step right up and test your luck at the Spring Carnival Hop!

May 1st-

Reading Angel: Haunted House
Reading Teen: Fortune Tellers Booth

May 2nd-
Candace’s Book Blog: Food Court
The Mod Podge Bookshelf: House of Mirrors

May 3rd-
The Book Swarm: Roller Coaster
Actin’ Up With Books: Karaoke Booth

May 4th-
Pure Imagination: Kissing Booth
Lovely Lit: Once Upon a Time Booth

May 5th-
Awesomesauce Books: Gaming Booth
Books R Us: Medieval Booth

May 6th-
Extreme Reader Book Reviews: Guessing Booth
Colloquium: Cotton Candy Booth

May 7th-
The Minding Spot: Teacups Booth
Miss Remmers Review: It’s a Bad World Booth

A Touch Mortal…check it out!

***Disclaimer***the following description is not a Cici’s original, it was taken, yep, copied and pasted, right off of Leah Clifford’s web page***

If you haven’t heard of A Touch Mortal it starts out pretty “supernatural boy meets mortal girl and life is worth living again”. But romance isn’t always smiles and sparkles. Sometimes fifty pages in your true love takes a header off a balcony. Sometimes you get stuck hanging out with death obsessed schizophrenics “for your protection.” And when those are the high points in your day, the afterlife starts to be a real bitch. **This summary taken directly from the giveaway page
Sound cool?

So here is the little video from Leah Clifford and her A TOUCH MORTAL debut….

Now, go you heathens and head over to Leah Clifford’s website and comment your fannies off to try to get yourself a copy AND a bunch of other stuff! Rumor has it she is moving and is unloading her basement on all of us book junkies…which means not only a SIGNED copy of A TOUCH MORTAL, but maybe you will be lucky and get that one stray sock, or the earring that was never found, or the Pez dispenser, or the book ends, the empty roll of packing tape, or the…well, whatever you get it’s going to be good and you know you are going to be super excited!

If you don’t win, don’t be sad :( and please, don’t whine…just go pick up your copy at the bookstore and ENJOY the crap out of it! And when you are done, watch for the post and we can discuss it!

March 24th, 2011 Books, Giveaways! Yeah! 0 Comment

Hello To Margo…Author of Good-bye To All That

Be sure to comment with your answer to win a copy of Good-Bye To All That!

One of my favorite things about this whole book bloggy thing I have going on here is coming across so many wonderful people.  Recently I met Margo Candela, and reviewed her latest novel, GOODBYE TO ALL THAT…which I loved!  I really enjoyed the personality of Raquel and have really enjoyed getting to see a bit of Margo’s personality as well!  We teamed up for a little interview to get to know Margo a little bit better!

Hello Margo! So glad you could take time and answer a few questions!  Let’s not waste any time…

C(ici)Why did you begin writing?  When did you realize it was going to become a career?

M(argo):  I was an avid reader growing up, but I never considered writing as a career until I joined my community college’s student newspaper. It was there that I realized I could take raw information and ideas and turn them into something useful that people would like to read. I switched my major to journalism with a focus on magazine writing and I still base my fiction writing on what I learned in j-school.

C:   How long does it take you to write a book?
M:  I’m known as a fast and prolific writer, but it does take me a few months. Once I get the first draft done, I take some time away from it before I revise it. Then, after another break, I polish it and send it off to my editor. The second and third parts take longer than writing it and I’ll revise and polish it again after my editor has read it and given me notes. My goal is to write a novel a year. Any more than that would mean I wouldn’t pass a drug test.

CWhat kind of schedule do you keep when you are writing?

M:  I keep business hours, but my most productive writing time is between noon and 3 pm. I take of all my odds and ends (laundry, dog walking, eating, posting to my blog, etc) and then I focus on making my word count goal within those few hours. When I’m on a deadline, I work in the evenings and there’s rarely a weekend when I don’t spend at least a couple of hours working on a manuscript.

CWhat does your family think of your writing?

M:  They’re very proud that I’ve been published and more than a little relieved that my gamble paid off. It’s a risky way to try to make a living, but I’m lucky that mine has always been in my corner, especially my husband. Family is a central theme to all my novels, but I’m very careful not to write about mine. If I do write about someone I know, it’s in a very loose way. I’d like to keep my friends and still be invited over for Thanksgiving at my parents’ house.

C:  (laughs) boy could I give you some characters to write about :)

CWhat inspired you to write GTAT?

M:  I love office life. I find it just as interesting and complex as what goes on within families and personal relationships. GTAT is evenly split between work and family life so I got to explore how each affects the other. I also wanted to write about the other side of Hollywood where the non-glamorous part of the business happens.

COf the books that you have written, which one is your favorite and why?

M:  I’m not supposed to have a favorite, but I do. My third novel More Than This has a special place in my heart because it’s a love story and I don’t do love stories. It’s all about fate, acceptance of self and the twisty paths the characters must take to realize their destiny. It also has an open ending which I knew was risky, but was right for the book.

CWhen you are not writing, what do you enjoy doing?

M:  Reading is my main and constant vice. I read tons of magazines and books, both non-fiction and fiction. A perfect day for me would consist of a few hours to read without interruption.

C:  I agree…that would be the perfect day…well, a girl can dream…

CIs there a particular character of yours that you feel deeply connected with?  Who?  Why?

M:  All my characters are their own people, even though they’re not real people. What they do share with me is my sense of humor which is sometimes a little dark and can be crude. I always like hearing which of my characters readers get attached to. To this day, my editor tells me how much she loves Noel from my first novel, Underneath It All. He’s very sweet and a little lost. If he were a real person, I’m sure she’d let him move in with her while he sorted out his life.

C Where do you get your ideas for your books?

M:  Ideas come to me randomly so as much as I wish I could, I can’t  will one to pop into my head. What I do is read a lot, pay attention to what’s going on around me and, if I’m lucky, that’ll turn into an idea I can follow through on.

CWhat kinds of books do you enjoy reading?

M:  When I’m working on something, I stick to magazines because I don’t have the brain space to make room for a novel. I subscribe to lots of magazines, from Us Weekly to The Atlantic, to make sure I’m reading a wide variety of content. When I’m in between manuscripts, I’ll go on author binges. On my last one, I read back-to-back novels by David Nicholls. On my nightstand right now is a chunky biography on Mao Tse-tung that I’m looking forward to starting as soon as I turn in a manuscript at the end of the month.

CIn one of your tweets you mentioned having a ‘title list’.  Is that where you jot your ideas for future books?  How long is it? (And by chance is the follow-up to GTAT on there?)

M:  Sometimes I come up with the title before the actual idea for the manuscript so I always make sure to jot them down. It’s gotten pretty long, but only a few of those titles have book ideas attached to them. I’d love to revisit Raquel and am hoping to do so in the future. I imagine she’s having quite a time with her new career as a talent manager.

C:  I imagine she is, and I am really looking forward to reading all about it!  (hint, hint)

CBeing from California and living where most of us vacation…where do you go for vacation?

M:  I don’t do nature. I appreciate it and think it should be preserved and protected, but don’t ask me to visit it. I love cities and walking through them. Lately, all our vacations have been stateside, but I’d love to take a month and go to Europe to visit Paris and from there spend time in Istanbul and St. Petersburg. I hope to make it happen in the near future.

C:  I am gearing up for a new family adventure of camping and don’t know how I will do, I’m with you on the whole nature thing!  I would rather be on the beach in California!

CAside from writing great books for us to read, what other projects do you have going on?

M:  I’ve adapted my second novel, Life Over Easy, into a screenplay and will be doing the same for More Than This. I also have a couple of original romantic comedy ideas I’m working on. It’s a completely different mindset and business from books and book publishing. I’m also working on what will be my next novel, The Brenda Diaries. I’ve set up a blog (http://brendadiaries.blogspot.com/) and Twitter account (http://twitter.com/brendadiaries) for Brenda and hope to have the manuscript done in a few months.

C:  Yay!  Can’t wait!

CIf you could recommend one book as a “must read”, which book would it be?

M:  I’m going to have to go with my all-time favorite book, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. It’s sheer perfection and can be read by kids and adults alike. It’s the only book I wish I could read for the first time each time I pick it up.

C:  There you go folks…another book to add to the “To Be Read” list!

CAnd last but not least, milk, white or dark chocolate?

M:  I’m a milk chocolate gal. Always and forever.

C:  That’s my kind of gal!!  I don’t waste time on the other chocolates myself.

I certainly appreciate Margo taking the time to answer my questions…BUT…before she goes she is going to give one lucky reader a copy of Good-Bye To All That!


So here is what you need to do to enter for your copy of Good-Bye to All That…

**Of course we would both really appreciate it if you followed our blogs (Margo’s and Cici’s) and both of us, @margocandela and @cicistheories on Twitter…but whatIS required to enter is for you to leave a comment answering the following question (please be sure to include your email so we can contact you if you win).

Who is your favorite character you’ve read about?

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Winner will be contacted via email!

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway!

The Irish eyes are smiling!

A huge thanks to the hop’s hosts Books Complete Me & I Am a Reader, Not a Writer!

I am giving away a copy of Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers!  You will also get a pretty little book thong made by ME :)

To enter here’s what you need to do….

*Must be a follower on Google Friend Connect*

Leave a comment letting me know you are a follower and if you are so inclined, let me know if you have any St. Patrick’s day traditions, superstitions or maybe even a really good story!

You will get extra entries for following on

Twitter (+1) and

LIKE on Facebook (+1).

Please be sure to leave in the comment all your entries (GFC, Twitter, Facebook)

Thanks for stopping by…Cici

Be sure to check out my other current giveaway and author interview with

Margo Candela, Good-Bye To All That

Books With Love Giveaway!

Guess what? I am doing another giveaway! This giveaway is part of Once Upon a Twilight and Good Choice Reading‘s Books With Love Giveaway Hop!

I will be giving away I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder, a ruby red diamond (no, not a real one) paperweight aka desk bling, some book bling and a little chocolate love! Oh and a whatever else might find its way into the box!

All you need to do is leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite love story is. Leave a separate comment for each of the following for additional entries: follow of my blog with GFC (+1), follow me (@cicistheories) on Twitter (+1), tweet about the giveaway (+1) be sure to @cicistheories!

This contest is now closed! Winner will be announce soon!

Thanks for taking part!!

Happy Valentine’s!
Love,
Cici

February 14th, 2011 Giveaways! Yeah! 176 Comments

Follower Love Giveaway!

Oh my, oh my!  It is a giveaway!!  This fabulous blog hop event is being hosted by I am a Reader Not a Writer

200 blogs have linked up here to host a book related giveaway, so all you have to do is go through the list and enter each blog’s giveaway!  A little hint to make it easier…print off the list of blogs in the hop and cross them off as you enter them!  Enjoy and good luck! 

To enter to win TWENTY BOY SUMMER by Sarah Ockler, a $10 gift card to your choice of Barnes and Noble or Borders and some book bling and Valentine goodies!
*must be a follower of my blog*
Contest is now CLOSED….Winner Announced Soon!!!

February 7th, 2011 Giveaways! Yeah! 8 Comments

This week on Cici’s Theories…

A couple of things coming up this week…

  • FEBRUARY!  I love February, aside from it being cold it is the month of my favorite color-RED!  It is the month of LOVEand all around us there are hearts, chubby little cherubs, x’s and o’s and of course the other ex’s and oh’s too…but who doesn’t love Valentine’s?  I love making the cute little boxes with my kids and enjoy them reading their little cards from classmates and friends…just puts a smile on my face and warmth in my heart!  OH, and lastly, little Necco conversation hearts-YUM!
  • Photos will be posted for Two, yes TWO giveaways for the month of February!!  Hoping you all will share with my site with your friends! 
  • A great chance for you to get YOUR questions answered as I look to you for unique questions for two, yes TWO author interviews (and more GIVEAWAYS) that are coming soon!!
  • HUGE, HUGE snowstorm is making its way across the country and I am told it will be making a guest appearance here in Oklahoma City.  How much snow?  Well, it is hard to say, if you aren’t happy with the total one weatherman is predicting, all you have to do is change the channel and you can take your chances on his total…
  • My review of To Die For will be posted.

It is going to be a busy week, but it should be loads of fun!

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