Special Days/Months

So….It’s President’s Day

Polaroid of The White House

Polaroid of The White House

Yup, you heard right. It’s Presidents’ Day today and I’m not sure if I should be excited or not. As a kid, Presidents’ Day was great because you and your friends had the day off and since your parents had to work, that meant one thing: go hang at your friends place who has the least strict parents, raid the junk food in the pantry, drink way too many carbonated beverages and watch the R-rated movies your parents wouldn’t allow you to see. Right? Ok, maybe that was just me. But seriously, I don’t know any kids who aren’t absolutely thrilled to have a school holiday on a Monday. It really is the best.

As an adult, unless you work at a bank or have a government job (United States Postal Service, DMV, etc) you’re stuck working. And if you’re like me, your inbox is filled with emails promoting store sales, online sales, and everything in between. This is only awesome if you’ve received your tax refund and are jonesing for an excuse to buy something that’s “on sale”, or are a compulsive shopper. If you’re broke or have too much self control, then this holiday is useless. I’m not trying to be unpatriotic, I’m just confused by its purpose. Feel free to share your thoughts on this topic in our comments section below. Maybe you can convince me otherwise.

If you’re one of the lucky folks enjoying Monday off, I hope you’re lounging around in your pajamas, eating ice cream from the carton, ignoring your dreadful daytime television options and are catching up on the reading material you couldn’t finish over the weekend (that goes for Canadians enjoying Family Day as well). Cause if I had the day off, I’d be reading Evol (yup, that’s love spelled backwards) by BookRix author Jess Wygle. I love love LOVED  her book Keep It Safe and was looking forward to catching up on her newer work but didn’t get the chance. Here is the book blurb that got me hooked:

What doesn’t kill you…

“I will do whatever it takes to keep us together. Nothing can keep us apart. You’re mine now.” She’d love him just as he loved her. She had to. She didn’t have a choice. In love and happily living the life she always dreamed of, Venna Caldwell doesn’t know she is the object of a secret obsession. Until one night when she’s home alone and her stalker finally acts on his fantasies, dragging her into a sadistic nightmare that she barely escapes. Running for her life, from a man who will never stop hunting her, Venna reaches out to her estranged half-brother, grasping desperately at what little hope she has left. How far will she go to keep out of the clutches of the unrelenting monster that’s hungry for her?

Can’t. Wait. To. Read. This.

Happy Cupid Day!

Valentine’s Day is the holiday that couples celebrate together by showing their love and affection towards one another. This often includes random heart shaped boxes of Russel Stover chocolate, red roses, and quite possibly something saucy for the little lady to wear. Guys – if you’re going this route, tread very carefully. Presenting your honey with a ‘One Size Fits All’ number could cause a dramatic turn in your evening and leave you sleeping on the couch solo watching depressing Netflix documentaries. If you want to surprise her with something nice, just cover your bases and make sure you’ve got her sizing covered. Trust me on this. And for gods sake… let her pick the movie. Die Hard does not scream romance, despite how sincere you feel Bruce Willis is with that teddy bear.

Are there any single ladies and gents out there hating on this holiday? You’re not alone. Loads of people hate Valentines Day when they’re single. But that doesn’t mean you have to be miserable. Some of my favorite Valentines were spent single. Shocking, I know. Call up some of your gal pals or buddies and make a fun night of it. When you’re single, you don’t have to worry about the V-Day build up. Now you get to spend some of that hard earned money on yourself. If you want to avoid the hassle of crowded restaurants, invite some of your friends over and dine in! If you’re not in the mood to get gourmet, grab a pizza or some Chinese and fix up some cocktails or champagne (it’s on sale anyway, so why not take advantage?). You can play games, listen to records (I think kids these days use MP3 players), or check out the new releases on Netflix or On Demand. Sound too cliché for you? Not to worry. There’s nothing wrong that coming home, putting your feet up and reading a good book. That’s what they’re there for. But remember. Whether you love Valentines Day or wish it would go away, it’s one day out of365 and it’s worth making the best of it.

If you’re looking for something that will make you laugh, check out Kissing 101: A Guidebook for Men by BookRix author L. Avery Brown. Her skillfully written guide will have you giggling in no time! While you’re at it, check out G.D. Steel’s The Art of the Kiss as well. This short book takes a humorous tongue-in-cheek look at different kissing techniques and how to perform a sensual kiss.

If you’re in the mood for some fun DIY V-Day inspirations for your special someone or for your friends, try out these cool ideas I found on Pinterest. Yup – I opted out of the pre-packaged See’s Candy and the never-quite-right store bought card. Instead I decided to get crafty. I’ve got my mason jar cheesecake cooling in the refrigerator, some cracker candy chilling in the freezer and I’m all set with my hand made Valentine’s card and mixed CD. I’m on fire!

These were easier to make than I thougt

These were easier to make than I thought

Another super easy project.

Another super easy project.

This candy is to DIE for (and crazy simple to make)

This candy is to DIE for (and crazy simple to make)

Happy V-day everyone. Feel free to comment below about what you’re up to today. I’d love to hear from you!



Pass The Beads, Please.

First and foremost, I’m a book lover at heart. I’ve never been a club goer, even in my early twenties when that seemed to be the popular thing to do. I’ve always enjoyed and preferred a quiet evening at home, hanging out with my friends, having good conversation, etc. And if for some strange reason my friends opted for a wild night out, I’d normally pass and either finish up the book I was working on or spend a few hours scouring the shelves at Barnes & Noble (or B. Dalton back when it was around) looking for my next book fix. Reading, writing – I love it all. But I have a teeny, tiny, confession: I’ve always wanted to visit New Orleans and experience Mardi Gras.

I know, I know. It’s loud, people get crazy, and beads get swapped for reasons that would make my mom blush. But there is something about this celebratory event that conjurs up the same excited feeling in my stomach that Disneyland conjured up within me as a kid.  Maybe it’s the elaborate masks, the beauty of cobblestone streets filled to the brim with laughter and smiles, or the colorful flags that line the buildings and storefronts. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but darnit… it my lifetime I’m GOING to experience Mardi Gras and its going to be awesome! Each year I see new photos emerge in my Facebook News Feed from friends and associates who party there each year. And with every photo, I feel myself turning a bit more green with envy. The food looks amazing, the weather is on point, and I really want to wear one of those hauntingly beautiful Eyes Wide Shut masks! A girl can dream, can’t she?

Until I buckle down and plan out my visit, I can escape with my tastebuds by trying out these amazing Creole recipes from BookRix author CreoleBookMaster. I love cooking, but I’ve never ventured into Louisiana’s French Creole/Cajun culture and dabbled in their authentic recipes. But now that we have these wonderful books to steal borrow from, I’m going to roll up my sleeves and get started. If you try any of these recipes, feel free to leave your comments on the book itself or our blog here. We’d love to hear from you!

Happy eating….

Laugh And Get Rich Day, Huh?

Recently I read “people who laugh are more effective and tend to remember things better”. If that were the case, I wouldn’t have to write grocery lists, use a calculator or rely on Facebook to remind me of my friend’s birthdays. It sounds nice in theory, but I’m not sure I buy it. That being said, I’ve heard another saying “Laugh your way to the bank”. Now that one, I like. And I think it coincides with today being Laugh and Get Rich Day. Sure, I’ve never really heard of this day before. And if it were popular, I think people would be laughing nonstop. But then it dawned on me. Our BookRix authors are really ahead of the game on this one. Not sure what I’m getting at? Well… how many writers out there pay for their book to be published? More than most. But at BookRix, our authors get so much more.  We have a thriving online community filled with avid readers and active writers who are willing to read one another’s work, provide feedback and tips, and offer support. That’s pretty awesome in itself. But we add more value by providing our worldwide distribution packages to our authors at no cost. I mean, why charge? The writer has done all this work getting their masterpiece written, edited and pieced together. Isn’t that enough? We thought so, which is why our distribution services are free. Now authors can laugh at those paying high fees elsewhere while they get rich on their eBook sales.

How ‘bout them apples?

But honestly, we don’t want to see anyone waste their money on eBook services if they don’t have to. So help out! If you know someone who’s losing major coin trying to publish their work, let them know about our services. BookRix has a lot to offer, and we want authors to know they have choices. And paying unnecessarily for services can be avoided with our help. We’ve got amazing members, a growing online community, and we offer quality distribution to all the major online shops. Do yourself a favor and spread the love. Remember, good things come to those who share!

And speaking of sharing, we’d like to share with you some recommended reading this week. Keep It Safe, a personal favorite of ours, by BookRix author Jess Wygle. It’s a thriller that will captivate you til the very end. We LOVE it and we know you will, too! Our next recommendation is one we’re excited to read for the first time, Joined by Love, two short stories by BookRix author Tatyana Black. Story one: “Angèle and her grandparents will always be grateful for Angelique’s kind heart. If it hadn’t been for her, Angèle’s grandfather would have been dead years ago. Angelique had been a great woman. She had cured lots of people during the french revolution and in the end, gave her life for those who had loved her.” Sounds great, right? Story two: “A prince is searching for a princess, Rapunzel to be exact. He travels far and at last finds the tower he was looking for. But a surprise awaits him as he calls out to her and her braid cascades down the tower.” We can’t wait! Let us know what you think in the comments section below.





Have a great weekend everyone! Now go get your read on.


The BookRix team

What The Dickens…?

Frederick Barnard was commissioned by Chapman & Hall to illustrate the works of Charles Dickens.

Frederick Barnard was commissioned by Chapman & Hall to illustrate the works of Charles Dickens.

Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest. – Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens is best known for his popular written works like A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and Great Expectations. If you’ve ever read his work, you’re probably familiar with his creative knack for developing some of the most memorable fictional characters of our time. After reading more about him, it seems that Charles Dickens began utilizing his talents at a young age which only aided his success as an adult.

Charles Dickens was an English writer and a social critic. He was attracted to theater arts and quickly became involved in acting and playwriting. Shortly thereafter he took up political journalism and covered various stories across Britain to cover election campaigns. Throughout his literary career, he continuously contributed to and edited his journals.  He possessed a passion for writing and had a special skill for dialogue, which transferred from the written page to production with ease.

He also acted as a humanitarian and used his unique skill set and rising fame to raise money on behalf of the Great Ormond Street Hospital during a time of great financial hardship. He loved his line of work, and threw himself into book tours and various appearances across the country. Today would have been the 201st birthday.  If you’re a fan of his work, feel free to leave a comment on today’s blog with your favorite book, quote, or fun fact about this fascinating man that many of us have grew up with (literarily speaking, of course).

At BookRix, we also have a great author from Great Britain who currently resides in Los Angeles. Valerie Byron, or GoodUKLady as our members know her, has been an active member on our site for over three years. She is an active member of our online community and is often the first to help new members joining BookRix. Valerie has a compilation of thirteen short stories in her book called The Man Who Lost His Genius & Other Stories. They are diverse in genre, ranging from a psychological thriller to a fantasy about a simple sponge. Check it out and let her (and us at BookRix!) know what you think!

Remembering Rosa Parks on her 100th Birthday

Obama aboard the Rosa Parks bus in Dearborns Henry Ford Museum, April 18, 2012.

Obama aboard the Rosa Parks bus in Dearborn's Henry Ford Museum, April 18, 2012.

She was a civil rights activist who refused to surrender he seat to a white passenger on a bus in Alabama on December 1st, 1955. That same day, Rosa Parks was arrested for civil disobedience.  Her actions fueled a city wide boycott of public transportation throughout the city of Montgomery, Alabama. The boycott lasted over a year, and a federal ruling on December 20th, 1956 left the city with no other choice than to lift the law requiring segregation on public buses. It was a monumental day in history.  However victory came with a price. Rosa and her husband Raymond were forced to move from Montgomery in 1957 when they were unable to find work. They worked odd jobs in both Virginia and Michigan until Rosa was hired as a hired her as a receptionist for John Conyers, an African American U.S. Representative at his congressional office in Detroit. She remained there until her retirement in 1988.

Today, Rosa Parks would have celebrated her 100th birthday. To honor her, The U.S. Postal Service has issued a special Rosa Parks stamp today. The Rosa Parks Forever Stamp went on sale today and its issue is one of several events scheduled throughout the day to honor Parks.

“At the time I was arrested, I had no idea it would turn into this. It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in.” – Rosa Parks

As we all know, February marks the recognition and celebration of Black History month. Check your local listings to see what events are taking place in your city so you can attend and participate if possible. If you’re a TV junkie, you’ll be happy to know PBS has put together the Black Culture Connection and will be airing various shows and movies during this month’s programming.

At BookRix, we all really enjoyed this short story The Journey by C.J. Wells. It’s a first hand account of Sergeant Andrew Ananders, a KIA Army soldier serving in Iraq. Take the journey with him from the moment the insurgent’s bullet pierces his chest to his release from the bonds that held him earthbound.


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