Site Design Change- Things look a little different around here…

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I’m sure you’ve noticed that My Friends Are Fiction looks a bit different now. Yesterday was the first day the new site look went live and I’m so excited about it. I hope you find the new look to be pleasing and easy to navigate. I thought that after almost 2 years of things not changing it was time to do it. I’d always wanted a slider bar and a real front page so that was what drew me to this design.

We are still in the process of perfecting things so some posts might look a tad off (picture sizes and such). It’s only been a day and I’m already feeling like the new design is home. I hope you enjoy it and I’d love to hear your thoughts so let me know!

As I mentioned, My Friends Are Fiction will be 2 years old next month. I’m working right now to get an epic giveaway worked out so be sure to keep your eyes out for my announcement. Thank you all for continuing to read and comment.

Trailer Reveal for Pawn by Aimee Carter + Giveaway

I recently read Pawn, Aimee Carter’s newest book and start to a new series The Blackcoat Rebellion. I found it to be a nice take on the dystopian genre with some actual shocking twists and dark segments that I loved. You can read my review here.

I am happy and honored to share the trailer and giveaway for Pawn today on the blog.

About the book:

Pawn (Blackcoat Rebellion #1)
Author: Aimée Carter
Imprint: Harlequin TEEN
Release: December 2013
Price: $17.99 / $19.99
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 978-0-373-21055-8

You can be a VII, if you give up everything. In a not so distant future, America has become a meritocracy. Upon your seventeenth birthday you take a test and are branded with a number signifying your status. For Kitty Doe, her dyslexia leaves her a “III”—part of the working class—and assigned far from her home and boyfriend. She’s ready to become an outlaw, until a chance encounter leads to an amazing opportunity. The niece of the prime minister—America’s leadership is now inherited and members of the ruling family are ranked “VII”—has been killed, and Kitty is asked to impersonate her. Now nestled in the ruling Harte family, Kitty begins to see the truth behind the pretense of equality and options for all.

About the cover:
If you look closely at the cover you can see that there is an eye behind the maze. It’s rather mesmerizing and isn’t noticeable at first glance. If you’re like me you’ve wondered about the entirety of the image. Here it is:

From this I think the paper cover will have the maze and this will be the book cover itself. That will be very cool. Excited to own my hardcover.

Now for the trailer:

Giveaway:
Harlequin Teen is hosting a giveaway for 1 of 3 prize packs:

Allegiant Cover Revealed

Epic Reads has a full size version on their site. Go check it out here. So what are your thoughts? I think it fits in very well with the prior two covers and have no idea yet on what the wave and the airport symbolize but I’m sure speculation will ensue during the next days.

Read what Veronica Roth has to say about the cover on her blog.

Watch Veronica Roth on the Today show HERE.

Allegiant Summary (via Goodreads):
One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent

Cover of Unhinged (Splintered #2) Released

UnhingedA.G. Howard has shown the world the cover to the next book in the Splintered series, Unhinged. It’s beyond gorgeous! Release is slated for January 2014 (the wait will kill me I’m sure of it).

Read my review of Splintered the first in the series.

I also have an interview scheduled with A.G. Howard in a couple of months and a signed copy of Splintered just waiting to be given away.

 

 

Amazon Aquires Goodreads

Goodreads: Book reviews, recommendations, and discussion

It has been announced today that Amazon has acquired Goodreads. From the press release,

Amazon and Goodreads share a passion for reinventing reading,” said Russ Grandinetti, Amazon Vice President, Kindle Content. Goodreads has helped change how we discover and discuss books and, with Kindle, Amazon has helped expand reading around the world. In addition, both Amazon and Goodreads have helped thousands of authors reach a wider audience and make a better living at their craft. Together we intend to build many new ways to delight readers and authors alike.

How will this change the face of Goodreads, or will it change anything at all? A lot of people are excited about this news because it will mesh both book review worlds but others are worried about the integrity of the reviews on Goodreads now that it will be owned by Amazon. How do you feel about this development?

Read the announcement on Goodreads
Author (and reader) Rachel Bateman has written a wonderful blog post that sums up the fears a lot of authors and readers are having.