RTF 2019 – thoughts and a giveaway

Hello and welcome!

It’s been a while since I posted… you know… LIFE !!!

Today I would like to give you my thoughts on the latest adventure in the book world. I attended Romancing the Falls 2019 on May 18, I mentioned in my last post.

Freya Barker! Congrats on another awesome event and kudos to your team, the volunteers were exceptional.

Look at this beautiful stand-up banner that greeted the readers this year! I am jealous of my friend who won it, but I am happy for her too. I wouldn’t have the space to display it in my little place LOL

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Got to ‘boss around’ M. A. Abraham again 😛 (sorry … inside joke), help with the table and got to sneak away to get my pre-orders and get a few more of course 😉

These are the books I got… I did pretty good, right? Just a tad over my budget.

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Also got a few prezzies too.

Finally got a ‘squishy willie’ I had my heart set on for a few events now but never managed to snag one, thank you Tricia MUAH

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I adore Renea Mason and love her books, got a few BBF in her various series. I listened (a few times) to the audiobooks, narrated by the scrumptious voices of Erin Deward and Noah Michael Levine and cannot recommend them enough, if you like ménage that is.

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Received these colouring books from Christine at Sweet & Spicy Reads for blog giveaways Thank you Christine ❤ Check out their website, you might find some new books to love.

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Awesome swag too, these are a few that stand out to me

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Got to hug again authors I met at previous events, shared some laughs and of course the signature jello dicks were present too, along with some jello hearts, thank you Kerri ❤

… there were also a few authors I read, but met for the first time and a few new-to-me authors.

J.S. Scott was one of the ones I met for the first time, she donated a book for the giveaway on this post. I discovered her books not long ago and from what I read so far, I will continue for sure. Melanie Moreland donated an audiobook for a giveaway in the Aural Fixation group I am part of on Facebook. A great group for audiobook lovers, just reached 7,000 members WOOT !!! Janine Infante Bosco was so much fun and so was the duo who makes up Kindle Alexander. The upbeat energy that another duo, Morgan and Jennifer Locklear, gave off was contagious. Jen Luerssen is a new author for me, the book covers got my attention, so I bought some. Shiloh Walker is another new to me author, some titles caught my attention that will have to check out.

I wish I had time to meet them all, but missed a few because there was a lineup every time I got a change to get away from the table or the ‘shiny’ kept me busy LOL

For the first time since I’ve been going to these events, I got snubbed / ignored by a couple of authors when I approached them. It wasn’t a pleasant feeling, and believe me, I do not expect royal treatment, I am a nobody, but a hello or a ‘goawaybecausemyphoneismoreimportantnow’ would have been enough. I will not mention names, but they lost a reader/reviewer. Not a big deal in the big scheme of things, but I could have used that time to go see the others tables I missed visiting. Moving on…

Overall it was a great event, seeing my book ‘tribe’, the people I interact on FB often or see at events and consider friends, left me ‘high’ again. Such a positive feeling! THANK YOU for the hugs, laughs and your friendship. And the prezzies too XOXO

The silent auction was a resounding success, with the generous donations from authors and bloggers and proceeds going to Niagara Falls Public Library Children’s Literacy program.  I think it was over $2,500 that was collected. My contribution was this basket, it didn’t go for the cost of it all, but was a good sum nonetheless. Every penny counts, right? I bid on a few baskets myself but didn’t win any.

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Now to the best part… because you are all amazing and I love sharing my loot with you.

Giveaway contents:

  • a VIP bag

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  • swag and books

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  • a tote bag from me

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Q: Tell me who would you like to meet if you could?

Sexy Mr. Random will pick the winner from the comments, after 3pm EST on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Open internationally! GOOD LUCK!

Until next time… read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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New Year Wish – 2019

Hello and welcome!

First I would like to thank you for your support, the kind words, the shares for this past year and I hope you will join in next year too. I hope my posts make you smile and laugh, and that you collected a few BBF and BGF too along the way.

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Again my Father’s words come to mind. They are simple but so meaningful …
I WISH FOR YOU WHAT YOU WISH FOR ME!

My wish for you is that the new year is filled with
lots of books… and love… and joy… and health!

Happy New Year

Boldog Új Évet

Bonne année

Hauʻoli makahiki hou

Frohes neues Jahr

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

Felice anno nuovo

¡Feliz año nuevo!

Gott nytt år

Gelukkig nieuwjaar

Maligayang bagong Taon

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See you next year! Until then, happy reading / listening! XOXO

Christmas Wishes

Hello and welcome!

When I saw this pic years ago, it spoke to me and my Dad came to mind. He was a lover of nature, animals loved him, even wild ones, plants grew under his care like you’ve never seen. I came across it again recently and I thought I will share with you too.

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It has been a hard year for many, including me. Christmas is a time when we feel the loss more acutely of those we lost recently or many years ago, be that to death or to parting ways.

I am hopeful that next year will be better, I am a survivor and a fighter.

Here is my Christmas Wish to you… even if you don’t celebrate it.

Hungarian is my mother tongue, so I’ll start with that 😉

Boldog Karácsonyi Ünnepeket!

which means in…

English – “Merry Christmas!”
German – “Fröhliche Weihnachten”
French – “Joyeux Noël”
Spanish – “¡Feliz Navidad!”
Hawaiian – “Mele Kalikimaka”
Irish – “Nollaig Shona Dhuit”
Welsh – “Nadolig Llawen !”
Italian – “Buone Feste Natalizie”
Swedish – “God Jul”
Danish – “Glædelig Jul”
Dutch – “Vrolijk Kerstfeest”
Croatian – “Sretan Bozic”
Greek – “Kala Christouyenna”
Portuguese – “Feliz Natal”
Russian – “Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva s Novim Godom”
Chinese – (Mandarin) “Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan”
Thai – “Suk sarn warn Christmas”
Vietnamese – “Chuć Mưǹg Giańg Sinh”

and for us nerds 

Quenya (Lord of the Rings) – Alassë a Hristomerendë

Sindarin (Lord of the Rings) – Mereth Veren e-Doled Eruion

Klingon (Star Trek) – toDwI’ma’ qoS yItIvqu’

Este mikor kigyúlnak a karácsonyi fények, a gyermekkori álmok egy percre visszatérnek. Ekkor a szemekben a szeretet fénye lángol, s a gyertyafényénél még a csillag is táncol.

my translation…

When the Christmas lights come on in the evening, childhood dreams return for a moment. This is when love is shining in all eyes, and even the star dances in the candlelight.

After seeing again the picture above, I went in search of alternate Christmas decor ideas.

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May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow.

Hope this made you smile.

Until next time… read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

New Year Wish

Hello and welcome!

Another year has passed … where did it go I ask … this year I passed a huge milestone and I’ve been thinking more than usual about … life, family, friends, loyalty, love, health.

This past two years have been challenging for me on many levels and what I learned is that I need to be more loving and more forgiving towards myself, reach for things that I want, be more selfish with my time, say NO more often and do more that make me smile. Books make me smile, discovering new worlds created by such amazing minds make me smile. I will keep collecting book boyfriends … and girlfriends … and new voices to whisper in my ears 😉 found a few that I crush on and I hope I don’t embarrass them when I tell them so.

As we grow older, people leave our life, for various reasons, some by choice, some not so much and it affects us, sometimes with sadness, sometimes with relief. I read this quote recently and it stayed with me: “Celebrate endings – for they precede new beginnings.” It is hard to celebrate something ending, especially if it was not by my choice, but I believe that everything happens for a reason, as life showed me time and time again. I am ready to focus on the hope and light of new beginnings.

Thank you for being here, for your kind words, funny comments, for your support and I hope my posts make you smile and laugh, make you think and make you fall in love. Thanks for being so awesome!

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When the New Year starts with colourful fireworks, let them light up your life like a candle in the night and may they colour your year like a rainbow.

Happy New Year

Boldog Új Évet

Bonne année

Hauʻoli makahiki hou

Frohes neues Jahr

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

Felice anno nuovo

¡Feliz año nuevo!

Gott nytt år

Gelukkig nieuwjaar

Maligayang bagong Taon

My Father had a saying that he used many times, simple but brilliant …
I WISH FOR YOU WHAT YOU WISH FOR ME!

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See you next year 😉

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