• OCD: My Personal Journey and a Book Review

  • 8 Ways A Book Cover Will Turn Me Off

  • 21 Days to Make A Habit: I’m a Vegetarian

  • Readathon: Pledge to Donate to PAWS for Reading

  • Legacy: An Anthology Interview: J.J. Hensley

OCD: My Personal Journey and a Book Review

OCD: My Personal Journey and a Book Review

I have OCD, and I don’t mean the neat-freak kind, I mean the real kind. I walk on sidewalks in palindromes, have routines for setting my alarms that I have to start over if anyone talks, snores, or if the minute changes, and had a serious issue with a pull-chain light growing up. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I believe in a left and right sock and must, must, must put the earring with the tighter back in my right ear (I also can’t […]

My Readathon Plans

My Readathon Plans

Today is the day! Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is kicking off this morning and I plan to read for 24 hours straight. What’s more is I’m reading for PAWS for Reading, which the proceeds from the #30Authors book, Legacy: An Anthology goes to. Earlier this week, I posted a sign-up form for anyone who wishes to sponsor me during the event and I’d like to extend the invitation once again. I’m asking for a penny per page read with a $10 maximum (in case I read a billion pages). There’s no need […]

Posted 25 April, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in Challenges, Etcetera, Read-a-thon / 4 Comments

8 Ways A Book Cover Will Turn Me Off

8 Ways A Book Cover Will Turn Me Off

Let’s be honest – we all judge a book by its cover. We try not to but, as with people, first impressions matter and certain “types” of books tend to have a similar style of covers, so it’s hard not to judge. I’m not going to include any example photos because I don’t want to call out any books and offend someone, but I’m sure you can picture a few from each category. So, here are 8 types of covers that will turn me off: […]

Posted 24 April, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in Best of Lists / 11 Comments

21 Days to Make A Habit: I’m a Vegetarian

21 Days to Make A Habit: I’m a Vegetarian

There’s a saying that it takes 21 days to make a habit and I’m inclined to agree. Exactly 21 days ago I became a vegetarian. The fact that today is also Earth Day is cool but completely unintentional. So why did I give up meat? Well, I did it for a lot of reasons, but it started out as a month-long challenge simply to see if I had the willpower to try it out and stick with it. Being the bookworm that I am, I […]

Posted 22 April, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in Food, Lifestyle, Vegetarian / 12 Comments

Readathon: Pledge to Donate to PAWS for Reading

Readathon: Pledge to Donate to PAWS for Reading

It’s almost time for Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon and I’m very excited for many reasons. First, it’s a readathon, which is by its very nature perfect for me. Second, I just finished up my graduate thesis and this is my first free Saturday in several months. Third, the #30Authors book, Legacy: An Anthology was just released with all author proceeds going to PAWS for Reading, which pairs up dogs and books to help improve literacy. It’s also their 10 year anniversary, which means that I’ve been […]

Posted 21 April, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in Blog Tips, Challenges / 0 Comments

Legacy: An Anthology Interview: J.J. Hensley

Legacy: An Anthology Interview: J.J. Hensley

As you all know by now, Legacy: An Anthology, which is based on the #30Author event I ran last September, has officially released. Author J.J. Hensley has donated both his time and incredible support since the beginning and I’m so happy to be hosting his interview as part of a tour that includes other contributors and an interview with yours truly. You can find out who else is participating by heading over to Velvet Morning Press. Now, time for the interview! (PS – you can […]

Posted 20 April, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in #30 Authors, Author Events / 5 Comments

Launch Day: Legacy: An Anthology (#30Authors)

Launch Day: Legacy: An Anthology  (#30Authors)

After several months of planning, writing, and social media networking, the launch day for Legacy: An Anthology is finally here! In case you forgot, Legacy is based on the #30Authors event that The Book Wheel ran last September, in which 30 authors reviewed their favorite recent read on 30 different blogs. Following its success, Velvet Morning Press graciously offered to take the event to the next level and so, the anthology was born. We have several new contributors, as well as some familiar faces, so be […]

Mini Reviews: Madness and Identities

Mini Reviews: Madness and Identities

Welcome to April’s mini-reviews! I chose the title “Madness and Identities” because all of the following fall into one or both of these categories. Blood Will Out, Not That Kind of Girl, and 10 Days in a Madhouse all focus on identity and imposters, while Cloud Atlas focuses on the madness of the world. Although, to be fair, all crossover quite a bit. Now, here are the books! Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn What would you do if you found out one of your […]

Posted 15 April, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in Book Reviews, Mini Reviews / 8 Comments

Cementville by Paulette Livers (Book Review)

Cementville by Paulette Livers (Book Review)

On a stormy day in May 1969, seven coffins and one war-torn veteran were brought home from Vietnam to the small town of Cementville, Kentucky. So begins this “semi-autobiographical” story by Paulette Livers, who grew up in Bardstown, Kentucky – the real-life town with the highest per capita loss from the Vietnam War in the United States. Drawing on her personal experiences with the devastating effects of the war, Livers has crafted a fictional world that is very much rooted in her own. In 1969, Cementville (aptly named […]

Sunday Salon – The End Is Near

Sunday Salon – The End Is Near

Time // 10:44 MT Place // My desk in my home office. Real World // This is going to be a short Sunday Salon. I have a semi-final draft of my final project about reducing shark bycatch to boost revenues for NC’s fishing economy due tomorrow so I’ll be working on that all day. I spent the last two days in a fantastic forum that discussed the future of Colorado and its challenges, including infrastructure, broadband access, transportation, social impact bonds, and water. It was fascinating. […]

Posted 12 April, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in Sunday Salon / 0 Comments