Nerd vs. Geek 2.0

Remember this discussion from a while back?
Well, xkcd has come up with an awesome Venn Diagram  poking fun at people like me, who endlessly debate the differences between a Nerd and a Geek.
If you mouse over the comic at their site, you’ll see his distinction between the terms.
I completely agree.
But doesn’t the term “Nerd” just sound cooler?
I think I just stumbled upon the *ultimate* oxymoron: a cool nerd.
Let’s all mull that over for a while.
Until next time, live long and prosper!

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly feature that was started by Kristi at The Story Siren.
It’s a chance to learn about the books I received or bought this week.
For My Collection:
 
 
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
 
James bought this book for me when we went to the bookstore one night last week. I seriously read it in a day. It was *so* good and *so* compelling.
 
I just had to know what happened!
 
Review to come soon!
 
 
The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
We picked this up at the bookstore that same day. It is a *signed* copy because the author had visited the bookstore last week (I didn’t know about it in time to go…sad panda).
I’m hoping to use this in a future giveaway!
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
This book was acquired after a second trip to the bookstore. I loves me the bookstore. :)
I’ve started on this one and it’s great so far. I’m excited to finish it.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
This book is *huge* but I’m really looking forward to reading it!
What did you acquire this week?
I look forward to hearing about it!
Thanks for looking!

Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
This work of historical fiction catalogs the life of our 16th President in a story never before told.
Using Lincoln’s newly-discovered personal journals, Seth Grahame-Smith explains the role vampires (yes, vampires) played in shaping the Civil War and the life of Honest Abe.
What can I say about this book? I *loved* it.
I was hesitant to read it at first. The subject matter seemed so…. wrong.
But now I am *so* glad I picked it up.
Grahame-Smith masterfully intertwines history and fiction in this novel. Many times, I found myself actually believing that vampires were real and that Abraham Lincoln hunted them.The historical facts in this novel are astounding. And the journal entries read like they were actually written by Lincoln himself.

I fell in love with him as a character and related strongly to his trials throughout his life.The cameos by famous individuals were also enjoyable: Edgar Allan Poe and Martin Luther King, Jr., among others.

The plot makes sense and is believable, you know, if any book with vampires can be believable.I highly recommend this novel.

It will have you rethinking your beliefs about our country’s history.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is available from Amazon.com here.

Book Blogger Hop: Giveaways!

 Happy Friday!
That means it’s time for another Book Blogger Hop from Crazy-for-Books!
For this week, I thought I’d compile a list of giveaways from book blogs I follow.
 Everyone likes free books, right?
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First up, there’s my Dead in the Family Giveaway!
Enter to win a *signed* copy of Charlaine Harris’ latest Sookie Stackhouse novel!
Contest Ends: June 4
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This book looks *so* funny.
Since marrying The Nerd, I’ve developed an appreciation for graphic novels, super heroes and comics.
And this book would be a great addition to my collection!
Even if I don’t win the signed ARC, I’ll be purchasing this one in October when it’s released!
Contest Ends: May 30

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Liz is going to give *nine* people the chance to choose from a plethora of books and prizes. 
Um, yeah. That’s 57 books and a TON of swag!
I can’t even begin to describe all of the awesome prizes.
I’d really like to win the Num8ers hardback by Rachel Ward.
Contest Ends: May 31
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Kelsey will award one lucky winner with the following prizes:
The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller (ARC)
The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June by Robin Benway (ARC)
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce (ARC)
Contest Ends: June 1
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Michelle is giving away an ARC of Of All the Stupid Things by Alexandra Diaz.

This looks really interesting, and I’ll be excited to check it out once it’s released.

Contest Ends: June 6

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573 Followers Signed Book Giveaway by  The First Novels Club

The girls are giving away four *signed* books!

OMG – these are some awesome titles!

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
White Cat by Holly Black (!!)
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (!!!)

Contest Ends June 15

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Thanks for looking!

Buttermilk Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies are *so* chewy and flavorful.
This is a great go-to recipe for those times when you’re craving delicious sugar cookies but don’t want to go to the trouble of rolling out the dough, cutting out the cookies and then decorating them.
Just slap some buttermilk frosting on the top, sprinkle with some fun candies, and you’re good to go!
I’m sending a batch of these up north to my brother to thank him for his super-awesome Web design skillz. He’s, you know, awesome and stuff.
Buttermilk Sugar Cookies
Cast of Characters:
5 1/2 cups of flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
4 sticks softened butter
3 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
6 Tbsp buttermilk
Directions:
 Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
 In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar and mix until light and fluffy. 
Then, beat in the vanilla and the eggs.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder.
Add the flour to the butter mixture. 
Beat in the buttermilk, one tablespoon at a time.
Roll the dough into small balls and line on a baking sheet.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the very edges of the cookies turn golden brown.
Don’t they look so crisp? Yummy.
Cool on wire racks.
Meanwhile, make the frosting! 
Buttermilk Frosting
Cast of Characters:
1 stick softened butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Buttermilk to consistency
Directions:
Mix all ingredients until creamy. Frost the cookies as desired.

Enjoy!

These Buttermilk Sugar Cookies are *so* chewy and yummy. You’ll be stocking your fridge with the “secret” ingredient!

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!
Here’s my pick this week:
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
Release date: June 5, 2010
Product Description from Amazon: “Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.”
Yes – I am one of *those* girls.
I loved The Twilight Saga.
I may be a sucker just making Stephenie Meyer richer, but I’ll definitely be getting this one.
It will be interesting to see the perspective of a newborn vampire. And, of course, I’m anxious to get every last scrap of information from this world that Stephenie has created.
You can pre-order this book from Amazon here.

So, what are you waiting on this week?

PS – Don’t forget to enter my Dead in the Family signed book giveaway!
Click here for more info!

Signed Books

BookExpo America is underway in New York, and I am sitting here in Tejas wishing I was there.
Can you imagine? A room full of authors just sitting in their booths, waiting to autograph my books?
I could be chatting up R.L. Stine right now.
Well, I guess it wouldn’t go quite like that, but I still wish I was there.
And not here.
But I am.
Fortunately for lowly bloggers like me who have to stay at home and miss all the fun, there is Armchair BEA!
It’s a way to stay connected and discuss all the things we’d do if we were at BEA.
Sound fun?
Well, the first thing that I’d do is get a *ton* of books signed to beef up my sad collection.
Seriously, it’s sad.
My friends and fellow readers, I only own three signed books.
Wanna see ’em?
Hank The Cowdog by John R. Erickson
This was the first signed book I ever got. Mr. Erickson came to the college near my high school during my senior year. I *loved* the Hank The Cowdog books growing up.

Hank was so fun!

The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond
I stood in line for more than eight hours to get this book signed. My poor hubby was there with me every step of the way. To this day, he still cringes when I mention wanting to go to a book signing.
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
This is my most newly acquired signed book. I had such a fun time at the signing. Now, I’m contemplating ways to attend *many, many* more. Poor James.
Want to increase your collection of signed books? Enter my Dead in the Family giveaway.
If I was at BEA, there are books I would *have* to get signed:
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Fallen by Lauren Kate
What about you? What books are you dying to have signed?
Thanks for looking!


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