Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Missing Emails/Update!

Hey everybody!

I just wanted to get on here and do a little ranty post. I don't normally do these, but I was just so frustrated, that I had to get it out! But before I go into specifics, I just want to put out there that I have lost all my emails/contacts. So, if I was scheduled to do a post,  I don't have the information anymore, as well as a way to contact individual people to apologize. So, if this affects you, please send me an email at my NEW email, located in the updated contact me tab. Thank you!

So, for my blog, I have had the same contact email the entire time. Even when I took down my posts on my blog for a while,  I still had the same email. I've never changed emails, so ALL my emails for my blog are in the same spot. Or were. This is where the rant comes into play....

I have a tendency to keep EVERYTHING. And emails are no exception. I will keep it unread until I am darn ready to get to it and delete it. I won't delete an email until I believe I have sufficiently answered it or documented it in some way. Each email is important to me. I will read each one, and if it is about a new book that I am interested in, I add it to my TBR. If it is from an author about a book they are coming out with,  I do my best to look into and add to my TBR. Or, I set up ways to make posts/promote. But I digress.

Long story short, I have a LOT of emails, and I was working my way through them, at my own pace. And I was fine with the amount I had. It didn't bother me, didn't stress me out. I just got to them when I did. But apparently Yahoo felt I needed a little help. So, when I logged on to my email last night after work, I was missing upwards of 600 emails. Where did they go?  I have no idea. At one point last night, I could search for the date they were sent and they would come up that way, but near the end the dates were changing to the times I had searched. So, I don't even know what I am missing anymore. And I tried to contact customer service...they are experiencing high call volume so they can't take my call?! Isn't that the point, there is a problem, I am having a problem just like the others, why can't you let me wait? Get a number? So, nobody at Yahoo Customer Care seems to CARE.

I figure it is time to cut my losses, seeing as this has happened before. Not exactly the same, but a problem almost as big. A few months back, maybe last year, I couldn't access my emails for over a week. And again, I was unable to get a hold of anybody...even on Twitter! I just feel like the customer service industry has taken a huge turn down. No personalized contact to try and fix problems anymore. They just shut off phone systems and hope to fix it without talking to the people affected by the problem.

What I got out of all this? I'm moving my email to a different provider, one who will hopefully want to talk me through problems I might have in the future. Another lessen? Maybe not keep so many emails unread. I know that this was my choice, but I lost a lot of information that I can't get back. Stuff that had I just gotten to, would have already been taken care of.

Anyway, thanks for listening to me rant. It's been an eye opening kind of experience for me. I now know the importance of the contacts tab! :)

~Kari

Monday, December 15, 2014

Storm Fall by Tracy Banghart Book Blitz

Good afternoon everybody! I am here today to bring you news about an interesting new YA Science Fiction/Dystopian series! I have been looking forward to making this post ever since I saw the first two books on NetGalley! I haven't gotten around to starting the series yet, but rest assured it is high on my Winter Break priority list! The synopsis has me utterly intrigued...Mulan anyone?

I am going to include information about both the books in this series in this post. If you haven't read the first book, please stick to the beginning of this post, as I would LOVE for you to be hyped up for this book like I am, but don't want you to get spoiled by the promo for the sequel!

Thank you, and stay tuned for my upcoming review of at least the first book in the coming weeks! I don't know how I am going to get any work done once I start the book, and will more than likely try my hand at binge reading them both! Let me know if you have read this series or if you are looking forward to it like I am!

Title: Rebel Wing
Author: Tracy Banghart
Series: Rebel Wing #1
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Dystopian
Purchase: Amazon

The Dominion of Atalanta is at war. But for eighteen-year-old Aris, the fighting is nothing more than a distant nightmare, something she watches on news vids from the safety of her idyllic seaside town. Then her boyfriend, Calix, is drafted into the Military, and the nightmare becomes a dangerous reality.

Left behind, Aris has nothing to fill her days. Even flying her wingjet—the thing she loves most, aside from Calix—feels meaningless without him by her side. So when she’s recruited to be a pilot for an elite search-and-rescue unit, she leaps at the chance, hoping she’ll be stationed near Calix. But there’s a catch: She must disguise herself as a man named Aristos. There are no women in the Atalantan Military, and there never will be.

Aris gives up everything to find Calix: her home. Her family. Even her identity. But as the war rages on, Aris discovers she’s fighting for much more than her relationship. With each injured person she rescues and each violent battle she survives, Aris is becoming a true soldier—and the best flyer in the Atalantan Military. She’s determined to save her Dominion . . . or die trying.

This is a new release of the previously self-published title Shattered Veil.


------------------Please Stop Here if You Haven't Read the First Book in the Series!!!--------

 Title: Storm Fall
Author: Tracy Banghart
Series: Rebel Wing #2
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Purchase: Amazon

In the action-packed sequel to Rebel Wing, Aris battles for life and love . . . and not everyone will survive.

Aris Haan gave up everything to join the Atalantan Military: her family, her boyfriend, even her identity. In the end, though, it didn’t matter that she was a war hero. When the all-male Military discovered that she was actually a woman, she was sent home and erased from history.

Now she has a chance to go back to the battlefield—as herself. But as hard as it was to be a soldier in disguise, it’s even more difficult now. The men in her unit undermine her at every turn. The Safaran army has spies everywhere, perhaps even on Aris’s stationpoint. And she’s falling for her mysterious superior officer, Milek. But their relationship is forbidden, just stolen moments between training sessions and missions. There’s no room for love in war.

Then Aris discovers that Safara’s leaders have set their sights on her, Atalanta’s hero. And she must find them before they find her . . .


~AUTHOR INFO~

Award-winning author, Army wife, and mom Tracy Banghart has an MA in Publishing and an unhealthy affection for cupcakes. Her quiet childhood led to a reading addiction, writing obsession, and several serious book boyfriends. She writes novels featuring strong women, realistic romances, and tight female friendships because she believes in cultivating worlds where women support rather than compete with one another, and first kisses happen en route to new adventures, instead of in lieu of them.

Author links:
Here is a map of Atalanta! I have to say, I love a story with maps, so now I HAVE to read this book soon! :)
  
 ***And if that wasn't enough...here is a chance to win some AWESOME prizes! See, I have brought you three awesome surprises today!!! And I'm not done there...just wait, there's more! But you will just have to wait until I post my review for the other little treats! I don't want to make this post SUPER long, so in my review I will include the author's playlist for the 2nd book as well as her top 10 list of strong MC's!

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  Thank you all so much for stopping by! Please check out this series!

~KARI