Feature and Follow Friday #9

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly event hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, that allows bloggers to spread the word about their blog and gain new followers. Each week bloggers also answer a book related question. This week’s question is:

You Are It! We are playing #FF tag this week. Comment on as many blogs as you can, even if they aren’t participating in #FF. Just say Happy #FF! At the end of your comment. Keep a running total if you want and update your post with it. The bigger the number the more impressed we will be!

Happy #FF

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Are you a Twilight fan?

Treasured Tales for Young Adults in celebrating the 5th anniversary of the cinematic release of Twilight.  Check out the competition page for your chance to win a Twilight prize pack.

Blogger Guest Post: Yara (from Once Upon a Twilight) [Twilight 5th Anniversary Celebration]

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Today, Yara (from Once Upon a Twilight) has stopped by Treasured Tales to help continue the Twilight 5th Anniversary celebration.  Thank you, Yara, and welcome to Treasured Tales.

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Once Upon a Twilight

There was this magazine that pictured a book with an apple held by some very pale hands. So I read this ad and saw that a second book had just been released that pictured a white with red ruffled tulip on its cover. So I said hmmm, I should check these books out. I had no clue from that ad that I would be introduced to young adult novels. Well little did I know that these books were going to affected me like a drug. Life stop moving around me as I inhaled these books and my life was FOREVER changed. It was a rough time waiting for the next 2 books to be published, but I survived. Then one day the news that the first book, the one with its pale hands holding that apple would be turing into a feature film. I swear I heard the Hark Angels sing. As excited as I was, I still couldn’t believe it.

So when Twilight finally hit theaters nationwide on November 21st 2008, once again my life was changed FOREVER along with millions of other fans. Our beloved characters that changed our lives when we read the 4 books, were now real or as real as they could get). I might not have agreed with certain castings or what nots, but still ‘Twilight‘ was ALIVE.

We might have laughed or cringed at certain times during the movie. But it didn’t matter, it would be the stepping stone and beginning to the Twilight Phenomena. Because the other 4 films to follow in Twilight’s footsteps were Epic and will always be treasured alongside Twilight.

5 years later after 5 films, 5 Red Carpets, 4 full length novels, 1 novella and everything else in between we continue to love and remember why we were irrevocably changed by one woman’s dream about a Human girl and a sparkly Vampire.

Thank you Twilight and Thank you Stephenie Meyer.

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Thank you, Yara, for your guest post and for sharing your photos of your meetings with Stephenie and the cast.  😀  You can visit Yara’s blog by clicking on the icon below –

Once Upon a Twilight

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Competition

Don’t forget to check out the competition page for your chance to win a Twilight prize pack.

Previous Twilight posts:

My Twilight Story

Alison (from Alison Can Read)

Next Twilight post:

Toby (from Toby and the Munchkin)

Blogger Guest Post: Alison (from Alison Can Read) [Twilight 5th Anniversary Celebration]

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Today, Alison (from Alison Can Read) has stopped by with a guest post to help celebrate the 5th anniversary of the cinematic release of Twilight.  Welcome to Treasured Tales, Alison.  Thank you for the post. 😀

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Hi everyone! I’m Alison from Alison Can Read, a young adult and manga books blog. Thanks so much to Alishia for asking me to write a guest post in honor of the fifth anniversary of the Twilight movie.

I’ve been an unabashed Twilight fan for just over five years. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. I read all four books in October 2008. At the time I was vaguely aware that a movie was coming out but mostly because there were rumors that the Harry Potter movie had been delayed because of the Twilight movie. I was annoyed about that. I fell in love with the Twilight series the moment I read them and then waited with bated breath for 6 weeks for the movie to come out.

I adored the first Twilight movie. I saw it twice in the theaters and watched it on DVD multiple times. After a total of five Twilight movies, the first one is still my favorite. There’s a few reasons for that. First, I loved the edgy atmosphere that Catherine Hardwicke established for the film. It was a low budget movie and looked like it, but it had an energy that the later movies didn’t achieve. Also, I enjoyed watching the actors. They were young and mostly not famous. They all seemed like they were friends, they were having fun, and they were grateful to be there. As the group became more famous/infamous as the years went on, the collegial feeling amongst the actors seemed to go away. You can feel that even when they’re pretending to be other people. And of course, a significant reason that the first movie felt so fresh is that the hatred wasn’t as prominent. Plenty of people complained about the books and movies, but the popular consensus hadn’t yet reduced the word Twilight to a sneering joke.

The movie was far from perfect. Even I, a huge fan, laughed at the movie numerous times rather than with it. The acting was so so. Rob Pattinson hadn’t quite gotten an American accent figured out. The pacing wasn’t perfect. I forgive all of that. The fun and the wonder that I experienced watching the movie outweighed all its flaws. The subsequent movies were better shot, better plotted, better scripted, and better acted. Still, none of them have quite achieved the love I have for the first film. Congratulations to Twilight for reaching its fifth anniversary.  It’s been quite a ride.

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Thank you, Alison, for sharing your thoughts on Twilight.  You can visit Alison’s blog by clicking on the icon below –

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Competition

Don’t forget to check out the competition page for your chance to win a Twilight prize pack.

Previous Twilight post:

My Twilight Story

Next Twilight Post:

Yara (from Once Upon a Twilight)

Happy 5th Anniversary Twilight

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Five years ago today, on the 21st of November 2008, the Twilight movie was officially released at the cinemas in the U.S.A, and while Australia had to wait until the 11th of December 2008 to see Twilight on the big screen, Twilight was officially out in the world – the wait was over, Bella, Edward, and Jacob had been brought to life on the silver screen.

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the cinematic release of Twilight, Treasured Tales for Young Adults is having a Twilight celebration.  Over the next few days, bloggers will be stopping by to share their thoughts on the Twilight movie.  There is also a Twilight prize to win – just click here for details. *competition is now closed*

Before Alison (from Alison Can Read) stops by with her thoughts on Twilight, I would like to share my Twilight story.

I hope you enjoy the celebration.

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My Twilight Story

twilight_aussie_ posterIn July 2008, I discovered the Twilight books.  As I read Twilight, I became more and more enthralled by Bella and Edward’s story.  After reading Twilight,  I went back to my local bookstore once a week for three weeks and bought the next book in the series.  I remember shopping one day after I had just finished reading Breaking Dawn – I walked through the grocery shop in a dream-like state as I was thinking about the book.

While I was reading Twilight, I discovered that it was being adapted into a movie; I was thrilled.  Over the next few months, I spent hours on the internet watching the teaser trailers, discovering Twilight fan sites, and reading articles about the movie and the cast.

I was counting down the days for the Australian release of the movie, and then the moment arrived – it was finally time to see the movie!!!!  I remember sitting in the movie theatre being so excited.

From watching the teaser trailers, I was quite sure that I would love the movie and that was confirmed from the moment I saw a flash of Edward hunting a deer in the forest.  The way the movie started just seemed so right, so perfect.  As I watched Bella leave Phoenix and saw the landscape of Forks appear, I knew that the movie would be perfect.  Director Catherine Hardwicke, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, and the production team had stayed true to the books, perfectly capturing the essence of the novel – from the greenery of Forks to the intense connection and attraction between Bella and Edward – it was all there.

I remember smiling as I watched the Cullens walk into the cafeteria as Jessica gossiped about them to Bella, and I also remember smiling from ear to ear as Robert Pattinson walked into the cafeteria as Edward Cullen.  I still smile when I watch that scene.

As I think of Twilight now, I remember my favourite scenes, those scenes that held me captivated – when Edward follows Bella into the forest, their time in the meadow, and the beautiful moments of Bella and Edward dancing under the pergola surrounded by thousands of fairy lights at the prom (so beautiful).  Everything about the movie was perfect to me.

Nothing I say will truly capture just how much I love the movie.  The Twilight Saga means so very much to me;  I deeply love the story.  It’s romantic, passionate, beautiful, and heartfelt.  These books gave me back my love of reading – they changed my life.  I will always and forever be a proud Twilighter.

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Next Twilight post:

Alison (from Alison Can Read)

*Twilight movie stills remain the property of Summit Entertainment.

Character Guest Post: Eden Newman

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Hi everyone. *waves hello*  I hope you are having a nice weekend.  Today, Eden Newman (the heroine of the Save the Pearls series by author Victoria Foyt) has stopped by Treasured Tales with a character guest post.  Thank you to Victoria for sharing Eden with Treasured Tales, Matt for arranging the guest post and, of course, Eden Newman.

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(This character guest post is slightly spoiler-ish if you haven’t read Revealing Eden and Adapting Eden)

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THE RETURN OF LOVE

Why is it so hard to find love on this cruel, misbegotten world? Most people who live in the Tunnels believe that love is long dead, nothing more than a childish myth. But if I fulfill my destiny, that’s about to change.

Kind of ironic, isn’t it? Me, Eden Newman, a Pearl who couldn’t find a mate to save her life, literally, has somehow inherited the job of goddess of love! And it’s no easy task, either. I will have to vanquish the overblown forces of war and hate that have hardened people’s hearts and made the world so unreceptive to love’s presence.

Believe or not, love once flourished on Earth. I know because as a researcher at a big lab, I had access to many secret files where I discovered an entire cache of what were called “romance novels.” Pretty silly stuff: girl meets boy, they have a misunderstanding, girl secretly likes boy, but won’t admit it, external forces conspire to bring them together, again and again, despite themselves, and finally, the underlying confusion is cleared up, they kiss and make up, and—this part always kills me—live happily ever after, way past age forty.

Still, I confess: I could not stop reading those romance novels. The implausible but achingly tender stories stirred something foreign in me. Longing, my mother called it, when I dared to tell her the truth.

Mother said that love still existed, even in our underground, post-apocalyptic world. She believed you could see evidence of it in a smile or kind word, however rare they were. And she wasn’t the only one, either. Our adopted aunt, Emily Dickinson, spouted some amazing lines about love:

That Love is all there is

Is all we know about Love;

It is enough, the freight should be

Proportioned to the groove.

Well, now I know for sure that love and longing are real because every day my heart beats true for my beloved, Bramford. I can hardly get through an hour without wondering when I will see him again, and if he is alive and well.

Perhaps, like in those Old World novels, Bramford and I were the two most unlikely people ever to fall in love. To start with, we stood on the opposite sides of wealth and status. He was a powerful Coal, and I was a lowly Pearl. What else do you need to know?

Okay, at first I hated him. And I’m pretty sure he hated me too. He could barely look me in the eye at the lab he owned. But forces conspired to bring us together in the most unlikely place—the last patch of rainforest.

Somehow, Bramford and I overcame our differences and found love. And so must the world’s remaining population, if life will continue, as we know it. Well, not exactly as we know it—man must adapt. Adapt with love. It’s the only way.

My head is spinning at the idea of love resuming its natural place in the order of things. Will songs be written about it again? Will people mate for love, and die for love? I will, for one.

Change has to begin somewhere, why not with me? Eden Newman, newly ordained goddess of love.

Thank you for the guest post, Eden.

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Have you read Revealing Eden and Adapting Eden (books one and two in the Save the Pearls series)

Would you like Eden’s job – to be a goddess of love?

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Adapting Eden

Adapting Eden (Save the Pearls #2)

Book description (from Goodreads) –

In the sequel to the dystopian novel, Revealing Eden, Eden Newman must adapt into a hybrid human beast if she hopes to become Ronson Bramford’s mate. She has no choice but to undergo her father’s adaptation experiment at his makeshift laboratory in the last patch of rainforest. But when the past rears its ugly head, Eden and Bramford must abandon camp along with their family and friends.

Luckily, an Aztec tribe that has survived with the aid of a healing plant provides them with sanctuary—or is it? Too late, Eden realizes she is at the center of an epic spiritual battle between love and war.To survive, she must face her deepest fears or lose everything, including the beastly man she loves.

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For more info, visit the official Save the Pearls website:

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“Waiting on” Wednesday: The Lair

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are looking forward to.

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The LairThe Lair (The Farm #2) by Emily McKay

Book description (from Goodreads) –

After making it to a resistance base camp in Utah, Lily learned to survive at all costs. But when a Tick attack decimates the fighters, Lily and her pregnant friend, McKenna, decide to make the hard trek north to Canada—and safety.

Meanwhile, Mel is being taught how to survive by the very vampire that turned her. Living without her sister is hard, but dealing with the fact that her autism was cured by the vampire bite is an even bigger challenge.

But when a monstrous betrayal places Lily in mortal danger, Mel must set out to find her, save her, and begin to unravel the empire of destruction that the Ticks have built.

To be released:  5th November 2013

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I absolutely loved The Farm (you can read my review here), so I am eagerly awaiting the release of the sequel, The Lair.  So excited for more Carter.  *swoon*

What book are you waiting on the Wednesday?

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More information about Emily McKay and The Farm series:

goodreads ~ website ~ blog ~ official The Farm website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ Escape the Farm facebook page

Cover Reveal: Cursed

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I am very excited to be a part of The Brookehaven Vampires street team.  Today, as part of the street team, I will be sharing with you the cover of Cursed, book four in the awesome Brookehaven Vampires series.

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Cursed (The Brookehaven Vampires #4) by Joann I. Martin Sowles

Book description –

Leaving it all behind, Laney and Oliver are looking forward to getting away from the troubles of “Treeville,” and finally beginning their forever. Unfortunately, Laney’s guardian angel and Oliver’s twin have other plans in mind.

Even so, after a wonderful, yet also terrifying few days together, Laney and Oliver are off to the capital where they will partake in Levi’s plans of persuading his love to join his world. Although enjoyable, and rather entertaining, Laney and Oliver must soon return home where anything can and will go wrong.

As if a psychotic angel and a crazy twin brother were not enough, Laney and her friends come to find that their previous troubles with witches, werewolves, and the Weslin siblings were nothing compared to what is coming.

With many secrets into her life revealed, Laney must find it within herself to hold it together and make the right choices to help save the ones she loves.

With everyone’s futures hanging in the balance, will Laney and her friends be able to put a stop to a chain of events that could tear their world apart?

YA/NA, Paranormal Romance. 18+ *Mature Content Warning*

To be released:  November 2013

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Wow, I can’t wait to read Cursed.

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Check out the first three books in The Brookehaven Vampires series:

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More information about The Brookehaven Vampires and author Joann I. Martin Sowles:

website ~ facebook ~ goodreads ~ twitter

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Joann I. Martin Sowles

Author bio:

Joann I. Martin Sowles is the self-published author of The Brookehaven Vampires series. She prefers fantasy to reality, and anything purple. She could spend hours talking to anyone who would listen about her favorite books, movies, and TV shows. She loves to read and is a devoted Mickey Mouse fan. When she’s not consumed by her writing, Joann is busy homeschooling her kids or hiding from housework.

To find out more about Joann and the Brookehaven Vampires, visit her website at: www.brookehavenvampires.com.