A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

By These Ten Bones by Clare B Dunkle (Plus Giveaway!)

Hey everyone!  Please give a warm welcome to Clare B Dunkle, who is stopping by Book Faery today to discuss her re-printed book BY THESE TEN BONES (which is now available to buy today!)

I'll be posting my review sometime later this week, so keep an eye out for my thoughts on this wonderful novel.
As you can see in the picture to the left, Clare is in fact the very same author who wrote the prequel to WUTHERING HEIGHTS--THE HOUSE OF DEAD MAIDS.

Connect with Clare:
Website | Goodreads

Could you please briefly describe BY THESE TEN BONES for those unfamiliar with this novel?

BY THESE TEN BONES is a werewolf story set in the medieval Scottish Highlands. A silent young woodcarver named Paul comes to Maddie’s little town, and Maddie finds herself falling in love with him. But Paul is keeping a terrible secret, and Maddie’s neighbors begin to die one by one.

Which three words would you use to describe Maddie, and why?

Warm-hearted, confident, and optimistic. Maddie is the sort who will take on any challenge to help a friend, and she firmly believes in happy endings.

If Maddie was a modern day girl, what sort of high school clique do you think she would fall into?

Maddie isn’t like the girl in the cover art. She’s an average-looking girl who doesn’t like being the center of attention. She definitely wouldn’t be a popular girl. I think she might laugh at them. She’s too soft-hearted to cause trouble, so I think she’d be the steady sort who gets all her homework done on time and gets asked to show new kids around school. You’d find her with the students who volunteer—the students who don’t think they are a clique, even though they wind up doing things together.

What is Maddie's favorite color?

Green. She loves growing things.

What is Maddie's favorite book?

Because she lives in a time when only a handful of gentlewomen are literate, Maddie can’t read and doesn’t have a favorite book. But she has a healthy dose of curiosity. I think she would like nonfiction books about people in other countries.

If there was one motto Maddie lived by, what would it be?

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Which three words would you use to describe Paul, and why?

Lonely, tormented, and talented. Paul’s childhood was destroyed when a werewolf slaughtered his family. Woodcarving with his father’s tools is his only link to his happy past. He’s obsessive about carving, and he’s very good at it.

What wouldn't Paul ever be caught dead doing?

Falling in love—if he could help it. The only people Paul has ever loved died violently. He tries to keep away from everyone so that heartbreak can’t happen to him again.

What is Paul's favorite food?

Roast lamb.

What would Paul's favorite song be?

Paul loves the plaintive old Scottish ballads that tell a sad story. They’re beautiful songs, so they please his artistic temperament, and they also match his gloomy mood. We modern readers can get an idea of the songs Paul likes from this recording of Annachie Gordon. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdjc8AIOPO8)

Wow, that song is haunting.  If Paul was a modern day teenage boy, what would be his favorite hobby?

He probably would still love his woodcarving, but I suspect that if he had our modern paints and paper, he would be a talented artist and painter as well. Paul wouldn’t be the sort who’s out on a football field every afternoon, laughing and yelling to his friends. I think he would still be quiet and introspective.

Thanks for the awesome opportunity to learn more about Paul and Maddie, Clare!  Remember everyone, BY THESE TEN BONES (buy it at: Amazon ~ B&N ~ Borders ~ Book Depot) is a reprint, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't still check this story out when you get the chance. :)  Happy re-release day, Clare!

But that's not it.  To celebrate Clare's release, we'll be having a week long giveaway on Book Faery!

Giveaway Guidelines: 

1. US & Canada residents only, please.
2. Answer the question: What did you do to celebrate Valentine's Day?
3. Include your email address.
4. This giveaway ends 2/22/11.

Extra Entries:
-Tweet about this giveaway! If you tweet about it, be sure to include a link in the comments.


  1. Thanks for hosting!
    On Valentine's Day, I went to dinner with my finance. Then I ordered Swordfish to go for my son and brought it home for him. The night was wonderful!


  2. I Read most of Bled Dry by Erin McCarthy it's a Great book so far and the weather hear is to messy up to go out in right not Very Windy and Raining & cold.I Stead in and read a Good romance.
    From US

  3. I stayed for Valentine's day and baked white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies.


  4. I had forgotten that I really wanted to read The House of Dead Maids. Your post reminded me...thanks! I've added it to my wishlist. And thanks for this giveaway!

    I went out for a nice dinner with my husband, sons, and mom.

    tweeted: http://twitter.com/truebookaddict/status/37447168822345728


  5. Well, my husband had to work (boo!), but he brought home a dozen red roses on Saturday night! I spent Valentine's Day at the dentist for 2 hours! :( Then I went out to IHOP with my 3 year old! : )


  6. I made paper heart chains with my son, and I made us a special dinner.

  7. Thanks for the giveaway. Me and my husband didn't do anything for Valentines Day. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  8. We don't celebrate valentine's day so we just had dinner and watched tv as usual. But Friday we will celebrate 5 years since hubby proposed so we'll go out to dinner.


  9. Great giveaway!!
    I didn't do much my hubby and I stayed home with our kids but he did buy me an amazing bouquet of roses and choclate! it was perfect!!

    From Canada

  10. Dinner and a movie is our tradition! tWarner419@aol.com

  11. We stayed home and just watched tv.
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  12. It was a work day so my boyfriend and I went out for breakfast.

    sgiden at verizon.net

  13. The way I spent my Valentine's is going to sounds a bit lame, but I went to the (this is the lame part)doctors and (the better part) did lunch with my mom, dad, and sisters. I also finished reading The face on the Milk Carton and read half of Something Rotten.
    Thanks for the cool contest. ^_^

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

  14. We don't do much for Valentine's Day, so we just got each of the kids a card and candy and had a nice family dinner :)

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/enterthedrew/status/37596095269838848


  15. I did nada for VD. :)
    I'm curious tho... Maddie should have a favorite story even if she can't read. Hmm...
    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (Dot) com
    tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/BooksThings/status/37630211201695744

  16. I put the kids to bed and read!
    Husband was working all night so we had a nice hike the day before.

    terilhack at gmail dot com

  17. I made hubby & I dinner and then we watched The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

    Nice quiet evening at home :)

    onebookshy at yahoo dot com

  18. For Valentine's Day, I curled up in my bed with a book and watched Pretty Little Liars.


  19. Hi,
    On Valentine's Day I had to work and treat it as a normal day and to many of us thats all it is, is a normal everyday day..It's just as important or as exciting as the others..So I worked and took care of my 2 kids and then of course found time to read to make my day complete..
    This books sounds like a great read..
    Good luck to all..


  20. My husband and I had pizza and exchanged cards, lol. And I got candy.

    Thank you for the giveaway.


  21. As you know. . I love baking! So, if I had a valentine, I would definitely cook an extravagant dinner and bake a cake or some kind of dessert. :)
    I love making things, handmade, so I would make a fun gift that would last forever!

    camisadomind (at) yahoo (dot)com


  22. Hello there! I loved this character interview, what a great idea, and great way to get a reader interested in the story!

    For VD my fiance works second shift, so I was at home alone. Saturday was when we celebrated though. We went to see Tangled with my parents and took them out to a nice dinner at our favorite (and only) romantic eatery in town. It was amazing (and pricey!) We spent all weekend watching movies and just spending time lovin' each other. And...I finished Shadowfever by KMM.


  23. I didn't do anything but my sister did give me some candy and a balloon.


  24. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/CMHPfangrl/status/37705914534334464


  25. I just got money for the holiday


  26. I worked out and got back into my exercise routine.


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  28. my daughters had a fever so took care of them and hubby cooked dinner for me


  29. Hubby and I made catfish curry for supper. (He did most of the cooking; I did most of the cleaning.) It was fabulous. ^_^

    luraj2612 AT gmail DOT com

  30. Abosouletly nothing! I didn't even realize it was Valentine's until after had passed...


  31. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway
    For Valentine, I prepared a romantic dinner for my 22 year marriage with my hubby and a sexy evening, and we had quite a lot of fun too.

    WE still love each other very much,
    From Canada


  32. Usually I don't get into the werewolf stuff, but this actually sound interesting to me. I would love to read it!

    For Valentintes day my husband and I put the kids in the basement, movie on, treats/popcorn in hand, and then let them do their thing while we had our own treats up in our room, watched movies, cuddled. It was actually great. I love kicking it back at home.

    kathrynroberts at hotmail dot com

  33. We didn't do anything for valentine's day cause I think it's a pointless calendar holiday, however on that Friday we went out for sushi to celebrate 5 years since hubby proposed.


  34. Great giveaway!
    Valentine's Day here is an early weekend dinner and quiet time home with the hubby!

    Thx, Lisa


  35. My hubby and I went and watched our oldest daughter play soccer! Fabulous huh? After 18 years together and almost 14 married we don't do much for Valentines day anymore! We are too busy running our girls around!

    Thanks! mmafsmith@gmail.com

  36. My husband was gone so I just watched movies alone. He wrote me an email a day early but they didn't send it out on time :/

  37. I painted my nails pretty and ate chocolate!