RANDOMS: The Future of Pure Textuality…

Greetings, humans!  Jena here!

I wanted to touch base with all of our fabulous readers out there to give you an idea about all the changes we have gone through recently here at Pure Textuality.

 

FACELIFT!!!!
First, and probably most obvious, is the appearance.  When Pure Textuality was started, I only had a vague vision of what I wanted the look of the site to be.  As the years have passed, I have continuously tweaked and altered the look of the site, and I think I have finally settled on a look I like.  In the last few weeks, I have gone through and changed the entire site over to match the new “branding” and it’s finally done.

 

THE PURE TEXTUALITY STAFF
Another thing that has changed is our staff.  Due to life, careers, or just a general change in their path, we have had a few people exit.   Although I was sad to see them leave us, I am super-excited for them on their new paths.  Some of them will be making guest appearances here and there, but they are no longer part of the staff as a regular reviewer.  Those people are Matt, Ginny, Kendra, Dolly, and Beth.

With departures comes new additions!  We reached out to the Twitterverse and Facebookland this past week asking about who was interested in becoming a Pure Textuality reviewer and the response was overwhelming.  Out of the applicants, I chose five people to welcome to the team.  So far, the ones who have accepted are L.E., Jessilyn, and Abby.

L.E. is an author friend of mine with fabulous taste in men.  lol  She and I have started a weekly hashtag on Facebook devoted to the immaculate specimen of man who is James McAvoy and called it #mcavoymonday.  As a reader, L.E. has a serious jones for, and I quote, “alphas who are cool-headed and hot-blooded.”  She then goes on to say “No Alpha-holes.”  lol  I dig this chick so much, and I am stoked to have her on the team!

Another addition is someone I never thought I would see here, and, for the record, either did she.  Jessilyn is my best friend, my hetero soulmate, my #rideordiebitch.  lol  She and I have known each other for YEARS and she’s been one of my faithful cheerleaders on my publishing journey.  Last month, Pure Textuality Public Relations hosted a multi-author book signing in Manchester, New Hampshire called the Queen City Author Event.  Jessilyn attended with me as my PA and extra set of hands to run the signing (I was a signing author there and having her there was a blessing from the stars).  She instantly fell in love with the vibe of the room and started talking about book blogging.  We chatted about it, and in the end, I invited her to join Pure Textuality to give it a shot.  I am BEYOND ecstatic to have her as part of the team!  :)

Abby is the only one I don’t know outside of the Pure Textuality blogger application.  She’s a newbie to me,  but everyone is super-excited to welcome her to the team!

 

MORE, MORE, MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
While working out a few design kinks yesterday, I got thinking back to when I first brought staff into Pure Textuality, and thought about how big the team was then.  At one point, we had a team of TWENTY-ONE reviewers.  At the time, it was VERY difficult to juggle the schedule and getting things posted with my day job.  BUT NOW!  Now, I am working a job that allows me 8 PAID hours per day to work on whatever I need to – blogging, writing, staring at the wall……ANYTHING.  So, since I have the time to invest in a CRAZY hectic schedule with Pure Textuality, I am going balls to the wall.  I have decided to open up TEN MORE BLOGGER POSITIONS.  If the three reviewers we have pending join on, that will give us a reviewer staff of twenty-five people.  That’s twenty-five unique voices.  That’s twenty-five people to help me field the 500+ review requests we get every month.  Depending on how it works out, I may very well expand further.  We shall see…..

If you are interested in joining Pure Textuality
as a reviewer, click here for details!

As a side note, we could REALLY use some testosterone on the team, so, if you’re a dude and you love to read, don’t be shy about applying!

 

BLOG TOURS, GUESTS POSTS, AND ANY OTHER PROMO
Along with the idea of the crazy hectic schedule, I have also decided to start jumping on a lot of blog tours again.  I had fun with it back in the day and I think it’s time to do it again.  Especially now that I have the time to post every morning.  So, be on the look out for lots more touring authors on Pure Textuality.

 

THE PURE TEXTUALITY FACEBOOK FANPAGE
Oh gawd, that page is just a baron wasteland, yeah?  I know, I know.  I’ve never had time to do anything crazy with it.  We have a good amount of “likes” but not nearly as high as our email followers.  Well, that’s all about to change.  Part of my push to get Pure Textuality where I want it to be is I have a TON of author swag at my house just DYING to be given away, and I really think that the fanpage would be the most fun place to do that.  :)  With the new staff comes some new admins on the Facebook page!  As of right now, it’s me, Jessilyn, and L.E. who will be serving as admins on there, but, I plan to add a few more as well.

 

PURE TEXTUALITY – EROTICA SITE
This is an idea I have been toying with for quite some time and I am really excited to get it rolling!  I am going to start building a second blog here soon dedicated to the naughtier books out there and it’s going to be a no holds barred kind of thing.  That site will host all there is to be had for erotica and erotic romance.  Basically, it’s going to be Pure Textuality’s younger, much sluttier little sister.

Although I don’t read a ton of it personally, I would love to have a blog just dedicated to it where the readers can go, judgement free, and discuss their favorite dirty little books.  ;)  I will get the site built, reach out to publishers to have them add it to their reviewer lists, recruit a handful of dirty birds for the review team, contact any erotica/erotic romance authors I can find to give them the heads up that we are there, and then launch.  I am hoping for a January 1st launch date, BUT, depending on how quickly the whole process goes, it may very well be sooner than that.  :) I am still toying with the name, so, I don’t have that yet, but it’ll be announced soon.

 

So, ladies and gents, that’s everything for right now.  This has been a BUSY year and I am looking forward to really pushing the boundaries.  :)

Jena 

 

REVIEW ​by Lorna: The Nightingale Bones by Ariel Swan (@AMSwan , @Mollykatie112)

81P4+dfyLnL._SL1500_Someone has been waiting a long time for Alice Towne to arrive in Hawthorne.

Two hundred years, in fact.

Trying to accept her mother’s belief that the women of the Towne family are blessed, not cursed, with supernatural abilities, twenty-seven-year old Alice leaves a disapproving Boston husband to housesit for the summer in tiny Hawthorne, a historic village famous in the 1800s for its peppermint farms and the large, herbal-essence distilleries that flourished around the Massachusetts township.

She settles into a beautiful old home with a tragic reputation. There are said to be sightings and sounds from the spirit of a young woman who hanged herself after all her children died there of illnesses in the 1900s.

But soon, Alice experiences firsthand encounters that convince her the spirit is not who people think. The truth is shocking, steeped in the town’s distillery history and its legends of a local wizard and witchcraft. As she falls in love with a local farmer whose family legacy is as tangled in the magick and the mystery as her own, Alice’s fear becomes not whether the past can be resolved . . . but whether it’s waiting to claim new victims.

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RELEASE DAY SPOTLIGHT: Destined to Love (Starting Over Trilogy #3) by Brenda Kennedy (@BrendaKennedy_)

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Trying to move on and build a life together with Angel, Mason Myles plans a special birthday dinner proposal for Angel Perez, where he learns that Angel is still being tortured by her past.

Angel reveals during the proposal that she may be pregnant with her rapist’s baby.

Mason is now torn by the fact he wasn’t able to save Angel from her abusive ex; now he may be faced with the remembrance of that dreadful night, forever.

Destined

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RELEASE DAY REVIEW by Chelsey: The Time Roads by ​Beth Bernobich (@CNicholsBooks , @beth_bernobich)

the time roadsA fantastical nineteenth century alternate historical steampunk romp from Beth Bernobich, the critically acclaimed author of the River of Souls trilogy.

Éire is one of the most powerful empires in the world. The Anglian Dependencies are a dusty backwater filled with resentful colonial subjects, Europe is a disjointed mess, and many look to Éire for stability and peace. In a series of braided stories, Beth Bernobich has created a tale about the brilliant Éireann scientists who have already bent the laws of nature for Man’s benefit. And who now are striving to conquer the nature of time.

The Golden Octopus: Áine Lasairíona Devereaux, the young Queen of Éire, balances Court politics while pursing the Crown’s goals of furthering scientific discovery. When those discoveries lead to the death and madness of those she loves, Áine must choose between her heart and her duty to her kingdom.

A Flight of Numbers Fantastique Strange: Síomón Madóc is desperately trying to discover who is killing the brightest of Éire’s mathematicians. The key to saving lives lies in the future…and Síomón must figure out a way to get there.

Ars Memoriae: Éireann spymaster Aidrean Ó Deághaidh goes to the kingdom of Montenegro to investigate rumors of great unrest. But Ó Deághaidh is tormented by visions of a different timeline and suspects that someone in his own government is playing a double game….

The Time Roads: Éire stands on the brink of the modern age, but old troubles still plague the kingdom. An encounter with a mysterious stranger near death holds the clue to both the past and the future of the nation.

 

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NEWS: Pure Textuality is Looking for New Bloggers!

As life gets in the way or paths shift, bloggers come and go.  Recently, due to success in other areas of their lives (cant fault them for that!), we have lost some members of the Pure Textuality family.  Well, it’s time to get some fresh blood in here with voices that need to be heard!  

Do you like to read?  Do you talk your friends’ ears off telling them how good/bad a book is?  Rather than taking it out on your friends and family, would you like a creative outlet for it? 

 

 

WE ARE LOOKING TO FILL AT LEAST 5 POSITIONS!

We are not looking for someone to put 100% of their time to Pure Textuality.  We are looking for someone who can do a review at least twice each calendar month, but you will not hear a complaint out of us if you want to do 20 reviews a month.  You might hear occasional jealous mumbles (“I wish I had enough time to read that many books per month!”) but no complaints, I assure you.  If you already blog for another site, that’s fine too!  We have a few bloggers on staff who blog for multiple sites. 

If you are a good fit and you like blogging here at Pure Textuality, you may be tapped to read an ARC (advanced reader copy) for reviews to be posted on the book’s release date. 

So, click here to go to the Bloggers Wanted page if you’re interested.  Just fill out the form and someone will get back to you in 24-48 hours. 

 

PLEASE NOTE:  All information entered in the blogger application will be treated as confidential and will not be released or distributed in any way, shape or form by Pure Textuality. 


BLOG TOUR TEASER REVEAL: Betrayed (Breaking the Darkness #2) by Felicia Starr (@FeliciaStarr111)

BetrayedEBookKasha Alexander has been through a great deal since the death of her Gram, kidnapped, and abused, she has fought her way out of captivity with the help of the one man who just might be her saving grace, Graven.

Graven has been searching for Kasha for a millennia and now that he’s found her, he’s not about to let her go. He will protect her in any form, no matter what the cost…

Little does he know how high that cost will be….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW by Jena: Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead

Silver ShadowsSydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

 

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