Feature Friday Song of the Current

Feature Friday Song of the Current

  Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to.   This week, my selection is…   Expected publication: July 1st, 2017 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books   Summary per Goodreads…   Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s […]

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Nemesis

Nemesis

Nemesis was a complete mind bender. I have to be honest, I requested the book at my library by mistake. I thought I was requesting a different book by the same title… I’ll let you figure out which one. So, when I saw Reichs’ Nemesis, I thought, eh, the cover is different, but the title is right, and put it on hold. And I’m so glad my brain was addled that day and confused the two books, because Nemesis might just be one of my favorite books of the year! First line: I swore to myself I wouldn’t die that […]

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Monday Music and Memes: Coldplay

Monday Music and Memes: Coldplay

It’s Monday. For most, it’s the most hated day of the week. So to add a little cheer to your day, I’m sharing my playlist song of the week and a MEME, because everyone who knows me knows I’m that annoying person who LOVES MEMEs! So join in and post a song and a MEME. You can share them in the comments below or on your website; be sure to share a link so everyone can visit! Come on, add a little Monday cheer and start the week off right! My Music… From the playlist of: Concilium, Coldplay’s The Scientist My […]

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Feature Friday: The Impossible Vastness ..

Feature Friday: The Impossible Vastness of Us

Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to. This week, my selection is… Expected Publication: June 27th, 2017 by Harlequin Teen Summary per Goodreads… I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has. India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to […]

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The Playboy Bachelor

The Playboy Bachelor

I’m not shy about getting all fangirlish over Rachel Van Dyken. I love her romantic comedies. They never fail to put a smile on my face, no matter what my mood. But her newest release—The Playboy Bachelor—this book… This Book, people, is a game changer. If you haven’t read it, you need to. If you’ve never read a Van Dyken book… make this your first. The Playboy Bachelor is layered with snarky bits of dialogue to the depths of emotional pain, and everything in between. I loved Margot. She’s strong but doesn’t know it. It takes a push for her […]

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Monday Music and Memes: Lifehouse’..

Monday Music and Memes: Lifehouse’s Between the Raindrops

It’s Monday. For most, it’s the most hated day of the week. So to add a little cheer to your day, I’m sharing my playlist song of the week and a MEME, because everyone who knows me knows I’m that annoying person who LOVES MEMEs! So join in and post a song and a MEME. You can share them in the comments below or on your website; be sure to share a link so everyone can visit! Come on, add a little Monday cheer and start the week off right! My Music… From The Matriarch’s playlist: Lifehouse’s Between the Raindrops, […]

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Feature Friday: The Suffering Tree

Feature Friday: The Suffering Tree

Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to. This week, my selection is… Expected Publication: June 13th, 2017 by Disney-Hyperion Summary per Goodreads… “It’s dark magic brings him back.” Tori Burns and her family left D.C. for claustrophobic Chaptico, Maryland, after suddenly inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. That inheritance puts her at odds with the entire town, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family—it’s their generations-old land the Burns have “stolen.” But none of that seems to matter after Tori witnesses a young man claw his way out of a […]

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People Watching

People Watching

I have a confession to make: I’m a spy. Well, kind of. I’m an Introvert to my core. So in most situations, you’ll find me happily on the sidelines. Watching.   I love to people watch.   We (people in general) are a funny lot. I’ve written things down that I’ve found amusing, poignant, or angered me to use as inspiration when I write a scene or a character.   So, I started thinking—I know, a dangerous thing for me to do—how many writers people watch for inspiration? I mean, how can we see something like this… And not use it somehow […]

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Monday Music and MEME: Jamie Lawson: Sti..

Monday Music and MEME: Jamie Lawson: Still Yours

It’s Monday. For most, it’s the most hated day of the week. So to add a little cheer to your day, I’m sharing my playlist song of the week and a MEME, because everyone who knows me knows I’m that annoying person who LOVES MEMEs! So join in and post a song and a MEME. You can share them in the comments below or on your website; be sure to share a link so everyone can visit! Come on, add a little Monday cheer and start the week off right! My Music… From The Matriarch’s playlist: Jamie Lawson’s Still Yours […]

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Feature Friday: The Unlikelies

Feature Friday: The Unlikelies

Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to. This week, my selection is… Expected Publication: June 6th, 2017 by Little, Brown and Company Summary per Goodreads… Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism in a novel that’s part The Breakfast Club, part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and utterly captivating. Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby in distress and a video of […]

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Thank you

Thank you

I think every writer has a moment (or several) when they wonder why the hell we do what we do. At least all the writers I know have these moments. I certainly do. Sometimes it’s writer’s block. Or we think everything we’ve written is crap (which, if it’s a first draft it undoubtedly is). Or we feel like imposters, always waiting for someone to point a finger at us and call us out as frauds. Because I can’t be a real writer. Most days I don’t even feel like a real grown-up. I’ve had several of these self-defeating moments lately, […]

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Monday Music and MEMEs: Memorial Day

Monday Music and MEMEs: Memorial Day

This week’s Music and MEMEs post is dedicated to our fallen soldiers. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day we stop to remember those who have died in service of our country. Memorial Day was born out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. Today, […]

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Feature Friday: Edge of Truth

Feature Friday: Edge of Truth

Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to. This week, my selection is… Expected Publication: May 30th, 2017 by Harlequin Books Summary per Goodreads… Tensions sizzle in this electrifying novel guaranteed to capture your heart and take your breath away. Fans of Julie Garwood, Suzanne Brockmann and Jayne Ann Krentz will devour this action-packed, emotionally stunning tour de force, where every page reveals another damning secret and daring gamble. Rotting in an African dungeon is the last place journalist Tess Newell expected to find herself. As she’s held hostage by […]

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The One Memory of Flora Banks

The One Memory of Flora Banks

It’s hard for me to gather my thoughts and piece this review together. The One Memory of Flora Banks is the first book I’ve read by Emily Barr. It’s her YA debut, although she’s written many books for adults. First line: The music is too loud, the room too crowded, and it feels as though there are more people in this house than any human being could possibly know. The story is… different. The writing is different, as well. To be honest, when I first began the book I wasn’t sure I’d be able to finish. It is just written […]

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Monday Music and MEME: Chase Coy’s..

Monday Music and MEME: Chase Coy’s Never Change

It’s Monday. For most, it’s the most hated day of the week. So to add a little cheer to your day, I’m sharing my playlist song of the week and a MEME, because everyone who knows me knows I’m that annoying person who LOVES MEMEs! So join in and post a song and a MEME. You can share them in the comments below or on your website; be sure to share a link so everyone can visit! Come on, add a little Monday cheer and start the week off right! My Music… From the playlist of a work in progress: […]

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Feature Friday: Dating You Hating You

Feature Friday: Dating You Hating You

Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to. This week, my selection is… Expected Publication: June 6th, 2017 by Gallery Books Summary per Goodreads… All’s fair in love and work. The first standalone romance by New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) is a sexy, compulsively readable romantic comedy that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love. Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization […]

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Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal

It’s cover reveal time! I love covers. If they’re done right, they can tell a story all on their own. Working on them with cover designers is one of my favorite things to do in the publishing process. I have a really pretty one to share today.  It’s for Keren Hughes’s newest release. Take a look… Publisher: Limitless Expected release: May 30, 2017 Summary: The heart wants what it wants right? But what if it wants something it can never have? I’m in love, and it should feel amazing…except, it doesn’t. The problem is, the guy I’m in love with […]

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Love Me Crazy

Love Me Crazy

Love Me Crazy is the first book I’ve read by Camden Leigh and I was pleasantly surprised. It was a short, sexy read, full of angst and southern charm.   First line: “Five years ago, if you’d asked me what I’d be doing today, sitting in a red piece-of-crap car surrounded by the dead, heavy heat of summer on the driveway of a stereotypical plantation—yes, think pristine white siding, wide porches, and an avenue of geriatric trees during an afternoon thunderstorm—would be my last guess.” ~Cassidy   Cassidy and Quinn—the two main characters—are likable and relatable. They are both strong, […]

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Monday Music and MEMEs: You Can’t ..

Monday Music and MEMEs: You Can’t Always Get What You Want by Ituana

It’s Monday. For most, it’s the most hated day of the week. So to add a little cheer to your day, I’m sharing my playlist song of the week and a MEME, because everyone who knows me knows I’m that annoying person who LOVES MEMEs! So join in and post a song and a MEME. You can share them in the comments below or on your website; be sure to share a link so everyone can visit! Come on, add a little Monday cheer and start the week off right! My Music… This isn’t from a specific playlist. Although, I’m […]

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Feature Friday: Cheater’s Regret

Feature Friday: Cheater’s Regret

Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to. This week, my selection is… Expected publication: May 23rd, 2017 by Skyscape Summary per Goodreads… New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken returns with a smoking-hot story about the satisfaction of plotting revenge on your ex—until he turns your world upside down again. Austin Rogers’s dreams of domestic bliss involved watching Netflix and eating hot dogs with the love of her life. But then he cheated on her. And dumped her—as if the whole thing was her […]

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Worthy

Worthy

Worthy by Donna Cooner has so many layers that it’s hard for me to gather my thoughts to write a cohesive review. I picked up Worthy on a whim. The jacket cover sounded fun and different and I thought I’d give it a try. I’m not exactly sure what I expected, but I know I didn’t expect what I got, which was an awesome story with an even better message. Everyone at Linden’s high school is obsessed with Worthy. It’s this new app that posts pictures of couples, and asks: Is the girl worthy of the guy? First, it’s a […]

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Monday Music and MEMEs

Monday Music and MEMEs

It’s Monday. For most, it’s the most hated day of the week. So to add a little cheer to your day, I’m sharing my playlist song of the week and a MEME, because everyone who knows me knows I’m that annoying person who LOVES MEMEs! So join in and post a song and a MEME. You can share them in the comments below or on your website; be sure to share a link so everyone can visit! Come on, add a little Monday cheer and start the week of right! My Music… From the playlist of The Innocent… Ella Henderson’s […]

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Feature Friday: Roseblood

Feature Friday: Roseblood

  Feature Friday is a weekly post in which I highlight an upcoming release that I’m particularly looking forward to.   This week, my selection is…   Published January 10th, 2017 by Harry N. Abrams   Summary per Goodreads… In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to […]

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Romeo and What’s Her Name

Romeo and What’s Her Name

Romeo and What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff was full of cuteness, from the cover, to the title, to the story. Yet, I found that while the story was a cute, sweet romance (sort of. I’ll get to that), it touched on some deeper issues too, like the importance of friendship and learning about and accepting oneself. Emily was a great character. She was funny and smart and most importantly: she wasn’t perfect. She was relatable. One of Emily’s quirks is that she babbles when she’s nervous. Oh, wow, can I relate to that. I felt like I was reading about […]

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Monday Music and Memes

Monday Music and Memes

It’s Monday. For most, it’s the most hated day of the week. So to add a little cheer to your day, I’m sharing my playlist song of the week and a MEME, because everyone who knows me knows I’m that annoying person who LOVES MEMEs! So join in and post a song and a MEME. You can share them in the comments below or on your website; be sure to share a link so everyone can visit! Come on, add a little Monday cheer and start the week of right! My Music… From the playlist of an unnamed project… Blakwall’s Knocking […]

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