Monday Music and Memes…

Monday Music and Memes…

    It’s Monday. The most wonderful day of the week. Yeah, sarcasm. But, let’s face it. Monday is as good, or bad, as we let it be—or so I keep telling myself. So, get your Monday groove on with some music and MEMEs.  Here are my picks. Share yours in the comments below, or link to your blog post so everyone can visit.   My Music…   My playlist song of the week is an older song by Snow Patrol, but one I really like. I have it on more than one book’s playlist, but right now I’m listening […]

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Cover Reveal!

Cover Reveal!

We all have those authors that we just love. You know the ones… you see a new release with their name on it and you grab it up without bothering to read the synopsis because you know it will be awesome. Well, for me, Deanna Roy is one of those authors. So I’m thrilled to share in her cover reveal for her new series… Lovers Dance   Forbidden Dance Deanna Roy (Lovers Dance, #1) Publication date: March 28th 2017 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance     Shy tender Livia has always been sheltered from the vulgar world of technology, television, […]

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Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

  Hunted   by Meagan Spooner Expected publication: March 14th, 2017 by HarperTeen   Goodread’s Synopsis:   Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.     So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle […]

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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 put a little cheer in 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!   Here’s my music for the week. […]

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The Star Touched Queen

The Star Touched Queen

There are two main reasons I picked up The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi at my local library. First, the cover. Very seldom do I get sucked in by a cover. And while the cover isn’t the only reason I read the book, it did draw my attention to it. Second, and this is the real reason, I won the second book in the series, A Crown of Wishes, in a giveaway. I was told I didn’t need to read the first book to understand the second. My understanding is that they are more companion books rather than sequels that […]

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Music and MEMEs

Music and MEMEs

I’ve been a little MIA the last two weeks or so. I had a website mishap. And by mishap I mean, WordPress got a little cranky and crashed. And, the answer to the question you all are going to ask is: No. I had not backed up my site. Well, not like I should have, anyway. So, it was down for a time. That’s okay though, because I had lots of time to rebuild it somewhere between writing, editing, reviewing, mothering, chauffeuring, homeschooling, shopping (grocery, not the fun kind), cleaning, and on and on… I just sat down and whipped […]

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Cover Art…

Cover Art…

I just realized something about myself: I’m a cover snob. Seriously. If you’d have asked me a day ago if I judged books by their covers, I’d have said, “No way.”   And I would have been So. Wrong.   I can admit that I’ve never bought a book based solely on a cover I’ve loved. But, I have picked several up and read the jacket blurbs because of their covers. So based on that, the cover did its job. It caught my eye and drew me in… I read the jacket copy and (hopefully) bought the book. Or not. […]

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Cinder

Cinder

I love fairytale retellings. But, to be honest, I didn’t think I’d like one that involved cyborgs. And that’s why it has taken me so long to read Cinder. A cyborg Cinderella? Really? How could I possibly get on board with that?   But, hey, I loved it. I mean, I’m not a big science fiction fan. I’m not even a huge fantasy fan (well, lately I have been). And I’m definitely not a cyborg fan. But I loved Cinder. Go figure. A cyborg Cinderella totally worked for me.   Meyer’s characters are well developed. Cinder has just enough snark […]

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Pull Me Close

Pull Me Close

Pull Me Close by Sidney Halston… hmm, what to say? I liked it? No, that’s not right. I loved it? Not right either. I related to it? Yes. That’s it. To be fair the first two statements fit as well.   I’ll be honest. There are very few—very few—books dealing with mental illness that I will recommend. Why? Because I live it. And, therefore, I’m very critical about how it’s presented. Panic attacks? Been there, done that. Anxiety that sometimes confines me to my home? Um, yes, that too. Depression? Well, they all go together, so yeah. When a person […]

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The Thousandth Floor

The Thousandth Floor

Okay, so, I’ll admit that I picked up this book at my local library because of all the buzz about it. It made me a little curious and I thought I’d give it a try. And, I must say, I have mixed feelings about The Thousandth Floor, the debut novel by Katharine McGee.   I thought it would be more of a dystopian-thriller/mystery. I knew a girl would die and got the impression from the first story blurb I read for the book many months ago that there would be some type of investigation or something of the like. Instead […]

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Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows is the fourth book in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. The series has quickly become one of my favorites—along with thousands of other readers. I enjoyed Queen of Shadows more than I did Heir of Fire, book three. The action and intrigue starts on page one and doesn’t let up. It’s go, go, go. There’s a prison break, a courtesan and her young protégé saved, monsters killed, a prince , witches tortured, magic, a queen, kings, death, life, hope, and on, and on.   Characters, in my opinion, are one of the best aspects in […]

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Thankful

Thankful

    When I sat down to write this post, to list the things I’m thankful for as one often does this time of year, I realized I was at a loss for words. Not a nice place for an author to find herself, generally. But in this case, right now, it is the best place to be. I’m not at a loss for words because I have nothing to be thankful for, but because I have so much to be thankful for I don’t know how I could ever list it all.   Is my life perfect? No. Not […]

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Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns

I’ve wanted to read Anna Dressed in Blood for so long. I don’t know why I haven’t yet. Life, I suppose. So, when I saw Three Dark Crowns one Saturday when I was with my twin daughters at the library, I snatched it up. It’s not Anna Dressed in Blood, but it is by the same author: Kendare Blake. And I’ve heard great things about her writing.   Let me start with the cover. It’s awesome. It’s simple, no fluff or flowers or loving gazes. Just three crowns on a dark background. At least that’s the cover of my edition. […]

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The Girl On The Train

The Girl On The Train

What an awesome debut from Ms. Hawkins! I’ll admit, I’d never heard of The Girl on the Train until I saw the previews for the film. And since I’m a big fan of the lead actress who’ll play the main protagonist, Rachel Watson, in the movie (Emily Blunt), I immediately put the book on hold at my local library… along with every other resident of Winston-Salem, I think. But the weeks-long wait to get a copy was well worth it!   Rachel Watson is an odd protagonist. The reader almost pities her. Her husband cheated on her, divorced her for […]

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Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire is the third book in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass Series. This series has rapidly become one of my favorites and I’ve devoured the books as fast as I can get my hands on them, which is odd because I’m generally not a huge fantasy genre lover. I suppose I can’t really say that anymore, however. I’ve just finished Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (awesome, btw) and now I’m starting Throne of Glass, book four: Queen of Shadows. I’m officially a fantasy genre convert.   I fell in love with the characters and world in […]

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CIN

CIN

“Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin; you never come out the way you went in.” Okay, so I have a confession to make. While I’ve never bought a book based solely on a cover I’ve loved (I have not bought one because of a bad cover, but that’s a different post), I’ve also never read a book based on a tagline… until now. The tagline of Pritchard’s CIN caught my eye (or ear, whatever) and made me take a second look at the jacket blurb. And I’m so glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed CIN and the world it transported me […]

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A Bond of Venom and Magic

A Bond of Venom and Magic

  I have a special treat today. I’m chatting with author Karen Tomlinson! Her young adult fantasy, A Bond of Venom and Magic, released October 14th. I’m reading it now and it’s awesome; keep an eye on my blog for my review. So we all could get to know her a little better, I asked Karen to share 12 random facts about herself. Here’s what she had to say… I fell face first onto a rock when I was about 7 yrs old. I was on holiday in Cornwall. I broke my front teeth and have a scar on my chin […]

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Legendary Saga

Legendary Saga

I’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings. One of my favorites right now is Throne of Glass (which is loosely based on Cinderella for those who don’t know, which is probably no one. Apparently I’m the only person who has been living under a rock the past few years, but moving on.) So when I was given the opportunity to read L.H. Nicole’s Legendary Saga I didn’t hesitate. I’ve never read a retelling of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. I have seen the movie with Clive Owen, however, and couldn’t stop picturing him (and hearing that […]

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Book Heist Giveaway!

Book Heist Giveaway!

  Young Adult books come in all shapes and sizes. Some star werewolves or vampires. Some feature magic. Sometimes the world is new. Sometimes it’s a twist on everything you know. There is family. Friendship shows up in spades. Most of the time, you can be sure you’ll fall in love.    It’s a world of literature that so many miss out on because they think the name describes the reader’s age. In reality, YA books are for those who appreciate the wonders of youth. They strive for the optimism and the courage in the face of danger. Yes, teens […]

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New Release

New Release

  I’m thrilled to participate in the blitz for  the first book in Rachel Van Dyken’s: The Bachelors of Arizona. I love her books and writing style and can’t wait to get my hands on The Bachelor Auction! And check out that cover! It’s simple, but the colors just pop.   Title: The Bachelor Auction Author: Rachel Van Dyken Series: The Bachelors of Arizona #1 On Sale: October 4, 2016 Publisher: Forever Formats: eBook Price: $4.99 USD (eBook) Find the Book on Goodreads Find The Series on Goodread    Cinderella never had to deal with this crap. Jane isn’t entirely […]

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The Ghost Chronicles

The Ghost Chronicles

The Ghost Chronicles was a poignant story of life, love, and death. It has so many layers; there’s sure to be something for everyone, from the touching love story, the deep emotional parts when Michael, the main character, has to leave his life behind, to the suspenseful events that follow Michael and his “mark.”   The characters were well written. Michael was a strong protagonist and very likable. It was easy to root for him. His ghostly love interest, Sarah, was well written as well, as was their story. I loved the myriad of secondary characters in the ghost world! […]

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Deception Island

Deception Island

What can I say about Brynn Kelly’s novel, Deception Island? Well, maybe: Holy Cow! No, that doesn’t cover it. It seriously Blew. Me. Away. I didn’t have any real expectations going into the novel, mainly because I’ve never read the author’s work before. I definitely didn’t expect to love the book as much as I did. I had trouble putting it down and cracked open an energy drink at one in the morning so I could stay awake and finish it.   The plot was unique and had several twists and turns throughout. Yes, I picked up on some clues […]

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Bad Bloods now in Print!

Bad Bloods now in Print!

PRINT RELEASE FROM SHANNON A. THOMPSON     The Bad Blood Series is now available in print for the first time! Find it here: AMAZON / BARNES AND NOBLE / BOOK DEPOSITORY   Bad Bloods in 35 words or less: 17-year-old Serena is the only bad blood to escape execution. Now symbolized for an election, she must prove her people are human despite hindering abilities before everyone is killed and a city is destroyed.     AMAZON / BARNES AND NOBLE / BOOK DEPOSITORY   Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. […]

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Crown of Midnight

Crown of Midnight

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas is the sequel to her breakout debut, Throne of Glass, her twisted take on the Cinderella fairy tale… glass slipper… glass castle. Unique and interesting, this series has quickly become one of my favorites.   Crown of Midnight picks up a few months after our heroine has won the King’s Champion position. The novel bursts into technicolor beginning with chapter one—when Celaena is performing her duties as King’s Champion and decapitating Lord Nirall—and continues with a breakneck pace of intrigue and creepy mystery until the very last page, when a secret was revealed so […]

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Wicked Intentions

Wicked Intentions

Wicked Intentions is the first book in Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series. And it’s the first book of Hoyt’s that I’ve had the pleasure to read. But it won’t be the last. I’ve already picked up a copy of the second book in the series.   As usual for my reviews, I’m not going to give you a blow-by-blow of the plot. Read the book. There’s no way I can do a story as complex as Wicked Intentions justice in just a few paragraphs. So, I say again, read the book. But, I will say, I really enjoyed the book. […]

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