Bliss Release Day Blast!

May Bliss 2017

Are you ready to find your next perfect romantic read? Bliss has two new releases from NYT Bestselling authors, Rachel Harris and Victoria James today. Be sure to pick up your copies today and find out why people are swooning over these reads!

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The Nanny Arrangement

by Rachel Harris

Release date: May 22, 2017

About the book:

Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new mission—Operation Find My Happy—and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart.

Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son’s nanny. Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF…

With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing’s for certain—their story would make one heck of a country song.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next- door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted bookaholic and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

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The Doctor’s Redemption

by Victoria James

Release date: May 22, 2017

About the book:

Gwen Bailey has been busy taking care of everyone but herself. After a tragedy tore her family apart, she put her dreams aside to be with family. Now that her life is getting back on track, and her new Chocolaterie is open, she can concentrate on snagging the handsome, mysterious customer who has her dreaming about her own happily-ever- after…

Doctor Luke Thomson has spent the last five years filled with guilt. He hopes to make amends in Shadow Creek, however he doesn’t count on falling for the adorable and gorgeous Gwen Bailey. He vows to not get involved with her, but she’s too sweet to resist. It’s only a matter of time, though, before the truth comes out. Luke knows there’s no way Gwen will look at him the same way once she discovers his secret…

Series Info:

Book 1 – Christmas with the Sheriff

Book 2 – The Baby Bombshell

Grab the entire Shadow Creek series today..

About Victoria James

Victoria James is a romance writer living near Toronto. She is a mother to two young children, one very disorderly feline, and wife to her very own hero. Victoria attended Queen’s University and graduated with a degree in English Literature. She then earned a degree in Interior Design. After the birth of her first child she began pursuing her life-long passion of writing. Her dream of being a published romance author was realized by Entangled in 2012. Victoria is living her dream— staying home with her children and conjuring up happy endings for her characters. Victoria would love to hear from her readers! You can visit her at http://www.victoriajames.ca or Twitter @vicjames101 or send her an email at Victoria@victoriajames.ca.

Cover Reveal: The Foxe & The Hound by R.S. Grey

I am so excited to participate in revealing the gorgeous cover of R.S. Grey’s next release, THE FOXE & THE HOUND! This romantic comedy releases June 1st. See the cover and find out more about THE FOXE & THE HOUND below!

About THE FOXE & THE HOUND

When your life is a hot mess at twenty, it’s cute. At twenty-seven…well, not so much.

It’s just that my lofty dreams—making it as a real estate agent, paying rent on time, showering daily—have stayed just that: dreams. Oh, and love? I’ve decided love might be a little ambitious for me at the moment. Instead, I’ve settled for the two guys who will never leave me: Ben & Jerry.

That is, until Dr. Adam Foxe takes up residence as the town’s new vet.

With his strong jaw, easy confidence, and form-fitting scrubs, it’s not long before every housewife in Hamilton is dragging neglected tomcats in for weekly checkups.

Like everyone else, I’m intrigued. Even after I spoil my chance at a good first impression, he still offers me a proposition I can’t refuse: play his girlfriend at a family function and he’ll hire me as his real estate agent. Welcome to love in the 21st century.

It’s too bad I underestimated Adam’s irresistible charm and the undeniable attraction that burns between us. The day he pins me to the wall and silences me with a kiss, the line between reality and ruse begins to blur. Every teasing touch brings me to my knees. Every kiss promises more.

It looks like my hot mess of a life is about to get a little hotter.

Add THE FOXE & THE HOUND to your Goodreads list here!

THE FOXE & THE HOUND releases June 1st – you’ll be able to preorder your copy for .99c starting May 29th!

Keep an eye on R.S. Grey’s Facebook page for the links!

About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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April Favorites

Hello everyone and happy spring! I am here with my April favorites – and I think I have some good ones this month! So let’s get into it…

ENTERTAINMENT

  • TV SHOW:
    • Iron Chef Gauntlet: So, back in the day, I used to LOVE watching Iron Chef America! The top-notch chefs, the secret ingredient, the chairman, just everything made that show great. Well, Food Network has made a new Iron Chef challenge show called Iron Chef Gauntlet. The competitors have to compete against each other in a round, then the winner of that round gets to pick anyone to compete against the loser of that round. And the loser of that second round gets eliminated! So, it’s not always the lowest performer that goes home. It. Is. Intense! And Alton Brown is hosting, so extra points!51qswkhmexl
  • MOVIE:
    • Born in China: So, this is the only movie I think Daniel and I watched all month…April was busy! But we made a spontaneous trip to the movies on Earth Day to see Disney’s Born In China. It is a documentary that follows a baby panda, monkey, and a snow leopard through the course of seasons as they are born and raised in their homeland of China. This movie was SO CUTE! Baby animals are always a plus. Fun fact, John Krasinski narrated the movie – so there you go, Office fans! I would recommend this to anyone interested in Planet Earth, Blue Planet, etc.hjkfgsd
  • MUSIC:
    • Throwback Jams: Lately I have been loving throwback music from the early 2000s. That’s right – boy bands, etc. I will leave the name of a few of my favorite throwback Spotify playlists here: 90s Smash Hits by Filtr US; Oldies but Goodies 2000-2016 by Spotify; Throwback Workout by Spotify. You’re welcome for that 🙂playlist-3c64v048fgyqfcjmu9tiga
  • BOOK:
    • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: Am I finished with this book yet? No. I started reading this book last fall, but have just been picking it up in between other books that I’m reviewing, etc. But holy crap, it just got WAY better! I honestly thought the beginning part of the book was a bit boring. It was mostly about Claire and Frank and then Claire finding her way about 1700s Scotland. BUT, *SPOILER ALERT* after Jamie and Claire got married, the story become ten times more interesting to me! My aunt has also let me borrow the tv show on dvd, and I’ve watched the first episode, so I’m looking forward to continuing with it!outlander-blue-cover-198x300

 

CRAFTS/HOBBIES

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  • Mini Fitness Planner by The Happy Planner:
    • I bought this fitness planner during a sale at Michael’s and scored it for only $8! It is a 12-month undated planner that comes with stickers so you can label the months yourself (depending on when you decide to start using it). Inside, there are monthly spreads and monthly progress-tracking sheets. The weekly spreads are the pages I use the most. In a vertical layout, it includes spaces to write down your meals for the day: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Snack, and Dinner. This matches up perfectly with my eating schedule, as I am following the Tone It Up plan right now – which means I eat 5 times a day. (I had been doing this before TIU as well.) There is a place to total your calories for the day (not something I use), and then a section along the bottom to write down your workouts for the day and track your hydration. Since the Tone It Up 2017 Bikini Series began in April, I have been pretty diligent about journaling my meals and workouts. Here’s what my typical weekly layout looks like:20170508_175106

 

SELF-CARE

  • 2017 TONE IT UP BIKINI SERIES
    • Honestly, I’m a little nervous to share this. Let me start by saying that in no way am I trying to lose weight. I have been naturally tall and thin all of my life. But, since college – where we have all put on a few extra pounds – and sitting at my desk at work all day, I noticed that my energy levels were tanking, and also, I thought “If I ever had to run or fight for my life, I don’t think I could save myself.” Thus, since January of 2015, I have been following Tone It Up. It is an amazing community of women with similar fitness and health goals. The founders, Karena and Katrina, have made such an inviting and judgement-free zone for women of all ages. This year, I am doing the summer challenge – the Bikini Series. It is an 8-week challenge with free workouts, and since I am a member, I am also following the nutrition plan (somewhat). We are on week 3 now, and I am feeling great! I feel stronger and healthier, which is my exact goal. 🙂 tone-it-up-bikini-series-2017-karena-katrina

FOOD

  • CHILI LIME SHRIMP TACOS:
    • This is a Tone It Up recipe that my husband and I tried in April for the first time, and now we LOVE it! It’s just grilled shrimp with a sauce brushed on it of olive oil and chili powder. We put them on wheat tortillas with salsa, shredded lettuce and just a sprinkle of cheese. They are delicious.b545283004708fa6cc457f2a7d165e29
  • EASTER COOKIE CAKE:
    • I made this cookie cake for our family Easter dessert this year, and it was amazing! I found the recipe on Pinterest.easter-sugar-cookie-cake-4-of-5

HOME GOODS

  • SPRING FLOWERS:
    • I finally was able to buy my outdoor flowers during April! I don’t have any photos of them just yet, but I picked out some Petunias and Celosias for my front porch. I also got a Hydrangea for my front flower garden and a Clematis that I am going to put on a trellis to cover up the ugly gas line marker we have in our back yard.

 

Thanks again for reading, everyone! I hope you enjoyed my favorites for April! What were some of your favorites last month? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the next page!

Blog Tour: The Wedding Planner’s Baby by Amanda Ashby

He’ll have
to choose between duty to his relatives and 
love for the real family he never
thought he could have. 

 

THE WEDDING PLANNER’S BABY
Sisters of Wishing Bridge Farm #2
Amanda Ashby
Releasing April 10th, 2017
Entangled Bliss

 

Free-spirited Bec Watson was never having children­––until she is. No way she’s ready for
this, and she’s not going to tie-down the father, not even (especially!) if
he’s secretly an English Lord. She’s doing this solo, which means she needs
help from the one place she swore she’d never return…Wishing Bridge Farm. Home.
Lincoln Mathews has never known love, only responsibility. And now his family
home and business is at jeopardy unless he finds a solution. Fast. Their idea?
Marry for money. But the girl who stole his heart is carrying their child. His
first mission? Follow her to Wishing Bridge Farm. But soon he’ll have to choose
between duty to his relatives and love for the real family he never thought he
could have. 

 

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed in the New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.

Book Review: Don’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray

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By: Katie Ray

Release Date: April 10, 2017

Source: ARC from Entangled Teen Publishing

Goodreads Summary: For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry Potter had one on his forehead and people still liked him.

CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett is blindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate.

Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett. CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway—she’s a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately, the more messages she sends and the more they run into each other, the more she realizes there’s plenty in his head, from food to literature. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl…

REVIEW

I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review from Entangled Publishing, so I’d like to say a huge thank you to the team there!

 

CeCe is a teenage girl who is fierce, strong, and used to being stared at. With a scar on her face from a car crash when she was young, she has to deal with staring eyes and dumbfounded looks every day. Never did she imagine that the cute new football player would ever pay attention to her – not to mention hold a conversation with her. But, Emmett has his eyes on Bryn – the tall, dark, and irresistible new teammate on CeCe’s volleyball team. However, Bryn can’t hold a conversation with Emmett, so she asks CeCe to do it on her behalf.

The summary of this book had me interested from the start – but when I actually dove into the story, I loved it even more! Katie Ray has built a story with wonderfully deep character development in just a short novel.

CeCe is strong and puts a wall up around herself because she assumes no one will want to see past her scar. Emmett is cast as the handsome jock, but has another side devoted to lyricism and music.

It is clear from the start that these two characters are meant to be together, but the actions and decisions that get them there are the fun part of this story. It is so emotional and well-written. CeCe starts to let her guard down to Emmett – and they are connecting on a deeper, more personal level – but she is behind the mask of the beautiful Bryn.

I got just the right amount of frustration from this romantic story. I mean the kind of frustration where things just aren’t going the way you want them to, but they eventually end up there. 🙂 Emmett just kept thinking that Bryn had a much deeper, philosophical side to her…but she just thought he was hot. That was literally it.

Overall, I think CeCe and Emmett’s story was so adorable. I almost kept forgetting that they were high school students because the atmosphere of Edgelake High School is so college-esque. Ray has done a fantastic job with this story, and I would recommend this to anyone who loves romance!

Rating: 5 Stars!!

March Favorites

How is it time to do another favorites post?? March flew by! (P.S. stay tuned this month because I have a TON of book reviews and haul posts to catch up on!) Here we go with my March favorites!

ENTERTAINMENT

  • TV SHOW:
    • Riverdale: I know – this show was on my February favorites. But honestly, I CANNOT STOP WATCHING! I have fallen head first into this world, and I don’t ever want it to end. And my #1 ship is Bughead – obviously. If you guys love teen dramas – or basically any shows on the CW – just give Riverdale a try. I know you’ll love it! Also, Luke Perry is in it (any Beverly Hills 90210 fans??) and Molly Ringwald is making her debut in an upcoming episode (hello Breakfast Club!).1485434694_riverdale
    • Spring Baking Championship:  Every season, I look forward to Food Network’s baking shows. I love the Halloween, Holiday, and even the Kids Baking Championships. This year’s spring competition has been great so far! (Although, I miss Bobby Deen being the host.) I have my eye on a few front runners, but I have no idea who will win!sbc
  • MOVIE:
    • Logan: I am a huge fan of the X-Men movies – and Logan did not disappoint! (Well except for certain things that happened that were sad that I cannot discuss here because SPOILERS.) This movie is about Wolverine and Professor Charles Xavier and their encounter with a group of young mutants, including a young female Wolverine! Side note: I’m pretty sure these kids will be the next generation of X-Men characters since all of the original cast is, ahem, getting older… 20172f22f132ffd7d936f-ac31-4027-8495-2b2ce3826efa
  • MUSIC:
    • Two words: ED SHEERAN! He released his new album on March 3 – I literally have not listened to anything else all month. I will be honest, at first I thought it was kind of a weird album. The songs have a different feel than his past two releases, but there are some really good ones. Ed Sheeran is a wonderful songwriter/performer, and a lot of the songs just make me melt. Lately, I’ve been listening to “Perfect” on repeat.
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  • BOOK:
    • Don’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray: I received this book from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review (So keep your eyes open for that – coming April 10!!). I absolutely loved this book. It is about a girl named CeCe who struggles with a scar on her face left by a car accident in her youth. She meets a guy named Emmett at her private school – he really seems to get her  and look past her scar. But Emmett seems more interested in the new, beautiful volleyball player, Brynn. Brynn can’t bring herself to hold a conversation with Emmett, so she asks CeCe to communicate with him on her behalf – and madness, conflict, and love ensues. Just read this book guys. You will love it!
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    • Side note, I got to read this ebook on my brand new Kindle Paperwhite that my husband got me for my birthday. I LOVE it! I would highly recommend this Kindle. I can’t wait to use it while traveling!

 

CRAFTS/HOBBIES

  • Happy Planner Sticker Value Pack – Planner Basics:
    • I just picked this sticker book up near the end of the month with some of my birthday money. I chose this pack because it included a huge variety of stickers – with a good mix of functional and decorative selections. I have used this pack for the past couple of weeks in my planner, and I am loving it so far. My favorite stickers right now are the Grocery Shopping stickers and the Weekend Banners!

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SELF-CARE

  • BURT’S BEES LEMON BUTTER CUTICLE CREAM:
    • I’m not sure what happened over the winter months, but my cuticles were in HORRIBLE shape. They were dry, cracked, and even looked gross. I did a little research for a good cuticle cream. I have tried one in the past that was more of a lotion consistency – which I didn’t like – it made my hands feel oily. So, I found this one at Walmart. It is the consistency of salve (if you know what that is) or like a very thick lip balm. I have been massaging it into my cuticles each night before bed, and it works like a charm! My cuticles and nails are looking much more smooth and healthy. lemon_butter_cuticle_cream_1

FOOD

  • EASTER CANDY:
    • Give me all the Easter candy!!! In March, I really loved having Starburst jellybeans and Sweetarts Chicks, Ducks, and Bunnies. Yummmmmm!
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HOME GOODS

  • THE PIONEER WOMAN ADELINE COOKIE JAR AND S&P SHAKERS:
    • I absolutely love The Pioneer Woman! Love her show, and now I have fallen in love with her kitchen line at Walmart. I asked for these salt and pepper shakers for Christmas. I love the classic look they have, and they are big enough to hold lots of salt and pepper for cooking! Then, for my birthday in March, my sister got me the matching cookie jar! Now I just need to start baking and fill it up!2695bf823e7cbc78cf9260a5e8bf363643e0aceba5f30f5f3788a52ea6ae2095

Those are my March favorites! What were your favorite things in March? I’d love to know – no matter what category they fall under! Thank you for reading, and I’ll see you on the next page.

February Favorites

Hello again everyone! I am back again with another Favorites post. I know this one is a bit delayed, but the beginning of March has been CRAZY! So here we go with my favorites…be sure to share yours either in the comments below or let me know on social media!

ENTERTAINMENT

  • TV SHOW:
    • Riverdale: So this show just premiered on The CW, and the setting and characters are based on the Archie comics. So you have Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, etc. But what ISN’T based on the comics is the storyline – there is a huge murder mystery going on this season, and each episode brings a new twist. I’m loving it, so you guys should definitely check it out! Three words: Jughead and Betty. *Swoons*riverdale
      • Planet Earth 2: Nature shows have become a Sunday-morning tradition in our house. We wake up, make coffee, and turn on Planet Earth 2 (which recently premiered a couple of weeks ago on BBC America). We love to see the new plants, animals, and scenery, and might I add that I still love to hear David Attenborough narrating! Also, our cat, Ollie, absolutely LOVES watching it with us! 🙂 maxresdefault
  • MOVIE:
    • The Revenant: So, we recorded this movie when we had a free HBO weekend, and my husband really wanted to watch it because he recently read the book. Is it bad that my favorite movie of February was one that I didn’t particularly like?? Honestly, I dozed off a couple of times. But, this movie is based on a true story of Hugh Glass, a man who survives basically the worst things that could happen in the 1800s. He gets mauled by a bear, left behind by his company, and ultimately comes back from near-death. It was good acting – I can definitely see why Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his Oscar for this one!maxresdefault1
  • MUSIC:
    • During February, I was totally into anything with a good bass line. My husband sold one of his guitars, so we used the money to buy a bass! I have always wanted to learn how to play bass. (I have big goals – to play like John Taylor from Duran Duran, Geddy Lee from Rush, etc.) So, I’ve been plucking around. The two songs I can play so far are I Believe in a Thing Called Love by The Darkness and Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran.  This is the bass we bought:2ebf7df492eb036c7a7ad452d1b0432f
  • BOOK:
    • The Fever Code by James Dashner: I finally read the last book in Dashner’s The Maze Runner series! This book was so amazing! It was good, and yet it broke my heart. I don’t want to give away too much, but if you don’t mind spoilers, you can see my review here.
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CRAFTS/HOBBIES

  • NEW HAPPY PLANNER RELEASES:
    • I am definitely a Happy Planner girl! This month, Me and My Big Ideas released preview of their new planner goodies releasing on March 1. I was so excited [even though my planner goes through Dec. 2017 and I don’t need a new one, but I really really WANT one]. My favorite one is called the Everyday Essentials planner. It is beautifully designed to coicide with seasons – and I LOVE IT! plnr-45_02_grande

SELF-CARE

  • GARNIER FRUCTIS MICELLAR WATER:
    • I’ve been hearing about the wonders of micellar water for a while now, and after I ran out of my eye makeup remover, I decided to give it a try. Not only does it easily remove my eye makeup, it removes ALL of the makeup off my face. I just saturate a cotton pad with the Micellar Water, then gently rub it all over my face and it removes everything – even my foundation! It is very cost effective too. I got a 13.5 oz bottle at Walmart for about $7.2904750

FOOD

  • MEXICAN FOOD (TACO BELL AND LOS AMIGOS):
    • This month, I have become a little bit lax with my nutrition. After eating clean for 6 weeks straight during the Tone It Up challenge, I felt it was ok to splurge every once in a while. The Taco Bell closest to my house finally reopened after a few months of being closed for remodeling, and we have been almost once a week since…. Oops! But our all time favorite Mexican restaurant will be Los Amigos in Maryville, TN. If you are in the Knoxville area, just go check it out. Just. Do. It.taco-bell-logo
  • GIRL SCOUT COOKIES:
    • How can this NOT be a favorite?? My mother-in-law got us a few boxes of girl scout cookies, and the are so good. My favorites are the Thin Mints – I don’t know how I ever used to think that mint and chocolate together was gross. These are a perfect sweet treat after a hard day at work!thin_mints_new_web

HOME GOODS

  • NEW BATHROOM DECOR:
    • So, I have a HUGE list of things that I want to buy for every room in my house. We’ve lived in our house for a year now, and it definitely takes a while to get everything exactly the way you want it. So, I went shopping with my mom, sister, and aunt near the end of February, and purchased a new shower curtain, rugs, and pictures for our master bath. I am in love with this color scheme, and the hubby doesn’t seem to mind even though it is pretty in pink. 🙂 The curtain and pictures (not pictured because we haven’t put them up yet) are from Ross, and the rugs are from Home Goods.20170228_200359

Alright everyone, those are my February favorites! As always, let me know what you thought in the comments below. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the next page!

Book Review: Off the Ice by Julie Cross

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By: Julie Cross

Release Date: February 28, 2017

Source: ARC from Entangled Teen Publishing

Goodreads Summary: All is fair in love and hockey…

Claire O’Connor is back in Juniper Falls, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be. One semester off, that’s what she promised herself. Just long enough to take care of her father and keep the family business—a hockey bar beside the ice rink—afloat. After that, she’s getting the hell out. Again.

Enter Tate Tanley. What happened between them the night before she left town resurfaces the second they lay eyes on each other. But the guy she remembers has been replaced by a total hottie. When Tate is unexpectedly called in to take over for the hockey team’s star goalie, suddenly he’s in the spotlight and on his way to becoming just another egotistical varsity hockey player. And Claire’s sworn off Juniper Falls hockey players for good.

It’s the absolute worst time to fall in love.

For Tate and Claire, hockey isn’t just a game. And they both might not survive a body check to the heart.

Review

I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review from Entangled Publishing, so I’d like to say a huge thank you to the team there!

This is honestly one of the first sports romance books I have ever read. Sports aren’t really my thing (I never played any besides 3rd grade soccer), so I decided to take a chance on this book! First of all, the cover nudged me in the right direction. I love the couple on the cover, as well as all of the fonts and effects – letting my graphic design nerd run wild! 🙂

This story revolves around high school hockey star Tate Tanley, and college theater student Claire O’Connor. They have known each other for years, as Claire is best friends with Tate’s older sister. But Tate and Claire have had an underlying connection and attraction that finally comes to fruition during this story.

The love story itself is everything I wanted it to be. It is a great coming-of-age story for both characters, in a way, and they overcome so many obstacles to get where they are by the end of the book. However, I did have a slight issue with the ages of Claire and Tate. Claire is a college freshman, while Tate is a junior in high school. While I’m not trying to say that this sort of thing doesn’t happen in real life, for some reason I kept thinking “this would never work out” in the back of my mind. I can’t pinpoint why I wasn’t into it, but it was a very minor thought for me. The love story and attraction between the characters greatly won me over in spite of that issue.

There were a lot of storylines weaving in and out of this narrative. Tate is battling issues with his father – and abusive former hockey star in the same small town that Tate is playing in now. And Claire has daddy issues of her own – her father is battling the recovery of a brain tumor. Claire and Tate have their ups and downs both with each other and dealing with their complicated lives.

Overall, I loved this book! For my taste, I think there probably could have been even a little more of a focus on hockey. There was an ample amount of hockey games, practices, etc. but even a little more would have made this a stronger sports romance. The love story was definitely swoon-worthy, and the drama was just enough to keep me hooked!

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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Book Review: The Fever Code by James Dashner

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By: James Dashner

Release Date: September 27, 2016

Source: Purchased at Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Summary: Once there was a world’s end.

The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled.

Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.

Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy.

The boy’s name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze.

Now there are secrets.

There are lies.

And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen.

This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down.

All will be revealed.

Review

*WARNING: Spoilers Ahead*

 

I am a pretty big fan of The Maze Runner series by James Dashner, and I knew I would definitely be reading this book when I heard it was coming out. I first read the other four books in the series about three years ago before the first movie was released. I loved that this YA dystopian/post-apocalyptic book had a male lead. It was a nice contrast to The Hunger Games and Divergent at the time.

Anyway, The Fever Code is technically book 0.6 in the series, meaning it takes place just before The Maze Runner. We begin with Thomas as a young boy having just been taken by Wicked and beginning his journey.

As the book moves on through the years, we see Thomas meet his friends – Teresa, Alby, Minho, Newt, Chuck – and they are all happy and naive. Thomas and Teresa (Along with Rachel and Aris) are considered to be the “special” candidates – and they help to build the maze.

That’s right.

Thomas helped build the maze he would eventually be trapped in.

I don’t want to completely spoil the end of this book for any of you that haven’t read it yet, but it was heartbreaking for me. To learn Thomas’s journey in Wicked and then how he comes to be in the maze was so emotional to me as the reader. You learn where Thomas’s loyalties lie – and where those of his friends and leaders lie as well. I’m not sure what else to say without giving it away!

Needless to say, I loved this book. The farther I dove into the chapters, the quicker I started to read them, and I became engrossed with the story. Dashner has a fantastic way of connecting the reader to this futuristic world – one that we could hardly relate to (Grievers??). But while you’re reading it, it seems so real.

The imagery is amazing – but so is the character development. In this book, I got to see all of my favorite characters from the series before they were ever in the maze – when they still had their memories. This made me love them even more, and also made my heart break for them when they were put into the maze.

This book is a perfect addition the the series, and really helps to flesh out the story and give the audience the answer to “Why the Maze?”

I was so happy reading this book, that the next day I actually watched The Maze Runner movie so I could continue on with the story. Overall, I loved this book. After a couple of years away from the series, it was great to be immersed in this world again!

Rating: 5 Stars

Book Review: Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

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By: Sophie Kinsella

Release Date: July 21, 2009

Source: Used copy from thrift store

Goodreads Summary: Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they?

When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie-a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance-mysteriously appears, she has one request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, because Sadie cannot rest without it.

Lara and Sadie make a hilarious sparring duo, and at first it seems as though they have nothing in common. But as the mission to find Sadie’s necklace leads to intrigue and a new romance for Lara, these very different “twenties” girls learn some surprising truths from and about each other. Written with all the irrepressible charm and humor that have made Sophie Kinsella’s books beloved by millions, Twenties Girl is also a deeply moving testament to the transcendent bonds of friendship and family.

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I came across this book for one dollar at a thrift store and couldn’t pass it up! Knowing that Sophie Kinsella wrote Confessions of a Shopaholic (and I LOVE that movie), I grabbed the book to give Kinsella a try as an author.

This book was endearing, hilarious, and empowering. With so many elements and aspects to the main storyline, Kinsella keeps the reader interested at every turn of events.

The story revolves around Lara Lington, who is mysteriously accompanied by her great aunt, Sadie Lancaster’s ghost. It turns out that Sadie – whose family never really visited or cared for – is back in search of her dragonfly necklace, and she wrangles Lara into the search.

This journey allows Lara to not only find out some amazing history about her great aunt and the 1920s, but also allows her to find herself. After coming off of a bad breakup, Lara takes chances with Sadie that she never would have before and ends up finding herself and blossoming into the young woman she was meant to be.

There are so many great things about this book. For one, it is quite funny. I found myself smiling and giggling at various points in the story. Also, this book was empowering. Lara’s journey and self-discovery is very encouraging to me as a young woman in my 20s. Kinsella’s writing is very conversational and easy to follow.

I also loved that this story was set in London. Considering most books I read are set in the United States, this was a fantastic change of pace!

I started this book not knowing much about it or even if I would like it, and ended up loving it! I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a light, fun, but fast-paced contemporary read.

Rating: 4 Stars

January Favorites

Hello everyone! I decided to bring you a different kind of post today – my January Favorites! I love watching these types of videos on YouTube, so I thought I would bring mine to you in written form. Basically, I have come up with a few categories in which I will tell you a few of my favorite items that fit into that theme.

As always, I appreciate your feedback, so if you have any ideas or things you would like to see, be sure to let me know in the comments below!

ENTERTAINMENT

  • TV SHOW:
    • Game of Thrones: My husband and I are still making our way through this series, and we are finally on Season 6! Honestly, we are trying to make it last as long as we can, because when it’s over, we will be in a serious SHOWHOLE (b/c we don’t have HBO). game-of-thrones-season-6-header
      • America’s Next Top Model: Ok, guilty pleasure. I used to love watching this show back in the day when Tyra Banks hosted, and I just discovered in January that VH1 has brought it back! It’s just as good as ever, even if the drama makes me uncomfortable – I cannot handle confrontation! 😉 vh1_antm_keyart
  • MOVIE:
    • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2: I finally got around to watching this movie in January (I know – it’s been out forever). It was such a good movie and served as a great ending to the series! I loved the action and how they portrayed Peeta’s mind being hacked by the Capitol. My favorite part was probably the snippet at the end of Katniss and Peeta’s future. maxresdefault
  • MUSIC:
    • Ok, so in January Ed Sheeran released two new songs and announced his new album coming out on March 3. It’s called Divide, and I am so PUMPED for it! I have been a fan of his from the start, and I just love how he can write and perform so many different styles of music. And his voice is amazing, so yeah. 1483703379_788955_1483703562_noticia_normal
  • BOOK:
    • My favorite book of the month (and also the only one I finished this month) was Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella. This is my first read by Kinsella – and now I want to read Confessions of a Shopaholic even MORE! This story was so endearing and had so many layers to it – not to mention how funny it was! I almost cried at the end – while I was sitting at my desk at work… Look for my review soon!

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CRAFTS/HOBBIES

  • GLITTER WASHI TAPE:
    • Ok, so if you don’t know, I am really big into planning – I have a Happy Planner! But, I was perusing the Target Dollar Spot and found this beautiful set of glitter washi tape! It has gold, and then three different shades of pink. I have used it in my planner SO much since I got it. I can’t wait for Valentine’s week to use the pinks!
  • WASHI TAPE STORAGE:
    • I picked up this plastic storage bin with dividers in it from Michael’s in January, and it is perfect for my washi! I love being able to see it all at one time, and also to sort it by theme/holiday. I think this was $10, so very affordable if you need to clean up your washi stash. dscn0377

 

SELF-CARE

  • ST. IVES BLACKHEAD CLEARING GREEN TEA SCRUB:
    • I have always been a fan of the St. Ives products (I previously used their Apricot Scrub), but I felt that I needed something milder and less abrasive for the cold winter months (the cold air makes my skin dry). I am OBSESSED with the smell of this green tea scrub! It is still gritty, but very very soft on the skin. It has also helped to really reduce my blackheads. Love! 811bg7408il-_sy355_
  • MAYBERRY HEALTH AND HOME BAMBOO BATH CADDY:
    • My wonderful husband got this for me for Christmas and it is amazing! I always either watch YouTube videos or read while I relax in the bathtub, and this happens at least once a week. This caddy extends perfectly to fit across our jacuzzi tub, and has some cool features: a nook for your book, wine glass holder, a removable basket, a mug holder, and a phone slot! I would highly recommend this if you’re in the market for one! My husband got it on Amazon. 20161229_210028

 

FOOD

  • TONE IT UP TRAY DINNER:
    • I am a #tiugirl! I have been participating in the Tone It Up Challenge in January, and Karena and Katrina at Tone It Up have put out an AMAZING nutrition plan for the challenge. One of my go-to meals lately is the Tray Dinner. It is super easy and highly customizable. Here’s what a typical one looks like for me: 1-2 chicken breasts, ALL the veggies (onion, green pepper, carrot, celery, zuchinni, squash, brussels sprouts, asparagus, etc.), and then I season everything with salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, chili powder, and creole seasoning. Then pop it in the oven! It is so delicious! resized_20170117_184219
  • LINDT WHITE COCONUT BAR:
    • This was also a Christmas gift from my hubby. He knows I am already obsessed with white chocolate, but I also LOVE coconut. This bar had the thinnest shredded coconut all throughout it, and it was so delicious. It would just whisk me away to a tropical land – and it also pairs well with white wine 😉 c2774f85-4ff0-455f-a5b5-0419dcef9844_1-ea32354f64f2330383d756f8a151fec1

 

HOME GOODS

  • FAKE SUCCULENT FROM HOME GOODS:
    • I picked this up from Home Goods at the very beginning of the year, and I just love the way it looks! I have it sitting on a corner table in my living room. I love the geometric design on the side, along with the copper paint around the bottom! If you were ever unsure about fake plants – I would recommend this or something similar! dscn0374

 

Alright everyone, those are my January favorites! As always, let me know what you thought in the comments below. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the next page!

 

Bookish “What I Got for Christmas”

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! Today I am sharing with you the book related items I received as Christmas gifts. I know this post might be a little delayed, but my husband and I actually just celebrated our final Christmas with his mom over the past weekend – so, I wanted to make sure I got everything into this post.

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The first bookish item I received was this Dumbledore vinyl figurine! My sister got this for me and I was SO excited. I have recently become pretty obsessed with these little guys – and Dumbledore is going to look great on my shelves! Now to decide if he should reside in my movie room with the Harry Potter movies, or if I should put him on my bookshelves…

 

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My second bookish gift was this BEAUTIFUL print my husband’s cousin got me! It is a page from one of the Harry Potter books and has this amazing owl printed right on the page. I’m starting to think that these first two gifts are a sign that I should read the Harry Potter series already… haha! Anyways, this was a lovely, thoughtful gift (since I love owls), and I’m so excited to display it.

 

 

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The third (and probably most awesome) thing I got was this 50th Anniversary SIGNED edition of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. My husband’s grandma asked him for book ideas for me, and I hinted around at the 50th anniversary edition of this book. When I unwrapped this on Christmas Morning, my jaw hit the floor and tears filled my eyes. I have NEVER EVER had a book signed by the author, and I am so unbelievably glad this was my first one. The Outsiders really impacted me when I read it in middle school, and to have this edition is simply amazing. I cannot wait to read it soon!!

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barnes-noble-gcFinally, my sweet mother-in-law got me a gift card to Barnes & Noble! My husband said he told her I really loved books, but that I would only buy $1 used copies from thrift stores. So she got me a gift card so I could finally allow myself to spend money on new releases that I want! I’m such a bargain shopper, though, she knows I’ll hit up the clearance section first 🙂 I told my husband I’m going to hit up Barnes & Noble this weekend by myself so I can spend as much time as I want browsing the shelves!

That’s it for my bookish Christmas gifts! I will mention that I also got The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 on DVD (that’s kind of book related, right?). And my husband got the first Game of Thrones book! We are pretty much addicted to the tv series, so now he wants to dive into the books! I hope to eventually, but reading Outlander is my biggest priority right now 😉

What bookish items did you get for Christmas? Let me know your favorite in the comments below, I’d love to hear!

Thanks for reading, guys, and I’ll see you on the next page! (psssst stay tuned this week for a January TBR post!)

What’s in my Dream Crate??

Hello everyone and welcome back to Read, Write, Design! Today I am here with a very special post. If you can’t tell from the title, today I am going to be sharing with you my idea of a “Dream Crate” from Loot Crate.

Loot Crate is a monthly subscription box featuring four to six items that cover many pop culture topics and fandoms – check out their website! They have had some amazing boxes in the past, and I am excited to share with you what I would put in my very own “Dream Crate!” So, let’s get started:

THEME: TIME TRAVEL

For my Crate’s theme, I chose Time Travel. Who doesn’t love a good time travel storyline? There are endless possibilities with plot and settings, and I love seeing history portrayed in a modern-made tv series or movie!

Here are the super cool items I chose to be in my Time Travel Dream Crate:

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  • Outlander Mug: This mug is from the official Outlander store and reads: “What if your future was the past?” I don’t know about you, but when I read I always like to have coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. This would be a perfect mug to use while I’m reading Outlander!

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  • Doctor Who’s Sonic Screwdrive (10th Doctor): If you have ever seen Doctor Who, you know the Sonic Screwdriver is pretty much the coolest gadget ever! I chose this one in particular because David Tennant is my favorite Doctor. This would be a cool display item in my movie room at home! This particular item is found on ThinkGeek.com.

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  • Marty & Delorean Pop Funko Figurine: I have recently become obsessed with these little vinyl figurines, and this one is too cool. To have Marty McFly AND the Delorean?? That is amazing! I would love to display this along with the Back to the Future series on my movie shelves. This figurine can be found on the Pop Funko website here.

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  • Wyld Stallyns T-shirt from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure: I don’t think this is a very popular movie, but I absolutely love it! I love how this t-shirt looks like a real band shirt for Wyld Stallyns and has Bill and Ted with the phone booth. I would totally wear this to show my love of Bill and Ted! This t-shirt was found in the Etsy shop TheModernGeekStudios.

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  • Hidden Blade from Assassin’s Creed: I am not a big gamer (sadly, I can’t make my character run around and look around at the same time….ugh). But, my husband just started playing his new Assassin’s Creed game that I got him for Christmas, and the storyline of it looks awesome! We are thinking about going to see the movie, too. But, I know that these hidden blades are a big deal, so I thought I would put this in to represent a video game fandom in my Crate. This one was found on UPlay Shop.

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  • Time Turner from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: I honestly just thought of this (how could I forget??). I love how Hermione uses the Time Turner necklace in this book/movie. This necklace is found on the Harry Potter Shop, and I love the way it looks! If only it really worked…

So there you have it! If I could create my very own Dream Crate, this is one example what I would include in it. Loot Crate has awesome items comparable to these in their boxes each month, so be sure to check them out!

Alright guys, thank you so much for reading! Comment below and let me know what your theme would be if you could create a Dream Crate, or what items you would like to see in it. I’ll see you on the next page!

October Book Haul!

Hi everyone! Long time no posts…I know. But let’s not get discouraged in my lack of posting, and just focus on the fact that I am BACK!! And with a fantastic book haul 🙂

These are the books I picked up in the month of October. A thrifty fact for you… I spent about $12 total on all of these books. They are all used and came either from a thrift store or a used book store.

Here we go!

  1. Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick: I couldn’t pass this book up when I saw it at the used bookstore! I just finished reading the third book in this series in October, and I’m dying to see how the series wraps up! This series follows Nora, a normal girl who gets thrown into a whirlwind life-change when she learns that Nephilim and Fallen Angels are very real and very much part of her life. There are so many twists and turns, some creepy parts, and of course a phenomenal romance. I highly recommend this series if you love paranormal/sci-fi books with romance!
  2. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen: I went to the thrift store one day and found all of the rest of the books in my haul for $0.99 each! So I couldn’t pass up some Sarah Dessen books! Since I don’t know much about these books, I’ll use the Goodreads summary for each of them: Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she’s carrying his baby, she was devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it’ll never break–because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever.
  3. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen: Never underestimate the power of friendship. When Colie goes to spend the summer at the beach, she doesn’t expect much. But Colie didn’t count on meeting Morgan and Isabel. Through them, she learns what true friendship is all about, and finally starts to realize her potential. And that just might open the door to her first chance at love…
  4. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen: When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn’t mess around. After all, she’s learned all there is to know from her mother, who’s currently working on husband number five. But there’s something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy’s rules. He certainly doesn’t seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can’t seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy’s starting to understand what those love songs are all about?
  5. Love Finds You on Christmas Morning by Debby Mayne: What is the holiday season without a Christmas book?! I decided to pick this up so I could add it to my TBR for December 🙂 It is a compilation of two shorter novels. Summary: Two women receive marriage proposals in the same house–eight-five years apart. Love finds a home on Christmas morning in two heartwarming holiday stories. “Deck the Halls” In 1925, the wealthy William Tronnier becomes smitten with the lovely but penniless Lillian Pickard. As Christmas descends on the picturesque town of Cary, North Carolina, William plans to make Lillian a proposal she can’t refuse. ” ‘Tis the Season” Nikki Tronnier moves back home in Cary, North Carolina, with plans to buy back the Tronnier family home built by her great-grandfather, William, for his bride, Lillian. But before she is able to make an offer, the handsome Drew Cornell buys the house just before Christmas.
  6. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: That’s right – I picked this book for $0.99!!! And it’s in near-perfect condition! Summary: Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
  7. Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner: I picked this one up on a whim. I’ve never read anything by Jennifer Weiner, but I know she is a very popular author, so I decided to give it a try! Summary: Addie Downs and Valerie Adler were eight when they first met and decided to be best friends forever. But, in the wake of tragedy and betrayal during their teenage years, everything changed. Val went on to fame and fortune. Addie stayed behind in their small Midwestern town. Destiny, however, had more in store for these two. And when, twenty-five years later, Val shows up at Addie’s front door with blood on her coat and terror on her face, it is the beginning of a wild adventure for two women joined by love and history who find strength together that they could not find alone.

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That’s my haul for October! If you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you thought about them in the comments! What did you pick up last month?

Also, let me know if you guys want to see anything new or different on the blog. I’ve been recently thinking about doing some tv show/movie related posts, and possible even some planner-related stuff. I’ve recently gotten into using my Happy Planner, so I’m not sure if you would be interested in that. Let me know!

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the next page!

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Storybook Knight by Helen & Thomas Docherty

Hello fellow readers! Today I am sharing with you another fabulous children’s book!

Shout out to Sourcebooks and Jabberwocky for sending me a copy of The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty! I hope you guys check out this book, because it is so cute and the illustrations are amazing!

Check out an exclusive giveaway below!

29152096Title: The Storybook Knight

By: Helen Docherty & Thomas Docherty

Release Date: September 6, 2016

Goodreads Summary: Even though Leo would rather sit at home and read, his parents send him out into the world in the hopes that Leo will become a famous knight. But when Leo comes up against the land’s most fearsome beasts, he soon discovers that scary monsters enjoy a good book as much as anyone…

Review: The Storybook Knight is a very creative and heartwarming story about a brave mouse who faces some creatures on his journey to become a great knight. Book lovers of all ages will appreciate Leo’s love for books and how he shares his love of reading in this story.

I absolutely loved this story! I was smiling at every line – which rhymed!! – and was just awestruck at the beautiful illustrations. This story is set in medieval times, but all of the characters are small creatures, like mice, owls, squirrels, etc. (except for the beasts!).

First of all, I have a soft spot for medival stories, but I think the rhyming stanzas and pictures were what made me fall in love with this story. Helen and Thomas Docherty have crafted an amazing story, and I cannot wait to share it with my nephews and my own children one day!

This story is about bravery, standing up for yourself, and not being afraid to be who you are – all lessons that we should instill in our young ones at any age. And all of these lessons are packaged in a vibrant, feel-good story.

I highly recommend The Storybook Knight!

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Check out the website for The Storybook Knight here!

Giveaway

*Follow the link below and enter to win an original sketch by illustrator Thomas Docherty*

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 Author Links

Thomas Docherty: Website     Twitter: @TDIllustration

Helen Docherty: Website       Twitter: @docherty_helen

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Max at Night by Ed Vere

Hi everyone! Today I am here with a very exciting post – a blog tour and giveaway featuring Max at Night by Ed Vere!

First of all, I want to thank Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky for sending me  copy of this book to read and review for the blog tour. Be sure to stay tuned throughout the post for the Giveaway below!

27969101Title: Max at Night

By: Ed Vere

Release Date: September 1, 2016

Source: Review copy from Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky

Goodreads Summary: This is Max. Max is very sleepy. It’s way past Max’s bedtime. Max has drunk his milk. Max has brushed his teeth. Max has cleaned behind his ears. Now Max just needs to say goodnight…
Max is tired and all ready for bed, but when he can’t find the moon to say goodnight to, he sets out to find it. But that’s not as easy as Max had hoped… Witty and heart-warming, this stylish and beautifully illustrated book is the perfect bedtime read.

Review: This children’s book tells the story of Max, a cat who must tell the Moon goodnight before he goes to bed.

I thought this book was adorable! I am definitely a cat person, and this story just made me smile the entire time I was reading it. The story is simple, but is one that children will love.

I loved how Max goes through quite a journey just to tell the Moon goodnight. My favorite line is when Max tells his box goodnight (cats and their boxes!).

Vere has conveyed his words with simple, yet powerful illustrations. Though the lines are smooth and effortless, they are very will-paired with the story. It is also very well-done how Max is juxtaposed with his surroundings on his journey.

Overall, Max at Night is a great read! I believe that children and their families everywhere will appreciate Max’s story and Vere’s artistry. I cannot wait to share this story with my nephews, and even my own kids one day!

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Be sure to check out Max at Night at Sourcebooks’ website here! At this link you can request your very own Max at Night activity kit (while supplies last).

Giveaway

Enter to win an original sketch by Max at Night author and illustrator, Ed Vere!

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Author Links

Website                      Twitter: @ed_vere                Instagram

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Best of all, Max at Night is Ollie-approved!! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: OCD Bookish Habits

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday, a new list is prompted, and book bloggers display their answers!

Topic for August 9, 2016: Top Ten Books OCD Bookish Habits

Hello everyone! It’s that time again…TTT! Today’s prompt was to go back and do a TTT that you haven’t done in the past. Since I’ve only been book blogging for about one year, I had plenty to choose from. I chose to do a list of my top ten OCD bookish habits – so here we go!

  • Arranging my Bookshelf: We all know the struggle. Do we organize by genre, alphabetical by author, alphabetical by title, or just so it looks pretty?? All we know is that it has to be perfect.
  • Matching Copies: It is one of my biggest pet peeves to have a series in which all of the books don’t match. Unfortunately, I have a couple of series that are like this 😦
  • Always Reading to the End of a Chapter: When I am reading, I always make it a point to stop at the end of a chapter unless I absolutely can’t because of time, etc.
  • NEVER Dog-earing pages: I DO NOT dog ear pages. I always, always, always use a bookmark…even if it a receipt from the gas station!
  • Checking the Map: While I was reading The Silmarillion, I went back to check the map almost every time a location was mentioned. I just love to be able to create the world in my head while I’m reading.
  • Always Noticing when I Hit the 100-Page Mark: I have no idea why I do this, but I always notice when I finally get to page 100.
  • Laying my Paperbacks Face Down so the Cover Lays Flat: Am I the only one??
  • Typos and Errors in Finished Copies: Ok, so I totally understand this and let it slide when I’m reading an ARC, but the finished copy?? Come on and just hire me to be your copy editor 🙂
  • Not Spending more than $15 on a Book: Like usually I spend $1. But I’ll spring for a new copy if it’s for a book club or something. But my goal is to spend as little money as possible!
  • Going Back to Read a Sentence Until it Makes Sense: Sometimes I can read a sentence and it just doesn’t click. So I’ll reread it. I’ll reread a sentence as many times as it takes for it to sound right in my head.

There’s my TTT for this week! Please tell me I’m not the only one who does these things!

What’s on your TTT this week? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading, and I”ll see you on the next page!

Summer Carnival! Bliss Pie Bake Off Booth with Entangled Publishing!


Step right up! Step right up! Get those taste buds ready for the Pie Bake Off booth hosted by the lovely Entangled Bliss authors. Each author specially baked a pie sure to delight. Check out the video and let us know which pie are you dying to eat? You can grab all of the recipes below.

Summer Berry Berry Pie


Hi, all! Jennifer here!


Thanks for stopping by the Bliss Pie Bake-Off!


For me, nothing says summer like a fresh fruit pie! My pie I’ve chosen for this bake-off has fresh raspberries, blueberries (a NJ fruit), strawberries and blackberries. YUM!

I admit that pie crust usually intimidates me, but the recipe for the crust that is included is super easy (especially if you have a food processor) and is great to work with since it rolled out really nice and even. And that rarely happens for me, so I will definitely make this crust again!


**I made the pie dough a day before to make it more simple for me.


If you all are interested, here is the recipe from http://www.jocooks.com/


Ingredients


Pie Crust

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2½ cup flour

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1 cup cold butter, cubed

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1 tsp salt

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1 tsp sugar

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6 to 8 tbsp ice coldwater

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Filling

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5 cups of mixed berries, sliced strawberries, raspberries, blueberries

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¾ cup light brown sugar

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¼ cup cornstarch

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1 tsp orange zest

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½ tsp vanilla extract

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1 egg white for egg wash

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Instructions

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Place the butter in freezer for 20 minutes.

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In a food processor add the flour, salt and sugar and pulse a couple times.

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Add the butter to the food processor and pulse a few times until the mixture resembles peas. Add the ice water one tablespoon at a time and continue pulsing. The dough should start to hold together.

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Remove dough from food processor and place it over your working surface. Form the dough into 2 discs, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour up to 2 days before using.

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Preheat oven to 425 F degrees. Coat a deep-dish pie crust plate with nonstick baking spray.

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Place berries in a large bowl. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, cornstarch, orange zest and extract; mix well. Add to berries; toss to coat.

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Take out the pastry discs from the fridge and roll out a disc so that it’s 12 inches in diameter and place it and arrange in your pie dish. Brush the pie crust with egg white so that it doesn’t get soggy.

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Pour the berry mixture into the pie crust.

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Roll out the other disc so that it’s 12 inches in diameter as well and cut it into lattice strips. Arrange the lattice strips nicely over the berries and brush with remaining egg white.

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Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

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Let it cool before serving.

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Peanut Butter Pie

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9″x11″ glass baking dish

1 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips (divided into 2)

2 tsp milk

1 T corn syrup

1/2 c confectioners sugar (divided into 2)

1 c butter or margarine + 2 T

12 oz whipped topping (i.e. Cool Whip)

1 c peanut butter

1 c brown sugar

Graham cracker crust


Layer 1 – The Crust

Prepare baked graham cracker crust per directions on packaging. Set aside to cool. (Feel free to use a standard pie crust or Oreo crust – all work great for this recipe!)


Layer 2 – Chocolate Base Layer

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Melt the following in a small

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Add 1/4 c confectioners

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Stir/blend

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Remove from heat and

spread chocolate sauce over bottom of crust. Set aside to cool completely.

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Layer 3 – Peanut Butter Filling

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Melt 1 c butter in microwave,

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Allow to cool for 10

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Pour mixture into blender

and stir in 1 c peanut butter until well blended

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Fold in 12 oz whipped

topping

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Pour filling over cooled

chocolate layer

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Layer 4 – Chocolate Topping

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Melt the following in a small saucepan:  3/4 c chocolate chips, 1 T butter, 1 T corn syrup, 1/4 c confectioners sugar

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Mix well

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Spread carefully over the peanut butter layer

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Refrigerate until cool (great frozen as well!). Cut and serve!

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Lemon Ice Box Pie

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Ingredients


– 1 8oz. container of Cool Whip

– 1 14oz. can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

– 1/3 cup of Lemon Juice

– 1 Graham Cracker Crust


Directions


Mix all ingredients together ina medium bowl. When evenly mixed, pour into graham cracker crust. Cover and chill for 1 hour.

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Cherry Pie

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This pie crust recipe is simple, but the trick is the prep. You don’t want to over-mix & the time in the fridge is essential to making the flakiest crust. (Also, credit for this crust goes to my neighbor from my hometown, Luella Crowther. It was the first time I ate all the crust on my piece of pie, because YUM!)


2 C flour

*1 C butter (softened enough to work with)

1/2 C water

dash of salt


*shortening also works


Add butter to flour and work in by hand until you have pea-sized bits. Scatter liquid over surface. Stir until just mixed with a fork and roll into two dough balls. Place balls in plastic wrap, pull up edges and press dough into a disk. Refrigerate for at least one hour before rolling out. (Fridge up to 5 days, freeze up to 3 months)


Pound bottom crust dough with rolling pen. Roll out and form into pie pan.


1 Can of cherry pie filling (I search for the kind without corn syrup, because allergy fun!)

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp almond extract

1 T sugar


Mix and put on the bottom crust. (Fair warning, I like my cherries on the sweeter side with a little tart. If you prefer more tart, skip the sugar & vanilla)

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Roll out second crust & cover. Flute edges & put in vent holes. Cover edges with foil, so they don’t get too done. Bake at 375 for 45-60 minutes.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Would Buy Right Now if Someone Gave Me a Fully Loaded Gift Card

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday, a new list is prompted, and book bloggers display their answers!

Topic for August 2, 2016: Top Ten Books I Would Buy Right Now if Someone Gave Me a Fully Loaded Gift Card

Hello fellow readers! It’s time for another TTT!

Every book lover dreams of having unlimited funds with which they can buy any book. So I let my imagination wonder while I was writing up this post 🙂 Here’s my list:

  • The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
    • I really want a pretty box set of this series, so then maybe I will actually read them. (I KNOW.)
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
    • Need. Now. I have only read the first book, and I need to read the rest…pronto!
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
    • I have heard so much about this book (and the other two in the series) on BookTube, and I would really love to have some pretty copies for my shelf!
  • The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
    • I am currently in the process of reading through the Mortal Instruments series (I think I can…), and I have never read this trilogy. I think they sound amazing!
  • Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
    • The Shiver series was possibly one of the series that got me back into reading during high school. So, I definitely need to read this last book!
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
    • Need. To. Read. Need. To. See. Movie.
  • The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer
    • I saw this book on Goodreads not too long ago, and I think it sounds great! I’m a big soccer lover, so I would love to buy this!
  • X-Men Comics
    • Ok. A little out of the ordinary for me, but I’ve recently been watching all of the X-Men movies with my husband, and I’d really love to delve deeper into the story!
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
    • Again, I have heard so much about this series on BookTube, and I really, really need it!
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    • I also really want this book so I can read it and fall in love with it and then watch the TV series!!

So there are the books that I would love to buy right now! These are in no particular order of importance, but I really had fun making this list!

What’s on your TTT this week? Let me know! Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the next page!

Summer Carnival! Entangled Teen hosts the Balloon Pop Booth!

 

 

Welcome to the Entangled TEEN Balloon Pop Booth! Entangled TEEN is all about the excitement of first love, so we are talking about all of the reasons a summer carnival makes a good date! Pintip Dunn, Vivi Barnes, Heidi R. Kling, and Gloria Craw are here to share their reasons and we would love to hear some of your carnival date stories. So be sure to leave a comment and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!

 

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OMG, I think one of my first dates ever was at a summer carnival! Why does it make a good date? Because it is fun, thrilling, playful, giddy, and romantic! You get to be a kid again as you scream on rides that smash you up against your date. Feel that rush of excitement when your hoop lands on the bottle and you win a gigantic stuffed animal. Taste the sticky sweetness of cotton candy on your date’s lips. Best of all, you form memories that you still remember fondly 20 years later!

 

 

No other date can measure up to the excitement and… opportunities…of a carnival. Where else can you legitimately be smashed up against the cute guy without having to apologize for being in his space? Or be lifted a couple hundred feet in the air for a few peaceful minutes of conversation with zero possibilities of someone butting in? Or be given the opportunity to win a huge stuffed monkey that you know you must have, whether or not you really do. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll receive that special kiss you’ll remember far longer than that ugly orange monkey.

 

 

Hot. Summer, Night. Well, that’s enough right there for romance to spark, but add some sticky cotton candy, popcorn, rides that push you into your partner instead of further apart, and if you’re lucky? A moonlit kiss on a Ferris Wheel. Only thing missing from Paige and Jake’s summer in Jackson Hole was the town carnival. Why didn’t I think of that? Maybe in the sequel.

 

 

Carnivals are all about roller-coasters, so we can get some quality handholding-time in as we scream on the way down. Our guy might show off his man-skills and win a stuffed animal, and the food can be amazing. The best thing about a carnival date, though, is we’re going to get windblown hair, he might choose the scary, stuffed clown prize, and there’s a chance someone will spill Slurpee on their jeans. I think when the fun gets chaotic, we let our guard down and that’s when we really get to know someone.

 

 

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Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

 

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Atlantis Rising by Gloria Craw

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Things Books Made Me Want to Do

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Topic for July 25, 2016:Top Ten Things Books Made Me Want to Do

It’s already Tuesday! And that means another TTT. Some of these responses are serious, and some may be a little silly, but let’s just get into it!

  • Snowboarding – Defying Gravity by Kendra C. Highley
    • I just finished this book last week (see my review here), and it was set in Aspen, Colorado. There were some awesome snowboarding scenes, and now I just really want to try it!
  • Visit the Jersey Shore – Whisper to Me by Nick Lake
    • Ok, I don’t mean like the Jersey Shore tv show… but the descriptions of buildings and the beach in this book just made me want to go there and see it for myself.
  • Be part of the Sisterhood – Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
    • Ok, I know this one is silly. But I just want to be in this group of friends. I always saw myself as Lena or Bridget. Which sister would you want to be? Let me know in the comments below!!
  • Be a badass – insert favorite dystopian novel here
    • No really, Divergent made me want to be fearless and strong and just kick some butt. Realistically though, I’m a very calm and quiet person. But maybe I have a really awesome no-nonsense alter ego!
  • Live in Medieval Times – The Arthur Trilogy by Kevin Crossley-Holland
    • Putting the lack of electricity and indoor plumbing aside, I would absolutely LOVE to experience this time period. Plus, King Arthur is my FAVORITE.

So……… I’m going to end the list there. I went through my list of read books, and I just can’t think of anything else to add. So I guess there’s my top five tuesday! 🙂

What’s on your TTT this week? As always, leave a link to your post below in the comments!

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the next page!

Promo Tour: Featuring Robin Bielman

Hi everyone! Today I’m partnering with Entangled Publishing to feature some great summer reads by author Robin Bielman! Check out her books below, and be sure to enter the giveaway for her upcoming release, The Best Friend Bargain!
Entangled Bliss is so excited to kick off the summer reading celebration with Robin Bielman, author of humorous, sexy, and sweet romances. Her Secret Wishes series never fails to leave you with a smile on your face. So get ready to binge, because you are not going to be able to put these books down! 

Kissing the Maid of Honor by Robin Bielman

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About the Book:
Kissing her best friend’s brother never felt so right…

 

Sela Sullivan is resolved to be the best maid of honor ever, even if it means tolerating the best man. Insufferable, too­ handsome Luke Watters is not only the guy who humiliated her at a kissing booth in high school, but he also happens to be her best friend’s older brother. Positive he’s the same arrogant jock, Sela vows to focus on her duties and steer clear of the frustrating—and frustratingly tempting—Luke.

As a world ­renowned extreme­sports photographer, Luke is used to undertaking life­-risking adventures. But risking his heart for the beautiful Sela Sullivan, who clearly still hates him for his rejection all those years ago? He didn’t see that coming. Sela inspires a passion he’s never known, and the more time they spend together, the more he craves her. But can he prove to the maid of honor he’s become a man of honor?
 
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Her Accidental Boyfriend by Robin Bielman

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About the Book:
2014 RITA®finalist!

 

Faking it with this flirt never felt so real…

Kagan Owens has a secret. One she thought she’d escaped by leaving New York, but when her past follows her to her temporary new life, Kagan lets a teeny lie slip. And now the town’s biggest playboy and flirt, Shane Sullivan, has become her pretend boyfriend—just until she’s ready to return to NYC. But the handsome, fun-­loving Shane makes it tough to determine where their friendly agreement begins and ends…
Shane has no intention of settling down—in fact, his job depends on it, and nothing’s more important than his work. Still, he can’t help but agree to Kagan’s scheme, if only to find out more about the mysterious beauty. But when every touch from her sets his heart and body on fire, he realizes playing an accidental boyfriend may be more than he bargained for—and more than he can give.

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Wild About Her Wingman by Robin Bielman

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About the Book:
Playing it safe never felt so risky.
Erin Watters is her small town’s resident wild child—she doesn’t do boring, and after having her heart annihilated, she definitely doesn’t do relationships. Her friends have other ideas, though, and when they throw down a matchmaking challenge, impulsive Erin can’t ignore it. Even when the annoyingly hot Troy Strieber accepts the matchmaker role…
As a rescue paramedic, Troy’s used to watching out for people. Never mind the bet he made with his buddy to play Erin’s wingman. But the more time he spends with the sexy, charismatic woman, the more he discovers a side of her she doesn’t let many see. Soon what started as an innocent game of matchmaking has them both thinking about the person right under their nose. But Troy’s a play-it-­safe guy, and he won’t let a woman who lives for risk ever steal his heart.

 

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About the Author:

When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon­-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jump starts all of her story ideas.
She loves to go on adventures, and has skydived, scuba dived, parasailed, gotten lost in the wilderness (and only suffered a gazillion bug bites for it) hiked to waterfalls, and swam with dolphins. In her spare time she also likes to put her treadmill to good use while watching her favorite TV shows, take hikes with her hubby, indulge her sweet tooth, and play sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty dog, Harry.

 

She dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. Keep in touch and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com.

 

Book Review: Defying Gravity by Kendra C. Highley

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By: Kendra C. Highley

Release Date: July 25, 2016

Source: E-ARC copy from Entangled TEEN

Goodreads Summary: Zoey Miller lives for her holidays in Aspen. Her time up on the mountain with the Madison brothers, Parker and Luke, is everything. But for the first time, it’s not enough. This time, she’s determined to win one of the brothers’ hearts.
But the brother she has in mind is a renowned player, with hordes of snow-bunnies following him around Snowmass resort. And the other…well, he’s her best friend and knows she deserves better. Namely him. And he’s going to win her heart.

Review

I received an ebook ARC of Defying Gravity from Entangled TEEN Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I always appreciate a good romance novel, but sometimes they can be a bit too risque for me personally. However, Defying Gravity has all of the right kinds of romance and the perfect amount of steamy moments!

This story is a bit stereotypical in the land of young adult romance – girl likes bad brother, and is best friends with good brother, but soon finds out that she loves the good brother, leaving the bad brother to go chase more girls – but who doesn’t love a good romance involving two good-looking brothers??

Highley has done a great job of creating compelling characters. I would have like to see Zoey in her normal Texas habitat to contrast with her Aspen self, but there was enough description there to get the gist. Parker and Luke are fantastic. As the reader, this story just gives you so many warm and fuzzy feelings.

From the cozy setting in Aspen, Colorado to the jaw-dropping and steamy moments between Parker and Zoey, Defying Gravity is a great teen romance! I’d love to continue reading more books in the Finding Perfect series.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside the USA

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday, a new list is prompted, and book bloggers display their answers!

Topic for July 19, 2016:Top Ten Books Set Outside the USA

Hi everyone! I’m here with another TTT post! This week’s feature is about books set outside of the US. I thought this topic was going to be a lot more challenging than it was. I found a total of seven books that I have read set outside of the USA, and three books that I want to read!

So here we go in no particular order:

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    • set in 19th century England
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
    • set in the fictional land of Narnia for the most part
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    • set in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • The Arthur Trilogy by Kevin Crossley-Holland
    • set in Wales
  • Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
    • set in Verona, Italy
  • The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkein
    • set in the fictional land of Middle Earth
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    • set in Denmark

And now for three books I want to read in this category:

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
    • set in France/Paris I’m pretty sure
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    • set in Yorkshire
  • The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare
    • set in Victorian England

Alright that’s my TTT this week! What made your list this week? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading, and I will see you on the next page 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Facts About Me!

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday, a new list is prompted, and book bloggers display their answers!

Topic for July 12, 2016: Facts About Me

Hey everyone! It’s been a busy – and stressful – past month or so, hence the lack of new posts here on the blog. But I’m back! For this TTT post, I’m bringing you my top ten facts about me – in the fashion of my favorite things in ten categories.

  • Children’s Book: The Arthur Trilogy by Kevin Crossley-Holland
    • I read this series when I was in fourth and fifth grade, and fell in love with it! King Arthur continues to be one of my favorite historical/mythical subjects to read about!
  • YA Book: Divergent by Veronica Roth
    • I know this might be cliche, but I just remember the feeling I got while reading this book last summer. It made me feel powerful, fearless, unstoppable – dauntless!
  • Classic: Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    • There are so many classics that I love, and so many that I have yet to read. Hamlet is a favorite of mine that I studied both in high school and college. If you are a fan of Hamlet, check out Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard. It’s hilarious!
  • Adult Book: Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
    • As you probably know, Emily Giffin is pretty much my favorite adult fiction author. This book is just so great, and the movie is just as amazing! Still waiting for the movie version of Something Blue…
  • Movie: The Princess Bride
    • This should come as no surprise. See my recent TTT post here about why I love this movie.
  • Band: Thirty Seconds to Mars/Muse/Fall Out Boy/Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
    • Ok, ok. So I couldn’t pick just one. But let’s just say that I really love the alternative/rock genre! I’ve actually seen all of these bands in concert except Fall Out Boy. It’s on my bucket list!
  • TV Show: Gilmore Girls/The Walking Dead/The Office
    • Honestly, this was incredibly hard for me to decide. I think I love so many tv shows. Here are a few more: Stitchers, The Vampire Diaries, Reign…
  • Beverage: Cold = Coke; Warm = Coffee or Tea
    • Nothing is better than an ice cold fountain coke. Or a nice steamy cup of coffee 🙂
  • Food: Tacos and Pizza
    • My two main junk foods that I can’t live without – even though I try to eat healthy!
  • App: Instagram
    • Aside from the whole Bookstagram thing, I just love seeing pictures. I am a very visual person, and sometimes a lack of words is just what we need.

Well, that’s my top ten categories/favorites for this week! What was your TTT this week? Let me know in the comments below!

Preview for my next post: come back on Thursday for an exciting book review!

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the next page!

Book Review: First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

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By: Emily Giffin

Release Date: June 28, 2016

Source: ARC copy from Random House

Goodreads Summary: Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond.

Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter ends up in her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.

On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately, Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired.

As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover they need each other more than they knew . . . and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first.

REVIEW

If you know anything about me, or you have been reading my blog posts, you know that I LOVE Emily Giffin! I have read three of her books before this one, and each one is funny, heartwarming, heart wrenching, and overall fantastic. So, when I heard that First Comes Love was coming out this year, I decided to be bold and request a review copy from the publisher. My jaw hit the floor when they actually sent me a beautiful ARC in the mail!! So here we go with the review!

First Comes Love tells of two sisters – Josie and Meredith – who have had to endure a tragic past and are coming to terms with it nearly 15 years later. These sisters are the typical sisters – very different, but are family in the end. Their relationship reminded me a lot of mine with my own sister. Maybe my sister and I didn’t fight quite like they did, but there are always sibling squabbles. And then there’s the fact that growing up brings them back together (as it has my sister and I).

Meredith is the determined, self sacrificial, serious sister, while Josie is the carefree, self satisfying, and bubbly sister. Perfect personalities to make the story compelling. Giffin’s devotion to developing each character fully yet independently was amazing. I can’t remember the last time I felt that the characters in a novel were so real and relatable.

Contrasted with their family tragedies are the trials that both sisters are going through in their present lives as well. Even the way they react to and handle certain situations just conveys the deep character development in this novel. There are twists and turns along the way, and just enough conflict to keep you interested and invested to read further.

Overall, I thought First Comes Love was one of the best adult contemporary stories I have read in a long time. There were so many things to love about this book – the humor, friendships, families, tragedies, conflicts, and resolutions. I can’t give this book enough praise! I’m also dying for a sequel! While the ending was satisfying, I’m dying to see where these characters a couple of years down the road!

Rating: 5 Stars

First Comes Love releases today! Be sure to pick up your copy – it’s an amazing read!

 

LC Book Club: The Unexpected Everything Discussion #1

Hi everyone! I’m coming to you on this Monday afternoon with my first ever book discussion – yay!

I’ve always been a fan of Lauren Conrad (love her clothing line at Kohl’s), so when I saw her book club was reading The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson this month, I couldn’t help but tag along!

By today, we were supposed to read the first 9 chapters, and then join everyone on the blog for a discussion. I decided to actually post on my own blog for this discussion, and I’ll link it on the original post.

WARNING: THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD (so if you haven’t read the book yet, take caution!)

Here we go! (questions are from http://www.laurenconrad.com)

  1. Describe Andie’s relationship with her father in three words. Do you see their relationship change during the first half of the book?
    • Difficult, Tense, and Removed
    • Just near the end of this section of the book, we see Andie’s relationship with her father begin to develop in a good way. I hope to see it continue to develop and blossom in the next half of the story!
  2. When Andie’s acceptance to her medical internship is withdrawn, she is devastated… But she soon finds another job. What lessons do you think Andie learned so far from walking dogs all summer? How do you think it will be better or worse than if she had gone with her original plan of the medical internship?
    • From her new dog walking position, I think Andie has learned so far to let go and have fun, to care for something, and that opportunities can be hidden in some not-so-good circumstances sometimes.
    • I think her medical internship would have been more educational in a school/career way and more resume-appropriate, but if she had gone for the internship, she wouldn’t have this summer to reconnect with her father, hang out with friends, or meet Clark!
  3. When Andie and Clark go on their first date, the evening pretty much crashes and burns. Why do you think this happened?
    • Andie has gone through her past relationships with the end always in mind, therefore she never really took the chance to open up to anyone. So, with Clark she avoided basically any real conversation he tried to have with her.
  4. Do you think that Topher’s character will cause problems for Andie and Clark’s relationship?
    • I kind of expect Clark and Andie to have a rough patch. (I think this is going to follow the typical love story.) And when that happens, she might run to Topher. However, I don’t really see Topher causing any problems of his own will.
  5. When Andie goes to Clark’s house to help him take care of Bertie, she discovers that Clark is suffering from a major case of writer’s block. Do you believe that Clark is done writing forever? Or will he finish his third book?
    • I think that Andie will inspire Clark to start writing again, and that he will be successful in his third book. Fingers crossed!
  6. Do you think that Andie will return to see the farmhouse by the end of the novel?
    • I see the farmhouse as significant for Andie, so maybe her and her father will visit it together before the end. That’s how I think it should happen if it does.
  7. Friendship is a huge theme throughout the book so far, and it’s clear that Andie relies on her group of friends as one would rely on their family. Do you think Andie’s relationship with Clark will begin to change the group dynamic? How do you think he will find his place within these long-standing friendships?
    • If anything, I think Andie’s relationship with Clark will help the group. They’re always used to her 3-week boyfriends, so hopefully a more long-term person will strengthen the group.
    • So far, we’ve learned that Clark and Tom are already creating a pretty strong bromance. I think Clark will be just fine with the lifelong friends.

Alright, those are all of the questions! Let me know your thoughts if you are reading or have already read The Unexpected Everything. Also, it’s not too late to join in with the LC Book Club! Click this link for all of the book club information for June!

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for Top Ten Tuesday tomorrow!

Release Week: From Fake to Forever by Jennifer Shirk

Their arrangement is fake, but the attraction is real.
Grab your copy of From Fake to Forever by Jennifer Shirk, on sale today!
About the Book:
 
Sandra Moyer’s preschool is struggling, so when her sister suggests allowing a super-famous actor to research his latest role there, she reluctantly agrees. Except the actor turns out to be Ben Capshaw—a playboy who’s never serious, always joking around, and who knows zero about kids or being a parent. Case in point: his involvement in the untimely death of the preschool’s class pet…
 
Ben is enjoying teaching more than he thought he would, but that doesn’t mean he’s looking for a permanent position. Sure, he’s ready for more serious movie roles and less goofing off, but the buttoned-up, beautiful Sandra and her young daughter are more than he bargained for. Plus, Sandra still won’t trust him—what if it’s all an act, research for the role? As the lines between make-believe and reality blur, Ben will have to decide if love is worth casting aside the role of his life for a new role…that could last a lifetime.

Previously released as The Role of a Lifetime – (May 2008) and has been enhanced with new material.

EXCERPT

“I’d love to come,” he answered.

What?

“Hip, hip, hooray!” Hannah shouted as she galloped around the office.

Sandra gritted her teeth. Ben wasn’t helping the situation, standing there, laughing as her

daughter jumped her little heart out. Frustration constricted in her chest, since she was

left with no choice but to be the bad guy. No matter. She was used to it. The way she

always made up excuses for her ex-husband, she had the bad guy routine down to an art

form by now.

“Sweetie,” she said, taking her daughter by the shoulders, “Big Bens is a very busy”

“Sandra, I said I’d love to come.”

She looked up and saw he was serious. He really didn’t want her getting him out of lunch

on the boardwalk. Huh. That was a new one to her. But out of habit, she tried one more

time. “Aren’t you worried about being recognized?”

He flashed her a confident grin, reaching deep into his pocket, whipping out what looked

like a black necklace and twirling it around his index finger.

“What’s that?” she asked.

Hannah’s little hands went for the object, but Ben yanked it out of her reach just in time.

“Nice try.” He looked at Sandra, his grin widening. “It’s my eye patch.”

“Your eye patch,” she repeated dully. “Has this role you’re after changed to a pirates-of-

the-Jersey- shore movie?”

“No,” he said with a chuckle. “Since you had me shave, it’s my new disguise. I stopped

at a convenience store the other day and got accosted by two teenage girls who

recognized me as soon as I reached for a gallon of milk. One of them even pinched

my—”

“I get it,” Sandra said, holding up a hand.

“I’m just saying. Fame isn’t easy.”

Poor baby. “So now you honestly walk around wearing that thing?”

He answered her question by putting it on.

Oh, dear. She hated to admit it, but the eye patch looked good on him. Why was she even

surprised? Of course it did. He was a handsome man, and now he made one heck of a

handsome pirate. To her disgust, her heart even did a somersault.

That settled it. Ben coming with them to lunch had bad idea written all over it. She

looked to Hannah, hoping for an ally, or at the very least, some kind of sign. “What do

you think, sweetie? Do you want to go to lunch with a scary pirate?”

“Pi-rate, pi-rate, pi-rate,” her little traitor began to chant, giggling and dancing around

some more.

Not the sign she’d hoped for.

Sandra shrugged at Ben. “I guess you can come with us.”

“Arr, shiver me timbers,” he said in an exaggerated pirate twang. He winked his

uncovered eye at Hannah and hooked his thumbs in his pants. “This is the nicest your

mom’s been to a poor old bloke like meself in days.”

Sandra poked a finger in his chest but grinned. “Don’t make me regret this, or you’ll walk

the plank.”

He grinned back and, with that eye patch, turned kneemeltingly rakish in under ten

seconds flat. “Aye, I won’t be asking you to make me Roger jolly, if that’s what has you

worrying.”

She laughed. Then he surprised her by taking her hand in his and raising it up to his lips.

“I’ve already given you me word,” he said huskily, still in his pirate character.

“Friendship and perhaps a kind word here and there ’tis all I’m after.”

 
Bliss out with this sweet romance today!
 

About the Author:

Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.

She writes sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Avalon Books/Montlake Romance and now Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC’s Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME. Recently, her novel SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.

Lately she’s been on a serious exercise kick. But don’t hold that against her.

Social Media Links (Twitter, Facebook, etc.):

Website: http://www.jennifershirk.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenniferShirk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferShirkBooks/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ocwriter_jen/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3112488.Jennifer_Shirk

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Love The Princess Bride

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday, a new list is prompted, and book bloggers display their answers!

Topic for June 7, 2016: Top Ten Reasons I Love The Princess Bride

Hey everyone! For my topic today, I’m bringing you my top ten reasons why I love The Princess Bride. If you know me at all, you know this is my ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIE. So, I thought I would share why I love it so much with you all today, since I couldn’t think of a very clever bookish topic. (But The Princess Bride is also a book, so it counts!)

  1. It was made in the 80s – I am a sucker for 80s pop culture! (I swear I was born about 20 years late.) But, The Princess Bride was released in 1987 and directed by Rob Reiner. It was a beginning for many well-known actors today, like Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, etc. And also had some popular faces, like Andre the Giant, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, and more.
  2. It is the most quotable movie EVER – I could honestly do an entire blog post on the quotes in this movie. They are iconic! I’m sure you’ve heard some of these quotes even if you’ve never seen the movie. Here are a few of my favorites:
    • As you wish (of course)
    • Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line. A ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! A ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! A ha ha ha! *falls over*
    • No more rhymes now I mean it! Anybody wanna peanut? AGH!
    • Inconceivable! You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
    • When I was your age, television was called books.
    • and there are a billion more, but that would make this blog post way too long 🙂
  3. It is funny – This movie is actually pretty funny! It will make you laugh 🙂 But what I love is that there are some hidden funny moments, like Inigo in the background of this shot: THE POWER STANCE!

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4. The love story – A heartwarming love story that begins so sweetly, and then is torn apart by what seemed to be a death. But then comes back together in an unexpected way. It’s great, guys. JUST WATCH IT.

5. The setting – The sets, shots, and just overall cinematography of this movie is great. The Cliffs of Insanity, the farm where Buttercup lived, the Fire Swamp… I think the creators of this movie were very creative in how they made all of the sets, where they filmed, and just even how they framed some of the shots.

6. The costumes – Really, I think we should just appreciate how beautiful Buttercup’s dresses are. I LOVE her wedding (err…almost wedding) dress! And then there’s Wesley’s mask… “I think everyone will be wearing them in the future.” – Wesley

7. The way the story is told – I love that the movie begins with Peter Falk reading to his grandson. It makes the movie seem so much more magical and story-like.

8. The characters – The characters in this movie are so unique! Vizzini, Inigo, Fezzik, Miracle Max (my fav), Count Rugen, Humperdink… all of these people are just so funny and imaginative. I can’t think of any other characters that are like these.

9. The plot – This movie literally has something for everyone! Like Peter Falk says in the beginning: “Fencing, Fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles.” I think everyone can like this movie – if you want a love story…check. Action? check. Humor? check.

10. Simplicity – and lastly, the simplicity of this movie is everything. There are no fancy special effects, no flashy cameos, or really anything special. It’s just a simple story told in a simple way. But it is sooooo good!

So there you have it! The top ten reasons why I love The Princess Bride! While I am ashamed to admit that I never read the entire book (but I did read part of it once), I hope to read it soon, along with As You Wish, which is a book about the filming of the movie, written by Cary Elwes (Wesley).

If you have seen this movie or read the book, let me know what you think about it in the comments below! Like I’ve mentioned, this is my all time favorite movie, and I just wanted to share with you.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the next page!

 

 

 

Book Review: Whisper to Me by Nick Lake

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By: Nick Lake

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Source: Bloomsbury Publishing

Goodreads Summary: Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She’s trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won’t let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely.

Desperate for his forgiveness, she’s telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She’s hoping he’ll understand as well as she now does how love—love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself—can save you after all.

Review: This book was sent to me by Bloomsbury Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Bloomsbury!

High School Junior Cass lives in a small Jersey shore town with her ex-marine father. As she walks down to the beach one day, she comes across a shoe with a human foot still inside. Click. Cass’s life is forever changed as she begins to hear a voice in her head, forcing her to face her past, present, and future. Whisper to Me is her last attempt at forgiveness from the one person who quieted the voice.

Judging this book by its cover, I was planning on diving into a sweet, contemporary story. Little did I know that it would be scary, sad, suspenseful, and sweet! I loved Whisper to Me because it was a fast-paced but emotional read that was just the right mix of heavy and light.

Nick Lake’s writing is impeccable. This was the first novel I have read by him, and now I think I should read many more! The way this story is told in retrospect makes it even better. It is like thinking back on important moments of your life and being able to notice so much more.

The first third of this book literally scared me. Once Cassie began to hear the voice, I was almost scared to go to sleep at night. Later, I realized what was going on as the story developed and the way it was written was great.

Cass’s past and present is so raw and emotional. From dealing with death on so many levels and also real life, she really comes of age in this story and finds herself. Her situation is one that I’m sure so many people can relate to in one way or another. From dealing with loss, to abuse, to self hate, to friendship, to self worth, and to love – what a journey!

The love story really sits at the center of this novel as it is the main reason for Cass writing the letter. It is so sweet and innocent, but with a compelling twist and backstory. This was unlike anything I’ve ever read!

I believe that Whisper to Me is a novel that all teens and young adults should read! I really loved the emotion and the suspense and the overall journey.

Rating: 5 Stars

Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts below!

Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads Week!!

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday, a new list is prompted, and book bloggers display their answers!

Topic for May 31, 2016: Top Ten Beach Reads

Happy summer everyone! I know that the technical first day of summer is June 20, but since we just had the long, glorious Memorial Day weekend, summer has begun unofficially!

This week TTT is all about beach reads. I’m giving you all my top ten beach reads! When I would go on vacation with my parents growing up, I would take a couple of books to read while we relaxed in the sun at Myrtle Beach every year. This is my first summer being married, and I don’t think Daniel and I will take a beach vacation this summer, but no matter where we go, I will take books!

Beach reads = contemporary or ya reads for me! So here are my top ten beach reads:26030238133350374215611995820YoureStillTheOne_1600 (1)

  1. Whisper to Me by Nick Lake – I actually just finished this book last week, and it was amazing! I wish I was at the beach when I read this, because it takes places in a Jersey Shore town, and it just exudes a great summery read. It’s a great contemporary, but has suspense and mystery and a love story as well. Look for my full review of this book later this week!
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth – I read this book last year while is was at the beach. This book drew me in and I was turning pages so fast! If you haven’t read this series, go for it! It is a good YA dystopian read!
  3. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin – This book IS summer. The whole storyline revolves around summer holidays, like Memorial Day, Fourth of July etc. The love story is amazing, and it also pulls in wedding season into the mix, so it’s just a great summer read!
  4. Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares – If you are a fan of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series and you haven’t read this book, shame on you! It was released a few years after the original quadrilogy, but it tells the story of the sisterhood as they are years later. Of course it is a great summer story, and is very heartwarming! It would be a great book to read on a girls trip!
  5. You’re Still the One by Rachel Harris – I reviewed this book a few months ago, and loved it! It is a quick, romantic read that takes placed during the summer in the South. This would be a great read if you’re looking for a quick romance!

…..THIS HAPPENS EVERY WEEK! I swear each week I think that I’ve read way more than I actually have. Honestly, I just started to get into reading during college (but was super busy with classes and a job). So now that I’m out of college (and have been for 2 years), I have much more time to read.

So there are my top 5 beach reads! 🙂 If you’re interested in knowing, I am currently reading First Comes Love by Emily Giffin, and starting The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson for the Lauren Conrad Book Club!

What’s on your TTT this week? I’d love to know! Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the next page!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Picked Up On a Whim

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday, a new list is prompted, and book bloggers display their answers!

Topic for May 17, 2016: Top Ten Books I Picked Up On a Whim

Tuesday is here again, and that means another TTT! Although this week the middle T has a different meaning – I mean Top Three Tuesday.

That’s right, I could only think of 3 books I have legitimately picked up on a whim. I have only recently gotten back into recreational reading since graduating from college, so not many of my read books are for fun. The majority of them I have a reason for reading, like school or seeing the movie, etc.

So here is my very short list for this week:

  1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – I honestly found this book at a used book store for 25 cents I believe. I have no idea why it was so cheap, but I snatched it! I thought it was a very good read, but it was very different coming from a guy’s perspective. Still a very cute love story though!
  2. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick – I also got this book and the sequel to it at a thrift store. I started reading it last October (I thought it would be perfect for Halloween), and it did not disappoint! It is actually one of the best series I’ve started recently. I still need to pick up the third and fourth books.
  3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief  by Rick Riordan – Again, found it for a dollar at an antique store. When books are that cheap, I can’t help but to give them a try. I LOVED this book. I’m still sad that I haven’t read the rest of the series, but hopefully I will treat myself to the new box set soon and read them all.

Well, there you go! Not very many books that I just pick up and read without any pre-conceived thoughts or opinions. What are your top ten books that you’ve read on a whim? I’d love to know – maybe I’ll get some book recommendations from your TTT!

Thanks again for reading, and I’ll see you on the next page!

Top Ten Tuesday: Websites I Love that Aren’t About Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday, a new list is prompted, and book bloggers display their answers!

Topic for May 10, 2016: Top Ten Websites You Love that Aren’t About Books

Who would’ve ever guessed that a TTT post would not be about books?? Today I’m sharing my top eight-ish websites that are not about books. I couldn’t think of ten…I don’t spend that much time online really.

  1. Tone It Up – Tone It Up is a fitness and lifestyle website and community created by the very talented and hilarious Karena and Katrina. I have been doing their workouts for almost a year and a half and their nutrition plan for few months. I think they have come up with a great way for women to stay healthy and have fun while doing it! I never feel stressed about fitting workouts into my everyday life, and I still treat myself to some cheat meals 🙂
  2. Lauren Conrad.com – Ok, so throwback to the days when I would watch Laguna Beach and The Hills… Lauren Conrad’s blog is so versatile in the topics it covers. I think it is a great blog for women my age (20s), because they cover style, work life, personal life, health, entertainment, and a lot more. Also, I own a ton of Lauren Conrad’s clothes from her line at Kohl’s… bring me ALL the floral prints!
  3. All Things Cambria Joy – Cambria is one of my favorite YouTubers. Sometimes I think it may be weird that she is younger than me, but she is so down to earth and really covers some great topics. Another way that she inspires me is by her great love for God. Check out her website and her youtube channels!
  4. YouTube – Ok so besides the fact that I watch a lot of BookTube videos, I also watch some other channels. These are mainly lifestyle and vlog channels that I watch while I get ready for work in the mornings. Some of my favorite non-book channels are CambriaJoyVlogs/Cambria Joy, Tone It Up, Yoga with Adriene, and Aspyn + Parker.
  5. Pinterest – Let’s also ignore the fact that I follow bookish accounts on Pinterest. But what girl does not like Pinterest? There are so many crafts, projects, and recipes that I love to search for on here. Now that I have a house, I’m obsessed with finding decorating ideas!
  6. She Reads Truth – This is a Bible study website for women that is based in Nashville. They have free Bible study plans throughout the year – the current plan is on Proverbs. I love this website because the daily studies are quick, so I can fit them in at home or even at work! Also, graphic design nerd moment, but the designs on their website are AMAZING!
  7. Creative Commons – Creative Commons is a website where you can search for media files on the internet that are free to use without the possibility of copyright infringement. I learned about this website during my design classes in college, and it has really come in handy in my graphic design and social media roles at work!
  8. Houzz – This website is a lot like Pinterest, but with only home decor. Since my husband and I just bought a house about 6 weeks ago, I have been looking at this site for ideas on getting our rooms set up!

So, those are my top 8 non-book websites. Like I said, I don’t spend a ton of time online, but these are the websites I tend to visit on a regular basis. This was actually a little bit of a challenge, because there are so many bookish websites that I love!

What are your favorite non-bookish websites? I’d love to get some more recommendations! I hope you found some new ones to check out on my post as well. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you on the next page!

 

Book Review: The Adventurist by J. Bradford Hipps

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By: J. Bradford Hipps

Release Date: April 26, 2016

Source: St. Martin’s Press-Giveaway

Goodreads Summary: In the anonymous office park of a modern software company, whip-smart software engineer Henry Hurt is a man in the middle: of life, of career, of self-assessment. Mired in his corporate responsibilities, Henry’s deathless office existence is torpedoed by losing his mother.

Overcome by “the pall,” Henry seeks escape in a quest for love and purpose occasioned by a crisis in his company’s fortunes. Dodging an Iago-like rival, he finds love with a colleague in his department, endangers his bond with his family, and finally confronts the single urgent question of his life.

The Adventurist is about relationships: Henry has complicated ones with his sister, Gretchen, who has stayed at home with their father; his lover Jane, a sleek and efficient mirror image of Henry; and a tantalizing potential girlfriend, Karen, the ultimate free spirit. But his relationship to his corporate and familial responsibilities may change his fortunes even more than the women in his life.

Review: I actually won a giveaway of this book from St. Martin’s Press, and was pretty excited to read it and review it here on RWD!

The Adventurist tells the story of a corporate software engineer named Henry during his mid-life crisis. Our protagonist is dealing with the loss of his mother, a crisis at work, what seems to be a budding office romance, and family issues.

For the sake of spoilers, I will only mention that I was caught off guard by a major plot twist in the last two chapters of this book. Sadly, though, that is when I liked the book the most.

I felt as though this book could have used some spice in it. Reading through it, Henry’s life just keeps going from bad to worse. While he sees a bit of silver lining at a few happenings, I felt that this character was almost sabotaging himself. The brief (and I mean brief) romance was hopeful, but ultimately leads to the demise. Call me young (hey, I’m 24), but perhaps I’m too young and optimistic to be delving into a book about mid-life crises. But I did find moments of relating to this book (the father’s condition mainly), that broke my heart, but in a strange way helped me deal.

Hipps’ writing was engaging, though. There were so many metaphors and references that I feel as though I could’ve studied this novel in college purely for the writing style. I found that he inserted witty comments and moments in attempt to liven up Henry’s existence, but time after time the character was stripped down. In the end, Henry’s life did end up where it should have. I was at peace with the ending of this novel.

The character development was inspiring, but the circumstances of Henry’s life often made me want to hurry through the book so I could be done. Overall, I might recommend this book to older professionals, but if you are more of a YA reader, maybe wait on The Adventurist. I guess I am saying that it is good for the genre that it is meant to be. Perhaps later in life I will appreciate this novel more.

Rating: 3 stars

Thanks for reading my review of The Adventurist! Have you read this novel? Let me know if you have and what you thought about it in the comments below. See you on the next page!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookworm Delights

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday, a new list is prompted, and book bloggers display their answers!

Topic for April 26, 2016: Top Ten Bookworm Delights

Hi everyone! Thank you all so much for the views and feedback on my last TTT post! It was so great to hear from you all 🙂

This week’s TTT topic is Top Ten Bookworm Delights. We all have bookish things that we enjoy (or are obsessed with), and here are my Top Ten!

  1. In-Your-Head Movie Reel: Is this just a “me” thing?? After I read for a few seconds, a movie starts to play in my head. It’s like I’m not even staring at a page anymore, but I can see what is happening. This is probably my favorite thing about reading!
  2. A Good, Floppy Paperback: I love the look of a hardcover, but I prefer to read paperback books. And nothing is better than being able to lay your book down on the table and it actually stay open! Am I right?
  3. Old Book Smell: I have a special love for the smell of old books. I don’t know why, but I do.
  4. Organizing Your Bookshelf: This is something that I’m actually looking forward to right now! We just moved into our new house a month ago, and my husband is supposed to be building me a bookshelf soon (eep!). I am so excited to display my books (by genre, by author, by title???). Growing up, I had a small bookshelf in my closet, which was not great. So I cannot wait to be able to do this!
  5. Bookmarks: I am a sucker for bookmarks. Problem is, I don’t even own that many “cool” ones! I usually end up using one of the two that I own or just grabbing a receipt, sticky note, etc. Maybe soon I’ll treat myself to a really nice bookmark!
  6. Chapter Titles: I love when authors actually give titles to their chapters rather than just numbers. One of my books with funny chapter titles is The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan!
  7. Bargain Books: There’s nothing better than finding a book for a great price! I bargain shop for EVERYTHING. But I have a go-to store that sells books for $1-$2 and it’s amazing!
  8. Wine + Bubble Bath + Book: Perfect evening.
  9. Dust Jackets: I know I said I prefer paperback books above, but when it comes to hardbacks, I love a good dust jacket. Although I take them off when reading, dust jackets are just always so beautiful and elegant. Bonus points if the hardcover is pretty on its own even without the dust jacket!
  10. Matching Covers in a Series: I can’t tell you how much it bothers me to have a series of books with mismatched covers. I do not like it…at all. My problem is that instead of just buying a set that matches, I hunt at random stores until I can find all the books that match. Oops!

So that’s my TTT this week! This was such a fun topic. What are your bookworm delights? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the next page!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Every High Schooler Should Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday, a new list is prompted, and book bloggers display their answers!

Topic for April 12, 2016: Top Ten Books Every High Schooler Should Read

Hi everyone! Long time no TTT right?? For the later half of March, I was swamped moving into a new house, celebrating my birthday, Easter, and my nephew’s first birthday! So I was just a bit busy.

Although I was a little upset that I broke my New Year’s resolution of posting every TTT for 2016, I still think that missing 3 weeks isn’t too bad 🙂

So this week, I’m bringing you my top ten list of books every high school student should read. I have picked out five classics and five modern books for this list, so here we go!

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Classics:

  1. 1984 by George Orwell – This was actually one of my favorite books I read in high school. (You guys might be getting tired of me putting this on my lists…) It’s a “futuristic” book set in the year 1984 where the government aka Big Brother watches over everyone 24/7. There’s even a thing called the Thought Police. I know that our world is becoming less and less private today, but what if it was possible to track peoples’ thoughts?? I think high school students should read this and actually compare it to how 1984 was in real life, and how far we have come in 2016.
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – This is most likely a typical high school read for most students. I read this during my junior year AP class, and honestly, it wasn’t my favorite. I do not mean to ruin any expectations for anyone who hasn’t read it yet, but I do think that everyone should read it! It is a good novel about societal structure. I definitely need to reread this one…I’m not remembering any details!
  3. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – Another typical high school read. I actually read this during my freshman year. This play is so full of teen angst and first love that high schoolers will probably relate to it more than they originally think. It’s also just a fun read with the feuding families and the tragic fates – a great introduction to Shakespeare!
  4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – Reading this during freshman year, I HATED it. I thought it was so boring. But, looking back, I can see potential for a great classic novel! This is also on my reread list. Pip, Estella, Ms. Havisham…just a must read for teens.
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – This is a great work of American lit that I think everyone should read. Although it is political in nature (which I don’t tend to lean toward), it is a great study of race, early American law, coming-of-age, and society. Speaking of this book…I need to read Go Set a Watchman. Let me know if you’ve read it in the comments below and what you thought about it!

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Modern

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Cool thought I just had – someday, these YA books that we all love could be the “Classics” for future generations. Anyway…so I think the Hunger Games series is so powerful. It is about having courage, standing up for what you believe, building relationships and a bunch more! I think kids today can actually learn some valuable lessons from this series and have fun while reading it too!
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth – Yet another YA Dystopian novel – but I think this goes along with my thoughts of the Hunger Games trilogy. Empowerment, courage, fearlessness, self-confidence, honestly, selflessness, etc. Each faction can teach today’s youth so much. This book was so powerful for me when I read it at 23 years old. I think it might impact younger students even more.
  3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner – am I creating a trend here? I loved this series. It has the right mix of drama, action, suspense, relationships, societal failure and rebuilding, etc. I can almost think of some great research paper topics to go along with these series…and yes, I do like to write research papers (NERD). But anyway, I think this one could be more geared toward boys, although even as a female I loved it. Just a great fun read!
  4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – Ok, thowback. I actually read this book in middle school, but I think any high schoolers who haven’t read it should! This book is a great look into society in the 1950s. Even though the ‘greasers’ and ‘socs’ don’t exist in this same format today, there are definitely clicks in high school. I adore this book and the characters that Hinton has detailed perfectly. And I’m sure high schoolers would enjoy the movie too 🙂
  5. The Road by Cormac McCarthy – I read this during my junior year of high school, and it was probably my first encounter with such a unique writing style. This book is unusual, creepy, and a total opposite of everything else I’ve listed here. I just think this book is set in a great and terrifying world, but is something that this generation would absolutely love!

Ok, that’s my TTT! What topic did you choose this week? Let me know in the comments below, because I’d love to hear! Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the next page!

Release Day Blitz: Romancing the Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

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Don’t miss today’s Teaser Tuesday from Romancing The Nerd by Leah Rae Miller, the companion novel to The Summer I Became a Nerd, which is available in stores and online today: April 5, 2016!

Logan says, “And we haven’t seen you at LARP, either. Planning on playing, like, ever again?”

“I just don’t have the time. It’s painful to talk about, dude. I hate it.” I’m not kidding, either. I miss the smell of duct tape and face paint, and the smell of fear that always accompanied my arrival.

“There’s a game tonight,” Logan says pitifully. And there’s another twist to the gut. I haven’t hung out with him in ages.

“I can’t. There’s this stupid fund-raiser thing I have to go to. Taxidermy Todd insists.” I shrug.

Logan punches me in the shoulder. “Come on, man. When was the last time you did anything for yourself? You have to have a little fun sometimes. YOLO.”

To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I went to a movie or played video games until dawn. I’m always on a schedule. Chatting with effyeahFinityGirl is something I have to do on the sly by hiding under the covers with my phone, or by waiting until my parents go to sleep. Would it really be so horrible to miss one little fund-raiser?

I take a moment before I answer, trying to remember the last time I got in big trouble. Finally, I decide I’m due for a little mischief. “Well, you know what they say, ‘Only the brave catch the worm.’ Fine. I’ll be there. But on one condition.”

I hear a sigh of frustration from Zelda, who’s been reading this whole time, and I cut my eyes at the back of her head. “What?”

“I can’t even begin to explain what’s wrong with what you just said, because it was such an amalgamation of stupidity.”

I open my mouth to deliver a scathing retort, but Logan speaks up, trying to defuse the tension. “What’s the condition?”

I decide to let Zelda’s comment roll off my back. Rise above, Garrett. I turn back to Logan. “You shall never say ‘YOLO’ again. Like, ever. Ever, ever, ever.”

 

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About Romancing the Nerd (Nerd, #2):

Dan Garrett has become exactly what he hates—popular. Until recently, he was just another live-action role-playing nerd on the lowest rung of the social ladder. Cue a massive growth spurt and an uncanny skill at taking three-point shots in basketball and voilà…Mr. Popular. It’s definitely weird.

And the biggest drawback? Going from high school zero to basketball hero cost Dan the secret girl of his dorky dreams.

A band geek with an eclectic fashion sense, Zelda Potts’s “coolness” stat is about minus forty-two. Dan turning his back on her and the rest of nerd-dom was brutal enough, but when he humiliates her at school, Zelda decides it’s time for a little revenge—dork style. Never mind that she used to have a crush on him. Never mind that her plan could backfire big time.

It’s time to roll the dice…and hope like freakin’ hell she doesn’t lose her heart in the process.

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Book Review: Romancing the Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

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By:  Leah Rae Miller

Release Date: April 5, 2016

Source: Entangled Teen

Goodreads Summary: Dan Garrett has become exactly what he hates—popular. Until recently, he was just another live-action role-playing (LARP) geek on the lowest run of the social ladder. Cue a massive growth spurt and an uncanny skill at taking three-point shots in basketball and voila…Mr. Popular. It’s definitely weird.

And the biggest drawback? Going from high school zero to basketball hero cost Dan the secret girl-of-his-dorky dreams.

A tuba-playing nerd with an eclectic fashion sense, Zelda Potts’s “Coolness” stat is about minus forty-two. Dan turning his back on her and the rest of nerd-dom was brutal enough, but when he humiliates her at school, Zelda decides it’s time for a little revenge—dork style. Nevermind that she used to have a crush on him. Nevermind that her plan could backfire big time.

It’s time to roll the dice…and hope like freakin’ hell she doesn’t lose her heart in the process.

Review: When I saw the title and cover of this book, I knew I had to read and review it! Coming from myself (who owned nearly enough pairs of converse to wear a different pair each day for three weeks at one point), I was excited to see what kind of nerd-isms this book would hold.

Dan Garrett pulled me in from the very start. He is a loveable geek high schooler (who you just know is good-looking). This is my favorite type of character! And Zelda Potts was the geeky girl who is really strong on the inside. Miller has done a wonderful job of rounding out these characters and making them perfect for each other.

I found myself smiling throughout this contemporary teen novel. Each reference to Lord of the Rings or Star Wars made me smile or giggle. The plot was very engaging too! It’s not every day that the girl actually seeks revenge on the guy when he has no idea that she is even that angry with him.

This book was basically like an adorable, geeky, teen version of the show Catfish. I thought the characters were great, as well as the storyline. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates YA Contemporary and has a love of nerdy things.

Rating: 4 Stars

 

Thank you for reading my review of Romancing the Nerd by Leah Rae Miller! Since I’m finally settled into my new house, hopefully I can become more consistent with my posts here on Read, Write, Design. Thank you to all of you for being patient with me and coming back to see new content. See you on the next page!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday, a new list is prompted, and book bloggers display their answers!

Topic for March 15, 2016: Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR

Hey everyone! Sorry this post is up a little late today, but it’s a crazy week! We are closing on our house this week and moving after that, so my life is a bit hectic! But, I’m determined to keep up with my TTT streak.

This week’s topic is fun – the top ten books on my Spring TBR 🙂 I’d say about half of these books are for review, and the other half are for pleasure. Spring has sprung here in East Tennessee, and I am loving it!

Here are the books I hope to read this Spring in the order I plan to read them!

  1. Romancing the Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
    • I received this book for review from Entangled Teen. It releases on April 5, so keep checking back here on Read, Write, Design for my review!
  2. Love Me Never by Sara Wolf
    • I also received this book from Entangled Teen! And, it also releases on April 5, so my review will be up around that date!
  3. The Shannara Chronicles: The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks
    • So, I’m currently about halfway through this book (I’m taking a break to read some review books) and it’s really good! I loved the tv show, and the book is really good as well! I would highly recommend both!
  4. The Adventurist by J. Bradford Hipps
    • I won a giveaway of an ARC of this book from St. Martin’s Press. It is about a software engineer and how his life changes professionally and personally. I thought it sounded interesting and I can’t wait to read it! It releases on April 26.
  5. Whisper to Me by Nick Lake
    • Bloomsbury Publishing was kind enough to send me this book for review! It is a young adult book that has to do with the main character confessing something in a letter to the person he likes, I believe. It looks really intriguiging! This book releases on May 3.
  6. Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin
    • I haven’t read an Emily Giffin book in about a year now…that’s bad. I love her writing! Plus, Spring is always a good time to pick up a good contemporary book!
  7. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
    • I picked this book up from a used book store a few months ago. It’s just one of those classics that I never read, so I thought now would be a good time to add it to my TBR. Plus, it’s a very short read!
  8. First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
    • Penguin was generous enough to send me this book for review after I requested it! Emily Giffin is seriously my favorite author, and I am ecstatic to have an ARC of this book. It doesn’t release until June 28, but I don’t think I’ll be waiting that long to read it.

I think I’m going to stop there. (Let’s be real for a second, I won’t get all of these read anyway, but it’s good to be optimistic!) I’m so excited for the chances to read all of these books and review the ones that I have received!

What is on your Spring TBR? Let me know! Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the next page!

Bliss Release Day Blast!

Two new sweet romances you won’t want to miss!

On sale now! Be sure to to get your copies!

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About the book:

When bad weather closes the airport, free-spirited Jules Bloom finds herself

stuck with the admittedly hot but total suit Dexter Elliott. One night and one

large pitcher of “Vegas Sunrise” later, Jules wakes up in a hotel bed with a

vicious hangover…wearing nothing but a wedding ring.

Determined not to ruin his brother’s wedding, Dexter strikes a deal with the

frustratingly gorgeous Jules to continue their quickie marriage through the

weekend. Only she keeps getting under his skin in unexpected ways.

Jules has her own reasons for staying married to Dex but they seem less

important with each exaggerated touch and staged kiss. But one marriage, one

major secret, and two complete opposites don’t add up to a happily ever after…

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Derek Carmichael has harbored a secret crush on his best friend’s older sister

for years, but she’s always been out of his reach. Now that Hannah is back in

their hometown and newly single, suddenly the five-year age gap doesn’t seem

so huge. But convincing her to see him as more than just the kid she used to

know is another story.

Hannah Willmett can’t believe how grown-up Derek Carmichael has become.

The troubled kid from her youth has turned into a sexy, successful TV

celebrity, but Hannah’s wary of his player past and the rampant rumors

connecting him to beautiful socialites. Still, she can’t help but give in when

their attraction reaches a boiling point.

Trying to keep their fling a secret from her overprotective brother is one thing,

but when Hannah finds herself unexpectedly expecting, her life is thrown

upside down. She and Derek may be becoming parents together, but that’s no

basis for a happily-ever-after.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Everyone Else Likes that I Do Not

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Topic for March 8, 2016: Top Ten Characters  Everyone Else Likes that I Do Not

Hey everyone!! Are you excited for Spring? Because I am! I am loving this warm East Tennessee weather this week 🙂 Anyway, I’m here with another Top Ten Tuesday post…although I have a feeling that I might not make it to ten. I find this week’s topic very challenging. So here we go!

  • Alec from The Mortal Instruments series
    • Ok, I know. This is going to get me in trouble… I just don’t understand the appeal to his character. At least not in the magnitude that everyone seems to like him. I haven’t read the entire TMI series, but I have read the first three novels, and I never saw Alec as one of my favorite characters.
  • Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games trilogy
    • Ok. Let’s forget for a moment that Sam Claflin plays Finnick in the movies. I don’t remember Finnick being a stand-out character for me while I was reading the books. I know he has some knight-in-shining-armor moments near the end, but overall I’m not feeling the love with this character.

YOU GUYS. I literally cannot think of anything else. 😦 I think I always seem to take the characters as they were written, meaning I adopt what the writer wants me to think about them.

But, you know what I can think of? TV shows! Here’s a few characters that I just don’t get that everyone else does:

  • Eretria on The Shannara Chronicles
    • So, I know there was an alternating love story between Wil, Eretria, and Amberle. A lot of people I have seen online are loving Eretria! I just don’t get it. Amberle was my favorite character of Season 1, and (insert feeling about a major spoiler here). I just don’t see Eretria’s huge appeal.
  • Bonnie Bennett on The Vampire Diaries
    • Ok. I know. She is a HUGE character on the show. But sometimes I feel like the writers are forcing her to be a part of the story or have her own storyline going. She definitely isn’t a favorite character of mine.
  • Lola on Reign
    • Nope. After she slept with Francis, I had no love left for Lola. I didn’t really even like her from the beginning. Now she’s stuck with Narcisse, which isn’t going to end well.
  • Morgan on The Walking Dead
    • I am not going to lie, I thought it was intriguing when Morgan started following the group back at Terminus. But his whole mentality is a no go for me. Let people change?? Lock killers in a jail cell until the change?? Morgan, sometimes you can’t take the murderer out of a person.

I’m going to stop there guys. I really did have such a hard time with this topic!! Usually I can just name my top ten answers and Bam! But not this week 😦 Maybe I’m just boring in that I don’t think differently that what the book tells me to think. haha 🙂

What’s on your TTT? Please please please let me know in the comments below, because I’m sure it’s better than mine!

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the next page!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read if You’re in the Mood for Nostalgia

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday, a new list is prompted, and book bloggers display their answers!

Topic for March 1, 2016: Top Ten Books to Read if You’re in the Mood for Nostalgia

So this topic is a bit different from the TTTs I’ve done so far. This week I chose to make a list of books that make me feel nostalgic about my younger years. This is going to be fun!

Here are my top ten childhood books (in no particular order):

  1.  The Arthur Trilogy by Kevin Crossley-Holland – This trilogy IS my childhood. I discovered these books in fourth grade when my best friend pointed them out to me. I have always loved the Arthurian legend, and this is a very interesting take on it. Check it out on Goodreads! It’s about this boy named Arthur who is living a normal life in crusade-era england. He has an obsidian stone in which he can see stories of the Once and Future King, and those stories begin to intermingle with his own life. JUST READ IT! So good 🙂
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – I have read all the way up through Prince Caspian in this series. It is an iconic series for children. Each book transports the reader to a new story, but those stories also come together. The movies based on the three Pevensie children books are good as well!
  3. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish – I remember read this short little picture book over and over again in elementary school! It’s pretty hilarious. Check it out or read it to your kids! They’ll love it 🙂
  4. Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park – My third grade teacher would read these cute books to us during class. I remember loving them!
  5. Goosebumps by R.L. Stine – iconic, scary, but fun reads! We owned so many of these growing up (and my mom still has them)! I remember sitting under the trees in our front yard and just reading a whole on of these in a day during the summer.
  6. Dr. Seuss books – my grandparents had a huge stock of Dr. Seuss books, and they would keep my sister and I occupied during every visit! They are a must read for any kid!
  7. The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin – you can’t be a young girl in the 90s and early 2000s without reading this series. I was pretty obsessed with them, and I even remember the movie they made…yep.
  8. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett – I read most of these books in middle school I believe. They are so (sad) but also really good reads. It’s crazy what the Baudelaire children get into. I also remember renting the movie with Jim Carey, although I don’t think I liked it very much.
  9. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene – Every week when we would go to the library in elementary school, I remember almost always checking out a Nancy Drew book. Back then I loved the mystery, but I hardly ever read mysteries now. Weird.
  10. Dear America series by various authors – Gosh it took me forever to remember what these books were called! I used to LOVE these historical fiction books! The were also really cool because they were hardcover with the jagged-like diary pages and a ribbon bookmark 🙂

So there’s my TTT this week! I know that a lot of these probably weren’t what you were expecting. I know, I know. I still need to read Harry Potter…and Holes…and Percy Jackson, etc. But I’m working on it!

What did you choose for your TTT this week? Let me know in the comments below, and please share your thoughts on my post as well! Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the next page!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read Out of my Typical Genre

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday, a new list is prompted, and book bloggers display their answers!

Topic for February 23, 2016: Top Ten Books I’ve Read Out of my Typical Genre(s)

Hey everyone! I’m here with another Top Ten Tuesday. Going strong since New Year’s with my resolution to do every TTT in 2016 woot!

I’m not sure that I’ll actually have ten answers for this topic. I usually stick to Young Adult and YA Fantasy, but we’ll see how it goes!

  1.  You’re Still the One by Rachel Harris – So this book is a new adult romance book that I recently reviewed for Entangled Publishing. I don’t really read romance novels, but I always love a good love story. This one was sooooo good! If you want a quick, feel-good read, I would suggest you try this one!
  2. Coach Maddie and the Marine by Blaire Edens – Another new adult romance! This was a good solid read, but not as good as You’re Still the One. You can see my review here!
  3. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier – This book was actually assigned in my 11th grade AP English class. At the time, I pretty much hated it (probably because I was forced to read it). But looking back on it now, it was actually very good. I bought a used copy of it about a year ago, and I can’t wait to reread it sometime!
  4. The Road by Cormac McCarthy – Yet another assigned book from AP English. This book. It’s creepy, but it has a deeper meaning to it. I’d say this book is adult fiction but it’s also post-apocalyptic, so yeah. It’s good and the movie is fairly decent too!
  5. 1984 by George Orwell – wow let’s just thank AP English for most of these… This. Book. Is. Amazing. I absolutely loved reading this story! It’s so original and draws you in. It’s also cool to read it in the 2000’s, since the society is so advanced for the year 1984. It’s a must read. And I’m going to go ahead and say that if you read this book, go listen to the Resistance album by Muse. So many tie-ins!!

Ok so I only had five…at least according to the books I’ve listed as “Read” on Goodreads. I know I have a growing list of books that I’d like to read that are branching out of my normal genres. So, maybe I can keep adding to this list!

What’s on your TTT this week? Please let me know any thoughts you have and link your TTT in the comments below. Click “Like” if you liked this post.

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Cover Reveal: Playing Defense (Corrigan Falls Raiders #2) by Cate Cameron

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Welcome to the Cover Reveal for Playing Defense (Corrigan Falls Raiders #2) by Cate Cameron presented by Entangled Teen Crush!

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This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, swoon-worthy kisses, and sexy hockey players. It may cause you to watch a hockey game…or ten.

Sixteen-year-old Claudia Waring has never kissed a boy. Never been popular. Never been to a hockey game. All that’s about to change. Assigned to tutor Chris Winslow, a prank-loving, gorgeous hockey player, Claudia’s perfectly planned life immediately veers off course. And she kind of likes it. But as fun as Chris is, she knows she’ll never fit in his world.

After his latest prank lands him in hot water, Chris has to get serious about school or lose hockey. Not an easy thing for someone as carefree as the defenseman. The biggest problem, though, is how much he wants to help his cute, buttoned-up tutor loosen up a little. But while confidence has never been a problem for him, around Claudia, Chris is all nerves. Why would a girl as smart as her ever fall for a jock like him?

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Playing Defense (Corrigan Falls Raiders #2) by Cate Cameron

Publication Date: March 14, 2016

Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush

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The hometown hockey hero won’t know what hit him…

Karen Webber is in small-town hell. After her mother’s death, she moved to Corrigan Falls to live with strangers—her dad and his perfect, shiny new family—and there doesn’t seem to be room for a city girl with a chip on her shoulder. The only person who makes her feel like a real human being is Tyler MacDonald.

But Karen isn’t interested in starting something with a player. And that’s all she keeps hearing about Tyler. Corrigan Falls is a hockey town, and Tyler’s the star player. But the viselike pressure from his father and his agent are sending him dangerously close to the edge. All people see is hockey—except Karen. Now they’ve managed to find something in each other that they both desperately need. And for the first time, Tyler is playing for keeps…

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Cate Cameron grew up in the city but moved to the country in her mid-twenties and isn’t looking back. Most of her writing deals with people living and loving in small towns or right out in the sticks—when there aren’t entertainment options on every corner, other people get a lot more interesting!

She likes to write stories about real people struggling with real issues. YA, NA, or contemporary  romance, her books are connected by their emphasis on subtle humor and characters who are trying to do the right thing, even when it would be a lot easier to do something wrong.

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Release Week Blitz, Review & Giveaway: You’re Still the One by Rachel Harris

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I am so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Rachel Harris’s YOU’RE STILL THE ONE, the first novel in Rachel’s Country Blues Series! YOU’RE STILL THE ONE – a novel published by Entangled Bliss – is out now. Grab your copy today!

 

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About YOU’RE STILL THE ONE:

Love is one dare neither of them can take…

Arabella Stone, Nashville’s darling, is eager to shuck her prim-and-proper rep, and a few wild months spent checking items off her ” summer bucket list” is the way to do it. First up: kiss the man she’s crushed on since she wore a training bra, the bad boy of country himself, Blue bassist Charlie Tucker.

For Charlie, a beautiful woman flirting with him isn’t out of the norm–but a beautiful woman bolting after the hottest kiss of his life sure is. And when he finds out his kiss-and-run Cinderella is none other than Arabella Stone, daughter of his label’s CEO, he knows he’s in trouble. Because not only is she a Stone, she’s also his employee for the next few months at the recording studio he just bought.

Over the course of one thrilling summer, Arabella and Charlie chip away at her bucket list and fight the simmering attraction between them…knowing that once it’s all over, so is their time together.

 

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What would Charlie think, if he came in here and saw her like this? Would he approve of the way her body looked? Her small breasts, long legs, decent collarbone, and slightly jiggly behind? Or would he be disappointed?

Would she measure up to the scores of women he’d seen this way over the years?

Arabella’s mind wandered, imagining him suddenly appearing behind her in the mirror. He wouldn’t be shocked. No, he’d be turned on, his eyes molten and hungry, devouring her. He wouldn’t be able to stand still, either; he’d step up behind her and knock her hands away, replacing them confidently with his own.

A moan escaped. It echoed off the glass and the basin, and Ella’s head fell back, envisioning his rough, calloused palms molding her breasts, his fingers plucking the tips. Heat exploded under her skin as she imagined his golden eyes hooded and filled with sin.

“You ready, darlin’?”

Ella’s head snapped up as her heart leaped into her throat.

“Arabella? You about ready to go?”

Charlie’s heavy footsteps clomped down the hall, and in a panic, she slammed the bathroom door shut, her heart pounding in her ears. “Uh…just a minute!”

Those heavy footsteps stopped just outside the door, two seconds away from getting a shocking show, and Ella frantically spun around looking for something—anything—to cover herself with. Her gaze landed on the pink fingertip towel she’d hung near the sink, thick and lush, and far away from its matching larger friends who were stupidly waiting for her in the hallway linen closet. Way to go, Ella!

“H-how did you get in here?”

“Uh, I own the place, remember?” Normally, his low chuckle would’ve twisted her insides into goo, but now it only heightened her awareness of her supreme nakedness. “I’ve got a spare key…not that I needed it,” he added, shifting his feet, “since the front door was wide open. I did knock, though.” He paused for a second before adding, “Sorry to barge in.”

She heard what he didn’t say—that Ella had been barging her happy butt into his side of the duplex all week, assuming that as long as no women were around (which strangely enough, there never were) it wasn’t that big of a deal. And from what she could tell, it hadn’t been; Charlie hadn’t said so much as a peep. Which meant she was being a big fat hypocrite.

A very naked, slightly cold, incredibly freaked-out hypocrite.

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I signed up for this blogging event and to review this book because it sounded playful, sweet, and entertaining. And was all of those and more!

Rachel Harris’s writing was amazing! I feel like I know these characters well enough to have read an entire series about them, and this was just one novel! Arabella was sweet and innocent, but had a certain drive and spunk. And Charlie was the dream guy. Good-looking, dream job, but also became very in-tune with himself and had a soft side.

The storyline was very easy to get hooked on. Sometimes I was amazed at how many chapters I would read at once! Arabella’s top ten list drives the story and her relationship with Charlie along. The conflict was surprising, but that made the resolution so much better!

While I was reading, this book just played like a movie in my head. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet, quick, and fun read! It was perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Rating: 5 stars

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girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong

relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at

herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes

young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Songs I Wish Were Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday, a new list is prompted, and book bloggers display their answers!

Topic for February 16, 2016: Top Ten Songs I Wish Were Books

Hi everyone! I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday! This week I’m listing ten songs that I wish were books. This topic is pretty awesome. I love music and I love reading, so bam!

Here we go! 🙂 and as always these are not in a particular order…

  1. Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran – The lyrics of this song to me depict a very sweet and romantic relationship and/or wedding scene. I mean, the mention of the girl’s dress and hair just seems to fit a wedding scene. I’m obsessed with all of Ed Sheeran’s songs, but I think this one would tell a fantastic story in book form.
  2. Was It a Dream? by 30 Seconds to Mars – Throwback right here to 30STM’s second album when they were pretty well known for “The Kill.” So, this song. I just read through the lyrics and it’s hard to tell whether this song is about a relationship between a guy and girl, two friends, or between the singer and himself. I think in any light it would make for a great story! And can we please just cast Jared Leto as the main character…because yes.
  3. Big Freeze by Muse – Ah Muse! One of my favorite bands (as are all of these on my TTT). I think this song could make for a good sci-fi or post apocalyptic book! It has lots of space imagery in the lyrics, and I think it could make a great story. It also reminds me of some books and movies I’ve heard about, so maybe a companion novel?
  4. Grim Goodbye by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – I have been listening to RJA for ten years. TEN YEARS…boy does that show my age.  Can I tell you exactly what this song is about? No. But do I want to read a book based on it? Yes.
  5. Fourth of July by Fall Out Boy – This song would make the cutest YA Contemporary book. A sweet summer romance that ends when summer is over…just sounds so good.
  6. Rude by Magic! – A boy tries to get a father’s blessing to marry his daughter and he says no. Boy then marries said girl anyway. Why would this NOT make a great book??
  7. Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon – My proposed plot for this song to book adaptation: a fantastic romantic comedy set in the 1980’s John Hughes style. I am in love with the 80s and any John Hughes movie ever, so this would just be amazing.
  8. Cruel Summer by Bananarama – Have you heard this 80s jam? Well go listen to it, and then think of all the cool ways it could be turned into a book. It kind of reminds me of something Sarah Dessen would write, and I’m definitely ok with that.
  9. Check Yes, Juliet by We The Kings – And another one of my throwback favorite bands! This song would make another great YA contemporary story. In fact, I think it would be cool if it actually took place all in one night. It fascinates me how some novels can have so much detail and only span a couple of days in time.
  10. Uprising by Muse – I know, another Muse song. But they’re political overtones would just make for some great books! (TIP: if you have read George Orwell’s 1984, you HAVE to listen to Resistance by Muse…you’ll get it if you’ve read the book.) So, Uprising would make possibly a good companion novel to something like 1984 or even a historical fiction novel.

So there is my list! And now you guys understand what kind of music I listen to as well 🙂 I’ve been fortunate enough to see Muse, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, 30 Seconds to mars and We the Kings live! I really hope to see Fall Out Boy soon.

What’s on your TTT this week? And what are your favorite bands? I’d love to hear!

Sneak Peak: I’ve got two more AWESOME posts coming this week on Read, Write, Design, so please keep checking back for some great content!

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the next page!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Romantic Stories

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Topic for February 9, 2016: Top Ten Romantic Stories

I’m a sucker for chick flicks, chick lit, and any love story you can throw at me! Now…not exactly the same with romance novels – not very much my thing. But I love young adult contemporary, supernatural stories with romance in them, contemporary love stories, historical love stories…you get the idea!

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, which I have always loved…even when I was single, I’m listing my top ten romantic stories today!

  1.  Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen – I’m sure this is going to be on a lot of TTTs this week, but it is truly classic. It doesn’t get any better than Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy!
  2. Something Borrowed and Something Blue by Emily Giffin – These stories are so great. They have great love stories between very unexpected couples, and the dynamic between Darcy and Rachel makes the story even more rich. Check out the movie if you haven’t!
  3. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth – Two words. Four and Tris. Their chemistry is just about the best I have ever read. Let’s just not even think about Allegiant though…
  4. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick – Nora and Grey’s story hooked me from the very beginning! No spoilers though…I haven’t read the third and fourth books in the series yet!

………..So, since it seems that I actually haven’t read a lot of romantic stories (okay, I have read twilight…but not one of my overall favorites!), I’m going to give you guys some bonuses!

Romantic stories on my bookshelf that I haven’t read yet:

  • Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
  • Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin
  • Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
  • The One and Only by Emily Giffin
  • One Night that Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt
  • Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

And…my favorite move/tv ships/OTPs:

  • Wesley & Buttercup – The Princess Bride
  • Jim & Pam – The Office
  • Casey & Cappie – Greek
  • Seth & Summer – The O.C.
  • Damon & Elena – The Vampire Diaries
  • Mary & Francis – Reign

I could actually go on with that list for a while…but I think that’s quite enough romantic stories and couples for Valentine’s Day!

What’s on your TTT this week? Let me know your thoughts about this post and what you wrote this week in the comments below. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the next page!

Top Ten Tuesday: Historical/Futuristic Settings I Love

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Topic for February 2, 2016: Top Ten Historical/Futuristic Settings I Love

Happy Groundhog Day!! (That’s a thing right?) Anyway, for today’s TTT, I’m bringing you my top 5 historic and my top 5 futuristic settings that I love to read about…not that I’d necessarily want to be in.

Here we go!

Historical Settings:

  • Middle Earth – The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkein
    • Come on. Who doesn’t love this setting?! At the very least you have to love the elven cities, like Rivendell and Lothlorien. They are soooo pretty 🙂
  • Medieval Times – The Arthur Trilogy by Kevin Crossley-Holland
    • I have been a fan of medieval times as long as I can remember. King Arthur is a legend that I hold near and dear. I know that in reality, that era isn’t very glamorous, but I still love the culture and developments that were made!
  • The Civil War – Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
    • You can’t get any more American-history than the Civil War. I’ve read some great books set in this period, and there are also a ton of great movies and even tv series set in this period.
  • 1950s/1960s – The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

*NOTE: my tablet decided to not connect to the internet and no drafts of my post were saved…so half of my post was deleted. 😦

Futuristic Settings:

  • Post-Apocalyptic Chicago – Divergent series by Veronica Roth
    • I’m already slightly obsessed with Chicago so…
  • 1984 – as in 1984 by George Orwell
    • Not quite as cool as the real year of 1984, plus thought police would suck. But this book is great!
  • Arborlon – The Shannara Chronicles by Terry Brooks
    • Take middle earth and put it in a post-apocalyptic futuristic world. Now you have the world of Shannara. I’m really close to starting the book!
  • Panem – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    • A setting I love to read about but wouldn’t want to actually be in…
  • Glade/Scorch – The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
    • *See under Panem

Alright guys, I had a more elaborate post typed out, but lost it due to my internet not cooperating. Oh well! What is on you TTT this week?

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you on the next page!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: TV Shows I’m Currently Watching

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Topic for January 26, 2015: Top Ten TV Shows I’m Currently Watching

So, I know TTT is usually about books, but I love tv shows so much! (and I’m sure a lot of you do too!) So, since today’s topic was a freebie, I decided to dedicate it to the top ten shows I’m currently watching.

Here’s my list!

 

  1. The Shannara Chronicles (MTV)
  2. The Walking Dead (AMC)
  3. Reign (The CW)
  4. The Vampire Diaries (The CW)
  5. Stitchers (ABC Family/Freeform)
  6. Teen Wolf (MTV)
  7. Shadowhunters (ABC Family/Freeform)
  8. The Originals (The CW)
  9. Superstore (NBC)
  10. The Royals (E!)

 

I guess a lot of these are based on books anyway! Let me know if you watch any of these shows and your thoughts about them! What’s you Top Ten Tuesday?

Thanks for checking out my list, and I’ll see you on the next page!

 

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Coach Maddie and the Marine by Blaire Edens

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By: Blaire Edens

Release Date: January 11, 2016

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After the combat death of her Marine husband, grief counselor Maddie Westerfield has thrown herself into helping other families—leaving no time for dating. Which is just fine with Maddie since falling in love again, especially with another man in uniform, is out of the question. No matter how gorgeous he is. Plus, she’s busy looking after her eight-year-old nephew for her deployed sister.

For the last eight years, Lieutenant David Sterling has lived with the guilt of losing one of his soldiers in an ambush in Afghanistan. So when the opportunity presents itself, he jumps at the chance to help the beautiful widow coach her nephew’s football team. But keeping things strictly professional between them is harder than he expected. And even though he knows a relationship with Maddie will only lead to heartbreak, he can’t help falling for her.

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Excerpt

We can’t stop our attraction to each other any more than either of us could stop a freight train with our bare hands.”

He wove his fingers through hers. “I’d really like to see where this goes. I don’t want to throw away what might be the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”

She took a sip of her wine and looked into his eyes. “It frightens me to think I might lose someone I love again.”

“You won’t. That’s a promise.” He looked into her eyes, never blinking. She hoped that he couldn’t hear the heavy pounding of her heart, which was certainly only a few seconds from jumping clear out of her chest. Looking into the amber glow of his eyes, she felt a strange sensation pass over her body; a sensation of perfect contentment and warmth, like warm oil seeping into every pore.

“But, I don’t think we…”

“Can you just stop thinking? You’re going to drive yourself crazy. Just relax and enjoy the night. I’ll give you another twenty-four hours to realize that we were meant to be together. If you still don’t get it, then I might have to resort to something else. Something I like to call my guerilla tactics.”

His smile took the tension out of the conversation.

“Twenty-four hours. That’s quite generous. Surely I’ll come to my senses by then. Frankly, the idea of guerilla tactics and romance together is a little strange. What exactly are these tactics?”

“Oh, ma’am, I wish I could tell you, but unfortunately, they’re top secret. But I would strongly advise that you just go ahead and submit to my will before I have to use them.”

About the Author

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Blaire Edens lives in the mountains of North Carolina on a farm that’s been in her family since 1790. When she’s not plotting, she’s busy knitting, running, or listening to the Blues. Blaire loves iced tea with mint, hand-stitched quilts, and yarn stores. She refuses to eat anything that mixes chocolate and peanut butter or apple and cinnamon. She’s generally nice to her mother, tries to remember not to smack her bubble gum, and only speeds when no one’s looking.

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