Thursday, October 19, 2017

30 Song Challenge: Song That Reminds Me of Someone

This, like most challenges like this, is technically suppose to be a 30 day challenge but I've decided to make it weekly because; sadly, I'll only be blogging for 26 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

Song # 26: Song that Reminds Me of Someone

I am totally cheating this week. I did have a song in mind that reminds me of someone but then I realized that, maybe, it was time to stop using that person as my go to. And honestly now that I play back that song that association isn't as strong as it once was.
There were a few other options but they're not exactly ones I want to think too much about. I don't like listening to music and thinking of people, it's why I always listen to classical music when I'm upset, I know I won't remember that moment as well.
Same goes with books; just the other day I heard a song (which I might be sharing in a few weeks)that made me think of a book I read 4 years ago. As much as I love books I hate being reminded of them, especially since t's usually the ones that left me sad.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

THE OTHER BROTHER By Meghan Quinn - Cover Reveal

 


      I got the call. The dreaded call every child fears. My dad wasn’t well, and the man who had always been my everything needed me.

There was only one thing to do; pack up and head back to my hometown. I had finally made my dream life in the city with the great job and loving boyfriend. But was there really a choice not to go?

I found a wonderful job, a quaint house to rent, my boyfriend was working on joining me in Binghamton, and my favorite pizza place was only miles away. Life was good.

Until I met my neighbor.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Song(s) of the Moment 10/17

This is a feature I've started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.
Since very little happens to me on a weekly basis I only post every two weeks.

Monday, October 16, 2017

#FrightFall Readathon Week 2 Update

Pages Read: 212
Books finished: 1

Current reading method: Read a page, space out, read a page, space out, read a paragraph, get food.

I'm back in scatter brain mode and as much as I've managed to jump into a book I can't stay there too long.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Game Changer by Charissa Stastny - Excerpt + Giveaway

  Game Changer by Charissa Stastny Meridee Mansford wants nothing to do with the popular crowd. She’s comfortable being invisible. But that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the hunky football player who visits the campus ice cream shop where she works. Still, she’s smart enough to know he’d never notice a girl like her, and she’d never want him even if he did. Too much unwelcome attention. Parker Harrington basks in the glory that’s been his since the game-changing passes he caught that pushed his team into the national spotlight. Sticky Fingers is his media moniker now, and the cheerleaders who used to ignore him when he sat the bench have become his most devoted fans. But when he accidentally crashes into a quiet coed and covers her in orange chicken, it throws off his offensive game. As fate, ice cream, and orange chicken throw the opposites together, will Parker continue keeping company with women he knows are only using him for his fame, or will he change up the game and risk his heart on a genuine girl who despises the attention he craves? Praise for the Book “A fun and flirty new adult romance. It’s a sweet indulgence that keeps you turning pages. The start to what is sure to be a great new series. – Jennifer Peel, author of Pianos and Promises series “Opposites attract when the overlooked sweet girl lands herself the popular football star in this quasi-Cinderella story. It’s the perfect read to keep you up way past your bedtime...”Taylor Dean, author of Chasing Fireflies  

Friday, October 13, 2017

More Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines from Ada Lovelace to Misty Copeland by Michelle R. McCann - Book Review

34228218More Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines from Ada Lovelace to Misty Copeland by Michelle R. McCann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published October 3rd 2017 by Aladdin/Beyond Words

From the inspiring author of Girls Who Rocked the World comes another comprehensive collection of true, inspiring profiles of successful young women throughout history who made their mark on the world before turning twenty.

Young women today crave strong, independent role models to look to for motivation. In the follow-up to the bestseller Girls Who Rocked the World, More Girls Who Rocked the World offers a fun and uplifting collection of influential stories with forty-five more movers and shakers who made a difference before turning twenty.

From Annie Oakley and Queen Victoria to Malala Yousafzai and Adele—each with her own incredible story of how she created life-changing opportunities for herself and the world—you’ll get to know these capable queens of empires and courageous icons of entertainment. Also included are profiles of gutsy teenagers who are out there rocking the world right now and personal aspirations from today’s young women.


What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky by Kelsey Oseid - Book Review

33897637What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky by Kelsey Oseid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published September 26th 2017 by Ten Speed Press

A richly illustrated guide to the myths, histories, and science of the celestial bodies of our solar system, with stories and information about constellations, planets, comets, the northern lights, and more.
Combining art, mythology, and science, What We See in the Stars gives readers a tour of the night sky through more than 100 magical pieces of original art, all accompanied by text that weaves related legends and lore with scientific facts. This beautifully packaged book covers the night sky's most brilliant features--such as the constellations, the moon, the bright stars, and the visible planets--as well as less familiar celestial phenomena like the outer planets, nebulae, and deep space. Adults seeking to recapture the magic of youthful stargazing, younger readers interested in learning about natural history and outer space, and those who appreciate beautiful, hand-painted art will all delight in this charming book.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

30 Song Challenge: Song That Makes Me Sad

This, like most challenges like this, is technically suppose to be a 30 day challenge but I've decided to make it weekly because; sadly, I'll only be blogging for 27 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).


I'm going to hate myself very soon for counting down.

Song #27: Song that makes me cry.
Because apparently I like doing things that make me hate myself. Let's listen to sad songs! What a great idea!
I've even made a playlist of songs that make me cry.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

5 Books With Fall Covers

Disclaimer; I live in Los Angeles, we don't know the meaning of Autumn. For us the only thing "falling" is the temperature. And that's only a 5 degree drop.
Back in August I was in a store looking at all the Autumn and Halloween things and started freaking out. Not only was I not ready to let go of pretty dress weather but I'm just not a fan of both the season and holiday. Then I realized around here it's summer until the end of October so...

Monday, October 9, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

30 Song Challenge

This, like most challenges like this, is technically suppose to be a 30 day challenge but I've decided to make it weekly because; sadly, I'll only be blogging for 28 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week). Yeah, typical me I'm late.
In my defense I just thought of this last night.

So normally I'd be posting one song; but since I'm already two behind this will be the one exception.

Bourbon Series by Meghan Quinn - RELEASE DAY BLAST



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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Song of the Moment [10/3]

This is a feature I've started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.
Since very little happens to me on a weekly basis I only post every two weeks.

Best of: Songs of the Moment [4\28\15]

Originally posted April, 28, 2015


This is a feature I've started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.
Since very little happens to me on a weekly basis I only post every two weeks.

Why haven't I made a badge for this yet?
Put that on my to do list.
Along with maybe bringing back the feature where I would go on about my "to do " list. It really only ever got two post a year maybe.

This week has three songs; one that I kept mentioning, one that I had on repeat and the other that kept playing on my phone today.

First off:

Sunday, October 1, 2017

#FrightFall Readathon Goal Post


I have been looking forward to this since I heard about it. Month long readathon!
It's pretty typical of me; I just came out of a summer long reading challenge that drove me to a reading slump and then I get excited about making another list of books I want to read a month later.
I know, just have fun with it and I intend to because I discovered something once I broke out of my slump: the reasons for my reading slump (besides summer being slow, though I still don't understand why) is because I didn't want to get caught up in any story and whatever the characters would go through.
Basically I was subconsciously avoiding an inevitable book hangover.

Friday, September 29, 2017

On Fire: Erotic Romance Stories Anthology - Book Review

32445592On Fire by Rachel Kramer Bussel
My rating 3 of 5 stars
Published August 8th 2017 by Cleis Press 

In On Fire, today’s top erotic authors take us inside the passions of couples who go above and beyond in pursuit of sexual and romantic satisfaction, from kink to fantasies to outrageous, stimulating adventures. You’ll treasure the stocking fetish in “Sensitive to the Touch” and travel to “A Place as Beautiful as This.” You’ll go “Beyond the Blindfold,” find out what lurks in the “Art of Darkness,” delight in discovering “The Sweetest Thing,” and observe a feisty femdom couple in “Dreams Made Flesh.” These steamy stories by Kristina Wright, Delilah Devlin, Giselle Renarde, Kay Jaybee, Veronica Blisse, Jade A. Waters and others are perfect bedtime reads for your lover or for your own pleasure.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Best of: Banned Books Weeks 2011

*Originally Posted Tuesday, September 27, 2011.


Seeing how it's the middle of the week I presume that you've heard about it being banned book week, although last year I thought it was a whole month. Is there such a month? I remember sometime last year I was talking to someone about reading To Kill a Mockingbird since it was banned book month. Or was it week?
Oh well...we're here now.


...I'm not that familiar with banned books.
It's true, so I've been hopping down the banned book trail and have found some pretty interesting books, turns out I really haven't read that many banned books.
Less than 10 maybe?
Although I did notice that a lot are on my to-read shelf, and I'll admit seeing them on that list is tempting me to read them sooner. So yeah that list is definitely doing it's job... that is if it's job is to get more people interested in those books.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Song(s) of the Moment [9/20]

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.


Songs on repeat.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

LOVE PROFOUND by Kelly Elliott - Release Blitz




LOVE PROFOUND
COWBOYS & ANGELS Book 2 By Kelly Elliott
Standalone
Release Day - September 19, 2017

I write about love, but I’ve never experienced it. Sure, I’ve been with guys that I cared about. Even thought I found ‘the one’. He turned out to be the frog and not the prince.

A few Frank Sinatra songs and a wildly handsome cowboy who calls me Darlin’, will have me second guessing everything I ever thought I knew about love.

Does happily ever after really exist…or is it only something I write about in books?

Love Profound is book two in the Cowboys and Angels series.
     

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Best of: My thoughts on The Idea of a 'The Luxe' Movie

*Originally Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2011.

**Quick 2017 thought: This is why I don't like premature movie announcement. What happened?!
We get our hopes up for a movie that never happens. If it doesn't have a trailer or release date I don't want to hear about it. I would have said cast but as we've learned with past piloted shows (Delirium, The Selection) things don't always fly.**



Today's thought-full thought is brought to you by THIS article and the Bright, Young and Luxe giveaway. (Read the article it'll connect.)
I read this article in July so a lot of you have probably heard about it by now, if not well now you know, The Luxe is coming to the big screen.

Yay!? Boo!? I hope I'm not the only one conflicted with this news.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Hustler by Meghan Quinn & Jessica Prince - Book Review

29455417Hustler by Meghan Quinn &
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Published: May 9th 2016

I make my living as a hustler, and I’m great at it.
I don’t have a single tell and I use that to my advantage to manipulate any situation.
I’ve always known what a person is about to do before they’ve even decided.

That is, until I met Penelope.
I can’t get a read on her, and what’s worse, she doesn’t want anything to do with me.
Which only makes me want her more.

Now I’m in for the hardest hustle of my life.
Somehow I have to convince her she belongs with me.
Good thing I’m always up for a challenge.

Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy: A Journal by Robie Rogge - Book Review

Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy: A JournalDo One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy: A Journal by
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published August 8th 2017 by Clarkson Potter
    
Each day presents an opportunity to find delight, whether in your surroundings, your work, your relationships, your insights, or your actions. This journal will guide you to look inside and outside yourself to discover and appreciate what makes you happiest.

With prompts and exercises, the wise words of writers, musicians, philosophers, and leaders will help you reflect on what fills you with joy. You'll measure your happiness at the outset and along the way; after a year's worth of delight, your smile will be bigger than ever.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Song of the Moment [9/12]

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.

I have had this song stuck in my head for the last few nights and it's probably because I've just had this weird ominous feeling, like something is going to happen.

Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog


This week's topic choice goes well with my "Farewell Tour" for this blog since at some point I was planning to go through and look back at books I've read during my time blogging.
I still plan to do that seeing as how this is only from my first year.

Since I had a slow start to the blog (and a slow everything else) I've divided the list of 5 favorites I reviewed and 5 favorite that I just read.

Monday, September 11, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


In my last post, last month, I said I hadn't posted since June because I had only read 4 books in those two months.
Well August came to an end and as I said in my "come back" post this time last year; "Something wonderful happened last night; I finished a novel." Actually it wasn't last night but last week and better! I finished 3 books! So in the first week of September I read more than I did in two months.
Good timing too because I'm a book or two away from falling behind in my Goodreads Challenge.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Songs of the Moment 9/5/07

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.

These songs represent a moment in my life... 10 years ago. So not at all recently like that intro says. A full explanation can be found in an earlier repost from this morning: Letter To Me. I didn't give any explanation on that post but hoped it's pretty self-explanatory; it's a letter to myself 10 years ago today. Which was also my first day of senior year in high school. It was not a very good year. (Links to the full story can be found at the bottom on the previous link, since I'd rather not get too far into this story.)

Best of: Senior Year: Letter to Me

September 5, 2007

The only real friends you've had in high school just ditched you.
You don't really know why, it just happened.

Sound familiar?

Sorry to say it's not the first time that it's happened. And by this point you're wondering if it is something you do. Or don't do.

Can't really understand why supposedly good friends just forget you. Like you never existed.
Sadly this time you'll end up really screwed up, not being able to truly trust anyone.

So you're starting your senior year as the "lonely loser."
You know you can't be, too many people know you now. No one cares but they still notice. They might care but it's not a group you can naturally fit into.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Best of: Senior Year: Afterwards

This week marks 10 years since all this happened. Or began.


Part: 4 How Sad.
Part 3: It's All One Big Mood Swing
Part 2: Why Bother?
Part 1: Senior Year 2007 
This is the story of the first couple of months of my senior year in high school.
While definitely not a fascinating story, it's something that I would remember every September for years afterwards. Thankfully eight years later now it's all behind me and the only real reminder is that I am who I am today partially because of those few months.
My two main reasons for sharing this is because 1) It happened and 2) I've been wanting to share more of myself here.
This is going to be part journal entries from the time and part me now explaining everything (or at least trying to).

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Summer Reading Challenge End Post/ Challenge Up for Grabs


So ends my final Summer Reading Challenge. And I failed it.
As I said the first time I participated in this challenge, back in 2012 when it was still on it's original blog:
...I'm slightly blah, when it comes to reading lately, well what better way to get out of that funk or dive deeper into it (I do get antsy when it comes to timed challenges) than with a summer reading challenge!

Some things never change. And then some things do, like the future of this challenge. Again.

As I've shared in the introduction every year, I first participated in this challenge on another blog Kate's Book Club, but as far as I could tell Kate either changed blogs or just stopped because I couldn't find her, or the challenge, afterwards. I enjoyed the challenge so much that three years after I first participated I decided to bring it back (hopefully Kate wouldn't mind) on this blog.
But, flash forward another three years, I've decided that it's time to say goodbye to the blog; and along with it this challenge.
I'm currently trying to find it a new home so if anyone is interested in taking it over let me know.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Deal or Duel: An Alexander Hamilton Card Game - Review


In the face of the political instability and financial turmoil of the American Revolution, only one individual always came out on top: Alexander Hamilton. Pit your survival instincts and spending savvy against all the founding fathers (and mothers) in this historic action card game whose simple objective is as old as Ameritocracy itself: get all the money or die trying.

Inside You'll Find:
-54 Historical Face Cards
-120 Action Cards
-40 Hamilton Cards
-$3,500 Colonial Cash
-Face Card Roster Scroll
-Playing Mat

2-6 players
Ages 10 +

The Handy Men by Jamie K. Schmidt - Book Review - Repost*

34741847The Handy Men by Jamie K. Schmidt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published May 1st 2017 by Entangled Publishing LLC

Jack and Dean love each other, but they’re missing the woman to complete their triangle. When newly divorced Paige Richards buys a Bed and Breakfast on Hamlet Island and employs them to help her fix the inn up, Jack and Dean are sure they’ve found the one they’ve been looking for. Despite the playful, sexy clues they drop, luscious Paige is reticent about getting involved, even when they set the stage so she can stumble on them in action. They can tell by her responses she wants to join them, but rumors travel fast on the small island, and tales of a threesome could get back to the conservative, family vacation crowd who won’t patronize those with an alternative lifestyle. And the last thing they want for Paige is the B&B’s rooms…and her bank account…to remain empty. But Jack and Dean will stop at nothing to prove to Paige that she can have it all…with them.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Best of: To Do #1

Since I'll only be blogging for eight more months I've decided to revisit some of my favorite posts from the last six years. It's basically similar to all those "Look Back" posts I did for a few of my earlier blogoversaries.

I don't know how much I would have considered sharing this one if it weren't for one thing: I mention Elvis and the Elvis Festival; which I am going to this weekend.
3rd time! I couldn't make it last year because I was "stuck" in Paris. Got over it pretty quickly, of course. I also couldn't go the year before because my cousin was getting married the same day.

So I'm making my return this year! Though I am a little annoyed that's all I have going for me right now. I mean really, Paris and a wedding at Disneyland? Hard acts to follow.
But I do have a new Elvis dress to wear so; Yay!


Notes on this original post: I'm still a little annoyed that I started these To-Do list my first year of blogging and have since only managed 13 posts. I'm pretty sure I haven't even done one this year.

There was a reason for the lull in the beginning; I lost the list. If I remember correctly my computer crashed and, of course, it's the only place I had written it. I finally wrote out a new, and can I say better, one early last year (in two notebooks this time!), which is also why I'm annoyed I haven't share any since then.

I had some pretty crazy things on that original list from what I remember, but honestly I only remember so much.
I still stand that Date an Elvis Impersonator is probably the strangest. and it did not make the new list. But spending the day surrounded by them was good enough so maybe that was just a different way of checking it off the list.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Song(s) of the Moment [8/22]

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.

I'm not even sure how to intro these four songs so I'm just jumping it.

Ten Favorite Books I Read in School

Here's a story of a girl named Diana, who doesn't have a clue where she was going with this lead.
Well, actually, I was planning on telling the story of how I wasn't that great a student when it came to class reading. (I skimmed The Outsiders, and skipped to the end.) Honestly I wasn't that great a student when it came to a lot of things.
But that being said; I still managed to read more than my classmates. Which is kind of really sad.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz - Book Review *Repost*

23288927Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published July 7th 2015 by Hyperion                          

From the bestselling author of Blue Bloods and Witches of East End comes a new novel that explores the battle between good and evil, in the city that never sleeps...VAMPIRES OF MANHATTAN: The New Blue Bloods Coven

You'll devour Melissa de la Cruz's hot new adult novel, in which her Blue Bloods immortals have matured and are now exposed to new challenges, new loves, new threats, and a haute, hot hipster lifestyle.

It is ten years after the great War with Lucifer, and the Coven has rebuilt. Leader of the Fallen, Oliver Hazard-Perry, plans to celebrate this prosperity by throwing a 400 Year Ball-and all Blue Blood society will be there.

And then, all hell breaks loose....


Monday, August 14, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


I haven't posted a It's Monday! post since June, and I just realized that's probably because I've only read four books since. I've been going on about a reading slump but looking at it now, I guess it really was true! 
I'd like to go to my go to excuse: my sister's kids. Not because they required my attention but because they are really loud and distracting (have I mentioned I work from home?). By some miracle though I didn't spend too much time with my headphones this year though, progress.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Twenty-Four Hours by Carolyn Anthony - Excerpt + Giveaway


Twenty-Four Hours
Carolyn Anthony
(A Shattered Boundaries Novel)
Publication date: July 3rd 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
The second chance that might never happen…
Eve Luccio waited years for her first love, but somehow their lives were never quite in sync. Now, at thirty-six, her only focus is completing the final year of her PhD. The last thing on her mind is the honor-driven former Navy SEAL who stole her heart as a teen and left her unable to love any other man since.
When Jake Theron walks back into Eve’s life, his presence shatters her walls of self preservation. He unleashes a dark sexuality that Eve never imagined she would experience, much less come to crave. All he wants from her is a day of her trust—twenty-four uninterrupted hours before she crosses the country for her Post Doctorate position in New York. But letting down her guard for even twenty-four hours with Jake might just destroy her.
For Jake Theron, Eve was always “the one that got away,” except even after two decades, she’s still under his skin. When Eve finally agrees to see him, Jake vows he won’t let her slip through his fingers again.
But nobody knows better than Jake what a vicious bitch fate can be. When his life gets in the way, he realizes he may have to let Eve go once again—this time for her own good.
All he has left are the next twenty-four hours. One day and night in a seaside hotel, after which he has no choice but to let her walk out of his life with no guarantee he’ll ever see her again. The problem is, now that he’s had a real taste of the woman who should have been his twenty years ago, he’s not sure he’ll have the strength to let her go.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Song(s) of the Moment {7/25 & 8/8}

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.


I missed my last Song post mainly because I wasn't in the mood to sit and write, but of course I did have songs to share. Which I would have shared last week but for unknown reasons I didn't. So I'm going to share them now but first this week's song.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Summer Reading Challenge Final Update

I call it the "final' update but it's actually the first if you don't count the random mentions I made in other posts.
I have to say I'm more than a bit discouraged. My reading habits just suck.

This has been a hard(-ish) year for me, I know it can be worse so totally counting my blessings there (actually I tried counting all the good and had a better time counting all the bad things I don't have), and I've just... I don't even know!
You wanna know what I've been doing instead of reading? Staring at the wall! Just staring off daydreaming. Honestly, I've always been a daydream all day type so not something to overthink and I can't say it's gotten worse. But lately it's been: read a few pages, stare off into space, read a paragraph, off again.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Perspective in Action by David Chelsea - Book Review

Perspective in Action: Creative Exercises for Depicting Spatial Representation from the Renaissance to the Digital AgePerspective in Action: Creative Exercises for Depicting Spatial Representation from the Renaissance to the Digital Age by David Chelsea
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Using the graphic novel format, Perspective in Action features 33easy-to-follow demonstrations to teach the major discoveries in perspective. Perspective is a fundamental element in the development of art and for understanding spatial relationships, but it is an underserved topic in the world of art instruction. Author and artist David Chelsea takes readers through the major perspective-related developments in history, teaching them how to re-create these same experiments by leading artists in all fields (including drawing, painting, and sculpture). Covering a wide-range of mediums (pen and ink, paint, chalk, digital art, woodwork, and more), Perspective in Action gives readers a more hands-on approach to perspective, as opposed to the usual theoretical presentations found in other books."

Royal Crush by Meg Cabot - Book Review


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: August 1, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is turning thirteen. Even better, she’s finally starting to get the hang of this princess thing. Just in time, too, since her half-sister, Princess Mia Thermopolis, is expected to give birth to twins any day now!

It’s pretty much the worst time possible for a school field trip, but everyone is insisting that Olivia must attend the Royal School Winter Games. Between Grandmère chaperoning, Olivia’s snobby cousin Luisa complaining about her relationship woes, and everyone insisting that Olivia has a crush on Prince Khalil (even though she isn’t sure that he even wants to be friends anymore!), things are quickly turning into a royal mess!


The third book in the middle-grade Princess Diaries spin-off series, written and illustrated by New York Times-bestselling author Meg Cabot.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Project Pandora by Aden Polydoros Release Week Blitz + Giveaway



 
Hello Readers! Welcome to the Release Week Blitz for
Project Pandora (Assassin Fall #1) by Aden Apolydoros!
Be sure to grab your copy today!
 

Mine for the Week by Erika Kelly - Cover Reveal + Excerpt

   
From the award-winning author of MINE FOR NOW comes the next sizzling standalone story in her Wild Love Series, about a chance meeting that changes the course of two people’s lives! MINE FOR THE WEEK is releasing October 3, 2017! Don’t miss the beautiful cover below, and pre-order your copy today!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Royal Crush (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess #3) by Meg Cabot - Book Review + Giveaway

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: August 1, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is turning thirteen. Even better, she’s finally starting to get the hang of this princess thing. Just in time, too, since her half-sister, Princess Mia Thermopolis, is expected to give birth to twins any day now!

It’s pretty much the worst time possible for a school field trip, but everyone is insisting that Olivia must attend the Royal School Winter Games. Between Grandmère chaperoning, Olivia’s snobby cousin Luisa complaining about her relationship woes, and everyone insisting that Olivia has a crush on Prince Khalil (even though she isn’t sure that he even wants to be friends anymore!), things are quickly turning into a royal mess!


The third book in the middle-grade Princess Diaries spin-off series, written and illustrated by New York Times-bestselling author Meg Cabot.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

High Summer Readathon Week 2


Pages read: maybe 100.

I've been wanting to read all week (well technically month/summer) and haven't been able to. I sit down and while it would be a good time to read just kind of space out instead, or if I do try and read my mind just goes off elsewhere. On the plus side I have managed a few creative projects, though not many.

Friday, July 21, 2017

For the Men: And the Women Who Love Them - Book Review

32189780For The Men: And The Women Who Love Them by Rose Caraway
My rating 4 of 5 stars
Published September 23rd 2016 by Stupid Fish Productions 

The Sexy Librarian, Rose Caraway presents an anthology intended for the fellas and the women who have an appetite for bold, adventurous erotic storytelling. Get ready for; a space pirate, a cowgirl, an anxious odd man out, an undercover agent, lonely ghosts, a taxi driver with an unexpected topsy-turvy fare, a burly biker who just wants to be cuddled, a bride-to-be with one last oat to sow, The Devil offers a golden deal, a mysterious hitchhiker, strangers and a spontaneous three-way, and a reluctant hitman. Escape into the fantastic, the outlandish, and the exquisitely literary. You will find these and many more audacious characters playing out intense sexual encounters.

Featured stories by: Allen Dusk, Jade A. Waters, Terrance Aldon Shaw, Tamsin Flowers, Landon Dixon, Sonnie de Soto, Adrea Kore, D. Lovejoy, Erin Pim, J.T. Seate, Spencer Dryden, Winter Blair, Simon Drax, Lynn Lake, Chase Morgan, Charlie Powell, Josie Jordan, Daily Hollow, Marc Angel, Rachel de Vine, D.L. King, Dorothy Freed, Rachel Kramer Bussel, T.J. Christian, and Emmanuelle de Maupassant  

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely - Cover Reveal

   

HARD WOOD is coming October 23, 2017! A standalone romance told from the male Point-of-View, HARD WOOD is the final hot and hilarious book in the Big Rock series. Pre-order your copy today! Kindle users—stay tuned for the preorder right before release! And don’t miss the hot, new cover below!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SIN by Emma Hart - Release Day Blitz Excerpt



   


Damien fox lived up to his name. Cunning, sly, and dangerous, fifty percent of Vegas’ strip clubs were his.
Whatever he wanted, money, attention, women, he got.
And now he wanted to buy my bar, no matter the cost.
I wanted him to go to hell on a first-class ticket.
He played a dirty game, and I followed his rules. I let him think he would win.
Despite our differences, it was clear to see that we were no more than two broken hearts colliding in the darkness.
Closed off, sexy, and holding a pain that would crush a lesser man, he was the ultimate sin.
One I couldn’t deny myself, even though I knew better than to trust a fox...

(SIN is book one of the Vegas Nights series. Each book in this series is a standalone novel.)


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Monday, July 17, 2017

High Summer Readathon Week 1

I feel like this has been such an on going feeling that I'm starting to wonder if what I'm going through is a reading slump or I'm just changing and I'll never be able to spend hours with a book again.

Of course those days of hours of endless reading also included me doing something else that would result in me trying to unwind with a book.
While I have been pretty wound up lately it's more of a tense I can't sit here and just read type.
I work from home (where my sister leaves both her kids) so I think a change of scenery is required. Although really the phrase "work" is questionable; life of a freelance designer. (The other night I had a dream a client actually paid me on time. Yeah.)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Song(s) of the Moment [7/11]


Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.



These two songs definitely represent a moment. More like mood. And possibly the year.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Checking Out

A perfect example of my "checking out:" I'm pretty sure I meant to write this post last month.

I decided back in April that this would be my last year blogging. And while at the time I was probably thinking I'd be going out with a bang, in the weeks following I started thinking why even go on. It felt like I had already thrown in the towel, like why bother continuing if I already decided that my time here would be ending.

Even now I'll get tour notices and wonder why bother? Although that's also due to my wanting to give more of myself and not just book promos. But there's the problem; I'm not giving more because of all those thoughts I just mentioned.
Ever since I began this blog I had a list of things I wanted to do but now that I've decided I'd only be here for a few more months I can't get myself to see the point. I didn't start them then why would I now?
Even the things I had running didn't have much consistency. I was going to ask how could I start something new when I don't even pay attention to what I had going but maybe I needed a mix up.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Dangerous Rock by Crystal Kaswell - Book Review

33857750Dangerous Rock by Crystal Kaswell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published March 2017

I’m married to a rock star.
And I don’t even know his last name.


Bella
There’s a tall, tattooed man in my bed.
Not any tall, tattooed man.
He’s a rock star.
A sex god.
And now he’s my husband.
Last night, I married Joel.
It’s ridiculous. I’m a good girl. I don’t get into trouble. I don’t look twice at bad boys.
I can’t stay married to a rock star.
But there’s something about Joel. Not just the way his green eyes light up when he smiles, or the way he makes me laugh, or the way he makes me shake with pleasure–
I’m not sure I can walk away.

Joel
Bella Chase is a challenge.
With the tight bun and the cute cardigan, she’s as prim and proper as they come.
My only plan for the night is getting her under me, screaming my name.
Filling her with so much pleasure she begs me to stop.
I didn’t plan on marrying her.
But now that she’s my wife, I’m not about to let her go.


About that Kiss by Jill Shalvis - Cover Reveal + Excerpt

   
From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes the next sexy, standalone novel in the Heartbreaker Bay series...