Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 End of Year Survey

Thanks to Jamie The Perpetual Page Turner for the survey

Number Of Books You Read: 80
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: non-fiction

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
I have to do a Top Three:
1. Hereafter by Jessica Bucher     
2. Where The Light Gets In by Kimberly Williams-Paisley
3. The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn


Songs of the Year 2016

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.

This is more or less (more than less really since it really is) my final 2016 post,
And I just totally threw myself off with all that more or less, really stuff. Add on that I've been sick since Christmas and I'm not entirely sure what I'm saying or spelling.

Friday, December 30, 2016

#1 of 2016 - Hereafter by Jessica Bucher

29536434The Hereafter by Jessica Bucher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published March 18th 2016 by Smashwords Edition

Nin has no recollection of her death.
The things she does remember, like her cruel boyfriend, troubled father, and absent mother, she’d like to forget.
Dylan doesn’t need to remember his death to know that he deserved it. Who needs memories when you have the scars?
Sparks ignite when the two, very different, strangers meet. Together they spend one endless summer exploring their new world. Suddenly, their after-lives hold more possibility and promise than their tragic teenage lives ever did.
But no dream lasts forever, and all too soon, harmful memories from their pasts emerge and threaten to tear them apart. Given the chance to change their fates, Nin and Dylan must decide-- life or love.
Weaving through past and present and alternating perspectives, The Hereafter is an emotional journey about young love and second chances.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

#2 of 2016 - The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn

27467426The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published January 12th 2016

Never in a million years would I have pictured myself as an axe-wielding, dragon lady, chopping up multi-colored flannel shirts into my very own plaid mulch. But here I am, chopping away my frustrations.

It all started when my brother, Paul, convinced me to go on one last family road trip across the Mother Road with him and my dad.. Just like old times, right? Wrong. What Paul fails to mention is his best man, Porter, will be joining us, who just so happens to be my childhood crush and the man who broke my heart four years ago.

What is supposed to be a fun, family bonding experience across Route 66 turns into a war of pranks, awkward moments and bathrooms full of dirty flannel shirts and day old beard clippings. Paul’s know-it-all attitude and Porter’s devilish charm brings me to the brink of my sanity on my seven day trek across the United States with three bearded men in a small 1980’s RV.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

#3 of 2016 - Where the Light Gets In by Kimberly Williams-Paisley

25852857Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again by Kimberly Williams-Paisley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published April 5th 2016 by Crown Archetype

Many know Kimberly Williams-Paisley as the bride in the popular Steve Martin remakes of the Father of the Bride movies, the calculating Peggy Kenter on Nashville, or the wife of country music artist, Brad Paisley. But behind the scenes, Kim was dealing with a tragic secret: her mother, Linda, was suffering from a rare form of dementia that slowly crippled her ability to talk, write and eventually recognize people in her own family.
 
Where the Light Gets In tells the full story of Linda’s illness—called primary progressive aphasia—from her early-onset diagnosis at the age of 62 through the present day. Kim draws a candid picture of the ways her family reacted for better and worse, and how she, her father and two siblings educated themselves, tried to let go of shame and secrecy, made mistakes, and found unexpected humor and grace in the midst of suffering.

Ultimately the bonds of family were strengthened, and Kim learned ways to love and accept the woman her mother became. With a moving foreword by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox,
Where the Light Gets In is a heartwarming tribute to the often fragile yet unbreakable relationships we have with our mothers.


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

#4 of 2016 - This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

24529123This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published January 5th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire

10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.

Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.


Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 by Rachel K. Bussel




Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 by Rachel K. Bussel

Date of Publication: December 13, 2016

Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 gives us fierce female passion, timeless love, and lustful encounters that are guaranteed to fill you with utter delight. Editing by the award winning Rachel Kramer Bussel, these sexy stories about women on the prowl span the globe, traveling from Peru to the Bahamas and beyond in pursuit of pleasure. Learn why "Teacher Appreciation" is so special, what sex is like "At the End of the World," and explore some very explosive "Volcano Nights." These unforgettable erotic tales by the top authors in the genre as well as newcomers will arouse and thrill readers looking for a hot time between the pages.

Dear Life by Meghan Quinn - Teaser

We are so excited for this release! Check out the amazing teaser for DEAR LIFE by Meghan Quinn! 



DEAR LIFE
NA Contemporary Romance
Designed by: Meghan Quinn
Photographer: Lauren Perry
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Monday, December 26, 2016

#5 of 2016 - The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot

28694462The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Published October 18th 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks

In this brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a scandal brings a young man back home to the small town, crazy family, and first love he left behind.

Reed Stewart thought he’d left all his small town troubles—including a broken heart—behind when he ditched tiny Bloomville, Indiana, ten years ago to become rich and famous on the professional golf circuit.  Then one tiny post on the Internet causes all of those troubles to return . . . with a vengeance.

Becky Flowers has worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him when he returns—until his family hires her to save his parents.

Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another—or the memories of that one fateful night.  And soon everything they thought they knew about themselves (and each other) has been turned upside down, and they—and the entire town of Bloomville—might never be the same, all because The Boy Is Back.


Sunday, December 25, 2016

#6 of 2016 - Queen (The Blackcoat Rebellion #3) by Aimee Carter


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Queen by Aimee Carter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published December 1st 2015 by Harlequin Teen

PAWN...CAPTIVE...QUEEN?

Kitty Doe is a Blackcoat rebel and a former captive with a deadly connection to the most powerful and dangerous man in the country, Prime Minister Daxton Hart. Forced to masquerade as Daxton's niece, Lila Hart, Kitty has helped the Blackcoats take back the prison known as Elsewhere. But Daxton has no intention of ceding his position of privilege--or letting Kitty expose his own masquerade. Not in these United States, where each person's rank means the difference between luxury and poverty, freedom and fear...and ultimately, between life and death.

To defeat the corrupt government, Kitty must expose Daxton's secret. Securing evidence will put others in jeopardy, including the boy she's loved forever and an ally she barely trusts. For months, Kitty's survival has hinged on playing a part. Now she must discover who she truly wants to be, and whether the new world she and the rebels are striving to create has a place in it for her after all.


Saturday, December 24, 2016

#7 of 2016 - Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

26371025Sister Dear by Laura McNeill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published April 19th 2016 by Thomas Nelson

All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?

Convicted of a crime she didn't commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish; time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.

But Allie's return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie's claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.

As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret; one that holds the key to Allie's freedom.


Friday, December 23, 2016

#8 of 2016 - Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

28814844Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published September 13th 2016 by Candlewick Press

Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan delivers a darkly stylized noir Snow White set against the backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan.

The scene: New York City, 1928. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words
"Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL."

In a moody, cinematic new telling of a beloved fairy tale, extraordinary graphic novelist Matt Phelan captures the essence of classic film noir on the page—and draws a striking distinction between good and evil. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

#9 of 2016 - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published July 31st 2016 by Pottermore

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

#10 of 2016 - A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund

25280316A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published March 1st 2016 by Zondervan
    
The only thing harder than fighting for what’s right…is fighting their feelings for each other.

For three years, the Cloaked Bandit has terrorized Wessex, robbing the nobility by knifepoint and a well-placed arrow. But little dos anyone know, this bandit is in fact Juliana Wessex, the rightful ruler of the land and a girl her tyrannical uncle—the current Lord Wessex—believes was killed along with her father.

Juliana has become skilled at hiding from Lord Wessex in the forest, using her stolen goods to provide food and shelter to the peasants her uncle has taxed into poverty. But when she robs Collin Goodrich, her red hair betrays her true identity. Lord Collin remembers Juliana from their childhood—and challenges her to stay on his estate for a week in hopes she will leave her thieving ways and become a proper lady once more. Juliana is intrigued by Collin and his charms, but only time will tell if he can overcome her distaste of the nobility—as well as win her heart.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Song of the Moment [12/20]

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.


Looking at past years this would be the post where I share the songs White Christmas and Blue Christmas, then make a joke how my favorite holiday movie is White Christmas while my favorite holiday song is Blue Christmas.
Alright that's not actually true I did just look back on the playlists I've made for past years and only found both those songs in the playlist from three years ago. Though I did share Blue Christmas last year. It really is my favorite.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 - Book Review

30227826Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Published December 13th 2016 by Cleis Press
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 gives us fierce female passion, timeless love, and lustful encounters that are guaranteed to fill you with utter delight. Editing by the award winning Rachel Kramer Bussel, these sexy stories about women on the prowl span the globe, traveling from Peru to the Bahamas and beyond in pursuit of pleasure. Learn why "Teacher Appreciation" is so special, what sex is like "At the End of the World," and explore some very explosive "Volcano Nights." These unforgettable erotic tales by the top authors in the genre as well as newcomers will arouse and thrill readers looking for a hot time between the pages. 

Monday, December 12, 2016

My Dream Author Panel

I have to admit I kind of hesitated with this and even afterwards had trouble coming up with an idea because when it comes to favorite authors, I think I've met them all. Of course I say this and a list of authors I haven't met come to mind. They sadly don't make it out to Los Angeles or the events I go to; which is actually why I skipped all book events this year, no one new.
Not that past favorites aren't worth it, which leads me to my second reason to hesitate: I've seen some pretty cool panels.
So being asked to come up with a dream panel kind of left me thinking "what more can a girl ask for?"

Cover Reveal: Dear Life by Meghan Quinn

Check out the amazing cover for DEAR LIFE by Meghan Quinn! 

DEAR LIFE
NA Contemporary Romance
Designed by: Meghan Quinn
Photographer: Lauren Perry

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Song of the Moment [12/6]

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 saw my first Esther Williams movie last summer (actually it was probably more than a few years ago I just didn't acknowledge her much) and have been a fan ever since. I just recently saw Neptune's Daughter, although I'll admit that I slept through most of the first half, I'll turn the TV on in the morning but not really wake up for awhile.
I was somewhat in and out with the plot so far; but a familiar tune woke me up pretty quick.

Friday, December 2, 2016

A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund - Book Review

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published March 1st 2016 by Zondervan

The only thing harder than fighting for what’s right…is fighting their feelings for each other.

For three years, the Cloaked Bandit has terrorized Wessex, robbing the nobility by knifepoint and a well-placed arrow. But little does anyone know, this bandit is in fact Juliana Wessex, the rightful ruler of the land and a girl her tyrannical uncle—the current Lord Wessex—believes was killed along with her father.

Juliana has become skilled at hiding from Lord Wessex in the forest, using her stolen goods to provide food and shelter to the peasants her uncle has taxed into poverty. But when she robs Collin Goodrich, her red hair betrays her true identity. Lord Collin remembers Juliana from their childhood—and challenges her to stay on his estate for a week in hopes she will leave her thieving ways and become a proper lady once more. Juliana is intrigued by Collin and his charms, but only time will tell if he can overcome her distaste of the nobility—as well as win her heart.


Cover & Chapter Reveal for OF THE TREES by E.M. Fitch + Giveaway


Today E.M. Fitch and Month9Books are revealing the cover and first chapter for OF THE TREES which releases February 28, 2017! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to be one of the first readers to receive a eGalley!!

A quick note from the author:

Of The Trees is a story about friendship, but the idea came to me in a graveyard — a favorite little haunt of mine, actually. What that says about me? I’m sure you have your own ideas. I can tell you that I’m a girl who loves a good scare, adores Halloween, finds entertainment in all things spooky, and has developed a pretty wicked sense of questionable humor. My stories reflect this. My own hometown ghost legend is weaved into this novel; it’s a tale that intrigued me as a teen, and continues to call to me now. I wrote large portions of this book parked alongside the inspiring little cemetery, in fact.

Although friendships and haunted places are the forces that brought this story into being, what grew from there was a tale of creatures in the night; men whose features slip and twist; best friends who get ripped apart; and a heavy helping of some of my favorite Irish legends, the old tales of the Fae. A particular influence for Of The Trees is the poem, The Stolen Child by W.B. Yeats. For just that reason, a verse from this poem is the first thing you’ll see when you flip open the cover.

Of The Trees is for anyone who loves best friends who argue (but love each other anyway), dark tales, creatures who go bump in the night, and stories to make you question those little whispers of wind you hear from the forest. I so hope you’ll join me in exploring just who—or what—is watching from the woods.

Monday, November 28, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


I was so happy in my last post two weeks ago, because I was reading so much. That has since stopped, and I'm ready to go back to whatever attitude I had at the time that had me reading more.

Clearly it was a much better method than whatever I was doing (or not doing) this past week or two.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Think Happy - Book Review

31376606Think Happy: Instant Peptalks to Boost Positivity by Karen Salmansohn
Published August 9th 2016 by Ten Speed Press
My rating 5 of 5 stars

Stay happy—no matter how much life throws at you!

Happiness expert and Oprah columnist Karen Salmansohn presents a collection of 50 inspirational inner peptalks to boost your confidence, attitude, and mood. These peptalks are different than affirmations because they’re feisty, fun and memorable--and will thereby stick in your brain like a catchy song. You’ll naturally want to keep repeating them, thereby changing your neural pathways so you’re inclined to think positive thoughts, which lead to positive habits, which lead to a positively happy life!

Whether you’re feeling stressed, need motivation, are dealing with haters, or need to turn your tale of woe into a tale of wow, THINK HAPPY’s instant peptalks and whimsical illustrations will grump-proof your brain so you can move forward with optimism, resilience, and plain ol’ fabulousness.


Come What May by A.M Arthur - Book Review

Come What May by A.M. ArthurCome What May by A.M. Arthur
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published May 23rd 2016 by Carina Press

Jonas needs Tate. He just doesn't know it yet.

Or at least, he doesn't want to admit it. Because there is no way Jonas Ashcroft is gay. He's a straight, carefree frat boy player, just like any good son of a conservative state senator. If only his struggle to convince everyone—especially himself—didn't leave him so miserable. No matter how many girls or bottles he drowns himself in, Jonas can neither escape nor accept who he is.

Enter Tate. He's smart, confident, and instantly sees right through Jonas's surly exterior. Sure, he's done things in life he's not proud of, but he knows who he is and what he wants. And what he wants is Jonas. As their easy friendship intensifies into something more, Tate introduces Jonas to a life he's never known. One filled with acceptance and sex and a love that terrifies and excites them both.

But some inner demons refuse to be shaken off so easily. When Jonas's old life barges in, he faces a shattering choice, one that could destroy everything he and Tate have fought so hard for. Sometimes love just isn't enough—and sometimes it's exactly what you need.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Release Day Celebration: The Boyfriend Whisperer by Linda Budzinski + Giveaway

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Hello Readers! Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
The Boyfriend Whisperer by Linda Budzinski
presented by Swoon Romance!
Don’t miss out on this new release, and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
 
Happy Book Birthday, Linda!
 

Top Ten All Time Favorite Movies

Another excuse for me to continue going on about old movies!
That's not true. I won't be going on. I've been trying for a while to write something that would have tied-in well with this list but haven't really been able to.

But a lot of these are old movies. There's a simplicity to them that always make me feel right at home. Which might be saying a lot since I'm usually home when watching.

Nina Lane's SPIRAL OF BLISS Release Day Blitz

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Nina Lane has released a coloring book inspired by her bestselling Spiral of Bliss series and it is stunning. Proceeds from the coloring book will be donated to three breast cancer charities. Find out more about the coloring book below!

Monday, November 14, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


I have been reading a lot more lately. And I have to say I've loved it. It just felt right; especially after everything that went through my mind during my slump a couple of months ago.

There is one difference though, I've been turning to non-fiction, which for me is usually a one in ten books type of thing. All last week I kept telling myself I need to read some fantasy, even pointing out some books on my shelf; but in the end I kept grabbing the non-fiction ones.


Friday, November 4, 2016

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike - Book Review

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published October 25th 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.

Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.


21 Myths (Even Good) Girls Believe about Sex by Jennifer Strickland - Book Review

21 Myths (Even Good) Girls Believe about Sex: Pursuing Love with Passion and Purity21 Myths (Even Good) Girls Believe about Sex: Pursuing Love with Passion and Purity by Jennifer Strickland
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

21 Myths (Even Good) Girls Believe about Sex uncovers the most believed untruths girls have about dating and sex. With honest, straight-forward language Christian author Jennifer Strickland shares the myths, the truths, and the practical ways you can enjoy the pursuit of passion and purity.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Me & Counrty Music (and to some Extent Brad Paisley)

Much like in other posts where I've explained my love and journey for something (usually a book or author) in honor of the CMA Awards tonight I decided to share why I love country music.

This post was inspired by, believe it or not, a memory of something I tweeted maybe seven years ago. It was the night of the CMA Awards and I said something along the lines of how it commemorated my love for the genre.
Actually it was the anniversary of something else entirely.

First off how about some six degrees of separation: I am my mother's daughter (in case that one needed to be explained), my mom has a friend who knew the guy who has directed a few Brad Paisley music videos.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes...

"Real World" Set Fantasies.

By which I mean fantasies that aren't your usual fantasies.
Obviously.

No magical lands, no wizards, no talking animals, no fairies or elves. Books set in our world where no one expects to find magic.
But stuff happens anyway.

The Christmas Surprise - Release Day Blitz


About the Book:

Juliette Mabry is a happily married stay-at-home wife and mother...until there appears to be trouble brewing in her nearly ten-year marriage. Juliette takes it upon herself to find out if her husband is up to no good, but does she want to know the truth? Everything is revealed on Christmas, and Juliette is in for her biggest Christmas surprise.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Month9Books Halloween Spooktacular and Giveaway!




Hello and Happy Halloween Everyone! We here at Month9Books love Halloween so we decided to share some of our favorite Halloween or scary books and not just feature them but give them away!

Book Review + Giveaway: In the Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales


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In the Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher:  Month9Books
My rating: 3.5 - 4 of 5 stars

Eight authors come together to build a powerful collection of dark young adult short stories inspired by the mysteries, faith, and darkness found within the Bible. Old Testament and New Testament, iconic and obscure figures alike are illuminated, explored, and re-envisioned throughout this charity anthology from Month9Books.

IN THE BEGINNING, ed. Laureen Cantwell and Georgia McBride


Daniel and the Dragon by Stephen Clements
A troubled orphan named Habakkuk dutifully follows his master, the prophet Daniel, into temples of blood-thirsty demon-gods, battles with unspeakable horrors, and bears witnesses to mind-breaking evil until his master's zealous defiance of the king's law seals their fate.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

October Review-a-thon

Write On Review-a-Thon
The Write On Review-a-Thon is a challenge hosted by Book Bumblings. From Friday through Sunday, we all band together and write as many reviews as possible. It’s a weekend for you to either catch up on reviews or get ahead on upcoming ones. It doesn’t matter if you write one review or 10 – if you write a review, you’re in. 🙂 Join this month’s challenge here.


It's been so long since I've participated in a review-a-thon I pretty much forgot how. I had to look up my last post (back in June) to see my setup.

I definitely need to do this because I have not been writing. Last month when I got home from vacation I felt like I was on such a role and had everything in control; which is when I decided to let things go a bit. And here we are. More ore less still in control just needed a little time.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Concealed (Beholder #2) Excerpt + Giveaway


Concealed by Christina Bauer (Beholder #2)
Publication date: October 25th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
As a Grand Mistress Necromancer, Elea’s a witch who commands the ultimate power over spirit and bone. It’s magic that she’ll need in order to stop the Vicomte Gaspard from killing her Sisters by draining their magic along with their life force.
To find and free her fellow witches, Elea must venture into some of the most dangerous places in the realm. What starts off as a rescue quest could easily turn into a suicide mission. And with the handsome warlock Rowan along to help, Elea may be risking more than her life. Her growing feelings for Rowan might put her heart on the line, too.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Song(s) of the Moment [10/25]

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 aren't so much "of the moment" since they represent this summer but I have been listening to them since.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Crafting with Feminism by Bonnie Burton

Crafting with Feminism by Bonnie BurtonCrafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy by Bonnie Burton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
publication: October 18th 2016 by Quirk Books

This is what a feminist crafter looks like! Wear your ideology on your sleeve by creating feminist merit badges (like “started an all-girl band” or “rocked roller derby”). Prove that the political is personal with DIY power panties (“No means no”). Craft great feminist hero finger puppets (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Frida Kahlo) or googly-eyed tampon buddies. Fun sidebars provide background on (s)heroes of the feminist movement.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Month9Books Turns 4 Giveaway!


Welcome to Month9Books Turns 4 Birthday Bash! We’re thrilled to share this celebration with you!

Here’s a quick note from Georgia McBride, owner of Month9Books!

“Month9Books is turning 4 this year, and I could not be happier. We are living proof that if you have a dream to write, create and inspire, you should follow that dream and let nothing keep you from realizing it. Thank you to all the readers, writers, agents, partners and friends who have made this possible. We write for you.

--Georgia McBride, Publisher and Owner of Month9Books”

Thanks so much for 4 awesome years! We look forward to celebrating #5 with you in 2017! We have something for everyone from every genre from Sci-Fi to Fantasy to Paranormal and Horror! As a thank you, we're giving away some well-loved books from 2015 and 2016. All paperback and hardcover winners must reside in the United States. International readers may receive only eBooks if they win.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Characters I'd Name A Child or Pet After

Before I jump into this list I'd like to share that whenever I announce that I'd rather be alone and collect cats I always say those cats will be named after old Hollywood movie stars. i.e Marilyn, Clark, Lucy.

Just thought I'd share that weird tidbit.
This was hard for me, obviously I'm more focused on old movie stars names than character names.
Especially with some of the names in books nowadays.

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot - Book Review

The Boy Is BackThe Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot
My rating 4.5 of 5 stars
October 18th 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks

In this brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a scandal brings a young man back home to the small town, crazy family, and first love he left behind.

Reed Stewart thought he’d left all his small town troubles—including a broken heart—behind when he ditched tiny Bloomville, Indiana, ten years ago to become rich and famous on the professional golf circuit.  Then one tiny post on the Internet causes all of those troubles to return . . . with a vengeance.

Becky Flowers has worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him when he returns—until his family hires her to save his parents.

Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another—or the memories of that one fateful night.  And soon everything they thought they knew about themselves (and each other) has been turned upside down, and they—and the entire town of Bloomville—might never be the same, all because The Boy Is Back.

It's Monday! What are You Reading?


I finished my Goodreads reading challenge of 60 books this weekend! Originally it was 55 by I extended it because of a few short stories. I know a whole 5 huge extension right?

It's a tiny bit sad that I hit my goal in October since in past years I was at 50 books sometime in late June. Of course, that was mainly because I listened to a lot of audiobooks while I worked, and this past Saturday marked a year since I finished up my class where I would work and listen.

Last year's audiobook count: 23. This year: 3...and a half.

I'm still happy with accomplishing my goal, and am looking forward to see how many I can reach by the end of the year.

Friday, October 14, 2016

To Do #12: Bateau Ride on the Seine

I started posting my "to do" list aka a bucket list, around the summer I started blogging. And I've only made it to number 12. That's how well that's going.

I had a list all written out, or typed out. (I think I wrote it in a journal, but I'd have to look for it.) Problem with typing, sometimes computers break. I lost that list and never really bothered rewriting it. Until I found the book 2,001 Things to Do Before You Die; I added 102 that I want to do and found that I already had 26 that I've done. (Including "Count up everything in these pages that you've done.")

So until I decide to go back to writing things I want I'm basing a lot of these post on things from that book.

One of the things suggested: Take a Bateau Ride on the Seine.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Song(s) of the Moment [10/11]



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.


I had songs picked for this week, just ones that remind me of this summer. But as I was getting ready to put this post together I saw a music video that reminded me of another song- I'll explain that in a minute- and immediately got that stuck in my head so decided to save the other songs for another day.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Senior Year: Afterwards*

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).

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Night Voyage by Daria Song - Coloring Book Review

29358300The Night Voyage: A Magical Adventure and Coloring Book by Daria Song
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published September 13th 2016 by Watson-Guptill

This third adult coloring book in Daria Song's Time series follows the little girl on a new nighttime adventure when the conductor of her toy train comes to life and helps her distribute gifts across the world.

The Night Voyage is an evocatively illustrated story of a little girl who is swept away on the eve of her birthday by her toy train conductor on a magical journey to distribute gifts around the globe. Taking devotees of The Time Garden and The Time Chamber on an imaginative new adventure, The Night Voyage continues Daria Song's wildly successful series with the beautifully intricate art that her fans have come to love, featuring a world of paper cranes, penny-farthing bicycles, trolleys, cityscapes, and hot air balloon-filled skies.