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



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.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs - Book Review

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed HistoryWonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs
My rating: 4 of 5
Published October 4th 2016 by Quirk Books

Ever heard of Allied spy Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim woman whom the Nazis considered “highly dangerous”? Or German painter and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian, who planned and embarked on the world’s first scientific expedition? How about Huang Daopo, the inventor who fled an abusive child marriage only to revolutionize textile production in China?

Women have always been able to change the world, even when they didn’t get the credit. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs introduces you to pioneering female scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors—each profile a study in passion, smarts, and stickto-itiveness, complete with portraits by Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino, an extensive
bibliography, and a guide to present-day women-centric STEM organizations.

The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw - Book Review

27209108The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw by Mark Crilley
My rating: 4 out of 5
Published July 5th 2016 by Watson-Guptill

An instructional art book in narrative graphic novel form that uses the tale of one aspiring young artist and his reluctant mentor to impart easy-to-follow lessons on the fundamentals of drawing.

With over 10 million views and growing, Mark Crilley's YouTube drawing instruction videos have an enormous worldwide legion of fans and have been featured on sites such as Yahoo News and Reddit. In addition, Crilley is an accomplished graphic novelist. Now for the first time, he pairs both strengths resulting in a one-of-a-kind art instruction experience. Through the story of aspiring, overeager young artist-in-the-making David and his helpful, but often flustered mentor, Becky, readers gain a grounding in the basics of drawing and rendering, along with a helping of laughs and poignant entertainment. Each lesson builds off the previous, with sidebars at the end of each chapter that direct readers to tackle some of the very same drawing exercises that David has just completed. The sequential art format provides the perfect vehicle for these step-by-step lessons, and the Pixar-esque approach to the surrounding characters and story ensures an enjoyable experience that readers will want to revisit again and again.

Monday, October 3, 2016

It's Monday! What Are you Reading?

I think I've moved past my reading slump from last month into a reading funk. I'm gladly reading, but once I finish I just stare at my other books unsure where to go next. And randomly picking and starting one is, of course, a bad idea since then I'll just end up with a stack of books I gave up on a few pages in.

Been there, did not love that.


It took me years to find the courage to speak to Luka. He seemed exactly like me. Intelligent. Focused. Serious.

But he’s not the man I imagined.

His reality is cruel and dark. He traps me in his web, his power twisting tighter the more I struggle, until it’s hopeless. I can’t break free.

As he drags me unwillingly into his filthy world, I can’t ignore the terrifying idea circling my mind. What if I belong here with him?

*WARNING. This book is meant for mature audiences and is a very dark erotic romance.