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


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


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.

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.