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

A Daring Sacrifice (An Uncertain Choice, #2)A 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 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.