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...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Song ofthe Moment [6/27]

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 three songs today. Though it might turn into four if I let myself fall down the nostalgia rabbit hole.

Best Books I've Read In 2017 So Far

It's that time of year again, when I announce that I've yet to be wowed by a book. Then usually a week or so later I find that one book.
That probably won't be happing this time around, mainly because I'm in a bit of a slump and haven't cared to read much
Three weeks into my own reading challenge and I'm already wondering how long 'til I back down from it- I'm trying really hard not to let challenges stop me mainly in life but what am I if I let a little ten book summer challenge bring me down?

It's also a bit of a lie when I say I've yet to be wowed this year, I totally was, back in January and February. So it's been a while.
But it has happened. And fingers crossed that I make it through this current slump and it happens again.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Time For a Movie Night

aka In Defense of My Movie Night Picks. 

It is a dream of mine to find someone to have weekly movie nights with. And I mean a go all out kind of night, if I can do a theme or even a simple tradition I will. (I've dressed up for both the Grease Sing-along and Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl; I'm an all out kind of girl.) As of now it's really just me and it's not so much of a 'movie night' but more like a "Hey a movie I like is going to be on" or a "My mood needs this right now" night. Or evening. Or day, if I'm lucky.

When I find that someone (or someones) there will probably be a lot of compromise because my go to movies are, well, musicals. Of the classic variety.

Even if it's not a musical, it will still probably be an old movie.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga #2) by Kiersten White - Book Review

22817331Now I Rise by Kiersten White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
June 27th 2017 by Delacorte Press

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga #1) by Kiersten White - Book Review

And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)And I Darken by Kiersten White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published June 28th 2016 by Delacorte Press

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Ghost of You and Me by Kelly Oram Blast + Giveaway


The Ghost of You and Me by Kelly Oram How do you tell someone who hates you and blames you for the death of his best friend that you miss him? From the bestselling teen and young adult author of Cinder & Ella comes a new heart-wrenching romance sure to bring all the feels. The tragic death of Spencer Schott unravels the lives of the two people he loved most—his girlfriend, Bailey, and his best friend, Wes. Secrets and guilt from that fateful night keep both Bailey and Wes from overcoming Spencer’s loss and moving on with their lives. Now, nearly a year later, both Bailey and Wes are still so broken over what happened that Spencer can’t find peace in the afterlife. In order to put his soul to rest, he’s given one chance to come back and set things right...even if that means setting up his girlfriend with his best friend. With the emotional resonance of Jellicoe Road and the magical realism of The Lovely Bones, The Ghost of You and Me is a story about overcoming grief, finding redemption for past mistakes, and the healing power of friendship and love. Fans of John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Nicholas Sparks are sure to love this haunting new tale from Kelly Oram. This is a clean young adult romance stand alone novel that reads like contemporary drama romance and has just a touch of magical realism.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

I have had a long time rule now that I wouldn't start any new series until I finished the ones I was in the middle of. That's for series with all the books already out.
Of course I suck at sticking to that rule and have started (and finished) a lot of series without even thinking about the one I started years ago.
I really do want to finish them, if I didn't I wouldn't give them a second thought.

Monday, June 19, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


I'm having trouble remembering if summer is a usual reading slump for me. A part of me feels like it might be.
Then another part thinks it's mainly my own fault because I've been starting more books than I've finished. I've also been in a bit of a state of "let's just sit here and do nothing."

Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer Bloggiesta

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This is turning into a pattern for me this year (although no doubt it can be found in past years also) I just haven't wanted to. Sit down and write, that is. Thankfully I haven't fallen behind on anything, but I haven't been pretty present either. Not since April when I decided this would be my last year blogging. I decided then that I was going to give everything I had left but here we are.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Songs of the Moment [6/13]

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 week's songs are totally random. I was watching My Fair Lady last night, so naturally while watching I thought I should share some of it's songs. And I also remembered sharing at least one back in 2014. But for some reason while going to sleep songs from a different musical started playing in my head, and I'm pretty sure I've never shared those so...

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz - Book Review

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....


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Release Day Blitz: SIGHT UNSEEN

SIGHT UNSEEN is available today! You do not want to miss this anthology of five intriguing, sexy, and surprising stories from five incredible authors - but you won't know yet who wrote which story. Find out more about SIGHT UNSEEN below and grab your copy today!

 

Monday, June 5, 2017

It's Monday! What Are you Reading?



For the third (and technically last since I won't be blogging this time next year) year I'm doing the Summer Reading Challenge, (feel free to join me) which officially started Saturday. Unfortunately I still have, like, three books that I need to finish before I get started on my stack for the challenge.
Two days in I'm already behind. Off to a great start.

Anyway if you're interested you can check out the books I hope to be reading this summer at the link above. For now books I'm reading:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

My Books for the Summer Reading Challenge


There's still time to join the reading challenge before it starts this Saturday.

The story behind it:
So many years ago, (maybe five) I was invited to join a summer reading challenge, which I loved so much that I was always looking for someone to do it again or something like it.

When I didn't find any I decided to look into it and discovered that the original blog that first hosted it no longer exists, like click on the link and get weird car ads, non-existing. I thought maybe the blogger (her name is Kate) just decided to change blogs but nope. If she did I didn't find any trails leading to her.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Song of the Moment [5/30]

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 hate that I haven't really done anything this month. And like always I am not looking forward to the summer months. Especially since this year I've been super fragile.
I'm always saying things are going to be different but then don't really do anything to change the,. Though I have made progress this month.