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.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Open When: Letters to Lift Your Spirits by Karen Salmansohn - Book Review

30724248Open When: Letters to Lift Your Spirits by Karen Salmansohn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published March 7th 2017 by Ten Speed Press

Happiness expert Karen Salmansohn presents a unique interactive book that invites readers to literally open letters of encouragement, wit, and wisdom whenever they need a boost.

Inspired by the trend of -open when- letters sweeping the nation, Instant Happy author Karen Salmansohn has created a bound collection of 12 notes for readers to flip open whenever they need a pep talk. With categories like -Open when you need a laugh, - -Open when you're feeling stressed out, - and -Open when you need courage, - these little happiness-boosters are based on Salmansohn's viral posters that combine witty sayings with colorful graphics.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Handy Men by Jamie K. Schmidt - Book Review

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.

Monday, May 22, 2017

It's Monday! What Are you Reading?

It's been a month since I decided 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 since I've been thinking why even go on. I feel like I already threw in the towel, like why bother continuing if I already decided that my time here would be ending.
Most likely culprit for this mood: for some reason last month I stopped scheduling everything. Back in September I tried to take up bullet journaling and while I'm not too crazy about how I'm doing it, (mainly because I don't feel like I have so many reasons to be doing it) I was pretty into the idea and was maybe hoping to grow with it.
But at some point last month I just stopped, which is too bad because a lot should have been written down. And as much as I wanted to start up again this month I couldn't get back in the habit.
Fingers crossed for June.

And fingers crossed that I get back in the writing mood too, because I am not done here. Yet.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Summer Reading Challenge 2017

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.

My Best Friend's Ex by Meghan Quinn - Cover Reveal






Check out this amazing cover for MY BEST FRIEND'S EX by Meghan Quinn releasing on June 1st! 


MY BEST FRIEND'S EX
NA Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 1, 2017

Goodreads: Goodreads

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Stacking the Shelves [5/13]



As I mentioned in my post last month, I was returning to the book fest world. And needed books for YALLWEST. A lot of them. Though my main goal for all this was to get a tote bag signed.
Which I did!

Friday, May 12, 2017

A Million Junes by Emily Henry - Book Review

30763950A Million Junes by Emily Henry
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Published: May 16th 2017 by Razorbill

Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude in Emily Henry's brilliant follow-up to The Love That Split the World, about the daughter and son of two long-feuding families who fall in love while trying to uncover the truth about the strange magic and harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations.

In their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, the O'Donnells and the Angerts have mythic legacies. But for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them, except to say it began with a cherry tree.

Eighteen-year-old Jack “June” O’Donnell doesn't need a better reason than that. She's an O'Donnell to her core, just like her late father was, and O'Donnells stay away from Angerts. Period.

But when Saul Angert, the son of June's father's mortal enemy, returns to town after three mysterious years away, June can't seem to avoid him. Soon the unthinkable happens: She finds she doesn't exactly hate the gruff, sarcastic boy she was born to loathe.

Saul’s arrival sparks a chain reaction, and as the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers conspire to reveal the truth about the dark moment that started the feud, June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored. And she must decide whether it's finally time for her—and all of the O'Donnells before her—to let go.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Summer Reading Challenge 2017

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 9, 2017

My Best Friend's Ex - Teaser

Check out this amazing teaser for MY BEST FRIEND'S EX by Meghan Quinn releasing on June 1st! 




MY BEST FRIEND'S EX
NA Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 1, 2017
Goodreads

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Handy Men Blog Tour - Excerpt + Giveaway

Today is the blog tour for The Handy Men by Jamie L. Schmidt! Grab your copy of this sexy romance and follow the tour today!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Blogoversary Giveaway!

My blogoversary was two weeks ago and as I said I had no words or a giveaway; and that I owed you one.
Well, thanks to my trip to YALLWEST this past weekend I managed to get one (or three) together sooner than I thought I would.

Summer Reading Challenge 2017

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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Hello Me, It's You - Book Review

32078947Hello Me, It's You by Hannah Todd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published October 10th 2016 by Hello Me, it's You

“Keep smiling and being you. Don’t let the world change you”

Hello Me, it’s You is a collection of letters by young adults aged 17-24 about their experiences with mental health issues. The letters are written to their 16-year-old selves, giving beautifully honest advice, insight and encouragement for all that lays ahead of them.

This book was produced by the Hello Me, it’s You charity, set up by the editor, Hannah. Hannah was diagnosed with depression and anxiety whilst at university and found comfort in talking to friends about their experiences, realizing she was not alone in her situation. This inspired the idea for the charity and book. Through the creation of materials such as this, the charity aims to provide reassurance for young adults (and their families) who are experiencing mental health issues and give a voice to young adults on such an important topic. The result of that will hopefully be a reduction in the negative stigma surrounding mental health and an increase in awareness of young people’s experiences. All profits go the Hello Me, it’s You charity, for the production of future supportive books.

Trigger warning: Due to it’s nature, the content of this book may be triggering. Contains personal experiences of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, trichotillomania and other mental health issues, as well as issues such as assault.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top 10 Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

Since I didn't do a Top Ten last week I've decided to divide this week into what won't make me want to read a book and what will.

First sticking with this week's topic
5 Things That Will Make Me Not Want to Read a Book:

Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring Into Horror Readathon

I shouldn't be admitting this but what the hell. Last week I had a total mental melt down. It was basically one of those "I'm sick and tired of the way things are, I need to get the hell out!" But of course if I could I would have done so by now.
I've actually gone on about this a bit before here, yes it is recurring, so let's just move on. Especially since I just realized that the Winter Read-a-thon also ended on a bit of a down note. I do have happy moments, none that immediately come to mind but this week seems promising. She says while sitting alone in a house that is peacefully quiet.

Subversion by Melinda Friesen - Blog Tour + Giveaway













Friday, April 21, 2017

"Postoversary" aka The Beginning of the End


6:17 PM, April 21, 2011.
My first post, that I probably spent three or four days writing, finally went up!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Introduction Number: Who Even Knows

Really, how many introductions or 'About Me' posts have I done? I just recently did a handful going on about what makes me jealous.

But that's who I am. I'm someone who can sometimes become jealous pretty easily. I'm some one who has no problem admitting that because I am working on it. Of course I'm also an artist so green-eyed monsters do sometimes come with the territory. As do inferiority complexes.