Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pin Me Down by Holly Dodd - Cover Reveal

Pin Me Down by Holly Dodd
(Brewhouse #2)
Publication date: February 28th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
Mia Reynolds isn’t interested in relationships. She refuses to follow the same troubled path her codependent mother traveled. Now that she’s graduated from college and has a real job, paying her loads of money, the world is hers for the plucking. She doesn’t need a man at her side, keeping her from having fun. Especially Regi, whose brandy brown eyes and gravelly voice have haunted her since high-school. Together their gunpowder and fire, explosive but dangerous. She’s only willing to give him her body, but never her heart.
Regi O’Connell has been concealing his heartbreak for years. Despite the endless amount of women in his bed, there’s only one whose claimed his heart and soul. But Mia refuses to give him a chance outside of the sheets. He’s her dirty little secret, one she has no plans on revealing to the world. Sometimes all it takes is one incident, one flash of regret, to change who you were, and become who you are meant to be. Mia’s heart is unyielding, a lock-box without a key. She needs to let him in, or let him go. He’s giving it one more shot to show the women of his dreams that love doesn’t make you weak, but stronger than steel.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

January Review-a-Thon

Write On Review-a-ThonThe review-a-thon takes place on the last weekend of each month. Signups are posted about a week ahead of time, we’ll review our hearts out from Friday to Sunday, and the wrap-up post will be posted on Monday.
The next review-a-thon will be this Friday, January 27 through Sunday, January 29.

When I started this list I only had two books to review, since then I've added three more.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Song(s) of the Moment [1/23]

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 can't say either of these songs fit the above description, they're really more like "throwbacks." (And as I write that I'm reminded that I'm not a fan of that word.

Monday, January 23, 2017

A Winter's Respire Read-a-thon Update 2

Pages read: 300 (that's a close guess, I really need to start keep daily tracks.)
Books finished: 1

Books I'm ready to give up on: 2

That's probably why I'm having trouble with my page count, a few books I've tried reading have bored me so I don't know if I read 20 pages or just 1.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

A Winter's Respire Update 1

Pages Read: 180
Book Finished: 0

I spent the week reading, because I couldn't get myself to want to do anything else. Of course I say "week" but around Wednesday I thought the week was over so I'm not entirely what my time frame has been lately.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Flying Lessons And Other Stories - Book Review

24561496Flying Lessons and Other Stories by Ellen Oh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published January 3rd 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers

Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children’s publishing and popularity as New York Times bestsellers.

From these distinguished authors come ten distinct and vibrant stories

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Big Shot (A Book Boyfriend Novel 1) by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

Big Shot (A Book Boyfriend Novel 1) by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

Date of Publication: January 17, 2017


New York Times Bestselling Authors Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde bring you a sexy new standalone romance.
Fall in love with your next Book Boyfriend . . .
Wes Sinclair is a notorious heart-breaker, a hot as sin bad boy with a panty-dropping smile no woman can resist. Except for his best friend's little sister and business adversary, Natalie Prescott, who seems immune to his flirtatious charms. While she's become a permanent fixture in his dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies, she wants nothing to do with him, or his seductive promises. Challenge accepted. His goal? To bring her to her knees, make her beg, and show her just how good being bad can be.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Damaged Goods Release Day, Excerpt + Giveaway

I am so excited that DAMAGED GOODS by Jennifer Bardsley releases today and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Jennifer Bardsley, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only courtesy of Month9Books. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Monday, January 16, 2017

A Winter's Respite Read-a-thon Starting Post

In the last five days I finished four books. That's kind of a normal pattern for me, I finish one book and then get really motivated to keep going with other books until I finish. Unfortunately that streak only last so many days. As it if five days is a stretch.
For the first time in a long time my currently reading list is at one (I've been working on The Chronicles of Narnia since last March, one more to go!) so I kind of feel like I can go anywhere.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Winter Bloggiesta

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Time for Bloggiesta! To find out all the details and to sign up, visit the Bloggiesta site.

My number one reason for doing this: because I don't want to.
I'm pretty sure that is the second time this week I insinuate forcing myself to blog. I'm really not, I do want to be here I just can't get myself to do so. Hence the "forcing."
After the last bloggiesta I had such a great work flow going, I had reviews written and scheduled I knew where everything was going. Then that all kind of stopped.
I blame November. And maybe the holidays.
And the fact that I finished all my review deadlines and got cocky. Then added more deadlines.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Song of the Moment [1\9]

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've shared this story before so I'll try to stick to the highlights: Ever since 2009 I've picked a song and sometimes quote (or maybe just the line from a song) to represent my year. Or at least the mind frame I want for the year.
Last year's Smile was a little to appropriate for the entire year and that was a first.
Normally by the end of the year I come to the conclusion that life is NOT a ball. Even though I tried to know it, though I still believe that it's all just waiting for me. Even if I've been making it wait for a very long time. (I'm referencing a Bye Bye Birdie song, by the way.)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Thought-Filled Thought: On to Another Year

I'm not late with this post, I just had no intention on writing anything like it.
Much like last week's final "but not really final" 2016 post, I have nothing to say about this new year either.
Has it really only been a week?
Pretty sure in the above post I also mentioned  my days feeling prolonged, apparently that has not worn off.
I had already jumped into this year posting three reviews last week, but I think that might be a bit of my problem.
Yeah, me being productive is a problem.

I guess I shouldn't call it a problem, the real problem is I stopped thinking midsentence there and have no clue where I was going with that thought.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Doodletopia: Fairies by Christopher Hart - How-To Book Review

28953182Doodletopia: Fairies: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Magical and Beautiful Fairies by Christopher Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published November 1st 2016 by Watson-Guptill

For years, Christopher Hart has given readers the tools and techniques needed to learn how to draw and cartoon. With the Doodletopia series, Hart offers us a chance to practice and perfect our artistic skills. For this latest title, Hart returns to the lush, gorgeous, and mystical subject of fairies. Doodletopia: Fairies provides aspiring fantasy artists and fairy fans with activities to stimulate their creativity. After covering the basics of rendering these characters, Hart sets us loose to interact with the book's many exercises and challenges. Pairing the informative content for which Hart is beloved with myriad opportunities for creative expression, Doodletopia: Fairies offers aspiring artists the next level of interactive art instruction. 

Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction by Candace Cameron Bure - Book Review

23493059Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction by Candace Cameron Bure
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: July 5th 2015 by B&H Books

Candace Cameron Bure has grown up before our eyes and we've watched as she's balanced life in Hollywood with her faith for many years. But that all reached new heights when she was given the opportunity to join the cast of Dancing With the Stars. Being on the show was one of her dreams come true; and with that dream came the opportunity to display her Christian faith in front of millions of people, through an intense season of stretching beyond her limits, and to run the race God gave her with joy and perseverance.

Join Candace as she reflects on the self-discovery that came through leaping out of her comfort zone. Go behind the scenes and experience the highs and lows, the roadblocks, and the personal victories. Hear straight from her heart on tough lessons learned about grace, rejection, perfectionism, disappointment, accountability, dealing with criticism, and more. Through God’s strength, and with the help of endless support from her family and friends, see how Candace stayed true to herself and publicly lived out her faith in Christ all the way to the finale.

How do you stand with conviction in your world? Where does your courage come from when faced with challenges? How do you live out your faith on a daily basis despite opposition? Your stage probably isn't in Hollywood and the challenges you are facing may not be on live television, but they are no less real. Come along with Candace as she shares how she found the courage to stand with conviction on one of the largest platforms of her life.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia - Book Review

Everything You Want Me to BeEverything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
January 3rd 2017 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront...and she inches closer and closer to her death.

High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of her small town community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend of the Hoffmans, vows to find her killer, but trying to solve her murder yields more questions than answers. It seems that Hattie’s acting talents ran far beyond the stage. Told from three points of view—Del, Hattie, and the new English teacher whose marriage is crumbling—
Everything You Want Me to Be weaves the story of Hattie’s last school year and the events that drew her ever closer to her death.

Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything You Want Me to Be
challenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction?