Thursday, November 30, 2017

30 Song Challenge: Song From Favorite Band/Group

This, like most challenges like this, is technically suppose to be a 30 day challenge but I've decided to make it weekly because; sadly, I'll only be blogging for 20 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).


Song #20: Song From Favorite Band/Group

I don't have a favorite band, and if I do I can't say I have a favorite song. A part of me is thinking I should take it back to the boy band days or share a cover of said boy band done by a favorite group. Two in one!
And as I, not only write that but also listen to the song I have to think that's a good pick. Which makes me feel a little bad because I was totally going somewhere else when I started and had another song in mind.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Best of: Bibliophiles 

Originally posted April 28, 2014


Unlike Part One, this post actually doesn't have anything to do with an actual book signing but, like in Part One, about the people who go to them. You don't have to read Part One, but it might help a bit since towards the end of the post I asked "Why?" This is the post where I try to understand the answers to that.
Although I'll probably still end up with a question.

In Part One 1 I went on about the book fans that go to signings with a bagful of the authors books, well really I said a wheelbarrow filled, and asked why they need each book signed.

Well earlier this month when I went to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books; I more or less got an answer. One of what I'm sure is many, of course.

Best of: Author Signings

*Originally posted June 10,2013

I'm going to try and keep this from sounding like an angry rant, but no promises.

I would say I've been to a lot of author signings this year, but then when I think about it, it's only been two what with the L.A Book Fair being one big signing.
In which I attended 4 different signings.

It just seems like more since, well I did get more than one author to sign a book.
It's so convenient when they travel in packs.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Song of the Moment [11/28]

This is a feature I've 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.
Since very little happens to me on a weekly basis I only post every two weeks.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Best of: On Spoilers

*Originally posted January 6, 2014

A few years ago I would have describe myself as "driven" by spoilers. I would always be looking for information on what was going to happen next in a series.

I needed to know.

And then when I found those spoilers I needed to quickly read to find out why, or how, it happens.
"Will dies! How! Why! But I love Will!"
That actually is a spoiler I'm just not saying which book this Will dies in.

See what I did there: spoiler without spoiling.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Best of: Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again by Kimberly Williams-Paisley - Book Review

Originally Posted: May 6, 2016



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.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Hard Cover by Jamie K. Schmidt - Book Review

35919371Hard Cover by Jamie K. Schmidt
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published November 21st 2017 by Loveswept

He can read her like a book. But will he give her a happy ending?

Dawn: I’d do anything to keep my bookstore. It’s a safe place for all women, somewhere to let their freak flags fly. I call it sex-positive. The menfolk call it smut. That’s how I met Rory Parker, the local billionaire trying to shut me down on behalf of the “moral majority.” He walked in with an offer I couldn’t refuse . . . except I did. Now Rory wants to play dirty. Well, he picked the wrong bookseller. Let’s see how much support he still has after people get a load of the little movie I recorded of the two of us going at it like wild animals in my shop.

Rory: I couldn’t care less how Dawn Nolan makes her money. The only thing I care about is how much she’s making. Her bookstore isn’t the kind of upscale attraction my investors want in this sleepy little tourist trap, so it’s got to go. But when Dawn personally finds out how I treat bad girls who misbehave, she seems to enjoy it as much as I do. Now I just need to destroy the copies of that video she’s threatening to post—as soon as I stop watching it. The trouble is, when I’m with her, all I want to do is get started on the sequel.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

30 Song Challenge: First Song Alphabetically 

This, like most challenges like this, is technically suppose to be a 30 day challenge but I've decided to make it weekly because; sadly, I'll only be blogging for 21 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).


Song #21: First Song Alphabetically 

The very first song in my entire iTunes playlist is: About Life by Julianne Hough

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Top 8 Books I'm Thankful For

This list would have been a lot better if it were for authors instead of books. Not only do I have to look through my favorite books but see what emotions or effects they had on me.
Because simply going for "I'm thankful someone wrote this book" isn't enough I have to go dive in deeper. For me it'd be more along the lines of: "I'm thankful this book shattered my heart into a million pieces because it helped remind me that I do in fact have a heart."

I won't be doing that either.

Monday, November 20, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's been a while since I've posted a Monday post, pretty sure in my last post I mentioned almost falling behind on my Goodreads Challenge, I have since completed said challenge.

I might have "cheated" a bit.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Best of: Snow White by Matt Phelan - Book Review

Originally Posted: September 15, 2016


;Snow White: A Graphic NovelSnow 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.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Best of: And I Darken by Kiersten White - Book Review

Originally Posted: June 27, 2016


And I DarkenAnd I Darken by Kiersten White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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, who’s expected to rule a nation, 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.

Best of: Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

Originally Posted: July 15, 2016


Sister DearSister Dear by Laura McNeill
My rating: 4.5 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.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

30 Song Challenge: Song You Can Dance To

This, like most challenges like this, is technically suppose to be a 30 day challenge but I've decided to make it weekly because; sadly, I'll only be blogging for 22 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).


Song #22: Song You Can Dance To

Song: Rum'n'Cocacola


I just found out that there's a line dance to this song, so apparently you literally can dance to it!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Best of: Quotable Quotes - Live

* Originally Posted: November 7, 2013
**2017 Though: I hate that it's been so long since I've posted any quotes.



This week's quotes were inspired by last week's thought-filled thought: Running Away with the Doctor. In which I pretty much went on about how life should be exciting, and a story worth telling.
Which is an on going topic with me on here.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Song of the Moment [11/14]

This is a feature I've 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.
Since very little happens to me on a weekly basis I only post every two weeks.

I was looking at this year's playlist and was feeling a little underwhelmed, I realized that it's because there haven't been many "moments" worth remembering. Not like last year's that's filled with songs that remind me of my trip to Europe or a few shows I went to, this year is mainly 'Oh hey I had this song stuck in my head."

This is yet again one of those days.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Best of:"To Do" #3 - Write A Novel

*Originally Posted: November 4, 2011
**2017 Thought: I recently ran into my inspiration for the novel I was writing that year, and by "ran into" I mean I was driven out of my house and decided to go look for it. It's still there waiting for it's story to be told and I still have my notes that make me want to keep writing, maybe I will some day.
No after all these years I've yet to finish. Too many plot directions and I really sucked giving the guy a voice.




This is a list of things to do in my life. I'm making it because I'm big on life experiences.
I've decided to share my list here because like any goal it should be written out. I can't remember if it's encouraged to share them, all those high school goal setting lectures are kind of fuzzy, I know I never actually spoke my goals aloud.
Which might be why I haven't reached them.
But these aren't life goals, those are actually important to accomplish. These are things I'd like to experience in my life, however small, although very few actually are.
I'm going to be numbering these post just to keep track; the items on my list aren't really in any specific order

Friday, November 10, 2017

Dare to Sketch: A Guide to Drawing on the Go by Felix Scheinberger - Book Review

33673329Dare to Sketch: A Guide to Drawing on the Go by Felix Scheinberger
My rating 3 of 5 stars
Published September 19th 2017 by Watson-Guptill

An inspirational, instructional, and visually stimulating guide to sketching and drawing. Dare to Sketch is filled with practical tips about which materials to use, a variety of subject matter ranging from easy to more challenging, and wisdom about overcoming creative blocks and fear of making mistakes. 

A whimsical beginner's guide to sketching, covering all of the important basics: what kind of notebook to buy, what drawing materials to use, ideas for subject matter, and daily exercises. Includes inviting, inspirational, and idiosyncratic tips (don't start on the first page of your sketchbook!), Dare to Sketch is gorgeously illustrated with the author's unique and contemporary art style.


Beyond the Rules by Anna del Mar - Book Review

35825989Beyond the Rules by Anna del Mar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published August 15th 2017

When Nina Leon crash-lands in the rugged mountains of Montana, she’s fleeing from a deadly enemy and a painful past, desperately searching for the legendary hacker who can help her defeat the ruthless terrorist stalking her. Instead, she’s rescued by three brave ex-SEALs who will do anything in their power to protect her.

Tanner Vazquez, Aiden Black, and Balthazar Flint live by a pact forged in battle and signed with blood. It’s a bond that has saved their lives more than once. They’re committed to watching each other’s back and sharing everything.

Everything.

As different as they are, Nina hits all their buttons. They agree. She’s the one they’ve been waiting for.

But Nina’s not looking to commit to anyone. She doesn’t believe in love. Her life has made her the ultimate skeptic. Lust? Yes. Sex? Absolutely. Love? What a crock.

Protecting Nina is gonna be hard enough. But convincing Nina to stay, fulfilling her sexual fantasies and getting this brilliant hacker to trust and love them—all three of them—for good?

That’s gonna be a hell of a mission.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

30 Song Challenge: Song You Know All the Words To

This, like most challenges like this, is technically suppose to be a 30 day challenge but I've decided to make it weekly because; sadly, I'll only be blogging for 23 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).


Song #23: Song You Know All the Words To

Song: That's All
*Note I'm not purposely sharing two Michael Buble songs, this cover is the only one I could find that I like and had lyrics. The playlist I'm adding all these songs to has it as an instrumental...because I know all the words.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Best of: Me & Country Music

*Originally Posted Here Wednesday, November 2, 2016

**2017 Thought: It's now 10 years since all this happened so I made a playlist of songs from the time.
2006 because that's when it started, 2007 obviously when it all happened, 2008 the after math, and a few from 2009 because they too mean something to me.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

30 Song Challenge: Song that Reminds Me of a Place

This, like most challenges like this, is technically suppose to be a 30 day challenge but I've decided to make it weekly because; sadly, I'll only be blogging for 24 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).


Song #24: Song that Reminds Me of a Place

This was suppose to be last week's song but I didn't check my list and jumped ahead of myself. It's actually a good thing because I had another song in mind for this one, (when don't I?) but then while trying to get to sleep I had another song running through my head and started remembering Anchorage, Alaska. This was also the point when I remembered that Song about A Place was on that list.
I've been lucky enough to get to visit so many places that I could probably come up with an entire playlist of songs that remind me of some of these locations.

THE OTHER BROTHER by Meghan Quinn - Release Day

         
I got the call. The dreaded call every child fears. My dad wasn’t well, and the man who had always been my everything needed me.

There was only one thing to do; pack up and head back to my hometown. I had finally made my dream life in the city with the great job and loving boyfriend. But was there really a choice not to go?

I found a wonderful job, a quaint house to rent, my boyfriend was working on joining me in Binghamton, and my favorite pizza place was only miles away. Life was good.

Until I met my neighbor.

It's been three years since I'd seen Aaron Walters, and my God is he all kinds of sexy gorgeous. Figures. He was supposed to be my forever, the man I grew old with, but he had different plans. How can a man who ripped my heart apart still trip me up? How can he make me still want him now more than ever?

I’m tempted, I’m drawn toward him, I’m completely and utterly unaware that I’m dating his biological brother.

Now two men own my heart. The question is, which brother will I choose?

 
AVAILABLE NOW

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

#FrightFall Readathon Closing Post


Pages Read: 950 ish
Books Read: 8
I was 50 pages away from finishing number 9; it's one of those books that has, like, 30 pages of extras in the back so I thought it would take me longer. Oh well.