ARC August!

Friday, July 28, 2017


Hi Everyone!

Just stopping by to let you know about the upcoming ARC August! It should be another fun event. If you can find out more information here.

Will you be joining?

Happy Reading!

Guest Post: Edge of Sawtooth

Thursday, July 27, 2017



Hi Everyone! I am excited to be here today to bring you a guest post from Peter Ryan, author of the Edge of Sawtooth. I hope you enjoy! Thanks for creating this for the blog!

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He Said Books or Me Guest Post



Twenty-five years ago, mental illness came crashing through the front doorway of my life.

The arrival wasn’t completely unannounced. My oldest brother, Larry, had been diagnosed with manic depression—as bipolar disorder was then called—well over a decade earlier. Family members knew he was suffering, but due to a lack of understanding of mental illness, we felt powerless to help him. This was especially frustrating to me since I had been best man at Larry’s wedding, I felt extremely close to him, and I greatly admired him.

In June of 1992, Larry took his own life, changing my life forever. Little did I know, mental illness wasn’t done with me yet.

I have four children. Two of them have been diagnosed with mental illness. Is there a genetic component? Certainly. Somehow, I dodged the bullet.

But if I was to be of any assistance to my children, I realized I would need to acquaint myself with all aspects of the disease.  At first, I was motivated by fear. As time went on, I sought to do my small part in defusing stereotypes and helping others understand the daily hardships faced by the mentally ill.

Edge of the Sawooth is the fictional story of Chloe Morrand, a twenty-something single mom who has suffered from both drug addiction and mental illness. At first glance, it appears that Chloe has turned her life around.  She’d been taking her meds. She’d kicked her drug abuse. She loved her new job at Yellowstone National Park. Life was looking up.

Her father, Rick Morrand—local attorney—is hopeful that Chloe was finally on the right track. But on the morning she fails to show up at his house to pick up her nine-year-old daughter, Abby, alarms ring in his head.

His greatest fear becomes reality when Chloe’s body is found at the base of the Sawtooth in Montana’s backcountry. Authorities assume suicide— for good reason. But Rick doesn’t buy it.

For good reason.

First, former law partner Reiff Metcalf arrives in town to warn Rick about a disgruntled client headed to Montana in search of revenge. Then there’s Draper Townsend, fresh out of prison and eager to settle an old score. Rick also sets his sights on Chloe’s meth-head ex-boyfriend, Chase Rettick, who violently argued with her the day before she disappeared. And he can’t rule out Chloe’s supervisor at Yellowstone, who clearly was more than just her boss.



Local sheriff Caleb Tidwell brushes off Rick’s concerns, but as events unfold in a dark and sinister manner, Rick is certain Chloe was murdered. And it seems as if the murderer is now after him.

Edge of the Sawtooth offers a close-up view of the perils faced by a woman with bipolar disorder, as well as the intense fears, frustrations and feelings of futility experienced by those family members and friends who bear witness to the destructive behavior caused by mental illness.

As the story progresses, we first root for Chloe, and then for her father. We want her to find the peace and redemption that every human being so richly deserves.

In a similar fashion, perhaps we can provide the mentally ill with the empathy and dignity they so richly deserve as well.




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Waiting on Wednesday: Vanilla

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Stopping by to let you know about a book I am Waiting on Wednesday for! This one just seemed very interesting to me. I look forward to it!


Vanilla
Author: Billy Merrell
Release Date: October 10, 2017


Summary from Goodreads:
A bold, groundbreaking novel about coming out, coming into your own, and coming apart.

Hunter and Van become boyfriends before they're even teenagers, and stay a couple even when adolescence intervenes. But in high school, conflict arises -- mostly because Hunter is much more comfortable with the sex part of sexual identity. As the two boys start to realize that loving someone doesn't guarantee they will always be with you, they find out more about their own identities -- with Hunter striking out on his own while Van begins to understand his own asexuality.

In poems that are romantic and poems that are heartbreaking, Vanilla explores all the flavors of the spectrum -- and how romance and love aren't always the same thing



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COYER Challenge

Tuesday, July 25, 2017



The COYER challenge is back! More details can be found here.

Will you be participating?

 
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It's Monday-What Are you Reading?

Monday, July 24, 2017

This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. I learned about this meme from Lori at Palmer's Page Turners. Thank you for sharing this fun meme! 



What I Just Finished Reading


This was a very interesting read!

What I'm Currently Reading



What I am Reading Next

TBD!



Happy Reading!

#Booziebookathon

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Just stopping by to let you know about a reading challenge! 

Will Read for Booze has decided to pull together a 24-hour BoozieBookathon. Here's the deal - on July 22nd-23rd from 8am-8am EST they are going to be reading, and drinking, and posting, and tweeting. See the image above for challenges. More information here.

Happy Reading!

#24in48

Saturday, July 22, 2017



Happy Kick Off Everyone!

The readathon is here. I hope that you have a wonderful time reading this weekend and that your books take you places of your wildest imaginations. :)

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TBR Wipeout Update #1

Friday, July 21, 2017

Week of July 15: Update post #1- Tell us how your reading has been going so far. What books have you read? Were they enjoyable? What’s next on your TBR? Etc.

So far, I have finished...

The Royal Affair (which was actually 3 books)
The Names They Gave Us
Always and Forever, Lara Jean

So I am happy with my progress. I really enjoyed all of them!

Next up is to keep just plugging away!

Happy Reading!

Thursday Quotable

Thursday, July 20, 2017



I just finished the 3rd book in Jenny Han's Lara Jean series and I really enjoyed it! Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book :)



 “Never say no when you really want to say yes.”
Jenny Han, Always and Forever, Lara Jean 


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Waiting on Wednesday: Click'd

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Hi Everyone!

Stopping by to let you know about a book I am Waiting on Wednesday for! This one just seemed very interesting to me. I look forward to it!


Click'd
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Release Date: September 7, 2017

 
Summary from Goodreads: 
 Allie Navarro can't wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp. CLICK'D pairs users based on common interests and sends them on a fun (and occasionally rule-breaking) scavenger hunt to find each other. And it's a hit. By the second day of school, everyone is talking about CLICK'D.

Watching her app go viral is amazing. Leaderboards are filling up! Everyone's making new friends. And with all the data Allie is collecting, she has an even better shot at beating her archenemy, Nathan, at the upcoming youth coding competition. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone's secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right, even if that means sharing the computer lab with Nathan. Can Allie fix her app, stop it from doing any more damage, and win back the friends it hurt-all before she steps on stage to present CLICK'D to the judges?

New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone combines friendship, coding, and lots of popcorn in her fun and empowering middle-grade debut.



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Teaser Tuesday

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Photo Credit

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat

Anyone can play along, just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

  This week I am sharing from the book I am currently reading:


"Is it really possible to be joyful even in the face of our daily troubles-from frustration with morning traffice to fears of not being able to provide for our families, from anger of those who have wronged us to grief at the loss of those we love, from the ravages of illness to the abyss of death? How do we embrace the reality of our lives, deny nothing, but transcend pain and suffering that is inescapable?"

Happy Reading!

It's Monday-What Are You Reading?

Monday, July 17, 2017



This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. I learned about this meme from Lori at Palmer's Page Turners. Thank you for sharing this fun meme! 



What I Just Finished Reading


I really loved this book!!

What I'm Currently Reading



What I am Reading Next

TBD!



Happy Reading!

Book Review: A Royal Affair Series

Sunday, July 16, 2017



Author: Christina George
 
Summary from Goodreads:
What if the love of your life lived 200 years ago?

Emma was born with a gift to see past lives, but has no interest in reliving her own.

Until it comes back to haunt her.

When Emma meets Peter he seems like an average guy, albeit crushingly handsome, not to mention wealthy. Then he reveals he’s so much more, he’s the crowned Prince of Belgium, and Emma can’t shake the feeling they’ve met before. And when starts falling for him she suddenly realizes they’ll never be together in this life because of what happened in the past.

Two-hundred years ago Fitz and Anna-Maria ruled Belgium as King and Queen, but their heart-stopping love story ended in one of the greatest royal tragedies history has ever known.

Recalling the past is one thing, rewriting history is another.

Is Emma skilled enough for the task?

Battling unfinished business, navigating 19th century society, and evading enemies that are able to travel through time just to keep them apart makes Emma fear the worst, despite what her heart tells her.

Set in New York, Belgium, and 200 years ago, the Royal Romance Trilogy is a sweeping paranormal time travel saga about a love that will live forever, often just out of grasp, and the forces that are trying to destroy it.



Personal Review:If I am being honest, I am backed up a bit on reviews. That said when I saw this book, I knew that I really wanted to read it on the premise alone. It did not disappoint! If you enjoy time travel and romance then I recommend this book.

This book (even though actually 3 in one) kept me entertained throughout. The plot was interesting and made me wonder what would happen next. I really enjoyed the suspense and the flashbacks as it kept you wanting to know.

Thank you for the opportunity to read this book.

 Disclaimer: I was awarded this book. Though I did not pay for the book, the opinions are strictly my own.
Happy Reading!

High Summer Readathon

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Just stopping by to let you know about an upcoming reading challenge that you may be interested in. You can find out more information here.

Will you be joining?

Happy Reading!

Guest Post: Camilla Isley

Friday, July 14, 2017

 
Title: I Have Never Author: Camilla Isley Release Date: July 13th, 2017 Genre: Chick Lit

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AND NOW FOR A SPECIAL GUEST POST :)


The main inspiration for I Have Never lays in the first book of the series. While I wrote Love Connection, I couldn’t help but develop a little writer crush on Richard. I was so sad when I had to break his heart at the end of book one, and I immediately knew he deserved to be the leading man in another story. 

In Love Connection Richard literally is the perfect book boyfriend, but after the deep wound I gave him, you won’t recognize him in I Have Never. Scarred, cynic, and afraid of commitment Richard is a changed man. Still smart and gorgeous, but definitely not in search of a relationship. So it’ll take a very special lady to have him open his heart to love again…

And so we meet Blair, a woman who likes to plan everything and always be perfect, forgetting to live. So of course I had to give her a bit of a shake. When her life falls apart, she too will embark on a journey of self-discovery and hopefully get a happily ever after…

Besides the main plot inspiration, I have small ideas that come from everyday life or the news. You know when Katniss & Peeta play Real or Not Real at the end of Mockingjay in The Hunger Games? Let’s do the same…

The way Blair gets arrested… Real or Not Real? Real! It happened to my hubby with a rental car, luckily the police let him go.

Blair’s passion for running… Real or Not Real? 100% not real! I’m a couch potato, no way I’d ever get up at five thirty in the morning to go running. The sole thought makes me tired.

The scandal of Maison Vanderbilt… Real or Not Real? Half real! I took inspiration from the Panama Papers… The prime minister of Iceland was actually forced to resign after a similar interview.
The way Chevron gets named… Real or Not Real? Real! A friend of mine found a stray dog at a gas station and named him like the petrol company.

Spaghetti night… Real Or Not Real? Not real! I doubt someone could survive unscathed. Don’t try it at home, it’s really bad!





Twenty-nine-year-old Blair Walker is a girl with a plan, or more a girl with a list. A list of dos and don’ts to live the perfect life, land a dream career, and marry Mr. Right. When Blair loses her job and gets dumped by her boyfriend all in one day, she starts to wonder if she’s had it all wrong. And what better way to find out than experience everything the list forbade? With hilarious consequences, Blair will discover some items are trickier to tick off than she’d thought… A laugh out loud romantic comedy perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk, Sophie Kinsella, and Mhairi McFarlane. First Comes Love is a series of interconnected romantic novels. However, each book in the series can be read as a standalone novel.




Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband in an adventure abroad. She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

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