Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Fall TBR

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are well. Stopping by with another Top Ten Tuesday post. This week is about the books on my Fall TBR list.

Happy Reading!

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Monday, September 18, 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

A great book! :)

What I'm Currently Reading

What I am Reading Next


Happy Reading!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

I suck at readathons readathon

Saturday, September 16, 2017

 Hi Everyone!

Just stopping by to let you know about a readathon that is coming up, the I suck at readathons, readathon. It should be fun! I hope you will participate.

Happy Reading!

Friday :)

Friday, September 15, 2017

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Guest Post with Lauren Rico

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here today to bring you a guest post from the talented Lauren Rico. If you recall, I have reviewed a few of her books here before. Today, I am excited to share a post she wrote for you all.


Making Mayhem
By Lauren Rico

I’ve been fortunate enough to live in several different places over the course of my life. And while that transiency was tough at times, it enabled me to meet so many wonderful and diverse people. I was also exposed to all sorts of local traditions, cuisines and dialects.

For instance, in North Carolina, I found most folks to be easy-going and casual with a southern drawl as sweet as the tea they served up with their barbecue. On Long Island, on the other hand, I found most folks to be fast-moving with an edgy accent. They were also a more stressed out—probably because of the traffic. Or maybe because they don’t have N.C.’s barbecue and sweet tea!

When I create the worlds that my characters live in, I often draw from my own personal experiences. In my book Solo, Shepherd College bears a striking resemblance to my undergrad alma mater. In my Reverie trilogy, my characters spend time in and around places I’ve visited on Long Island and Manhattan. It’s my memories of these places that I pull out of the deep dark recesses of my mind to use as fodder for my stories.

In my newest novel, Blame it on the Bet, I’ve created the fictional town of Mayhem, Minnesota. It’s way up north in the area they call the Iron Range. My main character, Hennessy O’Halloran, has inherited her father’s pub. When her nemesis and soon-to-be-love-interest Bryan Truitt shows up off the plane from L.A., he wonders if he’s walked into a David Lynch movie. Or maybe even an episode of the Twilight Zone. After all, the cats wear sweaters, the local priest plays matchmaker and the owner of the Little Slice of Heaven Pie Shop is a woman who can tell your fortune based on your pie selections.

Oh. Yeah. We got your quirky in spades here, folks!

I’m sorry to say that while I have never come across a town like Mayhem but I have spent several years as a resident of St. Paul, Minnesota. From my first days there, I fell in love with the hearty, funny, welcoming people all around me. I was so homesick and in no time neighbors and colleagues became dear friends. They taught me how to winter over my roses using a technique called the “Minnesota Tilt.” I learned that the local Catholic Church sometimes holds polka masses and that a common delicacy is lutefisk—whitefish cured in lye. I never could manage the courage to try that one! And, like every other Minnesotan, I counted down the days until the Minnesota State Fair—home of cheese curds and all manner of foods on a stick.

So, while Hennessy and Bryan and the rest of the residents of Mayhem may not be exact replicas of people I’ve known, they all share the qualities that I loved best about my time in the Midwest and the people who lived there... hard work and humility, kindness and devotion to family and loved ones.

Come to think of it, I suppose you could find those traits in a lot of places around the country—and even the world. But believe me, there’s something just a little bit magical about Minnesota and I hope I’ve managed to capture that in Blame it on the Bet.
Of course, Bryan needs a little convincing the first time he lays eyes on the town...

                        It’s taken me the entire day to get to this godforsaken speck on the map. Three flights and one harrowing drive through the Arctic Circle later, I pull into the town of Mayhem, Minnesota. What a name.
            The first thing that strikes me is the snow.
            This is not the snow of film and television—light, fluffy, glittery flakes of goodness that serenely float down from the heavens. The snow I see now is heaped into scuzzy piles in parking lots, against buildings, and lining the sidewalks like filthy, muddy icebergs. This snow is pocked and scarred from rock salt. It’s dirty from sand and grime. This is not angelic snow. This is angry snow. Snow with an attitude.

Blame it on the Bet is a sweet, quirky romance with no graphic scenes of intimacy and very mild profanity. It’s available now from Entangled Publishing.

Thanks Lauren!!! 

Happy Reading!

Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

 Hi Everyone!

Here with another Waiting on Wednesday post. We still have several months to wait for this one but I am so excited that I couldn't resist sharing it with you now!

Everywhere You Want To Be
Author: Christina JuneRelease Date: May 1, 2018

Summary from Goodreads:
From author Christina June comes Everywhere You Want to Be, a modern retelling of the Red Riding Hood story.

Matilda Castillo has always done what she was told, but when she gets injured senior years, she watches her dreams of becoming a contemporary dancer slip away. So when Tilly gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the summer with a New York dance troupe, nothing can stop her from saying yes--not her mother, not her fears of the big city, and not the commitment she made to Georgetown. Tilly's mother allows her to go on two conditions: one, Tilly will regularly visit her abuela in New Jersey, and two, after the summer, she'll give up dancing and go off to college.

Armed with her red vintage sunglasses and her pros and cons lists, Tilly strikes out, determined to turn a summer job into a career. Along the way she meets new friends ... and new enemies. Tilly isn't the only one desperate to dance, and fellow troupe member Sabrina Wolfrik intends to succeed at any cost. But despite dodging sabotage and blackmail attempts from Sabrina, Tilly can't help but fall in love with the city, especially since Paolo, a handsome musician from her past, is also calling New York home for the summer.

As the weeks wind down and the competition with Sabrina heats up, Tilly's future is on the line. She must decide whether to follow her mother's path to Georgetown or leap into the unknown to pursue her own dreams.

Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Throwback Freebie

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is a Throwback Freebie, so I have decided to feature some of my favorites from when I first started blogging. I hope you have read some of these :)

Hope you enjoy!

Happy Reading!

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Monday, September 11, 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

Some great advice! 

What I'm Currently Reading

What I am Reading Next


Happy Reading!

Guest Post: Elizabeth Hutchinson Bernard

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here today to bring you a guest post from Elizabeth Hutchinson Bernard. Please help me by giving her a warm welcome.


Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard, author of the historical novel, The Beauty Doctor

I've often heard the advice to authors, "Write what you know." That was a big reason, I suppose, that I first began writing The Beauty Doctor. For quite a few years, I worked in New York City as the Communications and Marketing Director for the nation's oldest and largest professional society of board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in cosmetic surgery.  I was also the Executive Editor of the group's peer-reviewed journal.  I had the opportunity to learn a lot about modern-day plastic surgery.  I became so inured to the nitty-gritty of plastic surgery, in fact, that I could often be found eating my lunch while reviewing teaching videos of cosmetic procedures---operations like a "circumferential body lift" during which the surgeon could be seen dissecting a huge, yellowish slab of fat from the sleeping patient's abdomen. Yummy, huh?  

But don't worry, you won't find anything too difficult to stomach in my romantic suspense novel, The Beauty Doctor.  That's because The Beauty Doctor takes place in the year 1907, when plastic surgery wasn't even a recognized medical specialty and the operations were much less extensive.  But there was plenty of risk involved. Back then, the entire world of medicine was still a bit like the wild wild West, and so-called beauty doctors were the newest breed of outlaw. They were generally free to do as they pleased, regardless of their training or lack thereof---chiseling noses, pinning back ears, trimming eyelids and injecting wrinkles with paraffin, and often charging hefty fees while delivering results that were not always as advertised.  And yes, they did advertise---in newspapers and sometimes even staging carnival-like public performances to demonstrate their skills.

We may think of "skin care" as a modern phenomenon, but advertisements for skin products abounded in the Edwardian era. This ad from 1905 is just one example.

John Woodbury was a self-trained dermatologist who achieved notoriety and wealth through a chain of cosmetic surgery “institutes” and a proprietary soap and cosmetics line. He sold his product line to Jergens in 1901 for an amazing sum (at the time) of $212,500, also retaining a 10% royalty. But all was not rosy for John Woodbury. A series of lawsuits and other problems ultimately led him to commit suicide, but not before he made history with his entrepreneurial achievements as a beauty doctor. (Source: “The 19th Century Origins of Facial Cosmetic Surgery and John H. Woodbury” published in Aesthetic Surgery

In 1907, the general surgeon Charles C. Miller published his textbook, The Correction of Featural Imperfections, in which he urged legitimate doctors to embrace the field of “featural surgery.” In the course of research for my novel, I obtained a complete copy of Dr. Miller’s book which includes detailed descriptions of many aesthetic   and reconstructive procedures for the ears, nose, eyelids, lips, chin, and a rather simple procedure for the creation of dimples. Dr. Miller claimed to have performed all of these surgeries with generally good results.

Obviously, plastic surgery has come a long way from what it was in 1907.  In depicting the reality of cosmetic surgery at the turn of the century, I tried to show "the good, the bad, and the ugly" at that particular time---a time when outward beauty was still considered a reflection of inner goodness and so had not only social but moral implications for women. But The Beauty Doctor isn't only about plastic surgery.  I thought that one of the recent reviews of my book on Amazon put it very well when the reviewer described the book as "a romance that unfolds within the early history of the modern beauty industry, well grounded in the medical practices and social controversies of the early 20th century. The relationship between a young, idealistic woman and Franklin Rome, the flamboyant surgeon she encounters, is entwined with the surgeon's own mysterious associations; the two threads are knotted together amid growing suspense …" 

One of the concepts at the heart of my book is this: Human beings are capable of seeing beauty in many different ways, just as we all seek meaning in our lives differently.  But because of this, sometimes we lose sight of how much we all are the same---our need to feel that we matter, that we have value, and that we can be accepted for who we really are. And while I would never be so presumptuous as to try to define beauty, when so many others far more insightful than I have failed in their attempts, I hope that readers of The Beauty Doctor will find ample food for thought on the subject.   

The Beauty Doctor is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.  For more about Elizabeth, including her historical fiction-lovers' blog, "Style and Substance," visit   

Thanks for the interesting post! I hope you guys get a chance to check out her book!  

Happy Reading!

Book Review: The Supernatural Pet Sitter

Saturday, September 9, 2017

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About the Audiobook
Author: Diane Moat
Narrator: Barbara Goldie
Length: 4 hours 3 minutes
Publisher: Diane Moat⎮20
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
Series: The Magic Thief, Book One
Release date: Aug. 3, 2017
Synopsis: Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen.
Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down. She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others.
Then, something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared.
In order to protect the animal's magic, Pepper decides to track down the culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother, Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.
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Hi Everyone! I am excited to be here today to let you know about the Supernatural Pet Sitter. You know that I love a good animal book, so when I saw this one I had to sign up. I appreciated listening to this book because it really came to life for me. The narrator of this book kept me engaged the entire time. I really appreciated that! I also like that it wasnt a super long book, but long enough to tell a good story. If you enjoy stories about magic, the super-natural and a fun theme, this may be the book for you. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book. I really enjoyed it!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Diane Moat. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

About the Author: Diane Moat
Diane Moat lives in Tennessee and works as a nurse and legal professional. When not at work, she fosters Chihuahuas. Her six rescues inspired her to write The Supernatural Pet Sitter children’s series, which features a gnome who can communicate with animals.

About the Narrator: Barbara Goldie

Barbara Goldie grew up in Northern Kentucky, and then moved to Texas for several years, before deciding to pursue her dreams and follow her heart to the other side of this great planet we call Earth! Now living in Auckland, New Zealand, she is married to her soulmate and is loving her new life. Already a very devoted full-time voice actress, she has just recently started adding audiobooks to her resume of voiceover projects.

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Summer Bingo Wrap up

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Stopping by to report my summer progress from the reading bingo card. I am happy to report that I was able to cover the following:

-Over 5 Years
-Summer Release
-Blue Cover
-Award Winner
-White Cover

Not terrible! I would like to try to get a few more for the Fall one :)

Happy Reading!

Blog Tour: Guest Post with Kate O'Keefe

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here today as part of the Two Last First Dates Blog Tour and with a guest post from Kate O' Keefe. Please help me by giving her a warm welcome to the blog.


What inspired the Cozy Cottage Café series? Guest Blog Post

Let me preface this with saying I have LOVED writing the Cozy Cottage Café series and will be so sad when it’s finished! The characters, the café, the men, it’s all been a wonderful ride for me as a writer.
So, what inspired me to write the Cozy Cottage Café series? Well, I wanted a series that did a few things:
1.                       Made people laugh
2.                       Made people feel good
3.                       Gave people somewhere to escape the often harsh realities of life
That last point was particularly important to me. We are surrounded by bad news stories every day of our lives. This is why I love rom coms and chick lit – they are an escape into a world where the good guys live, where people can achieve their goals, where they can find their happily ever afters.
On the face of it, this series is about women deciding to find The One, about not accepting anything but the right guy. But it’s also about friendship. Friendship has always been a big part of my life, so writing about a group of good friends came naturally to me. Having them decide to make a pact to marry the next guy they dated came to me one day when I was out walking my dogs. I wondered what it would be like to make such a decision, and I instantly felt nervous for the characters I had yet to create!
I think many of us have been in the position of being tired of dating and wanting to meet The One, like yesterday, thank you very much! Although I’ve never met anyone who has agreed to a pact, like the characters do in this series, I’ve certainly known people who have declared their intention to find a person to spend the rest of their lives with. The pact really just takes that decision one step further.
For me, romantic comedies and chick lit are the literary equivalent of comfort food. They’re warm, familiar, sometimes indulgent, usually with a happy ending and a large dollop of “Aw!” moments thrown in for good measure. That’s why I decided to center the action in the books around a warm and welcoming café, a place “where everyone knows your name,” to borrow a famous line. I wanted it to be a place where my characters could indulge in comfort food and catch up on one another’s news over a tasty morsel or two. I thought up the kind of café I would like to go to myself, a place devoid of pretension—just good food, great coffee, and happy, friendly people. And hey presto, the Cozy Cottage Café was born.
And as for the cake? Who doesn’t love cake? I gave each lead character their own variety: flourless raspberry chocolate cake for Cassie, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting for Paige, and orange and almond syrup cake for Marissa. Bailey will be getting her favorite cake in Four Last First Dates, but I haven’t written it yet, so I may have to sample a bunch to find the perfect one for her. All in the name of research, you understand.
Finally, I wanted to write stories about women as multi-faceted beings. After all, we have jobs, friends, families, interests. I wanted to write women who had all of those things in their lives, pulling them in different directions, giving them joy, as well as pain. So yes, the Cozy Cottage Café series is about a group of friends making a pact to marry the next guy they date, but it’s so much more than that—and I hope readers love each and every one of the stories as much as I did writing them.

Thanks Kate for stopping by and Karan for the tour! Happy Reading!