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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic is about the words and phrases that make me instantly want to read a book. This one was a pretty easy one for me and while this post is pretty bare bones (sorry!!) that’s only because I tossed it together real quick over my lunch break. 🙂

1. Letters from unknown senders

This is one of my most favorite tropes and one that will instantly get me to pick up a book. I love the letter/email exchange and the not knowing who is sending. Just makes me swoon every time.

Notable reads: Letters to the Lost by Bridgid Kemmerer, Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum, PS I Like You by Kasie West, and Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett.

2. Second Chance at Love

Another favorite trope! I love a good redemption story!

Notable read: Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

3. Quickie Marriage/Vegas Wedding

Don’t know what it is about this one but I do adore the vegas wedding style book. Its fun watching two people who never thought the other would be their match come together, which leads me into my next favorite surefire thing to make me pick up a book.

Notable reads: Accidentally Married on Purpose by Rachel Harris // Lick by Kylie Scott

4. Opposites attract 

Can you say TENSION!!! Oh I just love the push and pull when two people who are so opposite from each other meet up in a story.

5. Friend of a sibling

Oh that forbidden sort of love is just oh so sweet. Where the main characters try to stay away because of a promise made to sibling or because they really should fall for their BFFs little sister but yet can’t help doing so.

6. Road Trip!!!

This one pretty much goes without saying if you know anything about me. I love to travel and when I can’t travel myself then the next best thing is to travel in a book. And one super fun way to do that is with a road trip!!

Ok…so right now I can only think of six sure fire things that will make me immediately pick up a book. I am sure that there are some others that I’ll be kicking myself on later and if I think of one I’ll come back and update. But for now, if you know of any books that fit any of these categories (or any combination of them) them PLEASE FOR THAT IS HOLY LET ME KNOW!!!!!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Behind the Blogger: Tackling the Review Backlog

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Hello Readers!

How are you on this fine and glorious day…or at least I hope that its fine and glorious…up until a few days ago its been rainy and dreary here in Massachusetts but the sun (and Spring!) seem to be making an appearance! With Spring I’ll be trying to do a little Spring Cleaning here on the blog, cleaning up tags and updating post format on my pre-wordpress posts. But first I want to try and tackle my review backlog because let me tell you, I am drowning!

The trouble with taking an unexpected blog hiatus is that those reviews start to pile up as I most certainly did not stop reading! And now I have all these books that I want to talk about but feel completely overwhelmed when I sit down at my laptop to write them. This leads me to closing my laptop and picking up a book and so the cycle perpetuates.

During my hiatus, I’ve tried to come up with a new way to review books and while I’m still pondering that I would like to start tackling the backlog and get back into the blogging grove. I currently have 66 books that I can review. I may not review all of those books formally but there are many that I would like to talk about in some form. So, I was thinking of doing a series of Fast Five mini-review posts (providing I can figure out how to review multiple books in UBB) in order to start whittling this number down.

Anywho….this is the plan. Lets see how well I am able to stick with the plan. Until I get caught up I do plan to keep pondering review post ideas, maybe use more gifs and/or incorporate youtube videos, or something…just need something to make it all see fresh again. Ten years of blogging is a long time and the fatigue its weighs down on me. With luck though, if I can do 3 Fast Five posts a week then I should be all caught up in just over a month. Which will hopefully be enough time to figure out a new review format.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hello? Is this thing on?

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Greetings and salutations dearest readers!

Some of you may have been wondering where I’ve been, at least when it comes to this corner of mine of the internet.

Yes, I’ve been on Twitter, Facebook, Litsy (Irisheyz77) and Instagram but lately it may have seemed like I’ve forgotten that I have a book blog.

Sure, I’ve put up the odd posts here and there but now real reviews and you may have wondered why because overall my posts have been few and far between.  I have been doing this blogging thing for almost ten years now and I’ve grown weary. There is so much drama in the blogging world and I haven’t had the energy to deal with that. Work has also been super hectic so when I get home, rather than turn on my laptop to blog, I open a book and read. I have been neglecting my baby and for that I am sorry.

I will do better. I have a plan. I may not be posting 5 days a week as I was before. And until I get caught up I may not be posting full reviews of all the books I’ve been reading. Because I have still been reading and I do miss sharing my thoughts on what I’ve been reading with all of you. So, I am here to say that I’m dusting off the old keyboard and that I will be back to posting more regularly.

I have missed you.

And I hope that you have missed me.

I will do better. Please bear with me. Life has been hectic and it hasn’t left me with much energy to word. But I will figure out a better balance.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Contemporary Romance Challenge – March 2017

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Hello Internet

I’m only participating on one official challenge this year and that’s the Contemporary Reading challenge hosted by my friend, Andi at AndiABCs. Here’s what I’ve read, contemporary wise, this past month:

LEVELS:

  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books <– Level unlocked
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books <– Level unlocked
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books <– Level unlocked
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books <– Level unlocked
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books

Current Number of Contemporary Books Read = 18

READ IN MARCH

 

Title: On Point
Author: Annabeth Albert
Diversity: POC, MM Romance

Title: Seven Days of You
Author: Cecilia Vinesse
Diversity: Setting

Title: In a Perfect World <– Many swoons & glorious setting!
Author: Trish Doller
Diversity: POC, Religion, Setting

Title: Letters to the Lost <– LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
Author: Bridgid Kemmerer

Title: We Are Okay
Author: Nina LaCouer
Diversity: FF Romance, POC

Title: Alex, Approximately <– happy feels!!!
Author: Jenn Bennett

Title: City of Saints and Thieves
Author: Natalie C. Anderson
Diversity: POC, Setting

Title: What to Say Next
Author: Julie Buxbaum

CURRENTLY READING

Title: First & Then (reread)
Author: Emma Mills

Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli

ON MY RADAR

These are the books that I hope to get to next month or so, we’ll see how well I do as I’m terrible at sticking to a reading schedule! Have you read any of these? Any I should bump up on my list to read? What books should be on my radar?

Title: Coming Up for Air
Author: Miranda Kenneally

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon

Title: Bad Romance
Author: Heather Demetrios

Title: Royally Matched
Author: Emma Chase

Title: Twist
Author: Kylie Scott

Title: Girl Out of Water
Author: Laura Silverman

Title: The Last Thing You Said
Author: Tiffany Pitcock

Title: Isla and the Happily Every After (Re-Read)
Author: Stephanie Perkins

Title: The Names They Gave Us
Author: Emery Lord

Title: There’s Something About Nik
Author: Sara Hantz

 

READ IN JANUARY

 

READ IN FEBRUARY

 

 

 

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Contemporary Romance Challenge – February

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Hello Internet

I’m only participating on one official challenge this year and that’s the Contemporary Reading challenge hosted by my friend, Andi at AndiABCs. January was a good reading month for me though I seemed to focus more on fantasy reads than contemporary, you can read more about those books in my Monthly Update post which should go live in a few days.

LEVELS:

  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books <– Level unlocked
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books <– Level unlocked
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books

Current Contemps Read = 10

READ IN JANUARY

 

Title: Love & Gelato
Author: Jenna Evans Welch
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Title: At Attention
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre: MM Romance, Adult

Title: Hard Wired
Author: Megan Ericsson and Santino Hassell
Genre: MM Romance, Adult

Title: Knit Quick
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre: MM Romance, Adult

Title: Something Like Normal (reread)
Author: Trish Doller
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

CURRENTLY READING

I’ve been on a big paranormal romance kick recently so haven’t started a new contemporary book since finishing my last one.

 

 

ON MY RADAR

These are the books that I hope to get to next month, we’ll see how well I do as I’m terrible at sticking to a reading schedule!

 

Title: Coming Up for Air
Author: Miranda Kenneally

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon

Title: Seven Days of You
Author: Cecilia Vinesse

Title: Alex, Approximately
Author: Jenn Bennett

Title: In a Perfect World
Author: Trish Doller

Title: Letters to the Lost
Author: Bridgid Kemmerer

Title: Girl Out of Water
Author: Laura Silverman

Title: The Last Thing You Said
Author: Tiffany Pitcock

Title: Isla and the Happily Every After (Re-Read)
Author: Stephanie Perkins

Title: First & Then (reread)
Author: Emma Mills

READ IN JANUARY

Title: The Sweetest Goodbye 
Author: Christina Lee
Genre: MM Romance, New Adult

Title: Danced Close
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre: MM Romance, Adult

Title: Goodbye Days
Author: Jeff Zentner
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Special Note: This one is a tear jerker so have tissues nearby!

Title: Last Seen Leaving
Author: Caleb Roehrig
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult

Title: All in Pieces
Author: Suzanne Young
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

 

 

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Excerpt: Riveted by Jay Crownover

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.

 

 

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Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him…even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.

Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying.

When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you.

CHAPTER ONE EXCERPT 

I shifted my weight on my feet and bit back a sigh. I should have known she was going to be persistent, but I was done playing nice for her when it was clear her son was so beaten down that he was too scared to make a move or even speak for himself. She was a tyrant and I wasn’t going to subject myself to her vile company anymore. As soon as I slipped inside my apartment I was going to delete all the dating apps I had on my phone.

“I have a dog and she’s leery around strangers.” That was partly true. I did have a dog, a massive blue pit bull that I rescued from a shelter just days before she was supposed to be put down. Dolly looked like a brute, but she was a sweetheart and had never met a human she didn’t want tummy scratches and love from. We were kind of kindred spirits in that way. I mean I didn’t need my ears scratched or my belly rubbed, but I was afflicted with the same pressing need to be liked and accepted by pretty much everyone I came in contact with. It was ingrained in me to at least try to make everyone a friend, and if they didn’t reciprocate my kindness it only forced me to try harder. Sometimes I hated that about myself, and sometimes it was my favorite personality trait because the men and women in my life weren’t the easiest nuts to crack. They all loved me and let me in because I’d refused to let them shut me out.

Well, all except for one man.

I couldn’t hold back my flinch when he crossed my mind because he had warned me about online dating from the get-go, and I hated that he was right about it. I also hated that he was the reason I was desperate to find a man . . . a man who wasn’t him . . . in the first place.

Mommie Dearest shook her head and clicked her tongue at me. “Joseph is allergic to dogs. Your pet will have to go as things progress between the two of you.”

I felt my eyes pop wide and the forced smile I had plastered on my face for the entire evening finally slipped away. I already knew she had a few screws loose, but she was taking her crazy to another level if she thought she could tell me to get rid of my dog or what to do with anything in my life.

I straightened my shoulders and tilted my chin up. It was a look that worked on the drunks and unruly college kids that I hustled out of the bar where I worked every night.

“That’s not going to be a problem because things are not progressing beyond my front door. Thank you both for dinner, but if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go inside and cuddle my dog and erase every online dating app there is.”

The woman narrowed her eyes and stepped around her son. The young man made a noise low in his throat and his eyes widened. I thought he was scared of his mom, but the closer I looked at him the more obvious it became that he was scared for me as the woman advanced. He reached out a hand to grab his mother’s elbow, but it fell away before making contact like he knew the repercussions for intervening would be severe and drastic.

“Listen here, you little . . .” I lifted my hand before she could throw at me whatever insulting word she was going to label me with. I don’t think the woman was used to anyone standing their ground with her because she gasped and fell back a step.

“Stop. I thought I was talking to Joseph. I thought he was a nice guy, maybe a little sheltered and awkward . . . but a nice guy. Obviously it wasn’t him running his dating profile and there was some other agenda here from the start. I’m well past the age where I need a mother’s approval or permission to date her son, so I’m going to go into my apartment and end this date before either side gets nasty.” I looked at the shell-shocked young man hovering behind his mother and mouthed good luck before turning my back on both of them and inserting my key into the door. Dolly barked loud and deep from the other side, which was both comforting and reassuring.

I turned the knob on the door and pushed into the apartment without looking back. Once the door was shut and my dog was happily rubbing against my legs, I tossed my head back and let out a sigh that felt like it was tied to my soul. I was tired, so tired.

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And read Chapter Two of RIVETED here!

 

 

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Jay Crownover continues her Saints of Denver series with Riveted, available February 14th, 2017

Give yourself a Valentine’s Day gift in advance…Preorder and fill out the form here: https://a.pgtb.me/t0JkQX

Pre-order Riveted today and on February 14th, you’ll also receive a glossy Saints of Denver poster and an exclusive first-look at Chapters 1 and 2 of Avenged, her forthcoming Mackenzie Family novella.

Avenged combines the grit of Saints of Denver series with the all-out heat of The Point series with a mind-blowing, mystery, yet-to-be-revealed, couple combining both of these worlds. Be one of the first to find out who it is, pre-order Riveted today.

Posters will be mailed the week of February 14th and Avenged chapters will arrive via email.

 

 

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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Contemporary Romance Challenge – January Update

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Hello Internet

I’m only participating on one official challenge this year and that’s the Contemporary Reading challenge hosted by my friend, Andi at AndiABCs. January was a good reading month for me though I seemed to focus more on fantasy reads than contemporary, you can read more about those books in my Monthly Update post which should go live in a few days.

LEVELS:

  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books <– Level unlocked
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books

Current Contemps Read = 5

READ IN JANUARY

Title: The Sweetest Goodbye 
Author: Christina Lee
Genre: MM Romance, New Adult

Title: Danced Close
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre: MM Romance, Adult

Title: Goodbye Days
Author: Jeff Zentner
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Special Note: This one is a tear jerker so have tissues nearby!

 

Title: Last Seen Leaving
Author: Caleb Roehrig
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult

Title: All in Pieces
Author: Suzanne Young
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

CURRENTLY READING

Title: Good Boy
Author: Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Title: In a Perfect World
Author: Trish Doller

Title: Love & Gelato
Author: Jenna Evans Welch

ON MY RADAR

These are the books that I hope to get to next month, we’ll see how well I do as I’m terrible at sticking to a reading schedule!

 

Title: Coming Up for Air
Author: Miranda Kenneally

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon

Title: Seven Days of You
Author: Cecilia Vinesse

Title: Alex, Approximately
Author: Jenn Bennett

Title: Letters to the Lost
Author: Bridgid Kemmerer

Title: Girl Out of Water
Author: Laura Silverman

Title: The Last Thing You Said
Author: Tiffany Pitcock

Title: Isla and the Happily Every After (Re-Read)
Author: Stephanie Perkins

 

 

 

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Blog Tour: Excerpt from The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian

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Can they find forever in the wreckage of their lives? 

THE LAWRENCE BROWNE AFFAIR
Cat Sebastian
Releasing Feb 7th, 2017
Avon Impulse

 

An earl hiding from his future . . . 

 Lawrence Browne, the Earl of Radnor, is mad. At least, that’s what he and most of the village believes. A brilliant scientist, he hides himself away in his family’s crumbling estate, unwilling to venture into the outside world. When an annoyingly handsome man arrives at Penkellis, claiming to be Lawrence’s new secretary, his carefully planned world is turned upside down.

A swindler haunted by his past . . . 

Georgie Turner has made his life pretending to be anyone but himself. A swindler and con man, he can slip into an identity faster than he can change clothes. But when his long-dead conscience resurrects and a dangerous associate is out for blood, Georgie escapes to the wilds of Cornwall. Pretending to be a secretary should be easy, but he doesn’t expect that the only madness he finds is the one he has for the gorgeous earl.

Can they find forever in the wreckage of their lives? 

Challenging each other at every turn, the two men soon give into the desire that threatens to overwhelm them. But with one man convinced he is at the very brink of madness and the other hiding his real identity, only true love can make this an affair to remember. 

Cornwall, 1816

CHAPTER ONE

All this fuss about a couple of small explosions. As far as Lawrence cared, the explosions were entirely beside the point. He had finished experimenting with fuses weeks ago. More importantly, this was his house to burn to the ground if that’s what he wanted to do with it. Hell, if he blew the godforsaken place up, and himself right along with it, the only person who would even be surprised was the man sitting before him.

“Five servants quit,” Halliday said, tapping Lawrence’s desk in emphasis. Dust puffed up in tiny clouds around the vicar’s fingertips. “Five. And you were woefully understaffed even before then.”

Five fewer servants? So that was why the house had been so pleasantly quiet, why his work had been so blissfully undisturbed.

“There was no danger to the servants. You know I keep them away from my work.” That was something Lawrence insisted on even when he wasn’t exploding things. The very idea of chattering maids underfoot was enough to discompose his mind even further. “And I conducted most of the actual explosions out of doors.” Now was probably not the time to mention that he had blown the roof off the conservatory.

“All I’m suggesting is a sort of secretary.” Halliday was dangerously unaware of how close he was to witnessing an explosion of the metaphorical variety. “Somebody to keep records of what you’ve mixed together and whether it’s likely to”—he puffed his cheeks out and made a strange noise and an expansive gesture that Lawrence took to represent explosion—“ignite.”

The Reverend Arthur Halliday did not know what was good for him. If he did, he would have fled the room as soon as he saw Lawrence reach for the inkwell. Lawrence’s fingers closed around the object, preparing to hurl it at the wall behind the vicar’s head. Sod the man for even suggesting Lawrence didn’t know how to cause an explosion. He hadn’t invented Browne’s Improved Black Powder or even that bloody safety fuse through blind luck, for God’s sake.

“Besides,” Halliday went on, “you said you need an extra set of hands for this new device you’re working on.”

Oh, damn and blast. Lawrence knew he shouldn’t have told the vicar. But he had hoped Halliday might volunteer to help with the device himself, not badger Lawrence into hiring some stranger. The vicar was convenient enough, and when he wasn’t dead set on sticking his nose where it didn’t belong, he wasn’t entirely unpleasant company.

“I’ve had secretaries,” Lawrence said from between gritted teeth. “It ends badly.”

“Well, obviously, but that’s because you go out of your way to terrify them.” Halliday glanced pointedly at the inkwell Lawrence still held.

And there again was Halliday missing the point entirely. Lawrence didn’t need to go out of his way to frighten anyone. All he had to do was simply exist. Everyone with any sense kept a safe distance from the Mad Earl of Radnor, as surely as they stayed away from rabid dogs and coiled asps. And explosive devices, for that matter.

Except for the vicar, who came to Penkellis Castle three times a week. He likely also called on bedridden old ladies and visited the workhouse. Maybe his other charity cases were grateful, but the notion that he was the vicar’s good deed made Lawrence’s fingers curl grimly around the inkwell as he plotted its trajectory through the air.

“I’ll take care of the details,” Halliday was saying. “I’ll write the advertisement and handle the inquiries. A good secretary might even be able to manage the household a bit,” the vicar said with the air of a man warming to his topic, “get it into a fit condition for the child—”

“No.” Lawrence didn’t raise his voice, but he slammed his fist onto the desk, causing ink to splatter all over the blotter and the cuff of his already-inky shirt. A stack of papers slid from the desk onto the floor, leaving a single dustless patch of wood where they had been piled. Out of the corner of his eye he saw a spider scurry out from under the papers.

“True,” Halliday continued, undaunted. “A housekeeper would be more appropriate, but—”

“No.” Lawrence felt the already fraying edges of his composure unraveling fast. “Simon is not coming here.”

“You can’t keep him off forever, you know, now that he’s back in England. It’s his home, and he’ll own it one day.”

When Lawrence was safely dead and buried, Simon was welcome to come here and do what he pleased. “I don’t want him here.” Penkellis was no place for a child, madmen were not fit guardians, and nobody knew those facts better than Lawrence himself, who had been raised under precisely those conditions.

Halliday sighed. “Even so, Radnor, you have to do something about this.” He gestured around the room, which Lawrence thought looked much the same as ever. One hardly even noticed the scorch marks unless one knew where to look. “It can’t be safe to live in such a way.”

Safety was not a priority, but even Lawrence wasn’t mad enough to try to explain that to the vicar.

“Villagers won’t even walk past the garden wall anymore. And the stories they invent…” The vicar wrung his hands. “A secretary. Please. It would ease my mind to know you had someone up here with you.”

A keeper, then. Even worse.

But Lawrence did need another set of hands to work on the communication device. If Halliday wouldn’t help, then Lawrence had no other options. God knew Halliday had been right about the local people not wanting anything to do with him.

“Fine,” he conceded. “You write the advertisement and tell me when to expect the man.” He’d say what he needed to in order to end this tiresome conversation and send the vicar on his way.

It wasn’t as if this secretary would last more than a week or two anyway. Lawrence would see to that.

 

Cat Sebastian lives in a swampy part of the South with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. Before her kids were born, she practiced law and taught high school and college writing. When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s doing crossword puzzles, bird watching, and wondering where she put her coffee cup.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Book Exchange: Traveling Letter Library

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Hello Internet!

Last month I read an amazing book called WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley which is about so many different things that its hard to describe it in words. Throughout my read of it though I fell in love with the Letter Library. This was a section of the bookstore where the main characters worked that shelved books that we not for sale. They could be read and they were and as they were read people added notes in the margins, highlighted favorite passages, and even left letters tucked in the pages. I loved this idea and wish that a letter library existed in a bookstore near me. It also got me to thinking that maybe I start a version of it with some of my favorite people….you.

The “rules” of this exchange are as follows:

  • Fill out the form below
  • Choose a book that you love, or one that you have wanted to read, and mark it up with your own notes throughout.
  • When done with the book write a letter to tuck in the pages.
    • This letter can be to the next person who reads the book, to a character, or to a stranger
  • Mail the book to another reader who will repeat the above steps.
    • Ideally each person would send their book out by the end of February
  • Wait for the your book to be returned to you.
  • Flip through book to see the added notes and letters from its travels.

Currently I am thinking that a book will travel between 3-4 people which I’ll do my best to pair up based on preferred reading genre. There will be no time limit for reading or passing a book a long but I’d hope that each person would try to read and mail their book off to the next person in a timely manner.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t

Posted by Irish in Top Ten Tuesday2 Comments

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic is about those 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t. Its so hard to be a reader in the internet age because you keep hearing about all these great reads and then you just don’t have the time to read them all. I read a lot too, maybe not as much as some, but 150 books in one calendar year is pretty darn good if you ask me. Yet even with reading all those books there were still a lot of 2016 releases that I missed. Even the ten books listed below aren’t all the one 2016 releases that I missed but would like to get to but they are a start. Have you read any of the books below? Which ones should I focus on? Let me know in the comments! (Links go to Goodreads.)

1 This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.

Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.

2. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

3. All in Pieces by Suzanne Young

“Anger-management issues.”

That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.

The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.

Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own, a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself—except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.

And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.

4. Vicarious by Paula Stokes

Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together, the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States. But they’ve escaped the past and started over in a new place where no one knows who they used to be.

Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities at the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you—for a price.

When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter is devastated. She won’t rest until she finds her sister’s killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the digital recordings her sister made, Winter isn’t sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she’ll have to untangle what’s real from what only seems real, risking her life in the process.

5. Roman Crazy by Nina Bocci and Alice Clayton

Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.

6. Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk

Will a dark history doom their future together? New York copper Tom Halloran is a man with a past. If anyone finds out he once ran with the notorious O’Connell tunnel gang, he’ll spend the rest of his life doing hard time behind bars. But Tom’s secret is threatened when a horrible murder on his beat seems to have been caused by the same ancient magic that killed his gang. Cat shifter Cicero is determined to investigate the disappearance of one friend and the death of another, even though no one else believes the cases are connected. When the trail of his investigation crosses Tom’s, the very bohemian Cicero instinctively recognizes the uncultured Irish patrolman as his witch. Though they’re completely unsuited to one another, Cicero has no choice but to work alongside Tom…all the while fighting against the passion growing within. Tom knows that taking Cicero as his familiar would only lead to discovery and disaster. Yet as the heat between them builds, Tom’s need for the other man threatens to overcome every rational argument against becoming involved. But when their investigation uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all of New York, Tom must make the hardest decision of his life: to live a lie and gain his heart’s desire, or to confess the truth and sacrifice it all.

7. Lady Claire is All That by Maya Rodale

Her Brains
Claire Cavendish is in search of a duke, but not for the usual reasons. The man she seeks is a mathematician; the man she unwittingly finds is Lord Fox: dynamic, athletic, and as bored by the equations Claire adores as she is by the social whirl upon which he thrives. As attractive as Fox is, he’s of no use to Claire . . . or is he?

Plus His Brawn
Fox’s male pride has been bruised ever since his fiancée jilted him. One way to recover: win a bet that he can transform Lady Claire, Society’s roughest diamond, into its most prized jewel. But Claire has other ideas—shockingly steamy ones. . .

Equals A Study In Seduction
By Claire’s calculations, Fox is the perfect man to satisfy her sensual curiosity. In Fox’s estimation, Claire is the perfect woman to prove his mastery of the ton. But the one thing neither of them counted on is love . . .

8. Going Geek by Charlotte Huang

A girl forced out of her comfort zone finds that being true to herself is the best way to live her life, in this second novel from the author of For the Record.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Skylar Hoffman’s senior year at her preppy East Coast boarding school should have been perfect:
amazing boyfriend
the coolest friends
the most desirable dorm
But it’s far from it. To her dismay, Skylar’s not going to rule senior year because she’s stuck in Abbot House, a tiny dorm known for, well, nothing. Living with a group of strangers everyone thinks is lame is bad enough. Worse is that Skylar wasn’t exactly truthful about how she spent summer break in Los Angeles—and her little white lie is causing her once rock-solid romance to crumble fast. And when it turns out that Skylar’s best friend is the one responsible for having her booted from Lincoln? It’s an all-out war.

Stepping out of her comfort zone never felt so scary—or necessary. But everything is different now. Including, maybe, Skylar herself . . .

9. A Place in the Sun by R.S. Grey

When her mother’s incessant matchmaking hits an all-time high, Georgie Archibald does what any sensible woman would do: she flees the country.

Seeking refuge in the picturesque seaside village of Vernazza, Italy, Georgie’s only plan is to lie low, gorge herself on gelato, and let the wine and waves wash her troubles away… that is until she wakes up in a bed that belongs to the most romantic-looking man she’s ever seen.

Gianluca.

After going out of his way to rescue her, the former London financier turned mysterious recluse makes it clear that despite acting as her white knight, he has no plans to co-star in her fairytale.

But Georgie isn’t asking for his heart—she’s merely intrigued.

After all, Gianluca isn’t just gorgeous—tall and tan from days spent in the sun—his touch sets her world on fire. With him, Georgie experiences the most intoxicating passion she’s ever known, and it only takes a few steamy nights for her to realize that sometimes running away from trouble is the best way to find it.

10. Daring Fate by Megan Erickson

We all have tragic backstories in today’s world.

I wake up chained to the wall of a dark cell aware of two things: I failed my sister, and I smell my enemy.

When I’m taken to meet Dare, the alpha of the Silver Tip pack, I’m sure I’m about to lose my throat. The last thing I expect is for the Alpha to recognize me as his fated mate. No way is he going to let me go now, and I still have to find a way to rescue my sister.

As I plot my escape to save her, I find that if I leave, Dare could be killed by power-hungry members of his pack. And now he’s more to me than my fated mate—my heart is involved. With time ticking by on my sister’s life, I have to make a choice I never thought I’d face—my sister’s life or my mate’s? That’s if I can survive the undead shifters intent on killing me first…

 

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