Sunday, December 29, 2013

The 5 books I'm glad I read this year!

This year I probably read around 100 plus books if you count rereads. Some were hits while others I just wish I could hadn't touched with a 40ft pole. So, lovely readers with the end of the year quickly approaching I thought I would share the 5 books I was glad I picked up.


The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse, #2)
After setting out to break the curse that binds them together, the pirate Ananna and the assassin Naji find themselves stranded on an enchanted island in the north with nothing but a sword and their wits. But Naji has unseen enemies, and Ananna must face the wrath of the Pirate Confederation.

Together, they must travel afar, defeat their foes and break the mother of all curses. With all this going on, falling in love would be such a bad idea... All of this and much, much more await, in the swashbuckling sequel to The Assassin's Curse.










Why I picked It: This is the sequel to the The Assassin Curse (which I suggest you read first). I am a huge fan of a good old fashioned independent kick butt heroine (lots adjectives). It also helps the book's case that the story has lots of action adventures with some very strategic heart felt moments. I didn't enjoy every part of the story (see random underwater kingdom) but it was action packed and engaging with the mc staying an independent women that became more in the end.



Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)Summary of series from Briggs website:
Mercedes is Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. Her Native American heritage has gifted her with the ability to take the form of a coyote at will. She's surrounded by far more powerful supernatural beings, including werewolves, vampires and an assortment of fey.

Why I picked It: Well I just love this series to begin with. Mercy is a strong witty mc who makes her fair share of mistakes, but she is not whiny and is as tough as nails. I enjoyed this book in the series because Briggs has Mercy and her husband's daughter Jess interacting more. This is a great Adult series to get involved in, I don't know how the author comes up with all these story ideas but here's hoping for lots more.





 
 
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. 
Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?
 
Why I Picked It: First read the prequel to this book Throne of Glass, grab this book and just like in the awesomeness. Assassinations and general badassness make up this book and it will engage you the whole way. I am so pumped for the next book, just trust me when I say all types of readers will enjoy this book.
 
 



The Elite (The Selection, #2)The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Iléa.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.


Why I picked It: Personally I enjoyed Selection (first book in series) more but this ties everything nicely and sets the story up for a grand ending. I liked how we finally discovered that everyone's not so prefect and what makes the characters tick.

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first.

Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure-and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.





Why it was picked: It seems this was the year for sequels (Under the Never sky is its predecessor). Twists and turns would describe this book to a tee. Everything the author established in the first book got thrown in our faces and rearranged. However, that is what keeps the series entertaining.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Illuminating Gracie blog tour +giveaway

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PP Cover.4043372.inddIlluminating Gracie by Lisa C. Temple As an old woman's lifeless body lies on a cold stone floor, her soul stands before an angel who offers her a miraculous opportunity: the chance to do it all again. But that is easier said than done. In order to change the path her life has taken, she must put aside years of self-loathing and pain, so she can help the young girl she once was become the woman she should have been. At 17 years old, Grace Bennett is a bitter young woman. Though blessed with a loving family, looks and brains to spare, she hides her light under a bushel, spending most of her time in the darkness of her mind with little more than sarcasm and self-pity to keep her company. But things are about to change for Grace. While delivering food for her family's bed and breakfast, she turns onto a desolate dirt road and drives straight into her destiny. It's on this isolated country lane that the damaged girl meets a strangely familiar old couple and two mysterious young men. Together the group fights the demons that surround Grace, and they teach her what it means to let her light shine. "Illuminating Gracie" is, at once, a metaphorical tale of the fight between good and evil and a spiritual saga of one girl's journey from darkness into the light. If you liked "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games," you will love the story of Gracie.  
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  Praise for Illuminating Gracie: "A well-paced fantasy story of redemption and self-improvement." ~Kirkus Review (Sept. 1, 2013 Magazine) "Just the right amount of love story to the action packed plot line left this book a perfectly balanced read." ~Maryann (Amazon “Top 1000” Reviewers) "The story also contains little mysteries that keep you turning the pages, as gems of insight turn up along the way. It is a story of hope and redemption, and a beautiful request of each of us to let our light shine brightly." ~Kimberly Raadt Higgins (Amazon Review) "On a personal level, I can relate to Grace in so many ways. As I read, a lot of memories and feelings from my teenage and young adult years have come flooding back, some a little painful, others fun and exciting, even hopeful. Yet it also has me contemplating where I am today as a middle-aged adult; am I who I thought I would be, who I want to be?" ~N.J. Collar (Amazon Review) "The plot is masterfully drawn and keeps the reader guessing until the end. This book tells the story of the fight between good and evil in a young woman's life. It is brilliant in its use of humor and emotion to draw the reader into the characters." J. Pitts (Amazon and Goodreads)
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Author Lisa C. Temple On thirty-nine Senior scrolls, the Headmaster of author, Lisa C. Temple's, small, private school wrote "Good Luck and best wishes for a prosperous future!" On the fortieth and final scroll, which was Temple's, the Headmaster penned the words, "Lisa, I can't wait to see to what use you put your unusual talents!" Temple spent the next 30 years trying to assuage her former leader's curiosity - and her own. She sold BMWs in her hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, and hillbillies (as a booking agent) in Nashville, Tennessee. In an effort to escape the enforced servitude of the Junior League, she even attended and was graduated from law school and passed the Alabama State Bar exam in 2002. Through it all, she battled problems and illnesses, many of her own making. But, it wasn't until her father - her hero - was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), that Temple found her true calling - the "talent" that she finds joy in putting to use. "Illuminating Gracie," is loosely autobiographical and born from a desire to, if only, metaphorically right the wrongs of Temple's own past. It tells the story of a miserable old woman who is given the opportunity - by an angel - to go back in time and help the young girl she once was become the woman she should have been. "Illuminating Gracie," is the first book in a four-book series. The second book, "Instigating Gracie," is due for release in December 2013. Temple laughs when saying she has a loving and complicated husband she deserves, and a wonderful son and two loving stepchildren that she does not. She also shares her life with her beloved pets: Pomeranian, Phebe; Bordernese, Flash; and Tabby cat, MInx.  
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Run for the roses blog tour






Abigail Conrad has spent her whole life training for one goal: to win the roses at the Arabian Youth Nationals. She’s given up friends, a social life, and doesn’t have time to even think about guys -- much less date!

Now that she’s headed off to college in the fall, it’s her last chance to be a Youth National Champion, and she won’t let anything distract her from that dream.

Except maybe Chase, the older brother of Abigail's biggest rival. He’s charming, funny, and possibly Abigail's biggest problem. How can she focus on riding when her mind keeps wandering to Chase’s green eyes and confident smile?

With her dream on the line, Abigail had better learn to fight her growing attraction to Chase, or she might end up losing the roses and the guy.
 
 
 
About the Author
Rachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there, with her husband and their four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.

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SUMMARY:
High school senior Eila Walker knows that good luck skips over her like an Easter Bunny on Speed. So when she inherits her grandmother's million-dollar Cape Cod home, she is downright shocked. And yeah, her new town isn't perfect: the cheerleaders are heinous clones, the local undertow can kill ya, and her Great Grams was supposedly fried by lightning in the harbor square. Still, Eila is hopeful her luckless days are in the past . . . until history decides to repeat itself.

A self-proclaimed loner and previous-social reject, Eila thinks she's hit the jackpot when drool-worthy Raef O’Reilly becomes her friendly, yet weirdly protective shadow. But being hauled beneath the waves by an unnatural undertow slams the brakes on bliss – especially when Raef storms to her aid with coal-black eyes and iron-like strength.

Eila, entirely freaked, demands an explanation and Raef comes clean, revealing that neither of them are average humans but rather the genetic remnants of an angelic pissing-match gone wrong. Eila supposedly can channel the power of human souls, while Raef is quite adept at stealing them. Even worse, the legend about her ancestor isn't such a myth, since Eila’s grandmother was one kick-ass warrior until her lightning-like power backfired. A power that is written all over Eila's DNA.

Now sought by Raef’s own family for her destructive ability, Eila must trust him to watch her back. But when a quest for information goes terribly wrong, Eila is suddenly left with only two options: become a weapon for the enemy or follow in her Gram’s fearless footsteps to save those she loves. Unfortunately she needs a willing enemy to ignite her suicidal energy and the only one she trusts has been guarding her butt and scorching her lips.



Review: This was a very interesting concept and the plot line turned out lot better than I thought it would. There were some small moments where it dragged but they were important to keep the story moving so I am not that mad about it. All in all, a nice read.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Run For the Roses+giveaway



Run for the Roses
Release Date: 11/2013
by Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
Abigail Conrad has spent her whole life training for one goal: to win the roses at the Arabian Youth Nationals. She’s given up friends, a social life, and doesn’t have time to even think about guys -- much less date!

Now that she’s headed off to college in the fall, it’s her last chance to be a Youth National Champion, and she won’t let anything distract her from that dream.

Except maybe Chase, the older brother of Abigail's biggest rival. He’s charming, funny, and possibly Abigail's biggest problem. How can she focus on riding when her mind keeps wandering to Chase’s green eyes and confident smile?

With her dream on the line, Abigail had better learn to fight her growing attraction to Chase, or she might end up losing the roses and the guy.


About the Author
Rachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there, with her husband and their four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sisters in White book Blast+giveaway

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Danica and Kaylie Snow are about to celebrate the biggest day of their lives—their double wedding—on an island in the Bahamas. But no wedding is complete without a little family drama. The two sisters aren’t ready to face the father they haven’t seen since he divorced their mother and moved away to marry his mistress, and live with Lacy, the half sister they’ve never met.
While Danica has exchanged letters and phone calls with Lacy, Kaylie has fervently tried to pretend she doesn’t exist. Lacy is sweet, fun, and nearly a mirror image of Kaylie. To make matters worse, not only is Lacy looking forward to meeting her sisters, but she idolizes them, too. As the countdown to the wedding date ticks on, their parents are playing a devious game of revenge, and there’s a storm brewing over the island, threatening to cancel their perfect wedding. The sisters are about to find out if the bond of sisterhood really trumps all.








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Friday, October 25, 2013

Bullet Ring Review + Giveaway

Hey Everyone,
So, I am a huge fan of jewelry and an even bigger fan of jewelry the is simple, chic, and has that country twist. Well lucky for me I was able to review the Nickel Bullet Spoon ring from Bullet Designs, LLC. This ring is adjustable and is simple yet has enough pattern that it stands out. I also enjoy how light weight it is and doesn't hinder my everyday activities like some rings do. The design of the ring goes with all kinds of outfits and is perfect with a pair of boots( Western or English). The really neat things about the companies rings is they are made using the back piece of bullet casings.

Check out more ring designs at http://www.bulletdesigns.com/index.php

They carry more than just rings though the company offers a whole variety of products.

Now For some big news! It's giveaway time!
Just enter the rafflecopter giveaway below to win one of your very own Nickel Bullet Spoon Ring!
The giveaway is open to US residents only and product will be sent from the company. Also, the giveaway is open Oct. 26, 2013 to Nov. 16, 2013.
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Nickel Bullet Spoon Ring 
 
 
 
 
I received this product in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own and honest.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Some Costume Ideas for College Girls, Guys, and Couples

It is that time of year again for you as a college student to hit up the local Halloween house party, go to a street bash (Athens), go to bar and Halloween out, or sit and watch Hocus pocus in a costume. Whatever, you decide to do here are some ideas.

Group or Single Costume Ideas:

 Clueless
Clueless

Hipster Disney


More Hipster Disney because I like it.


Animals: What does the fox say.......Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!
Couple Costume: 

Carmen Sandiego + Waldo: You will never find them! - Images and gifs for social networks

Cute easy idea for couple costume



Scumbag Steve and Stacy costume

Guys
 
Wolverine Costume

College freshman

Breaking Bad





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Friday, October 18, 2013

Parking Ticket Venting

Maybe I am crazy, it has been a known occurrence, but if you get a parking ticket why can they not be paid for online? I know some places who do this, but the small town I got mine in doesn't have online paying. Now I have never had a ticket and I don't think I should of got this one but I am not going to fight $10 dollars in court. However, with campus mail I am nervous about it getting there. So wish me luck and I hope everyone has a great weekend.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sister's in Bloom Book Blast +Giveaway

SistersInBloom

You loved Danica and Kaylie in SISTERS IN LOVE, find out what happens next with
SISTERS IN BLOOM
18242154Kaylie Snow has always been the fun, flirty, pretty sister. Now, her burgeoning baby bump, hormone infused emotions, and faltering singing career are sending her into an unexpected identity crisis. Watching her older sister Danica glide through a major career change and a new relationship with the grace of a ballerina, Kaylie’s insecurities rise to the forefront—and her relationship, with fiancé Chaz Crew, is caught in the crossfire.
Chaz Crew has everything he’s ever wanted: a lovely fiancé, a baby on the way, and soon, the film festival he owns will host its biggest event ever. When he’s called away to woo the festival’s largest sponsor—and the lover he’s never admitted to having—secrets from his past turn his new life upside down.
With her baby shower around the corner, and her fiancé’s big event looming, the pressure is on for Kaylie to pull herself together—and for Chaz to right his wrongs. In a few short weeks, the couple who had it all figured out will learn things about life and love that may change their minds—and their hearts.
SISTERS IN BLOOM is a testament to the bond of sisters, the strength of women, and the pains and delights that accompany motherhood. A book for every mother, sister, and daughter, SISTERS IN BLOOM will resonate with readers who love to explore family

About The Author
Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
Visit Melissa on The Women’s NestFostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Join Melissa and the YaYa Writer Girls at their annual in-person event. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.
 
 
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Favorite Fall Clothing

Hey everyone guess what time of year is almost here, that's right, Fall! So, to get you in the spirit of fall here are a few of my favorite clothing items.

Rockport - Tristina Panel Riding Boot
Riding boots
-these ones can be found on Zappos fyi, but there are a lot of cheaper versions in stores.

Infinity scarves
-this one is from charlotterusse.com and is priced at $10.

Aztec Sweater
-this one can also be found at charlotterusse.com and is cute and comfy

Here's to fall time





New Blog Series: The College Online Dating Adventures of P²

Those of you who go to big colleges may know how much it can suck to meet new people in large classroom settings; so P²  decided to try out online dating. We used two different popular young adult dating sites, the OKcupid site and the Tinder ap. Now for the real kicker, you are going to get two different looks at the dating world. The view of Promiscuous who is the more open minded of the pair and Prudence who's vagina is nicknamed fort Knox. All names have been changed in our stories because we are not trying to embarrass anyone but we hope you enjoy the stories and real life issues we are about to explore.
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