Harry Potter Tag

While there are a number of Harry Potter tags floating around the internet, this specific one was created by Cassie at Zombie Goddess Beauty. She explained:

“As it is Harry Potter’s 37th Birthday today. And this year marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone book’s release!

So today I’ve collected 18 questions that are floating around the internet. There are other HP tags floating around but I wanted to collect a bunch of the questions together.”

I want to thank Cassie for both putting this tag together, and for tagging me in it! I am a HUGE Harry Potter lover so this was bound to be WAY too much fun! I enjoyed reading her answers, which you should also check out here!

The idea is that you answer the list of Harry Potter themed questions, and then tag some of your fellow Harry Potter themed friends! Make sure you provide them with the list of questions you were given so that they too can answer them and pass on the tag!!!

 

MY ANSWERS:

 

1. What house are you in?
I am a proud Hufflepuff!

2. What is your patronus?
My Patronus is a white mare.

3. What is your wand?
My wand is acacia wood with a unicorn hair core 12 ¼” and quite bendy flexibility.

4. What would your boggart be?
No doubt, my boggart would be a massive spider.  Or really any size spider.

5. What position would you play in Quidditch?
I am not athletic or sporty whatsoever, so I would just be one of the students watching in the stands.

6. Would you be a pure blood, half blood or muggle born?
Like Cassie, I am going to go based on something that has been circulating the Internet, explaining where you would fall in based on your familiarity with Harry Potter:

Muggles: People who haven’t seen the movies or read the books
Muggle-borns: People who have only seen the movies
Half-bloods: People who have only read the books
Pure Bloods: People who have read the books and seen the movies
Deatheaters: Pure Bloods that look down on Muggle-borns

Based on these descriptions, I would be a pure blood.

7. What job would you want after to have after graduating Hogwarts?
I think I would like to be a healer, someone who tended to the sick and hurt people.

8. Which of the deathly hallows would you choose?
I would probably choose the Elder Wand.  It would be interesting to have that much power.  Mine would be used for good, though.

9. Favourite book?
It has been years since I’ve read the books, so I can’t remember which one I liked the best.  I’ll go with the first one though, The Sorcerer’s Stone, since it is the one that introduces you to the wizarding world.

10. Least favourite book?
I’m going to say Deathly Hallows, just because there is so much tragedy and death.  😦

11. Favourite film?
My favorite movie is Prisoner of Azkaban.

12. Least favourite film?
I’m going to say The Sorcerer’s Stone for this one.  I hated watching the way that the Dursleys treated Harry.

13. Favourite character?
Hermione is one of my top favorite characters.  I’m like her in a lot of ways.  Very bookish and considered a “know it all” in the classroom.  She is also fiercely loyal to her friends and loves with all her heart.  I am the same way.

I also really love Luna’s character.  She is true to herself and doesn’t care about what anyone else thinks of her.

14. Least favourite/most hated character?
Dolores Umbridge.  I absolutely could not stand her character.

15. Favourite teacher at Hogwarts?
Professor McGonogall

16. Least favorite teacher at Hogwarts?
Professor Lockheart – what a cowardly goober.

17. Do you have any unpopular opinions about the series?
I don’t think I do?

18. If you could save one character from the finale battle who would you save?
This is such a hard question.  There are so many people that I would like to save.  I think I would save Sirius though.

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Since I am so late in doing this tag and everyone has probably already done it by now, I tag anyone out there who hasn’t done this tag but would like to!  🙂 

THE QUESTIONS:

  1. What house are you in?
  2. What is your patronus?
  3. What is your wand?
  4. What would your boggart be?
  5. What position would you play in Quidditch?
  6. Would you be a pure blood, half blood or muggle born?
  7. What job would you want after to have after graduating Hogwarts?
  8. Which of the deathly hallows would you choose?
  9. Favourite book?
  10. Least favourite book?
  11. Favourite film?
  12. Least favourite film?
  13. Favourite character?
  14. Least favourite/most hated character?
  15. Favourite teacher at Hogwarts?
  16. Least favorite teacher at Hogwarts?
  17. Do you have any unpopular opinions about the series?
  18. If you could save one character from the finale battle who would you save?

 

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Review – Frostblood by Elly Blake

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Synopsis:
The frost king will burn.

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

My Review:
4 out of 5 stars

This book was constantly appearing in my feed on Twitter and Goodreads, so I finally decided to check it out.  I’m so glad I took a chance on this new-to-me author and read this book!  I loved it.  I didn’t read it as fast as I normally would have when I really enjoy a book because I was swamped with final assignments and exams for school, but when I had free time, I picked this book up immediately so I could read some more.

The Firebloods and Frostbloods are really interesting to me.  I loved learning about their powers and about the rivalry between them.  The first part of the book felt a little slow at times but the second half of the book more than made up for that.  I wasn’t sure that I was going to like Arcus at first but he quickly grew on me.  There were a couple of twists that I did not see coming at all that had my mouth hanging open in shock.

I am going to pick up Fireblood as soon as possible.  I can’t wait to read the next part of this story and see more from Arcus and Ruby.

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Book Tour + Review – Honey Baked Homicide by Gayle Leeson

Honey-Baked Homicide (A Down South Café Mystery)
by Gayle Leeson


Honey-Baked Homicide (A Down South Café Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Virginia
Berkley (December 5, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101990827
E-Book ASIN: B06XJM6VGH

The owner of a delightful Southern café tastes the sharp sting of suspicion in this delectable comfort food mystery . . .

It’s fall in Winter Garden, Virginia, and business at Amy Flowers’ Down South Café has never been better. So when struggling beekeeper Stuart Landon asks Amy to sell some of his honey, she’s happy to help. The jars of honey are a sweet success, but their partnership is cut short when Amy discovers Landon’s body outside the café early one morning.

As Amy tries to figure out who could possibly have wanted to harm the unassuming beekeeper, she discovers an ever-expanding list of suspects—and they’re all buzzing mad. She’ll have to use all of her skills—and her Southern charm—to find her way out of this sticky situation…

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book.  The plot was interesting and kept my attention and the murder mystery left me stumped.  I was kept guessing until the very end of the book!  I love when that happens.  Just when you think you have everything figured out, your suspicion moves to someone else and everything changes.  It makes for a really entertaining, engaging read.

I really like the characters in this book and am looking forward to reading future titles in this series.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. I also write as Amanda Lee. As Gayle Trent, I write the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. As Amanda Lee, I write the Embroidery Mystery series.

The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The heroine, Daphne, has returned to her hometown of Brea Ridge to open a cake baking and decorating business and is wrestling with the question of whether or not one can go home again. She enjoys spending time with her sister, nephew, and niece, but she and her mother have a complicated relationship that isn’t always pleasant. Daphne has also reconnected with her high school sweetheart and is pursuing a rekindled romance while desperately trying to put her past behind her.

Kerry Vincent, Hall of Fame Sugar Artist, Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show Director, and Television Personality says the series is “a must read for cake bakers and anyone who has ever spent creative time in the kitchen!”

Says Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times bestselling author, “One day I found myself happily reading . . . mysteries by Gayle Trent. If she can win me over . . . she’s got a great future.”

The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop. Marcy Singer left her home in San Francisco, along with the humiliation of being left at the altar, in order to move to Tallulah Falls and realize her dream of owning her own shop. She takes along her faithful companion, a one-year-old Irish wolfhound named Angus O’Ruff. She makes many new friends in Tallulah Falls, but she also makes a few enemies. Thankfully, her best friend Sadie MacKenzie and her husband Blake run the coffeehouse right down the street from Marcy’s shop, the Seven-Year Stitch; and Detective Ted Nash always has her back.

Publishers Weekly says, “Fans of the genre will take kindly to Marcy, her Irish wolfhound, Angus O’Ruff, and Tallulah Falls. This is a fast, pleasant read with prose full of pop culture references and, of course, sharp needlework puns.”

Pat Cooper of RT Book Reviews says, “If her debut here is any indication, Lee’s new series is going to be fun, spunky and educational. She smoothly interweaves plot with her character’s personality and charm, while dropping tantalizing hints of stitching projects and their history. Marcy Singer is young, fun, sharp and likable. Readers will be looking forward to her future adventures.” (RT Book Reviews nominated The Quick and the Thread for a 2010 Book Reviewers’ Choice Award in the Amateur Sleuth category)

I live in Virginia with my family, which includes her own “Angus” who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O’Ruff. I’m having a blast writing this new series!

Webpage: http://www.gayleleeson.com http://www.gayletrent.com

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Guest Post: NaNoWriMo Tips by R.E Stearns

 

*Note:  NaNoWriMo has ended, but keep these tips in mind for future events.  

Very few NaNoWriMo writing days remain. However, there’s still time to finish your novel! I know, because one of my NaNoWriMo projects was just published last month.

Please keep in mind that the following tips work for me, but they might not work for everyone. The pressures of NaNoWriMo may highlight the writing practices that help you enjoy the process. Experiment and find out what works.

I got into NaNoWrimo because it was an opportunity to talk word count and storytelling weirdness with other writers. I “won” (meaning “wrote 50,000 words in November”) because I let myself get caught up in their literary abandon. Reach out to your thousands of new writer friends on the forums, in the NaNo social media tags, or at your local write-ins.

My favorite forum board for commiseration is NaNoWriMo Ate My Soul, an annual review of “Oh God, writing is hard and it makes us do strange things.” Other fun boards include This is Going Better Than I’d Hoped for success stories big and small, Word Wars, Prompts, & Sprints to inspire and motivate you, and NaNo Soundtracks for ideas on what to listen to while you craft your story. One caveat: Set a timer to remind you to get off the website and get back to your novel!

Once you’re inspired, find your best writing environment. I’ve tried writing at all times of day, with various audio and chemical accompaniments, and in many different locations. For some parts of Barbary Station I’d write in the morning and evening. In the morning, I’d come back with no memory of what I’d written the evening before! That got confusing fast. Experiment and find your own best times, places, and situations. It may not be what you expect.

Some days, you’ll miss your word count. Some days, you’ll blow that word count out of the water. I’ve found it helpful to minimize celebration on big word count days, so that I don’t get lazy the next day. That also helps me feel less awful on the low word count days. It all evens out in the end, and getting overly emotional about it doesn’t help me.

If that doesn’t work for you, another technique I’ve heard is to celebrate everything. Celebrate the low word count days, because at least you’re writing, and perhaps some of it is good. Celebrate the high ones because you wrote a lot. Celebrate the no-writing days because you thought about your novel while taking care of whatever was going on in your life (mental health included).

Amidst all of life’s distractions, I appreciate NaNoWriMo’s November 30 deadline. Without a deadline, I tend to go over and over a passage keep messing with it until it’s “perfect,” or I’m sick of it, and never finish the story. NaNoWriMo doesn’t give you time to choose the perfect words while you’re drafting. That helped me write all the way to the end, without obsessing about things that would prevent me from finishing the story.

Maybe today will be a fast writing day. You won’t know unless you show up and see what you can do. Have fun, keep experimenting, find what works for you, and stick to it until the end!

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–Synopsis: Two engineers hijack a spaceship to join some space pirates—only to discover the pirates are hiding from a malevolent AI. Now they have to outwit the AI if they want to join the pirate crew—and survive long enough to enjoy it. Adda and Iridian are newly minted engineers, but aren’t able to find any work in a solar system ruined by economic collapse after an interplanetary war. Desperate for employment, they hijack a colony ship and plan to join a famed pirate crew living in luxury at Barbary Station, an abandoned shipbreaking station in deep space. But when they arrive there, nothing is as expected. The pirates aren’t living in luxury—they’re hiding in a makeshift base welded onto the station’s exterior hull. The artificial intelligence controlling the station’s security system has gone mad, trying to kill all station residents and shooting down any ship that attempts to leave—so there’s no way out. Adda and Iridian have one chance to earn a place on the pirate crew: destroy the artificial intelligence. The last engineer who went up against the AI met an untimely end, and the pirates are taking bets on how the newcomers will die. But Adda and Iridian plan to beat the odds. There’s a glorious future in piracy…if only they can survive long enough.

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Author Bio: R.E. Stearns wrote her first story on an Apple IIe computer and still kind of misses green text on a black screen. She went on to annoy all of her teachers by reading books while they lectured. Eventually she read and wrote enough to earn a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Central Florida. She is hoping for an honorary doctorate. When not writing or working, R.E. Stearns reads, plays PC games, and references Internet memes in meatspace. She lives near Orlando, FL with her husband/computer engineer and a cat.

Tag – My TBR

I was tagged by Lori at Reading With Lori

1) How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
Well, if I’m being honest, I don’t really keep track of it very well.  I just seem to keep adding more books to it without hardly ever getting any off of it.  Oops.
 2) Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?
It is mostly ebook, but there are a lot of print books as well that I need to get to.

3) How do you determine which book from your TBR pile to read next?
I go by ARCs first.  Once I am finished with the ARCs that I need to read, I choose a few books that I feel like I am in the mood to read and then narrow it down from there.  

4) What is the book that has been on your TBR pile the longest?
Probably See Me by Nicholas Sparks and Turbo Twenty-three by Janet Evanovich.

5) What’s the book you added to your TBR list recently?
Warcross by Marie Lu.

6) What’s the book that is on your TBR pile stricly because of it’s beautiful cover?
I don’t go by the cover.  I only add books to my TBR if it is something that I am interested in reading.

7) What’s a book on your TBR list that you don’t plan on reading?
I’m planning on reading all of the books on my TBR.  At some point…. 😉 

8) What’s an unpublished book that you are excited for?
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu!  I am so super stoked for that book to release.
9) A book on your TBR pile that basically everyone has read but you?
Probably Cinder by Marissa Meyer or the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.

10) A book on your TBR that everyone has recommended you?
I haven’t really had anyone recommend me any books lately.  Hmm.  That needs to change!  Drop me some recs in the comments.  😉 

11) A book on your TBR that you are dying to read?
Warcross by Marie Lu.  I am going to be buddy reading it soon with a few ladies and am super excited about it.

12) What is the number of books on your Goodreads TBR list?
LOL!  Are you sure you want to know?
*goes to look*
…..477
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Alrighty, that’s all for that.  
I tag anyone who would like to do this!  🙂
Have fun with it!
-Jackie

Sale Blitz – Love in the Friend Zone by Molly E Lee

 

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LOVE IN THE FREINDZONE
YA Contemporary Romance
The only thing worse than not being able to tell your best friend you’re head over heels in love with him? Having to smile and nod when he enlists your help to ensnare the girl of his dreams.Braylen didn’t even want to go to Lennon Pryor’s epic graduation-night party, but when Fynn begs her to be his “wingwoman,” she can’t deny him. Talking up her BFF—how he’s magic behind a camera, with a killer sense of humor and eyelashes that frame the most gorgeous blue eyes in the history of forever—is easy. Supporting his efforts to woo someone so completely wrong for him? Not so much.

Fynn knows that grad night is his last shot before leaving for college to find true love. And thanks to Bray, he gets his chance with the beautiful Katy Evans. But over the course of the coolest party of their high school careers, he starts to see that perhaps what he really wants has been in front of him all along. Bray’s been his best friend since kindergarten, though, and he’d rather have her in his life as a friend than not at all.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two best friends whose sexual chemistry is off the charts…if only they’d succumb to it.

 

 

About the Author:

Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her debut novel EDGE OF CHAOS, and as a fourth year mentor at Pitch Wars – a program which connects promising writers to established authors in the community. Molly writes New Adult and Young Adult Contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.

 

Monthly Wrap-Up – November 2017

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG
  • catching up on tags and discussions
  • Best of the Month – November 2017
  • review(s)
IN MY MAILBOX

Kindle (Bought & Borrowed)
15832316
27827203
Dirty Red – Tarryn Fisher
Frostblood – Elly Blake

Kindle (For Review)
35900943
Crank – Adriana Locke

Paperback (Won)

He Loves Me…KNOT – RC Boldt
I won this from an author whose reader group I am in on Facebook.  On top of the paperback I won of hers, I also won a kindle fire!  I was so excited about that. My son’s tablet stopped working last week, so I gave him the kindle as an early birthday gift. Massive thanks again to RC Boldt for that giveaway!  ❤

Paperback (Bought)
33280872
Without Merit – Colleen Hoover

OFF THE BLOG

Holy crap.  I realized today when I was writing this wrap up post that I haven’t posted a wrap up AT ALL in November.  My last wrap up was at the end of November.  Since I usually do these weekly, I just decided to make this one a monthly wrap up post since November is almost over.  I’m so sorry I haven’t been getting my wrap up posts up every week.  I have been absolutely swamped with college lately.  We had numerous big projects due in November so that was taking most of my time.  I haven’t read nearly as much as I usually do this month and blogging has gone to the back burner as well.  Thankfully the semester is almost over.  Two and a half weeks left and then it’ll be time for winter break.  I am so excited.  This semester has taken a lot out of me.  I wasn’t anticipating having this many major projects to do.  I’m hoping next semester will be a little easier, LOL!  I’m taking 20 credits next semester though, so it’ll be interesting.  Time for me to become superwoman again.

Other than being so busy with school, not much else has happened.

Last week we went to our city’s Christmas parade.  I know.  Christmas parade before Thanksgiving?  It doesn’t make much sense to us either, but that’s how they scheduled it.  This is a picture of my sons waiting on the parade to start.  It was FREEZING outside!

Last week I also took the boys to a Pokemon trade event at Toys R Us.  They had a lot of fun and made a few trades.

My family had our Thanksgiving celebration yesterday since my mom had to work on Thanksgiving.  We had lots of yummy food and it was great having everyone together.  I hope all of you who celebrate had a great Thanksgiving!

WEEKLY FUNNY

Teen DerpIt’s really sad how often I do this.