Monthly Wrap Up – June 2018

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June was a pretty good month. We started out the month going to Tour of Destruction at our local Speedway. Tour of Destruction, in case you haven’t heard of it, is a huge race car event with special races. There is always a demolition derby and a couple monster trucks that make a special appearance. There was a chain race, a school bus race, a game of car soccer (which was hugely entertaining), and a super special appearance by a jet car. That thing was freaking INSANE! When it got revved up and started shooting out the fire, massive waves of heat washed over the audience and the ground started shaking. I’ve never seen anything like that in my life! It was so much fun. One of our favorite parts of going to events at the Speedway is that you get to go down to the track and see all the different cars and meet the drivers before the event starts.

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Chris and Logan finished up their school year, so now I have a 5th grader and a 7th grader. 🙂
My niece also graduated in June, so we went to her graduation and then a celebration at my sister-in-law’s house afterwards.

I celebrated my 13th wedding anniversary with my husband in June. It’s hard to believe sometimes that we have been married for that long.

My 33rd birthday was on the 21st of June. I bought myself some of the special edition Harry Potter books that come with all the little extras and things like that. My mom gave me some money to buy whatever I’d like, so I bought myself some more Harry Potter stuff. 😉 That night we ordered pizza and watched movies, so it was a really laid-back day.

I was really busy in June with school since I’m taking summer classes. I’m doing pretty well in them though.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Coming soon
  • 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge Posts
  • discussions or tags
  • reviews
  • Summer Blogger Promo Tour posts
Books in my mailbox

Kindle (Free)
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Rush – Emma Scott

Kindle (For Review)
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Midnight Snacks Are Murder – Libby Klein

Paperback/Hardback (For Review)
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From Twinkle, with Love – Sandya Menon
Death and a Pot of Chowder – Cornelia Kidd 
Screams You Hear – James Morris

Paperback/Hardback (Gift)
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Harry Potter Character Vault
Harry Potter Film Wizardry

Paperback/Hardback (Bought)
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Murder Past Due – Miranda James
Classified as Murder – Miranda James
Lending a Paw – Laurie Cass
A Deadly Row – Casey  Mayes 

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The Dark Arts: A Movie Scrapbook
A Magical Yearbook
The Case of Beasts: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Paperback/Hardback (Won)
This is a set of books that I won from Sourcebooks. Huge thanks to them for the amazing giveaway. ❤

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Follow Me Back – A.V. Geiger
Coming Up for Air – Miranda Kenneally
The Heart Forger – Rin Chupeco
As You Wish – Chelsea Sedoti

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You Will Be Mine – Natasha Preston
Before I Let Go – Marieke Nijkamp
Now a Major Motion Picture – Cori McCarthy
Out of Left Field – Kris Hui Lee 

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This is Where it Ends – Marieke Nijkamp
Ruin of Stars – Linsey Miller

Monthly Funny


This is me to my husband. LOL!

 

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15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – 1

I found this challenge over on Pandora’s Books. It sounded like a lot of fun, and I know this challenge is really old, but I wanted to participate in it. It looks to have been created by Good Books and Good Wine.

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The prompt for today is: Make 15 book related confessions

  1. I have never read the Fifty Shades of Grey books and never intend to. I’m just not interested.
  2. I tried to read several super hyped YA books last year and they all sucked. It has almost permanently put me off to the hype train.
  3. One of the very best friends I have is a book blogger that I met on Twitter. I am closer to them than I am my real life friends.
  4. It is hard for me to read outside of my comfort zone but I do give all books I read a fair chance.
  5. I am moving away from reading e-books since reading on my Kindle has become so painful on my eyes lately.
  6. I cherish my signed books and am super protective over them.
  7. If I don’t like a book by an author, I will give one more of their books a chance before I decide they just aren’t for me.
  8. I miss being able to read as much as I used to before I started college.
  9. I lost every single book I owned in a house fire a few years ago and have been slowly building my collection back up ever since.
  10. I love reading romance books.
  11. Cozy mysteries are also at the top of my list of favorite genres.
  12. I arrange my shelves by author. The rainbow shelves make no sense to me and make my eye twitch.
  13. I check out books from the library and then end up not getting to them before they are due, so I have to renew them or just take them back and check them out again later.
  14. I have books *everywhere* in my house. They’re slowly taking over.     o_0
  15. I have an insane addiction to book sleeves. My collection is growing rapidly.

Waiting on Sunday – #SBPT Week 2

Hey everyone! We’re back today with another post for the Summer Blogger Promo Tour.
Today, my partner Kayleen and I are taking part in Waiting on Sunday.

Check out this list of books she is looking forward to in 2018:

 

Bright We Burn (The Conqueror's Saga, #3)
Bright We Burn 
by Kiersten White 7/10/18 (don’t have to wait too long for this one lol)

Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it? 
Lada’s rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won’t rest until everyone knows that her country’s borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed’s peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince. 
But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister’s indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before–including her relationships–can Lada truly build the country she wants. 
Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world.

Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3)
Escaping from Houdini 
by Kerri Maniscalco 9/18/18

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.
But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?
 

Odd One Out
Odd One Out 
by Nic Stone 10/9/18

Courtney “Coop” Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn’t mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl. 

Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed “new girl” would be synonymous with “pariah,” but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I’m right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez
The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . . .

One story.
Three sides.
No easy answers.

Archenemies (Renegades #2)
Archenemies 
by Marissa Meyer 11/6/18

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other’s worst nightmare.
In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.
The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it.

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, #3)
Queen of Air and Darkness 
by Cassandra Clare 12/4/18

 What if damnation is the price of true love?
Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks.  Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

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Make sure you stop by Kaylee’s blog where you can find my list of releases that I am anticipating for 2018/2019.

Cover Reveal – Crave by Adriana Locke

 

Who is ready to meet Machlan Gibson?

This STANDALONE novel in the Gibson Boys Series from USA Today Bestseller Adriana Locke will be coming to your Kindle soon. We don’t have a firm release date yet, but we’re hearing it should be the first of August. (Is it the first of August yet?)

What does Adriana have in store for us in Crave? Check this out:

Synopsis:

Hadley Jacobs is over Machlan Gibson.

Sure, she’ll always be a little weak to the dimple in his right cheek and the way his five o’clock shadow makes him ruggedly handsome. But that’s not enough to cover every other thing about him because they all drive her nuts. Like how he’s won’t admit he’s wrong even when he knows it and how he drives his stupid car a million miles an hour on wet asphalt. As she rolls back into town and takes a seat at Crave, she won’t take the bait. She’s over him. Mostly.

Machlan isn’t over her.

It’s not because he hasn’t tried. He reminds himself over and over that she’s not the girl for him. After all, she drives him insane with her sassy attitude and the way she calls him out on everything. She beats him at poker, even though she doesn’t know the difference between a straight and a flush, and when she looks at him with her bright, blue eyes, it’s unnerving. When she climbs onto that bar stool and orders a drink, he puts it in front of her and ignores the sparkle in her eyes.  He’s not over her, but she won’t know that.

But she does know that. And he knows she’s not as over him as she’s pretending to be. When life forces their hand this time, there’s more on the line than a pile of poker chips. It’s their forever.

 

Coming Early August 2018

 

While we wait for this release, we can “get to know” Machlan through his Spotify playlist here. AND you know you need to add it to your To Be Read List.

Amazon Alert

There’s a great giveaway associated with this cover reveal too! A signed paperback plus two $10 gift cards. Book money, anyone? LOL!
$10 Gift Card to Winner’s Choice of Store

 

 

As a side note, if you haven’t met the other Gibson Boys, you really (really!) must. They’re small town. Blue collar. And totally, absolutely delicious. Check out Adriana’s Amazon Page and look up Crank, Craft, and / or Cross. All can be read as standalone novels and all are available in Kindle Unlimited.

Adriana’s Amazon Page

http://www.adrianalocke.com

 

Review – Death and a Pot of Chowder by Cornelia Kidd

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Synopsis:
Maine’s Quarry Island has a tight-knit community that’s built on a rock-solid foundation of family, tradition and hard work. But even on this small island, where everyone knows their neighbors, there are secrets that no one would dare to whisper.

Anna Winslow, her husband Burt and their teenage son have deep roots on Quarry Island. Burt and his brother, Carl, are lobstermen, just like their father and grandfather before them. And while some things on the island never seem to change, Anna’s life is about to take some drastically unexpected turns. First, Anna discovers that she has a younger sister, Izzie Jordan. Then, on the day she drives to Portland to meet Izzie for the first time, Carl’s lobster boat is found abandoned and adrift. Later that evening, his corpse is discovered—but he didn’t drown.

Whether it was an accident or murder, Carl’s sudden death has plunged Anna’s existence into deadly waters. Despite barely knowing one another and coming from very different backgrounds, Anna and Izzie unite to find the killer. With their family in crisis, the sisters strive to uncover the secrets hidden in Quarry Island—and, perhaps, the ones buried within their own hearts.

Sure to be an intoxicating read for fans of Sarah Graves and Leslie Meier, Death and a Pot of Chowder is the first Maine Murder mystery by Cornelia Kidd.

My Review:
3 out of 5 stars

I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book.

Unfortunately it took me a lot longer to read this book than it normally takes me. I didn’t read the blurb before going into this book so there was an interesting twist at the beginning of the story that captured my interest. Things just moved very slowly though and I found myself losing interest pretty quickly. I kept putting the book down and coming back to it later. I wasn’t able to stay focused on the story. It seemed like there were just so many conversations about things that didn’t really matter at the time or weren’t important to the story.

There were also a couple characters that just didn’t mesh well with me. I found it hard to like Burt at first. I thought he was a little too harsh when talking about Izzie. Anna’s mom made a few harsh comments as well that I thought weren’t very deserving. As a parent, I found Jake’s behavior to be a little appalling at times. There is no way I would let my son get away with some of the things that Jake did without any consequences. I understand that Jake is a teenager and they are going to act out and do things they aren’t supposed to, but it just didn’t feel right that he didn’t have any consequences for any of his actions at all. Like I said.. as a parent myself (to a child that is close to that age), it just didn’t sit right with me.

There really wasn’t any real sleuthing happening either until the last part of the book. Once all of the suspects started being thrown around and Anna and Izzie were trying to (actively) figure out who killed Carl, I became more interested and invested in the story. Once the sleuthing picked up and the mystery behind the murder started to come together, I sped through the book and finished it pretty quickly.

I felt really bad for Anna and Burt by the end of the story. This story just goes to show that people aren’t always who they seem to be and that can be hard to accept sometimes. Another character I had a lot of sympathy for was Dolan. He didn’t deserve what happened to him at all. I did really enjoy the relationship that Anna and Izzie formed throughout the book. I am glad that the two of them have each other. They have a promising future ahead of them.

I enjoyed the different kinds of food that were discussed in this book and looked over the recipes at the back of the book as well. They all sounded good. I may give one of them a try sometime.

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

Cover Reveal – Out of Love + Out of the Ashes by RC Boldt

This fourth of July is extra hot!
RC Boldt has re-covered Out of Love and Out of the Ashes and I’m suddenly feeling very…patriotic.

“Boldt whips up the perfect blend of angst and sexual tension and serves it piping hot!”
USA Today Bestselling Author, Stacy Kestwick

OUT OF LOVE

Amazon → http://amzn.to/2ql0yWa
iBooks → http://apple.co/2kDjwk3
Nook → http://bit.ly/2loGyz8
Kobo → http://bit.ly/2lmM06a

FOSTER KAVANAUGH
I have my limits. Rules. No attachments allowed because I don’t “do” love. But with her smart mouth and quick witted banter, Noelle Davis, my office manager begins to creep past my defenses.

NOELLE DAVIS
Swearing off men after escaping a toxic relationship, I’m grateful for a fresh start—new job included. Of course, my job isn’t tranquil and calm, because my boss is the most infuriating man on the planet.

The same man who makes me want to reconsider my self-imposed embargo of men.

The man who makes me want…more. 

But more isn’t always possible when you’re OUT OF LOVE.

**Out of Love is a full-length, standalone novel that does NOT need to be read in conjunction with any other book.**

OUT OF THE ASHES

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2yMCNMq
iBooks: https://apple.co/2Kk9t4B
Nook: http://bit.ly/2lAGDyT
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2tES5Ny

Phoenix /fēniks/: (in classical mythology) a unique bird inhabiting the Arabian Desert that burned itself on a funeral pyre before rising from the ashes with renewed youth to live through another cycle.

HENDY
Despite my efforts to save them, my team is killed before my very eyes, and I’m captured and subjected to merciless torture—losing virtually every piece of my identity but my pulse.
After my rescue, I’m saddled with facing the daunting task of healing my physical scars as well as the invisible ones—my emotional demons.

DR. PRESLEY COLE
I’ve always marched to my own drum and have never been one to shy away from a challenge. Embarking on a new journey—one that could impact my own life—I make it my mission to prove to Hendy that his life isn’t over; that he’s worthy of love.
Because sometimes even a phoenix needs help to rise…out of the ashes.

**Out of the Ashes is a full-length, standalone which does not need to be read in conjunction with any other book.**

About the Author:

RC Boldt is the wife of Mr. Boldt, a retired Navy Chief, mother of Little Miss Boldt, and former teacher of many students. She currently lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you’re in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can’t recall the lyrics to a particular 80’s song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she’s your girl.

Email: rcboldtbooks@gmail.com
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Discussion – Bookish This or That

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  • New or Used?
    I’m perfectly fine with either on this one. I love both new and used books.
  • Paperback or E-Book?
    I have started to prefer reading paperback and hardback books over e-books. Reading on my Kindle has really become painful for my eyes the last few months and I’ve been slowly stepping away from them. 

  • Read all the words or skim?
    I read all the words if it is a book that I’m enjoying. If it is a book I’m struggling with, I will sometimes skim to see what happens.

  • Happily Ever After or Tragic?
    I love happily ever afters and that is what I prefer, especially when reading a romance. Sometimes though, a tragic ending makes sense for the story and I’m okay with that as well.

  • Audiobooks or E-Books?
    As painful as reading e-books has become for my eyes, I’ll still choose an e-book over an audiobook. I can’t stand audiobooks. I’ve tried to listen to them on several occasions and I just can’t do it. I lose focus and start thinking about other things and then I end up missing things that are happening in the story. 
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  • Multiple books or one at a time?
    I can only read one book at a time. I’ve seen people reading six, seven, and even eight books at a time and I’m just like… how?! What is this sorcery? If I try to read more than one book at a time, I get the plots and the characters mixed up and it’s just not pretty. 

  • Read to others or be read to?
    I would prefer to read to others. It’s the same thing as the audiobooks. When someone is reading to me, I can’t focus and my mind ends up going to other things. 

  • Silence or Background noise?
    Silence. Absolute silence. I can’t concentrate and am easily distracted when there is noise in the background when I’m trying to read. 
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  • Dog-ear or Bookmark?
    Bookmark all the way. I don’t like to dog-ear pages.

  • Movie covers or Originals?
    Originals. 

  • Read on couch or in bed?
    On the couch. I can’t get comfortable when reading in bed. 

  • Read outside or inside?
    Inside. I am more comfortable inside. I don’t like the brightness when reading outside and there’s also background noise. 

  • Snacks while reading or none?
    None. I don’t want to get my kindle screen or physical book dirty.

  • Book that makes you laugh or cry?
    I lean toward books that make me laugh. Although sometimes you just need to have a good ugly cry, so those books are fine, too. 

  • First person POV or third person POV?
    First person. I used to read almost exclusively third person but then I started reading romance and a lot of those are written in first person POV, so I became used to that and prefer first person POV now. I still read books in third person, but it takes me a little bit to adjust to the change.

 


 

What do you all prefer with these questions? I’d love to hear your answers!