Monday, September 30, 2013

Ever After Release Day Blast & GIVEAWAY

Find Your Ever After in Under An Hour

Ruby Hill by Sarah Ballance

From her earliest memories, Ashley Pearce has been drawn to Ruby Hill Lunatic Asylum, and she's not the only one. Decades after the abandoned hospital ended its institutional reign of torture and neglect, something lurks in the shadows. Since she’s a paranormal investigator, it's Ashley's job to find out what.

Crime scene expert Corbin Malone doesn't believe in ghosts. A born skeptic, he has no interest in entertaining the hype surrounding the mysterious deaths at Ruby Hill, but he won't turn his back while more women die. He agrees to an overnight investigation, never expecting his first encounter would be with the woman he pushed away a year ago. But when he discovers Ashley is a target, he learns his greatest fear isn't living with his own demons, but losing her for good.

One Thousand and One Nights by Ruth Browne

Sheri spends her days fighting zombies and her nights chained to a wall, earning her every breath by telling stories to her captor Aleksy—stories that make them both forget the ruined world. Sheri could put up with the conditions—at least she knows her sister is safe in the community Aleksy leads—until she realizes she’s falling for him...even though he wants her dead.

When Aleksy allowed Sheri and her sister into his compound, he didn’t know about the zombie bite on her back. It's only a matter of time before she turns into one of the rising dead and threatens their existence, but Aleksy has a secret need for Sheri and her stories. For everyone’s safety, he chains her to his bedroom wall, hoping for just one more day. But how long will the community allow Aleksy to ignore his own rule: always kill the infected. Always.

Mercy by Jan Coffey

Julia Klein’s life has begun to unravel—her daughter Amy has been suspended from school, Julia is about to lose her job, and her boyfriend Garrett is being transferred thousands of miles away. Overwhelmed, she and Amy leave for a weekend at a rambling old colonial inn. Julia never suspects that Garrett, desperate to find a way to keep Julia in his life, has decided to surprise her by joining them. Nor does she expect her daughter to befriend a mischievous ghost...or that she herself would be possessed by the malevolent spirit of a long-dead mother.

As a dark secret emerges, Julia, Amy, and Garrett find themselves pitted in a fight for survival against a savage presence that intends to resurrect/repeat/relive a horrible crime committed two centuries ago. And this time, Amy and Julia will be the victims.

Haunted Chemisty by Lindsey Loucks

When bookish college co-ed Alexis heads to the laundry room in her new apartment, she runs into Ian Reese, the chem lab partner she crushed on all last semester. And the guy who stood her up on their first date. But she’s down for an awkward reunion, and no better place than her creepy laundry room.

Ian has every intention of making amends, but just when Alexis begins to trust him again, a new threat calls more than their future together into question. A ghost from the apartment’s past is hellbent on revenge, and if he wants to get his girl, he’ll have to get the ghost first.

Wish Upon a Star by Michelle McLean

Ceri McKinley never stopped wishing that her ex-fiancĂ© Jason Crickett would come back into her life. But when he finally does, he comes with a request that puts them both—and all of humanity—into jeopardy.

Jason only wants two things: to bury his brother properly and to convince Ceri to trust him again after he jilted her. But when Ceri agrees to help him get his brother back, they end up fighting for their lives as a zombie uprising threatens them all.

Northern Light by E.J. Russell

Nothing gives art fraud investigator Luke Morganstern a bigger rush than busting forgers, the low-life criminals who dare victimize true artists. But when his latest job sends him to a remote cabin in the Oregon Coast Range, he’s stunned to discover the alleged forger is his former lover, Stefan Cobbe, the most gifted painter Luke has ever known.

Stefan, left homeless and destitute after the death of his wealthy partner, doesn’t exactly deny the forgery -- he claims he doesn’t remember, an excuse Luke can’t accept.

But Luke’s elderly client suggests Stefan may be telling the truth and presents another possibility – a dark presence in the woods, a supernatural fury simmering for decades. Luke must face down his fear of the uncanny – and admit his feelings for Stefan – if either of them is to survive.

Even though I think all of these books sound like fun reads I am most excited for One Thousand and One Nights by Ruth Browne! I actually have a review copy and plan on reading it this weekSmile

Which of these books sounds like something you would love?
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

September Reads

September was a month of hits and misses for me.
If you want to go to the Goodreads page just click the cover image.

The Hits

Beauty Dates the Beast (Midnight Liaisons, #1)Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter (Midnight Liaisons, #2)Single Wolf Female (Midnight Liaisons, #2.6)Must Love Fangs (Midnight Liaisons, #3)
I found the Midnight Liaisons series while looking for a new shifter series one night. This is a fast paced paranormal romance series that was just what I needed. I read all of these in two days and they really did the trick of getting me out of my reading rut. If you are looking for something fun and fast try this series.

The Misses

Hope(less) (Judgement of the Six, #1)

Hope(less) was free on Amazon when I got it. I really just wanted to shake Gabby, the main character while reading this. I kept reading Hope(less) even though after a while I felt like the chapters where on repeat waiting for Gabby to ask the guy/wolf/mate the right questions so that all could go well in her world. Instead of that happening it takes her till the last few pages to ask if she can have Clay(wolf/mate) and the life she wants, and then the book ends on a cliffy.... I was excited about reading this because it got so many wonderful reviews and I love shifters more than any other supernatural. Maybe it is just me, but Hope(less) drove me nuts and I don't mean that in a good way.


I bought a copy of Cupidity while on vacation at the beach thinking it would be a quick fun beach read. I ended up not getting through this one I thought the premise sounded so fun! Greek gods taking part in modern day high school girls love life....

The Greek gods in this story are well, odd. They are gods yet they're super old and living in a retirement community. Then there is Cupid who turns into a girl to help the main character out with her love life. At times s/his interaction with students was a bit creepy.

Laura, the main character, wants to find love and is obsessed with greek mythology. Maybe all the reading Laura has done about mythical characters from the past is why she puts everyone in her school a sort of popularity cast system, and of course Laura is at the bottom. After making a plea to gods for a boyfriend Cupid comes to her aid. I really wanted this romcom to work, but I didn't find it romantic or all that funny.
I ended up DNF'ing this one it just was not for me.

Recommended watching

Whenever I’m sick I tend to watch Pride and Prejudice repeatedly or anime… Yes, I do know that is a huge gap. LOL
Anyway I was sick two weeks ago and became obsessed with a new anime series.

image from web

Say “I Love You.” Is awesome! If you have never watched anime or if you are looking for something you and like YA romance you should try this. You can go to Crunchyroll and watch for free and yes it’s a legal site.

What I’m reading now

I really want to love this but at the moment I am having a hard time getting through it. I don’t know if it’s just me, the subject matter, or the pacing. On The Island was one of my favorite reads of 2012 so I had high hopes for Covet. I hope it picks up soon.

That’s it for me this month.
Have you read something amazing lately?
Let me know in the comments.

Friday, September 27, 2013

What do you do with all those books?

If your house is anything like ours you are overrun with books. Now I am in no way saying that this is a bad thing, but honestly there is not one room in our house that doesn’t have at least one stack of books in it.

Don’t worry no child was harmed in the making of this picture.

When you have three children and two adults who love to read and or love to be read to, well things start to stack up…(Pun intendedSmile) We have of course donated numerous books to various organizations, but on the odd occasion when I’m wanting to get creative I do searches and get on Pinterest to turn older books into new creations.

Booked Beautiful finds of the week
who knows one day I may take the time to make some of these things…

The image will take you to the website I found these crafts at.
Pumpkin made from book.
As it is now fall and soon to be Halloween I am going to try to make a few of these super cute pumpkins.

I know as the weather gets cooler I tend to read in the bath more. I think this tub would make my bath time reading quite the experience.

Who doesn’t love to look at the beautiful autumn leaves as the season changes. This is a great way to take the changes that are happening outside into the house.

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Who could resist a cup of something warm to drink on these longer colder nights?

That’s my Autumn booked beautiful.
If you would like to look at some beautiful art made from books check out this awesome post by the Huffington Post.

Have you made anything amazing out of old book?
Or is it something you have wanted to try?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series & GIVEAWAY

Enjoy this exciting new series of clean novellas by six critically-acclaimed authors.

"Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love."

Book 1: Home Matters by Julie N. Ford
Book 2: Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin
Book 3: Righting A Wrong by Rachael Anderson
Book 4: Lost and Found by Karey White
Book 5: Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver
Book 6: Immersed in Love by Jennifer Griffith

Home Matters by Julie N. Ford

According to her mother, Olivia Pembroke was born to be a star. But how is she supposed to be famous when she can't even get a decent acting gig? Her lucky break comes when she lands an audition for a wildly popular home improvement show. Even though she has no design training and has never even held a power tool, she refuses to let that stop her. She's confident that her destiny is finally within reach.

When her affections are torn between her heartthrob co-host and the irritating, yet somehow endearing lead contractor, does she continue to reach for the stars? Or does she design a new happily ever after? One that leads not to the fading lights of fame and fortune, but to a love that will burn forever.

Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin

Drew Westfall wants nothing more than to forget what he had to do in the name of "smart" business. Cutting off all ties with his parents—including handing over the entire contents of his trust fund to a charity—he takes off for Bridger, Colorado where his best friend has an extra room for him. It doesn't take long for him to realize that his business degree won’t do him much good in a town as small as Bridger, but he's broke and has nowhere else to go.

Eden Torresi has every reason to wallow. Not only did she lose her mother, but she had to drop out of nursing school and is in a relationship with a guy unwilling to commit. But Eden isn't the wallowing type. Instead, she chooses to spend most of her time taking care of the seniors at Silver Linings Nursing home. When she learns that her boyfriend's new roommate is down on his luck, her caring nature makes her want to reach out to him and offer what help she can. But the more time they spend together, the more complicated things get, especially when the seniors of Silver Linings decide to play matchmaker.

Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson

Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year ended in a fiasco. Only Jace Sutton knew the real reason why—that she was a spineless coward. Now, seven years later, her father's been in an accident and needs help, and Cambr has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and boards a plane, hoping against hope that Jace is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs—in the past.

If only life worked that way.

Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she’d led him on, bruised his heart, and left town without a backward glance, he was forced to pick up the pieces and try not to hate her for it. Eventually, he put it behind him and moved on, creating a life for himself in his beloved hometown. But now that Cambri is back and looking more beautiful and sophisticated than ever, some of those old feelings resurface, and Jake instinctively knows, for the sake of his heart, that he needs to avoid her at all costs.

If only it were that easy.

Lost and Found by Karey White

Lydia was supposed to have an adventurous and exciting summer. Instead she's done nothing more than read and eat takeout. Now it's time to go home, and what does she have to show for it? A big fat nothing. Unless, of course, her trip to the airport somehow turns into something more than just a flight home.

Blake feels like he's been sent on a wild goose chase. While work is piling up back in Denver, he's on the other side of the country, hunting for some mysterious box that his grandfather left him. Well, no more. Nothing inside that box could possibly be more important than the opportunity to make it as the youngest partner at his firm. So he's going home, and that's that. But that's before he discovers his flight has been cancelled.

When these two strangers meet at the airport, they make a split-second decision to search for the box together. Maybe with both of them on the hunt, Lydia can have her adventure and Blake can find the box. And maybe, if they’re lucky, they’ll even find some romance.

Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver

Thirty seven year old Francie Davis, a recent widow and empty nester, gets to attend college at last. She’s sure her luck has changed when she also lands a job on campus that will pay her tuition, as administrative assistant to a history professor. When her handsome new boss yells at her on the first day of work, Francie worries she will never be good enough.

For Professor Alex Diederik, life is going downhill fast. Not only is his bitter ex-wife trying to poison their only daughter against him, but now his one place of solace—his work environment—is being complicated by his attractive new administrative assistant. She drives home his feelings of failure as a husband and father, and Alex wonders if hiring her was the right thing to do.

Francie will have to put aside her hurt and insecurities or risk her dreams, while Alex must look outside himself if he’s to mend the breach with his daughter. And, perhaps, find someone who can help heal his pain.

Immersed in Love by Jennifer Griffith

Lisette Pannebaker speaks five languages and has a brilliant business plan—personal language immersion. Clients can hire her to shadow them and speak all day in any language they need to learn for business or travel—whatever.

But there’s a major hitch: she’s far too pretty. Clients with less than honorable intentions sign up just have Lisette at their side. Solution? A make-under. Way under.It works like a charm. None of her male clients show her the least bit of interest.

Until… Erik.

Erik Gunnarsson is charming, kind, and smart—everything she’s ever looked for. Even though he seems to have a secret and she swore she'd never date a client, Lisette is tempted to shed her disguise—even if it means jeopardizing her career.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review: A Case of Redemption by Adam Mitzner


Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books; First edition (May 14, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1451674791
ISBN-13: 978-1451674798 {Amazon}
Source: Publicist; in exchange for an honest review

Acclaimed thriller author Adam Mitzner returns with the gripping tale of a high-profile attorney recovering from a personal tragedy who’s drawn back into the courtroom—and a media firestorm— in the biggest murder trial in a decade.

Dan Sorensen was once a high-powered New York City defense attorney . . . but that was before a horrifying accident killed the two people in his life who meant the most, plunging him into a downward spiral. As he approaches rock bottom, Dan is unexpectedly offered the opportunity of a lifetime: defend an up-and-coming rapper in a murder trial on the front page of every newspaper. Although his client swears he’s innocent of the brutal slaying of his pop star girlfriend, proving it will not be easy, especially because he’s suspected of bragging about the crime in one of the hottest songs in the country.

Unsure that he’s ready to handle such a high-stakes case, Dan realizes that this chance to save a man he believes has been falsely accused of murder just may be his last and only hope to put his own life back on track and achieve redemption for his past sins. But as Dan delves deeper and deeper into the case, he learns that atonement comes at a very steep price. A powerful and riveting new voice in fiction, Adam Mitzner pulls out all the stops in his follow-up to the highly acclaimed A Conflict of Interest. A Case of Redemption is a gritty, sophisticated thriller that will draw fans of Scott Turow and John Grisham into a world of relentless suspense. {Goodreads}

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It has taken me awhile to get through this.  I got my review copy back around April, and started reading soon after.  But I’ve had to put it down off and on.  For some reason I just couldn’t get into the story. 

The first almost 3/4 of the book were painful.  Not emotionally, but that kind of painful that books are when you want to like them, but just aren’t that into it.  Keep in mind, this genre is my bread-and-butter.  I grew up on John Grisham, Mary Higgins Clark, and the like.  I’ve been reading these types of books since elementary school.  There were so many misses, almosts, and just-shys that I just became frustrated.  But I persevered. 

The last quarter or so of the book is where all the good is—the meat of the story.  I’m not one to really enjoy a  book that is mostly introduction and background.  It bothers me to spend so much time “meeting and greeting” then rushing the plot to conclusion.  And that is what this felt like.

I understand that there was necessary background.  I understand that you needed history on the characters.  Yet, even with so much insight into them, I became very frustrated with them.  Dan was borderline idiotic, dense, and blind.  I figured things out way before he and Nina did, with the same information.  I just don’t see how he’s some hot-shot lawyer—he just didn’t keep up.  I also didn’t like how quickly Dan and Nina escalated their relationship. 

{Spoiler Alert} There is a major dose of reality, which I like.  Things don’t work perfectly for the hero and heroine.  But things are skewed so much that it quickly becomes unrealistic.  It irritated me that Mitzner stacked the odds against Dan and Nina so much.

There are twists, some you’ll see coming from miles away, others will stop you dead in your tracks, slapping you so hard you lose your breath.  There was some good storytelling.  But, I feel all the good came too little, and too late.

The ending leaves me feeling like Dan is a coward.  I don’t think Mitzner wanted him to appear that way.  And that’s sad to me, because once again, there was a missed opportunity.  I wanted to root for him, instead I was left shaking my head.


2 Moons out of 5


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Happy Hobbit Day!

Today is Bilbo and Frodo Baggins birthday! To get us all in the spirit lets watch Bilbo’s birthday scene from LOTR movie.

I have talked many times about my love of all things Hobbit on The Spine numerous times. I started The Hobbit in seventh grade and really enjoyed it. The Hobbit was my first experience reading anything in the fantasy genre that I love so much now. If you happen to be one of those who has just never picked up a J.R.R. Tolkien book… Maybe today is the day to start.

I love doing searches of Bilbo’s Birthday, or Hobbit day and reading how others celebrate this day. Some of the ways people celebrate are:
  • Going barefoot all day.
  • Eating seven meals a day. *My favorite!
  • Plan a long-expected party.
  • Read The Hobbit
Will you be celebrating this Hobbit Day?
Let me know what your plans are belowSmile

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Book Shop Stop (Bookends)

Whenever I’m traveling I love to go to find local independent book shops in the area I’m in. This past week I was in North Myrtle Beach and had the opportunity to go in Bookends.

As I was at the shop I got to have a great conversation with one of the owners, Bev. Bev was so nice and took the time to tell me some great stories about some of the crazy questions customers will ask about book. She also helped Richie with some good book recommendations. I am sure after talking to Bev that if you go into Bookends with an idea of what you want you will not leave empty-handed.

I loved their window dressing.

As I walked into Bookends I could tell that the books in this shop where well organized by genre and author, and that they take advantage of every space they have without making it feel cluttered. 

I really liked that this shop has South Carolina authors on display at the front of the store. I always enjoy finding new authors to enjoy.  They even had a section of Southern authors, which Richie really liked!

Something Super Awesome

I had no idea that Operation Paperback was even in existence before going to Bookends. Operation Paperback helps provide reading items for the men and women serving our country overseas! You can donate to this awesome cause right in the store. I liked that this shop has found a great way to support our troops.

We came home with a little something for everyone. If you happen to be in the Myrtle Beach area and in need of a good read you should stop by this shop. We will be going back the next time we’re in town.

Go check them out!

Do you know of any amazing bookstores I don’t know about? If they have a website let me know about it in the comments:) I live in the upstate of SC, so if you know of any bookstore gems in my neck of the woods tell me about them and I will do my best to give them a visit.

Happy reading y’all

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Review: The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell



Age Range: 8 and up
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (September 11, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375852263
ISBN-13: 978-0375852268 {Amazon}
Source: Library


Twelve-year-old Clara Dooley has spent her whole life in the Glendoveer mansion, where her mother is a servant to the kind and elderly matron of the house. Clara has never known another home. In fact, she's confined to the grand estate due to a mysterious heart condition. But it's a comfortable life, and if it weren't for the creepy squawking birds in the aviary out back, a completely peaceful one too.

But once old Mrs. Glendoveer passes away, Clara comes to learn many dark secrets about the family. The Glendoveers suffered a horrific tragedy: their children were kidnapped, then drowned. And their father George Glendoveer, a famous magician and illusionist, stood accused until his death. As Clara digs deeper and deeper into the terrifying events, the five birds in the aviary seem to be trying to tell her something. And Clara comes to wonder: what is their true identity? Clara sets out to solve a decades-old murder mystery—and in doing so, unlocks a secret in her own life, too. Kathleen O'Dell deftly weaves magic, secret identities, evil villians, unlikely heroes, and the wonder of friendship into a mystery adventure with all the charm of an old fashioned classic. {Goodreads}

I saw this on a recent trip the library with the kiddos.  It was on the award shelf {to see all nominees for the 2013/4 SC Children’s Book Award, click HERE}, and the spine caught my attention.  It looked kinda gothic, and a little on the dark side.  The description peaked my interest. 

So I checked it out.  Then had to renew it, because it took me a little while to get through it.  So, I took it to the beach with me, which I felt would force me to be conducive to finishing it.

Since I read more than 75% of this while on my anniversary trip (10 years! what what!), I found myself easily distracted by other things, like cable (which we don’t have at home) and the beach, and food—just about anything other than reading this book.

It’s not that there wasn’t a good story here, O’Dell just took a long time to tell it.  And that’s where my major beef with The Aviary lies—it was simply not entertaining enough.  I didn’t really care what was happening most of the time, and when I did, it was a fleeting concern.  I think that O’Dell could have cut approximately half of book and had a much more enticing story.  She squandered this opportunity and drowned the story in too many words.

I like that publishers are using new and different techniques when printing books.  Like, using fonts that represent the typeface of a letter written by hand.  However, there were scripts used  that were difficult for me to read, so I know my 8 year old would find it nearly impossible to read.

Should it have been nominated?  That’s not up for me to decide—I’m not an expert there.  What is up for me to decide is if I would recommend it.  And the answer to that: No.

1 Moon


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

"Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at “Breaking the Spine”, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

What I’m Waiting On

Of Metal and Wishes

Of Metal and Wishes
Sarah Fine
Expected Release Date: August 5th 2014

There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.

Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.

As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her … and she might go down with it.

What I’m Thinking

The first thing that drew me into Of Metal and Wishes was the cover. I love this cover! Yes, I know I have seen a ton of beautiful girls on YA covers, but the opaque veil she is standing behind gives this a great since of mystery.

After reading the description I knew I wanted this bad. Hello, you can’t read the description without getting that awesome haunted gothic feeling… A slaughterhouse/ medical clinic, ghost that grant wishes!?!?! As if all that together isn’t enough to sound interesting there is going to be a relationship to build after an accident caused by said wish granting ghost… Oh I am all in on this one!

Happy Wednesday!