Sunday Post ~ Do You Have a Life?

0abf9b9e-b7ac-4d59-b451-7eb7c64ea1b9_zps47hi5hueThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday funday, see the rules here: Sunday Post Meme.


Again, another week spent at school until 8:00 or later every day.

A coworker in another grade level whom I don’t know well stopped me one day mid-sentence. I was speaking to someone in my department, and this third lady walked in and sat down to meet with my department peep. She stopped and said, “Do you even have a life?” 

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She actually said it as a compliment, and went on to list off things I’m doing this year for my campus. When she finished rattling off the list a little out of breath, I chimed in.

“And I travel 1.5 hours out of town every weekend.”

And she just looked at me, silently asking, “Seriously?” 

I told her in reality, no, I don’t have a life.

After ruminating on her conversation I came to a decision. I am joining disc jockey Bobby Bones of Kase 101 in doing one human thing each week. So every week I will leave school within an hour of dismissal and go do one human thing with another human.*

*Exceptions: Or with Baby, OR doing something I enjoy by myself.

In house news, it is under contract. The potential buyer contacted me Thursday night to set up a meeting on Saturday. I called him Friday as I was leaving for the man’s. I don’t think he was expecting to be told no. I told him upfront about the issues with the entire thing and that I am kind of wary. He paused for a minute, not knowing what to say to everything, and then just pushed on about setting up a meeting time. We’ll see how that goes this week.

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Baby needs me to speed up the grading. She has graciously taken it upon herself to help.

 

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 Stadium of Lights | Dots | Anything You Ask of Me

Soul Finder | The Surrendered | Whatever You Call Me

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  • Monday
    • Cover Characteristic ~ Big Ben
    • Review + Giveaway ~Not Quite Right
    • Blitz + $25 Sephora GC Giveaway ~ Exchange of Power
    • Blitz + Giveaway ~ Beck
  • Tuesday
    • Top Ten Tuesday ~ On My Fall TBR
    • First Chapter First Paragraph ~ TBD
    • Blitz + Giveaway ~ Dark Abigail
  • Wednesday
    • WWW Wednesday
    • Blitz + Giveaway ~Lost Wolf
  • Thursday
    • Famous Last Words #15
  •  Friday
    • Feature Follow Friday ~ I Can’t Stand…

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I’ve decided to combine the new addition of “Reading Now” with my “New Arrivals” since I don’t always have new books each week.

I did finish a new book I never even talked about until Wednesday. I thought it was for a tour last Monday and I was freaking out about it only to realize on Wednesday that the tour was for tomorrow. I’ve got my days all mixed up. I’m still slugging through Regarding Anna, which I told myself I would finish by Friday…for about the third week in a row.

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I did take a step back and visited Amazon, but look at my variety in new books!

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This is a feature I am adding to my Sunday Posts. After being asked by a coworker – in all seriousness – if I had a life, I decided to join disc jockey Bobby Bones of Kase 101 in doing one human thing each week.

How does it work?

In order to not lose what little sanity I have left and in order to not become enslaved to the Texas Education Agency via my school district, I will…

  • leave school within an hour of dismissal once a week
  • go do one human thing with another human
  • talk about my human thing on the blog each week

So what human things did I do this week? They were work-related, but they involved other humans and things I enjoy, so they count!

Tuesday I got to drive my department peeps to a training to see author Jeff Anderson again. He is great at teaching writing workshops – teaching teachers how to teach writing. He is coming out with a second installment in the Zach Delacruz series, coming out in October. I pre-ordered my book!🙂

On Thursday our secondary campuses librarian scheduled a guest speaker, Jo Ivester, to come talk to our students. I was running around trying to get the best coverage photos I could in a gym with all the overflow kids sitting on the floor and with the volleyball nets still up. I thought that was a tad rude, to be honest. She was also at the high school PAC that night to talk more in-depth. Her platform is her book, On the Outskirts of Hope, which I bought. She tells her story of moving from an all-white community to an all-black community in 1960s Mississippi. I found her stories interesting and wanted to read the book. Since I know the librarian, I got to chat with her about the event and Jo signed my book and spoke with me.

And then on Saturday I stepped out of my comfort zone and went to a new restaurant on my own. As I was getting my it’s-been-over-a-month treatment at the nail salon, I saw something on social media for a burger place. In the actual city where the man lives, there are not a lot of true sit-down restaurants, so when I saw this new place that started as a food truck, I decided to take a chance and go find it for lunch. It was a little hard to find because it was in those really nice houses that don’t even look like businesses, let alone restaurants. The food was OK, there were only six tables, and the interior looked all thrown together. I found out they only opened last Saturday, so they weren’t prepared at all! I was very impressed by the staff, though. My waitress was incredibly sweet and continually checked on all her tables. The owner’s wife was manning the register and took the time to explain and show the elderly man in front of me how to use this new-fangled technology. As someone with a mother who is fearful of technology, and doesn’t understand it or how to use it, I appreciated that small act of kindness. I will gladly go back to a place getting off the ground with a little pricier items if they treat their customers with kindness and grace. I see you, Big Rob’s!

I also learned how to make memes! This could either be a potentially amazing thing, or a horrifying nightmare. Here was the first one I made after finishing my hours-long saga of agony to complete the new educator appraisal system for my state. And then days later everyone in my hall was flocking to me super stressed out about how to do this ish.

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Blitz + Giveaway: Whatever You Call Me

Whatever You Call Me
Leigh Fleming
Publication date: September 20th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Annie Cooper is fed up with Washington. More importantly, she’s done with being Senator George Cooper’s daughter and all the expectations that come with it. She changes her name and tries to start fresh after quitting her job, but the only position she can find is in the political world she despises.

Kip Porter is a two-term congressman from a blue collar district along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay whose ambition leads him astray from the core values he—and his constituents—hold dear. He needs Senator Cooper’s backing to get his bill through the Senate and plans to use Annie to do it.

What starts out as a simple game of hidden identity soon becomes complicated. Annie wants to prove her worth on her own terms, but the closer she grows to Kip, the more she needs to come clean. With unexpected romance blossoming between them, will Kip keep his own secrets, or reveal the truth in the name of love?

(This is a stand alone romance – you do not need to read Best Friends Book 1 to enjoy this title).

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EXCERPT:

Annie felt the sting and quickly slapped the mosquito nibbling on her calf. They’d been sitting in the grassy field for over an hour waiting for the tow truck to arrive. The subs had long ago been eaten, but they lounged on the trunk carpet sipping what was left of their fountain drinks.

“Damn, it’s hot.” Kip began unbuttoning his shirt and pulling the tail out of his pants. “I’ve got to get out of these clothes.”

Purposely looking the opposite direction, Annie fought the urge to take a glimpse of a shirtless Kip, but instead looked out at the baking weeds in the field. She jerked upright when she heard his belt buckle clink.

“What are you doing?” she shrieked.

“I’m getting out of these clothes. I’m burning up.” Kip tramped to the car, walking around to the driver’s side back door, and leaned inside where Annie couldn’t see. She strained her neck and rose up on her knees, stretching to see what he was doing. A few minutes later he returned to their makeshift picnic spot wearing gym shorts, a T-shirt, and sneakers. Annie dropped back onto the carpet and pulled up a few blades of grass as Kip dropped beside her.

“Disappointed?” he whispered in her ear.

“Huh?”

“You heard me.”

“Why would I be disappointed?”

“You were hoping I was going to strip down.” He wiggled his eyebrows and nudged his shoulder into hers.

“Oh, please.” She went back to weeding the field, furiously yanking blades of grass and letting them flutter in the humid breeze.

“Come on, Coach. I saw the look on your face when I started unbuttoning my shirt.”

“Get over yourself.” She shoved back and then stood up, brushing the dust from her dress. “Should you call them again to see where the truck is?”

“What, don’t you like our little picnic?”

“Porter…seriously, we need to get back.” Annie glared at Kip where he lay on the carpet, resting his head in his hands.

“Relax, it will be here soon. Come lay down with me.” He patted his hand on the carpet and gave her his most salacious grin.

“Not a chance.”

“Come on…what are you afraid of?”

Annie stared at Kip, taking a tendril in her hand and twisting it tightly around her finger. She glanced over her shoulder at the car and then back at him, now lying on his side with his head resting on his hand. He patted the carpet once more and invited her over with a swoosh of his hand.

“Fine,” she said, joining him on the carpet and mimicking his relaxed position.

“Tell me about the mechanic.”

“I already told you. We dated in high school and he taught me all about cars.”

“Nah…there’s got to be more to the story.” Annie watched Kip’s soft lips curl at the corners. The memory of him leaning in to kiss her earlier in the day flashed through her mind. She sighed and flipped flat on her back.

“Not really. My father hated him…thought he wasn’t a good influence. We didn’t date long.”

“This is the first I’ve heard about your dad. You’ve never mentioned your family, actually. What do they do?”

“Oh, um…” Annie closed her eyes against the bright sun. “My dad is an attorney and my mom is a professional party giver.” Not a total lie.

“Sound like interesting people. I’d like to meet them.”

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Author Bio:

After several years of saying she would write a book someday, Leigh Fleming finally fulfilled her ultimate bucket list item by writing and self-publishing a novel. In 2013, she completed her first work, Precious Words, a romance suspense story set in the glittering world of men’s professional tennis, taking the reader on a whirlwind trip full of love and danger.

Leigh continues to hone her craft and learn what it takes to create a page-turning novel. She has completed Whatever You Call Me, set to release in fall, 2016, and Whatever You Say, to be released spring, 2017.

Leigh lives with her husband, Patrick, in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and is mom to adult children, Tom and Liza, and her two dogs, Lula Belle and Napoleon.

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Feature Follow Friday ~ September 23, 2016

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Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The goal of Feature & Follow is to meet new bloggers, make friends, and gain readers.

Favorite Opening Scene

What is your favorite opening scene?

I don’t know if I’ve ever thought about this before. Recently I started participating in First Chapter First Paragraph where we share the opening of a book each week, but I don’t think I’ve ever really thought about my favorite opening scene. Since I’ve never thought of this, today I am sharing the opening to my favorite book in the world. I’ve talked before about this book teaching me how to love.


People disappear all the time. Ask any policeman. Better yet, ask a journalist. Disappearances are bread-and-butter to journalists.

Young girls run away from home. Young children stray from their parents and are never seen again. Housewives reach the end of their tether and take the grocery money and a taxi to the station. International financiers change their names and vanish into the smoke of imported cigars.

Many of the lost will be found, eventually, dead or alive. Disappearances, after all, have explanations.

Usually.


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Chapter 1 

A New Beginning

It wasn’t a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance. Mrs. Baird’s was like a thousand other Highland bed-and-breakfast establishments in 1945; clean and quiet, with fading floral wallpaper, gleaming floors, and a coin-operated hot-water geyser in the lavatory. Mrs. Baird herself was squat and easygoing, and made no objection to Frank lining her tiny rose-sprigged parlor with the dozens of books and papers with which he always traveled.


 

What is your favorite opening scene? 

Blitz + Giveaway: The Surrendered

The Surrendered
Case Maynard
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: September 20th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children.

Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable things happening to the younger girls in service, she has no choice but to take a stand—a decision that lands her on the run and outside the fence for the first time since the System robbed her of her liberty.

Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing factions gunning for the one thing that might save them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and desperation into hope and determination—or risk failing all the children and the brother she left behind.

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WWW Wednesdays (September 21)

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This is a weekly meme hosted hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading? 

2505949213516846My absolute goal is to finish both of these books by Friday. I am holing up in the evening night and just getting it done.

And if I don’t…I’m going to have a talking-to with myself.

 


 What did you just finish reading?

I finished a book! Look! It only took me two months!

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I actually started this book Sunday night and finished it yesterday.


What do you think you’ll read next?

I have to read Between Heaven and Earth and O’er the River Liffey right away and get them reviewed.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading!🙂

Blitz + Multiple Book Giveaway: Soul Finder

Soul Finder
Jacinta Maree
(The Immortal Gene, #2)
Publication date: September 16th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult, Supernatural

Since being discovered as Soulless, Nadia has become a target for both terrorist groups and government corporations. Now, her only hope for survival rests in the hands of the man sent out to kill her: Diesel, the Mad Dog terrorist.

Diesel is determined to free himself of the never ending curse of reincarnation and the haunting memories that plague his mind. But when his search leads him to Nadia, a greater desire stills him from taking her life.

Unable to see into Diesel’s cracking mind, Nadia instead puts her faith into his strength, fueled by eleven generations of unmatched rage and insanity. Their tight-rope relationship balances the two between life and death, love and rage, trust and betrayal.

Tension pulls at the hems of their dangerous companionship, and as time runs out all madmen must eventually make their choice.

Book two of the thrilling Immortal Gene series dives deeper into the danger of trusting your heart over your head.

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Blitz + Giveaway: Anything You Ask Of Me

Anything You Ask Of Me
Heather Curley
Publication date: July 31st 2016
Genres: Historical, New Adult

Although her home state of Maryland hasn’t sworn allegiance to either Union or Confederacy, twenty-two-year-old Elizabeth Archer’s life is shattered. Her father has fled North, abandoning the household. The man she loved—and who married her sister instead— is killed in battle. Elizabeth’s life of parties and societal obligations dwindles down to isolation and too many empty hours; hours to mourn the man who gave her up to chase an inheritance.

She meets Confederate general Jeb Stuart by chance and, in an instant, she’s the center of his attention.

As commander of the Army of Northern Virginia’s cavalry division, General Stuart doesn’t ask, he orders. The attraction seems mutual and, flattered by his affection, Elizabeth agrees to spy for the Confederacy. She’s Stuart’s La Belle Rebelle, the Beautiful Rebel; the siren of the south. She’s notorious in the Union and lauded in the Confederacy. And she’s falling in love with him.

Notoriety, however, is a spy’s worst enemy. Now pursued by a Federal officer tasked to stop her at any cost, Elizabeth faces the sentence of hanging if she’s convicted of treason against the Union. Devoted to a cause she doesn’t believe in and with Federal blood on her hands, Elizabeth must save herself—or die a traitor.

Time is running out. And no one, not even La Belle Rebelle, can outrun the war.

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EXCERPT:

He stood alone in the parlor, examining a horrendous portrait of her mother that Sarah insisted be left above the fireplace. Hat hooked over his first two fingers, he tapped it against his leg with a certain sense of idleness common in someone tired of waiting.

“It is not a decent likeness of my mother.” She tilted her head toward the portrait. “Maybe in the eyes, but the artist was paid far greater than his ability deserved.”

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