WWW Wednesdays (March 15th)

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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?

I started briefly reading The Piper’s Price Monday night. I think I read two pages before I fell asleep with my Kindle. When I read The Neverland Wars, there was no indication that it was the first in a series. It ended oddly and left me with a lot of questions. You can read my review here. I was excited when I found out there is more! 

I also started listening to a new audiobook. I felt that enough time had passed and I am mostly caught up on reviews to start one. I started listening to The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. It’s kind of dry and passive voice. I listened all while I was working with my plants on Sunday.


 What did you just finish reading?

I finished reading To Move the World over the weekend. It started out really slow and was dragging, and then it picked up about 20% in. I love the cover and the story.

My students and I also finished The Phantom Tollbooth on Monday and they started taking their tests yesterday. I really, really liked the ending and the realizations and changes in Milo from the beginning to the end.


What do you think you’ll read next?

Next up are my most recent NetGalley approvals. I am hoping to have all of these finished by the end of April. It’s a stretch, but that’s what I want to try to accomplish.


 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! 🙂

My Book Haul

I haven’t been keeping up with my haul in my Sunday Posts like I used to. I’ve neglected updating what I got in the last few months all year long, so it is well overdue.

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Purchased

I had a $50 B&N giftcard from two Christmases ago that I still have not used since there aren’t many in my area. I was already in the area for another important purchase, so I swung in to the closest location. Apparently a $50 GC will buy you two books at B&N. I walked out paying a little over $100 in books, and this is what I got:

Top Ten Tuesday: Read in One Sitting

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Read in One Sitting

These are all too-good-to-put-down books! While I don’t have the time to read in one sitting anymore, I so would read this all in one.

 

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Blitz + Giveaway: A Star to Steer Her By

A Star to Steer Her By
Beth Anne Miller
Published by: Entangled Embrace
Publication date: March 20th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

I’m scarred. Broken. I’ll never be the same.
But I will take this journey.

Ever since my last dive ended in bloodshed, I’ve been terrified to go back into the water. But the opportunity to spend a semester at sea is too good to pass up. I need to get my life back.

I never expected to love it this much. And I never expected Tristan MacDougall.

Rugged, strong, and with demons of his own, Tristan helps me find the courage I thought I had lost and heals me with every stolen moment we share. But the rules of the ship mean we can’t be together.

When a dive excursion goes terribly wrong, our only hope for survival is each other.

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I was standing alone at the helm, under full sails and a glittering sky, guiding the ship unerringly across the endless black sea with only the stars to guide me, like the sailors of old. It was amazing. This was why I was here, why I’d gone ahead with this semester at sea, even after everything that had happened. Because I loved the sea, and wanted it to be a part of my life.

I returned my gaze upward, focusing on my guide star.

“‘And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.’”

The low voice came out of nowhere. I spun to the right, where I could just make out the vague outline of someone leaning against the stanchion that held Speedy the motorboat suspended at the stern.

“Tristan?” As soon as the question left my mouth, I rolled my eyes in the darkness. Of course it was him.

“Aye, it’s me.”

“How long have you been standing there?” I hissed. “And where the hell did you come from?” I’d been at the helm for at least half an hour, and I knew he hadn’t been there the whole time.

There was a flash of white in the darkness as he grinned. “I’ve been here for about five minutes. You were so focused on staring up at the stars that you didn’t see me. I didn’t want to disturb you.”

“So instead, you just lurked in the dark until you could scare the hell out of me. Makes sense,” I muttered, trying not to be too thrilled that he’d chosen to hang out up here with me. “What was it that you said, anyway?”

“It’s from a poem. The full verse is:
“‘I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.’”

His lilting accent gave the lines a musical quality, and a shiver ran down my spine. “It’s beautiful,” I said, “and perfectly describes the way I feel. You didn’t write that, did you?” Because it would be supremely unfair for him to be kind, gorgeous, athletic, musically brilliant, and a poet, too.

 

My first book, written in elementary school, was bound in pink fabric and was about—what else?—a girl and her horse. I soon began cheating on horses with the sea, becoming an open water scuba diver at age 14. That love of the sea led me to a college semester aboard a schooner. I returned with fond memories of the exhilaration of being on a ship under full sail, less fond memories of hurling over the leeward rail on a daily basis, and a sailing bug I couldn’t quite shake.

In addition to horses and the sea, I have a fascination for all things Scottish (including, but not limited to, men in kilts), which I explored with my first novel, INTO THE SCOTTISH MIST (The Wild Rose Press, 2011), and carried into my new novel, A STAR TO STEER HER BY (Entangled Embrace, 2017). A native New Yorker, I work in the publishing industry and am always looking ahead to my next voyage, whether a short one on a dive boat or whale watch, or, with luck, a longer one on a tall ship. You can find me on the web at http://www.bethannemiller.com

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Cover Characteristics: Santa

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This is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. It came about when Sugar was wondering which cover to use for her #70 Cover of the Week post. Sugar kept on thinking of more than one, and they all seemed to have a theme/characteristic. So she decided to switch things up a bit!

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the week’s particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

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I didn’t do so great with this one, but it gave me some other cover ideas!

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Blitz + Giveaway: The Supernatural Pet

The Supernatural Pet Sitter
Diane Moat
(The Magic Thief, #1)
Publication date: March 5th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Middle-Grade

Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen.

Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down. She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others.

Then, something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared.

In order to protect the animal’s magic, Pepper decides to track down the culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother, Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.

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Familiars don’t do well when they are separated from their witches. That was how Pepper got into the business of pet sitting. Gnomes have a low-level connection with all supernatural animals. Gnomes are kind of like the Dog Whisperer, except that they communicate well with Familiars, basilisks (a magical lizard), unicorns and so on, rather than the more usual “pets”.

Pepper’s business of helping witches by taking care of their Familiars had boomed over the past year. Thank goodness she wasn’t sitting for the McCrorys last month when “it” happened.

Mr. McCrory was an accountant and Mrs. McCrory worked part-time at the downtown Dewitt Mall. Their two kids lived away at college. Mrs. M’s Familiar was a huge, bright-green-and-blue parrot named Frank. Pepper had only checked on the parrot once when the McCrorys drove their kids to their out-of-state campus several months earlier. Frank didn’t cause any trouble, so the job was easy money.

Supposedly, Mrs. M was at work one day last month when she had a “bad feeling” that prompted her to go home to check on Frank. The house seemed undisturbed, and everything looked fine at first. But when Mrs. M went to Frank’s cage, she found him looking away from her. He wouldn’t even turn around when she called his name. When she walked around the cage to greet Frank face-to-face, he had only ducked and bobbed his head the way a normal parrot would. But Frank wasn’t normal.

Next, Mrs. M had reached out to the Familiar with her magic, but got no response from him. Not only that, but she said she had trouble focusing, and even her own magic had felt weak. With hands trembling, she had picked up Frank to try again. Nothing. Since that day, Frank’s magic was gone, and Mrs. M’s magic was broken.



Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. Dog Gone is her debut novel, born from years of hearing animal rescuers say about animal abusers, “If only I could get my hands on that person…” Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs.

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Sunday Post ~ How Time Flies

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: Suday Post Meme.


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School was out all week for spring break! Honestly, I regret everything. I squandered all of my time! I worked furiously last Saturday to finish and submit the yearbook. It came back with only two errors in the portraits (names missing) that I was able to fix right away and return to the plant. It’s done!

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While I had the entire week off work to do with as I pleased, The Man had to work every single night. Even on his nights off, he was mandated to work SXSW (South by Southwest) overnight.

I have discovered that given the choice, I am a brunch and semi-night owl kind of person. I stayed up way too late every night – or should I say the wee hours of the morning? I finished The Fosters on Netflix and was glued to the TV rewatching Revenge. It was like I couldn’t look away! Honestly!

We had made plans to go see Beauty & the Beast at 11:30 on Saturday morning so I could get off to my brother’s birthday dinner on time, but I turned off the alarm so we could just sleep. I had also planned to get my inspection done for my vehicle registration and also get my oil changed during the week, and I realized on Saturday while gassing up that I hadn’t done either of them! I truly did squander all of my time!

Today I will be working with my plants. I bought some new bulbs to plant, as well as a few new plants. I also want to go back and buy bluebonnet seeds. They’re already in season and die out by the time summer hits, but in college I was able to grow some from seed during summer. I’ll be doing some minor chores about the house because The Man’s parents (dad and stepmom) are coming in tomorrow! I won’t see them until Friday, and they leave on Saturday, but that’s timing for ya.

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I’ve decided I want to make a goal of increasing my Instagram following and improving my content. Right now it is a mix of teacher, dog, and bullet journal. I will admit I’m probably not ever going to grow based on bookstagram, at least not right now, so I’ve recently started using Crowdfire to help me regulate and improve my sharing and engagement. I did hit 200 followers last week, so I was excited about that.

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I didn’t do a whole lot around the blog this week. Mini Blog Ahead finished on Wednesday. For the most part, all of my weekly content is up to date until June. This week I had wanted to craft some new Famous Last Words posts, but I couldn’t get up the motivation. I did craft two or three (or four?) new posts about my bullet journal. These posts will start in April and so far I have them scheduled for every two weeks.

I think I might as well just surrender for TBR challenge this month. I had the whole week and I still didn’t finish a single book. 😦

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  • Monday
    • Cover Characteristics ~ Santa
    • Blitz + Giveaway ~ The Supernatural Pet
  • Tuesday
    • Top Ten Tuesday ~ Read in One Sitting
    • Teaser Tuesday & Intro ~ TBD
    • Blitz + Giveaway ~ A Star to Steer Her By
  • Wednesday
    • WWW Wednesday
    • My Book Haul
  • Thursday
    • Famous Last Words #23
  •  Friday
    • Feature Follow Friday ~ Books/Series in the Closet
    • Book Blogger Hop #13

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I started reading To Move the World last weekend. The beginning was slow and painful to the point I wanted to just chuck it aside. But like I always do, I stayed the course and found around the 18% mark things started picking up and I became very interested in where things were going…but with my other tasks (one which I can’t talk about yet!) and actively watching TV, I didn’t finish it as I expected. Look for a post this week with my book haul since Christmas!

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