WWW Wednesdays (January 20)

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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? 

FeastofFates_CORRECT_cover_final-188x300I am working fast and furious to finish reading Feast of Fates by Christian A. Brown. This is only my second book coming out of my slump. I’m not sure if I’m entirely out of it, given how long it is taking me to finish a book, or if it is exacerbated by the fact that I have so little time to do anything right now.

The review will be up Friday.

24612691I forgot that I had started Jeff Anderson’s book, Zach Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth. I’ve only read the first chapter so far, but I’m hoping to finish it Saturday. I know it’s going to be hilarious, and it seems Zach and I have one important thing in common: big mouths. And not the kind you eat Big Macs with!

DG CS cover 2014 flatI also started the first chapter of this hilarious sequel. Cynthia Port cracks me up! Dog Goner is the follow up to Kibble Talk.

Tawny and Dinky are the funniest pair of child-dog you’ve ever seen. Now pair them up with Tawny’s BFF Jenny and her dog Gunner, and they are on a mission!

Secrets will be revealed! Fondest wishes will be fulfilled! Permacrud will be . . . what the heck is permacrud, anyway? Find out in Dog Gone Dinky, the second book in the hilarious Kibble Talk series. Tawny and Jenny, along with their dogs Dinky and Gunner, have set themselves on a mission – or really, three missions. But there’s someone else with a fondest wish, and they’ll do anything to get it. Can Dinky save the day before he becomes a dog goner? Dog Gone Dinky is a fast moving and funny fiction story perfect for readers aged 7 to 12 or as a read-a-loud.


 What did you just finish reading?

Not a thing. Yet.


 What do you think you’ll read next?

Not Always Happenstance is my first review book for February, and then I will be clearing Scott Cramer’s The Toucan Trilogy books off my TBR.


 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! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

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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.

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Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

Two weary strangers are about to rest their burdens in Eternity Springs, where there’s hope for every broken heart.

Haunted by the loss of his wife and son, Daniel Garrett left the police force to devote his life to finding missing children. But he still hasn’t found a way to mend the wounds of his past-until he attends a wedding in the small mountain town of Eternity Springs…and meets a beautiful, intriguing woman who offers a glimpse of something Daniel thought he’d never have again.

Sometimes life gives us
a second chance at love.

Shannon O’Toole isn’t looking for romance. Ever since her fiancé’s death, she created a quiet life for herself restoring Victorian cottages. Still, she can’t deny her attraction to the handsome, broad-shouldered stranger. Daniel makes her feel things she’s hasn’t felt in years-including the desire to share her secrets. But can Shannon trust a detective when doing so could bring danger to her cottage door? In Eternity Springs, anything-and everything-is possible…

 

Celebrate Christmas on Sanctuary Island, where the love light gleams. There will be snow and mistletoe…and two lonely hearts yearning for love, family, and above all, home.

Magazine columnist Libby Leeds has made a name for herself sharing heartwarming stories from her perfect life on Sanctuary Island. There’s just one minor detail she’s left out: she hasn’t set foot on the island since her childhood. Orphaned and heartbroken, she departed years ago and never looked back-except in her fictional columns. Now a wounded war hero is returning to Sanctuary Island, and Libby’s editor insists she cover the story by taking the long road back…

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

Army Ranger Owen Shepard is a tall, handsome single father, and now a media sensation. He wants to reconnect with his daughter, Caitlin, and make up for lost time by giving her a Christmas to remember. When “America’s Favorite Homemaker” Libby Leeds offers her help, he jumps at the chance. But the sweet, reclusive writer is more intriguing, and more tempting, than Owen could have imagined. Soon, Owen and Caitlin are spending their holiday with Libby, decorating trees, making gingerbread houses, and warming up by the fire. It’s the closest Libby has come to love and family since she was a child-but until she and Owen admit what is in their hearts, the home they are creating together will be only in their dreams.

 

Noah Drake was that guy–the one always on the lookout for his next adrenaline high, so it was no surprise when he took off across the world, seeking adventure as a travel writer. But one thing he could never escape was Piper Bellini, the girl who got away–the girl he let get away, a fact he’s never let himself forget. When he returns to Echo Lake to see if there’s any chance the flame between them can be rekindled, he never expects to spend the night holed up with Piper in a roadside diner while a blizzard rages outside. It’s exactly the kind of situation that sent Piper running years ago. But this time, Noah may have been handed a Christmas miracle, and he intends to make all of his and Piper’s wishes come true…

 

Previously published in the anthology Santa, Baby, HOT TOY is now available as a standalone e-story for the first time!

Mayhem ensues under the mistletoe as a determined shopper grabs the very last hot toy action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the middle of a real-life spy game and in the arms of a sexy secret agent…

 

 

 

Crispin, the Duke of Hurst, has never met a woman he couldn’t handle–until he’s hit over the head with a basketful of mistletoe by a young lady who mistakes his intentions. When he gets into a tussle with her–and she can hold her own–Crispin knows he has finally met his match.

Miss Gwen Prim is mortified that she attacked a duke, but even more concerning is the way her resolve melts when she’s near him. She’s never felt this way about a gentleman in her life. And with the magic of Christmas in the air, she may end up with a proposal she didn’t expect…

 

In The Billionaire Rancher, there’s nothing Nate Christensen hates more than a golddigger. Nate wants to stay away from all the women who want his money. That is, until he meets the sexy, beautiful Chloe Benson, who lights a fire in his blood that only the most passionate nights can ease…

Chloe cannot get enough of Nate-she’s never felt more wild with desire in her life. The only problem is, she needs Nate’s money. True, it’s for a very worthy charity…but is their passion enough to still Nate’s fears that she’s only wants him for how big his bank account is?

 

Welcome back to Jewell Cove, where this holiday season, there happens to be no room at the inn…

When a December Nor’easter roars up the eastern seaboard, Jewell Cove cop Todd Ricker spends his day off being a Good Samaritan to stranded holiday travelers. But when the roads close and Todd can’t make his way home, he discovers that the Evergreen Inn is full up. Until another Good Samaritan opens her doors and offers him a place to stay…

Lainey Price is not looking forward to Christmas, but just because she’s not filled with the holiday spirit doesn’t mean she’s going to turn Todd out into the stormy night. Even if it means offering the handsome police officer the couch in her tiny cottage. But when the weather takes a turn for the worse, the two are snowed in for a wintry evening by the fire. With Christmas only a few days away, can Todd convince Lainey to open her heart to the season…and love?

 

After her grandmother’s death, Johanna moves to Vienna to be close to her brother. There, among the baroque castles and gardens of the bustling capital, she struggles to restart her life. Finding her passion through a cooking school, Johanna is soon intrigued by the attentions of handsome Thomas, who is eager to make Johanna his own. Thomas works hard to win her trust, but just as they establish a fragile faith in each other, Thomas receives news: the job of his dreams is waiting in New York. Anchored by family and her hard-won sense of belonging, Johanna remains in Vienna. Can Johanna and Thomas’s passion survive a distance of four thousand miles? Told with humor and grace, Wait for Me in Vienna paints a portrait of two lovers helping one another emerge from isolation, risking their hearts for a chance at that one great love.

 

 Emily and husband Colin have come to the French Riviera for what should be a joyous occasion – the engagement party of her lifelong friend Jeremy, Duke of Bainbridge, and Amity Wells, an American heiress. But the merrymaking is cut short with the shocking death of one of the party in an apparent suicide. Not convinced by the coroner’s verdict, Emily must employ all of her investigative skills to discover the truth and avert another tragedy.

 

 

 

Welcome to Hartley-by-the-Sea in England’s beautiful Lake District, where two sisters who meet as strangers find small miracles tucked into the corners of every day….

When Lucy Bagshaw’s life in Boston falls apart, thanks to a scathing editorial written by her famous artist mother, she accepts her half sister Juliet’s invitation to stay with her in a charming seaside village in northern England. Lucy is expecting quaint cottages and cream teas, but instead finds that her sister is an aloof host, the weather is wet, windy, and cold, and her new boss, Alex Kincaid, is a disapproving widower who only hired her as a favor to Juliet.

Despite the invitation she offered, Juliet is startled by the way Lucy catapults into her orderly life. As Juliet faces her own struggles with both her distant mother and her desire for a child, her sister’s irrepressible optimism begins to take hold. With the help of quirky villagers, these hesitant rainy day sisters begin to forge a new understanding…and find in each other the love of family that makes all the difference.

Sunday Post ~ Clorox Wipes and TV Dinners

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.


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This week passed in a blur. Between so many UIL practices to get them in before competition, yearbook staff meeting, and tutorials with all my little friends who were absent the first week back, it has been a whirlwind. At least I have 5934839 pieces of candy to eat during the storm. Why do parents think their kids’ teachers want boatloads of candy? … I always gave my teachers things like tea towels, candles, etc.

The photo to the right is very deceptive. It exhibits a glazy-eyed me with very little sleep but very happy to be toasty thanks to the man’s Christmas present.

This week I had 21654167981 chores to do, so Stitch and I were doing the same thing! I might have only showered twice…I can’t really remember.

Since I am actually living back in my house during the week, and not simply sleeping in my bed, I have started the slow and horrible process of sanitizing and sterilizing every surface and item in my kitchen. It would be *SO* much easier with a dishwasher. Since I was there, I also cleaned the inside of my refrigerator. It’s so sparkly. In the meantime, it’s microwavable dinners for me until the cabinets can be cleaned and all the cookware can be cleaned and put away.

And Baby might have fleas. Again. I found two yesterday. 😦

Things are underway on the Lucy front and I am praying each day that the man gets a response from his shark peeps. SOON.

 

 ~ Last Week  on G1000W ~

For the last several weeks, I’ve been checking for the following week’s topic for Feature Follow Friday, and there is nothing there. I don’t have the time to wait for it to post and craft a post on Friday mornings, so I think this one and I may be parting ways. It’s kind of sad. I think this was the first meme I started participating in.

 

~ This Week on G1000W ~

Let’s just say life’s a hot mess right now, alright? I feel like Alice in Wonderland when she was tiny, running around on the top of a long, sixteen-seater dinner table trying to keep all the overflowing portions on gigantic plates. Things have been slim on the reading and preparing front.

  • Tuesday
    • Top Ten Tuesday ~ Recent Adds
  • Wednesday
    • WWW Wednesday
    • Review + Giveaway ~ Feast of Fates
  • Thursday
    • Blast + Giveaway ~ Dream of Me

 

~ New Arrivals to Land of 1000 Wonders ~

 

~ Around Town in the Spotlight ~

 

 ~ Open Giveaways ~

 On Thin Icing | Read This Round Up #64 | Broken Things to Mend | In Time for You | Level Up

The Sound of the Stones | This Little President 

Read This Round Up #64

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Welcome to Read This, a collection of book reviews and giveaways that were posted in the past week or so from around the web. This is a collection of book reviews & contests from real reviewers. If you want to be included in the next edition start with the guidelines, then use the submission form.

Want to read more reviews? Check out Read This for a list of the latest reviews and stellar reviewers. You can also follow on twitter for the latest round ups. Read This is now accepting photo submissions for each edition.


CONTESTS


NON FICTION


FICTION

-WOMEN’S FICTION

-COMING OF AGE


YOUNG ADULT

-FANTASY

-HISTORICAL

-PARANORMAL

-SCIENCE FICTION


NEW ADULT


ROMANCE

-HOLIDAY ROMANCE


FANTASY


PARANORMAL


SCIENCE FICTION


MYSTERY

-HISTORICAL MYSTERY


HORROR

-DYSTOPIA


THRILLER


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Giveaway

Any book or preorder (retailer of your choice) up to $17

 

Thoughts on Thursday: Tour Company Recommendations

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Tour Company Recommendations 

With this new year, I have decided it is time to evaluate the tour companies I work with. There are some who are not moving on with me in 2016 for a variety of reasons. This means I need recommendations for tour companies you guys work with! 

When I look for a tour company, I look for some basic things. I didn’t think these were unreasonable qualifications or expectations, but the more I have thought on the companies I am saying goodbye to, the more I realize there are some tour companies who want to do as little work as possible.

 

What do I look for in a tour company? 

  1. Notification of new review tours in a timely manner. There are several tour companies that don’t notify their blogger readers far enough in advance for them to sign up and read the books. I have had some only notify two weeks in advance! That’s impossible for the majority of bloggers. I schedule posts in advance, and record everything on a paper calendar. I try to spread my reviews out so that none overlap, whether they are tour reviews or personal reads reviews. I also like knowing in advance what my schedule looks like and what I have to accomplish each week and month. An appropriate amount of notice for a new review tour is a minimum of one month in advance. The best frame of notification is two-three months in advance. Below is a wonderful example:PatronMurders_Banner (1)CBB Book Promotions rolled out this new notification and sign up for a March review tour on December 9. That is almost a full three months’ notice. It is perfect timing for those who prepare their schedules and posts in advance like I do.
  2. A variety of review offerings. I enjoy doing review tours, so I look forward to seeing what is available from the tour companies I work with. This has actually pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me broaden my reading horizons. There is nothing worse than a company not being able to fill all of the slots an author has paid for, and that has happened several times with a few of the companies I have worked with. I understand that not all books are for every reader, but when I receive constant secondary and tertiary emails that “XYZ tour needs some love,” or worse, a direct subject of “This tour is in immediate need of reviews and spotlights,” something is not right. And it pisses me off because, quite simply, it means the tour organizer is not doing their job correctly. Tour companies know who their reader base is, and who their audiences are. To accept a book for a review tour and not have hardly any sign up is a sign that the book was not a good fit for the tour company. I understand that this will happen from time to time, but when it is happening every month – and more than once a month – is a bad sign. However, there is one spectacular tour organizer who often personally invites me to join a review tour if I have not signed up for it after a few weeks, which typically means I’m on the fence about the book. This is a fabulous lady who goes above and beyond for her company and her reviewers, and it shows. There have been many times I have accepted and joined the tour because she made an extra effort, and we have an understanding that when I’m personally invited to join a tour and I don’t like the book, we immediately make other arrangements. This tour organizer almost always gives me the first or second day slot on every review tour I join.
  3. Prepared HTML for a tour. There is one tour company in particular that I work with that does not prepare any HTML for any type of tour, whether it be a blast or a review tour. As a reviewer, I see this as part of a tour organizer’s responsibility to me. 
  4. As few emails about a tour as possible. My inbox typically receives over 100 emails a day from my blog subscriptions alone. There is absolutely no need for a tour organizer to send multiple emails about the same tour. I don’t need an email that only has the tour schedule link. I don’t need another email the next day that has the book and author basics. I don’t need a third email closer to the tour that has shitty HTML. I don’t need a fourth email that has the giveaway code. There should only be two emails ever sent about a tour: the tour notification/sign up, and the HTML and tour trimmings. I can see there could be a third email with your individual interview or guest post content, but that’s it!
  5. Promotion of my reviews on social media.  Most tour companies guarantee authors that they will also promote the tour on their social media outlets. As a reviewer, I should not be responsible for sending the tour organizer the review link once it is live, or submitting my own Twitter message for them to promote. Tour organizers set the tour schedule: they should be checking their reviewers’ blogs for the review and its link. This is a responsibility of the tour organizer, and anything less means you are a lazy tour organizer.
  6. All reviewer responsibilities sent in tour emails up front. There is a tour company I have worked who is very unorganized, in my opinion, and leaves all of the organizing up to the reviewers! We are sent two Google docs, have to fill in the schedule ourselves, go back and check it to make sure it hasn’t been changed, find the correct link among several to link to our review after it has posted and about five other tasks. This is the definition of a tour organizer’s job. Why am I doing the work for you? I’m not getting paid for it! I really like how Mother Daughter Book Reviews does this – everything is outlined in advance on the book’s tour page with all the components that reviewers are required to complete or can complete to enter a reviewer-only giveaway. Below you can see how she has listed everything that reviewers need to do step-by-step: MDRI have also started being assigned tasks by tour organizers and notified of it via messages to my blog’s Facebook page. That’s not kosher with me. If you need me to do something for the tour, it needs to be in an email, period. That’s how you notified me in the first place of the tour, so why would changing the method of communication for the same tour be acceptable? Below is a post that was left on my FB page. If you are leaving notes for me to check places that are abnormal, that should be your clue. And when I did check, it was #7 below.social media messages
  7. I don’t receive post-day reminders. It maddens me that tour organizers I have worked with for over two years have recently started sending me a private message to my blog’s Facebook page with a long-winded note that starts off with not just a reminder that it is my day to post, but basically a “Where is your post? It’s your day” type message. Seriously?!This is just rude, and is one of the number one ways to piss off your reviewers and alienate your company. We are all grown ups, and I schedule my shit. If I said I was going to do it, I’m doing it. Let me do my stuff. This goes beyond micromanaging, and if you can’t trust your veteran reviewers to post on their assigned days, we don’t need to work together.11217520_10153252685422643_3284500522553220978_n
  8. The tour organizer actually interacts with me. I don’t know if there’s any bigger sign that I am not appreciated than someone I have done a lot of work for – who is getting paid for it, to boot – completely ignoring said work that I did for them, which makes them look good. It would be SO nice if the tour organizer communicated in some way with me besides upcoming tour notifications. For example, there is one tour organizer who comments on any type of post I do that is affiliated with her company. She also tentatively keeps up with me on Facebook and responds to email queries. 

 

 

Remember, I need suggestions for new tour companies for 2016. Comment below answering this question: 

Which tour company do you recommend and why?

Blast + Giveaway: This Little President

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the newly-released board book, “This Little President: A Presidential Primer” by Joan Holub and Daniel Roode.

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About the Book

Title: This Little President: A Presidential Primer | Author: Joan Holub | Illustrator: Daniel Roode | Publication Date: January 12, 2016 | Publisher: Little Simon | Pages: 26 | Recommended Ages: 2 to 6

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Book Description:

A board book primer on presidents

Learn about the US presidents with this bright and playful board book! Highlighting ten of the most memorable presidents—and featuring all forty-four on the last page—parents and little leaders-in-training alike will love sharing this fun primer full of age-appropriate facts, leadership skills, and White House history.

Leading our country.
Helping you and me.
Keeping all fifty states
safe, happy, and free.

Little presidents have a great big job.

See more at Little Simon

 

Sneak Peek

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About the Author: Joan Holub

Joan-Holub-GG-264x300Joan Holub is the author of 140+ books for children including the Mini Myths series of 8 board books: Be Careful, Icarus!, Brush Your Hair, Medusa!, Make A Wish Midas! Joan also authored the acclaimed picture books Little Red Writing, The Knights Before Christmas, and Mighty Dads, a New York Times bestseller. Joan also co-authors (with Suzanne Williams) three series: Goddess Girls (ages 8-12, Greek mythology with a middle school twist), Grimmtastic Girls (for ages 8-12, fairy tale adventure with a middle school twist), and Heroes in Training (ages 6-11, Greek mythology adventure chapter books).

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Release Event + Giveaway: In Time for You

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Welcome to the release event for In Time for You by Chris Karlsen. This is a historical romance with time travel and is available for sale now! Check out the book trailer, the excerpt and the giveaway at the end!

In Time for YouAbout the Book:

While horseback riding in the English countryside, sisters, Electra and Emily Crippen find themselves trapped in a tear in time. Thrown back to 1357 England and caught by a local noble, they are in a place that is home but as frightening and unfamiliar as an alien world would be. With no idea how the tear in time came about, the one thing they do know is: they must stay together and stay near to where the event took place in hopes of discovering the way back to their modern life. That certain need to stay together is the first certainty taken from them when one sister is forced to remain in England and one is sent miles away to Wales by royal order.

There is one other hope for help the sisters don’t know exists. It’s Electra’s lover, Roger Marchand. A time traveler himself, he never told her of his past. When he realizes what has happened to the sisters, he enlists the help of a scientist friend to help him open the suspected passageway through time. Any effort to save Electra and Emily will likely cost him his life. This was the time Roger came from, a time when his country, France, was at war with England. If he is discovered on English soil while searching for the sisters, he will either be killed or taken prisoner of war. Any risk is worth saving the life of the woman he loves. 

 

Excerpt:
While she ate, the button on Electra’s sleeve fell out of the frog loop. She didn’t hook the button again, reaching for her wine instead. The sleeve pulled back from her wrist to expose her watch, which she hadn’t thought to remove.
“What is that?” Simon asked and pointed to her Seiko.
“A watch.” What a bizarre question. There wasn’t a corner of the planet that people didn’t recognize a wristwatch.
A frown slowly formed and he stretched across Emily and took hold of Electra’s hand to tug it toward him for a better look. He turned her hand over and in a matter of seconds had the clasp undone.
He brought the candle in front of his trencher closer and held the watch under it. “What do the numbers mean?”
“It’s a clock, a miniature timepiece you wear on your wrist.”
From his expression, the explanation puzzled him. “Do they not have candle clocks in this Greenland you claim you’re from?”
How to explain the abundance of various clocks to a man who apparently has no context for the anything beyond a candle clock or similar ancient means of telling time?
“Are you saying you’ve never seen a clock?” Emily asked.
“One like this? No, I have not.”
Emily bent her head nearer Electra and whispered, “Are you thinking what I am?”
“Sadly, yes.”
Simon ran his finger over the watch face. “These small digits, what is their meaning?”
“It’s the date and year: 5.14.15.”
He shook his head. “What year is 15?”
“2015, of course.”
“You are mad. It’s the year of our Lord, 1357.”

About the Author:

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I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books. My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.
I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream. I write three different series. My paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is Dangerous Waters. The newest is The Bloodstone Series. Each series has a different setting and some cross time periods, which I find fun to write.
I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and four wild and crazy rescue dogs.
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WWW Wednesdays (January 13)

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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? 

24612691I forgot that I had started Jeff Anderson’s book, Zach Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth. I’ve only read the first chapter so far, but I’m hoping to finish it by Friday. I know it’s going to be hilarious, and it seems Zach and I have one important thing in common: big mouths. And not the kind you eat Big Macs with!

 

DG CS cover 2014 flatI am also splitting time with this hilarious sequel. Cynthia Port cracks me up! Dog Goner is the follow up to Kibble Talk.

Tawny and Dinky are the funniest pair of child-dog you’ve ever seen. Now pair them up with Tawny’s BFF Jenny and her dog Gunner, and they are on a mission!

Secrets will be revealed! Fondest wishes will be fulfilled! Permacrud will be . . . what the heck is permacrud, anyway? Find out in Dog Gone Dinky, the second book in the hilarious Kibble Talk series. Tawny and Jenny, along with their dogs Dinky and Gunner, have set themselves on a mission – or really, three missions. But there’s someone else with a fondest wish, and they’ll do anything to get it. Can Dinky save the day before he becomes a dog goner? Dog Gone Dinky is a fast moving and funny fiction story perfect for readers aged 7 to 12 or as a read-a-loud.

FeastofFates_CORRECT_cover_final-188x300I’m still working on Feast of Fates by Christian A. Brown. With so many characters I had to slow myself down!

Morigan lives a quiet life as the handmaiden to a fatherly old sorcerer named Thackery. But when she crosses paths with Caenith, a not wholly mortal man, her world changes forever. Their meeting sparks long buried magical powers deep within Morigan. As she attempts to understand her newfound abilities, unbidden visions begin to plague her—visions that show a devastating madness descending on one of the Immortal Kings who rules the land.

With Morigan growing more powerful each day, the leaders of the realm soon realize that this young woman could hold the key to their destruction. Suddenly, Morigan finds herself beset by enemies, and she must master her mysterious gifts if she is to survive.


 What did you just finish reading?

 

I finished the The Sound of the Stones last Thursday and started cranking away on Broken Things to Mend and I also plugged through an audiobook of The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline.

Check out all the reviews below.


 What do you think you’ll read next?

Not Always Happenstance is my first review book for February, and then I will be clearing Scott Cramer’s The Toucan Trilogy books off my TBR.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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Review + Giveaway: Broken Things to Mend

Broken Things (1)

Title: Broken Things to Mend
Author: Karey White
Publisher: Orange Door Press
Release Date: January 2016
Length: 262 pages
Series?: Broken Things to Mend #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

Celia is in desperate need of a change–a change of scenery, a change of pace, and a complete redo of all relationships. Not knowing what else to do, she opens a map, closes her eyes, and lets fate decide her future. Then she packs her meager belongings and buys a one-way ticket to a little town on the fringes of Oregon’s Deschutes National Forest called Sisters. She’s wanted a family for years. Will she find one in Sisters?

What Celia doesn’t plan to find is a strange Chinese woman whose meddling ways keep throwing her in the path of a handsome, but reserved, forest ranger. But no matter how kind or dependable Silas seems to be, there are some things in Celia’s past that neither of them can escape, and this time, the damage might be too much to mend.

 

***** Review *****

broken things to mendThe Skinny

Pearl has a way with people. She knows how to bring them together to start that spark, and that is exactly what she does with a wonderful couple. And then she does the same for their grown son.

Silas is a dependable but reserved man. He carries his share of shame and embarrassment. He has taken up the post of forest ranger since it allows him a lot of time to work in solitude. But his quiet little world gets shaken up when Celia Edwards strolls into town…or rather, breaks down where a little old Chinese woman directs him to.

Celia is running from her own demons and desperately needs this change of pace and change of life. She grew up with too much change, so she isn’t looking to hang around until Pearl works out an arrangement for boarding with none other than Silas’s aunt – the very woman who raised him.

Unfortunately, there are always consequences for one’s actions, and Celia can’t keep all of her secrets for long.

The Players

  • Pearl – the little old Chinese lady matchmaker
  • Celia – a young woman on the run who ended up in Sisters, Oregon
  • Silas – a quiet forest ranger orphan with a stutter, keeps to himself
  • Nancy – Silas’s aunt, who took him in as a child; she boards Celia

The Quote

Since she was bearing false witness against her neighbor, would God give her a pass? Probably not.

Even though Celia was a determined girl, she seemed broken and fragile, like a china cup that’s been dropped and repaired too many times.

The Highs and Lows

  • + Setting. Sisters, Oregon. As Celia made her choice to go to Sisters after her teardrop fell on its name on the Oregon map, it does indeed sound friendly and welcoming. The town has that small-town feel full of good people.

One thing she knew for certain. She would never go back to Chicago. She’d had enough of sorrow and disappointment and rejection and brutality. In one day she’d been shown more kindness than she’d experienced since the Hundleys.

  • + Emotional connection. More toward the latter half of the book I was booked up tight with earlier chapters when other ideas were buzzing around.
  • Pearl. She is an amazing matchmaker. I like how she didn’t get it perfect and just right the first time, or even the second time. I feel this made her more authentic. Even though she knows, it is ultimately left up to fate.

Every once in a while there was something about a match that stayed with Pearl and ate at her like a flat-headed borer beetle gnawing away at the leaves of a sycamore.

Not every couple she matched stayed with her. Pearl knew some stories from the day they met until the time they died. Others she barely knew their names. Most often, Pearl worked her magic then moved on. There were so many who needed what she had to offer.

  • + Celia’s bravery. Celia is a very brave young woman. She tries not to depend on others as it has burned her in the past. With the most recent events, on the run with virtually no money, fleeing the depths of Chicago, Celia maintains this courage that holds her together.

Everything about her looked young except her eyes. There was something about the far-off cage that spoke of loss and sadness and something else. Silas wasn’t sure what it was, but her eyes triggered something inside him and he wanted to know what lived behind their sorrow.

  • + Silas. He is so kind and gentle. I almost pictured him like a tall, lanky giant. He’s a forest ranger, and very used to fighting the notorious fires in the western United States.

Silas had spent his life avoiding connections with people. It was easier to be a loner than to watch the discomfort and pity people felt when they were talking to him. If he steered clear of others, he could avoid most of the looks of curiosity or confusion or pity.

  • + Nancy. She is kindness itself. The woman takes Celia on as a boarder, in exchange for helping with her annual garden. Nancy was such a thoughtful, caring woman. I was incredibly proud of her character. She is just what Celia needed.

Celia reached up her hand and Nancy took it. when she spoke, her voice was shaky and uncertain. “Nancy, I really need a friend.”

Nancy knelt down beside her and held Celia’s hand between both of hers. “Oh sweet girl, I know you do. Do you mind if your friend is an old woman?”

  • + The poignant writing style.

As the morning sun rose, the streets became more crowded and energetic and lively. Celia moved unnoticed among the people who moved toward work and opportunity and success. She seemed to be the only person who didn’t know where they were going.

His fingers were long, the knuckles a little knobby and the veins raised over their surface like a mountain range on a map.

The Take-Away

The part I enjoyed the most was the reference’s to the three mountain peaks near Sisters. They are named Hope, Faith and Charity. Silas and Celia make up a legend for the three mountains as they take a drive for ice cream. The banter and the sweetness underlying anything between Silas and Celia is refreshing.

Recommendation – Buy, Borrow or Skip? 

BUY!

***** About the Author *****

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.

Find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

 

***** Giveaway*****

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t

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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.

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Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t