First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros: Four Chambers

First Chapter First Paragraph

Today I’m participating in First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, in which bloggers share a bit about a book they’re reading or planning to read soon.

Alright, so I didn’t start reading The Neverland Wars yet from last week. Instead, I went on to the fifth book in the Power of the Matchmaker series, Four Chambers. I am hooked!


Chapter 1

“Give me the paint,” I said, hoping Janette heard the threat in my voice. She was coming seriously close to getting demoted from favorite roommate to homeless person.

“Andra, think about this for a minute.” She danced out of my reach and held the paint can above her head. Pretty much anyone could do that to me. It was the curse of being five foot three. I made a jump for it, my dark ponytail swinging into my vision, causing me to miss my target.

“If you spray paint the word tool on his truck, you’ll not only get into legal trouble – arrested and fined for criminal mischief and vandalism and all that – but you’ll also probably lose your scholarship, and likely your future placement at UMASS. Is that what you want?”


Every time Andra Stone crosses paths with Everett Covington, trouble follows. First she loses her scholarship. Then she loses the apartment she’d wanted more than anything. But tragedy hits hardest when she loses her grandmother—the best friend Andra has ever known. She determines that Everett is a talisman of ill fortune. When Everett comes to work in her hospital and is applying for the same position she’d been working toward since residency, Andra believes him to be her personal poltergeist.

The human heart has four chambers—four chances to get it right. Andra has only one chance left.

Would you keep reading?  

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: The Reaper Rises

Today we’re excited to share the cover reveal of The Reaper Rises by Kristen Taber! This is the fourth book in the Aerenden series and releases this summer. This is a high fantasy and the first three books are available on Amazon for only $2.99. They are also available in audiobook and are narrated by Karen Savage. Check them out and sample them here. If you buy the book for your kindle you can get the audiobook for only $1.99!
Check out the cover of The Reaper Rises!

The Reaper Rises (Aerenden #4):
In the months following Meaghan’s reported death, her kingdom has chosen to reestablish villages, hiding behind the protection spells Garon continues to breach. Nick barely holds the Æerenden people together as he prepares them for the final battle.

Meanwhile, the Shadow Guard still thrives. Their spies have infiltrated every part of the kingdom, working to eliminate the royal family and a power they believe will destroy everything good.

Hope and trust have given way to fear and despair. Death seems imminent. And a senseless voice from the past offers the only clue for survival. Keep a fire burning…

About the previous books:

The Child Returns (Aerenden #1):
After witnessing her parents’ brutal murders at the hands of red-eyed creatures, Meaghan narrowly escapes the same fate. Her best friend, Nick, tells her the creatures are Mardróch. They come from another world and so does she. Now that the Mardróch have found her, she must return to her homeland of Ærenden or face death.

Left with little choice, she follows Nick into a strange world both similar to Earth and drastically different. Vines have the ability to attack. Monkeys freeze their victims with a glare. Men create bombs from thin air. Even Meaghan’s newly discovered empath power turns into a danger she can’t control.

But control becomes the least of her worries once the Mardróch begin targeting her. When Nick confesses he knows the reason they want her, she learns the truth behind the kingdom’s fifteen-year civil war–a long-buried secret that could cost Meaghan her life.

The Gildonae Alliance (Aerenden #2):
Several months after Meaghan’s return to Ærenden, the kingdom’s war has taken a turn for the worse. The Mardróch army hunts the new King and Queen, destroying villages in its wake. And Meaghan and Nick, training for battle in their remote section of wilderness, are far from safe. Danger hides in shadows and behind innocent faces. Allies become foes. Each day is a fight to survive. But in the end, only one threat matters. And it’s a threat they never see coming.

The Zeiihbu Master (Aerenden #3):
Separated and on opposite sides of the kingdom, Nick and Meaghan face different pursuits which could change the balance of power in Ærenden forever.

While Nick trains the villagers to be soldiers, Meaghan and a small rescue party venture into Zeiihbu to find Faillen’s young son, before Garon can use the boy’s power to destroy those still fighting against his rule.

Everyone knows Meaghan could be on a suicide mission, but when Nick stumbles upon a secret concealed in one of the southern villages, he realizes that Garon might not be Meaghan’s greatest foe. The enemy most likely to kill her is someone who has also promised to keep her safe.


About the Author:

Kristen spent her childhood at the feet of an Irish storytelling grandfather, learning to blend fact with fiction and imagination with reality. She lived within the realm of the tales that captivated her, breathing life into characters and crafting stories even before she could read. Those stories have since turned into over a hundred poems, several short tales, and seven manuscripts in both the Young Adult and Adult genres. Currently, Kristen is completing the five-part Ærenden series from her home office in the suburbs of Washington D.C.

Author Sites

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Three (3) winners receive a Kindle copy the first book, The Child Returns.
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Cover Characteristics: Benches

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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 weeks 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!

Today’s Cover Characteristic: Benches 


Upcoming Themes:

June 5 – Lipstick

June 12 – Arrows

June 19 – Classrooms

June 26 – Ladders

July 3 – Feathers

July 10 – Balconies

July 17 – Eggs

July 24 – Schools

July 31 – Flags


  • Desks
  • Smiley Face
  • Dress/Clothing Only
  • Mountains
  • Handcuffs
  • Pyramids
  • Big Ben
  • Utensils (fork, spoon)
  • Cheerleaders
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Playing Cards
  • Teapots
  • Cookie Jar
  • Cookies
  • Elephants
  • Santa
  • UFO
  • New York City
  • Person Sitting in Field
  • Perfume
  • Balloons
  • Pencils/Pens
  • Wolves
  • Footprints
  • Clocks
  • Swamp
  • Compass Symbol
  • Face in the Sky
  • Movie Screen

#COYER Summer Vacation


Glory! Glory! Summer is here!

And so is COYER Summer Vacation. Don’t fear – there are basically no rules this summer!

Sign up by June 18th! COYER Summer Vacation runs June 18th – September 2nd.

You can read anything and it counts! Yes, paperbacks. Yes, audiobooks. Yes, ebooks that cost more than $5. Summer vacation is here for all!


My Summer Vacation Goals

Below are the titles I know I will be completing for COYER SV. I also plan to knock out 10 books from my TBR Jar (minimum), and I plan on them all being NetGalley picks.

Nearly all reviews will post after COYER ends.

  1. The Neverland Wars
  2. Wonder
  3. Caught Bread Handed
  4. Heart Like Mine
  5. Study Hall of Justice
  6. Awkward
  7. The Money Tree
  8. The Earl’s New Bride
  9. The SockKids Say NO to Bullying
  10. A Love that Never Tires
  11. Regarding Anna
  12. Generation M
  13. Resolution
  14. Sign of the Green Dragon
  15. In the Dying Light



Sunday Post ~ Children’s Books and Moxie

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.

Remember, there are free audiobooks all summer long! Get yours each week before they’re gone!

My language arts students are creating a children’s book. Some of them are seriously struggling with some originality, while others have taken the idea and run with it. Most of them have their story completed, and now they are going back to add in their illustrations. My creative writing class got an impromptu lesson on “moxie.” One of my girls was reading a book with “moxie” in the title, and she asked what it meant. Of course, these meant we had to have a Lost in Yonkers unit. We finished reading the play on Friday. They loved it! Kids who don’t typically get interested in things were interested, even if they didn’t want to read a part, they were all engaged and would call someone out if they weren’t keeping up with their part. We had only a few minutes to watch the beginning of the film with Richard Dreyfuss.

Wednesday is the last school day for students and a field day type of event is planned, with rotations for something in the gym, a talent show and a yearbook signing party. Of course, I’m still not clear on how I’m going to pass out and sell yearbooks for each grade level and go around with my 30+ students at the same time. I have most of my room packed up already; I only have to return the students’ journals and my technology on Thursday. I plan to spend all of Friday working on the blog!

Early last week the man sent me a text that he would be going home to Massachusetts this week. His (step)grandmother passed in the night. The day after his dad came down at the beginning of the month hospice was called in, so it was only a matter of time, but we thought she would make it through most of June. I take him to the airport bright and early tomorrow morning and he comes back on Saturday.

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 ~ Last Week  on G1000W ~

~ This Week on G1000W ~

  • Monday
    • Cover Characteristic ~ Benches
    • Review ~ Noble Secrets
  • Tuesday
    • Top Ten Tuesday ~ Beach Week Reads
    • First Chapter First Paragraph ~ Four Chambers
  • Wednesday
    • WWW Wednesday
    • Blast ~ John Bloom and the Victory Garden
  • Thursday
    • Famous Last Words #
    • Thoughts on Thursday ~ TBD
  •  Friday
    • Feature Follow Friday ~ Most Interesting Bookish Memory

~ New Arrivals to Land of 1000 Wonders ~

I perused and got a couple of ebooks this week, just to keep things fresh. I’m glad to say nothing on my NetGalley approved list caught my interest!

~ Around Town in the Spotlight ~

 ~ Open Giveaways ~

The Siren | Aether Spirit | 27 Days to Midnight

Feature Follow Friday ~ May 27, 2016

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.


Give a funny blurb to a book that will “tickle” those who haven’t read it yet.


17571564This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative–like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it–but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book:

Stories about things that happened to me
Stories about things that happened to other people because of me
Eight billion dollars*
Stories about dogs
The secret to eternal happiness*

*These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!


What are some of your favorite short story series companions? Your least favorites? 

Thoughts on Thursday: Those Suuuuummmer Reeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaads


Those Suuuuummmer Reeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaads

Now do you get the title? 🙂

Do your reading habits change in the summer? Do you find yourself reading more whimsical books, knowing that summer will eventually come to an end and real life will resume?

Summer is soon upon us. Unless you live in Texas. It’s already summer the first of May.

Once summer is officially here and I am no longer a slave to the public education system is when I notice the change in my summer reading habits. I don’t necessarily read summery genres, but I do read more.

A LOT more.

Last summer (May 1 – August 31) I read 28 books. That’s an average of of 7 books per month. A couple of them were lengthy. I also taught summer school all through May and half of June, as well as attending multiple 3 and 4 day PDs, so it was not a true reflection of my summer reading, but 2014 was!

The previous summer (2014) I read 39 books in that same time frame. That’s almost ten books each month, nearly double what I read on average for a good month.

Since my summers truly operate exactly like a summer (unless I have work obligations, re: summer school, required PD), I enjoy spending that time catching up with old and new friends in books.

I have no problem reading all day long. Sometimes I even forget to eat, and I put off doing other things just to simply read. It is an indulgence and a pleasure that I don’t typically get to enjoy at such extended lengths. I usually have to read my books in short bursts whenever I have free moments. To sit down and read an entire book in one sitting is marvelous.

It is now that prime summer time, and I’m going to enjoy my books all the way til the start of the new school year. 🙂

Do you notice your summer reading habits change?

How does your reading change for summer?

WWW Wednesdays (May 25)


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? 

edwardian woman looking at a steam trainI promise one of these days I AM going to get up a Famous Last Words post. Lordt, but I need the time.

I am about halfway through April’s Power of the Matchmaker book, Love is Come by Heather B. Moore. In this installment, Pearl (the recurring character) goes back in time to the early 1900s. I was surprised at this because I thought the series was contemporary. So far I’ve seen very little of Pearl, so I’m hoping she’ll make a few more appearances before it’s over. Like I said, I’m only about halfway.

170539My creative writing class started reading Neil Simon’s play Lost in Yonkers. They are eating it up! They love Jay and Arty and are starting to root for Bella. We just met Louie yesterday, so they’re not too sure about him yet. The light bulb went off at the end of the period and some of them started realizing something fishy was up.

15997095I have decided to restart The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P. #1) once school is out. It’s on hold for at least two more weeks and then I hope I can clear it out of my Kindle.

23302416My homeroom is at the very end of Wonder. I was bummed that they didn’t finish it before their AR due date, but it is what it is. They can read it next year and still get their points. I, however, will be finishing it sooner!

 What did you just finish reading?

I read one book this week and I loved it. It was incredibly illustrated. Dragons Are Real was cute and funny and different.

You can read my review here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

This category is broken up into two separate sections. I’m making progress through my Review Tour Books! Then it’s on to my TBR Jar!

TBR Jar Books 

These are still my pre-TBR Jar reads that I plan on getting to in the next two months. I have them on temporary hold until I read all my current tour books. Then the TBR Jar will really start…six months later. Someone recommended The Earl’s New Bride to be the first.

Review Tour Books

These are my review books for the remainder of May. I’m now down to one from my original list, and I’ve added the newest in my beloved Bakeshop Mystery series. 🙂

 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! 🙂

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros: The Neverland Wars

First Chapter First Paragraph

Today I’m participating in First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, in which bloggers share a bit about a book they’re reading or planning to read soon.

Within the next week I will be starting The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse. I originally selected this as my prize from Rachel’s blogoverary giveaway, but it was double the price in the UK as what it was for me. Then she pointed me in this direction to get a review copy.


The evening was still bright and young when the music started. Gwen had played all day in the backyard, and her dolls’ plastic faces were smudged with dirt to prove it. They had gluttonously devoured all of Gwen’s mud pies, and she was intently plucking daisy petals, one at a time, to determine of some unimagined boy was somewhere out there, madly in love with her. she had to start over with several daisies. Her eight-year-old hand did not have the requisite coordination for the task.

Chapter 1

“And then what happened?” Rosemary asked, clutching Tootles in her arms until he mewed with discomfort.

“Shush!” Gwen warned, whispering. “If Mom hears, we’ll both be in trouble.”


Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That’s what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.

However, Gwen doesn’t know this. She’s just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn’t know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she’ll discover she’s in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.

She’ll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won’t be the only one. Peter Pan’s constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she’s going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she’s going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.

Would you keep reading?