Famous Last Words #22

Famous Last Words

Famous Last Words is a new monthly feature here in Land of 1000 Wonders. I wanted to find a new way to share some fabulous quotations from reads old and new. The inspiration for this feature came from the character Pudge in John Green’s Looking for Alaska.


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Veterinarian Rory Gallagher chose a different path from his brothers, both of whom became first responders in the lovely little town of Darling, Vermont. Rory s always had an affinity for animals and the ladies. Known for his impressive track record in breaking hearts, Rory never meant to hurt anyone; he s just never been in a hurry to settle down. It s not as if he needs to pay a visit to the town s famed Kissing Bridge to magically find love. He ll know The One when he sees her. . .right?

Oaklee Ferguson is the kid sister of Rory s best friend and, even now that she s all grown up, remains immune to the pet-doctor s charms. When she shows up at Rory s clinic late one night devastated after hitting a stray dog with her car Rory s so-called bedroom eyes are the last thing on her mind. Still, his care and kindness toward the dog, and his concern for her feelings, catches Oaklee by surprise. . .and soon the two (and rescued dog makes three!) begin to share a deep connection that neither could have ever imagined. Could it be that love has been waiting for them by the bridge all along in Somebody’s Baby?

 

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? 

This is the last book I have in the Power of the Matchmaker series. I’m a little sad to see the end of this series! There are two books in the series I never received, but I really want to take care of reading what I have this year.

To Move the World

Eve Brannon never had to bother planning out her future. In the Yorkshire dales where life is harder, it is also simpler. Next in line to inherit her family’s farm, she will raise another generation of children and sheep high in the uplands of England. Waiting until next year when she is 19 to marry her father’s handsome hired hand, Alan, is the detail she added herself.

But in 1939 even the most stalwart corners of the world are vibrating with the tremors of change. Eve’s long-anticipated proposal comes on the wings of losing Alan to the Royal Army and at the brink of the farm’s profitable war years the sheep herd is decimated by a mysterious illness. With her steady future suddenly in the clutches of a capricious fate, Eve is introduced to Jonathon Doran, a land manager anxious to prove himself in a crisis, and she discovers that the solid earth beneath her feet is moving after all.


 What did you just finish reading?

31752357King of the Friend Zone was so enjoyable. It also speaks to a common phenomenon we fall under when we embark on a new relationship. I thought Hunter stood his ground very well in distancing himself and not crumbling and giving in. I only had about 20% left of the book after last weekend, and I wanted to finish it by Monday night so I could start a new book this week. I finally finished late Wednesday night after I kept dozing off and either smacking myself in the face with my Kindle or it falling out of my hand.


What do you think you’ll read next?

I have two Power of the Matchmaker books left and then I am going to squeeze in Audrey Greathouse’s second book in The Neverland Wars series before moving back to clearing up my NetGalley debts.


 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! 🙂

Mini Blog Ahead – Week 3

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Week 1 started off great with a total of 62 posts written, and 36 of those counted for this challenge! Week 2 nothing happened at all. I was a little disappointed with that, but life got the better of me. Here are my results for week 3.

 

March Start: 11 posts 

Day 11 

  • Sunday Post –> scheduled for 3/12
  • Mini Blog Ahead – Week 3 –> scheduled for 3/16
  • WWW Wednesday –> drafted

Day 11 – Posts Written:  3 //  Running Total: 65

Day 11 – Challenge Posts: 0  //  Running Total: 36

*** hiatus ***

Day 14

  • Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR –> scheduled for 3/14
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Read In One Sitting Theme –> scheduled for 3/21
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet –> scheduled for 3/28
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Fandom Freebie –> 4/4 
  • Review: King of the Friend Zone –> scheduled for 4/17

Day 14 – Posts Written:  5  //  Running Total: 70

Day 14 – Challenge Posts: 2  //  Running Total: 38

 

Tuesday Teaser & Intro: The Piper’s Price

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I am slipping this one in as a favor to Audrey, who graciously sent me the book. I so look forward to where this story goes! I reviewed The Neverland Wars (book 1) last summer.

 

31553350Synopsis ~ The Piper’s Price by Audrey Greathouse

Peter is plotting his retaliation against the latest bombing. Neverland needs an army, and Peter Pan is certain children will join him once they know what is at stake. The lost boys and girls are planning an invasion in suburbia to recruit, but in order to deliver their message, they will need the help of an old and dangerous associate—the infamous Pied Piper.

Hunting him down will require a spy in in the real world, and Gwen soon finds herself in charge of locating the Piper and cutting an uncertain deal with him. She isn’t sure if Peter trusts her that much, or if he’s just trying to keep her away from him in Neverland. Are they friends, or just allies? But Peter might not even matter now that she’s nearly home and meeting with Jay again.

The Piper isn’t the only one hiding from the adults’ war on magic though, and when Gwen goes back to reality, she’ll have to confront one of Peter’s oldest friends… and one of his earliest enemies.

 

Chapter 1

Gwen lurched forward like a wounded bird. She struggled to stay afloat as she grappled with the air. Only halfway up the small mountain, she gave up and landed. Ever since she returned to Neverland three weeks back, she’d had trouble flying by herself. When she was with the other children, she derived a vicarious confidence from them. Alone, her mind had no playful distraction from its self-conscious apprehensions.


Teaser

“Magic is harder to get rid of than you think,” Tiger Lily told her. “Music boxes were conceived with magic, and that lingers in their nature.” [Loc 1557]

Would you keep reading? 

tuesdayTeaser Tuesday is hosted by The PurpleBooker. Post two sentences from somewhere in a book you’re reading. No spoilers, please! List the author and book title too. Link up HERE.

First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros is hosted by Bibliophile By The Sea. To participate, share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you’re reading or thinking about reading soon. Link up HERE.

 

Blitz + Giveaway: Incense and Peppermints

Incense and Peppermints
Cathrina Constantine
Publication date: March 10th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Peace demonstrations, sit-ins, and burning the U.S. flag following the escalation of the Vietnam War are leading to a catalyst known to the world as the Sixties, and a musical revolution, flower power, hippies, marijuana, and drugs are carrying the generations—young and old—into a new decade. All the while sixteen-year-old Mary Monroe is caught between being an innocent good girl and an autumn of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.

When her brother offers a solution to her dilemma in the form of a little pill, Mary ignores the rumba in her brain and takes a walk on the wild side. Plunged into popularity and a life she’s only imagined, she meets Michael Covington, the hot newcomer, and she’s instantly drawn in by his less than flawless exterior and bad boy sex appeal. Caught up in the danger and excitement as they drift from party to party, into underground fight clubs, and through a series of drug and alcohol fueled adventures, Mary follows her new crush into a world where young girls are never truly safe from the predators lurking in the shadows and young men are hiding from the harsh reality of war.

Feeling buzzed and as if her life is spinning out of control, Mary is assaulted by an unknown man at a party, and she’s left questioning if the enigmatic Michael is truly her hero or if he is the face behind the terrible attack. With every piece of information Mary learns about Michael, her doubts grow deeper, but with every minute she spends in his presence, so does her love.

With the war and her fear threatening to separate Mary and Michael forever, only the death of a friend, a crushing confession, and her own sensibilities can carry her over the threshold between adolescence and adulthood.

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EXCERPT:

September 1969

The corners of my bedroom had dulled to a muddy gray by the time my brother leaned on, or rather wobbled against, my door. His glassy eyes floated in their sockets. Stoned, again.

“Whatcha doing, Sis?” Stevie, my older brother slurred.

My gaze slipped over his pasty chest, sprinkled with wiry hair, and past his jockeys to his stick-like legs. Did he realize he was only wearing saggy underwear? Normally, I’d say gross and mock him, but only because he normally treated me like a speck of toe scum.

“Nothing much.” I slipped my diary into my sock drawer, away from prying eyes. Our parents weren’t home, and our little sister was asleep in her crib on the other side of my room.

“You need to grow up,” he said. “Here, it’s party time.” Pinched between his thumb and finger, he revealed an ordinary aspirin as if he’d procured the magic solution.

“Uh… I don’t have a headache.”

“Hey, turd. It’s not an aspirin. Stop the nerd act and get with the program. Grow up.”

Our sibling behavior toppled into the belittling and ridiculing stage. Though I figured it was his way of helping me. Yet, staring at the pill, I was interested, but a hootenanny of cymbals clashed inside my head and my sensible side screamed.

You’ll puke! I hate puking. Wasn’t it only last week Stevie was tripping and heaving guts like a water hose?

Shaking my head, I declined his kind and strange offer and tried using simple logic to get rid of him. “Not tonight. Mom and Dad will be home any minute. Go to bed. It’s late.”

“They’ll be so-o plastered. I can’t stand them like that.” Dejected, his shoulders slouched, and his body seemed to deflate. Until he tossed the pill, saying, “Catch.”

 

Author Bio:

Cathrina Constantine is the Best Selling author of Don’t Forget To Breathe. Her book won Readers’ Favorite International Book Award for 2015 and The Literary Classics Seal of Approval and Literary Classics Gold Award. Her Paranormal Fantasy, Wickedly They Come has been awarded the 5 Star Seal from Reader’s Favorite. Tallas from her dystopian series received Literary Classics Silver Award and Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

Cathrina resides in Western New York with her husband, five children, two Labrador Retrievers and her cat, Bones. Author @chbbpublishing. Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. When not attached to her computer, she likes to take long walks in the woods with her dogs, drink way too much coffee, and is an avid movie watcher. She loves music and doesn’t need a dance floor to shake a leg.

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter / Amazon

 

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Review: Somebody’s Baby

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Author: Donna Alward
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Release Date: April 2017
Length: 304 pages
Series?: Darling, VT #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Veterinarian Rory Gallagher chose a different path from his brothers, both of whom became first responders in the lovely little town of Darling, Vermont. Rory’s always had an affinity for animals and the ladies. Known for his impressive track record in breaking hearts, Rory never meant to hurt anyone; he s just never been in a hurry to settle down. It’s not as if he needs to pay a visit to the town s famed Kissing Bridge to magically find love. He’ll know The One when he sees her. . .right?

Oaklee Ferguson is the kid sister of Rory’s best friend and, even now that she’s all grown up, remains immune to the pet-doctor’s charms. When she shows up at Rory’s clinic late one night devastated after hitting a stray dog with her car, Rory’s so-called bedroom eyes are the last thing on her mind. Still, his care and kindness toward the dog, and his concern for her feelings, catches Oaklee by surprise. . .and soon the two (and rescued dog makes three!) begin to share a deep connection that neither could have ever imagined. Could it be that love has been waiting for them by the bridge all along?

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

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my review

The Skinny

Oaklee returns to her hometown of Darling to join the city council in promoting tourism. She knocked it out the the park re-creating the town’s iconic photo of Aiden Gallagher kissing Laurel Stone on the Kissing Bridge when they were just five years old, re-branding the city’s entire marketing campaign. Despite the fast-paced life she leads, and the jillions of people she interacts with on a daily basis, whether in person or online through Twitter, Oaklee is hiding her loneliness from everyone, even herself.

Which is exactly what she is doing one night when she hits a dog. Frantically, she gets it in her car and takes it to the vet clinic, where Rory Gallagher works and lives. While Oaklee feels massive guilt, she is stuck footing the larger than expected bill for the dog with a broken leg, named Buster by the clinic. Then Rory up and pushes her into fostering the thing. She’s never had a dog in her life!

Just like with his brother and his wife, Rory has a history with Oaklee. Cam, Oaklee’s now-famous hockey star older brother, was Rory’s best friend growing up. After Cam went all famous, Rory was tasked with looking out for Oaklee until she went off to college.

Now they are both back home, both working in their small town, and both trying to make a go at adult life. There’s just one problem: they are both keeping the truth – their truths – a secret from every single person they know.

The Players

Oaklee – 23 year old city council socialite and younger sister of a famous hockey player

Rory – 26 year old vet at the local clinic; a serial first-date-is-the-last-date kind of guy

Hannah – Rory’s sister who gets all nosy up in Rory’s personal business; Oaklee’s friend

Buster – the dog Oaklee hits and then Rory convinces her to foster

The Quote

So close now…her eyes drifted closed, waiting for that first touch of his mouth on hers.

Instead his lips touched her forehead. She froze in place, both from surprise and dismay. A kiss on the forehead was what you gave a sister or a friend. She’d been moving in and he’d just friend zoned her big-time.

The Highs and Lows

  • Animals. Let’s be real, here. Animals are always the way to win over the hearts of readers, and Rory Gallagher has them in spades. Buster is an adorable dog, and he fills the holes in Oaklee’s life. When reading about how he wanted to be in bed with her the first night after fostering him, it reminded me so much of my own dog, Baby, whom has slept with me since she came home. I could see the same way Baby does when she wants to crawl in bed in Buster, and it brought a smile to my face.
  • Emotional Baggage. Both Rory and Oaklee carried such emotional baggage. I could understand both of their pasts and the pain and fear it puts you in to try again at love, but neither of them ever told anyone what happened. NO ONE. That seemed so unrealistic to me. NEITHER of them told ANYONE. That is very uncharacteristic of human nature. They are both choosing to hide behind their pasts, despite their feelings for one another.
  • Oaklee’s Loneliness. Due to Oaklee’s baggage, she doesn’t allow anyone in. That’s why she has a messy car and an apartment that sets off Rory’s OCD like nobody’s business. It’s why Rory pretty much offs Buster onto Oaklee, so she wouldn’t be lonely. He sees it as just an outsider and wants her to have some companionship, but Oaklee has to come to terms with it herself: she keeps her apartment in this state so it looks lived in, so she doesn’t feel lonely. She’s also flat broke and barely making it, something that shocks Rory considering her brother is a rich and famous hockey player, but Oaklee refuses to ask for a hand out or help. She has to get creative with Buster’s vet bill, and offers to redesign the vet clinic’s website and do some other social media packaging to help pay for the unexpected financial cost.
  • Twitter. The use of Twitter in this installment is Oaklee’s job. Her life. But I wasn’t kosher with her using it to publicly ask Rory out. Then the pressure and maelstrom that followed as all the local businesses and locals themselves began to weigh in and give their opinions. In a world where we have to teach our students and children digital citizenship and appropriate social media usage in a world drowning in oversharing, I though this was a perfect example of what not to do. There were some things that came back to both characters, questioning the already unsteady ground they were on with each other. In an about-face, later in the book Rory also uses Twitter to send out an announcement to Oaklee.
  • Lies and Deception. Sometimes a white lie is necessary, like telling your husband the dog knocked over the expensive vase when your 8 year old really did it playing football in the house. I get that – protecting others. I also get that at times in our lives we have to be self-serving and protect ourselves. I get it. I was there once a bunch. But what kept rubbing me a little quite a bit the wrong way was that neither Rory nor Oaklee had ever told anyone anything, as I mentioned above. But it wasn’t just that. Despite the budding relationship between Oaklee and Rory, neither one of them is honest. They both lie to each other. They are not all-in and willing to be honest with themselves or each other. Oaklee basically had to beg Rory for a date, and at the end she finally revealed her hidden truth and gave him an out to share his. And then he ignored her for two weeks. That bothered me.
  • The Title. For the longest time I could not understand why the book was titled Somebody’s Baby. I still kind of don’t. At the end of the book, Rory surprises Oaklee with an unexpected gift, and that is the “somebody’s baby” part…but I didn’t think that warranted being the title.

The Take-Away

I really thought for the longest that Rory was just going to walk away and leave Oaklee hanging. Ignore her and put her off and avoid her as much as he could, given the small town and the nature of Oaklee’s job to make it her business to support his business and others around town. There was something not quite there for me in this installment in the series. I’m not sure if this is the last book in the series or not, but there are still three more Gallagher children who are single! I hope Hannah is the focus of the next book.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

marti-corn-photography-donna-alward-h-r-1600While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts. Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers!

Donna lives on Canada’s east coast with her family which includes a husband, a couple of kids, a senior dog and two crazy cats. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading (of course!), knitting, gardening, cooking…and is a Masterpiece Theater addict.

Find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Cover Characteristics: Elephants

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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!

Elephants

Elephants have always been an animal I have loved seeing in photos, on video, in movies. I attribute this to the elephant herd in the Disney animated version of The Jungle Book and the number of times I watched it.

 

But my favorite elephant book of all is…

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Sunday Post ~ Spring Break

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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I was hoping my observation would be done this week, but I’m still waiting. I tried something new with the persuasive writing unit. I thought it would work better than it did, so I don’t think I’ll be doing it again. Tuesday I was called to the office and subpoenaed in regards to a former student. The subpoena was for the first day of spring break! Seriously!? Who does that? Lesson Learned: apparently I must have children to be dismissed, so I suppose I should start working on that.

I was at school late every single day, not leaving until 6 or later each day except Friday. On Thursday, it was 7pm by the time I got in my car to leave!

All the technology on campus is revolting, and the scantron machine has resorted to telling it like it is. I came so very close to going The Office on it that I had to walk away after it sucked in 10 or so scantrons and there was no way to extract them..after I tried extracting one that got stuck:

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I’ve decided to do away with The Human Connection segment of my Sunday Posts and incorporate it here. The whole point was to leave work at 5pm two days a week and do something with someone else at some point during the week non-work related. I’ve been having a hard time doing both of those things lately, so I’m just doing away with the whole thing as a segment.

I stressed out a lot about the supoena. I cooked a few times this week (and thus a reduction of eating out), so I was happy with that.

Last weekend The Man and I switched out my mattress at my house (an hour away) with the one from Baby’s room. I’ve seen a significant improvement in the quality of sleep I’m getting. I don’t think this will completely solve my sleep issues, but I saw improvements. I think the box spring also needs to be replaced, but in three months The Man and I will be in the same house, so it doesn’t really matter that much at this time.

This week I will be finishing the yearbook, going to court, working on the blog and reading it up, and also enjoying my new birthday gifts (below).

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I thought I was going to get a massive amount of reading (or listening, I think I’m ready to start a new audiobook) done this week as well as a significant amount of posts for Mini Blog Ahead since it ends on the 15th. I got a total of jack shit done. I didn’t even get a WWW post up. The entire subpoena thing got me all knotted up for over half the week. I barely finished King of the Friend Zone after my Kindle hit my face several times Wednesday night, though.

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YA Lit Giveaway | Spring Fever Giveaway Blitz + $100 Amazon GC

The Piper’s Price | Ares Road | Falling for Boston

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  • Monday
    • Cover Characteristics ~ Elephants
    • Review ~ Somebody’s Baby
  • Tuesday
    • Top Ten Tuesday ~
    • Teaser Tuesday & Intro ~ The Piper’s Price
    • Blitz + Giveaway ~ Incence and Peppermints
  • Wednesday
    • WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday
    • Famous Last Words #22
    • Did You Hear About The New Goodreads Feature?
  •  Friday
    • Feature Follow Friday ~ Graphic Novels and Web Comics
    • Book Blogger Hop #10

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My students thought we would eek out finishing The Phantom Tollbooth so they could take their tests, but it just didn’t happen. I read as fast as I possibly could on Wednesday, and then when we met again on Friday I had counted how many pages we’d actually read on Wednesday and how many we still had to go and there was no way. I told them we would finish the first two days we come back from the break and they would still get to take their tests before AR grades start to get entered in the gradebook.

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Book Blogger Hop #11

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


How far in advance do you read the books you have scheduled for review? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

I would prefer to read a book for a review tour at least a month in advance and write my review. I get very nervous about that these days because it is a commitment and I live in a constant time crunch. Most don’t send the book in sufficient time for some people, though, and that is the struggle I have.

For all other books – books I choose to read – I have had written reviews the day I posted as far as over a month in advance. It just depends on how my scheduling has been going. I try to post at least one review a week.