Friday, February 12, 2016

Book Review: Cookie Classics Made Easy: One-Bowl Recipes, Perfect Results by Brandi Scalise




Title: Cookie Classics Made Easy: One-Bowl Recipes, Perfect Results
Author: Brandi Scalise
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 9781612126883
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Pages: 96
Genre: Cooking
Format: ebook
Source: NetGalley

GoodReads: The 40 recipes in this delicious collection use a foolproof formula that requires just one bowl, minimal baking equipment, and no previous experience! You’ll find your tried-and-true favorites here -- from Chewy Chocolate Chip to Oatmeal Raisin, Shortbread, Ginger Molasses, and Snickerdoodles -- plus many more that are sure to become new must-haves, such as Lemon Ginger, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Rum Raisin, Pecan Delight, and Vanilla Walnut Pear. Warm, crave-worthy cookies are just minutes away!


Mine: They all sounds like yummy recipes and the photos are great. I think I’d like Carmel By the Sea, The Vermont (made with some maple syrup) and my all time favorite Ginger Molasses.
The way they are laid out in the book make them easy to follow the recipes. Step-by-step directions seem easy to follow. I’d like to see more recipes, but I’m like the cookie monster – I like just about every cookie.

*I received a free ARC of Hollywood Café from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*


Reading Challenges:
2016 Pages Read ( The Crafty Engineer's Bookshelf)
Let's Turn Pages Challenge (GoodReads - 2015 and 2016 Reading Challenge)
2016 Reading Challenge (GoodReads)
Foodies Read 2016 (Based on A True Story)
2016 New Release Challenge (Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My! and (un)Conventional Bookviews)
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Book Review: A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager






Title: A Tale of Two Mommies
Author: Vanita Oelschlager
Publisher: Vanita Books
ISBN: 9780981971469
Release Date: April 1st 2010
Pages: 42
Genre: Children’s
Format: ebook (will be Hardback)
Source: NetGalley

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A Tale of Two Mommies is a playground conversation between two children. The girl says he heard that the boy has two moms. The boy says that is right--he has Mommy and Momma. True to a child’s curiosity, practical questions follow

Intended for 4- to 8-year-olds, this book introduces a type of family increasingly visible in modern society. Neither favoring nor condemning, it reflects a child’s practical and innocent look at the adults who nurture and love her. It becomes clear that the family bond is unburdened by any cultural discomforts.

Mine
What a wonderful story and illustrated beautifully ( Kristin Blackwood & Mike Blanc). It’s amazing how kids get into conversations. How kids explain things sometimes is the best way. What is the difference between Momma and Mommy? They each do different things to support the little boy, but in different ways. They both tuck him in at night, but during the day they do different things.

A nice book to tell kids about different family dynamics. The age group is perfect, since I believe that is the time that kids start to ask those type of questions.

*I received a free ARC of A Tale of Two Mommies from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*


Reading Challenges:
2016 Pages Read ( The Crafty Engineer's Bookshelf)
2016 I Love Picture Books (Bea's Book Nook)
Let's Turn Pages Challenge (GoodReads - 2015 and 2016 Reading Challenge)
2016 Reading Challenge (GoodReads)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cover Reveal (InkSlinger PR): PROWLED DARKNESS by Carrie Ann Ryan



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Dante’s Circle Book 7

Humans aren’t as alone as they choose to believe. Every human possesses a trait of supernatural that lays dormant within their genetic make-up. Centuries of diluting and breeding have allowed humans to think they are alone and untouched by magic. But what happens when something changes?

Humans aren’t as alone as they choose to believe. Every human possesses a trait of supernatural that lays dormant within their genetic make-up. Centuries of diluting and breeding have allowed humans to think they are alone and untouched by magic. But what happens when something changes?

Eliana Sawyer’s life was rocked from its foundation twice in as many years. She risked her heart and had it shattered into a thousand pieces when Malik left her with no warning. While she’d normally raise her chin and ignore the pain, she can’t forget what he gave her before he disappeared from her life.

Malik Ward is a prince amongst the lion shifters and knows that one day he will have to take a mate. Only, his people can never mate with humans. Under the mistaken impression that Eliana was only human, he forced himself to leave before they’d crossed a line and he broke his vow to his people. Now that he knows the truth about Eliana, however, it will take more than groveling to win back the one woman fated to be his.

While Eliana and Malik embark on a new sensuous path that might lead to disaster, the realms aren’t ready to allow the final lightning-struck human to be enveloped into their fold. The couple will have to combat those plotting against them, as well as the broken promises and heated emotions they share.

Warning: Contains a Leo with a bite that’s worse than his roar, a woman with one last chance at the life she’s always dreamt of, a flame that could extinguish with the wrong sacrifice, and the final journey in the bestselling Dante’s Circle series.

 

 

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carrieannNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.

Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.

 

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Sunday Post #5/Stacking The Shelves #5


Computer caught a virus - so had to spend $$ - my software stopped working so Sunday post is late.

Lost track of my numbers so starting over in 2016.



This Last Week @ Books, Books The Magical Fruit
Week of January 24 – January 30, 2016
*01/26 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Happily Ever Alpha by hotboxedbooks.com
Cover Reveal (InkSlinger PR): DARE ME by Rebecca Shea
Release Day Blitz (InkSlinger PR): SHUFFLE by Lisa Swallow
*01/30 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Biker Chicks Anthology Vol 1! by Kay Renee

Week of January 31 – February 6, 2016
Release Blitz (InkSlinger PR): HE WILL BE MY RUIN by K.A. Tucker
Release Blitz (InkSlinger PR): HARD EVER AFTER by Laura Kaye


Next Week @ Books, Books The Magical Fruit
Week of February 7 – February 14, 2016
Pre Release Excerpt (InkSlinger PR): MATED IN MIST by Carrie Ann Ryan
*02/11 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Deadly Vows on Amazon
02/11 - Cover Reveal (InkSlinger PR): PROWLED DARKNESS by Carrie Ann Ryan


Coming soon

February 2016
02/15 - Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): THE LIE by Karina Halle
*02/15 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Space Dreams Sci-Fi Adult Coloring Book Adventure
02/15 - Release Day Blitz (InkSlinger PR): YOU'RE STILL THE ONE by Rachel Harris
02/23 - Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): DANCE OF DESIRE by Christopher Rice
02/23 - Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): DARK TOUCH by Aimee L Salter

March 2016
03/24 - Book Review (Pump Up Your Books Tours) : THE DAFFODILS STILL GROW by Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell

Books Reviewed

Candy Cane Wayne by Leela Hope



Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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Pre Release Excerpt : MATED IN MIST by Carrie Ann Ryan



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Mated in Mist

Talon Pack Book 3

Coming Feb 16th, 2016

The Talon Pack continues with an outcast witch and a wolf who can see past the darkness.

As Heir to the Talon Pack, Ryder Brentwood carries the responsibility of not only protecting his Pack, but ensuring its future. Only no one knows that as he does this, he must also shield his people from their past. When a witch with no ties bursts into his life, he must decide if he can overcome the depravity of his secrets and trust the one person who could break the fragile hold on his control.

Grieving over the loss of her twin and on the run from the unknown, Leah Helm knows she is far more alone than she thought possible. Her coven shunned her before she was born and the wolves she sought protection with are in a war of their own. When a wolf with a whisper of secrets is forced to work with her in order to protect their people, she finds she might not be so alone after all.

The world knows more than they ever have before about those shrouded in darkness, while Ryder and Leah are thrust into the center of a conflict they never should have been part of to begin with. On their journey they must not only fight those against them, but the burning temptation that is flaring between them. Fate might have paved their path, but that doesn’t mean they have to follow.

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Ryder’s wolf pressed into him, needing Leah’s touch more than air. The man, however, knew better than that and refused to give in. Though the pain in Leah’s scent was palpable, he wasn’t about to do what his wolf wanted to do—claim her so they alone could care for her.

They sat in Walker’s living room since his home was attached to the clinic. They hadn’t called for the entire family to watch the footage, as they could easily watch at home, and there would be a meeting later to discuss it anyway. However, Brandon, Gideon, Brie, Walker, Leah and himself remained to watch the world change yet again

Leah sat next to him, as his wolf wouldn’t let any other arrangement work. He’d tried to keep a respectable distance between them, but then Brandon had sat on the other side of Leah, and Ryder had not so subtlety pressed his leg into hers. The others had noticed, of course, but he’d noticed the way her shoulders had lowered at his touch.

Whatever was happening between them wasn’t one-sided, it seemed.

And that would only make things that much harder when the time came to do what must be done.

Excerpt 2:

Things weren’t always as clear as some would like.

His wolf howled at him, wanting to claim Leah and call it a day. Ryder wanted to simultaneously run away and bring her into his arms. If things were going to work out, if he were going to help her survive and figure out the witch problem, he needed to lay out the issues. He needed to tell her what his wolf wanted, and at least part of why they couldn’t be together.

Hell.

He opened his front door and let her enter first. As he closed the door behind him, he ignored the curious glances aimed his way from the people outside. He’d deal with those later.

They made their way into the kitchen, and he pulled out a couple of glasses for water. He’d need to feed them eventually, and probably show her around, but first, he needed to figure out what to do with his hands.

“I don’t know how I ended up here.” Leah let out a frustrated breath. “I feel like I’m walking through a fog and I can’t find my way out. One minute, I’m running for my life; the next, I’m somehow living with a man I don’t know.” She met Ryder’s gaze. “Why am I here, Ryder? Why do I feel this pull to you? Is it magic? Because it’s not my magic.”

Ryder ran a hand through his hair. There was only one way to do this. Either way, it would hurt, but putting it out there clear and concise would make it easier. At least, he hoped.

“We’re mates.”

Her eyes widened fractionally. “I had guessed that.” She tilted her head, looking so much like a wolf it surprised him. “And yet, you don’t sound happy about it.”

About Carrie Ann Ryan:

carrieannNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.

Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.

 

 

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Release Blitz/#Giveaway: HARD EVER AFTER by Laura Kaye



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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Laura Kaye’s HARD EVER AFTER, a novella in Laura’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling Hard Ink Series releasing February 2, 2016! Grab your copy of this amazing book in the Hard Ink Series today!

 

 

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To the Wedding of the Year

 

About Hard Ever After:

Justice served. Honor restored. Team reunited.

After a long battle to discover the truth, the men and women of Hard Ink have a lot to celebrate, especially the wedding of two of their own—Nick Rixey and Becca Merritt, whose hard-fought love deserves a happy ending.

As Nick and the team shift from crisis mode to building their new security consulting firm, Becca heads back to work at the ER. But amid the everyday chaos of demanding jobs and their upcoming nuptials, an old menace they thought long gone reemerges, threatening the peace they’ve only just found.

Now, for one last time, Nick and Becca must fight for their always and forever, because they know that when true love overcomes all the odds it lasts hard ever after.



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Excerpt
“Get down, Becca,” Nick said as he reached for the Glock at the small of his back. But she was way ahead of him, tucked in a ball on the floor behind his seat. He didn’t have a clear shot of anything, especially with chaos already breaking out around the ER’s entrance as people dove for cover and the couple of on-site police officers rushed into defensive positions.

In what felt like long minutes but was only a few seconds, they were clear of the area. Shane ran a red light to get them away from the hospital altogether.

Twisting in his seat, Nick looked out the cab’s rear window. “Watch for a tail.”

“On it,” Shane said. “You need to alert the team, Vance, Chen.”

“Yeah,” Nick said, but first he needed to check on Becca. Christ, every reassurance he’d offered the past week had just been blown to shit. His gut was a wreck, his mind unhelpfully crafting one horror story after another about what might’ve happened if Chen hadn’t called. Or if Nick hadn’t returned to the hospital immediately. Or if Coleman hadn’t been able to pull Becca off the floor. “Becca, are you okay?”

“I don’t know,” she said, her voice shaky. When she looked up at him, her skin was ashen. He reached back and clutched her hand as he dialed Marz.

“Yo, hoss, wassup?” Marz said.

“We’ve got a situation,” Nick said, filling him in. “Let everyone know what’s going on. And if you have a chance, scan the security feeds around our neighborhood looking for anything potentially suspicious. We’ve been keeping an eye out for the wrong damn car.”

“You got it,” Marz said.

Nick had just hung up when his cell rang again. Chen. Nick put it on speaker.

“I heard about the hospital. You okay?” Chen asked by way of a greeting. Nick wasn’t surprised that Chen had information that was only minutes old.

 

Author PhotoAbout Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and upcoming Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Release Blitz/#Giveaway: HE WILL BE MY RUIN by K.A. Tucker



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We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for K.A. Tucker’s HE WILL BE MY RUIN! HE WILL BE MY RUIN is a Suspense novel, published by Atria books, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, being released on February 2, 2016! Grab your copy of this suspenseful read today and see what everyone is talking about!

 

 

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About HE WILL BE MY RUIN:

The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series makes her suspense debut with this sexy, heartpounding story of a young woman determined to find justice after her best friend’s death, a story pulsing with the “intense, hot, emotional” (Colleen Hoover) writing that exhilarates her legions of fans.

A woman who almost had it all . . .

On the surface, Celine Gonzalez had everything a twenty-eight-year-old woman could want: a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a job that (mostly) paid the bills, and an acceptance letter to the prestigious Hollingsworth Institute of Art, where she would finally live out her dream of becoming an antiques appraiser for a major auction house. All she had worked so hard to achieve was finally within her reach. So why would she kill herself?

A man who was supposed to be her salvation . . .

Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a lethal cocktail of pills and vodka, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers a scandalous photograph in a lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man Celine believed would change her life.

Until he became her ruin.

On the hunt for evidence that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer. A killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.

 

 
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Maggie
December 23, 2015
My wrists burn.
Hours of trying to break free of the rope that binds my hands behind my back have left them raw, the rough cord scrubbing away my skin and cutting into my flesh. I’m sure I’ll have unsightly scars.
Not that it will matter when I’m dead.
I resigned myself to that reality around the time that I finally let go of my bladder. Now I simply lie here, in a pool of urine and vomit, my teeth numb from knocking with each bump in the road, my body frozen by the cold.
Trying to ignore the darkness as I fight against the panic that consumes me. I could suffocate from the anxiety alone.
He knows that.
Now he’s exploiting it. That must be what he does—he uncovers your secrets, your fears, your flaws—and he uses them against you. He did it to Celine.
And now he’s doing it to me.
That’s why I’m in a cramped trunk, my lungs working overtime against a limited supply of oxygen while my imagination runs wild with what may be waiting for me at the end of this ride.
My racing heart ready to explode.
The car hits an especially deep pothole, rattling my bones. I’ve been trapped in here for so long. Hours. Days. I have no idea. Long enough to run through every mistake that I made.
How I trusted him, how I fell for his charm, how I believed his lies. How I made it so easy for him to do this to me.
How Celine made it so easy for him, by letting him get close.
Before he killed her.
Just like he’s going to kill me.

 

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Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Release Day Blitz (InkSlinger PR): SHUFFLE by Lisa Swallow



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Today we are celebrating the release of SHUFFLE by Lisa Swallow! This is the second standalone title in the Ruby Riot series, which is a spin-off from Lisa's Blue Phoenix books. Be sure to enter to win the giveaway below!

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Will Campbell, Ruby Riot bassist, is back at university and failing badly at everything apart from partying.

With Ruby Riot on a break, Will returns to university to finish his degree. He needs major help if he wants to pass his final year and attempts to join a not-very-rock star study group. Will is horrified to discover the person organising the group is Fleur Roberts, the girl he’s secretly crushed on for two years and who recently threatened him with a restraining order.

Fleur’s rock stars are history academics. She has no interest in any variety of pierced, tattooed slacker, especially not the jackass rock star who humiliated her at a party. There’s no way in Hell that Will Campbell is joining her group.

Faced with losing the easiest way to fix his academic problems, Will has the perfect solution: pretend he’s his twin, Nate. Will and Nate have swapped identities before so nothing can go wrong. Surely.

Fleur is successful academically, but her love life is a failure. Following a number of disastrous dates, she finds herself falling in love with a guy who is lying to her. But Will’s deceit isn’t the only thing about to shatter her world. When another man Fleur trusted betrays her, and she attempts to retaliate, Fleur discovers how dangerous he is. And when Will becomes involved, the repercussions threaten both of their futures.

Shuffle is the second standalone book in the Ruby Riot series and can be read separately to the first book.



 

 

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Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2001. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, three children, and Weimaraner, Tilly, who often makes appearances on Lisa’s social media.

Lisa’s first publication was a moving poem about the rain, followed by a suspenseful story about shoes. Following these successes at nine years old there was a long gap in her writing career, until she published her first book in 2013.

In the past, Lisa worked as an English teacher in France, as an advertising copywriter in England, and ran her own business in Australia. Now she spends her days with imaginary rock stars.

She lived in Europe as a child and also travelled when she left university. This has given Lisa stories which would sound far-fetched if she wrote them down, and maybe one day she will. These days, Lisa is happy in her writing cave, under Tilly’s supervision.

 

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cover Reveal : DARE ME by Rebecca Shea



We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for Rebecca Shea’s DARE ME! DARE ME is a sexy contemporary romance releasing March 28, 2016. We can't wait for you to fall into this novel...if you dare!

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Five coworkers.

Four drinks.

Three glances.

Two fleeting smiles.

One dare.

A dare that will change my life.

That’s all it takes to send me plummeting into the arms of the mysterious Holt Hamilton. Behind his crystal blue eyes is a secret, one that screams danger but calls to me anyway.

My name is Saige Phillips.

I never walk away from a dare.

 

 

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“I was watching you, Saige. I enjoy watching you.” Maybe that was bold of me, but I don’t care.

She audibly gasps, her chest rising and falling with each quick breath she takes.

I fix my eyes on hers and continue. “And I saw you watching me.”

Her upper lip twitches as she thinks of a sarcastic comeback. I can see the vein in her neck throbbing, along with the beat of her pulse before she finally whispers, “We shouldn’t do this.” She pulls a green olive off the toothpick floating in her martini, then she pops it into her mouth. The green olive matches her eyes perfectly.

I watch her shift uncomfortably in her chair for a few seconds before I respond. “Why not?”

“Because you’re my boss.” So naïve, sweet little Saige is.

“I’m actually not,” I tell her.

She frowns. “You own the company I work for, same thing.”

I clarify, “I’m part owner of the company you work for.”

She sighs. “Holt, this is just drinks. That’s all.” But her eyes tell me she wants more.

I lean closer to her. “It’s never just drinks, Saige.”





Author Photo - Rebecca SheaAbout Rebecca Shea:

Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Unbreakable series (Unbreakable, Undone, and Unforgiven) and the Bound and Broken series (Broken by Lies and Bound by Lies). She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons’ football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters.

 

 

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Book Review: Candy Cane Wayne by Leela Hope




Title: Candy Cane Wayne
Author: Leela Hope
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ISBN: B01A4TWG62
Release Date: January 2nd 2016
Pages: 24
Genre: Children’s
Format: Hardback (read as ebook)
Source: Kindle

GoodReads: This is a charming tale about a boy named Wayne who much preferred eating candy over healthy greens.
He is always tired and has no energy to play. And try as she might,
his mother can’t convince him to eat his vegetables.
Follow along as he accepts an invitation for tea at his friend’s house and makes the discovery much more than tea is being served.
Will Wayne have a change of heart and decide to try something new?
Candy Cane Wayne entertains with lively, colorful illustrations and rhyming verse, while sending a positive message to your children about healthy eating.

Mine: I’m right there with Wayne, not a big veggie eater either. Although Wayne finds that he can’t keep up with his friend. His friend has lots of energy and eats veggies and Wayne doesn’t. He’s invited to eat at his friends and veggie are served.

Wayne finally tries some veggies and decides they aren’t so a bad after all. He had the energy to keep up.

Very colorful illustrations.


Reading Challenges:
2016 Pages Read ( The Crafty Engineer's Bookshelf)
2016 I Love Picture Books (Bea's Book Nook)
Let's Turn Pages Challenge (GoodReads - 2015 and 2016 Reading Challenge)
2016 Reading Challenge (GoodReads)
2016 New Release Challenge (Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My! and (un)Conventional Bookviews)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday Post #4/Stacking The Shelves #4



Lost track of my numbers so starting over in 2016.



This Last Week @ Books, Books The Magical Fruit
Week of January 17 – January 23, 2016
*01/17 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - The Tatterdemon Opus
Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): THE UPRISING by T. H. Hernandez
*01/19 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - The Other Woman by Love Lust And Lipstick Stains
*01/20 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Sparks Will Fly in The Raising by Steven dos Santos


Next Week @ Books, Books The Magical Fruit
Week of January 24 – January 30, 2016
*01/26 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Happily Ever Alpha by hotboxedbooks.com
01/27 - Cover Reveal (InkSlinger PR): DARE ME by Rebecca Shea
01/28 - Release Day Blitz (InkSlinger PR): SHUFFLE by Lisa Swallow
*01/30 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Biker Chicks Anthology Vol 1! by Kay Renee


Coming soon

February 2016
02/02 - Release Blitz (InkSlinger PR): HE WILL BE MY RUIN by K.A. Tucker
02/04 - Release Blitz (InkSlinger PR): HARD EVER AFTER by Laura Kaye
02/08 - Pre Release Excerpt (InkSlinger PR): MATED IN MIST by Carrie Ann Ryan
*02/11 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Deadly Vows on Amazon
02/11 - Cover Reveal (InkSlinger PR): PROWLED DARKNESS by Carrie Ann Ryan
02/15 - Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): THE LIE by Karina Halle
*02/15 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Space Dreams Sci-Fi Adult Coloring Book Adventure
02/15 - Release Day Blitz (InkSlinger PR): YOU'RE STILL THE ONE by Rachel Harris
02/23 - Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): DANCE OF DESIRE by Christopher Rice
02/23 - Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): DARK TOUCH by Aimee L Salter

March 2016
03/24 - Book Review (Pump Up Your Books Tours) : THE DAFFODILS STILL GROW by Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell

Books Reviewed
Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10 by Ami Rubinger





Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

Books Received
GoodReads Giveaway – The Patient as CEO by Robin Farmanfarmaian


Books Downloaded
NetGalley
Are You Sleeping Little One?by Hans-Christian Schmidt, Cynthia Vance
The Beer Geek Handbook: Living a Life Ruled by Beer by Patrick Dawson
Big Cat, Small Cat by Ami Rubinger
Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10 by Ami Rubinger
Sometimes Just One is Just Right by Gayle Byrne
Alphabet Everywhere by Elliott Kaufman

I like to download from Amazon – so will just be listing with a link to GoodReads page

Not a lot to download this week.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Book Review: Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10 by Ami Rubinger



Title: Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10
Author: Ami Rubinger
Publisher: Abbeville Kids
ISBN: 9780789210661
Release Date: March 29th 2011
Pages: 28
Genre: Children’s
Format: ebook (will be Hardback)
Source: NetGalley

GoodReads: Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10 takes readers through a world of playful pups that love to count! Each spread's rhyming text leaves out the last word, allowing little ones to chime in and shout out the missing number. The amusing illustrations provide countable clues for the numbers that have been left out. With Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10, accomplished illustrator Ami Rubinger once again turns his humorous and imaginative eye to an otherwise simple subject. This is Rubinger's third rhyme-completion book, a technique that teaches children about concepts like counting with a fun, fill-in-the-blank challenge that encourages participation. His colorful, computer-generated canines will make little faces smile, and the rhyming game will have them counting from one to ten, again and again.

Mine: The wonderful thing is that children can play along with this book as they try to fit in the word that rhymes. The colorful illustrations make the book come alive.



Reading Challenges:
2016 Pages Read ( The Crafty Engineer's Bookshelf)
2016 I Love Picture Books (Bea's Book Nook)
2016 What an Animal Reading Challenge IX (Socrates Book Reviews)
Let's Turn Pages Challenge (GoodReads - 2015 and 2016 Reading Challenge)
2016 Reading Challenge (GoodReads)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Release Day Launch : THE UPRISING by T. H. Hernandez



It's release day for The Uprising by T. H. Hernandez! I am so excited for this, the third book in The Union Series. T.H. Hernandez is sharing an excerpt and giveaway with us to celebrate her release, so check it all out!

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The Uprising Synopsis:

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Recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound, eighteen-year-old Evan Taylor must find a way to stop the Uprising, an underground movement committed to destroying the Union, before her homeland is attacked.

After spending the last four months in the Ruins trying to get back to the only girl he's ever loved, nineteen-year-old Cyrus needs to get past his jealousy over Evan's involvement with Bryce or risk losing her again.

Together, Evan and Cyrus join with their friends to devise a plan to save both the Ruins and the Union, but when the pressure’s on, bickering and infighting threaten to undermine their goals. New information revealing a weakness in the Uprising is uncovered, forcing them to act quickly or risk losing everything.

With the help of old friends and new allies they set out to make history, but it might just take a miracle for everyone to make it out alive.

THE UPRISING is the third book in THE UNION series, a young adult romantic adventure set in the near future.

Buy Links:

Amazon



Catch up on the series:

The Union: Goodreads | Amazon

The Ruins: Goodreads | Amazon

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Exclusive Excerpt

Hot showers, beds that conform to my body, soft clothes, public transportation — there’s a shitload of stuff to love about the Union, but by far my favorite is the beach. I never tire of watching the ocean, struggling to understand it, the way it seems to go on forever. Standing here, feeling the coarse sand beneath my feet and the cool mist on exposed skin, helps me think.

Like an idiot, I figured nothing else mattered as long as Evan and I were together, but every damn thing matters. It’s not safe to stay here, and it’s not safe to return to the Ruins. Not that she’d even agree to that. Hell, I don’t know what she wants. We barely talk and I know that’s mostly on me. I can’t pretend her sleeping with that douche doesn’t piss me off. I want to punch something every time I see him, which is pretty much every fucking day.

“Figured I’d find you here,” Rainey’s raspy voice comes from behind me.

I grit my teeth and turn to face her. “Hey.”

“It’s beautiful, isn’t it?”

“Yeah. Never thought I’d see the ocean, now I can’t seem to leave.”

She’s quiet for a few moments, staring out at the crashing waves. I’ve stared at them for plenty of hours myself, now I stare at her. She’s pretty, in a rough sort of way. The scar running from her ear to her jaw only enhances her looks. But she’s not someone you’d ever want to mess with.

“Quit staring at me.”

I turn back to the water. “Sorry.”

“Colin went with her. You know, in case you were wondering.”

“Not really.” I wasn’t, only because I chose not to think about it. But if it’d been Bryce, I’d have needed to pound something.

“Are you going to punish her forever?”

Dragging my gaze away from the surf, I glare at her. “You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Her eyebrows go up. “Really? You two were this sappy sweet, gag-inducing couple until her ex showed up. Now you’re always in a foul mood, and you barely talk to the girl you supposedly gave up everything to follow.”

“Fine, I don’t like the guy, never have. Why the hell is he here again?”

“We need everyone if we have any hope of doing what you’re planning. We can’t send him packing because he got naked and horizontal with your girl.”

If Rainey wasn’t a girl, I’d have no problem decking her, but she is, so I walk down to the water to get away from her.

Whatever went on between Evan and the douchebag was before she joined the Uprising, but it’s more than that. It’s everything. She had no idea what she was getting herself into and no plan to get out. She nearly got herself killed.

She’s impulsive and reckless, and I don’t know if I can deal with that.





T.H. Hernandez Bio:

THHernandezWhen not visiting the imaginary worlds inside my head, I live in San Diego, California, with one husband, three children, two cats, and one dog. In addition to my day job as a technical writer and editor, I write young adult fiction. I love the intensity of teen emotions and the way they're still figuring out life. When I'm not writing, you can find me with my nose in a book, hanging out with family and friends, hiking, or knitting. I'm obsessed with Facebook, young adult novels, bad lip reading videos, pumpkin spice lattes, microbrewed beers, and the San Diego Chargers.

Links:

Goodreads | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Author Amazon Page

 

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Blog Tour Schedule:

January 20th

Typical Distractions Review

LuLo Fangirl Review

January 21st

Romeo & Roo Books Guest Post

Star-Crossed Book Blog Review

January 22nd

I Read Indie Playlist

January 23rd

Jax's Book Magic Excerpt

January 24th

Fictional Reality Playlist

January 25th

Renee Entress's Blog Excerpt

January 26th

Love Affair with Fiction Guest Post

Nerdy Soul Review

January 27th

Reading Addict Guest Post

January 28th

Red Moon (Silence Is Read) Excerpt

SnoopyDoo's Boook Reviews Excerpt

January 29th

Evermore Books Playlist

BookCrushin Review Only

January 30th

Extreme Bookaholic's Excerpt

January 31st

Alpha Fangirl Book Blog Excerpt

February 1st

Ceres Books World Review Only

February 2nd

Cover2Cover Dreamcast

February 3rd

Collector of book boyfriends Dreamcast

G & T's Indie Café Excerpt

Alpha Book Club Excerpt

 

 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Post #3/Stacking The Selves #3




Lost track of my numbers so starting over in 2016.



This Last Week @ Books, Books The Magical Fruit
Week of January 10 – January 16, 2016
Cover Reveal (InkSlinger PR): SERENDIPITY by Airicka Phoenix
01/15 - Cover Reveal (InkSlinger PR): SINFUL LOVE by Lauren Blakely
*01/16 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Your Irresistible Love is live by Layla Hagen


Next Week @ Books, Books The Magical Fruit
Week of January 17 – January 23, 2016
*01/17 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - The Tatterdemon Opus
01/19 - Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): THE UPRISING by T. H. Hernandez
*01/19 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - The Other Woman by Love Lust And Lipstick Stains
*01/20 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Sparks Will Fly in The Raising by Steven dos Santos


Coming soon

January 2016
*01/26 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Happily Ever Alpha by hotboxedbooks.com
01/27 - Cover Reveal (InkSlinger PR): DARE ME by Rebecca Shea
01/28 - Release Day Blitz (InkSlinger PR): SHUFFLE by Lisa Swallow
*01/30 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Biker Chicks Anthology Vol 1! by Kay Renee


February 2016
02/02 - Release Blitz (InkSlinger PR): HE WILL BE MY RUIN by K.A. Tucker
02/04 - Release Blitz (InkSlinger PR): HARD EVER AFTER by Laura Kaye
02/08 - Pre Release Excerpt (InkSlinger PR): MATED IN MIST by Carrie Ann Ryan
*02/11 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Deadly Vows on Amazon
02/11 - Cover Reveal (InkSlinger PR): PROWLED DARKNESS by Carrie Ann Ryan
02/15 - Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): THE LIE by Karina Halle
*02/15 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Space Dreams Sci-Fi Adult Coloring Book Adventure
02/15 - Release Day Blitz (InkSlinger PR): YOU'RE STILL THE ONE by Rachel Harris
02/23 - Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): DANCE OF DESIRE by Christopher Rice
02/23 - Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): DARK TOUCH by Aimee L Salter

March 2016
03/24 - Book Review (Pump Up Your Books Tours) : THE DAFFODILS STILL GROW by Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell

Books Reviewed
A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager
Mermaids on Mars by Nancy Guettier
Hollywood Café by Steven Rea


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

Books Received
Review Copy – Mermaids on Mars by Nancy Guettier
GoodReads Winner – Crimes of Cunning by Tony Mayo
GoodReads Winner – His Forever Family by Sarah M Anderson
Review Copy – Circus in the Sky by Nancy Guettier
Review Copy – I Wish by Nancy Guettier
Review Copy – Jude’s Moon by Nancy Guettier
Review Copy – Percy Finds a Girlfriend by Sissy Parker
Review Copy – Roy G . Biv is Made At Me Because I Love Pink by Nancy Guettier
Review Copy – Shimmer the Glowworm Finds Her Glow by Shelby Herman

Books Downloaded
NetGalley
A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager
Hollywood Café by Steven Rea
A Color Game for Chester Raccoon by Audrey Penn
A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager
Ariel Bradley, Spy for General Washington by Lynda Durrant
Birds of a Feather: A Book of Idioms and Silly Picturesby Vanita Oelschlager
Cookie Classics Made Easy by Brandi Scalise
Don't Dangle Your Participle by Vanita Oelschlager
I Came From The Water by Vanita Oelschlager
Ivy in Bloom: The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers from the Past by Vanita Oelschlager
Kiss Kiss Bark! By Kim Williams Justesen
Magic Words by Edward Field
Out of the Blue: A book of color idioms and silly pictures by Vanita Oelschlager
Porcupette Finds a Family by Vanita Oelschlager
Postcards from a War by Vanita Oelschlager
Quilts Presidential and Patriotic by Sue Reich
The Colors of Israel by Rachel Raz
The Useful Book by David Bowers, Sharon Bowers
Pickin Peas by Margaret Read MacDonald

I like to download from Amazon – so will just be listing with a link to GoodReads page

READER GIVEAWAYS: How You Can Win Amazon Products From Your Kindle Fire or Digital Device by Jeff Bennington