Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: My Four Favorite Posts that I have Written So Far

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted each week by the lovely Broke and Bookish, where you make a list to go with that week's bookish theme.

theme: FREEBIE WEEK, topic of your choice or go back and do one you missed!

Hello everybody! It's freebie week, and a couple weeks ago was my one year blogiversary. So I decided to go back and list out some of my favorite posts that I have written, edited, and posted. Also, you can still enter the giveaway by clicking here. I only ended up finding four posts that I really loved, so I'm just going to have to write some more posts that I love! I hope that you enjoy! Make sure that you leave your TTT posts in the comments!

1.) Dear Future Boyfriends- This is a guest post that I did for Kimberly @Caffeinated Book Reviewer when she was at BEA, and I adored this post. I had a lot of fun thinking about what I would want my future boyfriends to know. 

2.) Where is the Diversity on Book Covers?- I remember writing this after watching a bunch of videos on We Need Diverse Books. After watching all of those video I questioned why there wasn't more diversity on the covers. So I wrote this post, and it is one of my favorites.

3.) Book Review: A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd- This is one of my favorite posts because it was my first long review. This was the first review that I'm proud of to this day, and that's why it's one of my favorites.    

4.) When You Have Not Read A Popular Book by a Popular Author- This was a fun post to write because I got to list out some really popular books that I still need to read. It was also stressful because I had to look at all the books I still need to read! 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Cover of the Week: Crossroads by Mary Ting

Crossroads (Crossroads Saga, #1)Book: Crossroads (Crossroads Saga #1)
Author:  Mary Ting
Published: April 6, 2016
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Number of Pages: 384

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Synopsis: On the same night of her friend’s tragic death, Claudia Emerson encounters another world, Crossroads, through her dream. There, she learns about a mix breed of angels and humans, who possess supernatural powers. Among those with these powers, lies evil, known as the fallen. Mystified by her ability to enter this place called Crossroads, certain that the fallen will be after her, she is assigned a guardian angel named Michael. Aden, the fallen leader, is convinced that Claudia holds the key to help destroy Crossroads. Her dream becomes a nightmare as more secrets are revealed, about who she really is, and the true identities of the people she loves most.

Why I like this cover: I like how simplistic this cover is. There isn't a whole lot going on, and there is only one focal point. Don't underestimate a simple cover, because they can turn out to be the best covers. Do you like this cover? Let me know in the comments.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Weekly Recap: 27¢ Pants! (Week of 6/19/16)

I link to The Sunday Post by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

---My Life---

Hello everybody! I got a great deal yesterday. I was getting new jeans because my current ones have holes in them. I got two of the same jeans; the first was $30, and the second pair was 27 cents! The cashier wasn’t able to get them ringed up correctly, so the manager just charged me 27 cents! That really made my day, and I’m hoping that one day I will get another sale that will stand up to that one. Have a good week everybody!

---Currently Reading---

 Remnants (Remnants Trilogy #1)
I got this one from the author and I AM REALLY SCARRED. I don’t get easily scarred by books, but this one is very stressful and scary to me (it’s also really good too).

---Important Posts that you Should Check Out---

Make sure that you vote on which books I read for the Make Me Read It Readathon.

There is also time to enter a giveaway I’m hosting where you could win some books! You can enter by clicking here.

---Books I’m Hoping to Read This Week---

 Remnants (Remnants Trilogy #1)How to Keep Rolling After a FallDevil and the Bluebird

I’m hoping that I get a lot of reading this week, so here are some books that I might and/or will be reading. Of course, this list isn't set in stone. So, I might not even read the last two. I'm just hoping to read.

---Posts you Might have Missed---

---Question of the Week---

What is the best deal that you have ever gotten? Let me know in the comments.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Book I REALLY Want to Read: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

The Summer of Chasing MermaidsBook: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Author: Sarah Ockler
Published: June 2, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Number of Pages: 403

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Synopsis: The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d'Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can't sing. She can't even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend's invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse's home in the Caribbean isn't: an ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He's also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn't treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother, Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove's high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn't the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian's seductive tide and entranced by the Cove's charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn't what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who's best known for breaking them...

Why I really want to read this book: This book sounds perfect for summer, and I have heard really good things about this one. It is suppose to have realistic characters, diversity, and an adorable love story. I'm going to see if I can get to it this summer, but I won't get my hopes up. Do you want to read this book? Or if you have, what did you think of it?   

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Blog Tour: Tuned Into You by Cindy Dorminy

Tuned Into YouBook: Tuned Into You
Author: Cindy Dorminy
Published: June 21, 2016
Publisher: BookFish Books
Number of Pages: 328
Format: Ebook (.mobi)
Source: Received from Publisher
Rating: 3 Stars
Tags: Contemporary, Love Story, YA, ARC

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Synopsis: A summer party is the last place Lydia Flowers wants to be. Beer pong? Stupid, foot-wrecking shoes? Random hookups? No thanks. Lydia would rather be in her cleats practicing her bat handling skills.

Enter Abe Fischer, the Nashville Teen Idol superstar. He’s a lip-syncing party animal with a short fuse; or at least that’s what the tabloids say. Except, Abe turns out to be nothing like the guy Lydia’s read about online. He’s sweet, and the way he talks to his horse…sigh.

Then life throws Lydia and Abe a curveball. They are wrongfully arrested for destruction of property. Their choices? Either work on the Fischer Farm for the summer earning nothing more than blisters and a sunburn, or have the arrest go on their records, which would ruin Lydia’s shot at a softball scholarship. It’s a no-brainer. Lydia picks up a pitchfork, pulls out the SPF 40, and prepares for the worst two months of her life.

When the press gets wind of a big secret Abe’s family has been keeping, things become even more complicated. Now Lydia has another choice to make: stick around for Abe’s messed-up life in the spotlight, or go for the scholarship of her dreams.

*My thanks to BookFish Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are my own.*

         ~My Review~

I have a confession, I love romance and drama in books, if it's done right. Contemporary isn't my most read genre, so that makes it even more special when I do read it.  It just makes everything so much more exciting because I will most likely never have do deal with the mafia coming after my father and I, but it's exciting to read about someone else's drama. And honestly, I wish that this book had more drama.

In this book we follow both Abe and Lydia, as they get arrested, work on a farm, and fall in love (with drama of course). We read from both Abe and Lydia's POV, and I enjoyed them both (even though I enjoyed Abe's a little more).

Lydia is your normal teenager. She goes to church, is trying to get a scholarship, and she got tricked into going to a party. It was fine that Lydia was normal, but I guess that I just wanted more. When I read I want to read about the progress of a character (also known as character development), and I wish that there was more development with her character.

I really enjoyed Abe's character development on the other hand. It was cool to see who he really was, and how he wasn't what the press said he was. It was sweet to see how he talked to his horse, and treated Lydia. Though I didn't like all of the decisions he made, I thought that he was a likeable character. 

One of the high points in this book was the fact that Lydia and Abe didn't have sex, and I loved it. Abe knew that Lydia didn't want to go to far, and so guess what he did. He stopped when she said so. This was a big through my hands in the air and shout "YES!!" at the ceiling moment. So thank you Cindy Dorminy for including that very important section in the book.

Here was my main problem with the book, there wasn't much that stood out about it. There wasn't much wow factor, and that ended up making the book kind of forgettable. I want to remember every book that I read, but that just isn't going to happen. In order to remember books, there has to be a wow factor. So while this book didn't have a big wow factor for me, it doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy it.

Overall, I liked this book! I thought that is was a cute love story even though I wished that there was more of the family drama.      

 And Now... Two Guest Posts, From Cindy Dorminy

Funniest Dog Story

My dachshund Zacchaeus was a character. He had no idea how small he was and even took on the neighbor’s black lab one time. It was hilarious seeing that big dog yelping home because some fifteen pound, short legged, mean-as- a snack canine growled at him. But I think the funniest dog story is in 1998. My husband and I lived in a high rise apartment in Nashville. On this particular spring morning, we woke up to tornado warnings and it looked like it was going to be a very scary, stormy day. I was worried about leaving my two dogs (Zacc and Lydia) in a high rise apartment when threats of tornadoes were all around, so we crated them together, pulled the crate as far away from the window as possible and covered it with a blanket. Even though Zacc was a rascal, he was terrified of certain noises. So, to keep him from fretting all day, we left a radio on to drown out any sounds of thunder (or tornadoes). My husband, being a lover of storms, left a video recorder running all day and pointed out the window to see if he could catch a tornado on film.

After a very long, agonizing work day that included not one, but TWO tornadoes in downtown Nashville, we headed home, hoping our high rise was standing and our pups were safe. Thank goodness, everything was safe – the tornado hit just the other side of the street. My husband thinks he’s been able to capture the tornado on film, so we sit down to watch it. Unfortunately, the tornado came from a different direction that could be seen from that particular window, so we didn’t capture a tornado on film. But what we DID capture was a lovely concert by my wiener dog. Apparently, he loves Seven Bridges Road by the Eagles. He had the most beautiful howls to that song as he sang right along to the tune. It certainly lightened up the mood because the tornadoes were so close, it could have 
 done so much damage.

An Epic Road Trip Story

I took a vacation with two co-workers / friends of mine one time to Cape Cod. We had so much fun even though at every turn, we were two seconds away from calamity every single day. To set the stage, I am from Georgia, one friend was from Alabama and the other was from Indiana. We were definitely fish out of water the whole week. The best/worst part was the day we took the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. It took us roaming through three parking lots before we found one that had vacancies for our car. The ferry ride was beautiful, we shopped, toured the light house, and even found a dog collar on the beach and was convinced it belonged to JFK Jr’s dog (this was about a month after John Jr crashed his plane off the coast of M.V.). We spent the entire day there. I remember telling one of my friends that I wouldn’t mind just staying here. Well, I almost got my wish because when it was time to take the ferry back to Cape Cod, the dock was dark. Turns out, we were at the wrong dock. The one we needed to be at was on the other side of the island. Thanks to our vacation angel, we got on the city bus that dropped us off right at the correct dock and made it off the island on the last ferry of the night. I was kind of hoping we’d have to sleep on the street on M.V. How bad could that have been, right?

Whew. We made it on the ferry. “We’re not home yet,” as one of my friends said. And she was right. We had driven around so much trying to find a lot to park our car that morning we couldn’t remember where we parked. The bus driver, who was talking really loud and really, really fast in his thick New England accent, was getting very agitated at us because he wanted to go home. We did too, by the way. I think he took pity on us Southern girls and drove us around to every parking lot until we found our car.

Our vacation angel got a purple heart that week for keeping us from harm.
About the Author: Cindy Dorminy grew up on a steady diet of popcorn (the kind you pop in a sauce pan), Tab (pre-Diet Coke), and movies for teenagers. She can’t let a day go by without quoting a line from one of her favorite films, so quirky dialogue is a must in her stories. When she’s not at her research coordinator day job, Cindy is writing funny love stories, walking her dog, or slinging iron the old-fashioned way. She shares her house with her musician husband, her awesome daughter, and a cool, four-footed child that would eat all the cheese ifshe could figure out how to open the refrigerator. Cindy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Music City Romance Writers. She resides in Nashville, TN where live music can be heard everywhere, even at the grocery store.    

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