Saturday, December 20, 2014

Stacking the Shelves! 12.20.14

 
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga @ Tynga's Reviews. Its all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, whether physical or virtual books. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course, ebooks! Tynga posts this meme on Saturdays, but you can post on any day that works best for you! Check out the guidelines by visiting Tynga's blog! 

ARC


I was so excited to find this beauty on my doorstep today!! I seriously cannot wait to start reading it! I actually started last night and got a few pages into it, but then I realized that its actually the 3rd book in the Tessa Leoni series. I've read the first and I have the second sitting on my shelf, so I going to read that one next and then Crash & Burn. I know I can read this one as a stand-alone, but I'd rather read it in order. Ahh! So exciting :) 


What books, physical or virtual, did you add to your shelves this week?!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

HTML Help!

Hey guys! So one of my new years resolutions is to personalize my blog a little bit more and learn HTML coding. I love looking at everyone else's blogs and seeing all the neat things they have, like banners, clipart/pictures, fun fonts, etc. What do I know about coding and HTML? .... Absolutely nothing.

That's where you come in! I'd love to get some ideas and suggestions about what to do and the best way to learn! If anyone has a favorite website to learn from, a good book, etc., I'd love to know! :) It's definitely going to take me a long time to learn, but I'd like to try! Any suggestions would be appreciated! Obviously I need to start small... but some originality in my blog would be nice and I want to hang things up and make them more creative.

*Blog Tour* Benchmark by Georgie Hanlin and Shannon Swann


Benchmark
Georgie Hanlin and Shannon Swann

Release: December 12, 2014 from Evernight
Teen
55K/ contemporary/romance/minor fantasy element

Editor's Pick

Synopsis

Harper Kingsley has the perfect life until her brother, Braydon, commits suicide.  After his death,
Harper returns to North Star, a sailing camp on Whidbey Island where she and Braydon spent eight summers together.  Joining her are her three best friends who are ready to rule Senior Hill. Harper just wants to escape to the only place she feels is truly magical.

At North Star, Harper tries to forget her reality, but it’s impossible because she comes face-to-face with her brother at a hidden bench in the garden.  Is it really him or just her imagination?  She knows Braydon is dead. Why is appearing in front of her? Scared at first, Harper rejects his presence, but once he explains that she is the one who brought him back, she wants to hear him out. 

Harper chooses to keep these encounters to herself. Who would believe her anyway?  It’s Jeremy Miller, the camp’s ultimate heartthrob and Piper’s ex, to whom she will eventually reveal her secret. And he has a secret of his own.  Their camp romance turns Harper’s friends against her, giving her
one more thing to juggle this summer at North Star. 


Buy Links:    Evernight
Teen
    Amazon    Print



Excerpt


“Seriously,
Harp,” she began, “if you and Jeremy like each other, you should just be honest
about it.” It was obvious to me that the three of them had been talking about
this behind my back.


“That’s not
even the point, Anna,” I barked defensively.  “We don’t, I mean, I… he…
look, Jeremy’s a nice guy and he was friends with my brother.” I felt short of
breath trying to explain myself.  “But that’s all irrelevant. The point
is: everything in this world can’t always be about Piper.  At school, at camp,
wherever we are, it’s always about Piper and her boyfriends or her exes or her
soccer or her clothes or her life or whatever. I am so tired of her.” Those
were my honest feelings right at that moment, but deep, deep down, I knew I was
just jealous of her uninterrupted life. 


“Look, I
know you’ve gone through a lot, this year Harp,” she whispered sympathetically,
undoubtedly trying to calm me down before we started to draw a bigger crowd. 


There was
the pity. I hated being pitied.  I could feel my eyes start to well up so
I began to blink frantically to stop tears from falling down my face. I was so
sick of crying. 


“Thanks
anyway, Anna, but you actually have no idea.” Anna had been nothing but a
friend to me, and I knew my words had hurt her. “One year ago, my life was
normal. It was happy and calm and predictable.  I was up here having fun
with my brother and you guys, loving it all, probably just like you are this
summer.  But, for me, it’s different now. Everything’s different. And it
won’t ever be the same again.” I was barely able to finish my sentence, but I
could see through my teary eyes that Anna looked uncomfortable, like she didn’t
know what to do with me.  We had inched our way from the center to the
edge of the art shed, far enough from other people’s earshot, but close enough
for anyone paying attention to clue in on all the drama.  I had to get out
of there. People were starting to stare.


 About the Authors

Georgie Hanlin

Georgie Hanlin grew up in San Francisco. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Scripps College in French and History and spent her Junior Year abroad studying in Paris. Georgie has Master of Arts degree in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  Her writing has been featured in The New York Times/International Herald TribuneThe Washington PostThe Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle and NPR.  Georgie is a teacher in Mill Valley and lives in San Francisco.

Shannon Swann

Shannon Swann was born in Honolulu, but moved to New Jersey as a child. She has a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, San Francisco in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Speech Communication. For close to a decade, she worked in the fashion industry for some of most
well-known retail giants (GAP, Coach, Reebok) in San Francisco, New York and Boston doing Product Development. She currently owns her own small business, MooseCouture, and resides in Chicago where she is an avid animal rights supporter (PAWS Chicago).


Giveaway


$20 Amazon
Gift Card




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday! 12.16.14


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the The Broke and the Bookish. Every week she posts an idea for a 'Top Ten' list relating to books, and encourages other book bloggers to respond and participate. All the details are listed on her site.


This week's question: Top ten books I read in 2014


1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

4. Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism by Arthur Fleischmann and Carly Fleischmann

5. A Cowboy's Christmas Promise by Maggie McGinnis

6. Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts

7. Second Chance at the Sugar Shack by Candis Terry

8. 6th Target by James Patterson 

9. Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

10. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

[Review] Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Album

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Album 
Publisher: Warner
Publishing Date: 2000
Format: paperback, purchased
194 Pages
Links: Goodreads | AmazonB&N

Synopsis 

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying of ALS - or motor neurone disease - Morrie visited Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final class: lessons in how to live. This is a chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.

My Review

This is another book that I've had sitting on my shelf for quite a while, and since I'm trying really hard to read old TBR books, I figured this was a good time to start this one! I've previously read The Time Keeper and Five People You Meet in Heaven, and really enjoyed them both, so I figured I would like this one just as much. I've also hears about many people who've read this book and liked it! So I had kind of high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, it didn't quite meet those expectations for me. I found myself getting a little annoyed with Mitch and Morrie, which sounds awful since Morrie is dying. But this story didn't seem real to me. I have never known anyone to be so positive and have so many inspirational things to say. Sure, I know my fair share of people who have a really good outlook on life, and I try to be one of those people as well. But it seemed like everything that came out of Morrie's mouth was an inspirational lesson. I agree with many things that were said in this book and think many of the 'lessons' can be true for a lot of people. I feel like it's a bad reason to not like a book simply because everything that was said seemed so inspirational, but it didn't resonate with me; it felt fake. Now, by no means am I saying this was a bad book or that I hated it, because that's not true. I'm glad I read it, but this just isn't a book for me. And I'm disappointed because I really did have high hopes and I really liked Five People You Meet in Heaven. I know there are a ton of people out there who loved this book, and I think that's great, it just wasn't for me. 

AWESOME GIVEAWAY! Pinned Down by C. Michelle


Synopsis 

Pinned Down is the second installment in the Pinned Up trilogy. It is an urban contemporary romance that contains explicit language and strong sexual content. 

My lips are outlined and painted to match the vibrant shade of my long locks. The darkness of my eyes are enhanced by cat inspired eyeliner and exaggerated lashes that provide the perfect hint of sex appeal. My vivacious colored hair is styled in retro glam curls while the front showcases perfectly shaped victory rolls. 

I resemble a flawless pin-up doll…I absolutely love it. 

Nina and Josh’s relationship survived betrayal and deceit. Revelations that could have hindered their connection, proved to make their bond stronger than ever. But will they have their happily-ever-after? As Nina and Josh rekindle their love, challenges arise threatening to break them apart. Some old habits are simply too hard to resist. Their sexual chemistry, humor, and unexpected links to their past continue to unravel as do unforeseen new bonds. 

Are you ready to embark on another wild ride? Nina, Josh, and Kade sure are! Friendships and relationships might just have surprising new twists...

About the Author

I love a good laugh…you know, the type that accidentally makes you snort. Yeah, that kind. My love of all things funny, romantic, and bad ass led to the writing of my debut novel, Pinned Up. I reside in northern Cali with my husband and three children. I'm currently working on the completion of the Pinned Up trilogy. Initially, Pinned Up was written as a stand-alone novel, but since the characters continue to harass me during the middle of the night, while I'm driving, when I'm eating, and while I'm running against my will…I decided to continue with their stories.

I definitely don't take myself too seriously. (Life is too short for that if you ask me.) And I'm well aware I’m not everyone’s cup of tea...and that’s okay! Why? Because I’d rather be someone’s shot of tequila anyway! Salud!

Life hasn't always been all fun and games...I also worked my butt off to set a positive example for my family. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration degree while working as a Deputy Probation Officer and Probation Counselor. I also served my community as a Victim Awareness Program instructor and an Aggression Replacement Training facilitator.

GIVEAWAY!

$75.00 Amazon OR Target gift card (winner's choice) 
2 Paperback copies of Pinned Up or Pinned Down (winner's choice) 
3 ebook copies of Pinned Up or Pinned Down (winner's choice) 

Friday, December 12, 2014

[Review] Betting on You by Jessie Evans

Betting on You by Jessie Evans
Series: Always a Bridesmaid, #1
Publisher: Self Taught Ninja Press
Publishing Date: Sept 19, 2013
Format: ebook
159 Pages
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N


Synopsis 

He'd always bet on her, always...

Lark March is over Mason Stewart, so over him she's practically forgotten the cruel way he ended things four years ago. At least that's what she's told her sisters... But when Mason shows up at her best friend's wedding, talking sweet and looking even sweeter, Lark can't deny the man still gets to her in a major way.

Mason Stewart was a messed up kid, but he's a man now, a man who knows what he wants and won't stop until he's convinced the only woman he's ever loved that they are meant to be. He persuades Lark to give him seven days to remind her why they belong together. At the week's end, Lark may tell him to get out of her life for good, but Mason's betting on true love for the win.

But when old secrets come to light, Lark and Mason will find their rediscovered love tested, and happily ever after harder to hold on to than either of them wagered.

Fans of Bella Andre, Kristan Higgins, and Susan Mallery will love the Always a Bridesmaid romance series, stories featuring sassy Southern women and the alpha males who love them.

My Review

I've had this book for a while on my Kindle, and I'm making a conscious effort to read books that have been on my TBR pile for quite some time. I'm actually not doing too bad, which is nice for a change! I'm sure with Christmas, that will change with the new books I'm hoping to get, but at least I'm working on it! 

I started out liking this book a lot. It seemed like it was going to be just what I was looking for. I think this book had a lot of potential, but it fell a little short for me. I would say Mason and Lark had a bad breakup, but there wasn't much to it since Mason just left. But when they see each other again for the first time in 4 years, I was expecting the reunion to be more emotional. Yes, Lark fled, but she gave in quite easily to Mason asking her out for 7 dates right away. Just seemed too fast for me and I would have liked to see her stick her ground a little longer. 

That being said, I did enjoy the book. It wasn't a top pick for me, and I'm not sure if I'll finish the series, but I'm glad I tried this and gave the author a chance. I have to say that Aria and Nash's story sounds really good too! Just not sure if I'll grab a copy or not.