An Alaskan Christmas – Harlequin Publishing Holiday Blog Tour – Winter 2020

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Thank you to Harlequin for inviting me to join in the Winter 2020 Holiday Blog Tour. Due to the time of year being crazy season at work and me working 10 hours of overtime a week or sick, I only signed up for the one book An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow. All the books sounded cute, so make sure to check out the other tour posts!! You can search by using the keywords of Harlequin Holiday Blog Tour, searching the book titles, and such! 🙂

 

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Jennifer Snow

 

AN ALASKAN CHRISTMAS

Author: Jennifer Snow

ISBN: 9781335041500

Publication Date: 9/24/2019

Publisher: HQN Books

 

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Author Bio: Jennifer Snow lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and four year old son. She is a member of the RWA, the Alberta Writers Guild, Canadian Authors Association and SheWrites.org. Her first Brookhollow book was a finalist in the Heart of Denver Aspen Gold contest and the Golden Quill Award. More information can be found at http://www.jennifersnowauthor.com.

 

 

Book Summary:

In Alaska, it’s always a white Christmas—but the sparks flying between two reunited friends could turn it red-hot…

If there’s one gift Erika Sheraton does not want for Christmas, it’s a vacation. Ordered to take time off, the workaholic surgeon reluctantly trades in her scrubs for a ski suit and heads to Wild River, Alaska. Her friend Cassie owns a tour company that offers adventures to fit every visitor. But nothing compares to the adrenaline rush Erika feels on being reunited with Cassie’s brother, Reed Reynolds.

Gone is the buttoned-up girl Reed remembers. His sister’s best friend has blossomed into a strong, skilled, confident woman. She’s exactly what his search-and-rescue team needs—and everything he didn’t know he craved. The gulf between his life in Wild River and her big-city career is wide. But it’s no match for a desire powerful enough to melt two stubborn hearts…

 

 

My Review –

I really enjoyed this book, with a strong female character who felt very real and who was very career focused. I found it easy to relate to Erika. I loved that Reed’s career was in search and rescue, that’s one of my favorite things to read about. There was great witty banter, and adorable dog, and real life family and personal struggles to over come. The plot moved along well, with some tense scenes and some moments where you just want to strangle the character! I laughed, snorted, sighed in frustration and squeaked with joy! This book was more than I expected and was the perfect December read. I’m so glad I’ve been expanding my horizons to include more romance books to break up the monotony of Fantasy, Thriller and Horror books that I normally read. I definitely recommend getting yourself a copy of this book to read this Holiday season! It’ll leave you with a happy heart for sure.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read my Blog Tour Post! Stay tuned for more to come, my next Blog Tour is on December 30th. I’ll try to post in between with some reviews and such, it’s been hard with my crazy schedule but I really miss sharing my reading adventures. So have a great day, enjoy the holiday season and Happy Reading!! 🙂

Good Boy : My Life in Seven Dogs by Jennifer Finney Boylan – Review

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Thank you to Celadon Books for surprising me with book mail and a copy of Good Boy!! This made an happy end to a hard day, and it gave me another book that I didn’t know I needed in life. Being a dog lover and dog mom, I immediately perked up at the sight of this book. I’m a day late posting my review, and for that I am so sorry!! None the less, here it is!!!

Description –

From bestselling author of She’s Not There, New York Times opinion columnist, and human rights activist Jennifer Finney Boylan, Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs, a memoir of the transformative power of loving dogs.

This is a book about dogs: the love we have for them, and the way that love helps us understand the people we have been. 

It’s in the love of dogs, and my love for them, that I can best now take the measure of the child I once was, and the bottomless, unfathomable desires that once haunted me.

There are times when it is hard for me to fully remember that love, which was once so fragile, and so fierce. Sometimes it seems to fade before me, like breath on a mirror.

But I remember the dogs. 

In her New York Times opinion column, Jennifer Finney Boylan wrote about her relationship with her beloved dog Indigo, and her wise, funny, heartbreaking piece went viral. In Good Boy, Boylan explores what should be the simplest topic in the world, but never is: finding and giving love.

Good Boy is a universal account of a remarkable story: showing how a young boy became a middle-aged woman—accompanied at seven crucial moments of growth and transformation by seven memorable dogs. “Everything I know about love,” she writes, “I learned from dogs.” Their love enables us pull off what seem like impossible feats: to find our way home when we are lost, to live our lives with humor and courage, and above all, to best become our true selves.

My Review-

I am so thankful to Celadon Books for sending me a copy of Good Boy by Jennifer Finney Boylan. Good Boy is one of those books that you read and when you finish it you realize it was a book you didn’t know you needed in your life! This book came to me at the perfect time in my life, so close to the holiday season. Not only is Good Boy a memoir about life events and how certain dogs benchmarked those periods in Jennifer’s life, but it’s a story of love and how it prevails. It also shows us how dogs teach us many important life lessons. I’m a dog lover and dog mom myself, so I really related to a lot of aspects of the book. I adored the stories in this book and the intimate details that Jennifer shared. It was as if the reader had come upon a window and peeked into a specific point in her life. This book speaks volumes and will always have a special place in my heart. I hope everyone else who reads this book can relate to it in one way or another, and marvel in how special our relationship with dogs are. They truly teach us many things!

Day Zero by Kelly DeVos – Blog Tour: Inkyard Press Winter 2020

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Hey, it’s YA!! Surprisee!!! I’m changing it up thanks to Inkyard Press inviting me to join on their Winter YA 2020 Blog Tour! Today’s stop is for Day Zero by Kelly DeVos and I am so excited to bring you an excerpt and some author information! This sounds like such a fun, different survival story with a bit of humor. My kind of read!! It is definitely on my list to devour in the next couple weeks, and so far I’m really enjoying it!

 

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Author: Kelly deVos

ISBN:  978-1335008480 

Publication Date: 11/12/19

Publisher: Inkyard Press

 

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Author Bio: KELLY DEVOS is from Gilbert, Arizona, where she lives with her high school sweetheart husband, amazing teen daughter and superhero dog, Cocoa. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. When not reading or writing, Kelly can typically be found with a mocha in hand, bingeing the latest TV shows and adding to her ever-growing sticker collection. Her debut novel, Fat Girl on a Plane, named one of the “50 Best Summer Reads of All Time” by Reader’s Digest magazine, is available now from HarperCollins.

Kelly’s work has been featured in the New York Times as well as on Salon, Vulture and Bustle.

 

Book Summary:

 

Don’t miss the exhilarating new novel from the author of Fat Girl on a Plane, featuring a fierce, bold heroine who will fight for her family and do whatever it takes to survive. Fans of Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It series and Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave series will cheer for this fast-paced, near-future thrill ride.

If you’re going through hell…keep going.

Seventeen-year-old coder Jinx Marshall grew up spending weekends drilling with her paranoid dad for a doomsday she’s sure will never come. She’s an expert on self-heating meal rations, Krav Maga and extracting water from a barrel cactus. Now that her parents are divorced, she’s ready to relax. Her big plans include making it to level 99 in her favorite MMORPG and spending the weekend with her new hunky stepbrother, Toby.

But all that disaster training comes in handy when an explosion traps her in a burning building. Stuck leading her headstrong stepsister, MacKenna, and her precocious little brother, Charles, to safety, Jinx gets them out alive only to discover the explosion is part of a pattern of violence erupting all over the country. Even worse, Jinx’s dad stands accused of triggering the chaos.

In a desperate attempt to evade paramilitary forces and vigilantes, Jinx and her siblings find Toby and make a break for Mexico. With seemingly the whole world working against them, they’ve got to get along and search for the truth about the attacks—and about each other. But if they can survive, will there be anything left worth surviving for?

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Dr. Doomsday’s Guide to Ultimate Survival

Rule One: Always be prepared.

I exhale in relief when MacKenna pulls the car into the Halliwell’s Market parking lot. Because of the Sugar Sales Permit waiting list, old stores like these are the only places that carry Extra Jolt soda. I have to buy it myself, because Mom won’t keep any in the house.

She thinks too much caffeine rots your brain or something. Halliwell’s is a squat brown building that sits across the street from the mall and is next door to the town’s only skyscraper.

The First Federal Building was supposed to be the first piece of a suburban business district designed to rival the hip boroughs of New York. The mayor announced the construction of a movie theater, an apartment complex and an indoor aquarium. But the New Depression hit, and the other buildings never materialized.

The First Federal Building alone soars toward the clouds, an ugly glass rectangle visible from every neighborhood, surrounded by the old town shops that have been there forever. Most of the stores are empty.

We park in front of the market.

Our car nestles in the long shadow of the giant bank building.

Charles gets out and stands on the sidewalk in front of the car.

MacKenna opens her door. She hesitates again. “Listen, I know you might not want to hear this or believe it. But my book report wasn’t about hurting you or getting revenge. I’m trying to get you to see what’s really happening here. That Carver’s election is the start of something bad. We could use you at the rally. You’re one of the few people who understands Dr. Doomsday’s work. You could explain what he did. How he helped Carver cheat to win.”

“I’ve been planning this raid for months,” I say. My stomach churns, sending uncomfortable flutters through my insides. I don’t know what it would mean to talk about my father’s work. What I really want to do is pretend it doesn’t exist. Pretend the world is normal and whole.

I reassure myself with the reminder that there’s no way MacKenna is going to the rally either.

Out of the corner of my eye, I see Charles give us a small wave. Before MacKenna can say anything else, I get out and grab my backpack.

Inside Halliwell’s, I pick up a blue basket from the stack near the door. The small market is busy and full of other people shopping after school or work. The smell of pine cleaner hits me as we pass the checkout stations. They are super serious about germs and always cleaning between customers.

I leave MacKenna and Charles at the Click N’Grow rack near the door to check out the seed packets that my brother collects. Dad got Charles hooked on this computerized gardening that uses an e-tablet and a series of tiny indoor lights to create the ideal indoor planter box. Each week, they release a new set of exclusive seeds. Their genetic modifications are controversial.

All the soda is in large coolers that line one of the walls of the market. They keep the strange stuff in the corner. Expensive root beers. Ramune imported from Japan. And! Extra! Jolt! I put a few bottles of strawberry in my basket. I snag some grape too. For a second, I consider buying a couple of bottles of doughnut flavor. But that sounds like too much, even for me. The chips are in the next aisle. I load up on cheese puffs and spicy nacho crisps.

MacKenna and Charles are still at the rack near the door, and I try to squeeze by them without attracting any notice. I usually don’t buy unhealthy snacks when I’m with my brother. I smuggle them in my backpack and have a special hiding space in my desk.

My brother has type 1 diabetes, and he’s supposed to check his blood sugar after meals. He can have starchy or sugary snacks only when his glucose level is good or on special occasions.

MacKenna grimaces at a packet of seeds in her hands. “I still don’t like this one. It’s pretty. But still. It’s…carnivorous.”

I have to hand it to her. She really does have a look. She’s pale and white, like me, but she manages to seem like she’s doing it on purpose and not because she’s some kind of vampire- movie reject. Her glossy black hair always rests in perfect waves, and if the journalism thing doesn’t work out, she could definitely have a career in fashion design.

Charles smiles at her. “It’s a new kind of pitcher plant. Like the Cobra Lily.” He points to the picture on the front of the seed packet. “Look at the blue flowers. That’s new.”

“It eats other plants,” MacKenna says.

“You eat plants.”

“But I don’t eat people,” MacKenna says. “There’s got to be some kind of natural law that says you shouldn’t eat your own kind.”

Charles giggles.

So far so good. Until.

My brother trots up behind me and dumps a few packs of seeds in my basket. His gaze lands on my selection of soda and chips. “Can I get some snacks too?”

Crap.

I freeze. “What’s your number?”

Charles pretends he can’t hear me. That’s not a good sign.

“Charles, what’s your number?”

He still doesn’t look at me. “I forgot my monitor today.”

“Well, I have mine.” I kneel down and dig around for the spare glucometer I keep in the front pocket of my backpack. By the time I get it out, MacKenna has already pulled Charles out of his blazer and rolled up the sleeve of his blue dress shirt. I wave the device over the small white sensor disk attached to my brother’s upper arm.

After a few seconds, the glucometer beeps and a number displays on the screen.

221

Crap. Crap. Crap.

“Charles! What did you eat today?”

My brother’s face turns red. “They were having breakfast-for-lunch day at school. Everyone else was having pancakes. Why can’t I have pancakes?”

I sigh. Something about his puckered up little face keeps me from reminding him that if he eats too much sugar he could die. “You know what Mom said. If you eat something you’re not supposed to, you have to get a pass and go to the nurse for your meds.”

My brother’s shoulders slump. “I couldn’t go to the nurse. Hummingbirds were visiting the Chuparosa and…”

Charles is on the verge of tears and frowns even more deeply at the sight of my basket full of junk food.

“Look,” I say. “There are plenty of healthy snacks we can eat. I’ll put this stuff back.”

“That’s right,” MacKenna says, giving Charles’s hand a squeeze. “We can get some popcorn. Yogurt. Um, I saw some really delicious-looking fresh pears back there.”

“And they have the cheese cubes you like,” I add.

We go around the store replacing the cheese puffs and soda with healthy stuff. I hesitate when I have to put back the Extra Jolt, but I really don’t want to make my brother feel bad because I can drink sugary stuff and he can’t.

We pay for the healthy snacks and the seed packets.

I grab the bags and move toward the market’s sliding doors.

I end up ahead of them, waiting outside by the car and facing the store. The shopping center behind Halliwell’s is mostly empty. The shoe store went out of business last year. Strauss Stationers, where everyone used to buy their fancy wedding invitations, closed two years before that. The fish ’n’ chips drive-through is doing okay and has a little crowd in front of the take-out window. Way off in the distance, Saba’s is still open, because in Arizona, cowboy boots and hats aren’t considered optional.

I watch MacKenna and Charles step out of the double doors and into the parking lot. Two little dimples appear on MacKenna’s cheeks when she smiles. Charles has a looseness to his walk. His arms dangle.

There’s a low rumble, like thunder from a storm that couldn’t possibly exist on this perfectly sunny day.

Something’s wrong

In the reflection of the market’s high, shiny windows, I see something happening in the bank building next door. Some kind of fire burning in the lower levels. A pain builds in my chest and I force air into my lungs. My vision blurs at the edges. It’s panic, and there isn’t much time before it overtakes me.

The muscles in my legs tense and I take off at a sprint, grabbing MacKenna and Charles as I pass. I haul them along with me twenty feet or so into the store. We clear the door and run past a man and a woman frozen at the sight of what’s going on across the street.

I desperately want to look back.

But I don’t.

A scream.

A low, loud boom.

My ears ring.

The lights in the store go off.

I’ve got MacKenna by the strap of her maxidress and Charles by the neck. We feel our way in the dim light. The three of us crouch and huddle together behind a cash counter. A few feet in front of us, the cashier who checked us out two minutes ago is sitting on the floor hugging her knees.

We’re going to die.

Charles’s mouth is wide-open. His lips move. He pulls at the sleeve of my T-shirt.

I can’t hear anything.

It takes everything I’ve got to force myself to move.

Slowly

Slowly

Leaning forward. Pressing my face into the plywood of the store counter, I peek around the corner using one eye to see out the glass door. My eyelashes brush against the rough wood, and I grip the edge to steady myself. I take in the smell of wood glue with each breath.

Hail falls in the parking lot. I realize it’s glass.

My stomach twists into a hard knot.

It’s raining glass.

That’s the last thing I see before a wave of dust rolls over the building.

Leaving us in darkness.

 

Excerpted from Day Zero by Kelly deVos, Copyright © 2019 by Kelly deVos. Published by Inkyard Press.

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If you like heart pounding survival stories then this sounds like the perfect choice! The family loyalty and dependency on survival is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Let me know if you’ve read it or plan to read it and we can compare notes. 🙂

The Princess Plan – Blog Tour: Romance & Women’s Fiction Winter 2020

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Thank you all for joining me Today on my stop for Harlequin’s Winter 2020 Romance & Women’s Fiction Blog Tour for The Princess Plan by Julia London. This was such a fun read and was for sure a one sitting book! I’m excited to bring you some information about the author and where you can get a copy of the book for yourself, as well as my review. Let’s get this party started!!

 

 

The Princess Plan

London, Julia

FICTION/Romance/Historical/Victorian

Mass Market | HQN Books | A Royal Wedding

On Sale: 11/19/2019

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$7.99

$10.99 CAN

 

SUMMARY:

Princes have pomp and glory—not murdered secretaries and crushes on commoners

Nothing gets London’s high society’s tongues wagging like a good scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it’s all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefitted from an anonymous tip about the crime, prompting Sebastian to take an interest in playing detective—and an even greater one in Eliza.

With a trade deal on the line and mounting pressure to secure a noble bride, there’s nothing more salacious than a prince dallying with a commoner. Sebastian finds Eliza’s contrary manner as frustrating as it is seductive, but they’ll have to work together if they’re going to catch the culprit. And when things heat up behind closed doors, it’s the prince who’ll have to decide what comes first—his country or his heart.

AUTHOR BIO:

Julia London is a NYT, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. She is a six-time finalist for the RITA Award of excellence in romantic fiction, and the recipient of RT Bookclub’s Best Historical Novel.

 

SOCIAL LINKS:

www.julialondon.com/newsletter

www.facebook.com/julialondon

 www.twitter.com/juliaflondon

www.instagram.com/julia_f_london

 

BUY LINKS:

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My Review of The Princess Plan by Julia London

I’ve been branching out recently and incorporating more women’s lit and romance into my repertoire, and The Princess Plan was the perfect choice! I’d just got done reading some heavy fantasy books and this was the perfect cheery palate cleanser for me.

I absolutely love the setting in England where women still aren’t equal to men, not that it stops Eliza from demanding equal treatment. Eliza is the perfect female protagonist, full of spunk and life, determined to live her life the way that makes her happy regardless of how society or others think she should behave. Prince Sebastian is as handsome as a fictional character can get and definitely not a flat character at all, especially with the abyss of his green eyes. I enjoyed the mischief that Caro, Eliza and Hollis got up to, especially the humor they provided along the way. The plot line moved along well, and the character development was just perfect.

A great twist on mystery and Romance, and an enjoyable book for anyone who needs a laugh and a happy heart at the end of the day! I will definitely recommend this to many of my friends, even if they try to tell me Romance isn’t their thing. This is a book that is worthy of a reread for sure.

 

 

Thank you all for checking in for my stop on the Harelquin Winter 2020 Blog Tour for The Princess Plan by Julian London. Stay tuned for upcoming tours and of course my usual bookish shennanigans!

 

Happy Reading!

ARCs Galore and More!

Hello friends! I’m back with news! I hope you all are doing well, we’ve finally had the first snowfall of the year and I love it! Baxter has made sure to shove his face in every square inch, coming out with a snow beard every time. We can finally snuggle up in warm blankets with tea and spend the weekends reading without feeling guilty about wasting nice weather days inside! 😃 It’s so cozy and perfect for enjoying lots of reading! Ok, let’s get to my news!!!

First up is that I am no longer in a book slump. Yaaayyyy!!! Thanks to finishing Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, I am reading all the wonderful books again. This was a perfect book to suck me in and get me obsessively reading again. Thank god, because an almost two month slump was torture. Plus now I’m behind schedule, but I’ll make due!

I’ll post my review of Ninth House soon! I have quite a few books to review here, so I’ll most likely do a post of multiple reviews and keep them short. A review blitz, Ohhh I like the sound of that! 😉

Until then, my second bit of news is that I have been receiving ARCs like crazy!!! Between blog tours and Bookish First, and now being a #partner for Celadon Books I am just so incredibly excited to bring you sneak peeks of books coming soon!!

My most recent ARC that I received from #CeladonBooks #ReadGoodBoy , is Good Boy : My Life in Seven Dogs a memoir by Jennifer Finney Boylan

I am really hoping to read this book this weekend. I’m feeling the urge to read a heartwarming book about dogs that will give me all the feels! It’s a fairly short book too, which is perfect for Readathon weekends. I know, I know, you’re probably asking yourself “Isn’t she always doing a Readathon on the weekends?”. It feels like that sometimes but I usually only have them once or twice a month.

Other ARCs I’ve been receiving are ones that I’ve won or earned from a website called Bookish First. I’ve won 2 physical ARCs so far, 1 I have already and 1 is on it’s way! I also was able to redeem points for an ARC!

  • Shark’s Edge by Angel Payne & Victoria Blue
  • Followers by Megan Angelo
  • The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey (not pictured as it’s on it’s way!)

So, thank you so very much to everyone who has sent me an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of all of these books! To my readers, stay tuned for reviews and for my upcoming Blog Tour posts on Monday November 18th for A Princess Plan by Julia London, and on Sunday November 24th for Day Zero by Kelley DeVos! I am super excited to read all of these books! 📚

Ok friends, I’m off to finish my current read of The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater! Happy Reading and have a lovely Saturday! 🤓

Meant To Be Yours by Susan Mallery : Harelquin Trade Publising Blog Tour: Romance & Women’s Fiction Winter 2020

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Welcome friends to my very first stop on a Blog Tour! Thank you so very much to Harlequin Trade Publishing for allowing me this opportunity!! I have had so much fun reading Meant To Be Yours by Susan Mallery, and I am beyond anxious to share my review with you. Without further ado, here we go!!

MEANT TO BE YOURS

Author: Susan Mallery

ISBN: 9781335041494

Publication Date: 10/22/19

Publisher: HQN Books

 

Buy Links: 

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Social Links:

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Twitter: @susanmallery

Facebook: @SusanMallery

Instagram: @susanmallery

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Author Bio: SUSAN MALLERY is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. Library Journal says, “Mallery is the master of blending emotionally believable characters in realistic situations,” and readers seem to agree—40 million copies of her books have sold worldwide. Her warm, humorous stories make the world a happier place to live.

Susan grew up in California and now lives in Seattle with her husband. She’s passionate about animal welfare, especially that of the two ragdoll cats and adorable poodle who think of her as mom.

 

Book Summary:

In Happily Inc, love means never having to say “I do”…

Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen isn’t meant for marriage. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, plan. But she never could have planned on gorgeous, talented thriller writer Jasper Dembenski proposing—a fling, that is. Fun without a future. And the attraction between them is too strong for Renee to resist. Now she can have her no-wedding cake…and eat it, too.

After years in the military, Jasper is convinced he’s too damaged for relationships. So a flirtation—and more—with fiery, determined Renee is way too good to pass up…until his flame becomes his muse.

Renee is an expert at averting every crisis. But is she finally ready to leap into the one thing that can never be controlled: love?

 

 

My Review – Meant To Be Your by Susan Mallery

Right off the bat I was sucked into this compelling, funny at times, and heartwarming story. Susan obviously knows what she’s doing by including a dog within the first 15 pages. As a proud Dog Mom of my adorable rescued Bichon Frise, Baxter, I felt an immediate connection to the main character Jasper, a veteran and author. As the story progresses you meet more endearing, comical, and dynamic characters. I absolutely love Renee, the wedding planner. She is super spunky, but vulnerable and strong. Something about a strong female character that is just so satisfying. One of my favorite book tropes ever is witty banter, and I definitely enjoyed the banter in this book. I find a romance to be extremely enjoyable when there are realistic relationships, ups and downs, and banter. There is no way a relationship is perfect all the time, so I was very relieved when the relationships in Meant To Be Yours were refreshingly real.

The atmosphere of the adorable town, Happily Inc, is so magical and quaint that it makes you long for it to be real so you can go visit. The shops, and the bar that everyone gathers at on Monday nights for games remind me of places I’ve visited before. This is one of those books that will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, but leave you craving more to the point where you blink and realize you’re halfway through the book already! I got total Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts vibes reading this, which is one of my absolute favorite romance series… yes sometimes I am a mush! I will definitely be reading the rest of the Happily Inc books, as Susan Mallery’s writing style is something that I have fallen in love with. Such a flowy, engaging form of story telling. Definitely a feel good pick me up kind of book!

Thank you for checking out my stop on the Harlequin Trade Publishing Romance & Women’s Literature Blog Tour for Meant To Be Yours by Susan Mallery! Don’t forget to go get your copy today, and enjoy the read!! 🙂

 

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Weekend Readathon update #2

Same header!! I just love this coffee pic, and I wanted to keep it similar to my other Readathon update. ☺️ I didn’t read much last night, but not for lack of trying!!

I ended up making a Target run, mainly because I realized I was out of deodorant. How embarrassing!!!! 😳😳😂 Also, I had to stop for groceries. Hey! A booknerd has gotta eat at some point!! When I got home my monster of a migraine that I had earlier in the week for about 5 days was trying to worm it’s way back in so I decided to take it easy and watch Ghost Adventures and snooze. Oh! My October Owlcrate also arrived, so of course I had to open it!!! I’ll share my unboxing later.

I slept in until about 7:30am this morning, yes that is sleeping in for me. Took Baxter for his morning walk and then made some delicious coffee!!! If you haven’t tried Bones Coffee Co. yet then I highly recommend them!!! They have a 5 pack of their 4oz sampler bags so you can try multiple flavors and quite often have discounts or free shipping!! They are based out of the sunny state of Florida and are the best flavored coffee I have ever had!

I only have 38 pages left in Slender Man, which won’t take me long to read. Then I’m going to tackle some more stories in my YA Horror Anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys which were selected by April Genevieve Tucholke. This anthology is a group read for the month of October in The Reading Corner Book Lounge, a Facebook book group that I am an Admin of! 🥰

I’m hoping to finish at least 2 books today!! I do have to set up some pulled pork in the crockpot in about an hour or two, and open faced meatball subs are on the menu for lunch today!! It’s been a while since I’ve shared my food, so I’ll include some of that in my update later today! Until then, I have some pages to read!!!

Happy Reading!! 🤓

The Shrike & The Shadows by Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright

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I am beyond grateful to NetGalley and The Parliament House for providing me with the ebook ARC for The Shrike & The Shadows by Chantal Gadoury + A.M. Wright. I had so much fun reading this book and conversing with A.M. Wright on Instagram along my journey! I really set the mood for reading this book with some great spooky asmr videos on YouTube.

Book Description –

The village of Krume is plagued by a haunted wood and a hungry witch. It’s been that way for as long as Hans and Greta can remember, though they have never seen the witch themselves; no one has. 

When men start to disappear once again in the cover of night – their bloody hearts turning up on doorsteps – the village falls into frenzied madness. 

Hans and Greta, two outcast orphans, find themselves facing accusations of witchcraft and are met with an ultimatum: burn at the stake, or leave the village forever. 

With nowhere else to go, they abandon their only home. 

As they venture into the strange forest, their path is fraught with horrific creatures, wild and vivid hallucinations, and a mysterious man tied to the witch’s past. 

The Shrike is watching, just beyond the deep darkness of the woods.

My Review!!

I had originally been recommend this book by my dear friend Danny and then heard this book mentioned by a few booktubers. So of course I had to go on NetGalley and try to get myself a copy!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for choosing me! I had no idea how much I needed this book in my life. This is quite possibly one book that I will reread every year around Halloween now!

A Hansel and Gretel retelling but so craftily unique! I could feel the poison ☠️ of the town that ran Hans and Greta out, and right along with the twins I felt my fear of the woods grow. This book sucks you in from the start, with gruesome horror and anticipation of what comes next. I felt the world building was impeccable, and the character development was really well done for the first book in a new series. There is a romance that is squeaked in at the end of the book, and I could not get enough of that. Steamy and lustful yet such soulful connections! Well done ladies!! The journey Hans and Greta go on through the woods is so creepy and despairing that it really starts to mess with the readers head. I am so beyond impressed with how this retelling was written and am dying for the next book in the series! New fan over here!!! 💕💕💕

If you are a reader who loves creepy stories, fairytale retellings and books that grab you and pull you in, then this is the perfect book for you!

Weekend Readathon Update 1

Good Morning and Happy Saturday!!! The sun is shining here and it is a glorious fall day! So far I’m really happy with my progress for the Weekend Readathon. Last night I was able to finish the last hour of my audiobook of Girl Of Nightmares by Kendare Blake, and the last 14% of my eARC of The Shrike & The Shadows by Chantal Gadoury + A.M. Wright. Then, I promptly fell asleep on the couch and woke up at 11pm all confused and out of sorts.

This morning I made a huge pot of coffee and enjoyed some cups with my pumpkin pie spice coffee creamer. 😋☕️

Next, I made breakfast and updated my Bullet Journal as I finished reading Paper Girls Vol 1, which I absolutely loved!! While I’m writing this post I’m trying to decide if I want to continue with Slasher Girls & Monster Boys Anthology, or continue with Slender Man by Anonymous. Hmmm….

I suppose it would be more beneficial to end my update and just pick up a book and start reading. 😂😄 I’ll check back in later tonight! I do have to run to the store at some point today to get a few things to cook dinner. Talk to you soon!

Back to my books and Happy Reading!! 🤓

Flying Solo Readathon

It was a dark and spooky night…..

Actually, it’s a dark and chilly night! 😂 It’s currently 47 degrees Fahrenheit here in Rochester,NY with a forecasted low of 37!!! 😱😱 I have officially turned on my heat, and that means it’s time to curl up and read!!! I’ve had a horrible reading slump since the beginning of the month and I am finally coming out of it. I thought what better way to celebrate than my very own weekend Readathon!!! 🥳 What is a Readathon, you ask? Well, a Readathon is a specific amount of time where crazy people like me read as much as they can and get minimal sleep. 😬

I still have a massive TBR pile to get through, and an ARC to read for my first ever Blog Tour that I’ll be participating in on October 25th!! More to come on that!! I’ve managed to finish 3 books from my Anticipated TBR list so far, but there are soooo many more to go!

It’s very likely I might stray from this list though 😂 I do know that I would love to finish my YA Horror Anthology and Slender Man. Both are for Facebook group reads or book clubs.

I have sushi on it’s way to me for dinner thanks to Grub Hub! It’s an easy to eat and read kind of food! Then I’m diving in to my reads! I did just finish the 2nd book in the Anna Duology by Kendare Blake and absolutely loved it! (Will review next week)

My plan for this Readathon is to do daily updates, so…. OH SUSHI IS HEREEE 😛😛😛

Ok, so as I was saying!! My plan is to make daily, or maybe twice daily updates, on my progress! Below is my list of books I hope to finish… and a couple stretch books.

Books To Finish

  • Slasher Girls & Monster Boys Anthology
  • Slender Man by Anonymous
  • Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan
  • Paper Girls Vol 1
  • The Wicked + The Divine Vol 1: The Faust Act

Stretch Books

  • The Turn of The Key by Ruth Ware
  • Meant to be Yours by Susan Mallery

Ok, now it’s time to feast! Happy Reading 🤓