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Review: Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal

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Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal  Expected Publication: July 3, 2014 Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books Format: via publisher Rating: 5/5 Synopsis When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father’s urn for good measure. Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been—and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum—is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets. For Fannie’s own family history is fraught with tragedy, hidden behind the closed rooms in her ornate Uptown mansion. It will take Ibby’s arrival to begin to unlock the mysteries there. And it will take Queenie and Dollbaby’s hard-won wisdom to show Ibby that family can sometimes be fo

June Wrap-Up

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This month was amazing book wise. I read 11 books this month, which is the most I’ve read in a while. That was due to some really amazing book I couldn’t put down. It was also a great month in the books I received, physical and eBook wise. Now it’s about that time to share what I’ve read, bought, and received from publishers and of course a little music thrown in for good measure. What I’ve read this month… Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer   Making Waves by Ophelia London *The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee The Witch of Belladonna Bay by Suzanne Palmeiri The Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe Thirty Sunsets by Christine Hurley Deriso *The Stories We Tell by Patti Callahan Henry *On the Fence by Kasie West *Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeil Don’t Try to Find Me by Holly Brown *Landline by Rainbow Rowell *- my super faves = BUY IT! Received from publishers [physical books]… 13 Hangmen by Art Corriveau The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier The

Mini Review: Sealed with a Kiss by Rachael Lucas

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Sealed with a Kiss by Rachael Lucas  Published: May 8, 2014 Publisher: Pan Format: via NetGalley Rating: 3.5/5 Synopsis Kate is dumped on her best friend's wedding day by the world's most boring boyfriend, Ian. She's mostly cross because he got in first - until she remembers she's now homeless as well as jobless. Rather than move back home to her ultra-bossy mother, Kate takes a job on the remote Scottish island of Auchenmor as an all-round Girl Friday. Her first day is pretty much a disaster: she falls over, smack bang at the feet of her grouchy new boss, Roddy, Laird of the Island. Unimpressed with her townie ways, he makes it clear she's got a lot to prove. Island life has no room for secrets, but prickly Roddy's keeping something to himself. When his demanding ex-girlfriend appears back on the island, Kate's budding friendship with her new boss comes to an abrupt end. What is Fiona planning - and can she be stopped before it's too

Mini Review: Love in Straight Sets by Rebecca Crowley

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Love in Straight Sets by Rebecca Crowley  Published: April 14, 2014 Publisher: Carina Press Format: via NetGalley Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Regan Hunter came to tennis late in life, but she's worked hard to become one of the world's top players. Beating the odds has made her unstoppable on the court and neurotically controlling off of it. So when her manager hires a new coach, a has-been who left the sport after a scandal, Regan wants him gone, fast. Ben Percy, a former Grand Slam winner, is well aware of Regan's reputation for driving coaches away—usually screaming. But working with the notoriously mercurial Regan could be just the break he needs to take his career to the next level, and he's never been one to scare easily. He must stick to only one rule: hands off Regan. Keeping his distance from Regan is more difficult than Ben ever imagined. Behind her tough, sexy exterior is a woman he wants to get to know better. And Regan feels a connection with

Review: You Make Me by Erin McCarthy

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You Make Me by Erin McCarthy Published: April 17, 2014 Rating: 2.5/5 Synopsis The guy she wants… Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath. Then he left without a word. The betrayal devastated Caitlyn and made her vow to forget the compelling bad boy. But forgetting his sensual touch and their deep all-consuming friendship is easier said than done. Isn’t the guy she needs… Determined to move on, in college Caitlyn has risen above her small town impoverished roots and has joined a sorority, reinvented her appearance, and landed the right boyfriend. Pre-law major and frat president, Ethan, is thoughtful and always laughing, and he makes her feel happy, calm. He also gives her the social acceptance she craves. But the perfect world she tried so hard to attain is ripped apart when Heath appears one night out of nowhere. Caitlyn r

Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

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On the Fence by Kasie West  Expected Publication: July 1, 2014 Publisher: HaperTeen Format: Edelweiss Challenge: NetGalley/Edelweiss Rating: 4.5/5 Synopsis She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door… Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she's got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she's falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high. Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy ab

Book Blitz + Giveway: Third Date by Kylie Keene

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Third Date by Kylie Keene Published: June 20, 2014 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance Buy: Amazon Synopsis: At 23, Morgan is a little behind other women her age when it comes to dating and relationships. More specifically, she’s a virgin. Dating wasn’t a priority in high school and college, but now that Morgan has a job and her own apartment, she’s ready to jump back into the dating scene. When Morgan’s friends at work inform her that most men expect sex on the third date, she panics. She’s convinced her lack of experience will be a total turn-off for guys and make for a really awkward third date. Her friends tell her to just do it with a random guy to get it over with, but Morgan isn’t sure that’s what she wants. When she meets a guy she’s certain is her dream man, she’s ready to lose it on their third date. But doing so isn’t as easy as she thought. And then there’s the fact that she can’t get another guy out of her head. Through a series of mishaps and mi

Feature and Follow

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Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me. The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs! Q: Post a photo of your favorite coffee mug (or mugs if you can’t choose just one). I’m not a coffee person so this one holds my tea. Love my football! As they say football is king in Texas and I love my Texans. What’s your? Please share and feel free to add me however you like…GFC, Bloglovin, Twitter, and/or Goodreads. Be sure to link me up to yours so I can follow back.

Bloomsbury Spark’s Six Month Sparkiversary + Giveaway!!

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Bloomsbury Spark is a one-of-a-kind, global, digital imprint from Bloomsbury Publishing dedicated to publishing a wide array of exciting fiction eBooks to teen, YA, and new adult readers. **GIVEAWAY** Blitz-wide giveaway Open to INTL CLICK HERE TO ENTER A Kindle Paperwhite loaded with all of these titles: 1) The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston Bloomsbury / Amazon / BN / Kobo / iTunes 2) The Art of Falling by Jenny Kaczorowski   Bloomsbury / Amazon / BN / Kobo / iTunes 3) The Secret of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel + sequel Bloomsbury / Amazon / BN / Kobo / iTunes 4) Her Secret Inheritance Bloomsbury / Amazon / BN / Kobo / iTunes 5) Positively Mine by Christine Duval   Bloomsbury / Amazon / BN / Kobo / iTunes 6) Deliver Me by Kate Jarvik Birch Bloomsbury / Amazon / BN / Kobo / iTunes 7) Pride’s Run by Cat Kalen Bloomsbury / Amazon / BN / Kobo / iTunes 8) Road to Somewhere by Jenny S. Morris & Kelley Lynn Bloomsbury / Ama

Mini Review: Making Waves by Ophelia London

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Making Waves: A Perfect Kisses Novella by Ophelia London Published: June 16, 2014 Publisher: Entangled Bliss Format: via NetGalley Challenges: NetGalley/Edelweiss Rating 3.5/5 Synopsis She’s in over her head and he’s in hot water… Visiting her friends Ellie and Charlie in Hawaii was supposed to be a much-needed vacation for journalist Justine Simms. But when she learns the notoriously reclusive pro-surfer Chase Ryder is coming out of retirement for a competition, she knows she’s found the perfect exclusive to save her career. Of course, then she learns he’s the gorgeous, secretly nerdy guy who broke her heart a year ago. Will Davenport—aka Chase Ryder—doesn't do interviews. He keeps his real name out of the papers and doesn’t mix his public life with his private. That is, until the still-heartbroken Justine blackmails him into giving her an exclusive. Seeing Justine, stunningly beautiful as ever, brings back all the feelings he had before. But despite thei

WoW [78]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. First, There Was Forever by Juliana Romano  Expected Publication: February 24, 2015 Publisher: Dial Synopsis... Juliana Romano's expressive debut is an absorbing and bittersweet story about first love, first loss,and the friends that carry us through it all. Lima and Hailey have always been best friends: Lima shy and sensitive, Hailey funny and free-spirited. But Hailey abandons Lima to party with the popular kids and pursue Nate, her disinterested crush. As their friendship falters, Lima and Nate begin spending more time together. And before Lima knows what she’s feeling, she and Nate do something irreversible. Something that would hurt Hailey....if she knew it happened. Lima thinks she’s saving her friendship by lying, but she’s only buying time. As the secrets stack up, Lima is forced to make a choice: between