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Release Day Book Blitz: Ignite by Lily Paradis

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Ignite by Lily Paradis Published: August 26, 2014 Publication: Empire Books Add to Goodreads / Goodreads giveaway Buy Amazon Synopsis After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine. Lauren's first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she's always been searching for, but will she run back to her old life? Or will she choose to stay and live the life her father always imagined for her? Excerpt “I don’

See ya soon!

Hey everyone! I’ll be taking a week long break starting today. I’ve got big family plans coming up so it won’t be a total vacation. I do plan to get a lot of reading done so that’s a plus. I’ll be back after Labor Day and I hope to see ya then!

Mini Review: The Right Thing by Amy Conner

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The Right Thing by Amy Conner Published: May 27, 2014 Publisher: Kensington Format: via NetGalley Rating: 4/5 Synopsis On a scorching August day in 1963, seven-year-old Annie Banks meets the girl who will become her best friend. Skinny, outspoken Starr Dukes and her wandering preacher father may not be accepted by polite society in Jackson, Mississippi, but Annie and Starr are too busy sharing secrets and playing elaborate games of Queen for a Day to care. Then, as suddenly as she appeared in Annie's life, Starr disappears. Annie grows up to follow the path ordained for pretty, well-to-do Jackson women--marrying an ambitious lawyer, filling her days with shopping and charity work. She barely recognizes Starr when they meet twenty-seven years after that first fateful summer, but the bond formed so long ago quickly reemerges. Starr, pregnant by a powerful married man who wants her to get out of town, has nowhere to turn. And Annie, determined not to fail her friend t

Review: Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

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Falling into Place by Amy Zhang Publication: September 9, 2014 Publisher: Greenwillow Books Format: via Edelweiss Rating: 5/5 Synopsis On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road. Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? My Thoughts Where do I start

Review: All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant

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All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant Expected Publication: September 2, 2014 Publisher: Zondervan Format: via NetGalley Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Kat inspected rows of the same old cupcakes. They seemed to blink back at her, as if they knew she was capable of so much more. Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie s bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single. But when Lucas Brannen, Kat s best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York. As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for

WoW [86]

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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. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord Expected Publication: March 31, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury Synopsis... It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for a year, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live? Why I Can’t Wait… I loved Open Road Summer and this one sounds just perfect, c

Review: A Pinch of Ooh La La by Renee Swindle

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A Pinch of Ooh La La by Renee Swindle Published: August 5, 2014 Publisher: NAL Trade Format: via publisher Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Abbey Ross, who runs her own bakery in Oakland, California, is known for her visually stunning wedding cakes. But lately, Abbey’s own love life has become stale. According to her best friend, Bendrix, Abbey’s not the spontaneous young woman she was when they were teenagers listening to the Cure and creating attention-grabbing graffiti. Of course, her failed relationship with a womanizing art forger might have something to do with that. Nevertheless, it’s time for Abbey to step out of the kitchen—and her comfort zone—and Bendrix has even handpicked a man for her to date. Samuel Howard is everything Abbey’s dreamed of: handsome, successful, and looking to raise a family. But a creamy icing might be needed to hide a problem or two. When Samuel complains about disrespect for the institution of marriage, Abbey’s reminded of her nontraditional fam

Late to the Game [6] If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman

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Late to the Game is a series I do featuring books that everybody and their mommy have read…except me. The thing is 99% of the time I have these books but they have just been pushed back on my TBR pile. This won’t be a review of sorts seeing how everyone already knows the basics of the story but more of what I felt and how it affected me. I’ve dedicated this feature to try to put a dent in my pile and also to see if they live up to the hype…good and/or bad.        If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman Publisher: Dutton Juvenile Format: purchased Rating: 5/5 Synopsis [If I Stay] On a day that started like any other. Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important

Mini Review: Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin

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Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin Published: May 6, 2014 Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Format: via NetGalley Rating: DNF Synopsis When Kate Darby swerves off a mountain road to avoid hitting a California condor, she ends up trapped in her car, teetering on the edge of a cliff. Terrified, she breathes a prayer that changes her life: "God, if you're real, I want to know you." It's Nick Sheridan who comes to Kate's rescue. Nick is handsome, confident, and seems to develop a habit of rescuing her, but Kate is in town only until her grandmother recuperates from a stroke. She's not planning to fall in love with one of the locals. Nick Sheridan is a reformed veteran of life in the fast lane, a new Christian, and a travel writer. When he sees a car dangling on the edge of a cliff, the daredevil in him jumps into action. He doesn't expect to be swept off his feet by the car's occupant. He's made a vow: no dating for a year. And

Mini Review: Since You've Been Gone by Anouska Knight

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Anouska Knight  Published: July 29, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin HQN Format: via NetGalley Rating: 3/5 Synopsis How do you learn to love again? In one tragic moment, Holly Jefferson s life as she knows it changes for ever. Now to the external world, at least she’s finally getting back on her feet, running her business, Cake. Then she meets Ciaran Argyll. His rich and charmed life feels a million miles from her own. However, there’s more to Ciaran than the superficial world that surrounds him, and he too is wrestling with his own ghosts. Will Holly find the missing ingredient that allows her to live again and embrace an unknown and unexpected tomorrow? My Thoughts  This was an okay read for me. Kind of predictable but a cute read nevertheless. It’s all about finding love when and where you least expect it. Holly wasn’t looking for love while she was trying to deal with the aftermath of losing her husband. Then enters Ciaran who is everythi

Here's my other love...

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Happy Friday Ya’ll! I thought I would do something different today. While I love books I am more than a book lovin’ chick…I’m also I football lovin’ one! Yep, I know some people don’t like or even get it but I love it. It’s signals the start of fall and winter which are my fave times of the year.  Maybe it’s because I’m from Texas where football is king, or maybe it’s because I grew up around a ton of men in my family and it was always around who knows but it’s that time of year and I’m so excited! Of course I love my hometown team – Houston Texans... but I love the game as a whole. Yeah we were awful last year but with a new year comes new hope…at least I hope so. Lol. I live for game days and spending time with the family. We even do a fantasy football league and its fun. Everyone has their favorite teams they root for and we all poke fun at each other but it’s all in good fun. Although football can be seen as a mean and vicious game I see it as bringing our famil

Late to the Game [5]: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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Late to the Game is a series I do featuring books that everybody and their mommy have read…except me. The thing is 99% of the time I have these books but they have just been pushed back on my TBR pile. This won’t be a review of sorts seeing how everyone already knows the basics of the story but more of what I felt and how it affected me. I’ve dedicated this feature to try to put a dent in my pile and also to see if they live up to the hype…good and/or bad. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson Publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR Format: purchased Ratings: 5/5 Synopsis Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it's Amy's responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn't ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip - and has plenty of baggage

WoW [85]

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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. The Good Sister by Jamie Kain Expected Publication: October 7, 2014 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Synopsis... The Kinsey sisters live in an unconventional world. Their parents are former flower-children who still don’t believe in rules. Their small, Northern California town is filled with free spirits and damaged souls seeking refuge from the real world. Without the anchor of authority, the three girls are adrift and have only each other to rely on. Rachel is wild. Asha is lost. Sarah, the good sister, is the glue that holds them together. But the forces of a mysterious fate have taken Sarah’s life in a sudden and puzzling accident, sending her already fractured family into a tailspin of grief and confusion. Asha has questions. Rachel has secrets. And Sarah, waking up in the afterlife, must piece together how she got t

Cover Reveal: Stan/Max by C.J. Duggan

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Stan [Summer Series #1.5] & Max [Summer Series #2.5] by C.J. Duggan Publication date: December 2014 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance Add to Goodreads Purchase: Summer Series / Stan / Max / Ringer / Forever Summer Synopsis: Stan I had plans, big plans, but all that changed the night Bel Evans darkened my doorstep. Stan Remington is the go-to man; what he doesn’t know about Onslow means one of two things: it doesn’t exist or it hasn’t happened yet. And when it comes to Onslow, for Stan, being an only child has meant a guilt-riddled sense of duty to help out at his parents’ caravan park every summer. Same old town. Same old story. Until Belinda Evans. The wild and annoying doctor’s daughter spends her summer family holidays at Remington’s Caravan Park, and normally she’s not Stan’s problem. But then she sabotages his planned weekend escape. Now Stan finds himself not only caretaking the caravan park on his own, but also responsible for Bel.

Mini Review: Dear Lizzie by Annie Lyons

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Dear Lizzie by Annie Lyons Published: July 8, 2014 Publisher: Carina UK Format: E-Arc via Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Synopsis Two sisters. Twelve letters.  One year that changes everything.   Lizzie and Bea Harris were always very close. They were sisters and nothing could tear them apart. Until Bea dies at the age of thirty-five, leaving her sister twelve letters and a mission that will change Lizzie’s life forever.  Alone for the first time Lizzie is left trying to pull together the pieces of a life she has for so long ignored. With Bea’s list of last requests, Lizzie has a chance to finally find a place for herself in the world - out from under the shadow of her sister. My Thoughts This one is definitely all about the "feels". I dare you to read this and not experience the emotional rollercoaster that this wonderful read takes you on. I’m a true believer of signs and that everything happens for a reason so maybe this is why I took so deeply to this bo

Review: Palmetto Moon by Kim Boykin

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Palmetto Moon by Kim Boykin Published: August 5, 2014 Publisher: Berkley Trade Format: paperback via publisher Rating: 4/5 Synopsis June, 1947. Charleston is poised to celebrate the biggest wedding in high-society history, the joining of two of the oldest families in the city. Except the bride is nowhere to be found… Unlike the rest of the debs she grew up with, Vada Hadley doesn’t see marrying Justin McLeod as a blessing—she sees it as a life sentence. So when she finds herself one day away from a wedding she doesn’t want, she’s left with no choice but to run away from the future her parents have so carefully planned for her. In Round O, South Carolina, Vada finds independence in the unexpected friendships she forms at the boarding house where she stays and a quiet yet fulfilling courtship with the local diner owner, Frank Darling. For the first time in her life, she finally feels like she’s where she’s meant to be. But when her dear friend Darby hunts her down,