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2016 Goals and Challenges

It’s my favorite time of the year when the weather cools down and as it winds down I slowly start to think what the new year will bring. In doing so I’m here to set my goals and challenges for 2016. This past year I was blessed to read some amazing books and I exceeded my goals that I set but I thought I would do things a little different next year. In the past I’ve always done 3-4 challenges plus the Goodreads one as well and while I love doing them I recently just noticed all the great books I have in my Kindle and on my bookshelves that I’ve never got to. So here is what I’m planning on doing.
*Scaling back the blog to 4 days a week.*This year I’m pulling back, no challenges except the Goodreads one [it counts my progress]*My main focus is reading the great books I have and never got to.*Limiting my NetGalley/Edelweiss requests to only two books a month.*Start and finish at least 4 series I’ve been dying to get to.*Do more audiobooks- I LOVE them!*Read some bios and music related bo…

Book Blast: Seaside Christmas by Stacy Claflin

Seaside Christmas by Stacy Claflin He can’t stand her. She thinks he’s crazy. Will their feelings stay etched in permanent ink? Cruz Hunter has always stuck out in his small hometown. Now that he’s covered in tattoos, the residents peg him as even more of an outcast. It seems like the whole world is against his dream of opening a local tattoo parlor. When he finally finds the perfect place for his new business, Cruz discovers a pastor and his daughter have already bought it. The only thing more irritating than the change in his plan is Talia, a beautiful and feisty argument in a dress. Cruz would like nothing more than to have her out of his life and his mind, but for some reason, she’s the only thing he can think about. If Cruz and Talia can stop arguing long enough, opposites may do much more than attract. 
Meet the Hunter brothers of Kittle Falls… The Seaside Hunters novels are a series of contemporary sweet romances. They’re set in the beach town of Kittle Falls, following the…

Black Friday Book Blast: Once Upon a December by Sydney Logan

It’s Black Friday and Sydney Logan is celebrating by putting her collection of short stories on sale!! Grab Once Upon a December for .99 now!! And check out the excerpts from each short story! 
Once Upon A December Synopsis
Christmas is in the air, and best selling author Sydney Logan is gifting readers with a short story collection, just in time for the holidays. Once Upon a December features Sydney’s latest story, “What Child Is This,” along with her previously published holiday stories in one complete collection. Available for the first time in both paperback and ebook, these heartwarming and romantic tales are sure to bring you joy this holiday season.   What Child Is This? Estranged from his family and the love of his life, Thomas Fisher finds himself stranded in an airport on Christmas Eve. Imagine his surprise when a young boy takes him by the hand and shows him the way home.   Mistletoe Magic Melanie Taylor is on a mission to find the perfect Christmas gift for her husband…

Kids Corner [5] The Roll Away Pumpkin by Junia Wonders

The Roll-Away Pumpkin by Junia Wonders, Daniela Volpari [Illustrator]Published: October 1, 2014Format: free Kindle readRating: 4/5
SynopsisOn a windy autumn day, Marla Little comes running down the hill yelling, “Help! My giant pumpkin is rolling away! Onward it goes, rolling and turning, with no sign of stopping! Diddle-dee-doo! Oh, what shall I do?”
A little girl chases her giant pumpkin all over town with some help along the way. It's the perfect autumn bedtime story to read with your little pumpkin.
The author uses repeating sentence structures to capture young listeners’ attention and give early readers confidence.
The book is exquisitely illustrated by award-winning Italian illustrator, Daniela Volpari. Every page is a beautiful work of art and is one of those picture books whose images will linger long after you've turned the page.
My ThoughtsI came across this book one day and thought it would be perfect to review before Thanksgiving. I really enjoyed this story of the roll…

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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.
What Was Mine by Helen Klein RossExpected Publication: January 5, 2016Publisher: Gallery Books
SynopsisLucy Wakefield is a seemingly ordinary woman who does something extraordinary in a desperate moment: she takes a baby girl from a shopping cart and raises her as her own. It’s a secret she manages to keep for over two decades—from her daughter, the babysitter who helped raise her, family, coworkers, and friends.
When Lucy’s now-grown daughter Mia discovers the devastating truth of her origins, she is overwhelmed by confusion and anger and determines not to speak again to the mother who raised her. She reaches out to her birth mother for a tearful reunion, and Lucy is forced to flee to China to avoid prosecution. What follows is a ripple effect that alters the lives of many and challenges our understanding of the very meaning of motherhood.

Blog Tour: Edge of Something More by Andi Loveall

Edge Of Something More by Andi Loveall Published by: Swoon RomancePublication date: November 10th 2015Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, RomanceAdd to GoodreadsBuy: Amazon

SynopsisAfter a nasty breakup, twenty-two-year-old Devin Ashford is on a mission to travel the world one random excursion at a time. He wants to forget his ex, discover new experiences and end up with some awesome stories to tell. If it takes spending all of his savings to do it, he is ready.His first stop is a communal homestead in the Appalachians of North Carolina, which turns out to be a bohemian paradise. The weed is plentiful, the owners adore him, and the very sight of Cora, their nineteen-year-old goddaughter, makes him want to set up a permanent camp.Cora warns that she isn’t ready for a serious relationship, but Devin is falling hard. Playful kisses turn into passionate sex, and each day is spent connecting and enjoying the mind-numbing awesomeness—until he makes the mistake of saying “I love you.” Discussing…

DNF: Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts

Young Widows Club by Alexandra CouttsPublished: November 10, 2015Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux [BYR]Format: via NetGalleyRating: DNF
SynopsisFirst came love, then came marriage, and then...
For seventeen-year-old Tam, running off to marry her musician boyfriend is the ideal escape from her claustrophobic high-school life on the island, and the ultimate rebellion against her father and stepmother. But when Tam becomes a widow just weeks later, the shell-shocked teen is forced to find her way forward by going back to the life she thought she’d moved beyond—even as her struggle to deal with her grief is forcing her to reinvent herself and reach out to others in ways she never imagined.
My Thoughts
Oh I hate doing this but this is a DNF for me. I was intrigued by the synopsis but as I got into it I didn’t so much. The story of Tam who wed young then to have her husband die had potential but sadly I didn’t really like or connect with Tam. She had problems of her own after her mother die…

Mini Review: Untamed Hearts by Melody Grace

Untamed Hearts [Beachwood Bay # 1.5] by Melody GracePublished: September 11, 2013                                                       Format: Kindle read                                                     Rating: 4/5
SynopsisIt's the last night of summer in Beachwood Bay, but for Brit and Hunter, it's only the beginning …
She is: rebellious, wounded, free.He is: handsome, searching, enchanted.One night. Two restless hearts. But what happens when morning comes?
My ThoughtsIn Untamed Hearts we meet Brit who is the sister of Emerson from the previous books Untouched and Unbroken. Brit acts like a tough girl who cant love since she feels she was never shown love at least from her parents. She doesn’t have any real guidance only that from Emerson but even that isn't much since he is trying to figure out his own life. Hunter comes from a family of privilege and he is expected to do certain things that come with the family name but all he wants is a simple life managing the famil…

Mini Review: Unbroken by Melody Grace

Unbroken [Beachwood Bay #1] by Melody GracePublished: March 10, 2013Format: Kindle readRating: 4/5
SynopsisJuliet McKenzie was an innocent eighteen-year old when she spent the summer in Cedar Cove—and fell head over heels in love with Emerson. Complicated, intense Emerson, the local bad boy. His blue eyes hid dark secrets, and just one touch could set Juliet ablaze. Their love was demanding and all-consuming, but when summer ended, tragedy tore them apart. Juliet swore she’d never go back, and she’s kept that promise… Until now.
Four years later, Juliet’s done her best to rebuild the wreckage of her shattered life. She’s got a great boyfriend, and a steady job planned after she graduates. Returning to Cedar Cove to pack up her family’s beach house to prepare it for sale, Juliet is determined that nothing will stand in the way of her future. But one look from Emerson, and all her old desire comes flooding back. He let her go once, but this time, he’s not giving up without a fight. And Em…

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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.
Here’s to Us by Elin HilderbrandExpected Publication: June 14, 2016Publisher: Little Brown and Company
SynopsisAn emotional, heartwarming story from New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand about a grieving family that finds solace where they least expect it.Celebrity chef Deacon Rowe is struggling with addiction, depression and not one, but two scandals. As summer nears, he travels to the idyllic Eastern bluff of Nantucket, where he takes his own life. In the shocking wake of Deacon's suicide, his first wife and childhood sweetheart, Laurel Rowe, sets out to gather Deacon's far-flung family--including Deacon and Laurel's son, and Deacon's other ex-wives and children--on the island. HERE'S TO US brings together three very different, resilient women and their children, who start out not only as strangers, but as …

Mini Review: Untouched by Melody Grace

Untouched [Beachwood Bay 0.5] by Melody GracePublished: May 12, 2013Rating: 4/5
SynopsisWelcome to Beachwood Bay: the small town where passion and romance are making waves…
Emerson Ray is trouble. Juliet knows it the minute she lays eyes on Beachwood Bay's resident bad boy. Forced to spend her summer before college in the sleepy beach town, she never expected to crash into the most devastating guy she's ever met--or for Emerson's blue eyes to strip through her dark secrets, and make her feel a desire she's never known. Their connection is undeniable, but Juliet is torn. She knows, once she gives him everything, there'll be no turning back.
Juliet McKenzie is dangerous. Emerson can tell from the way she blows through all his defenses, laying bare the demons he's carried alone all his life. He's left a trail of broken hearts and empty beds in his wake, but Juliet is different. Her innocence is intoxicating--and the passion she keeps hidden, just below the surf…

Book Blitz: The Secrets We Keep by Lily Velez

The Secrets We Kept by Lily Velez
Publication date: November 8th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
One year. That’s how long it’s been since childhood sweethearts Sully Graham and Cadence Gilbertson broke up, since one adoption and one out-of-state move turned their worlds upside down.
Suddenly, Cadence is back in New York City, but something’s different about her. The light in her eyes, the music in her laughter, the warmth in her smile—all of those things have entirely vanished. In their place stand the makings of a girl Sully can’t even begin to recognize, much less understand.
Still, despite the collective history of heartbreak between them, he’s convinced he can win her trust again, and he’s committed to proving the invincibility of their love no matter what it takes.
But Cadence is quietly harboring secrets of her own. Dark secrets. Ugly secrets. Secrets that could break a person. And though broken herself and unbearably lonely, she’s determined to protect Sully from her…

Mini Review: The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey

The Sister Pact by Stacie RameyPublished: November 3, 2015Publisher: Sourcebooks FireFormat: NetGalleyRating: 3/5
SynopsisA suicide pact was supposed to keep them together, but a broken promise tore them apart. Allie is devastated when her older sister commits suicide - and not just because she misses her. Allie feels betrayed. The two made a pact that they'd always be together, in life, and in death, but Leah broke her promise and Allie needs to know why. Her parents hover. Her friends try to support her. And Nick, sweet Nick, keeps calling and flirting. Their sympathy only intensifies her grief. But the more she clings to Leah, the more secrets surface. Allie's not sure which is more distressing: discovering the truth behind her sister's death or facing her new reality without her,
My ThoughtsOh how I wanted to really like this book but sadly it just didn’t meet my expectations. We met the Allie and Leah two sisters who are going through a lot emotionally with their parent…

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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 Unexpected Everything by Morgan MatsonExpected Publication: May 3, 2015Publisher: Simon & Simon

SynopsisAndie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.Important internship? Check.
Amazing friends? Check.
Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing - if everything's planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

Why I Can’t WaitI’ve become a huge Morgan Matson fan her books are amazing and fun and this one looks equally as good!

October Monthly Wrap Up

Yes November is finally here! This is the start to the holidays and my favorite time of the year. October was a sad one for me personally we had a loss in the family but I will always remember my uncle and the love of books we shared. We talked mainly of John Grisham since he was a fan so I'm glad we had that in common. So with the holidays coming up it will be sad but its a time to reflect on what's important that being family. On the bookish note I'm in my holiday reading mode ,getting reading for my 25 Days for Christmas reviews and I read a TON this month, I also completed my Goodreads challenge so that was exciting. So here is what my bookish month looked like.
Read this month*84. Santa Maybe by Mazy Morris*83. A Family for Christmas by Helen Scott Taylor*82. Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber81. The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson80. Makeshift Angel by Jean Louise79. Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh*78. Wrapped Up in Christmas by Ali Stetson*77. Christmas Jo…