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Blog Tour – Right Design by Isabella Louise Anderson

Do business and pleasure mix?

In the author’s debut novel comes a story about picking up the pieces, letting go of the past, and finding love along the way–even if morals are tested!

Interior designer Carrie Newman could not have envisioned a more perfect life for herself. She had a great job doing what she loved, wonderful friends, and a close relationship with her sister and brother-in-law. Add in an amazing man who she’d hoped would soon become her husband, and her life was perfect. Until one devastating decision ruins her relationship and changes the course of her life.

Determined to make a new start, Carrie leaves Texas and heads to Palm Beach to pick up the pieces of her shattered and broken life. The last thing she expects is to find herself attracted to her first client at her new job–Brad Larson, who has proven himself time and time again to be caddish.

But there’s something beneath the surface of Brad’s arrogant exterior that keeps her craving more of him–something almost sweet that Carrie can’t seem to resist.

Is Carrie ready to take another chance on romance? And will this new design of her life prove to be the right one?


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September 11 – Books, Authors, Blogs

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ARC Review Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier

ARC Review Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah ScheierYour Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on September 1st 2015
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 336
Format: Mobi
Source: Netgalley

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Everything about Jonah is unexpected. On the first day of school, he sits next to April, when he could have chosen to sit with the popular girl. He turns down an invitation to join the school team and declares he'd rather paint. He encourages April to develop her musical talent and shrugs off the bullies that torment them.April isn't surprised to find herself falling for Jonah. The unexpected part is when he falls for her too.But the giddy happiness of their first romance begins to fade when Jonah's unpredictability begins to take a darker turn. April understands that her boyfriend is haunted by a painful memory, but his sudden mood swings worry her. She can't explain his growing fear of cellphones, electric keyboards, and of sounds that no one else can hear. Still, no matter what happens, April is sure that she'll always stand by him.Until Jonah finally breaks and is committed to a psychiatric ward.Until schizophrenia changes everything.Though everyone urges her to let him go, April stays true to Jonah. But as the boy she adores begins to disappear in front of her, she has to face her worst fear: that her love may not be enough to save him.

In an Oyster Shell – It was a refreshing read that left you feeling raw but hopeful. Not only do I reccomend this book. I think anyone that calls themselves a bibliophile should own it.

The Pearls – I always like a book that deals with mental illness, especially in young people. It’s an empidimic. It is real life. I thought how the author potrayed schizophrenia, made it easier for me to understand someone that might sturggle for this.

The theme of first love is so strong. It’s so heartbreaking a big part of why the MC ends up in the situation she does is because she’s fallen in love for the first time. First loves can be brutal! I really appreciated how this was resolved in the end.

I definitly have to point out the fact that the character was Jewish. Being a person that also observes Jewish traditions, I round this refreshing. There is so much talk about diverse reading… I think this book should qualify for that. There are not too many books that deal with modern Judiasm.

I really appreciate how this book ended. I felt like it was a realistic solution to the conflict of the book. It was very well-done.

The Sand – This book will leave you astounded. I have no complaints.

Look for this in an upcoming giveaway!

5 Pearls!

5 Stars

About Leah Scheier

Leah Scheier was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. As a child, she was inspired by her favorite authors, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lloyd Alexander, and C.S. Lewis to dream up tales of adventure and romance. Now grown up with daughters of her own, Leah works as a pediatrician and continues to create new stories.
Her first novel, SECRET LETTERS, came out 6/26/12 (Hyperion/Disney). Her second novel, YOUR VOICE IS ALL I HEAR is due to be released in September 1, 2015 (Sourcebooks Fire).

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Blog Tour – Stepping Stones By Kacey VanderkarrStepping Stones by Kacey Vanderkarr
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on August 25, 2015
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 269
Format: Mobi

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Onnaleigh Moore is part of a plan—and it isn’t hers. When her brother dies in a car accident, Onna is desperate to preserve the tatters of her family. Any hope of finding normalcy vanishes when her mother runs off and her dad turns to booze to numb his pain. Onna’s grief is crippling, but the boy who showed up just when she needed him is helping her cope.

Everett’s presence is comforting, though he knows things—Onna’s name just before they met, where she lives, and sometimes he comments on thoughts she doesn’t say aloud. She pegs him for a stalker, or maybe psychic, but the truth is deadlier than she imagines. As their feelings for one another deepen, Everett confesses a horrifying secret: Onna’s brother is only the beginning of the plan, and some fates are worse than death.

In an Oyster Shell – Surprisingly enjoyable read given the subject matter, I recommend it, can’t wait for the next book!

The Pearls – There is a lot of tragedy in this book so it’s a bit on the heavy side, but it does not leave you in despair. There is hope. It’s one of the more well-done fiction works about death. It’s a brutal reality, but I feel like Vanderkarr handled it well and shape it into a worthwhile read.

I feel like this book had a lot of things that you would not expect as far as action goes. You will be saying over and over again, I cannot believe that just happened. Some of the best writing advice I have encountered — is make life hard for your characters, Vanderkarr took great liberty with this! The story was riveting. I really enjoyed it despite myself. I was a bit uneasy about the after-life issue but it wasn’t a problem in the end.

The romance in this story was not typical. There was an interesting relationship with the MC and her love interest which falls in line with the unexpected things of this book. Overall it was an extremely creative work. Very well done

The Sand – Though this was not quite a 5 pearl read for me, there was no “sand” that stood.

I give this 4.5 Pearls

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About Kacey Vanderkarr

Kacey Vanderkarr is a young adult author. She dabbles in fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, complete with faeries, alternate realities, and the occasional plasma gun. She’s known to be annoyingly optimistic and listen to music at the highest decibel. When she’s not writing, she coaches winterguard and works as a sonographer. Kacey lives in Michigan, with her husband, son, and crazy cats. Along with her novels, Reflection Pond and Antithesis, Kacey’s short fiction can be found in Sucker Literary Vol 3, and the upcoming Spark Vol 7, Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things, and Out of the Green: Tales from Fairyland.

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Monthly Wrap-up August 2015

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I can’t believe it’s that time again. I’ll tell you a secret, I’ve been counting down the days to September. I know that I can be odd at times, one of my oddities being that I loathe summer. I am so ready for cooler weather and more predictable routines. Not to mention September marks the beginning of Jeff and I’s fall\winter beach trip extravaganzas! I am so looking forward to that!

This Monthly Wrap-up is hosted by Nicole @feedyourfictionaddiction. To find more details and possibly link up you’re monthly wrap-up go here. 

So this segment is about highlighting some of the favorite posts of the previous month. Top reviews, Blog Tours, Ect… I will highlight the ones that got the most hits paired with my personal favorites.

In Review –

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Blog Tours –

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Discussions – The top discussion this month was changing tastes. My Favorite discussion this month was What It’s All About.

Other notable things –

Guess who discovered the world of GIFS?!?!?!?

Catch up with you next month. Have a Great September!

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Sunday Post August, 30

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The Sunday Post is a weekly news post of what’s been going on in the last week and what is coming up. Thanks to Kimbra @Caffienated Reviewer for hosting.

I am so happy to say goodbye to August!!! The kids go back to school this week!

No more auntie I’m bored!

This week in review –

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On Tour –

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This week I discussed what Friday Coffee & Bookish Speaks is all about.

Have a great week and happy September!

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Stacking the Shelves (#2)

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

I love this meme so I can show off my books as I get them, though who knows when I’ll get to review them! My book collection is becoming like:

I could really use a magic bag like that… couldn’t you?

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I don’t think I have ever explained what Friday Coffee and Bookish speaks are all about. If you have been keeping up with the blog, you know this segment started as Friday discussions… How very boring… I changed it to Friday Coffee and Bookish speaks because I liked the idea of having coffee with you guys, even if it’s just virtually. Of course we have to talk about bookish things, it’s a book blog!

I was a Barista off and on for thirteen years. One thing (among many) that I noticed is that people loved to treat themselves to a Friday coffee treat (sometimes a pastry too!). If you are going to treat yourself to a scrumptious triple-shot mocha today’s the day to indulge.  After seeing a blog post called “If we were having coffee.” I put two and two together and came up with this theme.

I would love to be really sitting with you right now over a cup of coffee. I drink house coffee with a bit of cream, in case you were wondering.I often joke that the two most consistent things in my life are coffee and Jesus… Ha Ha! I’m not saying those things are equal or even related! Just I would have to say if I pinpointed two consistencies it would be that. So naturally, I have to do a coffee inspired meme. It’s in my blood. Seriously, I think if you nicked a vein I would bleed coffee.

A third consistency that I’ve had in my life but I talk about much less (until now) is reading and writing. So it’s fitting that I would somehow make these all work together. Don’t worry peeps I’m not the bible thumping type… Which is a topic for another day writing from religous framework vs. religous propaganda. Just trust me that it all works together. I hope you enjoy these discussions as much as I do. I look forward to having coffee with you… every week!

If we were having coffee right now what would you be drinking?

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Book Tour Mark of Noba by GL Tomas

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This is my stop during the book blitz for The Mark of Noba by GL Tomas. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 25 till 31 August, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

The Mark of Noba CoverThe Mark of Noba (The Sterling Wayfairer Series #1)
by GL Tomas
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 25 August, 2015

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Sterling Wayfairer has one goal for his senior year: make his mark. He’s been slipping into the background his whole high school career—distracted by his mother’s mental health, unsettled by the vivid dreams that haunt him at night, and overshadowed by the athletic accomplishments of his popular best friends. But this year is going to be different. He’s going to break a few rules, have some fun, and maybe even work up the nerve to ask his crush out on a date.

But things don’t go exactly as planned. Students are disappearing, Sterling starts losing time, and it all seems to center around Tetra, a girl no one else seems to notice but him. When he finally tracks her down for answers, they aren’t what he expects: He and Tetra hail from a world called Noba, and they’re being hunted by a Naga, a malevolent shapeshifter that’s marked them for destruction.

Tetra and Sterling have distinct abilities that can help them fight back, but their power depends heavily on the strength of their bond, a connection that transcends friendship, transcends romance. Years apart have left their bond weak. Jumpstarting it will require Sterling to open his heart and his mind and put his full trust in the mysterious Tetra.

If he doesn’t, neither of them will survive.

You can find The Mark of Noba on Goodreads

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Guinevere and Libertad go by many superhero aliases. Whether you know them by G.L. Tomas, the Twinjas, or the Rebellious Valkyries, their mission is always the same: spreading awareness of diversity in books. Oh, and trying to figure out the use for pocketless pants! They host other allies and champions of diversity in their secret lair in Connecticut.

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Review of the Glass Mermaid

Review of the Glass MermaidThe Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless
Published by CreateSpace on July 4, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy
Pages: 103
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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I’m back on shores of Lake Erie, but the cold waters are silent. There is nothing here for me but ghosts and the beach glass that litters the rocky shore. Long ago, I lived below the waves. Now, I am the sole survivor, and at long last, my mermaid glamour is leaving me.

Every day, I walk the beach. Every day, I wonder what happened to my people. The little pieces of colored glass that wash ashore give me simple pleasure. They are gifts from the lake, reminders of home. I fashion them into trinkets: necklaces, earrings, bracelets. They are beautiful things. The humans seem love them.

Every day, I walk the beach. Nothing ever changes, until the day he says hello.

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I’m dying.

It’s not a question, it’s a fact. The cancer is eating me alive. They told me I have six months to live, maybe less. I came home, back to Chancellor on Lake Erie, to die. The sunsets are vivid there, and I will relish every one.

I've never seen anything more beautiful than a Lake Erie sunset until I see her.

All life is fragile as glass.

What would you sacrifice to save the one you love?

In an Oyster Shell – It was the beginning of a great story. It was bare bones.

The Pearls – The concept and execution of this story was unique. The mermaid story as been done again and again. Yet, the last mermaid coming from Lake Erie? So Interesting. For how short this story was, I was impressed with how many details were in it.

The Sand- I feel like the author sells everyone short by stopping at a Novella. I feel like the story could have been fleshed out more.

3 Stars

About Poppy Lawless

Romance author. Cupcake connoisseur. Certified herbalist. Beach bum. Fan of all things Starbucks. Holistic healing advocate. Surfer girl wanna-be. Lost guru. Maker of dandelion wine. Counselor. Paranormal buff. Etsy addict. Secretly Jedi. So not a geek girl. Gifted in sarcasm. Hot wife. Ninja mom. And now, I’m ready to share a whole head full of witty, mouthy, smart, lovely, heart-warming, and hot characters with the world. Are you ready?

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HSH AmazonWhen Kate Watts abandoned her law career to open a food pantry in Northeast Minneapolis, she never dreamed it would be this difficult. Facing the heartbreaking prospect of turning hungry people away, she is grateful for the anonymous donations that begin appearing at the end of each month. Determined to identify and thank her secret benefactor, she launches a plan and catches Ian —a charismatic hacker with a Robin Hood complex—in the act.

Ian intrigues Kate in a way no man ever has. But after learning he’s snooped around on her personal computer, she demands retribution. Impressed with her tolerance and captivated by her spirit, he complies and begins to slowly charm his way past her defenses. Time spent with Ian is never boring, and Kate soon finds herself falling for the mysterious hacker.

But Ian has enemies and they’re growing restless. In the hacking world, exploiting a target’s weakness is paramount, and no price is too high to stop an attack. And when Kate learns exactly how much Ian has paid, she’ll discover just how strong her love is for the man who has hacked his way into her heart.

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“Oh, hi,” she said.
“Imagine running into you here.”
“This is quite a coincidence.”
“It’s not a coincidence at all. I knew you were following me.”
“You did not.”
“I spotted you hiding behind the plant when I walked into the bank. Plus I could smell your perfume as soon as I stepped out here.”
“Did you”—she used her fingers to make little air quotes—“appropriate money from this bank?” she whispered.
“Of course not. I do all my work from the Batcave. Believe it or not, I actually bank here. I was just signing some papers.”
Kate had never seen a man look so utterly scrumptious while wearing glasses. There was something about the combination of his hair, his scruff, and the semi-rimless designer frames that made him irresistible. “Are the glasses a disguise? Because I totally knew it was you.”
“The glasses are real. I often suffer from eyestrain since I spend so much time on the computer, and I was up late last night, working.”
“They make you look very smart.” She took a moment to imagine how his scruff would feel rubbing against her skin if he were to kiss her.
“I am smart, but I think you mean devastatingly handsome. More so than normal, that is.”
“You’re so humble.”
“Ready?” He walked to the door and held it open for her.
“Yes.”
“Follow me.” He looked at her and laughed. “That shouldn’t be a problem for you.”
They took the elevator to the basement, and when the doors opened to the parking garage, Kate followed Ian to a row of cars. He stopped beside one and pulled a set of keys from his pocket.
She gasped.
Ian smiled. “It’s a—”
“1964 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe.”
“’65. But color me impressed.”
“My brother Chad was obsessed with this car. He used to have a poster of it on his bedroom wall. There were only six built between 1964 and 1965.”
“A bit rare indeed.”
The last authentic Shelby had sold at auction for around seven million. Ian’s was obviously a replica, of which there were quite a few, but it was still a very notable vehicle with a price tag that started in the low six figures. “Helena called it an old blue car.”
He grinned, looking contemplative. “Technically, that is correct.”
Kate could not resist running her hand lightly over the Guardsman Blue paint and the white racing stripes on the hood. The Shelby was unmistakably race-car-like in appearance with its aerodynamic design and unique body style. Chad was going to be so jealous. “For someone who values his privacy, isn’t this a bit ostentatious?”
“How so?”
“Rakishly handsome playboy who makes grand philanthropic gestures and drives a flashy car. Any of this ringing a bell?”
“Rakishly handsome playboy?”
“Well, if the Prada loafer fits. Wouldn’t you fly under the radar more easily in, say, a Ford Focus?” she asked.
“A Ford Focus? You want me to tool around town in a Ford Focus? Jesus, would I still have my balls?”
“No, they cut them off when they hand you the keys. Of course you’d still have your balls. What kind of question is that? This conversation has gotten way off track.”
“You mean because we started out talking about my car and now we’re talking about my balls?”
“Are we?”
“I believe so.”
“Maybe we should go back to talking about your car.”
“You want to drive it, don’t you?”
“Why would I want to drive your car?”
“Why wouldn’t you want to drive my car? Can you handle a stick shift?”
“Yes, and rather competently I might add.”
“That’s an enormous turn-on. Truly.”
She pretended not to hear him. “This is not a good car for Minnesota winters.”
“Horrible, I agree. My other car has four-wheel drive, but it’s not nearly as fun to operate as this one.” Ian dangled the keys in front of her.
He was right. Kate was dying to drive his car and couldn’t wait to see how it handled. She took the keys, opened the door, and reached over to unlock the passenger side for Ian. They belted up, and she started the car.
“Please note that I’m already making good on my promise, Katie. Because I assure you, driving this car will be the opposite of boring.”

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Tracey Garvis Graves is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. Her debut novel, On the Island, spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and is in development with MGM and Temple Hill Productions for a feature film. She is also the author of Uncharted, Covet, Every Time I Think of You, and Cherish.
Tracey loves to interact with her readers and can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
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