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faking perfectFaking Perfect

by Rebecca Phillips 

Release Date: 06/30/15

K-Teen

272 pages

 

Summary from Goodreads:

Edgy and honest, Faking Perfect is the real thing.” –Huntley Fitzpatrick

When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High’s resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:

1. Avoid her at school.
2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.

Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler suddenly breaking the rules, Ben asking her out, and her dad back in the picture, how long will she be able to go on faking perfect?

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Praise:

“Edgy and honest, Faking Perfect is the real thing.” – Huntley Fitzpatrick

“Poignant, edgy, and real, Faking Perfect is an honest look at the courage and strength it can often take simply to be yourself.” – Julianna Scott, author of The Holders

Review: 

In An Oyster Shell- It’s a fairly typical coming of age YA that is more well-done than most like it. I recommend it.

The Pearls – I honestly was a little nervous about this book. Though the premise set in the description was interesting, I’ve had some no-so-great experiences with explicit scenes involving teenagers. I understand that teen sex happens. Do I agree with it? No. Do I completely dismiss the story if it’s in it? No. It is, unfortunately, real life. What I will not tolerate is glorying casual teenage sex. By-law these characters are still kids. It makes me feel super uncomfortable when there are explicit sex scenes involving minor aged characters. Faking Perfect gives the insinuation of teenage sexual relationship, but I felt like it was really well done. It fit the story. If you leave kids to their own devices they are going to do whatever they are going to do.

Despite my misgivings, I really liked this book. I liked the character growth of the main character Lexi. At first she seems like a super shallow inconsiderate teenager. The book opens up with her having a secret relationship with resident bad-boy while she tries to move her way up the popularity ladder. I like that her character eventually figures out that what she aspires to really is shallow. I feel that Lexi becomes a very wise and in-depth character in the end.

I really liked the conflict of this story. I liked that Lexi and her mom had a lot of friction. In the end, Lexi figures out her mom hardly has her best interest in mind. I like how this is concluded. This story is absolutely raw and real, done in a tasteful way.

The Sand – The only thing that stops me from giving this 5 pearls is that, it’s not a unique storyline. There is nothing wrong with that, I just reserve my highest ratings for out-of-this-world reads. 

All in All I give this 4 pearls.

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~Jessica

About the Author

rebecca phillipsRebecca Phillips has been a fan of contemporary young adult fiction ever since she first discovered Judy Blume at the age of twelve. After a brief stint writing bad poetry as a teenager, she finally found her niche with realistic, coming of age YA. Her third novel, OUT OF NOWHERE, was a finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. She’s also the author of the best-selling JUST YOU series. Her next YA novel, FAKING

PERFECT (Kensington), is set to be released on June 30, 2015.

Rebecca lives just outside the beautiful city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband, two children, and one spoiled rotten cat. She absolutely loves living so close to the ocean. When she’s not tapping away on her laptop, she can be found vacuuming up cat hair, spending time with her family, watching reality TV, reading all different genres of books, or strolling around the bookstore with a vanilla latte in her hand.

 

Rebecca is represented by Carly Watters of P.S. Literary Agency.

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June 30th

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Reader Girls    http://www.readergirlsblog.com – Review

Writing Pearls http://www.writingpearls.com – Review

Feed Your Fiction Addiction http://feedyourfictionaddiction.com – Review

July 1st

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Lustful Literature        http://lustfulliterature.com/ – Review

Castles Made of Books           http://castlesmadeofbooks.blogspot.com – Review

July 2nd

Books Direct   http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com.au/ – Review

A Dream Within A Dream      http://adreamwithindream.blogspot.com – Review

Rhea’s Neon Journal   https://latinareading.wordpress.com/ – Review

July 3rd

The Book Belles          http://www.thebookbelles.blogspot.com – Review

Fathomless Reveries   http://www.fathomlessreveries.blogspot.com – Review

The Fox’s Hideaway   http://skizzles22hu.blogspot.com/ – Review

July 6th

Frannie in the Pages    http://frannieinthepages.blogspot.com/ – Review

Reading Away The Days        http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.co.uk – Review

Will Read for Feels     http://www.willreadforfeels.com – Review

July 7th

A Life Bound By Books        http://alifeboundbybooks.blogspot.com/ – Promo Post

Thoughts of a Dreamer           http://thoughtsofadreamer-sammy.blogspot.com/ – Review

Books and Ashes        http://booksandashes.wordpress.com – Review

July 8th

Behind Closed Covers            http://behindclosedcovers.blogspot.com – Review

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Worth Reading It?      http://www.worthreadingit.blogspot.com – Review

July 9th

The Boundless Book List http://best-of-ya.blogspot.com – Review

Living in a Bookworld            http://livinginabookworld.blogspot.gr – Review

The Tale Temptress     http://www.thetaletemptress.com – Review

July 10th

The Phantom Paragrapher       www.thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.com – Review

Jackie’s Book Shenanigans     http://jackiegirl02.wordpress.com – Review

Rebel Mommy Book Blog      http://rebelmommybookblog.com – Review

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Book Blitz Schism by Laura Maisano

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Art therapy hasn’t done squat for Gabe Jones. A thousand sketches of his fiancée can’t bring his memory, or her, back to him. Nothing on Earth can. His past lies in another dimension, a world just out of sight.

Another student on campus, Lea Huckley, unknowingly shares Gabe’s obsession with the fourth dimension. The monsters from the other side attacked her parents and fled, getting her folks locked up in the loony bin. Proving this other world exists is the only way to free them. Lea and Gabe strike a deal to help each other, and together they manage to open a door to the world of Gabe’s true origin. She’d use him for proof—if she didn’t already care too much.

While Gabe tries to reconcile his feelings for Lea and his rediscovered memories of his fiancée, a much more sinister plot unravels. He uncovers his history just in time to become the unwilling lynchpin in a conspiracy to start a war. His memory holds the secret to the final riddle the would-be conqueror needs to get the upper hand. Gabe must protect the riddle at all costs, even if that means leaving Earth, and Lea, behind forever.

 

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Lea packed light. Other than her phone’s GPS and a flashlight, she kept a small notepad, her lucky pencil, and the thermometer in her cargo pocket. She didn’t need to find data, now she needed proof.

She led the way down the alley where skyscrapers blocked the glowing moon and the lamps from the highway. Yellowed fixtures above each back entrance threw faint cones of light onto the cement, like holes in Swiss cheese.

Lea checked the coordinates on her phone while she walked, and the little red arrow crept closer to the flag icon she placed to mark the interaction point.

Gabe spent his time surveying the area for anything that might be a danger. He kept fidgeting behind her and turning around every few seconds, a twitchy meerkat on patrol.

We’re only between buildings. It’s not the end of the world.” Lea checked her phone again to make sure they were headed in the right direction.

He glanced over his shoulder. “I still don’t like it. It’s night, people do get mugged, you know.”

The statistics of that are so low. We’re really not in any danger, considering the population and how many times that sorta thing happens.”

He shifted uneasily behind her. “Whatever, we’re raising the chances by being out here at night.”

Lea rolled her eyes. “I’m not missing this opportunity.”

I know that. Neither am I.”

Good.”

They came to a cross section behind two major offices where the loading docks and dumpsters sat for both of them. A stream of water trickled down the concave cement into the large sewer grate. Old garbage left a fume hanging around, and the humidity only made it worse.

Lea double- and triple-checked her coordinates, cross-checking with her notes. “This is it. Within I’d say, a fifteen foot diameter, low to the ground.” She shoved the phone in her cargo pocket. “Perfect.”

How long?”

Roughly ten minutes.”

Ten minutes may as well have been six hours. She paced back and forth, her sneakers scuffing the gritty pavement.

Gabe continued to keep a watchful eye out for muggers or vagrants. What a dork.

She snickered quietly. For someone who didn’t know his own experiences, he sure seemed paranoid. She watched him standing straight, darting his eyes to the entrance and even up to the windows above them. Watch out bad guys, Gabe’s on to you. She smiled and turned to see what looked like heat waves rising from the cold cement. Crap. The interaction had already started.

Gabe…” She waved him over next to the loading dock.

This interaction provided no shining lights or obvious movement. Not much stood out visually, except maybe the air glistening like summer heat waves if she squinted hard enough, but her digital thermometer found the coldest point.

Here,” she whispered, not wanting anyone or anything on the other side to hear. She stretched her arms forward, and Gabe did likewise.

On the count of three.” She waited for him to nod. “One…two…three.”

They both reached through the interaction point and grabbed at the thicker air. Nothing. They tried again, pulling, grasping, and making any sort of motion to trigger a rip. Finally, Gabe leaned in and pulled out at just the right angle, because the light tore across like a jagged line. Lea grabbed the edge of it and tugged, opening the tear wider until they both fell through.

About the author:

Maisano_Author_webLaura has an MA in Technical writing and is a Senior Editor at Anaiah Press for their YA/NA Christian Fiction. Her debut novel is a YA urban fantasy called SCHISM. The sequel, UNITY, releases spring 2016.

Her gamer husband and amazing daughter give support and inspiration every day. Their cats, Talyn and Moya, provide entertainment through living room battles and phantom-dust-mote hunting. Somehow, they all manage to survive living in Texas where it is hotter than any human being should have to endure. Check out her blog at LauraMaisano.blogspot.com.

 

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Sunday Post June 28, 2015

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

This Week in Review – Click the Image to go to the review.

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This Week we had The Designed by Kate Tailor on Blog tour.

We started a new feature this week Read for you health. Check it out!

Have a great week.

Are you going out of town for the fourth?

 

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Read For Your Health

Welcome to our new blog segment where we read something to better ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually. We will feature a book for our health every last Friday of the month.

This month I focused on the dreaded reality of break-ups. Don’t worry friends (or get your hopes up gentlemen) my husband and I are doing great. There is an old relationship, that’s been stuck in my brain. (Why things get stuck in my brain is another book for another day) I didn’t realize until recently, that when it ended, I swept it under the rug. It was so devastating I spent years pretending it didn’t happen.. I kept shoving it away, that is until it literally started to haunt my dreams What they say is true if you don’t deal with something, it will haunt you. It is no fun.

I finally realized that I needed to grieve that relationship so that I could move on (not to mention sleep at night). Though I have grieved a few relationships in my life, this one was hard to know how to deal with.

For example, I’ve grown up my whole life knowing on some level my mother was an epic fail. She’s never really been there. The loss of someone that was really never there to begin with… Does not feel as epic of loss as with one you trusted and in fallacy believed would never betray you. The grief surrounding losing my mom in no comparison as painful as losing this relationship has been. Crazy?!?! It is to me.

So I talked to some friends and they suggested this book. It’s called a Break-Up Because It’s Broken by Greg and Amiira Rutola-Behrendt . The best advice from this book is in the title. I did not find a lot of substance in it. I felt lost after reading it.  So I went in search for more. I googled grieving a past relationship and I ran across this article 

I read this article several times because it spoke to exactly what I was going through. The second time I read it, I read more about the author Jackie M. Johnson and discovered she wrote the book When the Breakup is Over and the Ice Cream Carton is Empty.

I bought it, rare occurrence when you run a book blog. It was amazing. It has a Christian principality behind it, but don’t let that scare you. It has some wisdom in it. I think anyone who suspects they might not have  grieved a past broken relationship (an intimate one) you should really read this book. It doesn’t solve all your break-up problems but it gets you thinking in the right direction. I highly recommend it.

In the end, I learned though the “break up” happened a long time ago. I still had to go through the motions of grieving and letting go… like it had just happened, so I could focus on what’s most important in my life now… G-d and my Family.  Which is a great time to tell you guys… My family will be growing in the next couple of months… We are going to be doing foster-care with hopes of adopting and we are so excited! I’m sure I’ll throw in a book about parenting one of these days. Back to the topic at hand,

Sometimes we don’t know what to do with the pieces after something is broken… but I say when in doubt… turn the pieces into a beautiful mosaic. Let it color the life you have now, because if the relationship did not work, that sucks, but there is a good reason that relationship existed. So don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. And don’t go chasing the baby either. People if it’s a break-up it’s broken. Pining for your ex will happen, but pursuing them again is the perfect example of insanity.  The sun will shine again with someone even better… So say good ridden! (After you read these books!)

If you are going through a break-up. I’m sorry. Deal with it as soon as you can.If you want to share about what you are going through feel free. Though if you want to keep it private. Just contact us through our email and we will get back to you.

Take care,

~Jessica

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Blog Tour – The Designed by Kate Tailor

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DesignerThe Designed by Kate Tailor
(The Designed Series #1)
Publication date: January 26th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction

 

Synopsis:

What if the next new drug was you? Raleigh’s body produces a drug that could define the future of medicine if the dangerous world surrounding it doesn’t kill her first.

Eighteen-year old Raleigh Groves can sense disease in others and is suffering from her own unexplained illness as well. After years and dozens of doctor visits, she has given up hope of ever finding a cure, let alone a diagnosis. Then she meets a man who explains that her talent and curse are linked. Her body produces a drug, Lucidin, which allows her to sense others. She’s rare, and the drug she makes is coveted.

Rho has spent the last few years on the run. The Lucidin that is racing through his system makes him a target. Surrounded by addicts and dealers on one side and scientists and doctors on the other, he has to rely on his wits and his team to stay one step ahead. So far he has stayed afloat, but some of his brothers haven’t been as lucky.

As Rho and Raleigh collide they must face the perilous world of Lucidin together. Nothing is black-and-white and Raleigh must decide where her alliances lie. Sometimes the hardest heart to sense is your own.

Excerpt: 

Rho took a long breath and sighed with relief. Unlike most prisons, his had no bars or locked gates. The drugs and fatigue were enough to trap him in his own body—but not for much longer. He would make his escape today. His captors were unlikely to lower the extraction and sedative dose any more than they just had, so he had to make his move. He would do it tonight, when the second team came to check on him.

Today was the first day in a long time that he was aware of each and every moment. He darted his eyes across the room. A small seagull was preening itself on the windowsill. One of the guards had once asked why there weren’t bars on the window. The answer was that the drop would likely kill Rho, and even if he survived the current would pull him under. Occasionally he’d heard people speaking in French, and he figured that he must be somewhere along the French coast.

Knowing that he could die while making his escape, he savored the hours. Part of him wanted to reflect on his life, but he pushed those thoughts out of his mind as soon as they arose. Those thoughts too closely resembled grieving, and he wasn’t about to grieve the life that he was fighting to save….

The sunset was particularly beautiful. Mauve and azure hues playfully painted his room, as though Mother Nature wasn’t aware of the suffering he endured. Maybe she was aware of his suffering—and glad to see it. After all, he was an affront to her.

Rho heard voices as the evening pair opened the door to his room. Of all the teams, Rho was most familiar with this one. These two talked the most, and the young man had once taken a phone call in the room, but he was swiftly reprimanded by the old man. The young, unsure little attendant asked a lot of questions, and although the old man seemed to be aggravated by his companion’s inquires, he always answered.

“The morning crew said he was doing poorly,” the old man said in a sure, deep voice.

“They turned down the machine again. He’s not giving us as much Lucid,” noted the young man as he retrieved the vials.

“From the look of his vitals, he’ll only last a few more days.”

“He’s going to die, isn’t he?” asked the young man. Despite his current job, he wasn’t the heartless kind.

“The world will be better off. He’s dangerous. They’re monsters…all of them. Don’t let his angelic looks fool you. He’s the devil.”

Rho wasn’t sure if the last part was true, but the part about him being dangerous certainly was.

About the Author:
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Kate Tailor lives in Boulder, Colorado. She has a background in molecular biology and pharmacology. Writing has been a passion of hers since she was young.
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Author: Kelli Estes

Genre: Historical Fiction

Release Date: July 7, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Source: Netgalley

A copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect the review in any way.

 

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About the Book:

The smallest items can hold centuries of secrets…

Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt’s island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara’s life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core — and force her to make an impossible choice.

Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes’s brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories.

In An Oyster Shell- I recommend this book highly, it’s for anyone. It’s a great portrayal of American history and Asian culture.

The Pearls –

This book was devastatingly amazing. It portrayed an unpleasant time in our American history. I knew so little about the hatred toward Asian people. I knew a little bit about Asian bigotry at the time of the building of the railroads… I had no idea it carried on after that to the point they were sending people back to China. I am more enlightened and more compassionate of what some people have gone through due to the hate brewed by prejudice.

The setting of this book was just beautiful. It is set on Orca Islands, in the Puget Sound. It’s so beautiful up there. I felt like that book captured this well. Now I am even more excited to go to the San Juan Islands, someday. 

I am not usually a fan of books that cover two timelines. For this book, it was most necessary. I was intrigued by both time lines. The author did an amazing job at weaving the two stories into a fantastic ending. I can’t say enough good things about this book.

There is so much more I could rave about this book but for the sake of brevity take my word for it and read it for yourself.

The Sand – This book is good as is.

I give this book a 5 pearls. I can’t wait for it to come out so I can buy a copy for my adopted mom. This is a must read.

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~Jessica

About the Author –

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Kelli Estes grew up in the apple country of eastern Washington State before attending Arizona State University. While she loved the desert, she quickly learned that she loves large bodies of water even more so after graduation she moved to Seattle. Today she lives in a Seattle suburb with her husband and two sons. When not writing, she volunteers at her kids’ schools, reads voraciously, travels (or just plays “tourist” in Seattle), goes out to eat, exercises (because of all the eating), and learns about health and nutrition.

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Review of Melancholy by Charlotte McConaghy

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Author: Charlotte McConaghy

Genre: Dystopian/SciFi Romance

Release Date: June 11, 2015

Publisher: Momentum

Source: NetGalley

 

A copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect the review in any way.

 

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Here in the west they know a lot about hope. They know how to ration it just as they do with food and water.
Josephine is at last free of the blood moon. But in a desperate rush to find help for a comatose Luke, she discovers the strange and dangerous world of the resistance, and it is unlike any world Josi has known.
In the west they believe in fury – they cultivate and encourage it. The unruly people of the resistance know that to survive means to fight. But can they fight the inevitable cure for sadness that rushes steadily closer?
In the action-packed sequel to Fury, everything Josi believes about herself will be challenged. Haunted by atrocities and betrayals, she must find the strength to trust again, and decide how far she is willing to go to fight the inevitable.
At times both brutal and sweet, Melancholy is the story of second chances and finding love in a ruined world.

In An Oyster Shell- Solid dystopian. Second book in the series, but you can dive right into Josephine’s plight.

The Pearls –

This story takes right off. It begins on a train and with just enough clues about what has happened. Author Charlotte McConaghy does a great job of sprinkling Josephine’s history throughout the story without dumping too much on the reader at once. Although I have not read the first book in the series, I didn’t feel lost or disoriented but rather enjoyed the progression. Josephine’s love interest – Luke – is a solid character, as are Josi’s three young friends and several of the other characters. The writing is good and the pace felt natural.

The Sand – The storyline feels a little overdone. Girl leaves controlling situation only to join with a resistance which may be equally or more restrictive. Josi is a bit whiny and childish at times, and Raven (second in command of the resistance) seems to be a petulant child throwing a fit because one boy in the camp didn’t fall for her.

All in all, I give this 3.5 pearls.

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~Amanda

 

About the Author – 

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Charlotte started writing when she was 14 in her home town Armidale. She now has six books published and lives in Sydney. She loves to read and write sci-fi/romance/fantasy. She has just released ‘Fury’, a dystopian sci-fi novel published by Momentum, and ‘Thorne’, the second book in her romantic fantasy series ‘The Chronicles of Kaya’, published by Random House.

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Summertime (A Novella)
by Adrienne Thompson

Audience: Adult – Genre: African American Contemporary Romance/Fantasy – Format: E-book – Publisher: Pink Cashmere Publishing, LLC – Cover by: Adrienne Thompson – Editor: Nick Wilford – Pages: 104 – ASIN: B00XQE1MPE – Date Published: June 2, 2015

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An unlikely journey… an unlikely love.

J’Nay Walker is a talented singer, driven toward success by a promise she made to her late mother. One gloomy day, on the tail of some disappointing news, tragedy strikes, threatening not only to derail her plans, but to end her life. As a result, she soon finds herself on an unlikely journey, but is she ready for an unlikely love?

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“Would it be too forward of me to ask if you already have a beau, lovely songbird?”

I looked up at him, willed myself not to stare at his lips. “No—I mean, no, I don’t.”

His eyes widened in surprise. “The men around here must be dumb as rocks. Letting a fine-looking woman like you walk around here alone like this? I might just have to do something to fix that.”

I placed my hand on my chest. “Something like what?”

“Something like making you my woman.”

I shook my head. “Can’t do that. You’re just passing through.”

He nodded slightly as he reached up and touched my cheek. “Well, if you’re my girl,” he whispered, “I guess you’ll have to come with me… or I’ll have to stay.”

Then he leaned in and softly kissed me on the lips. Every nerve, muscle, and blood vessel in my body vibrated, and my knees buckled ever so slightly. “Dizzy…” I said softly.

He backed away from me with an intoxicated look in his eyes. “Call me John. I like the way you say it.”

“John?”

He smiled. “Yeah, I like that.”

“Dizzy, you holding up the game, man!” a voice shouted from upstairs.

He leaned in close to me again and smiled. “Damn, girl… you smell good.”

“I’m not wearing any perfume.”

“I didn’t think you were.”

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Adrienne Thompson has worn many titles in her lifetime–from teenage mother to teenage wife to divorcee to registered nurse to author. This mother of two young adults and one teenager currently resides in Arkansas with her daughter where she writes and publishes her stories full time.

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Sunday Post June 21

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

This Week in Review – Click the Image to go to the review.

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Check out this week’s discussion reading on the cheap.

Summer is a crazy time! School just got out for us? What are you doing to keep yourself and the kids entertained?

Have a great week.

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Friday Let’s Talk – Reading on the Cheap

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*Warning*

This topic is about cutting your reading costs, specifically digital books. The reason it’s gotten so expensive is because the bigger publishing companies found a way to weasel their way in a jack the prices back up. I get a little riled about it. I will try to keep it clean, but there are no promises. You have been properly warned.

The greedy money mongrels we affectionately call the big 5 Irk me… They just couldn’t leave the indie writers in peace with the digital market. I may touch more on this another day. Remember this the first time I sign up with one. It’s not really in the plans but Never say never! If 50 shades of Grey can get a publishing deal… It’s all up from there!

Reading has gotten so expensive. It’s a healthy hobby to have, but crap! It’s getting so ridiculous! Do you remember the good old days. (Just a couple years ago) When digital books were about 2.99 or 4.99 if it was a big name author. There were quite a few books for a mere .99. It was glorious I would say my book budget was under 20$ a month. Long gone are those days! I would like to note that just because the prices have gone up does not mean the quality that has followed suit. How aggravating!

I talk about my feelings of book pricing in this post here.

So I am going to turn my ranting into something positive for you. How to read on the cheap! I have a couple of suggestions:

Subscribe to Book Bub or Book Gorilla. These email subscriptions always have the beat on the greatest book deals on Amazon.

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I have gotten many books for free from these subscriptions.

Stalk Book Blogs for giveaways I am subscribed to a couple hundred book blogs via BlogLovin. There are always giveaways going on! I would check out the Saturday Situation Hosted by Candace Book Blogs where there is a whole list of different blogs giveaways. She does it every week! I win at least a book a week. It’s not all digital. I get free copies of books straight from the publisher.  Score!

I win at least a book a week. It’s not all digital. I get free copies of books straight from the publisher! Score!

This last piece of advice is only for the truly devoted readers that may borderline on needing treatment addiction. I read 5-8 books a week, with today’s prices that equate to 50-80 dollars a week times four!?!?!  Look into getting books in exchanges for reviews. It happens people! Like I said this is only for the truly devoted that would read themselves out of house and home. Reviews are like tips for writer’s. Their works thrive or die by  them. It’s a symbiotic relationship. (Well maybe not the dying part)  You get your reader fix, they get the much-needed review. Other readers get the scoop on what to read or not.

Do you have any suggestions for reading on the cheap?

~Jessica

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