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Friday Coffee & Bookish Speaks – Make a Move


This post is inspired by the fact that I am listening to Make a Move by To Be Juliet’s Secret. I am feeling inspired to talk about taking chances. I am a risk-taker. One of my favorite TV series is Boston Legal and my favorite character Alan Shore say something like – “Our butt’s (cleaned up for my family-friendly readers)  will be hanging out in the wind. Personally, I  like a stiff breeze across my rosy cheeks.” Ha! That’s what taking a big risk feels like! I find it exhilarating taking risks! Though I am scared to do it at the same time.

There is a phrase I saw on a magnet once, what would you attempt if you knew you could not fail. Personally, I am on the horizon as debuting as a novelist. I am scared *&#%$^ you get the idea.  I keep making excuses not to do it. I even let people tell me that I am not a writer, which sabotages the process even more. In the cleaned up words of Bonecrusher “Slap them people when they try you again.” (Explicit-Vainglourious) It’s a mature audience song which is why I am not posting the video.  When I am feeling down. (For the humor of it) I remember thanks to Bone Crusher. All things are possible through G-d. “The hostile takeover is here”

Don’t let people tell you what you can and can’t do. Be a pioneer! Read a new genre, a new author, or tell that long-time best friend that you are in love with him/her, start that novel, publish it… The possibilities are endless!

Tell me about a risk you should take –


On tour with Prism Book Tours.

When the Right One Comes Along (K-9 Trilogy, #1)When the Right One Comes Along
(K-9 Trilogy #1)
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 293 Pages
October 1st 2015 by Harlequin

Brought together by disaster. Kept together by love.

In the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, it’s chaos for trauma surgeon Jessica Hansen. Among the many victims, one patient stands outóSan Diego Police K-9 search and rescue officer Cal Palmer.

Cal vows to help Kayla, a child orphaned by the disaster. But he needs Jessica’s help. Will their shared concern for Kayla and for Cal’s canine partner, Scout, allow them to put aside their personal torments and discover the difference love can make?

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In An Oyster Shell – A cozy romantic read with exuberating characters. Definitely worth the time to read.

The Pearls – My favorite part of this book was Cal. He oozed testosterone off the pages and I loved it! Some people don’t like super macho guys, but I did with Cal. I loved his character development through the story. Overall he was a strong memorable character for me.

I liked the plotline of trying to reunite with his daughter while also helping another girl in need. I feel the Cal’s heart shone through most with his love and affections for these two girls.

I loved the romance in this books. It was sweet and clean, and swoon-worthy. I liked that Jessica was also a strong female character and complimented Cal well.

The Sand – I have no complaints, it was an easy, kill some time read.


Kate James 2.jpgKate James†spent eight years of her childhood living in foreign countries as her professional parents travelled on business. She lived in four countries and spoke five languages before settling down in Canada again to attend university. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, she held a variety of positions in the field of real estate development and operations, and ran three substantial organizations. While her writing during this period was mostly business related, including presentations and speeches she delivered both nationally and internationally, her passion is and always has been fiction.

Kate’s business and personal experiences enable her to write fiction with a deep, often first-hand knowledge of what she is writing about. This approach makes Kate’s stories richer and more vivid.

Kateís goal is to entertain you with well-written, engaging stories, set in intriguing places and with strong, likeable characters. ìI hope my stories bring you pleasure and entertain you. Nothing pleases me more than receiving feedback from people who have chosen to spend their valuable leisure time with one of my books,î notes Kate.

Kate married her husband, Ken, in an elegant, ocean-front wedding on a tropical island. When they are not traveling, they split their time between their properties in southern and central Ontario in Canada.


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New Feature – Off The Shelf!


Welcome to my new feature Off The Shelf –

I am so excited to present this new feature. So excited in fact!

Just imagine that’s me dancing. Just like that!

So I live in the Portland-Metro area which means I have easy access to the City of Books otherwise knowns as Powells. A whole city block stories high of books!!! It’s a real thing, a book-nerd dream!

So I was perusing the YA section and found a book that found my interest that I had never heard of and was used. I thought what a great idea! *Self-Five* What if once a month I just chose a random book off the shelf. It has to be something I have only seen on the shelf. Thus… Off The shelf. Ta Da!

So the first off the shelf book is How to Say Good-Bye in Robot by Natalie Standford


In an Oyster Shell- It was a rhythmic book that had a monotone that was soothing a book I highly recommend.

Full Review coming October! I don’t want to overwhelm you lovelies with too much at once. After this the off the shelf will come with a review. Just enjoy the moment! See you next month, for the next Off The Shelf!

I challenge you to pull a book Off The Shelf next time you are in a bookstore!

Share with me what you come up with.

Release Day – ARC Review of Do you Believe in Santa by Sierra DonovanDo You Believe In Santa?: An Evergreen Lane Novel by Sierra Donovan
Published by Zebra on September 29, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 256
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.


Miracles don’t just happen on 34th Street. They can happen right in your living room—if you’re willing to believe…

What grown woman claims to have seen Santa Claus? Mandy Reese, for one—on a very special Christmas Eve when she was eight years old. These days, Mandy works at a year-round Christmas store in Tall Pine, California, where customers love to hear about her childhood encounter with Saint Nick. But when Jake Wyndham arrives in town—charming, gorgeous, extremely practical—Mandy faces a dilemma. Deny what she saw, or let Jake think she’s sugarplum crazy?

Jake scouts hotel locations all over the country, but he’s never met anyone quite like Mandy before. Her warmth and sparkle are irresistible, but…meeting Santa? Really? Jake’s no Scrooge but he’s definitely skeptical. Then again, there are all kinds of things Jake never experienced until he came to Tall Pine. Like autumn snow. Mind blowing kisses. And the magic of falling head-over-heels, madly in love…

In an Oyster Shell – A cozy holiday read that entertains the “magic” of Christmas.

The Pearls – My favorite part of the book was the setting. A small town that mainly focuses on an all-year Christmas shop. Then most of the other part of the story was Mandy’s house, which was always decorated for Christmas at least at first.

The character development was very solid.

I love the beginning and the end. I love how the author ties the two together and develops belief from the unbelieving Jake.

The Sand – There was nothing that I have complaint with.

I give this 3.5 Pearls It was a good story but there was nothing astounding about that curbed to my personal tastes.

3.5 Stars

About Sierra Donovan

Sierra Donovan is a wife, a mother of two and a writer, though not always in that order. Her greatest joy is helping people find true love on the printed page. She believes in classic movies, Christmas, happy endings and the healing power of chocolate.

Sierra’s first novel, LOVE ON THE AIR, was a Holt Medallion finalist. Her Kensington debut, NO CHRISTMAS LIKE THE PRESENT, won the Golden Quill for Sweet Traditional Romance. DO YOU BELIEVE IN SANTA?, the first book in her new Evergreen Lane series, hits the shelves September 29, 2015.


Blog Tour – Up to I do by Samantha March

Blog Tour – Up to I do by Samantha March

Up To I DoSamantha March will be on tour September 21-October 5 with her novel Up To I Do

Emerson Sinclair, twenty-seven year old hotel heiress, has said yes. With just over a year to plan her extravagant, over the top nuptials to Logan Worthington, it’s all hands on deck with the wedding plans. A Sinclair marrying into the Worthington family is the talk of their small New Hampshire town, and ideas include filming the wedding for a TV segment. But as the items get checked off the list, plans start to go … not as planned. From not getting a designer dress to a selfish bridesmaid and unaccountable best man, Emerson is afraid her wedding will be more a joke than anything. 
When both her mother and sister seemingly begin to lose interest in her wedding plans in favor of their own personal lives, Emerson fears her big day will turn into the forgotten wedding. With the pressure to pull off a beautiful and elegant event that everyone expects from their respectable families, Emerson starts to forget the reason why she is saying I Do in the first place.

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In an Oyster Shell – It was a quick read, that had a great moral at the end.

The Pearls – The concept of the story was interesting. The fact that the MC had to plan a wedding that would be comparable to their social standing was interesting.

The character arc of the MC was really great. She really learns her lesson in the story and moves from the superficial things of weddings, to what’s really important.

The Sand –  All throughout the story it kept going through my head #firstworldproblems. Not only were they first world problems, but they were upper-crust problems. I did not find that I could relate to the story very well. The story showed a different world, not one I felt I could connect with.

If you love all things weddings, you will love this story.

I give this 3 pearls.


samanthamarchsummerAbout Samantha March
Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has three published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket and A Questionable Friendship. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.

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Sunday Post and Stacking Shelves – September 27


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.

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This week’s Friday Coffee & Bookish Speaks was Diverse Reading

Question of the Week –

What’s your favorite TV show?

Mine is Chuck. Love a good spy show




Friday Coffee & Bookish Speaks – Diverse Reading


I have been seeing a lot about diverse reading since I have entered the book blogosphere not too long ago. I think that this promotion is spot on we should be reading diversely, but what the heck does that mean? My concern that “reading diversely” really only applies to one culture or social group.

In my mind, it’s like this regular customer I had when I was a barista oh so long ago. He would never order the same thing twice. I was sitting outside one time as he was coming in and I was curious as to if he knew what he was going to order. I asked him and he answered he would know when he got to the counter. The irony that struck me in this man’s attempt to be unpredictable had by the same token come predictable. You knew he would always order something different.

So I’m curious if this diverse reading campaign will in itself become predictable and defeat the purpose of its existence by only focusing on a select few diverse groups. Personally I would love to see more Jewish characters. I don’t see too many of those…

What are your thoughts on diverse reading?


ARC Review – The Lost Girl by R.L. Stine

ARC Review – The Lost Girl by R.L. StineThe Lost Girl by R.L. Stine
Series: (Fear Street Relaunch,
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 29th 2015
Genres: YA, Mystery
Pages: 272
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.


Generations of children and teens have grown up on R.L. Stine's bestselling and hugely popular horror series, Fear Street and Goosebumps. Now, the Fear Street series is back with a chilling new installment, packed with pure nightmare fodder that will scare Stine's avid fan base of teen readers and adults. New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seems… and the more attractive she is to Michael. He invites her to join him on a snowmobile race that ends in a tragic accident. Soon, Michael's friends start being murdered, and Pepper becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But to her total shock, she and Michael are drawn into a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago. Frightening and tense in the way that only this master of horror can deliver, The Lost Girl is another terrifying Fear Street novel by the king of juvenile horror.

In an Oyster Shell – This book was strictly a nostalgia read for me, and often we remember things better then what they really were.

The Pearls – The mystery of this story was unpredictable. There were a few things that happened that I was not expecting. It was horror style of R.L. Stine for sure.

The Sand – I indulged in these books as a kid sometimes, but I no longer like these kinds of books. It was nice to get a blast from the past.

3 Pearls

3 Stars

About R.L. Stine

Robert Lawrence Stine known as R. L. Stine and Jovial Bob Stine, is an American novelist and writer, well known for targeting younger audiences. Stine, who is often called the Stephen King of children’s literature, is the author of dozens of popular horror fiction novellas, including the books in the Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room and Fear Street series.

R. L. Stine began his writing career when he was nine years old, and today he has achieved the position of the bestselling children’s author in history. In the early 1990s, Stine was catapulted to fame when he wrote the unprecedented, bestselling Goosebumps® series, which sold more than 250 million copies and became a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. His other major series, Fear Street, has over 80 million copies sold.

Stine has received numerous awards of recognition, including several Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and Disney Adventures Kids’ Choice Awards, and he has been selected by kids as one of their favorite authors in the NEA’s Read Across America program. He lives in New York, NY.


Blog Tour – Trouble With Words by Suzie Tullett

Blog Tour – Trouble With Words by Suzie TullettTrouble With Words Published by Safkhet Publishing on October 1, 2015
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 192
Format: Mobi
Source: Publisher

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


Promises – easy to make, hard to keep.
Having long made a promise to her husband, young widow Annabel has no intentions of breaking it. What she does plan to do, though, is have a baby. Not the easiest of tasks for a woman with a deceased other half, and having explored all her options, her only choice is to take the unconventional route. Setting out to find her own donor, Annabel meets Dan. Single, fun-loving and definitely not looking for commitment, this unruly blonde, blue-eyed man seems perfect for the job.
Dan wants nothing more than to find his dream woman. But with a mother intent on sabotaging his every relationship, he can't help but think he's destined to remain single. Of course, he knows his mother doesn't really want him all for herself, why else would she keep insisting he meet Maeve? Why else would she insist Dan promise to find himself a wife before she meets her maker?
Forced to negotiate matters of love, life and death, Annabel and Dan seem the answer to each other's prayers. But will they really be able to keep the promises they made? And is having a baby really the solution?

In an Oyster Shell – It’s a cozy simple romance, that will warm your heart.

The Pearls – I really liked the premise of the story. I have read books that start with similar premises and this one played out- in a more unique way.

I really enjoyed the characters, I wasn’t expecting too. Throughout the story, they won me over.

I liked how the author weaved two different plots and interweaved them into a perfect ending.

The Sand – I felt like the story could have been much longer. I would have liked to have seen much more of Dan and Annabelle. I would have loved to the baby subplot be more expanded.

I give this 3.5 stars

3.5 Stars

About Suzie Tullett

Suzie Tullett is an author of contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. As well as The Trouble with Words, her novels include Going Underground and Little White Lies and Butterflies, which was short-listed for The Guardian’s 2013 Not the Booker Prize. She has a Masters Degree in Television & Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. And when she’s not tapping away on the computer creating her own literary masterpiece, she usually has her head in someone else’s.


ARC Review of Emerald Bound by Teresea Richards

ARC Review of Emerald Bound by Teresea RichardsEmerald Bound by Teresa Richards
Published by Evernight Teen on September 25, 2015
Genres: YA
Pages: 254
Format: Mobi
Source: Author

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


A princess, a pea, and a tower of mattresses. This is the sliver that survives of a story more nightmare than fairytale.

Maggie Rhodes, high school junior and semi-reformed stalker, learns the tale’s true roots after a spying attempt goes awry and her best friend Kate ends up as the victim of an ancient curse. At the center of the curse lies an enchanted emerald that has been residing quietly in a museum for the past fifty years. Admirers of the gem have no idea that it feeds on life. Or that it’s found its next victim in Kate.

Enter Lindy, a school acquaintance who knows more than she’s letting on, and Garon, a handsome stranger claiming he knows how to help, and Maggie is left wondering who to trust and how to save her best friend before it’s too late.

If only Maggie knew her connection to the fairy tale was rooted far deeper than an endangered best friend.

In an Oyster Shell – Intricate storyline, with eloquent word craft, makes this book a must-read and is an outstanding debut novel.

The Pearls – This book totally hit me out of left-field. I am always down for a fairytale retelling, but this just blew my mind. People I am telling you mind blown. The way it starts out, I was thinking oh great, a story about silly teenagers, then it just develops into this mind-boggling labyrinth of a story.

The plotline was very unpredictable, you never knew what was going to happen. It kept driving you to turn page after page! There were so many subplots woven into the main plot it was just a work of art.

I liked the cast of characters. They were developed, and also unpredictable as was the story.

The Sand – I felt like I was just thrown into the story, it was like teenagers goofing off to all of a sudden a horrifying reality. The beginning felt off in relevance to the rest of the story. I did not understand the princess and the pea correlation, doesn’t mean it wasn’t there.

5 Pearls! This book was just stunning.

5 Stars

About Teresa Richards

Teresa Richards has published short stories in The WiFiles and Bewildering Stories, and has two stories in Z Tales: Stories from the Zombieverse by the Fairfield Scribes. When she’s not writing she’s usually chasing after one of her five kids, but sometimes manages to sneak away to eat the last of whatever treat happens to be in the house. Emerald Bound is her debut novel.