Saturday, November 12, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #48


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book haul meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's 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 stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-books!

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


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Sunday, November 6, 2016

A Pawn for Malice by Cynthia Roberts

I meant to have this post up earlier than today (Sorry, Cynthia!), but real life got in the way, as it's fond of doing.  However, there is still time for you to pre-order A Pawn for Malice by Cynthia Roberts for $2.99.  After today, it will return to the regular price of $4.99 (which is actually still a good deal!).  I've pre-ordered my copy, and can't wait to read it.  

You can read the first two chapters for free on Cynthia's website, and while you're there, you can also subscribe to her email list.  If you subscribe, you'll automatically be entered to win one of two (2) $25 Amazon gift cards!  




Does an ex-cop ever lose his "nose" for investigating? Freshmen Senator, Bryon Gallagher, certainly hasn't, when the love of his life, Jessica, is kidnapped by a mad man. No stone is left unturned, as he plays the role of senator by day and rogue detective by night, calling in favors and working his past snitches to the bone to find her. The only problem is, who does he focus his efforts on ... her deranged, former father-in-law who lusts after her, a crazed felon hell-bent on revenging the execution of his brother put to death under the Senator's newly passed Death Penalty Bill, or an unknown psycho, looking for his "moment of fame"? 
A Pawn for Malice is a thrilling, passionate, and suspenseful romance that entails, self-discovery, survival and a love that is so strong, it conquers the evil trappings of a criminal mind. 

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #47


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book haul meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's 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 stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-books!

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



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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Final Read-a-Thon Update



I ended up not reading anything else after my last post last night.  I played LOTRO while I watched a movie, and I planned to start a new book when the movie went off, but I felt kinda queasy, so I just went to bed.  It was already after midnight, and it felt like a migraine was on its way, so I thought it was a good idea to get some sleep.  While still a little queasy this morning, I feel much better than last night!

Though I didn't read for the entire twenty-four hours, I still feel like I accomplished more than I have in previous read-a-thons!  I wish I had kept up with all of my stats (pages read, time spent reading, etc), but I didn't think about it.  I finished three books yesterday, and I believe that's a record for me, at least during the read-a-thon.  Another first for me was listening to audiobooks during the read-a-thon!  They really helped me yesterday, so I could still "read" while doing things around the house.


Books I read yesterday:

The Secret Life of Lizzie Bennet - Kate Rorick and Bernie Su
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (audiobook) - Lewis Carroll
Classic Love Poems (audiobook) - Various (included Shakespeare, Keats, Shelley, Poe, amongst others)


I also made a couple of new bookish Twitter friends, so all in all, I think yesterday's read-a-thon was a success!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Read-a-Thon Update #3

I honestly cannot believe that it's already after 7:00!  Today has gone by so quickly, but it's been a fantastic day.  Of course, any day that's full of reading is going to be fantastic.  :)

I just finished up my third book of the day!  The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet was the perfect pick for today.  It was light and fun, and engrossing enough to keep me interested for hours.  I gave it four stars, and would highly recommend it, especially if you're a fan of the YouTube series and/or Pride & Prejudice.

I took a few breaks today, just to rest my eyes for a while.  I walked outside for a few minutes to get some fresh air, and I spent some time IMing with my mother and best friend.  And, of course, I spent some time on FB and Twitter to check everyone's progress.  I still find it fascinating that so many people participate in this read-a-thon!

I'm not sure what I'm going to read next, though I doubt I'll be able to finish another book, unless it's a short one.  Good luck to those of you endeavoring to read for the full twenty-four hours!

Read-a-Thon Update #2

I was enjoying listening to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland so much that I decided to keep listening instead of switching back over to The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet.  I just finished up Alice, and then saw on the Audible app that Richard Armitage narrates Classic Love Poems, so now I'm listening to it.  I never dreamed I'd include poetry on my read-a-thon list!

In case anyone is interested, these are the poems included:

• "How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
• "Sonnet 116" by William Shakespeare
• "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe
• "To Be One with Each Other" by George Eliot
• "Maud" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
• "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell
• "Bright Star" by John Keats
• "Love's Philosophy" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
• 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
• "Meeting at Night" by Robert Browning
• "The Dream" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
• "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe
• "I carry your heart" by e. e. cummings
• "She Walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron
• "Give All to Love" by Ralph Waldo Emerson


I'm going to continue listening to it as I fix something for lunch (time is flying today!), and then I'm going to get back to actually reading instead of listening.  :) 

I hope all of you read-a-thon participants are having a great day!  :)

Read-a-Thon Update #1

I got a bit of a late start this morning, but I never really planned to read for the entire twenty-four hours anyway.  Even though I don't have to work on the weekends, I would completely mess up my sleep schedule if I stayed up until 7:00 tomorrow morning, which would make getting up for work Monday morning even more of a struggle than usual.  :)

I also didn't create a specific TBR list for today, but I enjoyed seeing everyone share their lists in the FB group!  I plan to just browse my shelves when I need a book and see what jumps out at me.  First up, though, I'm going to finish reading my current book (one of them, anyway) - The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick.  I have no idea what will come next.  :)

I was torn a few minutes ago - I wanted to keep reading, but I also wanted to get online to post this, as well as check on everyone's progress.  The solution?  Audiobooks!  I've only recently gotten into them, and I still prefer actively reading rather than listening, but they're perfect for "reading" while I'm doing other things like cooking, cleaning, or working online.  :)  I'm currently listening to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, narrated by Scarlett Johannson.  It's been several years since I last read Alice, so I'm enjoying listening to it.

Time to browse the Read-a-Thon FB group, and then I think I'll switch back to Lizzie Bennet.  :)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #46


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book haul meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's 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 stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-books!

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


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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #45


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book haul meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's 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 stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-books!

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


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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram - News & Giveway

Exciting CINDER & ELLA news + Giveaway!


Exactly two years ago, a little book titled Cinder & Ella made its way onto Amazon. And then it exploded, making it's way to # 1 on Amazon in all of its categories and even hitting the top 20 on all of Amazon. (Way to go Cinder & Ella!)

And nearly every day of the two years since its release, author Kelly Oram has received requests for an epilogue or a short story or something--anything--that would give readers more of their beloved Brian (aka Cinder) & Ella.

It may have taken 2 years, but Kelly has finally decided to grant all of those requests, which means:


Cinder & Ella is getting a SEQUEL!!



That's right people, there's a whole second book coming! But that's not all. Not only has the book been announced, it's less than 5 months away, and today we're revealing the cover and blurb!

Along with this cover reveal the first book, Cinder & Ella, is also getting a new look. They've redesigned the cover to match the sequel.

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IS NOW THIS:

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Title: Cinder & Ella
Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields
Pages: 312
Buy Links: AMAZON & KINDLE UNLIMITED



Written by the inestimable Kelly Oram, Cinder & Ella is a contemporary Cinderella re-telling set in present day Hollywood.

4.8 out of 5 stars with over 1,500 reviews on Amazon!


Summary: What would you do if your anonymous Internet best friend turned out to be Hollywood’s hottest celebrity?


Cinder458: Your blogaversary is coming up, right?
EllaTheRealHero: Do all those Hollywood friends of yours know you use words like blogaversary?
Cinder458: Of course not. I need your address. Got you a blogaversary present.


Cinder got me a gift?
My heart flipped.
Not that I was in love with my Internet best friend or anything. That would be utterly ridiculous. The boy was cocky and stubborn and argued with everything I said just to be infuriating. He also had lots of money, dated models—which meant he had to be hot—and was a closet book nerd.
Funny, rich, hot, confident, book lover. Definitely not my type. Nope. Not at all.

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.
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Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancĂ©e—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

With a heartwarming online celebrity romance reminiscent of Jennifer E. Smith’s This Is What Happy Looks Like, bestselling young adult author Kelly Oram has struck gold with her new adult contemporary retelling of the timeless fairytale classic Cinderella.

"A story that has it all: tears, laughs, sparks and a drop-dead swoonworthy hero. Give it a while and DreamWorks will pick up this story for a movie adaption, no doubt." Anna Katmore, Author of Play With Me & Neverland

"Both funny and heart-wrenching, Cinder and Ella will give you all the feels. It’s the best twist on the Cinderella tale I have come across. I am not just a fan of Kelly Oram. I am an addict." Cassie Mae, author of Switched & How To Hook A Bookworm

"Cinder & Ella is a beautiful modern-day fairytale with a great cast of characters that made me laugh and swoon. It had me staying up late at night to read just one more chapter, and at the end, I was left with a big grin on my face." Cindi Madsen, USA Today Bestselling Author of Falling For Her Fiancé & Cinderella Screwed Me Over

If this hasn't convinced you to check this book out, you can preview the prologue and first chapter by reading along with Kelly Oram.

And now for the moment you're all really waiting for...


Are you ready...?


Okay...here it is!!!



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Title: Happily Ever After
Series: Cinder & Ella #2
Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Buy Links: Signup to Kelly Oram's NEWSLETTER to be notified upon release.

Summary: The end of one story is often the beginning of another. Hollywood heartthrob Brian Oliver and his Cinderella princess Ellamara Rodriguez have finally found love outside the digital world. But leaving their anonymity behind creates a whole new set of obstacles for the nation's new favorite sweethearts. With the stress of Brian's fame and the pressures of a new relationship weighing down on them, the It Couple quickly begins to wonder if they can hold on to their newfound joy, or if maybe happily ever after is only a fairy tale.

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KELLY_pic_2_FULL_SIZEKelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen—a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.

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