Wednesday, January 17, 2018

#Reading Diaries #1

I've been wanting to start a weekly discussion post but I always end up intimidated by the whole idea and end up putting it on the back burner. I also wonder if anyone going to read what I have to say? Do I have anything interesting to say? I end up always being my own worst critic. I'm just going to go for it and if I end up talking to myself every post that's ok at least I'll have done them. 
I signed up for three blog posts challenges for 2018. 2 of them are full of topics and the 3rd is all about writing them. 
I may not be the best but I'm going to give it a shot. Hopefully, I'll get better as the year goes on. 
Today is a little catch up on my 52-week challenge. I'm going to smash three together 

1. Meet my best friend Anna
Normally I would say my husband is my best friend but I do have a bestfriend who is amazing even if she does live far away. I moved to California to be with my husband but it was so hard to make friends so for years it was my friends back home that I talked to but we grew apart. 

Over the years I made a few friends but none that I would say became my best friend. After starting a base bookclub I found some new friends but one stuck out we instantly hit it off and over the years she's become the best friend I've ever had. Of course, because we are military so eventually her husband was given orders moving them to Washington state. 

It's been tough I miss having my partner in crime and it's the little stuff I miss the most. I've found that keeping busy keeps me distracted and I try not to think about the fact that she's not here. I know we will always be best friends we just happen to live far away. I admit that I've been distant because it still hurts that she's gone but I'm going to work harder on our friendship. I can't imagine my life without her. I can hope that when we are old we will be close together and maybe we will end up in the same retirement community. She's someone I can always count on, who doesn't judge and always supports me. She's one of a kind and I'm blessed to have found her. This is the last time I've seen her in person this summer but won't be the last. We have a long life together. 

2. My favorite things 
This one is a fun easy one. I love books lots and lots of books. I keep buying books faster than I can read them. I have bookshelves overflowing with books. I eat sleep and breath books if you ask my husband. I also never leave the house without a book. I take on my kindle with me everywhere and even have multiple just in case. I also have the app downloaded on my tablet and my phone. I just love books. 

I love to blog it's a big part of my morning it's become my own little space all mine. I love to talk about books but now I'm branching out a little more into more parts of my life. I need to work on my commenting I find myself more a blog creeper but it's on my list to change that. 

I'm a little obsessed with coffee and food. In this picture, you can see my yummy coffee and a batch of chia seed pudding. It's become my quick yummy morning go to after a good workout. I love to bake and haven't done as much as I would have liked but I'm planning on changing that. 

I love journalling it's become one of my newer hobbies in the last few years. I've started my 2nd bullet journal it's become an intricate part of my day. I love how it gives me the flexibility to customize it just to meet my needs. 

Last but not least I think of myself as super crafty. I love to crochet, doodle, painting, create jewelry and other projects. I have a bucket list of crafty projects that I want to do this year. This project that I'm currently working on is a blanket and the yarn for a hat. 

3. Meet my Family 
My family is large as I married my husband who happens to be part of a large Italian family. Think my big fat greek wedding only Italian. Family events are always crazy loud but lots of good memories. 
I married my best friend he's my soulmate and hero. 
We've been married for just over 8 years but it feels like the time is flying by. We have a fairy tale marriage, both on our 2nd marriages but I believe it was meant to be. We have a daughter who is 8 she's growing like a weed. I have a son from my younger days. He's already 16 and soon to be 17. He can't wait to be done with school and join the military like his stepdad. 

Last but not least we have two big dogs. Khaleesi is my separation anxiety nutcase bluetick coonhound. Grimm is my stubborn husky malamute he's also my dream dog. While he acts more human or catlike she's a snuggle bug as I write this she's stretched out on the sofa next to me. 

1st discussion post how did I do? 

W... W... W... Wednesdays

W... W... W... Wednesdays
W...W...W... Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm
This post isn't being done anymore that I've seen but I like doing it but added a little twist. 

Be sure to link up to her so others can see what your reading.
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions..
1.What are you currently reading?  
2.What did you recently finish reading? 
3.What do you think you'll read next? 


1.What are you currently reading? The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (Goodreads)
2.What did you recently finish reading?  Zombiewood Confidential by Mari Mancusi(Goodreads)
3.What do you think you'll read next? Elizabeth and Clan of the Dragons by Ava Mason (Goodreads)

What Are You Reading Wednesdays

Hosted by It's A Reading Thing

How it works

Grab the book your currently reading and answer the following questions.
1. What's the name of your current read? 

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share one complete sentence. 

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

1. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (Goodreads)
2. Her ambition radiated off her. I wasn't sure if that sort of initiative would be useful to me or not, but when in doubt, I'd found friendliness was usually the best course of action. 
3. I'm half way done and loving it the book. The world is interesting they have left the lives they know in hopes of something better. 
How about you? How are you coming on your reading?

Wishlist Wednesday

Created by Pen to Paper
Each week we will share a book that has been recently added to our wishlist or has been on it for ages. A book I can't wait to add to my shelf. 
I've been working on my ebook wishlist. I have so many potential amazing books that I want to read. 

I like this weekly it's always interesting seeing what I've got on my wishlist. it also forces me to look at the list I've added lots of books to over the past week. 

This weeks book is one that I think I might just have to one click it. I love the cover and it sounds interesting. 

Vampire Princess 
by Cameron Drake 
Add to (Goodreads) Shelf 

I’m the first Vampire human hybrid. Someday I will reclaim my father's throne. Until then, I’m stuck in freaking high school. 

No one knows I survived the attack on my royal family all those years ago. I owe my life to my guardians, two ancient Vampires who would give their lives to protect me.  

I might have unspeakable powers of night, but right now? I need to pass AP calc, make a couple of friends, and try not to drink the sweet, young blood of my classmates. Being in hiding means pretending I’m a nice, normal, human teenage girl, and that’s the hardest part. I couldn’t be less interested in football games and prom dates. 

Enter Dylan. 

Dylan’s got gorgeous blue eyes, the body of an underwear model, and a laugh that turns my insides to mushy goo. He makes me want to be normal, to stick around this town for longer than a few months. 

The craziest part? Dylan means that staying hidden is the last thing I want to do. He makes me want to go to prom. Prom! 

So here I am, teenage Vampire Princess and cheerleader, pompoms and all. Trying not to drink my boyfriend like a juice box. Young love is complicated, amirate? 
What's on your Wishlist?


Title: Maniac
Author: Nina Auril
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 17, 2018

The Maniac

Things I should have watched out for: 
The redhead with her face buried in her phone. 
The pixie who made me feel more alive than the speeding blue Shelby underneath me. 
The girl more intense than the music and crowds I surround myself with. 
The cure to all the demons from my past.
The one with the boyfriend who loves her. 
But I didn’t, and now she has to watch me one more time. In a race for my life, and hers. 

The Cure 

Things I should have seen coming: 
The stupid red balloon. 
The road all my wishes led me down.
The 6ft hulk with the easy smile. 
The maniac who rages both on the track and off it. 
The one who doesn’t care that I have a boyfriend who loves me.
But I didn’t, and now I have to watch him one more time. In a race for his life, and mine.

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A new secret author duo team up under the pseudonym, Nina Auril. They bonded over their love for ‘maybe’ bad boys, offbeat and colorful females, and a desperate need to stand out from a crowd. Having spent so much time with each other, they finally decided to collaborate and create something amazing to write the kind of stories they want to read. Nina Auril can’t be categorized, and will surprise you at every turn but promise to get your lady bits tingling every time.

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Cover Reveal: Covet

Micalea Smeltzer
(Enchanted #2)
Publication date: TBA
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

On the run from the Iniquitous, Mara feels lost and helpless. Without Theo by her side she’s left bare and vulnerable, but she’s a fighter and, with blood boiling in her veins, she vows to avenge him.
The Iniquitous have already taken so much from her, and she refuses to sit back and let them take anything else. She trains harder, preparing herself physically and mentally to take them on. As her magic grows stronger, so does the voice speaking to her from beyond the grave.
She wants to believe it’s real, to give in to what feels right, but if she does, her mind might be lost forever.
Sequel to:

Author Bio:
Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.


Cover Reveal: Unbound

Kimberly Derting
(The Men of West Beach, #2)
Publication date: February 11th 2018 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Emerson Monroe McLean is a true Texan through and through. But she’s never wanted to be like the other girls she grew up with, the ones who view debutante balls and sororities as stepping-stones to landing the perfect husband.
Yet everyone underestimates Em. When they look at the leggy blonde, all they see is a serial-dater who leaves a string of broken hearts in her wake. What people don’t realize is that keeping guys at arms length is more than just about having a good time; it’s a deep-rooted defense mechanism.
Lucas Harper is California born and bred. The product of his wealthy upbringing and an overbearing mother, Lucas has always been told where to be and when to be there. But after his older brother’s death, Lucas is tired of being a puppet.
Taking a break to figure out what he wants out of life, he moves to West Beach to spend the summer surfing. It’s there that he meets Emerson McLean, the free-spirited beauty who lures him into her bed. Refusing to be tied down, she’s unlike any girl he’s every known.
Their chemistry is undeniable. There’s only one hitch: Lucas already has a fiancĂ©e. And when she lands on his doorstep, Emerson realizes that for the first time in her life, she has genuine feelings for a guy.
With her heart on the line, Emerson discovers that, win or lose, she isn’t the kind of girl to play by the rules.
Book 1 in the series:

Author Bio:
Kimberly has been in love with LOVE since the first grade, when she would make “boyfriends” hold her hand during recess . . . whether they wanted to or not. In high school, she discovered romance novels and she’s been hooked ever since!
She is the author of the award-winning THE BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE trilogy, THE TAKING trilogy, and UNDRESSED (her first book in The Men Of West Beach series). She's also co-written the soon-to-be-released picture books about a girl who loves science! Her books have been translated into 15 languages, and both THE BODY FINDER and THE PLEDGE were YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selections.
These days, she spends entirely too much time ordering stuff off the Internet, binge-watching Netflix, and holding hands with a guy who doesn’t have to be forced (her husband).



Title: Pulse
Series: The Luminous Rock Series #1
Author: K E Osborn
Genre: Rock Romance
Release Date: January 17, 2018

She makes my pulse race.
From the moment I laid eyes on her in that ridiculous giraffe onesie, I knew this girl would rock my world.
Effa’s the lead singer of the world-famous rock band, Luminous.
And I’m their new lighting tech, Kaden ‘Mercs’ Mercury.
Going on tour with an all-female rock band would be simple you’d think, but these girls aren’t an easy push-over.
All the while things back home are taking a turn for the worse, and I’m losing a battle of my own that might come back to bite me on the ass if I’m not careful. My only distraction from the ensuing chaos – a bubbly blonde lead singer, destined to brighten my life.
But with an all-male backup band, tensions are bound to run high when jealousy flares, and lines are blurred.
She sets my pulse racing, but am I enough to kickstart her heart?

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Releasing February 21, 2018

Author Bio

Australian author K E Osborn was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. With a background in graphic design and a flair for all things creative, she felt compelled to write the story brewing in her mind.

Writing gives her life purpose. It makes her feel, laugh, cry, and get completely enveloped with the characters and their story lines. She feels completely at home when writing and wouldn’t consider doing anything else.

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Title: Drunk on Love
Author: S.L. Scott
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cover Design: Michele Catalano Creative
Release Date: December 21, 2016

"Hardy is my All-time Favorite Male Character in a Romance Comedy" ~ Amy, Once Upon a Book Blog

"Boldly smart and sassy characters." ~ GR Review

From New York Times Bestselling Author, S.L. Scott, comes this downright delicious peek into the male anatomy... er, mind of Hardy Richard.

There are only two rules:

1. Don’t get too close.

2. Don’t fall in love.

Correction: Don’t ever fall in love. I don’t need the baggage of relationships. Life should be simple, easy, uncomplicated.

The problem I’m faced with is, if I really believe life should be that easy, that uncomplicated, and that simple, then why am I still thinking about a woman I met on a random Monday at the bar? A girl who was never a Gimlet, and always a Paloma. Yep, I called it all wrong last night and I’m starting to wonder if my heart will pay the price.

I might have broken rule number one, but rule number two remains firmly intact. For now. Sort of. Okay, maybe rule two hasn’t been broken, but it’s definitely been bent. 

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Author Bio
Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She's obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she's a pro.

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