Monday, July 24, 2017

#WeeklyMenu Week 207

Another hot week and the next couple of days are just as bad. My husband and I decided to clear a section of our back yard to make room for a tent. Lots of brush and a few tree stumps. The work wasn't hard, but apparently, the sun was beating down harder than I thought. Got me a sun burn, and a bad head ache. Spent the second half of the day in bed feeling like poo. At least the work got done, no thanks to me. My husband ended up burning out the stumps. In a day or two, we can move the tent there.

Seeker has finally been released. Wahoo! Still in the top 100 new paranormal releases on Amazon today. Number 40. That's awesome. This is all thanks to my readers and the wonderful support you have given me. Make sure you stop by and enter the Seeker release day giveaway, for a chance to win a hard copy of Hunter, e-copy of Seeker and some swag.

This weeks menu is going to be simple because I am tired, and when I put this thing together when I'm tired, I get lazy. Enjoy and leave me a comment on your favorite recipe.

Monday
- Italian Pasta Salad

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday
Tuna Sandwiches

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Weekly Confessions #1

I've decided to throw you all a curve ball and start a new post series called Weekly Confessions. This is where I will word vomit all the things that have been rolling around in my head all week. Like, the books I've read. Things that are going on in my life currently. Interesting posts I've found out in cyber space. Things like that. So here goes nothing. I hope you enjoy.


I've read a few books this week. Some for review and some for the enjoyment of reading. One of the books I reviewed was Force Ten: Doubling the Penny by Mark Shaff. I also got down and dirty with Stillhouse Lake by Rachael Caine (Creepy). A few books that I marked off my TBR pile are Steel ScarsCrown of Midnight (awesome), Lady Midnight, and Seeker. This week I'm hoping to read another Sarah J. Maas book, always an epic read.


My baby boy is turning four today. I can't believe how much he has grown over the last year and that he's my last baby. I usually have another baby by the time the last one is four. There will be no more for me. Sad. I've been blessed with three amazing boys, all with their own personalities and quirks. Happy Birthday Liam!

On Friday, the second book in my Hunter series dropped. Seeker is now available on Amazon and the Evernight Teen web page. Its doing really well on Amazon. #26 this morning in new releases. Please go and check it out and support your local authors.



Life has been a little crazy lately and my writing has suffered because of it. I did find time this week to put some words on paper. The weather has been so amazing that I sat out in the sun on lunch and worked on my new book about space aliens taking over the world. I feel like I'm about a quarter of the way done with it right now at 32K words. 


Had some awesome posts this week on the blog. Lots of reviews and wonderful books that I shared along with this weeks menu.


I came across some cool posts out there in the world of books and stuff this week. I thought I would share them with all of you. Enjoy.
That's it for this week. Let me know what you've been up to in you life, books and places you visited or want me to visit. Leave it all in the comments below. Until next week.

#BookReview | Afterlife by Marcus Sakey

Title: Afterlife
By: Marcus Sakey
Genre: Paranormal
Pages: 320
Release Date: July 18th, 2017
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Audience: Adult

Summary from Goodreads: Soon to be a major motion picture from Imagine Entertainment and producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

Between life and death lies an epic war, a relentless manhunt through two worlds… and an unforgettable love story.

The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion — a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave.

He wakes without a scratch.

The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago is dark. Cars lie abandoned. No planes cross the sky. He’s relieved to spot other people — until he sees they’re carrying machetes.

Welcome to the afterlife.

Claire McCoy stands over the body of Will Brody. As head of an FBI task force, she hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep in weeks. A terrorist has claimed eighteen lives and thrown the nation into panic.

Against this horror, something reckless and beautiful happened. She fell in love… with Will Brody.

But the line between life and death is narrower than any of us suspect — and all that matters to Will and Claire is getting back to each other.

From the author of the million-copy bestselling Brilliance Trilogy comes a mind-bending thriller that explores our most haunting and fundamental question: What if death is just the beginning?
 


Review: A unique story and twist on what happens after death. The story started off a little slow to me, but I understand that some setup was necessary to build a connection with the characters. After Will Brody dies, that's when things started to get interesting. The author has created a whole new world and rules that Will must learn. I really enjoyed this read and if you like paranormal thrillers, you will too.  


Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

#BookReview | See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Title: See What I Have Done
By: Sarah Schmidt
Genre: Historical Thriller
Pages: 336
Release Date: August 1st, 2017
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Audience: Adult

Summary from Goodreads: “Eerie and compelling, Sarah Schmidt breathes such life into the terrible, twisted tale of Lizzie Borden and her family, she makes it impossible to look away.” —Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water

In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling.
 


Review: The creepiest book I've read all year. I know the story of Lizzie Borden, but I've never heard it told like this. The story gives a lot of background into what lead up to the murders, and takes you on an emotional ride as Emma comes to the realization that her sister is the one who did it. This book was a roller coaster of emotions and thrills. Loved it.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.




Friday, July 21, 2017

SEEKER Release Day and #Giveaway

Its finally here. Seeker is available for purchase on the Evernight Teen web page and on Amazon.  

~Editor's Pick~

Six months ago, Hunter’s life turned upside-down. Seeker is dead, a tragedy that’s left Hunter empty and alone. Talon, an agency of superhumans, now looks to her for leadership. When several agents are found dead with mysterious injuries, she has no choice but to track down the killer herself or risk the lives of her teammates and friends.

Hunter finds herself in Arizona, where things turn deadly, sending her right into the hands of the one person that could take everything from her—her mother.

Forced to do Mother’s bidding, Hunter does the only thing she can ... she survives. One grueling day at a time. Will Hunter become the next victim of the killer who has taken so many of her friends’ lives? Will she become the murderous telepath Mother wants her to be? Or will she somehow find a way out of this deadly situation full of so many risks?
 


To kick off this momentous occasion, I am going to give away a copy of hunter, the ebook of Seeker and a Hunter bookmark. So check below for the giveaway. Also, don't forget to add Seeker on Goodreads.


And, if you haven't already started your journey with Hunter, pick up your copy on Amazon and the Evernight Teen web page.

Sixteen-year-old Hunter belongs to the Telepathic Alliance for the Latent or Newly manifested, otherwise known as Talon, a bounty hunter community known for their ruthless tactics. Her latest mission in San Diego was supposed to be a piece of cake, but when the job takes a treacherous and deadly turn, not even her telepathic abilities could have warned her of the dangers lurking around the corner. 

There's only one place for Hunter to go, and that's straight into the hands of the government and their Psychic Intelligence Team, but even the “normal” world isn’t safe. With each passing hour throwing her deeper into the game of life and death, Hunter must decide who to trust before this mission becomes her last.

#BookReview | The Hunt by Chloe Neill

Title: The Hunt
By: Chloe Neill
Genre: Dystopian 
Pages: 336
Release Date: September 26th, 2017
Publisher: Berkley Books
Audience: Young Adult

Summary from Goodreads: From the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels--the hunter becomes the hunted in a New Orleans devastated by a Paranormal war....

When bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered that Claire Connolly was a Sensitive and infected with magic, he should have turned her in to be locked up in the prison district known as Devil's Isle. Instead, he helped her learn to control her power and introduced her to an underground group of Paranormals and humans who know the truth about the war and those who fought it.
Now the weight of Liam's own secrets has forced him into hiding. When a government agent is killed and Claire discovers that Liam is the prime suspect, she races to find him before the government can. But she'll discover proving his innocence is no simple matter. Their enemies are drawing closer, and time is running out....
 


Review: I do love a good paranormal. I totally loved Claire. She reminded me a lot of a magic-wielding Katness, with her will to survive. I loved following her as she searched for Liam. Her story was powerful and raw, keeping me enticed through the whole book. I wish there was a little more description of the surroundings, but I'm guessing that came in the two previous books (That I'm totally going to read). Loved this book.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

#BookReview | A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge @PiqueBeyond

Title: A Skinful of Shadows
By: Frances Hardinge
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Pages: 416
Release Date: September 21st, 2017
Publisher: Macmillan
Audience: Young Adult

Summary from Goodreads: "Frances Hardinge weaves another darkly extraordinary tale in A Skinful of Shadows, her follow up to the Costa Award-winning novel The Lie Tree

'Hardinge is an unusual talent who deserves to be read by children and adults alike'
Guardian

This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . .

Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide.
Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding.

Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard.

And now there's a spirit inside her.

The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defense when she is sent to live with her father's rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret.

But as she plans her escape and heads out into a country torn apart by war, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death."
 


Review:  I am a big fan of Frances Hardinge. She always pulls you into the story right off the bat and keeps you entertained until the very end. This book was no exception.

THIS CHICK HAS A BEAR IN HER HEART!

I only received the first few chapters to review, but I am already hooked and want to know what's going to happen to Makepeace and her ghost bear.


Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

#BookReview | The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Title: The Life She Was Given
By: Ellen Marie Wiseman
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 356
Release Date: July 25th, 2017
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Audience: Adult

Summary from Goodreads: From acclaimed author Ellen Marie Wiseman comes a vivid, daring novel about the devastating power of family secrets--beginning in the poignant, lurid world of a Depression-era traveling circus and coming full circle in the transformative 1950s. 

On a summer evening in 1931, Lilly Blackwood glimpses circus lights from the grimy window of her attic bedroom. Lilly isn't allowed to explore the meadows around Blackwood Manor. She's never even ventured beyond her narrow room. Momma insists it's for Lilly's own protection, that people would be afraid if they saw her. But on this unforgettable night, Lilly is taken outside for the first time--and sold to the circus sideshow. 

More than two decades later, nineteen-year-old Julia Blackwood has inherited her parents' estate and horse farm. For Julia, home was an unhappy place full of strict rules and forbidden rooms, and she hopes that returning might erase those painful memories. Instead, she becomes immersed in a mystery involving a hidden attic room and photos of circus scenes featuring a striking young girl. 

At first, The Barlow Brothers' Circus is just another prison for Lilly. But in this rag-tag, sometimes brutal world, Lilly discovers strength, friendship, and a rare affinity for animals. Soon, thanks to elephants Pepper and JoJo and their handler, Cole, Lilly is no longer a sideshow spectacle but the circus's biggest attraction. . .until tragedy and cruelty collide. It will fall to Julia to learn the truth about Lilly's fate and her family's shocking betrayal, and find a way to make Blackwood Manor into a place of healing at last. 

Moving between Julia and Lilly's stories, Ellen Marie Wiseman portrays two extraordinary, very different women in a novel that, while tender and heartbreaking, offers moments of joy and indomitable hope.


Review: Secrets, elephants, true love, and albinos. This book is the ultimate 1930's circus read. I absolutely loved this story.

Right off the bat you know that something is a miss. The whole book takes you on a ride as Lilly Blackwood struggles to survive the life of a freak in the traveling circus. We also follow the story of Julia Blackwood as she finds out that her parents have been keeping a dark secret from her. The two stories collide at the end of the book in a heartbreaking twist you wont see coming.

I read this book in one day. It was that good. Read it. You won't be disappointed. 


Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

#BookReview | Freeze by Kairlyn Davis

Title: Freeze
By: Kaitlyn Davis
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 188
Release Date: July 11th, 2017
Publisher: 
Audience: Young Adult

Summary from Goodreads: Locked up doesn't mean locked in.

Pandora Scott is in jail...again. Everyone she once loved betrayed her...again. And some of the most powerful people in the world want her dead...yes, again. Sound familiar? But if there's one thing Pandora is good at, it's wriggling her way out of life or death situations, and this time is no different. Armed with her ability to disappear and aided by the mysterious Sam, Pandora's got a plan. Escape the most secure prison in the world. Evade the most powerful trackers on the planet. Forget every word that Jax has ever told her. And figure out how to change one teeny tiny thing--fate. Easy, right? Well...doable, at least.

Freeze is the second book in the thrilling Midnight Ice series--the brand new spinoff to Midnight Fire.




Review: Baby Groot shows you how I felt when I was contacted by the author to review her new release. I loved the first book in the series, Frost, so naturally I loved this one. The story starts up where the last book left off. Its full of action and adventure as Davis takes you on a wild ride. I love the reference to Pandora's box. I've never heard it told in this way. It was unique and AWESOME! Dance with Groot and I, and make sure to check out Freeze. 


Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.


Available from:




Google Play – http://bit.ly/GPFreeze


Smashwords – http://bit.ly/SWFreeze

If you haven't started the series, FROST (Midnight Ice Book One) is currently on

sale for $0.99 for a limited time!

Monday, July 17, 2017

#WeeklyMenu Week 206

I'm loving looking into old pictures this week and seeing how much my little monsters have grow. My youngest isn't the little guy who used to fall asleep on my chest, he's now the almost four year old who decided that talking is unacceptable and grunting is more his style.

I've started my 21 day fix workout to lose the weight I gained when I went on a new medication. So far this week, I'm down 2.5 lbs and 11.5 inches. I say that's pretty good for my first week. Only 15 pounds to go.

This week is my book release week and I'm super excited. Seeker will be coming out this Friday, the sequel to my first book, Hunter. Make sure you stop back by on the 21st for some release fun.

Enjoy this weeks menu!

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Tuna Sandwiches

Sunday, July 16, 2017

#BookReview | Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn

Title: Heroine Worship
By: Sarah Kuhn
Genre: Paranormal / Urban Fantasy
Pages: 375
Release Date: July 4th, 2017
Publisher: DAW
Audience: Young Adult

Summary from Goodreads: Once upon a time, Aveda Jupiter (aka Annie Chang) was demon-infested San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine, a beacon of hope and strength and really awesome outfits. But all that changed the day she agreed to share the spotlight with her best friend and former assistant Evie Tanaka—who’s now a badass, fire-wielding superheroine in her own right. They were supposed to be a dynamic duo, but more and more, Aveda finds herself shoved into the sidekick role. Where, it must be said, she is not at all comfortable.

It doesn’t help that Aveda’s finally being forced to deal with fallout from her diva behavior—and the fact that she’s been a less than stellar friend to Evie. Or that Scott Cameron—the man Aveda’s loved for nearly a decade—is suddenly giving her the cold shoulder after what seemed to be some promising steps toward friendship. Or that the city has been demon-free for three months in the wake of Evie and Aveda’s apocalypse-preventing battle against the evil forces of the Otherworld, leaving Aveda without the one thing she craves most in life: a mission.

All of this is causing Aveda’s burning sense of heroic purpose—the thing that’s guided her all these years—to falter.

In short, Aveda Jupiter is having an identity crisis.

When Evie gets engaged and drafts Aveda as her maid-of-honor, Aveda finally sees a chance to reclaim her sense of self and sets out on a single-minded mission to make sure Evie has the most epic wedding ever. But when a mysterious, unseen supernatural evil rises up and starts attacking brides-to-be, Aveda must summon both her superheroine and best friend mojo to take down the enemy and make sure Evie’s wedding goes off without a hitch—or see both her city and her most important friendship destroyed forever.


Review: I love me a good super hero book! Right off the bat, the characters were awesome. Even eating breakfast, they were awesome. I kind of lost interest a little bit with the whole wedding thing. I'm not a big fan of contemporary fiction and the story had that kind of vibe with a super hero twist. The book picked back up though, when the supernatural evil things start attacking. That's my kind of fun right there.

This was a fun book and I think fans of paranormal and contemporary fiction will enjoy this book.


Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

#BookReview | A Fading Sun by Stephen Leigh

Title: A Fading Sun
By: Stephen Leigh
Genre: Paranormal / Fantasy
Pages: 352
Release Date: July 4th, 2017
Publisher: Daw Books
Audience: Adult

Summary from Goodreads: In this new paranormal fantasy series, a powerful woman who can see the dead must choose whether to forge a new path for herself and her family…. 

“The problem with ghosts is that they don’t quite realize that they’re dead.”

Voada Paorach can see the dead. It is a family trait, but one that has had to remain hidden since the Mundoan Empire conquered her people’s land three generations ago. But this ghost isn’t the same as the others she has glimpsed, the lost souls she has helped to find their way to the land beyond life. This ghost demands that Voada follow a new path, one that will mean leaving behind everything and everyone she has known and loved.

Voada will come to understand the power that her people possess, but she will also learn the steep price that must be paid for such a gift.

Fast-moving and intense, A Fading Sun explores grief, sacrifice, ambition, and the forging of personality in the crucible of war.


Review: This book started off interesting. You find out that two women in this family an see ghosts. Alright, I like ghosts. They see ghosts all over the place, but the author doesn't elaborate on these ghosts and that's when I kind of lost interest in them. They were put on the back burner for me even though they were supposed to be a big part of the book.

The author had a good concept, but it read more like a historical fiction than a fantasy to me. I felt like this one fell short to me, even though I had high expectations.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.




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