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Review: The Korean Word for Butterfly by James Zerndt

Korean Word for ButterflyThe Korean Word for Butterfly
written by James Zerndt
published by James Zerndt

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Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by Premier Virtual Author Book Tours in February 2014. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: 
Not too much.

The Korean Word for Butterfly has so much potential: the cross cultural tensions, explosive relationship issues, and an exotic setting.

The book is well organized and, although fictional, well researched.

The characters all have some interesting conflict or conflicts to resolve. Unfortunately, they end up being one dimensional and boring.

It’s all a matter of style. The story is told from various characters’ points of view. But they all sound the same. The Korean woman has the same tone, word-choice, and attitude as the American man. If the chapters weren’t labeled with the character’s names, I wouldn’t have been able to discern who was speaking.

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Would I recommend it: Not really.

Will I read it again: No.

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About the book: 
Set against the backdrop of the 2002 World Cup and rising anti-American sentiment due to a deadly accident involving two young Korean girls and a U.S. tank, The Korean Word For Butterfly is told from three alternating points-of-view:

Billie, the young wanna-be poet looking for adventure with her boyfriend who soon finds herself questioning her decision to travel so far from the comforts of American life;

Moon, the ex K-pop band manager who now works at the English school struggling to maintain his sobriety in hopes of getting his family back;

And Yun-ji , a secretary at the school whose new feelings of resentment toward Americans may lead her to do something she never would have imagined possible.

The Korean Word For Butterfly is a story about the choices we make and why we make them.

It is a story, ultimately, about the power of love and redemption.

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Blog Tour: Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin (review, excerpt, giveaway)

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Silver Linings (The Ripple Effect Romance Novella series #2)
written by Kaylee Baldwin
published by HEA Publishing

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Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: 
I did. It was a sweet, clean romance.

I liked Eden from the start. She is sweet, caring, and truly selfless. Drew is a lot like Eden, he just doesn’t realize it. He is a good guy. Jace is also a sweetheart. I felt bad for him but he really didn’t seem to care all that much. The residents at Silver Linings were wonderful. Just as you would expect the older residents to be. Their matchmaking skills are fantastic. The bathroom scene was so sweet.

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Would I recommend it: Absolutely. It was a sweet read. I’m enjoying this series. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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About the book: 
Drew Westfall wants nothing more than to forget what he had to do in the name of “smart” business. Cutting off all ties with his parents—including handing over the entire contents of his trust fund to a charity—he takes off for Bridger, Colorado where his best friend has an extra room for him. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that his business degree won’t do him much good in a town as small as Bridger, but he’s broke and has nowhere else to go.

Eden Torresi has every reason to wallow. Not only did she have to sell her house to pay for her mother’s medical expenses, but she also had to drop out of school and is in a relationship with a guy unwilling to commit. But Eden isn’t the wallowing type. Instead, she chooses to spend most of her time taking care of the seniors at Silver Linings Assisted Living. When she learns that her boyfriend’s new roommate is down on his luck, her caring nature makes her want to reach out to him and offer what help she can. But the more time they spend together, the more complicated things get, especially when the seniors of Silver Linings decide to play matchmaker.

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Eden opened the door and hopped out. “I’ll be just a second, if you want to stay out here.”

Drew could tell a non-invitation when he heard one, so he nodded. He did get out of the car—where somehow it was less cold—and stomped his feet a few times while she walked up the stairs, a firm grip on the rail. She disappeared through the door.  A few minutes later, she came out, the worry lines back on her face. Instinctively, he moved closer, but before he could say anything, her heel slipped out from under her and she slid down several stairs. He rushed over to stop her fall, catching her just before she fell down the last three steps.

“Are you okay?” Drew’s heart pounded with adrenaline.

She moaned and used the railing and his hand to pull herself up to standing. “Guess I should have scraped and salted those this morning.”

“Your landlord doesn’t do it?”

She let out a short, humorless laugh. “No.” He noticed her limping when they started toward the car and he slid his arm around her waist.

“Do you need to go get that looked at? Did you break something?”

“No. I just twisted my knee. It’ll be okay. This happens like once a week.”

Drew stopped walking and stared at her in disbelief. Once a week?

“I’m fine. Really. But we’ve got to go before it gets too late. Thank you, though.” She glanced up at him and Drew’s breath caught in his throat. The sunlight kissed her pale hair, skin, and eyes, reminding Drew once again of an angel. She was so beautiful. So kind. And so taken.

He forced himself to step back and pretended nothing weird had just happened by running a hand through hair still slick with the gel he’d put in it after his shower. He discreetly wiped gel off onto his pants. “So, Silver Linings?”

“Yes. Silver Linings.” She wouldn’t meet his eyes, and he didn’t think it was his imagination that she sounded breathless too.

KayleeAbout the author: When Kaylee Baldwin isn’t writing, she’s usually chasing after her four children, checking her email, trying to get motivated to train for that race she shouldn’t have signed up for, hanging out with her pretty awesome husband, and reading whatever good book she can find. She graduated from Arizona State with degree in English Lit. Her published books are Meg’s Melody, Six Days of Christmas (part of the All I Want collection) and Silver Linings.

Find Ms. Baldwin here: Website * Twitter * Facebook * Goodreads

 

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“Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love.”

Book 1: Home Matters by Julie N. Ford

Book 2: Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin

Book 3: Righting A Wrong by Rachael Anderson

Book 4: Lost and Found by Karey White

Book 5: Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver

Book 6: Immersed by Jennifer Griffith

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Book Blast: Fortune Cookie by Josi S. Kilpack (spotlight, giveaway)

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written by Josi S. Kilpack
published by Shadow Mountain

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About the book: Sadie Hoffmiller has always liked things to be just so. A place for everything and everything in its place. Order over chaos. And of all things Sadie should be able to control, her own wedding is at the top of the list.

With the big day just three weeks away, Sadie is busily adding the final touches to her wedding plans but the arrival of a mysterious letter from San Francisco changes everything. The only person Sadie knows in San Francisco is her older sister, Wendy, whom she hasn’t seen since their mother’s funeral nearly fifteen years ago.
Sadie has faced off against murderers and criminals in recent years, yet the possibility of reconnecting with her sister is both overwhelming and frightening. Sadie soon discovers, however, that the letter is just the beginning when Wendy’s world turns out to be a place of unanswered questions, twisted truths, and more than one person with a motive for murder.
The more Sadie digs into her sister’s past, the more she places her own future at risk.

JosiAbout the author: Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Her novel, Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense. Lemon Tart, the first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series was a finalist in 2009. Josi currently lives in Willard Utah with her husband, children and super-cute cat.

Find Ms. Kilpack here: WebsiteTwitterBlog

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Review: Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Maxwell (giveaway)

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written by Elizabeth Maxwell
published by Touchstone (Simon & Schuster)

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Why did I pick this book: The publisher gave me the opportunity to review this book. It sounded like a good read, so I accepted the offer. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: 
I really did. I read every free chance I had and read most of it in one day.

At first, I was concerned. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book. It started a bit slow for me. Then around page 70, I was hooked. I couldn’t put this book down. I had to see if Sadie got her happily ever after.

Happily Ever After was such a fun read. It was very funny. There were quite a few times that I laughed out loud. Well . . . I wanted to laugh out loud, but I was reading it during a class/seminar (I told you I couldn’t put it down) and I didn’t want to actually laugh out loud. I had to cover my mouth to keep from laughing too loudly. My shoulders were shaking. I was smiling. And believe me, Internet Law (my seminar topic) isn’t that interesting. I never would have thought that a story about an erotica author would be so funny. But it really was. I loved it.

Sadie is your average work-at-home mom. I loved that she was a size 14, that she had “needs” that she arranged to be taken care of, that she had struggles and insecurities. She was relatable–despite the whole erotic author thing. When her leading male came to life, I was completely invested in this story. I wasn’t expecting it. It was a wonderful twist on paranormal/supernatural/magical without being overly cheesy or predictable. I adored the love interest. (I’m not going to give away this information. I don’t want to ruin the story.) His confession gave me a giddy smile and had me almost squee-ing out loud during my seminar. (I know, I should have been paying attention to the class but the book was just way too entertaining.)

I want to tell you all the details, but I don’t want to spoil it. So many great moments. So many laughs. Wonderful romance. I will probably read this again in the near future.

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Would I recommend it: Absolutely. If you like chick lit, romance, a little non-vampire paranormal/magical, and a good laugh, then pick up this book.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
In this witty, sexy tale, an erotic novelist meets the fictional hero of her most recent book in real life, and must decide whether she wants to get him back between the pages—or between her sheets.At forty-six, Sadie Fuller’s life isn’t exactly romantic. A divorced, overweight, somewhat sexually frustrated mother of an eleven-year-old, she lives in the suburbs, shops the big box stores, makes small talk with her small-minded neighbors, and generally leads a quiet life. But while her daughter is at school, or when Sadie is up late at night, she writes erotic fiction under the name KT Briggs.

Then, during a routine shopping trip, Sadie runs into someone familiar…too familiar, in fact. She encounters an incredibly handsome man exactly like the one in her imagination—and her latest novel. Is Aidan Hathaway really one of her characters? And if so, what is he doing in Target? As Sadie tries to negotiate this strange new world, her eyes begin to open to romantic possibilities in places she never dreamed of looking… places where Happily Ever After might not be so far-fetched after all.

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DNF: The Cost of Love and Sanity by Jaye Cherie

The Cost of Love and SanityThe Cost of Love and Sanity
written by Jaye Cherie
published by Strebor Books

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Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by TLC Book Tours(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Where I stopped reading: Page 127 of 284, end of Chapter 19.

Why I stopped reading: I was supposed to read this book for a book tour in February. I didn’t finish it in time. I wanted to finish by the end of the tour. But here’s the thing — I didn’t care if I finished it. I didn’t care if I picked it up. There was nothing drawing me to the book. Nothing that said, “You have to see what happens next.” There wasn’t even a, “At least see how it ends,” vibe coming from it.

I don’t understand it. I should have finished it. I should have wanted to finish it. I just didn’t care. It wasn’t exciting. I didn’t really like the main character, Alex. I felt no connection to her story. It was meh. 🙁

chrissysigWhat others have rated this book: According to Goodreads, the average rating for The Cost of Love and Sanity is 3.1. It looks like a majority of readers gave this book 3 stars. There were 4 3-star reviews on Amazon. At Barnes & Noble, there is 1 5-star review. Just because I didn’t finish this book doesn’t mean you won’t. 

About the book – from Goodreads: Can one woman’s fear undo the rest of her life? Alex Carter’s struggle with love, loss, and faith requires her to face long-held dreams and the man she once left behind.

For Alex Carter, everything is going according to plan—she’s built a successful career and has a steady boyfriend—until life decides to throw a wrench in the mix. Suddenly, her company threatens to downsize and her boyfriend ends their relationship. It is then that she realizes that, like many women, she has neglected to pursue love and family—the goals closest to her heart—in favor of a career.

As a new year begins and Alex decides to focus on personal concerns, she runs into an old flame, Nathan Chestnut. Though she once had it bad for Nathan, she’s careful about trusting him again. Alex’s remedy is to ask him for an unexpected favor, which seems like the perfect resolution to her broken belief in happiness until she realizes that it can only grant her a piece of her dreams.

As her heart and reality get in the way of her request, Alex reaches a major crossroad. Will she gather her faith and fix the situation? Or will she suffer in silence for the rest of her life?

Jaye CherieAbout the author: The world of entertainment has always been a priority for Jacksonville, Florida native Jaye Cheríe. Her unwavering passion for music and movies led her to photograph, interview and write articles on entertainers and personalities.

After working on her writing skills and receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, Cheríe embraced the challenge of helping to build a new fashion/beauty magazine. It was there that she, not only played a fundamental role in its launch, but also decided to follow her instinct and return to her entertainment pursuits.

Her lifelong interest came into focus when she formally created Entertainment WireEntertainment Wire is an online media that covers news, reviews and interviews in pop and urban culture. Since 2006, Cheríe has reviewed movies and music, interviewed entertainers and kept audiences informed on celebrity news.

Jaye is currently an author with Strebor Books, Inc, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Her debut novel, The Golddigger’s Club, will be released in Mass Market December 2013. Her second novel, The Cost of Love and Sanity, will be released January 14, 2014.

Find Ms. Cherie here: Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, YouTube

 

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Review: Fadeout by Christina J. Adams

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written by Christina J. Adams
published by Christina J. Adams

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Why did I pick this book: I was asked by the author to review this book. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: 
No, not really.  It reminds me of precogs and thought police and Big Brother watching and all of that, but in an unremarkable way.  It was sort of like watching a foreign movie without subtitles; I understood what was going on in a general kind of way, but I didn’t get enough character details, so I never truly invested in the story.  It was… like looking at an airbrushed photograph.  I know it’s a person, but it’s the lines and wrinkles that make things interesting.  Without the detail, it’s just some guy holding a bag of chips.

As a rough draft (and I mean that in the “using the wrong sound-alike words” kind of way) it’s not bad, but Adams has some work to do.

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Would I recommend it: Not yet.

Will I read it again: I’d love to give it another go should Adams re-release a revised version.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Thirteen-year-old Silas fears the day when guards come and remove his memories leaving him an empty shell. He is trapped in the Cartiam, a human farm, and knows escape is not possible, but he can’t stop thinking about it. Especially when his older sister Malina is terrified her time will be coming soon. Ever since he was separated from his parents, Malina has taken care of him and now it’s Silas’ turn to protect her. He has to escape and take her with him.

But when the owner comes to visit, things go from bad to worse. Jamar, the owner’s son singles Silas out and the extra attention brings Silas under the owner’s microscope. The other kids in the Cartiam are unhappy with the way they are treated and rising emotions threaten to ruin all of Silas’ plans. Yet worst of all, Malina herself isn’t sure she wants to hang on. It is up to Silas to figure out the escape and fast. If he fails he could lose everything he loves.

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Review: Mindfront by Dave Becker

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written by Dave Becker
published by Dave Becker

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Why did I pick this book: The author asked if I could review this book. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: 
The premise was very cool – I mean, epic new brain mapping technology that can cure schizophrenia?  How cool is that?  Then people started dying.  The FBI and the CIA and some sort of South American Cartel with a penchant for cerebral board games spent way, WAY too many pages chasing the protagonist down and then letting him escape at the last moment.  I started rooting for Marty to just give up and get caught about three quarters of the way through.  It got hard to figure out what was actually happening, and though I’m certain Becker did it deliberately, I found it a bit too convoluted.  Add to that a metric ton of passive voice, some icky comma usage, and way, way, WAY too many details about the layout of Washington, DC, and you’ve got this book – an awesome story in need of some serious streamlining.

Actually, 2.75 stars.

Actually, 2.75 stars.

Would I recommend it: The science nerd in me says yes, but the grammar nerd says not yet.

Will I read it again: Mmm, no.  But I still think it’s really cool.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
After uncovering a universal code in the brain waves of all living things that could revolutionize psychology, Martin Keller wakes one morning to find himself covered in blood, surrounded by his butchered family. Convinced he’s being framed by a diabolical organization set on stealing or sabotaging his work, he dodges a multi-agency manhunt that pursues him from the seediest corners of DC to the highest offices of government. Struggling to stay alive and find his family’s killer, Marty soon finds himself lost in a maze of conspiracies and paranoia, and eventually begins to doubt his own sanity. How can he find the truth when he doesn’t know what’s real?

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Book Blast: The Grimmtastic Girls by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams (spotlight, giveaway)

Grimmtastic Girls: Cinderella Stays Late

Grimmtastic Girls #1: Cinderella Stays Late
written by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
published by Scholastic Inc.

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About the book: The authors of the hit Goddess Girls series put a fun and girly twist on another super-popular theme: fairy tales!

Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia…

A Grimmtastic girl named Cinderella is starting her first week at Grimm Academy on the wrong foot. Cinda’s totally evil stepsisters are out to make her life miserable. The Steps tease Cinda, give her terrible advice about life at the academy, and even make her look bad in front of her new friends, Red, Snow, and Rapunzel! But when Cinda overhears the Steps plotting a villainous deed that could ruin Prince Awesome’s ball, Cinda, her new friends, and a pair of magical glass slippers have to stop them–before the last stroke of midnight!

 

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Grimmtastic Girls #2: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost
written by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
published by Scholastic Inc.

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About the book: Red Riding Hood might have a terrible sense of direction, but her grimmtastic friends are always there to help!

Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia…

Red Riding Hood is thrilled to try out for the school play. Acting is her dream, and she’s great at it–too bad she has stage fright! After a grimmiserable audition, Red decides to focus on helping her friends Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel save Grimm Academy from the E.V.I.L. Society. But when Red gets lost in Neverwood forest and runs into Wolfgang, who might be part of E.V.I.L., she needs her magic basket and a grimmazingly dramatic performance to figure out what’s going on!

 

 

About the Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

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Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated more than 130 children’s books, including Little Red Writing (illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet) and Zero the Hero. She lives in NC and is online at www.joanholub.com

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Suzanne Williams is the author of nearly 50 books for children, including the award-winning picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg). She lives near Seattle, WA and is online at www.suzanne-williams.com

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Co-authors Joan and Suzanne have written the Goddess Girls, Heroes in Training, and Grimmtastic Girls series. Though they live in different states and hardly ever get to see each other, they spend lots of time together in Grimmlandia.

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Blog Tour: The Romeo Club by Rebekah L. Purdy (spotlight, guest post, giveaway)

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written by Rebekah L. Purdy
published by Swoon Romance

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About the book – from Goodreads: THE ROMEO CLUB is Hitch meets The Secret of My Success.

What happens when you agree to help your brother “de-nerdify” so he can catch the attention of the popular Chloe Anders, and to everyone’s surprise, he actually lands her?

And what if his equally geeky friends come running with girl wish lists of their own, offering money for your services?

Well, if you’re sixteen-year-old, Delyla Denson, then you start The Romeo Club. A secret club where she’ll teach these guys how talk, act, and be cool around girls. It’s a win-win situation.

She’ll get enough money for the awesome prom dress she’s had her eye on, and the guys, well, they’ll get dates and maybe learn how to do something other than beat the next level on their video games.

There are only two problems with this plan. One, her quarterback/track star boyfriend is getting jealous of how much time she’s spending away from him and decides to try and figure out what’s going on. And two, Delyla is kind of falling for her brother’s BFF, Trey who she’s been hanging out with a lot more. And who thanks to her help, has caught the attention of the beautiful, perfect, and popular, Portia Rickard. With Portia and Trey heating up, Delyla realizes that maybe the person she’s meant to be with has been in front of her all this time.

But falling for Trey means she’ll have to take drastic measures including sabotage, with a capital S.

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It’s all about the playlist

As most authors can tell you, it helps to have a great playlist when writing a new book (or editing a one). It kind of sets the mood/tone for certain scenes. You have your upbeat “fun” music for your regular or funny scenes. The love songs for those moments when your characters might be sharing a first kiss, or sizzling look with their crush. We have the sad songs for when the character(s) are going through a rough time or broken heart or someone close to them has died. And we have angsty/hardcore music to help get those fight scenes just right.

Sometimes it’s the beat of the music that pushes our scenes, other times it’s the perfect lyrics that help us get into the head of our characters. Either way music inspires and enables me to really mold a story.

For The Romeo Club, because it was such a fun, light, fluffy kind of story, I had a lot of pop music. And I have to say, that #17 on the list, was totally for C.C.’s character (LOL). So here’s my list:

  1. The Little Things by One Direction
  2. Hello-Goodbye by The Beatles
  3. Stranger by Secondhand Serenade
  4. Rumour Has It by Adele
  5. The Last Time by Gary Lightbody & Taylor Swift
  6. Hold You in My Arms by Ray Lamontagne
  7. Hung Up by Hot Chelle Rae
  8. Echo by Jason Walker
  9. My Sharona by The Knack
  10. I Should Go by Levi Kreis
  11. Between the Raindrops by Lifehouse
  12. Live While We’re Young by One Direction
  13. Kiss You by One Direction
  14. Last First Kiss by One Direction
  15. Say by One Republic
  16. The Mess I Made by Parachute
  17. Killer Queen by Queen
  18. A Drop in the Ocean by Ron Pope
  19. Your Call by Secondhand Serenade
  20. Pretend by Secondhand Serenade
  21. Goodbye by Secondhand Serenade
  22. Check Yes Juliet by We the Kings
  23. Romeo by Dolly Parton
  24. Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s

rebecca purdyAbout the author: Rebekah Purdy grew up in Michigan, where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. When not hiding at her computer and getting lost in her stories, she enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games and hanging out with her kids. She loves the unexplainable like Bigfoot, the Dogman, and the Loch Ness Monster (lots of good story material)! She admits to still having all the books she bought throughout her childhood and teen years, and she may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate…

Find Ms. Purdy here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

 

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Review: Naomi Grim by Tiffany Nicole Smith

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written by Tiffany Nicole Smith
published by Tiffany Nicole Smith

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Why did I pick this book: The author asked if I would be interested in reviewing her book. I agreed! (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: 
I’m all worked up about it!  I’m angry.  I’m interested.  I’m excited about a series wherein even at the end of Book One I’m still not sure who the Good Guys are.  I’m solidly on Naomi’s side, but I’m just as conflicted as she is about which side that ought to be.  Smith’s story is interesting and (mostly) unpredictable, and that’s rare.  Even if her writing doesn’t keep you reading, you’ll turn page after page hoping to find out that there are, in fact, Good Guys somewhere.

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Would I recommend it: Yeah, dawg.  Go for it.  It’ll be especially satisfying if you tend to see the world in smudgy gray tones.

Will I read it again: Where is book two?  Where is Book Two?  WHERE IS BOOK TWO?!?!?

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About the book: 
The assignment:

Collect lifestones from humans after they die.
Rebellious, sixteen-year-old Naomi craves a normal life, but unfortunately, she’s a Grim by birth. That’s right, she sees dead people and hoards their living essence in a stone. Not a fun occupation.
In order to be good at her job, she must live among human teenagers for weeks at a time. But Naomi soon becomes attached to the kids she’s been assigned to watch over. And knowing that these teens are gonna die under less than ideal circumstances, she has the opportunity to prevent their deaths from occurring. Only one big problem—interfering with death is the worst crime a Grim can commit. If she intervenes, she’ll put herself and her family in danger.
Naomi must make the hardest choice of her career, go against the sacred covenant or watch her new friends walk blindly to their deaths.

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