Archives for January 2017

Chrissy’s Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
written by J.K. Rowling
published by Arthur A. Levine Books, 2016

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Did I enjoy this book: 
I really did. I saw the movie first, then read the screenplay. It is exactly as the movie, so it was really nice to relive the action at home. The illustrations in the book are really neat. Some of the beasts look pretty cool. And the embellishments on each page are beautiful. The story is awesome. I love Newt and Jacob. They are my favorites. Their scene in Central Park is a classic. The story is action-packed and reminds you why you love magic. The niffler was my favorite beast in this story.

As I said, I saw the movie first and I loved it. It was clear that the screenplay was written for the movie only and not going from book to movie. I wasn’t constantly missing things or wishing parts were included. We didn’t have to learn about the wizarding world either. The difference between American witches and wizards and British witches and wizards is interesting, but not too different. Just a difference of opinion about the greatest school for witchcraft and wizardry and some of the terminology is a bit different. I’m not sure how I feel about the term “no maj” . . . I like muggle better. 😉 Truly, the movie was fabulous and the screenplay is a great addition to my Harry Potter collection. I can’t wait for the next Fantastic Beasts installment.


Would I recommend it: Yes, I absolutely would. If you’ve seen the movie, it’s a great way to relive it. And it’s a must for any Harry Potter collection.



About the book – from Goodreads: 
When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf.



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My Favorite . . . YA Novel — January 18, 2017


My Favorite . . . is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it, the world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.
Each week I will post a new My Favorite . . . post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on the weekly post, link back to that post, and visit others.
This week’s Favorite is: YA Novel
Harry Potter, of course! I also love the Twilight series, Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan, and a few others. 😉
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Heather’s Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander #1)Outlander 
written by Diana Gabaldon
published by Dell Publishing Company, 2005

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Did I enjoy this book: Yes. I’ve heard for years that I should read the series and I’m really glad I finally decided to. Book 1 – Outlander was a bit slow in the beginning and it took me about two weeks to become fully invested in the book.

​I felt that the author went a little overboard with her descriptions of the settings (how many times did we have to read about the heather?) but overall, it was more about the characters for me anyway. It was a fantasy that I think most of us will admit to having–the chance to fall back into time and live it. And Claire got to do that.


Would I recommend it: Yes. This is a series that will engage your imagination and leave you poised to purchase the next book immediately.

About the book – from Goodreads: The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.


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Melissa’s Review: Found by Emily Brett


written by Emily Brett
published by Sparkpress, 2016

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book during BookSparks’s Fall Reading Challenge.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I’m having trouble answering that question. Yes, it’s a cute love story, and yes, it was fun to spend a weekend day snuggled under the covers reading, but . . . I just don’t like Natalie. She keeps bringing up bad karma in relation to people she doesn’t like, but at the same time doesn’t seem to notice SHE is the one trash-talking those people. Doesn’t seem like good karma to me. Nor, by the way, does the whole lying to protect a co-worker’s mistake, sleeping with a guy when she doesn’t really want to, or generally being a b*tch to everyone because your mom died and you might die too. Correction. You’re going to die too. We all do. Also, we all hate cancer. Also, we’ve all lost someone close to us. Also, and possibly I’m saying this because I’m writing early on a Monday morning and I haven’t had much coffee yet and my 4-year-old is singing “ugga-mugga” on repeat in my right ear while my 1-year-old is blowing raspberries in my left ear, but come ON, Natalie. Grow up a little, yeah?

I mean, okay. I get that the point of the novel is that Natalie has some growing up to do, but like, how many times can you berate the hot doctor and still expect him to do shots with you? Maybe it’s a generational thing. Maybe, for 20-somethings, hiring a hit man to dispose of an ex-friend results in GOOD karma. I don’t know. Maybe I’m just cranky because it’s Monday.


Would I recommend it: Not to anyone over thirty.




About the book – from Goodreads: Twenty-seven-year-old ICU nurse Natalie Ulster has a desire to see the world, in case she dies young like her mother, and a need to heal, which is compensation for her own damaged heart. Armed with an independence and self-reliance that stems from her father s emotional abandonment and wanting to separate herself from a deranged nurse whose husband just died under suspicious circumstances on Natalie s watch Natalie grabs life by the globe and accepts successive assignments in Belize, Australia, and Arizona. When Natalie meets Dr. Joel Lansfield, a physician who is also familiar with grief, she finds that Joel sees her for the strong woman she is, and loves her for all she has yet to figure out but she s not sure she s ready to make room in her heart for love. Desperate to maintain her emotional distance with Joel, she continues to travel. In each country, however, she finds herself confronted with near-death accidents, from a poisoned drink to a severe food allergy to being thrown overboard in the Great Barrier Reef. Too many coincidences force her to ask herself a frightening question: Is someone trying to kill her?”

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Heather’s Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train
written by Paula Hawkins
published by Riverhead Books, 2015

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Did I enjoy this book: Surprisingly, yes. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure I would–it had a slow start and I was worried it would be a first-person tragedy. But after the second chapter, I was sufficiently hooked to see it through. And as each page was turned it was less of a chore and more of a joy and curiosity. I wanted to know what happened and I became invested in the characters and the story. I had an inkling of who the bad guy was, but I was never really sure–not until the moment of reveal–and even then I was a little surprised. I was rooting for Rachel throughout, and while the book wasn’t technically about her problems (only how her problems created doubt), I cheered her on and really cared about her.


Would I recommend it: Yes. It’s definitely worth your time to read it. Now I plan to watch the movie!


About the book – from Goodreads: EVERY DAY THE SAME

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

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Chrissy’s Review: Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux

Gold Rush
written by Jennifer Comeaux
published by Jennifer Comeaux, 2017

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I did enjoy Gold Rush. I read it every free chance I had.

I loved Ms. Comeaux’s previous series, especially the one about Sergei and Emily, so I knew I had to read about Sergei’s daughter. I love the skating in these books; it is so well written. You really get to feel how the skaters are feeling while they are on the ice. You get to experience their rushes, disappointments, and excitement. Braden was a sweetheart. I loved that he wanted to take things at her pace. I love that he was interestedin her skating and supported her. He was a good guy, always there for her. There is one part in the story (I’m going to be very vague. If you’ve read this book and want to talk about it, comment or email me.) that has a huge impact on her career, but it wasn’t addressed that much after the part occurred. I was really expecting more. Otherwise, I loved everything about it this book.


Would I recommend it: If you love books about figure skaters, yes, I would recommend it.


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.

Until she meets Braden Patrick.

He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?


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Book Blast: Friends ForNever by Melissa Baldwin (spotlight, giveaway)

friends-forneverFriends ForNever
written by Melissa Baldwin
published by Gemma Halliday Publishing, 2016

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About the book: Erin Taylor is a hard-working journalist with a serious TV addiction and lack of a social life. She’s focused on her career and determined to leave her tiny cubicle behind for a fabulous corner office! But when a new co-worker, a friendship drama, and a hot workplace crush collide, Erin finds it harder and harder to focus. Especially when that crush on the oh-so-yummy Aiden Thomas starts to materialize into what feels like a magical relationship. Erin’s life seems to finally be heading in the right direction…until suddenly friends aren’t such great friends after all, her magical relationship hits a bumpy road, and her career could be derailed by it all. Erin learns a lesson the hard way: Sometimes people aren’t who they seem to be. With her happiness on the line, can Erin rise above her disappointments and create the life she’s always dreamed of or will she be stuck being Friends ForNever?



Friends ForNever is a cleverly written book that will keep you wanting for more until the very end! I highly recommend this book!

Friends for Never is like listening to your best friend tell you about her day at work! And anyone who has worked in an office will totally relate to this book. I was absolutely sucked in. The love story was great!

It was well paced and funny!
The author is really good.

An intriguing look at the demands of family and friendship when personal goals are at risk.
A novel of back stabbing emotions.


Melissa BAuthor Melissa Baldwin

Melissa graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications; she has always had a love for writing. An avid journal keeper, she took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember . . . Or Forget. Since then, she has written and published four more novels, Wedding Haters, See You Soon Broadway, Not Quite Sheer Happiness and Friends ForNever.

Melissa resides in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and young daughter. When she isn’t writing, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy being a mother, wife, chauffeur, PTA President, and Fitness Trainer.

When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, running, fitness, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.

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My Favorite . . . Thing About Winter — January 11, 2017


My Favorite . . . is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it, the world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.


Each week I will post a new My Favorite . . . post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on the weekly post, link back to that post, and visit others.


This week’s Favorite is: Thing About Winter


Watching the snow fall and seeing it on the ground and on the trees. Watching my kids play in the snow. And curling up with a good book by a fire. I really wish we had a fireplace. Someday . . .



Snuggling under tons of blankets with my husband and kiddos.



Boost It Tuesday! – January 10, 2017

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance BooksIf These Books Could Talk, and Between My Lines.


What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.


Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

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We will be featuring one blogger or author on the Boost It Tuesday post. We hope that you will visit that blogger or author and give their page a bit of extra BIT attention!



If you would like to be featured one week, please fill out the form below.

Click Here to Sign Up to Be a Featured Booster!

Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!

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EFC Promotions Blog Tour: Faith in Every Footstep by Wesley Banks




faith-in-every-footstep-cover-640x1024Faith in Every Footstep
written by Wesley Banks
published by Chasing Pace Publishing, 2016

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: Oh my goodness, I LOVED this book.

At first I thought this was a follow-up to Hope in Every Raindrop, but it isn’t. The events in this book come before Hope. We are with Kyle and some of his dogs while they try to conquer the Yukon Quest, with King in the lead. I love Kyle and the dogs. Their relationship is far beyond what I would consider the normal “dog-owner” relationship. They are so in tune with each other, especially Kyle and King. I was expecting another great, easy read . . . slow and steady like Hope In Every Raindrop (see my review here), but oh my goodness . . . this book had my heart pounding (the storm! Oh, the storm!) and my fingers flipping pages (well, touching my Kindle screen to change the page . . . same thing). It was so good. I finished it in a few hours.


Would I recommend it: Yes!



About the book – from Goodreads: On the eve of one of mankind’s toughest races, accompanied by thirteen of America’s rarest dog breed, rookie musher Kyle Walker only has one thought in mind: win. Discovered in the lowlands of South Carolina, the Carolina grays have traveled over five thousand miles to face off in the 2003 Yukon Quest. But one dog stands above the rest—King.

When an unexpected storm strikes, Kyle Walker and the reigning champion are forced to turn back. Stranded at the checkpoint, Kyle and his dogs find solace in a young veterinarian with auburn hair and keen green eyes—Jenna Maynor.

In this storm another race is forming, one of an Inuit man racing to save his family. Presented with the choice to help, but at the risk of his and his dogs’ lives, Kyle Walker ventures into the unknown in search of a mom and two young daughters.

The Yukon Quest was founded on the premise that a dog driver and his team should be a self-sufficient unit capable of challenging varied terrain and severe weather. But these conditions may prove to be too much, even for Kyle and King.

wesley-banks-600x800About the author: Wesley Banks was born in 1983 and grew up on the west coast of Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering.  After spending over 7 years building movable bridges from Florida to Washington he decided to focus on his true passion: writing.

Wesley recently moved from Florida to Oregon to get back to the great outdoors that he loves so much. He lives with his wife Lindsey, and his two dogs Linkin and Story. Most of his time these days is spent writing, with as much rock climbing, hiking, or skiing as he can fit in.

Find Mr. Banks here: webblogFacebookTwitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, Instagram





Jan 9: EFC Kickoff Post (review, spotlight)

Jan 10: The Pages In-Between (review)

Maureen’s Books (review)

Writing Pearls (spotlight)

Jan 11: Underneath the Covers (spotlight, excerpt)

Jan 12: Books, Dreams, Life (spotlight)

Jan 13: Girl of 1,000 Wonders (review)

Jan 14: Leels Loves Books (review)

CBY (spotlight)

Jan 15: Laura’s Reading (review)

Jan 16: Romantic Escapes (review)

Jan 17: Zerina Blossom’s Books (guest post)

Jan 18: NJKinny’s World of Books and Stuff (review, spotlight, author interview)

Second Run Reviews (guest post)

Jan 19: Book Lover in Florida (spotlight)

Jan 20: Sip, Read, Love (spotlight)

Jan 21: Always a Book to Read (spotlight)

Jan 22: Books, Dreams, Life (review)

Always a Book to Read (review)



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