Archives for May 2017

My Favorite . . . Part About Blogging — May 31, 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: Part About Blogging

 

I love so many things about blogging, but my favorite part is reading books by authors I may not have heard of if it hadn’t been for blogging.

 

 

I can do it in my pj’s.

 

 

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Armchair Book Expo 2017: Day 1 – Introductions

 

Welcome to Armchair Book Expo!

This is the eighth annual Armchair Book Expo, and this is EFC’s fourth year participating! We are so excited to take part again this year!

 

Day 1

Introductions

 For our 2017 event, Armchair BookExpo has decided to change things up and not actually include questions.  Instead, they gave us a list of prompts and asked us to complete a few sentences!

  1. I am . . . a freelance editor, a book blogger, a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom of three.
  2. Currently . . . the weather is beautiful and we have all the windows open in the house.
  3. I love . . . my husband, my kids, and my job!
  4. My favorite . . . food is spaghetti and meatballs. It has been my favorite since I was at least 4 years old.
  5. My least favorite . . . chores are folding laundry, cleaning bathrooms, and dusting.
  6. My current reads . . . P.S. I Like You by Kasie West, Goodnight from London by Jennifer Robson, and Whatever After by E.M. Tippetts.
  7. My summer plans . . . include reading lots of books, working a lot, hanging with my husband and kids, taking the kids to the park, reading with the kids, going to Barnes & Noble with my kids.
  8. My buddy . . . is my husband. He’s my best friend. We actually share a home office, so we get to spend a lot of time together. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
  9. My blog/channel/social media . . . is mostly about books!
  10. The best . . . moments are when my kids hug me and tell me they love me.

 

 

  1. I am . . . a woman, a mother, a ball of emotions.
  2. Currently . . . I’ve plied my children with television (which I’m counting as educational because it’s PBS) so I can write this post.
  3. I love . . . my kids, my husband, trees, lists, mind-numbing match-3 games
  4. My favorite . . . Doctor is Peter Capaldi, hands down.
  5. My least favorite . . . activity is putting laundry away.
  6. My current read . . . Rapture of the Deep  by David Grindberg.
  7. My summer plans . . . finish unpacking from my recent move, figure out how to get rid of carpenter bees, teach my kids to clean the bathrooms.
  8. My buddy . . . is my husband. He’s weird, and awesome, and after ten years we’re still learning new things about each other. Hint: we’ve both been buying hummus because we thought the other liked it. For TEN YEARS. We both hate hummus.
  9. My blog/channel/social media . . . updates usually involve funny things my kids say or do. It helps remind me not to defenestrate them. =)
  10. The best . . . recent moment: my family, all piled on the couch, snuggling under a thousand blankets and giggling. Just because.

 

 

 What about you? How would you answer any of those prompts?

If you want to check out the other participating blogs, here is the link to the Introductions and Best Practices link-up.

 

Boost It Tuesday! – May 30, 2017

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 Books.

 

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.

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




 

       
 

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Summer Reading Challenge 2017: In This Moment by Karma Brown (Chrissy’s review)

 

In This Moment
written by Karma Brown
published by Park Row Books, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Book Depository, Goodreads

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

Did I enjoy this book?
 I really did enjoy this read! I didn’t want to put it down. I read In This Moment every free chance I had.

This is the first book by Karma Brown that I have read, and I can’t wait to read more. In fact, I have an earlier release (The Choices We Make) sitting on my shelf, waiting for me.

In This Moment takes you on an emotional ride and reminds us that one decision can impact so many. You can’t help but feel for Meg, Audrey, Ryan, Andrew, Jack, Sam, Emma, Alysse . . . everyone. There were moments I didn’t like some characters, but I could sympathize with them. There were times I just wanted to cry for the characters. It isn’t a happy, feel good story, but it is a page turner.

 

Would I recommend it? Yes, I would recommend it. This would be a great book club selection.

 

Chrissy

About the book – from Goodreads: 
Bestselling author Karma Brown is back with a morally infused and emotionally riveting exploration of one woman’s guilt over an unexpected—yet avoidable—tragedy.

Meg Pepper has a fulfilling career and a happy family. Most days she’s able to keep it all together and glide through life. But then, in one unalterable moment, everything changes.

After school pickup one day, she stops her car to wave a teenage boy across the street…just as another car comes hurtling down the road and slams into him.

Meg can’t help but blame herself for her role in this horrific disaster. Full of remorse, she throws herself into helping the boy’s family as he rehabs from his injuries. But the more Meg tries to absolve herself, the more she alienates her own family—and the more she finds herself being drawn to the boy’s father, Andrew.

Soon Meg’s picture-perfect life is unravelling before her eyes. As the painful secrets she’s been burying bubble dangerously close to the surface, she will have to decide: Can she forgive herself, or will she risk losing everything she holds dear to her heart?

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Plan Cee by Hilary Grossman

Plan Cee
written by Hilary Grossman
published by Hilary Grossman, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks (audio), Book Depository, Goodreads

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

Did I enjoy this book:
I did enjoy this book.

Plan Cee is the sequel to Plan Bea, a book that I absolutely loved! (You can read my review here.) Plan Cee picks up from the cliffhanger I mentioned in my review of Plan Bea. (No, you don’t have to read Plan Bea first, but I would recommend doing so.) Cecelia runs into “the one that got away” at a wedding, which turns Cecelia’s life upside down. She can’t stop thinking about Keith and the what-ifs that plagued her twenty years ago. But now she is married to a wonderful man and has twin toddlers. The story takes us along Cecelia’s decisions about whether or not to leave the past in the past or rekindle the love she felt for the man who didn’t reciprocate in the same way. And along the way, she needs to reconcile a few other issues from her past that may have impacted the way she has lived her life.

While I had a hard time getting behind some of the decisions that were made in this book, the story kept me turning pages. I’m really interested in whether or not there will be another book in this series.

Would I recommend it: I would, but definitely read Plan Bea first.

 

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Would you abandon your present for a second chance at your past?

Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn’t easy, but eventually she did it, or so she thought…

As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend’s wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it’s been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the happy couple. But can she believe him?

We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?

As secrets and lies cause Cecelia’s world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?

While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.

 

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Save the Date by Aven Ellis

Save the Date (Chicago on Ice #3)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soulmate Publishing, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Amazon, Goodreads

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

Did I enjoy this book? 
Of course I did! It’s an Aven Ellis book! Seriously, this author has yet to disappoint me.

Save the Date is another fun, sweet, romantic hockey romance. Collins Brady is an event planner who dreams of working with horses and riders. Luca Ballerini is the new Chicago Buffaloes goalie who has a work ethic many rookies do not possess. When they find each other, Collins and Luca are a great match. From the beginning, their chemistry was evident. Of course, there were some ups and downs, but their story will make you swoon.

Would I recommend it? Absolutely!

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Chicago event planner Collins Brady knows how to make the magic happen for her clients. From elaborate weddings to cute baby showers, Collins knows what to do to make an experience breathtakingly perfect. In her mind, she adds the sparkle that makes everything shine.

If only she had that same sparkle in her personal life.

While she’s good at her job, her true career dreams lie elsewhere. If she could do anything, it would be to become an equestrian riding instructor. That dream, however, is shelved due to practicality. And that’s not the only thing Collins has shelved. After ending a relationship with her college sweetheart, Collins has taken her heart out of the game, too. She wonders if that magical kind of love can exist. But maybe it’s only a fantasy.

Or is it? All of that changes the night she meets Luca Ballerini, the rookie goalie for the Chicago Buffaloes. Passionate and fiercely determined, Luca has only made time for hockey in his life—until he meets Collins. Her spark hasn’t escaped him, and now Luca wants something other than his hockey career.

But following their dreams and hearts isn’t always easy. Can Collins and Luca find a way to live their dreams with each other?

Will love get past them? Or will this goalie make a perfect save of Collins’ heart?

 

 

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Book Blogger Hop – May 26 – June 1, 2017

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week’s question:

What is the most fun part/aspect of being a book blogger? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

 

I love discovering books and authors I may never have found if it hadn’t been for blogging. I love that I’ve met people (readers, bloggers, authors, all of you!) from around the world because of blogging.

 

Two things. 1: I absolutely LOVE my job, and I can do it from anywhere in the world (which, for me, mostly means in my living room in pj pants). 2: I adore ARC books, pre-publication review requests, and those awesome e-mails from the big publishing houses asking me to review their new releases. Also, I mean, one of my work tasks is to answer questions like this about myself. I’m a pseudo-celebrity! LOL . . . I guess that’s three things . . .

 

Summer Reading Challenge 2017: It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell (Chrissy’s review)

 

It’s Always the Husband
written by Michele Campbell
published by St. Martin’s Press, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Target, WalmartBook Depository, Goodreads

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

Did I enjoy this book: 
It was a decent read.

(I’m not going to go into great detail in this review. If I do, I will likely give away parts of the story and possibly the outcome. I don’t want to do that. So, this review will be a bit vague.)

It’s Always the Husband kept me guessing from beginning to end. I didn’t particularly care for any of the characters. I really didn’t. But the story kept me reading. I had to know the ending. I had to. I wasn’t expecting the story to unfold the way it did.

 

 

Would I recommend it: Yes, if someone asked me about it first.

 

Chrissy

About the book – from Goodreads: 
Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, even though they are as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge . . and someone else is urging her to jump.

How did things come to this?

As the novel cuts back and forth between their college years and their adult years, you see the exact reasons why these women love and hate each other—but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?

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My Favorite . . . Thing About Spring — May 24, 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 Spring

 

I love when the weather gets warmer, but not hot. I love the spring rain showers and thunderstorms. But my favorite thing about spring is the flowers. My daffodils come up first, then the tulips, and then we get some hanging baskets of colorful flowers.

 

My daffodils starting to bloom.

 

One of many bunches of tulips in our front flower beds.

 

My Mother’s Day gift! I am in love with these colors!

 

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What’s your favorite thing about spring?

 

Summer Reading Challenge 2017: More May Books and A Giveaway

 

Here are the last two fabulous boxes of books for May. In This Moment by Karma Brown is up next for me!

 

 
 

Woman No. 17
written by Edun Lepucki
published by Hogarth, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Target, Walmart, Book Depository, Goodreads

About the book – from Goodreads: A sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California.

High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. She’s going to need a hand with her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In comes S., a magnetic young artist, who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s young toddler son, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage, one. S. performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady. But as the summer wears on, S.’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. Lady and S. will move closer to one another as they both threaten to harm the things they hold most dear.

Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.

 

 

Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3)
written by Kevin Kwan
published by Doubleday, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Target, Walmart, Book Depository, Goodreads

About the book – from Goodreads: Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend, is back with an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia’s greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance.

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside–but he’s not alone. It seems the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe, ostensibly to care for their matriarch but truly to stake claim on the massive fortune that Su Yi controls. With each family member secretly fantasizing about getting the keys to Tyersall Park–a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore–the place becomes a hotbed of intrigue and Nicholas finds himself blocked from entering the premises. As relatives claw over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by his ex-wife–a woman hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to billionaire Jack Bing, finds a formidable opponent in his fashionista daughter, Colette. A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a schoolyard kidnapping to a gold-leaf dancefloor spattered with blood, Kevin Kwan’s gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets and rich people problems of Asia’s most privileged families.

 

In This Moment
written by Karma Brown
published by Park Row Books, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Book Depository, Goodreads

About the book – from Goodreads: Bestselling author Karma Brown is back with a morally infused and emotionally riveting exploration of one woman’s guilt over an unexpected—yet avoidable—tragedy.

Meg Pepper has a fulfilling career and a happy family. Most days she’s able to keep it all together and glide through life. But then, in one unalterable moment, everything changes.

After school pickup one day, she stops her car to wave a teenage boy across the street…just as another car comes hurtling down the road and slams into him.

Meg can’t help but blame herself for her role in this horrific disaster. Full of remorse, she throws herself into helping the boy’s family as he rehabs from his injuries. But the more Meg tries to absolve herself, the more she alienates her own family—and the more she finds herself being drawn to the boy’s father, Andrew.

Soon Meg’s picture-perfect life is unravelling before her eyes. As the painful secrets she’s been burying bubble dangerously close to the surface, she will have to decide: Can she forgive herself, or will she risk losing everything she holds dear to her heart?

Goodnight from London
written by Jennifer Robson
published by William Morrow Paperbacks, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Target, Walmart, Book Depository, Goodreads

About the book – from Goodreads: From USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Robson—author of Moonlight Over Paris and Somewhere in France—comes a lush historical novel that tells the fascinating story of Ruby Sutton, an ambitious American journalist who moves to London in 1940 to report on the Second World War, and to start a new life an ocean away from her past.

In the summer of 1940, ambitious young American journalist Ruby Sutton gets her big break: the chance to report on the European war as a staff writer for Picture Weekly newsmagazine in London. She jumps at the chance, for it’s an opportunity not only to prove herself, but also to start fresh in a city and country that know nothing of her humble origins. But life in besieged Britain tests Ruby in ways she never imagined.

Although most of Ruby’s new colleagues welcome her, a few resent her presence, not only as an American but also as a woman. She is just beginning to find her feet, to feel at home in a country that is so familiar yet so foreign, when the bombs begin to fall.

As the nightly horror of the Blitz stretches unbroken into weeks and months, Ruby must set aside her determination to remain an objective observer. When she loses everything but her life, and must depend upon the kindness of strangers, she learns for the first time the depth and measure of true friendship—and what it is to love a man who is burdened by secrets that aren’t his to share.

Goodnight from London, inspired in part by the wartime experiences of the author’s own grandmother, is a captivating, heartfelt, and historically immersive story that readers are sure to embrace.

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