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Fall Into Books $250 Giveaway 2017

 

Fall Into Books

$250 Giveaway

September 23rd to October 15th

The winner of this giveaway has the option of receiving a $250 Amazon Gift Card or $250 in Paypal Cash.

 

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Jaclyn’s Review: Made for Me by Kathryn R. Biel

Made for MeMade for Me
written by Kathryn R. Biel
published by Kathryn R. Biel, 2016

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 liked this book! Michele has a series of unfortunate events and decides to use them to her advantage. She auditions for a reality TV show where the contestants have to design and make clothes for a member of a (fictitious) royal family. The usual hijinks ensue. The plot is cute, I liked the characters, and it had a happy ending–what more could you ask for?

 

Would I recommend it? Absolutely! This was a fun, cute read.

 

jaclyn

 

About the book – from Goodreads: Michele’s lack of focus in life hasn’t bothered her, until the day she finds herself with mounting credit card debt, unable to afford her rent, and without a job. While her meddling family questions how she can end up in this predicament, at the age of 29, and single to boot, Michele doesn’t want to admit the truth. All she wants to do is sew.

Faced with the prospect of moving back into her parents’ house, Michele throws a Hail Mary pass and applies for a TV design contest, Made for Me. In order to win the contest, Michele will have to compete with nine other contestants to design the new wardrobe for Duchess Maryn Medrovovich, who’s about to marry Prince Stephan of the United Republic of Montabago.

While in the seclusion of the show, Michele starts to realize where her focus in life should be, and what’s truly important to her. However, a dashing competitor might just cause her to lose her focus once and for all. Can Michele keep her eye on the prize while being true to herself?

 

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Book Blogger Hop – September 22 – 28, 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:

In regards of Banned Books Week (www.bannedbooksweek.org/), what are your favourite books that has been banned or challenged? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

 

I never pay attention to what books are banned or challenged. I read what I want to read. I did check out a few resources and lists, and from those lists of books that have been banned or challenged, some of my favorites include: the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games series, Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, and so many others that have been on the list through the years. There were even some that I read in high school English that appear on some of the lists.

 

I Am Jazz by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel is a favorite of mine. We have a transgender family member, and when he came out I needed help explaining the situation to my preschooler. I Am Jazz gave us the “boy brain in a girl body/girl brain in a boy body” idea, which was just the right amount of information for my son. I didn’t expect to have to have this complicated of a conversation with my three-year-old, but I’m glad this “banned book” was around to help!

 

What about you? What are some of your favorite banned/challenged books?

 

Blog Tour: A Dangerous Year by Kes Trester (spotlight)

 

A Dangerous Year (Riley Collins #1)
written by Kes Trester
published by Curiosity Quills Press, 2017

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


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Seventeen-year-old Riley Collins has grown up in some of the world’s most dangerous cities, learning political strategies from her ambassador dad and defensive skills from his security chief. The only thing they didn’t prepare her for: life as an American teenager.

After an incident forces her to leave her Pakistani home, Riley is recruited by the State Department to attend Harrington Academy, one of the most elite boarding schools in Connecticut. The catch: she must use her tactical skills to covertly keep an eye on Hayden Frasier, the daughter of a tech billionaire whose new code-breaking spyware has the international intelligence community in an uproar.

Disturbing signs begin to appear that Riley’s assignment wasn’t the walk in the park she’d been promised. Now, Riley must fight for her life and Hayden’s, as those around her reveal themselves to be true friends or the ultimate betrayers.

 

 

 

About the author: A native of Los Angeles, Kes Trester’s first job out of college was on a film set, though the movie’s title will remain nameless because it was a really bad film. Really.

As a feature film development executive, she worked on a variety of independent films, from gritty dramas (guns and hotties) to steamy vampire love stories (fangs and hotties) to teens-in-peril genre movies (blood and hotties).

Kes produced a couple of independent films, both award-winners on the festival circuit, before segueing into television commercials. As head of production for a Hollywood-based film company, she supervised the budgeting and production of nationally broadcast commercials (celebrities, aliens, talking animals!) and award-winning music videos for artists such as Radiohead, Coldplay, and OKGO (more celebrities, aliens, and talking animals!).

In an attempt to raise kids who could actually pick their mom out of a line up, Kes turned to writing fulltime. Her contemporary novels for young adults are cinematic, fast-paced, and above all, fun. Add an understanding husband and pack of rescue dogs to the mix, and that’s also an apt description of life in the busy Trester household.

Find Ms. Trester here: web, Twitter, Goodreads

 

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My Favorite . . . Restaurant — September 20, 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: Restaurant

 

Oh, this is a tough one. I can honestly say that I do not have a favorite. I even asked my husband what my favorite is and he couldn’t pick just one.

 

Ooohhh, this one’s tough. Indian restaurants are at the top of my list. And sushi. And Jimmy John’s, because they make the absolute tastiest vegetarian sandwich in the history of sandwiches.

 

The Melting Pot – fondue yumminess

 

What is your favorite restaurant?

 

Boost It Tuesday! – September 19, 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!

Boost It Poster

 

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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Fall Reading Challenge: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (Chrissy’s review)

 

Emma in the Night
written by Wendy Walker
published by St. Martin’s Press, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links)  Barnes & NobleAmazoniBooksTargetWalmartBook Depository, Goodreads

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

Did I enjoy this book? 
I did. I read this book every free chance I had and even stayed up late to finish it.

Emma in the Night had a few twists that I didn’t quite see coming. It kept me reading from beginning to end. I can honestly say I didn’t care for most of the characters, but they kept me interested in their story. And what a story Cass had to tell when she returned from going missing three years ago.  Her story led everyone on a path to the truth. I can’t give you many details because it will ruin the book, but it was a page-turning read.

 

Would I recommend it? I would. It’s a good psychological family thriller.

 

Chrissy

About the book – from Goodreads: 
From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

What do you think of my student ID? 😉

 

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The Sunday Post – September 17, 2017

 

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

 
It’s been another busy week here. My mother-in-law and I made and canned 12 jars of apple butter. One is almost gone. I also found a new sourdough bread recipe that I really like. I’ll be making more of that this week. The kids are back in the groove of school and activities, which is nice.

I finished Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker a few nights ago. I actually stayed up late to finish it! It’s been a while since I’ve done that. I’m currently reading The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor, Playing Defense by Aven Ellis (I LOVE her books!), and a few other books. What are you reading this week?
 
Last week at EFC:

This week at EFC (at least, this is the current plan):

  • Sunday: You’re reading it — The Sunday Post!!
  • Monday: I will be reviewing Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker for the Fall Reading Challenge hosted by BookSparks. It was also a selection for the Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Tuesday: Link up those Facebook pages for Boost It Tuesday!!
  • Wednesday: My Favorite . . . Restaurant. If you want to participate, check out Maureen’s Books for meme details.
  • Thursday: I am participating in a blog tour hosted by BookSparks for Kes Trestor’s A Dangerous Year.
  • Friday: The Book Blogger Hop
  • Saturday: I’m not sure yet. We may finally see the review of In a Blink by Kiki Thorpe, or it may be another review. We’ll see how the week goes.

 

Don’t forget to check out all of our current giveaways.

 

If you are in need of editing, proofreading, or promotional services, please visit EFC Services, LLC.

 

 

Chrissy
 

 

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Beat the Back-to-School Blues Blog Tour: Bridge of the Gods by Dian Rios (Melissa’s review)

Bridge of the Gods (The Silver Mountain Series #1)Bridge of the Gods
written by Diane Rios
published by She Writes Press, 2017

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

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

Did I enjoy this book? 
So here’s what happened. I promised I’d have this book finished for the blog tour, then promptly forgot about it until two days before I was supposed to post. So obviously I’m reading like a maniac–while folding laundry, while stirring dinner . . . you get the idea. Here’s the thing: this is a book based on a world where mountains decide to fall asleep. Because the only thing less mobile than a mountain is a SLEEPING mountain. Guess what. This is not at all a fast read. It’s downright molasses-in-winter slow.

If I’d have had more time (totally my fault), I’d likely have said how I loved the sleepy, old world pace. I’d have drawn lovely parallels between nature and prose and mentioned how despite the creepy body-collecting ambulances this was a beautiful ramble through both the outdoors and the plot. As it were, though, I just kept thinking to myself, “HURRY UP ALREADY! I KNOW FROM THE BLURB YOU’RE GOING TO GET KIDNAPPED AND SOLD TO VAGABONDS. WE’RE NEARLY HALFWAY THROUGH THE BOOK AND YOU’RE STILL HOME! GET ON WITH IT!”

Though I do feel like Rios waited until the midpoint of the book to really get things started, I did enjoy it. I love Chloe and Shakespeare. I love the idea of “natural magic” instead of wands and spells. I LOVE Mrs. Goodweather (and I sort of want to steal her recipe book). I was hoping for some resolution at the end, but I suppose I’ll just have to wait for the next book to see how things play out.

 

Would I recommend it? I mean, YES, but please make sure you give yourself enough time to enjoy it . . . this is not the sort of book one ought to read on a deadline.

 

Melissa

 

About the book – from Goodreads: Twelve-year-old Chloe Ashton is an only child living in the remote wilderness of Oregon. She spends her days happily exploring the forests around her home, and is astonished to find the animals seem to know her, to follow her, and even try to speak to her. When a family tragedy results in Chloe’s abduction and sale to the vagabonds, she is taken deeper into the woods, and finds out just how much the animals know. Set at a time when technology is first touching the west, there is an evil rising in the land. The country is under attack, and all creatures, man and beast, must hide. The old legends speak of an ancient, natural magic deep within the mountains and rivers, and as Chloe struggles to survive, she finds that it still exists deep within the forests. Friendship can be found even in the darkest of places, and it doesn’t always come in human form. Bridge of the Gods is a novel for all ages about the magical power of nature, and of finding friendship in the darkest of places.

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Book Blogger Hop – September 15 – 21, 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:

Have you ever bought a more expensive edition of a book, when a cheaper edition was available, just because you preferred the cover of the more expensive one? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

 

No, I haven’t.

 

Noooo, but I do splurge for fancy journals instead of plain solid-colored ones.

 

What about you?