Archives for September 2017

Book Blogger Hop – September 29 – October 5, 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 slept with a favorite, beloved book under your pillow, or cradled in your arms? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

 

No, not on purpose. I’ve fallen asleep while reading books, though.

 

Not unless you count falling asleep while reading, and that mostly happened with college textbooks.

 

What about you? Have you ever kept a favorite book under your pillow?

 

Chrissy’s Review: Playing Defense by Aven Ellis

Playing Defense (Dallas Demons #5)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soul Mate Publishing, LLC, 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? 
I did. I read Playing Defense every free chance I had, and as with all of Ms. Ellis’s books, I loved it. I was left with that happy, giddy feeling I always have at the end of her stories.

Playing Defense follows JP Rochat and Reese Brannon through their fast relationship. These characters are young. There were a few times I just wanted them to talk to each other instead of listening to others and not getting the whole story. But that’s the beauty of being the reader, I know what’s happening even when the characters do not. I also wanted more Real.Life.Reese. and hockey. There was quite a bit, but I just wanted more.

Their romance was sweet. I loved their competitiveness. I loved that Reese wasn’t afraid to post her non-healthy treats–Oreos! And I loved seeing what the other characters were up to, especially Harrison and Kylie!

 

Would I recommend it? Yep! I sure would.

 

Chrissy

 

About the book – from Goodreads: After a string of bad set-ups and boring dates, Reese Brannon is done with men. She’s focused on her job as a fitness model and blogger. Her life in the city is fun. She’s young. There’s no need to look for a man because she doesn’t want one. Especially when relationships usually end in heartbreak.

Jean-Pierre Rochat—known as JP— is done with women. All this Swiss hockey player has ever wanted is to fall in love, but his relationships never end with a happily ever after. Believing he’s always going to be dealt the friend card, JP is over it. If he’s going to be stuck in the friend zone, he’ll keep things casual for his new endgame.

But will one hot Dallas summer night change everything for Reese and JP?

Because when the two meet again when JP returns for hockey season, Reese finds her attraction to him hasn’t waned since their first meeting. Charming and intelligent, JP is different in all the right ways, but Reese realizes letting him in will make her vulnerable, something that terrifies her. JP never forgot Reese from their initial introduction last winter, and the sparks fly for him even more so the second time. But with Reese, his thoughts are anything but casual . . .

Can JP and Reese let their guards down to take a chance on love? Or will this simply be a game of playing defense?

 

 

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My Favorite . . . Thing About My Job — September 27, 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 My Job

 

Reading books! As an editor, my favorite thing is to help authors get their books ready to be published. I work from home, I get to read awesome books, and I work with authors from around the world. It is the best job ever!

 

My favorite thing about my job is creating characters my readers fall in love with.

 

Free books!!!

 

What do you love about your job?

 

Boost It Tuesday! – September 26, 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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Jaclyn’s Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)Hopeless
written by Colleen Hoover
published by Colleen Hoover, 2012

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

Did I enjoy this book? 
Oh my goodness. This is one of the best books I have read in quite a while! I’m not even sure how to review this book without completely gushing over it and ruining it for everyone else! There is something about Sky that draws you in from the very beginning. No matter how hard I try, I simply cannot find a single fault with Holder. You start this book and think you know where it is going–and then it changes. You’ll hate that it changes, but then you’ll love it even more. This book is, quite literally, breathtaking. I found myself holding my breath through passages, gasping with shock at others, heaving sighs–everything! The ending brought me to tears. This book gave me one of the worst book hangovers that I have EVER had! No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t pick up another book after this one–it took me DAYS to recover! I may go reread it now . . .

 

 

Would I recommend it? Absolutely! This book has some sensitive subject matter, so I would be cautious with anyone younger than high-school age (and I’m still not sure that it’s OK for teenagers, but Sky is a senior in high school). This book is phenomenally written, well thought out, well developed–everything in this book is completely perfect. I can’t say enough about this book. Go read it!

 

jaclyn

 

About the book – from Goodreads: Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

 

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The Sunday Post – September 24, 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.

 
I can’t believe we are heading into the last week of September. Is it just me or is time flying? I’m glad it is finally fall, but I wish the weather would catch up. We’ve been having 80+-degree days this week. It’s supposed to cool down later this week, and I can’t wait. How was your week?
 
Last week at EFC:

 
This week at EFC:

  • Sunday: You’re reading it — The Sunday Post!!
  • Monday: Jaclyn will be reviewing Hopeless by Colleen Hoover.
  • Tuesday: Link up those Facebook pages for Boost It Tuesday!!
  • Wednesday: My Favorite . . . Thing About My Job
  • Thursday: A review will be up.
  • Friday: The Book Blogger Hop
  • Saturday: A review will be up.

 

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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Fall Into Books $250 Giveaway 2017

 

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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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