Archives for October 2017

Boost It Tuesday! – October 31, 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.

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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Magic of Memoir Blog Tour: While They’re Still Here by Patricia Williams (spotlight, giveaway)

 

While They’re Still Here
written by Patricia Williams
published by She Writes Press, 2017

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

About the book – from Goodreads: After a lifetime of strained bonds with her aging parents, Patricia Williams finds herself in the unexpected position of being their caregiver and neighbor. As they all begin to navigate this murky battleground, the long-buried issues that have divided their family for decades–alcoholism, infidelity, opposing politics–rear up and demand to be addressed head-on. 

Williams answers the call of duty with trepidation at first, confronting the lines between service and servant, guardian and warden, while her parents alternately resist her help and wear her out. But by facing each new struggle with determination, grace, and courage, they ultimately emerge into a dynamic of greater transparency, mutual support, and teachable moments for all. Honest and humorous, graceful and grumbling, While They’re Still Here is a poignant story about a family that waves the white flag and begins to heal old wounds as they guide each other through the most vulnerable chapter of their lives.

 

 

 

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Magic of Memoir Blog Tour: Our Grand Finale by Laraine Denny Burrell (spotlight, giveaway)

 

Our Grand Finale
written by Laraine Denny Burrell
published by She Writes Press, 2017

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

About the book – from Goodreads: Laraine Burrell gets the call to come back to England from the United States just in time to visit briefly with her father before he passes away. Following his death, she is overcome with grief, feeling that she has squandered the time she had with her father. Instead of staying close, she chose to travel the world and seek her own goals as a young woman, always thinking there would be time later on to tell her dad all the things she wanted to tell him–how much she loved him, and how he was her hero. Now, she realizes, it’s too late.

Wanting to do something significant for her father to make up for her neglect, Burrell reflects on the fascinating life her father, a Royal Yachtsman, led–and decides that the one thing she can do for him is to tell his exceptional life story and make sure he is not forgotten. Our Grand Finale is the culmination of that effort–an exploration of both the author’s and her father’s unusual life experiences, and a reminder that “later” doesn’t always come.

 

 

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The Sunday Post – October 29, 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.

 
Seriously! Where is the time going? I can’t believe it is the end of October already. Our neighborhood already had our trick-or-treat and block party. We all had a great time. My husband and I celebrated our 12th anniversary this weekend! We went out for a fabulous dinner. Check out the view from our table! (Sorry the pictures aren’t the clearest.)

 
Last week at EFC:

 
This week at EFC:

  • Sunday: You’re reading it — The Sunday Post!!
  • Sunday: We also have another giveaway! Check out Motherhood Reimagined by Sarah Kowalski.
  • Monday: Another Magic of Memoir Blog Tour book – Our Grand Finale by Laraine Denny Burrell. Be sure to spot by and enter the giveaway!
  • Tuesday: Link up those Facebook pages for Boost It Tuesday!!
  • Tuesday: I will be featuring While They’re Still Here by Patricia Williams.
  • Wednesday: My Favorite . . . Social Media Account
  • Thursday: TBD
  • Friday: The Book Blogger Hop
  • Saturday: TBD

 

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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Magic of Memoir Blog Tour: Motherhood Reimagined by Sarah Kowalski (spotlight, giveaway)

 

Motherhood Reimagined
written by Sarah Kowalski
published by She Writes Press, 2017

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

About the book – from Goodreads: At the age of thirty-nine, Sarah Kowalski began to realize time was running out to have a baby. After grappling with what it meant to have a baby alone, she eventually realized that she’d always wanted a baby more than anything and decided to use a sperm donor–only to find out she was infertile. Thus began a year of hope and despair in which she fought the diagnosis, refusing to accept her doctor’s suggestion that she move on to donor eggs. In the months that followed, Kowalski catapulted herself into a diligent regime of herbs, Qigong, meditation, acupuncture, and more in a futile attempt to improve her egg quality. It was only after facing the dormant self-doubt and self-hatred fueled by her body’s inability to conceive that she was able to surrender her previous notions of what it meant to be a mother and embrace a path to motherhood that involved both egg and sperm donation. A story of personal triumph and unconditional love, Motherhood Reimagined reveals what’s possible when we are willing to put down the version of motherhood we expected and embrace the unconventional.

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Chrissy’s Review: In a Blink by Kiki Thorpe

In a Blink (Disney: The Never Girls #1)
written by Kiki Thorpe
published by RH/Disney, 2013

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Did I enjoy this book? 
I really did. This was a cute read for your Disney Fairies fans out there. I love the Disney Fairies movies, The Legend of the Neverbeast being my favorite.

Anyway, on to the book. We meet Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby playing in their backyard when they suddenly find themselves in Never Land. It was great to see a different side to Pixie Hollow and the fairies. I did find it funny that Tinker Bell wasn’t all that excited to be with the “Clumsies.” In the Disney Fairies movies, she seemed so curious about the humans. Maybe she got over that fascination by the time we hit these books. 😉 Anyway, the story is good. The pictures are cute. The girls go on quite an adventure. I don’t know if I will read the rest of the series myself, but I have a feeling my daughter will be reading it in a few years.

 

Would I recommend it? Sure! I think your young readers who are Tinker Bell fans would like this one.

 

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
The Disney Fairies star in a magical all-new early chapter book series for kids ages 6 to 10—The Never Girls!

The smell of salt water, a gust of seabreeze, and the bell-like ringing of a fairy’s laugh are the only hints that something magical is happening to Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby. In a blink of an eye, the four friends are whisked out of their ordinary lives to the most wonderful place of all—Never Land, home to fairies, mermaids . . . and now four lost girls. The girls don’t want to leave right away, but Queen Clarion and Tinker Bell have figured out a way for them to get home. Will Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby’s fantastic adventure end before it’s barely begun?

 

 

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Magic of Memoir Blog Tour: Lost in the Reflecting Pool by Diane Pomerantz (spotlight, giveaway)

 

Lost in the Reflecting Pool
written by Diane Pomerantz
published by She Writes Press, 2017

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

About the book – from Goodreads: When Diane, a psychologist, falls in love with Charles, a charming and brilliant psychiatrist, there is laughter and flowers–and also darkness. After moving through infertility treatments and the trials of the adoption process as a united front, the couple is ultimately successful in creating a family. As time goes on, however, Charles becomes increasingly critical and controlling, and Diane begins to feel barraged and battered. When she is diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, Charles is initially there for her, but his attentiveness quickly vanishes and is replaced by withdrawal, anger, and unfathomable sadism. What Diane previously thought were just Charles’ controlling ways are replaced by clear pathologic narcissism and emotional abuse that turns venomous at the very hour of her greatest need. A memoir and a psychological love story that is at times tender and at times horrifying, Lost in the Reflecting Pool is a chronicle of one woman’s struggle to survive within–and ultimately break free of–a relationship with a man incapable of caring about anyone beyond himself.

 

 

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Book Blogger Hop – Halloween Edition – October 27 – November 2, 2017

Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition!

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: 

Candy Corn, a chocolate bar, or Popcorn. Which of these snacks are your favorite to eat while reading? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

 

If I snack while eating, I would pick popcorn. I love popcorn. I’m not a fan of Candy Corn.

 

Which of these snacks are your favorite?

 

Magic of Memoir Blog Tour: You Can’t Buy Love Like That by Carol E. Anderson (spotlight, giveaway)

 

You Can’t Buy Love Like That
written by Carol E. Anderson
published by She Writes Press, 2017

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

About the book – from Goodreads: Carol Anderson grows up in a fundamentalist Christian home in the ’60s, a time when being gay was in opposition to all social and religious mores and against the law in most states. Fearing the rejection of her parents, she hides the truth about her love orientation, creating emotional distance from them for years, as she desperately struggles to harness her powerful attractions to women while pursuing false efforts to be with men.

The watershed point in Carol’s journey comes when she returns to graduate school and discovers the feminist movement, which emboldens her sense of personal power and the freedom to love whom she chooses. But this sense of self-possession comes too late for honesty with her father. His unexpected death before she can tell him the truth brings the full cost of Carol’s secret crashing in–compelling her to come out to her mother before it is too late. Candid and poignant, You Can’t Buy Love Like Thatreveals the complex invisible dynamics that arise for gay people who are forced to hide their true selves in order to survive–and celebrates the hard-won rewards of finding one’s courageous heart and achieving self-acceptance and self-love.

 

 

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August 2017 Subscription Boxes

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Hi, Everyone!

Here are our subscriptions from the month of August 2017:

 

Owl Crate

Owl Crate Jr. –The Golden Aspen crystal tree was pretty neat. The kids enjoyed seeing the crystals grow. They also loved the story cubes. They spent hours creating stories.

 

Owl Crate

 

GeekGear – World of Wizardry


 

Sparkle Hustle Grow

 

 

 

What do you think of August’s boxes?

Do you subscribe to any boxes? If so, which ones? I did include my referral links, so if you’re interested, please feel free to use them! I know I would appreciate it.

 

Chrissy

 

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