Archives for October 2017

Magic of Memoir Blog Tour: But My Brain Had Other Ideas by Deb Brandon (spotlight, giveaway)

 

But My Brain Had Other Ideas
written by Deb Brandon
published by She Writes Press, 2017

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

About the book – from Goodreads: When Deb Brandon discovered that cavernous angiomas–tangles of malformed blood vessels in her brain–were behind the terrifying symptoms she’d been experiencing, she underwent one brain surgery. And then another. And then another. And that was just the beginning. 

The book also includes an introduction by Connie Lee, founder and president of the Angioma Alliance. Unlike other memoirs that focus on injury crisis and acute recovery, But My Brain Had Other Ideas follows Brandon’s story all the way through to long-term recovery, revealing without sugarcoating or sentimentality Brandon’s struggles–and ultimate triumph.

 

 

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My Favorite . . . Book Character You’d Like To Go Shopping With — October 25, 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: Book Character You’d Like To Go Shopping With

 

Even though I’m not much of a shopper, this is an easy one. If I were to go on a shopping spree, I would go with Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood)!

 

Hermoine Granger

 

What about you? What character would you like to go shopping with?

 

Boost It Tuesday! – October 24, 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!

 

 

This week’s featured author is Susanne Leist! Visit her Facebook page and give it an extra Boost!

 

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 Kickoff: Back to December by Heather McCoubrey

Back to DecemberBack to December
written by Heather McCoubrey
published by Heather McCoubrey

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & NobleAmazon, iBooksGoodreads

About the book – from Goodreads: Thanks to an abusive mother and an absent father, Anna Blackhurst has only known the love of two people: her Gram and her best friend, Niki.

When Anna meets Cooper Reed in a smoky club, she’s immediately drawn to his good looks but isn’t prepared to open herself up to a relationship. As time passes, Anna finds herself falling in love with Cooper and she begins to rethink her future. Maybe, despite her childhood, she can have a happy-ever-after.

But when her mother is in a terrible accident, she again sinks her claws into Anna and Anna’s world is thrown upside down. Despite Cooper’s unwavering support, Anna walks away only to regret it immediately. In order to heal, not only herself, but her broken relationship, Anna must stand up for herself and accept that the only way she’s going to be happy is if she grabs ahold of it herself.

 

heather mccoubreyAbout the author: Heather McCoubrey is a native of Maine, but having moved all over the U.S. as a child, she doesn’t sound like one. She’s been writing since middle school when a teacher taught her she could create her own stories instead of just reading them. That year she had some of her first poems published in the school magazine and from there she graduated to writing a full-length novel in high school.

Heather is the self-published author of To Love TwiceBack to December, and Emily’s Choice. She also contributed a short story for A Kind of Mad Courage: Short Stories about Mothers (S)mothers and Others anthology. All proceeds go to the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation for AI disorders.

 

Heather resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, three children, T. Rex the chihuahua, and Psycho Killer the outside cat. When she’s not being super-mom and wife, she ekes out time to write, watch football and MMA, practice her British accent, and dream of living on an island where it’s seventy-five degrees year-round.

Find Ms. McCoubrey here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

 

Oct. 23: EFC Kickoff Post

Oct. 24: Twinkle Varshney

Oct. 25: Bound 2 Escape

Oct. 27: Books, Dream, Life

Oct. 27: Deal Sharing Aunt – Interview

Oct. 27: Always a Book to Read

Oct. 28: The Book Corner Buzz – Review

Oct. 29: CBY Book Club

Oct. 30: The Book Drealms

Oct. 30: The Desert Bibliophile – Guest Post

Oct. 31: Girl With Book Lungs

Nov. 1: Carol’s Notebook – Guest Post

Nov. 2: Leels Loves Books – Review

Nov. 3: Cover 2 Cover

 

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The Sunday Post – October 22, 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.

 
Hi, Everyone! I hope you had a good week. Ours was good but busy. (No surprise there, right?) My mother-in-law and I made pepper jelly and fruit jelly this week. I love canning. The kids and I watched Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library this week. It was a cute adaption of Chris Grabenstein’s book. They loved it. My oldest wants to read the book, and my middle thought it was EPIC! I’m currently reading book 3 in the series, Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race. I’m loving it! It’s a fabulous series. Also, I received some great books this week for the Fall Reading Challenge hosted by BookSparks, and some of my subscription boxes arrived. It’s been a great book mail week! 🙂
 
How was your week? Did you get any new books?
 
Last week at EFC:

 
This week at EFC:

  • Sunday: You’re reading it — The Sunday Post!!
  • Monday: We will be kicking off the EFC Promotions Blog Tour for Heather McCoubrey’s Back to December.
  • Tuesday: Link up those Facebook pages for Boost It Tuesday!!
  • Wednesday: My Favorite . . . Book Character You’d Like to Go Shopping With
  • Thursday: TBD
  • Friday: The Book Blogger Hop
  • Saturday: I will be reviewing In a Blink by Kiki Thorpe.

 

 

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

 

 

Chrissy
 

 

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DNF: Goodnight From London by Jennifer Robson

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

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

Where I stopped reading: page 127 of 361

Why I stopped reading: I just couldn’t get into this book. It sounded like it was right up my alley–I love reading historical romance fiction books set during World War II–but this book just moved too slow for me. The premise is interesting, but it just didn’t take off. After thinking about it, however, I may give it another read at a later time.

 

Chrissy

Have you read Goodnight From London? If so, should I give it another shot?

 

What others have rated this book: According to Goodreads, the average rating for Goodnight From London is 4.02. It looks like a majority of readers gave this book 4 stars. There were a majority of 5-star reviews on Amazon. At Barnes & Noble, the majority of the reviews were 5 stars. Just because I didn’t finish this book doesn’t mean you won’t.

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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Book Blogger Hop – Halloween Edition – October 20 – 26, 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: 

Off the book topic – What is your favorite scary movie? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

 

I don’t watch scary movies.

 

I don’t like scary movies.

 

Do you have a favorite scary movie?

 

Jaclyn’s Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)
written by Sarah J. Maas
published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2016

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


Did I enjoy this book? 
I really wasn’t sure anything could top the first book in this series (A Court of Thorns and Roses). I was WRONG! This book made me question everything I thought I knew. The heroine is broken, the hero turns out to be a monster, the monster turns out to be a hero–what is happening?!?!? I loved the twist in the overall plot, I loved the plot developments throughout the book, I loved the character developments. I can’t gush about this book without ruining the first book . . . you’ll just have to take my word for it that this book is equally amazing.

 

Would I recommend it? Yes, yes, so much yes! I loved the first book. I loved this second book even more. And just wait . . . there’s a third!!!

 

jaclyn

About the book – from Goodreads: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

 

 

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My Favorite . . . Book I Wish They Made a Movie Of — October 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: Book I Wish They Made a Movie Of

 

I would have said Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein, but it has been made into a TV movie. I haven’t watched it yet, but I can’t wait to see it. I would also like to see the Wendy Darling series by Colleen Oakes made into a movie. But I would really love to see The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern as a movie. It is one of my favorite books.

 

I just finished a fantastic novel, Gilded Cage by Vic James. I know dystopian novels are trendy right now, but this one was just amazing. I’d love to see it on screen.

 

Wings of a Dove by Elaine Barbieri

 

What book do you wish they would make a movie of?

 

Boost It Tuesday! – October 17, 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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