Archives for November 2017

October 2017 Subscription Boxes

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Hi, Everyone!

Here are our subscriptions from the month of October:

 

Uppercase

 

Owl Crate

 

 

Owl Crate Jr.

 

 

GeekGear – World of Wizardry

 


 

Sparkle Hustle Grow

 

 

What do you think of October’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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Book Blogger Hop – November 17 – 23, 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: 

If you had an author-only Thanksgiving party, who would you invite? (submitted by Kristin @Lukten av Trykksverte)

 

I would invite the authors I work with through EFC Services, LLC.

 

Who would you invite to your authors-only Thanksgiving party?

 

My Favorite . . . Fairytale — November 15, 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: Fairytale

 

Cinderella

The Wizard of Oz

 

Tangled (Rapunzel)

 

What is your favorite fairytale?

 
 

Gratitude Giveaway Hop 2017

 

Welcome to EFC’s stop on the Gratitude Giveaway Hop hosted by Mary at BookHounds. Thank you all for following EFC!!!

 

 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Be sure to check out the other stops on the hop!

 



 

Boost It Tuesday! – November 14, 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!

 

 

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

 



 

       
 

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Chrissy’s Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything
written by Nicola Yoon
published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2015

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

Did I enjoy this book? 
I didn’t enjoy it. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad, but it was very predictable and inconsistent.

We meet Maddy in her house, a house she has never left since she was an infant. Apparently, she has a rare disease that prevents her from ever leaving her house because she is allergic to EVERYTHING. She goes to school online, has a home nurse, and spies on her neighbors from her window. Of course, she falls for the cute boy who moves in next door and knows nothing about her. Don’t the neighbors talk?

Here’s the thing, I finished the book. It kept me reading despite knowing/guessing the ending very early in the story and despite me being angry with the adults in this book.

Anyway, I don’t want to spoil the book, so you can stop reading here.

 

However, if you want to read some of why I didn’t like the book, continue reading. There will be spoilers!

SPOILER ALERT

I figured out the ending/”twist” from almost the beginning. There were so many red flags throughout this story that told us the ending. It wasn’t hard to figure out. I get the mom was distraught and upset and wanted to protect her only child. But did no one question anything? Really? Why did Maddy never question her diagnosis? She never researched her disease? Seriously?!?!?! She has internet access. She never looked anything up? She never checked her symptoms? And the nurses never questioned anything? Especially Carla??? She had an inkling but did NOTHING to help. And Maddy never saw a doctor. I don’t care if her mother is a doctor, she should have been seeing specialists as well as general practitioners. Just, no. It was too convenient and not that surprising.

SPOILER OVER

Would I recommend it? I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it, and I wouldn’t go out of my way to tell you not to read it.

 

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

 

 

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The Sunday Post – November 12, 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.

 
This week hasn’t been too busy. I finished quite a few editing and formatting jobs. The kids had Thursday and Friday off from school. The weather turned really cold on Friday. We even had some snow! No accumulation, but it was still pretty to watch the snow fall. My husband and I went to a wine party last night, which was fun. I haven’t read for review or pleasure that much this week. I am enjoying Frostfire by Amanda Hocking and The Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr. How was your week? What are you reading?
 
Last week at EFC:

This week at EFC:

  • Sunday: You’re reading it — The Sunday Post!!
  • Monday: TBD
  • Tuesday: Link up those Facebook pages for Boost It Tuesday!!
  • Wednesday: My Favorite . . . Fairytale. If you would to know more about this meme, check out Maureen’s Books.
  • Thursday: TBD
  • Friday: The Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.
  • Saturday: Our October Subscription Boxes

 

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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Jaclyn’s Review: The First Word by Isley Robson

The First Word (The Visionaries, #1)The First Word
written by Isley Robson
published by Montlake Romance, 2017

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

Did I enjoy this book: 
I really liked this book! I thought this was sensitive subject matter since the whole story is about interacting with a child who has autism. I was concerned that the child would be portrayed in a negative or inaccurate light. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the author handled the subject matter perfectly.  The story is told from the point of view of an emotionally scarred social worker who is hired to work privately with an autistic child of a wealthy man. There is a backstory that unfolds slowly–painfully slowly. Just when I would think that I couldn’t stomach another vague reference to a past issue, the author finally started to reveal the story. The overall plot was interesting and handled well.

 

Would I recommend it: Yes, this was interesting enough that I would recommend this one. This is definitely for a more mature crowd. There were some spicy scenes, but the real motivation for my age recommendation is the general plot. So much of this book revolves around a parent’s interaction with a child–I think it would be difficult for a younger reader to understand this.

 

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About the book – from Goodreads: To stay sane, Andie Tilly must keep her mind on her work. Her job as a pediatric occupational therapist is the perfect distraction from the unspeakable tragedy she experienced as a child. But when she meets alternative-energy magnate Rhys Griffiths and his autistic toddler, Will, she quickly realizes her heart will never be the same. Especially when her name becomes Will’s first word.

After accepting a position as a live-in therapist for Will, Andie steels herself against the appeal of the disconcertingly attractive—and attracted—Rhys. But their chemistry can no longer be denied, and their heated affair seems destined for happily ever after. A destiny Andie’s terrified to embrace.

When Andie’s guilt, Rhys’s awkwardness, and the abrupt appearance of an erratic ex threaten to dismantle their delicately blooming relationship, they must decide if love is worth the challenge. Can Andie and Rhys find their way back to each other? Or will the demons of the past simply prove too strong?

 

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Book Blogger Hop – November 10 – 16, 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 your favorite part of blogging? Is there a least favorite part of blogging? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

 

There are so many things that I love about blogging, but I would have to say that my favorite part is reading books by authors who are new to me. I have found some fantastic authors because of my blog.

 

Are you a blogger? What is your favorite part? Do you have a least favorite part?

 

Spotlight: The Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr

The Boyfriend SwapThe Boyfriend Swap
written by Meredith Schorr
published by: Henery Press, 2017

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

I am currently reading this book and enjoying it! I can’t wait to see how it ends.

About the book – from Goodreads: Is Christmas really the most wonderful time of the year? New Yorkers Robyn Lane and Sidney Bellows aren’t so sure.

Robyn has always dated struggling creative types. For once, her parents would love her to bring someone with health insurance and a 401(k) to their Chrismukkah celebration. Her actor boyfriend doesn’t qualify. While across town, Sidney’s professional life already belongs to her parents. She’s an attorney at her father’s law firm and she works tirelessly to keep her love life private. If she brings her lawyer boyfriend to their annual Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have the wedding planned by New Year’s Eve.

A mutual friend playfully suggests they trade boyfriends for the holidays. The women share a laugh, but after copious amounts of wine, decide The Boyfriend Swap could be the perfect solution. This way, Robyn can show off her stable attorney boyfriend and Sidney’s high-society family will take no interest in her flakey actor beau.

It’s a brilliant plan—in theory. In practice—not so much. When Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years, and Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe, one thing is certain: The Boyfriend Swap might just change their lives forever.

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