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!

 



 

       
 

Happy 2
 

 

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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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?

 

My Favorite . . . Gift Ever — November 8, 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: Gift Ever

 

This is a very hard question. I could say my children, who are three of the greatest gifts I could ever receive, but I could also name every one of the gifts or drawings or hugs that they have ever given me. Or I could name any gift that my husband has ever given me, or that my parents have ever given me. This one is too tough to answer. I have received many Favorite Gifts, and I cherish every one of them.

 

My kids!

 

What about you? Do you have a favorite gift ever?

 

Release Event: After Lucas by Tudor Robins (spotlight, guest post, giveaway)

Today is the Release Event of After Lucas by Tudor Robins, organized by Maureen’s Books Promotions. After Lucas is a YA novel and the second book in the Stonegate Series.



About The Book: Thanks to the talent of her pushbutton super-horse, Ava, Mavis wins every ribbon, trophy, and championship she competes for. No rider effort required, and not much skill either – Ava does it all.

So, when Mavis’s dad loses his job, and Ava must go up for sale, Mavis is swamped with … relief.She knows it’s the wrong thing to feel, but Mavis is used to feeling, thinking, and acting the wrong way. It’s why she has no friends.

Also, riding’s been really boring, for a long time.

With super-Ava sold super-fast, Mavis is ready to start enjoying her horse-free life.

Until she meets Lucas. Lucas is everything Ava’s not. Stocky, dirty, untrained, and unproven, the former trail horse has the complete opposite on Mavis as her former show mare did.

Mavis likes Lucas. She loves him, even.

Lucas has a lot to learn, but it might be Mavis who gains the most from their new, unlikely, partnership.


The Facts: 

Publication Date:
October 31st, 2017
Series:
Stonegate Series #2
Genre:
YA
Pages:
286
Formats:
eBook
Available at:

The first book in the Stonegate Series Objects In Mirror


 

The Perfect Horse

This is such a great topic for pretty much all my books and, particularly, to help launch After Lucas. In fact, by suggesting this topic, you’ve actually made me see a theme—or at least a pattern—in my books.

Essentially, girl has “perfect” horse. Girl loses perfect horse. Girl has to re-think equine perfection. Whether it’s Grace losing Sprite in Objects in Mirror, Meg losing Major in Appaloosa Summer, or Mavis losing Ava in After Lucas, my main characters often have to give up the horse that seemed perfect, and figure out how to deal with the loss.

The stories are different—Grace eventually gets to ride Sprite again, Meg can’t go back because Major has died, and Mavis . . . well, I don’t think it’s a spoiler to tell you Mavis isn’t exactly sad to lose her perfect horse.

It’s the journeys that matter, though. In leaving behind the horse they knew, maybe loved, and were comfortable with, all these characters have to face challenges. They have to grow—both in their horsemanship and as people.

By the end of my books, my characters are usually smart enough to realize the perfect horse is the one you have with you, that you get to ride and spend time with.

As to my perfect horse (because I’m afraid you’ll think I’m dodging if I don’t answer this!), while I think many horses are perfect for many people in different circumstances, I do have a major weakness for tall, skinny, off the track thoroughbreds.

I’ve fallen hard for a few horses like this—mostly big, lean, strong bays; you know the type—if they were a guy they’d be six-foot-three with dark hair and they’d be devastatingly good at sports, and every girl would like them, and they’d most definitely break your heart.

Fortunately, I’m currently lucky enough to love a towering, chestnut, OTTB named Martin’s Pride, and also fortunately, he’s just silly enough that if he was a guy he wouldn’t break your heart—he’d just make you laugh—and he also has a wonderful owner who has been generously sharing him with me for a couple of years now.

So perfect, for me right now (and hopefully, for a long time to come), is Martin. How about you? I’d love to year about your perfect horse.

 

About the Author: Tudor Robins is an Ottawa-based young adult author whose first novel, Objects in Mirror, was named a Best Book for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Tudor loves reading, writing, and horseback riding, as well as spending time on Wolfe Island with her husband and two sons. 

For more information about Tudor please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.



a Rafflecopter giveaway
 

This event was organized by Maureen’s Books Promotions.