The Sunday Post – October 8, 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.

 
It’s been a very busy week. I’ve been reading, editing, and blogging. I’ve also been running the kids around like crazy this week. I’m glad they have Monday off. It will be nice to have a day where we don’t have to go anywhere. I had a bunch of book mail this week for the Fall Reading Challenge and the Magic of Memoirs blog tour, both hosted by BookSparks! I can’t wait to share these books with you. I also won Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking via a Goodreads giveaway! I can’t wait to read it. I loved the Trylle trilogy, and I can’t wait to revisit that world. How was your week?
 
Last week at EFC:

This week at EFC:

  • Sunday: You’re reading it — The Sunday Post!!
  • Sunday: A DNF of The People We Hate at the Wedding. Has anyone read this one?
  • Monday: Either a review or a feature will be posted.
  • Tuesday: Link up those Facebook pages for Boost It Tuesday!!
  • Wednesday:  My Favorite . . . Thing About Fall.
  • Wednesday: It’s my 6th Blogoversary! I can’t believe it!!
  • Thursday: Either a review or a feature will be posted.
  • Friday: The Book Blogger Hop
  • Saturday: I will be reviewing In a Blink by Kiki Thorpe.

 

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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DNF: The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder

The People We Hate at the Wedding
written by Grant Ginder
published by Flatiron Books, 2017

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

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

Where I stopped reading: I stopped reading about a hundred pages in, and I skimmed other parts to see if I should keep reading.

Why I stopped reading? I just couldn’t get into this book, and I really wanted to. I mean, look at that cover! Check out the title! It just screams, “Read me!” But . . . none of the characters were likeable. None of them. They weren’t nice, they had no redeeming qualities, they were all selfish, and they were all pretty vulgar. I’m not a prude or anything, and I can swear with the best of them, but this was just too much. Some parts had too much graphic detail that really wasn’t necessary and just turned me off completely. I think The People We Hate at the Wedding had so much potential, but it really fell short for me.

 

Chrissy

 

What others have rated this book: According to Goodreads, the average rating for The People We Hate at the Wedding is 3.04 stars. It looks like a majority of readers gave this book 3 stars. There were a mixture of star reviews on Amazon. At Barnes & Noble, the majority of the reviews were 4 stars. Just because I didn’t finish this book doesn’t mean you won’t.

About the book – from Goodreads:

Relationships are awful. They’ll kill you, right up to the point where they start saving your life.

Paul and Alice’s half-sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at “it” restaurants and a reception at a country estate complete with tea lights and embroidered cloth napkins.
They couldn’t hate it more.

The People We Hate at the Wedding is the story of a less than perfect family. Donna, the clan’s mother, is now a widow living in the Chicago suburbs with a penchant for the occasional joint and more than one glass of wine with her best friend while watching House Hunters International. Alice is in her thirties, single, smart, beautiful, stuck in a dead-end job where she is mired in a rather predictable, though enjoyable, affair with her married boss. Her brother Paul lives in Philadelphia with his older, handsomer, tenured track professor boyfriend who’s recently been saying things like “monogamy is an oppressive heteronormative construct,” while eyeing undergrads. And then there’s Eloise. Perfect, gorgeous, cultured Eloise. The product of Donna’s first marriage to a dashing Frenchman, Eloise has spent her school years at the best private boarding schools, her winter holidays in St. John and a post-college life cushioned by a fat, endless trust fund. To top it off, she’s infuriatingly kind and decent.

As this estranged clan gathers together, and Eloise’s walk down the aisle approaches, Grant Ginder brings to vivid, hilarious life the power of family, and the complicated ways we hate the ones we love the most in the most bitingly funny, slyly witty and surprisingly tender novel you’ll read this year.
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Book Blogger Hop – Halloween Edition – October 6 – 12, 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: 

Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Marry Shelley’s Frankenstein are both considered classics. Have you ever read either of them? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

 

I have not. I’m not big into horror novels. However, I feel like I should read these . . . maybe someday, but probably not.

 

Embarrassingly, no. Looks like I have some work to do.

 

Have you read either of these classics?

 

My Favorite . . . Book Mom — October 4, 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 Mom

 

I had to sound like a broken record, but Molly Weasley from Harry Potter is an awesome book mom.

 

Mrs. Weasley from the Harry Potter books

 

Who is your favorite book mom?

 

EFC Promotions Blog Tour Sign-Up: Back to December by Heather McCoubrey


Back to December

 

Back 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

 

To sign up for Ms. McCoubrey’s blog tour, click the image below!

 

 

Boost It Tuesday! – October 3, 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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The Sunday Post – October 1, 2107

 

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.

 
Well, it is officially October! The fall weather is definitely here, and I’m loving it. I’m hosting my neighborhood book club tonight. I’ve been baking apple cake and sourdough crackers for the snacks. I can’t wait to chat about the book, Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty, and catch up tonight. Have you read it?
 
Last week at EFC:

 
This week at EFC:

  • Sunday: You’re reading it — The Sunday Post!!
  • Monday: A review will be up!
  • Tuesday: Link up those Facebook pages for Boost It Tuesday!!
  • Wednesday: My Favorite . . . Book Mom.
  • 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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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?