My Favorite . . . Romantic Moment — February 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: Romantic Moment
I think my favorite romantic moment is when my husband brings me coffee in the morning. Almost every morning, while I’m getting ready for the day, he brings me a cup of coffee just the way I like it. That to me is so sweet and very romantic. Oh! One more romantic moment: he’s making me custom bookshelves!
After my husband proposed (and I forgot to say ‘yes’), he told me we were going out to dinner to celebrate. He’d reserved a table on the second floor of our favorite restaurant, and when I got to the top of the stairs, I saw a giant table and all of my (soon-to-be) family members waiting to welcome me into the family. I still hadn’t actually said “yes,” but Husband and I are going on nine years of marriage and that moment still makes me all melty inside.

 

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My Favorite . . . Book Cover — February 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: Book Cover

 

It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I love the cover for my current read, The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser.

 

 

 
 
 

My mom re-made a dust jacket for An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott out of an old greeting card. I’m sorry to say I love that cover more than the actual book (sorry, Ms. Alcott!).

 

 
 
 

My Favorite . . . Childhood Memory — February 1, 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: Childhood Memory

 

So many to choose from . . . one of my favorites is sledding. We had a huge hill a few blocks away, and my dad always took me sledding in the evenings. Afterward, we would come home and have hot chocolate.

 

 
 

We lived in Indiana, which is FLAT, so you could see thunderstorms coming from miles away. We used to know exactly how much longer we could play outside before it started raining.

 

 
 

EFC’s Top Picks of 2016

It is the end of another year and we read some wonderful books. Each of us chose our top books that we read this year.

And here they are . . .

 

Chrissy

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Seas by Colleen Oakes

Trivial Pursuits by Aven Ellis

Novelista Girl by Meredith Schorr

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

 

Melissa

 In the Heart of Texas by Ginger McKnight-Chavers

Rarity From the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

Garbage Bag Suitcase by Shenandoah Chefalo

Lost & Found by Brooke Davis

 

Gina

The Lake House by Kate Morton

It’s What I Do: A Photographer’a life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

 

Heather

Dying for Rome: Lucretia’s Tale by Elisabeth Storrs

The Family Plot by Brea Brown

Twin Piques by Tracie Banister

Out of My League by Brea Brown

Outlander (book 1) by Diana Gabaldon

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

 

 

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State of the Blog – July 25, 2016

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Hi, Everyone!

It has been a very busy week here at EFC. So many books, editing jobs, and new web designs! And I am loving every minute of it! =)

As you can see, the new blog design is finished!!! I absolutely love it! Jane at DigitalArtsi did a fabulous job on the backgrounds and design elements. Lori at Imagination Designs did another fabulous job pulling everything together for the blog and for EFC Services, LLC. She also did our Facebook header, sidebar buttons, and other graphics. Lori is wonderful to work with, too. Thank you, Lori!!!!

And now for some really exciting news . . .

We have officially launched EFC Promotions! We will have details regarding our first tour soon.

  • Authors, if you have any questions about our promotional services or would like to schedule a promotional event, please email us at: efcpromotions@gmail.com.
  • Bloggers and Reviewers, if you sign up to be a tour host this week, you will be entered in a giveaway for a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. If you are an international host, you will be eligible to win $15 in books from Book Depository. Sign up using this Google Doc. The drawing will be held on August 1.

Stay tuned for more reviews, giveaways, and other fun stuff! Be sure to check out our Current Giveaways page for all the open giveaways.

Chrissy

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Bookshelves and Giveaways – July 7, 2016

Hi, Everyone!!

We hope you are enjoying the looks at our bookshelves as well as these giveaways! Today, I have a look at a few of my kids’ bookshelves. I’ll spare you the look at the book drawers, bins, stashes, etc. These shelves at least look somewhat organized. LOL

Notice that the books are stacked two deep and encroaching on my shelves!! (I don't mind. Really. I LOVE that they love to read.)

Notice that the books are stacked two deep and encroaching on my shelves!! (I don’t mind. Really. I LOVE that they love to read.)

Here’s a proud bookish mom moment.

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A few months ago, I found my son’s book and noticed an odd bookmark.

 

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That’s right . . . my son used a smaller book as a bookmark. I am one proud bookish mom!

 

And now for the giveaway! We have some duplicate kids’ books here. Those Scholastic Book Fair flyers get me even now. I loved them when I was in school, and I love them now while my kids are in school!! Anyway, I have paperback copies of: Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor, 4 books from the Black Lagoon Adventures series by Mike Thaler, and 3 books from the I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis. My son loves these two series and my daughter loves Fancy Nancy. 

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State of the Blog – July 6, 2016

Hi,  Everyone!

I just thought I’d check in and let you know what we’ve been up to behind the scenes here are EFC. We’ve been very busy reading, blogging, and editing. But we have some exciting news, too.

First, EFC finally joined Instagram. We’re still figuring it out, but we are having fun posting pictures. You can follow us here: Instagram

Second, the blog and the services website will be getting facelifts this month! While we love the current design, we’ve been wanting a change–something just for us. I finally found a graphics designer that I liked, and she has been creating some AWESOME graphics for us. It’s what I’ve been wanting for years! You can check out some of Jane’s work at DigitalArtsi. I can’t wait to show you!! My signature is a bit of a sneak peek. Seriously, though, I am so excited.

Third, we will be launching EFC Promotions later this month. We will be offering blog tours and blitzes. If you would like to sign up to be a host, please fill out this Google doc. We will be offering host incentives as well. And don’t worry, authors, more details about the services will be up soon! Stay tuned!

Well, I think that’s about it. We will be having more giveaways this month! Be sure to check out Current Giveaways page for all the open giveaways.

Happy Reading!!

 

Chrissy

 

Summer Reading Challenge: July Books!

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BookSparks sent another AMAZING box for July! Check it out!

 

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Another great SRC month is heading your way! Be on the lookout for some giveaways, too!

 

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Book Club Recap: The Lake House by Kate Morton

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I was really looking forward to discussing The Lake House by Kate Morton at book club. Not only did our hostess this month provide some amazing drinks and snacks, but I knew the book’s content would lead us down the path of a good discussion. We definitely talked about Eleanor the most, I think because most of us are mothers. What would you do for your children? Would you make the same decisions Eleanor made? We discussed all these things and more, and we all had different opinions. We decided we all both loved and hated Eleanor at certain times in the book.

Most of us disliked Sadie; we didn’t feel she kept our attention during time jumps, and she didn’t have enough character development. We couldn’t decide exactly what rubbed us the wrong way, but I definitely think some more character development would have helped. We also agreed that we totally would have wanted to go into the house to explore for treasures. Some of us would have waited for a search warrant, but I would have gone in without permission. I love how we think up these “What if?” scenarios.

Everyone who managed to finish the book liked it, but at 492+ pages, it was quite a read. Those of us who hadn’t finished the book or wanted to start it are more motivated to do so now that we’ve discussed it.

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The Lake HouseThe Lake House
written by Kate Morton
published by Atria Books, 2015

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

About the book – from Goodreads: From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Secret Keeper and The Distant Hours, an intricately plotted, spellbinding new novel of heartstopping suspense and uncovered secrets.

Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure…

One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined.

Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as an author. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbors a suspicion as to the culprit. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old estate—now crumbling and covered with vines, clearly abandoned long ago. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone…yet more present than ever.

A lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies, this latest novel from a masterful storyteller is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read.

If you belong to a book group, please tell us about what you’re reading in the comments.

 

If you would like to join this feature, please feel free to do so by posting your own Book Club Recap and linking it in the comments. 

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Summer Reading Challenge: June Books!

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I received an awesome box filled with some great goodies and fantastic books for June! I’m loving BookSparks’ Summer Reading Challenge!

Check out this box of awesome! Besides the fabulous books, there was a table cloth, sidewalk chalk, straws, bubbles, and a marshmallow fork!

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This is going to be a great month for the Summer Reading Challenge! Stay tuned for some reviews and giveaways!!

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