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!!




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!







Book Club Recap: The Lake House by Kate Morton


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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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. 


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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2016 Summer Reading Challenge hosted by BookSparks

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I am so excited to participate in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge hosted by BookSparks. This is EFC’s fourth year participating. It is such a great event. And we get to read some really fantastic books! And even better this year? We get to giveaway some awesome books as well.

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Check out this awesome book box that I received for May!

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There are some awesome books for this month! I will be featuring and reviewing them soon! Stay tuned for a few giveaways as well!




May 2016 ChatterBox!

On Mother’s Day, I received a package at my front door. I wasn’t expecting anything. Yet, there it was.

It would have been cooler if I had thought to take a picture of it ON my doorstep. Oh well . . .

It would have been cooler if I had thought to take a picture of it ON my doorstep. Oh well . . .


I had won a ChatterBox from Doubleday Publishing! I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited! This was an awesome box.

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How cool is that?!?! I can’t wait to read Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen.

Thank you so much Doubleday for this awesome ChatterBox!!!





#ChickLitMay A to Z Scavenger Hunt



Welcome to my stop on the #ChickLitMay A to Z Scavenger Hunt!! My letter is I and my word is INTELLIGENT.

That’s right, INTELLIGENT. I know many people do not equate “intelligent” with chick lit. A lot of people hear “chick lit” and think “fluff.” I’m here to tell you that those people are wrong.

INTELLIGENT. Many heroines of chick lit are extremely intelligent. Sure, they find themselves in crazy predicaments or terrible love trouble, but these women are intelligent. They have degrees, they own their own businesses, they can think for themselves, and they usually get themselves out of the predicaments. Their intelligence is evident from the beginning of their story to the end.

INTELLIGENT. The writers of chick lit are intelligent. To come up with these story ideas, plots, twists, and romantic elements, it is an amazing thing. The writers take their readers into a different world and allow their readers to experience everything their characters are experiencing. Whether I’m reading or editing, I feel what the characters are feeling, I experience what the characters are experiencing, and I could be friends with these characters. It’s a wonderful feeling, and it is truly awe-inspiring that these writers can make us readers feel that way.

INTELLIGENT. The readers of chick lit are intelligent. We love the happily ever afters. We love the giddy feels. We love the heroines. We love their leading men. We love the escapism from our own lives, careers, businesses, worries. Just because we read chick lit doesn’t mean we are somehow less intelligent. It means we love a fabulous story. The end. We don’t have to justify our love of chick lit. We just have to read it and love it.

The next stop on the Scavenger Hunt J is here. If you’d like to start back at the beginning of the Scavenger Hunt (A), go here.






Want to win a Kindle Paperwhite + a $100 Amazon gift card? Visit each of the 26 stops on the #ChickLitMay A to Z Scavenger Hunt and collect the alphabet word at each stop (A, B, C, D, etc.), then submit the A-Z list of words via e-mail to with the subject “A to Z Scavenger Hunt Entry.” Entries will be accepted until Sunday, May 22nd at midnight E.D.T. A winner will be chosen on Monday, May 23rd. Good luck!



Armchair BEA 2016 – Day 5: Wrap-Up

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Welcome to Armchair BEA! This is the seventh annual Armchair BEA, and this is EFC’s third year participating! We are so excited to take part again this year!


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It was another great year of Armchair BEA! I really enjoy participating, and I love finding new blogs and interacting with the blogging community. We don’t do a lot of discussion posts here at EFC, but Armchair BEA is a great way for us to write some discussion posts and get some ideas for future posts. We will have to do more in the future. What would you like to see us discuss?

Here are the links to the linkys for each day of Armchair BEA! Check out the other blogs and posts!

  1. Introductions and Diversity in Books
  2. Aesthetic Concerns – Books and Blogs
  3. Beyond the Books and Blog
  4. Surviving Fictional Worlds and Giveaways


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Armchair BEA 20106 – Day 4: Surviving Fictional Worlds and Giveaway

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Welcome to Armchair BEA! This is the seventh annual Armchair BEA, and this is EFC’s third year participating! We are so excited to take part again this year!


Day 4: Surviving Fictional Worlds & Giveaways

Today we’ll talk about surviving fictional worlds. We all know that sometimes, the worlds we love in fiction can be dangerous. Which fictional worlds would you want to live in? Which worlds do you never want to dive into? Which worlds are you content to stay behind the glass, so to speak, rather than wishing to dive through the page? And once you get there, what would you do?

I’m a sci/fi fantasy girl (read: big, big nerd), so you’d have trouble keeping me away from places like Narnia and Gallifrey. I’ve recently been fielding random questions from my four-year-old about magic, superpowers, and why we don’t have them in real life, so I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. You can pop me into a world with magic any day of the week (who knows? maybe I live in one now . . .), and I bet my son would gladly come along for the adventure. Hogwarts? Done. Oz? You betcha. Oh, but ain’t no way I’m going to Westeros. You can’t make me.


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