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.
Stay tuned for more reviews, giveaways, and other fun stuff! Be sure to check out our Current Giveaways page for all the open giveaways.
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
Here’s a proud bookish mom moment.
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.
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.
BookSparks sent another AMAZING box for July! Check it out!
Another great SRC month is heading your way! Be on the lookout for some giveaways, too!
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.
The Lake House
written by Kate Morton
published by Atria Books, 2015
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.
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!
This is going to be a great month for the Summer Reading Challenge! Stay tuned for some reviews and giveaways!!
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.
Check out this awesome book box that I received for May!
There are some awesome books for this month! I will be featuring and reviewing them soon! Stay tuned for a few giveaways as well!