Archives for August 2013

On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin

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On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin was a wonderful book.  I read the first book in the series and reviewed it here.  I would recommend checking out the first book and then reading this one second.  There are some books that you don’t have to read it order even though I tend to like to read them in order but I feel this series should be read in order because the first book does lay the foundation for things that happen in this book.  Anyway lets get on to the review for this book.  In this book you are following along with Georgie as she learns to overcome her fears along with learning to make decisions for herself and not letting her family and friends run her life for her.  I really loved this book and I can’t wait to read what happens next.  I loved watching both Georgie and Hutch grow.  There were also parts that broke my heart for both of them but in the end it ended just how I thought I should end.  If you love romance books and also books where the main characters grow then this is the book for you!

About On Distant Shores

Caught between the war raging around them and the battles within, two souls long for peace—and a love that remains true.

Lt. Georgiana Taylor has everything she could want. A boyfriend back home, a loving family, and a challenging job as a flight nurse. But in July 1943, Georgie’s cozy life gets more complicated when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson.

Hutch resents the lack of respect he gets as a noncommissioned serviceman and hates how the war keeps him from his fiancée. While Georgie and Hutch share a love of the starry night skies over Sicily, their lives back home are falling apart. Can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they’ve made?

With her signature attention to detail and her talent for bringing characters together, Sarah Sundin weaves an exciting tale of emotion, action, and romance that will leave you wanting more.

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Meet Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin is the author of “With Every Letter” and the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, A “Memory Between Us” was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards, and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works oncall as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist’s mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

Visit www.sarahsundin.com for more information.

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Whispers On The Dock by Evangeline Kelley

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Whispers On The Dock by Evangeline Kelley was a great book.  This is the 3rd book in the series and I have to say that I loved it just as much as I loved the other 2.  This book wraps things up nicely and you finally get answers to questions that you may have had from the start.  There are also a few times in this book I was totally shocked at some the turns this book take but it kept me interested to say the least.  I was sad when the book ended because I love the characters and I love this author’s writing.  If you missed my review on the first 2 books you can click here and check it out.  I would recommend reading them in order though because they build on each other.

About The Book

Three sisters. A charming inn. Hints of mystery and romance. And a gorgeous seaside setting. Escape to Misty Harbor Inn.

As Nantucket reaches thepinnacle of its summer glory, and the Marris sisters welcome guests at Misty Harbor Inn, youngest sister Sam Carter enters her mother’s cobbler recipe inthe Summerfest baking contest. But she faces a formidable opponent, a past winner who is determined to keep her title even if it means stooping to dirty tactics. Can Sam’s newfound faith help her rise above the fray and reach out to this lonely woman? Meanwhile, an elderly guest arrives who knows theinn’s history, and the sisters are stunned to learn that their late mother lived there as a child. But she told them she’d never been to Nantucket until her honeymoon! Through the woman’s reminiscences and photos, the sisters make an intriguing discovery — not only about the mysterious Hannah Montague, theyoung woman who disappeared from the house in 1880, but also about their own family history.

Readers will delight in the inviting Nantucket setting and be enthralled by the adventures of these sisters who reunite to bring their mother’s Misty Harbor dreams to life.

About The Author

Evangeline Kelley is the pen name for the writing team of Patti Berg, Pam Hanson & Barbara Andrews, and Camy Tang, the four authors who collaborated to create Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn. Each of them has published novels individually, but this is their first series together.

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Call Me Crazy by Quinn Loftis


Call Me Crazy by Quinn Loftis was an interesting book to read.  I loved the authors writing but I had time getting into the story for some reason.  I am a huge fan of this type of book and this genre.  I guess I found it hard to believe but I am hoping that I can read it again and get into the book the next time.  In this book you follow along with Tally as she learns to love herself.  You also get to know Candy and all the crazy things she does.  I have to say that Candy was my favorite character in the book and always could make me smile.

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About The Book

YA Contemporary Romance Date Published: 5/31/2013

“I’m looking out from inside the chaos. It must be a one-way mirror because no one seems to be able to see back inside to where I am. The looks on their faces, the judgment in their eyes, tells me everything I need to know. The most frustrating part about the whole messed up situation is that even though I’m the one that they stare at in shock, I am just as shocked as they are. I know no more than they do of why I lose control. What they don’t know is that I am more scared of myself than they could ever be.” ~ Tally Baker

After a devastating turn of events, seventeen year old Tally Baker is admitted to Mercy Psychiatric Facility where she is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. She has come to a place where she honestly believes that her life is over. Her mind tells her that she will never smile or laugh again, that she will never be normal again. It is in this unlikely place that she meets two people, different in every way, yet both critical to helping her realize that she has so much more living to do. 

Candy, a cantankerous sixty year old Mercy Psychiatric patient, is hell bent on driving everyone as crazy as she is. Candy shows Tally that, regardless of her diagnosis, the ability to push on and live her life to the fullest is her choice and hers alone. In the midst of Tally’s oftentimes humorous, sometimes heart-wrenching, escapades with Candy, a new patient is admitted to Mercy—a native American woman named Lolotea. Along with this new patient comes a daily visitor, her son, Trey Swift. At first glance, it is obvious to Tally that he is incredibly handsome and unbelievably caring. But what she learns through her second glance, and many thereafter, is that there is much more to Trey than he ever lets on. It is during these daily visits that Trey and Tally build a friendship far deeper than either of them truly realize. With Trey, Tally feels for the first time since being admitted that someone is looking at her as a person and not as a disease. Trey begins to make it clear that he wants more than friendship, but she knows that she can never give him more. How can she, when she won’t even give him the truth?  Tally doesn’t tell Trey that she is a patient at Mercy, and she doesn’t ever plan to. Her plans go up in flames when she finds out that Trey is a new student at her school, the school where her brokenness was found out in the floor of the girl’s bathroom in a pool of her own blood. 

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About The Author

Quinn is a 32 year old wife, mother, nurse, and writer, not necessarily in that order.  She lives in beautiful West Arkansas with her husband, son, Nora their Doberman pinscher and Phoebe their cat (who thinks she is a ninja in disguise). She loves writing, reading, and crocheting. Her favourite holiday is Christmas, favourite book(s) is Pride and Prejudice, The Alpha and Omega Series by Patricia Briggs, and the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. She loves to be silly and have fun, loves music and thinks there is no greater sound in the world than that of her little boy’s laughter.

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Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr

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Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr was a super interesting read.  This is the first book I have read about a blogger and about a blogger who reviews books.  I have to say I wish I was Kim.  I loved the authors writing and overall I loved the book.  There were parts that were super slow but I am glad I kept reading because I really enjoyed reading the book and I loved how the book ended.  I can’t wait to check out other  books by Meredith because I love her writing style.  If you are a blogger I am sure you will get a kick out of this book.

About Blogger Girl

What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out. 

A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim, with her blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm. 

While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads–and pages–across the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox–for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.

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About The Author

A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to, and was famous among her friends for writing witty birthday cards. After dabbling in children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing real chick lit for real women.  When Meredith is not hard at work on her current work in progress, she spends her days as a trademark paralegal.  Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner.  Her novels include: A State of Jane, Just Friends With Benefits, and Blogger Girl.

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Dating & Meeting People

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I have been thinking a lot about dating and things like that lately.  I am sure it is just because everyone in my life is in a relationship and I am lonely.  As I have thought about dating and meeting people I have to wonder where in this day and age do you go to meet people?  I am going to list a few places I can think of and explain why meeting people there isn’t for me.

  • Bars/Clubs-First I don’t usually drink and when ever I have met people there they are always big drinkers or just looking for  random hookups.
  • Church-I don’t go to church now so why I am I going to go and meet someone there.  I guess I just don’t want to have to pretend to be someone I am not just to please someone else.  Not to mention if I did that the relationship would never work.
  • Online-I have done this and lets just say I will never do this again.  There are crazy people out there and I don’t have the patience to weed through the weirdo’s in the hope that I find the one person for me.
  • Friends-Well this might be okay if I had tons of friends but since my friend list is super short this just doesn’t work for me.

Those are the main ways I can see meeting people and none of them are right for me at least now.   I had someone I worked with once tell me that in order to date you have to be open to the idea and at least looking for someone. I think my biggest problem is I am set against dating and meeting people that even if I was presented with the chance to date I would still say no.

I am for the first time in my life okay being single and I can finally say that I am okay in my skin.  I used to say that  I was okay being single but the truth was that I really wasn’t.  Now that I have found myself I am okay being alone because I no longer need other people to make me happy.

What other ways can you meet people?  How do you feel about dating?

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Phone Case Of The Month – Drying Your Tears #MyUmbrella

Phone Case Of The Month

It is time for another Phone Case Of The Month post.  I have to say that I am not a huge fan of this months case but that is to be expect with a subscription service.  Here are a few pictures of this month’s case:

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So that was my case this month.  What do you think?

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I Always Wanted To Be . . . 21

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This week for the writers workshop I am going to be talking about the age I always wanted to be.  As long as I can remember I wanted to be 21 because I figured that once I was 21 I could do everything so there was no reason to get any older.  Now that I am almost 29 I still want to only be 21.

Best part of me wanting to be 21 was that when I turned 21 I didn’t drink in fact I didn’t drink until I was 22 and now I still don’t really drink because I hate the taste and I hate the way it makes me feel.  To this day I am not sure why I wanted to be 21 but I did.  I still remember my birthday that year because it was a few months after I had my daughter and it was still a rough time for me.

It is crazy to me how everyone always wants to be different ages.  One of my old friends always wanted to be 22 and she was never sure why.  I have to wonder what makes us want to be certain ages and what not.

What age did you always want to be?

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Novel Publicity is currently recruiting for one of our gigantic whirlwind tours. YAY! Each whirlwind tour boasts hundreds of dollars in cash prizes and autographed books, sometimes even Kindle Fires. NP also provide eBook copies for all reviewers. This time, they’re touring the debut YA novel by Stephanie Fleshman, Render.

Choose to be one of the first to read this awesome new book, or, instead, host an excerpt, interview, or guest post. That’s right, you don’t even have to read the books to participate–although that’s definitely an option. Novel Publicity will provide your choice of a pre-formatted excerpt, interview, or guest post to make participation easy.

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Tour Dates: September 9 to 13, 2013
Genre: Paranormal YA
Page Count: 399

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About Render

A betrayal born of blood

A curse for a gift

A love worth saving

Koldan Holdt knows what he wants. The problem is his future was decided the day he was born—a future void of everything he has ever known.

Days before summer vacation, Koldan’s grandfather suddenly dies, leaving the consequences that have followed him since he fled his country to fall to Koldan. As Koldan learns about his new fate, he must accept the terms to which he is bound and live without the one person he wants, or remain true to who he is and risk both their lives repeating the choices his grandfather made.

Seventeen-year-old Raya Whitney thought she knew Koldan…until a sudden turn of events threatens both their lives. While she is not willing to give up without a fight, she knows it is a deadly game to stay together.

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Nails Of The Month – Hello Kitty

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It is time for another Nails Of The Month post.  I know I just did one but since  I get my nails done every 3 weeks there many be a month where I have 2 posts.  Anyway this time I got Hello Kitty themed nails.  I am not a huge fan of Hello Kitty but when I saw a picture of nails kind of like the ones I have I knew I had to do them.  I also worked out perfect because I am not sure when I will be getting them done again so if I have to file them down I won’t lose any of the main design on them.

Anyway here are the pictures:

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What do you think?

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