Tuesday, April 30, 2013

{Book Blast} Have No Shame by Melissa Foster + GIVEAWAY




Book Synopsis:

The racially-charged prejudice of the deep South forces eighteen-year-old Alison Tillman to confront societal norms—and her own beliefs—when she discovers the body of a hate crime victim, and the specter of forbidden love turns her safe, comfortable world upside down.

Alison has called Forrest Town, Arkansas home for the past eighteen years. Her mother’s Blue Bonnet meetings, her father toiling night and day on the family farm, and the division of life between the whites and the blacks are all Alison knows. The winter of 1967, just a few months before marrying her high school sweetheart, Alison finds the body of a black man floating in the river, and she begins to view her existence with new perspective. The oppression and hate of the south, the ugliness she once was able to avert her eyes from, now demands her attention.

When a secretive friendship with a young black man takes an unexpected romantic turn, Alison is forced to choose between her predetermined future, and the dangerous path that her heart yearns for.

HAVE NO SHAME is an emotionally compelling coming of age novel featuring a young woman who cannot reconcile the life she wants with the one she’s been brought up to live.Have No Shame will resonate with anyone who has ever fallen in love, and those who have been forced to choose between what they know in their hearts to be true, and what others would like them to believe.


Buy from Amazon
Melissa Foster's Amazon Page


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.


Find Melissa Foster:


:PRAISE FOR HAVE NO SHAME
“A gripping and poignant novel dealing with a subject once taboo in American society.” Hagerstown Magazine
“Have No Shame is a powerful testimony to love and the progressive, logical evolution of social consciousness, with an outcome that readers will find engrossing, unexpected, and ultimately eye-opening.” Midwest Book Review
“A historical novel of love and its triumph, told with a unique and compelling voice.” Bestselling Author Kathleen Shoop
.
“Have No Shame is a delightful eye opener and a rather poignant book that everyone everywhere should put on their must-read list.” Readers’ Favorite
“A dynamic and heartwarming tale of young love, giving testament to those who struggled so we can live in an integrated society.” Author Rachelle Ayala
“…a stunningly impactful read.” Rabid Reader Reviews
“A book that brings the evilness of racial bigotry to light, through the eyes of one awakening to its reality.” Cindy Smith, avid reader
“[HAVE NO SHAME] Perfectly catches the South at the dawning of the Civil Rights Movement. Melissa Foster takes us on an adventure that twists and turns unpredictably to a tense climax that renders this novel a true page-turner. This is undoubtedly the best novel I have read in a long time.”  Roderick Craig Low, Author of ‘Promises of Love and Good Behaviour’
“This book is not just a story; it’s an experience.” Author G.E. Johnson

GIVEAWAY INFO:

1 Winner will receive a gift bag full of goodies, including:
-Snacks
- Signed copy of CHASING AMANDA
- Signed copy of COME BACK TO ME
- Signed Copy of MEGAN’S WAY
- 1 Pink Journal



Shipping in US Only, No PO Boxes. Must be 13+ To Enter





CLICK ON THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY LINK BELOW TO ENTER!






{Book Blast} Have No Shame by Melissa Foster + GIVEAWAY




Book Synopsis:

The racially-charged prejudice of the deep South forces eighteen-year-old Alison Tillman to confront societal norms—and her own beliefs—when she discovers the body of a hate crime victim, and the specter of forbidden love turns her safe, comfortable world upside down.

Alison has called Forrest Town, Arkansas home for the past eighteen years. Her mother’s Blue Bonnet meetings, her father toiling night and day on the family farm, and the division of life between the whites and the blacks are all Alison knows. The winter of 1967, just a few months before marrying her high school sweetheart, Alison finds the body of a black man floating in the river, and she begins to view her existence with new perspective. The oppression and hate of the south, the ugliness she once was able to avert her eyes from, now demands her attention.

When a secretive friendship with a young black man takes an unexpected romantic turn, Alison is forced to choose between her predetermined future, and the dangerous path that her heart yearns for.

HAVE NO SHAME is an emotionally compelling coming of age novel featuring a young woman who cannot reconcile the life she wants with the one she’s been brought up to live.Have No Shame will resonate with anyone who has ever fallen in love, and those who have been forced to choose between what they know in their hearts to be true, and what others would like them to believe.


Buy from Amazon
Melissa Foster's Amazon Page


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.


Find Melissa Foster:


:PRAISE FOR HAVE NO SHAME
“A gripping and poignant novel dealing with a subject once taboo in American society.” Hagerstown Magazine
“Have No Shame is a powerful testimony to love and the progressive, logical evolution of social consciousness, with an outcome that readers will find engrossing, unexpected, and ultimately eye-opening.” Midwest Book Review
“A historical novel of love and its triumph, told with a unique and compelling voice.” Bestselling Author Kathleen Shoop
.
“Have No Shame is a delightful eye opener and a rather poignant book that everyone everywhere should put on their must-read list.” Readers’ Favorite
“A dynamic and heartwarming tale of young love, giving testament to those who struggled so we can live in an integrated society.” Author Rachelle Ayala
“…a stunningly impactful read.” Rabid Reader Reviews
“A book that brings the evilness of racial bigotry to light, through the eyes of one awakening to its reality.” Cindy Smith, avid reader
“[HAVE NO SHAME] Perfectly catches the South at the dawning of the Civil Rights Movement. Melissa Foster takes us on an adventure that twists and turns unpredictably to a tense climax that renders this novel a true page-turner. This is undoubtedly the best novel I have read in a long time.”  Roderick Craig Low, Author of ‘Promises of Love and Good Behaviour’
“This book is not just a story; it’s an experience.” Author G.E. Johnson

GIVEAWAY INFO:

1 Winner will receive a gift bag full of goodies, including:
-Snacks
- Signed copy of CHASING AMANDA
- Signed copy of COME BACK TO ME
- Signed Copy of MEGAN’S WAY
- 1 Pink Journal



Shipping in US Only, No PO Boxes. Must be 13+ To Enter





CLICK ON THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY LINK BELOW TO ENTER!






{ARC Review} It Takes Balls by Josh Wolf



Title: It Takes Balls 
(Dating Single Moms and Other Confessions From an Unprepared Single Dad)
Author: Josh Wolf
Pages: 272 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group, Grand Central Publishing
Published: March 19, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Memoir
Rating: Um, yeah
Source: Publisher. Given in exchange for an honest review


I read this for two reasons. 1) It mentions single moms and I am one. 2) My IRL BFF thought it looked fun and I thought it would be fun to read together. Wolf is a stand up comedian who writes for Chelsea Lately. This book is a collection of stories about his life as a single dad to three kids. 

Things I didn't like: single moms are easy...sleep with as many as possible. Drink as much as possible and get drunk in front of your kid. Take drugs and ridicule those who don't. Want your sons to sleep with as many girls as they can but want to lock up your daughter to keep her away from boys...like yours. The language. I missed the part that said he was a sailor. Great day.

Was it funny? Yeah, in places I laughed. But mostly I rolled my eyes thinking there was no possible way that even a part of what he said could be true. As a stand up act it would be a lot funnier probably but it didn't work for me as a book.

My favorite quote from the book:

Can you image if this generation had to do something important? What if these kids were the ones who had to storm the beaches of Normandy? Are you picturing these kids out there on those boats? Flippin' their Justin Bieber bangs out their eyes, everybody named Trevor, Travis or Tyler, not knowing how to get to the beach because nobody has a beach app on their phone, and all of them probably getting shot because they posed for a picture in front of the boat to post on Facebook!

I read it in a day because it was like a train wreck...I couldn't look away. He had a few valid points but most of the time I just kept thinking about how far away I stay from men just like him. He's married now and his wife sounds like a saint. 

It was a fast, light read with a few funny parts. I would only recommend this book to someone who doesn't mind extreme and constant language though. If you don't mind that then this might make you laugh.

{ARC Review} It Takes Balls by Josh Wolf



Title: It Takes Balls 
(Dating Single Moms and Other Confessions From an Unprepared Single Dad)
Author: Josh Wolf
Pages: 272 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group, Grand Central Publishing
Published: March 19, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Memoir
Rating: Um, yeah
Source: Publisher. Given in exchange for an honest review


I read this for two reasons. 1) It mentions single moms and I am one. 2) My IRL BFF thought it looked fun and I thought it would be fun to read together. Wolf is a stand up comedian who writes for Chelsea Lately. This book is a collection of stories about his life as a single dad to three kids. 

Things I didn't like: single moms are easy...sleep with as many as possible. Drink as much as possible and get drunk in front of your kid. Take drugs and ridicule those who don't. Want your sons to sleep with as many girls as they can but want to lock up your daughter to keep her away from boys...like yours. The language. I missed the part that said he was a sailor. Great day.

Was it funny? Yeah, in places I laughed. But mostly I rolled my eyes thinking there was no possible way that even a part of what he said could be true. As a stand up act it would be a lot funnier probably but it didn't work for me as a book.

My favorite quote from the book:

Can you image if this generation had to do something important? What if these kids were the ones who had to storm the beaches of Normandy? Are you picturing these kids out there on those boats? Flippin' their Justin Bieber bangs out their eyes, everybody named Trevor, Travis or Tyler, not knowing how to get to the beach because nobody has a beach app on their phone, and all of them probably getting shot because they posed for a picture in front of the boat to post on Facebook!

I read it in a day because it was like a train wreck...I couldn't look away. He had a few valid points but most of the time I just kept thinking about how far away I stay from men just like him. He's married now and his wife sounds like a saint. 

It was a fast, light read with a few funny parts. I would only recommend this book to someone who doesn't mind extreme and constant language though. If you don't mind that then this might make you laugh.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Read-a-thon

Bout of Books


From the Bout of Books team:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 

Goals:

Read 4 books from my personal shelves. That's it!

If you are participating too, leave me a link so that I can visit.

Bout of Books 7.0 Read-a-thon

Bout of Books


From the Bout of Books team:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 

Goals:

Read 4 books from my personal shelves. That's it!

If you are participating too, leave me a link so that I can visit.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Dewey's Read-a-Thon Wrap up Post

Once again Dewey's Read-a-Thon has come and gone. It is one of my favorite bookish events!



Which hour was most daunting for you? Around midnight
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Fang Girl was really fast and funny
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? None, it was excellent as always
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? everything, as usual
How many books did you read? 2 1/2, gosh I am slow!
What were the names of the books you read? Fang Girl, My Life Next Door and half of Splintered
Which book did you enjoy most? Fang Girl
Which did you enjoy least? Splintered 
If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I wasn't a cheerleader this year but I will be next time. The first year I participated, I had lots of comments through out the read-a-thon. This year there were very few comments...I'd like to leave more next year...it really helps!
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I definitely will! As both a reader and a cheerleader. I want to leave comments for others...it helps so much!

Dewey's Read-a-Thon Wrap up Post

Once again Dewey's Read-a-Thon has come and gone. It is one of my favorite bookish events!



Which hour was most daunting for you? Around midnight
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Fang Girl was really fast and funny
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? None, it was excellent as always
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? everything, as usual
How many books did you read? 2 1/2, gosh I am slow!
What were the names of the books you read? Fang Girl, My Life Next Door and half of Splintered
Which book did you enjoy most? Fang Girl
Which did you enjoy least? Splintered 
If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I wasn't a cheerleader this year but I will be next time. The first year I participated, I had lots of comments through out the read-a-thon. This year there were very few comments...I'd like to leave more next year...it really helps!
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I definitely will! As both a reader and a cheerleader. I want to leave comments for others...it helps so much!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dewey's Read-a-Thon - Combined Post

My update post for the April 2013 Dewey's Read-a-Thon

Books Read:

Fang Girl by Helen Keeble (352 pages)
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (394 pages)
Splintered by A.G. Howard (read to page 203 out of 371)

Hour 1 - Introduction Post

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Cloudy Florida
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Fang Girl by Helen Keeble
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Peanuts from Logan's Steakhouse
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am only able to participate this time because my boys are at their dad's this weekend.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? Just want to have as much fun as possible without stressing about the challenges and cheerleading too much. Take lots of breaks and nap if I need to!


Hour 2 - Book Spine Poetry



Sever the Divergent Fang Girl

Hour 3 - Book Appetit

This challenge is to pair up a book you are either reading or have in your stack with the menu you would serve:I have Two Way Street by Larua Barnholdt in my stack to read

It's about a road trip with the girl's ex...so I'd serve up some classic road trip food and nothing says road trip food like fast food. Sliders, fries and cold Cherry Cokes!

What about you? What are you reading? What food would you eat?

And my new drink would have to be the "Get Even" ;-)


Hour 4 - Retitle Your Current Read

My Life Next Door - Cute Boy Gets Equally Cute Girl

Hour 5 Mini Challenge - Self Portrait



Hour 6 - Book Puzzle

did not participate. My puzzler is puzzled.

Hour 7 - Best and Worst Covers

Definitely like the English better. And I think that Jase is my newest book boyfriend.





HOUR 8 - Book Sentence Challenge




Dash and Lily's Book of Dares Splintered The Typewriter Girl.

HOUR 12 - Mid-Event Survey

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? I'm going pretty good but am getting tired and my eyes definetly are.
2) What have you finished reading? I've finished Fang Girl and My Life Next Door
3) What is your favorite read so far? Fang Girl was so cute!
4) What about your favorite snacks? Poptarts!
5) Have you found any new blogs through the read-a-thon? If so, give them some love! Sadly no, I haven't. I've been reading because my laptop is being s l o o o w.

HOUR 14 - Quote Time

The Hour 14 mini challenge is to provide a quote from the book we are currently reading or have read. I'm currently reading Splintered by A.G. Howard and am really enjoying it. It has grabbed me from the first page.."I've been collecting bugs since I was ten; it's the only way to stop their whispers. Sticking a pin through the gut of an insect shuts it up pretty quick"

Oh yeah, this one is really interesting!

HOUR 16 - Mini Challenge

This hour the mini challenge is to turn to page 32 in the book we are currently reading and find the most entertaining phrase to complete this sentence..."I would rather read than ____________ any day" 

I'm reading Splintered by A.G. Howard and my answer is I would rather read than sprout up like a giant mushroom any day.

HOUR 17, almost 18

Wow, I can't believe how fast the time has gone. It is almost 1 am here and my contacts are killing me. Not sure how much longer I will last but I am enjoying Splintered. The dark and crazy theme is really working for my present, loopy condition! ;-)

HOUR 19

It's after 2 here and though I got a small second wind, my eyes are so tired. I've taken out my contacts for a few minutes to let my eyes rest. Have visited several blogs and left comments. On page 203 of Splintered. Am still enjoying it but wish I could just finish it already. 

HOUR 20

Can't believe how quickly the time has gone. We are 5 minutes short of the 20 hour mark. I've done better than I thought but the coming of a migraine and my laptop continuing to freeze is going to have my packing it in for a while. This will more than likely be my last post of the April 2013 Dewey's Read-a-Thon. For those that participated, no matter how much, I hope you had as much fun reading as I did.

Dewey's Read-a-Thon - Combined Post

My update post for the April 2013 Dewey's Read-a-Thon

Books Read:

Fang Girl by Helen Keeble (352 pages)
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (394 pages)
Splintered by A.G. Howard (read to page 203 out of 371)

Hour 1 - Introduction Post

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Cloudy Florida
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Fang Girl by Helen Keeble
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Peanuts from Logan's Steakhouse
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am only able to participate this time because my boys are at their dad's this weekend.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? Just want to have as much fun as possible without stressing about the challenges and cheerleading too much. Take lots of breaks and nap if I need to!


Hour 2 - Book Spine Poetry



Sever the Divergent Fang Girl

Hour 3 - Book Appetit

This challenge is to pair up a book you are either reading or have in your stack with the menu you would serve:I have Two Way Street by Larua Barnholdt in my stack to read

It's about a road trip with the girl's ex...so I'd serve up some classic road trip food and nothing says road trip food like fast food. Sliders, fries and cold Cherry Cokes!

What about you? What are you reading? What food would you eat?

And my new drink would have to be the "Get Even" ;-)


Hour 4 - Retitle Your Current Read

My Life Next Door - Cute Boy Gets Equally Cute Girl

Hour 5 Mini Challenge - Self Portrait



Hour 6 - Book Puzzle

did not participate. My puzzler is puzzled.

Hour 7 - Best and Worst Covers

Definitely like the English better. And I think that Jase is my newest book boyfriend.





HOUR 8 - Book Sentence Challenge




Dash and Lily's Book of Dares Splintered The Typewriter Girl.

HOUR 12 - Mid-Event Survey

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? I'm going pretty good but am getting tired and my eyes definetly are.
2) What have you finished reading? I've finished Fang Girl and My Life Next Door
3) What is your favorite read so far? Fang Girl was so cute!
4) What about your favorite snacks? Poptarts!
5) Have you found any new blogs through the read-a-thon? If so, give them some love! Sadly no, I haven't. I've been reading because my laptop is being s l o o o w.

HOUR 14 - Quote Time

The Hour 14 mini challenge is to provide a quote from the book we are currently reading or have read. I'm currently reading Splintered by A.G. Howard and am really enjoying it. It has grabbed me from the first page.."I've been collecting bugs since I was ten; it's the only way to stop their whispers. Sticking a pin through the gut of an insect shuts it up pretty quick"

Oh yeah, this one is really interesting!

HOUR 16 - Mini Challenge

This hour the mini challenge is to turn to page 32 in the book we are currently reading and find the most entertaining phrase to complete this sentence..."I would rather read than ____________ any day" 

I'm reading Splintered by A.G. Howard and my answer is I would rather read than sprout up like a giant mushroom any day.

HOUR 17, almost 18

Wow, I can't believe how fast the time has gone. It is almost 1 am here and my contacts are killing me. Not sure how much longer I will last but I am enjoying Splintered. The dark and crazy theme is really working for my present, loopy condition! ;-)

HOUR 19

It's after 2 here and though I got a small second wind, my eyes are so tired. I've taken out my contacts for a few minutes to let my eyes rest. Have visited several blogs and left comments. On page 203 of Splintered. Am still enjoying it but wish I could just finish it already. 

HOUR 20

Can't believe how quickly the time has gone. We are 5 minutes short of the 20 hour mark. I've done better than I thought but the coming of a migraine and my laptop continuing to freeze is going to have my packing it in for a while. This will more than likely be my last post of the April 2013 Dewey's Read-a-Thon. For those that participated, no matter how much, I hope you had as much fun reading as I did.

Dewey's read-a-thon Introductory Post

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Slightly cloudy Florida

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?


Fang Girl by Helen Keeb so I started with it first!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?


Peanuts from Logan's steakhouse. The BFF and I went for a belated birthday dinner for me there, last night.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!


The only reason I can participate this time is because my boys are at their dad's for the weekend. Otherwise it would be "Mom, can I?" "Mom, watch this!" and no reading would happen.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?


To just go with the flow. Not be afraid to take a break or a nap or to visit blogs instead of reading books. Such a fun day!

Dewey's read-a-thon Introductory Post

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Slightly cloudy Florida

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?


Fang Girl by Helen Keeb so I started with it first!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?


Peanuts from Logan's steakhouse. The BFF and I went for a belated birthday dinner for me there, last night.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!


The only reason I can participate this time is because my boys are at their dad's for the weekend. Otherwise it would be "Mom, can I?" "Mom, watch this!" and no reading would happen.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?


To just go with the flow. Not be afraid to take a break or a nap or to visit blogs instead of reading books. Such a fun day!

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon

And we're off. Today is Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon.  So I apologize in advance for the whole lotta posts over the next 24 hours! I've participated before and can't wait to see how I do this time. I'll be updating each hour or so with the progress I am making. If you are particpating as well, link me up to your blog in the comments so that I can cheerleader you on.

First up...Fang Girl by Helen Keeble.

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon

And we're off. Today is Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon.  So I apologize in advance for the whole lotta posts over the next 24 hours! I've participated before and can't wait to see how I do this time. I'll be updating each hour or so with the progress I am making. If you are particpating as well, link me up to your blog in the comments so that I can cheerleader you on.

First up...Fang Girl by Helen Keeble.

Friday, April 26, 2013

RIP George Jones




I try to keep this a book only blog but I couldn't let the day pass without acknowledging the loss of one of my all time favorite singers. This is my favorite song by him. RIP.

RIP George Jones




I try to keep this a book only blog but I couldn't let the day pass without acknowledging the loss of one of my all time favorite singers. This is my favorite song by him. RIP.

Music and Books - a Feature and Follow fail



Feature and Follow is a fun, weekly event to find new book blogs to read. For complete details and to link up, visit either of the hosts.



This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Want to keep in touch with me?


or friend me on Goodreads.  

Q:  Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or vice versa? What is the song & the book?


I am always impressed when a blogger posts a playlist for a particular book because I don't have that skill. Not only do I not listen to music that often but I also don't really think of potential match ups between books and music. How about you?

Music and Books - a Feature and Follow fail



Feature and Follow is a fun, weekly event to find new book blogs to read. For complete details and to link up, visit either of the hosts.



This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Want to keep in touch with me?


or friend me on Goodreads.  

Q:  Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or vice versa? What is the song & the book?


I am always impressed when a blogger posts a playlist for a particular book because I don't have that skill. Not only do I not listen to music that often but I also don't really think of potential match ups between books and music. How about you?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

{ARC Review} A Bandit's Stolen Heart by Michelle McLean - thoughts


Title: A Bandit's Stolen Heart
Author: Michelle McLean
Pages: ebook
Series: Blood Blade Sisters

{Blog Tour} Bound Together by Chris Brauns - thoughts



Title: Bound Together
Author: Chris Brauns
Pages: 208
Genre: Christian, Non-Fiction, Personal Growth
Rating: Excellent and well written!
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Our choices, both good and bad, affect others, not just ourselves. Brauns writes a well researched and in-depth book on how our lives are woven together. The first, and worst, example of this is in the fall of Adam. The last, and best, example of this is through Christ's death which saves us all. We are bound to Adam and his sin in a negative way but bound to Christ in a positive way. He saved us.

Not to make myself appear stupid but this book was written in higher language that I am used to reading. After reading so many YA books, the technical nature of this one took some getting used to. It felt a bit like reading a really long term paper. Complete with references at the back. I was pulled into his writing and argument that we are all bound together. It did seem somewhat redundant and seemed to be written more for the theological minded over the "common man" but that might have just been me. 

It was separated into two sections. The first section explains the idea of the rope. The second section shows how we can and should apply it to our lives.

He uses numerous examples in the Bible and in history to show how a choice made affects not only the person making the choice but also those around him. 

He tells how marriage is such a powerful illustration of the rope principle and likens divorce to an amputation. Two people were made one. One cannot go back to two without tearing. Because of this, he shows the importance of understanding how our choices affect others.

It all boils down to the blessing of God's love is greater than the curse of sin.

If you are looking for a well thought out book about original sin and God's grace through Jesus to save us from it, Brauns does an excellent job of laying the background and then showing an application of those truths. Although our ties to Adam doomed us, our ties to Jesus saves us.


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