Thursday, March 31, 2016

It's my 2nd Blogoversary!


Two years ago today I started writing Palmer's Page Turners! I'm so glad I decided to  start this adventure! I've met so many awesome people through this journey, as well as read some amazing books! I've participated in readathons, Bout of Books, and several challenges along the way.  I've loved every minute of it! 

I want to thank all of you, my lovely readers, for your comments, support, and mostly, reading my blog! I appreciate you all so much and feel honored that other readers, book tour companies, and authors value my opinions and what I have to say about what I read. 

I'm so excited about the future of my blog and look forward to blogging for years to come! Thank you again for your continued support!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Blog Tour: Nobody But You


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Title: Nobody But You (Cedar Ridge #3)
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368 pages, published March 29, 2016
Genre: Women's Fiction, Romance

Note: I received this book fromNetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.


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Synopsis (Goodreads):

After an overseas mission goes wrong, Army Special Forces officer Jacob Kincaid knows where he must go to make things right: back home to the tiny town of Cedar Ridge, Colorado. All he needs to scrub away his painful past is fresh mountain air, a lakeside cabin, and quiet solitude. But what he discovers is a gorgeous woman living on a boat at his dock.

Sophie Marren has nowhere else to go. She’s broke, intermittently seasick, and fighting a serious attraction to the brooding, dishy, I’m-too-sexy-for-myself guy who’s now claiming her dock. Something about Jacob’s dark intensity makes her want to tease—and tempt—him beyond measure. Neither one wants to give any ground . . . until they realize the only true home they have is with each other.




Jill Shalvis is one of my "go to" authors for a great romance read.  Her books are perfect to cozy up with over the weekend, and this book is no exception! I've enjoyed both the Lucky Harbor and the Animal Magnetism series, but I think Cedar Ridge is my favorite because I am totally in love with the Kincaid family! All three brothers are so swoon-worthy, and I love Carrie, their mom.  And Kenna! She's so quirky and fun.

The main female character in this book is great as well--I loved Sophie in this novel.  I rooted for her to finally let go of her past and love Jacob from the first few chapters. I've said this with pretty much all Shalvis reviews, and I'll say it again: her books are predictable. Very predictable. Hot man with a troubled past.  Likable heroine with a troubled past. They're attracted to each other. Can they get over their issues and admit they love each other? Insert miscommunication/hiccups. Fast forward to the happy ending! But you know what: I LOVE THEM. I don't care that they're predictable. I just don't care. To me, her books are like a comfortable chair with a cozy blanket and a cup of coffee. They make you feel good. They relax you. They make you forget about the stress in your life for awhile and just enjoy a good romance. 

The Cedar Ridge series and Nobody But You is Shalvis at her best! If you haven't read her books yet, definitely pick of this book and the Cedar Ridge series!

My Rating: 5 Stars

About Jill Shalvis:

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Top Ten Latest Five Star Reads


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Week's Topic:  

Top Ten Latest Five Star Reads

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What are your latest 5 star reads? Happy Reading!






Monday, March 28, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. You should join in, too!

 Here's what I'm reading this week:

Just Finished:

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Review post up on April 14!

Currently Reading:

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What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!


Friday, March 25, 2016

A Day in the Life 2016

I just discovered this awesome blogger event this week, so I didn't get time to prepare my post to participate on the actual day (March 23) but Trish over at Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity (who is hosting this fun event!) said it was OK to link up all week, so I thought, why not? 

Here's my day: Thursday, March 24, 2016

6:00am: Hubby's alarm goes off. He gets up. I am happy I don't have to get up yet. Our black lab Peyton comes and snuggles closer to me. I fall back to sleep.

6:30am: I probably should get up. But instead I snuggle with the puppy some more.

In the car and ready to go to doggie daycare!
6:40: Hubby lets me know he's leaving for work, so I turn the light on and make myself get up so I don't accidentally fall back asleep.

6:45am-7:45am: Feed Peyton,take him outside to do his business, come back inside, shower, get ready, make coffee, etc. I am NOT a morning person, so this is a slow process for me.

7:50am: Leave the house for work.

7:55am: Drop Peyton off at doggie daycare. I live in one small town and work in the next town over (also small)  and there is a fantastic doggie daycare/boarding place right on my way. I drop him off in the mornings and pick him up on my way home. I know he is in a safe environment where he can run around with his doggie friends all day...best part, he comes home tired and happy!

8:05am: Roll into work. I work for a mid sized public liberal arts university in the Admissions department, and today is our Spring Break Visit program. Pick up my materials from the office and head to the student center to help check students in and collect admission applications!

8:15-9:45am: Hang out at check in.  Answer questions from prospective students and their families. Collect one application and various other paperwork items for student's files.

9:45am: Head back to the office to process said application and catch up on emails and other work stuff until lunch. Send out an email to all our prospective and admitted students and watch this awesome video--our Men's Basketball team is in the NCAA Division II Final Four tonight for the first time in school history! Last night was the Elite Eight game, and they had a watch party at our local movie theater. The reporter in the story is also an alum, like me. The watch party was so fun last night! Go Wolves!

11:00am: Snapchat my friend Alissa, who is coming over to watch the basketball game, about dinner plans. Email with my "sister in spirit" Bre about the books we're reading, how our days are going, etc.

Mediterranean food truck!
12:00pm: Lunch! Went with some coworkers to a food truck we have in town that makes delicious Mediterranean food! I had a delightful chicken shawarma!

12:30pm: Back to the student center to finish up some details with the program. My side of the office works with processing applications, so I didn't have as many duties during the actual program.

1:30pm: Back to the office.

2:00pm: Book Bingo for April/May drawing! Several of my coworkers are voracious readers like me, so we do an office bookish bingo with a new bingo board every couple of months. Today we drew our new categories! I'm so fortunate to work with some awesome coworkers who share my love of reading!

2:30pm-5:00pm: Work. Nothing too exciting to report here. 

5:00pm: Time to go home!!! Stopped off at doggie daycare to pick up Peyton. He was happy to see me and a tired pup!

5:20pm: Home! Some friends are coming over for dinner and to watch the game, so I begin working on dinner (chicken Caesar salads). Fed Peyton, the usual stuff.

Peyton and I cheering on the Wolves!
5:45pm:  Hubby goes to get my growler filled for the game.  We in the PNW love our craft beer! We have a tap house and growler fill place just a few blocks from our house.

6:00pm: Friends are here!

6:30ish: Game time! Go Wolves!

8:30pm: Game is over and unfortunately we lost! BUT making it to the Final Four with a first year coach is a HUGE accomplishment! Proud alum right here!

8:45pm: Friends leave, clean up kitchen, etc.

9:00pm: Reading time! Currently reading What Happens in the Alps...

10:00ish: Falling asleep reading....time for bed!


And that's my day! Pretty typical for a weekday. I love watching sports, so watching a game in the evening is pretty typical, but it's rare that it's my alma mater on the screen since we're Division II! Hope you enjoyed a peek into a normal day of my life!

Happy Reading and Happy Friday!




Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Review: Shadow of Night

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Author: Deborah Harkness
584 pages, published July 2012
Genre: Paranormal, historical fiction
Source: purchased for myself

From Goodreads:

It bean with A Discovery of Witches...

Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened.

Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realize that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot.

Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers...
 




If you read my review of A Discovery of Witches, you know I absolutely fell in love with the first book. I was super excited to read the second one. After finishing it, I am still loving the series, but I wasn't as impressed with the second book. Based on other reviews, mine is NOT the popular opinion, but it's how I felt! The first couple hundred pages, the historical setting and tie-in with historical figures was quite entertaining (and brilliant, let's be honest!). After that, the story seemed VERY slow moving to me. I remember thinking, "find the book already!". It didn't have the gripping, couldn't put it down feeling that Witches had.

You know how in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring was really good, The Return of the King was really good, but Two Towers was meh (except for "What are taters, precious?" hahahaha)? That's how I'm feeling about this series. There were a few shining spots at the end of this one that gave me high hopes for the third book, The Book of Life. Because of that I am still excited to read the third book!

Overall rating for "Shadow of Night": 3.5 stars

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

ARC April Sign Up

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So here's the deal. I was going to do the A to Z challenge, but was just too overwhelmed with other things going on, specifically my large list of ARC's that need to be read in the next few months. I literally have a notebook I am carrying around that has a list of all my ARC's and deadlines/pub dates they have. I'm super excited to read the books, and only accepted books I was excited about, but still...I accepted a lot :)  So then I saw ARC April hosted by Read Sleep, Repeat, and though, now that's a challenge I can be successful with! Here are the details:


Guidelines

ARC April, like ARC August is all about YOUR personal goal in regards to YOUR ARCs! This was made as a “low pressure” but maximum benefits kind of challenge and I really want to continue that! The only real rule for ARC April is any books you count towards the challenge MUST be an ARC. It can be an e-ARC or physical ARC. It can have a 2017 release date or an overdue date of 2010! As long as it is an ARC we won’t judge you or take that accomplishment lightly.
*Update* If you decide to read a finished copy of an expired eARC that is FINE. HOWEVER this is straight honor system. Meaning I am TRUSTING you to be honest that you read a finished copy of an ARC you were once granted. Ok? Ok.

The Incentive

Traditionally Shelly and I create a linky and just let you participate until your heart in content and pick a random winner from that initial sign up post. But I want to try something different this year! This year sign ups will close April 15th and there will be NO exceptions made. In addition we are going to implement a point system! Now remember the goal is to make a dent in those ARCs of yours but we understand that a prize is always a helpful way to get a goal accomplished right?! Right! So the point system will go as follows:
1-4 ARCs read for the month = The Bronze Reader Level
5-9 ARCs read for the month = The Silver Reader Level
10-15 ARCs read for the month = The Gold Reader Level
16+ ARCs read for the month = The Diamond Reader Level
More info on prizes and giveaways can be found here. You can also sign up at that same page.

Here are the ARC's on my list (in no particular order)! We'll see how many I get through:

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My Progress/Books Read:

1. All Stories are Love Stories

2. A Drop in the Ocean

3. From This Day Forward

4. The Girl Who Stayed

5. The Little French Guesthouse

6. Until You

7. Capture





Teaser Tuesday: When in the Alps...



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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's Teaser come from What Happens In the Alps... by T. A. Williams:

"The lasagna was excellent and Annie found she was feeling very hungry. As she ate her lunch, she chatted to Massimo and Raffaella."

Italy, good food, winter sport season...this is a great book so far!
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Look for my review on April 14!

Happy Reading!

Monday, March 21, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. You should join in, too!


 Had a pretty productive reading week last week! Here's what I'm reading this week:

Just Finished:

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Love, love, LOVED this one, you guys! Review in the next couple weeks!

Currently Reading:

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Just starting this one today! Look for my review in the book tour April 14!

Up Next:

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Thanks to NetGalley!

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!