Monday, June 27, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date

Here's what I'm reading this week!

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fit Readers Check in June 24


#FitReaders co-hosted by Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About. You can friend me on FitBit here.  
Here are my stats for the last week:

Fri: 10,740
Sat: 15,613
Sun: 10,502
Mon: 12,945
Tue: 11,634
Wed: 8,261
Thur: 5,543
Total: 75,238

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Blog Tour Spotlight Post: Only You


29246615Title: Only You
Author: Denise Grover Swank
On Sale: June 14, 2016
Series: The Bachelor Brotherhood, #1
Publisher: Forever

Summary:

The first book in a spin-off from Denise Grover Swank's New York Times bestselling Wedding Pact series (The Wedding Pact, The Player, The Gambler, The Valentine)

“Warm and funny, the first book in the Bachelor Brotherhood series reads like a great Hollywood rom-com.” –iBooks Best Books of June

Never say never…

Romance isn't an option for Holly Greenwood. With her wedding planner career on the line she needs to stay focused, and that means pleasing her demanding boss, not getting distracted by her mind-alteringly hot neighbor…

Ex-Marine Kevin Vandemeer craves normalcy. Instead, he has a broken-down old house in need of a match and some gasoline, a meddling family, and the uncanny ability to attract the world's craziest women. At least that last one he can fix: he and his buddies have made a pact to swear off women, and this includes his sweetly sexy new neighbor.

After one hot night that looks a whole lot like a disaster in the light of day, Kevin and Holly are about to learn that true love doesn't play by the rules…

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Excerpt

Kevin wasn’t sure why he was surprised Holly was here. She was a wedding planner, and from what he’d seen so far, she was a damn good one.
He’d been on his way out of the room, needing a breather from the noise and the chaos of the reception when he’d seen her at the table. He hadn’t planned on asking her to dance—hell, he hated to dance—but he’d been desperate for a reason to talk to her.
When he sat back down at the table, Tyler wore a smirk. “Crashed and burned, huh? I thought you were going to the bathroom to take a piss.”
“I was. I just happened to run into a friend.”
“Run into a friend, my ass. I thought we’d sworn off women. I’ve held up my end of the bachelor brotherhood. And let me add that I had no idea my balls could turn this blue.”
“She’s a friend,” Kevin said, trying not to sound irritated and feed any more fuel to the fire.
“She’s his neighbor,” Matt said, taking a sip of his beer, and giving Kevin a pointed look. “They’re friends.”
Tyler burst out laughing. “You got friend-zoned?”
“No,” Kevin said slowly, picking up his drink, surprised Matt hadn’t told Tyler about the situation he’d stumbled upon. “I was the one who said I wanted to be friends.”
“Why?” Tyler asked, watching Holly with a little more interest than Kevin liked. “She’s hot. Do you know if she’s seeing anyone?”
“No.” Kevin’s irritation grew.
Tyler stood and adjusted his tie, a smirk lighting up his eyes. “Screw the brotherhood. I think I’ll go over and introduce myself.”
Kevin was up in a flash. “I don’t think so.”
“Why not?” he looked surprised. “She looks like she’d be worth a short break from my hiatus from women.”
Kevin stepped in front of his path, his jaw set. “Because you’re a prick who will use her and toss her aside and she deserves a helluva lot better than that.”
Matt was up in an instant, grabbing Kevin’s arm. “Why don’t we get some air?”
“You like her,” Tyler said, slack jawed.
“Of course he likes her,” Matt said. “For someone so smart, sometimes you’re an idiot.”
“In my defense,” Tyler said. “He said they were friends.”
“Okay,” Matt said slowly. “When was the last time you convinced a woman to be just a friend?”
“Never.”
“I rest my case, counselor.”
Tyler sat back down, and Matt tugged on Kevin’s sleeve to get him to join them.
 “I can’t believe you didn’t last even a single week,” Tyler said.
“He didn’t last a single day,” Matt told him. “He slept with her the night after our agreement to remain single.”
Tyler burst out laughing. “For a tough-ass former Marine, I expected you to be the last holdout, man. At least a week or two.”

About the Author
Denise Grover SwankNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese, which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty (in her own mind) Facebook comments and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn't lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.


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Monday, June 20, 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! 

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Fit Readers Check in June 17


#FitReaders co-hosted by Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About. You can friend me on FitBit here.  
Here are my stats for the last week:

Fri: 10,287
Sat: 111,248
Sun: 10,164
Mon: 10,890
Tue: 10,414
Wed: 7,456
Thur: 10,152
Total: 70,611

This week went pretty well, with the exception of Wednesday! I had a super busy day at work and hardly left my desk. Didn't get to go on a walk at lunch. The weather was calling for thunderstorms, so rather than taking Peyton on a long walk, I took him to the dark park--I was worried I would get as far away as possible and it would start thundering/lightening, so the dog park was a safe bet because if it did, I could just hop in my car and go home. And of course it didn't! But it did rain while we were there! The rest of the week was great though, and met my goal of 10K steps a day. I was happy that I went over 10K on all the other days so it averaged out to be 70K steps for the week!

Happy Friday and Happy Stepping!

Review: Clean Break

29351778Title: Clean Break
Author: Abby Vegas
300 pages, ebook published May 17, 2016
Genre:Women's Fiction

Source: I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.   I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

Lane Haviland can’t seem to catch a break. She’s dead broke, barely functioning as an adult, and completely alone in New York City. Her so-called “apartment” is a six-by-nine cell in a Brooklyn basement. And her new boss hasn’t ever met a personal or professional boundary she can’t bulldoze through. 

Still, Lane’s determined to at least attempt to claw her way back to respectability. But she can’t seem to get her mysterious handyman, Viktor, out of her apartment – or her headspace. Maybe that’s a good thing: Viktor’s easy on the eyes, and that deep-voiced Russian accent is beyond sexy. But as he and Lane grow closer, he can no longer hide his connections with a dangerous criminal underworld – where secrets can be deadly.


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I was sucked into this book from the first chapter! I was immediately intrigued with Lane as a character, and so curious as to what was going on with her and why she was in the situation she was in. The writing style was entertaining and funny, and kept me interested throughout the whole book--I HAD to keep reading!

I enjoyed how this book was still in the genre of women's fiction but had a bit of a mystery feel to it.  What happened to Lane? What's Viktor's deal? What is she going to do? I also enjoyed Cynthia, Lane's boss, who definitely provided some comic relief in a Devil Wears Prada sort of way.

Overall this was a great read that's perfect if you're looking for some entertaining women's fiction that keeps you guessing.  It's witty, entertaining, and fun!

Overall rating: 4 stars

Happy Reading!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

TLC Book Tours: The Space Between Sisters

About The Space Between Sisters

The Space Between Sisters cover• Paperback: 336 pages • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 14, 2016) Return to Butternut Lake with New York Times  bestselling author Mary McNear in a story where the complicated bonds of sisterhood are tested. They are two sisters who couldn’t be more different. Win, organized and responsible, plans her life with care. Poppy, impulsive and undependable, leaves others to pick up the pieces. But despite their differences, they share memories of the idyllic childhood summers they spent together on the shores of Butternut Lake. Now, thirteen years later, Win, recovering from a personal tragedy, has taken refuge on Butternut Lake, settling into a predictable and quiet life. Then one night, Poppy unexpectedly shows up on her sister’s doorstep with her suitcases, an aging cat named Sasquatch, and a mysterious man in tow. Although Win loves her beautiful sister, she wasn’t expecting her to move in for the summer. At first, they relive the joys of Butternut Lake. But their blissful nostalgia soon gives way to conflict and painful memories, and buried secrets threaten to tear the sisters apart. As the waning days of summer get shorter, past secrets are revealed, new love is found, and the ties between the sisters are tested like never before . . . all on the serene shores of Butternut Lake.
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This was my first Butternut Lake novel, and I loved it!! First, let's admire this absolutely gorgeous cover! I LOVE all the color! Don't let the cover fool you though--this is NOT an easy breezy summer romance beach read. Yes, there's romance, but the story has so much more depth and complexity than that. The writing was fantastic--it drew me in from the very first page. Though I grew up an only child and can't relate to the biological sister relationship,  I loved reading about Win and Poppy's summer together.  This is definitely a book about the bond between sisters, and McNear tells it beautifully. Her writing is effortless and flows well, and I devoured the book in just a few days.

I definitely related to Poppy more (maybe because she loved her cat, Sasquatch, so much? I think sweet old Sasquatch was m favorite character!) but I loved both sisters as characters. I also loved Sam, of course, and sweet little Cassie! I loved that she was a baton twirler. This was one of those books where I read it so quickly because I had to know what happened (though slightly predictable) but as I got closer to the end I was sad because I didn't want the book to end--more specifically, I didn't want to leave the fictional world of Butternut Lake!

I mentioned this was my first Butternut Lake novel, and it's the fourth in the series.  It worked just fine as a standalone, but now I am eager to read the other books in this series and return to Butternut Lake! I definitely recommend you add this to your summer reading list!

Mary McNearAbout Mary McNear

Mary McNear, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Butternut Lake series, writes in a local doughnut shop, where she sips Diet Pepsi, observes the hubbub of neighborhood life, and tries to resist the constant temptation of freshly made doughnuts. Mary bases her novels on a lifetime of summers spent in a small town on a lake in the northern Midwest. Connect with Mary on Facebook.



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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

TLC Book Tours: Incarnation

Incarnation cover 2About Incarnation

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Terra Nova Books (March 1, 2016)
When Kelsey Dupuis takes a job working in a genetic engineering lab in the high desert of New Mexico, she begins to suffer from oceanic nightmares that soon escalate into waking visions, warnings, pleas for help, and finally visitations from a dark-braided, green-eyed girl named Iriel. Kelsey wrestles with the notion that Iriel could be a past life self who once lived in an ancient watery place no longer on this earth. At the same time, she confronts ethical issues at work, and a lover who becomes more and more abusive. As Kelsey seeks the truth, she learns that Iriel escaped an arranged marriage in her own time, and lived to witness the destruction of her ancient homeland, helpless, despite her formidable powers, to stop it.
Incarnation is the story of one woman’s confrontation with history as she learns the meaning of a soul-twin’s life and its karmic implications. Forced to relive her deepest fears, Kelsey is able to face her entwined past and present with courage, innovation, and forgiveness in order to break the chain, free her soul-twin, and become more truly herself.
“Laura Davis Hays’ beautifully written and deeply imaginative novel, Incarnation, is at once a thrilling adventure, a fantastical journey in time and a complex love story. Skillfully weaving ancient and modern, science and spirit, Davis Hays makes a powerful case for the limitation of purely rational solutions in the face of the fragility of this beautiful and chaotic world. This original and visionary novel allows us to experience fantasy as real and reality as magic.”–Susana Guillaume, Author, playwright, actress, Girl Facing West
“In smart and elegant language, Hays deftly weaves equal parts of science, romance, adventure and fantasy into a captivating novel that invites the reader to consider the interconnectedness of the past, present, and future.”–Linda Durham, Founder/Director, The Wonder Institute
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This book is something totally different than I usually read, and I took a chance!  I'll admit it was hard for me to get into because there was so much going on, but in the end I ended up barely being able to put it down! It's definitely not a light and easy read--you really have to focus so you can keep track of what's going on--but that makes the book so entertaining and thought provoking. I really liked Kelsey, the main character. Overall, while this is not a genre I would read a lot of in the future, I definitely enjoyed this book!


LDH_PhotoAbout Laura Davis Hays

Laura Davis Hays is the award winning author of Incarnation, a metaphysical thriller set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a remote Island off the coast of Belize, and the lost continent of Atlantis. She is also the author of the forthcoming fantasy series, The Atlantis Material, and a collection of linked stories set in Denmark, her ancestral homeland, in the early part of the 20th century.
Laura writes with a mind balanced between right and left-brain capabilities that leads to a combination of flights of fancy and complexity of structure in her work.
A graduate of Rice University, Laura lives in Santa Fe with her husband, Jim, and two cats, Rufus and Dexter.

Connect with Laura

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2016


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

This Week's Topic:  

 Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year 

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Monday, June 13, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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Friday, June 10, 2016

FitReaders Check in: June 10


#FitReaders co-hosted by Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About. You can friend me on FitBit here.  
Here are my stats for the last week:

FitBit Steps:

Fri: 13, 816
Sat: 10,607
Sun: 11,423
Mon: 10,373
Tue: 10,085
Wed: 10, 312
Thur: 11,340
Total: 77,956

Happy with my progress this week! Hit my goal of more than 10K steps every day!

Happy Friday and Happy Reading and Stepping!