Friday, August 18, 2017

Bout of Books: Goals, TBR, Stats

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 20 begins Monday! New to Bout of Books? Here's my sign up post to learn more! My goals are the same as the last few readathons. My main goal is to have fun!

Goals

1. Read as much as possible (but not stress out about it). Read on lunch break, evenings, etc.

2.Participate in Twitter Chats/challenges/other events to connect with other bloggers/readers

3. Finish at least one book

4. As in the last Bout of Books...I'm not caring about a page goal....all I care about is to HAVE FUN!


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I scored big at the library this week and stocked up just in time for Bout of Books!
 
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Monday 8/21
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Books read from: The Identicals
Books Completed So Far: 0
 
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review: The Good Widow

32604384Title: The Good Widow
Authors: Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
290 pages, published June 2017

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

From Goodreads:

Elementary school teacher Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales’s marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it was…until two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasn’t alone.For Jacks, laying her husband to rest was hard. But it was even harder to think that his final moments belonged to another woman—one who had left behind her own grieving and bewildered fiancĂ©. Nick, just as blindsided by the affair, wants answers. So he suggests that he and Jacks search for the truth together, retracing the doomed lovers’ last days in paradise.

Now, following the twisting path of that fateful road, Jacks is learning that nothing is ever as it seems. Not her marriage. Not her husband. And most certainly not his death...


WOW. That was my first thought after finishing this fantastic book! I've loved Liz and Lisa's other books, but this one was above and beyond! I read this book over a business trip and it was so hard to put down because I was itching to know what happened next.  When you're about three quarters of the way through the book, you think you have it all figured out--how it's going to end, what's going on. And then, the plot twist smacks you in the face! It's such an unexpected twist and so well written and I loved the element of surprise! It's not too often a plot twist like that is so surprising--I certainly didn't see it coming!
 
Of course, I loved the Hawaiian setting in the book and it was clear Liz and Lisa knew the area too, to make the book more real. I love Jacks as a character and my heart hurt for her as she moved through the grieving process. I LOVE this new genre for Liz and Lisa and hope they keep writing this style of book! This is my favorite of theirs so far but I recommend all their novels.
 
Happy Reading!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Bout of Books 20 Sign up!

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 20 is almost here! It's my favorite reading event!  I've had such a crazy summer and Bout of Books is just what I need to get settled back into normal life and into reading more like I used to. Things have been crazy and I either haven't had time to read or have been in a reading slump. Excited for Bout of Books and to connect with other readers and bloggers!

What is Bout of Books? Here's the official blurb:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

If you want to sign up, there's plenty of time! This is the link to the sign up instructions.  Can't wait for another fun event! My goals and TBR will be posted closer to the beginning of the readathon.

Happy Reading!

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.
 
If you're still reading my blog...THANK YOU! I have just been so crazy busy this summer and just haven't had time for blogging. Since April, my husband and I  have celebrated three weddings of three very special couples, gone on a business trip each, gone to Hawaii, AND sold our first home and bought our dream home! We just got back from our most recent wedding trip to Casper, Wyoming last night! If you follow my instagram you saw the pictures of our road trip and the beautiful wedding!
 
Now, all our travels are done for the summer and we can settle into normal life! For me this means more reading, blogging, and yoga! Thank you for still reading! I'll be back to more frequent posting...I promise!
 
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What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!
 
 
 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

To Provence, With Love Blog Tour


Author: T. A. Williams
Release Date: 12th July 2017
Genre: Romance
Publisher: HQ Digital
Format: Ebook

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Summary:

Escape to the south of France with this perfect feel-good summer romance!

Anything is possible…

Struggling writer Faye Carter just can’t believe her luck. She’s off to Provence to write the autobiography of a famous film star and she’ll be staying in the stunning chateau!

So when she meets charming (and completely gorgeous) lavender farmer, Gavin, she knows that she’s made the right choice – even if glamourous, elderly Anabelle seems to be hiding something…

But when the sun is shining, the food is delicious and the air smells of honey, anything seems possible. Will the magic of Provence help Faye finally find a happy-ever-after of her own?
 
If you've read my blog at all you know I love T.A.'s books!! This one is no exception! If you love beach read style  books set in Europe and you love black Labradors...his books are for you! I loved Faye and Gavin, and of course Marlon. This book made me feel like I was in Provence--I could almost smell the lavender! Like a typical beach read romance, the story is predictable, but so delightful that you just don't care. Sometimes you just need a fun, easygoing read and this book is perfect for that.
 
It's a quick read--I read it within 24 hours. Perfect for a weekend trip or plane ride. I highly recommend this book and all TA's books!
 
 
About T.A. Williams
 
I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, "Dirty Minds" one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn't possibly comment. Ask my wife...
I've written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I'm enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a tug, then I know I’ve done my job.
I‘ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away in south west England. I love the place. That’s why you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh, yes, and a black Labrador.
I've been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However, underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she's right.