Month: March 2015

Mar 13
Fact or Fiction – Let’s Discuss

Fact or Fiction – Let’s Discuss

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Last week I wrote a post about how I love a fictional book (loosely) based on a true story. It just somehow captures my imagination – the idea that the author was truly inspired by something that happened in their real life. But, ironically, I’m not really a fan of non-fiction, even if it’s a personal story. Just the word memoir sets me off yawning. I don’t know why. For some reason, the idea of non-fiction bores me, even though there are many people in this world who have amazing stories to tell about their lives. This is something that I need to get past, I know. I need to broaden my horizons! How does my love of fiction based on reality and my dislike of non-fiction memoir-type stories make any sense at all? Well, I should probably just chalk it up to my own crazy brain playing tricks on me, but… Read more »


Mar 12
Before He Was a Secret by Becky Wicks – Review & Giveaway

Before He Was a Secret by Becky Wicks – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 17 ★★★★

Before He Was a Secret is a sweet and sexy NA romance that evokes the Nashville music scene. This book could definitely be read as a standalone, but I picked up the other two books and read them first (because it drives me crazy to read books out of order). My reviews of the other two books will be coming soon, but I’ve enjoyed them all! This book follows Stephanie (who was last seen in the reality TV show in book #2) as she heads to Nashville to try to hit it big and save her family from financial ruin. She teams up with Conor to write music – inspiration hits and sparks fly! What I loved: The lyrics. One of my favorite things about this book is the lyrics to the songs that Stephanie and Conor write (both separately and together). It’s obvious to me that Wicks has the heart of a… Read more »


Mar 11
Descent by L.A. Starkey – Feature & Giveaway

Descent by L.A. Starkey – Feature & Giveaway

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Another new release by L.A. Starkey! My latest editing project has been released – this is the final book in the Soul Keeper Trilogy! Check it out and enter for a chance to win one of the books in the series! Get Deceived While It’s Free on Amazon! ABOUT THE AUTHOR: L.A. Starkey is the author of the upcoming Soul Keeper Series, a supernatural young adult series, and The Liarus Detective Series, a supernatural middle grade series. She is a CPA by trade, a church planter and entrepreneur at heart; however, writing and reading are passions she just can’t help but indulge in. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn’t seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy. She writes under the following pen names: Kate Thomas – NA/Adult Paranormal Isabella James – Sci-fi/Fantasy Lauren… Read more »


Mar 10
Top Twelve Indie Books for Readers Who Like Dystopians/Fantasy/Paranormal

Top Twelve Indie Books for Readers Who Like Dystopians/Fantasy/Paranormal

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Twelve Books for Readers Who Love Dystopians/Fantasy/Paranormal Okay, well there are some really obvious mainstream published favorites in these categories, but I’m not going to list any of those. I’m going to assume that if you love dystopians, fantasy or paranormal you already know about the big names. Instead, I’m going to focus on lesser known, Indie or self-pubbed titles – I want to give you some new books to love! When I went to make this list, I had twelve books that jumped out at me, so I decided just to go with that. YA Recommendations: Sleepless by Tracey Ward – This book was SO unique and interesting – about a girl who has an ability she can’t control. She “Slips” during sleep – waking up in an unknown place and then having to find a way to get herself back home. Loved this book and writing this post has reminded me… Read more »


Mar 08
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/8/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 3/8/15

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. Last week on FYFA (and in my life): Had a bit of a relaxing week this week, since I didn’t have any editing projects to work on and since I procrastinated and didn’t work on hospitality for my daughter’s gymnastics competition. Don’t worry, I’ll pay for it later! Here’s what you may have missed this past week: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill (review & giveaway) Top Ten Favorite Books of All Time February Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch – Find out what you may have missed in February and what my favorite February read was! All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (review) Seed by… Read more »


Mar 07
Based on a True Story – Let’s Discuss

Based on a True Story – Let’s Discuss

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As I was coming up with ideas for this month’s Discussion Challenge Link-up, I was struck with this idea of fiction vs. non-fiction. I actually didn’t think all that much of it in the moment, but the more I thought about it, the more I couldn’t get the idea out of my head. So, I’m going to be writing two posts on the topic. This first one is all about why I’m fascinated with the idea of fiction that’s based on a true story. As soon as I know that a fictional story is based on something real (even just a little bit), I’m instantly intrigued. There’s something about knowing that the things the characters are going through are based in reality that makes me want to know more – connects me even more deeply to them. Of course, all fiction is based somewhat on reality. Even the most fantastical fantasy is… Read more »


Mar 06
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Review

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Review

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 15 ★★★★★

All the Bright Places is a difficult but intensely powerful read. This is not the type of book that will leave you feeling satisfied or refreshed. It will leave you feeling gutted and a bit broken, but also uplifted in an odd sort of way. I chose to read this on my birthday because I wanted to read something amazing that day – I got what I wanted, but I also spent that night sobbing. You have been warned. The book starts out with Finch and Violet meeting – on a ledge. It was obvious right from the start that these characters were going to have issues. It was even a little bit obvious where things were heading. But the journey was incredibly bittersweet. This book hit me in a lot of incredibly personal ways, which is probably why I adored it so much. I can’t even begin to go… Read more »


Mar 05
Seed by Lisa Heathfield – Review

Seed by Lisa Heathfield – Review

Reviews 18 ★★★★

Seed is a compelling story of strength in horrible circumstances. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of cults, I have to admit. It amazes me the things that people are willing to believe when a charismatic leader tells them it’s so. And it’s also incredibly interesting what types of things we will accept simply because we are raised in a society where those things are accepted. In this book, the main character, Pearl, has been raised in a cult. She has been raised to believe that Nature speaks to Papa S (their cult leader) and tells him the right way for them to live. Nature dictates their rules, and decides when someone is to be punished for breaking them (or for thinking about breaking them!). Of course, the situation is very mentally (and sometimes physically abusive). Pearl also looks forward to the day that she will be a companion… Read more »


Mar 04
February Wrap-Up and Best of the Bunch

February Wrap-Up and Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in February: I finished editing the final two books in the YA fantasy Soul Keepers Trilogy by L.A. Starkey and edited The Core, an NA paranormal that she published under the pen name Kate Thompson. I also finished editing her MG novel Howl at the Moon. I turned 41 and my blog turned two! I hosted a blogoversary and birthday giveaway to celebrate! (It’s still going on, so don’t miss out!) I committed to teaching three classes for next year’s homeschool co-op (it feels so far away – I have a hard time planning so far ahead!). Next year, I’ll be teaching musical theatre and acting again, and I’ll also be teaching a 5th/6th grade writing class. My daughter competed in a few more gymnastics meets and did really well. Her state competition is this month and then we’re done with competing until late fall! (She still has nine hours… Read more »


Mar 03
Top Ten Favorite Books of All Time

Top Ten Favorite Books of All Time

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books from the Last Three Years that I Consider All-Time Favorites Oh, wow! Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I can’t choose a favorite of anything! Ten favorites, I guess I can handle, but even this is really hard. I’m going with books I’ve read in the past three years, not necessarily books that were published in the last three years. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma – Whenever I’m asked the “favorite” question, this book is one of the first to come to mind. This book wrecked me – you can read about why I love books that make me cry here. Unwind by Neal Shusterman – Again, this book is always another book that instantly comes to mind when thinking of favorites. Easily one of the best dystopian series I’ve ever read. I love the moral implications and how much it made me think! The Hunger… Read more »