Month: May 2015

May 31
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/31/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/31/15

Sunday Post 28

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): Well, this week was a little calmer. It felt nice to relax a little bit –  I did start work on a new editing project, but we’re in the beginning stages, so we’re just getting into the swing of things. Still, I didn’t manage to post a discussion post this week because I spent a lot of time working on optimizing my site. Luckily, my husband is a techie, so he’s been able to do some monitoring and optimizing for me. Then he had me change the sizing on a lot of my pictures (which I already knew I needed… Read more »


May 29
Burn by Allie Juliette Mousseau – Giveaway & Reviewish Type Thing

Burn by Allie Juliette Mousseau – Giveaway & Reviewish Type Thing

Edited by Me, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 32 ★★★★★

Okay, so you all know I don’t review books that I edit. It would be absolutely impossible for me to be unbiased when it comes to her books because I have been working with her since her very first book (she was my first editing client!) and absolutely adore her as a person. She puts her complete heart and soul into these books – not to mention parts of her own personal story – this woman has lived a hard life and her books reflect that – and I’m kind of in awe of her. Well, Burn is no exception to that. In fact, Burn is probably the toughest book she’s written – she doesn’t let her characters off the hook, and she doesn’t let her readers off the hook either. I hope you’ll read it and fall in love with Quinn and Liam just as much as I have. All of Allie’s True North… Read more »


May 28
Spelled by Betsy Schow – Review & Giveaway

Spelled by Betsy Schow – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 16 ★★★½

This book is a really cute, fun, whimsical fairy tale retelling with a lot of appeal! The story follows Dorthea, who’s lived a sequestered life, just in case she is the Emerald Princess who has been foretold to burn the world down. Dorthea wants to escape her boring life, so she makes a wish – one that backfires and turns the entire fairy tale realm upside down. In order to put things right, she has to escape the clutches of the gray witch and embrace the power she never knew she had (and has been raised to fear) without allowing the power to take her over completely. She goes off on her quest with a couple of begrudging sidekicks and a true fairy tale adventure ensues. What I loved: Fun take on fairy tales. Just the pure number of fairy tales that Schow managed to incorporate into this book is astounding… Read more »


May 25
Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber – Review & Giveaway

Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 20 ★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second book in The Storm Siren Trilogy and may contain spoilers for the first book. You can find my review of book #1 HERE.*** It’s been quite a while since I read, Storm Siren – so long, in fact, that I had to skim it before I read this second book in the trilogy. I remembered that I loved it and that there was a huge cliffhanger, but I didn’t remember what it was! Well, I was definitely glad that I refreshed my memory because SO much happens in these books, and those little details matter. I was just as impressed with this second book in the series as I was with the first, though I wasn’t quite as wrapped up in the story. Still, I feel like Weber pulled out all the stops, especially at the end of the book, and she has me begging… Read more »


May 24
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/24/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/24/15

RT, Sunday Post 23

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 TWO weeks on FYFA (and in my life): I didn’t manage to put up a Sunday Post last week. It’s the first time that’s happened – maybe ever. But, trust me, I had good reason. These past two weeks have been insanely busy – like ridiculously, crazily busy. Actually, I could extend that to the past month, but … Anyway, as most of you know, the week before last, I headed out to RT in Dallas. It was an amazing experience, and my days and nights were pretty much completely filled while I was there. You  can read a recap and see some pictures here. Just for the heck of… Read more »


May 23
I Swear I’ve Seen This Guy Before – Let’s Discuss

I Swear I’ve Seen This Guy Before – Let’s Discuss

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I don’t recognize cover models all that often, but there is one guy that I see everywhere – and it’s to the point where I think, “Not that guy again!” I honestly sometimes can’t remember if it’s the same cover that I’ve seen before or if it’s a new one. Part of the problem is that he’s pretty distinctive looking – and the focus on his covers is on his face, not his abs, so he stands out a bit more than some other cover models! Now, of course, I’m glad that this guy has a lucrative cover model career, and he’s a really good looking guy, but I’m starting to get to the point where I groan when I see him. For this post, I spent about five minutes on Goodreads and found ALL THESE covers featuring him. Plus, walking through RT, I noticed him twice – and it’s not like… Read more »


May 22
Until You Find Me by Amber Hart – Review

Until You Find Me by Amber Hart – Review

Reviews 6 ★★★★

I was immediately drawn to Until You Find Me because of the multi-cultural cover and the African setting. I love to see diversity in books and this seemed like a really interesting New Adult read – very different than anything else that I’d ever seen! Well, thankfully it lived up to my expectations! What I loved: The setting. This book took place in the jungle! (Do I really need to say anything more than that?) I mean, we’ve all read New Adult books that take place in a college setting, or maybe out in the working world – but when was the last time you read one that took place in the jungle?! Right from the beginning, the book had me hooked with the danger of the jungle (the book starts with Raven being attacked by a gorilla!). I also loved reading Jospin’s POV and seeing the jungle from the perspective… Read more »


May 21
The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott – Review

The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott – Review

Reviews 13 ★★★

The Shattered Court was an intriguing start to a fantasy series, but it really felt like just that – a start. While my interest is sufficiently piqued so I’ll seek out the next book in the series, this book felt like it was really just getting us started in the world that Scott created. I almost feel like I have to reserve judgment on the series until I read the next book. This book sets up the romance and the political intrigue, but I think the real payoff will come in future books! What I loved: The magic. I enjoyed the glimpses that we got into the magic of this world, and I hope to see even more of it in future books in the series. I was very intrigued by the different types of magic and how some of the women’s power was bound (under normal circumstances). It seems like Sophia has… Read more »


May 20
A Taylor-Made Life by Kary Rader – Review

A Taylor-Made Life by Kary Rader – Review

Reviews 2 ★★★½

A Taylor-Made Life is a heart-wrenching story of love in the bleakest of circumstances. Taylor has cancer and she just wants to experience sex before she dies. Gavin also has terminal cancer and he’s looking for someone to share the rest of his life with – but Taylor is way too young for him to consider her, no matter how attracted he is to her and how much they have in common. Still, the two forge an instant bond, and soon they find that they have a connection that can’t be denied. But love won’t be enough to overcome the obstacles they face – it may help to heal their souls, but it can’t stop the disease that ravages their bodies. What I loved: Realistic depiction of cancer. This book gives an incredibly realistic portrayal of cancer and the emotional and physical damage that it does. It doesn’t let readers off easy, that’s for… Read more »


May 19
Top Ten Things I Loved About RT 2015

Top Ten Things I Loved About RT 2015

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie, so I decided I’d combine it with my update on RT 2015! Top Ten Things I Loved About RT 2015 (Clockwise, from left to right – Colleen Hoover, Sara Raasch, IW Gregorio, Brigid Kemmerer, Kimberly Derting, Liz Czukas  – AKA Ellie Cahill, Jennifer Lynn Armentrout, Ann Aguirre) Okay, I know I’ve been silent on the blog a lot this past week, but RT was WAY more intense and all-consuming than I expected. In all the best ways, though!! This conference was AMAZING in so many ways – it is so much more personal than BEA, and there’s A LOT more more interaction with the authors. That’s not to say that I didn’t love BEA, and I’m definitely going to be heading to that next year, but I would highly recommend RT if you’re looking for something different. Next year it’s in Vegas! 1. My Roommate If it weren’t for RT,… Read more »