Month: May 2015

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

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/31/15

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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): 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 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

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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 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 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 »


May 15
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge – Review

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge – Review

Reviews 18 ★★★★½

Crimson Bound is a dark, gritty fairy tale, set in a world where darkness just may overcome the light. Fans of Cruel Beauty will not be disappointed in Hodge’s new book, which has the same dark tone and complex folklore (though the worlds and characters are not the same). What I loved: Rich worldbuilding. Hodge certainly doesn’t skimp on the worldbuilding. She has a rich magical (and almost mythological) history for her world with very distinct elements such as the Devourer, who wants to spread darkness over the world. I loved the fantastical elements to this book – the literal knitting of spells, the progression from human to bloodbound to forestborn (and how that occurs), the creation of the weapons that were capable of defeating the Devourer – there were so many unique and elaborate elements to the folklore. And Hodge brought it all together beautifully. Beautiful writing. From the very beginning, I… Read more »


May 14
My Kids LOVE to Reread! – Let’s Discuss

My Kids LOVE to Reread! – Let’s Discuss

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As most of you probably know, I am NOT a re-reader. I just can’t bring myself to reread a book – even a fantastic book – when I know that there are so many books out there that I still haven’t read. That I desperately want to read!! The only time I ever reread books is when I am reading an old favorite along with my kids (and even those are few and far between). Which is why it baffles me that they LOVE to reread books. ALL. THE. TIME. This past week we celebrated my daughter’s birthday, and the only thing that she really wanted was more of the Warriors books by Erin Hunter. There are like 30 books in this series and she’s read all of them multiple times (some of them, I think she’s read like four times). But she loves these books, and getting them from the library over and over again… Read more »


May 10
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/10/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/10/15

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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): Well, I’m headed off to RT next week (WOO HOO!!!), so this week was mostly spent editing (since I’m working on two books that are being published at the end of the month) and preparing. I actually scheduled posts, people! I know you’re all gasping at my sudden ability to plan ahead. Don’t worry – I’m sure it will wear off as soon as I get back. Today we’re celebrating my daughter’s 11th birthday – and Mother’s Day, of course. Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!! Another highlight of the week was heading to the Scholastic Warehouse sale… Read more »


May 09
Tagapalooza – To All the Tags I’ve Skipped Before

Tagapalooza – To All the Tags I’ve Skipped Before

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I am the WORST about doing tags! I have been tagged so many times, and they always look so fun and I think, “I’m going to do this one!” And then I forget about it. I’m not trying to be a horrible tagee (yeah, that’s totally not a word), but I just realize that I need to put a little thought into a tag and then eventually let it slip off my radar. SO, this is my Tagapalooza – a combination of all the tags I have not yet responded to! (If I missed yours, I’m so sorry. Feel free to remind me and I’ll add you to this one or to my next Tagapalooza.)   The Taylor Swift Book Tag Tagged by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight I am horrible when it comes to knowing anything about current pop music. We pretty much only listen to K-Love around here (which is Christian contemporary)… Read more »