Month: May 2015

May 08
To Redesign or Not to Redesign – I Need Your Help!

To Redesign or Not to Redesign – I Need Your Help!

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  I’ve been thinking for a long time about redesigning my site, but I keep going back and forth on it. (Gasp! Really, Nicole? You going back and forth on a decision? I can hardly believe it!) Okay, now that you’ve all got that out of your systems …   My current design is actually a random design that I got as a freebie from a now-defunct designer when I first started my blog. I thought it was pretty, so I picked it. That was about all the thought that went into it. Well, in the last two years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve thought about that random choice A LOT. I still think it’s pretty, but I kind of wish I had something that better reflected my blog’s theme – you know, books. I’ve given it a lot of thought, and I would LOVE it if I could have a header that featured… Read more »


May 07
A Matter of Heart by Amy Fellner Dominy – Review & Giveaway

A Matter of Heart by Amy Fellner Dominy – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 9 ★★★½

When I signed up for this tour, I was told to write about something sporty. I thought for a moment that this might be impossible, because I am one of the least sporty people in the universe. Unless you count marathon reading as a sport, I’m pretty much lost. But, then I realized I DO have something to write about. I may not be athletically inclined, but my daughter and husband both are – at least in certain things. My daughter is a gymnast. She trains nine hours per week (soon to go up to twelve), and she works hard. I am always amazed at this girl’s intensity and focus. And, here’s the thing – athleticism doesn’t come naturally to her. She didn’t miraculously get genes for grace and strength out of nowhere. She isn’t one of those athletes who seemed to be born with natural ability coming out of her ears. But what she did… Read more »


May 06
Ash and Ruin Series by Shauna Granger – Review & $25 Giveaway

Ash and Ruin Series by Shauna Granger – Review & $25 Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 18 ★★★★

World of Ash by Shauna Granger  Series: Ash and Ruin #1 Published on 12/2/13 Genres: Dystopian Pages: 263 Source: Won It! My content rating: Very Mature YA/NA (Characters have sex, though it’s not explicit; Some violence) My rating: There are two inherent truths in the world: life as we know it is over, and monsters are real. The Pestas came in the night, spreading their pox, a deadly plague that decimated the population. Kat, one of the unlucky few who survived, is determined to get to her last living relative and find shelter from the pox that continues to devastate the world. When it mutates and becomes airborne, Kat is desperate to avoid people because staying alone might be her only chance to stay alive. That is, until she meets Dylan. Dylan, with his easy smile and dark, curly hair, has nowhere to go and no one to live for. He convinces Kat there… Read more »


May 05
Top Ten Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read

Top Ten Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read This is a tough list because, I mean, NEVER – that’s really saying something. I don’t like that word. And you all know how completely indecisive I am (just look at my Why I’m Changing My Ratings post and my What I Did Instead of Changing My Ratings post that went up the next week), so really, I don’t think that I can say never about anything. Still, there are definitely some books that I can say I will probably never read! I Tried. I Really Tried.  These are all books that I really wanted to read. I mean, what self-respecting fantasy/sci fi fan hasn’t read these books? So, I tried. I really did. 1984 is one classic that I’ve always felt like I should have read. But I’ve picked it up like a dozen times and never gotten past the halfway mark. Then there was The Hobbit…. Read more »


May 03
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/3/15

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 5/3/15

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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): We spent the day at Six Flags Great America yesterday – first day it opened this season! I love roller coasters, so Six Flags is a perfect fun family day, as far as I’m concerned. Other than that we’ve had a pretty calm week around here (though I’ve been doing A LOT of editing). Next week, my husband is gone at a conference in Vegas and the following week I’ll be headed to Dallas for RT. Stuff Mother’s Day and my daughter’s birthday in there and you have a couple of really  busy weeks coming up! Here’s what you may… Read more »


May 02
April Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

April Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in April: I  posted a tongue-in-cheek April Fools’ post all about why I was planning to ban books in my household and give away all of my children’s books. Some of you thought I had truly gone insane! (I actually added April Fools’ to the title on April 2nd so that people wouldn’t be too confused.) I finished editing Baited by Ali Parker and started editing The Light by Kate Thomas and Burn by Allie Juliette Mousseau. Plus, I proofread the first of Zoe Reid’s serials and I did a critique for another promising new author! I made a fool of myself at a Neal Shusterman author event Our homeschool co-op finished up their school year (it ends a bit earlier than the regular year) and my acting and musical theater classes had their final performances. The kids did a great job! My kids also performed violin (my son played… Read more »


May 01
May 2015 Discussion Challenge Link-up (& Giveaway)

May 2015 Discussion Challenge Link-up (& Giveaway)

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Welcome to the May monthly link-up for the 2015 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! I can’t believe the year is nearly halfway over! This challenge has been going better than we ever could have imagined – we’ve been having an amazing time discussing books with all of you! The winner of our March discussion challenge link-up was Silvara over at Fantasy of the Silver Dragon. She chose Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs. I haven’t read the Mercy Thompson series, but I’ve heard great things about it. Congratulations, Silvara, and happy reading! If you don’t know what this challenge is all about or haven’t signed up yet (but want to), head on over to the challenge sign-up page to learn more! Even if you’d rather not join, we hope you’ll stop by occasionally to check out the MANY discussion posts that are… Read more »