Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Promo Blitz: Crossing Double


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Contemporary Romance
A Heartbreaker Novel, Book 3
Published: October 16, 2018

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Brent Keiser, a certified genius, and forensic accountant work for the FBI mostly because of their awesome retirement plan. Growing up homeless with a ditzy mother can make a guy be a little obsessive in the saving for the future department. But just once, he'd like to get out in the field, maybe actually fire a gun or chase after a bad guy like the other agents. Although, solving crimes with his calculator is statistically much safer, and he'd live to enjoy that house on the beach he saves for each payday.

Sara Chapman used to be a card-carrying member of the Hollywood rich kid pack, but after serving community service, she said goodbye to her spoiled friends. Seeing the plight of the homeless up close and personal gave her a new direction. But that doesn’t deter the annoying paparazzi. Her parents were the famous ones, not her. Sara’s only recent claim to fame was for having the most embarrassing public break up in the history of the entire world. Unfortunately, they don’t give Oscars for those, so she is trying to keep her head down and to stay as far away from single men as possible.

But then Sara becomes unknowingly tangled up in Brent’s money laundering case against her father. When it becomes hard to tell the good guys from the bad, she turns to Brent for help. While on the run for their lives, the built, nerdy accountant with magnificent abs, transforms into her personal superhero. Opposites in almost every way, will Brent see her as his Kryptonite or his Lois Lane?



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Seeing Double
A Heartbreaker Novel, Book 1
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Published: August 2017


 Dani Botelli has vowed to step out of her demanding movie star mother’s shadow and is determined to start a new chapter in her life. But two men vying for her attention are making for double the trouble. There’s Jake, her police detective almost-ex who wasn’t so hot as a husband but still has the hots for Dani. And as usual, he needs her intuition and visions to help him solve a crime. Then there’s her high school crush, Michael, a former NFL pro who’s now her mom’s hunky lawyer.

Working alongside Jake, while keeping her special gifts under wraps, is proving to be more dangerous than Dani realized. She needs to stay out of harm’s way—and out of Jake’s flirtatious path—long enough to find out if Michael is the one. But will her hard-to-explain hunches be the secret that comes between them?

A National Reader’s Choice Award finalist.




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Dealing Double
A Heartbreaker Novel, Book 2
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Published: February 2018


Falling in love can leave anyone feeling a little exposed…

Archaeologist Gabby Knight has been living under an assumed identity to steer clear of her mobster father’s enemies. But when she suspects her father of plotting to steal a priceless statue buried in New Mexico, she risks everything and sets out for the desert to beat him to it—and to save him from making a grave mistake. Breaking into a secluded cabin to wait out a blizzard, she’s not worried about visitors. It’s not like anyone would be traveling in this kind of weather…right?

Wrong. Detective Jake Morris has been ordered to take an overdue vacation, so he’s looking for some quiet time in the isolated retreat. But getting clobbered over the head by an auburn-haired firecracker wielding a cast-iron pan wasn’t the relaxing start he had in mind. Using a lot of charm and a little help from his prophetic ex-wife, Dani, he soon discovers who the sexy intruder really is.

Serving justice is in Jake’s blood, so he can’t help but join Gabby on her quest to protect the statue and catch a thief. To properly do his job, Jake knows he can flirt but better not fall. After all, what kind of future could a cop and a mobster’s daughter hope to have?



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Tamra Baumann is an award-winning author of light-hearted contemporary romance. A reality-show junkie, she justifies her addiction by telling others she’s scouting for potential character material. She adamantly denies she’s actually living vicariously in their closets. Tamra resides with her real-life characters—her husband, kids, and their allergy-ridden dog—in the sunny Southwest. Visit her online at www.tamrabaumann.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/author.tamra.baumann.



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Teaser Tuesday #152



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.

 The Magician stood at teh edge of his world and took one last look at the city. The spires of churches rose like jagged teeth, and the sightless windows of tumbled buildings flashed in the rising sun.













I'm super excited to read this book! Another one that I've heard so many amazing things about. 

 

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Edge Rules Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway





Today I am excited to share with you a great guest post from author of The Edge Rules Melanie Hooyenga! Today she is going to be sharing with us the way she writes. Do you think she's a planner or a pantser? Well you're about to find out! Below you will find the guest post from this fantastic author, more information about The Edge Rules, and a great giveaway! 

I want to thank author Melanie Hooyenga for being with us and sharing her thoughts with us today.
 



How I Write


Writing is a very personal thing, and what works for me may not resonate with anyone else, but I’m always willing to share a glimpse inside my head. These are a few tricks that help me get to The End:

 I don’t edit as I write, and if I get stuck on a word, I don’t let myself dwell on it for more than a minute. Literally. I allow myself 60 seconds to think of the perfect word (this includes checking a thesaurus) and if I can’t pry it from the depths of my brain in that time, I put brackets around the next-best option and move forward. That way when I get to that part while editing, I’ll know I wasn’t happy with the word and I can spend the time needed to fix it. (Although more times than not it still jumps out at me and I know it isn’t the right word.) 

For those wondering how I don’t edit as I write, I simply don’t allow myself to re-read until I’m done. Sure, I may read passages if it’ll help with my current scene, but I don’t change things. I do keep a separate file with a running list of all the things I want to change in the next draft.

Some people can write a novel without an idea of where the story’s headed, but I am not one of those people. I’m an outliner through and through and I can’t write a novel unless I know how it’s going to end. That said, my outlines are pretty basic. Each chapter gets anywhere from one to five sentences describing what needs to happen, and when I’m drafting, I copy/paste that chapter’s description into the bottom of the word doc. This helps keep me on track as I write, but it’s also a mental trick that makes it feel like I’m just adding a little in the middle of the scene rather than writing into the great white abyss of the blank page. I’ve gotten so used to it that it’s actually difficult for me to write without text at the bottom of the screen.

 Over the past eight novels, I’ve learned how much I can write in one sitting and manage my expectations accordingly. Since I outline, I usually know where I’m headed, and when I’m on a roll I can write 1000 words in 45-60 minutes. There are certainly days where the words don’t come as easily, but I if I hit close to the 1000-word mark, I’m happy. On the downside, I can ONLY write 1000 words in one sitting—maybe 1500 if I really push it. If I’m hoping for more in a day, I need to take a break for at least an hour and it definitely requires a change of scenery away from the computer. Only then can I trick my brain into writing more. (Are you sensing a theme with me tricking my brain?)

Sometimes I’m amazed that I’ve not only written a novel, I’ve written EIGHT. And I didn’t start until I was in my mid-thirties. So if you have a dream to write a novel, go for it. The only thing holding you back is yourself.







The Edge Rules by Melanie Hooyenga
Publisher: Left-Handed Mitten Publications
Published:  October 26th 2018


Sixteen-year old Brianna had everything she wanted: money to ski all over the world, underlings to do her bidding, and parents who gave her every freedom—as long as she played by their rules. But when she’s busted shoplifting and assigned to the Chain Gang, she ditches her shallow ways and realizes being herself is easier than manipulating people.

Forced to partner with kids she’d never dream of befriending, including Xavier, a boy who makes her pulse go into hyperdrive, Brianna vows to be a better person. Breaking Old Brianna’s habits isn’t easy, but her infatuation with Xavier—someone her parents would never approve of—motivates her to keep trying.

Even when he convinces her to trade her swanky skis for a beat-up snowboard.

Brianna lets go of her need to control everything and finally starts to feel free—until her past threatens to jeopardize her first real chance at love. She discovers balancing on the edge is as challenging in life as it is in snowboarding, and when a new friend is in trouble, Brianna must decide between the superficial things that used to be her world and putting her friend’s safety before herself.









Multi-award winning young adult author Melanie Hooyenga first started writing as a teenager and finds she still relates best to that age group. She has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, and Mexico, but has finally settled down in her home state of Michigan. When not at her day job as a Communications Director at a nonprofit, you can find Melanie attempting to wrangle her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.



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Friday, October 26, 2018

Book Blogger Hop #55



Book Blogger Hop is another post I'm going to be trying out and this one has a topic each week, which is something I've been trying to bring to the blog.  I'm really excited about this one because I have a hard time coming up with something fresh to talk about and I'm hoping this helps.

If you would be interested in doing your own post, please CLICK HERE to learn more about this great hop! 








26th - November 1st - Recommend one horror novel for non-horror readers.
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)


This is going to be pretty hard for me since I don't read the horror genre, so not really sure how I can recommend a book. Now I'm reading a book right now called Toil and Trouble and that's as close as I get to those type of books.  Though I would be interested in knowing what books you would think I might like in that genre, though I can't say I would actually read them.








Thursday, October 25, 2018

Homeschool: Read-A-Loud books for 2018-2019 School Year



I've been wanting to share with you all the books we will be reading in our read-a-loud times during our school days. I have selected several of my all time favorite children's/middle grade books. Also, I let my son pick a few of the books, that way it's a few that he really wants to read as well. Below is the the list of the top 10 books we will be reading this year.



The first book on this list we already finished and loved! It's one that my son picked out himself and we plan to read the rest of the books in the series as well.






1. A Mutiny in Time (Infinity Ring #1) 

Scholastic's next multi-platform mega-event begins here! History is broken, and three kids must travel back in time to set it right!

When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the secret of time travel -- a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring -- they're swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Recruited by the Hystorians, a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, the kids learn that history has gone disastrously off course.Now it's up to Dak, Sera, and teenage Hystorian-in-training Riq to travel back in time to fix the Great Breaks . . . and to save Dak's missing parents while they're at it. First stop: Spain, 1492, where a sailor named Christopher Columbus is about to be thrown overboard in a deadly mutiny!







(This is a book that I picked, it's one of my all time favorites as a kid.)

Full of magic and appealing characters, this classic novel takes readers on a remarkable adventure.
It's Omri's birthday, but all he gets from his best friend, Patrick, is a little plastic Indian brave. Trying to hide his disappointment, Omri puts the Indian in a metal cupboard and locks the door with a mysterious skeleton key that once belonged to his great-grandmother. Little does Omri know that by turning the key, he will transform his ordinary plastic Indian into a real live man from an altogether different time and place! Omri and the tiny warrior called Little Bear could hardly be more different, yet soon the two forge a very special friendship. Will Omri be able to keep Little Bear without anyone finding out and taking his precious Indian from him?







(This book goes along with our history lessons. My son picked this one!) 

Jack and Annie are off in search of another story in jeopardy, this time at
a monastery in ancient Ireland. Trouble arrives when Vikings land, and Jack and
Annie must find a way to escape!






(Another one of my favs!)  

 Some extraordinary rats come to the aid of a mouse family in this Newbery Medal Award-winning classic by notable children's author Robert C. O'Brien.

Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.







(Another one of my favs!) 

 Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse - Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena - Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.






(We picked this one together!)

 
Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein's poetry books for generations.

Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. There you'll meet a boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

Shel Silverstein's masterful collection of poems and drawings is one of Parent & Child magazine's 100 Greatest Books for Kids. School Library Journal said, "Silverstein has an excellent sense of rhythm and rhyme and a good ear for alliteration and assonance that make these poems a pleasure to read aloud."

Shel Silverstein's incomparable career as a children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. In 1964, Shel's creativity continued to flourish as four more books were published in the same year—Don't Bump the Glump!, A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, and the beloved classic The Giving Tree. Later he continued to build his remarkable body of work with Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and Runny Babbit.






(You had to know this would make the list!) 

 
Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry's first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it's his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.







(Another one of my favorites! It's a classic that is perfect to add to any read-a-loud list.)

 
This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect." This high-quality paperback features vibrant illustrations colorized by Rosemary Wells!

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter.

E. B. White's Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. This edition contains newly color illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E. B. White's Stuart Little and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, among many other books.






(Another one of the books I picked! Also another classic.) 

 A paperback edition of E.B. White's classic novel about one small mouse on a very big adventure! With black and white illustrations.

Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he's shy and thoughtful, he's also a true lover of adventure.

Stuart's greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest. Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life. He finds adventure aplenty. But will he find his friend?




(These books are easy to read and fantastic stories filled with history and fun. We picked these together and plan to read several of them!)






So this is our list for now, would love to add a few more to our list and probably will. Do you have any favorite books that are great for middle grade boys? If so, I would love to hear others that you enjoy! 



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