Friday, May 18, 2018

Book Blogger Hop #41

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! 

What were your worst movies based off of books? (submitted by Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog) 
Oh God, I could go on and on about this topic. Let's see, Mocking Jay to start, I hated these books though so I guess that makes sense. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia is the one I remember the most though. The movie was such a huge miss for me. I love the book though. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Sterling University Series Promo Blitz

Date Published: November 2017

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Three novellas. Three love stories. It isn't all academic when it comes to love.

Romancing Dr. Love, Book One

She says it’s all about the chemistry. He says it’s all about the romance. Samantha Love has based her entire academic career on the hypothesis that love is simply a chemical reaction. Ethan Quinn thinks she’s taken love and all its mysteries and reduced it to something as romantic as a cholesterol test, and he sets out to prove her theory wrong. Is it chemistry or romance? Or a little of both?

Winning Dr. Wentworth, Book Two

She’s benched her heart. His is on injured reserve. Burned-out and broken-hearted math professor Shelby Wentworth returns to her hometown determined to escape the disgrace of a nasty divorce, shake off the taint of her ruined career, and start over, sans romance, but an unexpected reunion with Nash Taylor, former star quarterback and high school crush, promises to derail her plans. Will Shelby let the past dictate the future, or will Nash win her heart?

Educating Dr. Mayfield, Book Three

He has plenty to learn about love. She’s just the woman who can teach him. Creative writing professor Delaney Driscoll finds her plan to establish a new degree program blocked when Devon Mayfield, the uptight new college dean opposes her request. While she educates him on the benefits of the curriculum, can she make him forget the pain of his past and teach him that love is more than a just four-letter word?



Green was not her best color.

Seated at a table in Sterling’s one and only pub, Delaney Driscoll stared glumly across the table at her two best friends as they chattered about their upcoming weddings like two teenagers hopped-up on one-too-many energy drinks.

McGinty’s Pub often played host to life’s happiest and saddest events. It was where birthdays were toasted, engagements were announced, Sterling Bobcats wins were celebrated, and lives were remembered. It was only fitting that weddings should be planned there too.

Taking a swipe at the salt rimming her margarita, she stuck her finger in her mouth with a pout. She really needed to get over herself. Of course, she was ecstatic that her two best friends had found the loves of their lives. But, come on. Was it too much to ask that she find hers too?

“So, what do you think? Delaney? Earth to Delaney!” Sam snapped her fingers in front of her friend’s face.

“Where were you?” Shelby asked, with a quizzical look.

“Oh. Sorry.” She sighed then stuffed a fried pickle in her mouth.

Sam and Shelby exchanged glances.

“No, we’re sorry. All this talk about our weddings must be boring you to tears,” Sam said, a soft, understanding smile on her could’ve-been-a-model face.

Dr. Samantha Love, a psychology professor in the same college as Shelby and Delaney, had hit the news last year with a discovery the press called ‘the love test’—a blood test that determined a couple’s compatibility. One of the largest online dating services in the U.S. now offered the test as part of their premium package. And said ‘love test’ had found Sam’s match in one Ethan Quinn, hunky literature professor and dean of their college. Now their wedding was just two months away—in April.

A whiz kid at statistics, Dr. Shelby Wentworth was a mathematics professor, first at Stanford, and then for a short stint at Sterling, before she became the Director of Sports Analytics for Sterling’s athletics department. She and Sterling’s head football coach, Nash Taylor, got engaged—on the football field, no less—after Sterling won its first NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Championship, thanks in part to Shelby’s mad number-crunching skills. It was one of the most romantic proposals she and probably a million football fans had ever seen, thanks to an eagle-eyed cameraman who captured the moment, much to Nash and Shelby’s chagrin.

Their wedding was coming up in June.

To make matters worse in the single department, Shelby, who had been Delaney’s neighbor, moved out to Nash’s farmhouse.

Rebecca Heflin is an award-winning author who has dreamed of writing romantic fiction since she was fifteen and her older sister snuck a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss' Shanna to her and told her to read it. Rebecca writes women's fiction and contemporary romance. When not passionately pursuing her dream, Rebecca is busy with her day-job at a large state university.

Rebecca is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Florida Romance Writers, RWA Contemporary Romance, and Florida Writers Association. She and her mountain-climbing husband live at sea level in sunny Florida.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Review: The Good Luck Sister

The Good Luck Sister by Jill Shalvis 
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
Published: May 1st 2018
Format: EARC
Pages: 144 pages
ISBN #: B075WV1RH9
Challenges: Goodreads,
Date Read: April 16th and 17th 2018
 This summer, romance blooms again in Wildstone!

After a difficult few years, Tilly Adams is ready for life to start going right. Though she has a case of first day nerves teaching art at the local community college, she knows it isn’t anything a few snuggles from her rescue puppy won’t cure. Until she sees Dylan Scott again, her one time bff and first love sitting in the front row.

Dylan knows he should’ve left well enough alone, but when he sees Tilly living her dream, he can’t help but make contact. Ten years ago, he left Wildstone and everything in it behind, including Tilly. He had his reasons, but now he wants her back in his life, anyway he can get her.

When Tilly agrees to design the logo for Dylan’s new helicopter touring company, it’s business only…until she finds herself falling into his arms once again. Can she possibly open her heart back up to the only man who’s ever broken it? But soon they’re both realizing the truth -- love always deserves a second chance.

Author Jill Shalvis does it again! When I was asked to read/review this book, I knew right away that I would say yes just based on who wrote it. I knew I would be hooked and need more, but I still said yes.  I've loved everything Jilly Shalvis has written and this one wasn't any different. Yes, it's shorter, but the length doesn't detour from the story and this one is full and fantastic. I now will be reading the book that this one is connected to.

I fell in love with Dylan and of course Tilly as well. I do want to see more of the other characters in this book though and I hope this fantastic author writes more about them. Especially Dylan's friends. The writing style of Jill Shalvis is one that I can't seem to get enough of and I know for sure I'm not the only one.

I loved how this story doesn't always focus on the lovemaking of the story but the part where they all come together. I love that about Jill's writing. This one was a super fast story and easy read which of course I enjoyed as well. Though honestly, as soon as I finished the book I wanted more right away. Once finished the smile on my face didn't leave for the rest of the night. That's what's best about this authors writing. I rooted for these characters from the start and I have to say that I love the dog in this book as well. He's his own little character and I adore that! He wasn't very secondary and honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way.

 If you enjoy a second chance love story then this book is for you love a good come back story then this book is for you as well. You really don't have the read the first book before reading this one, but I highly recommend doing so. I wish I had.

 I'm giving The Good Luck Sister an Ali's Bookshelf...

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental.

Look for Jill's latest, LOST AND FOUND SISTERS on shelves and e-readers now, and get all her bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold.

Visit Jill's website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.


What did you think of this review? Let me know in the comments below!

Teaser Tuesday #136

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

I like to imagine there were more of us in the beginning. Not many, I suppose. But more than there are now. We are the minority the world does not accept. 

This one has been on my shelf for a while, think it's time to read it! 


Monday, May 14, 2018

Bout of Books 22: What I Might Read

It's that time again and I hadn't even realized it, till this morning. I knew it was coming but forgot to make my post so I kind of forgot about the date. For those that don't happen to know what Bout of Books is, it's a read-a-thon that I try to participate in at least once a year.  To learn more or sign up...CLICK HERE.

Anyway, today is the day and I wanted to share my reading plans with you. Now these might change mainly because I am such a mood reader. I'm going to try to read about 4 books this go around. That's usally my average and since it's going to be way too hot here this week I think it's perfect inside reading weather!

Below are the books that I plan on reading this week, like I said I don't usually post TBR's because I'm such a mood reader, but you all know by now this list might change. At the end of the week I will post a wrap up and show you all exactly what I did end up reading.

Now these are the ones that I really want to get to this month, so hopefully I can finish these this week and have the rest of the month to read the others I've been dying to get to!

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