Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Winnowing Blog Tour: Author Guest Post and Giveaway

I'm so pleased to showcase this new book for you! Below you will find an author guest post, information about this fantastic book and a giveaway.  First, I want to thank this amazing author, Jo Schaffer and Chapter by Chapter tours for letting me be part of this tour. 

Today I have a guest post, well it's more of a top 10 list for you, so here we go, author Jo Schaffer's top 10 dream vacation spots. 

These are places I have been to but would always love to go back to. I’m passionate about traveling.
Top 10 Dream Vacation Spots

1.       Prague
2.       Scotland
3.       Paris
4.       Florence and Venice Italy
5.       Hawaii
6.       Costa Rica
7.       Swiss Alps
8.       Ireland
9.       Spain
10.   Oregon Coast

The Winnowing (Stanley & Hazel #2) by Jo Schaffer
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
Publisher: Month9Books

Darkness descends over St. Louis, a city already rocked by the Great Depression. More and more people are disappearing, and some have turned up dead. A sinister secret society is putting forward their plan known as “The Winnowing,” designed to wipe out those they consider “undesirable.”After Stanley and Hazel foil the diabolical plans of Charles Chouteau, they become instant celebrities. Hazel is thrust into the role of debutante, and risks loses herself in it. Meanwhile, Stanley must deal with the horrific tragedy of his best friend’s death while being threatened by the unseen forces of the Veiled Prophet.
With things spiraling out of control, Stanley and Hazel’s relationship is tested, possibly beyond repair. As bodies pile up,
people become more desperate. The divide between wealthy and poor grows ever wider, threatening to tear their worlds apart. Now, the two must find a way to work together if there is any hope at all of saving their relationship and their futures.

 Jo Schaffer was born and raised in the California Bay Area in a huge, creative family. She is a YA novelist,
speaker and a Taekwondo black belt.
She’s a founding member of the nonprofit organization that created Teen Author Boot Camp, one of the
nation’s biggest conferences for teens where bestselling authors present writing workshops to nearly a thousand
Jo loves being involved in anything that promotes literacy and family. She is passionate about community,
travel, books, music, healthy eating, classic films and martial arts. But her favorite thing is being mom to three
strapping sons and a neurotic cat named Hero. They live together in the beautiful mountains of Utah.

 Giveaway Info:

  •  One (1) winner will win a digital copy of any previously published Month9Books title of their choosing.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Teaser Tuesday #161

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 hag. Usually the flames haven't even reached the soles of their feet before they're confessing." He was talking mostly to himself, and for once his lips weren't curled into a smile.

So have you read this Wich Born? If so, what are your thoughts? Please no spoilers!  If not, what do you think of this small teaser? 


Saturday, February 23, 2019

2019 TBR March Reading Challenge Sign Up

To say I'm excited about this challenge is an understatement! I haven't had time to really read with the move and my TBR is a bit backed up. So as soon as I saw this on Kimberlyfayereads, I wanted to sign up right away.  

Below is all the information and if you would like to sign up yourself, click the link above! 

  • The TBR March Reading Challenge runs March 1-31, 2019. Sign up by March 5.
  • The goal is to read TBR books. Easy-peasy. It’s up to you how many. (And you don’t have to read ONLY TBR books!)
  • The TBR book can be an ARC, ebook, audiobook or print – your choice.
  • You don’t have to be a blogger to participate. You can track your progress on Goodreads, Insta, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube… wherever you want!
  • Use #TBRMarch19 on social media.
  • Do you bookstagram? Check out the weekly challenge!
  • Feel free to use the banner graphic on your posts and/or social media.
  • Link up below to declare your intentions.
  • Tell your friends!
 I'll make another post with my goals when it's closer to March, I won't be posting a TBR post though, I think I'm just going to go with the flow for this one. Makes it easier for me. 

Friday, February 22, 2019

Book Blogger Hop #62

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!

22nd - 28th - What's your favourite bookish accessory that's NOT a book? (submitted by Angelica @ Paperback Princess)

Hmmm this is a hard one for me, I would have to say my bookmarks because I hate it when I see someone dog earing books and I wouldn't even dare think of doing that to one of mine. Sadly right now I have no idea where any of mine are due to moving. But luckily I found three that I had stashed in a few other books that I have already unpacked. So yeah, bookmarks would have to be my number one bookish accessory. Though I do love my reading journal as well. 

What is your favorite bookish accessory? 
I would love to know. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Down the TBR Hole #3

This is Down the TBR Hole, I used to post these, but just recently  but it always helped me clear out some of the books that I no longer want to read. Anyway, this meme was created by Lost in a Story, sadly right now she's on a hiatus and isn't really posting right now.

 I found the post again over at Cornerfolds blog and I knew I needed to get back to this meme!  Currently my TBR shelf on Goodreads is way over 2000 books, so I really need to work on getting that number down.
Anyway, here are the rules of Down the TBR Hole! 
  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Now I just recently added this book to my list, so I'm pretty sure I still want to keep this one there for now. I've heard some mixed reviews, so it might come back up in another Down the TBR Hole later. 

Verdict: Keep for now 


This is one of the books I bought at RAGT 2018, so I'm keeping this one on my list. It's actually one of the books I want to read soon. 

Verdict: Keep 

When I first heard about this book in 2010 it sounded really good and I really wanted to read it. It's one of those books that got pushed aside for other books that I had to read for publishing companies. Honestly, it still sounds really good to me, so I think I'm going to boost it up my TBR list and finally read this one.

Verdict: Keep

This is one of the books that a friend of mine told me about and at the time it sounded like something I would enjoy, now after reading the summary it just doesn't sound like a book that I could get into. I think I'm going to have to Pass on this one! 

Verdict: Pass 


After reading the summary for this one, I don't think I'm actually going to read it. It's another book that I was told was good by a friend and I added it to my list. Don't actually have the book, so it won't hurt to take it off my list. Chasing Power doesn't really sound like a book that I would enjoy. So the Verdict is... 

Verdict: Pass

 I feel pretty good about this one! How do you all think I did? Did I give up too easily on any of these?

Total number of books deleted: 2
Total number of books kept:  3
Let me know your thoughts on these books? Should I have kept any that I passed on? 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Teaser Tuesday #160

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.

 "Then it's decided!" Elvis claps his hands and rubs them together. "Grab the disks. It's time for Elvis and Simon's big adventure."  "Not tonight," I say. "Tomorrow." If I'm doing this, I'm going to need a good night's sleep--and some time alone with Kat.

I'm so excited to read this book! I loved the first book in this series, it was one of my favorites a few years ago. I can't wait to dive into this one.  Have you read this one? If so, without giving anything away, what were your thoughs?


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ali's Life Update

Hey everyone! I wanted to drop by and give you a little personal update. My life has been a bit crazy the past couple of weeks. The reason I haven't been around or posting much is that I have moved! With packing and taveling all the way down to FL everything has been a bit in every direction. I wanted to let you all know that blogging here will be back to normal here shortly! Well as normal as I can handle during this adjustement period. I do have a few great posts coming very soon though so please stick with me a few more days/weeks! I promise I'll get it all back to normal very soon.

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