20 Things You Might Not Know About Me

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I don't usually post these list things, not because I don't love them, but just because I don't usually have the time to sit down and devote to them. Believe it or not I find that these things take more time to type out than book reviews! I'm not one for talking about myself. Thanks to Christy J. from Southern Sassy Things for tagging me though. She definitely knew I needed to write out a blog post! It's been over a week! Be sure to visit my fellow blogger who was also tagged by Christy, Rissi from Dreaming Under the Same Moon. Not only can that girl write, just check out her blog layout. Gorge!!;-)

On to the fun stuff, aka my juiciest secrets...

How tall are you? 
Average height.

Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what? 
I like to sketch with just a pencil and some paper. Still lifes are fun, but I've been known to draw pics of my dog Coco when I'm really bored!

What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve? 
I hate blinkies. Too many on a blog are just a major distraction.

What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?
Mean people.

What’s your favorite song?
I have so many, but right now it's "Black Widow" by Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora.

Hallelujah! Peaches Are In Season!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

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#FuzzyOrbsOfDeliciousness  #NoFilter

Remember when I was bored late last month and made these White Almond Sour Cream Cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting and a peach garnish? Well, I couldn't help myself from snatching up (don't worry, I paid for them!) a few more gorgeous, fuzzy peaches from the local roadside farm stand and turn them into another sweet treat... cookies!!!

Let me tell you, when peaches are in season I take full advantage. I won't buy peaches from the grocery store, because after you've had fresh picked fruit, store bought tastes like cardboard.

In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin ~ A Review

Friday, August 15, 2014

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In Perfect Time
Wings of the Nightingale, Book 3
by Sarah Sundin
Copyright 2014
Revell Books
ISBN: 9780800720834

The Story:
Two hearts are about to learn the rhythm of love 

Bold, sophisticated, and coy, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?

Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to believe in the power of love.

My Thoughts:
While Sarah Sundin's Wings of Glory still holds the place as my favorite WWII-set series, she once again knocked it out of the park with her Wings of the Nightingale series. In Perfect Time, the last installment of the series, follows the trio of Army Air Force flight nurses who were first introduced in With Every Letter. In Perfect Time is Kay Jobson's story and frankly, the one I was looking forward to the most!

Get A Doctor Who Fix Before August 23rd ~ Doctor Who, Tales of Trenzalore

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Doctor Who: Tales of Trenzalore
Copyright 2014
BBC Books
ISBN: 9781849908443
~ My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ~

If you're like me it has been difficult to wait for the season 8 Doctor Who premiere (here in almost a week!!!!). Thankfully, the folks at BBC Books have taken pity on us and released some great new books this summer to ease the pain. Tales of Trenzalore is the perfect way to pass the time if you have run out of ideas of Who related things or don't have your own TARDIS to pop ahead to the August 23rd premiere.

Fun Friday: Tieks by Gavrieli

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fridays are the best, especially when you get a fun package like this in the mail! My ruby red patent leather Tieks came today!

TLC Book Tours: The Forever Man by Pierre Ouellette (My Review)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Forever Man
A Near-Future Thriller
by Pierre Ouellette
Copyright 2014
Alibi, Random House
The Story:
From the author of The Deus Machine and The Third Pandemic comes a fast-paced thriller about the power of harnessing life itself—and the deadly secrets it conceals.

Portland, Oregon, was once a beacon of promise and prosperity. Now it’s the epicenter of a world gone wrong, its streets overrun by victims and hustlers, drifters and gangsters. Lowly contract cop Lane Anslow struggles to keep afloat—and to watch out for his brilliant but bipolar brother, Johnny, a medical researcher. Lane soon discovers that Johnny is part of an experiment veiled in extraordinary secrecy. But he has no idea who’s behind it, how astronomical the stakes are, or how many lives might be destroyed to make it a reality.

Paranormal Fiction Review: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Friday, August 1, 2014

White Hot Kiss
(The Dark Elements)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 9780373211104
The Story:
One kiss could be the last 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

My Thoughts:
First off, I feel like the cover and the blurb are a bit deceptive. Yes, this is a romance and sure it has a few slightly steamy moments, but this is by no means just a romance. The novel revolves around Layla, a teen struggling to decide where she belongs, with the Wardens protecting humans or embracing her darker side with Roth and the dangerous world or wraiths and demons below.

I was bored today...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

...so I made cupcakes!

I found this recipe for White Almond Sour Cream Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting a few days ago on Julie's website, The Little Kitchen and decided to give them a try today!

For Love or Loyalty: MacGregor Legacy, Book One by Jennifer Hudson Taylor (My Review)

Monday, July 21, 2014

For Love or Loyalty
by Jennifer Hudson Taylor
Copyright 2013
Abingdon Press
ISBN: 9781426714696
The Story:
To atone for her father's evil, Lauren Campbell agrees to help Malcolm MacGregor. By the time she realizes she's the bargaining price to free Malcolm's mother from indentured servitude, it's too late.

Malcolm MacGregor only wants to free his family and exact revenge against Duncan Campbell. As the pride and joy of Duncan's life, his daughter Lauren is the perfect answer, but during the voyage to America, her faith continues to witness to Malcolm. He becomes enraptured with her, and upon their arrival, discovers he's sold her into a fate worse than death. Now Malcolm has the dilemma: free his family or rescue Lauren? Time is short and with little means, he needs a miracle.

To read more about the book and the author, visit Jennifer's website:

Biking the Great Allegheny Passage

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I just got back from a 30 mile ride on the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail (seriously, if you love wildlife and coal/steel history, this trail is AWESOME!) and am proud of my accomplishment. I know, I know, a guy passed me on the trail wearing a shirt bragging that he biked 12,000 miles in 2009 so 30 might not seem like a big deal, but it totally is for a couch potato like me! I've never went for more than 15 miles, so doubling up and going 30 is huge! It's time I got a little more fit and since I don't have a gym membership and I don't like to run or jog, biking was the answer. I hope to hit the trails more often and hopefully go even further next time.

Hope at Dawn by Stacy Henrie (My Review)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hope at Dawn
by Stacy Henrie
Copyright 2014
Hachette Book Group
ISBN: 9781455598809
The Story:

With her brothers away fighting the Great War overseas, Livy Campbell desperately wants to help her family. Her chance comes when she meets a handsome stranger who lands her a job as a teacher in a place far from her parents' farm. But the war casts a long shadow over the German-American town that Livy now calls home-and the darkness will test everything she thought she knew about family and love . . .

More than anything, Friedrick Wagner wants to be part of his adopted country's struggle for peace. But when the bitter animosity between Germans and Americans soon turns citizens against newcomers, friend against friend, he will do whatever it takes to protect Livy from the hysteria that grips their town. As tragedy-and dark secrets from the past-threaten their future, Friedrick and Livy have one chance to stand up for what's right . . . and one chance to fight for their love.

To learn more about Stacy Henrie be sure to visit her website:

My Thoughts:
Some days just call for a sweet, simple romance -- Stacy Henrie's Hope at Dawn is that kind of read. Of Love and War promises to be a must-read series if the books that follow are half as good as the first. With series' like Downton Abbey bringing more interest to the World War I and the difficult years that followed, it's nice to be getting more books set during that time from authors across the romance genre. Henrie's Hope at Dawn is a "sweet" romance with Christian themes woven throughout that focuses not on the warfront, but what life was like for German Americans living in the US.