Massive Wrap Up for September and October + November’s TBR!

Good day to you! It is I, the urban legend of book bloggers back once again from the hiatus sea. I’ve realized I never got to do a wrap up for September and we are totally still in schedule for an October one, so why not do both in the same post, right? =D It will save time for everyone, yay!

September

Wrap Up

*titles with links are already reviewed, isn’t this a miracle?!! =O*

So, September was a crazy reading month for me. I do promise I kept my life on its regular tracks and that I didn’t skip work to read as I say that I’ve read 26 books that month.

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I’ve broken another reading record, haha!

 

Unfortunately, I can’t remember if I bought any books that particular month or if I bought something in October, so no Book Hauls =( Sorry, my memory sucks! I used to document each book bought on a word doc, but oh well. I think I’ll go back to it on December, haha!

October

Wrap Up

In October, I didn’t manage to read so many books as in September because of my Game of Thrones Challenge, but I read all the mangas I hadn’t in the previous month in between the bloody pages of GOT, oops! So I’ve read only 6 books… But also 26 volumes of manga, haha!

 

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the reacion of all my off-line friends to this info

 

I have been asked where in all seven hells I have managed to squeeze in so many mangas in the middle of a Game of Thrones challenge, but I’m not really allowed to talk about my time turning abilities? Hahaha! No, seriously, I don’t have a good explanation, sorry =/

Books

  • A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) – read from Sept. 27th to Oct. 4th | 4 stars
  • A Clash of Kings, by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) – read from Oct. 4th to 10th | 4 stars
  • A Storm of Swords, by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) – read from Oct. 10th to 17th | 4 stars
  • A Feast for Crows, by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #4) – read from Oct. 18th to 24th | 2 stars
  • A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) – read from Oct. 24th to 27th | 5 stars
  • Nobody’s Goddess, by Amy McNulty (Never Veil #1) – read from Oct. 16th to 29th | 5 stars

 

Mangas

*I forgone the reading dates because I usually read a manga volume in 20 minutes =)

  • Not Equal, by Reibun Ike (2 volumes) | 4 stars
  • Kiss Blue, by Keiko Kinoshita (2 volumes) | 3 stars
  • Amayakana Toge, by Kano Miyamoto | 3 stars
  • Sweet Chapel, by Junta Mio | 5 stars
  • 3-manen no Kareshi, by Junta Mio | 5 stars
  • Uwasa No Oujisama, by Junta Mio | 5 stars
  • Sweet Tears, by Junta Mio | 4 stars
  • Love Monster, by Junta Mio | 5 stars
  • Sugar Pain, by Junta Mio | 4 stars
  • Smile Kudasai, by Junta Mio | 4 stars
  • Best Ending?, by Junta Mio | 5 stars
  • Kuroneko Kareshi no Aishikata, by Aya Sakyo (2 volumes) | 4 stars
  • Kami-sama Onegai!, by Junta Mio | 4 stars
  • Oboreru Hitomi, by Garasu Hino | 4 stars
  • Houkago no Love Call, by Kyou Kitazawa | 4 stars
  • Eroman – Kami to Pen to Sex to!!, by Delico Psyche | 2 stars
  • Kuroneko Kareshi no Afurekata, by Aya Sakyo (2 volumes) | 4 stars
  • Kuroneko Kareshi no Ouji Sama, by Aya Sakyo | 4 stars
  • Fukigen Kareshi no Nadamekata, by Aya Sakyo | 5 stars
  • Roman Gousha, by Kyou Kitazawa | 4 stars
  • Hanazono no Kioku, by Garasu Hino | 4 stars
  • Seinen wa Ai o Kou, by Garasu Hino | 4 stars

 

I promise I slowed myself down on November – we are on the 12th and I’ve only finished three books and no mangas! I’m behaving… For now? Hahaha!

I don’t have anything fancy planned to November yet, but in my TBR you’ll definitely find…

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After I knock these down, I’ll just be a rebel and fish all the lovely books I’ve received this year from authors and publishers that remain unread for a reason or another and start a slow and steady process of reading and reviewing them all. #ambitious

BONUS: The next reviews you can expect to see here are for the Never Veil series =D

That’s it, guys! Once again, thanks so much for sticking around until the end of the post, I know I have been writing too much, oops! Love you all!

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TBR of the Week: Black Water Tales: The Secret Keepers, by JeanNicole Rivers

Hi, there! Hope everyone is enjoying the Sunday! Happy Father’s Day for all dads out there! (Here in Brazil we don’t celebrate Father’s Day today, but I’ll make sure to drop a picture of my dad and I when it happens, haha!)

I finished reading Black Water Tales: The Unwanted this week and it blew my mind off – review coming soon, I promise! – so it was only natural for me to stalk JeanNicole and see what else she had written, right? 🙂 It happens that Black Water Tales is a series with standalones – I can testify to that, as I read the “second” volume and never batted an eyelash, haha! So now I want to read the first one too: Black Water Tales: The Secret Keepers!

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June TBR!

Sorry, I know this is like super late, as we are already on June, but oh well, at least I made the effort, haha! Let’s go to my list:

  • It’s Not Your Journey, by Rebecca Lombardo (which I ended up finishing this week);
  • The Way to Game The Walk of Shame, by Jenn P. Nguyen (which I ended up finishing this week);
  • The Reluctant Sacrifice, by Kerr-Ann Dempster (which I ended up finishing this week);
  • The Harder He Falls, by Lynda Aicher (currently-reading);
  • Maisy and the Mystery Manor, by Elizabeth Woodrum;
  • Grimm and White, by Emily Ann Hansen;
  • Dominic’s Nemesis, by D. Alyce Domain;
  • Enrule, by Holly Sparks;
  • Daughter of Magic, by Teresa Roman;
  • 27 Days to Midnight, by Kristine Kruppa;
  • Boyband, by Jacqueline E. Smith;
  • Backstage, by Jacqueline E. Smith;
  • Melophobia, by James Morris;
  • Lost, by D. M. Thornton;
  • Distracted, by D. M. Thornton;
  • Nobody’s Goddess, by Amy McNulty (re-read <3);
  • Nobody’s Lady, by Amy McNulty (re-read <3);
  • Stepping Out of Midnight, by Lee Brailsford;

 + all my current reads, haha!

You can see that my list isn’t too absurd like on previous months; I’m working now, so I held back a bit 🙂 Well, not that much, there are still 18 books in the list and 30 days in the month. Hmm.

Oh, and yes: no paperbacks involved, unfortunately. I plan to change that in August 🙂

Oh, let’s see how this unfolds. I’m on 3/18 🙂 Do you have a planned TBR for June?

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#DustOffYourBookShelves: Murder is Easy, by Agatha Christie

Good afternoon! AFTERNOON! SECOND TIME IN THE WEEK THAT I MANAGE TO POST MY MEMES AT AN ACCEPTABLE TIME OF THE DAY!!

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Now my Thursday meme, #DustOffYourBookshelf, assumes the post, haha! This is a meme hosted by my dear friend Mandy, from The Reading Diaries. Make sure to check her blog if you haven’t ❤

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Da Rulez:

Dust off your Bookshelf was originally created to share books that have been on my “to read pile” for a long time. Some so long I’ve forgotten that they are there, and have purchased duplicate copies. Each week I will share on my blog as well as Instagram a new title. Some may be newer and some so old I have forgotten they are there. I do have issues with buying books and never reading them. I’m hoping that by share them I will be motivated to read them. Plus it’s always fun to find new books hiding within the bookshelves. Feel free to join in and share on Instagram or your blog. Just let me know so I can check out your choice this week too. Just use #DustOffYourBookshelf

My chosen book

Since I was born, I have to live with Agatha Christie in my face. My mom is a big fan and has ALL the woman’s books. ALL OF THEM. Sometimes, as a young child, I’d run around the house to call on my mom and be welcomed by one of Agatha’s book covers instead of my mom’s face, haha! So it was something so daily for me that I never thought of actually picking her books up to read. Does that make sense? Haha!

But then my offline bestie Jen started reading her books and told me how wonderful they were and I selected one to try my lucky with the Queen of Murder and Mystery. I chose Murder is Easy 🙂

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summary

On her way to Scotland Yard to report several murders in her village, an elderly woman encounters retired policeman Luke Fitzwilliam. He dismisses her ravings about the murderer finding it easy to kill, as long as no one knows who he is–until two more killings occur, one of which is the old lady’s. Previously titled Easy to Kill.

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But the thing is, I chose it so many years ago and it is still sitting on my TBR shelf, haha! I don’t really know why, oops!

That’s it, thanks for reading! Do you like Agatha Christie’s books??

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BLOG TOUR: Starr Valentine, by Wende Dikec

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Hello, there! Good afternoon and welcome to a blog tour hosted by Bewitching Book Tours! It’s my deepest honor and pleasure to introduce you to Starr Valentine, by Wende Dikec 😀

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Starr Valentine

Wende Dikec

Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi

176 pages

Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

Release Date: March 10th, 2016

Cover Artist: Najla Qamber (you get a free hug coupon for such a beautiful cover!)

summary

What happens when the beautiful swan becomes the ugly duckling?

Starr Valentine has a perfect life in Middleton, Ohio. She was named captain of the cheer squad, her mother finally allowed her to get highlights, and the cutest boy in school asked her to homecoming. But everything comes crashing down when she finds out her parents are actually monarchs in exile from a mysterious planet called Vega. Starr doesn’t want to leave, but loves the idea of being a princess, and decides moving to an alien world might not be so bad. When she gets there, however, she discovers that something is terribly wrong.

Starr has always been the winner of the family, but now everyone is fawning over her chubby older sister, Astra. And everyone, even a handsome and annoying young duke named Julian, seems to hate her. That is when she realizes the awful truth. Astra is now the pretty one. Astra has all the friends. Astra gets all of the attention. And Starr Valentine, voted Miss Perfect, is now the ugly duckling. Her biggest fear is…will she be able to turn back into a swan, or is she doomed to be a loser forever?

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You can find Starr Valentine in ebook format 🙂

Amazon | BN | Kobo | iTunes | ARe

 excerpt

We all met in the captain’s lounge just after the transport ship had safely landed. My father wore some sort of military uniform, and he was completely dashing, as always.

“Girls, you both look lovely.”

I smiled up at him. “So do you, Daddy,” I said, and he patted my cheek.

My mom fluttered up to us in a cacophony of lime green lace and feathers. A large gold medallion was pinned to her breast and she had on the crown she’d worn for the nightly news. She reached for our hands, tears swimming in her eyes.

“I have something for you,” she said, her voice trembling. Captain Augustus stood behind her, looking just as handsome as my father. He held open a wooden box. Inside were two small, yet perfect, tiaras.

I gasped. “Diamonds.”

“These are not your true crowns,” my mother explained. “Those went missing during the confusion when we were trying to escape. These are just a substitute until we can find something better.”

I couldn’t imagine something better. The tiaras seemed perfect. I leaned over slightly so my mom could slip it onto my head, glad I’d decided to wear my hair up in a French twist. The tiara was beautiful. I admired myself for a few minutes in the mirror before looking at Astra. She and my mother stood side by side, their hair a riot of dark curls, their dresses positively painful to the eyes, and I sighed. I really hoped they didn’t humiliate themselves too much at the ceremony. They looked like clowns from a circus performance.

My father, of course, didn’t seem to notice. He bowed and kissed my mother’s hand gallantly before linking it through his arm and leading her out the door. I could tell it was a very emotional moment for both of them. They were returning to the home they loved after being exiled for so many years. Even I could feel my throat tightening up.

Astra walked up and took my arm. “Are you ready?” she asked, and I nodded. It was time to face the music, or the Vegonians, as the case may be.

We stepped out into a warm, sultry evening on Vega. Lights had been set up all around the landing bay, and we followed my parents to an elevated platform near the ship. People waited as far as the eye could see, and as soon as my parents stepped up to the podium, the crowd roared.

I stood arm in arm with Astra, taking in the moment. The city of Celesta glittered in the light of the fading sun, just beyond the crowd of people assembled before us. It sparkled like it was made of glass. I could see what must have been the royal palace on one side of the city on top of a small hill, and it made me think of Aladdin’s castle, all gilt and white marble. I decided I could definitely get used to living there.

As I stared at the people in front of me, I started to notice something odd. The women here were not at all what I’d expected. Supposedly the most beautiful women in the universe, they all looked a lot like my mother and sister, with short, oddly shaped bodies and large behinds. They also dressed just like my mother and sister, in a riot of colors and patterns.

A quick assessment told me that I was the only pretty girl around, other than Maya, and definitely the best dressed. Maya had been forced by her parents to wear some sort of Vegonian monstrosity made out of a hot pink iridescent fabric. Torture. I, on the other hand, felt like an elegant swan dumped into the middle of a bunch of plump, gaudy, peacocks.

I heaved a sigh of relief. I’d been a little teeny tiny bit worried when I’d heard about how beautiful Vegonian women were. It was good to realize those rumors had been pure exaggeration. No one in this crowd could hold a candle to me.

Another quick look around told me that there wasn’t a single bad looking guy here. I was completely devoted to Adrian, of course, but I couldn’t help but admire and appreciate male beauty when I saw it. The boys were all works of art. It was as if I’d been dropped into a huge candy shop full of the most delicious boys I’d ever seen, and knew I could have my pick. Of course I would never cheat on Adrian, but it felt like a candy shop here, nonetheless.

My joy proved short-lived. None of the boys even looked at me. At first I thought that several of them stared at me, which made me happy, but soon realized it wasn’t me they stared at. They had their eyes locked on Astra with the same sort of enraptured expressions boys usually reserved for me.

A cold wave of shock crawled over my entire body. Boys never looked at Astra like that, especially when I stood right next to her. Something was very wrong here.

I smoothed my hair, which was perfect and didn’t need smoothing. I stuck out my chest and turned my body so they could see my best angle, but none of them even noticed me. Astra had suddenly become the center of attention.

My mother gave a very lovely and heartfelt speech, which I barely paid attention to. The crowd roared and screamed her name, but I hardly even heard it. People waved and cheered with tears streaming down their faces, but I felt numb to everything.

When we were introduced to various dignitaries, everyone said “lovely,” and “a vision,” when they met Astra. When they saw me, they looked a bit confused and then mumbled something boring like “nice to meet you.” Something very strange was going on, and I had to figure it out.

I searched the crowd for Adrian, but he was nowhere to be seen. One sexy, appreciative look from him might have been enough to restore some semblance of balance and order to my universe. But he wasn’t around and I’d been cast adrift in a sea of beautiful boys to whom I was invisible.

“Art thou okay, Princess Starr?” asked Captain Augustus. “Thou art pale.”

I blinked as I digested his words. The Vegonians spoke English, but a weird form of archaic Elizabethan English mixed with modern slang. The only people who had spoken like that on the transport ship were the captain and the crew. All of the Vegonians who been on Earth for the last fifteen years spoke standard, modern English, although I’d heard a few “thou’s” and “thee’s” begin to slip into the language of the older passengers, including my own parents.

“I’m fine. Thank you.”

As the captain bowed and turned away, I realized I wasn’t fine at all. I stared around at the sea of happy, glowing, faces, including those of my parents and my sister, and understood that suddenly, and without any explanation, I had become the outsider.

“Thou art in hell, Starr Valentine,” I murmured to myself.

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AND GUESS WHAT?! Wende herself is here with us today! 😀

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Thanks so much for agreeing to be here today, Wende! It’s a pleasure ❤ I asked Wende to tell us five fun facts about her book Starr Valentine and it’s writing process and she indulged me! Let’s see what she has to say about the matter? 😀

My young adult book Starr Valentine is the story of a beautiful, popular cheerleader who finds out her parents are aliens and she has to return to her home planet. When she gets there, she realizes the standard of beauty if very different, and she isn’t pretty anymore. Not good news for the vain and slightly vapid Starr.

Five Fun Facts about Starr Valentine:

1) The book was inspired by a chance encounter near a tennis court.

Tennis season had just started for the boys’ team, and I was standing around, waiting for my son’s practice to end. I noticed a woman standing nearby with two girls by her side. I didn’t know her, but she caught my attention because she was remarkable. She had on brightly colored clothing in several contrasting patterns, a head full of curly hair divided into what looked like random ponytails, and a self-confidence that exuded itself in her booming voice and glowing, happy face.

Next to her stood a young girl who looked just like her, the same colorful clothing, wild hair, and extremely curvy shape. She was smiling, just like her mother, the spring sunshine kissing her face as she lifted it to the sky. They both looked so happy, so completely at ease.

And then I noticed the other member of their little trio, a girl shifting uncomfortably from foot to foot as she eased away from the other two. I could feel her embarrassment, a palpable thing, as if she wanted to physically separate herself from them. She had on a very plain navy blue skirt and a white t-shirt. A very pretty girl, she looked extremely…normal next to the other two.

And then I heard the whisper of a story start to swirl around inside my brain. What if?

What if I was looking at a family? What if a mother had two daughters, one who looked just like her and one who was very different? What if the “different” daughter was beautiful and popular, and felt ashamed of her mother and her older sister?

What if? I really need those words in a tattoo.

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 2) Starr Valentine was originally written as a short story called “So Pretty” that won third prize in Writers’ Journal Magazine’s annual science fiction contest.

I couldn’t get the image of the woman at the tennis courts out of my head. When I saw an advertisement for the Writers’ Journal contest, the “what if” started again. I thought, what if they are aliens? What if the way the mother looked is considered to be the epitome of beauty on that world? What if the girl who is pretty on earth, suddenly isn’t beautiful anymore?

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 3) My son helped make Starr into a cheerleader.

I have three boys, and while I was writing Starr, my oldest son was the school’s mascot. That meant he spent a lot of time with the cheerleading squad – on the bus, at football games, and at practices. He would come home and share some of their discussions with me, and that led to the creation of several characters in the book. Having girls is a very different experience from having boys, and I don’t think I realized how different until I started writing Starr.

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 4) I wrote Starr Valentine in ten weeks.

I already had the basis for the plot in my short story, but the rest of the book nearly flew onto the page. It was such fun to write, and sometimes I felt like I couldn’t type fast enough to keep up with the story that was taking place in my head.

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 5) I learned about different standards of beauty because I lived it.

I studied Japanese and International Economics in college, and spent six year living abroad. I learned that different cultures can have very different ideas about beauty. In China, for example, tiny feet are treasured, but have you ever seen what a bound foot actually looks like? It’s terrible. And painful.

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Interestingly enough, the reaction you probably had to the photo of the bound feet is very similar to the reaction I had from Japanese students when they saw my pierced ears. They often asked me to take my earrings out, and shivered in disgust when they saw the hole in my ear lobe. “How could you do that to yourself?”

Beauty. Sometimes it isn’t something that can be translated across cultures. Or, in the case of Starr Valentine, across galaxies.

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 I’m officially shocked, haha! But Wende has a very valid point: beauty is nothing but a standart and that’s why it is so important for us to not care about other people’s opinion about our own looks 🙂 I wish 15-year-old-me had known this, haha!

Once again, thanks so much for being here today, Wende!! I can’t wait to read Starr Valentine! *–*

the author

Wende Dikec has spent her life traveling the world, and collecting stories wherever she visited. She writes in several romance genres, and her books are quirky, light, and fun. Fluent in several languages and married to a man from Istanbul, Wende is a trekkie, a book hoarder, master of the Nespresso machine, and mother of three boys. A puppy named Capone is the most recent addition to her family, and she blogs about him as a way of maintaining what little sanity she has left.

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One lucky winner will get a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

All you have to do to participate on this giveaway is to subscribe to Wende’s newsletter here. The winner will be announced on June 1st 😀 Good luck!

That’s it, thanks so much again to Wende for being on my post, thank you for reading this post and thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for my spot on this marvelous tour! 😀

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BOOK TOUR + GIVEAWAY: Life in the Lucky Zone, from Patricia B. Tighe

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Hi, there! Welcome to a very special book tour hosted by Chapter by Chapters 😀 I already talked about our star on its cover reveal day, but now the baby is born 😀 Congratulations to Patricia B. Tighe for the second baby in The Zone series: Life in the Lucky Zone!

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Life in the Lucky Zone

(The Zone #2)

by Patricia B. Tighe

Publication Date:  April 5, 2016

Publisher:  Swoon Romance

Summary

Seventeen-year-old Lindsey Taylor has been living a charmed life—always the lead in school plays, possessor of a healthy entourage and a hot boyfriend. But halfway through her junior year, the unthinkable happens. Her boyfriend dumps her. She screws up her audition for the spring play. And to top it all off, her theater teacher wants her to run lines with Trey Berger, a gamer guy who irritates her practically every time he opens his mouth. Lindsey needs to find some better luck and quick.

Trey Berger can barely tolerate Lindsey Taylor. It’s bad enough that their best friends are dating and he has to see Lindsey at group hangouts. Now they have to rehearse together. Berger would rather do just about anything else, even chill with his grandmother, whose dementia has forced her to move in with his family.

But as the semester continues, Berger discovers there’s more to Lindsey than the drama queen

persona she puts on for everyone else’s benefit. And the person behind the mask might be someone he cares about. A lot. So what exactly is he going to do about it?

And while Lindsey desperately tries to change her luck and heal from the breakup, she slowly realizes Berger has become her best friend. This video-game-playing boy makes her laugh. And holds her when she cries. Could he possibly become something more?

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I’ve had the luck of recently reading several awesome contemporary romances, so I’m more excited about the genre’s latest releases, haha! I won’t lie, I’m still very picky, so if you hear me good mouthing a contemporary romance, you should consider checking it out, haha! ;D

You can find Life in the Lucky Zone on Amazon, both on paperback and ebook formats!

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And guess what? Patricia heself agreed to stop for a bit here in my blog!! ❤

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Thanks so much, dear *–*

So, I asked Patricia to tell us five curiosities about Life in the Lucky Zone and here’s what she can say for the book:

Ha, ha! Thanks for having me on your blog. (You’re most welcome, Patricia <3)

Well, let’s see:

  • Someone does wonder if chickens have toenails
  • A Chihuahua named Bartholomew
  • A stuffed-animal throwing girl with seriously bad aim
  • A girl who’s fascinated by UFOs
  • Multiple boxes of good luck charms.

I personally never thought about chickens with or without toenails and I love a good charm box, so you tugged hard at my curiosity, Patricia! Haha! Thanks so much for coming over ❤

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Of course, I also had to include an excerpt ❤ Nothing better to tell you what to expect of the book writing style and to sneak peek a little in general, right? 😀

EXCERPT

I had to find Lindsey. Lines of cars inched along the road just past the parking lot. It was peak everybody and their dog leaving school time. I scanned the small groups of people that were standing around by the buildings or parked cars. Where was she? I sighed. I should’ve gotten her phone number so I could find out what was going on. I’d give it five minutes, and if she didn’t show, I’d head home.

Three minutes later, a silver sedan that had been working its way around parked cars pulled up to the curb in front of me. The automatic window went slowly down. “Come on, Dragon Boy,” Lindsey said, leaning over the passenger seat. “Let’s go.”

A Honda? And by the scratches on its doors, it wasn’t even new. This was a surprise. I climbed in, setting my backpack between my feet. “Where are we going?”

“To my house,” she said, pulling into the line of cars exiting the lot.

“How am I supposed to get home later? And you can stop with the ‘dragon’ stuff. I don’t play that many games with dragons in them.”

She pursed her lips as though she were fighting a smile. “But you play at least one, right?”

“I have.”

“Then ‘Dragon Boy’ stays.”

I let out a huge exhale. “Whatever happened to ‘Dragon Master,’ anyway? Why’ve I been reduced to just a boy?”

“I like the sound of it better. And, don’t worry, I’ll take you home later.”

“Okay. But why aren’t we rehearsing at school?”

“You’re just full of questions, aren’t you?” She checked out her side window, then turned right onto the road. When I didn’t say anything, she mumbled, “I’m expecting a package.”

I thought she might tell me more, but instead she turned on the radio. Pop country music almost shattered my eardrums, and she lowered the volume. Oh, goody. We were going to listen to, “You cheated on me and I’m getting revenge,” all the way to her house. Maybe I could fix that.

“Do you want to run some lines right now? Save some time?”

“No,” she said. “I like to focus on one thing at a time.”

“Driving and listening to music are two things.”

We made it through the major four-way stop and sped on, the traffic thinning out. “That’s different,” she said. “I don’t have to focus when I listen to music.”

I had to give her that point, but I still wanted the music off. “Is there any other kind of music we could listen to? You know, like music without words?”

She laughed. “You don’t like this?” She gestured to the radio. “Were you born in this country?”

“Very funny.”

She pushed the radio button, cutting off some guy mid-wail. “Whatever you want, Dragon Boy. I was just trying to save us from awkward silence.”

“Awkward silence is completely underrated. You should try it sometime.”

I kind of laughed my ass of from this excerpt, but okay. I’m alive, haha!

Bellow, you can learn more about Patricia. Guess what? We have an Q&A! ❤ (Never give a journalist a lot of material to work with, haha!)

Patricia B. Tighe

The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in El Paso, Texas, with her husband and two dogs. Her love of the written word caused her to get a journalism degree from Texas A&M University in 1980 and an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2008. When not writing or reading, she can be found walking the dogs or yelling at the TV during an NFL game. She’s also a fan of British TV shows. Downton Abbey, anyone?

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Q&A with Patricia B. Tighe!

  1. What inspired the story?

First off, I was writing a series and needed to write a book. 😀 Second, at the end of Life in the No-Dating Zone, the situation with Lindsey and her boyfriend, Adam, was left a little up in the air—especially as far as Claire was concerned. I knew that I needed to settle it, to have Lindsey come to understand more about herself. And who better to instigate that than someone who drives her crazy? Plus, many readers wanted to see more from Berger, who was a secondary character in LitNDZ. So I thought, a drama queen and a gamer boy? Why not?

  1. What is your favorite scene?

That would have to be when a hurting, tipsy Lindsey makes a move on Berger. His reaction was so much fun to write!

  1. What was the hardest scene to write?

The video-game playing scene, because I had to continually stop to get information and critique from my son.

  1. Who would play your characters in a film?

AnnaSophia Robb with auburn hair and Matthew Lewis with glasses—especially now that he’s grown up to what I’ve seen described as “nerd hot.”

  1. What’s your favorite book to film adaptation?

The Princess Bride.

  1. Do you have any pets?

I have two mixed-breed dogs, ages sixteen and fifteen. One is a cross between a lab and a chow, and the other is a cross between a boxer and probably a lab. They are ridiculous and I love them.

  1. If you could be any character in your book who would you be and why?

The female version of Berger, because he loves to laugh and to make people laugh.

  1. What’s the best advice you can give someone who wants to be a writer?

Read! Read the genre you want to write. Read for pleasure and then re-read to analyze how it’s done.

  1. How will you spend your release day?

Probably helping with promotion and checking sales rankings too often. But I do plan to go out to dinner to celebrate.

  1. What are you writing now?

I’ve turned in the third book in the Life in the No-Dating Zone series, and now I’m working on a YA contemporary romance that I hope will be the first in a new series. We shall see!

Stay tuned on Patricia’s website and social networks. The brilliant mind behind Life in the Lucky Zone promises more gold to come soon! ❤

And yes, I didn’t forget. There is also a GIVEAWAY!

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  • One lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card and a digital copy of Life in the Lucky Zone (INTERNATIONAL)

Join me on this chance by clicking here: GIVEAWAY!

That’s it! I’m so sorry for the long post, but there were so many cool things to say about this book ❤ Thank you for reading! Also, thanks so much to Patricia to take the time to be here as a guest and huge thanks to Chapter by Chapter that made it all possible! 😀

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#DustOffYourBookShelves: Blue Moon, from Alynson Noël (The Immortals #2)

Good night (again, OMG)! I’ve been meaning to post this on mornings, but I’ve been epic failing over the last weeks! Thursdays are #DustOffYourBookshelf dayd over here; this is a meme hosted by my dear friend Mandy, from The Reading Diaries. Make sure to check her blog if you haven’t ❤

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Da Rulez:

Dust off your Bookshelf was originally created to share books that have been on my “to read pile” for a long time. Some so long I’ve forgotten that they are there, and have purchased duplicate copies. Each week I will share on my blog as well as Instagram a new title. Some may be newer and some so old I have forgotten they are there. I do have issues with buying books and never reading them. I’m hoping that by share them I will be motivated to read them. Plus it’s always fun to find new books hiding within the bookshelves. Feel free to join in and share on Instagram or your blog. Just let me know so I can check out your choice this week too. Just use #DustOffYourBookshelf

My chosen book

After deep thinking this through aka staring blankly into my TBR shelf and doing math for how long each volume has been there, I’ve realized that Blue Moon, from Alynson Noël, is pretty old on my TBR shelf.

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Goodreads’ blurb:

Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him. As Ever’s powers are increasing, Damen’s begin to fade after he is stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life.

Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, where she uncovers not only the secrets of Damen’s past – the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden – but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them – or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day….

I remember reading Evermore and loving it, but Blue Moon took so long to be published in Brazil (as it usually goes) that I didn’t remember much when picking it up. Also, the beginning was so slow that made me put it down and back into my TBR pile until this day. Now I need to re-read Evermore if I want to pick up Blue Moon, darn 😦

That’s it, thanks for reading ❤

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April TBR!

Hello, there! If you have a weak heart, please stop reading this post right now, as my April TBR is INSANE.

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Don’t you believe me because you only see one book in the picture? Okay, here we go:

  • The Copper, from Bonnie Dee
  • Annabeth Neverending, from Leyla Kader Dahm
  • Princess of Tyrone, from Katie Hamstead
  • The Requiem Red, from Brynn Chapman
  • True Colors, from Krysten Lindsay Hager
  • The Wedding Date, from Kelly Eadon
  • Love Me Never, from Sara Wolf
  • Broken Down, from Amanda K. Byrne
  • Nobody’s Goddess, from Amy McNulty
  • The Way Home, from Linda Oaks
  • Beneath The Surface, from M. A. Church
  • Nobody’s Lady, from Amy McNulty
  • The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller, from M. Pepper Langlinais
  • Alice in Underland, from DeAnna Knippling
  • Emerge, from Tobie Easton
  • Cracking the Career Code, from Tom Henricksen
  • Anomalies, from Sadie Turner and Colette Freedman
  • Omen Operation, from Taylor Brooke
  • Ashes in Waterloo, from Olivia Andem
  • Painting The Sky, from Rita Branches
  • Falling Light, from Dayana Morency
  • Wish, from Grier Cooper

They are all ebooks, darling.

And, as I don’t have enough books for the month, I’ll also be participating of two buddyreads:

Also, I’ll try to keep reading the following books sometime this month (you see, not finish, just… keep reading):

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses, from Sarah J. Maas
  • Emma, from Jane Austen
  • Two Towers, from J. R. R. Tolkien

If I manage this TBR, it will mean that Hermione’s time-tuner is real. #justsaying

That’s it, thanks for reading and wish me luck! Have you already decided on your April TBR??

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BOOK BLITZ: Remembrance, from Michelle Madow (Transcend Time #1)

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Hi, there! Today the blog is bursting with news, haha! Welcome to another book blitz by YA Bound Book Tours! Some of you may have already heard of our star: Remembrance, the first book in the Transcend Time series, from Michelle Madow! 😀

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Remembrance

(Transcend Time #1)

by Michelle Madow

Genre: YA Historical Romance

Release Date: July 27th, 2011

Dreamscape Publishing

Summary

Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from 1815, England … but she doesn’t realize it until she meets her soul mate from the past and he triggers her memories to gradually return.

When Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie’s high school, she feels a connection to him, like she knows him. But he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching Drew is more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can’t she get him out of her mind?

Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, but fighting fate isn’t easy, and she’s determined to unravel the mysteries of the past.

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Now you ask me: why is this any news if the book was published in 2011? Simple, my dear. You can now get Remembrance FOR FREE at Amazon and Barnes & Noble!!! 😀

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Also, if you feel that you’ll love the series, you can win the whole trilogy FOR FREE! ❤ All you have to do is sign up for Michelle’s newsletter here 😀

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As Michelle is already on my TBR with two series, I didn’t lose anytime signing up, haha! Oh, and bellow you can learn more about her in case you haven’t heard of the Elementals series or The Secret Diamond Sisters series 😀

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Michelle Madow grew up in Baltimore, graduated Rollins College in Orlando, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida. She wrote her first book in her junior year of college, and has been writing novels since. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

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 That’s it, thank you for reading 😀 And thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for the blitz, I can’t wait to start the Transcend Time series!

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