Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Charming by Krystal Wade + a Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday Readers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend filled with fun and exciting things! I was out of town for the weekend (hence my disappearance) but I was able to relax and relieve some of my daily stress.  

Today I wanted to spotlight a book that I think all of you would be interested in reading: Charming by Krystal Wade.

About the Book:

Krystal Wade is back with a spine-tingling retelling of Cinderella!



In this edge-of-your seat, tension filled retelling of Cinderella, a vengeful schizophrenic pulls sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine into his dark world. She must make a choice: save her abusive, alcoholic father and bitter little sister and allow the only people who've treated Haley like family to die, or seek out the killer and save them all.

CHARMING

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and that's great . . . as long as you don't die.
Sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine had it all: top-notch school, fantastic family, and a bright future, but all of that changed when an accident tore her family apart. Now, an alcoholic father, a bitter younger sister, and a cold headstone bearing her mother’s name are all she has left.
Chris Charming has it all: a powerful CEO for a father, a prestigious school, and a fortune at his fingertips, but none of that matters when he lands a reputation as a troublemaker. Struggling to follow in his father’s footsteps, he reaches out to the one person he believes truly sees him, the one person he wants: Haley.
Little do they know someone's determined to bring the two together, even if it means murder.
Available at: Smashwords | Barnes & Noble | Amazon



Spotlight:

“Since you’ve refused all offers to run away and leave this town behind, you could try this.” Christine took a hit of her thinly wound joint, winked, then held it out for Haley. Like tonight would be any different from the other five hundred times Christine had offered.

“Not happening.” But maybe, just maybe, being high would make walking through the squeaky front door hurt a little less. Maybe the pot would snuff out the anger and fear that burned and spread like uncontrolled wildfires in Haley’s head when Dad yelled, when he grunted disgusting noises because she took too long to clean his mess or get him another beer, and when Jocelyn just sat there and watched.

Dad’s favorite. Dad’s favorite because he thought she chose him instead of Mom the night she decided to leave. Dad didn’t know the truth. Jocelyn didn’t either.

“Not today, anyway.” Hopefully that day never comes.

“Always helps me get over my issues, but suit yourself.” Tucked into her too-large, red and black flannel jacket, Christine finished off the awful smelling joint with a shrug, then jogged across the cracked asphalt, hundreds of jagged tar lines holding the road together like band-aids. She forgot to say goodbye. As usual.

Haley stood on the side of the street between the power lines and her yard covered with a thick layer of pine needles and red leaves, the closest thing Deerfield Massachusetts had to a sidewalk. She stared through the yellow glow of the streetlamp Christine ran under, waiting for her to walk into her house. Once she did, Haley jogged up the few steps to her front porch, pulled open the screen door, took a calming breath, then walked in.  No one was waiting. The only greetings she received were sounds of the late-night news reporting the most recent murder, the smell of stale beer, and that ever-unsettling panic in Haley’s chest, the panic that never went away while under the same roof as Dad.

Backpack slung over one shoulder, she ditched her plain black work shoes next to the pile of others by the door and crept through the house that didn’t appreciate anyone creeping around. The worn floorboards rattled with every step, despite Haley’s efforts to place each foot gently in front of the other. She passed the kitchen on her way down the long hallway. The cramped space was a mess of dirty pots and pans sitting and crusting on the stovetop, trash overflowing the can and spilling onto the floor, empty plates scattered on the table. All left for Haley to clean. All left for Haley to worry over.

On the way to her room, Haley paused by the arched opening leading to the den. Dad and Jocelyn sat in each other’s company, watching TV as so many normal families would. But did all those families take advantage of one member? Did they pretend like that member didn’t exist unless they needed help with something? Or was Haley the only lucky one?

“Deerfield police found Jeremiah Woodson dead this morning along the bank of the
Connecticut River. Investigators say he suffered a bullet-wound to the head and are
searching for clues.”


About the Author:

Krystal Wade is happily married to the love of her life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. They live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day she wakes up to find herself stuck in traffic trying to get there. When she’s not working, commuting, or chasing after her three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find Krystal outside talking to her chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training her amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).










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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Apple Picking 2.0

Happy Wednesday Readers! I hope your hump day is going well so far!

This week has been a strange one with the cold weather and some very strange things happening, but so far it has been a pretty good week! 

Today I wanted to recap our visit to the apple orchard this past Sunday with you all! If you remember from last week, I suggest this as a Fun Fall Activity! And I guess technically, I killed two birds with one stone since the orchard is also a Cider Mill.  



My friends and I have created a few fun traditions for ourselves, and last year we added Apple Picking to the list and I am glad we decided to repeat this tradition again this year.  This year we again went to Westview Orchards to pick our apples.  I really like this orchard because I feel they are very organized, have a ton of fun options, and are fairly reasonably priced. 


For example, a lot of orchards charge by the pound while Westview charges per bag.  We paid $19 for a peck of apples (roughly 40-50 depending on size) and that bag allows 2-3 people to go into the orchard to pick apples.

Altogether, we had 3 pecks between the whole group and we easily walked away with 175+ apples.


Another thing I really like about Westview Orchards is the fact that they encourage you to try the apples before you bag them.  Because each person has a different preference for apples, it can be difficult to pick them without knowing exactly what you are getting.  I think before I left the orchard, I ended up eating a total of five apples because they were so crisp and juicy.


After the orchard, we all went back to Justin and I's apartment to have dinner and play games together.  I can honestly say that I have not laughed that hard in a long time.  Such a fun and wonderful evening with my friends.  


Here's to many more years of fun apple picking traditions!


Question of the Day: Have you ever picked your own fruit? If so, which is your favorite to pick?

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

End of Normal by SC Arscott + a Giveaway

Happy Tuesday Readers! I hope all is well! 

I am so excited because I have been working with Jackie at Barclay Publicity for the opportunity to read and review some new and upcoming books and today I get to share one those books with you! I am also excited because I am participating in my first ever book tour! Not to mention the $20 Amazon gift card giveaway! There is all kinds of exciting things going on around here, huh? 



About the Book:

Sometimes what you think is normal, is anything but.


Told in the vein of Susan Pfeiffer’s LIFE AS WE KNOW IT and Courtney Summers’ THIS IS NOT A TEST, this new YA novel will appeal to fans of Sci-Fi both young and old. END OF NORMAL is now available at Amazon and Champagne Books. Get to know more about Susan in this exclusive letter to readers...

End of Normal

16-year-old Olivia Richards’ last day of normal is simply that, normal. She spends her entire pre-school morning dressing to impress gorgeous guy Sawyer Rising, the hottest guy in high school. She argues with her mother about her skinny jeans being too tight, which Olivia considers ridiculous because isn’t that the point of skinny jeans? Sometimes her mother makes no sense. Olivia’s normal world also includes her gentle astrophysicist father and her twin brother Charlie, who is deaf. Despite proclaiming that his deafness is no big deal, deep inside Olivia feels it is a big deal and that it’s her duty to protect him.  

Olivia’s normal ends that night when strange lights shoot out of the sky and turn into stinging drones, killing their parents, or at least they think their parents die, but do they? Forced to flee, the twins join forces with friends Axel, Clara, and Sawyer, to search for answers to the strange invasion. Discovering a conspiracy to hide the location of a second earth, they search for a way to stop the destruction of their world.


My Thoughts:

If I had to sum this book up in two words they would be: enticing and suspenseful.  Within the first ten pages of the book, Arscott leads you to believe that something exciting and potentially harmful is going to happen to Olivia and those around her, but she does not give you any hint until the event is right upon you.

While reading this book, I found myself feeling like I was in Olivia's shoes - thinking her thoughts, feeling her pain, expressing her emotions.  I wanted to be there, to work with Olivia, Axel, Clara, Charlie and Sawyer to figure exactly how and why these aliens are invading their homes and to find out who is responsible.

Through the twists and turns of the book, Arscott develops the characters both in maturity and in complexity - and we even see a little romance blooming between two of the main characters ( and no I will not say who is involved). 

The only downside of the book is that it ends open ended - we find out the truth behind who is responsible for the invasion, but we do not know with 100% certainty what is going to happen to Olivia and her friends.  In my mind, this means that Arscott is going to write a sequel to End of Normal and I really hope that she does.  


About the Author:

SC Arscott

Susan worked as a high school teacher until she thought her head would explode from all the ideas and questions her students asked. Thinking it would be easier; she foolishly switched from teaching to the ridiculous job of professional fundraiser. After spending more years than she wants to admit begging strangers for money, she gathered what pride she had left and enrolled in Spalding University’s MFA program where she became blissfully happy working with other writers and improving her writing. She currently lives and writes in Seabrook, Texas with her husband Mike, Vlad the cat, and their deaf dog Chester.
My first YA novel, END OF NORMAL, will be available October 6, 2014 by Champagne Books and can be purchased through any online bookstore. I am in the process of developing a new, and much better website, but until it’s ready, you can check out my current, rather pitiful site. It has my bi-weekly blog and books I’m working on. My new site will be much better, so bookmark my web address and check back in a few weeks.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Halloween Craft Roundup 2014


Hello Readers! I am getting so excited about Halloween this year, that I did not want to miss out on an opportunity to share some neat Halloween crafts that I came across while looking on Pinterest!  What I like about most of these projects, is the fact that *most* of them can be done while enjoying a relaxing afternoon, or watching television.

I am hoping that I will be able to make a few of these myself and share my results with you, just like I did last time with the Fall Decor Ideas

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Tales of Fright Cutout from Eighteen25



Spiderweb Halloween Decoration by Fun Holiday Crafts















Halloween Wreath by Eighteen25



Mummy Mason Jars by Made From Pinterest



DIY Halloween Wreath by Handmade Grace


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 These look so cute and so fun do they not?! I have already started working on a few of them and will be posting my tutorial on how I made them.  Also, make sure to check out my other pins on Pinterest for some more inspiration.

Question of the Day: What is your favorite part about Halloween?


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Friday, October 3, 2014

Five Things Friday: Fun Fall Activities

Happy Friday Everybody! I hope your week went well and you are gearing up for an exciting weekend! Justin and I have a fun weekend ahead watching our nephew play soccer and picking apples at the orchard.  



Today I am going to continue will be a good weekly post for you all.  Michigan has officially hit Fall weather, so I wanted to share some fun Fall Activities you can do to enjoy this beautiful weather.




Go to the Cider Mill! 
For as long as I can remember, we have gone to the cider mill in the fall to get cider and donuts.  I love going to the cider mill because you can see how the cider is made and you can buy freshly made donuts that melt in your mouth.  Plus, most cider mills have petting zoos, or paths you can walk around so there are other activities for kids that you can do for a fun afternoon.





Rake leaves and jump into the pile! 
I came across this video a few weeks ago and it brought a HUGE smile to my face.  The good thing about this activity is it has two purposes: cleaning & fun.  It is not often that you get the combine those two activities together so of course you should take advantage of that opportnity.




Go to your local orchard and pick apples.
I am so excited because we are going apple picking this weekend with our friends again.  It will be a little bit of a different group, but it will still be super fun.  If you are not sure if you can pick your own apples, check out Pick Your Own's Website.  This site has information about local orchards, what apples you can pick and other information about cost and types of apples available.




Carve your own scary pumpkins.
Do you carve your own pumpkins? We do! This picture is from a few years ago (I could not find one from last year).  There are so many fun ways you can decorate pumpkins! Check out some of these fun ideas on Pinterest.




Drive around and enjoy the beautiful leaves.
One of my favorite parts of fall is the changing of the leaves.  I am always amazed to see how many different colors show up as the leaves begin making their changes from a lovely green to a fiery red.  If you have not taken the time to go see the leaves, I highly recommend doing so.  It really breathes air into me when I take time to appreciate the scenery.

Question of the Day: What is your favorite activity to do in the Fall?



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Thursday, October 2, 2014

#JackaBeeDaily Weeks 39 & 40

Happy Thursday Readers! For today's post, I will be share the last two weeks of #jackabeedaily2014 posts with you!



Day 261: BEST auto correct fail yet! What are these ginger games you speak of Danielle???



Day 262: Saw the Maze Runner with Danielle yesterday! If you weren't sure about it- I say you should go! 



Day 263: Road Trip! On our way to MA to visit family and see the pretty fall leaves 



Day 264: We made our way to the Roger Williams Zoo today! So awesome to see the animals and the baby anteater! 



Day 265: Had a wonderful evening in Cape Cod with my dad and Justin playing putt putt and eating clam chowder 



Day 266: Lazy day relaxing and being silly he he 



Day 267: Spend the day in Rhode Island exploring the #breakersmansion with Dad and Justin



Day 268: Another lazy day and that is exactly how we wanted our last day in MA to go :)



Day 269: look what we saw on our drive home! I've never seen one in person - SOOO weird.



Day 270: it was a very exciting day in our house! Justin got a new phone! 



Day 271: I am so excited about my SUPER cute sewing box from Danielle



Day 272: She snuck up on me.  I had no idea she was sleeping there for a good 30 minutes 



Day 273: I saw a Metropolis police car on my way to work today! 



Day 274: I borrowed this from @pickyourplum because it really had been one of those weeks!



What exciting things have happened for you in the past week! I'd love to hear from you all! 


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