We Love Books Wednesday: 2017 TBR List

Good morning, lovelies! For the first We Love Books Wednesday post of 2017, I thought it’d be a great idea to share with you the list of books that I’ll be reading this year. These books are based on a challenge my sisters and I conjured up amongst ourselves.

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  1. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  2. Ain’t No Sunshine by Leslie DuBois
  3. Exactly Where They’d Fall by Laura Rae Amos
  4. My Fate for Yours by Steph Campbell and Mia Josephs
  5. The Girl Who Didn’t Die by Tim Kizer
  6. Somehow, Someday by Tamaika Belen
  7. And Then She Was Gone by Christopher Greyson
  8. Girl Tripping by Ginna LaManna
  9. Blurred Lines (Love Unexpectedly) by Lauren Layne
  10. Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken
  11. The Goode Fight by Seth King
  12. The Secret Ingredient by Misty Evans
  13. All the Frogs in Manhattan by Carrie Aarons
  14. Write a Novel Outline from Scratch! by Andrew Butcher
  15. The Year I Became Isabella Anders by Jessica Sorensen
  16. White Lies by Emily harper
  17. Wife By Wednesday by Catherine Bybee
  18. The Secret Life of a Witch by Jessica Sorensen
  19. Jackpot! by Jackie Pilossoph
  20. Halloween Treats by Alexa Riley
  21. The Practice Boyfriend by Christina Benjamin
  22. Cross My Heart by Katie Klein
  23. Within This Frame by Lindy Zart
  24. A Sister’s Place by Savannah Page
  25. Last To Know by Micalea Smeltzer
  26. Never Too Late by Micalea Smeltzer
  27. In Your Heart by Micalea Smeltzer
  28. Take a Chance by Micalea Smeltzer

I’d love to know what books you’re looking forward to reading this year. Also, what books on my list are you hoping I’ll review here on the blog?

 

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Manuscript Monday: The Family Secret

dt8ajmateGood morning, lovelies! Over the weekend, I shared some pretty heavy stuff that had been going on in my life, and it was refreshing to finally be at a place in my life where I felt comfortable enough to talk about it. Today’s post is going to be on a happier note.

Just a side note, if the title of today’s post led you to believe I was going to be divulging secrets about my family, think again. The Family Secret is the newest novel idea I’ve had.

The Family Secret is an idea that I sat on for about four or five years, but it wasn’t a story I jumped at to write. Looking back on what my original idea was, I’m glad I waited. Sometimes it’s best to let work sit and marinate so it can be the best you have to offer.

I don’t want to give an extreme amount of the plot away, but I can tell you the book will follow four siblings and how they each cope with the death of their grandma. And, of course, along the way of coping they find out a secret their beloved Nana had been keeping from them.

Here are sixteen songs, from my playlist of 61 songs, I’ve been listening to while working on different aspects of this novel:

  1. Never Gone by Backstreet Boys
  2. Miss Independent by Ne-Yo
  3. Glamorous by Fergie
  4. Real Men Love Jesus by Michael Ray
  5. Run The World (Girls) by Beyoncé
  6. Optimistic by Sounds of Blackness
  7. We Don’t Talk Anymore by Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez
  8. Misses Glass by Leona Lewis
  9. Secrets by OneRepublic
  10. Fighting Gravity by New Kids On The Block
  11. Darlin’ by Backstreet Boys
  12. God, Your Mama, and Me by Florida Georgia Line ft. Backstreet Boys
  13. Disconnect by Kristinia DeBarge
  14. I’m Still In Love by New Edition
  15. I’ll Be There by S Club 7
  16. Good Life by OneRepublic

What other songs do you think are on my playlist? See you on Wednesday!

Story Time Saturday: Year of Changes

Hey Lovelies! It’s me again, finally! And in case you were worried that I was sentenced to a life where technology no longer existed, that was certainly not the case at all. A few things have changed since my last post, and as I sit here, writing this post, I know there are more changes to come (in a good way).

Grandpa’s Death

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On December 4, 2016, I lost my grandpa. He was 91-years-old, still in his right mind, and had this certain sense of life about him. My grandfather, Joseph, was a Reverend for many years. He was the kind of man who believed in letting the Lord heal him as opposed to relying on doctors and medicines. He knew the Bible like the back of his hand, even when it wasn’t in front of him. More importantly, he was the kind of man who didn’t fear death. The day before his passing, he told my Grams that he wouldn’t be with her much longer. He even gave her Christmas money for my sisters and me to buy Christmas gifts that would allow us to remember him.

As stubborn and stuck in his ways that he was, he always meant well. He wasn’t just someone I saw on holidays and special occasions; I saw him every day. Because aside from him being my grandpa, he was also my next door neighbor, my Pastor, and the man behind the inspiration of my name (my parents thought I was going to be a boy). Because we were fortunate enough to have him until the age of 91, each day gets a little easier in knowing that the Lord only takes the best.

In Sickness & In Health

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If you’re new to this blog, you should know that I’m a renal failure advocate. However, if you’re not new here, it’s no secret I’m always preaching the importance of taking care of your kidneys. It’s also no secret my dad was diagnosed with renal failure six years ago and taking dialysis three times a week. But what you don’t know (unless you follow me on Instagram) is that on January 5, 2017, my dad had a heart attack.

I remember getting a call from my older sister who explained he got sick on his way home from dialysis. Luckily, he spotted his brother along the way, flagged him down, and his brother was able to get him an ambulance. On our way to the hospital he was at, my Uncle called. He said my dad had a heart attack and they were going to fly him to a heart hospital. To this day, I can still hear and see the plane taking him away. They ended up doing a stent for one side, but because dialysis had calcified his veins, he was going to need open heart surgery. The day of his surgery was scary due to a number of reasons.

Fast forward to today, he has fully recovered from his triple bypass, back to his normal activities, and giving us all a run for our money. He was in the hospital for a total of 11 days, and my mom, the epitome of Superwoman, was there the entire time; never leaving his side. With God’s will, my parents will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary later on this year, and to this day, they still stand by each other’s side in sickness and in health. That’s true love, y’all.

Revelation

Needless to say, with everything that went on, I stopped blogging, writing, and pretty much everything. My day would consist of working, sitting with my bedridden Grams until her sitter showed up, and passing out on the couch from exhaustion until it was time to do it all over again the next day. But it wasn’t healthy. I was suffering physically and mentally. For the longest time I felt like I needed to dedicate all of my spare time to Grams, to ensure she was okay, even when I knew she was in good hands with someone else. But my family helped me understand that I needed to take care of myself as well. I noticed when I started making my writing a priority again, I was no longer suffering from chest pains or miserableness. I was waking up a happier person, and believe me, I’m no morning person. Sometimes you just have to learn to make some time for you; even if it’s only 30 minutes.

With all of this being said, I’m starting the blog up again (thanks for the encouragement, Mom), focusing on my writing, and making room for some much needed ME TIME.

Promo Post: Peri in Progress by Cat Lavoie

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Happy Book Blast Day, Cat Lavoie!

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Progress

By author Cat Lavoie

Release Date: October 2nd, 2016

Genre: Chick Lit

Blurb:

You know what they say about best-laid plans… After a

disastrous thirty-first birthday party where she gets stood-up by a man she isn’t supposed to be dating,

Peri McKenna decides it’s time to change what hasn’t been working—which is pretty much everything.

Her love life is going nowhere fast, she’s bored to tears by a job that makes her the office pariah, and

the lifelong junk food addiction that used to be somewhat quirky is now positively problematic. To top it

all off, her newly-purchased home is falling apart and wishful thinking hasn’t done much to fix the leaky

roof. It’s time be an adult now that she’s officially ‘thirty-something.’ But when the first step of Peri’s

self-improvement plan backfires, she starts to wonder if change might be overrated.

Enter Milo Preston, an up-and- coming chef who’s in town

to take over a local restaurant. When Peri and Milo begin working together, she finds it hard to ignore

his easy charm and captivating emerald-green eyes. Since Milo is her best friend’s estranged brother,

Peri has to keep reminding herself that he is completely off-limits. As they grow closer, Milo introduces

Peri to new foods, the joy (and pain) of jogging, and makes her think her luck might finally be turning.

But when the past catches up with them, Peri finds herself back at square one.

Will she be able to sort herself out—or will the roof cave in

on her once and for all?

Buy the Book:

Peri in Progress will be on sale for $0.99 from October 31 to November 8

Make sure to grab your copy!

 

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About the Author:

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Bio:

Cat Lavoie lives in Montreal, Canada with her tempestuous

cat, Abbie. She is the author of BREAKING THE RULES, ZOEY & THE MOMENT OF ZEN, and PERI IN

PROGRESS.

If Cat isn’t reading or writing, she’s most likely watching too much TV or daydreaming about her next

trip to London.

To find out more about Cat and her books, please visit

http://www.catlavoie.com and follow @CatLavoieBooks on Twitter.

Find her here:

Website  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Contact  | Instagram  | Pinterest

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Release Blitz: The Christmas Surprise by Samantha March

About the Book

Juliette Mabry is a happily married stay-at-home wife and mother…until there appears to be trouble brewing in her nearly ten-year marriage. Juliette takes it upon herself to find out if her husband is up to no good, but does she want to know the truth? Everything is revealed on Christmas, and Juliette is in for her biggest Christmas surprise.


Participating Blogs


Jersey Girl Book Reviews

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Caroline Fardig

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Chick Lit Goddess

Josie Ann

The Book Bag

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Book Lover in Florida 

Queen of All She Reads

Coffeeholic Bookworm

Bookaholic Babe

Authors and Readers Book Corner

A Southern Girls Bookshelf

Hello Chick Lit

Spunky N Sassy

Jen’s Reading Obsession

A Page to turn

Little Miss Drama Queen

Anne Kemp


About the Author


Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things beauty, fashion and fitness. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has four published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket, A Questionable Friendship and Up To I Do. You can also find her on Youtube sharing beauty reviews and creating makeup tutorials. When she isn’t reading, writing, or vlogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.


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Snapchat: Samantha.March


Book Links

The Christmas Surprise – http://amzn.to/2fk6vPc

Destined To Fail – http://amzn.to/2egZj0M

The Green Ticket  – http://amzn.to/2eDKWbl

A Questionable Friendship – http://amzn.to/2eiuSsq – 99 CENTS! 

Up To I Do – http://amzn.to/2egYZyY – FREE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HUGE GIVEAWAY TO CELEBRATE!

We Love Book Wednesday: Cover Reveal – The Adulthood by Lori Goldson

the-adulthoodAbout the Book
New from Lori Goldson, the author of the four-star rated novel Irene in College: The Life &
Times Series, book 1,
comes the new-adult fiction novel The Adulthood:
The Life & Times Series, book 2,
the follow-up sequel to last year’s
debut.
With her degree in hand and college campus in her rear view mirror, 22-year-old Irene Jimenez is ready
to grapple with her newest adversary, adulthood. With the help of a family
friend, Irene quickly lands a job where she meets her new boss, the brilliant,
charismatic, and virile Justin. Fear-stricken and paralyzed at the idea of
being on her own for the first time in life, Justin’s guidance in the workplace
leaves Irene intrigued to get better acquainted with her new boss, despite her
current relationship situation with her live-in boyfriend, Artie. Justin
notices Irene’s inquisition, and admits his curiosity about her as well, despite
his own set of personal and professional obligations.
Enjoying her work and
curious about her boss, Irene finds herself losing sight of the objective, and
turns to her longtime friend, Michaela, who is entrenched in her own adulthood
obstacles with her girlfriend, Ryan, including a domestic dispute that pushes
Irene even closer to her boss in ways that leave her boyfriend, Artie, jealous.
Irene and Michaela are equally trapped in wading the waters of adulthood as
they try to balance their actual jobs with their romantic desires and fears
contained. Irene finds herself struggling, however, with balancing work and
pleasure with Justin as her boss, and is soon placed in a new work environment
where an old adversary becomes a new supervisor, and is forced to confront old
emotions that she thought were buried in the past.
Participating Blogs
the-adulthoodAbout the Author
My first novel came along
during the wee hours of the night in 2011. I was laid off and laid up after a
car accident, and figured it was time to bring my goal to light. Four years
later, it is finally available to the masses. I took every frustration and
disappointment that life had handed me thus far and created some truly
relatable characters. Who wouldn’t be able to connect to a lost college
student? Aren’t we all lost to some extent at that time?


I’m a Jersey girl through and through who lives in
Pennsylvania. I’m a Westonian, a Blue Hen, and a Hawk with a flair for the
Spanish language. I’ve been bit by the traveling bug on numerous occasions, and
I won’t be surprised if my first child is born in the middle of a yoga
studio
.
Oh yeah, I have a husband now.
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