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text 2017-10-16 18:20
The Wishing Thread: A Novel by Lisa Van Allen $1,99
The Wishing Thread: A Novel - Lisa Van Allen

The Van Ripper women have been the talk of Tarrytown, New York, for centuries. Some say they’re angels; some say they’re crooks. In their tumbledown “Stitchery,” not far from the stomping grounds of the legendary Headless Horseman, the Van Ripper sisters—Aubrey, Bitty, and Meggie—are said to knit people’s most ardent wishes into beautiful scarves and mittens, granting them health, success, or even a blossoming romance. But for the magic to work, sacrifices must be made—and no one knows that better than the Van Rippers.
When the Stitchery matriarch, Mariah, dies, she leaves the yarn shop to her three nieces. Aubrey, shy and reliable, has dedicated her life to weaving spells for the community, though her sisters have long stayed away. Bitty, pragmatic and persistent, has always been skeptical of magic and wants her children to have a normal, nonmagical life. Meggie, restless and free-spirited, follows her own set of rules. Now, after Mariah’s death forces a reunion, the sisters must reassess the state of their lives even as they decide the fate of the Stitchery. But their relationships with one another—and their beliefs in magic—are put to the test. Will the threads hold?

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review 2017-10-04 16:15
Aboard the Wishing Star - Debra Parmley,Joshua Macrae,Belo Dia Publishing

Aboard the Wishing Star by Debra Parmley
This book starts out with Kara and Viv and they have landed in Fl on their way to the cruise after the Christmas holiday and hope to have a great New Year celebration.
Kara has lost her luggage and Viv finds others who are going on the cruise as well.
I've never been on a cruise but this is so detailed I feel like I am there.
They meet Nat and his cousin Adam while in the hot tub after the drills on board. We learn a bit about them and also Kara's husband who had passed away.
Kara has dreams of her dead husband and finds it hard to sleep and now she's having arguments with her friend-so much turmoil. Like all the wishes she makes...
Twists and turns as others show up along the journey...
Like romantic/sexual gifts she receives but she thinks they are from Nat but they are not!
Love hearing of all the activities all hours of the day and night on board and so many excursions on shore.
So diversified and so much to learn and no attachments.
Like how he calms her fear of swimming in deep ocean...love the exquisite things they view under the water. Love all the memories she treasures once she's back in snowy, icy Ohio. She's fearful of her boss and things turn very scary.
Love the mystery, action and adventure as I thought this was just a romance novel, what a surprise!
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end along with an author bio.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

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review 2017-04-22 00:00
The Wishing Heart
The Wishing Heart - J.C. Welker The Wishing Heart - J.C. Welker Basically: an f/f Aladin where the Genie is the Princess and they're living in magical realism contemporary England. No fun animal companions but sarcasm and flirting are abundant.

↣Rebel's heart condition isn't just when it's inconvenient.
↣Includes hunger pains and the toll it takes, which is an important part of growing up struggling.
↣Book nerd who steals stories to survive. Now that's my kind of girl.
↣the apple scenes are adorable. (you'll get it when you read it, but trust me.)
↣Loved Anjeline's past with Solomon and the backstory
↣Rebel's lineage isn't a surprise at all.
↣Several of the plot turns aren't surprising.
↣Rebel was conveniently clusty at times.
↣Typical good vs. evil problem, which contributes to the obviousness to some plot points. Not necessarily a bad thing, but if you're looking for something different, come back when you're ready.
↣Foxy older brother thief, mermaids, fairies, court plots, Romeo & Juliet romance in the background.
↣While they're story could continue with the next magical problem, everything is wrapped up and can be read as a standalone.

If you liked my How to Make a Wish review from yesterday and like fantasy or magical realism, definitely give The Wishing Heart a shot. They've both got super cute f/f romances with relevant issues, drama, and their own form of magic.

Top Quotes:

Who keeps company with the wolf, will learn to howl.

Not everything written is truth. Just like not every story is false.

Nope. Not dead. Pain meant she was still breathing.
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text 2017-01-12 07:15
Virtual Tour - Falling For The Best Man
He’s the best man and her secret fling—
who said being a wedding planner was easy?
Sisters of Wishing Bridge Farm #1
Amanda Ashby
Releasing Jan 9th, 2017
Entangled Bliss


He’s the best man and her secret fling—who said being a wedding planner was easy?
What's worse than running into your ex-hookup at the airport? When said 'hookup" is the best man for the most important wedding of your career, and he's on the hunt for a fake girlfriend. Between a hysterical bride and a wedding party gone wild, wedding planner Emmy Watson can’t afford any more disasters if she wants to save her beloved Wishing Bridge Farm. Which is why she puts the best man on lockdown. Unfortunately, he also happens to be the one guy who can make her forget everything except the way his kisses make her feel.
All Christopher Henderson needs is a fake girlfriend to convince his bosses that his bad boy reputation is a thing of the past so he can land his dream job. What better place to find said companion than at a wholesome vintage wedding. The only thing he didn't count on was seeing Emmy, the woman who dumped him. The one he hasn’t been able to get off his mind.

There's no denying the spark between them, but he’s a globetrotter and she’s a homebody, and falling in love is something neither of them has in their plans.



Emmy,” he countered, trying not to be distracted by the delectable sight of her chest rising and falling. “One dance. That’s all I’m asking. For old time’s sake.”


Emmy’s lips twitched, and Christopher could almost see the two sides of her battling before the carefree smile he recognized from their time together in New York appeared. It changed the shape of her face and brought everything about their first meeting slamming into his mind. She stood up, so close that his skin prickled with desire.


Fine. One dance.”


Great.” He led her to the small wooden dance floor to the left of where the jazz band was playing. Lewis and Miranda were in the middle, and fanned out all around them were the rest of the bridal party, but all Christopher could see was Emmy.


The music pulsated around them, and even the pale yellow moon above swayed to the beat. He sucked in a breath and pulled her toward him. It was a mistake, and his lungs were filled with the smell of her freshly washed hair and the evening clematis climbing up the crumbling brickwork of the courtyard walls. His arms tightened around her waist, and her bunched, tense muscles seemed to relax as she melted into him. The rest of the world disappeared, and all he was conscious of was her pounding heart as it pressed against his.


This was the woman he’d met two years ago.


And it seems I’m just as helpless around her as I ever was. Which is either a good thing, or a very, very bad one. The verdict’s still out.


As if reading his mind, she turned her face up to him, a soft, suggestive smile tugging at her full mouth. Desire flared through him, and if they were anywhere else he would’ve kissed her without a second’s hesitation. He forced himself to return her smile and simply enjoy the way her body molded his.


It wasn’t until the lead singer announced the name of the next song Christopher even realized the music had stopped. Emmy was the first to recover, and she stepped away, her face flushed and her eyes not quite meeting his.


Um.” She licked her lips. “I’m not sure that was such a good idea.”


I hate to disagree with you, but I think it was an excellent idea. And one that should definitely be repeated. You can’t deny that there’s still something between us.” Christopher tried to pull her closer as the next song started, but she folded her arms firmly in front of her. Ironically, it highlighted the soft curves of her body.


At this rate I’m going to need a fire engine to cool me down.


I’m serious,” she insisted before letting out a soft sigh. “You’re right. There is still something between us, but there’s nowhere it can go. I want to save the farm, and you want to go visit every strange nook and cranny in the universe. Don’t you see? Nothing’s changed.”


My hair’s longer,” Christopher said, but it was obvious by the way Emmy had pushed her lips into two compact lines, she wasn’t in the joking mood. “I know you like to be organized, and I get that, but aren’t you over thinking this? I mean, shouldn’t we be having the fun first and then move on to the serious conversations about why it would never work?”


I’m sorry.” The muscles around her jaw tightened. “I think we should just be friends.”


Friends that do friendly things together? Like dancing?” he asked in a hopeful voice.


How about friends that help other friends ensure the groom’s brother doesn’t do anything he might regret?” she countered.


Christopher winced. Ouch. He’d been friend-zoned. Logically, she had a point. She hadn’t changed her mind, and he wouldn’t change his, which meant it was for the best.


If only someone could inform my body of the situation.


Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed in the New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age.  Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.
What is the best part of writing romance for you?
This sounds very gushy but I really do believe in the transforming power of love, so I adore creating broken characters who can heal when they connect with the right person. And if that person is hot and sexy, with a great sense of humor, then that’s just an added bonus!
Did you have a favorite book/series as a child/YA?
As a kid I was all about Trixie Belden. I did like Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys and The Three Investigators as well, but Trixie was my girl. Then when I was a teenager I was obsessed by all of the 80s books like Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews and Princess Daisy by Judith Krantz as well as some hideously depressing books about drug addicts. It was a strange time back then!
Do you write to music or make music playlists for your books?
Sometimes I do. I’m very fickle when it comes to having a process and some books I’ll be obsessed with the music, while other ones I completely forget to turn anything on. What I have noticed over the years though is that regardless of what I’m writing, I can usually find a David Bowie song that helps it along. He is totally my guy!
What is one thing no one knows about you, that you are willing to share with your readers?
I can’t spell. Like I literally cannot spell and if wasn’t for spell check, then I would be in so much trouble. Of course this isn’t a big secret, since most of my editors and copy editors have probably figured it out! Sometimes I can’t even get the spelling close enough for the spell check to know what word I’m trying to write.
What genre have you always wanted to write?
I’d love to write a science fiction book! Star Wars, Firefly and Guardians of the Galaxy are some of my favorite movies and I always have ideas that I want to try. It’s something I’m working up to, for sure!
What is your most favorite romantic movie?
Because it’s Christmas I’ve just had my annual viewing of Love Actually, which is one of my favorite movies because it looks at all kinds of love. I’m also a sucker for just about every Jane Austen remake – my favorite TV series is the BBC’s 1995 Pride and Prejudice and Emma Thompson’s Sense and Sensibility movie.

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review 2016-10-31 00:00
The Wishing Spell
The Wishing Spell - Chris Colfer,Brandon Dorman I've read better children's stories. The writing feels dry, bland. It definitely feels like something a 12 year old would write.

Originally read: July 17-19 2012
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