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review 2018-12-10 03:38
The Leading Lady (Half Moon House #2) by Deb Marlowe
The Leading Lady (Half Moon House Series) - Deb Marlowe

The Leading Lady (Half Moon House Series) - Deb Marlowe 

 

What a pleasure to pick up a book by a new to me author and thoroughly enjoy it! <3 
This is the second book in the series but it can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the first one yet I never felt lost or like I needed to read the first one first. 
I love enemies to lovers stories and this one hit the mark in all the right places. Callie is smart, determined, caring, and knows how to fight against injustices in a world where men set the rules. Although Truitt was at first hesitant of working alongside such woman, he learned to admire her both as a fighter and as a woman. Their romance had the perfect pace and their chemistry, in and outside the bedroom, was perfect as well. They made have made a few mistakes towards the end but overall they made a pretty good team. I think they are one of my favorite couples ever. 


So the romance was wonderful but it was not the only good thing about the book. Not exactly a story about spies it had some its elements. The suspense was engaging from the start and it kept me turning the pages even when it wasn’t about the two main characters, which is always a good thing. Most of the story takes place in France and I loved that the author didn’t use any “accented” dialogue nor used unnecessary situations to remind me where the story was taking place. 
With complex, fun characters; suspense, action, and romance, this is a story I definitely recommend to anyone that enjoys stories outside ballrooms. 

*I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher*

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review 2018-12-08 02:13
Hey, Kiddo
Hey, Kiddo - Jarrett Krosoczka

I purposely chose this memoir for the end of my challenge because I've wanted to read it since before it was released. After I finally bought my own, beautiful copy, that cover called to me like a present just waiting to be opened. It is truly amazing. This is a YA book, but I would say that doesn't matter if you think you're too old to read it— and, it's a must read even if you've never read a graphic novel (memoir) before. In fact, I would say that if you haven't read one, this would be the perfect place to start. I am working on pronouncing Krosoczka so that I can tell people about his remarkable achievement, a story at turns heartwarming and heartbreaking. The art is magnificent and inspiring, with so much revealed in the simplest gestures. I wanted to see how everything turned out, but I didn't want it to end. If you really want to have a good cry fest, you can read David Small's own graphic memoir Stitches as a companion to this. Astonishingly, both artists overcame devastating childhoods and persevered to achieve great things. Look at that kid on the cover, he's begging for your attention. Go give him some.

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review 2018-12-08 01:58
Us Against You
Us Against You - Fredrik Backman

If you told me I would be crying while driving and listening to a book about hockey, I might not have believed you... but this is the second book from Backman about Beartown, and, honestly, though I am not a fan of series, I could listen to even more. I love these characters, the old and the new, because Backman has an extraordinary talent for making you care about every single one of them.

ps—I don't want to be a spoiler, but I had questions about Benji, and I am hoping now that there's a #3, and that those people who read the first one carefully are wrong...

 

pps—This is not as long a read as it looks by my dates, I was listening to another library book when I got this audio book, and so my time ran out before I finished. Had to get back on the very long hold line.

 

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quote 2018-12-07 11:00
He nearly laughed when Parry put his open hand to his cheek, fingers held together and gentle tipped his fingers towards him. His attempt at saying 'thank you' in sign language proved quite adorable. He returned the thanks, the way it should be done, and watched his smile broaden into a grin.
“I understand, little brother. I am a brainless moron,” he joked, in agreement.
Although he believed he should not try sign language until he knew he had done it right, Spencer loved that he tried. No one had ever cared to bother. “You were close,” he promised, in a whisper.

A Royal Craving, Book 1 in The Royal Series, by Elaine White

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Some men are pawns, some are Kings, and others are something else entirely.

#Mpreg #TheRoyalSeries #lgbtq #indieauthor #mmromance #supernatural #authorsofig

 

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text 2018-12-05 11:00
Facts About Me: Self Promo

I detest promoting myself, but it's a necessary evil. Promoting yourself is one of the hardest things a published author will ever have to do, in my opinion. There's a fine line between promoting yourself and screaming “buy my book” at anyone you come across, in real life or on social media. It's hard to find that line, at first, but it's also rewarding when you find how to find a promotional schedule that works for you.

I'm an introvert, which makes it even more awkward. An awkward, introverted, loner, loser, who has no life outside of books. And I have no problem with that. When I'm not writing, I'm reading. I'm also disabled, so going out isn't really something I do. I'm a homebird, through and through, so I don't go a lot of places, see a lot of people, or do anything exciting that I can share with my readers or followers, like some other authors. I don't have a flamboyant personality and I wouldn't know how to fake it, if I tried, so there's another barrier between me and my readers.

I'm a thinker. A planner. A reader. And nothing about me, as a person, screams “social butterfly” so it's hard for me to connect to people I can't physically be in the room with. I do my best, by trying to make my social media pages at least interesting – sharing my love of all things Marvel, Harry Potter, geek, Black Butler, and memes. I try to show as much of ME as I can, to show *some* personality, outside of what books I'm currently fangirling over.

But, I do believe it's important to be true to who I am. So, even though I find it hard and awkward, and sometimes uncomfortable, to share bits of me with the people who care enough to follow me, I do what I can and I share what I've got to share. Because my readers share their valuable time with me, by reading my books or following my pages, and it's the least I can do in return.

 

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