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text 2017-12-05 15:22
December TBR
Cloudbound (Bone Universe) - Fran Wilde
A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Love and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books - Rob Kaplan,Harold Rabinowitz
Now That You Mention It: A Novel - Kristan Higgins
The Other Alcott: A Novel - Elise Hooper
Pride and Prometheus - John Kessel
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction - William Knowlton Zinsser
Red Rising - Pierce Brown
Surprise Me: A Novel - Sophie Kinsella
The Girls in the Picture: A Novel - Melanie Benjamin
How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House's Dirty Little Secrets - Dana K. White

I like posting these and then comparing wrap-ups to TBRs at the end of the month. For me, most of the time they are very different.

 

"The best-laid plans of mice and men..."

 

Anywho,  these are some of the books I see on the horizon for this month. It's going to be a busy month, so we will see how I do. 

 

Some highlights:

 

I'm looking forward to Kristin Higgins new book - I always enjoy her chic-lit. And I'm really looking forward to Kinsella's latest, Surprise Me.

 

I am cautiously looking forward to Pride and Prometheus - the Pride and Prejudice/ Frankenstein mashup cuz... well... that sounds absolutely insane in a way that makes me want to read it sooner rather than later.  

 

Passion for Books - essays about books? How can that possibly be bad? 

 

On Writing Well is a re-read from years ago because I want to write better, more gooder, ummm... well. 

 

Happy reading everyone!

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-11-30 13:15
Surprise, Surprise Bonus Joker #2: The Cuckoo Egg

THE SOLUTION:

 

It's World Peace Day (square 10) ... which isn't on December 21, but on September 21 of each year.

 

Congrats to everybody who messaged us with the correct answer -- that's one bonus point for each of you!

 

 


 

 

 

We're almost halfway into the 16 Tasks of the Festive Season, and it's time for another bonus joker ... and for 'fessing up: because we've put one over on you. 

 

Yes, that's right, one of the 32 holidays we've included in the game isn't actually set in December but ... well, when exactly, and of course which holiday it is, will be for you to find out.

 

We'll give you two hints:

 

(1) It's not one of the holidays that we've already passed, and

 

(2) It's not one of the holidays that are based on a different calendar than the Gregorian calendar, so that they could be on certain dates in November or December in one year and on other dates the next year.

 

(Oh, and it isn't Christmas.  But you'll have suspected that.)

 

Since we'd like to give as many people as possible the chance to earn a bonus point for this one, we'd ask you to PM Murder by Death or Themis-Athena your answers so the beans don't get spilled too early.

 

The joker is good from right now until 12 midnight (EST) on November 29, 2017.

 

Happy hunting!

 

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review 2017-11-24 23:05
The Surprise Prize and The Mystery Coins
The Surprise Prize - Anita Yasuda,Steve Harpster
These were cute books. Nothing hard about them but they carried the element of unknown which would later be revealed at the end of the novel. I liked the bold text which was written at the bottom of each page and each mystery was substantial and interesting. At the end of each story, there are story words which list about 4-6 words that were used in the novel and it also lists the word count of the novel. I think these would make wonderful beginning reader books because they hold a few challenging words and then sight words. There are four main characters (dinosaurs with names) that are introduced before the story begins. According to the Stone Arch Readers program- these Level 2 books have longer sentences, higher vocabulary and easy dialogue. I will definitely be looking into more of this series and then, other books in the Stone Arch
 
Readers Program
Level 1 – simple sentence, easy vocabulary, word repetition
Level 2- see above
Level 3 – full paragraphs, higher word count, high-interest topics
 
The Mystery Coins- Ty makes an invention and they are going to try it out on the beach. It works and they discover coins. Using clues, they are lead to the other side of the beach. Hoping to discover what to do with their coins, the friends again use clues to solve the mystery. My 5-year-old granddaughter liked this book and she was using the clues as we read it, to help solve the case.
 
The Surprise Prize – Sara loves Dino Delight cereal and she is eating boxes and boxes of the cereal so she can get a surprise prize by mailing in the box tops. All of her friends guess what the surprise might be and so does Sara. When the surprise comes, they imagine what could be in the box again. When Sara finally opens the box, everyone is surprised! My granddaughter liked this book also. We liked what Sara’s friends guessed and we made our own guesses. When the box arrived, we guessed again and my granddaughter guessed correctly what Sara had received. This was a fun book to read.

 

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review 2017-11-14 01:28
Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
Surprise Me: A Novel - Sophie Kinsella

A special thank you to NetGalley, Edelweiss, and Random House for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

I have also had the pleasure of reviewing My Not So Perfect Life and couldn't wait to read Surprise Me.  Sophie Kinsella, you've done it again!  I absolutely adore your writing and your words make me smile.  (If you haven't listened to one of Kinsella's books, I highly recommend it, especially if narrated by Jayne Entwistle.)  

 

This witty and at times emotional novel takes a closer look at marriage and how we can still be surprised by those we think we know best.  Sylvie and Dan have been together for ten blissful years.  They have a lovely home life complete with twin girls, fulfilling careers, and an envy worthy relationship.  A trip to the doctor predicts that they will live for another 68 years—this gives new meaning to "until death us do part" when it spans seven more decades together.

 

To keep the marriage alive, Project Surprise Me is born.  The couple will surprise each other to keep things fresh and exciting.  But is seems that each "surprise" exposes the flaws in their relationship and drives them apart.  

 

Sylvie seemingly enjoys her work at a museum even though there are some pretty archaic systems in place—the owner, Mrs. Kendrick resists technology and Sylvie chalks this up to as charming.  Mrs. Kendrick's nephew, Robert, takes an interest in the operations of the museum and questions their methods and systems.  Is he trying to close down the museum and turn it into two-bedroom condos?     

 

Facing changes both personally and professionally, Sylvie experiences a tremendous amount of growth.  She adored her late father and has kept up the Princess Sylvie persona he created as a way to honour him, when in actual fact, she is doing herself and her family a disservice because she is not being true to herself.        

 

I fell in love with the supporting cast of characters, this is really where Kinsella excels at writing.   The tender exchanges between Sylvie's neighbours John and Owen were some of the most beautiful writing in the book.  One of my favourite quotes is when John says "Love is finding one person infinitely fascinating."

 

Kinsella's latest work is charming, thoughtful, and simply delightful.

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text 2017-10-15 16:10
Release Blitz - Shiver

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SURPRISE!

 

 

SHIVER, an all-new dark and sexy MM standalone from Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine is LIVE!

 

 

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Title: Shiver

Cover Designer: Hang Le

Publication Date: October 15th

 

Wide-eyed and innocent, you stumbled into my world, never knowing the danger that lurked within. The Wolfe’s Den is no place for a little lamb, but you came anyway, and from the moment you stepped inside, you were mine.

 

In my life there are no happy accidents. Every move is carefully orchestrated. Every situation premeditated. That’s what makes the hunt so intoxicating.

 

What you need, I become.

 

What you crave, I will give.

 

Except the one thing you desire above all else—love.

 

Everything I told you is true—I’m not a good man, but you choose what you want to hear.

You shouldn’t have come that night. Maybe then you’d be safe. But it’s too late now.

I want you because you remind me of him. I need you to give me back what I lost.

 

 

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Read Today Or download FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2gjJcpV

Amazon Universal: myBook.to/ShiverKU  

 

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About Ella:

 

Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite contemporary romance, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!” Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Phillips.

 

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Connect with Ella:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ella.frank.31/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EllaFrank2012

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ellafrank1/

Mailing List:  www.bit.ly/1hEYtgn

Website: https://www.ellafrank.com/portfolio

Join Ella and Brooke’s Facebook Group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheBrellas

Join The M/M Daily Grind: https://www.facebook.com/groups/941204085967883

 

 

About Brooke:

 

Brooke Blaine is a USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance that ranges from comedy to suspense to erotic. The latter has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts. If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find - just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for years. Or you can reach her at www.BrookeBlaine.com.

 

 

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Connect with Brooke:

Website:  http://www.brookeblaine.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BrookeBlaine.Writer

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrookeBlaine1

Instagram: www.instagram.com/brookeblaine1/

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1i2g15S

Brooke & Ella's Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheBrellas

The M/M Daily Grind: https://www.facebook.com/groups/941204085967883

 

If you’d like to be the FIRST to know about a new release, sale, giveaway, or upcoming signings & events, make sure to join Brooke’s mailing list:

http://www.BrookeBlaine.com

 

 

 

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