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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Do You Want Your Child to be Betrothed?

Well, of course not at such a young age, but when they are older? Check out the beautiful story "Why I Want My Children To Be Betrothed" from Blessed in Homemaking

I can understand the beauty of doing something like this, but at the same time it's not for everyone. It's not for me. I want to know more before I would marry someone. I want to know if we are sexually compatible. If living together will be comfortable. At this moment of my life I wouldn't share a house with a man, but we would have to live together for a bit before I would even think of marriage. 

I have noticed as I have gotten older that what I would want has changed a bit. For those of you who don't know me, I recently turned 30, I am a single homeschooling mother to a 10 year old. I have lots of family support that has made it possible for me to work just one job (a job I love even though it's not the best paying). My mother lives with me and it allows me to homeschool my son while working a night audit position. Right now I couldn't even imagine dating!

Now if I did date, I want someone who has their own place and a job. I will not let anyone else live in this house. I want to know he can take care of himself. I have dated 2 too many that wouldn't work. Someone that likes to go camping, can understand I'm not a bitch or stuck up I just don't talk around people I don't know. I'm not a social person, but love being around my friends. If I'm around people I don't know (outside of the hotel I work at), I am uncomfortable. My child comes first, always. I also do not want to have any more children, so preferably he should already have his own already or doesn't mind not having any of his own. - So....is that asking too much? :-D

With everything that is going on with life I just couldn't see dating right now. Maybe in a few years or 10. I also have no problems (right now anyhow) with being alone the rest of my life. I do know that if I was to ever get married, I really don't want a wedding. I don't want people looking at me while I'm trying to walk straight down an isle! Being the center of attention is not my idea of fun!

LoL I went off there rambling, huh? Back to the subject of children....

For my son I just want him to be happy with he is. I want him to be comfortable with the thought that he may meet his love of his life the first time, and will be with that person and that person only. He will also need to be comfortable with the thought that he may not find that person the first time. Any relationships he may have before finding love, he should realize that it was an opportunity to learn more about himself, relationships, and life. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

$5 for $10 Target Mobile Gift Card

Right now you can get a $10 Target gift card for $5! Add this to your savings with other Target deals!

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To get the $10 gift card you will enter your phone number in and Groupon will send you a link for your download of their app. 

Giveaway and review! Lick (Stage Dive #1) by Kylie Scott

I finished reading Lick a few days ago. I haven't stopped thinking about it since! It is one of my favorite books for 2013. I am now offering up one e-copy of Lick. Read my review below and then be sure to enter! Giveaway runs until July 4th. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Lick (Stage Dive, # 1)


Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.
One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.
ebook, 214 pages
 July 1st 2013 by Momentum

My Review

Oh goodness! Yummyness! Whatever “-ness” you would like to add! I devoured Lick in one day! I just couldn’t put it down! A barista and a hot tattooed rock god makes for a great book! The action, the romance, the lust, the hurt…..It was all very addicting!

The Stage Dive series  is a NA contemporary/realistic fiction, with Lick being the first book. I enjoy NA as much as I do YA. You make have read Scott’s other series, Flesh, but this was my first by her.

Evelyn Thomas is a 21-year old barista/college student. The story begins at her 21st birthday in Vegas. She gets hammered, and the next day cannot remember much of what happened. She wakes up in the bathroom, and shortly enters the hot tattooed rock god himself, David Ferris. With that comes the bit of news that they had gotten married the night before…now making her Mrs. Evelyn Ferris.

All marriages have their ups and downs throughout it, but how does it work when you don’t even know the person that you are now married to? And to top it off your new husband is a famous rock god. Now enters the “A” word…annulment. When that doesn’t go as planned things start quickly changing. Now is the true test. When your worlds are completely different, can a marriage make it?

Both Evelyn and David have great personalities, and I truly enjoyed getting to know them in the book. Even the other characters had their own personalities, that even though they were different from each other, they all fit together.

I do think that the book would have be SOOO much better if there had been more to it. I’m not saying that it lacked anything. I would have liked the book to have been a bit longer, just so it would have lasted longer!
Gook luck and happy reading!

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Free $10 credit = free audiobook

I had Audible for a year and loved it! Right now on Amazon Local you can score a free $10 credit. Hurry, there are only a limited quantity available.  Go HERE to claim your voucher!

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Monday, June 17, 2013

The Island by Jen

The Island by Jen Minkman

The Island

‘I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.
Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers.

If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier – the Wall. Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that’s what everyone says.

I have never seen one.’

Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true?

Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool?

(Please note: this novella contains a few references to the famous sci-fi movie Star Wars which are pivotal to the plot. None of the characters in The Island are in any way related to the characters in the movie. Leia is named after one of the ancient heroes of her culture/religion.)
Paperback, 105 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Createspace

My Review

Can you imagine leaving home at the age of ten, or your child leaving at the age of 10? For many years that is what happens with a child turns 10. My son just turned 10 in May and I couldn't imagine him leaving home now.

At just over 100 page this is a simple short read , but it was very good. Being a Star Wars fan, I liked the references it made to SW. This dystopian novel would be great for a variety of ages. I am 30 and enjoyed it, I think I will use this for my 10 year old this fall in his reading list (we homeschool). I do wish it had been longer!

Once Leia and her twin brother turn 10 they sent to live at the Manor with other children ages 10-19. They start questioning their "leader" at the Manor. A turn of events starts Leia questioning everything she has ever known. She meets a Fool (someone from the other side of The Wall), and then the truth starts unraveling

Sometimes I will pick a book by it's cover, if I had seen this in the store I would get it based on the book. I love the stormy looking water with the girl standing waist deep in it. It fits the story.

Follow Leia's journey in The Island, and you won't be disappointed!

Right now on Amazon you can get The Island for $0.99!!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins $2.99

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins


Have you read any of the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins? I really enjoyed the ones I have read! Now on Amazon you can get Hex Hall Book One for $2.99! This is a great price! I'm not sure how long it's going to last so hurry and get your copy! Go HERE to get your copy!

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

The Sweetest Dark (The Sweetest Dark, #1)

The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

“With every fiber of my being, I yearned to be normal. To glide through my days at Iverson without incident. But I’d have to face the fact that my life was about to unfold in a very, very different way than I’d ever envisioned. Normal would become forever out of reach.”

Lora Jones has always known that she’s different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.

England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.

Jesse is the school’s groundskeeper—a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.

Filled with lush atmosphere, thrilling romance, and ancient magic, The Sweetest Dark brilliantly captures a rich historical era while unfolding an enchanting love story that defies time.
352 pages Published April 2nd 2013 by Bantam

My Review



I really enjoyed reading The Sweetest Dark. I love that it is set in the early 1900s during the war. Lora lives in a London orphanage and has been chosen for a spot at the girls boarding school, Iverson. She is leaving the city for a smaller place, snotty girls, and for a chance for a better future.

The Sweetest Dark flows wonderfully through the book. Lora, who doesn't know anything about her past, learns more about herself throughout the book. She grows into herself, defining who she is. There are no inappropriate scenes or language. There is an atypical love triangle. This one I actually really enjoyed reading about. It's not the mainstream love triangle you may find in a lot of recent young adult books.

I didn't know anything about the book when I started it. A lot of the time I will go into a book not knowing what it is about when I start it. This was another one. For a bit I wasn't sure what Lora was. She could hear the music of metal and stone. She was pale, with pale hair and eyes. I had different thoughts, and was pleasantly surprised by everything!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Out of This Place

Out Of This Place

Synopsis

**From Goodreads**
A powerful novel in verse captures the voices of three teens as they struggle against hardscrabble realities — and move toward their dreams.

Luke spends his days hanging out at the beach, working shifts at the local supermarket, and trying to stay out of trouble at school. His mate Bongo gets wasted, blocking out memories of the little brother that social services took away from his addict mom and avoiding the stepdad who hits him. And Casey, the girl they both love, longs to get away from her strict, controlling father and start anew in a place where she can be free. But even after they each find a way to move on and lead very different lives, can they outrun their family stories — and will they ever be able to come together again? Set in Australia and narrated in alternating points of view, here is an affecting look at the evolving lives of three friends from talented new author Emma Cameron.

My Review

This book was first published a year ago under the name Cinnamon Rain. The new title is much more fitting. When starting to read this story, I didn't think I would like it. It is written in prose (I don't care for), and it lacks a lot of details (which I love lots of). The time went by quickly through out each person's story. I did end up enjoying Out of this Place. You follow the lives of Luke, Casey, and Bongo. They are 3 friends in the last few years of high school in Australia. They each follow their own paths through life. Making decisions that affect how their lives will turn out.

Itis a wonderful story of growing up, leaning about making decisions that will affect your life. All 3 characters comes from a different background and want out of the situation they are in, for different reasons. They take their paths in completely different ways, and look for where they belong.

Out Of This Place

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore

Evanescent

Evanescent

Synopsis

**From Goodreads**
“Then it is settled,” Felix declared. “Come hell or high water, when this is all over, at least one of us here will not make it out alive.”
When Bronwen Snow is pulled from her cottage in the middle of the night, she finds herself seeking the help of three mysterious boys who reside in an abandoned castle deep in the hillside. With only a hasty handwritten note and a vague. “Then it is settled,” Felix declared. “Come hell or high water, when this is all over, at least one of us here will not make it out alive.”
When Bronwen Snow is pulled from her cottage in the middle of the night, she finds herself seeking the help of three mysterious boys who reside in an abandoned castle deep in the hillside. With only a hasty handwritten note and a vague sense of dread to guide her, Bronwen is forced to put her trust in the eccentric and willful Felix Cavara and his eternal curse – immortality.
Kindle Edition, 164 pages
March 15th 2013 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly

My Review

Evanescent is a YA paranormal story that follows Bronwen Snow and a trio of vampires that are protecting her from something that is after her. This was a great read, that isn't too long. It can be read in a day or 2. The storyline kept me captive throughout the entire book! I just didn't want to put it down!
The one thing that I love about reading, it characters can be any way you want them! The trio of teenage boys seemed to kept the same thinking as they had when they were growing up. Most characters that have lived for a very long time get mature along the way. These boys didn't, and it fits them (and the story) perfectly.
I do hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!
Happy reading!

Book Giveaways

Are you a reader? Looking to put together your summer reading list? I have found a number of giveaways going on that are either print copies or e-copies of books. Remember....you can't win if you don't enter! Happy reading!

Melancholic Delight by Tista Ray (Open INT) - end June 30th
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma - ends June 30th
Beauty Awakened, Alice in Zombieland, and Last Kiss by Gena Showalter - ends July 1
150 ebook giveaway - ends July 1 ^above is one of the giveaways
The Memory of After (previously Level 2) by Lenore Appelhans - ends June 30th
Eversea by Natasha Boyd - ends June 22

Book-related/Non-books

Kindle Fire - ends June 30th
$20 Amazon card- ends June 25th

There are so many different giveaways, and this would be a very long list. Each week I will post the giveaways that I enter in.



Saturday, June 8, 2013

Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)

Ryan lowers
his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."
"No." I whisper the reply. I
hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....
"I dare
you..."
If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd
send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she
protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth
to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds
herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that
doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her,
but does....
Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star
jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares
everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest?
Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.
But
what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth
expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his
life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is
daring herself to want it all....
 
Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Expected publication: May 28th 2013 by Harlequin Teen

My Review

Grab a box of tissues before you start Dare You To. It is one of the best books I have read this year, but let me tell you, I bawled like a baby in some parts. You feel what Beth and Ryan are going through. This book couldn't have been put together any better than it is. The story is told through the eyes of both Ryan and Beth.

They each come from different homes, with their own problems. They first meet through a dare between Ryan and his friends. What starts as a dare turns into so much more.

Once the ball starts rolling each has decisions to make that will greatly effect their lives. Ryan is dealing with hiding a family secret, pretending in public that his family isn't breaking up, and what to do with his future.
Beth has to decide to help her mother. If she's left along too long her boyfriend Trent may give her a beating that she won't be able to recover from. She also knows that if it's not her mother he kills it may be her. Given a chance for a new beginning in a new town, she now has to decide what path to take.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Stung

Synopsis

There is no cure for being stung.

Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered—her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right hand—a black oval with five marks on either side—that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. She’s right.

Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded while a select few live protected inside a fortress-like wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.

Now Fiona has awakened branded, alone—and on the wrong side of the wall.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: April 2nd 2013 by Walker Childrens
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

My Review

I couldn't imagine waking up and everything and one you knew was gone. This is what happened to Fiona. Not only is her family gone, but even the outside world is different.

If it hadn't have been for working and planning my son's curriculum I would have not put this book down from the time I started it until I finished it! It is a really great book! Stung is the first book I read by Bethany Wiggins, and I was not disappointed one bit. The plot was awesome, and it had just the right amount of action and most importantly no love triangle! Stung is something you could see happening to our world one day. If you like YA and/or dystopian, read Stung!


Interesting Topics

I had posted this review on my other blog a few months ago. Today I received an e-mail from Discovery with an article called "How Killer Bees Kill". It made me think of Stung by Bethany Wiggins.

 


The Earth is for Dancing by Lorca Damon

The Earth is for Dancing

Sam is a fifteen-year-old drug orphan living with her custodial grandmother who is stricken with late-stage Alzheimer's. She struggles to fill the role of caregiver to her grandmother while keeping her little family a secret from the authorities who would send Gamma to a state facility and Sam to foster care. Just because her life isn't hard enough, there are still boys to have crushes on, essays to write for horrible English teachers, and a squad full of bullies to torment her on a daily basis.
Kindle Edition, 258 pages

Author bio:

Lorca Damon is a young adult writer and teacher. Her fiction focuses on the very real issues that teenagers actually face today, scenarios she learned from her students in the juvenile correctional facility where she teaches. She is the author of an Amazon bestselling title on autism, Autism By Hand, as well as a book of bizarre humor essays entitled It Was Like That When I Found It. Her two previous titles, Autism By Hand and It Was Like That When I Found It, are available on Amazon in print and for Kindle.

Links:

Giveaway:
Win a $50 Amazon Giftcard
Giveaway is sponsored by the author and is open to anyone who can receive Amazon Giftcards
Giveaway Ends 9th June 2013
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My Review

I read The Earth is for Dancing in about a day. It is a wonderful book that allows you to feel what Sam is going through. Determination and hard work is what Sam faces each day to take care of her grandmother. She does what she has to do to keep her family (herself and her grandmother) together.  In addition to her responsibility to care for her grandmother, Sam is dealing with bullying in school. After years of getting by, her secret is out, and now she has to do everything possible to make sure they aren't split up.

It seems as if much thought and information gathering was done to pull the book together. I was able to experience Sam's life right along with her. All the ups and downs. At times it seemed as if there could be more details put into the story, but I still enjoyed it none the less.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Try French Manicure Nail Polish

Toluna has opened up a great opportunity to try out French manicure nail polish! There are 200 product available to try out! This is only open from June 3, 2013 to July 1, 2013.

To get the French manicure nail polish you will have to sign up for Toluna. Once you have done that go to "Rewards" and click on "Test Products". Good luck!