Thursday, August 4, 2016

Edelweiss Reading Challenge

Edelweiss Reading Challenge

This challenge is to read and review the items on my Edelweiss shelf.

To Review:
The Female of the Species
Liars, Inc
The Cemetery Boys
A Tale Dark and Grim
Hyperbole and a Half
The Asylum
Has Anyone Seen My Pants

To Read:   0/298
(Don't You) Forget About Me
101 Essential Tips: Yoga
60-Minute CEO
A Case of Redemption
A Conspiracy of Alchemists
A Curious Mind
A Dark and Stormy Knit
A Dash of Magic
A Ghostly Demise
A Ghostly Grave
A House in the Sky
A Modern Marriage
A Wicked Thing
A Year of Living Prayerfully
Across a Star-Swept Sea
After the End
Alice In Wonderland High
Alice's Wonderland
All That Glows
Animal Wise
Another Little Piece
Anything That Moves
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust
At the Water's Edge
Autumn Rose
Back to Blackbrick
Bacon and Egg Man
Bad Indians
Banishing the Dark
Be Bad First
Be Good Be Real Be Crazy
Black Knight
Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)
Blue Plate Special
Bob Dylan
Bones Are Forever
Bones of the Lost
Born of Illusion
Briar Queen
Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work
Camp Wacko
Centered Leadership
Chef Tell
Clam Wake
Cognac Conspiracies
Confessions of a Sociopath
Cooking as Fast as I Can
Damn Him to Hell
Dance of the Red Death
Dances with Spirits
Dandelion Dead
Dangerous Lies
Darkest Fear
Dashiell Hammett
Deadly Sting
Death in Reel Time
Devil and Her Love Song, Vol. 13
Diplomatic Immunity
Dirty Little Secret
Do the KIND Thing
Do Your Om Thing
Don't Lick the Minivan
Don't Stop Believin'
Down and Out in Bugtussle
Drunk Mom
Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew
E Street Shuffle
Earning It
Eating My Feelings
Entrepreneurship for the Rest of Us
Executive Presence
Feminist Fight Club
Fierce with Age
Fire Up Your Fiction
Five Days at Memorial
Four Summoner's Tales
Fried Walleye & Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food
Girl in a Band
Girl in the Moonlight
Girls, Texts, Cultures
Goddess Interrupted
Gods of Mischief
Good Call
Good Girl
Good Mourning
Grace Meets Grit
Gun Guys
Ham: Slices of a Life
Happy Mutant Baby Pills
Heart of Venom
Her Dark Curiosity
Hollywood in Heels
Hot Seat
House of Ivy & Sorrow
I Don't Have a Happy Place
I Wear the Black Hat
I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl
I'm Special
In a Glass Grimmly
In Touch
Into the Dark Book #1: The Shadow Prince
Jimmy Stewart
Jinx's Magic
John Wayne: The Life and Legend
Keeping Bedlam at Bay in the Prague Cafe
Kentucky Traveler
Kitty Genovese
Knocking on Heaven's Door
Lean Enterprise
Legacy of the Clockwork Key
Life After Theft
Life's a Witch
Listening to Killers
Lived Through This
Make Waves
Map Worlds
Marketplace of the Marvelous
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking
Mayhem in Margaux
Mighty Midsized Companies
MILA 2.0: Renegade
Millennials & Management
Mind Games
Moments of Impact
MONEY Master the Game
Murder at the Book Group
Murder Times Nine
My Mother's Wars
Niagara Motel
Night School
No-Drama Leadership
Ohio's Haunted Crimes
On My Knees
Once Upon a Crime
One of Us
Pain, Parties, Work
Perfect Lies
Pitch Perfect
Pivot Point
Playing House
Plenty of Time When We Get Home
Popular Economics
Powered by Girl
Pretty Girl-13
Prince of Shadows
Project Cain
Pros and Cons
Public Enemy
Queen of the Air
Raising Cubby
Red Queen
Reform Your Inner Mean Girl
Rich Bitch
Rob Delaney
Run, Brother, Run
Sally Ride
Scent of Darkness
Sea of Shadows
Second Life
Secrets of the Southern Belle
September Girls
Servants of the Storm
Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises
Si-cology 1
Simple Dreams
Skinny Bitch in Love
Sleep No More
Small Acts of Leadership
Soul Numbers
Spiraling Upward
Stuck in the Middle with You
Suburban Legends
Successful Management in the Digital Age
Tales of the Alaska State Troopers
Ten of Swords
The Ability
The Astrologer's Daughter
The Awesome Guide to Life
The Bargaining
The Big Thing
The Bookseller
The Cabinet of Curiosities
The Case of the Missing Cutlery
The Clockwork Crown
The Clockwork Dagger
The Clockwork Scarab
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
The Confidence Code
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
The Demonologist
The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy
The First Phone Call from Heaven
The Geek's Guide to Dating
The Gen Z Effect
The Goddess Pose
The Golden Apple
The Grimm Conclusion
The House is Full of Yogis
The Immortals of Meluha
The Jesus Cow
The Job
The Last of August
The Longest Date
The Longings of Wayward Girls
The Madman's Daughter
The Many Lives of Miss K
The Memory Effect
The Mentor Myth
The Murmurings
The Mystical Backpacker
The Never List
The Offering
The Operator
The Orphanage of Miracles
The Painted Girls
The Possessions
The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants
The Reluctant Reaper
The Replaced
The Runaway Wife
The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow
The Silver Star
The Social Leader
The Song of the Quarkbeast
The Soul of Place
The Spider
The Superwoman's Survival Guide
The Sweet Dead Life
The Taking
The Templeton Twins Make a Scene
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic
The Undertaker's Daughter
The Vanishing Season
The Violet Hour
The Whatnot
The Wicked Girls
The Wolves of Midwinter
The Woman in Cabin 10
The Women of Duck Commander
The World's Strongest Librarian
The Year of Shadows
The Yummy Mummy Kitchen
Thorn Abbey
Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets
Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor
Travelers' Tales
Treachery in Bordeaux
UFOs Over America
Wacko Academy
Walk Like a Buddha
Walking in Light
We Are Water
Weekends with Daisy
Welcome to the Real World
West Virginia's Dark Tourism
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding
What's So Funny?
When Nothing Else Works
When the Balls Drop
Where They Found Her
Whistling Past the Graveyard
Why Do Only White People Get Abducted by Aliens?
Why Do They Kill?
Wicked Games
Woman with a Secret
Worst. Person. Ever.
Yes, And
Zero to Maker

NetGalley Reading Challenge

2016 NetGalley Challenge

NetGalley Reading Challenge

This is a challenge to read as many of my NetGalley books as possible.  Not just read, but write reviews. 

Books that need reviews:
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
X by Sue Grafton
In the Drink by Alyson Abbott
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
If You've Got It Haunt It
Tagged for Death
A Grimm Legacy
Grimm Memories
The Dream Thieves
Beach Bags and Burglaries

Books to read:    0/120
A Taste Fur Murder
A Breath of Frost
The Crossword Murder
Sweet Unrest
The Secret Place
The Girl From the Well
Deadly Tasting
Whisper of Death
The Fairyland Murders
If the Shoe Kills
Curtsies and Conspiracies
The Forgotten Girl
Dream a Little Dream
The Path of the Crooked
The Way of the Wicked
The Graves of the Guilty
The Skeleton in the Closet
Murder at the Bookgroup
Criminal Confections
The Bone Witch
Smash and Grab
And the Trees Crept In
The Lost and Found
Someone Must Die
The Suffering
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Dead Girl Society
The Girl in Pieces
The Suffering
The Children's Home
All The Light We Cannot See
The Sound of Murder
The Miser's Dream
Candy Corn Murder
The Girl At Midnight
Witch Island
The Sisters' Grimoire
Of Shadow & Stone
Hit and Nun
Bite the Biscuit
The Undertaker's Daughter
Witch Upon a Star
Bringing in the Thieves
With Vics You Get Eggroll
The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly
Toured to Death
Gilt by Association
A Meditation on Murder
A Star Called Lucky
Autobiography (Morrissey)
My Sister's Grave
The Daylight Marriage
Waistcoats and Weaponry
The Nightinggale Bones
Last Bigfoot in Dixie
Tear You Apart
If the Shoe Kills
The Glittering World
City of Liar's and Thieves
Dream A Little Dream
The Glass Magician
The Magician's Daughter
The Paper Magician
Too Hot for Hula
Lost Under a Ladder
Black Thursday
Double Strke
Deadly Tasting
Whisper the Dead
Threats of Sky and Sea
Dancing Through It
Witch Finder
Werewolf Sings the Blues
Death Runs Adrift
Divas Do Tell
Forget Me Knot
Hammett Unwritten
Suitcase of Stars
When I'm With You
The Snow Queen
And We Stay
Counting Shadows
Dead Beautiful
Dying to Know
Double Dip
Dinner Impossible
Killing Cupid
The Organ Grinder's Monkey
News Girls Don't Cry
These Broken Stars
A Basket of Trouble

Friday, June 5, 2015

With No Regrets Promo and Giveaway

With No Regrets
With No Regrets Cover
With No Regrets by Julie N. Ford Living With No Regrets Is Harder Than It Seems Finley isn’t exactly sure when her life began to feel unfamiliar. She suspects the transformation started long before she caught her husband and fellow garden club member doing the white-trash-two-step on her new Bernhardt sofa. Now free from the shackles of a loveless marriage, and with her children off to college, she’s finally able to go searching for the missing pieces of her heart. Finley’s best friend, Cathyanne, is already working hard to ensure that Finley finds true love this time around. But when Finley is unwittingly tossed into the arms of two men—their sexy trainer and her neighbor, a popular country star—Cathyanne fears finding the right guy will be more complicated than she ever could have imagined. For Finley, building a new life feels as impossible as flying a paper airplane to the moon. But maybe, just maybe, with the right help, she will find her whole heart—even if it’s in the
very last place she thinks to look.

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Praise for With No Regrets “The imagery is beautiful, the romance very well done and realistic.” Rachel Ann Nunes. Finley is a spunky and snarky Southern woman with a lot of sass! The romance is swoon-worthy and satisfying. And underneath it all, it's got a great message. Definitely worth a read!


Author Julie N. Ford A graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science, Julie N. Ford also earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama, which has only made her better able to recognize the unhealthy, codependent relationship she has with writing. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a marriage and family counselor. She is the author of six women’s fiction novels, including Count Down to Love, a 2011 Whitney Award finalist. When she’s not writing, she entertains delusions of being a master gardener, that is, when she’s not killing the unsuspecting plants in her yard with her good intentions. She lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, two daughters, and the cutest Scottish fold cat you’ve ever seen. She loves to chat with readers.


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Excerpt 1:
“All right, I think we’ve given Finley enough food for thought on her first day.” Careen waved her arms in a settle-down motion. “As I explained earlier, each week we focus on one step, and then at the following meeting report on the progress we’ve made toward completing that step,” she explained. “So for the benefit of our newest member, how ’bout we recite the ‘Five Steps to a New Beginning’ before moving on.” She pointed to a rolling chalkboard. “All together now.”
“Number one: Subjugate fear,” she started, and the rest of the group joined in. “Take chances. Learn from and consent to the unexpected.”
“Number two: Defy the rules, embrace the guidelines. Rules emphasize the result. Guidelines focus on the journey.
“Number three: Smash the box. Look outside your comfort zone for the best answers and the greatest opportunity for growth.
“Number four: Brimful heart. If one’s heart is hollow, one’s actions are hollow.
“Number five: Letitgo. Leave the past, live the future.”
Following along with the words scrawled onto the powder-smeared chalkboard, Finley felt a cool sweat breaking out on her forehead. Only five goals, but each one felt like one gaping pit of quicksand after another.
Take chances and defy rules? Smash the box? Letitgo? What did any of that even mean? Brimful heart. Finley pressed the heel of her palm to the center of her chest and felt nothing, nothing but an empty hole where her heart should be. Just because she hadn’t been particularly sad to see Roy pack his things and go, didn’t mean his absence hadn’t left a gap in her life. His leaving had been like pulling a random peg from a Jenga tower, only to find that it was the last piece still holding the structure together.
Careen said, “I know these goals can seem overwhelming at first, but taking the first step is the hardest part.”
“Amen to that,” Burlie-Jean agreed.
“Though some of us are further along than others, we’re all on the same path,” Careen went on. “Everyone progresses at his or her own pace. One step at a time, one week at a time until we find our new normal,” she said, then zeroed in on Finley. “So start with number one, only number one . . .”
Finley watched Careen’s lips spill words of hope and encouragement. If only she could bathe in the completeness each syllable offered until the possibility adhered to her skin, remolding her, body and soul, into the kind of woman who knew what it meant to be happy, one who refused to settle for anything less—
“Finley?” Careen said, causing Finley to start. “This coming week, your first task is to identify a fear and then make an attempt to overcome that fear. Do you think you can do that?”
Having already put too much of herself on display for these strangers’ entertainment, what Finley really wanted to do was leave and never set foot inside this circle again. “I’ll surely give it a try,” she promised, though, obviously, she had no intention of doing any such thing.
“Good.” Careen appeared cautiously optimistic. “Okay, who wants to share next?”

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Grimm Legacy by Janna Jennings

January 20, 2014

Amazon Book Description: 
Enchanted castles and charming princes thought to exist only in stories come to life in this classically twisted fairy tale that combines the timeless quality of folktales with the challenges of the modern world.

The woods of Elorium appear ordinary to Andi… until the birds start to talk and elves answer doors. Whisked out of her world along with three strangers, Andi finds herself the reluctant guest of Mr. Jackson, a perplexing millionaire who claims to be able to help them get home. The secrets he harbors, however, make it difficult to know just who to trust.

When the group of teenagers discover that in this new world, fiction is anything but, and that they all have unexpected family ties to this fairy tale land, they must learn to rely on each other. The only way to survive evil fairies and giants intent on keeping them in Elorium is to rely on each other.

Faced with characters short on whimsy and bent toward treachery, Andi, Quinn, Fredrick, and Dylan are forced to play their parts in unfinished fairy tales. But in Elorium, happily ever after is never guaranteed.

My Review:
I received a copy of this book for free on Netgalley. 

I very much enjoy all the modern takes on fairy tales that have come out over the last year.  A Grimm Legacy is one such retelling.  A Grimm Legacy tells the story of Andi, Quinn, Fredrick and Dylan, four teenagers going about their day, when they are unexpectedly sucked into Elorium, another world, where fairy tales are real life. 

The plot was very different from all of the other fairy telling retellings that I've read.  The lead characters are all unique individuals with their own quirks and interests, without being too contrived.  They band together to try to get home from Elorium to their real lives and along the way become fast friends.  Their is mild romantic interest but it doesn't make up the bulk of the book and isn't insta-love, so I like that.

I like that the book focuses on some of the more obscure Grimm's fairy tales as well as the ones most people are familiar with.  This made the book very interesting to me.  The book was also a very fast read.  It was over 300 pages but I devoured it in day or so. 

I've already started the second book and I find it just as interesting as this one.  This book is only $3.99 for Amazon Kindle but you can also get it in paper back.  If you love fairytale retellings, be sure to check this one out.

About the Author:
Janna is a Colorado based YA author who loves a good fairy tale. She’s married to her own real life Prince Charming, and will usually admit to being mom of three, including her incorrigible middle child, Benny. Besides wrangling her kids she can be found doing some therapeutic baking, dreaming of the ocean, and of course, curling up with a good book.

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