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The Sunday Post #86

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news - a post to recap the past week on your blog, 
showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is
coming up on your blog in the week ahead. You can find the info here:

  • This past week wrapped up possibly the busiest week at the office all year and all I can say is - I'm so glad it's over! :) There's about a three week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas where there is just so much going on work-wise and it's always a stressful time. It feels like everything else in my life takes a back seat during this time (hence the lack of posts lately) and I always feel like a weight has been lifted when it's all over. I'm hopeful that I can now just enjoy this last week leading up to Christmas!

  • Speaking of Christmas, is anyone else marveling at the fact that it's just a week away? How did that happen?!

  • We had a little blast of winter weather last week but now temps are climbing back up to 80 degrees. Noooo! My fingers are crossed that it's short-lived and that by this time next week we'll be back to cooler temps. Here in Florida there are just as many Christmases with the A/C running as there are with the heat on. *sigh* Anyone up North want to adopt me so I can experience a real white Christmas? LOL

Tuesday, December 12
New Release + Trailer Reveal + Giveaway:
Brave (Wicked Trilogy #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The reading slump continued this past week. I think this is going on 3 weeks of not picking up a single book. But with the craziness at the office behind me, I'm hopeful that an end is in sight.


Still nothing... 😢  

Still nothing... 😢

Brave (Wicked Trilogy #3) - Jennifer L. Armentrout  
You better believe I pre-ordered this one!

I took part in the Secret Santa swap hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and received a couple books from my Secret Santa.
Under Different Stars - Amy Bartol
The Replacement Crush - Lisa Brown Roberts
Sweet Little Lies - Jill Shalvis

How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
You know I want to hear about it! :)

New Release + Trailer Reveal + Giveaway: Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Guys, I am crazy excited for the release of Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout! If you've been around here for any length of time you know that JLA is one of my very favorite authors and a new release from her is like gold. The Wicked trilogy has been so much fun - action, romance, betrayal, Fae, New Orleans, a hilarious Brownie named Tink who steals every scene - and I can't wait to read this finale! Check out this synopsis (and order your copy!), watch the trailer, and be sure to enter the giveaway!

Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens. 

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself. 

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen

The Wicked Saga, Book #3
Release Date: December 11, 2017
Available Formats: Paperback (U.S./Canada) and E-book

Talent: Justin Edwards (the cover model)

G I V E A W A Y!

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.


The Sunday Post #85

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news - a post to recap the past week on your blog, 
showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is
coming up on your blog in the week ahead. You can find the info here:

  • The past week has been insanely busy and I feel like I've been holding on by my fingertips and wanting off the wild ride. This is always a busy time of year at the office and add in the holidays... it can be a struggle to find the time to stop and enjoy the season. Does anyone feel the same way?

  • I barely got around to visiting any blogs and commenting all week (or even responding to comments here) but hopefully I can get caught up (at least a little) today.

  • My mom had quite a health scare this week which had the whole family worried. Thankfully she is going to be okay but it was a scary few days. I'm so glad she is retiring in a couple weeks. It's time.

  • We're having a blast of winter weather here and I am LOVING IT. Everyone else is bemoaning the cold and complaining. Meanwhile, I'm standing there with a big grin on my face like, "Isn't this the greatest?!" LOL

Tuesday, December 5
Top Ten Tuesday:
Bookish Settings I'd Love to Visit

Wednesday, December 6
Top 5 Wednesday:
Bookish Things That Make Me a Grinch

Thursday, December 7
Book Blitz + Giveaway:
Over Us, Over You by Whitney G.

Unfortunately the reading slump continues and I haven't cracked open a book in about 10 days now. I keep staring at my bookshelves and flipping through my Kindle but nothing grabs my interest. *Sigh* Be gone with you, reading slump!


Nothing... 😢  

Nothing... 😢

The Coppersmith Farmhouse - Devney Perry   

How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
You know I want to hear about it! :)

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Over Us, Over You by Whitney G.

Over Us, Over You by Whitney Gracia Williams​ is LIVE!

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2B2GsCR
iBooks: http://apple.co/2sU0VaU
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2BQ5VzS
Nook: http://bit.ly/2AAa6lh

Subject: Delete this message after you read it...

Dear Hayley,

I'm assuming you're still hungover, so I'll make this brief.

Last night, you slipped under my sheets (without my permission), and we almost had sex. I got the hell out of the bed once I realized it was you, and I took you home.

That's the story.

The end.


Just in case you've forgotten, you're my best friend's little sister. We will never be anything more. (We can't be anything more.) Our previous friendship is still unresolved--or "over" in your terms, so I'd prefer if we worked on becoming 'just friends' again since you're in town.

Nonetheless, I'm not a man who leaves questions unanswered--even the drunken ones, so to properly close our inappropriate conversation:

1) Yes, I liked the way your lips felt against mine when you were on top of me.
2) Yes, I do "prefer" rough sex, but I'm pretty sure I wasn't rough with you.
3) No, I had no idea you were still a virgin...

This message never happened,

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About the Author
Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels, and the cofounder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors.

When she’s not chatting with readers on her Facebook Page, you can find her on her website at http://www.whitneygbooks.com or on instagram: @whitneyg.author. (If she’s not in either of those places, she’s probably locked away working on another crazy story.)

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Top 5 Wednesday: Bookish Things That Make Me a Grinch

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey.
Click HERE for a complete list of participants and future topics.

This week's Top 5 Wednesday topic: 
Bookish Things You're a Grinch About
Since being a grinch is a funny thing, try not to make this about serious topics that make you angry (like lack of diversity or abusive relationships in fiction, etc) as this is supposed to be more of a petty bookish things you hate. This can be stuff about covers, dumb tropes, etc. Have fun with it.

Or - even worse - with the last book. (I'm looking at you Lux series.) Why, why do this?! Maybe it's marketing to attract certain readers. Maybe it's a blatant money-grubbing ploy to force me to re-purchase all the books in the new covers. But whatever the reason, it definitely turns me into a grinch.

Sure, sure, if it's a hardcover you can just turn to the inside flap and read away. But what about the paperbacks with no summary on the back? There are review blurbs. Reading one-liners from reviews is not enough to make me want to buy the book! I need a description, I need characters, I need a plot... gimme a hint here, people! 

What kind of sadistic publisher does this? Make margins so small that you have to crack the spine just to be able to read across the whole page? I have no explanation for this madness. Only that he much be a grinch himself, with a heart two sizes too small.

So lately I'm seeing a lot more matte book covers, particularly on paperbacks. They're unique, they're different... but they also show every fingerprint and look like a mess after 30 seconds of handling them. Even brand new in the book store they're smudgy messes. Gah! Give me my pretty, glossy covers that don't show the smudges.

This just seems so obvious. Publishing a series, number the books. Boom. Done. I mean, why would you not?? But I've come across this countless times. I'm in a bookstore, I pick up a book that is part of a series... and there is absolutely no indication of where it falls in the series. I check inside for a list of other books... but are they listed in publication order? I end up digging out my phone, pulling up GoodReads, and checking the series order there. When all of that could have been avoided with a number on the cover. It seems so simple... 

What bookish thing turns you into a grinch?