The Sunshine Blogger Award

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I was recently nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you Jessica @ Mud and Stars for the nomination! It was very sweet of her to think of me! If you haven’t checked out her blog, you should!


The Rules:

  1. Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Nominate some wonderful bloggers.
  3. Write 11 questions for them.

 

Jessica’s questions for the me:

1.If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, which book would you choose?

It would have to be a choose your own adventure book because then I could read the same book with several different outcomes.

2.If you were stranded on a desert island, which 5 fictional characters would you most like to be stuck there with?

Kate & Gus from Bright Side because they’re super cool and they would help me stay positive. Kaz from Six of Crows because he would find a way off the island. And Kaz would need Inej and Nina to help, of course.

3.Which Hogwarts House are you in?

According to the Almighty Guru Harry Potter House Sorting Quiz, I am a Hufflepuff. 

 

 

4.Who is your least favorite main character of a book and why?

Nick from Gone Girl. I just didn’t like him. He was so sketchy.

5.What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?

There are ton. I hate admitting this. Most recently it was when I took my daughter to a birthday party. I didn’t know anyone and was making small talk with another parent I didn’t know. She was going on and on about her amicable divorce. I have never been divorced so I was comparing it to a friend’s amicable divorce. I ended up realizing at the end of the day that my friend’s old neighbors were also there and most likely heard everything I said. No big deal except they’re friends with my friend’s ex. At least I didn’t say anything bad — just more than I should have. Lesson learned.

6.What is the weirdest dream you have ever had?

When I was a kid I dreamt I was being chased by the Tootsie Pop owl. It was freakin’ scary! “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop…”

7.Which book do you wish you had written?

I would love to have been witty and creative enough to have written just about any book!

8.Have you ever met anyone famous, and how did you react? If not, who would you most like to meet and how you do think you would cope with it?

I went to school with Heather from the 80’s Christian music duo Heather and Kirsten. They had an album and also sang the national anthem at a ton of major sporting events. They even recently sang the national at a Seahawks game. Does that count?

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I also went to junior high with ex-NBA player Michael Dickerson (he was older and I didn’t know him). I also helped him with a bank transaction when in college when I was a teller. I also sat next to NBA player Brian Scalabrine in Speech class at Highline Community College (I actually talked to him and he said he was going to play bball at UCLA, but I didn’t realize he was really good). Those probably don’t count either.

Or how about one of the girl’s mom’s on my daughter’s soccer team is old friends with Kevin Federline’s wife? That’s just like knowing KFed and Britney, right? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

My sister’s husband’s co-worker’s daughter is Seahawks player Ricardo Lockette’s girlfriend. I was in a book group with the co-worker for a while. Yeah, that doesn’t count either.

I have seen a ton of famous people during fight weekends in Vegas (Mario Lopez, Eva Longoria, Mike Tyson, Ludacris, etc.) but I was never close enough to react to them.

So, yeah, I really got nothing.

Oh, wait! I did shake Al Gore’s hand at a book signing my BFF drug me to years ago and I have met Washington’s Governor, Jay Inslee. My BFF works for him so I said hi and stuff. I’m lame.

9.Which TV shows are you addicted to?

So You Think You Can Dance, The Blacklist, The Big Bang Theory, Scream Queens, The Voice, The Mindy Project

10.What were your first words?

No clue. Sorry. My mom didn’t write it in my baby book. I checked.

11.If you had another blog, what would you blog about?

Mommy stuff probably.


My nominees:

Kat @ Life and Other Disasters

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Jordyn @ J.Bookish

Sky @ Bookish Night

Feel free to ignore the nomination if you’ve already done this and don’t want to or just plain old don’t want to. 😉


My questions for my nominees:

1.If you had to give each of the following people a book, what books would you give them: a child, your best friend, your mom and your significant other?

2.If you could be friends with someone famous who would it be and why?

3.Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera?

4.What is the weirdest topic you’ve ever discussed at a holiday meal?

5.What is your favorite board game?

6.If you could co-author a book with someone who would it be and what would your story be about?

7.Name your favorite band and what book you would like them to create a soundtrack for.

8.Who is your favorite person to talk books with?

9.What was the last book someone recommended to you that you loved and what was it?

10.Do you review all of the books you read? Why or why not?

11.Would you ever rate a book on Goodreads before you read it? If so, why?


Have fun!

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ARC Review: My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis

25317360My Kind of Wonderful (Cedar Ridge #2)

Author: Jill Shalvis

Publication Date: December 22, 2015

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: Bailey Moore has a clean bill of health and new lease on life. She’s going to do things she never imagined she would be able to do. One of those things involves painting a mural. Luckily, she’s been contracted to do just that in Cedar Ridge, Colorado.

As soon as Bailey steps foot in Cedar Ridge, she meets Hudson Kincaid. Hudson’s the town cop/head of the ski patrol and a member of the family that contracted her to paint the mural. He’s also sexier than sin. Bailey quickly adds Hudson to the top of her to-do list.

Hudson Kincaid doesn’t have time for any distractions — especially the female kind. He’s way too busy with the ski patrol, being a cop and helping his family run their ski resort. But Hudson can’t resist brave and determined Bailey. She looks like a delicate flower, but the fire in her calls to him. Plus, he knows it’s only for now. Bailey’s got too much to do herself.

When their feelings for each other start to become more than just for today, Bailey and Hudson will have to decide whether to take a chance at forever.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


I get excited every time I see Jill Shalvis is coming out with a new book. I know I can always count on her to write a contemporary romance that is going to make me smile. My Kind of Wonderful did exactly that.

My Kind of Wonderful is the kind of story I want to read when I reach for a contemporary romance. The storyline was cute and humorous. I loved Bailey and Hudson wanting each other but not wanting to fall in love with each other. It was steamy and sweet all at the same time. Jill Shalvis created lovable characters who I couldn’t help but root for.

Hudson and Bailey weren’t the only fun characters, though. Every character in My Kind of Wonderful added so much amusement to the story. The entire Kincaid family was entertaining. The way they interacted with each other was comical. Things got even funnier when you added in all of the people they came in contact with on the mountain.

If you’re looking for a lighthearted contemporary romance to put you in a great mood, I would highly suggest My Kind of Wonderful. It’s the second in the Cedar Ridge series and can be read after Second Chance Summer or as a standalone novel. You can find my review for Second Chance Summer here.

**I received an electronic ARC of My Kind of Wonderful from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Other books in this series:

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Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Thank you to the lovely Michelle @ Mishi Reads for nominating me for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. You can check out her award post here.

RULES:

1. Display the award on your blog.
2. Announce your win with a post and link the blogger who awarded you.
3. Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award.
4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
5. Write seven interesting things about you.


1. I’m not a big fan of snow. I don’t really like to be cold and it makes me nervous to drive in it.

2. My husband makes fun of me for watching “teenager” T.V. shows. It started when I got hooked on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, continued when I loved Glee and still goes on now that I like to watch Scream Queens. (Hey, I need a way to feel younger!)

3. I don’t like a lot of white, creamy foods. I hate sour cream, cream cheese and mayonnaise. I do like whipped cream, though!

4. I love volunteering in my daughter’s classroom and getting to meet all of the kids she talks about.

5. I used to scrapbook a lot. I haven’t for the past year or so and I’m so far behind! I’m considering slapping my un-scrapped photos into albums just to be done with it.

6. I once yelled “I love me!” when accidentally turning the wrong direction down a one-way street in Bellingham, Washington. Luckily, it was a Sunday and no one was driving down the street. My best friend thought it was so funny that saying “I love me” is still our thing.

7. When I was a kid, my mom signed me up for both calligraphy and sewing lessons. I haven’t done either of those things since. I am going to try sewing again soon, though.


I’m going to nominate some blogs I’ve recently started following:

THEPLEASUREOFBOOKS

The Orang-utan Librarian

Kat @ Life and Other Disasters

Karen @ I’m Usually Reading

Lashaan & Trang @ BOOKIDOTE

Feel free to ignore the nomination if you’ve already done it before or don’t like to participate in awards or tags. 😉

 

Library Haul!

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My physical TBR list just exploded! I went to the library this afternoon to return some DVDs that were due. My daughter wanted to check out some books, so I decided to take a peek at the shelves myself. Boy, did I ever luck out!!! 🙂 All these books were on the shelf! I also requested the second book in the Grisha series. Hopefully it’s in before I finish the first book.

I’m so excited!!!

The Characters Book Tag

Thank you to Laura @ LaLa’s Blog for tagging me for The Characters Book Tag. This tag was originally a booktube tag created by Jeremysepicreads and MariaMuses. You can find the original tag videos here and here.

I watched both videos and here are what I believe to be the rules:

  1. Pick 10 books off of your bookshelf.
  2. You must own the books.
  3. You must have read the books.
  4. No e-book versions.
  5. You can only use each book once to answer one question.

Here are the 10 books I randomly chose off the bookcase.

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The Questions

1. Who is the best kick-ass character?

Eve Dallas from Naked in Death. Girl knows how to catch a killer and make them pay. I love how she doesn’t take crap from anyone.

2. Which character do you most dislike?

Hilly Holbrook in The Help. Actually, any of the rude and mean characters in this book would do.

3. If you could date any fictional character who would it be and why?

Out of the books I chose, I would go with Garrett Graham from The Deal. While he may be cocky he proved himself to be a good guy. And he’s a hot hockey player.

4. If you could change a character in any way what would it be?

I would make Georgie from Landline go with her family instead of staying behind.

5. What character to you made all of the wrong choices that didn’t add anything to the book?

Tough one. I’ll go with Rebecca’s parents in Like It Never Happened. They seemed like jerky parents who cared about the wrong things. Their presence in the book didn’t add that much to me.

6. Out of the five books (you have left?) which character was the best villain whom you love to hate?

Valentine Morgenstern in City of Bones. He was a horrible, horrible dude.

7. Favorite sidekick character with the most heart?

Jacob Black from Twilight because he loved Bella. That gives him the most heart, right? 😉

8. What is your favorite fictional romantic relationship?

Matthew and Dee from Tamed.

9. What character did you think was the strongest?

Shea Bentley from A Stone in the Sea. She was fiercely trying to protect her daughter.

10. Best protagonist?

Janie Jenkins from Dear Daughter. Imagine a snarky Paris Hilton that just spent ten years in jail for allegedly killing her own mother.


That was fun! Obviously my answers would be different if I could just pick any book I wanted to but this was cool. I’m going to pass on the fun by tagging:

Claire @ Art and Soul

Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland

Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard

Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

Soundtrack Saturday: Trouble

Welcome to Soundtrack Saturday! This week, I’m going to spotlight the book Trouble by Elle Casey. I will be posting a review for Trouble on Monday.


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Soundtrack Saturday is a weekly meme hosted by Erin @ The Hardcover Lover. It’s a way to relate songs to books.

Here are the guidelines:

  • You can use The Hardcover Lover’s image or make one of your own
  • Please link The Hardcover Lover somewhere in your post
  • Create a soundtrack or mini-soundtrack for your chosen book
  • Add your name to the link-up tool so others can find and read your post
  • Leave a comment on The Hardcover Lover’s blog post

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A song that you think goes well with the beginning of your chosen book:

Papa Don’t Preach by Madonna was the first song I thought of when I thought about Alissa. Her parents are conservative and want nothing to do with her because she’s unmarried and pregnant. Her baby daddy isn’t like the one in the song, though.

A song you think fits a character in your chosen book:

I can’t help it. It’s doesn’t really fit Colin based on the lyrics, but I have to pick this song because TROUBLE! It’s his nickname and Alissa did know he was trouble when he walked in. It’s I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift.

A song that represents a relationship in your chosen book:

Opposites Attract is perfect for this unlikely pair. They don’t have a lot in common but there is a ton of attraction.

A song that fits the ending of the book:

I’m going back to Madonna for this one. It’s kind of silly, but Colin makes Alissa feel good about herself and, well, I think the lyrics actually fit how Colin and Alissa ended up.


And that’s a wrap.

Review: Rage by Elizabeth Reyes

25795634Rage (Fate #5) by Elizabeth Reyes

Publication Date: November 20, 2015

Synopsis:

Baseball player A.J. “Rage” Moreno  is known for his temper on and off the baseball diamond. When he was a teenager, he let himself become unhinged easily. As an adult he’s managed to tame his rage and channel it into his position as catcher with the San Diego Padres.

Addison Lara has one rule when it comes to dating: No baseball players. She learned that lesson the hard way. But thanks to her biggest mistake, she has a beautiful little girl. A little girl she’ll do anything to protect — including keeping the father’s identity a secret from everyone for as long as she lives.

When his catching coach introduces A.J. to his daughter Addison and granddaughter Claire, A.J. can’t help but fall in love with both of them fast. There’s something special about the mother and daughter duo.

As A.J. begins to get closer to them both, he begins lose his ability to channel his rage. He can’t help but feel possessive of the Lara girls. It doesn’t help that Addison’s relationship with Clair’s father is a secret she can’t or won’t share with him. A.J. has zero tolerance for secrets or lying and the situation will put his temper to the test.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


One of my favorite things about all of Elizabeth Reyes’ books is the way she creates strong male and female characters. The men are always alpha males with jealousy issues and the women are independent and stand up for themselves. The combination of those two types of characters leads to dynamic love stories because when they get together the chemistry is off the charts! Rage is the perfect example of that with A.J. and Addison.

A.J. was your typical hotheaded sports star — except he wasn’t a jerk. He had a huge heart and cared a lot about the people he loved. He won’t let anyone talk poorly about the people he loves. He sees red any time anyone mistreats them. He also has a jealous side that comes out when he thinks of Addison with anyone but him.

The way A.J. was with Addison’s daughter Clair was my favorite thing about him. He didn’t just placate her, he was actually interested in what the little girl had to say. I loved the way he was with Addison, too. He was willing to support her through (almost) anything.

Addison was a little harder to love all of the time but that’s what made the story so entertaining. The way she snuck around behind A.J.’s back to deal with Clair’s father was totally wrong but I could understand why she did it. I just couldn’t believe how long she did it knowing how irate it would make A.J.

Clair was my favorite character in the book. The little smartypants was just too dang cute! I couldn’t help but smile every time she talked to A.J. I loved that she was such a huge part of A.J. falling for Addison.

Rage was so much fun to read. The story was entertaining and fast-paced. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the characters. I would highly suggest Rage or any other of Elizabeth Reyes’ books to contemporary romance readers.

Other books in this series:

Fate (Fate, #1) Breaking Brandon (Fate, #2) Suspicious Minds (Fate, #3)