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Apr
9

Review: A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer

Review: A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer A Nantucket Wedding Author: Nancy Thayer Reviewer: Nima Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: A Nantucket Wedding is a story about the family drama that always surrounds large family events like a wedding.  The wedding serves to focus a spotlight on the relationships of key characters.You’d think a book about a wedding would be a romance.  It is romantic, but not a romance.  Everyone in this story is already in an established relationship, some of them rocky. What this book is, is women’s fiction.  I keep trying it and I continue to be disappointed.  This one is better than some I’ve read, there isn’t as much whining and over-thinking...
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Apr
8

Sunday Snippet: Blood Will Tell by Colleen Myers

Sunday Snippet: Blood Will Tell by Colleen Myers  About the Book Blood Will Tell    Author:  Colleen Myers Publisher:  self-published Released:  April 2, 2018 Series:   Blood series #1 Genre:  YA Dystopian/Fantasy Snippet: UNKNOWN CONTAGION: STAY IN YOUR HOMES. What? Her stomach rolled, this time in fear. Isabelle bolted for her mother’s room. “Mom. Mom, get up!” She bounced onto Rosa’s mattress and shook her awake. Her mother groaned and rolled over with a yawn, still in her work scrubs. “What is it, Isa? I was sleeping. You know Momma needs to rest after work.” “Emergency Broadcast thing, Mom. Some contagion. Do you think I have it?” Rosa sat straight up. “What? Don’t be silly. Let me see.” They both scrambled...
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Apr
6

#FitReaders Update: April 6, 2018

#FitReaders Update: April 6, 2018 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. Info: #FitReaders information page #FitReaders 101 Facebook Group I check in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. Last Week (March 26 – April 1, 2018): Happy April. This update is for the final week of March and the end of the first quarter. It was an okay month/quarter. I get going on my weight loss, then something “gets...
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Apr
5

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston Welcome to our feature that focus on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook Review: Hot and Badgered Author: Shelly Laurenston Narrator: Traci Odom Audio Speed: 1.25x + 1.5x Series: Honey Badgers Chronicles #1 Source: Tantor Audio Hot and Badgered, the first book in Ms. Laurenston’s new Honey Badgers Chronicles is a crazy ride full of over-the-top shifters with a thirst for blood… and honey. While it is a new series, I learned from others after I started listening, that it is set in the same world as and features characters from her Pride series. Perhaps I would have enjoyed Hot and Badgered more had I read the earlier series, because one of my issues was the...
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Apr
5

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: A Match Made in Spell by ReGina Welling and Erin Lynn

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: A Match Made in Spell by ReGina Welling and Erin Lynn Welcome to our feature that focus on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook Reviews: A Match Made in Spell Authors: ReGina Welling & Erin Lynn Narrator: C.S.E. Cooney Audio Listening Speed: 1.5x Series: Lexi Balefire Matchmaking Witch Mystery/Fate Weaver #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mystery Source: Tantor Audio I overall liked A Match Made in Spell.  This is definitely a lighthearted and cozy mystery. If you are a mystery fan, as I am, you might be pleasantly surprised by this one.  I’m used to reading murder mysteries.  However, this mystery does not involve a body.  It was actually quite refreshing for the mystery to not involve death.  Lexi is a matchmaker –...
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Apr
4

Review: Blow Down by JL Merrow

Review: Blow Down by JL Merrow Blow Down Author: JL Merrow Reviewer: B. Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Several months have passed since Tom Paretski got engaged, saw his best friend married, found out his “Dad” wasn’t really his biological father, and became the resident hero by saving a barmaid from dying in a fire. Now something of a minor celebrity thanks to news coverage exposing his psychic “gift,” he’s in demand for more than his plumbing skills—this time finding himself obligated to unearth a stolen necklace for a recently-wed, high-ranking member of the local diocese (who nobody seems to like very much). At least his life’s not boring. As was the case with...
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Apr
3

Review: Play for Keeps by Maggie Wells

Review: Play for Keeps by Maggie Wells Play for Keeps Author: Maggie Wells Reviewer: Nima Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Play for Keeps, the second book in the Love Games series by Maggie Wells is good, but I did not like it as much as the first book, Love Game, because the relationship between public relations genius Millie Jenkins and basketball coach Ty Ransom is very messy. Their love story takes a much longer, and possibly unnecessary arc before we reach a happily ever after.  Some readers will think it’s perfect, others will be disappointed where it went. If you life is already pretty messy, you don’t necessarily want your fantasy life to be messy...
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Apr
2

Review: Licks by Kelly Siskind

Review: Licks by Kelly Siskind Licks Author: Kelly Siskind Reviewer: Jen Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: Growing up as neighbors, Gwen never told her best friend August that she was in love with him. And instead, stopped talking to him in high school when he started dating someone else. After a year and a half of the silent treatment, Gwen drunk texts August on her birthday, which leads to a mistake that ends their friendship for good. Fast forward nine years later. August is a full-time musician touring in Europe, and he never got over his feelings for Gwen. He returns home to see Gwen because he has an important message for her...
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Apr
1

Sunday Snippet: Blood Veil by Megan Erickson

Sunday Snippet: Blood Veil by Megan Erickson  About the Book Blood Veil    Author:  Megan Erickson Publisher:   Ballantine/Loveswept Released:  April 3, 2018 Series:   Mission #2 Genre:  Paranormal Romance Snippet: Celia I wanted this. Even now, with both of us wounded and scared, my body reacted to the proximity of his. Those unusual yet kind eyes didn’t flinch from mine. No matter the shape he was in, and what was to come, he was going to do this for me. Well, I guessed it was a little for both of us. Maybe this was why I’d avoided human touch my whole life. My body wanted a vampire. My heart wanted Idris. I hadn’t ever dreamed of my first...
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Apr
1

#FitReaders Commit to be Fit: April 2018

#FitReaders Commit to be Fit: April 2018 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. How to Participate: This year brings a few changes from our previous years. On the first day of each month, I will post “Commit to be Fit” signups. You can use the comment section to add your name to the list and/or leave your month goals. Weekly check-in blog posts are optional, but we will be checking in each week in our Facebook Group – so be sure to bookmark that...
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Mar
30

#FitReaders Update: March 30, 2018

#FitReaders Update: March 30, 2018 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. Info: #FitReaders information page #FitReaders 101 Facebook Group I check in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. Last Week (March 19 – March 25, 2018): While I met my exercise goals, I didn’t take care of my nutrition goals. It’s too easy to slide back into bad habits and convincing myself that a couple extra <insert food/drink> won’t...
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Mar
29

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Wraith by Helen Harper

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Wraith by Helen Harper Welcome to our feature that focus on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook Reviews: Wraith Author: Helen Harper Narrator: Ruth Urquhart Audio Listening Speed: 1.5x Series: Standalone Genre: Urban Fantasy Source: Tantor Audio Wraith is a compelling urban fantasy story.  A fascinating mix of Fae mythology and an almost post-apocalyptic world woven with an underdog overthrowing the all-powerful evil army poised at world domination (or at least Scotland domination). The novel is centered on Saiya, a lone woman who is trying to stay alive.  In this city under siege, she scraps by day-to-day by trading in secrets.  Though the biggest secret she keeps to herself is the fact that she is...
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