Mar 28, 2017

Release Blitz w/ Giveaway!: Waking the Dead by D.B. Sieders

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The road to hell begins
when the reaper darkens her door.
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WAKING THE DEAD
D.B. SIEDERS
Series: Soul Broker # 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Suspense
Publisher: City Owl Press
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
The road to hell begins when the reaper darkens her door.
A chance encounter with a dying stranger opens an empathic connection between down-on-her-luck caregiver Vivian Bedford and the world of spirits. Lazarus Darkmore, a grim reaper in a charming and seductive package, seeks to recruit her as a soul broker. Guardian spirit Ezra and his new apprentice Zeke offer protection from the reaper--so long as she works on their side of afterlife management. But these guardians are no angels, and their methods leave Vivian fearing the price of their protection.
Her ability to channel conscious energy from the living, something no guardian or reaper can do, could be a game changer. If she can control it, she can use this power as leverage. And she needs a bargaining chip, especially when she discovers that incapacitated living mortals can supply energy for the spirit realm, making her disabled sister Mae a prime target for guardian and reaper alike.
Can she move from pawn to major player in order to save Mae, and herself, from a horrific fate beyond the simple and fleeting terrors of death?
I loved this story ... it was well written and there were plenty of twists and turns in the story to keep your interest.
- Mandy Parmenter, Goodreads Reviewer
Southern story telling around the campfire, at its level best.
- Jeff Lee, Goodreads Reviewer

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Three (3) free eBook copies of Lorelei's Lyric (Southern Elemental Guardians # 1)
Contest runs from March 28 - 30, 2017.
About the Author
D.B. Sieders
Author PicI was born and raised in East Tennessee and spent my childhood hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, wading barefoot in creeks, chasing salamanders, fish, and frogs. We loved to tell stories while sitting around the campfire.
Those days of frog chasing sparked my interest in biology. I am a working scientist by day, but I never lost my love of telling stories.
I write contemporary fantasy, fantasy romance, and contemporary romance. My stories feature unlikely heroes and heroines who face a healthy dose of angst as they strive for redemption and a happily ever after, which everyone deserves. I live in Nashville, Tennessee with my husband, two children, three cats, and my very active imagination.
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Mar 27, 2017

Movie Monday: Review of Beauty and the Beast

This movie Monday is going to be a bit different because instead of comparing the book-to-movie adaptation I would like to talk about the New live-action Beauty and the Beast and compare to Disney's animated version, which is one of my absolute favorites. And mostly this will be a review of the new movie.

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Beauty and the Beast
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Released: March 14, 2017




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Review: 
I have been looking forward to this movie forever and I am so excited that it is finally out. I have to admit that Beauty and the Beast (the animated version) is one of my favorite movies... I think it is the reading/library/quirky Belle that always had me. She was strong and determined and she liked to read - she was everything I wanted to be and I already had the reading thing down.  So when I learned about the live-action version of this movie, I was SO afraid that everything would be ruined. I was in tears watching  this movie because I was so excited about it. 

I think that Emma Watson as Belle was a wonderful choice. I think that she is a strong woman who took this role and ran with it but only in the best of ways. I loved the story and how they portrayed it AND I absolutely loved that they kept the songs! (Side-note: I  watched the Jungle Book re-do and was very sad that the singing was mostly gone... I wanted the singing!!!).

The movie overall is enchanting; Watson was the heroine we all remember; Luke who plays Gaston was just as obnoxious as the animated character, if not more, and I wanted to punch him in the throat... However what might be the most fun part of this movie was LeFou. Josh Gad did a wonderful job playing the part, and whereas in the animated version he was a follower, in this rendition he was at times logical and hesitant with Gaston, even to the point of making fun of him and I really liked that spin on it. 

Overall, I highly recommend seeing this remake if you have not already. I saw it in 2D and still need to go see the 3D version. If you saw the 3D one, let me know your thoughts... was it worth it?

Mar 26, 2017

Buulding the Book Pile #137

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 
Good Morning everyone! This week was productive on the blog with Bloggiesta and I ended up having to take a few days off at work for some health stuff. So the blog is doing great but I feel crappy, and emotionally it was kind of a poop week...
 
Anywho, I am happy to be back in the swing of the blog and want to fix a few things that I know are broken, so I need to get on that :) which means that content should pick back up too. Let me know if there is anything you are hoping to see in the comments!

  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!
http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2017/03/blog-tour-review-and-giveaway-boy.html

Coming up on the Blog...


Movie Monday: Beauty and the Beast Review
Release Day Blitz w/ Giveaway!: Waking the Dead by DB Sieders (YA)
Waiting on Wednesday
Recent Reads: Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie (Adult)
Monthly Re-cap: March 2017

    

Books Received this Week

   A Man Called Ove
   
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman - Bought from Audible for Book Club
  
Have you missed anything lately?


Week of March 20 - March 26

Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything, post and I will happily stop by and say hello!
Happy Reading!

Mar 23, 2017

Early Reader Review: Unicorn Crossing by Dana Simpson

Source: From Netgalley and Andrew McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Unicorn Crossing (Heavenly Nostrils, #5)Unicorn Crossing by Dana Simpson
Series: Heavenly Nostrils #5
Publisher:  Andrew McMeel Publishing
Publication Date:  March 28, 2017



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Ebook


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Goodreads Synopsis: 
Phoebe and Marigold are back for a fifth installment of the award-winning series. Join in on their latest adventures – and experiments – in being themselves!

Time flies in this fifth volume of Dana Simpson's Phoebe and Her Unicorn! Follow the lovable duo as they experience somewhat-spooky Halloween parties, ecstatic snow days, and looming summer reading assignments. Although the journey of growing up can sometimes be difficult, along the way Phoebe and Marigold discover something more enduring than goblin fads, unicorn spa vacations, and even a Spell of Forgetting—their one of a kind friendship.
 
Review: 
I really enjoy this series, I have not even read the first few but you can pretty much pick this up at any point and laugh-out-loud at the crazy things this girl and her unicorn do.

Phoebe is a little girl, who as you might have noticed, has a friend unicorn. They are together almost all of the time and their dialogue is witty and off-kilter and wonderful to read. Some of the panels are stand alone ones, while others take a few for longer more in depth tales

What makes this so funny is Marigold is so self-centered but Pheobe doesn't care and is used to her remarks about beauty and the wonderful unicorn world we humans don't get to see. Their friendship is silly, understanding, and full of fun times.   



 

Mar 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date:  April 4, 2017



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17608898-the-killing-jar?from_search=true&search_version=service

Goodreads Synopsis:  
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

Why I Am Waiting:
Another 'geek' titled book :) I am loving this synopsis as well.

Mar 21, 2017

Recent Reads: How to Pack by Hitha Palepu

Source: From Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
 
How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip
How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip by Hitha Palepu
Publisher: Clarkson Porter Publishers
Publication Date:  March 7, 2017



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Hardback

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Goodreads Synopsis: 
It's time to pack perfect. Every trip, every time. Your journey starts here.
When you travel, the journey is just as important as the destination -- and packing is the first step. In How to Pack, Hitha Palepu, a former consultant who has traveled more than 500,000 cumulative miles around the world, shows that what and how you pack are who you are. Confidence and comfort inspire success upon arrival, whether you're exploring a new city, hoping to nail a job interview, or relaxing on a beach. In How to Pack, you'll learn about:
- Power Pieces vs. Fantasy Pieces: How clothing earns its place in your suitcase
- The Accessory Math Secret: The precise formula for all you need to finish off your outfits
- Folding versus Rolling: What's right for which items
- Globetrotter Gorgeous: Editing your beauty routine while still looking great
- The Packing Timeline: How to avoid "I'm forgetting something" syndrome
- Pack Perfect Lists: Samples and blanks for any kind of trip
 Review: 
This was the perfect little book about packing. It was very straight-forward and included all sorts of lists and diagrams for ease of use. I think that it is a very cool idea to have a book about packing and this came to me right after I went on a trip and so I got to see all the things I did wrong, but it all made sense.

Palepu laid everything out in a very logical manner and although she talks a lot about business travel, I think that a lot of it can be adapted to vacations as well. I think that packing for a professional trip would actually be a lot easier for me than vacation packing but Palpeu seems to get A LOT of use out of everything she packs and that is where I would be lacking. She gives great advice and even informs the reader about suitcases and the best ones for different circumstances.

It was a very helpful read even though I did not need it in my immediate future, I think next time I take a trip I will be referring back for sure.