Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Club!!


Today is Book Club Friday!

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You can write about any book you want.

This week I'm sharing:



Here's the synopsis:
All her life, Jordi Hemphill was told that she needed to change to fit in and be accepted. She talked too much, laughed too loud, and most definitely, indisputably and inexcusably weighed too much. In fact, she wore her size-20+ clothes without so much as an apology. She didn’t care to fit in. She didn’t want to be beautiful. Instead, she wanted to wear her hair in funky colors, she itched for tattoos and piercings, and dreamed of a life much bigger than working at the local Burger Palace for minimum wage. She had been born with the voice of a superstar, and something inside her told her it was OK to dream big, even if she had to do it in secret. 

On her eighteenth birthday, she takes every last cent she has and buys a one-way ticket for Los Angeles. She is sure her talent will get her noticed by those more open-minded to see it. Then and only then will she show all the naysayers in her hometown that she was a somebody no matter what they thought. 

Unfortunately Los Angeles wasn't any more welcoming. Jordi didn't fit into their pop machine no matter how well she sang. Other pop princess had the "full package," whereas Jordi still needed to change if she wanted her dreams to come true. It took a plus-size TV producer to take a chance on her, casting her for a reality talent show called "Fierce," which put attitude and talent far above the traditional pop star image.

Thanks to Giovanni Carnevale, the lead singer of "Dreaming in Blue" and “Fierce’s” rock star judge, Jordi gets a chance to fight for her place on a national stage.

But will America embrace this alternative diva? Or will they too expect her to conform in order to be accepted... to be loved? Despite the acceptance of new friends and supporters, old ghosts continue to haunt Jordi on her new journey. It will take handsome fellow contestant, Jace Riga, to finally help expose and exorcise the demons that drive her self-destruction.

"Fierce" continues the story introduced in the Ginger Voight novel, "Mogul," where Jordi joins a hodge-podge of other contestants to battle for the championship that dares every single hopeful to live large, to be FIERCE.

Ginger Voight, the author of the best-selling "Groupie" series, brings fame once again to the forefront with her new adult story, "Fierce." The characters you grew to love in the "Groupie" trilogy and "Love Plus One" are back to help the incomparable Jordi Hemphill carve a place for herself as a pop princess despite the odds in this coming-of-age Rubenesque romance.
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Here are my thoughts:
I picked up this book (the whole trilogy, actually) when it was listed for free on Amazon.  I actually enjoyed seeing Jordi take life by the reigns and start to control her own destiny.  I hated, though, watching her become weak again at the hands of her mother and boyfriend.  I really wanted to see her tell them to leave her alone and continue to go about her life without them.

I did enjoy that this book wasn't focusing on the perfect people- it celebrated those who are different, for just being themselves.  I may pick up the next books in the trilogy at a later date, but I haven't yet.  I guess I'm nervous about watching Jordi suffer any more.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

An Open Latter to Toddler Moms

Dear Toddler Mom, There are smushed Cheerios on the seats of your car. You can sing the Doc McStuffins theme song in your sleep - in fact, your husband says you actually did the other night. You went to work with a Donald Duck sticker on your rear end...and didn't find it until this evening when you were cooking dinner...

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Book Club!!


Today is Book Club Friday!

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You can write about any book you want.

This week I'm sharing:



Here's the synopsis:
Life outside of her house was a new experience for Della Sloane. The dark secrets of her past weren’t something she ever intended to share with anyone. They would never understand. No one would ever get close enough to find out. There was always a chance she’d go crazy sooner than they expected…

Woods Kerrington had never been one to be attracted to fragile females. They seemed like too much work. He wasn’t in it for the work just the pleasure. A night full of naughty fun had been exactly what was on his mind when he’d laid eyes on the hot little number that didn’t know how to pump gas and needed some help.

What he didn’t know was she was as fragile as they came.
The carefree girl who spoke her mind and didn’t care what the world thought of her was more breakable than he could ever imagine…
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Here are my thoughts:
I'm reviewing these together, because they're both about Woods & Della- and once you finish the first you'll want to pick up the second immediately.  In fact, I read the second before reviewing the first, so I'm not even sure at this moment I could separate the two for reviews.

I've reviewed other books in Abbi Glines' Rosemary Beach series recently, because I'm totally addicted.  I was introduced to Woods and Della (briefly) in the other books, but now I was given the opportunity to dive into their stories.  Woods is set to inherit the local country club.  He's also set to marry someone his father chose for him.  Della has a dark past and no intentions of staying around Rosemary Beach.  But there's so much more to their story.

I would recommend reading the other books in this series first, but these can also be read as stand alones.

What are you currently reading??

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Real Life: Book Nerd

What is this?!  A post that isn't Book Club Friday?  I know, crazy, right?  Life has been absolutely crazy in a good way lately.  

No, I'm not pregnant.  I know the typical reason for being absent on the blog is because you're with child.  But I'm not.  I do have that toddler still though.

Last night, my BFF Tara and I got to meet the fabulous Jamie McGuire!


She signed my hardback copy of her latest book, Beautiful Oblivion, and answered questions.  Of course, I forgot the only question I had until later, but oh well!  She couldn't have been more sweet.



I have an official Book Club Friday review of Beautiful Oblivion coming soon, but until then I'll say this: READ IT.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Book Club!!


Today is Book Club Friday!

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You can write about any book you want.

This week I'm sharing:




Here's the synopsis:

She's determined to make it--and she doesn't need a man's help to do it.

When her beloved Samuel succumbs to cholera in the summer of 1838, Molly McGarvie is heartbroken but determined to take care of herself and her children. 

And when Samuel's unscrupulous brother takes over the family business, Molly must head out on her own, leaving her old life behind. It's a dangerous journey, but somehow she must find a way to make a living, keep her family together, and fend off some over-eager suitors.
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Here are my thoughts:
I downloaded this book as a free kindle book on our Memorial Day vacation.  I actually thought it was an Amish book, but was mistaken.

Molly McGarvie endures more than any one person should in a lifetime- and it all happens over the course of a year!  This book had a lot of interesting events packed into it.  But for some reason, it just fell flat for me.  I liked the characters well enough, but none of the story lines really drew me in.  Over all, I gave this one three stars.


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Sour Patch Kid Phase

We're all familiar with Sour Patch Kids -- the candies that are first sour, then turn sweet. We're even more familiar with the Sour Patch Kids commercials on TV, particularly the one where the life-size candy cuts off a young girl's hair (the sour phase), then apologetically hugs the girl (the sweet phase).
When these commercials aired, I never expected that my (then) baby, Skeeter (not her real name), would eventually enter what we've now coined "The Sour Patch Kid Phase." Of course, my two-year old doesn't have access to scissors, so there's no hair cutting (yet). But lately we've witnessed some pretty impressive tantrums, immediately followed by episodes of surprising sweetness -- that have left me confused...

Friday, June 27, 2014

Book Club!!

I received a copy of this book in return for my honest, unbiased review.  I received no compensation in return for this review.

Today is Book Club Friday!

To link up, all you have to do is grab the button (above) and link up (below)!

You can write about any book you want.

This week I'm sharing:



Here's the synopsis:
Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer...Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer. 

The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry—Kylie’s ideal man. A hot, fun ginger boy would be worth breaking all the rules for, of course. And Kylie is sure Harry just needs the right, centering woman to settle him down. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.

Or does it?

Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger boy—yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to take a chance, to face her fears, and live in the present? And could this stranger be the Prince Harry she has been waiting for? Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this chance encounter, and she knows her life will never be the same because of it...
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Here are my thoughts:

Kylie Reed is waiting for Prince Harry to come sweep her off her feet- aren't we all.  She didn't expect to meet a real life prince in form of a gorgeous hockey player.

I loved this book- not only because I share a love for Prince Harry and enjoyed the fact that the book was set in Texas.  But it was just completely enjoyable.  It wasn't too complicated, it didn't make me want to throw my Kindle across the room, because the characters were being just a little too stubborn.  It was really quite perfect.

Oh, and before you pick this one up, check out the author's Pinterest board.  She pinned images of her inspiration for the characters.  There's a real life hockey player that was her inspiration for Harrison.

Thank you, Aven, for letting me read this book!  I can't wait to read the rest of yours!


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