Debut Author Take Over: Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith

I am so super excited to kick off a series of posts that will happen over the next few months. Back in September I was contacted by a group called Class of 2k19 Books. They wanted to see if I was interested in working with any of the debut authors on their list. I was immediately taken with quite a few and wrote back, maybe scream shouted, that I would love to be a part of it and so began my journey.

I won’t lie, I was in a blogging slump and having this new blood reach out helped a lot. It added a spark to my blogging life that was missing and I can’t wait to share my thoughts and some guest posts from these fabulous ladies that I have been working with for the past few months.

First up, is Tiana Smith, who’s debut, Match Me If You can is out January 8, 2019. Welcome Tiana!

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Suffice to say, my book focuses on matchmaking a bit (I mean, the title is MATCH ME IF YOU CAN). One of the characters, Robyn, prides herself on her ability to match people up with their perfect pairs. So, we’re going to play a little game of: “Which celebrity couples are COUPLE GOALS?” I’m way more excited about this than I should be. Don’t judge.

First up, we have …

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard

Okay, when I first saw this video, I knew they were simply the cutest.

I mean, how can you not love that? These two goofballs obviously have a lot of fun together, which is the basis for a great relationship, if I do say so myself.

Tom Holland and Zendaya

These two have been pretty hush-hush about whether they’re a real couple or not (they totally are, don’t burst my bubble). All things considered, it seems pretty likely, and my character Robyn would definitely approve.

Also, there’s Tom Holland’s lip sync battle, which honestly, is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt

Awww, how cute are these two?

Also, I can’t forget to mention this interview John Krasinski did with Jimmy Fallon where he says he totally married up and that’s just the sweetest thing ever.

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively

All I can say is, these two will make beautiful babies. (Yes, I know they already have children, but you KNOW when they grow up, those kiddos are going to be gorgeous. How can they not with those genes?)

Just look at them! They’re almost too beautiful to look at.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

Another power couple right here, both of them taking over the world.

They know how to make the distance work when they’re apart (how cute is it that they didn’t kiss for the longest time because of distance, even though Jessica totally knew she was going to marry him one day?) and even a small breakup couldn’t keep them apart for long.

Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddie Prinze Jr.

There is literally no couple that brings back such great 90’s nostalgia vibes. I had to post an older picture of them simply for that reason, but these two have been married for 16 years, which, in Hollywood is practically forever.

That’s the stuff dreams are made of right there.

Okay, as an added bonus, we’re going to do a JOINT matchmaking game. Here’s how it works. We’ll each say who we’d match a certain celebrity with and then ten years from now, we’ll see if either of us were right. Well, at least the first part of that was the truth.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Tiana says: A perpetual bachelor, that one. I know a lot of people would love to see him with Kate Winslet, but honestly, I liked him best with Claire Danes for sure. So that’s my vote.

Andi says: Can I say me for this one? I mean I have loved him since he was on Growing Pains so that has to count for something, right? But seriously, I would love to say Kate Winselt, but I admit there is something about seeing them as friends that I just love. And it pains me as a Tom Brady fan to say this, but I really did love him with Gisele.

Jennifer Aniston

Tiana says: Jennifer has definitely been through the wringer when it comes to her romantic life. I love the idea of her and Ben Affleck together, if he ever gets his addiction under control…

Andi says: So I’m gonna pull a Kelly Taylor from Beverly Hills, 90210 here and say I would be 100% okay is Jen went it alone and ended up with herself. She feels like the type of person that could be okay if she was on her own.

Selena Gomez

Tiana says: Poor Selena, and her history with Bieber. Personally, I’d love to see her with another musical heartthrob, namely Harry Styles. Because that would be ammmazzzing! Too bad there’s history with Styles and Selena’s BFF Taylor Swift, cuz it’d probably never happen.

Andi says: This is awkward but I kind of want her to actually get back with Justin Bieber. I know, I know, he is a hot mess usually, but there was something charming about them as a couple.

Channing Tatum

Tiana says: It broke my heart when Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan broke up. Especially because I love Channing Tatum in She’s The Man (true story, that movie inspired MATCH ME IF YOU CAN a bit!) and he deserves his own happily ever after. I’d put him with Anna Kendrick, I think. They’d at least have some laughs.

Andi says: Oh Channing, how you broke my heart when you and Jenna split. Actually I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I think maybe in the future they could get back together

Orlando Bloom

Tiana says: I had the biggest crush on him in high school. Okay, it was more like an obsession. And I know she currently has a boyfriend right now, but I’m going to go with Emma Watson on this one. Wouldn’t they be the cutest?

Andi says: I’m sorry, I can’t unsee him naked on the surfboard with Katy Perry. I just can’t do it.

Sandra Bullock

Tiana says: I love Sandra Bullock so much. She seems like someone who’s genuinely friendly and lovable. I think she’d be great with someone who’s a bit of a cinnamon roll, like Gerard Butler.

Andi says: I’m going to start this by saying I love my pick with his current wife and do not wish them to break-up, like ever, but I really loved the easy chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.

That’s all for now folks! Thanks for indulging me, and if you like romantic mash ups and rom coms, I hope you’ll check out MATCH ME IF YOU CAN!

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Debut Author Take Over: Match Me If You Can by Tiana SmithMatch Me If You Can by Tiana Smith
Published by Swoon Reads
on January 8, 2019
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Mia's best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn's matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.

Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn't count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince - the guy she knows is right for her - and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn't find out that Mia's been matchmaking behind her back.

Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever?

A huge thanks to Tiana for stopping by. Make sure you check my Twitter for a giveaway of Match Me If You Can.

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New to Me – Introduction and Voting

In 2018 I had the idea to have readers and friends read my favorite books from years past. I had 20+ amazing people sign up and read some of my all time favorite books. They took the time out of their busy lives and reading schedules and read books I love and shared what they thought on my blog. It was a lot of fun and I got to see some new takes on old favorites. It actually was a fun experience. If you are interested in the reviews HERE.

This year I decided to give back in away and asked everyone that signed up to tell me their favorite book (that I have not read) because in 2019 it is time to do NEW TO ME.

New to Me is going to be a monthly feature. At the beginning of the month I will post a survey of books suggested by the New to You participants. You will vote each month (survey will close about half way through the month) and tell me which book I should read the following month. I will read that book and do a post on it before the month is over. I figure it is a good way to read new books and to pay it back to the awesome people that read my favorites over the last year.

Please only vote for ONE book this month. You will be able to vote again next month for a different option. This poll will close on 12/16/18.

 

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Do you like the idea of New to Me? Tell me what you think in the comments.

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Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge – December Link-Up

HAPPY December, you Fancy Readers!

I can’t believe this is the last month of 2018 and of this years challenge! Wow time flies! Thank you all so much for taking part in this year after year or for the first time if that is how you roll.  The new sign-up is live so if you haven’t officially signed up for 2019, you can do so HERE. If you don’t sign-up, your entries will not count toward the giveaway and I have to disqualify you. Basically…SIGN-UP! I’m even switching it up next year for the Monthly Topic.

Monthly Link-Up and Giveaway Details:

  • Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
  • Monthly link-up posts will go live the around the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
  • In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
    • UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
    • REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
    • MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
  • Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Topics:

  • Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance topic for you to participate in if you’d like.
  • Monthly Topic posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.

This month’s topic:

Holiday books. The holidays are here and with that comes all the holiday romance love!

  1. Let it Snow – Various Authors
  2. The Trouble with Mistletoe – Jill Shalvis
  3.  The Christmas Carousel – Annabel Allen
  4.  Christmas at the Palace – Jeevani Charika
  5.  Snow in Love – Various Authors
  6. Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses – Jenny Hale (Lauren at Bookmark Lit is hosting a readalong 12/3 – 12/7. Check it out!)

Have you read any of these authors? Who are some of your favorite romance authors?

If you have any questions, please email me (accessoriesbooksclothes@gmail.com) . Also, make sure you follow me on Twitter (@andiabcs) for challenge updates and reminders! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContRom2018 to follow everyone’s challenge updates on Twitter!

 

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Sign-Up: Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2019

Two years down, another one to do. That’s right, Andi’s ABCs is hosting the Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge for 2019*!

The Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge was originally created and hosted by Pearl’s World of Romance, passed on to Fatin at Romance Book Maven, then passed on to Brianna at The Book Vixen, Then it was Gone with the Words and Love at First Page‘s turn. and is now hosted by Andi’s ABCs.

Grab the Button:

Ok, so here are the challenge details and rules….

Reading Challenge Details:

  • Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 (books read prior to 1/1/2019 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime you want, though the sign up linky will close Nov. 15, 2019.
  • The goal is to read as many Contemporary Romance books as you’d like. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.
  • Books that qualify for this challenge can be young adult, new adult, or adult. Books can be M/F, M/M, or F/F. Books must be a work of fiction (sorry, nonfiction does not qualify for this challenge).
  • Romances with the following elements do not qualify for this reading challenge: paranormal, historical, time-travel, fantasy, science fiction, or mystery/suspense/thriller.
  • Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).
  • Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • Use the hashtag #ContRom2019 when posting your reviews/updates/re-caps/monthly topics on social media.
  • To join this challenge, grab the 2019 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge button below and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. This will be your “update post” when doing the monthly link up.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2018 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge (your designated “update post” for the monthly link up) and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.

Levels:

  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books

Monthly Link-Up and Giveaway Details:

  • Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
  • Monthly link-up posts will go live the around the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
  • In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
    • UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
    • REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
    • MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
  • Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Recommendations: (I’m switching it up this year)

  • Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance book I will recommend/suggest. If you read that book and review it or do some kind of creative post about it that month it will count as an entry.
  • Monthly Recommendation posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.

If you have any questions, please email me (accessoriesbooksclothes@gmail.com) . Also, make sure you follow me on Twitter (@andiabcs) for challenge updates and reminders! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContRom2019 to follow everyone’s challenge updates on Twitter!

*photo is by Vivacious Bibliophile and was used with her permission.

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Holiday Pre-Orders: 2019

The holidays are here and with them comes the perfect opportunity to pre-order a book for a friend or your Secret Santa or even yourself. The hard part is narrowing down which books to order. I have been very lucky and have read a variety of books that come out in 2019 already and have a lot more on my shelves waiting for me to get them. Well today I’m here to share with you some of my personal suggestions for those holiday gift pre-orders.

The 5 Star Reads

  1. The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason (February 2019)
  2. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer (January 2019)
  3. Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young (March 2019)
  4. Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell (January 2019)

 

The Series Continuations

  1. Imprison the Sky by A. C. Gaughen (January 2019)
  2. Finale by Stephanie Garber (May 2019)
  3. Three Little Words by Jenny Holiday (January 2019)
  4. Kingsbane by Claire Legrand (May 2019)

 

The Contemporaries

  1. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett (April 2019)
  2. Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash (June 2019)
  3. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (May 2019)
  4. The Boy Next Story by Tiffany Schmidtt (May 2019)
  5. Start Here by Trish Doller (August 2019)
  6. Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer (June 2019)
  7. Maybe This Time by Kasie West (July 2019)
  8. Better Than the Best Plan by Lauren Morrill (June 2019)
  9. When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington (April 2019)
  10. Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith (March 2019)
  11. Meet Cute by Helena Hunting (April 2019)
  12. There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon (May 2019)

I don’t know about you but I kind of want all of these like right now! I do have 14 of them pre-ordered though so at least there is that.

What books do you want? Anything on this list strike your fancy?

 

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