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Top Ten Tuesday – Books on my TBR FOREVER

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Let’s face it, this was depressingly hard to narrow down. I have over 400 books on my TBR and a lot of them have been on their for years. I am the victim of what I call “new shiny” where I know I have all these books but I get a new one and it is shiny and pretty and needs to be read. How I narrowed this one down? Books I actually own that have been sitting on my TBR the longest. Truth: I now feel like a failure after narrowing this one down.

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What books have been on your TBR the longest making you feel like a failure?

*Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
**Click on the picture for links to the book
***pictures can be found at AC Digitals and are from the Maggie Holmes Shine collection.

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Blog Tour – Game On by Michelle Smith (Character ABCs + Giveaway)

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Today on the blog we have a special edition of The ABCs brought to you by Game On by Michelle Smith. Michelle has been kind enough to do a version of The ABCs for her character Bri. Make sure you read all the way to the end to enter the giveaway.

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Bri’s ABCs:

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Accessories: Dean’s Amulet Necklace
Bri is a die-hard fan of Supernatural, so I’m pretty sure she’d kill for a Samulet—the amulet necklace that a young Sam is shown giving to Dean in a flashback during the Season 3 Christmas special.

Books: The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
Bri’s a bit of a science freak, but she’s a huge lover of all things mystical and whimsical and magical (see aforementioned Supernatural obsession). So I think she’d love Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle series.

Clothes: UNDER ARMOUR MOMENTUN HOODIE
Bri has played soccer for years and is an avid runner, so she could happily live in sweats for the rest of her life. She’s heading to University of South Carolina after graduation, and if she could snag this sweatshirt (and somehow justify that holy-moly price-tag), I think she’d be a happy girl.

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 Blog Tour – Game On by Michelle Smith (Character ABCs + Giveaway)Game On by Michelle Smith
Series: Lewis Creek #2
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As king of baseball in the small town of Lewis Creek, Eric Perry can have any girl he wants and win every game he plays. But when a fight lands him in jail, he’s only got one more strike before his baseball career is over for good. His only chance for redemption? The girl next door, Bri Johnson.

Bri hasn’t talked to Eric in months—for starters, she’s been too busy dealing with her jerk of an ex-boyfriend, not to mention the fact that Eric’s been preoccupied trying to drink every keg in the country dry. But when he needs a way to stay on the team, she proposes a plan: if he helps her out with community service, he can stay on the team. At first it’s a nightmare—Eric and Bri stopped being friends years ago, surely that was for a good reason, right? But as volunteering turns to bonding over old memories of first kisses under the stars, they start to have trouble remembering what pushed them apart.

In a town as small as Lewis Creek, nothing stays secret for long and their friendship and romance might mean bad news. But in this final, tumultuous spring before graduation, Eric and Bri are about to realize that nobody’s perfect alone, but they might just be perfect together.

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About Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith was born and raised in North Carolina, where she developed a healthy appreciation for college football, sweet tea, front porches, and a well-placed “y’all.” She’s a lover of all things happy, laughs way too much, and fully believes that a little bit of kindness goes a long way.

Michelle lives near the Carolina coast with her family.

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Champagne Wishes and Crafty Dreams 9 – Card Making (5)

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And I’m back with another crafty card share. The last time I checked in I showed off some cards and postcards I had made. I didn’t have many cards in that post but I did have some other things to share. This time around I have made mostly cards and one super fun project. Without further ado, my next crafty card share.

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I did a card swap on Facebook with a random partner. I must admit this is my favorite of the 3 I sent. Here are the other two:

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This card I made for Carrie for her birthday in the beginning of August. I had seen a similar idea when I was shopping (I always look at the cards in TJ Maxx) and did my own version.

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After seeing the card I made Danielle, Lauren Miller mentioned she would love to get a card like that in the mail. How could I not deliver? I am after all her biggest fan. And what better to send to a writer??

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Mom’s birthday was the day before mine and she has been telling me for months she wanted a Red Sox themed card. Ask and you shall receive. I seriously had some of this stuff in my stash (I used to scrapbook) for years. Spoiler alert: The loved it. And The Red Sox wished her a happy birthday when I shared the photo on Twitter with them.

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I also tried my hand at stamping and making a card set. They really aren’t perfect but as a wise friend told me, that is what makes them handmade. These cards will be finding a home soon and then I will be on to my next set (STAY TUNED).

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I also did a couple of Pocket Letter swaps on Facebook:

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The first was a Flamingo themed one. Like I would ever say no to a Flamingo themed anything. I did make one modification to this before I sent it and I created the middle pocket into a shaker pocket (my first one) but I forgot to take a picture of it. Recipient loved it.

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The other Pocket Letter I did was an August Birthday Theme.  I used some of my favorite craft lines for this one and I will 100% admit to be obsessed with it. I love everything about this Pocket Letter and I almost wish I went it to myself.

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Yet another Facebook swap. This was for Paris themed tags. Duh again that I would say Yes. I may have given a shout out to Anna and the French Kiss in the note I sent the person. 😉

And now my other project. I was watching YouTube videos (as one does) and I came across a video for a “book box”. Um, can you say PERFECT! Anyway, I thought, I can do that, so I did. And I love it. I love it so much that I made one for my Godchild for her high school graduation (her card I made wouldn’t have fit in an envelope).

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I seriously am in love with these boxes and I look forward to making more.

So there you have my recent crafts. If you need a card, set of cards or a “book box” for anything, contact me. We’ll talk about price and what you need.

What of the above is your favorite?

 

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Mini Reviews #3

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Mini Reviews #3Cherry by Lindsey Rosin
Published by Simon Pulse
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Amazon, Goodreads

In this honest, frank, and funny debut novel, four best friends make a pact during their senior year of high school to lose their virginities—and end up finding friendship, love, and self-discovery along the way.

To be honest, the sex pact wasn’t always part of the plan.

Layla started it. She announced it super casually to the rest of the girls between bites of frozen yogurt, as if it was just simply another addition to her massive, ever-evolving To Do List. She is determined to have sex for the first time before the end of high school. Initially, the rest of the crew is scandalized, but, once they all admit to wanting to lose their v-cards too, they embark on a quest to do the deed together... separately.

Layla’s got it in the bag. Her serious boyfriend, Logan, has been asking for months.

Alex has already done it. Or so she says.

Emma doesn’t know what the fuss is all about, but sure, she’ll give it a shot.

And Zoe, well, Zoe can’t even say the o word without bursting into giggles.

Will everything go according to plan? Probably not. But at least the girls have each other every hilarious, heart-warming, cringe-inducing step of the way.

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I was really excited for Cherry. It seemed like a book that would be something different in the YA book world and it was. It was very sex positive for females taking control of their bodies and what they want. It also had a great friendship aspect which I have said more than once I think I lacking in YA. All of that really worked for me. But when all was said in done I ended up being disappointed. The entire book is written in 3rd person but for 4 different people’s stories. Because of that I found myself being pulled out of the book. It felt so clinical and like it was being told at me and not to me. It lost some of the greatness about it for me because of this. Also it was super long for the kind of story it was. In the end I was just meh about Cherry and that made me sad.

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Mini Reviews #3A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true...

Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!

As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I admit at first I wasn’t sure if this book would work. After reading the same day twice I was scared the book would run out of steam by the time I got to the 4th Monday. Instead I was pleasantly surprised. The days didn’t get boring and monotonous, they got more and more interesting. They became a way for Ellison to find out who she really was and see how capable she was to do things. That is what I really liked about Mondays. With Ellison not having any consequences she was able to really see who she was and what she wanted out of life. Instead of the book being boring I ended up really want to know what would happen and excited for there to be a new day for things to get messy. Plus Ellie’s BFF? Oh how I hearted him! In the end A Week of the Mondays was a fun read that kept me entertained and one I think you will enjoy too.

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Mini Reviews #3Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen
Published by Berkley
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Amazon, Goodreads

The first novel in a sexy new series featuring the hockey players of the Brooklyn Bruisers and the women who win their hearts—from the USA Today bestselling author of the Ivy Years series. 


In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold...

  Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.   Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast....

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review

I didn’t love Rookie Move as much as I wanted to. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t painful to read nor did I hate it, I just didn’t grab me in a way other sports NA/romances have and that was a letdown. I guess what was really bothersome through the whole book was the coach. I didn’t really understand him nor why he was doing what he was doing to Leo. As a grown-up and person of authority he should have known better. Plus he had no idea what he was even talking about which was really annoying to me. I did really like Georgia and Leo together. They had a great chemistry that sparked. But all in all something just felt off. I am eager to read the read of the boys books and to see who Sarina Bowen will give us next. Mark this one as just okay.

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The ABCs with Kaitlin Michelle from The Vivacious Hobo

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Welcome to The ABCs where you can see what accessory, book and clothing item others are lusting after! If you would like more information or would like to sign-up you can click HERE. I’ve also created a place for authors to sign-up and do the ABCs for one of their main characters. Check that out HERE.

Today on The ABCS we have Kaitlin Michelle from The Vivacious Hobo showing off her accessory, book and clothing item of choice.

Let’s give Kaitlin Michelle a warm ABCs welcome!

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Accessory: Disney Alice Through The Looking Mad Hatter Cosplay Hair Bow
This hair bow is so cute! I am obsessed with Alice in Wonderland and I would love this bow so much, but I don’t really know a good way to wear bows and it seems kind of pricey for me to buy it, but it’s definitely on my wishlist!!

Book: Heartless – Marissa Meyer
I love Marissa Marr. I’m obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. I love retellings. What is not to love! I can not wait to get my hands on the precious.

Clothes: Disney Alice In Wonderland Red Queen Retro Dress
This dress is amazing! I guess everything I want right now is Alice related. LOL. It is so cute with such a pin up feel, not my normal style, but I love it!

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Thanks Kaitlin Michelle for sharing your ABCs with us!

If you would like to play like Kaitlin did, sign-ups are open HERE.