The ABCs with Kelsey

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 Kelsey showing off her accessory, book and clothing item of choice.

Let’s give Kelsey a warm ABCs welcome!

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Accessories – Metallic Suede Women’s Strappy Wedges
I have a ridiculous collection of wedges I wear in the spring/summer. Well…had. Last year I went through and got rid of a lot that were looking a little worse for wear. Being only 5’ tall; these are a staple in my summer wardrobe, so I have been eye-ing these babies up (in numerous colors) to build my collection back up!

Books – Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren
I’ve been back in the mood for some NA reads, and I recently finished Christina Laurens’ Beautiful Bastard series. I flew through them all in just a matter of a couple weeks. I have heard even better things about this series of hers, and am looking forward to starting it!

Clothes – Banana Republic Floral Ruffle-Trim Dress
Again, I am ready to pull out my springtime wardrobe, and go back to wearing dresses every day! I love this one because it’s a perfect dress to wear to work, and then grab drinks or dinner after! (just have to pick up a pair of wedges to match! J) I love Banana Republic because their petite sizes are perfect for short girls like me! (So this dress won’t come awkwardly to mid-shin length like they usually do *insert eyeroll*)

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Thanks Kelsey for sharing your ABCs with us! You can check Kelsey’s first ABCs HERE.

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

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Books that Need More Kissing

I’m a romance junkie! There is nothing more that I love in a good book than a good romance. I love all the build-up that leads to the HEA. I even love the slow-burn, most of the time. Sometimes it makes me so crazy. I hate when the slow-burn makes me have to wait until page 298 of a 392 page book to get to the first kiss. Okay, so maybe I don’t love the slow-burn. 🙂

Anyway, here are my 10 books that need more kissing:

Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

Open Road Summer – Emery Lord

What Happens Next – Colleen Clayton

Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta

Alex, Approximately – Jenn Bennett

All in Pieces – Suzanne Young

I’ll Meet You There – Heather Demetrios

Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson

Divergent – Veronica Roth

In Real Life – Jessica Love

*Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish

On My Radar – Recently Downloaded (6)

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I have been trying to be so good when it comes to requesting ARCs or downloading eGalleys. I have stuck to my “only buying Kindle books” ban since last fall which has been nice (not that I haven’t added any physical books to my collection, but I haven’t bought any). But then there was a recent drop of available books on Edelweiss and I saw all the new shiny and I just couldn’t help myself.

On My Radar – Recently Downloaded (6)Little Wrecks by Meredith Miller
Published by HarperCollins
Amazon, Goodreads

Ruth, Magda, and Isabel are different from everyone else. They can see beneath the seemingly perfect, cookie-cutter exterior of their small town of Highbone, Long Island. They know that below the surface, each house is filled with secrets, indifference, and violence.

These girls refuse to become willing participants of these fake lives. Instead, they are determined to fight every condescending comment, every unwelcome touch, and every lie they’ve been told.

When the opportunity to commit the perfect crime appears, the girls finally start to see their way out of Highbone. But for the first time, Ruth, Magda, and Isabel are keeping secrets from each other. As they drift apart, the weight of reality starts to set in. These girls can’t save each other. They might not even be able to save themselves.

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On My Radar – Recently Downloaded (6)16 Ways to Break A Heart by Lauren Strasnick
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Amazon, Goodreads

Natalie and Dan were electric from the moment they met. Witty banter and sizzling chemistry made falling in love easy—even inevitable. He was in awe of her subversive art and contagious zest for life; she was drawn to his good-guy charm and drive to succeed as a documentary filmmaker.

But that was before. Before hot tempers turned to blowout fights. Before a few little lies turned to broken trust. Before a hundred tiny slights broke them open and exposed the ugly truth of their relationship.

And now Natalie wants Dan to know just how much he broke her.

Over the course of one fateful day, Dan reads sixteen letters that Natalie has secretly, brilliantly hidden in places only he will find. And as he pieces together her version of their love story, he realizes that she has one final message for him. One that might just send his carefully constructed life tumbling down.

Unfolding through letters, texts, and chats, Lauren Strasnick’s smart, sexy, page-turning new novel is the ultimate he said/she said breakdown of a relationship gone wrong.

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On My Radar – Recently Downloaded (6)Changes in Latitudes by Jen Malone
Published by HarperTeen
Amazon, Goodreads

A "road" trip romance that takes place at sea!

All Cassie wants is to get some solid ground under her feet following the shock of her parents' divorce. So when she learns of her mom's plans to take Cassie and her brother, Drew, on a four-month sailing trip from Oregon to Mexico, she's stunned. There is absolutely nothing solid about the Pacific Ocean.

Cassie is furious. And nervous. It's been hard enough keeping Drew sheltered from what Cassie knows about her mother's role in breaking their family apart, but living in such close quarters threatens to push her anger past its tipping point. Enter Jonah, a whip-smart deckhand who's as gorgeous as he is flirtatious. Cassie tries to keep him at a distance, but the more time they spend together--wandering San Francisco, riding beachside roller coasters, and exploring the California coastline--the harder it is to fight the attraction.

​Cassie wants to let herself go, but her parents' split has left her feeling adrift in a sea of questions she can't even begin to answer. Can she forgive her mom? Will home ever feel the same? Should she take a chance on Jonah? With life's unpredictable tides working against her, Cassie must decide whether to swim against them... or dive right in.

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On My Radar – Recently Downloaded (6)How To Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat
Published by HarperTeen
Amazon, Goodreads

Vicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight, quietly navigating the halls of her high school undetected except by her best (and only) friend, Jenna. But when Jenna moves away, Vicky’s isolation becomes unbearable.

So she decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people’s pictures, posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicurious. Instantly, she begins to get followers, so she adds herself to more photos from all over the world with all types of people. And as Vicurious’s online followers multiply, Vicky realizes she can make a whole life for herself without ever leaving her bedroom. But the more followers she finds online, the clearer it becomes that there are a lot of people out there who feel like her— #alone and #ignored in real life.

To help them, and herself, Vicky must find the courage to face her fear of being “seen,” because only then can she stop living vicariously and truly bring the magic of Vicurious to life.

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On My Radar – Recently Downloaded (6)This Is How It Happened by Paula Stokes
Published by HarperTeen
Amazon, Goodreads

Somehow I’ve become a liar. A coward. Here’s how it happened.

When Genevieve Grace wakes up from a coma, she can’t remember the car crash that injured her and killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTube star who had just released his first album. Genevieve knows she was there, and that there was another driver, a man named Brad Freeman, who everyone assumes is guilty. But as she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread—that maybe she had something to do with what happened.

As the internet rages against Brad Freeman, condemning him in a brutal trial by social media, Genevieve escapes to her father’s house, where she can hide from reporters and spend the summer volunteering in beautiful Zion National Park. But she quickly realizes that she can’t run away from the accident, or the terrible aftermath of it all.

Incredibly thought-provoking and beautifully told, Paula Stokes’s story will compel readers to examine the consequences of making mistakes in a world where the internet is always watching…and judging.

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On My Radar – Recently Downloaded (6)These Things I've Done by Rebecca Phillips
Published by HarperTeen
Amazon, Goodreads

Before:
Dara and Aubrey have been inseparable since they became best friends in sixth grade. However, as they begin their sophomore year of high school, cracks in their friendship begin to form, testing the bond they always thought was unbreakable.

After:
It's been fifteen months since the accident that killed Aubrey, and not a day goes by that Dara isn't racked with guilt over her role in her best friend's death. Dara thought nothing could be worse than confronting the memories of Aubrey that relentlessly haunt her, but she soon realizes it isn't half as difficult as seeing Ethan, Aubrey's brother, every day. Not just because he's a walking reminder of what she did, but because the more her feelings for him change, the more she knows she's betraying her best friend one final time.

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Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge- February Link-Up

HAPPY February, Loves!

You’ve done it, you made it through the first month of  the 2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge! I hope you all have been getting your love fest  reading on and have been linking up. If you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge,you can so 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!

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:

Favorite Shippy Books

I personally love a good book ship I can get behind, a couple I can route for. It makes me so happy reading a contemporary and just getting the smile inducing moment when they become a couple. Just thinking about some of my faviorites makes me happy right now. Here are my 10 favorites:

  1. Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
  2. Breathe, Annie, Breathe – Miranda Kenneally
  3. I’ll Meet You There – Heather Demetrios
  4. Him – Sarina Bowen/Elle Kennedy
  5. Open Road Summer – Emery Lord
  6. What Happens Next – Colleen Clayton
  7. Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson
  8. Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta
  9. Something Like Normal – Trish Doller
  10. All Broke Down – Cora Cormack

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 #ContRom2017 to follow everyone’s challenge updates on Twitter!

The ABCs with Lindsay

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 Lindsay showing off her accessory, book and clothing item of choice.

Let’s give Lindsay a warm ABCs welcome!

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Accessory – Christian Louboutin Decoltish Cork Pumps
Since I’m shopping for an actual bridesmaid dress, I thought it would be fun to pair it with something I would never in my life be able to afford. Ever. Enter these Christian Louboutin shoes. I love them.

Books –  A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
ACOWAR. I doubt there’s a book I’m looking forward to more than this one. The ending from ACOMAF had me crying in despair one minute and shrieking with glee the next. I NEED THE LAST BOOK NOW. I can’t wait to see how Sarah J Maas writes the end of a series and also RHYS FOREVER.

Clothes – Formal Evening Dress A-line Bateau Floor-length Tulle

My sister-in-law is getting married in November and we’ve started to look for bridesmaid dresses. She wants gold dresses, so I figured I might as well take the opportunity to find a dress that would work for Prythian as well as a wedding reception.

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Thanks Lindsay for sharing your ABCs with us!

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