Giveaway – Lifeblood by Gena Showalter

The second book in Gena Showalter’s series, Lifeblood, was released at the end of February.  I am lucky enough to be able to give away a copy to one lucky reader. Please see the entry form to enter! Good luck!

Giveaway – Lifeblood by Gena ShowalterLifeblood by Gena Showalter
Published by Harlequin Teen
Amazon, Goodreads

My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.

With her last living breath, Tenley "Ten" Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten's competition is Killian, the boy she can't forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she's never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.

LINKS: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound

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About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books "sizzling page-turners" and "utterly spellbinding stories", while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”. 

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Top Ten Tuesday (on a Thursday) – Spring TBR

So I didn’t get this up on Tuesday (we had a snow storm which was a mess) and I didn’t get this up yesterday (it was an ABCs day). I figure why not make it Top Ten Thursday so I can show off my possible Spring TBR. Without further ado…

A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas (Top priority in May!!!)

Bad Romance – Heather Demetrios (reading this one soon)

In a Perfect World – Trish Doller

Twist – Kylie Scott

Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner

These Things I’ve Done – Rebecca Phillips

The Thief – Megan Whalen Turner (No idea what it is about but made a deal with Gail)

Once and for All – Sarah Dessen

Here Lies Daniel Tate – Cristin Terrill

Coming Up for Air – Miranda Kenneally (I read a draft and I can’t wait to read it again!)

And there you have my Spring TBR…maybe, I think, we’ll see.

What is on your Spring TBR?

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

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The ABCs with Jenefer

Welcome to The ABCs where you can see what accessory, book and clothing item others are lusting after!

Today on The ABCS we have Jenefer showing off an accessory, book and clothing item of choice.

Let’s give Jenefer a warm ABCs welcome:

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AccessoryHarry Potter Leather Book Purse
This bag is amazing. My love for the Harry Potter series knows no bounds. I want this in the largest size and in black. I love that they are offered with some variety and that you can have the company custom make a bag. It has around a two month plus wait time since they make them as you order and it’s coming from Russia. They also have an Etsy store.

BookAlex & Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz
I am such Hamiltrash and I am DYING to get my hands on this book ASAP. I enjoy Melissa De La Cruz’s books so I am sure I will enjoy it!

ClothesBookcase Print Marnie Swing Skirt
This beautiful bookish skirt is perfection! I have been looking for a bookish dress for months and I happened to stumble upon this by accident. It fits the bill and is part of their Beauty and the Beast collection. I am ordering it this weekend!

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And there you have Jenefer’s ABCs!

I hope you enjoyed!

 

 

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Champagne Wishes and Crafty Dreams 16: Recent Cards – Watercolor

Recently I purchased a new product for my crafty supplies, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Pens. I had seen countless videos about these watercolor pens and figured I would give it a try. Sadly the packs are expensive so I could only get a pack of 24 (I want all the colors now). I have to say they are pretty awesome and fool proof. As someone with no painting ability I haven’t had trouble at all handling these new watercolor markers. They are easy to use and blend perfectly with water or with another Zig marker. Here are some of my more recent cards that I have watercolored with this markers:

What do you think about my watercolor cards? Something you would be interested in buying?

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20 Years Later – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Today marks the 20th anniversary for the greatest girl power show of all time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I have been a fan of this show since the beginning. I remember being in my senior of high school and talking about it with friends, actually I still talk about it with the same friends. It was different and unexpected for TV at that time and for me it still stands the test of time. The acting, writing and the stories were all so fabulously done that it will go down as one of the best things to ever be ion TV.

Since today is the anniversary I have been seeing a lot of “Ode to Buffy” stories online and thought I would try my hand at it. I have been meaning to do a Top Ten list of my favorite Buffy episodes and what better day than today.

1) Once More With Feeling – This will forever be my favorite episode of Buffy. It seems campy and cheesy when you think about it but this one show shed so much light on so many of the hidden problems the characters were having. All of their secrets were reveled and no one knew what woudl happen. Not to mention there was a smoking hot kiss at the end that I will never get over.

2) The Gift –  I cry EVERY TIME I watch this episode. It is so emotional and done so well. Buffy clicks a lot of pieces to information together and release what she has to do and what her real gift to the world is. The scene from the above picture is one of my favorite Buffy dialogues because it is so true.

3) Becoming Part 2 – This 2nd season finally destroyed me. Watching Buffy and Angel (who I shipped at the time) battle like they did and for Buffy to have to do what she did at the end, I was crushed. I still cry watching it. I did love when Angle told her she was all alone with nothing left and she realized she was all she needed. So true to Buffy.

4) Hush – The most original episode of TV that ever aired. The show was over half silence which put a massive taking on the backs of the actors. They had to portray everything with facial expressions and gestures. It was perfectly executed and the bad guys in this one were mad creepy.

5) The Body – In a show that was filled with supernatural beings and unexplainable deaths this episode was all about real life. It was heartbreaking to see the slayer, so strong and capable, have to deal with something she couldn’t control and lose someone she had no power to save. When SMG yells “We’re not supposed to more the body” I’m done. Also the character of Anya is so perfect in her outburst about death and not understanding.

6) Touched – This is a quieter episode near the end of the final season. Not a lot of people will have this on their Top 10 list, but the scenes with Buffy and Spike in the house are really important to the two characters and their relationship and growth. I love how they look at each other and will never be over it.

7) Grave – This is another episode I feel like won’t be on a lot of lists. But Grave is super important to the Buffy-verse. The concept is simple…grief. The show is really built on grieving for the death of someone you loved, of grieving for the person you were but lost, of letting go of the grief you have been holding on to. Willow’s breakdown with Xander…another tear fest for me.

8) Amends – A much forgotten episode from season 3, it sets up the whole final season without anyone even knowing about it.

9) Graduation Day Part 2 – Probably my most quoted episode of Buffy.  The ‘fire bad, tree pretty’ line sums up the day after BEA perfectly.

10 ) Chosen – The series finale was epic and I will leave it at that.

Honorable Mention) Pangs – This is for you Megan and your Thanksgiving text tradition!

Are you a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan? Are any of these episodes in your top 10? Share in the comments!

 

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