Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Memes 2/27

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
Do you like blog headers that are bookish or blog headers that are simply attractive?

My Answer:
Doesn't really matter to me, whatever the blogger prefers!


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

I am air.
I am wind.
I am stealthy like a cat.
A wild lynx of the forest.
I whisper my chant as I await my prey, crouched in the branches of a tree, one with it, as I must be. My green tunic and hood, my brown leggings, even my stray wisps of hair blend into the forest about me.
Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

My Thoughts
I love this beginning! So beautifully written!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #150: Three Little Words

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg
Bethany House-March 3, 2015

About the Book
Ava Kingsley and Seth Walker might be the most unlikely friends ever. The only thing these two polar opposites have in common is a knack for wordsmithing. Back in college, they were known for their written sparring in the campus newspaper’s popular “He Says/She Says” column. 
At their ten-year college reunion, they pick up right where they left off. Except this time their squabbling leads to a surprising turn: friendship and a year-long exchange of emails. So when Ava approaches a crossroads in her athletics department career in Minnesota, Seth is quick to offer the open apartment above the restaurant he’s been remodeling in Maple Valley, Iowa.
Ava doesn’t know where her career will lead her next, but she’s starting to suspect she might see Seth as more than a pen pal. Which would be exciting…except for the fact that he only sees her as a friend.
As Maple Valley grows on her, Ava wonders if there might be something here for her even though Seth is unavailable. And maybe, just maybe, after all the words the two of them have exchanged over the years, they’ll finally be able to say the three that matter most.

Three Little Words is an e-only novella that gives an exciting introduction to Melissa Tagg’s new series about the charismatic Walker family and the endearing town of Maple Valley!

Why I Want It
I have absolutely adored both of Melissa's novels and this novella sounds so amazing and I can't wait to dive into this one! Thankfully I don't have to wait very long!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Top Ten Favorite Heroines from TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Since book heroines would just be way too hard I decided to go with TV show heroines! These are some of my favorite leading ladies, in no particular order!

Felicity Smoak from Arrow


Buffy Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Kate Beckett from Castle


Donna Noble from Doctor Who


Peggy Carter from Agent Carter


Ziva David from NCIS


Kensi Blye from NCIS: LA


Juliet O'Hara from Psych


Veronica Mars from Veronica Mars

Claudia Donovan from Warehouse 13

Monday, February 23, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #162

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
Well I had a good week of reading! Sadly the quality of book wasn't always the best but Sabotaged made it better by being simply amazing!

What I am currently reading:
Trying to finish HP today and Beloved Dust is taking me awhile because it is so good and I keep having to stop to take notes!

What I hope to read this week:
My next four review books! Not sure if I'll get to them all but I am excited about each of them!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #161
Top Ten Book Related Problems I Have
Waiting on Wednesday #149: Double Cross
Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #43

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Books to Review
Hope Rising by Stacy Henrie (Blog Tour) 
[Note: A dog decided to use this as a chew toy hence the horrid condition]
Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma (Litfuse)
The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter (BookLook)
Worth the Time by Laura Jackson (Influencer copy)
Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey (Bethany House)
The Trouble With Patience by Maggie Brendan (Revell)
Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman (CFBA)
How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck (Litfuse)
An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund (Zondervan)

Books I Was Given
After A Fashion by Jen Turano 
(A character is named after me in this book and the author sent me a signed copy!)

Books I Won
Proof by Jordyn Redwood (from Kav @ Best Reads)

Books I Bought
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks ($0.50)
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater ($0.50)
Wake by Amanda Hocking ($0.50)

Kindle Books
Lonestar Sanctuary by Colleen Coble (FREE)
A Light In the Window by Julie Lessman (FREE)

Love's Pursuit by Siri Mitchell (FREE)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Memes 2/20

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
Is there anything that makes you not return to a blog or not want to look at it even for the first time?

My Answer:
Content I don't agree with morally is the biggest turn-off for me but I also probably won't come back if I don't really find anything of interest to me.


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

Frank woke to a low rumble churning in Diesel's throat.
"Settle." The dogs hated waiting for the restart.
Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey

My Thoughts
Definitely makes you wonder what has the dog stirred up!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma

About the Book
Interred by the Japanese, missionary Irene Reynolds comes across a mysterious note while working at the censor’s office. She memorizes the parts she must black out and delivers it to wealthy nightclub owner Rand Sterling. Before she knows what’s happening, she’s drawn into a web of secrets and danger.
Rand Sterling wants nothing more than to reopen his nightclubs once the war ends. But slimy Frank Covey wants his hand in the till—and has news that could threaten Rand’s reputation if it became public. More importantly, beautiful and intriguing Irene Reynolds cannot discover this information if he expects to persuade her to become his wife.
When Irene is attacked by a sinister Japanese guard and their secrets are exposed, they must learn the true meaning of forgiveness—if they can stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom.

My Thoughts
As a long time fan of the WWII time period it is quite hard for me to resist a novel set in that era, so even though this author's last book was a bit of a disappointment for me I still had to give this one a chance since not only was it a WWII story but it also sounded like a cute plot. Sadly this one fell a bit short of the mark as well, and annoyingly I can't quite pinpoint why. I enjoyed the storyline for the most part and the characters were fantastic especially Rand and Irene. There were just several moments where things didn't flow quite right or play out realistically. I really liked how the author handled the spiritual elements though, from Anita's strong faith and joy despite her circumstances to Rand and Irene learning the power of forgiveness. So while I didn't love it, this book was still an enjoyable read!

Meet the Author
Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband, their son, and their two daughters. Add a dog and a cat to that mix and there's always something going on at their house. She's spent time teaching second grade, writing advertising for a real estate company, and working as a church secretary, but she always dreamed of becoming an author. When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family. She'd love to have you visit her at www.liztolsma.com or at www.liztolsma.blogspot.com.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


This gripping new tale from Liz Tolsma, Remember the Lilies, is a must-read for fans of WWII-era fiction. When Irene is attacked by a sinister Japanese guard and their secrets are exposed, she and Rand must learn the true meaning of forgiveness—if they can stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom.

Help Liz celebrate the release of Remember the Lilies with a Kindle Fire giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • One copy of Remember the Lilies
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/19. Winner will be announced at Liz's Remember the Lilies Facebook author chat party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Liz and WWII fiction fans, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!   

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 19th!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #149: Double Cross

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Double Cross by DiAnn Mills
Tyndale-April 1, 2015

About the Book
FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away—he is now her best lead.
Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family—even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon.

As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington’s claims of redemption, or if he’s leading them straight into a double cross.

Why I Want It
I've enjoyed several of DiAnn's novels and this one sounds a bit interesting.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Top Ten Book Related Problems I Have

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

#1. So many books, so little time-Every reader gets this, there are literally hundreds of books that I might want to read but there is no way I'll ever even get to half of them.

#2. The long horrible waits for my favorite author's next book-and then I devour it in a day or less and start the cycle all over again.

#3. Having my favorite author's new book but not being able to read it-because I have a stack of review books with looming post dates and I have to get them read first.

#4. Having so many TV shows I love-and thus having to decide whether to watch them or read.

#5. Deciding which non-review book to read first-when I finally get a little ahead on my review books. There are so many amazing ones waiting it's hard to pick.

#6. Losing sleep-because the book is just so good that I don't want to put it down.

#7. Not having time to reread-There are so many books that I've read and would love to read again but all the new books keep me from having the time to.

#8. The price of books-Thankfully I get most of mine for review but there are those few that you don't get and then you have to hope you can afford.

#9. Reading a book that none of my friends or sisters have read-and thus having no one to rant and/or talk to about it.

#10. Series ending-I hate saying goodbye to the characters I love!

Monday, February 16, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #161

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
I loved The Wishing Season and Worth the Time, and Once Upon A Winter's Heart was a cute Valentine's Day read.

What I am currently reading:
I'm barely into these but so far so good!

What I hope to read this week:
The Trouble with Patience is my next review book, I want to read Warm Bodies so I can return it to the library, and Sabotaged is wishful thinking!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #160
Top Ten Things I Like When It Comes to Romance in Books
The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White: Cover Reveal and Guest Post
The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter
Waiting on Wednesday #148: After a Fashion
A Matter of Heart by Tracie Peterson
Worth the Time by Laura Jackson

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!