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Book Blitz: Heroines & Hellions

Heroines & Hellions: An Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Collection
Publication date: January 2nd 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Meet A New Book

These 99 cent Kindle collections can really wreck a persons TBR, meaning you have to have them ALL. There’s nothing like adding 22 books to your TBR at a time. AND THEN you discover new author’s and new series and you have to go get more books. 😉 Seriously, though it’s a great deal and you should get it while it’s hot.

Heroines & Hellions



22 Kickass Heroines.
22 Exclusive, Full-length Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Novels.
0 Damsels in Distress.

Do you like your leading ladies to save the day…or raze it?

No matter which you prefer, this set is brimming with 20 magical stories (many BRAND NEW) told by some of the leading voices of urban fantasy and fantasy in the industry, including several New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors!

If you want strong female leads who strike back against the captivating worlds of vampires, elementals, fiends, and paranormal monsters, then you’re ready to charge into the adventures of HEROINES & HELLIONS, a pure Urban Fantasy/Fantasy collection!

Grab your stake, silver bullets, and your limited edition copy of HEROINES & HELLIONS today!

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Google Play

This killer line up includes:

New York Times bestselling authors Margo Bond Collins & Erin Hayes
New York Times bestselling author Monica Corwin
New York Times bestselling author Melanie Karsak
Award-Winning author Bec McMaster
USA Today bestselling author Heather Marie Adkins
USA Today bestselling author Jade Kerrion
USA Today bestselling author SJ Davis
Award-Winning author Rene Folsom
USA Today bestselling author Michelle Hercules
LJ Andrews
Louisa Klein
USA Today Bestselling Author Melle Amade
Award-Winning author Ashley C. Harris
Award-Winning author Kim Cleary
Maria Monroe
Christina Walker
USA Today bestselling author Alex Owens
Award-Winning author D.D. Miers
Gina A. Watson
USA Today bestselling author Ash Krafton
Elise Marion
Award-Winning author Carly Fall

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Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday #37: What I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2018

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2018December 26, 2017: Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to In 2018 (These could be new releases, or books you resolve to read, ten debuts we are looking forward to, etc.)

Two lists today. One for the books I’ve agreed to read and review in 2018 and one for book I hope to read with Miss S in 2018. Now that she is 7 and her reading skill are blooming and growing like crazy we can enjoy a wider range of book together. We recently finished the Illustrated Classic Edition of Heidi and are currently reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

5 Books To Read & Review in 2018:

  1. Nocturne (The Fourth Talisman Book 1) – I am so excited for this one! I love Kat Ross and can’t wait to see what’s next in the imaginative fantasy world she’s created.
  2. Solis (The Fourth Talisman Book 2) – I haven’t received confirmation on this one yet, but I am hoping that I’ll get to read and review Solus, the book that follows Nocturne, for the blog tour.
  3. Romanov – Another blog tour I’ve signed up for is Romanov, a fantasy story featuring the famed royal family of Russia. I admit I have a weakness for re-imaginings of the fate of this family, ever since I watched Anastasia as a kid.
  4. The King of Eiselorn – I posted a book blitz about this book and agreed to also read and review it early in 2018. It sounds like an interesting fantasy story and I’m always looking for fantasy by people outside of the USA/UK/Canada.
  5. Something by KN Lee – I’ve received several books since signing up as a reviewer for KN Lee. And they all look great! Perhaps I’ll dig into Goddess of War or The Red Queen: A Flipped Fairy-Tale or maybe The Chronicles of Koa Boxed Set. It’s so hard to choose.

5 Books to Read With Miss S in 2018:

  1. Illustrated Classic Editions Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn – I know that these books are abridged, but its a good way to introduce her to the classics. And also I’ve collected stacks and stacks of them.
  2. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – It’s time. 7 is old enough and I think her attention span is now long enough that she can handle this book.
  3. Redwall – If I can figure out where they went after our move we’ll begin this great series this year.
  4. The Mouse and the Motorcycle – My husband and I brought this book up the other night and came to realize that she had never heard of it. Time to correct that overlook in our literary parenting.
  5. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing – This laugh-out-load book will be a good chapter book for her. And frankly I’m looking forward to reading it again.

So those are some book we’ll be reading in the new year. What about you? Let me know what you are looking forward to reading in 2018 in the comments.




I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purpose.

Besides getting books to review occasionally I received other free samples so that I can share my option on them too. I recently I received a #HarvestVoxBox of samples and coupons from Influenster.

Inside the box:

  • Tree Hut Shea Body Butter – Product I already use and love!
  • Gain Botanicals – We normally use unscented laundry soap but these were not bad.
  • Vera Wang Embrace – I don’t wear a lot of perfume these days, but I did enjoy the soft and subtle scent of Embrace.
  • Coupon for free Country Crock – Again we already enjoy this product, so “Score!” on the freebie.
  • Two Coupons for Middles – Which I cannot find at any of our grocery stores and therefore can’t redeem.
  • Eva NYC – I don’t like such heavily scented things in my hair, but it did untangle and make my hair soft like it promised.

Thanks for the goodies Influenster! Looking forward to reviewing more Vox Boxes in the future.

Top 10 Books I Hope Santa Brings

Top Ten Tuesday #36: I Hope Santa Brings. . .

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Top 10 Books I Hope Santa BringsDecember 19, 2017: Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

Well there are a lot of books I hope Santa brings. 😉 Like any good bookworm I have lists and lists of books. What I really need is for Santa to bring me the time to read everything on my TBR.

Here are 10 of them. (And except for number one they are in no particular order.)

I Hope Santa Brings. . .

  1. Heart and Brain: Body Language: An Awkward Yeti Collection – Heart and Brain: Body Language continues the adventures of the loveably conflicted sentimental Heart and rational Brain, as well as other bodily inhabitants like Gallbladder, Muscle, and Tongue. Warm-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny, these comics bring our inner struggles to vibrant, humorous life.
  2. Firefly: A Celebration (Anniversary Edition) – Titan’s three bestselling Firefly titles collected together at last, just in time for the 10th anniversary of Joss Whedon’s beloved series. This huge, 544 page full colour volume is simply one of the most lavish books ever produced for a TV show, and is presented in a foil-stamped leather-effect binding. Plus, as an exclusive bonus for this edition, a pocket at the back of the book contains 9 frameable photo prints of the cast, featuring rare and previously unseen images, and a facsimile of one of the prop banknotes used in the show.
  3. 10 Things Jesus Never Said: And Why You Should Stop Believing Them – Popular author and pastor helps Christians stop trying to live up to standards Jesus never set for us and embrace the life giving things he did say.
  4. NeverSea: Echoes of the Lost – Arya thrives under the limitless blue waters of the NeverSea while Peter soars in the clouds high above—both perfectly designed for this harsh new world. Stolen from their families, Arya and Peter were experimented on as young kids. Pushed to their breaking points, they escaped, but at a heavy price—Peter abandoned Arya when she needed him the most. Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid meets Peter Pan in this science fiction retelling of two beloved classics. Readers who enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles will love this epic, young adult series.
  5. Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content – Finally a go-to guide to creating and publishing the kind of content that will make your business thrive. Everybody Writes is a go-to guide to attracting and retaining customers through stellar online communication, because in our content-driven world, every one of us is, in fact, a writer. If you have a web site, you are a publisher. If you are on social media, you are in marketing. And that means that we are all relying on our words to carry our marketing messages. We are all writers.
  6. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1) – Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .
  7. Lady of Sherwood –  Robin of Lockesly was neither the son her father wanted, nor the daughter her mother expected. When she refuses an arranged marriage to a harsh and cruel knight, the deadly events that follow change her destiny forever. After a night of tragedy, Robin and the few remaining survivors flee to Nottingham. With a newfound anonymity, they start to live different lives. There, she and her band make mischief, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. But charity isn’t the only thing she wants―she wants revenge.
  8. What to Do When Words Get Ugly – Practical Strategies for Responding Biblically to Gossip, Criticism, and Negative Words. Communication expert Michael Sedler gives readers practical strategies for identifying, counteracting, and responding graciously to gossip, criticism, and negative words. Our words can profoundly hurt–or heal. All of us can learn to build one another up–and stop words that hurt.
  9. The Blood King (Red Proxy Book 1) – Lord Fathim is 278 years old. In that time, he’s learned a thing or two about conquest. He’s going to put that knowledge to good use. He’s ruled his country for centuries, and his plot to take over the rest of the world is ripening. He has one small problem, though: he’s going insane. The Proxy system which has lengthened his life is also breaking his mind.
  10. The Neverland Wars – Magic can do a lot―give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That’s what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home. However, Gwen doesn’t know this. She’s just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn’t know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe.

Bonus: I have to have a least one kids book on my wishlist. (Actually I have a whole separate list for those, but here’s one I wouldn’t mind finding under the tree Christmas morning.)

  • Mousetronaut: Based on a (Partially) True Story – Astronaut Mark Kelly flew with “mice-tronauts” on his first spaceflight aboard space shuttle Endeavour in 2001. Mousetronaut tells the story of a small mouse that wants nothing more than to travel to outer space. The little mouse works as hard as the bigger mice to show readiness for the mission . . . and is chosen for the flight! While in space, the astronauts are busy with their mission when disaster strikes—and only the smallest member of the crew can save the day. With lively illustrations by award-winning artist C. F. Payne, Mousetronaut is a charming tale of perseverance, courage, and the importance of the small!


What books do you hope to find under the tree come Christmas morning? Leave me a comment to let me know.

Pocket 2017: The Other 1,233,920 Words I Read This Year

Congratulations, Arwen!

You’re a top reader in Pocket for 2017, and you should be proud! Not only did you make it into the top 1%, you’ve also exercised your brain and undoubtedly learned a ton in the process.

Pocket 2017

Yippie! Wahoo! *Does a happy dance*

I’ve been using the Pocket app for a long time and this year it the first time I’ve made it into the top 1%. (Previous years have all been the top 5% see here and here.) I made getting into the top 1% of readers an unofficial goal in 2017, making much more of a conscious effort. I tried to read around 4 articles a day. Not that I always managed to keep up that average, but the effort paid off. 26 books worth of reading! That’s on top of all the other books I read (both kids) and adults.

Want to take a look at my stats? Here you go. 

These were the most popular articles I read in 2017:

One of the things I do to help me with saving articles is that I use IFTTT to automatically send me articles from the feeds of blogs I follow. This means that the latest blogs from, Hubspot and others are always right at my finger tips. I also add the Pocket tab to my browser opening/ home pages. These two little changes helped a lot. (And don’t forget the Pocket applet for your browser, which makes it super easy to add articles to your list for reading later.)

Do you use Pocket or another app to save articles? I’d love to hear about your experience. Leave it in the comments.

Book Blitz: Adult Coloring Books

“Sugar Skull (Adult Coloring Book)
“Animal Mandala” (Adult Coloring Book)
“For The Love Of Cats (Adult Coloring Book)”

By Ravenswood Publishing
Release Date: 11/23/2017
Genres: Adult Coloring Book/Creative Design

Ravenswood Publishing Adult Coloring books


Ravenswood Publishing has launched a series of adult coloring books that are enjoyable for any age. We do hope you enjoy them and please keep a watch for more to come!

Sugar Skulls (Adult Coloring Book) is a combination celebrating the artists on the Internet. All proceeds will go to charity. We do hope you enjoy coloring these amazing works of art and take note of the history of the celebration of the Day of the Dead, a Mexican Tradition. Amazon

Dive into these amazing Mandala Animals, you can use gel pens (my personal favorite), colored pencils, crayons, and even markers. Allow this book to take you to another place and go back to those childhood years when coloring was everyone’s favorite pastime. Amazon

This adult coloring book is dedicated to the cats of the world, from the feral cats on the streets and in the woods that we sometimes catch a passing glance of, to the cats that make the lives of their companions better just with a simple purr and cuddle. Amazon

Book Blitz: Forth Element Boxed Set

Fourth Element Boxed SetThe Fourth Element Trilogy: Boxed Set
by Kat Ross
Publication date: September 22nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Meet A New Book


I love, love, loved these books! You can read my review of the first two books here and of Queen of Chaos here. Get it while the whole set is only .99 and then prepare to snuggle in for a thrilling ride.

99¢ for a limited time only!


Gladiator meets Romeo and Juliet in this “spellbinding fantasy” trilogy (Kirkus Reviews) set in ancient Persia!

They are the light against the darkness.
The steel against the necromancy of the Druj.
And they use demons to hunt demons….

Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King’s elite Water Dogs is that they leash wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leaps at the chance to join their ranks. To hunt the monsters that killed her sister.

Scarred by grief, she’s willing to pay any price, even if it requires linking with a daeva named Darius. Human in body, he’s possessed of a terrifying power, one that Nazafareen controls. But the golden cuffs that join them have an unwanted side effect. Each experiences the other’s emotions, and human and daeva start to grow dangerously close.

As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius’s past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire. But with an ancient evil stirring in the north, and a young conqueror sweeping in from the west, the fate of an entire civilization may be at stake…

So begins an epic story of adventure, romance and betrayal that leads to undiscovered magical realms and a final confrontation with a demon queen bent on destroying them all.

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November 2017 Book Pick Ups

November 2017 book pick upsThe Deliberate ReaderThis month is different! I actually kept my book acquisitions to a reasonable number. Of course, I still have so many books on my TBR already that I’m going to have to live to be 200 to read them all, but progress is progress.

For Kindle:

Why I got it: It was offered for free and I’ve heard good things about both this series and author.

Goddess of War: An Epic Fantasy (Fallen Gods Book 1)
Why I got it: KN Lee is the best, pretty much offering her whole library to those on her reviewers list.

Water So Deep: Book One (Water So Deep, Book One 1)
Why I got it: The prequel Sea so Blue was part of the Shattered World collection and I really enjoyed it. As part of the read along the offered this book for free, and I definitely want to read it.

The Narrowing Path (The Narrowing Path Series Book 1)
Why I got it: Author Freebie. On his mailing list the author this book for free, and it has an interesting fantasy premise, so I took the bate and got it.

The Good Samaritan
Why I got it: My Kindle First choice this month. Frankly I haven’t seen anything I really wanted the last couple of months, but lots of people seemed to give good reviews of this book, and I can save it for when I feel the urge to read suspense.

Kids Books:

Olivia Helps Mother Nature
Why I got it: Dollar Tree Olivia book. We have nearly all of these Olivia Ready to Read books, and right now Miss S is ALL ABOUT reading them. She chooses them nearly every night for the book she reads to me.


Living on the Edge: Dare to Experience True Spirituality
Why I got it: I enjoy Chip Ingram’s teaching, but haven’t read the book that really helped launch him into the spotlight. It was on sale at a thrift store so I picked it up.

I Am a Church Member
Why I got it: It was a gift, of sorts, for doing the membership class at church.

James Bond: The Secret World of 007
Why I got it: Another Thrift store find. We both enjoy James Bond (well I do not enjoy the Daniel Craig version, but…) and this DK reader was only a couple of bucks and it looks good next to the James Bond Encyclopedia.

CoverReveal: Road to Eugenica

Road to Eugenica Cover

Road to Eugenica Synopsis: 

Two dimensions – And the girl who connects them.

Yesterday, Drea Smith couldn’t do anything spectacular—even walking and texting at the same time was a challenge. But today, she suddenly has more answers than Google, can speak and understand numerous languages, and she can fight. Like a boss.

Super freaky.

Drea has no idea where her encyclopedic knowledge has come from, but she’ll take it when she discovers someone out there knows her secret and wants her badly. And that they’ve been searching for her since she was born.

Since she was created.

With the help of her best friend Dylan, who just wants to keep her safe, and Maddox, a mysterious new boy who is prepared to get her answers, Drea will have to push her new skills to their limit as she uncovers nothing is quite what it seems.

As she uncovers…Eugenica.

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Release Date: February 5TH, 2018

Exclusive Excerpt:

“Right on. I’m Maddox.” He extends his hand toward me.

Right on? Who says that? And who shakes hands unless they’re meeting an adult? A guy with perfect hair and bright white teeth does. And he’s smiling at me. Waiting for me to say something, do something. Crap. I extend my hand. Please don’t let it be sweaty. “Hi, I’m Alexandrea.”

As soon as he takes it, something inside me ignites. I barely passed chemistry, but it’s the only word I can use to describe the feeling. It’s not a connection, it’s something deeper. Stronger. More powerful. Like energy maybe. And it’s hot like fire. I pull my hand away and grip my fist to my chest.

Maddox Georgas has a beautiful smile, model worthy. But when he sees my confused expression, it falters some. “Everything okay?”

“Just…I’m not much of a Shakespeare scholar.” The warmth that ignited my skin when we shook hands is gone now. It was nerves, that’s all. “You might regret this.”

His smile widens again as he sweeps an arm toward the door. “I won’t.”

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October Wrap Up and November Goals

What is it?Like to post about your goals? Link up with any goal post in's linkup on the first day of the month!

Two different link ups one at Writes like a Girl called Small Goals, and another one at Stay Gold Autumn.

My Rating System:

Forgot to do it most days.

Somewhat met this goal (did at least 1/2 of the days.)

Mostly met this goal (did at least 2/3 of the days.)

Accomplished this goal.

October Goals:

Continue to sit down and review my week every Monday.
This habit helps me stay so much more organized.

Celebrate my birthday at the Chinese Buffet!
Absolutely! I had a great birthday, day with my man!

Log my meals for 1 week.
Yes! I managed to do about 10 days in a row last month.

Write Review for The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly and Mary Poppins.
I got the review for Mary Poppin finished and posted, but haven’t had time to finish the one for Minnow Bly.

At the Portland Retro Gaming Expo posing with my man Pip Boy from the Fallout series.
At the Portland Retro Gaming Expo posing with Pip Boy from the Fallout series.
2017 Pumpkins
Painting our pumpkins makes them last a lot longer…
2017 Pumpkins
… but they still glow thanks to glow-in-the-dark stickers!
Trunk or Treat 2017
This year was my very first Trunk or Treat. I choose a bathtime theme, complete with sounds track that included the Rubber Duckie song and Splish-Splash.

Reading Wrap Up:

Sea So Blue
Change Your Culture, Change Everything

What I’m reading now:  The Clockwork War, Shattered Worlds Read Along

Up Next:  More Shattered Worlds Read Along

Pocket App: Best Articles of the Month

November Goals:

Really November has already, been and will continue to be SUPER crazy busy. My goal for this month is to just make it through in one piece and still mentally sound 😉 .

And to continue to do my weekly review journal entry.