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Let's talk about covers....and Jennifer Miller!

I have a confession.  The cover of a book will influence my one-click addiction.  It's not that I won't buy books with ugly covers, but covers are the book's first impression. Covers are what catch my attention first and lure me into reading the synopsis.  Authors, if your reading this, you probably already know this, but if not, COVERS MATTER! Just keeping it real from a reader's perspective.  Speaking of covers, Jennifer Miller knows how to choose them!

Isn't this cover gorgeous?!! Pretty Little Lies is the first book from author Jennifer Miller.  If you haven't read this book, you need to! Go forth and buy!  Pretty Little Lies is a second chance love story, but I must warn you, this book has a cliffhanger! But don't worry, the sequel Pretty Little Dreams has been released, so you can purchase both books! Score! I'm telling you, you will want to purchase both, because the cliffhanger is OMG!!! In Pretty Little Lies we meet Luke and Olivia.  Olivia is a…

I interrupt this hockey season...

I have this strong desire to go to a hockey game.  I have mentioned this to my hubby and he totally wants to attend a game.  Should I tell him it’s because I've read so many hockey stories lately?  Do I confess that I need to see if hockey players are as hot in real life as they are in the books I read?  This is probably a piece of information I will keep to myself.  I think he just won’t appreciate those players like I will.  Now, let me explain something, I live in southeast Texas.  We do not have much of a winter, people are more likely to roller skate than ice skate, so the opportunities to watch a live hockey game are rare.  But it's on my bucket list, so I'll make it happen!  But if I don't, I just ask that you please put me in the penalty box with Patrick Sharp. That would really "light my lamp". Hahaha!  Sorry, cheesy puns make me laugh. Anyway, if you don't know who Patrick is, look him up (Ladies, you will not be disappointed).  While my hockey…

Heroes

I am very fortunate to be a part of a committee for an organization that honors veterans.  This organization takes veterans on once in a lifetime hunting trips, while providing the wives a few days of greatly deserved pampering.  Because our local fund raising banquet is this week, these families have been at the fore front of my mind.  While we would like to think we know what it takes to be a member of a military family, I don't think we fully understand unless we're living it.  Recently I read Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros.  This is fantastic military story about those that are left behind when tragedy strikes and how a family must learn to cope without a father.  Rebecca wrote this amazing story full of emotion that provides us with a small glimpse into the life of a military family.  A family that is experiencing tragedy and heartbreak.   A family experiencing the 5 stages of grief and how each family member reacts to grief differently than the others.  I'm not go…

Ten Reasons you should read (and love) Penny Reid

A little over a year ago I downloaded a free eBook, Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid.  I liked the blurb so I thought I would give it a try.  I had no idea how this book would eventually lead me to Penny Reid and would develop into a friendship.  In Neanderthal, we meet Quinn and Janie.  I love Quinn and Janie so much that I have since reread this book too many times to count.  I love the nerdy, slightly awkward Janie being pursued by the silent and incredibly hot Quinn.  Neanderthal Seeks Human is the first book in the Knitting in the City Series.  Each book is a stand alone, but why would you want to read just one?!?  Once you've read Neanderthal Seeks Human you must read the next book in the series, Friends Without Benefits.  This is Elizabeth’s love story.  While Quinn will always be my favorite, Nico runs a close second.  (How does Penny create such swoon worthy men?)  Penny’s current release is Love Hacked.  If you’re curious about Bit coins, younger men, and a woman th…

I like boy bands...and boys in bands

I.Love.Boy.Bands. There I said it.  My name is Angie, I’m way pass the boy band age requirement, and I love boy bands.  I guess New Kids on the Block ruined me and I’ll always hold a special place in my heart for boys in bands.  I think I just like the fun cheesy music and it takes me back to my teen years (or that's what I keep telling myself).  Because of my love of bands, rock star romances are a favorite of mine.  I tend to stray from the really “steamy” ones.  Don’t get me wrong, some of my faves are pretty steamy (Heidi McLaughlin's Beaumont series), but I have a special place in my heart for those that tell the story and keep it clean. Recently I came upon a rock star romance by Heidi Hutchinson.  The book, Learn To Fly, is the first in a series that will focus on the members of the band Double Blind Study. While the books can be read as standalones, I recommend reading them in order to prevent spoilers.  Trust me, once you've read the first, you'll want to con…

Why you need to read books by Bria Quinlan AKA Caitie Quinn

If you haven’t read any books by Bria Quinlan AKA Caitie Quinn, you need to immediately go to your ebook retailer and buy them!  I even posted links at the bottom of the page.  I’ll wait, you purchase.  *catches up on episode of Castle* Are you back? Great! I first discovered Bria as Caitie Quinn.  I stumbled upon It’s in His Kiss when looking for books for my new kindle.  I think the cover is what caught my eye (It is still one of my favorite book covers).  I loved the humor and totally fell in love with Jenna and Ben.  It’s a funny, super sweet, clean romantic novella.  Her writing and sense of humor are fantastic!  I think I checked Amazon weekly, ok maybe daily, for anything new by Caitie.  Her name was stuck in my head. I needed more.  I soon found myself on Twitter and began to stalk, I mean follow her.  My wishes came true when she released The Last Single Girl and I devoured it.  It is a romantic comedy novella about a woman trying to find that special someone by using an onli…

I have a bookish alter ego

My name is Angie and I love books.  It might be an addiction.  I am a teacher by day, and a reader by night. When talking to a fellow teacher about my favorite books and authors and how I love to communicate with them online, she was totally surprised.  She said she had no idea I had this whole other alter ego.  What?!? I began to think about ways I could use this "alter ego" for good and took the advice of an author friend (yes Bria, we're friends!) and dive into the world of blogging.  I want to create a place to talk about the books I'm reading, the books that I have read and the books I have yet to discover!
     I want to begin by saying that when looking for new books to purchase, I almost always read reviews.  I look at reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads.  Do these reviews influence my decision on a book?  Yes and no.  If a book's ratings seem consistent and most of the feedback is positive, then I'll probably purchase the book.  If feedback i…