#WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays

Time for another WWW Wednesday! Let’s see what’s on the docket!

This one was started by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words !

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

 

missing in millfield  CHECK IT OUT HERE

ardently loved CHECK IT OUT HERE

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Recently Finished

mask beneath her face CHECK IT OUT HERE.                                                                                                                        MY REVIEW WILL GO UP TUES MAY 29TH

school of essential ingredients CHECK IT OUT HERE.

MY REVIEW WILL GO UP TOMORROW

Crimson Siege ebook cover CHECK IT OUT HERE.

MY REVIEW WILL BE UP MONDAY MAY 28TH.

READING NEXT

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the things we learn when we're dead CHECK IT OUT HERE

rooms CHECK IT OUT HERE

The Ghost, The Owl by Franco and Sara Richard

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4 out of 5 Stars

Thank you to Netgalley and Diamond Book Distributors for an allowing me an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis

On a cool evening on the swamp, a figure appears dancing across the water. A human figure, but far from a human form. A Ghost, a young girl spirit that seems to have lost its way. A good Samaritan owl decides to help against the wishes of his animal brethren. What mysteries does the ghost girl hold the secrets to and what will happen when she and the owl unlock them together? Will they find out what happened to her? Will she find her way to where she needs to be? What will happen to the animals in the swamp and surrounding forest? An adventure with the most unlikely of pairs, The Ghost, the Owl.

My Thoughts

Well, I’m going to keep this short and sweet because this was a short and sweet story!

It is the story of helping others no matter what. Standing up for what you believe in and going against the wishes of others to lend a helping hand should not be tied to a certain species, if we ignore the plight of others than nothing will ever be solved in the world.

And… THIS ARTWORK!!! WHAT CAN I SAY??? WOW! It is truly gorgeous!

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PICK UP A COPY FOR YOURSELF!

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The Owl, The Ghost is Best Served with 

Owl’s Eye Cocktail

I got the recipe for this one from Imbibe .

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Ingredients

  • 3 oz. vodka
  • 1½ oz. Amontillado sherry (we don’t have this in my area, so I used Oloroso Sherry, which is also nutty tasting)
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. Cherry Heering (we don’t have this in my area either, so I used tart cherry juice instead)
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • ¼ oz. absinthe

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients over ice in a tikki mug, or hurricane glass
  2. Stir
  3. CHEERS!!!

 

 

Music Monday- the Light before we Land

Hello! So I learned about Music Monday from Drew@the tattooed book geek (I’d say “if you haven’t heard of him than go check out his blog!” …but, that’s just funny! I’m honoured that Drew knows who I AM! I mean, go check out his blog if you DON’T know… but, who doesn’t know??) and I HAD to participate!! UNFORTUNATELY, I don’t have a fancy blog where I can post videos… So, this is my poor version!

My song for today is “the Light before we Land” by the Delgados. If you want to listen on youtube, click HERE

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In cases such as these I’d like a hand
Don’t wake me up without a master plan
With silence I’m becoming fragile
Don’t you understand?
When things that once were beautiful
Are bland

And when I feel like I can feel once again
Let me stay awhile
Soak it in awhile
If we can hold on we can fix what is wrong
Buy a little time
For this head of mine
Haven for us

In truth there is no better place to be
Than falling out of darkness still to see

Without a premonition
Could you tell me where we stand?
I’d hate to lose this light
Before we land

And when I feel like I can feel once again
Let me stay awhile
Soak it in awhile
If we can hold on we can fix what is wrong
Buy a little time
For this head of mine
Haven for us

Before we let euphoria
Convince us we are free
Remind us how we used to feel
Before when life was real

And when I feel like I can feel once again
Let me stay awhile
Soak it in awhile
If we can hold on we can fix what is wrong
Buy a little time
For this head of mine
Haven for us

 

Also the opening song for a fantastic anime called “Gunslinger Girls”

Cozy Sunday- Save the Date by Morgan Matson

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada Publishing for allowing me an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

Release date- June 5th, 2018

Synopsis

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

My Thoughts

Well, this book is as cozy as they come! Imagine the lives of a family who’s mother essentially writes “Family Circus”. “Grant Central Station” has been going for as long as Charlie can remember. It’s the reflection of her family life… The way she THINKS her family is. But, do her siblings feel the same way? Is their family life really the solid, shining beacon she always thinks it is?

I loved that the romance story was almost a secondary part of the novel. The family dynamic, the fact that their house is being sold, their mother’s comic strip is coming to an end, and estranged family members coming together for Linnie and Rodney’s wedding were the main focus and I LOVED THAT! It was a refreshing story and the family was my favourite part of the book!

This was one of those books in which the main protagonist was actually my least favourite character! Charlie could be annoying with her idealistic view of her life and family. I liked her family being around to pull her out of the clouds and make her realize that it’s not all about her.

Now on to some of my favourite characters! With some quotes to get you interested!!

Siobhan (Charlie’s best friend)

“I got my mom to call me out. I’m taking the day off so I can help with wedding stuff.”

“I thought all of that was being taken care of my Tangerine.”

I shook my head, even though I knew she couldn’t see me. “You know her name is Clementine. You just have a weird prejudice against her.”

“You know my policy,” Siobhan said. “never trust anyone named after a fruit.” I sighed; I’d heard this more times than I’d wanted to, and could practically feel Siobhan teeing up her punch line. “After all… They might be rotten.”

J.J. (Charlie’s brother)

“Hey, man!” Rodney said, smiling at J.J. “Welcome home. Want a donut?”

“Ummm… Sure?”

J.J. scoffed. But just as he’d done ever since he’d read this phrase when he was twelve, he said the word “scoff” instead of just making the sound, and none of us had been able to convince him this actually wasn’t correct.”

And the rest!

“J. J. shook his head. “Your job sounds exhausting, young Billiam.”

“It’s okay,” Bill said with another smile. “And, uh, it’s really not Billiam. Just Bill is good. Bill Barnes.”

“That’s a good name,” J. J. said, pointing at Bill. “That’s a superhero name.”

Rodney raised an eyebrow. “How is it a superhero name?”

“The double letter thing.”

“Alliteration,” I supplied.

“Danny smiled at me. “Charlie knows what’s what.” Then he turned to J. J. “I still don’t know how it’s a superhero name.”

“They all have them,” J. J. said, gesturing expansively.

“I’ll wait to hear the specifics.”

“It’s true,” Rodney agreed. “you can’t make a claim without evidence.”

“Rodney’s a lawyer,” J. J. explained to Bill.

“Not yet,” Rodney said, shaking his head. “Not until I pass the bar.”

“That’s a TOTAL lawyerly qualification to make,” J. J. sighed.

“Still waiting to hear those examples,” Danny said as he took a sip from his near empty glass.

“Fine!” J. J. said, slapping his hand down on the bar. “Okay. How about…?” He paused for a moment, furrow ing his brow. “Peter Parker? Or Sue Storm? Or Bruce Banner?”

“Woah,” Bill said, his eyebrows going up. “I guess I never realized that before. There are two Superheroes named Bruce?”

“Who else?” I asked.

“Bruce Wayne,” Danny, J. J., Bill and Rodney said at the same time.

“Oh, right, him.”

“Bruce Wayne is the exception,” J. J. said, shaking his head. “All the rest of them have the double letters.”

“Alliteration,” I supplied again, and Danny smiled.

“Reed Richards,” J. J. continued, starting to tick them off on his fingers. “Wade Wilson,Stephen Strange, Buck Buchanan, Lex Luthor, Lois Lane-“

“She’s not actually a superhero,” Bill pointed out.

“You’re not helping, Billiam,” J. J. snapped.

“What about… I don’t know…,” Danny said. “Diana Price, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Barbara Gordon, Clark Kent-“

“That SOUNDS alliterative,” I pointed out. “So it might count on a technicality.”

“Archie Andrews,” Rodney supplied, apparently joining J. J.’s side on this. “Jughead Jones…”

“Okay, in what universe is ARCHIE a superhero?” Danny asked, causing me to draw in a sharp breath.

“Hey now,” I said, and Danny rolled his eyes.

“Oh, sorry,” he said. “I forgot your thing for those comics.”

“It’s J. J.’s fault,” I said, and Danny muttered, “Most things are.” J. J. had had a huge collection of Archie books that he’d declared himself over and too old for when he started eighth grade, so he passed them on to me. I’d loved them, nursing an elementary school girl crush on Reggie that I’d told nobody except Linnie about.

“There’s also Beetle Bailey-” Rodney continued, and Danny threw up his hands.

“So, we’ve just moved arbitrarily into the newspaper comics?”

“You think Superman was never a newspaper comic?” Rodney challenged, raising his eyebrows.

“I still think the majority of Superheroes have them,” J. J. said stubbornly, clearly trying to get us back on track.”

This book was just what I needed. Something to sit in the sun with, sip on my chosen beverage, and not think too much! When I had one of my readers tell me that she hadn’t seen me give anything over 3 Stars, I realized that I’d been in a bit of a slump!! But, NO MORE! I highly recommend this book for those who love a great family oriented romantic read!

Pre-order your copy NOW! Releases June 5th!! 💖💖🍻

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Save the Date is Best Served with 

an Iced Coffee Cocktail

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Ingredients

  • 4oz Espresso or strong coffee
  • 1oz Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1oz Orange Liueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
  • 1/2 oz Whiskey

Directions

  1. Make espresso or coffee and let cool a little so when you ice it, you don’t wind up with water.
  2. Fill shaker with ice
  3. Add all ingredients
  4. Shake for approx 20 seconds
  5. Pour into glass with ice
  6. CHEERS!!

HAPPY WORLD WHISKEY DAY!!! May 19th

WORLD Whiskey Day, people! A DAY FOR US TO CELEBRATE TOGETHER!!!

archer whisky

 

anchorman whisky

 

frisky whiskey

 

perscription whisky

 

What I’m Celebrating With

 

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Yes, that is correct. I celebrated with Writer’s Tears. I am an evil, evil woman. I apologize. I don’t think I have been cruel to any writer’s out there, and if I have been cruel, unfair, or offensive, I’M SORRY!

CHEERS, TO YOU!!

 

Game On! – Love Letter

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I really wanted to post this one the same week as my review of “His Sinful Touch” but I never got around to it, I would highly recommend making a weekend of it though!

The Premise

So, the story behind this game is that all of the players are trying to get their Love Letter to the Princess. The last card in your hand at the end of the round, is the person that you managed to give your letter to, so the higher up the chain that person is… the more likely it is that your letter got to the Princess!

Rules of Play

  1. Each player is given 1 card and 1 card is discarded for every player (so, some cards are just not available for the entire game to make it more challenging)
  2. Each person takes a turn picking a card from the draw pile and playing a card. You can play your original card, or the card you picked up, but you want to be the one with the highest card in your hand when they game ends.
  3. We continue to each player,  doing the same (remember to read the text on the cards, as they will help you out with different things as well)
  4. When the cards run out and everyone has only 1 card left, those are revealed and the highest denomination card wins.
  5. The winner is given a “token of affection” (and, according to the story, gets to have breakfast with the Princess). The one who receives X amount of “tokens of affection” (I believe the rules state 8, but it can be any best of a chosen amount of rounds) wins the Princess’s heart!

 

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This game was actually A LOT more fun than I thought it was going to be! I picked it up for about $9.99 on sale, but it usually seems to range in price between that and $19.99 which is well worth the fun! A great game to pull out for a Girl’s Night, Date Night, or a Book Club Meeting with a good old Harlequin Romance!

Santa Fe High School Shooting

I’m sorry to bring down Far Side Friday, but this had to be shared. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THIS WORLD?? When did it become so much easier to kill people than to share feelings and challenges?? TO TALK?!?!
Words cannot describe the rage and sorrow I am feeling right now.
I can’t understand the turn this world has taken.

By Hook Or By Book

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After a school shooting in Dixon, Illinois was prevented on Wednesday by a school resource officer who shot the 19-year-old gunman before he could harm anyone, another mass shooting has taken place this morning at Santa Fe High School in Texas. 

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Reports are still coming in, but right now local news affiliates are reporting there are at least eight fatalities. I honestly can’t say much else except to say as usual my thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty, and first responders. (God, I am sick to death of saying this!)

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Oh, and in case you’re wondering, this is the twenty-second school shooting of 2018. On average, that’s one school shooting per week. Kind of leaves you speechless, doesn’t it?

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#WWW Wednesdays!

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Hello all! Thought that maybe this week I would try picking up a day of the week tag!

This one was started by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words !

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

save the date Save the Date by Morgan Matson

missing in millfield Missing in Millfield by Scarlett Brodie

Crimson Siege ebook cover Crimson Siege by Jay Raven

 

Recently Finished Reading

 

I hate everyone but you I Hate Everyone But you by Gaby Dunn &                                                                                                                 Allison Raskin

 

a piece of the world A Piece of the World by Christina Baker                                                                                                                   Kline

 

What I Think I’ll Read Next

the things we learn when we're dead The Things We Learn When We’re Dead                                                                         by Charlie Laidlaw

wp-1524496788354..jpeg The Ghost, The Owl by Franco

 

Let me know what your WWWs are for the week in the comments below!

 

Book Blitz- Three Day Fiancee by Marissa Clarke

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Hello All, Welcome to the Blitz for Three Day Fiancee by Marissa Clarke hosted by Xpresso Book Tours

Three Day Fiancée
by Marissa Clarke
(Animal Attraction #2)
Published by: Entangled: Lovestruck
Publication date: May 14th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis

“Some things can’t be faked…”

Helicopter pilot Taylor Blankenship’s time schedule is maxed out. Between his job, his one hundred and fifty-pound slobbering mess of a dog, and his matchmaking grandmother, he has no time for anyone or anything-especially a woman. If only there were a way to get Grams to back down.

The job of New York City dog walker suits Caitlin Ramos perfectly while she preps for her CPA exam—steady, scheduled, and requiring very little human interaction; a huge seller since she’s still on the mend from a toxic relationship. Men suck. Especially her bossy hot client with the Saint Bernard that thinks it’s a lap dog. No way will she go for his plan to pretend they’re engaged to get his grandmother off his case. Down, boy.

Offered a bargain she can’t refuse, Caitlin finds herself playing the part of fiancée to Taylor. Fortunately, it’s only for three days. All she has to do is fake a relationship with Mr. Bossy Pants in front of his entire family, survive a fierce game of truth or dare with an unscrupulous pair of octogenarians, endure a one-on-one round of Twister with Taylor, and not lose her heart to a guy who turns out to be a lot more than she’d bargained for.

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Author Bio

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Marissa Clarke is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband.

Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 “pet” Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the “pet” roaches found a home… somewhere else.

Check her out some more at:

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