HEY YA’LL! I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed. I am 34 weeks pregnant today, which means I have approximately 6 weeks left. To say I feel wholly unprepared is an understatement, but I don’t think you can ever prepare yourself for such an extremely life altering event. We’ll just go with it, and make mistakes, surprise ourselves, and laugh, cry and bitch along the way, but it will be worth it! Baby Gage will be loved and cared for, and that’s all that matters. Even if mom and dad walk around like zombies for the next 18+ years.
This is me and my mommy during a maternity shoot by Vania from VLC Productions. It’s the first photo I’ve seen. I am so excited to see them ALL!
My mom and sister-in-law threw Todd and I an adorable baby shower. ♥
Baby Gage finally has a space all his own. I cannot wait to create a nursery for him when we move next summer. We had to do some closet rearranging, but it’s working out fine. The kid has more clothes than I do!
And here are some recent pictures of ME!
I’ve not stopped reading. I read every night before sleep. I’ve even read to Gage.
Some other books I’ve read recently…
Eleanor and Park: There are no words! I can’t explain the FEELS I felt after finishing this book. It turned out to be way more than I was expecting, and the ending threw me over the edge. It was a beautiful story about two young people from very different backgrounds and experiences who find strength and hope in their extraordinary love for one another.
It was just the kind of book I was wanting to read at the time, and it delivered.
The Eternity Cure: Why in the heck did I wait for so long to read this one! I LOVED The Immortal Rules and I was hoping that this book wouldn’t be a boring filler like some 2nd books can be. It certainly met my expectations.
The last half of this book was a wild ride and had my blood pressure through the roof. I am really fascinated with this world. I truly think this is some of the best world-building in YA Fantasy. I am also in love with the characters! Jackal was a standout in this book. I love a character that keeps you guessing, and he certainly made things interesting and entertaining.
I miss blogging, but it is not a priority for me right now. I know I will return to the blogosphere in some fashion or another. I might not solely be a book blog in the future, but I am going to definitely keep that part of the blog alive and active, as it remains uber important to me.
I hope everyone is doing well and that you are all reading some kick ass books.
So you may have heard about a little movie called The Book Thief, that was released on November 8. This movie is based on the book of the same name by Marcus Zusak, which tells the inspirational story of a spirited and courageous young girl who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a new family in World War II Germany. The movie stars Geoffrey Rush (I LOVE THIS DUDE!), Emily Watson, and Sophie Nélisse.
My awesome book club here in Atlanta, the Not So YA Book Club, chose this book for the November read. I’ve been enjoying it on audio and it is an interesting and compelling story. I plan to see the movie, as well, and will hopefully review both. But for now, please feast your eyes on all the goodies in this post, and be sure to check out both the book and the movie (if you are interested, of course!)
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Book Thief Discussion Guide: Great for Book Club and Classroom Discussions!!
One (1) winner will receive the following prize pack:
$25 Visa gift card to see THE BOOK THIEF in theaters!
Movie tie-in novel: THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
Series: The Famished Trilogy #2
Published by Independent Publishing on 10/27/13
Genres: Zombie Fiction
Purchase from: Amazon | Add to your Goodreads TBR Pile
With the help of her new companions, the path Kansas follows leads to more knowledge of the ever adapting famished.
The team finds help in unlikely places, meeting more survivors, and discovers the possibility of a new beginning.
When the team experiences a devastating loss, Kansas struggles to keep her humanity from fading and distorting like that of the surviving society around her. It begins with knowing who to trust and who to leave behind. First, she must trust herself – she won't make the same mistakes twice.
As the answers to her questions are revealed, Kansas begins to understand the knowledge comes with a heavy price and great responsibility of controlling the dead.
In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is as emotional as it is horrifyingly gripping.
It is GREAT being back in this world. I didn’t remember exact details from book one (other than it was AWESOME) so I was a bit lost at the beginning of this book. However, it didn’t take long for the pieces to fall in place and to remember the horrible, horrible things that our leading lady, Kansas, had to endure in Taking on the Dead. One thing that was quite certain from the start, however, is how broken Kansas is. She is using negative coping skills to deal with the trauma she endured in the first book, and she is isolating herself from those that care about her…
But being who she is, she fights through that shit quick. Halfway through the book, we see a great change in Kan and she returns to being that compassionate, sticks-neck-out-for-others hard ass that I love. It helps that she has created a family of amazing people at the compound who surround her with love and support. Similarly, Kan’s compassion for other survivors in this post-apocalyptic hell is a huge reason I adore her. She started out this series a loner and has come a loooong way to letting people into her heart. She is focused on finding out more about the zombie virus and a so-called vaccine. She also develops an interesting…problem…in this book. It’s both frightening and handy, and she runs with it like a pro.
Rudy. Oh, dear. I’m not sure I can love a character more than this guy. He is truly the entire package. He is vulnerable at the right times, fiercely protective when the situation calls for it, and looks at Kan with some much love and passion that it makes me feel like I’m intruding on special moments. Well, we do intrude on those moments, which was actually kinda fun! *waggles eyebrows* Rudy is just an amazing man with a huge heart and a will of steel. It breaks my heart that he and Kan continue to run into situations that keep them apart. The universe is being wicked cruel to them!
The expansion of the world in this book was fantastic. We get out of the compound and into new territory, like New Orleans and Arizona, where we are able to see how different groups of people are surviving in this world. We get more Voodoo in this book, and learn a lot about Mago and his abilities. Plus, we get serious zombie and people mayhem in this book! I am really looking forward to the final installment of The Famished Trilogy!
You know I’m a J.L. Bryan fan girl, right? I mean, you HAVE to know that by now, or you just haven’t been paying attention. I really do enjoy his writing, imagination and personality, which comes out in books too my delight. I’ve yet to meet a J.L. Bryan book that I don’t like, and I just know The Unseen will be another favorite. This book is being released tomorrow, so I thought I’d share some details for your reading pleasure!
Publication date: October 31st 2013
Cassidy is a young tattoo artist living in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. She’s always suffered terrible nightmares, and sometimes the hideous creatures seem to follow her out of her dreams and into her waking life, though she’s the only one who can see them. Drugs and alcohol can blot them out, but never entirely chase them away.When a demonic cult begins to take control of the people in her life, including her younger brother, Cassidy discovers that the unseen world of monsters is very real. She can no longer avoid it. To protect those she loves, she must accept her own hidden supernatural talents and face the forces of evil before the sinister cult achieves its twisted goals and casts the world into darkness.
The Unseen by J.L. Bryan has a special release price of 99 cents through Halloween. See his website for details and links: http://jlbryanbooks.
CHAPTER ONE SNIPPET
“What’s up, bitches?” Reese announced as she entered, waving a tall vodka bottle like a trophy. The blond girl staggered into the room, dressed in a transparent mesh shirt with a skimpy bra top underneath, her tight low-rider denim shorts strategically slashed in several places. “So you call this a party, huh?”
“Want some pizza?” Barb offered.
“Um, do I look like I want a giant ass?” Reese unscrewed the vodka bottle and swigged. “So can we have some fucking music up in here?”
The group moved back to Cassidy’s room to blast Cassidy’s stereo. Cassidy sat on her daybed, which was lined with cushions, between Tamila and Barb. Reese was left with the sagging armchair in the corner.
“So what’s for entertainment tonight, ladies?” Reese asked.
“I brought a pack of Uno cards…” Tamila reached into her purse.
“Uno? Because we’re a bunch of kindergarteners?” Reese snorted. “Let’s play ‘Hot or Not.’”
“What’s that?” Cassidy asked.
“Where we judge the boys at school like the pieces of meat they are,” Reese said. “I’ll start: Hot or not? Dexter McKenna.”
“Ew, not,” Tamila said, frowning.
“How is he not?” Reese scowled.
“Because he’s a dick.” Tamila sipped her glass of wine.
“You don’t like dicks? You’re a chick-licker, aren’t you?” Reese laughed and stuck out her tongue, pierced with a stud that looked like a black pearl. “A preppy little dyke.”
“I am not!” Tamila snapped. She gave Cassidy a desperate look, her eyes pleading for rescue.
“Come on, leave her alone.” Cassidy held out her glass to Barb, who had the open wine bottle. “Let’s drink more.”
“What do you think, Cassidy?” Barb poured until Cassidy’s wine glass was dangerously full. “Is Dex hot or not?”
“He’s kind of cute, but Tami’s right. He’s a dick.” Cassidy drank her wine and fought down the urge to grimace at the bite of the alcohol. She had a feeling Reese would make fun of her for it.
“I think he’s hot,” Barb said.
“Thank you, Barb!” Reese said. “All guys are dicks, people. You just have to pick the hot ones.”
“Wisdom from Reese.” Barb toasted her and drank.
“I’m full of it.” Reese lit a Parliament.
“You really are,” Tamila said softly.
J. L. Bryan is offering one lucky reader one (1) ebook copy of The Unseen. This giveaway is open internationally and will end on November 18th, 2013. The ebook will be sent out after November 20th. Please comment within the post about your interest in the book or to talk about your undying love for Jeff’s books.
Grand prize giveaway
This blogosphere-wide giveaway is open to US/CAN:
–’spell book’ pendant, handbag, and a signed copy of The Unseen
–Images for the pendant and handbag are attached.
He is the author of The Paranormals series (starting with Jenny Pox), The Songs of Magic series, Nomad, and other books. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina, his son John, and some dogs and cats.
Series: Demonica #2
Published by Forever on 3/1/09
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: The Smashtastic Library
Purchase from: Amazon | B & N
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Mmmmm. Shade. *evil grin* What a beautiful specimen this Seminus demon is, but what a hot mess he got himself into. Due to Shade’s sexual nature, he is now suffering a curse that was placed upon him when said nature got him into trouble. Bedding a warlock’s wife is never going to turn out in your favor, and Shade has to go through life without ever knowing what love feels like. Unless, of course, he wants to die.
Dun dun duuuuuuuun.
Shade has a past with Runa, but apparently feelings began to emerge and well, he had to nip that in the bud pronto. Being that it’s hard to forget a Seminus demon once you have experienced a Seminus demon, Runa has been going through some serious heartache and anger because of Shade’s departure. Flashbacks show us that past Runa is nothing like present Runa, who is hellbent on making Shade pay for her misery. Present-day Runa ha changed in more ways than meets the eye, however. She now has some special qualities that make her unique, both good and bad in this world.
How the hell these two end up trapped together in a dungeon is a story you will have to uncover. It involves jealousy, betrayal and a wee bit of sibling rivalry. I personally found this evil entity to be awe to the some. Great villain. Why they have been captured is a great story, and as you would expect, they have to work together to get the hell outta that mess. Being in tight quarters brings up old memories and feelings, desires and regrets.
Shade does not share the “can’t we all just get along” personality of his brother, Eidolon, and comes off as an “act now, think later” sort of guy. It’s quite apparent that this guy has been through the wringer, and you really just want him to get the girl in the end. Breaking the spell of a pissed-off husband with a vendetta will take some serious collaboration, disagreement and heartache, but in the end, can a vendetta spell of such hatred really be broken? Runa is another great female in this series. I have a feeling that Larissa Ione will deliver on every female that we meet in this world. Faults and strengths collide to present us with believable ladies who you cheer for. On the sidelines. Away from their men. Trust me on this…
I loved the banter between characters in this book. These brothers are ones you will fall in love with. Fast. They are so protective and passionate about their family and mates, though they don’t necessarily get along and agree 100% of the time. Wraith has been a standout since book one, and I cannot wait to experience his story.