Thursday, April 24, 2014

Kim reviews Moonless by Crystal Collier

Moonless by Crystal Collier

Book 1 in The Maiden of Time Series, Book 2, Soulless, coming Summer 2014

Genre: YA Historical (rated PG)
Some mild violence and PG romance scenes
Publisher: Raybourne Publishing
321 pages
Release date: November 2013

Summary: Alexia’s nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless.

My Thoughts:
From the beginning of this book the author has you wondering what in the world is going on with Alexia. She has always been awkward and homely but finds that suddenly, she seemingly has become an extraordinary beauty overnight.  Stranger than this, is that nobody but her seems to have noticed any change, at least they refuse to acknowledge it.  Alexia has dreamt many strange things, like the exact details of people's deaths, including her own, and the stranger with the blue eyes.  When her dreams begin to become reality she seeks the one person she believes holds the answers; the stranger with the blue eyes.

This book was a good read and the mysteries unravel to you, the reader, right along with Alexia, giving you a sense that you are in this together.  You find yourself cheering her along to take on the world, and be with her true love despite what may come next. I would recommend this book to others and await the second book in this series.

I give it ****

This book available on Amazon

Moonless (Maiden of Time) by Crystal Collier


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mary or Martha: Who are you more like?

Mary versus Martha

It's easy to categorize myself as either a Mary or a Martha. In reality, they both struggle inside me, like little imps on my shoulder enticing me one way or the other.

It's more like a tug-of-war. For the majority of the time, I'd have to say Martha has the upper hand. She's a list maker, very organized and sees to the needs of others. I think she was the oldest sister who had to grow up fast with a lot of responsibilities.

Sometimes Mary takes charge. She reminds me that people are always more important, that I need to stop what I'm doing when a child wants to tell me something.

I know that Mary has won when I take a few moments to sit on my front porch and count how many different bird songs I hear, or breathe in the lavender and apple blossoms.

Martha is the one who keeps the house up and the clutter down. She remembers friends' birthdays and can manage making an extra dinner for a neighbor in need.

Mary is the one who makes time to be creative, the one who is truly grateful for what she has. She makes time to ponder, she's more positive by nature, and rarely complains.

Martha is a hard worker. She may be a little more negative at times, but if something really bothers her she will do whatever is necessary to change her situation.

Mary is content to sit and listen while Martha's contentment comes from accomplishing tasks.

Currently, Martha is trying to convince me that working full time hours would be more practical than writing. My work hours are worth a lot and so far I haven't earned anything from my writing. I've only incurred expenses and self-imposed deadlines.

Mary argues that life is short. She even pulled out a calculator to show me that it would take almost as many years to get completely out of debt as it would if I stayed part time.

I think Mary won this one.

So are you more Mary or more Martha?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fairy Tale Fortnight Giveaway Hop April 22-May 3

This is what you could win:
Thanks to I Am A Reader Not A Writer, The Book Rat, and A Backwards Story for hosting this hop!

We are so excited about this hop. To enter all you need to do is follow our blog and leave a comment about your favorite fairy tale and your email address.

Please make sure you have a way to receive these KINDLE editions.


Jenni James Faerie Tale Collection #1
Hansel and Gretel
Jack and the Beanstalk
Jenni James Faerie Tale Collection #2
Beauty and the Beast
Snow White

That's 6, (count them, six!) books!
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Blog Hop and Giveaway

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Hop
hosted by I Am A Reader and Read Now and Sleep Later

This giveaway is simple. All you have to do is become a follower of The Stubby Pencil, leave a comment with your email address and you are entered to win a $10  Amazon gift card.

That's it! Chances of winning depend on the number of entrants. When you're done here HOP on over to the other sites for more chances to win!

Penni reviews Sweet Confections by Danyelle Ferguson


Sweet Confections by Danyelle Ferguson

Genre: Romance, tiny bit of suspense
Content: Clean, a couple cuss words, but nothing big.
Publisher: Wonderstruck Books
Released: March 29, 2014
Pages: paperback 262
Book Blurb:
According to Rachel Marconi chocolate heals all wounds. That and throwing darts at pictures of her ex-boyfriend. Burned by yet another bad relationship, Rachel decides to reprioritize her life, putting her dream to compete on a Food Network Challenge on the top of her list and dating at the bottom crossed out in red sharpie. But what's a girl to do when a certain sexy guy keeps asking her out? Cue in Graydon Green, a former pro hockey player turned restaurant owner. After a lot of persistent and humorous teasing, he finally convinces Rachel to commit to a date. Just when things begin to warm up, threatening notes directed at Rachel arrive. When her bakery is vandalized, Graydon's protective streak goes on red alert. Is it her obsessive ex-boyfriend stalking her? Or maybe a challenger trying to sabotage the competition? Either way, Rachel is definitely going to need more chocolate - perhaps drizzled over ice cream and devil's food cake.
What I liked about this book:
I was hooked to this book at the first chapter!  The way the author wrote expressions made me feel like I was talking with an old buddy.  Rachel told things as they were, she didn’t hold much back.  I enjoyed how even though Graydon was a star athlete, he didn’t like the famous spotlight.  So he did everything he could to avoid that role. 
My most favorite detail about the book is how family friendly all of the characters are.  Their lives revolved around their family.  All Rachel was looking for was someone who could love her for the rest of her life like the love her parents had for each other and not just a few years.  Her friend Kristen had a family of her own, and still was able to run a successful business, and not be consumed with work.
Oh, and to top off a great story, she added the mouth-watering recipes at the end of the book!!! I can’t wait to try them.
Rating: **** (4.75)