Sunday, December 30, 2012

In My Mailbox (25)

In my mailbox hosted by The Story Siren is a great way to show people the books you received this week.

For Review:
Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot

Losing It by Cora Carmack

Taking Chances by Molly McAdams

From Ashes by Molly McAdams












Gifted:
Speechless by Hannah Harrington (This one is from my Arcycling Secret Santa, Laura. Thanks so much!!)

A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Saturday, December 29, 2012

New Adult Reading Challenge


I am going to be participating in a New Adult Reading Challenge this year! To learn more or sign up go here.

I thought about listing all the books I plan to read, but I just can't narrow it down! Here is my goodreads shelf of New Adult books I am interested in. This is what I will be reading from and adding to throughout the year.

Romancing the Holiday

Romancing the Holiday by Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon, Christi Barth, Angela James

Goodreads summary:
We wish you a merry Christmas…and a happily ever after!

A memorable three-night stand gets rekindled in a cabin in West Virginia. An office romance is sparked by an impulsive holiday kiss. And two best friends scout locations for a marriage proposal and discover that they make a perfect match. 'Tis the season for laughter, love and a lifetime of happiness.

Edited by Angela James this anthology includes:

We'll Be Home for Christmas by HelenKay Dimon
The Best Thing by Jaci Burton
Ask Her at Christmas by Christi Barth

My Review:
All three of these books were fantastic! They had me laughing one minute and blushing the next. Even thought the ending to all of the stories was predictable, the events in between always kept me guessing. These were awesome romantic stories!! I will definitely be rereading this soon. I had not ever read anything by any of these authors, but I will be looking into their other books now! So, so good!

5 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Mighty Meat Head

Mighty Meat Head by B. L. Sellers

Amazon Summary:
One boy and his extraordinary body part, Humperdink Smitz is a normal preteen, loves the ladies, hates gym, and can't even catch a break with the cool kids. This all changes with one biographical comic in his town's paper, that catapults this comic drawing meat head into the spotlight. Will he get a big head or play it cool as he ventures into popularity and will the girl of his dreams ever give him a passing glance?

My Review:
This was a very interesting short story. It was not really what I expected it to be, but it held my attention. It is written in the voice of the child, so there was a lot of words misspelled, etc. It was a cute story, but kind of odd. It is a fun fast read if you are looking for something to read in less than an hour.

4 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

My Revised Christmas List


My Revised Christmas List by Erynn Mangum

Amazon Summary:
Chloe Carrington is not expecting much this Christmas - a nice break from studying in nursing school, picking up a couple of extra shifts at the bistro she works at and enjoying her festive decked out apartment. When God brings love in the form of someone familiar, will everything be merry and bright? Or will she stick with her ideal image?

My Review:
If y'all have not figured it out by now- I am a huge Erynn Mangum fan. Like huge fan. I have read everything she has written and have already pre-ordered her book that comes out in May. Her writing seems like she is sitting there talking to me. I really think we could be best friends lol! All of her characters are similar, but they are so relatable. I like to think Erynn puts a lot of herself into the characters.
While this book was predictable, I loved every minute of it. It has been a while since she has published anything, so I was excited to get my hands on this even if it is just a novella. It did not disappoint. I think this may have been her shortest novella, but I was not left feeling like the book was not wrapped up. She really makes the story feel done even though it is so short. I think that takes talent, and it is something Erynn is great at. All of her books leave me feeling happy and they are so romantic in a pure way. This story was no exception. If you have not read a book by Erynn Mangum yet, do it now!!!

5 stars

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Over The Edge

Over the Edge (Kincaid Brides #3) by Mary Connealy

Goodreads summary:
Bestselling Author Mary Connealy Delivers Her Trademark Historical Romantic Comedy
Seth Kincaid survived a fire in a cave, but he's never been the same. He was always a reckless youth, but now he's gone over the edge. He ran off to the Civil War and came back crazier than ever.
After the war, nearly dead from his injuries, it appears Seth got married. Oh, he's got a lot of excuses, but his wife isn't happy to find out Seth doesn't remember her. Callie has searched, prayed, and worried. Now she's come to the Kincaid family's ranch in Colorado to find her lost husband.
Callie isn't a long-suffering woman. Once she knows her husband is alive, she wants to kill him. She's not even close to forgiving him for abandoning her.
Then more trouble shows up in the form of a secret Seth's pa kept for years. The Kincaid brothers might lose their ranch if they can't sort things out. It's enough to drive a man insane--but somehow it's all making Seth see things more clearly. And now that he knows what he wants, no one better stand in his way.

My review:
This is the third, and last, book in the series. You can read my review for the first book here, and my review for the second book here.
I have not been a huge fan of this series, but I do think that each book has been better than the last. I really enjoyed the romance aspect of this book. The concept of Seth not remembering his wife, but still being attracted to her anyway was interesting. I liked the "action" part of this book better than in the last two books as well. I think it is because this book was not as suspenseful. I do not do well with scary things, so I liked that this one was pretty tame when it came to that. Overall it was a sweet book that I enjoyed, but probably won't read again.

4 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Falling For Summer


Falling For Summer by Kailin Gow

Book Blurb:
Love hits you when you least expect it, grabs you, sucks you in whole, and twists you around until you could hardly breathe. Love hurts like a sucker punch, that’s both glorious and beautiful. Falling for Summer was like that for me, every time. – Nat Donovan

The Donovan Brothers

Two brothers as gorgeous as they are dangerous.

Nat Donovan, the older more responsible brother with the passion of a starving man. Knows what he wants, but knows he can’t have it without giving up everything.

Drew Donovan, the really bad boy, the black sheep, the one who has a devil-may-care attitude, wants what he wants, but knows he would have to go through the ones he loves to have it.

Nat and Drew Donovan has known Summer Jones since they were kids. She had always been the girl next door who was best friends with their little sister Rachel and was cool enough to play with the guys. Now Summer is all grown up, gorgeous, and scorchingly sexy without even knowing it. Responsible older brother Nat, who had always tried to keep their friendship platonic, now can’t stop thinking of her and wanting more. Carefree Drew, who had always had a crush on Summer, but knew Summer’s heart was already taken, can only fall further for her. But no one had anticipated what would happen between the time the Donovan brothers fell for her and now. No one knew how hard they would fall.

YA-Mature/New Adult Contemporary

* Continues where Loving Summer left off, featuring mostly Drew and Nat's Point-of-View.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Fall Into Reading Challenge Wrap Up

This is a challenge hosted by Callapidder Days. You can check out my goal post here.

So I ended up 7 books short, but I did have a kind of huge goal. I am really bad about setting my expectations too high for myself. I also had the busiest semester of my life, so fitting in reading was quite a challenge.
I did not read 18 books on the list, but read 11 others that I had not planned on. This left me 7 short. I read a total of 26 books. I think that was a great amount for everything else I had going on. I am pleased with the result. How did everyone else do?

Here are the books I read that were on my goal list:
Brightest Kind of Darkness
Tame a Wild Bride
Memories
Mahogany Slade
Woodrow the White House Mouse
Twelve Days to Christmas
Shallow
My Favorite Mistake
Masquerade
Derailed
A Royal Pain
Love and Other Perishable Items
A Winter Wonderland
Short-Straw Bride
Cinder

Here are the books I read that were NOT on my goal list:
Eight Keys
If We Kiss
Kiss Me Again
Under the Mistletoe
An Unexpected Angel
Every Perfect Gift
Decked with Holly
Someone to Love
Mighty Meat Head
The Impossible Engineers
Hunk for the Holidays

Friday, December 21, 2012

Hunk for the Holidays

Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane

Goodreads summary:
Always putting business before pleasure, Cassie McPherson works hard for her family's construction business. That might explain why she doesn't have a date for the company Christmas party. But it doesn't quite explain why she's crazy enough to hire an escort for the event or - crazier still - why she's dying to unwrap him like a present . . .
With whiskey-colored eyes and a killer smile, James is one gorgeous hunk who really knows how to fill out a tuxedo. He charms everyone, including Cassie. And when the night ends, the party doesn't stop. As Cassie falls, literally, into his bed, James falls head over heels in love. Now he has to figure out a way to tell her the truth: he's not an escort. He's her family's fiercest business rival. But all he wants for Christmas is her . . .

My Review:
Hunk for the Holidays was an interesting book. It was really good and kept me wanting to keep reading. I actually read this book in one sitting. Like, I don't think I even got up to go to the bathroom. I could not make myself put the book down. With a huge family, protective brothers, business enemies, and a very strong attraction this book was bound to be interesting. Parts of the story were sweet. I loved how James took such good care of Cassie, and how he truly loved her even before he was aware of it. Other parts of the story were hilarious. I don't want to give it away, but I was definitely laughing out loud in a few scenes.
I really liked how involved in the story all of Cassie's brothers were. It made the book that much more funny and intriguing. I also loved that there was another love story woven into the book. Two love stories in one? Yes please. It was done so well! This was my first book by Katie, but it definitely won't be my last.

5 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Impossible Engineers + Giveaway

The Impossible Engineers by M.J. Fletcher

Book Blurb:
Chloe Masters’s world changes in a heartbeat and all she did was touch a doorknob.
James Nightshade has been on Chloe’s mind since the day she met him. Arrogant and frustrating, she thought she had put him behind her when she chose Michael Slade.
When the secret she is seeking leads to questions about the death of Nightshade’s former girlfriend, she has no chose but to bring him into the investigation. A move she will come to regret.
Danger awaits them around every corner as they search for answers. In the end a choice will need to be made, but is Chloe strong enough to make it?

My Review:
Wow. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and thought the second one might not live up to it. When I started reading it, it was just to get it out of the way. But y'all. I WAS SO WRONG. This book is so much better than the first one!! I could not put it down. There was more action, more suspense, more drama, more romance. Wow oh wow! I never knew what was going to come next. The only thing I have a problem with is something that happens towards the end. I bawled my eyes out. And then cried some more. I can't hold that against this book though, because it was done so well!!! Without that scene, this book probably would just be another book that I kind of liked. But no. It had to go and break my heart and crush my spirit and make me so happy and rejoice in the beauty of the action ALL AT THE SAME TIME. I don't want to say any more and give it away, but everyone should definitely go read this book!! You will not be disappointed!

5 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Author Bio
MJ Fletcher is the creator of the comic book series Adam Zero: The Last Man of Earth published by Ronin Studios. He's also been published in Hope: The Hero Initiative and Digital Webbing Presents. The Doorknob Society series is his fist book series and he's thrilled about it. He lives near the beach with his wife, daughter, dog, and a crotchety cat.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

An Unexpected Angel


An Unexpected Angel by Janet Halling

Plot Synopsis
Ella Davies, is focused, independent, and driven. Her hard work is finally paying off and she is on the brink of great success. But what no one knows is that her frantic drive is born not from a desire to succeed, but from a need to forget – forget her past, forget her guilt, and mostly, forget the tragedy that changed her life forever.
Ella’s strategy seems to be working but on Christmas Eve she meets Cohen, a strange man with an even stranger purpose. Cohen catapults Ella back through time and forces her to confront not only her own pain, but the pain of those long since passed. In the process, Ella learns about courage and compassion and that in the darkest hour, no one is ever alone.


My Review:
This book is a twist on the Christmas Carol. It was very different, but very good. It was heartbreaking for the most part. Some of the scenes were incredibly tough to read. The story had a great message though. Some of it was done in a weird way. I did not quite get the helpers part. I totally believe in angels, but the helpers were a bit much for me. I thought it was great in this book though. It really made sense in the story, and glued it all together. This book was emotional, but had a great premise. Overall, this book really touched me. It is hard to believe that such a short book can have such a big impact on me, but it did. I will definitely be reading more of Janet's books in the future.

4 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Author Bio
Janet Halling discovered her love of writing at the age of six when her story of a lonely duck won a first grade writing contest. She has a degree in Marketing Communications and lives with her family in northern Utah. She is currently working on her next novel.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Last Reads of 2012 Readathon!


We hope this event will inspire you to achieve any and all last reading goals of the year. Maybe there's just one book you want to finish or maybe you've got a whole stack. How much you read and what you read is completely up to you. You can join us for as many days as you want and you don't have to be a blogger to participate. It is December 17-31. You can sign up here!

I am so beyond behind in my reading. I had an incredible semester, but it was very very busy! I hope this will help me a little bit! Here is what I really need to read:

1. The Impossible Engineers by M.J. Fletcher
2. Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane
3. My Revised Christmas List by Erynn Mangum
4. Romancing the Holiday by Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon, Christi Barth, Angela James
5. Over the Edge (Kincaid Brides #3) by Mary Connealy
6. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

I really need to read more than this, but I have an awful habit of planning more than I can handle ha! So I'm starting with this! :)

*Update:
As of 12-31-12 I have read:
1. The Impossible Engineers by M.J. Fletcher
2. Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane
3. Over the Edge (Kincaid Brides #3) by Mary Connealy
4. My Revised Christmas List by Erynn Mangum
5. Romancing the Holiday by Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon, Christi Barth, Angela James
6. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

I met my goal!! Yay!!

Someone to Love


Someone to Love by Addison Moore
Genre: New Adult. Intended for mature audiences.


Book Blurb:
What happens when two people who don’t believe in love happen to fall madly, deeply into the most beautiful relationship they could ever imagine? A train wreck.

Twenty-year old Kendall Jordan devises a seat of the pants plan to “play the player.”

When Kendall spots gorgeous Cruise Elton from across the room, something in her burns to have him. There’s only one problem; Cruise likes the ladies, a lot, and Kendall has never shared so much as a decent kiss with a guy.

Kendall has long since come to discover that love is an illusion that never lasts and Cruise couldn’t agree more. So when Kendall proposes that Cruise tutor her in becoming a female version of himself, Garrison Universities own manwhore, he’s more than happy to comply.

But when real feelings begin to emerge, and neither Kendall nor Cruise know how to classify them, everything they once thought they knew is redefined as they discover in one another, Someone to Love.


My Review:
This is an awesome romance book. I loved that it took place in college. Since I am in college myself, it is a little more relatable to me than books about people in high school. That being said, this is definitely a book for older teens. I would not let high schoolers read this book as there is a lot of sexual situations.
Kendall and Cruise really loved each other. Their chemistry jumped off the page, and I thought it was written really well. They learned a lot about love with and from each other. Their love story really was- for lack of a better word- beautiful. I appreciate a good love story, but at times I thought the book got a little slow. I wish we would have seen more of the smaller characters. I loved the parts with Kendall and Cruise, but after a while it got a little repetitive. I liked that Blair was involved, because it added some conflict. I kind of wish she would have caused problems earlier on though. She was just always in the background until the end. Overall though, I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it.

4 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.


Author Bio:
Addison Moore is the author of young adult fiction and romance. She has worked as therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for almost a decade. She is the mother of four wonderful children. She resides on the West Coast with her family and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she's not writing, she's reading.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Under the Mistletoe


Under the Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

Goodreads summary:
JUST ONE MORE KISS

There's no place like home for the holidays. And the Lucky Harbor Bed & Breakfast is bursting with festive lights and good cheer. But for Mia, Christmas is turning out to be anything other than merry and bright. Her recent break-up with her boyfriend Nick has made her return bittersweet. But then a surprise arrives, when Nick follows her to town bearing gifts-and asking for forgiveness.

Nick grew up without a family of his own so he's overwhelmed by the love that Mia receives from all her relatives, gathered together to celebrate the season. Under their watchful eyes, Nick finds earning back her trust the hardest thing he's ever had to do. If he succeeds, he will receive the greatest gift of all, Mia's love for a lifetime.

My Review:
This is only my second book to read by Jill, but I love her writing. Her characters are always so real and I feel very connected to them. The love stories are also very sweet. I melt several times during her books. This book was more of a novella, so it was very short and sweet. I really enjoyed it, and will probably read it again, but I would have liked a little bit more.

4 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

In My Mailbox (24)

In my mailbox hosted by The Story Siren is a great way to show people the books you received this week.

For Review:
No Foolin' by Lisa Scott

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Secretly Smitten (Smitten #2) by Colleen Coble, Denise Hunter, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt











From My Secret Santa:
Thanks so much for my books!!!!

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough












Won:
The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George (Via Arcycling)











All of the following I won in a giveaway at Katie's blog. (Thanks so much!!)

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Drain You by M. Beth Bloom

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones by Christopher Krovatin

The Whispering House by Rebecca Wade

Always October by Bruce Coville

Monsters on the March (Scary School #2) by Derek The Ghost

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Debut Author Challenge


I am very excited to be participating in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge!! You can sign up, learn the rules, etc. here. You are required to read at least 12 debut books, but I hope to read many more. Here is the list of books I plan to read: Note that this may be revised as more books come out and as the year goes on.

1. Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black (Already have a review copy of this)
2. The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist (Already have an ARC of this)
3. The Ultra Violets by Sophie Bell (Already have an ARC of this)
4. OCD, The Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn
5. Prophesy Of Oz by Megan Shan
6. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
7. All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry
8. When the World was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid Jonach
9. OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
10. If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin
11. Parallel by Lauren Miller
12. The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finneyfrock (Already have an ARC of this)
13. Taken by Erin Bowman
14. The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
15. Dualed by Elsie Chapman
16. The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
17. A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso (Already have a review copy of this)
18. How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski (Already have a review copy of this)
19. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Already have a review copy of this)
20. Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook (Part of a blog tour for this book)
21. Pivot Point by Kasie West
22. Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
23. Hooked by Liz Fichera

Decked with Holly

Decked with Holly by Marni Bates

Goodreads summary:
Smartly blending of-the-moment pop culture references and timeless themes, Bates follows her YA debut, "Awkward", with a hilarious, over-the-top adventure about a teen girl who becomes the fake girlfriend of a cute rock star.

Taking a Christmas cruise with her two cousins from hell isn't Holly's idea of a good time. And when seasickness forces her into an open suite, she's pepper-sprayed by a gorgeous guy called Nick. But when Holly makes her exit, she's greeted by a horde of screaming teenage fans. Because Nick happens to be Dominic Wyatt, drummer for one of the hottest bands in America. Suddenly rumours are swirling and Holly's face is plastered all over the Internet. The band can't risk a scandal destroying their family-friendly image, so Dominic convinces Holly to be his fake girlfriend - just for two weeks. How bad could it be to be "fauxmantically" involved with a cute rock star? She's about to find out...

My Review:
I absolutely loved this book. I read it in one setting and enjoyed every second of it. It is such a light, easy read. I really appreciated not having to think much. I needed a break.
This book was hilarious. It had me literally laughing out loud a few times. I loved the relationship between Holly and Dominic. They argued all the time, but they had major chemistry which was evident when they kissed. I loved all of the characters, and how even the minor characters had such full personalities. I think that makes the book so much more enjoyable.
Marni did an awesome job with this book that I did not want to put down, and was sad when it was over.

5 stars

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Every Perfect Gift


Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love

Goodreads summary:
Sophie has spent a lifetime guarding her heart and a long-held secret. It will take all of her courage to speak the truth and embrace the future God has planned for her.

The year is 1886, and Sophie Robillard returns to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, after living in Texas for 15 years as the ward of Ada and Wyatt Caldwell. Now that the town's population has exploded, her intention is to reopen the long-defunct newspaper office that so captivated her when she was still an orphan. The rejection she experienced as a child because of her mixed parentage has left deep scars that she hopes can be healed by succeeding in this new venture.

Ethan Heyward was uprooted from his home as a boy following an unspeakable tragedy. Horace Blakely, a millionaire businessman, took Ethan under his wing and eventually put him in charge of the construction and opening of Blue Smoke resort in Hickory Ridge.

They meet when Sophie arrives at Blue Smoke to interview Ethan for her newspaper. As their attraction deepens, each hides a secret that, if revealed, could end their relationship.

My Review:
I had been looking forward to reading this book for a while, and I was excited to finally read it. However, I could not get into it. I read about half of it and just put it down. It was moving really slowly and I was having to force myself to read it. There just was not much going on. I would like to say this though- I may pick it up again and love it. The last couple weeks or so I have been in a fast paced read kind of mood. That is not to say though that I won't enjoy this book next year. It is just not for me at the moment. Since I did not finish it, I don't want to give it a rating, but if I had to I would give it two stars. I love the cover, and think that many people may like this book. I did not hate it, it just was not holding my attention.

I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Kiss Me Again


Kiss Me Again (If We Kiss #2) by Rachel Vail

Goodreads Summary:
He closed the distance I'd opened up between us and kissed me lightly on the lips. "Maybe we can just be," Kevin whispered.

Charlie Collins doesn't know what to do about Kevin Lazarus, her crush and, awkwardly, her new stepbrother. Things were complicated enough when their parents were only dating and when Kevin was going out with Charlie's best friend, Tess. Now, post-wedding, Charlie and Kevin are crossing paths and crossing lines, and then they have to eat breakfast . . . together.

If only Charlie could get some time away from Kevin and her annoyingly happy and strange stepfamily, she might be able to deal. Yet first she has to make things right with George, her sort-of boyfriend, and Tess, whose trust she broke. But while Charlie struggles to be the perfect friend and daughter, at the end of the day Kevin is the one waiting for her at home. Would it really be so bad if they kissed again?

The follow-up to If We Kiss, Rachel Vail's addictive story of first kisses and heartbreak, Kiss Me Again at long last answers the question of what happens when a crush so off-limits it has to be a fantasy suddenly becomes something very real.

My Review:
These books. I am just so not sure how I feel about them. This one was better than the first one, but I still did not feel like it wrapped up the story any more. It was like they went in a circle for another several months and then ended up at the same point. That was frustrating. Overall, I did really enjoy the book. The chemistry between them comes off the page. I loved that, but on the other hand they are step-siblings now. That is weird. I don't know. The whole thing is just kind of different. Overall, it is a cute read if you don't think about it too much.

4 stars.

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Green Ticket Guest Post


Author Musings:
I started formulating The Green Ticket while my debut novel, Destined to Fail was off with the editor. I liked the idea of having a money versus morals story, but I just kept thinking of Hugh Hefner and his young, blonde girlfriends. I really did not want to write a book along those lines, so I kept thinking. The first scene that I actually created for the book is where Alex and Lila are chatting about Alex’s job, and Lila mentions Alex getting “the green ticket” – a play on “the golden ticket” from Willy Wonka. From there, the story and characters started coming together in my head, and shortly after that I had my plot pinpointed.
It’s funny to think of where inspiration comes from for an author or how they get their ideas to make it from their head to the computer. My favorite part (said with slight sarcasm) is seeing how different the end story is even after all the plotting. Once I started getting more and more ideas after that initial thought, I had an idea to create a husband and wife team that were just bad people, greedy, selfish, etc. But as I was writing, the wife character, Dani, would just not cooperate. She was giving, unselfish, and a very loveable character that try as I might I could not turn evil. So one major rewrite was needed, but in the end, I came away with a story that I truly love. And I believe it all starts with the author. If you don’t love and believe in your work – how can others?

Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and her debut novel Destined to Fail. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

In My Mailbox (23)

In my mailbox hosted by The Story Siren is a great way to show people the books you received this week.
This is what I got in the last twoish weeks

For Review:
The Truth about Breaking Up, Making Up, and Moving on by Chad Eastham

Chocolate-Covered Baloney (Confessions of April Grace #3) by K.D. McCrite

Under the Mistletoe (Lucky Harbor #6.5) by Jill Shalvis

Mighty Meat Head by B.L. Sellers












Won/Traded/Gifted:
Austenland by Shannon Hale

Heist Society by Ally Carter

The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Trouble With Valentine's Day by Rachel Gibson

Kiss Me Again (If We Kiss #2) by Rachel Vail

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer