Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Checking In for March

I don't do a monthly recap on the blog, partly because I'm lazy and partly because there isn't usually much to say. But I was inspired by Jamie's If We Were Having Coffee feature (which was inspired by someone else!) to start doing more personal posts on here. And what better way to do that than to recap my month in LIFE instead of just books and blogging? So Checking In will be a monthly feature on here that will help you guys get to know ME better, and hopefully you'll start sharing your own stories with me. :)

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Life Update
Hey y'all, it's been awhile! I think the last time I did one of these posts, it was before my birthday, and that was over a month ago. I had a fairly nice birthday, but it was mixed in with a lot of bitterness and anger over my cousins. Like, I love working with them and all, because it's helped my relationship with the one I'm closest to, and I actually talk with the others, which never happened before I started at this job. But it's also brought me a lot of tears and hurt, because my family, for all their loveliness and caring, make me feel invisible and ignored way too often. From not bothering to acknowledge my birthday (even a simple "happy late bday" since I took the day off but worked the next) to forgetting to invite me to go out for lunch, I never know if it's gonna be one of those days where they make me feel like shit and never apologize or even seem to see beyond their own narrow scope of the world and their lives. It just, sucks.

Family issues aside, March was surprisingly not super bad. February and March are typically hard months for me, for a few reasons, so I was glad that it went better than expected. And work is going well, better than it was when I last posted one of these. I still think the company needs to seriously work on their scheduling, because we're in a slow time right now, and I've gotten called off at least once the past three weeks. Others have to worry about rent and such, and I don't so it doesn't exactly hurt me. But as I'm saving up for a new car, it's a bit annoying, and a little concerning. I think my uncle is still okay with me riding with him, and my cousin and a friend carpool with us too. But I'd still like my own car again, especially to help out and give his vehicles a break (which is what we'd planned to do starting the week my car broke down, and WELL). I'm also saving up for ALA, which is 99% happening for Shannon and I, so I'D LIKE TO WORK MORE. 

I think it'll just be the two of us this time, which is definitely okay, but it won't be the same. I'm excited it's back in Chicago, though, because I could use a redo. I also just found out Victoria Schwab's coming to Michigan the week before, so I'm REALLY hoping I can go because I missed her the last time she was here. I haven't been able to do much, aside from going out after work a few times with people, like dinner and a couple mall visits. But that's not *much* of a social life. Haha. I'm friendly with a bunch of people at work, and I've even made a friend, but I've also been terrible at socializing of late. So I want to get better at that throughout the rest of spring and summer!


Kitten Update
look at these judgy little faces

Guys, our babies are almost one years old! *sniffles* I remember when they were just such tiny furballs that hissed and didn't like to be held, and now they're members of the family. They sleep ALL OVER and seriously idk how they find such places to sleep. They've gotten along swell with our adult cat, after a rough start. They love our dog, but our dog still does not like them. But I think that's more to do with her jealousy and anger over not being the only pet anymore. ;) They just kind of all coexist. The kittens aren't as playful as they used to be, but they're still so fun and sweet. 

Anna's a bit sick right now. She's been on medicine for almost a month, and she's had a few vet visits. They said that her numbers are getting better, though, the last time she went. They think it has to do with her immune system. Hoping this new round of daily meds will help more, and that when she goes back to the vet, she's completely out of the woods. We're just really hoping at this point that it's not FIV, which is what our male indoor cat had had, and who had to get put down last May. Other than that, they've both been good additions to the fam, and I'm so happy we have them. <3
 

Blogging Update
Hey friends. I really had expected 2017 to be better. But the start has been super shitty, ever since the election really, and my blog suffered because of it. HOWEVER, I think I'm getting out of that terrible slump. I've commented back and replied a little bit, and everything I've published I've put 100% effort into. It's just not been a whole lot, but I haven't been forcing it, and it's been good for me. I feel like I've also made a little headway with publishers and publicists, and I like building these relationships. I'm excited for what the rest of the year brings, I really am. I just hope to be more consistent for the rest of it, and to get back into interacting because that's always been my fave part. :)


How have your lives been going, guys? Any exciting news? Let's talk! 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

More Stories from the Star-Touched Queen World

Title: A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: March 28th, 2017!
*eARC kindly provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley*

From Goodreads...
An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…

She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.


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I read this book back in December, and I never ended up reviewing it, and now I'm at a loss as to what to say. And I hate that because this book was SO DAMN GOOD and I might have even loved it more than Roshani's debut, which I didn't think was possible, and idk I'm just really sad I didn't spend the time talking about it yet. And that I definitely won't be able to do the book justice at all now. So instead of writing an actual review, which I think would be super hard at the moment, I'm just going to give you a few reasons why you should absolutely read this book. (And while you're at it, if you haven't read The Star-Touched Queen yet, get on that). 

1. The banter between Gauri and Vikram. These two were HILARIOUS together. I was cackling aloud so many times. Both of them had their own reasons for wanting to play the game, and they didn't really WANT to work together, but they did. And it made for such banterfully lively conversations that had me shipping these two so hard. Their romance was so sweet and wonderful to watch unfold.

2. The beautiful prose that Roshani weaves throughout the book. This woman is so damn talented, guys. I feel like I'm in another world when reading her stories, which is figuratively true given that they're set in a fantastical world, but it just feels so REAL. The descriptions were vivid and almost dreamlike. It was so enchanting and had me hooked from the very first page! It was diverse and painted in vibrant colors, and a book to savor.

3. The characters themselves. Strong-willed, loyal, and stubborn, Gauri and Vikram were actually quite similar to each other. They were both determined to win this tournament, to secure themselves wishes. They faced dangers and survived on their wit and their strength, but they did not count on the tournament forcing them to face their choices and their deepest desires. I loved the two of them SO MUCH, and I'm so, so glad Gauri got her own story. Siblings are not secondary characters. <3

RATING:
 

***** 

Gah, I wish I had more to say but I think I waited too long to review it. But just know that it is as GOOD as The Star-Touched Queen, if not better. And Roshani has become a favorite of mine. I will read anything she writes now. I also wanted to talk a little bit about Death and Night since I received a copy through the preorder promotion SMP was doing for A Crown of Wishes


Guys. I FREAKING LOVED THIS. I adored Maya and Amar's banter and blossoming romance in The Star-Touched Queen, and I'd had the feeling it was one of those stories where the two of them had fallen in love before, and were relearning each other. But you never got to see how it started, only the product of years of distance and secrets, and the way that people can find each other again, and deserve a second chance. So I was super happy when this little novella was announced, because I really wanted the origin story of this love that breaks worlds.

It was beautiful and fun; Night and Death make quite the pair. Night hungers for her own dreams, for new things, and above all, for the kind of love that makes immortality worth it. But Death does not want love, and proposes a marriage of convenience. Of equality and power and two thrones side by side, but without the passion and intimacy, without love. She laughs in his face and tells him no. But throughout their courtship, where they tease and stubbornly try to outwit the other, they form a bond and a friendship and realize that their love is worth fighting for, and claiming. I'm so glad this exists, because I really needed more of these two, and Roshani's gorgeous words.
"I want to lie beside you and know the weight of your dreams. I want to share whole worlds with you and write your name in the stars. I want to measure eternity with your laughter. Be my queen and I promise you a life where you will never be bored. I promise you more power than a hundred kings. And I promise you that we will always be equals."

"I want to write my own legacy in the stars instead of simply having the stars be my legacy."

"A queen with fury in her heart and shadows in her smile."

"I have given you the moon for your throne, an impossible garden, and now stars to wear in your hair. As I promised. And I always keep my promises."


Have you guys read TSTQ or ACOW yet? If not, WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WAITING FOR GO DO IT NOW.     

Monday, April 17, 2017

Cover Reveal: Daddy's Best Friend

Today I'm very excited to be revealing the cover for the first installment in an erotic forbidden-romance series by London Hale! :D LH is a pen name for a co-authorship of Ellis Leigh and Brighton Walsh. And this one is only the beginning!

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Releases: May 2nd
Genre: Romance
Category: Erotic Novella 
Available for preorder! 

She’s temptation personified 
Nathan had always been more than just my dad’s friend. I never thought he’d see me as an adult, especially not after avoiding me for so long. But one hug, one moment feeling every inch of him against me, shattered that illusion. Consequences no longer mattered—I was eighteen, and I was willing to risk everything for my shot with him. 

He’s not going to resist anymore 
I never should’ve seen Eve as more than my best friend’s daughter. As a cop, I knew it was wrong. It was my job to protect her from guys like me. Chasing her could cost me my career—not to mention the only family I’d ever known—but I couldn’t hold back another second. One taste, and I wanted her. To hell with the fallout.
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/DBF-good   
 
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About London 
London Hale is the combined pen name of writing besties Ellis Leigh and Brighton Walsh. Between them, they’ve published more than thirty books in the contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense genres. Ellis is a USA Today bestselling author who loves coffee, thinks green Skittles are the best, and prefers to stay in every weekend. Brighton is multi-published with Berkley, St. Martin’s Press, and Carina Press. She hates coffee, thinks green Skittles are the work of the devil, and has never heard of a party she didn’t want to attend. Don’t ask how they became such good friends or work so well together—they still haven’t figured it out themselves.

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There is also a giveaway going on for a $25 Amazon card! :D
Here's the link to it: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/22b294fa7/