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*Interview With Frank Morelli ~Author of No Sad Songs*

Hello lovelies! I hope everyone is having a fantabulous weekend! Today I wanted to share an interview with you with an author that I became to admire, Frank Morelli. I am currently reading his novel, No Sad Songs, and I am totally fangirling over it! Not only do I love Frank’s writing style, Frank is an interesting and good person. He is always ready to take the extra step for his readers and be more involved in whatever way he can. Frank can also be found on his WordPress site @ https://frankmorelliwrites.com I loved the results of this interview and I hope you enjoy learning more about him and his upcoming novel, No Sad Songs. I will start with the synopsis of No Sad Songs and then we will get to learning more about the author behind the book!😍

Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.orgFollowing a family tragedy, eighteen-year-old Gabe LoScuda suddenly finds himself thrust into the role of caregiver for his ailing grandfather.

Between the shopping trips and the doctor visits with Grandpa, Gabe and his friend John try to salvage their senior year, meet girls, and make the varsity baseball team.

It doesn’t take long for Gabe to realize that going to school and looking after a grandfather with Alzheimer’s is more work than he ever imagined. And when long-lost Uncle Nick appears on the scene, Gabe soon finds that living with Nick and Grandpa is like babysitting two grown men.

Aside from John, the only person who truly understands Gabe is Sofia, a punk-rocking rebel he meets at the veteran’s hospital.When these three unlikely friends are faced with a serious dilemma, will they do what it takes to save Grandpa?

If there’s a chance of preserving the final shreds of Grandpa’s dignity, Gabe may have to make the most gut-wrenching decision of his life—and there’s no way out.

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 Frank Morelli, Author of No Sad Songs

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m from the Philadelphia area originally, but now I live just outside of Greensboro, NC with my best friend/partner in crime/chief critic, Alexandra, and our crazy gang of cats and dogs. We don’t have any children, but we’re passionate about rescuing animals, so the second we bought a house with a big, wooded backyard we adopted lots of pets. At the moment, we have two doggies (Stan and Brooklyn) and two cats (Jackie and Henry Aaron). Both of us are massive baseball fans, so we named our buddies after some of our favorite players and baseball towns. We spend the vast majority of our time reading, writing, editing, and cooking.    

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

No Sad Songs is the story of Gabe LoScuda, a high school senior who loses his parents and is forced to take on the role of caregiver for his ailing grandfather, an Alzheimer’s patient. The story is definitely close to my heart because I wrote it as a way to exorcise the demons of watching my own father take care of my grandfather when I was a teen. To this day, I wrestle with the question: did I do enough to help my father? It’s the exact kind of conflict Gabe battles throughout the book, as we watch him struggle to be a student, a caretaker, an adult and a kid all at the same time. No Sad Songs a story about our innate sense of duty that, as humans, we often allow to override the very essence of our lives…even when it becomes clear that our help is no longer making a dent.  It’s a feeling that Alzheimer’s caretakers deal with everyday. And there are over 15 million of them–family members of the afflicted–right now in this country as I write this line. 

What do you do when you are not writing?

I’m a naturally active person and writing is one of the most sedentary professions on the planet, so I try to spend my off time doing things that involve exercise. Writing is also a solitary act and it makes me miss being part of a team. My solution has been to never stop playing the sports I love. On teams. With old guys. My knees and my back are not fans of this strategy, but if I lather up with enough Tiger Balm I’m good for a few games of ice hockey a week at the local rink. Believe me, all the bumps and bruises are worth it when you find something that prevents you from ever forgetting what it feels like to be a kid.

Do you have a day job as well?

I’m a teacher by day and a writer in the early morning and late at night. Like the vast majority of writers, I find the balancing act of work life and writing life to be a constant struggle. There’s not much time for sleep. That said, I’ve been teaching for fifteen years and I wouldn’t trade a day of it for anything in the world. Teaching and coaching middle and high school aged students is part of what I was put on this planet to do, and my experiences in the classroom are exactly what allowed me to see how my writing style and my mindset are best suited for communicating with a young adult audience. On top of all that, I learn from my students on a daily basis. They see through the nonsense adults often get mired in. They understand truth, justice, and balance. I firmly believe today’s brand of teenager is what has made the young adult book market so influential in recent years. They are discerning and smart, and I feel honored when I can use my experience to help them avoid the obstacles that may lie in their paths.

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I didn’t really know it at the time, but I probably started writing when I was about seven or eight years old. That’s when I became annoyed at the limitations of the original Nintendo Game System and decided it was my duty to rewrite the book on just about every video game ever invented. As far as I know, none of my game ideas ever made it to prime time, most likely because I squirreled them away and never showed them to anyone besides my younger brother. I also wrote some really terrible poetry in high school. But it wasn’t until college that I started treating writing more like a career choice. I got into journalism and wrote sports stories for various local newspapers, and then I moved to New York City to chase a job in publishing. But sitting in a cubicle wasn’t my idea of the writing life, so I became a NYC Public School teacher and began spending my summers writing for about ten hours a day. For fifteen years! I spent most of my time writing short stories, flash fiction and essays. I finally took the plunge into writing novels about five years ago. No Sad Songs took about two years start to finish. 

How did you choose the genre you write in? Where do you get your ideas?

I wouldn’t say I chose the genre I write in. It definitely chose me. I spent a long time spinning my wheels and writing across many different genres, until it finally dawned on me: why don’t I take what I do in the classroom and translate it into what I do on the page? The first chapter of No Sad Songs is literally the first piece of young adult fiction I’ve ever written. It’s not a long chapter. Only a few pages. But as soon as I wrote the last word of the first draft of that very first chapter, I just knew. Falling into my niche and finding that focus has made all the difference. As far as where I get my ideas, I think most writers would agree that you need to write what you know. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to write an autobiography. It just means your personal experiences need to bleed out on the page and dictate the directions you plan to take your characters. It’s the only way to create reality within a fantasy. 

Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Not anymore, but that’s only because I stopped believing in the concept of writer’s block. When you get to the point where you have deadlines to meet, whether self-imposed or thrust upon you by an editor, there’s really no time for writer’s block. You can’t sit around sipping drinks and waiting for inspiration if you ever want to finish something as complicated as a novel. You have to sit down in the chair everyday and write, even when it feels like all you’re doing is splattering gibberish on the page. Some of my best writing has come in these moments, and it makes you realize writer’s block only happens when you’re fighting against yourself. When this happens in a baseball game, a coach would tell his hitter, “You’re gripping the bat too hard.” When it happens to a writer, the writer has become the hitter and the coach.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

When I first started writing short stories I was so against the idea of planning a story ahead of time. It was like a cardinal sin to me. It was also an example of short-sighting thinking. You might be able to write something short without a road map, but if you’re trying to write a novel you better know your final destination and every point in between. My pre-planning process has become increasingly more complicated over the years. I probably spend about two months creating and refining my characters, charting plot points, building believable settings, and doing miscellaneous research before I ever write the first word in chapter one. I create a master outline for the novel ahead of time and then break that down into smaller outlines for each individual chapter as I get to them. With that said, I try to keep my outlines basic so I’m not overly locked into anything and I still have freedom to create on the page. It seems to work for me, but I’m continually trying to refine my process and make it work better.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult? What inspired you to become an author?

J.D. Salinger’s A Catcher in the Rye and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird are the books that made me fall in love with reading when I was growing up. I didn’t know why at the time, but I’m now sure it’s because of the unique and authentic narrative voices created by both authors. I love voice. If I can hear a narrator’s voice in my head long after putting the book down, I’m basically in love. I think the voices of Holden Caulfield and Scout Finch play on a loop in the heads of many young adult authors. Certainly mine. The desire to be able to create a voice like one of these was definitely one of the things that inspired me to become an author, but there are so many others. I guess they all boil down to one thing: I love the idea of creating worlds that presumably go on without us between the covers of a book.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

Getting a book published is not easy. The competition is insane and the chances for rejection are plentiful. I lost count of how many times I’ve been rejected by agents, publishers, or editors. If you want to write, you have to learn to live with rejection. But it never gets easier to accept a rejection. To me, that’s the hardest part of getting anything published, whether it be a piece of flash fiction, an essay, or a two-thousand page novel. If you’re able to continue believing in your work and push on to the next submission, you’ll find the right person who will champion your book. Jon Wilson at Fish Out of Water Books was that person for me and I’m so thankful we found each other.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

I wouldn’t change a thing about the book. No Sad Songs, as it stands, is exactly what I set out to write and I believe in it. I’m proud of what I created. The only thing I’d change is that I’d go into the process with a better awareness of the business side of things. Making blurb requests and seeking out press opportunities and finding reviews…these are not easy things to do. They consume time and they stop you from creating new work. But they’re essential if you ever want readers out there to know your book exists. Anticipating these steps on my next go around will definitely help me to find a better balance and build more buzz before the release date.  

How do you market your work?

Social media is a major tool, but I also try to keep my name visible in as many venues as possible. I continue to write short stories for publications like The Saturday Evening Post and I contribute a monthly column to Change Seven Magazine. Fish Out of Water Books also helps me to secure reviews and press in newspapers, blogs and other publications. I also have a bunch of public appearances coming up over the next few months. There’s really no better way to connect with your audience than by reading your work to them in a live setting. You can find a listing of my upcoming events here.

What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?

I think young adult literature thrives on the examination of current social issues. Whether a story is set in a present-day high school or in some far-away galaxy, I think a novel written for young adults must still focus on the issues that affect our youth in the current time. That’s one of the reasons why I felt it was important to write No Sad Songs, because Alzheimer’s isn’t just a disease that affects the old. It affects all of us.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

A few years ago I abandoned a horror novel that took place in a real ghost town in Pennsylvania. The town of Centralia was a coal mining boom town that was officially evacuated back in the late 1980s after a mine fire had been raging under it for almost thirty years. The place is still on fire as we speak. I went to college not too far from the town and it fascinated me, so I tried to build a story around it, but I could never pull the threads together enough to gain any interest. It’s definitely a story that haunts me a little. I have a feeling I haven’t seen the last of it.  

What is your favorite book? I know this is always a difficult question!

This is an easy one for me. It’s Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Hands down. Atticus Finch is possibly my favorite character in all of literature.

Thanks for checking out my interview with Frank Morelli! Please leave your thoughts and comments!😍 Love ya guys!

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Book Review: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary

I want to thank NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

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Synopsis:Macy’s school officially classifies her as “disturbed,” but Macy isn’t interested in how others define her. She’s got more pressing problems: her mom can’t move off the couch, her dad’s in prison, her brother’s been kidnapped by Child Protective Services, and now her best friend isn’t speaking to her. Writing in a dictionary format, Macy explains the world in her own terms—complete with gritty characters and outrageous endeavors. With an honesty that’s both hilarious and fearsome, slowly Macy reveals why she acts out, why she can’t tell her incarcerated father that her mom’s cheating on him, and why her best friend needs protection . . . the kind of protection that involves Macy’s machete.

I give this book 5 out of 5 Freakin Fantastic Stars! I am over the moon about this BOOK!

What attracted me to this book was the cover and the title, then I read the premise and was sold. This book meant more to me than pages in a book, I understood Macy. I was Macy.

I saw many reviews on this book and so many DNF this book because of the spelling and grammatical errors. I understand the need for proper grammer but this was about Macy expressing herself. I thought it was beautiful literature!

This was beyond realistic. When Macy battled Child Protective Services and dealt with all her raw and intense emotions, I was brought back to when I was considered the “disturbed” girl who didn’t have a chance in the system but proved them all wrong.

Being a teenager and facing more things than many adults will ever encounter in their lifetime is tough. When it’s the normal to go without food or deal with “the system” tearing your family apart, it’s tough as a teenager. You’re dealing with all these hormones and messed up emotions but have no idea what to do with it all because you have no choice but to be strong. I have seen the scary side of “the system” and my normal has been “disturbed” just like Macy’s. Macy comes off as a pain in the ass and an angry/crazy teenager. When Macy has all this on the outside, all she really is doing is trying to survive and hide her brokenness. I enjoyed all the characters in this story and loved their backgrounds. Alma and George were great in their sweet but complicated way. Macy’s mother was a complete hot mess. All the characters in this story were realistic in their own messed up and unique way.

This book made me laugh, smile, and cry but overall was an amazing experience that I will never forget. I can’t express enough how hilarious this book was and realistic at the same time. I highly recommend this book to whoever can relate or wants to experience something different! I am so glad that I was able to experience Macy’s journey and to read a disturbed girl’s masterpiece!

NoNieqa Ramos grew up in the Bronx, where she started her own publishing company and sold books for twenty-five cents until the nuns shut her down. A frequent foster parent, NoNieqa lives in Ashburn, Virginia, with her family.

Author’s Bio and Page

*~Teaser Tuesday~*

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker.

It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read and open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
• Share the title & author, too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here are my “teasers” :

“Release! Dirty Kraut! Combat!” He’s shouting random phrases again. That’s about all the communication he’s capable of these days, which might be encouraging if I didn’t get compared to Josef Goebbels every time.

Title: No Sad Songs

Author: Frank Morelli

Link to Goodreads!!!❤📚😄

Following a family tragedy, 18-year-old Gabe LoScuda suddenly finds himself thrust into the role of caregiver for his ailing grandfather. Between the shopping trips and the doctor visits with Grandpa, Gabe and his friend John try to salvage their senior year, meet girls, and make the varsity baseball team. It doesn’t take long for Gabe to realize that going to school and looking after a grandfather with Alzheimer’s is more work than he ever imagined. And when long-lost Uncle Nick appears on the scene, Gabe soon finds that living with Nick and Grandpa is like babysitting two grown men. Aside from John, the only person who truly understands Gabe is Sofia, a punk-rocking rebel he meets at the veteran’s hospital. When these three unlikely friends are faced with a serious dilemma, will they do what it takes to save Grandpa? If there’s a chance of preserving the final shreds of Grandpa’s dignity, Gabe may have to make the most gut-wrenching decision of his life—and there’s no way out.

Words and Images Us Bibliophiles Can Relate To

Good morning, atleast it is morning where I am! *I thought the above image was funny and I use the term “bitches” as a term of endearment!😉*

Hey everyone! I know it’s been awhile since I shared a post like this but want to get back to these bookish posts and funny images when I can. Since this is majority a book blog and I #lovelovelove BOOKS! I thought many of you could relate to these images!😊

*~Yay! I am Featured on this Awesome Author’s Website~*

Hello lovelies! I know I am still on a break besides my scheduled posts due to health concerns but I had to share this post that this awesome author posted on her website. I promise I will be back as soon as I can to show everyone my love back and catch up on everyones’ amazing posts! You guys rock and are the best!

You can find Annie Wood’s post at http://www.anniewoodsbooks.com/home/sunday-spotlight-december-10-2017

Which featured the one and only ME! YAY!💖💖💖

On Annie’s website you can find her bio, book reviews, info about her debut novel First Came Forever and other amazing posts!

I am so thankful that I had the pleasure of meeting Annie and calling her a friend. Check out the link above that spotlights me and it also has links to mine as well as others’ review of First Came Forever by Annie Woods!

*~Book Review: Dare You To Love Me by Becca Fox~*

☆~Available Now~☆

I want to thank Becca Fox for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and views expressed are my own. I appreciate this opportunity.

Book Blurb:

It’s senior year. He rules the school. She just wants to make it to graduation. With prom only six weeks away, and his reputation at stake – will Brian be able to get “Scary Pants” out on a date?

Brian Royland is the golden boy of Palm Beach High. He’s smart, handsome, athletic, and charming. He could get any girl in school – but he procrastinated and is now dateless for the most important dance of the year. When he hears about the new girl, Iris Newman aka “Scary Pants”, Brian is intrigued. But when Brian’s friends doubt he’ll succeed in scoring her as his prom date, bets start flying, and she turns into a prize to be won.

Iris has set several goals for herself; make sure her older sister has a smooth pregnancy, help her recently single mother support and manage their family, and find a way to stop her band’s bass guitarist from asking her out every week. She doesn’t have the time or the energy to deal with the arrogant and pesky Brian Royland, who is suddenly determined to get her out on a date.

It only takes six weeks for them to realize they have both experienced great loss. Surrounded by mayhem and high school drama – could they be the key to each other’s healing?

Review: I give this book 5 out of 5 sweet stars! I will have to admit when I agreed to read this book I was skeptical especially since it was a teenager love story. I was scared it would just be the usual cliche boy meets girl but I couldn’t be more wrong. I Dare You To Love Me by Becca Fox was so much more than that. I also met Becca in the blogosphere and liked her as a person so was scared that if I had to write a negative review I would be devastated. Thank God, when I read this book I was utterly pleased. Becca Fox created a sensational, unpredictable and heartwarming romance that I won’t soon forget. I loved how well written this story was and how the character’s stories unfold.

I am so glad I picked up I Dare You To Love Me and can’t wait until the next novel Mrs. Fox has in store for us! If you are looking for something sweet, that will make you tear up, has twists and turns and is unpredictable I would recommend reading this book!

Becca Fox was that strange girl in high school, who always seemed to have her nose in a book. She didn’t talk much because, more often than not, she was daydreaming about different fantasy worlds. During class, under the guise of taking notes, she wrote scenes for her works in progress.

Becca is a bit more social now but still enjoys reading, writing, and daydreaming. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, a fat orange tabby cat, and a forever-puppy.

*Copied from her Amazon page*

*~Review: First Came Forever by Annie Woods~5+++++ Stars~*

~First Came Forever is available now!~

I want to thank Annie Woods for providing me with an ARC of First Came Forever in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity. All opinions and views expressed are my own.

Synopsis: Erica and her 3 closest friends are off on a summer vacation celebrating turning 18 and being legal. When Erica’s friends want to party hardy, Erica feels out of step with them. Erica has set up the vacation so that they will backpack over beautiful countries and enjoy sightseeing.

At their current location the other girl’s decide to stay because the place is well known for its parties and they know they are going to get lit asf at the next full moon party.

Erica pleads with her friends to stick with the original plans. She wants to see all the beautiful sites and attractions that she can. After her pleading is shown to be useless, Erica decides to continue the journey on her own.

While waiting in line at a tourists’ attraction, Erica bumps into an intriguing and attractive stranger, Sasha. They hit it off right away and Erica experiences all the feels of love for the very first time.

When everything seems to be a fairy tale and perfect, Erica is faced with Sasha’s deception. She moves to the United States and starts a new school that brings on a whole new set of life experiences. Erica goes on many adventures throughout First Came Forever. She faces love, friendship, confusion, betrayal, high school drama and grief. Will Erica forgive Sasha for his deception? Will Erica make a way through her new life and trials? Read First Came Forever by Annie Woods to find out!

Review: Wow!!! This book was epically amazing! When first reading this story, I felt it was going to be a simple and cute love story….

You and I belong together, it’s as simple as that. I’ve waited for you my whole life, I’m nothing without you. We’ll make this work, I promise.

I couldn’t have been more wrong! As things progressed I was thrown for twists and turns that I had no clue were coming! I absolutely adored Erica! In so many ways I was Erica. Erica loved others to a fault and felt out of step with her friends.

Annie Woods based this book off of actual life experiences. I was thoroughly impressed and enjoyed this book so much. Annie took her life experiences and weaved through these pages passion and talent creating a Young Adult Masterpiece that I won’t soon be able to forget. First Came Forever made me feel so much emotions and I felt like I couldn’t fathom waiting for the sequel! I give this book 5+++++ royal stars out of 5! I didn’t realize all the feels this book gave me! I couldn’t recommend this book enough! There also was some LGBT+ friendly stuff in here which I enjoyed. If it wasn’t the holidays with sick kids I would have finished this within hours!

Oh and I usually don’t like love triangles but this book had so much more to it than that! I will have to say after a certain incident didn’t sit well with me, I am #TeamTyler but man are my feelings all out of sorts! My only problem is how could you leave us with that ending Annie and make us wait?!! #WorthIT

I also want to do a shout out to Adrienne @ Darque Dreamer Reads for fangirling with me throughout my reading of this book! She just made things even more AWESOME! In the link above and HERE you can find her review of First Came Forever. She also posted a Q & A with Annie Woods with it!

One more thing I wanted to add is that not only was this book awesome so was the author. I was kind of scared that after making friends with Annie that I would hate if I didn’t enjoy this book. Well all of my fears were put at bay when reading this book and realizing it’s now one of my favorites of all time. I can see why Erica is based off Annie and why me and Annie connected! She even sent me a sweet signed copy! Yay! First Came Forever by Annie Woods is highly recommended!🤗💟😁😍💃💝📚

*This Author Made My Week Brighter~Current Read*

I have met so many amazing authors being a book blogger and appreciate them all! This week, I got a novel sent to me that was a signed copy and was gift wrapped with a bookmark gift tag!!!💖🎁🎊 It just made my week. I have met so many cool authors on here and couldn’t be more thrilled such as; Didi Oviatt, E. Michael Helms, James Cudney, Gretchen Gomez and more! This author I am sharing about I met on Instagram and she has been so kind and giving. Her book, First Came Forever is now my current read and I can’t wait to see how it unravels! So I’m sharing my current read to you via pictures! I would love to know everyone’s current read as well!!! I hope everyone has a great week!💖📚🤗

Today opening up my current read!!😎📸

My gift wrapped book!🎁🎊

The autograph and shout-out!!!💖

The gift tag for the wrapped book, that is a bookmark themed around this title!💖🎁

*~Review: Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal~5 Stars~*

I want to give a huge thank you to J. Kyle McNeal for providing me with a copy of Birthrights in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

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Synopsis: Whym and Quint are two completely different young men, from seperate social statuses, and with two different perspectives.The two young men will travel on their seperate journeys and the author takes us on an adventure that we won’t forget from all POVs.

Quint is kin to a very powerful and religious family. He has no responsibilities and is use to living under his family’s care. Suddenly, Quint is thrown into a whirlwind and has to become a leader and take care of the dragon people. With living such a sheltered life, will Quint be able to be the leader his people need?

Whym is the last heir from his disgraceful family and was backstabbed by his best friend Ather, resulting in tragedy and execution. Whym is the grandson of the executed leader of the Reformer’s Rebellion. He is suddenly given an opportunity of choosing to become the apprentice of Stern, who is a disgrace to the Ellenronds(Whym’s family).

Both Whym and Quint are at a lost by the expectations of their birthrights. They both make a choice to try and fulfill their destiny. During their travels, they are on the brink of a civil war and trying to decipher between the truth and many lies. With strain from their previous life experiences the two men and other characters have to face treachery, scandals, violence, battles, suffering and trying to stand for what they believe to be the right perspective of the truth.

The reader is taken on a journey through other multiple characters’ POV and how their beliefs are tested through chaos. The young men are effected by their family ties but must go through this journey to try and fulfill their destinies and figure out where they stand for the upcoming battle. The reader is taken on these two seperate journeys with these men but both face similar trials and adventures as they navigate to finding the truth. The characters are taken through a journey where their faith and personal beliefs are tested in the battle to find the truth. Will these two young men be able to come to the grips of realization that the truth is mostly a matter of perspective? Will Whym and Quint be able to fulfill their destinies? Read Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal to find out! giphy (12)

Review: WOW! This was an epic fantasy lover’s dream book. I give this book 5 out of 5 magical stars! This book captivates it’s readers attention from the beginning and carries it through the end. When I started reading this book I was going through a hard time and felt that this book had the ability to take me to a fantasy land that was full of adventure to escape my reality!

This is the perfect first installment of the series and it is sure to grab the reader’s attention from the beginning. I will be waiting patiently for the next in the series! The more I read this book the more I wanted to turn pages quickly and when I got near the end I never wanted to stop! The characterization and point of views were very intriguing and captivating. The only thing is there is some intense violence so this might be a trigger for some. I am so glad that I chose to read this book and miss the fantasy land already! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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☆~Thankful for my Followers~☆~Recieving Requests and Copies from Awesome Authors~☆

I have loved becoming a book blogger and all the added perks! I have met amazing people and amazing authors! I am so happy with my stats and traffic on my blog! Awesome Sauce!😁📚💃

When I first joined WordPress I thought I was going to fail at this blogger business. I mean, who wants to hear my random behind blabber and to be honest I was a bit intimidated.

That all changed when I met some awesome people and started to let some of the anxiety go! Kim at By Hook Or By Book took me under her wing and I started getting involved with everyone! I am still working on not putting my foot in my mouth and being a better blogger but no way thought I could get almost 300 more followers within the last month and get so many shout-outs! It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

I am so grateful for everyone and try my best to always interact back as soon as possible! I couldn’t do this without you guys and I am so happy to be part of the blogging community!

Today, I recieved an autographed copy of the book Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal. His shout out in his autograph made my day just like the award I recieved from Darque Dreamer Reads today.

I just wanted to share with you guys that being part of this community and interacting with everyone has been a life saver for me! I have chronic illnesses that cause me not to be able to go out and have lost many of friendships unfortunately. Having you guys as followers and interacting with you has been a Godsend! Everyday everyone here makes my world a little brighter!

Okay enough with the mushy gushy stuff, I know! Lol. I am sharing with you guys some books and autographs I have recieved within the last month! I hope everyone has a fantastic day and weekend! Happy reading lovelies!📚😁

☆~Awesome Author and Book!~First Came Forever by Annie Woods~☆

Hey lovelies!!! I wanted to share with you this awesome author I met with you! I met her through Instagram! She is so kind and has amazing reviews for her new book First Came Forever! I can’t wait until I get to check out this fantastic title!!! You can find Annie on her website@http://www.anniewoodsbooks.com as well as Instagram @anniewoodsauthor and Twitter @anniewoodsYA! You can also find her book and her profile on Goodreads listed as, Annie Woods. 😁📚❤👑

As shared on her website at: http://www.anniewoodsbooks.com/books.html

FIRST LOVE. A PROMISE OF FOREVER. A LIE THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING.

Backpacking with her high school friends, Erica’s life takes a thrilling new turn. Meeting the fascinating Sasha Ailes, she can’t help but fall completely and irrevocably in love with him. When he feels the same way about her, Erica finds herself drawn into a fairy tale love story that will set her life on a new direction.

But Sasha has kept his true identity a secret. Finding out who he really is, Erica must overcome the betrayal and make the hardest choice of her life. Can she give up her own dreams to live in his world, or leave and lose him forever?

First Came Forever is an enchanting, heart-wrenching story about friendship and first love and the devastating consequences a mistake can lead to. A deeply romantic read, full of characters who will stay with you for a long time.

About Annie as published on her website@ http://www.anniewoodsbooks.com/about.html

Hi there,
I’m Annie Woods, a Swedish author, who has spent a lot of time in the USA and UK.

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Reading has always been a big part of my life. I’m especially addicted to YA and teen love stories. The books I read as a teenager have stuck with me through life and I still love YA books more than any other kind of literature.

YA books just have so much more to them, don’t you think? With all their intensity and all-consuming feelings; the first crush and the emotion of it all; the characters you get to know and love and who stay with you long after the story is over.


My own YA novel First Came Forever, which is the first book in the Angelheart Saga trilogy, has just been published. I am so nervous and excited about sharing the story with you all and to hear what you think about it. I also hope that you will get to love Erica, Sasha and Tyler just as much as I do. I have been living with them for years now that I actually think about them as real-life-persons, like old friends that I wish the very best for.

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I also have to admit that Erica is pretty much based off of myself. I’ve always been a reader, a true bookworm who sometimes (too often) prefer books to people. Erica is just a tiny bit… oh, alright, A LOT… smarter and better looking and with way more integrity.

But, just like me, she’s clumsy (we both actually walk into walls, missing the door opening), a kind of bad driver, but a great runner finding peace and quiet and respite from all demands out in the woods with her running shoes on.


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Just like Erica, I grew up in Stockholm, Sweden. But I’ve also spent a lot of time in USA, mostly in New York, and UK. I feel like I have two home towns – Stockholm and New York, but most of all home is where my family is. My family, yes, I am married and have two gorgeous children. And a dog.

I can also tell you that there are so many things I love, like music, theatre, dance, art, movies and books. Anything that brings magic to your life, really.

I also love traveling with my family and experiencing the world together and doing outdoor activities, like hiking, surfing or skiing. I’ve been hiking a lot in the Swedish mountains as well as in Yosemite in US and skied a lot in the Alps. I’ve also done some other exciting traveling, which you probably can tell from reading First Came Forever, for example through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mocambique. In Zimbabwe we stayed at in tents in the middle of nowhere, doing amazing walking safaris at sunrise, and in Botswana we did hippo safaris on the river. I also love Cambodia and Vietnam, which is quite obvious from the book… On the top of my bucket list I have walking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, I hope to be able to do that very soon!


Also, I just want to tell you that Annie Woods is a pen name. I use it to keep my YA author life a bit separate from my other professional life. Kind of lame, I know. Sorry about that. The avatar I use as my photo resembles me so much though, that some of my friends might soon figure out that I’m behind Annie Woods… so it really feels like it’s me anyway.

Hope everyone has a great day and is able to check out this awesome author and book!

*~📚Deadly Spirits👻 by: E. Michael Helms~5 stars~*

I want to give a huge thank you to E. Michael Helms for providing me with a copy of Deadly Spirits in exchange for an honest review! Michael is an amazing author and such a kind southern gentleman! You can find his blog at https://emichaelhelms.wordpress.com

Synopsis: PI Mac McClellan is dragged to a Palmetto Paranormal Society outing by his girlfriend Kate. Mac is sarcastic and completely a skeptic when it comes to said “ghosts” but will do anything for Kate. The society members split up to investigate an old hotel but are shocked when the society president is found with his neck broken and dead.

Suspciously, nobody heard the president fall to his death. The president’s current girlfriend is found next to his body screaming! After the police process the scene they rule the death as an accident.

When Mac is told about the accidental ruling, it does not sit well with him. If the man fell down the stairs by accident wouldn’t they hear him tumbling down the stairs? Suddenly, the president’s girlfriend is found dead and it is ruled as a suicide.

The two deaths both occurred at Palmetto Paranormal Society outings! Mac doesn’t believe for a second this is a coincidence and takes matters in his own hands. Mac’s veteran gut instinct puts him on the investigation but death and murder attempts are full blown in this southern town. Will Mac be able to figure out whodunit and save his own ass in the process? Read Deadly Spirits by E. Michael Helms to find out!

Review: Wow!!! This book was fantastic and I give it without hesitation 5 out 5 mysterious stars! I had to put this book off for a little bit because I got sick but started reading it last night. I stayed up all night turning pages to this fun mystery until I finished but it was worth the sleepless night! This book made me smile, laugh, gave me the jeepers creepers and warmed my heart. Mac’s character is fantastic! He is the epitome of a southern gentleman.

Mac has his faults but he is such a good hearted southern man. I also thoroughly enjoyed his sense of humor and his love for Kate. I agree with many women in this book that Kate is a lucky woman! I also enjoyed Kate’s compassionate spirit. Dakota was also a fantastic character with her rugged past but a custom personality fitted with mouth of a sailor. I loved the characterization in Deadly Spirits.

I loved how this book had me turning pages and at the edge of my seat with suspense. This was the perfect novel for the Halloween season. Even though Deadly Spirits is Book 4 in the series, you can definitely read this book as a standalone basis. This book gives you just the right amount of details about the character’s past so you don’t feel like your missing something.

I will definitely not be reading Deadly Spirits as a standalone. I can’t wait until I get the chance to devour the rest of this series! I loved your writing Mr. Helms and Mac’s southern chivalrous personality! I will follow you anywhere!😊📚❤

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!😁

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