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Dracula

I finished this book…Love love love love love!

I seriously think Kerri Maniscalco and Colleen Gleason should team up!

 

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Finished Reading

Okay I know I’m behind posts and reading…Life calls.  I”m a mom who is working and doing one million things.  Even tackled cleaning some the areas of my house that needed to be done.  So at the end of the day, I am tired and I need sleep to keep going.  So sleep rules.

I  just posted three other entries and decided to do one more before I go to sleep.

I just finished reading this book. It is such a cute story!!!   I forgot how much I love reading these style books.  I think this would fall into chick lit with humor and romance.   Laney and Noah are quite interesting and you can see the journey they go on.  It hits a bit of home of one trying to find yourself.  (I’m still working on that aspect..who isn’t?)  Oh I do have to say that the cover caught my eye!  It awesome. I want the hair color!  Check it out:

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Dictatorship of the Dress (“Much “”I Do”” About Nothing”)

By Jessica Topper

As the dress-bearer for her mother’s wedding, comic book artist Laney Hudson has a lot more baggage than the bulky garment bag she’s lugging from New York to Hawaii. Laney is determined to prove she’s capable of doing something right, but running chores for her mom’s fairytale nuptials is proving to be a painfully constant reminder of her own lost love.

So when she’s mistaken for the bride and bumped up to first class, Laney figures some stress-free luxury is worth a harmless white lie. Until the flight crew thinks that the man sitting next to her is Laney’s groom, and her little fib turns into a hot mess.

The last thing Noah Ridgewood needs is some dress-obsessed diva landing in his first-class row. En route to his Vegas bachelor party, the straight-laced software designer knows his cold feet have nothing to do with the winter weather.

When a severe storm leaves them grounded in Chicago and they find themselves booked into the last available honeymoon suite, Laney and her in-flight neighbor have little choice but to get better acquainted. Now, as her bridal mission hangs in the balance, perhaps the thing Laney gets right is a second chance at love.

I spy Fiction books

I spy these beauties today.  I want to read both of these books.  They look amazing. What do you think?

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

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Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration?

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase.

 

Wicked like Wildfire by Laura Popovic

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All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

 

Some books I saw today

I need to get back into book blogging! So today I saw these books. The covers caught my  attention  Any of them interest you?

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Pretend We Are Lovely
By Noley Reid
Pages: 284
Publisher: Tin House Books
Date: July 18 2017

It’s the summer of 1982 in Blacksburg, Virginia―seven years after the suspicious death of a son and sibling―and the Sobel family is hungry.

Francie dresses in tennis skirts and ankle socks and weighs her grams of allotted carrots and iceberg lettuce. Her semi-estranged husband Tate prefers a packed fridge and hidden doughnuts. Daughters Enid, ten, and Vivvy, almost thirteen, are subtler versions of their parents, measuring their summer vacation by meals had or meals skipped. But at summer’s end, secrets both old and new emerge and Francie disappears, leaving the family teetering on the brink.

Told from alternating points of view by the four living Sobels, Pretend We Are Lovely is a sharp and darkly funny story of forgiveness, family secrets, and the losses we inherit. At its core is the ever-complicated and deeply-devoted bond of sisterhood as the girls, left mostly to their own devices, must navigate their way through middle school, find comfort in each other, and learn the difference between food and nourishment.

 

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The Secret of the India Orchid
By Nancy Campbell Allen
Series: Proper Romance
Pages: 320
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Date: August 1, 2017

Anthony Blake is in love with his best friend’s sister, Sophia Elliot. But his plans to court her are put on hold when he is forced to resume his role as an undercover spy for the Crown. A secret document listing the names of the entire network of British spies-including his own-has been stolen. To protect Sophia, Anthony cuts off all ties to her and exchanges his life as an honorable earl for the facade of a flirtatious playboy.

Heartbroken and confused, Sophia travels to India, hoping to find healing in one of the most exotic regions of the British Empire. But the exotic land isn’t as restful as she had hoped. Instead, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery of a missing sea captain, a possible murder, and a plot that could involve the prince of India. And when Anthony appears at the British Residency, asking questions and keeping his distance from her, she is stunned.

She still loves him, and, in her heart, she knows he loves her too. But how can she rebuild her relationship with him if he won’t confide in her? Does she dare offer her heart to him a second time, or will their love be lost under the India sun?

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Rebellion
By Molly Patterson
Pages: 560
Publisher: Harper
Date: August 8, 2017

A sweeping debut that crosses continents and generations, Rebellion tells the story of Addie, Louisa, Hazel, and Juanlan: four women whose rebellions, big and small, are as unexpected as they are unforgettable.

At the heart of the novel lies a mystery: In 1900, Addie, an American missionary in China, goes missing during the Boxer Rebellion, leaving her family back home to wonder at her fate. Her sister Louisa—newly married and settled in rural Illinois—anticipates tragedy, certain that Addie’s fate is intertwined with her own legacy of loss.

In 1958, Louisa’s daughter Hazel has her world upended by the untimely death of her husband. It’s harvest time, and with two small children and a farm to tend, she is determined to keep her land and family intact. Yet even while she learns to enjoy her independence, Hazel realizes that the tradeoff for some freedoms is more precious than expected.

Nearly half a century later, Juanlan has returned to her parents’ home in Heng’an. With her father ill, her sister-in-law soon to give birth, and the construction of a new highway rapidly changing the town she once knew, she feels pressured on every side by powers outside her control. Frustrated by obligation and the smallness of her own dreams, Juanlan at last dares to follow desire, only to discover an anger that cannot be contained.

Moving from rural Illinois to the far reaches of China, Rebellion brilliantly links through action and consequence the story of four women, spanning more than a century. From the secrets they keep and the adventures they embark on, to the passions that ultimately drive them forward, the characters at the center of this electric debut dramatically fight against expectation in pursuit of their own thrilling fates.

Children Books

Here are some new books that I saw today!  Each of them has an amazing story to tell.  I really liked the two picture books:  Fuschia Fierce and When Penny Met POTUS.  Both have a great point in the story!  Be sure to check them out.

 

Pedro Goes Buggy by Fran Manushkin

A school assignment has Pedro collecting bugs, bugs, and more bugs! But what happens when his brother Paco lets them all out?

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Far Out Fairy Tales by Louise Simonson

What do you get when classic fairy tales are twisted about, turned inside out, and reworked for the graphic novel format? Far Out Fairy Tales! Discover what Snow White would be like if she were raised by robots. Find out how Cinderella’s story plays out when she walks the path of the ninja. Play along when three billy goats named Gruff get stuck inside a video game. Chase down the Big Bad Wolf with the help of a superpowered Red Riding Hood! Each fairy tale revision holds true to the spirit of the original while adding a modern twist to the classic tales we know and love.

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Fuchsia Fierce by Christianne Jones

Fuchsia Fierce is a bold name for a bold girl, but she wasn’t always so brave. Thanks to her parents, her camp counselor, and her friends, Fuchsia finally learns how to live up to her name. This vibrant picture book will teach every reader the importance of self confidence: a priceless lesson.

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When Penny Met Potus by Rachel Ruiz

When Penny Met POTUS will transport you on a presidential adventure in imagination. A smartly written, beautifully illustrated picture book about a young girl whose mother works for a boss named POTUS. POTUS? Just who or WHAT is a POTUS? Penny is on a mission to find out! She imagines all the fun things she and POTUS will do together when they meet -like have a tea party in the China Room and do important work in the Oval Office. When she goes to work with her mother one day at a big White House – Penny sneaks off on her own through the historic corridors to find POTUS. Along the way, she chats up the White House butler and Rose Garden gardener. Will she find POTUS? And will he live up to her great expectations?

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Sofia Martinez the Beach Trip by Jacqueline Jules

Sofia and her family are headed to the beach for the weekend, and Sofia is packed and ready to go. But once they get to the beach house, it’s obvious that Sofia did not pack basic beach gear. Will her beach trip be ruined? Spanish words are used throughout this early chapter book.

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Club Deception

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Club Deception
by Sarah Skilton
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 25, 2017)
Welcome to CLUB DECEPTION where nothing is what it seems …and love may be the most dangerous illusion of all.

Claire Fredericksson is the beating heart of CLUB DECEPTION, LA’s most exclusive society of magicians. She’s the Queen Bee of Magician WAGs (“Wives and Girlfriends”), and the real genius behind her philandering husband Jonathan’s award-winning magic show, but her debilitating stage fright has kept her out of the limelight. Until Claire’s life is upended by the arrival of two new women to the closed group of magicians’ wives- Jessica, a young trophy wife with a secret; and Kaimi, an art expert looking for the long- lost Erdnase papers by posing as a girlfriend. When a magician rivalry and a stolen routine erupt into murder, the women must uncover the truth and set things right for the men they love. With a cast of endurance experts, Vegas stage stars, close-up card handlers and a pick-up artist or two this glamorous novel weaves a tale of murder and fame, and many, many illusions.

Youth Star Wars Chapter Books

Chapter books are important for children to read. It allows them to understand the beginning, middle and end of a story.  All stories should have that.  Some adventures end in one book and others do not.  I saw these amazing Star Wars chapter books for all children to read.  Check it out and pass the idea on to anyone who has children or if you are a parent looking for more books to read.

 

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The Snare – Star Wars Adventures in Wild Space
It is a time of darkness. With the end of the Clone Wars, and the destruction of the Jedi Order, the evil Emperor Palpatine rules the galaxy unopposed. When the parents of Milo and Lina Graf are abducted by agents of the evil Empire while the family is out on a mission mapping the unknown systems of Wild Space, the children must undertake a perilous journey to rescue them. In the first book of this six book chapter book series, Milo and Lina look for allies on the ancient frontier world of Thune– but must outwit the cruel Imperial officer Captain Korda who has prepared a trap for them!

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The Nest – Star Wars Adventures in Wild Space
It is a time of darkness. With the end of the Clone Wars, and the destruction of the Jedi Order, the evil Emperor Palpatine rules the galaxy unopposed. When the parents of Milo and Lina Grafare abducted by agents of the evil Empire while the family is out on a mission mapping the unknown systems of Wild Space, the children must undertake a perilous journey to rescue them. In the third book of this six book chapter book series, Milo and Lina track the mysterious transmission to the planet Lothal, hoping to find help against the Empire. But as Lina and Milo search for the source, they are unaware of the danger following them at every turn.

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Star Wars Adventures in Wild Space The Darkness
It is a time of darkness. With the end of the Clone Wars, and the destruction of the Jedi Order, the evil Emperor Palpatine rules the galaxy unopposed. When the parents of Milo and Lina Graf are abducted by agents of the evil Empire while the family is out on a mission mapping the unknown systems of Wild Space, the children must undertake a perilous journey to rescue them. In the fourth book of this six book chapter book series, Milo and Lina have been captured by the bounty hunter, the Shade. The Shade has orders to bring the children to Captain Korda. But on their way there, the power goes out on the ship. Will Milo and Lina be able to escape the Empire, or does something even deadlier await in the darkness?

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Star Wars Princess Leia Royal Rebel
Who is Princess Leia? How did a princess become a rebel leader? And what happened to her after the Empire was defeated? In this biography–complete with black-and-white illustrations, timelines, and character profiles–young readers will delight in learning the complete history of Star Wars’ royal rebel.

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Star Wars Force Awakens Rey’s Story
Rey never thought she would leave the desert planet of Jakku, but her life is turned upside down when she meets BB-8, a small droid with a big secret. Like it or not, Rey is about to be caught up in something much larger than herself: a galactic war between the evil First Order and the fledgling Resistance. But something is awakening inside of Rey, something that might turn the tides of fortune in the galaxy. . . .