Dragonfly by Leila Meacham – Book Tour Review and Giveaway

I have been WAITING to share Dragonfly with you. It’s a gorgeous, sweeping historical drama with you and I’m excited to join up with Lone Star Lit to share it, along with a giveaway for a chance to receive one of two signed copies. Read on to find out why I adore this book and [Read On]

Aunt Jeanne’s Pumpkin Cake

It’s fall, and certainly, that means all-you-can pumpkin. I love pumpkin so much that when fall comes around, I question why I don’t ever bake anything pumpkin the rest of the year!  And while this whole pumpkin spice business is getting a bit out of hand (and by the taste of it, “pumpkin spice” refers [Read On]

When the Men Were Gone – Book Excerpt & Review

With thanks to Lone Star Lit, I’m joining in their book blog tour of When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrera Lewis. I’ve got a lot for you today: an excerpt from this heartfelt and wonderful tale, my review, a book trailer, AND a giveaway for a chance to win your own copy! I [Read On]

Ten Things That Make Me Stupidly Happy

Kat Bouska has a prompt on her blog that asks for ten things that make you happy. It was a really appealing idea as there’s so much going on in the world right now that make me angry and sad. Note: I try not speak of those things because if you need to hear about [Read On]

Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M Martineau

Fans of adult fantasy (and mature YA readers) will enjoy Kingdom of Exiles by author Maxym M Martineau. Read on for more about this book which is the first of The Beast Charmer trilogy. Thanks to Sourcebooks and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book. This post contains affiliate links. All [Read On]

Recursion by Blake Crouch – Book Review

The 2016 release of Dark Matter completely blew me away, but I think Blake Crouch topped that novel with Recursion. (And not just because he over-scienced my brain in Dark Matter.) Read on to find out why! Thanks to Crown Publishing and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review. This post also contains affiliate links. [Read On]

Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune – Book Review

If you need a lovely escape, especially if you are a fan of magical realism, Roselle Lim’s debut novel Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune is a must read! Read on for why I loved this book so much! Netgalley and Berkely Publishing Group thoughtfully provided a copy for review purposes; this post contains [Read On]

Captain Fin by Amanda M Thrasher – Book Review

CAPTAIN FINbyAMANDA M. THRASHER based on a screenplay by Kevin James O’Neill  Genre: Young Adult / Adventure / FamilyPublisher: Progressive Rising Phoenix PressDate of Publication: May 1, 2019Number of Pages: 432 Scroll down for giveaway! Hannah Gunner, once a carefree child, is faced with secrets, lies, and betrayal. A life-changing event during her adolescent years forces [Read On]

Watermelon Granita

This morning I’m dreaming of the Outer Banks, fresh watermelons, and the watermelon granita I’d make because we were always overoptimistic about watermelons. (They are pretty irresistible.) Click here if you are impatient and need to jump straight to the recipe (and possibly miss out on my helpful commentary and humor). Every year as arrive [Read On]

I Need A Starbucks Name

While it’s a bit of a joke how Starbucks tends to butcher people’s names, it happened to me once again. I’m fairly certain I enunciated “JENN” rather clearly in expectation of the possibility, which is worse when you are in a crowded coffee shop.  As I chuckled about how Jenn ended up being “Karen”, I [Read On]