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Boxed Set Sale and Bookbag Giveaway


You know you need a couple of extra bags for wrapping those last minute gifts! Or maybe you need grocery bags or bookbags! You can never have too many bags! To be entered to win a bag, simply comment on this post. If you are so inclined, share with us the best book you read this year!

Some of the bags are embroidered and some are not. Winners will be chosen at random. When you leave a comment, there is a spot where you can enter your email so that I can contact you. This email will not be shared or sold. If you are not already signed up to receive my giveaway/new releases newsletter, you can sign up for future giveaways on the sidebar! (I do about 4 giveaways a year).

The boxed sets that are on sale will appear on Friday (multiple authors are participating in the boxed set sale), but you can enter the giveaway now!

Hint: As part of the sale all of my boxed sets will be on sale for $2.99. In fact, if you were to check prices right now, they might already be showing the fabulous low price! (The boxed sets will also be on sale at B&N and Kobo. They are on sale at the blog store as well.)

Edited to add:

Oh, look, it appears Karen Cantwell’s boxed sets are on sale already!!! What a deal!!!

Amazon and Kobo and B&N

If you are not already signed up to receive my giveaway/new releases newsletter, you can sign up for future giveaways on the sidebar! (I do about 4 giveaways a year).

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Posted: December 14, 2017

Book Discussion and Review: Pinned Post Week 21

Blood Magic – Abnormals. I don’t generally read books where a vampire is the main because vamps aren’t really my favorite character. Of interest in this book, vampires aren’t dead–they’re infected. Unfortunately they still drink blood, but at least they aren’t dead. There’s a few typos in this book and a confusing sentence/jump or two (I’ll get around to sending them to the author as soon as I have a moment!) but not enough to be egregious and interfere. This is a young adult story and it is a good read. The pacing is good, the characters are good (I liked a few characters better than the main for their unique abilities/personalities/attitudes. I assume those abilities will be more fleshed out in future volumes too). The plot was quite fun and teased enough as it progressed to hold my attention. It’s a fairly linear story–not a lot of subplots, but I liked that the main wasn’t just a superhero due to being a vamp. She wasn’t *that* great of a sword fighter despite it being one of her main strengths, which made the story a lot more interesting. This book is definitely worth a look and if you like UF, you might want to pick up the entire boxed set–it was last week’s discussion post and is only 99 cents.

I don’t expect to get a lot of reading done this week. It seems there are many chores in December! I hope y’all are ready for the holidays and having a great December. Keep your eyes peeled. I happen to know there will be some big book sales going on late this week!!!

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Posted: December 10, 2017
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Last Call for Hand Made Soap 2017

Okay, y’all, some scents are already sold out, but if you need any of the following scents, you need to order NOW if you need any Christmas stocking stuffers:

Mint
Old Spice/Bay Rum
Lavender (regular size only)
Citrus Melon

Regular size hand bars are $3.50. Bear soaps are $4.00 and hearts are $3.00.

If you need shampoo or lotion, I have very limited stock so email me if you are thinking about either of those.

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Posted: December 12, 2017

Conversations

My parents don’t have an Alexa–but the conversations in this skit are much like the conversations we have when I visit–especially if Mom doesn’t wear her hearing aids. Luckily, she recently received a new pair so conversations are much better. But still, this reminded me of the chaos that can occur with family.

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Posted: December 11, 2017

Newfangled Things

While visiting Dad, I ordered him a pair of sweatpants. He has a lot of trouble with pain in his legs because of varicose veins. He denies that he has them because he has it in his head that they can only look a certain way. Whatever. His legs get very cold at night, but he can’t stand anything tight. So I bought him an all cotton thick pair of sweatpants in black. They are fairly loose with cuffs at the ankles–not too tight. He seemed to like them. I had him try them on before taking the tags off in case they didn’t fit.

He came out of the bedroom. “What do you think of my new pants?” he asked, looking down at the ankles and turning this way and that.

Me: “Oh good. They fit. They look good. Not too tight or loose.”

He swiveled. “These will make nice pajamas.” He stopped suddenly and frowned. “Hey!” He looked at me with accusation. “These pants don’t have a fly! They must be GIRL pants!!!”

Me: Rolls eyes. “Dad, sweatpants don’t have a fly. It doesn’t matter whether they are men’s or women’s. None have a fly.”

Dad: “I can’t wear pants without a fly! How am I supposed to go to the bathroom without a fly!”

“Dad.” I shook my head. “You will just have to work it out.”

Grumbling and harrumphing, he retreated to the bedroom to change. He likes the sweatpants. I can tell because he wears them!

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Posted: December 8, 2017
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Giveaway! Books and Surprises!

Author Kaitlyn Deann is running a giveaway (print copy) for books one and two in her Witches Sleep series. It’s a rafflecopter so super easy to enter. There will be print copies of the books given away as well as some bookish surprises! (Not even I know what the surprises will be.)

If you can’t wait to find out if you won, you can, of course, buy a copy on Amazon.

At only seventeen, Ella Barnes is shot and killed for an unknown reason. She is shocked when she wakes up in a different world, a world of witches. Ella has to learn to adapt to a new body, new life and new world, surrounded by new people. As Ella gets to know Raena, the world of the witches and its people, she realizes they aren’t the perfect creatures they believe themselves to be, and she’s not the type of person to stand around and twiddle her thumbs. Will Ella succeed in changing the mindset of the people? Or will she be doomed to die another cold and tragic death because of her rebellion?


For no good reason (okay, it’s the weretigers) I like the sound of book 2 even better than book one! World of the Beasts

Sea-Anna and Tuck have been weretiger slaves to the witches for over twenty years. But now, because their master happens to be the leader’s worst enemy, they have been sold to the beasts behind their master’s back. Sea-Anna and Tuck are separated, bought by two different beasts. Sea-Anna, who dreads the beasts more than anything, promises herself to stay strong, but not for herself, not to save her own life. She has to protect her secrets. But will she buckle under the pressure Aphalie, the world of the beasts, shoves at her? Or will she overcome the trials and become the weretiger she was always meant to be?


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Posted: December 6, 2017
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Brothers

I have two brothers, one older, one younger. I don’t talk about them much, mostly because I don’t see them all that often. Plus, they are brothers. If you have brothers, you may understand that remark. This time, when I traveled to NM, my older brother picked me up at the airport and I stayed with him overnight. He hasn’t changed. He gave me the wrong phone number for me to call when I got my luggage and he waited in the cell phone lot. Every now and then, he just handily recalls his old phone number, one he had for years, but is not current. I double checked, but he managed to double-cross me twice!

He has a nice house. The guest bedroom happens to be at the front of the house, with the garage light shining into the bedroom. After I was in bed and realized this, I asked if he could turn it off.

“Sure. No problem. I’ll get it.”

Me: “If you show me where it is, I’ll do it.”

Him: “No, I’ll do it. It’s in the garage. Not sure which one it is, but I’ll take care of it.”

I went back to bed. He actually got it turned off in a short amount of time. Sometimes he can wander off and do “other things” for an hour and a half because he’s my brother.

Fifteen minutes later, the garage light came back on. “Do I kill him now or wait for later?” I muttered. Was it on a timer? Probably. I sighed and put the cover over my head.

Next morning, brother asked, “Did you go in the garage after all? The light was on.”

“No. You didn’t show me where the light was located, remember? Is it on a timer or something?”

He pondered. Sipped his coffee. Frowned as though I’d asked him to compute the secret of life. “Oh Wait! I had to go out in the garage later. I think I hit the wrong switch. I must have turned it back on by mistake.”

Seemed like a good time to smack him silly, if you ask me.

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Posted: December 5, 2017

Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 20

The Abnormals — young adult urban fantasy — the entire boxed set for 99 cents! Sounds quite interesting.

Here’s the blurb for book one:

Turned into a vampire at the age of two, Alyssa has spent the last 14 years pretending to be human in a society who hates “Abnormals” like her. She’s done just fine gossiping with the other girls, wearing pink, and becoming an expert sword fighter in order to vent her killer instincts.

But then the Mage Xavier shows up at her school and introduces her to a whole other reality under her feet—Abnormals Underground, an entire society of supernatural beings hiding under the city of Cumberland. Alyssa can ignore his pleas for her to join them as a warrior—for about two hours. When her father goes missing, Alyssa will have no choice but to become a part of the world she’s fought to avoid her entire life if she’s to get him back from the mayor of Cumberland. That wouldn’t be so hard, except that it turns out he’s a demon bent on world domination.

Benjamin Forrest and the School at the End of the World Another 99 cents! A young adult fantasy that caught my eye, maybe because of the beach part. Turns out the kid isn’t in Hawaii (more’s the pity) and looks like it will be anything but a vacation…

Benjamin Forrest wakes up on a strange beach. Two suns shine in the sky, and a couple of miles out from the shore, the sea drops off the edge of the world.

Where is he? How did he get here? And most importantly, how can he get home?

As he begins to encounter the unusual characters of Endinfinium, he finds himself at the centre of a battle for a secret world, one in which he will play a decisive role …

ENDINFINIUM – the new young adult fantasy series from Chris Ward, acclaimed author of the Tube Riders Series.

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Posted: December 3, 2017
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Young Adult Book Fair (Sale!)

Here’s a fabulous roundup of young adult titles to check out!!! Thanks to Lea McKee for pulling this all together. Some great bargains to be had!

Tell me which books catch your eye!

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Posted: November 30, 2017
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Zilker Park, Austin

A good friend of mine came to town yesterday so we went to Zilker Park to walk around. It was a gorgeous day! Originally we were planning to look for their bird rehabilitation area. I’ve been there before and there were some great hawks and owls. But, being me, I got kind of lost so we ended up walking along the Colorado River instead. Austin calls this river ‘Town Lake’ or “Lake Austin” or “Lady Bird Lake,” but it’s clearly a river if you ask me. And Town Lake is the old name for “Lady Bird Lake,” which according to the map could meander anywhere along that section of “river.” Whatever. There were ducks and turtles and boats and glorious sunshine with a nice breeze. You may have to click the pictures to see any details. Ducks and turtles are kind of small.

I took some photos to share with you!









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Posted: November 29, 2017
Filed in Texas, Walks in Life
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