Author Archives: Kristin

Different Month, Same Story


I’m linking this post to Sunday Post, and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

I hope everyone is doing well and is staying safe. I’d like to say that things have slowed down for me, but they haven’t. I’ve had a lot going on over here in my lil world, and I haven’t been getting as much blogging done. I finally fully cancelled my big family vacation for November and got all out money back from it. I was really looking forward to seeing my family and finally getting to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but there’s no way that’s happening. My area is still closed for the most part. So, aside from working and running out for things we need, I pretty much just stay home and go stir crazy.

 

Aside from being back at work, I’ve been crafting a lot more. During quarantine I purchased a Cricut machine and have been playing with it a lot lately. I’ve made some shirts, friend’s have been having me decorate or make them cups, I’ve decorated some egg cartons for a friend who has chickens, and I have even started experimenting with ice dying fabric. I’ve had a lot of fun pushing myself to try new techniques and learn new things. So all these random projects have also kept me a bit busy and has helped me keep my sanity for the most part.

 

 

I also recently (like a week ago) rescued a pair of hermit crabs that some guy was getting rid of in my community. He posted this photo of a disgusting set up or some brown slime on the bottom of a tank and said he was getting rid of his hermit crabs. Since I had the means to be able to take these little guys on, I decided to reach out to him and take them from him. Well, I had no clue how stressful these lil… or rather big things could be. They are huge (not the cute lil things you see in pet stores), and need an insane amount of care to make them happy. So, for the last week I have been stressing over that and trying to get everything set up perfectly for them. Thankfully there are a few really good Facebook groups that have helped me out a lot.

 

So yeah, I’ve been keeping busy over here and have just been trying to keep my sanity… while also sort of losing it at the same time. 😉

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Resistor by C.E. Clayton (Giveaway)

Resistor: An Eerden Novel (Ellinor #1)
by C.E. Clayton
Publisher: Starfish Ink
Publication date: Aug. 7, 2020
Genre: Cyberpunk, Fantasy, New Adult

Ellinor Rask has wanted one thing for the past eight years: vengeance. But when Ellinor is captured, she finds herself dragged back into the world she walked away from, entangled once more with friends she would rather forget.

As if that weren’t humiliating enough, Ellinor learns first hand that her magic can be stripped away by a piece of bio-tech—and her ex-boss is happy to leash her with the technology in order to get what he wants. If Ellinor behaves, the device will be removed. All she has to do is deliver a package. One containing a creature created from raw magical energy and discarded technology. Simple, right?

But when her goals start getting people murdered, Ellinor has to decide if the year’s planning, her honor, and even her own magic, are worth the lives it’s costing. Dodging ruthless gangsters, she finds herself on the run with a creature of immeasurable magical abilities alongside her one-time friends. Now, Ellinor must relearn to trust the people she once abandoned. She must put her faith in technology, and her life in the hands of independent contractors, all while racing to deliver the package before it gets taken by force, or worse, the creature decides to make an appearance itself.

 

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: A Chip on Her Shoulder by R.J. Blain

A Chip on Her Shoulder
(Magical Romantic Comedies #11)
by R.J. Blain
Publisher: Pen & Page Publishing
Publication date: Sept. 1, 2020
Genre: Paranormal Romance

After a deal with loan sharks sours, Darlene’s brother is permanently transformed into a chipmunk. Not one to accept impossibility as a good excuse for failure, she’s determined to rescue her brother and secure revenge against those who’d poisoned him with grade-a transformatives.

If she wants to perform a miracle, she’ll need to join forces with a divine, but the man upstairs and his angels refuse to help.

None of the other so-called benevolent divines are willing to help her, either.

Running out of time and options, Darlene prepares to storm the gates of hell for her brother.

She never expected to fall in love with the Devil.

 

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Review: Here We Go Again: My Life in Television by Betty White

Here We Go Again: My Life in Television
by Betty White
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: Oct. 12, 2010
Genre: Biography
Rating:

A memoir of Betty White’s first five decades on television—as irreverent and irresistible as the beloved actress herself.

Betty White first appeared on television in 1949 and has gone on to have one of the most amazing careers in TV history, starring in shows such as Life with Elizabeth, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and The Golden Girls, among many others. She is one of the hardest-working actresses of any era, and her sense of humor and perennial optimism have seen her through half a century of industry changes and delighted millions of fans.

Now, during Betty’s sixty-first year on screen, a year in which she has enjoyed a huge resurgence of popularity, her 1995 memoir makes a comeback too. Here We Go Again is a behind-the-scenes look at Betty’s career from her start on radio to her first show, Hollywood on Television, to several iterations of The Betty White Show and much, much more. Packed with wonderful anecdotes about famous personalities and friendships, stories of Betty’s off-screen life, and the comedienne’s trademark humor, this deliciously entertaining book will give readers an entrée into Betty’s fascinating life, confirming yet again why we can’t get enough of this funny lady.

 

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Review: Freeze Tag by Caroline B. Cooney

Freeze Tag
(Point Horror)
by Caroline B. Cooney
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Publication date: Sept. 1, 2004
Genre: Young Adult Horror
Rating:

From best-selling author Caroline Cooney comes this suspenseful story of Meghan, whose relationship with her perfect boyfriend is destroyed by a girl who can freeze people with a touch of her finger.

When Meghan and West first played Freeze Tag with Lannie, it was no ordinary game. Because when Lannie tagged someone, they really froze. Icy blue and cold. Like death.

Now Meghan, West, and Lannie are in high school, and Meghan and West are in love. They’re the perfect couple. But Lannie is determined to have West for her very own… and if she doesn’t get her way, she’ll freeze Meghan… to death.

 

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Review: Blood King by Abigail Owen

The Blood King
(Inferno Rising #2)
by Abigail Owen
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Publication date: Aug. 25, 2020
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating:

Ruthless dragon king Ladon Ormarr must keep his throne at all costs. And now, with war on the horizon, he’ll need a miracle. Luckily, the fates have dropped Skylar Amon right into his lap.

Except he may have met his match.

The feisty Amon sister has no fear — of him or any other dragon shifter — is brash, doesn’t stick to protocols, and regularly offends his warriors and advisers.

Skylar also has no intention of sticking around. She doesn’t believe in the whole destined mates thing and believes all dragon kings to be dangerous. But if it means taking out the High King who murdered her parents, she’ll put up with Ladon… temporarily.

But the fates have other plans. And when Skylar disappears in the middle of a battle, Ladon will burn down the world to find her.

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Booked for Murder by R.J. Blain (Giveaway)

Booked for Murder
(Vigilante Magical Librarians #1)
by R.J. Blain
Publisher: Pen & Page Publishing
Publication date: Aug. 18, 2020
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Life as a bodyguard and driver for the rich, famous, and powerful is dangerous on a good day, and after sustaining a crippling injury while on duty, Janette’s left with few options. Having signed a ‘for life’ contract but unable to work, she uses her skills to disappear.

Her new life as a librarian suits her. Nobody cares she limps and sometimes requires a cane to walk. She’s wanted for her knowledge, not her lethal magic. She’s surrounded by books, a woman’s best friend.

But when her former employer’s best friend is murdered on the steps of her library, old loyalties and secrets might destroy her – or set her free.

Teaming up with her co-workers to find the killer might keep her from being booked for murder, but unless she’s careful, she’ll find out exactly how far her ex-boss will go to reclaim what is rightfully his.

Her. For life.

 

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Review: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight
(The Twilight Saga #1)
by Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
Publication date: Sept. 6, 2006
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Rating:

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

Deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight is a love story with bite.

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Girl With Three Eyes by Priya Ardis (Giveaway)

Girl With Three Eyes
by Priya Ardis
Publisher: Vulcan Ink
Publication date: Aug. 28, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

She would hate her third eye less if it actually gave her special powers.

When her secret is threatened, she may be the only one who can save the kingdom.

“In this series opener, Ardis…presents an engaging mix of fantasy worldbuilding and teenage courtship…A piquant mix of adolescent romance and adventure.”Kirkus Reviews

Sixteen-year-old Kira puts on a show about having empathic abilities, but she miraculously wakes a highborn boy from a coma after a near-fatal accident on mountainous slopes. When his father threatens to expose her “magic” to the queen, she attends the kingdom’s most elite academy as a bodyguard.

Soon, she’s immersed in a strange new life—one of being a simple student trying out for the school’s skyboarding team. Her fake life becomes the life she’s always wanted, but Kira cannot escape who she truly is. Nothing in the court of the Raj is as it seems…

Will she risk her freedom to unmask a killer before the crown falls?

 

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Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella
(Once Upon a Con #1)
by Ashley Poston
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Yound Adult Romance
Rating:

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

 

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