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Sunday Wrap-Up #42

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, Showcase Sunday, and Stacking the Shelves.

I know I don’t do these every week but that’s because I’ve slowed way down on review books. I have been wanting to catch up on my books that have been neglected which means nothing new is really coming it. So my Sunday wrap-ups will more than likely only happen once a month unless I get some huge haul in for some reason or another.

If you follow me on Twitter or Tsu you may have saw me talking about this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and how I was successful in getting a slot on the volunteer list. I’ve been trying to get into Comic-Con for two years now and have never been able to snag a ticket. This year I decided to try to get a volunteer slot and I was able to make the cut. Super excited to be going to SDCC this year.

I’ve teamed up with Christina from Christina Reads YA to do a read along for Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs. Our goal is to push each other to read books that have been sitting on our shelf for a while. I definitely need pushing since I keep getting distracted by new books coming out. This week alone had a lot of amazing books that came out. I’m also doing a read-along for the Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs leading up to the upcoming release of Dead Heat with a group of bloggers (link on sidebar).

This week I also posted the sign-up linky for the Lucky Shamrock Giveaway Hop for next month. It’s only my second year doing it but I love the idea that there are no hoops for entrants to jump through in order to enter the giveaway. All they need is a little luck on their side.


Last week on BSA:
Lucky Shamrock Giveaway Hop (Sign-Ups)
Eleven Weeks by Lauren K. McKellar (Excerpt)
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (Review)
Melt Into You by Roni Loren (Review)
One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin (Review)

This week on BSA:
Book Covers: Are They Important to You? (Ramblings of a Book Sniffer)
Kiss of Fire by Deborah Cooke (Review)
Some Boys by Patty Blout (Review)
All Over You by Emily Snow (Review)

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Sunday Wrap-Up #41

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, Showcase Sunday, and Stacking the Shelves.

This week was my Mr. and my 10 year anniversary. We didn’t do anything lavish but we did go out to eat at a local bar. I know that sounds strange but they had really interesting sounding food. For instance, the Mr. got smoked ghouda mac n cheese with roasted cauliflower and jalapenos, and I got a quinoa burger with onion marmalade and blue cheese. However, that wasn’t what drew me to the place. It was the salted caramel gelato Smores sundae that we shared. I had seen pictures of it on Yelp and knew right then and there that was our place. You see, it all goes back to our first Valentine’s day together. The Mr and I spent our night roasting Smores in the broiler (our hometown is an area that gets 4ft of snow every winter) and Smores has just been our thing since. I will say this though, it definitely hasn’t felt like I’ve been married 10 years. Then again, time flies when you are happy, and how could I not be happy with a husband who on our special day just wants to go home, cuddle up on the couch, and watch Harry Potter. ♥

Last week on BSA:
Avenger’s Heat by Katie Reus (Review)
Remember When by T. Torrest (Review)
Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead (Review)
Devoured by Emily Snow (Review)

This week on BSA:
Hellhole by Gina Damico (Interview)
Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon (Review)
Starblind by DT Dyllin (Review)
Unicorn Keep by Angelia Almos (review)
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Sunday Wrap-Up #40

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, Showcase Sunday, and Stacking the Shelves.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I don’t know about you guys but I’ve been hella busy with the holidays… and it’s only the Mr and me. However, I still go all out for the feast and had two days of prep work for the french toast casserole and lasagna that I make since I make the sauce and bread myself. Plus, after dinner on Christmas we went over to our friends house (who just so happen to live across the street from us) and wound up hanging out with them and drinking until the wee hours of the morning. So, yeah… not a lot of reading or blogging has been getting done. Sadly, it may continue to be slow here until after the new year since I have a friend visiting from out of town tomorrow and then New Years Eve festivities going on.

Oh and before I forget, if you didn’t see it on Facebook (which a lot of you don’t since FB is being crazy and hiding a lot of my posts from people)… I have joined tsu for those who have switched over to that networking site. So if you use that site, be sure to pop over to my page and add me as a friend.

Last week on BSA:
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews (Review)
Mating Instinct by Katie Reus (Review)
Ramblings of a Book Sniffer: Problems with Facebook (Post)

This week on BSA:
Devoured by Emily Snow (Review)
Hard Bitten by Chloe Neil (Review)
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent (Review)

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Sunday Wrap-Up #39

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, Showcase Sunday, and Stacking the Shelves.



This past week my mom and friend flew across the country to visit the Mr and me. We got to show them our new location near the beach and got to see sealions and dolphins from the pier. It was non-stop action the entire week so I wasn’t online the entire time. It was fun having them here but now it’s time to play catch up on the blog.


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This week on BSA:
Black Moon Draw by Lizzy Ford (Review & Giveaway)
Mason Jar Salads and More by Julia Mirabella (Review)
Handcuffed in Housewares by Nikki Duncan (Review)
Fierce by L.G. Kelso (Review)

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Sunday Wrap-Up #38

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, Showcase Sunday, and Stacking the Shelves.

There hasn’t been too much going on here. I’ve been laying low and catching up on reading both for review and books from my personal TBR list. I’m hoping to go shopping this weekend for the components for my Halloween costume. I thought I could get away with the Halloween store version of what I wanted to be… but spandex dresses aren’t my thing. No big though. I think making your own costume is so much cooler anyways.



Last week on BSA:
At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost (Review)
Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Review)
Down London Road by Samantha Young (Review)
C791 by Eve Langlais (Review)

This week on BSA:
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (Review)
Zoe and the Demon Slayer by Neel Kay (Excerpt & Giveaway)
Read Pink Event (Spotlight for Breast Cancer Awareness)
Into Darkness by JT Geissinger (Review)




green dreams

Black Moon Draw
By: Lizzy Ford
Release Date: Nov. 9 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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A reader gets sucked into the book she’s reading and is trapped, unless she convinces the hero of the story to send her home. Just her luck – the book is unfinished, and its sexy hero is far more alpha male than she’s prepared to handle.

What Naia doesn’t know: the story – and its hero – have been expecting her for quite some time, even though she has no idea what she’s doing there.

Naia must learn quickly how to navigate the dangerous, magical world of Black Moon Draw and find a way to woo the unlikely, uncooperative hero of the story, who holds the key to returning her home.





By: Aileen Erin
Release Date: Oct. 14, 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy
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In the not-too-distant future, the color of your helix tattoo shows exactly how your DNA was modified—green for super-smart scientists, black for pumped-up warriors, white for the immortal Seligo—but Cipher’s red helix is a death sentence. It’s a sign of unstable DNA, which is probably the reason she can manipulate electricity.

When she was eight years old, Cipher made the mistake of showing her uncle the tattoo. In return, he killed her parents and tried to kidnap her.

She’s been on the run ever since, and twelve long years later, Cipher is tired of hiding. Survival isn’t enough anymore. She wants her life back.

Hacking into the Citadel mainframe is a huge risk, but it pays off when she finds a database on red helixes. Before she can copy it, she loses control of her power, charring her last processor, and the only person in the Arizona Voids that can get her back online is her oldest friend, Knightly. She hasn’t seen him in person since she started running, and Knight 2.0 is fully upgraded with a six-pack and knee-melting smile.

For a girl like Cipher, trust doesn’t come easily, but Knight makes her yearn for a life she knows she can’t have, especially when every secret she reveals endangers them both.






By: Amanda Sun
Published: June 25, 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy
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On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.





By: Karen Kincy
Published: July 8, 2010
Genre: YA Fantasy
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Seventeen-year-old Gwen hides a dangerous secret: she’s Other. Half-pooka, to be exact, thanks to the father she never met. Most Americans don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for Others, especially not the small-town folks of Klikamuks, Washington. As if this isn’t bad enough, Gwen’s on the brink of revealing her true identity to her long-time boyfriend, Zack, but she’s scared he’ll lump her with the likes of bloodthirsty vampires and feral werewolves.

When a pack of werewolves chooses the national forest behind Gwen’s home as their new territory, the tensions in Klikamuks escalate–into murder. It soon becomes clear a serial killer is methodically slaying Others. The police turn a blind eye, leaving Gwen to find the killer before the killer finds her. As she hunts for clues, she uncovers more Others living nearby than she ever expected. Like Tavian, a sexy Japanese fox-spirit who rivals Zack and challenges her to embrace her Otherness. Gwen must struggle with her own conflicted identity, learn who she can trust, and–most importantly–stay alive.


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Top Ten Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag This Summer


Since we will be moving to a new base in a month, one that’s on the beach, I definitely needed to come up with my beach bag list of reads. It was pretty hard to do but I think I have a good mix going.


Kat Scratched
By: D.T. Dyllin
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
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It’s tough being a cat in a dog eat dog world. Something that Katrina Walker learned the hard way being a were-cat raised by a pack of werewolves. And after her taboo love affair with the future Alpha is discovered, Kat has no choice but to leave the only home and man she’s ever loved behind for good. Or so she thought…

Seven years later Kat is forced to return to pack lands and the man she left behind. But Jason Benson has changed, and so has she. Will she find her way back into the arms of her first love, or will James, the mysterious were-cat wriggle his way into her heart?



Taking Chances
By: Molly McAdams
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Eighteen-year-old Harper has grown up under the thumb of her career marine father. Ready to live life her own way and to experience things she’s only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father’s unit, she’s on her way to college at San Diego State University.

Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family, and emotions. She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with both her new boyfriend, Brandon, and her roommate’s brother, Chase. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both men adore Harper and would do anything for her, including taking a step back if it would mean she’d be happy.



The Culling
By: J.C. Andrijeski
Genre: New Adult Sci/Fi
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Jet is a 19-year-old skag, one of the humans still living free on Earth following an invasion of creatures called the Nirreth. Squatting in the ruins of Vancouver, Jet and her family eke out an existence underground, hiding from culler ships and fighting off raiding humans.

No one knows where the alien ships take the people they steal, but they never return. When a culler finds Jet, she may discover the truth the hard way…and end up living among the very creatures that have enslaved her.



Red Stone Security Series
By: Katie Reus
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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Miami, Mistletoe & Murder:
Fierce and sexy, former Marine Travis Sanchez has always held himself back from the rest of the world, using his tattoos and piercings as armor. But when the woman he’s wanted for months is in danger he steps in to handle it. Unfortunately the threat to Noel is far from over. Can this sexy and mysterious warrior protect Noel, or will he be the one to shatter her heart?
His to Protect:
No woman ever affected Red Stone Security expert Kell Malone quite like Charlotte Bastien. It’s been a year since that intense night they spent together and he still can’t get her out of his head. When he discovers she’s in Miami-with their three-month-old son-he’s stunned. He’s also determined to make a life with his son and the stubborn woman who has sworn off love. When she witnesses a murder, Kell steps up to protect her and their son, but winning her love proves to be the hardest mission he’s ever undertaken.
Breaking Her Rules:
Iris Tarango is a small-town girl from the wrong side of the tracks; she’s also a decorated former Marine who fought hard to become one of Red Stone Security’s most respected agents. But her perfectly ordered life is turned upside down when she’s assigned to guard the sexy, dominating tycoon she shares a secret history with.
After an attempt on his life, business magnate Wyatt Christiansen calls in major favors to hire Iris as his bodyguard. He knows she’s the best, though he has another motive, too. He sees this as his final chance to win her heart. But when danger spins out of control, all Wyatt can think of is getting Iris out of harm’s way-even if it means losing her love in the end.




Pieces of Olivia
By: Melissa West
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Olivia Warren used to be a normal girl with a bright future.
But on one fated night, everything changed.

Hiding the scars of her past up her sleeves, Olivia transfers her enrollment from Columbia University to The College of Charleston, determined to pursue her own dreams for the first time in her life.

She intends to allow herself a bit of alone time to heal… that is, until she meets Preston.

Preston is best friends with her roommate, completely hot, and off-limits. But the chemistry between them is instantaneous—and as the pair begins to spend more time with one another, their feelings for each other build into something undeniable, something powerful enough to heal Olivia’s deepest scars.

Olivia tries to put her own past behind her and trust Preston, but she discovers that his past might be more present than she ever bargained for…



Shelter Me
By: Catherine Mann
Genre: Contemp. Romance
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Staff Sergeant Mike Kowalski wants only one thing after he gets home from Iraq: to sleep in a king-sized bed with clean sheets. But first, he has to hand off his fallen commander’s dog, Trooper, to his family without handing off his heart to Sierra…

Sierra McDaniel needs a break. Her family life is crazy, and when she’s not mucking out kennels, she’s slogging through grad school. Sierra certainly doesn’t want another dog, especially one that reminds her of her father. And she definitely doesn’t want to see Mike with that charming smile of his…

But Trooper has a mission of his own. Before too long Mike is moving to the ranch to lend a hand—and hoping for his own second chance with Sierra.



By: Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.



Remember When
By: T. Torrest
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Years before Trip Wiley could be seen on movie screens all over the world, he could be seen sitting in the desk behind me in my high school English class.

This was back in 1990, and I cite the year only to avoid dumbfounding you when references to big hair or stretch pants are mentioned. Although, come to think of it, I am from New Jersey, which may serve as explanation enough. We were teenagers then, way back in a time before anyone could even dream he’d turn into the Hollywood commodity that he is today.

In case you live under a rock and don’t know who Trip Wiley is, just know that these days, he’s the actor found at the top of every casting director’s wish list. He’s incredibly talented and insanely gorgeous, the combination of which has made him very rich, very famous and very desirable.

And not just to casting directors, either.

I can’t confirm any of the gossip from his early years out in Tinseltown, but based on what I knew of his life before he was famous, I can tell you that the idea of Girls-Throwing-Themselves-At-Trip is not a new concept.

I should know. I was one of them.

And my life hasn’t been the same since.




The Ranger
By: Monica McCarty
Genre: Historical Romance
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Embedded deep behind enemy lines, Arthur “Ranger” Campbell is prized for his razor-sharp senses and his ability to blend into the shadows. But when Arthur infiltrates the clan of the chieftain who murdered his father, his heart is locked on revenge. Inside he faces unexpected resistance from the sweetest of obstacles—a honey-haired siren who is his enemy’s daughter.

Intrigued by this ruggedly handsome newcomer to her father’s forces, the vivacious, enchanting Anna MacDougall is a woman whose skill at uncovering deception rivals Arthur’s own. Though yearning for a quiet life with a good man to love, Anna is drawn to this mysterious knight whose eyes devour her but whose words push her away. As danger, treachery, and the threat of looming war draw them closer into each other’s arms, a warrior made of steel must make a choice from the heart: love or revenge.



From Baghdad With Love
By: Jay Kopelman & Melinda Roth
Genre: Non-Fiction
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When Marines enter an abandoned house in Fallujah, Iraq, and hear a suspicious noise, they clench their weapons, edge around the corner, and prepare to open fire.
What they find during the U.S -led attack on the “most dangerous city on Earth,” however, is not an insurgent bent on revenge, but a tiny puppy left behind when most of the city’s population fled before the bombing. Despite military law that forbids the keeping of pets, the Marines de-flea the pup with kerosene, de-worm him with chewing tobacco, and fill him up on Meals Ready to Eat.
Thus begins the dramatic rescue attempt of a dog named Lava and Lava’s rescue of at least one Marine, Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman, from the emotional ravages of war.
From hardened Marines to war-time journalists to endangered Iraqi citizens, From Baghdad, With Love tells an unforgettable true story of an unlikely band of heroes who learn unexpected lessons about life, death, and war from a mangy little flea-ridden refugee.