Posts By: Jessica

Mar 09
Blogging Extravaganza: Interview with Myself

Blogging Extravaganza: Interview with Myself

Rachel over at Beauty and the Bookshelf created Blogging Extravaganza and it’s a short series of challenges to help bloggers think outside the box. I know I’ve written a few posts regarding my blogging slump and I’m hoping this will help get that mojo back. The first challenge, An Interview with Yourself, started today, but you can still join if you’re interested. Since this is a book blog, I decided to take a few questions I ask in my Books Ahoy! feature and apply them to me. My favorite book as a child: I drove my parents crazy with Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham. I really liked that book! I also loved Scott O’Dell’s The Island of the Blue Dolphins. It’s based on the true story of Juana Maria,… Read more »

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Mar 08
Dear Secret Sister #6 (Round 3)

Dear Secret Sister #6 (Round 3)

#OTSPSECRETSISTER is hosted by On the Same Page. It’s a six month “Secret Santa” type of set up, but instead of focusing on gifts, it’s a cheer club. Everyone is paired up and throughout the round, cards, little gifts, and cheer are sent. For more information about the set up and how to join the next round, see this post over at The Book Addicts Guide. Dear Round 3 Secret Sister: I’m so excited to get to know who you are! I’ve been waiting on pins and needles and you’re taking your time revealing who you are. It’s okay, but I just want to thank you properly and give you all the virtual hugs you deserve! November What a fun package! I’ve heard a lot of great things about Dumplin’… Read more »

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Mar 07
If We Were Having Lunch: Second Edition

If We Were Having Lunch: Second Edition

Jaime at The Perpetual Page-Turner was inspired by a post written by Ashley (Your Super Awesome Life). Her post, If We were Having Coffee, is a great way to interact with others and share what’s going on in one’s life. If we were having lunch, I’d tell you- I finished the Harry Potter books and now I want all the HP fan items! Seriously, why did I wait so long to read this series? It’s been a journey with fun times and heartbreak (Cedric! Sirius! Dobby!). I’ve caught myself using a few HP references in real life (for example: I couldn’t find my keys and suddenly say out loud “Accio keys.” As it turns out, I’m still a muggle.). A full post on my overall thoughts of the series is… Read more »

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Mar 06
Confessions of a Hogwarts Newbie: The Goblet of Fire

Confessions of a Hogwarts Newbie: The Goblet of Fire

As several of you know, I’ve never read Harry Potter! I read The Sorcerer’s Stone in February 2014. I’ll admit, I sort of found The Goblet of Fire to be a dead bore especially with regards to the quidditch section. I did appreciate the set up because it answered a few questions I had, but overall, I just didn’t like Goblet of Fire that much. The Triwizard Tournament was interesting especially the introduction of the other European Wizard schools. Overall thoughts as I read: • Poor Harry! I wish he had some support from the Dursleys especially when it comes to his scar. • I enjoyed picturing Dumbledore sunbathing on a beach somewhere. LOL • “Their attitude had changed since they had found out that Harry had a dangerous murderer… Read more »

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Jan 13
Ten Most Anticipated Romances for the First Half of 2016

Ten Most Anticipated Romances for the First Half of 2016

The Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge is co-hosted by Jess @ Gone with the Words and Danielle @ Love at First Page. Part of the reading challenge are monthly topics and this month’s topic is: 10 Most Anticipated Romances for the First Half of 2016. Here are mine and in no particular order. I’m really excited about these. What romances are on your list? Love in the Light | Summer Days and Summer Nights | A Billionaire After Dark | Beyond the Stars | The Heir and the Spare The Billionaire Bachelor | One With You | Ignite | I Wish You Were Mine | You’re Still the One

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Jan 12
Confessions of a Hogwarts Newbie: The Prisoner of Azkaban

Confessions of a Hogwarts Newbie: The Prisoner of Azkaban

As several of you know, I’ve never read Harry Potter! I read The Sorcerer’s Stone in February 2014. I really enjoyed The Prisoner of Azkaban and so far it’s my favorite of the four that I’ve read. I had all sort of thoughts regarding Sirius Black and I won’t ruin it for anyone who hasn’t read the books, but I’m really satisfied with his character. I was worried about Harry for a bit especially in the beginning, but he can hold his own. Overall thoughts as I read: • Harry studying witch burning in the 14th century and this little gem had me grinning, “Wendelin the Wired enjoyed being burnt so much that she allowed herself to be caught no fewer than forty-seven times in various disguises.” • Errol, the… Read more »

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Jan 11
Cover Reveal: Karen Erickson’s Ignite

Cover Reveal: Karen Erickson’s Ignite

I’m really excited about Karen Erickson’s upcoming release, Ignite! I love second chance romances and of course I want to really know why Weston is back in town and why the girl of his dreams hates him. The book won’t be released until March, but in the meantime we have a cover reveal! * * * Title:Ignite Author: Karen Erickson Publication date: March 15, 2016 Genre: Contemporary Romance Synopsis: Weston Gallagher is falling hard-for the wrong woman. One night of passion has haunted him for years. Now he’s got a second chance to get the girl of his dreams…but there’s just one problem: She hates him. Eight years after he stormed out of Wildwood, California, West has returned to his hometown as a firefighter. His friends and family are thrilled… Read more »

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Jan 07
Blog Tour: Review-Sarah MacLean’s Rogue Not Taken + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Sarah MacLean’s Rogue Not Taken + Giveaway

After reading my first Sarah MacLean novel, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, in November 2013, I vowed I’d read more of her novels and I’m sad to report I haven’t. I participated in the cover reveal for The Rogue Not Taken and when I read the synopsis, I knew this was a book I had to read! I’m so glad I got the opportunity to participate in the blog tour because I really enjoyed the book. It’s the first in a brand new series so you have plenty of time to read it before the next book comes out. We have great character development. Lady Sophie Talbot is the youngest of four sisters and they’ve been dubbed the “Soiled S’s.” Sophie didn’t grow up as an aristocratic-that came later in… Read more »

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Jan 07
Excerpt: Sarah MacLean’s The Rogue Not Taken

Excerpt: Sarah MacLean’s The Rogue Not Taken

As part of the blog tour for Sarah MacLean’s The Rouge Not Taken, I have an excerpt. Enjoy! Synopsis: Lady Sophie’s Society Splash When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn’t saving her from ruin . . . it’s filled with it. Rogue’s Reign of Ravishment! Kingscote, “King,” the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he’s more pretty face than proper gentleman,… Read more »

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Jan 04
Blog Tour: Review-Loretta Chase’s Dukes Prefer Blondes + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Loretta Chase’s Dukes Prefer Blondes + Giveaway

I’ve always liked Loretta Chase’s books and I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t read a book of hers since the publication of Mr. Impossible (that was in 2005!). When the opportunity came to review her newest, Dukes Prefer Blondes, I couldn’t pass up the chance! Dukes Prefer Blondes is the fourth and final book in The Dressmakers series. If you haven’t read the previous books, it’s not necessary to enjoy Dukes. I haven’t read the books and if there were any spoilers, I didn’t find any nor did Chase focus on past incidents involving the other books. We have really good character development. Lady Clara Fairfax is one of London’s most sought after beauties and judging from the number of marriage proposals she receives every few weeks, she’s not… Read more »

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Jan 04
Excerpt: Loretta Chase’s Dukes Prefer Blondes

Excerpt: Loretta Chase’s Dukes Prefer Blondes

As part of the blog tour, I have an excerpt of Loretta Chase’s Dukes Prefer Blondes. Enjoy! Synopsis: Biweekly marriage proposals from men who can’t see beyond her (admittedly breathtaking) looks are starting to get on Lady Clara Fairfax’s nerves. Desperate to be something more than ornamental, she escapes to her favorite charity. When a child is in trouble, she turns to tall, dark, and annoying barrister Oliver Radford. Though he’s unexpectedly found himself in line to inherit a dukedom, Radford’s never been part of fashionable society, and the blonde beauty, though not entirely bereft of brains, isn’t part of his plans. But Clara overwhelms even his infallible logic, and when wedlock looms, all he can do is try not to lose his head over her. It’s an inconvenient marriage… Read more »

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Jan 03
Non-Fiction Reading Challenge

Non-Fiction Reading Challenge

The Non-Fiction Reading Challenge is hosted by Angie @ Lady Knight Reads. If you have any questions about the way the challenge works, please visit Angie’s blog. I love history and I’ve made no secret of my love for it. I don’t read much non-fiction because I want to highlight and check facts as well as spend my time arguing with the author! I do want to read more and outside Medieval History so when Angie posted this challenge, I knew it would be a great one for me! Here are the basics if you want to join in the fun (for full details and to join click the link above or below): 1. The challenge starts January 1, 2016 and ends December 31, 2016. 2. Any non-fiction book counts!… Read more »

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