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I am from a small town in Alabama. I am 22 years old. I am a future teacher. I want to make a difference in a child's life. I love my family, my fiance, and my dogs. I love to read and I love scrapbooking.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Have No Shame Book Blast





Book Synopsis:

The racially-charged prejudice of the deep South forces eighteen-year-old Alison Tillman to confront societal norms—and her own beliefs—when she discovers the body of a hate crime victim, and the specter of forbidden love turns her safe, comfortable world upside down.
Alison has called Forrest Town, Arkansas home for the past eighteen years. Her mother’s Blue Bonnet meetings, her father toiling night and day on the family farm, and the division of life between the whites and the blacks are all Alison knows. The winter of 1967, just a few months before marrying her high school sweetheart, Alison finds the body of a black man floating in the river, and she begins to view her existence with new perspective. The oppression and hate of the south, the ugliness she once was able to avert her eyes from, now demands her attention.
When a secretive friendship with a young black man takes an unexpected romantic turn, Alison is forced to choose between her predetermined future, and the dangerous path that her heart yearns for.
HAVE NO SHAME is an emotionally compelling coming of age novel featuring a young woman who cannot reconcile the life she wants with the one she’s been brought up to live.Have No Shame will resonate with anyone who has ever fallen in love, and those who have been forced to choose between what they know in their hearts to be true, and what others would like them to believe.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary CafĂ©. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.
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PRAISE FOR HAVE NO SHAME
“A gripping and poignant novel dealing with a subject once taboo in American society.” Hagerstown Magazine
“Have No Shame is a powerful testimony to love and the progressive, logical evolution of social consciousness, with an outcome that readers will find engrossing, unexpected, and ultimately eye-opening.” Midwest Book Review
“A historical novel of love and its triumph, told with a unique and compelling voice.” Bestselling Author Kathleen Shoop
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“Have No Shame is a delightful eye opener and a rather poignant book that everyone everywhere should put on their must-read list.” Readers’ Favorite
“A dynamic and heartwarming tale of young love, giving testament to those who struggled so we can live in an integrated society.” Author Rachelle Ayala
“…a stunningly impactful read.” Rabid Reader Reviews
“A book that brings the evilness of racial bigotry to light, through the eyes of one awakening to its reality.” Cindy Smith, avid reader
“[HAVE NO SHAME] Perfectly catches the South at the dawning of the Civil Rights Movement. Melissa Foster takes us on an adventure that twists and turns unpredictably to a tense climax that renders this novel a true page-turner. This is undoubtedly the best novel I have read in a long time.”  Roderick Craig Low, Author of ‘Promises of Love and Good Behaviour’
“This book is not just a story; it’s an experience.” Author G.E. Johnson



Monday, April 15, 2013

Review: Forever



Title: Forever
Author: Judy Blume
Release Date: April 24, 2007
Pages: 192
Rating: 4 owls





Goodreads Description:

Katherine and Michael meet at a New Year's Eve party. They're attracted to each other, they grow to love each other. And once they've decided their love is forever, they make love.

It's the beginning of an intense and exclusive relationship, with a future all planned. Until Katherine's parents insist that she and Michael put their love to the test with a summer apart...

"Forever" is written for an older age group than Judy Blume's other novels for children. It caused a storm of controversy when it was first published because of its explicit sexual content.

It was a book ahead of its time - and remains, after thirty years in print, a teenage best-seller. America's No. 1 children's author has written some of the best books of our time about real-life issues - family stress and pressures, what happens when your parents divorce, the problems of growing up and sexual awakening, bereavement - with insight, sensitivity and honesty.

My Thoughts:

Who did not love Judy Blume growing up? I sure did. When I saw this store in the bookstore I was so curious how I did not know that Judy Blume had a YA book out. I knew it was something I had to read.

Wow at the story line. I started this book and finished reading it the same night. I could not put it down. Don't you just love books like that?

If you cannot handle the sexual content I strongly suggest not reading it. It was not what I had expected, but it was a great read to say the least.

The story focuses on two 17 year olds, Katherine and Michael, who meet at a New Year's Eve party at her friend Sybil's house. They start dating and fall in love. Katherine is scared of what comes with loosing her virginity and when the right time will be. Michael is very persistent and constantly reassures her that he loves her and that's what people who love each other do. When the couple is separated at the start of the summer, because of their jobs...their love is really put to the test.

Judy Blume writes about the fears, emotions, and everything in between that comes with your first love. I was truly blown away by this book. If you have not read it, definitely make time for it. I am sure there are plenty of close-minded people about the book and its maturity level, but it is as close to real life as you can get. It is a very informative view of growing up mixed with sexuality.





Review: Meant To Be


Title: Meant To Be
Author: Lauren Morrill
Pages: 304
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Rating: 3 owls


Goodreads Description:

Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.

It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").

But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

My Thoughts:

I loved the humor of this book, although I will say it took me quite a few chapters before I became really interested in the book.

The main characters of the book are awesome! Julia and Jason were the love story I completely did not see coming! Julia was such a goody who always followed the rules, but she was so funny! Jason was the complete opposite of Julia, instead of being the smart student always doing what should be done, he was the "bad boy" type! The part of the story that I adored was throughout the middle. Jason became Julia's "buddy" throughout the trip and turned her life upside down..not in a bad way either. 

The plot of the story completely caught me off guard. I think that is what made me actually realize how much I did enjoy the book! It was not what I was expecting at all! I love the setting, falling in love while in London..how awesome is that??

I would recommend this book to someone for several reasons. Although I did not "love" the book, I did really enjoy it! It is definitely one to pick up!
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Friday, March 8, 2013

Scott Tracey Book Blast!

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With one month to go until MOONEST hits the shelves, we want to make sure you are all ready for it. Be sure to add MOONSET to your TBR piles, and don’t forget to check out the giveaway below for $25.00 gift cards to iTunes and B&N!

 

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Moonset
Legacy of Moonset #1
Author: Scott Tracey
Release Date: April 8th 2013
Publisher: Flux

Justin Daggett, his trouble-making sister, and their three orphan-witch friends have gotten themselves kicked out of high school. Again. Now they’ve ended up in Carrow Mills, New York, the town where their parents—members of the terrorist witch organization known as Moonset—began their evil experiments with the dark arts one generation ago.
When the siblings are accused of unleashing black magic on the town, Justin fights to prove their innocence. But tracking down the true culprit leads him to a terrifying discovery about Moonset’s past . . . and its deadly future

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THE AUTHOR

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Scott Tracey is a YA author who lived on a Greyhound for a month, wrote his illustrated autobiography at the age of six, and barely survived Catholic school (and definitely not for the reasons you might think).

He is the author of WITCH EYES, chosen as one of Amazon’s Best LGBT Books of 2011, as well as an ALA Popular Paperback in the Forbidden Romance category.  The final book in the WITCH EYES trilogy, PHANTOM EYES, will be released in the fall of 2013.

He is also the author of MOONSET, a new series which will be released April 8, 2013, as well as a contributor to the SHADOWHUNTERS & DOWNWORLDERS anthology, edited by Cassandra Clare.

His career highlights include: accidentally tripping a panic alarm which led to nearly being shot by the police; attacked in a drive-thru window by a woman wielding a baked potato, and once moving cross country for a job only to quit on the second day.

His gifts can be used for good or evil, but rather than picking a side, he strives for BOTH (in alternating capacity) for his own amusement.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Know Me Better (5)



Know Me Better is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader Not A Writer. It is where she choose random questions from her author interview list for us to participate in. It is very enjoyable and you should definitely join in on the fun! 

Top 5 songs on your playlist?
How much time do you spend reading each week?
What is the last thing you Googled?
Favorite places to travel?
What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?


Top 5 songs on your playlist?
Who Are You - Carrie Underwood
I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz
Wedding Day - Casting Crowns
Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney
If I Didn't Have You - Thompson Square

How much time do you spend reading each week?
Not as much as I would like! When I am in school I spend most of my time completing school work and textbook readings. I TRY to read at least 3-4 times a week even though it doesn't always go like that.

What is the last thing you Googled?
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs...something school related

Favorite places to travel?
I love the mountains and disney world. Really anywhere I can consider it a vacation :)

What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Curled up with a blanket, book and my Lola girl.

What are your favorite places to travel? Favorite songs? Join in on the fun, and like always comment away :)



Thursday, January 17, 2013

This, That, or Thought Thursdays



Hey guys! Last Thursday I did not participate in this weekly event hosted by Wholly-Books, but I decided to join back in the fun this week! If you have not already checked out this blog, what are you waiting on? 

This Week’s Question: Do you think that negative reviews are helpful at creating buzz for books?

My Answer: Absolutely! I think all reviews are helping at giving either a good name or bad name for books. Whether they are negative or positive reviews they will be read. Once someone reads a review they will be able to tell whether or not they are interested in the book are not! Like Ashley said at Wholly-Books, something I may not like in a book that would lead me to write a negative review could be something that someone else adores about the book! Everyone has their own opinions but reviews do matter, I think! 

What are your thoughts? 
Sunday, January 13, 2013

Know Me Better (4)



Know Me Better is  a weekly meme hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. Each week Kathy chooses questions off of her author interview list for us to answer. It really is a lot of fun! I recommend joining in on the fun :)

Where is your favorite spot to read?
Are you a fast or slow reader? (you can test your reading speed here)
Fanfition - Love it or Hate it? Have your ever read/written it?
Summer or Winter?
Truth or Dare?

Where is your favorite spot to read?
On the couch curled up with a blanket!

Are you a fast or slow reader?
I am a fast reader as long as I have no other school work or studying to do. If I have other homework or tests I tend to really slowly because I feel I should be studying!

Fanfition - Love it or Hate it? Have you ever read/written it?
No thanks. I have too many books on my TBR pile!

Summer or Winter?
Summer because I love to tan and lay out in the pool. Winter because I love to drink hot chocolate and wear cute winter clothes. If I had to choose I would say winter!

Truth or Dare?
Dare!

Feel free to comment on my answers, please follow when you visit :)