// Book Review // A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by: Holly Jackson #BookReview #HollyJackson

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A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by: Holly Jackson
Published May 2, 2019 by Electric Monkey
Mystery/Crime/Young Adult

The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth? Continue reading “// Book Review // A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by: Holly Jackson #BookReview #HollyJackson”

// The Holidays and My Mental Health // #MentalHealth #Holidays

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This isn’t book related, but at the end of the year and the holidays, my mind is racing and it is full and I’m just overwhelmed and exhausted.

I don’t care for the holidays, at all. I’ve made that clear before. The past few days with it being closer to Christmas, has been mentally straining on myself. The weekend was so bad that I imagined a what if scenario that caused me to cry, again. There are no evidence to support this what if scenario that my anxiety ridden brain concocted, but my walls were down and I couldn’t stop it and I cried.

A couple of years ago, my grandfather passed away. It was coming, but that doesn’t mean that it didn’t hurt. For a while, I felt a lot of guilt of not seeing him before he passed away. So, that’s one reason I hate the holidays. It’s so different when you lost someone, so the holidays are not always as joyous as everybody tries to make it to be. I don’t think there is much meaning anymore either, but that’s a whole other opinion.

I do speak to a counselor online. I have been for over a year now. She has been so helpful and it’s nice to know that I can message her whenever I need to during the days and nights. If you haven’t heard of them, betterhelp.com is a really great place to speak to someone online if you are like me and cannot get away to speak to someone in person. Check them out. They have different payment plans and different specialists for different needs.

I won’t say that 2020 will be a good year. It’ll be a better year. I’ve had ups and downs throughout 2019, but in my opinion, it was mostly ups. I can’t cure my anxiety and depression – I wish I could and I can’t cure my overthinking. Those will happen, but what matters is going through it rather than avoid it and shut down.

Instead of making resolutions, I’m going to be better at keeping a routine that is better for my physical and mental health. I gotten into scripting and practicing Laws of Attraction. So, I need to make that a morning routine and keep it that way. I am setting writing goals rather than reading goals – I’ll still read, of course I will. Books are a part of me, and also a part of my therapy.

I’m going to be better at keeping routines that are good for me. That’s what I want to do. I want to throw out that to anybody who doesn’t care for the holidays for whatever reason, you’re so not alone there. It’ll be over soon. Thank God it’s only once a year!

// My Personal Christmas / Holiday Playlist // #ChristmasSongs #Holidays

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I will be the first to say that I am not a fan of Christmas at all. I will even go as far as I hate the holiday. I hate what it brings out in people, I hate that it has no real meaning anymore (perhaps to more religious people, but I’m talking commercial, not religious) and it truly has no purpose except for retailers making money. I do, however, like some of the songs that have come out during the holidays. I do enjoy the lights and the Christmas villages, but those are small.

What I decided to do was to show a playlist of the few Christmas/Holiday themed songs that I truly enjoy. I’ll post the songs by the artists that I love to hear. I’m very picky on who sings these songs and that is why I choose these artists because…well, my expectations are extremely high. The same way it is when a book I adore is made into a movie.

So, without further ado, on with my list. Continue reading “// My Personal Christmas / Holiday Playlist // #ChristmasSongs #Holidays”

// Romance & Women’s Fiction Blog Tour // Book Review // The Princess Plan by: Julia London #BookReview #Romance

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The Princess Plan by: Julia London
Publish Date November 26, 2019 by HQN Books
Romance/Historical Fiction

Princes have pomp and glory—not crushes on commoners.

Nothing gets the tongues of London’s high society wagging like a good scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it’s all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefited from an anonymous tip about the crime, prompting Sebastian to take an interest in playing detective—and an even greater interest in Eliza.

With a trade deal on the line and mounting pressure to secure a noble bride, there’s nothing more salacious than a prince dallying with a commoner. Sebastian finds Eliza’s contrary manner as frustrating as it is seductive, but they’ll have to work together if they’re going to catch the culprit. And when things heat up behind closed doors, it’s the prince who’ll have to decide what comes first—his country or his heart. Continue reading “// Romance & Women’s Fiction Blog Tour // Book Review // The Princess Plan by: Julia London #BookReview #Romance”

// Inkyard Press Blog Tour // Book Review // Day Zero by: Kelly Devos #InkyardPress

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Day Zero by: Kelly Devos
Published November 12, 2019 by Inkyard Press
Young Adult/Suspense

If you’re going through hell…keep going.

Seventeen-year-old coder Jinx Marshall grew up spending weekends drilling with her paranoid dad for a doomsday she’s sure will never come. She’s an expert on self-heating meal rations, Krav Maga and extracting water from a barrel cactus. Now that her parents are divorced, she’s ready to relax. Her big plans include making it to level 99 in her favorite MMORPG and spending the weekend with her new hunky stepbrother, Toby.

But all that disaster training comes in handy when an explosion traps her in a burning building. Stuck leading her headstrong stepsister, MacKenna, and her precocious little brother, Charles, to safety, Jinx gets them out alive only to discover the explosion is part of a pattern of violence erupting all over the country. Even worse, Jinx’s dad stands accused of triggering the chaos.

In a desperate attempt to evade paramilitary forces and vigilantes, Jinx and her siblings find Toby and make a break for Mexico. With seemingly the whole world working against them, they’ve got to get along and search for the truth about the attacks—and about each other. But if they can survive, will there be anything left worth surviving for?

Continue reading “// Inkyard Press Blog Tour // Book Review // Day Zero by: Kelly Devos #InkyardPress”

// Blog Tour: Romance & Women’s Fiction // All Fired Up by: Lori Foster // Review & Excerpt //

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All Fired Up by: Lori Foster
Publish Date November 19, 2019 by HQN Books
Romance/Contemporary

He’s tantalizing trouble she can’t resist…

Charlotte Parrish has always wanted a certain kind of man: someone responsible, settled, boring. Bad boys need not apply. But when her car leaves her stranded and a mysterious stranger with brooding eyes and a protective streak comes to her rescue, she can’t deny how drawn she is to him. In town searching for family he’s never met, Mitch is everything she never thought she wanted—and suddenly everything she craves.

Finding his half brothers after all these years is more than Mitch Crews has allowed himself to wish for. Finding love never even crossed his mind…until he meets Charlotte. She’s sweet, warmhearted, sexier than she knows—and too damn good for an ex-con like him. But when his past comes back to haunt him, putting Charlotte—and the family he’s come to care for—in danger, Mitch isn’t playing by the rules. He’s already surrendered his heart, but now he’ll risk his life. Continue reading “// Blog Tour: Romance & Women’s Fiction // All Fired Up by: Lori Foster // Review & Excerpt //”

// 31 Days of Halloween Playlist // Songs 19 & 20: Dance Magic & Day-O

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I’ve had a rough couple of days mentally. I won’t go into detail about it right now because it would take the longest time to explain it and I think nobody is really that interested in it. Next month, however, I’m putting myself on a no book buying challenge. I’m buying more books than I am reading them right now, lol. I know, what’s the problem? There is no problem, just no space.

Anyway, because I didn’t post yesterday, here is a two for one for you today.

Song 1_ Thriller by Michael Jackson

How here has not seen Labyrinth or Beetlejuice? Labyrinth isn’t technically a Halloween movie, but it ranks right up there. Come on, the Goblin king taking babies after someone wishes them away and then giving the person the chance to claim them back? Plus, David Bowie – enough said.

And Beetlejuice! That is my movie. Always has been since I was younger. I love that movie to this day and it’s one of my top favorite Tim Burton movies. This song is from the movie scene. To explain, the house the people are in belong to a couple that passed away – but their spirits are haunting the house. To get these people to leave, they try different ways to scare them out, this scene was their attempt. Enjoy!