Thursday, August 13, 2020

Book Review - The Gentleman Spy by Erica Vetsch + Giveaway




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Marcus never expected to be the Duke of Haverly as he was the second-born son. When his father and older brother suddenly passed away from a carriage accident, he becomes the Duke with responsibilities he never wanted. Marcus goes against his mother's wishes and impulsively marries a bookish wallflower.  He thought since she was independent that he would be able to compartmentalize to his relationship with her and his duties as a secret agent for the Crown.

However, Charlotte is determined to become Marcus's wife and duchess. She wants to use her position to help women who were forced into prostitution due to circumstances out of their control. Her desire to pursue the charity is frown upon by society and by Marcus who wants her to remain in the background.

This was the second book in the novel and could be read as a standalone. The book was a quick and engaging read. I did enjoy reading more about the mysterious Marcus character. He has grown from his debut in the first book. I feel like he was more playful in the first book, while this book he is coming into his own as the Duke and learning his new role. I am excited to read the next book in the series and curious to know who would be the main character.

**Disclosure - I received a free unedited copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. This post may contain affiliate links which means I earn advertising and/or referral fees if you purchase an item through my link. Please note, there will be no extra charges to you. Thank you for your support.**

 

About the book


He only wanted a duchess for a day--but she's determined to make it a marriage for life

When his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she's meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life--as a secret agent for the Crown.

But his bride has other ideas. She's determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society--the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she'd remain in the background as he ordered.

Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?
About the author
Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Book Spotlight - Roaring by Lindsey Duga





Roaring

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Teen)
Release Date: August 3rd 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Synopsis:
Colt Clemmons is an agent in a specialized division within the Bureau of Investigation—one that hunts down not just mobsters, but also monsters.
For reasons that are kept top secret, Colt is the only person who can resist a siren's voice. But he's never had a chance to test this ability. The last siren left in the world mysteriously disappeared years ago.
Then one night, with a single word, she reveals herself. It seems too good to be true.
And it is. Because nothing about this siren—her past, her powers, or her purpose—is what it seems...

Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.
Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.


August 10th

What Makes Patri - Main Interview

August 11th

Nay's Pink Bookshelf - Review + Favourite Quotes
Kyie's Book Nook - Review + Favourite Quotes + Reaction from the Author
Booklover.zzz - Review + Playlist + Dream Cast

August 12th

Wishful Endings - Meet The Characters
booktales and donuts - Review + Dream Cast

August 13th

Books and Zebras - Review
Willow Writes And Reads - Review + Playlist
@fictitious.fox - Review
Isobel's Book Corner - Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes

August 14th

Yours A-fiction-ately - Review + Favourite Quotes
These Blank Pages - Review + Favourite Quotes + Dream Cast
Adventurous Bookworm - Review + Favourite Quotes

August 15th

Bookishly Nerdy - Review + Official Playlist
books_n_sunshine - Review

August 16th

Books, Tea, Healthy Me - Review + Video Interview
Crazykidjournal - Review
TiJah Writes Erotica - Review + Favourite Quotes
Ashton Reads - Review
MaBookYard - Review + Favourite Quotes

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

August 2020 Empties!



Ah, it's August already! I felt like the year has passed us by. I can't say I tried any new products that I was excited/love enough to buy again. I did like the Bliss Mud Foam. It had a unique dispensing method and it did dry out the cystic acne along around my chin. I liked the IWIN lip oil. It tasted great and left my lips so soft but, a little goes a long way otherwise it has this chemical taste. I liked the Skyn Iceland oxygen moisturizer. It made my skin feel soft and radiant but, a little goes a long way. I got overzealous one day and woke up with irritation on my cheek.

Two disappointments were the Tatcha and Lancer masks. Both of the masks are uber prices (think double digits for the Lancer mask) and I didn't notice much of an improvement. Meh, what a jip! The Burt Bee's lip mask was more like a thin cotton piece of paper soaked in oil. I had the same results by using a night treatment for my lips.

Here is everything I finished below. Have you tried any of the products before?

Burt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Mask
Sur Medic Age Control Multi Vita
Inn Inn Glaze #1 Lip Oil
Shore Soap Clay Mask
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask
Lancer Lift & Plump Sheet Mask
Kneipp Body Oil Restoring Safflower and Olive
Fourth Ray Beauty The Lightweight Hydrator
23 Years Old Seaweed Silky Mask
Feel Brilliant Bamboo Charcoal Facial Sheet Mask
Villages Naturals Therapy Aches + Pain Muscle Relief
Holika Holika Watermelon Mask Sheet
Evolue Hydrating Serum
Vasanti Power Oils Lip Gloss - Super Mom
I Dew Care Jump Start Energizing Pomegranate Mask
Purlisse Charcoal + Licorice Sheet Mask
Dr. Althea Pro Lab Recovery Solution 2 Step Mask
Jeju:en This is My Sheet Green Tea Calming
Dr. Althea Herb Therapy Velvet Mask
Bliss Pore Patrol Deep Detox Four Clay Souffle Mask
Dove Dermacare Scalop Anti-Dandruff 2 in 1
Lollia This Moment Water Lily & Sun Blossoms Perfumed Shower Gel
Red Flower Sea Salt Scrub
Pantene Pro-V Foam Conditioner Sheer Volume
Dr. Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil
The Cottage Greenhouse Cucumber & Honey Foaming Bubble Bath
Elea Springs Epsom Salt Restore Jasmine Vanilla Scented
Skyn Iceland Oxygen Infusion Night Cream
Evanhealy Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm
Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter Body Moisturizer
Juara Rice Facial Cleanser

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Book Review - After the Worst Thing Happens by Audrey Vernick + Giveaway


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Army Morand feels like her world has changed overnight when after an unfortunate accident, her beloved dog passed away. Army feels terrible because it was her fault that her beloved dog, Maybe got sick. She is having a hard time coming to terms with his death and she is hiding from her best friend, JennaLouise.


One day, Army sees the new girl that moved in across the street, Madison wandering around the street by herself. Army sees that Madison is also climbing a tree and goes out on the roof by herself. Army finds herself wanting to help Madison's family and making sure nothing happens to them. However, when a big storm is headed their way, will Army be able to find Madison when she goes missing?


The novel was an interesting read about a young girl dealing with sorrow and coming to terms with dealing with death and loss. She decides to use her energy to help a young family in need as a way to help her grieve her beloved dog. I thought the novel was an okay read. I didn't bond with any of the characters. I thought it was odd that the mother relied on Army without consulting Army's mother first. I feel like that she was stressed out and wanted Army to feel useful but, she should have talked to Army's mother first. I felt that some of the dialogue felt forced. I did like that there was some humor sprinkled throughout the story and that the author showcased one of the different spectrums of Autism.

**Disclosure - I received a free unedited copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. This post may contain affiliate links which means I earn advertising and/or referral fees if you purchase an item through my link. Please note, there will be no extra charges to you. Thank you for your support.**

 

About the Book:

Title: AFTER THE WORST THING HAPPENS
Author: Audrey Vernick
Pub. Date: July 7, 2020
Publisher: Margaret Ferguson Books
Formats:  Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 224

Left reeling after her thoughtless mistake causes a terrible accident, 12-year-old Army Morand channels her grief to help someone in need.

Army Morand feels like her life has been blown to bits when the worst thing imaginable happens--her beloved dog dies. It was an accident, but it was also Army's fault. She can't seem to stop hiding from everything and everybody including her best friend JennaLouise.

But then Army sees Madison, the little girl who moved in across the way, climbing a tree and walking down the street unsupervised. Her family is not neglectful, just overwhelmed. Army finds herself overcome with the need to help Madison's family to make sure another worst thing doesn't happen--which becomes even more challenging when a big storm threatens her town.

"The subjects are heavy, but Army’s young voice infuses them with humor and warmth, even when her path forward seems uncertain. 'Just go with it and make things happen before you totally understand how to do all of it,' Army suggests, a hard-won lesson that young readers will take to heart." —Booklist

"this is fundamentally the story of small moments of growth and insight. Army’s first-person narration feels particularly authentic as she navigates her intense feelings"—The Horn Book

"In short chapters told from Army’s earnest first-person perspective, she finds new ways to negotiate with her caring but emotionally reserved parents and steps out of her own comfort zone; this exploration of family dynamics is where the novel shines."Kirkus Reviews

"With moments of humor, Vernick (Two Naomis) weaves together a well-paced story that explores grief in all its raw pain, as well as the power of friends, family, and community to help heal." —Publishers Weekly


About Audrey:
Audrey grew up in Whitestone, New York, where she lived with her parents and two sisters and a not very bright small white dog. She has a freaky memory about the names of the kids in her class at P.S. 184Q, and even remembers where most of them stood in size order. 

She always loved to read and still rereads Harriet the Spy on a regular basis.  She was not one of those children who always knew she wanted to be a writer; she didn't love to write until college. She's been writing ever since. 

In addition to writing for children, Audrey has published more than a dozen short stories for adults in magazines and literary journals. She received an mfa from Sarah Lawrence College.

Audrey divides her time between writing (which is mostly spent revising) and visiting elementary schools to talk about writing and publishing. (For school visit info, click here.) She also speaks at conferences around the country. 

She lives near the ocean in New Jersey with her family, and one fairly intelligent medium-sized black dog.

Audrey Vernick received a 2019 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.


Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of AFTER THE WORST THING HAPPENS, US Only.



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Week One:
8/3/2020
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8/3/2020
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8/4/2020
Interview
8/4/2020
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8/4/2020
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8/5/2020
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8/5/2020
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8/5/2020
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8/6/2020
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8/6/2020
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8/7/2020
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8/7/2020
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8/7/2020
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8/7/2020
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8/7/2020
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8/10/2020
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8/10/2020
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8/11/2020
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8/11/2020
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8/11/2020
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8/12/2020
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8/12/2020
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8/13/2020
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8/13/2020
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8/14/2020
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8/14/2020
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