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Weekly Update #208, lots of reviews coming up...


Welcome to my Weekly Update where I post my blog's schedule for the week! I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, as well as to Tynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves showcasing the books I added to my shelves or Kindle this week, and It's Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date.

We had a dip in temperatures last Thursday that I loved! It will be the last we'll see of low 70s here for some time. I can already feel summer coming. That might be weird for a lot of you guys who live where there is still snow, but in Arizona the summer comes early and stays for some time. I'll take it over most other places though. :)

This week shows another interesting mix of books. I've been told I should stick to a genre for more blog traffic (like only YA or only adult romance or something), but I just have a hard time doing that and I started this blog as a hobby to share what I love, so I don't really want to limit what I'm allowed to read. Do you prefer blogs who only focus on one thing or those who review various genres? Just curious.

I'm starting a new monthly newsletter for those who don't want daily emails and to spotlight specific giveaways and posts. If you're interested in signing up, you can sign up here (same thing that's now on my sidebar):


This week there are a lot of reviews. Actually, all but one are reviews. Here's what to expect:

New Releases/#Free & Bargain Books for March 20th - 26th #BookSale


Here are the New Releases / Free & Bargain Books, hosted by Sharon over at Beck Valley Books for this week! Check it all out below...

Authors please feel free to add your own books.
Readers please free to add your own finds.
(any genre except erotica welcome)

The Wolf Mirror by Caroline Healy (Blog Tour Excerpt & #Giveaway)


This one sounds like an interesting mix of historical romance and
mystery. Read an excerpt and enter the Amazon gift card giveaway below...

The Wolf Mirror
by Caroline Healy
YA Historical Romance, Suspense
Paperback & ebook, ? Pages
February 14th 2017

Summary

Changing places doesn’t always help you see things differently.

Cassie throws the first punch in a brawl at Winchester Abbey Girl’s School. Her subsequent suspension is a glitch in Cassie’s master plan; Finish School/Get Job/Leave Home (and never come back). As punishment her mother banishes her to Ludlow Park, their creepy ancestral home. In the dark of a stormy night Cassie finds herself transported to 1714, the beginning of the Georgian period.

With the help of a lady’s maid and an obnoxious gentleman, Mr Charles Stafford, Cassie must unravel the mysterious illness afflicting Lord Miller. If Lord Miller kicks the bucket the house goes to Reginald Huxley, the brainless cousin from London.

Cassie’s task is to figure out who is poisoning the Lord of Ludlow without exposing herself to the ridicule of her peers, getting herself committed to the asylum or worse, married off to the first man who will have her.

Cassie must learn to hold her tongue, keep her pride in check and reign in her rebellious nature – because the fate of her entire family, for generations, rests on her shoulders.

Meanwhile, Lady Cassandra Miller frantically searches for her smelling salts or her trusted governess Miss. Blythe, whose soothing advice she would dearly love. Instead Cassandra finds some woman and a boy squatting in the Ludlow mansion; her father, her lady’s maid and all the servants have magically disappeared.

Tell-a-vision, the In-her-net, horseless carriages and women wearing pantaloons; Cassandra is afraid that she might have inhaled fowl air causing her to temporarily lose her senses.

Only when both girls can get over their pride, societal prejudices and self-importance will they be able to return to their rightful century. Until then, they are free to wreak maximum damage on their respective centuries.

(Affiliate links included, meaning that I will be compensated if you make a purchase using my links.)

The Wedding March by Tara Randel (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
The Wedding March
By Tara Randel

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out...

Launch - Note from the Author

I hope you enjoy Cassie and Luke’s journey in The Wedding March. And if you’ve read my previous books set in Cypress Pointe, you’ll catch up with familiar characters who pop up in this book. Thanks for stopping by!

— Tara

A Second Chance by Alexis A Goring (Blog Tour Excerpt & #Giveaway)


A Second Chance
by Alexis A Goring
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 154 Pages
January 25th 2017 by Forget Me Not Romances

Summary

Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life.

Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc’s compassion and kindness are of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina Braxton who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death. 

​Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don’t know it yet. With God’s guidance and the help of Gina’s matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts.

(Affiliate links included, meaning that I will be compensated if you make a purchase using my links.)

Project Emergence by Jamie Zakian (Blog Tour Guest Post & #Giveaway)


Welcome to my stop for this new YA SciFi! The author is sharing about the
setting for this book which you can check out along with a giveaway below...

Project Emergence
by Jamie Zakian
YA SciFi, Dystopian
Paperback & ebook, 292 Pages
March 14th 2017 by Month9Books

Summary

An ancient Hopi myth says people arrived on tiny silver pods that fell from the sky.

But the truth is far more terrifying.

Two-hundred fifty-eight teens are sent from a dying Earth to a terraformed Mars as part of the Emergence Program, mankind’s last hope before solar flares finish off their planet and species. Among the brave pioneers are sixteen-year-old Joey Westen and her twin brother, Jesse.

After only minutes in space, something triggers a total ship lock down.

With the help of their roommates, the Matsuda twins (notorious hackers and shady secret-keepers), Joey and Jesse stumble onto an extremist plot to sabotage the Emergence Program.

But Joey and Jesse didn’t travel to the deepest pits of space and leave their mother behind to be picked off in a high-tech tin can. They’ll lie, hack, ​and ​even kill to survive the voyage and make it to Mars.

(Affiliate links included.)

I can't wait for... Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday)


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

This one just sounds really cute and I adore You've Got Mail, so it's my pick this week...

Spring 2017 Bloggiesta


Bloggiesta is hosted over at its site and runs from March 20-26.
You can go and sign up here.

I've already been working on a few things this and last week for this, but here is my official list and goals...

TO-DO LIST
  1. Update at least one month of back reviews to my review page (already finished back through January, which is a good start to the two years that are not updated - yay!)
  2. Crosspost reviews to Goodreads, Amazon, and B&N back one month (I went back a month - now I just need to keep going...)
  3. Clean up my sidebar and minimize (I finished this and even though there's more there than I really want, it's so much better and has everything I need)
  4. Participate in at least one mini challenge, found here. (I've participated in three! The two items above actually coincide with these, which must be meant to be since I decided on those to-do items before I saw the challenges.)  
  5. Clean out my "Respond Now" and "Respond Soon" email folders
  6. Clean up my menu (on some computers my social icons at the top were overlapping with my menu, so I had to figure out what I didn't need up there)
  7. Re-do my "About Me" on the sidebar (Done. I put a picture instead of my blog button and changed the verbiage.)
  8. Re-do my About Me and Policies pages (Done. They're better organized and more concise.)
  9. Update my "About" info (finished this today)
  10. Continue scheduling posts one week ahead, so on Sunday, March 26th, I should have through April 2nd scheduled

Now looking at how busy I am this week, I'm not sure how far I'll really get with these, but I'm going to do my best. I'll be updating this post with what I've gotten done.

Did you join Bloggiesta?

The Wedding March by Tara Randel (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

I've heard fabulous things about this series, so I was happy to have the chance
to read this one. See what I thought and enter the fabulous giveaway below...

The Wedding March
(The Business of Weddings #4)
Tara Randel
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Summary

The help only he can offer…

Cypress Pointe, Florida, is a long way from LA, where pop singer Cassie Branford needs a hit to prove she's not a two album wonder. But her case of writer's block could be over when the struggling songwriter meets Luke Hastings at a family wedding.

The legendary musician walked away from success at the height of his career. Yet Luke is already inspiring Cassie with his dedication to building a permanent community outreach center for troubled teens. Volunteering to help bring music into these kids' lives is also bringing her and Luke closer. Maybe they're not as different as he thinks…
(Affiliate link included.)

Arizona Forever by Jaclyn M. Hawkes (Book Blitz Excerpt & #Giveaway)

Arizona Forever
by Jaclyn M. Hawkes
Adult Contemporary Romance
ebook, 249 Pages
March 10th 2017

Summary

Dr. Jessie Benn has everything—except Mr. Right. There’s only one problem. The one guy who intrigues her is completely wrong.

She’s a veterinarian specializing in horses with a thriving practice nestled between her family’s Arizona ranches, looking for a nice, dependable guy who can take her to the eternities.

He’s a visiting Australian business tycoon who’s just a touch bitter, a touch wild, and way more than a touch fascinating.

What is a girl to do?

(Affiliate links included, meaning that I will be compensated if you make a purchase using my links.)

What Readers Are Saying About Jaclyn’s Books

Jaclyn M Hawkes ROCKS!

I love all of her books! This was another great story that had it all; great characters, fun, happiness, love, suspense, sadness, triumph, family, and joy.

I’m not worried about letting my teenage daughters read anything Jaclyn writes.

Thanks for another great read and please keep them coming! Karen

Fantastic as always!

Fantastic, magnificent and beautifully written.

Amazing!

I have never read a book before that had me captive from the beginning. I cried, have laughed and felt her deep grief and confusion. What a wonderful book and a wonderfully exceptional writer. I can’t wait to read more of Jaclyn Hawkes books! Lorraine

I love the way she writes!

I love it!

A fun read that warms your heart and makes you feel just as awesome as the characters!

Jaclyn Hawkes was delightful!

A love story with depth and characters you want to meet.

I find myself reading halfway into the night if I don’t set a reminder to stop and sleep when I get her new books. Janie
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