Weekly Update #121


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 and Talk Supe for showcasing the books I added to my shelves or Kindle this week.

I've been enjoying spending time with the kids this week. I really love summer. :D Friday and Saturday we'll be gone celebrating Independence Day with family. Should be a great time.

It's a more laid-back week for me coming up on the blog. I have lots of books I'd like to catch up on reading, so I'm just going to enjoy reading whatever I feel like and post reviews when I'm ready. Here's what I know you'll see for sure:

I'll be posting a review of Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant for its tour. This one is a inspirational romance. I enjoyed her last book and am looking forward to this one.
Love Arrives in Pieces

I'll be part of promoting The Sheik's Ruby by Jennifer Moore. I've loved all of her books to date. They were all historical romances, so I'm curious if I'll still like this contemporary romantic suspense from her.
The Sheik's Ruby

As usual, I'll be posting for Waiting on Wednesday. Did you see last week's WOW for two intriguing YAs?

I'll be a tour stop for The Escape by Hannah Jayne, a YA thriller/suspense from Sourcebooks Fire that I'm looking forward to.
 The Escape

I'm planning on posting for Friday Favorites. I haven't covered some of my favorite book covers from the first half of 2015, so I'll be showcasing which ones I liked the most.

I added both some physical books and ebooks this week. Here are they are (links/covers will take you to Goodreads):

PHYSICAL BOOKS
A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer - Won
A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears - For Review
Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt - For Review
Another Time for Love by Lynne Larson - For Review
Worth Waiting For by Johnson - For Review

EBOOKS
 Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity (Meet Your Match, #3) Map to the Stars The Kiss that Launched 1,000 Gifs

There are two giveaways going on right now. First is for my monthly giveaway for a signed copy of The Winner's Curse and the other is for an ebook copy of The Hesitant Heiress (click below for each giveaway):
 The Hesitant Heiress (The Everstone Chronicles, #1)

I'm co-hosting a read-along for Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George (who I LOVE) in July with Dena from Batch of Books. We held a read-along last fall for the Finishing School Series by Gail Carriger and had a blast! This is another book we decided we'd like to read together. The book releases on July 7th. Jessica will be stopping by as well so we can ask her some questions. I've included the linky here for anyone who is interested in joining. We wanted this up in plenty of time for everyone to join and get their books and all. We'll basically be reading a chapter or about 26 pages a day. We'd love to have you! You don't have to have a blog to participate either. Readers are definitely welcome!!



Did you miss any of these posts from last week?
Series Review & Giveaway: Everstone Chronicles by ...
Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Cupcakery by Toni Mil...
Cover & Chapter Reveal: Into the Dark by Carline T...
Blog Tour Review: The Six by Mark Alpert
Waiting on Wednesday: Drift & Dagger by Kendall Ku...
Blog Tour Review: Summer's List by Anita Higman
New eBook Deals Site & Giveaway for FOREWORDZ
Review: The Keys of the Watchmen by Kathleen C. Pe...
Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway: Young Adult Authors ...
Review: California Dreamin' Collection by Multiple...

How is your week looking?

61 comments

  1. Enjoy the celebration ! I like your laid back approach to blogging, we started blogging because it's fun but too often, it becomes an obligation and a source of stress. I need to keep reading the Gail Carriger series, I'm getting behind ! Have a great week ;)

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  2. I love summer too and that the kids and I can spend so much time outside! Great haul! I have never heard of Map of the Stars but I might have to check it out - Have a great week!

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  3. The Escape looks interesting - the kind of book I'd love!

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  4. Megan McDade6/28/15, 4:43 AM

    I hope you have a great 4th of July. I still have two week to.go till I have a summer break. I'm praying it hurt us up. I hope you have a great reading week. Map to the stars looks like a good read.

    Megan @ http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Quite a book cache! The Sheik's Ruby cover reminds me of a 1960s or 70s romance book.

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  6. Some great books there! Enjoy your Independence Day weekend!

    Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

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  7. The covers are gorgeous and I love that there was chemistry and sweetness. Overall it sounds like the series was satisfying for you. I love HF. Thanks for sharing Tressa

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  8. You picked up some nice romances. Enjoy your time with family. Stay cool!

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  9. the covers are beautiful and the synopsis sounds great

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  10. It's a great series! The first and third are my faves. They are definitely the kind of book that can be read again a few times :)

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  11. Great haul this week. Map to the Stars sounds really good. I hope you have an awesome week.

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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  12. laura thomas6/28/15, 11:57 AM

    Have a safe and happy 4th! I have a big weekend planned too. My mother is here and my oldest brother so all but a couple of us will be in one place. Lots of fun to be had. Lovely books this week:)

    My Sunday Post - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/06/28/whats-new-on-my-bookshelf-115-and-the-sunday-post/

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  13. Great books and great posts coming up! I'm definitely intrigued by the Escape. It sounds like a page turner. Have a great week!

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  14. All of the reviews I have seen for this series have been amazing. I wish I had started them sooner. Thanks for another great review.

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  15. northernplunder6/28/15, 1:32 PM

    So many lovely new books, I hope you enjoy them all :) enjoy your laid back week too!

    My weekly recap and haul
    Lauren @ Northern Plunder

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  16. Have a great time celebrating with family on the 4th, I don't really do anything..not a fireworks person. So I will be sitting at home reading. :) Enjoy your new reads!

    Stormi

    Week in Review

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  17. sherry fundin6/28/15, 4:54 PM

    It seems most of the books I have been reading are R2R. The next, I hope will be for pure enjoyment. Hmmmm, now I don't know what to do. So many to choose from. LOL
    sherry
    @ fundinmental Sherry's Shelves

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  18. Connie Saunders6/28/15, 5:54 PM

    This whole series sounds great. Thanks for this giveaway!
    Connie

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  19. Linda Romer6/28/15, 6:40 PM

    I love the covers! The time period and the beautiful woman and their beautiful dresses. Thank you

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  20. marypreston6/28/15, 8:35 PM

    I'm drawn to the covers & the story lines hook me.

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  21. I love the covers

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  22. The covers are stunning! The reviews have been fabulous. I am also happy they will be out in paperback this Fall. I am looking forward to reading this series.

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  23. Blogging has been stressful for me so far this year - just a crazy schedule and then a lot of other things going on, so I'm trying to get back to that more fun and laid-back feel and hopefully also start scheduling ahead a little. I love Gail, so I hope you enjoy her series!

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  24. Map of the Stars was a surprise for me. It looked good and it's from Epic Reads so I thought Id give it a try. Hope your week is great too!

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  25. So far is pretty intense. I'll let you know what I think when I post my review...

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  26. You too, Megan. That's a while to wait for a summer break, so I hope it hurries up and comes and then takes its time before it's over. :)

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  27. Doesn't it?! Almost looks like a movie poster from the 70s. It was a unique read, which is always nice. It helped that I ended up liking it too.

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  28. Thanks, Heather! You too!!

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  29. Thanks, Kimberly. Staying cool is pretty much impossible unless you're inside with the ac on really cold. ;) Trying to enjoy some sun and the kids without getting overly hot. Thank goodness for books, video games, movies, splash pads, and pools. Have a great week!

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  30. I'm hoping taking a chance with Map to the Stars will turn out to be a good one. You too!

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  31. I hope you have a great time! Thanks, Laura!

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  32. So far The Escape is definitely a page turner. It's also pretty heart-wrenching so far - just what happened to those boys. So far so good though.

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  33. Thanks, Lauren! So far I am. :)

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  34. Well, you can't go wrong with reading. There's a kids' carnival that our city puts on that night too that we might be back for. Our kids are just that fun age where everything still wows them, but they're old enough to take out.

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  35. I know exactly what you mean! Even the ones I'm reading for fun are still review copies in one way or another, although I do have a stack of pre-ordered books that I still haven't gotten to and am dying too. Hopefully soon.

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  36. I absolutely loooove the covers for these novels. They are gorgeous!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  37. Sam Kozbial7/1/15, 3:26 PM

    I am addicted to looking at people's adds. All that means is more entries on my TBR -- so many books, so little time. Enjoy the holiday!

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  38. I like seeing what people get too and adding to my list or seeing if something is on NG that I'd like to request. Thanks for stopping by, Sam!

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  39. Patricia Finnegan7/1/15, 7:32 PM

    The covers are so intriguing! I love the use of color and the fashion and mansions on the covers.

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  40. I enjoy historical romances, and these covers are gorgeous.

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  41. I love historical fiction too and these covers! The first book was my favorite, but they were all good.

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  42. I hope you get a chance to read them!

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  43. I agree. :) I also liked the first and third the most and for different reasons. Thanks for sharing about them, Heidi!

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  44. I'm glad another blogger shared about them, which is the only reason I found them. Glad you enjoyed the reviews!

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  45. I'll wish you luck for the giveaway, Connie!

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  46. I do too, Linda. She did really well with her cover artist.

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  47. That's how I felt too, Mary. I hope you get a chance to read them and end up really liking them!

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  48. So glad you like them, Anna. They're gorgeous!

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  49. I do still like to get books I'd re-read in paperback, so I'm happy about that as well.

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  50. They are! Thanks, Sydney!!

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  51. The covers are also great because they relate to the stories really well.

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  52. Yes they are. :) I hope you get a chance to enjoy this series!

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  53. Christina Riggs7/1/15, 10:44 PM

    Your covers are so pretty.

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  54. Camilla Cruz Uphaven7/3/15, 11:53 PM

    Such a lovely cover!! Inviting and appealing. Congratulations!!

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  55. Denise Duvall7/5/15, 5:31 PM

    These look like two great historical romances, that I will look out for.

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  56. Denise Duvall7/5/15, 5:32 PM

    Beautiful covers too.

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  57. Kim Hansen- Amundsen7/9/15, 6:49 AM

    All the covers are beautiful.

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  58. Cathy Lykens7/9/15, 7:51 AM

    I agree that the covers are gorgeous--that is what caught my attention first.

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  59. Deana Dick7/9/15, 8:13 AM

    You are a new author to me. I would love the chance to read your book .
    Thanks
    Deana

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  60. Danielle Hull7/9/15, 9:06 AM

    Dawn lives about half an hour away from me, and I can't wait to read her books and meet her! She shared your post on FB, and that's why I came to visit today :)

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  61. Thanks for the post and the giveaway! I love Dawn and her books. But I love Dawn more! She's such a lovely person. :-) I wish everyone could meet her!

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