Tuesday, October 16, 2018

ABL Absorbed in Thought: Blogtober Blues


 I’m curious about something.  I was so excited about Blogtober, and had every intention of posting every day, but somehow, I always end up failing miserably.  It’s like each day sneaks up on me, and before I know it, it’s 10:00p.m. and I have to go to bed.  Maybe it’s all of the fun activities I try to do in October?


I’m also noticing as the days get shorter and the temperature falls, so does my energy level.  All I want to do is grab a coffee, a book, and a blanket, curl up and get lost in someone else’s thoughts and problems.

Then I see Halloween is almost here, and then the holidays.  I am soooo not ready and seriously starting to feel overwhelmed.



~Where does all of my inspiration go in October?

~Why can’t my love of fall transfer to creative accomplishments?

~Am I the only person who is feeling this way?

Monday, October 15, 2018

$100 Amazon Giveaway


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Arc Review: Love in Catalina Cove by Benda Jackson




Title:  Love in Catalina Cove   
Author:  Brenda Jackson
Format:  Paperback*
Publication Date:  
Genre: Romance
My Rating: 4





Goodreads Synopsis

In her brand-new series, Brenda Jackson welcomes you to Catalina Cove, where even the biggest heartbreaks can be healed…

In the wake of a devastating teen pregnancy that left her childless and heartbroken, Vashti Alcindor left Catalina Cove, Louisiana, with no plans to return. Now, over a decade later, Vashti reluctantly finds herself back in her hometown after inheriting her aunt’s B and B. Her homecoming gets off to a rocky start when the new sheriff, Sawyer Grisham, pulls her over for speeding, and things go downhill from there.

The B and B, a place she’d always found refuge in when it seemed like the whole world was against her, has fallen into disrepair. When a surprising benefactor encourages Vashti to reopen the B and B, Vashti embraces a fresh start, and soon old hurts begin to fade as she makes new memories with the town—and its handsome sheriff…

But some pasts are too big to escape, and when a bombshell of a secret changes everything she thought was true, Vashti is left reeling. With Sawyer and his teenage daughter determined to see her through the storm, though, she’s learning family isn’t always a matter of blood—sometimes it’s a matter of heart.


My Thoughts...

This is a likeable story about a woman who overcomes a difficult past.  Instead of continuing to run from her pain, she returns to Catalina Cove to face all of the people who had betrayed her, only to find freedom in her new home.

I really liked Vashti, her story, and her strength, but I never fully connected with her.  I say that, but I can’t pinpoint a reason.  Other reviewers are not having this problem, so it may have been my mood.  For the sake of an honest review, I am mentioning it, but I’m not sure how much it should impact your decision to read this book.  I would love to hear what others thought about Vashti.

There were times where the plot meandered a bit, and the ending felt a little rushed.  However, overall this was so much fun to read.  Almost like a soap opera, in a very good way.  Genuine escapism, filled with irresistible love and unimaginable pain.  Can I also mention, I can’t wait to read the next books?  Brenda Jackson did a brilliant job of setting up the series and getting me invested in all of the characters, not just Vashti and Sawyer. Drama is coming…

My favorite part of a romance is the love story, but vying for my affection is always any renovation or makeover.  My imagination just runs wild with possibilities while trying to follow the descriptions in the book, but sometimes I get carried away…






* Special thanks to Brenda Jackson, HQN, and TLC Book Tours  for providing a copy of Love in Catalina Cove in exchange for an honest review.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

ABL Autumn Book Tag






I kept seeing book tags, and I love them, but didn’t feel right about copying someone else’s tag (unless I was tagged personally).  Since I wasn’t tagged in any fall book tags, I made one up! 

Here’s how this tag works.  I took a bunch of autumnal quotes and created prompts from them, thus bringing more fall beauty for us to experience this season.  I have tagged a few blogging friends, but you can tag as many people or as few as you would like.  All I ask, is that you link back to this post, pretty please.  Happy tagging!!!













 

Monday, October 8, 2018

Audiobook Review: Sadie - Blogtober Day 8





Author: Courtney Summers     
Format:  Audiobook

Narrators: Fred Berman, Dan Bittner, Rebecca Soler, Gabra Zackman
Publication Date:  September 4, 2018
Genre:  Young Adult, Mystery
My Rating: 5





Goodreads Synopsis…


Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.

My Thoughts...

There’s just something about Sadie.  From the opening paragraph, you can tell this book is going to be different.  This is a fairly original format, where not only is the main POV supplemented by a podcast investigation, but the podcast occurs after Sadie’s own story.  So, there are multiple timelines involved in explaining the same series of events, one in the present where Sadie tells the audience what IS happening to her, and the podcast in their present describing the past and trying to uncover what DID happen.

The actual plot was pretty great, with interesting twists and mysterious characters.  Everyone’s motivations were constantly in doubt, keeping the reader on edge.  The ending is where this book became amazing.  Without giving away any spoilers, just know that you can’t possibly be disappointed about this conclusion.  Especially, once you think about it and acknowledge how realistic it is.



The Characters...

 
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