Monday, November 11, 2019

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection by Michael A. Singer

Release Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Random House audio
Format: Audio
Length: 7 hours 46 minutes
Narrator: Michael A Singer
Genre: Spiritual/ Self Help
Buy: Audible | Kindle | Paperback


Synopsis: 

A thriving spiritual community on over 600 acres of pristine forest and meadows in Florida, a cutting-edge software package that transformed the medical-practice management industry, a billion-dollar public company whose achievements are archived in the Smithsonian Institution, a book that became a New York Times best seller and an Oprah favorite, and a massive raid by the FBI that would lead to unfounded accusations by the US government - how could all of this spring from a man who had decided to live alone in the middle of the woods, let go of himself, and embrace a life of solitude? But this man had made a radical decision - one that would unwittingly lead him to both the pinnacle of success and the brink of disaster.

Review:

What a fascinating story and what a perfect reminder to let go as often as possible.  That there is a force out there greater than us that has our best interest at heart.  I was totally gripped by this book and finished it in no time.  Read by the author his experiment was fascinating and his life inspiring.  How a hippie who only wanted to live alone in the woods and meditate came to run one of the most successful medical billing software companies. It wasn't even his success that made this book interesting but rather the grace with which he went through life.  How he never gave up his values of meditation and self improvement and instead surrendered to the clues that life was giving him in his life.  Each time his life took a new turn he struggled a little and then remembered to just embrace the change and if it was meant to be it would be.  Very inspirational and a tribute to those who listen to their intuition and inner voices.  I'm so happy to have read this book and it came to me at the perfect time when I was really struggling with something in my life. Unknowingly I found myself letting go and the change was amazing. Instead of being filled with anxiety I found myself at peace and just accepting that the situation would resolve itself the way it was meant to even if it wasn't the outcome I wanted or hoped for. 






Friday, November 8, 2019

Audio Book Review: The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

Release Date: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin audio
Format: Audio
Length: 12 hours 59 minutes
Narrator: Lauren Ezzo
Genre: Fantasy/romance
Buy: Audible | Kindle 


Synopsis: 

Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences, but those around you, as well.

New Oldbury, 1821

In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall.

The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

Review:

I really loved the feel of this book, the scenes were beautifully written with a Gothic feel that kept me listening.  The Witchy aspect of this book wasn't front and center, it was more of an aside which I found refreshing. More of the drama came from the relationship between Catherine and Lydia, sisters in 1821 who are both struggling with their future.  Catherine is the beauty of the family but rumors have led the family to flee Boston to New Oldbury. The scandal also caused the Lydia's engagement to be dissolved.

Now in a small town the family is trying to find their place amid the scandal. The three girls are also trying to navigate small town life.  Catherine seems almost desperate to find a suitor and Lydia feels destined to always live in her beautiful sisters shadow as a plain Jane.  Emeline loves their new home and finds herself lost in her fantasies in her search for mermaids.

There are ghosts and strange things that go on in Willow Hall but it is not center stage to the story until closer to the end of the book. The writing made you feel like you were there and I often found myself lost and feeling the damp wind on my face and the first raindrops falling.  After some research I discovered that this is a debut novel! I am definitely going to be seeking out this authors other books.

The narrator also really portrayed the two sisters well, I could hear the fights in my head like they were happening in the next room.





Thursday, November 7, 2019

BLOG TOUR: Legacy (Keeper of the Lost Cities #8) by Shannon Messenger



I am thrilled to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for LEGACY by Shannon Messenger! I am spotlighting the whole series today check it out and enter to win the giveaway below!
About the Book:
Title: LEGACY (Keeper of the Lost Cities #8)
Author: Shannon Messenger
Pub. Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: Aladdin
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 816
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Illusions shatter—and Sophie and her friends face impossible choices—in this astonishing eighth book in the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Only this first edition includes an exclusive extra scene from Tam’s point of view as well as beautiful illustrated endpapers from Shannon Messenger.

Sophie Foster wants answers. But after a lifetime of lies, sometimes the truth is the most dangerous discovery. Even the smallest secret comes with terrifying new responsibilities.

And Sophie’s not the only one with blank spots in her past, or mysteries surrounding her family. She and her friends are part of something much bigger than they imagined—and their roles have already been chosen for them.

Every clue drags them deeper into the conspiracy. Every memory forces them to question everything—especially one another. And the harder they fight, the more the lines blur between friend and enemy. 


About the series:

Title: FLASHBACK  (Keeper of the Lost Cities #7)
Author: Shannon Messenger
Pub. Date: November 6, 2018
Publisher: Aladdin
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 848
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A New York Times bestselling series
A USA TODAY bestselling series
A California Young Reader Medal–winning series

In this unforgettable seventh book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must let the past and present blur together, because the deadliest secrets are always the ones that get erased.

Sophie Foster doesn’t know what—or whom—to believe. And in a game with this many players, the worst mistake can be focusing on the wrong threat.

But when the Neverseen prove that Sophie’s far more vulnerable than she ever imagined, she realizes it’s time to change the rules. Her powerful abilities can only protect her so far. To face down ruthless enemies, she must learn to fight.

Unfortunately, battle training can’t help a beloved friend who’s facing a whole different danger—where the only solution involves one of the biggest risks Sophie and her friends have ever taken. And the distraction might be exactly what the villains have been waiting for.

Title: NIGHTFALL (Keeper of the Lost Cities #6)
Author: Shannon Messenger
Pub. Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Aladdin
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 576
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Sophie Foster is struggling. Grieving. Scrambling. But she knows one thing: she will not be defeated.

The Neverseen have had their victories—but the battle is far from over. It’s time to change tactics. Make sacrifices. Reexamine everything. Maybe even time for Sophie to trust her enemies.

All paths lead to Nightfall—an ominous door to an even more ominous place—and Sophie and her friends strike a dangerous bargain to get there. But nothing can prepare them for what they discover. The problems they’re facing stretch deep into their history. And with time running out, and mistakes catching up with them, Sophie and her allies must join forces in ways they never have before.

Title: LODESTAR (Keeper of the Lost Cities #5)
Author: Shannon Messenger
Pub. Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Aladdin
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 688
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Dark schemes unfold--and Sophie's loyalty is pushed to the limit--in this thrilling fifth book in the best-selling KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES SERIES.

Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities--but the Lost Cities have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc.

The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she's warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act.

A mysterious symbol could be the key--if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world's underbelly and the Black Swan aren't the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn't stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her.

Title: NEVERSEEN (Keeper of the Lost Cities #4)
Author: Shannon Messenger
Pub. Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Aladdin
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 672
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Sophie Foster is on the run—but at least she's not alone.

Her closest friends from the Lost Cities have gone with her to join the Black Swan. They still have doubts about the shadowy organization, but the only way to find answers is to start working with them. And as they settle into their new lives, they uncover secrets far bigger than anything they’d imagined.

But their enemies are far from done, and unleash a terrifying plague that threatens the safety of an entire species. Sophie and her friends fight with everything they have—with new allies joining them—but every choice has consequences. And trusting the wrong person could prove deadly.

In this game-changing fourth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must question everything to find a truth that will either save her world—or shatter it.

Title: EVERBLAZE (Keeper of the Lost Cities #3)
Author: Shannon Messenger
Pub. Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Aladdin
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 624
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Sophie Foster is ready to fight back.

Her talents are getting stronger, and with the elusive Black Swan group ignoring her calls for help, she’s determined to find her kidnappers—before they come after her again.

But a daring mistake leaves her world teetering on the edge of war, and causes many to fear that she has finally gone too far. And the deeper Sophie searches, the farther the conspiracy stretches, proving that her most dangerous enemy might be closer than she realizes.

In this nail-biting third book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must fight the flames of rebellion, before they destroy everyone and everything she loves.

Title: EXILE (Keeper of the Lost Cities #2)
Author: Shannon Messenger
Pub. Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Aladdin
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 576
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Sophie Foster thought she was safe. Settled into her home at Havenfield, surrounded by friends, and using her unique telepathic abilities to train Silveny--the first female alicorn ever seen in the Lost Cities--her life finally seems to be coming together.

But Sophie's kidnappers are still out there. And when Sophie discovers new messages and clues from the mysterious Black Swan group, she’s forced to take a terrifying risk—one that puts everyone in incredible danger.

As long buried secrets rise to the surface, it’s once again up to Sophie to uncover hidden memories—before someone close to her is lost forever.

In this second book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must journey to the darkest corners of her luminous world in a sequel that will leave you breathless for more.

Title: KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES (Keeper of the Lost Cities #1)
Author: Shannon Messenger
Pub. Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Aladdin
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 496
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Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known.

Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come “home.”
There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans—that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.

In this page-turning debut, Shannon Messenger creates a riveting story where one girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first.

About Shannon:

SHANNON MESSENGER graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned—among other things—that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She’s studied art, screenwriting, and film production, but realized her real passion was writing stories for children. She’s the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the award-winning middle grade series, Keeper of the Lost Cities, as well as the Sky Fall series for young adults. Her books have been featured on multiple state reading lists, published in numerous countries, and translated into many different languages. She lives in Southern California with an embarrassing number of cats. Visit her online at shannonmessenger.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @sw_messenger and on Facebook @KepperOfTheLostCities.


Giveaway Details:

4 winners will receive FULL hardcover sets of THE KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES Series, US only.



Wednesday, November 6, 2019

COVER REVEAL! Wolf (Reed Security #19) by Giulia Lagomarsino


Wolf
Giulia Lagomarsino
(Reed Security, #19)
Publication date: November 20th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Craig
I met my little pixie in a coffee house and we hit it off right away. That is, until she saw me shoot someone. But in my defense, they were coming to rob the coffee shop. Who does that? Now, I’ll do anything to get her back and make her realize that she’s mine. Kidnapping? I’m not too good for that. Getting shot? Play up the sympathy card. Marry her? You’re damn straight I will. Lay down my life for her? In a heartbeat. I would do anything for this woman and I will make her mine.
Reese
It was one non date. We had coffee together. After we bumped into each other. It was more of a meet-cute than anything. It was fun until I realized how very naive I was. I mean, the man said that he had a gun on him and I laughed it off like an idiot. Who actually carries around a gun with them. Apparently, everyone from Reed Security. But I didn’t see that, and now I have a stalker. Not just any stalker though. This man takes everything to the extreme. But I can survive him. I will survive him. And when all is said and done, I’ll go back to my life and the boring men I date. Right?


Author Bio:
I'm a stay at home mom that loves to read. Some of my favorite titles are Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Horatio Hornblower. I started writing when I was trying to come up with suggestions on ways I could help bring in some extra money. I came up with the idea that I could donate plasma because you could earn an extra $500/month. My husband responded with, "No. Find something else. Write a blog. Write a book." I didn't think I had anything to share on blog that a thousand other mothers hadn't already thought of. I decided to take his challenge seriously and sat down to write my first book, Jack. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed writing. From there, the stories continued to flow and I haven't been able to stop. I hope my readers enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them. Between reading, writing, and taking care of three small kids, my days are quite full.

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