Friday, December 9, 2016

Lauren's Gift Guide of Things She Wants

I know what you are all thinking - "What can I get Lauren for Christmas?" Well, I'm here to tell you! No, really, I'm just going to share some things that I'd personally love to get for the holidays in the hope that you will find something for either yourself or someone else in your life you still need to shop for! I'm using amazon associates to link to these items, so if you do purchase from them, I'll get a small percentage back, which ultimately goes to help the blog!

First, let's start with all the many books I want!


Manga Nightmare Before Christmas: I love this movie, so of COURSE I'd love this one!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay: I LOVED this movie. I absolutely need the screenplay.

We Wish You a Murderous Christmas: This is actually the second book in a cozy mystery series. Both are under $10 so buy them both and make it a proper gift!

The Mystery Writer's of America Cookbook: Okay, I'm not really a cook, but this cookbook looks like such fun!

Just a couple more books...

By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life: How cool does this one sound? Perfect for book lovers!

The Story of Holly and Ivy: I remember loving this picture book, but I don't own a copy. Seriously though, get this book for your family collection!

Movies and Music time!

Zootopia: I adored this film when I saw it in theaters, so I need to own a copy!

Nativity!: I haven't seen this one but I like Christmas films and it has Martin Freeman!

Sherlock, Season 3: Speaking of Martin Freeman ...I still need the third season of this awesome show!

Hamilton Soundtrack: I really need this soundtrack. I've been listening to some of the music via Youtube, but I'd like the full soundtrack.

A Very Kacey Christmas: One of my favorite country gals these days is Kacey Musgraves, so I'm excited she has a Christmas album!


Christmas is almost here! Are you still looking for anyone? Need more ideas? Let me know in the comments and I'll try and share at least one more post full of fun Christmas ideas!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Salvaged by Jay Crownover Cover Reveal

Alicia here, with another cover reveal. This time for one of my all-time favorite authors, Jay Crownover.



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Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.

Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.

Add to goodreads.

About Jay Crownover

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, Welcome to the Point, and Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters and make the reader feel something. 

Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker Cover Reveal

Alicia here, showing off the beeeeaaaaaauuuuutiful cover for K.A. Tucker's next book. 



UNTIL IT FADES is a contemporary romance novel featuring K.A. Tucker’s signature heart-stopping suspense releasing May 2nd, 2017 and being published by Atria Books! Check out the gorgeous cover below and preorder your copy today!




A sexy new romance about a small-town woman who saves the life of a mysterious man, and finds herself unexpectedly thrown into a whirlwind love affair, featuring bestselling author K. A. Tucker’s signature “well-constructed, pulse-pounding suspense” (USA TODAY).

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population three thousand outside of tourist season. 

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling. 

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works. 

For a time. 

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust. 

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?


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    About K.A. Tucker: 

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. 

She is the USA Today bestselling author of 14 books, including Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water, and her latest Adult Suspense novel, He Will Be My Ruin. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publisher's Weekly. 

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and a Chug.      

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Winter Bucket List

It’s fairly common for people to make a Summer Bucket List – which is a list of things they hope to do or accomplish during the summer months. I’ve done these for the past few years, but I also have many things I want to do during the Winter months, so I thought I’d share my list here with you and you can let me know what items you hope to accomplish during December, January, and February.
  1. Go to a local holiday play
  2. Drive around and see Christmas lights- especially the house whose lights match up to music on a certain radio station
  3. Make holiday related crafts- especially at the library!
  4. Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey
  5. Watch Love Actually
  6. Make Christmas cookies
  7. Make at least two DIY gifts for people

What would you put on your Winter Bucket List? I might just add to mine after seeing your ideas! Also, I made the above image for this post - feel free to use it on your blog if you want to make and share your own list. 


amazon associates: I included links to buy the two movies I love during the holiday season, if you wish to check them out. I get a percentage of any sale. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Discussion: The Do's and Do Not's of Blog Swaps

The Do's and the Do Not's of Blog Swaps by Lauren

One of the things that I love about blogging is participating in blog swaps. If you haven’t seen these around, then the idea is essentially like Secret Santa, but it happens all year round. One or two blogs create a swap – based around a season/holiday/theme- and other bloggers can sign up. Once the sign up period is over, whoever created the swap will match you up. Sometimes who you give to isn’t the same person who gives to you, but most of the time you are matched up with one other person. You give to them, they give to you. This is a really good way to get to know another blogger! You use email, their blog, or other social media sites to learn more about them and figure out just what you want to send. 

Most blogs have a set dollar limit they want you to hit so that the gifts will be of equal value. Also, if the swap has a theme, that might limit what you give. Maybe you need to send a book in your box or maybe you need to get things in the person’s favorite color. Whatever the theme/reason for the swap, you are still allowed to use your creativity and your swap partner’s interests to create a solely unique and exciting gift for them! Plus, who doesn’t like getting gifts in the mail? Definitely think about signing up for a blog swap if you haven’t taken part in one yet.

However, whether you have been in a blog swap or not, I thought I would share my personal Do’s and Do Not’s of Blog Swapping. Please don’t take offense to any of these, and note that these are my own personal Do’s and Do Not’s so you might have different ones! I’m writing this post more as a guide than as a hard and fast rule.


·         Make sure you follow the rules – spend the right amount, mail the package when you should, etc.
·         Keep in touch with the hosts and/or your swap partner. Make sure they know if you will be mailing late, send a tracking number if you are meant to (that goes with follow the rules) and generally make sure they know you are doing your part!
·         Ask questions! I don’t think I’ve ever done a blog swap where you can’t contact the person you are sending to, so make sure you ask them questions. Whether the swap has a theme or not, there are always questions you can ask your person to make sure you are creating the best gift box for them. You want it to be things they will enjoy, after all, since you are putting time and money into it!
·         Every swap I’ve been in, you have to share what you got on your blog afterwards and link up with everyone else. This is a good way for your swap partner to know you got their gifts (and what you thought) as well as see what everyone else got/sent. I’m putting this on Do, even though it’s usually a set rule anyway, because I wanted to add that you should include at least two pictures of your swap package (if you can) to fully show off the items you received, and you should try and write as much as possible about what you got. What did you just LOVE? Any items you were surprised to get, but were super excited about? All of this shows that you really appreciated your gift and as the saying goes “the more, the merrier.”

Do Not’s

·         Never sign up for a swap and then not send something. I think this has happened to me once, but I know it’s happened to a lot of other people too and it’s not right and definitely not fair. Especially if the person is the one you have mailed a gift to – the idea is to reciprocate and if you don’t do that, then again, that’s wrong. Only sign up for a swap if you know you will be able to send a proper gift, and if something changes, get in touch with the hosts. Don’t just leave your partner hanging!
·         Don’t buy the majority of your gifts from the Target and Michael’s clearance aisle. I’ve had people do this a lot and while some of the gifts are nice, it’s easy to see they didn’t spend much time or money trying to send a nice gift and it’s kind of a bummer. You can definitely use these places and get an item or two from the clearance places – again, some of what they sell is nice –but don’t go overboard. For one thing, it’s easy to see you didn’t reach the $ limit for the swap, and for another, it’s obvious to most people who do swaps where you got your items because we shop here too!
·         Don’t wait until the last minute to shop for your partner. I know that you often have to wait to get paid, or you need a moment to really shop, but waiting too long means you might end up getting items that aren’t as thoughtful or nice for your partner. If you can’t buy something right away, think about “window shopping” a store and seeing what you can find or even searching online. I try to come up with ideas of things I want to get my person even before I buy them, so when I do have time/money, I can get on it right away! This also keeps you from having to mail your package too late.
·         Don’t mail your package too late. I’ve had to mail packages late. It happens. I didn’t have a box that fit. I don’t have the money to mail it. I need to make time to go to the post office. There are a ton of reasons, but try and mail it a day or two after the send date so it’s not getting to your partner way later than they sent yours. You don’t want them waiting too long, especially when everyone else is getting their goodies in the mail! Of course, mailing before or on the send date is ideal! 

Do you have any blog swap rules you follow? What do you think of mine?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

December to Remember Giveaway Hop: $15 to Amazon or The Book Depository


Welcome to the December to Remember Giveaway Hop brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers!
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Many bloggers have come together to bring you some amazing prizes! Each prize is worth a minimum of $15, but some are worth much more. There is no limit to how many you can win – so enter them all! GOOD LUCK!

I'm excited to take part in this giveaway hop! I hope you all will enter - there are a variety of entries! None are mandatory, so do one or do them all!

Prize: $15 to Amazon or The Book Depository (Amazon will be an e-gift card, TBD - you must choose items up to $15 and I'll order)

Open to: International if TBD ships to you! (U.S. will be Amazon - everyone else will be TBD)

Ends: December 20th

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Womanizer by Katy Evans Release Day Blitz

Alicia here, celebrating the releae of Katy Evan's new book.




Womanizer by Katy Evans

Release Date: December 5th, 2016 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans comes a brand new contemporary romance. WOMANIZER is a full length standalone, and no other books in the series need to be read.

You've seen the headlines: Womanizing billionaire player! Watch out! Stay away!

We were just two strangers. Facing a forbidden attraction, a chemical connection. Neither of us expected or wanted it to amount to more.

But I had never been drawn to a guy the way I was drawn to this one: my brother's best friend, and CEO of the company where I interned.

Even knowing I should stay away, I proved to be too human, after all.

The chemistry was amazing.

The laughs were incredible.

I opened up to him in more ways than I'd opened up to anyone before.
But sex was as far as I'd go.

Just sex because he was too irresistible.

Just sex because I wouldn't be falling for him.

Just sex because I'd leave in three months, and I'd like for my brother not to kill me, and for nobody to find out he was my wicked little secret.

He wasn't the One.

He was just a womanizer.

But for a time, he would be mine. 


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About the Author:

Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.

Connect with the Author:
Twitter @authorkatyevans