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Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker Book Review


Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.
Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.
But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum Blog Tour Stop

Tell Me Three ThingsWhat if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?  
Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro Blog Tour Stop

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be on the blog tour for A Study in Charlotte. This novel sounds amazing and I'm planning to read it very soon! :) Here's more about the book along with my Sherlock-themed shopping list:

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)
The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar. From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other. A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy.

Sherlock Shopping List

Sherlock Quote Prints:
Improbable Truth Quote, Sherlock Holmes,Dictionary Art Print, Printed on Vintage Dictionary Paper, Recycled, Upcycled, 8x10 Print (#125)

Sherlock Tea Set: If you're a tea lover, this set is amazing!

The Sherlock Tea Collection

Household Items:
Grey Sherlock Skyline UmbrellaSherlock Holmes Book Scarf
A Study in Sherlock - Sherlock Holmes Inspired Candle


Brittany Cavallaro

Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old school Sherlockian. She is the author of the poetry collection Girl-King (University of Akron) and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She earned her BA in literature from Middlebury College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she's a PhD candidate in English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she teaches creative writing, detective fiction, and lots of other things. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, cat, and collection of deerstalker caps. Find her at her website, brittanycavallaro.com, or on Twitter @skippingstones.









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The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Walker Blog Tour Stop


Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be part of the blog tour for The Forbidden Orchid and feature an interview with the lovely Sharon Biggs Walker today. 

Interview:

1) Describe The Forbidden Orchid in 5 words. 
How about six? 
Victorian teen plant hunter in China.

2) Has your writing process changed from writing your first book to this one? 

It has.  The editorial process is fairly intense and the first time you go through it can be daunting.  I knew what to expect the second time around and what to prepare for.  I also drafted ORCHID with my editor’s notes from FOLLY echoing in my head.  Having an editor is like having a coach, really.  I’m a dressage rider, and so I look at the editorial process like taking riding lessons.  The more eyes on the ground you have, the better rider you become.  I also had a hard deadline with ORCHID so I had to push through any doubts or feelings of procrastination.  That taught me to think on my feet and try to come up with solutions to plot issues faster.  

3) What or who were your biggest inspirations for becoming a writer? 

My freshman English teacher, Joe Stevens.  He took me aside one day and told me that I would make a good writer. I really admired him and so the fact that he noticed the writer in me before I did really made me look at my dreams and myself in a new way.    

4) If you could time-travel back to any era, which one would it be? 

I always love this question and I never know how to choose one!  I love the Edwardian era because of those gorgeous clothes!  But having researched my latest book I think I’d loved to catch a glimpse of the Victorian era, maybe just to stand on a street corner of London for an hour or so and absorb all those sights and sounds.  I don’t think I’d want to stay long.  I love my modern conveniences too much! 

5) Do you put any of your own characteristics/personality traits into your characters? If so, which ones? 

I have with Elodie in THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID.  I’m the oldest sister in my family and so I know what it feels like to be the responsible one, the one who needs to set a good example for the younger siblings.  I share Elodie’s desire for seeing the world.  When I was 18 I became a national park ranger and I worked at the Grand Canyon and later Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego.  I’ve lived and worked all over the world and I’ve seen some amazing things from the Queen of England at a party at the Royal Mews to the ceremony of the keys at the Tower of London late at night.  I’ve hiked the Grand Canyon and rowed a canoe with Green Peace activists.  I also grew up in a smaller town, so I gave Elodie that same wander-lust, that drive to see what else the world had to offer.  

6) If you could only read three books for the rest of your life, what books would they be?

OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon 
REBECCA by Daphne Du Maurier 
WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE by Shirley Jackson 

The Forbidden Orchid
Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters living in a small English market town in 1861. The girls' father is a plant hunter, usually off adventuring through the jungles of China. 

Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan fails to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid, meaning that he will be thrown into debtors' prison and the girls will be sent to the orphanage or the poorhouse. Elodie's father has one last chance to return to China, find the orchid, and save the family—and this time, thanks to an unforeseen twist of fate, Elodie is going with him. Elodie has never before left her village, but what starts as fear turns to wonder as she adapts to seafaring life aboard the tea clipper The Osprey, and later to the new sights, dangers, and romance of China. 

But even if she can find the orchid, how can she find herself now that staid, responsible Elodie has seen how much the world has to offer?

Sharon Biggs Waller
Sharon Biggs Waller grew up around artists and developed a passion for Edwardian history and the Pre-Raphaelites when she moved to England in 2000. She did extensive research on the British suffragettes for her novel, A MAD, WICKED FOLLY when she wasn’t working as a riding instructor at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace and as a freelance magazine writer. She also writes non-fiction books about horses under her maiden name, Sharon Biggs. She is a dressage rider and trainer and lives on a 10-acre sustainable farm in Northwest Indiana with her British husband, Mark. Visit her atwww.sharonbiggswaller.com. 












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Tour Schedule:
Week 1:
2/29/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
3/1/2016- Bookish Lifestyle- Review
3/2/2016- IceyBooks- Guest Post
3/3/2016- Great Imaginations- Review
3/4/2016- The Book Belles- Interview

Week 2:
3/7/2016- The Eater of Books!- Review
3/8/2016- Addicted Readers- Guest Post
3/9/2016- Fiction Fare- Review

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Book Review

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.