Hi everyone!

I’ve been thinking about this is past week or so when I look at everyone else’s blogs. I’ve noticed a lot of people are on on Blogger, versus WordPress. And then I noticed,really noticed why, when I tried to do a Rafflecopter giveaway on my blog for a tour that I was part of.

WordPress has been kind of aggravating me with the lack of flexibility that Blogger has. So I’ve made a decision to switch over to Blogger. Same person behind it, same amount of work, just a new name and new address.

It won’t be a sharp transition. I don’t want to lose any of my followers or contacts. I want this to be as gradual and easy for y’all as possible. So over the next 5 weeks (until the end of the year), I’ll be gradually switching over to my new reading/review blog. During those five weeks, I’ll be downramping this one, and revamping that one so that it will have the same things on it as now. It is a VERY different looking site, but one that is more me and not quite as dark as this one.

The new site will be:

Second Book To The Right (http://2ndbooktotheright.blogspot.com)

Until the end of the year, I’ll be posting on both sites until everyone has transitioned as smoothly as possible. So get over there and say hi!

It’s my birthday! What are you reading?!

 

Yes, today is my birthday. Happy birthday to all my birthday brothers and sisters out there! And since I wasn’t feeling all that good yesterday, I didn’t get to write my What Are You Reading?? post.

A day late, and possibly a dollar short (especially since I have to pay for the new tire to replace my flat tire I found this morning…. bestest. birthday. present. evah. </end sarcasm>

But here is my list of books for this week! I am surprised I actually got all 4 of last week’s books read (and reviewed). I’ve had a lot of people email me for reviews of their books and interview/tour requests, so if you’ve emailed me, please be patient.

This week’s list of books I’m reading are:

  1. The Last of the Bird People by John Hanson Mitchell
  2. Prophecy Girl by Faith McKay
  3. The King of Winter by Andy Monk
  4. The Advance Guard by Don A. Martinez

I’m hoping to get all four read this week, but I will get at least 2 of them read.

REVIEW: Awakening the Mobster by Amy Rachiele

Title: Awakenig the Mobster
Series: Mobster series
Author: Amy Rachiele
Published Date: August 2012
Publisher: Self-published by Author
Format: ebook
Pages: 120
ISBN: 1479286958
Copy provided by: author
Genre: YA romance
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon / Smashwords / Barnes and Noble
Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis: What draws and binds people together-circumstance, experience, blood? Can you change what you’re made of or is it predestined? If you fight it, will it just come back to you ten-fold?

Antonio and Megan are running. Running away. Megan’s father told them to. Antonio and Megan fly to South Bend, Indiana. They are hiding out at Notre Dame until it’s safe to come home. But will it ever be safe with the line of work Antonio and Megan’s father do? There is no escaping the mob. It’s part of your existence.

Review: I’ve completely fallen in love with Antonio and Megan. And yes, now I’m hoping for something to happen between Vito and Erin. I think he’d be good for her. It looks like that’s where the author is headed for those two.

Where the first book ended is exactly where the second book picks up, and even though they go to South Bend, it doesn’t stop the Mafia action. I guess once you’re in, you’re in for life, but its not like they’re trying to get away from the lifestyle.

Antonio is still doing things for his dad behind Megan’s back, and when she finds out, she’s accepting. I still want to know why Megan’s mom is the way she is, and I’m hoping that comes out in the third book.

Overall, the book was another quick, enjoyable read.

REVIEW: Grieving God’s Way by Margaret Brownley

Title: Grieving God’s Way
Series: none
Author: Margaret Brownley
Published Date: Jan 24, 2004
Publisher: Winepress Publishing
Format: paperback
Pages: 320
ISBN-10: 1579216641
Copy provided by: Booksneeze
Genre: spirituality, grieving
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis: If It’s been six months A year Two years (or more) And you still feel Depressed Joyless Lost Alone IFYou’re afraid to tell anyone That you’re still grieving For fear they’ll think you’re crazy If you feel the need to hide your feelings behind A smile . . . and try to pretend everything is okay . . .Then what you’re feeling is perfectly normal. Did you know that it can take as long as five years or more for a person to adequately work through grief? But because we live in a fast-paced society, we often sweep grief under the rug, or ignore it altogether. Medical experts now know that unresolved grief can cause such health problems as headaches, depression, back pain, and even heart disease and cancer.”Grieving God’s Way” is a book made to order for the grieving spirit. It will help you gain new insight into the grieving process, gain more appreciation for friends and family, and come to understand God’s plan for healing heart and soul. It may even help cure your back.

Review: I was given a copy of this book by Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review. This review is probably going to be one of the hardest for me to write. It was one of the hardest books for me to read. I kept having to put it down and walk away from it. I’m not a God person, and even though I went to a Catholic school most of my life, I’ve never read the Bible in its entirety. As I tell people, me and God, we’re still working out our relationship. But the obvious religious overtone was not what made me put it down numerous times and walk away.

You see, Christmas Eve this year will be two years since my uncle died. He raised me after my dad died when I was 13. He was in my life longer than my dad was. Uncle Jimmy had a relationship with God that was enviable. God was his best friend, but he wasn’t a Bible-thumper, or a 5 times a day church-going wierdo.

So I guess in reading this book, I was hoping that I would find some sort of solace. Instead, I found wounds that haven’t healed yet that I thought had. Perhaps reading the book in daily increments as it should be read, will be easier. But trying to sit down and read it all in one or two sittings was just too hard. It brought back so many tears that I had hoped were already shed.

So, if you’ve just lost someone, it’s a good book. Just read it a little at a time.

(Yeah, that’s Uncle Jimmy and yours truly, circa 1980ish)

REVIEW: The Mobster’s Girl by Amy Rachiele

Title:Mobster’s Girl
Series: none?
Author: Amy Rachiele
Published Date: June 2012
Publisher: self-published by author
Format: ebook
Pages: 124
ASIN:B008BNF0R6
Copy provided by: friend
Genre: YA, contemporary
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis: You can’t help what family you’re born into or what lies they keep from you. You can’t help it if they mold and shape you just the way they wanted. Are monsters born or made?
Antonio and Megan have a timeless issue. They were told to stay away from each other. They try, they really do. But they are drawn to each other.

Review: A few weeks ago I saw a review for this book and knew I needed to read this book. So, when I saw that the author was offering the second book, I jumped at the possibility. I have the second book, but since its a continuation of the first, I had to read the first before.

Yesterday I was at work for 12 hours, and was exhausted. I figured I would start this book and fall asleep a few pages through. Nope, that didn’t happen. Three hours later, I was still awake and completely finished it. I could not put this book down!

Its the ultimate bad boy and the ultimate good girl. They fall in love, and their families are against it. Every good girl falls for a bad boy. I know I did when I was younger, heck, I married one!

The only bad thing about the book was that the twist was a little predictable. About halfway through the book I started having a niggling little feeling, and sure enough, I was right.

I can’t wait to curl up tonight with the next book!

Feature and Follow Friday…a day late

The idea behind it:

To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

    • (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee &Alison Can Read}
    • (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
    • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
    • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
    • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
    • Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
    • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
    • If you’re new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

Onto this week’s question:

Q: Are you thankful for a fellow blogger? Tell us about him or her.

I can’t come up with a single person, I am grateful for every one of my fellow bloggers. Y’all have inspired me to keep posting every day, keep reviewing, and I get introduced to so many new, awesome books by reading your blogs.

So thank all of y’all!

On a side note, I tried to add in the code for the hop this week and it didn’t work. I noticed yesterday that if you have a free WordPress blog (like I do), that it doesn’t allow for Javascript. (Boo! Hiss!) Apparently it doesn’t allow for Linky hops either. 😦

Morrigan Book Tour

Morrigan

Shuffled from place to place in the foster system, Morrigan doesn’t know the meaning of home. Plus, she is different. She has power over fire, the ability to move objects with her mind, and glimpse into the future. Just when she believes her life can’t get any stranger, she discovers her true identity.

Filtiarn, a knight with a dark past and a surprising secret, has been tasked with guiding the heir of Tír na NÓg through countless perils to be returned to her family. Once Morrigan has been reunited with her mother and grandmother, their triad can save the forgotten land of magic from being devoured by an ancient evil.

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Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves
writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart. In addition to writing fiction, Laura
is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her
local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years. Her current works include
Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, Phantom, Morrigan and Player.

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