Thursday, September 11, 2014

Get to Know Amy Dunne

Gone Girl is coming to theaters real soon, y'all in less than a month! I'm excited and I'm also excited that I'll be helping you get to know more about the book and film in these weeks leading up to the release.

So, today I'm excited to let you know all about Amy Dunne's Pinterest board. As you may know, in the upcoming movie thriller Gone Girl by David Fincher, ‘Amazing Amy’ Dunne (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing and all eyes are on her husband Nick (Ben Affleck.) Everyone is wondering ‘Did Nick kill his wife?’
As evidence mounts and speculation rises, Amy’s past is coming into focus on Pinterest. What was she like? What were her interests? Did she leave any clues? Explore for yourself!

Is that not awesome? Or should I say...amazing? ;)


Giveaway: To See the Moon Again by Jamie Langston Turner

About the Book

Every day of her life Julia Rich lives with the memory of a horrible accident she caused long ago. In the years since, she has tried to hide her guilt in the quiet routine of teaching at a small South Carolina college, avoiding close relationships with family and would-be friends. But one day a phone call from Carmen, a niece she has never met, disrupts her carefully controlled world.

Carmen is a study in contrasts—comical yet wise, sunny yet contemplative, soft yet assertive. As she sets about gently drawing Julia from her self-imposed solitude into a place of hope, she also seeks her own peace for past mistakes.

Together, the two women embark on a journey that takes Julia far from the familiar comfort of home and gives Carmen the courage to open her heart. Together, their sightseeing trip turns into a discovery of truth, grace, redemption, and, finally, love…

I have one copy of this book to give away to a US resident! Just fill out the form below for consideration!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Twelve Dancing Unicorns by Alissa Heyman illustrated by Justin Gerard

Twelve Dancing Unicorns is a delightful and gorgeously illustrated retelling of Grimm's 12 Dancing Princesses.

Okay, confession time. I don't actually know that fairy tale! But that in no way prevented me from completely enjoying this charming book. The king has 12 unicorns who somehow magically escape their golden chains each night. The king wants to know how, but his big strong guards can't tell him. So he ends up enlisting the help of a young girl who discovers something very magical about the unicorns, indeed!

The writing is very pretty and the words themselves evoke a sense of the magical and unknown. But the illustrations are just stunning, infused with light and charm and really help to make this book stand out. I think this would be a wonderful addition to anyone's picture book collection, young or old!

It has important ideas in it, ideas of bravery, courage, and love which are important, I think, at any age!

I am lucky enough to have a copy to give away to a US resident. Just fill out the form below by September 16, 2014.

Fun little note: As soon as I received my copy of this book in the mail, I realized I recognized the illustrator's name! Any fans of Andrew Peterson must as well! He painted the cover of my very favorite Andrew Peterson album, The Far Country and has illustrated some of his books. I want to give you Andrew's very generous words about Mr. Gerard's art: "It takes a special gift to do more with a picture than illustrate a scene. You could be at the top of your game as an artist in terms of skill and craft, and you could inspire admiration—but it’s another kind of artist who can inspire wonder. It’s a true artist who can make you hungry for beauty the way a the chef in the kitchen can make you hungry for dinner."

I do very much enjoy and appreciate the illustrations in Twelve Dancing Unicorns and I do think they are the kind that elevate the book because of how warm and wondrous they feel.

Anyway! It's always fun to discover these connections, but I know you're going to want to learn more about Twelve Dancing Unicorns. Follow the Twelve Dancing Unicorns blog tour tomorrow on Akron Ohio Moms.


Friday, September 5, 2014

CFBA Book Spotlight: Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes

About the Book: He made himself an island until something unexpected washed ashore. When Holton lost his wife, Adele, in a freak accident, he shut himself off from the world, living a life of seclusion, making drifwood sculptures and drowning his pain in gin. Until twenty-three-year-old Libby knocks on his door, asking for a job and claiming to be a friend of his late wife. When he discovers Libby is actually his late wife’s illegitimate daughter, given up for adoption without his knowledge, his life is turned upside down as he struggles to accept that the wife he’d given saint status to was not the woman he thought he knew.

Together Holton and Libby form an unlikely bond as the two struggle to learn the identity of Libby’s father and the truth about Adele, themselves, and each other.

House of Wonder by Sarah Healy Giveaway!

About the Book

Theirs wasn’t always the misfit family in the neighborhood. Jenna Parsons’s childhood was one of block parties and barbecues, where her mother, a former beauty queen, continued her reign and her twin brother, Warren, was viewed as just another oddball kid. But as her mother’s shopaholic habits intensified, and her brother’s behavior became viewed as more strange than quirky, Jenna sought to distance herself from them. She is devoted to her career and her four-year-old daughter, Rose. But now, in his peculiar way, Warren summons her back to 62 Royal Court.

What she finds there—a house in disrepair, a neighborhood on tenterhooks over a rash of petty thefts, and evidence of past traumas her mother has kept hidden—will challenge Jenna as never before. But as she stands by her family, she also begins to find beauty in unexpected places, strength in unlikely people, and a future she couldn’t have imagined.

I have one copy of this book to give away to someone with a US address! Just fill out the form below to enter!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon Giveaway!

About the Book: Reeling from her recent divorce, Gina Bellamy suddenly finds herself figuring out how to live on her own. Determined to make a fresh start—with her beloved rescue greyhound by her side—Gina knows drastic measures are in order.

First up: throwing away all her possessions except for the one hundred things that mean the most to her. But what items are worth saving? Letters from the only man she’s ever loved? A keepsake of the father she never knew? Or a blue glass vase that perfectly captures the light?

As she lets go of the past, Gina begins to come to terms with what has happened in her life and discovers that seizing the day is sometimes the only thing to do. And when one decides to do just that...magic happens.

Dog books are the best books am I right? Thanks to the publisher, I have one copy of this book to give away to a US resident. Just fill out the form below to enter!


Monday, September 1, 2014

September is here!

I am so happy even though it is still hot here and will remain hot for some time to come.

I very happily pulled out all my apple fragrances today and will be cheerfully using them throughout the season. YAY FALL.

Also, here on September first the Cardinals finally took sole possession of first place in their division and if you look at the stats it seems unlikely, but it is and so yay. Who knows if they will manage to hold on in this last month, but I have hope! Some of our key injured players are returning so there is reason to hope, if you know what I mean.

Also in September besides it being the last month of regular season baseball, the figure skating season kicks off with international senior B competitions and I'm excited for that! I've been paying some attention to junior competition but it's not the same so. The year after the Olympics, particularly this past Olympics is very exciting because there are lots of retirements and skaters will be fighting to establish themselves as the top contenders. Skating is really a four year narrative and so now is a GREAT time to suddenly get invested and join me in reblogging gifs or pretty people in silly costumes, okay?

AND, some fall TV starts though mostly not anything I'm particularly interested in. I will watch Syfy's new zombie show though when I watched the trailer, I was like...this looks like the show all the people who have never watched The Walking Dead think The Walking Dead is. Basically meaningless blood and guts. I mean TWD has a pretty big budget, but it's also a character drama with great acting and writing (I'm so tired of feeling like an apologist for this show or supressing the fact that you know what, I actually just love it unqualified). Most stuff seems to come on in October.

October is going to be even more awesome, I guess, but hey it's September now!

So I had to wander on over to Carl's blog to see if R.I.P. info was up and of course it was and it made me so happy. It's so nice to have small constants like that in this blogging world where everything changes all the time. I will try to follow along with what everyone's reading and maybe try this week to make a list of spooky books I would like to read.

Finally, I am so sorry that I was a terrible host for the zombie book club. I do hope to get caught up and post a massive discussion post.

Have a wonderful September everyone!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Spotlight and Giveaway: A Pinch of Ooh La La by Renee Swindle

Looking for a perfect read to end the summer with? How about this one!

About the Book: To get to happily ever after, sometimes you need to start from scratch....

Abbey Ross, who runs her own bakery in Oakland, California, is known for her visually stunning wedding cakes. But lately, Abbey’s own love life has become stale. According to her best friend, Bendrix, Abbey’s not the spontaneous young woman she was when they were teenagers listening to the Cure and creating attention-grabbing graffiti. Of course, her failed relationship with a womanizing art forger might have something to do with that. Nevertheless, it’s time for Abbey to step out of the kitchen—and her comfort zone—and Bendrix has even handpicked a man for her to date.

Samuel Howard is everything Abbey’s dreamed of: handsome, successful, and looking to raise a family. But a creamy icing might be needed to hide a problem or two. When Samuel complains about disrespect for the institution of marriage, Abbey’s reminded of her nontraditional family, with thirteen children from various mothers. And when Samuel rails about kids having kids, Abbey thinks of her twenty-year-old sister who’s recently revealed her pregnancy.

Soon Abbey is facing one disaster after another and struggling to make sense of it all. Her search for love has led her down a bitter path, but with the help of her unique family and unwavering friends, she just might find the ooh la la that makes life sweet.

I have one copy to give away to a resident of the US. Just fill out the form below by September 7, 2014!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CFBA Book Spotlight: Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas

About the Book: In a Drought, It's the Darkest Cloud

That Brings Hope

It's 1954 and Perla Long's arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.

Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor. . .until he meets Perla. She's everything he's sought in a woman, but he can't get past the sense that she's hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla's unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.