Friday, February 7, 2014

Books, Books, and more Books :0)

This weekend is all about books! I'll be spending the weekend hanging out with authors, bloggers, and readers in Daytona Beach at

This convention was a blast last year, and definitely one of the highlights of 2013, so I can't wait for all of the fun that's in store for us on the beach this year :0)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Accepting I have a problem.

I am having the hardest time giving up coffee. It's not like I plan to never have coffee again in my life, but I'd like to stop drinking so much of it, and I can't seem to shake it. I'm pretty sure I need a support group or something, because as it stands right now, it's Sarah: 0 and Coffee: all of the points. I have had some at least once every single day since I decided I was going to stop drinking it. That's kind of the opposite of what I was hoping to accomplish. And I'm well aware of the fact that it's all my own fault, because I don't have to drink any of it, but the problem is that I feel like I do have to. Is this what it's like to be addicted to something, because I certainly have a new appreciation these kinds of things. I love tea and have been drinking a lot of that, too, but it doesn't fill the same void. BLARG!

Okay, rant over.

Friday, January 17, 2014

To-do List

There are a few things (well, more than a few I'm sure, but these are the ones I could think of now) that I want to learn or do while I'm 30...

* learn to knit
* finish writing my novel
* learn japanese
* stop drinking coffee
* learn american sign language
* re-read all of my favorite series
* take up bike riding

and I'm sure the list will grow and grow! I can't wait :0)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Turning the big 3-0 and what that means for this little ol' blog...

Today is the first day on my adventure of being 30. Things are absolutely nothing like I expected them to be once I got here, but I guess that's the way life goes. Anyway, the point of this post is to give anyone who occasionally enjoys this here blog, or anyone who happens upon it randomly, a little insight into the direction it will be heading over the next year. I'm feeling a little down about turning thirty and so I thought I'd do something about it. Instead of being bummed and feeling old all year, I'm going to make this the year that I become my best self. I'd like to be healthier, happier, less cynical, and more adventurous. So I plan to spend the year trying new things and making the most out of the old ones. Along the way I'll be blogging, vlogging, sharing photos, and anything else I can come up with to share my goings on. This used to be a place solely about books and there will still be bookish things, because I will forever be a book lover, but I'm expanding my world and broadening my horizons. So if you want to follow along on my journey this year, welcome aboard, I'm glad to have you. I can't promise it will be constantly exciting or even a little bit funny, but it will definitely be something.

Here's to anyone and everyone embarking on a journey of their own, no matter what type of journey it may be!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler: Book Blitz and Giveaway!!

A toxic friendship takes a dangerous turn in this riveting novel from the author of Where It Began.

Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother—whose name her dad won’t even say out loud. That’s why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her…and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she’s everything Emma isn’t.

And it may be more than Emma can handle.

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It’s more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, a bash where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop...

This or That with Ann Redisch Stampler!

Regular or Diet?

Regular.  I do wish I liked diet, but my philosophy of food is that I only eat (or drink) junk that I like a lot.  And I like sugar.  And given that the only reason for guzzling a nutritionally bankrupt soda is taste…

 Don't forget to pick up your copy!

About Ann Stampler:Ann Stampler was the mild mannered author of literary picture books when she broke out, tore off her tasteful string of pearls, and started writing edgy, contemporary young adult novels set in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and writer’s-helper rescue dog – without whose compelling distraction she would have no doubt penned dozens of novels by now.

Social media links:
Twitter: @annstampler
The writing life blog:
Novel in the Oven: Really Bad Writing Advice (among other things):

Check out the first three chapters of AFTERPARTY by Ann Stampler:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Book Blitz: For Real by Chelsea M. Cameron Review + Giveaway! #ForReal


For Real by Chelsea M. Cameron


Coming in November 2013

Two people. One fake relationship. What could go wrong?
When virgin Shannon Travers gets fed up with her friends demanding that she find a boyfriend, she enlists the help of tattooed, mohawk-rocking graphic design student Jett. He’s more than happy to play along with their Fake Relationship, including the Ten Rules of Fake Dating that control-freak Shannon comes up with. Even if he likes to violate them. Repeatedly.
But what happens when Fake Dating starts to feel… not fake anymore? Will Shannon be willing to let go and embrace the first thing in her life that’s ever felt REAL?

Chelsea Cameron's For Real features one of my absolute favorite tropes in fiction, the fake relationship, and I loved every minute of it. I mostly hated her friends, they were basically the worst kind of friends a girl could have, but Jett, and even Javier, totally made up for them. Shannon was a bit of a pushover, and definitely let the way her friends treated her go on way too long, but if she hadn't let them treat her the way she did, she probably never would have ended up in her situation with Jett. I guess that means I can't hate her friends completely, because I love Jett. He was such a sweet guy and totally hot with his tattoos and mohawk.

The evolution of Shannon and Jett's "fake" relationship was absolutely adorable and there was all kinds of delicious tension between the two of them. There was a somewhat predictable, but still cute, twist toward the end, but it's predictability didn't take away from the story for me. I really enjoyed this couple and definitely recommend reading their story. I don't know if Chelsea is planning on writing another book in this world, but I wouldn't mind reading Javier's story. He turned out to be quite the awesome dude.
Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.
Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)
Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.
AWESOME NEWS! For Real will be available for just .99¢ for a LIMITED TIME ONLY!
AND Chelsea is having an awesome giveaway to celebrate it's release!

Grand prize winner receives a $100 Amazon Gift Card and Crane bracelet. 5 Runners up receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card and Crane bracelet. US Only!


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