ANOTHER Birthday Giveaway!!

Summer is very busy for our family!  Our birthday line-up goes like this:  June, myself and son #1, July son #2 and dog, August, daughter (#3) and husband.  It gets kind of crazy, but can be kind of fun and it is always a great reason to have cake! :)  Ok, so in honor of his birthday I am going to host another giveaway!  I am going to give to one lucky winner a copy of…

Leven Thumps by Obert Sky

Now, I say this all the time, you know I love me some groupies here on the site, on Twitter and on Facebook.  Every girl wants a posse, but all I require to enter is comment with your guess of son #1’s birth weight!  I will give you some hints, he was two weeks and one day overdue, he was less than 12 pounds, but more than 7 lbs 15 oz.  So, guess away and be sure to also leave an email address with your guess!!  Closest guess without going over wins!  Contest will close at 11:59 cst, June 30, 2011.


Cici ♥

Holly Schindler Says Thank You :)

One of the greatest things I have found about book blogging is the tremendous amount of wonderful people.  This community is so incredibly friendly and welcoming, it is such a breath of fresh air!  Recently I was able to participate in a blog tour for Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler.   The tour was hosted by Tara from Fiction Folio and it was truly wonderful to be a part of it.

Holly Schindler was so grateful for all of the bloggers who participated in her Playing Hurt blog tour and grateful for the blog tours that they, themselves, hosted that she made a little video to express how truly grateful she is.  Not only is Holly a great author, but she is such a great and gracious person as well.  Take a look… (our little group begins at 5:37 and you will see me at 5:55, exciting, right?)

How wonderful is that?  When authors are that grateful and kind how can you not want to just love them? :)  Be sure to grab your copy of Playing Hurt today!

Sunday Stew {3}

Sunday Stew is a Weekly Meme hosted lovingly by Books Devoured.  Feel free to visit and link up and share!  I am super excited to actually be linking up for the SECOND consecutive week.  I am so on it!!  :)  Just kidding!  Hopefully this is a good sign that I might be actually getting my stuff together!

Bookmark of the Week:

This week is a bit of a step up from last week, but sadly I have yet to use one of my pretty bookmarks.  Instead I have used a delivery confirmation receipt and a birthday card.  The birthday card is actually a pretty darn good bookmark as it smells like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg!

Around the Web:

Well, this week was kind of slow, although there seemed to be a lot of hops going on and I always like to click through them and check out new blogs.  But, I think the most exciting thing to happen was the article posted in the Wall Street Journal that pretty much took shots at YA literature.  It really caused quite a stir and if you are on twitter, you may have noticed the #yasaves in a lot of tweets.  It is quite a controversial article and I plan to post my thoughts on it this week.

Around Me:

This week was a crazy fun week.  It was the first full week of summer break for my kiddos and my 6 year-old was up at the crack of dawn ready to get in the pool and ready to drive me crazy ever single day!  She has been in the pool everyday but one since school let out!  My 11 year-old had football three days this week and he was not happy to learn that it began at 9 a.m.  He is so much like me it is crazy!  Neither one of us is a pleasant, early morning person.  Although, I think that if he had to practice any later in this Oklahoma heat he would gladly do 9 a.m.!  My daughter (6) began her summer schedule for gymnastics which wasn’t bad, except for Friday, when we had to be there by 8 a.m.!  Have I ever mentioned that I am not a morning person?  UGH!  Thursday was my birthday (be sure you enter my birthday month giveaway) and I hit the top of the hill!  It was a fun celebration as my kids were super excited to plan a celebration for me.  I am looking forward to this weekend as my first-born turns 14.  I am still not quite sure what to do for him, so if you have any ideas, please share!  He’s a good kid and doesn’t even want much for his birthday, just an i-pod and an x-box.  He got a kicking guitar last year, so it may be hard to top it…

So, if you have any ideas of what might be a SUPER cool gift idea for a 14 year-old boy that likes rock music and jamming on his guitar let me know!!  Maybe if I go with your idea I will send you one of my really pretty bookmarks (that I unfortunately fail to use)!!

I hope that you have a great week and I look forward to seeing you back here next week…


Cici ♥

Armchair BEA Giveaway Winner!

I am slow getting the announcement out…but I have chosen a winner of The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter…….

Congratulations to Nicole W.

An email has been sent to Nicole and she has 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen!!  Thank you all for participating in Armchair BEA 11 and for stopping by the blog!!  I appreciate each and every one of you!!



It’s MY Birthday Giveaway!!

It is my birthday!!  Yay ME!!

I look forward to so many wonderful things!  Because it is my birthday month I want to share with you a few of my favorite things!  To kick off my first actual giveaway this month, I am going to start by giving away a copy of two of my favorite books….To Kill A Mockingbird and If I Stay….

Entering is easy…of course I would love for you to follow the blog via GFC, twitter and facebook, I mean who doesn’t love a posse right?  BUT, it is not required :)  All I need for you to do is leave me a comment with your guess of what time I was bornI will make it a little easier…it was before noon :)  be sure to leave your email address so that I can notify you when win!!  This giveaway will go until June 3oth.  Be sure to come back because I will be doing more giveaways throughout the wonderful month of June!! 

June 2nd, 2011 Giveaways! Yeah! 35 Comments


Fanfare by Renee Ahdieh

Summary: from Revolution Publishing:

Cris Pereira hates starring in a cautionary tale. Alas, her recent heartbreak relegates her to this unbecoming fate. The only good thing about being dumped a foot from the altar is the newest layer to her punchy sarcasm. All she wants is a do-over, but this is not your average fairy tale, and wishes don’t come true in the real world. One Sunday afternoon, she meets a movie star. Tom Abramson is intelligent, charming, and impetuous. In other words, he plays the role a bit too well. She isn’t falling for it. She knows better. All British men are not descendants of Fitzwilliam Darcy, and movie stars are genetic mutations gone awry: X-Men with statistical disadvantages and emotional handicaps. Keep your knight in shining armor. A modern girl can rescue herself, thank you very much. After all, dreams are for the foolhardy, nightmares are just a part of life, and . . . this is not your average fairy tale.

My Thoughts:

First off, I want to thank Revolution Publishing and Renee Andieh for the advanced copy and for including me in the blog tour for the release of Fanfare!  I really enjoyed Renee’s debut novel.  It is always a joy to have a snarky female main character who you really like from the first few pages.  Cris was just an average girl, not looking for love, but ended up having a whirlwind of a life.  I really enjoyed all of her encounters with Tom.  I must admit, I am kind of a sucker for British actors.  I don’t know what it is, but it is kind of my thing.  So, that being said, I was kind of on Tom’s side the whole time.  I really understood Cris’ reservations and apprehensions as her relationship with Tom grew stronger.  Although I got to the point where I really wanted to reach into my Nook and just smack her.  Her behavior and choices really infuriated me.  I felt like that ‘friend’ who is always there, always giving advice and when you watch your friend make stupid decision after stupid decision and wallowing in her misery of stupid choices you want to just choke her.  Yeah, that is how Cris, due to Renee’s great talent, made me feel.  The girl is lucky she was able to recover because I was really not liking her towards the end of the book.  I guess that is credited to great writing though.  When an author can create a character that I can really get tied to, that author quickly becomes one of my favorites that I can’t wait to read more and more from.  Renee, thanks to her great penning of Fanfare, is an author that I will be certain to want to read more from!

Fanfare is a great love story with a very likable cast.  It is certainly a book that I recommend as a great summer read!  Be sure to get your copy today!  Renee’s writing will be certain to not disappoint!



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