Spooktacular Giveaway!

I am super excited to be participating in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & The Diary Of A Bookworm.  All you need to do to enter for a chance to win a copy of HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson is to become a GFC follower and leave a comment below with your GFC name and your email address!!  Of course following on FACEBOOK and TWITTER will earn you an extra entry, just leave your Twitter and Facebook handle in your comment!

This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. I will be taking entries until 11 p.m. central time on Oct. 31st. Use the linky list at the bottom of this post to check out the other stops on the hop. The winner will be notified via email at the close of the contest!

Happy Hauntings!


October 23rd, 2011 Giveaways! Yeah! 189 Comments

TGIF {10}

TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger over at Greads and is a little spot where we can post a recap of the week and where she also gives us a question to ponder…be sure to go on over and check out all the other blogs that link up.  It is a great way to get to know others in the blogging community.

This Friday’s Question:

Show & Tell: Where do you grab a book and get lost in it? Show us your favorite spot you like to read at.
Happy Friday!! Where do I like to go when I get a chance to get lost in a book?  Well, several places.  I have a husband, three kids, and a dog who has claimed me, ME, as his human, so I am hardly ever alone.  My favorite place to read is in my chair by the window.
My second favorite place to read is my bedroom.  But, I hardly ever get time away in my bedroom.
I spent a lot of time reading on my back porch this summer in while the kiddos were finding relief from the sweltering heat in the pool.  I would snap a picture of the patio, but it is in a bit of shambles as we are doing some backyard maintenance.  :)
Given my job as a wife and mom, I often have to put my book down or read into the wee hours of the night.  I have been found on the front porch reading, in my daughters room reading, sometimes I will escape to my sons’ room and stowaway on the bottom bunk and sneak in a chapter or two (they usually don’t find me for a while when I am there).  I often find myself sitting at the kitchen table to fit a book in, not the most comfortable, but it works.
My entire house is under a bit of a remodel/redecorate phase, but when it is all done the loft area will be my nook.  The chair will be by the beautifully dressed window with full view of the backyard and my ‘library’.   I am really looking forward to getting this house done!
Great question for the week!  I look forward to seeing all the other great spots where fellow readers go!  I wish you all a happy weekend!
October 14th, 2011 TGIF, Weekly Happenings! 5 Comments

TGIF {9}

TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger over at Greads and is a little spot where we can post a recap of the week and where she also gives us a question to ponder…be sure to go on over and check out all the other blogs that link up.  It is a great way to get to know others in the blogging community.

This week’s question:

To-Be-Read’s: How big is your pile? Which book keeps getting pushed down the stack, but you keep meaning to read it?

My TBR pile seems huge!  I have so many books that I need to read.  I was just sitting here looking at all of them thinking, “why is it I have so many books, yet I have nothing to read?”.  It is just like when I am standing in my closet full of clothes and still have nothing to wear!

There are a few books that I have been pushing off to the side for a while now…

Original Sin by Lisa Desroachers

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

and Forever by Judy Blume.

I know there are tons more on my shelves that I need to read, want to read, have to read etc…but these three are the first three that came to mind of ones that I just keep putting aside.  Maybe I can take all three of these books and head to a hotel just for the peace and quiet to actually read uninterrupted!

Enjoy your weekend and keep reading!



October 6th, 2011 Everyday, everything 0 Comment

Have you met Brenda?

The Brenda Diaries by Margo Candela

A sincere thank you to Margo for sending me the ARC of The Brenda Diaries

S ummary: (from Goodreads)

Meet Brenda. A temp with a bad attitude, but an excellent work ethic.

Working assignments all around Los Angeles, Brenda was the official purse holder for a high powered event planner, has had an employer ask about her ovulation cycle, worked as a kiosk gypsy at an upscale mall and suffered as the reluctant muse for a frustrated architect who’d rather write screenplays on company time.

Off the clock, Brenda’s boyfriend and best friend compete for her attention while she spends a little too much time with guy she met on a job. Brenda’s positive she can handle it all, but sometimes work and life get to be a bit too much even for someone as organized as Brenda.

The Brenda Diaries. All the dirty details of Brenda’s not so tidy life.

My Thoughts:

For quite some time I have been getting little snippets on Facebook and Twitter from Brenda’s diary entries.  Let me tell you, she is quite a hoot!  Brenda says and does things that I sometimes wish I could.  I have to wonder, how does Margo come up with some of the stuff she writes?

I knew that I would enjoy The Brenda Diaries from the first entry that I read.  Margo has created a character so real that you swear you just went to lunch with her.  I really loved all of the tangible qualities of Brenda.  Not to mention her take no bull attitude and tell it like it is snark.  As you read The Brenda Diaries, you will feel like you are breaking all of the rules of social etiquette by breaking into her diary.  Now, one would think you would feel a little bad, but don’t worry, you won’t.  It is amazing how it grabs you and makes you want to read on, but you’re afraid of getting caught!  Reading Brenda’s diary was almost as good as when I found my oldest sister Cory’s diary.  I say almost as good only because I was able to use Cory’s diary as leverage to get away with some things back in the day.

Nonetheless, Brenda has quite the tale to tell.  A tale to tell indeed.  Plus, Brenda’s gets a lot juicier than reading  about new gaucho pants and John what’s-his-name’s feathered do.  I must admit, looking back, my sister’s diary really was lame…although finding out how the dent got in the car and a little info about some of her friends was pretty darn good info for a 11 year-old to hang over her sister’s 18 year-old head!

I have no doubt that while you snoop in on Brenda you will have plenty of “oh no she didn’t”, laugh out loud, seriously Brenda moments!

I really enjoy reading Margo’s work and am so glad that she sent me a copy to read and review!  I look forward to having Margo back soon to answer some questions…maybe I will get lucky and Brenda will surprise us with a little visit too!

Be sure to visit Brenda at Goodreads!


Cici ♥

October 6th, 2011 Everyday, everything 0 Comment
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