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My Invitation to the Kooky Kids’ Club

I am participating in the Kooky Kids’ Club blog tour hosted by Digital Reads Blog Tours. I love my invitation.

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My Organization

My Bullet Journal.  I have images from my December spreads I have purposely tried to not write on them yet so that I could take pictures of the pages.  Right now everything is written on sticky notes with dates on them so that I can fill it all in later.

I start my month with a cover page and this month I went a little overboard with the stickers.

BJ 2018 December Cover Page

Then I have 2 calendars one for everything that is going on in Life: Dr. appointments, Jamie’s music programs, birthdays and so on. The second is a calendar for my Blog.  I markdown all of my blog posts.  This helps me plan ahead.

BJ 2018 Decmeber My LifeBJ 2018 Decmeber Blog Calendar

Next I have my Monthly Overview and a Projects Page. I use my overview to track a few habits a month, I set my monthly goals and this is a quick reference for any important dates. The Projects page is set up so that I can write in up to 4 monthly projects and there is space to be able to break each one down into manageable pieces.

BJ 2018 Decmeber Monthly Overview and Projects

Next I have my Monthly Bills and Spending.

BJ 2018 December Bills and Spending

Next are the weekly pages. After each pay week I have a grocery list.

Now I have my What I Read page and Bookshelf. As I finish each book I add it to the bookshelf.

BJ 2018 December What I Read

My Next pages are Added to TBR and my list of posts that I need to do that month.

BJ 2018 December TBR and Posts to Do

Then I have Notes pages.  Here I can mark down Anything that I find important and this helps a lot if I need to look back a month its all in one place this way.

BJ 2018 December Notes

And Finally I have my Monthly Stats.

BJ 2018 December Stats

This is the main way I keep myself organized.

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December 3
Miss Honeybug’s Reads & Crafts
Macsbooks
The Book Decoder
The Spoonie Mummy

December 4
The Bookworm Drinketh
Ashi responding to life
Zany Bibliophile
The Avid Inspri
Carla Loves To Read

December 5
Write Where I Read
The Cozy Pages
Audio Killed the Bookmark
Bibliogyan

December 6
Bookgraphy
DeepAsThoughts
Bookish rantings
Untie Readers

December 7
Lily’s Blissful Pages
Rosepoint Publishing
Sophril Reads
Ambivert Words

December 8
Jessica Rachow
Bookish Wisps
Swift Coffee
Belles-Lettres

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What I’ve been up to

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to do an update post and just share what I have been up to.

Personal

Football season is finally over but we still have a Christmas Parade and multiple concerts before the year is up. So to be honest my reading has slowed down and will most likely slow down more before the year ends. I am still looking for a job since mine is ending on December 15 of this year so there is that.  I have interviewed lately and I am really hoping they come through. So any and all positive vibes would be very much appreciated.

Reading

I finished 2 books since I updated last.

Jamaica Inn
Jamaica Inn

by Daphne du Maurier
4 Stars
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This unforgettable story of murder, mystery and passion by one of the best-loved writers of the twentieth century is perfect for a teenage market. Rebecca, Jamaica Inn and Frenchman’s Creek are now available for the first time in YA editions.

In the bitter November wind, Mary Yellan crosses Bodmin Moor to Jamaica Inn. Her mother’s dying wish was that she take refuge there, with her Aunt Patience. But when Mary arrives, the warning of the coachman echoes in her mind: Jamaica Inn has a desolate power, and behind it’s crumbling walls Patience is a changed woman, cowering before her brooding, violent husband. When Mary discovers the inn’s dark secrets, the truth is more terrifying than anything she could possibly imagine, and she is forced to collude in her uncle’s murderous schemes. Against her will, she finds herself powerfully attracted to her uncle’s brother, a man she dares not trust. 

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast

(Steampunk Proper Romance #1)
by Nancy Campbell Allen
4 Stars
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Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast. 

When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border. Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a secret. He is brash and inhospitable and does not take kindly to visitors—even one as smart and attractive as Miss Pickett. He is unsettled by the mysterious deaths of his new wife, Clara, and his sister, Marie. Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor. But can Lucy solve the mystery of Miles? Can she love the man-beast and all?

I am currently in the middle of three books. (1 I am not sure if I am allowed to say yet.)

European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman
by Theodora Goss
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I am 200 Pages in!

In the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Mary Jekyll and the rest of the daughters of literature’s mad scientists embark on a madcap adventure across Europe to rescue another monstrous girl and stop the Alchemical Society’s nefarious plans once and for all.

Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders. Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and Mary’s sister Diana Hyde have settled into the Jekyll household in London, and although they sometimes quarrel, the members of the Athena Club get along as well as any five young women with very different personalities. At least they can always rely on Mrs. Poole.

But when Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation. Where is Lucinda, and what has Professor Van Helsing been doing to his daughter? Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, and Justine reach her in time?

Racing against the clock to save Lucinda from certain doom, the Athena Club embarks on a madcap journey across Europe. From Paris to Vienna to Budapest, Mary and her friends must make new allies, face old enemies, and finally confront the fearsome, secretive Alchemical Society. It’s time for these monstrous gentlewomen to overcome the past and create their own destinies.

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Chroma Crossing Chronicles: Blood Moon
 
by S. Yurvati
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Hunky pheromone-laden-man meets pretty accident-prone female—it should have been a love story with a happy ever after ending. 
However, when the bored deities choose Candy and Thorne for an amusing game, the gods/goddesses put forth sets of circumstances that can tear the couple apart and wound them deep within their human souls. 
City girl, Candy wanted to become a successful artist and maybe someday find a man who would make her feel loved and valued, a feeling she’d never known while growing up. However, with a name like ‘Candy Cane’, males never failed to remind her with a wink and snicker, how it sounded like she was a ‘professional’. And ‘professional’ held so many connotations, none of which she had in mind regarding relationships with men. 
With her father’s sudden demise, Candy finds she’s inherited funds and a carriage house in beautiful historic Savannah. Not only can she now afford to go to SCAD, her future as an artist looks promising. Unfortunately, her step-mom (and her disturbing son Todd) resides in the main house. When Candy gets her first commission for a life-sized portrait of a beautiful woman from a rather unsettling man, she soon questions what had seemed coincidental. 
Candy is a modest female who has always found solace in her artwork, whereas her widowed step-mom, Cherry Ann, considers physical pleasure and money as her measures of worth. And as Candy pursues her art, Cherry Ann pursues a new lover who expands her world of sexual gratifications far beyond past parameters. Cherry Ann finds her new risqué sex life to be addictive and doesn’t recognize the danger of the man she’s invited into her life. 
After surviving a couple of ‘accidents’, Candy realizes someone apparently wishes her harm. When she’s chased (by the one thing she fears most) Candy accidentally, or so it seems, crosses into a new dimension, land or whatever. She finds herself in an unknown wilderness without resources, let alone a map, or GPS, plus she left her cell phone at home—again. Looking around she sees a curious terrain that is void of color, thus leaving the landscape looking like an old sepia photograph, hardly the Savannah spring day she’d left behind. 
The artist in her wants to understand how primary colors could disappear to leave a land so colorless . . . so entirely beige-ish. How could such a phenomenal occurrence come about? A land without modern conveniences—almost as though she’d stepped into a time past, yet that wasn’t quite accurate either. 
As Candy literally stumbles through the wild terrain, an intriguing hunter comes upon her. His presence makes her girlie parts beg to become ill-behaved, and before she knows it, her hormones are arguing with her strict moral compass. 

Watching

In these past few weeks, I have watched yes finished The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. 

Podcasts

So I have been listening to a few podcasts lately.

StoryPunks
https://storypunks.world/

Last Podcast on the Left
https://www.lastpodcastontheleft.com/

Lore
https://www.lorepodcast.com/

Cabinet of Curiosities
https://www.curiositiespodcast.com/

Macabre London
https://macabrelondon.com/podcast/

Games 

On the weekends we play WOW (World of Warcraft) with friends that are scattered globally.  

As a family, we have started playing MTG (Magic the Gathering).  We did have not played in years but our daughter decided that she wanted to start playing so here we are.

So how have you guys been lately? 

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Parasolverse Read-Along – November 2018

Good Day, All!

We are heading into the fourth month of the Parasolverse Read-Along.  The book for November is Manners & Mutiny Book 4 of the Finishing School Series.  If you are still interested in joining along please do so!

Manners & Mutiny
Start Date: November 1, 2018
Post Review: November 29, 2018
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Manners & Mutiny
If one must flirt…flirt with danger.

Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine’s floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia’s sootie Soap nearby. She would rather thwart dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored.

Who can she trust? Royal werewolf dewan? Stylish vampire Lord Akeldama? Only one thing is certain: a large-scale plot is underway. Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster.

 

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Out of This World Blogger Award

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I was nominated for the Out of This World Blogger Award by Teagan @ Fiction No Chaser. This was created by Kaleena @ Reader Voracious Blog. Thank you, Teagan for nominating me!

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) that nominated you and link back to their post.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Don’t forget to grab your badge!
  • Nominate 3-5 bloggers for the award.
  • You may use the header image from this post if desired.
  • Please be sure to link back to the original post and credit the creator: Reader Voracious Blog

The Questions:

  1. What (or who) inspires you and why?
    People. I find inspiration in all those around me, each and every person in my life inspire me in different ways.  My daughter inspires me to try new things that and to do things that I enjoy.  The best way to show her to push her limits is to do that myself.
  1. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
    Honestly when people comment, even just to say hey that book looks good.
  1. If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be and why?
    Wow, this is a hard one.  When I am reading a book I may insert myself in the story but not as one of the characters in the book.
  1. If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?
    Relax, Read and Write.
  1. What is one piece of advice that you would give a new blogger?
    Start a conversation. Don’t be afraid. As long as you are enjoying what you are writing that is all that matters.
  1. Optional: Freebie question – share something with us!
    I hate to cook.  It just really stresses me out.

If you want to do this please feel tagged.  And to those, I tag please do not feel obligated to do this if you do not want to.

Kelly @ another book in the wall

Bibi @ Bibi’s Book Blog

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Electric Alice Kickstarter Campaign

Hey Guys!

So I ran upon a kitckstarter campaign last night and wanted to share it with all of you.

Amara is local to me and I absolutely love being able to support a local artist and having the ability to put this out there to people all over the world.

Electric Alice

About

Alice is curious, and she has always been curious. An ambitious but  inexperienced pilot, she signs up for a solo flight into unexplored space, stubbornly ignoring repeated warnings by her peers of the dangers of her expedition. She successfully arrives just beyond the furthest known boundaries of the galaxy, only to be snared by the gravity of a massive black abyss. Terrible wonders await Alice on her journey. Follow her through the rabbit hole and find out for yourself.

You may meet some faces that seem familiar, but do not trust that you know their story, and be prepared for something completely alien.

Electric Alice will be a fully illustrated, perfect bound softcover graphic novel. The interior artwork will be created using traditional media, such as watercolor and ink, and hand-lettered. This will be the first publication by my label, Conjure Comics, and my first time as an author. Those of you who follow my work already know what to expect, but if you’d like to see upcoming previews of the variant cover art and interior images, make sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

If this intersts you go and check her out!

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Book Un-haul 2018

Good Morning All!

For the last few months, I have been going through my shelves and looking to rehome some of the books that I have. I have limited space and I have realized that if I never plan to read the book again/at all or I just thought it was okay or I have changed my mind about it there is no reason to keep it. Truth be told a quite a few books just moved into my daughter’s room she got to go through them first. The books with the 🏤 means they have found a home already.

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton 🏤
The Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank 🏤
The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost 🏤
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi 🏤
Soundless by Richelle Mead 🏤
The Hatfields and McCoys by Bruce Wexler 🏤
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 🏤
The Hob’s Bargain by Patricia Briggs 🏤
The Quarters Novels: Sing the Four Quarters and the Fifth Quarter by Tanya Huff 🏤
Willow by Wayland Drew
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 🏤
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo 🏤
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 🏤
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 🏤
The Giver by Lois Lowry 🏤
Alice Takes back Wonderland by David Hammons 🏤
Slayers by CJ Hill 🏤
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater 🏤
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (I bought the UK paperback to replace I hate the US covers) 🏤
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith 🏤
Superstitious by RL Stine 🏤
Red Rain by RL Stine 🏤
Ghostly Adventures by Christopher Balzano 🏤
Bible Memory Plan and Devotional for Women by Jean Fischer 🏤
Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb 🏤
Sabriel by Garth Nix (I have a bind up of these books) 🏤
Dragons of a Fallen Sun by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman 🏤
A Coalition of Lions by Elizabeth Wein 🏤
Until I see you by Paula J Knight (signed)
Asylum by Madeleine Roux 🏤
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 🏤
Morrigan’s Cross by Nora Roberts
The Third of Seven by Jeremie Guy
Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne by David Starkey
Elizabeth I by Anne Somerset
The Tudors by GJ Meyer 🏤
I Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles
The Sisters of Henry VIII by Maria Perry
The Virgin Queen’s Daughter by Ella March Chase
Science Fiction Short Stories 🏤
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi 🏤
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 🏤
New Spring by Robert Jordan
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore 🏤
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 🏤
Heartless by Marissa Meyer 🏤
Graceling by Kristin Cashore 🏤
Courtship and Curses by Marissa Doyle 🏤
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oaks 🏤
Green Tea and Other Ghost Stories by J Sheridan Lefano
Great Ghost Stories by John Grafton
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
Stardust by Neil Gaiman 🏤
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 🏤
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir
The Last Queen by CW Gortner
Victoria and Abdul by Shrabani Basu
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare 🏤
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
The Rose Labyrinth by Titania Hardie 🏤
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfus 🏤
The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
Lasher by Anne Rice
Taltos by Anne Rice

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