Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Pages Between Us Book Blast

The Pages Between Us

The Pages Between Us by Lindsey Leavitt & Robin Mellom

Told in letters, posters, blog posts, homework assignments, and more, The Pages Between Us is a totally fun, totally earnest snapshot of middle grade friendship—and what it truly means to be there for someone during the ups, downs, and everything in between.

Piper and Olivia have been best friends since…well, forever. But they're distressed to find that their new middle school schedules aren't giving them enough together-time. Luckily, an idea sparks when Piper finds a cute, sparkly notebook to disguise as her "French Class" homework. It's genius—now the two BFFs can stick together all the time. And document their adventures—you know, for anthropology's sake.

But as the two navigate the tricky new world of sixth grade, they realize that they may need to branch out more than they originally thought. Their notebook, once a life raft, begins to feel like a big responsibility. Can they grow up, without growing apart?

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Praise for The Pages Between Us

“Leavitt and Mellom’s humorous and perceptive tale deftly explores the quandary of how to sustain a cherished friendship while nurturing individual growth.” –KIRKUS

“A cousin to Rachel RenĂ©e Russell’s “Dork Diaries”… this is a gentler version of middle school, as the girls support each other through familiar trials… will be enjoyed by strong readers eager to devour realistic fiction with a multimedia slant.” ~School Library Journal



Lindsey & Robin

Author Lindsey Leavitt

Lindsey Leavitt is a former elementary school teacher and present-day writer/mom/party animal (not to be confused with her spirit animal, which is a lion). She lives with her family in the Utah mountains.
Author Robin Mellom

Robin has taught grades 5 through 8 and has a master's degree in education. She lives with her husband and son on the Central Coast of California.
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Workout Word Eleven

Today's word is recur!
 
 
Recur (VERB) / ree-kur /
 
 
Definition: 1. to come back in thought or discussion; 2. to come again into the mind; 3. to occur or appear again.
 
 
Sentence: Every time Ellie thinks she's fixed the computer the problem recurs.
 
 
Workout:
 
 
R - 30 Arm Circles
 
E - 10 Sumo Squats
 
C - 1 Minute Jump Rope
 
U -  20 Mountain Climbers

R - 30 Arm Circles




Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Currently: February 10, 2016

Currently....

{I read Jamie Morrow's Currently every week and I always want to hop on board because it seems like such a fun way to keep you guys updated on the stuff going on in my life so here I am.}

Loving...

I won two coffees on roll up the rim...life is pretty shiny right now.



Reading...

Right now I am reading Habored Secrets by Marie F. Martin which is a tough one to put down, I read through snuggling and watching our shows last night.



Watching...

At the moment I have moved on to binge watching Xena or should I say rewatching as I watched it originally when I was in high school.



Listening To...

Workout Pop Playlists on Google Music at the gym, because I really like hearing this song:



Thinking About...

The orthodontist just gave me the bad news that Ace does indeed need braces so right now my mind is on which organ I can sell to afford those.  Anyone need a kidney? 

Anticipating...

Monday is a holiday so we have a long weekend this week, I am really looking forward to spending it in my pajamas curled up with my lap top working on my A to Z challenge posts.  (Don't I know how to party?)  

Wishing... 

For a big box of Turtles for Valentine's day!

Making Me Happy...

I got an extra coffee this morning because I had a free one.  I have had ALL THE COFFEE!!!

Workout Word Ten

Today's word is bannock!
 
 
Bannock (NOUN) /ban-nukh/
 
 
Definition: 1. a type of flat bread made of oatmeal; 2. a traditional Cree bread.
 
 
Sentence: Mark Baker from Timmins showed us all how to make traditional bannock with blueberries.
 
 
Workout:
 
 
B - 10 Lateral Raises
 
 
A - 20 Alternating Hammer Curls
 
 
N - 1 Minute Wall Sit
 
 
N - 1 Minute Wall Sit
 
 
O - 10 Push Ups
 
 
C - 1 Minute Jump Rope
 
 
K - 20 Alternating Front Raises
 


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

His Personal Relationship Manager Book Blast

His Personal Relationship Manager

His Personal Relationship Manager by Jennifer Peel

Kenadie Marshall suffered the most public of humiliations, being left at the altar. Instead of wallowing in her misery, she makes it her mission to help others find true and lasting love, all while swearing off relationships for good. Between the software application she developed and a team of relationship managers, her brainchild, Binary Search, has an uncanny knack for choosing the perfect match almost every time.

Attractive and loveable Jason Hadley is taken with Kenadie Marshall from their first meeting. Determined to win her over, he does anything and everything he can think of, even if it means using her firm’s service and dating other women to stay close to her.

Will Kenadie realize she’s met her match before it’s too late? Or will Jason’s ploy go too far? Find out in His Personal Relationship Manager, a romantic comedy with an epic battle of wills.
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Praise for the Book

"One of the best romantic comedies I've read in a long time!" - Becky Monson, Bestselling Author of the Spinster Series

"There's nothing more satisfying than a story with a great plot, strong characters, and a romance that makes me swoon. This story has it all and more! I loved every minute of it!" - Katie from Katie's Clean Book Collection
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Excerpt

He paused for a moment. His intense gaze had me feeling undone. “Are you happy, Kenadie?”

“That’s a complicated question.”

“Well, you are a complicated woman.”

“I don’t try to be.”

“It was a compliment.”

“How do you do that?”

“What’s that?”

“You always know what to say to make me feel better about myself.”

“Well, that’s easy. You give me good material to work with.”

“Jason … Today, I’m happy.”

“You don’t know how happy I am to hear that,” he said smoothly.



Jennifer Peel

Author Jennifer Peel

Jennifer Peel is the mother of three amazing kiddos. Wife to her one and only for the past twenty-one years. Lover of late night talks, beach vacations, the mountains, pink bubble gum ice cream, tours of model homes, and southern living. She can frequently be found with her laptop on, fingers typing away, indulging in chocolate milk, and writing out the stories that are constantly swirling through her head.



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Workout Word Nine

Today's word is dendroid!
 
 
Dendroid (ADJECTIVE) /den-droyd/
 
Definition: the scientific word for the form or shape of a tree.
 
Sentence: The banana plant is actually a dendroid herb.
 
 
Workout:
 
D - 20 Crunches
 
E - 10 Sumo Squats
 
N - 1 Minute Wall Sit
 
D - 20 Crunches
 
R - 30 Arm Circles
 
O - 10 Push Ups
 
I - 20 Shoulder Width Squats
 
D - 20 Crunches
 
 
I like this word, makes trees sound all robotic.  


Monday, February 8, 2016

Logan Marsh Review



Logan Marsh: A Thrilling Fantasy Novel 

A magnificent group of heroes is lead by a young girl-elf in attempt rescue a magical kingdom from evil forces. Logan Marsh, a young female elf, reunites a group of past heroes to battle the dreadful Hubris, the forceful evil elf who threatens to take over the kingdom with his army of dark-elves, soldjas, goblins and undeads. The heroes face mighty challenges on their quest after a powerful charmed horn, hidden in a deserted castle in a sunken city. Will they reach the horn before the dark forces lay their hands on it and use if for their evil plan? 

˃˃˃ Witchcraft, magic and fantasy meet a thrilling drama full of humor, mystery and charm. 

Mage Choop Krunch, a good-hearted Lutin and a talented sorcerer, joins the famous paladin Achtisanor, the former head of the kingdom's royal guard. With them is Francois De-Fontain Fantastick, also known as “De-Stik”, a cheerful and charming bard, a harper and a poet. Each with his special talents and weak spots, they are all ready for danger and hungry for adventure. 
Dunlop, a passionate reporter, half human half elf, follows them, eager to report any exciting events. With him joins Serdamus, a tiny Gnome who documents these fantastic events in his graceful sketch illustrations. The events are captured in the beautiful rhymes of “De-Stik”, that smoothens the plot with his special humor and fantastic point of view. 

˃˃˃ Join these fascinating creatures in an unforgettable journey. A fantasy thriller that will leave you breathless. 

There were parts of this book that really dragged for me, if I was reading it just for myself I would have skipped over them.  I really enjoyed the stone eagles, I found them to be particularly witty.  In some parts I had trouble keeping the characters straight due to the changing names thing, I had that problem with Tolstoy too so that might just be me.