Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Where we've been.



*pads into blog and brushes away the cobwebs*

Yeah, it's been pretty quiet around here lately. I'm sure you've all noticed. In case you wanted to keep up with all things Jessica and Tina, here's a little bit about where we've been.

Jessica is proud to announce that, after working her booty off for an entire month, and neglecting pretty much everything for the sake of work, she was hired full time at her job! Now things have calmed down, and she's trying her best to figure out how to deal with having free time again. Oh, and playing catch-up on all the the things she didn't do. Like blogging.

Tina had her baby! (insert cheer here) She's a healthy, adorable little girl. I'll let her tell you more when she's ready, but suffice it to say that she's very busy being a new mommy! There's nothing more rewarding, and more exhausting/time consuming, than taking care of a new baby. I'm sure excited for her, and wish her all the best!

So yes, we've both been busy. Also, yes, I did talk about myself in third person. Don't judge me.

I'm determined to make September a little more busy in terms of posting, but bear with me if it's a slow start! I'm relishing the fact that I even have time to read again :).

All the bookish love,

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Book Spotlight + Giveaway: Dear Opl by Shelly Sackier

I hope you're ready for another great book spotlight! This time it's a Middle Grade novel inthe spotlight, and one that I'm pretty darn excited about. A book about an important time in a girl's life, and about an important subject, Dear Opl looks fabulous! Take a look for yourself.

There are three things Opl never expected to do during the eighth grade:

● Start a vendetta against celebrity check Alfie Adams, the “Nude Food Dude”

● Take yoga classes with her grandpa

● Become a famous blogger

But after a year of shrinking down her personality to compensate for the fact that her body’s getting bigger, Opl thinks it’s about time to start speaking up again. What she doesn’t expect is that everyone actually starts to listen…

Sound like something up your alley? I thought so! Check out the rest of the info below, and make sure to scroll down to the bottom for a chance to win a copy of this book for your very own!


What is the best advice anyone ever gave you? What is the worst?

Firstly, many thanks Jessica and Tina for having me here. It’s such a treat and your blog is exactly the kind of site that makes me forget I was supposed to start dinner two hours ago.

Now, the best advice I ever received was If you want to be a successful author, marry a publisher.

It was also the worst advice because I have met a bucketload of those folks, and as nice as they all are, many of them are pasty white and have muscle atrophy from doing nothing but sitting at their desks all day and all night long in desperate search of the next great book.

But the runner up best advice would be that which came from my violin teacher: only practice on the days that you eat. Since I believe everything I want to find success with requires practice, it makes perfect sense to realize the art of storytelling falls under that umbrella. My violin teacher said that if you want to develop a high level of ability with anything, then every day you must touch it. And by that he meant spend time with it. He was Japanese and sometimes had a few wonky slips with English. I knew where he was going with it.

The runner up worst advice came from me, specifically on the days when trying to convince myself that food really wasn’t all that important.

Ultimately, I realized there would be no success without the most important ingredient: DESIRE. As long as you can foster the desire to do something, succeeding with it is a piece of cake. Ooh, yum. Cake.


Shelley Sackier is an author and blogger who writes about the everyday ordinary grand slams and gruesome snafus in completing the Herculean task of raising two healthy human beings. Ultimately she hopes to impart the necessary knowledge of how to balance their checkbooks and pay their taxes. Here greatest hope is to discover that parallel universes are a reality, and that somewhere she is living a life where her children have agreed to occasionally make eye contact with her. They live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

You can read more of her work, illustrated by Robin Gott, at Peakperspective.com

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