Saturday, February 28, 2015

February 2015 Wrap Up


Goodbye February, and hello March! It was a quiet month here on the blog, and for that we apologize. Blogging is a labor of love, and sometimes life just gets in the way. Surprisingly, it wasn't a bad month of reading! Let's take a look.

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Books read and reviewed in February:
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen - Review (4/5)
Firefight (Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson - Review (4/5)
The Question of Miracles by Elana K. Arnold - Review (5/5)
The Rules According to Gracie by Stefanie London - Review (4/5)
Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson #1) by Molly Harper - Review (4/5)
The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel - Review (4/5)
Gridlinked (Ian Cormac #1) by Neal Asher - Review (3/5)

Total books read/reviewed: 7


Books read but not reviewed:
A Town Called Dust: The Territory #1 by Justin Woolley (3/5)
Appalachian Serenade: A Novella by Sarah Loudin Thomas (3/5)
Mile 81 by Stephen King (3/5)
Infinity (Chronicles of Nick #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (4/5)
Eat, Play, Lust by Tawna Fenske (4/5)
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver (3/5)

Total books read/not reviewed: 6
Grand Total: 13

Reading Progress: 35 out of 150 books completed (23%)


Favorite book of the month?

That's a tough one. The Question of Miracles, without a doubt, broke my heart into a million pieces and I loved every minute of it. Still, I read a lot of high rated books this month! I can't complain.




Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. It's hosted by Breaking the Spine.

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This week I thought I'd share a mystery/thriller that I can't wait to get my hands on! 

Everything about this book sounds like things I love in a good thriller. Vigilante justice is clearly not approved by law, but at what lengths will the Scotland Yard go to find the culprit? Is there more to this criminal than meets the eye? I can't wait to find out!



While Acton and Doyle, two of Scotland Yard’s finest, pursue a self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner, Acton’s own questionable methods may prove their undoing…

The victims are all criminals who eluded justice—until they ran afoul of an avenger whose modus operandi is a bullet to the back of the head. The key to the vigilante’s identity lies in connecting the cold cases to an event that may have triggered retribution after all these years.

Meanwhile, Doyle finds herself shadowed by a mysterious figure. After the man steps forward to rescue her from harm, she wonders why he is invested in protecting her. But when she learns he’s in contact with Acton’s nemesis, she fears she’s being used in a plot against her husband.

The stakes are high, and both Doyle and Acton must work independently to outwit the players—before their lives are brought crashing down like a house of cards…




Publishing March 31, 2015


So there it is, Murder in Hindsight is what I'm excited about this week!
What are you eagerly waiting on?





Monday, February 23, 2015

Book Review: Seabound by Jordan Rivet


Media Type: Ebook
Title: Seabound
Series: The Seabound Chronicles #1
Author: Jordan Rivet
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: Paperback; 409
Release Date: October 30, 2014
Source: Author
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Genre: Post-apocalyptic adventure

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy post-apocalyptic adventures with interesting characters.

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon | BookLikes


When an apocalyptic catastrophe decimates the land, a lucky few escape to sea. 1,003 survivors make their home on a souped-up cruise ship called the Catalina. After sixteen years, the strain begins to show in a floating world of distrust and shifting allegiances.

Esther is a young mechanic who wants to prove herself, and she’s willing to take risks in the name of progress. But when the fresh water tanks explode, endangering the lives of everyone aboard the Catalina – it’s all Esther’s fault.

With only a little water left, the crew of the Catalina must use its last fuel to sail for help. They head to an unknown seabound metropolis called the Galaxy Flotilla. The inhabitants of the Galaxy are keen to parade their lives of luxury, but what do the saviors really want in return for their warm welcome? And what is really going on below decks?

When disaster strikes again, Esther must fight to save the lives of her friends aboard the Catalina before it’s too late.


Find out how far Esther is willing to go to save her home in the fast-paced first novel in the Seabound Chronicles, a post-apocalyptic adventure series from an exciting new author.
Although the story started off a bit slow for me, about a quarter of the way through the adventure really began to pick up and I enjoyed it a lot more. The world building was well done and it was easy to jump into the idea of life at sea thanks to Jordan Rivet's detailed storytelling. 

Esther was a heroine I could really get behind. She is feisty, rebellious, smart, strong and caring which I think is a great combination. It was nice to read a post-apocalyptic story where the girl doesn't have to all of the sudden learn a ton of new things in order to survive. Esther grew up on this ship and chose her profession because it interested her. While everyone on the ship had to contribute to their society in a tangible way, I really enjoyed that people could pursue their interests as a part of that.

The delicate nature of an enclosed environment was really well done. Rivet does a wonderful job of showing that the slightest threat of limited resources can really change the way a peaceful society interacts. Life at sea is a precarious notion, you must rely on luck and good judgement to survive a storm or find the right parts to fix your ship. Coming across other ships wasn't always a good thing as anyone could be a threat. 

The supporting cast of characters brought a lot to the story as well. Varying personalities and views of the world gave this book some tenacious moments and left me wanting to learn more about them. The ending left me satisfied but optimistic about future books in the series. 


FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The resurrection of "And... Discuss!" - let's talk spoilers in reviews!


Hi everyone!

So as you've probably noticed, it's been rather quiet this month. To fill some of that silence with good old fashioned debate, I thought I'd resurrect one of the posts that I used to do a lot when I first started this blog! In fact, I'm going to revisit all the topics that have already been done, since there's a much larger and more diverse set of you now.

Sound good? Do you have your discussion caps on? Okay, let's do this.

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Today's topic is:
SPOILERS IN REVIEWS

From a reader's standpoint, how do you feel about spoilers in reviews? How about from a reviewing standpoint? Do you run as far away from them as possible, or are they sometimes inevitable?

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Here's where I tell you my thoughts!

Let's be honest, I'm anti-spoiler. If you don't hide your spoilers behind a page break, or at least warn me to skip a paragraph that might potentially give away something huge, you'll have me seeing red for a while. This is actually one of the main reasons I didn't read reviews of books I planned on reading for a long time. Nothing made me more upset than finding out that a main character died in a spectacular manner, or that our lovely heroine chose Boy A over Boy B.

However, there are exceptions! Here's where that little wiggle room comes in. 

If it's a book that I don't plan on reading, or won't get to for a long time (because let's be serious, TBR MOUNTAIN is large), I tend to be a little more forgiving. Also, if it's a review for a second/third/fifteenth book in a series, I don't blame a reviewer. It's really tough sometimes to review a book further into a series without giving something away, even if you only hint at it accidentally. Sure, I could skip that review altogether. Sometimes though, those reviews are what make me eager to start a new series in the first place.

You'll see in my reviews a lot that I mention they'll be vague or  that I'll say "I won't spoil it for you..." because that's my defense mechanism against writing something I really want to share. I try. I really do.


Now it's your turn to share!

Do you hide under a rock to avoid spoilers, or do you just smile and move on?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Book Review: The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel, reviewed by Jessica


Media Type: Ebook (ARC)
Title: The Life Intended
Author: Kristin Harmel
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: Paperback; 368
Release Date: December 30, 2014
Source: NetGalley
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Genre: Contemporary / Women's Fiction

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Fans of "sliding doors" books, as well as any reader who loves a good cathartic cry.

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon | BookLikes
From the author of the international bestseller The Sweetness of Forgetting, named one of the Best Books of Summer 2012 by Marie Claire magazine, comes a captivating novel about the struggle to overcome the past when our memories refuse to be forgotten.

In this richly told story where Sliding Doors meets P.S. I Love You, Kristin Harmel weaves a heart-wrenching tale that asks: what does it take to move forward in life without forgetting the past?

After her husband's sudden death over ten years ago, Kate Waithman never expected to be lucky enough to find another love of her life. But now she's planning her second walk down the aisle to a perfectly nice man. So why isn't she more excited?

At first, Kate blames her lack of sleep on stress. But when she starts seeing Patrick, her late husband, in her dreams, she begins to wonder if she's really ready to move on. Is Patrick trying to tell her something? Attempting to navigate between dreams and reality, Kate must uncover her husband's hidden message. Her quest leads her to a sign language class and into the New York City foster system, where she finds rewards greater than she could have imagined.

*This was previously reviewed by Tina*


This book broke me. I started The Life Intended fully planning to finish it in one sitting. That didn't happen. Not because the book wasn't well written. It absolutely is. Not even because I couldn't love the characters or the story. Both of those items were instantly checked off my list after I'd finished the first chapter. No, this book took a long time for me to read because I couldn't stop crying. Every time I picked it up, and started to read, I'd start sobbing. I'm not talking teary-eyed, or even a few tears, I'm talking full out sobbing. Whew, kudos to Kristin Harmel.

For me, any book that deals with the death of a loved one is tricky terrain. It has to be done with a certain finesse, and feel realistic at the same time. With Kate, Harmel brought to life a character that I could understand and easily follow. A woman who had found the most perfectly imperfect man. Who truly believed that she'd grow old with that man, and that they had all the time in the world together. Except, they didn't. Watching Kate try to deal with her loss, watching her realize all the times that she took for granted, it hit hard right at the center of my being. This book didn't just pull at my heartstrings. It all out gutted me.

There are some beautiful messages in The Life Intended. Thoughts on living life, pursuing passions, and opening up your heart to the possibilities around you. Unlike most of the other "sliding doors" books that I've read, this one felt plausible. It felt like a story that I could get behind. Maybe it's just my sappy nature. Maybe it's because I know I've found my own perfectly imperfect man, and I'm realizing just how terrifying it would be to loose him, but I loved this.

All I know is, I'm going to do my best not to let the little moments escape. Thanks for that Kristin Harmel :). I don't even mind that I needed a box of tissues to finish this book. It was worth it.



FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Galentine's Day!


Happy Galentine's Day to all my fellow ladies out there. Whether you are celebrating Single's Awareness Day, Galentine's Day, Valentine's Day or preparing (ie drinking) for Mardi Gras today, we hope you have a fabulous weekend!

In celebration of this love filled occasion, we are asking you dear readers to recommend your favorite books! Whether it's a steamy romance, a tale of friendship or the love of family that brought that loving feeling out for you, share it in the comments! We are always looking for new books to add to our TBR.

Today is a celebration of love and laughter. So even if you don't have a special someone in your life, reach out to your friends and loved ones and tell them you love them. Life is short and even the "Hallmark holidays" are a great excuse to tell those around you that you love them.

Lots of love from us here at HDB! We wish you all a wonderful day!




Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cover Reveal: Peachy Keen by Kate Roth

Sun, sand and beautiful people. What more could you want in a resort experience? How about some steamy romance with a stranger? It is my privilege to introduce you to the newest installment of the the Desire Resort Series by the wonderful Kate Roth! You can look for gorgeous book in April.


Georgia Trenton has always been lucky in lust but hasn’t ever been interested in love. She prefers quickies to courtships, never seeing the need for more than just sex.

Years of listening to her best friend Danielle’s relationship woes had assured her she was right to avoid romance altogether. But ever since Dani returned from vacation in love and looking like the poster girl for happily ever after with her new boyfriend Evan Weston, Georgia has been questioning her wild ways and thinking about the future.

In an attempt to forget about the uncertainties that plague her and escape the constant symphony of sex noises coming through the walls of her apartment thanks to Evan and Danielle, Georgia jets off to Desire Resort & Spa hoping to enjoy the rowdy vacation hotspot the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

No strings attached. No commitments. And with one sexy stranger…no names.

But when strings appear, complicating what was supposed to be a carefree getaway, and commitment suddenly doesn’t sound as bad as it used to, Georgia finds herself wondering if lust is really enough.

*Teaser*


Published since 2012, Kate Roth is addicted to all things romance. Her passion for love stories, both traditional and unconventional, has led her to write in various sub-genres of romance including New Adult, Paranormal and Erotica. Kate is inspired by everything from music to the real-life romance tales she's heard through her years as a professional hair stylist.

One thing is certain, Kate Roth writessteamy connections, sassy dialogue, andstrong heroines & heroes.

Kate spends her time away from the keyboard with her insta-love husband, Adam and their faithful pound puppy, Sampson.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Book Spotlight + Giveaway: Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison


Spotlight time! I never tire of these, especially when Kate Avery Ellison is the author in question! Let me tell you, if you haven't read The Frost Chronicles, you need to. Ellison is an amazing writer. This time around she's here to promote her new book, Of Sea and Stone, which I'm sure will be just as fantastic! Here's the synopsis:

Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
All her life, clever Aemi has been a slave in the Village of the Rocks, a place where the sea and sky meet. She’s heard the stories about the fabled People of the Sea, a people who possess unimaginable technology who live below the waves in the dark, secret places of the ocean. But she never dreamed those stories were true.

When a ship emerges from the ocean and men burn her village, Aemi is captured, and enslaved below the waves in Itlantis, a world filled with ancient cities of glass and metal, floating gardens, and wondrous devices that seem to work magic. To make matters worse, her village nemesis, the stuck-up mayor’s son Nol, was captured with her, and they are made servants in the same household beneath the sea.

Desperate to be free, Aemi plots her escape, even going so far as to work with Nol. But the sea holds more secrets than she realizes, and escape might not be as simple as leaving…

Can we please all take a moment to sigh in delight over this cover? It's, quite truthfully, the first thing that caught my eye. Simply stunning.

On to a guest post from Kate, and then a giveaway! Enjoy, and don't forget to add Of Sea and Stone to your reading list!

* I asked Kate to share her "Top 10 Places for Writing Inspiration"*


Here’s my list of ten places that always get me in the mood to tell stories.


10. Museums
Museums are filled with things to spark creative flow. Old clothing, tidbits of history that fire the imagination, jewelry, armor, bowls, carvings, paintings... the possibilities are endless for getting ideas, regardless of whether it’s a museum of natural history or an exhibit on ancient Egypt.


9. Antique stores
Antique stores have so many eclectic pieces of treasure jumbled together, a trove of knick knacks that can all turn into stories. Antique stores also tend to have a lot of interesting patrons.


8. Aquariums
I love everything about aquariums—the soothing ripple of blue light through the water, the thousands of kinds of fish, the tranquility of watching another world through the glass. If the aquarium has a petting tank, it gives an extra sensory boost of inspiration: touch.


7. Bookstore/library
In some ways, bookstores or libraries are a little intimidating, because I am reminded of how many books exist and how many I’ll never have time to read. But at the same time, I’m always overcome with inspiration just from browsing titles and covers. My mind starts spinning with the possibilities of what the books could be about based on their jackets.


6. Caves
Caves fascinate me. My family used to camp a lot when I was a kid, and we’d tour and explore caves. I liked to imagine what it would be like to be lost in the darkness, or what a city or civilization that operated completely underground would look like. Alien landscapes hidden away from the sun, caves are an awesome place to gain inspiration.


5. Old houses
Something about old houses—the dusty smell of the air, the warped or asymmetrical details of the doors and windows, the steep staircases—makes me want to write. I especially love places that look like they could have housed a boarding school, or ghosts, or a wealthy, dysfunctional noble family.


4. Road trips
I get my best ideas on road trips. The constantly changing scenery coupled with the soothing motion of driving makes my brain come alive with ideas. Sitting in one place, drinking in an evolving view, and listening to music is a perfect way to brainstorm.


3. Forests
Regardless of the season, a forest is a great place to go in order to get ideas and inspiration. The energy of spring birds and new life, the hushed green blanket of summer leaves, or the shivery bare limbs and blankness of snow all make me want to write poetry. Fall is my absolute favorite, when the leaves drop like confetti and the air is imbibed with magic.


2. The city at night
Cities hum with life, so everywhere I look, there’s a story to be uncovered. Night covers everything in mystery, and the light and shadows and hum of anticipation that comes from having somewhere to be, someone to meet, makes me want to write.


1. The ocean
The ocean is like the cradle of the world, and the mixture of water, wind, sun, and sky awakens inspiration in me like nothing else. Something about the endless sky and water makes me feel small and connected to everything at the same time. It is both utterly relaxing and infinitely invigorating, especially when the sun is sinking low and the wind is blowing hard.


I’ve been making up stories since I was five years old, and now I’m thrilled to be able to do it as a full-time job. I have an obsession with dark fantasy, dystopian futures, and Pride and Prejudice-style love stories full of witty banter and sizzling, unspoken feelings. When I’m not writing, I’m creating digital art, reading funny blogs, or watching my favorite shows (which include TVD and BSG). I live with my geeky husband and our two bad cats in Atlanta, GA.
Find Kate: Blog | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter



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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Book Review: The Question of Miracles by Elana K. Arnold


Media Type: Ebook (ARC)
Title: The Question of Miracles
Author: Elana K. Arnold
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers
Pages: Hardcover; 240
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Source: NetGalley
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Content Screening: Tough Issues - Death

HDB Rating: 5 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers of all ages, especially those who love moving and realistic fiction.

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon | BookLikes
Following the death of her best friend, Iris and her family move to Oregon for a fresh start in this middle-grade story of miracles, magic, rain, hope, and a hairless cat named Charles.

Sixth-grader Iris Abernathy hates life in Corvallis, Oregon, where her family just moved. It's always raining, and everything is so wet. Besides, nothing has felt right since Iris's best friend, Sarah, died.

When Iris meets Boris, an awkward mouth-breather with a know-it-all personality, she's not looking to make a new friend, but it beats eating lunch alone. Then she learns that Boris's very existence is a medical mystery, maybe even a miracle, and Iris starts to wonder why some people get miracles and others don't. And if one miracle is possible, can another one be too? Can she possibly communicate with Sarah again?

Oh, this book. Let me tell you that as soon as I finished reading this in ebook format, I called my local Indie bookstore to buy a physical copy. The Question of Miracles is the exact kind of Middle Grade book I adore. The kind that isn't afraid to deal with tough issues. The kind that treats young readers as the strong, compassionate, curious human beings that they are. Best of all, this is a book that will resonate with all readers. No matter what your age group, you'll be touched. You may even cry.

Iris Abernathy's life has been forever altered. She's lost a best friend, been uprooted to a new state, and feels like nothing is fitting together the way it should. I must admit, Iris was a perfect main character to me. I truly believe there's nothing more difficult than channeling what a middle grader would do, and say, accurately. Iris felt real. I felt her frustration, I understood her sadness, and I loved her little quirks. As the story progressed, and she blossomed, I couldn't look away. This book came alive because Iris was alive.

Now add in a beautifully bittersweet story line, and there was no turning back for this reader. I've said it before, and I'll say it as many times as it takes, young readers deserve books like these. They need books that deal with tough concepts. Concepts like the death of a best friend. Elana K. Arnold's expert handling of this subject was impressive. I felt myself looking through the eyes of Iris. Stumbled along as she kept trying to deal with the loss of someone who was such a large part of her life and, worst of all, so close in age to her. Everything about this story pulled at my emotions in all the right places, but what I appreciated most of all was that it was so honest. Truly, wonderfully, honest.

I wish I could say more. If you'd allow me, I'd gush over how perfectly the idea of miracles are woven into this story. I'd praise Boris as a character, and how he was the perfect match for Iris. I'd smile proudly and admit that I adored the fact that the card game of Magic makes such a big debut in this book. Truthfully, you wouldn't be able to shut me up. So, instead, I'll just tell you that you definitely need to read this book. The Question of Miracles is absolutely gorgeous, and it deserves a place on your reading list.




FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Book Spotlight + Giveaway: Bricks by John Davidson


*Lights - Camera - Action!*

Today's blog spotlight centers right on a new book presented to me by Anaiah Press. Bricks, by John Davidson, is billed as a contemporary novel and one that looks pretty tempting to this bookworm. Interested? Let's take a look at the synopsis.

Amazon | B&N
Sixteen-year old Cori Reigns learns that not all tornadoes take you to magical places. Some take your house, your school, and life as you knew it.

Struggling to put the pieces of her life back together, Cori learns to rebuild what the storm destroyed by trusting a family she didn't know she had and by helping friends she never appreciated.
Release Date: February 3, 2015


Short and sweet, just the way I like my book synopsis to be. Nothing is worse than having a book spoiled for you before you even start it. That being said, this sounds like my kind of read. Something deep, and possible a little tear inducing? I'm all over it.

Now please enjoy a heartfelt and wonderfully inspirational guest post from John Davidson. I have to say, this one made me tear up a bit. Also, don't forget to add Bricks to your reading list!


Thank you so much for having me on the blog.

When I first started writing, I thought that the secret ingredient to all good stories was the idea behind it. The concept. The skeleton that formed the framework. All that was left was to decorate it, like a Christmas tree, hanging words in just the write places—spread them out, fill up the blank spaces, and when I ran out of words and the story was done. It was ready. Finished.

I have a couple of “books” like this finished and saved in the archives. I have more than a few rejections that go with them. I didn’t understand how they could be rejected. These were great ideas. It was incredibly depressing. I thought that was what happened—you wrote a book, it got published. That’s what books did.

I put my writing away for a long time—a really long time. Eventually, I came back to it. My love of reading drew me. Eventually, I wanted to do more than just consume the amazing stories I read, I wanted to produce my own. This time I was determined to do it right—study the craft, whatever it took. I already had degrees in English. I was ahead of the grammar game. Now, all I needed was figure out exactly where all those words go. I read books. I attended conferences. I followed blogs—some of those blogs even said, “Ideas are cheap. Execution is what counts.” So armed with a new set of tools, I wrote another book. Full of hope, I sent it out. And… the rejections came again.

This time, depression lasted no longer than a strenuous workout. I was serious. I was going to do this. I wanted to be a traditionally published writer—not that there was anything wrong with indie publishing at all. I just wanted to go the traditional route. I took online courses. I sent work off to be reviewed and paid for editors. I joined a critique group (one of the most effective things I’ve done.) I revised and revised until the original story was all but unrecognizable, and I submitted again.

Rejected.

Cue the weeping and gnashing of teeth. If it wasn’t about the concept, and it wasn’t about the craft, what was it? I took a deep breath, and I did the only thing I knew to do. I read—not how-to’s, just for fun. Stuff I loved to read. I read some more. And even more. And then I wrote another book. And a funny thing happened. The words came out much easier. The story flowed. Before long, it was done. A twitter pitch party came along. So I entered. And got a favorite—the sign the editor wanted to see some of the chapters. I was cautious. I’d been here before. About a week later, she wanted to see the whole thing. A month or so passed. And the email came that she wanted to publish the book. I’ll leave out the euphoria part and jump to the conclusion, albeit one that is far from conclusive. 

Yes. A great story or even a good one needs a fresh concept. Yes. A great/good story needs exceptional craftsmanship. But the math here doesn’t add up. There’s a variable. Me as a writer needed me as a reader—you can’t have one without the other. 

Writing isn’t easy. It takes time, energy, effort (and weeping and gnashing of teeth), but it also requires reading—sometimes for study and analysis of what makes things work. But sometimes simply to remind you why you wanted to write in the first place. The awe-inspiring beauty of a book.

Married to my bride for twenty-four years, I have an amazing son and a wonderful daughter.

Born and raised in central Oklahoma, I work in education, first as a teacher now in technology curriculum. I write. I read. And in the summer I make snow cones.


Website: www.aboyandhisdreams.com
Twitter: @jdavidsonwrites
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/jmdavidson 


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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

We're Still Here!



Hello awesome followers! And happy February! Isn't it crazy that a whole month of 2015 has already come and gone? If I think about it too long, I start to feel anxious. So I'm going to just enjoy February while it lasts :).

This is just a quick note to let you know that we're still here! Tina is very busy at work, and at home, while I'm currently transitioning into a new job. So, you might not see us post as much for the next few weeks. Life, unfortunately (someone hurry up and hire me to read!), takes precedence over blogging.

That being said, I wanted to thank everyone for sticking with us! We're cooking up some more original content for you, and I'm working on getting more interviews and guest posts up. I think February might be a bit slow, but we'll be back with a vengeance in March.

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