Top 5 Wednesday – Covers I’d Want to Live In

Today I am participating in Top 5 Wednesday and will be showing you some book covers that I would love to live in.

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Plantation Shudders by Ellen Byron takes place on a plantation in Pelican, Louisiana. I’ve always been fascinated with Louisiana and all the culture down there, so I would love to live in a place like that.  Not to mention, the food described in this book sounds AH-MA-ZING!

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Amnesia by Cambria Hebert takes place in a small lake town in Maine.  I grew up in and have lived in a small town my whole life, so I love that small town feel that this book gives you.  Maine seems like it would be a pretty cool place to live, too.

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I absolutely love the beachy look on this cover. I’ve loved the beach since I was a little kid and would give almost anything to be able to live near or on the beach.  <3

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I haven’t read this book yet so I’m not sure where it takes place, but any place that has a lot of snow like this is a place for me!  We don’t get a lot of snow where I live in North Carolina, so any time we get some is a treat!  That probably doesn’t make very much sense since I was just talking about how much I love the beach, but hey…what can I say? I love the beach and the snow.  😀

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And here we have a bakery.  😀  Pretty self explanatory, right?  😉

What book covers would you like to live in? 

Cover Reveal – Amnesty by Cambria Hebert

Amnesty
Cambria Hebert
(Amnesia, #2)
Publication date: August 18th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

There’s freedom in remembering.
My past is a double-edged sword.
Damned if I do remember, damned if I don’t.
Remembering beyond the horrors I already have will change me. Change us.
But, what if I’m living a lie? What if everything I thought was wrong, what if who I thought I was is wrong?
If not her, then…
Who am I?
Eddie says it doesn’t matter, but deep down I’m terrified it does.
I’m trapped. Held prisoner by a past I can’t remember and a future that might not belong to me.
There’s a light though, not at the end of the tunnel… But wavering in the distance, calling to me from Rumor Island.
That light, it scares me far more than darkness. Am I brave enough to confront it?
So many questions, so few answers.
I don’t have a choice; the truth always finds a way to the surface. Finally learning who I really am will be a permanent life sentence:
Total punishment or absolute amnesty.

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Author Bio:
Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.
Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).
Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.
Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

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Release Blitz – TS901: Anomaly by Stacey Rourke and Tish Thawer

Title: TS901: ANOMALY
Author: Stacey Rourke & Tish Thawer
Genre: NA Dystopian
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design & Photography
Editor: There for You Editing Services
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:
Tainted water for the good of the people. Fluoride and vitamins to sustain the health of the human race. Added ingredients to extend and elevate the quality of life. All good things, right?
Wrong.
Thia Kelly has been changed by the TS901 chemical in the world’s water supply. Now, forced into hiding with the other inflicted outcasts, she struggles to survive as her powers emerge.
Evan Daniels hunted for others like himself, and finding Thia suddenly brought meaning back into his life. Love blossomed between the strange couple while they searched for a way to reverse the effects. Unfortunately, the Government had something else in mind.
Super-soldier creation on a mass scale was their end goal, and thanks to an unfortunate family tie, Evan became Patient #1.
Good-guy? Bad-guy? The world isn’t sure, but Thia is left with only one choice––save the ass of the world’s first Anomaly who just happens to be her boyfriend.
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 
Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com
or on Twitter or instagram at Rourkewrites.
Award Winning Author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the Twilight phenomenon, myth, magic, and superpowers have always held a special place in her heart.
Tish is known for her detailed world-building and magic-laced stories. Her work has been compared to Nora Roberts, Sam Cheever, and Charlaine Harris. She has received nominations for multiple RONE Awards (Reward of Novel Excellence), and Author of the Year (Fantasy, Dystopian, Mystery), as well as nominations and wins for Best Cover, and a Reader’s Choice Award.
​Tish has worked as a computer consultant, photographer, and graphic designer, and is a columnist for Gliterary Girl Media and has bylines in RT Magazine and Literary Lunes Magazine. She resides in Colorado with her husband and three wonderful children and is represented by Gandolfo, Helin, and Fountain Literary Management.
Author Links:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TishThawer/ | @TishThawer
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2rp0q8A


Best of the Bunch – July 2017

I read 8 books in the month of July.  Out of all of the books I read, my favorite is definitely Amnesia by Cambria Hebert.
From Goodreads:
I washed ashore in a little lake town. 
A place where everyone knows everyone, yet…
No one knows me.
I don’t know me.
If a woman doesn’t know her own name, does she really exist?
I don’t know my natural hair color, my birthdate, or where I live.
I am invisible.
To everyone, to everything, even to myself.
Except to him. 
I see the recognition deep in his stare, the way it lingers on my face as if I’m a puzzle he’s desperate to put together.
I just want answers, the truth… knowledge. 
His lips are sealed. Still, his eyes beguile me.
I can’t trust anyone, not even myself. Someone wants me dead, the same someone who tried to bury me in a watery grave. 
They’ll come for me again… I won’t know their face.
I don’t even know mine.
I am amnesia.
 
 
My Review:
5 out of 5 stars
★★★★★
 
Wow!  I’ve got shivers going across my skin right now.  The level of mystery, intrigue, and suspense in this book is off the charts!  I was drawn in from the very first page and just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to get through to the end.  My heart was pounding in anticipation of what was going to happen next.  I loved both Eddie and Amnesia’s characters.  They’ve both been through a lot and deserve to be happy.
There were several times where I thought I had figured out what happened and how things would turn out, but I was wrong.  I absolutely LOVE the mystery and the element of the unknown in this book.  It’s just amazing.  Cambria did an excellent job with this book.  I can’t wait until the next one comes out!  I’m ready to find out who Amnesia really is.  
 
 
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Weekly Wrap-Up – 7/30/17

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG
THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG
  • Cover Reveal – Amnesty by Cambria Hebert
  • Review – Shadow Girl by Gerry Schmidt
  • Review – Vangie Vale and the Murdered Macaron by RL Syme
  • discussion post
  • Challenge/TBR review(s)
BOOKS IN MY MAILBOX
Kindle (Freebie)
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OFF THE BLOG
Well, this has definitely been an interesting week.  
 
Most of this week I had to share my husband’s car since my van has been having problems and we hadn’t been able to fix it yet.  
 
Someone from my dad’s church was able to figure out what part we needed for the van and said if I bought the part, he’d come put it on for me.  So on Friday when we got paid, I went and got the part, and the guy came over and put it on free of charge.  I’ve been driving it around a little and it hasn’t shut off on me since then, so I’m hoping that was the problem and it won’t do that anymore.  
 
Well, guess what happened as soon as we fixed the van? 
 
My husband’s car started acting up.  It was trembling, shaking, and shuddering pretty badly.  It’s done that a few times but it is always a different problem each time so we weren’t sure what to think.  Well, the guy that fixed my van once again told us what it might be so we went and got that part and he put it on for us as well.  I’m happy to say my husband’s car is running perfectly now.  
 
Whew!  I’m so done with car issues for the moment.  We’re set back over $100 but I know it could most definitely have been worse, so I’m grateful for that at least.  
 
I’m really excited that I get to go up to the college next week and start getting my books for all of my classes.  It’s starting to sink in that I’m really doing this.  I’m starting to get really anxious.  I have a lot of social anxiety.  
 
I’m also glad to say that I think I’m finally out of my reading slump.  I’ve never had one last that long so I was really starting to get frustrated.  
 
My husband is out right now with our sons so I have the house to myself.  It’s so peaceful and quiet! lol.  They are going to go watch the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 movie.  I don’t have any interest in seeing it, so I decided to stay home and let them have some quality father/son time together.  I’m sure they’ll have a blast.  They’ve been looking forward to watching it for a while now.  
WEEKLY FUNNY
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I think we can all relate with this one.  Right?  😉

Review – Plantation Shudders by Ellen Byron

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Synopsis:
Check in for some Southern hospitality in Plantation Shudders, the Cajun Country series debut from Ellen Byron.

It’s the end of the summer and Prodigal Daughter Maggie Crozat has returned home to her family’s plantation-turned-bed-and-breakfast in Louisiana. The Crozats have an inn full of guests for the local food festival–elderly honeymooners, the Cajun Cuties, a mysterious stranger from Texas, a couple of hipster lovebirds, and a trio of Georgia frat boys. But when the elderly couple keels over dead within minutes of each other–one from very unnatural causes– Maggie and the others suddenly become suspects in a murder.

With the help of Bo Durand, the town’s handsome new detective, Maggie must investigate to clear her name while holding the family business together at the same time. And the deeper she digs, the more she wonders: are all of the guests really there for a vacation or do they have ulterior motives? Decades-old secrets and stunning revelations abound in Ellen Byron’s charming cozy debut, Plantation Shudders.
 
 
My Review:
4 out of 5 stars
★★★★☆
I picked this book up to read with a monthly book club discussion group. I’m so glad I decided to give this new to me author and series a try because I enjoyed this book.Maggie and her family members are all wonderful people and I enjoyed all of their characters. The police chief and his grudge against the Crozat family became a little annoying at times. I liked that both Maggie and Lia have possible love interests and am looking forward to seeing how those relationships develop in future books in this series. Some of the French words and Louisiana-based terms in this book were a little confusing at times or were hard to understand, but I was still able to enjoy the story.

The mystery kept my attention from the beginning of the book until everything was solved at the end. There were several suspects who all had a valid motive for murder, but the killer completely surprised me since it wasn’t anyone I suspected. There were a few smaller storylines going on in the background which added some extra intrigue and suspense. Everything was wrapped up/solved so you aren’t left with any loose ends or questions when the book is over.

The foods described in this story all sounded amazing and left me with a strong craving for some good Louisiana meals. I will definitely try some of the recipes in the back of the book. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

 
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Tag – Get to Know Me

I saw this tag on For the Love of Books and thought it would be a good idea for my readers to get to know me a little better!  🙂 
Books: 
Can you stop reading at any time, or does it have to be a certain page or chapter? 
I usually try to stop at the next chapter if at all possible.  I don’t like stopping in the middle of a chapter. 
Do you eat or drink anything whilst reading?
I don’t usually eat anything while I’m reading because I don’t want to get anything on the pages of my paperbacks or have my fingers dirty while swiping the Kindle screen.  I do drink while I’m reading though.  My favorite is iced coffee.  
Can you read listening to music or watching TV?
No.  I have to have almost complete silence while I’m reading.  I’m very easily distracted and end up reading the same few sentences or paragraph over and over if there is any noise in the background.
One book at a time, or several at once?
I have to read one book at a time.  I’ve tried to read multiple at once and it was just confusing to me. I couldn’t keep the plot lines and characters straight.  
Reading at home or everywhere?
I read everywhere. 🙂  Mostly at home though.
Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently in my head.  I don’t like reading out loud.
Do you read ahead, or skip pages?
I don’t usually read ahead or skip pages unless I’m struggling with the book and am trying to skim to see if it gets any better.
Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
I try my very best not to break the spine.  If it happens, it’s okay though.  
Do you write books, or just read them?
I just read them.
5 of my favorite books: 
1. Edge of Brotherhood by Molly E Lee
2. Slammed by Colleen Hoover
3. Laws of Attraction by RC Boldt
4. Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros
5. Written in the Scars by Adriana Locke
What is the last book you read?
Checkmate: This is War by Kennedy Fox 

About me: 

Name:

Jacqulene, but I go by Jackie
Name meaning:
May God Protect
Named after anyone:
My mother
Hair color:
Brown
Hair length:
To my lower back
Eye colour:
Brown
My birthday:
June 21st
Height:
5ft 5in
Place of birth:
North Carolina
Currently Living:
North Carolina
Star Sign:
I’m on the cusp of Gemini and Cancer
Best feature:
Eyes
Braces:
Never had braces
Piercings:
I used to have my ears pierced but I let them grow shut.
Tattoos:
None yet, I’d like to have one eventually though.
Right or Left Handed:
Right handed
Pets:
Chihuahua named May
Chi-Weenie named Killian
Cat named Macie, who just had 7 kittens
Siblings:
I’m an only child
Do you have kids:
Yes, I have two sons.  One is 11 years old and the other is 9 years old.
How many children do you want:
I’m happy with the two I have, but if I’m ever blessed with another one, that’d be great too.
What would you name your children:
My sons are named Chris and Logan.  If we had another boy, I’d name him Landon.  I’m not sure what we would name a girl if we had one.  Possibly Emily or Kelsey.
Marriage:
I’ve been married to my husband for 12 years.
What did you want to be when you grow up:
A teacher or a nurse
Career goals:
I’m starting college classes soon to get my degree in Early Childhood Education.
Hobbies:
Reading, blogging, watching my favorite TV shows, playing video games, photography.
Five random facts about me:
Both of my sons were delivered by c-section.
I am terribly, deathly afraid of spiders.  
I met Nicholas Sparks a few years ago.
I’m one of the most loyal people you will ever meet.
I’m really shy.

Favorite: 
Five favorite films:
1. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
2. Jurassic Park
3. 10 Things I Hate About You
4. Sweet Home Alabama
5. Twister
Five favorite songs:
1. Steal My Girl – One Direction
2. Country Girl – Luke Bryan
3. Piece by Piece – Kelly Clarkson
4. Overcomer – Mandisa
5. Heathens- Twenty One Pilots

TV shows:
1. Grey’s Anatomy
2. Once Upon a Time
3. The Walking Dead
4. General Hospital
5. Friends

YouTubers:
1. Corey B
2. Jay G
3. BetweenthePagesofY
4. Mystery Date with a Book
5. Steph’s Rom Book Talk
Food:
Pizza
Lasagna
anything from the crock pot
Chicken lo-mein 
Drinks:
Pepsi
Hazelnut iced coffee
Animals:
Dogs, especially chihuahuas
Cats
Otters
Restaurants:
Papa John’s 
Giovanni’s 
Chick-fil-a

Shops:
Barnes & Noble
Gamestop
Bath & Body Works
Smells:
Japanese Cherry Blossom
Apple Cinnamon
Colors:
Blue
Pink
Music genre:
Rock
Pop
First: Holiday: 
Trips to the beach when I was a child
Concert:
N’Sync
Best friend: 
Linda

Currently: 


Feeling:

Okay

Eating:
Nothing at the moment
Watching:
Nothing
Wearing:
Black pants and a blouse

Do you: 
Believe in miracles:
Yes
Believe in love at first sight:
Not really.  I believe you can have a connection right away, but not necessarily love.
Believe in ghosts:
I’m not sure.  
Believe in aliens:
No.
Believe in soulmates:
Yes.
Believe in Heaven/Hell:
Yes.
Believe in kissing on the first date: 
Sure, why not?
Believe in yourself: 
I’m learning to.

What: 
If you won the lottery, what would you buy:
I would buy a nice house for us to live in.  
Your favourite/worst subject in High School:
Favorite: English and Biology/Anatomy
Worst: Math and Chemistry
Subject you were best at?
English 
Sports do you play/Have you played:
I don’t play any sports
Phone – (iOS v Android):
Android
Something you wish you were talented at:
Singing and crochet.
First thing you notice about people:
Eyes, smile, and personality.
On top of your bucket list:
Travel the US
3 long term goals:
Finish school to get my degree
Get a good paying job
Finally buy a house
3 short term goals:
Lose weight
Get in better shape
Take better care of myself
What are you doing today to help you achieve those goals:
Watching what I eat
Trying to be more active
3 things you’d take with you to a desert island:
Family, books, a way to escape
Biggest accomplishment:
Having my children.

Ideal first date for you:
Dinner and a movie is fine with me.
Something you look for in a partner:
Honesty and loyalty
Something you dislike:
Liars
Special talents:
Not really
Favorite fairytale:
I don’t really have one.
App you use most:
Facebook, followed closely by Twitter.
Piece of technology can you not live without:
My phone
Countries have you visited:
I haven’t visited any countries yet.
Countries would you like to visit?
Italy, Ireland, England, Australia, New Zealand
Most embarrassing memory:
I can’t think of anything right now.

Random final questions:  
Summer or Winter: 
Winter!  I cannot stand the heat! 
Furthest you’ve ever been from home:
New Jersey
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be:
Somewhere where it is cool for most of the year.
Sweet or savoury:
Sweet
Last time you cried:
A few days ago
If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself:
I’d like to think so!
Do you use sarcasm a lot:
All the time
Scary movie or happy endings:
Happy endings
How would you describe your fashion sense:
Anything comfortable
Are you competitive:
I can be sometimes.
Describe yourself in a single sentence:
Friendly, loyal, and compassionate bookworm.
Who is your role model?:
I don’t really have one.
If you could give your younger self any advice what would it be:
Stand up for yourself.

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Contact me: 

Email – jackielizn@gmail.com

Tagged and shoutout to: 

Beth at All the Bright Places

Megs at Between the Pages

Danielle at The Introverted Book Nerd

Kris at Boston Book Reader

Meghan-Alice at Not Quite Alice

Review – Checkmate: This is War by Kennedy Fox

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Synopsis:
Travis King is the worst kind of asshole.
He taunts me for being a good girl and mocks my high standards.
He’s cruel, crass, and has enough confidence to last two lifetimes.
And I hate him.
It wouldn’t matter so much if he were avoidable.
But considering he’s my older brother’s best friend and roommate, I see him more than I’d ever want to.
His sculpted abs and gorgeous eyes are a waste on such an egotistical man, which makes me hate him even more.
Even though I’ve had a crush on him since I was ten, the feelings weren’t mutual and he’s always made that very clear.
He’s always loved getting under my skin and one night against my better judgment, I let him in my bed.
I’ve succumbed to his manwhore ways, but that doesn’t change a thing.
Because the King is about to get played at his own game—and lose.
Checkmate.

 
My Review:
2 out of 5 stars
★★☆☆☆
 
I picked this book up after seeing a recommendation from a fellow blogger.  Unfortunately, this book just was not for me.  I made it about halfway through the book before I started skimming to see if things would get any better.  That really made me sad since I enjoy a good enemies-to-lovers story.  
 
Viola and Travis were incredibly immature.  With Travis being 24 and Viola being 22, I expected a little more from these two characters.  The horrible, nasty things they said to each other as well as the games they were playing with each other really just started to get old after a while.  I didn’t feel like I was reading about two adults.  The back and forth insult flying felt more like teenage behavior and I was just put off by it.  
 
I enjoyed the parts that featured Viola’s brother Drew and her friend Courtney.  I won’t be reading the next book about Viola and Travis, but I’m interested enough in the other characters that I might read their book later on.  
 
 
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