Sunday, September 21, 2014

Jumping Back in to Reading and Blogging

Hello everyone!!

It's been quite a while since I last posted. I've got to blame life for that. I got married about a month ago and so life was consumed by work and wedding planning and trying not to go crazy between the two.

Married life for me isn't all that much different than before, seeing as my husband and I are in a long distance marriage at the moment. I know I've probably mentioned it before, but he lives in Canada, and I live in the US. We are working toward being able to live together, but it's a long, arduous process full of paperwork.

In the meantime, we are status quo in that respect, until that changes.

I am hoping to dive back into reading more often now that my favorite season is almost here. It's the first day of fall tomorrow, and I'm excited. Fall just screams reading to me, with chilly nights, candles, and rain, (which is much needed in my area)

I've already stocked up on several new and delicious pumpkin scented candles. I have my cozy stars blanket at the ready and I just ordered some new books today as well.

Even though I've already read Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness, I had to order it to complete the series, since I recently just bought Shadow of Night and The Book of Life. I also ordered the first three books of Melissa De La Cruz's Beauchamp Family series (Hopefully there will be more?)

I got into the TV series, Witches of East End last year and love it, so I know I will love the books too.

I have an 3 day weekend coming up this weekend and am hoping to us a good chunk of time reading these awesome books that are headed my way.

So this blog should soon be active again, I have a long commute, which doesn't leave a lot of time for blogging, but I'll at least try to be posting on a semi regular basis.

I'm also hoping to do a review of my wedding invitations soon, as I was so thrilled with them.

Is there anything you would like to see here on the blog, or anything you feel I need to know after my long hiatus?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Life Update: Big Changes, Or Why This Blog Has Been So Silent Lately

Hello everyone!

I know the blog has been pretty quiet for a long time now, except for a few posts in the past few weeks. Other than that the lack of posts has been glaringly obvious. And I do want to apologize for that. There's a good reason, I promise.

I'm not giving up blogging. Not at all. But, it will be put on hold for the next four months. Posts will be sparse.

I completely forgot about my 2nd blogaversary back in December due to working a lot and the craziness of the holidays. I will try my best to make the 3rd one spectacular.

2 months after that, life changed in a big way. 

Dearran Towns's photo.
Photo credit goes to Dearran.
I got engaged to my wonderful fiance and partner in this crazy thing called life, Dearran. We have been together for almost 9 years, so this is the next step for us. He proposed on February 20th, and our wedding date is coming up on August 20th, so it's only a few short months away.

There is a lot of planning and preparation and stress that comes with planning a wedding, so unfortunately, something had to give. With working full time, planning the wedding and just trying to keep afloat on other daily life stuff, I barely have time to read, let alone blog. I miss reading, and miss blogging too, but I will be back eventually.

I normally stick to just book reviews on the blog, but I have decided that I will be doing a review of my wedding invitations. (After they've all been mailed out of course, can't ruin the surprise!) A friend of mine from high school made them for me and they are absolutely amazing. It'll be something different and a little more of a glimpse into who I am behind my blog.

I do hope that any of you who read this will stick around through this quiet spell as I just live life for a while. I look forward to jumping back into blogging with two feet in September.

If anyone has any advice, tips, etc on wedding planning, I'd be happy to hear them. And if you have any questions about my wedding details, feel free to ask!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Book Tour Review: Her Loving Husband's Curse

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Hello fellow readers I must start with apologies as I was supposed to have this review posted some time ago and had a scheduling mix up on my end. Read on to discover my thoughts about this book.
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Title: Her Loving Husband's Curse
Author: Meredith Allard
Series: Loving Husband #2
Publisher: Copperfield Press
Published: April 20, 2012
Format: Kindle
Pages: 284
Source: Received from Author in 
exchange for an honest review


How far will you go to protect the one you love?

Finally, after many long and lonely years, James Wentworth’s life is falling into place. Together with his wife, Sarah, the only woman he has ever loved, he has found the meaning behind her nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and now they are rebuilding the life they began together so long ago.

But the past is never far behind for the Wentworths. While Sarah is haunted by new visions, now about the baby she carried over three hundred years before, James is confronted with painful memories from his time with the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears. Through it all, the persistent reporter Kenneth Hempel reappears, still determined to prove that the undead walk the earth. If Hempel succeeds in his quest, James and Sarah will suffer. Will the curse of the vampire prevent James and Sarah from living their happily ever after?

Her Loving Husband’s Curse is Book Two of the Loving Husband Trilogy. Book One, Her Dear & Loving Husband, is now available from Copperfield Press

Melissa's Musings:

My Rating: 4 Stars

I was pulled in from the very first page. I was immediately enthralled with James and Sarah's story. Their love story is very romantic, but not too overly done. It's simple realistic, and true.

I have the first book on my kindle, I had purchased it a while ago when it was free on Amazon. I had hoped to read it before I read this book for the tour, but I ran out of time. Her Loving Husband's Curse works well as a stand alone novel, but I did feel a slight lack of connection as I knew there was more to the story and that there were details that I was missing. The lack of cohesion in the story from my not being able to read the first book in the series in time was very slight, and not enough to detract from my enjoyment of the book.

I always enjoy when an author incorporates smells, colors, and other small touches into a story. Here it was smells. The author pointed out that Sarah's "smell" for James was strawberries and cream, and that their daughter Grace smelled like cinnamon. As much as I enjoyed this detail, I did feel that it was mentioned a few too many times and was over done.

There is a great deal of history that is intertwined with this story, which makes it both an enjoyable and somewhat educational (in a sense) read. I paid close attention to the author's descriptions and references to the Trail of Tears. It's not something I remember learning much about in school so those parts were particularly interesting.

I also enjoyed all the different paranormal elements and characters that are woven into this series. There are vampires, witches, werewolves, and ghosts. Sometimes such an eclectic mix of paranormal characters can make a story crowded. That's not the case here. I think this may be due to the fact that the author does such a good job of seamlessly weaving the paranormal aspects into the story overall that you really focus more on the characters as they are, not what paranormal species they are.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable series. I look forward to reading this series in its' entirety and to reading more from this author.