It’s Friday…I think…

Anyone else have kids that are on break right now? I hate to call it Spring Break because, when I was kid, Spring Break happened right before Easter. Not weeks before Easter. But, due to the fact that my two little ones have been home all week (and will continue to be home all next week), I have no idea what day it actually is. There is no routine, no structure…just endless days of waking up, tending to their needs, watching them sit around and play video games with their friends while also talking to friends on the phone, ushering them out of the house and forcing them to play outside (their words, not mine), providing meals and snacks throughout the day, and finally collapsing of exhaustion at the end of the day only to wake up and start it all over again.
This week has reminded me how much I love when they are in school. There are a few hours during the day when I can do things like get caught up on bills, return emails, work, and read in peace. I have one more week of this chaos…and then my life will return to its normal state of crazy.
I have been able to read some books this week, albeit not as quickly nor as quietly as I would have liked.
I finished:
Hands Off by Kayti McGee. This was a quick and funny read.
Hannah’s Story by Terra Kelly. A story of finding yourself after your world is dramatically changed.
More by T.M. Franklin. I will admit, this is not my usual genre. But I won this book in a giveaway on Facebook…and I loved it. I was drawn in immediately by the story and was hooked all the way through. I just need to find time to read the rest of the series!
I am currently reading:
Chandler by Laurelin Paige. This is the 5th book in the Fixed series. I loved Hudson…so I am hoping his little brother can live up to my expectations.
Have a good weekend…I am going to try to find some of the peace I have been missing this past week!



Amazing New Releases

Yesterday was a busy day of amazing new releases…and there are some amazing books being released over the next few days! I’m so overwhelmed…and I am trying to figure out how I am going to sneak in time to read them all.

Here are just a few that are on my TBR for the next few days:
The Brave Line by Kate Stewart
An Act of Courage by K.C. Lynn
Co-Wrecker by Meghan Quinn
Take Me Back by Meghan March
Unprofessional by J.D. Hawkins
Extra Credit by Poppy Dune
Missing Grace by S.L. Scott
Thank You For Holding by Julia Kent and Elisa Reed

Head over to my Facebook page and let me know which book you are looking most forward to, and I will give 2 books away to 2 lucky winners chosen by random draw!



Weekends used to be for reading…

I can recall a few years ago, when my weekends were made for relaxing. That meant being able to sit back and get lost in a story…but that is no longer the case. This weekend, I got NO reading done. I felt like I had no time to actually relax!
Now that my children are a little older…it’s “mom, I need to go here” and “mom, take me there”. It’s band gigs, band practice, bowling, grocery shopping, catching up on work that didn’t get done during the week, cleaning the house, meal prepping for next week, and trying to find some family time in there somewhere!
However, through all the chaos of the weekend, we did find some time to make it to the movies to see Beauty and the Beast. If you haven’t seen it, what are you waiting for? It is AMAZING! Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney movie growing up…and this new live-action version did not disappoint. It was full of the amazing songs that I grew up with…and some new ones that are soooo good. We get more back story into Bella’s life, and amazing cast of characters, and a classic love story that still makes me tear up.
Okay…well now that the crazy and chaotic weekend is over, I’m hoping to get some reading in this week. But since my children are on Spring Break, I am sure they will have other plans for my time! Only time will tell…


Definitely a top read of 2017!

Holy cow…this book!! It was amazing, from beginning to end. It was so full of emotions: love, hate, loss, hope, grief, forgiveness…it is all there!
Connor and Megan are married and, when tragedy strikes, everything Megan has believed for years starts to crumble before her eyes. Lies are exposed, feelings are hurt, and lives will be changed forever. Garrett is a doctor who will perform a surgery on Megan’s daughter, Laney. But Garrett and Megan are not strangers…no, they have known each other since high school and there are definitely some unresolved feelings there. The story that ensues is one of moving forward, letting go, and moving on. However, as simple as that sounds, it is anything but simple. It is gutting, heartbreaking, eye-opening, and hopeful. And how about that ending?!? There is no way anyone saw that coming. But I get it…I do.
There are many books that give me plenty of “feels”, but it is rare for a book to come along that pulls me deep within the story and makes me feel every twist and turn as though I am part of the story. Stay Awhile did just that. I could feel the heartbreak and betrayal Megan was experiencing, while navigating the longing and hope along with Garrett. The despair and helplessness endured by Garrett was gut wrenching at times…and I was gutted right along with him. And then there was the hope, love, and acceptance that I felt alongside Megan and Laney.
This is a definite must-read!! You can pick it up here: Stay Awhile