The Little Book of Life Skills by Erin Zammett Ruddy


There are some informative books that live on a “gifting list” for me. I use it for when young friends or family members graduate college, get married, or strike out on their own in this world. The Little Book of Life Skills has now joined that list! Even at my years old I picked up a few more pointers in making life a little easier.
Thanks, @grandcentralpub for sending this my way!!

From the Cover...
With tips from leading experts in every field, The Little Book of Life Skills is the practical guide on how to solve the trickiest tasks in your day and make life a little easier.

We all have areas of our lives that make us feel disorganized, unprepared, or stressed out. From creating a calmer morning routine to set yourself up for a good night's sleep, and everything in between, there are easy and proven ways to do things better. Whether you need advice on how to end an argument, iron a shirt, or keep your inbox under control, Erin Zammett Ruddy has spoken to experts including Rachael Ray, Dr. Oz, Arianna Huffington, and condensed their wisdom into easy to follow steps for all of life's simple and not-so-simple tasks.

Plant-Powered Protein by Nava Atlas

 


Happy Monday. Or shall I say Happy Meatless Monday! It’s something my hubby and I started this past year. Just to be a bit healthier all around. It also makes the perfect day to share my latest cookbook find from @grandcentralpub!! Plant-Powered Protein. 125 recipes. One hundred and twenty-five!! I haven’t tried them all yet, but I’m so excited to!!

@navaatlas Has so many wonderful cookbooks and I’m over the moon to add this one to my collection!!

From the Cover...
Everyone's favorite meaty dishes go vegan with delicious plant-based recipes featuring beefy crumbles, chicken-style strips, sausage, bacon, seafood, and more!

Whether you're exploring vegan options for environmental, ethical, or health reasons, Nava Atlas's protein-focused recipes extend a warm welcome to the plant-powered protein revolution!

Today's innovative meat alternatives prove you don't have to sacrifice meaty flavors to enjoy a plant-based diet. You'll discover new ways to prepare familiar favorites, from nostalgic classics to bold global fare with dishes are kinder to the earth and better for you.

Who's ready for a Cozy Night In Winter?


I am so in love with this mug and coaster set!!! It’s part of the Cozy Night In Winter Bundle from @willowwintersauthor and @bigbookloverbox !!

Just $24.99 and you too can enjoy a night in with this Cozy Night In Winter Bundle.
The bundle includes: A Signed Paperback of Lumberjack by Jenika Snow, My Happy Place Mug, Book Lover Wooden Coaster, Read More Twig Pen, and a Book Lovers Always Win Dominoes set. This Bundle was originally available as the 2020 Winter Grab Bag. Everything about it is cozy and warm.


The Marriage Code by Brooke Burroughs ~Review, Q&A, Giveaway and more!!


Wow, you guys! I can't think of a more wonderful way to kick off 2021 than with The Marriage Code by Brooke Burroughs. Smart, sweet, infuriating fun is what I like to call the relationship between Emma and Rishi. It's creative rom-com at its finest. From the way they meet to the way they interact and turn from friends to more, it's what makes Hallmark and Netflix sit up and take notice.


A perfect way to kick off a year of reading!
~Tanja 

Good morning and hello to the first Monday of 2021☀️


A new reading log and calendar are here and ready to go. I also received a ReMArkable tablet for Christmas. I am excited at the ability to make my reading and reviewing easier with this handy dandy device!

As far as new year resolutions... I haven’t made any yet. I do, however, aim to be kind to myself. I will set limits, read at my convenience, and promote books I love.

What about you? Any resolutions or will yours be to not have any?


#mondayvibes #monday2021 #firstmondayof2021 #newyearsresolution #calander #booklog #remarkable #remarabletablet #orangecirclestudio

The last post of 2020!

🌟It’s time for the Top Nine🌟

Below are the top interactive posts of 2020!

I would like to thank all the authors, publishers, PR reps, bookish friends, and followers for sticking around. You helped me reach 2 MILLION VIEWS on the blog this year! It was a stellar bright spot! 

🌟Happy New Year🌟



Stormbringer by Isabel Cooper

Sentinels spend their lives fighting the monsters that prey upon humanity.


Deep in the wilderness, a lone Sentinel discovers a handsome warrior in ancient clothing, held in an endless sleep—Amris, hero of the world’s last great battle. His discovery can only mean one thing: the Traitor God is gathering his armies again, and everyone they love is in terrible danger.


Amris has been trapped in dreamless sleep for centuries. Now he’s awake…and so, it seems, is humanity’s greatest threat. Determined to save the world from being swallowed by the Traitor God’s oncoming storm, Amris and his rescuer, the fiercely beautiful Darya, must learn to trust each other—and the powerful bond that’s formed between them—as they fight their way through a land swarming with danger to get word back to their allies before it’s too late…


Fans of The Witcher and Ilona Andrews will love this epic tale of adventure and romance.


During the day, ISABEL COOPER maintains her guise as a mild-mannered project manager in legal publishing. In her spare time, she enjoys video games, ballroom dancing, various geeky hobbies, and figuring out what wine goes best with leftover egg rolls. Cooper lives with two thriving houseplants in Boston, Massachusetts.




Author Website: https://isabelcooper.wordpress.com/


Purchase Links:





Link to giveaway: 

Excerpt:

The world was silent, and that itself told Amris the spell had worked—not that he’d ever doubted Gerant’s skill, whether at magic or elsewhere. It was a different matter, though, to be transported, in the space of two breaths and two words, from the screams and crashes of a pitched battle to utter quiet, save for a single voice. 

Because the voice wasn’t Gerant’s, nor any that he recognized, Amris’s reflexes carried him backward several steps and brought his sword up in front of him. He realized that the person who’d woken him was human and not Thyran, and hastily readied himself to defend rather than striking out, but it was a close thing. 

The woman hissed and darted backward herself, moving with more than human speed or grace. 

She was more than human. That became apparent as soon as Amris saw her eyes, unnaturally bright green and glowing in the dim light. Her skin was paper-white, her braided hair dark around it, and those could be human enough, but the eyes were a different matter. 

“Easy, there,” she said. Her accent stretched the vowels out more than Amris was used to, and the words came more quickly, but he could understand her rightly enough, particularly when she held up her hands, palms out. “I’m on your side.” 

Anyone could say so. “What side is that, pray?” Speaking felt odd. Gerant’s magic had kept his muscles from degeneration through however much time had passed, so he felt no worse than a little stiff, but just as sound had taken a moment to become words, Amris had to think at first: move the tongue this way for w, the lips and throat so for i

The woman shrugged. “The side that doesn’t love the Traitor. The Order of the Dawn, the Sentinels… I think we were starting when you—” She waved a hand. 

When he trapped himself in time in a desperate bid to stop the murderous warlord. “Yes. Only just.” 

Still Amris didn’t lower his sword: the woman aside, there was no virtue in dropping his guard before he knew the situation. He did let the rose fall from his gauntleted fingers, and used that hand to pull off his helmet, a necessary compromise between defense and intelligible conversation. 

The state of the hall became clearer to him as he did so—the years’ worth of dust and cobwebs, as well as the silence. The woman’s clothing—plain dark leather pants, jerkin, and gloves over a shirt of brown cloth—was plainer than he was used to, without even the embroidery that most peasants wore. Practicality, given where she was, or ascetism? 

“I should tell you two things right off,” said the woman. “You might want to sit down first.” 

Amris shook his head. “Best to face it on my feet.” 

“All right,” she said. “First, you’ve been…” Another vague wave of her hand. “Stuck. For a hundred years or so.” 

She’d spoken wisely when she’d advised him to sit. The knowledge traveled up through his feet as well as in through his ears, making the room spin around Amris, and yet it seemed not to reach his head or his heart. The sweat of battle was still wet in his hair, he still felt his cuts and bruises, and the rose on the floor was as fresh as it had been when he’d plucked it for Gerant. 

That reached head and heart both. Gerant was as human as he. Had been as human, rather—in a hundred years, a babe in arms would grow, sire or bear their own children, see grandchildren, and die, and Gerant had been a man in his prime when they’d parted. He’d be long dead by now. 

They’d both known that parting might be forever. Toward the end, any farewell might have been the last. Amris had never pictured it taking this form. 

“Here.” The woman took a small metal flask out of her boot and brandished it in his direction. 

The contents tasted roughly as they smelled. Amris had been a soldier long enough to swallow, nod his thanks, and trust that his throat wasn’t truly on fire. “Strong.” 

“I keep it to clean out wounds.” One eyebrow quirked, and her mouth twisted in a wry smile. “I’d say this counts.” 

“Truth.” A hundred years. A hundred years, and only now had somebody come to awaken him, but the hall was empty otherwise. “Before the second, lady,” he said, “was there another man nearby? There, roughly speaking?” He gestured to the place where Thyran had been standing at the last. 

“No,” said Darya, peering at it, and then frowned. “But…wait.” 

*** 

A small, uneven mound of gray powder lay heaped on the stone. Darya knelt and touched it with the tip of a gloved finger, feeling the texture as much as she dared. “Ash,” she said, “and—yes, bone. Bits of it. Wait.” There was a larger shape within the ash, but that wasn’t entirely why she’d stopped. As many shocks as it had gone through, her mind was still capable of calculation. “You’re looking for Thyran, aren’t you?” 

The question sounded completely absurd. Thyran had shaped, bred, or summoned an army of things, led them against humanity, and cursed the world to years of barren cold when he’d begun to lose. Thyran was the Father of Storms and Abominations. He wasn’t somebody people looked for. 

“Then you know of him,” Amris said, utterly serious. 

“Bad children and old wives everywhere know of him. The Order taught us a little more of the real histories.” Beneath the ash lay a long finger, five-jointed, with a black talon at the end rather than a nail. Burial in the ash had kept most of the insects away and held off some rot, but the finger was still fairly disgusting. She grimaced. “Was he human at the end?” 

“Mostly, in appearance,” Amris said slowly. He knelt beside her, squinting in the dim light. “Far harder to kill than mortals, or even any of his creatures.” Slowly he breathed out, sending ashes scattering. “And one of his defenses was dark fire.” 


***

Excerpted from Stormbringer by Isabel Cooper. © 2020 by Isabel Cooper. Used with permission of the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. All rights reserved.


Alice Clayton- One More Round

 

Get it on Amazon

From the dedication...

"--to everyone who made it through 2020 with their laugh track intact,--"

YES! Absolutely. It's been a rough one, but what a surprise and delight to end it with a little Wallbanger lovin' from Simon and Caroline. I can't even attempt to remove the smile from my face. Thank you, Alice Clayton!

I laughed, cried, and hugged my kindle. I'm so happy you found your keyboard again, Alice.

Five phenomenal stars!
Tanja

From the cover...
Reunite with Simon and Caroline from the New York Times bestselling WALLBANGER in this fun and flirty novella!

Simon and Caroline have it all. A gorgeous restored Victorian house in Sausalito, flourishing careers, an eternal spark for each other, and a cat with more attitude than is legal in the state of California.

So what’s plaguing the couple of the century? They’ve got everything anyone could wish for, except...a family.

After a few close calls, Simon and Caroline are coming to terms with the idea that being parents might not be in the cards for them. They’ve been married several years, and they’re realizing it may just be the two of them, forever. Which is ok, right?

Caroline is considering a major career change, Simon is working more than ever, things are falling into place, without a baby rattle.

But just when you think your life is set, the universe gives you a...twist.

Come back in for one more round with Simon and Caroline.