The Conclave by Tenille Berezay Blog Tour
Geen categorie / 17 July 2017

I read part one in this trilogy a little over a year ago, and I have been eagerly following all updates on this series. When part two dropped into my inbox I freaked, and then the inevitable wait for part three again was excruciating. Finally I can say I read it all, and WOW, what a tale! Book Having escaped the dangers of The Keep, Desiree is determined to free Blake. But when a government-enhanced converter goes rogue, the ensuing battle for power, control, and lives makes Blake’s rescue a secondary mission. As Desiree struggles to overcome past demons and new, stifling expectations, she faces converters more powerful, dangerous, and desperate than ever. To protect those she loves, redeem the convergence, overtake The Keep, and honor the Conclave, Desiree will have to redefine her future. THE CONCLAVE is the intense, action-packed final book in the Converters trilogy; the conclusion of Desiree’s journey. Review Once again we are immersed into the world of converters, with Desiree Morgan struggling to fit into a world she didn’t choose, but where she most certainly belongs. Blake is being held captive in The Keep whilst Desiree and Denny work hard to figure out a way…

Famous by Default by MK Harkins
Geen categorie / 14 July 2017

  Book Jax Buried, By my family’s fame. Dying to escape the limelight, And finally, I do. Being raised as a Jayne, I’m under constant scrutiny. The rock band my brothers formed makes it impossible to stay under the radar. Paparazzi, tabloids, rabid fans–you name it and I’ve got it. It all makes me sick. But getting shipped off to crazy Aunt Betty’s house in my senior year of high school isn’t any better. After all, there isn’t a stray kid or pet in the world that my aunt wouldn’t take in. Then I meet her. She’s cautious, suspicious, and not interested in me at all. But that’s fine by me. Sivan Holt may be beautiful and intelligent, but she’s nothing I’m looking for. Sivan Drowning, In my past. Struggling to feel settled. And finally, I do. Growing up in the foster care system, I longed for a sense of belonging. All I wanted was a place to call home. At the age of seventeen, I’m finally starting to feel it here. Home. When he comes along, it unsettles me. I don’t want him to ruin everything we’ve built–everything that matters. Jax Jayne is arrogant, privileged, and I want nothing…

The Ghost of You and Me By Kelly Oram Blog Tour
Geen categorie / 30 June 2017

  Review This book was an emotional read. Bailey has been best of friends with Spencer and Wes for as long as she can remember. And all of that changed one party when she played spin the bottle, and her spin ended up on Spencer. They shared their first kiss, and were inseparable ever since, changing the dynamic of the trio. When Spencer dies, Bailey’s world comes crashing down, and the one person that might be able to help her piece it all together again, is the one person who hates you, and blames you for taking Spencer away. This read takes you on a real journey of reflection. Bailey has a ton of issues she needs to work through, to put her guilt and sadness to rest, and move forward again, and live life again. Wes has been living a real hell, and can’t manage it alone any longer. And then there is Spencer, the Ghost sent back to bring these two back together to be the friends they once were, to help each other through all of this pain and hurt. This book had me laughing, crying, hurting, and sighing. Oram has a talent of taking a very…

A decade later, and the lessons I have learned
empathy , families , hope , loss , miscarriage , rainbow baby / 27 June 2017

About one and a half years ago, I wrote a very heartfelt post about books that get us through the deep and ugly in life. You can find the link here. I was moved to do so, after hearing the tragic story of my daughter’s teacher suffering a loss similar to mine. As yesterday marked the ten year mark for me, I felt it was time to write down some of my feelings, and the lessons I have learned in this decade after this life-changing experience. Let me start by saying, I am one of the very lucky, blessed women out there, who have four, beautiful children, that today are living healthy lives, and are doing well in their lives. I understand that although I have known loss, others out there have known even greater loss, and continue to face that loss on a daily basis. My loss has been softened somewhat with my “rainbow baby”. But I am getting ahead of myself. Early June 2007 I discovered I was pregnant of Buysse baby n°3, and I was ecstatic, as I was with the past two pregnancies. I was one of those women (up to that point) to get pregnant…

Perfectly Oblivious by Robin Daniels
Geen categorie / 2 June 2017

This book released yesterday, and I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader’s copy (ARC) to review. Robin in the sister of Kelly Oram (I have posted several reviews of her books, recently here), one of my favorites, so that’s how I picked up on this little sneak peek, and was able to snatch an early copy! Boy am I glad I did! Book Cameron Bates (Cam) could have almost any girl at Franklin High School…except for the one he wants. Unfortunately Bebe seems to be immune to his flirty charm and good looks, which means one of two things: a) she’s completely oblivious to how he feels, or b) she’s just not into him. If that’s the case, declaring his love would be disastrous for their friendship. Bianca Barnes (Bebe) has a huge problem: the universe hates her. Every time she admits feelings for a boy, he ends up falling for her sweet, popular, and beautiful sister Beth. To avoid a broken heart, Bebe has sworn herself to secrecy. Nobody can know how she feels about Cam…Ever! Neither person wants to confess their feelings, but the universe has its own plan. Out of the blue, Bebe is courted…

To Warm a Wintered Heart
To Warm a Wintered Heart by Deborah M. Hathaway
Geen categorie / 30 April 2017

I read this book a while ago, but I have been really bad at getting my reads reviewed and posted. Life has been crazy, and I have been so behind on the not necessary. Anyways, I’m really excited to share this little gem with you. Book After an uneventful season in Bath, Miss Charlotte Rosebury returns home to Warwickshire, looking forward to a visit from her mother’s friend. Their expected guest, Mrs. Worthington, has promised that her son will be accompanying her, and as Charlotte has only ever heard stories of the gentleman who rarely leaves his Yorkshire estate, she is most pleased to meet him. However, when her warm welcome is returned with a fierce frown from the handsome man, she cannot help but long to be free of him and his blue-eyed glare. Despite his mother’s protests, Mr. Gabriel Worthington had made the decision long ago to remain unmarried, but when he meets Charlotte, doubts about his decision creep into his fearful mind, and he wishes for nothing more than to flee from the woman and never return. For weeks, the two are forced to live within the same home, and though they provoke one another with teasing…

The Day He Went Away
The Day He Went Away by Jennifer Millikin
Geen categorie / 9 April 2017

I finished this book way back in January, but I have gotten way behind on posting all of my reviews. Life has caught up, and given me a few curveballs along the way these last couple of months. Anyways, this was an interestind read, find out why! Book It took 20 years for perfectionist PR pro Kate Masters to fall for her best friend, Army scout Ethan Shepherd, but only seconds for their lives to shatter. When an ill-fated deployment cuts short Ethan’s life, Kate’s perfectly planned future vanishes. Heart in pieces, Kate abandons who she is for a reckless and dangerous existence. Army medic Nick Hunter made a promise to Ethan, his brother-in-arms, before tragedy ripped his friend away. Upon leaving the military, Nick moves to Ethan’s hometown, his determination to uphold his promise as strong as his need to heal his own broken heart. What he finds when he arrives isn’t at all what he thought he was getting into. Kate isn’t interested in healing, making it impossible for Nick to keep his promise. To survive grief this profound, Kate must learn how to forge a new path, and open herself up to the possibility of an unplanned…

You are AMAZING!!
Geen categorie / 2 April 2017

These past few weeks I have been thinking a lot. It started off with a Facebook friend of mine posting about the tragic loss of her brother who took his own life. Then a week or so later another friend posted about his brother trying to end his life, and ending up on life support. Sadly he lost his fight, and has moved on to heaven. During all of this I heard on the news that approximately 30 people end up in the ER every day after an attempted suicide in Flanders, that is the Flemish speaking part of Belgium. I was shocked to think about that statistic. This is a real problem, something that affects so many people, and seems to get such little attention. It seems to be, as with most problems, if it doesn’t in some way affect you personally, you probably don’t really stop to think about it. I have been affected by this, as readers of my blog will know. And after almost 20 years, I can still relate, and still understand the pain, the suffering, and the heartache that is causes. But more than focusing on the consequences of suicide, I want to focus…

Can I make a difference in the world today?
Geen categorie / 22 March 2017

Last year on this day my world got shaken up. Belgium, the country I live in, and love, got attacked by terrorists, resulting in the death of 35 people and injuring 340 others. The last of the wounded was released from the hospital in February of this year, almost 11 months after the attack. The press reported the possibility of these victims having to possibly return to the hospital for further treatments and possible prosthetics. The impact was far reaching. Today, one year after this horrific event, London, the city where so many of my family and loved ones live in, was also attacked. The reports so far have numbered the deaths at 4 and the injured in the twenties. I remember last year as being the day that brought terrorism to my back door. One of the terrorists literally past by one of my businesses on his escape route. I felt all kinds of emotions: anger, hurt, fear, worry, frustration, empathy,… I remember watching the images over and over until I couldn’t handle it anymore, and making sure none of my nearest and dearest was caught in the chaos that abounded. Today so many commemorations were held to remember…

Lake Town by Jane Redd
Geen categorie / 1 March 2017

Happy Release Day to Jane Redd. This book is a great read, one that had me turning pages at top speed until late at night! Book USA Today bestselling author Jane Redd presents LAKE TOWN, A Solstice Novel, #2: Jezebel James is on the run after her true abilities are discovered by the Legislature, and the only one who can protect her is Sol. In order to survive, Sol sends her into an underground hideout where she quickly discovers all that she thought was true in her dying world is false. Jez reunites with Rueben and his band of insurgents, and together they escape to Lake Town, only to find that the entire island is preparing to invade the City. But Sol has been left behind and forced to join the ranks of the Faction, who are working against the Legislature from within. As Jez works with the insurgents and their plan to destroy the City, she learns that attacking the City might save thousands of lives, but it will destroy Sol, the man she knows she can’t live without. Praise for SOLSTICE, Book #1: “In this slickly told YA sci-fi tale by Redd, climate change has brought about the…