Plot Without a Cause: Looking for YA Book Proposals

Posted July 8, 2017 by shooting in Guest Post / 5 Comments

Putting the Readers Back in Charge of Publishing Imagine a YA publishing process without gatekeepers.  One where editors and agents read the manuscripts that readers love, not vice versa.  One where anyone with a knack for writing, a passion to succeed, and a little flair for self-promotion, has a fair shot at being published. All […]

July 2017: Glossies Made Me Do It

Posted July 7, 2017 by shooting in Personal / 21 Comments

Welcome back to Glossies Made Me Do It. Every first Friday of the month, myself, Erika from Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans, and Ashley from Happy Pretty Sweet all share something that glossies (magazines) made us do! This is a link up – it will be at the bottom of the post. You have two […]

Review: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Posted July 6, 2017 by shooting in Book Review / 17 Comments

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan Review by Lauren source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own Official Summary (add on Goodreads): Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and […]

Penance by Kanae Minato, Translated by Philip Gabriel

Posted July 4, 2017 by shooting in Book Review / 6 Comments

Penance by Kanae Minato, translated by Philip Gabriel Review by Lauren source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own Official Summary (add on Goodreads): When they were children, Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuko were tricked into separating from their friend Emily by a mysterious stranger. Then the unthinkable occurs: Emily is found murdered hours later.  […]

Love and Other Hot Beverages by Laurie Loft

Posted July 3, 2017 by shooting in Book Review / 15 Comments

Love and Other Hot Beverages by Laurie Loft Review by Lauren source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own Official Summary: After a rough breakup, Todd Addison wants time alone to grieve. While still dreaming of winning back his ex’s love, he moves across the country and finds work with a construction company. The last […]

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Posted June 28, 2017 by shooting in Book Review / 31 Comments

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Review by Lauren source: copy from publisher; all opinions are my own Official Summary (add on Goodreads): Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” […]

Blog Tour Review: Oversight by Santino Hassell

Posted June 27, 2017 by shooting in Book Review / 23 Comments

Oversight by Santino Hassell  Review by Lauren source: copy from Netgalley for review; all opinions are my own Official Summary: Goodreads is kind enough to note that the summary contains spoilers for the first book, Insight, so if you want to read the summary, visit Goodreads. Review: While Insight and Oversight follow two different narrators, […]

Review/Giveaway: Sip Tea With Mad Hatter

Posted June 26, 2017 by shooting in Book Review, Giveaway / 25 Comments

Sip Tea with Mad Hatter by Loretta Neff and illustrated by Anirban Mitra Review by Lauren source: copy for review; all opinions are my own Disclosure: compensated for my honest thoughts by The Children’s Book Review and the EW Foundation, Inc. Publisher’s Synopsis: Sip Tea with Mad Hatter  makes learning afternoon tea manners fun, meaningful, and […]