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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

My Sort-of, Kind-of Hero by Emily Harper & Giveaway

Etty Lawrence is a bestselling romance author. At least− she would be if she could just get someone to read her books. Apparently, Amazon doesn’t consider the 500 books purchased by your mother to be ‘bestseller’ material.
When Etty’s given some simple advice from a friend − write what you know − she takes it to heart. But she’s never been in love before, and she doesn’t really have time to fall in love and write a novel at the same time. So, she convinces her slightly unwilling lifelong friend, Travis, to let her follow him around and witness real love, first hand. A third person memoir, if you will. Travis is the perfect hero for her story: he’s funny, smart, and good looking; only there’s one problem. He says all the wrong things. Does any girl really want to talk about the NHL trades? And his jokes would make a kindergarten class roll their eyes.
But the worst part is, Travis’s dates laugh at his corny jokes; the jokes he told Etty first. They touch his sweater; the sweater Etty bought him. And the way these women swoon and gush over him…they obviously aren’t leading lady material.
Now Etty has to take this love thing into her own hands if she has any hope of writing a bestseller that people other than her mother will buy. 


Etty writes historical romance. She's written several books already, but so far she hasn't got many readers and she's still looking for an agent and a publisher. In the meantime she's working in a comic book store. Because her writing career doesn't seem to go anywhere she's going to try something different for her next book. She asks her best friend Travis if she can follow him to documents his love life and she wants to accompany him on his dates. Etty's sure he will find true love and she wants to see it happening, so she can write about it. Travis is the only hero she wants for her novel. He's handsome, he's smart and he's got a great sense of humor. The first date isn't much of a success and Etty interferes several times while she's supposed to watch and pretend she isn't there. She thinks Travis is making mistakes and she doesn't like the girl very much. Will the next date go any better and will Etty be able to write her book?  
Etty is funny, kind and she has the most creative and original ideas. I loved the tone of voice of this book. It put a smile on my face the entire time I was reading. This is a terrific love story and it's quite unique, which is something I really liked. I'm a big fan of Emily Harper. She has such a great style and she has the amazing ability to make every single page of the book really enjoyable. I didn't stop reading until I finished the story and it was definitely a happy sitting. There's one scene in particular that I liked a lot. Etty has done something special for her brother's birthday. It's such a generous thing only she would think of and I loved the idea. Everybody should have someone like Etty in their lives. She's absolutely wonderful and her witty comments made me laugh out loud several times. I think Emily Harper is a very talented writer and I can't wait to read more of her books.  

You can win a copy of this book by entering the rafflecopter below. If you aren't the winner I strongly advise you to buy the book!

Books to Movies Giveaway Hop!

 There are so many good books that have been made into movies. I love this giveaway and am happy to give away some of my favorite reads. The winner of this giveaway will receive $16 to spend on books from my selection. You can choose between kindle books or paperbacks from the Bookdepository.

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Blue Jewelry!

Reva4ka Handmade


Sage and Indie

Earth Sisters Canada

Natural Pretty Things

Ma Belle Epoque


Mountain Lake Jewelry

Primal Painter

I'm not feeling blue, I'm feeling like blue. I love blue jewelry and have made a selection of my favorites!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Birthday Presents!

This is the last day of my birthday celebrations. I've taken photos of most birthday presents I received, but haven't been able to photograph everything yet. The last one isn't my own and I also got a tangle teaser hair brush, which I love. Plus there was a notebook with a shiny cover and some chocolate that I couldn't photograph very well. I really like them. I'm sorry for the flash, I'm learning to take better pictures, but that's going to take some time. Thank you Gurdeep, Tanya, Sharon, Sam, Sophie, Sophie, Pia, Agi, Claire, Simona & Ananda for the presents on the photos! Also thank you Katie, Niekie, Rox, Marieke, Margaret and Sheli for the great presents I haven't taken a photo of. Last but not least I want to thank my family and my husband. And there were so many amazing postcards that I will cherish. Thank you Krysten for sending me such a special message, that was amazing. 
I'm also really happy that so many people have helped me with my celebrations. That was amazing and I've made some great friends with people I didn't know that well yet before. I'm grateful to everyone who's written a guest post, helped me with giveaways or who has done a special feature with me. If I've forgotten anyone, I love you and it was not intentional.
I also want to thank AJ, because she sent me a really sweet gift that never arrived. I hope it has made someone else's day instead. I think the same thing happened to two other things I've been sent, fingers crossed they will still show up. 
I've had an amazing birthday and that has made me unbelievably happy!  

Books That Need More Attention Giveaway Hop!

I love promoting books and there's one book that I think should receive a lot of extra attention. By My Side by Wendy Lou Jones is one of the most amazing books I've ever read. It's a book that deserves to be read. That's why I've chosen it for this hop. I'm giving away 2 kindle copies of the book plus one time $17 to spend on books on Amazon or the Bookdepository. You can choose between kindle books or paperbacks.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cute Shopping based on Landry from True Colors & Giveaway

Miniature Patisserie
Sweetie Tiny

I love True Colors by Krysten Lindsay Hager and have done some online shopping to find you some cute things that I think Landry would wear. One lucky winner will receive this bracelet and and a kindle version of the book. If you are an adult and have slender wrists the bracelet will probably fit you as well. Otherwise enter this giveaway for your daughter, niece, or the girl next door... As usual the giveaway is worldwide.

Book Talk: Books with great birthday scenes & Happy Birthday Tanya!

Happy birthday Tanya!

Because my dear friend Tanya is celebrating her birthday today I've made a list of books that have really good birthday scenes. Tanya always cheers me up and I love our chats in the middle of the night. She likes reading as much as I do and we often talk about books. Her favorite birthday books are all from the Harry Potter series. I love those books as well. Check out Tanya's wonderful post about birthdays and Harry Potter which you can find here. I like reading books about birthdays, they always have something extra special.

This story contains a wonderful birthday cake for a very special person.

The birthday of the main characters is a very important part of this series.

A great birthday party with a cool challenge is one of the last times life is normal.

Making some important life changes because of an upcoming very important birthday isn't an easy decision.

I loved reading about the memorable birthday party of a teenage girl.

Making sure someone you loves has a special birthday is something really sweet.
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