Literary Friday ya’ll…

Friday- Friday -Friday!


Deep South Magazine and their #literaryfriday goodness: Carl Hiassen’s Most Memorable Characters, Wiley Cash news, and more. Plus, the Author Spotlight that was featured yesterday on Erika Marks on my blog, Traveling With T, made the #literaryfriday news!


Literary New England is getting “chatty” during the month of July- 2 author chats lined up: Nichole Bernier, The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D, chats with @litnewengland July 2nd from 8-9PM EST. There will be a #giveaway! Then July 10, Erika Marks chats from 8-9pmEST- there will be a #giveaway for her chat as well. Use #LNEchat to participate.


Anita Loves Books is giving away a copy of Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman. #giveaway ends June 16th.


She Reads as part of their Books of  Summer series features Meg Donohue. Read her Tell Me Something True: A Visit with Meg Donohue to find out some about All The Summer Girls.


Today, I reviewed Steamed to Death by Peg Cochran for Cozy Mystery Reviews!


The #giveaway is still going on for Erika Marks The Guest House. Comment on Erika Marks: Author Spotlight for a chance to win!


What are you reading for #fridayreads? I’m reading The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan, The Wishing Tree by Marybeth Whalen, Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight and hoping to get in Time Flies by Claire Cook.


Speaking of The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan- it is mentioned in OBSESSED- The 20 Next Big Things in Glamour’s July 2013 magazine.


Happy reading!




Tuesday Mash-up…

The Mash-ups are not new things to my blog- I’ve been doing it for some time under different names. But mash-up just seems appropriate as I cover different things.

She Reads articles to check out:

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes review

Tell Me Something True: A Visit with Gwendolen Gross


Call Me Zelda, Erika Robuck’s newest book (May 7th) is being given away on Goodreads. Tomorrow is LAST day to enter!

Meg Donohue’s How to Eat A Cupcake/All the Summer Girls giveaway ends tomorrow as well.

Other tidbits/thoughts:

Meg W. Clayton posts 11 Twitter tips for Authors + Others. Read. Learn. Comment back.

I’m considering new things for my blog- A book read-along & possibly a Twitter chat. Any books that you are eager to read? Or books from the past that you just meant to read, but never got around to reading? It’s still in the “planning” phase- but I’ve been joining in on others- and think I’d like to host one myself.



Monday Mash-up!


Meg Donohue is giving away How to Eat a Cupcake, Signed ARC of All the Summer Girls (doesn’t that just give you chills?!) and more! Or check out Meg Donohue’s blog for more info!

Wendy Francis is giving away copies of her book, Three Good Things, this week on Twitter!

Update on my Reading:

Finished The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski yesterday. GREAT. Read.

Started Dana Bate’s book Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs. Really enjoying it- it’s fun!

Will be doing a couple of blog tours for Cozy Mystery Reviews

Hoping to join Allison and Rebecca as they continue reading In the Woods by Tana French- check out their progress- Love at First Book and join in!


Check out my Pinterest TBR List(it’s not my complete one- but it will be growing because too many good books!) You may even see Meg Donohue’s All The Summer Girls on the list 🙂





Literary Friday ya’ll…

FRIDAY. Enough said.

1. Deep South Mag and their #literaryfriday is up for the week- Amy Franklin-Willis tells why book clubs should read The Lost Saints of Tennessee, cakes that look like popular books, and #literaryfriday has a new look! Plus much more!

2. Meg Donohue is having a giveaway because How to Eat a Cupcake is turning 1! Check the link for the rules to the #giveaway!

3. Bookmagnet is giving away Falling to Earth by Kate Southwood on her blog!

4. She Reads is giving away Allie Larkin’s Why Can’t I Be You? today on their page!

5. My #fridayreads is The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski- what is your #fridayreads?

Happy Reading!


Literary Friday ya’ll…

Friday. Sad news in the world today. Terrible Tragedy. 😦


#literaryfriday news:

1. Deep South Magazine– most overlooked books of 2012 (one of my fav authors, Kimberly Brock made that list), bookish gifts, peacock ornaments (beautiful ornaments, nice looking gifts for friends or for yourself- and cheap! Less than 7 bucks!), 9 ways to live like Hemingway, and much more.

Today’s Deep South Mag #12daysofgiveaways is also posted: I’ll Be Home for Peacemas by Shannon O’Neil. Make a comment by 12pm CST to possibly win. And check back daily- Deep South Mag has a new giveaway each day.

2. Today’s the last day of the Meg Donohue giveaway for Cupcakes & Books-  get those entries in for Cupcakes & Books! Diamonds are nice, but sometimes a cupcake is a girl’s best friend.

3. #fridayreads is The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro. Interesting book so far. Like the plot. 110 pages into book- and wanting to sit down and read more.

4. Claire Cook– author of MUST LOVE DOGS and WALLFLOWER IN BLOOM is giving away 10 copies of Wallflower to a lucky book club. I signed up- you should too!

5. Today is my 1 year anniversary as a blogger- it’s been a year of challenges, ups and downs, fun times, and more. Look for a blog post later today with a more in-depth talk about my first year of blogging. Also big thanks to @MVBClub for writing a guest blog to help celebrate my first anniversary as a blogger!

Happy Reading- and hug your loved ones tonight.


Giveaways and Best Picks of 2012

With the end of the year fast approaching- it seems many people are posting their “Best Books of 2012” (I’m working on mine!) Liz and Lisa of Chick Lit is Not Dead have posted their picks- got to say many of their picks will probably make my list- They have GREAT taste! Here’s Lisa’s picks and Liz’s picks!

Deep South Magazine is still doing the #12daysofgiveaways- be sure and check daily to see what is being given away!

Meg Donohue is still giving away her How to Eat A Cupcake and Cupcakes! Come on and celebrate National Cupcake Day in style! I’m telling ya’ll National Cupcake Day is def looking like my fav holiday of the year- Cupcakes and Books? Seriously, someone pinch me. It’s like Meg Donohue just knows what makes a girl happy!

After you read Liz and Lisa’s Picks for 2012- do chime in and tell if any of their picks made your own “best of 2012” lists.


Literary Friday ya’ll….

Friday- oh Friday 🙂 🙂

1. Deep South Mag’s #literaryfriday is up- and this weeks edition has the following: Goodreads’ Best Books of 2012 (Congratulations to Joshily Jackson and Emily Giffin for making the list!), Holiday Crafts to make with Books, and much more.

2. In honor of the holiday season, Deep South Mag is also having 12 Days of Giveaways. Check back daily to see what is being given away, make a comment on the post, and GOOD LUCK!

3. Other giveaway news- Meg Donohue is giving away cupcakes and her book How to Eat A Cupcake-blog, tweet, facebook about the giveaway to be entered for a chance to win. And don’t forget that December 15th is National Cupcake Day!

4. Last Saturday, I met the delightful and charming Peggy Sweeney- McDonald at Lemuria Books in Jackson, MS. Chatted with her about her book (Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde) and learned several tid-bits. Look for the blog post about meeting Peggy and a review of the book (hopefully next week!) on my blog.


5. With Christmas only being a short time away- some people are in a frenzy of decorating, baking, etc. Have noticed several Christmas trees decorated to the nines and even some made entirely out of books! How fabulous- a Christmas tree made out of books? Someone pinch me! Last year, I made a Christmas tree out of my Janet Evanovich books with a Cupcake topper (because I’m a Team Cupcake girl). Now, it’s not a pretty tree (and nowhere near as elaborate as others I’ve seen pictures of) but here is mine:


6. What is your #fridayreads? Mine is 50% Off Murder by Josie Belle- a pen name Jenn McKinlay uses.

7. Cozy Mystery Week is almost over! Each day, I’ve discussed a different Cozy Author I enjoy- Joanne Fluke,Ellen Byerrum,  Cleo Coyle, Jenn McKinlay, and Lucy Burdette. Jenn’s Bookshelves has been celebrating Cozy Mystery Week all week long- check her blog out for more cozy authors. Did Cozy Mystery Week help you discover a new cozy series to read?

Happy Reading and have a great weekend!


Giveaway of How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue

Books & cupcakes? Yes, please! Meg Donohue is giving away a copy of her book How to Eat a Cupcake and is also giving away cupcakes in honor of National Cupcake Day on December 15.

To find out the information on the giveaway, check out Meg Donohue’s website for all the ways to enter this great giveaway. And if you win- don’t be stingy with the cupcakes- share with friends and family. Cupcakes make the world a happy place.

Cupcakes and books- I’ve got nothing else to add to that load of good stuff!



How to Eat a Cupcake & The Mermaid Collector Giveaways!

Two new giveaways on blogs that I read that are worth mentioning:

A Novel Review is giving away a copy of Erika Marks’s 2nd book, The Mermaid Collector to a lucky reader. Ya’ll already know how much I love The Mermaid Collector– so strongly encouraging readers to enter. The book is worth it. Trust me.For more information on The Mermaid Colector, here is my previous review.

A Woman, a wife and a mom is giving away a copy of How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue. I’ve never read this book, but the description sounds interesting.