Friday, May 22, 2015

Wanna Trade? Yes.

I've been so caught up in binge-watching Sons of Anarchy on Netflix that I missed last week's post because I wasn't watching TV to find any funny commercials. While I'm in SOA withdrawals, I was able to find this week's funny commercial. Enjoy!

The title is a hint to my favorite part. They tell about how many more miles it gets than his cars, but when Jay asks, "Wanna trade?" That guy quickly nods, looks at one of Jay's cars, and says, "Yes." Cracks me up.

Until next time, happy reading!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May's Paperback Pick

With the weather heating up, The Summer I Learned to Dive by Shannon McCrimmon seemed like the perfect pick for this month.

I love summer reads and this is definitely something you should check out! I picked it up, intending only to read part of it, to get started reading it.

I read it all in one sitting.

I loved the setting of the book. It's set in South Carolina in the summer and there was just a cozy feeling to it. Kind of odd because I didn't know books could feel cozy, but this one does.

I enjoyed reading about Finn, seeing some similarities between us, and watching her break out of the shell she was in. This book makes you settle in, get comfortable, and enjoy the journey. I swear, it's cozy.

All the characters were great and I have to say, it was Grandpa who made it click for me. I was enjoying the story, still learning the characters, but wondering how I would feel about it in the end. Grandpa gets introduced and he made me smile. I loved his interactions with Finn. That was when I started settling in and getting lost in the book.

I can't wait to read the next book, The Year I Almost Drowned! Paperback picks continues being a success! Until next month, happy reading!

Since the time she was a little girl, eighteen-year-old Finley “Finn” Hemmings has always lived her life according to a plan, focused and driven with no time for the average young adult’s carefree experiences. On the night of her high school graduation, things take a dramatic turn when she discovers that her mother has been keeping a secret from her—a secret that causes Finn to do something she had never done before—veer off her plan. In the middle of the night, Finn packs her bags and travels by bus to Graceville, SC seeking the truth. In Graceville, Finn has experiences that change her life forever; a summer of love, forgiveness and revelations. She learns to take chances, to take the plunge and to dive right in to what life has to offer.

Friday, May 8, 2015

I Love Flo!

This week's funny commercial is borderline epic. I love Progressive's Flo and Maury is a guilty pleasure of mine. This gives me the best of both! My favorite part of this commercial comes at the very end. Watch and enjoy!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sarcastic Song Shuffle

The Sarcastic Song Shuffle is a monthly feature hosted by The Sarcastic Palmtree. I liked the idea of this, and music is a big part of writing, so of course I had to participate.

All you do is grab your iPod/iPhone/whatever you listen to music on, hit shuffle and list the next 10 songs that show up.

Here's my playlist:

1. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

2. Let It Rain - David Nail
3. People Are Crazy - Billy Currington
4. Sure Be Cool If You Did - Blake Shelton
5. Johnny and June - Heidi Newfield
6. Cowboys and Angels - Dustin Lynch
7. Stealing Cinderella - Chuck Wicks
8. Broken - Lifehouse
9. Ho Hey - The Lumineers
10. I'll Be There - Jackson Five

Lots of country on the playlist! What would be on your playlist?

This is a blog hop, so be sure to head over to the Sarcastic Palmtree to see her list as well as links to more lists! Great way to find new music and see what others listen to. :)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Funny Commercial Friday is BACK!

I don't even remember the last time I posted a funny commercial. In my defense, I haven't really seen that many lately. But no worries! I have one for you today that cracks me up every single time he says, "Oh, yeah. I feel that," and, "Apparently, I'm immune to venom." Enjoy!

Penned Con Preorder Forms!

Hey, y'all! Penned Con is not too far away now. Mary and I both are signing and we can't wait to go! Plus, I'm bringing my mom as my assistant. That was so much fun at a signing I attended last year that I have to drag her along again. :)

Anyway, we've decided to take preorders for the event. This will ensure that you get the books you want. Plus, this is how you can get some pretty cool swag.

Most of the information you'll need is in the form itself. What's not on the form is this:

You can only preorder books during the month of May.

This is because of the bundle options. If you want to buy all the books in a series, we're going to give you swag just for bundling. We're ordering that swag based on the preorders and we won't have many extras of those swag items on hand (if any). So, if you absolutely want the swag that comes from buying all the books in a series, then you need to preorder.

Because of how many books we have individually and together, there is a form for my solo books and a form for the books written with Mary.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

April's Paperback Pick

I've been wanting to read Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine for a long time because the main character, Caitlin, has Asperger's. So when I was scanning my shelves for the next paperback pick, this one practically called my name!

It was a good quick read packed with emotions. (I cried a lot.) It was so interesting to get a look inside the mind of Caitlin and see how she dealt with the events happening around her. It's a book worth checking out.

Here's more about it:
In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. When she reads the definition of closure, she realizes that is what she needs. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white—the world is full of colors—messy and beautiful.Kathryn Erskine has written a must-read gem, one of the most moving novels of the year.