Friday, June 26, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Meet Season 1's Trio from The Ninth Inning series!

Mary and I are so excited to announce the first three books in our upcoming The Ninth Inning series! Similar to the OCMC series, there will be one release a month for the first three books, a three month break, and then repeat for the remaining 'seasons'.

Without further ado, meet Season 1's boys:

 Felix will release September 25, 2015 and you can add it on Goodreads.
The Ninth Inning series presents Memphis Angels’ pitcher, Felix Hernandez.

Felix Hernandez’s life is baseball, baseball, baseball, and then his family. He rarely remembers anything that doesn’t concern the game. He’s never had a good enough reason to reprioritize his life or change his ways.

Relying on her sisters most of the time, Abigail Harris is trying to put her life in order. She’s now a graduate student and living on her own. It’s not until Felix deems her his lucky charm that her life begins to change. Now, Abigail isn’t sure if she should be focusing on her happiness or the professional baseball player.

Can the two handle any fastballs that come their way or will they strike out under pressure?

Blake will release October 25, 2015 and you can add it on Goodreads.
The Ninth Inning series presents Memphis Angels’ catcher, Blake Foster.

Blake Foster has a love/hate relationship with the game he plays for a living. On good days, he smiles and enjoys baseball. During the rest of the time, he’s battling his demons and looking out for his mother. He has a hard time keeping ahold of the good things in life no matter how badly he wants them.

Sofia Gardner might come from a rich family, but she has worked for the opportunity for a position on the staff for the Memphis Angels. However, when she meets Blake, she realizes there’s more to him than his constant grumpy expressions. She feels he needs a friend and in her good-natured way, she reaches out to him, only to find the demons he’s battling are much worse than she thought.

When the bases are loaded and it all comes down to the catch at home plate, can they get their out or lose it all when it matters most?

Hector will release November 25, 2015 and you can add it on Goodreads.
The Ninth Inning series presents Memphis Angels’ first baseman, Hector Rodriguez.

Hector Rodriguez is an easy going guy, the one who tries to make everyone laugh or smile on the hard days. He loves playing baseball, loves his family, and loves chasing the girl who has caught his eye. His two biggest obstacles are getting the girl to give him the time of day and then getting his mother to look past what she sees on the surface.

Zoey Reyes is use to people staring at her because of the tattoos covering her body, but the big tipper who has been begging for her name for two months is the only one who looks at her differently. Once Hector wears her down and finds out her name, she realizes why he is so likeable. However, it’s one battle after another for their friendship to grow and Zoey’s not sure how much stress she can handle.

Hector and Zoey are making the right plays, but will it be enough for them to come out with a big win?
Stay tuned for preorder links! Which player are you most excited about so far?

Friday, June 19, 2015

I got taken out by this car...

This week's funny commercial just tickles me with what happens, his response, and the tiny little car. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Yummy in my Tummy - Oven Roasted Smoked Sausage and Potatoes

Yummy in my Tummy is where I share my favorite recipe from the week.

Let me first say that I had to work for this recipe. The original one I found had the directions hidden and to unlock them you had to sign up for their newsletter. Um, no. So, I did a little searching and found it on Recipes from the Big Blue Binder.

This recipe is so easy to make, has little clean up, and to top off the trifecta, it's good! I also feel like it could be experimented with too as far as what you add to it.

I usually only have smoked sausage with mac and cheese, so I'm very happy to have found this recipe.
Picture from recipe site

That's it for this week! What delicious recipes did you try?

You can always find recipes I've tried and enjoyed on my Yummy in my Tummy Pinterest board.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Yummy in my Tummy - Mini Chicken and Broccoli Pies

Yummy in my Tummy is where I share my favorite recipe from the week.

I didn't do a lot of cooking until I moved into a place of my own last year, so since I have to eat and didn't know what to cook, I started searching for recipes.

I found today's recipe a while back on Betty Crocker's website, tried it, and loved it so much that I only cook this when I know I won't have company. I don't want to share and I want to eat every last one of them myself because they are just that good. While it's not a new one I'm trying, I'm fixing it today and knew it was worthy of a share.
Picture from recipe page on Betty Crocker's website

What's better than chicken, broccoli, cheese, and something that's so easy to make?! Nothing! Plus, look at how cute they are! I'm telling you, you must try these Impossible Easy Mini Chicken and Broccoli Pies.

That's all for this week! Did y'all cook anything delicious and worthy of sharing with me? I'm always looking for new things to try! :) You can always find recipes I've tried and enjoyed on my Yummy in my Tummy Pinterest board.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

I Love Sarah Dessen - Top Five Favorite Quotes

One of my first favorite authors was Sarah Dessen. She is still a favorite all these years later. I was asked to participate in this tour by Joli from Actin' Up with Books and of course, I said yes! I'm going to share my experience meeting Sarah and top five of my favorite quotes from her books.

A couple of years ago, right around the time What Happened to Goodbye released, I dragged my mom with me to Raleigh for a signing and reading for Sarah Dessen and that book. I've been to a few signings/conventions and met a few authors, but this time with Sarah always stands out.

She was so nice, hilarious, and it made me love her books even more. Even my mom loved going because it was just that great. Last year at YALLFest, she spoke at one of their events, and that was amazing too. My point here is if you ever have the chance to meet her, go to a signing or event where she will be there, do it!

Now for the quotes!

This was way harder than I thought it would be. Somehow, I managed to do it though. Please excuse any accidental miswordings. In no particular order, here are my top five favorite quotes from Sarah Dessen's books:

“No relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, to compromise, to give something up in order to gain something greater...The love we have for each other is bigger than these small differences. And that's the key. It's like a big pie chart, and the love in a relationship has to be the biggest piece. Love can make up for a lot.” - This Lullaby 

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” - The Truth About Forever

“My point is, there are a lot of people in the world. No one ever sees everything the same way you do; it just doesn't happen. So when you find one person who gets a couple of things, especially if they're important ones... you might as well hold on to them. You know?” - Lock and Key

“I don't believe in failure, because simply by saying you've failed, you've admitted you attempted. And anyone who attempts is not a failure. Those who truly fail in my eyes are the ones who never try at all. The ones who sit on the couch and whine and moan and wait for the world to change for them.” - Keeping the Moon

“What is family? They were the people who claimed you. In good, in bad, in parts or in whole, they were the ones who showed up, who stayed in there, regardless. It wasn't just about blood relations or shared chromosomes, but something wider, bigger. We had many families over time. Our family of origin, the family we created, and the groups you moved through while all of this was happening: friends, lovers, sometimes even strangers. None of them perfect, and we couldn't expect them to be. You can't make any one person your world. The trick was to take what each could give you and build your world from it.” - Lock and Key

Do you have a favorite quote?

That's all for me! Be sure to enter this awesome giveaway and check out the rest of the tour! Thanks for including me, Joli!

- Heather, The Turning Pages - Meeting Sarah 
- Joli, Actin' Up with Books - Someone Like You, How to Deal movie tie-in
- Heather, The Turning Pages - Saint Anything Review
June 8 - Kristalyn, The Sarcastic Palmtree - a review
June 11 - Stephanie, Ohana Reads - a review

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Wanna Know Our Secret?

If you've read the end of Tainted, then you already know. If you haven't yet, then get excited because we sure are!

Mary Smith and I have been working out hearts out on our next project and because we're teases, we kept calling it our secret project. We weren't sure what we were going to do after OCMC, but we knew we wanted to keep working together.

So, we decided to try something new.

There will be nine books in this series, broken up into seasons. We'll release them sort of like the OCMC, one a month, but there will be a break between seasons.

The first three will begin releasing this fall.

EEKK! Who else is excited? I am! I love our guys. Hope you're as excited as we are about our new adventure! We'll be announcing more information soon. :)