Alabama Sons by E.A. Whitehead Release Party & Giveaway

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Title: Alabama Sons
Author: E.A. Whitehead
Release Date: January 20, 2014

Penny Wilmot leads a simple life. Together with her widowed father and best friend Boone they run a small U-Pick farm. She never asked for much, and certainly wasn’t looking for him…

Jackson Hawkes lives his life at one steady speed: fast. On a mission to find his father, he takes a road trip and ends up finding himself with a new band, a new job and a new dream.

The two meet by accident and begin a romantic adventure in the summer heat of Alabama. But what happens when the pair find out that they have the one thing in common that took their whole worlds away from them?

Death. It takes things away, but can it bring the two together?

Join Penny and her sons of Alabama in a turbulent journey of love and loss…

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SHE MADE SMALL talk look good. She laughed at my stupid jokes, and quirked an eyebrow when I made comments about her being the prettiest girl in the restaurant tonight.

“Boy, you sure lay it on thick.” She shook her head and laughed toward the open window.

Maybe I was, I didn’t want her to feel cheap. I wanted to tell her I was just nervous, but truthfully I had a feeling she had a thing for Boone. I wanted to look more like a man and less like a pussy driving a beat up Jeep Wrangler as we followed Boone’s lifted 80’s restored Chevy C-10 pickup. Every time he revved forward the vibrations of his truck reverberated through the Jeep making my manhood grow a size smaller.

“Naw, just want a pretty girl to feel appreciated.” Ok, Jackson, don’t listen to yourself or anything; keep laying it on thick like an asshat.

I reached over her lap and dropped down the glove box; fishing around for the pack of gum I knew I had thrown in there. “Can I get this for you, please? You’re going to kill us.” She put her hands over mine and pushed me away. Her hands felt small and warm, but her grip was fierce. It instantly made me imagine her hands elsewhere.

“Thanks.” I couldn’t look at her as she handed me the piece of gum, putting one in her mouth also. I was sure if I caught her glance the wrong way in my direction I’d end up springing to attention right here in the car. “So where do you go to school?” I decided to change the topic to something so far from sexual it would take a miracle to relate it back.

“I don’t right now. I took a year off. I was going to the community college for Human Sexuality, though.” She looked at me and I could feel my mouth dropping lower as she spoke. “I want to be a Sex Ed teacher eventually.”

How in the fuck is this my life?

“That’s an odd…” I paused with question not wanting to offend her, “vocation choice?”

She nodded. “Yeah, but, someone has to do it. I just want to teach them to be safe, they’re going to do it anyway, might as well let them know it’s ok if you’re being cautious and not just doing it because you’re being pressured. Kids don’t relate to movies and putting a condom on a banana anymore. They need to be taught through 20th century know-how.”

I choked on the excess saliva from the gum chewing.

“Yeah, well I understand where you’re coming from, but you think you really wanna teach all those kids The Way of the Warriors?” I hope she got my sperm joke.

“Someone has to teach them, Jackson. I’m not saying I’ll be the Mother Theresa of sexual indemnity. But, I hope to at least help them understand it’s ok to love someone and still stay safe.” I couldn’t take my eyes off her, she kept surprising me, and I hadn’t expected this from her.

“JACKSON!” she yelled and my eyes whipped forward as we almost crashed into the back of the gigantic pick-up truck.

I slammed on the brakes. Boone had slowed down to find parking on Duncan’s packed suburban street. “FUCK!” I reached across and slammed my right forearm into her chest protectively. “Sorry!” I pulled in behind Boone in the line of parked cars. “I’m sorry, you distracted me.” Better be honest from the starting gate, Jackson. I stared at her, still breathing a little heavier from the adrenaline.

She looked back at me, calm as a cucumber. “It’s just sex, Jackson,” she climbed down from the Jeep, turning back, looking at me with soft eyes and a hard smirk “don’t be distracted by it.”

Oh, but I was.

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About E.A. Whitehead:

E.A. Whitehead is the author of Alabama Sons, book one of The Sons Trilogy. She spends an unhealthy amount of time ‘pinning’ things and getting lost in a fantasy world where everything is DIY and she owns a 12-room house to decorate. She obsesses over hockey (go Bruins!), all things Harry Potter, and her cats Little Bear and Baby Girl. She also believes that Wanderlust will cure your soul, live your dreams passionately!

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Waiting on Wednesday: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where you share the books you can’t wait to get your hands on!

This week my pick is:

Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Release Date: April 22, 2014

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

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Why?
I think this sounds like a fun read, plus it’s written by Jenny Han and I really like her books.

What book are you waiting on this week? Let me know in the comments below!:)

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: June 5, 2012

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

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My Thoughts:

I really liked Shadow and Bone! I thought it was a great story, but I had one issue with it. I have thought about this book all day long and I am still not over the major twist in this novel. When it happened I literally was like “Nooooooooo!!!” and I kept thinking throughout the rest of the book that somehow, someway this was just one big joke. It wasn’t though. I’m so upset about it. I really thought this book was going one way and then BAM! It just completely changes directions.

Despite me being upset about that, this really was a good book. I was hooked on the story from page one. I absolutely loved the world Leigh Bardugo created and how she describes everything.

Alina starts off as a scrawny insecure girl. I got upset with her character a few times because she was so hard on herself. She was always comparing herself to the other Grisha’s and she didn’t think she was as good or as pretty as they were which wasn’t the case. As the story goes on she finally gains some confidence, starts training really hard, and turns into a pretty kick ass heroine.

One of my favorite characters was actually Genya, Alina’s only friend while she was at the Little Palace. Genya was awesome and I just loved her ability to change the way people looked. I wish she could fix me up all pretty! My absolute favorite character though was The Darkling. I just found him so fascinating. He was so dark and mysterious; I wanted to know everything there was to know about him. Plus, he was nine kinds of hot.

Overall, I thought was a great fantasy novel and I will definitely be buying Siege and Storm to see how this story continues.

My Rating:

4/5 Stars

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Release Date: April 24, 2012

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

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My Thoughts:

When I heard someone describe this book as being similar to the television show, The Bachelor, I was sold. I had to read it. Plus, I’m a sucker for a pretty cover and this one is just absolutely breathtaking.

When I say I couldn’t put this book down. I’m serious. I think the only break I took while reading was to fix my children dinner and the entire time all I could think about was how much I wanted to go finish reading this story. It was so good! Whoever said this book was like The Bachelor was right, there was thirty-five girls competing for the prince’s heart. I loved the concept of this book, I have never read anything like it and I loved that.

The whole story focuses on a girl named America. She was from a lower caste, so she had a pretty tough upbringing. I thought she was a down to earth girl, and I can definitely see young girls relating to her. I liked her a whole lot, but I did get frustrated with her a few times because I didn’t like how hung up she was on Aspen, her first love, especially after he broke her heart. I’m team Maxon all the way. I loved the prince! If I had been in her shoes, I would have been all over him from the moment she met him that first night out in the garden.

I would definitely recommend reading this book. It was such a fun read! After finishing it, I immediately bought the second book because I could not wait to see what happens next.

My Rating:

5/5 Stars

Cotton Candy & Carnival Rides

Over the weekend, we took the kids to the Peach & Melon Festival in small town De Leon, Texas. We all had so much fun, especially the babies! They ate cotton candy (which apparently is the best stuff ever created) and rode the carousal for the first time ever. One of the best parts of the night though, was when a Queen song came on over the loud speaker and my two year old just breaks out dancing, it was so cute!! I have to say, that boy has some moves!😉

Here are a few pictures from that night:

Hunter and his daddy

Hunter & his Daddy

Me and Chloe

Me & Chloe

Chloe & Julie

Chloe & her Great Aunt Julie

 It really was a great night, in fact I think we’re going to make it yearly tradition for our family! I hope all of y’all had a great weekend as well!

XOXO,

Kimmie

Baking is the cure…

When I get stressed out, I bake. Mainly sweets.

There is just something about making a fresh batch of cookies, or a homemade pecan pie, or in today’s case a peach cobbler that just makes all my worries melt away.

I wanted to share with all of y’all one of my favorite recipes. Now I am sure you can find this recipe all over the internet, but I got it from one of my parent’s closest friends, Ruby. She passed away a few years ago, but every time I make this recipe I always think of her and I know she is smiling down at me from somewhere up above.

Ruby's Peach Cobbler

Ruby’s Peach Cobbler

Ingredients:

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of flour

1 cup of milk

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1 stick of butter

1 can of peaches

 Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt the stick of butter, then pour it into the bottom of your pan. Next, mix together the sugar, flour, milk, and baking powder. Pour this mixture on top of the butter. Then, last but not least, spoon your peaches over the top. Don’t mix it all together, it won’t turn out well if you do. Put it in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until brown.

Best served with whipped cream or even better, homemade vanilla ice cream!

XOXO,

Kimmie