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The Road Less Graveled by Wendy Laird


Amazon Purchase Link The Road Less Graveled (Kindle Single)

Country Book is Set in: Italy

I am in a very “Italy” mood lately, Italian food, Italy photographs, Italy books and movies.  I believe it is because my brain knows deep down I am not going to be able to travel much this year due to health issues and my desire to save money so it is trying to find other ways to explore the world from home.

When I googled “books set in Italy” the lists were endless, there are so many books & movies out there I know they will keep me occupied for awhile.  I came across this book and the reviews on goodreads were favorable so I figured I would give this book a go.

Immediately I knew the author and I spoke the same language, she has the same thoughts about America as a whole and I was enchanted by her story.   This book is a very quick and short read and very much worth the time I spent reading the book.

The authors commentary on the differences between Americans and Italians was classic and often caused me to laugh out loud.  I especially enjoyed the whole “Grab the underwear the dogs are coming” portion of the book… confused go read this book.

I am also going to steal the quote “Tender age of laundry not my problem”

This book made me laugh often and hard and made my lust of all things Italian grow that much more.

Every chapter ended on a “useful Italian phrase” and was the perfect commentary on Italians as a whole.

My rating five stars

Bucket List Accomplishment: Read 150 books in a year

Out of everything I set out to do this year,   I am surprised that I accomplished this.

Don’t get me wrong I read a lot, and often listen to audio books at work to help pass the day at my deadbeat job, but I am still surprised at the accomplishment.

Some of my favorite books from the year?

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles)

and many more…

Overall this was the year of romance for me, I read a lot more romance novels than normal.

Next year I am going to bump my goal up to 200, and put that on my bucket list, because honestly I am not too sure I will accomplish 200… I barely made it through 150.  So we will see.

What books should I read in 2015?

Avid reader? Please visit  Jen’s Goodreads Challenge and then add me as a friend.  I love reading, it is one of my favorite past times.


Author Interview- Ashley Nemer + Giveaway!

Hey everyone!

So today I am interviewing Ashley Nemer who is not only a close friend of mine but an amazing author as well! For stopping buy today you have the chance to win either the Blood Series or The Maverick Series by this awesome author!


So let’s jump write into this interview!


Ashley you know how much I love your books, but I have to know how did you come up with the titles of The Blood Series?

Haha – I hate when I am asked this because it is such a lame story, lol. Purple is my favorite color, and its a book series with vampires as the stars … seemed to just fall together at the Blood Purple point. Then when it came for Blood Yellow and Blood Green I had to follow suit to keep consistency. So I picked the colors of the ‘main’ characters (Nikole Zayn and Nasir/Leigh) and simply rotated the others.

Blood White – well – they say the color white is a combination of all colors so I thought, what better to title the catch all of my series than Blood White. Because in this final book it literally has every single book and bits of story line inside of it.

It was a perfect fit to me.



So what books are you reading now?

Hmm that’s hard to answer because I am reading a lot! Because I do reviews on my blog I am reading a new book every 4 days or so. So maybe to answer this question what am I reading by choice now?

Well the husband is forcing me to read OUTLANDER. I’ll admit .. I am having a bit of issues getting into this book. But I was told it starts slow and then grabs you so I will give book 1 a chance. I just finished The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag (my author hero) and loved it of course! And I just finished Greed in Pararadise by Deborah Brown. I have reviewed a few of her books in the series by request but after reading Murder in Paradise for my blog review I went out and instantly bought the newest release because I am just in love with this fun mystery series.


Do you have any plans to travel to Lebanon?

I have always had plans to travel to Lebanon, Germany and Ireland since I was a child. All there of these places hold my heritage. But since I started writing my urge to go to Lebanon, the Middle East and Egypt has spiked tremendously.

Will I ever make it? I hope so!


My blog is centered around escaping the cubicle, what do you do to escape?

I am an avid reader – I love reading more than watching TV and going to Movies. Between the reading and writing it allows me to escape whatever reality I am looking for a break from.

I also love camping and have been dying to go camping forever…(hint hint to the hubby))


What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

NEVER GIVE UP! No matter what feedback you get, what you think of your work or what anyone says. Because here is the thing … everyone’s first book is crap. Deal with it, just is what it is. That’s when we make our most mistakes.

But never giving up — that’s the most important thing because the second book, third and so on, they WILL be better. I promise you.


In Maverick Touch, Mr. A was Nadia’s own personal ninja, do you have a personal Ninja?

I have a ‘Semi-Ninja’. My hubby has taken some martial arts and likes to call himself a Ninja so, yes, I have my own personal Ninja. However, I’d like to think I am my own Ninja as I am a 2nd Degree Decided Blackbelt in the American Taekwondo Association.


Where do you draw your inspiration for your books?

Honestly? Emotionally charged events. Good or bad. I write the best after a very emotionally bad fight or amazingly wonderful moment. And you can tell what kind of day I was having based on my writing, or at least anyone who knows ‘me’ can.

I don’t plan out my book, my characters write themselves so inspiration isn’t something that I look at a photo and draw something from. I sit at the computer and escape my reality by writing.


Do you have any writing rituals?

I have a writing song play list that I listen to over and over. Mostly it consists of Les Miserables soundtrack and Eminem. I thought in a little Backstreet Boys & Savage Garden.

I know … it’s an odd collection


Tell us three facts your fans DO NOT know about you?

-I am deathly afraid of Ants .. like omg .. you have NO IDEA
– I can hold my own with shots. I hate drinking with a glass or container. Its because when I was in college at SHSU I was petrified that I would end up with an MIP so I mastered the art of shot taking.
-I love gore in books but HATE IT in movies. HATE!!!


Tell me about your ideal fictional boyfriend?

Jenn – you’re gonna hate this but a nice controlling Alpha Male who will push a woman up against the wall, tell her how its going to be, and then take her right then and there.

Yeah – love me some Vane & Stryker (From Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter Series)


Anything you want to share with your readers?

I think I am in my best element writing as Niki Becker. I think she lets me be more free and I am able to explore different literature in writing because she isn’t “Ashley”.

Alright everyone enter for today’s giveaway below. Thanks for stopping buy and GOOD LUCK!


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Summer Reading

I have a lot of plans coming this summer, so needless to say a lot of my free time is going to be getting caught up on all the nerdy shows (that is tomorrow’s post) and reading… a lot! With San Diego Comic Con, a trip through the Midwest, Florida then a cruise in November, I am pretty much grounded on spending. I may take a road trip here and there, but that is a big maybe.  I will be pinching pennies pretty much until Christmas.

So I decided to make my summer book & Movie/TV watch lists. It is time to read those books I thought about reading & those must see nerdy TV shows or movies. Especially since I am most likely going to be laying out by the pool enjoying the sunshine the majority of my summer 🙂

Those who know me know I read a lot, and I try to read as often as possible. It is a nice mental escape for when I can’t “really” escape.

I have an Ipad mini, and it is perfect for grabbing those Kindle books and reading when I have down time. (which is often right now  (sadface) ) Links are included to check out, if you are interested, I know I am!!

anyway I have been asking around and looking at new books to come out, and I have my summer reading list. I can typically read 2 books a week as I read often before bed, or out of boredom and I really do get a joy out of reading. So these are the 20 books I hope to read before Labor Day!

So without further ado My Summer book list:

1. Joyland (Hard Case Crime)
– Stephen King (Stephen King, Carnys and Crime oh yeah baby
Read my Review

2. Bad Monkey
– Carl Hiaasen
Read my review of Bad Monkey

3. The Heist: A Novel
– Janet Evanovich
Read my review of The Heist

4. The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
– J. Maarten Troost (this book is pretty well read in the travel Community & I think I need to read it too)

5. Blood Yellow
– Ashley Nemer
Read my review of Blood Yellow

6. The Lost Consipiracy
– Frances Hardinge (stumbled across this YA Fantasy, which is often my favorite genre)

7. Prodigy: A Legend Novel
– Marie Lu (I read Legend, and I need to read book 2, this summer is a good time to read it)

8. Psych’s Guide to Crime Fighting for the Totally Unqualified
(I love Psych & Totally didn’t know this existed ha!)

9. Second Honeymoon
– James Patterson.
Read my review of Second Honeymoon

10. The Bridges of Madison County
– Robert James Waller- to prepare for my Midwestern Road Trip

11. The Passage: A Novel  Finished June 20, 2013
– Justin Cronin – (heard a rumor it was optioned by Ridley Scott, so now I need to read it 🙂 )
Read my review of the passage

12. The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America
– Bill Bryson (A travel book based in America, not something common in the travel world)

13. Throne of Glass
– Sarah J. Maas
Read my Review

14. Into the Wild
– Jon Krakauer (another travel book I have read a LOT about, and decided it was time to read)

15. The 5th Wave
– Rick Yancey (heard good things about it, gonna have to give it a go)

16. The Madman’s Daughter (Madman’s Daughter – Trilogy)
– Megan Shepherd
Read my Review

17. Undead
– Kirsty McKay
Read my Review

18. Storm (Elemental)
– Brigid Kemmerer- (I am always good with a series)

19. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)
– Marissa Meyer
Read my review of Cinder

20. Under the Never Sky
– Veronica Rossi (another series book that has been on my list)
Read my Review

As you can see, I love fantasy, dystopian  books (which is all  the rage right now thanks to the Hunger Games!)  I am sure I will get through these quickly, and I am open to suggestions!

What is on your Summer reading list?