Book Photo Sunday: 2/21/20

So, this started out as a meme. I became fond of sharing my photos, so I decided to make it a thing. So every Sunday, I will share four of my favorite photos or videos of the week. All from Instagram posts. I am hoping this will be something that persuades me to take more book photos and get better at them as well. Anybody is welcome to join if they want.

Disclaimer: Some photos may be photos that aren’t mine. I do not claim them. I do hope you enjoy them as well though.

Saturday Star: Caitlin Benoit

How to participate in this meme:
1. Credit the creator of this tag (Nomadic Worlds) and link back.
2. Answer the three questions pertaining to the character.
3. Have fun revisiting your favorite characters and their worlds.

Questions:
1 – Saturday Star (Name the Character you want to feature.)
2 – Which book or series does the character live in?
3 – Why is this character among your favorites?

Saturday Star: Caitlin Benoit from Web of Echoes

Caitlin is an amazing character. She starts in the year 2018 and is somehow transported back to Georgia Pre Civil War. She immediately jumps to action and tries her best to figure out where she is, and why she’s there. she does everything in her power to solve the puzzle so she can get back home. I’ve loved reading about her adventure. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Writing Prompt: Comfort and Dog

Write as much as you can in fifteen minutes using two words given to you. Words may be reused, but the writing/story will always be different.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Some of my writing may be more appropriate for mature audiences than for younger audiences or children. Please read with caution.**

Writing Prompt: Comfort and Dog

Jade opened the door to her apartment. She had had a rough day. It started when the day shift forgot to stock the bar. She was annoyed, but she could make it work, but she hated going into the cellar to retrieve more stuff. She knew Ford must not have worked that day. He would have had everything looking great for her. 

Sadly, when she went into the cellar, she found more than she bargained for. She found her boss bent over the table with her boyfriend, Luke, right behind him. They looked like they had been at it for a while based on the look of pure pleasure on their faces. The look of horror that replaced the bliss was almost worth having to see it. 

She wasn’t even going to confront the two. It’s not like her and Luke have ever really even had sex. She guessed he needed it from somewhere. The only thing that upset her was that he didn’t feel the need to tell her that he was interested in men. It wouldn’t have been a deal breaker, but she would have stepped aside and let him pursue his passions if he needed to. They had been together for five years, but they had known each other since they were in diapers. 

She decided to let it go and begin working. Business was starting to pick up. She had her usual regulars and some very obvious tourists stop in. Most of them tipped well. That cheered her up a bit. She knew she was going to need all the comfort she could get when her shift was over. She knew that her and Luke weren’t really getting along well lately. It seemed as more time went by that their time was over. It didn’t take the pain of it all away though.

As the hours went on, she noticed that Luke had decided to linger. She knew he was waiting on business to slow down so they could talk. That’s just how he was. Sadly, the business slowed down and she watched as he moved toward her. 

“Babe.”

“Really? You’re going to start with babe?”

“I’ve been calling you babe since we were five. Cut me some slack.”

“I’m not mad for the reasons you think I am.”

“You… what?”

“Luke. We haven’t been okay for awhile. It’s obvious to us and everybody in town. I’m upset that you couldn’t bother telling me that you were into men. I would have supported you. You know that.”

“I know. It’s just hard. It’s really hard for me to come to terms with the fact that I am into men. That the thought of a muscled man makes me shiver. People are going to look down on me for my decision.”

“They don’t matter, Luke. Those of us who love you will still be by your side when they leave. That’s where your focus needs to be.”

“You still love me?”

“Luke Allen Cains. Don’t you pull that on me. I’ve loved you since I was two years old. That’s not going to change just because we aren’t together anymore.”

“Shucks, Jade. You’re right. I’m sorry.”

“It’s okay. I get it. So are you and Tom….”

“Not yet. I don’t know. It’s so complicated.”

“You’ll figure it out.”

“Thank you.”

They hugged and said their goodbyes. The rest of the night went by uneventfully. It was pretty slow and she was able to get her usual prep work for her shift done before closing. She was even able to get a good chunk of reading in. The only other disruption was a fight that broke out. But Tom managed to break it up. Tom tried to talk to her, but she assured him that they were okay. He surprised her by crying and hugging her and telling her he wanted to talk to her about it from the beginning. She admitted that she wished he had. 

Jade shook herself from the thoughts of the night and the conversation that hadn’t gone as terribly as she thought it would. She was still wounded. She thought Luke would feel comfortable telling her anything. She was wrong. She stopped in her tracks when she noticed an odd smell. Then she heard a shuffle followed by a thumping. The thumping turned out to be a tail wagging.  

She inched closer to the dog she was sure hadn’t been here when she left. Not that she didn’t love dogs, but she just didn’t have one. She once had a cat, but he kept going next door to see the neighbor and eventually just quit coming back. It was fine with her. At the time she was working too much for a pet anyways. The dog seemed friendly and let her pet it. It was then she realized it had a note on it. 

Luke was a very bad boy. Nobody should ever hurt my Jade. At least I am comforted knowing that Shadow here never will. Take care, my love.

On This Day: February 19th

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

February 19th

1878- Thomas Edison is granted a patent for is gramophone.

1945- US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines.

1736- George Frideric Handel’s “Alexander’s Feast” premieres at the Convent Garden Theatre, London

1803- US congress accepts Ohio’s constitution, statehood not ratified until 1953.

1807- US Vice President Aaron Barr arrested in Alabama for treason, later acquited.

1819- British Explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III

1846- Texas State government formally installed in Austin.

1856- Tin-Type camera patented by Hamilton Smith, Gambler Ohio

1881- Kansas becomes the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages

1910- Typhoid Mary (Mary Mallon) is freed from her first periods of forced isolation and goes on to cause several furter outbreaks of typhoid in the New York area.

1913- First prize inserted into a Cracker Jack box.

1932- William Faulkner completes his novel, “Light in August”.

The Friday 56: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you. Post it.

It ends, the music replaced by applause, and Toby sidles up to the bar, orders a Jack and a Coke because they’ll give it to him for free, and somewhere between the first sip and the third he sees her, and smiles, and for an instant Addie thinks- hopes, even now- that he remembers something, because he looks at her as if he knows her, but the truth is simply that he wants to; attraction can look an awful lot like recognition in the wrong light.

This is one of the most beautiful passages in the book. I absolutely loved it. I loved this entire book. It was beautiful. It was tragic. It hit all the feels. I fully recommend it. I plan to reread it again one day.

Friday Game Chat: 2/19/21

Welcome to the weekly game chat! This is where I ramble on about the games I’ve played for the week. Sometimes the games will have been talked about before. Sometimes I’ll have played something different during the week. I sincerely hope you enjoy the blog! I figured you should see something not book related now and then.

I have to be honest, getting into games lately has been hard. Well, to be fair, getting into anything that I normally find interesting lately is hard. I even lost the daily progress that I’ve prided myself into doing. What I like to do is get on even if I don’t play to get the stuff and accumulate energy and what have you.

Luckily, I’ve really started getting interest in Yahtzee with Friends this week. Our family is doing really well in the Family Feast as well. It gets so frustrating having to work double hard just to get a decent spot in the tournaments. We are constantly against people with twice as many family members as ourselves. Personally, I think that there should be tiers in the tournament. The amount of family members you have should determine what tier you’re in. Maybe one day. Who knows? Either way, I’m just trying to enjoy the game again. Maybe even get both dice from the adventure board this time!

I’ve also managed to get Epic Games working on my laptop. For those of you who don’t have that love playing games, I strongly recommend it. You get a free game every Thursday. I haven’t played any yet, but I’m building quite the collection. If you are on it or if you make one, please feel free to add me! My name there is WillowReads.

I’m also considering playing Among Us. There are so many people around me who play it that I’m curious about it. Do you play? What are your thoughts on it?

Well, that’s all I can think to report for this week. I’ll try to report every week. Even if I don’t have much to report. Enjoy!

Elements of Power Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal! Elements of PowerBy Kate StoesselGenre: YA Urban Fantasy
Summary:

The Council of the Harvest Moon was established to maintain peace among the witches, fairies, vampires, and mermaids of the United States. However, old feuds die hard and as the powers of fairies wane with the destruction of natural environments, the witches rise with a rigid societal structure designed to assert their supremacy as the most powerful supernatural beings in the modern world. 

As the descendant of two prominent New England witching families, Khlorie Lethestone’s life was destined to fit into the neat, color-coded boxes established by the American Continental Coven (ACC).  When it is discovered that Khlorie has “extra elemental powers” beyond that of a typical witch, she is sent to Spindlewick College, a secret institution designed to help witches develop non-conforming gifts into tools for the greater good of witching society.  Once there, she meets the attractive, but distant Perry Prentice, who is assigned to help her understand her gifts. But becoming one of the most powerful witches in the world means that you are watched closely, and Khlorie learns that there are secrets she must keep hidden to survive.



Cover Designer: Lauria 
Amazon Pre-Order Link:  https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Power-Council-Harvest-Moon-ebook/dp/B08TV7VMSC/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=elements+of+power+kate+stoessel&qid=1611683184&sr=8-1

About the Author:Kate Stoessel is a Middle Grades and Young Adult author specializing in Fantasy. She wrote her first novel, Erine Pershings and the Golden Lyre, because she could not find interesting and informative historical fiction that explored the daily lives of women and children in Ancient Athens. The Council of the Harvest moon series represents Kate’s first foray into Young Adult Fantasy, her favorite genre as a reader. She knows how transportive a fantasy story can be, and hopes to give her readers the same experience of wonder and escape. Whether Middle Grades or YA, Kate is committed to creating characters that feel as authentic and real as the students she works with everyday as a classroom teacher.
She has a B.A. degree in Classical Civilizations from Colby College and a M.S.Ed in Museum Education and Childhood Education from the Bank Street School of Education. Kate lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Jack, son, Augie, and two dogs, Artemis and Apollo.

Author Links:

Website: https://katestoessel.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/edukatemuseums

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kate_e_stoessel/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14622941.Kate_Stoessel

Thankful Thursday: 2/18/21

I don’t know if anybody else has made this a thing. I also don’t know if anybody else will do this with me. If not, it’s completely fine. It’s something I want to do every week. I’m going to think of at least one thing I’m thankful for for the week. I’ll try to do up to four a week, but at least one. I think this will be very therapeutic. We shall see in time.

Note: There may be some things that get repeated now and then. My intention is to talk about things I’m thankful for that week. So some things may pop up a few times. I’m not attempting to be redundant or repetitive. Just trying to be genuine.

  1. I’m thankful for the chance to meet family. I met a long lost uncle. While things didn’t really end well, I was thankful for the opportunity to meet somebody that I’m related to and get a better sense of my family. Even if it’s just a small glimpse.
  2. I’m thankful for Valentine’s Day. I normally don’t really care for Valentine’s Day. I’m not against it. It’s just really nothing special to me. However, this was my first Valentine’s Day with my girlfriend. So it was very special to me. Due to being long distance, we had to Zoom. I’m just thankful I got to see her. Long distance can be hard, but it has moments of pure wonder.
  3. I’m thankful for Sarah’s anniversary. This may seem like a weird one. Let me explain. On February 13th, 2006, my beautiful sister passed away. She was fourteen years old. I still miss her very much. She was an important part of my life. Her death really destroyed me. I’m just thankful that I am able to remember her without getting a depression so bad that I can’t even get out of bed. I’m thankful that I can move on even if it’s hard. I’m thankful that I had the opportunity in my life to know such a beautiful person.
  4. I’m thankful for books! Book Outlet did a whole huge sale earlier this month. I finally got all of the books that I had ordered. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to grab books that I’ve wanted to read for a long time for a great price. I also had the opportunity to discover new to me books and authors. It’s always great to have more access to books.

In loving memory of Sarah Elizabeth Crider.

Official Blog Schedule

Note: This was originally posted January 4th. I’ve tweaked it a little and decided to repost it. I also want to remind everybody that I put everything in categories. If you prefer a certain blog series, they are easy to find! Finally getting reviews written. You’ll see them posted sporadically until I’ve written them all. Recent ones will be posted right away instead of going on the list to write.

New Blog Schedule (All in EST):

10 AM: Promo Posts (If there are any scheduled for the day)
2 PM: Personal Blogs (There’s a different blog for every day of the week)
6 PM: Book Meme (A bookish meme that I am fond of)
10 PM: Non Bookish Memes (A meme I found that doesn’t always involve books that I think are fun.)

Mondays:

Weekly Reading And Blogging: I’ll write a couple of paragraphs about my upcoming week and post about the books I’m reading and planning to start during the week.
Mailbox Mondays: I absolutely love book mail. It’s my favorite type of mail to get. I may not always post for this. It depends on if I get mail during the week or not.
Music Mondays: So this one seems really fun. I choose a song every week and post about it. From the look of it, I post a link of the music, the lyrics, and any credits. I think I may also add my thoughts on why I posted that song every week. We will see.

Tuesdays:

Writing Prompt: I will post a writing prompt that I’ve worked on at some point. I have a whole folder full of them.
Top Ten Tuesdays: This one is one of my favorites to do every week. They have a topic every week and we post about our top ten favorite books involving the topic.
FitReaders: From what I gather from this one, you do a recap of your exercise from the week before and discuss your goals for the upcoming week. It looks like you can also add if you’ve gained or lost weight as well. It seems like just the blog I need to light a fire under me!

Wednesday:

Weekly Colorist Projects: I’ll highlight four coloring projects I’ve worked on during the week before. This will be skipped if I hadn’t worked on coloring at all for the week. I’ve skipped this a lot lately. Hopefully I’ll get back into coloring more soon.
WWW Wednesdays: This right here is definitely my favorite meme to do every week. You discuss the books you’ve read, the books you’re reading, and the books you’ve recently finished. It’s one of the easiest and most time consuming to build. I love it!
Wonderous Words Wednesday: This one doesn’t look really active anymore, but I really enjoyed the concept behind it so I’m going to bring it back. From the looks of it, you highlight a few words that you learned or find really fascinating with their definitions. I know that I didn’t create this. I plan to credit the original content creator every week even if it’s no longer active.

Thursdays:

Writing Prompt: I will post a writing prompt that I’ve worked on at some point. I have a whole folder full of them.
Thursday Quoteables: I’m recently getting into highlighting quotes more. I add them to my reviews and so on. So every week, I’ll pick a book and share about four quotes from it. On Holidays, I’ll try to do more themed quotes from multiple books. There will always be four quotes total.
Thankful Thursday: I was originally going to do a meme I found, but I just couldn’t find any excitement in doing so. Instead I want to do something different. I’m going to talk about the things I’m thankful for for the week. I’ll choose up to four things I’m thankful for every week. I’ll do this every week even if I only write one thing.

Fridays:

Weekly Game Chat: I’ll post my gaming progress for the week every week. This may not be posted some weeks if I didn’t do a lot of gaming. It really just depends on how packed my schedule is for that week.
The Friday 56: I can’t remember where I found this meme. I couldn’t find enough information to run on to credit them. I also made it my own and kind of ran with it. I really enjoy doing it. Go to page 56 or 56% into a book and write a sentence or a few sentences on that page and write your thoughts on it.
On This Day: I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix as well.

Saturdays:

Writing Prompt: I will post a writing prompt that I’ve worked on at some point. I have a whole folder full of them.
Saturday Stars: This is a very fun meme to do. You showcase a character from a book and tell the book or series they are from and why they are your star for the week.
Weekend Cooking: It looks like recipes are shared. I may run this a little differently. Some weeks I may share a recipe that I found that I think might be amazing (crediting where I found it of course). I also may just discuss the things I cooked during the week. I will probably go by my mood every week. I try to cook once a week and have meals on the ready during the week for when I don’t feel like cooking. Key word is try.

Sundays:

Book Photo Sunday: This is where I share four Instagram photos I’ve taken during the week of books or promo posts. There are some weeks that I won’t have anything posted. I’ve had weeks I don’t take any photos and don’t have any promos that I’ve posted.
Sundays In Bed With: I’ll post about the book I plan on reading that day or one that I’m already reading for the day. I include a paragraph on my thoughts on the book I’m reading. Whether it be about the book itself or the part of the book I’m reading.
Cinema Sunday: This meme doesn’t look like it’s active anymore. I’d like to pick it back up as well. It doesn’t like there’s anywhere I can tag. I’m not intending to steal the idea from whoever created it. I just want to run with it. I think you talk about your favorites. What I plan to do is just talk about any television show or movie I’ve watched during the week instead. This may be skipped if I haven’t watched anything.

Thursday Quoteables: Valentine’s Special Part Two

Thank you Lisa for hosting this great meme!

Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

I decided to do a part two of Valentine’s quotes. Hope you enjoy!

To be together is for us to be at once as free as in solitude, as gay as in company.

-Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.

-Emma by Jane Austen

I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.

-The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That’s what it is: an edge, a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side.

-Delirium by Lauren Oliver