Only 28 Days & So Much To Do

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Written while watching the Harry Potter movies.


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music monday

For reals, I'm ALL about Miss Ariana Grande's thank you, next album. I think it's so much fun and "Seven Rings" gets stuck in my head for hours on end. And I'm absolutely okay with this.

A song I've had on repeat? My girl Sara Bareilles has a new release called "Fire", and it is indeed FIRE. I've lost count of how many times I've listened to it. Also, thanks to one of my BFF's for telling me I HAD to listen to it pronto. She was correct...as per usual.


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talk to me tuesday


Within the last year I've become an avid podcast listener. Last month, an article popped up on my Facebook feed (apparently some good things can be found there) about the finale to a Harry Potter podcast. The name of it? Binge Mode (brought to you in part by the Ringer). The hosts: Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion. I'm a HUGE Harry Potter fan. Like many others, those books were the catalyst to me becoming an avid reader, and one of the reasons I'm a writer today. Mal and Jason break down the books in chapter segments, discuss the movies, and have some extra features. I've steadily made my way through six of the seven books on the podcast. Also, Mallory has made me cry on more than one occasion. It's just so good.

 


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Read it Wednesday

I gave one of my best friends Saving Grace by Julie Garwood and it had been sitting on her To Be Read pile for sometime. Well, she read it last month and LOVED it, because Julie Garwood is a legend.

I was introduced to these books by one of the greatest ladies I know. She opened my world up to historical novels and I will forever be grateful to her for this (among other things). So, I thought I'd share the love too and tell you about one of my favorite books, a book that I love with all of my heart. Johanna is a fierce heroine and Gabriel is an absolutely amazing hero. 

"When Lady Johanna learned that she was a widow, she vowed she would never marry again. Only sixteen, already she possessed a strength of will that impressed all who looked past her golden-haired beauty. Yet when King John demanded that she remarry -- and selected a bridegroom for her -- it seemed she must acquiesce, until her beloved foster brother suggested she wed his friend, the handsome Scottish warrior Gabriel MacBain."


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#TBT

Need a little something sweet in your day? Well, here is a snippet from Uncontrollable, and Tripp knows all about sweets.

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The sun was sitting low in the sky, sunset about twenty minutes away, as Beth walked across the lawn and over to Tripp’s house. She wasn’t exactly sure whyshe was so nervous as she headed up the walkway and to his front door…but she was.

It was Saturday, three days since the lake incident, and though she’d seen him a couple of times in passing, she hadn’t talked to him since he’d comforted her…and she’d cried all over him.

But she wanted to get past that; she hadto get past that. They were neighbors and apparently friends now, too. She’d told him so right before she’d kissed his cheek…right before she’d felt his beard rasp against her lips. Not that she’d thought about that multiple times a day or anything.

Good Lord, what the hell had happened? She’d gone from despising him to…well, what exactly was this, anyway? A crush? No…no, she didn’t get crushes. That was…ridiculous. Wasn’t it? She couldn’t be too sure…but the still warm plate of cookies she was currently carrying over to him didn’t bode well for her.

Not at all.

Maybe she could just leave them on the mat. Just ring the doorbell and run.

Really? You’re going to play ding-dong-ditch?

No. No, she wasn’t. Because Beth didn’t run from anything…or anyone, for that matter. She dealt with it, and she’d damn well deal with this. And besides, this feeling was probably just lingering appreciation for what Tripp had done for Grant. Yeah, that’s what it was.

Had to be, and once she addressed it head on she’d be able to move on. Her resolve was firm, which was probably the only reason she was able to lift her hand and press her finger to the doorbell.

A few seconds went by before a shadow moved behind the frosted glass that surrounded the frame. The deadbolt was flipped a moment later and the door pulled open, revealing Tripp Black. He stood there in day-old scruff, khaki shorts, and a hunter green T-shirt. The shirt in question was fit at the top, showcasing his arms and muscled chest but hanging loose around his waist.

“Hey.” His mouth split into a grin as his chocolate eyes focused on her.

A small swoop kicked up low in her belly and her mouth went dry.

Shit.

“Hi.” That one word was more difficult to get out of her mouth than it should’ve been. She swallowed hard before she attempted to speak again. “I hadn’t talked to you since the other night, or thanked you properly. So I made you thank youcookies.” She finished more than somewhat lamely as she stuck out her hands, holding the plate for him to grab.

“Thank you cookies?” His eyes went to the cookies and then back up to her face, and that smile of his seemed to grow.

How the hell had she never noticed what a great smile he had? Maybe because until recently he’d always been scowling at her. Which made sense, as she’d usually been yelling at him.


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Freebie Friday

This month's #GetABookGiveABook giveaway has Uncontrollable as the prize. This story starts off in the spring, and what with it just around the corner, I figured it would be a good book to put on your TBR list.

How can you win it? Just comment on any of the following posts and tag the person who you'd like to win a copy too.

*Contest Rules*

1.) U.S. winners can choose between paper or eBook copies. Canda is eBook copies only.

2.) Winners picked at random and will be announced on Wednesday.


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Silverscreen Saturday

February was a month of Throwbacks (see Small Screen Sunday's below) and one of those was the Harry Potter movies, which I was marathoning while writing this up.

Another rewatch this month was A Star is Born. I know it isn't everyone's cup of tea, and that's okay. But I freaking loved the movie, and Lady Gaga’s performance. After watching the Oscars last Sunday, I wanted another viewing of it and proceeded to ball my eyes out again.

I regret nothing.


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Small Screen Sunday

So, as I mentioned above, I started listening to Binge Mode (great podcast). Well, not only do they often reference Game of Thrones, but I had to keep scrolling past those GOT podcasts to get to the Harry Potter ones. Well, as I'm a HUGE fan of this show, it got me to thinking that I needed a little refresher on the series before the final season. I started listening to those podcasts and very quickly realized that I wanted to rewatch the seasons...which I am now doing.

So much for a quick recap.

Have you ever watched something that you've already seen and crossed your fingers that certain things will change? That's pretty much me watching this entire series...and yet I still love it so. 

Yup, I'm a masochist all right. 


As always, I'd love to hear from you on Social Media. So stop by and let me know what you're up to, enter the current giveaway, or just say hi! 

-Shannon

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