Top Ten Authors We Can’t Believe We’ve Met or Are Dying to Meet

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met  (some other “meeting authors” type spin you want to do).”  We both couldn’t decide on one or the other, so did a bit of a mix.

Curly Carla’s Top Ten:

The following authors I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting a couple years ago at an author/reader con. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I will never forget the welcome they made me feel.

  1. Stormy Smith — she was the first author to ever answer me when I reached out to her with silly questions. Her writing is absolutely wonderful. I love the way her brain works. And she is a great dancer!
  2. Caylie Marcoe — her book was the first one to ever make me cry and I love her sarcastic sense of humor. And she takes pretty cool pictures.
  3. Alex Tuttle — I just loved picking this guy’s brain. His writing has always captivated me.
  4. Theresa Kay — she writes in my favorite genre and adds a depth to her books that constantly astound me. I loved being able to hang out with her at Utopiacon.
  5. Kat Nichols — I was fortunate enough to go line dancing with her and I had such a wonderful time.
  6. Regan Oakley — I love her honesty and her playfulness. Her ability to combine both of those traits shows in her writing as well.

    Now we are to the part on authors I’m dying to meet.

  7. Michelle Bolanger — I consider her a wonderful writer and a friend. We met through IABB and we just hit it off. We’ve been friends for a couple years now and I am grateful to be a part of her team.
  8. Lila Felix — I have been a fan for a while and would love to meet her in person.
  9. Cassie Mae — How could I leave out this glorious personality? She has such a great heart, I can’t wait to finally meet her…one day.
  10. Anyta Sunday — I love her writing and have for a while. She is the author of one of my favorite series OF ALL TIME!!

Lenoreo’s Top “Ten” Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met:

I’ve been fortunate to attend 5 separate author signings/conventions, and have met some amazing authors.  These were my absolute favourites in order of when I met them.

  1. Nyrae Dawn — My first signing was at Orlando Book Bash 2013, and Ms. Dawn was the second author I met.  I’d even seen her outside the venue and had to act “cool” and not run up to her while she was just vacationing.  The truly amazing twist to this story is that I have since Beta Read twice for Ms. Dawn, having been recommended by a mutual friend.  Seriously, sometimes my life is too cool for words.995097_10153001372815023_1423606906_n
  2. Rachel Higginson — Before I ever met Ms. Higginson, I was a part of her street team because I’d become a mega huge fan.  And through the street team I was lucky enough to interact with her personally, which I don’t think authors will ever understand how huge that is to a reader like me.  I first met her in person at Penned Con 2014 in St. Louis, and my hubby and I got to hang out with her, her husband, and a few of the Rebel Writers (see number 6).  Since then I truly feel like I can call her a friend, and I’ve seen her at UtopyaCon 2015, Emerald City Author Event 2016, and a girl’s weekend in Wisconsin in 2016.  I’ve also beta read a few of her books.  She is a delight.


  3. Rebecca Ethington — While I’ve only read 2 of Ms. Ethington’s books, I absolutely fell in love with them.  And I find her truly delightful.
  4. The Rebel Writers: Alex Tuttle, Caylie Marcoe, Kat Nichols, Regan Claire, Stormy Smith and Theresa Kay — Oh my Rebel Writers.  I kind of cheated if you couldn’t tell, hence why I put ten in quotes.  I met the ladies of this group through Rachel Higginson’s street team, and when they decided to group together to help each other achieve their dreams of becoming authors, I wholeheartedly jumped onto that bandwagon and joined their own street team, where I was introduced to Alex.  I think I’ve now beta read for all of them, including the debut novels of 5 of the 6.  And while I may group them together, they are wildly different, but all amazingly talented and delightful people.  I met Caylie and Theresa at Penned Con 2014, and then saw ALL of them at UtopyaCon 2015.  And I’ve been lucky to hang out with a few at UtopiaCon 2016, and at 2 separate girl’s weekends in 2016 and 2017.  It was through them that I met my co-blogger Curly Carla, so I will be grateful to them for more than just their beautiful words.


  5. Anne Eliot — I met Ms. Eliot at the Emerald City Author Event 2016 in Seattle, and she was just ridiculously adorable and delightful, and I can’t even express how enjoyable it was to talk to her!
  6. Cassie Mae — Oh Cassie Mae.  She is not just an amazing author that I am a huge fan of, I consider her a close friend.  I’m not even sure how our friendship started, I think she contacted me after I reviewed her debut novel, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend.  And there are just some people in the world that you click with and know they’re meant to be in your life.  I’ve since beta read quite a few books for her, and each one floors me for their uniqueness and heart (and OMG humour).  And when I was given the opportunity to meet her and room with her and basically shenanigate with her at UtopiaCon 2016, you can bet your booty I jumped all over it.


  7. Rebecca Yarros — I actually met Ms. Yarros the first time at UtopyaCon 2015, but I don’t think I managed to get a picture with her (though I did come back and show her my fresh tattoo).  I then proceeded to stalk her again at UtopiaCon 2016 and complete my collection of the books she had out at the time.  Of course now she has more books out, so perhaps I will have to stalk her again at another event.
  8. Tiffany King — Ms. King is one of those first Indie authors I read, and I have admired her talent for years, particularly her YA contemps.  So when I saw she was going to be at UtopiaCon 2016, I knew I had to meet her.  And lucky for me, I was able to tag along with Cassie Mae, which probably gave me a bit more street cred.  I can pretend I’m cool and not just a ridiculous fangirl.
  9. Kelly Oram — This was another author that I pretty much freaked out about meeting at UtopiaCon 2016.  And again, she knew Cassie!!  So not only did I meet her, get her ENTIRE book collection signed, but I got to hang out with her on one of the days!!  Be jealous, be very very jealous.


  10. Cambria Hebert — It’s funny, b/c while Ms. Hebert had been at UtopyaCon 2015, I had yet to read any of her books so I didn’t meet her at the time.  But I got sucked into her Hashtag and Gearshark series, and so you can bet I stalked her at UtopiaCon 2016.  In fact, I fully intend to get more books for my collection at the Big Apple Author Event in October of this year.

Lenoreo’s Top “Ten” Authors I’m Dying to Meet:

  1. Katy Regnery — I GET TO MEET HER!!  In like a month and a half at Romancing the Falls 2017 in Niagara Falls.  Super excited.
  2. Ginger Scott — Same deal with Ms. Scott!!  I can’t wait for May!!  She’s going to take all my money as I buy up all her books.  🙂
  3. Brenda Rothert — I’ve only read one book by Ms. Rothert, but I really really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to meeting her in May as well!
  4. Sarina Bowen — I GET TO MEET HER TOO!!  This time at the Big Apple Author Event  in October in NYC!!  She’s another author that’s going to take all my money.
  5. Lauren Layne — Another author I am STOKED to meet at the Big Apple Author Event!!  I’ve already started collecting a few of her paperbacks to bring with me and get signed.
  6. Elle Kennedy — This is an author that I don’t currently have plans of meeting, but I would really love to.  I noticed her name on the Apollycon 2018 list, so perhaps I need to go to Washington, D.C. in a year?
  7. Melissa Pearl/Jordan Ford — I would DIE to meet Ms. Pearl, who also writes as Jordan Ford.  I became a member of her ARC team at the beginning of 2016, and recently beta read a few of her books.  She’s delightful, and I would run out of money collecting her books.  But hey, maybe this is an excuse for us to go to New Zealand!
  8. Jolene Perry/Mia Josephs — I “met” Ms. Perry through Cassie Mae, and was lucky enough to beta read a few of her Mia Josephs books.  I adore interacting with her, she’s just such a beautiful soul, and sassy to boot.  I would love to meet her someday.
  9. Sarah Mayberry — I think this is the first author I ever solicited for a signed book.  When my hubby and I traveled to Australia, I contacted her via e-mail (I still don’t know how I was that brave), and while she didn’t have any events happening while we were there, she was nice enough to send a signed copy to the hotel we were staying at in Melbourne.  It would be sweet to attend an event and actually get to meet her, she’s hands down my favourite Harlequin author (though she doesn’t write exclusively through them, it’s just what I know her most from).
  10. Amy Harmon — I am blown away by Ms. Harmon’s talent and words, and so would definitely love to meet her!

As you can see, most of the authors on both my lists are there b/c I have a personal connection to them in some way.  I can’t tell you how amazing that is, to live in a world where I can interact with authors I admire and occasionally become friends with them.

So how about you guys?  What authors can you not believe you’ve met?  What authors would you DIE to meet?


Top Ten Books on Our Spring TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR.”  We’re each going about this a little differently.

Curly Carla’s Top Ten:

I’m doing books I want to read this Spring!


  1. The Princess of Mars (Barsoom #1) by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This is on my Decades of Sci-fi Challenge and I want to start it soon.
  2. Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown. This is the last book in the series and they keep getting better with every one he writes. Very excited to finish this series.
  3. Silence: Part Two of Echoes & Silence (Dark Secrets #6) by A.M. Hudson. I’ve been sitting on this book for like two years. This is the year I finish it.
  4. Diary of Bink Cummings: Vol 3 (MC Chronicles #3) by Bink Cummings. Another book I’ve been sitting on for a while. You’ll notice most of these are series finale’s. Most of my books will be finales because that’s my main reading challenge this year.
  5. While We Waited (The Reed Brothers #8) by Tammy Falkner. Another one in a long line of Reed Brothers books that I am obsessed with.
  6. How I Fall (How I Fall #1) by Anne Elliot. I’ve been told I need to read this series. I have both already I just need to start it.
  7. Shroud of Lies (Brewer Brothers #3) by Nancy Straight.
  8. How to Seduce a Band Geek (How To #2) by Cassie Mae.
  9. Broken Records by Cassie Mae & Tessa Marie.
  10. Rabbit Bones (Redemption #2) by A.L. Tyler.

Lenoreo’s Top Ten:

I made it easy on myself and just grabbed the NetGalleys/ARCs that I’m going to be reading over the next two months or so.  Technically, one of these I don’t have yet, but my fingers are crossed that I do get it!


  1. Forever Mine (Opposites Attract #2) by Erin Nicholas — releases March 28th.
  2. Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik — releases March 28th.
  3. Stripped Bare (Vegas Billionaire #1) by Heidi McLaughlin — releases March 28th.
  4. Pillowtalk by Cassie Mae — releases April 4th.  Technically I alpha read this in the fall, but I’ll be reading it again before release.
  5. Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale by Ashley Poston — releases April 4th.
  6. Royal Disaster (Royal Scandal #2) by Parker Swift — releases April 4th.
  7. Dancing in the Rain by Kelly Jamieson — releases April 11th.
  8. The Bohemian and the Businessman (The Story Sisters #1) by Katy Regnery — releases April 24th.  This is the one I’ve signed up for an ARC for, but don’t know if I got it or not.
  9. Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruisers #3) by Sarina Bowen — releases May 2nd.  I seriously *just* got this one, sooooo excited.
  10. Until You (Bachelor Brotherhood #2) by Denise Grover Swank — releases May 30th.

So how about you guys?  What books are you planning on reading this Spring?  Or what new releases are you most anticipating?

Top Ten Books We Liked Less Than Everyone Else

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would (recently or all time) — or you could do something like books I liked more/less than everyone else.”  We’re going with Top Ten Books We Liked Less Than Everyone Else.

Curly Carla’s Top Ten:

I’m doing books I liked less than everyone else.  I picked these books because my rating is less than the overall rating of them on GR and Amazon.

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  1. Remember Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram. I barely finished this book.  See my review here.
  2. The Lilith Scroll by B. L. Marsh. I couldn’t even finish this book.  See my review here.
  3. Lightning in my Wake by Lila Felix. I’m hit or miss with her books, this one was a miss.
  4. Revelation by Randi Cooley Wilson. Too slow for me.  See my review here.
  5. Dream of Me by Quinn Loftis. I just wasn’t feeling this one.
  6. Bully by Penelope Douglas. I have a love hate relationship with this series.  See my review here.
  7. Chance by A.C. Heller. Oh boy, I did not like this book.
  8. A Tragic Wreck by T.K. Leigh.
  9. Love and Hate by Chelsea Ballinger.
  10. Anna by Julia Crane.

Lenoreo’s Top Ten:

This topic kind of reminded me of a Top Ten Tuesday we did last year, Top Ten Characters Everyone Loves That I Just Don’t Get.  So I didn’t want this to get repetitive, so I tried to pick some different ones.  I do have a few in here where it’s not that I didn’t like the book, I just expected to 5 star it like my friends, only I didn’t.

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  1. Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City #1) by Penny Reid — This is the one that pains me the most, b/c I felt like I was missing out on the Penny Reid club, and I really wanted to be in that club.  (Thankfully I finally found my Penny Reid gem just earlier this year)  See my review here.
  2. Don’t Speak (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery — I adore Ms. Regnery, and this was my first foray into her contemporary fairytale retellings, and when I wasn’t blown away I was sooooo sad.  Especially since it’s been getting fabulous reviews.  See my review here.
  3. The Stocking Was Hung (The Holidays #1) by Tara Sivec — I know this author is really popular, but I apparently don’t have the right sense of humour.  See my review here.
  4. Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes #1) by Beth Flynn — This book is extremely popular, but I just ended up feeling conflicted over it, and still haven’t read anymore in the series and probably won’t.
  5. Kaleidoscope Hearts (Hearts #1) by Claire Contreras — Another book that is really hyped, but I was just underwhelmed.  See my review here.
  6. Sweet Home (Sweet Home #1) by Tillie Cole — Yup, you guessed it, another book that is loved by so many, and this one REALLY disappointed me.  I’ve maybe been convinced to try the next in the series, but this one just aggravated me.  See my review here.
  7. Love and Decay: Season Two by Rachel Higginson — This one broke my heart because I adore this author, but season two was very up and down for me, and I haven’t gotten back to the series since.  See my review for volume 3, volume 4, and volume 5.
  8. Reaper’s Property (Reapers MC #1) by Joanna Wylde — This is the book that showed me that apparently I’m not an MC book kind of girl.  See my review here.
  9. Taking Shots (Assassins #1) by Toni Aleo — Another really popular hockey series, and it just did not work for me.  See my review here.
  10. Cheater (Curious Liaisons #1) by Rachel Van Dyken — And this one is kind of like the Tara Sivec book…it wasn’t the cheating that really turned me off, it was the over the top humour.  See my review here.

So how about you guys?  What books did you not enjoy as much as everyone else?  Are you shocked by any on our lists?

Top Ten Series We Want to Finish in 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “FREEBIE — that super specific list you want to make?? All yours to tackle this week!”  So Curly Carla came up with Top Ten Series We Want to Finish in 2017.

Curly Carla’s Top Ten:

Why haven’t I read them all? I have utterly no idea!  This year is my year to finish all these.


  1. Brightest Kind of Darkness series by P.T. Michelle. I have literally been waiting YEARS for this series to finish. I’m on book 4 entitled Desire. I think I’m gonna go back and re-read since it’s been so long though.
  2. The Judgement of the Six series by Melissa Haag. I’m waiting on the last book titled (Sur)Real. I’m putting a lot of hope this will be finished this year, however according to Amazon there is no set release date.  (Note from Lenore: there also is no cover, so I just put the one for the first 3 book bundle)
  3. Vampire Girl series by Karpov Kinrade. I own all three books, I am currently on the second one entitled Midnight Star. This story is amazeballs.
  4. The Relentless series by Karen Lynch. I’m on book two entitled Refuge. The first one is perma free!
  5. Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. OMG this series has all the things!!! I own all three books. I am on the third one entitled Morning Star. It’s cheaper to get the paperback so that’s the link I’m leaving.
  6. How To series by Cassie Mae! I love CM. She has a soft spot in my heart for wonderful books. I have read almost all of them. In this series I am on book two entitled How to Seduce a Band Geek.
  7. War of the Princes series by A.R. Ivanovich. This series y’all. It’s got so much depth and love. I love it so much. I’m on book three entitled Monarch.
  8. Dirty Blood series by Heather Hildenbrand. I have been sitting on this a while also. I own them all but have just never finished it. Maybe I don’t want it to be over? I’m on the LAST book entitled Broken Blood.  I think I will have to re-read this one too. It’s been a long time.
  9. Imdalind series by Rebecca Ethington. I read the first four really fast. Then I stalled out on the fifth one because I didn’t know there were seven books in the series. So I waited till they were all available. I’m on the fifth book entitled Burnt Devotion.
  10. Brewer Brothers series by Nancy Straight. I have read most of her books and loved them all. Again I am sitting on the last book in the series entitled Shroud of Lies.

Lenoreo’s Top Ten:

I kind of wanted to put 1, 2, 7 and 9 of Curly Carla’s list on mine as well.  But I went for some different ones.  I wonder how many I’ll actually get through this year.


  1. GearShark series by Cambria Hebert.  I’ve read the first two, and am on to #Swag now.
  2. Hashtag series by Cambria Hebert.  I’ve read all but the last book, #Bae.
  3. The Winslow Brothers series by Katy Regnery.  I’ve only read the first of this series, but I’m meeting this author in May so I want to read as many of her books as possible before then.  I’m on book 2, Proposing to Preston.
  4. The Premonition series by Amy A. Bartol.  I tried to finish the series last year, but got distracted after book 3.  So I’m on to book 4, Incendiary.
  5. Penryn & the End of Days series by Susan Ee.  I read the first book a few years ago and ADORED it, and then just never finished the series.  I’m on book 2, World After.
  6. Grizzlies Gone Wild series by Kathy Lyons.  I received book 2 through NetGalley and caught up on book 1 afterwards.  I actually have an ARC of the last book, For the Bear’s Eyes Only, so I really need to finish this one!
  7. What Kills Me series by Wynne Channing.  I really enjoyed the first book and was delighted that it was a 2 book series, so I’m on the last book, I Am Forever.
  8. Fishing for Trouble series by Laura Drewry.  I’ve read the first two in this series, and have an ARC from NetGalley of the last book in the series, Catch and Release, which releases in February!
  9. Over the Top series by Kelly Siskind.  I’m reading this series in a weird order, so I’ve read the 2nd and 3rd books already and have the first book, My Perfect Mistake, left.
  10. The Noctalis Chronicles by Chelsea M. Cameron.  Another series I read quite a few years ago, but the last book wasn’t out at the time, and then I got distracted.  So I’m on the last book, Neverend.

Wish us luck!  For those of you series readers out there, what series do you hope to finish in 2017?

Top Ten 2016 Releases We Meant to Read But Didn’t Get To

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to).”

Curly Carla’s Top TenSix:


  1. The Player and the Pixie (Rugby #2) by Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway. I loved The Hooker and the Hermit so much I immediately pre-ordered this when it became available. It’s still sitting in my queue.
  2. Logan Kade by Tijan. I’m a huge fan of this series for some reason. It’s like my guilty pleasure.
  3. Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy. Own it, haven’t read it yet. This could count towards my series reading challenge.
  4. Shroud of Lies (Brewer Brothers #3) by Nancy Straight. Been attempting to finish this series for a while.
  5. Always April (Reed Brothers #9.6) by Tammy Falkner. Yep, you read that right. I’m dee in this series. Not sure if it will ever end. Don’t know that I care though.
  6. Hidden Realms: A Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Bundle by Various Authors. I love anthologies and this one was and is still FREE!

Lenoreo’s Top TenEleven:


  1. Broken Records by Cassie Mae & Tessa Marie — It freaking kills me that I didn’t get to this book.  2016 was the first year I didn’t read all of my favourite authors books as soon as they came out.
  2. Southern Kicks by Cassie Mae — This is a novella that was part of the Curl Up With a Cowboy anthology that came out in April (no longer available).  And yet again, I didn’t get to this one!  UGH!!
  3. #Swag (GearShark #3) by Cambria Hebert — I have a SIGNED PERSONALIZED paperback of this one from when I met this author at UtopiaCon, and I still haven’t read it.  I blame not having the Kindle copy, but really it’s just that I haven’t gotten to it.
  4. #Bae (Hashtag #7) by Cambria Hebert — This beauty came out on my BIRTHDAY, and I preordered, and even ordered a SIGNED PERSONALIZED paperback (that I finally got, b/c I had it sent to my hubby’s US office…long story, sorry), but I haven’t gotten to it!!  IT’S KILLING ME!!!  I was in a slump though!  So I decided to reread the series.  And then I got behind on my ARCs.  And now it’s today.
  5. East of Redemption (Love on the Edge #2) by Molly E. Lee — This was an ARC I generously received this summer, and then it kept getting pushed back for ARCs whose release days were coming up.  I did end up buying like the rest of the series, so at least when I get to it I can just binge the crap out of it.  But seriously.  This one makes me feel super shitty.
  6. Anatomy of a Player (Taking Shots #2) and Crazy Pucking Love (Taking Shots #3) by Cindi Madsen — I reread book one (Getting Lucky Number Seven) this summer and had high hopes to continue this series, getting the second one on sale and the 3rd one as a NetGalley ARC…and then things just fell through.  :S
  7. The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon — I love this author, and am super intrigued by this book…it has so many great reviews.  But yet, I didn’t get to it.
  8. Luke’s Dream (Judgement of the Six Companion Series #3) by Melissa Haag — I started reading this series (and the related Judgement of the Six series) this summer after being convinced by Curly Carla’s reviews.  But then I got caught up and this one wasn’t out yet, and so I preordered and moved on to something else.  I really need to get back.  Maybe when Carlos’s book comes out I’ll get back.
  9. The Score (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy — I managed to snag the first two in this series late 2015, and thoroughly enjoyed them, but then waited for a sale on this one.  I should have just sucked it up.  Now I need to get back to it.
  10. Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase — I was so looking forward to this book all year, and then I didn’t read it.  *rolls eyes*  I also didn’t buy it on Kindle, but did grab it in Paperback.  It’s probably why I was screwed when it comes to reading it.

Top Ten Best Books of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc).”  We chose to do best books we read regardless of publication date.

Curly Carla’s Top Ten:

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  1. Haven by A. R. Ivanovich — 5 stars.
  2. You Can’t Catch Me by Cassie Mae — 5 stars.
  3. Phoenixed by Anyta Sunday — 5 stars.
  4. Switched by Cassie Mae — 5 stars.
  5. (Un)Wise by Melissa Haag — 5 stars.
  6. Slip of the Tongue by Jessica Hawkins — 5 stars.
  7. Not the One by Amy Daws — 5 stars.
  8. The Beautiful Dead by Daryl Banner — 5 stars.
  9. Level Up by Cathy Yardley — 5 stars.
  10. Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti — 5 stars.

Lenoreo’s Top TenThirteen:

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  1. The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy — 5 stars.
  2. #Junkie (GearShark #1) and #Rev (GearShark #2) by Cambria Hebert — 5 stars and 5 stars.
  3. You Can’t Catch Me by Cassie Mae — 5 stars.
  4. Addicted for Now (Addicted #2) by Krista & Becca Ritchie — 5 stars.
  5. Him (Him #1) and Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy — 4.5 stars and 4.5 stars.
  6. Bet on Me (Bet on Love #2) by Rachel Higginson — 4.5 stars.
  7. Shoot the Gap (Big Play #4) by Jordan Ford — 4.5 stars.
  8. Geronimo (Songbird #8) and Hole-Hearted (Songbird #9) by Melissa Pearl — 4.5 stars and 4.5 stars.
  9. For Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles #2) by Lauren Layne — 4.5 stars.
  10. The Hard Count by Ginger Scott — 4.5 stars.

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to for the First Half of 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017.”

Lenoreo’s Top Ten:


  1. It’s You (It’s You #1) by K.P. Kelley — releases January 3rd, 2017.
  2. Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen — releases January 3rd, 2017.
  3. Finding Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #1) by Siobhan Davis — releases January 9th, 2017.
  4. Hooked on Trouble (Over the Top #3) by Kelly Siskind — releases January 10th, 2017.
  5. #Blur (GearShark #4) by Cambria Hebert — releases January 10th, 2017.
  6. Good Boy (WAGS #1) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy — releases January 31st, 2017.
  7. Jacked Up (Birmingham Rebels #3) by Samantha Kane — releases January 31st, 2017.
  8. Happily Ever After (Cinder & Ella #2) by Kelly Oram — releases February 14th, 2017.
  9. Don’t Speak (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery — releases February 27th, 2017.
  10. Waking in Time by Angie Stanton — releases March 1st, 2017.

Top Ten New-To-Us Authors We Read For the First Time in 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016.”

Curly Carla’s Top Ten:


  1. Vampire Girl (Vampire Girl #1)by Karpov Kinrade. This book was great. It’s written by a married couple. Can’t wait till I can afford books again so I can buy this one. My review.
  2. Agent I1: Tristan (The D.I.R.E. Agency #1) by Joni Hahn. Lots of steam in this book! And it’s Perma-Free! My review.
  3. Dream Chaser by Angie Stanton. A lovely book about overcoming fear. My review.
  4. It Took a Rumor by Carter Ashby. A really funny and cute read. My review.
  5. Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect #1) by Mary Frame. I’ve been following this author for a while but this is the first book I’ve read from her. She is super funny and I loved that cast plus this book is also perma-free! My review.
  6. Fall Line (Downhill #1) by Tudor Robins. A very cute sports romance. My review.
  7. Relentless (Relentless #1) by Karen Lynch. This book is also perma free. And I enjoyed it. My review.
  8. The Spider Catcher (Redemption #1) by A.L. Tyler. Ohhh this book was soooo good and it’s also perma free. If you can’t tell I’m kinda broke so I gotta get those freebies when I can! My review.
  9. The Man I Love (The Fish Tales #1) by Suanne Laqueur. This book broke my heart then put it back together. My review.
  10. The Other’s Guys Bride by Connie Brockway. I am a fan of historical romances and this one was different in that it wasn’t England but Egypt. Very good book. My review.

Lenoreo’s Top TenThirteen:

For this week’s TTT the titles will link to my reviews, and the author name will link to their Amazon page if they have one.


  1. Ellie Cahill — I remember her being recommended by Cassie Mae, so I requested Call Me, Maybe and Just a Girl from NetGalley.
  2. Amber L. Johnson — Don’t know how I came across her, but I had Puddle Jumping on my TBR and wanted to read before the Emerald City Author Event at the end of April (which I did and got to get a signed copy and meet the author!).
  3. Cate Cameron — Another discovery from NetGalley, I requested Playing Defense, book 2 in the Corrigan Falls series, and then went back and bought book 1, Center Ice, and requested the third book, Winging It, from NetGalley before it came out.
  4. Krista & Becca Ritchie — The Addicted series has been recommended to me by many, and I had the first book, Addicted to You, and quickly bought the next 2, Ricochet and Addicted to Now, before meeting these lovely ladies at the Emerald City Author Event.
  5. Raine Thomas — The Daughters of Saraquel Trilogy is another series that I’ve had on my TBR for quite some time, and so I read Becoming, Central and Foretold before meeting Ms. Thomas at Utopia Con in June.
  6. Melissa Haag — This one is all Curly Carla’s fault.  She read the Judgement of the Six series in March, and so I read those interspersed with the Judgement of the Six Companion series throughout the summer, though I’m now 2 books behind again. My reviews for Hope(less), Clay’s Hope, (Mis)fortune, Emmitt’s Treasure, (Un)wise, (Un)bidden, and (Dis)content.
  7. Scarlett Cole — Another author I discovered through NetGalley, I’ve read books 1 and 4 of her Second Circle Tattoos series, The Strongest Steel and The Darkest Link.
  8. Kelly Siskind — Yup, you guessed it, NetGalley!  I read book 2 in her Over the Top series, A Fine Mess.  And I have book 3 burning a hold in my pocket as we speak.
  9. Sarah Nicolas — It seems that NetGalley is my number one source for new authors!  I requested Keeping Her Secret as I’d also requested the other Endless Summer book provided by Entangled Publishing.
  10. Julie Cross — Another NetGalley find, I read Ms. Cross’s first book in the Eleanor Ames series, Chasing Truth.
  11. Erin Fletcher — NetGalley strikes again, the first book in the Breakaway series, All Laced Up.
  12. Robin Bielman — And then I went NetGalley Christmas crazy, and discovered Ms. Bielman with Once Upon a Royal Christmas.  And after that I bought a few of her other books.
  13. Kendra C. Highley — Another NetGalley find, I just finished The Bad Boy Bargain last week!

I love discovering new-to-you authors, and obviously we both did great at finding new ones to entertain us!  Which new-to-you authors did you discover this year?

Top Ten Books to Buy Your Girl Child

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Holiday Gift Guide freebie (ten books to buy the YA lover in your life, 10 books to buy for your dad, etc.).”

Curly Carla’s Top Ten:

I’m gonna go with ten books to buy your girl child, since I have one. Just a heads up, most of these will probably be Usborne books (so titles will link to Usborne), I love them for my kids.

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  1. Ticky Tack the Littlest Reindeer by Ironpower Publishing. Appropriate for Christmas, and its free right now!
  2. Jessica’s Box by Peter Carnavas. A great diverse read about a girl in a wheelchair trying to make friends.
  3. Be the Change, Make it Happen by Bernadette Russell. This book has loads of ideas for kids to make an impact on their community and showing them they are a part of something bigger than themselves.
  4. The Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum. I put this movie on for my daughter and she loved it. When I told her it was a book she wanted it immediately. So, I bought it. Everyone knows this story right?
  5. What’s Happening to Me? By Susan Meredith. My daughter was so enthralled with this book. I actually learned some things myself. It deals with puberty, peer pressure and stranger danger. They have a boy’s edition as well. By far one of the best books I have ever purchased for my child. It helped to open the dialogue and make an otherwise awkward conversation way less so.
  6. A journal, ok this one isn’t really a book per say. But I believe everyone needs to keep a journal as they grow up. You can find these almost anywhere but my favorite one is A Year in my Life by Lucy Menzies. It has lots of prompts to get their minds thinking and it has something for every day of the year so they will always have something to write about.
  7. A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton. My daughter loves this book! It shows there are two sides to every story.
  8. Goosebumps by R.L. Stine. My daughter recently discovered these books and she has been eating them up.
  9. The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss. Or really anything written by him. My daughter loves the rhythmic tone I use and the rhymes when I read it to her. She has most of it memorized. And of course Dr. Seuss always teaches a great lesson in most of his books.  See my review here.
  10. Last but not least…..Rainbow Magic: The Ultimate Fairy Guide by Daisy Meadows. I am constantly listening to my daughter recite the different fairies and what they do. She takes this book almost everywhere with her. There’s even a fairy named after her!

Top Ten Books We’re Thankful For

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Thanksgiving freebie — tell us what you are thankful for! Books you are thankful for!”

Curly Carla’s Top Ten:

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  1. Golden Son by Pierce Brown —  You guys, I can’t sing the praises of this book enough. I read this recently and I will forever be in awe of this author. And he is now an instant one click when he comes out with new books.  My review.
  2. Dragonfly by Leigh Talbot Moore — This series is one of my favorites and a go to for re-reading on a regular basis. Great story of love told over generations.  My review.
  3. You Can’t Catch Me by Cassie Mae — This book should be required reading for all girls in HS IMO. Everyone could benefit from this book.  My review.
  4. Veined (Guardians of the Angels Book 1) by Anyta Sunday — One of my favorite paranormal love stories of all time. I also re-read this one regularly.  My review.
  5. The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss — This book teaches complex ideas to kids in small bite sized chunks they can easily swallow.  My review.
  6. Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram — Another great re-telling! And diverse as well. Such great characters that are more than what they appear on the surface. This book made me think. I love when books do that.  My review.
  7. Left Drowning by Jessica Park –Ugh, the feels you guys, the FEELS! If for no other reason you buy this book, do it for the FEELS.  My review on Goodreads.
  8. The History of Us by Nyrae Dawn — A great look in to the history of being gay in America. It was a wonderful book.  My review.
  9. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton — Did you know she was only 15 when she wrote this book?!! Its wonderful.  My review on Goodreads.
  10. Reckless Magic by Rachel Higginson — It wouldn’t be a list of I didn’t throw a little RH in here.  My love for her books has been the catalyst to bring me in to the literary world. Allowing me to make great friendships as well as start this blogging venture with Lenore. Without which this post wouldn’t be here!

I don’t know if you can tell but emotions play a large role on the books that effect my life, Doubly so when they have real life parallels to them. I enjoy learning, always have, so I chose books that made me think as well as entertained me. I have never been more grateful for being able to learn through reading as I am this year. So go read a book or an article or the subtitles on a movie. You would be amazed at the difference it makes in your enjoyment of it.