Top Ten Tuesday: New To ME Authors

I love celebrating new to ME authors!  Every year I discover someone new that makes me question how on earth I didn’t know about them sooner!  OR I am lucky enough to read a debut by an author and jump on their train from the get-go!  I didn’t include ten because I didn’t want to grasp at straws.  The authors listed truly blew me away with the first book I read by each of them!  Check them out!

In no particular order…




I am moving next Tuesday so I will continue to be somewhat MIA over the next few weeks.  Cross your fingers that everything goes smoothly!  It’ll be strange to blog somewhere other than my red kitchen.  HOWEVER… the new house has a vaulted ceiling.  Mr. Betty has promised to build me shelves like this over the summer!  I’M SO FREAKING EXCITED!







Kismet Blog Tour & Giveaway: BREAKING THE RULES by Katie McGarry



unnamedI am thrilled to be a stop on the Kismet Blog Tour for Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry!  I am obsessed with anything Katie writes and I am extremely excited for more Echo and Noah!!  Who wouldn’t be???


Find Breaking the Rules:

I am the first stop on the tour, which means we are kicking things off with a letter from Katie McGarry!!  A huge thank you to Katie for taking the time to put together so many amazing posts for this blog tour!  She is the best!  If you haven’t read her books, you seriously need to fix that.  It’s a BIG MISTAKE.


Dear Reader,

Echo and Noah aren’t in high school anymore, and the rules have changed.  Immediately after they graduated at the end of my very first novel, Pushing the Limits, Echo and Noah took off across the United States in their quest for freedom, for self-discovery and to figure each other out as a couple.

Breaking the Rules takes place during one week near the end of their road trip, and follows Echo and Noah’s first steps toward adulthood during that exciting and frightening time right after high school. Because of that, this story does deal with more mature themes, and I confess I swooned, blushed and cried several times while writing it.  Those of you who have read Pushing the Limits will understand my tears. Echo and Noah have been through a lot in their eighteen years and, at the end of Pushing the Limits, they saw their first rays of hope for a better life, but, truth be told, they still have a lot of emotional baggage to deal with before they can truly find happiness. This is the reason why I decided to continue their story. I wanted these two characters I had fallen in love with to find true happiness, and that meant there were several demons they had to face down first.  I’m honored that I was given the opportunity to write Echo and Noah’s continuing story, and I’m very proud of how Breaking the Rules turned out.

In case you’re wondering, Breaking the Rules takes place in the time period between the end of Pushing the Limits and the beginning of Beth’s novel, Dare You To. It can definitely be read as a standalone, but readers who have followed the rest of the series might enjoy the subtle nods to my other books. For example, Dare You To fans might remember exactly why Beth has a love/hate relationship with the Yankees, while those of you who’ve read Crash Into You know where Isaiah’s hope for a happily-ever-after ultimately leads him. I hope that while reading this book you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll fall in love all over again with Echo, Noah and the friends who become their family.

With lots of love,

Katie McGarry



Find Katie McGarry:

Novels by Katie McGarry:

Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour!  I’m sure there will be some really great interviews and guest posts.  You will definitely want to dig deeper into Noah and Echo’s relationship!






My Reviews:

Pushing the Limits

Dare You To

Crash Into You

Take Me On


Katie McGarry & Noah Hutchins (Book Rockin’ with Betty)

REVIEW: The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter

unnamed Title & Author:
 The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter
 Series: Lords of the Underworld #11
 Publisher: HQN Books, 496 pages
 Release Date:  November 25, 2014
 Genre: Paranormal Romance
 Source: Provided by Publisher
  Amazon  |   Goodreads |  Gena Showalter

 SYNOPSIS: (According to my husband, who has NOT read the book —  see how well he listens to my bookish ramblings)

Insta-boners and sexy times all around for these paranormal beings!!  Gena has done it again!  The only thing I don’t get is why this guy has a butterfly tattoo on his stomach.  Nothing screams “sexy man”, like a butterfly tattoo.  Raise your hand if you think Betty should let me get one?  Christmas is coming up. ;-)

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Winter TBR List

My winter is going to be pretty hectic… we are moving on December 16th!  It’s making the holiday season feel really strange this year, but I’m just incredibly thankful we were able to sell our house even if the timing isn’t ideal!  I will be doing a lot of unpacking and settling in , but obviously my books will be one of the first things I unpack (if I have it my way!).  I always have way too many books on my TBR lists (you know… the ones I never stick to), but here are 10 I’m really excited about!

In no particular order…