Giveaway to Celebrate the Paperback Release of THE SUMMER THAT MELTED EVERYTHING by Tiffany McDaniel

Last summer I read (and loved!) The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel (my review HERE). Now, The Summer that Melted Everything is a finalist for the Ohioana Literary Award and you can vote (through July 3rd) right HERE. 

You don't need to provide an email address or any other personal information, you do not need to be a US citizen, nor do you need to be from or reside in Ohio...just click on the book! So quick and easy! You can also check out the Ohioana Library Facebook and Twitter

Also on July 3rd, the paperback version of 
 The Summer that Melted Everything is releasing! 
To celebrate, I'm giving away 2 signed copies!* 

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*(contiguous U.S. only)

My Recap: Book Expo 2017 (with lots of pictures!)

I was a first time Book Expo attendee (and 1st time NYC visitor) this year and had a whirlwind of a time.


Tamara, Alison, and I met Kristin at our hotel in the early afternoon on Tuesday and then promptly headed over to the New York Public Library:

We also met our team mascot, "Brenda", and decided we all wanted to be her when we grow up.

#TeamBrenda (the pic doesn't do her justice. Her hairdo alone should have its own post)

We then took the subway (adventure!) to what we thought was the beginning of the walking tour for The High Line. Being early we stopped off for cocktails at The Drunken Horse. When we arrived at what we thought was our destination, we found out we were way off! Oh well, Kristin pulled up the visitor information and gave us our own private tour!
We headed back towards the hotel for dinner at Mama Mia. I had the MOST delicious shrimp pasta in mushroom cream sauce! After a full day of travel, walking 10 miles or so, and a nice Italian dinner with wine, I was asleep before my head even hit the pillow!


Tamara, Kristin, and I went to the Roxy Diner for lunch (Alison headed to Brooklyn for a meeting) and then picked up our badges at the Javits Center where I squealed and a freaked out a bit. I felt like I had found some version of heaven / my mothership. I super loved the ad for Book of Dust (which I am dying to get my hands on).

We met up with Alison and headed to the Adult Editors Author Buzz Panel, which was packed.

I enjoyed listening to the speakers and thought "I'd like to grab a couple galleys from this list." Well, at the end of the session it was mayhem! No organization, rhyme, or reason. Just mayhem! I thought "I'm not going to get physical to get these books!" We're not in a mosh pit nor is it Black Friday! I grabbed two and went to stand outside, where I made friends with two very nice, older educators. The gentleman continued to go in and bring out more and more copies. When his partner said that they couldn't take all of those, they gave a bunch to me! Jackpot!

We all headed back to the hotel for a bit before Tamara, Kristin, and I headed over to The Mysterious Bookshop to see our girl, Jenny Milchman do her thing.

Again, I was beat at the end of my long day...and Book Expo hadn't even really started yet!


I had tickets to the 8:00 a.m. Adult Author Breakfast and was ready to take the first shuttle at 7:00a.m.  I was waiting at 6:45 and was still waiting until the 7:30 a.m. shuttle arrived. I was furious! I arrived at the conference room for the breakfast and was bummed because it was packed, but after showing my ticket I was escorted to the very front section (I guess there were multiple ticket tiers, I forget what they were). Since it was just me I was able to grab a seat at the VERY FRONT. Stephen King and his son each did a short speech and then Whitney Cummings came out to talk about her book and then introduce the panel: Claire Messud, Scott Kelly, Jesmyn Ward, and Pete Souza.

I loved every minute and that ticket was worth every penny! I could go on and on about how freaking hilarious Whitney Cummings was and write a full blog post on every one of the other authors as well. I was able to get Whitney to sign my book at the end and tell her that she had liked my tweet that morning. She said it cracked her up and I fangirled out a little bit (to myself mind you, I didn't want to SHOW my crazy)  I was on Cloud Nine when I walked out of that breakfast (where I ate about 3 bites of a bagel and had half a cup of coffee).

Now it was time to hit the floor! I had a very specific plan (there were spreadsheets involved) to meet and grab a galley/copy from:

Jamie Ford
Ellen Marie Wiseman
Sujata Massey
Alice Hoffman
Neil Olson
Jessica Valenti
Emily Culliton
Fiona Davis
Gabrielle Union
Amy Tan
and Natasha Pulley

I headed over to the FedEx Center (inside Javits, but next year will use the other shipping center) to "prepare my box". This was interesting in that you could start a box and keep dropping items in it until you were ready to ship. #TeamBrenda met in the upper food court to compare notes on our day and then Alison and I headed to "An Evening with Hilary Rodham Clinton". Upon arriving we found out that she would be interviewed by Cheryl Strayed and the whole crowd sighed / "oooh"-ed in awe. After the event, Alison and I walked back to our hotel and then enjoyed wine and cheese in our hotel bar.


I had a little bit of a better idea what to expect on Friday. My plan was:
Celeste Ng   
Karen Rinaldi
Marissa Meyer (for my friend's daughters, I was a bit disappointed that she was not doing a full copy)
Wendy Walker    
Taylor Reid
Rene Denfeld
Ginger Zee    

I ran into Felicia in the lower food court and we had lunch together. It was so fun to meet an online friend IRL! Friday afternoon #TeamBrenda (all members, I think) attended Book Club Speed Dating (which I'm so glad Tamara suggested to me) and that was another time where some people were getting a little greedy. Oh... and OMG this lady took out a full packed lunch and proceeded to *violently* eat. Like, she was chewing AT me. It was rude....but in all fairness I may have been a little cranky. After the Speed Dating wrapped up, I headed back to FedEx to ship my box. Tamara had told me to be prepared for the high cost...$75! Ugh! But, I think it was worth it to not have to schlub another suitcase full of books to the airport and home. Alison shipped her box (similar weight) at the other shipping center and her total was about $10 cheaper AND it arrived a day earlier. Like I said, next year, I'm using the other center.

After meeting back at the hotel we all went to dinner at Cara Mia right across the street from Mama Mia.    We walked over to Times Square but, first I had to do a wardrobe change:  We checked out the lights, and the Strand "kiosk" and took some fun pics.


Kristin and Tamara headed for home early in the morning, but Alison and I didn't depart until almost 4 p.m. so we had a leisurely morning and headed to brunch at The Rustic Table which had a very "warm industrial chic" vibe. After brunch we headed to the airport and flew back to the A!

I'm totally ready for next year! Who's with me?

Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Atria 
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
My Review:
I had not read any of TJR's previous work and when I've discussed this release with friends, they've told me that this book is not like what she has previously written. If it was, I would go back and devour all of her previous titles. 

Born to Cuban immigrants in Hell’s Kitchen, Evelyn Elena Herrera became Hollywood film star Evelyn Hugo through a series of gambles. Now nearing the end of her life, major publishers and media outlets beg her to share her life story. Instead, Evelyn chooses unknown magazine writer, Monique Grant. She gives every juicy detail of her ruthless ambition and, of course, about her seven husbands. She also divulges her great forbidden love and a long-held secret that reveals why Evelyn really chose Monique for the coveted job.

If you want a summer read that is sizzling hot, grab this one today on Powells or Amazon.  

***Disclaimer:: I was given a copy of this release in exchange for an honest review. I received no additional compensation. ***

The Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures

Do you ever think that some crazy, silly situations and conversations only happen to you? Well, Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle is here to tell you it's not just you and she's going to share all of her wacky "wtf" moments in her Book of Failures. After reading Amy's stories of dealing with divorce, blending families, staying in touch with friends, traveling, going to the gym, and so many more, you'll want to add her to the guest list for all your upcoming parties. Her wit and humor are spot on as she tells you exactly what she thinks of this or that person or how her guilt drove her to buy her daughter a hamster. She also makes sure to further clarify her stories with hilarious footnotes like "Shannon did not sue Chipotle; she’s too nice." Comprised of short chapters, this book is perfect for picking up when you need a quick laugh and setting down to come back to later, but after just a few pages you'll be hooked.
Buy it here!

Tip: Don't Read While Drinking (Your coffee, wine, etc. will shoot through your nose from laughing)

Spotlight: Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Spotlight on Upcoming Release by Kristy Woodson Harvey: Slightly South of Simple 

From the next “major voice in Southern fiction” (New York Times
bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand) comes the first in an all-new series
chronicling the journeys of three sisters and their mother—and a secret
from their past that has the potential to tear them apart and reshape
their very definition of what it means to be a family.
Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town
of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst
day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother
selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no
less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she'd spent her childhood
summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has
fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant
Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old
daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.

Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found
out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her
with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design
business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes
Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter
Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and
successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the
piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp.
Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley's
life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives
might finally be forced into the open.

Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters,
this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and
plenty of heart.

About Kristy Woodson Harvey

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of Dear Carolina (Berkley/Penguin Random House, 2015)Lies and Other Acts of Love (Berkley/Penguin Random House, 2016) and the Peachtree Bluff Series, beginning with Slightly South of Simple (Gallery/Simon & Schuster, 2017). Dear Carolina was long-listed for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, has been optioned for film and has appeared on numerous “must-read” lists. Lies and Other Acts of Love was a Romantic Times top pick, a Southern Booksellers Okra Pick and was chosen to be a part of the 2017 Trio display, an integration of story, art and song, which will spend the year traveling the country.

Contact Kristy

My Massive List of Book Bloggers for 2017!

Book Bloggers Unite! 

As much as I love blogging about books, sometimes I find myself in a blogging slump. That’s when I like to check out what some of my bookish buddies are up to. I originally had the idea to compile a master list of book blogging websites in 2014. I updated my list in 2015 and now I’ve updated it again, this time including Twitter and Instagram! If you’ve found yourself wanting to check out some book blogs or been looking for bookish peeps to follow on Instagram or Twitter, this is the list for you!

I know I've missed so many awesome bloggers, which means I will be constantly updating this list (so check back often). If you know of anyone that should be included or would like me to add, edit, or remove your info, please let me know in the comments below or email me at

Blog Name / Link  Owner / Host Twitter IG
A Soccer Mom’s Book Blog Charlotte Lynn @CharlotteLynnRe 

About Happy Books Sabrina Kraft

Always With a Book Kristin Thorvaldsen @alwayswithabook 

Angela Amman


Anita Loves Books Anita LeBeau  @Anitalovesbooks  AnitaLovesBooks
As I turn the pages Jael Fogle @bookangel224

Based on a True Story Heather

Becoming Books Meghann @BecomingBooks

Beth Fish Reads Beth Fish @BethFishReads BethFishReads
Biblio Belles Bianca, Kat, and Stacy

Bibliographic Manifestations


Bibliophile by the Sea Diane

BKFaerie Jo Ann Hakola 

Bolo Books Kristopher

Book Addiction Heather O’Roark @Heather__1229

Book Chick Jonita Fex @jonitabookchick

Book Dilettante Harvee Lau

Book Journey Sheila DeChantal @BookJourney

Book Readers: Mum's Writings Dee / Marjo  @marjbo

Book Room Reviews Chuck @bookroomreviews

Book Stop Deb @curlygeek04

Bookalicious Babe Book Reviews Sue G

Bookfan  Mary


Books and Beverages Jamie Lapeyrolerie @jamielynne82 /jamielynne82/
Books I Think You Should Read Elizabeth Parker @yesnofilms 

Books on the Table Ann Walters

Books Without Any Pictures Grace Troxel  @BookWithoutPics bookwithoutpics
Bookworm's World Luanne O  @LuanneO

Bound By Words Reeka Boland @BoundByWords

Caffeinated Book Reviewer Kimberly  @kimbacaffeinate kimbacaffeinate
Captivated Reader

Carmen's Books and Movies Reviews Carmen

Carole's Chatter Carole 

Cerebral Girl Heather 

Chapter Break Rose, Julie, and Lynn @juliecookies @lynnmpoppe

Chick Lit Central Melissa, Melissa, Amy, Tracey

ChickLitPlus Samantha March @chicklitplus

Clothes in Books Moira Redmond @ClothesinBooks

Coffee and a Book Chick Natalie @CoffeeBookChick

Daily Mayo Brenda

Diary of an Eccentric Anna

Doing Dewey Katie Wilkins  @DoingDewey doingdewey
Eater of Books Alyssa Susanna  @Alyssa_Susanna

Entomology of a Bookworm Kerry McHugh @kerryamchugh  kerryamchugh
Estella's Revenge Andi  @estellasrevenge estellasrevenge
Fourth Street Review Rory O’Connor @roryeoconnor rory_oconnor
Fuelled by Fiction

@fuelldbyfiction  @fuelledbyfiction 
Geeky Bloggers Book Blog  Felicia  @thegeekyblogger 

Gilmore Guide to Books Catherine Gilmore @GilmoreGuide  gilmoreguide
Girl with Her Head in a Book Susie Perkins @headinabook22 girlwithherheadinabook
Girls Just Reading Brittney, Jenn, Julie, Lisa @GirlsJustRead @JulieJustReads @JennJustReading

Great Imaginations Kara, Lyn, Pixie, Maryam @NamasteRead @Heartless_Lyn @addiction2books @yourkucing namasteread heartlesslyn onceupona_story
Guiltless Reading Aloi @guiltlessreader 

Heavenali Ali @Heaven_ali

Herding Cats & Burning Soup


House of Blog Fran Roberts @CatwomanFran fran_roberts
I'm Lost in Books Becca @imlostinbooks becca_lost_in_books 
Impressions in Ink Annette Kristynik @AnneKristy

Interesting Literature


Ivory Owl Reviews Rhiannon Johnson @IvoryOwlReviews @writerrhiannon  writerrhiannon 
Jackie's Book World Jackie  @JackieBookWorld

JBarrett5 Julie  @Jbarrett5Julie

Jenn's Bookshelves Jenn Lawrence  @jennbookshelves jennsbookshelves
Journey and Destination Carol M 

JulzReads Julie Merilatt @JulzReads

Keep the Wisdom Judy Krueger @JudyJudykrueger

KerryAnnMorgan Kerry Ann Morgan @KerryAnn_Morgan 

Krissy's Book Nook Krissy  @KrissysBookNook  KrissysBookNook
Laura's Reviews Laura 

Lesa's Book Critiques Lesa Holstine 

Literary Lindsey Lindsey Stefan @LiteraryLindsey

Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity Trish Stineman @TriniCapini  trinicapini
Luxury Reading   Vera Omidpanah  @LuxuryReading 

Man of la Book Zohar @ManOfLaBook 

Mom's Small Victories Tanya  @momsvictories momssmallvictories
Mrs. Mommy Booknerd Emily  @Mommybooknerd mrsmommybooknerd
Nina Badzin Nina Badzin @NinaBadzin  @NinaBadzin
Novel Life Stacy Millican @TheNovelLife thenovellife
Novel Meals Tina  @Shibabookhound

On D Bookshelf Donna Cimorelli @OnDBookshelf

One Little Library  Ariel Price @ArielKPrice 

One Person's Journey Sheila  @bookjourney

Opinionated Book Lover Kate Unger @op_booklover

Padfoot's Library Christine N @padfootslibrary soufflegrl
Palmer's Page Turners Lori Bree @palmerspageturn palmerspagesandposes
Palmer's Picks for Reading Melissa Palmer

Parajunkee's View PJ @parajunkee

Perpetual Page Turner Jaime @brokeandbookish   perpetualpageturner
Poof Books Falise   @PoofBooks

Posting For Now  Pat @PostingForNow

Randomly Reading Alex Baugh @randomlyreading

Read in Colour

@ReadInColour readincolour
Reading & Eating


River City Reading Shannon  @rivercityreadng rivercityreading
Sally Kilpatrick Sally Kilpatrick  @SuperWriterMom superwritermom
Sarah's Book Shelves Sarah  @Sarahsshelves sarahsbookshelves
Seaside Book Nook


She Treads Softly Lori L  @SheTreadsSoftly

Shelf Addiction  Tamara  @ShelfAddiction

Silver's Reviews Silver @SilversReviews silversreviews
Stacy’s Books Stacy  @StacyBuckeye

Story Matters Katherine Scott Jones @KatherineSJones katherinescottjones
Stray Thoughts Barbara 

Suzy Approved Suzy Leopold @SuzyApproved suzyapprovedbookreviews 
Svetlana's Reads Svetlana 

Tales of the Marvelous Cheryl

Ten Penny Dreams Amy Lord @tenpennydreams tenpennydreams
That's What She Read Michelle Shannon @WhatSheRead whatsheread
The Baking Bookworm Laurie  @bakingbookworm bakingbookworm
The Book Date Kathryn Trask @theBookDate

The Book Diva's Reads Vivian  @BookDivasReads thebookdivareads
The Book Fetish Ashley Williams @mybookfetish

The Book Junkie Laura Agnella  @lagnella

The Book Musings Melinda @thebookmusings _thebookmusings
The Book Wheel Allison Hiltz @TheBookWheel thebookwheel
The Bookworm Chronicles Jessica 

The Boston Bibliophile Marie 

The Daily Dosage Marisa  @ddosage thedailydosageblog
The Nature of Things Dorothy Borders 

The New Dork Review of Books Greg Zimmerman  @NewDorkReview

The Silver Words Eli  @thesilverwords

The Suspense Is Thrilling Me Chelsea Humphrey @suspensethrill  @chelseahumphrey
The Sweet Escape D L White  @Author_DLWhite

The Well-Read Redhead Kelly  @TheWRRedhead @thewellreadredhead
The Writes of Woman Naomi  @Frizbot

This Perfectly Imperfect Life Jo Wnorowski @BloominChick bloomin.chick
Ting's Mom Books Karen W @TingsMom

Traveling With T Tamara Welch  @rockstar1023 rockstar1023
Unabridged Chick Audra @unabridgedchick unabridgedchick
Utah Mom's Life Cindy Braby @UtahMomsLife  utahmomslife
Wandering Bark Books Heather Wheat @hwheaties

We Be Reading Kristen M

West Metro Mommy Reads Melinda Ott 

Whisks & Words Dana Staves

WildmooBooks Chris Wolak @chriswolak chriswolak
Words and Peace


Words for Worms Katie  @katiebelle1121 wordsforwormskatie
Words of Mystery Lynne  @WordsofMystery wordsofmystery

Cool people I missed the first time around:
Adventures in Never Never Land  Hillary  T: Purplemoonmyst IG: Adventures In Never Never land
She Reads Novels   Helen