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Apr 25

Dewey Readathon April 2015

So, I am starting a few hours late, but let’s see what we can do!  My alarm clock never went off!  And of course I am behind at work so I am going to have so many distractions today, but hopefully I can get some reading in.  And off I go.  This post is where my updates will be!

UPDATE: So 5 and a half hours in and I am at about 30 pages into my book.  Life has a funny way of throwing us some curve balls.  I have missed out on some of the hourly challenges but I plan on paying more attention the rest of the day.  

Apr 25

Oh, Wow! It’s #Readathon Season

So, totally forgot that it was getting to be readathon time again.  Dewey’s starts in the morning!!!  Who else will be participating?  I am looking forward to trying to get some reading in.  Of course, we just moved, and I have a house full of kids, and I am under the gun at work, so who knows what I will really be able to accomplish, but I will give it a go nonetheless.  If I can finish one book, I will be pleased enough with myself.  Going to start with book 7 of Artemis Fowl, the Atlantis Complex, and see if I can get it knocked out since it has been on my TBR for far too long!

Apr 15

Survey Time, Readers. I Need Your Comments

So, the other day I announced that I would be starting a few new features on the blog.  One is going to be called “The Life and Times of an Autism Mom.”  The other is going to be reviews of non-book items.  Namely, well, products and stuff like that.

What I am wondering is does anyone have any suggestions on types of products they would like to see reviewed?  I don’t want to just throw random stuff at you and send you screaming for the hills.

Apr 12

So, Thinking about some new things

So, I know it has been very quiet around here and I need to work on that.  I have a bunch of reviews drafted that I need to just finish up and get them posted.  I am still reading and reviewing.  I just have been super busy in real life and balance has never been one of my strong suits.

I have a few things coming up that I am kind of excited about.  While this blog will primarily be about the books and such, I do want to broaden my horizons a bit, so I am starting to do product reviews as well.

Apr 01

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Rachel’s Deception by Karen Ann Hopkins



Karen Ann Hopkins returns with a gripping new book in the YA Temptation series. The powerful family saga continues with Noah’s little Sister in: 

Rachel’s Deception



  • Mark Rachel’s Deception on Goodreads
  • Publication: May 2015

Growing up Amish is difficult…but leaving it behind is even harder.


Noah was Amish…Rose wasn’t. Being together should have been impossible. But somehow they found a way to make it work. They are finally a family, but their happily-ever-after is still a long off. Will Rose and her friends be able to force real change?

Mar 31

Review: Speed Reading: The Ultimate Speed Reading Guide- How to Double or Triple your Reading Speed in just 7 Hours

Title:  Speed Reading: The Ultimate Speed Reading Guide – How to Double or Triple Your Reading Speed in Just 7 Hours
Author: Mike Pakulski
Page Count: 23
Where I got it: Kindle Freebie
Where you can get it: Amazon
How much: List Price 2.99
Format I read it in: Kindle








Mar 29

ARC Review: Hero Complex by Margaux Froley

Title:  Hero Complex:  A Keaton School Novel
Author:  Margaux Froley
Publisher:  Soho Teen
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Page Count:  224
Where I got it:  Netgalley
Where you can get it: Amazon
How much: List Price 17.99
Format I read it in: eARC






Mar 14

Black, White and Read Presents: Music to Write by, My Soundtrack for The Red Road by Jenni Wiltz

The Red Road



Music to Write By: My Soundtrack for The Red Road
If your life had a soundtrack, what song would it start with? What song captures your first kiss, the day realized your parents were only human, or the day someone close to you almost lost their life?
For my latest book, The Red Road, I spent a lot of time picking the songs for its playlist. I knew the story would go to some dark places that, in real life, I’d never want to think about. I figured that if I listened to a song that captured the feeling I wanted, I’d have an easier time writing those emotional scenes. As I wrote, my playlist grew to 64 songs. Check it out on YouTube:

Mar 11

Black, White and Read Presents a Review of The Red Road by Jenni Wiltz with Giveaway

The Red Road
The Red Road by Jenni Wiltz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am having a hard time writing this review without spoilers but I am going to try very hard to accomplish just that. Be warned, I may not succeed so proceed with reading at your own risk.

Gang wars are real and frightening and something people who don’t have to live with it prefer not to think about. I am glad to see a young adult novel that faces something real for once. There tends to be a school of thought that wants to shield young people from this kind of reality. Ms. Wiltz is not among them.

Mar 01

Black, White and Read Presents: Barbara Pietron, YA Author – An Interview and Awesome Giveaway

BP BannerI have the pleasure of hosting on a blog tour for this exciting YA author. In case you don’t know who Barbara Pietron is:

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved books. Many of my most vivid memories are book-related; like the thrill of my first library card, being blown away by Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot when I was thirteen, riding my bike to the library until I finally got a car, and the agony of waiting for semester break in college to read a novel (because if I started a book, my homework suffered!). I also like listening to alternative rock, sewing, gardening, and camping. I’m a mom, a cancer survivor, and a former automotive corporate employee, now working in a library.