Update and why I’ve been MIA

I honestly don’t even know where and how to start this post because so much has happened over the past few months so I’m just going to dig right in by showing you 🙂

The picture is my own, but I bought the calendar from FrankandBunnylove on Etsy (follow this link to see her great shop!)

I am currently 17 weeks pregnant! My husband and I had been trying for almost a year, and with previous fertility issues we are over the moon excited for our newest little one. 

This pregnancy has been hard though y’all (actual picture of me below). 

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But seriously, My first pregnancy was pretty “easy” as far as pregnancies go; the birth story where I almost died is another story, but the pregnancy itself was smooth until the last few weeks. My second pregnancy was a little more complicated than the first, but I had no morning sickness and definitely had that coveted “pregnancy glow”.  

This pregnancy has been another story altogether. I have been considered “high risk” from the beginning because of health issues caused by my first two pregnancies, which we expected. I did not expect the crippling “morning sickness” (in quotes because if you have ever experienced this, it is most definitely more of “all day – 24/7 perpetual state of nausea and vomiting sickness“).  By the time I was 14 weeks I had lost about 20 pounds because I can’t keep anything down, but I have been sitting at that weight for the last few weeks so I am hoping the losing weight portion of it is over. The nausea/vomiting several times a day is still present, but I’m holding out hope that it will go away soon (apparently denial and delusions of grandeur are also symptoms of this pregnancy 😂).

On top of the sickness (or because of it) I have developed headaches that make it almost impossible to concentrate, especially on screens, books, etc. This has obviously impacted my ability to read and review for my blog, but honestly, the exhaustion has been a huge reason why I have been on a hiatus for so long. Another contributing factor for me not posting is because of my depression. I have been pretty open on my blog  (see here and here) about my depression in the past and would like to continue to do so. I have recently lost a lot of joy in the things I love to do so much: reading, blogging, interacting with fellow bloggers, and bookstagramming. I think the combination of not being on meds right now, being unable to eat anything of significance, not being able to go to the gym (because of my nausea – lets just say the dead-lift floor at my gym will always remind me of the smell of vomit and sweat Image result for sick emoji), and pregnancy hormones are taking their toll on me. Honestly, I have been trying to post this for a while now, but just couldn’t find the motivation. 

If you’re still with me – thank you! I am trying to find joy in the things I used to so I decided my first step is to begin blogging again. My goal at this point is to post at least once a week. Because the headaches are still impacting my ability to read much, they may be weekly memes and such for now.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for following my blog. 

Book Blitz – Amnesia by Cambria Hebert

I don’t normally do Book Blitz posts, but I knew I had to read this book as soon as I read the synopsis. I already picked up my copy, get yours here today!



Amnesia
Cambria Hebert
Publication date: June 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

I washed ashore in a little lake town.
A place where everyone knows everyone, yet…
No one knows me.
I don’t know me.
If a woman doesn’t know her own name, does she really exist?
I don’t know my natural hair color, my birthdate, or where I live.
I am invisible.
To everyone, to everything, even to myself.
Except to him.
I see the recognition deep in his stare, the way it lingers on my face as if I’m a puzzle he’s desperate to put together.
I just want answers, the truth… knowledge.
His lips are sealed. Still, his eyes beguile me.
I can’t trust anyone, not even myself. Someone wants me dead, the same someone who tried to bury me in a watery grave.
They’ll come for me again… I won’t know their face.
I don’t even know mine.
I am amnesia.

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EXCERPT:

Slivers of light pricked my eyelids, which up until this moment seemed far too heavy to lift. As I lay against something soft at my back, thought and awareness barely registered.

The gritty feeling as I struggled to raise my eyelids scraped and burned over my eyeballs as if warning me it wasn’t a good idea. Swallowing past the sandpaper in my throat, I stopped working and lay still. Cognizance slowly came forward in the form of something weighing me down and the echo of footsteps nearby.

Adrenaline jackknifed through me, and my body arched upward with the force of my gasp. The weight of whatever held me caused severe panic to fill me, and I began to fight against it.

“No!” I screamed, flailing about, trying to escape the binds. “Let me go!”

High-pitched beeping filled my ears, and the footsteps I’d heard grew more insistent and much closer.

He was coming!

“No!” I screamed.

Strong hands grabbed my arms and pinned me down. I tried to fight back, but they were much stronger than me. Kicking my legs, I tried to free them, but even more weight came down, holding them still until I was gasping for breath and ready to beg.

“Please!” I pleaded as wetness coated my cheeks. It made me realize the grittiness under my lids was rinsed away, and my eyes sprang open.

A man was leaning over me. He had graying hair and wore some kind of white shirt. The scream that ripped right out of me scared us both.

More hands and voices came out of nowhere, and I thrashed around again.

“Miss!” the man yelled. “Miss, calm down.”

“Get away from me!” I screamed again.

“Miss!” another voice yelled, a woman this time. Turning in her direction, I saw a pair of kind brown eyes staring at me. “We aren’t trying to hurt you.”

I calmed some, but the thundering of my heart made me feel as if I might spiral out of control. “You aren’t?”

“No.” The woman, who was also dressed in white, spoke. “You’re at a hospital. You were in an accident.”

“W-what?” I stammered, collapsing back against the bed, no longer straining against the binds.

“You’re at a hospital.”

“You’re trying to hold me down!” I accused.

“We don’t want you to hurt yourself.” the woman explained. The hands, even the man’s, remained.

“I don’t like it,” I admitted, recoiling.

The man straightened, stepping back. The nurse was slower to withdraw, but she did so after a few seconds.

“My legs,” I rasped. Suddenly, my throat hurt.

“It’s just the blankets.”

A quick glance down proved I was covered with blankets. Between suspicious glances at the people crowding my room (there were four), I gazed around, concluding I was in fact in a hospital.

“I don’t understand,” I admitted, all my weight pressing into the bed.

“It’s okay,” the man replied. He was a doctor, with a name badge and a stethoscope. “It’s completely normal and expected to be confused after the ordeal you’ve been through.”

“What ordeal?” I asked instantly, anxiety pressing in on my ribcage.

“We were hoping you could tell us,” the doctor said.

“What?” My brows furrowed.

The nurse leaned close, over the side of the bed. I noticed the railings were pulled up on each side. It made me feel as if I were in jail. Instantly, I hated it and began shoving at the bars, trying to push them down.

“Okay, hang on,” the nurse said and put the rails down. Once it was done, she pinned me with an insistent stare. “You have to stay still. You can’t thrash around. You’ll rip out your IV and reinjure yourself.”

“What happened to me?” I asked for what felt like the fifteenth time. I looked around at the four people in the room, hoping one of them would just spit it out.

The doctor motioned to two of the nurses and then quietly left the room.

I glanced back at the nurse. “Can you tell us your name?” she asked.

“My name?” I nodded once, then opened my mouth… only nothing came out.

Anxiety spiked in me again; I started to become agitated. “I… don’t know.”

“Calm down.” The nurse reminded me.

How dare she tell me to calm down? I couldn’t even remember my name.

Oh my God, I didn’t know my own name!

“I don’t remember!” I gasped, jerking up into a sitting position. “Why can’t I remember?”

Before I could fling the covers off and jump out of bed, the doctor was there, pinning me back down. “If you don’t calm down, we’ll have to sedate you. I don’t want to do that. You’ve been out long enough.”

I stilled. “How long?”

“A while.” The nurse hedged.

I ignored her. She was terrible with questions. “How long?” I demanded.

“A little over two months,” the doctor replied.

I gasped. “What’s my name?” I yelled.

I’d been here for two months and they were asking for my name? Shouldn’t they know it?

The doctor wasn’t looking at me; he was looking at the nurse, giving her a curt nod. She rushed out of the room.

“No!” I shouted. “No drugs! Please! Tell me my name. I just want to know my name.”

“You need to calm down. You’ve had a great deal of trauma, miss.”

I dropped back against the pillow, boneless. He called me miss. “You don’t know my name, do you?” I asked, meek.

Sensing all my energy was drained away, he moved back. A frown pulled at his lips. “You were brought in with no identification.” He began.

Fear unlike anything I’d ever felt wrapped around my heart and squeezed. I searched every corner of my mind for something. Anything.

There was nothing.

“I don’t remember…” I whispered.

The doctor seemed to soften. “I know this must be very scary, to wake up and be so disoriented.”

I laughed, but it wasn’t a humorous sound. I wished I were disoriented right then.

“You’ve been through a lot. Give it a few days. Now that you’re awake, your mind will catch up and you will remember.”

“I will?” I asked.

“There’s a good chance.”

Disappointment speared me. “If I don’t?”

“Let’s take it one day at a time.” He placated me.

“Easy for you to say. You know your name.”

A ghost of a smile appeared on his face. “Time.” He reminded me.

The nurse came through the door, holding a syringe, and I cringed away.

“I don’t think we’re going to need that,” the doctor told her.

I let out an audible sigh.

He glanced around again. “Now that you’re awake, I’ll get you down for testing.”

“What kind of testing?” I asked.

“Routine stuff for someone who’s been in a coma.”

Nothing about this was routine. I was in coma… for two months. And I didn’t even know my name.

When both the nurse and doctor were gone and I was alone, my eyes overflowed with tears and a formidable feeling of dread crowded inside me. The doctor said there was “a good chance” I would remember my name very soon.

The problem was it wasn’t just my name I needed to remember…

It was everything.

 

Author Bio:

Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

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Lightness Falling (Lightness Saga Book 2) 004In gaining the crown, Kennedy lost friends, her first love, and her heart.

And now her throne is being threatened.

In this time of turmoil, radical groups surface trying to kill her and take down the kingdom. Kennedy is forced to go undercover and penetrate one of these groups with the help of the one person she has sworn against ever seeing again.

Lorcan Dragen. The one man she let in, but cannot have.

What she has to do to save her falling reign is dangerous, foolish, and impossible. That doesn’t even come close to the truth she discovers along the way.

Kennedy’s world is flipped upside down with heartbreaking discoveries, betrayal, secrets, lies…and a darkness Kennedy won’t be able to fight.

Herself.

When lightness falls, darkness rises. Which side will win? Find out in the conclusion of Kennedy’s story.

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April Wrap-up

Hey look! It’s May 14th and I’m FINALLY getting around to my monthly wrap up. See what had happened was….no good excuse, lol. I’ve just been caught up with life. Being a “baseball mom” is killling me. 

Overall for April I read 9 books, bought 7 physical books, received 2 Arcs, and bought 5 audio books. I actually started utilizing my library in April so I’ve only bought what really interests me, books I want to reread, or books not available at my library.

I don’t include eBooks on here because I buy an obscene amount of those and I’m not ever in a mood for a self-induced guilt trip. So we are just going to pretend they didn’t happen. That’s how Adulting works right? Just ignore the things you don’t want to think about? 😉



Bookish Stuff




Physical Book Haul:

  1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review here
  2. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  3. Given to the Sea by MindyMcGinnis – I got this in my April Fairy Loot
  4. Living with the Living Dead by Greg Garrett – I received this as an ARC from Oxford University Press!
  5. Watch me Disappear by Janelle Brown – I received this as an ARC from Random House! I AM SO EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK.
  6. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  7. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness – so I bought both of these used from Amazon, and the bookstore sent me a hardcover instead of paperback. Normally this would be okay, but it doesn’t match the first two books now 🙁
  8. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – Review here
  9. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – Review here

Bookish Items:

I got the bag, the bookmark, the pin, the magnet, the ACOMAF coffee mug, and the notebook all from my FairyLoot box this month! If you haven’t subscribed to their box I highly recommend it! I got this adorable Chip coffee mug from the Disney Store, and 6 new Funkos! Links for those below:


Audio Book haul:

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  1. From Burning Ashes by Stacey Marie Brown
  2. Dirty Sexy Saint by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde
  3. Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown
  4. The Silent Waters by Brittany C. Cherry
  5. Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Books Read and Reviewed:

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Review Links:

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  1. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (YA, Sci-Fi ) 4/5 stars
  2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (YA, Sci-Fi ) 5/5 stars
  3. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh (YA, Fantasy, Retellings) 4/5 stars
  4. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab (YA, Fantasy) 4/5 stars
  5. The Glitch by Ramona Finn (YA, Sci-fi) 4/5 stars

Books Read and Not Reviewed:

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These books were read but not reviewed either because the book either doesn’t fit the scope of this blog, or I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’ve added stars next to the titles to show if I recommend it or not though 🙂

  1. Across the Divide by Stacey Marie Brown (NA, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy) 5/5 stars
  2. Alex by Sawyer Bennett (Contemporary Romance) 3/5 stars
  3. Garrett by Sawyer Bennett (Contemporary Romance) 3/5 stars
  4. From Burning Ashes by Stacey Marie Brown (NA, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy) 5/5 stars
  5. The Silent Waters by Brittany C. Cherry – DNF this book. I might come back to it, but it was very cliche up to about 25%, which is where I put it down.

I had intended to do this post as a mini wrap up, but it appears that was not meant to be. So thanks for sticking it out and reading my two week late wrap up 😂

FairyLoot Unboxing!

I got my very first FairyLoot box this month and I am so excited to share it with you! I love it!! It’s definitely my favorite sub box I’ve ever gotten and I plan on getting this box every month now. 

Side Note: my poor DHL delivery driver. This box got delivered at 11:30 PM last Friday night! I couldn’t believe he was out delivering so late! 

 

This goes without saying…but spoilers ahead for the APRIL box!

 

March OwlCrate Unboxing!

Hey everyone!

I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend. I received my very first OwlCrate yesterday and I am so excited to share it with you! If you also receive OwlCrate and don’t want spoilers I would advise you not to click the “Read More” button 😉

OwlCrate is a monthly subscription box service. You receive a newly released hardcover YA novel and 3-5 bookish items, based on a theme. March’s theme was “Sailors, Ships, and Seas”. 

I live on the coast of North Carolina, USA and basically my whole house is nautical so I was stoked for this theme! 

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I hope you all have a great weekend! Are you going to see Beauty and the Beast? I am!

I’m likely going alone though because my sons aren’t very interested, lol.


February Wrap-Up

I can’t believe February is already over! I had a busy month. I turned 30 this month! I also read 15 books this month (however, 3 were novellas). 

My book haul was pretty substantial, too. I bought 14 physical books!


Book Haul List:

  1. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (YA, Fantasy)
  2. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (YA, Fantasy)
  3. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick (YA, Fantasy)
  4. Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick (YA, Fantasy)
  5. Gilded Cage by Vic James, Recieved as an ARC (YA, Fantasy) Review here
  6. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Sci-fi, Post-apocalyptic)
  7. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (YA, Fantasy) Review here!
  8. If I Could Tell You by Elizabeth Wilhide, Received as an ARC (Women’s Fiction, Historical)
  9. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson (Non-Fiction, Humor)
  10. Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway (Contemporary YA)
  11. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken  (YA, Fantasy)
  12. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (YA, Fantasy) Review here!  
  13. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones  (YA, Fantasy)
  14. Throne of Glass Coloring Book 

I bought some eBooks, but I can’t even remember which ones right now. I also bought 8 audio books (oops, sorry bank account, lol)!

Audio Book haul:

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, narrated by Elizabeth Evans (YA, Fantasy)
  2. Relentless by Karen Lynch, narrated by Caitlin Greer (YA, Fantasy)
  3. Grim by M.K. Eidem, narrated by Commodore James and Laura Jennings (Paranormal Romance)
  4. Twist Me: The Complete Trilogy by Anna Zaires, narrated by Shirl rae and Roberto Scarlato (Contemporary Romance)
  5. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan, narrated by Kris Koscheski and Emily Durante (Contemporary Romance)
  6. City in Embers by Stacey Marie Brown, narrated by Amy Landon (Fantasy)
  7. The Gatekeeper’s Sons by Eva Pohler, narrated by Debbie Andreen (YA, fantasy)
  8. Unbreakable by Rebecca Shea, narrated by Amy Landon and Zach Villa (Contemporary Romance)

Books Read and Reviewed:

Regress (The Alliance Chronicles #1)     

Review Links:

  1.  Regress by SF Benson (YA, Dystopian) 2/5 stars
  2. Making Bad Choices by Rita Stradling (Contemporary Romance) 4/5 stars
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (YA, Fantasy) 4/5 stars
  4. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (YA, Fantasy) 5/5 stars
  5. Gilded Cage by Vic James (YA, Fantasy, Dystopian) 4/5 stars
  6. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (YA, Fantasy) 4/5 stars
  7. Reign of Blood by Alexia Purdy (YA, Fantasy) 2/5 stars

Books Read and Not Reviewed:

These books were read but not reviewed either because the book either doesn’t fit the scope of this blog, or I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’ve added stars next to the titles to show if I recommend it or not though 🙂

Rhapsodic (The Bargainer Book 1) by [Thalassa, Laura] Ruin Me: The Complete Series Box Set (City by the Bay Series Book 1) by [Thomas, C.J.] Archer's Voice by [Sheridan, Mia] Slumber by [Young, Samantha] 

  1. Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa 4/5 stars
  2. Ruin Me (I read Volumes 1-3) by CJ Thomas 2/5 stars
  3. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan 5/5 stars
  4. Slumber by Samantha Young 4/5 stars (Review to Come)
  5. Heir of Fire 5/5 stars (Review to Come)

Wow. Sorry that was so long! If you made it this far, I have an announcement this week for a giveaway! I’ll post more in a couple days 🙂

 

 

Happy Release Day to Lifeblood!

I want to wish a Happy Book Birthday to Gena Showalter for her release of Lifeblood today!

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The harder you fight, the more you bleed.

It’s time to do what I was born to do. It’s time to arise and shine.

Whatever I face—be it war, persecution, hunger, simple threats or my Second-death—I will not be deterred. Night will be replaced by day, and those who cry in the dark will rejoice in the morning.

The day is about to dawn. Time is short. Let the battle begin.

“My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.”

With her last living breath, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she’s never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.”

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I will be going to the Barnes and Noble in Jacksonville, NC tomorrow to insert these name plates and bookmarks in 5 books! Also, if you live in this area I would love to go get some coffee and book nerd out with you! Use my contact me form so we can meet up! I will update my Insta once I’ve completed this task! 


My Birthday!

Hey everyone!

I was going to do a couple meme/feature posts this weekend and today, but it’s my birthday today so I decided to skip them. 🙂

 

Today I turn…….

30

At first, I thought “age is just a number”, “you’re only as old as you feel”, and everything else that older people always tell you to feel during pivotal birthdays.  


And then, about a week ago it really hit me. 30. No longer in my twenties. No longer in the age group where I can make bad decisions and chalk it up to “youth”. Maybe 29 was pushing those limits anyway, but I everything I do from this point forward for the next ten years will be described as something I did “in my 30’s”.  

I know I shouldn’t have let it bother me, but it did. It really did. My mood quickly changed.


After spending the weekend with my two kids and husband I’m in a different spot this morning.

-I may not be exactly where I wanted to be career-wise, but I will get there. I’m taking steps to apply to grad school so I can finish my degree. In lieu of going to college straight away I joined the US Navy and got to experience some pretty amazing things in the 6 years I was in. I often forget about that when I compare my own career to that of my peers. 

-I have two healthy, happy, and incredible kids. They can be assholes sometimes, but they mostly get it from me anyway. 

-I have a supportive and loving husband that most girls dream of having. We have been married for 11 years (I know, I got married young) and he still makes me feel like a newlywed. There is no one I’d rather ring in my 30’s with (even Rhysand from ACOMAF, and THAT IS SAYING SOMETHING). 

-I am (relatively) healthy. I started power-lifting last year and found that I have more strength than I gave myself credit for. I am empowered. 

-When I turned 20 I was still holding onto the opinions of others and changing myself to fit other people’s agendas. I have my own values and morals that have been sculpted and refined over the last 10 years. I have a sense of knowing who I am and what I like that only developed over the last 2-3 years. 

So I’ve decided to look at my 30’s as a new adventure rather than the end of an era. I am going to explore more of what I like and my own hobbies. I am going to enjoy watching my kids grow up and try not to cry when they don’t want snuggles from their mama anymore. I am going to continue loving my family as much as I can and showing them in as many ways as I can. And I am going to live without the burden of other people’s opinions weighing on me. 

 

Thanks for reading. 🙂 I hope you have a great day.