September 19, 2017

Listened & Loved: SuperSoul Conversations, Tanis, Rabbits, Tumanbay Podcasts

Hey there Supies! How's the last been? It's been a whirlwind for sure what with all the hurricanes and political storms that are filling our news feeds lately, current events have become more compelling than any fiction I currently have. You just can't write a lot of these shit up! In between breaking news alerts, I've been enmeshed in podcasts, toggling from one show to the next, mixing fiction and non-fiction depending on my mood.

September 12, 2017

Loved It: Of Flame and Light by Cecy Robson + Midnight Texas

I guess lightning doesn't strike twice.

At least IMHO as far as Charlaine Harris' Midnight Texas is concerned. I haven't read the books so I can't say if the TV series is faithful to the series or not. But the boob tube version is mediocre at best. The first two episodes were good then it was a just a slow decline for me from there. I love the storyline of the psychic, Manfred Bernardo, but the rest of the cast felt so bland to me, supernatural or not. Also, there's always a LOT going on that you're in this constant level of excitement and that becomes your normal. There are no high and lows and the lack of build-up stunts the suspense factor. Again, I haven't read the books so I don't know if it's the same and if it is, that would not be my cup of tea. I could hardly keep up with the events in the TV series, visual aids and all, I'm sure I'll feel lost reading it. 

September 7, 2017

Shots of YA: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake + Nashville Cocktails

What's your poison? 

I can't remember the number of times I've been asked this question. And just to be clear, I'm referring to alcohol (say NO to drugs, kids!) and since I've started dieting, I have to abstain from craft beers and drink liquor if I want to partake. I'm not a SHOTS! girl, now that I have a 21yo, I can't risk being turned into a meme so cocktails it is!

August 30, 2017

Cozied Up This Summer with Tonya Kappes, Maia Chance, Chrystle Fiedler, & Carrie Doyle

Wilson County Fair 2017
Lebanon, TN

Summer. I have a love and hate relationship with this season. I love how it almost automatically makes everyone peppy, basking in the warmth of the sun before the long, cold days of Winter rolls in. We got lucky here in Middle Tennessee, this Summer isn't as punishingly hot as the previous ones however that also drew in a LOT of tourists. Great for out state's economy, but navigating the city has become an effing bitch because of the traffic. 

As the adage goes: "if you can't beat them, join them!", so join them I did! One weekend I played tourist in the bustling city of Nashville and signed up for a Scavenger Hunt, not only did I learn some fascinating trivia about my town, I also discovered new hideaways. I strongly recommend you guys do this whether you're visiting a new city or want to get reacquainted with your own. Also, check Groupon first, that's where I got my ticket and there's a variety of hunts you can do. 

Reading wise, I've been at a turtle pace. I don't necessarily think I'm in a slump, I just felt a strong disinterest for books in the past few weeks. Ghastly I know, I promise you I was extremely frustrated because I was afraid that I'm turning into a non-reading person! Eep! In any case, I managed to read a few cozies and below's the rundown:

FIXIN' TO DIE by Tonya Kappes 
(Kenni Lowry 1 | 2016 | Henry Press)
I love Tonya Kappes and it's a no-brainer that I have to meet Sherriff Kenni Lowry. I had fun with Fixin' To Die and getting acquainted with Kenni's little Kentucky town as well as her quirky neighbors. The romantic tangent here is delicious too! I'll be following Kenni's dating adventures for sure. At the moment, TKappes' Ghostly Southern Mysteries still remain as my favorite, I find Emma Lee and her town of Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky more developed and full-bodied than Kenni Lowry. Then again, this is just the first of the series so my opinion might change as I continue on with the series.

(Discreet Retrieval Agency | 2015 | Minotaur Books)
Thanks Sophia (fellow blogger who you'll find moonlighting everywhere these days) for featuring this! 

Come Hell or Highball is my first Maia Chance and I absolutely love our first date! This series is set during the Prohibition era featuring a widow who's forced to utilize her snooping skills as a detective for hire to survive and pay off her bills and debts after her rich husband left her with nothing. This series is perfect for fans of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries what with its family drama, unique fashion, hifalutin lifestyles, high society intrigues, and scandalous murders. Lola Woodby will captivate you with her charm while her trusty sidekick and Swedish cook, Berta, will have you chuckling thanks to her dry sense of humor.

DANDELION DEAD by Chrystle Fiedler 
(A Natural Remedies Mystery 4 | 2016 | Pocket Books)
This is my second book in this series and it's yet to win me over. If the characters were real people, I would be delighted to have them as my friends or neighbor, but as fictional characters, they're a little too normal for my taste. Even the threat of a killer on the loose doesn't incite strong emotions from me. What's cool about this series though is all the trivia about herbs and plants and their therapeutic and medicinal properties. Other than that, I'm passing up on the rest of the books.

(2016 | Dunemere Books)
I binge-read this series and to be honest, Antonia Bingham didn't impress me. She's cute but her character was a little dry in the beginning. But her earnestness and mild naivete managed to charm me and now I'm a fan! Antonia Bingham is a foodie AND curvy so that made her accessible to me. 

Antonia is a busy bee so there's always something going on in her world whether it's flirting with a movie star, going on double dates with her bestie, managing her thriving inn, fending off unwanted advances from a local reporter, or investigating a murder, Antonia will keep your attention and will continue to entertain you. I'm a little wary of the brewing romance between Antonia and her movie star suitor, it's bordering on douchey as he's still married (on the rocks) and is already "courting" Antonia. I'm sure it's going to work out but it's not the best prelude and failed to give me the feels. Highly anticipating the next one to see how it goes down.

The cover arts are linked to its Goodreads 
page for your perusal at your liesure.

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