A French Princess in Versailles Book Blitz

Series: The French Girl #3

Release date: June 30th 2014

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21466802-a-french-princess-in-versailles

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Determined to escape her failed pop career and focus on her classical training, Maude Laurent moves back to France and enrolls at the prestigious National Academy of Arts. Between balls, charity events, concerts, and navigating in the French elite, Maude has to prove she’s cut out to become a professional opera singer in a world where pop music is regarded with disdain. Though she fights it, her past catches up with her when she meets an English teacher who forces her to see a world beyond the safety of the Academy and takes her down an unusual musical journey where the risk is great and the reward uncertain. And when a chain of events bring her and Matt back in the same town, Maude will learn that music can bring people closer or tear them apart forever.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born in France, raised partly in the United States and in France, Anna Adams grew up loving stories in French and English. Anna currently lives in Paris where she studies at la Sorbonne as a Law Student. She’s the author of the French Girl series for which she is writing the the third instalment. When she isn’t writing, Anna likes to travel in Europe and dreams of going to Asia and Africa.

Strolling in Storyland | Anna Adams (ADAMSANNA1) on Twitter

 

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Monday Mashups for 2 Jun 2014

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing:

 

I’ve just discovered clean, teen romance novels. I’m slow to realize that this is actually a thing. I read all the Twilight books, and I read Anna and the French Kiss, and those are romance. I like contemporary books, but it never occurred to me that romance books had more than “but he was soooo cute” kind of attitude in the main character.

I bought To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. I’m looking forward to some slight fantasy and (hopefully) not a lot of bedroom details. I’m not going to hold my breathe on that with the first book now that I’ve read the reviews. *sigh* I understand it’s part of a teenager’s life, but I don’t remember any of us having books that had light innuendos and flirting. The romance stuff was for adult books – and who the heck wanted to read those at age 16?

Anyway, that’s my new quest in books I can just enjoy and read for entertainment. Wish me luck!

 

Happy Reading and Happy Monday!

Forever Layla Release Day for 27 Mar 2014

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Title: Forever Layla

Release date: May 27th 2014

Publisher: AltWit Press

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20987577-forever-layla

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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

What if the woman you envied most is the person you are destined to become?
In 1994, high school senior David Foster was the lackey and soundboard geek for his best friend’s grunge band. During spring break, the band lands a dream gig playing at a motel in Myrtle Beach, SC. David expected all the girls to ogle the guys on stage, but when a beautiful blond “Bond Girl” approaches him and calls him by name, he’s shocked to find out she knows more about him than a stranger should.
She even knows about his notebooks and his visions of time travel.
What she thought was a quick time-travel-sightseeing trip takes a surprising turn when she meets the young adult version of the man she’d heard stories about as a child. His fairy-tale romance with the woman he’d loved, Layla, inspired her to accept nothing less than a love just as strong…but hopefully not as tragic. When she won’t tell the younger version of him her name, he calls her Layla–and the world as she knows it changes forever.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melissa Turner Lee holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She has studied fiction writing since 2008, attending various writing conferences and workshops, along with guidance from professional writing coaches. She resides in Spartanburg, SC with her husband and 3 sons.

Blog | facebook.com/MelissaTurnerLee | @melissatlee1975

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Friday Reads for 7 Mar 2014

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!


My Finds:

       

        

        

       

     

Happy Reading, Happy October, and Happy Friday!

 

WWW Wednesday 26 Feb 2014 (Find out what I am reading this week)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

  Luxe by Anna Godbersen

This is different than what I usually read, but it seems pretty interesting despite being in 3rd person (I tend to put 3rd person POV books on the “maybe” pile.)

  Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

I am about half way through this, but I may put it on the TBR Later pile. I really liked the story at first. It’s about friendship and dealing with death of a boyfriend. Then it got into the other issues – first the teen pregnancy thing, someone that was never remotely hinted at earlier, then it added dementia in a grandparent. However, I feel like it’s an absolutely authentic teen book, because I remember issues being important to read about in a fiction book. It opens the readers’ eyes to what some people have to go through. I like Sarah Dessen’s writing, I just don’t know if I’ll finish this anytime soon.

What did you recently finish reading?

 Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

  Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

What do you think you’ll read next?

  The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

One of my favorite authors has a new book! I read the Kindle sample and really liked it. I don’t buy books too much these days, but I can’t wait to read this.

  Panic by Lauren Oliver

Another great author, but not sure how soon I’ll get to this.

    All American Girl and Avalon High by Meg Cabot

I’m much more likely to read one of these two next. I love Meg Cabot because her characters have such a good voice.

 

Happy Reading and Happy Wednesday!

Kindle Sundays for 26 Jan 2014

I’m making up a new category for the blog because I tend to have lots and lots of random book samples on my Kindle. Since it’s Sunday, and lately I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut, I thought I should mention what ebook I’ve downloaded recently.

(Plus, if I have a category for every day of the week, I can appropriately post whenever the whim strikes me.)

With my disenchantment with every book I have on my To Read list, I decided to read something I wouldn’t generally read, hence Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding.

I have this checked out from the library on my Kindle and I’m liking it so far. I’ve seen the movie a bunch of times, and I know the other books/movies aren’t as great, but this one is cute. Makes me want to write in a diary even more!

The key to this book is the voice, which is distinct and gives such life to the story. It’s cute, fun, and Bridget is far from perfect, but we love her just the way she is.

Now, how soon it will be until I have another Kindle Sundays post, I don’t know. I haven’t finished anything since The One and Only Ivan that is short and I finished in a day. Actually, I haven’t finished any other books since before Christmas, so yeah, the holidays have scrambled my brains a little. Hope I can get back into my reading habit soon, even if it means stepping out of my comfort zone and finding other genres to get interested in.

Happy Reading and Happy Sunday!

 

WWW Wednesday 08 Jan 2014 (Find out what I am reading this week)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

I found this while I was searching the library shelves on my Kindle. I’ve only read parts of Little Women, but I watched the movie with Winona Ryder and Claire Danes plenty of times when I was in college, so I know the basic story. Some reviewers thought the author didn’t do the original work justice, but since I don’t have a big emotional attachment to it, I find it quite interesting.

What did you recently finish reading?

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

I finished this while lying in bed last Saturday morning. It was such a touching story, and I was glad to start of my year of reading with such a unique middle grade novel. Thanks to everyone who recommended it.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Per my 2014 Book Bingo Challenge, I think I’m going to go with a classic next. Since I’m on the topic, I may as well finally read all of this. It’s been on my TBR list for ages too. It’s just one that I just never got around too, even though I’ve owned copies. Sad, I know. (Don’t you just love this cover?)

Happy Reading and Happy Wednesday!

 

Two Things Tuesdays for 07 Jan 2014

 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teasers:

“Honestly, no matter how often Jo reminded me that I was fourteen, I couldn’t help but feel like I was surrounded by a group of people much younger than me, less sophisticated. Well, maybe because I was” (Chapter Three, 14%).

Also, I have signed up for the 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge! Go visit Reading In Winter where you can find the rules and join the challenge at any time during the year.

If you are interested in expanding your reading goals even more, here are 7 Reading Challenges to Join in 2014.

Happy Reading, Happy New Year, and Happy Tuesday!

Friday Reads for 2 Aug 2013

      

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

My finds:

Happy Reading and Happy Friday!

Friday Finds for 28 Jun 2013

This weekend I’ll be reading Deenie by (the great) Judy Blume. I am in a reading and writing funk, so I need to rekindle my tween-aged love of books this weekend. I absolutely adored this one. Read it so many times, and always think about it when I see Natalie Wood in Spendor in the Grass.

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

My finds:

Happy Reading and Happy Friday!