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Courtney Cole’s UNTIL WE FLY Release Day Launch!

July 7, 2014 Katie A Uncategorized 0 Comments

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Courtney Cole’s UNTIL WE FLY!! UNTIL WE FLY is an amazing NA contemporary romance and the fourth novel in Courtney’s Beautifully Broken Series!!

Until We Fly

 

EXCERPT:

“You don’t want me here?” she asks breathily, her fingers curled around the counter edge. Her knuckles are white.

“I didn’t say that,” I answer quietly, still not moving. Because right now, with her soft curves pressed into me, I do want her here.

And unfortunately, my dick chooses this moment to agree with me. 
It hardens against her and her eyes widen.

“I see,” she murmurs. 
I rotate away, straightening up and leaning on my crutches once again.

“Sorry about that,” I tell her. “I hope I didn’t crush you.”

With my hard-on.

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UNTIL WE FLY Synopsis:

Ex-Army Ranger, Brand Killien, has always been good.

A good friend, a good soldier, a good everything. .

The problem is, good hasn’t gotten him anything but a crushed heart.

So after licking his wounds, he decides to move on. And moving on doesn’t include being good anymore.

Bad sounds so much better.

Jaded and detached, Brand is determined to never open himself up to anyone again. It’s not worth the pain. Instead, he becomes closed, hardened, aloof.

But then he’s called back home for a family emergency… a family that he is estranged from. A family that he put out of his mind a long time ago for very good reasons…reasons that involve secrets and pain. Reasons he tried hard to forget.

But home is where the heart is, and it just might be where Brand finds his again.

Why? Because home is where Nora Greene is. A fiery, red-headed spitfire, Nora is a thing from his past. A beautiful, feisty thing. When Brand left, she was away at boarding school.

But she’s back now.

And she wants Brand, scars and all.

UNTIL WE FLY on Goodreads

And don’t miss the other Beautifully Broken, now available:

Beautifully Broken series 1-3

IF YOU STAY

IF YOU LEAVE

BEFORE WE FALL

Praise for the Beautifully Broken Series:

“I loved If You Stay. Like, really really loved it. The kind of love that kept me reading until 2:40 am and left me crying, smiling, devastated, and elated. The best kind of book love.” – Andrea, The Bookish Babe

“Beautiful, raw, gritty, emotional and breath-taking are just a few of the words I can find to describe this book…reading this book was one of the best experiences I have had.” –Amanda, Globug and Hootie Need a Book

“In If You Leave, we continue the wild ride Courtney Cole started us on in If You Stay. This raw story of heartbreak and hope solidifies Cole’s standing as a rising star in hot contemporary romance.”New York Times Bestselling author of Down to You, M. Leighton

“Another raw, gritty masterpiece with a sexy-as-hell Army Ranger to swoon over.” — K.A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths

HeadshotABOUT COURTNEY COLE:

Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

 

 

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Armchair BEA: Introduction!

May 26, 2014 Katie A Uncategorized 11 Comments

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This is my first year participating in Armchair BEA and I am really excited to be a part of this! The chance to interact with other bloggers, make new friends and have fun at the same time is a perfect combination.

Without further hesitation… here is my introduction!

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from? I’m Katie, 29 years old and I’m a book blogger from (HOT) northern California. I have been blogging here at Worn Down Glories since August 2013, but have years of blogging experience before that. I got into blogging because I love being able to keep a place to write about life, my experiences and now being able to add my love of books into this is even more exciting! spring 2014

2. Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. — so we can connect more online. My tagline says it all when it comes to my approach to this blog: “living life, loving love and reading”. My blog is a mix of whatever adventures I find myself in, posts about my relationship and how we make it work despite being long distance and my love of reading. I wanted to keep it light, fun and to capture my personality. You can find me on: Twitter, Instagram and GoodReads.

3. What genre do you read the most? I love to read because ___________________ . I generally read YA the most and you’ll see a lot of it featured here on the blog. Every now and then I’ll pick up a New Adult if I find one that captures my attention or an adult fantasy novel. I love reading because it’s allowed me to explore who I am and how far I’ve come over the years. Reading has also allowed me to confront some very hard situations I faced and has helped me begin to heal from those experiences. I love to come home at the end of the day and curl up with a book and spend hours reading – it’s such a great way to relax!

4. What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year? My favorite book I read last year has to be IF YOU STAY by Courtney Cole. That book hit me like a brick, forced me to confront some very real situations I’d gone through and really set me on the path to healing. I walked around in a daze for awhile after reading it and it quickly became one of my favorites. It has a very special place in my heart. My favorite book this year would be THE SUMMER I WASN’T ME by Jessica Verdi. An emotionally hard book to read because it echoed so much of my own coming out experience, but man! I needed that book in my life and it was a book that truly lifted some burdens off of my shoulders. I laughed, I cried, I was angry.. but this book was powerful and had such an impact on me.

5. What book would you love to see as a movie? Shadow and Bone! Siege and Storm! PLEASE. I love those books to pieces and being able to see them as movies would just… I can’t even explain it. I think I’d die of joy, but then I’d have a lot of feels over Mal and Alina and probably cry. Anyway. I think the Grisha books would turn into amazing movies – not just because of the story, but because of the world building, the characters… just everything. Even just thinking about them as movies makes me flail around.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit about me. I am really excited to be taking part this year and I can’t wait to get to know some new people, make more blogging connections and of course, add more books to that ever growing pile. 😉

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Blog Tour: All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack & Giveaway

May 26, 2014 Katie A Blog Tour, Giveaway, Reviews 0 Comments

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Author: Cora Carmack

Published: May 13, 2014 by William Morrow

Genre: New Adult

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Synopsis:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

 

My Review:

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

I gave this book a rating of: ★★★★★

ALL LINED UP was the book to bring me out of my reading slump that seemed to drag on forever. I was instantly hooked from page one and didn’t want to stop reading. I took my kindle with me to work one night and once I had the kids in bed and asleep, I curled up on the couch and started reading.

I couldn’t stop. I couldn’t put it down, I didn’t want to put it down. Coming from someone who is really not that into sports and who doesn’t know much about football? I was sucked in immediately. I feel for the characters, I felt like I was right there with them on their journey together. I laughed, I cried, I swooned.

There was one quote from the story that I absolutely loved and hit close to home for me.

“I’ve found who pulls me together. You’re the only thing that makes me feel better when I’m tired or frustrated. You’re the thing that quiets all my worries and doubts and fears.”

To say that this quote hit me hard is an understatement, I read it and promptly burst into tears on the couch at work. Why? It’s everything I feel when it comes to my girlfriend. We’ve been together close to two years – she’s the one who puts me back together when I crumble, she is the one who calms me down on those bad days. To see a quote that sums up how I feel about my girl and our relationship brought tears to my eyes and made me realize even more how lucky I am to have her.

It’s been a week since I finished reading and I am still flailing over this book. I am telling everyone I can to buy it, read it and then tell me all about it while they read it. I cannot wait for more out of this series and to see where everyone is lead through the series!

If you’re looking for a book full of fun, great characters you will fall in love with, a pull-me-out-of-a-slump read and a read that will make you laugh, tug at your heart and swoon? ALL LINED UP is one you’ll want to read over and over again. I promise.

About the Author:

corabiopic Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Giveaway:

Don’t forget that you can enter the giveaway for a chance to win one of five signed copies of ALL LINED UP (US only). You can enter HERE!

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Better Not Bitter: My Coming Out Story

May 18, 2014 Katie A Whirlwind Life 4 Comments

“Forgive, sounds good. Forget, I’m not sure I could.”

 

That simple line from a song became something of a theme song to me back in the spring of 2007. I screamed to that song. I sobbed to that song. I sat in a numb daze to that song. For days, hours on end. It was the perfect song for what I had just experienced, and even today – seven years later, it still fits in so many ways.

I had made the choice to come out to a group of people that had been an huge and important group in my life. I had been a moderator on the Jeremy Camp message boards for a few years at that point, I spent hours on there – helping out, hosting discussions, being an encouragement to young girls. Yet at the same time, I knew the time had come where I was sick of hiding who I was, sick of feeling closed off, exhausted with feeling like I was living a double life because I couldn’t be myself. I knew that I was potentially getting myself into deep shit, but I knew more than anything that I had to do this.

I couldn’t keep living a life where I couldn’t be myself.

Believe me, I knew going into this that it could turn into a big disaster, but I didn’t ever think it would turn into what it did. Did I question myself? Yep. Did I nearly delete the entire post I had written, spilling everything out, full of complete honesty just before I posted it? Yep. Was I terrified? Beyond terrified. I knew that I would face backlash, that I wouldn’t be accepted and that I could very well lose people I considered friends.

I was ready for that. I knew what I had to do.

I did it. One evening, I sat down and wrote probably the most emotionally raw, honest post I’ve ever written anywhere. I came out as gay to over a thousand girls in the section of the board specifically meant for women and young women to converse. Even now, I can still feel my heart racing when I think about that moment. Everything seemed to slow down and I walked away from my computer not knowing what to expect.

When I woke up the next morning, nothing could have prepared me for what I saw. Initially, I was relieved (and crying) to see that some of the ladies there were accepting of me. They still loved me, they still cared about me. Did they all agree? No, but they still cared about me. They still wanted to be a part of my life. It wasn’t until later that things started to change drastically.

It wasn’t until a few hours later that everything really began to unfold. I logged back in after doing errands and things around the house to find a private message calling me a liar, that I was unfit to be a mentor, much less a moderator because I was a liar. Shocked, I closed the message and took a peek at the post I had originally started. It was bad, because of how bad it was – I blocked out most of what was said. Seven years later, I don’t remember many of the replies I was given aside from a select few. I’m not sure I want to. What I saw was enough.

Monday rolled around and when I logged in to do my daily moderator duties, shit hit the fan.

Not only was my moderating status removed (look, I knew there was a chance it would happen and I had accepted that), but I was beginning to see the tendrils of something very hideous and hurtful unfolding on the message board, by none other than one of the site admins.

He posted on the general section (accessible to well over ten thousand members, plus those who are not even registered on the board) of the board a huge, detailed post of what I had done. It wasn’t done politely, it was explicit and very bluntly titled “who loves the homosexual more?”. He insisted that he had emailed me and told me exactly why actions to remove my status were taken, yet I never received any e-mail, PM from any of the other staff members. Not a word.

Until he made that post.

He continued to publicly go on in that post about how it was okay to hurt the “homosexual” but that they must keep “them” in prayer because Satan has a hold on all of us. For a community who is based on loving all as Jesus loved THEM, this was far from it. It was sickening. It still is. Seven years later, it still disgusts me. Another staff member posted how sorry she was that she never got the chance to get in touch with me, to help me “heal” and to “shine”. For years, she had my contact info. Phone number, e-mail addresses, etc – nothing. It was all a joke to her, a way for her (as well as the other admin) to make themselves look better than me in any way possible.

In the following days after everything started to unfold and take shape, I was:

  • continually publicly humiliated
  • harrassed
  • stalked on various platforms
  • threatened

I was constantly begged to return. I had members stalking me, finding me everywhere they possibly could (several who found me on Facebook without knowing anything other than my first name). I was harrassed. I was told that I was a liar, that I was going to hell, that I would be stoned to death for being who I was. The public humiliation lasted for weeks.

The stalking? Lasted for years.

A long time friend asked me shortly after I came out, “why did you do it? You must have realized what possibly could have happened.” I did. I had seen how they talked about the LGBT community, the hate, the intolerance. I knew what I was going up against.

My reply to her?

“I was just so tired of hiding it. I was tired of keeping my mouth shut about it, especially when heated conversations about homosexuality came up. I knew it would be hard and I knew some really nasty things would be said, and I accepted that. It’s happened before to others. I just didn’t expect that the other staff would handle things like they did.

Most of all, I was just tired of having to hide it from everyone. After four years of doing that, it had finally gotten to the point where I just couldn’t do it anymore. ”

I was tired of hiding it. I was tired of not being myself.

After seven years, I still get angry. It still hurts. I still feel betrayed. I still have night terrors about the entire situation, but I can also say that I’ve moved on. I’ve grown. I’ve changed so much in the last seven years. I’m a better person today than I was on the day I came out. I’m stronger. I’m happier.

I am not ashamed of who I am. I am not backing down from the choice I made. I don’t ever regret coming out to them. I stood up for myself, and countless others who were (and are) in the same situation for others. I made a difference. It took a long time to see that, but I made a difference.

It took seven years, but I know that by finally opening up and sharing my story – I’ll continue to make a difference. I want my story to help others, to encourage others to be themselves. Coming out isn’t easy, it’s something you do so many times in your life as I’ve learned over the last few years. What I do know is that I want my story to reach out to others, and I want to be able to help others. That has never changed since the moment I took that leap to come out on the Jeremy Camp boards.

Seven years later, I’m better, not bitter.

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Life has been crazy, but I’m here, hi!

May 17, 2014 Katie A Whirlwind Life 0 Comments

Hi everyone!

I can’t even begin to explain how crazy life has been lately. For the most part, I’ve thrown myself into work other that a much needed week long vacation (more about that soon!) and taking care of my dad for a week after he had major surgery just a couple of weeks ago. It also doesn’t help that as soon as I have a blog post idea in my head, I sit down to write it… nothing happens. Frustrating!

With summer quickly approaching (hello poolside reading!) and time off in chunks – I’m ready and excited to throw myself into reading on a more frequent schedule than I am now and blogging! I miss being able to write and to connect with everyone, so this summer I am pretty determined to get back into the swing of things and stay there.

So what have I been up to?

About a month ago, I got to spend an amazing week with my girlfriend. You guys. It was just perfect. So much laughter, a lot of smiles, big big big, life changing conversations. We laughed until we cried (and until it hurt), we had movie dates just about every night, a friend of mine did our photos and just… enjoyed the time together after too long apart.

One of my favorite parts was being able to go back to Monterey (cute story: we had our first date there last July) with friends and just explore and spend time together. at our beachThe weather was absolutely perfect while we were and we got a real treat when we saw a pack of dolphins hunting in the bay for lunch/dinner.

We have a lot to look forward to – some big and exciting things – and I am working extra hours when I can to save up so that I can go see her in the fall. I miss her like crazy, but our facetime dates help. I am so excited for what our future has in store for us and our big plans!

I haven’t been reading as much as I would have liked – to be honest, I come home most nights after work and just flop down and I don’t want to do anything. My focus has been bad lately, but I am really excited to be on a blog tour/review a book next week!

I don’t really have plans for the weekend aside from working a bit tonight (AKA I’m curling up on the couch when kids are in bed and reading) and possibly some grocery shopping, but it’ll be a laid back weekend with lots of time spent with my girl.

I miss everyone and I hope you are all doing well. Let’s catch up – what have you been up to lately? Anything fun planned for the summer? What books are you looking forward to reading?

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LoveAThon: Letter to Future Me

February 16, 2014 Katie A 2014 LoveAThon 12 Comments

loveathonDear future me,

It’s been quite the journey getting into blogging – it’s no stranger to you, you updated a LiveJournal for years on end. You’ve struggled settling into a routine, writing reviews and trying to figure out your own unique blogging voice. Still, so far you’ve had a  lot of fun and met some amazing friends. Friends who have always been supportive, friends who are in your life forever.

It’s been worth it.

I hope that future!you will be able to find a steady routine – that’s been the hardest part. It comes with the weird work hours, the chaos of being a student and juggling caring for a family. It’s hard – but I know once you find a routine that works for you – everything will settle into place. That should be your number one goal.

I hope that you are still having fun, and still making new friends. I hope that you’ve been able to meet some of them, too! Even if you haven’t been able to go to BEA, I hope that you’ve found a way to meet some of these amazing people and hang out with them. There’s already some summer plans in the works for 2014 – and that is pretty exciting.

In the future, I hope you’ve finally found your own voice. It’s been hard – and frustrating. I know there’s been moments where you think you’ve found it, only to run to post to find that it just isn’t working out. It’s hard and it’s held you back – but don’t let that stop you. You’ll find it! Relax, have fun and be YOU. DSCN7381

As for those reviews you struggle with? Relax. They don’t have to be long and elaborate. They don’t have to be fancy. I want to see YOU come out in those reviews, to see your bubbly personality and to touch on all those points of why the book worked (or didn’t work) for you. It’s been another big struggle, but hopefully in the future you’ve been able to move past this.

Most importantly, I hope that you have continued to blog for YOU. You started this blog with the intentions of mixing real life adventures with books. I hope that you’ve continued that – maybe people don’t connect with those posts, but it’s important for you to keep those memories and blogging is a great way to do just that. HAVE FUN with it – even if you think no one will read it.

Don’t ever feel like you have to blog a certain way to fit in and be popular. It’s not about that. Besides, look how far you have come over the last year since you really decided to blog. You’ve been yourself. People love it. People love you for YOU. It’s gotten you so far and that’s the best part of this entire journey. You’ve found a place where you can be yourself, where you are accepted, loved and welcomed. Don’t ever forget that.

Lots of squishy hugs,

2014 me.

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LoveAThon: MadLib!

February 15, 2014 Katie A 2014 LoveAThon 5 Comments

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I have to tell you that I love the idea of this challenge, my family and I will sit and do MadLibs together for hours on end and laugh until we cry, so this is perfect!

One day, I was talking with Chaol. Out of the blue, a giraffe came out of nowhere! It was so big, tall and clumsy. At first, we were afraid, we were petrified, but we flailed. We hopped on lightrail to make our getaway.

As we escaped, we turned up the radio because We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together came on and made me sing. Everything was extremely smooth sailing until an alligator appeared in the middle of the road. We swerved to avoid it, but while Chaol stayed on lightrail, I got thrown onto my side in the woods.

I couldn’t get up, and felt dizzy as I lay there staring up at the trees. What was I going to do? I heard a crack among the leaves, and felt worried. Surely, this was going to be my end. As my eyes fluttered shut, the last thing I saw was a head of brown hair and grey eyes.

When I woke up again, I was on a couch. My body hurt a whole lot less, and I could sit up. There was a cat and fireplace in the room, along with chocolate and water. The door suddenly opened to reveal Gale, a concerned look on his face. I blushed and averted my gaze, but he nodded and said, “Don’t be shy. It’s okay.”

He came over to sit by me, and we started talking after I told him my name. We chatted about reading ,traveling and cooking and realized we had a ton in common! I thought he was handsome and couldn’t help feeling a little swoony.

Just as he reached out for my hand, the door crashed open and in came Mal. “Don’t let him charm you away, my love!” He yelled, running at Gale. They each had spoons in their hands and began to fight. “Stop!”, I yelled, feeling so annoyed. They didn’t listen to me. Before I could intervene, Gale fell to the floor and disappeared in a cloud of smoke.

“What was that?” I asked, staring at the empty space. Mal dropped his weapon, and came over to me. “Magic, but you are safe now, love.” He hugged me close, and I suddenly knew that this was the real deal and not just a dream.

Just as Everything Has Changed started playing in my head, I woke up. I cursed my terrible luck. Why had it only been just a dream?

I’m sitting here giggling over this (caffeine helps!) Thanks, bookish boys for your help! 😉

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LoveAThon: Dear Gale…

February 15, 2014 Katie A Uncategorized 6 Comments

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I have to admit, I had a hard time thinking about this one, but once I thought about the series that really brought me back into reading it was obvious who I was going to write my letter to. For those that know me fairly well – it should come as no surprise to see who it is.

Dear Gale Hawthorne,

Happy Valentine’s Day! I know, I know – you probably don’t even want to be my Valentine, but I wanted to ask anyway. You probably have your eyes on Katniss, and you know.. all those girls at school probably want you to themselves. Still, I’m writing to YOU because you need to hear what I’m going to tell you.

You are amazing. You are. Okay, look – you can be grumpy, but I don’t blame you. I’d be grumpy too – Katniss is stubborn and you’ve got a lot on your plate.  You are caring for your family. Your mother, two brothers and a baby sister. You’ve promised Katniss that you would watch out for her family too if she was ever reaped into the Games.

You love your family so much, and you care about Katniss so much – that’s why I adore you. I know things are difficult and you are craving change, but just remember that you are setting an example to those around you about how they should love and care for each other. All they have to do is look at you and the way that you care for your family and the Everdeen family.

You are always there when Katniss needs someone, even if she doesn’t talk much or knows how to explain how much she really cares for you. You listen to her. You are her best friend. You help each other out and you are her strength. She couldn’t have gotten this far without you. Remember when you met in the forest for the first time? Exactly. She wouldn’t be where she is today without you around.

Most of all, I love how you fight for what you believe in – a changed world, a better life for your family and friends. You just want things to change so that everyone can be happy and not struggle. I don’t blame you. I want the same for my family. I hate that times are rough, but just like you – I do what I can to support them and I work hard in order to do so.

You don’t have to pick me as a Valentine, but just know that someone thinks of you and believes in you. You are amazing, Gale.

Love,

Katie

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LoveAThon 2014: Interview Swap!

February 15, 2014 Katie A 2014 LoveAThon 11 Comments

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I can’t tell you how excited and flaily I am about being able to participate in the LoveAThon this year! I really loved watching it happen last year, but wasn’t able to sign up so when I knew I could participate this year? I jumped right in.

Even more exciting?

The moment I was assigned my interview partner! As a newbie blogger, I was given a veteran blogger to interview and when I got the e-mail, I pretty much shrieked with joy once I saw who my partner is.

Without any further hesitation… let’s meet Suz from A Soul Unsung! Fun fact: we were introduced to each other through my girlfriend and have gotten to know each other really well over the last few months – so this interview was a BLAST because I got to ask her some questions I normally wouldn’t get to ask.

Suz: So, oh my gosh, I have to take a minute and just gush about the fact that I LOVE my Love-A-Thon partner so much, because she is just a really sweet, amazing, and inspiring person that I’ve been lucky enough to get to know. I literally – really – I think I scared people nine counties away when I squealed in delight at the email. Hahaha. What can I say about Katie, she’s just so freaking AWESOME! <3

Q: Aw, thank you girl! I’m super excited, too. My first question for you is going to be: What are the top five books you’ll always remember?

Suz: This one is easy, because even though I’ve read a ton of books there haven’t been quite as many that have touched me, as much as these books have. It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t start off with Flowers In the Attic by V.C. Andrews. This book really changed the way that I read and it also reminded me of why I love to read so much, plus challenged me in so many ways as a reader. Can, I cheat a little bit and talk about series of books, because The Baby-Sitter’s Club and the Sweet Valley Twins/High books are definitely at the top of my list of books that and series that I’ll always remember. They encompassed so much of my childhood that it’s unreal and they were just feel good books that I really loved to dive into during the summer. I remember being in school and having to read books and write reports on them, none of those books touched me in ways that Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry touched me. I loved it so much, that I remember checking it out quite a few times and re-reading it. And, I can’t not mention The Harry Potter series, because once again this is another series that reminded me just exactly how much I really love to read and why I love delving into other worlds and going on adventures with such wonderfully memorable characters.

Q: How long have you been blogging, and what is your favorite memory?

Suz: I’ve been blogging for almost three years now and I love it so much, because I’ve been able to get to know people who enjoy reading a lot of the same or similar books that I do, and getting to work with publicists and different authors that I admire. It’s just been a really fantastic experience, plus I’ve grown closer to some of my friends. I would have to say that my favorite memory is that first year of blogging, because it truly helped to mend a friendship that I meant a lot to me. Somehow, over the course of the year, blogging and books just sort of brought the two of us a little closer and we both realized that we could “be better” and it made all the difference.

Q: What inspired you to start blogging?

Suz: I started blogging about books, because I wanted a place where I would be able to talk about what I was reading, keep tracking of what I was reading, and share my thoughts on various bookish things with a community of people who generally felt the same way. It was sort of a coping mechanism at first, a way to escape the stress that was eating away at me on a daily basis, but then it became so much more than that and I couldn’t be more proud or happier that I started this blog.

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The Whirlwind Life of Katie #1!

February 8, 2014 Katie A Whirlwind Life 0 Comments

Out and about exploring Folsom Lake!

Out and about exploring Folsom Lake!

How did January go by so fast?! How is it almost the middle of February?!

January was an interesting month for me, to say the least. There were ups and downs, a big reading slump just after the start of the new year, big choices to make and a whole bunch of other stuff to get through. The month went by too fast and I still find myself sometimes thinking it’s still January. OOPS.

SCHOOL: I was supposed to start pre-algebra at the end of January because I had to retake the class. I snagged the only class available to me – a 7am class that was four days a week. I hated getting up that early, but if I have to retake it… I have to take whatever class I can get. I went into it with high hopes for the semester and knowing I’d work hard to pass this time around.

HAHAHAHAHA.

I knew within the first ten minutes of class for the day that I was in some deep shit.

It turns out that my professor for the semester was pretty much refusing to teach in class (and it was a lecture format course!) and straight up told us the following:

1. He’d assign  homework but he’d never collect it, OR correct our errors.

2. All grades were only based on exams, so for someone like me with horrible text anxiety? NOPE.

3. Our ‘study guides’ were copying word for word the vocabulary out of the chapter section with no actual math problems to review.

Needless to say, I dropped two days later and it was the best choice I could have ever made for myself. I was feeling burnt out on class anyway and needed a break, but I was also not going to allow myself to stay in a class where I wasn’t being taught the material and would fail. I was hesitant because I need to take the course, but I did what was best for me.

I took my book back, got my $70 refunded and dropped the course.

WORK: It’s been good – hectic, but good. I had to miss two days at the beginning of January because I was really sick, but I am back to work and haven’t had to take any time off. I think I have the next two Monday’s in a row off, which is really nice. I’ve done two late nights this week and they’ve worn me out.

Best part? I got a raise at the end of January! I’m STILL so excited!

WHAT I READ: The only two books I read in January were THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green and ME SINCE YOU by Laura Wiess. Both books were amazing, yet emotionally draining and devastating. Both were well written and realistic and made me feel like I’d been punched in the gut multiple times. Still, I loved both books.

I wanted to read more but then I got hit with a reading slump.

The end of the month came in with INTO THE STILL BLUE by Veronica Rossi, which I finished earlier this week and absolutely adored. I’ll leave that one for my next monthly wrap up post.

OTHER (RANDOM STUFF): I got to hang out with friends a bit in January which included – going to dinner a couple times, planning my girlfriends perfect Valentine’s Day present, the niece is officially walking now and the best part? My ugly, uncomfortable and stupid cast came off! One of my favorite adventures of the month was exploring Folsom Lake (dry, dry, dry due to drought here in California).

The lake is incredibly dry, we actually WALKED on the lake bed.

The lake is incredibly dry, we actually WALKED on the lake bed.

Over all, it was a decent month of abnormally dry and warm weather here and I’m currently bundled up inside with hot tea while we face our first “big” winter storm. I’m going to curl up in bed with some breakfast, a good book and hot tea.

How was January for YOU? Anything fun and/or exciting happen? What did you read? I’m hoping your year is off to a good start and I’m looking forward to catching up with you!

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