A Very Patriotic 4th of July

I know this post is rather late, I’ve been a little busy doing a show and all…Ok, I’ll be honest.  Part of the time I was doing a show and the other I was trying not to drown in my own sweat during a horrendous heat wave–with NO AC.  The thought of turning on my computer to blog was just torturous.  I laid in bed trying not to move, convinced that would make me sweat less.  Not true.  Now that it’s somewhat bearable I thought I’d catch up on some fun adventures the cast and I have been on for our days off! First being Fort Ticonderoga on the 4th of July!

I mean can you get more patriotic then visiting Fort Ticonderoga on the 4th of July?  Possibly–if you’re in Phili or Williamsburg or something, but hey, this also had reenactors so I’m totally putting it on the same level.  We took two cars and Sarah and Missy had decided to stop at a cute country store on the way there.

“We’re ten minutes away!”
50 minutest later we find Joe waiting like this when they finally arrive:

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June Wrap Up in Books

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I’m so sorry this post is so late, but as you can see this month has been nuts!  I’m surprised I got through as much as I did!  I was moving and learning a show in 9 days! My reading took a bit of a backburner until I had settled everything (and learned all my music/lines).  Still, some pretty great ones were read this month!

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Book Tuesday: The Strongest Steel

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Title: The Strongest Steel (Second Circle Tattoos #1)
Author: Scarlett Cole
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Pages: 297
Buy: Amazon

Harper Connelly never expected to find herself outside of a tattoo parlor at one in the morning, summoning the nerve to take back her past. She’s determined to forget her old life and is looking for an artist who can tattoo over the scars on her back.

Trent Andrews, local legend and owner of the Second Circle tattoo studio, has his own reasons for specializing in inking over scars. And in spite of her mysterious past and the difficult road ahead, he quickly realizes that Harper is funny, smart, and–under her ridiculously oversized clothing and SPF 100 sunscreen–totally hot. He’s happy to take on the challenge of designing a meaningful and deadly full-back tattoo for her.

But when cryptic messages start appearing on Harper’s phone, strange deliveries arrive at her door, and Second Circle is vandalized, Harper is convinced that her ex-boyfriend has tracked her down, and worse, that he knows about Trent. Running was the only thing that saved her last time, but now that she’s started to put down roots in Miami, she’ll have to decide if she can finally fight back instead.

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2016 #VASRP – Challenge 1

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This summer, I’ll be participating in the 2016 Virtual Adult Summer Reading Program (#VASRP) hosted by Octavia over at Read.Sleep.Repeat and Valerie at He Said Books or Me.  Were you ever a nerd like me and loved getting the summer reading lists from school/your library? I’d usually devour all my books within the first week of summer and then scramble to find more to read (I’d usually steal books off of my brother’s list…).  One of my favorite books – Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – I read off of a summer reading list.  I always like to look at the Summer Reading list tables at my local library and Barnes and Noble each year to see which books made the cut and which ones have been shelved.  What I love about this challenge is it’s the adult version, but WAY more fun since you get to pick the books!

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Some MUCH needed life updates!

Hey all! Remember how I used to post about other things besides Book Reviews? (NOT that that is a bad thing, but I DO have other interests!).  Yea, me too.  Life has just taken over at the moment—and I mean TAKEN OVER.  I feel like this has been me the past few months:

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So let me fill you in on what’s been happening because they’ve all been MAJOR happenings!

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Book Tuesday: ARC – Edge of Glory

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Title: Edge of Glory (Friendship, Texas #1)
Author: Magan Vernon
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Victory Editing
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
Pages: 225
Buy: Amazon

“Welcome to Conti’s. I’m Lia and I’ll nguhhhhhhhhhhhhh”.

I froze. Directly facing me was Olympic swimmer, Jay Morningstar… and I just made an idiot of myself.

The rest of the table looked up to see me standing there with my mouth practically gaping. His coach, who I recognized from TV interviews, and even two other swimmers from the Olympic team… they didn’t say anything, they didn’t even blink.

“Uh… I mean…”

I couldn’t even put together my words and Jay Morningstar was just staring at me with that Wheaties box smile and those icy blue eyes.

What was I supposed to say? Sorry I just made a weird noise, it’s just that I have a poster of you on my wall where you are wearing nothing more than your gold medals, a smile, and a pair of man panties?

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Book Tuesday: 738 Days

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Title: 738 Days
Author: Stacey Kade
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Forge Books
Publication Date: June 7, 2016Pages: 432
Buy: Amazon

At fifteen, Amanda Grace was abducted on her way home from school. 738 days later, she escaped. Her 20/20 interview is what everyone remembers—Amanda describing the room where she was kept, the torn poster of TV heartthrob Chase Henry on the wall. It reminded her of home and gave her the strength to keep fighting.

Now, years later, Amanda is struggling to live normally. Her friends have gone on to college, while she battles PTSD. She’s not getting any better, and she fears that if something doesn’t change soon she never will.

Six years ago, Chase Henry defied astronomical odds, won a coveted role on a new TV show, and was elevated to super-stardom. With it, came drugs, alcohol, arrests, and crazy spending sprees. Now he’s sober and a Hollywood pariah, washed up at twenty-four.

To revamp his image, Chase’s publicist comes up with a plan: surprise Amanda Grace with the chance to meet her hero, followed by a visit to the set of Chase’s new movie. The meeting is a disaster, but out of mutual desperation, Amanda and Chase strike a deal. What starts as a simple arrangement, though, rapidly becomes more complicated when they realize they need each other in more ways than one. But when the past resurfaces in a new threat, will they stand together or fall apart?

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As Dreams Are Made Turns TWO!!

Wait…so….seriously?? As Dreams Are Made is TWO???

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Can you believe it?!? That’s just CRAZY!

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Book Tuesday: ARC- The Vanishing Throne

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Title: The Vanishing Throne (The Falconer Trilogy #2)
Author: Elizabeth May
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Steampunk
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: June 21, 2016
Pages: 384
Buy: Amazon

*****Spoilers for The Falconer in description*****

Aileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared through the portal that she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes up in the fae world, trapped and tortured by the evil Lonnrach. With the help of an unexpected ally, Aileana re-enters the human world, only to find everything irrevocably changed. Edinburgh has been destroyed, and the few human survivors are living in an uneasy truce with the fae, while both worlds are in danger of disappearing altogether. Aileana holds the key to saving both worlds, but in order to do so she must awaken her latent Falconer powers. And the price of doing that might be her life.

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May Wrap Up in Books

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So May was a bit nuts.  It was my birthday and we’re in the process of getting ready to move–just craziness.  I also might have had a HUGE book hangover after A Court of Mist and Fury so it took me a few days….if you’ve read it, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  I’m actually surprised I read more than last month! I seriously thought I read less since I took off a few days after ACOMAF.  SO GOOD PEOPLE.  So Good.

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