Archives for February 2015

Book Tuesday: Release Day – The Sin Eater’s Daughter

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Title: The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1)
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Pages: 336
Buy:Amazon

Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

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Staying Motivated

The past few weeks I’ve been deep in the land of audition season.  I’ve also been extremely busy with some new developments with On the Air (which I hope to share with you all soon!).  I’m sure you can imagine I’m slowly losing my mind (what else is new?) and I have days where I rarely want to get out of bed.  And with days such as these, would you?  I’ve realized however, as I’ve been lining up on lines from here to Timbuktu, that I’m not the only one.  I see a lot of friends and colleagues on these lines and they seem to share the same disheartening, bleary-eyed view–why am I still doing this?

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Book Tuesday: ARC – The Winner’s Crime

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Title: The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Pages: 352
Buy:Amazon

*Spoilers for The Winner’s Curse in synopsis*

Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

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Lemon Chicken and Broccoli

Here’s a healthy twist on a classic combination.  I’ve been making this dish for years and it’s a favorite with the fam.  It’ll be a favorite with yours as well!  A fast, healthy, easy dish–great for a weeknight dinner.

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Book Tuesday: The Conspiracy of Us

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Title: The Conspiracy of Us (Untitled #1)
Author: Maggie Hall
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mystery, Action
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: January 13, 2015
Pages: 336
Buy:Amazon

Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family–but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she’s falling in love with.

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New Singer/Songwriter Website!

FarruggiaandFarruggia.com is live!

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Book Tuesday: ARC – Red Queen

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Title: Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Dystopian
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Pages: 320
Buy:Amazon

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

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