Saturday, August 31, 2019

End of Summer

"I got that summertime, summertime sadness..." Yes, it is that time of the year again - end of summer, beginning of fall, school time, new book time! I have a few books to review and hope to do some reviewing this weekend. :)

Did anyone visit any neat places, maybe with a cool library or bookstore - or two? If you didn't, here are some fun facts that may influence your next travel plans:

  • According to Travel and Leisure magazine, the Key West (Florida) is home to two hotels that provide waterproof books for guests to read poolside. The Gates Hotel and 24° North Hotel both have a library filled with classic novels that you can read to your hearts content, whether it be lounging in the sun or splashing around in the pool!
  • A library of a different kind, Chicago, Illinois can now boast that it is home to The Chicago Tool Library, a volunteer-run space where area residents can rent out items that are not used all the time, but you may find yourself needing or wanting (i.e. pasta maker, screwdrivers, sewing machine, camera, etc.). The concept is not a novel one, but a good idea that is now spreading. Areas such as Ann Arbor, Michigan and Sacramento, California have such a system integrated into their public library system. We need all libraries to integrate this!
  • Indianapolis, Indiana has a new way to promote reading: the Book Bike. The bookshelf on a bike is set up in places where residents (or anyone, really - no library card is needed!) can pick up a free book and get into a good story. Be quick, though, the Book Bike makes visits to events, such as farmers markets, and tends to run out of every book on hand! 
  • The Free Library of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has book carts in parks called Libraries in the Park, so that children can read while enjoying the fresh air. I wish my library had something like this when I was little!
Philadelphia Library in the Park (c) Once Upon A Book Blog(ger)
If you cannot get out and about, but still want to be part of something, you should look into helping out the Library of Congress. According to the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress currently has a project where they are transcribing suffragist papers and need your help! How do you go about transcribing? Check out the By the People campaign, where you can read and help type what you can make out in the writings, tag writings (think Facebook), and even help review final transcriptions. You can create an account to always come back to where you last left off. You can be a part of history by helping to promote it!

So what have you bookworms been up to? Tell me something fun you did this summer in the comments! :)

Friday, July 26, 2019

Blog Tour: The CatNapped Lover by Rue Allyn

Good Morning Bookworms! 

Today is a purrrrfectly good day to let you all know that I am hosting a book that is on tour this week: The CatNapped Lover by Rue Allyn. Ms. Allyn has teamed up with Babs Hightower of Babs Book Bistro to showcase her latest release, now out at! Read on for a quick blurb and a bonus excerpt!

(c) Rue Allyn 2019
A woman, a man, and a cat. What could possibly go wrong? 
What does a bet between best friends have to do with a kidnapped cat and a tumbled-down animal shelter? Nothing, unless you are Adam Talcott and you want to prove to your best-buddy that you can survive without access to your wealth and family connections. Adam would have succeeded too, if it hadn't been for Dierdre Clancy and that blasted cat.

Adam Talcott
Adam Talcott was born rich. He went into business with his best friend from college and made even more millions. His methods may be unorthodox, but he nearly always succeeds. Now hes been challenged to live for two months without any of the privileges and resources hes known all his life. Adam is confident that he can conquer this challenge as he has all others. But he didnt count on Dierdre Clancy and that danged cat.

Dierdre Clancy
Dierdre Clancy grew up in a family of givers. Her parents were missionaries and often too busy saving other, less privileged people to realize how lonely and abandoned Dierdre felt. When she reached her teen years, she was shipped back to the USA to live with her Aunt Shea on Sheas rundown farm and animal shelter. Finally she was in a stable environment with an adult she could count on. Dierdre went on to gain a degree in social work and took up the Clancy family tradition of helping others. Most of the time helping others was easy. But Adam Talcott broke that mold and every other box she tried to put him into. How could one man be so difficult to manage?

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          Balancing an armload of mail, an overloaded briefcase, and a gym bag with two yogurt cups teetering on top, Dierdre Clancy rushed to her cubicle. For the fourth time this week, and the umpteenth time this month, she was late. Once again, a power outage in the decrepit apartment building where she lived had caused her alarm clock to fail.
          Please, Lord, don’t let my chauvinist pig of a boss realize I’ve been missing.
        The yogurt cups threatened to topple off the gym bag. Dierdre wasn’t about to let her lunch decorate the linoleum. The mail showered to the floor. The briefcase hit her foot. With her free hand, she plastered the cups to her side. The gym bag slid down her arm. The webbed strap twisted, tourniquet style, around her wrist.
          She managed a couple of sideways hops that brought her to the edge of her desk. The gym bag swung wildly. Leaning against the arm weighed down by the bag’s stranglehold, she managed to dump the yogurt cups onto the desk without mishap. She pulled herself upright and reached for the strap at her wrist.
          Somehow, during all the hopping, the bag had swung around her legs and gotten wedged in the narrow space between her desk and file cabinet. The same strap that cut off circulation to her hand pressed into the backs of her knees, pinning her neatly to the desk. Only an act of extreme dexterity could save her from her own folly. Imbecile, why didn’t you make two trips?
Because I didn’t want to risk having the boss see me coming in late.
          "Clancy! You’re late.
          Dierdre’s heart hit the ceiling. She knew the shout—a cross between an operatic tenor and a pig at slaughter. Still, she hadn’t been prepared to hear her boss’s screeching quite so soon. 
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A cute, quick read of a romantic comedy, The Catnapped Lover will sure to bring a smile to your face! Ms. Allyn has a way with words that sucks you right into the story. This book is for adults - it is not the usual YA fluff I also love to read. It deals with real-life challenges and scenarios that would not appeal to the younger crowd. But, for those twenty-somethings and older, it is a perfect fit. What I found that is a nice touch, is that the book touches on the topic of animal shelters and rescues, and is even dedicated to animal rescue workers. Which brings me to the topic of our story. How did the two main characters meet? Well it all started with a bet and a cat...
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Rue Allyn (c) 2019
About the Author (see her website for more information here):
Rue Allyn writes heart melting romance novels. Books about characters and adventures in which love triumphs at the darkest moment. The kind of hopeful, steal-your-breath romance that melts a reader's heart. The type of book she likes to read and hopes you will, too.

Also, just for you fellow bookworm fans, you can get a FREE download of Ms. Allyn's May 2019 novel, Forever Hold My Heart - a Scottish historical novella - by signing up for her newsletter here!

You can also find Ms. Allyn on social media: Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Note: As a fellow romance novel fan, do check out her Pinterest - there are many pins that showcase the regency era and beautiful vintage clothing! Until next time! :)