Infusion By Alyssa Thiessen Blog Tour

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I got into Infusion pretty quick. After all the action starts right there on the first page, with Rachel lying on her back in the rain after being shot.

The action was pretty much non stop from then on too. It kept my interest all the way through to the end. Especially with the unexpected little twists that popped up.

I liked the idea behind the whole story too. That there are “aliens”? that would love to take over our world, and make an even bigger mess of it than what we are doing ourselves.

Good read.


If I’d known I was going to die on my sixteenth birthday, I probably would’ve spent a little time on my makeup that morning. As it was, I lay in the field, cold, and all I could think was that I hadn’t even bothered to run a brush through my hair before I left. I mean, at the very least, I could’ve worn earrings. It started to rain, softly at first, and I felt my teeth chattering. No, not felt. Heard. I heard something else, too. Jared sobbing. Loudly.

It was funny—I’d known him all my life, and I’d never heard him cry before. Would he be crying so desperately if he hadn’t been the one who shot me?

About the book:

Infusion by Alyssa Thiessen
Publication Date: July 14, 2017
Publisher: Peasantry Press

Rachel is ordinary. Average. Utterly unremarkable… until her best friend shoots her on her 16th birthday and a stranger brings her from death’s doorstep with an infusion of his own DNA.

Then everything gets weird.

She heals impossibly fast. She senses the thoughts of others. She sees places and horrifying creatures that couldn’t possibly exist, and her new friend Tyler is convinced she’s destined to save the world from their invasion.

Can she trust him? Can she trust herself? How’s she supposed to stop inter-dimensional invaders when she can barely deal with high school?

Ready or not, here they come.

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About the author:

Picture of author Alyssa Thiessen.When she’s not donning her secret identity and saving the world, Thiessen keeps busy writing her next novel, reading something beautiful, teaching high school English, drinking coffee, cycling, and hanging out with her family – husband, kiddies, and miniature schnauzer.

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The Rules Of Persuasion By Amity Hope Blog Tour

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I enjoyed reading this one.

Meg is a girl I would have really liked if she went to my school. She was sort of funny, and has a bit of attitude. She got pretty sassy with Luke a few times.

Luke not so much, just because he’s a jock. Finding out that he was hiding some bad crap made me think he wasn’t so bad. The way he blackmailed Meg had me mad, but he did have a reason. I ended up really liking him.

The romance is really sweet, and there wasn’t even any heavy petting. I liked that.

The story will keep you wondering right up till the end about how it will all turn out. Good read. Great for a rainy afternoon or a lazy day at the beach.

About the book:

The Rules of Persuasion by Amity Hope
Publication Date: August 14, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush

1) Take things slow (her rule)
2) Make it believable (his rule)

After tragedy hit her family, Meg Matthews officially crossed the line from “good girl” to “bad girl.” Motorcycle? Check. Graffiti? Check. The only thing Meg hadn’t planned on was blackmail. Too bad now a certain infuriating boy holds Meg’s future in his hands…

When Luke Prescott—star pitcher and town golden boy—catches Meg vandalizing the school, she’s given two choices: face the consequences or enter into a fake relationship with him to get his parents and his ex off his back.

But as Meg and Luke grow closer, they both realize they’ve been keeping secrets from each other. Their fake relationship might be doomed from the start—if they can’t learn to open up to the one person they never thought they’d trust.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains late-night graffiti sessions, flirty baseball lessons, and a never-ending list of relationship rules just made to be broken.    

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Author Amity Hope promo picture. Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler. She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to chase her dream. Her debut novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. If she’s not writing, or spending time with her boys, she’s most likely reading.

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THE LOVELY BONES meets ALL THE RAGE in a searing, heartbreaking contemporary story of a lost teenager, and the town she leaves behind.

Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.

Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn’t need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.

But then the unthinkable happens and Ellie is trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn’t the first victim and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.

The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.

TE Carter’s stirring and visceral debut not only discusses and dismantles rape culture but also makes you slow down and think about what it is to be human.

I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter
Publication Date: February 27, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends


Nobody noticed me as I cut through the room. I made my way outside, into the cold. Spring was playing games with us. Weeks earlier, it had snuck in overnight, erasing our memory of winter in a matter of hours. When we’d gone to bed, winter had lingered in the snowbanks and in the way the trees still hunched over from the weight of it. And then suddenly, spring. We woke to birds singing, birds who appeared to have been shipped overnight on a secret train, and we remembered music.

But now, winter was trying to force a comeback. Everyone outside stood looking at the pool, wondering what happened. I was shivering, wearing a skirt and thin shirt I’d borrowed from Kate when spring was still a promise.

I saw him from the periphery. From the in-between where the people inside faded into the background, but the people outside were only figures in the night. It made sense; I was a periphery girl.

“Hey,” I said to his back.

When he turned to look at me, I swear the light from the porch surrounded him. But I think I made that up. I think I want to remember him that way. I want to believe there was something that made him special. I want to believe that loneliness doesn’t just mess with our hearts.

“Ellie! You came,” Caleb said.

“I said I would.”

“I know. I wasn’t sure, though. I worried. You’re late.”

I’d walked to the party, after telling my dad I was going to a friend’s. He wouldn’t have stopped me from going to Gina Lynn’s. I didn’t have other friends, so it wouldn’t have made a difference if I’d said her name. But, for some reason, I lied. I lied and I don’t know why I did.

“Yeah, well, I was doing things.”

He laughed. “Mysterious things. Of course. I’d expect nothing less from my Elusive Ellie.”

My. I heard it. The claim he laid on me. I smiled at the word.

He moved closer and I stepped back. It was automatic. Since earlier in the week, by my locker, I hadn’t stopped thinking about the possibility. But now that he was close again, I was scared. I was afraid of the way I knew I’d hurt if he waited months to talk to me again. I didn’t want to fall for a guy just because he’d smiled at me and said my name a few times. I was afraid of what would happen if there was more to it than that, but I was also afraid of how I’d feel if there wasn’t.

“I don’t think I’m supposed to be here,” I said.

I’d always imagined being wanted. Of someone loving me. Choosing me. But here was this boy and if he kissed me, I knew I’d always worry about going back to not being wanted.


TE Carter was born in New England and has lived in New England for pretty much her entire life. Throughout her career, she’s done a lot of things, although her passion has always been writing. When she’s not writing, she can generally be found reading classic literature, obsessing over Game of Thrones (she’s one hundred percent Team Lannister), playing Xbox, organizing her comic collection, or binge watching baking competitions. She continues to live in New England with her husband and their two cats.

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A Room Full Of Books

I have a room full of books. Some of them are books I have had since I was in middle school. Some I have read multiple times, others only once or twice.

Bookshelves on one side of my "library" and "hatchery" room.
The room is also a hatchery (guinea keets) and cannot be kept clean while the little boogers are in there.

There were more books once. I had to leave a lot of them behind when my first husband ran off, and I had to move. I didn’t have room to take all my things.

I have also had to clear the shelves to make room for new books. That or get more bookshelves and my hubby said no to that.


I still have the Little House on the Prairie books. I reread those every so often, and I still love them. My favorite of those is Little Town on the Prairie. Laura is pretty much grown up at the end of that one.

I used to have all the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books. The Trixie Beldon set and the Donna Parker books too. I loved those.

I had a lot of those cheap cardboard back books about horses and dogs. Don’t remember the name of the set but there was a whole lot of them you could collect. This set included some about Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone too. Good books, just made cheaply.

I also had some of  the We Were There books. Those were historical stories. I only remember the ones about The Battle of the Alamo and The Oklahoma Land Rush.

My fourth grade teacher introduced me to Science Fiction/Fantasy. We had to do a book report and got to pick a book off a pile on her desk. By my turn there were not many left. One of them was The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein. I picked it. Ended up in the school library checking out every book they had by him , but there wasn’t many. The public library had more.

The same section of the library had books by Andre Norton, Gordon Dickson, and quite a few others.

Teen and Young Adult Years

I had every single one of the Xanth books by Piers Anthony.

At the time there were about 20 books in that series, I think. Not sure because he kept writing them.

I haven’t read the newest ones. Just haven’t been interested enough, and there are other books I would rather spend my limited book buying budget on. They are wonderful fun books though. If you haven’t read them you should consider reading at least one. They are funny. And there are Puns, lots and lots of puns. If you don’t like puns don’t bother, because you would just find it punishing. Really.

Anne McCaffrey! I loved her. I bought just about every book she ever wrote. I bought the cheaper paperback books, so the money would go farther. I loved the Pern books. I still have every one of those.

Oh and Orson Scott Card! Enders Game was one of my favorite books for years. It was the first book that ever ticked me off so much that I threw it across the room. Good read. I have that whole set too, and quite a few of his other books.

I also used to love to read horror type books. I loved the ones where nature went haywire and caused disasters. There was one about roaches eating people. Don’t remember the name of it or who wrote it. I still read Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I used to read a lot of Robert Mccammon, his Swan Song is worth a reread (or two). This picture is of the the two shelves with my set Horror type books.My set of Dean Koontz and Stephen King books.

I went through a Harlequin Romance period in my early teens. During that time all I read was romances, mostly Harlequin, but those got me into historical romance where I found Georgette Heyer. I collected the paperbacks of her books, which I still have and reread when I’m feeling yucky.

Middle Age

These days I’m into more upbeat type stuff.

I love The Red River of the West series by Lauraine Snelling, and Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke. I have reread the sets several times. Both authors have written some stand alone clean historical romance, and those books are good too. My set of their books is on the top of the shelves on one side of the “library”.  It also has my Little House Books (blue on the far end).

My set of books by Laurane Snelling and Janette Oke, the Little House books.

I have read more young adult books in the last few years than I ever did as a young adult. They are very enjoyable and for the most part turn out well.

I love the Safehold series by David Weber.  It is about people overcoming adversity. It is about building. Of course it also has war and death and disaster, and bad guys. There are other series he wrote that are really good.

I have been reading more fantasy and science fiction. L. E. Modesitt has some wonderful fantasy books that are great for rereads. His Recluce and Imager series are very good.

John Ringo has some great stuff out that I like to reread. I have read the Black Tide Rising books several times now, they would make a wonderful T.V. series. He and his backers are trying to get the funding for a proof of concept film right now. Check out their Fundraiser.

Favorite Post Series

This post came out of trying to remember what my favorite books were for my new post series. I’m thinking about dividing the posts into time sections for childhood, tween to young adult, older adult, and current favorites. How’s that sound to you?

The length of this post indicates that I’m gonna have to sit down and make a list. Otherwise I’ll forget some of the older ones. Going through my library won’t work because some of the books I used to love are not there anymore. Besides the ones lost moving, there are only so many books you can fit on a shelf. Once the shelves are full you either get rid of some books or start filling the floors.

I could easily become a hoarder of books, if I didn’t have family. If it was up to me the whole house might be stacked full, floor to ceiling. So I suppose it is a good thing it is NOT up to me.

How about you?


Gonna Talk About My Favorite Books

I’m starting a new series of posts. New Category too. Right now I’m not sure what to call it. Favorites? Best Books? Books I like? What do you think?

I’m gonna talk about the books I loved as a kid. Books I loved as a teenager. Books I loved as a young adult. Books I love now.

They are NOT the same lists.

I loved comic books at one time. The horror ones, not the super heroes. Why? I have no idea.

Stopped wanting those during my tween years.

Went through a period where I loved romance. That was ALL I read during that time. Weird.

At least it seems weird now.

I still love romance but not all the time. I like to read different stuff. This week I seem to be into adventurous/military type stuff. A couple of weeks ago it was mysteries.

Who knows what next week will bring?

I’ll probably post these on a rotating basis, once a week or so.

I’m open to suggestions. Please. Help.

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