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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Polkadoodles' Gems Challenge: Anything Goes!

Good morning everyone. It's Saturday - time for a new Gem of a Challenge from Polkadoodles! You can find our challenge blog here: A Gem of a Challenge

Are you ready for this week's TOO CUTENESS? The sweetness of Too Cute's Valentine release from 2020 inspired me today, so I've pulled out Too Cute Puppy Love - precolored - for today's project.


The sentiment is from Polkadoodles - Winnie Sunshine Delight collection. Background papers are from Sunshine Delight and Sweet Treat 6x6 paper pad.

Our Gem of a Challenge challenges run for 2 weeks, so you've got lots of time to link up, and they are ALWAYS Anything Goes! Visit the challenge blog HERE

I'm entering this into the following challenges - 

Crafty Catz #530: AG (1/3)
Colour Crazy #48 AG (1/3)
Creative Fingers #198: AG (1/3)
Cut It Up #191: AG (1/3)

QKR Stampede - #402: AG (1/3)
Pattie's Creations #177: AG (1/3)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Under Pressure by Allie Winters

Under Pressure, an all-new opposites-attract new adult romance from Allie Winters, is now available in Kindle Unlimited! 

Mia knows stress. She’s dealt with it her whole life. So when she gets an opportunity to run a psychology study to help her get into grad school, it should be no problem dealing with the prickly guy she suddenly finds herself paired with.

The one she had a secret crush on last year. The one who refuses to let anyone close. The one she’s discovering by the day may have a softer side than he lets anyone else see…

Tyler knows stress. He’s grappled with it for as long as he can remember. And just because he has to share credit with this girl on his new psychology study doesn’t mean he has to be friends with her. Except she somehow keeps worming her way into his life. In school. In the boxing gym.

In his bed.

But everyone knows it’s safer to keep to yourself. You can't hurt anyone that way. Even if it means giving up the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

As things heat up in the Stress Lab, will this match be able to work together without disruption, or will this growing attraction between them eventually... combust?

'Under Pressure ' is a full-length new adult contemporary romance and can be read as a standalone. Book #1 in the Lessons Learned series, Educated Romance World, Penny Reid Book Universe. 

My review:

New Adult Romance that ticks the boxes!

Under Pressure by Allie Winters is a real gem! I think that college romances can be tricky – if they’re not done right they come across with too much angst and immaturity. NOT the case with Mia and Tyler at all. I was so pleased to find just the right amount of new relationship/youth/drive/smarts & sass in this fantastic story about some truly top-notch psych students.

Allie Winters has infused such a relatable quality into these characters, immersing you in the richness of their thoughts and their world. While reading, you feel as if you are directly observing events rather than simply reading their retelling. There was a lot of emotion in this book as well – the scars of past hurts, the bonds of friendship between characters, the strain and pressures of competition, and the folly of youth, to name a few. It’s definitely a book where I laughed and I cried, caught up in the developing relationship as these two focused, stubborn, and loyal characters worked toward happiness and success. Truly a well-plotted and emotional read that keeps you immersed to the very end.  

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Audiobook: Coming Soon!

Excerpt

“Close your eyes,” he says in that beautifully deep voice, “and take a deep breath. Focus on relaxing each muscle of your body and slowing your breaths. Inhale and exhale with me.” He counts to three steadily, bringing air in, then releases it on the same count of three.

I do all I can to concentrate on his words, the rhythm of it more than anything else, just trying to get out of my own mind. If I can just breathe with him, everything will be okay. This crushing weight will release.

I clutch at his arms like he’s a lifeline and he lets me, wrinkling the sleeves of his soft cotton shirt, taking in shaky breaths next to his strong ones.

We continue that way for long minutes until it’s safe for me to open my eyes, my chest finally rising and falling in an even tempo. My lashes and cheeks are still wet as I look up at him and he slowly brings a hand up to wipe the moisture away, his thumb featherlight on my skin.

He moves to tuck an errant curl behind my ear, brushing my neck as his hand wanders down, leaving shivers in its wake, then cups the back of my head, cradling it tenderly. The warmth of his fingers relaxes the muscles there, even more so when he gently massages the area, loosening the still lingering tension.

He’s silent, his eyes flicking back and forth between my eyes and mouth, and it takes me a moment to realize what he’s signaling. I’m unable to move, to think, to focus on anything but his face gradually coming closer.

I shut my eyes at the first gentle press of his lips. I didn’t know he was capable of such softness, such tenderness. My stomach dips in anticipatory delight as his other hand slides into my hair, holding me more securely to him as he moves his head a fraction, changing the angle of the kiss so it’s deeper now, but still just as slow and exquisitely soft.

I sway toward him, relaxing my hold on his shirt, kissing him back with enthusiasm. I had no idea he felt this way, that he likes me—

A sharp burst of laughter from the hallway outside the lab has us breaking apart, like we were caught doing something wrong... 

About Allie Winters

Allie is the author of the Suncoast University series, the Bishop Brothers series, and the Lessons Learned series. She lives in sunny Florida with her husband, daughter, and two cats. A librarian by day, she spends her nights writing happily ever afters. She enjoys reading, playing video games, and all things Disney.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Marriage and Murder by Penny Reid!

The Devil is in the details . . .

Marriage and Murder, an-all new quirky and witty cozy mystery and second book in the Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries from New York Times bestselling author Penny Reid is available now!

Cletus Byron Winston wishes to marry Jennifer Anne Donner-Sylvester (aka The Banana Cake Queen) posthaste! He’s spent the last year wanting nothing more than for the celebrations to be brief, libations flowing, and BYOB (bring your own blueberries). His future mother-in-law has other plans, plans his intended has been willing to indulge, much to Cletus’s chagrin. Therefore, so must he. To a point. But truth be told, he wouldn’t mind if the meddlesome matriarch disappeared, at least until the nuptials are over.

On the night of Cletus and Jenn’s long-awaited engagement party, just when the surly schemer is of a mind to take matters into his own hands, a shocking event upends everyone’s best laid plans and sends the small hamlet of Green Valley into complete disarray. The final months leading up to Cletus and Jenn’s matrimonial bliss are plagued with chaos and uncertainty. Will Cletus and Jenn finally make it to the altar? Or will murder and mayhem derail their happily-ever-after?

And most importantly, who done it?

‘Marriage and Murder’ is the second book in the cozy mystery series Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries. It is best read after Winston Brothers #3, ‘Beard Science’ (which can be read as a standalone) and Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries #1, ‘Engagement and Espionage.’

Download your copy today!
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Meet Penny Reid
Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Bet the Farm by Staci Hart - Review

Bet the Farm is LIVE and available from your favorite online book retailer! This heartfelt, flirty story of opposites attract from Staci Hart is just what you need. Happy reading! 💕

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Olivia Brent has one summer to save the dairy farm she just inherited.

But there’s one problem, and it’s not her lactose intolerance.

Jake Milovic.

The brooding farmhand has inherited exactly fifty percent of Brent Farm, and he’s so convinced the city girl can’t work the land, he bets she can’t save it in a summer. 

Determined to prove him wrong, Olivia accepts what might be the dumbest wager of her life.

His strategy to win seems simple: follow her around, shirtlessly distracting her between bouts of relentless taunting. And it’s effective—if his dark eyes and rare smiles aren’t enough to sidetrack her, the sweaty, rolling topography of the manbeast’s body would do the trick.

What they don’t know: they’ll have to weather more than each other. 

Mysterious circumstances throw the farm into disarray, and with the dairy farm in danger, Olivia and Jake have to work together. But when they do, there’s more to fear than either of them imagined.

Because now their hearts are on the line, and the farm won’t be the only casualty if they fail.

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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My Review: Small Towns & Emotional Journeys

GAH! Bet the Farm is EVERYTHING you guys. #allthefeels – wow. This books is an absolutely amazing, steamy, swoony snarky enemies-to-lovers and kinda-sorta second-chance romance that I could not put down. What a fun story; with so much character evolution and emotion you’ll be laughing and crying at the same time. Olivia and Jake have an amazing connection with sizzling soul-mate level chemistry. Lost in their grief and pulled under by the immense task of saving the farm, they inevitably retreat to their corners and fall back on an adversarial relationship, remembering past hurts and misunderstandings.

As always, I'm in awe of Ms. Hart's writing. The richness, the detail, the distinct flair – unforgettable. This book is a must-read for fans of contemporary romance and romantic comedy. From a “trope” perspective, I personally think this book crosses a few, and I tend to read everything by an author I love rather than worrying if “brother’s best friend” or “accidental pregnancy” is my favorite overall idea. I’ve never been disappointed in a Staci Hart book, and truly couldn’t imagine a world where I WOULD be. If you didn't know you needed this story in your life...well, now you do. I'll be impatiently awaiting Ms. Hart's next endeavor, and I do hope we return to farm country some time soon! Hart’s silky smooth writing style, beautiful story lines, lush descriptions, and of course the deep, raw, amazingly flawed, true, and honest characters are pure magic.

This story was a personal journey for Olivia and Jake as much as one of their relationship. I think they learned as much about themselves as they did about each other. As it turns out, Jake needs Olivia’s light to complete him.  

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Polkadoodles' Digi Choosday - Week 7: Anything Goes!

Good morning everyone! Welcome to Choosday. :D We've got a new Digi Choosday challenge, and a new DISCOUNT CODE for the Polkadoodles shop! Head over to the blog to grab it before your shopping spree!

Today's challenge is, as always, Anything Goes!

My shaped Easter greetings feature the fabulous HOLLY! This image is called  Holly Spring/Easter Bunny. I love her fun outfit :D I've paired her with papers from the Soft & Scrumptious paper pack with the FREEBIE flower pot shaped card template to create this Easter greeting. The sentiment comes from Winnie Sugar Sprinkles Springtime.

Don't forget to head over to the blog to grab today's discount code! Then shop your heart out. Choosday is the best day!



I'm entering this into the following challenges - 

Catch the Bug Clean & Simple (2/3)
Crafter's Castle #32 AG (2/3)
Art Impressions Quick & Simple (2/3)
Creative Fingers - #191: AG (2/3)

QKR Stampede - #402: AG (2/3)
Pattie's Creations #173 AG (2/3)

Be sure to join in to our Anything Goes challenge via the link up at the Digi Choosday blog for your chance to win! 

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