Stacking the Shelves #21 with Kat

Stacking The Shelves is hosted By Tynga's Reviews. This meme is about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be hard-back, paperback or ebook.

Hello all!  I know it's been a long time since I've done a STS post.  After painfully purging my massive novel collection before moving across country last year, I finally have the opportunity to rebuild.  Here a sampler of my new additions:

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood was the bookclub book for March and I got this copy from the library.

The rest of these lovely finds, I got at the Dollar Tree.
Rage Is Back by 
The Lovebird 
(The Game #1) by 
Schooled in Revenge 
Mom & Me & Mom 
My Unfair Godmother 
(My Fair Godmother #2) by 
A Spoonful of Sugar: A Nanny's Story 
(Wasteland #1) by 
Pretty Crooked 
(Pretty Crooked #1) by Impostor (Variants #1) by 

[Review]: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A. J. FikryThe Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin, Scott Brick (Narrator)
Audio CD, 7 hours
Published April 1st 2014 by HighBridge Company

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books—the only bookstore on Alice Island—has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go.
One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: “I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.” A search for Maya’s mother, A. J.’s rare book, and good childcare advice ensues, but it doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the transformation of both bookstore and owner, something of particular interest to the lovely yet eccentric Knightley Press sales rep, Amelia Loman, who makes the arduous journey to Alice Island thrice each year to pitch her books to the cranky owner.

Ask Yourself the Tough Questions

Are you seeking a job?
Looking to make a career move?
Got that call back for an interview?

Are you ready for the tough questions?

One of my professors tasked me with thinking of the hard questions that may be asked of a future costume designer in an interview.  I found three, thought out and wrote my responses, them filmed myself answering:

  • Name one strength and one weakness
  • Explain “Costuming” to your eight-year-old nephew
  • What made you decide to pursue a career in Costume Design?

Am I ready?
Maybe not, but at least I've given the questions some thought for when that day comes.

Review: True Love by Melissa Pearl

True Love
(Songbird - Book #5) 
by Melissa Pearl
Kindle Edition: 266 Pages
Source: Ebook - Own

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True Love is Jimmy & Nessa's story 
One night can change everything… 
Nessa Sloan has been in love with Jimmy Baker since the ninth grade when they started up a rock band together. Five years later they’re about to hit the big time—Chaos wins a recording contract and nation-wide tour with Torrence Records. After their celebration party, the two best friends have a one-night stand that will tear their relationship apart. 
On the run from Jimmy’s rejection, Nessa takes off on her motorbike, but an accident brings her escape to a tragic end. Now trapped in a broken body, Nessa has to face a future stripped of the one thing that’s gotten her through every past challenge—playing the drums. 
Jimmy never meant to break his best friend’s heart, and he will forever regret taking her to bed then treating her like one of his groupies. But once he’d crossed that line, he couldn’t go back. Now Jimmy is on a mission to do something he’s never done before—win a girl over. 
Angry and confused by her new disability, Nessa doesn’t want Jimmy’s help. But she has nobody else to rely on…and his pigheaded ass won’t leave her alone. Can these two stubborn hearts get past their own insecurities to figure out what true love really looks like? Or will they drive each other crazy before they finally see the truth? 
It’s infuriating, irresistible, and all-consuming…it’s true love. 
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SONGBIRD COLLECTION INCLUDE: Fever (perma-free) Bulletproof Everything Home

Author Spotlight: RP Channing Featuring Blood of my Blood

RP Channing


~ Kira Sutherland ~
After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her 'boyfriend'), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend cheated...), and being labeled as having 'issues' in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices: 
1. Continue her 'therapy' (where she's told the ghost is a hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often...) 
2. Go to Starkfield Academy, a boarding school for "Crazies and Convicts" (as the social media sites call them.)
She chooses the latter...
~ Cory Rand ~
Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother's best friend...sort of. You see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.
Brought up in an abusive home, Cory quickly falls into a life of disreputable behavior. After his third offense (which was prompted by a girl, as usual - he has a weakness) he's left with two choices: 
1. Be tried as an adult and share a cell with a guy named Bubba (he thinks...) 
2. Go to Starkfield Academy, which Cory is pretty sure is run by vampires. But, hey, at least he'll get an education.
He chooses the latter...

It's at Starkfield that Kira meets Cory Rand, a boy with an insatiable Rage who sees ghosts, too. As well as other things, other things from his past, things that confuse him, things like fire and witches and demons.

Things he's always ignored. 

Until now.
Available now on Amazon, grab your copy today!

Want to know more about this author. Check out RP Channing's Blog

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Happy Reading!

Review: Everything (Songbird) by Melissa Pearl

(Songbird - Book #3)
by Melissa Pearl
Kindle Edition, 332 Pages
Source: Ebook - Own

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Jody Pritchett had a dream...but life had other plans. Instead of singing and dancing on Broadway, Jody's a twenty-year-old single mom, living at home with her disapproving father and overbearing sister. The choice to keep her little Angelia came with a high price and although she adores her baby girl, it doesn't take away the sting of kissing goodbye her chance at a career on the stage.
Leo Sinclair had his own dream...but got lost along the way. After a failed marriage that left him hollow and downtrodden, the Australian songwriter wonders what joy his future could possibly hold. Encouraged by the one family member who doesn't think he's a failure, Leo decides to stop living the life everyone expects him to and start chasing his dreams again. When the perfect opportunity comes knocking, Leo leaves Australia behind and hops a flight to LA. With his sights set on selling a musical to a Broadway producer, Leo is determined to finally realize his life-long dream. But life gets in the way again, when he spots a young mother outside his apartment in tears. He never realized how one person, one voice, and one Angel could have him contemplating abandoning his dreams once again. 
As these two burned hearts wrestle to overcome their past struggles, Leo and Jody must decide what dreams are worth clinging to...because, sometimes, everything you want is not everything you need.

Valentine's Day is let's self reflect!

I see art everyday. 
 It's in the many imperfections of life that sparks inspiration within me. 
 It's in the oddity as well as the mundane. 
 It surrounds me and yet it remains invisible until I give it validity with my acknowledgement. 

It's the little things that inspire my art. I went hiking with a friend and along the path I saw a dying flower twisted in the most unusual way. I had to capture it on my camera.  That resonated with something within me.  It used to be something, but now it's not.  The California drought has drained it of color, yet still it stands.  It  doesn't droop and in a way, it holds on in spite of the circumstances. Similar to that flower, my life has changed drastically over the last twelve months.  I'm reevaluating my path in life.  Divorce make you seriously rethink everything you thought you knew.

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