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I think I Can I Think I Can

Hey Nerdy Peeps! I know, I know, I’ve missed quite a few days on this May Blogging Challenge. So, I’m going to mix it up a little bit and go back to day six. So, let me tell you about my favorite childhood book.


The Little Engine That Could

You know that lovely saying, I think I can, I think I can. Well, it happens to be a quote in my favorite childhood book about a little blue engine. This isn’t just a book that teaches a lesson to children about not giving up, but it also teaches a lesson that no matter how small you are you can do big things. It can also teach adults the same lessons.

This will be a book I will read to my children and a book that I hope they will pass on to their children. Also, the cover is adorable!

I think I can I think I can

Blurb:

The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.

I think I can I think I can


So, here it is day 6 on day 7. Bare with me, I will get back on track starting tomorrow. You will love this book just as much as I and your children will love it too!

Here is Challenge Day 1!

Falling Through Darkness Is Live!

falling through darkness is live
Title: Falling Through Darkness
Author: Kira Berger
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 4, 2018
Blurb
One bad decision
changed my life irrevocably.
One night shattered it completely.
Moving to another country was supposed to be a fresh start for me, an escape
from my past. A way to heal and live my life. I promised them to find
happiness. What I wasn’t supposed to find was him. Dark, handsome, and
irresistible.

He wasn’t supposed to break through the walls around my heart. But I wasn’t
strong enough to resist.

For a minute, I was happy. But the clutches of my past will never let me go.
The evil shrouding my past in darkness has finally found me.

I need to fight it—for him and them. Even if that means letting go of the
light.

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Excerpt
Chapter
One
I stare at
the sunrise above the ocean through the tiny plane window next to me. The
beautiful orange, red, and golden glow gives me a sense of peace I haven’t felt
in a long time. I watch as the sun slowly bathes the world in its warmth,
greeting a new day, a new beginning—seemingly giving me a chance to start anew.
While I
watch as in the distance a new day breaks, I muse about what lies before me. I
have never been afraid of jumping into the unknown—be it studying abroad by
myself, traveling the world, or falling in love. But that was the old me—the
young, carefree person who’s never been touched by darkness.
Being from
a small town in south-east France, moving to the city or even a foreign country
is something everyone fantasized about. I’ve lived in London for years, but the
dream has been to live in America, the country my mother left behind as a
twenty-five-year-old orphan. I just wish the circumstances of why I’m finally
moving weren’t so dire.
Leaving
Europe behind is freeing, yet scary nonetheless.
The last
month has passed by in a blur. Once I realized I couldn’t stay where I was, I
reached out to one of my teachers from an exchange year I spent in Chicago who
I kept in touch with. It’s been a whirlwind and for once luck was on my side;
he had a friend, who’s a high school principal in a Philadelphia suburb, one
who was in dire need of an English teacher. Apparently, the previous teacher
suddenly moved away due to a family emergency. While it’s sad for her, for me
it couldn’t have been more perfect. And after a two-hour Skype interview with
Mr. Harris, I accepted the job offer. I left Europe within three weeks.
The sudden
descent of the plane brings be me back to the present. Judging from the seat
belt sign blinking on, I guess we’re about to land. Finally. While I love
flying, I’m ready to be back on solid ground and out of this flying tin can.
Half an
hour later, we safely touch down at the international airport in Philadelphia.
Going through customs takes forever, like always.
Most of my
stuff fits into two suitcases. Everything with emotional value is in them,
along with my clothes and important documents. Everything else, I’ve left
behind. They don’t matter since the things killing me not to have with me
aren’t earthly possessions anyway.
Another
lucky break has been finding an apartment which comes furnished. Mr. Harris has
been amazing with accommodating me. Not just with finding me a place to stay,
but also having the previous English teacher give me her lesson plans for the
first couple of months.
Seeing my
two cases come around the belt, I move to the front to grab them. Rolling them
back to the cart, I heave them onto it, trying to keep the stupid thing from
moving away from me. I really wish they’d have a lock on the wheels to make
sure they stay immobile.
Ugh.
When I
finally manage to get myself organized with my luggage, I’m breathing heavily.
Wow, I guess I should start exercising. One day soon, I tell myself my
ever-present lie.
I move
toward the exit and walk into the sweltering Pennsylvania summer heat. Fucking
hell, why did no one tell me the humidity here is this crazy? One step outside
and I’m sweating already.
I am
looking around for a cab when I hear my name being called, “Alex!”
Startled, I
look around, trying to figure out who yelled my name. I’m shocked to see my old
professor stand before me with a cheeky grin on his face.
“What are
you doing here, Tom?”
Chuckling,
he replies, “I was in the area. You know Luna has family out here, so we
thought we’d come out to celebrate Labor Day with them.”
I have to
snort at this. It’s rather pathetic how bad of a liar he still is. They came
out here so that I wouldn’t arrive and be alone my first weekend; the smirk he
can’t hide shows this clear as day. I guess it’s their good fortune they have
family in Philly and we can all pretend this is why they’re here.
Makes it
easier.
“Of course,
you do. How is the wife anyway? How come she isn’t part of this welcome
committee?”
I smile at
the thought of Luna. While Tom is your stereotypical professor with elbow
patches and glasses, his wife is the complete opposite. I guess the best way to
describe her is free-spirited. Or a hippie. I’m pretty sure she used to have
dreads at some point in her past.
They’re
both teachers at the University of Illinois. Tom is the head of the education
department, while Luna is the head of Women’s Studies. Quite the pair, but it
seems to work perfectly. Luna always used to tell me Tom’s the calm to her
hurricane.
I am
extremely lucky to have met them, no doubt about it. Luna and I developed a
friendship during one of her classes that went beyond the classroom. She ended
up inviting me to holidays and weekend excursions. I know, it sounds weird, but
when you are alone in a different country you welcome a setting that reminds
you of your family. Plus, turkey for Thanksgiving at their place was a lot
better than eating alone in my dorm room.
“She’s
well. She had a meeting with her publisher in New York today. You know for her
new book coming out soon?” At my nod, he continues, “Also, she told me to tell
you, she’s insisting you come with us to the party tomorrow.” Lifting a hand,
he halts any protests he knows are coming. “Don’t even start, you know she’ll
just come and force you to join us anyway.”
I sigh,
he’s right. There is no way I’ll get out of this one. “Fine.”
“Great. Now
get in here and give me a hug. I haven’t seen you in ages! Skype just isn’t the
same.” Without waiting for me to move, Tom steps forward and hugs me hard.
“I’m so
sorry, girl,” he whispers.
My arms
involuntary squeeze him tight. “I’m all right,” I lie.
I move out
of his embrace and clear my throat. I don’t do well with emotions. I was never
one of those people who can show them easily to begin with, and the last few
years only made it worse.
“Welp,
shall we go then, driver,” I joke to defuse the emotionally laden situation.
“Yes,
ma’am,” he says with a laugh. “Let’s go. My car is this way.” He points
straight ahead.
We walk
across the street toward a black Jeep Grand Cherokee. Whistling through my
teeth, I tease him, “Damn. An SUV. Do you hate our planet that much?”
“Be nice.
It’s what they gave us when we arrived. Not even joking, it was the last one
left. Luna wasn’t impressed either. She already gave me shit for two hours
afterward. Please, spare me.”
“All right,
all right, all right,” I give my best Matthew McConaughey impression, causing
Tom to laugh out loud, drawing the eye of the people around us.
“Your
impersonation skills have not gotten any better over the years.”
I place my
hand over my heart in mock hurt. “Hey! Are you saying my practicing was all for
naught?”
“Pretty
much. I’m surprised you aren’t talking like some posh snob from England anyway.
That’s pretty impressive.” The laughter leaving me at his comment is something
I haven’t done in months. I’ve lived in England for six years, so it’s not such
a stretch to imagine I’d end up with an accent. “Yeah, I worked hard to avoid sounding
like a Brit. My mom spent too much time teaching me one accent to lose it.”
After we
load my luggage into the trunk, I move to the passenger door, while admiring
the interior.
“You know,”
I say while getting comfortable, “while I hate the amount of gas this car uses
and the deteriorating effect it has on the environment, it’s a really nice one.
I love this leather interior—it’s comfortable.”
“That
reminds me, have you figured out what you’ll do about a car? You know this is
America, not London.” He smirks at me. “You can’t rely on public transport to
go anywhere unless you live in the city.”
“Yeah,
yeah. I’m aware. I don’t even know how far the apartment is from work, but I have
a feeling I’ll need to drag my ass out of bed tomorrow and go lease one.” I
sigh, already dreading the experience.
“How about
I come with you. The party isn’t until three anyway. We’ll go to a dealership
in the area in the morning. How does that sound?”
“Actually,
it sounds amazing. Thank you. I was not looking forward to it. I hate car
shopping. So, I appreciate the help.” I smile at Tom gratefully. “Even though I
will say it wasn’t necessary; I’m grateful you came out this weekend.”
“We’re
family, girl. Luna thinks of you as a little sister, especially after what you
did for us—for Luna. We’ll never forget it and will never be able to repay you.”
I avert my
eyes, looking out the window while trying to blink back the tears. “I did what
anyone would have done. All I did was drive Luna to the hospital and sit with
her while we waited for you.”
“Alex,” he
says with a heavy sigh and places a hand on my arm. “You did a lot more than
just sit with her. If not for you, she’d have been alone, sitting on a cold and
empty hospital bed mourning the baby we’d just lost, waiting for me to get
there. You were her lifeline, telling her funny stories of your brother and all
the shenanigans you two got up to. You were there when she needed someone the
most.”
I look at
him, my chest filling with emotions I’m unused to. It was a mixture of
gratitude, love, and… belonging. “Then I’m glad I was there to give her some
comfort during a horrible time.” I try to smile, but I know I fail miserably
since I can feel my lip wobbling.
“Me too,
honey. Me too. And you know, we’re here in case you need to talk about—”
“I don’t,”
I interrupt abruptly, my tone sharp. I don’t ever want to talk about what
happened. The past is going to stay buried deep in the abyss of my
consciousness. “I’m fine. I don’t need to talk about anything. Let the past
stay where it belongs.”
He looks at
me for a moment. And by the way he’s rolling his lip between his teeth, and the
intensity in his eyes, I can tell he’s trying to see behind my mask. I’m not
sure what he sees, but thankfully he lets it go.
Shaking his
head, he straightens in his seat and turns the ignition. “Can you program your
new address into the GPS? I don’t want to end up getting lost in the hills of
suburbia.”
Looking at
the gadget in front of me, I decide to give it the good ol’ try. I’m sure it
can’t be that difficult. “Sure, let’s do this.”

 

falling through darkness is live
Author Bio
Kira Berger
is a child of the world with a severe case of wanderlust. She’s lived in both
North America and Europe. Currently, she’s living in London and enjoys
everything the diverse city has to offer.



She’s
always been a dreamer and closet romantic. And after obtaining her MA in
English and Publishing, she finally decided to bring the stories floating
around in her head and distracting her from real life onto paper.



If she’s
not writing or working – which is pretty much most of the time – she can be
found reading, traveling all over the world to visit friends, cuddle with her
cat, or ride on the back of her horse through the countryside, preferably
during the winter months.

 

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5 Romances I’m Looking Forward to Reading

Hey Nerdy Peeps! As you can see I have lost some blogging inspiration, but I am trying to get back on it. So, I went through my good reads list and decided to tell you about the 5 Romances I’m looking forward to diving into.


 

5 Romances I’m Looking Forward to Reading

Perfect Number One

I love anything by Colleen Hoover! So, I’m completely excited and can’t wait for this new book to come out! All Your Perfects will make its debut on July 17, 2018! Check out this post for more about the lovely bookstore!

5 romances looking forward reading

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

Sleepover Number Two

I was drawn to this one because of the cover, but then I read the blurb on Goodreads, and I was hooked. And seriously, how do you mistake your best friends bed for her brother’s.

5 romances looking forward reading

I crawled into Ryan Jensen’s bed that first night by accident.
I barely knew him. I thought it was his sister’s bed–her room. It took seconds to realize my error, and I should’ve left…
I didn’t.
I didn’t jump out.
I didn’t get embarrassed.
I relaxed.
And that night, in that moment, it was the only thing I craved.
I asked to stay. He let me, and I slept.
The truth? I never wanted to leave his bed. If I could’ve stayed forever, I would have.
He became my sanctuary.
Because–four hours earlier–my twin sister killed herself.

Paramedic Number Three

This book doesn’t have a release date yet, but I so can’t wait to know what it is! Just wait until you see the cover!

5 romances looking forward reading

Their cat-and-mouse games come to a head when workplace mishaps, missing conversation filters, traumatizing dance moves, and one dangerous booty call threaten to bring down everything they’ve worked so hard to achieve.

Stripped Number Four

I found this lovely gem at a bookstore in Sulphur Springs, TX. The Bookworm box has become a staple for signed books in my life, and sometimes you get books for free if they aren’t signed. I picked this lovely out of the unsigned books.

5 romances looking forward reading

Kenzie
I’m a yes girl. Get your mind out of the gutter; I’m not talking about sex. I’m talking about saying yes to whatever comes my way in life. So when I had the chance to move to Europe after college, I said, yes. When I had the chance to open my own lingerie line, I said, yes. And when my stepsister got diagnosed with cancer and needed me to come home and help her raise her daughter, I said, yes. That’s me, Kenzie — the yes girl! In every area of my life but one —Love. Always the first to leave a relationship. Will I be able to say yes to love — to Kane — to being happy? Or will I simply come undone and be stripped raw?
Kane
Don’t let Kenzie fool you! She’s a master at hiding behind a laugh and a smile. Being an attorney, I prefer the facts. This story isn’t as light and happy as my yes girl would have you believe. No laugh can sugarcoat what we are facing: I’ve lost everything. I know what it’s like to be left raw. But sometimes that’s the only way to find love. To strip yourself down, let the other person see all your sh*t, and hope they love you anyway.

Property Number Five

I can’t turn down another Motorcycle Club romance, and this one is right up my alley. Let me show you why! I mean look at the hottie on the cover!

5 romances looking forward reading

I was desperate enough to make a foolish decision to save my family. The cost? Me.

They may be a motorcycle club, but in all honesty, they’re really an elite unit of criminals who just happen to drive motorcycles. They’re a business. An organization. A fully functioning army…

What I’ve learned? They work in the gray area; life and death are real, and everyone wants everyone dead. Okay, so maybe that’s dramatic… No. No, it’s not. It’s legit.


There you have it, 5 Romances I am looking forward to Reading! There are lots more where these came from, so don’t worry I’ll keep you up to tabs on romances I want to read.

In fact, I’m in the middle of a really good one right now, but you’ll just have to wait for the review!

 

 

 

 

Five Bookish Tattoos I Am Dying For

Hey Nerdy Peeps! I am having ink therapy withdrawals, meaning a need a new tattoo and soon! I have four tattoos so far, but of course getting a few more won’t hurt. Just gotta keep that fact from my momma. (Yes, she reads these posts.)


Five Bookish Tattoos I am Dying For

Out of all the tattoos I have, none of them are based on books. Being a nerd that should probably change soon. So, here are 5 tattoos I would love to get.

A tattoo that gives all the nerdy vibes!

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I think I’ll get this one behind my ear!

five bookish tattoos dying for

Guess what? I was a girl scout and the troop I was in had nicknames for all the girls. Mine happened to be Pooh! So, why not get a Winnie the Pooh tattoo!

five bookish tattoos dying for

This is an amazing tattoo that has all my fave fairy tales!

five bookish tattoos dying for

Now, last but not least this drawing would be the best addition to all of my tattoos. I love the Beauty and the Beast and this tattoo would be perfect. The only thing I would add inside the mirror is “tale as old as time.”

five bookish tattoos dying for


These tattoos will be a beautiful addition to the ink I already have. And before you start judging me in the comments, just know that everyone one of my tattoos means something very special to me. I love each and every one of them, and I will be adding more. If you have any bookish tattoo ideas you can always share them with me.

Beauty and the Beast Retellings

Hey Nerdy Peeps! So, my all-time favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast, and after watching the real-life remake I am obsessed with reading retellings. I’m also a Netflix junkie and I’ve been binge-watching the Beauty and the Beast series, and let me just tell you I am in love! Now, onto the books!


Beauty and the Beast Retellings

Let’s start with the book I am currently reading and can’t put down. Now, this book is a twisted retelling and so far it’s ah-mazing! I mean just read this book blurb!

As Old As Time by Liz Braswell

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I love this cover! That’s why I bought it!

beauty beast retellings

Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father’s reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle’s mother returns—a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern.

But Belle touches the Beast’s enchanted rose, intriguing images flood her mind—images of the mother she believed she would never see again. Stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle, and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast must work together to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is twenty-one years in the making. (Goodreads)

Who wouldn’t want to read this book? Oh, and there will be a review as soon as I’m finished reading!


Beastly by Alex Flinn

I loved this movie, so I know I will probably love the book! And everyone knows the book is better than the movie, so I have to read it. You also can’t pass up these covers, I mean come on!

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I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly. (Goodreads)

This movie was beautiful, and I loved every second of it.


The Vixen and The Vet by Katie Regnery 

Now, I just came across this one but the cover is pretty hot so, I read the blurb. This blurb made me want to buy the book and read it. So, guess what book just got onto my wish-list!

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Misfits in small-town Danvers, Savannah, and Asher create a bond right away, touching each other’s hearts in ways neither thought possible. When a terrible mistake threatens to drive them apart, they’ll have to decide if the love they found in one another’s arms is strong enough to fight for their hard-won happily ever after. (Not the whole blurb but you get the point!) (Goodreads)

I mean that sounds enticing, right? Yeah, I thought so too!


Mistress to the Beast by Eve Vaughn

This was another good one I couldn’t pass up. The blurb pulled me in and the cover’s not so bad to look at either.

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A serious accident left Hunter Jamison’s body scarred. A bitter split from his latest lover has left the former playboy without faith in the female sex. Yet, confronted with Lila’s fiery beauty, he finds himself offering her a deal: If she’ll be his mistress for three months, he’ll allow her father to keep the shop. (Not the full blurb, but hey you can find it here!)

Another one added to my wish list! Amazon is going to be getting all of my money soon!


As you can see I’m a little obsessed when it comes to Beauty and the Beast, but hey what girl isn’t. Plus, I really feel like I relate to Belle. I mean not with the whole dating the Beast thing, but the whole book nerd thing. Have you seen her library? It’s amazing! I need one!

Want to read a review of a book retelling a bunch of fairy tales then check this out! Timeless Ever After: An Anthology