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Happy Independent Bookstore Day! (well, sort of…) [TAKE 2]

(****Ok I will start off by saying you probably already got an email with this post, but for some reason it was not showing up on my blog & is still in my “draft post” file. So I am hitting the “publish button one more time. I put a lot of work into the post & just want it to actually show up on my blog & get out of the wrong file. Thanks for understanding….)

Happy Independent Bookstore Day!! Especially to my fave, Gathering Volumes Bookstore in Perrysburg, OH! And thank you @readforeverpub & @hachetteaudio for my free copies of ‘The Happy Ever After Playlist‘ by Abby Jimenez!

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While the “official” Indie Bookstore Day is now postponed until Aug 29th, we are still having an online celebration today to recognize, thank & support our local & independent bookstores! During these difficult times I can tell you that reading (whether physical books or audiobooks) has really helped me get through some tough days.

Me reading The Eye of Zeus by Alane Adams with my youngest

I listen to audiobooks during the day to help with the stress & anxiety of being isolated for weeks with my overly loud & bored kids, & I have also incorporated daily outloud reading time with them as part of our new homeschooling routine, which I will continue to do even when our official school year ends. Then in the evening when I can sit quietly, I read my physical books.

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Right now I am listening to ‘The Happy Ever After Playlist‘ with of my Libro.fm app. Libro.fm is an audiobook app that supports Indie Bookstores with their sales. By choosing Libro.fm over other audiobook companies, you support a local bookstore of your choice.

Most people think you can only buy physical books from indie bookstores, but that’s not true. Many bookstores have partnered with Libro.fm to support audiobook sales as well. No more waiting for your library holds to come in. Get the audiobook you want as soon as it is released via your Librofm app or use BookStoreLink.com to find the books you want at an independent bookstore. Many have curbside pick-up or will ship the books to you.

My independent bookstore of choice is Gathering Volumes Bookstore in Perrysburg, Ohio. They also have a special going on this weeekend which includes a FREE Independent Bookstore Day totebag! Click HERE to go to their Instagram post that tells you the details. I think I will be making a purchase from them this weekend for sure! They also ship books, sell e-books & audiobooks, & have some really fun, nicely curated book subscriptions for all ages. They also have a used book section with some fantastic deals!

Today ONLY, anyone who has a Librofm app will get TWO pre-selected audiobooks for FREE (info link in bio) & if you start an audiobook membership & use my code MOMLOVESREADING, you will get a 3-for-1 audiobook deal (books of your choice!) That’s FIVE audiobooks for one low price TODAY only! (However, my code deal is good anytime!)

To help out our bookseller community even more, Libro.fm has partnered with a range of artists to create 10 pairs of socks for book lovers. Profits will go to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation to support booksellers across the nation affected by COVID-19.

1-Browse the Designs: These one-of-a-kind socks feature art from illustrators, authors, and designers who love books just as much as you do.

2-Name Your Price: All socks start at $15, but you can choose to pay as much as you’d like to increase your impact.

3-Support Booksellers: Pull on your socks, put on an audiobook, and stay safe at home while supporting booksellers across the nation.

Click HERE for more information

Independent bookstores are not just stores. They are community centers & local anchors run by passionate readers. Bookstores are like an entire universe of ideas & places to visit. They are my happy place! I miss them & they miss us & need our sales more than ever to help them stay afloat when their doors open back up. Be sure to download your FREE Libro.fm today to get your FREEBIE’s then consider starting a membership using my code. You can cancel anytime, but if you are enjoying the app & the audiobooks while supporting indie booksellers, why would you want to? Click HERE for more info on how Libro.fm works.

And as always…stay home, stay safe, stay sane. Now go wash your hands!

Audiobooks · Book Reviews

Book Review: “Pretty Things” by Janelle Brown and my new book mail!

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Thank you @randomhouse for my gifted copy of ‘Pretty Things‘ by Janelle Brown, published on 4/21!

Two wildly different women – one a grifter, the other an heiress – are brought together by the scam of a lifetime in a page-turner from the NYT bestselling author of ‘Watch Me Disappear’.

Nina once bought into the idea that her fancy liberal arts degree would lead to a fulfilling career. When that dream crashed, she turned to stealing from rich kids in L.A. alongside her wily Irish boyfriend, Lachlan. Nina learned from the best. Her mother was the original con artist, hustling to give her daughter a decent childhood despite their wayward life. But when her mom gets sick, Nina puts everything on the line to help her, even if it means running her most audacious, dangerous scam yet.

Vanessa is a privileged young heiress who wanted to make her mark in the world. Instead she becomes an Instagram influencer—traveling the globe, receiving free clothes & products, & posing for pictures in exotic locales. But behind the covetable façade is a life marked by tragedy. After a broken engagement, Vanessa retreats to her family’s sprawling mountain estate, Stonehaven: a mansion of dark secrets not just from Vanessa’s past, but from that of a lost & troubled girl named Nina.

Nina’s, Vanessa’s, & Lachlan’s paths collide here, on the cold shores of Lake Tahoe, where their intertwined lives give way to a winter of aspiration & desire, duplicity & revenge. Two brilliant, damaged women try to survive the greatest game of deceit & destruction they will ever play.

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Pretty Things” is a twisty, perfectly paced, well-written suspense thriller that keeps you wanting more. And we ARE going to get more…Nicole Kidman optioned the rights to adapt this into an Amazon series, produced by & starring her, of course. Nicely defined characters & seductively captivating, you will love this one! And it made me want to sing the T Swift song lyrics: 

Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play;
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate….

Look for this book at your local bookstores today! Enjoy your weekend reading, folks! (and go enter my Murderino Monday giveaway! It ends on 4/26, & it’s for 2 true crime advance copy books! Click HERE to go to the giveaway post.

And now for my Instagram post about my new book mail (paid for kind, not the super awesome free kind from generous publishers…)

Zoom in on that cat’s nose…creepy AF! Click HERE to give my IG post some LOVE

Happy Friday! (…like it’s different from any other day right now though, am I right??)

I received an awesome deal in my email from Books-a-Million on Tues, that I could buy this book for $15, plus I had a Millionaires Club member coupon, so I saved even more! (I LOVE my BAM loyalty card!)

I purchased 2 copies of the new Stephen King book, “If It Bleeds”, for me & my son to buddy-read! And they arrived today!! Talk about fast! (FYI: Amazon is calling most books “non-essential” so even with Prime (expensive Prime!) books may take a month or longer to arrive, which is so not cool.)

I actually don’t have any indie stores nearby; my closest ones being about 45-60 mls away. However, I also purchased the audiobook version via my Libro.fm app & that sale supports an indie bookstore in my daughters town. So win win! (A big Librofm special is coming tomorrow so download the free app today! You’ll be glad you did!)

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I do have one bookstore that I do my best to help keep afloat in our area, & that’s Books-a-Million. It’s in our ghost town of a mall (with my other fave store TJMaxx within throwing distance). The folks at my BAM recognize me when I come in (some call me the “instagram girl”☺️) & they ask what’s coming up that they should watch for & read & recommend to others. I love helping to support that store because they are the only bookstore within a 45-60 min drive…and they are my happy place!

What are you reading this weekend? Are you also buying the new King book? If you want to buy it on audio, use the Librofm app to support indie bookstores AND use my code MOMLOVESREADING to get a 3-for-1 deal! And again, don’t forget to enter my current giveaway (the Murderino Monday one) which ends on 4/26 on Instagram.

And as always…stay home, stay safe, stay sane. No go wash your hands.

Audiobooks · Blog Tour · Book Reviews · LibroFm

Book Tour for “The Essence of Perfection” by Nita Brooks (and some very important Libro.fm audiobook info…)

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Thank you @kensingtonbooks & @tlcbooktours for my gifted copy of ‘The Essence of Perfection‘ by Nita Brooks & for inviting me to be a stop on your digital Book Tour!

Wickedly entertaining, insightful, and always surprising, Nita Brooks delivers a delicious new novel about a celebrity perfume designer forced to add a daring new ingredient to her carefully curated life . . .

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Among the uber-famous, she’s the most highly sought-after fragrance maker—and a well-kept secret. But designing a scent for pop’s newest superstar could take Nicola King and her family’s business from elite to downright legendary. Of course, mystery is part of Nicola’s brand—so no one knows she’s actually an over-cautious person who always puts her own life on permanent hold. Until her ultra-personal list of regrets is accidentally put on a social media blast—and she’s challenged to go after everything she really wants.

From finding a hobby to reconnecting with a family member, Nicola’s getting some surprising results. But when she reveals her deepest, darkest secret of all to her troubled sister, the fallout threatens her budding romance, her career, and her reputation. Now between ambition, heartbreak, and hard truths, Nicola must risk the courage to fix the damage—and decide what success truly means.

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The Essence of Perfection‘ is a fun read while self-isolating! And a main character that you will root for! Not to mention the fact that you will be reminded how much social media can be both a pro & a con! ‘The Essence of Perfection‘ was released on 3/31 from Kensington Books. Thank’s again, TLC Book Tours! Look for this book at your local, independent bookstore! Click HERE to look for it using BookStoreLink. The independent bookstores need our sales right now more than ever!

And if audiobooks is your jam, I encourage you to use the Libro.fm app. Libro.fm is an audiobook app that supports independent bookstores with their audiobook sales. I LOVE listening to audiobooks during the day while I am on the go & saving my physical books for evening time in my rocker with my cozy blankey & a cuppa tea. Sometimes audiobooks just make certain books so much more engaging & better, & you are STILL supporting the author, publisher & bookstore with your audiobook purchases.

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To try Libro.fm for yourself, click HERE to use my promo code for a special 3-for-1 offer or you can use my promo code MOMLOVESREADING. Be sure to download your FREE Libro.fm app now because on Saturday, April 25th they are celebrating what would have been Independent Bookstore Day (which is now postponed until August 29th) & they are giving away 2 FREE audiobooks (pre-selected titles) to everyone that has an account. This will happen ONLY on April 25th, so be sure to download your app before then and be sure to follow Libro.fm on Facebook & Instagram & get in on all the IBD celebration fun!

And as always, stay home, stay safe, stay sane. Now go wash your hands…

Audiobooks · LibroFm

Libro.fm helps out the book community even more with some cool bookish socks you can buy!

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To help out our bookseller community, Libro.fm has partnered with a range of artists to create 10 pairs of socks for book lovers. Profits will go to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation to support booksellers across the nation affected by COVID-19.

Step 1: Browse the Designs

These one-of-a-kind socks feature art from illustrators, authors, and designers who love books just as much as you do.

Click HERE to learn more

Step 2: Name Your Price

All socks start at $15, but you can choose to pay as much as you’d like to increase your impact.

Click HERE to learn more

Step 3: Support Booksellers

Pull on your socks, put on an audiobook, & stay safe at home while supporting booksellers across the nation.

***Spread the Word***

Share this campaign with #SocksforBinc & tag them at @librofm! I am planning to buy a few pairs for myself & my daughter.

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Libro.fm is an audiobook company that supports independent bookstores with their audiobook sales. I love audiobooks & I love that Libro.fm supports the little guys (& not the billionaire…). If you already enjoy audiobooks or are wanting to give them a try, I strongly encourage you to do so now. You can use my referral link HERE & get a 3-for-1 audiobook deal when you start your membership. There are no long term commitments & you can cancel anytime.

I LOVE using my Libro.fm app & audiobooks really help get me through some long days. My son can’t get over how quickly he has been getting through his TBR list by incorporating audiobooks into his reading. He goes on a long run or walk & gets through several chapters of a book (he uses 1.8x speed, I use 1.25x usually.) My referral code is also MOMLOVESREADING if you want to use it that way.

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Plenty of people are making the #audiobookswitch–choosing Libro.fm & their independent bookstore over the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). Why? They were hoping you’d ask:

1- Support Local Bookstores

When you choose Libro.fm, you get to purchase audiobooks directly through your local bookstore of choice.

2- Enjoy Expert Bookseller Recommendations

Libro.fm offers real recommendations from real people rather than algorithms which might be unreliable or harmful.

3- Own Your Audiobooks

They are 100% DRM-Free. With Libro.fm you actually own each audiobook purchased & have the freedom to download & listen on any device you like. Read more about our “cage-free” audiobooks.

4- Get 2 Free Audiobooks

Make the #AudiobookSwitch & get 2 free audiobooks when you start a monthly membership. That’s $14.99 for 3 audiobooks with the code “MOMLOVESREADING”.

5- Talk to Real People

Libro.fm is staffed by real people who love local bookstores, audiobooks, & customers. Reach them at hello@libro.fm & they will get back to you, day or night.

6- Create Local Jobs

When you support your local bookstore, you’re supporting the individuals who work there & so much more.

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So what are you waiting for? Make the switch today! Or at least add some cool socks & audiobooks to your to-do list & spend some of that stimulus money (when you get it) on indie bookstores. I plan to, for sure!

And as always, stay home, stay safe, stay sane! Now go wash your hands!

Audiobooks · Book Reviews

Audiobook Review: “Open Book: A Memoir” by Jessica Simpson

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This book is exactly why sometimes audiobooks are just so much better than a physical book! Thank you @Librofm for another fantastic audiobook!

The #1 New York Times Bestseller includes six new songs by Jessica Simpson, available exclusively in the Open Book audiobook and performed by the author featuring her music throughout.

Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she’s kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, ‘Open Book’ is as inspiring as it is entertaining.

Jessica Simpson reveals for the first time her inner monologue & most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she’s kept since age fifteen, & brimming with her unique humor & down-to-earth humanity, ‘Open Book’ is as inspiring as it is entertaining.This was supposed to be a very different book. Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, & nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn’t want to lie.

Jessica couldn’t be authentic with her readers if she wasn’t fully honest with herself first. 

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Now America’s Sweetheart, preacher’s daughter, pop phenomenon, reality tv pioneer, & the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others, but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. ‘Open Book’ is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, & humor to share things she’s never shared before.

First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. But now, instead of being talkedabout, Jessica is doing the talking. Her book shares the wisdom & inspirations she’s learned & shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture cliché’s — “chicken or fish,” “Daisy Duke,” “football jinx,” “mom jeans,” “sexual napalm…” & more. ‘Open Book’ is an opportunity to laugh & cry with a close friend, one that will inspire you to live your best, most authentic life, now that she is finally living hers.

I officially LIKE Jessica Simpson now after listening to this book! (and I loathe John Mayer, but honestly, I never liked him anyhow.) Jessica is an excellent story teller & she reads with such raw, vulnerable emotion, she literally chokes up at times. This is a fantastic, inspiring, compelling, heartfelt memoir that I recommend to anyone, even if you have preconceived notions about Simpson like I did. And audiobook is definitely the way to go with this one. It also includes some of her beautiful, new music at the end, including a duet with Willie Nelson, one of her BFF’s.

If you have never tried audiobooks, or you have used other subscription apps, I encourage you to make the switch to Libro.fm now. Their audiobook sales support independent bookstores & right now they need our help more than ever! Just like many other businesses, they are struggling. Use my special code MOMLOVESREADING & get a 3-for-1 audiobook deal & start listening to Jessica or ANY audiobooks of your choice today!