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GIVEAWAY time! Two winners! And that’s no April Fooling!

Click HERE to go to the Instagram giveaway!

GIVEAWAY TIME! Thank you @torbooks for my gifted copies of “You Let Me In” by Camilla Bruce! (Pub date 4/21!)

“You Let Me In” delivers a stunning tale from debut author Camilla Bruce, combining the sinister domestic atmosphere of Gillian Flynn’s “Sharp Objects” with the otherwordly thrills of Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”.

Cassandra Tipp is dead…or is she?

After all, the notorious recluse & eccentric bestselling novelist has always been prone to flights of fancy–everyone in town remembers the shocking events leading up to Cassie’s infamous trial (she may have been acquitted, but the insanity defense only stretches so far).

Cassandra Tipp has left behind no body–just her massive fortune, & one final manuscript.Then again, there are enough bodies in her past–her husband Tommy Tipp, whose mysterious disembowelment has never been solved, & a few years later, the shocking murder-suicide of her father & brother..Cassandra Tipp will tell you a story–but it will come with a terrible price. What really happened, out there in the woods–& who has Cassie been protecting all along? Read on, if you dare….

This book is atmospheric, imaginative, bewitching & brilliantly seductive…exactly the kind of book TOR publishing is known for! This debut novel is creepy, weird & unusual with an ending you won’t see coming!

***The following information is just to let you know the requirements of the giveaway on Instagram. You cannot enter via the blog. Click HERE to go to the Instagram post where you CAN enter!

To enter to win an advance copy:

1. Must be following @mom_loves_reading(no unfollowing after giveaway, it’s just so rude)

2. LIKE & SAVE this post

3. Tag 2 bookish buds (Unlimited entries, but only 2 tags per comment).

Bonus Entries:(5 ea)

4. Share to your stories for 24 hrs (tag me) *Can be done daily.

5. Follow me on Facebook (Mom_Loves_Reading) & LIKE this post there.

6. Share the post on FB, too, for another bonus.

Giveaway has (2) winners & is International, begins 4/1 & ends 4/5 at 11:59pm est. No giveaway accts. Giveaway not affiliated with Instagram. Unfollowing after giveaway gets you banned from future MomLovesReading giveaways, & there are a LOT!

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(3) Winner Giveaway on Instagram Starts TODAY!

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Time for a GIVEAWAY! (3 winners!) Thank you @Flatiron_books for my free copy of “It Sounded Better in My Head” & for sponsoring this amazing giveaway!
From debut author Nina Kenwood comes a tender, funny, & compulsively readable novel about first love & its confusions, & all of the awkwardness of teen romance.
When her parents announce their impending divorce, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting, or at least mildly upset. Then Zach & Lucy, her two best friends, hook up, leaving her feeling slightly miffed & decidedly awkward. She’d always imagined she would end up with Zach one day―in the version of her life that played out like a TV show, with just the right amount of banter, pining, & meaningful looks. Now everything has changed, & nothing is quite making sense. Until an unexpected romance comes along & shakes things up even further.
“It Sounded Better in My Head” is a compulsively readable love letter to teenage romance in all of its awkward glory, perfect for fans “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” & “Emergency Contact”. (Book pub date 4/7)
“My So-Called Life” meets “Awkward”, this book will instantly transport you back to all that teenage insecurity & vulnerability as you get to know Natalie. This book is charming, relatable, tender & deals with all those woe’s that are often quite traumatic for teens: bad acne, puberty, self-worth, hormonal changes, teen-love, etc. I enjoyed the book & here’s your chance to as well!
Three winners will receive an advance copy of “It Sounded Better in My Head” from my pals at Flatiron!
To enter (must do the following): (**Click HERE to head to the giveaway post on Instagram.)
1. Like this post.
2. Must be following @mom_loves_reading AND @flatiron_books
3. Tag 2 friends in comments. (Up to 10x, only 2 per comment)
4. Must live in U.S.
Bonus entry:
*Share to your stories & tag @mom_loves_reading AND @flatiron_books
Giveaway begins 3/20/20 & ends 3/23 at 11:59pm EST. Giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. No giveaway accounts. No unfollowing after giveaway or you will be banned from all future @mom_loves_reading giveaways (& there are a LOT!)

Click HERE to add to your Goodreads list

Remember, you can only enter the giveaway on my Instagram page so be sure to head there. You can get there by clicking HERE.

How is everyone doing with self-isolation and social distancing? I have been doing the home school thing with my kids all week. They are autistic, identical twins and on an IEP at school, so they are missing out on their therapies and school routines, but I have been making a hour by hour schedule for them daily, including Ipad breaks, snack time, meal time, etc. and it has been working! Today they stopped what they were doing, turned TV & Ipads off & sat down at the kitchen table all ready for their “teacher” to get “class” started. I was so impressed!

I bought a bunch of Brain Quest work books from the local book store yesterday as supplemental learning material for our home school learning. The pages in those books are so much more colorful & the instructions are very clear. I highly recommend them!

Home Schooling: Week 1 in the books!

And I am still hunting for toilet paper daily, so if anyone comes across any websites where I can order some, please let me know. I have tried Walmart, Target, Sams, & a few other sites & NADA! I just know someone has a garage full of toilet paper & it’s sad & ridiculous. God bless all those health care, grocery store, & toilet paper factory workers out there! May we all remember them & the sacrifices they are making to keep all of us safe & fed! Stay safe out there people, wash your hands & have a great Friday!


Heads up…My first Facebook book giveaway!

The 3 books that will be in the giveaway….

Happy Friday blog fam! We made it! This is just a short, but exciting, post for now.📚

I wanted to give you a heads up that I have a really awesome giveaway starting shortly on my Facebook page, Mom_Loves_Reading, which you can find HERE.💁🏼‍♀️

Once the giveaway goes live, be sure you are following & like my Facebook page & follow the rest of the entry requirements, which are generally to share the giveaway post, & because I personally hate tagging people on Facebook, I won’t ask that of you. Just the share & follow/like. For bonus entries, follow my Instagram page, like the post that will be on there that mentions this giveaway, follow my Twitter page, follow me on Goodreads, and of course, subscribe to this blog.💻

The reason we book bloggers always ask for the follows/shares/likes is because it helps our statistics & insights on the above social forums which helps get publishers to sponsor more giveaways or send us more free books to use review & then giveaway if we choose to do so. So, yes, it really does matter & help a lot! And we really REALLY appreciate it!😘

Ok, folks, that’s all for now! Keep an eye out for that Facebook giveaway! Go follow the account now and when the giveaway goes live it will show up in your feed. Have a fantastic weekend no matter what you do! 😊


Head’s Up…Giveaway starting today!

This will be the Instagram post!

Snow Day Intl. GIVEAWAY & Sunshine Book Stacks challenge!

Tomorrow is my wedding anniversary (yep! Married on Valentine’s Day & it was a Friday that year as well! Scroll to bottom to see a pic of me & the hubs on our wedding day!) My husband had taken today & tomorrow off from work so that today we could spend time together just the two of us (we even had a couples massage scheduled at Kalahari Spa). Tomorrow my boys special needs class has no school (while the rest of the school does) so we are taking them to lunch and roller skating (yep! We have a pretty awesome indoor skating rink/family fun joint that is still thriving!). Then Mother Nature stepped in, threw us a weather curveball, & the kids ended up home today, too, with a snow day! So we had to cancel our massages & instead we are getting our taxes done (Yippee! So much fun!). Tomorrow is still a go so far though. (And yes, I do roller skate, & actually pretty well!)

This was pretty heavy to hold to get the pic!

Today it is all white outside & the sky is 50 shades of gray. Pretty, but also bluck. So today, I am posting a Sunshine Book Stack AND hosting a giveaway for (1) copy of “Our Stop” by Laura Jane Williams! “Our Stop” released in the US on 2/11, but actually published in other countries in 2019. (See below for synopsis). I would LOVE to see your yellow books, too! Post a photo of your own #sunshinebookstacks on Instagram (use that hashtag) & tag me @mom_loves_reading . You will get (10) extra entries in the giveaway below. I’m in dreary N Ohio, so I need all the sunshine I can get!

(This will be the entry criteria on the Instagram post)

To enter to win (1) new copy “Our Stop“, must do the following:

*Must be following @mom_loves_reading (no unfollowing after, that’s not cool)

*Like & SAVE this post

*Tag a couple bookish buds (unlimited, but only 2 per comment).

Bonus entries:

*Don’t forget the one listed above!(10 entries!)

*Share this post in your IG feed or stories & tag me!(5 entries)

*Comment on this post on my FB page (Mom_Loves_Reading) *Must also LIKE my FB page for it to count!(5 entries)

PS…If you do ALL of the above, there will be a special bonus if you win!

Giveaway is International, begins 2/13/20 at 12noon, EST & ends 2/16 at 11:59pm EST. (1) winner announced 2/17. No giveaway accts. No unfollowing after or you will be banned from all future momlovesreading giveaways (& there’s a LOT!) Giveaway not affiliated w/ Instagram/publisher/author. Please follow my other accts: Blog(, Twitter(momlovesreading), Goodreads(Mom_Loves_Reading) & FB(Mom_Loves_Reading).

Our Stop” by Laura Jane Williams:

Nadia gets the 7.30 train every morning without fail. Well, except if she oversleeps or wakes up at her friend Emma’s after too much wine.

Daniel really does get the 7.30 train every morning, which is easy because he hasn’t been able to sleep properly since his dad died.

One morning, Nadia’s eye catches sight of a post in the daily paper:

To the cute girl with the coffee stains on her dress. I’m the guy who’s always standing near the doors… Drink sometime?

So begins a not-quite-romance of near-misses, true love, and the power of the written word.

2/14/03 (So grainy, but we didn’t have a professional photographer.)

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Heads up! Giveaway starting today on IG…

Adequate Yearly Progress by Roxanna Elden

GIVEAWAY!! Thank you @atriabooks (#partner) for my gifted copy of “Adequate Yearly Progress” by Roxanna Elden & for sponsoring this giveaway!

Roxanna Elden’s satire is a brilliantly entertaining & moving look at our education system..Each new school year brings familiar challenges to Brae Hill Valley, a struggling high school in one the biggest cities in Texas. But the teachers also face plenty of personal challenges and this year, they may finally spill over into the classroom.

English teacher Lena Wright, a spoken-word poet, can never seem to truly connect with her students. Hernan D. Hernandez is confident in front of his biology classes, but tongue-tied around the woman he most wants to impress. Down the hall, math teacher Maybelline Galang focuses on the numbers as she struggles to parent her daughter, while Coach Ray hustles his troubled football team toward another winning season.

Recording it all is idealistic second-year history teacher Kaytee Mahoney, whose anonymous blog gains new readers by the day as it drifts ever further from her in-class reality. And this year, a new superintendent is determined to leave his own mark on the school—even if that means shutting the whole place down.

“Gossip Girl” meets “The Office” but in an urban high school…sounds intriguing, eh?I LOVED this book so much! I already have a few teacher friends asking to borrow my copy after they heard about this book! “Adequate Yearly Progress” is funny, clever, engaging, & heart-warming & will have you thanking all the teachers in your life for all of their sacrifices & their service! Fans of @LaurieGelman ‘s “Class Mom” series will love this book! 

Giveaway will begin at 10:00am EST on Instagram.