This Month on RAK

I participated in Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) again in August. What's RAK you say? Well, RAK is Book Soulmates brain child. The idea of RAK is to pay it forward by randomly sending people books/ebooks from their wishlists.

Go to Book Soulmates Blog for more information or to sign up.
This month I was thrilled to receive a bunch of fun books! It was like Christmas in August!!
I received:
Grave Sight (Harper Connelly #1) by Charlaine Harris from the lovely Michelle of Michelle's Book Blog
Falling Under by Gwen Hayes from the wonderful Book Fairy JoJo
and a whole lot of books from the awesome Kay at K-Books Blog
 Lucy in the Sky by Paige Toon
Johnny Be Good by Paige Toon
Chasing Daisy by Paige Toon
Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon
Baby Be Mine by Paige Toon

Thank you so very much ladies, I love all of the books I've received!

Cover Love

Over the weekend I ventured to Borders to see what going out of business sales I could find. Let’s just say I should join a Book Buying Addicts Anonymous group, haha.

Anyhoodles, I wanted to share the covers of three books I bought. I love how incredibly creeptastic they are!!

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Vampire Zero (Vampires #3)
23 Hours (Vampires #4)
Overwinter (Werewolves #2)

To finish off both of the series, I will (at some point) be buying:

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13 Bullets (Vampires #1)
99 Coffins (Vampires #2)
Frostbite (Werewolves #1)

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Goodreads Summary:


All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far...and almost doesn't make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge -- and over…

My Review:

I enjoyed reading this book and getting to know the two main characters. It was interesting to see them interact.

At the half way point, I wasn’t sure if the book would end up being a tragic romance, happy ending romance or go in a whole other direction….and then the book made me cry a little. I was definitely leaning towards a certain type after that.

What kind of book did it end up being, you say? Tsk Tsk, I can’t tell you that or it would spoil the book! You’ll just have to find out for yourself :)

PS, I think this book would be great as a movie!

A Tale of Two Bloggers

This is a tale of two bloggers as well as an item checked off of my bucket list! Just a warning, this is going to be long because I’m including pictures!

Our tale begins in Pennsylvania this past Friday evening. My husband and I were volleying some ideas back and forth on how we wanted to spend our weekend. After much debate, we decided to head to take a spur of the moment trip to the Watkins Glen/Finger Lake Region of New York. We made sure we could line up a house/dog sitter for the night then at 8:30pm we booked a campsite (and talk about timing, it was the last site available!) for the following night in NY.

The next step was to email my blogger buddy Wendy at Wall-to-Wall Books. She lives in the Finger Lakes area so I shot off an email and then crossed my fingers! I was really hoping we would be able to meet since her and I email and comment on eachothers blogs. I was anxiously checking my phone about every minute to see if I had a response. Then the response came and YES!! she was available and agreed to meet us for lunch when we arrived!! Yippie!

Hubby and I packed up and headed out the next morning. The drive was, well, wet! It poured the entire trip (for my UK readers, it was pissing down with rain ;) )! Thankfully the rain had mostly stopped when we arrived in Watkins Glen!

Wendy pulled into the restaurant parking lot right after we did and when mine and Wendy’s eyes met we waved and then ran in slow motion into eachothers arms. HAHA, ok, it didn’t quite happen like that but I think we were both very excited to meet!

This is a semi blurry cell phone picture of the inside of Jeraldo’s where we ate lunch.

If you ever find yourself in Watkins Glen, definitely add this to your to do list! The atmosphere and food are amazing! Anyway, back to the story. We chatted over lunch then we meandered around the pier.



After saying our goodbyes to Wendy, my husband and I took a sightseeing boat tour on the lake. It started raining during the boat tour so we got wet heading back to our car.

Next up was walking on the Watkins Glen Gorge trails. It was still raining but we were already wet so we figured we would just go for it and I’m glad we did because the trails/waterfalls are gorgeous!



While walking on the trails we worked up an appetite so we headed to lunch on the pier. The rain had mostly stopped so we dared to sit on the deck. This was the view from our table.


We then wandered around the pier again trying to take advantage of the improved weather.

I snuck a picture of a bride and groom having their wedding photos taken…


And stalked some ducks…


And played tourist some more…



We then took a drive and came across this winery. I think the name is amusing, don’t you?


We came across a very neat looking winery and decided to stop to do a wine tasting…even though neither of us like wine, haha.


Turns out we found wine that we like after all! Go figure!! We left with our loot and headed to the campground to set up shop. Once our canopy, etc. were up and ready to go, we relaxed by the campfire.


The next morning, we went to a family style restaurant for breakfast then headed out. We stopped at the welcome center right inside of PA and I snapped a couple quick pictures.


We had a lot of fun and are really looking forward to heading back in the Fall when we can stay longer! AND when we return the tale of two bloggers will become the tale of three bloggers! If all goes well, we will be meeting Wendy’s daughter Ashley of Fictionista blog!

To see Wendy’s version of our fairy tale click here

RAK - Sign ups & a giveaway

I'm sure you've seen my posts about RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) over the past few months! Well, the host of RAK (Book Soulmates blog) is also hosting a giveaway to mark the 6 month anniversary of RAK.

All you have to do is sign up for RAK, make a tweet or a post (like this one),
and then spread the book love!

Here are the rules because everything needs a little structure
(the rules are copied from Book Soulmates blog): 

  • Sign up each month that you'd like to participate.
  • Show off your participation by grabbing our RAK button :)
  • Create a wish list (on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog etc) and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.
  • If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wish list and contact that blogger for their address.
  • NEW REQUEST: Please, once you receive a RAK, email or tweet me {Vanessa} so that I can update the Google doc. There are a lot of requests for this!
  • At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K!  Make a post saying 'Thank You' to whoever granted one of your wishes and share it with us :)
Let's keep our International bloggers in mind and in our hearts.
Remember, there's always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!
LINKS YOU WILL NEED:Sign up for August {HERE}
See who else is participating in August {HERE}
My wishlist

Book Updates - Amanda J. Greene, Ashlyn Chase, & Samantha Sotto

Good Morning Readers!

I just wanted to give you a few quick book updates…

Caressed by Moonlight (Rulers of Darkness #1) by Amanda J. Green - Click here to see my review.

A new edition of Caressed by Moonlight by Amanda J. Green will be released for the Nook, Kindle and All Romance eBooks on August 12, 2011.  The new edition of the print books will be released in about a month.

AND it will have a vibrant new cover!!

The Vampire Next Door (Strange Neighbors #3) by Ashlyn Chase - Click here for my review of Strange Neighbors (Book #1) and here for my review of The Werewolf Upstairs (Book #2).

Yesterday was the release date for The Vampire Next Door!!

AND because of the release, Strange Neighbors (Book #1) is FREE for the Nook, Kindle and until August 8th!

Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto - Click here to see my arc review.

Today is the official US release date for Before Ever After!!

Random Crumbs

I have not posted a ‘Random Crumb’ for a while so today you will get a few to ponder…

Today in History

1981 – MTV begins broadcasting in the U.S. and airs its first video, ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ by the Buggles
(Are you singing the song in your head now? I am!)

1944 – Anne Frank makes the last entry in her diary
1944 – Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi occupation breaks out in Warsaw, Poland

1876 – Colorado admitted as the 38th U.S. State

1834 – Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes to force

1831 – A new London Bridge opens

1820 – London’s Regent’s Canal opens

1619 – First African slaves arrive in Jamestown, Virginia

Did You Know

-Recycling 1 glass jar saves enough energy to light a 100w light bulb for 4 hours