Monday, May 16, 2016

TAG: 15 weird things about me tag

1. A nickname that you get called
Ash or Jo by Family and Friends
Love and Boo Bear by My Husband

This was from my co-workers.
Notice it says JO not Ashley

2. A weird habit

I have to eat with the light on, and by this I mean if we're sitting in bed eating dinner or something I can't just have light from the tv. I have to have full on light. I have to see what I'm eating.

3. A weird phobia
I don't think it's a phobia, but I can't stand cockroaches. Any other bugs I can deal with, but I can't deal with roaches. I'll make someone else kill them. I won't get near them.
Even this picture makes me cringe.

4. A song you are ashamed to like so you blast it in private
Probably any of the boy bands from the 90's BSB or Nsync. I still like certain songs.
Disney channel movies the songs that are usually on those.

5. A pet peeve
I could write a novella with my pet peeves, but to keep it simple slow people in cars, when walking in the store. It doesn't matter. I can not stand having no control over speed. It sounds weird I know. I have to be able to know I can speed up or slow down when I want not because somebody is making me.

Also people telling me how my job is done. I work at a pharmacy, and I can't stand people who say "all you have to do is put a label on it." 
This is not the only things Pharmacist and Technicians do.

6. A nervous habit
If my hair is down I usually twirl it on my fingers, or I pick at my fingers.

7. What side of the bed do you sleep on?
Left side if you're looking at the ceiling

I'm sure you can guess the side.

8. The name of your first stuffed animal
Sarah is the first I can remember she was a white bear my dad gave me. When he was in the hospital

9. What do you buy at Starbucks?
Vanilla Latte for hot coffee and Vanilla Bean Frapp for cold coffee

10. Beauty rule
Don't have any. I'm not really a makeup type girl.
I'll wear some eye shadow and eyeliner occasionally.

11. Which way do you face in the shower?
I usually do a full 360 to get clean, but mainly I face away from the shower head. 

12. A weird body skill
I can roll my tongue

13. Comfort food
I prefer cheese though.

14. A word or phrase that you say all the time
Don't know. I think my husband hates when I say it, but I'm a very indecisive person.

15. What do you sleep in?
A Tank top and comfy shorts in summer and if I get really cold my pajama pants.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Blog Tour and Video Interview: Spark by Holly Schindler

by Holly Schindler
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 17th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Magic, Realism
Rate: 5 stars


The local Avery Theater was just a run-down building to Quin—until her mother told her the tragic love story of Nick and Emma that played out on the theater’s stage all those years ago. Quin is convinced it’s the perfect story to rewrite for her drama class, but when she goes searching for more information, she makes a startling discovery—the Avery is rapidly regaining its former splendor and setting the stage for her classmates Dylan and Cass to relive Nick and Emma’s romance. Quin can see the spark between them, but it’s up to her to make sure her friends—and the Avery—can both be saved this time around.

I loved this story. I know Quin, Cass, Dylan, and the rest of the drama class are probably the characters that everyone is going to look at, but The Avery itself is a character. You can tell by the way Quin talks about it living and breathing, and the magic that it emits. I loved learning about the history behind her doors, and tragedies that fell upon her. 

Anything can be beautiful and worth taking risks on if you just believe in it. Give it that little push it needs.

Fantastic Flying Book Club Interview - Holly Schindler from Holly Schindler on Vimeo.

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Follow the Spark by Holly Schindler Blog Tour and don't miss anything! Click on the banner to see the tour schedule.

Holly Schindler’s work has received starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly, has won silver and gold medals in ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year and the IPPY Awards, respectively, has been featured on Booklist’s Best First Novels for Youth and School Library Journal’s What’s Hot in YA, and has been a PW Pick of the Week. She is owned by a Pekingese named Jake, and can be found working on her next book in her hometown of Springfield, Missouri. She can also be found at

Friday, May 13, 2016

Readathon: Bout of Books: Frightful Foto Fun

Challenge Five:
Freaky Friday Photo 
Share a photo of you or your books in a creepy setting to celebrate Friday the 13th! Use the hashtags #boutofbooks and #freakyboutofbooks so we can all see the scary!
These aren't really freaky photos, but I couldn't really find anything like that.

The only book I've read from these pictures is Daughters unto Devils.

Defy the Dark
Jack Skellington and Sally

A Madness so Discreet
Mad Hatter

The Devil and Winnie Flynn
Skull Snow Globe
Daughters unto Devils

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Readathon: Bout of Books: If you like the thrill...

Challenge Four:
If you like this...try this....
Since we all love recommending books, here's your chance to share the love.
Example: If you like paranormal romance with bloodthirsty vikings, try Shelly Laurenston's Call of Crows series.
Make sure you use the hashtag #boutofbooks on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, so we can see your recs.
I'm usually pretty bad with these if you like this than try these recommendations, but I'm going to give it a go.

If you like the thrill of the game and the chase than try....
1. Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott
Salt and Stone by Victoria Scott

What would you do to save someone you love?
Time is slipping away. . . .
Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying--and she's helpless to change anything.
Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.
The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

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