Packing the Pen Case | Pilot Juice Pens .38

A while back, I ordered the Pilot Juice Pens in .38 tip size. They are heavily praised in the stationary community as an all-round staple to keep in your case. Being a pen addict myself, I decided to give them a shot. Here is my review on the Pilot Juice Pens.

Inkitt | Win and Get Published (Writing Contest)

If you enjoy writing, you NEED to check out Inkitt, a free book hosting site. It's very similar to Wattpad, except the main goal of this site is to help you build a readership for your novel, and a pathway to getting published!

One of the main reasons this site interests me is that the members of this site are of a rather large range, which means whatever you publish is certain to appeal to somebody. Compared to Wattpad (much love, no hate), where the majority of stories are tailored towards to a younger audience, you'll have much better luck getting your work read on here.

The other reason Inkitt is so great is that it provides a great opportunity for those thinking of publishing their work. The site hosts writing contests all the time, even as often as once a month. In fact, there is an ongoing contest right now (January 31 - March 31)!

Book Tour | Yours and Mine by Christine Duval

Yours and Mine (Freshman Forty 2)
by Christine Duval
Publication Date: February 10th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 158

The highly anticipated sequel to Positively Mine ...

Picking up from the dramatic ending of Positively Mine, Yours and Mine continues the Freshman Forty series as we meet Danny Santoro, Laurel’s baby’s father, for the first time.

It’s been almost a year since he last saw her, that sultry morning she walked off the beach before dawn had even cracked the August sky. It seemed from her silence, she was out of his life forever.

But Laurel’s timing couldn’t be worse to tell him he’s a father. The last year hasn’t been easy. Danny’s own father was arrested for a DUI, his mother moved out, and Danny started sleeping with his brother’s old high school, drug-abusing girlfriend.

After Laurel shocks him with the news, she attempts to relinquish Danny of any parental responsibility leading to a heated custody battle. In an unorthodox arrangement, an eccentric judge orders Danny and Laurel to spend alternating weekends with each other for the upcoming school year.

Told from Danny’s point of view, Yours and Mine explores the second chapter of a romance that never got off the ground, the challenges of young parenting, and the hope of rekindled love.
Happy belated release day to Yours and Mine by Christine Duval! As part of the book tour for Yours and Mine, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours, I'll be sharing my review of the book. Don't forget to check out the other stops on this tour here.

Be sure to read to the end of this post to enter in the giveaway!

First Lines Friday [9]

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
I've been wanting to read this book for the longest time, and I'm just finally getting to it because it's the book of the month for my school's book club. I've heard some fantastic things about it so far, so I hope I'll enjoy it!

I'm not actually sure if the lines I chose count, because I skipped a few pages of "explanation" before the first "chapter." (That sentence probably won't make any sense to you if you haven't picked up the book for yourself ...)

That aside, I have to apologize for my lack of consistency for these FFF posts. :( I will try my best to get them up, because they really are fun, but be wary that I might will miss a few here and there. :)


The man billed as Prospero the Enchanter receives a fair amount of correspondence via the theater office, but this this is the first envelope addressed to him that contains a suicide not, and it is also the first to arrive carefully pinned to the coat of a five-year-old girl.

Review | Reaper's Claim by Simone Elise

Reaper's Claim (Satan's Son MC 1)
by Simone Elise
Publication Date: February 15 2017
Genre(s): Romance
Pages: 400

In my motorcycle club I’ve earned the name ‘Reaper’ and now I have my claim on Abby Harrison.

I didn’t know what love was, but I knew what want was, and I wanted Abby. When I walked out of the club and saw her I was stone cold sober. She was quietly beautiful and unlike any other woman I’d had before. But she was the daughter of the president of Satan’s Sons MC and completely out of my reach.

Everyone knew The Reaper and how he got his name, so I never expected him to be my salvation when my sisters drunk boyfriend wanted to lay hands on me. I thought my innocence would be lost in that alley, until he showed up and saved me. I know being with Reaper will lead to trouble, but I don’t know if I have the strength to stay away.

Being together might be dangerous, but outlaws are meant to break the rules.
First and foremost, I'd like to say happy release day to Simone Elise! Her Wattpad story has garnered over 10.8 million reads, and now, Reaper's Claim is being published! While I may not have had the best experience with this book, I know that there are many people this book would appeal to.

Onto my review!

Review | Positively Mine by Christine Duval

Positively Mine (Freshman Forty 1)
by Chirstine Duval
Publication Date: Decemeber 19th 2013
Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 204

It is four weeks into her freshman year of college, and Laurel’s first test was unexpected. Discovering she’s pregnant isn’t exactly what she had planned for her first semester, and while she intends to tell her emotionally-distant father, being away at school makes it all too easy to hide.

An imperfect heroine plagued by bad choices and isolated during what should be the best time of her life, readers are sure to identify with Laurel as she confronts teen pregnancy, in secret.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Positively Mine is about a young girl, barely into adulthood, who finds herself pregnant during her first year of college. Scared out of her wits, she decides to keep her pregnancy a big secret, from everyone, including from her father, and the baby's father.

I wasn't quite sure about how I felt about the book after I finished it, and I'm still not quite sure how I feel about this book now, as I'm writing this. There's a good story here, but it didn't make me feel anything. These kinds of books are supposed to be heartbreaking, and move me to tears, but as I read this book; nothing.

Review | More Than You Know by April Bennett

More Than You Know (Second Chances 2)
by April Bennett
Publication Date: June 29th 2016
Genre(s): Romance
Pages: 337

Reeling from a painful divorce, Miranda has returned to her hometown after a fifteen-year absence. When her brother offers her a job with the family company she takes it, not realizing she’ll be working with the man who was once the object of her teen fantasies.

When lifelong bachelor Robert decides to reform his rakish ways, he moves from Chicago to the little town of Alandale. Away from the
bustling pace of city living, he settles into a new work partnership with his best friend.

His new assistant Miranda is a mystery to him, and Robert is a thorn in her side. Chemistry sizzles between them, but they have both been burned once. Will they let past heartaches, fear of disrupting the status quo, and a disapproving older brother ruin their future?
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

More Than You Know is the second book of the Second Chances series, though it can be read as a standalone. I adored this book, and it touched me in all the right places. It follows the stories of two people, Miranda and Robert, both hurt by past loves and prevented from that pain to allow themselves to fall in love again ... until they meet each other. At first they are hesitant, but the more time they spend together, the more they are willing to give love another chance.

Book Blitz | Romeo & What's Her Name by Shani Petroff

Happy release day to Shani Petroff! I haven't read any of her books, but this one looks like something I'd read. Her writing style seems super fun!

Below, you'll find an excerpt of her latest novel, as well as a giveaway (open to US and Canadian residents) for a print copy of the book!

Romeo & What's Her Name by Shani Petroff
Publication date: February 7th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance


Understudies never get to perform

. . . which is why being Juliet's understudy in the school's yearly "Evening with Shakespeare" is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it's just:

a) Shakespeare is HARD,
b) Amanda, aka the "real" Juliet, makes her run errands instead of lines, and
c) there's no point because Amanda would never miss the chance to be the star of the show.

Then, Amanda ends up in the hospital and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?


I stood there like a lump, waiting for my line. Finally, I turned toward Kayla and repeated, “I said, LOUDER-ETH.”

She fed me the line again. Supercrazy loud this time. “I would not for the world.”

It was so loud, the crowd heard it and started to laugh. Not the snickers from before, but those evil, full belly laughs people get when watching home videos of someone getting kicked in the groin. Wes was going to hate me for putting him through this. This torture needed to end.

“Methinks,” I said, “I could use-eth a book-eth.” Come on, Kayla. Take the hint. “You know-eth. A BOOK-ETH where-est I can recite-eth beauteous words to thee . . . thou . . . whatever. I NEED THE BOOK-ETH.”

As I was shouting that last book-eth, I got my wish. The script came sailing from off stage left and hit me in the back of the head. “Ow,” I unintentionally yelled, to the delight of the crowd. It weighed a ton.

“Sorry,” Kayla whispered. “My bad.”

I didn’t care. I’d get over the pain faster than the embarrassment I was suffering. I was just happy to have the script. At least I was until I realized Kayla hadn’t bookmarked the page I needed. It was the complete works of Shakespeare. There was no way I would find the right page. Not to mention that since the book was with me, Kayla couldn’t even feed me lines anymore. R&J wasn’t a tragedy. My life was.

I was so flunking English.

“Would thou like some help, my sweet Juliet?”

Did Wes just call me sweet? I swung around to face him, but I wasn’t paying attention to where I was stepping and my foot went right off the balcony. Wes lunged forward to catch me, but why would anything go right for me? So instead of Wes stopping me from hitting the floor, I took him down with me.

I was lying on top of Wes Rosenthal. Only, this was not like any of my daydreams. This was mortifying. I rolled off him and jumped up. “Are you okay?” I was visibly shaking.

Wes stood up, too. “Don’t worry-eth, Juliet,” he said without any anger in his voice. He even smiled at me. For a second I thought that meant he didn’t hate me for the craziness I was causing. But then I remembered he was acting. He actually took what he was doing seriously, and right now his part called for him to be in love with Juliet.

Wes said some line I assumed was to get us back on track. But I had no response. I couldn’t take it anymore. The laughter of the audience. The panic coursing through my body. The thought of making Wes suffer more. It needed to end.

So I did the only thing I could think of—something super Elizabethan. I put the back of my and to my forehead, pretended to swoon, and let my whole body fall back to the ground with a loud thump.

“I am so sorry-eth, Romeo.”

“It’s okay.” He sat down on the ground next to me and took my hand. I felt little sparks fly through me.

I shook my head. I couldn’t let him go through this anymore. “No, I know how-eth this play end-eth. I think I shall stab-eth myself now to save-eth us both.”

“Finally,” someone in the audience yelled out.

I picked up an imaginary dagger and began to plunge it into my heart.

“No,” Wes said, stopping me before I committed imaginary suicide. “Our story is not over yet. So let’s just say, ‘Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night ‘til it be morrow.’”

I was pretty sure that was supposed to be my line. But I decided I probably shouldn’t point that out. Then he stood up and walked off the stage.

After a moment, someone finally took mercy on me and brought the stage lights down.

The scene was over. But I knew all too well that my embarrassment was just beginning.


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Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She's the author of the “Bedeviled” series, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of the "Destined" series which includes Ash and Ultraviolet. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.

First Lines Friday [8]

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
As I am writing this on a Thursday, I thought it might be appropriate to do a little throwback. :) Let me know in the comments if you knew the title before you saw it!


Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.

Stationery | The First

I have always had a great affinity for stationery and having started my bullet journal last year, I've become even more inclined towards nice pens and other paper goods. Because of this, I'm thinking about starting a stationery segment on my blog, and will continue it depending on the feedback I recieve. I know that many of you enjoy writing just as much as you do reading, so I thought you might appreciate these kinds of posts.

I thought a haul would open this segment nicely, so without further delay, here are some stationery items I've collected over the past few weeks!