Blog Tour: Interview With Gae Polisner

Blog Tour: Interview With Gae Polisner

Hi everyone. I hope we’re all staying safe and healthy during this time. I’m breaking my blogging hiatus with a lovely blog tour interview with Gae Polisner. You can read about the book below and it will be published tomorrow! 1. What struggles did you have when writing Jack Kerouac Is Dead To Me? What struggles didn’t I have?!  Okay, that may have been overly dramatic. But really, I started the manuscript for JACK a long, long time ago. Some early BETA readers and my agent saw its potential, but, for me, besides some pretty writing and some sensual scenes, I didn’t really get what the point of the story was. Not until I snuck a copy of the manuscript to my awesome editor, Vicki Lame, and said, “tell me whether this has potential, or whether I should put it to bed once and for all.” She fell in love with JL and also helped me to see just where the story needed to go. She unlocked the key to everything I was hoping to “say” by the story. So, it was many years of many many rewrites that brought it to publication. 2. What was your inspiration for Jack […]

Posted April 6, 2020 by Amber in Blog Tour, Interviews / 0 Comments
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Temporary Hiatus

Well this was bound to happen. Hi all. I know, I magically appear again in January and then post pretty decently then March happens and… everything blows up. 😂 I just wanted to write a quick post I’ve been meaning to do. I’ll be on a temporary hiatus, it will hopefully just be a week or two because I do have a blog tour coming up. I’m really stressed over a lot of things right now but the newest one is COVID19. I have asthma, diabetes 2 and have been having some probably-not-serious heart issues, the latter of which is probably due to the stress. I’m not sleeping real well right now, I can only blog at work. Yes, we’re still working here in Kansas. It’s kind of ironic seeing this all play out given I’m a temp at KDHE (Kansas Department of Health and Environment) so like, it’s interesting. We have around 15 cases in the state? I should really know this by now. We fortunately don’t have any in the county…yet? Which makes me a feel a little better and also worse because it could just be a matter of when and not if. It’s fine though, right? […]

Posted March 17, 2020 by Amber in Blogging / 0 Comments
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Sequels In 2020 That I Need To Read Immediately

Sequels In 2020 That I Need To Read Immediately

Hi all. I love a good sequel I’ve discovered. I thought this would be a fun post to do because of how many series I started last year and this year so far. Some of these sequels I have read but nonetheless, I made this list months ago. Here we go with a bookish list of sequels coming out (hopefully) this year. *Graphic to come* ~The Read~ One of these was good. Just one. The other two were…adequate. Please don’t make me get into them. We Unleash The Merciless Storm (We Set The Dark On Fire #2) by Tehlor Kay Mejia Goodreads Summary: In this nail-biting sequel to Tehlor Kay Mejia’s critically acclaimed fantasy novel We Set the Dark on Fire, La Voz operative Carmen is forced to choose between the girl she loves and the success of the rebellion she’s devoted her life to. Perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and Anna-Marie McLemore. Being a part of the resistance group La Voz is an act of devotion and desperation. On the other side of Medio’s border wall, the oppressed class fights for freedom and liberty, sacrificing what little they have to become defenders of the cause. Carmen Santos […]

Posted March 5, 2020 by Amber in Bookish Lists / 2 Comments
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Monthly TBR: March

Monthly TBR: March

Hi everyone! I love putting together my monthly TBR, I find it inspiring to see how many books I can get through while at work. I’ve been doing super well at audiobooks and not too great at physical/kindle books but it doesn’t stop me from trying. This month is going to be very non-fiction heavy as all my holds came in and I’ve been saving them for this month. And I just really like them a lot. Monthly TBR is a new feature where I discuss what books I plan to read every month. ~Non-Fiction~ It will be a pretty heavy month with these seven ten books but I’m excited. I so wish I had been able to read White Fragility and How To Be An Antiracist sooner because a local book club discussed them, but holds at the library took a while. For good reasons, I’m sure! I loved Hunger by Roxane Gay, Shrill by Lindy West and Sex Object by Jessica Valenti so I’m more than ready to read other books by them. I’ve been waiting to finish watching Unbelievable before finally reading the book but it should happen soon. ~Young Adult~ I am in a big 2020 […]

Posted March 3, 2020 by Amber in Monthly TBR / 2 Comments
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Looking Forward To: March ‘20

Looking Forward To: March ‘20

Hi everyone! I always love finding out about new releases so this is one of my favorite posts to do, though a bit time consuming. I won’t include all of the books here because it’s personal-centered which means it will mostly be Contemporary YA releases. Looking Forward To is a monthly feature where I showcase all of the books, music, shows, movies and everything else that I am looking forward to for the upcoming month. You can view past months’ posts here. ~All The Books~ March 3rd Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales When We Were Magic by Sarah Galley Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura Anna K: A Love Story by Jenny Lee Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis If These Wings Could Fly by Kylie McCauley The Light In Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron The Night of Your Life by Lydia Sharp Salty, Bitter, Sweet by Mayra Cuevas Hello Now by Jenny Valentine Moment of Truth by Kasie West   March 5th The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann   March 10th The Small Crimes of Tiffany Templeton by Richard Fitfield Harley In The Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman A Phoenix […]

Posted March 2, 2020 by Amber in Looking Forward To / 0 Comments
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Monthly Recap: February ‘20

Monthly Recap: February ‘20

Monthly Recap is a bit of a self-explanatory feature where I recap my life, share blog posts you may have missed, give an overall count of my reading progress and more. To know what books I’ve read, shows I’ve watched and music I’ve listened to, you can check out my Entertainment Recap feature. It has been a huge bookish month for me regarding book sales, book signings, review books, signed books, book carts and recently ordered…book beaus.  It’s all books books books. If you take away all of the bookish stuff, well, I suppose it’s just another regular month. Oh, I did start a new Sunday School class where we meet a coffee shop. I love this because of the obvious…. coffee. It’s been nice so far. Other than that, I missed two panels at the library last Saturday which I am so upset about. I have learned to put events in my phone not just in a notebook I never end up looking at again. Life lessons for you, put important events in your phone calendar. Otherwise you’ll be really sad like me when you miss stuff. Here is a little collage I quickly put together! Highlights: * I […]

Posted February 29, 2020 by Amber in Monthly Recap / 3 Comments
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Wondrous Covers Wednesday – Couples Edition (#4)

Wondrous Covers Wednesday – Couples Edition (#4)

Welcome to another Wondrous Covers Wednesday post. It is the last Wednesday of February which means I’m sharing another romance-centered theme. Wondrous Covers Wednesday is a weekly feature where I usually choose to showcase at least three covers with similar attributes and themes. This series will be branching out a little. To see past editions, you can check out my page for them here. This week’s theme is illustrated couples sitting down. I love a lot of these. I love a lot of these! ~My Thoughts~ * The Gravity Of Us, Lucky Caller and I Think I Love You have such sweet couple romancey vibes. The colors in them are lovely as well! And they all feature sunsets which is such a fave of mine. The Gravity Of Us and Lucky Caller are pretty similar but I like how they have their differences. * I love the picnic for A Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea and Tomorrow. It’s really pink which is so cute. I’m interested to see the color of the hardback because I’m picturing the most beautiful shades of teal and pink for it. * Today, Tonight and Tomorrow has one of my favorite cover aspects which is the […]

Posted February 26, 2020 by Amber in Wondrous Covers Wednesday / 0 Comments
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Black YA Authors You Need To Read This Year

Black YA Authors You Need To Read This Year

In honor of Black History Month and wanting to share more marginalized voices, I’m making a list of black authors in the YA world that should be read more. I’m only discussing authors and books I’ve specifically read. Unless they have a heavily anticipated book coming out and that would be most of them!  Here we go: I would be surprised if someone who read books regularly didn’t know who Angie Thomas was. I adored both of Angie’s books so much. They’re so real and current and amazing. I’m so glad I was given the chance to meet her at ALA in 2017. She was delightful. I cannot wait to see what she writes next. My Review For On The Come Up Other Books Released or Forthcoming: Until You Came Back (TBA), Stories in Black Enough, Hungry Hearts and Battle of The Bands Jay Coles will forever have my money. His debut, Tyler Johnson Was Here was so important and it dealt with the feeling of loss and the feeling of not knowing so genuinely Other Books Forthcoming: A Crown So Cursed (TBA) I love so much about the Nightmare-Verse series. Alice is a black, bisexual magical girl who happens […]

Posted February 25, 2020 by Amber in Bookish Lists / 0 Comments
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Five Shows I Am Tragically Behind On

Five Shows I Am Tragically Behind On

More Than This Provincial Life is a feature where I’ll talk about anything non-bookish or blogging related. This will include but not be limited to TV shows, movies, anime, music and occasionally my life. This will generally be a feature posted for Friday. You can read other MTTPL posts here.  Hi all!  I hope everyone is having a good weekend! I am usually pretty good at watching the few shows I actually watch. This becomes a struggle when you suddenly don’t have internet anymore and all the shows are coming out! And, you know, you’re trying to save that $8/a month a company charges. . . I wanted to talk about the five shows that I am so very tragically behind on and need to watch as soon as possible. I’ve loved The Bold Type since the first episode. The second season I liked a bit less but still enjoyed a lot. Minus how grating I found Jane at times but it was nothing unbearable. Especially not with Sutton (my love) and Kat (my other love). I need them in my television life! I miss them. A lot.  I have not been able to watch the third season at all! I’m […]

Posted February 23, 2020 by Amber in More Than This Provincial Life / 0 Comments
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Mini Indulgences: 2020 e-ARCs Edition (Part One)

Mini Indulgences: 2020 e-ARCs Edition (Part One)

Hi everyone! Today, I’m sharing four mini indulgences reviews for eARCs. I received these all from Netgalley via the publishers. This does not affect my reviews at all. Spoiler: They were just all so amazing. Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz Don’t Read The Comments by Eric Smith The Gravity Of Us by Phil Stamper  Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin Mini Indulgences are my spin on mini reviews. Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz Published: January 7th, 2020 from Wednesday Books Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult Rating: Five Stars Goodreads Summary: Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz returns with Jane Anonymous, a gripping tale of a seventeen-year-old girl’s kidnapping and her struggle to fit back into her life after she escapes. Then, “Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old in a typical New England suburb getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating turn of events that would forever change her […]

Posted February 20, 2020 by Amber in Book Reviews / 1 Comment
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