Blog Sites and Link Exchanges

Hello Everyone!

A quick post for you today.

You may have noticed that I’ve added a new page to my blog titled “Blogs I Love“. This is a page in which I have placed links to all the blog sites that I enjoy visiting, and try to do so regularly. Please check them out as they are all fantastic bloggers.

I’m also welcoming link exchanges on this page as well. If you would like to exchange links with me, please contact me via email at sharonsbooknook@gmail.com or through the form on my Contact page.

Hope you’re having an awesome week.

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Funny Search Terms!

Today I thought I would share with you some of the funny and sometimes bizarre terms people type in to search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing etc and end up landing on my blog. Hope they give you a giggle like they did for me.

  • jesse ward’s sex clubMaybe they couldn’t think of the book he was in or perhaps wanted the name of his club? This Man by Jodie Ellen Malpas and the club is called ‘The Manor’. I found this one strange as most of the searches for this book were either his name or the name of the book.
  • stroking my bodyOK….anyone want to chime in on this one? hahahaha
  • i dont f**k my girlfriend bdsm schart scUmmm what????
  • sex and skinny dippingI typed this one into Google and it brought up a few eye-opening sites. eyepopping
  • erotic bank tellers stripedThis one cracked me up, I’m not sure I have what they are looking for on my site. LOL
  • keep calm and go broncosHow did that search end up here???

Have you seen some weird terms in your search engine results? I would love to read some of them.

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One Lovely Blog Award

I would firstly like to thank Ashley over at For The Love Of The Page and Kaisa Clark, for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  That is so very kind of both of you. :-)

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The rules of this award are:

  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  • You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven facts about me:

  1. I am a Mum to 2 beautiful, funny, brave and loving children.
  2. Married for almost 11 years.
  3. I’m a Type-1-Mum, this means I am the mother of a child with Type 1 Diabetes (Juvenile Diabetes).
  4. Our pets are 2 Hermit Crabs named Sebastian and Jackson. The kids named them. :-)
  5. I’m allergic to cats.
  6. My favourite food is a baked dinner – Leg of Lamb, baked potatoes/pumpkin/ sweet potato/onion and peas and corn. Yum!
  7. I love the Minions from Despicable Me!

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Enemies On Tap by Avery Flynn – Review

Title: Enemies On Tap
Series: Sweet Salvation Brewery #1
Author: Avery Flynn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 237
Published: July 14th 2014 by Entangled: Indulgence
Formats: Ebook
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon

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book synopsis

Brewing up trouble one pint at a time.

Enemies …After years away, Miranda Sweet returns to Salvation, Virginia to save her family’s brewery, but her fate is in the hands of her lover-turned-enemy, Logan. What’s a girl to do when the only person who can help her is the man who betrayed her?

Lovers …Logan Martin can’t believe his luck when the woman who smashed his heart to smithereens walks into his bank asking for his help. What she doesn’t know is that he needs the land her brewery is on–and he’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

An Irresistible Combination …Their wager becomes a battle between their attraction and their determination to win. But it’s in each other’s arms that they realize there might be more at stake now than their bet. With the town against the Sweet Salvation Brewery’s success, Logan has to choose between what’s expected of him and what he really wants…

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Sexual tension a draw card for you to read a book? This has bucket loads of it to satisfy your needs. ;-)

Reasons to read Enemies on Tap by Avery Flynn:

  • Attractive and swoon-worthy characters. Miranda is a Sweet, the family that the town thinks are crazy. Logan is a Martin, the rich family, bank owners the town loves. These families have been enemies since the founding of Salvation. Miranda is a smart woman who is determined to show her boss and the town that she is not another crazy Sweet and will save the brewery and improve its operations. Logan’s family own and run the bank. He’s very swoon-worthy and even though he is going against Miranda he does not come across as arrogant. Miranda and Logan had been in a relationship of sorts when they were younger and the progress of their relationship this time around felt realistic as there was already a history there.
  • The plot has a Romeo and Juliet type feel to it but without the tragic end.
  • Strong in emotion, especially sexual tension between Miranda and Logan. Frustration and anger are also strongly felt.
  • Narrated in a dual point of view between Miranda and Logan.
  • It’s well written, sets a great pace with no lulls in the story line.
  • Enemies On Tap is not a heavy read considering the pressures the characters are under but it is very entertaining.
  • The secondary characters are very typical for a small town. Narrow minded, gossip mongers, thugs and caring people. A nice realistic mix.
  • My only gripe would be the lack of info on how the brewery and the industrial park issues were resolved.
  • It has a happy ending!!! Who doesn’t love that?

Overall, a very entertaining read. 4 stars!

4 stars

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More Than Magic by Donna June Cooper – Review

Title: More Than Magic
Series: Books of the Kindling #1
Author: Donna June Cooper
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 386
Published: February 4th 2014 by Samhain Publishing
Formats: Ebook
Source: Author
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book synopsis

“A malignant secret could turn her mountain sanctuary into their tomb.”

DEA agent Nick McKenzie is sure magic exists – a dangerous drug called Smoky Mountain Magic that’s wreaking havoc on the streets of Atlanta. He’s also sure that locating and eliminating the source could mean his death.

When he arrives undercover on Woodruff Mountain, the beautiful owner’s anxious attempts to scare him off tell him something’s afoot, and it s not her secret patch of a rare, ancient species of ginseng.

As her dream of seeking medicinal plants in the Amazon fades into the distance, Grace Woodruff struggles to come to terms with an inherited magical gift she didn’t want, and searches desperately for the meaning behind her late grandfather’s final, cryptic message.

The last thing she needs underfoot is a handsome, enigmatic writer recovering froma recent illness. Until an accidental touch unleashes a stunning mystical force and Grace senses the wrath of a malicious blight at the heart of the mountain. Now she must choose between her need to hide her gift from the world and her desire to save Nick s life.

Warning: This book contains a fiery redhead whose magic cannot be contained and a handsome DEA agent whose final case might give him a second chance at life.

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Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash – Review

Forget Me Not by Stacey NashTitle: Forget Me Not
Series: Collective #1
Author: Stacey Nash
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 277
Published: August 1st 2014 by HarperCollins AUS Impulse
Formats: Ebook
Source: Author
Purchase:  Amazon

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book synopsis

Anamae is drawn into a world which shatters everything she knew to be true.

Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother’s favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. They’re not just jewellery, they’re part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewellery’s power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device – and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she’s Enemy Number One.

She’s forced to leave her father behind when she’s taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends’ lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt.

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Action, adventure, drama, mystery and a love triangle make a great mix for this fantastic read.

I loved Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash and here is why you need to read this book:

  • An interesting plot that keeps you guessing throughout the story. I really liked how you become suspicious of several of the characters and what they’re motives are for helping Anamae.
  • The story keeps moving at a good pace and there are no lulls.
  • It’s well written and narrated in the first person point of view of Anamae.
  • The characters are very likeable, in particular our protagonist Anamae and her best friend Will. Anamae has stumbled upon a piece of ‘Tech’ unaware of the danger this puts her in until a stranger turns up at her home not long after discovering it. She’s 17 and is a very sweet girl who lives with her Dad as she lost her mother when she was young. Will is her loyal best friend and neighbour who has stuck by Anamae through thick and thin.
  • A love triangle begins after Anamae and Will are taken to a ‘safe house’ and subsequently meet Jax. This is not the focus of the story but more underlying just waiting to surface.
  • As the characters are young there is only a small amount of romance but I felt it was suitably written for their age group.
  • The emotions were well expressed mostly, but on a couple of occasions I had trouble feeling how distressed Anamae was in regards to her family situation.
  • A very sweet ending, but you know this story is not over. Left me with the feeling that there is a lot more excitement to come.

Overall, a lovely read that has stayed with me long after it finished and left a smile on my face. Can’t wait to read the next book in this series. 4 1/2 stars!

4 and a half stars

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No Apologies by Sybil Bartel – Review

No Apologies by Sybil BartelTitle: No Apologies
Author: Sybil Bartel
Genre: New Adult/Romance
Pages: 275
Published: June 23rd 2014 by Carina Press
Formats: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
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book synopsis

Never apologize

Hard-edged rocker Graham Allen has it all. He’s flush with cash from playing bass in a band by night and restoring classic cars by day. And there are plenty of women willing to share his bed for a night, complication-free. Perfect, because if there’s anything he learned from his past, it was to never get attached—to anything. So when bartender Carly Sullivan flashes her innocent smile, Graham isn’t prepared for what happens next.

Never fall in love

Two rules, that’s all Graham has—never apologize and never fall in love. He knows Carly is everything he should avoid. Cheerful and sweet, she has “relationship” written all over her. But Graham can’t stay away from her probing questions and concerned blue eyes.

When Graham discovers Carly is hiding a crushing secret, he’s prepared to risk it all. Until in one single moment, everything changes and Graham’s past threatens to collide with his future. His life is crumbling down around him, and soon no apology in the world can save him.

He should’ve known to walk away.

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth – Review

Allegiant by Veronica RothTitle: Allegiant 
Series: Divergent Book #3
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Pages: 544
Published:  January 2nd 2014 by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks
Formats: Ebook, Paperback, Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

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Weekly Wrap Up – 14 September 2014

Welcome to the Weekly Wrap Up of Sharon’s Book Nook!

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I am taking part in the following memes which are sharing books that you’ve received and/or posts and events on your blog:
The Sunday Post, hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Bought Borrowed and Bagged, hosted by TalkSupe.

SHARON’S NEWS

Another busy week has come and gone! The weather is finally warming up here and Spring has definitely sprung. Hooray!

Four new books this week some purchased and some for review. My kindle sure is fattening up. LOL

It’s been a slow week for reading with only the one book completed. Unfortunately life is rather busy at the moment with family birthdays, school celebrations etc cropping up.

My Facebook page reached a milestone recently, surpassing 1000 likes! That’s awesome and thank you to everyone who has liked my page and to anyone who has ‘pimped’ my blog out as well. *cue the happy dance* Dance_Dance_Bumblebee_by_Haikera_Baiketsu

I hope you’ve had a great week and I thank you for stopping by. Here’s what happened on my blog last week.

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