Thursday Tracks: True Sadness

16th Jun 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Thursday Tracks

GUYS! This weekend I’m going to see The Avett Brothers in Dallas with my main squeeze, who has never listened to their music by the way. I’m so very excited about him seeing them live, even if the temperatures are going to reach 99 degrees, y’all! That means that it’ll feel more than 100 degrees at a certain point in the day! WHOA.

So anyway, The Avett Brothers’s TRUE SADNESS album will be released June 24th, but we’ve gotten four songs from it already, and this track is one of them. They’re all great so far, btw. SO GOOD! As always.

One thing to always take note of with their songs is the lyrics. Their songs always have such raw honesty to them:

‘Cause I still wake up shaken by dreams
And I hate to say it but the way it seems
Is that no one is fine
Take the time to peel a few layers and you will find
True sadness

And then it has this other part about not objectifying women that just made me tear up a little:

Angela became a target
As soon as her beauty was seen
By young men who try to reduce her down
To a scene on an X rated screen
Is she not more than the curve of her hips?
Is she not more than the shine on her lips?
Does she not dream to sing and to live and to dance down her own path
Without being torn apart?
Does she not have a heart?

Take a listen and tell me what you think!

You were a friend to me when my wheels were off the track
I know you say there is no need, but I intend to pay you back
When my mind was turning loose and all my thoughts were turning black
You shined a light on me and I intend to pay you back

When I was a child, I depended on a bottle
Full-grown I’ve been known to lean on a bottle
But you’re the real deal in a world of imposters
And I’ve seen the program make men out of monsters

‘Cause I still wake up shaken by dreams
And I hate to say it but the way it seems
Is that no one is fine
Take the time to peel a few layers and you will find
True sadness

Adam and Eve must have really done a number
On that garden when the apple was finished
Leaving behind them a den made of sadness
A damage that can’t or won’t be replenished

‘Cause I still wake up shaken by dreams
And I hate to say it but the way it seems
Is that no one is fine
Take the time to peel a few layers and you will find
True sadness

Angela became a target
As soon as her beauty was seen
By young men who try to reduce her down
To a scene on an X rated screen

Is she not more than the curve of her hips?
Is she not more than the shine on her lips?
Does she not dream to sing and to live and to dance down her own path
Without being torn apart?
Does she not have a heart?

I cannot go on with this evil inside me
I step out my front door and I feel it surround me
Just know the kingdom of God is within you
Even though the battle is bound to continue

‘Cause I still wake up shaken by dreams
And I hate to say it but the way it seems
Is that no one is fine
Take the time to peel a few layers and you will find
True sadness
True sadness
True true sadness

THURSDAY TRACKS Spotify Playlist

 

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Thursday Tracks: Kiss This

9th Jun 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Thursday Tracks

I’ve been wanting to feature Kiss This for WEEKS now, but have been slacking on the Thursday Tracks front (sorry about that, friends!). Anyway, this song is just kickass and it makes me want to dance. *shimmys around in chair* Enjoy!!

Thomas said stay home,
Get away from me,
Saying I was bad for you,
He got his way,
I’m gone for good.
Making up stories,
Keeping it secret,
Taking your word for truth,
You were bad for me,
So I’m gone for good.

I,
Did all I could,
So kiss this one more time,
‘Cause I’m gone for good,
You,
Misunderstood,
So kiss this one last time,
And I’m gone for good.

Thomas said sorry,
Coming home crawling,
Didn’t give a shit before,
He stole from me,
So I’m gone for good,
Getting back from these no second chances,
Another phone call ignored,
You are back for me,
But I’m gone for good.

I,
Did all I could,
So kiss this one more time,
‘Cause I’m gone for good,
You,
Misunderstood,
So kiss this one last time,
And I’m gone for good.

Can I get it all?
Kiss this,
Kiss this.

Kiss this,
I,
Did all I could,
So kiss this one more time,
One more time!
I,
Did all I could,
So kiss this one more time,
‘Cause I’m gone for good,
You,
Misunderstood,
So kiss this one last time,
And I’m gone for good.

Can I get it all?
Kiss this

THURSDAY TRACKS Spotify Playlist

What song are you obsessing over this week?

 

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Blog Tour: Goldfish | Guest Post by author Nat Luurtsema!

7th Jun 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Blog Tours, Guest Posts

Blog Tour: Goldfish | Guest Post by author Nat Luurtsema!

Blog Tour: Goldfish | Guest Post by author Nat Luurtsema!Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Pub Date: June 7th 2016
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Lou Brown is one of the fastest swimmers in the county. She’s not boasting, she really is. So things are looking pretty rosy the day of the Olympic time-trials. With her best mate Hannah by her side, Lou lines up by the edge of the pool, snaps her goggles on and bends into her dive…

Everything rests on this race. It’s Lou’s thing.

… or it was. She comes dead last and to top it all off Hannah sails through leaving a totally broken Lou behind.

Starting again is never easy, particularly when you’re the odd-one out in a family of insanely beautiful people and a school full of social groups way too intimidating to join. Where do you go from here? Finding a new thing turns out to be the biggest challenge Lou’s ever faced and opens up a whole new world of underwater somersaults, crazy talent shows, bitchy girls and a great big load of awkward boy chat.

Lou Brown guides us through the utter humiliation of failure with honesty, sass and a keen sense of the ridiculous. This girl will not be beaten.

I’m so excited to be kicking out the blog tour for Nat Luurtsema’s Goldfish! Today she’s here telling us all about her favorite olympic swimmers. Check it out!

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My Favourite Olympic Swimmers

There are many excellent Olympic swimmers, fast, skillful, top of their game and none of them are my number one favourite.

That title goes to Eric Moussambani Malonga who competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He met none of the minimum requirements to qualify, but did so via a wildcard draw designed to encourage participation by developing countries lacking full training facilities.

Which I think is a good idea, but does give me a funny mental image of Eric sifting through the post one morning, saying a weak “bloody hell” and sitting down because his knees have gone wobbly.

“Any post, Eric?” his wife or flatmate shouts from the sofa.

“Junk mail, a catalogue for fences and I’ve got to swim in the Olympics.”

…..

“Eric, you ok hun?”

There should be more Wildcard draws like that. Like Jury Service, any one of us could get a postcard through the door that makes us sigh, pull on a coat and yell to our flatmate “I’ll be back soon, I’ve gotta go be in One Direction/fly to the moon/ judge The X Factor.”

Eric should’ve been knocked out of the running in his first qualifying heat but he was competing against two swimmers who dived too early and were disqualified. And with that, Eric was off to the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Imagine phoning your mum to tell her that.

At this point, he had never even seen an Olympic-sized swimming pool. He took up swimming eight months before the Olympics and practiced in a lake in Malabo.

On the day he took twice as long to finish as the winner, taking 1:52:72 in the 100m Freestyle. But that’s still faster than most of us could swim it!

Girl Out Of Water is all about how failing is fine, not to beat yourself up about it, because in the end it’s fine. It’s how you deal with failure that counts. Eric Moussambani Malonga set a new PB (obviously, as swimming in a lake presumably slows you down with all the yelping because something slimy brushed your leg) and went on to coach the Equatorial Guinea national team.

Follow the rest of the tour!

6/7 – Gone with the Words
6/10 – Swoony Boys Podcast
6/14 – Love is not a triangle
6/17 – The Fox’s Hideaway
6/20 – Book Briefs
6/24 – Fierce Reads
6/27 – That Artsy Reader Girl
7/1 – Gone Pecan
7/5 – Forever Young Adult
7/8 – The Reading Nook Reviews
7/12 – Undeniably {Book} Nerdy
7/15 – Xpresso Reads
7/19 – Mary Had a Little Book Blog
7/22 – Paperback Princess
7/26 – Ex Libris
7/29 – Novel Novice
8/2 – Page Turners
8/5 – Book Nerds Across America

 

 

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Bitsy Words: Fly With Me by Chanel Cleeton

3rd Jun 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Bitsy Words, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Bitsy Words: Fly With Me by Chanel Cleeton

Bitsy Words: Fly With Me by Chanel CleetonFly With Me by Chanel Cleeton
Series: Wild Aces #1
Published by Berkley
Pub Date: May 3rd 2016
Pages: 320
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Buy the book! | Goodreads
4 Stars

U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Noah Miller—call sign Burn—loves nothing more than flying hard and fast. When he meets a gorgeous and sassy woman while partying in Las Vegas, he immediately locks on to her.

Jordan Callahan owns a thriving clothing boutique, but her love life is far less successful. Her luck changes when six feet, two inches of sexy swagger asks her to dance and turns her world upside down.

One scorching weekend becomes an undeniable chemistry that they can’t leave in Vegas. But the long distance relationship and their different lives threaten to ground their romance. And when the dangers of Noah’s job become all too real, Jordan learns being with a fighter pilot means risking it all for a shot at love…

There’s something really sexy about Air Force pilots. Maybe it’s the aviators, I don’t know! But as soon as I saw Chanel Cleeton was writing this, I knew it would be SPOT ON. How do I know this? Read her bio. ;) SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE’S TALKING ABOUT.

I’m always a fan of Chanel’s books and they seem to get more polished the more she writes. This one was really well done. I loved the sexiness, the emotional moments, the drama was never over the top… it was just everything I love about a good romance novel.

Jordan and Noah’s eye meet across the dance floor of a Vegas club and it was lust at first sight. There’s something to be said about a strong physical connection. These two had it and it worked for them. I loved how committed they became to each other even though they were a long distance apart. Both Jordan and Noah found something in each other that they’d been missing and their love story just unfolded, albeit non-traditionally, but certainly in beautiful way.

We got to meet a lot of Noah’s squad in Fly With Me, and talk about #suadgoals. I feel like there’s some even more emotional stories on the way from this group and I’m really looking forward to them.

Start your summer romance reading fun with this sexy book!

 

About Chanel Cleeton

Originally a Florida girl, at seventeen Chanel moved to London to attend an international university. In the four years that followed, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, learned how to dance, travelled through Europe, and made lifelong friendships. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever. But fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise, when an American fighter pilot with smooth dance moves, swept her off her feet.

Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in South Korea. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, puppy cuddles, and her fighter pilot husband. Chanel writes New Adult contemporary romances and Young Adult thrillers. Her New Adult debut, I SEE LONDON, will be released by Harlequin (HQN) on February 3, 2014, followed by a sequel, LONDON FALLING, later in the year.

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Contemporary Romance Challenge: June Link-Up

1st Jun 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

Contemporary Romance Challenge: June Link-Up

Oh, hi there!!

Summer! Summer reading is my second fave next to holiday reads. Even though I’m not a fan of our scorching Texas temperatures, it’s always a relaxing season for me. Hope you all are still enjoying some romantic books!

If you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge, be sure to do so first HERE. If not, your entries will not count toward the giveaway. I know, right. Mean mom!

If you have May posts or reviews make sure you post your links in the May Link-up, which closes on June 5th!

Monthly Link-Up And Giveaway Details:

  • Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
  • Monthly link-up posts will go live the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
  • In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
    • UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
    • REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
    • MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
  • Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Topics:

  • Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance topic for you to participate in if you’d like.
  • Monthly Topic posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.

 

This month’s topic:

Favorite Romance Beach Reads

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

 

Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery
On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Fly With Me by Chanel Cleeton

 

If you have any questions, please email Jess ([email protected]) or Danielle ([email protected]). Also, make sure you follow us on Twitter (@gonewiththeword & @loveatfirstpage) for challenge updates and reminders! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContRom2016 to follow everyone’s challenge updates on Twitter!

 

 

 

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Thursday Tracks: Nashville – Four Season of Amazing Music

26th May 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Thursday Tracks

Nashville Music Cast Gone with the Words

Sad sad news, friends. Last night ABC aired the final episode of the tv show Nashville. Now, it wasn’t a planned finale, the show was cancelled by the network, so of course it didn’t end properly. It even had a cliffhanger! UGH! There is a petition going around to revive the show on another network so if you care to, sign it HERE.

From the first episode of season one, I knew this show was something I would love. Not only was the music SO GOOD, the drama and the romances kept me coming back. The cast is so talented! All the ones who sing on the show are actually singing and have amazing voices.

For me, the breakouts or standouts were Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio, and sisters Lennon & Maisy Stella.

Gone with the Words Nashville Clare Bowen Sam Palladio Lennon Stella Maisy Stella

Some familiar faces really surprised me with their singing though! I’m talking about Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere.

Gone with the Words Connie Britton Hayden Panettiere Nashville

And one other face was familiar to me from a little movie you may have seen called TUCK EVERLASTING… the one and only beautiful face of Jonathan Jackson.

Gone with the Words Nashville Jonathan Jackson

 

The number of songs (80+) in my “Nashville Faves” spotify playlist tells you just how much I loved the music of this show…

 

Are you a fan of this show and their music? What are some of your favorite songs? Are you as devastated to see it cancelled as I am?? Join in my pain!

 

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Giveaway: Finding Fraser by K.C. Dyer

4th May 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Giveaways

Giveaway: Finding Fraser by K.C. Dyer

Giveaway: Finding Fraser by K.C. DyerFinding Fraser by K.C. Dyer
Published by Berkley
Pub Date: May 3rd 2016
Pages: 368
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Escape to Scotland with the delightful new novel that readers have fallen in love with—inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s #1 New York Times bestselling Outlander series.

I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. He was, in fact, the perfect man.

That he was fictional hardly entered into it...

On the cusp of thirty, Emma Sheridan is desperately in need of a change. After a string of failed relationships, she can admit that no man has ever lived up to her idea of perfection: the Scottish fictional star of romantic fantasies the world over—James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.

Her ideal man might be ripped from the pages of a book, but Emma hopes that by making one life-altering decision she might be able to turn fiction into fact. After selling all her worldly possessions, Emma takes off for Scotland with nothing but her burgeoning travel blog to confide in.

But as she scours the country’s rolling green hills and crumbling castles, Emma discovers that in searching for her own Jamie Fraser, she just might find herself.

Calling all Outlander fans!

The wonderful team at Berkley is giving me the chance to offer our lovely readers a copy of Finding Fraser! Go forth and enter for a chance to win:

 

Copy of Finding Fraser by K.C. Dyer

 

 

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Contemporary Romance Challenge: May Link-Up

3rd May 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

Contemporary Romance Challenge: May Link-Up

Oh, hi there!!

Yes, we’re late. lololol But we’re here now! It’s May, and I’m excited because BEA!! I’m hoping I can pick up some good contemporary romances while there. Hope you all are still enjoying some romantic books. I know I have! But more on those in my challenge update post coming soon. :)

If you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge, be sure to do so first HERE. If not, your entries will not count toward the giveaway. I know, right. Mean mom!

If you have April posts or reviews make sure you post your links in the April Link-up, which closes on May 5th!

Monthly Link-Up And Giveaway Details:

  • Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
  • Monthly link-up posts will go live the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
  • In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
    • UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
    • REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
    • MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
  • Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Topics:

  • Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance topic for you to participate in if you’d like.
  • Monthly Topic posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.

 

This month’s topic:

Underrated Contemporary Romance Books

Out of all the ones I’ve read, I feel these five are ones I don’t see as “popular” and wanted to showcase and recommend them:

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase
Unforgettable by Shannon Richard
Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler
Truly by Ruthie Knox
Ride with Me by Ruthie Knox

 

If you have any questions, please email Jess ([email protected]) or Danielle ([email protected]). Also, make sure you follow us on Twitter (@gonewiththeword & @loveatfirstpage) for challenge updates and reminders! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContRom2016 to follow everyone’s challenge updates on Twitter!

 

 

 

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Blog Tour: Girl About Town by Adam Shankman & Laura L. Sullivan | Guest Posts + Giveaway!

2nd May 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Blog Tours, Giveaways, Guest Posts

Blog Tour: Girl About Town by Adam Shankman & Laura L. Sullivan | Guest Posts + Giveaway!

Blog Tour: Girl About Town by Adam Shankman & Laura L. Sullivan | Guest Posts + Giveaway!Girl About Town by Adam Shankman, Laura L. Sullivan
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: May 3rd 2016
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Acclaimed film producer/director Adam Shankman and coauthor Laura Sullivan pen a sparkling, witty, romantic mystery inspired by Nick and Nora Charles and Hollywood glamour.

Not too long ago, Lucille O’Malley was living in a tenement in New York. Now she’s Lulu Kelly, Hollywood’s newest It Girl. She may be a star, but she worries that her past will catch up with her. Back in New York she witnessed a Mafia murder, and this glamorous new life in Tinseltown is payment for her silence.

Dashing Freddie van der Waals, the only son of a New York tycoon, was a playboy with the world at his feet. But when he discovered how his corrupt father really made the family fortune, Freddie abandoned his billions and became a vagabond. He travels the country in search of redemption and a new identity, but his father will stop at nothing to bring him home.

When fate brings Lulu and Freddie together, sparks fly—and gunshots follow. Suddenly Lulu finds herself framed for attempted murder. Together, she and Freddie set out to clear her name. But can they escape their pasts and finally find the Hollywood ending they long for?

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | iBooks | The Book Depository

Friends… I’m trying not to freak out too much at the fact that Adam Shankman has written a guest post for my blog. I mean, it’s for his book, but it’s on MY blog. Eeeeeep!!

I’m a HUGE fan of Adam Shankman’s work on movies and tv, and I love anytime he guest judges on So You Think You Can Dance, so OF COURSE I jumped at the chance to participate on the blog tour for his co-authored YA debut!

Both Adam and Laura were kind enough to write up a little something for us today. Thank you both so much! These picks have me very excited about your story.

Songs that represent the book, a scene, and/or character(s)

Adam

  • I Won’t Dance– This is one of those brilliant Fred Astaire classics remixed. We used it in Step Up 2, and it’s one of the best sequences we ever shot, and perfectly illustrates the delightful cat and mouse that Lulu and Freddie play with each other. They act like they don’t like each other, but its clear from the start; they’re going to end up dancing the night away in each other’s arms.
  • Diamonds by Rihanna – Here’s a Lulu and Freddie song that I love that’s all about how beautiful they both are, separately and together! Also, I can’t help feeling like the Hollywood fame ideal is for Lulu to be shiny and glamorous and tough…like Diamonds!
  • Lose Yourself by Eminem – For Ruby. This is my favorite song about blind ambition. That’s all Ruby is about: Blind ambition.
  • It’s All About the Benjamins by Puff Daddy and The Notorious B.I.G. – I’m not sure a better song has ever been written that so audaciously and casually celebrates obscene wealth. The whole experience of this song is about being hypnotized, seduced, and enslaved by material things. Welcome to the world of Jacob Van der Waals, Freddie’s father.
  • Someday by Rob Thomas – This song just so beautifully captures the spirit of hope and optimism that Lulu and Freddie bring out in each other. This is a modern “Over the Rainbow” for a breezy summer day.
  • Puttin’ On the Ritz Club Remix –Freddie and his fiancée Violet’s life in the beginning of the book is all New York society and parties. This song says it all and the remix is fantastic.
  • Big Time by Peter Gabriel is a brilliant song about how shallow fame can be. It’s the monster Hollywood crucible.
  • Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield – This song is so friggin me it’s embarrassing and it perfectly lays out Lulu and Freddie’s optimism about their future and their belief that they have the ability to write their own story of their future…although, that would leave me without a job.

 

Laura

I listened to a lot of period music while I was working on Girl About Town. The era produced so many wonderful songs, from passionate love songs to completely silly numbers. These are some of my favorites from the setting of Girl About Town.

Gershwin’s “Sunny Disposish” has been one of my favorites ever since I heard it in Jeeves and Wooster. (Here’s Hugh Laurie as Bertie Wooster and Stephen Fry as Jeeves performing that version) It captures the brightness and optimism of Lulu and Freddie, and the hope that could permeate Depression-era America even in the darkest times.

Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz” is Freddie’s song during his billionaire days. Later when he’s a train-hopping bum, he’s more of a “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” or “Big Rock Candy Mountain” kind of guy.

When I think of Lulu, the song “Baby Face” always plays in my head. It is kind of a simple song on the surface, and the core message is about falling in love with a pretty face, but it resonates because of course Freddie (and the reader) knows that Lulu is so much more. It also makes me think of the Barbara Stanwyck film Baby Face, which is my favorite Pre-Code movie. It’s subtle, but the things that happen in that movie are still pretty scandalous.

Though it is a little after the 1930s, Hoagy Carmichael’s “How Little We Know” is the soundtrack for Freddie and Lulu’s early relationship when everything is hopeful but uncertain. (Here is Lauren Bacall singing it in To Have and Have Not, another favorite movie) For the bliss of their relationship in the end, picture Fred Astaire singing “Cheek to Cheek.”

 

Tour Schedule

Week 1:
5/2: Gone With the Words – Guest Post
5/3: Live to Read – Review
5/4: Rebelle Reads – Vintage Lookbook
5/5: Dark Faerie Tales – Review
5/6: The Bookkeeper’s Secrets – Graphic Art

Week 2:
5/9: In Wonderland – Review
5/10: Wandering Bark Books – Top 10
5/11: Here’s to Happy Endings – Review
5/12: One Night Book Stand – Q&A
5/13: The Petite Book Blogger – Review

Giveaway

3 Finished Copies of  GIRL ABOUT TOWN (US Only)

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Thursday Tracks: Cop Car

28th Apr 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Thursday Tracks

Gone with the Words Thursday Tracks Cop Car Sam Hunt

 

From the moment I first heard this song I instantly thought it would make a great scene in a YA/NA book, or even a flashback in an adult contemporary romance. I JUST WANT IT IN A BOOK, OK!

Well when I brought this up on twitter yesterday, the lovely Allison (@bookishfeminist) pointed me toward THIS:

 

YES, PLEASE! But then author Laura Trentham chimed in to say THIS:

 

WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIIIIIIIVE!

Needless to say I’ll be picking up her series very soon. hehe

Hope you enjoy! :)

 

 

We drove right past
That no trespassing sign
We sat on the tailgate
And watched the planes take off

We thought we had all night
There was no need to rush
That’s when those cops
Came pulling up
And I thought
Man, ain’t this some shhhh

Your daddy’s gonna kill me
But if I survive tonight
I wouldn’t change one thing
Baby, yeah
I know it sounds crazy

But there was somethin bout the way
The blue lights were shinin
Bringing out the freedom in your eyes
I was too busy watching you
Going wild child
To be worried about going to jail
You were thinking that
Running for it
Would make a good story
I was thinking you were crazy as hell
And you were so
Innocent
But you were stealing my heart
I fell in love in the back of a cop car

Man, they weren’t playin
They sure threw those cuffs on quick
You tried to sweet talk ’em
They didn’t fall for it
But I did
You were on the left
I was on the right
I knew you didn’t smoke
When you asked him for a light
And I laughed
He got mad and slammed the door

Your daddy’s gonna kill me
But if I survive tonight
I wouldn’t change one thing
Baby, yeah
I know it sounds crazy

But there was somethin bout the way
The blue lights were shinin
Bringing out the freedom in your eyes
I was too busy watching you
Going wild child
To be worried about going to jail
You were thinking that
Running for it
Would make a good story
I was thinking you were crazy as hell
And you were so
Innocent
But you were stealing my heart
I fell in love in the back of a cop car

Side by side
And locked in tight
They were taking their time
But we didn’t mind

We talked
And we laughed
We sat real close
By the time they let us go
I was already gone

But there was somethin bout the way
The blue lights were shinin
Bringing out the freedom in your eyes
I was too busy watching you
Going wild child
To be worried about going to jail
You were thinking that
Running for it
Would make a good story
I was thinking you were crazy as hell
And you were so
Innocent
But you were stealing my heart
I fell in love in the back of a cop car

 

THURSDAY TRACKS Spotify Playlist

 

What song are you obsessing over this week?

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookworm Delights

26th Apr 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookworm Delights

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Wandering through the bookstore: whether you’re looking for something specific or simply browsing the shelves, it’s a special kind of delight to wander through an awesome bookstore, discovering new books and running your hands over old favorites. And maybe making a purchase or two ;)

Receiving bookmail: most of my bookmail is in the form of preorders I’ve purchased for myself but once in awhile I’ll receive a coveted arc or a surprise from a friend. Any kind of bookmail is good bookmail!

When a book lives up to its amazing premise in every way possible: Bonus if it’s a book you feel like was written just for you! A “Morgan book” so to speak :)

Uninterrupted reading time: There is nothing better than a rainy day when you can stay cozy with blankets and a good book inside. I love reading by the pool or at the beach on a warm, sunny day too!

Talking about books with friends: it is SO much fun to be able to gush about books with other bookworms! I love talking with Twitter acquaintances when I see them reading a favorite, or getting recommendations from a friend, or mutually flailing about some awesome reading experience. There’s always something to talk about when you read a lot!

 

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Reading at home on rainy days: There’s not better mood for reading than overcast and rainy days. Sorry/not sorry Summer/sunny day readers!! lol

Finding and acquiring foreign editions of books I love: A lot of times I find British and Australian editions of books I love that are STUNNING and I auto-buy them quicker than you can say, well, anything really. lol

When someone loves a book you recommend: There really isn’t a bigger high for any bookish person. NONE. If you end up loving a book someone rec’d you, TELL THEM. You’ll make their day/week/month/year. :)

Book mail: I don’t think book mail could ever get old. It’s such a great thing to come home to after a day full of BLAH work.

Seeing my long distance bookish friends: I mean, is there anything sweeter than being among MY PEOPLE?! No, there isn’t. (Sidenote: SEE Y’ALL AT BEA!! Will you be there??)

 

 

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Invision by Sherrilyn Kenyon Blog Tour | Series Spotlight + Giveaway!

24th Apr 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Blog Tours, Giveaways

Invision by Sherrilyn Kenyon Blog Tour | Series Spotlight + Giveaway!

Invision by Sherrilyn Kenyon Blog Tour | Series Spotlight + Giveaway!Invision by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Chronicles of Nick #7
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Pub Date: May 3rd 2016
Buy the book! | Goodreads

***Please note if you haven’t read Instinct, there could be spoilers in the synopsis below.

One boy . . .
Many demons.

Think there’s a lot of pressure on your shoulders? Nick Gautier was born to bring about the end of the world . . . it’s not easy being the heir of a demon overlord.

But Nick is determined to thwart his destiny and get into a good college. To be more than his genetics and prophecy foretell. No one is ever going to tell this stubborn Cajun who and what he really is. Or how to live his life.

Not even the Fates of the Universe. But now that he and his team of ancient gods and demons have claimed the Eye of Ananke and he sees the missteps of the future, he has to battle the demons within that are far deadlier and more treacherous than any he’s battled before. All the while his arch nemesis is back and determined to reclaim his place as the harbinger for Armageddon. Even if it means killing Nick and barbecuing everyone he loves to do so.

Hello, friends! Happy Sunday! Today I’ve partnered with the kind people of St. Martin’s Press to offer you an awesome giveaway!

Invision is the 7th book in the Chronicles of Nick series and it’s set to release on May 3rd. Check out the excerpt below:

Excerpt

Hanging his head, he pushed his chair back to face her. “What do you want me to say, Kode? You saw what I did. It’s hopeless. I’m going to end this world. Whether it’s tomorrow or a thousand years from now. I’m going to lose it all. Break bad and tear humanity apart. . . . Don’t matter what we do. Whatever we try. We just delay the inevitable outcome. So I’m going to sit here with my eats. And just . . .” he let his voice trail off as the full horror of his future played through his mind for the five millionth time.

He was the end of everything.

Everyone.

All he loved.

The entire world would one day fall to Nick’s army of demons.

Yeah, there was something to put on his college applications. That ought to have schools lining up to accept him. Who wouldn’t want that as their alumnus? We have graduated senators, presidents, movers-and-shakers, and the Malachai demon who ate the world whole…

It was the one reality Nick wanted to deny and couldn’t. Everything eventually came back to that one inescapable fact he wanted to runaway from and couldn’t.

I’m only sixteen. Too young to deal with this crap.

He was supposed to be worried about his grades. About keeping his girl happy. Staying out of trouble. His mom finding his friend’s porn magazines stashed in his room. Getting to work on time. Making curfew.

Not hellgates and demons coming for the throats of his family and friends.

Definitely not about the fact that his birthright was to bring on the destruction of all humanity.

 

Trailer

Check out the trailer!

 

Giveaway

AND! Here’s your chance to win a copy!

Copy of Invision (Chronicles of Nick #7) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

 

 

 

But what if I haven’t read the series yet, Jess? DON’T YOU WORRY! Griffin Teen is hosting a giveaway of the first six books! A SERIES GIVEAWAY, GUYS!!

 

To enter, you’ll have to do a little scavenging! Go to the Griffin Teen website and look for the next clue that looks like this one here:

 

Good luck!

 

 

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Stacking the Shelves

23rd Apr 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves

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So it’s been a few weeks since my last STS and I’ve gotten some really great stuff since then!

Egalleys:

Results May Vary: A Novel by Bethany Chase
Monsters: A Love Story by Liz Kay
Good Girl (Love Unexpectedly #2) by Lauren Layne
Close to You (Fusion #2) by Kristen Proby
The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
Leave Me by Gayle Forman
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Never Let You Go (Never Tear Us Apart #2) by Monica Murphy
Missed Connections by Tamara Mataya
Into the Blue (Wild Aces #2) by Chanel Cleeton
Too Hot To Handle (Romancing the Clarksons #1) by Tessa Bailey
Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

 

Book Mail:

Thank you, Scholastic and Penguin Teen!
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
Crow Mountain by Lucy Inglis
The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #2) by Melinda Salisbury
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

And thanks to The Bookish Box for the awesome Outlander box!

 

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I haven’t done a STS post in quite a while, partially because I’ve been good at not buying or requesting too many books. But that doesn’t last forever so I have books to share this week! Have you read any of these? Let me know!

Purchased:

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Dreamology by Lucy Keating
Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

 

Purchased ebooks:

Act Like It by Lucy Parker
When We Collided by Emery Lord
Royal Marriage Market by Heather Lyons
How To Repair A Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis
Invasion by Galaxy Craze

 

From Netgalley:

The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine
Thank you Atria Books!

The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker
Thank you Little, Brown Books for Young Readers!

 

From friends:

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Thank you to my wonderful blogmate Jess and Scholastic!

 

What’s new on your shelves?

 

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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Thursday Tracks: Let It Go

21st Apr 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Thursday Tracks

Thursday Tracks: Let It Go by James Bay

This week on Dancing with the Stars James Bay performed live and I was reminded once again why I thoroughly enjoy his music. His voice is just magical and emotive and I love it so, so much.

Let It Go is a song about breaking up. It’s about giving up on something that’s just not working and letting it go. A lot of times we have a hard time doing this, even when we’re unhappy. It always takes one person to just say it and follow through with it. It may hurt at first but it’s worth it in the end.

Take a listen :)

Album Version

 

Spotify Sessions Version (Live)

 

From walking home and talking loads
To seeing shows in evening clothes with you
From nervous touch and getting drunk
To staying up and waking up with you

But now we’re sleeping at the edge
Holding something we don’t need
All this delusion in our heads
Is gonna bring us to our knees

So come on let it go
Just let it be
Why don’t you be you
And I’ll be me

Everything’s that’s broke
Leave it to the breeze
Why don’t you be you
And I’ll be me[x2]

From throwing clothes across the floor
To teeth and claws and slamming doors at you
If this is all we’re living for
Why are we doing it, doing it, doing it anymore

I used to recognize myself
It’s funny how reflections change
When we’re becoming something else
I think it’s time to walk away

So come on let it go
Just let it be
Why don’t you be you
And I’ll be me

Everything’s that’s broke
Leave it to the breeze
Why don’t you be you
And I’ll be me[x2]

Trying to fit your hand inside of mine
When we know it just don’t belong
There’s no force on earth
Could make me feel right, no

Whoa

Trying to push this problem up the hill
When it’s just too heavy to hold
Think now’s the time to let it slide

So come on let it go
Just let it be
Why don’t you be you
And I’ll be me

Everything’s that’s broke
Leave it to the breeze
Let the ashes fall
Forget about me

Come on let it go
Just let it be
Why don’t you be you
And I’ll be me

And I’ll be me

 

THURSDAY TRACKS Spotify Playlist

 

What song are you obsessing over this week?

 

 

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