Jinx & Tonic book review

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It’s 7:12 pm as I am beginning to write this review.  Clearly, this means it’s the best part of the day.  The socially acceptable drinking part of the day!  In other words, this post is brought to you by a glass of syrah. I just finished reading Jinx & Tonic the third Magic & Mixology Mystery series book. Full disclosure, I received the book as an advanced reader copy.  However, double full disclosure, I love Gina Lamanna the author of the Magic & Mixology Mystery series and the Lacey Luzzi Mafia Mysteries, among other things. I read her books before I was a book blogger, and will continue to read them if I ever stop being a book blogger.  In other words, you should read her stories. So, on to the review. Jinx & Tonic book review As mentioned previously, this is the third book in the series. Want to know what I think about the other two books? Great. Here are links to my reviews Hex on the Beach and Witchy Sour. Ready to just move on to book 3? Great. For those who don’t already know, a quick synopsis to bring you up to speed. Lily grew up like any one […]

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Hiding from trick-or-treaters

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The other day I posted about what Halloween was like in London.  Thinking about that reminded me of the first Halloween my husband spent in the US. At the time, we lived in a little suburban town just outside of Princeton, NJ.  We had the most adorable perfectly ‘American’ house. It was built in the 1800s, had original flooring, we were one block from main street. Honestly, so cute. The town was very community oriented, so we knew there would be plenty of kids.  Weeks in advance, I had bought hundred of pieces of candy.  I really thought we were over-prepared.  I had even hid a bit of candy, you know the good stuff, so the kids and my husband didn’t get it all. Well, the best laid Halloween plans… See, the thing we didn’t plan for was the haunted house set up by the fire station the next block over.  It was a magnet for kids from everywhere, and we were inundated.  I’m talking thousands of children.  The haunted house, and accompanying Halloween party, was the go-to place all across the county.  Of course, this lead to my house being the center of all Halloween in the county as […]

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October roundup and 3 month blogoversary


Happy October! I hope you have all had an amazing month so far.  Are you all set for Halloween? Have you started fall baking? I’ve already over indulged in soup making, and really, it hasn’t been cold enough it, but I couldn’t help myself. So, here are my October haps… Personal Milestones I got a couple of pumpkins, like everyone else.  However, I had to throw one out because it rotted melted in the unseasonable heat. I FINALLY bought curtains for my guest bedroom. You have no idea how large of an issue finding curtains has been. They haven’t arrived yet, so I am still mildly pessimistic about the whole thing. I made sea salt caramels (from Sally’s Baking Addiction) the flavor was good, but the consistency was off. So, not exactly a success. Blog Milestones I’m starting to get comments on the blog in a consistent manner. I’m so appreciative! I’ve fessed up to some insecurities I’ve had about blogging (3 ways my reading habits changed & 4 must have things to be a book blogger) I had quite a few blog mishaps.  First, I missed some of my ‘deadlines.’  I’ve also written a post on a bus on-the-fly.  As well, I […]

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Any Witch Way You Can book review

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In the spirit of holiday reading, I’d like to share another Halloween themed book.  Again, this is not a ‘scary’ Halloween book, but it is about witches, so that counts for the theme.   I know I’ve said it before, but I love theme reading. I always like holiday associated books around whatever season.  Heck, I love getting totally absorbed in a holiday.  When I was in high school and college I worked at a Bath and Body Works store in the mall.  I loved that job because of how seasonal everything was all the time. Now, I still love throwing myself into the seasons with reading, baking, and activities.  I do not do nearly the decorating I would like, but maybe some day I’ll get my act together more. Probably not, but we all need goals, right? Any Witch Way You Can book review This Sunday, I want to share with you the book Any Witch Way You Can by Amanda M. Lee.  Now, I’d like to share that I was skeptical of this book to begin.  I don’t mind fantasy stories, but this story centers around more Wicca style witches.  To each their own, but I like my witches with a […]

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3 ways my reading habits changed as a book blogger


As a book blogger, my relationship with books and reading changed.  Today,  I want to talk about 3 ways my reading habits changed since I became a “book blogger.” In the past, my husband teased me for how quickly I read.  How many books a week I go through.  How much money I spend on reading a month, oops. However, I wasn’t trying to read in any particular way.  I wasn’t trying to get through the stories, it was just my natural rhythm.   Yet, as soon as I put on this hat of “book blogger” my relationship with reading has changed. How reading changes as a book blogger Speed How quickly I am going through books is changing.  All the sudden, I am trying hard to get books finished for a Sunday, so I can write my typical Sunday book review post.  If I wasn’t a blogger, I would finish whenever I finished, and never think about it.  I know it sounds silly, but there is a lot of pressure to keep churning out books. I am not participating in any of the challenges either.  Some bloggers do things like 10 books in 30 days and such, and I […]

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Halloween in Jersey City vs Halloween in London

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Jersey City is getting ready for Halloween in a big way. It’ll be my first Halloween in Jersey City, and actually, my first Halloween in the US for several year.  I spent the last several Halloween’s in London.  So, I am not sure what to expect.  Will it be crazy busy with kids?  Will we have no trick or treaters because we are in an apartment complex? To be honest, I’m already surprised to see so many decorations everywhere. Halloween in London For the last two years, I was living in London during Halloween.  Halloween in London was strange for me.  There were certainly some decorations, and you saw a couple of jack-o-lanterns, but really it was not a big deal.  I didn’t see one kid dressed in costume. My husband said as a kid he never trick or treated, nor did people decorate.   In my experience, a few houses put a pumpkin out.  I think there was some sort of custom that if there was a pumpkin in the window, kids could trick or treat there.  Although, I never saw that happen in practice.  I didn’t see a single trick or treater. There wasn’t even much Halloween candy […]

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Grim Tidings book review

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This Sunday, I want to talk about the Grim Reaper. Halloween is definitely in the air. Here in Jersey City, people are decorating their homes. There are Halloween specials on TV. And in the book blogosphere, scary books are all the rage. Therefore, I’d like to share with you my review of Grim Tidings by Amanda M Lee. Grim Tidings book review Grim Tidings is the first story featuring Aisling Grimlock, a Grim Reaper in training. See, all of Aisling’s family are ‘reapers.’ As many women, in all male families, do – Aisling tried to escape. She tried to forge her own path. However, fate dragged Aisling back to the reaping business kicking and screaming. She’s not going to take it lying down though. Aisling decides to fight back from the inside. While her brothers may just go and collect souls, Aisling takes to talking to the ghosts of the souls she is there to collect. This obviously leads her to both hilarity and headaches. Not to mention, leading Aisling to hunky detective Taylor who is torn between wanting her and wanting to arrest her. I started the Grim Tidings book after having read Amanda M Lee’s, Wicked Witches of […]

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My first book tag: 11 reading habit questions

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Over the past few weeks, I read several good book tags on some sites and keep thinking “I’m going to do that one day.” Well, today is the day when I do my first book tag. I’m going to start with the Reading habits book tag. I read this tag on Dreamland Book Blog. However, Beatrice who runs Dreamland Book Blog credited TheBookJazz. Reading Habits Book Tag 1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading? 2. Bookmark or random piece of paper? 3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages? 4. Do you eat or drink while reading? 5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading? 6. One book at a time or several at once? 7. Reading at home or everywhere? 8. Reading out lout or silently in your head? 9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages? 10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new? 11. Do you write in your books? 1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading? Nope! You can find me reading in bed, on the sofa, in a sunny spot on the deck with my plants, […]

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4 must have things to be a book blogger – I fail at all of them

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During one of my first weeks as a book blogger, I joined the #bbtc chat hosted by Brittany at Book Rambles.  She asked “when did you first feel like a book blogger?”  At the time, I responded that I didn’t feel like a book blogger yet.   Well, the darn lovely book community of course responded your first book post makes you a book blogger. I heard that advice, but didn’t really take it to heart, you know? I’m nearing up on my third month as a blogger, and I have 38 posts on my site.  And  you know what? I still don’t feel like a book blogger.  I still feel like one big pretending faker;  like the fruit plate on the chocolate dessert buffet. There are so many wonderful sites out there that I really admire.  For example Unbound Pages, Beth Fish Reads, The YA Book Traveler, and Paper Fury.  I read their content and just thing, darn, these ladies have their book stuff down! So, in an effort of full disclosure. I’d like to share… 4 must have things to be a book blogger (I don’t have / do any of these things) A To Be Read (TBR) list – […]

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How to get over the end of your book relationship

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When your book relationship ends, it’s hard.  I mope, and flick through TV channels.  I’ll just wander aimlessly on the internet, stand in front of the fridge, staring aimlessly.   I try hanging out at new places, like a different library or book story. I’ll show a little interest in something new, but it just doesn’t stick.  … When you finish a book you love, it’s so hard to get emotionally involved again.   You didn’t want it to end.  No, you want to stay in the cozy world of just the two of you. Stay with the characters, world, plot, action that have become part of you.  However, it’s just not meant to be for you two.  The author ends the story.  Maybe you feel good about the ending.  Maybe you feel terrible.  Either way, it’s over and you have to move on.   So, what do you do when you are in the “book dumped” blues? These are my top tips for getting out of the shadow of that story and entering into something new. 6 Tips for getting over your book relationship  Talk to your friends about it – connect with other people who have gone through the same book […]

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