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Sarcastic Song Shuffle

The Sarcastic Song Shuffle is a monthly feature hosted by The Sarcastic Palmtree. I liked the idea of this, and music is a big part of writing, so of course I had to participate.

All you do is grab your iPod/iPhone/whatever you listen to music on, hit shuffle and list the next 10 songs that show up.

Here's my playlist:


1. Living a Lie - Griffin Peterson

2. Woman Like You - Lee Brice
3. I Do (Cherish You) - Mark Wills
4. Footloose - Kenny Loggins
5. I Dare You to Move - Switchfoot
6. Barefoot Blue Jean Night - Jake Owens
7. Walk a Little Straighter Daddy - Billy Currington
8. She's in Love with the Boys - Trisha Yearwood
9. I Can't Love You Back - Justin Moore
10. Gone Like That - Josh Kelly

What would be on your playlist?

This is a blog hop, so be sure to head over to the Sarcastic Palmtree to see her list as well as links to more lists! Great way to find new music and see what others listen to. :)

Sarcastic Song Shuffle

The Sarcastic Song Shuffle is a monthly feature hosted by The Sarcastic Palmtree. I liked the idea of this, and music is a big part of writing, so of course I had to participate.

All you do is grab your iPod/iPhone/whatever you listen to music on, hit shuffle and list the next 10 songs that show up.

Here's my playlist:


1. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

2. Let It Rain - David Nail
3. People Are Crazy - Billy Currington
4. Sure Be Cool If You Did - Blake Shelton
5. Johnny and June - Heidi Newfield
6. Cowboys and Angels - Dustin Lynch
7. Stealing Cinderella - Chuck Wicks
8. Broken - Lifehouse
9. Ho Hey - The Lumineers
10. I'll Be There - Jackson Five

Lots of country on the playlist! What would be on your playlist?

This is a blog hop, so be sure to head over to the Sarcastic Palmtree to see her list as well as links to more lists! Great way to find new music and see what others listen to. :)

Sarcastic Song Shuffle - March Edition

The Sarcastic Song Shuffle is a monthly feature hosted by The Sarcastic Palmtree. I liked the idea of this, and music is a big part of writing, so of course I had to participate.

All you do is grab your iPod/iPhone/whatever you listen to music on, hit shuffle and list the next 10 songs that show up.

Here's my playlist:

1.  Cold December Night - Michael Bublé 
2. Addicted - Saving Abel
3. He Didn't Have to Be - Brad Paisley
4. Pickin' Wildflowers - Keith Anderson
5. September - Chris Daughtry
6. Hey, Soul Sister- Train
7. I'll Follow You - Shinedown
8. Not Afraid - Eminem
9. Every Story Runs Out of Rain - Gary Allen
10. You and I - Lady GaGa

There you have it! I have a wide variety and no embarrassing songs one again! (Unless you count the Christmas song, which you can't, because I love that song.)

This is a blog hop, so be sure to head over to the Sarcastic Palmtree to see her list as well as links to more lists! Great way to find new music and see what others listen to. :)

Sarcastic Song Shuffle

The Sarcastic Song Shuffle is a monthly feature hosted by The Sarcastic Palmtree. I liked the idea of this, and music is a big part of writing, so of course I had to participate.

All you do is grab your iPod/iPhone/whatever you listen to music on, hit shuffle and list the next 10 songs that show up.

Here's my playlist:

Glad You Came - Wanted
Brokenheaded - Karmin
Drops of Jupiter - Train
Always the Love Song - Eli Young Band
Then - Brad Paisley
One of Those Nights - Tim McGraw
Living in the Moment - Jason Mraz
Rude - MAGIC!
I'm Yours - The Script
Simple Man - Shinedown

I have to say, I'm pretty proud of this list! No too many embarrassing songs on it, except for possibly the first one. Until next month, happy listening! :)

Nepenthe - Fun Fact 2

Day two of fun facts! Go here to read the first one. This FF has a great little story behind it.

A year ago, Kristalyn of the blog, The Sarcastic Palmtree, followed me on Twitter. A few months later, there was a tweet about YALLFest and about wanting to go. We ended up deciding to go together.

From there, our friendship grew.

As I've said before, writing this book made me nervous. So nervous, that I wasn't going to write it.

If you read Nepenthe, then you know this book is dedicated to Kristalyn and she's got a hunk of my acknowledgments.

I asked her if she would want to critique the chapters as I wrote them. She said yes. With every chapter, I sent her an email. While she read it and constructed her own emails in return, I was writing the next chapter. We did this throughout the book, molding it to be the best it can be.

This was the first time I've done something like this and it was such a fun experience. Not only did I get back helpful feedback, but I gained a best friend.

Thanks again, Kristalyn!

Come back tomorrow for another fun fact. In the mean time, you can enter a giveaway to win ebooks from the Bracing for Love series!
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Monday's Book Spotlight

To kick off my reading-binge last week, I turned to a book that Kristalyn from The Sarcastic Palmtree recommended to me. I had knew nothing about it except that it was supposed to be a fun read and she said it was good. Didn't even read the description before I one-clicked it and added it to my TBR. It was such a fun book, that I'm featuring today.


Seventeen-year-old Oliver Wendell Holmes (Yes, his parents are just that peculiar, but his brother’s name is Sherlock, so it could have been worse) knows that he’s different. He’s quirky, awkward, and he’s okay with that. Oliver also likes making lists—meticulous procedures for achieving his goals, step-by-step. Whether it’s “How to Get an A in Chemistry” or “How to Get Accepted to MIT,” he has a process, and it’s worked for him so far. He doesn’t even care that the popular kids mock him. Oliver’s got his eye on the prize.

So when he decides it’s time to declare his feelings for Ainsley Bishop, the girl of his dreams, it’s only natural for him to make a list—a point-by-point strategy to win her heart. He knows it will take a grand gesture for her to see all he has to offer, and her approaching birthday provides the ideal opportunity for Oliver to put his plan into action.

Finding the perfect gift is a challenge Oliver meets with his usual dogged determination. He’ll need to watch her carefully for clues to pinpoint exactly what he should give her. And along the way, he might just learn that what Ainsley really needs is not quite what he expected.


My Thoughts as Seen on Goodreads:
I'm not even going to lie. I ended with book with a happy sigh. I seriously sighed happily and with so much satisfaction. That's a first.

I don't think I've ever laughed so much and felt so connected to the characters at the same time. I laughed out loud a lot. And then, something would happen, and I was, "Aw...Poor kid." It was adorable, touching, hilarious, and simply one of those feel good books. I loved every single character. The family, friends, almost everyone really was unique and lovable. 

I probably wouldn't have discovered this book if not for my blogger friend, Kristalyn, so thanks, girl! You were right. It was a fun book, and such a perfect one to kick off my reading-binge.

Sarcastic Song Shuffle

I love music and listen to it all the time. I've been a slacker at posting lately. I haven't read much lately, although I'm about to start Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann, and I haven't seen any funny commercials either! After tweeting about it, Kristalyn, a blogger from The Sarcastic Palmtree, suggested that I do the Sarcastic Song Shuffle. I met Kristalyn and the Sarcastic Palmtree family earlier this week and they are awesome! Loved meeting them. Go check out their blog!



Okay, so how does it work? Well, every month, they hit shuffle in their iPods and share the songs that come up to share some of the music they love. Pretty cool, right? As long as none of those "Don't Judge Me" songs pop up, that is! Either way, it's fun and I enjoyed reading the June edition.

So, here's me giving a go at it. These are the first ten songs that play when I hit shuffle.

1. "Recovery" by Frank Turner
2. "Rain is a Good Thing" by Luke Bryan
3. "Operate" by Three Days Grace
4. "18 Days" by Saving Abel
5. "Sign of the Times" by Three Days Grace
6. "Living in the Moment" by Jason Mraz 
7. "Glad You Came" by The Wanted
8. "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry
9. "Chicks Dig It" by Chris Cagle
10. "Try" by P!nk

It's funny what shuffle picked because four of those songs I usually skip. Could you guess which those might be?