Posted in Blog Tour, Book Blog

Blog Tour: Tweet Cute – Emma Lord

Hola, Book Dragons! Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Tweet Cute by Emma Lord. Tweet Cute is a contemporary YA romance and if you like rom-coms, you should definitely give this one a try.

A big thanks to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for the ARC.

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Jacket Copy:

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account. 

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time. 

All’s fair in love and cheese — that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life — on an anonymous chat app Jack built. 

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate — people on the internet are shipping them?? — their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

EXCERPT

JACK

“Look.” I glance into the classroom, where Ethan is thoroughly distracted by Stephen and no longer keeping an eye on us. “I may have . . . overreacted.”

Pepper shakes her head. “I told you. I get it. It’s your family.”

“Yeah. But it’s also—well, to be honest, this has been kind of good for business.”

Pepper’s brow furrows, that one little crease returning. “What, the tweets?”

“Yeah.” I scratch the back of my neck, sheepish. “Actually, we had a line out the door yesterday. It was kind of intense.”

“That’s . . . that’s good, right?”

The tone of my voice is clearly not matching up with the words I’m saying, but if I’m being honest, I’m still wary of this whole overnight business boom. And if I’m being honest, I’m even more wary of Pepper. If this really is as much of a family business as she claims it is—to the point where she’s helping run the Twitter handle, when even I know enough about corporate Twitter accounts to know entire teams of experienced people get paid to do that—then she might have had more of a hand in this whole recipe theft thing than she’s letting on.

The fact of the matter is, I can’t trust her. To the point of not knowing whether I can even trust her knowing how our business is doing, or just how badly we need it.

“Yeah, um, I guess.” I try to make it sound noncommittal. My acting skills, much like my breakfast-packing skills, leave much to be desired.

“So . . .”

“So.”

Pepper presses her lips into a thin line, a question in her eyes.

“So, I guess—if your mom really wants you to keep tweeting . . .”

“Wait. Yesterday you were pissed. Two minutes ago you were pissed.”

“I am pissed. You stole from us,” I reiterate. “You stole from an eighty-five-year-old woman.”

“I didn’t—”

“Yeah, yeah, but still. You’re them, and I’m . . . her. It’s like a choose your fighter situation, and we just happen to be the ones up to bat.”

“So you’re saying—you don’t not want me to keep this up?”

“The way I see it, you don’t have to make your mom mad, and we get a few more customers in the door too.”

Pepper takes a breath like she’s going to say something, like she’s going to correct me, but after a moment, she lets it go. Her face can’t quite settle on an expression, toeing the line between dread and relief.

“You’re sure?”

I answer by opening the container she handed me. The smell that immediately wafts out of it should honestly be illegal; it stops kids I’ve never even spoken to in their tracks.

“Are you a witch?” I ask, reaching in and taking a bite of one. It’s like Monster Cake, the Sequel—freaking Christmas in my mouth. I already want more before I’ve even managed to chew. My eyes close as if I’m experiencing an actual drug high—and maybe I am, because I forget myself entirely and say, “This might even be better than our Kitchen Sink Macaroons.”

“Kitchen Sink Macaroons?”

Eyes open again. Yikes. Note to self: dessert is the greatest weapon in Pepper’s arsenal. I swallow my bite so I can answer her.

“It’s kind of well-known, at least in the East Village. It even got in some Hub Seed roundup once. I’d tell you to try some, but you might steal the recipe, so.”

Pepper smiles, then—actually smiles, instead of the little smirk she usually does. It’s not startling, but what it does to me in that moment kind of is.

Before I can examine the unfamiliar lurch in my stomach, the bell rings and knocks the smile right off her face. I follow just behind her, wondering why it suddenly seems too hot in here, like they cranked the air up for December instead of October. I dismiss it by the time I get to my desk—probably just all the Twitter drama and the glory of So Sorry Blondies getting to my head.

“One rule,” she says, as we sit in the last two desks in the back of the room.

I raise my eyebrows at her.

“We don’t take any of it personally.” She leans forward on her desk, leveling with me, her bangs falling into her face. “No more getting mad at each other. Cheese and state.”

“What happens on Twitter stays on Twitter,” I say with a nod of agreement. “Okay, then, second rule: no kid gloves.”

Mrs. Fairchild is giving that stern look over the room that never quite successfully quiets anyone down. Pepper frowns, waiting for me to elaborate.

“I mean—no going easy on each other. If we’re going to play at this, we’re both going to give it our A game, okay? No holding back because we’re . . .”

Friends, I almost say. No, I’m going to say. But then—

“I’d appreciate it if even one of you acknowledged the bell with your silence,” Mrs. Fairchild grumbles.

I turn to Pepper, expecting to find her snapping to attention the way she always does when an adult comes within a hundred feet of disciplining her. But her eyes are still intent on me, like she is sizing something up—like she’s looking forward to something I haven’t anticipated yet.

“All right. No taking it personally. And no holding back.”

She holds her hand out for me to shake again, under the desk so Mrs. Fairchild won’t see it. I smile and shake my head, wondering how someone can be so aggressively seventeen and seventy-five at the same time, and then I take it. Her hand is warm and small in mine, but her grip is surprisingly firm, with a pressure that almost feels like she’s still got her fingers wrapped around mine even after we let go.

I turn back to the whiteboard, a ghost of a smirk on my face. “Let the games begin.”

If you do give Tweet Cute a try, let me know how it turns out.

Have a fantastic, bookish Saturday, book dragons!

∼Lyn

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/45045129-tweet-cute
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tweet-Cute-Emma-Lord/dp/1250237327
Macmillan: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/tweet-cute/

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Emma Lord Emma Lord is a digital media editor and writer living in New York City, where she spends whatever time she isn’t writing either running or belting show tunes in community theater. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in psychology and a minor in how to tilt your computer screen so nobody will notice you updating your fan fiction from the back row. She was raised on glitter, grilled cheese, and a whole lot of love. Her sun sign is Hufflepuff, but she is a Gryffindor rising. TWEET CUTE is her debut novel. You can find her geeking out online at @dilemmalord on Twitter.

Posted in Blog Memes, F is For Friday

F Is For Friday – 17 January 2020

Snap of the fingers and January’s gone. Just like that. I know, I know, still 14 days left to it but it looks like this year will zip away just as fast as last year and the years gone by. I’m kind of in a glass-half-empty kind of mood today.

How is your Friday going?

How to participate in the meme:
1. Credit the creator of this tag (Me! 😉 ) and link back.
2. Answer the four questions to the best of your ability.
3. Most important of all, enjoy yourself!

Questions:
F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)
I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.
F – Favorite quote of the week/day
F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.

F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)

Sweep with Me

I can’t wait to get to this.

I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.

I’m giving audio books another try with Sanctuary and so far so good. 🙂

F – Favorite quote of the week/day

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Totally me, ha.

F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.

1. I finally did a task I’d been procrastinating on. Yay!
2. Sleeping late in the morning.
3. Whoever’s watching my ass up there, a big thanks for helping me out of the jams I get myself into and for giving me the strength to cope with my life. It bears repeating.
4. Good health. It is something to be grateful for, especially when you see someone close having health problems so bad, you can’t do anything to help them. So I’m glad for days when I feel okay and not sick.
5. Clarity of mind, please.

Wish you all a good weekend.

∼Lyn

Posted in WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday – 15 January 2020

So I’ve decided to re-join the “WWW Wednesday” blog meme. I previously stopped because I was mostly reading series and re-reading books so every week the books were pretty much the same or the same authors. But I’m hoping to re-read less this year and get more new books done so it seems fitting to rejoin.

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. This is an easy meme to do and perfect for us book dragons, right? It’s  a way to connect with what books we’re reading.

You just answer three tiny questions and leave links for your own posts in the comments  to interact. Or you can just post your answers in the comments. 🙂

The Three Ws are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

1. What are you currently reading?

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I’m on the blog tour for Tweet Cute and my assigned post goes live on Saturday! 😀

2. What did you recently finish reading?

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I saw that the TV show of The Outsider had premiered and that got me wanting to read this book straight-away. It was pretty good. 🙂

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Sweep with Me

New novella in The Innkeeper series! Can’t wait to read this! 😀

So whatcha reading, peeps? 😉

∼Lyn

Posted in Blog Memes, Music Monday

Music Monday – 13 January 2020 – Zombie -Damned Anthem (The Cranberries Cover)

I’m minutes away from going to bed. I really should do this post in the morning but as you all know, Mondays are an ordeal for me. It’s way better when it gets canceled.

I hope for all of you whose Monday is still ongoing – that you have a good one. Here’s an epic song to get you going. Mazel Tov!

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Posted in Blog Memes, F is For Friday

F Is For Friday – 10 January 2020

I’m so tired. It’s been a tiring day but not bad. How about you guys in the blogosphere? How is your Friday?

How to participate in the meme:
1. Credit the creator of this tag (Me! 😉 ) and link back.
2. Answer the four questions to the best of your ability.
3. Most important of all, enjoy yourself!

Questions:
F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)
I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.
F – Favorite quote of the week/day
F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.

F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)

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I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.

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A re-read of one of my favorite books, mostly though to see if I still like it lol.

F – Favorite quote of the week/day

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Absolutely true for me. I spend my entire life stumbling in the dark, and the day I get it together, it’s kick the bucket for me.

F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.

1. IT’S FRIDAY! YES!!!!
2. Sleeping late in the morning.
3. Whoever’s watching my ass up there, a big thanks for helping me out of the jams I get myself into and for giving me the strength to cope with my life. It bears repeating.
4. Good health. It is something to be grateful for, especially when you see someone close having health problems so bad, you can’t do anything to help them. So I’m glad for days when I feel okay and not sick.
5. Clarity of mind, please.

Wish you all a good weekend.

∼Lyn

Posted in Book Blog, Book Reviews

Book Review: Love Lettering – Kate Clayborn

Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Review:

I love Calligraphy so I was very interested in this book. Meg is skilled at hand-lettering and she does fantastic planners. She also used to do wedding programs and she used her skill to hide a code into the program for Reid and Avery, saying their marriage was doomed. A year later, Reid tracks her down and confronts her about it, sending them both colliding into paths neither ever thought to give a try.

What I liked:
1 – The main character’s passion for lettering, for calligraphy. It’s one of my favorite hobbies and I had a great time working on my planner for 2020 so I enjoyed how the author gave a creative slant to the story.

2 – The romance between Meg and Reid. It was sweet and intense at the same time.
3 – Darling Reid. Okay, so maybe I have hearts in my eyes over him. I’m totally crushing on this guy.

What I didn’t like:
Though I loved the romance and I adored Reid, the writing dragged at times and it was hard to keep my attention in the story. But I loved the overall plot-line. I feel like this story could have been more dynamic and only the parts with Reid had a lot of impact with me.⁣

Overall, the plot-line was a good one but it had the potential to have a more significant effect if the parts where the story dragged a bit could have been avoided. Still, I found a lot to enjoy about this book and found it a worthwhile read.

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Synopsis: In this warm and witty romance from acclaimed author Kate Clayborn, one little word puts one woman’s business—and her heart—in jeopardy . . . Meg Mackworth’s hand-lettering skill has made her famous as the Planner of Park Slope, designing beautiful custom journals for New York City’s elite. She has another skill too: reading signs that other people miss. Like the time she sat across from Reid Sutherland and his gorgeous fiancée, and knew their upcoming marriage was doomed to fail. Weaving a secret word into their wedding program was a little unprofessional, but she was sure no one else would spot it. She hadn’t counted on sharp-eyed, pattern-obsessed Reid . . . A year later, Reid has tracked Meg down to find out—before he leaves New York for good—how she knew that his meticulously planned future was about to implode. But with a looming deadline, a fractured friendship, and a bad case of creative block, Meg doesn’t have time for Reid’s questions—unless he can help her find her missing inspiration. As they gradually open up to each other about their lives, work, and regrets, both try to ignore the fact that their unlikely connection is growing deeper. But the signs are there—irresistible, indisputable, urging Meg to heed the messages Reid is sending her, before it’s too late . . .

Posted in Book Blog, Counted Cross Stitch

Crazy Stitcher

Yo! So, it’s been a crazy few days. I had a cross stitch custom order to finish and I was also still sick with the cold, so couldn’t blog. I really should start scheduling. I do draft in advance but I like adding something specific, like moods or what the day is like or if something funny happened lol.

Here are the cross stitch custom orders I finished:

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If anyone’s interested in a custom order, you can always email me here or my Etsy shop.

∼Lyn

Posted in Blog Memes, F is For Friday

F Is For Friday – 03 January 2020

First Friday of the year! Already 3 days over! It’s evening for me and I’m just glad the new year festivities are almost over. I’m trying to avoid as many social gatherings as I can. Energy-drain, anybody?

How to participate in the meme:
1. Credit the creator of this tag (Me! 😉 ) and link back.
2. Answer the four questions to the best of your ability.
3. Most important of all, enjoy yourself!

Questions:
F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)
I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.
F – Favorite quote of the week/day
F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.

F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)

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I’m in the mood for a rom-com and this looks nice. 

I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.

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I’m almost done with the re-read of the In Death series. 3 more books left!

F – Favorite quote of the week/day

“May the Force be with you.”

Lol. I need this.

F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.

1. This week is over. Thank you, God
2. My 3yo nephew. I love him.
3. Whoever’s watching my ass up there, a big thanks for helping me out of the jams I get myself into and for giving me the strength to cope with my life. It bears repeating.
4. Good health. It is something to be grateful for, especially when you see someone close having health problems so bad, you can’t do anything to help them. So I’m glad for days when I feel okay and not sick.
5. Clarity of mind, please.

Wish you all a good weekend.

∼Lyn

Posted in Blog Memes, Music Monday

Music Monday – 30 December 2019 – Goodbye – Jason Derulo ft. David Guetta, Nicki Minaj & Willy William

It’s 11.21 p.m and I was almost asleep when I remembered I hadn’t done this post! I already had the song in mind too and thank God I drafted it a few days ago so I can just go ahead and post it from my mobile app. Well, this song’s just apt for the last Monday of 2019, right? Enjoy! In case I don’t post before the 1st, I wish everyone a Happy New Year and Mazel Tov for 2020. Hope it’s less sucky than 2019.

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Posted in Blog Memes, F is For Friday

F Is For Friday – 27 December 2019

It’s the last Friday of this year. Next Friday we’ll be in the year 2020. Anyone think that’s cool? So for my last Friday of this year, I’m binge-watching Supergirl from the first season. You see, I’ve been listening to one of my favorite songs, “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten and what says Total Girl Power better than Supergirl?

How are you spending your Friday?

How to participate in the meme:
1. Credit the creator of this tag (Me! 😉 ) and link back.
2. Answer the four questions to the best of your ability.
3. Most important of all, enjoy yourself!

Questions:
F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)
I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.
F – Favorite quote of the week/day
F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.

F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)

Wicked Bite

The release date for Wicked Bite is only 33 days away! It’s finally happening! Actually, I hope it is and the release doesn’t get postponed again.

I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.

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I’m hoping to start this book tomorrow! 🙂

F – Favorite quote of the week/day

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I recently came across a post on Instagram with this saying. I searched and found the original tweet. It hit me right where it hurts because I know it’s one of the biggest truths of my messed-up life. Often, lack of discipline has resulted in excruciating regrets. I know better and still, I’ve kept procrastinating. Every time I try to change, it hasn’t stuck. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it but what I know is I have no choice but to keep trying. Giving up feels like failure and I can’t give up.

F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.

1. It’s Friday evening, Thank God.
2. Sleeping late in the morning. I need like a total blackout break where I can sleep uninterrupted.
3. Whoever’s watching my ass up there, a big thanks for helping me out of the jams I get myself into and for giving me the strength to cope with my life. It bears repeating.
4. Good health. It is something to be grateful for, especially when you see someone close having health problems so bad, you can’t do anything to help them. So I’m glad for days when I feel okay and not sick.
5. Clarity of mind, please.

Wish you all a good last weekend of 2019! 😉

∼Lyn