Where Have I Been?

I’m such a bad blogger I swear. These past few months have been kind of rough for me with college, my own health, and my brothers health.

I’ve been focusing more on my Instagram (@a_bookish_dream) and growing my following there. I recently hit 1k followers which is pretty amazing!!

I’m going to try my best to get back into blogging about books I’m reading. That’ll be fun right? Expect a review for If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout very soon!

I mentioned my brother… Back in April we found out he had Stage 4 Lymphoma, since then he has been getting chemotherapy. He’s improving! There have been a lot of struggles but he’s still hanging in there which is wonderful! He’s such a strong kid.

I’ve also been kinda focused on my boyfriend… It’s still a little weird saying that! Back in November I started dating this AMAZING guy who lives in South Carolina. He appreciates my love of books and really loves Alice in Wonderland 😉

On the school front I’m going to be going into my last semester of my associates program. Which means I’m starting to look at Creative Writing programs to transfer into. AAHH scary!! Not really, but it’s kinda weird to think about.

Thanks for sticking with me all these months even though I’ve been MIA! What is everyone currently reading? Let me know!

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout

*inhales*

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*exhales* Beautiful perfection

SYNOPSIS:

Ivy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen

ADDITIONAL INFO:

Series: The Wicked Trilogy, Book # 3

RELEASE DATE: December 11th, 2017

Available Formats: Paperback (U.S./Canada) and E-book

PRE-ORDER LINK:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fwiarG

*Amazon is the only retailer with a pre-order link at this time.

VIRTUAL SIGNING INFORMATION:

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Virtual Signing:

To celebrate the upcoming release of BRAVE (book 3 in the Wicked Saga), Jennifer is offering an exclusive virtual signing! Through this virtual signing, you will be able to order SIGNED & PERSONALIZED copies of WICKED, TORN, and BRAVE!

And best of all — This is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY! 

DIRECT LINK: http://www.apollyconevent.com/jla-brave-virtualsigning/

– Virtual Signing opens 9/21/17 at 11AM ET

– Virtual Signing ends 11/17/17

– Open Internationally

Click on the direct link to pre-order your signed AND PERSONALIZED (!!!!!!!!!!!) copies of all three books in this trilogy! (ALL THREE?!?!?!?!?!?! *dies*) Seriously this is an AMAZING opportunity so go jump on it! *wink*

JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT AUTHOR INFO

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Website: https://jenniferlarmentrout.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferLArmentrout

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JLArmentrout

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennifer_l_armentrout/

GIVEAWAY INFO

  • PRIZE: SURPRISE SIGNED PRIZE PACK (containing multiple signed books & swag)
  • OPEN INTERNATIONAL
  • ENDS 10/2/17

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DIRECT LINK:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/5230417f183/

I’m personally super super excited for the conclusion to this series! Jen is an amazing story teller and her Wicked trilogy is one of my all time favorites from her! Let me know if you’ve read any of her books down below! Until next time, happy reading! ^^

Bookstagram on a Budget

Bookstagram is an amazing community that I have been a part of for these last few months. It is welcoming, beautiful, and has great people.

If you’re first starting out or looking to revamp your feed this is the post for you!

Are you like me and don’t have a lot of money to spend on props, candles, bookmarks, professional lights, etc? No problem, here’s what I’ve found these last few months that I’ve found helpful.

First off let’s talk about getting props for your photos. I tend to look around my house for things I already own that fit the book and look I’m going for. Just today I was doing a shoot for the book Perfected IMG_4166.JPG

Pretty right? All of that was stuff I had lying around.

  1. The white rose and purple flowers: I had gotten the rose from one of the craft stores years (upon years) ago and I’ve been using it in pictures more and more recently. The purple flowers I had gotten in a bundle from my local Dollar Tree when I first got my car, this happened to fall off recently so I saved it to use for photos
  2. The makeup, necklace, and perfume: These are other things that I’ve had for years and thought fit the theme and look I was going for. The choker was gifted to me by my friend Nikki *waves* a few months ago
  3. White heart case: This was a gift that I got when I was 7 years old from one of my aunts, another thing I just had lying around
  4. Crystal flower: This is a replica of the lotus flower from Sailor Moon (an anime/manga) that I got about 4 years ago
  5. The fairy lights: It’s Halloween time so I found these fairy wire lights (and other lights) at my local Dollar Tree!! Beautiful lights for only $1! A steal honestly
  6. The black backdrop: My bed sheet, no joke

So you see things like these can easily be found around your home. If you want of course you could go out and buy these things for photos if you don’t have them already.

Also today I did a shoot for Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I used an old fake engagement ring that I had gotten as a little kid (don’t ask lol), the Dollar Tree fairy lights, and a bunch of fake red flower petals that I re-purposed from two old flowers I’ve had for years. IMG_4170

Doesn’t that look super pretty? I love it! And I didn’t have to go out and buy a thing. If I was to put a price tag on this post I would say I ‘spent’ $18 on this whole shoot (including the price for the book) without the price of the book I ‘spent’ $8 on this shoot.

Basically what I’m saying is to check out your local dollar stores, thrift stores, friends house, your own house, etc. to find things to use for your Bookstagram account. Anyone can have beautiful photos on a budget!

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