Feb 23, 2017

Help Bring a Bookstore to the Bronx!

Hi guys! Jessica here, and today I come to you with a very important project that I stumbled upon recently. 

If you've been around the blog for awhile, you'd know that I go to college in the Bronx, and I absolutely love it here. In addition to loving my school, I also love all of the incredible opportunities its given me and the rich history and culture of the surrounding areas. 

And, as I'm sure you've most definitely picked up by now, I love books. Absolutely adore them. Barnes & Noble, The Strand, and yes, even Borders (way before they fell) used to be some of my favorite places to visit as a kid. Even as I got older, I loved heading into a bookstore and browsing the selections while grabbing a hot chocolate and sitting down to enjoy the scenery. Bookstores shaped my childhood, which is why it was an incredible shock when I learned that there is not a single bookstore in the Bronx, not since the last Barnes & Noble closed down in 2016.

To some, that doesn't mean much. But to such an avid reader, that means absolutely everything. Even if I won't necessarily always be frequenting the bookstore myself, a bookstore is a place for children and adults alike to go to find relaxation, solace, and good stories. In addition to it being a retail location, it's a source of stories and education for everybody. Not having a bookstore in an entire borough of New York City, the capital of the world, is just unfathomable.

Luckily, we have a brave and ambitious woman in our midst that's willing to help change that. Noelle Santos is a smart, brilliant woman whose goal is to open a bookstore in the Bronx called The Lit Bar, and in addition to being an awesome indie bookstore, it will also have a bar -- which I think is a genius idea, because in addition to getting people to come to read more books, The Lit Bar will serve as a social space to bring the community together.

Noelle Santos (We do not take credit for this image.)
Everyone, everywhere, no matter where they are in this world, deserves a chance to get books and have a safe space to fill their minds with stories and knowledge. And Noelle is taking on an amazing, fantastic challenge and doing just that. But there are only 24 days left of the Indie GoGo campaign, and she needs all of our help. 

To be clear: This is not a promotional post. I didn't team up with Noelle or The Lit Bar, and she had no knowledge of this post until I informed her of it yesterday before it went live. I'm posting this because I came across this cause and I feel that it's incredibly important, especially to me because I'm a part of this community, and I know that this book and blogging community is filled with so many incredible authors and readers and bloggers and moms and dads and people that genuinely care about helping a community get a taste of books and stories and a social space that so many of us tend to take for granted.

If you're interested in donating to the campaign (or learning more about it/about Noelle), please click HERE.

If you have anything you can donate at all, whether it be hundreds to get the incentives, five or ten dollars just to show your support, or even just your voice by sharing this cause and helping spread it far and wide, any and everything would be appreciated! I'm so glad I stumbled across this cause, because as an avid reader and Bronx (part-time) resident, I find it incredibly important that we give this opportunity to this community for everyone to have a space to find stories and educate themselves while also having somewhere to be social and enjoy some down time.

*DISCLAIMER: This is in NO way a promotional push post. Noelle had no idea that this post was even happening until we informed her of it the day it went live. This post was created because I stumbled across a cause that I think definitely deserves the help of this community, and I want to help get the word out about it.

Noelle and a pop-up shop for The Lit Bar (We do not take credit for this image).

Feb 14, 2017

Favorite Swoon-Worthy Reads

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It's officially the day of love! We decided that there's no better way to celebrate than to talk about books (of course), so we've put together a compilation of twelve of our favorite swoon-worthy (and steamy) reads. How many of them have you read?

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What are your favorite swoon-worthy reads? Comment down below! Now if you'll excuse us, we're off to go get fancied up and grab some chocolate -- to have a date with ourselves, while reading, because the day of love shouldn't specifically be confined to loving other people.

Enjoy your Valentine's Day, everybody! :-)

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: She Wants It All by Jessica Calla

Cover Reveal! SHE WANTS IT ALL (Book 3, Sheridan Hall Series)

Author: Jessica Calla
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Publisher: BookFish Books
Cover Designer: Anita B. Carroll, Race-Point US

About She Wants it All...

Happy to sing cover songs with his band and float through New Jersey University with little to no effort, Dave Novak spends the first week of college partying. Then he meets Maggie Patrinski. Performing on stage in front of hundreds is easy for Dave, but the mere thought of Maggie sends his heart racing and turns him into a bumbling idiot. Even so, he can’t get her out of his mind.

Maggie’s not exactly thrilled when her roommate sets her up with Second Floor Dave, the hottie with a reputation. Not only has she just had her heart broken, but she’s vying for a competitive summer internship and studying to become a vet. She doesn’t have time for guys and isn’t interested in falling in love, especially when she may be moving across the country for the summer.

But as Maggie gets to know Dave, his charm wins her over and she falls hard and fast. The problem? Maggie has goals, Dave doesn’t. Maggie studies, Dave doesn’t. Maggie wants it all, Dave only wants her. With their summer plans up in the air and past mistakes creeping back into their lives, their future together is uncertain. The only thing they’re sure of is that when they’re together, they’re better.

Other Books In the Sheridan Hall Series...

SHE LAUGHS IN PINK (Book 1, Sheridan Hall Series)

SHE RUNS AWAY (Book 2, Sheridan Hall Series)

About the Author...

Jessica Calla is a contemporary romance, new adult, and women's fiction author who moonlights during the day as an attorney. If she's not writing, lawyering, or parenting, you'll most likely find her at the movies, scrolling through her Twitter feed, or gulping down various forms of caffeine (sometimes all three at once).

Jessica is a member of Romance Writers of America, involved in the Contemporary, Young Adult, and New Jersey Chapters, and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. A Jersey girl through and through, she resides in the central part of the state with her husband, two sons, and dog.

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We'd like to thank the lovely team over at BookFish Marketing for including us in this cover reveal! What do you think of the cover? Comment down below!