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Cha Cha Changes! or Why yes, I'm still here! or even Relaunch Awesomeness!

Greetings to all you lovely people out there! I'm sure you've noticed that things have been very quiet at She Dreams in Fiction the last few months. There have been some significant life events that have occurred, some of which have been quite rough. They have made it difficult for me to not only blog, but even want to read. That's right. Not only have I not blogged in a while, I haven't read! This is most unlike me, I can assure you. It's been tough, but things are starting to slowly improve, so that's good. I want to thank everyone for hanging around and being so patient with me. I truly appreciate you and I hope that we'll be able to continue this upward movement! Tallyho!

One thing I'm super happy about might be a smidge apparent... I have a new blog design! Yay! Stephanie over at New Chapter Designs has done an amazing job transforming She Dreams in Fiction into a whimsical, fun design that I couldn't be more excited about. I came to her with very vague ideas about what I was looking for (like I knew what colors I wanted, kind of vague) and Stephanie came up with what you see now. How she was able to know exactly what I wanted before I knew it myself, I'll never know, but it is a testament to her massive skills. Thank you Stephanie! You're a rock star!

Another awesome thing is we recently got 300 followers on Bloglovin'! That is freakin' awesome, you guys. I couldn't be more happy to have so many people interested in reading what I have to say. Not only that, but we reached that milestone during my hiatus! So, THANK YOU! I love you all!

SO! To celebrate this beautiful new design and reaching a follower milestone - and also my return to the land of books and bloggin - I've decided to have a giveaway! I want everyone to be able to participate in this giveaway, so I'm going to make this open to US readers AND those in countries that the Book Depository ships to. Yay! Now what should I give away? Hmm, how about...
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Book Blast: A is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram (Excerpt + Giveaway)

 
Welcome, welcome! It is about that time for a book blast for Kelly Oram's newest book, A is for Abstinence! I'll be honest, I haven't even read the first book, V is for Virgin. I have loved every single book by Kelly Oram I've read so far, so I'm sure I'll love this series too! Below we have the yummy cover, a yummy excerpt (yowza!) and a yummy giveaway! So check out all the fun stuff below and get ready for the awesomeness. Happy reading!

A is for Abstinence
by Kelly Oram

Six-time Grammy Award wining musician Kyle Hamilton has it all—money, fame, talent, good looks, and a job he loves. His only regret in life: walking away from a certain notorious virgin because he was too prideful, stubborn, and even afraid to give her the only thing she asked of him—his abstinence.

Four years and a broken heart later, Kyle realizes that sex isn’t everything, and he suddenly can’t stop thinking about the girl that got away. Virgin Val Jensen got under is skin like no one else ever has. He wasn’t ready for her then, but things are different now. He’s grown up, he’s learned a few things, and he’s finally figured out exactly what he wants, or, rather, who he wants.

Kyle Hamilton wants a do-over, and this time he’s willing to do—or not do—whatever it takes.

Add "A is for Abstinence!"

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Review: Second Star by Alyssa B. Scheinmel


Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Hardcover: 248 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: 13 May 2014
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: eARC provided by NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon| Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound
A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete's nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up--and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

Growing up, one of my all-time favorite stories was Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. Having been disappointed by a retelling before, I was a little hesitant to give another one a shot. Then I saw that Second Star was a modern retelling focused on Wendy and involving coastal beauty and surfing. I anticipated a departure from the original story, so I was prepared for just how far it would venture... mostly.
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It's the End of the Month As We Know It: April 2014

Hey you guys! Um... it's been another quiet month here on the blog. Things have been really stressful at work lately and I haven't felt like doing much of anything for a while; which includes not doing a whole heck of a lot on the blog, sadly. I am earnestly trying to get back into the swing of things, though! I've already picked up more reading and I have a couple reviews just waiting for links and images, so hopefully these wrap-ups will start to be more fun again! Now it's on to the April happenings... let's get started!

Reviews Done


Aaaand it's a big fat zero in the review department. BUT, like I said, there are things coming! One thing in particular is a fun little adventure I've been participating in with my blogging friend, Jen at Literally Jen! I love it to bits and I hope that we're able to keep it going for a good long while. (All that's left is me getting my part done... ahem. Sorry Jen!)


Events

Release Day Blast for This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready
Cover Reveal for Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale
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Cover Reveal: Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale (+ Giveaway)

Today, Stacey O'Neale and Phoenix Reign Publishing are revealing the cover for Mortal Enchantment, releasing on May 20, 2014! Check out the awesome cover and enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!

On to the reveal!
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It's the End of the Month As We Know It: March 2014

Hey you guys! So... I've been really quiet as far as the blog and reading are concerned. I have no idea why, but I hope that things pick up again soon. I guess it wasn't a total fail, though. I got to do a fair amount of bookish things, just not really the typical bookish things. I had a weekend of awesomeness at the Tucson Festival of Books. I got to meet Lois Lowry, Cornelia Funke and Isaac Marion. I also got to see Shelley Coriell again and meet Morgan Rhodes. THEN I got to get my books by all these authors signed! It was a little overwhelming at first, and I didn't get to see as many authors as I would have liked, but I still had an absolute blast. Well, guess it's time to get this wrap-up, um, wrapped up!

Reviews Done
(Click on the cover to go to the review!)


So the momentum I gained the last two months apparently didn't carry over into this month. Oops. Actually, I thought I had posted a review, but it apparently didn't schedule and stayed in my drafts. Dang. Next month will be better!
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Release Day Blast: This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready

This Side of Salvation is officially out in the world! I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this early and let me tell you, this book is AMAZING! So check out some fun stuff Jeri has going on for the launch of her newest novel, including giveaways, interviews and more. Happy reading!

This Side of Salvation

by Jeri Smith-Ready
Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure:  The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation.

But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined… 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18038539-this-side-of-salvation
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