For What It's Worth

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

whatever wednesday

Something a little different!

I don’t know why but I was mesmerized by this lol

Credit goes to DoodleChaos who hand draws everything by hand.

You can check out his YouTube channel here for more cool videos!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

tell me something tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

Question: What are you thankful for this year?

Answer: As most of you know already, if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, we had to put my 16 year old sheltie, Indy, to sleep last week so I wasn’t feeling very thankful or in the mood to write this weeks TMST post.

But several days have passed and Thanksgiving is coming and I want to replace sadness with happy thoughts of my boy and be grateful for all the wonderful things I have in my life.

I'm thankful for...


IMG_20170729_104034_437I’ve lost several pets over the years but he’s a really tough one for me. He came into my life right when I needed him and changed everything abut my boring, introverted little world.

And he is the last of my original “teamsheltie” (if you follow me on SM – you’ll get that reference) – Indy, Lily Beau. I miss them all so much.

But! He lived a long 16 years and other than some age related issues – going blind, deaf and a little senile – he was healthy the whole time up until his last day. No vet visits, no poking, prodding, or invasive treatments. So I’m very thankful for that. And I have a mobile vet that comes to the house & we’re good friends so he got to be in the comfort of his own home with people who loved him.



This dog is the light of my life and my shadow. He’s so in tune with my feelings and just wants to be near me at all times. He lost his mom (& a good friend of mine) a few years ago and I’m so thankful to have been trusted and be the one she chose for his next forever home. Losing Beau a few years ago, and now Indy, would have been so much worse without him in my life.

And he lets me put silly hats and glasses on him and takes #tongueouttuesdayseflies with me. What more could you ask for in a dog??



This is me being a bad cat mom but Figment is an ungrateful asshole lol He just is. He has an awesome life and constant attention but if I go out for the day it’s absolutely crushing to him. Go on vacation? He vomits and stops eating. He HATES when I read. He drools all over my books & Kindle. He hates Fonzi.

But…he speaks to my grinchy little heart and I love that little weirdo.

On to bookish thanks!

pexels-photo-424517After 9 years, blogging and reading isn’t what it used to be for me. I admit that some of the joy has died down. I don’t always feel like posting anymore but despite that I am the most comfortable and happy with blogging right now than I have been in years.

I let go of all that “how you should blog” kind of thing & stats. I have a faithful little crew of followers and bookish friends and it makes me happy.

I don’t want to forget anyone so I’ll give a generic shout out to all of you have have visited or commented on the blog, done buddy reads, shared your books, let me vent privately about a book or bookish drama, sent me cards and goodies, touched base with me when you know I’m down, supported me when good things happen, share my posts and just generally being the best community out there.

To the bloggers who have been there since the beginning (there are still a few!) – THANK YOU!!! Can you believe it?? WE’RE STILL HERE!!! lol

Also, how crazy is it that little old me has met authors, receives arc’s, gets to go to book conferences?? I mean – it’s an amazing little world I’ve stumbled into.

I’m thankful for finally getting that TBR pile down. finding several 5 star reads for 2018 and being able to go to ALA again this year!


And finally, I’m most thankful for my husband, Kevin who  indulges all my passion for pets and books. He doesn't even flinch when I ask him to bring home heavy chains or carry a bag of skulls to the local park for book pictures or wait in long lines at book cons for books. He's the best!

Oh - ONE MORE THING!!! I'm thankful for the homemade apple pie I will be having Thursday! PIE!!!!

I hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving & Holiday season!

I might be a little scarce since Kevin has some vacation coming and we might do a little traveling but I have a few things scheduled including two giveaways – one starting this Friday and the other for the month of December

Thursday, November 15, 2018

review: the Lying Woods by Ashley Elston

33803125Owen Foster has never wanted for anything. Then his mother shows up at his elite New Orleans boarding school cradling a bombshell: his privileged life has been funded by stolen money. After using the family business, the single largest employer in his small Louisiana town, to embezzle millions and drain the employees' retirement accounts, Owen's father vanished without a trace, leaving Owen and his mother to deal with the fallout.

Owen returns to Lake Cane to finish his senior year, where people he can barely remember despise him for his father's crimes. It's bad enough dealing with muttered insults and glares, but when Owen and his mother receive increasingly frightening threats from someone out for revenge, he knows he must get to the bottom of what really happened at Louisiana Frac--and the cryptic note his father sent him at his boarding school days before disappearing.

Owen's only refuge is the sprawling, isolated pecan orchard he works at after school, owned by a man named Gus who has his own secrets--and in some ways seems to know Owen better than he knows himself. As Owen uncovers a terrible injustice
that looms over the same Preacher Woods he's claimed as his own, he must face a shocking truth about his own past--and write a better future. ~ Goodreads

Source: ARC provided by Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review

I was totally expecting a creepy, paranormal thriller with The Lying Woods. As I re-read the summary now – I can say that it’s pretty accurate but the cover just has a spooky *you will die if you enter the woods* vibe. This book isn’t that – but I was pleasantly surprised by how well this mystery/family drama was written.

Owen’s father vanishes after embezzling millions from his fracking company in a small Louisiana town. Think Enron. As the top employer in town almost everyone living there is touched by this – either by losing their retirement, savings or the residual business that the company provided.

Owen is a student at an elite boarding school but is forced to move back to the town in question with his mom and live with an aunt because they have nowhere to go. His father left them with nothing – their possessions about to be auctioned off to pay off the debt and they are left under a cloud of suspicion as to whether they (especially his mom) were co-conspirators in the deception, if they are still in contact with the father and more importantly – if are they hiding any money.

The town is not happy to have them back and there are threats made. Bricks being thrown at the house, threatening notes and phone calls - particularly towards the mom.

Owen starts out as an angry young man. Angry at his dad for leaving them broke, angry at having to move back to small town without all his little luxuries He gets into fights with the local kids and it’s completely understandable. But the way he rebounds is awesome! He has a chance to go back to the boarding school but instead stays with his mom and hunkers down, getting a job, joining a sports team. I absolutely adored this kid.

This is a hard book to discuss without spoilers so I’ll just say this…

The Lying Woods is told with a dual timeline. The present and from a summer in 1999 when Owen’s parents met and fell in love. Both timelines are fascinating and the way the author ties them together is brilliant.

I've read so many mysteries that either have a convoluted journey or a lackluster payoff. Nether is the case here. Both timelines are riveting and worth the emotional investment.

One other thing I want to note is how well the characters were written. Owen isn’t a petulant/know it all brat. If he encounters something dangerous or suspicious HE GOES TO THE POLICE. OMG that made me happy! Owen's mom isn't a story placeholder. She's very much part of the story and present as a parent despite also being a victim. The townsfolk are angry and hurt but react in surprising and nuanced ways. The characters from the 1999 story line – welp…I can’t say much about that but it was heartbreaking, twisty and completely plausible.

I’m one of those people who figures out the twists on page one without even trying so this is a difficult genre for me to enjoy but Elston managed it. All while getting me so wrapped up in the family and emotional drama of these characters just as much as the mystery.

I loved it and I’ll be checking out this authors back list right away!