Bloggiesta Update- Blog Layout

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I wasn’t able to participate on Wednesday Twitter chat but it made me think that I should see what still needs to be done on the blog to make it awesome.

What You Should Have 

  • an About Me page- although I have one of these, it hasn’t been updated in quite a bit so I should get on that.
  • review policy rating scale – I do have one (in my head :) ) but I should put it on the blog so that others can see it.
  • contact page- it is on the About Me page for the mean time.
  • currently reading – I have that on the side bar :)
  • search bar- That’s a no brainer. Everyone should have this one.
  • social media follow me icons – yep have those
  • subscribe options -
  • recent posts – yep have these as well.

What NOT to Have 

  • moving images -
  • countdown widgets 
  • too many ads – I don’t have too many but it depends on who you ask. Maybe down the road I will remove some of them.
  • videos automatically playing music 
  • pop ups – I hate these so of course I won’t have these on my own site.
  • too many images links/images for every community you belong to! 

What should an About Me page include? - I have some of these but I know that it needs an overhaul and stat.

  • your personality who are you?
  • what do you do outside of reading?
  • what are your hobbies?
  • what’s your bloggy background?
  • some pictures would be fun!
  • what makes you unique?
  • what type of books do you like to read?

What makes a blog look nice and readable?

  • no colored type (or very little) 
  • breaks in text 
  • lots of white space- don’t have that but I don’t like too much while space.
  • light backgrounds
  • no script fonts- a lot of times I want to read someone’s blog and I can’t because of the font that they chose. It is either really hard to read or impossible so I just end up leaving.

Sidebars and Menus 

  • maybe just have one sidebar with minimal content – I have one sidebar but it def has enough content.
  • three column layouts are out! – no worries there :)
  • maybe you can get away with no sidebars? – I don’t know if I could. A lot of times there are themes that come with at least one and I don’t know coding well enough to create one without it.
  • Maybe have stuff in a footer? – Have some but not a lot
  • drop down menus are nice, but no more than 5 to 7 links only have one row of tabs – Don’t have those.
  • Size? Any bigger then 700 px for your blog content area is too hard to read. 
  • Headers should be small, not take up the whole front page and should be no bigger than 350px.

 

So, what do you think? If you have ever been to my blog or are new, feel free to provide some feedback. I would love to hear any feedback, good and bad. Don’t worry, I won’t hate. :)

Bloggiesta -Let the fun begin

This is my first time participating in the Bloggiesta Challenge but it sounds like a lot of fun mixed in with long over due list of things that need to be done around the blog. Add in a few mini challenges, twitter chats and reems of support and it is sure to be a great week long event! :)

A Bloggiesta Master To Do List!

❏  write two reviews
❏  update links on active reading/misc challenges
❏  update Goodreads reviews
❏ schedule posts at least two weeks in advance
❏  do two mini challenges
❏  change or fix one thing on your sidebar
❏  add a page/ or update current page (about me, contact, policy, etc)
❏  change one thing on your layout and/or look

❏  comment more on other blogs that you are following, interact with other bloggers

❏  comment on other Bloggiesta partipants blogs

❏  participate in at least one Twitter chat

Chasing Bristol Promo

What do you do when your freedom and privacy is threatened?

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About the Book:

Bristol is trying to move on from a cheating ex. The last thing she wants are roses, gifts, and suggestive notes popping up at her apartment and at work.

When Bristol meets Mason—a charming and sweet guy who wants a chance with her—she’s convinced that he is the mystery guy trying to capture her heart. The thought fizzles when what appeared to be harmless turns into something much more terrifying, and Bristol realizes that Mason isn’t capable of such things. Not in his position.

Bristol’s secret admirer is determined on having her for himself, no matter what. Will she have the courage to fight when control and privacy is being taken from her?

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Author Bio:

Shane Morgan is a Amazon Bestselling author of contemporary romance, suspense, and urban fantasy. She lives in Rhode Island with her amazing husband, who doesn’t mind being surrounded by so many books or inspiring the male characters in her stories. Aside from writing, Shane enjoys blogging, helping other authors, reading, listening to music and watching movies.

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Losing The Ice Book Tour

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Series: Ice #2
Release date: February 23rd 2015
Purchase: Amazon
 
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Courtney and Josh are in love and excited to finally compete as skating partners. When they take the ice for their first competition, they want to show everyone, especially Josh’s family, they are the perfect pair. 
But ice is slippery, and one misstep puts all their dreams in jeopardy. Now they must show each other both their love and their partnership are strong enough to survive.
Personal Thoughts: I loved the first book in the series and I was really looking forward to the next installment. I was not disappointed. We are thrown back into the skating world in this next sequel and Josh and Courtney are now skating partners.  This takes some time to adjust to as they have always had other partners to skate before. This also becomes a challenge since they also have a personal relationship off the ice. The author did a great job showing that it is  not always easy to do both and be completely in harmonic balance.
Josh and Courtney are in love and it shows through the pages as you are reading the story. There is enough romance to see the relationship change but not to much to make it too much and the whole story. Their love proves to be a great bond when there is an accident and they must rise above its challenges.
Overall this was a great sequel to Crossing the Ice and it allowed us to get to know the characters a bit more from the first book. Due to its short length and great plotline, I was able to finish this in one sitting and craving more.
 Favorite Quotes:
“Okay…just one more thing.” His face grew serious, and he locked our fingers together. “I love you…so much… and I promise I’ll be back on the ice with you soon.”
I caressed his cheek and ran my hand down to his chest, stopping on his heart. “I love you, too, and there’s no rush.”
He pulled me close and I rested my head on his shoulder. My lips brushed his neck with a sweet kiss.
“I’ll wait for you as long as you need.” 
“I just want you to know…” His soft voice tickled my ear.

“Skating here with you tonight is an absolute dream come true for

I pulled back and framed his face with my hands. “I am so

happy to be doing this with you.”

He smiled. “Then let’s do it.”

Rating: 4/5 Stars
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About the Author
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Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a die-hard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating.
One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. Jennifer loves to hear from readers!

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Title: Unforgettable (Able Series #3)
Author: GiGi Aceves
Cover Reveal: April 11, 2015
Release Date: March 19, 2015
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When two people who love each other desire the same thing, but fear hinders one as longing moves the other.

Which path will they choose?

Will they travel the same road?

Will they say goodbye or start a new beginning?

Will fate decide for them?

Once fate decides, will one have a season of mourning and the other a season of celebration? Will the different seasons cause them to give up or to make their heart move?

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I’m a middle child, and no, I don’t suffer from the middle child syndrome. According to my parents, I’m the craziest, and I think, my husband and children agree with them.

Besides the births of my two children, my husband’s successful transplant is one of the most memorable moments of my crazy life! After dealing with two bouts of cancer, my husband served as an inspiration to me and my children. I’m privileged to be married and go on this crazy ride, we call life, with a man who doesn’t know the meaning of giving up.

I’m known as The Crazy Cat Lady. Am I crazy? Well, the jury is still out on that one, but I’d like to think I can make one person smile with my craziness.

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Title: Pretty Remedy
Author: S.E. Hall
Release Date: April 23
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Envy is a silent, cold-blooded killer, extinguishing a little more life from me every day.

Hitting sharp, fast, and seemingly out of nowhere; struck by lightning without a storm cloud in sight…in she rolls. Reece Kelly, a force to be reckoned with, head of the class which means one thing she’s out of mine.

“You’re wasting your time, Rhett Foster. Locks have keys and walls can be climbed. I’m not buying your broody, skeptical act for one minute.”

And then there’s that…

As much as she compels me to open up, to show her what no one else gets to see…there are guilty shadows lurking in the depths of her eyes that she cannot hide from me.

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S.E. Hall is the author of the Amazon Best Selling Evolve Series, Emerge, Embrace, Entangled (novella) and Entice as well as the bestselling stand-alone NA Romance, Pretty Instinct. She has co-written Stirred Up, Packaged and Handled, a collection of erotic short stories with her CP and friend, Author Angela Graham as well as a collaboration titled Conspire, a romantic suspense with friend and author Erin Noelle. She is honored to be a part of the USA Today and NYT Best Selling Devour box set. S.E., which stands for Stephanie Elaine, resides in Arkansas with her husband of 18 years and 3 beautiful daughters of the home, and one married daughter who graced her with two beautiful grandchildren. When not in the stands watching her ladies play softball, she enjoys reading and writing and the occasional trip to the casino. She’s also clutch at Baggo, when it’s warm outside, and definitely the woman to pick on your side for some Flip Cup!

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