I got so many fabulous new books this week! Most of these are from HarperCollins (Edelweiss). They have September/October release dates, but I think I’ll end up digging into them straight away. I’m just so excited!! Also I kind of love being one of the “first” to read a book. Not because it makes me feel special or anything, but because there are often zero reviews and zero ratings and I love going into a book with no expectations. Sometimes if I wait until closer to release date, my friends have already read, reviewed, and rated the books and it can put me off reading them (if they didn’t all give it like 5 stars).
Into the Deep by Samantha Young
Out of the Shallows by Samantha Young
Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
On the Edge by Allison van Diepen
Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Get Even by Gretchen McNeil
The Dare by Hannah Jayne
New UBB add-on for review requests
After weeks of development and sitting on this project (afraid to release it for some reason… I’m weird), I have finally released a new add-on for the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin. This add-on allows you to create a front-end form for review requests. Publishers and authors can fill it out with all the book info, a custom message, and specify if they’re interested in giveaways, interviews, or promo posts. You can then view and manage the review requests inside WordPress and even copy the request to a new post draft (with all the UBB info!).
New Blog Designs
Caffeinated Book Reviewer (client work)
I had a lot of fun working on this design for Kimberly. Funnily enough, I was sooo itching to do a “coffee” design before she approached me. Looks like I got my wish!
J.A. Redmerski (client work)
I did J.A. Redmerki’s blog design back in 2013 and she returned to me wanting something new. She wanted a brighter, more feminine look as she started to separate her contemporary romances from her darker books. So below you can see the “before” and “after” shots!
Creative Whim (personal project)
After redesigning Nose Graze to have a more feminine, whimsical feel, I felt inspired to redesign Creative Whim as well! Check out the new design below:
I went with a much simpler feel. I liked my last one a lot, but I think it was a bit bulky and complicated. I also spent a lot of time separating the Creative Whim website into design (theme) and functionality (plugin).
The Perfect Pink Wedding Cocktail
On Wednesday night, my mom and I got to work experimenting with pink cocktail drinks for the wedding reception. She found five different fruity drink recipes online and we made all of them! After much deliberation, I proposed a combination of a couple of them to create something totally new, and that’s the winning drink!
The winning recipe:
- Grapefruit juice
- Cranberry juice
- Pineapple juice
- Canada dry (maybe)