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Yes, Virginia, It Snows in the Desert | Vicki Lewis Thompson

A big Rather Be Reading welcome to romance writer, Vicki Lewis Thompson, who shares a unique moment that kicked off to her 2015 for the Naughty & Nice blog tour. When you live in the desert, the only snow you expect to see during the Christmas holidays comes from a spray can. It snows in Tucson […]

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December 11, 2015 - 7:52 am

DanaSquare - Wow the snow on the cacti is crazy!!

December 10, 2015 - 10:21 am

denise - very cool!

December 9, 2015 - 8:37 am

Teresa Fordice - love the snow story!

December 9, 2015 - 8:29 am

Vicki Lewis Thompson - Whoops! I meant MAGAN, not MEGAN. It’s early here in the desert!

December 9, 2015 - 8:27 am

Vicki Lewis Thompson - Good morning, all! Thanks to Megan and Estelle for hosting my blog post today! No snow in Tucson this morning. In fact, it’s supposed to be close to 80 degrees! If you live in snow country, please don’t hate me for living in Tucson. 🙂 I’ll check in later today to see what everyone’s up to!

Is it dark in here? | THE DEAD HOUSE MIRROR TOUR

It’s getting creepy on Rather Be Reading Blog today. I don’t know about you but I’m the kind of person who doesn’t necessarily like to be scared but doesn’t stop me at all from reading, watching, or obsessing over frightening things. (I’m a mystery even to myself.) This leads me to THE DEAD HOUSE by […]

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If You Only Knew (and you will — this Tuesday)

Kristan Higgins goes down as one of my top reading discoveries I’ve experienced through working on Rather Be Reading Blog. She’s a romance writer, yes, but it’s the the way she infuses family and comedy into her work that makes Kristan a standout to me. That being said, I was so excited she was trying […]

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A Moment with Michelle Levy & Not After Everything

You know an author did their job when you want to protect a character from all the evils of their world, right? Tyler in NOT AFTER EVERYTHING — a debut from Michelle Levy — is one of those characters who I connected with immediately — his voice was so vivid — and I so badly […]

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August 24, 2015 - 12:07 pm

NOT AFTER EVERYTHING BLOG TOUR (et al) - Michelle Levy - […] 9th Stop: I did an interview on Rather be Reading. Check it out here. […]

August 21, 2015 - 9:57 am

Alexa S. - What a wonderful interview! I liked getting to know a little bit more about Not After Everything. It sounds like such a powerful story!

August 17, 2015 - 12:21 pm

Shannon P. - haha totally missed the part about the last great male character I met in a book. That would be Jason from Magonia. He is such a loyal friend and too smart for his own good.

August 17, 2015 - 12:13 pm

Shannon P. - Big contemporary fan so I’ve had my eye on Not After Everything. Heard a few bloggers talk about how moving it is. Likely going to make me cry. Thanks for the giveaway.

August 15, 2015 - 1:59 pm

Summer - The last great male character I read is probably the little boy in The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler, I just loved how Sebastian wasn’t afraid to be himself.

August 14, 2015 - 1:23 pm

Amber - Oh gosh, okay, the last great male character I read in a book was Oliver from Emmy & Oliver which interestingly enough, Not After Everything reminds me of. 😀 Musical theatre fans<3 Love that. No One Is Alone<3 Great interview!

Friends Who Write Diversely… | Dive Into Diversity

Can someone please tell me how we are in the second week of August? Already? I’m not sure how this is happening. Is this real life? Either way, we are here for the eighth check-in for our #DiversityDive challenge. How’s it going? Read anything great lately? (I’m highly recommending: What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi […]

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August 21, 2015 - 1:45 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Interesting conversation between two authors dedicated to writing diversely! I’m already familiar with Dahlia’s work, but still need to get round to Second Position. Great post!

August 13, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Alexa S. - These two ladies are so vocal on my Twitter timeline, and I enjoy it. They get me thinking about SO many important things, and I appreciate that! Loved reading their convo here.

August 11, 2015 - 6:35 pm

Emma - Love this post. I don’t really read NA and I just haven’t picked up either author’s YA yet but now I really want to. It was so great to see their perspectives on different things. I’ve been thinking a lot about online vs not-online friends lately so that part was especially interesting to me.

August 11, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Jamie - OMG LOVE. I love these ladies and this convo made me love them harder. YAY FRIENDS.

Now What, Baby? | What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

How did Ryder’s senior year shift from dreaming of soccer scholarships to deciphering the cries of a newborn baby — his newborn baby? In her latest, What You Left Behind, Jessica Verdi shows no mercy when she blows the Ryder’s world way open — a baby on his hip, the love-of-his-life girlfriend dead, disappearing friends, and […]

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August 11, 2015 - 8:01 am

Friends Who Write Diversely... | Dive Into Diversity, Magan - […] challenge. How’s it going? Read anything great lately? (I’m highly recommending: What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi — how often do we see a single teenage dad in a book — and also Not […]

August 9, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Megan - I just read this book based on your review. I loved it even as I wanted to smack Ryden around a few times. His mom wa the best (and the same age as I am!). Their relationship really made the book.

August 6, 2015 - 11:11 am

Alexa S. - I haven’t heard all that much about What You Left Behind, so thanks for putting it on my radar! Ryder sounds like an incredible character, and I’d like the chance to read his story for sure. Adding to my consideration shelf!