Swoon Worthy Saturday #6

SWSSaturday is a day for swooning. Swoon Worthy Saturday, hosted by staybookish, is a weekly meme where in we present a fictional boy who has swept us off our feet, given us butterflies, made our heart do acrobatics and driven us absolutely crazy!

Abbi Glines, you’ve done it again! This week’s #SWS goes to:




» The Gist
We first catch a glimpse of Cage in Breathe, the first installment of the Sea Breeze series. He’s a womaniser. He has a one night stand reputation. But he tells everyone that one day he will marry his best gal Low. Bad conflict of personalities but she is the only person to stick around in his life, so his commitment is only to her. Cage gains the trophy of swoon worthy in book 3, While It Lasts. A reckless summer lands him at a farm ‘doing time’ for his baseball coach’s friend. He falls hard for Eva, the farmer’s daughter (Yee-haw) but she has battles of her own to overcome.

» Swoon Worthy Moments slash Quotables
Cage says some sweet things like “I’d walked too close to heaven and gotten a glimpse. The hell I’d lived before her no longer appealed to me.” but one of my favourite scenes in the book is:

“You see somethin’ ya want, baby?”
“Maybe. I’m checking things out. Seeing if I’m interested,” I shot back with my own evil grin.
“I see something I want,” he drawled as he came toward me.
“You do?”
“Hell yeah, I do,” he murmured. “I love chocolate.” What? My excitement turned to confusion. His arm reached out beside me and took the piece of chocolate cake I’d brought him.”

» Author Love
Abbi Glines is one of my faves! She quotes lines in the series before While It Lasts, so you can read all about Cage through other’s POV on abbiglines.com. That way if you really wanted to skip ahead to read Cage’s story, you wouldn’t feel so bad.

» Hot Dang!
Cage York has featured on Hot Guys in Books. See people? I am not the only one. You need to check him out!

» Dreamcast – Thanks to Abbi, I don’t have to dream. Addam Bramich is being cast as Cage in a 2016 film adaptation of While It Lasts.
Although while reading While It Lasts, I pictured a man with a bulkier upper body like Captain America under the outfit and a harder jaw like this photo of Heath Ledger, or maybe even a hint of Vin Diesel, because he always looks like he knows what he wants.

Chris Evans
Heath Ledger
Vin Diesel

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #6

Bookish ThoughtsBookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is a regular meme hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous Books.

Wassup everyone!

It’s hump day and I could really do with a coffee.

In Bookish news,

1. I’m putting some thought into my Booktube Channel. I haven’t made a video in 6 months (gosh that’s depressing) and the last two I recorded never made it up. But Teo (a NZ booktuber) put up a Pitch Perfect Book Tag and I really want to participate. Check out her video here.

2. I just finished Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5) and I seriously need the last book. It’s out from the library until 7 April. That’s like 2 weeks away. I really want it NOW.

3. My first assignment is due tomorrow for my Professional and Technical Writing class. I almost feel bad that I asked for an extension because I’m pretty sure I could finish it by tomorrow. Will push myself (once I have lost all distraction in this post) to see if I can.

In Not So Bookish news,

4. Have you heard of Canva? It’s like a super easy graphic design website or app. I love it and I can’t wait to “mainstream” all my posts with cool Sharlene Says images.

5. My husband has set up a bank meeting with my current bank. Hopefully he makes the switch because I really don’t want to switch to his. Our first home is on the horizons!

6.  I made these on Canva. Honestly, there are heaps of images template backgrounds available for free. You can click on these if you wanna find me on Twitter & Youtube.

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That’s all I can think of, so that’s me for another week. If I get a quiet moment later this week, then I will write up a review for some books I’ve read. Also next weekend a Swoon Worth Saturday post is definitely going up. I can’t wait to share him with you guys.

Ciao for now,

final love sharlene


Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts – #5

Bookish and Not So Bookish ThoughtsBookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is a regular meme hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous Books.

Kia Ora everyone!

I don’t know how I missed posting last week and this is a few days late. I hope to make up for my slack posting this week. This week I finished an ARC I received last year, so a review for Dante’s Fire is coming soon.

In Bookish news,

1. I signed up to be a tour host for IndieSagePR so expect to see regular book blitz, cover releases, teasers, reviews, book blog tours right here on SharleneSays. I will do my best to stick to standalone novels or firsts in a series, unless its the next book in a series I have already featured.

2. I’m 2 books ahead of schedule for my 2015 Goodreads Challenge. I’m doing my best to keep it like this so I have to read 1-2 books every week. You can check out the list of books I’ve read here.

3. I’m halfway through reading the Bloodlines series. Next on my agenda is Silver Shadows.

In Not So Bookish news,

4. I take part in a weekly twitter chat with people worldwide about various topics concerning church and social media. If you wanna know more, follow @chsocm or check out our discussions using #chsocm.

5. During this week’s chat, I discovered Digiproud, a blog with advice on digital and social media for churches. The latest post “5 Ideas for Regular Features” is pretty generic and could be adapted for us bloggers too. Give something people will look forward to. Gosh, I hope I do that?

6. Lastly, tonight NZ says goodbye to Cyclone Pam. Towns up the eastern coast were worse off than us here in Gisborne, severe floods and evacuations. Nothing compared to the devastation in Vanuatu. I keep everyone in my prayers.

That’s a wrap for my week. What have you read lately? Tell me all about it in the comments section.

final love sharlene

Feb Wrap Up & Mar TBR

I signed up for a monthly challenge! Month two and I’m already breaking my reading resolutions for 2015. Not a good start but I AM getting to all those series I started a few years back.

I contributed 3 books to the Crazy for YA Feb Book Pool and only read one!

  1. The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3) by Michelle Hodkin
  2. Redeemed (House of Night, #12) by P.C. Cast
  3. Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) by Leigh Bardugo

I only added Shadow and Bone because someone had added the second book and this series is on my TBR. I’m putting The Retribution of Mara Dyer on hold until I can pick up book #2 and have a little reread. All I can remember is the guy was worthy of a Swoon Worthy Saturday post 😛

Books that I actually read in Feb:

  1. Summer’s Crossing (Iron Fey, #3.5) by Julie Kagawa
  2. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
  3. The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey, #4) by Julie Kagawa
  4. Iron’s Prophecy (The Iron Fey, #4.5) by Julie Kagawa (SERIES END)
  5. Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1) by Richelle Mead (spin-off from Vampire Academy)
  6. The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2) by Richelle Mead
  7. Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3) by Stephanie Perkins (SERIES END)
  8. Redeemed (House of Night, #12) by P.C. & Kristin Cast
  9. The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3) by Richelle Mead

Grisha didn’t even make an appearance! I was too into the Bloodline series. I seriously need the next book.

While I was in Taupo, I stopped by their public library. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater on the shelf. Gizzy hasn’t got this yet. So, naturally, I sat down and read the prologue and first 2 chapters. I miss these misfit characters! Can’t wait to get my paws on that book again.

I have a few books out from the library but they were for the Crazy for YA Book Pool and I don’t think they are on my TBR so they are going back unread. I don’t mind that. I am aiming to reduce my TBR Mountain!

  1. The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4)
  2. Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5)
  3. The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)

Each of those are about 400 pages and equate to about half of what I would normally read in a month. With University starting back up this week I have a few readings for assignments but I might be able to swing one or two more books.

What are you reading this month? Would love to hear what you think of any of the books I’ve read or plan to read.

final love sharlene