Real Steph

Things I like in real life: Coffee, books, makeup, sunshine, laughter, roadtrips. Things I like in books: Serial killers, heartbreak, betrayal, lies, boarding schools, twists.

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Host of AMERICAN RIDE, Stan Ellsworth breaks the mold of the stereotypical High School history teacher. Former history teacher Stan Ellsworth tours the country on a Harley Davidson for the television show “American Ride.” Ellsworth’s approach to American history in AMERICAN RIDE removes the “bow tie and sweater vest” of history professors, puts on the “skull rag and denim vest” and breaks down stereotypes. His adventurous spirit and love for the United States is contagious and engaging. His … [Read More...]

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Waiting On Wednesday: Jessica Darling’s It List 2 by Megan McCafferty

Waiting On Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine, lets us book hoarding bloggers highlight a book we're excited for each week. This week I'm waiting on The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes, and Faux Friends (Jessica Darling's It List #2) by Megan McCafferty. GoodReads Description:  Jessica Darling is getting the hang of seventh grade -- finally! While her old BFF, Bridget, is busy talking (nonstop) about her new boyfriend, Burke, Jessica tries to fit in with her new … [Read More...]

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Waiting On Wednesday: Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

Waiting On Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine, lets us book hoarding bloggers highlight a book we’re excited for each week. This week I’m waiting on Blood of My Blood (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga. GoodReads Description: Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in […]

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Giveaway Hop: Clear Your Shelf

I’m excited to take part in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop.  My giveaway is US ONLY (sorry, shipping costs are prohibitively expensive).  One winner will win all three of the following books: ARC of Haze (The Rephaim #2) by Paula Weston Hardcover of  The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods #4) by Melissa De La […]

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Film Review: If I Stay

**I attended a free advanced screening of If I Stay through** Film: If I Stay Summary: Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz), a talented young cellist, thought the most difficult decision she would ever have to make would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at prestigious Juilliard or follow her heart to be with […]


Interview with Kristi Rose

THE GIRL HE KNOWS by Kristi Rose | Lyrical Press | August 18, 2014 Waking up naked next to a good looking man is not a bad way to start the day. Especially since Paisley missed all those opportunities in college, when she was too busy supporting her no good, thankfully now, ex-husband. The problem? […]


Release Day: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Out Now! August 14th, 2014 Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas Three teens venture into the abandoned lake house one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is […]


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I think I may start rotating these personal posts in with Looks From Books and my Book Boyfriend Stealing.   So… something personal about me.  How about two things? Something That Makes Me Crazy: 911 calls being released. Seriously.  I hate this.  I hate this SO MUCH.  To the point that I will most likely wait […]

Happy Happy Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander by Phil Robertson

Novel: Happy Happy Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander by Phil RobertsonSource: Purchased through AudibleRelease Information: May 7, 2013 from Simon and Schuster Audio Summary: This no-holds-barred autobiography chronicles the remarkable life of Phil Robertson, the original Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty star, from early childhood through the founding of a family business. Life was always getting in […]


White Collar Season Two

 I’m really disappointed to report that season two of White Collar did not live up to my expectations. The show follows an FBI agent and his criminal partner as they investigate white collar crimes (forgeries, bank robberies, art theft, etc.). Unfortunately all of the things I adored about the first season didn’t last into the […]


Nanowrimo: Week Three

I feel much better about this week.  I’m still behind, but I managed to write 6,000 words yesterday and not feel burned out today.  If I write as much as I would like to tonight, then I will be caught up according to the graph on my user profile.    Of course, I’m going to […]


Book Blogger Hop and TGIF at GReads

It’s Friday and I am still way too far behind on my Google Reader.  I’m sorry if I missed something awesome on your blog (leave a link in the comments!), but I’m trying my best.  This coming week, I’ll be spending a lot of time planning and getting ready for BEA.  I AM SO EXCITED!  […]