Cover Reveal~ A Raven’s Touch

It’s here! Today is the day! Without further adieu feast your eyes on the newly updated cover for A Raven’s Touch.

A Raven's Touch by Linda Bloodworth

The cover was created by Amanda Walker. Feel free to ask her questions about her pre-made covers. Linda says she is fantastic to work with, honest, and super friendly. She also offers PA services, so do check her out.

Bullied through high school, seventeen-year-old Justice St. Michaels is grateful for the help of her best friend Moira O’Fhey. Together they’re just managing to scrape through the nightmare they call high school. Between Justice’s bizarre body changes and being involved in explosive school fights, things are going from bad to worse. Darien Raventhorn arrives on the scene only to add fuel to an already burning question—has Justice been living a lie her whole life? Thrust into an unwanted revenge mission Justice must avenge a family death, embrace her birthright, and slay a demon before all Hell breaks loose.

Linda Bloodworth loves chips, like really, ketchup to be exact. Ketchup chips are only found in Canada. Lucky for Linda she lives in Toronto with her husband and three fur babies. In between writing, debating for hours about the Oxford comma, and the misunderstood semi colon, Linda enjoys camping and getting away from the city on day trips.

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Ahhh the book that became an amazing movie. I admit it, I saw the movie first. Now before you go on and jeer at me as I wept for 20 minutes after the movie because it was so beautiful…Doll told me I HAD to go read the book so of course, I did. And as the tears began to fall down my cheek before I realized it I have not felt more fulfilled after reading something as I did after reading this in a long time.


They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

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I wish I had words other than simply beautiful. Or utterly delighted. Truly perfect. I have short phrases to saw about this book. It simply took my breath away. As many of you know or as you have read this book is about Louisa Clark or Lou as she is called and how she comes to be the caregiver for a man in a wheelchair Will Traynor. There is something to be said about how the roughly mannered Will and the quietly delightful Lou get on and what they do that just builds this book into a literary promenade of the heart. It will bring you to some many emotions I can’t even get all of the descriptions right and I am normally a very wordy person. This book took me for a ride and I am quite sure that I do not want my money back, from the moment Will asks Lou to stop being chatty to the moment of the lightning storm I could not put this book down. I feel for Lou as a person who finds delight in the simplest interactions and just finding out how people work and feel, just the simple joy in a smile and a laugh and feeling with all of your heart. I understand will, in feeling out of place in who you are and who you used to be. I can close my eyes with each of the picturesque descriptions that Jojo has laced through the story and really put myself into her world This book took me on a journey and has left me wanting more. I haven’t felt such deep emotions for a pair of characters in quite a long time and though the movie was spot on in what it portrayed, nothing can evoke the emotions that were brought upon by the words that Jojo wrote. This will be a treasured book till the end of my days.

Me Before You

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan’s Norse Mythology)

Since my kiddos are getting a little bit older, I figure I will occasionally through some of the fun books that we get to read in here for good measure. This is the newest one we have gotten through and the three of us LOVED it!


Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .


So let’s see…First of all, as I said, I started reading these books because my children are ripe for the age of action and adventure and all the fun things that certain authors bring to the table. Rick Riordan is so fit for all of these things. The charm and wit that he brings to his characters are unlike any author I have found in this category so far. He surrounds his stories with this clever charm and this snarkiness that even my seven years old finds hilarious. Where else can you find someone trying to fend off a fire giant with a make way for the duckling’s sign? But anyway into the book…You have this not so average teenager just trying to live his life on the streets after the passing of his mother when all of a sudden his life is turned upside down and he dies. Yup dies, DEAD as a doornail. And there the book begins. We are taken into the world of Valhalla and this is not your movie type Thor and the Norse Gods story, no it goes much more into the mythology than that. You are actually taught the stories just as Magnus learns of his history and what will come is he does not claim the sword of summer. I can’t really go into detail but it is a book packed full of action, laughs and yes even a few parts that tear at your heart strings. I will admit it, I totally read through the entire book BEFORE I finished it with the kids because I was so anxious to see what happened next. In fact, the next book JUST came out and I CAN”T WAIT to get started on it!

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan’s Norse Mythology)


Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things By Jenny Lawson

This book was sent to me when I was having a tough time getting along. It was sent on the whim of one of my greatest friends. He said that if it didn’t make me laugh, then nothing ever would. He was right.


In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea.

But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

As Jenny says:

“Some people might think that being ‘furiously happy’ is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he’s never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos.


“Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you’d never guess because we’ve learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, ‘We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.’ Except go back and cross out the word ‘hiding.'”

Furiously Happy is about “taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing, because those moments are what make us who we are, and they’re the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence. It’s the difference between “surviving life” and “living life”. It’s the difference between “taking a shower” and “teaching your monkey butler how to shampoo your hair.” It’s the difference between being “sane” and being “furiously happy.”

Lawson is beloved around the world for her inimitable humor and honesty, and in Furiously Happy, she is at her snort-inducing funniest. This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are – the beautiful and the flawed – and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny’s mom says, “Maybe ‘crazy’ isn’t so bad after all.” Sometimes crazy is just right.

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If it were up to me I would give this book 10 billion stuffed racoons, or squirrels named Bobo or something equally as delightful (but who has time for that). Jenny Lawson deftly explores what it is like to live with mental illness but not in a way that you would ever feel like you were reading about a mentally ill person. This is not a chapter by chapter woe is me in depth interaction with the mind. It is more an off the cuff interview with her brain at random points of the day. Things that person may randomly think about while going through the motions of everyday life, I mean I have never thought about taping my taxidermied racoon to my cat but once in a while when I was small I did want to make my dog a pony for my babies, and if I had gotten my hands on some tape…It is a real life day to day look into the thoughts of a woman who like many of us is not always holding it together. She is a mother, a wife and an author who has been faced with the task of walking in shoes that are sometimes just a little bit too tight. Ok, maybe more than sometimes and more than just a little. Her off-handed remarks and her snarky comments, her biting back and forths with her husband, I know have hit close to home on so many occasions and if you can’t laugh at yourself in these times then how the hell are you going to make it to the end of the rainbow? You pick up this book, you relate to what she’s gone through, you find yourself nodding and laughing out loud to the point where your children are looking at you sideways and you find yourself in a better mood for the rest of the day. It’s a book to keep by your bedside, to pick up when you need a pick me up. Ever so worth the read and the 5 candies.

Furiously Happy

Grey E L James

Now I said I was not going to read it, but I fell victim to curiosity and having read the other three, I decided to give this one a go and was pleasantly surprised


See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.

In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.

Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

This book is intended for mature audiences.

Grey on Amazon


So I was really wary of this book, I didn’t think that it was going to be any good. I was worried that E L was just trying to capitalize off of her success and was vehemently against letting that happen. Not that I didn’t like her Fifty series, but just because most books that are rewritten from a different point of view, tend to be tedious and just nonsensical in my mind. But as I mentioned before, curiosity got the better of me and I picked this up off my best friend’s shelf during a lull in our pool time over the summer. As I curled up next to the pool, to get my yearly sunburn, I began to discover I was pleasantly surprised.

I really wanted to tear this book apart, I wanted to talk about how after writing a few books E L still managed to have a fan fiction feel with Grey but she didn’t. I wanted to say there was so much of the first Fifty Shades in this book that it wasn’t worth picking it up but it wasn’t. This book really is like reading a whole new book. There had been so many questions if you read the series, based around just exactly who Christian was and what really happened in his past. The book not only documents what happens between him and Ana but also delves into his past and what made him who he was when we come to meet him. It discusses why exactly he was so preoccupied with dominant behavior and why he was so intensely preoccupied with Ana.

It was honestly quite interesting to see E L’s growth as an author. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself feeling for Christian as a person and as a character. I empathized with his past and wanted him to achieve some sort of self-evolution. I wanted to see him succeed, not in capturing Ana but in getting past his own demons. As for Ana, she was still Ana. I never had any sympathies for that character and seeing it from his point of view, though he is terribly in love with her, it makes her seem like a less sympathetic character.

With all of that in mind, I have to give the book 4 tasty treats, if you have the chance read it, let me know what you think.



Guess who’s back???!!!!!

That’s right!!!!! We’re BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!! Surprise!!!!!


Miss us? We missed you!!! So very very VERY much!!! We have been back and forth on just HOW much we missed you! We missed you so much, that we are actually putting together a contest to show you how much we missed you! It is going to take a bit to nail down the details but it will be coming to you really soon. What have you been up to? Have you read anything fun and exciting recently? Have you found a new author that you worship? Have you met your favorite author? Favorite book character? Have you listened to a new book?


Things over here at CCBB headquarters have been CRAZY busy!!! We have been reading and writing and doing everything we can to get back in tip top shape. We have been going through all of our swag from the past, our signed books, and our author lists to make sure that we can bring you the best on all fronts. We have reviews, news, and fun stuff all in store. We can’t wait to hear what YOU want us to do to help YOU get better-acquainted with the book world.

All our squiffy love,

Chick and Doll



Cassidy James by Ashley Wilcox

Cassidy James is HERE!!!!! That’s right folks! After taking 2 years off the brilliant Ashley Wilcox is back with a super sweet YA for your reading pleasure.

Girl portrait, lying in grass field.

Cassidy James was your average seventeen-year-old girl, and senior in high school. She came from a traditional family with conventional morals and values. She was a friend to everyone, and an enemy to no one.

To me…

Cassidy James was so much more. Her hair flowed down her back like an angel’s would. Her eyes were so beautiful that they matched the color of the sea. Cassidy simply was the epitome of perfection. The only problem was when it came to Cassidy James…

We were just friends.

Cassidy James


Ashley Wilcox is a mother to three, a soccer mom to two of the three, and a wife to one. She likes to spend her free time getting lost in love stories, creating her own, and searching for hours on Pinterest for the latest DIYs and recipes.

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Other Books
by Ashley Wilcox

The Forever Series
(All but Promising Forever can be read as stand alones)
Planning on Forever
Waiting on Forever
Promising Forever
Giving You Forever
Running From Forever

Permanent Lines

Summer Rush