31 December 2012

My New Year's Swap

Ever since Baby Whimsy was born, December has been my busiest month of the year. With Baby Whimsy's birthday, Christmas, shopping, and our annual trip to visit family, I am beyond busy. I can barely enjoy books in December. Let alone reflect, finish my reviews, and prepare for the New Year. As a family, we don't get time to just sit, decorate, and be the Whimsys in our own sweet casita (home). I'm not complaining. I love our extended families and I love that spending time with them is our priority at Christmas. But I have decided that from this point forward the Whimsys will honor the Chinese New Year. We will use January to reflect, give thanks, and prepare for the New Year. I'm even thinking we will decorate with red lanterns, put out mandarins, and eat Chinese food. I'm not Chinese. I'm not even close. (100% Hispanic actually) But I need this. Plus, I'm thinking it will be an awesome family tradition and way to expose our daughter to another culture. So over the next month I will wrap up my 2012 reviews and talk about my findings and favorites. Tonight we shall dine on steak and wine and I will breath easier knowing Tales of Whimsy and I have a little more time.

Are you ready for the New Year? Are you doing anything special?

30 December 2012

Well Said! Succubus Blues

Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

“We all have moments of weakness. 
It’s how we recover from them that really counts.”

“Love is rarely flawless,” Carter pointed out. 
“Humans delude themselves by thinking it has to be. 
It is the imperfection that makes love perfect.”

24 December 2012

Merry Christmas Sugars!


My lovies, I hope your Christmas is wonderful, whimsical, and full of joy.

20 December 2012

Today's Bookshop Inspirations & Thoughts


1. I got to see my first book tree in person today. 
If you think they're cute online, wait till you see one 
in the flesh. So much prettier and way more impressive.

2. & 3. I might have to try to replicate this painting
and this Charlotte's Web chair. Aren't they both darling?

4. When I win the lotto, I'm SO buying this entire shelf.

So tell me, have you seen anything bookish recently that inspired you?

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17 December 2012

Contest Winners! The Language of Souls

Howdy lovelies! It's winner winner time. Sel of Bookcase to Heaven and Jennifer of Dream Reads have each won an eBook of The Language of SoulsCongratulations! I hope you both like it as much as I did. The winners were selected with help from Random.org.
In The Language of Souls, "Solena, a young healer with a generous heart, is desperate to heal her dying grandfather. When she ventures into hostile territory to find a rare herb, she finds out just how much she’s risked when she’s captured by the enemy and accused of being a spy. As a soldier, Rundan has struggled all his life to please his father, a ruthless army commander, but when he’s ordered to take the beautiful trespasser to the royal courts, where she’ll be summarily tried and executed, he’s plagued by the most inconvenient desire to protect her. Though terrified and anxious to escape, Solena is confused by the handsome young soldier who cruelly captures her and then displays uncommon kindness."
Click here to purchase The Language of Souls on Amazon.
Click here to visit The Language of Souls on Goodreads.
Click here to read my review of The Language of Souls.
Click here to visit Lena Goldfinch's website.

Blurb from Goodreads

10 December 2012

A Quote About the Art of Forgiveness


"It had made me realize that perhaps forgiveness wasn't a singular event, but a progression, or better, a dance that took some figuring before you could perform the steps."

Isn't that a great line? It inspires me.

Click here to read my review of Talking to the Dead by Bonnie Grove

09 December 2012

Audiobook Review: Witches of East End

I wanted to love the Witches of East End. My library carries them all in eBook format, I usually love witchy stories, AND it's being made into a TV show. The deliciously wicked and scandalous start sucked me in. But the last 1/3 of the book, lost me. Suddenly all this complicated mythology and back story was introduced and then breezed over. I thought: Wait. Maybe it's because I'm listening to this book. Perhaps reading it would be different. So I got the eBook and read the last 1/3 of the book. Nope. It still felt odd, confusing, and rushed. Other than that, I did enjoy my time with the Witches of the East End. It just didn't give me that satisfied feeling I crave at the end of a book. You know the feeling right? It's akin to eating a full meal, having a happy belly, and savoring the taste that is still on your tongue. I missed that feeling with this one.

Words aloud: Katie Schorr is a great narrator. She has a pleasant pitch, tone, and sounded age appropriate. I really liked her.

Whippersnappers: Naughtiness aplenty. I can't remember if there is any foul language but there is definitely sex, sexuality, infidelity, witchcraft, and murder.

Wind-up: The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz is narrated by Katie Schorr and is 7 hours and 51 minutes long. Audiobook rating: 3 stars. Narrator rating: 5 stars.

Review Copyright © of Tales of Whimsy.com

08 December 2012

Contest Winner! Holiday Buzz

Happy Saturday! It's winner time here. The winner of my Holiday Buzz contest is the fabulous Jade of Sort of Beautiful.com. Congrats sweetie! Thanks to the lovely Cleo Coyle, you have won a signed copy paperback of Holiday Buzz. Enjoy! I will be emailing you for your mailing address. Jade was selected with help from Random.org.
In Holiday Buzz, its time for "The Great New York Cookie Swap, pastry chefs bake up their very best for charity. Clare is in charge of the beverage service, and her famous Fa-la-la-la Lattes make the gathering even merrier. But her high spirits come crashing down to earth, when she discovers the battered body of a hard-working baker’s assistant. Police suspect a serial attacker whose escalating crimes have become known as “The Christmas Stalkings.” Clare’s boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, finds reason to believe even more sinister forces are involved. Clare isn’t so sure—and when she finds a second bludgeoned baker, she becomes a target."
Click here to visit Holiday Buzz on Goodreads.
Click here to order Holiday Buzz on Amazon.
Click here to read the Kirkus Review of Holiday Buzz.
Click here to visit Cleo Coyle's website CoffeeHouseMystery.com.
Click here to learn more about Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mysteries Series.
If you love cozies, you must visit Mystery Lovers' Kitchen.com.

Blurb from Goodreads

06 December 2012

Audiobook Review: Midnight in Austenland

Think woes, dress up, and mystery. Midnight in Austenland was a delight and much like the novels that inspired Austenland, the story doesn't rush itself. The pace allows the reader to fully envision a stay in a grand regency era home. I smiled alot during this book. I really appreciated the woes and internal dialogue of the unconventional divorced heroine Charlotte. She's a bit lost and who at some point in their lives hasn't felt lost? However, for me the best part was the mystery. Is Charlotte imagining a murder in the mist (a la Catherine in Northanger Abbey) or is she really on to something sinister?  This story is fun. Not fast paced fun but bookish tongue-in-cheek fun. I have one but one message to Mrs. Hale: Girrrrllll I want, no need, a big beautiful love for larger than life Miss Charming. She is nothing short of fabulous. Ya hear? 

Whodunit: The bad guy took me and Charlotte by surprise.

Wrapping: Meh! I kept wanting to see the cutie regular cover on my iPod.


Wisdom: "Lately the non-fictional world had been thin and drab."

Whippersnappers: Kissing with some minor mentions to alcoholism, infidelity, drug use, and homosexuality.

Words aloud: Stina Nielsen is an excellent narrator. She nailed self-deprecating Charlotte, stuffy Mrs. Wattlesbrook, and the funny quirky Southern Miss Charming. She gave each person a distinctive sound and flawlessly bounced between accents.


Wind-up: Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale is read by Stina Nielsen and is 9 hours and 6 minutes long. Audiobook rating: 4 stars. Narrator rating: 5 stars.

Review Copyright © of Tales of Whimsy.com

03 December 2012

A Language of Souls Contest for Two

The novella The Language of Souls blew me away back in 2010 when I read it. I called it, "a tender, sweet, heartfelt tale that reads like an old-fashioned fairy tale". Well now it has been reworked and released as a YA story.
In The Language of Souls, "Solena, a young healer with a generous heart, is desperate to heal her dying grandfather. When she ventures into hostile territory to find a rare herb, she finds out just how much she’s risked when she’s captured by the enemy and accused of being a spy. As a soldier, Rundan has struggled all his life to please his father, a ruthless army commander, but when he’s ordered to take the beautiful trespasser to the royal courts, where she’ll be summarily tried and executed, he’s plagued by the most inconvenient desire to protect her. Though terrified and anxious to escape, Solena is confused by the handsome young soldier who cruelly captures her and then displays uncommon kindness."
Now for the best part of my news, Lena is gifting two 
of my readers with an eBook of The Language of Souls novella.
The winners will select from a Kindle, ePub, or PDF format.
To enter simply comment with your email address below. 
A winner will be selected and announced December 17th.

Click here to purchase The Language of Souls on Amazon.
Click here to visit The Language of Souls on Goodreads.
Click here to read my review of The Language of Souls.
Click here to visit Lena Goldfinch's website.

Blurb from Goodreads

01 December 2012

A Holiday Buzz Contest

Calling all cozy mystery lovers! Cleo Coyle is back with her 12th Coffee House Mystery. 
In Holiday Buzz, its time for "The Great New York Cookie Swap, pastry chefs bake up their very best for charity. Clare is in charge of the beverage service, and her famous Fa-la-la-la Lattes make the gathering even merrier. But her high spirits come crashing down to earth, when she discovers the battered body of a hard-working baker’s assistant. Police suspect a serial attacker whose escalating crimes have become known as “The Christmas Stalkings.” Clare’s boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, finds reason to believe even more sinister forces are involved. Clare isn’t so sure—and when she finds a second bludgeoned baker, she becomes a target."

Ready for the best part? Cleo is gifting one of my U.S. readers 
a signed, personally inscribed, paperback of Holiday Buzz AND 
recipe card for Candy Cane Frosting. Marvelous right? 
To enter simply comment with your email address below. 
A winner will be selected and announced December 8th.

Click here to visit Holiday Buzz on Goodreads.
Click here to order Holiday Buzz on Amazon.
Click here to read the Kirkus Review of Holiday Buzz.
Click here to visit Cleo Coyle's website CoffeeHouseMystery.com.
Click here to learn more about Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mysteries Series.
If you love cozies, you must visit Mystery Lovers' Kitchen.com.

Blurb from Goodreads