Monday, August 22, 2016

Back to School & Bout of Books 17

One week.  That is the time I have left of summer vacation.  Exactly one week from today, I return to work at school, and a couple days later, my kids have their first day.  Where has the summer gone?!?

At the beginning of the summer, I had high hopes and expectations.  I had hoped to catch up in my reading for the year.  I had planned to complete so much around the house -- the kids' play area (we call it the hangout room now that they are older!), the office, and get started on my library.  I had hoped to spend a ton of time reading in my hammock and hanging out with my kids.  I had hoped to have a garage sale to get rid of some of this clutter.  In reality, the time flew by and I didn't quite meet all those expectations.  I am still currently 13 books behind schedule to meet my goal for the year.  I did spontaneously create a reading nook.  I am almost done with the kids' hangout room.  The office is almost ready to paint after we put in a new ceiling over the weekend.  And, the library is a hot mess of storage.  I did not spend a lot of time reading and relaxing in my new hammock, but I have had some great time with my kids and my husband.  I did also join a local committee on suicide prevention that a good chunk of my time has been devoted.  And now, I only have one week left before the crazy schedules of the school year returns.  I have one week left to finally finish that hangout room, get the painting started in the office, get prepared for a garage sale that I will hopefully still have next month, and read as much as I can.

That's where Bout of Books 17 comes into play because they have great timing!  In this last week before I return to work, they are hosting their next week-long readathon in this final week of my summer!  Thank you Bout of Books!!

The last week-long readathon I did, I went in with no plan at all.  I read what I wanted, when I wanted, and in the end, I thought it went pretty well.  I liked the relaxed and spontaneous feel to the week, and vowed that I would do it again.  But, it will not be this week!  This week, I've got plans.  And, if I can get through my planned reading, then I will switch to spontaneity again.

What are these plans?

I hope to finally finish Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand on audiobook.  I've been working on this book here and there for more than a year and am just ready to be done with it!  I'm really hoping that I don't have to request the audio again, so I will be attempting to get through a little more than 18 hours over the next 7 days.  It will honestly be my main focus of the week because I can work on those household items at the same time as listening.

I hope to finish a couple of books that I am currently in the middle of -- Hollow City by Ransom Riggs and The Brothers Grimm:  101 Fairy Tales.  The latter is mainly re-reads, but I can never really get enough of Grimm's tales!  I am almost done with the former, so that one should be easy.

I hope to read a friend's manuscript that she gave me.  I'm reading it with editing and feedback eyes, so it will likely take me a bit longer than usual to get through this one.  Plus, I want to get it back to her sooner rather than later.

Lastly, I want to finish with the Ransom Riggs series and dive into Library of Souls.  Let's hope I can get through all of these, and then some!

I will not be posting updates here on the blog, but rather via Twitter and Instagram.  I will post a wrap-up post here on the blog next week.  And, if I'm feeling lucky, I might actually get more blogging done and scheduled along the way!

Has your summer been all that you expected, or have you been like me?  Will you be joining in on the Bout of Books readathon?  If so, what are your plans?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Mark Your Calendars: Operation #ReadSherlock Coming Soon!

Mark your calendars now for Operation #ReadSherlock!

During the month of October, I will be hosting a month all about Sherlock, created by the one and only Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  There will be a number of different aspects to the event, so let's break it down.
  1. READ SHERLOCK.  Read one story.  Read a couple of them.  Or, read the entire collection.  It is completely up to you.
  2. WATCH SHERLOCK.  There are so many adaptations of Doyle's stories out there, and some of them are absolutely brilliant.  My personal favorite is BBC's Sherlock, but you do not need to limit yourself to just that one.  
  3. WRITE SHERLOCK.  I am looking for guests to write about all things Sherlock to be featured here on the site throughout the month.  I will have only a limited number of spots available, so let me know ASAP if you are interested.  You can contact me via all things social media or email me at tiftalksbooks (at) gmail (dot) com.  I will also have a weekly link-up for all those who want to write something on their own platforms to share.
  4. TALK SHERLOCK.  While we are reading, watching, and writing about Sherlock, let's also be talking about Sherlock with each other throughout social media.  The blog will be the hub for the event, but I encourage you all to use the hashtag #ReadSherlock for your commentary, photos, rantings, ravings, and more for the real-time action.

As we approach October, I will be sharing more information and details along the way.  In the meantime, dig out those copies of Sherlock, reserve them at the library, and get excited to be Sherlocked!

Will you be joining in?  What most excites you about Operation #ReadSherlock?

Thursday, August 4, 2016

BOOK CHAT: For the Love of Harry Potter!

Unless you are living under a rock or hidden in the mountains like a troll, you know that a new Harry Potter book hit shelves this last weekend.  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is J.K. Rowling's new book, written alongside with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.  It is a book that was highly anticipated by Harry Potter fans, including this one, and those fans had very high expectations.  And, from what I am hearing, reading, and discussing with those that have read the book, Cursed Child is receiving some pretty mixed reviews.  Some people love it.  Some people hate it.  Some people believe it has too much of a fanfiction feel.  Others are annoyed with the script format.  I am not here today to talk specifics about the book, but I will get into some general feelings.  However, we must first start with a little history . . .

I was first recommended this book by a friend a few years after the book was first released, but before the series became a huge hit.  I read the first book as I traveled down Highway 101 of the Oregon coast on my honeymoon, and I immediately fell in love . . . while my love that I just married asked if I was going to spend some time with him instead of having my nose in a book!

I attended my first midnight release party during the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  I attended the second for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as an employee at my local indie bookstore, dressed up alongside my fellow fans and running a photo station at Platform 9 3/4.  Both times, I found myself reading my new book as soon as I hit the couch at home.  The second time with a nursing baby in my arms.

Then, it seemed to take forever for that final book being released.  By that time, I had moved to the Midwest and was working at a small university.  An opportunity fell in my lap to teach a class on any book I wanted.  I chose Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and it was the semester before the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  We examined the story:  why fans became super fans, why people chose to challenge it, and what we thought was going to come in the final installment of this much anticipated story.  I even wrote a devoted Harry Potter blog for a while (it still exists, but is currently hidden).

My Crystal Cheese Ball
Before I knew it, the release of the book was here and another midnight release party was planned.  But, I decided to change things up a bit, and throw my own Harry Potter party for my friends and their families!  I made a bunch of themed treats, we played a bit of trivia, and theorized the ending of the story.  Wrapping it up before midnight, I then rushed down to the local bookstore to pick up my own copy, started reading it that night, and had the book finished within the first 48 hours of its release.

Midnight release parties came to end for me.  I would periodically pick up the books as a re-read, especially during the difficult times of my life.  I couldn't focus on much of anything when my grandfather's cancer progressed very quickly at the end of his life and I eventually lost him to the illness.  Harry Potter came to the rescue.  I was able to immediately escape into a fictional land, and was able to deal with my grief as Harry dealt with his own.

When my father died, I experienced another dry spell in my reading.  My eyes hurt from all the crying and I simply could not focus on reading more than a single page at a time.  I turned to the movies, letting them play over and over and over again in the background.

I then pulled Harry out again a couple of years ago as a read-aloud with my children.  I got to experience his beginnings again through the eyes of my children, and today, I am continuing my read-alouds with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Harry has been there for me for years, about 16 years to be exact.  So, when I heard that there was going to be another book released after all these years, I knew that I would be there to buy it as soon as I had the chance.  Luck had it, it would be at another midnight release party!

On Saturday night, my husband and I had a rare date night at the movies.  We went to a late movie because that is when the sitter was available.  The movie finished and midnight was only about 30 minutes away.  The bookstore was across the street.  My husband offered for us to go check it out, and we did.  I walked in feeling old, though I was not the oldest one there.  I also was tired.  It had been a long day.  I saw the long line awaiting their copies, and I began to question if this was a good idea.  Afterall, I could have picked up my copy the next morning with no problem.  But, we stayed, and I received my book.  I even stayed up to read for a bit before going to bed.  It was only about 10 pages, but I felt I owed it to Harry for all those times he was there for me.  On Sunday, on Harry's and J.K.'s birthday, I completed the story.  And, I closed the book with satisfaction.  I felt like I just had a nice long conversation with a friend that I hadn't seen in years.

Over the last few days, I have had the opportunity to chat with others who have read the book.  It was then that I came to discover that not all fans enjoyed the story.  One of the main complaints that I have heard is that they didn't like the format.  They wanted a novel because the script format was too simple.  There was not enough detail and the story could not be completely conveyed or live up to its full potential.  The other main grievance for fans is that it feels too much like fanfiction.  I have not read any fanfiction, and so I don't feel qualified to address this too much.  However, I do have one question . . . if a story comes from the original author herself, can it really be fanfiction?  Doesn't fanfiction come from the fans?!?

I may eventually write a full review, complete with an opportunity to discuss the details and the spoilers.  I may not.  I haven't decided yet.  But, I will say that I enjoyed the book.  I went into the story knowing that it was a different format.  I was willing to accept anything from the mind of Rowling to feed my desire to know where the characters may be 19+ years later.  And, what I got satisfied me.  It is not without its flaws.  The characters are not without their flaws.  I enjoyed revisiting familiar characters, for the good and the bad.  And, I thoroughly enjoyed one new character wholeheartedly.  I closed the book with a warm heart, and will add the book to my collection, will read it to my children as we progress through the series, and will re-read it with the novels in the future.

Because it is Harry.  Harry has been there for me through the roller coaster ride of my life.  I will continue to be there for him again and again and again.

Do you have a Harry Potter story you want to share?  Have you picked up a copy of Cursed Child yet?  If so, what are your general thoughts (no spoilers please)?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

BOOK CHAT: July 2016 in Review

How can it already be August?!?  This summer is flying by a little too fast!  However, looking back at July, I must say that I am pleased more than I expected.  Let's take a look at the details to see why!

I participated in a number of events during the month of July.  There were a couple of readathons (results here!), a readalong (a review of the book, The Fireman by Joe Hill will be coming soon), and Sit Down & Write.  This last event was a month-long writing event.  I had big plans to get back to writing, to catch up on blogging, and return to journaling on a regular basis.  Honestly, the month did not go as planned -- because it flew by -- but I did make some progress.  I have been blogging more than previously.  I have written a bit on the side.  I'm hoping that this is a start to a daily writing routine, so I will consider it progress!  Now, let's move onto the usual July details . . .

The TOP POST was twofold;  June 2016 in Review received the most comments, yet A Slew of July Events received the most hits.  I believe there is one post that needs more attention though; afterall, it was my first review that I have written in far too long and it is for a book that is really fun.  If you haven't checked it out yet, here it is:  Bite Somebody by Sara Dobie Bauer.

The TOP PIC was a fun one!  We spotted this beauty during a day fishing on the river.  My picture of my new reading nook almost took the cake, but not quite!

My month of BOOKS READ was good.  I finished a total of seven (7) books during the month!!  I still have some catching up to do, but I am totally happy with this number.

  1. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  2. Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
  3. The Fireman by Joe Hill
  4. The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
  5. Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
  6. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
  7. The Giver by Lois Lowry

For all that know me, my FAVORITE READ seems to be pretty obvious ... Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  I really enjoyed diving back into the wizarding world, but I will save my full thoughts for a review in the near future.  In the meantime, I will also share my second favorite ... Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian ... because it was an exceptional read.  I hope to share my thoughts on this one as well very soon!

August is filled with a LOT, and I cannot wait!  I will be continuing on home renovations.  If all goes as planned, or as I hope they do, I will finally get to start on the renovations for my new library!  I will also be going on a little adventure, attending some back-to-school trainings, and of course, returning to work at the end of the month when school resumes.  Whew!  I have a feeling that August will fly by faster than July did!!

What were your July highlights?  What are you most excited for in August?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bite Somebody by Sara Dobie Bauer

Let's talk about your typical vampires.  They are known for being sleek, fast, strong, chiseled, and gorgeous.  They tend to be risk-takers and money-makers.  Who wouldn't want all that and the opportunity to be immortal?!

When Danny offered Celia a chance to be all that a vampire is known for, Celia expected to become the stereotype.  However, she was left the same as she was when mortal:  awkward, broke, and alone.  She found herself working nights at a gas station, drinking blood from hospital bags.  Thankfully, Danny left her with a connection to a vampire therapist before skipping town.  After months of living her new life, things begin to look up.  Celia meets an unlikely vampire friend, and a sexy man with an amazing scent moves in next door.

Bite Somebody is a fun and thrilling read.  The author, Sara Dobie Bauer takes a different twist on the traditional vampire tale.  She takes a risk, all while referencing some classic and modern vampire literature along the way, and creates a story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.  It has action, romance, risky behaviors, vampires, and surprises.  It had characters that you can relate to, that you may want to aspire to be, and ones that you will desire.  Oh, and some really bad vamps as well to balance out the good.  I read through the book far too quickly, but will definitely be adding this book to the re-read pile, a perfect chance to revisit before the potential sequel!

Thanks to Sara Dobie Bauer for a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  And, in case you missed it, check out this fun interview with Sara that I shared earlier.  It is well worth your time, and the author has a question for all of you to answer at the end!

Have you had the opportunity to meet Celia in Bite Somebody?  Who are some of your personal favorite vampire characters?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Readathon Wrap-Ups: High Summer Readathon & #24in48 Readathon

This last week, I had the pleasure of joining in the High Summer Readathon.  When I went in to the week, I had no plan.  My plan was to read what I felt like, when I felt like it.  And, the result was a great success!  I think I need to do this more often, especially for those longer readathons.  I may not do it every time, but I like this more flexible option every now and then.  Now for the results of the week . . .


Minutes Listened:  68 minutes
Pages Read:  81 pages


Minutes Listened:  96 minutes
Pages Read:  49 pages


Minutes Listened:  104 minutes
Pages Read:  136 pages


Minutes Listened:  178 minutes
Pages Read:  18 pages


Minutes Listened:  86 minutes
Pages Read:  104 pages


Minutes Listened:  327 minutes
Pages Read:  227 pages


Minutes Listened:  265 minutes
Pages Read:  24 pages


When Friday hit, I was reminded that the #24in48 Readathon was happening over the weekend, and I had signed up to participate in it as well.  Good thing the two readathons overlapped, and they both had such great timing!

You can see the specifics above for each day, but this weekend readathon was more about the amount of time I spent reading.  The ultimate goal is 24 hours, but it is not necessarily required.  I did better than expected on the first day thanks to a painting project and audiobooks.  I was able to get in more than 9 hours of reading in the first 24 hours.  On Sunday, I finished up my painting projects and got in another 5 hours of reading.  That was about a total of 14 hours for the weekend.  Not bad for my first official participation in this event.

Last, but not least, I was able to finish a number of books throughout the week of readathons.  I leave you with the list of completions . . .
  • Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
  • The Fireman by Joe Hill
  • The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
  • Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian

That's the most reading I've done in a while!!  My reading mojo is officially back!!

Did you participate in the readathons this last week?  How was your reading?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

June 2016 in Review

We are over halfway over with July, so it seems about right that I get my monthly wrap-up posted for June!  I'm a little behind . . . again . . . but, I will get caught up . . . starting now.  So, let's get to it!

I had a dual TOP POST in June:  The Interview With Sara Dobie Bauer, Author of Bite Somebody received the most hits (and is definitely worth your entertainment to check out if you missed it) and Announcing the #SchoolsOutRAT (School's Out Readathon) had the most comments.

The TOP PIC for the month was this reading beauty, courtesy of my new hammock.  This picture also reminds that I am not taking advantage of this view near as much as I should these days.  I need to make some changes to my priorities!

The BOOKS READ this month was a decent number.  I'm still way behind on my Goodreads Challenge, so I'm hoping to eventually catch up.  In fact, according to the challenge at the time that I am writing this, I am 14 books behind schedule!  Yikes!  I've got a lot of reading to do to catch up!
  1. The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
  2. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  3. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  4. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  5. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  6. Bite Somebody by Sara Dobie Bauer

Which of these books was my FAVORITE READ for the month?  A number of these were really good, but if I have to pick just one, I'm going to have to go with The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.

As I mentioned earlier, I am participating in a lot of events during this month of July.  I am hoping with these events, I will get caught up on some reading and blogging.  Stay tuned . . . 

How was your month of June?  What are you most excited for during this month of July?

Thursday, July 7, 2016

A Slew of July Events: Sit Down & Write and #Firemanalong and High Summer Readathon

July is here and so is a large number of events that I'm joining in!!  Let's dive in!!

Joe Hill recently released his latest novel, a dystopia that involves a lot of fire!  A group of us are reading The Fireman and sharing our thoughts and comments as we read.  It's very informal, and you can join in at any time during the month.  I'm not currently that far into the book, and I'm already really enjoying it.  Follow along with the conversation by checking out the hashtag #firemanalong on Twitter and Instagram.

Sit Down & Write 8
Also, throughout the month of July is a writing challenge hosted by Michelle of Stories Inside.  It's a great time to work on your writing goals, and boy, do I have goals.  Let me count the ways . . .
  1. BLOGGING:  I have so many reviews and discussion posts to write, and this is the month to catch up on it all!  I hope to sort through all the books, determine which books I want to write reviews of, and write, write, write!!  Be watching my Instagram account because I think I may ask for opinions on which books in particular you all would like to see me chat about here on the blog.
  2. JOURNALING:  I've been wanting to get back into journaling on a regular basis.  A little something every day, even if it is short and sweet.  Some have recommended bullet journaling to me.  I'm not sure if the full format is the right form for me, but I may try my own little version of it over the next few weeks.
  3. WRITING:  I have been digging through all the unpacked boxes, searching for my notes and novel ideas.  I want to get back to one of those stories that I have started, and begin to add more to the story that may eventually become my first completed novel.
Wish me luck on all these many goals!!  I'm looking forward to getting back to a regular writing schedule.

High Summer Readathon
Last, but not least, I will be participating in the High Summer Readathon hosted by Michelle of Seasons of Reading.  It will take place July 18-24, and there is really no specific reading requirements for the week but to have fun.  I am going to go into this week with no specific reading plan.  Instead, I am going to read on the fly this time around, and see where it takes me.  I will be posting updates on Twitter and Instagram (links on my sidebar!) throughout the week, but will share a wrap-up here on the blog once the event wraps up.

Will you be participating in any of these events?  If not, want to join me?!?

Monday, June 27, 2016

#TBRTakedown 4.0 Wrap-Up & Reading Update

Last week, I was convinced to jump in on the #TBRTakedown 4.0 readathon.  The week was a bit crazier even than I expected, so I did not get as much accomplished as I had hoped.  I did finish one book, Bite Somebody by Sara Dobie Bauer.  (Shameless plug -- Did you see the interview with Sara last week?!?  The review is also on its way!)  But, that was it.  Here are the approximate numbers for the week . . .

Pages Read:  about 200 pages
Minutes Listened:  about 180 minutes

Thank goodness I am done with training and I'm hitting the books again this week!

I have decided that this is the slowest reading year that I have had in a long time.  My Goodreads Challenge currently tells me that I am 11 books behind my goal for the year.  It also tells me that I am in the middle of six (6!) books.  What?!?  Guess what I will be working on this week . . . catching up on my reading goal and getting rid of some of these books I'm currently reading.  It is no big deal to be reading three books at a time, but six is a bit much for me!!  I will also be working on some amazing audiobooks as I work on my household renovations.  I'm hoping to finish a room that has been in progress for months in the next week.  Then, off to the next room and one more room closer to getting to my library!!

What are you currently reading?  How does your reading look for the year so far?  Are you on track, or do you even keep track?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Interview With Sara Dobie Bauer, Author of BITE SOMEBODY!

I am so very excited to introduce you to a special friend today, Sara Dobie Bauer!  She is the author of the newly released (and when I say newly released, I mean today!) of the book BITE SOMEBODY.  I am currently in the midst of reading this book right now and I am having a lot of fun with this one!  I will be back later this week to share my full thoughts, but for now let's turn our attention to my friend and give Sara a huge warm welcome!


Tell me about your writing journey. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? What has it been like to see your baby BITE SOMEBODY becoming a reality this week? 

Pretty sure I was born with a pen in my hand … which was probably really uncomfortable for my mom. I went to college and studied creative writing at Ohio University and left with at least 25% of my liver intact. I worked in the wine business for a while, then publishing, but I always wrote. Finally, a couple years ago, I took up writing full-time. I’m a columnist for I write marketing copy. Most importantly, I write short stories, personal essays, and novels. Seeing Bite Somebody in the hands of readers is a dream come true. I’ve been singing “Once in a Lifetime” all week, wondering how I got here.

Do you have any other published work that you would like to share? Any other projects currently in the works?

There’s a Bite Somebody sequel, but of course, we’re keeping details about that under wraps!

BITE SOMEBODY features Celia, who just so happens to be a vampire. (I love a good vampire story, by the way!) Throughout the book, you reference a lot of other vampire stories. What are some of your personal favorite vampire tales? Beyond the fangs, what are some of your favorite stories? 

I love The Lesser Dead and Suicide Motor Club by Christopher Buehlman. On the less violent side, I adore Michael Griffo’s Archangel Academy series. There will always be a place in my heart for Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. Non-vampire related, I’m addicted to Rainbow Rowell, Christopher Moore, and Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Oh, and I just finished Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which everyone should read. Everyone.

One of my favorite aspects of BITE SOMEBODY is that Celia has a vampire therapist. What made you include or inspired you to include this character in the story? 

Well, you know, Celia has some serious repressed issues that play havoc on her self-confidence and almost sabotage any chance she has with a romantic relationship with her neighbor Ian. If anyone needs a therapist, it’s Celia. Plus, as someone who’s been in therapy myself, it was fun to play with the stereotype of the oh-so-perfect holier-than-thou mental health expert with her wire rim glasses and probing, judgy face.

As a writer, what was the most influential piece of advice you received and who was it from? 

Elmore Leonard told me, “Don’t try too hard.” I laughed. He didn’t mean to stop being ambitious (I don’t think). He meant stop trying to be something you’re not. Don’t try to write like Hemingway or Dickens. Write like YOU. Embrace your own voice, and when you do that, writing is easy and fun. 

What do you enjoy beyond the books and writing? 

Staring at Benedict Cumberbatch (while always reminding my husband that he’s hotter, however). Cuddling with my dogs. Watching comic horror films like Reanimator, Army of Darkness, Trick or Treat, the list goes on. I’m a Halloween fanatic, and half my jewelry and clothes are covered in skulls. I love cocktail hour—expensive scotch or absinthe—and laughing really hard with my family. 

Going back to BITE SOMEBODY, is there anything else you would like to share about this novel? Any fun or weird tales that you experienced while writing or editing it? 

Well, it started out as a short story. I sent it to Shimmer Magazine, and although they really enjoyed it, the editor (E. Catherine Tobler) said, “This should be a novel.” I started writing the first draft in bed and finished it 41 days later. When World Weaver Press fell in love with it, my editor Trysh Thompson asked me to change the entire thing from first-person journal format to third person POV. So the weirdest thing? Seeing a 5,000-word short story turn into a 75,000-word novel that is now being shipped all over the country!

How can my readers find you on the world wide web? In other words, what are some ways others can connect with you (i.e., website and social media)?

I am super active (and possibly annoying) on social media. Come follow my shenanigans:
Or just visit my website:

Let's turn the table here and ask my readers a question! What is one question you would like to ask the readers of TIF TALKS BOOKS? 

My question for you: What is the book that changed your life the most?


About Bite Somebody: 

“Do you want to be perfect?”

That’s what Danny asked Celia the night he turned her into a vampire. Three months have passed since, and immortality didn’t transform her into the glamorous, sexy vamp she was expecting but left her awkward, lonely, and working at a Florida gas station. On top of that, she’s a giant screw-up of an immortal, because the only blood she consumes is from illegally obtained hospital blood bags.

What she needs to do—according to her moody vampire friend Imogene—is just … bite somebody. But Celia wants her first bite to be special, and she has yet to meet Mr. Right Bite. Then, Ian moves in next door. His scent creeps through her kitchen wall and makes her nose tingle, but insecure Celia can’t bring herself to meet the guy face-to-face.

When she finally gets a look at Ian’s cyclist physique, curly black hair, and sun-kissed skin, other parts of Celia tingle, as well. Could he be the first bite she’s been waiting for to complete her vampire transformation? His kisses certainly have a way of making her fangs throb.

Just when Celia starts to believe Ian may be the fairy tale ending she always wanted, her jerk of a creator returns to town, which spells nothing but trouble for everyone involved.

About Sara Dobie Bauer:

Sara Dobie Bauer is a writer, model, and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. She spends most days at home in her pajamas as a book nerd and sex-pert for Her short story, “Don’t Ball the Boss,” was nominated for the 2015 Pushcart Prize, inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she would really like to live in a Tim Burton film. For more about Sara, visit her website:

Where to Buy Bite Somebody: 

World Weaver Press