Monday, August 31, 2015

*Platypire Read-A-Thon* August Results

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This was a horrible month for reading for me. I feel like I got nothing done. I didn't finish a single book that I had started when the month began, and now that we're at the end of the month, I have over twice as many currently started, and a very small fraction of my list actually read. Without further ado, here are my reading results.

X - Read
R - Currently Reading
+ - To Be read

X - The Mindful Lifestyle by Gary Green
Read my review here.

X - The Sweet Life by Dulce Candy Ruiz
Read my review here.

X - Mr. Fox Meets New Friends by Gary Beheler
Read my review here.

X - Rival Seduction by Alexandrea Weis
Releases on September 14. Review will be poster later.

X - A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Read my review here.

X - Honk, Honk! Hold Tight! by Jessica Souhami
Working on the review. Will be posted shortly.

X - Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam
Working on the review. Will be posted shortly.

Currently Reading

R - The Rewriting of America's History by Catherine Millard
R - Sector 64: Ambush by Dean M. Cole
R - Sweetwater: The Kihn by Rivi Jacks
R - The Voyage by Tammie Painter
R - The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
R - Worthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde
R - Give Me Your Answer True by Suanne Laqueur
R - Rising Tide by T.L. Zalecki
R - Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder
R - The Road Home by Kathleen Shoop
R - A Curious Beginning by Deanna Rayburn
R - Secrets by Mary Reason Theriot

To Be Read

+ - The &Now Awards Volume 3 by Various Authors
+ - Shadows of the Unseen by Christine Steendam
+ - Drawing Heat by S.L. Dearing
+ - Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
+ - PrairyErth by William Least Heat-Moon
+ - House of Holes by Nicholson Baker
+ - Pieces by Maria Kostaki
+ - Summer Secrets by Jane Green
+ - Forgiveness by Chiquis Rivera
+ - The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
+ - The Prophets of Eternal Fjord by Kim Leine
+ - Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu
+ - The Underwriting by Michelle Miller
+ - The Biology of Luck by Jacob M. Appel
+ - Omega City by Diana Peterfreund
+ - American Warlord by Johnny Dwyer
+ - When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi
+ - Bell Weather by Dennis Mahoney
+ - Deadly Design by Debra Dockter
+ - Unprocessed by Megan Kimble
+ - The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
+ - The Sparks by Kyle Prue
+ - Take by Silvia Ami
+ - The Never-ending Story by Michael Ende
+ - Devil's Garden by Lance Tuck
+ - The Rumor by Elin Hildebrand
+ - It's You by Jane Porter
+ - Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
+ - Beautiful Girl by Fleur Philips
+ - The Witch of Bourbon Street by Suzanne Palmieri
+ - Killing Katie by B.A. Spangler
+ - A Hanging at Cinder Bottom by Glenn Taylor
+ - The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman
+ - Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
+ - The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella by Stephenie Meyer
+ - Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
+ - Dracula is a Racist: A Totally Factual Guide to Vampires by Matt Melvin
+ - Steele Mackaye Investigations: The Tarot Problem by Barry H. Wiley
+ - The Age of Amy: Behind the Fun Zone by Bruce Edwards
+ - Jezebel: Defeating your #1 Spiritual Enemy by Bob Larson
+ - Fear Itself by Duffy Prendergast
+ - Anyone? by Angela Scott
+ - Silent Creed by Alex Kava
+ - The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie
+ - This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
+ - In the Dark by Chris Patchell

So there you abysmal month for reading. This is the first time the read-a-thon has actually made me feel like a failure (although I would have felt like a failure for posting so few reviews anyway, this just makes it more obvious how badly I failed this month). I'm hoping next month will be much better, but we've just started 1st Grade homeschooling for my son, so it's quite possible it won't be, while we work out all the kinks of what homeschooling will entail for us. If any of the books I have listed sound interesting to you, I have linked all of them to Amazon, so you can just click on the title to check them out. - Katie

Friday, August 28, 2015

*Mail Call* August 17-28

I skipped a week of mail call, because I only got one book in the mail last week, and it seemed a bit silly to me to write a whole blog post for a single book (especially because it's a children's book), so I'm just including that one book in this weeks post. I think my mail room was just holding out on me last week though, because this week was a great week for mail.

Honk, Honk! Hold Tight by Jessica Souhami


This very funny folktale tells about the princess who will not laugh. Her father says he will give her hand in marriage to the man who can make her laugh â?? and one boy plus a golden goose set off to the palace to try their luckâ?¿ As they go along, the animals and people they meet all try to steal one of the golden goose's feathers â?? and they stick fast to the goose. "Honk Honk Hold Tight!" says the boy, and the whole parade soon ends up at the palace. What will the princess do?

A fabulous read-aloud, laugh-out-loud story that has its origins in Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the UK, with variants discovered in Russia and Egypt.

Not You It's Me by Julie Johnson


Gemma Summers is unlucky in love.
She’s known it since third grade, when her first crush blew a spitball into her hair, and a decade-long string of bad dates, boring sex, and abysmal morning-afters has done nothing to improve her prospects. 
But when a random radio call-in contest lands her courtside tickets to the hottest playoff game of the season, Gemma’s luck may finally be on the upswing — even if it doesn’t exactly seem like it when the dreaded jumbotron kiss-cam lands on her and her date, who’s too busy ignoring her to notice… 

Chase Croft doesn’t date.
Despite ample opportunity as Boston’s most eligible bachelor, the reformed bad-boy would rather put his energy into taking over the family business than weed through a world of gold-diggers to find an honest woman. 
But when the beautiful girl in the seat next to him becomes a courtside spectacle at the hands of her loser boyfriend, he can’t help but step in and save the day. 

One kiss. Two strangers. No strings attached.
The only problem is, Chase is used to getting whatever he wants. And after kissing Gemma once, he knows one thing…
He wants more.

NOT YOU IT’S ME is a full-length, standalone contemporary romance about a girl who doesn’t believe in love… and the man who changes her mind. Due to sexy-times and strong language, it is intended for readers 17 and up.

Diary of a Single Wedding Planner by Violet Howe


Wedding planner Tyler Warren left heartbreak behind when she ran away from her small Southern hometown and started a new life in a big city. Years later, she wants to believe in the fairy-tale endings her job promotes, but the clients she meets day after day seem to be more “Crazily Ever After” than “Happily Ever After.” 

Meanwhile, her own attempts at romance play out as bizarre comedies rather than love stories, and she’s starting to think Prince Charming either fell off his horse or got eaten by a dragon. When unresolved issues from Tyler’s past complicate things even further, she discovers she may yet have some things to figure out before she can find her own happy ending. 

This delightful first book in the Tales Behind the Veils series chronicles Tyler’s wacky misadventures, both personal and professional. Whether she’s getting insane requests from brides or outlandish requests on dates, you’re sure to be charmed and entertained by the Diary of a Single Wedding Planner.

The Fifth House of the Heart by Ben Tripp


Filled with characters as menacing as they are memorable, this chilling twist on vampire fiction packs a punch in the bestselling tradition of ’Salem’s Lot by Stephen King.

Asmodeus “Sax” Saxon-Tang, a vainglorious and well-established antiques dealer, has made a fortune over many years by globetrotting for the finest lost objects in the world. Only Sax knows the true secret to his success: at certain points of his life, he’s killed vampires for their priceless hoards of treasure.

But now Sax’s past actions are quite literally coming back to haunt him, and the lives of those he holds most dear are in mortal danger. To counter this unnatural threat, and with the blessing of the Holy Roman Church, a cowardly but cunning Sax must travel across Europe in pursuit of incalculable evil—and immeasurable wealth—with a ragtag team of mercenaries and vampire killers to hunt a terrifying, ageless monster…one who is hunting Sax in turn.

From author Ben Tripp, whose first horror novel Rise Again “raises the stakes so high that the book becomes nearly impossible to put down” (Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother), The Fifth House of the Heart is a powerful story that will haunt you long after its final pages.

Facing the Blitz by Jeff Kemp


Popular Speaker Reveals that Every Trial 
Is an Opportunity 
In football, a blitz is an all-out attack, aiming to force the quarterback into a mistake and create mayhem and destruction. But by its nature, the blitz also creates an opportunity for the quarterback, as it leaves holes in the defense. What looks like the worst play can become the best play. 
During a life "blitz," when everything seems like it's collapsing--financially, relationally, spiritually, or physically--if you take initiative you can do more than just survive. You can grow, succeed, and advance. In "Facing the Blitz "Jeff shares lessons he's learned through all kinds of life blitzes, both personal and professional. He teaches how life is about transformation and being others-oriented, and how having the right mindset can turn unnecessary fear and misery into courage, growth, and joy. Includes end-of-chapter questions for assessment and application.

Live to Air by Jeffrey L. Diamond


Television, politics, and the Russian mob: Live to Air is a riveting crime thriller, jam-packed with intrigue and unforgettable characters.

Ethan Benson is a charming and principled-if sometimes difficult-television producer in New York City who detests doing crime stories. But that's of no significance to his high-powered boss at the network, and Benson finds himself assigned to investigating a bloody shoot-out in the Meatpacking District, whose old grime and new glitz provide a symbolic background for a sensational murder that has dominated the headlines.

As he pieces together his story, Benson literally covers New York-from Central Park and Fifth Avenue to Little Russia in Brooklyn and Rikers Island in Queens-crossing paths with a fascinating cast of characters on both sides of the law. Unknown to Benson, organized crime may be only one facet of the thrilling investigation. With his wife and son in hiding and his life in danger, Benson draws closer to a resolution that will have explosive results for the criminals-and for some members of New York City's political elite as well.

Gone Without a Trace by Patricia Bradley


It's been more than two years since homicide detective Livy Reynolds's cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Unlike most people in her hometown, Livy has never believed that Robyn left voluntarily. When Dallas private investigator Alex Jennings contacts Livy concerning a missing senator's daughter who was last seen in Logan Point, she notices eerie similarities between the two disappearances. But with self-doubt plaguing her and an almost instant dislike of Jennings, Livy is finding this investigation an uphill battle. With her future in law enforcement on the line, can she find a way to work with a man who is her polar opposite?

The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey


Stories are told of a witch who lives in the woods outside of town. But where does truth end and legend begin?A group of teenagers find strange prints seared into the ground around their campsite. They follow the tracks, thinking it will lead to fun.But it doesn't. They eventually arrive at the edge of Alvaretta Graves's property--house of the legendary Riverwood Witch. When an agrument that arises turns violent, Alvaretta places a curse on them.The sickness comes the next day, gripping residents one by one. Fear overtakes the town, and panic soon follows.The posse that makes its way back to the witch's home is armed with guns and Bibles and is searching for an end to the sickness and violence. But they are in no way prepared for what they discover there.

Some Desperate Glory by Max Egremont


The story of World War I, through the lives and words of its poets

The hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of what many believed would be the war to end all wars is in 2014. And while World War I devastated Europe, it inspired profound poetry—words in which the atmosphere and landscape of battle are evoked perhaps more vividly than anywhere else.

The poets—many of whom were killed—show not only the war’s tragedy but also the hopes and disappointments of a generation of men. In Some Desperate Glory, the historian and biographer Max Egremont gives us a transfiguring look at the life and work of this assemblage of poets. Wilfred Owen with his flaring genius; the intense, compassionate Siegfried Sassoon; the composer Ivor Gurney; Robert Graves, who would later spurn his war poems; the nature-loving Edward Thomas; the glamorous Fabian Socialist Rupert Brooke; and the shell-shocked Robert Nichols—all fought in the war, and their poetry is a bold act of creativity in the face of unprecedented destruction.

Some Desperate Glory includes a chronological anthology of the poets’ works, telling the story of the war not only through the lives of these writers but also through their art. This unique volume unites the poetry and the history of the war—so often treated separately—granting readers the pride, strife, and sorrow of the individual soldier’s experience coupled with a panoramic view of the war’s toll on an entire nation.

Leaving Home by Duane A. Eide


Ten year old Shane Stenlund resented life on the farm. With his parents and sister, Danni four years older, Shane lived on a productive farm in Minnesota's Red River Valley. To Shane life on the farm was oppressive and boring. Instead of daily chores picking eggs, feeding pigs and milking cows, he dreamed of life either on the open range where he could ride his closest friend and companion, First Mate, his shetland pony, or in the big city free from the onerous daily farm duties.

His dissatisfaction with life on the farm was fueled by his perception of his older sister who, in his opinion, did nothing but fix her hair or smile at herself in the mirror. A Christmas vacation ski accident commenced a series of events that intensified Shane's troubling rejection of life on the farm. Academic deficiency during his high school senior year and a devastating conclusion to the senior prom served as the final ingredients in his decision to leave home.

Shane sought refuge in the big city, ironically in his sister's Minneapolis condo. With dismay, he discovered life in the big city did not comply with his earlier vision of the freedom life there would allow. Not until he met Max Hawkins and Alisha Sanders, both homeless teens, and Nick Karpin, a local entrepreneur, did his life begin to change.

So there you have it. That's my last two weeks worth of book mail. I'm most looking forward to reading The Fifth House of the Heart and Diary of a Single Wedding Planner (everything about that cover appeals to me for some reason). Which one of these books are you most interested in hearing my thoughts on? - Katie 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

*Author Spotlight* J.W. Snootz

J.W. Snootz

Title: Seeking Paradise
Genre: Romance
Published: January 31, 2015
Pages: 174


Seeking Paradise (A Paradise Series Prequel)~Find your own way to Paradise! 

“Take a peek inside the mind and bold lifestyle of a swinger group.”Sue B. 
“One can only dream of paradise like this!!!”Marcia H. 

The Crew, as they now call themselves, were once no more than a scattered group of strangers, separated both by distance and societal expectations. Before these sexy friends found each other, they were just like the rest of day-to-day and Seeking Paradise. This is the story of how each of the Crew found love, the lifestyle, and the enduring friendships that brought them all to the island of Beora West and changed their lives forever. This is your chance to see what their lives were like before they were Swinging in Paradise. 

**Includes Epilogue, Deleted Scenes, and even an alternate ending from Swinging In Paradise**

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Title: Swinging in Paradise
Genre: Erotic Romance
Published: December 1, 2014
Pages: 342


Swinging in Paradise ~Free Yourself & Join Us! 

“WOW what a RIDE! I just took JW Snootz's decadent journey into paradise and I'm fighting my return to reality.”M.F. 
“5 scorching hot stars! Different than anything I have read in long time!!”M.A. 

What do you get when you drop eleven sexy friends in the middle of the ocean on a pristine private beach with a seemingly endless supply of cocktails? The Crew, as they lovingly refer to themselves, is about to find out. The group has grown close over the years, both in, and out of "the lifestyle." After six months of drudgery since their last outing together, they are more than ready for their next great sexual adventure--The island of Beora West. 

After the initial buzz wears off, their curiosity gets the better of them and they set off to explore the island. What they find is nothing short of baffling, but there are some secrets even the untamed jungle around them can't hide. When one of them disappears, it becomes clear things are not what they seem. Who is behind the hidden agenda that brought them all to Beora West? What happened to their friend...and what dangers lie beyond the barricaded north shores? 

What the Crew finds is more than they bargained for, but what they lose may be too much to endure. 

WARNING THIS BOOK MAY CONTAIN MATERIAL YOU MAY FIND OFFENSIVE! There are multiple erotic scenes containing: FFFF, MMFF, FMFM, etc... if you find same sex relations, partner swapping, or bisexuality in anyway offensive you may not wish to purchase this book. 

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Title: Snowing in Paradise
Genre: Erotic Romance
Published: October 1, 2015
Pages: 159 (According to Amazon)


Snowing in Paradise -The Denver Novel ~ Who knew snow could be this hot!

Swinger Party…Snowy Skies…Hot Tubs…Pajama Parties…Room Service

Long before their journey to the island of Beora West, before they were officially a crew, they were just a bunch of sexy folks getting together at a swinger event in Denver.

Read all about how these sexy friends became much more than just friends. Hear about their first sexual encounters with the married threesome of Todd, Heidi, and Lucy.

Enjoy some of their finest sexual explorations and fantasies revealed, as they grow closer than even most swinging couples ever even consider.

When the pajama party has room for plenty of extra special service from the staff of the hotel, things will get hot and heavy, even under the snowy skies of Denver. 


FULL LENGTH NOVEL OVER 57,000 WORDS & 225 Print Pages! 
Exclusive Digital Content Sneak Peek into Book 2 of The Paradise Series Surrendering to Paradise! 
Caution: This book contains adult material not suitable for anyone under 18. Multiple sexual acts with multiple partners in a variety of scenarios, MFMF, Orgy, MMFF, FFFF, MMMM. 

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Title: Vhamps
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published: April 1, 2015
Pages: 306


Vhamps Vol.1 ~ Just how HUMAN are you?

100 years old...Bad with women…J. is determined… to get it right…this time! 

“Like no other Vampire story you have read before.” –Author A.M. 

They say our twenties is the time in our lives when we truly discover ourselves. The problem is, J. has been an awkward twenty-five year old for nearly a century and still hasn't figured it out yet. When his 100th birthday rolls around, J. realizes that he has put so much of his life into denying his true nature, that he has somehow forgotten to live it along the way. So, J. sets out with renewed determination to finally be a part of the world he has so desperately been clinging to. But, when an attempt to be the hero and save the girl goes horribly awry, the botched attempt to save Angie’s life turns his world upside down, plunging him, his friends, and the girl of his dreams into a world none of them knew existed 
--A dangerous world full of ancient secrets, temptation, and blood. Instead of answers, all they find are more questions. Will J. figure out what it all means and who he really is in time to be the hero? 

Could he finally get his wish for a "normal" human life, or was the monster J. had worked so hard to bury, even closer to the surface than he ever thought possible? 

May contain graphic sex, violence, and language not suitable for anyone under eighteen. 

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Title: The Third
Genre: Erotica
Published: July 1, 2015
Pages: 39


The Third ~ The best things always come in 3's don't they? 

"A short twisted, total mind F***!" -E.H. 

Keegan has a long list of things to worry about in life, but LOVE is dead last on that list. Trying to figure out how and why you keep disappearing and ending up in different parts of the country. 
Coupled with how it all ties into The 3rd has to take precedence. 

Even when you would rather just fall in love and be normal. Sometimes the strange universe has bigger plans for you than your usual dark, back alley deals and stripper girlfriends. Something more is always at work, and running from it just does not seem to be working anymore. 

Where will Keegan end up next? Will the Third Sight finally become a useful tool or are all the twists and turns life throws going to be too much to bear? The best things in life always come in 3's don't they!? 

May contain suggestive material, sex scenes, and language not suitable for anyone under 18. **Approx. 65 Print Pages!!** 

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Title: First Signing
Genre: Erotica
Published: June 1, 2015
Pages: 23


First Signing An Erotic Tale ~Not all Author Signings Are Created Equal. 

This book had me by the first paragraph! Hot,Steamy sex. I can not find all the words to recommend this book. A fantastically hot read!!L.A. 
J.W. has a way with TWISTS & turns you never see coming!C.D. 

When emerging author Nate gets invited to his first major book signing he immediately turns to his hunky handsome friend to join him in New Orleans as a cover model. When Jerimiah quickly rejects him, Nate decides to take drastic measures to convince him. The first night on bourbon street turns out to be much more of an adventure than they anticipated and their wives were aware of. Come along for this hot erotic journey and get a taste for J.W. Snootz' writing style and get wet or hard with us. Approx. 25 Print Pages.

Contains graphic sexual content with multiple partners and sexual orientations, not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. MM MFM FFMM FFFF MFMF. 

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About the Author

I have been writing since elementary school, by never learning to print as a child, and having to learn cursive writing inspired me to write a lot as a youth. Writing my first novella at only 10, and staying in the 100 page realm for a long time, finally getting a push from my wife to create more elaborate stories here I am. Growing up all over the Midwest and traveling extensively you will always find some truth in all the stories I write. 

I love to write in a variety of different genres and enjoy reading a lot of different story types as well. I love 80's movies, Bruce Lee Marathons, all things horror and zombies. I also love to hear from and interact with the fans and other authors so always feel free to say hi and share your kind thoughts. 

You may visit my website and find out more about me, my social media outlets, and my books of course 

"If you don't like the truth then don't make it the truth!"

Connect with J.W.


What inspired you to become an author? 
I always have loved writing for myself, but it was my wife who pushed me to believe someone else might actually like to read something I wrote. 

I assume all authors also love to read, so what book inspired your love of reading? 
Stephen King all of them. I also love George RR Martin’s books and his style of writing. Elle Casey and Kristen Ashley as well. IT was one of the first horror novels I read as a kid and loved it. I was hooked. 

How old were you when you wrote your first story? 
I started writing in first grade stories in cursive because I had to teach myself to write because my printing was not legible. By the time I was ten I was writing hundreds of pages. 

Who are some of your favorite authors now? 

Are you a plotter or a pantser? 
I can basically fit my entire books onto one or two 3x5 post it notes. I write the stories in my head and jot down a few ideas here or there as I go. But usually I write the concept and a few notes to get me started along with the title on a post it and set it aside while I write the thing in my head. I wont say it always turns out as I write it in my head but usually it’s pretty close. 

Are your characters based on people you know? 
Some are. Some are parts of people I know. Others are just personality traits. There are a handful that are just totally made up but I like to think of including some truth in all books I write. 

What are some of your writing rituals? 
Diet Dew, Orange TicTacs, and taking breaks in between binges of writing. 

How do other books influence your writing? 
I like to think I have my own distinct style, but I have seen others who do things and I am just in aww of how well they described something, or how the way they said something makes me remember it in the future and how it made me feel. 

How do you get motivated to sit down and write with all the real world interruptions? 
I just get in the zone and it just pours out. Other days I don’t even bother because I am just not feeling it. I will write 10-15k words some days and then take three days off. Sometimes I feel the groove more often and write 3-5k a day for a few days straight. I enjoy mixing it up to keep things from feeling too much like work.

Which one of your books is your favorite? 
So far Vhamps I would have to say, just because it was so much fun to write for me. I really enjoyed how fast it came to me, and how I felt like I pulled off a very different sort of perspective on Vampires. 

If you could have a writing retreat anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be and why? 
A tropical island full of sexy people and strong drinks. Great inspiration comes from great experiences. 

If your main character were an alcoholic beverage, which beverage would they be and why? 
Whiskey sours, with a splash of grenadine and cranberry juice. I call them Kingslayers. They are tasty, sexy to look, at but have many different ingredients that while may not seem like they should go together turn out to be unexpectedly delicious and leave you wanting more.

If you could live in a fictional world, which world would you choose and why? 
I really would enjoy anything prior to the great depression. Anywhere in the world in the 1920s sounds like a blast, even before that I would enjoy the old fashioned way of life. The simpler times. 

What’s the best way to hide a body? 
At your house. Do you have a basement and a large freezer?

This or That

Coke or Pepsi? Diet Dew
Paperback or e-reader? Both but more ereader
Facebook or Twitter? Twitter is preferable 
Peeta or Gale? 
Edward or Jacob? Edward
Money or love? The love of money? Love is all I have to give and need to live. 
Tattoos or bare? Totally Bare for now.
Hairy or smooth? Smooth as a baby’s bottom. 
Call or text? Text always.
Hot or cold? Hot although I live in the cold.
Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings? I like both but Potter for the overall perspective. 
Coffee or Tea? Coffee. Tea ewww never. 
Halloween or Christmas? Xmas think National Lampoons At my house. See me from space.
McDonald’s or Burger King? McDonalds nothing from BK should be called Flamebroiled. 
Batman or Spiderman? Ehh Batman I guess. 
Oatmeal raisin or chocolate chip? Raisins are for healthy shit. Cookies are meant to be delicious.