Trying to find balance

Finding the balance between reading, work, writing, and a social life. I want to be able to reach my reading goal and beyond, I also want to start writing again. I did it a lot when I was younger, mostly fan-fictions when I was stressed out. But why not turn of those stories into a book. Right. So the way I see it is I can read two books a week. One being my series goal and one to read just to read. So this weeks books have been A Court of thorn and roses and Father Found by Judith Arnold. As for writing I’m going to write for at lest an hour a day when I can, and go from there.

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Cover Reveal: Paper Lipstick By Kelsey Elise Sparrow

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Title: Paper Lipstick

Author: Kelsey Elise Sparrow

Cover Artist: Just.Write Creations

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 20th

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Synopsis:

Lipstick kisses and caviar dreams don’t have a place in my life or his.

~ Max (Rebecca Robbins)

I’m a bad ass bitch. It’s a truth of mine. I live it and breathe that shit. No, I’m not conceited or full of myself. It’s just something I’ve discovered over the years.

I’m damn good by myself, always have been, always will. What I didn’t know is I can be improved upon.

Enter the equally bad ass and hella charismatic Deckard Camden. Who, the hell, told him to be this jaw-droppingly gorgeous, mountain of a man, in comparison to my little self, projecting a wall of defense that rivals my own?

Nobody prepared me for the sensual words that would fall from his lips or the massive … peace he would bring to my life.

Damn sure didn’t get me ready to be Deckard Camden’s wife … wait what?

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Excerpt:

I’m a bad ass bitch! This isn’t one of those moments where I’m encouraging myself or attempting to infuse my soul with courage. The statement is fact. There’s no question about it. Most know me as Max. They wanted me to have a masculine name because I tend to steer clear of the frilly and pretty.

I’m a tattoo artist who doesn’t allow bullshitters in her shop. You’re fucked if you come around just to take in the eye candy. If you’re occupying space then you’re a fucking customer. Otherwise get the hell out of my shop. Inked to the Max isn’t a coffee shop, library, or any of those other cop-a-squat places.

I am a boss bad ass. It is who I am and what I exude. Living in Atlanta, Georgia. No, that’s a lie. I work in Atlanta. I live in Mableton. Parents live in Brookhaven. Grew up within the city limits and moved on to “greener pastures.”

When the shop was doing well enough for me to snub my parents, I got out of the house as quickly as possible. Their expectation was for me to do something with my nursing degree. I chose to use a different type of needle to become painfully employed. I could always fall back on the degree if times get hard with the shop. Not likely because I enjoy tattooing and piercing a little more than the average artist.

Yes, it is my bread and butter but taking an idea or thought and making it art is a magical thing. Taking that art and putting it on skin makes my nipples hard, I get so excited. Every tear of joy shed because the ink is something more than the “canvas” or client expected pretty much gets me off, since no one else is right now. I may need to rectify that crap soon.

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2018 Reading Goals

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I have 26  series on my shelves 5 of which need to be completed and I’ve deiced to read them all starting at the top of the year. From Twilight to City of Lost Souls. Some of the series that I own I lost interest in reading when something new came along, some I have not read in a long time, and some I love the series so much that I will read and reread over and over. Along with reading I want to updated as much as I can,meaning  doing tags, hauls, and wrap ups. I also want to get back into story writing.

What are your reading goals for this up coming year?

What books are you most looking forward to coming out next year?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

A Wicked Trilogy :Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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SYNOPSIS:

Ivy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen

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ADDITIONAL INFO:

Series: The Wicked Trilogy, Book # 3

RELEASE DATE: December 11th, 2017

Available Formats: Paperback (U.S./Canada) and E-book

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BIO:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

 

 

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Release Day: Lost Before You By Brooke O’Brien

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Title: Lost Before You (Heart’s Compass #2)

Author: Brooke O’Brien

Release Date: October 27th, 2017

Genre: New Adult 

Cover Designer: Cover Art © Najla Qamber, Najla Qamber Designs

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Hosted By: The Wit & Wonder Agency

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Synopsis:

I wish someone would’ve warned me about the dangers of falling in love with your best friend. 

I was no stranger to covering up my problems with meaningless sex and alcohol. 

When Brea asked me for one night to help her forget, I craved being the man she needed.

Just sex.

No commitment.

Then she begged me to promise her nothing would change between us. I couldn’t bring myself to lie to her.

One night.

One broken promise.

I will never forget the night I fell in love with my best friend, and now nothing will ever be the same.

*Lost Before You is an interconnected stand-alone. You do not need to read Where I Found You to enjoy this book.

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Giveaway:

$25 Amazon Gift Card and a Signed Paperback of Lost Before You

To Enter: Head on over to Brooke O’Brien’s Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/authorbrookeo) and visit the Pinned Post.

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Reviews:

 

“Brooke O’Brien’s Heart’s Compass series provides a quiet refuge for lost hearts waiting to be found. Lost Before You is both sweet and satisfying, friends to lovers romance packed with intense friction yet you’ll still feel the heat long after your heart goes up in flames.” – Giovanna, Goodreads Reviewer

 

“I didn’t think it could get any better than Callum Reid, but I just hadn’t met his brother Mason yet!” – Amber, Book Obsessed Blog

 

“Lost Before You by Brooke O’Brien is emotional, extraordinary, and completely unforgettable. It’s a love story that felt real and was profoundly beautiful to read. Brea and Mason will make your heart pitter patter, and ovaries EXPLODE!” – Julia, The Romance Rebels

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About the Author:

Brooke O’Brien is the author of the Heart’s Compass series. Her debut novel, Where I Found You, released in May 2017. The second book in the Heart’s Compass series, Lost Before You, will release on October 27th.

 

Brooke lives in the Midwest with her high school sweetheart and their three children (both human and furry). Growing up Brooke always had a love of writing; she started out writing poetry when she was young and began journaling her thoughts as she grew older. Diving headfirst into a good book has always been therapeutic for her. Now her two passions have collided.

 

She believes you can cure any bad day with chocolate. Brooke enjoys going on long drives with no destination in mind. She’s found that’s when her characters talk to her the most! If she’s not reading or writing, you’ll probably find her spending time with her family, watching NBA basketball, going to the movies, or collecting signed paperbacks.

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Book Review Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

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Title: Ash Princess

Author: Laura Sebastian

Release Date: April 2018

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis:

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.

Review:

This story was giving me some real Red Queen vibes, but on a whole other playing field. Where the main character in Red Queen comes by her power by chance and is already strong willed. The main character Theo is a literal broken shell who she could be. Reasoning being her entire world was turned upside down, by a blood thirsty, power hungry Kaiser. I’ll get to him a second. Back to Theo, she has been beaten down and broken to the point that she willingly was accepting what her captors did to her.  Just glad to be breathing, willing to be a puppet to continue that. But everything changes when she is forced to take the life of someone is in most of her fondest memories, of the life she before the siege.

With the loss of him and her hand tainted in blood, she begins to find her voice, the voice of a queen. But in doing so she begins to play a very dangerous game. With help from the few allies, they work to build a plan to bring down this tyrant. Part of that being she has to place the Kaisers son, in a roll she never before thought of him. Being that her “heart-sister” has staked her claim on him. What she never expected was the feeling that grew for him as well as one of her allies and pre-siege childhood friend. And intro YA fashion we have the love triangle, and this one I loved watching it play out, and I can’t wait for it to continue.

Now onto the two people I could just not stand and want them dead the Kaiser and Cress. I’ll start with Cress, Theo’s heart sister and best friend. from the moment The began to truly see where her loyalties lie, I knew Cress was going to turn on her quicker that you could snap your fingers. She was raised to crave power, you could clearly see that as your reading.  And on to the Kaiser, blood thirsty nut job. The man is a sadist taking pleasure in torturing Theo both physically and mentally. He is willing to kill even his own people to get what he wants. And when we find out what he truly wants, the creep factor skyrocketed. And it is so beautifully written that every time he touches her or even looks at her for that matter, it made my skin crawl.

Recommendation:

I am recommending this to anyone who enjoys a kick-ass hero, who has to find their wings and learn to save themselves. And Theo is that hero. I can not wait to read the rest of this series.

Look  out for this release coming in April of 2018

Hardcover, Paperback, E-Book, or Audio book

When it comes to books, what do you prefer? And why?

For myself when it comes down to it, I prefer holding my book and flipping my pages. Yes, E-books have their perks, like being able to open a book anywhere on the go. Same for audio books. But there is nothing like holding a hard or soft cover book, flipping the pages and feeling the weight of the book in your hands. You don’t have to worry about batteries failing on you, why because books don’t need them. Don’t get me wrong e-books do come in handy and can go almost anywhere.

What do you prefer?

Leave a comment below letting me know what your prefered book type is.