November 21, 2014

the guide to a casual weekend

I can't believe that November is almost over. On top of that, I can't believe that temperatures were in the 20s this week, and that's not factoring in the windchill.  Translation = The hawk is back, and I hate it. The only good thing about this time of year is that I now have the perfect excuse to lounge around the house, drink hot chocolate, and read books all day. And if I must leave the house, it's a casual chic look for me. It's too cold for anything else.

For Indoor Fun:
1. Grad a book to read. My recommendation The Record Series by K.A. Lindle and The Intern Series by Brooke Cumberland. Both are available on Kindle Unlimited.
2. Find your most comfortable pair of PJs and lounge around. Try a set from PJ Luxe or Eberjay.
3. Enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa in your favorite mug. I have two: my Kate Spade mug and my floral Target mug. BTW....I love Land O'Lakes, Ghirardelli,and Starbucks, but if you don't have milk, Swiss Miss or Nestle will do.

For Outdoor Fun:
1. Throw on a pair of casual chic sweatpants like these from Monrow and pair it with your favorite sweatshirt and sneakers.  I swear H&M has the cutest sweatshirts, and Everlane has the softest. 
2. Stop by Starbucks and get a Tuxedo Hot Chocolate. *hot chocolate is a must on any given cold day
3. Head over to the show and see Beyond the Lights or Mockingjay Part 1.

The Casual Weekend Guide





November 20, 2014

how to master the art of layering with modcloth

What's a fall look without some layers? Nothing I tell you. Nothing!  Between you and me, layering during the fall is one of my favorite things to do. How else can I stay haute on these cold days? Plus, there are so many ways to layers.  

To master the art of layering, you need the essentials. A few cardigans. A few knits. A few blouses. And ModCloth has everything you need to take your layering to the next level. For inspiration, try these 3 looks that I created using all things Mod on Polyvore. =)

P.S. Be sure to check out ModCloth's fall sweaters that are perfect for layering. From plaid sweaters to geometric motif cardigans, you won't be disappointed. There are lots of options so hurry on over.....

Autumn Layering with ModCloth



November 19, 2014

November 18, 2014

bookworm reveals chapter 1 of snare by clarissa wild

Snare by Clarissa Wild Chapter 1 Reveal

Prologue & First Chapter Reveal

Prologue

 When the life you know and love falls apart, you cling to the things that keep you safe—the people who bring you warmth and comfort, the ones who take you out of danger and into the light.
As the world came crashing down upon me, I chose to let everything go. My mind wandered into darkness, leaving behind every trace of anguish. It was my mind’s way of saving what was left of my soul.
Holding onto him was the only thing that kept me going. Kept me alive. He became my anchor. Sebastian Brand—the man who pulled me from the darkness and brought me into the light.
I want him. I crave him. I desire him and devour him when he is near me.
However, I never imagined I’d be forced to let him claim my body. That I’d be captured and taken against my will.
That I would come to need this man more than my sanity.
As I hang from the ceiling like a strung-up doll, I feel free. His finger slides down my chest, between my breasts, and moves achingly close to my nipples before returning to my sternum. He traces a line to my stomach, leaving a trail of fire. All my senses come to life as he strokes me delicately, carefully, as if his finger is the baton and I am the instrument he’s conducting. Whimpers that must sound like music to his ears slip from my mouth. I’m a slave to his touch. This controlling man has me under his power, and I’m loving every shameful, immoral moment that we share.
He bends between my legs and presses his lips down upon my skin. A need so vile and pure grows inside me, and I give in to delirious, detrimental pleasure as his tongue strokes my inner thighs.
I am a captive, and yet I don’t feel like one.
At the mercy of a captivating, passionate man, I come to life.
In the hands of a cruel, vicious monster, my breath is stolen.
Even in the most dire of situations, trusting the wrong person could get you killed.
Trusting Sebastian Brand was the biggest mistake I ever made.

November 17, 2014

bookworm review: bend, don't break by skye callhoun

Bend, Don't Break by Skye Callahan
I thought I was done.
my End
I couldn’t take my eyes off her as the bullet tore through me, leaving me with nothing but the hope that I had done enough to save her. The darkness tried to engulf me—to brand me as its own and drag me to my fate.
my Darkness
Waking to see her tear-stained face above me was enough to make my heart stutter. I was alive and free from that place—but not from the toll it had taken on my mind and body.
my Strength

My story should have ended, but one woman kept standing in the way of that. The only way I could have her was to find a way to put the darkness to rest.

You can purchase this book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes. Oh, and you can find this book on Goodreads too!

My review:

Bend, Don’t Break was the follow-up to Irrevocable. So all of you who were in love with Kirk/James and Silver/Rose will be thrilled to see what they are up to now. Did they survive the trauma from the Retreat? What happened next for them? Could they find their happily ever after? Well Bend Don’t Break answered all of those questions and more.  Bonus: It also contained flashbacks told from James perspective.   

Disclaimer: I didn’t read Irrevocable and was still able to follow along with this book.  Why? This book happened after they left the Retreat, and boy oh boy, the drama continued in this one. You would have thought after they took down the people behind the Retreat that their lives would be drama free. Wrong. In Bend, Don’t Break, watch your two favorite characters plus Trent (his partner), Fiona/Raini, Miles, and Captain Richards get tangled up in a story filled with revenge, love, redemption, and betrayal.     

James: He was a stubborn man. A determined man. A jealous man. A tormented man. A very sexual man thanks to the Retreat. I was glad he healed and found some type of peace.

Rose: She was just as stubborn as James. Just as determined. She was a survivor. A fighter. A strong woman determined to find some semblance of happiness. I liked her.

My ratings: 4.0 stars

Time it took to read: 2 days

I would recommend this book if you read Irrevocable. You would definitely want to see what happened next in the story. No cliffhanger. A happily ever after (but not the typical one because those two are steal healing from their past). I mean how much can two people take before the break.

P.S. I received this book in exchange for my honest review, and this tour was hosted by Everything Marie Tours

Bend, Don't Break by Skye Callahan TeaserBend, Don't Break by Skye Callahan Teaser

And here's an excerpt just for you...

“She’s fine,” Dr. Combs assured me. “But I don’t think it would be in the best interest for either of you to see each other. You put yourself in a dangerous situation with her.”
Put myself? Last I checked I wasn’t the one to drag her into the Retreat. “I kept her alive and slightly less broken than she would have otherwise been.”
“The two of you adapted to a horrible situation, found comfort in each other—”
I didn’t want to hear it.
Stockholm Syndrome.
I wondered if the captor could get it, too. Was I even the captor? It seemed like I’d lost control of the situation long ago.
But I’d still been the one to beat her, rape her, bend her will.
Just like she’d bent mine.
I wanted her back so bad I couldn’t breathe. The more we talked about it, the worse it got. The harsh reality of it all forced me to face the possibility that I had to walk away if I wanted to do what was in her best interest.
“How long until I can talk to Trent?” I tried again, drawing back a modicum of control by changing the course of the conversation.
Dr. Combs sighed and snapped her portfolio closed. “If it’ll get you to talk, I’ll make the arrangements on one condition.”
I’d already sold my soul, there weren’t many more concessions I had left to give.
“I need to know you’re not going to try to reach out to Rose—or anyone else.”
Did that mean there was a chance she’d see me? Or was Dr. Combs convinced I’d stalk and abduct her anyway? That was quite a laughable possibility, but some sick-as-fuck part of me considered it.

Bend, Don't Break by Skye Callahan Teaser
Get to know the author: Skye Callahan was born and raised in rural Ohio and has had an insatiable love of reading and writing since she was young. Thanks to the encouragement of teachers, family, and friends, she has found her passion in immersing herself in the imaginary worlds of the characters who live in her head.

Most of her early stories were paranormal, and although the paranormal world still has a special place in her imagination, her interest in BDSM and dark romance has led her to expand her writing endeavors.

Before she began writing full-time, she earned a M.A. in Public History and worked for a non-profit business consulting center. When she’s not indulging the voices in her head, she’s enjoying life with her husband and two ferrets.
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