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We have finally gathered some of our favorite ladies to talk books! We are going to pop open some bottles of wine, liquor, beer, your liquid weapon of choice, and gush about fictional characters, spectacular novels, and just have a whole lot of fun. We have decided on this Thursday, ( the 28th) Most likely around nighttime. Join our Facebook page to keep an eye out what time we begin, and to be given instructions for an invite. Hope to see you all there!
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Shine on Award!

Yay, how fun is this??
Often times, throughout the day, I am wondering if I am making a difference at all by being here in the blogging world, making a connection to any potential readers as I share things that I find so very interesting. And then, alas, I find hope! I see this cool little award thing being passed around, a fun game, I see that someone picked me as their top five! YAY! I was nominated by they very talented story writer, Misschocobo and her blog: http://beforeiforget13.wordpress.com/ It totally made my day, as simple as this is, it gave me inspiration to keep this hard work up! So here it is, the rule of the game!


The Shine On Award Rules:

■Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
■Post the badge on your blog.
■Answer the questions posed to you.
■Nominate five bloggers who shine a little light in your day and be sure to notify them.
■Issue some questions you’d like them to answer

My Answers:

1.Do you have any pets? Tell me about them!
I have a Dutch Lop bunny named Jack, he is all white with brown freckles on his face and two red stripes under his nose that looks like a moustache! I also have a mixed boxer/pit/lab/ridgeback ETC, doggy named Harley, she is my world! I rescued her off the streets in 2008 when she was only 4 weeks old and starved, infested with ticks and needed good cuddles. I also adopted a cat who was named by a three year old, Peeka. She’s a cat of many…many…personalities and potentially crazy… But we love her.

2. If you could be a super hero, what power would you have and what would your name be?Angela Sky! Call me cheesy but check this out; I’ve got this dream that pops up every now and then, in which I adorn a pair of thick, feathery wings. The euphoria I feel in this dream when I am flying about is so real; the moment seems so tangible that I often forget it’s a dream by the time I am stirring awake. By nature, I am very nurturing and affectionate, so maybe my special ability would be to heal? Say what you will, these goody-two-shoes are lookin’ goooood on my feet. Ok, well, I am not the perfect angel, too much of a good thing does get boring =p

4.What’s your favorite pizza topping?
Everything! *drool*

4. What was your last dream about?Well, it sure wasn’t my pleasant winged dream, but uh…Voldemort was after my friends and I…After so much running and hiding, I finally distracted him to the roof of the building at my job, and just as he reached for me, I popped him in the head with my foot, and he went falling to his death off the roof… Yeah…Try interpreting that one for me.

5. What is your favorite saying/quote/lyric?
I have way too many favorite quotes, but one of my biggest idols growing up was the beautiful Audrey Hepburn, and the one that I love posting around my house when in doubt of my art and writing is, “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” I also love her quote, “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”


My Nomincations!
http://booknatics.wordpress.com/
http://craftedincarhartt.wordpress.com/
http://wordsofbirds.wordpress.com/
http://thereporterandthegirl.com/
http://shalzmojo.wordpress.com/

Your turn!  Answer these questions!

1. What is your favorite book/Who is your favorite author?
2. What is the biggest goal you wish to achieve in your life?
3. What is your favorite pastime/hobby?
4. If you could pick a book you’ve read to make into a movie, which one would you choose?
5. If your life was a song, what would the title be?

Vixen -Jillian Larkin

the girls on fire

the girls on fire

I am naturally drawn to this genre, as it is something that always sparked curiosity; what would it have been like to be a woman of that decade, where it was risqué to be a lady who defies the cultural standards of proper conservation. Minus the whoring around, I would love to have witnessed such a turn in history for women. To be a part of the underground activities of jazz, dancing, booze and adventure! I know it sounds silly, because such outlandish behavior from a girl who braved the bob and dresses, were often frowned upon by their family. But as a history nut, the turn of events of the worldly tradition, is just too appealing for a wish to observe in the present of that act.

I enjoy the historical accuracy of this book, and how the story takes place in multiple girl’s point of views. You have the girl, Gloria, who is what everyone in school wishes to be; beautiful, intelligent, president of the class, and even has the most handsome guy to herself. She is to wed him at the end of the school year in order of an arranged wedding in attempts to save the family money on both sides. But she yearns to break free of the pressure from peers and family, which is so hard on her, she breaks. She’s desperate to release the fearless flapper within her, to live once in the name of adventure before she marries the, oh-so boring traditional young man.

Then you have Gloria’s 18 year old cousin, Clara, who is just out of a New York prison for her time as a fearless flapper exploits, who is forced by her parents to live with her cousin to relearn the values of being a conservative and bright young lady. She dreads moving there, as she is forced to set an example for young Gloria, feeding her lies how she wishes to be a nun, or a school teacher. Gloria finds this cousin repulsively boring, but has no idea the truth behind Clara’s racy, revolting ways.

Then you have Gloria’s best friend, who is the rebel of the book, and not ashamed of her flapper ways. She is the poster child for the modern-day flapper of the 20’s. Though her love for her best friend is strong, she grows jealous as Gloria makes her transformation to a flapper girl, how easy she makes it look, how beautiful she is, and the guys who drool over her.

This book comes to life with a well painted picture of the dynamic 1920’s; full of risqué escapades, bold interracial relationships, law-breaking exploits, love, music, jealousy, and a first-hand experience of what it is like to release the chains of a customary and old-fashioned world, to becoming an independent young woman on fire.

Q/A with Larissa Ione

February 22nd 2013
Larissa Ione Q&A

Krystle and I are a part of a Paranormal Romance group on Goodreads, and our board leaders worked ever so hard to get ahold of Ms.Ione for us! We are deeply grateful, and cannot wait! Ione will be answering our questions at approximately 7:00 pm tonight. I will update this article as soon as our answers are given! Our questions are as followed:

Sky: Hi there Ms.Ione! I’ve been looking forward to this for a while, it’s an honor to be able to chat with such a talented lady as yourself =) I only had one question today, a silly one. I love cuddling up in bed and reading, and most often my hubby is lying next to me, he doesn’t read at all, so I’ll be playful and read to him chapters from different books. I love to see his reaction to the things I’ve read him from this genre! I guess he never expects something like that could be “read”, rather than be “watched” haha
I guess I just wonder, with so many WELL described erotica scenes, and of, well, male member lengths, has your husband ever read or heard any chapters, scenes and such from your novels, and how does he react? Great approval on his side I hope =D

Larrisa: “Ha! My husband actually reads all of my books. He totally approves. Except he’s convinced that Wraith is based on him. *rolls eyes*

Sky: Larissa, that is wonderful news! Having a hubby that supports your writing is fantastic. That’s awesome he even see’s himself in your characters, whether he’s right or not lolol

Krystle: “I actually read “Pleasure Unbound” when I took my first plane ride (by myself), so you pretty much kept my mind at ease during that adventure. So a big THANKS for that 🙂 Like you I am a huge animal lover, which is why I groom dogs for a living and I love all of the pictures you put up on Facebook of your king shepherd “Hexe”. She’s gorgeous and seems to love life!

1. Do you ever dream up ideas for your books, then wake up and write those ideas down? When I read a book and really get into it I’ll dream about it for a few nights and sometimes wake up really emotional because it was so real.
2. With your dogs name being “hexe” which clearly goes with the style of your writing, are you ever going to use it any of your books as a character name?

Larissa:
 I never wake up from dreams and write anything down. I should, but I don’t. I always hope that someday I’ll finally be smart enough to do that!
No Hexe characters in the near future, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be! *g*

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Goodies have been handed out to winners of five people, Looks like I have been chosen as one! We believe it is a signed copy of:

Advanced Reading Copy reviews!

Hi there! I am still transferring all my ARC reviews to this blog from my other one, may take a while as I am super busy. But I promise, if you don’t see your book here today, it will be found here under my ARC Reviews link within this week! Thank you for the opportunity to be the first to read your books, all of you! Can’t wait to see those pretties up on the shelves of every bookstore!

Chester Blue- Suzanna Anderson

Chester Blue

Chester Blue

Well, I got this book from the author for a rating and review. The timing of it to arrive in my mailbox couldn’t have been more perfect. I received it by mail the day of my Grandmothers memorial service who passed away sometime in August. This book will always have a special place in my heart.

It’s a cute, fun, happy go lucky story about a bear, who shows up when you need him the most, with a simple reminder: God loves you.

It starts when the bear is lost by its original owner, and each person who finds him, just so happened to be having a bad day. But after seeing the message inside the suitcase it was carrying, they felt it as a sign from God. No matter how bad your day is, you are loved, and good things will come. This poor teddy bear keeps being passed around as it is lost, and torn, and repaired, it always manages to find itself in the arms of a needing person. When the bear is returned to its original owner at last, the gratefulness of giving hope when needed was overwhelming.

If I am feeling down and need a boost, I will think of this little blue bear who brought such good luck to all he met. I will recommend this to anyone I know, pass it on to my children, so they too are reminded, through all the rough times, God loves them.

So L.A. – Bridget Hoida

LOVE IT!

LOVE IT!

Check her page out here! https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Bridget-Hoida/321422317872139

I want to start off by mentioning how much I love this cover. By far, the prettiest on my shelf.It’s a racy, realistic, heart wrenching story about a girl from a quiet California town who made it big with her husband in Hollywood’s favorite bottled water industry. Though, with the loss of her brother, the five stages of mourning drives her into foolishness. She realizes she’s tried so hard to be like everyone else in L.A.-plastic and fake with no morals-  and begins to feel as if she’s undeserving of all her success and great new life. She begins to over-think things, causing her to act out in absurd ways.

This is a first point of view into a womans life who yearns to see the light of who she used to be once again, and shed the superficial-mask she’s been hiding behind for so long.

Through insanity, infidelity, and other events, Magdalena finally breaks free of the obstacles of life, getting a grip on her life and finding happiness in the small things.  The ending, ohhh the ending. I won’t dare spoil it, but she definitely reclaimed herself. A true, realistic, bitter sweet happily ever after-of it’s own magical way, that is –  If you ask me, with all the chaos that stirred in this book, the ending is how any story like this should resolve in real life.

I really enjoyed the main character, for all her flaws, for her honest opinions, for everything she wanted to be, so many layers to this character. Hoida hits  life lessons on the spot. I really did enjoy this book, the author did a fantastic job with a refreshing and creative approach of telling a story. There were times I was laughing, times I teared up, and times I really just wanted to reach through the pages and slap the main character around and yell ” DON’T! STOP! You’re so much better than that!” Hoida really held on to my attention,  got me so wrapped up that I found myself needing to re-adjust to my surroundings a few times and gather myself! I hope to see more work from this talented beauty in the near future! Thank you for such a mesmerizing story!