All the Best Nights Review

  • Author: Hanna Earnest
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Carina Pres
  • Date: August 24, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
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I received an e-Arc from Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review! Thank you

SUMMARY:

Some realities are better than the fantasy.

Coming down off his tour, an album long overdue, singer-songwriter Bran Kelly feels like everyone wants a piece of him.

What Bran wants is inspiration from no-need-for-a-last-name pop star Nelle, the blazing talent he’s been dreaming of for over a year. Ever since the magic moment she slipped her number into his pocket at an industry after-party, her breath raising the hairs on his neck as she whispered into his ear.

You’re it.

Nelle’s achieved every one of her professional dreams and now it’s time to get personal with a few hours of hot hotel sex with Bran Kelly—as long as she doesn’t get caught. Finally in the same city, on the same night, the lyrics spark…and so does the sexual tension.

Except that one night isn’t enough. 

And when Bran proposes they up the ante—create something off the record, just for the two of them—they’ll have to decide how far they’ll go to keep the biggest secret of their lives.

My Review:
If you like steamy books, this has it! I read the blurb on Netgalley and decided to give it a go! Isn’t the cover pretty??

The story was interesting as it showed off Bran and Nelle living under the spotlight in the music industry and they want to keep their relationship a secret. At first it seemed like the relationship was going to work but as the story went on I felt like Bran and Nelle were not going to make it? So much pressure from being the spotlight can tear a relationship a bit. I think this shows that it can be hard. Heck any relationships can be hard, you have to want it and put work into it. Will Bran and Nelle get their happy ever after? I felt many emotions while reading this book – I laughed at the playful banter, I gasp at the sexy steamy moments, and I felt sadness for the two regarding to what they had to go through. The story packs an emotional punch. It kept me wanting to know what was going to happen with Bran.

If you’re looking for an angsty and steamy rock star romance, then this book is for you. I am glad I decided to read this.

I spy Fiction books

I saw all these books at work — I just had to share them all.

They all have something unique about them that caught my eye!

Which one are you going to add to your To Read Pile??


The cover is gorgeous in person. The lettering!! I might read this one. Not sure yet.

A sweeping tale of revolution and wonder in a world not quite like our own, A Radical Act of Free Magic is the conclusion to this genre-defying series of magic, war, and the struggle for freedom in the early modern world.

The Concord has been broken, and a war of magic engulfs the world.

In France, the brilliant tactician Napoléon Bonaparte has risen to power, and under his command, the army of the dead has all but conquered Europe. Britain fights back, but Wilberforce’s own battle to bring about free magic and abolition has met a dead end in the face of an increasingly repressive government. In Saint-Domingue, Fina aids Toussaint Louverture as he navigates these opposing forces to liberate the country.

But there is another, even darker war being fought beneath the surface: the first vampire war in hundreds of years. The enemy blood magician who orchestrated Robespierre’s downfall is using the French Revolutionary Wars to bring about a return to dark magic. Across the world, only a few know of his existence, and the choices they make will shape the new age of magic. (It’s book 2…this is a trilogy set)


I have seen this book everywhere I go. I decided to just up the book up at a random page and read for two minutes, well maybe a bit longer, the story had such good writing! I may have to read this.

1942. Sadie Gault is eighteen and living with her parents in the Kraków Ghetto during World War II. When the Nazis liquidate the ghetto, Sadie and her pregnant mother are forced to seek refuge in the perilous tunnels beneath the city. One day Sadie looks up through a grate and sees a girl about her own age buying flowers.

Ella Stepanek is an affluent Polish girl living a life of relative ease with her stepmother, who has developed close alliances with the occupying Germans. While on an errand in the market, she catches a glimpse of something moving beneath a grate in the street. Upon closer inspection, she realizes it’s a girl hiding.

Ella begins to aid Sadie and the two become close, but as the dangers of the war worsen, their lives are set on a collision course that will test them in the face of overwhelming odds. Inspired by incredible true stories, The Woman with the Blue Star is an unforgettable testament to the power of friendship and the extraordinary strength of the human will to survive.

Now this cover caught my eye due to the guitar on the cover. Then the colors roamed over me and I was curious about what this story was about.

The year is 1969, and the Bayleen Island Folk Fest is abuzz with one name: Jesse Reid. Tall and soft-spoken, with eyes blue as stone-washed denim, Jesse Reid’s intricate guitar riffs and supple baritone are poised to tip from fame to legend with this one headlining performance. That is, until his motorcycle crashes on the way to the show.

Jane Quinn is a Bayleen Island local whose music flows as naturally as her long blond hair. When she and her bandmates are asked to play in Jesse Reid’s place at the festival, it almost doesn’t seem real. But Jane plants her bare feet on the Main Stage and delivers the performance of a lifetime, stopping Jesse’s disappointed fans in their tracks: A star is born.

Jesse stays on the island to recover from his near-fatal accident and he strikes up a friendship with Jane, coaching her through the production of her first record. As Jane contends with the music industry’s sexism, Jesse becomes her advocate, and what starts as a shared calling soon becomes a passionate love affair. On tour with Jesse, Jane is so captivated by the giant stadiums, the late nights, the wild parties, and the media attention, that she is blind-sided when she stumbles on the dark secret beneath Jesse’s music. With nowhere to turn, Jane must reckon with the shadows of her own past; what follows is the birth of one of most iconic albums of all time.  

Shot through with the lyrics, the icons, the lore, the adrenaline of the early 70s music scene, Songs in Ursa Major pulses with romantic longing and asks the question so many female artists must face: What are we willing to sacrifice for our dreams?

The cover is striking and all that yellow made me wonder. The title had me thinking either teacher or something more. Then I read what the book was about as I realized this is a spy story. I don’t know if I would read it..maybe? I don’t really read that many spy stories.

A Fifth Avenue address, parties at the Plaza, two healthy sons, and the ideal husband: what looks like a perfect life for Katharina Edgeworth is anything but. It’s 1954, and the post-war American dream has become a nightmare.

A born and bred New Yorker, Katharina is the daughter of immigrants, Ivy-League-educated, and speaks four languages. As a single girl in 1940s Manhattan, she is a translator at the newly formed United Nations, devoting her days to her work and the promise of world peace―and her nights to cocktails and the promise of a good time.

Now the wife of a beloved pediatric surgeon and heir to a shipping fortune, Katharina is trapped in a gilded cage, desperate to escape the constraints of domesticity. So when she is approached by the FBI and asked to join their ranks as an informant, Katharina seizes the opportunity. A man from her past has become a high-level Soviet spy, but no one has been able to infiltrate his circle. Enter Katharina, the perfect woman for the job.

Navigating the demands of the FBI and the secrets of the KGB, she becomes a courier, carrying stolen government documents from D.C. to Manhattan. But as those closest to her lose their covers, and their lives, Katharina’s secret soon threatens to ruin her.

Honestly the title caught my eye on this one compared to the cover. It’s an interesting story.

Deep in the tobacco land of North Carolina, nothing’s been the same since the boys shipped off to war and worry took their place. Thirteen-year-old Lucy Brown is precocious and itching for adventure. Then Allie Bert Tucker wanders into town, an outcast with a puzzling past, and Lucy figures the two of them can solve any curious crime they find―just like her hero, Nancy Drew.

Their chance comes when a man goes missing, a woman stops speaking, and an eccentric gives the girls a mystery to solve that takes them beyond the ordinary. Their quiet town, seasoned with honeybees and sweet tea, becomes home to a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp. More men go missing. And together, the girls embark on a journey to discover if we ever really know who the enemy is

The cassette on the cover caught my eye…I just had to include this book! The story looks awesome.

Emery has never felt more alone. Raising her daughter is both her pleasure and her pain as she struggles to hold on to her job as a bartender and keep a roof over their heads. With no one to help them―no support system―any unexpected expense or late bill could turn their whole world upside down.

Reeling from the death of his twin brother and bandmate, rock star Oliver Smith is trying to drink his problems away. Apparently he isn’t very good at it; they follow him wherever he goes. Also in hot pursuit are the paparazzi, who catch Oliver at his lowest low.

He could have walked into any bar in California, but he walked into hers. Emery helps Oliver lose the crowd, and they find themselves alone: two people whose paths are marked with loss and pain. However, they hold an unshakable hope for healing. They find solace together, but can their love withstand the world?

This cover…it is soooo pretty in person! The snake with the goblet and golden lettering…I enjoy the cover. Now the story I am not sure. This is the 3rd book in the set. I may have to check out the first one to see if this is something I would read.

1593: five years on from the Armada and England is taking its first faltering steps towards a future as a global power. On an undercover mission to find out the fate of one of the queen’s informers, physician and reluctant spy, Nicholas Shelby, travels from the dark alleys of London to the dazzling Moor city of Marrakech. Meanwhile in London, Shelby’s companion, Bianca Merton, must fight against the ravaging plague that is stalking the city. Can their budding relationship weather the threats of pestilence and conspiracy? And will Nicholas survive his mission and the unpredictability of Marrakesh to return home? A brilliantly realized, utterly compelling historical mystery that will take you to far-flung destinations and into the very heart of a deadly conspiracy.

This cover graphics is so simple, elegant and the color schemes! It makes you question what are those two characters talking about? What is their story?

Modern-day New York, a subway train: David, an American-Jewish jazz musician, torn between his dreams and his parents’ expectations, sees a woman across the car. Ameena, a British-Pakistani artist who left Manchester to escape the pressure from her conservative family, sees David. When a moment of sublime beauty occurs unexpectedly, the two connect, moved by their shared experience. From this flows a love that it appears will triumph above all. But as David and Ameena navigate their relationship, their ambitions and the city they love, they discover the external world is not so easy to keep at bay. Ami Rao’s masterful debut novel picks apart the lives of two people, stripping them of their collective identities and, in doing so, facing up to the challenge of today: can love give us the freedom to accept our differences?

Two Book Reviews by Samantha Chase

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Samantha Chase
Series:
Shaughnessy Brothers: Band on the Run (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date:  February 7, 2017

What the book is about:
MATT REED IS HIDING
…from his fans
…from his past
…from a failure too painful to contemplate
Most of all, Matt is hiding from himself.

VIVIENNE FORRESTER IS A WOMAN WHO GIVES HER ALL
…to her friends and family
…to her online food blog
…to the man she loves

Vivienne will try anything and everything to coax Matt out of his self-imposed exile. But for this to work, Matt is going to have to meet her halfway…

My Review:
Since I read “One More Promise” by Samantha Chase, I decided to check out her other books.  This one was the next one that I picked out.   To be honest the cover caught my eye! I then decided to read the summary of the book as I took the book home from the library!

While reading this book, I managed to read it in about three to four days since my time was broken up doing mom stuff and all that!   I enjoyed how both charcters Matt and Vivienne.   Matt comes across as a regular person who is trying to cope with his failed concert.  Rejection is a tough thing to deal with and since he is in the spotlight, it probably feels like everyone is out to get him.   He ends up talking with his manager as he decides to get away from the media circus.  So then he goes off to his friend’s house and does not tell anyone where he is.   He begins to be so hard on himself but that changes when Vivienne comes into the picture.

Vivienne is just a ray of happiness and wants the best for Matt.  She does her best trying to get him to see the brighter side of things. It takes Matt some time to realize this.   Of course, she introduces him to food since she is a food blogger.  I love this interaction between Matt and Vivienne and food!  It is so awesome.  I love how Vivienne is a blogger and does her photography and cooks!  I wish I could cook that well. ( I think my meals are okay.  They aren’t fancy meals or anything like that….)   Anyways sparks fly between the two!  It is so cute, sweet and may want to see these two last forever.

They do have have their hot and cold moments through the book which is gives you a great story.  In the end they both realize something about themselves and each other. This book left a smile on my face as I enjoyed it quite a bit.   Go check it out.

 

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Series: The Shaughnessy Brothers (Book 6)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date: October 3, 2017

What the book is about:
Darcy Shaughnessy has gotten used to her overbearing brothers chasing away any man she wants to date. But a chance meeting with a brooding – and deliciously handsome – artist is about to make this holiday season one to remember.

There’s only one thing Benjamin Tanner loves more than his woodcarving: solitude. Then he gets snowed in with Darcy in his cozy cabin in the woods, and their heated feelings begin to melt the icy barrier between them.

With Ben’s need for privacy and Darcy’s love of family and social life, will opposites still attract once the snow clears and the holiday festivities come to an end?

My review:
This is the next book I picked out to read.   It took me a bit longer to get into it for some reason.

Darcy ends up going to Ben’s place in the snow and mountains to help him out with his work.  In the beginning Ben and Darcy butted heads but in the long run they really were attracted to each other.  It takes them a little while to realize this in the book.  It was interesting to see how they play off of each other and how they sometimes both jump to conclusions on things.

Darcy is very family oriented where Ben is not.  They are both stubborn and set in their ways too.  They both have inner demons to deal with and somehow end up telling each other that they needed to deal with it.  Neither one of them did not want to deal with it!  They kept pushing their issues aside.  Slowly but surely they do deal with their issues towards the end of the book.  My reaction to this part was like “Yes they finally realize it!!!  Now hurry up and try to get back together?”

I loved how Darcy reacts to Ben’s house.  Ben is quite a handy man and also has an appreciation for fixing up the home he has.  He has a gift for woodcrafting which is pretty amazing.  I can picture the whole thing going down but I am a little nervous about those power tools!   (I did take a woodworking class back in the day of junior high school and it freaked me out but I did it!)  When you get to the part in the book about the mantle, I hope you will giggle like I did.   That part was awesome!

I hope you like this book as much as I did!   Samantha does a great job with stories including romance, drama, family and problems.

 

 

The Music Shop

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The Music Shop: A Novel Hardcover – by Rachel Joyce
Date: January 2, 2018
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Random House; Paperback, advance copy, uncorrected proof edition (January 2, 2018)

It is 1988. On a dead-end street in a run-down suburb there is a music shop that stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. Like a beacon, the shop attracts the lonely, the sleepless, and the adrift; Frank, the shop’s owner, has a way of connecting his customers with just the piece of music they need. Then, one day, into his shop comes a beautiful young woman, Ilse Brauchmann, who asks Frank to teach her about music. Terrified of real closeness, Frank feels compelled to turn and run, yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems, and Frank has old wounds that threaten to reopen, as well as a past it seems he will never leave behind. Can a man who is so in tune with other people’s needs be so incapable of connecting with the one person who might save him? The journey that these two quirky, wonderful characters make in order to overcome their emotional baggage speaks to the healing power of music—and love—in this poignant, ultimately joyful work of fiction.

I actually found this book online while looking something else up.  It popped up and thought it was pretty interesting.   I would probably read this, would you?  

I spy fiction books today

Here are some books that jumped out at me while lurking about at a library.  Which one will you pick out to ready today.

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Hundred Small Lessons – Ashley Hay

Pages: 304
Publisher: Atria Books
Date: November 28, 2017

When Elsie Gormley leaves the Brisbane house in which she has lived for more than sixty years, Lucy Kiss and her family move in, eager to establish their new life. As they settle in, Lucy and her husband Ben struggle to navigate their transformation from adventurous lovers to new parents, taking comfort in memories of their vibrant past as they begin to unearth who their future selves might be. But the house has secrets of its own, and the rooms seem to share recollections of Elsie’s life with Lucy.

In her nearby nursing home, Elsie traces the span of her life—the moments she can’t bear to let go and the places to which she dreams of returning. Her beloved former house is at the heart of her memories of marriage, motherhood, love, and death, and the boundary between present and past becomes increasingly porous for both her and Lucy.

Over the course of one hot Brisbane summer, two families’ stories intersect in sudden and unexpected ways.

(The cover caught my eye.  While reading the summary of this book, I may put this in my to read pile!) 

 

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Lies Jane Austen Told Me – Julie Wright

Series: Proper Romance
Pages: 320
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Date: November 7, 2017

ver since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she’s been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.

But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she’s good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake’s younger brother, Lucas.

Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate.

What she can’t understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake’s arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him.

Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it’s time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it’s time for him to love her back.

(The title caught my attention! This is so going into my to read pile!)

 

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It Was Only Ever You – Kate Kerrigan

Pages: 448
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Date: October 6, 2017

Patrick Murphy has charm to burn and a singing voice to die for. Many people will recognize his talent. Many women will love him. Rose, the sweetheart he leaves behind in Ireland, can never forget him and will move heaven and earth to find him again, long after he has married another woman. Ava, the heiress with no self-confidence except on the dance floor, falls under his spell. And tough Sheila Klein, orphaned by the Holocaust and hungry for success as a music manager, she will be ruthless in her determination to unlock his extraordinary star quality. But in the end, Patrick Murphy’s heart belongs to only one of them. Which one?

(I think this is going to be a new author of mine!  Her website looks pretty cool too.  She has a new book coming out in February 2018!)

Notes From Ghost Town

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By Kate Ellison
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by EgmontUSA

They say first love never dies…

From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death.

There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely—just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there?

With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself.

 

I finished this book a few days ago.  I liked it.   I thought the book was going to be a bit boring but it had my attention.   To be honest the cover caught my attention first.  Then I read what the summary was and thought maybe I’ll give it a shot.  Well the poor book sat around since 2013….(Yeah my to read pile has books from all kinds of years….)

Anyways the journey that Olivia goes on is pretty intense.  One thing after another and her emotions comes out in wanting to forget all the bad stuff and hoping that there is a light for her at the end of the tunnel.   She decides to try to solve the mystery.   There were some moments that caught me off guard and some moments that were sweet.   I was surprised that I liked this story.  Give it a shot and tell me what you think of the book! 

Music

Oh my gosh. I was surfing youtube today and saw that Evanscence is releasing new music and so was Tori Amos!!   I am excited.  Both of these performers are amazing.    I grew up with the 80s and 90s music.

It will be interesting to hear the whole new album.   Evanscence had the song Imperfection which I like a lot.  I had to pull up the lyrics to follow along with the song and just wow!!   It totally rocks.  She still has that voice.   Evanscence was my first real concert in the late 2000s.   I look forward to see if they tour or not!

Tori Amos has a new album coming out too.  I heard Reindeer King and it was amazing.  The way she uses the words to sing is breathtaking.  She’s a storyteller in her own whimsical way.   I am hoping she will do a tour so I can go see her in person.   She just rocks in many levels.

Oh oh Kelly Clarkson….she rocks too.  She some new stuff out too!   She’s a favorite of mine.  Favorite Songs: People Like Us,  Already Gone, Catch my Breath, Be Still, Stronger, Because of You, Since you Been Gone,  Mr. Know It All, Dark Side,  Walk Away,  and I loved her singing with Josh Groban  All I ask of you.

I dare wonder if all my money is going to go to the music for a while.  I used to splurge my money on music back in the day.

I have been listening to Christian Kane’s album Kane which is amazing.  It hits the spot of country and blues in a way with a bit of rock.   He has such a great voice.   I love the songs:  Making CirclesLA Song, Thinking of You,  American Made,  and Let Me Go. Plus he’ s hot in his own way.

I cam across Jerrod Niemann But I Do song which was pretty good.  Anyway I may have to get this song because I liked it quite a bit.

I must have a thing for guys and guitars.  I think it’s amazing that they can play so damn well.   It’s magical and sexy as hell.

I like all kind so music.   I believe there’s diversity in music.   It moves your soul in many ways.   Emotions kick in gear and you just fly high or low or all over the place.  I’m rambling!

There are times when I listen to the whole album that I like the whole thing or perhaps just one or two songs. Anyone else do this?

First time hearing music at an early age with the exception of children songs (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or Mary had a little lamb..etc)  was:  Whitney Houston song Greatest Love of All,  Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers duet,  then Oak Ridge Boys (I think it was Elvira) and then some oldies that my dad used to play.     It wasn’t until 5th grade – Jr High School is when I liked the singer Tiffany.  I’m still a fan!   Then slowly Debbie Gibson and NKOTB and soundtrack of Footloose and so forth.  (Too many to list!  FYI: The 80s music rocks!)

Just a minute!  You are deaf!! How can you hear it?   I have no clue.  My right ear is shot and cannot hear anything in it.  My left ear has some hearing that I use really well. I have no clue how it all works…just does somehow.  No clue why I have a hearing loss either, it remains a mystery.   Anyways, I fall into the category of Profoundly Deaf.   There’s certain levels of deafness.  Everyone is not the same.  Sometimes some of us can hear this and that.  While others cannot hear that or they may hear other things.  Some are completely deaf.   With my hearing aid I can hear the beat and some of the instruments but as for the words that is the hardest thing to figure out.   I need to have the words in front of me to follow along with the song.  If I like the song and listen to it a million, gazillion times then I will probably have it memorized.    Now if I have my hearing aid out, I cannot really hear it and it sounds like a muffled sound.    I wonder if hearing people hear differently too?

Hopefully I’ll do more updates on music.. I love it!

Thoughts of Thursday

Current Song stuck in my head:  Earth Angel – Penguins  (Yes – the song from Back from the Future of the Enchantment : Under the Sea Dance.  The movie was awesome and will continue to be awesome!)

Last movie I saw: Jurassic World and DeadPool

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Thoughts on the movies:  Jurassic World was awesome!  Action and dinosaurs!  Chris Pratt played his character well.  It was an interesting concept.  I had a hunch on a few parts of the movie and knew the one character was going to die.

DeadPool – Ryan Reynolds!!!!!!!  Do I need to say more?

THE BOOK TODAY IS:
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen

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Just like in the classic”Beauty and the Beast, “this Steampunk Romance features an unlikely love story.

The Lord of Blackwell Manor, Miles, is plagued by a family curse that changes him into a shape-shifting wolf every month during the full moon. Lucy-a smart, attractive, and well-respected botanist-travels to Blackwell Manor to take care of her sick cousin, Kate, who is married to Miles’s younger brother. For Lucy, the trip is a welcomed respite from her work and recent discovery-a breakthrough serum that could eliminate the scourge of vampires from London.

However, Lucy finds more than she bargained for when she arrives at the Manor. Miles, who is brash and inhospitable, does not take kindly to visitors. He is still unsettled by the mysterious death of his newlywed wife. And then there’s Marie, Miles’s sister, who was attacked and murdered just weeks earlier. Miles is horrified to think that he might be to blame for the deaths.  And who is the ghost that haunt the halls? Lucy is convinced that the death of Miles’s wife and sister-as well as her cousin’s mysterious illness-are tied together, but how?

Lady Charlesworth has her eye on inheriting Blackwell Manor for her family. Could her daughter, Candice, or her son, Arthur, have had a hand in the mysterious deaths? The clues make a vampire suspect highly likely.

During her investigation, Lucy finds herself caring deeply for Miles, but he fights to keep his distance in order to protect Lucy from his family’s secret. And, yet, he feels attracted toward the woman who is able to look past the fearsome-looking scar that has marred his handsome face.  With no other option, Miles and Lucy must work together if they are to find the answer to the mysteries at the Manor. But that’s not all Lucy wants to solve. There’s a deeper mystery behind Miles. Can she solve that, too? Ultimately, she must decide if she can love the man, beast and all.

Currently Reading: Forged in Ice by Alyssa Rose Ivy  and  Unnatural Souls by Linda Foster

Beauty routine.   I have always struggled with beauty routine since high school years and such.   I have slowly started to get into a routine and hopefully it’ll help clear up my skin.   I just started using the Loreal mud mask to see how it works out.  I managed to snag the red one to test it out.  I do like it.  It does have a strong smell but it goes away after you get used to it.  My skin feels smooth after using and I’m watching if my pores get smaller a bit or cleaner.

Right now I’m using Neutrogena® Naturals Purifying Cream Cleanser along with the Mud Mask and then for a moisturizer it’s Oil of Olay but I may change it to something else instead but I have not figured out which one yet.   Any suggestions?

Cool Artist to follow:
Check out Lord Mesa artwork   The guy is so talented!  I want to own on of his prints.   Follow him!!

Jasmine Becket-Griffith   Is another artist that I love!  She does such amazing work to her stuff.  I have a few prints of hers and one canvas print (sea turtle!!)    Follow her as well.

I love helping out other artists!  I love art.  I wish I could get better at it but the only way is to keep practicing.  That’s one my goals as well.

I close for now so I can go off to go do something artistic!

 

Middle of the Week

So it’s the middle of the week and it’s been going pretty good.   Today was a hot day out here as I  had to figure out the best way to keep my house cool.  What I did was I found these old golden curtains I bought years ago (I bought them for my children’s room so it could be magical and superhero like type of thing) and decided to hang them up in the front.   Well the sun hits the front of the house quite a bit  in the morning and all that for a while.   I thought this would help keep the house cooler on hot days and all.   Well it turned out pretty well.   For now this is going to be a short solution, hopefully maybe get some simple blinds.  It costs money!  I am on a budget and must watch how I spend on things.

Today’s song that was stuck in my head was “All of Me” by John Legend with Lindsey Stirling.  I love love love this collaboration between the two of them.   It makes me want to twirl and dance.

The book I came across today was  “I Just Want to Pee Alone” by a group of various mothers.

IJUST

Basically the book (description is taken from Amazon: Now a NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER. Motherhood is the toughest – and funniest – job you’ll ever love. Raising kids is hard work. The pay sucks, your boss is a tyrant, and the working conditions are pitiful – you can’t even take a bathroom break without being interrupted with another outrageous demand. Hasn’t every mother said it before? “I just want to pee alone!” I Just Want to Pee Alone is a collection of hilarious essays from 37 of the most kick ass mom bloggers on the web. Including: People I Want to Punch in the Throat, Insane in the Mom-Brain, The Divine Secrets of a Domestic Diva, Baby Sideburns, and Rants From Mommyland. Read hysterical essays like: Embarrassment, Thy Name is Motherhood A Pinterest-Perfect Mom, I am Not And Then There was that Time a Priest Called Me a Terrible Mother So She Thought She Could Cut Off My Stroller.

I did peek at it as it was hilarious in some parts!  The title alone caught my eye since I am mother and it does happen that children do knock on the door or come in when you are using the bathroom.   It’s a part of life, a parent life.   So if this tickles your fancy, go check it out and get some laughs!

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I have joined in the ranks of seeing this film!  Wow!!   I love the twists and turn on this movie.  Some aspects I did not see coming and others I had a hunch.  Perhaps I am in touch with the Force.   The cast was totally epic and I loved loved seeing the original cast to come back for this (Leia, Han Solo, Chewie, C3PO, R2D2 and Luke).  Rey kicks ass, Finn shows a softer side and then gathers courage, Poe is one feisty fighter and BB-8 was quite an interesting android.   I cannot wait for the next one.   Yes I have seen all the Star Wars films and I never get tired of them.  I believe the first Star War movie I saw when was of the age 6 and loved every detail of it.  I even had a nightmare of Dark Vader back in the day that tried to literally make my one teacher in a hot air balloon. (Yup I get very very strange dreams at times..don’t ask me why…maybe REM sleep or brain is thinking too much and then decides to hit sci-fi land?  hahaha!)   I love the adventure, story, feelings, the good vs evil, the music,the details to everything in these movies.  It is amazing!

And I leave with you these thoughts for the night as I jump into the land of sleep.

 

 

Today’s thoughts…

Today’s music that was stuck in my head was  “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera,  “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw and “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson.  Those songs were alternating inside my head today which all have a great beat.  I love music. Music is awesome. It lets your imagination go, dance and even mellow out.

Today I saw a new book arriving at work called “The Fifth Avenue Artists Society”

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Once again the cover caught my eye and of course I’m putting this down on my list to read!  Here is what the book is about:

About the Book

The Bronx, 1891. Virginia Loftin, the boldest of four artistic sisters in a family living in genteel poverty, knows what she wants most: to become a celebrated novelist despite her gender, and to marry Charlie, the boy next door and her first love.

When Charlie proposes instead to a woman from a wealthy family, Ginny is devastated; shutting out her family, she holes up and turns their story into fiction, obsessively rewriting a better ending. Though she works with newfound intensity, literary success eludes her—until she attends a salon hosted in her brother’s writer friend John Hopper’s Fifth Avenue mansion. Among painters, musicians, actors, and writers, Ginny returns to herself, even blooming under the handsome, enigmatic John’s increasingly romantic attentions.

Just as she and her siblings have become swept up in the society, though, Charlie throws himself back into her path, and Ginny learns that the salon’s bright lights may be obscuring some dark shadows. Torn between two worlds that aren’t quite as she’d imagined them, Ginny will realize how high the stakes are for her family, her writing, and her chance at love.

Who’s gonna read that book???
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On another matter, right before I went to bed, an author that I like posted a cover real.  My first reaction was that this is an awesome cover, but then my instinct jumped in saying to me “Haven’t you seen this before?”    It was driving me nuts, so I went to look at my books I had and found the book that has the exact same cover!    How often does this happen to authors of having the same cover?  Both books are two completely different stories. (I was too tired to post this last night so right now it now has been posted..) Do you think this will hurt the author’s sales?  Do you think this is right?   Tell me what you think of this.

 

And now for my last thought!

I came across this blog on twitter today:
Just. One. Book.

Take a peek at this!  This school doesn’t have the funds to have amazing books for these students to read.  The lady who wrote this is asking for one book to be sent.  I am planning on sending some books to this school.  Everyone should have access to read and fall into stories that make you learn and grow.  I hope you will send a book!

Those are my thoughts for today…