Archive for December, 2015

Change of focus

Posted: December 31, 2015 in books

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Its that time of year when resolutions come into play. I have only one and that is to focus on me. It sounds selfish but sometimes it’s necessary to do so. As a wife and a mother my life gets put on the back burner. It has always been about the kids, housework etc. My wants and needs are never met. All my effort goes into making sure everyone is happy and has what they need but lately, events have consumed me. I no longer care about me. My appearance, my writing even my self-worth. I have let everyone’s problems drag me down. They don’t want my help or input, leaving me stressed and feeling helpless. 2016 has to be a new start for me. I’ll still take care of the kids and daily chores but I will be making time for me. I need to break out of these binds and find myself again.

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Posted: December 29, 2015 in books

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A quote I’m embracing 😀

In the words of Elsa, “let it go”

Posted: December 29, 2015 in books

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We all love our kids and want to do what’s best for them. If we see they are hurting, our instinct is to help but sometimes that isn’t appreciated. We’re labeled as interfering and told to mind our own business. It hurts but at the end of the day what can you do? As hard as it is, and I should know, you have to leave them to it. Even if your 100% positive that they are going to fall flat on their face you have to take a step back. Let them make their own mistakes and hope that they come out on the right side, if not, let them know you’re there for them. Despite knowing they are being dragged down it is hopeless trying to tell them, all you’re achieving is dragging yourself down. Life is about choices, failure and mistakes. We all have to experience it and learn from it and hope to become a better person in the end. I’ve finally come to the decision to let it go. What will be, will be 😀

Cheaters

Posted: December 22, 2015 in books

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I find it hard to believe that someone would stay with a cheater. Yes you may love them or you’re doing it for the kids sake. Perhaps their descent into depression over what they have done is pulling on your heart strings. Stop! What the hell do you have to feel guilty about? They cheated on you, destroyed your life and probably your self-esteem. Who cares if everyone hates them and if you leave they will be on their own. This was their mistake if they loved you they wouldn’t have done it in the first place. You can’t keep sweeping things under the carpet. How will they ever learn from their mistakes if you continue to allow them to walk all over you? Did they give a second thought to how you would feel when they jumped into someone else’s bed? No. I don’t know about “once a cheater, always a cheater” I wouldn’t have given them a chance to find out. Neither would I have embraced the fact that everyone deserves a second chance.

Book review

Posted: December 21, 2015 in books

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She wanted her life to change … he wanted his to stay the same.
Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Swimming and spending time with Tatiana, her best friend, are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college, and Ash hopes to finally ditch her longtime crush for Finley, Tatiana’s twin brother. But when Tatiana and her family fail to return home after a family emergency, Ashlyn makes an irrational decision to deal with her loss of them.

Finley Helton and his family are good at blending in with humans as they run their sailing charter business in Lake Tahoe. The truth is they guard an ancient secret. When a not so routine meeting forces Finley, Tatiana and their mother to return to their underwater home of Natatoria, they learn Fin’s father will lead a dangerous mission. They must stay in Natatoria and wait for his return, but Fin can’t stay caged up for long.

Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, and a simple lifesaving kiss will change their lives forever.

This is not my usual paranormal preference but I found that I did enjoy this book and will be purchasing the next in the series, however there were a few disappointing parts. The random new found popularity for ash in school   was a bit confusing. As was the fact that the most sought after guy had conveniently broken up with the most popular girl and set his sights on ash. Maybe there is more to it in part two but it felt out of place for me. Also the end where ash finally learns about fin was a little too rushed and the way that she just accepted it all was a little on the unbelievable side, but overall a good read.

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Four stars from me 😀

When your child becomes a stranger to you

Posted: December 17, 2015 in books

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It’s hard when your child becomes a stranger to you. Their personality takes a 360 and the words that come out of their mouth, leave you stunned. You’ve no idea where all the bitterness and hate has come from, not so long ago they were eager to be in your company, laughing and joking without a care in the world. Their spite filled comments cut you to the core and yet you can’t turn off the love you feel for them. You can hate what they have become, even try to convince yourself that you’re better off without them but as each day passes, you die a little bit more inside. You yearn for the days when they looked up at you in adoration, you’ll even settle for the moody mornings when you’re dragging them out of bed for school. But this, this is heartbreak and there is no way to turn back the clock, all you can do is hope that they see the light and abandon the dreadful path they have chosen and return to your loving arms before it’s too late.

My mood today

Posted: December 16, 2015 in books

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Trey has always been troublesome. His actions and sharp tongue leave him in plenty of tricky situations. He may have bitten off more than he can chew when he wakes to find himself shackled in a dungeon cell. Lately an internal war has been raging inside him. The beast is fighting for control, tired of being contained and this situation isn’t helping matters, neither is the seductive female in the cell across from him. There is something about her that calls to him, like a destined mate, but that can’t be right, he’s already bonded to the girl back home. Trey is in turmoil, torn between his feelings for the girl left behind and his insatiable desire toward the girl in front of him. She wants to escape and has included him in his plans. Unsure and currently unstable, Trey declines the offer but she won’t be put off. Her plan is plausible but the downside is that Trey will have to be poisoned to achieve it. The temptress had no trouble convincing the guard to administer it, with a promise of a lust filled encounter. Unfortunately for him, it ended in his demise. In a race against time and a fight to survive the poison seeping through his veins, they escape the dungeon, only to fall victim to another captor. This time, they are not alone in the misfortune. Trey’s friends have come in search of him and his former love has tagged along for the ride. Caged together, the two girl’s green-eyed monsters rise and tempers flare. Unaware of the battle for his affections, Trey has succumbed to yet another admirer who will stop at nothing to transform him into an unstoppable beast, enslaved to her every whim. Will Trey’s luck run out, or will he escape once again and make a choice between his love, or the girl that has captured his soul?

Book review

Posted: December 15, 2015 in books

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When Taylor Sparks moves from New York City to Big Bear Lake, California, her life is forever changed when she meets a hot guy with winter-blue eyes named Jesse. Their attraction is instant, the chemistry undeniable. But sadly, things aren’t adding up. Taylor wonders what her ‘crush’ is hiding. When her new friend, Fred tells her his suspicions about Jesse being a paranormal creature, Taylor laughs. But when Fred turns up dead, she believes every warning he ever told her.

Taylor is shocked to learn that Big Bear Lake isn’t just glittering lakes, towering pines, and breathtaking mountains…there’s more…way more than meets the eye.

Will Taylor dive into a paranormal world she knows nothing about? To be with the one her heart can’t live without?

This book didn’t agree with me. I admit that Jessie didn’t turn out to be what I expected but I found the whole thing quite bizarre. The acceptance of certain situations were taken with no questions asked, I mean, if something doesn’t add up I’m going to question it not continue on as if it didn’t happen. The ending I found to be unbelievable and too cheesy for my liking. I really hate leaving bad reviews but I put this book down four times, if not for my obsession with not leaving a book unfinished, I never would have completed it.

I give this book

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And I really love the cover 😀

Post two of the Twisted Bloodlines series

Posted: December 14, 2015 in books

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Callie has lived a lonely life with no family to speak of. She has scraped by, securing a low paid job and a tiny flat but they are hers. On a rare night out in celebration of her birthday, Callie’s life is set to change forever. Through one stupid mistake fueled by anger at the friend who humiliated her, and lust for the charming man who came to her aid,Callie follows the handsome stranger into the darkened alley and seals her fate. Not much time has passed since her freedom had been granted by the strange girl who released her from that terrifying ordeal. Though she is eternally grateful to have been welcomed into the home of her savior, Callie isn’t entirely sure she is any safer with them. Confused to learn that she is surrounded by people that can transform into animals, is only part of her distress. The swirl of desperate need she feels toward one of the residents is enough to make her want to run for the hills. The odd behavior of a male resident has become unnerving. His advances toward her are unwanted and downright terrifying. Needing to get away from him, she flees. Escape however, is not that easy. It appears she has become the object of his affection and he is hot on her tail. As if history is repeating itself, Callie finds herself in yet another alley, trapped by the man who hunts her, and face to face with her original captor. Returned to the hellhole that plunged Callie into this world, she learns that beasts aren’t the only things that exist out of the norm. Magic is very real and has been used against her. Callie finds that she has a family, one that is apparently evil to the core, inhuman and working for her captor. Escape is once again on the cards, aided by the mother she never knew she had, though it isn’t done out of motherly love. Informed that she also holds magic deep inside her, Callie soon wishes she had remained an orphan when the rest of her family emerge into the equation. Times are tough for Callie, heartbreak and pain have become second nature to her. Trapped in a world she wished she’d never found, can she unleash the power within in time to save herself and her new found friends, or will this terrifying world of fantasy leave her paralysed with fear and forever vulnerable to the devil himself?