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sâmbătă, 25 ianuarie 2020

Review & Giveaway: Haskell Himself

25 ianuarie 0 Comments



Haskell Himself
Gary Seigel
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: January 19th, 2020
Genres: Historical, LGBTQ+, Young Adult
Meet Haskell Hodge. At sixteen he’s already garnered some fame as a former child actor and star of a popular cereal commercial. But that doesn’t do much for him when he’s dumped at his aunt’s house in the suburbs of Los Angeles to face an assortment of neighborhood bullies.
He thinks he might be gay. In fact, he could be the only gay person in the valley, maybe on the entire planet. Even if he does manage to find a boyfriend, their relationship would have to be secret and invisible.
After all it’s 1966. And though Time Magazine claims the sexual revolution is in full swing, the freedoms straight people are enjoying don’t seem to apply to everyone. And as much as Haskell attempts to hide his true self, carefully navigating the tricky and risky terrain of being queer, he’s still taunted and teased relentlessly.
Rather than give in to the irrationality of this hate, Haskell fights back, eventually finding an unlikely outlet to vent his frustration and angst—playing a bully in a screen test for a major motion picture. If he plays his cards right, it could catapult him into Hollywood stardom.
Of course, like most things in life, it comes with a heavy price Haskell’s not certain he’s willing to pay.



Gary Seigel was raised in Encino, California where his debut novel, Haskell Himself, takes place. After completing a PhD in English at Rutgers University, Gary taught at several colleges and universities, but his most memorable experience was a brief 12 week stint at the same high school he (and Haskell) graduated from, teaching side by side with some of the same teachers he once endured. Currently, Gary gives grammar and proofreading classes to business professionals eager to write error-free emails. He also has spent the past two decades helping employees control their inner jerk when texting or holding conversations with an impossible boss. His book The Mouth Trap: Strategies, Tips and Secrets for Keeping Your Feet out of Your Mouth, published in 2008, has been translated into over a dozen languages. He is the father of three sons and currently lives in South Pasadena.





When I picked up my Kindle to start reading Haskell Himself, I didn't have very high expectations. Having not read many LGBTQ+ books before, I was more hoping to get more diverse stories in my reading year, and the Hollywood-themed 60's story was an added bonus.

From the beginning, I felt immersed in the acting lessons and the choices Haskell makes to get himself on the path of becoming an actor like his own parents. I resonated with being raised by a single mom and a not-so-much-caring father who lives in another part of the country and I felt sympathetic to Haskell having to pretty much take care of himself. 

The book is set after the Sexual Revolution takes place, but being gay is still considered a crime and getting discovered would end Haskell's acting career before it even starts. This situation adds a lot of pressure and frustration as the teenaged boy is trying to discover his sexuality and identity. The drama is multiplied when his mother announces her departure with her married boyfriend and the news bomb that he has to leave New York in his final year of high school and move to LA to live with his aunt's family.

Being a nerd, a former child actor, having starred in a popular cereal commercial and refusing to help the star-athlete cheat for a school assignment at his new high school, he quickly becomes the target of bullies and cruel pranks. But the story is not all drama, because Haskell manages to find true friends in this incredibly difficult situation and great acting opportunities arise.

Haskell Himself is very well written, engaging and unique. The characters are complex, they all have their own driving force, they make mistakes and become better versions of themselves. I definitely recommend this book.

sâmbătă, 18 ianuarie 2020

Review & Giveaway - Escape You by Diana A. Hicks

18 ianuarie 0 Comments


Escape You
Diana A. Hicks
(Cole Brothers, #3)
Publication date: January 13th, 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
One night changes everything…
ATF agent Tyler Cole finally gets the break he’s been waiting for— a big NYC mob case. He just never expected for things to get this complicated.
Before he went undercover he spends an unforgettable night with a mysterious woman.
When they meet again, she’s his prime suspect, pregnant with his baby and about to be married.
Tyler should be trying to put Mia and her crew behind bars— but his desire is blurring the lines between right and wrong.
Mafia boss Mia Torelli learned the hard way that things aren’t always what they seem. She never planned on having a one night stand… with the enemy.
No names. No rules. No regrets.
Her passion filled night with a stranger raised the stakes in a very dangerous game.
Determined to make sure her Family survives the devastating loss of their boss, she must prove herself when she steps up as the new leader.
Mia must protect her secret at all costs, but an underground faction has other plans for her… and Tyler.
Note: This is a steamy romance with explicit sensual scenes, happily ever after, no cheating, and no cliffhanger. Can be read as a standalone.
Don’t miss out on this suspenseful and seductive series!
Unravel You, Book 1 (Derek and Valentina)
Provoke You, Book 2 (Matt and Ela)
Escape You, Book 3 (Tyler and Mia)
Unleash You, Book 4 (Wesley and Anabelle)
Defy You, Book 5 (Zack and Rebecca)


Diana A. Hicks is an award-winning author of steamy contemporary romance with a touch of suspense. Book two in her Desert Monsoon series, LOVE OVER LOGIC, won the 2019 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Romance – Suspense genre
When Diana is not writing, she enjoys kickboxing, traveling, and indulging in the simple joys of life like wine and chocolate. She lives in Atlanta and loves spending time with her two children and husband. Connect with Diana on social media to stay up to date on her latest releases.  Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Bookbub

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Escape You by Diana A. Hicks is the third book in a series about the Cole brothers, but the books can be read in any order. It is also the only book in this series that I've read so far. The book is written from the perspectives of the two main characters and love interests - Mia and Tyler, each chapter alternating between the two. 

Mia is the new boss of a Jersey mafia crew, an independent woman, with a strong will, confident and protective of her crew, which she thinks of as family. This is the only life she knows and isn't ashamed of it. Though a criminal, she does have a clear set of morals and limits she wouldn't step over, which becomes evident in the second part of the book. Mia is trying to be a different kind of boss, strict but just and sometimes merciful, punishing traitors, but not ending their lives. Her new position as boss of the biggest Jersey crew is vulnerable, as some of her family members don't see her fit for the task, and actually want her to fail. This creates an opportunity for mister Rossi, boss of the New York clan to set in motion a plan to take over Jersey and get a spot at the big mafia clans' table. 

Tyler, on the other hand, is an ATF agent, which makes the two enemies. Unbeknownst to each others' identities, the two have a one night stand in a bar (yes, in the actual bar) and since then can't forget about each other. As luck has is, Tyler is offered a new case involving Mia, when he discovers her true identity. He has to confess his liaisons with her and refuse, but one month later, when Rossi's grandson dies, he finds himself tied to Mia again. This time it's an undercover mission where he would pretend he's Rossi's grandson for the FBI since the similarity of the two is uncanny and Rossi hadn't seen his grandson in years. 

The romance felt a bit rushed to me, it was one of those love at first sight kind of stories. It's also a bit odd how Mia gets pregnant with Tyler after that first one night stand, since using multiple condoms is mentioned (it's not a spoiler, don't worry, it's also mentioned in the book blurb). And then how fate constantly pushes them in difficult situations together like getting fake married under Tyler's fake identity. Despite that, or perhaps because of it, the book is unputdownable and as addictive as watching a soap opera - you see all the cliches yet you still want to know what happens to the characters next. 

I didn't feel I was missing out a lot when Tyler's brothers made an appearance, though it would've been a bonus if I knew their stories in detail as well. It's never too late, though. 

The book is clearly a page-turner, with lots of twists and steamy romance. I couldn't help but root for the characters in their pursuit of romance, happiness and putting aside their different backgrounds to defeat a common enemy. 


Allie offered me a warm smile until her gaze moved from mine to someone behind me. Then she beamed as if she’d just had the come of her life. I glanced over my shoulder and saw him. Or did I? I looked again. Shit. I did a double take on a stranger. I covered the side of my face and concentrated on my drink. Honestly, I’d been dealing with man-children all week. I didn’t need this at my oasis too.
In my peripheral vision, long fingers braced the edge of the counter. A voice something like warm honey ordered a bourbon neat. Had I seen that face right? I had a feeling I knew him, but at the same time I was sure he wasn’t from around here. I knew everyone in town. A guy like that stood out. Allie poured his drink, biting her bottom lip, which looked very creepy because she couldn’t stop smiling.
“Thank you.” The guy sat and took a long swig of his drink. He raked a hand through his hair. A few dark tresses rebelled and fell back on his cheek.
“As much as I hate to say this”—Allie leaned on the bar—“it’s last call.”
I’d seen that look on her face many times. She was taking this guy home. A part of me wished I could do the same. But my old life, my freedom, all that was gone. Or it needed to be gone. As Uncle Mickey used to say, love would get you killed. In the end, greed got him killed, but I still thought there was truth in his words. Not that I was planning on falling for this guy who I’d seen a total of two seconds. Thing was, I couldn’t fall for anyone at all, or they’d end up dead, like Mom.
I knew being the lady boss would take some adjusting. Backing down wasn’t an option for me. If that meant I couldn’t take a gorgeous guy home with me, so be it. I could be like Queen Elizabeth I and swear off men. Sipping my drink, I settled in my barstool to watch Allie flirt and work her thing on this guy.
“No problem. I’ll cash out.” He stood and dug into the front pocket of his dark pants. Dark dress shirt, dark hair, dark stubble on a chiseled jaw, and steel blue eyes. Dammit, why did I look?
Don’t smile.
He smiled at me — all straight, white teeth, and full lips. “Would you put her drink on my tab?”
“No, thanks. I can pay for my own alcohol.”
He put up his hands and flashed me a grin. “Okay, no drinks.”
His gaze met mine, and I pulled another newbie mistake. I looked. I tried not to, but my eyes dropped to the pecs showing just above the first button of his shirt.
Allie placed a couple of dirty glasses in the dishwasher behind the bar, then took off her apron. She poured me another cocktail and winked.
His deep voice boomed a barstool away as he leaned toward Allie. “How come she gets another drink and I don’t?”
“She works here, honey.” Allie surveyed his face. After several beats, she shook her head and served him another bourbon. “On the house.”
She stalked around the counter and hugged me. “I’m taking one for the team today. He’s all yours. Don’t ever say I don’t get you shit.”
I barked out a laugh. “I’m good. I was gonna go home anyway.”
“You have the key.” She raised an eyebrow and pressed her lips to my ear. “Lock the door behind you.”
“That wasn’t the point for giving me access,” I called after her.
“It is tonight.” With a quick wave and sigh directed at the stranger, who looked as confused as I was, she went out the front door.
My body jerked when I glanced around the bar. We were alone. How’d that happen? I had to get out of here. The last thing I needed was a new friend. New friends came with a bunch of complications. I had plenty of those. I had a crew to run, and no time for beautiful strangers.
“I have to walk you out.” I gestured for him to leave the bar.
“You’re not even going to ask my name?” He stood, and his tall frame oozed confidence and something else I recognized as danger.
“Nope.”
“What’s your name?”
I shook my head. On a normal day, I’d give him my name, flirt, or maybe I’d check to see if that chest was as muscled as it looked. But my life was on south of normal these days. Think Queen Elizabeth I.
“Okay. No names.” He glared at the front door, then turned his attention to me. “I had a rough day, week, if I’m being honest. Would you mind if I finished my bourbon?”
I glanced back at the bar. We both had fresh drinks. “I suppose that’s harmless enough.”
“Thanks.”
We sat in silence, sipping from our glasses. My gaze darted over to him every time he moved, when his finger tapped on the counter, when he licked his lips, when his legs slid down the stool until his feet were fully planted on the wooden floor.
“What happened to you? Female problems or work stuff?”
He shifted toward me, and I did the same. “So talking about work problems is safe, but not names.”
“Something like that.” I should have left ten minutes ago.
“Work stuff. I got passed over for a job I wanted.” He shrugged as if it didn’t sting anymore, though the gloom that lingered in his blue eyes said otherwise. That was something I could relate to. Someone literally had to die for me to get the job I wanted.
“And you?”  he asked.
“What about me?”
“The way you’re clinging to that drink suggests you also had a hell of a day. Week?”
I raised my hand. “Week.”
He offered me a kind smile. “Want to talk about it?”
I did my best not to melt off my seat. “I got the job I wanted last week. But my subordinates seem to be on a mission to see me fail.” I attempted a smirk, but it quickly turned into a frown. That was the crux of it. My own people, my family, wanted to see me fail. Or rather, they wanted to see me not try at all.
“I’m sorry to hear that. People can be assholes sometimes.”
“I say cheers to that.” I tapped his glass with mine, and we both drank.
My gut told me this was a bad idea. Not listening to my gut was also a bad idea. I braced my hands on the bar and pushed myself off the stool. He watched me with expectant eyes, as if he wanted me to leave.
I went for honesty. “Bad timing.”
He nodded, sucking air through his teeth. “Same. Otherwise, I would beg you to stay.”
The electric shock his words infused through my body set me right. I walked backward several steps, and he advanced a single one. Technically, I was walking him out, but his slow gait felt more as if he were  chasing me out the door.

duminică, 24 noiembrie 2019

Cum e noul detergent Persil Discs 4 în 1

24 noiembrie 0 Comments
În cadrul campaniei BUZZStore împreună cu Persil am avut ocazia să testez noul detergent sub formă de capsule 4 în 1. Mi-au plăcut dintotdeauna produsele lor și am constatat că și de data aceasta au fost pe placul meu. 



Cel mai mare avantaj al detergentul este faptul că previne supradozarea mașinii de spălat cu detergent. Este simplu și comod de utilizat cu efecte vizibile. 



Detergentul Persil Discs 4 în 1 este disponibil în două variante: pentru rufe albe și colorate. Acestea sunt foarte ușor de distins prin culoarea diferită a compartimentului din mijloc: roz pentru rufe colorate și alb pentru rufe albe. 


Cele patru avantaje ale capsulelor sunt îndepărtarea petelor, strălucirea, prospețimea de lungă durată și grija față de țesătură. 

În toate cazurile în care le-am folosit în ultima lună, au îndepărtat cu succes inclusiv pete mai vechi și rufele au rămas cu un miros plăcut, fără să mai folosesc alt produs complementar. Totuși, deoarece prefer ca rufele mele să aibă un miros mai puternic de proaspăt, voi folosi în continuare balsamul meu obișnuit și, eventual, un produs lichid de îndepărtare a petelor direct pe zonele cu probleme mai mari/persistente. 



Singura problemă pe care aș putea afirma că am avut-o a fost la ultima utilizare, când o capsulă a fost împinsă pe ușa mașinii de spălat și a rămas blocată acolo, iar unul dintre compartimentele ei a rămas intact până la finalul spălării. Atunci mi-aș fi dorit să știu exact ce conține fiecare compartiment, ca să știu dacă a lipsit o parte importantă din acel ciclu de spălare. 

Am dăruit capsule și prietenelor mele, care le-au testat și mi-au transmis că „spală foarte bine” și „au un miros mai plăcut decât alte capsule pe care le-am încercat”. Marea majoritate le vor achiziționa pe viitor.

Le recomand cu căldură.

Mai multe informații pe www.persil.ro

vineri, 22 noiembrie 2019

Book Tour & Giveaway: Stolen Princess by Nikki Jefford

22 noiembrie 0 Comments



Stolen Princess
Nikki Jefford
(Royal Conquest Saga #1)
Publication date: November 11th 2018
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, New Adult, Retelling
She sacrificed herself to save her family from poverty…
The ball was only the beginning.
It wasn’t enough to kill my mate, heir to the throne. My obsessive Fae brother-in-law wants the crown. And he wants me ruling by his side.
I thought I was done with romance until a certain pompous elf reappeared in my life at the illustrious Monster Ball. A little teasing led to bruised lips and captured hearts. No one wants Jhaeros and me to be together, not even my favorite sister, Melarue. But she’s a teenager just coming into her elemental powers and discovering boys—the wrong kind—the type I want to shoot arrows through.
My royal in-laws are playing a treacherous game, and my brother-in-law is determined to get what he wants. But this elf princess no longer has a master. I don’t want a crown. I want freedom, family, and the love of a lifetime. But love might be the one thing that destroys us all.
**This book will now include the prequel novella Enemies and Lovers.



Nikki Jefford is an award-winning, bestselling author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and quirky combinations in-between.
She is a third-generation Alaskan now living in the Pacific Northwest with her Westie, Cosmo, and her French husband, who she wouldn’t trade in for anyone–not even Spike or Mr. Darcy!
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking, or out riding her motorcycle, a Honda CB500F, (so long as it’s sunny and warm)!
To get in on the fun and adventure, visit Nikki at her website for release alerts, updates, exclusive giveaways, and a free story when you subscribe to her newsletter: http://nikkijefford.com/

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(reading the last 20% of the book as we're speaking)

One more night in Sweetbell.
I skipped dinner to avoid Father’s scathing tongue and Shalendra’s venomous glare. I’d had adversaries in Faerie, too, but none of them thought as ill of me as my own father and sister.
One more night, I reminded myself.
I couldn’t wait to return home—to settle into a cozy, little cottage with Mel and make up for the time we’d lost together. We could maintain the place ourselves and discuss her elemental magic further. It would give her more time to warm up to Jhaeros and see the wonderful male I’d come to know.
I hated to admit it, but my brother-in-law, Liri, had given me a second chance by poisoning Cirrus. If not for him, I might have been stuck in Faerie forever. Cirrus had been nice enough, and more attentive than I required, but he’d forbidden me from visiting my family. He was all too happy to deliver letters back and forth between the realms, but it hadn’t been enough, and a dark part of me reveled in his death.
“Yes, I did us both a favor,” a husky voice whispered across the room after I’d crawled into bed.
My eyes flew open, and my body tensed, sensing the presence nearby.
His skin was as pale as the moon, his hair white as snow. He’d braided it back into a whiplike tail that followed him as he crept along the edge of my bed.
I tried to sit up, but every bone in my body felt as though it had turned to mashed potatoes. “What are you doing here, Liri?” I demanded.
He smirked. “I am not really here, which is a shame.” He climbed onto my bed, walking on his knees toward me. The mattress made no movement, no dip or shudder. “See?” His smile widened as he made his way toward me until he straddled my limp body.
I narrowed my eyes at the pitiless face above mine. He was beautiful, but I knew better. “Why are you here?” I asked again.
“I’ve come to check on you,” Liri said, stroking the blanket near my hip. I hated the tingle I felt even though he wasn’t really here, wasn’t really touching me. But my brain said otherwise. He smiled coyly, well aware of the fact that he didn’t need to physically touch me for me to feel him.
“I would have come sooner,” he continued in a lazy drawl, “but I’ve been busy.”
“Poisoning more rivals?” I asked in a haughty tone.
Liri’s next smile showed all his teeth, white and gleaming like his hair and skin. If it weren’t for his pointed ears, I might think him a vampire. He was just as heartless.
He stared at my lips, his eyes turning lambent. “My desire for you has not changed, nor my wish to have you as my bride.”
“Nor have my wishes changed,” I fired back. “I’m back in the elven realm where I belong—where I want to be.”
Liri shook his perfectly sculpted face.
“You belong on the highest pedestal, my pet. Nothing short of a kingdom will do for such beauty, such grace, such…fire.” His eyes gleamed. His long, pale fingers faded into the covers on both sides of my thighs, causing my hips to rise toward him. Sure, now my limbs worked. I thought he’d rub it in my face, but his expression brightened with hunger.
“My brother made you a princess, but I, sweet Aerith, will make you a queen.”


Review: The Veiled Threat by Sophia Menesini

22 noiembrie 0 Comments
The Veiled Threat
Sophia Menesini
(The Veiled Duchess #1)
Publication date: June 30th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance
Captain Shea Lara is the current leader of The Veiled Duchess. The most feared pirate ship in all of Neried. And now, after completing her former mentor’s final score, she’s retiring. Everything seems to be coming to an end… Until a mysterious stranger drags her back into the fold with an offer for a score she can’t refuse. All she has to do is kidnap the crowned princess of the northern Queendom, Princess Joana of Arethusa. The prize is just within reach. But sparks fly as the two women collide. And an obscured threat that could upturn Shea’s entire world storms on the horizon. She’ll face it alone unless she can allow herself the support she needs from old and new allies alike. Something’s coming and Shea is at the center of it.




Sophia Menesini lives in Martinez, CA with her husband, and their two small Chihuahuas, Ziggy and Zeppelin. The Veiled Threat is her first novel and the first book in The Veiled Duchess Series. Sophia is an avid tea connoisseur and lover of Scotland with an unconventional memory for obscure Disney and Broadway song lyrics.
You can find my blog, updates, and other entertainment at my website: www.sophiamenesini.com





The Veiled Threat was like a journey on the sea - I got an exciting start, a storm of emotions about the story, anger at the way characters acted, and in the end, the sea calmed down when the book ended with me feeling satisfied that I had reached my destination. 

When I read the synopsis, I was hooked. Shea Lara, an elvish woman, is the feared captain of a pirate ship. The story begins with her having captured the Pearl of Lycos, the very treasure her adoptive father asked her to get when he died, before she finally retires. But after a life of adventure and piracy, the impulsive woman can't go to living a normal life, can she? So, understandably, she gets dragged in a plot she doesn't understand and accepts to kidnap the crown princess of Arethusa. 

This mission felt to me, as a reader, too easy to accomplish, everything goes very smoothly and fast. In fact, a lot of the story feels as if every obstacle is very easily conquered, and even when the characters were in grave peril, I didn't fear for them knowing in a few pages they get out of the situation somehow - someone is always in the right place at the right time to save them. 

What I loved was the history of the land and the secondary characters. I felt very emotionally involved with the status of elves within the story, how they are considered a lower race by humans despite being the first beings created by Gods and the fact they are gifted with magic. I rooted for Shea when she did what best she could to save her people, risking it all on a dangerous and foolish mission for the chance to help them somehow. I was sad to read that elves no longer recognize as their own those poor elves who get their ears cut by those who enslave them. 

I yearned to read more about V and the Gods and Goddesses, which I think the next book will do. I think the secondary characters all had interesting back stories and enjoyed reading more and more about them. 

However, I particularly felt annoyed with how the love story develops. Princess Joanna of Arethusa falls in love at first sight with the elvish pirate and vice versa and this makes them act foolish most of the times. Joanna has multiple occasions where she can escape or lie to get away and she doesn't. Shea can't make her mind as to what to do with her - fulfill the mission or try to escape with her crush. The two become the center of each other's universe so fast that I find it hard to digest. Shea even goes so far as to put Joanna before her crew who she claims to be her family. 

Another problem I had with the book is that it lacked proper editing. It was filled with mistakes, some I found very annoying like the incorrect use of the apostrophe in ''let's" or the incorrect spelling of ''your'' and ''you're". I had to re-read a few phrases because words or letters were missing and this should be fixed as soon as possible in a new edition because it takes away from the story. 

I recommend this book to lovers of sea adventures and elves as long as you can look past the spelling errors. It is not suitable for children as it contains some graphic description of sexual actions and violence. 

luni, 21 octombrie 2019

Wrap Up #40 | Ce cărți am citit în august și septembrie 2019

21 octombrie 0 Comments


Cărțile pe care le-am citit și le prezint în acest clip sunt:

🌙 Femei periculoase vol. 1 George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois http://bit.ly/33UZZD3
🌙 Spin the Dawn de Elizabeth Lim http://bit.ly/2oOLFgt
Cutia Owlcrate se poate comanda de aici:
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🌙 Despre tristețea femeilor frumoase de Andrei Ruse http://bit.ly/2MCq2cl
🌙 The Crush Series
https://www.thecrushseries.com/
🌙  Geronimo Stilton Reporter vol. 3 http://bit.ly/2JoMKCP
alte cărți Geronimo Stilton http://bit.ly/35Uhwgc
🌙 Lanțul de Adrian McKinty http://bit.ly/31uQnxb

sâmbătă, 19 octombrie 2019

Blitz & Giveaway: Kingdom of Thorns

19 octombrie 0 Comments

Kingdom of Thorns and Dr eams: A Limited Edition of Sleeping Beauty Retellings
Publication date: October 15th 2019
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, New Adult
Sleeping Beauty, but not how you remember it ...

One kiss.
That ’ s all . Just one kiss and the curse will be broken.
But is love ’ s true kiss a myth and will it be strong enough to break the curse that ’ s held her in its grasp for a century?
The compelling tale of a young princess fated to sleep forever and the pr ince destined to save her retold in this spellbinding collection by USA Today and Amazon bestselling authors.
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luni, 7 octombrie 2019

Trenduri toamnă-iarnă 2019-2020: love & hate

07 octombrie 0 Comments
Fie că ești pasionată de modă sau nu, inevitabil tendințele sau, mai bine zis, schimbarea lor în timp își fac simțită prezența odată cu apariția noilor colecții de îmbrăcăminte din magazinele fizice sau online. Intenționat sau, de ce nu, involuntar, ne îmbrăcăm după ultimele tendințe datorită disponibilității lor în magazinele de unde facem shopping. Brandurile de fast fashion preiau tendințele caselor mari de modă și le fac disponibile publicului larg, la un preț mai accesibil. 

GEOX - CIZME DE IARNA
Văzându-le peste tot, în magazine, online, purtate de oamenii din jurul nostru, cu siguranță că există unele trenduri de care ne îndrăgostim, dar și acelea pe care nu mai suportăm să le vedem în fața ochilor. 

Fiind o persoană extrem de comodă atunci când vine vorba de îmbrăcăminte, pot să spun că mă bucură tare mult diversitatea tendințelor din acest sezon O noutate în trendurile actuale, preferata mea, este reprezentată de bocanci. 💗 De când începe să fie mai frig, obișnuiesc să încalț botine sau bocanci, de preferință cât mai bine căptușiți, mai ales pentru că sunt foarte sensibilă și imediat răcesc dacă îmi este frig la picioare. Anul acesta, voi putea face asta și să fiu în același timp și în trend, cu o colecție mare de bocanci la care plănuiesc să mai adaug câteva piese care mi-au sărit în ochi. De exemplu, mi-au sărit în ochi o pereche superbă de bocanci din piele întoarsă maro-aurii, cu talpă anti-alunecare.

M-a cucerit și o tendință nouă pentru mine, carourile, îndeosebi cele scoțiene. Am apreciat dintotdeauna aspectul acestora și sunt o împătimită a serialului și cărților Outlander (acțiunea are loc în Scoția secolului XVIII), dar nu am îndrăznit până acum să le adopt în stilul meu vestimentar. Aș asorta o fustă maxi cu un pulover comod într-o singură culoare și încălțăminte călduroasă, cât timp nu se instalează iarna. Ce să fac, sunt tare friguroasă!

PEPE JEANS - FUSTA MAXI

Un trend pe care pur și simplu nu îl pot aprecia, îl reprezintă sacourile teddybear, însă în anumite contexte. Da, sunt de acord, plușurile sunt adorabile, pufoase și irezistibile, dar nu pot înțelege integrarea lor în anumite ținute. Purtate în casă sau la munte, sau peste un outfit simplu (blue jeans) și fără pretenții, în activități casual, le pot înțelege și nu le-aș refuza. Însă, când le văd cuplate cu o rochie lungă cu imprimeuri, mai ales dacă se adaugă și o pereche de pantofi sport, îmi dă cu virgulă, creierul meu își dă câteva reporniri și nu pot decât să mă uit cu ochii mari și să mă întreb: de ce?

ANSWEAR - PALTON
Așa nu (părere personală)

ANSWEAR - GEACA
Așa de o mie de ori  DAAA!!! (din nou, părere proprie și personală 😅 )

Firește, nu trebuie să uităm de tendințele pentru bărbați, unde rămân în trend culorile intense, ceea ce nu poate decât să mă bucure, rămâne doar să îmi conving partenerul să le îmbrățișeze în ținutele lui, mai ales că i se potrivesc atât de bine. Și dacă nu sunt neapărat o fană a hainelor în culori neon, un hanorac roșu intens e la fel de în trend și plăcut la ochi, cu o pereche de jeanși după gustul fiecăruia.

ADIDAS ORIGINALS - BLUZA
Trendurile sunt importante deoarece pot fi un bun punct de plecare în a descoperi noi stiluri care ne plac. Unele studii arată că persoanele care se îmbracă după ultimele tendințe în modă sunt mai sigure pe sine și mai pline de viață. Hainele sunt un mod foarte bun de a te exprima și o parte importantă a propriei identități. Cu toate acestea, cred că ar trebui să le urmăm ținând cont de preferințele personale, dar și de lucrurile importante pentru noi: estetică versus confort, culori și designuri care ne complimentează silueta și tenul. 

Acest articol a fost scris pentru competiția SuperBlog 2019.

sâmbătă, 5 octombrie 2019

Prince Poison Book Blitz & Giveaway

05 octombrie 0 Comments



Prince Poison
Klarissa King
(Gods and Monsters #1)
Publication date: October 1st 2019
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult
“I can tear your throat out right here,” he said, his voice a hushed whisper of threats and spilled blood. “I could kill you a thousand different ways where you sit.”
The nail cut deeper. Blood beaded, then spilled down my front, over my breasts. I choked on a whimper.
“Now tell me everything.”

Few knew Valissa’s secret but it already carried a death toll. One.
If the Gods ever discovered what she was, they would capture and flay her alive.
But in the land of Gods and Monsters, no secret stays hidden for long.
Lissa—drunk on the high of a midnight party that’s rife with mysterious pirates—gets too close to one of the pirates, who turns out to have secrets of his own.
Jasper is no pirate. He is a servent of the Gods. And the moment she touches him, she steals his power.
He kidnaps Lissa, and he’s taking her to one of the most brutal Gods in all the lands … He’s taking her to Prince Poison.
Prince Poison’s mere touch kills and his cruelty is said to stretch beyond even the darkest pits of Lissa’s soul. But when she’s standing in front of this fearsome God, ready to face her gruesome fate, the Prince might see more in her than she ever thought possible.
What could possibly be worse than dying at the hands of an evil God?
Becoming his obsession…
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Ava was kissing him—the pirate I’d spent all night wooing.
I saw red.
“He’s mine,” I gritted out.
She was too slow to hear me, so I stomped forward and snatched both of their arms in a vice-like grip, ready to wrench them apart—
It was a mistake. I shouldn’t have touched them—especially not him.
I cried out in surprise.
Ava choked on a scream and stumbled back from the pirate.
But Jasper was no pirate…
His skin was suddenly glowing. Then the glow faltered before it slipped into me.
Stunned, I watched his glow wriggle its way up my bare arm, along my collarbone, then rush down the other arm, where it sank into Ava’s skin.
I stole Jasper’s glow, his essence—his power.
With my touch, I’d dragged his power out from his skin and channelled it through my own body into Ava’s.
Mortiz was right. I should have stayed home. Stayed alive.
Aniel,” whispered Ava, her disbelieving eyes fixed on Jasper.
He looked just as shocked as we did.
But I had no choice other than to snap the hell out of it and get as far away from him as possible.
This was what my mother died to protect me from—
No one can know what I am. A thief of power. No one can know—especially not an aniel, the child of a God.I snatched Ava’s wrist harder than before. Her bones creaked under my grip.
Run!”



When not writing, Klarissa can be found in bed poring over a great new release, or reluctantly walking her demanding dogs who pretty much run the house.
She is the writer, Isla Jones. Isla uses the pen-name Klarissa for fantasy, while using Isla Jones for her darker, grittier horror works to help separate the styles and genres for her readers.
To contact Klarissa King, find her here: https://www.facebook.com/Klarissa-King-1005484536303985/?modal=admin_todo_tourFor Isla Jones' author page, click here: https://www.amazon.com/Isla-Jones/e/B07856GGDF