Free Ebook: Alyeska

alyeskacoverAnd we are live! Coming to you from my very own website, here to announce my latest novel Alyeska is ready for your reading enjoyment via ebook reader, and all you have to do is download your free copy today! Hurry quick, this deal won’t last, and by won’t, I mean come Friday, 8/24, this deal is going, going, gone! Grab your copy today!

Whew. If I really had to say all of that out loud, I would have fumbled over every word and gave up at FREE EBOOK! My husband always makes fun of me when I try to say something fast, so I’m sure he would be on the floor laughing so hard at me with this one. Guess that’s why I’m a writer and not an actor.

Anyways! I hope you enjoy Alyeska, the steamy winter romance between Ben and Kayleigh in the Alaskan mountains at the luxurious Alyeska Ski Resort and Spa as they fight their past in hopes for a second chance in life. You may laugh. You may cry. But what I hope most is you melt within their whirlwind romance!

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Alyeska – Free Ebook 8/20

There is so much happening right now, I don’t even know where to start! My birth month has me in such a phenomenal mood. My true Leo instincts are strong and flowing. I’m just ready to burst with how much hard work I’ve put into my writing and overly excited to share it all with you! alyeskacover

  1. Starting Monday, 8/20, my third self-published novel Alyeska will be a FREE ebook for five days only! That’s right! The beauty of the Alaskan mountains, the warmth of a budding romance, the irresistibility of a second chance in life, all bundled in one amazing novel will be yours for FREE. Don’t miss out! See below for an excerpt of Alyeska!
  2. I have finished part one of a three part series that I am calling Guardians – a Touched By Light series. It does have new adult romantic moments, but the focus in this novel is the paranormal aspect. Out of my norm, I know, but once I started on this project, I haven’t been able to stop! I am hoping to have a cover reveal soon! Until then, please enjoy my three written works already available for your reading pleasure.

Grab your copy of Alyeska on 8/20! The Alyeska Ski Resort and Spa awaits your arrival as Ben and Kayleigh fight for their second chance at life. Click below for the first two chapters in their story!

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Television Commentators – The Talking Heads

If you have never read Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”, put it on your to read list right now! It is one of my all-time favorite novels that has transcended time, remaining relevant from its publish date of the 1950’s to today. The dystopian world it depicts is something that I can honestly see happening in our future, and it all stems from those darn talking heads.

Have you ever watched a television show, specifically a sport telecast or analysis program, and listened to what they said at face value? Regardless if they are praising your favorite team, or sharing an opinion you think you formed before they spoke it. Have you ever truly just listened to what these people are saying?

These commentators are feeding you what they want you to hear based on their opinion, their likes and dislikes, hardly ever based on fact. These people spout their reviews on anything they find dignified and expect you to swallow it without question, accepting their opinions as your own viewpoints.

It blows my mind some of the bias that happens every day, and the censorship that cleans up the language. I am fully capable of forming my own opinion on what happened during any given sporting event or any occasion that may be reported on the news, etc. If only journalism meant reporting again, instead of Op-Ed-ing everything commentators may find worthy of discussing.

August: Peridot, Leo, Lindsay

I feel there are certain persuasions in our lives that help to mold us into the people we become. My birth month is one of those things for me.

August is the month of peridot birthstone, commonly in a green color. If you know anything about me, one thing is for sure, I love green! My car and purse is green. My wedding colors were white and green. I just love it!

It’s also the month of Leos. Now, I don’t really buy into the whole zodiac thing where the universe can predict the future, but I really do believe in my sign. I’m fierce, stubborn, hot tempered, and ready to go after any and everything I want. If that doesn’t describe me and a Leo better, then I don’t know what will.

As I go through my birth month, I can’t help but feel excited as I connect with what makes me, me. It’s the perfect time to evaluate my life this far, the ambitions I’m after, and the future I’m molding. Happy birth month to me and all Leos out there!

Migraines!

migraineOne of the worst feelings in the world is being out of control of your own body. This can come in many different forms whether self-inflicted such as drugs and alcohol or our own bodies rebelling against us in the shape of migraines and worse medical conditions.

My current affliction, as my doctor calls it, are cluster migraines. I’ve had them for a few years, before I was pregnant even, and this last one was the worst. It started out as the corner of my right eye twitching for a few days in a way I have never felt before. On Sunday, it all came to a (more specifically, my) head.

I woke up and started to get ready for my day when I noticed a shimmering in the corner of my right eye. That is always a dead giveaway for me. I took two ibuprofen and headed out the door for my daughter’s swim lesson. On the way there, my husband drove as my vision was completely clouded in my right peripheral, and I struggled with my words. By the time her lesson was over and we were on our way home, my head was throbbing, I felt nauseous, and I just wanted to hide in a dark room.

I ended up sleeping the day away. Bless my husband for being Super Dad. I woke up late afternoon, ate some dinner, and folded laundry with a dull throb and continued sensitivity to light and noise. Fast forward to Monday morning, and the migraine hangover is still there. Calmer, but still present.

My doctor once prescribed me medicine for my migraines, but it didn’t seem to affect anything other than my pocket more than the over the counter headache medicine does. It’s a surreal feeling when you realize your body needs assistance. It serves as a reminder that these shells that carry our souls are temporary, malleable, and painstakingly mortal.

Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark Book 1) by Pepper Winters

I don’t even know where to begin with this novel. I honestly cannot believe I read it. I am in absolute denial over how highly rated this novel is, not because the writer is lackluster, just the opposite. This writer is phenomenal with the story she created, the scenes she conjures within your mind, and dragging you kicking and screaming through every page.

But that’s just it. There is so much kicking and screaming, this novel was hard to read.

I have many followers that I like to keep in tune with on various social media platforms, this one in specific was on Instagram, as they always offer such amazing content. One in particular shared her newest tattoo, a beautiful script on her forearm saying, “Je suis a toi,” or “I am yours” in French. Curiously, I searched for the novel on Amazon and found that it was the fourth and final book of a series. The graphic on the cover was beautiful for each novel in the series, and my follower recommended it heavily based on her tattoo, so I found the first book in the series and ordered it for free on Amazon.

Dummy me. I didn’t even read the description! My fault entirely!

Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility. For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world. But paradise is shattered.

Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror. Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold. Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?

A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to hard to read subjects. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.

See that bold disclaimer up there? It is no joke! I found myself cringing as I read some of the scenes, but I have never not finished a book. It’s just some compulsion I have to finish a story, to know the ending, regardless of whether I like it or not. I have to know! So there I was, trying my damnedest to finish the darn thing. She is a phenomenal writer, and I do not regret becoming acquainted with her work. Looking back on it now, if Pepper Winters ever came out with something tamer (I hate to sound square), then I would be all for it!

American Girl

I’m a thoroughbred American girl. I grew up on both sides of the coin.

I lived in a small town/city where there was always something to do, but not so small that everyone knew your name. I had freedom in that aspect to meet someone new as often or as little as I wanted. I saw first hand how public education, higher education, and capitalism could send people in different directions.

I also had grandparents who loved in a rural area not far from me where they grew a garden every year and had horses, barn cats, and dogs. I know what it’s like to dig your hands in the dirt and give a seed your undivided attention. I used to shovel the stalls, roll in the hay, and marvel at the instant gratification a tractor could provide.

Regardless of location and circumstance, I have seen success and defeat throughout my life in many different ways. It has helped mold me into the person I am today. A person who knows no matter where you are in this country, you can choose your path. It only takes a choice.

Lidl Shopping

If you haven’t heard of Lidl yet, you will! It is a grocery store chain out of Europe that has taken my area by storm, offering better selections and lower prices than even Aldie! I prefer Lidl over Aldie any day!

Like Aldie though, Lidl’s selections are of their own production with some off brand and name brand selections. Half their selections are organic while the rest claim to be preservative and/or additive free. And did I mention their prices? I have never seen eggs or milk at a grocery store so cheap! Gosh, I’m such a mom.

I have literally cut my grocery bill in half! There are still some items I have to go to Harris Teeter for, but that is because I am picky about my daughter’s milk and my makeup. Other than these one-off items, I am now a Lidl-er!Image result for lidl

Garmin Smartwatch – Vivoactive 3

Hubby was determined to get us smartwatches for activity tracking, swearing it would be the drive we needed to get back into working out. Ha! He’s so silly sometimes. Well, he went to Best Buy, hemmed, and hawed over the selection. Fitbit, or Garmin? We had both for some time before returning them previously (long story, the gist being a bigger and better model, the Vivoactive 3 and HR, were coming out soon)Image result for vivoactive 3

We both agreed the Fitbit App was intuitive, but underwhelming, whereas the Garmin App was overloaded with information, the polar opposite and overwhelming. The Fitbit had better food logging options, but Garmin’s bread and butter was fitness tracking. Since we had just purchased mountain bikes the past summer, he was all about the fitness tracking. (Ask me how many times we have ridden them.) 

Hubby finally settled on the Garmin after the salesman breathed his hangover all over us, and before we walked out of the store, Hubs had them on our wrists. He hooked them up to our phones and decided we needed to go for a walk which we hadn’t done in quite some time. So, yeah I guess it has gotten us moving, but as the honeymoon phase has waned, the watch aspect is becoming their sole use which is great for keeping time! Ha!