• New Release- Left To Forever

    NEW RELEASE!
    Would marrying Jacob be the craziest thing she’s ever done, or divorcing him?

    Realist Dr. Carla Harris believes that people create their own fate through hard work and careful planning. She believes in playing things safe. But, while preparing for her upcoming nuptials, she’s forced to confront the most reckless thing she’s ever done…her estranged husband, Jacob.


    Idealist Jacob Moreau believes in soul mates as much as he believes in saving endangered companies. When his long lost wife reenters his life seeking a divorce, he is convinced more than ever they are meant to be together. And he will do—and lose—anything to have her again.


    She thought she had her life planned to perfection. He thought they made perfect sense together.

    Would marrying Jacob be the craziest thing she’s ever done, or divorcing him?

    PURCHASE



    About the Author


    Roe’s Website  /  Twitter  /  Facebook  /  Goodreads

    Roe Valentine was born into the right family. Not only does the name Valentine suit her, but her

    grandmother, unknowingly, introduced the young Ms. Valentine to her first romance novel. She hasn’t read anything else since. She calls herself a romantic at heart and believes that love conquerors all.

    The San Antonio native, who now lives in Houston, attempted to write her first contemporary romance novel when she was nineteen years old. That attempt didn’t take, but her story has a happy ending. She kept pursuing the dream until she landed her first publishing contract in 2013.
    When not busy writing or reading love stories, Roe can often be found in a yoga class or chatting with friends at her favorite coffee shop. Enjoying margaritas with some girl-talk isn’t unusual for her either. For a night in, she watches reruns of her favorite TV shows and, of course, romantic comedies on her Roku, usually with a glass of wine.

     

    THE GIVEAWAY
     
  • The Gospel Of The Wolves

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    “”Mommy. I don’t think daddy’s gonna make it.”

    It wasn’t just what little Melanie said, it was how she said it that caused Lindsey to duck down to eye level with her daughter before reassuring her. “Don’t be silly, dear. Your father will be here any moment to get us and we’ll be on our way home.”

    Melanie didn’t seem convinced. She appeared as if she was listening to someone who was telling her something she didn’t want to hear. Whomever that someone was, it wasn’t her mother. She stayed down at eye level with Melanie a little while longer, brushed some of Melanie’s bangs back under the hood of her coat, then stood upright and looked around the airport receiving area for her husband’s car. They had been waiting for half and hour, but the airport was busy, and with the rain, there were surely traffic. She resisted the urge to pull out her cell phone and call him. After what Melanie said, Lindsey was afraid of doing anything that might encourage her to think that something really was wrong.

    It seemed like half of the people driving had bought the exact same make, model, color and year of the car her husband owned. With the sky’s reflection bouncing off of the windshields, the identities of the drivers remained concealed until they drove past her and Melanie. She held her frustration and impatience behind a veneer of calm that was becoming harder and harder to maintain each time she mistakenly thought she had spotted him.

    If he doesn’t come in the next five minutes, I’m calling him, Lindsey thought to herself. Knowing that this might upset Melanie further, Lindsey looked down to see how Melanie was fairing to gauge if she needed to provide any additional consoling before the call, but Melanie wasn’t there. Lindsey glanced all around her immediate area, but her daughter was gone.

    “Melanie!”

    Looking to the parents of a family that had been standing next to them, she asked, “Did you see which way my daughter went? She’s wearing a pink overcoat with the hood up and black stockings?”

    Both of the parents gave a quick glance around, then offered sympathetic shrugs.

    Lindsey forgot about her luggage and began pushing through the crowd of people yelling her daughter’s name. The amount of people seemed to increase with Lindsey’s anxiety and somehow, they seemed to always manage to be where she was trying to get to and move into the cracks and seams right as Lindsey attempted to peer through to catch a glimpse of where her daughter might be. Irritated by the mass of bodies, she tried stooping down to knee level thinking that looking between legs rather than around torsos might provide more gaps to peer through, but it was a moving forest of limbs that again seemed to move directly into her line of sight as quickly as she could look in a direction.”

    From the back of the book:

    “Everyone is a wolf.

    But putting the pack first can have different ramifications if you don’t really belong with the pack you’re hunting with in the first place.

    In The Gospel of Wolves, you delve deep into the heads and hearts of four people who will take risks as they search for where they belong that will force them to make serious choices about the person they are willing to become as they cross paths with some of the cruelest sociopaths the world has to offer to ultimately find out if they are part of the pack or one of the prey.”

    I LOVED this book. Personally, I like books that have a lot going on. Lots of story lines, lots of characters. It keeps me entertained. And this book certainly does that in spades. It starts off by explaining each of the four stories. They are completely unrelated. Just glimpses into each story. But as the book unfolds it dives deeper and deeper into each story line. Before you are completely sure of what is going on, you are hooked.

    A note to the wise: do not start this before bed. Otherwise you will be up until the wee hours of the morning reading this and getting frustrated with yourself for not being able to put this down to go to sleep.

  • MakeUp Monday- ScentBird

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    Yes I do have a thing for subscription services. They are awesome little presents that get sent to you every month.

    I have BirchBox, and Ipsy. They are both beauty based, and there are lots more on the market just like them. But ScentBird has something new and different. They are a monthly subscription service that sends you a 30 day supply of a designer perfume.

    Just like all the other services, when you sign up you fill out a survey. On there you will fill out what you scents you like, perfumes that you are currently using, things like that. Once you are done, they will make a lot of suggestions; Versace, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbanna, just to name a few. Then you get to go through and get see a full description of the different scents. You select the ones that you want to try, and they send them to you.

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    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the packaging that they send them to you in. It is a purse perfect size AND dispenser. It is a sleek, black cylinder. The sample slides down into it. Then you twist, like a lipstick, to push the spay pump up. Then use is just like a normal perfume bottle. Once you are done spraying, you simply twist it back down. When you are done with your sample, you just pull the sample vial out and toss it. Pop the new one right in. Also, with your first order, they send you a velvet black, drawstring bag to keep it in. There is no chance that this will be spraying in your purse, no chance of leakage or wasted product. Whoever thought of this way to package perfume is a pure genius!

    When it comes to perfume, I have what I wear. I like that, but I don’t venture to to much. My sample they sent was Versace Crystal Noir. This stuff retails for $90. There is no way that I am going to be buying it for myself. Through ScentBird though, I was able to get a whole vial of it. And it is wonderful. Seriously it is the best scent I have smelled in a long, long time. It makes me actually want to venture out and try some other ones. My husband even commented on how great I smelled. 

    Is Scentbird something that you would give a try? Would you like it more then a monthly makeup subscription? What are your thoughts on it? What would be one perfume that you would want them to send you.

  • Book Review- Club Luxe

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    I have a confession to make, I really like trashy romance novels. Even with all the controversy about 50 Shades, I really liked that one too. While I read all kinds of books, in all kinds of genres, these are the ones that I power read through.

    From the back of the book:

    “Victoria Chase is Chicago’s hottest new reporter, looking to make the scoop of the century. Rumor has it that in the bowels of the city lies a private sex club for the wealthy elite. Willing to do anything for a story, she infiltrates the club, determined to uncover this urban legend. She didn’t expect to run into him:

    Malcolm Cage.

    The famous billionaire bad boy is the king of Club Luxe. Every Friday night, he reigns supreme over untold sinful pleasures in his underground kingdom. His one rule? He never participates and only watches–until he sees Victoria. She sets his body and soul on fire, and Malcolm does not plan on letting her go. Can Victoria keep it professional and get her story? Or will her heart betray her under Malcolm’s smoldering gaze?”

    Club Luxe 1: The Private Room (Billionaires Underground) is certainly one that I just sped read through. It is only 166 pages, so reading it in one evening was not a problem. My husband worked from bed, while I read this. (I think I got the better end of the deal). It wastes no time getting you to the private club, or into a “private room”. While the erotic scenes will leave you blushing, they were a bit rushed. (But as short as it is, they have to be) The whole story takes place in about a 12 hour stretch. It is a very short amount of time for all the characters to get to know eachother, this makes their connections seem a bit off. Like way to much to soon, while I am okay with that and able to over look it. It is worth pointing out.

    While I really wanted to like the masculine lead. He has an interesting story, there is a nice twist that makes him seem more personable. I never did like him. He never warmed my heart, other being great in bed; he had no redeeming qualities. To me that is what makes this kind of book, the male lead; while being twisted or broken, has some sort of redeeming quality. Malcom (the male lead) is just not nice (and not in a sexy bad boy kind of way), they have a twist that you would think would make him lovable. But it doesn’t since there is no emotion behind the twist.

    And… I am all for a good series. With as much as I read, I often seek out series. But, for a series to be a good series, it needs to have a story plot per book. Something has to get wrapped up, you need some answers, the story had to move forward. This one leaves you hanging mid-conversation. They were just getting into the story, when the book ends. Not cool.

    Over all I was in love with this new book. I did not like that there is no hugely lovable character. I did not like that I will have to keep buying the books to get the ending.

    When you read these types of books, what are you looking for? Am I just asking to much from a romance novel? Would love to hear your thoughts

     

  • Witch of Napoli

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    This was a very interesting story, told from a unique point of view. Our main character has already passed away, and the story is being told in a series of memories from a reporter/photographer.

    From the back of the book:

    “Historical fiction with a paranormal twist, set in Italy and England in 1899.

    Italy 1899: Fiery-tempered, erotic medium Alessandra Poverelli levitates a table at a Spiritualist séance in Naples. A reporter photographs the miracle, and wealthy, skeptical, Jewish psychiatrist Camillo Lombardi arrives in Naples to investigate. When she materializes the ghost of his dead mother, he risks his reputation and fortune to finance a tour of the Continent, challenging the scientific and academic elite of Europe to test Alessandra’s mysterious powers. She will help him rewrite Science. His fee will help her escape her sadistic husband Pigotti and start a new life in Rome. Newspapers across Europe trumpet her Cinderella story and baffling successes, and the public demands to know – does the “Queen of Spirits” really have supernatural powers? Nigel Huxley is convinced she’s simply another vulgar, Italian trickster. The icy, aristocratic detective for England’s Society for the Investigation of Mediums launches a plot to trap and expose her. The Vatican is quietly digging up her childhood secrets, desperate to discredit her supernatural powers; her abusive husband Pigotti is coming to kill her; and the tarot cards predict catastrophe.”

    While this story moves very slowly, it is very dense. The author does not waste a single word. After reading a few pages, I felt the need to set the book down and process all that was said. At almost 350 pages, it took quite a while to get all the way through it.

    All of the characters are well laid out, you really get to know them and care about them. Our main star Alessandra is quite remarkable. She has a gift, that she learns at a very young age how to turn it from a gift to a very profitable way of life. She is known as the Cinderella of the Physic realm, and is a rags to riches type of life.

    If you like historical fiction then this would be for you, just be ware that it is slow paced without any huge story arc.

     

  • Creamy Alfredo CookBook


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    WOW!! This is an amazing cookbook, and I loved the idea of basing all of the recipes off of a single main sauce. The main sauce, “The Greek Yogurt Alfredo Sauce” is so simple to make. Which is nice for a non-chief over here. If you have not read about my cooking “issues” go check out here. To say that I can’t cook is an understatement, I am a hazard in the kitchen. We laugh about it, but really it is not a laughing matter. That is how bad I am.

    But with this cookbook, I was able to make the base sauce and then able to make several of the recipes in this cookbook. My family was shocked, cause not only was I able to make them, they were awesome! To the point that my family asked if I would make them again. This never happens, normally my meals result in the family eating it (cause they are smart enough to know not to be rude to the hand that feeds them), but when I ask if I should make it again. They politely say no. Even my husband who is not a huge pasta lover, enjoyed these meals.

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    The sauce itself is super simple and easy to make. In fact you probably have everything that you need already in your kitchen to make it. Plus it is so much yummier then any store bought jar that you have ever purchased. All you need is:

    • Olive Oil
    • Flour
    • Chicken Broth
    • Greek Yogurt
    • Milk
    • Garlic
    • Parmesan Cheese
    • Salt

    That is it! Do you have all that in your kitchen? Even me, who doesn’t cook and certainly doesn’t cook from scratch had it all. Then from there you can make ANY of her recipes.

    After trying most of the recipes in this book (which has a ton of really great ones), our favorites were:

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    Chicken Alfredo Dip

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    Alfredo Shrimp Bake

    The Greek Yogurt Alfredo Sauce CookBook is only $2.99!!! You are going to get a ton of great new recipes, that are a much healthier version of the ones that you love, plus some really incredible new ones that you would have never thought of to try. There is no reason not to go and pick this up… Like right now?

    What are your favorite alfredo recipes? Do you make your own sauce?  Is this a cookbook that you would try?

  • Divergent + Hunger Games = Seeker

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    Did you love Divergent? Did you love Hunger Games? Wish that those had a small paranormal twist? Then Seeker is the next book that you should put on your must read list.

    From The Back Of The Book-

    “The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor.

    As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world.

    And she’ll be with the boy she loves–who’s also her best friend.

    But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes.

    Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.

    And now it’s too late to walk away.”

    This was one of those books that sat on my virtual bookcase for quite a while before I read it. And I am so mad at myself for not picking it up sooner. It was AMAZING. I loved every moment of it. The book itself starts in the present, with what is going on right now. And you think that you have a pretty good idea of who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. But then, the book jumps back in the past and you get to see the why behind how the characters are acting. Then your view shifts, and the bad guys become the good guys.

    While Quin is the main character and the story follows her closely, she is not my favorite character. I really fell in love with John. His character is so much deeper then most of the characters in the whole young adult genre. During the second part of the book, you get to see his upbringing. His interaction with his mother, you get to see his driving force, and he really becomes a well rounded person (in my mind).

    My least favorite character would have been Shinobu. While, I think he was suppose to be a good guy, he really got on my nerves. I like how he developed, I liked all the background information on him. But he himself was someone that just bugged me.

    I really liked the idea of the book. A girl being rasied and trained from the time she is young, to grow up to be special. She grew up thinking that a Seeker was something to be idealized. That a seeker was a hero, that they would protect the community and right the wrongs of the world. But then once she took her vows, she learns that this is all wrong. And it is to late to do anything now.

    Seeker is a book that needs to get on your must read list.

    Do you like books that this kind of book, where the build it is not the truth and the story takes such a drastic turn? Do you enjoy paranormal books? Or books that jump around in time? Let me know.

  • What To Wear Wednesday- Valentines Wish List

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    *This is a sponsored post. While I was paid to write about Candela, it has in no way
    changed my opinions. All of the pieces were hand-picked by me
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    Oh my, can you believe that it is already Valentine’s Day. I can’t get my head around how fast this year is just flying by. Anyone else feeling that way? Do you all celebrate Valentines Day with loved ones? We do, but we normally just do small things. Maybe flowers, or a nice new mug. Nothing fancy, just small tokens to say I love you.

    I recently came across Candela, out in New York and have simply fallen in love with her style. Her entire collection is so feminine. Lots of bows, lace and sheer material; it is exactly what I would I would be wearing. Even though we don’t do anything to huge for Valentines day, I girl can dream.  Here would be my Valentines Wish List (or more practically, my Birthday list. But that is quite a ways off),

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    I am loving these shoes. They are without a doubt, my favorite item on her site. The color is my all time favorite color, plus the bow and how over all they are so simple. They could be worn with just about everything.  shoe 1

    And lets be honest, there is nothing better then the perfect shoe in black. Personally I would love these with a pair of jeans. It would really dress up your favorite pair, without making you look like you are trying. earings 1

    How cute are these earrings? Again, I am a fan of simple; yet elegant. I love how they are mis-matched. And would wear these often. Would you rock the mis-matched pair, or do you prefer them to match?

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    This is one of those tops that I just adore. How girlie can you get? For me (cause I am at heart a jean and tee kinda gal), I would wear this with a pair of skinny jeans, and those perfect blush flats from above. Wouldn’t that make just a great out and about outfit?
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    There is something about this dress, I can’t pull my eyes away from. It is elegant, modest, yet you would look sexy in. If you click through to the site, you will see that the back of this dress is cut out, not quite to a backless dress, but really making a statement.

    Dress 1And lets end my wish list with this amazing, summer party dress. In my head I would wear this all the time. To just about everything. But the reality is, I would be so afraid of spilling on it lol. There is something magical about being able to wear a white dress I think.

    So this is my wish list. What are your thoughts? Would you want to wear any of these? What is your favorite piece?

     

  • Mimi’s Adventure In Baking

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    My daughters (well Tink in particular) LOVE to cook. They would help with every meal if you let them. Here is the issue: I don’t cook. It makes it hard to teach them how to cook, when I don’t do it. Just this year alone (yes as in the month January and only January) I have exploded a turkey dinner (as in one of those heavy glass dishes), set a pan on fire (while just boiling water), and dropped more then a few finished dishes. So not only don’t I cook, I am a danger to be in the kitchen with. Sadly for them, this means that even when I do cook. They often don’t get to cook with me.

    My daughters just loved this book. It is an incredibly sweet story about Mimi baking chocolate chip cookies with her grandma. Not only is it a great story, it walks you through how to make chocolate chip cookies in a way that ANYONE (even myself) can bake them. It is step by step directions all dressed up like a story.

    If you have kiddos that are interested in baking, then Mimi’s Adventures in Baking will be a must have book for your collection. It would make a perfect first cookbook.

    What are your thoughts, would you like a book that mixes storytelling with a recipe? Have you read anything like this before?

  • Monday MakeUp- January Ipsy Bag

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    Do you love trying new products? Do you like getting a little surprise every month, like a pretty present all in pink bubble wrap? Then you need to give Ipsy a try. Each month they send you a fun package, full of 5-6 beauty samples. Some times those are deluxe sample sizes and some times you get full sized products. You fill out a little survey and all of the picks are based off of your likes. Each month, they get better and better, since they listen to your feedback on the items that they have sent you. All for only $10 a month, you simply can’t go wrong.

    This month I got way more then my monies worth AND they are ALL full sized products!!!! I think that is a first for me. To have them ALL be full sized. It was amazing, and I really love all the items in my bag.

    In My Bag-

    • BellaPierre Eyeshadow in Whesek- Full Sized $15.00-
      • I love BellaPierre. It is an all mineral line of makeup, that has great coverage, that lasts forever, and is actually good for your skin. Whesek is dark shimmery gray. I like to use this an either an eyeliner color with a flat slanted brush or on the outer corners of my eyes for a dark smokey look.
    • Pacifica Eyeshadow in Treasure- Full Sized $7.99-
      • This is a golden brown shimmery eyeshadow. It has a really warm tone, that helps brighten and open your eyes. I like to use this all over my lid.
    • Malin+Goetz Mojito Lip Balm- Full Sized $12.00-
      • This is the best lip balm ever! It is thick, but not sticky or greasy at all. It coats my chapped winter lips nicely and provides instant relief. Plus the smell and taste is exactly like a Mojito, a nice little reminder that spring and summer are on their way.
    • Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush $9.99-
      • I knew that I was going to love this brush the moment that I saw it. It is a fun bright pink, not just the handle but the bristles too. It is super soft and applies your eyeshadow perfectly. It has quickly become one of my daily go to brushes.
    • Probelle Nail Polish in Into The Blue- Full Sized $6.00-
      • I adore blue nail polish. I know I know, I am in my 30’s and should have given up the blue, in exchange for more “adult” colors. But I am digging the blue. And this was a great polish, it does need two coats, but even after a week it has not chipped at all. Plus it is a great sky blue color. LOVE it.
    • This Months Bag-
      • The thing that sets Ipsy apart for me, and makes it my favorite subscription, is that each month it comes in a reusable makeup bag. We (my little ones and I) use them for all kinds of things. But they never go to waste. Some months are awesome, and some are not my favorite. This month was a bag that is not our favorite, but it was still cute and simple. One side is a solid blue and the other is a solid white; with an orange interior.

    With everything being a full size, this month’s bag is worth $50.98!! That is right over $50 worth of products that I am loving. Is it worth the price? I think so!! Do any of you guys use Ipsy? What are your thoughts on monthly beauty subscriptions?

     

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