Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Years Eve!! Goodbye 2014, HELLO 2015!!!



What a year it's been!!! Oh my goodness!! Life has tested in me in so many ways, but at the same time, it's made me so much stronger. This year started off with me not being incredibly happy. I was content, I guess you could say, but I didn't know what true happiness felt like. Not really, anyway.

This hectic journey I've been on throughout 2014 has lead me to a place I now call home. A lot of ups and downs later, I consider myself to be incredibly BLESSED. My heart could not be more full of love. I have a beautiful family made up of two wonderful boys, a puppy, and a man that spoils me rotten and supports me in every way possible. I also have an amazing job which I look forward to everyday -- my own literary PR company! I mean, how cool is that!?

I'm truly grateful.

I've transitioned from a life of uncertainty and questions to a life full of love and bliss. A life where alongside my loved ones, I work hard every day to accomplish my dreams and goals. A life of moving forward.

This passing year has taught me to know the difference between fake people and real friends. It's shown me that no matter how many times you fall, what counts is how many times you get up, and that regardless of how hard it may seem, the best response you can give negative people is no response at all. After all, you don't have to attend every argument you're invited to. :)

I've always been the type to look at the bright side when facing a challenge. So on New Years Eve 2014, I'm saying THANK YOU to each and every person that has affected my journey -- whether it was in a good or bad way, THANK YOU. I've learned to take the good with the bad and make the best of it. And I have.

I am happy. I am blessed. I am home. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Cheers to new opportunities in 2015!! Let the new journey begin...



Sunday, December 28, 2014

✰ Book Cover Reveal ✰ Keeping King by Anne Jolin


 I've read and enjoyed all the installments in this series, so I'm super excited for this book to come out!

You can check out my reviews of Chasing Rhodes and Choosing Henley (books 1 & 2)  here
And my review of Breaking Bennett  here

Now I leave you with the cover for the 4th book in the Rock Falls Series by Anne Jolin, KEEPING KING.



COVER DESIGNER: MG Book Covers
 COVER MODEL: Micah Truitt
COVER PHOTOGRAPHER: Scott Hoover
 RELEASE DATE: March 4th

KEEPING KING
Author: Anne Jolin
Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Rock Falls #4
~ SYNOPSIS ~

***Can be read as a standalone or as part of the Rock Falls series.***

Peyton Callaghan is a fighter, a survivor, a warrior. When it was kill or be killed, she didn’t hesitate. Now, she’s the only one left standing, haunted by the ghost of a dead man and plagued with the guilt of having taken another person’s life. The upheaval of her life to start over in Rock Falls has been rocky at best, her worst nightmares and wildest desires colliding with each other. Terror tortures her nightly, breeding fear inside her dreams, and in every waking moment, she fights against the lust that threatens to drown her. 

Jayden King harbors secrets beneath his outward playboy demeanor. The women who warm his bed lay claim to nothing—you can’t lay claim to someone who doesn’t have a heart. His wit and charm are exquisite means of deflection and distraction from the turmoil roaring inside him. He’s hidden in plain sight, a mask of humor keeping the sadness at bay. The only real reflections of his soul are in the artwork he creates, pieces of him muraled on the skin of others. If tattoo artists could have a calling card, the etch of pain and suffering in each design would be his. Because when the lights go out and the women he’s satisfied have gone home, he’s alone with every fear he refuses to face.

After suffering from a brutal attack at the hands of her roommate’s stalker, Peyton is forced to live with the object of her affection. Without intention, she breathes love into his starved heart, and although the mere thought of that terrifies him, Jayden would burn the city down to keep her safe, causalities be damned. 

Some people you have. Some people you hold. 

She can have him. She can hold him. But can she keep King? Or is it impossible for Callaghan to keep something that was never really hers to begin with?




~ The Rock Falls Series ~


CHASING RHODES
Author: Anne Jolin
Genre:  Romance | Erotica
Series: Rock Falls Series #1
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Hannah Rhodes has just gotten out of a long term relationship, and she isn't looking for a new man in her life. But after a night out with the girls and one too many tequila shots, her plans to stay man free are blown all to hell. She finds herself in bed with the smoldering stranger from a party six months back and immediately knows she's in trouble, big trouble. And the last thing Hannah needs is more trouble.

Her last relationship took her out like an emotional freight train, and she’s trying to piece back the stability her life once had.

Greyson Holt’s biggest fear in life is to end up like his father, like the man who left him as a child, and broke his mother’s heart. He vowed to never be responsible for that kind of carnage. Men could be cruel and that kind of brutality was in his blood. He never allows himself to get too close to anyone, until he meets Hannah.

Something about her makes him want to try, but a man can’t change overnight.

Will Holt be able to catch Rhodes every time he lets her go? Or will their chase end in heartbreak?





CHOOSING HENLEY
Author: Anne Jolin
Series: Book Two in the Rock Falls Series
Genre: Romance | Erotica 
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Lennon Montgomery is scared. Absolutely scared shitless of love.

When the floor fell out from underneath her perfect childhood, it shattered her ability to trust. The one man in her life who was genetically programmed to love her left her. Since then, she’s allowed men into her bed and even into her life, but never into her heart. 

Until him. 

Jamison Henley has never wanted a woman for longer than it takes him to make a guitar. He’s content living his life and loving only three things: making guitars, cooking great food, and Martha, his black pit bull. He never chases women, and he’s never had to. 

Until her.

One night together changes everything. There’s no going back to the way it was before. 

She doesn’t want to want him, but she does. 

He knows he wants her, but he can’t have her. 

Will Montgomery take the leap of faith in choosing Henley? Or will her fear cripple their chance at a happily ever after?






BREAKING BENNETT 
Author: Anne Jolin 
Genre: Romance/Erotica
Series: Rock Falls Series, Book 3 
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Beth Rhodes has always had a game plan. Go to college. Get the perfect job. Get the perfect guy. Get the happily ever after she's always wanted. It is just her luck that everything falls into its precise place in her life. At least it seems that way until her blueprints go up in smoke. She loses the job she loves and her price charming is turning out to be the villain of her fairytale instead. With failures and mistakes piling up on her doorstep, she knows something has to give—or she could very well end up paying for those mistakes with her life.

Braxton Bennett is lethal, both in the courtroom and in the ring. Two sides of him constantly wage war against one another, and to keep the internal bloodshed at bay, he allows himself to indulge in his violent vice. Suit by day and brawler by night aren’t easy dual lives to manage for a man of his status. The only way to do so is by following a strict set of rules—rules he won’t break for anyone. But what if he already has?

On a summer night in the depths of the city, a chance encounter will turn both of their perfectly constructed worlds upside down.

Will they battle together against all odds to break Bennett’s rules? Or will Rhodes tap out to save herself before the fight is over?



MEET THE AUTHOR: Anne Jolin
I’m twenty four years old. I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside of Vancouver, Canada. I grew up riding horses, shooting guns and riding in trucks. I’ve been married to my handsome redneck husband for a year and we are parents to our chocolate fur baby, Bear. No kiddo’s yet! I am completely and utterly obsessed with country music, you will constantly find me stalking iTunes. If you don’t find me on iTunes, you’ll find me on Netflix because I am a self proclaimed movie junkie. Yes, that means that I quote them constantly in daily conversation and my characters do too! You couldn’t keep me away from a good action movie if you tried. I’m also a planning nut. I love to plan parties, events, trips – you name it! I don’t know if that’s considered a real hobby, but it is for me. 

We were fortunate enough to travel a lot as a family growing up, and I think that helped spark my love of reading. I’m half Viking, my mom is Danish, and her entire side of the family still lives in Denmark. We’d visit them almost once a year, every year and it’s a nine hour flight. That’s a lot of uninterrupted time to read (or in my parent’s case, entertain four children – Yikes!). Somewhere along the way my love of reading, became a love of writing. I wrote short stories when I was younger, and although I majored in Business Management at college, I took as many English electives I could get my hands on. 

During the day I work at my family construction company wearing a variety of different hats and at night, I write! I had never thought about writing books before, but after a few suggestions that I should try, I decided to give it a go. I loved it instantly! Having always been a creative person, it felt amazing to harness all that energy and use it to tell a story. Now, quite frankly it’s all I can think about, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m grateful to have developed my love of reading into a passion for writing. You’ll be seeing many more books from me in the future!

Xo.

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Edible Santa Hats :) #Christmas ~ #Holidays


On Christmas Day, Jeff, the boys and I made edible Santa Hats -- super fun, easy, and yummy.

All you need is:
bananas 
strawberries
mini marshmallows 
toothpicks

Here's what you do...
First you cut the top off the strawberries so that they have a triangular shape, and cut thin slices of bananas. 



Then, you start stacking them on the toothpicks: banana slice at the bottom, the strawberry on top of it, and then, the mini marshmallow on top of the strawberry.





BAM! You're done.


This is an easy, fun family project I highly recommend to everyone with kids!!

Happy Holidays!








Wednesday, December 17, 2014

✰ Book Review ✰ Breaking Bennett by Anne Jolin





BREAKING BENNETT 
Author: Anne Jolin 
Genre: Romance/Erotica
Series: Rock Falls Series, Book 3 
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Beth Rhodes has always had a game plan. Go to college. Get the perfect job. Get the perfect guy. Get the happily ever after she's always wanted. It is just her luck that everything falls into its precise place in her life. At least it seems that way until her blueprints go up in smoke. She loses the job she loves and her price charming is turning out to be the villain of her fairytale instead. With failures and mistakes piling up on her doorstep, she knows something has to give—or she could very well end up paying for those mistakes with her life.

Braxton Bennett is lethal, both in the courtroom and in the ring. Two sides of him constantly wage war against one another, and to keep the internal bloodshed at bay, he allows himself to indulge in his violent vice. Suit by day and brawler by night aren’t easy dual lives to manage for a man of his status. The only way to do so is by following a strict set of rules—rules he won’t break for anyone. But what if he already has?

On a summer night in the depths of the city, a chance encounter will turn both of their perfectly constructed worlds upside down.

Will they battle together against all odds to break Bennett’s rules? Or will Rhodes tap out to save herself before the fight is over?




I love Anne Jolin and I will read anything she writes! Really. I will. The Rock Falls Series is truly amazing and I’ve enjoyed all the installments so far. Breaking Bennett is the 3rd book in the series and while all books can be completely read as standalone novels, I feel that if you read them in order, you will connect even more with all the characters and their stories. For instance, Beth was very first introduced in book 1, Chasing Rhodes, but it wasn’t until book 2, Choosing Henley, that we got a glimpse of her story.

Beth had a new relationship with a guy that honestly mistreated her in every way possible. He had a stick so far up his ass that there was no way anyone could ever remove it. He treated Beth as if he was superior to her and she should obey his every word. Prick. Well, one night, he took things even further, but unfortunately for him, a very HOT, strong, sexy, alpha male stepped in.

Braxton Bennett…my, my, my!!! What a HUNK of man! He was so damn sexy!! A lawyer AND a fighter? Oi!

“I’ve never wanted anyone or anything the way I want you.”

Despite him not wanting to get involved with Beth at the beginning, he really didn’t have a choice. Yeah. THAT was inevitable. You see, Beth and Bennett had this chemistry that sizzled off the pages. They had such a strong connection, that as a reader, I felt it. I understood why he tried to keep his “lives” separate, but at the same time, when you meet “the one,” there’s not much you can do about it.  

“Anyone who thinks time plays a part in falling in love with someone is an idiot. You either love someone or you don’t.”

Bennett was incredibly protective of Beth – and I loved that. They both went through a ton of crap, honestly, and he was just what she needed in her life. The suspense and drama was a wonderful addition to the already hot romance in this book. Anne Jolin kept things interesting from beginning to end and I couldn’t help but want to keep on reading. I needed to know what would unfold next. Beth and Bennett did NOT have things easy. Beth’s ex-boyfriend was a complete and total psycho and he just wouldn’t let her go! All the challenges Beth and Bennett faced only brought them closer. It developed an even more emotional connection between them. It was hot and I loved them as a couple.

“I love you more than I’ve ever loved anything in my entire life. I’m yours.”

As always, the group dynamic in this book was amazing! I absolutely LOVE this group of characters! The men are protective, swoon-worthy alpha males and the women are strong, witty, and sarcastic. They all just seem to fit well together.

All in all, this was a great read from the very first page to the very last one. The plot developed wonderfully and the characters, once again, made me feel for them and their situation. If you’re in the mood for some steamy romance with a well balanced mix of drama and suspense, I recommend you one-click Breaking Bennett today.

4.5 stars to this third installment in the Rock Falls Series by Anne Jolin.


Check out my reviews for books 1 & 2 → here















~ The Rock Falls Series ~



CHASING RHODES
Author: Anne Jolin
Genre:  Romance | Erotica
Series: Rock Falls Series #1
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Hannah Rhodes has just gotten out of a long term relationship, and she isn't looking for a new man in her life. But after a night out with the girls and one too many tequila shots, her plans to stay man free are blown all to hell. She finds herself in bed with the smoldering stranger from a party six months back and immediately knows she's in trouble, big trouble. And the last thing Hannah needs is more trouble.

Her last relationship took her out like an emotional freight train, and she’s trying to piece back the stability her life once had.

Greyson Holt’s biggest fear in life is to end up like his father, like the man who left him as a child, and broke his mother’s heart. He vowed to never be responsible for that kind of carnage. Men could be cruel and that kind of brutality was in his blood. He never allows himself to get too close to anyone, until he meets Hannah.

Something about her makes him want to try, but a man can’t change overnight.



Will Holt be able to catch Rhodes every time he lets her go? Or will their chase end in heartbreak?



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CHOOSING HENLEY
Author: Anne Jolin
Series: Book Two in the Rock Falls Series
Genre: Romance | Erotica 
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Lennon Montgomery is scared. Absolutely scared shitless of love. 

When the floor fell out from underneath her perfect childhood, it shattered her ability to trust. The one man in her life who was genetically programmed to love her left her. Since then, she’s allowed men into her bed and even into her life, but never into her heart. 

Until him. 

Jamison Henley has never wanted a woman for longer than it takes him to make a guitar. He’s content living his life and loving only three things: making guitars, cooking great food, and Martha, his black pit bull. He never chases women, and he’s never had to. 

Until her.

One night together changes everything. There’s no going back to the way it was before. 

She doesn’t want to want him, but she does. 

He knows he wants her, but he can’t have her. 

Will Montgomery take the leap of faith in choosing Henley? Or will her fear cripple their chance at a happily ever after?

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Check out my reviews for books 1 & 2 → here

Meet the author: Anne Jolin
I’m twenty four years old. I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside of Vancouver, Canada. I grew up riding horses, shooting guns and riding in trucks. I’ve been married to my handsome redneck husband for a year and we are parents to our chocolate fur baby, Bear. No kiddo’s yet! I am completely and utterly obsessed with country music, you will constantly find me stalking iTunes. If you don’t find me on iTunes, you’ll find me on Netflix because I am a self proclaimed movie junkie. Yes, that means that I quote them constantly in daily conversation and my characters do too! You couldn’t keep me away from a good action movie if you tried. I’m also a planning nut. I love to plan parties, events, trips – you name it! I don’t know if that’s considered a real hobby, but it is for me. 

We were fortunate enough to travel a lot as a family growing up, and I think that helped spark my love of reading. I’m half Viking, my mom is Danish, and her entire side of the family still lives in Denmark. We’d visit them almost once a year, every year and it’s a nine hour flight. That’s a lot of uninterrupted time to read (or in my parent’s case, entertain four children – Yikes!). Somewhere along the way my love of reading, became a love of writing. I wrote short stories when I was younger, and although I majored in Business Management at college, I took as many English electives I could get my hands on. 

During the day I work at my family construction company wearing a variety of different hats and at night, I write! I had never thought about writing books before, but after a few suggestions that I should try, I decided to give it a go. I loved it instantly! Having always been a creative person, it felt amazing to harness all that energy and use it to tell a story. Now, quite frankly it’s all I can think about, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m grateful to have developed my love of reading into a passion for writing. You’ll be seeing many more books from me in the future!

Xo.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

✰ Book Review ✰ "Shattered by Love" by CA Harms



SHATTERED BY LOVE
Author: C.A. Harms
Series: Scarred by Love, Book 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
~ SYNOPSIS ~
He was the one.

The man she wanted with all her heart. 

But it took years before Bree realized she deserved more then what Max was willing to give.

Max, was cocky and arrogant…

Too strong-headed to admit that he felt more for Bree than just lust. 

Then it happened… 

One devastating night, and it shook Max to his very core.

That’s when he began to see life in whole new way. 

Now he’s left to sort through the mess that he’s created. 

Will he be able to rise above it all and make amends with those he needs the most?

Or will the damage be irreversible and leave him longing for what could have been?

 ~ 5 Stars ~

Oh my gosh! Where to even begin!! This book blew me away – totally AMAZING from beginning to end! I’ve said this before and I will say it again, this is the type of series that gets better by the book. Really. Just when I think CA Harms has written her best work, she blows my mind yet again with her latest release! If you haven’t read any of the books in the Scarred by Love series, I highly suggest you do so. While they are all standalone novels, I would recommend reading them in order.

Shattered by Love was Max and Bree’s story. We first met Max in book one, Scarred by Love, since he’s one of Riley’s brothers (Riley is the heroine in that book). And well, he and the other brother, Tanner, were known as the playboys of the family. No woman would ever get them to settle down. Ever. Then in book two, Broken by Love, we got introduced to Bree, Max’s “friend”. But really to Bree, it was much more than that. She had fallen in love with him and while he sometimes let his jealousy get the best of him and went all caveman on Bree, he wouldn’t admit to having feelings for her. To say I was antsy to get my hands on their story would be quite the understatement.

“I love you, Bree. I’m pretty sure I have for a long time. I was just too big of an ass to face it. I’m done with games, I’m done with the bullshit. I want us.”

The accident. It took a life-changing moment for Max to open his eyes. I felt like I was at the edge of my seat reading that scene. The aftermath of everything made my heart ache for Max and all the pain he was suffering. His guilt, anguishI could feel it. CA Harms’ writing style is incredibly beautiful. She always allows me to connect FULLY not only with the characters, but their story. Suffice it to say that Max and Bree’s journey was an emotional one that made me feel. It’s as if I was experiencing everything with them, first hand.

“Max was the best form of addiction.”

Seeing Aubree and Max come together and grow as a couple was AMAZING! The character development was perfect – nothing felt rushed or dragged out. The book’s pace was great, in my opinion. If all that wasn’t enough, I absolutely loved the emotional angst throughout the storyline. It left me desperate to read more and more. And omg! CA Harms even threw in some suspenseful drama which literally made me feel like I wasn’t turning the pages fast enough. I CANNOT WAIT FOR TANNER’S BOOK – all I’m going to say about that!

“I, the ultimate playboy, had fallen in love.”

Max and Bree’s story is a beautiful and emotional journey full of ups and downs that will hook you from the very beginning. You won’t be able to resist it. I know I didn’t. I was captivated from the very first page until the very last one. FIVE BRILLIANT STARS!!! I HIGHLY recommend this book!









~ SCARRED BY LOVE SERIES 

SCARRED BY LOVE
Series: Scarred by Love, Book 1
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Riley thought she was in love. She thought she found the perfect guy until his aggressive behavior became too much to handle and she ran.

Becoming withdrew from the world and hiding from the chance of loving again. Having four older brothers and a determined best friend she had no choice but to stand strong.

Over time Riley was able to open up once again. She had no idea that the one person she needed was right under her nose.

She was guarded and hesitant when it came to bad boys...after all it was a bad boy that shattered her once before.

Zander wanted the girl from the party. He wanted to be near her even though she continued to push him away. He couldn’t let go of the gorgeous girl with those stormy eyes.


They both had secrets they kept hidden from one another. They found it easier to talk to others than to confide in each other. Riley begins to realize Zander isn't who she thought he was and falling for the sexy voiced Lead Singer/Guitar player may be just what she needs.

They struggle through hard times and learn to trust again. But will the love that grows be enough to hold them together or will the heartache they suffer drive a wedge between them forever.

They could be toxic to one another or they could heal the wounds that run deep within their souls.

THIS BOOK CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT AND IS MEANT FOR MATURE AUDIENCES


Read my REVIEW  here 





BROKEN BY LOVE
Series: Scarred by Love, Book 2
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Kate thought she and Carson had finally reached level ground. They had moved in together and were preparing for the arrival of their baby.

She never thought they would only be driven further apart by his withdrawn and distant behavior.

Carson had always had his freedom, and for a moment, he thought he could still live that life.

Only Kate needs more. She can no longer pretend that what he’s willing to offer is enough.

By the time Carson finally realizes that Kate deserves a better life than he’s been giving her, it may be too late.

He may have finally pushed her away to the point of no return…




Read my REVIEW➜ here 



Meet the author: CA Harms
C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn't always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict.

She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas is here!!


To say that I'm excited for Christmas is probably THE understatement of the year! To top everything off, Jeff and I are DONE with Christmas shopping! Yes, DONE. We got the last few things we wanted for the boys during Black Friday and now we get to relax!! We took the "big presents" over to Jeff's mom's house because yes, the boys LOVE searching for the gifts!! But...too bad for them, we out-smarted them. Hahaha!!!

Our house is decorated and ready for Santa!!! Even Harley helped out! Ha!


Most of these decorations were purchased at the Dollar Tree store for yes, you guessed it, $1!! I just added my personal touch to each.  Easy and cheap DIY projects! And the pine cones were collected during our hunting trip! The boys picked them out and they helped me "glitter them up"!

This year, we went with the colors blue and silver (with a touch of white!) in honor of the Detroit Lions!! Yes, in this house we're fans of that team, more so Jeff and Kiefer, but it's a Detroit Lions house nonetheless!


Like I said, even Harley helped. LOL!


And finally...after almost 3 whole hours....we FINISHED!!!



MERRY CHRISTMAS!!