Book Music

I love authors who listen to music when they write. The ones who spend the time to tie in the lyrics to the words, so much so that you hear the song and you think of the books, the characters and everything that went on. Usually when I find a book like that I cant seem to separate myself,  and when I get to the last page, I mourn the loss of yet another world and a set of characters who I really don’t want to leave behind.

For weeks the songs play in my head on a constant spin and I keep remembering the characters, (one of whom is always me).  This spell cannot be broken unless I read another book and even so if someone reminds me or mentions the book, the song begins to play and I am back into that amazing world and I am interacting and enjoying my book boyfriends again.

These are a few that have held me enthralled for years

  • Author:  Karen Marie Moning
    • Song :  For You – Manfred Mann
    • Book :  Fever Series – Book 4 Faefever
  • Author:  Stylo Fantome
    • Song: Stay – Rihanna (ft. Mikky Ekko)
    • Song: Like I’m gonna lose you  – Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend
    • Book: Muscle Memory
  • Author: E. L. James
    • Song: The Scientist – Cold Play
    • Book: Fifty Shades Series – Book 2
  • Author: Stylo Fantome
    • Song: Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande
    • Song: Pillow Talk –  Zayn Malik
    • Song: Close – Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo
    • Book: Twin Estate Series – Book 1

There are so many more.  But these are the ones that come readily to mind and which always evoke feelings.

as always, Happy Reading

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One Left…or at this point …Zero

I have one book to read before I complete my Goodreads challenge for 2018.  I honestly choose a small figure, because I wanted to enjoy the books I read a little more and be able to remember them long after I read them – therefore I chose to read only 60 books this year (compared to the 100 I have chosen in other years).  It is only mid-October and already, I am planning the reads to wrap up my 2018 list and begin the list for next year.

I am now looking back at my past reads.  Some, I have forgotten, which means the story-line was ‘blah’;  others, were mid-range and though I remember the story-line, they were not worth remembering; and yet there are others who have made such a drastic impact, I doubt I will forget them and will be sure to refer them to other readers, so that they can bask in the glory of a good, awesome read.

These are the ones I can list as my 5 ‘starers’ (now that I am almost complete):

  1.  Lauren Dane – Brown Family Series – all books were good and yummy and definitely worth a recommend.  Wonderful book boyfriends and strong female characters made these so awesomely good.
  2. Nikki Sex  – Fate 
  3. Christina Bauer – Angelbound Origins Series  – This one, though not a steamy romance was a very good paranormal romance that is good for a teenager or young adult and will definitely bring on the feels as you grow with the protagonist.
  4. Stylo Fantome – Block Party and Neighbourhood Watch.  These two are the continuation to the Twin Estates Series and as usual she did not disappoint.  I also read Muscle Memory from her, and she also gave us an update with all our favourites in Checking In.  She is the type of author that brings books to life and makes them real and you often relate to the characters so clearly that you are hard pressed to put down the book until it ends.
  5. Sarah J. Maas – A Court of Frost and Starlight –  This is the last written book in the series (there may be more).  I can only say one word – RHYSAND – and move on from there.  If I get into this I may never end.

I won’t get get any more detailed with the others …….

  1. Nancy Corrigan – Treasured Find
  2. Whitney G. – Mid-Life Love Series
  3. May Sage – Kitty Cat
  4. Nicole French – Legally Yours
  5.  C.J. Archer – The Watchmaker’s Daughter
  6. Ann Christopher – Sinful Seduction
  7. Penny Reid – Truth or Beard
  8. Lexi Ryan – Spinning Out
  9. Erin Nicholas – Just Right
  10. D.L. Roan – Second Chances
  11. Karen Marie Moning – A re-read of this awesomeness and the hotness that is Jericho Z. Barrons – another noteworthy book boyfriend
  12. Adele Clee – To Save a Sinner
  13. Ann Christopher

And throughout my readings the most wonderful part is finding all these wonderful new authors that have remained hidden.  My current read (Tender Secrets – Ann Christopher) is one such author.  She is excellent at romance, so good at it.  Always strong characters and story-lines that are really good and hold you right to the end.

I honesty did not realize that my 5 starers would be this long.  It goes to show what happens when you are having fun.  I can also tell you that this one I am reading, I will be giving 5 stars, she is definitely that kind of author, you can expect quality from her.  It has started out with a strong story and I definitely want to see how these two end up together based on the fact that they are enemies.  I will let you when I get to the end which will be at the end of the week.

I will definitely continue reading into the new year and see what my total count is.  Let us see, let us see……

 

And since I wrote the above, I have completed my last novel and I have successfully completed my Goodreads goal for 2018.  4-big-grin

 

as always, Happy Reading

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It has been a minute …..

Wrote this last week and did not hit the publish button….Guess what???? publishing now!!!!

Honestly, transitions can really make you forget what you love to do.  Work, family time, growth and changes will definitely push everything else to the back.  But earlier this week, I glimpsed my page and realized that I really have not been paying my page any mind and I also felt the need to return to putting up sticky notes with simple but effective quotes that can help throughout the day.

5 days …..5 quotes …

 

“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes.”  – Mark Nepo

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“Silence is a source of great strength.” – Lao Tzu

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“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson

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“Have patience.  All things are difficult before they become easy.” – Saadi

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“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” – Joyce Meyer

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Hope those helped…if only for a minute.

 

as always, Happy Reading

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Re-reading a book

I have NEVER done this before…NEVER!!!

I read a lot, but could never understand why someone would go back to a place they have already been to and enjoyed thoroughly……well, I’m there…and thoroughly enjoying it, AGAIN!! *dancing, dancing*dancing emoji

Darkfever

That’s it right there!!!

I remember giving this book all 5 stars.  Wonder if i will give it 6 stars now?Thinking_Face_Emoji_grande

I felt the need to meet Jericho Barrons again and delve into his world.  I have already started and it is all coming back and I am loving it again.  The chemistry is real and there is nothing like the first time for everything.   I’m actually laughing at Mac for her idiocy and because I know what comes next.  LOL!!! Funny stuff ahead, Funny STUFF!!!!!

I hope i find a spot i missed and get excited again because of the yumminess that is J.Z.B.

Sometimes you have to re-read about your book boyfriend in order to keep him close. 4-big-grin

 

as always, Happy Reading

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Reading in 2018

Ever read that one book that was so good you keep looking for others like it?

Yep, that’s the position I am now in.

SO to make things a little easier, i have randomly selected a few books from my library (which is quiet extensive) and asked a girl friend to select the reading order.  Anything to find something good.  I have not been very successful with the selection of the new genre but hopefully I will find something new soon.

Fate  This one is the first on the list.  It is good and i honestly did not expect it to be a BDSM, but i should have known as Nikki is always good with this.  I am going through it slowly, but hopefully I will move through quickly enough.

The others are:

My Sunny Vampire –  Stacy McKitrick

Beyond Control – Karice Bolton

Angel bound – Christina Bauer

AfterLife – Stephanie Hudson

Escorted – Claire Kent

The Great Hunt – Wendy Higgins

 

I will let you know how these go; i anticipate GREAT readings!!!!

 

as always, Happy Reading

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2018 Reads

It has been a very long time.  I have been out for a number of reasons,  but I am finally glad to be back.

My challenge for this year is 60 books, and I am going to TRY, TRY, to read books from genres I have never read before.  Going to see what I can do with them.

So far for this year, I have gone 8 books.  Doing soooo good so far; and i want to continue.  Once I decide on the others I will let you know and also let you know how far i have gotten in then.

as always, Happy Reading

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Wednesday Words – Week 11

Picking up where we left off and stepping right into it!!

Some unusual words for this weeks Wednesday Words.    Here we go…

 

AGASTOPIA (n.)

[agg-uh-stow-pee-ah]

  • love of one part of the body

origin:

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IMPIGNORATE (v.)

[im.pig.no.rate]

  • pledge, pawn, mortgage

origin: late Latin or Medieval Latin

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KAKORRHAPHIOPHOBIA (n.)

[kak.or.rhaph.io.pho.bia]

  • abnormal fear of failure

origin:

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NUDIUSTERTIAN (adj.)

[noo-dee-uhs-TUR-shuhn]

  • of or relating top the day before yesterday

origin:  Latin: 1647

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OXTER (n.)

[/ˈɒkstə/]

  • a person’s armpit

origin: Scottish, Irish, Northern English

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TITTYNOPE (n.)

[   ]

  • a small amount of something left over

origin:

 

I’m still laughing……

 

as always, Happy Reading       Burgundy Namaste

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REVIEW: FLAME IN THE MIST – Renee Ahdieh

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5

This post is short and does not in anyway show how absolutely good this book was.  If you had read “The Wrath and the Dawn” series you would have loved Renee’s writing style and how she created her world.  In that series we were shown the Arabic culture, in what I thought was a wonderful retelling and twist to the story of Aladdin. In this one, we are treated to the Japanese culture and its intricacies, but as always with Renee – somebody has to fall in love with the forbidden or the one we did not expect.

The storyline is perfect and pulls you in from the first page.  We learn that women, when forced between a rock and hard place always thrives and become stronger than they intended or even know they could be.  The protagonist in this one is no different and we are treated to the best of her strength, as she grows and even as she tries to trick people into believing she is something she is not.

I truly enjoyed every minute of it and cannot wait to get my hands on Book Two.  I must admit the names were very similar to me and confused me a bit, but once I got into the flow and cemented which name belonged to whom, I was able to flow through quickly and easily.

What will happen next?  Will she be able to chose who her heart belongs to?  Who will have/get the power? Whose side will the brother chose?  Now that the wife has done the deed, and the consort knows, who will triumph? Both mothers want their son to lead but which one will, when they have another contender in the mix?

All of these I cannot wait to get the answers to in Book Two.  If Renee is following suite I know I can expect only two really good books, that give a clean, clear story line and a HEA.

Here’s to Renee and a really good read.

 

as always, Happy Reading        Burgundy Namaste

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Affirmation Tuesday – Week 14

About a year and some months ago (with some motivation from a coworker), I decided to begin something I’ve always wanted to try.  Yoga.  It was something I had always wanted to try and because of my zeal and its amazing properties, it has become a major part of my life.

In my readings of yoga and strengthening my practice, I have come across “The Eight Limbs of Yoga”, that cemented for me the importance of practicing.  No worries, I won’t go too deep, but I must highlight because of their significance.  They are seen as:

  1. Yama (universal practices that relate best to what we know as the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Yama also breaks down as follows:

Ahimsa: nonviolence

Satya: truthfulness

Asteya: nonstealing

Brahmacharya: continence

Aparigraha: noncovetousness

 

  1. Niyama – self-discipline and spiritual observances. The five niyamas are:

Sancha: cleanliness

Samtosa: contentment

Tapas: heat; spiritual austerities

Svadhyaya: study of the sacred scriptures and of one’s self

Isvara pranidhana: surrender to God

 

  1. Asana – the postures practiced in yoga

 

  1. Pranayama – generally translated as breath control. Consists of techniques designed to gain mastery over the respiratory process, while recognizing the connection between the breath, mind and the emotions.

 

  1. Pratyahara – means withdrawal or sensory transcendence

 

  1. Dharana – concentration

 

  1. Dhyana – meditation or contemplation, is the uninterrupted flow of concentration.

 

  1. Samadhi – a state of ecstacy

 

My favorite limbs are the yamas, niyamas and asanas, particularly because they focus on refining our personalities.  Ahima (a part of yamas) in particular speaks to me.  This is hard but with practice becomes a common thing. Ahima means non-violence; not only physical violence, but also to violence of words or thoughts.  What we think about ourselves or others can be as powerful as any physical attempt to harm.

With all of that being said, self-love is a must and is extremely important.  According to Dr. Carmen Hara, “maintaining a healthy sense of self-love is crucial to your overall well-being.  The more you accept, understand and appreciate yourself, the more you thrive under any circumstances.”

The following are self-love affirmations from Dr. Hara to uplift your spirit and strengthen your love of self:

  1. Today, I am met with unexpected joys and welcome opportunities.  Today is the beginning of a brand new cycle of positivity.
  2. Love is my birthright. I am a manifestation of this love.  I am loving and loved by many.
  3. I am overflowing with joy, vitality and energy – I am unstoppable!
  4. I acknowledge my own self-worth; my confidence is soaring.
  5. I am at peace with all that has happened, is happening, and will happen because I know that everything is towards my highest good.

AND, just because we need all the self-love we can get…

  1. I DEEPLY love & approve of myself.  I am a perfect reflection of my beautiful soul.  I love me!

– adventuresinmanifesting.org

  1. My happiness does not depend on other people. And it is not up to me to make others happy.

– carrieleighsandoval.com

  1. Take care how you speak to yourself because you are listening.                                               – Anonymous

5. When I accept myself, I am freed from the burden of needing you to accept me.                     – Steve Maraboi

6.  I forgive myself and set myself free.                                                                                          – Louise Hay

 

I hope that these affirmations are ones that you can relate to and utilize to build yourself up –  after all there is only one YOU and YOU have to live with YOU for a life time.

 

as always, Happy Reading         Burgundy Namaste

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I’ve missed you…

Like I do with almost everything else in life, I tend to often times step back from things, assess and then step forward to progress and grow.

I did that here and I must admit …I missed you.

In my absence I have read a lot; and because it has been a lot, I will not bore you with how I felt about each book I read but rather, I will just list the books and also my current reads….

READ:

Empire of Storms – Sarah J. Maas

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

The Queen of the Tearling – Erika Johansen

Ride Me Dirty  – Vanessa Vale

The Billionaire’s Voice – J.S.Scott

The RoomMate  – Kendall Ryan

And I Darken – Kiersten White

Hot Shot Brother – Sabrina Hunt

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Black Rainbow – J.J. McAvoy

Virtuous – M.c.Force

Until November – Aurora Rose Reynolds

 

CURRENTLY READING

Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh

Playing with Others – Lee Harrington & Mollena Williams

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

 

See you when I complete one of these……

 

as always, Happy Reading

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