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

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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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REVIEW: HOLDING YOU SERIES BY JEWEL E. ANN

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5SPOILERS INCLUDED!!!!

(REVIEWS FOR BOTH HOLDING YOU AND RELEASING ME)

This one I have to do as a single post, because for me it was just one story that the author split in two (to frustrate me into thinking the second part was not yet written and then upon finding the second part – doing the dance; I am ecstatic that I did…wouldn’t want to get too angry at the author).

The passion, the love, the intimacy, the intercourse, the relationship, the friendship… Where do I end?

Holding You series by Jewel E. Ann was quiet a surprise.  I started it because of the cover –  no other reason. I had it for some time on my kindle but kept over-looking it.  But on Friday when I was looking for something new to “catch my eye”, this jumped out…and I am glad I started it.

It was beautifully written and the characters were extremely realistic and close to home. The plot was awesome. It was obvious that the author put all her emotions in this one; I had to wonder at one point if I was actually reading her story.  She had me on the edge of my seat and in tears.

Addy was a beautiful, lovable character to read and interact with.  You couldn’t not love her and take her side in every argument.  Her strength was unbelievable and it could only take a woman like her to be with Quinn.    She was wayyyyyyyy too brilliant –  photographic memory, 5 languages, PhD. , billionaire, yogi, vegan, compassionate – and try as I might, I couldn’t find an instant where I expected her to know better, or felt she needed a reprimand.  Maybe because I understood how depression can cripple you even if you are brilliant. You don’t always find all of these characteristics in a woman; so it was refreshing to see this change.

One thing I appreciated about this was a woman being in the wrong and suffering and have to fight to get the man back.  Most novels like this usually have the men as the “bad” guy and suffering to get back the woman, and refusing to leave her front door and just sticking around and fighting.

Quinn was sooooo yummy.  Author descriptions are the best and once an author describes someone as good as she did Quinn, you could only love him.  He did let me down one or two times but that’s the thing with love and growing into it.

I couldn’t help it….I had to highlight my favorite bits.  Here are the bits that spoke to me.  Many of them were from the heart and some even made me shed a tear.

FROM BOOK ONE – HOLDING YOU

“Love is the answer, but while you are waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions.” – Woody Allen

“He searched my eyes, but he was looking through them into someplace in me that was deeper.  It made me nervous, and scared.  The unwelcome vulnerability shook me to the core.”

“Cradling my jaw in his hands, he grazed his lips and nose across my cheek from my ear to my lips.  He pulled back and rested his forehead on mine as he breathed out.   “My God, you’re so beautiful.””

I closed my eyes and felt his thumb brush my bottom lip.   My sigh came out as a needy whimper.  Then, gliding his mouth back to my ear, he sucked my ear lobe into his mouth and grazed it with his tgeeth. Releasing it he whispered, “Goodnight, Addy.”

“I can’t…I can’t look at you.”   My voice was shaky, my body rigid, and tears were threatening my eyes.  We were silent for what felt like an eternity.  “Then don’t.  Just close your eyes.  Don’t think, just feel…with your body, not your heart.  Just close your eyes, just for tonight, just for this moment, and just… feel.”

“What do you want me to say?  That everything about you drives me crazy.  Your smart mouth, sassy attitude, your mesmerizing blue eyes that make me feel like I’m lost in the ocean, your insanely sexy body, your passion for helping others, or that being with you makes me question everything I thought I wanted in life?”

“Fate controls who walks into your life, but you decide who you let walk out, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go.” – Unknown

“Sin ti no puedo respirar. Te necesito enmi vida.”  (Without you I cannot breathe.  I need you in my life.)

“Tu eres mi luz en oscuridad. Tu eres la mujer mas bella que he visto.”  (You are my light in the dark.  You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen).

“Te amo”.  I love you.

“I’m going to be with you for however long I’m going to be with you, regardless of whether or not we’re married.  I don’t want to belong to you, I want to belong with you.  I don’t need a paper certificate that makes it hard to leave; I need a love that makes it easy to stay.”

FROM BOOK TWO – RELEASING ME

“It’s fine, Quinn.  I know how it feels to have everything in your life falling apart around you.  I know how it feels to desperately need someone to take the blame … take the pain”….”I never found that person and so I just lived with the pain.  But I … I love you.”…”So I’ll take it from you.  I’ll take the blame.  I’ll take your pain.”

“She was broken when I met her, and I should have been her rock of support, but instead I was the rock that continued to crush her over and over again.  I tried to let her go.  She deserved someone better than me.   But I needed her too much.  She was giving and nurturing.  Above all, she loved me … she truly, no-holds-barred, one hundred percent loved me.”

This last set was short.  I think because half the time I was in tears.

Sooo, sooo many quotes the yummy was just out and about.

Would I recommend this book to another reader??? Already did ..

If you are looking for hot sex, a little heartache but a good overall ending …this is definately the book for you.  You will enjoy every bit of it!!!.

 

as always, Happy Reading

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REVIEW: A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J. Maas

Hey Lovies,

 

 

It has been a minute.  All kinds of things happening but I am back for a little bit….

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5

 

Now, I do not know where to begin…..This book was pure awesomeness.  I enjoyed every. single. breathtaking. bit of this awesomeness in words.   Sarah throughly outdid herself.

The same awesome characters.  The same amazing relationships,  the creation of new ones and the strength (the amazing strength) of family, friendships and bonds (mates and otherwise).

OMG!!!!! Rhysand!!!!!! Every woman who has read this series… I am sure, absolutely positive, wants a piece of Rhysand.  How do authors get it so right??   A man with such strength, the most powerful of all the High Lords and still he has so much passion that brings you to your knees.  Just awesome!!!!  Feyre’s strength and commitment to her family and many others also made her strength of character and strength of self beyond awesome.

Lets roll back a bit to the first book.   I remember when I started to read the first book, I was disappointed to say the least.  I remember saying to my friends when I was sharing the book, that I really did not want the protagonist to end up with who she was with, because at the time I thought Tamlin did not fit her.  This made the book very tedious and it only really got better, for me, when Rhysand came into the picture.    Because of this I was hesitant to read the second book.  Feyre after all was going to be with Tamlin which in my mind was wrong.

Skip to book two when all the juiciness began.  Rhysand and Feyre both grew and became awesome (cant say much as it will totally spoil everything).

Skip to book three and everything is good and everyone is happy, and Rhysand is still the juiciest and studliest mate, male EVER!!!.

I throughly enjoyed this series and Maas really kept us on our toes and gave us a wonderful story.

A lot of conclusion and beginnings happened in this story and in the end we were left happy, but knew that somewhere in there Sarah would give us a fourth book.  If even to only close up the small number of loose ends and questions that we were all left with.

I have recommended this series way too many times already and I intend to continue.  It was beautiful writing and the character development was well thought out and described.

LOVED THIS !!!  I cannot wait to read more from Sarah J. Maas

I had quite a number of favorite quotes from this book but many are not clean enough to be placed here.

Oh how I loved this one!!!!  Now what do I read????

 

as always, Happy Reading

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