I’m back to the “place where I belong”

IT FEELS SO GOOD to be back!

I didn’t have any blog post since I got my work, because I didn’t have much time to contemplate such things. Things like: book reviews and all.

I couldn’t write book reviews for those people who requested that from me (I apologize).

I even had book slumps. I came to a point where I can’t read anymore. And it was the saddest thing that ever happened to me. It’s like my life has been taken away from me.

One thing I have learned from that experience is to have Time Management. Dedication and willingness should also be considered. Without it, you will lose your passion for reading and writing, right? 🙂

I made a promise to myself that once I get back here, and start all over again, I have to continue doing it. Even if I am busy. We have this word called “Priorities”. I should set my priorities straight.

I’m happy because I can finally make this work again.

Tsundoku at its finest! Endless TBR list, here I come. ♥

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Book Review: Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

TITLE: Love and Other Perishable Items
AUTHOR: Laura Buzo
MY RATING: FOUR HEARTS! (♥♥♥♥♡)

What's the story all about

Synopsis:

A wonderful, coming-of-age love story from a fresh new voice in YA fiction.

‘Miss Amelia Hayes, welcome to The Land of Dreams. I am the staff trainer. I will call you grasshopper and you will call me sensei and I will give you the good oil. Right? And just so you know, I’m open to all kinds of bribery.’
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Bookversations with Jen Andrews

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QUESTIONS

May I know who or what was your inspiration in writing the fourth book of Just Say Yes series: Running Away?

Jen: I didn’t really have an inspiration, per se, but when I finished Andy and Zoey’s story, I felt that I left Jeremy a bit short-changed in the love department. Everyone else was paired off throughout the first three books except for him. When I was preparing to work on book three for publishing, I decided to change up the Epilogue to include a small tidbit for Jeremy. The epilogue for book three shows his sister Zoey at a family party reminiscing a bit about how far her life had come. She gives a small run down of what everyone is doing. Her friends, family, etc. I decided then to write him his own book, so I left it with a bit of a cliffhanger for him, as in “where did he go and what’s he doing?”

Did you experience the same kind of thing Teagan/Jeremy has been through?

Jen: No, not at all. I’ve been married for 17 years and never had any crazy ex issues.

Can you tell us more about the cover of Running Away, and how did you come up with it as well.

Jen: To me, covers speak a thousand words. I always choose my own cover photos to represent a part in the book. With Running Away, as soon as I saw the picture, I fell in love with it. With some creativity from my cover artist, she removed the flower headband the woman had been wearing originally and changed the color of the model’s hair to Teagan’s fiery red. The bad part was, I had no scene in the book that fit the cover photo! So, I wrote one in. The scene takes place where Jeremy and Teagan are on their way to meet her grandmother and they stop at the small lake. I’ll just leave it at that to avoid spoilers. Continue reading

Book Review: Running Away (Just Say Yes #4) by Jen Andrews

TITLE: Running Away
AUTHOR: Jen Andrews
MY RATING: A HEARTY FIVE! (♥♥♥♥♥)

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What's the story all about

Synopsis:

Nearing age thirty, Jeremy James is cruising along in life, doing as he pleases. No girlfriend, no wife, no drama. Women go as easily as they come, but inside, he feels something’s missing. After the birth of his niece, Hannah, and a not so gentle nudge from his sister, Zoey, Jeremy decides to make a change in his life and settle down.

Then he meets Teagan Donnelly.
And she wants nothing to do with him.

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Bookversations with Taylor W. Law

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I just wanted to ask who was your inspiration in writing this book, especially in Jill’s character? Is it your own story? 
Taylor: Hmm…that’s a tough question. Is it my own story? I would have to say yes and no. I think this is first and foremost Jill’s story and she is very much real. But for the sake of privacy, I have to leave my answer at that!

What is the hardest thing you’ve experienced/encountered while writing your novel ‘Return To Me?’

Taylor: I think it was having to recall the memories that eventually became the scenes that made up this book.

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I see life between-the-pages

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This artwork depicts my love and passion for reading… and collecting books per se.

This is how I feel when my nose is buried between the pages of my book.

This is how I escape my wretched reality.

I started reading since 8 y/o. I was introduced to another dimension, and different worlds… far from my obscured life. Whenever I need a chapter break from everything, books are my retreat.

Now, my life’s still full of surprises, wizardry and villains. I am in a place where different plot twists and happy endings exist. Letters, phrases, and words consume me.

This is my life with books – a blissful, vivid one. ♥

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My current header for this blog. Bookish-inspired artwork ♥ I only used pencil and sign pen. 🙂

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How To Get ARCs, Followers, Stats ect…| Blogging 101

What an insightful morning! To all the book bloggers out there (who are ‘kind of’ new to this world and medium), I recommend you to read it. You’ll learn as much as I do. ♥

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First of all, I just want to start this post saying that I’m not an expert in this, I’m not one of those established bloggers with a large following, I don’t know all the facts, I don’t get all  the arcs; but I feel like this is a topic where the more you know the better, so I’m just trying to share what I know and my perspective on certain things to hopefully help someone out there.


Okay, so now that we’ve gotten that out of the way… I just wanted to write a post about this.

I’ve been blogging for almost a year now, and I’ve learned a few things on the road so far. The most popular thing that book bloggers want to know about are ARCs, The What, The Who, The Where and The When. Well I’m going to try to answer this to the best of…

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