Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Review: The Art of Fully Living @Tal_Gur

TITLE: The Art of Fully Living
AUTHOR: Tal Gur
RELEASE DATE: October 8th, 2017
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

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Master the art of fully living, one life goal at a time.

Do you want to experience your one life—your whole life—to its fullest measure?

In this stirring book, author, blogger and lifestyle entrepreneur, Tal Gur offers his own transformational journey as an inspiring example and practical guide to implementing the art of fully living to its fullest potential. You’ll learn how to actualize your potential by forging all aspects of your life through the process built into your life goals.

Once you discover “the art of fully living,” there is no going back; it will feel unacceptable to settle for less than your dreams—and what’s more, you’ll dream even more wildly, aspiring to action with greater clarity of purpose, broader horizons of possibility, and holistic vision across all areas of your life.

The very structure of this book models Tal’s immersive approach to goal-driven living: each chapter of The Art of Fully Living is dedicated to a year of focus—socializing, fitness, freedom, contribution, love, adventure, wealth, relationship, spirituality, and creativity—and follows Tal’s endeavors as he works toward fulfilling 100 life goals in only 10 years.

This daunting ambition, springing from one late-night conversation among friends and a gnawing discontentment within the typical “success” story, becomes extremely relatable through Tal’s bold storytelling; what’s more, the deep lessons learned become immediately applicable for your own purposes as Tal thoughtfully extracts the actionable wisdom from his own experiences to articulate the principles and techniques of “the art of fully living.”

The Art of Fully Living takes you along the exhilarating ride of Tal’s journey while illuminating your own possible life-goal trajectory: as Tal relates how he socialized nonstop in vibrant Melbourne to master English and trained intensively to complete Ironman New Zealand and practice ancient Thai martial arts, you’ll learn how to apply immersion to achieve your own life goals; as Tal describes how he eliminated his crushing student debt in one year and attained financial and location independence, you’ll learn how to simplify your life, recognize your own present wealth, and turn your passions into a living; and as Tal animates his experiences learning to surf and salsa, to drum in a troupe and compose electronic music, and to write this very book, you’ll learn how to let your intuition be your guide, reveal your authentic core, and achieve flow—among the myriad other adventures and take-aways that fill this book.

Tal not only introduces the idea that the art of fully living is another skill to master but also guides you through honing this skill with chapter lessons and actionable key takeaways.

This is especially for you if you find yourself frustrated often, feeling low, or if you’re struggling while asking yourself “What do I REALLY want?”

You will find your calling.
You will define your life goals.
You will discover how to leverage your strengths to achieve your dreams.
You will know what it means to be truly free.
You will be fulfilled by the path you have chosen to take from this point on.

Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone discovered and did what made them feel fully alive?


Your dreams are your dreams for a reason; they are rooted in your deepest understanding of who you want and can become.

Tal Gur Tal Gur, a blogger, lifestyle entrepreneur, and devoted adventurer, has spent a decade pursuing 100 major goals around the globe. But his journey had its challenges. Like most people, he faced crippling self-doubt and struggled for a sense of purpose. Behind every difficulty, he discovered a life-changing gift, and now he's passing what he learned onto others.




It's always hard to review a book that is about someone's life or experience, I mean: who am I to rate your life?? But I received this book to rate it and write a review so here I go.

Tal got tired of his life and decided to change it. It's never too late to do what we want with our lives, so Tal decided to use his New Year resolutions (all of us have written them at some point) to live the life he wanted. In the course of ten years, he achieved so much and experienced unbelievable things. He enjoyed learning new things, discovering new places always testing himself.

One thing I liked about this book is that is not only about the good part, it includes some "low, bad" moments. We all have been there sometime, we decide to change or to achieve some goal and for the first days we are driven and determined but then we fall into the routine and we need a little reminder of our objectives. Tal had to remember himself a few times about his goals and had to review what he wanted.

This is a man's journey to fully live his life and be happy. It's a good choice if you enjoy this kind of books.




Monday, February 26, 2018

Review: Finding Bliss @DinaSilver

TITLE: Finding Bliss
AUTHOR: Dina Silver
RELEASE DATE: July 16th 2013 
PUBLISHER: Lake Union Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook

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Chloe Carlyle has always longed for the perfect family. Growing up with an alcoholic single mother, she has seen her share of heartbreak and disappointment, and is striving to build a new legacy for herself. After graduating from college, she takes a job working as a summer girl for the Reeds - a wealthy, accomplished family that personifies her American dream. Her summer takes an unexpected turn when the Reeds' eldest son Tyler, the star quarterback for Notre Dame, shows up and turns her life upside down. An ambitious young woman with a wry sense of humor, Chloe never imagined herself as the type to succumb to the looks and charms of the hometown hero, but she falls hard for Tyler, and is devastated when they part ways at the end of the summer. As she heads off to law school, Chloe tries to convince herself this was just a fling, but she can't quite get over him. It's not until Tyler contacts her out of the blue late one winter night that everything changes. After doing everything in her power to build the perfect life, Chloe soon learns that there are things beyond her control. She must draw on inner reserves of strength as her life takes unpredictable - and sometimes heartbreaking - twists and turns, and she finds herself faced with decisions she never thought she'd have to make. Poignant, heartfelt, and emotional, Finding Bliss is a reminder that you don't have to live a fairy tale life in order to have a happy ending. 


Dina Silver is an author, a wine lover, and an excellent parallel parker. She lives with her husband, son, and twenty-pound tabby cat in suburban Chicago. She’d prefer to live somewhere where it’s warm year-round, but she’s also a licensed real estate agent in Illinois, and she loathes the thought of having to take the broker exam again in another state. Dina is the author of five other novels, including One Pink Line, Kat Fight, Finding Bliss, The Unimaginable, and Whisper if You Need Me.

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I've been trying to write this review for a week. It has been really hard because I love Dina Silver (I picked this book just because she wrote it), however, something happened because 'Finding Bliss' is not one of those books I will read again.

You get from the blurb that Chloe is a sweet girl who didn't have the perfect family and works for a wealthy family as sort of nanny and she falls for the son of the family, the gorgeous quarterback Tyler. So... I imagined a story about how those fight against all odds to be together and she gets her happily ever after, and that we would have uncountables scenes about their growing love but no.

SPOILERS AHEAD
I will need to say a few things about the story to explain my rating but I'm afraid of spoil something so... last warning.

I found the rhythm a bit unstable, let me explain. At first, the story goes day by day or by short periods of time like weeks. So we see how their relationship starts but suddenly boom, the accident occurs and bam! they are together, years fly away and we miss the whole thing. Then again, bam! years go by and they are married. Chloe does a resume of what happens but I hate it! Because I like to see my relationships grow and see the good and the bad. If I wanted a summary of it I would read only reviews.

Now, about the characters... I liked Chloe, she is a nice young woman and her desire for happiness is understandable. We all want to be loved and more if you have a childhood like hers. She is determinate to be a lawyer and I admire her perseverance and hard work. Now, the problems with maternity sounded believable and I felt bad and suffered for her about all the infertility issues. I felt so related to her (because my big sister had to undergo all the same as her and it was pretty traumatic), this part saved the book for me. I think Dina did a great job writing about this experience and how it affects her life.

But Tyler is not the man I wanted for her or any other leading lady. I felt like I didn't know him at all. We are led to believe he is one of those persons whose life has been dictated by others, in this case, his father and he never fights for what he wants but I cannot feel sorry for him. And I don't think he knows what he wants and I worst, I never truly believed that he loved Chloe. We witness some romantics gestures from him but all the time I sense like he was only with her due to her undeniable love and devotion. Maybe he did care for her but not as much as she does for him. This is why I suspected the end before it happened.

And last but not less important, Cam the best friend. I won't complain about their relationship because for me a man-woman friendship is possible even if for a moment Cam is sort of in love with Chloe, he understands that she is in love with someone else in a mature way (I speak from personal experience that this is possible) but did he stay single and alone all those years????? And wait, he was just waiting for her to realize he was the right on??? mmmm... I don't know I didn't like this part.

I wanted to like this book so much and while reading it I wanted to change what was happening to make it better for me. I almost cried at the end because I wanted to love it but I couldn't. I will continue reading Dina's books because I know she is a good writer it's just that this book wasn't for me.




Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review: The Hour of the Innocents

TITLE: The Hour of the Innocents
AUTHOR: Robert Paston
RELEASE DATE: May 20th, 2014
PUBLISHER: Forge Books
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: netgalley


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1968. Vietnam. Social turmoil. Drugs. Music.
Four young musicians are determined to escape a ravaged industrial landscape by playing rock and roll...and they play it with a passion and brilliance that contrasts with their poverty. Music is the only hope they have.
Set against a fleeting age when music seemed about to change the world, Robert Paston's The Hour of the Innocents tells the story of the band known as The Innocents and captures the true drama of the late 1960s—not the glitter of famous names, but the yearning of the heartland guitarists and drummers who believed…and the lovers, friends, and lives crushed along the way.








The Hour of the Innocents is the story of Will and the band The Innocents and their desire to make it in a moment where music was having a major role in history. It's a story about many things, you have friendship, growing up, family, post-war life and so much more.

I liked the portrayal of the era, you can feel the sixties in the air and the author created a story that really reflects the moment. I also liked the songs, I wanted to listen to them and really hear how they sound.

I didn't like the book as much as I would have liked. There was something in the story that lost me for moments. I mean the characters are good and you can feel the author admiration for this musical era but for me, it felt too documentary for moments and I lost the pace I like in fiction books.





Monday, February 19, 2018

Blog Tour: Innocent Eyes @CharlotteEHart1 @Rachel_De_Lune


Innocent Eyes
by
Charlotte E Hart and Rachel De Lune
Release Date: 19th February
Genre: Dark. Erotic Romance  
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Synopsis:
"If he's gross, I'm bailing." 
That's what I said to my supposed best friend when she asked me to take her place. A blind date, she said. What harm could it do? 
He was charming. Beautiful. God's finest creation. He wined me and dined me. Made me do things I'd never before dreamt of in the bedroom. It was perfect. Dangerous. Arousing. 
But Jenny didn’t tell me the full story. She didn’t tell me about the debt she owed. And now Quinn Cane wants his money's worth, and he’s going to make me pay whatever way he can. 
“A debt needs to be paid.”
The woman who came to meet me didn’t owe me money. I could tell by her innocent eyes.  Still, the debt will be paid either way.
She was something to play with and use as I saw fit, but something about Emily Brooks made me want to keep her. So she became my dirty girl. Pure. Innocent. Mine.
Then she whispered my damned name and invaded my world, changing its reasoning.
She wasn’t meant to break the rules. But she rolled my dice and won. 

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Meet The Authors:
Charlotte E. Hart 
Charlotte is an Dark Erotic Suspense/Romance author living in the heart of the Shropshire countryside in Great Britain. She's lived all over the UK, but finally settled in a small town that still reeks of old school England.
Writing and poetry have become a revolution for the soul, and she cherishes every second that she's sitting at the laptop tapping her way into a new character.
"Life is a torrent of differences, different needs and wants, and it doesn't always end that well. Yet we strive ..."
Charlotte E Hart
Most of Charlotte's work is bdsm based and intended for mature audiences only

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Rachel De Lune
Rachel De Lune writes emotionally driven contemporary and erotic romance. 
She began scribbling her stories of dominance and submission in the pages of a notebook several years ago, and still can’t resist putting pen to real paper. What ifs are turned into heartfelt stories of love where there will always be a HEA. 
Rachel lives in the South West of England and daydreams about shoes with red soles, lingerie and chocolate. If she’s not writing HEAs, she’s probably reading them. She is a wife and has a beautiful daughter.
For every woman who's ever desired more. 
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Giveaway

A signed copy of The Queen by Tiffany Reisz plus one $5/£5 gift card plus ebooks of ‘Seeing White’ and ‘More ‘.
It will be the pinned post of both of the author’s Facebook pages:
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Author Interview & Giveaway @thatabbyrose


Hello, today I welcome author Abby Rosmarin and her new book In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes. Keep reading to learn more about her and the books. And also, at the end, you have the chance to win her book.


Hello Abby, first of all, thanks for this opportunity. Let’s start talking about yourself

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Well, I’m a bit of an eclectic mix: I’m a writer, yoga instructor, personal trainer, and commercial model based out of New England.  I grew up in the Boston area, but now currently live in the mountains of New Hampshire with my husband.  When I’m not writing or teaching yoga/fitness, I’m typically out hiking, running, or kickboxing – I tend to stay very active!  I also have three cats and two chickens, with plans on someday getting a few goats.

2. How long have you been writing?
I have honestly been writing since before I knew how to write!
(Let me explain.)
Before I learned how to write out letters, I would make “books” that consisted of a picture on one page, followed by scribbles on the next (because that’s what letters looks like to a four-year-old who can’t really read yet!).  My life has essentially revolved around writing since then.

3. For those that don’t know you how many books do you have published?
I have published four books!  Two fiction novels (In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes and Chick Lit & Other Formulas for Life) as well as a collection of poetry (No One Reads Poetry: A Collection of Poems) and a collection of essays (I’m Just Here for the Free Scrutiny).

About your writing process.
4. Where do you find inspiration for your books? Or how do come up with the ideas for your stories?
I will admit that I draw heavily on real life.  I love to observe people – not just in the usual people-watching sense, but during conversations, parties, etc (I’ve been told a time or eight that I can get really quiet in social situations), and I feel like the human condition is one endlessly fascinating subject.
But a lot of it comes from just letting my mind wander.  Most of my book ideas have come about because my mind would keep creating fictional scenarios until another part of my brain would go, “Hey, that’s a really good idea for a book.”

5. What about your characters?
I have found that the characters honestly find me, and I’ve learned to play the role of chauffeur, humbly bringing them to their desired destinations. I’ve learned that the best way – for me, at least – to create characters is to essentially let them introduce themselves to me.  I’ll have an outline of who I hope they’ll be, and as I get to task writing notes or even the book itself, I let the characters fill in the outlines in whatever ways they see fit.  Some characters – usually small, side characters – fill the outline in perfectly.  But, typically, the characters take on their own shape, and I try to document it as authentically as I can.

6. How long takes you to write a book from start to finish?
It can vary!  The first draft of my very first book took about a year and a half to write (after years of the idea just floating around in my mind).  In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes took about 6 months (after about 10 months of floating around in my mind).
On the flipside, the first draft of my most recent manuscript was written in a staggering 6 weeks, with the idea floating around in my mind for only a few months.
And that’s just the first draft!  I could be here all day talking about the editing process…

7. What’s your favorite writing scenario?
Aside from the scenario where I get that 7-figure book deal with movie rights? ;) But, to be serious: my favorite writing scenario involves the early morning.  No one else is up.  Sun peaking over the horizon.  I’m at a table – ideally, situated outside, or by a large window – with a hot cup of coffee to one side of my laptop.  I’m engrossed in my work, and, by the time the sun has fully risen, I’ve written out a few thousand words.

8. Do you take inspiration from real life to create your story or characters?
Oh, big time!  Now, at no point are my books secret memoirs, or secret biographies – it would be an outright lie to say “inspired by true events” in any part in my novels.  Typically, real life serves as a backdrop.  There is no one in my life I can point to and say, “This is the real life Nicole,” because the characters and story arcs really do take on a life of their own.

About your last book: In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes.
Let me tell you I really liked. But after reading it I have a few questions?
9. How did you start writing it? 
What kicked my butt into gear to actually write it was NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month.  While I wasn’t trying to “win” NaNoWriMo (where “winning” entails writing 50,000 words or an entire novel in a month), I used the competition to force myself to sit down and write out the idea that had been playing around in my head.  Because – sometimes – you really just have to sit down and crank out what you can.

10. How you ever been in the same position as Nicole? If not, how do you think you would react if you were?
While I’ve never had to deal with a family member getting engaged to someone unsavory, I, unfortunately, have found myself in the same communication pitfalls as Nicole!  It’s hard for Nicole to have a frank and honest conversation about the problems at hand, especially when it involves someone she loves.  As a result, I get the feeling I would react –at least in the beginning – the same way that Nicole reacts.  However, how she reacts at the end is definitely something I wouldn’t be able to do!






What do you get when you cross neuroses with sarcasm?
Me.
Hi, my name is Abby. Pleasure to meet you.
As seen on Huffington Post, Bustle, Buzzfeed, MindBodyGreen, Thought Catalog, and a slew of other websites. 
Also the author of I'm Just Here for the Free Scrutiny, Chick Lit & Other Formulas for Life, and No One Reads Poetry: A Collection of Poems.
My newest book -- In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes -- is coming out February 13th. You should buy it. With your money.



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TITLE: In The Event the Flower Girl Explodes
AUTHOR: Abby Rosmarin
RELEASE DATE: February 13th, 2018
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

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It’s the wedding of the century. Her big brother – the man who was a second father to her after their dad passed – is the groom. And Nicole is fighting just to keep her head above water.
She’s surrounded by an aloof bride-to-be, a psychotic mother of the bride, ridiculous bridesmaids, and a town that feels like a parody of Americana. Her own family is perfectly fine with everything – with the exception of her wise-cracking cousin Ella, whose antics only serve to get Nicole even further into trouble. The wedding stress is invading all aspects of her life, including her own relationship. Nicole only wants what’s best for her brother – but what if that involves her brother leaving his fiancée at the altar?
As the wedding day approaches and tensions continue to rise, Nicole is forced to figure out what love, loyalty, and honesty mean – before it’s too late and she loses everyone she loves.
One lucky winner will get a signed copy of the book (US only) and another one will get an ebook.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Review: In The Event the Flower Girl Explodes @thatabbyrose

TITLE: In The Event the Flower Girl Explodes
AUTHOR: Abby Rosmarin
RELEASE DATE: February 13th, 2018
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

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It’s the wedding of the century. Her big brother – the man who was a second father to her after their dad passed – is the groom. And Nicole is fighting just to keep her head above water.
She’s surrounded by an aloof bride-to-be, a psychotic mother of the bride, ridiculous bridesmaids, and a town that feels like a parody of Americana. Her own family is perfectly fine with everything – with the exception of her wise-cracking cousin Ella, whose antics only serve to get Nicole even further into trouble. The wedding stress is invading all aspects of her life, including her own relationship. Nicole only wants what’s best for her brother – but what if that involves her brother leaving his fiancée at the altar?
As the wedding day approaches and tensions continue to rise, Nicole is forced to figure out what love, loyalty, and honesty mean – before it’s too late and she loses everyone she loves.


What do you get when you cross neuroses with sarcasm?

Me.

Hi, my name is Abby. Pleasure to meet you.

As seen on Huffington Post, Bustle, Buzzfeed, MindBodyGreen, Thought Catalog, and a slew of other websites. 

Also the author of I'm Just Here for the Free Scrutiny, Chick Lit & Other Formulas for Life, and No One Reads Poetry: A Collection of Poems.

My newest book -- In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes -- is coming out February 13th. You should buy it. With your money.

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Nicole's brother is getting married. The man who practically raised her after her father's death and who never introduced her a girlfriend or a date is now marrying the craziest girl (in a figurative speech). Nicole is left to deal with a hurricane of a wedding that includes over the top and exaggerated parties, a family that swears is from the South and who follows southern traditions to the extreme and a bride to be she doesn't really know. Nicole doesn't deal with the stress very well so she puts everything she loves at risk.

I had fun reading about Nicole, she is this young woman who for moments acts like a teenager but in a comprehensible way. We have flashbacks to understand her relationship with her brother and also his fiancee so we can understand why she behaves the way she does.

There are other characters and each one brings something to the story: the supportive girlfriend Laura, the fun cousin Ella, Nicole's mother, a group of crazy bridesmaids and more people, who put their part to make the story go on.

The story presents a town that seems taken out a comedy, I had tons of fun reading about it and the people who live there.

Something I loved about this book, is that the main character doesn't have a love story. It's not the typical: "Main character finds the love of her life and changes her life for the better" or maybe "main character leaves her current partner to find her true soul mate". Nooo, this time the story is about love but not the romantic type. She already has a girlfriend (yes, she is homosexual and you know what the author doesn't make a fuss about it, it's natural and I loved it).

The story, in general, is entertaining and you will read chapter after chapter without noticing it.



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