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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

My Nails This Week - St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day.  In honour of this holiday, I came up with the design below.  I honestly wasn't sure if my shamrock was going to work out, as I have never drawn one before, but I actually think it turned out okay.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hits Stores Tomorrow Review: Hausfrau

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
My Copy: ARC eBook, 241 pages
Publication Date: March 17, 2015 (Tomorrow!)
Publisher: Random House
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband Bruno and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Z├╝rich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences: German language classes, Jungian analysis, and a series of sexual affairs she enters into with an ease that surprises even her. Tensions escalate, and her lies start to spin out of control. Having crossed a moral threshold, Anna will discover where a woman goes when there’s no going back. 

This book was actually kind of depressing to read. It had a depressing tone to it throughout. And while I am all for reading emotional, heart-wrenching stories, I'm not a fan of just straight-up depressing stories.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Early Review: Leaving Amarillo

Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dreams #1) by Caisey Quinn
My Copy: ARC eBook, 285 pages
Publication Date: March 17, 2015 (Next Week!)
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Dixie Lark hasn’t had it easy. She lost her parents in an accident when she was young and grew up in a ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo with her ailing grandparents and overprotective older brother. Thanks to her grandfather, Dixie learned to play a mean fiddle, inspired by the sounds of the greats—Johnny and June, Waylon, and Hank. Her grandfather’s fiddle changed Dixie’s life forever, giving her an outlet for the turmoil of her broken heart and inspiring a daring dream.

Ten years later, Dixie and her brother, Dallas, are creating the music they love and chasing fame with their hot band, Leaving Amarillo. But Dixie isn’t enjoying the ride. All she can think about is Gavin, the band’s tattooed, tortured drummer who she’s loved since they were kids. She knows he feels the connection between them, but he refuses see her as more than his best friend’s little sister.

Convinced that one night with Gavin will get him out of her system, Dixie devises a plan. She doesn’t know that her brother has forbidden Gavin from making a move on her-a promise he swore he’d always keep . . . a promise that once broken will unexpectedly change the future for Dixie, Gavin and the band.

I wasn't into this book right away. I couldn't get into it and things were constantly bugging me.  A couple examples along with my rantings:

Friday, March 06, 2015

Review: When We Collide

When We Collide by A.L. Jackson
My Copy: eBook, 239 pages
Publication Date: August, 2012
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Source: Author

William has spent six years running from his past and the last eight months trying to rid his mind of the dreams that increasingly haunt his nights. Trapped in a world of false ambitions and feigned affections, William knows he’s reached a breaking point and something’s going to give.

Maggie had lived her entire life without hope until one man showed her what it meant to be loved. He’d been her light in a lifetime of darkness. Six years ago, that darkness stole him away. Without him, she’s surrendered herself to an existence she doesn’t know how to escape.

When the family William left behind is struck by tragedy, he is called back to the one place he’s sworn to never return to again. 

In a moment that will change his life forever, William comes face to face with the girl who, with one look, captured his heart. He is unable to ignore the buried desires and the hope for the future they’d once believed they’d have. 

Now William is ready to fight to take back what had been stolen from him six years before.
But he never imagined what that fight might cost him. 

A.L. Jackson gives you an intimate look into the lives of a family bound by an unseen connection in this new contemporary romance. 

I feel like the genre Contemporary Romance gives people the impression of something light and fluffy and full of romantic gushiness. Those are the first labels most people think of when they hear Contemporary Romance. However, sometimes there is more to it than that. Sometimes it is nothing like that.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Awkward Breaks in Dialogue

You know those awkward sentences where the speaker begins the dialogue with (usually) one word, then the narrator cuts in before the speaker is able to finish his/her sentence?  This is a huge pet peeve of mine while reading. It completely jars me out of the reading zone whenever I come across this style of writing. I can't stand dialogue that is broken up by the narrator. Do you know what I mean? 

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