Sunday, October 1, 2017

October's Outlook

Hello lovelies! It has been a little while, and I'm back on track with things.  I've been working on vlogs and videos for you, and I'm hoping to get back into getting things moving here as well, because it's been too long and I've missed you all terribly. 

There will be a post about some of the things that I've been dealing with, but that won't be today.  I'm considering making it a separate vlog and uploading it to my youtube channel, along with an accompanying blog post because there has been a lot going on and I feel the need to offer you that little glimpse into my personal life - if you wish to know me that well that is.  

Anyway! I have been working on my October Plan with me, and the video just went live this morning, you can watch it below, or over on my youtube channel. 


There will be a lot of black and orange for this month because well...Halloween.  I even have a few cute little images that I printed out and will be adding to my upcoming weeklies as we get closer and closer to Halloween.  Also, I will be reworking graphics and images here for Halloween and Fall in general, because I like decorating the blog for the seasons!  I am also working on making a new cover image for my youtube channel, as well as my various other social medias.  

Right now, I am also snapping pictures to use as thumbnails for various things, and images for blog usage.  There is a lot happening behind the scenes, and I'm so very much looking forward to sharing it with you and showing you what I've done. 

As for my reading outlook this month, I'm starting with a re-read of "My Lady Jane" and where I go from there I'm not 100% certain yet.  We will see how things go and you'll find my full October TBR list on the side bar where it usually is! 

For now, I've gotta get back to work and actually start today's vlog! 

Love you all! 

Stay safe

-Caedy

Saturday, July 8, 2017

No More Excuses

Good Morning lovelies!!! 

It is a glorious Saturday morning, and I am currently sitting outside watching my parents' four beagles run around like crazy things in the front yard.  Beside me is a copy of My Lady Jane, a tall glass of ice water, and a small bowl of strawberries with lime zest and the juice of half a lime.  It is heaven, it truly is - or at least as close to heaven as it can be without it being hideously humid already at 9am.  Yeah, welcome to Florida in July. 

Anyway, I know things have been quiet here lately, and that is mainly because I've not really had the motivation to do anything blog related, or reading related really for the last couple of months.  The only thing that had gotten posted was a blog post that was for a book tour of a dear friend of mine.  Beyond that, this trip has helped me recenter, refocus and bring myself back to where I need to be creative wise.  I've hit the reset on myself, and am currently in the process of working on a couple of writing projects that I've neglected and I've also managed to read 3 books in the time that I've been away...which were all super, super good.  I'm in the middle of a 4th book now.  :D 

If you've been following me on my youtube channel, I've been doing a few daily/weekly vlogs.  I'm still not 100% certain how I'm going to do the vlogs, I've had a lot more time to vlog here, than I usually do at home because I'm working and working and working mainly.  Othe than that, I'm just really enjoying the creative process that comes with it.  I'm not trying to do anything fancy or whatever, I'm just living my life as naturally as I can.

Things have been super chaotic and I know that when I get home things will be a bit more chaotic as well because I will be calling a recruiter about a new job and dealing with that, plus the chaos of going back to work after 10 days off...and really, really not having the desire to be there.  

I do have another blog post scheduled which will deal with current lifestyle changes that I am making, that are pushing me toward a more active, healthier version of myself.  So, there will be lots of things coming.

I think that's about all I have for the moment.  

See you soon! 

-Caedy


Friday, March 31, 2017

Review: Always Mine (St. Fleur #2) - AJ Renee




Title: Always Mine (St. Fleur #2)
Author: AJ Renee
Date(s) Read: March 26-28, 2017
Pages: 275
Format: Digital (Kindle)
Rating: 4.5

Review:

I was provided a copy of this book for review as a stop on the Blog Tour, in exchange for an honest review.  I would like to thank AJ Renee, the publisher, and Hea Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to read this book prior to its release on 3/29.

This book is the second book in the St. Fleur series and the second novel by author AJ Renee.  So far, she is two for two, when it comes to this series.  If she keeps going like this, this is easily going to become one of my favorite series, and with the number of books that I read, that is not a judgment that is passed lightly!  She is definitely one of those authors that I will always one-click to add their books to my kindle, and if I happen to have the extra money, own her books in print.

After reading her debut novel, Widower's Aura, I was definitely looking forward to the story of Linsey and Marc.  Their story is one that quickly became my favorite, the flashbacks that showed us how their attraction started and continue to grow - since Marc was best friends with Andrew, Lindsey's brother they grew up together.  However, it was the addition of the mystery and suspense that also drew me into the story.  Lindsey's stalker, and the clues and hints that are dropped so artfully throughout the story definitely help pull you in and make you want to finish it.

Oh, the chemistry between Marc and Lindsey is unmistakeable...however, I cannot count the number of times I wished I could grab them by the shoulders, shake them and yell..."USE YOUR WORDS!!!  TALK TO EACH OTHER!!" because it would no doubt make things so much easier at times. Despite their bumps in the road, I greatly enjoyed watching this couple grow, as well as the catch up with Sofia and Nick.

So, if you're looking for your next romance read with a bit of suspense and some great story telling, I definitely recommend you pick up Widower's Aura and Always Mine, plus any other books that are part of the St. Fleur series by AJ Renee.  You won't be disappointed and you might just find your next favorite read!

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ALWAYS MINE by AJ Renee
Series: St. Fleur, Book #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 28, 2017
— SYNOPSIS —


After a few years of easy, small-town living as the St. Fleur librarian, Lindsey finds herself in the middle of a love triangle gone wrong. Gifts begin arriving and in time she realizes her confusing feelings over Derek, the sweet history teacher, and Marc, the man she doesn’t remember, is the least of her troubles. Her complicated love life takes a violent turn when she learns there is a stalker watching her every move.



When Marc visited his best friend’s new home months ago, he didn’t expect to meet the first woman to awaken his desire for more since he was a teen. Too bad she’s already taken. When their shared attraction leads them to the truth, will they finally get the happily ever after they both want?



Or will her current man, his best friend, and her stalker be the nails in the coffin of their attraction?






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— EXCERPT 
“Tu casa es mi casa,” he said with his most charming smile as he took in her short, beautiful legs.



Bending forward, she gave him the best view in the house, and he nearly swallowed his tongue. Her head turned enticingly toward him, her dark brown hair falling to the other side as she rolled her eyes at him.



“Um, isn’t the saying supposed to be ‘Mi casa es tu casa’?” She snickered and straightened as she turned away.



Reaching forward before his mind could stop him, Marc gently grabbed her wrist and gave her a tug. She fell into his lap with an “oof,” and she stared at him in panic. Marc pulled her incredibly soft legs over his own, so she sat sideways. With the new position, she placed her hand on his shoulder for purchase.



“Marc?” Her breathy voice shook with confusion and anticipation.



Hearing his name roll off her lips made his blood rush straight to his groin. Her eyes widened and darkened with desire at the change.



“Si, mi cielo?” Marc’s gaze moved down to her lips. Heat flooded his body, his heart took off, and he became mesmerized by the way she pulled in her lower lip and bit down hard. A groan escaped him, and he pulled the tender flesh out of her mouth with his thumb. Marc rubbed the rosy, soft skin.



When Marc leaned forward, Lindsey asked, “What are you doing?”



Examining her face, he noticed the soft blush across her fair skin. Her light brown eyes had flecks of yellow and green, something no one would notice unless they were as close or as focused as he was. The idea of anyone else being this close to her made him crazy. A faint scar an inch long marred the delicate skin under her left eye. Most wouldn’t notice that either, but he’d been there the night she got it. His thumb swiped at it as the memory of her bumping into him as a kid while they played Ghosts in the Graveyard came to mind. Her glasses had slammed into her face, creating a gash that had luckily not required stitches.



Marc’s lips came within a breath of hers. He searched her eyes for any signs of distress and found none. His lips grazed hers at the same time a door closed in the hall.







WIDOWER'S AURA by AJ Renee
Series: St. Fleur, Book #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance with some Suspense
Release Date: August 18, 2016
— SYNOPSIS —


Living in a world full of colors, Sofia Brazier escapes a career gone south as a juvenile probation officer in New Orleans. After moving to the small town of St. Fleur, Sofia opens a photography business in hopes of ridding her life of all the dark auras surrounding the damaged souls she once tried helping. Her comfortable new life is upended when widower, and ex-security-forces-turned-handyman hunk, Noah Tyler enters the local pub.



Noah attempts to avoid the voluptuous beauty who has captivated his every thought. That is, until his daughter vandalizes Sofia’s building and effectively seals their fate. After cutting his daughter a break, Sofia begins tearing down the walls he built after his wife’s death.



Just when life finally seems worth living for Noah, Sofia finds herself the victim of a string of crimes. Can he protect Sofia when he failed to protect his own wife?





— START THE SERIES TODAY! —


— ABOUT THE AUTHOR: AJ RENEE —
Author to Widower’s Aura, Always Mine, and Finding love at the falls.... I’m a military wife and mother to three girls seven and under. Prior to these roles I lived in Florida where I attended the University of Central Florida. I received my Masters of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelors of Science in Psychology. A decade later and I haven’t used either.

Writing a book was never a goal of mine, funny how life works out sometimes. I thought I would work for one of the many agencies that specialize in justice. Instead I decided to focus on a family once we married.

When I’m not shuttling my daughters around, you can find me at my laptop. I hope you enjoy my books as much as I enjoyed writing them.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Happy Sunday Loves!


Hello, lovelies! 

So, if you've seen my youtube video with my Feb 2017 TBR on it, you know what's on this list.  However, it has been altered slightly!  As I've read some of them.  (please ignore the lack of update on the TBR sidebar over there...I'm getting to it).  I've already read a handful of books on this list.  Including just recently finishing "The Kept Woman" by Karin Slaughter. 

My next book of choice is probably going to be "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult, and I believe this will be my first novel by her, so I'm kind of excited.  I've also got a few reviews that I plan on getting up this week, as I've finished a couple of NetGalley books so far this year and I need to get those reviews up.  

This past week, I do apologize for my radio silence.  I have been super busy getting ready for the 5k that I participated in yesterday morning.  It was a major endorphin rush, and I am kinda addicted to it now.  I came in under an hour, which makes me kinda happy, I'm not as good as some that have participated in this countless times and run a lot more than I do at this point - my official time was 53:46, not bad for 3.1 miles.  I did walk quite a bit of it, but even still, I got my steps and my exercise for the day and I did spend most of yesterday in recovery mode which I needed.  

I did learn a few things, and I am currently working on saving up for some decent running shoes, tank and long sleeves for running, as well as a new sports bra with support because I am quite a bit top heavy and need the support.  

Finish line!  This is honestly the picture I am the proudest of.  It was taken after I crossed the finish line, with my finisher medal.  I am definitely looking forward to next year's Blue and Grey 5k, and I hope to have lost a bit more weight and will definitely be working on my training as well as increasing my endurance so maybe I can shave quite a bit off my time and run a bit more of the track than I did this year.  Not bad for my first ever 5k and crossing something off my bucket list.  

I think that's about all I've got for you today!  <3 

See you soon!