Posted in Books read

Part-Time Princess

Book:       Part-Time Princess
Author:   Pamela DuMond
Genre:     New Adult – Contemporary Romance


Synopsis:

Two Princes are in love with her. Too bad she’s an imposter…

Lucy Trabbicio’s a down-on-her-luck, young, cocktail waitress desperate to find a job to keep her uncle at Assisted Living. Lady Elizabeth Billingsley hires Lucy to impersonate her to keep the attention of Crown Prince Cristoph of Fredonia while she completes her pressing personal business in the States.

In the mother of all makeovers, Elizabeth’s people transform Lucy into a reluctant ‘Lady’ and she travels to Fredonia for ten days ‘tops.’ What could possibly go wrong?

Sexy, bad-boy Nick—Fredonia’s other Prince—that’s what goes wrong!

Nick has a romantic history with Elizabeth and he wants to pick up the between-the-sheets action with her impersonator—Lucy. Even though Lucy’s wildly attracted to him, she has to resist—she can’t lose this job! Dreamy Nick’s courting Lucy hot and heavy when Prince Cristoph proposes marriage. What’s an imposter girl to do?

Elizabeth insists that she’ll make it back home in time for the wedding. Lucy accepts Cristoph’s proposal and is on the fast track to becoming a Princess when another glitch arises—someone’s trying to kill her! Besides Nick, the only folks helping Lucy are her wild, party hard, take-no-prisoners Ladies-in-Waiting.

A modern day, sexy tale with romance, twists and turns, LOL moments, a few tears and a Happily-Ever-After Ending (Just not the way you expected it!)



Rating:

five-stars


Review:

When you suddenly start tearing up at the end of the book, you know it was worth the read. Man, this truly was a great romance, with just the right amount of humor in it not to bore me. And since I am so not a big fan of romance novels, I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one.

This was a story with true heart, real friendships, hard choices and unconditional love… The writing is great and easy to read.

Now, Lucy, the main protagonist, was a wonderful and real person, whom you can see as a friend. She is loyal, fierce, true to herself, and incredibly kind. You’ll root for her, love her and even yell at her, but you’ll want the best outcome that will make her happy too. As a real friend should.

The romance in this book, well, let’s just say it is so worth it. I rooted for the perfect ‘happily ever after’ and almost thought she wouldn’t get it.

Nick, oh Nick. Tall, dark and handsome doesn’t even begin to describe this man.

Then there are Lucy’s ‘ladies’ – now this is true friendship at its core. Even when her world turned upside-down and inside-out, they stuck with her. Also, you’ll create a playlist after reading this book, of all your favorite golden oldies – which definitely gives more depth to the entire plot.

A must read if you want an enjoyable, fun read that will make you root for friendship and love…

Love Always,
C

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Posted in Writing

Thinking bout writing a novel…

So, there is this challenge that starts in November, called NaNoWriMo.  I have only learned about this in the middle of September and I’m certain that I will not be ready to write this novel from tomorrow, so I’ve decided to slowly create my characters, plot outline, and chapter outlines…  Then, I’ll be ready for next year and possibly be able to start writing this novel soon (maybe it’ll be done before November 2017, then I can start a new one, or even a sequel.  Who knows?)

Just a bit more about NaNoWriMo:  this is a challenge where you and so many others band together and supports each other (maybe cry together too) while writing (or trying to) 50 000 words for your novel. There is even some published writer who takes part and even offers some additional help.


So, in honor of this writing challenge, I want to tell you all more about my novel idea.

  • What inspired the idea for your novel and how long have you had the idea?

So, my inspiration would be my imagination.  I want to create a world of my own, where anything I want could happen.  It’s slow going, but I’m in no hurry.

  • Describe what your novel is about!

Currently, I’m working on a witch world.  I want to incorporate a lot of things, spirit animals, tree sprites, elementals, various degrees of magic and such…

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  • What is your book’s aesthetic?  Use words or photos or whatever you like!

Don’t know yet. My mind, and characters, change this almost every other day.  Let’s hope I can keep up with them.

  • How do you prepare to write?  (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

I’m over compensating here.  I’ll be outlining, doing tons of research (still busy with this), and writing until my hand is numb, then writing some more.

  • What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

To see the end result, and having someone read and love it!

  • List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

Right now, I’m playing around with a completely new world, based on Earth.  Or a world within Earth – secret from the outside world. There will be various areas in this ‘world’.  Maybe I’ll divide the world into four seasons? And it would be set in this current time.

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  • What are your book’s themes?  How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

I’m hoping that my readers will feel a connection to at least one of the characters ( the protagonist is preferred).  And that they will take an important lesson from this story. This story will look at loss and grieve – what effect this can have on a character.

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What do you think?  Would you want to read this type of book?

Love Always,
C

Posted in Printables

Watercolor Bookish Printables

Hi Friends,

Here’s is another version of the bookish set made last week.  I’ll be explaining what I see each page working for…

These are available for purchase on Bid or Buy, see here:
CG Printables

Feel free to let me know if there are any specific printable pages you are looking for, and I’ll try to make some for you…


This is where you’ll note the name of all the blog posts you’re working on. When it is written and finished, tick it off.  Then, in editing, make sure of the spelling, grammar and so forth. When you’re ready, upload and write in the date of upload.

Book Blog

Here’s a book reading bingo that you can customise for what you like to read.

Book Reading Bingo 1

This one is another bingo page, be creative and show me your reading preferences.

Book Reading Bingo 2

Here I would choose Halloween books about witches, magic, supernatural creatures and dragons.

Book Reading Bingo 3

Read your books, rate it, and color in the book symbol when you’ve uploaded a review. Now you can keep track of what books you want to read next.

Books Read

A bookshelf for you to add your books you want to read, or just what books you’ve recently bought.

Bookshelf

Make sure you keep track of what books you’ve bought, what books you’re most eager to read, and color in each book you’ve read and reviewed.

Medium Bookshelf

Keep track of the number of chapters left in the book you are currently reading.

Reading Chapter Count

Two bookshelves, containing 20 books in total. Use them in your journal.

Small Bookshelf

As always, leave a comment below, telling me which of these printables are your favorite and why.

Thank you for your support.

Love Always,
C

Posted in Books read

The Deception Dance

Book:       The Deception Dance
Author:   Rita Stradling
Genre:     Young Adult – Romantic Paranormal Fantasy


Synopsis:

We stand there, screaming into each other’s faces.
How I hate him.
How I’ve loved him.
How I want him destroyed.
 

After a year of preparation, eighteen-year-old Raven Smith has planned out every detail of her summer vacation in Europe. Yet, while still en-route to Italy, Raven finds a letter in her carry-on suitcase that tells her not to go to Europe, that an “evil agent of Hell” is looking for her and he will find her if she disregards the letter’s message.

Deciding that it was a product of insanity, Raven chooses to disregard the letter’s message.

In her cross-Europe trip, Raven only wants to feed her love of art history and spend time with her older sister. She’s unprepared for Andras and his strange fascination with her, not to mention the all-consuming attraction she has for him. She’s definitely unprepared for Nicholas and his brothers Stephen, Albert, and Tobias, diverting all of her plans and sweeping her off to a Swedish Castle.

But the letter was right, the agent of Hell has found her and Raven have become a game-piece in a very dangerous game.



Rating:

four-stars


Review:

This was a good novel, not super great, but still very good. I would love to get my hands on the second book to find out where this is going. Now, the actual story…

First off, the cover doesn’t do this book justice at all – it definitely can be improved upon. There were some minor grammatical errors, but these do not take away from the overall enjoyment of the story. The writing style was insanely good, I enjoyed every second. And there were these moments where I would just picture what the author wrote, and it’s priceless.

Like this one: “Heck, I like poison oak underwear more…”
Or: “I’m tied up, gagged, and about to be bludgeoned to death by a lawn ornament.”

I mean, that is definitely entertaining and will put a smile on anyone’s face. As for the romance, all I’m gonna say is – your in for one hell of a ride here. There is romance, and you might even root for the wrong guy in this one. Although, maybe not…

The plot was outstanding, there is a lot you wouldn’t pick up on, until later in the plot. This is a good thing, as it will keep you glued to your seat to find out exactly how this one ends. I practically inhaled the last half of this book, staying up way later than I should have, but it was worth every hour of sleep I missed out on.

Love Always,
C

Posted in Books read

Moon Chosen

Book:       Moon Chosen
Author:   P.C. Cast
Genre:     Young Adult – Magical Paranormal Fantasy


Synopsis:

Chosen to embrace her true identity. Chosen to follow her destiny. Chosen to change her world.

Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan, but she has been forced to turn from her duties, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save herself and her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader of a rival, dominating Tribe, strays across her path that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…

Now evil is coming, and with it, a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By breaking Clan Law and forming an alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and battle the forces that threaten to destroy them all.


Rating:

four-stars


Review:

Guys, I’ve heard a lot of things about this book. How it is slow paced and boring… But, I found it to be an easy, delightful read. The pacing might be slower than other books available now, but the journey and the world that was so carefully built in this book was intriguing to read about.

The writing style was great, as I know I enjoy PC’s writing – although there were some grammatical errors that I’ve picked up while reading this novel. This did not detract from my enjoyment of the story.

The plot itself was well thought out and beautiful. The scenery was painted in incredible detail, you’ll feel like you’re right there with the characters.

Speaking of the characters, Mari was the main female protagonist – a strong, independent and talented girl – with flaws, like any of us. She is relatable to a lot of us, with a protective mother and a need to prove she is what her mother wants her to be.

The male protagonist, well, you’ll probably fall in love. He is the typical good guy, just trying to fit in. He has an odd life and, while trying to make the best of the situations he is put in, he makes some mistakes too.

Overall, I cannot wait to see where this story goes. There is still a lot of this world that needs to be explored, and I’m sure PC Cast will not disappoint!

P.S. Cliffhanger ending, so if you hate those, wait for the next book to be released… Binge read them all!!

Love Always,
C

Posted in Printables

Bookish Quotes

New bookish quotes printables, use for wall art, journaling cards, or decoration.

I want to give one of you guys a freebie – choose the quote you like the most.  Comment down below and I’ll send it to you…

When this printables take off, I’ll be sure to create my own website to sell these on.

These printables are available on Bid or Buy, and will be sent via email to you guys.
Follow this link for the printables:  Journal Printables

Here are the new bookish quotes:

Be a nerdBorn with a reading listDragons can be beatenDream in handLoyal friendParidise is a libraryRoom without booksShe reads booksSo many booksThousand livesTreasure in booksWords have the power

What is your favorite quote?  Maybe I will make one of them next…

Love Always,
C