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Review: Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

November 16, 2014
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Sweet Filthy Boy
(Wild Seasons #1)

Contemporary Romance
Gallery Books
May 13th 2014
416

One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him.

But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play.

When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away.

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Is Booklikes The New Goodreads?

October 13, 2014

Are you searching for a Goodreads replacement? I’m aware most of you don’t know this free service called Booklikes that might be a good option if you’re tired of GR. Goodreads has became a mess in my opinion, using free reader content to leverage authorial participation (and revenue), deleting reviews and not knowing how to handle trolls and haters. I’ve tried different book related sites, and so far Booklikes is my favorite; I’ll point some features that have pleased me about t and you can make up your mind.

 

10 reasons why I believe you should switch from Goodreads to Booklikes:

1) Booklikes lets you synchronize with Kindle: how awesome is that?? Less work and more efficiency to update your statuses.

 

2) Write posts and add pages like a blog: and you can connect your twitter and facebook accounts to share them the moment they go live. Add videos, quotes, images and links easily.

3)  Import books from Goodreads, LibraryThing or Lovely books: You won’t lose your information and have to do it all over again,’cause really, who would?

4) No Trolls:All users who assault or harass other BookLikes members may be blocked by BookLikes users and reported to BookLikes Team. Each complaint will be evaluated by BookLikes Team who can decide whether to block a given user or not. If user’s behavior is inappropriate he/she can receive Ghost status, his/her rates and reviews will not be counted to overall book statistics and will not be promoted on BookLikes pages visible for all members: Explore Page, Dashboard, Book Page. Users who follow member with Ghost status will still view his/her writings on Dashboard. BookLikes will not unfollow anyone from your Following list.”

5) Interact!  You can “reblog” something you like on another bookshelf as well as favorite a post and comment on the post.

6) Connect with one click : BookLikes → Goodreads or BookLikes → Goodreads. “Synchronization includes: adding books to shelf, adding shelves, posting a review, rating books. Once you do one of those things on BookLikes, it will be published on your BookLikes webpage and on your Goodreads profile.” – Easy to do and undo.

 

7) Affiliate programs made easy: “if you are already cooperating with bookstores via Affiliate Programs, paste your ID (IDs) from affiliate program that you’re using in a suitable box. Then all books that you put on your shelf and add to your texts and review from these bookstores will use your affiliate ID. This means that if someone clicks and buys a book from your shelf or your review, ALL profit will be transferred directly to you.” – how great is this???

8) Friends and followers without having to wait: you can follow/ unfollow people without having to accept a friend request. Yay!

9) Customize your page: choose your background, colors and shelf. It’s very visual, almost like a tumblr.

10) Interface: easy to use and find what you want, it’s much more intuitive than any book review sites I’ve seen so far.

Do you use it already? How do you find it so far? 

If you want to find me click here and follow me there ;)

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I was not compensated to write this post.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 11, 2014

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month, otherwise known as Pink October, is the perfect opportunity to inform and get us talking about cancer, without fear or prejudice.

Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. Widespread use of screening, along with treatment advances in recent years, have been credited with significant reductions in breast cancer mortality.

I’d like to present some myths around breast cancer first:

THE BREAST CANCER MYTHS

- Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.

THE TRUTH:

Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer.  But if you discover a persistent lump in your breast or notice any changes in breast tissue, it should never be ignored. It is very important that you see a physician for a clinical breast exam. He or she may possibly order breast imaging studies to determine if this lump is of concern or not.

Take charge of your health by performing routine breast self-exams, establishing ongoing communication with your doctor, getting an annual clinical breast exam, and scheduling your routine screening  mammograms.

 

- Men do not get breast cancer; it affects women only.

THE TRUTH:

Quite the contrary, each year it is estimated that approximately 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 410 will die. While this percentage is still small, men should also check themselves periodically by doing a breast self-exam while in the shower and reporting any changes to their physicians.Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola.  Men carry a higher mortality than women do, primarily because awareness among men is less and they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment.

 

- A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread.

THE TRUTH:

A mammogram, or x-ray of the breast, currently remains the gold standard for the early detection of breast cancer. Breast compression while getting a mammogram cannot cause cancer to spread. According to the National Cancer Institute, “The benefits of mammography, however, nearly always outweigh the potential harm from the radiation exposure. Mammograms require very small doses of radiation. The risk of harm from this radiation exposure is extremely low.”

The standard recommendation is an annual mammographic screening for women beginning at age 40. Base your decision on your physician’s recommendation and be sure to discuss any remaining questions or concerns you may have with your physician.

Read the full USPSTF report here .

The Breast Cancer SiteSo how can you help?  

WHAT IS THE PINK RIBBON PLEDGE™?

The Pink Ribbon Pledge™ is a powerful way to make a real difference in the fight against breast cancer in three different ways: clicking every day to give women in need mammograms, joining to fund vital breast cancer research, and spreading awareness about simple ways to fight breast cancer every day. The Pink Ribbon Pledge is a way to remember to click, and ask friends and family to join you in pledging to click every day at The Breast Cancer Site, increasing our impact in the battle.

The Pink Ribbon Pledge™ is powered by The Breast Cancer Site, where you can click every single day to help fund mammograms for women in need. Your clicks are always FREE.

HOW DOES THE PINK RIBBON PLEDGE™ FIGHT BREAST CANCER?

Pledge to click: Your pledge to click every day at The Breast Cancer Site means that you are personally helping to fund mammograms for women in need. Every free click provides more funding for free mammograms. Imagine the incredible difference we can make if thousands of people agree to take just a moment of time, every single day, to click to fight breast cancer.

Fund research: The Breast Cancer Site has also made a pledge – to you, and to all breast cancer survivors and supporters. When 100,000 people take the pledge to click every day, The Breast Cancer Site will make a donation of $10,000 to Mayo Clinic to fund breast cancer research. Together, we can work toward a cure.

Spread the word: The fight against breast cancer is everywhere today, with individuals and companies taking up the cause. Everyone knows what the pink ribbon is, but not everyone knows the details – early detection is key, there are different kinds of breast cancer, and it can happen to young women, older women, and even men. In addition, not everyone knows that there’s a quick and easy way to fight breast cancer every single day – absolutely free. So spreading the word about clicking at The Breast Cancer Site is another way to help even more.

 

If you have questions about breast cancer, go to The National Breast Cancer FAQ for more information.

Material on this page was taken from the National Cancer Institute / National Breast Cancer Site.

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Review: Never a Mistress, No Longer a Maid by Maureen Driscoll

October 8, 2014
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Never a Mistress, No Longer a Maid
(Kellington #1)

Historical Romance
May 17th 2011
ebook
323 pages

Caught behind enemy lines at the Battle of Waterloo, nurse Jane Wetherby is forced to seek shelter with British operative Lord Edward Kellington. After a night of passion, the two are separated. With nothing but the alias Jane used to protect her family, Lord Edward is unable to find the woman he cannot forget.

Seven years later, Jane courts scandal by serving as the unofficial surgeon in the village of Marston Vale. When Edward arrives to formalize his betrothal to a viscount's daughter in accordance with his late father's wishes, Jane has no choice but to watch the match proceed. When a threat from the past emerges, Jane must join forces with Edward to safeguard her loved ones. But at what risk to her heart?

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Different, passionate and sweet!

This book was a surprise. One of my friends recommended it and I wasn’t disappointed. This book has a fresh beginning, a bit like “Outlander”, and it kept me interested to read more about the characters.

At times I really liked how we got to see different POVs, but by the end I just wanted to know the closure, without interruptions. The kidnapping attempts were repetitive, I believe they weren’t necessary, the less the merrier in this case. I enjoyed the little mystery, and I’m glad it wasn’t flat obvious, we had a few suspects to watch out for.

Maureen presents us with a family worth of a Julia Quinn novel, intriguing and warm. Edward’s sister is one funny human being, just as their brother Kellington, I’m anxious to read their books as we have clues to whom they will fall in love with.

I’m excited about this author and interested in finding other books written by her. For a debut title, this is a win!

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Outlander – the tv series

October 2, 2014
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What can I say to make you love this series as much as I do right now?

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Well, there’s no enough words, you have to see it. It’s amazing how feminine this series can be, there’s attention to detail, an interesting love story, incredible visual and amazing actors. I only read the first book, OUTLANDER, after the fist episode. I’m suspicious to talk about the book because of that, so I’m not making a comparison, each sustain on it own.

The show is narrated by a woman, Claire, and basically everything is seen through her point of view. It’s captivating how sensitive the writers are about that, since they choose not to follow the other characters steps, and focus only on her feelings and thoughts. The actress convinces she’s Claire, portraying a tough but kind heroine. This post explains how groundbreaking this approach is.

Outlander is a romance novel in it’s heart, and the director is clever not to forget that. Some say it’s historical fiction with sex, but I believe there’s plenty of romance that sustain the journey Claire, Jamie and Frank go through. Without the romance factor, much of the story would make no sense. You can read more about how we fantasize when historical fiction and sex colide, here.

Now Jamie. OMG. I’ve got such a crush! He really is the king of men. He’s got this mystery and sweetness that can get to you in a second. I’ve read we’ll see more about his POV on the next part of the season. We know he’s in love with Claire since the beginning, and the attraction and chemistry is palpable, but we haven’t really get to know his feelings.

Now I LOVE historical romance, as you know, and the show being set in the highlands is like a character itself. We get to see how they lived and not just imagine – such a treasure!

If you want to read a review for each episode I highly recommend this site, they’re incredibly funny!

 

Have you ever watched OUTLANDER?

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