My Wreck This Journal

Wreck This Journal

By: Keri Smith

I seriously love this book. Well, its more like a journal…a journey…an experience. It’s really something amazing and I think this book is for every perfectionist out there. That, and everyone who wants to express their creativity in a different way. For that, I am not going to actually review this book because it can be so different for each person, but I’m going to show you what mine was transformed into and give you a bit of information on it, so you can (you really gotta) check this out for yourself. Its so much fun!

Goodreads Description:

For anyone who’s ever wished to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes Wreck This Journal, an illustrated book that features a subversive collection of prompts, asking readers to muster up their best mistake- and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book (and destroy them). Acclaimed illustrator Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in “destructive” acts-poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee, and more-in order to experience the true creative process. Readers discover a new way of art and journal making-and new ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process.

My Wreck This Journal:

(sorry, the pics came out strangely placed!)

I recently purchased this book :

And I cant wait to get started! Do you have Wreck this Journal or Mess? I’d like to see the outcome if you do!

My Beautiful Lipstick Award!

My Beautiful Lipstick Award

Oh I’m SO EXCITED! I have been given the “Beautiful Lipstick” award by the very sweet Marian! Thank you so much!! And Im not sure if this is a Grazie award or the My beautiful lipstick award, but it was presented to me this way.

There are only a few rules….
1. Include the award logo in your post or on your blog

2. Say 7 random things about yourself that the readers don’t know yet

3.  Nominate 5 – 10 other blogs you usually follow

4. Let the nominees know that they are nominated & include their blog-links

5. Link the person who nominated you

Easy, isn’t it? :)

Let the fun begin!

1. I’m very addicted to Karmin’s song “brokenhearted” right now! I’m sure that will change soon, lol.

2. I’ve read more books this year than I read in the past 5 years combined! And I’m enjoying every minute of it!

3. I’m a ghost hunter at heart! That would be my profession if I could afford it! LOL. My hubby and sister in law enjoy it just as much and want to start a paranormal group named Z.E.N. paranormal! Wanna join??😉

4. I Can’t stand the Kardashians BUT somehow can’t get enough of them! Grrrr! I was glad when Lamar Odom quit the Mavericks, even though I don’t watch basketball.

5. I’m really into scary movies! My favorite one is Evil Dead and Mostly all the Zombie ones! I’m even writing a zombie book! check out the 1st chapter HERE.

6. I have a Jack Russel Terrier named Ripley. She’s really sweet to humans….but she hates her own kind! I’m trying the dog whisperer techniques on her, but either her or I aren’t getting it!

7. My facebook page could use more followers! That means you should really follow me🙂 ————————————->

Here are my nominees:

1. Write, Wrong, and Everything in Between

2. The Cine Files

3. Jonababez

4. Should Be Reading

5. Reviewing Shelf

Blog Tour: Until Next Time

First off I would like to thank Tribute Books and Amy Lignor for giving me the opportunity to read Until Next Time!

What the Books All About:

 How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the ‘life’ they’ve been assigned. What they don’t realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz’s establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel’s path and a warrior’s plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that’s ripping them apart.

My Review:

 

 First things first, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cover for this book. The Gothic feel of the cover alone made me very excited to start reading this book. The cracking heart and what it symbolizes (at least to me) in the book is a nice touch.

The book began and I was  engrossed into what Amy Lignor depicts as Heaven. She beautifully describes the scenery and the people (or Angels, saints, and souls, rather). This book takes Angels and souls to another level. I don’t want to give any of the plot away, but you watch Emily, an angel, as she is sent down to earth to help a lost soul. When she is on earth, she is Liz. Honestly, right at first, I was a bit lost on the fact that she was switching from one to the other. Its not explained that well, but I caught on and in no time, it was no longer confusing. In the mean time, this is also happening to her best friend and the one she was meant to be with, Matt. He is Daniel on earth. So the chapters not only switch from Emily to Liz, but some switch from Matt to Daniel. Again, at first, confusing but you get the hang of it.

“We could make our own fire, Liz the Lovely- with enough light to illuminate all of Achill Sound.”

The setting is in the 1800’s Ireland. Which I loved, by the way. It felt like, although there isn’t anything modern getting in the way, the humanity of Liz and Daniel is gut wrenching. I would feel like it was the end of the world if I had to say goodbye and didn’t know when I would talk to my best friend possibly my soul mate, every again.

“I’ll fix this. I’ll make this right. Someday, I’ll make her understand that she was born to be with me.”

When Liz is faced with the opportunity to get away from all she knows, I felt like the choice she made was made rather quickly. Like literally within what felt like 30 mins of being faced with said decision.  This irritated me at first, but THEN there is a FANTASTIC little twist and all is forgotten!

With a few tiny flaws, overall this book is awesome, a must read for any of my readers. You will enjoy all the emotions you feel, and there is much to relate to. I felt as if Liz could be any of us, although our situations may be different, she feels like a real person, like we all have walked in her shoes. Does that make sense?🙂

Here’s a bit about Amy Lignor and where you can find her on facebook:

Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.

Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.

She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.

Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.

Like Amy Lignor on Facbook HERE

Check out more books from Tribute HERE

Check out the book’s official website HERE

Review: Married With Zombies

“The Couple Who Slays Together Stays Together.”

GoodReads Description:

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things – the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat.

Meet the Zombies.

Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn’t mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don’t eat their brains, they might just kill each other.

My Review:

First off, I’m Zombie biased! I love zombie everything. Although this is categorized as a zombie book, Much like the series “The Walking Dead” on AMC, this is about how people adapt during a zombie apocalypse. Sarah and David are married, and both are at their wits end with each other when the book starts . In fact, they are going to counseling when all hell brakes loose. Whats great about it is that Sarah and David use what they have learned from their counseling sessions, and apply it to whats currently going on in their lives, including the zombies!

“Give each other a compliment every day. Even when the undead attack, its nice to feel pretty. Or badass.”

Every chapter’s title is a piece of advice that a couple having troubles (during the zombie apocalypse), could benefit from. Mostly they are all hilarious. Jesse Petersen, the author, holds nothing back when it comes to the dialogue. Yes, there is cussing. I mean, c’mon, when you’re faced with a once human being, now dead, smelly rotting corpse lunging at you wanting to eat your flesh, I give you permission to cuss. The F bomb is dropped in the first chapter. So, that being said, you can only imagine the banter between a married couple on the rocks NOT in the zombie apocalypse much less one that is. Lets just say, when faced with imminent danger, you come closer together.

“Balance the world in your relationship. No one person should be responsible for killing ALL the Zombies.”

That is a true statement. Have each others back I always say🙂 Anyway, although Sarah and David are very dysfunctional, you will be rooting for them the whole way. It makes me want to stock up on non perishables and a machete. Overall, I love this book. I love the two books that follow. Its great, and I think that, even if you aren’t a Zombie lover like myself, you will enjoy the comedy of Sarah and David. Enjoy!

What would be your must have if you were in the zombie apocalypse?

WWW Wednesdays 4/25

This is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ ShouldBeReading

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?




My answers:

What are you currently reading?

So far, so good. don’t you just love the cover? Its so Gothic and awesome!

What did you recently finish reading?

Check out my review on this book, HERE

What do you think you’ll read next?

Sounds interesting. Haven’t done my usual research on it, reading other reviews and what not, yet. But most likely I will give it a shot. Plus, it was free on amazon!

Happy reading & reviewing!

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Review: Throwaway

GoodReads Description:

When society deemed Jessie a throwaway, she didn’t let it stop her from finding the sunshine in her world… But that world is threatened when she finds herself undeniably drawn to the mischievous glint in the eyes of a man unlike any she’s ever met before. What starts as a simple crush will lead them both on a journey they could never have anticipated. From a vibrant St. Louis neighborhood known as Cherokee Street to a cave in the Ozark Mountains with a 120-year-old mystery to hide, Jessie fights organized crime, corruption and her own fears to reclaim her life and leave her mark on this world.

My Review:

This is the first book I’m reviewing on my blog that doesn’t have any supernatural people or a type of supernatural world in it. It’s about a prostitute, her life, and how she tries to get out of that world. Jessie, the main character has been in that type of business for fourteen years. In fact, it’s the only one she has ever known. The book talks about her past and how as a child she was thrown into the system and then “thrown away” when she hit 18 and forced to take of herself. Hence, Throwaway. The author, Huffman is good writer. The story, in 3rd person, allows you to experience not only what Jessie is going through but also the people involved in her life.

The story of Jessie, moves on rather quickly. In fact, I felt like this book really had what could of been 2 books. Jessie is a hooker, has a pimp, meets a cop, falls in love, try’s to find a way out. That would of been book one for me. That’s just halfway through! So unfortunately, the last half of the book felt rushed. The author was trying to give you all the information you needed to wrap up the story and leave no loose ends as this book isn’t in a series. Despite the rushed ending, it had great emotion. I teared up several times, and laughed a lot! The moral of the story is that happiness can be found even under the worst circumstances. I gave this book four stars because of its overall message and grammatically there is no errors that I noticed. Good chic lit book!

Get the book HERE. Enjoy!

Friday Finds (4/20)

This weekly Meme is hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading

MizB asks “What great books did you hear about or discover this past week? Share with us your Friday finds!”

Here is what I found this past week and can’t wait to read!

(one I am currently reading, check my sidebar!)

  • Bloody Little Secrets By Karly Kirkpatrick
  • Wraith By Angel Lawson
  • Branded By Keary Taylor
  • Throwaway By Heather Huffman

What have you found this week? Have a great weekend!

Review: ReVamped

ReVamped by Ada Adams

 

Rating:

GoodReads Description:

A simple mission turned deadly.

Nineteen-year-old vampire Dawn has led a sheltered life within the confines of her father’s presidential headquarters. Upon being sent on a mission to revamp four goofy misfits into guardians of a peaceful little town of Angel Creek, Dawn believes that all her dreams have finally come true. What starts off as a simple task, turns into something unexpected, changing Dawn’s life forever and leading the action-loving, thrill-seeking vampire teen on a path of mystery, danger and intrigue.

When a human girl is kidnapped by a group of rogue vamps, Dawn discovers that there is more going on in Angel Creek than meets the eye. And it all connects to Ethan, the cute newcomer who seems too perfect to be true, Sebastian, the mysterious vampire with a turbulent past, and even Dawn herself. Dawn must not only succeed in revamping the troubled recruits, but must also prevent the vampire race from being overtaken by a malevolent villain who has a strange and obsessive fascination with her. As threat escalates, romance blooms, and ghosts from her past begin to surface, Dawn is sure of only one thing: her life will never be the same.

Review:

ReVamped is such an original story! Its so refreshing to read a vampire story that doesn’t, not even once, remind me of twilight. This book is stocked full of action, suspense, mystery, and just a pinch of romance. Adams is such an intelligent writer who took vampires to a different level. A level that was really cool at that! All the while leaving in some of the age-old folklore associated with them.

Dawn, is a 19 year old vampire, in actual years. She is sent on her first mission to help the new guardians of a town called Angel Creek. When she gets there she realizes that she has a lot more on her plate than she originally expected. I really like this character, i would say her only flaw is that she is too trusting at the get-go. I feel like some things could have been solved a bit easier if she would of had intuition. My favorite character in the book is Sophie! She is so sweet and although older than most of them is very naive about her life and who she is. Its nice to see her evolve throughout the course of the book. Her romance with the Sebastian is really well written, light enough as it should be for a YA book.

The only flaw-ish in this book is that the author tends to get off course while writing the book. Sometimes I was a little overwhelmed with how much detail is given, especially in the first few chapters. Despite that, its definitely a page turner and is a fun read! Thanks to Ada for giving me the opportunity to read ReVamped! I am impatiently waiting for ReAwakened to be released this summer!

My Zombie Story

Yup. I’m writing a book! Nope. I have never attempted it before but I have always had the idea for a Zombie book in my head, it was always about finding the time to put pen to paper (fingertips to keyboard, rather). That being said, I’m apologizing in advance for my poor grammar and any misspelled or misused words. Keep in mind I am not an experienced writer, just an experienced reader! Hahah!I hope you enjoy it! I’ve got a name for the book. But I’m on the fence about it! What do you think?

Rayne

A Zombie Tale

  

Prologue

My name is Rayne Delaney. I’ve always wanted to be a nurse. Even as a child, I loved helping people. I graduated nursing school last year and I was employed ever since at the local, very small hospital in Blessing, Texas. My hometown. I was never the one in high school that wanted to get out of this small town, trying to cling on to dreams of bigger and better things. I knew then what I know now, and that is that I was meant for here. Blessing, Texas lived up to its name and brought me all the right blessings I needed to live my little, comfortable life. I had a nice, loving family. I had a quaint home, but it was so perfect for me. I had a small dog named Peggy who was given to me by my brother when his dog had puppies last year. I owned my car and I had a career. I guess a date or two would have been nice, but none of that mattered now. On the 1st day of the year 2011 life changed for everyone, everywhere. This is my story of what we now call Z-day. The day zombies took over the world and crushed what I thought was my perfect, little life.

Chapter 1: The Hangover

I

’m late for work. I’d like to add, “Well, that’s the story of my life,” but it isn’t. I’m a punctual person. I pride myself on being said punctual person. I’m going to give myself a break this time. I mean, if there’s one day a year to be late to work, it should be New Year’s Day. Besides, it was worth it. I got to spend time with some of my closest friends and even had a new year’s kiss! I hate that weird feeling single people get about 30 minutes or so before the ball drops and your just thinking to yourself “Will I be that one who’s not kissed tonight?” Luckily, my friend Aiden went stag to the party, and as the countdown began, he rushed over to me, champagne in our hands, and bestowed a kiss on my lips. It was sweet and lingered just a second over. We gave each other a short glance, and I could feel the red rushing over my face. He smiled at me, and went on mingling with the others. Several glasses of champagne later and less than 5 hours of sleep, I’m pulling into the employee parking lot, rather fast might I add. Aiden and I work the same shift, and I always park next to his civic, only today, I’m actually realizing it.

 I’m finding it hard to pull myself together. I look and feel a hot mess, but finally muster up the energy to pull my keys out of the ignition and slump out of my car. Every step I take toward the hospital is trying, and everything is taking on a brighter shade of its color today. My eyes are begging me for a pair of sunglasses. As I walked through the double doors to the ER, I automatically snap into shape and everything around me is clear again. This is my place, and this feels like home to me. Passing the intake desk as fast as I can, Aiden catches my eye and I catch his. “Looks like someone had a great night.” He says with a clever look on his face.

“Epic, really.” I smile shyly but keep on walking, because it’s time to get down to business, not to mention I’m already late and I want to slip into work going as un-noticed as possible. Behind the only unmarked door in the ward is where I’m headed. My own little piece of this hospital is here, my locker.

3 (beep) 7 (beep) 9 (beep). A longer beep sounds off on the keypad allowing me entrance to the employee room. Inside, is Nurse Jackson sitting on the bench tying her shoe laces. It’s odd but, I’ve worked here a year and I still don’t know her first name. “Late too, Rayne?” I guess she knows mine. It must be her demeanor that keeps me from asking her first name because she makes me feel like I should have respect for her. She’s getting into her sixties: if she’s not already there.  She’s worked at this hospital since it opened. Plus, she has that attitude that can be in full force when needed and much kinder when it’s called for too. I guess she reminds me of my grandma, so I treat her as such. “Yes ma’am, trying to sneak in. Guess that didn’t work out too well.”

“Honey, sneaking in is impossible when you’ve walked straight in the front door.” With a quick wink, she was out the door and on her way. She’s right, there is no way you could miss me today. I’m not looking or feeling my best and I guess you can tell that at first glance. I’ve got my favorite black scrubs on that have hot pink piping. I like them because they match my black and pink reeboks. I’m happy to say that I look pretty good in scrubs, well, as good as one can look in them. As for my dark brown hair (rather lackluster today) and green eyes, it’s a good thing I have an emergency kit in my locker. I set up by the mirror and quickly brush my hair. It’s getting pretty long, so I feel a braid is in order. The braid falls alongside my shoulder and I feel a little better. Next, I brush a little shadow over my eyes, and wisp a bit of mascara on my lashes. Last on my list, I grab an Emergence-C packet from my kit; shake it into a warm bottle of water and down that sucker. Hangover Shmangover, I’m good to go.

 Nurse Jackson is jotting down patients info on a clipboard at the nurses’ station. When I walk up, she hands it to me. “You’re up, Rayne.”

While checking the log of patients Dr. Oliver shouts at me in passing (if you haven’t noticed, its common around here to walk and talk, as they say).

 “Delaney, assist me in triage room two.”

He really does have a giddy up in his step, which isn’t easy for a man pushing sixty and smokes like a chimney, so I drop the clipboard and follow in his footsteps. This isn’t a man you keep waiting. It’s pretty unlikely that Dr. Oliver, the Chief of Emergency medicine, would be in such a hurry for any patient, so it gets my mind wondering. I happened to read on the clipboard that a young male was in triage two. When I walk in the room, the doctor is explaining to the boy’s mother that he needs to take some blood for testing. This prompts me to set up a tray of vials and needles, so I can assist the doctor. He excuses himself from them and gives me the “follow me” expression. Just outside the door, Dr. Oliver’s expressions went from professional to worry.

“I’ve got a strange feeling about this kid. He has a raging fever but is feeling just fine. He should be in a coma. Go in there and take his vitals. I need a second pair of eyes, so I know I’m not going crazy. Also, take forty cc’s of his blood and get it to the lab for testing. Call me when you’ve completed the vitals so we can collaborate.”

He didn’t give me time to answer him. He walked away briskly and I knew I needed to be on my toes back in the room.

“Hello, I’m Nurse Delaney and I’m going to run some vitals on-“ my eyes quickly glance down at his clipboard, “- Joseph here. Then I’m going to take some blood as Dr. Oliver requested.” I look at Joseph’s mother for reassurance that she understands me, and she gives me small nods in return.

“Hi Joseph, how are you feeling?” I start talking to Joseph in a kind voice. He doesn’t answer, but I want him to trust me and allow me to poke at him without a struggle. This is the first time I’m actually getting a good look at him. We are face to face after all since I’ve settled down in a rolling chair next to his bed. He is a small boy, much smaller than I would have guessed a 10 year old to be. His hair is long and cut into that surfer boy style that is so popular these days and he can’t seem to keep it out of his eyes. His piercing blue eyes are friendly and exhausted. I give him a side grin and ask for his arm. He extends his arm and the second my skin touches his, I draw back.

He’s burning up! Keep calm …

 “Wow Joseph, you sure are warm. Are you feeling bad at all? When I’m done here, I’m going to grab you some cold packs we keep in the fridge to rest on your head and arms, okay?”

He shrugs his shoulders and replies “Okay. I’m feeling fine really, I’m just tired and hungry, but I can’t keep my food down. Mom says the fever medicine she gave me at home didn’t work. That’s why we came here.”

After I take his blood pressure, I listen to his pulse. It’s slower than it should be so I start over. It’s the same. I notate this so I can let Dr. Oliver know the results. Next, I take his temperature and try not to jump backwards out of my chair.

112°… What is going on here?!

 Luckily, Nurse Jackson comes in to ask if I need assistance. I tell her to go ahead and draw his blood because I cannot wait any longer on getting him some cold packs. Plus, this will give me a second to get my wits about me. The hangovers involuntary sweating stage is in full effect. The mini-fridge is located down the hall, so I walk over and grab for the handle. The cold air hits my face and it’s suddenly a little easier to breath. Okay, I’m a nurse, and that means there is a logical reason behind Josephs fever and we are here to figure that out. I have been in much worse situations with people in the past; I can get a fever down.

Okay. Back into work mode, I walk into Joseph’s room with 6 cold packs. I pop the bags and the coldness comes to life, I wrap them in a small rag and place them on his arms, legs and forehead. Nurse Jackson is quickly done drawing his blood and is on her way to deliver it to the lab. Josephs Mom walks over to me. “Can I speak with you for a moment? Outside.”

“What exactly is going on with my son? Why aren’t you telling us what’s happening? I mean, I wasn’t born yesterday, I know a hundred and twelve fever isn’t possible so”, She pauses for a moment realizing the volume in her voice has gotten to an inappropriate level. “-so, give me some answers. Please.”

Obviously this woman does not want to bullshit. So I give it to her straight. “Honestly, we don’t know. You’re right, a hundred and twelve degree fever is unheard of, but since your son is feeling well, it’s best to not alarm him or you for that matter, until we know what’s going on. The blood tests will determine where to start. Please give us some time, and I will try and keep Joseph and you as comfortable as possible in the meantime.” She was satisfied with that answer. She curtly nodded at me and turned her heel to return back to her son’s room. It’s time to call Doctor Oliver anyway. He needs to know that he was right, Joseph’s vitals are unstable and he needs help right away. Just then, I hear that noise that makes even the most experienced nurse shudder.

He’s coding.

I slam into the door, push the big red button on the wall that says “cardiac arrest” under it and the lights begin to flash and the friendly voice over the speaker says, “Code blue, triage two. Code blue, triage two.”