2015 ~ A Recap on my Year!

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So a Recap of 2015… Well for me the year started off by seeing in the New Year celebrations in Liverpool, UK with my BFF of 28 years, with her family & friends – a mad & fun loving lot that I wish I could hang out with more often if it wasn’t so damn far to come visit…

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 Then next up I headed over to Ireland with my mom to visit her childhood hometown & family, I hadn’t been here since I was 6 yrs old… And it turned out to be a really special time to share with my mom, as she reminisced and talked about her childhood memories as we were sightseeing – it definitely was a totally different way of life back in the 1930s & 40s

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“Shannon Airport”

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After nearly two weeks around the Southern Ireland charm it was back to London… to say cheerio to my niece, and other family n friends…

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Then it was back Down-under to OZ – to the heat, reality & work… but also after being away for nearly 3 months I was really looking forward to seeing my son and my dog again! 

 

In hindsight it was a great trip, even with a few bad moments thrown in… It is a trip I wish I could do every year to see my family & dear friends, come on Lotto!

The rest of my year was filled with an emotional and educational growth

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 In Poetry I spread my wings more this Year… as I entered into the “NaPoWriMo Challenge” in April; I became apart of a Team on Facebook via my friend Angel Poet called “Poetry In Motion” – which ran weekly Poetry Challenges & I also helped administrate a New Blog called “Vagrant Poetry” via Facebook & WordPress set up via my friend Shawn D. Standfast.

Poetry In Motion =  Facebook

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I also took on further studies in my Nursing career towards becoming a Registered Nurse and made some New friends along the way!

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My Goodreads Reading Challenge was to read 104 Books, which I achieved and surpassed by reading 140 Books all up – the list of these books read are below!

My favourite all up read in 2015 would have to be the “Demonica” Series by Author Larissa Ione – it goes into really interesting concepts about The Apololypse, The Four Horsemen, Heaven, Hell, Angels, Demonslots of different types, Good vs Evil etcas well as being based around great story lines about finding your soul-mate and falling in love, but I found it enlightening and a thought provoking read!

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Fiction Books:

  • Welcome to Alegria: Catherines Story by Craig G. Berry
  • The Rosie Project & The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
  • The Raven & The Prince by Sylvian Reynard
  • Tempt Me Like This & All I ever need is you by Bella Andre
  • Reckless in love  & Breathless in love by Bella Andre & Jennifer Skully
  • Searching for beautiful & Searching for Always by Jennifer Probst
  • Chasing Me, Beg Me, Play Me & Catch Me by Jennifer Probst
  • The Tantric Principle, Holiday Hoax, Executive Seduction by Jennifer Probst
  • Heart of Steel; Sex, Lies and Contracts by Jennifer Probst
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside by Jennifer Probst & others
  • Servicing the Target, Master of the Dark Side & Simon says Mine by Cherise Sinclair
  • Valentine One Kings Way, Hero & Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young
  • Confess, Never Never by Colleen Hoover
  • The Saint, The King, The Virgin & The Queen by Tiffany Reisz
  • Just one taste, You Only Love Twice, Luscious & Master No by Lexi Blake
  • Nobody’s Dream by Kallypso Masters
  • Wicked Series: Books 1 to 10 by Shayla Black
  • His to Take by Shayla Black
  • The Bold & The Dominant by Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob & Isabella LaPearl
  • Their Virgin Mistress by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake
  • The Chalet, The Enticement, The Collar, The Exhibitionist by Tara Sue Me
  • Mastered Series: Books 1 – 6 by Sierra Cartwright
  • 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle One: 1-4
  • 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Two: 5-8
  • Demonica Series: Books 1 – 11.7 by Larissa Ione
  • Need You Now by Lisa Renee Jones
  • The First Nighty by Lexi Blake & MJ Rose
  • Fire Down Below by Debra Anastia
  • Grey by EL James
  • Captivated by you by Sylvia Day
  • Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy
  • The Woman who stole my Life by Marian Keyes
  • Rosie Dunne & The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahearn
  • It started with Paris by Cathy Kelly
  • My Mothers Secret by & If you were me by Sheila O’Flanagan
  • Schooled, Unravelled & Caged by Lorelei James
  • Sinners at the Altar by Olivia Cunning
  • Screwdrived, Mai Tai’d Up & Last Call by Alice Clayton
  • The Redhead Plays Her Hand by Alice Clayton
  • Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
  • Flat Out Love by Jessica Park
  • The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons
  • Stripped by Jasinda Wilder
  • Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
  • The Girl in the Spiders Web by David Lagercrantz
  • Coming Down by Marie Coulson
  • Seeking her by Cora Carmack
  • Memorial by Joseph A. Pinto & Nina D’Aracangela
  • Heart of Atlantis by Deidre Meyrick
  • The Espionage Effect & No Wedding Series: Books 1-4.5 by Kat & Stone Bastion
  • First Encounters by Charming Man
  • Aphodites Fire by SJ Warner
  • TouchStone for ever by Sydney Jamesson
  • Holiday Heat by Cameron Lincoln
  • Second Chance by Allyson Sinclair
  • Her Name is James by CJ Heath
  • Stranded at New Year by Grace Harper
  • The Enrapturing Attraction by AJ Walters
  • Masquerade by CP Mandara & others
  • As Natural As Breathing by Thianna D
  • Outback Housecall by Mark D. Davis
  • Roman by Kimber S. Dawn
  • Corrupted Desires: A Dark Erotic Anthology by Carrie Anne Ward & others
  • Sexy Holiday Bites: Anthology of Erotica by Suzy Ayers & others

Non-Fiction Books:

  • Natural Born Keller by Amanda Keller
  • Bonkers: My Life in Laughs by Jennifer Saunders
  • Dear Fatty by Dawn French

Poetry Books:

  • The Portable Henry Rollins by Henry Rollins – Brilliant & powerful read!!!
  • Taboo (Revised Edition) by PJ Bayliss
  • Lullabies by Lang Leav
  • 2011 by Shawn L Bird
  • Nothing Left to Lose by Natasha Head
  • Naked Human by Christopher Poindexter
  • Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet
  • Lust & Lace by SJ Warner
  • Delicious Just Deserts by Lisa Fulham
  • Poetic Art of Seduction by Clarissa O Clemens
  • Me, Myself & I by Zoey Hart
  • RUMI’s Little Book of Life by RUMI

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#Favourite “WEBSITES”:

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VoElla ~ Be CONFIDENT Be SEXY Be YOU!

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#Favourite “QUOTES” in 2015:

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# “MOVIES” seen in 2015:

  • Selma
  • Burnt
  • Taken 3
  • American Sniper
  • Still Alice
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Run All Night
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • The Cobbler
  • Insurgent
  • The Water Diviner
  • Tracers
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • Aloha
  • Madame Bovary
  • Ant-man
  • Ricki and the Flash
  • Last Cab to Darwin
  • The Dressmaker
  • A Walk in the Woods
  • The Intern
  • Sicario
  • The Martian
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Room
  • The Walk
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Daddy’s Home

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# “MUSIC” in 2015:

Purchased:

  • ColdplayA Head Full of Dreams
  • The Libertines Anthems for a Doomed Youth
  • BjorkVulnicura
  • Sia1000 Forms of Fear
  • Bernard FanningDepartures
  • The Audrey’s Between last night & us
  • The WaifsUp all night
  • Missy HigginsOZ
  • Ed SheeranX

Checked out:

  • Adele 25
  • Joanna Newsom – Divers & The Milk-Eyed Mender
  • Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  • Julia Holter – Have you in my wilderness
  • Courtney Barnett – Sometimes
  • Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
  • Tame Impala Currents

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# “ART” purchased in 2015:

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A painting done by the talented Mr. Benjamin Prewitt for my “Niece’s Wedding Gift”   – I actually flew into Portland, Orgeon, USA and got to meet the Artist and view some of his other amazing works!

Benjamin Prewitt – An Evolution of Art

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# “CAMPAIGNS” supported in 2015:


 

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Books Connect the Human Race (Part 2 of 2)

Simple Complexities

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Nevertheless there must be something more to the book mystery. Why not just go out and travel the world if discovery and experience are so important to you? Another dimension of the allure of the published word is the effort involved in reading and the lust for cognizant activity.

The act of reading is an act of learning. Every time an eye peruses a page of written text, the brain whips into action; picking out unknown words, new ways of speaking, new ideas, etc. It requires concentration and a willingness to struggle with tough concepts. Many people who reject the hobby of reading complain that it is “too much work”—that they can receive the experience encased in the syntax and diction through much easier means. These people are Walker Percy’s proverbial consumers. “The consumer is content to receive an experience…

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Books Connect the Human Race (Part 1 of 2)

Simple Complexities

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We live in an age where there is a vast multitude of ways to entertain ourselves. Of the hundreds of channels on TV, most run programming twenty-four hours a day. Newspapers are delivered daily to households across the world; the internet never turns off. And of course, there are books. According to the American Library Association, in the United States alone there are over 117,000 libraries. “Since 1776, 22 million titles have been published”, and as of 2004, there were over 2.8 million books in print (Para Publishing).

Why?

What’s the point? In terms of technology (and in this day and age, what isn’t looked at in terms of technology?), books are outdated. An old, slow, difficult way of obtaining information and entertainment that only isolates people from the ‘mainstream’. With the popularity of websites like Twitter,

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No Weddings Blog Tour + Guest Post + Giveaway by @KatBastion @Stone Bastion @No_Weddings

I had to share this great “No Weddings” by Authors Kat & Stone Bastion – Book Blog Tour with you via my friend Susi’s Blog!!! I have followed Kat Bastions previous Books and she is an awesome writer!!! I have just finished reading this collaboration with her husband Stone and Highly Recommended it to all… it’s brilliant! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ Debs xox

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Blog Tour – No Weddings by Kat and Stone Bastion

Guest Post and Giveaway

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Synopsis:
Award-winning author Kat Bastion teams with her husband, Stone Bastion, in this first book in the No Weddings Series about Cade Michaelson, a successful man with his sights set on a new venture in business, and Hannah Martin, the woman who makes it personal.

I think I have my act together as a successful bar owner, my master’s degree within reach, and a list of no-strings-attached women warming my bed. Turns out, I don’t.

Hannah believes she has safeguarded her wounded heart by shunning men and focusing on her new baking business. The thing is, she hasn’t.

When my three sisters and I form an event-planning business with Hannah as our baker, I have no idea how my life is about to change. As Hannah and I work closely together, the attraction between us becomes…

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“Kafka on the Shore” by Author Haruki Murakami

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I came across this book via Tumblr, which I am currently reading…. it’s an interesting read so far and I wanted to share!

Synopsis:

Kafka on the Shore, a tour de force of metaphysical reality, is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom. Their odyssey, as mysterious to them as it is to us, is enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerizing events. Cats and people carry on conversations, a ghostlike pimp employs a Hegel-quoting prostitute, a forest harbors soldiers apparently unaged since World War II, and rainstorms of fish (and worse) fall from the sky. There is a brutal murder, with the identity of both victim and perpetrator a riddle – yet this, along with everything else, is eventually answered, just as the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata are gradually revealed, with one escaping his fate entirely and the other given a fresh start on his own.

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An Excerpt:

“Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads – at least that’s where I imagine it – there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.”
~ “Kafka on the Shore” by Author Haruki Marakami

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“No Weddings Series” by Kat & Storm Bastion

The very talented Author Kat Bastion & her husband Storm have written a new set of stories called the “No Wedding Series” – for a peek read on to their Website for the Cover Reveal & Book Excerpts!!!! ~ Debs xox

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Hello, everyone!

The time for the No Weddings Series Cover Reveal has arrived!

First and foremost, we would like to thank all those who helped make the cover reveal such an amazing event today. Enormous gratitude to Nazarea and KP at InkSlingerPR for coordinating the event. Huge thanks to all the bloggers, book reviewers, readers, followers, and friends who’ve helped host the cover reveal and share with your social media sites.

And about the beautiful covers…

Thank you to those directly involved in the creation of the gorgeous covers themselves:

Cover designer: Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations
Photographer: Mandy Hollis Photography
Models: Steven Preston and Brittany Brescia

Sarah Hansen was a joy to work with. She had a particular vision for these covers and was the one who suggested we hire out for a custom photo shoot for the series. We were thrilled with the idea and are very pleased with…

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BLOG TOUR STOP: “Exposure” by Morgan and Jennifer Locklear

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It is my honour and pleasure today to be hosting a Blog Tour Stop of a new contemporary romance novel called “Exposure” by Authors Morgan and Jennifer Locklear!

Morgan and Jennifer are currently promoting and visiting numerous Blogs across the five Oceans… I connected with this talented duo a few years ago via Twitter and the Twilight Fan Fiction Site…

Included in this post is the Book Summary, a hot Excerpt, plus a Short Interview with the lead character Shaunna Nobel and the Authors Bio!

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Is a well written, entertaining story, and a must read!

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BOOK SUMMARY​:

Publicist Shaunna Noble is no stranger to the ego-filled dysfunction of Hollywood’s elite, but is she ready for her two biggest clients to turn into her worst nightmare?
Kyle Petersen and Michelle Cooper are Hollywood royalty, everyone’s favorite celebrity couple, but while on location filming their new summer blockbuster, Kyle ambushes his wife with divorce papers and orders Shaunna to destroy Michelle in the media. Unwilling to comply, Shaunna spectacularly and publicly quits her job, humiliating Kyle in the process.

David Quinn, a struggling actor cast alongside the A-listers, is caught in the crossfire. When pictures surface of David and Michelle out on the town, media and fans rush to crown them Hollywood’s new hot couple. Kyle explodes, tensions boil over, and everyone’s lives and careers are thrown into jeopardy.

So what’s a publicist to do? Especially when Shaunna finds herself falling in love with the sexy and talented David. Can she put out fires on the set while keeping the flames burning in the bedroom?

Love, lies and passion. What happens when the naked truth is exposed?

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EXCERPT:

When his eyes settled on Shaunna again, she was completely nude. Her pert nipples were beacons to the gentle valley between her round breasts. David’s stare followed the path of least resistance to the tiny and tidy garden of brown curls that split the river of skin.

He suddenly realized how very, very overdressed he was and fidgeted slightly as he dragged his heavy eyes back up to hers. “Allow me to reciprocate,” he murmured as he began to loosen his necktie. “Let me,” Shaunna offered as she stepped toward him.David obediently dropped his arms to his sides, allowing the naked woman to undress him.

“This is a nice tie,” she commented as she slid it from his neck. “You had it with you in Texas?” David nodded his head. “I brought all my clothes with me.”
“Of course you did,” Shaunna said as she walked around behind him and removed his jacket.

She especially liked the way men looked in vests when their jackets were off. She admired how David’s fit figure was accented by the corset nature of his pinstriped, three-buttoned special. Shaunna appreciated him as she completed her circle.
She then backed up to get, and give, a better view.

“Have a seat.” Shaunna gestured to a custom rock bench near the edge of the black tiled pond. David sat and she began removing his shoes. He looked down at the nude beauty working the laces and willed himself not to be ticklish for the next thirty seconds of his life. Her touch, however, was too delicate and he was just too tender-footed. David chortled and twitched, giving himself away. To her credit, Shaunna did not take advantage of her newfound knowledge until she had removed his other shoe and both his socks. She feathered the balls of his feet with her fingers before she allowed him to stand again.

“Don’t worry,” she assured him as she began unbuttoning his vest. “I’m ticklish too.” She opened it and then pressed her firm body up against his while she claimed another kiss.

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INTERVIEW with main character – Shaunna Nobel:

#DEB: Hi Shaunna great to have you take part in some Q&A thank-you!

Ok first up… Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? How would describe yourself?

Shaunna: My shyness is a defining characteristic, but if you ask my family and friends I think they would tell you that I’m not shy around those I love and trust. I can be feisty when I want to be, although that hasn’t always worked in my favour.

#DEB: What attracted you to David the most?

Shaunna: The first time I noticed David, he was working out in the gym and it was impossible not to admire his … form and technique. David is a very good looking man, but beyond his physique I was attracted by David’s modesty. It’s not a character trait you often encounter in my world.

#DEB: Yes he certainly going to be one of my New Book Boyfriend Favourites! Have you ever wondered about pursuing another career?

Shaunna: Others have tried to encourage me to go into acting, but it’s not for me. I suppose if I was going to consider doing something else it would involve working for my father’s production company. He’s always been supportive of me and I’m glad he’s allowed me to find my own way. I enjoy my job as a publicist, and am happy helping my clients achieve their dreams.

#DEB: Do you have a pet peeve?

Shaunna: I can put up with a lot. I’m a patient woman, but I cannot stand disloyalty.

#DEB: I hear you, one of mine too!

Okay, name five items in your Handbag that is a must to have?

Shaunna: My iPhone, a pair of sunglasses, a hair tie, lip gloss, and my season pass to Disneyland.

#DEB: Favourite Music?

Shaunna: I enjoy a wide variety of music, but it all sounds so much better when David sings to me.

#DEB: Name the last three books you read?

Shaunna: My job doesn’t allow much free time for reading, but David encouraged me to read “The Shadow Year” by Jeffrey Ford. It was really suspenseful.

#DEB: How do you envision your future?

Shaunna: I’m looking forward to moving through life with David at my side. I’d prefer to lead a quiet, simple life, but given our careers we’ll have to endure the occasional spotlight now and again. One thing is for sure, I know life with David will never be boring.

#DEB: Well we wish you all the best and thank-you so much for your time!

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AUTHORS BIO:

Morgan and Jennifer Locklear met in 1989 as teenagers and became high school sweethearts. They have been married since 1995 and live in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States with their two children, a son and daughter.

Although both enjoyed creative writing in their youth, they have only been working as a writing team since 2010. Since then they have created a dozen full-length and short stories together.

Jennifer has been employed in fundraising and development for a non-profit organization since 2000. She also enjoys participating in charitable activities, both locally and online. In her (limited) free time she is an avid reader.

Morgan has been employed in the hospitality industry since 1998. He has been active in the local performing arts community since childhood with many acting and directing credits to his name. He is also a musician and songwriter and has recorded 6 albums.

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Words on Books in 2014…

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So a New Year begins… and its going to be a huge one for me personally…  I already have a TBR List of 360 Books and counting and have listed some below that I’m really looking forward to reading!

Some of you already know that I am a bit of a Bookworm… I just love how reading a Book can open up your world and/ or lift and spur you on in this crazy thing called life!

Anyways hope I might have shared something to someone and it helps make their year, Cheers 🙂

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*My Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge is to read 104 Books *

You can check me out on Goodreads and/or Pinterest by clicking on the highlight name!

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# “Some Books from my TBR list are” &/ or “Are yet be Published in 2014”:

  • A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  • Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  • The TimeKeeper by Mitch Albom
  • The End of the Affair by Graham Green
  • The Sullivans #12 & #13 by Bella Andre
  • The Raven by Sylvain Reynard
  • Captivated by you by Sylvia Day
  • Show Me Baby & Dark Haven #4 by Cherise Sinclair
  • Born of Mist and Legend & Found in Flame and Moonlight by Kat Bastion
  • Return to & Saving Poughkeepsie, Bittersweet Seraphim, Shackled  by Debra Anastasia
  • Awaken by Nina Lane
  • A Gentleman’s Affair & Secret by A.J. Linn
  • Unmasking Maya by Libby Mercer
  • Tangled Series: Books 1.1, 1.5, 2 & 3 by Emma Chase
  • Beautiful Bastard Series; Books 2.5, 3, 3.5 by Christina Lauren
  • Between the Lines Series: Book 3 & 4 by Tammara Webber
  • Conversion Series: Books 1 – 4 by S.C. Stephens
  • Avoiding Series: Books 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 & Record Series by KA Linde
  • Chocolate Lovers: Books 2, 3, 3.5 & Playing with Fire Series: Books 3 & 4 by Tara Sivec
  • Hopeless Series: Books 1.5, 2.5 by Colleen Hoover
  • Cocktail Series: Books 2, 3 & 4 by Alice Clayton
  • Forgiving Lies Series: Books 1 & 2 by Molly McAdams
  • Some Like It Wild & There’s Wild Then There’s You by M. Leighton
  • The Blackstone Affair: Book 4 by Raine Miller
  • The Storm Series: Book 3 by Samantha Towle
  • Beautiful Series: Books 1.5 & 2.5by Jamie McGuire
  • This Man Confessed by Jodi Ellen Malpas
  • The Vincent Boys Series: Books 2 & 3 by Abbi Glines
  • Thorn (The Willows, #2) by Hope Collier
  • Losing It Series by Cora Carmack
  • Emancipating Andie by Pricilla Glenn
  • The Debutante by Kathleen Tessaro
  • Closer To You Series by A.L.Jackson
  • The Submissive Trilogy, Book 2 & 3 by Tara Sue Me
  • The Angel, The Prince, The Mistress & The Gift by Tiffany Reisz
  • Little Red Riding Crop, Submit to Desire & The Mistress Files by Tiffany Reisz
  • The Saint, Everything they Wanted & Daniel Pt 2 by Tiffany Reisz
  • Burnt, Chemical Romance & Chronicles by PJ Bayliss
  • The Mayfly by Cameron Lincoln
  • My Intimate Poetry: Beneath the Vin Rouge & Temptation Bites by Tammy L. Wilkins
  • Words of a Season by Lisa Fulham
  • The Muse Unguarded by Chris Kuhn
  • Paying the Rent & In the Kitchen by Dylan Cross
  • Erotic Escapades by Chase Boehner
  • Masterful Series by Ms. Quote
  • All or Nothing Series by C.C. Gibbs
  • The Attraction Series, Book 2 by AJ Walters
  • A Taste of Erotica by AM Harding
  • Resolution by Lesley Jones
  • Teaching the Teacher, Stormy Love & Lessons for Steve by Mark Davis
  • Give Me Hope, Give Me Desire & Give Me Love by Zoey Derrick
  • The Nightlife London by Travis Luedke

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# Some great Book Blogs that I follow are:

Go check them out by clicking oh their Website Name – they run great competitions, do Interviews with some wonderful Authors and Review loads of Books!

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#BlogHop 2014…

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Well a lovely friend that I have got to know over this past year, Chris Kuhn, whom wrote her first novel in 2013 “The Muse Unlocked”, has very kindly has asked me to answer these Four Questions below from my perpective as a Poet!

Blog Hop Q & A:

1. If you could achieve anything with your writing in 2014, what would it be?

Hmmm…. This year I hope to develop my knowledge into the different styles of Poetry and gain a better understanding into the processes… therefore I hope to become better writer!

2. What are the top 3 demons you must slay to achieve your goals in 2014?

Geez… Time is the biggest problem for me! Allowing myself to unwind from real life at times, feeling free to explore and unleash the words and creativity, at the moment it happens in sporadic waves.

3. Name three things that inspire you to write.

Life, feelings and experiences!

4. What advice do you have to give a new writer who is considering writing fiction and/ or poetry?

Wow ok…. well I don’t write Fiction at all and I consider myself a complete novice when it comes to writing Poetry as I am only really learning myself… but I suppose what I would say to someone who asked me about writing Poetry would be for them to imagine a feeling or picture… and then for them to close their eyes and let the words flow from their mind on how they want to express it and then as I write, I edit by reading it back to myself out aloud to see if its sounding right and that it has a type of flow to it!

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Ok so now I get to tag a few other people to answer these questions too… so… I’d like to give these wonderful writers a chance to share their own perspective on those four questions.

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My 2013 Year in Review…

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2013 has been a big year where my world just keeps on growing…. I started this Blog, got back into writing Poetry, continued my Studies in Nursing, Connected with some amazing people across the five oceans (with some I am hoping to meet face to face in 2014)…. plus some significant people from my past, lost a few dear loved ones who’s journey has left this world…, had a few new life’s born into our family, had a few loved ones had major surgery and illness…..and throughout all of this I’ve danced, sung songs (badly so I’ve been informed), laughed, cried, loved, lost and got back up again!

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And whilst sitting here on New Years Eve and in the theme of my Blog….below are my Top Reads, Music most listened too, Poetry & Poets found, plus some Fan Fiction, and some Movies I’ve watched n enjoyed throughout 2013!

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My Top 5 Reads of 2013:

  1. Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard
  2. Forged in Dreams & Magick by Kat Bastion
  3. The Sullivan Series by Bella Andre
  4. Masters of the Shadowlands Series by Cherise Sinclair
  5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Debut Novels + New Authors to watch – (They are all on Amazon):

  • The Muse Unlocked by Chris Kuhn
  • Out on Business by Lisa Fulham
  • Perfect Pleasures by Cameron Lincoln
  • TouchStone for Play by Sydney Jamesson
  • An Acute Arraction by AJ Walters
  • Finding Loves Wings by Zoey Derrick
  • Starstruck by Paige Thomas
  • Snow, a winters romance by Mark Davis
  • Saviour by Lesley Jones
  • Cougar Diaries Series by Aoife Brennan
  • Restraint by PJ Bayliss

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Stunning Artwork

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Some Exquisite Poetry:

# You can click on their Names to read their entry in a “Poetry Challenge” I ran and/or on their Blog name to view their Blogs…

# Also here is a Poem I wrote this year in a “Poetry Challenge” held by V0Ella

Battled-Heart-Deb-Lane

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Music enjoyed:

# Albums:

  • Ed Sheeran – +
  • Kings of Leon – Aha Shake Heartbreak
  • REM – Around the Sun
  • The Killers – Age & Day
  • Muse – The Resistance
  • Powderfinger – Fingerprints & Footprints
  • Coldplay – Mylo Xylto
  • Yael Naiim – Yael Naiim
  • Sia – Best of…
  • Crayola Lectern – The Fall and Rise Of…

# Songs:

  • The Waifs – London Still
  • The Audrey’s – Oh Honey, Don’t change
  • The Lumineers – Hey Ho
  • Lorde – Royals, Team
  • London Grammer – Hey Now, Strong
  • Florence + The Machine – Spectrum, Never let me go, You’ve got the love
  • Birds of Tokyo – Lanterns & This Fire
  • Regina Spektor – On the Radio, Fidelity
  • Lisa Mitchell – Edge of my dreams, Clean white love, Oh! Hark!
  • Kate Miller-Heike – The last day on earth, Caught in the crowd, Sarah
  • Goyte – Somebody that I use to know, Heart’s a Mess
  • Birdy – Wings, Skinny Love, People,e help people
  • Pomplamoose – If you think you need some lovin, Another Day, Vie En Rose
  • Feist – 1234, I feel it all
  • Little Birdy – Bodies, Summarise, Hairdo
  • Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla
  • The Be Good Tanyas – Hello Love, The littlest birds
  • Angus & Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane, For you, Hold On
  • The Civil Wars – Poison & Wine, C’est La Mort, Falling
  • Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait, The Cave, Little Lion Man
  • Alabama Shakes – Hold On
  • Beth Orton – Stolen Car, She cries your name
  • Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran – Everything has changed
  • Christina Perri – Arms
  • Paramore – The only exception, Decode, I Caught Myself
  • The Killers – Mr. Brightside, Somebody told me, Runaways
  • Muse – Starlight, Madness
  • The Fray – Love Don’t Die
  • Imagine Dragons – Demons
  • John Legend – All of Me

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Movies watched:

  • The Hobbit: The desolation of Smaug
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Iron Man III
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Elysium
  • Flight
  • The Call
  • Pacific Rim
  • Identity Thief
  • Heat

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Fan Fiction read:

# Random Cran (Miss Cranberry)

# Morgan Locklear (MOG)

# MeilleurCafe (SerendipitousMC)

# MG2112 (Avi Footwear Goddess)

# Sweet Dirty Draco

# Gothic Temptress (Blantant Oddities)

# Raum (Raum Tweet)

# Anais Mark

# Writing Babe

# Mostly a Lurker

# Cosmogirl7481

# Sydney Alice

# Silly Bella

# Just Duckie

# Anna Lund

# Deb24601

# Jaxon22

# The Fic Chick

# TKegl

# Vancouver Canuck Girl

# Ms Kathy

# Sunflower Queen

# Afonz

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