Month: December 2015

The Howling Heart Review + #Giveaway

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The Howling Heart
April Bostic

 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 8, 2013
Publisher: Eternal Press
 
ISBN: 978-1629290195
ASIN: B00EDTXEXY
 
eBook Pages: 262
Paperback Pages: 234
 
Goodreads Rating:3.82
My Rating: 4.0
 
Book Description:
 
Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River. 

Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv—wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.

Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18191033-the-howling-heart?from_search=true&search_version=service
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My Take:
 

Hmmmm

I’m kinda at a loss for words. While i did fully enjoy this book there was a lot that I didn’t.

I like the originality of the shifter werewolf thing going on in this book, end I like the different route of this romance book but I can’t say I was fully a fan of the main character Paige. There were even a couple of moments where I didn’t even like Riley. Walt they worked well together and made for really nice storybook romance, they both had this naivety to them the made it difficult for me to like them on their own.

I also wasn’t a fan of all the predictability that took place in the story but I did enjoy the refreshing themes. The whole take on this story’s werewolves is a pretty cool one and not something I can honestly say I have ever heard of or read in another book.

4 Quills
 
I think the positives, outnumber the negatives so I definitely recommend this book to somebody who enjoys shifter romances. And while I did have some problems with the story and the flow, I was more interested in seeing how the story played out.

About The Author

 

April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, Adult Romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled “A Rose to the Fallen”.

Her first short story, “Right Here, Right Now”, released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled “Eros, My Love”, and a sexy romantic comedy entitled “Love Addiction”.

After five years, she released her second novel, “The Howling Heart” in August 2013, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April also released her fourth short story in December 2013, a historical paranormal romance entitled “A Dark Scandal”.

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Mystique Review + #Giveaway

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Mystique

Shari Arnold
 
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Release Date: November 17, 2015
 
ISBN: 978-1518757952
ASIN: B016PMLECE
 
Ebook Pages: 279
Paperback Pages: 332
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.67
My Rating: 5.0
 
Book Description:

Only Bauer Grant can pull off gorgeous while dead. But staying dead is another thing entirely. When he wakes up at his own funeral, the town of Mystique calls it a miracle, until it happens again. Something is bringing the residents of Mystique back to life, but what? Presley Caine finds herself caught up in the mystery when Bauer asks her to visit him. Presley can’t figure out why the most popular guy in school is so drawn to her.

And when Bauer is kidnapped soon after, she looks to Bauer’s brooding best friend Sam, whose dad works for the powerful Mystique military base, for answers. In her quest to discover the truth, Presley’s relationship with Sam deepens, her feelings for Bauer are tested, and it becomes clear that her own mysterious past is somehow connected to these strange events.

But is she strong enough to handle the truth when it is finally revealed?

 

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15015612-mystique

 

My Take:

 Wow. Just wow.

 
I was initially intrigued by the synopsis of this book, but I wasn’t sure how everything will pan out. It could have been a great book, or something that’s been to the category of notoriously bad reads. Luckily, this turned out to be a great read.
 
From page 1, the first sentence, I was hooked. It didn’t take long for me
to be invested in Presley or to become way too curious. There were a lot of moments where the characters annoyed me, but it was to be expected. What they had to go through, is not something someone deals with on a day to day basis so their reactions were warranted; I just happened to be a very impatient woman.
 
The progression of these characters relationships was also something very
spot on. It was very realistic and none of this instantaneous I love you nonsense, that while I occasionally adore in a book with a supernatural quality, I was happy to find that the author took note that this was not that kind of story.

 

And while this story, this book did have a legitimate ending, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a little bit sad is that this journey has come to an end.

 

 

5 Quills
 
All good things must come to an end, and this was definitely go so it’s not surprising that it did indeed finish, but I am a little disappointed that there will be no more Presley, no more Sam and no more Bauer. I really grew to love these characters and I admit that I would really like to know more about them and where the story could possibly go. Kudos to the author for writing such a unique and riveting tale.


About The Author
 
Shari Arnold grew up in California and Utah but now resides in Connecticut, with her husband and two kids, where she finds it difficult to trust a beach without waves. She writes Young Adult fiction because it’s her favorite. And occasionally she takes photographs.

 

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HCF – Happy Calm Focused® Supplement Review

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Hello Loves!

 

Going back to my roots, reviewing roots that is, was always a plan of mine but with all the health shenanigans my body was putting me through I can’t say I had much time to do anything except read. I LOVE reading so that wasn’t too much of a hit to take but I missed doing other things.

Reading, is one of the most amazing things for relaxation but it didn’t leave me much in terms of inspiration for my own writing. Sure, creatively I was at an all time high, able to write out lyrics and poems like it was nobody’s business but my books were a completely different story. Every time I brought pen to paper, because yes I’m just that old school and I can’t just sit in front of my pc and type out a best seller, I blanked. I couldn’t for the life of me hear my characters or what they wanted to do. So when I was contacted by a rep for HCF Happy Calm Focused® I was ecstatic. I used to work in South Beach at the Art Deco Welcome Center for The Miami Design Preservation League, long name I know, and they would send me on these amazing tours just so that I could write about them. Till this day the Wynwood Tour and the SoBe Food Tour are some of my favorites. 

Now, though I was excited about doing something other than a book review or the occasional movie review I used to post on my author site, I’ve always been hesitant about new supplements and the gimmicky side of things, so naturally, I did my research and looked into the company. There were reviews on both sides of the spectrum and the site looked legit if not a bit bland but to each their own. So, I talked it over with a close friend and my father and they both agreed that I should give it a go.

I received the product within a week of my response with  a little brochure and paper insert. The first thing I noticed was how full the bottle was. There was a tiny piece of cotton, literally a cotton ball so when I say this thing was packed I mean it was PACKED.

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The pills are normal sized, no bigger than the pad of my index finger and I have pretty small hands.  The recommend dosage is three (3) capsules daily, 30 minutes before breakfast.You are supposed to take them on an empty stomach with an 8oz glass of water.

The site states “To accommodate body weight, activity level, stress level and/or inadequate diet, you may increase up to a maximum of six (6) capsules per day and/or take at different intervals throughout the day.” they also recommend that if swallowing is a challenge, that you open the capsule into an 1 oz glass of water, drink it, and then follow it up with an 8 oz. glass of water.

With  that said, I started with  the recommended 3 pills in the morning, right after waking up before I started to get ready. The first 2 days were great, but I started noticing that by the 3rd or 4th day I was feeling really weird. My stomach also wasn’t super happy with the pill. I got nauseous and if I burped (a woman burping, the horror! :rolls eyes:) I could taste the pill. It was making me queasy and I really was not for that. Like I said earlier, I have some health issues so I jumped right onto the website to see what I could possibly be doing wrong.

Turns out that the proper dosage can vary depending on the person. I immediately dropped my dosage to 1 capsule a day and the affect was almost immediate.

My second week was more enjoyable and I was able to feel some of benefits. It wasn’t a huge difference but it was something and my stomach was not angry at me anymore. I was able to get to 4pm without feeling like a walking corpse so that was a definite plus, and I didn’t need to reach for coffee. I was also able to focus on a project without feeling the need to do something else.

I decided to up my dosage but only slightly. Every other day I would take 2 capsules and I noticed I was feeling refreshed and fully rested all day. *I did attempt to take 2 daily but the negative affects returned.*

As a whole, I think the product is great an innovative. It did do what it claimed and the all natural ingredients are a good selling point but I do wish they would be more thorough with the dosage advice ON the pill bottle. There was 1 negative affect I couldn’t shake no matter the dosage and it didn’t go away till the last week and that was a loss of appetite. Though I was no longer feeling nauseous or sick, I wasn’t really hungry… at all. I had 1 particularly busy day with lots of deadlines, I woke up at 7am and got straight to work. It wasn’t till about 8:pm when I realized I hadn’t eaten and I hadn’t felt hungry. I made sure after that incident and a stern reprimand from my best friend that I set a reminder on my phone to grab a quick meal even if it was only some fruit at regular intervals.

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4 Quills

Bottom line is, I would recommend this product but with my own disclaimer. Make sure you start off with one (1) capsule daily and work your way up to your perfect dosage. Also, make sure that you are eating regularly even if you don’t feel hungry. I’m aware that not everyone reacts to pills the same way and some people might not feel any of the negative affects but it is better to be safe than sorry.

Side affects include:

    sleeplessness | diarrhea | headache

loss of appetite | irritability | bright lights

sadness | libido | tired

If you are interested in trying this product they offer a 14 Day supply for free. You only pay $5.95 for shipping (so I guess that’s not really free).

You can learn more about HCF HERE and Get your trial HERE

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“I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion. I was in no way compensated for this review and all opinions are expressly my own.”