So I know I’ve been all over the place an kind of MIA on all social media with the exception of reviews, so I’m extremely sorry! But I have a goodie for you, a brand new little something that I just wrote called ‘The Ocean Between Us…’
Life has been a little weird. Had some ups and a lot of downs and I’m working on me during this little hiatus. My health also took a turn and I recently had to have an emergency surgery so that’s another thing.
I know I could make a million promises to post more original work and excerpts from current projects but I kind of hit a mental road block with all the medical stuff that’s been launched at me when my back was turned lol. So I won’t make any promises on dates for much of anything. That means no schedules till I’m ready!
The only promises I’m willing to make are 1. That I won’t ever stop writing, even if it means that I can only manage to finish a chapter/project a month and 2. That I will keep on keeping on. I’m to stubborn to let anything keep me down permanently.
I will say that I’m currently writing a lot and that is kind of recent, maybe a week or 2 of this and I’m really happy about that. There is still a lot to work on and a lot of projects that have just popped into my head recently and I apparently don’t know how to pace myself. But anyways, I have no eta for either Knock Me off My Choos or Birth Curse book 1, all I’m willing to say is that a lot has been written and fleshed out and I am going to look into traditonal publishing for at least Birth Curse. I will of course keep you posted as things progess but that’s about it.
Now for the good part.
Like I said, I’ve been writing a lot and I kind of fell in love with this heartbreaking poemish peice that I just penned not even 30mins ago so I thought I’d share it with all of you!
Without further ado.
The Ocean Between Us…
There’s an ocean between us with frightening and crashing waves.
There’s an eeriness about that I can’t will away.
How can 2 people who know so much about each other,
Two souls that have spent so much time together, be such strangers.
We were once so close and physically you are no more then 7 steps away.
How can we be so distant?
There’s an ocean between us,
It’s rushing up our shores;
Threatening to pull me in.
Seeing each other daily but we’re really far more than worlds apart.
Its gut wrenching to be so close to someone but drift so far away.
It hurts to choke back tears, to breathe through the pain.
We’re closing more than just our physical doors.
The distance is real, tangible.
That feeling of loneliness, that helpless despair.
There’s an ocean between us and I feel that distance overwhelming me.
You are right there but I can’t even express my heartbreak
It will only divide us further.
You don’t even notice the change,
Not until it affects you
That’s when I become the villain,
The one who’s different, who’s cold,
The one creating the distance.
There’s an ocean between us and I’ve lost sight of your shore.
There was a time not long ago when I could tell you anything,
but that time has passed.
Is it the fear of losing my best friend,
The fear of losing my family that keeps me grasping at the shifting sand the waves keep washing away.
Am I an idiot for hoping things get better?
For the distance to shrink?
For a way to find that friendship we worked so hard to build?
Should I finally let the ocean that’s separating us wash it all away?
So I hope you guys enjoyed it!
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Genre: Young Adults Paranormal
Release Date: December 21, 2015
Publisher: Of Tomes Publishing
Goodreads Rating: 4.24
My Rating: 5.0
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Joss Olstad wins the fight to switch from her private school to a public high to “find her pieces” she lost when the Indian artist father she never knew died. There, Joss struggles with a slutty friend, who flirts with her new love; Indian Culture Club girls who press her on her past, as well as her stoner mother’s lies back at home. Armed only with her handmade heart boxes that hold private messages, Joss’s search for identity leads her to a scary industrial section of Queens, and a shocking family secret that changes everything.
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The Legends of Regia
Genre: Young Adults Romantic Fantasy
Release Date: December 29, 2012
Publisher: Cold Fire Publishing LLC
Word Count: 77,000
Cover Artist: Erika Doucesse
Goodreads Rating: 3.97
My Rating: 4.0
Born in shame. Cast from society. Shape Shifter/Elf hybrid, Forest must fight for any respect she can get. Targeted in her youth by a vampire noble who placed an illegal slave mark on her, she is forced to obey him, no matter what.
Slipping the grip of her master and abandoning the prejudice of Regia, her native world, Forest takes a job on Earth, guarding the portal, using her skills as a warrior to enforce Regia’s laws. Now, called home for a black ops mission, Forest must put aside her own prejudice to transport the vampire prince, Syrus, through enemy territory in a time of war.
Prince Syrus, mage and master of the Blood Kata, wants Forest more than he’s ever wanted anything. In spite of their mutual mistrust, their attraction cannot be denied. Through the danger of their mission, and the secrets they both keep, it doesn’t matter what they feel. Forest is forbidden.
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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.
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.
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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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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?
Wow. Just wow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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