Friday, August 15, 2014

Fashion Friday - Challenge Days 9 to 15

Hey Y'all!!! Hope everyone is having an awesome Friday so far :) So here are some pics that you may have missed from this month's challenge...if you've been following!

Day 9- 
Bat Them Eyes! 
I've been told many times that my eyelashes look fake...and my reply...it's all in the mascara!!
 
 
Day 10- 
Out of the box!!! I decided to wear my glasses for this pic because simply...I don't wear them often...I've been wearing contacts for 16 years...


Day 11- 
Showing some LIPPIE!!!
Wondering where I got that fabulous color? Well it's my eyeshadow!!! Yes...you can do that lol! I mixed it with some gloss and then added some glitter...we like? 


Day 12- 
NO FILTER!!! lol!
I had the shirt so I said...hey!! It's works lol! You can find this awesome shirt at Addition-elle! 

Day 13- 
BLUE!!!!
This dress can be found at Joseph Ribkoff


Day 14-
SELFIE!!!
I love to wear bright powerful colors on my eyes to bring out the colors in my eyes...this peacock teal is a perfect example! 
 

Day 15-
Shades (sunglasses)
These glasses are an imitation of Michael Korrs and the hat can be found at Addition-elle...along with the necklace and crop top :)

 
 In case you were wondering, I have a broken toe and 2 toes that are sprained...and yes..I'm still wearing wedges lol!
That's it for now...stayed tuned for more!!!
Have an awesome week-end xox 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Review - What Wendy Wants by Nikki Sex

Title: What Wendy Wants
Author: Nikki Sex
Format: Kindle
Genre: Romance, Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Unknown
Published: June 23, 2013
Source: NetGalley

Synopsis:
After thirteen years of marriage and three children, Wendy Hayward is bored with sex.

As much as she loves her husband, Frank, Wendy married "Mr. Vanilla." Now she reads nothing but erotic romance on her Kindle and fantasizes about having sex with fictional characters, complete strangers, and tattooed rock stars.

Sometimes even the T.V. weatherman looks good.

One fateful day however, her husband grabs the wrong Kindle on the way to work, and discovers some of Wendy's more "interesting' fantasies.

Unbeknownst to Wendy, Frank is very keen to fulfil every one of her secret desires


My Thoughts:

At first I wasn't sure how to take this book. The synopsis was interesting, and I was keen to see how this would work as a story. In the end, I was still kind of on the fence about it.

Wendy spends her day taking care of kids - getting them ready for the day, and off to school. She gets them fed, clothes, cleaned, and keeps them busy. On top of the other home maker duties she has to perform, her life is stressful and not very exciting and although she is deeply in love with her husband, happy with her family, and content with her life, she finds herself feeling like something is lacking - mostly in the bedroom.

Her character, and he daily life is very boring, very normal, and extremely relatable to many people. She is written in such a way that this women could be any number of women across Northern America, at any given time during the day. She has a wonderfully grounded, loving charm about her, even in those rare moments when she seems frazzled.

As the book goes on you see her distress over loosing her kindle, as she used it as a way to get some down time, and to escape the every day shuffle - as most of us do when we read, and get lost in a story. You see her husband, a successful business man, come to the realization that his wife might be looking for something more; of course that's once he gets into her Kindle and starts reading her stories.

As the story continues, you see the two of them reconnect on a intimate level. And although there is a significant amount of sexuality, and sex, in this story. It is a quicker read, almost short. With the context of the story revolving around these two in the bedroom to spice up their love life, what left me on the fence was a few things. I can't pinpoint exactly what is it that has me on the fence. This is just one of those reads that leaves me in the middle.

I do know, that this book is a quick, sexy and fun read.

Something you can take to the cabin or the beach. It has dashes and sprinkles of sexual tension and sexuality here and there that keeps it interesting, and makes it enjoyable enough to give it a try. You might be pleasantly surprised.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday Musing (33) - Depression - A Light Extingushed To Soon






I was planning to take the day off from the blog after the wonderful week long celebration we had for the blogs 2nd birthday last week. But with the recent news of Robin Williams passing today, I feel as if I need to share some things.

Robin Williams was reportedly found dead, at the age of 63, today in his California home. As reported by the American media at The National Post and the Canadian media at The Toronto Star.


I grew up on Robin Williams movies, watched his HBO comedy specials as a teen, and believed that a person could fly if they just believed because of him. He was comedic genius, an amazing talent, and a brilliant light to the world. He was Peter Pan, he was Mrs. Doubtfire, he was the crazy dude in Jumanji. He is the childhood memory to hundreds of thousands of people, the pillar of many happy memories to so many people.


Underneath it all, he was a troubled man. He struggled with addiction, he suffered from depression. He suffered silently, while he smiled to the world and brought joy and laughter to others. I am shocked to hear of his passing. More to the point, I am sadden to hear of the way in which he apparently passed.


As a person who struggles with depression, I am extremely effected when I hear about others who face the same struggles as me, ending things in such a manner. To be in such darkness, and driven by the lies the depression feeds, to take a leap of finality. To extinguish their light, to feel so at a loss, the only option they see left is to end it all.


I can understand the fight, the darkness, the intense desire to want it to stop. I understand the feeling of being in the middle of the storm and feeling like nothing will end it and it will never get better.


Depression is very real! It effects many. And it is a horrible disease!


It lies to you. It pulls you under. And it can kill.

Depression hurts everyone.


The sad thing is it's surrounded by so much stigma, people are afraid to talk about it, to seek help, to get treatment, to approach someone who will support them and tell them that something is wrong. And that makes me mad.


I am here to beg those of you who suffer from depression to speak up. Do not hide it, do not stay quite. Reach out to someone. Please, seek help, get support - from family, friends, a doctor, or anyone you can trust.


There are many of us out here who know what you are going through, who will let you lean on us when you are in need, who will listen and understand without judgment. We are here for you, for each other.


You are not alone.

My Heart goes out to Robin Williams kids, family and friends. He was admired and loved by many, brought so many smiles and laughs to so many people around the world and won't soon be forgotten! I hope you have finally found your happiness.

Bangarang Robin, Bangarang!







Sunday, August 10, 2014

Birthday Bash Day 7 - My Sweetest Escape Review, and Chelsea Cameron Guest Post #1

Welcome to Day 7, the last day, of the wonderful BIRTHDAY BASH we've had here at My Two Cents! It's been a long and exciting week, filled with friends, well wishes, giveaway, and just plain fun! Today we have a review of My Sweetest Escape, book to of the My Favorite Mistake Series by Chelsea M. Cameron, who has been kind enough to join us AGAIN today for a second guest post...and a little surprise!
Image and Synopsis from Goodreads.com
Title: My Sweetest Escape
Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Published: January 28, 2014
Source: Purchased

Synopsis:
The past will always find you.

Jos Archer was the girl with the perfect life; until the night it all came crashing down around her. Now, nine months later, she still hasn't begun to pick up the pieces. Even transferring to a new college and living under the watchful eye of her older sister, Renee, isn't enough to help her feel normal again.

And then she meets Dusty Sharp. For reasons Jos can't begin to fathom, the newly reformed campus bad boy seems determined to draw her out of her shell. And if she's not careful, his knowing green eyes and wicked smile will make her feel things she's no longer sure she deserves.

But even as Dusty coaxes Jos to open up about the past, he's hiding secrets of his own. Secrets about the night her old life fell apart. When the truth is finally revealed, will it bring them closer together;or tear them apart for good?


My Thoughts:
Chelsea M. Cameron does ANOTHER amazing job in My Sweetest Escape. Technically, this is a follow up book to My Favorite Mistake, centering around different main characters, but including some of the cast of the old book. However, this book definitely holds it's own and can be read as a stand alone. Meaning, you can totally read this one without HAVING to read the other one first. It really doesn't give away to many of the important details from the first book anways. So yay, no huge spoilers. BUT if you don't want to know tiny bits and pieces of the first one, then read them in order.

That being said, Chelsea shines once again with the characters that she has managed to create and bring to life in My Sweetest Escape! Both the main characters are extremely well developed, have extreme growth as the story progresses, are relatable, whitty, and realistic! I think Chelsea is one of the best at creating characters that could be every day people, with back stories, backgrounds, thoughts, troubles, insecurities, and so much more, that are so realistic, so close to home, and so well shown within the pages! You will fall in love with these two main characters as you have no doubt fallin for the characters from the first book (that is....if you have read it yet... and if not what are you waiting for?!)

Chelsea continues with the same writing style as before, leaving these two books to move seamlessly from one to the other, which makes for great binge reading (you so wanna binge read these)! Jos and Dusty are just two characters in a wonderful cast that Chelsea has created, and with her undeniable skill at merging these amazing characters, wonderful dialogue, and well paced plot lines you will be left wanting more! No, Seriously.. Chelsea do we get more in the My Favorite Mistake Series?!

Chelsea hasn't lost her touch between books, if anything her storylines with it's well times twists and turns, have come together even more. She has just the right amount of inner turmoil, angst and sadness for these characters, and shines a big old become of hope on the both of them! This book is not a light fluffy read, but the topic of the "troubled past" is one that will easily get you hooked into finding out about, and then will leave you with a bunch of feels.

Ok, so that last sentence probably didn't make much sense and wasn't very helpful at all, but what you do need to know if that you will fall into this story so quickly, and you will get connected to these characters, their past and what they are going through and you will be left with a book hangover! I know I was!


Once again, let's welcome the wonderful Author, Chelsea M. Cameron for another Guest Post!



They say that when you’re a writer, you should write the book you want to read. Well, I read a lot and there were a few things I wanted to see more of in books. Curvy heroines. Girls who could rock tattoos. British men. Single dads. I had all these things I wanted to write about, but no story to put them in. Until i saw a picture of a curvy tattooed model on Pinterest and the wheels started turning in my head. I ended up posting the picture on Twitter and saying I wanted to write her story.

The response was overwhelming, with people begging me to tell this girl’s story. Well, I didn’t have time. I had a bunch of other books I needed to be writing and things I needed to be doing and book signings I was traveling to. Not to mention all the stuff in my personal life (including purchasing a condo). No, I didn’t have time.

And then, as they always do, my characters had other ideas. I was struck with the seed of an idea about two best friends who secretly wrote romance, but no one knew about it. I was partially inspired by several of my author friends who co-write. I love exploring relationships, and that was one I’d yet to tackle. So it started from there. I soon had Blair and Raine. But then it was time for the love interest. Because that’s VERY important. I didn’t intend for Declan to be British. I didn’t intend for him to be a single father. But he was, so I just ran with it. I almost tried to make him NOT British, but that didn’t work. The one thing I did know about him was that his name began with a D. So I took to Facebook and asked for D name suggestions. Declan and Dixon were the top two suggestions, but I went with Declan. It felt right.

Everything about this story felt right. I was so excited to write this story, to get to experience it. There’s nothing like writing a first draft, where anything is possible and you have no idea what’s going to happen. At least, the way I write. There are some authors who plot their books in great detail (more power to them), but I just don’t work that way. I don’t know the story until I write it. Like driving down a new road. I don’t know my destination until I get there.

I adore this book. Not that I don’t love all my books, but there are some that have special places in my heart. This is one of them. At this time, I don’t have a plan for a sequel, but haven’t ruled it out. I’m also flirting with potentially doing some spinoff novels with some of the other characters. I’m not ready to let them go just yet.

Thanks to everyone who visited, helped with posts, left well wishes, and took part in the giveaway! It's been an amazing two years on My Two Cents! You guys are all amazing! To end this wonderful Birthday Bash, Chelsea is graciously offering a SECOND book! An epub or mobi copy of her novel For Real - A Contemporary Romance (Find it on Goodreads) for TODAY'S GIVEAWAY!
Open to Canada and US only | Must be 16 years or older | One Winner randomly selected | Winner must provide a Canadian or US mailing address | Void where prohibited | Winner will have 72 hours to respond and claim their prize or forfeit | Entries that do not follow all instructions, are invalid, and therefor removed from the drawing | Please see the policy page for full set of giveaway rules/guidelines.
Note:
My Two Cents is not responsible for this giveaway, and therefor will be not providing the cost of any offered prize(s), the prize item(s), and any shipping and handling costs associated with this giveaway. Author Chelsea M. Cameron is responsible for the costs of prizes and delivery. My Two Cents is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen packages. No Replacement price(s) will be issued if damage, loss, or theft should occur.