Fall Essentials!

There are a few things I need to help me enjoy my favorite season; salted caramel anything, a fuzzy blanket, a super soft lotion, b&bw leaves candle, hot drinks, and a maple frosted donut are amongst the list, xo!
all things fall
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a book in review!


Brief Summary:

Gigi Dumont never forgot how she walked away from the only man she ever loved.

She’s a teacher who has led her students to the finals of an international French competition to be help in Paris. The night before the trip, the principal tries to cancel the trip before he, in turn, loses his job to her high school boyfriend, Sean Collins.

Sean Collins has survived cancer, a divorce, and Gigi having aborted their child back in high school. He assumed he’d hate her, if they ever crossed paths again. But he discovers she’s exactly what he wants.

When Gigi and Sean are stuck together for a week in Paris, Gigi feels she has lost all her control. How can she survive her attraction to Sean? The man’s sexier now than he was back in the day, and once upon a time, he’d had her heart. She finds herself falling for him, even knowing forever is impossible.


Well written, check! Beautiful love story, check! Perfect setting, check! Chaperoning Paris is a perfect chick lit read. It’s got love, suspense, hope, drama, and a few laughs along the way! It’s a hard book to put down cause you just want to watch the story unfold. The author’s style plays out extremely well and she pays super close attention to detail. I recommend this 4.5 star book to anyone looking for a great weekend read that will take you to Paris, xo!

Author Bio:

Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston then moved to Miami. Eventually, found that writing is her passion. She always wrote stories to entertain herself. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, but when she sat down to see what she enjoyed doing, writing became obvious.

The Zoastra Affair, Chaperoning Paris, Borrowing the Doctor, and Electing Love, Mything the Throne and Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush will be published in 2014.

Now she is represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Also she’s the Vice President for the Florida Romance Writers. Her website is www.victoriapinder.com.




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September 26 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews


September 29 – Keep Calm and Blog On


September 29 – Two Children and a Migraine


Today I’m just thankful. Right now, it’s Thursday and I’m writing this blog post from my dad’s hospital room. Tuesday was a huge wake up call for us. Now it’s time to focus on the life changes that need to be made. If anyone has any tips, tricks, or recipes for someone with diabetes, send em on over our way! A trip to the grocery store now has a whole new meaning…! Xo

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$36 – selfridges.com

I’d like all of these things ASAP, please. K, thanks, bye, xo!
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a book in review & excerpt!


Brief Summary: 

Alex Rose is a 32-year-old divorced mother of two, looking for a better life for her and her sons. In search of answers, she returns to college to finally get that degree she’s always dreamed of. What she finds is something she wasn’t even looking for.

Mason Brooks is every girl’s dream: 21 years old, tall, with dirty blond hair that curls when it’s wet, sea-blue eyes, and dimples. Hot, sexy…and deliciously naïve and innocent.

Enter a tantalizing world where an average soccer mom utilizes her newfound knowledge of psychology to make life just a little more interesting. Follow along as Alex educates Mason on the art of seducing and pleasing a woman. Take notes as she introduces him to a whole new level of intensity and sexual pleasure. Study the sensual art of tantric sex as Alex creates her own style of silk and lace female dominance.
This little tryst will never survive past college–but Alex is determined to enjoy it the fullest while it lasts.


I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This book had me hooked. I could not put it down, hence why I read it in one setting on a Saturday afternoon. Alex is extremely likeable and you’ll feel like her friend. There’s something about how well written the story is that you’ll be able to visualize the scenes as you read. Alex and Mason’s connection is undeniable and you’ll find yourself turning the pages quickly to see what is going to happen with them next. The ending of this 5 star book had me on the edge of my seat, there better be a sequel and soon, xo!  


Chapter 1

The butterflies in my stomach had grown to the size of buzzards tearing apart my insides. My palms were sweaty and my hands were grasping the steering wheel to keep from shaking. The mid July heat was sticky, the humidity on full blast. The music blaring from my car stereo was more of an annoyance than anything else. I hastily smacked the knob turning it off. “This is stupid . . . ,” I muttered to myself.

I turned the next corner into a parking lot full of cars. I had no clue where I was and an even lesser clue as to why I was even here in the first place. “You are so lost,” I said aloud to the empty car. I sat idling, looking for some sort of landmark that would tell me where I was. To my right was a hulking black man with an armload of books walking confidently across the lot. I slowly eased my car up beside him feeling more stalkerish than anything else.

“Excuse me. Can you tell me where student orientation is, please?” The early morning sunlight was blinding me and I couldn’t get a clear view of his face.

“First time on campus?” he said, rather than asked, with a full-hearted chuckle, leaning into my car.

“Yes,” I stuttered in return.

“And you’re lost, right? Well . . .” He stood upright and looked around. “Hell, it’d be quicker to show you.” And with that, he opened my door and climbed into my little car.


Fast forward three weeks and I found myself in a similar situation except this time, it was the first day of school…my first day of college and I was scared out of my mind.

I was thirty-two years old, a divorced mother with two sons and a victim of my own making. I had always dreamed of going to college, earning my bachelor’s degree and getting myself out of a stream of dead end jobs. I had finally convinced myself that now was the time to chase after that dream. I knew it was going to be challenging at best, but now that my youngest was in school full time I decided I could do it.

     What the hell was I thinking?

So here I was, turning down the wrong way on a one-way street on campus, hearing a wave of horns blasting at me. My eyes searched for a place to turn off safely when my cell phone started ringing.

“Yeah . . .” I hit the speaker button.

“God, I hate the first day of school. Some asshole in a green car is driving down the wrong way on a one-way street. I hate freshman.” Isaac’s deep voice echoed through my car.

“Sorry, that’s me,” I stated with frustration, pulling into a parking lot on the east side of campus.

“Seriously? That’s you?” He laughed. “Figures.”

“Oh, shut up!” I pulled my little car into a vacant spot. “I hate this campus.”

“You’ll get used to it. By next week you’ll know it better than your own backyard.” A car horn blasted twice behind me. “Turn around.”

“Oh, sorry.” I glanced into my rearview mirror and watched him pulled into the spot next to mine. I turned off my car and gathered my backpack and keys.

Isaac was already standing beside my car before I even got my car door shut. “You’re slow.” He smiled.

“No, I’m terrified,” I muttered.

“Here. This will help.” He handed me a travel size bottle of orange juice.

I was parched so I gladly accepted his offer and took a small swig. “Argh.” I almost dropped the bottle. “What is this?”

“Orange juice,” he said innocently.

“What’s in it?”

“Just a little vodka.”

“I think I need some coffee before class,” I laughed, shaking my head slowly.

“This way.” Isaac gestured towards the building across the street.

Isaac was a pre-med student in his fourth year of college. The day of our first meeting he had kindly showed me all around campus, walking me to each of my classes just to ease my anxiety in anticipation of this day. He was in his mid-twenties, also considered an adult returning student, and was hoping to someday become a surgeon.  He was an easy-going man who was quick to laugh, easily six-feet-six-inches tall, and he weighted at least three hundred pounds.

Author Bio:   

Addison Winters graduated from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis with a BS in psychology. She loves music, can be found “dancing” around her house when no one’s home, and is notorious for blowing the speakers out on her car. She’s been known to surprise her children with Jell-O balloon fights and to pull “devious” pranks on her friends. Addison enjoys playing basketball and softball and is proud to be the team captain for the Happy Hooters in the Striking Out Cancer, annual Ladies Softball Tournament. She is also an avid reader and enjoys spending time in her gardens and with her family. She and her husband, Monte, have three children, three puppies, and an oversized cat. They reside in Indiana.

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GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23123044-what-i-really-learned-in-college


September 15 – What Shall We Blog About Today – Excerpt

September 16 – Chick Lit Plus – Review

September 17 – Chick Lit Goddess – Excerpt

September 18 – Reviews by Molly – Excerpt

September 22 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

September 23 – Keep Calm and Blog On – Review & Excerpt

September 24 – Book Suburbia – Excerpt

September 25 – Two Children and a Migraine – Review & Excerpt

September 26 – The Phantom Paragrapher – Review



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a book in review!


Brief Summary: 

The much-anticipated sequel to ALL AT SEA brings back Melissa and the trio of brothers that vied for her heart, and a brand new heroine to root for in Corinne Kostopoulos.

All Corinne has ever wanted was the role of clarinetist for the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra. The clarinet, and working to master it, is all she has left of her father, who abandoned the family when she was a little girl. But after failing to clinch an open spot in a heated audition, her life-plan soon goes overboard. Not only does she break up with her longtime boyfriend, Clay, she also makes a decision that will alter her destiny in ways she never imagined…

After a medical procedure and a couple of months of changing everything in her life, a pregnant Corinne meets Melissa and her gorgeous flirt of a brother-in-law, Austin, on a cruise. The heat of the Caribbean sun soon combines with a mutual attraction to create a sizzling connection neither Corinne nor Austin can deny. But when the truth comes out about Corinne’s condition, will lifelong playboy Austin man up? Or will Corinne’s hope for a future beyond a shipboard romance prove yet another PLAN OVERBOARD?


I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Plan Overboard is a quick, fun read that you won’t want to put down! I really loved how the author built up the relationship between the characters. Everyone in the story is extremely likeable which makes the story that much better. It’s the perfect little getaway in book form. I recommend this 4 star book to anyone who’s looking to get away and likes a well written, real story, xo!

Author Bio:
Heather is a natural 1200 wpm speed reader and the author of fourteen self-published novels including the free ebook “Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo” which has had over 375,000 downloads. She came to writing after careers as a software developer and elementary school computer teacher and has no plans to leave it. In her spare time, she reads, runs, swims, crochets, takes care of her aquarium and her cat Trinity, and plays drums and clarinet. Generally not all at once.

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September 22 – Keep Calm and Blog On

September 23 – Two Children and a Migraine

September 24 – The World as I See It

September 25 – Reading in Black and White

September 26 – Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews

September 29 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews