Sunday, March 1, 2015

DIARY Day 2 of Corsets: Before and After Pictures

A few months ago, I was contacted by Orchard Corsets We had a great chat about social media and fashion, they offered me $200 in store credits in exchange for a UX review of their site. I didn't have a lot of time to do a thorough review, but did create a 3 page document of suggestions. In return, I purchased about $320 worth of corsets (4 corsets). This is my second day wearing the corsets, they are incredibly comfortable. I'm still breaking them in, so I'm wearing them pretty loosely right now but you can see a pretty obvious before and after difference.

I had not intended to blog about this experience, but have had quite a few people ask about it. No, I will not be sending anyone pictures of me in lingerie or only in the corset. Don't bother asking, it's not happening.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Book Review: Lady of Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd #books (sponsored review from BookLook Bloggers)

Book Title: Lady of Willow Grove Hall 

Book 3 of the Series Whispers On The Moors

Book Review Summary

"Secretive Historical Fiction"
  • Overall
    Performance: N/A (Read e-book - Audible Review Coming Soon)
    The story of A Lady at Willowgrove Hall (Whispers On The Moors Book 3) is enchanting, and a story of loss. Oddly enough, the losses are not overwhelmingly sad, perhaps because you rush through them so quickly to get to the real meat of the story. Perhaps the story doesn't feel so sad because the reason the main character, Cecily Faire,  looses the life she once had are her own fault, and they overshadow her future, but her future feels brighter than her torrid past (not so torrid by today's standards).

    It takes a few chapters to figure out how Willow Grove Hall comes into play, but I got there in less than a couple hours. Barely wanted to sleep or put this book down. Ms. Ladd, the author, paints a vivid picture of a beautiful young woman who is a twin. The main character is born into a middle class life style with an over-protective seemingly uncaring drunk for a father. Due to some poorly laid decisions, she loses everything she once knew and is thrown into another world. A slightly higher class lifestyle that offers her a chance at something more. Something she'd originally wanted but gave up on, but not in the way you might initially have thought.

    "Is it always a sin to tell a lie?" --Cecily Faire, Sara E. Ladd

Friday, February 27, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Echo: Soul Seekers, Book 2 UNABRIDGED by Alyson Noël

  • "Enchanting and Sad"
    This book has some very lovable and hate-able characters. I love the native american influences and magical intrigue. This book doesn't seem to end the series, just wish I'd know that first, so I could have waited before starting a series with no ending. I'm a little shocked and confused by it. The is a teenage magic love mystery.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Jennifer Nicole Lee Fitness Model Diet: JNL's Super Fitness Model Diet: Secrets To A Sexy, Strong, Sleek Physique UNABRIDGED by Jennifer Nicole Lee

  • "She's Yelling at Where You Could or Will Be"
    Jennifer Nicole Lee means well and is a very inspirational athlete, but this is a book that is hard to listen to (narrated). I had a few very inspirational moments from this book, which I mention in the podcast, but overall this is not a good audible book. It is probably a better read. Jennifer Nicole Lee is a motivational speaker, and an inspiration to many women. Watch her videos.Her voice never changes pitch, she yells at you the WHOLE TIME! She basically says she cares, believes in you and that you need to believe in yourself and be focused over and over and over and... OVER. I don't need her to motivate me, I want recipes, real tips, thoughts and feedback about training daily. Stuff I could of got for free off bodybuilding dot com, but thought would be good to listen to in a book. I'm glad she loves her job but she is a bit negative and condescending despite saying shes not.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AUTHOR INTERVIEW QUESTIONS - A few Suggestions and A Couple Interviews Coming Soon #author #writing #books

Exciting News! Interviews Coming Soon...

As you may know from reading this blog, I have teamed up with a publishing company and book promotion company to get free books in exchange for honest reviews. Thanks to this relationship, I have an opportunity to speak with the publisher and share ideas for blog posts. 

You may wonder how authors start writing or why a book has a certain character, I know I do! So, I requested time for an interview with a couple of the authors whose books I'm reading. This opportunity will give you and me insight into the thoughts and background of published authors. 

I don't want to spoil too much, but figured other bloggers may be interested in what kinds of questions to write when prepping for an interview. My prep time for this was under ten minutes with a note pad and pen. I just started jotting down questions I had about writing, the author, their book, and how to contact them. These are the general questions. Then, I did a little research on my own. With a quick Google search you can read biographies from social networks, see other books the author wrote, and maybe skim their twitter feed to learn more about them.
I normally do a quick search of books and authors for most of my book reviews to give readers a lazy way of connecting with the books, purchasing them, and finding their new favorite author online. Heck some of the authors I've blogged about are now friends and have some of the best social profiles I know of. When I'm bored, Brian Rathbone's dragon jokes never fail. 

Without further ado, here are a few basic questions to use when interviewing an author. I would suggest including a few specific questions about the book, characters, plot, and their hobbies or recent accomplishments. 

BOOK REVIEW: Passion, Betrayal, and Killer Highlights UNABRIDGED by Kyra Davis

"Not My TYPICAL PURCHASE.. But still.. Not Bad"
  • Overall
    I originally got this book because I adore Gabra Zackman. She is an amazing narrator. In this book she gives herself an east coast accent that I was not expecting since I got the book without listening to a sample. Plus I'm not normally into murder mysteries but Gabra made this book for me.

    Favorite Narrators Best of Books Award by DesaraeV

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Emotional Balance and Compassion UNABRIDGED by Paul Ekman , Dalai Lama

"Educationally Interested but a tough Listen"
  • Overall
    Would you try another book from Paul Ekman and Dalai Lama and/or Richard Gere?
    I adore Richard Gere and enjoy studying Paul Ekman's work but this was rather hard to listen to. It's very solitary not funny and remnant of sitting in a monotone college lecture.

Monday, February 23, 2015

JOURNAL DIARY ENTRY: Reconnecting with long lost friends + Inkly by Sincerely Review

The attached picture shows friends I met in first grade. My father has gone to Japan to see them. I traveled to Paris once and stayed with them. Thanks to Facebook, I can easily stay in touch with many, many people from around the world. Lately I've been trying to think of more ways to stay in touch with friends from around the world, to personalize it. Facebook is starting to become a lot like email, impersonal. Social media has introduced me to hundreds, if not thousands of people whose paths I may not have otherwise crossed. So I like it for that, but it's also addictive and impersonal.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists ABRIDGED by Neil Strauss

  • Overall
    What made the experience of listening to The Game the most enjoyable?
    The story of a pick up artist is sad in its own away. Since I'm not a man, it's hard to tell if this is a really a good judge of how men think or not. Seems like it might be a good judge, but I say that because it offers multiple perspectives. It seems obvious that some people like to use other people, or act like 'players'. This book is about men studying women. Most of the men featured in the book start off socially inept and wind up acting a bit scammy. In a way I'm glad for them, that they are improving themselves and being relatively honest, but really most of them seem to be taking advantage of other people's naivety.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

VIDEO Diary: Bored, Cold, and Tired

F%$# Winter

I'm bored and tired. No sleep again. So blogging, yes that is what I do when I should be on the treadmill and don't want to go outside. I blog and wish I could be outside without freezing my face off, or losing a toe to frost bite. Bike/running/mud season where are you?

Yeah, I could take a nap but I have things I could do. They may not be fun things, but there is always something to do. I could probably go out, but truthfully my one night at the bar this week was probably enough to last me six months. I wouldn't mind listening to Jazz, going to see an art museum, or eating sushi but other than the sushi I can't thing of anywhere I could do that. The art center doesn't have an exhibit right now, I already know my own art inside out, and well a quiet music venue on my own.. I'm not sure I know of anything.

So yes, I'm being lame and pessimistic but I continue to miss spring/summer/fall. I hate winter.