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I'm here! I swear I'm here! I've been busy...sorry. My laptop's motherboard blew up - it's only 4 months old - so I had to send it back. Trust me I'm not happy about that, I lost ALL my work. And it's put my second job on hold. It super sucks.

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Plus, I went on vacation for a week to Bushkills PA. I LOVED it! We saw 6 or 7 different water falls - SO beautiful! The hike was the advanced trail - they were not kidding about the advanced part! But it was so worth it! We went to an animal reserve, I fed a bear and alligators! we also ate some amazing food - those of you that follow my instagram have seen it. We went horse back riding - I did it twice because I loved it so much! My future husband went to the tree adventures park thing. My feet stayed firmly on the ground. ha ha! He enjoyed it! We went on a trip to Franklin Hill Vineyards - that WAS SO much fun! We also spent hot evenings in the pool trying to relax and get some sun - we wound up playing in the water with two little kids. We had SUCH a great time at that resort! There was a lot to do and we packed our vacation full of stuff!

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And my best friend is getting married in the next month or so - I'm SUPER excited about that!! I am super excited for her! It will be awesome!! (below is my bouquet - isn't it beautiful?!)

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I've also been doing major wedding planning. I found the dress - yes THE dress! My Wedding Dress! And no, I'm sorry I'm not sharing the pictures... I want it to be a surprise for my wedding party. I've got the cake taken care of, the dress, the photographer, and I'm working on a venue right now. I got sticker shocked when I called the first few and the more places I called the higher the price went it seemed. My budget for the entire event is 3 thousand. The wedding venue alone wanted 3 thousand. so that would just blow my budget out of the water. I'm still hunting... I will find one.

But I'll share a dress I found on Alfred Angelo's website that I LOVE - I love the idea and concept behind it. His Designs are based off Disney Characters. How awesome is that?!

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I haven't been reading as much as I should be. I notice during the summer months my views and stats take a nose dive -so I've decided to put the blog on a small hold until maybe August or September - most likely because just like me people are on vacation and enjoying the sun.
It will  give me a chance to come up with  awesome meme's and what not. Kinda of like my magazine idea. I had two of those lined up for fun and then my laptop blew up... so I will either come up with something else or just remake those. I'm not sure yet.

But I will be on twitter - just like normal. I've been watching a lot of TV instead of reading... I know, I'm being SO bad right now letting the TV warp my brain. But I make up for it with reading eventually. Especially when Winter comes.

So what is everyone else's summer turning out like? Are you getting a lot of reading done?

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creativejuiceThis is my own personal Meme. I'm doing just to have fun. All images I have taken and I'll be including a link to the website.

I've decided to create magazine covers for fun that include my images and I thought I'd share them with you lovely people of the internet.

The First one is a Magazine Cover I created for fun representing the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo (Link), in Thurmont, MD. Great place to take your kids in the summer! I really liked it and had a great time!

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo
13019 Catoctin Furnace Road,
Thurmont, MD 21788
301.271.3180
301.271.4922

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Hey Everyone! For awhile there I was away doing the school thing - CRAZY Busy. I had stayed up until 3 AM working on my design idea for my color theory class. I was inspired by a fellow student Named Ryan Here's his Deviant Art Gallery. I wanted my work to create a story for the person looking at it. I had a difficult time creating something... that did that. Finally the idea HIT me! I came up with new Thumbnails for my concept - I had to go back a few weeks - but the Teacher loved the idea once I emailed her my ideas and wanted me to post them to the board. I just thought I'd share some of my creative processes with you all. This class was SO much fun and SO challenging. I learned a lot and had a blast.

First my thumbnails:

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Then I had to Choose one of the thumbnails I had created. And Apply Certain colors to it...
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Then, I played with the Colors a little more along with the details...

 

 

My Classmates also helped me and suggest I add more detail and use a different color scheme for the final image and this is what I came up with...

 

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I Pushed myself when it came to this class, because I saw Ryan's stuff and said, I KNOW I can do that. I know I can, and I did. I love Graphic Design!

Attachments

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Short Description: Cute Office Romance blooms in corresponding emails.

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The Good:

  • The Friendship between Beth & Jennifer was awesome! I LOVED it!! Their conversations with each other were very highly entertaining!
  • My all time favorite part in the book is when Lincoln and his mom have that discussion about his apartment. The struggle Lincoln was dealing with I could related to on SO many levels.
  • I personally work night shift and I could relate to Lincoln about that – except how in the world did he find time to do all those things without missing precious sleep is beyond me.
  • I loved how he tried to change for the better on the inside and outside and improve his life style.
  • I totally want to play Dungeons and Dragons!

 

The Bad:

  • The Creepy Stalker feel and how long it took Lincoln to step up to the plate.
  • Bashing Night shift. “Only Whack Jobs apply for night shift.” – Sorry, I was slightly offended since I do work night shift and I do like it.

This was such a great story! I really enjoyed it!!

If you like contemporary romances - read this.

If you liked 'You've Got Mail' - read this.

If you like nerd romances - read this.

Four out Of Five Stars

Here are some Recommendations for my best friend Lethia and again Happy B-lated birthday!!! I hope you had a great birthday! I can't wait to see The Fault in Our Stars with you!!

And those of you reading these and have read this book - go ahead and use these recommendations! And if you've read any of these books let me know if you like them! No spoilers! Some of them I'm recommending I haven't read yet. But I plan too! :) Lethia2

Because you liked Pivot Point I think you'd like Reboot and Let The Sky Fall. I haven't read either of these, but they are all on my kindle waiting for me!

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The Reapers by Jacinta Maree
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The Reapers by Jacinta Maree
(My Demonic Ghost #2)

Publication date: September 17th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:
The day you die is meant to be the end, but for 18 year old Jordon Hastings, his death was only the beginning.

In a dark and twisted world, lost spirits known as Reapers remain behind after death to help collect the spirits from the realm of the living. A new Reaper, Jordon struggles to accept his fate and lingers in the shadows of his mortal life. But when a demon wolf starts to live through his shadow, hunting his family and friends Jordon has no choice but to leave. As soon as he accepts his new role the truth behind the relationship between Reapers and Angelic Hunters is revealed. His loyalty is tested, making him choose between a corrupted God and a single Banished Spirit.

Goodreads: The Reapers by Jacinta Maree

Purchase:
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AUTHOR BIO:

Self confessed chocaholic, Jacinta was born and raised in Melbourne Australia with her loving family of five. Even as a child Jacinta had an itch to write. Writing was the one constant hobby she clung to, also trying her hand at piano, flute, tennis, horseback riding and drama.Jacinta works full time in the family business and spends her afternoons either playing basketball, reading, writing or hanging out with friends. She is always happy to try something new; getting her real estate license, practicing ninjitshu, Zumba and parkour to name a few.For her future, Jacinta sees herself writing. It is a large part of her identity and something she hopes to continue. Aside from her love of stories she loves Japan and its unique and beautiful culture and history. From their delicious sushi dishes right down to their wooden sandals and kimonos. She is also a huge cat person and loves to snuggle up in front of the fire for a good movie or book. Her favorite genres are paranormal and fantasy but she also loves anything written by thriller writer, Stephen King.
Author Links:

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Now to the next best thing besides her awesome book! Get a chance to win a free e-book copy of the Reapers!! That's right - I'm hosting a giveaway!

Click Here to go to the Rafflecopter!

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Epic Recs For June

Here is my Epic Recs For June for Sam at The Little Munchkin Reader.

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Sam,

I saw you that you liked Shatter Me. So, I thought you'd find these two interesting as well. I've read Crewel and I really enjoyed it - very imaginative! I haven't read The Program yet, but it's on my kindle and I will some day! Oh and I saw your last Recs to me and I can def attempt that one - perfect read for the summer! I tried to read it last year and because of my dad passing away, I wasn't able to give it my full attention and devote myself to it and I felt bad about it so I took a small break and promised Anne that I'd come back to her.

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Review of Cinder by Marrissa Meyer

Description: An Awesome Cyborg retelling of Cinderella.

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The Good:

The world Marrissa Meyer created is awesome!!! I felt like I had fallen into the futuristic of Japan.

I loved how it followed the story of Cinderella but had its own twists and the story could stand on it’s own without knowing the actual story of Cinderella. I personally wasn’t a fan of Cinderella growing up (Shocking! I know!) But I LOVED this version.

The Characters were well developed and the story development was easy to follow and I found myself actually reading faster than the audio – I was following along on my kindle while the audio narrated. I like to be read to occasionally. I finished the book in a break-neck speed in 48 hours – which I might add is probably a record for me. I tend to be a slow reader.

The world building was fantastic and interesting and very involved with the story development itself.

And to think I had this book sitting on my kindle since May 23, 2013! I’m so ashamed that it had sat almost a year before I read it and fell in love. I need to download the rest of the series to find out what happens to Cinder!!

I would strongly suggest you read this! Put it on the top of your TBR List.

 

The Bad:

Nothing that stands out to the point it bothered me. I might have over looked a lot because let’s face it love is very blinding. Ha ha!!!

 

PS – Marrissa Meyer should NOT be linked to Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) like I originally thought. Writing and Story development are totally different. I thought they were related – and maybe they are?! But I liked Marrissa Meyer’s story SO much!!!!! Please don’t dismiss this book because they share the same last name! Give her a chance!

 

Five Out of Five Stars

 

If you like cyborg futuristic stories – read this.

If you like retellings of fairy-tales – read this.

If you want to feel like you just traveled to the future of Japan – read this.

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Just a small update! May has been crazy busy! I shot a wedding and a family birthday party,

I love Photography. I can't do it all the time, but when I can I just get lost in the moment...

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And This month I've also done a few speed reads - not on purpose but I LOVED the book and the story SO much I'd gotten lost in it and suddenly within 48 hours I had finished it. That's a record for me. I'll be posting those reviews this month also. Cinder, Attachments, The Masque of the Red Death, Easy, The American Vampire... see? I've been busy reading in May. Probably because I did the bout of books marathon. It helped...

Oh and I can't forget my Epic Recs! Must post those! YES!!!

I'll also have a few random posts - emotionally drunk - where I go over my favorite Class in College and my method to creating it. I'll also be posting about Piracy in August and of course my favorite Month - October - about horror.

Ooh!!!! and I found this awesome blog I have to share with you thanks to The Perpetual Page-Turner ... are you ready for the awesomeness?! Okay, The Real Fauxtographer - she loves to read and includes photographs of her favorite books - I think it's ingenious! I wish I had come up with that idea- but clearly she got the awesome idea first! I loved it.

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Arm Chair BEA 2014


Image design by Amber at Shelf Notes

Hi Everyone! This is my first time participating in Arm Chair BEA! I’ve actually never been to BEA like EVER. I want to go and maybe one day I will. I’ve become such a home body…

So a little bit about me. I live in Gettysburg – History town. I’ve been blogging since 2013 (I think?) and I just decided to do it after following Wendi Darlings blog forever ago. I love her honest reviews. You can find me on twitter and of course here on my blog. I blog about books and Graphic Design for fun.

What genre do I read the Most? Well, way, way before blogging… I use to read grocery store romances. That’s ALL I read. I became best friends with Lethia who use to work at a library and she opened me to other genres (It took YEARS!) and now I’d like to say I’m def geared more toward Young Adult genre than anything else.

What was my favorite book I read Last Year? Ooh, that is SO hard to figure out… The Distance Between Us & Splintered are the first two that popped in my head. Along with Warm Bodies. The Distance Between Us is a feel good romance novel that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy after reading. Splintered is just a awesome twist on Alice in Wonderland and I just connected to it more then I thought I would. Warm Bodies took me by surprise honestly… people were saying it was like twilight – the book is NOT like twilight and I would not recommend it for teenagers because of the content. But it is very entertaining and I LOVED it!
My favorite book so far this year is Cinder. I loved it! I literally binged-read it in 48 hours. I hardly EVER do that, but I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to download the next three in the series.

The book I’d LOVE to see as a movie is a no brainer – In the After by Demitria Lunetta. It was pretty awesome! I’d be afraid they’d screwed it up though…

 

The word Literature makes me wrinkle my nose and scrunch my face up. I picture dusty boring oversized text books when you say the word Literature. But the book worm in me wants to point out that Literature is what you WANT it to be. So for me, I think Literature is any type of books as long as you gain something from it. You gain new knowledge or understanding of something – anything. It doesn’t matter if it is Shakespeare or some small romance paper back at the grocery store. Hey, you read it and I think that counts as Literature since you have to read it.

What about you? What do you think of when you hear the word Literature.