Happy 7th!

7thApparently, it’s my site’s 7th anniversary today according to WordPress! Yay!

I think the last time I celebrated my blogging anniversary here was in 2012 when I was still with my then boyfriend Dom. Teehee.

From a fashion blog to a travel blog to movies and books review blog – I think I pretty much covered every aspect of my life that I’ve an interest with.

So there ya go, in case you’re wondering – this blogsite turns 7 today!

Thank you readers!!!!!!!

Pure Genius: ‘Kill For You’ by Skylar Grey featuring Eminem (With Lyrics)

Eminem and Skylar Grey

(Skylar Grey)
You gon’ make make me a believer
Even if that shit ain’t true
You gon’ make me commit murder
Baby, I’d kill for you

In my eyes
Even if you are wrong, you are right
Even if there is a terrible crime
It’s alright, cause I got your back, and I know you got mine
I belong to the church of your name
Sing a song, cause I worship the ground you walk on
If I pray for you, I know you’ll be there

You gon’ make make me a believer
Even if that shit ain’t true
You gon’ make me commit murder
Baby, I’d kill for you

In my bed I believe every word that you’ve said
Just a kiss and you make me forget
All the bad, the battles we lost, the bodies we hid
You don’t know, just how far I’d be willing to go
You put the cracks into my moral code
So you can count on me to always be there

You gon’ make make me a believer
Even if that shit ain’t true
You gon’ make me commit murder
Baby, I’d kill for you

Oh, Lord, forgive my weary hands
And for what they may do
I’ll carry out his evil plans
If he wants me to

(Eminem)
In your dream, you’re drowning, I just walked in and saved you
I’m your alternate escape route, the alter you pray to
Your ultimate savior, your behavior is altered
Ain’t your fault cause I made you
Brainwashed and persuade you
Gibraltar, you’re fatal, never falter or waver
When you causing the danger I’m your guardian angel
Nobody can tell you shit, you’re already major
Mine just follow me, babe, you
Won’t be sorry you stayed, you
Always ride, whatever the plan is
To the end, even if I led us into an ambush
Even if we robbed the First National and cops caught us redhanded
They’re coming at us, and we’re trapped, put our backs up
Against the wall, and it’s too tall
You catapult me or hold the ladder for me
Stay back to get captured, take the fall
You make it all worth it
Baby doll, you’re perfect the way you are
Accidents happen
All I know is you love me, that’s really all that matters
And any who cross our paths are just collateral damage
At your side, got your lateral, back, your front, diagonal
Backwards, blackbirds, we attack like animals
When they threaten what we have it’s a natural reaction
You lay a bitch flat on her back in a second flat for me
Who tries to take your man from you
It’s blasphemy, it’s another casualty, you’ll go whatever route
Whatever you have to do, you blast for me, I never doubt

(Skylar Grey)
You gon’ make make me a believer
Even if that shit ain’t true
You gon’ make me commit murder
Baby, I’d kill for you

###

New York Times endorses Hillary Clinton For President! #ImWithHer

new-york-times-for-hillary

This.

“INTELLECT, EXPERIENCE, COURAGE.”

link

Gallery

In Photos: Urbiztondo Beach in San Juan, La Union

This gallery contains 11 photos.

Image

Tweet of the Day: No To Trump. Period.

no-to-trump

Book Review: Ethan, Who Loved Carter – Ryan Loveless

ethan-who-loved-carterDate of Publication: September 17, 2012
Genres and Themes: LGBTQI, Romance, Family, Disability
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Format: 210 pages, ebook
ISBN13: 9781613727355
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Characters: Ethan Hart, Carter Stevenson

Blurb: By twenty-four, Carter Stevenson has stuttered and ticced his way to debilitating shyness. Although his friends accuse him of letting his Tourette’s dictate his life, Carter moves from Los Angeles to a quiet California town. He’ll keep his head down and avoid people. He doesn’t anticipate his new neighbor, Ethan Hart, crashing into his solitude and forcing him to get out and live.

From the beginning, Ethan makes his love for Carter clear. But he fears Carter won’t see past Ethan’s damaged brain, even though it makes Ethan more attuned to his emotions than most people. For Carter, there’s a bigger issue: he’s been burned by so-called “perfect” matches, and he won’t risk his heart again.

One way or another, Ethan’s determined to show Carter they belong together. Then Ethan receives tragic news. Suddenly he must turn to Carter for strength and support. Will Carter come through when Ethan needs him most?

*****

I’ve had this on my reader for as long as I can remember and only thought of it when I’ve read a friend’s stellar review of it. By god, I cannot believe it took me forever to give this one a go because it’s beyond everything I was expecting from it. I just loved everything about it. I do. I truly do.

Ethan and Carter. Two souls whose fate will cross not knowing at first that they’re meant for each other. It was quick tho. True love works fast at times.

Ethan. Brain-damaged. He sees everything in black and white. Right or wrong. But love is what led him to Carter.  Ethan – beautiful, kind hearted Ethan. I just loved him. He reminds me of Shane’s character in Kim Fielding’s Rattlesnake (one of my all time favorite books) because they suffered the same trauma. What happened to him was heartbreaking but the way the author highlighted Ethan’s character post-trauma is too beautiful not to appreciate. I even feel like crying right now. Ethan is someone you’d wish to have all the love in the world. Beautiful Ethan Hart is one unforgettable character.

Carter with his debilitating shyness due to Tourette syndrome didn’t hinder him from finally accepting he deserves someone like Ethan. Some who can give him true love. His been burned in the past by the so-called “perfect matches,” but with Ethan, it looks like he found his forever. Carter with his wonderful loving heart. Someone who will protect Ethan and someone who also needs protection. Carter Stevenson is one incredible character.

And we have the minor characters who made such strong impact in the story. Ethan’s parents, Liz and Nolan are a fantastic pair of parents. Their unconditional love for Ethan is just too beautiful. Ethan’s younger brother Elliot and his teenage angst. My heart just melt for him. His love for Ethan may not be that transparent but it’s there and it’s wonderful. Then there’s Vera, Andy, Alice, Horatio and the gang…everyone’s just wonderfully supportive that you’d wish a lot of these people exists in the real world.

For my friends who haven’t read a single LGBTQI books, I would encourage you to start with this beautiful book by Ryan Loveless and if you simply are looking for something that will touch your heart, something that will make you smile and something that will remind you the power of true love (mushy I know) regardless of theme and genre – then this book’s the one you’ve been looking for.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Buy Links:
Amazon | Dreamspinner Press | Barnes & Noble

 

About The Author
Ryan Loveless is a farmer’s daughter. She has a BA in English from a private college in Illinois and a master’s degree in library and information science with an archival certificate from a university in New York. Raised in a conservative family, she was shocked and relieved when her coming out was largely uneventful. She has been writing since she could read and has always drifted toward M/M because she enjoys the relationship dynamics. It’s possible that her first story was about GI Joe. She wishes she still had that story.

Book Review: Blow Down (The Plumber’s Mate, #4) – J.L. Merrow

Blow DownPublished July 12th 2016
Date of Publication: July 12th 2016
Theme & Genre: LGBTQI, Crime, Mystery, Supernatural
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Format: 249 pages, ebook
ASIN:B01CKFUN6I
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Characters: Tom Paretski, Phil Morrison

Blurb: Death is what happens while you’re making other plans.

The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries, Book 4

The last thing newly engaged plumber Tom Paretski needs is to stumble over another dead body. He’s got enough on his mind already as the reality of his impending marriage sinks in. Not only is his family situation complicated, his heroism at a pub fire made him a local celebrity. Now everyone and their uncle wants a piece of his psychic talents.

Hired to find a missing necklace, Tom and his fiancé, private investigator Phil Morrison, wind up trying to unmask a killer—and there’s no shortage of suspects, up to and including the local bishop himself.

As Tom and Phil try to uncover the truth, they find themselves pulled in all directions by the conflicting pressures of their families and their own desires. But the murderer they’re up against is a ruthless schemer who won’t hesitate to kill again. If Tom and Phil aren’t careful, their love—and all their plans for the future—could be blown down like a house of straw.

Warning: Contains a bishop of questionable Christian charity, a necklace of questionable taste, and a plumber of questionable nationality who may be running out of time.

*****

I thought I was already done with this series but remembering my fondness for Tom’s character won me over so I decided to give this another go, and you know what, I totally enjoyed it! I easily remembered why I was so charmed by Tom’s character from the get-go. He’s still funny, charming and good-hearted. He’s just too fascinating a character that I didn’t mind that he’s about to get hitched with Phil – not a big fan of the guy but I am starting to “really” like him here. I just wished that he’d stop being so uptight. I think his abrasiveness is what I don’t like about him in the first place. It also feels like we’ve got so much to learn about his character whilst Tom being Tom is just an open book for everyone to feast on.

 I thought the murder angle was just the side-ploy of the story and the central focus was actually on Tom and Phil’s impending wedding. I loved seeing Phil’s “romantic” side. It’s actually a bit refereshing coming from him. And there’s the rather complicated linage of Tom. I mean, I honestly don’t see the big deal about it but Tom being the nicest guy ever was stressing over it. Oh, who wouldn’t love this guy?

Here’s a nice J.L. Merrow book I’ve been dying to read since the first book off the series and that oh-so-perfect Muscling Through. I hope the next one is as good as this! Ta!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Buy Link
Amazon | Samhain Publishing

About The Author
JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne.

She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Her novella Muscling Through was a 2013 EPIC Award finalist, and her novel Slam! won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy. Her novel Relief Valve is a finalist in the 2015 EPIC Awards.

JL Merrow is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.

Find JL Merrow online at: http://www.jlmerrow.com, on Twitter as @jlmerrow, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jl.merrow

Book Review: The Buckland in the Vale and Sandstone Tor Gay Book Club (Inaugural Meeting) – John Wiltshire

The Buckland-in-the-Vale and Sandstone Tor Gay Book Club (Inaugural Meeting)Date of Publication: August 12, 2016
Genre & Theme: LGBTQ, Romance, Contemporary, Comedy
Format: 253 pages, ebook
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Molly Wright
ASIN: B01KESPKZC
Characters: Rory McGrath, Adam Sandstone

Blurb: Rory McGrath suffers from a debilitating condition—he caught it from reading too many books. Rory believes in true love. He’s saving himself until he finds it, preferably with Mr Darcy, but definitely not with the arrogant, unpleasant ape Adam Sandstone. Adam isn’t impressed with Rory either. Both Rory and Adam have yet to learn, however, that you cannot always judge a book by its cover. The nine other members of the new club could have told them this, had they been consulted. The founders of the Buckland-in-the-Vale and Sandstone Tor Gay Book Club know only too well that not all truths are written in books. Truth, like life, is what you make of it.

***

I’m not entirely sure yet on how to permanently place this book on my like-o-meter because there are parts of it that I really, really love whilst some scenes (mostly from the insufferable Adam Sandstone) makes me want to hurl my e-reader into someone or something. Preferably against my nosy neighbour’s flower garden. Or my neighbour himself. Truth.

 I loved Rory because I can totally relate to him and geez, he’s basically me (minus the model-pretty look, lol!) He’s funny, incredibly charming and just about the most adorable ever! His perchant for apologizing is just too endearing…made me winced a couple of times but mostly, made me root for him and his quest for his one true love. A total darling indeed!

Adam on the other hand is the total opposite of Rory. He’s abrasive, insolent, self-absorbed and just about the biggest prick in their little home town. And he’s drop-dead gorg. Served the military. And again, a prick. I didn’t like him one bit if I’m being honest. And his douche move during the party made me a bit restless that I need to pause on my reading. It’s really minor so it’s a “me” issue. Ugh.

The old dears of course are just about the best book club members ever! They’re like the Desperate Housewives, only 20 years older, funnier and actually knows how to read. Hah! They’re just so cute!

John Wiltshire’s humor is always spot on. His writing style kind of reminds me of Josh Lanyon. The latter isn’t known for her humor but their style got the same intensity regardless of the genre and theme of the story.

Here, we’ve got a full-on John Wiltshire humor mixed with some of his characters’ usual angst (from Adam, ahem!). A tiny bit of angst, that is. It’s a HFN ending which I thought was kind of cruel because I just want lovely Rory to get his happy-ever-after-book-ending. I reckon that there would be a second book in store for us? I do hope that it’s for another couple altogether – say the vicar himself? Yay! Is that even possible? Not entirely sure about the mechanics but yeah…   I’m going to finish this asking you guys to pick this up because it’s an absolutely delightful read. For now, I think I’d categorize this one as “I kinda liked it.”

 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

AMAZON BUY LINK

About The Author
John spent twenty-two years in the military, perfecting the art
of looking busy whilst secretly writing. He left as a senior officer
when his tunnel was ready for use. He is now living in New
Zealand until he can raise enough money to leave. Although he
has no plans to return to the army, he can occasionally be caught
polishing his medals.

ARC Book Review: Do-Gooder – J. Leigh Bailey

DooGooderDate of Publication: September 15, 2016
Genre and Themes: LGBTQI, Young Adult, Kidnapping, Africa
Format: 200 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
ISBN: 9781634775281
Characters: Isaiah Martin, Henry

Blurb: No good deed goes unpunished, and for seventeen-year-old Isaiah Martin, that’s certainly the case. The gun he was caught with wasn’t even his, for God’s sake. He only had it to keep a friend from doing something stupid. No one wants to hear it though, and Isaiah is banished—or so it seems to him—to live with his missionary father in politically conflicted Cameroon, Africa.
However, when he arrives, his father is so busy doing his good deeds that he sends Henry, the young, surprisingly hot do-gooder with a mysterious past, to pick up Isaiah and keep him out of trouble. Even while Isaiah is counting down the days until he can go home, he and Henry get caught in the political unrest of the region. Kidnapped by militant forces, the two have to work together to survive until they are rescued—unless they manage to find a way to save each other first.

***

I’m still contemplating my feelings towards this book so the things you’re about to read would be my ‘just-finished-reaction’ towards it. I so enjoyed Isaiah’s perspective – voice alive, thoughts so vibrant and just overall fun to read. When you say young adult – Isiah is the perfect embodiment of it.

Henry meanwhile is a very fascinating character. I loved that he represent a strong character – a character you’d root for once you get to know him.

The Do-Gooder theme between the men in this book is lovely and all but I find it extremely annoying in the case of Chuck / Dr. Martin because of that twist about his character. It’s so not acceptable for me If I were Isaiah – I am so gonna flip the way he did.

I’m probably going to be in the minority here and I feel that I will be getting a bit of a flock for writing this one because it would seem like I’m making a big deal out of the circumstances the boys have found themselves into but it’s seriously bothered me to no end since finishing the book the other day. I didn’t like what happened with Henry during their captivity. It maybe one of those inevitable things given their circumstances but it was too much for me. Hasn’t the boy endured enough? It was a bit disheartening and I don’t believe for one second that it was nothing to him, that he’s done it before and all that shit. It’s a cruel twist of fate and the story could’ve go on without that scene.

I find the writing extremely thoughtful overall though, I’ve some issues with the story, I still had fun reading it. I also wouldn’t mind reading more from the boys in the future!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Pre-Order Link

About The Author
j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of… well, everything…but some habits aren’t worth breaking. She’s been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She’s a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending.

She wrote her first story at seven, which was, unbeknownst to her at the time, a charming piece of fan-fiction in which Superman battled (and defeated, of course) the nefarious X Luther. She was quite put out to be told, years later, that the character’s name was actually Lex. Her second masterpiece should have been a best-seller, but the action-packed tale of rescuing her little brother from an alligator attack in the marshes of Florida collected dust for years under the bed instead of gaining critical acclaim.

Now she writes Young Adult LGBT Romance novels about boys traversing the crazy world of love, relationships and acceptance.

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an impartial review.

ARC Book Review: Overexposed (In Focus, #4) – Megan Erickson

OverexposedKindle Edition
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by InterMix

Blurb: Love runs wild on the Appalachian Trail in the latest from the author of Out of Frame and Focus on Me…

Levi Grainger needs a break. As a reality show star, he’s had enough of the spotlight and being edited into a walking stereotype. When he returns home after the last season of Trip League, he expects to spend time with his family, only to learn his sister is coming back from her deployment in a flag-draped casket. Devastated, Levi decides the best way to grieve will be to go off grid and hike the Appalachian Trail—a trip he’d planned to do with his sister.

His solitary existence on the trail is interrupted when he meets Thad, a quiet man with a hard body and intense eyes. Their connection is stronger than anything Levi has ever experienced. But when Levi discovers the truth about what Thad is hiking to escape, their future together looks uncertain, and uncertainty is the last thing Levi needs…

***

I’ve not read the first two books of this series but the last one, I thoroughly enjoyed. This fourth book tho, is perhaps my favorite between the two because I’m just full-on in love with the characters onset of the story.

I love Levi! I mean, I love everything about his character! He’s funny and just about the most adorable ever! I also felt his sadness over his loss. I feel all of the swirling emotions inside of him while he was traversing the Appalachian Trail with Thad.

Thad is a bit of a mystery at first. I loved the broody, big, badass image. He’s the best book boyfriend ever. Add the fact that he’s practically celibate. Hah! I think that made him even hotter in my head. Say, search demisexual. I’m not exactly sure about it yet but let’s just say that he’s the kind of boyfriend you’d want to introduce to your mama.

Both characters, Levi and Thad have experienced great loss. The pain is bleeding from them and when they found each other while hiking the Appalachian trail, the two found solace. Thad tho, is keeping a secret that may break the bond they have formed while on the trail. Will Levi be able to get over it? Will their love be able to heal the overexposed wounds in their hearts?

The story definitely has more angst than the other three books I’ve read from the author and definitely more mature than the third book off the series. Perhaps, because the characters are older and has more worldly experiences. I loved that their baggage didn’t drag the story. It was a steady story with a very steady conflict. Reading was continuous, a bit fast in the end but nevertheless very satisfying.   It looks like this is the last from the series which is a shame really because I would love to see Matty’s redemption. In any case, this book is definitely a must-read for everyone who loves a good angsty romance. It being a gay one is a bonus, methinks.🙂

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.

For more, visit meganerickson.org

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an impartial review.