NOOK/Kindle Book Hoarding? Part 4

Next up in the NOOK/Kindle book series is Angie. Much like Heather & Michelle, Angie and I became friends a few years ago with our mutual love of television.  We chat off and on about books, fashion and still out love of TV.  Below is Angie’s Kindle app from her iPad. As you can tell Angie likes her romance novels. 😉 Let’s give Angie a warm welcome ABCers! (click on the pictures to make bigger)

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1) Head Over Heels by Sara Downing
Thirty-something teacher and professional shopper Grace has a passion for shoes. In fact they were responsible for her meeting her partner, Mark, when she speared his foot with one of her dangerously sharp heels whilst running for a train.

Mark is the other passion in her life, or so she thinks…. When he suggests they try for a baby – but is reluctant to tie the knot on their very long-term engagement – the cracks in her champagne lifestyle start to appear. As Mark becomes ever more controlling, Grace begins to see her blond and sexy boss, Tom, in a different light. A conventionally one-man woman who doesn’t ‘do’ affairs, she suddenly finds herself in the midst of the sort of tangled lifestyle she has only read about in the celeb pages. Throw in the added complications of an untimely pregnancy, a case of mistaken identity and some pretty zany friends and Grace’s life is thrown into turmoil. Retail therapy and even the comfort of her vast shoe collection can’t help her out of this dilemma…..

2) Heart of Mine by Michelle Beattie
To avoid a forced marriage, Laura Gibbs has little choice but to go along with her controlling father’s plan to deceive the man she’s secretly loved for years.

Jake Evans has been burned in the past and has learned the hard way that nobody is interested in him, only his money. So when he wakes to find Laura in his bed, he’s convinced that she’s yet another in a long line of women who only wants his share of his recently inherited gold mine. A fact soon confirmed when her father storms in the room and demands Jake make an honest woman out of Laura, lest he be charged with rape and hanged.

As Laura gains freedom from her oppressing father, she also gains courage. Determined to make a real marriage with Jake, she refuses her father’s demand that she steal from her husband and instead concentrates her efforts on showing Jake the woman she truly is.

Despite Laura’s deceptions, Jake can’t deny his attraction to her. With the physical attraction sizzling between them, Jake begins to believe he’s finally found the woman for him.

But there’s trouble brewing. Hugh, neck-deep in gambling debts with no money in sight, seeks drastic measures that won’t only risk Laura and Jake’s marriage; it’ll risk her very life.

3) How to Make a Budget by Brian Carr
Creating a budget and sticking to it doesn’t have to be a pain; in fact, doing so can be both a financially and emotionally rewarding experience. By creating a budget and living a frugal lifestyle, you can pay off your debt, build up your savings, and start living on your terms.

4) The Kennedy Brothers: The Lives and Legacies of John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy

5) Kissed in Paris by Juliette Sobanet
When 29-year-old event planner Chloe Turner wakes up penniless and without a passport in the Plaza Athénée Hotel in Paris, she only has a few fleeting memories of Claude, the suave French man who convinced her to have that extra glass of wine before taking all of her possessions and slipping out the door. As the overly organized, go-to gal for her three drama queen younger sisters, her anxiety-ridden father, and her needy clients, Chloe is normally prepared for every disaster that comes her way. But with her wedding to her straight-laced, lawyer fiancé back in DC only days away and a French con-man on the loose with her engagement ring, this is one catastrophe she never could have planned for.

As Chloe tries to figure out a way home, she runs into an even bigger problem—the police are after her due to suspicious activity now tied to her bank account. Chloe’s only hope at retrieving her passport and clearing her name lies in the hands of a rugged, undercover agent named Julien who has a few secrets of his own. As Chloe follows this mysterious, and—although she doesn’t want to admit it—sexy French man on a wild chase through the sun-kissed countryside of France, she discovers a magical world she never knew existed and has to decide if the perfectly ordered life she’s built for herself back home is really what she wants after all.

6) Married by Monday by Catherine BybeeCarter Billings:
Sandy blond hair and Hollywood good looks, Carter Billings could have any woman he wants. However, when he makes his bid for the Governor’s seat in the state of California, he needs to settle down and become a family man. Eliza, the woman he secretly adores, embodies the perfect amount of spice and passion to suit his marital needs, but she’s not interested in becoming Mrs. Billings. She can’t even stand to be in the same room with him.

Eliza Havens:
It’s much easier to drive Carter away than to give into desire. Matching couples is how she earns a living, but getting married isn’t an option. The secrets she carries are too dangerous to entangle anyone else. When her hidden identity and past threaten her future, she’s left with little choice. Carter is quick to offer solutions to both their problems, but saying yes could mean endangering the man she’s growing to love.

7) No Turning Back by Tiffany Snow
Kathleen Turner has goals. She moved to Indianapolis to start seeing to them, but things aren’t going quite as well as she’d hoped. She’s a runner for a high-powered law firm in town, not the most prestigious of positions, but it and her part-time bartender gig at least pays the bills. And one of the senior partners is a dreamboat in that obscenely rich, disturbingly good looking, slightly snobbish sort of way.

She was quite happy ogling him from afar, before she did a mortifying face plant in his lap during a meeting. After that…well…she was more about the avoiding. Mature, no. More likely to assure she keeps her job, yes.

She’s made some friends in the few months she’s been in Indy. One of those friends is her neighbor Sheila, though Kathleen can’t say she’s completely comfortable with Sheila’s job choice as a high-dollar escort.

It’s the middle of the night when Kathleen hears fighting coming from Sheila’s apartment. As disturbing as that is, it’s the ominous sound of silence afterwards that keeps Kathleen from falling back to sleep. Slipping from bed with the intention of making sure everything is okay, Kathleen knocks on her friend’s door, only to find Sheila murdered, her naked body sprawled on sheets stained crimson with her blood.

Shock and horror are followed by gritty determination when it becomes clear that Sheila’s death isn’t random and it isn’t the result of a jealous boyfriend. It’s the opening gambit in a web of murder, deceit, conspiracy, and fraud that stretches to the law firm for which Kathleen works. Maybe to the very office that Blane Kirk commands.

And Kathleen Turner, law office runner, can trust no one if she wants to survive.

8) Quick Fix Healthy Breakfasts Under 300 Calories by Curina Todose
If you have struggled with finding the right recipes for breakfast, you can finally breathe in relief. These great breakfasts are full of nutrition, healthy ingredients and taste simply scrumptious. No more hidden fats, sugars, and mystery ingredients.

All these recipes are made with fresh, natural ingredients and items that you always have around the kitchen. Plus, more than half of them take less than 10 minutes to make. Achieving your healthy and weight loss goals has never been easier!

Do yourself the biggest favor, and promise yourself never to skip breakfast again. This book will help you keep that promise!

9) Rising Storm by Kathleen Brooks
Katelyn Jacks was used to being front and center as a model. But she never had to confront the Keeneston Grapevine! After retiring from the runway and returning to town to open a new animal clinic, Katelyn found that her life in the public eye was anything but over. While working hard to establish herself as the new veterinarian in town, Katelyn finds her life uprooted by a storm of love, gossip, and a vicious group of criminals.

Marshall Davies is the new Sheriff in Keeneston. He is also right at the top of the town’s most eligible bachelor list. His affinity for teasing the hot new veterinarian in town has led to a rush of emotions that he wasn’t ready for. Marshall finds his easy days of breaking up fights at the local PTA meetings are over when he and Katelyn discover that a dog-fighting ring has stormed into their normally idyllic town. As their love struggles to break through, they must battle to save the lives of the dogs and each other.

So there you have it, Angie’s Kindle. Stay tuned for next week when you get a look at Gail’s Nook and Kindle apps.

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Licorice and … {CLOSED}

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On Friday I will be getting my weekly manicure. The manicurist said I should bring in one of my many boxes of Sally Hansen nail decals to do as my accent nail. Well I need your help. I plan to paint my nails black(which I haven’t done in a while) and use one of these three decals. Which one should I use? The winning design will be sent to a voter that is randomly selected. US only. Giveaway goes until 3/1/13 at 11am EST.

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Monopoly Money Monday

Jewelry is something that can be easily used to spice up and outfit. There are SO many option out there so it is easy to find something you love. I have recently become obsessed the Baublebar. They have so many great styles and their prices can’t be beat. If you sign up for their emails you get notified of deals where they lower the price of one of their items to just $10.00 and you save $10.00 on your first order. Plus you earn points for every dollar you spend which can be used towards future purchases. And shipping is always free! Because of this I have decided to dedicate this Monopoly Money Monday to Baublebar pieces.

Gold Knot Ring
Price: $22

Knotty by nature — that’s how we like to describe this sweet-yet-sleek style. Instead of a gemstone topper, it features a graphic knot motif that’s striking nonetheless.

Rose Bow Bead Bracelet
Price $22(I got it on sale for $18.00 two weeks ago!)

Delight in the utter charm of this sweet style. Not only does it feature a pretty set of glistening beads, but there’s an adorable (and glitzy) pavé-covered bow, too.

Tiered Azure Bib
Price: $36
We always love a good set of fringe benefits and this glam statement necklace comes with a whole bevy of them. Just check out those tiers of dangling teardrop gems, which come cast in bright blue for added allure.

Scarlet Diamond Drops
Price: $24

These striking earrings evoke a Millicent Rogers vibe, by way of the graphic Southwest. It’s all in that double dose of geometric pyramid gems framed in cool twisted silver. 

Today’s total: $104.00($100.00 even if you use the price I got for my bow bracelet!) Not too shabby for 4 pieces that can be worn with hundreds of outfits. What kind of jewelry do you like to wear?

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Second Chance Sunday – Delirium by Lauren Oliver

With the countdown to Requiem (pre-order here), the final book in Lauren Oliver’s amazing series, which comes out on March 5th, I am going to use the next two Second Chance Sunday’s to rediscover the first two books. I have already read Requiem and it is amazing(review on that to come). It is everything Delirium was with a lot of Pandemonium added. Although I’m sad to see the series end, my love of it still holds strong.

Second Chance Sunday – Delirium by Lauren OliverDelirium by Lauren Oliver
Published by HarperCollins
on February 6th 2012
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
Amazon, Goodreads

They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever.

And I've always believed them.

Until now.

Now everything has changed.

Now, I'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

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To say I loved this book would be a huge understatement.  As many can attest I have suggested and pushed this book on any and everyone I encounter.  I’ve suggested it to friends, acquaintances and co-workers, some fans of YA literature and dystopian stories and some not.  I have legitimately pushed this book on everyone I know.  Why you may ask? Because it is that freaking good!  And you know what gets me the most now that I have read it twice? I almost didn’t know it was so good because I almost didn’t read it.

Before this book I was one of those people that wouldn’t read anything that was out of the realm of reality.  If it isn’t something that sound plausible in real life then it was not going to end up on my to- read shelf.  I had successfully dodged the whole vampire phenomenon and managed not to ever pick up a book about magic.  Not my scene, not my thing. But after much pushing from a friend I caved and gave it a shot.  Did I think outlawing love was possible? Not so much, but I figured what the heck, I’ll go for it.  And let me tell you, Lauren Oliver made a believer out of me.

At first glance you read the description and think okay, straight up dystopian story.  Different world, different laws, different time. The United States is completely different. There are borders surrounding it with fences, there is less electricity, not as many cars on the road, less spending. It is a completely made up world at first glance and I guess partly you would be right to think that.  But there is so much more to it then just another dystopian once you get to the core of the story. There is heart and angst and a journey of self discovery hidden in this “make believe” world.  It isn’t just a story or an alternate reality, it is really a story about a girl that is faced with a truth she never wanted to see and the choices she makes because of it even if it is the opposite of everything she has grown being taught.

Delirium is a story about Lena, an orphaned girl, living with her aunt in Portland, ME.  She is 17 and counting down the days until her 18th birthday so she can get the procedure done that will cure her of the disease, deliria nervosa, we are all born with.  It will cure her of love. In her short 17 years all she has seen is the destruction love can bring and she wants to forget. She wants to be cured so she can get a free slate and not have to remember what life was like when she felt loved by her mother. She doesn’t want to have to worry that the disease will get her too. But what both Lena and the government don’t realize is love isn’t something you need to be cured from, it is something that makes you strong, something that heals instead of heeds you.  Well at least Lena didn’t realize it until she met Alex.

Alex. What does one say about Alex?! A seemingly normal boy, no different really then a boy in any other book and yet there is something special about him. He is by far one of the best characters I have ever read about. He sees things that others don’t see, been through things that he shouldn’t have dealt with at his age and yet he believes in love and the power it has.  He believes in Lena and by doing so changes everything Lena thought she wanted, thought she believed in.  He shows her a new world with touching and feeling and laughing and happiness, but he does it in a way that allows her to slowly accept it. He doesn’t push or force her to disbelieve everything she was taught and thought was fact. He shows her the world as he sees and, the world he lives in and by doing that he changes Lena as a person and together they become what the meaning of love is truly about.

Honestly there really aren’t enough words in the English language to aptly explain the beauty of this book.  It encompasses so much more then your typical love story.  Oliver truly has written an epic story of beauty and wonder and awe and love. It changed me in the best of ways and I will push for people to read this book for as long as I can because it is that amazing. Please don’t be like I was in the beginning and almost miss out on a true work of art.

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Paper Dolls – Brights

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I asked you all what you wanted me to create with my paper dolls next and although it was close, Brights won by just one vote with dresses in second place. Brights has a different definition for some when it comes to fashion. To me it is anything that can brighten up an outfit whether it be a pastel yellow or a neon pink. Below you will find four colors, 12 outfits, I consider bright.

Pink

Pink

Mint

Mint

Yellow

Yellow
Yellow by andiabcs featuring j crew

Blue

Blue
Blue by andiabcs featuring essie

Whether you are wearing it to work, hanging around the house to do errands, or enjoying a night out brights can bring a fun vibe to where ever you wear them. How do you where your brights? What is your go to bright color? And what would you like to see next in Paper Dolls?

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