It’s another NEW RELEASE DAY and there are a BUNCH on here giving me some blurb jolts!! I mean, even though it’s a shorter list this week, it’s FULLY loaded in what looks to be pure awesomeness! :D !!

Like… The Gorison Traveler Incident (Laurann Dohner’s latest – she’s a human and she’s TERRIFIED of what she sees!! “She’s horrified. Scared. The Ke’ters are murdering her people…”), The Hookup Handbook (He’s the most coveted escort and she’s his assistant!!), The Reality of Wright and Wrong (she was hurt by her fiancé, so she went off and married a stranger 10 days later! “…This isn’t a story of love at first sight–love didn’t come into play until after I had ruined it all…”), Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel (drunken Vegas wedding with a hockey star!!), Risky Play (Red Card Book 1) (her one night stand leaves her, and then she realizes he’s her new boss!!), Rogue Wave: Cake Series Book Five (the stoner and the studious girl “Keith slides into the seat beside her with a partnership plan designed for his benefit only…”) and OMG THIS ONE!! Hissy Fit (Lani Lynn Vale’s latest and it totally sounds like unrequited love!!!). OH!! And ABOUT HER (psych-thriller and that blurb gave me chills!! The authors’ warning: “This is a story unlike my others, so please be aware of the genre switch. Psychological Thriller / Horror / TRIGGER WARNINGS: Abuse, Domestic Violence“).

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out these:

Tessa: snagged Broken Wings: A Dark High School Romance (Dark Legacy Book 1). :) Maybe bullies will become the trope of the year. A girl can hope.

LET’S READ!!!! :D !!!!

P.P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere).


For those going on a road trip soon, or maybe you’ve got some projects that require both hands this weekend but still allows you to “listen”… check out the free audible trial + 2 free audiobooks deal —>

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  1. Until Cobi: Until Him/Her, Book 7 by Aurora Rose Reynolds
  2. The Chase by Elle Kennedy
  3. Sweet Fate: Dirty Sweet, Book 2 by Laurelin Paige
  4. Secrets Never Die: Morgan Dane Series, Book 5 by Melinda Leigh
  5. Backwards to Oregon by Jae
  6. A Conquest Impossible to Resist: The Cynster Next Generation Novels, Book 7 by Stephanie Laurens
  7. Crimes of Cupidity: A Fantasy Reverse Harem Story: Heart Hassle, Book 3 by Raven Kennedy
  8. The Do-Over by Georgia Beers
  9. Lock by Debra Anastasia
  10. and…
  11. The Feel Good Factor by Lauren Blakely <— PREORDER – March 25th 2019


BARGAINS & READER RECOMMENDATIONS (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order)

Tessa: *facepalms* I realized that I grabbed that book and didn’t even look at the authors. That makes it doubly awesome. I absolutely adore Jaymin Eve and Tate James. Both have some of the best PNR, and though Tate James has only done RH, this was in the description:

This dark contemporary romance features one girl and four sexy, dangerous boys but is NOT a reverse harem

So happy about this book! Jaymin Eve writes the best secondary heroes, treating them like first, and Tate James keeps everything on track with her plots. *squees*

Victoria: Reading it now! So good

  • Seductively Ever After Complete Box Set : Collectors Edition by Kim Carmichael <— SERIES BUNDLE SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!! “...Each book in Seductively Ever After is inspired by a beloved fairy tale brought into modern day with a twist. This box set contains all four books in the collection.”
  • The In Her Dreams Boxset: A Time Travel Fantasy Romance Trilogy by Joanna Reeder <— TRILOGY BUNDLE SALE!! “So, I have this curse… I experience the memories of the dead while I sleep.”
  • The Arrangement – A Reverse Harem Romance by Krista Wolf <— RECENT RELEASE & SUPER-BARGAIN PRICED!!The ad was right there in black and white, sending a flock of butterflies fluttering through my stomach. ‘Three young authors seeking an extremely open-minded female for an exclusive, sinful, and very unorthodox arrangement.’



  1. The Gorison Traveler Incident (Veslor Mates Book 1) by Laurann Dohner <— SHE’S TERRIFIED!!! “…The only way she gets a peek at the lizard-like race is when her brother opens a live camera feed during a meeting—a meeting that turns tragic when the Ke’ters attack the crew. She’s horrified. Scared. The Ke’ters are murdering her people. Rushing from her quarters to get help from a control center, Vivian finds the station abandoned. It’s all on her to try to rescue the crew. Brassi is a Veslor trader who picks up a distress signal from a nearby space vessel. The attractive female who contacts him looks terrified, and needs his help…”
  2. Sin & Salvation (Demigods of San Francisco Book 3) by K.F. Breene
  3. All Souls Near & Nigh (Soulbound Book 2) by Hailey Turner
  4. Choosing Chuckles (Cyborg Space Exploration Book 1) by Cynthia Sax
  5. The Devil and the Dancer: An Elemental Legacy Novella (Elemental Legacy Novellas Book 4) by Elizabeth Hunter <— HE’S HER BOSS... “…Chloe Reardon has a problem, and his name is Gavin Wallace. Okay, Gavin isn’t exactly a problem, unless you consider a highly attractive wind vampire with dubious intentions a problem. Especially if that vampire is your boss...”
  6. Vengeance: A Dark Protectors/Rebels Novella by Rebecca Zanetti
  7. The Werelion And The Cat (Paranormal Protection Agency Book 11) by Mina Carter
  8. Rogue Alien’s Woman (Alien Outlaws Book 2) by Kate Rudolph
  9. A Name Like Karma: A Urban Fantasy Reverse Harem Romance (The Secret Gods Series Book 1) by G. Bailey
  10. Fool’s Errand (Fate’s Fools Book 4) by Ophelia Bell
  11. Highland Jewel (The House of Pendray Book 3) by Anna Markland
  12. Tiny Dancer: A Cold Case Psychic Spin off Novella (Cold Case Psychic Spin off Novellas Book 7) by Pandora Pine <– M/M ROMANCE
  13. Vantage Point (A Gray Ghost Novel Book 4) by Amy McKinley



  1. The Hookup Handbook by Kendall Ryan <— KENDALL RYAN ALERT!! HE’S AN ESCORT WRITING A BOOK & SHE’S HIS ASSISTANT… “...Only now, I’m on hiatus. Because after years of pleasing women all over the city, my man missile decides to get finicky. And the only woman he wants? Someone I can never have—my best friend’s younger sister, the nerdy and awkwardly adorable Sienna. She’s working at the agency this summer, keeping me organized, handling paperwork, and most importantly, keeping me on track to finish writing my book about sex and intimacy…”
  2. Catch Your Breath (O’Learys Book 4) by Shannyn Schroeder
  3. The Tyrant (Banker Book 3) by Penelope Sky
  4. The Reality of Wright and Wrong by Leddy Harper <— LEDDY HARPER ALERT!! SHE MET HIM & SHE MARRIED HIM AFTER A WEEK!!! “…What do you do when you catch your fiancé grinding on another woman? Well, if you’re me, you run off with a sexy, ink-covered tattoo artist who goes by the name Wrong. Then you marry him after a week. This isn’t a story of love at first sight–love didn’t come into play until after I had ruined it all. It’s the reality of what is right and what is wrong when it comes to soulmates…”
  5. July Flames: A Rock Star Bodyguard Romance (Wilder Irish Book 7) by Mari Carr <— MARI CARR ALERT!! THE BODYGUARD & THE POP STAR!! ”…After being taken advantage of repeatedly through her career, the music diva is used to pushing people away. But her sexy bodyguard’s need for control is eventually impossible to resist. Who is she to fight when he insists on being much closer than arm’s length?”
  6. Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel by Kelly Jamieson <— DRUNKEN VEGAS WEDDING TO A HOCKEY STAR ALERT!! “…Lacey Olson needs to get out of Las Vegas right now, thanks to her no-good, crooked brother. When a handsome stranger who’s out partying with friends comes to her rescue in the cocktail lounge where she works, they strike up a conversation that leads to a crazy plan: her leaving with Théo for L.A. tomorrow. A few drinks later, the idea gets even crazier: a quickie marriage that works for both of them…”
  7. Protecting the Heiress (The Heiress Duet Book 1) by Nana Malone
  8. Protecting Macy (Cavanaugh Security Book 1) by C.M. Steele
  9. Don’t Walk Away by Victoria Kennedy
  10. Risky Play (Red Card Book 1) by Rachel Van Dyken <— RACHEL VAN DYKEN ALERT!! HE LEFT HER AFTER THEIR ONE NIGHT STAND… AND NOW HE’S HER NEW BOSS!! “…Suffering a tragic personal loss, pro soccer player Slade Rodriguez has his reasons for vanishing without a goodbye. Right or wrong, he’s blaming the beautiful and infuriating stranger he never wants to see again. They’re both in for a shock when Mackenzie shows up as his new personal assistant. And they both have a lot to learn about each other. Because they share more than they could possibly know, including a common enemy who’s playing his own games. And he’s not afraid to get dirty…”
  11. Rogue Wave: Cake Series Book Five by J. Bengtsson <— CAKE SERIES ALERT!! THE STONER & THE STUDIOUS GIRL ALERT!! “…Samantha Anderson sits in the front row. You know the type. Every school has one – the quiet, faceless, studious girl who fears the taunts of her peers and fades into the background. Life has never been simple for Samantha, and it’s about to get a little more complicated when Keith slides into the seat beside her with a partnership plan designed for his benefit only. But what Keith brings to the table is more than either of them could imagine...”
  12. Cry Wolf (A Brown and de Luca Novel Book 6) by Maggie Shayne
  13. With a Hitch by RC Boldt
  14. Kissing Micky (Washington Guardians Hockey Book 1) by Ellen Devlin
  15. Lake Emerald Chronicles: Fall In Love: A Reverse Harem Romance by Melissa Adams
  16. The Boyfriend Experience by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde <— SHE NEEDS A FAKE BOYFRIEND & USES AN APP… “…Evie Bennett needs a boyfriend, stat. Someone who can accompany her to her family reunion so she doesn’t have to explain that she’s been recently dumped. Again. She’s perfectly happy being an independent woman, but what’s a girl to do when her new fake boyfriend starts to feel like the real deal?
  17. Master’s Fate (Rise of the Dominants Book Two) by Red Phoenix
  18. Reyes’s Raina: A SEALs of Honor World Novel (Heroes for Hire Book 17) by Dale Mayer
  19. Tame Your Heart: A Small Town Romance (Bounty Bay Book 6) by Tracey Alvarez
  20. Fractured H.A.L.O.: A Broken HALO Novel by Jillian Neal
  21. The Edge of Forever (The Edge Series Book 2) by J. Saman
  22. Violent Delights (White Monarch Book 1) by Jessica Hawkins <— MAFIA ROMANCE ALERT!! THE FEUD IS BETWEEN BROTHERS “...I was born a princess among criminals. An untouchable among thieves. Heiress to a life others have killed for, and one I’d do anything to escape. I vowed not to leave without Diego, my first love and best friend, but if his ruthless brother has his way, I won’t leave at all…”
  23. Trust the Push by Kaylee Ryan <— THE RACER, THE REDHEAD & THE TIME LIMIT… “…I know nothing about racing, but when my boss comes to me with a special assignment, I take it. Now, here I am traveling from city to city engrossed in this new world. I would never have dreamed that this project would lead me to new friendships and ultimately finding love. We made a deal, our time together would expire, and we would part ways. The only problem with that is, I’m not so sure that’s what I want anymore…
  24. Unbound for Him: A Dark Romance by Marissa Farrar <— THIS IS BOOK #2 & THEY NEED TO BE READ IN ORDER ALERT!! “...I’ve ruined her. Destroyed her. Taken the one thing of hers that had value. Her innocence. Now we’re on the run, with two powerful, dangerous men after us. Our feelings intensify with every passing day, and we can’t get enough of each other. But our love was never meant to be and we’re playing a deadly game. If they catch us, we’ll be made to pay with our lives… Or worse…”
  25. No Quick Fix: Torus Intercession Book One by Mary Calmes <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  26. Wild Ride (Powertools: Hot Rides Book 1) by Jayne Rylon <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  27. The Cowboy and the City Slicker by Bonnie Dee <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  28. Secrets Never Die (Morgan Dane Book 5) by Melinda Leigh
  29. Hissy Fit (The Southern Gentleman Series Book 1) by Lani Lynn Vale <— LANI LYNN VALE UNREQUITED LOVE ALERT!! “…He is the one that never looks her way. He is handsome and strong. He is rough around the edges and mean. He is everything she’s ever wanted. He doesn’t even know she exists. Her life is a joke…”
  30. Tough Love: Mandy’s Take-Charge Daddy by Maddie Taylor
  31. You’re the One (Reckoning on Ice Book 1) by Lia Jordan
  32. Can’t Escape Love: A Reluctant Royals Novella by Alyssa Cole
  33. Fall Easy (SEALs Undone Book 10) by Zoe York
  34. Honor (Made Book 1) by Melissa Ellen
  35. ABOUT HER by Kimberly Adams <— PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT!! WHAT IF…? “…What if you could let go of the anger, and betrayal, and utter hatred for your ex-husband? Life would move on. You’d be happy. Healthy. Strong. You could forget the abuse. The torture. The sadness. Like me. But still… What if no one knew? What if you had one chance, just one, to give him what he really deserves? What if it meant saving your own life?



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Skin Care

Tasha: I don’t wanna blow this whistle too early, so *knocks on wood*, but I went back to my Doterra skin care after baby. Now, after both previous babies, I’d get big hormonal acne for a week or 2, always. I didn’t have Doterra then and I’d use Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, Olay acne stuff, or sensitive and acne spot treatments. It was ok, never great. THIS time however, nothing near as bad!

Now, at first I did the face wash and toner in this kit and added a drop of Doterra e.o. Juniper Berry to to doTERRA HD Clear Facial Lotion every night after a shower. Worked great. Then I stopped the Juniper Berry, for no real reason, I’m just lazy, I guess and continued the face wash, toner and HD lotion and used the spot treatment whenever one popped up. That’s always worked just ok for me.

I did the spa treatment face mask from there one night when things were really starting to flare up. Worked like a dream! But, ever since my 2nd child, so about 4 years now, I’ve had a patch on 1 cheek of redness. It’s mostly always flat, drier there I think, and occasional flares with the heat or something irritates it and it’s a good day when it fades to almost unnoticeable. I’ve not gone the the dermatologist for it yet and I bought the foundation recently and beauty blender to cover it.

Now, here’s the good part…in the face wash kit you get the wash, toner, scrub (I forgot to mention I use this a couple times a week also now), lotion (I LOVE this lotion the most, but I’m being overly cautious with my face right now) and now a skin tightening serum that wasn’t available when I bought previously. I don’t typically use age defying things or tighteners ever Bc they make me break out and I think they’re useless (I’m 30 yet ;) ) But, I tried it before my moisturizer a couple days ago and the redness is GONE!! I so hope it stays that way, something in it must’ve calmed it. :)

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Tasha J: I just bought the beauty blender from Sephora and I got the cleaner for it too. I bought all my bare minerals makeup and mascara from Sephora too. But when I bought makeup yesterday, I bought it from our local Peebles, cuz I don’t have time or patience for anything else. It’s este lauder. They have Clinique too and that’s it. When I checked Amazon for the beauty blender yesterday, the reviews all said it was fake fake fake, so I don’t trust it.

Maryse: I have yet to use a beauty blender. EXACTLY Tasha. I went on Amazon for those and I can’t tell what’s going to disintegrate or smell…

Cheryl: I like just using a foundation brush. I just put a small amount on my hand and then use the brush to lightly apply it. I also like in the summer to use a tinted sunscreen only.

Amy: Tasha… The only place I recommend buying a Beautyblender from is Sephora – which it looks like you already did – and that way you KNOW you are getting the original one. Just use the cleaner, and then I use the original little package it came in (the circular one) and set it on the opening while it dries. Because it expands, it sets perfectly.

Michelle: If you guys want a killer thin line, get the Shu Uemura 2R sable brush. I use it with my MAC fluidlines. Just found it last year but I will never use anything else!

Amy: Michelle, you’re here! *hugs* I am trying out that brush…it sounds perfect for my gel liners. I’m starting to get hooked on cosmetic brushes now so I’m always on the hunt for new ones.

Maryse: Thank you, Michelle for that liner brush recommendation. I shall look it up. :) And now I also want the Tarte finishing powder.

Michelle: Amy and Maryse try the brush and report back if you do. I literally squeeed in real life the first time I used it annnndd unlike so many thin liner brushes that start off good and go downhill, it holds up and retains the sharp point.

Maryse: The “Real Techniques” makeup brushes make ALL the difference. I MEAN ALL. I have been imitating these girls that I love on Youtube (bought the EXACT makeup palettes and do exactly as they do) and it’s been nice… but never amazing. Then I finally just got the brushes my favorite is using, and OMG I AM GLOWING from eyes, to cheeks!!!!

I CANNOT BELIEVE IT. The brushes I have are nice, soft, and I have ALL the various blenders, and whatever else. I have at least 25 various makeup brushes (many are the same, but from different manufacturers). I just bought THIS ONE 3-piece kit (Real Techniques Cruelty Free Travel Essentials Set With Ultra Plush Custom Cut Synthetic Bristles, Includes: Essential Foundation, Multi Task and Domed Shadow Brushes), and I can do my entire makeup with it and LOOK like what I’ve been trying to “look” like. HAPPPPPPPY!!!!! :D !!!!!

Amy: BRUSHES!!! I’m always on the lookout for good brushes, and now I want to snatch these up based on your reaction. I jumped on Google as soon as I read your post… Oh man…oh MAN!!! I can’t believe how inexpensive those brushes are. And the prices are even better on Amazon than on And with your excitement there’s no way I can resist buying some. YAY for two-day shipping!!

Maryse: Amy & Cheryl!! I’m so hooked that I just went back and bought 3 more brushes (all “add-on” items so SUPER-CHEAP)!!

I’m getting rid of ALL my brushes and just using these. I’ll add more as I find new needs. ;) Or new makeup-guru recommendations. LOL!!! These things are SO affordable. Who knew??! LOOK at the reviews!!!! Just look at ‘em. HOLY. MOLY. My makeup world is complete.

Leslie M: Maryse, I cannot believe how cheap those brushes are!! I don’t wear eye makeup but am obsessed with foundation/powder/blush brushes. I am going to give them a try. Yay! I love a bargain.

R: Thanks Maryse! I wear makeup about once a month, but I was sorely in need of new brushes!

Maryse: I know Leslie!! The price can’t be beat especially for how good they are. I was amazed when my favorite makeup blogger mentioned and was using one of her favorite brushes for her eyeshadow… saying it just really almost seems to melt the makeup into a perfect blend, and when I looked it up, it was part of a 3 brush kit (with a case!) and it was CHEAP. MINE!!! :D I only used this kit today. …I have so many brushes (most from my Ipsy subscription) but these just blend perfectly. I’m so happy!!

Lisa M: I will be ordering brushes today. They all looking amazing & I need some new ones!! Well priced!!

Cheryl: Maryse, I have an Amazon gift card, so Yeh I’m ordering those brushes!!

Maryse: And now I bought this from Real Techniques for my brushes (it CLINGS to the mirror, and can be dishwashered and can be removed and placed over and over again without losing it’s “cling”). ➔ Real Techniques 3 Pocket Expert Organizer Grey, Easily Mounts to Mirror, Wall, Dresser, or Tile, Holds Makeup, Makeup Brushes, Blenders, and Tools (and they have a smaller one, too)

And if you place a washed brush upside down in the crevices between the cups, it’s held there to air dry! Here’s the video that convinced me:

MichelleS: Ooh. So I went to Target & they have Maryse’s Real Techniques makeup brushes on sale, so I picked up a set! Woohoo. Thanks for sharing that review.

Nay: So after doing a ton of research, I just ordered a bunch of new things! Including 8 Real Techniques brushes!! So thank you, Maryse, for posting about those!



Tasha: So, question for all you make-up lovers: do ya’ll fill your brows? I’m not a huge make-up person, I wear it a few times a year. Even though I like the look with it on better, it’s not something I like to incorporate into my routine and it took a long time to be comfortable without so, there’s that. And when I do wear, I like the most natural look possible.

Anyway, I know this brow filling thing is a trend, but I would’ve never considered doing it for myself. And my hairdresser begged me to fill my brows just to see what it would look like, and I might like it. Maybe. But, I hate the thought of make up on my eyebrows, it weirds me out.

And my husband said they looked better when I pointed out there was something different, it took him a while to figure it out *rolls eyes*, but he said they looked thicker and he liked them better. Which irritated me. Lol. But then I told him it was make-up and his face got all screwy and he was weirded out. Which was my reaction also to the whole thing, so I understand. But I still *might* like the look of them.

So anyway, do you fill?

bev: LMAO. How did he think they got so thick? No, I’m not a makeup person. I have very pale brows and lashes. One time I had a complimentary make up thing and yes they looked “better”. But, no.

R: I fill mine in with a pencil, Tasha. VERY lightly. And it has a mascara wand to blend it in. It looks natural IMO, especially compared to what my teenage daughter and her friends do that is downright frightening. Getting the right color is important. I went to Sephora and the first one they sold me was too red. I returned it and they tried something else that’s perfect. I know much less about makeup than these other girls, but I’ll give you the name of it here shortly if they don’t have a better suggestion.

Amy: My brows are slowly disappearing so I *have* to fill them in, but I would probably do it anyway even if it wasn’t a necessity because I am a little crazy about makeup in general. As in a full face of makeup every time I leave the house, even if it is an early day and I’m leaving at 4:00 in the morning. I devotedly use Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade with a Makeup Forever tiny stiff-bristled brush and Anastasia BH Brow Wiz pencil. I actually have a consultation appointment for brow microblading so we’ll see how that goes…

Leslie M: Tasha, your eyebrow post made me giggle. I’m not a makeup person either but even when I was I never did eyebrow thing. Despite being a dark brunette, I have always had thin, light eyebrows. Darkening them freaks me out and I felt really weird when they did them at Sephora. However, I bet you could find a product that could subtlety enhance them that you would be comfortable with. Me, I’m too lazy for even mascara. I do foundation, very light shadow on lids and lip balm. Amy, whats brow microblading?? Also, anyone know what the heck that eyebrow threading thing they do in the middle of the mall is???

Amy: Leslie…

Leslie M: Aaahhh, thats cool. A permanent brow thingy.

Tessa: I love make up but rarely wear it. My eyebrows are naturally thick, so that’s not an issue. I do need to get an eyebrow color thing, like they have for eyelashes. In the summer, I swim so much both eyelashes and eyebrows become so blonde, they become invisible.

Ela: I love love love collecting makeup and have a ton but do I actually wear it/use it …..nope (maybe a few times a year)…I basically go to work with the face I wake up with. But I do have a brow pencil that I really like when and if I use it…I use the “universal shade” I’m a dark brunette with a dark complexion, I just use a little bit more to make it match ME….LOL

Tasha: He thought I dyed them or something, his guessing game was ridiculous. Lol. She used Youngblood cosmetics, something like this: My brows are like a sandy grayish? color and they’re not thick, but I don’t think they’re overly thin. Maybe a little thinner than I’d like, and one is a tad shorter than the other. I was stressing over weather they were waterproof (could you imagine the streaks on a rainy day? haha) or sleeping like that or when I have an itch and how to apply…it’s completely foreign to me and I’m not sure if I’ll continue or not, but I’m considering. And thanks for all the info on what you guys use. Amy, microblading actually sounds really cool and I like that it’s low maintenance!


Makeup & Skincare Chat ➔ EYES (lashes):

Jenn: Loving all the make up talk; I have been struggling trying to find a new mascara since my go-to was discontinued. I have tried many and am just about ready to give up. So uh Amy I could use some help with that. :-)

Maryse: Yves St Laurent “Effet Faux Cils” Love it! I’m using Dior Show Blackout (I always fluctuate between the two). I’m always in for which mascara is someone’s holy grail, so let me know. I love trying news ones out. Mascara is a MUST for me and my see-through lashes.

Amy: Maryse! Big Fatty Mascara from Urban Decay…BAM! Instant falsies!!

Maryse: Need!! I love falsies! Especially in mascara form.

Amy: YSL EFC mascara is wonderful, and EFC Shocking in deep black is absolutely *perfect* with smokey eyes. Those two and Urban Decay Big Fatty mascara are staples for me! (Maryse got me hooked on the YSL mascara ;) )

Cheryl: Really needed a great mascara and can’t wait to try the one’s you both recommended. Thanks!! ;)

Cheryl: Maryse & Amy- Got the YSL EFC mascara. While at Sephora, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara was rec’d by 3 workers -who said liked better than YSL. Got both since Too Faced was a reward. Also Buxom lip gloss in Mai Tai- yummy orangey summer color. Now off to compare my mascaras. ;)

Cheryl: tried the 2 mascaras I just bought. Like YSL one, the Too Faced better than sex- not so much- “clumps”.

Amy: I appreciate the input about the Better Than Sex mascara…guess it wasn’t, huh? *snicker* ;) Oh, and Maryse – I ordered the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara…so excited!! How did UD Big Fatty work for you?

Maryse: Big Fatty will work fine. It takes me about two weeks with a new mascara for it to look right on me. It’s pretty “wet” still, which is the issue with brand new mascaras, but it most certainly makes some crazy thick lashes. Just requires extra care in the separating them. Soon the formula should dry out just enough for me. :)

Amy: Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is my go-to the majority of the time and is not too pricey. If you want to spend a little more, my other favorite is Yves St Laurent “Effet Faux Cils (thanks to a rec from Maryse a while back!). I use that one almost as often as the Better Than Sex mascara.


Maryse: Hey I wanna talk about Mascara!!!!!! Okay so my favorite has always been Yves St Laurent “Effet Faux Cils” but OMG I was seeing this pharmacy cheapie mascara raved about non stop on my Facebook feed, and it looked like a copy of Too Faced or something… I can’t remember (I’m REALLY picky about mascara ’cause my lashes are naturally NOT lush and dark – more like transparent and meh) so anyway, I bought it.

I loved it right from the start. This is my new holy grail ➔ L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise (Blackest Black) I get the washable one. I’ve never been able to deal with waterproof.

Amy: OOH!! My makeup-loving friends…I went to Sephora this weekend and picked up the Urban Decay Troublemaker mascara. HOLY FREAKING MOLY!!!! I thought their Perversion mascara was fantastic, but THIS one is AMAZING!! Seriously, one swipe of the brush and it lived up to its promise of “super fat, super long” *snort* lashes. Now, the sex proof part? Errrrrr…didn’t try that out but I’m sure that lives up to its promise as well. ;)

Leslie M: Amy, have I been doing it wrong all these years? ‘Cause I gotta say, I’ve never have my eyelashes get mussed up during *ahem* “you know”. *waggles eyebrows and giggles*

Amy: Leslie…honey…EVERYONE should experience makeup-destroying sex in their lifetime. Oh boy, this conversation could go south quickly… *giggle*

Cheryl: And yes Amy, this book has a makeup-destroying sex! Hope she was wearing Troublemaker mascara.

My mascara stained his chest, wet from my eyes watering, and I wiped it away with one thumb.”

Amy: *fans self* Nope Cheryl, she was most certainly NOT wearing Troublemaker mascara! *giggle*

Tasha J: Mascara. I hate buying mascara. I use it once or twice a year and throw it away and buy a new one every time the occasion arises to use it so I try to just get something cheap. If I ever decide to wear it more regularly, I will keep this one in my pocket too. Because mascara also overwhelms me.

Tasha J: I can’t decide between brown and black mascara (or brownish/black!) even though I already bought black. See? I swear something’s up with me. I can’t focus on anything but driving myself crazy.

Maryse: Tasha J… let me clear one thing up for you. Always black mascara. In fact, the BLACKEST BLACK. ;)

Amy: Oh my goodness, Tasha…no brown mascara. You want your lashes to stand out. Eye makeup without black lashes is like cake without frosting.

Maryse: P.S. I AM tempted to get the YSL Effet Faux Cils Mascara in burgundy. Supposedly that looks extremely black but when the light hits it, it becomes so pretty… so that would be my splurge. Or… was it YSL blue mascara that did that (super-black then… pretty in the light)? Hrmm… maybe I’ll get both!!

Amy: YES to burgundy mascara. It’s gorgeous! Black lashes with a hint of color, and I’m partial to burgundy and wine colors on the eyes anyways. The burgundy mascara works beautifully with neutral/light taupe eyeshadows.

On the burgundy mascara…just my little opinion, but the best ones look mostly black with just a hint of burgundy. Not the kind that makes people stare like, “huh?” but the kind that is subtle enough that it makes people do a double take and go “whoooooa!” Ya know?

Tasha J: Fine. No brown. :P Honestly, I had no idea it was a bad thing! Lol. I’ve never even seen burgundy mascara. I will google it.

sidenote from Maryse: …speaking of blackest black mascara…

bev: As you know I fell down the kdrama rabbit hole which led to the k beauty rabbit hole. So I keep seeing Japanese mascara mentioned. Seriously, you or Amy need to try this cause I won’t.

Amy: bev, I’m not big on waterproof mascara, but it IS necessary at times so I’ll have to give that one a try.

Cheryl: Just found out my son’s girlfriend is going to Japan this summer as a study abroad. She knew about the mascara and said Japanese and Korean women are fanatical with their skin care and have the best products. *side note she is Filipino* She’s going to get me the mascara and some skin care products. Even said her brother was really into korean skin care products after dating a korean girl. Funny she was also wearing this jacket today and she said it was a K-Pop. *small world*


Cheryl: Amy, on a totally different subject, have you ever used fake eyelashes before and if so, do you have a how to video to rec or steps you use? Want to try for a dinner I’m going to tonight.

Amy: Here ya go, Cheryl… I love her videos because she wears her eye makeup very, very similar to mine so I can always get new color combo ideas! Cheryl, just FYI…Red Cherry lashes are awesome, especially #43. I *always* have those on hand. ;)

Cheryl: Thanks so much Amy!!!! Hopefully I can do this…

Cheryl: Amy, used the video you rec’d.. All my friends loved the eyelashes and wanted me to forward the video to them. Loved the look!! Thanks again!! :)

Maryse: MY Obsession: My new magnetic lashes. Cutting them into sections make them SO easy to apply, and I found some that are not obnoxiously thick or long. Just natural but better than my own.

Nay: Oh, Maryse–I’ve been meaning to ask you, what brand of magnetic eyelashes did you buy? There are bunches of them on Amazon, and I’d much rather get the ones you recommend than go by reviews that may or may not be real. And did you say you trimmed them down (or maybe cut them into sections?) to make them work better?

Maryse: I bought two different sets. I cut them up into sections (top and bottom) and only wear a couple of pieces for a natural effect on the top. Sometimes I mix the two different styles:

Nay: Thanks, Maryse! I went ahead and ordered the Oh Beauty! ones and I’ll have them on Thursday! I’ll start with those and see how it goes.

Maryse: Nay, you’ll become a pro in NO time. One section at a time. ALSO… I’m still trying to master putting on two sections close to each other because the magnetic pull of the perfectly installed first section, pulls the next section I’m trying to install… right out of my fingers.

So then I end up with two-three layers of lashes on one section. LOL!!!! *sigh* I’m getting better at it. But with a nice wide section (piece), I can usually get away with only putting on one piece and it still look nice and full (but not crazy).

Maryse: ON NOOOOO!! I saw my most wonderful Oh Beauty! are no longer available. :( SO BUMMED. Lucky they last awhile and I still have mine, but here are another couple of pairs that are similar that I may try next:



Cheryl: Hey Amy & Maryse, and any one else who loves makeup- what foundation do you use? I just ran out of Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, and while I liked it was wondering if you guys loved what you were using. ;)

Michelle: I have a crap ton of nail polish and MAC pigments, MSFs, you name it. I used to do makeup as a part-time job in school. I’ve seriously cut back but still spend a good chunk of change on beauty products. I’m just uber girly I guess :D Anne, I even have a Pleasureflush MSF *whispers my precious* My fave MSF is LIGHTSCAPADE though.

Maryse: …right now I’m on a serious Bare Minerals kick! Their eyeshadows are awesome, and I also use this subtle face shimmer/color powder they have is amazing ➔ I use the “bareMinerals Pure Radiance” color and it’s barely there but totally gives a glow…

Amy: Cheryl, right now I’m using bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation. There are mixed reviews out there on it, but it is working for me. It has a lighter coverage so it doesn’t feel too thick or cakey. I *would* recommend trying it out in the store first just to make sure it works for you.

Anne: I love MAC! Their Mineralized Skinfinish Natural is everything! I love their lipsticks, blushes and eye shadows too. For foundation I really like the Revlon Colorstay or the Rimmel Lasting Finish. I am looking for a good primer though. Oh and if you are looking for a great finishing powder you guys should totally check out the Nars Translucent Crystal Powder. That powder blurs every imperfection! Its like Photoshop for your face! Love it :)

Michelle: Oh Amy I’m in love with the Tarte finishing powder! I use it everyday now with my MAC 182. I have combination skin and it really keeps me matte for most of the day. …The Tarte loose powder is better than the pressed just fyi. I have the shadows and especially the mattes are very good.

Amy: Oh, makeup talk! Dior Air Foundation. I. Am. In. Love!!! My go-to is usually Bare Minerals liquid foundation but the Dior one is great for when I need something not as sheer as the BM one. The coverage is perfect and beautiful and light and just… *sigh* Aaaaaannnnddd my newest gem find is the MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage…works wonders on days when my skin is looking particularly craptastic, LOL!!!

Cheryl: Amy, I love Dior makeup for the same reason, otherwise I love MakeUp Forever foundation and their concealer. Have you tried Becca shimmering skin perfector? Loving the glow it gives my skin, either by spot applying or mixing with my foundation. :)

Amy: …the primer I use is Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I received a sample of the Photo Finish primer oil, but my skin tends to get oily so oil just makes it look greasy, not dewy. Yes, there is a difference. And yes, greasy is gross. Dewy is pretty.

Tasha J: I really like the looks of, and have heard good things, about rms un-cover up foundation and powder.

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Leslie M: Sooooo, any of you makeup experts, what products can you recommend to strengthen nails, keep cuticles good, fast dry/easy apply polish, etc.  For the nail thing I def need long lasting, quick dry and streak free/easy application. I will be going for lighter colors to start as I cant deal with chips. Chips are less offensive with light color.

bev: I rarely do my nails but love polish. It does chip all the time on me. I know Amy and Michelle rec’d Seche Vite for a top coat and it worked really well….the one time I used it. I like the Essie colors but find the formulas hard for me to use as a novice/couple times a year nail polish wearer. I have 2 A-england shades because I always like looking at them and finally splurged. The colors are just as pretty irl. I’ve seen lit inspired indie brands and always want to for the fun but haven’t yet. This is making me want to paint my nails, lol.

Cheryl: Leslie I use the Seche Vite- works great at fast drying any polish. I find the lighter nail polish colors are more novice friendly. Sally Hansen has some inexpensive Hard as Nails, dry quick products that I have also used.

Amy: I agree with the other ladies that Seche Vite is GREAT as a topcoat. The only thing to keep in mind is that you may have shrinkage with it, which isn’t a big deal with lighter colors but with darker colors it is more obvious as the nail tips will start to show. Also, it has a tendency to get thick so you may need to use nail polish thinner on it at some point.

Grey: Same, Leslie & bev. I love having my nails pretty and polished… but mine is a time thing. I never have the time to devote to actually paint them and then to let them dry so they’ll set without smudging and then I have the chip problem too. *sigh* bev, what’s an A-england shade?

bev: It’s a brand of polish. I just like their colors.

Grey: OMG, bev… I just checked that site… I LOVE THEM!!! LOL!!!

Amy: Okay, how often do I get to mention something that is book related AND nail polish related?? Fifty Shades Of Grey Mini Nail Polish Lacquer Set – 6pk x 1/8oz each. …Let’s just say I buy polish by the collection, so between 6 and 12 bottles each time. Last count was over 300. But it’s so much fun!!

Melinda: Leslie, I get my nails done. Not false nails but just painted. In Australia there’s a product called S and S anyway it strengthens your nails and it doesn’t chip, but you have to get them redone as it grows out. It’s fantastic. At the moment they are red with silver sprinkles on the end, for Xmas. Have a try just for Xmas. I love it.

Amy: NAIL POLISH TALK!!!! My favorite brands are OPIChina Glaze (for the collections, not necessarily the quality), and Butter London. I just recently found these drops that you put on after your top coat, and your polish will dry within a couple of minutes. It’s insane! I’ll have to pull it out and check the brand…

Leslie M: My toenails are pretty cool right now too. I found the best bubble gum pink shade. Essie’s “Need a Vacation” …My favorite nail polish is OPI Strawberry Margarita.

Grey: I have fantastic looking toenails right now. I did a pink basecoat with multicolored glitter (shocker, right?) over it and they are just so pretty.

Maryse: I love your nail polish colors both Grey and Leslie. Pink is MY color. Baby pinks, nude pinks, ballerina pinks to “Harem” from Illamasqua, which is more of a purplish-pink. Cream colors, all of them. Pure nude color is nice too, for a change. I’ve never been a bold color girl (my nails are just not long enough to wear darker/dramatic colors). In fact, I was sure I’d hate “Harem” but it makes me feet look so pretty and feminine! P.S. I just bought a pretty Illamasqua Nail polish in Loella Bright Candy Pink. That’s my favorite brand. SO HARD to find though…

Amy: …with as careful as I am about not wearing the wrong shade of foundation or the wrong colors on my eyes or lipstick shades that look awful on me, I am not careful *at all* when it comes to wearing nail polish shades that go with my skin tone. In fact, I couldn’t tell you if a color doesn’t look good on my skin tone or not because I do NOT have an eye for that.

Amy: I know I mentioned the China Glaze Hunger Games collection earlier, but those colors *scream* Fall! Look at these swatches:

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Good morning and Happy Early Bird Release Day Monday! There’s a new bully-book out (that one there to the left). ;) Also quite a few others below that I couldn’t help but highlight. Lots of great early birds today. But first…


1.) I watched The Possession of Hannah Grace this weekend. It was GOOOOD & pretty scary. There are a few scenes that still give me the heebie-jeebies when I think back on them.

2.) I made my very first Corned Beef & Cabbage in the crock pot this weekend. With a bottle of Guinness beer in it, veggies, and everything. IT. WAS. FANTASTIC!!!!! Hardest thing to do? Peeling my carrots. *snort* Oh how I love my crockpot. Throw everything in, in the morning, and by evening, a big hearty meal, people raving about how incredibly delicious it is and going back for seconds. And it, yet again, being one of the easiest meals I’ve ever made. Happiness!!

3.) I’m still sick. Functional sick, mind you… which is much better than a week or so ago, when I stayed in bed for three days in a row (literally!!). But OMG this is the longest lasting, most annoying cold (or whatever it is) that I’ve ever had. I’ll feel better and think I’m finally kicking this thing, and then it powers up again. If the zombie apocalypse comes, I’m hoping (as vicious as this one was) that this was the early stages of the”originating virus” that I’m now immune to, and won’t become a Zombie once the virus mutates into that mode. *snort* I know I know… I read too much. ;) Speaking of which…


  1. Broken Wings: A Dark High School Romance (Dark Legacy Book 1) by Jaymin Eve & Tate James <— LIVE!! BULLY BOOK ALERT!! They rule her school… “…Sebastian Beckett is the worst of them. Their leader. He draws me in, and strips me of every defense I have. He calls me Butterfly, but it’s not a pet name, it’s a threat. Beck wants nothing more than to break my wings, pin me to a board and watch me writhe. He wants to see me broken. Body, heart and soul. And what these elite want, they get…”
  2. A Shade of Vampire 73: A Search for Death by Bella Forrest
  3. Escape to the Little French Cafe: A laugh out loud romantic comedy to fall in love with by Karen Clarke
  4. Captured Onyx by Linnea May <— ARRANGED MAFIA MARRIAGE… “...The plan is simple enough. Capture her. Train her. Use her. She’s the promised bride to a son of the New England Mafia, and she’ll have to play her role well. Her obedience is the key to my success, but it has to be earned – an appeal that is impossible to resist...”
  5. Filthy Fae: A Dirty Alphas Novel (Heartland Forest Book 2) by Alexa B. James
  6. Claimed (The Dark Christmases Book 3) by Z.L. Arkadie
  7. Kill For Me (Snakes Henchmen MC Book 5) by Alivia Grayson
  8. Ruthless (The Alpha Bodyguard Series) by Sybil Bartel <— MARINE-TURNED-BODYGUARD ALERT!! “...I’d enlisted. Wanting to protect my country, not a bank account, I’d turned my back on the family business and given the Marines eight years. Now I was a bodyguard for the best personal security firm in the business, and life was perfectly uncomplicated…until an innocent redhead smiled at me and destroyed everything…”
  9. Jules: A Reed Security Romance by Giulia Lagomarsino
  10. Twisted Tales of Mayhem: 2019 MMM Special Edition Anthology <— MOTORCYCLE CLUBS, MOBSTERS & MAYHEM ANTHOLOGY!! “27 stories full of twisted mayhem brought to you from 28 talented authors…”
  11. Fate Foretold (Gifted Anomalies Book 1) by Jaliza A. Burwell
  12. Draven: Soulless Bastards MC So Cal by Erin Trejo
  13. Layla: An Intrigue Novel by Rachel Schurig
  14. Mister Billionaire Boxed Set: Seven Royal and Aristocratic Romantic Suspense Billionaire Novels <— ANTHOLOGY ALERT!! “…This romantic suspense and romantic comedy anthology of seven full-length romance novels will draw you in, open your eyes, make your heart pound, and have you fanning your face. The bad guys are kidnappers, spies, fortune-stealing scoundrels, bride-buying evil-doers, and of course manipulative, over-protective parents and older brothers, but the very, very good guys will rescue you, whisk you away to their noble manor houses, and show you just how good it is to be with the king…”
  15. The One I Love to Hate (The Romano Sisters Book 1) by Amanda Weaver
  16. A Risky Prospect (River Reapers Motorcycle Club Book 2) by Elizabeth Barone
  17. The Perfect Shine by J.K. Hogan <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  18. REWIND by Rowan Shaw <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  19. Faking it with the Cowboy: A Single Dad, Marriage-of-Convenience Romance (Sexy Fake Marriages Book 2) by Chelsea Greene
  20. Talk That Talk (The New Money Girls Book 3) by Jimi Gaillard-Jefferson
  21. First Love (Winning at Love Book 2) by Gillian Jones <— HIS SISTER’S BEST FRIEND… “…the fact she’s my sister Eastlyn’s best friend—should be enough to keep a guy like me from crossing any lines. However, our glances, subtle touches, and feelings are evolving beyond just friendship and being running buddies. Despite my sister’s attempts to keep us apart, I only want Kami more…”
  22. Fit For Love (Love Sparkles Book 2) by Julie Archer
  23. Vital Found (The Evelyn Maynard Trilogy Book 2) by Kaydence Snow
  24. Heat Stroke (Beach Kingdom Book 2) by Tessa Bailey <— TESSA BAILEY M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!Marcus “Diesel” O’Shaughnessy is a brash, oversized CrossFit enthusiast with a naked lady tattooed on his rippling forearm. Jamie Prince is a private school teacher with an extremely low tolerance for bull. The two men have zero in common. Well, except for three things…”
  25. Story of Us (Love Unexpected Book 3) by Jody Holford <— SHE’S CRUSHING ON HER BOSS… “…Sophia’s life is—well there’s no other word for it—a mess. She’s grateful to have some work at her brother’s best friend’s bar, and a place to stay. Since she’s working hard to get her life back on track, she’s desperately trying to ignore the fact her boss makes her heart pound in a good way. Wait—no. That’s not good at all…”
  26. Promise Me Heaven (Reapers MC: Ellsberg Chapter Book 3) by Bijou Hunter
  27. The Virgin Club : A Swoon-Worthy Romantic Comedy by Kayley Wood
  28. Fearless and Falling by Season Vining <— THE COP & THE WAITRESS ALERT!! She’s been in love with him all her life… “...Logan Sawyer is adored by the whole town, even taking a place next to his father as a sheriff’s deputy, with aspirations of becoming a detective. When a certain redheaded waitress finally catches his attention, he wonders how he’s been so blind to Angela hiding in plain sight...”
  29. Vengeance: Biker Romance (The Fantasy Series Book 1) by S Valentine
  30. Dirty Filthy Rich (Part Two) by Julia Nash
  31. Loved: (New Adult Romance) (The Imperfect Girls Book 2) by T.S. Murphy
  32. The Complete Coffee and Ghosts: Coffee and Ghosts Seasons 1 – 3 by Charity Tahmaseb <— GHOST HUNTERS!! “…Katy and her grandmother have always used coffee to catch ghosts. It pays the bills and keeps them in high-end beans. After her grandmother dies and a rival ghost hunter moves to town, Katy fears things will never be the same. She’s right. Malcolm changes everything. When Christmas brings both strangers and ghosts of the past to Springside, Katy fears her new business, new relationship, and quiet hometown will never be the same…”
  33. Something Green by London Miller
  34. Reclaiming His Wife by Madison Faye
  35. Kismet: A Royal Romance by Dee Lagasse <— THE PRINCESS & THE BASEBALL STAR ALERT!! “…After a nonstop week promoting her new book to schools throughout Boston, all she wanted to do was spend a Friday night in her hotel room… eating chocolate and drinking wine. Then her eyes met his...”



For those going on a road trip soon, or maybe you’ve got some projects that require both hands this weekend but still allows you to “listen”… check out the free audible trial + 2 free audiobooks deal —>

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!

PREORDERS (going live soon!!!  :D )

  1. The Devil and the Dancer: An Elemental Legacy Novella (Elemental Legacy Novellas Book 4) by Elizabeth Hunter  - March 19th 2019
  2. The Tyrant (Banker Book 3) by Penelope Sky – March 19th 2019
  3. The Hookup Handbook by Kendall Ryan – March 19th 2019
  4. Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel by Kelly Jamieson – March 19th 2019
  5. Risky Play (Red Card Book 1) by Rachel Van Dyken - March 19th 2019
  6. Rogue Wave: Cake Series Book Five by J. Bengtsson - March 19th 2019
  7. Vengeance: A Dark Protectors/Rebels Novella by Rebecca Zanetti - March 19th 2019
  8. The Boyfriend Experience by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde - March 19th 2019
  9. The Gorison Traveler Incident (Veslor Mates Book 1) by Laurann Dohner – March 19th 2019
  10. Violent Delights (White Monarch Book 1) by Jessica Hawkins – March 19th 2019
  11. Trust the Push by Kaylee Ryan - March 19th 2019


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