Friday Finds & Reader Recommendations – August 26th 2016

by Maryse on August 26, 2016 · 87 comments

in eBook Deals

It’s reading weekend time, and I have a new review coming up (“Author Anonymous” which will be going live on Amazon in just a few of days!). A scandalous, riveting, tragic train wreck of a love story. Oh yes, my friends. A la “Arsen”, for sure. YIKES. But this one’s a true story, and I’ll tell y’all about it tonight!!! Well sorta. You know. Spoiler-free. ;)

That said, we do have to wait for its release. I know… I know. Us book-adrenaline junkies hate waiting. BUT!! Look at all the ones that just went live, and all of the super-bargains and reader recommendations that we can indulge in right now! In fact, there are a few listed below that are SURE adrenaline-boosters for sure! I JUST KNOW IT!

Look what we found! (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order. Sales listed are for Amazon U.S., however some of the Amazon UK links also reflect the sale!):

  • Game Saver by BJ Harvey <— LIVE!!! FAKE RELATIONSHIP ALERT!Following a repeat one-night stand with the dashing Dr. Cade Carsen, Cade asks Abi for a favor: be the fake girlfriend on his arm for the duration of his father’s mayoral campaign. Never one to turn down a challenge, she doesn’t hesitate. I mean, who would when all that’s involved is a little fake girlfriending with a side of hot sex, and with Doctor Hottie no less?
  • Escaping the Edge (Edge #1) by H.M. Sholander <—LIVE!!! SHE’S AN ADDICT and WHOA!!!!! What kind of blurb is this?!! I *think* it’s a ghost love story… or maybe not? She’s addicted to drugs and alcohol, and her best guy friend… died? It’s super-bargain priced, too! “My name is Avery Bennett, and I am an addict. I’m in love with a ghost, but my heart is being stolen by someone I never saw coming…”

Tiffany: Wow! This sounds good!

Maryse: Maybe a love triangle… but with a ghost???

Tiffany: Idk…maybe its kinda hard to tell but thats my guess lol!

Kim: Yes! I’ve been needing a jolt blurb for couple of weeks :D

  • GHOST (Boston Underworld Book 3) by A. Zavarelli <— LIVE!! DARK MAFIA ROMANCE ALERT!!Sold. Beaten. Starved. Drugged. Nothing scares me anymore. Until him. He makes the numbness go away. He is hazardous to me. It has nothing to do with his mafia lifestyle, and everything to do with what he offers. A gilded prison…
  • 1987: How Do I Get You Alone (Love in the 80s) by Cameo Renae <— LIVE!!! HER BEST FRIEND’S OLDER BROTHER ALERT!…when she and her best friends arrive at the cabin for their last summer vacation, the handsome Travis Preston–her secret childhood crush, and best friend’s (off-limits) older brother–is also there…
  • BRICK: A Bad Boy Biker MC Romance Novel by Meg Jackson <— LIVE!!! BIKER BOOK ALERT!  “He has no idea that a chance meeting with a beautiful woman stranded on the side of the road is about to change his life forever…”
  • Pirate (Space Gypsy Chronicles Book 1) by Eve Langlais <— LIVE!!! SCI-FI ALERT! “…Rafe must leave his vintage trailer behind, but in the process, he acquires a passenger, a mouthy female who seems to think she’s calling the shots. She’ll soon learn who’s the captain…”
  • Running to Stand Still (Benson Family Book 1) by Lauren Rosolino <— LIVE!! ALL SHE WANTS IS TO FINALLY LEAVE THIS PLACE BUT……one night, while tending bar at her father’s hole-in-the-wall dive, she meets Collin—a boy who is good and honest and sincere in a world where everything is harsh and cold and detached. A boy who makes her feel safe. A boy worth staying for.
  • Bleeding Hearts by Dana Louise Provo <— LIVE!! HER PARENTS WERE MURDERED WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG & NOW THERE IS A SERIAL KILLER ON THE LOOSE ALERT! …now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare…
  • The Secret Wife by Gill Paul <— LIVE!! EPIC LOVE STORY & A LONG-BURIED FAMILY SECRET ALERT!Haunting, moving and beautifully written, The Secret Wife effortlessly crosses centuries, as past merges with present in an unforgettable story of love, loss and resilience...”
  • Six Scary Stories by Stephen King <— LIVE!!!! STEPHEN KING CHOSE THEM ALERT!!! “Number 1 bestselling horror author Stephen King introduces and presents six gripping and chilling stories in this captivating anthology!”
  • Safe (The Shielded Series Book 1) by Christine DePetrillo <— LIVE!!! SCI-FI TERRORIST ALERT!The year is 2025. A techhead terrorist group called the Anarch has unplugged the world. While the globe struggles to get out of the darkness, a chemist, Dr. Mikale Warres—bitter about his dismissal from one of the world’s most successful corporations, Emerge Tech—unleashes a plague that turns human organs to ash. He hopes to wipe out the population and restart it…
  • Two Can Play ( Book 2) by Victoria Ashley & Hilary Storm <— LIVE!!! HE’S A… STRIPPER? IN AN ONLINE SEX PLACE... This one was just recently released… “It’s been fun and games for the last few months and money is flowing in faster than I can count it. Anyone I want, my fine ass can get. Until Karma walks into the Alpha House and changes the damn game…
  • Chasing Butterflies by Terri E. Laine <— AN RECOMMENDATION FOR WHAT TO READ AFTER BEAUTIFUL DISASTER?? That’s what Barbie suggests! Recently released, he’s a bad boy football player and she’s the town princess but… “When their lives collide, the world shifts and not in their favor. Four years later, the sins of their past can never be taken back and forgiveness won’t come easy. College is a different game, a second chance for something better.She’s not the girl he remembers and he’s the one boy she can never forget…
Barbie: Chasing Butterflies by Terri Laine is right up there with BD
  • The Couple Next Door: A Novel by Shari Lapena <— LIVE!! PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT!! Oooooooh it sounds right up my alley! “A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors—a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .”

Michele: Sounds great!

Angie: Can’t wait to read this one! The excerpt on Amazon is eek!! I’m going to order the paperback!

  • Striker: No Prisoners MC Book 1 by Lilly Atlas <— BIKER BOOK ALERT! SHE’S A DOCTOR & HE’S THE MC VP THAT SHOWS UP IN HER ER ALERT!…her new peace is shattered when she encounters the dangerous, but compelling Striker. He’s everything she should stay away from, but all she craves. And since he keeps turning up in her ER, he’s hard to avoid…
  • The Lost: A Crow City Novel by Cole McCade <— DARK READ SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT! And Grey LOVED this one… I think.  ;)  I one-clicked it.

Grey: “Just finished The Lost…. Wow. How to write a review on this one is hard. Intense. Real. Gripping, raw, painful. Very well written… Just… Wow.

His trigger warnings were on point, points of this book were dark enough that even with a flashlight I couldn’t see in front of me. Detailed , explicit… Evocative, this is not a passive read. You will *feel* if/when you read this book. 4.5 stars from me… I think the only thing keeping it from a 5 is the fact that I want to know more… After the story officially ends, there’s loose ends that I just want to know about…”

  • Summer Island by Kristin Hannah <— KRISTIN HANNAH ALERT!!!! This one’s super-bargain priced! Famous mother left her family… “When the tabloids unearth a scandalous secret from Nora’s past, their estrangement suddenly becomes dramatic: Nora is injured in an accident and a glossy magazine offers Ruby a fortune to write a tell-all about her mother. Under false pretenses, Ruby returns home to take care of the woman she hasn’t spoken to for almost a decade…
  • Snare: A Dark Alpha Motorcycle Club Standalone Romance Novel (Road Kill MC Book 4) by Marata Eros <— HER PROTECTIVE BIKER STEPBROTHER ALERT! And it’s super-bargain priced today… “Sarah tries not to think of Snare. It was one night. And he paid for it—they both did. The nightmares don’t even interrupt her dreams. Much. Except for the secret she keeps of the child they had together, life couldn’t be more perfect. Sarah knows that Snare isn’t the type of man to toy with—or lie to. But when her abuser took things too far, Sarah couldn’t allow Snare to protect her any longer. She fled and hasn’t seen her stepbrother since…
  • This is War, Baby (War & Peace Book 1) by K. Webster <— ANOTHER DARK READ SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!!! And I just one-clicked this one too! OH YES!!!! ‘Cause Claire HIGHLY recommends it!

Claire: “Maryse… you need to read This is war baby by K Webster 5* I was in from the very first page! ive just finished the sequel! go on you know you like a good kidnap…  :)  “

  • Trust Game by Scarlet Wolfe <— HE’S STILL MOURNING HIS DEAD WIFE & SHE’S TAKING HER JOB ALERT! And it’s super-bargain priced today! She gets a job as an account manager at this car company (garage?) but… “Finding it spattered in grease and overrun by male employees, she wonders what she has gotten herself into. Everett Casteel is the man in charge. His three brothers help run the operation, making it more of a family affair and a place for ribbing and pranks. When Reese is hired without Everett’s knowledge, he’s furious. Having lost his wife in an auto accident, two years prior, he doesn’t want any woman filling the job his wife once held…
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  • 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 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 (next few days & next week’s!!! :D )

  1. The Debt by Karina Halle – August 29th 2016
  2. EASY (A Ferro Family Novel) by H.M. Ward – August 29th 2016
  3. Play Dirty (Make the Play Book 4) by Amber Garza – August 29th 2016
  4. Rushing Waters: A Novel by Danielle Steele  – August 30th 2016
  5. Unraveled (Elemental Assassin Book 19) by Jennifer Estep  – August 30th 2016
  6. Dirty Little Lies by Lora Leigh – August 30th 2016
  7. Sacred Serenity (Lotus House Book 2) by Audrey Carlan – August 30th 2016
  8. Shadow Falling (The Scorpius Syndrome) by Rebecca Zanetti – August 30th 2016
  9. Frost Line by Linda Howard  – August 30th 2016
  10. Made for Sin by Stacia Kane – August 30th 2016
  11. This Isn’t Over, Baby (War & Peace Book 3) by K. Webster – August 30th 2016 <— OH MY!!! Now I know why book #1 is on super-bargain sale! ‘Cause a surprise book #3 will be released in just a few days. *gasp*
  12. Ash (The Elemental Series Book 6) by Shannon Mayer - August 30th 2016
  13. Western Dreams (Rescue Me Saga Extras #1) by Kallypso Masters - August 30th 2016
  14. Defy the Dawn: A Midnight Breed Novel (The Midnight Breed Series Book 14) by Lara Adrian - August 31st 2016
  15. Womanizer by Katy Evans – December 5th 2016

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Fabi August 26, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Cole McCade also has a novella for the Crow City series called The Fallen and the followup to The Lost, called The Found just came out. I’m not sure if Amazon is carrying it yet but Smashwords is supposed to.

Sandra August 26, 2016 at 3:39 PM is having a sale on 200 of their top daily deals: most $3.95 or less.

Laura August 26, 2016 at 3:46 PM

I’m currently reading the urban fantasy novel, “Semi-Charmed” by Isabel Jordan. The first two books in the Harper Hall Investigations series are currently free on Amazon. I’m halfway through the first book and am really enjoying it. I appreciate that the heroine is snarky but doesn’t make ludicrous decisions that endanger her life every chapter (ie. she isn’t too stupid to live). The story also features a dark, tortured mysterious hero.

Fabi August 26, 2016 at 5:28 PM
Tessa August 26, 2016 at 5:41 PM

Thank you Fabi!

Cheryl August 26, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Thanks Fabi and Sandra for the “deals” info.

I’ve been taking advantage of the KU free trial. Reading The Hollywood Heartbreak series. It’s good and since it’s free, I’m ok with a good, not great read!

Lisa August 26, 2016 at 6:20 PM

One-clicked The Debt….couldn’t last two weeks without breaking my ‘no new book purchases’ promise. *sigh*

Jan August 26, 2016 at 6:47 PM

The Secret Wife Looks intriguing. I like the cover, too. Is it romance or chick lit, does anyone know?

Amy August 26, 2016 at 7:47 PM

Happy Friday ladies!!! Or what’s left of it at least…

One more week and I. AM. DONE. *skips around trying not to spill mojito martini*

As for reading, I’m still wrapped up in the Dark Elements series and LOVING it! :D Typical Jennifer Armentrout and perfect for me right now…I can’t afford time-wise to get *too* wrapped up in a book and then end up an emotional wreck. Normally I love that but not with finals next week. ;)

So, what have I missed the last couple of days? I’ll end up catching up on posts but y’all crack me up sometimes with how you sum things up. :P

Amy August 26, 2016 at 7:50 PM

Escaping the Edge and The Secret Wife (*fist bumps Jan*) are definite clicks.

Ooh! And The Couple Next Door!

*happy Friday dance*

bev August 26, 2016 at 7:52 PM

I so want to try and stick to tbrs, but two books that are coming out that I know will derail that plan.
The first is A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir on August 30.
The second is Labrynth Lost in September. I hope it lives up to the hype and cool cover.

bev August 26, 2016 at 7:54 PM

Amy?? That’s not your usual avatar. …..right?
You turned into a purple grape.

Amy August 26, 2016 at 8:02 PM

*spits out martini and sputters*

A purple grape?!? What the heck! I still see my little mischievous red avatar with bat wings who is sticking out her tongue…

Amy August 26, 2016 at 8:05 PM

A Torch Against the Night!!!! Woo-hooooooo!!!

I sure wish the third Holy Trinity book was coming out as well… :?

bev August 26, 2016 at 8:05 PM

To me you have blue wings on dark purplish body, two little legs,3 little squiggly antenna, and eyes looking in different directions.
MichelleS, changed into a brown monster with bunny ears.
I think Lisa’s might be different, but not sure.

Michelle August 26, 2016 at 9:21 PM

Got to read a little this week. Caught up with the sixth book My Commander by Alanea Alder. Meryn needs to be in every book – god I love that character! Starting read Wolfsong today and whoever found this one *BIG APPLAUD!*

bev August 26, 2016 at 9:24 PM

And now I think Tessa looks different too. This is freaking me out.

Tessa August 26, 2016 at 10:11 PM

What’s funny is Michelle’s avatar looks like that squiggly grape!

bev August 26, 2016 at 10:31 PM

Tessa yours is blue with green arms, two horns and bright red lips. Has it always looked that way?

Michelle August 26, 2016 at 10:43 PM

I am NOT a squiggly grape! Whoa Bev whatcha drinking tonight and can I have some!??

MichelleS August 26, 2016 at 10:45 PM

Amy is s grape & I’m a brown bunny monster. What. The. Heck?

Busy busy busy. Still reading Unveiled. Will finish this book this weekend if it kills me (it might, getting out of town visitors).

Michelle – WOLFSONG!! Yay. Loved that book. 5 stars!

MichelleS August 26, 2016 at 10:47 PM

Bev – you’re still the crazy green Viking monster. Yours didn’t change. Fabi’s looks a little wonky too, no?

bev August 26, 2016 at 10:47 PM

Yours is purple but not squiggly. Green hair, one eye, and open mouth with teeth. Is that what you see?

Michelle August 26, 2016 at 10:51 PM

Seriously I’m in trouble with Wolfsong because I can’t stop reading and I have to work tomorrow morning bright and early! I just teared up at the simple “you help me too” part…gah the writing is soo good for a random UF. Did you find this book MichelleS and how?

Michelle August 26, 2016 at 10:52 PM

Bev nooooo haha just…no

Michelle August 26, 2016 at 10:54 PM

Well…I might see that in the mirror tomorrow morning if I sit up half the night reading…

bev August 26, 2016 at 10:58 PM

Fabi, looks the same I think. What’s weird is yours and Amy are different in old posts too.

Jan August 26, 2016 at 11:30 PM

??? The avatars look just the same as always to me, Bev. Sumthin spooky going on with you…….. :0

Lisa August 27, 2016 at 12:05 AM

Im having avatar swap issues too now…..and Ive stopped getting up dates on posts in my email stream even when I click subscribe. Theres a gremlin here somewhere!!!

bev August 27, 2016 at 12:12 AM

MichelleS, sees them too.
To the emails on occasion mine has done that too and then they will all pop up in my email.

Jan August 27, 2016 at 2:56 AM

I see dead avatars……….

Jan August 27, 2016 at 4:05 AM

Just been reading some book reviews in one our Australian newspapers. A couple of the books that had good reviews – some of you might be interested.

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin. New YA coming out next week. Sounds a bit like Hunger Games crossed with Irish mythology and faery. (I know, right?) The reviewer loved it.

Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil by Melina Marchetta. Coming out in a couple of days. I think it may have been mentioned here before. First adult novel by the author of Bev’s beloved Jellicoe Road. Crime fiction/ family saga. Sounds pretty good.

BTW, if you like YA, you might enjoy Marchetta’s other books Looking For Alibrandi, and Saving Francesca. Both powerful, emotional, well-written and uplifting YAs (those books are quite a few years old though, and I think one of them, Alibrandi? has a suicide).

DG August 27, 2016 at 7:37 AM

Happy , HAPPY Saturday everyone!!! Man do I LOVE Saturdays! I feel Fall is around the corner (despite the 98 degree weather)….so it’s like that Christmas Eve feeling… games, awesome cup of coffee, warm blankets, bonfires, hayrides, festivals, great new releases to snuggle under a throw blanket to get lost in! Yeah, all the wonderful things….sighs.

Soooo…just want to say…if you haven’t read Anti-Stepbrother….what are you waiting for??? I really, REALLY floved it! It reminded me of The Deal…not the storyline but the writing and flow. Ladies, with a Anti- Stepbrother…who needs a Stepbrother anyway?!?! Something about those brooding, quiet bad boys who are not always what they initially seem that I really LOVE!

DG August 27, 2016 at 7:40 AM

Oh, and Midnight Soul by KA was nothing to sneeze at either…really, really enjoyed it…but I am a KA fan so….

Fabi August 27, 2016 at 8:17 AM

Michelle I am so glad you are reading Wolfsong. Everyone I know who has read it has loved it. It went straight into my favorites. I wish I could wave my magic wand and convince everyone to read it. I don’t push books often. But Wolfsong simply must be read.

Fabi August 27, 2016 at 8:18 AM

Now that I think about it, my book slump started right after Wolfsong. :-/

Cheryl August 27, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Amy, I have a makeup question. What product do you use for your eyebrows? (Maryse, I’m not asking you too because I remember you saying you don’t do anything with yours ;) ) I’ve been using either Anastasia powder duo or pencil in blonde which doesn’t seem to do anything. Granted I don’t have great eyebrows. Is there a tutorial you would recommend also?

bev August 27, 2016 at 9:50 AM

Just started A Promise of Fire and so far so good.

bev August 27, 2016 at 9:58 AM

Oh, and there is some mythology mixed in which is fun. Cerebus just made a cameo, lol. The H wants the h for her abilities and tells her she is coming with him. Her reply is, “Not even if Zeus showed up as a swan and tried to peck me in your direction. I wouldn’t go with you even if my other option was Hades dragging me to the Underworld for an eternal three some with Persephone. “

Tessa August 27, 2016 at 11:54 AM

I don’t see the bunny but sI see the grape. Weird. I will get around to Promise of Fire. You gotta tell us how it is. It does look good, so I put it on my wishlist.

STILL reading A Court of Mist and Fury. It’s really good, but I’ve been falling asleep too easily this week. I’m at the end and GAH! Seriously good. I loved how dark it started out. It fit without being cliche. Yet now, Well, I knew it wasn’t going to end with this book, so a bit of heart pain. Soooooo good.

bev August 27, 2016 at 11:58 AM

Ok, this is totally random. But I just discovered Maine Coon cats, if I ever decide to have a cat again, this is what I want.
Or one of you cat lovers on here should get one, I’ll live vicariously.

bev August 27, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Tessa, it’s fun so far. I’m trying to think how to describe it. Definitely fantasy romance. Though seems to be a dangerous world on the lighter side. It’s not fantasy with a capital F, if that makes sense.
I do have to say there has been a couple of times the word choices have seemed off for the world but that might just be me.
In a very slight way the current set up is reminiscent of Garwood. In that the heroine has a hard back story and is now surrounded by this group of warriors who just want to adopt her into the fold, lol.

Maryse August 27, 2016 at 12:05 PM


Maryse August 27, 2016 at 12:06 PM

LOL Cheryl… I’m so scared of my own eyebrows. *snort* :P

Tessa August 27, 2016 at 2:26 PM

Maine Coon are adorable, but I wouldn’t want to subject it to this heat here. This has been a mild summer, but normally it gets in the 100s most days. That much fur would make an unhappy kitty.

All my cats have been basically mutts either from the pound, abandoned, or through an animal shelter. They have no type.

Amy August 27, 2016 at 2:43 PM

DG…you are crazy perky today and I’m oddly jealous of it. LOL!!

And Bev…um, I’m with Jan. I think sumthin’ spooky is happening on your end. :? Did you see her comment about Melina Marchetta’s grown-up book? Yay us!

Tessa, how…HOW am I supposed to choose between Roth and Zayne? I don’t think I’ve ever had this issue in a love triangle! I always wanted Aiden for Alex and Daemon for Katy (though I still liked Seth and even Blake…to an extent), but this time around I don’t have a team. Roth is just all kinds of awesome but Zayne has always been there. DANGIT! The end result is going to be bittersweet, isn’t it?

Tessa August 27, 2016 at 2:48 PM

YEsssss! Worse, the author didn’t know, so made the rest of us vote. I couldn’t because I didn’t know either!

Amy August 27, 2016 at 2:57 PM

OMG Maryse…I’ve heard of being scared of your own shadow but being scared of your own brows?? LOL!!!!

Cheryl…I use Anastasia’s Dipbrow Pomade and LOVE it. I use the Makeup Forever eyebrow brush (#274, I think) because the bristles are harder and stiffer (*hee hee* just the way we like it) and that works best for me when applying the Dipbrow. I also use the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil, which has a *very* fine tip, to further define them depending on how much eye makeup I have on. Both the Dipbrow and the pencil are staples for me, and I never go without either one. Hope that all helps! :D

Amy August 27, 2016 at 3:04 PM

Seriously, Tessa? She had the readers vote??? That’s just cruel. I couldn’t do it either!! I don’t want either one of those guys to get hurt, but I don’t want an ending like in that one series (you know the one I’m talking about where she ended up getting all three guys but it would be at different points in time, like after one died and sh!t…I’m still p!ssed that I invested time in that series only to have it end that way :| ). I *know* there can be only one guy in the end but my heart is going to HURT for the one who has to walk away.


bev August 27, 2016 at 3:05 PM

MichelleS sees it too. You are a squiggly grape.

Apparently they are considered dog like and very cuddly and friendly. And love water and playing in it.

Jean or Fabi don’t you ladies want a cat. A coon cat?
Michelle, have you met one?

bev August 27, 2016 at 3:06 PM

Amy, did you see that Maryse reviewed an Amy book?

Amy August 27, 2016 at 3:13 PM


No! I didn’t see that! Wait…is it that Author Anonymous book?

*runs to check out review*

Cheryl August 27, 2016 at 3:17 PM

Haha Maryse. I’m kinda scared/intimidated by mine too. They’re not great and whenever I fill them in it seems like woah that’s eyebrows.

Amy I’ll have to try the pomade. The powder I have seems to end up flaky looking. Going to Sephora today so I’ll look at them and then I’m going to look at the MAC eyebrows in lingering. Watched a YouTube and like how it went on. Thanks!

Amy August 27, 2016 at 3:28 PM

Most of my brows have fallen out (health issues) so they only go about halfway across and are very narrow, but between the Dipbrow and the pencil I am able to make them look fuller and more complete. Sure you can tell they are filled in, but I actually get complimented quite a bit on them.

And hey, if those products don’t work out for you then you can always return them. I love that about Sephora. ;)

DG August 27, 2016 at 3:59 PM

Amy…what can I say…it’s a feeling in the air! A rush of fun things to come! Here I will share…*passes Amy the Mason jar*. Small sips.

Tessa August 27, 2016 at 4:47 PM

My eyebrows are blonde currently. :/ They are there, but you can’t see them. It’s the same with my eyelashes. Blonde! *sighs*

Amy, yeah,the answer wasn’t both of them. I’ll tell you my feelings about it after you’re done but it hurts either way.

Tessa August 27, 2016 at 5:01 PM

Can I say just because I saw it and I’ve seen it in books so many times. NO ONE FROM CALIFORNIA SAYS SOCAL, NORCAL, OR CALI.

That is all.

Lisa August 27, 2016 at 5:42 PM

Hahaha…….so The Horde wouldn’t ever call their California chapter Socal then??

Aussies have never ever thrown a shrimp (we call them prawns for starters) on a bbq…..ever. and some of us hate vegemite!

bev August 27, 2016 at 5:52 PM

Of course not Lisa.
Because you throw it on the barbie.

bev August 27, 2016 at 6:13 PM

A Place to Call Home by Deborah Smith is 1.99.
Really liked this one.

Leslie M August 27, 2016 at 6:19 PM

@ Bev – I had a maine coon cat. She was beautiful. All fluffy, with beautiful markings & big huge double paws.

Lisa August 27, 2016 at 6:23 PM

I had to Google them but wow. What fantastic cats!! They’re gigantic.

bev August 27, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Leslie, did it like water?

Tessa August 27, 2016 at 6:43 PM

Lisa. Nope. Especially because S. CA is easier to write. Only car companies say Socal or NorCal.

No shrimp on the Barbie? All my delusions ruined. *grins*

Jan August 27, 2016 at 6:45 PM

LOL Lisa. So true. I have bbq’d the odd prawn in my time. We do love our bbq’in here in Australia. But a shrimp on the barbie? Nevah. I do have Vegemite on my toast for breakfast, though ;)

Thanks for the California clarification, Tessa. I read an amazon review a while ago where someone (maybe it was you! LOL) made a similar comment, but I just thought they were being grumpy, cos I’ve seen the Cali, Socal etc variants quite a few times in various books, and so assumed they must be in common parlance. Interesting that it’s not so. Why do authors do that???? Lack of research, maybe?

bev August 27, 2016 at 6:51 PM

Just feel like sharing. My hair had been looking very limp and flat for awhile, especially after some highlights. Usually I stay away from protein as if your hair doesn’t need it it can really dry it out.
But lazy Saturday and thought why not? I has come across a diy treatment of half a sachet of the clear gelatin in enough water to soak hair. So I washed, gelatin rinse, let it sit a few min, rinsed. Then conditioned and styled as usual. Whoa. Definitely gave it some bounce almost too much, lol.

Leslie M August 27, 2016 at 7:24 PM

@ Bev – Nope, my cat did not like water!! She wasn’t dog-like either. She was a typical snobby cat with superior attitude. Like she knew how pretty she was. Hee hee. She was friendly & cuddly but no more than my tabby cat was. I like your gelatin tip. Might give it a try.

Btw…it makes me CRAZY when authors don’t get the proper regional lingo!

bev August 27, 2016 at 7:51 PM

So, A Promise of Fire is fun and all but Cat, the heroine, is almost too special. I know that is a fantasy trope, but it is getting a bit eye rolling, lol. I think it’d go down better if we started before she was so special and saw it all develope. Now Cat is a well developed character but the hero isn’t and it is taking away from my enjoyment of any potential relationship.
This could just be me though as most are loving this book.

R. Renee August 27, 2016 at 7:57 PM

I actually have a person I met on GR to help me with Miami lingo for my book, but I havent been able to reach her lately, so if any one is super familiar with Miami, let me know!! :)

Amy August 27, 2016 at 8:22 PM

Tessa!! TESSA!!!!

I’m dying here! Like, cringing and hiding under the pillow and saying no, no, NOOOOOOO!!

“He” just got her out of the cab outside the “club” and I don’t want to continue ’cause I don’t want to know what’s going to happen ’cause it’s not going to be good and someone is going to have a heartache and so will I and gahhhhhhhh!!!!

*pulls blanket over head and whimpers*

Tessa August 27, 2016 at 8:38 PM

I know! It’s insanely angsty, huh? *hands you Manny* There you go. You’ll need it.

Speaking of angst… A Court of Mist and Fury. GAH. It took me over an hour to read the last few pages. I’d read a page, do solitaire, stand, whatever I had to to avoid all the ACK that was happening. This was soooo much better than the first book. The emotion, the depth, the action, the intrigue, it all was there. My hands are still literally trembling with how it ended. That feeling in your muscles that the angst was so high that it starts tensing your muscles. Then, it ended and and and… Things just flipped in ways you never saw reading the first one, yet the clues were there. Sooooooo sooooo sooooo good.

Cheryl August 28, 2016 at 8:56 AM

Amy, I tried the Dipbrow and pencil last night at Sephora. I *think* part of the problem with the Anastasia powder and pencil I had tried was the color. I have blonde which really didn’t show up too much and last night tried soft brown, which showed up more. The Dipbrow definitely wasn’t flaky like my powder. Thanks for the rec!! :)

You and Tessa have me curious about the Dark Elements series.

bev August 28, 2016 at 10:58 AM

Finally going to start Sawbones. I hope it’s good.

bev August 28, 2016 at 1:11 PM

Ok, just a couple chapters in but so far just want to sit and read it but can’t. I hope it holds up.
We just jump right into the story. The heroine is a doctor and when the book starts she is meeting with one of those grave robbers that used to give bodies to surgeons to practice on.
On her way home her childhood friend finds her to tell her the police are looking for her to question her about a murder. Basically she has to run. This all happens in the first chapter, so just set up.
It’s just her first person pov, so far. I read in a review that she would classify it as historical fiction with romantic elements not HR. So we will see.
Anyway. …..knock on wood. Can’t wait to get back to it.

Amy August 28, 2016 at 2:39 PM

GAH!!! TESSA!!!!!

*grabs Manny and squeezes the ever-lovin’ life out of him*

Jager shots! NOW!! Please????

Fabi August 28, 2016 at 2:40 PM

I hope everyone is enjoying a beautiful Sunday afternoon either soaking up the sunshine or immersing in a great book. -or both-

Amy August 28, 2016 at 2:44 PM

Cheryl, glad it worked for you! I use the light brown as well and love it. I’ll have to send you a pic (on GR, maybe?) with one brow done and the other not so you can see how it works for me.

And YES! You should give the Dark Elements series a shot. Did you read her Covenant or Lux series? Because this one is right up there with those two, and I LOVE getting lost in the worlds she creates. It takes me back to my early PNR-obssessed days that I miss so much at times. Right now I am a mess over all that just happened…needless to say, I’m in my kind of heaven!!! :D

Amy August 28, 2016 at 2:46 PM

You too, Fabi!

*squeezes Fabi*

R. Renee August 28, 2016 at 2:47 PM

I’ll take a jager please :)

Fabi, I just got back from Erica’s. I crashed her this weekend and met her girls. Needless to say, I haven’t read a single sentence!

Random, but does anyone have bitmoji? I’m obsessed. You can make little emojis of yourself! I can’t stop. I’m making one for my husband now!

Michelle August 28, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Fabi, Wolfsong I’m almost finished with but the feels, just THE FEELS! Gah sooooo good, I will never forget this one! NEED more from this author asap. It has that WiR thing where I feel like I’m in the story :D

Michelle August 28, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Bev, Maine Coons are cool cats. The ones I’ve seen think they are small dogs. My fav breed is forever Russian Blues though. I just adopted a tuxedo cat (not a breed but that’s their coat pattern) named Stewart.

Fabi August 28, 2016 at 10:39 PM

I already have two cats. Snowy white ones. Cat breed. lol If I lived alone I would most certainly adopt any and all cats. I’d be the poster cat lady. But my favorite is the Siamese. Especially it’s long haired cousin, the Himalayan or the look alike Birman.

Michelle, TJ Klune is actually quite a prolific author. I’d say his most popular book is Bear, Otter and the Kid. I haven’t read that many of them, but I’m not the only one saying Wolfsong is his best so far. He has a lot of dedicated fans.

Tessa August 29, 2016 at 12:14 AM

*hands Amy two jagers* You’ll need it.

Lisa August 29, 2016 at 3:13 AM

What ARE you reading Amy?

Amy August 29, 2016 at 9:15 AM

Lisa…the Dark Elements series by Jennifer Armentrout. Love, love, LOVE her PNR series. :D

Maryse August 31, 2016 at 6:31 PM

bev… now I have to try it!!! Clear gelatin, huh? I do LOVE DIY home masks and such… curious about adding something to my hair. FUN!!

bev August 31, 2016 at 7:14 PM

Yes, just half the packet to warm water. It is easy to have too much protien, and usually I focus on moisture. But thought I’d give it a try.

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