Weekly Photos #2

To start with, I want to say that this week has been entirely devoted to trying to meet my goal for Jamberry. I am sad to say that I did not hit it. I’m hoping to sell $41 worth by the end of the day to keep my sales rank, but only time will tell. Needless to say, I’ve been so focused on it, I haven’t taken a lot of pictures. So here are the few I did take. Enjoy! Was my weekly TBR pile. Been distracted all week so I’m still chipping away at See What I’ve Done by Sarah Schmidt. Still a good book though! Took two pictures of myself because I thought my hair looked really good. I like the glow of my face more though. It really makes me look happy. Proof I’ve been Jamberry obsessed all week. I still think this bundle is a great deal though! $58 dollars for four wraps, an application kit, and a heater???? Heck four wraps by themselves are $60! At the least!

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Author Spotlight: Paige Dearth

I had the honor of reading a great book called Mean Little Liars. Afterward, I was so moved by the book that I contacted the author to talk to her. I find her very amazing and talented. I also find that she is a very strong and determined woman who I am honored to have met. I have included a bit about her as well as her links and an interview with her in this blog. Paige Dearth was a victim of child abuse. She writes real-life horror and refers to her work as: Fiction with Meaning. Stories teach lessons and Paige hopes that awareness through fiction creates prevention.Paige will continue to write stories about young children who need to overcome adversity and then take you on their life’s journey. Her goal through fiction is to get readers so invested in the story and characters you will become one with the tome. You will shed tears of joy, grief, rage, and horror. You will be emotionally invested in the outcome. She wants her readers to be thinking about the story long after they have turned the last page.Some may say why write about such controversial and difficult subjects. Paige feels that if we look the other way and don’t address society’s fears no real growth will ever happen. As Ben Franklin said: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” Society should not look the other way because a subject seems too difficult to handle, just remember her books are fiction but people live through these real-life horrors.So, buckle up and take a Paige Dearth life changing journey. It may take you into a new world of renewed enlightenment to make a difference and change the life of a child.Amazon Author Pagehttps://www.amazon.com/Paige-Dearth/e/B008NWZ30OWebsitehttp://paigedearth.com/Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5100156.Paige_DearthFaceBookhttps://www.facebook.com/paigedearthThe Interview:1. How difficult is it to write the type of books you write?The subjects I write about are difficult social issues related to children. My books are written from an emotional level, meaning, that I need to feel the emotions for them to be a part of my book. As an author, in my mind, I literally become each of the characters as I am writing them. I have to feel their pain, horror, happiness, love, bravery, courage and every other emotion to do each of them justice. You may have heard authors use the term method writer, well, that’s what I consider myself to be. If I can’t physically be in the situation I give myself the time to transport my mind into the scenes where my stories take place. I do this to the point where my vision is blurred by my tears (good thing I know the keyboard well).2. What inspired you to write Mean Little People?Let me start by saying this was a different story for me because it’s the first time I used a male protagonist. I was inspired to write Mean Little People from the encouragement of my readers. Many of them wanted to know the back story of Tony and Vincent; both characters were in my novels When Smiles Fade and One Among Us. Of course, there couldn’t be Tony and Vincent without Salvatore. I chose Tony to be the main character in Mean Little People because I was more drawn to him. Tony is the gentle giant, the type of bad guy that you love and actually cheer for him to get revenge. I had intended for this book to be a novella, but once I started writing I felt like the story deserved more, so I made it a novel. I also learned that I am not a novella girl.3. Did you have to do any research with Mean Little People?I did some research on infamous mobsters, specifically to understand how these violent killers were also lovers, friends, and family men. I was inspired to base this book in bullying because I was bullied as an adult. Having the ability to reason and given my life experiences, I found being bullied put me in a lonely and hopeless place. This made me wonder how children manage through constant torment from their peers. I used the feelings of my own bullying experience to bring through the real deal. I wanted to show what could happen when a child is bullied and will do anything to protect themselves. I’m not so sure why we have such mean little people in this world, but I tried to put a spotlight on the subject because it’s so difficult to live your life when others are torturing you.4. Were there any characters in the book that just kind of wrote themselves into the story?Yes, Donato just hap

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The Flame And The Arrow Book Review

Annika is devastated and confused not knowing where her life is heading. She decides to take time away from her life to spend at her uncle’s for a brief time away. While there, she meets a mysterious man who intrigues her attention. The circumstances that follow them meeting gets her trapped in another realm with types of people she didn’t even know existed.This book is so creative and imaginative! I just couldn’t get enough of it! I loved it! I listened to it in an audio book, but I will find a way to own a physical copy of this book to have on my shelf! I’ll obtain the rest of the series too! It’s so addictive and fun! I loved all the characters and their witty humor. It was an amazing read.The narrator was great! He did such a great job giving all the characters their own flair and bringing the story to life in a vivid sense. I loved it. It didn’t hurt that he had a very dreamy voice. I didn’t let that distract me from the story too much though! I fully recommend this book! I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series! It’s witty, it’s fun, it’s realistic (to an extent of course), and it’s edgy! It’s everything I love in a book. I love to be kept on my toes but wowed with witty characters! I’m so glad I got to read this book!https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31565950-the-flame-and-the-arrowhttps://www.amazon.com/Flame-Arrow-Fantasy-Paranormal-Romance-ebook/dp/B004BSGKH4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498821915&sr=8-1&keywords=the+flame+and+the+arrow (Currently Free)Rating: 5 StarsFormat: Audible Audiobook I’m an independent consultant for three companies. You can find the links to their pages below as well as a link to my Patreon page. All contributions will be appreciated and rewarded. The rewards are listed on the page. If you could, please help support this:https://www.patreon.com/wssphotographyandfreelanceIf you’d love to join or buy nails from Jamberry:https://willowstarserenity.jamberry.com/us/en/If you are interested in removing the chemicals out of your life please check out Young Living (Please put my member ID in when signing up. 11810375):https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/new-start?sponsorid=11810375&enrollerid=11810375&isocountrycode=US&culture=en-US&type=memberAre you a leggings fan? Check out Lala Leggings:https://www.mylalaleggings.com/#WillowStarSerenity

Source: The Flame And The Arrow Book Review

An Explanation To My Absense

There are many reasons why I haven’t posted on here in awhile. For those of you who remember me, I posted almost daily for awhile. Then a bunch of things changed at once and I was homeless for awhile. Luckily, not long. I wish all homeless people can say that. Sadly, while we were homeless we also lost our car. Totaled it in an accident. Luckily nobody was hurt.So, when Niumeannounced that they were taking revenue off, I just figured I could use a break from here. I wanted to figure out if I was on here because I really loved the web page or because I really loved the idea of finally making money doing the thing I loved to do the most.It turns out that it’s neither of them. I come here for my readers. I come here to read what you have to say as well. I come here for the community of the matter. With that being said, I’m going to return. I can’t make up for the past blogs. I will be posting on here from now on though.Here’s a link to my blogger blog for the blogs that I did while away:http://wssthoughtsandbookobsessions.blogspot.com/

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Philosophy by Rahmel Garner Review

This is a very quick and easy yet complex read. It was very enlightening. It’s definitely the type of book that really gets your brain going. I especially loved the poetic parts. I read most of it out loud to my dogs. They didn’t really appreciate that. Other than a few little typos, there really wasn’t anything wrong with this book. It could use a little polish, but most books out there can. It doesn’t matter how many times a book is gone through. Mistakes will always be found. I really loved the author’s witty references and way of speaking. It was humorous and entertaining. It was also educational and inspiring. I fully recommend this peace. I was blown away by how amazing it was to read. It definitely exceeded my expectations of it for sure. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32862689-philosophyRating: 5 StarsFormat: Kindle E-Book

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Living The Oath Review

Dominico comes from a very strong family in Italy. After refusing to join the military, his arrest becomes inevitable. It’s then that his family receives some luck and are given all they need to move to America. Dominico is given another chance and a fresh start in America. Will he make the right choices or will he go down dark paths?I really adored this book! I actually felt like I was a part of the people around me. Dominico starts as a very troubled thief who crosses a capo and gets on his bad side. He finds friendship and a mentor with a man he meets in prison who takes him under his wing. I just couldn’t help but adore many of the characters in this book. Yes, they weren’t exactly on the side of the law, but all of them were honorable and doing what they felt was the best thing. Especially Dominico. He did right by the people he loved and cared for.The only thing I had a problem with was that some of the time forwards weren’t really marked. At the beginning, they were pretty decently marked out, but at the end, it kind of stopped. I didn’t realize what year the last part was until the very end. Other than that, the flow was great. There were hardly any typos if there were any at all. It was great.I fully recommend this book. It was a very moving book. I actually felt like I was a full out member of the Family. I felt like I was a part of the world that I was immersed in. It was wonderful. I didn’t want to stop reading it!https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34198785-living-the-oathRating: 5 StarsFormat: E-Book On Kindle

Source: Living The Oath Review

First Weekly Reading Results (4/10-4/16)

I have hereby decided to post a weekly log of my reading. It was inspired by a thread for Dewey’s Readathon. Yeah, I know. I’m so original. You don’t have to tell me what I already know. Lol. I have also started a Patreon page. I’m really nervous about it. I’ll post the link here and it’ll be followed by the results:https://www.patreon.com/wssphotograhyandfreelancehttps://www.patreon.com/wssphotograhyandfreelanceMondayHours Read: 4.1Hours Listened: 0Pages Read: 124Books Finished: 1TuesdayHours Read: 2.48Hours Listened: 4.15Pages Read: 41Books Finished: 0WednesdayHours Read: 3.63Hours Listened: 0Pages Read: 88Books Finished: 1ThursdayHours Read: 0Hours Listened: 0Pages Read: 0Books Finished: 0FridayHours Read: 2.47Hours Listened: 2.05Pages Read: 55Books Finished: 1SaturdayHours Read: 3.72Hours Listened: 5.75Pages Read: 43Books Finished: 0SundayHours Read: 3.75Hours Listened: 3.98Pages Read: 43Books Finished: 0TotalOverall Hours Read: 20.23Overall Hours Listened: 15.93Overall Pages: 394Overall Books: 3That’s it. I hope you enjoyed this! Next week I’ll include the books I read during the week. I didn’t think to do it this week. I’ll be posting results every Monday morning after the readathon is over. I’ll also try to make at least one blog post a day during the week. I won’t be making blog posts on weekends due to the readathons. If you like these blogs and would love to see them continue and grow, please consider sharing them and supporting my Patreon. Thanks for reading!

Source: First Weekly Reading Results (4/10-4/16)

Moments Like This

For those of you who know me, you know I have not ever thought really highly of myself. Not a lot of people know this, but many days I struggle with feeling like I just can’t do anything right. I feel like I don’t even deserve to be alive. I know there are a lot of people out there who face that battle every day. I can’t tell you how overwhelming the feeling is. I can’t begin to describe how much just shutting out the world around me helps me cope and overcome the war. Those who go through it are strong even though we don’t see it. That’s the thing. I know I have a lot to live for. I know that I have people who care about me. It doesn’t stop the fears though. It doesn’t stop the anxiety. It doesn’t even stop the sense of worthlessness. People speak to me about things and I overreact. I know I do. I can’t help it. What they have said to me is something that’s been eating away at me for a long time. So my anxiety latches on and I feel like it’s obvious I am a loser because clearly everybody around me feels the same way that I inwardly feel about myself. Is that fair? No. I’ll be honest, but it’s not something I can control. It’s not like I want to get upset when somebody is trying to give me constructive criticism. I want to follow their advice. I want to do what they feel is appropriate. If people lived five seconds inside my head, they would understand.I know you’re thinking, what’s your point? Heck, many people are probably done reading this. They have chalked it off as somebody who’s just looking for pity over the internet. Isn’t it sad that if you suffer from a mental disorder or a low sense of self-worth that they’re considered an attention seeker who just cries and whines because they need attention in their lives? Sometimes I have moments where I realize the beauty in my life. Especially when my Quil is cuddled up against me like I’m the best person in the entire world. When he looks at me like I’m the greatest person in his entire world. I know he’s just a dog, but those moments make me feel special and important. They take away my anxiety and fears. They make me feel like I’m special. I know I have some human family and friends who are the same way with me. I get it. Somehow it’s different though. Somehow my mind can trick me into thinking that they are just being nice so they don’t hurt my feelings. I know deep down that’s not the case. I guess what I’m trying to say is that at the end of the day, I know I’ll be okay. I know I have people who care and want me around. I know that I am strong enough to get through this. I’m strong enough to follow my dreams and make something of myself. I hope that if you’re reading this and that you go through the struggles that you realize you aren’t alone. There’s always someone to reach out to if you need somebody to talk to. Somebody who truly understands and gets it. I am one of those people. Ignore those who think you’re just seeking attention. That does nothing but bring you down and make you feel more worthless. Trust me when I say that everybody has worth. Everybody is amazing in their own way. Thank you for reading this.

Source: Moments Like This