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Wow! It has been a crazy busy past couple of weeks.  My best friend got married; it was beautiful. I graduated, finally (and I am available as a freelance Communications Consultant now)…and best news yet, I finally am able to dedicate some more time to reading for fun.

New review coming later on tonight for True Love Story by Willow Aster.

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Words to live and write by…

Rhetorically Urs

By Stacey J. Haseleu

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What you write directly affects your reputation.  Although this statement seems pretty obvious, you would be surprised how many people think they can somehow get away with ineffective communication just because they’re writing and not speaking.

Working in the corporate world for the first 8 years of my professional career taught me a few things about communication.  One of those lessons is that people seem to become more brave and less careful when they communicate through writing than when they talk on the phone or face to face.

I would argue that effective written communication has more of an impact on your professional image in this day and age than verbal communication does for the following 5 reasons:

  1. Digital media is permanent; it can’t be “taken back.”  In the age of e-mails, text messaging, and “tweets” as the new tools for communicating important thoughts and ideas, people have become lazy.  They feel like they…

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Posted: April 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Currently Reading…

Posted: April 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

This has been one hell of a week for me! I have been busy applying for what feels like at least 100 jobs… I have been putting the final touches on my independent research study and literature review AND doing cryptography work for my IT Security class.

 

On top of all that, I have been trying to catch up on my reading for fun!

I’m currently reading A Taste of You-Sorcha Grace

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It’s ridiculously sexy… Like bite my nails and need to take a break, sexy…  Rumor has it that it ends on one hell of a cliffhanger-I need to mentally prepare myself.

The review for that should be coming within the next day or so…

 

I’m also reading True Love Story-Willow Aster

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This book is so realistic and vibrant. It really transports you back to those moments of first love and feeling like it was the end all to end all…

I cant wait to finish it and write the review…I have a feeling it is going to be a good one!

 

Keep a look out, lots coming in the next few days!

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Not going to lie, this was one of the best series I have ever read. It requires a really good and long commitment, considering the length of each book, but I promise, you will not be let down.

I have heard from multiple people, that the Audiobook version of this is quite remarkable but you are looking at over 35 some odd hours for each book. I personally feel that you could read the book version a hell of a lot faster but I will leave that up to you all!

Now on to the story!

Starts off with Claire Randall in the year 1945. She is a nurse on a second honeymoon in Scotland with her husband. A stroll to an ancient stone circle suddenly catapults Claire back in time to the year of our Lord, 1743.

Claire is an “outlander” in this new world… Under the protection of Highlander, James Fraser, Claire will have to battle her own convictions of what is right and wrong and what it means to really love someone…

Claire goes against your typical idea of what a woman would be like around this time…no damsel in distress act for her!  She is a very strong and well-developed character who can hold her own against the foreign surroundings.

James, or more affectionately–Jamie–is ruggedly handsome and strong but has his own weaknesses and faults. He is the romantic male lead that all other writers aspire to have their characters resemble.

There is obviously time travel (don’t be deterred by this), romance, lots of sex (also, don’t let this be a deterrent), violence, witchcraft, highlanders in action and much much more…

This entire series will take you on a journey throughout time and have you going through all of the emotions of Jamie and Claire. I will leave you will some of my favorite lines from the book. Perhaps they will speak to the reasons why this book series is NOT to be missed!

“I stood still, vision blurring, and in that moment, I heard my heart break.  It was a small, clean sound, like the snapping of a flower’s stem.” -Dragonfly in Amber

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“I will find you,” he whispered in my ear.  “I promise.  If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you – then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes.  For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust.  But there is the one thing that shall lie in the balance.  When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest.”

His voice dropped, nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me.

Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God!  I loved her well.”-Dragonfly in Amber

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“You are safe,” he said firmly.  “You have my name and my family, my clan, and if necessary, the protection of my body as well.  The man willna lay hands on ye again, while I live.” -Outlander

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I could go on and on and on and on…. You get the picture!

Dont worry about the language..sometimes it can be hard to read but it passes. I loved this series so much I am actually about to start round two on the whole thing. If you are interested in reading the series we could do it as a buddy read…what do you think?!  Leave your feedback in the comments!

Jocelyn Butler is a woman who has lost everything in her life…

Braden Carmichael is a man who wants what he seemingly cannot have…

Together, the two will break down walls, learn from one another and ultimately find a love neither one was prepared for…

Let me just tell you, I have a serious addiction to books set in Ireland and Scotland. I am envisioning a nice Gerard Butler-esque portrayl for Mr. Braden Carmichael…

YUMMMMMMY

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I imagined a version of Jennifer Lawrence for Jocelyn. Snarky, Gorgeous and a GREAT RACK!

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This book starts off hot and steamy, literally… Braden walks in on Jocelyn fresh out of the shower. YOWZA

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There are some lines in the book that legit almost made me drop my kindle in excitement, such as:

“Babe, nice lingerie is for seducing a man. I’m already fucking seduced.” -Braden Carmichael

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“We fuck, we have fun, and then we spoon. I don’t go home…” -Braden Carmichael

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And then there were the ones that just made me cry…

“Sometimes the clouds weren’t weightless. Sometimes their bellies got dark and full. It was life. It happened. It didn’t mean it wasn’t scary, or that I wasn’t still afraid, but now I knew that as long as I was standing under it with Braden beside me when those clouds broke, I’d be alright.” -Jocelyn Butler

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“I feel like I’m missing something really important when you’re gone. So important I don’t feel like myself. I’ve never felt like someone was mine before. But you’re mine, Jocelyn. I’ve known that from the moment we met. And I’m yours. I don’t want to be anyone else’s, babe.” -Braden Carmichael

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There is a really sweet friendship between Braden’s sister and Jocelyn and that too made me cry…

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All in all, I would have to say that I most definitely recommend this book. It reminds us what it means to lose the ones we love and our hope and faith in life…only to find it all over again in the least expected of places.

Check it out and leave your comments and feedback!

Welcome to my book review blog! I will update as I finish books as well as provide reviews for some books I have already read. If you have any suggestions for books I should check out, let me know in the comments!!

I dont have a lot of time these days to read for fun BUT I will be able to get back on the ball soon. I hope you enjoy the reviews and are able to find a nice little something to read and love as much as I did!!

So without further ado…