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December 8, 2017

Recluse Millionaire, Reluctant Bride by Sun Chara

Recluse Millionaire, Reluctant Bride by Sun Chara

Recluse Millionaire, Reluctant Bride by Sun Chara

Recluse Millionaire, Reluctant Bride by Sun Chara
Is his reluctant bride a business risk or a personal necessity?
Stan Rogers, recluse millionaire, must negotiate a risky deal with Stella Ryan, the exotic beauty from his past, to gain custody of his son. But how can he close the deal with her, the one and only woman who flips his switches and pegs him as the enemy?
Martial artist Stella knows she should steer clear of Stan, the man who had shattered her heart and could still destroy her. Four years have passed since their hostile business deal, and now, the American financier is proposing holy matrimony…but she’s the reluctant bride wondering, what’s he up to?
Buy at Amazon

Author Bio

Recluse Millionaire, Reluctant Bride by Sun Chara
Sun Chara, an Amazon top 100 bestseller, writes sexy, hip ‘n fun contemporary romance for Harper Impulse. JABBIC winner, Manhattan Millionaire's Cinderellalaunched her writing career, spinning the 'global millionaire’s series'. She makes her home in southern California, and has appeared on stage/film to rave reviews in How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me. With aMaster’s Degree in Education, and membership in SAG/AFTRA and Romance Writers of America, she enjoys sipping designer Frappuccinos topped with whipped cream/sprinkles, and dancing on the beach…making everyday a celebration! 

Sun loves to hear from her readers at: FacebookTwitter

November 22, 2017

Book Review: Christmas Secrets at Snowflake Cove by Emily Harvale

Christmas Secrets at Snowflake Cove by Emily Harvale

Christmas Secrets at Snowflake Cove by Emily Harvale
Published November 1st 2017
Christmas is a time for family and friends, miracles and magic, falling snow and roaring fires, fun, laughter and festive feasts. In Snowflake Cove, it’s also a time for secrets to be revealed…
Evie Starr is hoping for more than a sprinkling of magic this Christmas. The family-run Snowflake Inn is virtually empty and the Starr’s financial future isn’t looking bright. But Evie’s gran, Jessie has a secret that might help.
Enigmatic, Zachary Thorn is every woman’s dream. He’s also ex-SAS, so his secrets are classified. The Christmas Special of his feel-good, TV show is set in Michaelmas Bay – until a phone call means he’s spending Christmas in nearby Snowflake Cove.
Evie’s best friend, Juniper thinks boyfriend Darren has a secret. Evie knows he does. And Evie’s niece, Raven is hiding feelings for Juniper’s brother – who has a secret crush of his own.
But the biggest secret in Snowflake Cove is the identity of Raven’s dad. With snow falling thick and fast and secrets being revealed one after another, will everyone be snuggling up by the fire on Christmas Eve, or are some secrets best kept hidden…?
You know I love Christmas, so Christmas Secrets at Snowflake Cove is the perfect sweet and fun Christmas story, full of family time, kisses and the happiness of Christmas.

It wasn't a very long story, so I felt like there could be more about this family and the principal characters, Evie and Zachary. Their romance was kind of quick, but it was ok for me because I wanted to read something light. But there where a few 'problems' that I was waiting for the family to resolve and they didn't, at least not in this book. Maybe in the next of the series?

Overall, I think Christmas Secrets at Snowflake Cove is great if you want to start feeling like Christmas is all around ;) I'm definitely preparing for this Christmas, although this year my husband and I will be away from our family. It's kind of sad because we miss them, but at the same time an opportunity to spend it together just the two of us.

What are you doing for this Christmas? Will you have snow? We don't have snow in Medellin, but probably lots of rain.

November 6, 2017

Movie Review: Thor Ragnarok

Movie Review: Thor Ragnarok

You know I love superheroes, and Thor is definitely one of my favorites. I always thought his story was interesting and it had more potential than what we saw on the previous films.

I did like the previous two films of Thor, but Thor Ragnarok is my favorite. It has a different rhythm than the other movies, it was funnier, the soundtrack was amazing, but also we had more opportunities to get to know the real Thor. I liked his personality, it was the first time he talked so much and it gave us the possibility to also know more about this brother Loki and their complicated relationship, Hulk, and the new kick ass character, Valkyrie. Also, the new villain is Hela, a super powerful woman who really makes it more interesting and difficult for this new team to try to save Asgard.

The film had a few surprises for the marvel superheroes fans and the ending, as always, left us impatiently waiting for the next Marvel movie.

October 20, 2017

Cover Reveal: Heart Note by Cassandra O’Leary #HeartNote

Christmas is coming soon! Prepare your Christmas reading list...

Cover Reveal: Heart Note by Cassandra O’Leary

Heart Note by Cassandra O’Leary

Love is like a fine perfume. The top note draws you in, an instant attraction, but the Heart Note is the true essence. Like true love. A great perfume should be a woman’s perfect match.
At least, that’s what Lily Lucas tells the perfume counter customers. Personally, Lily is tired of perfumes with a sickly sweet top note that make her dizzy. She definitely does not want to stick her nose in another scent with a base note of stinky old socks.

After leaving her home in Sydney, Lily moves to Melbourne and a new job as a perfume counter manager in a major department store. One day she wants to own a Parisian-style perfumerie, but at the moment she’s spritzing perfume on unsuspecting customers and ringing up purchases until she falls off her high heels at the end of a long day.

The high point of Lily’s work life is Christos Cyriakos, the ex-cop senior security guard, who happens to look like a Greek god. She’d happily stare at him all day, but keeps falling at his feet like a klutz. It’s kind of embarrassing. No other man has ever had this effect on her. He smells so good up close, she gets a little woozy. But in a good way.
Rumours about Christos swirl around the department store staff. There’s a scent of scandal. The reason he quit the police force wasn’t a happy one. But he’s the strong, silent type. A mystery box. Lily hopes she can get close enough to unwrap him. When he asks for her help, it seems like the perfect opportunity to get to know him better…if she can trust him.
It’s almost Christmas and the whole store is bedecked with decorations, and Lily has to gift wrap and sell eleventy billion gift sets assisted by a team of glamorous spritzer chicks. Meanwhile sneaky guys are trying to get into the store room at night and stock is going missing. It could be an inside job. Lily helps Christos setup a sting. They are a team, sort of. But why won’t he confide in her?
She’d like to be kissed by Christos (and more) preferably not while wearing the hideous red velvet onesie and reindeer antlers all the spritzer chicks are supposed to wear. But can they solve a crime, and get it together to go on an actual date before Christmas?
Publication date – 6th November 2017

About the author

Cassandra O’Leary**Winner of the We Heart New Talent contest, HarperCollins UK. Nominated for BEST NEW AUTHOR in the 2016 AusRom Today Reader's Choice Awards for excellence in Australian romance fiction.**

Cassandra O’Leary is a romance and women’s fiction author, communications specialist, avid reader, film and TV fangirl and admirer of pretty, shiny things.

In 2015, Cassandra won the We Heart New Talent contest run by Avon Books/HarperCollins UK. Her debut romantic comedy novel, Girl on a Plane, was published in July 2016. Cassandra was also a 2015 finalist in the Lone Star writing contest, Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America, and a 2014 finalist in the First Kiss contest, Romance Writers of Australia.

Cassandra is a mother of two gorgeous, high-energy mini ninjas and wife to a spunky superhero. Living in Melbourne, Australia, she’s also travelled the world. If you want to send her to Italy or Spain on any food or wine tasting ‘research’ trips, that would be splendiferous. You’ll find Cassandra online, drinking coffee and possibly buying shoes. Oh, yes. And writing.

October 17, 2017

Cover Reveal: Christmas Secrets in Snowflake Cove by Emily Harvale #ChristmasSecrets


Christmas Secrets in Snowflake Cove by Emily Harvale

Christmas is a time for family and friends, miracles and magic, falling snow and roaring fires, fun, laughter and festive feasts. In Snowflake Cove, it’s also a time for secrets to be revealed…
Evie Starr is hoping for more than a sprinkling of magic this Christmas. The family-run Snowflake Inn is virtually empty and the Starr’s financial future isn’t looking bright. But Evie’s gran, Jessie has a secret that might help. Enigmatic, Zachary Thorn is every woman’s dream. He’s also ex-SAS, so his secrets are classified. The Christmas Special of his feel-good, TV show is set in Michaelmas Bay – until a phone call means he’s spending Christmas in nearby Snowflake Cove. Evie’s best friend, Juniper thinks boyfriend Darren has a secret. Evie knows he does. And Evie’s niece, Raven is hiding feelings for Juniper’s brother – who has a secret crush of his own. But the biggest secret in Snowflake Cove is the identity of Raven’s dad. With snow falling thick and fast and secrets being revealed one after another, will everyone be snuggling up by the fire on Christmas Eve, or are some secrets best kept hidden…?

Pre-order on Amazon UK

Author Bio –

Emily HarvaleHaving lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing... and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She's an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, "I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings." When she isn't writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies - and will do anything to avoid both.

Find her @ Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

June 9, 2017

One S’more Summer by Beth Merlin + Giveaway

One S’more Summer by Beth Merlin
One S’more Summer
Beth Merlin
(The Campfire Series, #1)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: May 30th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
If you love Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin, you’ll love this heartwarming debut from a fresh voice in contemporary chick-lit that offers a lighthearted and fun take on friendship, love, and how to recover from past mistakes.
For twenty long years, Gigi Goldstein has been pining away for her best friend’s guy. She knows it’s wrong and it has to stop, but she hasn’t been able to let go ever since they all met on the bus to summer camp back when they were 7 years old. The same week that her best friends finally announce their wedding date, Gigi loses her high-profile design job. With all of her dreams unravelling, she runs to the last place she remembers being happy.
Taking the Head Counselor position at Camp Chinooka, Gigi hopes to reclaim the joy she felt as a camper, but the job isn’t all campfire songs and toasting marshmallows. Gigi’s girls are determined to make her look bad in front of the boys’ Head Counselor—the sexy but infuriating Perry—and every scrap of the campground is laced with memories.
When Gigi finally realizes she can’t escape the present by returning to her past, she’s forced to reexamine her life and find the true meaning of love. But will she be able to mend fences and forgive herself before she loses her one real shot at happiness?

Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.

June 5, 2017

Movie Review: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman was amazing!!!! I was hoping to find a good heroine but wow! DC finally made a great movie, and with the best character.

I didn't know much about Wonder Woman's history. I remember her suit and her invisible plane. But in this movie they let you know everything since the start. The Amazons are women warriors, the bests, and Diana is their princess.

I loved the fight scenes. Diana is super strong and the best warrior. Nobody can win her. Forget Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman is the best! She was very decisive and didn't let anyone change her objetives, even when she had Steve Trevor at her sight giving her the looks. But I could relate to her when she just couldn't ignore the people suffering for a war they didn't want.

Overall, I just loved Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot was a great choice to play this amazing character and I want more! Finally they made a movie about a heroine, and it ended being my favorite!

May 30, 2017

TV Series Review: GIRLS

TV Series Review: GIRLS

GIRLS is a series about 4 women in their 20's and living in New York. They are trying to figure out what to do with their lives and how to do it.

Hannah (Lena Dunham), Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna have very different personalities, but they manage to be friends. I don't think I have a favorite, sometimes I liked one of them and sometimes I hated them for being so dramatic or self destructive. There are lots of sex scene, some drugs, but mostly women being very immature and doing crazy things. I'm not sure if New York is so crazy in real as every series I've seen, but wow.

I'm sure there are lots of women in their 20's trying to figure out their lives, and they can relate to at least one of the characters. But for me it was difficult to connect sometimes. Maybe it's the age, or maybe it's that I couldn't connect because my life was totally different, and some of their problems seemed so simple for me. I read this article a few days ago at The Huffington Post that says "...the criticism that the show Girls makes about middle class New Yorkers is that they take their privilege for granted, are entitled, narrow minded, unaware and have pretensions of being special, talented and liberal..."; and I agree. Is not easy to watch sometimes but that's the idea.

But I'm glad there was space for a series like this in TV. Lena Dunham wrote about realistic women, experimenting and doing things their own way, and it's not something you see every day on television.

Also, I began reading Lena Dunham's book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned", but I didn't finish it. I didn't connect at all with her voice or her experiences.

May 25, 2017

Aiding the Dragon by Jessie Donovan + Giveaway

Aiding the Dragon by Jessie Donovan

Aiding the Dragon by Jessie Donovan
Aiding the Dragon
Jessie Donovan
(Stonefire Dragons #9)
Publication date: May 25th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Teagan O’Shea is a rare female dragon-shifter leader. While her Irish clan has a tradition of female leaders, they have always had to hide behind a male face publicly to prevent the other clans from viewing them as weaker and then attacking. When the truth leaks, Teagan is faced with a choice—hand over the leadership to a male or invite the challengers to a leadership trial and earn her place. Out to prove having a penis isn’t required to be a leader, she picks the latter.
Aaron Caruso is sent to Ireland under the guise of repairing relations between two clans on the isle of Ireland. However, upon arrival he learns the truth. Determined to secure Teagan’s place so he can escape her alluring eyes and addicting personality, he busies himself with helping her any way he can. A female used him once and he’s not about to go through that again, no matter how much the Irish female tempts him.
As the pair work together on preparations for the leadership trial, both Aaron and Teagan start to see each other in a new light. Both have their own self-imposed loneliness and yearn for something they can’t have. Can Aaron and Teagan not only change tradition but also open their hearts? Or will they each be doomed to live alone to fight their inner battles?

May 10, 2017

SNOW: Stories of Forbidden Love + Giveaway

SNOW: Stories of Forbidden Love

SNOW: Stories of Forbidden Love
SNOW: Stories of Forbidden Love

Publication date: May 9th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance
One cabin. Sixteen stories of forbidden love.
With an online audience of over ONE MILLION combined followers, and hundreds of millions of reads on their stories, the SNOW ANTHOLOGY showcases talented Wattpad authors from around the globe.
Journey into the woods where you will discover a cabin surrounded by snow, filled with secrets…
The SNOW ANTHOLOGY features sixteen original novellas and novelettes in multiple genres, including Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural and Paranormal.
Brought to you by USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR KELLY ANNE BLOUNT and available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY! Don’t wait for the snow to melt before you uncover these stories of love, loss, and self-discovery.

May 5, 2017

Book Review: A Bottle in the Gaza Sea by Valérie Zenatti

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea by Valérie Zenatti
Published April 1st 2008 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
I'm full of fear and full of hope writing to you like this. I've never written to someone I didn't know. It feels strange. I don't know if what I'm doing is good or bad, crazy or just eccentric, useful or pointless.

When Israeli teenager Tal Levine decides to throw a bottle with a letter into the Gaza Sea, she has little idea what to expect. Against all odds, Tal longs to strike up a correspondence with someone on the other side -- to forge something positive out of the turbulent and troubled times in which Israelis and Palestinians live. But what kind of response might a Palestinian give to an Israeli girl? Tal is not expecting "Gazaman," the boy who retrieves her bottle on a Gaza beach: Gazaman, a thorny, sarcastic young man with a reluctance to reveal anything about his true identity; Gazaman, who at first mocks Tal, only to be gradually drawn in by her. A remarkable e-mail exchange begins, which shakes the beliefs of both to the core and confounds all their expectations.
I loved A Bottle in the Gaza Sea by author Valérie Zenatti. It has been one of the best books I've read lately, and I'm surprised I liked it so much. It's the story of Israeli teenager Tal, who wonders if it's only her side that wants peace. So she writes a letter hoping to find a Palestinian girl to email and prove that they can be friends.

It's a short book, half of it are emails written by Tal and 'Gazaman', her Palestinian friend. The author managed to create very realistic characters, and to show us both sides of this war. The pain, the injustices, but also how people still believe and want something better...

Before reading this book, if you asked me what was really the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians I wouldn't have known what to answer. I'm not an expert now, but after reading this book I finally understand the basics.

I was expecting a sad ending, as most of these war books are, but I was surprised with an abrupt, but positive ending. Maybe proving that even in the worst circumstances, you can do great things. It's a young adult story, but the characters and the topic of the story is much more mature, maybe that's why I liked it so much.

Overall, I think it's a book everyone should read. A Bottle in the Gaza Sea totally recommended!

May 3, 2017

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

What a fun movie! I loved the first one, so I was expecting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to be an movie and it was. Baby Groot was super super cute, and it was full of action, jokes and great characters saving the galaxy again.

Baby Groot

As the first movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 isn't really a family movie, it's intended to be a 'super' heroes movie for adults. Not only because of the jokes and anti heroes, but because each character is very deep and have issues trying to solve that most kids wouldn't understand.

I think it was almost perfect. It has a good pace, each character have the right time at the screen and the soundtrack, that's very important for the story, is even better that the first one. The special effects are great too, I watched it on 3D and was a great experience.

The only thing that I thought it could have been better was the villain. It was good, but kind of obvious since the start that he was a bad guy....after all, the name said it all.

Overall, I loved it and super recommend it! If you are a fan of Marvel, you have to stay until the end of the credits because it has 5 'secret' scenes full of easter eggs.

May 1, 2017

TV Series Review: No Tomorrow & Santa Clarita Diet

I totally forgot to write a review about this series I watched a while ago on Netflix. But better late than never! You know, I love series but I found it difficult to find the time to watch them. I'm most of the day at work, and I have a few hours in the morning that I use to cook, walk my dog and blog. So I mostly watch series at night, but I'm so sleepy! I usually can't watch more than an episode, sometimes even less...maybe that's because I'm old? Hehehe...

 Santa Clarita Diet

Santa Clarita Diet
They're ordinary husband and wife realtors until she undergoes a dramatic change that sends them down a road of death and destruction. In a good way.
Weird, but fun. I honestly wasn't expecting to like this series, but I was surprised to watch all the episodes of the first season in just a few nights. Drew Barrymore is so cool! There is a lot of blood, it was disgusting a few times, but it's funny and sometimes absurd to watch this normal family trying to keep up with the bloodthirsty mother.

No Tomorrow

No Tomorrow
Evie, a risk-averse quality-control assessor who falls for free-spirited thrill seeker Xavier only to find out he lives his life that way because he believes the apocalypse is coming.
Light and funny, but with meaning. Definitely makes you wonder if you are an Evie, and if you need to be a little bit more Xavier to really enjoy life. I really liked Evie, how she changed to be more free but still had her feet on earth. It's one of those series you can watch to have a fun and relaxing night. The ending was very shocking, so I definitely want to continue watching if there is another season.

Have you watched any of these series? What series do you recommend me to watch now?

April 24, 2017

Review: I Am Here Now: Field Notes for a Curious and Creative Mind by The Mindfulness Project

I Am Here Now: Field Notes for a Curious and Creative Mind by The Mindfulness Project

I Am Here Now: Field Notes for a Curious and Creative Mind
by The Mindfulness Project
Mindfulness is the simple and powerful practice of training your attention. It's simple in that it's just about paying attention to what's happening here and now, and powerful because it can keep you from getting lost in thoughts about the future or past, which often generate more stress on top of the real pressures of everyday life.

While learning to live in the moment, the joyful mindfulness exercises, meditations, coloring pages, and habit-breakers in this beautifully designed and illustrated book will challenge your powers of observation, investigation, and cultivation while bringing new awareness to your senses, thoughts, and emotions.

I Am Here Now inspires readers to explore the world with greater curiosity and find moments of mindfulness in everyday life, while unleashing your creativity along the way.
I have the spanish edition of this little journal, and when I bought it I didn't know what was 'Mindfulness'. What I understand, it's the action of paying attention to now, so you won't get lost in thoughts about your past or future, worries, etc, that makes your life more stressful.

It's not a journal you are going to finish in a day, although you could. I like to do an activity per day, sometimes I did a few, some days I did nothing. Some of the activities were very simple, others I needed more time. But you will need a pen or pencil and some colors to make it more fun.

I Am Here Now: Field Notes for a Curious and Creative Mind

It's a very personal journal. I recommend doing the activities when you are alone, for me it was better to concentrate. I usually keep it on my nightstand, that way it was easier to not forget to do it.

Overall, I recommend it if you want to take a break from life worries for a couple of minutes. I wasn't used to this kind of activities, but I think it was good for me. I still have a few pages to finish, but I think it's a journal you can keep forever and repeat the activities whenever you need.

I Am Here Now: Field Notes for a Curious and Creative Mind

April 20, 2017

Wedding Dreams + Giveaway

Wedding Dreams
Wedding Dreams | Multi Author Boxed Set 

**You are invited to the weddings of your dreams** 

Twenty award-winning, USA Today and International best-selling authors have come together to bring you over 3,000 pages of love, lust, and lusciously sexy men.

From sweet second chance romances to bad boys, BBWs, and brides looking for revenge, this is a perfect read for anyone who enjoys Romance or Women’s Fiction. These pages are packed with cozy romances, thrilling international and holiday adventures, and sweet heart-melting stories. Our authors bring you everything from hot cowboys to rockstar romances, elegant weddings to nuptial disasters, and blushing brides to bold women, all in a delightful celebration of love.

You’re in for a wild, passionate ride on a breathtaking voyage to make your heart soar. This box set will leave you craving all things marital and wishing the honeymoon would never end.

Pre-Order today for $0.99! 

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April 15, 2017

Movie Trailer: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Yesterday was the release of the first trailer of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Are you excited for this movie? I am!

April 14, 2017

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

I loved the new Disney version of the Beauty and the Beast. When I was a girl, I was never a big fan of princesses. But this new version seemed beautiful and interesting with Emma Watson.

And it was so beautiful and magical. The special effects, the details, the dress! Emma Watson played the perfect Belle. Who wouldn't want to be an intelligent and beautiful princess like her?

I liked that the movie was very much like the original animated Disney's film, but also it had some changes to make it more modern. There was more information about Belle and Beast's pasts, and Belle was not only a reader, but also an inventor. It does maintains the sweet romance and the magic around the castle. And the songs! I remember the songs were beautiful, and this time even more.

But not only that, I think the amazing cast made this movie the perfect remake. Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Josh Gad, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline....I specially liked Josh Gag's character, LeFou. I know there was lot of press because LeFou is gay and apparently in love with Gaston, but not only I think it's totally normal, he also did a great job.

Overall, Beauty and the Beast totally recommended!

April 12, 2017

10 children's books to celebrate Earth Day

10 children's books to celebrate Earth Day

In a few days (April 22) it will be Earth Day and I want to share with you some children's books to raise awareness of this important day. Not only today we have to take care of our earth, but every day. If we do little things  everyday as recycling and we teach our children to be careful with the environment, our future will be better.

So, here are 10 children's books to celebrate Earth Day:

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul and Elizabeth Zunon Earth Day Every Day by Lisa Bullard

 Big Earth, Little Me by Thom WileyWhy Should I Recycle? by Jen Green

Biscuit's Earth Day Celebration by Alyssa Satin Capucilli10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh

The Curious Garden by Peter BrownOlivia's Birds: Saving the Gulf by Olivia Bouler

Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. NivolaWe Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow

Have you read any of these books with your kids? Do you celebrate Earth Day?

April 9, 2017

Book Review: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Published May 6th 2014 by Portfolio
Goodreads | Amazon
“A #GIRLBOSS is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.”
The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn’t fashion – it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By age twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school—a job she’d taken for the health insurance.
It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Flash forward eight years to today, and she’s the Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million online fashion retailer with over 350 employees. Sophia’s never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers.

#GIRLBOSS is Sophia’s story and yet it is infinitely bigger than just Sophia. It’s deeply personal, yet universal. Filled with brazen wake-up calls (“You are not a special snowflake”), cunning and frank observations (“Failure is Your Invention”), and plenty of behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college (if you went to college)or how popular you were in high school. Rather, success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.
A #GIRLBOSS takes her life seriously without taking herself too seriously. She takes chances and takes responsibility on her own terms. . She knows when to throw punches and when to roll with them. When to button up and when to let her freak flag fly.

As Sophia writes, “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.”
I absolutely loved #GIRLBOSS. It was the kind of book that I needed for extra motivation. Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, give us tips for life and business, while she tells us a little bit about her past and how she transformed from a problematic teenager to CEO of one of the most lucrative business.

I really liked her informal writing, every hard working woman (You go #GIRLBOSSes!!) can benefit from her positive energy and recommendations. She remind us that to be a #GIRLBOSS you have to work hard, be responsible and constant. Sometimes you will have to take difficult decisions, make sacrifices, be careful with money and concentrate on your own life. She demonstrates that using your own strengths, it doesn't matter if you don't have money to invest or the best education, you can have success!

#GIRLBOSS, super recommended! I can't wait to watch the Netflix series based on this book (streams globally on April 21).