Throwback Thursday (24)

Posted January 4, 2018 by Rowena in Features, Friends | 2 Comments

In an effort to post more personal posts on the blog, I thought I’d bring back Throwback Thursday and roll with it again. Hopefully, I’ll keep this one going throughout the year.

A couple of months ago, one of my best friends Ralph, who just moved from California to Utah posted a bunch of old pictures of us from when we were kids and he posted this one.

Me, Therese, Tania

Holy cow, talk about childhood memories. A lot of my childhood and teenage years were spent performing different Polynesian dance numbers around town, at Church functions and family gatherings. I would grumble about having to learn a new dance every time we had dance practices but honestly, I loved it. I loved the dances, the people that I danced with and I really, really miss it all.

This picture features myself, my best friend Theresa and Theresa’s younger sister Tania. We’re still just as close now as we were in this picture. Goodness, time flies…

Until next week…enjoy!

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Week in Review (74)

Posted January 2, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments

Wow, it’s been a crazy last couple of weeks for me, personally. My Dad was in the hospital, had emergency heart surgery and got out Christmas afternoon so we were home in time to have Christmas dinner with the family. It’s been a whirlwind of activity since then with family in town for my Dad and the holidays but I’m back at work and am catching up on everything that I missed while I was away.

I didn’t read a lot since my mind couldn’t settle down enough for me to process what was happening in books so I didn’t even bother. I did watch some Hallmark movies and start some shows but I can’t remember what I watched. I also still decorated my planner so there was that.

Weekly Planner Spread

Here’s my planner spread for this week…before the pen.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Man Candy (Real Love #3) by Jessica Lemmon
Also in this Series: Eye Candy, Man Candy
Publisher: Random House, Loveswept
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 213
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: January 9th, 2018

Dax: After spending the summer buried up to my eyeballs in my family’s affairs, I’m ready for a break. The kind of break where I can spend two solid weeks camping and fishing in the company of absolutely no one. Then I find myself directly in the path of a drop-dead gorgeous tornado by the name of Becca Stone. Who can resist a night with a damsel in distress? Especially when she happens to be a leggy blonde? The last thing I expect is for Becca to show up on my cabin doorstep the next night, shivering in the rain and ready for seconds.

Becca: One minute I’m admiring the rock-hard jaw of the Magic Mike lookalike who walks into my bar, and the next I’m getting fired by my own brother. Loudly. In front of everyone. Luckily Dax Vaughn is a gentleman who aims his white-hot smile at me. Oh, it’s on. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am. Then a torrential storm washes out the main road and causes a massive power outage, giving us two whole weeks to enjoy each other’s company. At which point Dax will go back home, leaving “us” in the rearview mirror. That’s the plan. Or it was . . . until I started falling for him.

My first read of 2018 is Man Candy by Jessica Lemmon and so far, I’m really digging it. Dax and Becca have crazy chemistry and I can feel it my damn self. Kudos on that, Jessica Lemmon. I can’t wait to dig into this book some more. Lunch break, here I come.

What I Read

Complicated by Kristen Ashley | 4 out of 5

I only read one book last week because of the reasons I mentioned above but I did enjoy Complicated. Hix and Greta were great characters with complicated lives but their support of one another and their loved ones made for a sweet romance that I ate right up…though in true Kristen Ashley form, it was still long as hell.

What I Reviewed

Love, Life & the List by Kasie West | 4.5 out of 5
The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel van Dyken | 3 out of 5

What I Posted

Nothing. I’m slowly catching up with stuff now so new posts should be popping up this week.

What I Got

Latte Girl by Katia Rose
In Skates Trouble (Chicago Rebels #0.5) by Kate Meader
Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels #1) by Kate Meader
So Over You (Chicago Rebels #2) by Kate Meader

What I Got for Review

Man Card by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby
Undone by You (Chicago Rebels #3) by Kate Meader
Hurts to Love You (Forbidden Hearts #3) by Alisha Rai
About that Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay #5) by Jill Shalvis

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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Happy New Year!!

Posted January 1, 2018 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 4 Comments

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Happy New Year, everyone!

I hope that whatever you’re doing to celebrate the new year, that you’re safe and that you’re happy. I hope that 2018 brings into your life what 2017 didn’t. I also hope that whatever goals you set for 2018, that you kick those goals asses and accomplish everything your heart desires.

I’m taking today off, so see you guys tomorrow.


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