So It Begins…

Posted November 16, 2015 by Rowena in All Things Me | 8 Comments

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I turned 35 this week.

I’m still trying to come to terms with that little gem. Don’t get me wrong, my age has definitely been making itself known in little ways here and there. In the graying of my hair, the new aches and pains that seem to pop up everywhere – all the time and just in the passing of time. The year 2015 is coming to a close and I’ve been reflecting on the last year, along with the last 35 years of my life.

I know just how fortunate I am but I’m far from the person I thought I’d be when I was was a bright eyed and bushy tail freshman in high school (many, many moons ago) but with age, comes wisdom and I’ve come to realize that I don’t give a damn.

I’m going to count my blessings.

I’m blessed with a kid who is growing up to be a pretty special young woman, I’m blessed with a roof over my head, a family that supports me and a job that pays the bills. I have friends that love me and accept me the way that I am (broke and all) and who don’t shy away from keeping it real with me.

But no matter how many blessings I have, there are always things I can improve on.


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So, I’m going to welcome the autumn season with a new beginning. I’m a whole year older and I’m ready to tackle things.

My friend Hanah shared a link with our circle of friends of 50 places to eat in L.A. before you die and I’m so sad that of all the places on this list, I’ve only tried 4 and one of them is In-N-Out. [insert eye roll here] Guess what I’m going to try to make a dent in over the next year? It’s a good thing my gals are up for the challenge so I’m not alone in this.

Another one of those things is becoming a better blogger. I’ve tried and tried to write the kinds of stories that I love to read and have failed each and every time (for those interested, I failed NaNoWriMo this year. Boo!) so I’m going to stop worrying about writing fictional stories and write the stories of my life. I can definitely do that and I will do that here. On this blog.

So, welcome to my new blog where I’ll be sharing stories of my life, talking about the things that I’m loving (and hating) and keeping a running diary of all things, me.

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Book Log: 2015

Posted November 16, 2015 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

2015 Book Log
January

1. Dragon Bound (Elder Races #1) by Thea Harrison | 4.5 out of 5
2. Here There be Monsters (Iron Seas #.5) by Meljean Brook | 4 out of 5
3. Visions of Heat (Psy-Changeling #2) by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5
4. Perfect Couple (Superlatives #2) by Jennifer Echols | 4 out of 5
5. More than This (More Than #1) by Jay McLean | 3 out of 5
6. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes | 4 out of 5
7. Catch a Falling Heiress (American Heiress in London #3) by Laura Lee Guhrke | 4 out of 5
8. Trade Me (Cyclone #1) by Courtney Milan | 4.5 out of 5
9. We Can Work it Out (Lonely Hearts Club #2) by Elizabeth Eulberg | 2.5 out of 5

February

1. Caressed by Ice (Psy-Changeling #3) by Nalini Singh | 4.75 out of 5
2. The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand | DNF
3. Mine to Possess (Psy-Changeling #4) by Nalini Singh | 3.5 out of 5
4. Rock Courtsthip (Rock Kiss #1.5) by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5
5. Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #2) by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5
6. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger | 4 out of 5
7. Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changeling #5) by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5
8. Summer of Chasing Mermaids, The by Sarah Ockler | 3.75 out of 5

March

1. The Deal by Elle Kennedy | 4.5 out of 5
2. Falling from the Sky (Gravity #1) by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5
3. Rebound (Boomerang #2) by Noelle August | 3 out 5
4. Inspire (Muse #1) by Cora Carmack | DNF
5. Coming in From the Cold (Gravity #1) by Sarina Bowen | 4 out of 5
6. Shooting for the Stars (Gravity #3) by Sarina Bowen | 3.5 out of 5
7. One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin | 4 out of 5
8. Suddenly One Summer by Julie James | 4.25 out of 5

April

1. Hello, Goodbye and Everything Else Between by Jennifer E. Smith | 4 out of 5
2. Shameless Hour, The (Ivy Years #4) by Sarina Bowen | 3.5 out of 5
3. Fall with Me (Wait for You #4) by J. Lynn | 3 out of 5
4. Midnight Rescue (Killer Instincts #1) by Elle Kennedy | 4.25 out of 5
5. Midnight Alias (Killer Instincts #2) by Elle Kennedy | 4.25 out of 5
6. Midnight Games (Killer Instincts #3) by Elle Kennedy | 4.75 out of 5
7. Mistake, The (Off Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy | 4.75 out of 5

May

1. Midnight Pursuits (Killer Instincts #4) by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
2. Friend Zone, The (Game On #2) by Kristen Callihan | 4.5 out of 5
3. Frigid (Frigid #1) by J. Lynn (re-read)| 4.25 out of 5
4. Midnight Action (Killer Instincts #5) by Elle Kennedy | 4.25 out of 5
5. All Played Out (Rusk University #3) by Cora Carmack |4.5 out of 5
6. Jesse’s Girl (Hundred Oaks #6) by Miranda Kenneally | 4 out of 5
7. Moonlight on Nightingale Way (On Dublin Street #6) by Samantha Young | 4.25 out of 5

June

1. Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street #3) by Samantha Young (re-read) | 4 out of 5
2. Duke and the Lady in Red, The (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #4) by Lorraine Heath | 4 out of 5
3. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway | 4 out of 5
4. Making Your Mind Up by Jill Mansell | 1 out of 5
5. Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca | 2 out of 5
6. Night We Said Yes, The by Lauren Gibaldi | 1 out of 5
7. After Hours by Claire Kennedy | 1 out of 5
8. Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge #1) by Jill Shalvis | 3.75 out of 5
9. Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley | 4 out of 5
10. Pixelated by L.S. Murphy | 3 out of 5
11. Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips | 3 out of 5
12. A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride | 1 out of 5
13. Most Likely to Succeed (Superlatives #3) by Jennifer Echols | 3 out of 5
14. Mayhem (Mayhem #1) by Jamie Shaw | 4.25 out of 5
15. Riot (Mayhem #2) by Jamie Shaw | 3 out of 5
16. Chaos (Mayhem #3) by Jamie Shaw | 4 out of 5

July

1. Forever and a Year by B.T. Gottfred | DNF
2. Racing the Sun by Karina Halle | 3.75 out of 5
3. Black Rainbow by J.J. McAvoy | 3 out of 5
4. Fill-In Boyfriend, The by Kasie West | 4 out of 5
5. Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia Williams | 4.5 out of 5
6. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord | 2.5 out of 5
7. If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison | 3 out of 5
8. P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han | 4 out of 5
9. Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia Williams (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
10. Brown Eyed Girl (Travises #4) by Lisa Kleypas | 3 out of 5

August

1. A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij | 2.5 out of 5
2. Boy Most Likely To, The (My Life Next Door #2) by Huntley Fitzpatrick | 4.5 out of 5
3. When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) by Tessa Dare | 4.5 out of 5
4. Until Friday Night (Field Party #1) by Abbi Glines |4 out of 5
5. Bounce (Boomerang #3) by Noelle August | 4 out of 5
6. Make Me (Broke & Beautiful #3) by Tessa Bailey | 3.5 out of 5
7. Sleeping with the Enemy (Out of Bounds #4) by Tracy Solheim | 3.5 out of 5
8. Begging for It (Asking for It #2) by Lilah Pace | DNF
9. Sacked (Gridiron #1) by Jen Frederick | 4.5 out of 5
10. Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales | 2.25 out of 5

September

1. Finding Perfect by Kendra C. Highley | 4.5 out of 5
2. Forever Your Earl (Wicked Quills of London #1) by Eva Leigh | DNF
3. Shooting Dirty (Dirty Eleven #2) by Jill Sorenson | 4 out of 5
4. Dirty Talk (Mechanics of Love #2) by Megan Erickson | 4 out of 5
5. Vicious Cycle (Vicious Cycle #1) by Katie Ashley | 2 out of 5
6. Redemption Road (Vicious Cycle #2) by Katie Ashley | 2 out of 5
7. Rock Redemption (Rock Kiss #3) by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5
8. All I Want (Animal Magnetism #7) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
9. Claimed (Outlaws #1) by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
10. Kill and Tell by Linda Howard (re-read) | 3 out of 5
11. Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles | 3 out of 5

October

1. Falling for the Wrong Guy by Sara Hantz | 2 out of 5
2. Kissing Her Crazy by Kira Archer | 3 out of 5
3. True North (True #1) by Liora Blake | 4 out of 5
4. True Devotion (True #2) by Liora Blake | 4.5 out of 5
5. True Divide (True #3) by Liora Blake | 3.5 out of 5
6. Walk through Fire (Chaos #4) by Kristen Ashley | 3.5 out of 5
7. November 9 by Colleen Hoover | 5 out of 5
8. Game On by Katie McCoy | 1.5 out of 5
9. Falling into Bed with a Duke (Hellions of Havisham #1) by Lorraine Heath | 4.5 out of 5
10. The Fifteenth Minute (Ivy Years #5) by Sarina Bowen | 4 out of 5

November

1. One King’s Way (On Dublin Street #6.5) by Samantha Young | 3 out of 5
2. A Wrong Bed Christmas by Liz Talley & Kimberly Van Meter | 4 out of 5
3. Overruled (Legal Briefs #1) by Emma Chase | 2 out of 5
4. Sustained (Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase | 5 out of 5
5. How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras | DNF
6. Seven Nights of Surrender by Jeanette Grey | 4.5 out of 5
7. Heat Exchange (Boston Fire #1) by Shannon Stacey | 3 out of 5

December

1. Controlled Burn (Boston Fire #2) by Shannon Stacey | 4 out of 5
2. Dirty Deeds (Mechanics of Love #3) by Megan Erickson | 4 out of 5
3. Saving Grace (Love Under the Big Sky #2.5) by Kristen Proby | 2.75 out of 5
4. Did I Mention I Love You? (DIMILY #1) by Estelle Maskame | 2.5 out of 5
5. Dukes Prefer Blondes (Dressmakers #4) by Loretta Chase | 4.75 out of 5
6. Lord Dashwood Missed Out (Spindle Cove #4.5) by Tessa Dare | 3.75 out of 5
7. Scorched (Frigid #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout | 3 out of 5
8. The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy (re-read) | 5 out of 5
9. The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5


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