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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Edward's Party

Yesterday was an important night for Edward. His three sisters and brother came to stay with him and Victoria to celebrate. They were all born in September and each year one of them throws a big party for friends and family. This year it was Edward's turn. It was such an honor to be invited. Of course I had to ask Dawn for a dress. I don't own anything pretty enough for an event like this myself. I borrowed her Prabal Gurung abstract printed dress and had to promise her to be extra careful while wearing it as she wants it back as soon as possible. I was so glad she let me borrow something suitable and it helped me a lot to be less nervous. 
There were so many people! Edward and Victoria have a huge house. They needed the entire first floor and a large part of the garden for the party. The weather was great and there was plenty of champagne. This time Victoria had help with the food, but she made sure the caterer used her recipes. At some point I was sitting on a bench by the pond. I wanted to watch the party from a distance for a few minutes and was really enjoying myself. Then someone joined me. It's always nice to have company and this was really good company. Edward's nephew Royce is a handsome man with a troubled past. Edward has told me something about it, but not much. I do know that so far life hasn't been very kind to him. Even though the look in his eyes was sad he was charming and did everything he could to make me feel at ease. His clever jokes and warm character were very hard to resist, so when he asked me out on a date I said yes immediately. Now I'm not so sure if I've made the right decision. Calvin's betrayal is still fresh and I'm not sure if I can suffer a third round of heartbreak this year. I do want to meet the love of my life though and in order to do that I have to date.
 I couldn't spend the entire party chatting with Royce, that wouldn't have been polite. I've done my best to mingle and to get to know the people who are dear to my boss who is my very good friend. There were quite a few toasts, each speech a little bit less coherent and sober than the one before it. I don't know how many bottles of alcohol we consumed together, but I think the amount was really scary. In my case the result was a terrible hangover this morning. Edward didn't make it to work, he called in sick, so I had to be there. I don't know how I got through the day and the first thing I did when I got back home was finding my bed to sleep it off. Now I'm feeling a lot better and I can look back on a memorable evening. 

Each & Every One by Rachael English

Your family are always there for you...aren't they?

For Tara, Vee, Niall and Damian, the children of the Shine family, their parents have seen them through thick and thin. In fact, Gus and Joan's lifetime of hard work has given their children the luxuries they never had when they were growing up - a comfortable home in a leafy Dublin neighbourhood, gap years that never seem to end and an open chequebook for life's little emergencies. Unfortunately, although the children have grown up, they have got a little too comfortable with the well-feathered nest: now it's time to learn a few home truths.

When a twist of fate means the bank of Mum and Dad can no longer bail out the younger generation, suddenly the whole family must find out who they really are - but sometimes the truth isn't easy to face. Uncovering the secrets they all hide will show them a different side to the city they call home and mean finding allies in the most unlikely places.

Warm, wise and witty, Each and Every One is a novel about the lessons we learn in life - and the ones we never do.


Gus and Joan have four children, Vee, Damian, Niall and Tara. Tara is the youngest and the most sensitive of the four. They're used to a life filled with luxury and Gus and Joan are spending loads of money on their children. When things get tough financially the children have to adjust their lifestyle and for some of them that's easier than for others. It's time for all of them to grow up and to start providing for themselves. Living without the comfort of money isn't easy and it makes them think about their life and the decisions they've made. Some necessary changes have to be made. Will they be able to cope or are things going to get really tough?
Truth is a very important topic in this novel. It isn't always easy to face reality. Gus has his own company and he's worked hard for his money. Three of his four children don't have jobs. They're working from time to time or on a part time basis, but their full income comes from their father. Tara is a journalist and she's the only one who receives an actual salary. She is the one who needs to help the others. Meanwhile she's hurt and heartbroken. I loved reading about her life and the people she's forming bonds with. There are some ups and a lot of downs, but she's stronger than she thinks she is and she is my favorite family member. Her story is such a beautiful part of this novel. It's never wise to take money for granted and some valuable lessons have to be learned by the main characters of this book. Rachael English has such an impressive way with words, her amazing and unique writing style is definitely part of the greatness of this story. If you haven't bought this book yet, you should. I'm one hundred percent sure you will love it!

Guest Post from Niekie

I loved Niekie's box set giveaway and was amazed to received a box set of my own from my wonderful friend. I'm really happy Niekie helped me with my birthday celebrations and it was a pleasure to read her amazing guest posts. Thank you Niekie for writing this very sweet post for me, you're the best!

To everyone who entered the giveaway:

THANK YOU for being open minded and so receptive to something new!

Of course also a BIG congratulations to the winners!
Especially to Marilyn who was the fortunate winner of all the box sets.

You all enjoy! (and please let Suzanne and me know what you thought of the books.....and if you actually were scared!) ;-).

As I told you all in the first giveaway Suzanne and I know each other for a very long time now.
It fills my heart with so much joy knowing how good her blog is doing and how much love she receives from all of you!

I want to share a little story from way back but I have to start by admitting...we are BOOK NERDS! Oh yeah very very BIG book nerds!
If there would be an AA for book addiction we would be in the front row!

When I visited Suzanne in the former town she lived in we Always went to the shopping centre. They had a very good bookstore there. So we would spend loads of money there balancing the books in our arms all the way to the register LOL!

Suzanne knows how afraid I am of spiders so every time I went to see her she would Always check out around her apartment to see if there were any spiders. She would take them away for me so I could have a safe arrival :-).

This is how sweet she is! She has such a big heart and is a true and loyal friend.

I'm glad that her lovingness and sweetness is being answered by all of you!

Again all the winners enjoy and maybe till next time!



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Win 4 Kindle Books! Birthday Giveaway!

This is the last one of my daily giveaways. I'm celebrating until the end of the month and there will still be giveaways, but not a new one every day anymore. Make sure you'll check my blog on September 30th as that day I will be celebrating the finale. There will still be guest posts and all kinds of other special things, so no worries, I will keep things festive. 
Enter the rafflecopter below to win these 4 kindle books. I hope you've enjoyed my giveaway party!

Aspen by Rebekah Crane

One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.

Aspen doesn't want to remember the car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard-- because Katelyn may have died -- but she didn't leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it's kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn's former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.

Popularity, Homecoming Court, hot guys - none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She's been busy trying to keep her stoner mother Ninny in line and out of unemployment. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics and her therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can't control ... and doesn't want to.

A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, Aspen is about the best-worst accident of your life ... and what comes next.


 One horrible moment has changed a lot for Aspen. She's survived an accident, but the other driver wasn't so lucky and didn't survive. Katelyn was so perfect and Aspen wants to find out more about the person who was killed because their cars crashed into each other, but she doesn't have much success. Aspen's struggling at home, because her mother Ninny doesn't take care of her. It's the other way around. Ninny is a free spirit who smokes a lot of pot and who goes out with someone Aspen doesn't like at all. She thinks he's a loser and he's filthy. Fortunately Aspen has a few great friends and somehow the accident has also made her more popular at school. Katelyn's best friend wants to hang out with her and her boyfriend, Ben, is sitting next to her in Physics. Slowly they're getting to know each other. Aspen has to remember what happened on the night of the accident before she can deal with it. Will she finally allow the memories to come to the surface or will she never be ready to find out what happened?
The name Aspen comes from a tree, the one she's been born under. She was a surprise pregnancy and Ninny was just a child herself. Aspen is such a talented girl. She can draw very well and she doesn't do things because everyone else does them. She finds her own way in life. Even though that means she has to fight more battles. I really liked her strong character and her openness and frankness towards others. Gradually the reader finds out what happened on the night of the accident. I read this story in one sitting because I wanted to know as soon as I could. I couldn't stop reading. Aspen doesn't have an easy life, but she never complains, I liked that a lot. Ninny isn't a very good mother, but somehow she isn't a terrible person. I really appreciated the layers and nuances. Aspen isn't a standard YA novel, the story is more raw and honest, which made it both impressive and very good.

Lavender Loves Ariom Designs!

I discovered Ariom Designs when I was looking for book jewelry. Moira makes the most beautiful designs using great quality, eco friendly leather. Her designs are amazing and I'm a happy customer of her shop. 

I've interviewed Moira, so you can get to know a bit more about her and her art.

1. Where do you get your inspiration?

All things natural! I feel there is multiple levels of inspiration stemming from a heart/head/body balance. In an effort to keep these elements balanced, I find myself going on bush walks and ocean adventures - it is here often a leaf or piece of timber will catch my eye or a bird will drop a feather. In union with the texture of leather and the endless colour and texture variations of the gemstones offered by this land I am in creative heaven!

 2. Are you a full time artist?

I am indeed a full time artist. Thankfully I am able to fill my days doing what makes my heart sing and be heard! In 2011 I quit working as a Cobbler (Shoe Repairer) in a quest to do what I loved for a living. After some soul searching I have really focussed the last two years on building the Ariom world into a hub to support and share my craft. Along with my Etsy shop I have a good flow of custom requests always on the go that keeps me bussling along ;)

3) could you tell me a bit more about your Etsy shop?

I had known about Etsy for sometime before opening my shop through friends who had opened their own - one of those friends Martina, I have actually joined forces with and together we fuse gemstone and leather in a very special way. 

You can find Martinas Etsy shop here:
Martina is a very talented, multi skilled fossicker who supplies me with all the gemstones in my work - found by her own hands walking the land in Australia - no digging, collecting only what is offered to us on the surface - you don't get much more eco friendly than this!

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Check out the cover of Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Cafe!

I can't wait for this book to come out, I look forward to reading it very much and the cover is stunning!

Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café

You are invited to the wedding of the year!

Snow is falling thick and fast outside the Gingerbread Café and inside, its

owner Lily is planning the wedding of the year. Her wedding! She never

dreamt it would happen, but this Christmas, she’ll be marrying the man of

her dreams - in a Christmas-card-perfect ceremony!

The gingerbread is baking, the dress is fitted and the mistletoe’s in place

– for once, everything’s going to plan. That is until her mother-in-law

arrives... Suddenly, Lily’s famous cool is being tested like never before

and her dream wedding is crumbling before her eyes.

In the blink of a fairylight, the Gingerbread Café has been thrown into

chaos! Lily thought she had this wedding wrapped up, but with so much

to do before she says ‘I do’, can Lily get to the church on time – and

make this Christmas sparkle after all?

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