Hot Topics: #LoveWins

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I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. I had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday with friends and family. I am also so elated about the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Feels amazing. In honor of the decision by the Supreme Court I want to dedicate this post to all the men and women who are now able to marry. I can’t imagine not being able to marry the one I love based on my sexual preference. I am so fortunate to see this day in history…just wish it came a lot sooner for many many people.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!!!

Hot Topics: Introducing Caitlyn Jenner…

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This past week has been amazing to watch. I have to admit after watching Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer…I was a bit worried about the reaction he was going to get from the world once he introduced us to his new self. I was pleasantly surprised at how accepting people have been from the very start. Growing up in California I am constantly surrounded by accepting and very liberal people, which has been amazing. Although it is always a culture shock to see when people are not as open to other people’s differences. Needless to say the world was introduced to Caitlyn and I must say she looks amazing! I feel very lucky to witness this and see the world supporting someone in transition. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us all.
What are your thoughts on Caitlyn Jenner?

Book Reviews: Going Off Script by Giuliana Rancic

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If you have been wanting a great read to kick off your summer…or vacation…this one should be at the top of your list! I couldn’t put this book down. I was shocked at home honest and real she was throughout the entire book. I must admit I was never the biggest fan of hers…as I really never watched her shows…but this book has made me a fan for life. I love her spirit and outlook on life. There is something to be said about having a woman like this in Hollywood. Truly commendable.
Have you read Going Off Script?

Hot Topics: Over 30 TV Shows Being Cancelled!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Mother’s Day!
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Over this past weekend Entertainment Weekly released the Broadcast Ax list! Over 30 shows on multiple networks will be canceled for the 2015-2016 season! I am a true lover of reality shows and documentaries, so some of these shows are not such a devastating loss…but I did notice some of these shows have been on for years! I hope your favorite shows are not on this list!
What are your favorite TV shows?

Book Reviews: We Will Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn

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In honor of Mothers Day I thought this would be the perfect book! I absolutely loved this story! This story follows a mother who is convinced she is going to die young and wants to create as many memories as possible with her daughter. The story follows them on multiple trips around the world…mostly Paris. Throughout the story the mother reflects on her life experiences as she creates new memories with her daughter. I laughed out loud at some of the situations they got themselves into…as the reminded me of times with my own mother. If you are looking for a feel good story this is the perfect book for you. I loved how Jennifer Coburn wrote this story and will definitely be looking into other books by her.
Have you read We Will Always Have Paris?

Hot Topics: What I learned from A Year Without Make-Up

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

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I came across this article late last week and have been really excited to share it all with you. A woman in her 20s decided to go makeup free for one year and document her experience while she traveled the world. This article was inspiring and gave a whole different perspective on beauty. I am a true believer in less is more when it comes to beauty products. Looking comfortable and confident in your own skin is the most important thing and it doesn’t take a lot of makeup to achieve that. You can check out the article here! She is also the author of the blog Twenty-SomethingTravel which you can check out here. Her blog is amazing and definitely worth a look.
Do you ever go makeup free?

Book Reviews: The Smart One by Jennifer Close

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Spring and summer always makes me want to read chic lits (chick literature). It must be the nice weather that makes me want to read about adventure and friendship. I absolutely loved Girls in White Dresses and was excited to give this one a go since it’s written by the same author. This book certainly did not disappoint. This charming story is about love, family, going back to your roots and finding out what truly matters in life…even if it’s not what you pictured it to be. It was a lovely read and left me wanting more. Jennifer close is such a great writer and I truly hope she continues to come out with these amazing books.

Have you read the smart one?

Book Reviews: Barnes and Noble Nook Glowlight

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend…and to those of you who celebrate Easter…I hope you had a very Happy Easter.

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I love reading. There is something about getting wrapped up in a book that you can’t really describe. I commute everyday to work and some of the books I like reading add too much weight to my bag, especially hardback covers. I have tried other e-readers (Kindle and the Kobo to be exact) in the past but nothing beats the Barnes and Noble Nook. Barnes and Noble offers the largest selection of e-books…yes even more than the Amazon Kindle…and is incredibly lightweight with a beautiful e-ink screen. I have read multiple books on the Nook in the indoor light, outdoors, and in the dark with the glowlight on and I am really impressed. Its exactly what you would expect an e-reader to be. If you are interested or in the market for an e-reader I suggest stopping by your local Barnes and Noble to check it out. They offer a wonderful return policy if you are not 100% satisfied and have the best customer service.
What is your favorite e-reader?

Book Reviews: Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse

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This book had me on the edge of my seat from cover to cover. This thrilling story is about a young woman named Hannah who took her brothers advice and fell in love with a man named Mark. She believed everything he ever said, as any woman would, until one day things didn’t quite make sense. Little by little she uncovered some horrific and life changing news. Everything Hannah thought she knew about her then husband Kevin, was all a lie…but just how many lies did he really tell?
If you are looking for a great book that will keep you on the edge of your seat make sure to pick up Before We Met. I will definitely be looking into other books written by Lucie Whitehouse.
Have you read Before We Met?

Book Reviews: Interview with Author Anita Hughes

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One of my dreams has come true thanks to Ms. Anita Hughes. Ms. Hughes is my all time favorite author. I couldn’t have been more excited and honored when she agreed to answer some questions that I could share with all of you. Hope you enjoy!

What inspired you to write your first book?
I live on the grounds of the St. Regis Resort and I am surrounded by beauty. I thought, if you were consumed by grief and went somewhere really gorgeous, would you feel better? Or do you take your grief with you wherever you go.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I think my style is very descriptive. I love describing beautiful locations and delicious foods and gorgeous clothes.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Each novel has a different message but I find an underlying theme is how important female friendships are. I also definitely believe in love and happy endings!

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I often start with a nugget of something that happened to me or someone I know and it builds from there.

What books have most influenced your life most?
I read constantly so I have been influenced by many books. A few years ago, I was really affected by the work of Somerset Maugham. I read all his books and I remember thinking that all you need to learn you can learn from his books.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
There are so many wonderful writers! I used to love the work of Rona Jaffe because she wrote intelligent women’s fiction that was compulsively readable. I also admired Jacqueline Sussan – she wrote big, juicy books with smart characters.

What book are you reading now?
I just finished THE SECRETS OF MiDWIVES by Sally Hepworth which was wonderful, and I am reading THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins and it is excellent.

What are your current projects?
I am so excited that I have two books coming out this year. FRENCH COAST will be released on April 7 and ROME IN LOVE (my novel about Audrey Hepburn) will be released on August 4th.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I really love FRENCH COAST. It came out exactly as I wanted to.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I won a nationwide writing contest in Australia (where I grew up) when I was eight and that really inspired me to write.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favorite author is a British author named Penny Vincenzi. When I start her books, I don’t want to do anything else. They are usually about 600 or 700 hundred pages long but I have read a few of them twice!

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read constantly. I also think you should write the story that you can’t stop thinking about.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love hearing from readers, it’s one of the best parts about being an author! I also love taking them to wonderful places, I am always thinking of the next location we are going to go.

Any sneak peeks you can give us about your new upcoming novel French Coast?
FRENCH COAST is set in two of my favorite places – San Francisco and the French Riviera and it is full of gorgeous scenery and family secrets. I hope my readers will enjoy it!

FrenchCoast_Final Cover 1.28Please make sure to pick up French Coast, available April 7. I can’t wait!

Thank you again Ms. Hughes. I am forever grateful.