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The Muse - Writing Rambles

My partner and I --- well, my partner came up with this great idea and wrote the story. I ended up editing and changing a few minor things and decided to share this short story here. It's dark. Which is what we like to write. So this is your trigger warning. The only bad thing that happens is off page so we just see the man thinking about it. Nothing is actually described because that's not something I could handle right now. 

The Beauty and the Baller - Review

An NFL quarterback turned small-town coach gets sacked by a Texas beauty queen in this swoony, passionate romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills. Gorgeous, talented, and brilliant, NFL quarterback Ronan Smith has the world in his hands. But after losing his career and his fiancĂ©e in a car accident, he falls into a pit of grief and bad choices. When a mysterious girl shows up to his party, he feels drawn to her and makes her his…for one night. Former beauty queen Nova Morgan is on a mission. Scantily clad as a princess from a galaxy far, far away, she sneaks into a high-profile party to capture the attention of her favorite quarterback. But her hopes crash after an awful one-night stand. Fast-forward two years. Broke and desperate, Nova returns home to Blue Belle, Texas, where, by a cosmic twist of fate, her broody neighbor is none other than Ronan, the shiny new football coach everyone adores. But he has no idea who she is. The booster club keeps shoving

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup - Review

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end in the face of pressure and threats from the CEO and her lawyers. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work. For years, Holmes had been misleading investors, FDA officials, and her own employees. When Carreyrou, working at The Wall Street Journal, got a tip from a former Theranos employee and started asking questions,

Update + Music Monday + Melon Pomona Recipe + Currently Reading

This meme is hosted over at Always Me Hello there! It’s been a full week since I posted and let me tell you, it’d been an insane week. I had to go to the ER on Wednesday and the phlebotomist there stuck me seven times, just trying to get an IV started. I’ve never seen such an incompetent person in my entire life. My left hand is still a giant bruise! The nurse and doctor were both great, at least. The nurse, especially, was so kind to me. He’s the one that finally took over for the phlebotomist and stuck me once and was done.  My reaction to the one medicine I took is slowly going away. I still have a few minor issues from it, but I’m doing so much better on that front!  But now, it turns out I have right maxillary sinusitis. I can’t catch a break right now. But I am at least feeling a little more human. Still super tired and my mental health isn’t the best right now, but I am at least in a better place today than I was last week. That’s what I’m trying to focus on. School starts back

Music Monday - Adrian von Ziegler

This meme is hosted over at Always Me Sorry, I'm still pretty MIA. I'm still very slowly getting over the reaction to the medicine I quit and the family stuff... well that's not going the best but sometimes life is hard.  Today though, we're here to talk about some really nice music! I hope you enjoy!  Well, let me know which one you liked more in the comments below! I really hope you have a great week and a wonderful day! Stay safe and happy reading! 

My Opinion on Popular Romance Tropes + Recommendations

I was looking up books that had a certain trope when this idea hit me. I found 12 popular tropes and I'm going to tell you if I like them or not and why. Here we go!  1) Amnesia/mistaken identity I don't like this trope. I never seek it out and, honestly, I've been turned off some books for having this trope.  2)  Fake Relationship I love this trope! If our MCs have to fake date for any reason at all. I'm on board! Here are some recommendations for this trope!           3) Second Chance Honestly, this trope is one that I don't usually read. Only one author does second chance romances they way I like.  4)  Secret identity/billionaire/royal I'm very indifferent when it comes to this trope. I don't hate it but I don't love it. It's just 'meh' most of the time. I would love some recs for this trope if you have any good ones.  5)  Enemies to Lovers This is probably my favorite romance trope. I just love the angst and banter that happens with this

Short Update + The Stand-In Book Review

I've been lurking around your blogs for a few hours today and trying to catch up but I doubt I will. I've just missed so much! Sorry!  Today, I'm feeling a little bit better so I thought I would update you guys, since I've not blogged any in two weeks. The posts you've seen since then are just ones that I had scheduled for a while. I'm on the hunt for an anxiety medicine and had a really bad reaction to one my doctor put me on. I'm currently on steroids for a week to help that reaction.  Also, my grandma passed away recently and I've been trying to deal with that and help my family. They are really having it rough right now and it's been killing me trying to help them.  Then there's stuff with my kiddo. So yeah, I've been gone for a bit and dealing with things. I'm really hoping to get straightened out and get back to normal because this has been a sucky time.  Onto something bookish! I did manage to finish a book before everything kinda

Music Monday - Hauntingly Beautiful Ambiance

This meme is hosted by Always Me Happy 4th of July to any American that celebrates. I spend this day dreading the sound of fireworks because it triggers my PTSD. Which is so strange because before the armed robbery I experienced, I used to adore 4th of July. The BBQ, the fireworks, my family all together, swimming in the pool as a kiddo. Needless to say, my mental health is very confused on this day. Moving on! I recently found this new ambiance channel and I've fallen in love! Even my partner thinks it's okay and that is rare! He hates any kind of music/ambiance that I like so to find something we can kinda agree on is just... *chief's kiss*!  I really hope you enjoy these!  Which did you like the most? Please do let me know below! Have a great week, stay safe, and happy reading!