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WRITER WEDNESDAY: An Interview with Erica Cameron

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the first installment of Writer Wednesday! Today, I have the distinct honor of hosting the wonderful Erica Cameron, writer of YA SFF and YA Contemporary fiction!

Below, we discuss Erica’s ASSASSINS duology, published with Riptide Publishing’s Young Adult imprint (Triton Books), and one of my favorite YA series, which I think does not get nearly enough hype. Please enjoy the interview, and I hope it will inspire you to purchase ASSASSINS: DISCORD and ASSASSINS: NEMESIS, as well as Erica’s other works!

So without further ado…

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday · Weekly Themes

Diversity Spotlight Thursday – Indigenous/Native MCs!

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly book meme that was started by my amazing, lovely friend Aimal over at Bookshelves and Paperbacks! The We Need Diverse Books movement is something that is incredibly close to my heart, so I hope to share some new books with you each week so you can diversify your reading. Each week will feature a specific theme, and I look forward to seeing recs from y’all as well!

Diversity Spotlight will take place every Thursday, and it will be featuring three books in any given week:

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released

This week’s theme is INDIGENOUS/NATIVE MAIN CHARACTERS!

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Saturday Tea & Romance · Weekly Themes

Saturday Tea & Romance (May 27)

SATURDAY TEA & ROMANCE

The Tea

31340_earlgreycremerteaEAR GREY CREME BLACK TEA by Teavana

D E S C R I P T I O N
Smooth infusion with bergamot overtones and a creamy vanilla finish
High tea is further elevated with tart bergamot orange tastefully tempered by creamy vanilla then blended with the classic pomp of an Earl Grey black tea. A majestically smooth confection that is now available any time the senses desire. Sprinkled with sunny yellow marigold petals, this full leaf wonder is divinely delicious with a silky sweet finish.
T A S T I N G ~ N O T E S

Smooth infusion with bergamot overtones and a creamy vanilla finish

I N G R E D I E N T S

Black tea, natural flavor, marigold petals.

The Book

28796198APPLE POLISHER (Rear Entrance Video, #1) vy Heidi Belleau

Christian Blake dreams of being a kindergarten teacher, but making the grade means maintaining a squeaky clean image: no drinking, no drugs, no swearing, no sex. And definitely no falling for his new roommate-tattooed bad-boy Max, who may or may not be a drug dealer.

Most of all, it means no working at a porn store. But Christian’s aunt has cancer, and her beloved Rear Entrance Video will go bankrupt if Christian doesn’t take over managerial duties. Soon enough, Christian finds himself juggling sticky twenty-five cent peep show booths, a blackmailing employee, and a demanding professor who likes to make an example of him.

And then there’s Max, who doesn’t know anything about the store, but hates Christian’s preppy sweater vests and the closet Christian forces him into when they’re together. Max just wants Christian to be himself-even though Max is keeping secrets of his own. Christian struggles to find the impossible balance between his real life and the ideal one he thinks a teacher needs to live . . . all while trying to keep his aunt’s dream alive without losing his own.

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Flashback Friday · Weekly Themes

Flashback Friday (May 26)

FLASHBACK FRIDAY (BLUE)

This week’s Flashback Friday trilogy is a recent backlist item for Rebekah Weatherspoon that I think y’all should pick up!

The main character, Kayla, is a fat, bisexual, black woman who knows what she wants and rarely hesitates to go after it. She’s intelligent as hell, funny, sarcastic, and creative. She’s a loyal friend, and always makes time for those she loves and trusts, and the relationship between herself and her young sisters is the most adorable.

The love interest, Michael, starts out as her Sugar Daddy, a mutually beneficial agreement they come to when they meet during a time when Kayla is recently down on her luck, but it soon turns into more. He’s sweet and gentle, but firm when called for, and unfailingly honest. He cares for Kayla so tenderly that you can’t help but fall for him a bit yourself.

Their relationship moves fairly quickly, due to the length of the books, but the speed with which they date, fall in love, and marry is not a detriment to the story. Where in some cases it might be difficult to reconcile, with these two, you can just feel how right it is for them. They’re so sweet and loving you’ll feel like you need to hit up the dentist to get cavities taken care of.

The Books

26209241SO SWEET (Sugar Baby, #1)

Desperate times call for desperate measures…

And desperate is the only way to describe Kayla Davis’s current situation. Out of work and almost out of money to cover her bills, Kayla finally caves to her roommate’s nagging and follows her to Arrangements, an online dating site that matches pretty young women with older men of a certain tax bracket.

Convinced this “make-rent-quick” scheme will surely fail – or saddle her with an 80 year old boyfriend – Kayla is shocked when Michael Bradbury, Internet billionaire and stone-cold salt and pepper fox, offers her a solution to all her financial troubles.
It’s hard enough for Kayla to accept his generosity, but what’s a girl to do when the wealthiest man she’s ever met is a dream in and outside of the bedroom?

30070753SO RIGHT (Sugar Baby, #2)

First comes love. Then comes…the most ill timed proposal in history?

Kayla Davis never dreamt she’d meet sexy, considerate, and seriously sweet Internet billionaire, Michael Bradbury, but ten months after Michael went from Sugar Daddy to for real boyfriend she can’t imagine spending another day without him. Cohabitation is totally working—throw in a puppy or two and Kayla has her happily ever after wrapped up in a perfect little bow.

Until she finds out Michael might have bigger plans for their future, like marriage, kids, and ownership of a professional sports team. Kayla is more than ready to join Michael on this amazing ride through the next chapter of their lives, but first she needs to catch her breath and see if Michael is ready to be a part of a team and not just the boss.

31552639SO FOR REAL (Sugar Baby, #3)

Even the best laid plans can go completely off the rails…

After pulling off the perfect wedding, Kayla Davis, now Kayla Bradbury, need only sit back and enjoy her wonderful life with her amazing husband, internet billionaire and NBA franchise owner, Michael Bradbury. The two are so head over heels for each other that finding creative ways to extend their honeymoon a whole year seems likes the only logical next step in their fool-proof plan for happiness.

Too bad life has other ideas for the newlyweds. With personnel hiccups in her small business, a husband balancing dual CEO responsibilities, and news that there will be not one, but two unexpected additions to the Bradbury crew, Kayla needs to totally reconfigure her life if she has any hope of keeping things afloat.

Diversity Spotlight Thursday · Weekly Themes

Diversity Spotlight Thursday – Latinx MCs!

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly book meme that was started by my amazing, lovely friend Aimal over at Bookshelves and Paperbacks! The We Need Diverse Books movement is something that is incredibly close to my heart, so I hope to share some new books with you each week so you can diversify your reading. Each week will feature a specific theme, and I look forward to seeing recs from y’all as well!

Diversity Spotlight will take place every Thursday, and it will be featuring three books in any given week:

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released

This week’s theme is LATINX MAIN CHARACTERS!

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WWW Wednesday (May 24)

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly theme/meme originally created by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam Ann Elizabeth over at Taking On A World of Words. I will being doing this every other week, with the Wednesday in between dedicated to Waiting On Wednesday.

The Three Ws are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday · Weekly Themes

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday (May 23)

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First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday is hosted by Diane @ Bibliophile by the Sea, and the goal is to share the first paragraph or two from the first chapter of a book you’re either currently reading or planning to read next.

Back again with another ARC I’m planning to read soon! This time it’s LOVE AND OTHER HOT BEVERAGES by Laurie Loft.

34807144The office boy smiled at Todd. “That coffee’s shit.”

Hard hat under one arm, Todd stared at the coffeepot in front of him. He waited impatiently for the drip to stop, conscious of several teammates waiting their turns. They jostled one another as they laughed and joked. The men with their hard hats seemed to take up more space than necessary in the confines of the mobile office. Todd itched to get his coffee and get out into the fresh air.

“You look like someone who would appreciate good coffee,” the boy continued, and Todd knew a fishing query when he heard one. What the boy meant was, You’re gay, aren’t you? Because everyone knew that gays liked gay coffee. Todd tried to remember the boy’s name. They all called him office boy.

“I like shit,” Todd said with a feral grin.

What do you think? Would you continue reading?

Makeup Monday · Weekly Themes

Makeup Monday (May 22)

MAKEUP MONDAY

The Book

32146161COFFEE BOY by Austin Chant

After graduation, Kieran expected to go straight into a career of flipping burgers—only to be offered the internship of his dreams at a political campaign. But the pressure of being an out trans man in the workplace quickly sucks the joy out of things, as does Seth, the humorless campaign strategist who watches his every move.

Soon, the only upside to the job is that Seth has a painful crush on their painfully straight boss, and Kieran has a front row seat to the drama. But when Seth proves to be as respectful and supportive as he is prickly, Kieran develops an awkward crush of his own—one which Seth is far too prim and proper to ever reciprocate.

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The Makeup

ulta orangeMATTE LIP CREAM from ULTA
Shade: Proper (medium apricot peach)

This velvety smooth matte lip cream is a fluffy, mousse-like cream texture that feels soft and light on the lips while delivering bold, intense color with a high fashion matte finish. Ulta’s Matte Lip Cream formula is so rich and creamy, lips are never dry.

Benefits:

  • Special ingredients condition and moisturize the lips
  • Contains a plant-based humectant that provides moisture
  • Opaque coverage, matte finish
  • Paraben free, gluten free, fragrance free, oil free
  • Vegan

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tarte purpleLIMITED-EDITION CLAY POT WATERPROOF SHADOW LINER from Tarte Cosmetics

Iconic budgeproof gel eyeliner that can double as a creamy eyeshadow

  • Amazonian clay: nature’s most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear
  • mineral pigments: soothe & soften skin
  • vitamin E: natural preservative that also acts as an emollient & antioxidant

Product performance: #Slaywithclay with this collection of creamy stay-put shadow liners. With classic liner shades plus some colorful mattes & metallics, the cream-gel formula creates a crisp line, artistic cateye or you can blend it out to creaseless, opaque eyeshadow. Amazonian clay & mineral pigments deliver even, longwearing payoff without the icky, bad stuff & you can use the waterproof, smudeproof formula to highlight & define the inner rim.

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Saturday Tea & Romance · Weekly Themes

Saturday Tea & Romance (May 20)

SATURDAY TEA & ROMANCE

The Tea

YGT-20454-11Honey Lavender Stress Relief (Yogi Tea)

Description

  • Helps to Calm and Ease Tension
  • 100% Natural
  • Herbal Supplement
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified- Rooibos
  • Made with Organic Lavender Flower
  • Caffeine Free
  • Certified Organic by QAI, Inc.

Find Serenity with our Honey Lavender Stress ReliefRelax and enjoy a cup of our Honey Lavender Stress Relief tea, a delicious, all-natural blend specifically formulated to help calm your mind and body. Traditionally used to promote relaxation by soothing the nerves, Lemon Balm Leaf and Passoinflower Plant Extract combine with Organic Chamomile and Lavender Flower for a comforting and deliciously intriguing blend that promotes a sense of calm. Relax and enjoy a cup of this soothing tea-blended with sweet Honey flavor and Spearmint- to help calm you during a stressful day or to ease you into a restful night.

Get the Most out of Every Cup

Bring water to boiling and steep 5 to 10 minutes. For a stronger tea, use 2 tea bags.

Other Ingredients

Natural honey flavor, organic lavender flavor, natural vanilla flavor.

Warnings

Consult your healthcare provider prior to use if you are pregnant or nursing.

Honey lavender stress relief contains Organic Rooibos from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.

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The Book

32468943WORKING IT (Ringside Romance, #1) by Christine d’Abo

Nolan Carmichael is getting a fresh start—new career, new company, new life. The only problem is, he liked his old life just fine . . . until an accident robbed him of his health, his job, his self-confidence, and his ability to go out in public without having anxiety attacks.

Zack Anderson has scared away his last four administrative assistants. So when he hires Nolan on a whim, he’s not too worried, since Nolan will be gone within the week anyway. Two weeks later, Nolan has made himself indispensable, completely reforming Zack’s schedule, life . . . and libido.

But in a company already torn by internal politics, one wrong step could ruin both their careers. And not only are they working to reopen Ringside Gym, Zack’s retreat when he was a troubled teen, but they also can’t help themselves falling for each other. If only the rest of their lives could go as smoothly as things do when they’re alone together.

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