Baby You're a Firework

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Written while watching The Legend of Tarzan and getting distracted by Alexander Skarsgard's abs...like I do every time I watch it.


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music monday

What's been playing this month? A plethora of artists. I've pretty much just been going to their Spotify stations and hitting shuffle. The top three have been the following:


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treat yo’ self tuesday


I love a good manicure, but I can't exactly afford to get my nails done professionally all the time...or ever, really. I have a wide array of nail polish, but again, I get impatient with waiting for it to dry. I've starting using the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish and that's cut down significantly on the waiting time.

The problem is it usually doesn't last very long before it starts chipping.

So last month I went to visit one of my bestie's Jessica Lemmon, and she has a side hustle selling Color Street Nails. She gave me a set to do my nails and now I'm an addict.

BUT THEY'RE SO PRETTY!!!!

 


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whatcha’ reading wednesday

I read The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang last year and Could. Not. Put. It. Down. I fell in love with Stella and Michael and their story. Stella has Asperger's and love isn't exactly her forte...that is until Michael comes around. It's a Pretty Woman-esque retelling, and it turns a few tropes on their head. It's delightful.

So needless to say, I was really excited to see that there was a follow up novel out so soon after the first. The Bride Test is about Michael's cousin who—like Stella—has a little difficulty in figuring out what love is.

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"From the USA Today bestselling author of The Kiss Quotientcomes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart...

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride. 

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working...but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love."


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#TBT

After years of denying his feelings for his best friend's little sister, Jaxson Anderson finally gives in and goes after the woman of his dreams.

Here is a little snippet of the second book in the Country Roads series.

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Jax pulled into the parking lot of Grace’s apartment and put his truck in park. They sat there for a second, the rain pounding against every inch of his truck, the pings echoing in the silence.

He wanted to reach across the distance and touch her, to gather her up in his arms and kiss her, but his hands stayed firmly on the steering wheel.

“Thanks, Jax,” she said before she opened the door and went out into the rain.

He watched her sprint away from him, up the stairs and to the second floor. She fumbled with her keys before she got them in the lock of her door and then she disappeared from his view.

Jax stared at that empty landing for about ten seconds before he let go of the wheel and opened the door. He stepped outside and was soaked instantly. But he didn’t care; he had other way more important things on his mind.

He wanted Grace, plain and simple. Preston was right. It was just that easy.

Jax was so tired of watching her walk away from him. So tired of not having what he wanted. So tired of not being with her. He was done letting his life pass him by without Grace in it. He had to have her, and he had to have her now.

He got to the front door and knocked hard.

Once, twice, three times.

Grace opened the door and frowned at him from the other side. “Jax?” she said, confused.

“I’m your person, Grace. Me, not anyone else,” he said, stepping into her apartment.

She looked up at him startled as he closed the door behind him and locked it. And then he grabbed her and pushed her up against the wall. She gasped before his mouth landed hard on hers, his hands grabbing onto the wet fabric of her jeans. Her arms wrapped around his neck, her fingers digging into his wet hair and holding him in place as she opened her mouth to his. His hands traveled up under her shirt, his fingers wrapping around her bare sides.

He was eating at her mouth, and she seemed to be on the exact same page as him, because she was trying to consume him as well.


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follow friday

So one of my very good, awesome, talented, amazing, writer friends has a release this month. Tara Wyatt's book Nailed is coming to an eReader near you on August 7th.

She's also having a Facebook party to celebrate. Want to come? Not only will you get to hang out with some pretty awesome authors, but there will be giveaways and fun FUN times. RSVP and come party like a rockstar!

"From award-winning author Tara Wyatt comes a sexy contemporary standalone romance set during a steamy Boston summer. 

If smartass carpenter Adam Hennessey hadn't stood up Charlie Grant over a year ago, he might not find himself on the other side of a slammed door. But when Adam volunteers to repair Charlie's deck as a favor to a friend, that's exactly where he finds himself. Does he regret standing her up? Yes. Does he find the cynical, sarcastic sports journalist unbearably sexy? Also yes. Does she hate his guts? All the yes. 

Charlie's not the forgiving type, especially after a broken heart in the past has left her jaded, but she can't deny that Adam, with his beard, tattoos and panty-melting smile (oh, and muscles--can't forget to mention the muscles) might just be winning her over. With a second chance on the line, Charlie will have to decide if getting nailed by the smoking hot carpenter is worth the risk."


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silverscreen saturday

Besides rewatching The Legend of Tarzan (have I mention Alexander Skarsgard's abs yet? Yes? Well, it bears repeating), I haven't exactly been watching a lot of movies. But one that I have my eye on this month is The Kitchen. I've loved Melisaa McCarthy since her Sookie days on Gilmore Girls, and as for Elizabeth Moss? Well she won my allegiance on The West Wing, I thought she was brilliant as Peggy on Mad Men, and I really can't sing her praises enough on The Handmaid's Tale. She's ah-mazing.

Plus, I just like watching some Badass Ladies be Badass Ladies. 


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small screen sunday

As I absolutely adore Mindy Kaling and pretty much everything that she does, I will be watching Four Weddings & a Funeral on Hulu. Also, Nathalie Emmanuel from Game of Thrones (#Missandei4Ever) is in it, and I loves her like whoa.

Season 4 of Queer Eye came out on Netflix and it's just as good as ever.

Season 2 of Sugar Rush just got released on Netflix and has already been added to the list.

I'm still marathon watching Brooklyn 99 and I couldn't love that show more if I tried. The writing is amazing and I absolutely adore the cast.

I'm also getting my heart ripped out of my chest and my emotions played with weekly by The Handmaid's Tale.


As always, I'd love to hear from you on Social Media. So stop by and let me know what you're up to or just say hello!

-Shannon

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