Time for Pixels

How often do you manage to see the beauty in the world around you? Is your soul open to the colors and perfection at every step? With this series of articles, that’s our aim. We want to give you a glimpse into this wonderful world and show you the amazing in little things. I am partnering with my special someone to share with you our love of nature and places.

Emotions behind the lenses of a camera. We bring you our Time for Pixels series – photos ment for your soul.

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Feels like yesterday we were back from the beach, with the waves still singing praise to the Summer. Then we became flooded with Autumn’s yellows and browns. The leaves rustle and sing a new verse of our year.

A million sounds quiet in an instant. A new season is close. Nature gathers together for one last musical note. It’s too soon for this, mate! To soon for Winter to come.

Book Review: Cleopatra VII: Egypt’s Last Pharaoh

Cleopatra VII: Egypt’s Last Pharaoh
The Legendary Women of World History 9
by Laurel A. Rockefeller
Genre: Historical Fiction
 
The exciting true story of Egypt’s most famous queen!
Cleopatra Thea Philopator refused to do what she was told. In an age where
patriarchy denied full citizenship to even the most elite of Roman
women, Cleopatra ruled her Egypt determined to keep it independent
and free from Roman control — at any price necessary. Demonized as a
simple seductress by Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (the future
Caesar Augustus) and his political allies, Cleopatra VII proved
herself the equal to three of the most powerful men of the Roman
world: Gaius Julius Caesar, Marcus Antonius, and Octavian Caesar.
Includes a detailed timeline, suggested reading list/bibliography, and a
special Easter egg for Doctor Who fans.
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My Review

I discovered this series long after its first book. As I mentioned several times before (and I will keep on mentioning, with the risk of becoming annoying), this is the beauty of a book blogger – discovering books and having the amazing opportunity to read and review them directly from the source, or helping promote them in any way we can.

“Cleopatra VII: Egypt’s Last Pharaoh” contains some of the most important moments of Cleopatra’s life – the amazing, beautiful and intelligent Cleopatra. In just a little under 100 pages we have the opportunity to learn a little more of her life, of Egyptian and Roman history. Some of you guys may ask: why do I care? Why is she so important and why should she be of interest to me? Well the author captures in this short book how exceptional the Pharaoh was, how her beauty attracted many, but her heart had room for only one. We see how loved she was and how she returned this affection with intelligence.

 

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There are so many articles and books out there about her and about the many amazing women of our history and Laurel A. Rockefeller’s story is just one of the great ones. In the form of a narration, the author tells her life and speaks of her love and loveless marriage. I must admit I wanted to know so much more and I wanted more details. I am frustrated over the small amount of pages we have. But in my opinion, the author reached her purpose, that of making me – the reader – more curious and more eager to know more. I can only thank her for that and bow my head for the respect she is showing to one of the greatest minds history has seen.

I do invite you to go through the series and discover the many other amazing personalities that have shaped our world.

On a more personal note:

Cleopatra is my inspiration. Her intelligence, her way of talking, her love of people and culture is something I have always appreciated. She is power and beauty and has managed to gain the respect of many. Read about her, read about the good things she did, read about the mischievous aspects as well.

 
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Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller
is author of over twenty books published and self-published since
August, 2012 and in languages ranging from Welsh to Spanish to
Chinese and everything in between. A dedicated scholar and
biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education
and improving history literacy worldwide. 
With her lyrical writing style, Laurel’s books are as beautiful
to read as they are informative.
In her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels,
attending living history activities, travelling to historic places in
both the United States and United Kingdom, and watching classic
motion pictures and classic television series.
 
 
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Book Review: The Billionaire’s Sham Girlfriend

The Billionaire’s Sham Girlfriend
Leslie North
(The Beaumont Brothers Series, #1)
Publication date: November 8th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Gregor Beaumont is in a world of hurt that all the charm in his gorgeous, well-toned body can’t fix. His late grandfather, God rest his soul, wanted to make sure Gregor and his two playboy brothers settle down. He had the brilliant idea of buying up a huge share of the brothers’ engine company and using that as incentive for each brother to find Mrs. Right. Settle down or lose the company to a competitor. Well, that’s just not happening to Gregor, not when life’s so good at the moment. Gregor likes racing fast cars and seducing fast women, and not necessarily in that order. Settle down? Not a chance. Gregor has his own brilliant idea: find some wholesome and desperate girl to pretend to be his girlfriend. No harm. No foul. Unless things start getting a little bit too real.

Kara Alerby knows she’s a sucker for blues eyes and a great smile, so when Gregor comes into her theater wanting to hire her to act the part of his adoring girlfriend, she’s already got her defenses on high alert. But Kara’s a practical girl, and Gregor’s offering a boatload of money that would go a long way toward making her dream of creating a fine arts school for gifted kids a reality. She can ignore his smiles, his charisma, and his kiss-me mouth if it means she’ll get her school. All she has to do is remind herself, every second of every day they’re together, that it’s all make believe—even when it doesn’t always feel that way.

When Greg’s love of racing puts his life in jeopardy, Kara isn’t ready to watch another person die in front of her like her father did. And Greg isn’t about to stop doing the one thing that makes life worth living. The two are on a collision course, one that could break them apart forever if they don’t change directions…

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You go into this book expecting something, but actually it has a lot of surprises. I mean, I was surprised and I liked what I’ve read. Quick and sweet, this is perfect of an easy and enjoyable read.

The fake girlfriend becomes more involved than she ever could have imagined in her fake billionaire boyfriend’s life, passions and affairs. Gregor needs Kara in order to obtain the control of his company, together with his brothers. Kara needs Gregor’s  money to fulfill her dream of having an art school. They both live on the edge – but from different perspectives.

I am already used to Leslie North’s ability to add emotions to her characters. I had high expectations which have been met completely, because “The Billionaire’s Sham Girlfriend” is full of emotions and emotional conflicts. The deeper we go into the story, the deeper the feelings become. And I was missing an emotional story.

I may be a sucker for this type of Romance (or Romance in general), though if you meet me on the street, I’ll never recognize it. Which is why I absolutely loved this book and I cannot get enough. I wanted so much more and I hate the ending for that. It felt rushed and abrupt. And I wanted more from the story and from the characters. Kara is amazing and Greg falls into his own plans. There is so much more to explore here.

But with all my complains about the ending, I still loved it and I still want to read more. I adore Leslie North and I cannot get enough of her stories and characters. Please give this book a try, it will be worth your time. Read it and come back with your thoughts J Until next time, Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

 

Author Bio:

Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women’s contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.

The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.

Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.

She LOVES reader feedback, and if you have any comments, don’t hesitate to contact her via e-mail: leslie@leslienorthbooks.com.

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Audiobook Review: Fever Rising

Author: K.M. Riley

Narrator: Audra Cook

Length: 6 hours and 5 minutes

Publisher: Trifecta Publishing House

Released: Sep. 14, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction; Dystopian

“I don’t save, I kill. I don’t build, I break. I don’t run, I chase. And I won’t rest until a new society is built on the System’s ashes.” (Cassidy Havok)

Kaden Valens’ world is kill or be killed. Such is the life of a Challenger, the property of a Citizen. Fight or die. When Kaden is ordered to face his sole family member, his sister, Nix, he chooses a different battle – one against the Federacy that owns him.

Rebel Cassidy Havok is the Federacy’s worst nightmare. Her only goal is to bring down the government, doing whatever it takes to eradicate the slave-based society. When Kaden defies the Federacy publicly, she hopes to make an ally out of him, turning the tide in the resistance’s favor.

Cassidy helps Kaden escape the clutches of the Citizenry, and they flee to the Wilds, the world outside the Federacy’s reach. There they plan for the fight of a lifetime. Can they take on a nation, or is their cause a lost one?

 

K.M. Riley is not only a lover of stories, but she’s a game designer, artist, and fan of all things imaginative. If she’s not writing, she’s daydreaming or doodling about more worlds and characters that will make great tales. With a background in Creative Writing, she’s always busy creating new adventures, or taking part in them.

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What a book full of action! That’s the main thing and the main item that would describe it. We have tons and tons of action and a hard fight against the system. It takes one apparently insignificant foe to open one’s eyes and see the bigger picture.

I was so captured by the action and by the fighting scenes! The author does a great job at constructing them, but especially we have a great political system. We have fighters with superpowers and fighters willing to do what it takes to win, or to protect family and friends. With all these elements, I was thrown into a story that made me curious to see what would happen next.

The characters are quite all right. I liked their personalities and their will to survive and face the Federacy, but I also liked the relationship between them. However, I must admit I wanted a little bit more attention to their growth. We know they are fighters, but it looks like that’s all they are. Small scenes and quick lines may show a glimpse into their deeper selves, but that’s about it.

The narration was great, Audra Cook managed to capture the fights in her interpretation and also the panic, the strength and determination. Every scene she navigates with certainty and her voice is clear and easy to understand.

All in all, I liked the story quite a lot. Probably too much fighting made me decrease 1 star. I wanted a bit more from the story, I wanted to see more vulnerable sides of the characters. But I liked it and I’ll follow the author to see what other surprises she has for us J Happy Reading!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by K.M. Riley. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Book Tour: Feels Like Falling

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From author Elle Keating comes FEELS LIKE FALLING, the next installment in her Dangerous Love series. Peyton Matthews doesn’t want anyone to find the chinks in her armor, and Luke McGinnis fights hard to keep his ugly past buried. While they are drawn to each other, chemistry is not what’s bringing them together. Fans of UGLY LOVE by Coleen Hoover, Sylvia Day, and EASY by Tammara Webber will devour this dark and emotional romance.

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Author: Elle Keating

Release Date: November 13, 2018

Publisher: Self-published

Series: Dangerous Love #5

Genres: Contemporary Romance

 

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Luke McGinnis is the responsible, quiet older brother. The loving son who enjoys working side-by-side with his father at the winery they co-own. At twenty-nine years old, Luke is a success story, the rags-to-riches kind. That’s what people see. Not the ugly past he fights to keep buried… a past that keeps him from really living.

Peyton Matthews is a household name. As a model, her face has been on the covers of countless magazines and she now has more money than she will ever know what to do with. But that smile she flashes for the photographers and the media is just an illusion. That pretty package everyone envies has been her armor, her protection, and she doesn’t want anyone to find a chink in it… especially not the winery owner who looks at her like he knows the dark secrets she keeps.

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Peyton looked back at the bar, but Luke was nowhere to be found. Pissed, she continued her trek to the bathrooms anyway and was just about to enter the door marked MNA when someone grabbed her hand and pulled her down a hallway and into some back room which housed a pay phone and a rack full of coats. Like the rest of the tavern, the lighting wasn’t great, but she was able to focus on the man who still gripped her hand and stared at her like he was either going to yell at her or take her against the wall in the most primal of ways.

“What are you doing here?” she asked.

“Who is he?” Luke asked through gritted teeth.

It pissed her off that he completely ignored her question and asked her one instead, one that truly left her perplexed. “Who are you talking about?”

“The man who felt it was okay to touch you here.” He released her hand, but she instantly felt his fingertips at the small of her back.

The heat of his touch made her anger fade, at least for the time being and she said, “He’s a friend of Walt’s.”

“Are you leaving with him?” His eyes darkened and he drew closer. His hand fell away from the small of her back, which thankfully broke the trance her body seemed to be under and her fury was reignited.

Who the hell did he think he was? She didn’t owe him anything. Not even responses to questions that made her hot and furious at the same time.

“Did you follow me here?” she asked. Her voice shook a little, but it was better than submitting to his questions.

“Yes. Now, are you going home with him?”

“Do you have any idea how messed up that is? That you fucking followed me…again?”

His jaw clenched and he looked away. Peyton was prepared to continue, to lay into him and tell him that he was a stalker and could go to hell, but then he glanced back at her and she saw the shame in his eyes. “Yeah…it is fucked up. I’m…fucked up,” he said.

She wasn’t even going to try to pretend that his words didn’t shock her. He knew what he was doing wasn’t normal. That he wasn’t normal. Luke roughly raked a hand through his hair as he paced the small coatroom. He reminded her of a caged animal, one that was anxious and willing to chew through the bars to get free. Shame, worry, pain, fear, confusion. He seemed consumed by each emotion all at once and all she could do was watch him suffer. What happened to him? Why did he look so…broken?

Before she could ask, Luke shook his head, told her he was sorry and left.

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 Elle Keating is the author of romance novels with sexy heroes and fierce females. Her first book, Thrill of the Chase (Dangerous Love, #1), was published by Forever Romance’s digital imprint, Forever Yours, in 2015. Cut to the Chase (Dangerous Love, #2) soon followed. Most recently, Elle self-published Wanting More (Dangerous Love, #3), Back to the Start (Dangerous Love, #4) and the standalone novel, Keeping His Commandments.

When Elle isn’t torturing her heroes and heroines (don’t worry, there’s always a happily ever after), she is a public school administrator and enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children in New Jersey. For more on Elle and her books, visit ellekeating.com.

 

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Audiobook Review: Damaged

Author: Jeanne St. James

Narrator: B.B. Franklin

Length: 5 hour and 41 minutes

Publisher: Jeanne St. James

Released: Mar. 22, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Two scarred souls: one physically, one mentally. Both on the mend, hiding from their pasts…

Mace Walker can’t wait to get home.

Being buried deep undercover for the past two years, on the most complex case of his career, has torn him down physically and mentally. Now the FBI agent has come home to recover after having his leg badly injured from a gunshot wound. Arriving home late one night, his relief is short-lived as he’s faced with a stranger pointing a gun to his head, acting like he is the one who doesn’t belong there!

Colby Parks, a biochemist at the local university, had come to town a year earlier to escape an abusive relationship. She vows never to put herself in that situation again.

Then the perfect opportunity comes along: housesitting for Mace’s sister while making the house she purchased habitable. But she couldn’t anticipate this big snag: the one wearing the tight Levi’s and worn leather jacket, looking like he had just escaped prison.

Being forced to share a house creates sparks between them in more ways than one. However, things take a turn when their pasts catch up to them, threatening to pull them apart forever.

JEANNE ST. JAMES is a USA Today bestselling romance author who loves an alpha male (or two). She was only thirteen when she started writing. Her first paid published piece was an erotic story in Playgirl magazine. Her first erotic romance novel, Banged Up, was published in 2009. She is happily owned by farting French bulldogs. She writes M/F, M/M, and M/M/F ménages. Want to read a sample of her work? Download a sampler book here: BookHip.com/MTQQKK

 

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This one is difficult to review. On one hand, I have some things I did not like, but on the other, there is just something about these characters that I enjoyed. We have the story of an FBI agent coming home to heal his leg after being undercover for quite some time and a girl abused by her ex-boyfriend. We see them gradually trust each other and we see the past coming back for both. Deep feelings and deep connections are predominant.

On the positive note, I did enjoy their backstories and how they both have secrets. The intense moments they share are to die for. Mace is overprotective and even too jealous at times and Colby is too scared to face her actions. This flaw in their relationship is something that I liked. They start quickly something that they cannot name yet and it felt normal somehow. All their fears felt normal.

The thriller aspect of the story was not as believable to me. Mace is an FBI agent and could have easily found out what Colby’s past hid or who was making threats. The part where his own past returns felt forced. Also, for a woman with her past, she trusted very easily. Even if she says she’s strong, she falls into the comfort of having a man she can trust by her side. But can she trust him completely? When Colby is face to face with her worst fear, her reaction was not as emotional as I would have expected.

The narration was great. Even if I would have preferred a little more voice acting, the emotions were there, the rhythm of the story was there and B.B. Franklin’s voice is clear and easy to understand. Of all the interpretation, I like the frustration feeling she managed to capture. It was so realistic, it was as if she was living every moment with the character.

All in all, I will go with 3.5 stars. Even if there may be elements that did not stand well with me, this is still a book worth checking out, especially in audio version. I hope you’ll give it a try and come back with your thoughts 😊 Happy Reading!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jeanne St. James. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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(Late) October Wrap Up

I wish October never ended. Unfortunately, Time is a force we would never win against and at some point we all lose, even if we fight or not. I lost someone in October and this loss has marked me more than I will ever recognize. I also won an angel, that will forever guide my steps.

Bookishwise, this month I managed to read quite a lot, there are a few titles here that are close to my heart and new authors whose books I must add to my forever growing TBR:

  1. Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn
  2. Secrets In Our Scars by Rebecca Trogner
  3. Intangible by C.A. Gray
  4. Gods of Blood and Bone by Azalea Ellis
  5. Tunes by KC Enders
  6. Invincible by C.A. Grey
  7. How To Steal A Highlander by Olivia Norem
  8. Quick Fall by Michelle Dayton
  9. Night and Day by Andie J. Christopher
  10. Hush by M. Salinger
  11. Discovering You by Kate McBrien
  12. Waiting for You by Kate McBrien
  13. Give It Up by Lee Kilraine
  14. Give and Take by Lee Kilraine
  15. Truth Kills by Nanci Rathbun
  16. Alphahole by DD Prince
  17. The Viscount Can Wait by Marie Tremayne
  18. Aries’ Red Sky by James Young
  19. The Hunted by Jessica Gunn
  20. In Times Like These by Nathan Van Coops
  21. Fangs & Fins by Amy McNulty (Review to follow)
  22. Salt & Venom by Amy McNulty (Review to follow)

As usual, I had many other titles on my list, but they will get their turn eventually. With the promise of having a “happier” wrap up in November, I’ll leave you guys here. Happy reading!