Friday, January 17, 2020

Indie Author Spotlight: LJ Shen

Welcome to Indie Author Spotlight where I feature an indie author 
I've read and loved or one I really, really want to read.

Today's author is LJ Shen

About the Author

L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 Best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to twenty different countries.

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

The Books!

I'm an Amazon Affiliate which means I do get a small portion from when purchases are made through my link.

Monday, January 13, 2020

My Thoughts... The First Three Years of Marriage

I've heard people say the first two years are the hardest for a marriage. There are hundreds of articles around the internet that state this. Once the "honeymoon" is over, it's time to settle in together. This means figuring out how to handle different aspects of your lives, like finances and household tasks just to name a couple.

From the day we got married at the courthouse.

Kyle and I got married on January 13th 2017, meaning today is our three year anniversary! We were together for one full year before that, so it's been a total of four years. I still can't believe we've known each other that long, and yet it feels like I've known him for much longer.

So, are the first two years the hardest?

Honestly? They were difficult, yes, but I don't feel they were extremely hard. We had our moments, of course, as all married couples do. And while in those moments you wonder what's going on and why life isn't as peachy as it was a week ago, you know deep down that the fight is only temporary. More often than not, we've learned over the years how to work things out easier and to not let certain issues become big ones. If one of us forgets to do something, we try to opt for gentle reminders rather than angry tirades.

Since I suffer from depression and anxiety, there have been days when things were harder than they should be. If I'm already either depressed or anxious, when something comes up that's upsetting it can create more trouble than intended. Both of us have experienced things in our lives that made us more sensitive to certain situations. So, there has been a lot we've had to adjust to and learn about each other, but I've noticed that we both have been acknowledging these things rather than jumping to wrong conclusions.

How about that third year?

This last year has been another up and down sort of year, more when it comes to life in general than with our relationship. We attempted to get our first home only to have it fall through, which was upsetting not only because of the money lost for the inspection and appraiser, but also for the frustration and waiting for nothing. I also started working full-time again, only for my department to be dissolved five months later. We traveled to Florida for my brother's wedding, which was lovely. Plus it was my first time going to Florida and flying on a plane. And instead of starting another new job, we agreed to have me stay at home to work on both Ebay and my PA job (personal assistant to authors). Even though there were times when I'd just about had enough of the rollercoaster, at the end of the day I was grateful for what I had.

If I'm being completely honest, I think the third year was when Kyle and I finally hit our stride. We learned to communicate better, to explain ourselves more so that we understood where the other was coming from. And even with the handful of bad days, everything worked out in the end. We may not have started out as friends prior to dating, but I consider Kyle to be my best friend. He's the one I want to tell everything to, he has the shoulder I want to cry on, and he's the one I want to celebrate with when something great happens.

At my brother's wedding last summer.

What about the fourth year?

I'm not sure what to expect! This fourth year of marriage will be the fifth year together, and I feel that's kind of a milestone, especially for two people who met on a dating website. We're hoping to reach certain goals this year, including possibly looking for a house again and maybe taking a mini vacation. Having a house would make our lives much easier, especially when it comes to our Ebay store. And we can get cats, which we're both excited about.

All in all, this journey of marriage has been a blessing more than anything. I've grown closer to Kyle and fall in love with him more and more every day. I know that sounds cheesy, but it's true, and I couldn't be more grateful to have found him.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Book Review: Whiskey Love by Brianna Cash

Title: Whiskey Love
Author: Brianna Cash
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Cooper doesn’t know it yet, but we’re soulmates.

When I asked to buy him a drink, he said he’d buy me one if his relationship didn’t work out. Instead of following through on that promise, he drowns himself in as many bottles of whiskey as he can without giving himself alcohol poisoning.

Good thing I’m strong enough to help him work through his grief.

He won’t give up the liquor, so we compromise with whiskey kisses. They relax him enough to reveal some of the demons he’s constantly fighting, and also to show me how much he wants me. Even if he refuses to acknowledge it when he’s sober.

I’ll give him whiskey kisses for the rest of our lives. But if he’s ever ready, if he ever trusts me with all his demons, I’ll also give him whiskey love.

My Thoughts:

I had the chance to read the first chapter of Whiskey Love before it released and it intrigued me enough that I asked Brianna if I could have an ARC once it's ready. The story really pulled me in and I was hopeful for Mary and Cooper to figure out what they want. There were moments where they frustrated me to no end, but the two of them always found their way back to each other.

This was my first book by Brianna Cash and I can't wait to check out her other books!

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Steals and Deals: Rainbow Edition - Part Two on 01/09/2020

It's Steals & Deals day where I showcase book deals for under $3!

Hello, hello! Welcome to the second edition of Steals and Deals for 2020! Last time around I shared some f/f romance, but this time I'll be sharing m/m romances*. These great deals starting at absolutely FREE and ending at $2.99.

Keep scrolling to check out all the bookish goodies you can get for a low price!**


$0.99 - $1.99



* Please note that I haven't read most of these books, so I am unable to note whether all characters are cis male, there may be some non-binary or trangender men or other gender. I cannot vouch for good representation or any potential issues within the books, and I tried my best to get as many own voices as I could. I strongly suggest reading reviews to verify these things prior to purchasing.

** I'm an Amazon Affiliate which means I do get a small portion from when purchases are made through my link. Also note that all of these books are the price noted at time of posting. Prices may change at any time, so be aware of this before one-clicking!