Liebster Blog Award

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I was very flattered to be nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by a friend of mine, Joan (@joangillen). Follow her on twitter, such a lovely lady. 

About Liebster:

The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. “Liebster” is German for “Beloved, Dearest or Favorite”.

The Rules:

When one receives the award, one posts 11 random facts about oneself and answers the 11  questions asked by the person who nominated you.

Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (while making sure one notifies the blogger that one nominated them!)

One writes up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees.

One is not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated one’s own blog!

One pastes the award picture into ones blog. (You can Google the image, there are plenty of them!)

My 11 Facts:

1. I love coffee. I can’t function well without it.

2. I love reading.

3. I never had a boyfriend and I plan to stay that way.

4. I’m a middle child and I hate it.

5. I love Bears.

6. My favorite color is red.

7. I HATE vegetables.

8. I’m very grateful for my friends on twitter *waves and blow kisses to them* 

9. Making other people happy makes me happy (That’s why I chose hospitality industry as my career)

10. I’m 155 cm which means 5 ft 1 inch

11. I love high heels.

Joan’s 11 Questions and My Answers:

1. Would you want to write full time or are you sticking with writing as a hobby or leisure activity?

I’m sticking with writing as a hobby for now.

2. If you could go and visit 3 cities or countries where would it be and why? (Preferably not in the same continent as to where you are living at the moment)

Sydney, Australia – I’d love to see the opera house.

Paris, French – I want to see the Eiffel tower and drink coffee on the sidewalk

Rome and Pisa, Italy – I’d love to see Colosseum and Leaning Tower of Pisa

3. What are the ideal qualities you look for in a partner? (Personality)

Loyal, trustworthy, honest and protective. (a sense of humor would be nice too)

4. What is your pet peeve?

Ignorance people.

5. Left handed or Right Handed?

Right handed

6. Is there an inspirational/ book quote or saying that is your favorite or you live by?

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop

7. One piece of technology that you cannot live without at the moment and why?

Blackberry. I tweet, email, facebook, call, browse and listen to music with it.

8. Does your real life friends and family know about your blog and your poetry?

No they don’t.  And I really don’t think they care.

9. Can you cook a decent meal? If yes what’s your specialty?

I’m a good cook. I’m famous for my pancake and pasta.

10. What is a perfect weekend for you?

When I can getaway from home and enjoying good book/movies and food.

11. Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate? And what’s your favorite brand?

Milk Chocolate, Toblerone.

My 11 Nominees:

http://cocktailplease.tumblr.com/

http://tammy-louisewilkins.blogspot.co.uk/

http://gelytayz.wordpress.com/

http://athousandhats.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/life-before/

http://heavenlyhaven1808.wordpress.com/

http://christianlance.wordpress.com/

http://raspberrydelights.wordpress.com/

http://thesacredroad.wordpress.com/

http://miraclesunleashed.com/

http://talktotheshoe.com/

http://darwinblake.wordpress.com/

My 11 Questions:

1. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

2. If you wanted to look very sexy, how would you dress?

3. Whom do you admire most? In what way does that person inspire you?

4. What is your most treasured memory?

5. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire; after saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be?

6. Do you believe in true love & soul mates?

7. If a crystal ball would tell you the truth about any ONE thing you wished to know concerning yourself, life, the future, or anything else, what would you want to know?

8. In conversations, do you tend to listen or talk more?

9. What has been your biggest disappointment in life? Your biggest failure?

10. Is there something you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

11. What do you value most in a relationship?

Thanks for stopping by 😉 xx

 

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100 Songs

I love  listening to music. I like a bit of everything when it comes to music: classical, jazz (sometimes jazz makes me sleepy), pop, etc. I listen to music depending on my mood and I often find that I connect songs to certain moods and thoughts. Lately I’ve been downloaded some songs that related to the story in books I read or actually mention in the books. I have exactly 100 songs in my smartphone (I like round numbers). Here’s the list:

1.  Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton (My favorite song of all time).

2.  Arms by Christina Perri

3.  The One That Got Away by Katy Perry (I downloaded this song after I read Ring of Fire by Heather  Huffman)

4.  The Blower’s Daughter by Damien Rice (50 Shades of Grey by E.L James)

5.  A Drop in the Ocean by Ron Pope (Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia)

6.  A Thousand Years by Christina Perri (I haven’t watch Breaking Dawn yet but I like the soundtrack)

7.  Adia by Sarah McLachlan

8.  All The Same by Sick Puppies (Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia)

9.  All We Are by Matt Nathanson (NCIS Soundtrack)

10. Alone Again, Naturally by Vonda Shepard (Ally McBeal made me downloaded this song)

11. Amazed by Lonestar (Perfect for Gabriel to Julia from Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard)

12. As It Seems by Lily Kershaw (Criminal Minds Season Finale)

13. Ashes and Wine by A Fine Frenzy

14. At Last by Etta James

15. Because of You by Kelly Clarkson (my ringtone for my Mother)

16. Better Together by Jack Johnson

17. Breaking Your Own Heart by Kelly Clarkson

18. Breathe Again by Sara Bareilles (The Vampire Diaries season 3 if I’m not mistaken)

19. The First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes (Chuck season 4)

20. Brighter Than Sunshine by Aqualung

21. Bring You Home by Ronan Keating (makes me want to have a father)

22. Chasing Pavements by Adele (downloaded after I read Bared to You by Sylvia Day)

23. Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No 4 (Suffocation) (50 Shades of Grey by E.L James)

24. Chuck and Sarah’s theme by Tim Jones

25. Fix You by Coldplay

26. Dante’s Prayer by Loreena McKennitt (Gabriel’s Inferno)

27. Dark Side by Kelly Clarkson (A very dear friend of mine on twitter, @gelytayz, said this is a perfect song for Gabriel so I download it. And it is indeed a perfect song for our beloved professor)

28. Return to Me by Dean Martin (Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard)

29. Every Breath You Take by The Police (50 Shades of Grey by E.L James)

30. Everybody Get Together by Dave Clark Five (Sylvain Reynard mention this song a few days ago on twitter)

31. Everything’ll Be Alright by Joshua Radin (Whenever I’m scared, which is most of the time, I listen to this song)

32. Far Away by Nickelback (Gabriel Emerson, that is all)

33. Give Your Heart a Break by Demi Lovato

34. Have a Little Faith in Me by John Hiatt

35. Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez (50 Shades Darker by E.L James)

36. Ho Hey by The Lumineers (Down To You by M. Leighton)

37. Hold You in My Arms by Ray LaMontagne (Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia)

38. I Love You by Celine Dion (my best friend favorite song)

39. I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl by Nina Simone

40. I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab For Cutie

41. I Will Show You Love by Kendall Payne

42. I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz

43. I Won’t Let You Go by James Morrison (It’d be nice if someone sang this to me :))

44. I’d Rather Be With You by Joshua Radin

45. I’ll Be by Edwin McCain

46. It Gets Better Broadway sings for the Trevor Project

47. Joey by Concrete Blonde (Ring of Fire by Heather Huffman)

48. Kiss the Rain by Yiruma (lovely piece)

49. La Vie En Rose 1945 version by Edith Piaf

50. Lacrimosa by Mozart (I have this song since before I read Gabriel’s Inferno. But now every time I hear this song all I can think about is Professor Emerson)

51. Last Time by Labrinth (Mr. Darwin Blake suggest this song for our “dance in the rain”)

52. Little Things by One Direction (I like the lyrics, sue me)

53. Broken by Livingston

54. Locked Out of  Heaven by Bruno Mars (Gabriel song to Julia)

55. Mad World by Gary Jules (my 22nd Birthday soundtrack)

56. And You Give by Matthew Barber (Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard)

57. Where the River Bends by Matthew Barber (I fell in love with his voice ever since You and Me, which is mention in Gabriels’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard)

58. I Think You’re Gonna Feel My Love by Matthew Barber

59. Our Voices by Matthew Barber

60. I Miss You When You’re Gone by Matthew Barber

61. Night Moves by Bob Seger

62. Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien by Edith Piaf (Inception and Profesor Emerson)

63. Ordinary Miracle by Sarah McLachlan

64. Ours by Taylor Swift

65. Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard (Down to You by M. Leighton)

66. Drifting Further Away by Powderfinger (reminds me of someone back in college)

67. Quiet Hearts by Amy Stroup

68. Reason Why by Ron Pope and Grace Weber (Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia)

69. Ave Maria Piano Version by Richard Clayderman (reminds me of Blake Hart from Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia)

70. Running Up That Hill by Placebo and Kate Bush

71. Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift

72. Shadow Days by John Mayer (reminds me of Gabriel Emerson from Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard)

73. Shake It Out by Florence And The Machine

74. She Is Love (Acoustic Version) by Parachute

75. She Is Love (Full Band Version) by Parachut

76. Skyfall by Adele

77. Skyscraper by Demi Lovato

78. Sogno by Andrea Bocelli

79. Song For a Winter’s Night by Sarah McLachlan

80. Songbird by Eva Cassidy (she has a lovely voice and this song reminds me of Ana and Christian from 50 Shades of Grey by E.L James)

81. Stardust by Nat King Cole

82. Terrified by Jordyn Kane

83. The End by Pearl Jam

84. The Man Who Can’t Be Moved by The Script (Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia)

85. The Prayer by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion

86. The Reason by Hoobastank (this song is sooo Gabriel)

87. The Scientist by Coldplay

88. They Bring Me To You by Joshua Radin

89. Three Rounds and A Sound by Blind Pilot

90. Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro) by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli

91. Try by Nelly Furtado (50 Shades Darker by E.L James)

92. Turning Page by Sleeping At Last

93. Unforgettable by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole

94. Wait For You by Ron Pope (Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia)

95. Waitin’ for A Superman by Iron & Wine

96. What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) by Kelly Clarkson

97. What Makes A Man? By City and Colour (Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia)

98. Wintersong by Sarah McLachlan (Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard)

99. Won’t Back Down by Eminem and Pink (Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia)

100. You and Me by Matthew Barber (Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard)

Thanks for stopping by 😉 xx

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I’m Grateful for My Friends

(Please forgive any wrong grammar or structure, it should be noted that English is not my first language.)

I read a lot of books this past month. Don’t get me wrong, I read a lot before too. But since I quit my job back in early October, I have nothing to do but read.  And I believe October is one of the happiest moment in my life. I’ve been working since I was a student in college and I literally never had a holiday. Yes, I’m one of those over achiever workaholic person (and can you believe that I’m only 23 years old?). So I take this chance to read as much as I could and to prove to my family that I can relax, they thought I worry too much, too uptight and don’t know how to relax (and I’m started to think that the might be right).

Why is October one of the happiest moment in my life? Here’s the thing, I don’t have many friends. I can count them with my fingers (1 to be exact. Actually there’s 2 but turns out she’s a backstabbing bitch, so…).  And I’m okay being alone, I chose to be that way, I like my privacy (that’s why I never have a boyfriend too). And a lot of people from schools and my former workplace just don’t get me (can you believe that one of my former colleague didn’t know who J.R.R Tolkien is but he can describe all of Rihanna’s tattoos?).  I’m one of those nerds who always sat in the corner reading a book. Back in high school I have a nickname; the ice queen. But, this past month I have hundreds of new friends. I met them in this social media called twitter.

Back in August I read this one book, Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard, the story itself is special, but what comes next, for me is a blessing. After reading the book (and it’s sequel; Gabriel’s Rapture) I found out that the author is involved in a lot of charities (I’m a sucker for charity). So I started to follow him on twitter along with the fans account.  From there, I met these amazing group of ladies who, just like me love to read (sadly, I can’t remember the first lady I befriended with. You see, August is a tough month for me). Anyhoo, the blessing doesn’t stop at that, I get to chat with authors, poets and other amazing people. I got the courage to write some book reviews which my friends said that they’re good reviews (and the authors themselves actually like my reviews). I know right? Talk about blessing. If you’d told me three months ago that I will have a lot of friends whose also a book junkie and actually like me for who I am (well, I’m assuming. My sister said “they like you because the don’t get to meet you.” But I chose to ignore that comment.) , I’d probably say “Dude, are you high? Nobody likes the nerd.”

I write this post to say just how grateful I am to meet my friends. Yes, I lose one person who I truly consider as my best friend (she’s the backstabbing bitch I was talking about earlier) but in return, I get a bunch of amazing people. And I wouldn’t trade them for the world. Of course it doesn’t change some things; my trust issue and my family issue are still there and other stuff (I’m still jobless, but currently it’s because I chose to). But when I talk to my friends, I can forget all of my problems for a while, and I’m really grateful for that.

Here are the names of the people that I’m grateful I met. I can’t mention all of you, but I do the best I can. And even though I didn’t mention some of your name you’re no less important than others.

Authors:

Sylvain Reynard

@sylvainreynard

#NewYorkTimes & #USAToday Best Selling Author of#GabrielsInferno & #GabrielsRapture.

Jennifer Probst

@jenniferprobst

NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy and erotic romance wth Gallery, Entangled, and Decadent. Children’s book author. Proud bad mommy. Come visit!

Debra Anastasia

@Debra_Anastasia

Author of ★☆Crushed Seraphim★☆ ★☆Poughkeepsie★☆Bittersweet Seraphim★☆

Heather Huffman

@Heathers_mark

I enjoy dancing with my kids. Love my horses & chickens. Springsteen fan. Abolitionist. Fair Trade supporter. Author of books with sparks & suspense.

Michelle Leighton

@mleightonbooks

New York Times bestselling author, lover of chocolate and coffee, a fool for love and a dork in her own right. Find me everywhere!

Friends

Gel

@gelytayz

A Proud Mom and a Wife.I may have no power over the future,but I have the freedom over the choices I make.Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡ Getting *bookish* and I love it.

Iris~Elli

@Iris_Elli

Daughter,sister,friend,wife,lover,mother,teacher,singer,swimmer, reader, watcher, twi-slore, muse

Miss Cranberry

@RandomCran

On the blue sofa, underneath the purple blanket, forever dreaming of Aramis and sin.

Elena

@TwiArcady90

Italian obsessive reader. Lover of literature, theatre, ballet and movies. Reviewer on @BookTemptations. I can’t do without a book. Moderator at @GIFansItaly

Neda

@AminiNeda 

An avid reader, music lover and all around fun loving girl.

Karen Everett

@K_Everett

Namaste, Genealogist to the World. Passionate Reader. 4-H Volunteer, Dedicated to Charities and Community Service.

LT

@Elletee_ 

Stercus Accidit

Tamie

@twilightangel17

I read. Everyday.Period. I talk about books occasionally 😉 My favorite # is 17

SerendipitousMC

@SerendipitousMC 

Mom, wife, bureaucrat, writer. On FF.net and Livejournal as MeilleurCafe.

KATIE MAGNET 🙂 ™

@KatieMagnet FOLLOWS YOU

Never underestimate a Goddess.I swear, I rant but I have a heart of gold x Sarcasm as standard BA HonsEd RAF & Police background I support @CVOCCharity

Tammy-Louise Wilkins

@TammyLWilkins FOLLOWS YOU

Author of upcoming YA-Mature novel Temptation Bites. Tall, Too Smart, Sarcastic, Adviser, Model, Singer-Songwriter, Blogger & Aspiring Writer. #MUFC #Libra

Siobhan

@cocktailplease 

animal lover; nature enthusiast; book whore; purveyor of random thoughts; soft-hearted curmudgeon; sexy bitch

Hayley™

@SummerPanties

I love my lush hubby @1largepepsi #TheOne #ForeverLove, my sons, cuppa teas, romance, laughter, the colour red, movies, tattoos and motorbikes x #InThatOrder!!!

Caroline

@CarolineD_13

I love to read, dance, sing, laugh, and love. Living life to the fullest every day! Please insert other pretentious crap here.

Joan Gillen

@joangillen

Trying to live life & make a difference/Avid Kindle Book Reader/Hopeless

Romantic/Dreamer/Music Lover/Frustrated Singer & Dancer/Aspiring Traveler

Terry

@TerrytheNurse

Eclectic interests:former professor, loves public speaking, published Nursing writer, registered nurse, and passionate and appreciative reader.

Sal

@S_W36

Married mum of 3, lover of horse riding, reading, dog walking and tattoo’s

Poets

Kat Bastion

@KatBastion

Award-winning writer, pushing paper by day, inking my wildest fantasies by night. Join my adventure to published author and in my love for paranormal romance.

beth

@missb1331

lover of words, FEELS, and all things blush worthy. sometimes I write things down…. #poemup

Mon Ami

@YrMonAmi

Tormented Poet, Twisted Procreator of Short Stories, & Aspiring Erotica Writer http://www.pjbayliss.com  #YrMonAmi #50Truths

Mit

@MitMaras 

Just a Mom stepping into the writing world … humbly, scared, excited and proud.

Deidre

@laDEEda51

Passionate about words… Reading, writing, and hearing them spoken… Curiousity may have killed the cat, but I’ve unlocked limitless lives…

Angel

@Heavenly_haven

I wake with good intentions

Mr Darwin Blake

@DarwinBlake

Almost Famous Author. Cunning Linguists. Aspiring Poet. Friend To All.

Poetic Dreams

@_poeticdreams 

Enter my dreams…one by one…walk with me through to reality…

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
― C.S. Lewis

Neda ‏@AminiNeda

You know what I love about my twitter friends that they respect each other’s opinions and choices.

Thanks for stopping by 😉 xx

My Review on Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

Characters:

Livia McHugh, Blake Hartt, Chris, Beckett Taylor, Cole Bridge, Kyle McHugh, Eve, Mouse.

The Synopsis:

He counts her smiles every day and night at the train station. And morning and evening, the beautiful commuter acknowledges him—just like she does everyone else on the platform. But Blake Hartt is not like the others . . . he’s homeless. Memories of a broken childhood have robbed him of peace and twisted delusions into his soul. He stays secluded from the sun, sure the world would run from him in the harsh light of day.

Each day, Livia McHugh smiles politely and acknowledges her fellow commuters as she waits for the train to the city. She dismisses this kindness as nothing special, just like her. She’s the same as a million other girls—certainly no one to be cherished. But special or not, she smiles every day, never imagining that someone would rely on the simple gesture as if it were air to breathe.

When the moment comes that Livia must do more than smile, without hesitation she steps into the fray to defend the homeless man. And she’s surprised to discover an inexplicable connection with her new friend. After danger subsides, their smiles become conversation. Their words usher in a friendship, which awakens something in each of them. But it’s not long before their bond must prove its strength. Entanglements from the past challenge both their love and their lives.

Blake’s heart beats for Livia’s, even if her hands have to keep its rhythm. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love never fails. Love never fails, right?

In an interwoven tale of unlikely loves and relationships forged by fire, Debra Anastasia takes readers into the darkest corners of human existence, only to show them the radiant power of pure adoration and true sacrifice. Complicated families and confused souls find their way to light in this novel, which manages to be racy, profane, funny, and reverent all at once.

My review:

I read Poughkeepsie after some friends of mine on twitter suggested it. And I think I’ve read this book more than three times since the first I read it last month. I laughed and I cried (sometimes at the same time) while I’m reading Poughkeepsie.  I think, the best word to describe Poughkeepsie is magical. This is the kind of book that you can’t stop thinking about once you’ve read it.

When I’m on page 3 of Poughkeepsie, a question pop in my head; Why in the world is this beautiful man (Blake) homeless? And I think that’s where Debra Anastasia’s magic begins. Every character in Poughkeepsie has flaws, but somehow I can’t help but to love each and every one of them (seriously, I still can’t decide which brothers I want to keep for myself).

Blake Hartt is a quiet homeless man who is always at that one spot in Poughkeepsie Train Station where grad student Livia McHugh goes to every morning to get to school. He has been watching and counting the smiles she bestows upon him from afar for months. One morning, as Blake is being harassed by a group of bullies, Livia steps in to defend him. And what follows, in my opinion, is one of  the most romantic and beautiful love story I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

While Blake and Livia are the main characters in Poughkeepsie, as I mention before, I really fell in love with the supporting characters.  Cole, Kyle, Beckett, Eve and Mouse were all great characters.  Kyle and Beckett  had me laughing out loud at pretty much every word that came out of their  mouth.  My absolute favorite characters in Poughkeepsie were Beckett and Eve (thank God Debra said the sequel will focus on them). These are two beautifully flawed characters that I really bonded with.  Beckett and Eve are who they are because of their bitter pasts. Life is definitely not fair, but these two characters took the reins and made their own destiny.

Another beautiful relationship in Poughkeepsie is the brotherhood of Blake, Cole and Beckett. Brothers, not by blood mind you, have never had such a strong and amahzing connection. Three men, who mean more to each other than anything else in the world, even their own lives.

Finally, for me, the characters in Poughkeepsie represent; kindness, forgiveness, sacrifice, courage, acceptance and twisted bastard.

I recommend this book for your TBR list. But please be aware that this book is definitely NOT for minors.  If you do not like cursing or violence in the novels you read, Poughkeepsie is probably not for you.  Nevertheless, I think the language accurately reflects the people and circumstances in the novel.

Visit Debra Anastasia’s website for awesome playlist and official trailer of Poughkeepsie:

http://www.DebraAnastasia.com

(My personal favorite songs are: Wait for You by Ron Pope and Reason Why by Ron Pope and Grace Weber)

Oh, and follow her on twitter too, her tweets will brighten your TL.

My favorite quotes:

“Don’t tie your success to anything other than what’s inside you”

― Debra AnastasiaPoughkeepsie

“Beckett’s probably the hardest man there is to love,” Blake said. “He does life wrong for all the right reasons.”
― Debra AnastasiaPoughkeepsie

Thanks for stopping by 😉 xx

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Dr. Gregory House Quotes

This post has been brought to you by insomnia, because I can’t freaking sleep. I love House, he’s my favorite character in TV series. I think he’s the most interesting character there is in TV series. And he said the most awesome quotes that sometimes I can relate to. Here are some quotes from House

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That is all for now. Thanks for stopping by 😉 xx