Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Spotlight - #Starstruck by Sariah Wilson

#Starstruck by Sariah Wilson 
 “You’ve done better.” With one uncharacteristically sassy tweet to her longtime celebrity crush, Zoe Miller’s life turns upside down. Ultrahot A-lister Chase Covington doesn’t just respond to Zoe’s tweet, he does the unthinkable: he messages Zoe directly. Now she must decide between walking away or meeting her crush in person. Chase knows better than to trust anyone from the Internet, but Zoe’s saucy challenge has totally caught his interest—and her girl-next-door personality is keeping it. He’s been burned enough to know he needs to keep his heart close. But his feelings for Zoe might be a lot more than just an online flirtation. He just has to convince her… When the press gets wind of Zoe and Chase’s secret relationship, their romance turns into tabloid headlines. Will they be able to hold on to their Hollywood love story?
Excerpt #1 A few beats passed before he said, “I make you nervous, don’t I?” Uh, understatement of the year. But his movie star ego didn’t need to hear it. “I’m…I’m not nervous.” He started moving fractionally closer to me, one small movement with each loud, slow thud of my heart. “I don’t normally make girls nervous. Excited, yes. Overwhelmed. Shocked. Up for anything, usually. But not nervous.” This time he did touch me, his fingers tucking back some stray hairs behind my ears. I closed my eyes and dragged in a sharp breath. All those sensations…I totally got the overwhelmed reaction. And the excited and shocked thing. And possibly even the up for anything impulse. I opened my eyes and tried to deny it, but now Chase stood directly in front of me, his heat warming me, pulling me in. He put his hands against the counter, on either side of me. He’d trapped me. “I think I know why I make you nervous.” “I told you, I’m not nervous.” A playful smile lit up his entire face. “Like I said, you’re a terrible liar.” He focused his gaze on my lips. His head ducked down toward mine. We were almost touching. So close, but not enough. I put my right hand on his chest, but whether it was to stop him or pull him closer, I didn’t know. It was like a scene out of my favorite movie, complete with my favorite movie star. His lips hovered above mine, his slow, steady breaths a huge contrast to my short, shallow ones as they washed over my face. “Zoe.” Chase whispered my name, and it sounded both like a question and a promise. It made my knees buckle, my stomach tighten and my pulse explode. 
Author Sariah Wilson Bestselling author Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane or climbed Mount Everest, and she is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soul mate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romances like The Royals of Monterra series. After growing up in Southern California as the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children, she graduated from Brigham Young University with a semiuseless degree in history. She currently lives with the aforementioned soul mate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster who is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).
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Monday, January 15, 2018

👗Camren Bicondova vs Hong Chau vs Heidi Klum

Alex Perry is an Australian born and raised desinger and I've known him also thanks his judge spot in the "Australia's Next Top Model" talent show. A lot of celebrities have been wearing his pieces over the years, his style is very elegant with an hint of creativity...and that's why today we have not two, but three celebs who wore the same shiny body-fitting silver dress from his 2018 Resort collection.
The first who showed up in this sequin dress has been "Gotham" actress Camren Bicondova, back in August 2017, while hitting the red carpet for the E!, Elle & Img Host New York Fashion Week Kickoff Party. The young star completed the look with her beautiful, wild curly hair and a pair of bright pink laced-up sandals. 
A few months later, it was Hong Chau's turn at the "Downsizing"L.A. premiere, in December. She went for an sophisticated look, with a tight back hairstyle and white pumps and purse.
With her hair left loose and silver sandals to complete the look, , Heidi Klum has been the most recent who opted for Alex Perry's dress, while attending the Marie Claire Image Makers Awards, a few days ago. 

Who do you think wore it better?
Camren Bicondova, Hong Chau or Heidi Klum?

Ph: hawtcelebs.com

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Golden Globes 2018: My personal Best Dressed

On Sunday, January 7th, the 75th annual Golden Globes Awards took place in Beverly Hills.  This year's show had a very specific atmosphere: the all female actresses protest against sexual harassment and they did it in the most fashonably way possible, wearing black clothes and "Time's Up" pins.
The winners speeches were all about this infamous topic, the most memorable of which was Oprah Winfrey's.

Seeing all black on the red carpet has been quite a thing and here I wanted to recap my favourite of the evening.

Zoe Kravitz in custom Saint Laurant & Viola Davis in custom Brandon Maxwell
Zoe's statement green earrings reminded me a lot of Angelina Jolie's ones at the Oscars in 2009...Viola Davis was simply stunning with her afro-styled hair and bright smile!

Sally HawkinsNatalie Portman & Michelle Pfeiffer all in Christian Dior Couture

Diane Kruger in Prada & Samara Weaving in Laura Basci Couture

Laura Marano in Rita Vinieris 

Claire Foy in Stella McCartney & Debra Messing in Christian Siriano

But my favourites where these two blue-eyed actresses below, that took the 'wear black' code and took it to its highest level.

Alison Brie in Vassilis Zoulias & Alexis Bledel in Oscar de la Renta Resort

Here my previous Golden Globes Best Dressed

Who were your favourites?

Ph: zimbio.com 

Monday, January 8, 2018

👗FKA Twigs vs Cassie

And here we are with 2018's first #WWIB and of course it had to be an Italian designer to open the year and who's better than Versace? Are you ready for The Assassination of Gianni VersaceAmerican Crime Story, because I certanly am!
This splendid Versace Spring 2018 design has been worn first by British singer FKA Twigs, earlier last December, while attending 2017 British Fashion Awards. She donned the yellow pattern skirt with a matching crop top and a black leather jacket. She of course kept her signature messy hairstyle and wore a lot of different sizes earrings.

On the first day of this new year, on January 3rd to be precise, American singer Cassie showed up in the same skirt for the CÎROC The New Year event, held in Miami. She opted for a black lace crop top, golden sandals and a black purse covered in Swarovski crystals; she completed the look with a sleek back ponytail and golden circle earrings.

Who do you think wore it better?
FKA Twigs vs Cassie?

Ph: hawtcelebs.com & zimbio.com

Friday, January 5, 2018

📺 Korean Tv Series Review: Goblin - The Lonely and Great God (쓸쓸하고 찬란하神 – 도깨비)

After Master's Sun, I'm back again with another paranormal K-Drama! This series has very dark atmospheres and surely the main topic (death) isn't the brightest one...But Goblin - The Lonely and Great God managed to deal such a dreary theme with intensity, yet humourism, engaging and funny characters as well.
Here's to you my review and thoughts!
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Kim Shin was a warrior during the Goryeo period (918 to 1392) and served his Emperor and country right, but when he was betrayed by the young Ruler he died trying to kill him. He has been resurrected by the deity, who wanted to both reward him for his loyalty and punish him for taking so many lives while in battle; so he became a Goblin, an immoratal entinty who must protect human's souls.
Funny enough, he ends up living with the Grim Reaper, who has the task of helping the deceased souls to start their afterlives. 
Kim Shin has lived more than 900 years and the only thing he longs for his to find his 'bride, the human who will end his immortal life...The bride will come in the form of Ji Eun-tak, a quirky high school student that can see ghosts and immediately claims she's is the goblin's bride.

As their lives will cross paths with Sunny, the chicken restaurant owner where Ji Eun-tak works, they'll face incredible obstacles, sometimes easy to overcome, sometimes will nearly get them killed...
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My Opinion👍👎
Whether they'll be of amusement or sadness, you'll pour a few tears along with the protagonists during each episode...guaranteed!
The leading characters are funny, but complex and their immortality is more a weight than a blessing. When Ji Eun-tak comes into their lives is like a breath of fresh air, with her spontaneity and always smiling face, hiding the difficulties she had to confront since she was 9, when her mom died.
This drama conquered me more than Master's Sun and the credit goes entirely to the dialogues: I never laughed or been moved as much as with Goblin. 
The Grim Reaper has become one of my favourite fictional characters, thanks to his sacarms, priceless face expressions and...he's vegeterian, like me! How couldn't I like him?
I also appreciated the time jumps between nowadays and the Goryeo period.

Aside the WAY TOO MANY hesitations from both Kim Shin and the Reaper sides, when it came to their love lives, the I'll-stay-away-from-you-even-if-I-love-you-at-least-you-won't-get-hurt kind of scenes were simply too frequent, I really enjoyed this series and I can't wait to watch other dramas with these actors!

Raking: 4
¾ /5

AsianWiki & kdramakisses.com

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Hothouse Flower by Taylor Dean - Book Blast & Giveaway

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Hothouse Flower by Taylor Dean I loved Jace Faraday with all my heart. I loved everything about him, from his huge smile to his fabulous laugh. Another man never caught my eye. It was always Jace and Shay, together forever. Until it wasn’t. He devastated me, he ruined me. I’ve never gotten over it. But, I’m a survivor. I’m not a precious flower that can only thrive if kept safe from the perils of the outside world. Except now Jace has returned home. He’s just across the street from me, so close I swear I can actually feel his presence. I can’t avoid him forever. At some point I have to face him. And when I do, I know sparks will fly. To redeem himself for his past actions, I need major remorse. I need a profuse apology and maybe even a little begging for forgiveness. I won’t settle for anything less. However, when the truth behind our break-up is revealed, I’m stunned. It leaves me reeling—and yearning for the six years that have been lost to us. The thing is, once the truth is known, there’s nothing to keep us apart. Absolutely nothing. Dear Reader: This book deals with a sensitive issue.  
The Sound of Silence Series is a three book series.
Book One: Stone Silence, Spencer’s Story Book Two: Jailbird, Mia’s Story Book Three: Hothouse Flower, Shay’s Story
Each book has a happy ending and there are no cliffhangers. They are not standalones and should be read in order.
Read an excerpt from HOTHOUSE FLOWER: Excerpt #1: I'LL BE RIGHT down to help with dinner, Mom,” I holler. It will just be a few minutes because I’m busy staring out the window at the man I’ve loved nearly all my life. He’s home. He’s actually home—just across the street from me, only yards away. I swear I can physically feel his presence and it’s killing me. Jace Faraday. The love of my youth. He just arrived at his mother’s house across the street. It’s early evening and I’m watching from my upstairs bedroom window just like I used to do as a teenager. All those old feelings I had for him are rushing over me just as strong as ever. Except now I’m a twenty-six year old woman and, sadly, I feel as though I’m too old to feel giddy over a man. He is the one man in my life that I have ever truly loved. I loved everything about him from his huge smile to his soft voice to his fabulous laugh. I loved his brawny physique, yet the fact that he had such a gentle touch. I loved his sense of humor the most of all. When we first started to say I love you to each other, they were serious moments and I knew he meant it as much as I did. As time went by, I would whisper I love you to him and he’d respond in a silly voice, “And I’ve grown fond of you.” It reduced me to a writhing mass of giggles every time. I was young when I first met him. His family moved in across the street when I was in kindergarten. By the time I was in fifth grade, I was sure he was the man I would marry. I was just a little girl with stars in her eyes, someone who was in love with love. By then Jace was in the eighth grade and seemed larger than life to me. That feeling of hero worship I felt as a little girl has never left me. Excerpt #2: “I apologize if that embarrassed you. That’s what creepy ex-boyfriends are for though. If you look it up in the dictionary, you’ll find that I’m right.” “That’s the exact definition?” I ask. “In a nutshell. I believe it reads: A hideous creature made to embarrass and humiliate his former girlfriend during every single moment of her life. Warning: They should all be hunted down and killed.” A half smile escapes. “That’s a bit harsh, don’t you think?” “Maybe. I promise to try my best to not stand outside of your window in the middle of the night with a boom box over my head.” This time he makes me laugh aloud. “Just out of curiosity, what would the song be?” “Oh, you know, a rousing rendition of George Michael belting out Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go. After all, I’d have to wake you up before getting all romantic with my song choice.” “So . . . what would the romantic song be?” I have to know. “Don’t make me say it.” “You brought it up. Don’t leave me hanging.” “It would have to be . . . I Think I Love You by The Partridge Family. It’s an oldie, but a goodie. Not many know it, but it’s a gem of a song. It says everything that’s in my heart.” It’s his ability to say silly things with a deadpan voice that makes him so funny. To me, at least. No one else ever laughs at his jokes quite like I do. I slap his arm playfully and Brit burrows deeper into his shoulder. “I’d go back to bed.” “I’d resort to drastic measures then.” “What drastic measures?” “I’d have to pull out the Barry Manilow. He’s only to be used in rare moments and with extreme caution.”   
  Stone Silence by Taylor Dean Great big beautiful love. Does it really exist? Everyone tells me it does. They say, “Spencer Elliott, don’t worry, you’ll find it one day. You just have to find the right man and when you do, it will surprise the heck out of you.” I’m still waiting for that heck of a surprise to hit. It has proven to be elusive thus far. I’m pretty sure the entire world is lying about love and the joke is on me. I know I want a man in my heart and in my life. Unfortunately, most men immediately push my OFF button and I lose interest quickly. Feeling pressure to prove I’m trying to find my soulmate, I finally give in and agree to a date. Huge mistake. Afterward I find myself abandoned in the middle of nowhere, in desperate need of help. That’s when I meet Stony by chance. He’s a silent and unsmiling man who intrigues me with his ability to keep going after life has knocked him down. Suddenly the abstract notion of love becomes tangible and within my reach. Once I experience it, I wonder how I ever lived without it. That’s when I stay with Stony by choice. But when Stony’s hidden past and present-day reality collide, his silence is broken. And the truth about his life nearly brings me to my knees. I can’t compete with ghosts from the past. I refuse to fight for a man’s love. He either loves me or he doesn’t. It’s as simple and as complicated as that. My only hope is . . . he does.  
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  Jailbird by Taylor Dean My hometown decided to rename me Jailbird. Every day I silently scream out, “My name is Mia Faraday!” My time in jail does not define me. I am so much more than one heated mistake. And yet, my slip-up weighs on me. There’s so much more to the story than anyone realizes. I must face Stony, my ex, and confess everything. I don’t want to. I’d rather have five teeth pulled. While I’m awake. Without anesthesia. But this is something I have to do, something I need to do. Not just for Stony. I need to do it for me. Especially for me. I can’t move forward with my life until I gain closure from the past. When I meet Grayson Elliott, I am easily pulled into his orbit and it’s exactly where I’d love to stay. He makes me laugh and not take life so seriously. He makes me want to live again. But I don’t love me right now, and that healing needs to come first. I’m not relationship-ready or marriage material. My mind is focused on redemption. I want it. I need it. Besides, when Grayson hears about my colorful past, I’m sure he’ll be gone before I have time to utter the word goodbye. After all, who could ever love a jailbird?   
  Praise for JAILBIRD: Mia's story about forgiveness and redemption is packed with emotion and will leave you wanting more! -Jana, Amazon Review An adventure from start to finish, a wonderful sequel to Stone Silence. -atvtnv, Amazon Review Once I started reading, I just couldn't stop! It has been a LONG time since a book has kept me up WAY past my bedtime! -KJ's Book Nook
Author Taylor Dean Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up.
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