Monday, February 29, 2016

Now on FREE Kindle Unlimited!




Cover Reveal!

CR Banner1 Today we’re revealing the gorgeous cover for COUNTRY RIVALS the third book in ZARA STONELEY’S Tippermere series, which will be released in May 2016. 

Country Rivals eBook  
Country Rivals by Zara Stoneley Series: Tippermere #3 Published by Harper Impulse on May 2016 Genres: Chicklit, Humour, Love & Romance GoodReads, Amazon
Note from the author – Hi, I’m really excited to be working with Star Crossed Tours for my cover reveal, and thrilled with the new look that HarperCollins have come up with for my Tippermere books. I’ve always loved the covers of the first two books in the series, STABLE MATES and COUNTRY AFFAIRS, but this third one is quite different and extra special. I think it really gives you a sense of where Lottie comes from, and what the story is about. I hope you love it as much as I do! Zara x
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Bestselling author Zara Stoneley lives in deepest Cheshire surrounded by horses, dogs, cats and amazing countryside. When she’s not visiting wine bars, artisan markets or admiring the scenery in her sexy high heels or green wellies, she can be found in flip flops on the beach in Barcelona, or more likely sampling the tapas! Zara writes hot romance and bonkbusters. Her latest novel, ‘Stable Mates’, is a fun romp through the Cheshire countryside and combines some of her greatest loves – horses, dogs, hot men and strong women (and not forgetting champagne and fast cars)! She writes for Harper Collins and Accent Press.
 
 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Life Lesson | I was catfished...

For 24 hours. Okay, we all know about the trolls of the Internet and we've all stumbled across and gotten sucked into a Catfish marathon, so how did this happen to me a pretty interweb savvy gal?  You know the saying "too good to be true"? Well, that's 100% true in almost every catfish story. Listen, if you are ridiculously good looking, you should know that you will be used as a pawn in the catfish web. And I almost think it's your punishment for your crime-like who really needs 12 pack abs?! You are asking for it. But anyway, let me get back to my story...

Last Tuesday night, I was on Facebook and saw this extremely hot guy that I had mutual friends with, one of them being one of my childhood besties (hi Dana!) so I did what any curious and single gal would do, I friend requested him. And what happened next is both bizarre and hilarious.

Within 5 seconds of sending the request, he accepts-red glad #1. I thought oh maybe his show is on commercial too (American Crime Story-if you don't watch yet, you should, it's ah-mazing) then within a minute I had not 1, not 2, but 3 Facebook messages! Red flag #2. Here's what they say;

Mike Parker: hey baby.
Mike Parker: I saw you requested me thank u what's going on,nice meetin you
Mike Parker: you look cute bet your nice girl

Now I know what you're thinking "Kayla you didn't honestly feed into this.." But as a girl who one-was giving the hot guy with a dog a chance and two-I thought maybe something funny will come of this, I replied.

Me: hey! Yeah I saw we have a few friends in common. How do you know Dana ******?
Mike Parker: oh maybe. She my friend on here.

We made small talk after that, like major small talk, mostly of him saying how mezmoreized he was by my smile and how pretty I was. Red flag #3. Then it got weird. He asked me for my number and I gave it to him. Honestly at this point I knew there was something fishy about this, but I wanted to play along-what can I say, I'm a risk taker and like cheap fun.

So he texts me and asks me if I drive to which I said yeah? Then this is were it got really bizarre and the catfish alarm really went off. He asked said this: "okay baby can,u do me a favor I have a friend Paul Byrnes he's a good friend of mine and he needs a ride back to his apartment his car recently bro he down can u friend request him for me. I can't wait to get to no u that would help me a lot I'm working so I can't help him but he's like a bro to me" and then bam-Paul Byrnes popped up as a friend request and 3 messages. Red flags #4 & #5.

Paul Byrnes: hey my friend mark told me to message you
Paul Byrnes: I guess he spoke to you about helping me anyway i wanted to introduce myself to u he is. Bro to me.
Paul Byrnes: hey

So then I texted Mike and said "wait a second is your name Mark or Mike?" To which he replied Mike and then kept telling me that Paul messaged me. Paul kept messaging me saying how much Mike liked me-my reply to this was "he doesn't know me!"- and how pretty I was. Then he started to talk Mike up, how great he was and what kind of girl he was looking for. But at the end of every message it was a "like me" or "I'm looking for that too". He then asked me to "chill" which sidebar no one over 25 should say that. And we've "known" one another for a whopping total of 22 minutes. I declined obviously.

Now you make think the story stops there, but no here's where it gets even more weird. Cut to around 10:30 EST, I get a Facebook message from my Paris girl, Caroline. She has 2 screenshots of Mike Parker's profile and friend request (Come on Mike, I thought I was the "only girl for you"?!) she says "your friend?" I tell her briefly what happened and we shared a good bilingual laugh and I carry on with my morning. Well that is until MK came over for our morning catch up, I started to tell her how I just talked to Caroline about a weird friend request and she says "wait from Mike Parker?!" So at this point he had tried to friend 2 of my friends. As the day went on, 4 more girls I work with came over to me asking me if I had a new boo (cause "he's sooo hot-good for you Kayla!") and they all showed me their friend requests. I texted my two childhood besties Dana (mine and Mike's "mutual friend") and JMichele. JMichele also had a FR from Mike and Dana told me how she thinks her husband may know Mike and Paul. At this point, I'm more than 100% sure that Paul is Mike and tell her so. We share a good "omg creeper, lol" and that's that.

Well no it's not, cause I'm me, I HAVE to get to the bottom of this! I google hot guy with pit bull and a bunch of cuties pop up, but no Mike Parker. Then a lightbulb goes off "hotdudeswithdogs" on IG duh!! (Which you must follow after you're done reading this...you can thank me later) and low and behold there he is Mike Parker aka Lee Kholafai! I felt just like Nev and Max! I shared the news with my girls and they all applauded my hard work. I also sent Mike Parker this note before blocking him and Paul Byrnes on Facebook. (And blocking their number, I'm not that much of a risk taker...)

So Mike, Paul, whatever your name is-stop friend requesting my friends. Anyone can go out and steal a picture off of Instagram, it doesn't make you cool or clever. Next time you try to fuck with someone at least don't be so freaking creepy about it.

And I sent my proof, these two pictures.




Now you may be thinking Kayla I expected more from you in your kiss off. Well you see I didn't need to be that clever because Paul Byrnes is a very real person and I didn't change his name while writing this post. I also sent a DM to Lee Kholafai giving him a heads up. Guess I'm pretty savvy after all...

Monday, February 22, 2016

a book in review!



Brief Summary:
I blast the stereo in a vain attempt to drown out my thoughts. I don’t want to be thinking about him and analyzing every detail of first period. It makes me feel like a young, foolish girl, and I’m embarrassed that I can’t control the way my body reacts every time his eyes meet mine. 

In a quiet town in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, everything in life is seemingly perfect for eighteen-year-old Kaley Kennedy. She has loving parents, loyal friends, and is dating the hottest boy in school. With only a few months left of her senior year, she’s looking forward to an epic summer before heading off to Los Angeles for college.

Without warning, a gorgeous new math teacher interrupts Kaley’s predictable little world, challenging who she is. Suddenly, parties, dates, and Friday nights with her friends seem empty and unfulfilling as she finds herself obsessing over his every move. Desperate for something more, but determined to ignore her fierce attraction, every single relationship in her life begins to crumble by forces beyond her control. Struggling to transition from adolescence to adulthood, Kaley must choose between playing it safe, or risking more than just her heart. . . .


Review: I said years ago when I started doing book reviews that 5 star books are ones that I can't get enough of and want to read over & over. Well, the last book I read is just that. After having a dream of being involved with a teacher the night before, I hopped on my iPad to see what books out there had this similar plot line. I found tons and after a few snyposis, I picked 'The Force Of Gravity'. I read the first review on Kindle Unlimited and it started with this "The author's writing style will pull you in." I opened the book read the first sentence and said "Yup. I should get my shower out of the way now." Being freshly clean, I hopped into bed at 11:20 Friday night and propped up my iPad and started to read. The first time I looked back at the clock it was 1:27am. I didn't feel tired, I needed more. The next time I looked at the clock it was 3:08am and I calculated how many hours until I needed to be up for brunch, I told myself "One more chapter." and got sucked back in. Well then it was 4:24am and I saw I had 93% of the book read, I told myself I needed to be done by 5. At 4:59 exactly, I finished page 413. Kaley and Mr. Slate's relationship feels unbelievably real. It's all the things I'd imagine it would be when entering the world of sleeping with a teacher. But it's more than that, their relationship is everything, ups, downs, highs, lows, with laughs and tears along the way. The author's writing style is one of my most favorites, she's so descriptive, but leaves some left to you to work out in your head. The scenes are haunting and stay with you. There are times you'll be laughing out loud and then there's times your heart will be breaking. I can't believe this is her first book! It's more than safe to say I've found another favorite author. It's not everyday you read 413 pages in 5 hours and 40 minutes. I HIGHLY recommend this 5 star (I'd give it 5 million stars if I could) book to anyone who loves perfectly written fiction, xo!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Social Scene with JZ featuring Melinda Chen

 

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

4pm pick me up!

not sure why the real version isn't available on YouTube but this song is good acapella too...ps. this is on REPEAT all day, errday, xo!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Must or Bust | Taste Test




Filled Cupcake Oreo

Smell: Chocolate, but a little sweeter.

Taste: So I did as the package said and twisted and licked. And I mean it's delicious, but it doesn't remind me of biting into one of those Hostess cupcakes*. But I did taste like chocolate frosting. I don't know, I was confused by these little buggers, I like them. But aren't what I bargained for making them a...



MUST/BUST
 aka try them if they appeal to you, but don't say I made you buy them. ;)

 *Okay, I have an update-after 4 total cookies, I get the cupcakeness about these. The aftertaste is very Hostess cupcake. But I'll still leave them a M&B, Xo!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Red Carpet Style | Grammy's


Music's biggest night is also one of the biggest nights in fashion. Here's what celeb Kayla would've rocked on the carpet!

I love a timeless look and I think this colorblocked black and white high low would make the perfect statement for years to come. Simple black jewelry with a McQueen clutch-duh, of course!-complete the look.


For glam, black nails, a bright pink lip, half up half down curls would be the perfect glam topped off with the inner cat eye for the extra drama.


Let me know what you think of this look...best dressed? Xo.

Monday, February 15, 2016

a book in review!

 
 
BLURB
When Gaby Conte’s Italian husband, Danieli, abandons her for a young Peruvian waitress at a restaurant they co-own in San Francisco, Gaby seeks refuge in Rome with her best friend Maria. There, she swears off romance for a long while and Italian men forever. That’s until she meets Silvio, who belongs to an old, aristocratic Roman family and lives in a palace alongside the best private art collection in Rome.

Silvio, who is the cousin of Maria’s husband, is going through his own divorce. He’s gorgeous, of course, which Gaby doesn’t tell him. And arrogant and condescending, which she does. The last thing Gaby needs is more Italian trouble, but the attraction is instant and powerful, and against the backdrop of one of the world’s most romantic cities, both try—and fail—to resist the chemistry between them.

But both Gaby and Silvio have made a rule never to make the mistake of trusting in love again. Will they realize some rules are made just to be broken?
 
Review:
 
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I felt like this book took me on a much needed vacation. Rome seems like the most magical place to set a book in and was the perfect backdrop for this story. Mandi's descriptive writing style will suck you into this book and you will fall right into Gaby's world. This book has passion, a little humor, and a lot of drama, there will be times where you're saying "noooo!" or "oh come on!", but it's all part of the Mandi's web to twist you into this love affair. I recommend this 4 star story to anyone who loves detailed, well written chick lit novels, xo!
 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Plogging | Week 5

Phew, this was a pretty hectic week. But it's winding down to a pretty busy weekend filled with tons of cheer, but that's okay weekends like this are what allow me to have bed days and not feel guilty at all. Well to be honest, I never feel guilty for bed days aka where I stay in bed ALL DAY LONG. Can't wait for the next bed day ;)

Anyway, here's what this past week look liked and Happy FriYAY! XO

outtakes from product pictures with my baby nieces.
 
 yes, yes it is. #sotrendy


YAY for #spreadlovemailswap & my Galentine Marie <3


this lovebug is my Valentine


current iPhone background that I'm full on obsessed with...!


Thursday, February 11, 2016

4pm pick me up!



this is a song that just gets stuck in my head and I never get tired of! Xo!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Product Review | Just Chill


If you're like me, then you're always looking for the next best drink. I love to look around different grocery stores and see what's out there. When I find a new fave drink, you'll always find my fridge stocked. And these Just Chill calming drinks have a new spot right next to the almond milk!

Just Chill comes in 4 delicious flavors

The mouthwatering flavors of mango, peach and orange combine to create our 
signature JUSTCHILL: Tropical flavor.   
Cocktail Idea-Just Chill Tropical and vodka for a perfect screwdriver.

Pomegranate and raspberry flavors come together in a crisp, full-bodied blend, making 
JUST CHILL: Rio Berry an exotic addition to the JUST CHILL family.
Cocktail Idea-Rio Berry with champagne to kick off your next celebration.

With a hint of fresh Cuban mint, JUST CHILL: Jamaican Citrus is our celebration of 
the famous Caribbean-born, Mojito. 
Cocktail Idea-Mix the Jamaican Citrus with some white rum and a sprig of mint.

Zero Ginger. Zero Sugar. Zero Calories. Zero Worries.
We've taken real ginger and created our first crisp and refreshing JUST CHILL Zero flavor. 

It's honestly hard to pick a favorite one, but I will say the ginger is the perfect ginger ale substitute for when you're feeling under the weather.

Want to know where to find Just Chill in your neck of the woods? 
Head over to drinkjustchill.com and keep up with them on their socials!

 


ps. The cool people over at Just Chill sent me their product to try and share my thoughts with you!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Social Scene with JZ featuring Jules Lavallee

 was brought to you by me! Yay!

Founder of Kitty Whoop Ass, Jules Lavallee

After hearing the tragic stroy of Cecil the Lion, Jules was truly distraught and knew she wanted to do something to give back to the Big Cat Rescue.

A few months down the road, Jules decided to start a trendy and edgy womens t shirt brand to help give back to the Big Cat Rescue called Kitty Whoop Ass LLC . Kitty Whoop Ass also has fabulous mugs and will soon have amazing customized wine glasses!

Jules is passionate about helping about helping the homeless and the need to stop animal abuse. 
Her Boston-based company, Kitty Whoop Ass, LLC donates $1 per shirt sold to the Big Cat Rescue. She plans on reaching a goal of $50,000 to help stop cat abuse in 2016.


Learn more about Jules and purchase some awesome products today HERE:

 Be sure to listen to hear more about Jules and how she's saving Big Cats one tee-shirt at a time!




Jaclyn Zukerman
JZ Social Enterprises
Radio Host Of The Social Scene
www.jzsocialenterprises.com

a book in review!

Review: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  This is my favorite Phoebe Fox book to date. The characters are extremely witty and the banter is second to none. It's easy to connect to the realness of the story. You can read these books as a series or a standalone which is always nice. Do you like chick lit that's well written, smart, and fun? If you answered yes, then I recommend this 4 star book to you, xo!
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Kobo: http://bit.ly/BreakupDoctorKobo
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Phoebe Fox, author of the Breakup Doctor series
(The Breakup Doctor, Bedside Manners, and look for Heart Conditions coming February 2016)
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"A heartwarming and funny story about friendship, romance, and the heart-wrenching reality of breakups"--Liz Tuccillo, exec. story ed. of Sex and the City/coauthor of He's Just Not That Into You

"Fox doesn’t just know how to write clearly and powerfully...she has real insight into relationships...a laugh-out-loud read."—Scene magazine

"Sharp, snarky, funny, and fast-paced."--Fresh Fiction

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

a book in review!


About the Book
Harper Duquaine is back for another season of fantasy football! This time she’s a year wiser and prepared to dominate the league. But while she finally seems to have her fantasy life in order, reality proves more challenging.

Her plans to peacefully play house with her boyfriend come to a halt when the high school suddenly names Brook its head football coach. The promotion comes with more responsibility on the field and less time at home. It also unexpectedly means more work for Harper, who already has her hands full helping a friend pull off the perfect proposal (while dodging questions about when she and Brook are going to get hitched already). Plus, a new development at work could leave her—and half of the fantasy league—jobless.

With the complications of her career and being “Mrs. Coach” adding up, Harper wonders if she’s committed to the life she’s already building or if there is something else out there.




Review

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I loved the First & Goal the first book in this series, so I knew I'd love this one too. And I was right! Harper is a super loveable lead character. She reminds me a little of myself cause she can talk sports with the best of them, but she can be girly too. And Brook is a DREAM. If you like football, read this book! If you don't like football, but love a good chick lit story, read this book! I promise if you pick up this 5 star book you won't be disappointed, xo!

Find the Book


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28174616-going-for-two

About the Author
Laura Chapman is the author of Going for Two, First & Goal, The Marrying Type, and Hard Hats and Doormats. Her work also appears in Merry & Bright, A Kind of Mad Courage, and the holiday collection All I Want For Christmas from Marching Ink. She loves Huskers and Packers football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Laura makes her home in Nebraska, where she is penning her next novel.


Connect with Laura
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/laurachapmanbooks
Twitter - https://twitter.com/lmchap
Instagram - https://instagram.com/lmchap614/
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/lmchap
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7374940.Laura_Chapman
Blog - http://www.change-the-word.com/
Website - http://laurachapmanbooks.com/

 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Cover Reveal!





About Kristina O'Grady: Kristina O'Grady has always loved telling a good story. She took up writing at a young age and spent many hours (when she should have been doing her math homework) writing romance stories in a book she hid in her sock drawer. She still remembers the first romance book she ever read. She was without anything to read (oh no) while on vacation with her family and bought a book in the small shop in the hotel lobby. It involved an Earl, a horse and very bad fever and of course, a Lady. Since then she has been hooked on the Regency era.

Kristina grew up on a cattle ranch in Western Canada and although has been told many times she should be writing about cowboys, she can't seem to leave the fantasy of Dukes and Earls alone. She worked in the Oil and Gas Industry for several years first as a laborer, machine operator, crew foreman, technician and eventually as an environmental consultant. She loves getting out in the fresh air and enjoying the peace of nature. In mid 2000 Kristina met her own knight in shining armor/cowboy who swept her off her feet and across the world to New Zealand, where she now lives on a sheep and beef farm with her amazingly supportive husband, three gorgeous young kids, seven working dogs and one very needy cat.

Website: http://www.kristinaogrady.com/about.html
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KristinaOGrady
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8119512.Kristina_O_Grady

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | For Her

Whenever I put together gift guides for girls' they are literally just a wish list for me. So if you planned on gifting me something for Valentine's Day (that wasn't Tyler Seguin in a box), here's some hints ;)











Let me know what you'd like you Valentine to surprise you with on the 14th, Xo!