Tuesday, September 27, 2016

MIA?!

Hey dolls! 

Just wanted to drop in and let you know p&b is on vacation for the rest of the week...cause, life happens! I could throw together some posts to post, but I'd rather have content I'm proud of go live. So bare with me and next week it'll be like I never left...trust! I'm still active on IG: @polishedandbubbly and snapchat: @blondek18 

See you Monday! 
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Monday, September 26, 2016

a book in review!

 

Brief Summary
Perfect Drink: Green tea latte with coconut milk and raw honey.

Perfect Fashion Icon: The Duchess of Cambridge. Always on point with her fashion, dressing appropriately for every occasion and not afraid to recycle things from her wardrobe, I truly admire her class and style.
Perfect Place: Seattle.

Perfect Activity for Relaxation: Yoga. I’m terrible at it, but I’m determined to perfect downward dog. Someday.

For Seattle blogger Payton James, life is all about trying to achieve perfection. Payton is determined to be her best self in all areas, and she refuses to rest until she achieves it.

However, an imperfect moment in a coffee shop completely changes Payton’s life. When her drink order gets switched by mistake, Payton finds herself face-to-face with a gorgeous British man named Brooks. Payton is instantly attracted to the witty stranger who is quick with his words—and has a beautiful smile.

Brooks is an exotic veterinarian with a huge passion for animals. Heartache in his past has led him to focusing on his career out of fear of getting hurt again. But there’s something about Payton that makes this vet want to know more about the bubbly blogger he has met via fate—and has him reconsidering his stance on love.

But will Brooks ever be free of his fears to truly open his heart? And will Payton’s drive for perfection cost her the one thing she loves most? Or will she learn to embrace imperfections?

And maybe perfect is the one thing Payton doesn’t want after all . . .
 
Review:
 
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  I know I say it every time, but Aven truly out did herself this time. Seriously. Aven was born to write romantic comedies. Her leads are always unique and their stories will have you hooked instantly. Brooks and Payton are no different! Payton strives for perfection and she feels like an old friend you want to help with her issues. And Brooks is just h-o-t, he's everything you want in a leading man...smart, funny, handsome, and BRITISH...I mean, yummmm! I recommend this 5 star book to anyone who loves a perfect romantic comedy, trust me you won't be disappointed. I can't wait until Aven's next novel, but until then, you'll find me at the coffee shop praying for a mix up with a hot vet, xo!


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About the Author
I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.Links
Website/Blog - http://avenellis.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/@AvenEllis
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AvenEllis1
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7265661.Aven_Ellis
Amazon Page - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aven-Ellis/e/B00GHUYO90/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1455968038&sr=1-1 Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/avenellis/




Tuesday, September 20, 2016

a book in review!




About the Book

She's funny, cynical, and kinda crazy, but she knows how to tell a story. 

A struggling writer living in Manhattan, Jacy McMasters is the first to admit she's a terrific liar and a screw-up. Then the ghost of the famous novelist JD Balinger asks her to "channel" a follow-up to his classic coming of age book, The Watcher in the Sky. Along with her new boyfriend, a bear of a man who has no patience for mind games, the ghost in Jacy's head forces her to confront a lifetime of secrets—dark secrets. Secrets she's been keeping from herself. 

Review: 

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. First I just have to say, how pretty is this cover? I love it, I think it's so unique and different! This story reads like a movie. It pulls you in and holds on until the last chapter. It's a unique take on chick lit and I really enjoyed how the author describes everything perfectly. The writing style is really captivating and you'll be hooked! I recommend this 4.5 star book to anyone who is in the mood for a quick, gripping, well written story, xo! 



Tour Schedule
September 19 – Chick Lit Plus
September 20 – Polished & Bubbly
September 21 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews
September 22 – Book Lover in Florida
September 23 – Varietats

Bio:
Originally from Boston, Mickey J. Corrigan hides out in the lush ruins of South Florida. She writes pulp fiction, literary crime, and psychological thrillers. Her stories have been called "gritty realism," "oh so compulsive" reads, and "bizarre but believable." Recent books include the literary suspense novelThe Ghostwriters, the neo-noir satire The Blow Off,and the crime caper Ex-Treme Measures from The Wild Rose Press (US). Songs of the Maniacs was published by Salt Publishing in 2014 (UK). Salt will release her new crime novel in 2017.
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Monday, September 19, 2016

a book in review!




Brief Summary:

Kinsley Moore and Lucas Graham make great friends. They make even better friends with benefits… Kinsley Moore doesn’t believe in love. As an independent, self-determined entrepreneur, she has other things to worry about. Besides, she knows guys are incapable of commitment, so there’s no use getting close. But when she meets Lucas Graham, her new landlord’s flirty, sexy son, she’s more than up for some casual fun. Lucas is in no way looking for a relationship either, so when he’s offered a no-strings, strictly friends-with-benefits hookup with a beautiful girl, the opportunity is too good to pass up. He’s not able to give his heart away, so it’s perfect Kinsley prefers to keep emotions out of their arrangement. Except when Lucas and Kinsley start to feel something more, their complicated pasts threaten to overshadow any chance they might have at a future together. Can Lucas prove he’s capable of love? Can Kinsley believe she is enough? **This book is for readers over the age of 18 due to strong language and explicit sexual content**

Review:

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  Being completely honest, I follow Jessica's confetti bar on IG and am slightly obsessed with her feed. So when I saw she wrote books, I slid right into her DMs. I was so excited when she agreed to send me over her first book, Crazy Beautiful. I just knew I'd love her stuff and from the first paragraph, I knew I was right! I wanted more of Kinsley and Lucas right away. I couldn't wait to see what would happen with these two. Kinsley is such a cute, likeable lead and Lucas is just h-o-t. The best way for me to describe Crazy Beautiful is just a treat. It has everything you want in a no BS, real life rom-com. I can't wait to read more by Jessica cause this 5 star book, left me wanting more of her story telling, xo!

Author Bio:

When she’s not making confetti as head honcho over at The Confetti Bar (theconfettibar.com), co-dreaming with creative women through Monarch Workshop (monarchworkshop.com), and blogging about her health & wellness journey going sugar-free at Simple Unsweet (simpleunsweet.com), Jessica loves to spend her nights getting caught up in imaginary worlds. She lives in central CT with her husband, Clifford, and the cutest cat EVER, named Curious. She loves colorful things, making people smile, things that smell good, and is obsessed with lemon water. And glitter. Lots of glitter. She also loves, well…love. (She’s a sucker for a sweet story.) You can check out what she’s up to at jshbooks.com and on Instagram (@jshbooks) Want to know anything else? Feel free to say hi at lovejshbooks@gmail.com! 

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a book in review!



Brief Summary:
For some, joining the FBI is a long-term goal. For billionaire John Morgan, joining the Bureau is a stepping stone to proving his father is culpable for his sister’s death. After his estranged father dies, John is forced to return home and face the ghosts of his past. That proves to be more difficult than he could have ever imagined.

Alice Collins lives a peaceful life. As a farmer’s daughter, she knows what it’s like to work hard for what you want. After losing her best friend under inexplicable circumstances, her world viewpoint shifted until her small town sensibilities convinced her to attend Mr. Morgan’s funeral.

Soon, the past and the present collide and Alice is caught in the crosshairs. John comes to her aid, complicating matters for both of them.

Can a handsome billionaire on a vendetta truly fall for a small town girl or does he have something else in mind? Can a small town girl, if she gives her heart to him, ever fit of the House of Morgan?

Review:
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This story is full of suspense and romance! I always enjoy stories that keep you guessing until the very end and Secret Crush doesn't disappoint. I enjoyed Victoria's pace of the book though there were a few times I thought I missed something. She does a great job of really building up the twists and turns and keeping you on the edge of your seat. John and Alice were the perfect leads to take on this story and I recommend this 4 star book to anyone who needs a new romsuspence (totally made that word up...!) in their life, xo!



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Friday, September 16, 2016

Fall Nails with Jamberry!

Today's the day that #GETSCENE Magazine's fall issue hits stands, literally, it's in PRINT now as well as digital form! My article is all about fall nails and fun ways to add Jamberry to mani.

Jamberry started out with nail wraps that are made with durable materials, so smudges and streaks are never an issue. They're also latex and gluten free, vegan, and made in the USA. But now they also offer a line of nail lacquers and gel polishes.

Jamberry also has a Disney Collection by Jamberry line which features various Disney characters in both adult and Juniors sizes. And the fun doesn't stop there, they have a Marvel x Jamberry collection featuring a few different Marvel characters, also in adult and Juniors sizes. And just this week Jamberry launched the NFL Collection by Jamberry- with a design for each of the 32 NFL teams. 

If you want more information or want to get your hands on some Jamberry products, reach out to my friend, Kara who sponsored this post and my magazine article.
Facebook: facebook.com/jamsbykara
Instagram: jamsbykara
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Pinterest: jamsbykara
Website: http://jamsbykara.jamberry.com

Check out some behind the scenes photos from getting my article together!




Go check out the Fall issue of #GETSCENE Magazine and let me know what you think, xo!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Cover Reveal!



Title: Misfortune
Author: Amy Saunders
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: October 18

About the Book
Belinda & Bennett get caught in a battle of wills in an effort to help a new heiress, who’s inherited from a woman she never knew. And it looks like someone wants her out of the way. After a man is killed on her property, it will take digging through an old house–and a family full of secrets–to unmask a killer, and a decades-old mystery.
About the Author
Amy is a sci-fi/mystery addict with a soft spot for humor and romance. She lives in Massachusetts, and loves to bake and watch movies. Learn more about Amy and her books at http://amysaundersauthor.com.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

an album in review!




Okay, it's NO secret that I'm a hugeeeee Britney Spears fan. So when she announced Glory I was pumped. Make Me was a Fave of the summer and every interview leading up to the cd talked about this new sound/vibe. The morning it came out, I read some reviews and had some mixed feelings. But I dove in head first. I posted this tweet during my first listen.
Well, I was wrong. This album as a whole is fire. There's a couple of songs I listen to over and over-Slumber Party, Liar, Better, Man on the Moon, Just Like Me, to name a few.
Here's my mini review of each track:

Invitation-a nice low key, complete Britney Jean vibe
Make Me… (feat. G-Eazy)-this song makes me want to get sweaty on the dance floor
Private Show-Circus' older, dirtier sister
Man On The Moon-the cutest song about finding Prince Charming, it begs for you to sing along
Just Luv Me-I could see this song as a single, it's gotta good beat and catchy lyrics
Clumsy-this song reminds me of Circus too, it has a fun beat
Do You Wanna Come Over?-another get stuck in your head type of song that totally could've been on Blackout.
Slumber Party-this is my jam. This song doesn't remind me of anything that Brit's ever done before.
Just Like Me-this song to me is Criminal part 2. The vibe, the story it tells, Brit's voice-listen to them back to back...you'll agree!
Love Me Down-this song screams Femme Fatale to me and I don't hate it
Hard To Forget Ya-I instantly want to dance to this song.
What You Need-this song and Private Show could be sisters, the sounds are similar, but necessary to round out the album
Better-this is a def single. It's so catchy and the beat makes you dance. Another stand out for me!
Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortes)-while I don't get the reason for the Spanish lyrics, I do appreciate this song.
Liar-okay after you listen to Criminal and Just Like Me back to back, listen to this one. It completes the trilogy of Brit's love affair with a bad boy.
If I’m Dancing-another Britney Jean vibe song for me. It's really catchy and you'll find yourself singing it hours later.
Coupure Électrique-not sure why we needed a French song, but it makes complete sense to end with this song. This is another one that could've made the cut for Britney Jean. Even tho the song's name means Blackout ;) ps-I translated the words and yasss, girl.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Happy Release Day!



Brief Summary
Perfect Drink: Green tea latte with coconut milk and raw honey.

Perfect Fashion Icon: The Duchess of Cambridge. Always on point with her fashion, dressing appropriately for every occasion and not afraid to recycle things from her wardrobe, I truly admire her class and style.

Perfect Place: Seattle.

Perfect Activity for Relaxation: Yoga. I’m terrible at it, but I’m determined to perfect downward dog. Someday.

For Seattle blogger Payton James, life is all about trying to achieve perfection. Payton is determined to be her best self in all areas, and she refuses to rest until she achieves it.

However, an imperfect moment in a coffee shop completely changes Payton’s life. When her drink order gets switched by mistake, Payton finds herself face-to-face with a gorgeous British man named Brooks. Payton is instantly attracted to the witty stranger who is quick with his words—and has a beautiful smile.

Brooks is an exotic veterinarian with a huge passion for animals. Heartache in his past has led him to focusing on his career out of fear of getting hurt again. But there’s something about Payton that makes this vet want to know more about the bubbly blogger he has met via fate—and has him reconsidering his stance on love.

But will Brooks ever be free of his fears to truly open his heart? And will Payton’s drive for perfection cost her the one thing she loves most? Or will she learn to embrace imperfections?

And maybe perfect is the one thing Payton doesn’t want after all . . .


Buy Green Tea Latte To Go

Goodreads -https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31115784-green-tea-latte-to-go?from_search=true

Amazon.co.uk - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01ICQB15Q/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738

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About the Author
I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.
Links
Website/Blog - http://avenellis.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/@AvenEllis
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AvenEllis1
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7265661.Aven_Ellis
Amazon Page - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aven-Ellis/e/B00GHUYO90/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1455968038&sr=1-1 Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/avenellis/


Monday, September 12, 2016

(Not) So Basic


I hate the term "basic". It's not a nice way to judge a book by it's cover. And don't even get me started on "basic white girl". Off of a first glance, I would be someone who most people probably put into the category of a basic white girl. I wear Ugg boots, I have a North Face, I almost every weekend wear leggings as pants, I take selfies with my Starbs. But if you got to know me, you'd know there's plenty of things I don't enjoy that a basic bitch may. 

  1. I don't like Adele. I enjoyed her carpool karaoke with James Cordon and I kinda like that new song, but really she isn't my cup of tea.
  2. I HATE ALL THINGS PUMPKIN AND PUMPKIN SPICE. You will NEVER see #PSL on my IG...ever!
  3. I don't find Ryan Gossling remotely attractive. Like at all. And I don't really enjoy The Notebook either. In fact, I only own it on DVD because I gifted it to an ex-bf for Valentine's Day one year, cause he liked Gossling so much. 
  4. I'm not a member of the Beehive. I like some Beyonce songs, but she doesn't really do it for me.
  5. Pizza. There are so many memes and IG posts about pizza > everything. Not for me, in fact, I don't really like pizza. 
  6. Converse. Okay, this one isn't really a "basic" thing, but they are so narrow they don't fit my feet.  
So the point of all of this is, if you like those things, great. But let's stop referring to one another as basic, when really you don't know what's in my Starbucks cup ;) and don't have the right to judge my book by it's cover, xo!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Chapter Reveal!





Brief Summary:
Perfect Drink: Green tea latte with coconut milk and raw honey.
Perfect Fashion Icon: The Duchess of Cambridge. Always on point with her fashion, dressing appropriately for every occasion and not afraid to recycle things from her wardrobe, I truly admire her class and style.
Perfect Place: Seattle.
Perfect Activity for Relaxation: Yoga. I’m terrible at it, but I’m determined to perfect downward dog. Someday.
For Seattle blogger Payton James, life is all about trying to achieve perfection. Payton is determined to be her best self in all areas, and she refuses to rest until she achieves it.
However, an imperfect moment in a coffee shop completely changes Payton’s life. When her drink order gets switched by mistake, Payton finds herself face-to-face with a gorgeous British man named Brooks. Payton is instantly attracted to the witty stranger who is quick with his words—and has a beautiful smile.
Brooks is an exotic veterinarian with a huge passion for animals. Heartache in his past has led him to focusing on his career out of fear of getting hurt again. But there’s something about Payton that makes this vet want to know more about the bubbly blogger he has met via fate—and has him reconsidering his stance on love.
But will Brooks ever be free of his fears to truly open his heart? And will Payton’s drive for perfection cost her the one thing she loves most? Or will she learn to embrace imperfections?
And maybe perfect is the one thing Payton doesn’t want after all . . .
 

Chapter 1

Today’s plan to improve myself item: To achieve perfect physical health, I will attend the early morning yoga class. And enjoy a green tea latte to go from Coffee By Jules, with coconut milk and raw honey.

***

“Bring yourself to a sitting position,” Alanna says as she walks around the yoga studio. “Nice and tall. Close your eyes. Let the tension flow from your body . . .”
I sit on my yoga mat, breathing in and exhaling according to Alanna’s instructions.
“Clear your mind,” Alanna continues over the new age music that fills the room. “No distractions.”
Nope, not distracted. I, Payton James, am completely focused on my yoga practice. After all, one can’t perfect yoga without total devotion to the pose at hand.
I wonder if I can find an affordable copy of that ISSA wrap dress that the Duchess of Cambridge loves for my blog? 
Gah! No! No thoughts of my blog.
I really want to duplicate that look for my readers this week.
I mentally bitch slap myself. Focus. Yoga. Health. Not my work.
I squint and glance around the studio. Students still have their eyes shut. Oh, come on, surely I’m not the only one who has a wandering mind, right?
“Breathe in,” Alanna says, “and breathe out. Be in the moment.”
I dutifully close my eyes. Yes. Back in the moment.
I wonder if I can find those super cute Kate Spade yoga pants on sale?
Okay. So it’s going to take me a long time to get in the moment with yoga.
But I’m totally in the moment with Kate Spade yoga clothing. And with planning my next fashion find blog for my Duchess of Cambridge fashion website.
“Namaste.”
I blink as the entire class says the word in unison. Oh, crap. I totally got lost in thought and missed closing hands to heart chakra and saying, “Namaste,” while bowing my head.
I can see perfecting my yoga is going to be a very long process.
I sigh and roll up my yoga mat. As I do, I feel someone staring at me. I look up and see the fiftyish woman who was practicing to my left studying me.
“Don’t worry, little cherub,” she says sweetly as she puts her designer yoga bag over her shoulder. “You’ll move past downward-facing dog. Hopefully.”
Then she laughs and pats her bobbed platinum hair before heading off with her friends.
I frown. Did she really call me “cherub”? Cherub? Why, because I have golden, curly hair? And just because she can twist herself into a freaking pretzel while I am a ten on the inflexible scale doesn’t mean I’ll never move past downward-facing dog.
She was totally a mean girl in high school. I can tell.
“Payton,” Alanna says, moving over to me and interrupting my thoughts, “remember at the end of class that your mind should be calm. I sense that you are running on a very high energy today.”
I frown. Obviously, Alanna doesn’t have a part-time job as a professional errand runner and Duchess Kate fashion blogger. And while my brain is constantly in motion—thinking, dreaming, planning—I think Alanna lives in the moment she’s in.
I sigh. If yoga weren't considered such a wonderful thing to do for health, I’d reevaluate what I was doing here.
“I’ll work on that,” I say determinedly as I put my bright pink yoga mat into my bag.
I’m incredibly stubborn about wanting to perfect anything I do. And I want to show pretzel-woman that I can be a pretzel, too.
“Have a great week,” Alanna says, smiling at me. “And practice some meditation. It will help you calm your mind. I have beginner sessions on my YouTube channel if you want to try one.”
Argh. Meditation? I have a hard enough time getting through yoga, and I get to move with that. I can’t imagine simply sitting still and trying to visualize a beach while listening to waves or my inner thoughts or whatever you do when you meditate. The mere idea of trying to sit and simply be gives me hives.
“Um, okay,” I say, not promising anything. “Have a good week!”
I walk out of class and into the bustling Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. It’s a beautiful June morning, with bright sunshine even though it’s only seven o’clock. The temperature is going to be in the upper sixties later, a beautiful day. Full sun! But since it’s cool out now, I’m glad I have my coordinating workout jacket over my black and white yoga top and matching capris.
I stroll down the street, my brain mentally flipping the pages in my planner which is tucked inside my purse. Today. June 5. I want to complete an article for my blog, Payton’s Take on Kate, where I showcase the fabulous, utterly perfect style of Kate Middleton and how I re-envision the look with different pieces at all price points.
While my parents are mortified that I graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in marketing but am now working as an errand runner and Kate blogger, I have to follow my heart. I love fashion and blogging; I love meeting people from around the world who want to discuss Kate’s latest public appearance outfit and if they can get that beloved ISSA dress on sale.
My long-term vision is for the blog to be a success financially. I can make money from advertising and then have my Kate blog feed into my lifestyle blog, Payton’s Take on Living, where I chronicle my lifestyle in Ballard, Washington, post-graduation. I have a business plan. I want to publish some lifestyle books based off my Living blog, in addition to some e-booklets I want to write.
But Mom and Dad think I’m ridiculous. They want me to be more like my older sister, Sophie. Sophie, who is a research scientist with a pharmaceutical firm in Seattle. Oh, and is married to an equally successful contracts attorney with a beautiful baby boy named Connor. Mom is obsessed with the idea that I’ll be running errands my entire life. Dad keeps asking why I “can’t go work at Google and do a real job?”
Because you know, apparently everyone in Seattle wants a job at Google.
Oy.
Anyway, errand running supports my vision. I mentally go back to June 5th. I can see in my planner that my first appointment isn’t until nine, when I will work with a new client in the Ravenna neighborhood. I’m not sure what errands I will be doing for her, but I’m booked out all day. I hope that I’ll get to walk dogs or something that involves being outside.
I reach my location and tug open the door to Coffee By Jules, the bells clanging against it as I do. Ah, bliss. I inhale the wonderful aroma of freshly brewed coffee filling the space, one of the most comforting scents in the world as far as I’m concerned. Even if I prefer to drink tea instead.
I head across the old hardwood floors of the shop, which has an eclectic, homey vibe to it. There’s already a line at the counter. I step closer and readjust the band on my ponytail, which is keeping my long, blonde curls out of my face. There. Better.
I wait patiently as I listen to Enya playing from the overhead speakers. I scan the counter and see Maureen is at the register - must be her Monday on, and Brad the barista and oh, I spot a new girl. She’s young like me, early twenties, and she has jet-black hair with purple streaks and a nose-ring. She seems flustered by all the activity going on around her, and I would be, too. Orders are being called out right and left, and she’s trying to scribble on cups, which I see are stacking up on the counter.
“What does this say?” Brad barks, holding a cup to her.
She chews her lower lip, which has a deep purple lipstick applied on it. “Mmmm . . . I . . . I don’t remember!”
Brad lets out a sigh as the door clangs again, the bells chiming over Enya to announce a customer coming or going.
“Carrie, what was your order?” Brad yells out over the hissing of the espresso machines.
“Double shot Americano,” Carrie speaks up.
“Oh, D. D for double,” the new barista nods.
I finally make it up to Maureen, who smiles at me. She knows my order without even asking.
“One green tea latte with coconut milk and one squirt raw honey for Payton,” Maureen calls out.
I glance at the new girl. She appears paralyzed by my order.
“Do you ever get anything different? Earl Grey latte? Lavender tea latte?” Maureen asks as she rings up my order.
I smile. “Nope. My green tea latte is the perfect healthy drink for my morning,” I declare. “Once you achieve perfection, why mess with it?”
I hand her my debit card, and she swipes it. I thank her and retrieve my phone out of my purse, scooting down toward the drink pick up area at the end of the counter.
I swipe open my email and see that one of my readers—a girl named Jo in Lancashire, England—has a lead on a sale at Temperley London, one of Kate’s favorite designers. Yes! Now I can do a Temperley sale feature on the blog today. I quickly message her back, thanking her for the heads up. I’ll need to post it today.
See? This is what I love about my job, connecting with someone from across the Atlantic because of a mutual love of Kate’s style. Jo is so fun—we even chat on WhatsApp—and I can’t wait to go back to the UK to meet her someday.
So many people wonder why I love Kate so much. Besides the fact that I’m utterly fascinated with all things related to the United Kingdom, it’s simple, really. She is pure class. Kate is always appropriate. Whether she’s doing an official visit, running errands, or attending a gala, she’s perfection in her choices. And while I don’t duplicate every outfit myself—after all, she is a duchess and I’m simply Payton of Ballard, ha!—I do find inspiration in her wardrobe for being an elegant woman.
“Orders for Payton and Brooks,” purple-haired barista girl yells out, pushing two cups across the counter.
I reach for one, and so does a guy behind me. Our arms brush against each other, and I immediately pull my arm away.
I turn around to say, “I’m sorry,” but as soon as I do, the words evaporate on my tongue.
Because I’m completely paralyzed by the brown eyes of the hottest man I’ve ever seen.

Green Tea Latte To Go by Aven Ellis drops Tuesday, Sept 13th!

Monday, September 5, 2016

a book in review!



Brief Summary:

In her most emotionally charged novel to date, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community, the ties between parents and their children and how the fragile normalcy of our everyday life is so easily shattered.

In the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm, an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom. Outside the school, the town of Broken Branch watches and waits.

Officer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the town's children in her hands. Will Thwaite, reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier, stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again. Trapped in her classroom, Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her care. And thirteen-year-old Augie Baker, already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has brought her to Broken Branch, will risk her own safety to protect her little brother.

As tension mounts with each passing minute, the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage.

Review:

I'm a big fan of Heather Gudenkauf and her writing style. I think by reading One Breath Away I've read every book she's wrote. She has a way of gripping the reader into the world she's creating right away. It's kinda unreal how good of a storyteller she is! One Breath Away is told in 4 different characters voices and each one's voice is just as powerful as the others. You really get a sense that you are right there in the classroom with Mrs. Oliver or out in the cold trying to put everything together with Officer Meg. I love how you become a part of the story and in this case a member of the Broken Branch community. I honestly had no one idea who the shooter was and was shocked when I found out! I recommend this 5 star book to anyone who is looking for a thriller that is told in a different way and has a twist each chapter, xo!

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