Sunday, August 31, 2014

Iron Gates & Frolicking in Fields

This past summer I've gotten into photography, whether thats me in front or behind the camera. Here is a shoot I did in early August that one of my talented friends shot of me. Enjoy!












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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Doon Bonus Scene: Vee's Second Calling Dream

As you may or may not know I love a book series called Doon. A Story that revolves around two girls ,McKenna and Veronica, and the adventure them embark on when they are whisked away into an alternate Scottish kingdom known as Doon. The second book of Doon, Destined for Doon (spoilers in summery) comes out September 2nd so this is the perfect time to grab your own copy of Doon!
Today I have the pleasure of sharing a Doon bonus scene with you all of Vee's second calling. Take a look:

DOON Bonus Scene
Vee’s Second Calling Dream
Veronica



(This dream takes place after Vee sees Jamie in the window at Aunt Gracie’s cottage, just before Kenna wakes her up in the library in chapter 3.)

The forest looms dark and dense. Running as if my life depends on it, fear squeezes my lungs, but I don’t know what I’m running from…or to. Sweat trickles down my face stinging my eyes. Tearing through branches, thorns scrap my skin. I round a corner…
…and there he is.
Casually he leans against a tree, arms crossed over his broad chest, one booted foot in front of the other. I screech as I come to a clumsy halt, arms wind-milling at my sides. 
Really? Now prince charming decides to show up? 
Why couldn’t he appear in a dream where I’m dressed in something besides my own sweat and fear?
I bend over resting my hands on my knees trying to catch my breath. As I straighten, my gaze travels from the tips of his sturdy black boots, past muscular calves encased is some kind of dark heavy socks, to strong sun darkened knees and thighs…
It was him alright.
Jamie.
Fighting the dizziness threatening to topple me onto the carpet of pine needles under my feet, I concentrate on shifting my eyes to his face.
Ridiculously pleased to see him again, I lift my lips in an inviting smile.
Intensity draws his brows together in a scowl even as he strides to close the few feet separating us.
The smile melts from my lips. I can see and almost feel his deep confusion, but neither of us speaks.
Standing close now, the air of anticipation deepens.
Mesmerized I study his face, knowing he could soon disappear. Strong straight nose; warm blond hair sprinkled liberally with gold; killer cheekbones; firm, well-proportioned mouth— the lower lip slightly fuller than the upper—and, oh…the most delectable dimple in his square chin.
“Jamie.” The name escapes my lips like a sigh.
He bends at the waist in a quick bow. “M’lady.” His dark eyes shine mischievously.
Mere steps away from this boy who I long to hold, who I know, in my gut, will be real when I touch him, I take a step closer.
His eyes heat as they sweep over my forehead, my eyes, my nose, my mouth.
My belly does a tight flip. He’s memorizing me too.
“When are ye goin’ to get here?” He moves closer still and I have to tilt my neck to look up into his face.
“Where?”
“I need you.” A dense swirling mist sweeps up his body as he reaches for me. “We need you.”
“I don’t understand.” I shake my head, and back away, not wanting to turn and take my eyes off of him, yet terrified if we touch, I’ll disappear forever.  
“Wait…” His honeyed voice sounds raw.
The haze closes around us, roiling in waves, obscuring my sight.
Panic trickles down my spine. “Will I see you again?” I call out in desperation.
“On the brig…” His words echo through the fog and into nothing.

Want more Doon?
For a complete schedule of Doon bonus scenes and a chance to win custom Doon swag visit the Summer of Doon giveaway at www.DoonSeries.com

Doon is available wherever books are sold. Destined for Doon releases 9/2/14.
Doon Bonus Material
Copyright © 2014 by Carey Corp and Lorie
Moeggenberg

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other—except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher.

Thank you to the Alan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation for use of the Brigadoon premise.


Friday, June 13, 2014

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings review!

The Murder Complex

by Lindsay Cummings

Review by Sasha Alsberg

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Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.
The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

SPOILER FREE REVIEW

When I first heard the title of The Murder Complex I immediately thought of one thing: Blood. The title stayed true to the book because let me say, The Murder Complex was one gruesome read!

TMC (The Murder Complex) is Lindsay Cummings debut novel and while lots of debut novels can go wrong, this one went right! Like every book, it had its flaws but within those flaws it has potential. When Lindsay contacted me asking if I wanted an ARC of her book a few months ago, I could not turn down the Harper Collins author’s request. It seemed like such a compelling read that even if she never contacted me, I would probably still pick it up in stores once it comes out June 10th.

The plot line for The Murder Complex was such captivating dystopian read. Fans of Legend, Divergent and The Hunger Games are bound to gravitate toward The Murder Complex. TMC takes place in duel point of view between Meadow Woodsen and Zephyr James. Both characters story lines were interesting and very different. While Meadow was trained to survive this corrupt world where the murder rate is higher then the birth rate, Zephyr is an orphan (ward) who keeps his head low and tries not to attract any attention. I liked the alternating POVs, my only criticism with them is that the chapters could only be 3 pages long at certain points and sometimes I would’ve liked to stay in one of their heads a bit longer. But then again, it was nice that the chapters weren’t too long because it made it a faster read with non-stop action.

I don’t recommend this book to those of you who are squeamish about blood because this book is VERY bloody and graphic. Meadow and Zephyr both kill people throughout the course of the novel but while Zephyr feels remorse about his kills, Meadow doesn’t. It makes me think that Meadow is a psychopath. I would’ve liked to seen a bit more emotion come from her, not just toughness even though she does break down at one point in the book. I also would of liked to see some more character development between the two. I felt that the beginning of Zephyr and Meadow’s relationship was a bit forced but it toned down toward the middle of the novel and I liked that a lot. Sometimes in novels a relationship needs to take the backseat in order to really focus at the matter at hand. Except if it’s a romance book, then that’s okay! I do ship these two characters together; they really seem to care about each other and at the end of the day, that’s really all that matters. They balance each other out; Zephyr teaches Meadow how to trust while Meadow teaches Zephyr how to survive.

The whole deal with the Initiation and The Murder Complex was VERY interesting because I did not see half of those plot twists coming, even if some of them could be predictable. I do wish the world was explained a bit more, but then again, that’s part of the whole mystery.

Honestly, I would never want to live in a world like this. THAT’S WHY THIS BOOK IS SO INTERESTING. It makes the unbelievable, believable. If a person gets killed right in front of you in this dystopian world, you barely give it a second glance. But in our world if somebody gets killed right in front of you… You run as fast as your little fangirl/boy feet can take you (then you get help and some therapy)!

The Murder Complex captivates its readers with its fast paced storyline and powerful characters. In certain aspects of the book, there is room for improvement but over all, this book series has so much potential and I can definitely see it going far. Keep up the awesome work Lindsay!

P.S. I cant believe such a nice and lovely woman like Lindsay could write such a mind boggling and bloody book… GO Lindsay!
I give The Murder Complex 4/5 stars. Make sure you pick it up at your local bookstore June 10, 2014!

Buy The Murder Complex HERE


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Currently Reading...

I'm currently reading Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon!


SUMMERY:

DOON…

Veronica doesn't think she's going crazy. But why can't anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months. 

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans. 

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna's great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica's daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they've longed for...or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.


Get your copy here!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Emma's Poetry Corner: OTP Love

Hey guys! Here is a poem about love....apply it to your favorite OTP and feels will ensue. Let me know what you think!  

You have climbed inside my skin
navigated through the desert of my soul
fighting the hot, harsh wind
belonging to someone who has been broken before.

Your determination spurned you onward,
even after you found that I was empty
a pumpkin whose insides were scraped out
and a mask carved on the outside.

You have felt the pressuring loneliness
dragging me into the watery depths
of my own despair but still
you took care to swim through it
strong enough to carry us both.

You know all of my secrets
your fingerprints are on my heart
from where you tried to fix it
a broken mirror that would never be whole
but cracks are what make us human, right?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Emma's Poetry Corner

Hey guys! My name is Emma and I'm a friend of Sasha's who writes poetry. I'm going to be posting here about once a week. I'll post poetry about books, movies, or sometimes just random things that I write! For this week, here's something that I wrote about The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Enjoy and leave comments about what you think! 

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars
but in ourselves.”
That’s what Shakespeare said.
But what did he mean? That it’s all your fault?
I blame the stars for taking you away.
We were both damaged with no hope
but somehow, you managed
to give me a forever within numbered days.
I blame the stars for taking you away,
But I also thank them for giving me
you
and all the time we had
our little infinity.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Bout of Books 10.0

The Bout of Books read-a-thon starts today and I AM READY! (well at least I hope I am...)

I am planning on finishing Scarlet by Marissa Meyer then once i'm done with that I will either read Cress by Marissa Meyer, After the End by Amy Plum or Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig!

You can watch my read-a-thon TBR here:



The read-a-thon starts today and ends May 18th! What are you reading for the read-a-thon?