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3 Reasons Why NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Should Be Your Go-To Under-Eye Concealer

 

If you are in need of an amazing Under-Eye concealer, then it is time for you to head over to Sephora, and purchase NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.

Under-eye concealer is a necessity in my make-up collection. I tend to wake-up looking like a zombie when I barely get any sleep at night (which, by the way, are most nights).

Once I discovered the power of under-eye concealer, the game was changed. Instead of looking like a zombie, I actually looked like I had some life in me. Once I purchased NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, I looked like I was ready to perform with Beyonce at the Grammys.

Ok…the Beyonce part may have been a stretch, but what I am trying to say is, this concealer is pretty fantastic.

When I say that you need this as your go-to under-eye concealer, I am not exaggerating. If you need further reassurance, I have set out three of the many reasons that you need NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer as your go-to under-eye concealer. Without further-ado, let’s get started.

DISCLAIMER: Other purchasers of this product may have used it for purposes other than under-eye concealer. This article is strictly for individuals who are looking for an under-eye concealer. The thoughts and opinions provided are based on my own personal experience with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Everything stated may not work for you, apply to you, or have the same effect for you. (Sorry to sound like such a lawyer, but now we can get to the good stuff!)

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1. Perfect for Pictures

The only reason I was even introduced to this piece of perfection, was because I had a photoshoot the day before I purchased it. For the most part, I always do my own makeup when I have pictures taken of me. That being said, I noticed that the under-eye concealers that I had previously used were terrible for pictures. There always seemed to be a white, pasty aftereffect on pictures. I certainly did not want that aftereffect on my new pictures that I was paying a decent amount of money for.

I ended up stopping by Sephora, and asking if they could recommend any concealers for me that would look great in pictures. They had me try on multiple high-end concealers. When I tried the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, I knew that I had found a winner.

Even before my pictures were edited by the photographer, my under-eyes looked great in the picture. I was not used to that.

This concealer is not only great for professional photos, but for daily photos with your phone as well. There are three different levels of NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: lightweight, medium, and high coverage. While I initially went to Sephora to purchase a concealer for picture purposes, I decided that I wanted to use my NARS concealer for daily purposes as well. I went for lightweight coverage, because I do not wear a lot of makeup unless I have a big event to attend.

I must say, is it is an excellent under-eye concealer for everyday use. Even with the lightweight concealer, the concealer looks perfect when I take pictures on my iPhone.

If you need to take pictures for your job, wedding, or your daily social media posts, I would highly recommend the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for under-eye purposes.

2. Creasing Is Not an Issue

As I stated earlier, I do not wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis. Under-eye concealer, eyeliner, and eyeshadow are what you will typically see me wearing on a daily basis. Since under-eye concealer is prominent in my daily make-up routine, I need to make sure that I do not have a creasing party on my face.

I have yet to experience any creasing under my eyes. I personally feel as though the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer provides an excellent finish that lasts throughout the day. I do not wear a primer when I put on concealer, so that should tell you a lot about the power of this concealer.

3. It is a High-End Concealer Worth the Investment

There is nothing worse than paying for a high-end make-up item, just to have it sitting in your make-up bag because it is terrible. I do not know about you, but when I purchase make-up for 3x the amount of a pretty good drugstore item, I want it to be worth my money.

With the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer retailing at $30.00, I am sure many of you are asking yourselves, “Why in the world would spend $30.00 on a concealer.” Well, the answer is simple, you are making an investment.

At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. There are nice under-eye concealer’s that are much cheaper. However, you are not getting the same quality that you would get from the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. With the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer, you are not just paying for a name. You are paying for a strong product that will provide you with (in my opinion) a camera-ready finish that has long-lasting power.

When I purchase high-end makeup, I am looking to invest in products that will make my life easier. That is exactly what the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer does for me. I know that after a long night, and little sleep, I can depend on my concealer to keep me looking alive and radiant (no pun intended).

Try It Out for Yourself

I am pretty certain that I will purchase this product until the end of time. I have finally found the perfect under-eye concealer. I figured I would be doing the makeup junkies of the world a disservice if I did not create an article gloating about this product. However, at the end of the day, you can read my review and other reviews all day long. The best way to know that you need this concealer as your go-to under-eye concealer, is to try it out yourself.

Go ahead, try it – you can thank me later.

My Yoga Journey – Self-Taught Training (Week 1)

Welcome to My Yoga Journey!

Hello to all of my fellow yogi’s, future yogi’s, or random person who stumbled across this blog post!

Tomorrow will complete the first week of my yoga journey. As of January 2nd, 2018, I put on some sweatpants, grabbed my laptop, and began my journey towards becoming a self-taught yoga master. This is something that I have been wanting to do for quite some time. I am thrilled to finally get the ball rolling.

I decided to document my journey, because I wanted to be able to go back and see my progression as this journey goes on (and trust me, there is a lot of progression that needs to be made). I also hope that my yoga journey will help some of my readers who are on their own yoga journey. Perhaps I can teach you something that will help you with your own path to yoga success.

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself, explain how I got into yoga, and list some of my yoga goals.

MY BACKGROUND

I love working out. I love it, love it, love it. I love trying out new workouts and pushing my body to new limits. There have been many new workouts that have emerged, and it is safe to say that I have tried a large amount of them. That being said, out of all the workouts that I have tried, yoga has been a personal favorite of mine.

When I was a freshman in college (Fall of 2010), I took my first yoga class. I was lucky to have a University that had two great yoga instructors. Right after I took that class, I became obsessed with yoga.

After each yoga class, I felt like I had an awesome workout, while also having a great mental therapy session. Furthermore, I have a dance background (ballet, jazz, lyrical, etc.), and yoga supplemented my dance training amazingly. The amount of natural flexibility that I have, is zero to none! Yoga helped me with my flexibility, strength, and my physical appearance as a whole. I took a decent amount of classes, and really enjoyed my yoga time.

Well, as life typically goes, I began putting yoga on the back burner. I had an off-and-on relationship with Yoga. I still worked out, but yoga was not something that I consistently did. Eventually, I did not do it all. There were multiple reasons that led to why I stopped, but one of the reasons was a mixture of these three things: 1. Not making enough time for it; 2. Getting Discouraged; 3. Not Being Patient Enough.

Even though I enjoyed doing yoga more than most exercises, I never made enough time for it. I think getting discouraged and not being patient enough had a lot to do with it. I would compare myself to people too much, and I wanted to be amazing after taking one class. Overtime, I wanted to be the best more than I wanted to enjoy learning. I lost sight of why I began taking yoga in the first place. As a result, my joy for yoga began to shift.

Let me tell you this right now, it is going to take time to get a press handstand, sit in an Indian position in the air, and put your foot over your head. For some people, those awesome things come naturally, and that is great! But for most of us, we are just going to have to wait a little longer. That does not mean that we are not going to get there, it just means that we are not going to get there right when we want to.

Now that I have a new mindset, I am ready to become a master in yoga. All I need to do, is learn and consistently practice. I am going to work hard everyday, while also being patient with myself.

In addition to those things, I am also going to be a self-taught yogi. I am extremely busy at the moment. That is one of the reasons that I stopped making time for yoga in the first place. However, there are so many wonderful yoga training options online now, that time is no longer an excuse. I can teach myself the ins-and-outs of yoga right from the comfort of my living room. Eventually, I will take some classes in person again. For now, however, all I need is my laptop, myself, and my dedication.

YOGA GOALS for 2018

I have A LOT of yoga goals. I will make a post that will explain my goals in depth. For now, I will give you a generalized list of my yoga goals for 2018:

  1. Practice Yoga Everyday (Even if I can only do it for five minutes)
  2. Get My Right, Left, and Middle Splits
  3. Create a Yoga Instagram
  4. Increase My Arm Strength 
  5. Get a Perfect Handstand
  6. Create my Own Yoga Routine(s)
  7. Master a Standing Backbend
  8. By December, begin looking into and/or applying for a Yoga Instructor Certification Program
  9. Constantly Remember Why I Started Doing Yoga in the First Place – To Make My Mind and Body Happy.

MAKING IT HAPPEN

Do you see that picture of the girl with the not-so-great backbend? Well, that is me. Clearly, I have a long way to go. But guess what? That excites me! I am ready to make this happen. I am in a completely different mindset than I was when I first started yoga. I am a completely different person in general. This journey is for me.

For years, I have stopped doing the things that I love because I did not think that I was good enough, because I listened to others’ opinions about me, or because I was just plain lazy. Not anymore. This is my time. This is my year. This is my yoga journey.

What Should I Major In? A “Passion Major” Versus a “Realistic Major”

 

Hi There!

First of all, congratulations on stumbling across this blog post. Second of all, LISTEN UP!

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Throughout my 6 1/2 years of higher education, I have had the pleasure of experiencing a lot of success. On the contrary, I have also had the, “not-so-pleasure” of experiencing A LOT of failures. The most frustrating part of my failures, is that they could have easily been prevented had I just done a few things differently. The most exciting part of my failures, is that they have taught me a lot of lessons.

Now, I can help prevent other people from making the same mistakes that I did. That is what this blog post is for.  Every week, I will provide you with detailed lessons that I learned while being in college. By the time I am done with you, you will have a library of knowledge that will, hopefully, save you a lot of time, mistakes, and money.

One question that students ask themselves all the time, is “What Should I Major In?” I have great news for you. I am going to help you with that decision today; right now.

Why is it Important to Pick a Strong Major

I think we can all agree that college is not cheap. According tobigfuture.collegeboard.org, the average college tuition for a public, in-state four year degree college, is $9,410 dollars a year. That is $37,640 total. Mind you, that number is the average number for a public four-year university. Some colleges and universities cost A LOT more. Also, that $37, 640 is not including housing, books, fees, etc. I can tell you right now that my undergraduate tuition alone was more than $37, 640.

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That is one of the main reasons you want to pick a strong major. As much as I wish it was, college is not free. Trust me, you do NOT want to spend that much money on a degree that will not be worth your financial investment. That is what your degree is, an investment. It is not something that you get just because you graduated from high school. You are investing all of that money, so that you can start building a future for yourself.

The Battle That Most Students Face When Picking a Major

One of the biggest battles that I have seen students face when picking a major, is the battle of, a “Passion Major” versus a “Realistic Major”

I can see you now, sitting in your pre-requisite English course, debating whether you want to pursue your passion for painting, or your parents suggestion of chemical engineering. You know what you love, but you are also worried that getting a degree in what you love will not be as profitable as getting a degree that will provide you with a more “realistic” income. What do you do?!

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First of all, relax. Believe it or not, (and this took me years to realize), that dillema does not have to be as difficult as you may think.

If you read my About Me section, you learned that even though I pursued a law degree, I consider myself an artist above all things. I understand the battle of wanting to pursue an “unconventional-major” and your “this will allow me to show off and pay my bills major.” (a.k.a the conventional major).

Due to my consistent dilemma, I created an interesting approach that can help you with that battle. Most importantly, I have a created an approach that will not only help you pick a major that you some-what like, but that will help steer you towards a more profitable career.

What Should I Major In? How to Pick a Major that You Will Like, Be Worth Your Money, and Help Your Future

When I was pursuing my undergraduate degree, I changed my major at least six times. Yes, you read that correctly, six times.

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I constantly dealt with the battle of “Passion Major” versus “Realistic Major.” In the end, I picked a major that did not prepare me for the future that I wanted. As a result, I went to law school earlier than I expected (which turned out to be the best decision ever), so that I could supplement my not-so-great major. Basically, I wasted four years of schooling and a lot of money for a degree that I cannot really use.

Now please understand, if you want something to work, it can work. There are definitely ways that I can utilize my undergraduate degree. I will write a separate blog post on that. However, I would have saved a lot of time and money had I focused on finding a solution to my battle, as opposed to merely entertaining my battle.

I am happy to say, that I have finally come up with a solution. If you are currently battling those things previously mentioned, I would suggest that you follow this approach:

If you are concerned with picking more of a conventional degree, but you do not want to spend four years hating your degree, consider (a) Picking a major based off financial stability, but that will be interesting enough to help you complete your degree. If you are determined to pursue an unconventional degree, but you do not want to spend money on something that will not land you a decent job should your passion not work out right away, consider (b) Picking a major based off your passions, but that will provide you with the best resources, connections, and financial stability.

Let me break those down for you a little better, starting with (a).

(a) Picking a Major Based Off Financial Stability, but That Will be Interesting Enough to Help You Complete Your Degree

If I could go back in time, this is the option that I would have taken for my undergraduate major. I have a lot of unconventional passions that I am currently turning into careers. For example, I want to be a full-time Digital Marketing Copywriter. That being said, there can be a lot of instability when trying to pursue my passions. Also, I think it is important to challenge my brain to learn about things other than what I personally enjoy.

My financial stability option right now, is my law degree. A smart financial stability option for me when I was in undergrad, would have been a Computer Science degree.

With a Computer Science degree, I would have had the tools and resources to not only help me with my financial needs, but with everything that I am doing now as well. The knowledge that I would have gained would have helped me in my writing and legal career(s).

I do not doubt, that there would have been struggles along the way. Computer Science is not something that I am as passionate about as writing. However, it would have been an excellent avenue to take. You do not need to be head over hills with everything that you do. There are some sacrifices that will have to be made along the way. That being said, the sacrifices do not have to be horrible. You just have to work with what you have, to get what you want.

(b) Picking a Major Based Off your Passions That Will Provide You With the Best Resources, Connections, and Financial Stability.

Ok, if you are set on pursuing a degree that focuses on your passions, you can certainly do that. However, I would suggest that you focus on getting a degree that will either: provide you with excellent tools that will set you a part from your competition, provide you with multiple connections and internships, and/or provide you with a decent job should your journey take you a little longer than expected.

For example, I majored in Applied Arts and Science when I was in undergrad. Now, you may be thinking, “What in the world is that?” If you are asking yourself that, I don’t blame you. Essentially, that degree allowed me take whatever courses I wanted, as long as if they were advanced courses. I will explain in more detail in another post

Do not get me wrong, there are multiple ways that I can use my degree to my advantage. However, I would be lying if I told you all that I do not feel like vomiting when I think about how much money it took to get a degree that I know did not live up to my full potential.

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Basically, what I am I am saying, is make sure your passionate degree will properly assist you in your goals. For example, my goal is to by a full-time author and copywriter. When I was telling my brother I was writing this post, he mentioned that English would have been a great major for my writing career. When he said that, I realized what a wonderful decision that would have been.

Yes, English is one of those majors that everyone warned me about. I was always told that English was not a “good” major to pursue. However, if I would have looked at it from more than one perspective, I would have realized that an English major would have been perfect, especially if I chose a school with a great English and Writing Department. I could have applied for all kinds of internships, connected with published professors, went to writing conferences, and even pursued a teaching career while I was waiting on my career to take off. Make sense?

CONCLUSION

You are going to college, or you are about to go to college, because you want to take your education and career to the next level. I am telling you right now, treat your degree like the prize that it is. Choosing your major is not something that you need to rush or take lightly. Trust me, you want your investment to be worth it. Apply the tools that I have provided you with, trust yourself, work hard, and go get the major that you deserve.

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Writing a Book in 30 Days Challenge!

Hello All!

On December 14th, 2017, I challenged myself to write a book in 30 days. Not half of a book, not the majority of a book, but a FULL book!

The book that I am writing for this challenge is not the same book that I discussed in this post. That book is still happening. However, this book is completely separate, and was not planned.

There are multiple reasons as to why I am doing this challenge, but I want to explain those reasons in a later post. For now, I have included what will be the first of many vlogs, capturing my 30 day journey.

I want to create more than just written content, I want to create video content as well. This video is definitely not the best, but it doesn’t have to be. This is about my journey towards achieving a major goal of mine. There will be a lot more posts about this challenge, but I just wanted to inform you all on what is currently going on in my “writing world”.

Alright folks, it is time for me to go. I have a lot of writing to do!

Until the next chapter,

Amber

 

NIGHT VISION: A COLLECTION OF SHORT HORROR STORIES BY AUGIE PETERSON

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Author: Augie Peterson

Publication Date: October 29th, 2017

Purchase Options: Amazon, Goodreads

Provider: Augie Peterson

       SUMMARY

Eight different stories, eight different characters, eight different mysterious fates. In Night Vision, readers will find themselves in the middle of various situations that are quite eerie and sinister. Each of the eight stories unfold an uncomfortable predicament that can lead to detrimental outcomes, revenge, and untimely deaths.

REVIEW

Normally, horror stories are not what I am in search for during a late night Barnes and Noble run, or a search bar rampage on Goodreads. However, I am trying to expand my reading genres, so I was excited to give this book a try.

I have to admit, Night Vision: A Collection of Short Horror Stories, was definitely a page-turner. Not to sound too cheesy, but each story had me on the edge of my seat. I always wanted to know what was going to happen next.

If you decide to read this book, I do not think that you will have an issue with a lack of creativity. I found each story to be unique. Even though the stories were short, I grew fond of a lot of the characters (Especially Jonas, in Boy, Removed, and Milo, in Confessions of a Gravedigger 🙁)

Personally, I would not classify these short stories as horror stories.  The eight stories projected more of a suspense and/or mystery vibe than horror. Personally, I preferred the authors the suspense method as opposed to pure horror. Furthermore, the stories created enough of an eerie, tension-filled suspension that should satisfy most who read this book.

Without providing any spoilers, my top three favorite short stories out of the eight, were Did You Say Something?, Mr. Dempsey, and Boy, Removed. I felt that they had the best plot development, while also keeping me intrigued and in a state of constant anticipation.

My biggest critiques for this book, would be grammatical errors, and not enough plot development for some of the stories. There were not too many grammatical errors, but the errors that were in the book were noticeable, and a tad distracting. In regards to my plot development critique, I just feel that some of the short stories seemed a tad rushed, and could have expanded on the facts a little more. For example, I really enjoyed the short story, Suddenly, the Telephone Rang, but I felt like the ending sort of happened without any kind of decent explanation.

RATING

Overall, I would give this book a 3.8 to a 4 out of 5 stars.

CONCLUSION

All of the short stories contain very unique, interesting topics. If some of the stories were developed a little better, this book could easily be a 4 to a 4.5. The book provides a quick read with a ton of intriguing stories. I would love if the author would make full novels out of some of the short stories. A lot of them definitely have potential to be expanded upon, and I would love to know what happens to some of these characters.

If you are looking for a quick read that will provide suspenseful, creative entertainment, I highly recommend checking out Night Vision: A Collection of Short Horror Stories.

P.S. Make sure to follow Augie Peterson on her twitter account and stay updated on her journey! She is an indie writer who is definitely going places!

Until the Next Chapter,

Amber

If you are interested in the rest of the books that I am reviewing for the month of December, 2017, please click here.

If you would like me to review YOUR book, please click here.

 

They Both Die at the End: New Book Purchase!

Hello All!

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Can we please just take a moment to admire this beautiful book!? I have been eyeing They Both Die at the End on Goodreads, and I am elated to finally have the time to sit down and read it. This will be the first book that I have read by Adam Silvera, so I am pleased to find a new author to add to my list.  Ahhh, I am so excited!

Since it has been a while since I have been able to read the way that I have wanted to, one of the first books that I wanted to read after my “reading-hiatus”, had to be one of my favorites: a heartbreaking, thought-provoking YA or New Adult book.

After browsing through good reads, I decided that this was definitely one of the first books that I wanted read. I have high hopes for this book, and I cannot wait to start reading it tonight!

The concept of this book is emotionally intriguing to me. The idea of two people dying on the same day, both being aware of their impending deaths, and both deciding to spend their last day together, creates a swirl of thoughts and feelings that I cannot wait to discuss with others, and that I cannot wait to write a review on.

On Goodreads, I saw that someone commented, “Do they really die at the end?” I personally decided not to look at the answer to that. To, what I am sure is my detriment, there is still a little piece of me that hopes that they will both survive. Why oh why do I do this to myself?

Have you read They Both Die at the End? How many tears can I expect to shed? I would love to hear your thoughts ☺️.

Until the next chapter,

Amber

Why I Love YA Books

Hello All!

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I will probably write a blog on why i love YA books at least ten different times, but this will be my first time doing so.I did not plan on writing about this topic, but now I feel compelled to.

Just in case you did not know, YA stands for, “Young Adult.” It is safe to say that I have a pretty deep obsession with YA books. As a result, I have been asked countless times why I love them so much. Today, I realized that I have never truly thought about the answer to that question. 

The open-mindedness of YA characters is what initially comes to my mind. Even though tough situations and experiences have entered and affected many of the young characters lives, there is still this open-mindedness about them that is extremely refreshing.

Brave, free, and forgiving are how I would describe a lot of YA characters. The boundaries and false limitations that the world tries to subject us to, do not tend to influence YA characters.

Young adult characters are not like a lot of adults that I am surrounded by on a daily basis. They are still willing to try when things go wrong; are willing to dream even when told their dreams are silly; and are willing to endure pain for the things and people that they are passionate about. I just love that! It reminds me to remember who I am, what I want, and where I want to go.

After writing this article, it is safe to say that I discovered a plethora of answer that answer, why I love YA books. For today’s post I just wanted to throw out my first raw thought(s).

What about you all? Why do you all love YA books? I would love to learn about your perspectives and thoughts on YA books.

Until the Next Chapter,

Amber

My Writing Fears

                                                                                                                                             

Hello All! Guess what? It has been less than a week, and I have already developed a huge case of the “writing fears.” What is the “writing fears” you ask? Well, the symptoms vary per person, but for me, the symptoms are as follows:

  • An Inability to Write – Basically, despite the fact that I am dying to write, I avoid writing all day because, well, I am scared (I will explain, don’t worry). Then, when I finally muster up the courage to write, I write a couple of sentences (and I do mean a couple), my anxiety starts acting up, and I end up putting my book away for the rest of the day.

 

  • Fear of the Unknown – You may be wondering why I said I was scared in the previous symptom. Well, it is because I fear the unknown. I fear that my book will be boring. I fear that I think that I am better than I actually am. I fear that my writing skills may be poor. I fear that I will not be able to transition through my story well. I fear that there is no point in even writing a book because it will never go anywhere.

 

  • Compare and Not Contrast – I am happy to say that this symptom is quickly fading away. However, it still likes to linger around every now and then. I tend to put certain authors on a pedestal and trick myself into thinking that I have to watch them as opposed to joining them or even surpassing them.

I am not discussing these things to send out a discouraging message. The reason why I am discussing this, is because (a) It is ridiculous for me to even have these “symptoms” in the first place, and (b) because I am not the only one who goes through this.

We have to constantly remember that the first reason the majority of us began writing, is because we enjoy writing. Write your book for you. This does not mean that you will not listen to your audience or make changes to your book(s) in the future. It means that you are writing because you want to, because you need to, because it drives you. Not because you are trying to prove yourself to others or because you feel as if you have to fit into this particular author mold.

This is just as much of a pep talk for my readers as it is for me. We will get there. All of us. Just make sure you keep writing. Most importantly, just make sure you keep writing because you enjoy it.

Until the Next Chapter,

Amber

Books I Am Reading for the Month of December, 2017

Hello All!

I have been extremely excited to write today’s post and share some of the books that I am reading for the month of December, 2017!

Today, I had the privilege of speaking with multiple, published authors. All of them have their books on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, and/or other book-related websites, and all of them have graciously provided me with free versions of their books.

This section of my blog is to highlight new, published authors, or authors that I just want to give more exposure too. There are too many brilliant minds, creative stories, and awesome characters that are not given enough recognition. There are amazing stories out there that need to get told, and I want to help make that happen!

With that being said, here are the books that I am going to try my hardest to read and review by the end of the month (December, 2017):

TRANS Continental 

By: Brad Cook

The Vow and Rise

By:  Anne Bohannon

Night Vision: A Collection of Short Horror Stories

By: Augie Peterson

I think excitement would be an understatement for how I am feeling about reading these books! Please be aware that despite the fact that I was provided free versions of these books, each review I post will be 100% honest. They did not pay me for my review, nor did they personally seek me out for a review. When writing any review, I want to be honest for myself, for the authors, and for my readers. That being said, I have high hopes for these books, and I cannot wait to get started!

Until the next chapter,

Amber