Current Reads #22

Hi ya, homies! Lately I’ve been a bit disappointed with the last few books I’ve read. I’ll discuss my annoyance in the next edition of Finished Reads. But let’s get into what I’m currently reading. On a side note one of these books I started, then finished within a twenty -four hour period… it was that damn good! I decided to include it in this post anyway.

Lu Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino- I love a good guardian angel story; as long as it’s not corny, or full of clichés. Here’s a sample of the Goodreads synopsis. “Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.” This makes my soul cry out yessssssss! I’m hoping that this book blows me away.

before Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino- This is a second chance romance which I totally love. I started this book late Tuesday night, and by Wednesday morning I was done. I’ll share more of my thoughts on this novel soon.

Homies, what are you reading? Let me know down in the comments!

Cheers!

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Writing Playlist #17

Fiona I haven’t put together a writing playlist in quite some time, but trust, a sista has been getting her writing on. I’ve been keeping myself busy with writing. If only my social life was just as exciting. Oh well. Anyhoo, this playlist revolves around the hella talented, Ms. Fiona Apple.

1. Jonathan

2. Sleep To Dream

3. On The Bound

4. Slow Like Honey

5. Get Gone

6. Pale September

7. A Mistake

8. Werewolf

9. The First Taste

10. To Your Love

11. The Child Is Gone

12. Criminal

13. The Way Things Are

14. Fast As You Can

15. Paper Bag

16. Carrion

17. Shadowboxer

18. Limp

19. Never Is A Promise

20. Love Ridden

21. Better Version Of Me

22. Sullen Girl

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #21

When pondering about my next reads, I knew that I wanted something satisfying, with a narrative that would stick to my bones. Yep, I was hungry when putting this together! LOL. Anyhoo, here are my Current Reads.

Z The Last Mission Volume 1: An Assassin Outmatched by Z. Lundy- The Interracial/Multicultural Romance community is so passionate about good reads; and they’re also super supportive of new talent. I’ve heard about this novel over the past few weeks, but the glowing review from my homie, Mae (heyyyy) really made want to take a chance. Z. Lundy‘s debut erotic novel is about a female assassin, and her hard to kill target. I know the pair gets together, but how they get there is what I’m interested in. So hyped for this book!

allAll The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven- YA Contemporary is a genre that I have to be in the mood for. I went from not digging YA, to now enjoying it a bit. I learned about this novel from a post on BuzzFeedBooks. All The Bright Places is about two teens dealing with emotional issues, and they strike up a friendship. I bet this will be an unforgettable read.

Well that’s it! Thanks for checking out my post.

Cheers, homies!

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Listening Party: Type O Negative

type o The music of Type O Negative could be described as beautifully brutal, powerfully poetic, intensely evocative, and romantic af. In my writing whenever I’m putting together a love scene, this is the band I often turn to. Type O’s music is unforgettable; and it it’ll never leave you. Here are all my favorite tracks. Enjoy!

1. Haunted

2. Gravitational Constant

3. Wolf Moon

4. Nettie

5. Die With Me

6. Hey Pete

7. Bloody Kisses (A Death In The Family)

8. Who Will Save The Sane

9. Love You To Death

10. …A Dish Best Served Coldly

11. In Praise Of Bacchus

12. Can’t Lose You

13. Life Is Killing Me

14. My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend

15. Everything Dies

16. Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)

17. Green Man

18. Be My Druidess

19. We Hate Everyone

20. Christian Woman

21. How Could She

22. Everyone I Love Is Dead

23. Too Late: Frozen

24. Burnt Flowers Fallen

25. Blood & Fire

Cheers, homies!

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Finished Reads #5

watch This is the fifth edition of my Finished Reads. In these posts I give mini reviews of the last few books that I’ve read; and then give them a star rating from 1 to 5. 5 being the best of the best. This time my mini reviews are going to be even shorter since I’ll be reviewing thirteen books! Okay, I seriously thought that six out of the thirteen were already posted, but they weren’t. Dang it! Hecks, so I’m just going to make this quick. I’ll go back to the regular format in my Finished Reads #6 post.

Priest by Sierra Simone- Priest combined spirituality, religion, and raw sexuality in a read that was anything but easy. However, I definitely enjoyed this novel. 4 Stars

Monster In His Eyes by J.M. Darhower- This was an interesting entry into the mob romance sub-genre that I love the hell out of. I didn’t love Monster In His Eyes, but I really dug it. 3.5 Stars

Garden Of Goodbyes by Faith Andrews- Guttural. Thought-provoking. Heartbreaking. Emotional. G.o.G. will be one of my fav reads of 2017. 5 Fucking Stars

A Bubble Of Time by Pepper Pace- I made a deep connection with the protagonist in this page-turning, sci-fi novel. From the start I couldn’t get enough. 4 Stars

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger- A magical and magnetic love story that left me satisfied. 4 Stars

Burned Promises by Willow Winters- A second chance romance that brought the damn heat! The sex scenes slayed!!!!! 4 Stars

Reap: The Irish Mob Chronicles by Kaye Blue- Ms. Blue is an awesome writer and has written some pretty compelling suspense romance stories. I just didn’t really connect with Reap3.5 Stars

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid- For two days I didn’t give a damn about eating, or sleeping. This novel was fucking brilliant!!! 5 Massive Stars

After Dark by Haruki Murakami- I was living for this book, but my enthusiasm eventually diminished. 3 Stars

The Gravity Of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry- A beautiful love story. 4 Stars

Exorcist Road by Jonathan Janz- This was absolutely and unapologetically terrifying. 4.5 Stars

Table For One by Laura Ashley Laraque- A poetry collection that fed my soul, and inspired my spirit. 5 Bright Stars

All The Good Parts by Loretta Nyhan- The protagonist was relatable af. I felt as if I actually knew her. Great writing, but the side characters made me deduct half a star from the rating. I’m very interested in reading more from this author. 3.5 Stars 

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Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #20

Happy September, homies! It’s time to tell y’all about my Current Reads. I’m really excited for the selection of books this week. Let’s get started.

TableTable For One by Laura Ashley Laraque- This is a poetry collection that came highly recommended. The themes revolve around self-love, romantic love, heartbreak, and inner strength. Sounds like this collection is absolutely perfect for me.

janzExorcist Falls by Jonathan Janz- The latest novel from one of my favorite authors, Exorcist Falls is a supernatural horror novel involving Father Jason Crowder, a priest who is at war with the forces of evil. I’m already scared!

all All The Good Parts by Loretta Nyhan- A YouTuber I dig included this novel in a recent kindle/book haul, and it sounded really intriguing. A woman in her late thirties is basically trying to get her life together. I know I’ll connect with this story.

gravity The Gravity Of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry- I forgot to include this book in my last Current Reads post. Will be doing a mini review in an upcoming Finished Reads post.

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Cheers, homies!

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My Top 5 Depeche Mode Albums

dmodeDeep within me there’s a love for Depeche Mode that will never go away. DM’s music has been an important part of my life’s narrative. I’m grateful for being introduced to this band. I’m thankful that we still have them with us. For well over thirty plus years DM has been kicking ass and making uncompromising music. It’s 2017 and they’re still relevant!  The music of DM is experimental, danceable, provocative, and timeless. Here are the 5 albums that I just can’t get enough of. 😉

5. Exciter (2001)- Exciter was my gateway drug album. I’d heard of the band, but once a homie played this album for me… shiiit it was a wrap. I. Was. Hooked. I became an instant junkie for the band. Exciter’s saturated with the most beautiful melodies, and emotionally- rich vocals. “I Am You” is the sexiest song ever created.

4. Black Celebration (1986)- Atmospheric. Layered. Bold. And dark as fuck. Black Celebration is the perfect album; it gives me everything. The lyrics are poetic. The vocals are haunting and unforgettable. The music has so much substance. I suggest listening to this album during a rainstorm in Autumn- and don’t forget the blacklights, and the sandalwood incense. “Stripped”“Dressed In Black”“New Dress”. Damn! Every single song is incredible.

3. Playing The Angel (2005)- This album is a freaking masterpiece. From the sonic assault of “A Pain That I’m Used To”, to the hypnotic “The Darkest Star”P.T.A. is one of the most enjoyable albums in their catalogue. I lost someone extremely close to me the year this album came out. I was constantly playing P.T.A. which is why the album is so meaningful. “Nothing’s Impossible” is the jam of all jamz.

2. Violator (1990)- A definitive Depeche Mode album for sure. Getting lost in this album is a given. You put Violator on and all the shit life brings to your door is forgotten, at least temporarily. This album is epic on every level. “Sweetest Perfection”“Personal Jesus”“Halo”, and “Blue Dress” are my favs.

1. Songs Of Faith And Devotion (1993)- This is my absolute favorite album of the band’s. Instead of trying to recreate another Violator, the band added a few traditional rock elements to their sound, and unleashed a whole different breed of animal. Songs Of… was made during a tumultuous time for the band, but out of that inner conflict came a remarkable album. My bud often says “drama and chaos produces the best art”. “Mercy In You”“In Your Room”“Condemnation”“I Feel You”, these are all my jamz.

If you’re a fan of the band then share with me your fav albums. Until next time…

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #19

It’s once again time to share my Current Reads. I still can’t believe that it’s August. 2017 just refuses to slow down, right? Let’s get started.

evelynThe Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid- I’ve been wanting to read this novel for the longest. Once I heard about it I knew eventually I would own this book. The cover alone is fucking stunning! I’ve always been a fan of old-school Hollywood; the actors/actresses, the style, Etc. Evelyn Hugo is a legendary actress who is ready to share her life story with the world. She decides that Monique Grant- a journalist who is really having a rough season of life, will be the one to pen her biography.

“Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.”

Yasssssss!

Let me know what you guys are currently reading. I would love to know.

Cheers, homies!

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Listening Party: Nine Inch Nails

ninNine Inch Nails came into my life like a tidal wave of which I’m still caught up in. I had no idea that this band would have such a lasting impact on my existence. Their music heals, feeds, restores, and definitely inspires me creatively. Here are the tracks that have always stayed with me over the years. Enjoy!

1. The Fragile

2. I Would For You

3. The Line Begins To Blur

4. Something I Can Never Have

5. Reptile

6. Even Deeper

7. The Perfect Drug

8. Lights In The Sky

9. Head Like A Hole

10. Hurt

11. Gave Up

12. The Wretched

13. Piggy

14. All The Love In The World

15. Down In It

16. Please

17. Last

18. She’s Gone Away

19. The Only Time

20. Closer

21. Only

22. Somewhat Damaged

23. The Becoming

24. The Warning

25. Into The Void

26. Ringfinger

27. The Big Come Down

28. The Good Soldier

29. Terrible Lie

30. Wish

31. With Teeth

32. Discipline

33. Came Back Hunted

34. Mr. Self Destruct

35. We’re In This Together

36. All Time Low

37. Every Day Is Exactly The Same

38. In This Twilight

39. Dead Souls (Cover)

40. Ruiner

If you’re a fan of NIN please let a sista know! Until next time, y’all…

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #18

Here are the latest batch of books that I’m currently reading. I’m excited to read both of them, but then again I always say that. Lol. #BookJunkie

after dark After Dark by Haruki Murakami- Mr. Murakami is a beloved and celebrated author that I’m finally trying to get into. After Dark according to Goodreads is a story that  “moves from mesmerizing drama to metaphysical speculation, interweaving time and space as well as memory and perspective into a seamless exploration of human agency—the interplay between self-expression and empathy, between the power of observation and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami’s trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery.” Can’t wait to get started tonight!

reap Reap: The Irish Mob Chronicles #2 by Kaye Blue- Ms. Blue is the reigning queen of suspenseful romance with mob elements, and I love her! This second entry into the Irish Mob Chronicles features two individuals who basically can’t stand each other. I know damn well that will change real quick like. All the great romances start with characters who are disgusted by the other.  I can’t wait to lose myself in this new novel.

Cheers, homies!

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