Book Review: “Explicit” by Roxy Sloane

Howdy!

I am a little behind on publishing my book reviews. For some odd reason, I forgot all about my April Playlist going up in the final week of the month and I had already scheduled a post to go up the same day (Wednesday) so I had to switch things around sort of last minute. Who knew I’d exchange my music day for a book?! This fact still puzzles me. Everything is good now and I can get back to my regular writing routine again!

Before we get into this review, I have to mention to you (and everyone else!) that this book is meant for mature audiences. It talks a lot about grown up stuff aka sexual intercourse, so you’ve been warned now to continue at your own risk.

Let’s start this with the burb of the story. I got the information off of Goodreads.


eb97f8cc45826ffd4ca7110707f79744

“I’ve told you I’ve fantasized about you. So, tell me the truth. Do you fantasize about me?”

Bestselling novelist Jackson Ford is arrogant, exacting, and relentless on the page and off. His irresistible new editor, Ellie Parker is smart, headstrong, and not intimidated by Jackson’s attitude – or the way he turns every exchange into a filthy seduction.

There isn’t a thing these two can agree on, except their intense attraction. But with Jackson’s deadline looming, can they stop fighting long enough for him to deliver the hit she needs?

The relationship between editor and author has never been so intimate or so explicit..


Apparently it had been a while since I’ve read one of Roxy’s books because this was utterly amazing! I’ve been trying to push my love of erotica back a bit to be able to enjoy other subjects but once I saw this listed as “free” on Amazon, I was like Yes! You need this now Meghan! And that was pretty much it for me!

Of course at first, I just wanted a sexy–possibly dirty–couple doing the nasty with full on describiation. Don’t you dare come after me! Like I said, I have been doing pretty good staying away so I thought of it as my little treat to myself. Anyways, my favorite parts of it wasn’t the sex scenes but you got to see it in a place where I feel like if the author expressed his explicit feelings for his new editor, it wouldn’t really end well for either side, but that’s just me! One thing I’ve learned while reading Roxy’s books, is that she has a knack for not only putting the main characters in sticky situations that us as the readers might be a little in over our heads too.

I think there is a thing with erotica authors that people tend to forget because they’re only there to read the story because of the amount of filthy sex and I’m not one to judge because that was the main reason why I got it, but I have noticed how descriptive every chapter was, from the differences to Ellie and Jackson’s houses to the naughty emails and chats on the phone–some of you might be rethinking of doing that in the office by the time you end this book. I could picture everything that was going on and I found it a little odd that it’s just now taken me this long to figure it out.

Oh, for those of you who have read this, who was your imaginary Jackson Ford? I’m honestly a little depressed to say this but I had the guy from the Trivago commercials, because of the salt and pepper hair and he just looks like a cocky-ish type of guy off camera, you know? Am I wrong with sensing this? I never really chose anyone else for the other characters, mostly because I was afraid of who I would pick out next.

If you do get it, and enjoy it, she has added her novella story “The Seduction” at the end so you basically get two books in one. For those of you, who have read it, what were your favorite thing(s) about it? What would you have rated it too?

snowflake

Life Lately | Detox For 10 Days!

Howdy!

Hope you’re all doing well out there!

April was an interesting month for me. It was suppose to lead into a great adventure up north for my nana’s birthday, but thanks to the Coronavirus, we, like everybody else’s plans, were cancelled. Honestly, I thought weather would be the main reason we couldn’t go, so this wasn’t necessarily on my radar, but I had somewhat prepared myself for this kind of outcome; so, I wasn’t overly excited or disappointed when it came around.

The other thing was the huge detox I was forcibly to experience at the beginning of the month. My mom and I were in agreement that our internet service turning off our Wi-Fi in a middle of the epidictic was absolutely stupid! Thank god I am not in school anymore or I would have panicked. We had to wait over 10 days or so until someone was sent out to come fix our connection. Like I told my mom on the 3rd, “I don’t know if I should feel bad for the person on the other line” because my dad was basically shouting at how awful this is!

All wasn’t lost though, I was still able to use both my laptop and tablet for other things. I could still write out drafts, play Spider Solitaire, read my books, and organize the many, many lists of baby names on both electronics. (EDIT: I didn’t organize the baby names!) So, I had a lot more pros, than cons and I was okay with that! The one thing I was mildly upset about was the fact I couldn’t post my “Three Good Things” online, but I could work on them for the days I am missing and once I came back, I would upload the posts.

On the day I chose to write this post, which was day 2, we were experiencing another beautiful day of spring weather. It’s nice to see our trees in bloom again. Our neighbors have two dogwood trees in front of their house and I love it when they turn white at the ends. In a matter of days, they’ll change colors again and become a nice dark green and stay that way until the start of fall. It is also really awesome to see our front yard growing in grass after little over a year since we tore down our old house and dad had to put straw all over the large space. The few strands that remain are being taken by the birds as they are building their nests in the nearby trees.

The day before we were greeted with a sweet surprise in our mail. We received a cute drawing from my little nephew! My sister and brother-in-law sent a folded piece of paper of their traced hands and there were some parts to make it extra special, Nolan got to draw on it too! When my mom came home from work, she showed it to me and I almost broke out in tears because it was absolutely adorable!

A few hours later, I thought it would awesome to send them something back. In February, my mom bought Nolan a Mickey Mouse coloring book for a $1. We have a lot of pages where there’s lines of purple and blue (colors that he knows the most!) and everybody else attempting to stay inside the portrait of Mickey and his buddies! I thought it would be a great idea if we could do a page and send it to him in the mail. Once I made the announcement, my mom grabbed the book and Ziploc bag of crayons from the living room where we have his lunchbox full of Hot Wheels and the larger cars underneath the light stand. She put them inside my bookcase closest to my bed so that if I wasn’t too busy, I could work on it throughout the day.

I actually sat back towards the wall on my bed, a place where I like to sit and read my books, and I had to push away all (5!) of my blankets to the end of my bed to make enough room to pull this off without causing me too much pain. To make sure I didn’t suffer, I took more breaks than I usually give myself, so by the time I finished the page I was actually comfortable in my placement.

And of course, I had to show off my footwork (haha!) and sent a text of my masterpiece to my mom. I decided to do a simple design just in case it would cause me too much pain and/or if I messed up, I could switch to another one. I knew he would enjoy a Mickey page than any of the other characters. I just hope he wouldn’t mind if Aunt Megz does the maze page in the book? I am a sucker for mazes!

By the time this goes live, I would hope to God I have my internet back and everything is right again! I’ll live if it doesn’t but damn if I have to wait longer than the 10 days we were told, I might be the one yelling at the poor soul who decides to answer the call!

UPDATE: I went without using any Wi-Fi for like five to six days before my mom let me use her phone every once in a while. It was actually harder for her to stay away for like five minutes! After day four though, I was actually counting how much longer I’d have to be without it.

Do you schedule in the amount of time you want to be without your phone, Wi-Fi, etc? What do you do to detox from your electronics?

snowflake

Life Lately | Tulips, Royals, & Blog Schedule

Howdy!

It has been a LONG freaking time since I’ve done one of these blog posts. I always tell myself I need to do more of them or at least have mom buy a thick spine journal so I can get things out but it never happens!

Here’s the interesting part of this, I thought about writing this first than getting to work on Friday’s post, which will be a diary entry directed to my lovely papaw. For today, I am focusing on good things–not saying talking about/to my papaw isn’t good–and I am hoping to unleash a lot of things that have been roaming around in my mind lately! It will be separated by three sections so I hope everyone enjoys themselves and give me your thoughts at the end.

87960464_2841143149305915_6919141478623084544_o

Spring Is Coming!

I like winter, and always have, mostly because snow makes me happy although I never go out and play in it or run through with my wheelchair. This year, we haven’t had a lot of snow and like my mom mentioned to me the other day, she said since we didn’t have a bunch of snow like in previous years, the bugs will be awful because they didn’t necessarily die. I am okay with the occasional fly or in our case, ladybugs but yeah, I could do without the wasps! I’m not a fan of bees either, but we need them to survive apparently!

One thing that I definitely missed during the colder months is my mom buying flowers for our house. I guess we kind of got into a routine of having new flowers throughout every two weeks. I am actually fine with fake flowers, but having something like fresh flowers can really help your mood. At least, it has in my case when my mom bought me some very beautiful tulips one day.

I am not just obsessed with sunflowers, I like a variety of flowers like daisies, roses and tulips. I do talk about my love of sunflowers quite a bit and because of that nobody really knows about the others. So, after my mom found out that I adored tulips, she found these $12.99 tulips in a fairly large vase. My dad didn’t really like the price of them but since then we have all become a little obsessed with them. They change every day. They continue to flourish but we’ve been watching one of them because it’s been a little overzealous on how high he becomes that for a while he began to lean down and we have started to make jokes about it like “I’ve stood up all day. I need a break!” My mom and I can be a little weird sometimes

Since having the flowers in my room, I have been looking forward to spring. My room is located by all of our trees and I have really missed the greenery that surrounds me, but I have enjoyed seeing the moon through my window at night.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

I know you’re probably tired of seeing everybody discuss the royals right now. If you want to ignore this section, you can. I don’t want to spend a lot of time talking about the drama, but I do want to talk about my thoughts on it.

I have been following the British Royal Family since The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married, so around 2011. My mom has been reading up about them since Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer. And yes, she absolutely hated Camila, The Duchess of Cornwell. I actually do not, mainly because I am a supporter of Anne Boleyn, as she was also a mistress to a senior royal.

For the case of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, I always felt they would be different. They would move into the modern world as royals, but I did not think this would happen at all! When The Queen gave Harry and Meghan the title of “Duke and Duchess of Sussex” was interesting because the last time a royal was given this peerage was Queen Victoria’s uncle Prince Augustus Frederick. Although he had the title of ‘Duke Sussex’ neither one of his wives were allowed to be called a duchess, but what is interesting is that they were not given permission of the crown which at the time of his first wife, George III was still alive. Prince Augustus and his first wife welcomed two children, but were not recognized so they were not awarded any titles as their many cousins.

Prince Harry asked the queen for permission to marry Meghan, but their son Archie does not carry the title of Viscount like say Harry’s uncle Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex’s son James, as he is known as a Viscount.  I understand their right to want to lead a more private life for Archie’s sake, but the separation of leaving as senior royals threw me for a loop! To me, I think this would have been easier on everyone if Harry declined the title of Duke when he and Meghan first married.

When Anne, The Princess Royal first married her first husband, he was offered a title but declined thus their children: Peter and Zara, along with their descendants do not have royal titles. A lot of people will say this happened because Anne is a woman, but at the time of the marriage, Charles was not married at all. She was the only child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh to wed. Here we have Prince William as the oldest son of The Prince of Wales, married with three children. All three were present when Harry and Meghan married, so why didn’t he say no? A part of me wonders on the fact of possible backlash to the world if Meghan, a biracial woman, wasn’t allowed to be called a duchess. Shrugs.

89005260_680157589454975_6067076360017281024_n (2)

The Blog Schedule

After what happened while I was doing my A-Z Disability Challenge series, I honestly wanted to give myself a massive break. Since I can’t stop blogging, I figured I needed to find a solution to make it easier and also keep it fun for the both of us. Once January began, I took off for two weeks and do other things that were not related to blogging. It was relaxing, but I did not envision to keep this trend alive for as long as I thought I would. However, I have quite enjoyed myself in these breaks, mostly because I can focus my attention on reading my books in my off time.

The schedule (including a post for Mon, Tues, and Wed) will continue this way until I decide that I need another week for more posts. As of right now, two weeks is doing really good for me. I am still skeptical of this, but I am getting the hang out of it.

I think I am done writing this post now. I thought I would add a few more things about my life, but as I said above, I also have my papaw’s letter to do as well. I think I will include bits about my nephew Nolan in there because I know he’d enjoy it. Well, I hope you are having a great week!

snowflake

The Baby Name Tag – Round 3!

Untitled

Howdy!

It feels kind of weird to be writing a blog post that isn’t 100% disability, not to mention have it go up on a Monday too! I actually told my mom, “what the heck am I going to do now?” because I got used to having something for that day, so for it to be completely empty is a bit scary for me.

One thing I knew I could publish on here to start off our week is with a tag of some sort, and you know a brand new baby name tag is right up my ally! SJ Sturm is a mother of three and she has a YouTube channel and every Monday, she releases a new video talking about various baby names. She came up with another tag last month and I thought it was time to answer those questions on here for you!

1. What names do you love but are too scared to use?

I love a lot of different names. and most of my family kind of respects this to an extend, but I do believe there are certain types of names that would cause them to be judgmental I guess. The past year I have been falling for both unisex and word names. I think some word names are enchanting but quirky at the same times and I have been thinking that a lot of names can be for the opposite sex too. Here are some examples:

Story – Onyx – Equinox – Storm – Cherish – Promise
Drew – Jocelyn – River – Ariel – Hazel – Rhiannon

2. Favorite name from your family tree/ancestry?

Back in 2018, I found out my great-grandmother that I never knew or met, was named Iman. I’m not too sure if this was a first or last name, but I actually like it anyways. Recently I had discovered a wide range of beautiful Arabic names and this ultimately made it onto my girl names list.

My other favorite is Olive. My great-great-grandmother on my mom’s side of the family had the pleasure of having this little beauty. At first, I thought it was too vintage–and I’m addicted to classic and vintages, so figure that one out for me!–but now that I’ve given it some thought on what kind of middle name I’d pair it with, I started to enjoy it. Oh, and I like it as Olive Theodora. A little Greek flare never hurt anybody!

3. What unpopular name do you think should be make a comeback?

In 2019, there were a lot of names that replaced some of my favorites like, Sylvia, Jupiter, and Genevieve with Sylvie, Juniper, and Guinevere. I know they don’t really go together but they are spelled in a similar way, so I am hoping a few can make a comeback in the future.

4. What name did you love growing up?

I grew up in the 1990’s, so I was exposed to a lot of various movies and TV shows throughout my childhood, but there were only two names that I have generally always enjoyed and they are: Cynthia and Naomi.

If you couldn’t tell, I was really into Rugrats as a child and the only name I liked from the entire show was Angelica’s doll “Cynthia”! What still gets me is that it is such a dated name for me, but as a kid I didn’t know anything about that, I just embraced it. For Naomi though, I was purely inspired by my mom’s love of Mama’s Family. We would watch it after coming home from school. This is a name that I still consider using in some way one day, because I still adore it!

5. Favorite one syllable name & four syllable name or longer?

I have always had issues with figuring out how many syllables in a normal word, but discovering syllable one name(s) has become a new hobby for me lately. I’m not sure to feel sorry about creating a longer list to the four or more syllable names. I was on a name website and couldn’t stop!

One Syllable Names:

Anne – Brynn – Joan – Mae – Noor – Plum – Rogue

Beau – Dean – Lane – Lief – Poe – Seth – Trace

Four Or Longer Syllable Names:

Alessandra – Anastasia – Annemieke – Catharina – Donatella – Elizabeth – Emilia – Evangeline – Federica – Felicity – Giovanna – Georgia – Henrietta – Isabella – Josefina – Nefertiti – Olivia – Olympia – Ophelia – Penelope – Philomena – Seraphina – Theodora – Valentina – Victoria – Wilhelmina – Xiomara

Alexander – Amadeus – Bartholomew – Emmanuel – Giovanni – Jeremiah – Leonardo – Napoleon – Nathaniel – Salvatore – Santiago – Sebastian – Valentino – Xavier – Zachariah

Untitled

6. Which of your friends/celebrity has a name combination that gives you most envy?

While one of my sister’s friends was pregnant, she and her husband were going through various “J” names. They ultimately decided on Jenson as his first name, but they were thinking about using Jennings instead and since I’ve seen Jenson everywhere, I wasn’t into it at first, but now I think it fits him perfectly! However, since they didn’t use Jennings, I ended up putting it on my boy list because I fell in love with it!

7. Favorite name based on your favorite season?

Seasonal names are so difficult for me, mostly because I’m always wondering if people want to know which season they’d use for a name or anything about the season instead. The only way I can really answer this, is by talking about a present I got for Christmas. So, get comfortable because it is story time!

My little nephew picked out this cute brown stuffed French Bulldog for me. I spent the whole day figuring out what I was going to call him and since Nolan is too little to help, it was mainly my mom and I figuring out the perfect name for him.

Since he is a French Bulldog, I thought it would be awesome to give him a French inspired name. I started throwing out different ones to my mom and we decided on Jacques for the first but I went online to find other ones, and typed out a list a list for my mom and she chose Leopold. Back to the question though, his final middle name is Emmanuel for when he was given to me, so his full name is: Jacques Leopold Emmanuel.

8. Favorite name from your favorite movie?

Again, this is hard to answer! The first name that came to mind is Eilish. Now, you might know it because of Billie Eilish, but I came across it after watching the film Brooklyn. It is one of my favorites and it brought me to appreciate Irish names like Eilish and the actress who plays her, Saoirse Ronan. I’ve even put Saoirse onto my list of girl names too!

The next one was inspired by the question below; as it reminded me of my love of Where The Heart Is. When I first started watching it, I really loved Novalee and Americus a lot, but unfortunately I have fallen out of love with Novalee over the years, but Americus is still okay though. It’s not on my list but it is impressive!

And finally, I love the film The White Oleander. I have never been interested in Astrid, but I did like Ingrid and still do to this day! However, I do enjoy using them as a sibling set or mother-daughter duo like this. I also love Oleander too, but don’t know if I’d ever want to use it anywhere.

9. A name connected with your favorite food

When I saw this question, I immediately thought of Ashley Judd’s character in Where The Heart Is and when she explains how she named her kids. I still think Praline is cute! Brownie is cute, but I think it fits more on a pet than a human child. No offense to anybody out there, it’s just my preference!

10. A name associated with your hometown

Oh, now this is a bit easier weirdly enough. I live in Indiana, and I have always loved it as a name in general. However, as most people associate it with “adventure” and apparently that just screams like a male name, but I disagree. I think it looks and sounds pretty for a girl. If she turns out to be a daredevil as she gets older, it’ll definitely be a perfect fit too!

I hope you have enjoyed the first post of the new year! Before I go, if you are curious to check out my other baby name tags, here are the links for them.

The Baby Names Tag – Extended | Baby Names Tag – Round 2

snowflake

Blogmas | Christmas Tree Ornaments

101_0310.jpg

Howdy!

Before I start on this, I am leaving my previous Blogmas post about my Christmas tree because if you haven’t read it yet or this is your first time on here, you can get caught up on why I have adopted a very interesting way to do my tree this year.

For today though, I am discussing my process of both the ornaments and the way I took the pictures, because that in itself was a big production that some people might find enjoyable! Fun fact: I am one of those people! 

  The Ornaments  

I feel the need to mention that the day I finished writing my previous post about my tree, my whole original theme of white lights, purple bulbs, and a star on top, kind of went out the window since my mom could not find anything to match that scheme. However, my dad did say something about going to Dollar General and getting things there. So, one morning I went on the DG website and looked over their very limited holiday decorations and found two that I actually loved, and they were: a pair of angel wings that came in two colors on the site, gold and red. I really fell in love with the red ones. The other one I just couldn’t get over was the crown. If you know me well, you know I need anything royalty and I thought for this reason would be no different!

Later that day, my mom went to the store and came home with an interesting sort of things for me. She got me a box of array silver ornaments. There are the normal shiny ones but my favorites are really the glittery and matte bulbs the most. Unfortunately, they didn’t have their hooks on them already so that was a bummer, but I managed to put two of them on the tree myself before letting mom take over! Now, you’re probably wondering about the two I found online. Did we have any luck in that department? Well, I’m happy to say, she found both of them! There was a setback though, she found the wings only in silver.

This wasn’t what freaked us out though. When I saw them online, they looked pretty smell, almost the same size of the other ones she got me. No… The wings and crown are huge! We couldn’t believe it! Honestly the crown is the perfect size but the wings just look obnoxious! This wasn’t the funny thing though, because both of my parents thought it would look great as the topper, but every time I look at it, I think it looks like a vagina! I literally thought of the episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, when Marie takes an art class and the sculpture she presents to her family, looks just like a vagina. The wings are basically in the same shape but with a bigger opening in the middle, so when my mom placed it at the top of my tree, it just looked very wrong. I mean, I’m all for my Christmas tree being non-traditional, but I have to draw the line somewhere!

I managed to talk my mom into putting the wings lower on the tree, but as much as I had my heart on a star on the top, I kind of thought the crown would look better there instead. It took some convincing on my part because my mom was very adamant about the vagina–I mean, the wings on top–but it does fit on there nicely. As far as decorations on my tree, this is about it. My mom did find me some lights too, but the cord was white and since the tree isn’t as full like others, it looked a bit chaotic but all is not lost, because my mom came up with another idea for them. I don’t even know what prompt this, but she just started wrapping them around my curtain rod on both sides and it actually looks amazing with my sunflower curtain! Thankfully, the lights don’t generate too much heat that I can actually leave them on all day and night. They make my room look really cozy!

RISh6hqiSz6s1I0aQQeFuA

  The Process Of The Pictures  

Now that we have that part out of the way, I can talk to you about how I managed to take the photos for this blog post. I will say, it was not easy, but honestly any post that requires a lot of pictures is usually pretty difficult anyways! Between the fact that I am always adjusting myself to get the ‘perfect’ shot and basically trying not to pop out of my wheelchair and land butt (or worse, back) first on the hardwood floor, isn’t the best thing in the world. Thankfully, I can say I did not hurt myself too awful that day – I did sleep like a baby that night so I took that as a good sign!

For the first round of photos, I used my Kodak digital camera I got last Christmas. I thought the pictures turned out really good the last time so I tried it out for this part, but since I was working with higher angles, I was having a lot of difficulty keeping the camera steady enough. I was able to get a few of the ornaments in their places, so that was nice, but for the rest I switched to my tablet.

Now, I will say that I would only use this as a last resort, because they weren’t in the best quality. I think the culprit for this was because it was too dark in my room. I have become dependent on the flash and since I didn’t have enough lighting, they might not look the greatest but I honestly loved how they turned out for some odd reason. Besides this, I used something else to help make everything easier for me. My nana and papaw had this foot stool that they inherited from the aunts, and I use this to prop up my tablet to color and read. However, I hadn’t thought about using it as a tripod until that day. It took me a good hour and a half to arrange it in certain ways to get the shots I wanted, because when it comes to blog photography, I am incredibly picky! We were successful though, or at least I’ll found out if any of you send me comments about them after reading this post.

The last thing I would like to do, is find this large bag of classic Christmas heirlooms my nana gave me a couple of years ago. I think they would look awesome surrounding the tree. It would complete the whole thing I think. If we find them, I’ll update you about it on Instagram and Facebook!

KODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still CameramYGIcXkgQW2szpDdK5bpEwr51XpHNNT96E97n4YThaIgKODAK Digital Still Camera

What was the meaning for your Christmas tree theme? Do you have any funny ornament stories you would like to share with me? For anybody with a disability, does it normally take you a while to get everything just right? What do you use to make things easier?

snowflake