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review 2018-05-13 19:21
WALKING WITH NATURISTS IN THE UK
Naked Britain - Amelia Allen

A year ago, I learned about this book in a radio interview the author, an established fashion photographer, had given BBC Radio London. As someone who once tried the "naturist lifestyle" many years ago in the West Indies, I was curious to read, see, and learn about Amelia Allen's take on the naturist world in the UK. 

For Allen, "[s]hooting 'Naked Britain' was a study in mindfulness for me. I photographed this book fully naked, because I wanted to completely immerse myself in the world of naturism and understand how this way of life feels." Allen met with many of the people - of various ages and backgrounds - who practice naturism at a naturist club about 20 miles from London. The photographs - all in B&W - are of the highest quality. and show people engaged in conversation over cards, cycling, swimming, doing calisthenics, walking in the woods, playing tennis, gardening, playing billiards, sitting poolside, and standing on the shore. There is a pure and simple honesty in this book about living and being at peace with one's nakedness among one's fellow human beings similarly free of clothing. 

Two of the more memorable insights Allen said she got from the time she spent among naturists are the following --- 'Naturism changes how you feel about our body and yourself, it changes your perspective on what the body is.' AND - 'People are just people; it's liberating to just be yourself.'

"NAKED BRITAIN" is a book I would recommend to anyone who is interested in learning more about naturism and values quality photography

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text 2018-05-07 08:10
Sale Blitz - Play Me
  
Title: Play Me
Series: Rock Chamber Boys
Author: Daisy Allen
Genre: Contemporary Rockstar Romance
Release Date: July 9, 2017 
 
 
 
 
 
 
She once said that the only thing that mattered was the band.
She was right.
Was.
Now the only thing that matters is her.
 
They say he’s a rock star with a difference.
But he’s still a rock star all the same.
So, when Cadence, a music teacher with a heart of gold catches Sebastian’s eye, it doesn’t matter that he has the world at his fingertips, all she wants is her safe, quiet life.
But it's too late, she's gotten under his skin, buried there with her sweet, sexy eyes and a body that keeps him awake at night. And he'll do anything to have her.
 
So, when he makes her an offer she absolutely can’t refuse, she has to decide whether she can take the risk that her past won’t come back to haunt her.
Because then, there’s nothing that even the world’s biggest rock star can do to save her.
 
So what happens when Sebastian’s burning desire for Cadence clashes with her crippling fear of scrutiny?
Find out in this hot and steamy Rock star romance - Book One in the Rock Chamber Boys series. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"The Rock Chamber Boys’ world is one you won’t want to miss, so grab your copy of “Play Me” now. It’s one of the most brilliant, intoxicating, heartwarming books I’ve ever read!"- Book Addict
 
"The author's writing style paints such a vivid picture that you feel like you are there listening to the slide of the bow across the cello. " - Maria Hunt
 
" A love story, a rockstar romance with a twist. Brilliant, I want more. " - TJensen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Reader,
 
Welcome to this “Choose your own author biography” adventure.
 
Door 1.
 
Daisy Allen is a ravishing beautiful temptress with a Mensa qualifying IQ and saves puppies and kittens and sloths from evil overlords in her spare time away from her job as the director of a secret NASA department that communicates with friendly aliens. She also definitely does not ever touch wine, ever, never ever.
 
Door 2.
 
Daisy Allen is a fiction writer.
 
*insert memes of writers sitting in Cheetos stained sweats at 4am watching Scandal on Netflix and wondering “why is life?”*
 
In the moments she does put finger to keyboard though, she writes the kind where men and women meet, men and women fight like dogs, interspersed with men and women rolling around naked on numerous surfaces like puppies.
 
There’s a lot of good music, great food, expensive wine and incredible locations along the way, but in the end, the most important thing is that love will win out.
 
Daisy Allen is a romantic.
 
P.S. Oh, and she’s Australian. So, please excuse the random “Australianisms” that she sneaks past her editor.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2018-04-30 07:37
The Sham
The Sham - Ellen Allen

The Sham starts immediately gruesome with some of the worst bullying I've encountered in books. However, what exactly it added to the story, I'm not quite sure. Emily meets Jack, a mysterious guy who might not be who he claims to be. At the same time, girls start to go missing. What is Jack's role in this? And worse, is Emily next?

This was such a strange novel. There were a lot of situations that felt off, and I couldn't get why she was so protective of Jack, even though she didn't know him and all these strange things were going on. I had a hard time caring for any of the characters really. Also, the ending was a surprise to me, but it didn't make much sense.

It was not for me, I'm afraid.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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text 2018-04-29 21:20
I will not buy your fucking book*
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership - James Comey
Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History - Katy Tur
Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling - Matthew Chozick
Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doom... Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign - Jonathan Allen,Amie Parnes

* with apologies to Josh Olson

 

To make money, and piles of it, off the mess you helped to create and which is hurting millions upon millions upon millions of people, is like killing your parents and then claiming mercy because you're an orphan.

 

 

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review 2018-04-27 15:16
Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 - Noelle Stevenson,Grace Ellis,Brooke A. Allen

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Loved it! An awesome graphic novel filled with adventure, hilarity, and PUNS!

Well-written and very intriguing with great artwork. This is an amazing graphic novel. 

My only complaint was the various typos in the Lumberjanes Field Manual pages, but they are pretty minor and not all that important to the overall story. 

The artwork in this book is fantastic. I really liked how all of the Lumberjanes actually look different. You can tell they weren't drawn by a man who tries to use the "Frozen excuse" ("How do you draw different women-folk who look different but are still attractive! Ah! Female characters are so hard to draw! Men are so much easier!"). Even their nose shapes are different in this one. A refreshing change to the world of comics where every woman is based off the same goddess-like archetype. Very, very well-done. 

I also really liked the story. This is a wonderful start to a series. It gives just enough information to keep you interested and wanting to read more without frustrating you with the mysteries of the plot. Perfection!

I really enjoyed the story in the book and look forward to continuing the series. 

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