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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-17 11:11
Book Review : Checkmate this is effortless Kennedy fox
Checkmate this is effortless - Kennedy Fox

Courtney Bishop is as sugary sweet as her famous blueberry muffins.
Southern belle at heart, Cali girl by choice.
She barged into my life and easily became my best friend.
All was great as roommates and just friends, but then I fell for the girl who could chop firewood, deliver baby calves, and bail hay without breaking a sweat. 
She's the perfect mixture of sugar and spice, and I love her.

Being more than friends and trying to build our future isn't as easy as it sounds. 
Moving forward and creating memories is all I want for us, but when the past continues to come back and haunt me, I'm not so sure she'll stay for the ride. 

Loving her is easy, but losing her will break me. Burning passion combined with an undeniable chemistry constantly pushes and pulls us together. In the end, I'll prove we're worth the fight, even when the game is far from over. 

Checkmate, sweetheart.


Review : Since finishing all the books in the series I can't pick a favorite couple or guy I love them all equally . This book was really good and I didn't know how much crazy Mia could get but she was off the rocker . I love Courtney and Drew as a couple they are freaking adorable they end up getting a dog together who was also another one of my favorite characters he's super adorable and after the crazy bitch sends a video . Courtney was freaking out she wanted to stay somewhere else that night but Drew says they should find a place together . And they go to to Texas for Courtney's cousin's baby shower and Drew ends up working with Courtney brothers on the farm and he was like half dead after . Courtney has to go on a trip for her job and she's going with her coworker and Drew goes to meet with Logan and he shows who had taken Courtney in Vegas and it was the coworker and he knows Mia and he fucking drugs . Drew is rushing to get to her and does and then they get into this car crash and Mia dies . Drew ends up proposing it was freaking cute loved this book.

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Drew Fisher, I knew you and all your quirks long before I fell in love with you.”


So...” I walk over to Drew and run my finger up his chest. He places a finger over my lips with a smirk. “Not in front of the fur kid.”


“I never knew a dog could be a cock-blocker.


He’s not going to care what you pick,” Drew tells me, and I gracefully disagree. “It can’t be something loud with explosions. What about this? Antique road Show.” “Sure, so when we get back he’ll be able to price all of our prized possessions.”

He shoves his hands in his pockets and chooses his words carefully. “Remind me to never get into a fist fight with any of your brothers. If they work this hard every day, well, they’d all be able to kick my ass.” “Why do you think every guy my age was scared off by them?


So, you’ll just have to keep Mr. Happy in your pants for now.” “Mr. Happy, do you hear that? We’re being rejected.”


The little brown one is Philip, the big black one is Adam, and the mix is Kristoff,” she answers with a smile. I continue petting them before it hits me. “Oh my God.” I laugh. “You named them after Disney Prince’s, didn’t you?” “Duh. I needed some romance in my life.”

You can’t jump up here every time you hear her scream, Buddy,” I tell him. “Especially when she’s screaming my name later tonight.” “Oh my God!” She blushes. “Don’t tell him that!”



“Sometimes in order to get the guy, you’ve got to create your own rules to win the game of love.

 

 

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review 2018-01-16 08:57
good book and characters
Match Made in Manhattan: A Novel - Amanda Stauffer

Alison had two dead end relationships. Alison is looking for someone to settle down with. Alison is mature, focused, and knew what she wants in a guy. Alison’s job, boss, and stress she has. Alison with the support if her girlfriends and family sign up for Match.com which was an internet computer dating site.

I liked this story a lot also the plot and pace. I liked how Alison’s prioritizes her career. I also liked how Alison’s attitude changed as times went on in this book. I also liked the humor of this book. I also enjoyed finding out about the next guy Alison had a date with. I really liked how Alison gave her dates “ the pants speech”. I also liked how this book showed some of the weirdness of online dating. This did drag at times for me. Sometimes it was also hard to tell between the many men in this book.I didn’t like how judgmental Alison could be to her dates. But to me the pros outweigh the cons. I loved the characters  and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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review 2018-01-09 13:40
My Review of A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
A Boy Made of Blocks - Stuart Keith

A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart is a story of a father, Alex, and his son, Sam, who is autistic. Alex has to learned how to cope with Sam before he loses his family by divorce.

 

Based on the author's own experiences with his own sons, I felt that this story gave some insight as to what it must be like to have a child diagnosed with autism. The struggles Alex has, in the story, are eye opening. I have never known anyone with autism, but I felt the author conveyed the struggles and reality of the feelings a lot of parents feel quite well.

 

This story is written very well, and had me laughing, crying, and sometimes just downright mad. It took me a bit to actually get into the story, though. I felt as if the author was repetitive quite often, but overall, a good read.

 

I received a copy of A Boy Made of Blocks from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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text 2018-01-02 05:35
Die cut Boxes: Creation Process for Custom Boxes

The custom die cut boxes have a creative process that is more effective and rival to any other process that is geared towards the production of custom boxes.  Custom boxes are the boxes that have the specifications that are provided by the customer or the client of a box manufacturing company that provides information on how the boxes are to be formed in terms of shape, looks, feel, size and outer printing for branding purposes. 

Die cut boxes in contrast with the Regular Slotted Container (RSC) are highly customizable. These boxes give the freedom of production that no other known technology is capable of providing under any circumstances.

The Importance of the Custom Die Cut Boxes  

This is an age of technological development in boxes that where the quality of boxes seems to overweigh the product inside the box. This can be denoted by the fact there are businesses around the world that are spending more currency on shaping and customization on the product boxes than on the product itself.

The main reason behind this anomaly is that it has been found through research on many different products and the product boxing that proves that the same product with better-looking boxes can boost the sales as much as 33%.  Many soft drink companies like Coca-Cola has taken this gold rush to a step further and has provided evidence with the experimentation that suggests that their product users taste from their eyes. If the bottles of a drink are altered in a certain way without any taste change in the soft drink can lead to change in consumer behavior claiming the change in taste on a large scale.

All the changes that a company need in its bottling of a product come from the die cut process in which dies are used to cut layers of cardboard layers that are later folded into boxes at the time when the product is packaged inside. Before a box manufacturing company takes the order and prepares the boxes and packages and ships the flattened boxes to its clients as per order. The Die cut boxes also reduce waste of the material. The die cut boxes are also efficient on resources like machines required to cut the boxes and the tapes and the glue tha8t might be consumed during the production process.

The boxes that are prepared with die cut boxes have to be mocked up on computer graphics and there is some information input that the customer or the client of a box manufacturing company provides.

The following step by step process takes the information from the client of a packager to the manufacturing facility of the packager in a digital environment until a physical box is made which usually is a prototype in the first go and becomes a part of the mass production once it has been approved by the client.

 Step#1: The Size and the File information  

The first step of the digital journey of the boxing is the first step where the idea is conceived. What actually happens is that a person who is looking for a boxing solution approaches a box making company through any channel that can be from a reference from another customer, a telephone call or from a chatting interaction on the website of the box making company. The client provides the size and the dimensional information of the product that he or she requires.

This size of the product implies that the box size should be the bit larger to make the product fit inside the box. The computer software that is used to create a digital mockup with die line is Adobe Illustrator.    

Adobe Illustrator is natively very good at creating a computer graphics image for the box that the client requires. The only limitation of this computer software is that this it is very good in 2D and the box graphic designer has to visualize the shape of the box in his or her head in the past. But, times have changed and the third party software plugins of Adobe Illustrator has been created by third-party software companies. These plugins can convert a 2D image into 3D which really boosts up the productivity for the designer and mitigates the chances of any mistakes or design flaws.

 

Step#2: Materials for boxes

As soon as the computer graphical the next step is that the material for the box or the boxes has to be arranged. This is shipped in from retail associates and it usually comes in stacks of large sheets of cardboard. These sheets are later fed into machines that are fitted with the die tool.    

Step#3: Confirmation of Style and Size

The style and size are finalized in this step while examining the materials for boxes as soon as it arrives. The style is the crucial part in the effort to make the product look great and many companies provide a 3D graphics of the boxes to the client as he approves it or requests a prototype and the design process moves forward.

Step#4: Making of Die cut Template for boxes

The pen tool in the adobe illustrator is phenomenal when you design a die cut template for boxes for the make that will eventually become the box for the product that the client manufactures. It sometimes takes a few attempts to determine the position of the flaps and the size of the different other parts of the box that are designed. You can put arrows at the parts of the template or the computer mock-up to indicate the parts that are up determining the direction of the flow of the artwork.

Step#5: Determination of Cuts and Folds in a Template

The computer-generated template has lines of two distinguishable colors to help the professionals and experts to determine the type of finishing that is required on the two different types on the smart press machines where the die line will take an actual physical shape.

 

For example, you can see a template of a soapbox that has been made with blue and red lines. The red lines are the places at which the cardboard will be cut and the red lines will determine the folds in the boxes that will roll out for the boxes.

There are other colors also that can be used to determine other actions that may be taken in the creation process of the boxes.

The parts of the box that will be folded which are called the crease should not over the printed area because they will remove ink.

Once you are done with the design side of the box, you can save them in a pdf file which is a mandatory step. Your template for the box is ready. This way die cut boxes provides a highly customizable solution that leads to the die cut boxes wholesale for the box producing company as soon as the order is approved by their customer.

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review 2018-01-02 01:05
ARC Review: Seen by A.M. Arthur
Seen: An Omegaverse Story (Breaking Free Book 2) - A.M. Arthur

Reading this book wasn't easy, and writing up a review for it has obviously taken me quite some time, considering I read this in September of last year. I'm still not sure that I can adequately describe how I spent most of my time reading this book in a state of constant anger and helpless tears at what had been done to Kell, Braun's older brother, at the hands of his alphahole husband and his father-in-law. 

There are moments in this book when Kell experiences trauma beyond anyone's worst nightmares, and I wanted to reach into the book multiple times and kill the alphaholes myself. Any book that can create such a visceral reaction is well deserving of the 5 stars it receives.

I'm not going to give away too much in my review - this book should be experienced without too much information before going in - but I will say that I believe it worth your time, and your potential rage at the inequality between alphas and omegas in this male-only A/B/O universe, and the social repercussions that stem from said inequality. 

The author rather cleverly creates a comparison between the world she's built in this series, and our own reality, where the patriarchy still rules in many countries and women (omegas) are but afterthoughts or simply vessels to bear children, expected to be grateful for the scraps they're given, without any chance at real equality at any time in their lives. 

This isn't an easy series, nor is this an easy book to read - but read it, you should. It's not a standalone, so start with the first one.


** I received a free copy of this book from its author in exchange for an honest review. **

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