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text 2018-02-21 11:00
Facts About Me: Too Many WIP's - Part 1

I'm a notorious busy bee. I can never stop, even when I'm already in the middle of something, so I usually have at least four or five WIP's (works in progress) on the go at once.

 

Here's a quick glance at some that I'll be working on throughout 2018. And, because I'm so bad at starting a story and not finishing it, or coming up with new ideas when I'm supposed to be doing something else, there are too many for one post, so keep an eye out for more, in the future.

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He never thought the end of the world would be a fresh start. He never thought that a simple political move would bring about the end of days. He never thought an archaeological dig would see humans become the lesser inhabitants of the earth.

Waking up alone in a hospital is just the start of Hudson's nightmare. What follows is a search for the truth, his missing boyfriend, and a way to survive this new world.

 

 

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When a relationship goes sour, sometimes running away is an instinctive reaction. Sometimes begging can be a regret that stays with you. And sometimes, no matter how you react, you look back and wonder just what on earth you were thinking.



When Noah bumps into his first love years later, the begging, pleading, screaming scene he created the night they broke up rushes back to haunt him. What he's left with are the lies we tell ourselves about what we saw, what happened and just whose fault it really was.

 

 

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A band in a world of their own.



Answering an ad on the Forums for a lead singer to his favourite band is a dream come true for Felix. Until he arrives to meet them and discovers that not all the band members are happy to see his personal robot A.R.E.N. or discover that he has a Talent.

It's going to take some persuasion, but he might just be able to open their eyes to their ruined reputation through the Sectors. He could show their fans that he can be a better singer than the guy who wrecked their reputation in the first place. All he needs is the chance to show what he's got.

Because, despite their name, Pleading Ignorance could be the best home he's ever known.

 

 

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Dante was raised in a gang environment. He was raised with expectations of taking over the gang, just as soon as he turned of age. But he didn't want to live his life by the gun, fighting over egos and territory.

At the age of eighteen, he escaped into the army, with the help of the one man who should have been his enemy...Cassius. Leader of a rival gang, he shouldn't be the only friend Dante has. He shouldn't be his first crush. He shouldn't be anything to him, much less the architect of his escape.

So when his military career crashes after two years, Dante is forced to return home to the same pressures, the same expectations and the same dangers he thought he'd left behind. And the only person who can save him from his family legacy is the one man who is more dangerous than all the rest. To Dante's life...and his heart.

 

 

 

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Bennett was never cut out to be a nanny. He studied to be a teach of special needs kids, but working as a live-in nanny for a family with a young boy with special needs is about as close as he could get.

He just never expected his new boss to be the same guy he had a one night stand with on Halloween. While they were both dressed up in costumes that mean his new boss has no idea who he is. Or what they shared together.

When Bennett is unmasked, it may be the best...or worst...thing of his life.

 

 

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text 2018-02-15 10:23
Construction Safety Signs: Why You Should Purchase These For Your Site?

If you are supervising a building project, then it is imperative that all your employees are safe at all times while they're in this type of area. There are several things you can carry out such as offering protective equipment and utilising scaffoldings to be able to ensure the wellbeing of your entire team. You can also put construction safety signs on the building site since these are valuable in presenting various kinds of messages that will keep your workers secure. There are a large number of online providers of safety signs today, everyone offering a wide selection of items suitable for construction sites.

Are you planning to acquire sign from construction signs UK based retailers? Below are the reasons why you should do so:

1. To advise people about potentially dangerous items
You will see chemical substances present in construction sites which could trigger health problems if inhaled. For example, metals covered in lead-based paint can badly affect the reproductive and nervous systems of workers exposed to it when they don't put on safety equipment. With that being said, it is necessary that your site’s entrance has construction warning signs that show the use of these hazardous materials inside the area. Preferably, these markers should remind the workers to use face masks and safety gear to guarantee their security. It is also encouraged that the signs indicate which construction materials contain health hazards so that everyone can take caution while utilising them.

2. In order to lead workers towards safety equipment and emergency passages
It's crucial that your workers can leave the premises swiftly in case anything unpleasant happens. This ensures that the number of casualties or wounded will be decreased. To help your employees reach safe areas, you must utilise construction safety signs which point to the locations of emergency exits and fire escapes. Lots of reliable retailers at present offer signs with vivid colours just like red and white so people can easily see them even from afar.

Moreover, you should also look for construction signs UK based providers so you can acquire signs that can show the places where safety equipment like water hose, first aid kits, or fire extinguishers are kept. This is very helpful so your workers can rapidly locate the tools they require while in dangerous circumstances.

3. To notify everyone about the rules of the construction site
It is important that your workers are informed about the things they must comply with while within the construction site. For example, they are needed to put on safety clothes like hard hats and boots to ensure their security while working. One of the most excellent approaches to remind your workers about these matters is by placing construction warning signs. These can be positioned in different areas of your site such as the entrance and locations with falling debris.

These are some of the reasons why you need to place construction safety signs all over your site. If you are now planning to purchase some, remember that you must only rely on trustworthy suppliers. By doing this, you are guaranteed to get long-lasting items that will last for a very long time.

Source: www.signmark.co.uk/construction-traffic-signs.html
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review 2018-02-06 16:53
What Is Your Definition of Art – Work of Art by Ken La Salle @KenLaSalle
An Intention of Flowers (Work of Art) (Volume 1) - Ken La Salle

I love the cover for Work of Art by Ken La Salle, when something so simple can say so much.

 

Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers

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MY REVIEW

 

What is your definition of art? After reading Work of Art by Ken La Salle, you may change your mind.

 

The whole time I’m reading, I’m trying to take notes, but the words won’t come. This is one of those books that took me down a road I didn’t anticipate, but I was happy to have traveled.

 

Andy Hollis is fascinated, some would say obsessed, with Joseph Avilla, a young artist who is painting flowers on the asphalt parking lot. Why? Some would ask, why not?

 

Joseph has a home, a mother and a father, but Andy only sees him painting in the parking lot at all hours of the day and night.

 

Andy is an art teacher and thinks Joseph needs to be in his class. I think the one who will learn the most is Andy.

 

We all march to a different drummer and have to find our own way, though a little help from our friends never hurts.

 

The characters and their motivations grow and change, as do the situations they find themselves in.

 

This is one of those reviews that was hard for me to write. I just can’t seem to find the words…BUT, once I started to read Work of Art, I couldn’t stop until I reached the end and I am really looking forward to the next one.

 

Ken La Salle writes with attitude, sarcasm, wit. and humor. His books always surprise me and that is a very good thing.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Work of Art by Ken La Salle.

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review 2018-02-03 14:32
A Deep Dive into Shame and Resilience
I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough" - Brené Brown

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough"


by: Brené Brown


Well, I finally forced myself to get on it and finish this book. It took me forever because it starts out with much of the same material I've already heard... Turns out I listened and read in the wrong order, sort of. You may remember that I wrote about my obsession with Brown's chatty Men, Women and Worthiness in January. What I wanted more than anything after that was a deeper dive. Turns out, she wrote one back in 2007, and here it is!

 

The big difference is that this research and book is centered completely on women, however, we now know that despite men and women having different shame causes, or despite them looking different on the outside, all shame is the same, so this book really does have good information for anyone willing to identify with the basics.

 

Brené Brown spent six years talking to women, back when men wouldn't admit that addiction, workaholism, rage, isolation, etc are all somewhat shame-based. They told us men didn't have the same issues with shame as women. We now know better (frankly women knew this all along,) but Brown wanted a valid study, so she talked to women. Once any gender overcomes the fear of admitting to shame, all of the information here is just as valid for men as it is for women as it is for someone who doesn't fall into the binary gender categories. The only difference is the examples.

 

Shame shows up everywhere from biggies like addiction and self-injury to perfectionism, anger, and blame. It affects everything from our physical health, self-image to our relationships and ability to feel a part of the community. Those relationships I mention include ones with people as well as money, work, friendships and everything else we relate to.

 

The best parts of this book promise to be the basic information that comforts the reader by giving us the data and a push to brave the fear of shame and let some sunshine in. Sunlight is the antidote to shame. We have to put aside the false bravado to become our truest selves and then, in a perverse twist, can we ultimately fit in.

 

Sadly, this book only illuminates the myriad ways our culture shames women with example after example. Honestly, there are too many examples. I could have done with half the examples. It begins to feel like filler after a while. I was also stunned to hear exactly the same words in the first few chapters and occasionally later in the book that I heard on Men, Women and Shame. It seems to me that even if she wanted to use the same examples, finding different wording would make the whole thing seem less redundant. The sad part is *this* is the better book, but it's completely gender-biased.

 

I truly hope that someone is working very hard on giving us examples and tips for men, especially because even mental health professionals refused to admit that shame could touch men until recently. That alone is just another shaming experience for men, and since we're all in the world together, it would be great if everyone was on the same page.

 

I truly think Brown has hit on a foundational experience for human beings with this groundbreaking shame research and the way she has permeated pop culture with this information. I'm not a massive fan of pop-psychology, but she does it well and keeps it based in the research. And when it comes down to it, her work in shame is the basis for all of the rest of her work in vulnerability, acceptance, and all the other things she's suddenly known for.

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text 2018-02-01 00:56
January in Review

January in Review

(Read: 5 / Reviewed: 9)

It's certainly been an interesting, if not a long, month! Phew, I thought January would never end! Fortunately I got through some great books and was able to write two reviews each week. This new routine really helped me stay on top of things. Let's take a look at all the bookish goodness, shall we?

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Splatterpunk Fighting Back by (multiple) - This analogy has eleven individual stories written by different authors. Going in, I was only vaguely familiar with Duncan Ralston, having previously finished Woom. I never would've discovered this had it not been for Horror Aficionados on Goodreads, of who appointed it the January group read with author invite. I was lucky enough to ask some of the authors questions whilst trying to gain more insight into their brutal tales, and I had a blast! The best thing, though? All proceeds of this book go to charity! (Rated: 4/5)

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay - Another one I wouldn't have picked up if not for the Horror Aficionados group. Being the January group read, I was pleasantly surprised by this one! (Rated: 4/5)

The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter - I started this long-running series in 2011, and it's still ongoing. Whilst I really enjoyed it at the beginning, my enjoyment waned several instalments ago, however I can't just give up without finishing it, can I? Ludicrous! (Rated: 2/5)

What Hides Within by Jason Parent - I found this on Netgalley, and I'm glad I did! Bloodshot Books accepted my request, and I promptly read and reviewed it. (Rated: 4/5)

Morium by S.J. Hermann - I was requested to read and review this novel by the author. Being my last read of January, this one takes priority and will be the first review of February. See my request information here. (Rated: 3/5)

 

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Blood Song by Cat Adams (WORST READ)
Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith
The Taste of Night by Vicki Pettersson
Stephen by Amy Cross
The Devil’s Work by Mark Edwards
Blood Moon by Graeme Reynolds (BEST READ)
Woom by Duncan Ralston
What Hides Within by Jason Parent
Dark Space by Kevis Hendrickson

Other than that, January was a decent month for me personally. I'm enjoying reading more, getting out more, and generally trying to put more effort into my day-to-day life. I thank everyone who made this past month all the better, including the wonderful authors I had the chance to speak to! Here's hoping for a book-tastic February!

Red xx

Source: redlace.reviews/2018/01/31/january-in-review
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