Book Review: The Curse Of Time (Bloodstone,#1) by M.J. Mallon

Author: M.J. Mallon
Pages: 242
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication Date: August 26, 2017
Publisher: Kyrosmagica Publishing

Blurb

Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl who’s imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house. When an unexpected message arrives inviting her to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden pathway where she encounters Ryder, a charismatic, but a perplexing stranger.

With the help of a magical paint set, and some crystal wizard stones she discovers the truth about a shocking curse that has destroyed her family’s happiness.

Review
5 Stars

Okay, wow. Marjorie had created a wonderful story with such relatable characters. The Curse of Time is a young adult fantasy novel and I loved every page in it ❤

Amelina, the main character is such a lovable and so relatable character. The author did a great job with her and the other characters in this book. Every detail so well thought off and you can tell by reading as the story flows so easily. Amelina’s world is so unique and full of magic (I won’t say much here, every little detail might spoil things).

Meeting the Ryder changed everything with Amelina and not the way she wished to and I loved that the author made Amelina grow with the plot, and as a writer myself, that is what I love to see in books. I loved the use of mirrors and crystals in this book, every magical item made the story more dramatic and magical, you are “literally” sucked into Amelina’s world and it felt amazing. It was the perfect book to read while my life was so stressful and hectic, it was a blessed escape.

Ryder is the perfect villain here and the author did a great job with making us “love to hate him” and I enjoyed to hating him, lol 😀

You could really tell that the author Marjorie made every little detail feel special, from the beggings of the chapters to a character-driven plot and amazing adventures and struggles. If you love Fantasy and Paranormal this book is for you ❤

I won’t say more as from here on the plot really moves fast and before you know it, the book has ended (WHY???).  I need book 2 🙂

You can find the book over at:

Goodreads / Amazon

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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  • A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. 
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August…. Wow!

Hey everyone, did you noticed it’s already August?

WOW!

I wanted to share with you how was my July and how August was so far, and maybe even try to set some simple goals 😀

Well, let’s start with July,

July went by as fast as a bullet, I am not kidding… It flew by so fast that I barely had a moment to realize, wait… It’s July. I was so busy with my mom and my husband’s family that we had no time to take a deep breath and rest before jumping back into the deep water, called August.

I barely had time to write though I have written over my monthly goal, which is great. I wrote 6.3K and my goal was 5K, so yay for that 😀

I didn’t edit a single word or blogged as much as I planned and I didn’t finish my newsletter 😦 I still have time to finish things with the newsletter as it will go out on the 28th.

A happy news of something great that happened on July was that I’ve reached 1000 followers on Coffee n’ Notes. I am so happy to see my blog grow, thank you so much (again) to you all ❤

August so far:

From the end of July, my mom felt super bad and we went to the ER where she had a CVA like episode. When I arrived at the E.R. my mom was paralyzed from the neck down and even her mouth was closed tightly. I could only communicate with her through her eyes and after a few hours with a very hushed whisper, it was scary seeing her like that, but I knew she will get better and luckily she did ❤

Only when she was hospitalized they said it might not be a CVA but it was something else. The doctors started to run around like headless chickens (do headless chickens really run? but that’s a question for some other day), so after I had enough of them, I’ve suggested to do an EEG and see what is really going in her brain and that way will know everything (well… mostly everything). The next day we saw her neurologist in the hospital and he did the EEG and he saw something.

That something was Epilepsy (that might have been there for a while now – maybe from her last CVA). A few more days went by and she got treated for Epilepsy and she didn’t have any episodes since.

My mom is out of the hospital. She’s still feeling a bit weak but I hope she’ll feel better soon. This is the short version of what’s been going on with my mom and our family.

My goals for August:

  1. Rest as much as I can (we have a lot of doctor appointments this month and I’m starting this month with already feeling exhausted).
  2. Write 6K.
  3. Edit. For the love of god… Do some editing.
  4. Post the book reviews and finish the blog posts for this month.

How was your month?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Summer Is Here: 5 Reasons I Can Enjoy Summer

Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a great summer ❤

A few weeks back I did a post of Why I will never be a summer person and I listed 10 reasons why, but now I want to share the things I do like about summer and there are a few of those I like, lol. I am still truly not a summer person, this extreme heat we’re having all summer is slowly killing me. But I had to do another post and share with you the 5 things I do enjoy throughout the summer.

Beautiful and Bright Colors

All the countryside is brown and yellow but in the summer a lot of items in stores are painted with beautiful bright colors. From gorgeous bright pink and yellow notebooks to many bright clothes and throw pillows, great nail colors… It always makes me smile looking at them 😉

Bright nails, Coffee n' Notes

Cold drinks (and Ice cream)

I love hot drinks, like a good hot cup of coffee/tea or even a yummy soup, but I enjoy a cold drink, especially in the summer. Cold ice coffee or a zero coke taste amazing in 38-49 degrees, more so when I am out of the house doing errands with my mom.

  • Sometimes when my mom and I are out and about we like to sit down and eat some yummy ice cream and drink some cold drink to help with the heat.

Ice Cream, Coffee n' Notes

An excuse for staying indoors

God, I use it a lot, lol. In the summer I hate going out of the air con, so in every chance, I get “I can’t go out, it’s too hot” I will use this excuse a lot, hehe (evil smirk).

Staying indoors, Coffee n' Notes

Beautiful sunsets

Okay, even I can’t say no to a gorgeous sunset 😀 I don’t know why but in the summer there are so many gorgeous sunsets, even from my small bedroom window I can see the beautiful and colorful sky at sunset. Just looking at one of these sunsets makes everything feels good inside ❤

Sunset, Coffee n' Notes

Longer days

The days are longer in the summer and there’s light even at 7pm which is amazing in my opinion. I can do more and the day end so late, I feel more accomplished even if I’m not that productive that day, hehe. If I get up at 6am and the night arrives at 8pm, I feel that I can do so much more in a day (more time to write or play, hehe) 😀

Pool, Coffee n' Notes

Well, these are the 5 things I do enjoy throughout the summer even if I am not a summer person ❤

What do you love about summer?

 

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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10 Random Generated Questions

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great day ❤

I found this amazing and fun post over at Jenny In Wonderland and I ask her permission to do this post as well and she was so kind to say yes ❤ If you don’t know her blog you must go visit and say hello. You will instantly be in love with her writing and her blog posts that are so informative, fun and inspiring.

As she said in her post, I generated 10 random questions from this site and answered the first 10 questions. I got lucky because question #11 was something I really didn’t like at all. So I got lucky with the first 10, yay 🙂

So let’s start!

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pizza! Well, gluten and dairy free pizza. Pizza is a very healthy choice 😉

What is your favorite thing about winter?

Omg, the cold air, rain and everything is so clear, beautiful and green.

What would you be doing if you were not here right now?

If I wasn’t blogging right now, I would be writing. I am not procrastinating… I promise.

Do you like to dance or sing?

I love them both. I’ve always love to sing and dance, I am not good at any of them and I sing very off key but I don’t care I still love it.

What is your favorite drink?

Coffee and Coka Cola Zero. Again not a healthy choice.

If you could give one piece of advice to the whole world, what would it be?

Be Kind. Stop being cruel to others just because they look, act or think differently than you, we are all the same.

Are you smarter than your parents?

No. Well… In some areas yes 😀

What is one thing that you would like to change about the world?

Make people understand that kindness is the only thing that truly makes peace and understanding.

Where do you work?

I am a writer (hopefully be a published author <3) and I work from home 😀

Do you keep a journal?

Yes, I have a few types of journals: Dream journal, morning pages, and bujo 🙂

What question would you, like to answer?

If you’re doing this tag, don’t forget to tag Jenny and me so we can see your amazing answers ❤

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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10 Apps & Sites I Use (almost) Every Day

Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a great Tuesday ❤

I had a few very hard days in every aspect of my well being, but today I can finally rest and do the things I love, like talking to you 😉

As a blogger and a writer, I gathered some great apps that are actually useful. I also found some cool sites to help any fellow writer/blogger do their work better. Some of the apps are more obvious than others but because I use them almost daily they got their spot of honor in my top 10 (my phone camera, calendar, and Gmail are not included as it’s too obvious and because I don’t have a regular camera, I use my phone camera for everything) and I’m also not including WordPress site as it’s too obvious 😉

So let’s start…

Instagram App

I am obsessed with Instagram and I want to use it more for my blogging/writing. I think it’s a wonderful tool and can be utilized well for your business. For me it means, putting more of my own pictures which are a not an easy task for me.

My Instagram

Google Keep App/Site

This is a very overlooked app (or site) but it’s amazing. I use it for my notes daily and even multiple times a day. I have labels for my mom, my writing/work, my blog, home and many more and you can color code the notes, put pictures, links, record voice, draw… But still keeping everything looking simple in the presentation – I love it. I’ve been using it for almost 2 years and I am loving it. It’s like a pocket planner for notes, hehe 😀

Google Keep

Grammarly Site

Okay, this site has taken over my life completely and I use the free option. It helps so much with writing anything, from writing blog posts, comments, and even writing your novel, lol. I use the site, it’s on my chrome and even my windows. Such a simple tool but works well and beyond. I can’t even imagine writing anything online without this site. I wish they had an app as well.

Grammarly

WordPress App

My blog is on WordPress, so I naturally have the app. I don’t use it a lot, mainly with comments and likes, but it’s a useful app to have around if you’re a WordPress blogger.

WordPress Android / WordPress IOS

Pixabay Site

I love taking pictures on my own, but I don’t want to put my already very rare free time on taking pictures, I want to use that time to actually write my book or edit it and connect with you ❤ So I use Pixabay a lot – A lot! I love this site and I think everyone can find gorgeous pictures that will relate to what you like and what’s your blog is about.

Pixabay

Canva Site/App

If you edit your pictures for a blog post this site is for you. I used to use the picmonkey but then they deleted the free option (they have a 7 days free trial) so I switched to Canva and I am so happy I did, it’s amazing. It has great options for every social media, newsletter, and posts, and so much more. Everything is so approachable and easy.

This one is my favorite, though I mostly use the site. I also have the app which is also very nice to use however, I use it to share my edited picture that is already saved on the site and so I don’t need to download right away and just share from the app. I use the site daily as well and it’s one of my most used sites after Instagram and Google Keep 🙂

Canva

Buffer App/Site

This is my favorite scheduling app for my twitter, it’s sad that they give you just so little free scheduling but I’ll take what I can 😉 I use this app and site a lot and I need to use it more, hehe. If you know any good free scheduling tool, let me know 😀

Buffer Site

Twitter App

This one is obvious, I think. I love twitter a lot and I want to use it more for connecting with you and for my writing. I try to use my twitter daily but in most cases, I use it every second day or so, but I do comment and like a lot. This is a very helpful tool for any blogger/writer and I need to really utilize it more.

My Twitter

Dropbox App (and site)

This is pretty obvious as well, I think, well at least for me. I use it so much daily for storing my pictures (mostly) but also notes and all of my huge pile of Ebooks (I have too many books both paper and ebooks… I need help).

Dropbox

Hemingway Editor Site

This is a relatively new site for me but I absolutely love it. If you like to get truly “abused” and see your writing shred apart with beautiful colors of errors this is the site for you 😉 as I edit my novel, after each chapter I put in Grammarly and after that I put in this Hemingway Editor Site, lol (yes I know… and I am… Crazy, hehe) and there I see all the wonderful errors I would never catch by myself, YAY.

So I truly think that this site is an amazing tool for writers and if you like your book to be the best it can be, put your chapter in there and start editing 😀

Hemingway Editor

  • A bonus app is for editing pictures that I use so many times a day, way too much. Is called Snapseed which is a great and easy app to edit your picture very professional looking. I love using this app a lot and it’s free 😉

Snapseed Android / Snapseed IOS

What app (or site) is your favorite?

Good Bye, Coffee n' Notes

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New Progress Bars Available for WordPress!

Omg, look at these gorgeous Progress Bras, how amazing and cool are they?
She finally listened and made this cute bars that can be used on any website and… (wait for it)… on WORDPRES.com how amazing is this!

I am putting this on my blog as soon as I can 😀 It can be used for anything you want, not just your WIP progress, or Nano wordcount, but also as any project goal you have, it’s amazing for any blogger, writer and anyone with a site and… The prices are amazing 😱🎉 Go snag yourself a beautiful, elegant and one has even a dragon on it, how cool is she for doing these for us?

Go check them out and thank you for making these 💕

E.E. Rawls Writes

And yes, this includes WordPress.com users! In fact, the whole point is that they can be used on WordPress.comsites (like mine) and look unique, instead of the plain ones you find out there now. But first, here’s the story of how they came about:

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When I started revising the draft of my novel Strayborn, I wanted a cool widget that would show on the sidebar of my website my writing progress. I looked/googled around, but everything that was pretty, cool, and had special features used Javascript or some other thing that WordPress.com doesn’t allow. In the end, what I did find was a simple one color bar that showed percentages, so I used that. But after a while, it stopped working. I don’t know what the reason was, but it would no longer work on any of my sites. My frustration flared up.

I got to thinking how I…

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1000 Followers: Thank You So Much 🎉💕

Hey everyone, I hope you’re having a wonderful and productive day.

OMG, Thank You Everyone 😀

I feel so blessed and grateful and this made my week even with the anniversary my husband and I had 2 days ago, for our 14 years of marriage ❤

As we sat down and eat our anniversary cake I saw on my app that I’ve reached my first 1K, how amazing is that:D

I will not start from the beginning, as we already been there, but I will say that I’ve been blogging on and off for 3 years and I still love it. Since I am helping my mom with her health life became immensely hectic and stressful as you all know, but I still want to push myself and to be a better blogger – After all you deseve that from me ❤ A few months back I planned what I really want to achieve and with everything that is going on, I mapped out how can I achieve my goals. one of my big goals for July I kept secret, I wanted to reach my first 1000 followers and have a stronger communication with you all ❤

I am so happy that my efforts are shown and that feels beyond amazing. Breaking this first 1K wall was very hard for me and mostly because I didn’t put the time to do something about it. I want not only to publish my first book (which means finishing my editing, hehe), but also grow this blog and feel like we are in this together – In life and in achieving what we want 😀

Thank you again for being so amazing and staying with me even when my life got too hectic to post. You are truly my inspiration and part of the reasons I get up every day ❤

1K, Happy, Coffee n' Notes

 As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Summer Is Here: Why I Will Never Be A Summer Person

Hey everyone, I hope your day is going well ❤

It’s the first week of July and we already have extream heat like 38°c (about 100°f) and we’re just at the start of summer. In August, we have a few weeks of 45°c -49°c (about 113°f-120°f) That’s TOO MUCH! Too much heat to be going outside and doing things.

It’s like walking on the sun – Well not actually, hehe but it feels that way. Most of my friends and family love the summer, the beach, the people, traveling outside, the sun itself, and they feel happier and more energetic during the summer. I will never understand how they can stand this heat but I guess for some it’s wonderful but for me, it’s not. For me, summer truly ends in October. Every year I wish, hope, and pray for the winter to come and for the rain to wash all this heat and dust away. Thank you for letting me vent out and now for the actual post 😉

Here are my 10 reasons why I really don’t like summer 

 

First, the heat, hehe

Going outside and be in over 40 degrees and no air con in stores – Is just a crime. I am sweating like a pig (do pigs sweat?) but only on my face – now that’s charming. I hate that. And sadly, most of our summer is a huge heat wave.

Dark skin

Due to my illness, I get a very dark skin, even darker than normal. Now I know some people may find this a nice effect but I really hate it. Especially when people around me associate my dark skin with me being sick or stressed. Now I know I am over stressed but this sun is making me even darker. Ahhhh.

No Makeup

I can’t put any makeup on me – ever, because it will just melt away (yay for that).

Car from hell

Getting into my cars feel like hell itself, and that’s even before trying to put on the seatbelt without being branded for life. For how long must I endure this never-ending torture (wow that was a bit too dramatic, sorry, lol) 😀

Give me shade

I feel like a vampire, hunting down every bit of shade I can find, so I can hide underneath it and trying to close off even the smallest light that can get inside our home.

No more soup or hot coffee

I love hot drinks and soups, I like cold drinks but I love more a hot cup of coffee or tea and I will miss it.

Never ending summer

Why summer comes back so fast and seems to last for a year?

Heat Wave, Coffee n' Notes Heat Wave, Coffee n' Notes

Bugs are everywhere. I mean everywhere.

I live in the countryside and during this season we have bugs everywhere, from big to small they are everywhere and I really hate bugs.

Anxiety

I already suffer from huge anxiety the moment I step out the door, but during the summer you truly can’t go outside without being surrounded by huge amount of people that really enjoy this heat and can have fun outside, but for me that means even more humans outside  – Too many people everywhere I go, even just to my local supermarket. Every place I go becomes too crowded and I get panicky and start to cry in the car.

The wonderful sandstorms & dust

Every year, we seem to have in the summer huge sandstorms and dust in the air. Going outside is on your own risk, lol. But seriously we have 2-5 small sandstorms and dust hazes, that you really don’t want to go outside, it’s so unhealthy and the yellow-brown dust is covering everything. If I do go outside during this I always seem to get a rash all over my skin.

Every year I try to like summer and enjoy it like others do, but I can’t. I guess I’m just a winter person 😀

What do you love or dislike about summer?

 

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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How I increased my following

Open your notebooks or your note app and start writing down these amazing and helpful tips, Jenny shares in her post.
Read the full post and learn how to increase your followers, now 🙂

Jenny in Neverland

At the beginning of this year, I jumped on the ol’ ‘bullet journal’ band-wagon. Although my “bullet journal” is something to be desired because I’m not creative, I can’t draw and I got bored very easily. So you won’t find any themed pages or pretty designs. It’s basically a glorified notebook. But nevertheless, it’s a glorified notebook that has served me well this year so far when it comes to blogging, planning and keeping track of things. And that’s the aim of a bullet journal, right? I wanted to be much more on track with my blog, now I’m taking it oh-so-seriously. I’ve drawn up each month and colour-coded different types of posts (purple for book reviews, green for blogging advice – that sorta thing) and I’ve created a graph where I keep track of my following and my growth of my blog and different social media platforms. 

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July… New Month, New Start… Right?

Hello everyone and happy July to you all ❤

Wow, it’s already July. Where did all the year go? Time is running so fast and I barely can catch up. My month started out already with tons of things to do for my mom, for myself and lots more. My calendar looks too colorful, even for me, hehe 😀 I love the start of a month, everything feels fresh and there’s a feeling in the air that everything is possible.

As a new month comes, I sit down, reflect on the previous month and think of all the things I want to achieve this month, especially when I didn’t do so good with my June goals. I want to start posting these posts again, to keep myself accountable… So feel free to ask me how my goals are doing any time you want ❤

Here are my July goals

Work

Write at least 5K (it’s not much but it’s something) 😉

Finish outlining.

Edit 2 chapters (editing is a real struggle for me, hehe).

Blog twice a week (This month is too hectic so I will post only twice a week. Scheduling is almost done, yay).

Finish formatting my new Bi-monthly newsletter (going out in August, so don’t miss it).

Social Media

Post more on my social media (talking about struggle, lol).

Mom

Organize my mom’s medical papers (this is very urgent and I’m procrastinating on this every day).

Home

Keep the house clean and organized every day (new evening routine).

Self-Care

Drink more water 😀 (I know, I know… but I am doing better with this goal, even got a new cute water bottle).

Make time for a full half an hour of self-care once a week ❤ (Like mani-pedi, facial mask and just a bit of pampering).

Go back to walking or elliptical.

Hobby

What is a hobby? lol, It’s been so long. But seriously, I would love to return to my junk journal at least once a month 😀

Also, I want to get back to my reading. My TBR pile is growing fast and after a huge reading-slump, I am starting to get out of it so I hope to read more. My goal is to read 3 books this month.

What goal are you hoping to achieve this month?

Let me know

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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