Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Joyful Noise #TopTenThursday

Welcome to a Top Ten Thursday Round-Up!! I know I have not participated in these in a while, and that makes me more sad, than it makes you. There have been some awesome topics, and lists I really wanted to make. Unfortunately, life has a way of getting in my way. So, I have not been able to pull it off.



You may remember, that for Top Ten Thursday, a group of us get together and create top ten lists, based on a chosen topic. It is organized by the fabulous Tamara of Part-Time Working Hockey Mom!

This week, we are discussing our Top Ten Happy Songs! If you remember my Top Ten Favorite 80's Songs list, you probably remember that I struggle picking Top Tens of music. Music is too BIG to be limited to lists, and yet we do it often. I am firmly convinced that every music list ever made, probably has a ten mile long list, of invisible honorable mention songs, the list's creator considered and wished they could include.

It is just the way music is. Now, things that make us happy, well that is an easier list. We probably have more than ten things, which make us happy, but choosing just ten to mention is definitely not too difficult. You may remember that it was easy for me, to come up with a list of the Top Ten Things That Make Me Happy.

So, rather than stressing over this top ten list, and focus on it being a music list, I decided to look at it more of a happy list. So, it was still a difficult list to create, but I made it somewhat easier on myself. I chose to not look at it, in terms of my all-time top happy songs, but in terms of my top ten CURRENT happy songs. The songs that in the past few weeks, have been making me happy.

So, in mostly random order, here are my Top Ten (Current) Happy Songs...

1. "Waiting in Vain" by Bob Marley. I don't think there are many top ten lists involving music, that this song won't make an appearance on. It is my absolute favorite song. It has TONS of competition, but there is just something special about this song, that always gives it a slight edge. I think one of those things, is how happy it makes me. It livens up my soul. It gets into my bones. It infiltrates my mind and body. It makes me dance and sing. It lifts my spirits. There is just something about the rhythm and his voice, and the lyrics, and his voice. So, yes, this song definitely makes me so darn happy, each and every time I hear it.



2. "Havana" by Camila Cabello. Have you heard this song? Well, Gigi is partially to blame for this song making my top ten list. She LOVES this song, and we listen to it a lot, and it just makes me happy. We have danced and sang to this song so often. Seriously, so much dancing has been done to this song in our house and car. Seeing Gigi so happy, absolutely makes me contagious. It is also on here, because the darn song is good. It is catchy, and then rhythm is awesome, and it is just a soul infiltrating song. I highly recommend having a dance party to this one!



3. "Scars to Your Beautiful" by Alessia Cara. This is another dance party song. I love it. I love the meaning. I love the beat. I love the lyrics and meaning. I love just being free and dancing with Gigi to this. I love what the lyrics are telling her. I hope she takes it to heart, and grows up to embrace her own  beautiful, even if it isn't up to par with society's standards of beautiful. Of all the videos I will post, this is probably the one I most hope you all watch. Take it deep to heart, and dance.




4. "Can't Stop the Feeling!" by Justin Timberlake and the Trolls cast. I dare you to listen to this song, and not be happy. Seriously, listen to it. Put it on. Dance. Sing. Come back here, and try to tell me you are not happy. Seriously. I'll wait. *waits, while singing and dancing with Gigi* See! I told you so! 


Bonus: 
"True Colors" from the Trolls movie




5. "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran. This song has actually made me cry a few times, nonetheless, it is on my list of happy songs. You have an issue with that?! Say something. I dare you. Not all tears are sad. Not all are happy. Some are just tears because of emotions. This song definitely evokes so many emotions in me. It also just makes me happy. Ed Sheeran makes me happy. Well, when he just got engaged, it didn't make me completely happy. I am kinda sad he did not wait for me. Sigh. Oh well, I wish him a long life of complete happiness and love. I will just maintain my crush from a distance.... while singing and dancing to this song, feeling happy to my core. I need to note... He did two alternative versions... One with Beyoncé and one with Andrea Bocelli. I highly recommend listening to all three. For lack of a better word, they are perfect. 



Bonus:
With Beyoncé




Bonus: 
With Andrea Bocelli



6. "End Game" by Taylor Swift, feat Ed Sheeran and Future. Well, Gigi makes me happy, just by existing, so I guess it should not be super shocking most of my happy songs are because of her. Either she loves them, and from seeing her joy from them, I catch the joy, and they become my happy songs too. Sometimes it is because they are just awesome songs on our dance party list. Dance parties definitely make me happy. I do not care what your opinion of Taylor is, you cannot deny she is talented. Ed Sheeran is one of my favorite musicians ever, so that goes without saying, that he is talented. This is a unique trio and an interesting song. Whenever it comes on the radio, we turn it up and dance and sing. We play it on Spotify quite a bit. We actually just play all things Taylor and Ed, as often as we can. 




Bonus: 
"Everything Has Changed" Taylor and Ed



7. "Whiskey" by Tje Austin. Listen.... This song should probably be number one. Truly. I just decided to go for lucky number seven. This was one of my most listened to songs of 2017. I listened to his latest album over and over and over and over. I know the entire thing by heart. It is my favorite album of 2017, and in my top ten albums ever. He is one of my favorite singers ever. Everything this man does makes me happy. Everything. If ever I get married, I am going to sell a kidney, just to pay for him to play at my wedding. He is going to pull double duty. He is going to be in the wedding party, and the singer. That is a long story. Maybe I will tell you one day. Let's just say, I am a woman of my word. So, for whatever reason, I love everything that comes out of his mouth. I am tempted to get him to sing a Chinese food menu, or the phone book, and see if I  love that too. I suspect that I will. He is just that damn good. I highly recommend you listen to his entire I Belong To You album. I also suggest visiting his YouTube page, and watching every video. 



I want to do a hundred bonus videos for Tje, but I will have self control.... Bonus: 
Thinking Out Loud (cover)


Bonus:
"Right For You"



8. "Hallelujah" by basically anyone. We listen to this song a million times, and sing and dance, and we just feel it in our souls. We tend to love Rufus' version, as well as the version from the movie Sing. Just watching Gigi sing to it, makes me happy. I love that she loves songs, that I love, and have loved for years. I am sure she likes when I love songs she loves. However, there is one video of Choir! Choir! Choir! with Rufus Wainwright doing it, that is hands down our favorite. Period. End of story. Take it to the bank. 



Bonus: 
From the movie Sing



9. "Say You Won't Let Go" by James Arthur. This man and his voice... They serenade my soul. I could listen to it on repeat and not get tired of it. In fact, I have on multiple occasions. Love dancing to his songs with Gigi. They tend to be my songs to catch my breath, and just get my sway on. Perfection.




10. "Let It Go" by James Bay. No, there is nothing frozen about this song. I love this man and his voice. This song is magic for me. I love it. We listen to it a lot, and Gigi can sing parts of it. We make a great (off key) duet, her and I. This was also one of my most listened to songs of 2017. Right at the top with Tje. 


Bonus:
"Hold Back the River" another of my top songs of 2017.



Bonus:
"Need the Sun to Break" another top 2017 song.




11. I have to do another one. Hear me out. I absolutely needed to list the above songs, but this list would be incomplete without me sharing something, and then sharing a video or two. Willie Nelson. This man is the True North on my music compass. I travel all over the musical map, in every direction, but without fail, I always return to my True North. Willie is my favorite go to artist. I have many I love. So many. Willie is the one I seek out at my happiest times, or my saddest times. In the in between times. Just because. I was blessed by my friend Kim (amazing lady), to attend a Willie Nelson concert this past August. It will be a forever memory. Something I never forget. Something that is forever a part of me, my life, and my story. I got to share the same space with Willie, and listen to him LIVE. In person. From right by the stage. It will forever be one of the greatest moments and experiences of  my life. Period. It is one of my happiest moments. The moment he walked on to stage, and my breath got stuck in my throat, my heart skipped a beat or two, and then started to just pound. The tears just streamed down my face. I was so happy and my body could not even handle all of it. It was just perfect. I was sitting right next to my True North. I am certain at some point, he heard me. He heard my voice. He heard my cheers. I am just a grain of sand in his life's memories. A tiny part of one of his wholes, but that is okay. I made it. I was there. So, pick any of his songs, no matter the subject, and it is hands down one of my happy songs. His voice makes me happy. His music makes me happy. His legacy makes me happy. He makes me happy. I am so grateful for him. I am so grateful God gifted him to us, to be a part of our musical history. So, yes, I had to have an eleven. When I look back on my childhood, once of the biggest memories, is my daddy singing to me. He would always sing "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", and it was everything to me. No matter how bad my day had been, and I had some terrible days, during that song it did not matter anymore. Nothing did. It was just me, my dad's voice, that song, and infinite potential for better days to come. So, I will put the official listing of eleven as... "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" by Willie Nelson. I wish I could tell you that Willie did this song in August. Sadly he didn't. Honestly, it is probably best he did not do it. I think the sheer happiness would have caused my heart to explode. Miracles happen, maybe one day, I will get to hear Willie sing it live. I won't hold my breath, but man the thought of it is amazing. Also, I should tell you... Nothing can prepare you for seeing him live. Truly. I have watched every video, every performance, and listened to every album. Hearing his play his guitar is person... Mind blowing. 



Bonus:
"Always on my Mind"


Bonus:
"Seven Spanish Angels" with Ray Charles


Bonus:
"Old Timer"


Gosh. For a list of happy songs, I sure cried a lot while making this list. In my defense, I just want Willie to live forever, and I know he won't. None of us will. However, music. It will live forever. Plus, Ed and Tje. They can sing me to happy tears.

So, there you have it... My happy songs. I hope you listen to them all, enjoy, and get happy!!!

Don't forget to check out the other Top Ten Thursday lists of our Top Ten Happy Songs!!


























Friday, January 26, 2018

Phoebe Belle Jingles #FunnyFriday

Today’s post is this January’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write five captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they have come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.




Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Me and taken by Gigi.



(This would be Gigi's Elf on the Shelf... Phoebe Belle Jingles. She is sitting on our coffee table, hugging a bottle of water. You can see our medicines in the background, from the terrible colds we had. One of my Christmas Bear figurines can be seen on the left.)

1. PBJ: I'm telling you, Bear, I have seen this before.
Bear: *blank stare*
PBJ: You are sick. You need to take that medicine in the brown bottle, and then rub the stuff in the blue bottle on your feet, and then drink lots of water.
Bear: *blank stare*
PBJ: I know you think I have stuffing for brains, but I know what I am talking about. I could practically be a doctor.
Bear: *blank stare*
PBJ: Ugh. Figurines these days.


2. PBJ: Listen everyone, first I would like to thank you all for electing me as Mayor of the Christmas decorations. The red nutcracker was a worthy opponent, but I am grateful you all saw fit to elect me.
Christmas decorations: *blank stares*
PBJ: Now, as first order as mayor, I would like for you all to increase your water intake. I have watched the big human Jules lecturing the little human Gigi, and she says water intake is key to good health, especially when sick. Unfortunately, our humans are all sick, and we are at risk of catching their germs.
Christmas decorations: *blank stares*
PBJ: Look. Just please make sure to drink water.


3. Christmas Bear: What do they have you doing today? Hugging a bottle of water?
PBJ: Yeah, it is for Gigi. She is sick, and they are worried she isn't drinking enough water. So, they have me hugging this, so they can tell her that she needs to drink her water, so I don't get sad.
CB: These human parents sure do love to throw you elves under buses.
PBJ: Tell me about it. Now my kid thinks I am some dictator with a water obsession, and she is going to get a grudge against me, for making her drink so much water, when really it is her parents.
CB: *shakes and and mumbles about human parents these days*
PBJ: I wish they would just do this type of thing themselves, and leave the sprinkle snow angels, and toilet papering the Christmas tree, and eating candy to me. It was so much more fun, when my life was all about mischief. Now, I am teaching lessons, like the importance of remaining hydrated. *sighs*
CB: Yeah, it just isn't like it used to be.
PBJ: Tell me about it.


4. PBJ: *mischievous laugh* Yeah, they think it is water. Little do they know...


5. Me: Gigi, look at what picture we are doing this week.
Gigi: *looks* Hey, that is my picture! Phoebe!
M: Yep. Everyone is going to be captioning your pic. Are you excited?
G: Yeah. Can I give her a name after Phoebe Belle Jingles?
M: Gigi, you cannot keep naming and renaming all your babies. Her name is Phoebe Belle Jingles, and we need to keep it that way. At least until next year.
G: *grumbles* I like naming my babies. Sometimes they need new names.
M: So, what should I caption the picture as? What do people need to know about this picture?
G: I know! You can tell them I took the picture using your phone. Oh and you can tell them that is my Elf that Santa sends me. You can tell everyone that she made me drink a lot of water. I was sick. You can tell them I am all better now. I hate that medicine. Oh I like Vick's but it tickles.
M: Anything else? Why did you take this picture?
G: I wanted to have a picture of Phoebe. Can I give her a name after Phoebe? Like Zoe? Think that is a good idea?
M: *blank stare*
G: Remember you made me drink a lot of water, because I was sick? Do you think I am hydrated?
M: Have you drank lots of water today?
G: Maybe.
M: Maybe you should drink some more.
G: Okay, can we write Phoebe a letter, and let her know I drank water?
M: Maybe.
G: We should tell her that you are sick and you drink too many cups of coffee.
M: We can't do that.
G: Why not?
M: That would be a lie.
G: *quizzical look*
M: There is no such thing as too much coffee.
G: Maybe next year Phoebe can come back and make you drink water.
M: Okay, done with that. Thanks for your help. Now go drink some water.
G: *drinks some water from her bottle, then brings it over to me* Here. You need to drink some water, or I am going to tell Santa you did not drink enough water.
M: Gee, thanks, Phoebe. *drinks some water*
G: Huh? My name isn't Phoebe. I am Gigi, silly.
M: Okay.
G: Hey, mom, you can tell them I like the picture. Think that is a good idea?
M: I think it is a perfect idea, G.


Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Test #OnTheBlog

Hello! I'm sorry you're reading this. I'm trying to set up some things for my blog, and I need to do a test post. So, that's what this is. I feel bad you were lured into reading this, and it's really nothing. So, I'll tell you a few random things, and probably share a recent picture or two.


What to tell....

I'm writing this on my phone, and I find it nearly impossible to blog from my phone.

Gigi is 4, but wears clothes made for 5 and 6 year old. I purged most of the clothes she's outgrown, and it made me so sad to see her 3t and 4t clothes go. My baby is getting so big. Before I know it, she will be in college.

For a long time, I didn't think I'd live to see Gigi start kindergarten. So, me feeling hopeful I'll see her go to college, is a great feeling.

I would not wish chronic illness on my worst enemy. It wears me down, but I keep pushing.

I was actually productive this weekend. It felt good. It's been a while. I think I can officially say that I've fully recovered from this latest case of pneumonia.

I hate having pneumonia. It literally feels like I'm drowning and cannot breathe. It's a scary feeling.

I just turned down Gigi's ENT specialist's offer to do surgery on her ear, because I am terrified of her receiving anesthesia. In a year, she may still need the surgery, but at least I postponed it for a year.

One of my "guilty pleasures", is the show Live PD on A&E. We watch it every week.

Okay. I hope those tidbits made this somewhat worth it.











Okay. There are some recent pictures!! I hope you have a fabulous day!! 💚

Friday, January 12, 2018

Stable Layne Pt 6 #UseYourWords

Welcome to January's Use Your Words writing challenge. Our first one of 2018!! This is how it works: participating bloggers submitted four to six words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That is the challenge, here is a fun twist; no one who is participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.




Your words are:
poet ~ snow ~ car ~ hibernate ~ stick

It was submitted by: Karen of http://Bakinginatornado.com Thank you for such great words!! :)

Do you remember the Stable Layne story I had been writing for y'all using my words?! No?! Yes?! Either way, take a few moments to refresh your memory, or to catch up.... 
Caught up?! Good. So I have decided to use this month's words, to pick up where I left off. Then I plan on posting another post soon, fast forwarding a bit, and then I will use future words to continue on the story. Now, where were we?? .... 

Layne, Damon, and Marcus spent the next hour getting everything in order for the party. All the necessary food and pantry staples, had been put into their correct places in the garage kitchenette. The sodas that Damon and Marcus had brought, had been put in the fridge, ice was made and ready, the grill was all set to be fired up, the tables and chairs were out. Since there was no snow on the ground, she had spread the tables all around the patio and even put some out in the yard.

Damon had shown Layne several simple exercises, ones she could easily incorporate into her daily activities. Marcus had done them with her, and it had really helped her relax. Maybe it was all the daydreams, or maybe it was the feelings she had been feeling, but she had felt so tense around Damon. Having Marcus around had definitely helped her feel less nervous, and she actually found him to be quite funny. 

It was obvious, watching how well Damon and Marcus got along, that they were very close. She had found out that Marcus was a fireman. It also seemed that he was single. The more time she spent around him, the more she knew she just had to introduce him to her friend Jules. Lucky for them, she would be coming by soon, to deliver all the baked goods, that had been ordered for the party.

As Layne finished putting the last of the plastic utensils into the utensil tray, she looked up catching Damon staring at her. She felt her cheeks burn, as they turned bright red, she quickly glanced down. "Do I have something in my hair or a smudge on my face?" Damon laughed as he walked over to her, reaching up and gently rubbing his finger along her jaw, holding it up for her to see little specks of green glitter covering his finger.

They both laughed. "I guess I got more of the glitter on me, than I had thought," she said. "I knew I should have just left that darn glitter garland in the bin, but I just thought it was just what this kitchenette needed."

Damon looked into her eyes, and she may have felt her heart skip a beat or two, "The kitchenette did need it. It looks perfect. Don't worry, you did not get much glitter on you. It just happened to be that a streak of it was on your jaw, and you caught my eye, and I saw it."

"So sparkly I can catch a person's eye eh?" she laughed, as she quickly busied herself with filling a napkin holder.

"Well," Damon said, as he leaned against the counter next to her, "I don't think it was the smudge of glitter that caught my eye."

She looked up at him, feeling her cheeks becoming warm again. "Not the glitter," she said softly.

"Not the glitter", he repeated after her. "More you, less the glitter."

Then it happened. He leaned in and brushed his lips against hers. A simply, sweet, perfect kiss. It was so perfect, a poet probably would have trouble putting its perfection into words. As she looked up at him, biting her bottom lip, watching him smile, she knew she was in trouble. He must be feeling it too, or he never would have kissed her.

Feeling like she had to break the silence, she said the only thing her mouth seemed capable of saying, "Hi."

He chuckled softly, "Hi."

All she could think of was dragging him into her house, and making him hibernate with her for the rest of the winter, getting to know each other, and seeing where these feelings took them. For the first time in months, she was thinking about something other than her accident and her painstakingly slow recovery. For the first time in years, she was thinking about something other than a solitary life. For the first time in years, she was thinking about possibilities outside of her Master plan. 

Just when she was about to make a fool of herself, and kiss him again, the slamming of a car door broke their comfortable silence. They both turned in time to see Marcus helping Jules carry boxes of delicious baked goods into the garage. They were both smiling and chatting.

"So, I was finishing up hanging that lighted garland, and I saw this angel drive up," Marcus said to Layne and Damon, as Jules laughed. "Only I did not know she was an angel, until I offered to help her with her boxes, and saw all the delicious goodies she had."

Damon started laughing, "A woman with baked goods would definitely be your definition of an angel," he said as he helped put boxes onto the counter. "This guy right here may look fit as can be, but do not let that fool you. He eats more than a horse, and has a serious addiction to baked good, especially cookies and pies. His physical fitness is thanks in part to the hours he spends working out, to combat the copious amounts of baked goods he eats."

Marcus tried to defend himself, "Listen, I am not that bad. In fact, I have you to know, I have seriously cut back. I only visit Jules' bakery three times a week now."

"You visit Jules' bakery three times a week?" Layne asked in shock. "So you two know each other already?"

Jules was shaking her head and Damon was looking confused. "Who knows each other? The Angel and I? Why would we know each other?"

"Well, you said you visit Jules' bakery three times a week" Layne said, "So, I just assumed you two knew each other."

Marcus, looked down at the boxes, and for the first time realized they were from Jules' Bakery. "Oh my gosh! These are from Jules' Bakery! You must work there!" He grinned at the woman that now seemed even more like an angel.

"Well," Jules laughed. "I guess you could say I work there. Hello. My name is Jules" she winked and held out her hand to Marcus.

"You're the Jules." Marcus said, as he shook her hand. "The very Jules who created the Four Nut Peanut Butter Cookies?!"

"The one and only," Jules replied, a smile lighting up her face. "Those happen to be my favorite thing to not only make, but my favorite treat to eat."

Damon looked over at Layne and whispered "This is going to end in a marriage."

Layne could not help but hope it ended in more than just one marriage. She smiled at Damon, and mentally told the butterflies in her stomach to calm down. Too bad she could not reach inside, and scare the butterflies off with a stick. She knew, beyond any doubt, she was in over her head, and for once she did not care. She liked it. She liked these feelings, and she certainly liked Damon. 

To be continued....

I hope you like where the words are taking Layne, Damon, and their friends. Now, go grab some coffee/tea/water, get comfortable, and meet me over at the rest of this month's Use Your Words posts. I will meet you there promptly after I get a refill of coffee.

Links to January's other “Use Your Words” posts:

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Rebirth of Jules #PoetryCollaboration

Hello! Welcome to January's Poetry Collaboration!! Every month, a group of bloggers turn into poets (or in some cases let their poetic sides shine), and write poems based on a chosen theme. This month's theme is Rebirth. It seems like such a fitting theme, for the beginning of a new year.



I hope you enjoy what I have prepared for you, and don't forget to check out the rest of this month's poetry. The links to those poems will be at the bottom of my post.

Poem 1 (Rebirth):

Rosy skies at dawn, singling a new day beginning.
Endless possibilities.
Bringing the present into the future.
Initiating changes and advancements.
Rising to your potential.
Taking advantage of presented opportunities.
Hoping for a better tomorrow, with the changes made today.


Poem 2 (Your Story):

A new year lends to new opportunities and endless possibilities.
It is what you make of it.
Sometimes fate takes over, and guides your path.
Yet, so much is left up to you to shape, with your choices.
Sometimes those choices lead to good things,
and other times not so good things.
Lessons learned, experiences had, life lived.
Every new year, gives you the opportunity to grow.
To change and become better.
To be the person you have always wanted to be, 
or at least more like that person.
Each year a ring on your life's tree,
telling part of your story.
It is up to you to write your story.
Make it the epic adventure you want it to be.
Or maybe you would rather a suspenseful tale.

Or possibly you are more of a romance lover.
Either way, it is your year, your life, your story.
Write it. Create it. Live it.
Take advantage of the new year's rebirth of you.
Roll with the punches fate deals out,
and make your story worth telling.

Poem 3 (Rebirth of Jules):

It is a new year, a new chapter to my story.
I have a blank chapter in front of me, 
and a fresh ink pen to add to my story.
It is up to me to write the best chapter possible.
I write it with my choices I make.
I write it with the opportunities I seize.
I write it with the risks I take.
I write it with the mistakes I make.
I write it with the lessons I learn.
I write it with the adventures I enjoy.
I write it with the deed I do.
I write it with the words I speak.
I write it with my soul and heart.
It is my chapter, and only I can write it.
Each year, I am gifted a new chapter.
The last chapter no longer matters.
The past is done. 
The future is now.
It is mine to write.
It is mine to live.
Every new year brings my rebirth.
My chance to be a better me.
My chance to have a better story.
It is my book, and I am the author.

Here are the links to the other poems, featuring the January theme of Rebirth. I will meet you there, right after I refill my coffee cup!!

Karen of Baking In A Tornado
Be True

Dawn from Cognitive Script
Nine R’s




Monday, January 8, 2018

Winter's Kiss by J.P. Uvalle #BookReview

I am here to share with you my review of J.P. Uvalle's newest release Winter's Kiss. It is short and captivating. It will definitely leave you wanting more. I did not want it to be over. It was this huge story, in a little package, and you quickly became invested in the characters.

It is this love at first sight meets Romeo and Juliet (forbidden type of love) meets whirlwind romance. It was well written. I loved the premise behind it. I loved the characters. I think you may, at first, think... Oh they are silly! Risking so much for some fling. Before long, you will be cheering them on, and just hoping that they get a happy ending.

I will be the first to tell you, I had not read any of J.P. Uvalle's work before this, but based on this one book, I have sought out her other work, and plan on reading them!! She writes wonderfully, and has a way with words!! Winter's Kiss was a quick but satisfying read, and I definitely think you should read it!! I definitely think Winter and Estevan will keep you captivated, and leave you wanting more!!

Keep reading for more information about this short story, links to get a copy of your own, information about the author and how to contact her, and to watch a short video trailer for the book!!

Winter’s Kiss

An Erotic Fairytale Short
By J. P. Uvalle

Release Date: January 8th, 2017

Publisher: Beautifully Twisted Publishing

Cover Designer: Natasha Banks

#WintersKissRDB

Book Links:


About The Book:

How Far Would You Go For Happily Ever After?
Winter Belafonte, Princess of Stoneshire, has her heart set on finding a handsome prince to live out her happily ever after. However, when the expectations of running her father’s kingdom conflict with the love she so desires, she realizes the pursuit of happiness comes with a hefty price, leaving her with one question to answer, how far will I go for love?
Estevan St. Claire, Prince of Farrington, is every woman’s fantasy. He attends the Annual Winter’s ball to meet Gwendolyn Balavarr, Princess of Adonis, the woman he is arranged to marry, with the promise of strengthening the alliance between their kingdoms. Then, he locks eyes with an undeniable beauty—another princess with cherry red lips and skin so temptingly sweet no other woman exists.
A forbidden romance.
Still, their instant chemistry and connection are too intense to ignore, placing the fate of their kingdoms in jeopardy. This predicament leaves the prince with one question to answer, can I risk it all for love?
Will Winter and Estevan’s all-consuming love conquer all, or are they just a devastating tragedy waiting to happen?

Excerpt:

Prince Estevan--My gaze devours her curvaceous figure as I trail down to find her supple cleavage. I marvel the sheer size of her bounty and a painful ache blooms in my cock, imagining what it would feel like to cup them in my hand, mold them to my satisfaction. Lash the tips of her nipples with my tongue until she is begging me to lick the rest of her body—one I presume is a delightfully sweet treat. Clenching my jaw, I suppress the urge to pull her into to me, wanting nothing more than to take full possession of her mouth.



About the Author:

J. P. Uvalle is a beautifully twisted soul who has a passion for writing paranormal romance and has the divine ability to make the unbelievable, believable. She was born and raised in Colorado Springs, went to Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology and graduated with an Associates degree in Applied Science and Technology. JP works Full-time as an emergency veterinary nurse.
Aside from being a technician and a writer, she runs two businesses in her spare time ~ Beautifully Twisted Publishing, and Mary Kay. On top of that, she also contributes her time as a blog/promotions manager for the book blog, Beneath the Ashes.
 When she's not saving lives, coming up with her next plot twist or making women feel pretty & pampered, she's spending time with family and friends. 

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