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Tour Stop: {Review} Until Next Time by Amy Lignor

Until Next Time (The Angel Chronicles, #1)Until Next Time by Amy Lignor
ebook, 1st Edtion, 255 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Tribute Books

My rating: ♥♥♥♥


How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.
I received a free copy of this book, per the blog tour, for an honest review!

The Gothic glamtastic cover sold me. The text...that pose, the cracking crusted heart....YES, yes and yes! The model sort of reminds me of Jessica Alba. (I'm just saying! *smiles*) And then it's an angel paranormal novel. It's always interesting to read a story with angels who have issues of the human variety.

The synopsis can be confusing, so I suggest do a one over glace, hop into the story, and use it as a refresher later. I like how this book analysed the difference between a soul mate and a kindred spirit , and finding a way to mingle it all into a very different love triangle. I'm not opposed to love triangles. I'm opposed to BAD love triangles. You know the ones where one guy has zero chance, or then the chick is so "easy" it's more like a Ménage à trois. Any who, this trio was an interesting grouping. I have no complaints on that! Good job!

The story line did not disappoint. It had dark, mysterious creepy undertones. Matt and Emily are angels sent to earth, placed into bodies of spirits who've technically "moved on" to the afterlife already. With each new life, they have a mission to complete. From the story, the reader is lead to believe either this had happened before or will continue to happen for the characters throughout the series. The bodies of which they take over have issues mentally that gives the story an emo feel.

This was slick a historical fiction. I wasn't expecting that. I was a little disappointed but not too overly distraught. I just hope the next book is during a more interesting time.

Overall this book was definitely original. It was a very promising start to very promising series. I look forward to the next installment.



About the Blogger
I'm Katrina, founder of Kindred Dreamheart. I'm an aspiring junior & women's petite celebrity "red carpet" clothing designer and book lover. I read select genres. However if it's a series I'm sure I'd love it also regardless of the genre. I read when I want to be entertained; watch TV when I'm bored; and when I'm not designing something fabulous, I blog. (((Contact Me)))

Release Day Party: Perilous Light

Book Title: Perilous Light
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Publication Date: March 30th 2012
Would you sacrifice everything for a world you barely knew?

It has been over a year since Charlotte and Kevin first stepped through the gate into Energo, and neither has been able to settle back into a normal life.

Even though she tries to deny it, Charlotte is in love with Calvin and can’t push him from her mind. She distracts herself with the antics of James and her growing friendship with Liam—the one person who seems to understand her.

Kevin is starting to adjust to his new identity as a college student and basketball player, but he can’t seem to shake his feelings for Samantha, his fear for Charlotte’s safety or the sensation that basketball is no longer enough.

When they unexpectedly return to Energo, both Charlotte and Kevin must face their fears and step up to become the leaders they were always meant to be.

Author Bio
Alyssa Rose Ivy lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. 
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About the Blogger
I'm Katrina, founder of Kindred Dreamheart. I'm an aspiring junior & women's petite celebrity "red carpet" clothing designer and book lover. I read select genres. However if it's a series I'm sure I'd love it also regardless of the genre. I read when I want to be entertained; watch TV when I'm bored; and when I'm not designing something fabulous, I blog. (((Contact Me)))

Dreamheart Spotlight #14


Wendy F. Poole, 22 year old sweetheart with a girl next door look, is an aspiring model who loves to be in front of the camera. “I don’t even really care about the money in modeling I care more about helping people out and enjoying what I am doing,” she said.

Wendy’s motivation to venture down the road of flashing bulbs and electric poses was kindled by a passion for fashion. “Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to design clothes but fear of the highly competitive industry has lead me into modeling where maybe one day I will find a connection to the fashion industry and maybe get some of my ideas out there.”

Though sidetracked for the moment, post college graduation Wendy plans to return her dreams of styling, if not calculating, the runway rather than merely walking it. “Once I make some money and settle into a career I would love nothing more than to go back and attend a fashion school and then go on to get a masters degree in marketing. One day I would if things align I would love to become a Fashion Marketer.”

Wendy has overcome personal obstacles in her life.
“One thing not a lot of people know about me is my mom went through cancer while I was in high school and I went to great measures to deal with everything. I went through a hard time but came out of it believing and knowing hope can be a good thing. She is doing well now and I thank god everyday for all the miracles he has shown me in life. and loving This experience has only made me stronger and made me realize life is too short to wait for your dreams to come true you have to work hard to make them come true.”

Her goals are not typical for a model. “I know most of the girls who model want to make the most money but I want to make the most connections and make the right choices along the way.”

"Also to keep a positive reputation and take every opportunity as they come. My ultimate goal is to one day complete a job that will be seen on a National level. I see myself as being highly successful because of my attitude and willingness to work hard and stop at nothing. I think attitude is everything in this industry." She said.

Wendy is an advocate for fitness. She loves yoga in particular saying, “I exercise about five times a week.” In conjunction, she’s also mindful of her consumption. “I try not to eat bad things like sweets and high fat content foods. However I am still human and love sweets but only in moderation.”

Wendy went on to say, “I do not have an agent nor am I a part of a modeling agency. I am currently looking for a good offer or someone who as serious as I am about getting me to where I need to be in the industry and also teaching me the ropes as we go.”
“I am available to travel and can work part time hours. I make school a priority on Tuesdays and Thursdays but that will change when I graduate,” she said.
  
With this article, Wendy hopes to inspire others and act as a mentor. “I am not an unrealistic person and I understand everyone is different. Just remember you are perfect no matter what and everyone is a star in some way or another.”

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Wendy has also been in commericals!


Want to know more about this Dreamheart?
The best way to contact Wendy for either more information and/or booking:


Model Mayhem: #2557471
Email: wendy.poole[at]live[dot]longwood[dot]edu



*Credits: Patrick Cocuna (photographer)

Be sure to show Wendy some love!  Don't miss next week's Dreamheart Spotlight!


 

Client Mock Up: Hair Show #3

Everything is coming along.  Looks like I need to reinvest in a male dress form.  I sold my last one back when I was living in Germany b/c I went over my household goods weight allowance; and it would have cost too much to ship paying out of pocket.

Any who, my female dress form is getting the job done!

I still plan on having a fitting with the muslin mock up on Sunday @ Noon.
 

Cheers,

About the Blogger
I'm Katrina, founder of Kindred Dreamheart. I'm an aspiring junior & women's petite celebrity "red carpet" clothing designer and book lover. I read select genres. However if it's a series I'm sure I'd love it also regardless of the genre. I read when I want to be entertained; watch TV when I'm bored; and when I'm not designing something fabulous, I blog. (((Contact Me)))

Cover Reveal: Defy (Firstborn #1) by Raine Thomas

Defy (Firstborn #1) by Raine Thomas
ebook, 285 pages
Expected publication: April 30th 2012 by Iambe Books

Seventeen-year-old Tate is about to make her parents’ dreams come true. Unfortunately for her, their dreams foretell her death.

Eager to explore more of the Estilorian plane and prove her abilities, Tate goes against her parents’ wishes and leaves the area of protection surrounding her home. Her choice puts her on a deadly path…one that leaves her alone, severely injured and battling for her life.

Her possible savior arrives in the form of Zachariah, a male who has removed himself from Estilorian society for more than fifty years. Fighting an unexpected connection to Tate, he must decide whether saving her life is worth destroying his.

As Tate struggles to find a way home, she ends up drawn into a dark Mercesti plot involving multiple murders and a powerful ancient artifact. With the unpredictable Zachariah as her only source for aid, she’ll soon find out if her abilities are strong enough to help her defy her Fate.


About the Blogger
I'm Katrina, founder of Kindred Dreamheart. I'm an aspiring junior & women's petite celebrity "red carpet" clothing designer and book lover. I read select genres. However if it's a series I'm sure I'd love it also regardless of the genre. I read when I want to be entertained; watch TV when I'm bored; and when I'm not designing something fabulous, I blog. (((Contact Me)))

Client Mock Up: 20120404

A client approached me today with the deposit to design a custom jacket. 

She was inspired by this baby:


Cute, huh? Is available @ Saks for ummm about $1995.00.

And to top it off, she needs this in a little under 1 week.

Here's my 15 minute sketch and fabric selections:

Here's my 1st & 2nd muslin mock up 



We'll do a fitting on Wednesday.  If all goes well, we'll move on to the real material!
*Gasp* 100% silk is not very forgiving with seam rippers.
*fingers crossed*  Wish me luck!



About the Blogger
I'm Katrina, founder of Kindred Dreamheart. I'm an aspiring junior & women's petite celebrity "red carpet" clothing designer and book lover. I read select genres. However if it's a series I'm sure I'd love it also regardless of the genre. I read when I want to be entertained; watch TV when I'm bored; and when I'm not designing something fabulous, I blog. (((Contact Me)))

Review: Barcode: The Legend of Apollo

Barcode: The Legend of Apollo (Barcode, #1)Barcode: The Legend of Apollo by Kashif Ross
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published February 4th 2012

My rating: ♥♥♥♥❥

Spencer's an infamously well-known “god” uninterested in his own fate. He turns nineteen-years-old on the first day of his last year at Colt Academy, the academic institution for gladiators. To celebrate, he unwillingly mentors a mysterious nerd, watches his family's helicopter plunge into the ground, and meets a strange Louisianan boy that may want to kill him. With the future of his family's fortune on the line, Spencer not only has to fight the occasional trip to Hades, but also train with his most hated childhood friend, discover the truth about his mother's death, and reestablish his legend as America's savior.

......................I was shocked mute for a moment there.

The verdict is still out on this novel; and I have a feeling I will be revising this review repeatedly. I mean that in a good way…I’m torn between Epic, 5, and 4.5 hearts! After an interview with the author, I was thrilled to hear he was an Anime fan and drew inspiration from a popular show when writing this novel. My household watches Anime religiously via Anime Network, Adult Swim and online. No, I take that back.... there are certain shows we watch. Any who, I expected to see some paying homage to Bleach. I definitely saw a little of InuYasha similarities in the initial portrayal of Michelle and Spencer’s relationship. One thing that was definitely original was the Greek Mythology intertwined with futuristic technology.

My husband believes the author should transfer this into a graphic novel. I have to agree…I would love to reread this in comic form!

I’m so temped to go on my usual tangent of rambling, but I’m afraid I may say too much, so I’m trying terribly hard to restrain myself.

Whatever you do, don’t read the synopsis and take it at face value. Whoever wrote that needs a serious beat down. This story was so much more then that….OMG! I am so swoon emotional right now when I think of my dear Spencer….

*clearing my throat*

What that hell am I saying. Spencer was very sarcastic and kind of a jerk...so why did I still find him charming? Excellent writing skills I guess! This story has a way of drawing you in and wooing the reader into submission.

There was romance in this story, if you want to call it that. More like some high school guy's wet dream, that will never come to fruitation. Yes! I’m a hater! I know! But I found it so hard to believe Spencer was getting the lady’s with his less then charming personality in spite of some chemical reaction. I hated him…I loved him..and it went back and forth like that throughout my reading this. There was one mysterious character however that I never liked…then it’s like he’s thrown at you like he’s Luke ?!?!?! I don’t think so Dark Vader!

I’m sure I’ve terribly confused you by now, but give me time to short through my emotions and I’ll get back on track.

Umm, the gladiator style fight scenes in this book were off the chain. Seriously, the battles were epic. I could visually imagine each play by play. I found myself having many excited spasms startling people on the train. (Good thing I have no qualms about looking like a crazy person…lol…JK!) Oh and there was drama as well. With the way this book ended, I may result to stalking to be the first to see the next installment. I recommend this book to Anime Fans, science fiction and action lovers.



About the Blogger
I'm Katrina, founder of Kindred Dreamheart. I'm an aspiring junior & women's petite celebrity "red carpet" clothing designer and book lover. I read select genres. However if it's a series I'm sure I'd love it also regardless of the genre. I read when I want to be entertained; watch TV when I'm bored; and when I'm not designing something fabulous, I blog. (((Contact Me)))

Review: The Scarlet Dagger by Krystle Jones

The Scarlet DaggerThe Scarlet Dagger by Krystle Jones
 
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 256 pages
Published October 23rd 2011
My rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
The strength of Sloane’s heart is about to be put to the ultimate test.

After the Eclipse – the night vampires began openly slaughtering human victims – everything changed. Out of fear, the government salvaged what remained of the human population and enclosed them in massive, security-laden cities called White Sectors, while marking the vampire infested territory as Red Sectors.

When seventeen-year-old Sloane McAllister’s twin brother disappears, she seems to be the only one who thinks he isn’t dead, and vows to stop at nothing to find him. Gathering her courage, she braves the Red Sector to search for clues to his whereabouts. By chance, she encounters Aden, a handsome, charismatic vampire with a hidden agenda. He turns Sloane against her will, and whisks her away to his underground city. Enemies quickly become friends as Sloane struggles against her attraction to Aden, and resists her growing loyalties to the creatures that ruined her life. But the vampires themselves are the least of her problems. The city is harboring a devastating secret, one that could change the tide of the war and threaten to destroy everything Sloane has come to believe in.

Heart-stopping action and scorching romance collide in this dystopian, urban fantasy thriller. (approx. 81,000 words or 256 pages)

I was given a copy of this novel from the author for any honest review!

WOW! The overall composition of this novel was Jedi mind trickery at its finest! There is no way I could have guessed all the events as they played out in this dystopian, urban fantasy thriller.

This novel takes us into a world riddled with a devastating discovery of vampires. Sloane lost her twin Orion and friend Rook the day the vampires revealed themselves in the most horrid manner. Three years later, unable to cope with the mystery of her brother’s death, she ventures back to the forbidden sector that was once her family’s home. It is there, she meets Aden, and her life is taken on a whirlwind of an adventure!

Sloane wasn’t the most kick ass heroine, I’ve ever met but she was definitely someone to be reckoned with. Here’s my all time favorite scene:

"I raced for the kitchen, careening into the cabinets as I flung open the knife drawer. Footsteps thundered toward me. Whirling around, I hurled one knife after the other as the men came through the doorway. Blades embedded themselves in their chests and foreheads, spraying blood along the wall. When I ran out of knives, I grabbed the biggest fork I could find and launched myself at the final man blocking my way. When he first saw the fork, he laughed-

Right before I shoved it into his open mouth, so hard the prongs dug into the back of his skull."



I was like a washed out high school quarterback watching the pros slam a touchdown at the Super Bowl on Thanksgiving when I read that scene. Like a proud papa bear, I leaped up so quickly, I almost broke my Nook! THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT! YEAH!

*Clearing my throat* *brushing the nonexistent lint from my lapel*

Pardon my outburst! This story almost read like a mystery novel, but like I said before, there was no way I could have guess all the events that took place.
There’s

♥ Betrayal,

♥ Romance,

♥ Secrets, &

♥ Assassination plots.
Oh and to just leave your heart in your throat, we’re left on a cliff hanger! The next installment of The Red Sector Chronicles is definitely on my radar!



About the Blogger
I'm Katrina, founder of Kindred Dreamheart. I'm an aspiring junior & women's petite celebrity "red carpet" clothing designer and book lover. I read select genres. However if it's a series I'm sure I'd love it also regardless of the genre. I read when I want to be entertained; watch TV when I'm bored; and when I'm not designing something fabulous, I blog. (((Contact Me)))

Client Mock Up: Hair Show #2

I'm still at the drawing board, but I'm having loads of fun!  That little gerbil's on a roll, smoking up the place, and burning a hole in that inferior exercise wheel.  After meeting the client taking into consideration the magnitude of this event, and hearing his feedback from my first mock up, here's the new direction I've come up with:

Envision:
Black Sequins w/ metallic & bronze detailing...




Required Notions:
16 inch black and gold metal separating zipper YKK with zipper pull - 1 pcs

Forming the arches and incorporating color selections:






 
My inspiration:
Vintage Cat Eye Glasses, Soft Gold Color with AB Crystals and Sassy Striped TrimVintage Gold and Black Buttons from the 50'sElegant gold and black metallic specialty yarn fiber embellishent bundleBlock LETTERS Black or Metallic Gold 1 inch tall Alphabet Applique Patches A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z ETSYMetallic Floral Woven Jacquard  Ribbon 1 1/2 x 3 yards Black and Metallic Gold Made in Switzerland Rayon Mix30 pcs of  10mm Faceted Round Cut Flatback Formica Bead  in Clear, Black, Metallic Gray for scrapbooking, clothing, Jewelry, Accessory1 pc-Vintage Fancy Glass cabochon-Gold/Black-40x30mm-item 948qGold Black Plastic Beads Vintage Style -60012-1 /20PcsHand Painted Men ShoesHand Painted Men ShoesVans Authentic Sequined Skate Shoe - Black/Sequin
MEN'S Converse Chuck Taylor Black Mono Sequin Hi Top


I look forward to the next fitting!


Cheers,

About the Blogger
I'm Katrina, founder of Kindred Dreamheart. I'm an aspiring junior & women's petite celebrity "red carpet" clothing designer and book lover. I read select genres. However if it's a series I'm sure I'd love it also regardless of the genre. I read when I want to be entertained; watch TV when I'm bored; and when I'm not designing something fabulous, I blog. (((Contact Me)))
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