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Where Have I Been? Moving! + Happy New Year

Hello. It’s me.

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Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

How have you lovely people been? Though, I’ve been jumping in from time to time to share with you all FANTASTIC new book releases, I haven’t been my usual self. You know, the whole, ‘sitting with a cup of coffee and chatting with you’ usual.

Where have I been?

As of October, we realized we had to make a really quick house move. That turned into three months of overwhelming emotional and physical combustion.

The end of 2015 is here and we are 95% moved in. We were determined to get the house as settled as possible before the new year. I got new furniture, rearranged my workspace, and am ready to tackle new goals for 2016.

Every year, we all make resolutions. We look back at the last twelve months and think of memories, hopes, regrets, and dreams we’re still waiting on. 2015 for me and my family wasn’t the greatest. I had high hopes at the end of 2014, thinking and believing 2015 was going to  rock my ever-loving socks off but it didn’t.

The theme for this new year is: DETERMINED, instead of HOPEFUL. 

Last year, I HOPED things would change. I HOPED things would come my way. I HOPED a clear path towards something would appear. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love HOPE. My closest friends would tell you, it’s always been “my” word since my teens. But, I realized that my approach for the new year needs more of an aggressive attack. It’s time to fight and MAKE things happen. The days are flying by with greater speed each passing year, it seems. There is no time to waste. Last year, I HOPED.

2016…I’m DETERMINED

I am DETERMINED to continue building this blog so it can be the outlet and communal reach I desired it to be. To do that, I need to start planning posts ahead more. Do my part and share consistently.

I am DETERMINED to finish my books. I’ve fully started drafting three books. I have plenty more in mind or outlined. It’s time to stop letting fear and insecurities procrastinate any further. I will finish drafting and editing these three books for 2016.

I am DETERMINED to build my company, Coffee Reading Writing with my business partner, Melody. I will do my part, take chances and dive into new opportunities. Even if they scare the crap out of me.

I am DETERMINED to get healthy. Physically and mentally. I have set plans in mind that are realistic and doable.

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I found this beautifully perfect wall art for my new room that simply said on light blue painted wood, “I can & I will”. (The above image isn’t it.) It reminded me so much of a tattoo I eventually want to get with the quote, “She believed she could, so she did.” I have it above my bed–the wall art–and it feels so appropriate to my theme for 2016.

So, here’s to a new year full of dream chasing and not just dreaming.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS! You’ll be seeing more of me soon!

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Lets Talk BOOKS

‘Sweet Soul’ (Sweet Home Series #4) by Tillie Cole + GIVEAWAY!

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Oh, man, this book. This. Book. This. Author. I have plenty to gush on both matters but before we get into that, let’s discuss my recent hiatus. Things have been beyond crazy for me lately and I plan to write a separate blog this week about it but in short; I’ve been moving houses. I have grown a strong hate for moving. I’ve done it plenty of times in the past but, I don’t know what it is about this time particularly, but it has SUCKED ASS. It’s been a nightmare. In part, it could be due to the crazy Jekyll and Hyde ex-landlord we used to be neighbors with giving us VERY short notice that they needed our old house vacant, asap. Anyway, all in the all, everything worked out and we are currently living in a new house. There are still boxes everywhere. It has been such an overwhelming experience but anyway, as I said, I’ll rant more about this later. LET’S GET INTO THIS BOOK!

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Title: Sweet Soul
Series: Sweet Home #4
Author: Tillie Cole
Age group: New adult
Genre: Contemporary romance
Release date: 15th December 2015

One shy lost soul.

One silent lonely heart.

One love to save them both.

Life has never been easy for twenty-year-old Levi Carillo. The youngest of the Carillo boys, Levi is nothing like his older brothers. He isn’t dark in looks or intimidating to everyone he meets. In fact, he’s quite the opposite. Haunted by a crippling shyness and the tragic events of his past, Levi spends his days with his head buried in his books, or training hard for his college football team. Too timid to talk to girls, Levi stays as far away as possible and completely on his own… until he saves the life of a troubled pretty blonde, a troubled pretty blonde that might just be the exception to his rule.

Elsie Hall is homeless. Or at least that’s all anyone ever sees. Everyday is a fight for survival on the cold streets of Seattle, everyday a struggle to find food and keep warm. Alone in life—a life that’s dangerous and cruel—her will to keep going is an ever-losing battle. In her world of silence, Elsie has given up hope that her life will contain anything but constant struggle and pain… until the beautiful boy she has severely wronged comes to her rescue at precisely the right time.

*New Adult novel—contains sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Amazon & USA Today Best Selling Author, Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.

 

Website  –  Twitter  –  Facebook  –  Goodreads Author


Excerpt: 

Moving my hand, I ran my fingers over the brown beads. “Why do you hold these, Mamma? You always have them with you. Right now, you’re clutching them real tight.”

Mamma sighed and brought the rosary to her chest. “I use them to pray to Mother Mary. She gives me strength, mia luna. I pray to her for strength.” Mamma’s voice cracked again and I tried to think hard. I tried to think why she needed strength.

Blinking, a thought came to me and I asked, “Is it Austin and Axel? Do you pray for them? Because of the Heighters?”

Mamma sighed and ran her finger down my cheek. “Always, mia luna. I always pray for them. For what they do each night for that gang.”

I shook my head, knowing there was something else. “But what—”

Shh,” Mamma whispered. She then held up the rosary and placed it in my hand. She curled her hand around mine and pressed the beads into my palm. “Levi, you take these now. I want you to have these. I want you to keep them for strength. For the strength you will need someday soon.”

I frowned and shook my head. “No, Mamma. They’re yours. I’m strong with you around. I don’t need these.”

Mamma’s head dropped, and she took a deep breath.

Mamma?” I questioned. She was acting real strange.

Mamma wiped her cheeks and a sad smile spread on her lips. “Va bene, mia luna. I’ll keep them for now. Grazie. Always thinking of your mamma. But one day, when… when I’m not here, you keep these with you. I want you to remember that these are yours. You are not your brothers, Levi. You are kind and shy, not hard and boisterous, ready to fight the world. You are my quiet baby boy. My sweet, sweet soul.”

I’m not weak,” I pushed, hating that I wasn’t like my brothers. Axel and Austin were strong and tough. I wanted to be just like them.

Mamma pressed a kiss to my forehead. “Never, Levi. You are a Carillo boy after all. But you are different from Austin and Axel. They are alike in so many ways—hot headed and tough, hard on the outside until they let you in. You are the timid one, the gentle brother—inside and out. You are the one to carry his heart on his sleeve. You are the one who watches silently from afar and loves with all his soul. ” Mamma huffed, and said, “Whoever you end up with, my son, whoever claims your heart, will be a very special girl indeed.” Her finger stroked my cheek. “So much love, mia luna. You will love with your whole being, and it will be forever. You could not love in any other way.”

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Beautiful graphic by TotallyBookedBlog

Quick Thoughts:

First, let me say this. When it comes to many series standalones I’ve read, I have found they don’t necessarily need to be read in order. With the Carillo Boys, I would HIGHLY recommend reading at least from Book Two, “Sweet Fall” which gives us our first Carillo brother’s story. Then, Book Three “Sweet Hope” is our second Carillo brother and finally, “Sweet Soul”, our third and sweetest Carillo.

This author has quickly become one of my absolute favorites. She can write deep, dark, and gritty, or  sweet, soulful and sexy. I binge read everything she’s published this year. None, and I mean, NONE have been a ‘meh’ read or a disappointment. Diving into “Sweet Hope”, I had some hesitation when I found out who’s story it was. No way did I think she could make me invested in the main character who I strongly disliked after the HORRIBLE things they did. Well, it turned out to be my favorite of the series. Then, she brought us the youngest Carillo in this newest release and my heart tightened and exploded. This woman KNOWS how to write tortured men to perfection. She is an artist who creates masterpieces out of broken men like I have yet to read. This story is simply BEAUTIFUL. Don’t miss out on any of these!

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