Among the Beasts & Briars: Also by Ashley Poston

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I’m excited to check out this new move by Poston. Usually, she’s more of a SYFY vibe so I’m very intrigued to see this side of her writing. The pub date is October 20th, 2020, and I have a feeling it’s going to give off major Fall-Feels! Keep reading for the full synopsis.

Among the Beasts & Briars

by Ashley Poston

Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya.

Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: when she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. The most danger she faces now, as a gardener’s daughter, is the annoying fox who stalks the royal gardens and won’t leave her alone.

As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions the small fox from the garden, a strange and powerful bear, and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.

Once Upon a Con #3

Bookish and the Beast

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I can’t wait for June 16th to roll around! I absolutely adore the Once Upon a Con series by Ashley Poston. If you know me at all, you know I love me a good Beauty and the Beast/ Hades and Persephone retelling! Check out the synopsis below!

Bookish and the Beast

(Once Upon a Con #3)

by Ashley Poston

In the third book in Ashley Poston’s Once Upon a Con series, Beauty and the Beast is retold in the beloved Starfield universe.

Rosie Thorne is feeling stuck—on her college application essays, in her small town, and on that mysterious General Sond cosplayer she met at ExcelsiCon. Most of all, she’s stuck in her grief over her mother’s death. Her only solace was her late mother’s library of rare Starfield novels, but even that disappeared when they sold it to pay off hospital bills.

On the other hand, Vance Reigns has been Hollywood royalty for as long as he can remember—with all the privilege and scrutiny that entails. When a tabloid scandal catches up to him, he’s forced to hide out somewhere the paparazzi would never expect to find him: Small Town USA. At least there’s a library in the house. Too bad he doesn’t read.

When Rosie and Vance’s paths collide and a rare book is accidentally destroyed, Rosie finds herself working to repay the debt. And while most Starfield superfans would jump at the chance to work in close proximity to the Vance Reigns, Rosie has discovered something about Vance: he’s a jerk, and she can’t stand him. The feeling is mutual.

But as Vance and Rosie begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off—and they may just find that there’s more risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts.

The Silvered Serpents Cover Reveal!

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One of my most anticipated reads of the year! I love this cover so much, and can’t wait to be in this world again!

The Silvered Serpents

(The Gilded Wolves #2)

by Roshani Chokshi

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost ― one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumoured to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

Jungle Tribe LA Penny Rocker

 

I literally can not say enough good things about this bag! The Penny Rocker is completely designed for the fashion-forward biker chick on the go. The best part about it is its versatility. I was amazed at how seamlessly I was able to switch from wearing the bag as a side-hip pouch to using it as a regular purse.

Jungle Tribe LA’s products are such hot, sought-after products because of the quality craftsmanship that is put into each item. at Arizona Bike Week there were many vendors trying to sell their knock-off version of the Penny Rocker. Some were even asking double the price of the original and they seemed to have been mass-manufactured out of cheap fabrics. They weren’t even made out of leather!

Like I said before, this bag is so amazing! I find myself reaching for it even when we aren’t on the bike. There’s a pocket for everything you could need, while still keeping a low profile. I love it, and I highly recommend getting your hands on one!

Follow the link to the bag of your biker dreams!

https://www.jungletribe.shop/listing/118179998/penny-rocker-leather-holster-and-hip-bag

What It’s Like Living with Anxiety And OCD

High Anxiety

Hi, my name is Sasha and I have anxiety. It’s hard for me to remember a time when I wasn’t anxious. I know when it started to get bad, like really bad. But I don’t know what it was that set me off into the dark abyss that is anxiety.
 I was always a nervous child. I remember I never wanted to be alone I followed my parents and my grandparents around the house constantly. Just the thought of being alone in a room as a child scared the living s*** out of me. My grandmother called me her “Shadow” and that nickname stuck all throughout my childhood and adulthood.

 Out Of Physical Harm

I’m by no means anything close to a psychologist, but I’m pretty sure my OCD is deeply rooted in my anxiety. I always think how funny it is when people have this perception of OCD. The common misconception is that I obsessively brush my teeth every day or that my kitchen is meticulously organized. Unfortunately, my reality of OCD was nervously picking at the dead skin on my big toes until they bled, or tearing out my hair until a bald spot magically appeared on the back of my head near my neck. I’m sorry if that’s graphic or too real, but that can be what 0CD is sometimes, really graphic and too real.

Psychological Warfare

The previously mentioned traits of OCD in the last paragraph I’ve actually since overcame, but between the ages of 4 and 18 these two instances of self-mutilation were pretty much an everyday occurrence.
Fortunately, I’ve moved on to a more psychological form of OCD in my late twenties. I own a house now so my priorities have changed. Now instead of picking at my toe skin, I have to touch the front door handle 9 times before I’m able to leave the house. Instead of tearing out my hair I obsessively check the stove before I leave in fear of a fire bursting randomly from the oven while I’m not home.

Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

For a long time, I used to lie to myself and justify the reason for my anxiety and OCD. I had convinced myself that I was just overly cautious. I didn’t have a disorder! Everything all came to a head when my boyfriend showed me a video taken from our front door security camera of me trying to leave the house and touching the front door handle about 28 times at about 5:30 in the morning while I was trying to go to work.

Are You Happy?

I knew something had to be done. I knew I didn’t want to live in fear for the rest of my life. Nobody wants to feel anxious all the time, or ever for that matter, it’s not a fun thing. Panic attacks and anxiety attacks are real and they suck. So I started looking into activities that could help me calm down. A lot of people would say, “First off lady, you need to start smoking some weed!” Which I would totally be down for. . . If I didn’t absolutely despise the smell of weed. So that was out.

Yoga With Adriene

Luckily, I found Adriene on Youtube and she taught me the ways of yoga. And not just yoga but breathing practices and ways to relax. Yoga has done wondrous things for my anxiety and OCD. I don’t know if it will ever truly be gone, but at least now I have a coping mechanism. If I freak out I know that if I breathe 10 times deeply I’ll be okay. And I’m not saying that yoga is the end-all-be-all for anxiety. What I am saying is find something that you can escape into. Read a book, paint a picture, clean the house, well maybe that’s not such a great idea… Just look for your Escape. it will do wonders for your mind and soul.

Best Vegan Spots In Las Vegas

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Let’s talk for real for just a sec. Like most of you out there, I didn’t grow up on a vegan diet. In fact, I’m pretty sure my mother is still confused about what tofu really is. So when I became ‘hella-woke’ and started to make more ethical food choices, I’m sorry to admit, there were a lot of meat and poultry products that I really missed.

Fortunately, I started to venture out and discovered that Vegas has so much to offer the common vegetarian or vegan.  I decided to share some of my favorite veggie eateries for those of us Las Vegans that are just starting out in the veg-game.  All of the places I’ve listed below are great in their own way, but the common thread between them is that they don’t sacrifice great flavor in order to be vegan.

Vegenation in Las Vegas, NV 89101

VegeNation

When I first decided to start eating more ethically, VegeNation was the first place, other than my own house, that I ate at. Located in the heart of old Vegas on Carson Ave, you couldn’t ask for a better spot to grab some great vegan foods. If you’re ever in the neighborhood during breakfast hours, be sure to try one of their tofu scramble bowls. They’re Lit!

Violett’s Vegan Organic Cafe And Juice Bar

Before you were vegan or vegetarian did you enjoy a BLT every once in a while? Or a soul-warming bowl of chili? I know I did. Cut to Violett’s Vegan Cafe. Along with a great selection of freshly blended juices, this cafe also makes some of the best cafe classics, vegan style. Located off West Desert Inn Road, some great vegan food is just a hop onto the DI away!

 

Vegeway

VegeWay

VegeWay appeals to my very lazy, sloth-like temperament. Anytime I can get a vegan meal without having to get out of my car, I’m Down! Their burgers are comparable to that of IN-N-OUT, and their zucchini fries are bangin’! Do yourself a flavor and get to a VegeWay drive-thru ASAP! They currently have two locations. One on South Jones Blvd and another on North Durango Drive.

Panchos Vegan Tacos

The one thing that I missed more than anything when I stopped eating red meat was tacos, carne asada, el pastor, etc. . . So I thank the powers that be, Panchos brought all those and so much more back into my life, and my stomach. If you’re looking for great Mexican food period, vegan or otherwise, I highly recommend you head over to South Pecos Road and see what they got going on at Panchos Vegan Tacos.

 

 

Blog Mistakes We All Make

START SOME WHERE
Daily Planner

Recently I posted a vlog where I briefly mentioned how happy I was that my office was finally coming together. Flying high off the newly purchased coffee table to accompany my small loveseat, I could only imagine the fanciful notions I’d conjure while lounging on it. I had a new organizer and notebook to schedule out my blog posts and write ideas down in. A new set of fresh ballpoint pens sat inside the decorative pen holder, that was also new.

All the things that I felt I needed to write were finally in place, except for the small sheepskin rug that was on back order. . . Bummer.

The Driving Force

It would seem that on the surface, I was ready. Surely, armed with my new pens and coffee table, I’d be inspired to write the most captivating blog posts of my freelance career. Hell, I might even finish my novel this year. With the muse of my perfectly-cute blue loveseat I was unstoppable, right?

Blog Failures

Wrong. As I glance up at my most recent purchase, a bookshelf from Target that’s lately held more used coffee mugs than actual books, I am brazenly reminded that no amount of cute office supplies will ever encourage great writing or ideas.

The year has merely just begun and I’ve spent more money on my office supplies than I’ve made off of my blog. Big Mistake!

Making Up For Lost Blogs

So here I sit, actually writing the first blog of the year. It’s only taken three weeks and about $600, but I’m finally doing it! Let this be a lesson to the children; if you can’t come up with a good idea with a composition notebook from the dollar store, you probably won’t be able to in a designer folio.

Mistakes Were Made 

In the last couple of weeks, while I should have been writing, I’ve done some pretty extensive research on how to run a high performing blog.  I started out by giving my website a mini makeover. I love the new clean look it has. It just seems more accessible than before.

I also took notice of what my favorite websites had writing blogs had to offer. What exactly hooked me to come back in the first place? What was the root of their fan base?

Because We Love A List 

Here is a list I’ve compiled during my last few weeks of procrastination of websites that have given me some real insight into the blogging world.

www.classycareergirl.com

www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

www.oflifeandlisa.com

www.gemmabonhamcarter.com

www.florisbooks.co.uk

 

Geocaching

 

Recently, my boyfriend and I took a small trip to San Diego for my birthday. We had a great time at the zoo, and an even better time at the bar. . . Duh. On our way back to Vegas we decided to bypass the crazy stand-still traffic of the I-15 and go on a little adventure. We took the scenic route through the Mojave desert. Just before we entered the Joshua Tree National Park, we came across this guy! We quickly decided to pull over for a photo opt. As we got closer to the lion dude, we realized we had found our very first Geocache! It was such an amazing experience reading all the previous travelers notes of well-wishes and mirrored excitement from finding this not-so-little-gem in the desert.

Why Is It So Difficult To Write?

I probably ask myself this question every day, and miraculously, every day I come up with a new reason for my continuous stall. I tell myself things like, “You have a stupid job that you need in order to survive.” That becomes the excuse usually when I’m at the stupid job. Once I get home from work, “You just did a full eight hours of work, you’ve been up since 5:30 am and you have to start making dinner soon, so you should definitely take a 20-minute cat-nap instead of actually working towards your life goals for an hour or so.”

The excuses and procrastination continues into my days off, “You’ve had a long grueling week at work, all I want to do is enjoy my family and relax a bit before I have to go back to that soul draining place.”

It just seems to go on and on until I’m so fed up with myself, that I actually write something. Often I’ve thought, “Maybe this is just my process.” I want you to know that this is not any kind of process. . . Well, maybe the process of someone who takes their entire life to write their first book, lies to themselves all the time and then comes to the realization that once they die it won’t be the book that gets published, but their personal diary has potential.

I understand that not holding yourself accountable is not a ‘process.’ Making excuses until you feel so bad about yourself is only harmful to your piece of mind. I know great art and literature has come out of the direst situations, pain, and anguish. But I doubt the greatest writers of our time became successful by hating themselves.

I’m by no means a successful writer, but I do know a few successful people, and they didn’t build their businesses from the ground up and achieve their dreams by continuously beating themselves.

Those people all held themselves accountable for creating their own opportunities. One of the biggest misconceptions I had once I started freelance writing was believing that someone out there was going to give me my big break. That someone had to notice me and completely understand my voice, and what I had to say. I just had to find that right person who would give me my opportunity.

Since then I have talked to and lived with, many a freelancer that have all proven that way of thinking wrong. These people have taught me an invaluable lesson; You don’t wait for an opportunity to knock on your door. You create your own destiny and you own opportunity.

Have there been people who were plucked out of obscurity? Yes. Is that a common occurrence? No. So you’re going to have to work towards your own dreams because everyone else is busy trying to get their own shit together to bother with you right now.