Monday, April 6, 2015

Daily Greens by Shauna Martin


Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse: 
Jump Start Your Health, Reset Your Energy, and Look and Feel Better than Ever! By Shauna Martin

Summary
Are you craving junk foods? Feel sluggish and tired all the time? Fueling yourself on caffeine and sugar on a daily basis? Then it's time reset your mind and body with the < font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse.

Jump start your body and give yourself a "spring cleaning" during the week so you're refreshed and looking amazing for the weekend. The book features four key cleanses: one for each season of the year (Spring, Summer, Fall, and New Year). The vegetables and fruits in each cleanse are selected to coincide with fresh, delicious seasonal produce so that you can juice right in your own home. Try the 4-day cleanse or if it's right for your lifestyle, try the 7- or 10-day cleanse.

The best part? You don't have to eliminate food on the Daily Greens cleanse. Founder Shauna Martin recommends a raw diet while you juice, so you're not just limited to just liquid, and you'll still be able to refresh, rejuvenate, and reset as you would with other cleanses. So you get the same benefits of a cleanse without starving yourself! No more cleanse headaches or irritability, and you'll feel the results almost instantly.

You can make these yummy green recipes right in your own kitchen, anytime you want. Daily Greens juices contain easy to follow recipes that include up to 6 pounds of raw produce cold-pressed into each bottle. Each juice is the equivalent of 9 servings of fresh vegetables and fruits. They are naturally low-calorie because less than 10% fruit is used so you don't spike sugar levels. No water, sugar, or preservatives are added. The juices are naturally vegan, naturally gluten-free, naturally dairy- and soy-free, non-GMO project certified, and absolutely delicious.

So if you're ready to reset your body, lose weight, or just give yourself a much-needed energy boost, the Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse has exactly what you need. With a foreword from Mayim Bialik, star of The Big Bang Theory.

Impressions

When I've requested this book, I was not really looking into cleansing my body or losing weight. 
As a vegetarian, I'm always curious about new association of vegetables and fruits to diversify my meals.

This book is full of great seasonal recipes, easy to cook and gorgeous pictures! I think the photos are selling you the book way better than my review! Lol! 

Honestly, I've tried the morning juice like the orange-carrot juice with greens. You add spinach, carrot, cucumber and pineapple. Delicious and tasty ! 
The summer quinoa is super yummy too. It's the first one that catch my eyes as I love quinoa. :-)

They are also a lot of explanations. The author is sharing a bit of herself through the tips and recipes. How she comes up with the dishes ideas and why it's good for your health. 

Really a great book to enjoy your vegetables and fruits whatever the reasons you have to go green.

Good cookbook!


Source
*Arc provided by Edelweiss.
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Little Vanilla Book: Creating Self Love and Stiletto Swagger by Lux Alani

Summary
Lace up your corset and embrace your stiletto swagger with this unblushing guide to personal growth using the virtues of (gasp!) S&M. 

Offering mighty insights on everything from whipping negativity into submission to breaking the bondage of bad self-body image, The Little Vanilla Book gives you the tools you need to awaken the heroine deep inside and open your life to a scintillating new world of self discovery. 

Within the pages of this loving and bawdy exploration of all things you, former dominatrix Lux Alani uses her personal experiences and research to uncover the surprising truth that some of the primary lessons and practices found in the world of kink aren't just for the kinksters with the right mindset they're for you too. 

But wait! If you're nervous that you'll need to buy a paddle and latex catsuit to get your transformation on, don't worry! This isn't about getting into the kink scene or practicing BDSM. Looking at five key aspects of every woman's life: authenticity, confidence, body image, resilience, and fear, The Little Vanilla Book is truly about taking a unique journey to self-love and empowerment one that shows you how to unchain your courage, reclaim your awesome self, and live your truth with gusto. 

Impressions

Curiosity about the tittle and the content have led me to request this book. Exactly what I needed!
It's fun, interesting and the author really talks to all women!

A great way to stop, think of your behavior and of the way you mistreat yourself even when you don't do it on purpose. This book is showing you how to correct your habits of putting ourself down by thinking you are not with it.

Of course, we are all unique and wonderful! But that's a thing to say it and another to believe it deep down.
The fact that the author shares a bit of her own history and explains how she has become a goddess, a domme and also a woman who is able to accept her vulnerability, her feminity and embrace it without fears or culpability, was very inspiring.

Also full of easy tips or exercises to follow or to try. No drastic changes or magical spells, just how to do baby steps in stilletos! ;-)

I've really enjoyed reading this book. Probably because Lux Alani is writing as if she was having a cup of coffee with you or a fun girls night out. It's full of humor, easy to read and you have the feeling you are not alone. She will catch you up and never laugh at you. She doesn't judge, she is showing you another path that can lead to a better acceptation of yourself as a woman.

As for the BDSM part, it should not scare you away. Maybe it will help you to understand that different doesn't mean bad and that we have always something to learn from others. And accepting limits, settling boundaries for ourself, accepting that life can hurt and doing a parallel with the BDSM way of life was really interesting.

A book I warmly recommend for all the women who have trouble to believe they are worth loving, or those who hide behind walls or fears.

It's just a book but words sometimes can show up at the perfect time to give you the push to change something in your life.

Great read!



Quotes
"Here's the manifesto for becoming your own heroine - the liberation from your unworthiness."

"We draw to us what we need to learn, and life gives us endless lessons - sometimes gently, sometimes by dropping a piano onto our heads - that we get to choose, thanks to our level of attention and openness."

"I was wounded, and I'm scarred. That's okay. Scars are beautiful and make people compelling. Scars remind you of your humanity. Mostly, scars are proof that there is healing."

"There's only one you, so let your freak flag fly! The people who accept your flaws and beauty now will be those you'll have history with later."

Source
*Arc provided by Netgalley.
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

TAMED BY STACEY KENNEDY


A CLUB SIN NOVEL 

Synopsis
Porter Marshall has nearly achieved his goal of becoming a Club Sin Master, but his new sub poses a much bigger challenge than he anticipated. Despite their mutual attraction and red-hot dungeon sessions, Kenzie Hart plays her own games. Her bratty, you-can’t-break-me attitude masks terrible personal hurt—pain that only the exquisite touch of a skilled Dom can release. But when Porter suggests taking their connection to the outside world, Kenzie denies him . . . which only makes him want her more. 

Kenzie can’t ignore the raw, fierce bond she has with Porter. But she can’t give in to his dangerous demands, either. Is the passion they share real, or is he using her to solidify his status at Club Sin? And yet, who else can she trust with the shattering secrets she holds within? As Porter expertly brings her to the point of no return, Kenzie surrenders her body—and, piece by piece, her heart. 

Reactions 
I like Stacey Kennedy writing skills. Her stories are intense in the emotions and always let you want more when it's over.

She always has complex character that hide something interesting.
In this case, I've followed Kenzie adventure and immediately love her fun bratty attitude. Was not a fan of Porter until he has shown more concern about Kenzie being more than just a subject he wanted to learn more about as a Dom.

This new volume of the Club Sin serie hasn't disappointed me. It was a sexy, fun read because of Kenzie as well as something more touching and bitter sweet as she decided to strip herself from her walls.
Great series!


Source
*Arc provided by Netgalley.
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Dark Instincts by Suzanne Wright


The Phoenix Pack VOL 4

Summary
It happens whenever wolf shifter Roni Axton is near Marcus Fuller: a crackle of sexual awareness that’s intoxicating…and deeply annoying. Marcus is a pack enforcer who oozes power, but Roni is lethal in her own right—nothing like the flirty females who flock around him. Even still, his possessive gaze makes one thing clear. Marcus has singled her out for seduction, and he wants to make her sit up and beg.

No matter how aloof and unfazed Roni acts, Marcus can tell she wants him. When a brutal attack by a jackal pack forces them to work together, it’s the perfect opportunity for Marcus to chip away at her defenses—until he falls into his own trap, completely unprepared for the intensity of their connection. Roni is the only one who’s ever seen past his shifter charm and discovered the man hiding beneath it. And for Marcus, claiming Roni once will mean needing her forever.

Impressions
Fun, sexy and feisty!

Didn't know it was a series before I started this book. And honestly, it wasn't bothered my reading or my understanding.
The author writing is entertaining, great and the sexy sexual scene very well written.

To be honest, I was looking for something light to read because I was bored and wanted to change my mind without thinking too much. I've chosen this wolf shifter story because it has been a long time since I hadn't read paranormal romance and wanted something sexy too.

I was pleased beyond my hope. Lately, I'm often bored with the plot but it was not the case with Roni and Marcus.
I've enjoyed the characters from the start. Roni is a badass woman with a very soft side. I like her attitude, her repartee and her personality. It was a fun change to read about someone strong, intelligent and antisocial with a weird sense of humor. Lol!
I've really enjoyed my time while following her adventures. Marcus, dominant and accepting sides were hot, sweet and sexy.

I can't say anything else…I've spent a great time while discovering a very cool new author. Will check her other books!
Great story, fun moment!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Paintbrush Playbook by Anna Montiel


The Paintbrush Playbook: 
44 Exercises for Swooshing, Dancing, and Making Dazzling Art With Your Brush by Anna Montiel

Summary
Sketch and paint right on the pages of this fun, modern, approachable practice and inspiration book focusing on one of the most popular drawing tools - the paint brush.

This playful, colorful exercise book is filled with fun, contemporary, beautiful illustrations by leading illustrator Ana Montiel.

The exercises explore mark making, patterns, geometrics, simple drawings, texture, and composition and includes professional tips and tricks that will enhance your skills as you work through the book. Each spread has one page filled with art examples and an exercise, with plenty of room to draw or paint right in the book. The Paintbrush Playbook is printed on high-quality, uncoated paper, allowing you to paint or draw anywhere that inspiration strikes.

Explore abstract drawing, pattern drawing, meditative doodling and more with this all-in-one learning and practice book. This is a great volume for artists, designers, doodlers, illustrators, painters, pattern illustrators, and zentanglers of all ages. You will not want to miss it!

Impressions
Interesting for people who want to explore how to paint differently.
I was a bit disappointed as there is not a lot of text but the tips are great and helpful.
In my opinion, sometimes the pictures are not selling enough the exercice.

A great book for beginners, painters who want to try new way with their brushes and people who enjoy art.




Source
*Arc provided by Edelweiss.
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Wicked Play by Lynda Aicher


BONDS OF COURAGE BOOK 6

Synopsis
Pro hockey player Holden Hauke has kept his sexual needs buried for years. After a near miss over a picture of him bound to a spanking bench resulted in a mid-season TRADE, he's kept his image clean. But with the season over, he's ready to surrender control. And he's found just the woman to help him—if only he can convince her to give him a chance.

Bending men to her will is nothing new for Vanessa Delcour, aka Mistress V—she's a full-time rep for pro athletes, a part-time owner of exclusive sex club The Den, and an experienced Domme. But when Holden Hauke comes looking for a discreet partner, Vanessa's concerned about his motives. Touching his training-toned body during a scene wouldn't exactly be a hardship, but taking him on crosses barriers between work and play that she's had in place for years.

From their first intense encounter in Mistress V's playroom, Hauke knows he can't let this chance slip away; he's found the woman he's always needed. Submissive or not, he's willing to push her every limit to prove how good they can be together.


Reactions
I was following this series from the start. I really like the atmosphere and the characters Lynda Aicher has build. It's like a family.
It's a pleasure to encounter them again in different stories and see how they evolved.

Vanessa and Holden story was fun to read as the powers played have changed. The reader follows a domme mind at work. And in this case, what is under the cold façade.
Strange to see that women with powers are always pictured cold or icy. That's why Holden place in this story was great and interesting to watch. He is the one who put down the walls and see the woman behind the façade.

Still a fan of this series and of Lynda Aicher way of telling a story.
Source
*Arc provided by Netgalley.
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Organic Artist by Nick Neddo


The Organic Artist: 
Make Your Own Paint, Paper, Pigments, 
Prints and More from Nature by Nick Neddo 

Summary 
It's time to go back to basics! If you're interested in art, but find that it's becoming an increasingly expensive hobby, The Organic Artist is just the book for you! It encourages us all to return to those days when art was made with all-natural materials, such as charcoal and birch bark. Immersing you in the natural world, The Organic Artist seeks to inspire creativity by connecting you to your organic roots. In addition to offering a wide variety of suggestions for using nature as supplies for art, this book also introduces the concepts of awareness and perception that are foundational to the creative process. 

Readers will refine drawing skills, as well as increase their appreciation for the visual arts and the natural landscape. Some of the projects and skills covered include the following: making paper and wild ink, working with soapstone, clay, wood, and rawhide, printmaking and stenciling, natural pigments and dyes, camouflage and body painting, and nature journaling. 

"In his new book "The Organic Artist", Nick masterfully leads the reader on his own magical journey into nature as he collects and crafts organic materials for creating art. The book is not only filled with beautiful images, but easy to understand step-by-step instructions for the reader to follow, ensuring their success. 

I highly recommend "The Organic Artist" for anyone who wants to discover the joy of creating with nature." - Matt Tommey, Sculptural Basketry Artist 

Impressions 
As someone who likes to draw with pencil and charcoal, I was attracted and curious about how you could create all the stuff you are using.
Art is a way of expressing yourself so being able to make your own tools make it even more special.

When I was reading this book and starting to want to make my own Charcoal by going camping or trying to make my paper, someone point out that it's easier and faster to go buy your pen and paper at the store. True, especially when living in a big city.

But deep down, I'm thrilled at the possibility to personalize my material, to make something natural. I'm sure the colors will be different and full of real life. That's why this book attracted me. The explanation seem easy to try and their is a peaceful feeling while watching all this imperfect pens, brushes, paper create something beautiful.

Like it!



Source 
*Arc provided by Edelweiss. 
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.