THE CRIMSON BOND SERIES

THE CRIMSON BOND

When twenty two year old, Brooke Ashcroft, moves from her small town to the city after landing a job at a successful marketing agency, the last thing she expects is to unknowingly meet her boss- gorgeous mogul vampire, Alex Chase, in a bar on her very first night. The immediate intensity between them goes beyond anything she’s experienced and she soon finds out that there is a reason she can’t seem to think straight when he’s around- a fiercely powerful bond that is both extremely rare and deeply feared in the vampire world. With their bond complete, Brooke and Alex would threaten the stability of the Regency, a group of the most ancient vampires in existence, and one headed up by none other than her own deadbeat vampire father. When the Regency kidnaps her in an attempt to prevent the bond from taking place, Brooke must trust Alex with not only her eternal existence, but her already battered heart.

 

 

FORESHADOWED

Let’s face it. Life with Alex Chase is all it’s cracked up to be… and more.
Being pursued by vampires and a slayer all intent on ending your existence… not so much.
After a whirlwind courtship that has Brooke bonded and married to one of the most powerful vampires in existence, she’s ready to settle down to a normal life.
But, unfortunately, between Brooke’s newly acquired ability to see visions foreshadowing the future, and dealing with the Regency, Lucien, and an ex with a secret; normal is the last thing her life returns to.
And just when it seems things can’t get anymore complicated, Brooke and Alex face something that threatens the strength of their trust in each other and tests the boundaries of their love forever.

 

 

ENDLESSLY CRIMSON

For Brooke, spending an eternity with gorgeous mogul vampire Alex Chase has been like living in a dream. Beautiful twin daughters, a fabulous circle of friends and a doting husband who also happens to be a steamy hot vampire… what’s not to love?
However, when the regal and conniving Ophelia reenters the picture followed by the dreaded foreshadowing visions, Brooke knows her happy ending is coming to a screeching halt.
Life becomes even more precarious when a plot to expose the vampire race puts their twin daughters, Lola and Leighton, at risk. Brooke and Alex will stop at nothing to destroy those responsible for disrupting their lives and gain back the peaceful happiness of the past six years; but for Brooke, that may mean betraying the one person she never thought she would —Alex.
With love and life hanging in the balance, the stakes have never been higher. And this time, Brooke and Alex risk losing everything important to them —including their endless love.

 

 

ETHAN’S STORY

ETHAN’S STORY, the tantalizing 4th book in the bestselling Vampire Romance Series, THE CRIMSON BOND.

Ethan Rettings has devastating good looks, a healthy appetite for women, and a hearty scorn of commitment. He is just the type of man Gabrielle Van Treese has spent her life avoiding.

Unfortunately for Gabrielle, Ethan has no intention of letting her deter him. On the brink of discovering her own paranormal journey, the last thing Brielle needs is a gorgeous and arrogant mogul vampire sweeping into her quiet world and turning it upside down.

With unexpected darkness descending, and obstacles from their pasts coming back to haunt them, both Ethan and Gabrielle find themselves in a battle for their very existence. What neither one expects, is the voracious lengths they will go to fight for eternal love…

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Eyeliner


I don’t always use eyeliner, but when I do, I have two kinds I alternate between depending on the look I want. For winged liner, I’ve settled on this affordable option in jet black. I’ve tried multiple brands at different cost points, but I always come back to this one. And, it’s $2. I love it.

 


If I just want to make my lash line pop, I use this no-tug waterproof gel liner in black. It’s long wearing, doesn’t smudge and makes my lashes appear thicker than they really are (because irl they are scanty).

XOXO,

Erika

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Mascara

 

My lashes need all the boost they can get (but what girl doesn’t want that?). I’m kinda choosy when it comes to mascaras, but this one has had me hooked for the past 6 months. I apply two coats of Hello Lashes 5 in 1 mascara, and that’s plenty. I love that the wand keeps my lashes fanned out prettily, and doesn’t clump them into spikes.


If I really want to pile on the wow-factor, I’ll add one coat of this mascara on top of the two base coats of this. And wha-laa, no need for fake lashes. You’re welcome.

XOXO,

Erika

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Face Cream


I wear the Miracle Worker moisturizer morning (under makeup) and night (before bed). It’s thick and creamy but absorbs into the skin like a dream. I’ve noticed my face is not only much smoother after two months of using, but my fine lines are a lot less noticeable. Plus, that glow! I’ve had three different people ask me what I’m using to keep my skin so smooth and glow-y.

The price of this is $60, which is pricey in my book, but well worth it (I mean, it’s your skin!) I’m going to share how I validate the expense:

Before, I was using a drugstore anti-aging cream by ROC. It was great, but not nearly as good as this one, and it was $25 a tube. One tube lasted me one, maybe one-and-a-half, months.

This cream lasts 3 months. Broken down, that’s $20 a month for a much more luxurious and effective skin care product. Give it a try, you won’t regret it. Promise.

XOXO,

Erika

 

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BB Cream


This BB Cream is a literal lifesaver.

It smooths the complexion, adjusts to any skin tone, and adds just a hint of color. Mostly, I wear it under my foundation. But on days I don’t have the time and/or energy to apply a full face of makeup, I use my fingertips to quickly blend this into my skin, and wha-laa, I look like my skin is naturally pretty, haha. And, the price is a steal. You can pick it up at any drugstore, or get at Ulta and use one of their coupons to get it for even less.


XOXO,

Erika

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Foundation

Foundation is one of those things that I’m constantly on the lookout for something better (aren’t we all on the quest for flawless skin?). I’ve been wearing IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ for at least six months, and so far, I have little inclination to search for another. It hits on all of my major requirements: SPF, long-wearing, and natural (while providing lots of breathable coverage). I like this one because it really covers pores and redness without settling into my fine lines (whyyy can’t I be young forever?). It’s priced along the lines of most department store foundations, but I think it lasts a little longer, especially if you apply with a wet beauty blending sponge (which I do). I also wear it over this Loreal BB cream. It definitely requires a setting powder, as it feels a little tacky if you don’t, but I wear that anyway so it doesn’t bother me at all. Click on the link below to shop.


XOXO,

Erika

 

 

 

 

 

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Big Little Lies


 

“Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…

A murder…a tragic accident…or just parents behaving badly?  

What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what?

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

 

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

If you are a fan of intrigue, subtle, and not-so-subtle hilarity, and just the right amount of serendipity, this book will not only speak to you, it will create an addiction that will keep you up at night, determined to find out what stunning revelation awaits you. The narrating voice of Madeline is genius in its execution and her coined phrase “Oh, calamity” becomes an exclamation point ending many a turbulent scene. What could easily become an annoying catchphrase, manages to make an already endearing character even more so.

BIG LITTLE LIES tackles huge societal issues, yet still manages to serve them to readers with surprising delicacy topped with an interesting drizzle of honey. Consider moving this to the top of your reading queue, and perhaps even abandoning your current read to delve into this one as soon as possible. BIG LITTLE LIES is the dessert of your reading menu, but trust me when I say you’ll want to eat it first.

XOXO,

Erika

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Crimes Against a Book Club

“Best friends Annie and Sarah need cash—fast. Sarah, a beautiful, successful lawyer, wants nothing more than to have a baby. But balancing IVF treatments with a grueling eighty-hour workweek is no walk in the park. Meanwhile, Annie, a Harvard-grad chemist recently transplanted to Southern California, is cutting coupons to afford her young autistic son’s expensive therapy. Desperate, the two friends come up with a brilliant plan: they’ll combine Sarah’s looks and Annie’s brains to sell a “luxury” antiaging face cream to the wealthy, fading beauties in Annie’s La Jolla book club. The scheme seems innocent enough, until Annie decides to add a special—and oh-so-illegal—ingredient that could bring their whole operation crashing to the ground.

If you’re in need of a good laugh, then CRIMES AGAINST A BOOK CLUB is your answer. A light read with lots of wit and charm, you’ll find yourself following eagerly along as the protagonists tackle real life problems with a creative and comical solution. Enjoyable and unconventional, CRIMES AGAINST A BOOK CLUB earns 3.5 stars. This is a fun read to pass an uneventful afternoon, but I knocked a star off for the absurdity of the storyline. While hilarious, I had a hard time seeing this play out in real life. I’d recommend downloading to your kindle or reading app for the next rainy day or long plane ride.

 

XOXO,

Erika

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When Breath Becomes Air

“At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir. Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’” When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.”

An emotional memoir of a young neurosurgeon’s battle with advanced lung cancer; this novel is an intricate view into life, death, and the grey area in between told by someone experiencing them all. The reader is taken along on a poignant journey that, in time, we all must face. WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR is raw, poetic and full of thoughtprovoking insights, such as: “There is perhaps only one thing to say to this infant, who is all future, overlapping briefly with me, whose life, barring the improbable, is all but past.”

WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR earns 5 out of 5 stars for it’s beautiful and profound impact on the reader. Tissues are a requirement, but don’t let that stop you from experiencing the force of this emotional testimony. Better yet, read it, and tell the author’s wife how thoroughly you enjoyed doing so on April 25th 2017. Details are listed below.

 

“Nothing is ours except time” – Seneca

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