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The Funeral Flower by Michelle Jester

The Funeral Flower
by Michelle Jester
Genre: NA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: June 20th 2017

Summary from Goodreads:

Devastated by the death of her grandfather, six-year-old Kelly Rodgers barely manages to cope with the profound loss. Already facing issues at school, she finds herself spiraling deeper into despair, when a fateful interaction through the fence in her backyard gives her hope. In the years following, Kelly realizes that life’s tragedies can be dealt with through acceptance; until another series of agonizing events leaves her heart in pieces.

Finding herself thrown into new surroundings, Kelly embraces her life and resolves to never fall in love. That decision is easy to keep until her junior year when she is drawn by an unavoidable attraction to the new guy, tormented James Delaney. The moment he looks up at her and smiles, her body betrays her. And he notices. She is determined to avoid him, but soon Kelly is forced to face the inevitable truth: She doesn’t want to avoid James… and he won’t let her.

Even though tragedy always follows love.


Due to critical subject matter recommended for Ages 17+


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About the Author
I am a hopeless romantic (I think this is the most important thing to know about me). In addition, I live in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with my husband and high school sweetheart. Together we have a son and daughter. Throughout my life writing and photography have been my main creative outlets. 
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Sunrise Station by E.S.P & Giveaway

Sunrise Station
by E.S.P.
Genre: YA
Release Date: August 21st 2017
Mind andy Media

Summary from Goodreads:

Three books. Three women. One incredible ride.
1. Playmate: There’s a first time for everything, and Angel has experienced a lot of firsts. Her first time sneaking out the house. Her first time being kicked out the house. Her first time living on her own. When Angel cheats on her boyfriend with a friend of his, it might be the very first time Angel is completely out of control of her own life. Raw, raunchy, and fragile, Playmate is the story of what happens when you play with fire and fire plays back.
Disclaimer: contains strong language and mature content

2. The Sleeper: Ray has worked in the publishing industry for years. She’s worked on hundreds of manuscripts and knows each and every way a story could end. So when her coworker informs her about a serial killer terrorizing their state, Ray thinks its just another work of fiction. Until they find themselves trapped, abducted and lost in a story with a million twists and the most unpredictable ending of all.
Disclaimer: contains graphic content

3. Sunrise Station: Abigail isn’t unique, eccentric or interesting. She isn’t popular or well known by any means. And that’s okay. Jace is everything Abigail’s not, and that excites her. That captivates her. And when Abigail crosses the line between obsession and self control, she takes a high-school crush to a point she might not be able to turn back from. 

 

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Excerpt
The clock on the wall reads 3:15. Perfect timing.And this is where it gets weird.

I pack up quickly and speed walk to my car, out of the parking lot by 3:17, and the radio comes crackling to life.

“Next on Sunshine Station, we have a caller by the name of Grace Whitney. Grace, what’s your favorite summer jam?”

By the time I’m back in the school lot, the baseball team is jogging out the side door to the track. I scan the line, searching for that bouncing head of curly hair.

Jace is at the end of the line. His face always looks serious at practice. His baseball pants fit him well, highlighting his muscular legs and round derriere. I only have eyes for him.

Sadly, this isn’t the weird part.

I wait until the team is completely out on the track to leave my car. Thankfully the track is behind the school and my car can’t be seen from that area. The lot is empty—exactly how I need it.

No one ever bothers to lock the side door, which makes it easy to access the boy’s locker room. The lights are off and it reeks of sweat. I pause and listen to the silence, making sure it’s completely empty.

Once it becomes clear that no one else is in here, I can feel a physical weight dispel off my body. I feel like my guts have been twisted all day, and now there is relief. I am calm. I am home.

I only turn on one of the lights. It’s like a runway strip to Jace’s locker. I can see his backpack, overstuffed and slumped on the floor. A pot of gold.

My hands shake as I unzip the top and pull out his blue varsity jacket. My senses become full with the smell of him. It feels amazingly warm on me, and comforting, like I’m wrapped up in his arms. This is what it would feel like if I were wrapped in his arms. I wish I never had to leave, wish I could be encased in his false embrace forever.

Jace is chronically unorganized. His binder bulges with loose leaf paper and graded tests

and random flyers. I thumb through it quickly. A 73 on his calc test—ouch. My baby is not good at math.

He has the pages folded down hard in The Catcher in the Rye. I hate how he doesn’t use bookmarks. He’s not even far in the book; Holden hasn’t even left Pencey yet. I would love to tutor him.

I love Jace’s handwriting. It’s not at all like you’d imagine it. It’s small and scrawled, like a hasty message on the wall of a bathroom. His handwriting is casual, but he’s larger than life.

The three forty-five alarm on my phone goes off. The football team will be arriving soon. It’s time to go.

My eyes well up as I pull off the jacket. The fantasy is over and I am back to not living. The lights are too bright. I feel cold.

About the Author
Being the daughter of an accomplished author, E.S.P. grew up listening to stories and telling her own to classmates. At fourteen years old she self-published her first novel, but feeling like a small fish in the literary pond she quickly removed it from all publishing avenues. After three years of inactivity, Eboni published her second novel, Soft Eyes and Troubled Minds: Literary Works for the Disturbed at Heart, coauthored with a close friend. At the conclusion of her senior year in high school, E.S.P. published her third novel, Sunrise Station, and has much more writing in store. When she’s not writing, she’s either reading books, talking about books, or watching god-awful movies.
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Star Wars Fever

I BOOKED MY TICKETS!!!!! Now I just have to wait two months and based on my current mindset, my bank account is in trouble.

I love the excitement that comes with Star Wars. The theories, the anticipation… the merchandise.

I mean how can you not get excited?

My contributor Zach is a huge Star Wars fan and believe me he is the one to bounce theories with, I am just the one that gets excited for a new movie as I only typically get excited over the Marvel Universe and Star Wars movies hence this post.  I am also the one that loves to buy stuff.

I love online shopping and I can’t help but notice ALL of the Star Wars stuff I want.   Seriously.  Obsessed. 

I know the marketing for the movie works because I see anything BB-8 and the nerd in me wants… granted I have no where to put it, but the new BB-8 bath rug at Target?  Yes please.

Oh look a Star Wars sweat shirt… I will take 2 cause I know my mom will want one right? Plus duh, it is fall in Texas.   I need a sweat shirt.

OH! A BB-8 stuffed animal.  Wait Jen, you bought that when the force awakens came out.  You don’t need another one.

Oh my a shower curtain, I totally need that, cause uh I shower right?

Thankfully, I only buy Star Wars stuff within a couple of  months of a major movie release.   My bank account is grateful, cause seriously there is a TON of Star Wars shit in the world and I often want it all.

Anyone else guilty?

This post is pretty pointless because well it doesn’t have a point except that I am excited about Star Wars and I have my eye on a damn BB8 bath rug, so if you are still reading this post thanks for sticking with me.   Also be honest, you want that damn BB-8 bath rug too.

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Weekend Buy List

Last night, I evaluated my nightly beauty routine and decided it was time to change a few things… mostly add a wrinkle night cream and an eye cream.   I am also on the hunt for a nightly toothpaste that is cruelty free.   I did my research and these are the items I found.   I have been wanting to buy the Alba Even Advanced night cream for quite some time so I will be adding that to my bag.

I love e.l.f shadows so I think I will give this eye cream a chance.  Plus I am a sucker for the word illuminating.  I mean I want illuminating eyes.

I am constantly looking for a cruelty tooth paste that  brightens my teeth and keeps my breath fresh.    Still looking… I struggle with this but I found this one and I am hoping it will do the trick.

Have you tried any of these products?   Do you have suggestions?

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