After Thoughts: The True Naomi Story by A.M Goldsher

Another Little Black Dress Book

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The back of the book goes,

Want to know what really happens on the tour bus/at the after-party? 

Not so very long ago Naomi Braver was waiting tables in New York’s East Village and wondering why no one ever wanted to kiss her. But that was before she signed a record deal, released an album, and became the Next Big Thing overnight. These days guys (and girls) throw themselves at her 24/7.

Catapulted into a world of celebrity, it’s as if all Naomi’s dreams have come true at once. But stardom isn’t all it’s cracked up to be – soon she’s lost in a world where lovers are players, where friends become enemies, and where she never quite knows who to trust. Can Naomi master the game of fame before it’s too late?

After thoughts:

Was it a fun book to read? Yes. Was it an outstanding book? No. Another typical Little Black Dress book which plays around typical girl’s fantasy and this time what it is like to be a rock star.

But it is a book dedicating to all pairs of bff/girlfriends out there! It is more of a story on friendship for me.

After Thoughts: The Kept Woman by Susan Donovan

Another Little Black Dress book

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The back of the book goes,

What if a total stranger offered you everything you ever wanted – almost?

Ever since Samantha’s husband ran out on her and their kids she’s been working to clear the humungous debt he left behind, so it’s time she had a lucky break. What she’s not expecting is for that break to be Jack Tolliver, former governor of Indiana and the biggest womaniser in the state. He’s running for the senate and needs a nice, respectable woman by his handsome side to help clean up his image.

So Sam accepts a bizarre business proposal – a fake engagement. All she has to do is play happy families until Jack’s elected and then she’ll get a big fat cheque and a lifestyle to die for. It’s simple. Until, that is, the kiss occurs. That knee-trembling, electric kiss that Sam and Jack share. But that’s just for show… right?

After thoughts:

The story reminds me of Korean drama plot with fake engagement all. Surprisingly I enjoyed it. Who says you can’t find sexy love when you almost reaching the middle-aged zone?

A perfect book in an afternoon by the beach.

The Twilight Saga

Why do you think teenage girls are in love with the Twilight Saga?

It is because Stephanie Meyer managed to build an alternative fantasy for them to escape. Bit of them are insecure and seek for that extra ordinary in their lives in which they can see in Bella.

Then they are long to have male figure who yearn for them above anything else in this world, even if it is beyond human comprehension just like Edward wanting Bella.

Because teenage girls also wanted to believe they must be special in one way, a hidden talent or gift so out of the world just like the ‘shield’ in Bella’s mind.

These are why teenage girls love Twilight saga. It feeds the insecurity and ego.

In ten years’ time, it comes in the name of Fifty Shades of Grey.

So here is The Weeknd’s OST for the movie.

Book and Coffee or Tea

 

Few years ago, when I was still in my undergraduate years, whenever I read in my hostel room I imagine myself reading in a café with a cup of tea in an arm reached.

My bunk bed was my retreat. I usually did not have any drinks with me

With a budget of a student, although I did not have a study loan I was fully relying on my parents. It broke my heart every time I had to ask for extra money from them before pay day.

So I couldn’t ask for extra money just for me to indulge my fantasy of reading in a café with latte, couldn’t I?

There is something about reading and sipping coffee or tea to be considered as a pleasure.

If it is in the morning, coffee would be good to me.

If it is in the evening, tea would be perfect.

So here I am here in a café called The Coffs, located just at the corner of Lane Building. When I walked past this shop few days ago I knew I must try this place out.

I knew I had to come back here again with a book and order a cup of coffee or tea.

Since it is five in the evening, I ordered tea.

Earl Grey, that is.

My book? Kitty and Virgil by Paul Bailey. A random book I bought from Smart. Yes, there is a bookstore in Malaysia called Smart.

Perhaps only smart people go there.

Perhaps smart people came up with the store.

As much as I enjoy my me time with a book and coffee or tea. My elder sister is with me. She is having caramel latte.

No coffee art. The caramel was drizzled messily on the coffee form. “It’s cold,” she said. Commenting on the latte she’s having.

There is nothing in my mind actually, except my boyfriend; my government servant boyfriend who is now in the middle of nowhere on a Penan longhouse.

“I am serving the rakyat,” he said.

Did he safely arrive? I pray he did.

 

Here I am, in this café I randomly chose; I like it except the people in the next table. I hope they will be little bit quieter.

Suddenly I miss that bunk bed of mine. At least that bunk bed is silent.

I hope the next time I choose a café; it would be just me, a book and coffee or tea.

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When in love, action really speaks louder than words

In Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover, Will’s grandma told him this,

“A guy can tell he’s in love with her until he’s blue in the face. Words don’t mean anything to woman when her head’s full of doubt. You have to show her”.

Hoover holds nothing back when giving a love advice through her books. I absolutely agree with this quote.

My boyfriend of a year always pissed when I show a slight doubt in our relationship. Every time I narrow my brows, look at him warily he would immediately say “I love you bahhh”.

I know he loves me. I can tell to his core that he is super in love with me. But secretly I love that he keeps on assuring me how much he loves me.

Anyway, Point of Retreat?

Was almost perfect for me.

Although I secretly wish Lake die in the end.

What? I have a thing for tragic love.

11 Websites to Find Freelance Writing Jobs

Savvy Writers & e-Books online

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Ever wondered how freelance writers find markets for their writing talent and the ability to write online articles too?  Or where you could offer articles / blogs with a link to your book’s sales page – as described in a former blog post: Smart Authors Get Paid for Marketing Their Books
Don’t look further than to these websites, which are regularly updated, either on a weekly basis, and sometimes even more often. These links will lead you not only to get the latest job openings, but also great sources of publishing and writing knowledge:

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http://www.writingjobsource.com
Writing Job Source connects writers with employers in one central place. They email writers every other day the latest offers.

http://www.absolutewrite.com
This site consist of valuable content, including some international market listings. Funny to read their FTC compliance…

http://www.duotrope.com
Their Motto: Write. Re-write. Submit.  This free database contains more than two thousand writer markets…

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Get Married First, Then Focus On Your Career

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Women who want to have kids should make it a high priority in their early twenties to find a partner. A Newsweek cover story, Marriage by the Numbers, says is okay to wait until after 35 to get married. Newsweek is revising the saying that a woman has more chance of getting hit by a truck than getting married after age 35.

But the article ignores one of the most pressing issues facing Generation X: Infertility. No generation of women has had more trouble with fertility than this generation who received the terrible advice, “Wait. You have time. Focus on your career first.”

In fact, you have your whole life to get a career. This is not true about having a baby.

Even if you are past your early twenties, or not heterosexual, if you’re single and want to have kids with a partner, you need to find…

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My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

I watched the movie version of My Sister’s Keeper and I was trying to shake off the image of Cameron Diaz playing a suburban mum in my head while I was reading this. Growing up watching her wrestled with Julia Robert in My Bestfriend’s Wedding and getting hitched with Ashton Kutcher in What Happened In Vegas really changed my view on her capability as an actress when she played a family-oriented role. Through out the book I was trying so hard reminding myself Sara is not Cameron Diaz. As the reading went on, and I was trying to get Picoult’s style of writing, I finally got her rhythm. Oh ya, did I mention this is my first Picoult’s book? I’m a late bloomer when comes to modern lit.

Imagine having to know a story from different views. How Picoult illustrated the words of a 13 year old kid, or a rebellious young adult to a father working as a fireman with the love of astronomy is impressive if not down right intelligent. Every character has its own unique point of view. When you are feeling sympathetic toward Character A and loath toward Character B for what he had done to Character A, your whole perception changed when you read Character B’s mind. I don’t want to be a spoiler for someone whe haven’t read the book. Still there’s one character’s part I skipped a lot because for me it was written more than it should be. If I may put my two cents.

So now, let me do some quoting from this book. Phrases that left its mark on me.

“Why do you think I had to learn to act so independent? I also get mad too quickly, and I hog the covers, and my second toe is longer than my big one. My hair has its own zip code. Plus, I get certifiably crazy when I’ve got PMS. You don’t love someone because they’re perfect,” she says. “You love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.”


I realize then that we never have children, we receive them. And sometimes it’s not for quite as long as we would never expected or hoped. But it is still far better than  never having had those children at all. 


There should be a statute of limitation on grief. 


I cannot help but to agree with the last quote.

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