Life

Back & In Action!

Have you missed me?

Is anyone out there?

These are the questions I’m asking myself in my mind currently, as I finally take time to return to blogging! I wonder if I was gone too long, and if there’s anyone around to read what I put out… (If you’re out there, leave a comment!)

But this post is just to say, I’m back and I plan to be actively blogging about my life once a week, as well as posting book reviews, recipes, and other fun things!

If you’re still here, don’t go away! Your patience will be rewarded!

If you have something you’d like me to blog about, let me know!

-Cianna

Review: If Tomorrow Never Comes by Lisa Chalmers

If Tomorrow Never Comes by Lisa Chalmers

Review by Catherine for Sunshine & Mountains

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Blurb:

Josh had it all, the perfect girlfriend and a baby on the way, until the day he has a car accidents that ends his life. He is faced with the fight of his life trying to get back everything and everyone that holds dear. Avery, his girlfriend, is alone, scared and pregnant. She is suddenly faced with the harsh reality of raising their child on her own.

Check out the amazing book trailer as well! 🙂    If Tomorrow Never Comes Book Trailer

 

Review:

Grade: A

This is a heartbreaking and heartwarming story all wrapped into one. It is a very emotional and moving story.

The idea of an angel guide is quite unique and really sets this book apart from a lot of other books. The author skills are clearly shown, she creates a wonderful story.

 

It makes you wonder what you would do if you suddenly lost a loved one. I liked how the relationship between Josh and Gabriel develops, it’s very heartwarming, and realistic.

This is a touching story and the ending is very compelling. I would recommend this book to anyone that is looking for an emotional journey, that’s well written and unique.

** I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Thanks Lisa for giving Sunshine a chance to review your book! 🙂

Want to read it?  Amazon, Smashwords, B&N  🙂

 

About the Author:

“Writing where the muse takes me…

I think I’ve always had stories in my head, and never really realized that not everyone else did.

I’ve been writing for what seems like a very long time. Writing was always my favorite subject in school and I still have a very thick folder of stories I started in third grade. I started writing a little more seriously when I was sixteen and got majorly bitten by the writing  bug when  I was 18. At 22, after losing my sweet muse I decided to take a chance at submitting. What followed was my first request for my first romantic suspense novel.

My writing ranges from contemporary romance to paranormal romance, light urban fantasy and women’s fiction. Very excited for my first 2012 releases, HER PROTECTOR a romantic suspense and DARK INTENT a paranormal romance, which might be the start of a series.

In my non writing time I enjoy gardening, photography listening to music, watching hockey, and doing yoga”

You can connect with Lisa on Her website,  Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon 🙂

Review: Between Eden and The Open Road

Today I’m going to be reviewing a collection of prose and poetry I recently finished called, Between Eden and The Open Road by Phillip Garber.

ImageHonestly, when picking up the book, and judging it’s cover, I had no idea what to expect from this book. The cover leads you to religious path, with the lone tree and the fallen apple, but DO NOT judge this book by it’s cover, or else you’ll be missing a hilarious, truthful collection of insightful prose and poetry.

This collection is a wild ride. I would suggest that a man would be the target audience for this collection, because sometimes women have trouble diving into books which are written in a male narrator voice, but don’t let that stop you. If you do, I think you’ll regret it.

The self-effacing humor that’s used in some of the poems is beautiful, the interactions are real, and raw and interesting. So many times in life, I think we’ve all met people and gone through similar experiences that happen to the narrators of the poems.

This collection deals in complex thoughts and issues, but presents them in simple ways: conversations, phone calls, first dates, and family dinners are just some of the ways we view life through this window. It reaches out and grabs you, and brings you in to these situations to be able to see the humor, and sometimes the pain, behind people’s stories.

This collection is meant to make you laugh, but it’s also, I believe meant to make you think, to make you look more closely at the world around, and more closely at yourself. The author grasp of poetry, his perfect brevity and sense of words and meanings, and overall writing is beautiful. He paints perfect pictures on the page for us to read and love.

I am glad to have this book on my shelves  next to my other poetry collections. It stands on it’s own for poetry lovers and non poetry lovers alike. You need to take this wild ride into the world that resides “Between Eden and the Open Road”.

About the Author:

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Philip Gaber spends the majority of his day attempting to reconcile differences between his conscious and subconscious. In his spare time he tries not to drift around his community as an invisible spirit or juggle more than a handful of moral dilemmas at a time. He currently lives and work in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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***I was given a free copy of this collection in return for an honest and truthful view.

A Day (well, more like months) late.. but not a dollar short!

Life goes extremely fast, that may be the only lesson I’ve learned so far in my life, but it’s true. One day, you are a terrified high school senior packing all the crap you’ll never need into your families car and getting dropped off at your new room the size of a closet, and then you are a college senior, graduating Cum Laude, and moving 1500 for an internship. Finally, you finish your internship, you receive your diploma, and you start the job hunt. If any period of the last year felt the longest and most hopeless, it was the job hunt. but, YOU CANNOT GIVE UP. I learned this, I read job hunting self help books, and I kept at it. I even framed a rejection letter. You also need to think out of the box, I got a degree in Electronic Media Production, and when I went job hunting, no one was hiring, so I thought about what else I know how to do, and landed in Marketing. No, I didn’t go to school for it specifically, but I know how to write, make videos, do general office work, use Photoshop and video editing programs, and I know how to deal with people. I started searching within those ideas, and finally, after another round of fruitless hunting, I got signed up with a job agency, Robert Half Technology, and was in the running for the job I now hold, Marketing Coordinator, for Skyline Products, in Colorado Springs. They fought to help me get this job, they gave me tips, and got feedback during my temp period. These are the kind of things you need to look for. It’s not enough to have a good resume, and be persistent, sometimes, you can use someone else in your corner.