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Paris Bound Review

Paris Bound

Paris Bound by Summer Brooks

I met him in the city of love.
He whooshed by with his perfect little daughter.
I turned around.
And it took him a minute to steal my heart.
He towered over me with his flawlessly sculpted face.
Rich, powerful, and a doting father.
My nasty luck with men told me that he was too good to be true.
I wanted to turn back around.
To run for my life.
But guess what?
I stayed and shook his hand instead.
His mahogany eyes met mine.
Everything went from wrong to right.
Until it all spiraled out of control…
Shane Rodman actually wasn’t too good to be true.
He was the devil with a hidden agenda.
I fell in love with the enemy.
I crossed that line.
But like they say, the line between love and hate is a thin one.

No cheating and a guaranteed HEA!

~Amazon~

4 out of 5 stars


Review

*Spoilers*

Paris Bound is a short and sweet story where two people are brought together by a sweet headstrong 13-year-old, Shane and Kristina. Shane, a business mogul, and Kristina a fashion designer appearing at her first show in Paris are quickly swept up with one another, although they have different viewpoints on the fashion industry. With this story being so short, it was easy to get through, but it was a little difficult to become invested in the characters with so much going on in such a short time. I did like the chemistry between Shane and Kristina, but falling in love in a total of about 3 days is a stretch for me. I did enjoy the main concept of the story, with Shane being a single dad and wanting to protect his daughter, and by showing Kristina’s hard work and dedication to something she loved, was an overall nice set-up.

This was the first story I have read by the author, I may read her next book to see how things stack up.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

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Day 24 of Writing Challenge

Prompt: The clock hits 11:11, make a wish.

Blurb: I stare at the clock waiting for the digital red numbers to show 11:11. You may not believe in making wishes and asking the universe to do you a solid, but I do. When the numbers change, I close my eyes and wish like I had never before. This wish was full of hope and almost begging, I needed this wish to come to fruition. My grandmothers’ health has steadily been declining, and I didn’t know what else to do.

“I wish for the health of my grandmother to be reversed, I wish for her to remain on this earth with me, please give her more time, give us more time we aren’t ready.”

I take a deep breath trying to calm myself before I started crying, again. I will do everything in my power to make sure she is well taken care of, “I promise to do all that I can,” I say towards the ceiling.


Thanks for stopping by for day 23 of my writing challenge, let me know what you think so far. Until next time, Read THS!

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New Reads Monday!

Happy Monday Readers,

Welcome to another new read Monday, where I post my latest reads.

Allien Warrior

Alien Warrior by Sadie Carter

Stuck on a military outpost in the middle of nowhere, Zoey had been praying for something to relieve her boredom.
She never dreamed that relief would come in the form of a seven-foot tall, sexy alien. One who claimed she belonged to him.
Delusional.
Except, there was something pulling her to him… a deep, hot attraction she couldn’t deny.
Dexanon Xa’a always thought his mate would be a sweet, obedient female. Instead, the Gods landed him with a maddening, outspoken, outrageous female who didn’t comprehend the honor that had been bestowed on her.
Dex might have a rockin’ body, but his ideas about women needed a total overhaul.
And she was just the woman to do it.

~Amazon~


So far so good. As of late I have been reading a lot of fantasy books, but that’s not completely true as fantasy is always a constant read for me. I do love the way this world is set up, with earth existing and the knowledge of other aliens out in the galaxies it makes for a nice paced read with interesting view points.

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Day 22 Writing Challenge

Prompt: You receive a special delivery, a bouquet of roses. Attached is a card, in neat cursive it reads ” I love you, I always have, and I always will no matter our circumstances.”

Blurb: 

It’s Saturday morning, and I have music playing throughout the house. It has been raining off and on all morning, so indoors is the best place to be, plus I haven’t done a spring cleaning in so long that it’s now the end of summer. While I’m sweeping I hear a knock at my door. Without turning the music down and walk over and peep through the peephole to see who it may be, I’m not expecting anyone and I no one wants to be out in this downpour.

Looking through I see nothing but beautiful red and white roses filling my view. I open the door and to find a florist with a huge glass bouquet of roses in her arms, and it seems to be a little heavy as the young lady is starting shake.

“Hi, I think you may have the wrong house, I didn’t order any flowers.”

“If this, 2946 Rosewood Dr?”

“Well, yes.”

“And are you Ruby Clark?”

“Yes, I’m sorry come in, you can set them on the table right over there, I wasn’t expecting anything I was just wanted to be sure you had the right place.”

” That’s alright, I wish my boyfriend would surprise me with flowers on such a gloomy day as this, you’re one very lucky woman.” I pause in mid-stride as she rambles on about my “boyfriend” who decided to surprise me with flowers. I thought he was finally letting me have my space, he never knows when to give up. Kace and I met a little over a year ago, I was automatically head over heels for him, and he seemed to be as well. Then these strange things kept happening, he never wanted to go out for during the day, like he was ashamed of me or something. We never stayed at his place, or spent time there he was always over here, or we were just out. After months of no communication, he sends me flowers? Why?

“Oh, yeah he likes to randomly do things,” I say as I grab the clipboard she has and sign on the marked line. “Thanks, I’m sorry you had to get out in this rain I wish he hadn’t done that no one needs to be out in this.” That’s another thing, he would do little things that made it seem like he had no feelings towards other people, it was almost as if he could use anyone and get away with it.

“It’s no biggie, I try to stay as busy as possible on days like this. No one really buys flowers when it is pouring rain outside, although it would be smarter.” She grabs the clipboard and turns to leave out. ” I hope you enjoy your day, and I hope you love the flowers, not every girl gets a guy like you.” She walks out the door after her last statement.

“Yeah, lucky me,” I say to the now empty house. I turn and stare at the flowers, they are beautiful, and they do make the room look a little brighter. I walk over to the vase and lean down to smell one of the white roses and can’t help the smile that spreads across my face. Roses are so symbolic, and yet I don’t understand why he would randomly send them to me, he’s the one that said we wouldn’t work out, he’s the reason we aren’t together. I open my eyes after I got lost in the scent of the flowers, and see I little white envelope sticking out. Snatching the envelope out I quickly yank out the card to read what message he’s scrawled out.

I love you, I always have, and I always will no matter our circumstances.

P.S. I’m sorry, but this is the way it must be.

Kace

“I was just beginning to move on with my life, why Kace, why pop back up and ruin me all over again?”


Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed today’s writing challenge. Until next time, be sure to Read THS!

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New Reads Monday!

Happy Monday readers, what book have you decided to pick up this week?

Naughty Boss by Whitney G.

Naughty Boss

Subject: My Boss.

Have I already told you that I hate my boss today?

Sexy as hell or not, this pompous, arrogant, ASSHOLE asked me to pick up his dry cleaning the second I walked through the door. Then he told me that I needed to take his Jaguar to a car wash that was ten miles outside of the city, but only after I needed to stand in a never-ending line to buy some type of limited, hundred-dollar watch.

I honestly can’t wait to see the look on his face two months from now when I tell him that I’m quitting his company and that he can kiss my ass. KISS. MY. ASS.

All those former fantasies about him kissing me with his “mouth of perfection” or bending me over my desk and filling me with his cock are long over. OVER.

Your bestie,
Mya

PS–Please tell me your day is going better than mine…

Subject: Re: My Boss.

No, you haven’t already told me that you hate your boss today, but seeing as though you’ve sent me this email directly, I know now…

Yes, I did ask you to pick up my dry cleaning the second you arrived to work to day. (Where is it?) And I did tell you to take my Jaguar to the car wash and pick up my thousand-dollar watch. (Thank you for taking five hours to do something that could be accomplished in two.)

You don’t have to wait two months from now to see the look on my face when you tell me you’re quitting. I’m standing outside your office at this very moment. ( Open the door. )

No comment on your “fantasies,” although I highly doubt they’re “long over.”

Your boss,
Michael

PS–Yes. My day is definitely going far better than yours…

A steamy, office-romance novella from New York Times bestselling author, Whitney G. 

~Goodreads Summary~


Short, sweet and to the point, this should be an easy read.

Until next time, be sure to Read THS.

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New Reads Monday!

Welcome back readers, once again we are starting our week with a new read.

The Billionaire’s Obsession by J.S. Scott

The Billionaires Obsession

This complete collection of The Billionaire’s Obsession includes: Mine For Tonight, Mine For Now, Mine Forever, Mine Completely

Down-on-her-luck nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely, and overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she’s never met. Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to her problems? Or will he end up being a major complication and a danger to her emotional sanity?

Reclusive billionaire Simon Hudson would rather be behind a computer creating computer games than rubbing elbows with the elite and he knows exactly what he wants…until he meets Kara Foster. Something about Kara touches Simon in ways he’s never experienced and definitely doesn’t like. For over a year, Simon watches over Kara, but stubbornly refuses to admit his desire to possess her, not even to himself. But when she ends up in a situation that could very well be her destruction, Simon steps up to help her, not realizing that in saving Kara, he might very well be salvaging his own soul.

This is an erotic romance and is not intended for YA listeners. It contains graphic language, explicit sex, and other subjects not appropriate for YA listeners.

~Goodreads Summary~


Obsession is a nice way to put it. Simon is not only obsessed but a little stalkerish, we’ll see how far his obsessive actions get him before they interfere with this new “relationship.”  Was that a bit of spoiler-y, sorry I’m just a little skeptical.

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Day 7 of my Writing Challenge

Prompt:  You are a band teacher watching over your students at the quarterly fundraising car wash.

Blurb: 

Glancing at my watch, I realize it has only been 3hrs since the car wash began. Luckily there are only 3 more hours to go. Sure this is for a good cause, we need the money to fund some of our band trips and the school district isn’t going to pay for us.

This Texas heat is going to kill someone. Walking back out of the shade of the pavilion I wave the next car forward.

“Hi, did you have a pre-purchased car was a ticket, or did you want to make a $5 donation?”

“I don’t have anything smaller than a $100, do you have change?”

“I have to catch myself from staring and the handsome man, surely he doesn’t believe a High School band car wash has hundreds of dollars in the till to make adequate change for customers with $100.


Thanks for stopping by for day 7 of my writing challenge. Until next time, Read THS!

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Sin With Me Review

Sin with Me

Sin with Me by JA Huss and Johnathan McClain

Genre: Romance

Publishing Date: March 6, 2018

E-book: 270 pages, Auidbook: 7h 20m

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis

Amazon rating: 4.5 stars

Sin with Me is the first book in a four-book contemporary romance series by New York Times bestselling author, JA Huss, and veteran actor and writer, Johnathan McClain.

***
Two broken people in a city fueled by sin.

Maddie Clayton isn’t looking to be saved. She knows the only person you can count on is yourself. Her moral compass might not point true North these days—but at least she’s still standing.

The Military taught Tyler Bell about loyalty. Being there for your brothers is the only thing that matters—but when it mattered most, he wasn’t.

She’s got a ticket straight to Hell. He’s already been there and back.
She needs to win. He just needs to stop fighting.

Some sins scar your soul so deeply, you’ll never be the same.
But this Devil in disguise might just be the angel he needs to forgive himself.

~Amazon~


Tyler and Maddie not truly a match made in heaven, but at the same thing a match made in heaven. Two broken people is write, these two characters have their own issues that haunt them and no matter what they have done to try and solve those issues they’ve yet to succeed.

Maddie hasn’t truly had a tough life, she has two loving parents and had an amazing big brother, and that amazing big brother is what is holding her back in life. She has yet to over come the heart break of losing her brother in a terrible accident, and reached out to his best friend, Tyler after hearing of the news. Tyler being the best friend of her big brother is also her all time crush and when she needed him the most, he was not there to catch her.

Tyler, having served in the military and going through his own struggles of losing his best friend he finds that he can not bring himself to comfort Maddie due to his own issues.

As both characters struggle with their pasts, and their present circumstances, they find each other and being a passionate sexual relationship, not knowing one anothers true identity. While they work through their issues, they find comfort in one anothers arms. You can not deny the passion that sparks between these two, but will they allow themselves to get lost in one another, or will they allow their troubles and way of thinking to crush what could be a happy ending?

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New Reads Monday!

Happy New Reads Monday!

Bron in Fire

Born In Fire (Fire and Ice Book 1) by K.F. Breene

Winner of the Audiobook Listener’s Choice Award!

Heart pounding and laugh out loud funny, USA Today Bestselling author K.F. Breene will take you on a magical joy ride you won’t soon forget. 

Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn’t the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don’t have many options.

So dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old as sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day.

Knowing I’m poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I’ll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case.

Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire. But without any other jobs coming up, I’m stuck. As I uncover a web of lies and treachery, revealing an enemy I didn’t know existed, the truth of my identity is threatened. I might make it out alive, only to end up in a gilded cage.

~Amazon~

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Free E-book Friday

Happy Friday readers!

Today’s free e-book Friday’s genre is…Paranormal/Paranormal Romance.

Awaken

Awaken by Skye Malone

Amazon rating: 4.5 stars

Goodreads rating: 3.75 stars

Running away from home was never Chloe Kowalski’s plan. Neither was ending up the target of killers, or having her body change in unusual ways. She only wanted a vacation, someplace far from her crazy parents and their irrational fear of water. She only wanted to do something normal for once, and maybe get to know her best friend’s hot stepbrother a bit better at the same time.

But the first day she goes out on the ocean, strange things start to happen. Dangerous things that should be impossible. Things to which ‘normal’ doesn’t even begin to apply.

Now madmen are hunting her. A mysterious guy with glowing blue eyes is following her. And her best friend’s stepbrother seems to be hiding secrets all his own.

It was supposed to be a vacation. It’s turning out to be a whole lot more.

~ Book One of the Awakened Fate Series ~

~Amazon~

The Magestaff
The Magestaff (The Seven Kingdoms Book 1) by Cordelia Castel

Amazon rating: 4.4 stars

Goodreads rating: 4.04 stars

After being sold in marriage by her stepmother to a wife-killing ogre, Lord Bluebeard, 16-year-old Cendrilla Perrault flees for her life.

Armed with a magical staff, she must reach the safety of the Anti-Magic Capital’s city walls before her murderous betrothed and his henchmen catch her.

But getting there means braving the badlands of the United Kingdom of Seven, a land teeming with trolls, bandits, swindlers and magical foes.

If you like damsels who defy distress, you’ll love the Magestaff.

Perfect for fans of Xena The Warrior Princess, Brienne of Tarth, and Celaena Sardothien!

Get it now.

~Amazon~

City of the Falling Sky

City of the Falling Sky (The Seckry Sequence Book 1) by Joseph Evans

Amazon rating: 4.5 stars

Goodreads rating: 3.84 stars

 

When Seckry Sevenstars is forced out of his village by the greedy Endrin Corporation and relocated to the daunting metropolis of Skyfall City, he harbours resentment for the company and vows to get them back one day for taking away his home, his school and his friends.

Fortunately, the marvels of the city do a good job in distracting Seckry from his anger and homesickness, and it isn’t long before he’s competing at Friction (the city’s most popular multiplayer video game), slurping awe-inspiring multicoloured milkshakes, and getting butterflies on his first date.

Then, when a mysterious email asks Seckry to break into the headquarters of the Endrin Corporation and steal a container full of worms for a hefty sum of money, his anger resurfaces, and he can’t resist the revenge he promised himself.

Alone at night, Seckry creeps through the sewers whilst wondering what experiments Endrin might be doing on the worms, and emerges into the silent complex. But the worms aren’t the only thing that he finds. Staring at him through the darkness, with wide, innocent eyes, is something that makes Seckry’s heart almost stop.

A girl.

She’s shaking, petrified, and has no recollection of who she is or what she’s doing there.

Floodlights bleach the area and Seckry has no choice but to grab a hold of the girl and escape with her.

Suddenly the question of what Endrin were doing with a few worms becomes the last thing on Seckry’s mind. What were Endrin doing with a human?

~Amazon~

Okay, readers, that’s all for today’s Free E-book Friday, let me know if you’ve read any of these, or if you find any of them interesting. Until next time, be sure to Read THS!

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Millions Review

Millions (Book 5)  by Pepper Winters

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publishing Date:

E-book: 300 pages, Audiobook: 11h 4m

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis

Goodreads rating: 4.55 stars

“Tragedy, turmoil, and the ultimate sacrifice. It’s not a question of what I’m willing to sacrifice but who to deserve her…

Can love truly conquer all? Even when so many truths say no?

~Goodreads~


Pepper Winters has done it again. The fifth and final book of the pennies series has finished on a high note, and I must be honest with you guys it took me forever to read this book. I did not want to Pim and Elders journey to end. I tried my best to hold off and not finish the story and well, a chapter of my life.

Pepper Winters has become one of my favorite authors, she’s able to make you swoon, rip your heart out, bite your nails and sit with your jaw open all within the same chapter. That right there ladies and gentlemen takes skill. Now, let’s get down to it.

Pim has been kidnapped, after one of the best times of their lives, she is ripped away from Elder as soon as their lives are beginning. Whom do we have to blame for this? Q. I am telling you guys I was so mad when he decided to pop up and be the hero, he didn’t take out the time to really figure out what was happening, and then on top of all of that he wouldn’t listen, typical. If you can’t tell I hold a sore spot for Q in my heart, I never read Tears for Tess, so this was my first interaction with the characters and I have to say it all started off on a wrong foot.

Pim has finally grown into the woman she was meant to be, she is known to showcase her strength and abilities as well as voice her wants and needs and does just that when she is taken captive. Throughout the story, we are able to read from Pim and Elders perspectives, Pim doing all she can to get free, while Elder does all he can to get to her. Now, isn’t that what we really want? Someone to rescue us when it’s needed, think the world of us, who would also do whatever it took to get them back, talk about a heartthrob. This last book was the perfect ending to a not so perfect story, and I couldn’t think of any other way I’d have their story end.

Well readers, does this sound like a series you would be interested in? Let me know what you think, have you read anything from Pepper Winters, if so which book?

Until next time THS readers, be sure to Read THS!

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New Reads Monday!

Happy New Reads Monday!

Eternally Bound

Eternally Bound (The Alliance, Book 1) by Brenda K. Davies

Over the centuries, anything Ronan once found pleasure in has faded away to be replaced with blood, death, and the ever-constant battle not to give in to the more savage side of his vampire nature. Every time he wakes, he questions if that day will be the one he succumbs to the beckoning darkness.

As a born hunter, Kadence has been sheltered from the world for her entire life, never allowed to step beyond the walls of her home. It’s not a life she’s happy with, but it’s one she’s come to accept. Everything changes the day her father is slaughtered by a vampire and she escapes the walls that have kept her caged. 

After she’s attacked by the monster responsible for killing her father, Kadence is unsure how to react when she’s rescued by Ronan. Though raised to hate vampires, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Ronan as she slowly begins to realize that everything she’s been taught over the years may not be true. Now, she must decide what she wants more; Ronan, her family, or the elusive freedom she’s finally found.

***The Alliance Series is a spin-off of the Vampire Awakenings series. You do not have to read the Vampire Awakenings Series in order to follow the Alliance Series, but it is recommended.*** 

Recommended Reading order for The Alliance Series:
Eternally Bound (Book 1)
Bound by Vengeance (Book 2)

Due to violence, language, and sexual content this book is recommended for readers 18+

~Amazon~

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Reminder!

Hey there TH*S readers! 

I wanted to remind you guys of my September 30 Day Writing Prompt Challenge, that will naturally begin on September 1st. Below I have the rules, I’ll be sure to post the prompts first thing in the morning so that you all will have the remainder of the day to write and share if you so, please.

Rules:

Write at least 250 words, mainly the opening paragraph. Of course, you can write more, but I like to keep things open and fresh for future references.
Add in an important detail, a favorite name, a favorite flower, something that you’ll always remember about that opening.
Starts September 1, 2108, ends September 30, 2018, but feel free to continue, take a break, or start over again at any time.
Take 5 minutes out of the day to let your imagination go wild. Five minutes may seem like the smallest amount of time in the world, but I have noticed that every little time gets me a step closer to finishing my story. And although I more than likely go over that five minute break time, I make sure to add something if only a couple of sentences because I am working towards my goal.
Share. Don’t be afraid to share where the prompt took you. I will try my best to attach my own blurb so that you all see that I am participating alongside with you all.

Until next time, Read THS!

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New Reads Monday!

Happy New Reads Monday!

Invitation to Eden Book 7

Breaking Free (Invitation to Eden Book 7) by Cathryn Fox

“Cathryn Fox is one of my go-to authors for sexy romance. Her books always make my heart flutter and my pulse race.” – NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely

Spring Break at college is supposed to be a time of fun and parties, but Alaska Rossi, AKA Janey Smith, is on lockdown thanks to her father’s mafia dealings. She wants only to party down with the rest of her classmates. At least her hot, darkly mysterious bodyguard— deep undercover as her dorm’s resident assistant—gives her something to fantasize about during her boring nights in confinement.

When Alaska wins a campus radio contest, and is gifted with a special invitation to an exclusive island, she knows it’s her chance to break free. After all, Eden is a place where no one knows her name, so what danger could possibly come to her? But when danger appears in the form of a masked man who takes control of all her pleasures, tapping into her darkest fantasies, she begins to wonder if her undercover lover, and the mysterious bodyguard who’s deep undercover, are one in the same…

(New Adult, new experiences sexy romance, contemporary romance, alpha hero, biker, falling in love, escaping the past, beach read.)

~Amazon~

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30-Day Writing Challenge by Cydney

Hey there TH*S readers! 

Hey TH*S readers, do you remember the writing challenge I was hosting, well here it is officially this time. I wanted to give you all this info before I actually kicked off my first ever 30-day writing challenge, which will start September 2018. I wanted to do this with you guys and share my way of creativity, hoping that it would come in handy one day. I have looked at many Pinterest boards, Blog Pages and google pictures of different writing prompts, but the result only gives you lists to follow along with on a daily basis. I wanted to bring you guys 30 days of writing prompts that could help you when you’re stuck in a hard place in your stories, or if you are just starting to journal.

Rules:

  • Write at least 250 words, mainly the opening paragraph. Of course, you can write more, but I like to keep things open and fresh for future references.
  • Add in an important detail, a favorite name, a favorite flower, something that you’ll always remember about that opening.
  • Starts September 1, 2108, ends September 30, 2018, but feel free to continue, take a break, or start over again at any time.
  • Take 5 minutes out of the day to let your imagination go wild. Five minutes may seem like the smallest amount of time in the world, but I have noticed that every little time gets me a step closer to finishing my story. And although I more than likely go over that five minute break time, I make sure to add something if only a couple of sentences because I am working towards my goal.
  • Share. Don’t be afraid to share where the prompt took you. I will try my best to attach my own blurb so that you all see that I am participating alongside with you all.

I hope that you all will join me on this prompt writing challenge of mine. Plus, the way I see it, the more open ideas available, the better off you’ll be when writing. If you ever need to pull from one of the prompts for ideas, a plot twist, or you want to take it and completely flip what you’ve already written and added it into your work, then you have a journal of ideas just waiting to be used. I will be re-posting, and reminding you guys about the challenge, so stay tuned.