Words of Wisdom: Inspire 


One of the most inspiring acts we can do for one another is to pursue our dreams. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Let nothing come between you and accomplishing the dream of making your goal a reality.

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Book Review: Night Shift (Midnight Texas) by Charlaine Harris

Night Shift (Midnight Texas #3) by Charlaine Harris

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Published: May 3rd 2016

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels—“the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed”*—comes a new novel of Midnight, Texas, the town where some secrets will never see the light of day…

At Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves—only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town.

Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place.

And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose—which just might happen—it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be…

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Absolutely, hands down ; the best entry in the midnight, Texas series.

I loved the action. I loved the characters, old and new. The twists were very unpredictable and shocking

As always, I love how Harris connected characters from other stories. It’s like they all intercept at some level. Very neat.

My favourite character was definitely mr snuggly. A a talking cat with sass? Purrfect job.

This is why Charlaine Harris is amongst my favourite writers.

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Poetry: I Will Live

image2I Will Live

I have the chance

The same one you once did

I have the chance

Now I will take it

I will never let it go

I will live

I will live until I am old

With cloudy eyes

Wrinkled skin

I will live

I will see the great wonders of the world

Chase the stars in the sky

Make my dreams come true

I will live

Wildly

Loudly

Boisterously

For you

I will live

I will make new memories

Lock up our memories tight

Where only I can find them

I will stay

I will live

The feeling

That I was darkened

By being the one left alive

Is now gone

I exist in the present now

Being in each and every moment

I will live

Then we will meet again

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Labryrinth Lost Blog Tour

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Published: September 6th 2016

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“Enchanting and complex. Every page is filled with magic.”-Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

Praise for Labyrinth Lost:

“Zoraida Cordova’s prose enchants from start to finish. Labyrinth Lost is pure magic.” -Melissa Grey, author of The Girl at Midnight

“Magical and empowering, Labyrinth Lost is an incredible heroine’s journey filled with mythos come to life; but at its heart, honors the importance of love and family.” -Cindy Pon, author of Serpentine and Silver Phoenix

“A brilliant brown-girl-in-Brooklyn update on Alice in Wonderland and Dante’s Inferno. Very creepy, very magical, very necessary.” -Daniel Jose Older, author of Shadowshaper

“Labyrinth Lost is a magical story of love, family, and finding yourself. Enchanting from start to finish.” -Amy Tintera, author of Ruined.

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I LOVED THIS BOOK!

Yes, the capitalization is necessary because I am shouting!

Words can’t properly properly articulate how much I enjoy Zoraida’s writing (also, my jealousy for her gorgeous name.) From the initial moment I read the synopsis of this book, I was ecstatic. A magical world, journeys to another plane–exactly my cup of tea!

It is not often that an author can combine so many fantastical elements to a story and have it stream seamlessly. The characters were absolutely fantastic, I identified with their flaws and their strengths (minus the magic, despite my childhood wishes.) It was very refreshing to read a YA story without a romance element entirely driving the story.

The main love story was that of family, of bonds that never leave us, not even in death.

I am elated that this is a series and cannot wait to read the next entry!

Thank you, Raincoast Books for the review copy and for allowing me the privilege of joining this Blog Tour!

I had the pleasure of asking Zoraida a question about her writing process…YAY!

What is the unofficial soundtrack to the book? Does music enhance your ability to tell
stories?

YES. I love listening to music when I’m writing. My music taste hasn’t changed since
high school, I admit. I listen to a lot of old school Shakira and Juanes. I have ever
song Mana has ever written. While I wrote the really intense scenes from Labyrinth Lost I
listened to movie scores. The Lord of the Rings and Guardians of the Galaxy scores have
gotten a little bit of wear in Casa Cordova. I’m going to give some Labyrinth Lost
characters theme songs:

ALEX MORTIZ: Riptide by Vance Joy

LULA MORTIZ: Atrevete-te-te by Calle 13

ROSE MORTIZ:  Dance me to the End of Love – The Civil Wars

RISHI PERSAUD: Stolen Dance – Milky Chance

NOVA SANTIAGO: El Perdon – Enrique Iglesias and Nicky Jam

AGOSTO, THE FAUN KING: Judith by A Perfect Circle

THE AVIANAS: The Crow & the Butterfly by Shinedown

THE DEVOURER: Beat Your Heart Out by The Distillers

MAMA JUANITA: Estrellitas y Duendes by Juan Luis Guerra

Connect with Zoraida on Twitter: @zlikeinzorro

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Shine On, Harvest Moon

I read this gorgeously written article and I knew I had to share it. I identified with each key point addressed, and knew it would be beneficial to share with my readers! 
I feel the change in the air. Both within the season, and deep within myself. I am finally learning the great lesson of letting go of what no longer is and what no longer serves me. Things end, and yes it may be heartbreaking–but, it opens doorways to new faces of happiness. I understand now, friendships and parts of my life had to meet an end in order for me to fulfill my full destiny and become the person I have always wanted to be. 

For the first time in a very long time, I am genuinely happy. Happy with the company I keep, happy with my career progression and happy with the person I’ve grown to be. 
Thank you, Universe. Your shift has sent me the greatest gift of all–peace of mind and fulfillment.

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Fall Must Reads

        A great list of must reads of       the best fall new releases. I’ve read four (reviews to come) and yep, certainly mindblowing! 

         A list worth trusting! 

              Fall New Releases

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Words of Wisdom: Friendship 

True friendship motivates us to be the best version of ourselves, to strive to achieve goals and attain happiness.

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