Happy Release Day, Trudy Stiles! Epic Love Is LIVE!

Title: Epic Love
Series: Epic Fail #3
Author: Trudy Stiles
Release Date: Sept 19, 2016

HEATH STRICKLAND, the son of a prominent district attorney, lived his life surrounded by violence and crime. He was an unwilling witness to the corrupt lives his father swore to prosecute and keep behind bars. His escape was his music, which eventually led him to replace the iconic singer of the world famous band, Epic Fail.

NOELLE DURAND lived in luxury, growing up on a sprawling estate, with everything she could ever want or need. Her life, to everyone else, seemed perfect. Perfect house. Perfect things. Perfect family. But nothing at all was perfect. She lived in hell. A hell that nobody on the outside could see.

As a neighbor and childhood friend, Heath would have done anything for Noelle. He would have given up the world to protect her and keep her safe. Their friendship grew into something that neither of them expected. But then she suddenly disappeared, vanishing from his life as if she never existed. He never stopped hoping that one day she would resurface, alive and well. But as time went by, and her family gave up hope, he surrendered his heart to his lost love.

Twelve years later, one phone call changes everything.

EPIC LOVE is the third book in the EPIC FAIL series and can be read as a STANDALONE novel.

This series is a spinoff from the FOREVER FAMILY series.

  
“I’m sorry, Noelle. I’m really sorry.” I don’t know what I’m apologizing for. The fact that I don’t believe her weak lie or because I kissed her. No. I’m not sorry for either.
“It’s okay. Really. Thanks for caring. And thank you for my birthday gift.” She pauses and brushes her pinkie finger against mine. “You made my birthday really special, and I’ll never forget it.”
Without thinking, I loop my pinkie finger around hers, linking them together. Linking us together. We walk to her window like this and I break our connection reluctantly, bringing my hand up to her bruised cheek. “Please be careful,” I beg, and I’m not sure what I’m even begging her to be careful of. I’m just so worried about her.
“I will,” she whispers. “Catch a couple fireflies on the way home.”
“I’d catch a million for you.” Her eyes light up, a smile on her lips. I want to kiss her again. So bad. But all I do is stare into her eyes and back away. I push the window open as quietly as I can and slide out onto the grass.
“Happy Birthday, Noelle.”
She smiles as we both slide the window gently along the track, closing it.
She leaves her hand pressed against the window and I immediately do the same, covering hers, only the glass pane separating us.
Her smile is weak and full of pain.
A pain that I would take away from her in an instant if I could.
Trudy Stiles is a New Adult Romance author, mom to two beautiful children, and married to the love of her life. She’s the author of the bestselling Forever Family series including “Dear Emily,” “Dear Tabitha,” and “Dear Juliet.” “Epic Sins” is the first book in the Epic Fail series and will continue with at least three more standalone novels. “Epic Lies” is scheduled to release in the Spring of 2016 with “Epic Love” and “Epic Holiday” to follow in the Fall and Winter of 2016. She plans to write many more stories about some of the characters you’ve already met, and maybe a few new ones.
Trudy is a music junkie and you’ll know that she’s writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds in. Her playlist is unique and is a must for her writing sprints.
When she’s not writing, she’s carting her children to their various activities while avoiding any kind of laundry or housework. She also loves to run along the boardwalk of the beautiful New Jersey shore.
She celebrates Wine Wednesday almost every day.
   

 

Shackled To The Past… Rejecting Hope For The Future

My latest read was one that gave me some pretty mixed feelings, Author Anonymous by E.K. Blair.  The writing was, as expected, fantastic because that’s just how E.K. Blair spins a tale. But the story itself… I had reservations, I’ll be honest.

This is the story of a woman named Tori, a stay-at-home-mom-slash-bestselling-author who has some deep-rooted issues she doesn’t discover until it’s almost too late for her to battle them. Her family, her husband, her life – none of it is important enough for her to fight against the allure of something different, which turns out to be a man she meets on a website while doing research for a new book. And the something, or rather someone different turns her into an addict in need of a constant fix. She can’t operate without it… without him.

No matter how many people try to save an addict, only they can ultimately save themselves. I hit peaks and valleys where I felt sorry for Tori and when I wanted to smack her silly and scream at her. I can empathize to a point, but when too many opportunities to fight for what is most valuable are ignored, I lose patience. One may argue – maybe what you consider most valuable isn’t what is most valuable to everyone else, Kristen. To which I would respond, you’re absolutely correct.

Everyone has different needs, and sometimes what we want isn’t actually what we need to be happy. Such is the case with Tori. In her mind, she wants to love her husband, to rekindle their fire, to have a happy family life. But that isn’t what she needs. She can’t be satisfied because it’s something she’d never truly experienced with her own parents during her childhood. So deep down, she can’t accept it.

It saddened me to read about her struggles, a woman who had a perfect life, but couldn’t accept her place in it. E.K. Blair brilliantly captured the raw emotion of this story and when the wounds were torn back open time and again, I felt the sting.

Side note… the cover? Freaking fabulous.

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A.J. Morgan Is FINALLY Here…With A Giveaway!!!

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Cover Design: Jena Brignola
Photo Credit: Josh Edmonds
Models: Sam Anderton & Savannah Kaitlyn Jefferson
Release Date: August 29, 2016

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~Synopsis~

Notorious celebrity playboy A.J. Morgan has more emotional baggage than notches on his well-used bedpost, but bleached blonde three-ways and excess of whiskey are all the therapy he needs.

Live to indulge, indulge to fill the voids.

Those are his rules…. until he meets cunning financial analyst-slash-sexy club singer Lisa Embry, a woman whose heart is surrounded by more barbed wire than a high-security prison.

Rules? What rules?

One lust-filled romp with his female alter-ego turns A.J. into an addict in need of his next fix and he’ll pay any price for another hit.

But Lisa has her own rules… ones that can never be broken.

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Introducing My Silicon Valley Heartthrobs!!!

I FLOVE this musical.ly app! I’ll admit, it’s a bit stressful to lip sync and do all those funky, crazy hand motions that seem to come so easily to tweens like my daughter. But having the option to do makeup applications and photo slideshows is awesome! I know I can do them in iMovie too, but this is so much easier. And the best part is I get to share them with all of YOU!

Check out this musical.ly made by @ kristen_luciani with musical.ly app: https://www.musical.ly/v/MzM3MjExMzA1MjE0NDYyMzMyMTQ5NzY.html. Get the app and follow me: http://musical.ly/download

 

A Musical.ly Featuring Peanut Butter & Jelly???

My lovely daughter Lulu has been hounding me DAILY to record a musical.ly and today, I caved. Only problem is, I haven’t worked out yet and I now have a full face of makeup. #problems

“But Mom, you hate working out anyway.”

Sigh. This is true.

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Here’s what I used to create this delicious look:

Lipstick – MAC Cremesheen Lipstick – Creme Cup

Lipliner – Jordana Cosmetics Easyliner for Eyes 15 Eggplant (The one I used is Palladio, but it is no longer available for sale. The Jordana liner is a great substitute!

Blush – MAC Blush Powder – Mocha

Mascara – L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Mascara, Carbon Black

Eyeliner – Christian Dior Diorshow Art Pen Eyeliner for Women, No. 095 Noir Podium

Eye Shadow – Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Eye Shadow Collection Palette

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Sunspots BEWARE! Kat Von D Is On The Rampage!

I love the sun, but it hasn’t been good to me. Sure, my skin is all glowy and golden brown, but those rays have destroyed my face. Not with wrinkles, but with sunspots. Big-ass, ugly, unsightly BROWN SPOTS that I liken to graffiti on my forehead. And unfortunately, they’re more prevalent in the summertime. Argh!

So now, I wear rimmed hats all the time in the sun. But even though that helps me keep the spots in check, it doesn’t do much for me when I need to go out, sans hat. Luckily, I found Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer. This product is magical. And with a few dots, those brown spots just faded into obscurity.

Buh-BYE!

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Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer

The concealer is not thick or cakey; it’s creamy and blendable. And since you don’t have to use a lot at once, the tube will last for quite some time. The end result? Fantastic!

FLOVE IT!!!!❤❤❤

Calling All Beauty Whores!!! Glam Up For Just $1 Until Midnight!!!

It’s the glam finale sale! Grab beauty favorites (starting at just $1) before they sell out for good! But don’t wait – this offer is only valid through 8/15.

Beautify on a budget with e.l.f. cosmetics! You cannot beat these steals!

Some of my personal faves…the 83-piece makeup collection for a mere $8 (FLOVE!), the professional travel brush set for $2 (crazy good deal since brushes are so expensive!), moisturizing lipstick for $1.50, and flawless face powder for $1.50, and hyper shine lipgloss for only $0.50 (did you see it in Allure magazine???).. You can literally create a brand-new makeup collection for around $20. Fantabulous deals!!! GAH! My finger is twitching…..

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Happy Cover Reveal To Me, Plus A GIVEAWAY!!!

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Cover Design: Jena Brignola
Models: Sam Anderton & Savannah Kaitlyn Jefferson
Release Date: August 29, 2016

Synopsis

Notorious celebrity playboy A.J. Morgan has more emotional baggage than notches on his well-used bedpost, but bleached blonde three-ways and excess of whiskey are all the therapy he needs.

Live to indulge, indulge to fill the voids.

Those are his rules…. until he meets cunning financial analyst-slash-sexy club singer Lisa Embry, a woman whose heart is surrounded by more barbed wire than a high-security prison.

Rules? What rules?

One lust-filled romp with his female alter-ego turns A.J. into an addict in need of his next fix and he’ll pay any price for another hit.

But Lisa has her own rules… ones that can never be broken.

 

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5 Stars For MJ Fields!!!!

So, I was on the treadmill this morning reading 27 Truths by the fabulous MJ Fields and I’m FLOVING IT. Then, I get to about 85%, and it rips me apart. I really didn’t see it coming. I was literally a hot steamy mess…sobbing, sweating, panting…thankfully I was alone in the gym. Girlfriend, you really hit it out of the park. Ava’s story was so poignant, so beautiful, so heart wrenching. It touched me on so many levels and I think you are one hell of a talent.
 
Thanks for the catharsis. I needed a good cry.❤
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Synopsis:
Once upon a time, Luke Lane loved a little, stubborn, delusional girl, and that little girl was me. My fairytale happy ever after always included my black-haired, blue-eyed, knight in shining armor, and that knight was Luke Lane. Then I grew up and convinced myself that it wasn’t a fairytale after all. It was Fate.

I twisted Fate to make her story come to life, but Fate fought back, and now I am looking at a man I still love, but he doesn’t feel the same. I have to walk away. Not just for me, but for him. And not for the version of him who broke my heart, but for the version who was truly a knight in shining armor to the little girl I was, so many fairy tales ago.

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Hmm, Hypnosis or Hydration???

I have a horrible habit. I bite my cuticles when I’m stressed, which is pretty much all the time. I’ve tried everything short of hypnosis to keep my fingers out of my mouth, and only one thing works.

Hydration.

Enter C.O. Bigelow’s All-Purpose Rose Salve.

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It’s emulsified with extra-soothing rose extract to help ease irritation and condition/hydrate the skin. Refresh your manicure and pedicure with a few quick dabs! You can use it on your lips, face, cuticles, elbows, knees… anywhere with chapped or very dry skin patches. That takes multi-purpose to a whole new level.

And it smells good. A definite beauty must-have!