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The Love of Your Life – Growing Closer with Your Special Someone!

Love is the most powerful emotion that a person can experience. It has the power to make us act irrationally to please the object of our affections, forgive mistakes and insults that we wouldn’t otherwise let slide so easily, and it makes us feel like life is worth living, no matter what else goes wrong.

But keeping a close relationship between two people over many years can be challenging, no matter how strong the bond of love is between you. Other obligations like work, our social circles, and yes, even our children (though we love them dearly), can all be factors that prevent you from staying close to your special someone.

If you’ve found that you and your partner have started to drift apart, or even if everything is just fine, but you’d like to grow even closer, here are some ideas to help you reconnect with your one and only.

Do Activities You Both Enjoy Together

Finding common ground is one of the first steps to developing a relationship, beginning well before you start dating or even before your first kiss. To keep the butterflies fluttering between you as time goes along, a great option is to get back to those activities you both enjoy that you can share together.

This doesn’t mean you have to get fancy and spend a ton of cash every week. You can do some simple activities, like watching a TV show, cooking, going for a walk, or taking your child to the park together.

The key is that you’re sharing an experience together. Even if your attention is mostly focused on what you’re doing, that’s okay: your partner knows that you’re doing it with them, and that shared experience will give you something to discuss after you’re finished, the memory of time spent in each other’s company, and will reaffirm that the love of your life will be there for you when you need them.

Go On a Date at Least Once a Week

Tying in with the first idea, if you want to grow closer to your lover, you need to make it a priority, and so do they. This means setting your obligations aside, and blocking off dedicated time to spend with each other.

When we first start dating, we turn into the best version of ourselves to both attract and please our partner, to give ourselves the best shot at winning the heart of our crush. We’re way more particular about hygiene, how our hair and makeup looks, and we always dress to impress. Our focus is completely on each other, and the romance is at its peak. As time goes on, and we get comfortable, we often stop putting in all that effort to look our best and act a certain way because, quite frankly, it’s just way too much work. This is normal for almost all couples, and it doesn’t have to kill your relationship. In fact, Julia, who runs a marriage counselling practice in Sydney has a great post on the transition from romance into true love.

Still, we like to feel like our partner has eyes only for us, and it makes us feel incredibly good to put on our little black dress, spend an hour on our hair, and pull out the expensive perfume, because when we look good, we know it. And so does our partner. Taking a date night will not only give you both a break from life’s other concerns, it will help you rekindle the romance that you felt way back, and remind both of you that the person you love is well worth the effort to look your best.

Start a Relationship Blog Together

Many couples are hesitant to discuss their relationship with others, even close and trusted friends. This is completely understandable. However, often we feel like the depression we experience, and the possible guilt or anger that comes with it, from our relationship woes is unique to us. This can make us feel isolated, alone and that there’s something wrong with us.

Connecting with other couples can be crucial to maintaining your own love life, because you can both see that you’re not alone in your struggle, and it’s 100% possible to improve your relationship. Sharing your stories and advice together will help other couples through their relationship concerns, and will almost certainly lead to some great advice for your own. You don’t have to treat your blog like a tabloid, spilling every dirty secret between you; you can be as open as you choose to be.

Write about topics like your relationship history, what drew you both to each other, challenges that you’ve faced and how you overcame them, and moments of triumph that you achieved together. To keep your blog interesting to you, and more appealing to your readers, share pictures from events that you’re discussing on your blog, or use free stock love photography to
illustrate more general topics like relationship advice.

Give Each Other Space

You’re probably thinking, “What?!? No! That’s dumb! We’re growing apart as it is!”, but hear me out. Often times, one thing that can lead to feelings of isolation, or a widening gap between couples is that one or both feels crowded. When we’re constantly bugging each other about the money in our bank account, whose turn it is to do the dishes, asking, “Why can’t we take a vacation right now?”, and other similar concerns, we can often make our partner feel like we’re crowding them, only coming to them with our problems, and that we don’t value their space.

After marriage, or even after if you’ve been dating a while, it’s easy to forget that you’re both individuals, and before you came into each other’s lives, you had your own way of doing things, with your own schedules. While we can and definitely should change our ways to help strengthen our relationships, the reality is that we’re still people; we need to be allowed to do certain things the way we want to do them, and when we choose. On the other hand, we also need to respect those boundaries for our partner as well.

If you and your partner don’t seem keen to interact as much anymore, or you sense there’s tension when you do talk, consider giving the other some space. Don’t get me wrong: if you sense a deeper issue is at play, you need to open up and discuss it with your partner first; as the old saying goes, “Bad news doesn’t improve with time.” But once you’ve had that discussion, if you or your partner feels crowded, give each other time to pursue your own interests. Go out with your friends, watch TV in different rooms, or split up when you go shopping. Your partner will appreciate that you respect their boundaries and feelings, and after some time to recharge, you’ll be the first person they want to reconnect with..

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Relationships can be tricky from the beginning, and keeping a relationship going can be trickier still. You’re going to have bad times in your relationship, potentially so bad that you’re tempted to call it quits. This is normal, and you need to both accept and understand this because it will turn your relationship concerns from an insurmountable roadblock into a challenge that you can face and overcome together.

The important thing to remember is that you love your partner, and they love you, even if you don’t feel it as strongly as you both once did. Remember that you were both drawn to each other for a reason, and though we evolve and grow as time goes on, never forget that what was true then can still be true today. If you do, you will still face those same hardships, but you’ll be able to overcome them together.

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Naz ♥

Book Review : Gingerbread Man by Lee Strauss!

Hey guys,

Today am reviewing a Science Fiction Mystery Romantic Suspense, titled Gingerbread Man by Lee Strauss. First let’s get to know the author a bit more :

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Lee Strauss is the international bestselling author of A Nursery Rhyme Suspense Series (Mystery/Thriller), The Perception Series (young adult dystopian), and young adult historical fiction with over 775,000 books read. She also writes younger YA fantasy as Elle Strauss and inspirational romance as Hope Franke.

Book Summary

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When that cute chick you met online is murdered – but shows up for your next internet meeting anyway.

Marlow’s just a regular geeky college freshman with little to no experience with girls, so when he has a semi-flirtatious chat with a cute girl online, it’s almost more than his nerves can handle.

Then the girl is brutally murdered.

Or is she?

Marlow finds himself teamed up with intelligent and savvy Sage Farrell, a girl so far out of his league he feels blinded in her presence – literally – damned glasses! Together they work to find the identity of @gingerbreadman. Can they stop the killer before he strikes in more worlds than one?

My Review

We are introduced to Teagen, an introvert yet cute girl and Marlow, a geek, both students at Detroit University, who connect over internet and quickly become chat friends. They then try meeting up in person, which somehow doesn’t work, then they try sending pictures to each other which doesn’t get send and finally even video chat doesn’t work out. At first, the story was going on an OK pace and once these things started happening, along with some misunderstandings and such, I kind of started losing interest. I even felt it to be of a 3 star quality. But then things started happening, at a quicker pace and were explained. Alternate worlds, parallel universe, time travel – that’s what’s happening in this book (not really a spoiler).

It quickly got more interesting when Teagen is murdered in one world but is still living in another world. Seems like there are each of a person in each realm. It’s really interesting. Everything that the author writes, even though it seems of no importance at the time, all falls into place like a beautiful jigsaw puzzle. Marlow comes to the rescue of the still living, but missing, Teagen, along with the help of Sage, Teagen’s best friend and room mate. Sage is absolutely gorgeous while Marlow is a geek with no real girlfriend. The moments they share are really cute. Marlow is so modest while Sage knows he is definitely not her type. But still, there are sweet, chaste moments between them.

There are some amazing twists that you never would have even thought of but the mystery of who the rapist/murderer is is solved in a rather intriguing way. This investigation also turns out to be a journey (pun intended) of self discovery for Marlow, as he travels from realm to realm.

Such a freaking fantastic read!. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars which by Goodreads standards means that I ‘really liked’ it.

Links to the book

Goodreads

Amazon

Source : I got this book as a freebie for being a subscriber to a particular newsletter. All opinions are 100% my own.

Book review: Out of the Blue by Caroline Clemmons

Hi guys!

Today I would like to review a Time travel/Romantic/Mystery by best selling author, Caroline Clemmons. More on the author:

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Caroline Clemmons is an Amazon bestselling author of historical and contemporary western romances. Her books have garnered numerous awards. Her most recent novel, BLUEBONNET BRIDE, is a poignant tale of tender redemption. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, she has taught workshops on characterization, point of view, and layering a novel.

Caroline’s latest publications are the acclaimed historical Men of Stone Mountain series: BRAZOS BRIDE, HIGH STAKES BRIDE, and BLUEBONNET BRIDE.

Caroline and her husband live in the heart of Texas cowboy country with their menagerie of rescued pets. When she’s not indulging her passion for writing, Caroline enjoys reading, travel, antiquing, genealogy, and getting together with friends.

Summary

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Deirdre Dougherty never cursed at anyone, much less put a curse on the potato crop of her remote Irish village. She’d rather take her chances with the Atlantic lapping at the bottom of the cliff than the mob intent on burning her as they have her cottage. Deirdre leaps…and plops down over 160 years later in a Texas lake. She doesn’t understand how she’s ended up with the man from her recent visions or why he has the same name as the saint to whom she prayed. She’s in danger of falling for the handsome policeman who rescued her, in spite of the fact that he thinks she’s lying to him. How can she convince him her story  is true when she’s finding it difficult to believe the tale herself?

Police Detective Brendan Hunter wants answers. Who shot him and his partner?. Why?. And why does Deirdre know details of the event?. Her story has to be a colossal fabrication or else she’s a beautiful psycho. Either way, he wants her gone before he becomes even more fascinated with her. But he can’t let her out of sight until she confesses to how she learned details no one but he and his partner knew.

My review

It is my very first time reading about a book on time travel and I should say, I am quite intrigued by it!. Caroline makes sure that Deirdre, the protagonist, takes her own sweet time to adjust to her new environment after she travels through a time portal of over 160 years!. I couldn’t help but laugh when Deirdre thought the people in the television were leprechauns :P. She is a quick learner though and learns about modern facilities very fast.

The cottage, the lake, the sunset, everything is beautifully described. Caroline uses simple words to write and makes sure Deirdre uses words that are obsolete as of now, as she is from the period of 1845!. I love small details like that which give originality to the plot. The book does have many deaths/killings in it but it’s not the kind that makes the book dismal.

The story has a nice flow to it and it was very pleasant to read. Deirdre is a very likeable character because she is so helpful, caring and very naive. In this book, Caroline shows what money can do. Both the good and bad of it. Brendan, the hero, is such a kind and compassionate man. He has a heart of gold. But very untrusting. Well I would be untrusting too if a woman claimed that she actually traveled through time and fell out of the blue into a lake, near my boat!!. The title of the book is very apt indeed.

The romance between Brendan and Deirdre is very sweet and portrayed in an innocent manner. The suspense in this book is ok. I wouldn’t say it’s awesome. The question in this book is not “Who did it?”. It’s more like “Why he did it?”. Reading a lot of suspense thrillers (that being my fav genre), I have developed a sense of finding out who the bad guy is and I did have my doubts. So I just waited till the end to see *why* the bad guy did, whatever that he did. No spoilers here!

The book cover is pretty dull with just a cliff and the main characters. The cliff is of a lot of importance in the story but well when you look at the book, you would simply judge by it’s looks yeah?. But the author too realized that the cover is uninviting and it has since been replaced by this new cover.

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 I highly suggest this book to everyone. You will really like it. Also the quality of the pages is very nice. Each page is really thick and at times, I felt like I have flipped over 2 pages when it was only just one. There are 260 pages and the story is interesting enough that I finished it in 2 days. I give this book 4/5 which by Goodreads standards means I “really liked” it!

 Links to the book

Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ B&N

How I received my copy!

I won a print copy of Out of the Blue from a book giveaway that Caroline held over at her blog. I am SUPER EXCITED to have one more print book to add to my book collection. I definitely love print books more than ebooks. This is the first time I am getting a book by snail mail and it was so nice. The author did not request this review but reviews always are welcome, aren’t they?.

Love,
Naz 🙂

Book Review : The Stone Guardian by Theresa McClinton

Hello all!

Today I am reviewing a YA (Young Adult) fantasy/paranormal romance book by Theresa McClinton. First let me introduce the author to you:

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Theresa McClinton was born in California in the fall of 1985. She started her writing career as a journalism intern. However, it only took one semester for her passion for journalism to shrivel and die. On the final day of her internship, she decided to go rogue!. Yes, she would start writing novels. She felt it would be great to be a YA urban fantasy writer, considering the fact that it’s a growing genre, with lots of potential and plenty of room for her imagination to go wild. Since then, Theresa has gotten married, had three terrific kids and moved to central Ohio.

She also loves to travel. She has ventured to over a dozen countries in the Middle East and Europe, and have used all she has seen and experienced as inspiration for her stories!

The Stone Guardian, published on December 14th 2012, is her debut novel. It is a part of a trilogy.

Summary of the book

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Tagline: When myth becomes reality, reality becomes a nightmare.

Like any other teenager in America, Ashley just wants a normal life. But growing up in an orphanage for the insane is anything but normal. After endless therapy and increasing medication, her nightmares have only gotten worse.

Probably because they’re not nightmares.

When Ashley is mysteriously abducted, she finds a reality even less normal than the orphanage. And she discovers something else—she’s no ordinary orphan. Faced with enemies thought to only exist in fairy tales, Ashley discovers she possesses a powerful Maya bloodline. She’s the daughter of an ancient Maya Guardian, whose duty is to protect the Stone of Muuk’ich, an enchanted relic blessed by the gods. But first she must get it back from Sarian, a power-hungry demigod who slaughtered the last guardian—Ashley’s mother. Without the stone, all will be lost.

When she meets Arwan, a hot Belizean time bender, his delicious olive skin and dark eyes make her feel a little less alone. But his gentle whispers and reassuring touch might not be all they seem. How can she balance love and duty when it’s up to her to prevent the rising of the underworld? Especially when the guy she loves might be its crown prince…

Click here to watch the book trailer on Youtube.

My Review

First of all let me tell you this. The cover of this book is simply beautiful!. It is done by Mina Carter who definitely did breathe life and imagery into this story (in the words of the author herself). Though it’s against rules, I do judge books by their cover. If I were to see this book on a shelf, I would without doubt find myself reaching for it.

I started out reading this book with some dedicated words from the author to her family and supporters. It was such a sweet dedication particularly with words like ‘my parents who celebrated my success with dancing in my kitchen’.. How sweet is that!

‘A Word from the Author’ gave further insight into the story lying ahead of me. Theresa has definitely done her homework with all the great research she has done. I love well researched books and this was definitely a plus.

Onto the story itself. I loved how Theresa set a nice start to the story. It’s very easy going. She doesn’t plummet us straight into the story. Instead, she first sets the stage very well and then leads us on, without it being too fast or too slow. I was really surprised at how beautifully she writes. She doesn’t try too hard to come across as fantastic, considering the fact that this is her debut novel. She just expresses everything just as she is. That’s the best part. I have acquainted with her over emails and her way of writing is the same. Its easy going and simple.

There is one part where the protagonist who is a girl called Ashley, prevents the onset of a panic attack by thinking of Beethoven’s violin concert, with the music playing in her head and her fingers caressing the imaginary strings of her violin. It’s all described very beautifully and it’s at moments such as this, you really connect with the characters of the story. I love the way she describes the hero of the book, Arwan, to be a hot and muscular guy but someone who is sensitive enough to take care, be beside Ashley and give her his support any time. He is romantic and caring. Throw in all the good looks and you got a charmer!

The plot is very interesting and is definitely a can’t-put-down kind. I had to tear myself away from the book at times, so that I can get back to the chores I had waiting to be done at home!. I loved the pace at which the story went because there was never a dull moment. I absolutely love this book and when the end came, I was really disappointed, because it left me wanting for more!!. Theresa has such a fertile imagination. I love how she describes certain scenes and the way she writes it, you get transported right into that place. That is a quality of an amazing writer. Not everyone has that power!. I am really looking forward to the future two parts of this trilogy.

This book has all potential to take over the world by it’s charm just like how J.K. Rowling took over with her Harry Potter series. Theresa, one request, please work faster on the sequels to this book!

Being my first time with the YA genre, it was a pleasure reading this book. I have always been an avid reader of anything from Thriller and Suspense genre. However, this book could well be my start to reading YA novels from now on. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Being 378 pages and an irresistible one, this definitely is a QUICK read.

All in all, I give the book 5/5 which by Goodreads standards mean that ‘it was amazing’.

Links to this book :

On Goodreads : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16281792-the-stone-guardian

On B & N : http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-stone-guardian-theresa-mcclinton/1113957705

On Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/Stone-Guardian-Legacy-ebook/dp/B00ANVCYYQ/ref=la_B00AO7HM46_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355796547&sr=1-1

How I received a copy!

An e-book copy of The Stone Guardian was given to me by the author herself. I had become acquainted with her after my friend, Monica from www.gongjumonica.wordpress.com, had done a Book Blitz and an interview with the author and review of this book on her blog. The book was not explicitly given to me for the purpose of reviewing. However, it would be a shame if I don’t review something as amazing as this one!. Please note that all opinions are 100% my own and the fact that I have acquainted with the author doesn’t change anything at all, other than giving me bragging rights!.

Love,

Naz

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