We Love Books Wednesday 4: Sliding into Love

Good morning, lovelies. Today’s We Love Books Wednesday is going to be a little different. I’m not highlighting an author or their novels, instead, I’m talking about my novel, Sliding into Love, and the man behind it. My novel is still a work in progress, but it doesn’t stop me from talking about it, or my reason for writing it. Five years ago, my father was diagnosed with Kidney Disease. Five years ago, I got an amazing idea in the form of a story idea to bring awareness to this disease. Kidney failure has ran in my paternal family for years, and I thought Sliding into Love would be an amazing way to show it. I’m not embarrassed that this disease runs in my family. In fact, I’m proud of it because it’s a part of me and my family. Kidney disease has made me aware of my health. Because of this disease, I know the signs and symptoms. I know to keep my sodium intake to a minimal level. I know the importance of drinking lots of water or increasing the protein in my diet. Speaking of increased protein, the man behind my novel, has reached his protein goal. After five long years of his protein going up and down, my father has finally gotten his protein to 4.0, which is a good thing. We’ve waited so long for this moment, so I couldn’t wait to share the news with you guys. Pictured below is the man, the myth, the legend; my father, in his Al Bumin shirt!

As always, please click here to learn about ways to help and donate to the many Americans whose lives have been impacted by kidney disease.

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We Love Books Wednesday 3: Expanding Our Horizons

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Hey Lovelies! If you’re reading this post, I’m asking that you start (or end) your day by spreading some love. After all, we need all the love we can get right now.

Today’s post is not only inspired by the recent events that took place in Florida, but also by a newsletter I received by the wonderful Jenny Bravo, over at Blots & Plots. Click here to check out her site.

As you all know, a lot of people lost their lives this past weekend. Why? Because we, as Americans, are quick to judge and even faster to react. I agree with the millions of people who say we need better gun control. It’s true. But we also need a better understanding of each other and the lives we’re living.

Lovelies, please take a stand against these things. If you, or someone you love, starts to turn this mass shooting into an anti-Muslim ordeal,  tell them about themselves. Not all Muslims are terrorists. Not all Caucasians are racist. And not all African Americans are ghetto. Whether you’re gay, straight, bisexual, black, white, Muslim, Catholic, Atheist, or Baptist, it doesn’t matter. We can be the generation to narrow all these “categories” down to one; humans.

I’m a very picky person. I’m picky about the foods I eat, the books I read, the movies I watch…basically everything. As I said earlier, we’re quick to judge. How many times have you thought, “[insert food here] is disgusting. I’m not eating it.”? Have you ever tried it? Or here’s a better example:  “that girl sure wants to be white.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve hear that line about myself. Yes, my English is proper and I don’t talk in slangs. Yes, my hair is curly. And yes, I find white men attractive. I find guys of all ethnicity and religions attractive. Does that make me a sell out? No. Does it make me white? No. I’m still a black woman, and even more so, I’m still human. We all are.

The year is halfway done, so let’s start learning about others. Let’s take a walk in their shoes. And you can do this by reading, watching TV, or just by talking to them.

I tend to read New Adult books. It’s my go-to genre. Why? Because I can relate to them the most. But I’m expanding my horizons.

In honor of the lives that were lost, and with all of you as my witness, before 2016 is out I’m going to expand my horizons by reading 5 books outside of my preferred genre. I think my list will look something like this:

A novel with a male main character
A novel with a same sex couple
A romantic suspense novel
A fantasy/supernatural novel
A nonfiction novel

I also might try a few different dishes that I wouldn’t normally eat. I know this post was all over the place, but I’d love to read in the comments what you’re going to do to expand your horizons. 

 

We Love Books Wednesday 2: Book Series

jessica sorensenBecause I haven’t had much time to read, or much less review a novel, I’m going to be talking about a series I’m hoping to finish this year. This series is by Jessica Sorensen, she is a New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers’ author, and she just so happens to be one of my all time favorite authors. The first book I read by Jessica was The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden. I’m hoping to finish this series some time this year. I’ve listed the books below.

  1. The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden
  2. The Redemption of Callie and Kayden
  3. The Destiny of Violet and Luke
  4. The Probability of Violet and Luke
  5. The Certainty of Violet and Luke
  6. The Resolution of Callie and Kayden
  7. Seth and Greyson

What are some books or series that you are hoping to finish by the end of this year?

We Love Books Wednesdays 1: Cover Reveal

isabellalouiseanderson_cardsfromkhloes_web1_6As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she’s kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interested is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all…

Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, sending herself flowers from him to feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. Gabby Lewis, a recently widowed senior, isn’t ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor’s guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again.

As these stories intertwine through flowers and cards sent from Khloe’s shop, the three women begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

Author Bio
Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and has been featured on several blogs. While Isabella doesn’t blog a lot, she focuses her time on featuring other writers, along with working on her next book.

She created Chick Lit Goddess to share the love of the following genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Romance, and Romantic Comedies!  She loves featuring authors and their books, and has a book business, Goddess Book Tours.

Currently, she lives in Dallas with her husband. She enjoys spicy Mexican food and drinking margaritas, and can be found spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Texas Rangers, and reading.

Isabella’s short story, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright, in November 2013. The Right Design is her first novel.

Author Contacts:
Snapchat username: mrsanderson1981 
Find the books:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Isabella-Louise-Anderson/e/B00IWCNQFO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/isabella+louise+anderson?_requestid=1175848
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard