~*~ New Release & Review ~*~ Decide (Declan Reede: The Untold Story #0.5) by Michelle Irwin

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Declan Reede: The Untold Story
Strap in, get ready to start your engines and see where it all began.

From an early age, Declan Reede’s only goal was to race in the ProV8 Championship Series. One thing he couldn’t anticipate was that a blistering kiss shared with his best friend, Alyssa Dawson, might derail his plans.
 
While he knows things between them will never be the same, it’s impossible to predict just where the road will take them, or how rocky it might get.
 
Will he decide to fight for love or follow his dreams?Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 27th August 2015
Cover Artist: Soxsationalcoverart
Principal photography by: NSP Studios 
Cover models: Ashleigh Johnson and Jarah Armstrong.


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EXCERPT
Once we were alone on our way to school, she glanced down at our joined hands and then back up at me. Her wide smile and bright eyes told me she was feeling the same warm feelings I was.
“Hey, boyfriend,” she said as she gave my hand a squeeze.
The shit-eating grin lifted my cheeks again. “Hi yourself, girlfriend.”
“We probably shouldn’t play hooky today, should we?” Without releasing my hand, she sped up a little before turning to walk backwards so that she could meet my eyes.
I thought about the day we could have if we did and ached to say yes. “We probably shouldn’t. It’s probably a better idea to prove we’re going to be responsible even if we’re a couple.”
“Hmm, couple. I like the sound of it.” She turned around again, resting her head against my arm as we walked.
I dropped her hand and wrapped my arm around her shoulders.
“Maybe we can still be responsible if we’re a little late though?” she asked.
“Maybe.
Why? What do you have in mind?”
She dragged me in the direction of the park where we’d played cards the day before—the park which had been “ours” for as long as I could remember and where everything had changed.
“Well, our first date was cut a little short, don’t you think?”
The ghost of her lips tracing over mine filled my mind, together with the memory of her tongue tangling with my own.
“Definitely,” I said, unable to keep the lust and desire from my voice.
We walked in silence until we arrived at our park. Without any verbal agreement, we made our way toward the table we’d claimed as our spot years earlier.
Alyssa sat on the bench and I took my usual place perched behind her on the table. I placed my legs on either side of her body and leaned my chin on the top of her head. It was a position we’d sat in hundreds of times before as we chatted about anything and everything. Only, this time it was different. Neither of us spoke, which had never really happened before. The silence around us was almost maddening; the only sound, our matching breaths.
“So—” we both said at the same time, before stopping at the same time.
“You go—” Again our voices were almost perfectly in sync.
I chuckled as she turned around and knelt on the bench to look at me. I helped her up onto the table beside me and just looked at her for a moment. Her lips called to me, and I wanted to kiss her, longed to with every part of me, but I didn’t know if I should. I didn’t want kissing to be the only thing we had.
There was so much more that I liked about her and none of those things had changed. Yet it was still different. Everything was different.
“Don’t hate me for asking, but is this weird as hell for you too?” she asked.
My relief that I wasn’t the only one who was feeling the new, odd atmosphere surrounding us escaped in a quiet laugh. “So weird.”
“It shouldn’t be though, should it?”
“No. I mean, we’re still us, right?”
She practically leapt in place. “Right!”
“We’re still friends,” I added. “We always will be.”
“Exactly. We’re just friends that kiss now.”
As she said the words, my gaze was drawn to her bright pink lip gloss. I licked my lips. “Friends that kiss a lot?”
“If you’re lucky.”
I trailed my hands into her hair, drawing her face slowly closer to mine. “Am I?”
“I don’t know,” she whispered. Her lips were so close to mine that I could feel her breath on my skin. “I’m starting to think that maybe I’m the lucky one.” 
REVIEW

Firstly I would like to thank the lovely Michelle for kindly providing me with a copy of “Decide” to read and review, this is my first time reading anything by her and I enjoyed it

In this short novella, we meet bad boy-boy racer Declan Reede, we follow him in trying to fulfil his dreams and wishes of becoming a ProV8 driver….what he doesn’t think about it girls those? One in particular…

Things start to take a strange turn in the term “friendship” between Declan and Alyssa, friendship turns into lust. Lust turns into feelings, and feelings turns into Love…

But what happens when you don’t share the same dreams and aspirations as the other.

Can a relationship survive?

Unfortunately Declan is left to decide what he wants the most – a girlfriend or a career in driving?.

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” – T.S. Eliot

I’m very much looking forward to more in this series!

It grabbed my attention from the very beginning and left me wanting, no craving more.

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AUTHOR BIO


Michelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery mountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not-quite-alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page.

Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.



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~*~ Cover Reveal ~*~ Forever Marked By Lady J

Title: Forever Marked
Author: Lady J

Synopsis:

If you were a marked woman, how far would you run?

At only 23 years old, Ellora’s life is turned upside down. She captures the unwanted attention of a dangerously ruthless man, who’ll stop at nothing until he possesses her. Haunted by nightmares of the brutal attack she survived, Ellora flees the country desperate to hide. But, the longer she runs the deeper his obsession grows.

Behr is a hard working bachelor who’s life is stuck on repeat. Every single day is filled with the same people, and the same routine. That is, until a beautiful stranger stumbles into the local pub and into his heart. Even though he’s immediately drawn to her raven black hair and deep green eyes… he knows she’s hiding a secret. One he’s determined to uncover.

Can Ellora stay safe in this small harbor town?
Or
Has the twisted game of cat and mouse, just begun?

Excerpt:

Ellora raced down the hallway as fast as her legs could carry her. Dread gripped her when she heard his heavy footsteps pounding on the hardwood floors behind her. His powerful presence echoed around the eerily empty house. It didn’t matter how fast she ran, he was always right on her heels. Ellora quaked violently when she made it to the stairs. If she couldn’t make it out of there, she’d never survive. Reaching out, Ellora gripped the railing with both hands and used the leverage to fly down the steps. She skipped so many at a time, it felt like flying. He thundered down the steps, after her. The smell of his rancid panting, snaked its way over her shoulder. The stench stung her nose. Ellora risked looking back. His large black eyes, vicious with a murderous rage she didn’t understand, were only a few feet behind her. He was close enough to grab her. Oh. My God, this is it. He reached out… and she lunged, taking a giant leap before she got to the last three steps. She successfully made it over the carpeted runner at the bottom. Her ankles stung as she landed hard, on her bare feet. Easily ignoring the pain, Ellora sprinted to the front door. She heard him land on the runner and crashed to the floor, as it slipped out from under him. Shaking, she fumbled with clumsy fingers, trying to unlock the deadbolt and door knob lock.

After several slips from her bloodied hands, she finally heaved open the door. She skidded on her own blood, which was trickling down her legs and pooling onto the floor. The cool air rushed in, sobering her. Chills raised goosebumps on her skin as she dashed out the door. Ellora looked back to make sure he wasn’t behind her. This action caused her to lose her balance, tripping down the driveway and crashing right into the car. She remembered leaving her it unlocked, so she wrenched it open and jumped inside. She immediately locked the doors in record speed. It took only a moment for her to get a grip on her debilitating panic. She frantically searched her pockets for the car keys. First the front, then the back. Ellora froze. A devastating hopelessness made her stomach drop when she realized that she left the keys in the house. She hung her head in defeat… BANG! BANG! BANG! The sudden violent pounding sent Ellora shooting out of her seat, frightened to death as he pulverized the glass window with his fists. He stopped his onslaught abruptly and pressed his face against the window. His disturbing eyes and malicious sneer held her captive. He lifted his hand presenting a set of keys and shook them. ‘NO!’

Author Bio:

I grew up in Upstate NY, but my heart belongs in Arizona. If given the chance, I’d gladly trade in frost burn, for sun burn! I speak in movie quotes ALL the time. Seriously, it might be considered a sickness by now ;) I absolutely love the sound of others laughing. So I’ll try to get you to do just that!

I love coffee, peanut butter cups, and OF COURSE reading. I grew up causing all kinds of trouble with my twin sister/partner in crime. My wild over-exaggerated story telling grew, along with my love for reading. With the support of my hubby and the encouragement of my womb mate, I put pen to paper, and let my imagination take over.

I am an author currently working on the release of my debut novel. Forever Marked is a romantic suspense, and the first book in a series. I enjoy reading all genres. Paranormal, thriller, romantic suspense, dystopian…. You name it!

Lady J on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorLadyJ?fref=ts
Forever Marked on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25863185-forever-marked?from_search=true&search_version=service_impr

~*~ New Release ~*~ Seconds Before Sunrise (Timely Death #2) By Shannon A Thompson

Seconds Before Sunrise

Book two in the Timely Death Trilogy 
By Shannon Thompson
Release Date: August 25th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Tour Dates: September 7th – 18th

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Two nightmares. One memory.
“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”
Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.
Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.
 
Seconds Before Sunrise is the exciting sequel to Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson. Find out why readers are enthralled with the Timely Death Trilogy.
 
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My Review:

Firstly I want to thank Shannon, for kindly providing me with a copy of Seconds Before Sunrise to read and review.

Another well written book by Thompson.

This book instantly takes after Minutes Before Sunset and we follow the angst of a story between the Darks & Lights, with the impending war that is brewing.

Choosing to wipe your memories to protect those that you love, show great courage from a person, and we can’t help connecting more and falling in love more with Jess’s character for choosing to do this.

BUT everything comes with a price…

Not only did she lose her memory, she lost herself,

she lost her plight for her life, her parents and her friends.

Eric, being the ever so kind guy he is, is always out to protect Jess, even though sometimes it hurts him to stay away from his destined one.

The battle between Darthon and Shoman…What a fight it was? Thompson did an awesome job of creating scenes that left the reader breathless and heart pounding as though they were at the forefront and head of battle.

Who can they trust; who is friend and who is foe?

There was some loss…..which is to be expected in war, but to loose a character that we came to be a fan of and to love, is saddening.

Can love prevail the war?

Who is destined to die next?

These are only a few questions that are rambling around my little head, patiently waiting for the third instalment in Thompsons Timely Death Trilogy .

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Shannon A. Thompson is a twenty-three-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely sixteen when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads’ Book of the Month.




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~*~ Review ~*~ The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass

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Blurb:

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.

Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies.

Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale?

Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

Source: Goodreads

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My Review:

Once again I would like to thank the author & NetGalley for kindly providing me with a copy of Elite to read and review

Being chose to be in the Elite 6 must be overwhelming, especially to be the only #5 within the chosen 6, such an accomplishment.

But with that said 6 girls are left, Maxon still has to date every single one of them equally, does’t he?

I be honest in saying America got on my nerve more in this one, she was very indecisiveness in her options, but she is seventeen and under extreme stress in, so I can’t really complain……much anyway…

There were many tragedies in this book, tragedies that changed America. Changed her view on things and put them into perspective, hoping to make a difference, but can she?

There were plenty of times I felt my heart beat faster in anticipation, wondering if both America and Aspen would get caught out…..

The Elite gives us a lot of twists and turns within the castle walls, some which will definitely come as a surprise, I for one didn’t see them coming.

I found the characters Kiera writes about, to be refreshing yet extremely complicated individuals

Tensions are high and the plot twists will have you flying through the pages a mile a minute

Who will America Choose? Aspen or Maxon?

Who will Maxon finally choose?

Will he follow his head or his heart?

Who will be The One?

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~*~ Release Blitz & Review ~*~ Tribulation and Truths (Chastity Falls Book 3) by L.A. Cotton

 

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Title: Tribulation and Truths (Chastity Falls Series Book 3)

Author: L.A. Cotton

Genre: NA romantic suspense

Release Date: August 20th

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When Ana revealed her suspicions to Jackson about the circumstances surrounding his father’s death, she never expected it to be the catalyst for a series of events that could change everything. It was supposed to save him, not push him away. But now Ana is left watching the person she loves more than anything, lose himself to vengeance.

Jackson has spent most of his life loyal to the man he calls Uncle. But since learning that Marcus Donohue might have been responsible for the death of his father, Jackson is consumed with the need for revenge. Even if it means hurting the people he loves, and going against everything he believes in, to uncover what happened.

Will the truth finally set Jackson free or will it ruin his last chance at happiness with Ana… and a life out from under the shadows of the Donohues?

Tribulations will be overcome, truths will be revealed. Welcome to Chastity Falls.

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“It’s my best shot. Only one of us is walking away from this and right now my upper hand is that Marcus thinks it will be him.”

Dennis stepped off the cage and blew out a long breath. “She doesn’t know, does she?”

“No. It’s for the best. Ana thinks we’re planning how we move forward on this together.”

Over the last couple of weeks, the pieces of the puzzle had slowly been slotting into place, and more and more I was realizing it was something set into motion a long time ago.

“If shit goes south, I need to know you’ll protect her. Even if it means getting her out of Chastity Falls. She’d never leave if I asked her to, she’s stubborn and she thinks we’re in this together.”

I hated lying to Ana, but it was better for her to draw her own conclusions than for me to admit that only one of us could walk away from this—Marcus or me. It would crush her. I couldn’t do it to her. To us.

“You know I will, but does it have to go down like this?” Dennis’ Adam’s apple bobbed and the desperation in his voice caught me off guard. “Is there no other way? Maybe we could go to someone for help?”

Scrubbing a hand through my hair I leaned back against the lockers and said, “This is the only way. We both know it. This is exactly the way Marcus planned it.”

The door swung open and the rest of the team filed in. I threw Dennis a look that I hope conveyed my gratitude.

I owed him my life.

I just hoped I didn’t have to pay up.

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My Review :
Ahhhh I absolutely LOVE this author and her writing!
I want to thank her for kindly providing me with a copy to read and review :)

Shit just got more intense and real!

Another superb addition to the Chastity Falls series from Cotton.

Waging on a war path Jackson can only see one thing…..revenge. Despite the red he sees in his sight can Ana bring some light back to him, or will he finally turn to the dark side for good?

Ana proves that she’s getting stronger as a person day-in-day-out.

She’s definitely come along way from the beginning in Chastity Falls, but can finally put everything behind her?

“Blood makes you related, But it’s loyalty that makes you family ~Unknown”

Ana & Jax couldn’t be more of a better match than they currently are. I love that there is a depth with each of them and they are both dealing with issues. They help each other to heal and move on.
You can feel every single emotion both Jackson and Ana go through. I’m having trouble writing this without giving any spoilers to you all…..IT’S HARD!
BUT I am looking forward to seeing more from Dennis *hint hint*, you can’t help but fall a little for this lad and I cant wait to read his story, I think he’ll be battling his own demons
There’s sooooo many questions running through my little brain:
Will they escape the life they currently live?
Will someone try to harm Ana again?
Will someone figure out what Jackson is up to?
Only time will tell……
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Swoon worthy and heart stopping New Adult Romance.
L.A is author of the Fate’s Love Series and Chastity Falls Series. Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time mum to two little people with writing. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L. A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

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~*~ Review ~*~ The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass

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Blurb:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Source: Goodreads
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My Review:
Firstly I would like to thank NetGalley for approving me to have a copy of this series to read and review
This will be my first time reading any thing by Kiera Class.
The thought of marrying the prince and becoming a princess is every little girls dream…..that is everyone except America, of course.
America, who’s family currently resides at #5, dreams of marrying the boy she has fallen in love with, a boy, who within the hierarchy’s structure, is below herself (royalty being ones and going down from there)
But what happens when love isn’t enough?
When all your dreams are thrown away for pride?
If being heartbroken wasn’t enough America has been selected to take part in the Selection….Selection you ask, what’s that, well you see the prince is becoming of age and requires a princess to wed, the selection consists of 30 something girls selected from different sector numbers to take part in what some call a “reality TV show”
Being part of the selection means compensation that her family  so desperately needs. America doesn’t want any of it though, she only wants to do it for her family. Unfortunately feelings coming into the equations, feelings she wasn’t on planning having.
What happen when Prince Maxon starts sending girls home?
Will America make the Elite selection and make it through to the next round?
What happens when an old flame shows up?
Will her feelings for Maxon and Aspen get in her way?
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~*~ New Release ~*~ The Seduction of Esther by Jennifer Wilck

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Title: The Seduction of Esther

Author: Jennifer Wilck

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Tour: Irresistible Reads Book Tours

Book Description:

Samara Goldberg has a problem even the most beautiful singing voice can’t fix. She’s a walking disaster, especially when she’s around handsome men. To make matters worse, she’s in desperate need of someone to play the character of Mordecai for the Purim spiel she’s producing and the new congregant, Nathaniel Abramson, is a perfect fit. Nathaniel is a divorced dad who’s recovering from the biggest public scandal of his life. The last thing he needs is a relationship with the choir director at his new synagogue, who also happens to be playing the lead female role of Esther in the very play he’s been coerced into joining.

Woven around the Jewish holiday of Purim, The Seduction of Esther is a story of two people whose lives mirror the plot of the Purim story. Like Esther, who had to hide her Jewish identity from the King of Persia, Samara and Nathaniel are hiding key pieces of themselves. Evil Haman wanted to destroy the Jews, and the nasty Josh will do anything to keep Samara and Nathaniel apart. Will their love survive, like the Jewish people in Shushan, Persia, or will their fear keep them apart?

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Book Excerpt

Samara whipped her head up as a deep voice interrupted her thoughts of baked potatoes au gratin.  A tanned hand reached for her wrist, its fingers long and square with clean nails.  They gripped enough for her to feel their warmth. Her gaze traveled up his arm. A light dusting of dark hair peeked from beneath the cuff of a starched, white shirt. Her eyes traveled up to biceps that filled out a sleeve. She continued across the broad expanse of chest, up a tanned throat, over a chiseled chin darkened by five o’clock shadow, past soft lips, around flared nostrils and into blue eyes. Slate-blue eyes twinkled at her. She yanked her arm out of his grasp.

“Let go of me, please!”

“Sorry. Didn’t want you to run me over.”

She tilted her head. Did his eyes always twinkle this much?

She was sure she’d never seen him before; his eyes alone would have been enough to spark a glimmer of recognition if they’d ever crossed paths.

And his voice? His voice was unforgettable. A trace of a rasp, like a callused finger catching on a silk blouse; a hint of a Southern drawl stuck out even in the melting pot of New York accents; a satirical lilt, a promise of laughter to brighten the darkest days.

No, she would never forget a voice like that. She could get lost in it for days.

Goosebumps ran down her back, and she shivered. The sudden, uncontrollable movement jerked her out of her reverie and brought her back to the present. The glint in his eye told her he’d noticed her distraction, and her cheeks warmed. Embarrassed, she jerked her cart out of his way and ploughed into the display of russet potatoes.

The table screeched against the linoleum floor and mounds of brown spuds wobbled after the impact. Samara closed her eyes in horror and yanked back her cart. She opened them and watched as one potato toppled onto the floor. Like a scout on a mission, it paved the way for the rest of the potatoes. The pile collapsed and poured around her feet.

About the Author:

When I was a little girl and couldn’t fall asleep, my mother would tell me to make up a story. Pretty soon, my head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Each character had a specific personality, a list of likes and dislikes, and sometimes, even a specific accent or dialect. Even as an adult, I think about the characters and stories at night before I fall asleep, or in the car on my way to or from one of my daughters’ numerous activities (hey, anything that will drown out their music is a good thing).

One day, I started writing them down (it was either that or checking into the local mental hospital—the computer was way less scary) and five years later, I’ve gotten two book contracts from Whiskey Creek Press. A Heart of Little Faith came out in June; Skin Deep is coming out in November.

In the real world, I’m the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men I know. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling and watching TV. In between chauffeuring my daughters to after-school activities that require an Excel spreadsheet to be kept straight, I serve on our Temple Board, train the dog we adopted from a local shelter, and cook dinners that fit the needs of four very different appetites. I also write freelance articles for magazines, newspapers, and edit newsletters.

When all of that gets overwhelming, I retreat to my computer, where I write stories that let me escape from reality. In my made-up world, the heroines are always smart, sassy and independent. The heroes are handsome and strong with just a touch of vulnerability. If I don’t like a character, I can delete him or her; if something doesn’t work, I can rewrite it. It’s very satisfying to be in control of at least one part of my life. My inspiration comes from watching the people around me and fantasizing about how I’d do things differently.

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