Two destinies. One death.

Minutes Before Sunset Second Edition Cover
You may remember my first encounter with Shannon A. Thompson, talented author of The Timely Death Trilogy. I was fortunate enough to interview Shannon after the release of her first installment, Minutes Before Sunset. Since then, amazing things has happened for the author who is now signed with Clean Teen Publishing and is releasing the second edition of Minutes Before Sunset on July 28th, 2015 with a new cover and a new interior!

Summary:

"Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates."
Eric Welborn isn't completely human, but he isn't the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then, she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade and she's powerful - too powerful - and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he's determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she's assigned as Eric's class partner. He won't help, let alone talk to her, but she's determined to change him - even if it means revealing everything he's striven to hide.


About the Author


Shannon A. Thompson is a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely 16 when she 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.
As a novelist, poet and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor's Degree in English. She travels whenever the road calls her.

I am so proud of Shannon! Thank you for allowing me to be apart of your journey and for making me an honorary member of the dark!


To find out more about Shannon, visit her website or the following social media sites:



Be sure to check out, as one reader calls it, "this magical, if slightly dark, tale".

Until next time...





Since becoming a Naturalista, I have been on the hunt for products that would work well with my hair. So far, I have tried olive oil, jojoba oil, macadamia oil and tea tree oil. However, I've found that argan oil works best for my hair type.

When I received the InstaNatural Superior Hydration Argan Oil Hair Mask phew that is a mouthful, I had just ran out of Macadamia Deep Repair Masque and was in dire need of a new deep treatment product. Needless to say, I was excited to try this.

InstaNatural's Argan Oil Hair Mask is a deep conditioning treatment designed to transform dehydrated and damaged strands into soft, shiny, healthy hair. Its restorative ingredients include Argan Oil, Japanese Green Tea, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil and Vitamin B5; all of which are organic and great for any hair type.

After bleaching my hair late last year, it became really dry. I would have to spritz my hair with water daily and apply lots of leave in conditioner. After three weeks of using this product, my hair is softer, more moist, shinier and voluminous again. I also noticed that my hair wasn't shedding as much as it was a few weeks ago. InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Mask doesn't leave your hair weighed down as other products tend to. However, the scent is not really a tolerable one but it's a small price to pay for what this product can do.

The directions advises to leave the mask on for about fifteen minutes, but after taking the advice of a friend, I left it on for about two hours without applying heat. It also doesn't require a lot to cover your entire head.

Overall, this is a great product and I'd recommend it to anyone in need of a deep conditioner. It's available on Amazon for $17.95 which I think is quite reasonable. If you are a Prime member, you are entitled to Two Day Free Shipping.

Which deep conditioner, treatment or hair oils work best for you? I'd love to know!

Until next time...




I find that the older I get, my taste in jewelry tends to lean more towards dainty than flashy. Don't get me wrong, I love a good statement necklace or a pair of great fussy earrings as much as the next gal but sometimes, less is more.


A special thanks to Crys, the founder and designer of local jewelry company, Evolve.
When I met up with her, I was super stoked to see what pieces she had custom made for me. I peeped into the cute leopard print shopping bag and was blown away. Each piece was beautifully handmade. Simple. Feminine. Chic. And each piece was so me! If I had to choose a favorite, I wouldn't be able to because they're all equally gorgeous and I adore them all.


If you'd like to find out more about Evolve, be sure to check them out on Instagram or Facebook. You can also email them at evolvebycrys@yahoo.com. Here's a plus, they also ship to the US!

Do you have a favorite piece from today's post?

Until next time...



Feeling
Defeated. But that's life I guess. Right now I have to grin and bare it and trust that everything works out for the best.

Loving
My evolving friendship with a certain person. She keeps me laughing and encourages me. She truly understands me and my circumstances. She applies logic and leaves the bullsh*t at home.

Hanging with my goddaughter. Being around her truly makes me happy. She's sweet and innocent and her excitement when she sees me makes my heart melt.

Painting. It's my little stress reliever.

My natural hair journey.

My weight loss process.

The lessons that life is teaching me. So I'm not really loving them but I am learning from them and learning helps us to become better...

Reading
Take Me Tomorrow by Shannon A.Thompson. Shannon is an amazing writer. You may remember my reviews of her books, Minutes Before Sunset and Seconds Before Sunrise. I can't wait to review the last of The Timely Death Trilogy, Death Before Daylight.

Watching
Being Mary Jane 
Grimm
Once Upon A Time
Attack on Titan (Japanese animé)
Constantine
Gotham
Revenge
Empire (SO GOOD)
The Walking Dead (This never leaves my list unless the season's done)
The Flash 


Wishing
That there was some way to get rid of emotions/feelings.

That time moved faster because apparently, it's supposed to be all healing like.

That I knew exactly where my path led but I guess I'll know when I get there.

I wasn't so bitter.

I had an actual social life...and a job.

Doing
Obviously watching a lot of TV.

Trying not to give up.


Ok, so this post was more depressing than entertaining but now you know a little of what has been going on in my life.

What are you currently feeling, loving, reading, watching, wishing, doing?


I received this product in exchange for an honest review.

During my natural hair journey, I've been searching for oils that would be beneficial to the growth and hydration of my hair. I've always heard that Tea Tree Oil was really good but also for using on the skin as well so, I decided to give it a go.


The Apothecary Australian Tea Tree Oil left my hair soft and shiny and really manageable. I loved the results of my twist out after using this diluted with a bit of water as a styling product. 

I also tried it on my skin. Lately I've been experiencing a few breakouts on my face and after about a day and a half later, my pimples had cleared and there was no scarring or anything left to show that there had been a breakout.

The only downside to the Australian Tea Tree Oil is the smell. It smells like Benjamin Healing Oil or some type of medicine and it's really strong. Other than that, I would recommend this product but if you gag because of the scent, don't say I didn't warn you! :)

Until next time...




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