Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hi, My Name Is Belinda And I'm A Romance-A-Holic

**Recycled Post from 2011**

Hi, my name is Belinda and
 I'm a Romance-A-Holic.
A Swoon Junkie.

It's been a good ... 5-6 years now since my hubby brought me my first romance book and life hasn't been the same since. I was a huge reader growing up, with my nose always in a book but a period of my life came when I didn't read because I was too busy trying to survive. A trip to a Harry Potter movie with a close friend of mine reintroduced me back to the joy and power of reading and my love for it spread like wildfire. I devoured everything young adult and found that I was completely fascinated with all things paranormal. Then it was Christmas and I remember my hubby passing me a present, saying that he hoped I liked it. Knocking on it and hearing the noise that bounced back, it wasn't hard to guess it was a book  - Dark Curse by Christine Feehan. "I know babe, it's not young adult but it looks good so maybe you should give it a go." I cringed a little because it was an "adult romance" *insert gasp here* and didn't everyone say that books like this were nothing but diluted smut? Something drew me in though, maybe my inner radar for all things amazing was going crazy so I picked it up and started reading. The rest, my friends, is history.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

You Are Important. You Matter.

I saw this in a cool Geek group I'm a part of on Facebook and it was definitely the kind of advice I've needed to hear lately. 

Life isn't always fair. It can change in the blink of an eye, and unfortunately sometimes those changes will rock you to your very foundation. You'll start questioning who you are, what kind of purpose do you now serve, and whether you truly are as important and value in the grand scheme of things. It's painful asking those questions because it requires you to hear the truth, not the lies you whisper to yourself.

"I'm broken now."
"I'm useless."
"I was given one role and I failed."
"I hold absolute no value. Just toss me aside."

Those discouraging words hurt almost as much as the event that caused the avalanche of doubt and fear. But there's one thing I know for certain - where there is bad there is good ... Darkness there is light ... Negative there is positive. You can balance yourself out if you know how.
Like my best friend told me, you can change your coat. For the sake of this post, let's say change your bow tie. Bow ties are cool!

I'm thankful for the Doctor. To others it may be a family member, a friend, a song, a memory, a story, a show ... Something that grounds you into joy and reminds you that life doesn't always suck and it is possible to rise above the insecurities.

So, today, as I struggle to sleep and reclaim my life from depression I see one of my beloved Time Lord, a person I admire, point at me and say, "YOU ARE IMPORTANT." Three easy enough words but they carry the weight of truth.

Each of us are important. 
We are relevant. We are enough. We most definitely matter.

Never forget that - WE MATTER. 

Just some food for thought on a long hard day. Sweet dreams and keep on swimming!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Book Affair - Volume One!


Mark your calendars, everyone, for February 2nd, 2015!! The Book Affair Volume 1 is my next collaboration/box set with some AMAZING authors: Melanie Codina, L.P. Dover, Jessica Gibson, Lisa M. Harley, BJ Harvey, S.M. Knowles, Lauren McKellar, Heidi McLaughlin, J.D. Rivera, and Crystal Spears.


Add to your TBR ➩
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The Book Affair: Volume One
NYT, USA Today, and Bestselling Authors
Book Cover: Belinda Boring
Release Date: February 2nd, 2015

11 full length romance novels for the price of one! 
11 new book boyfriends!

Loving Liberty ~ Belinda Boring

Love Realized ~ Melanie Codina

A Fighter's Desire ~ L.P. Dover

The Deeper We Get ~ Jessica Gibson

Destined to Change ~ Lisa M. Harley

Blissful Surrender ~ B.J. Harvey

Runaway ~ S.M. Knowles

The Problem With Crazy ~ Lauren K. McKellar

Forever My Girl ~ Heidi McLaughlin

Defensive ~ J.D. Rivera

Seize Me ~ Crystal Spears

Don't miss out on yours!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

So I Was Thinking: Eggs And Potatoes.

I saw this on Pinterest and while I get what it's saying, it got me thinking.

Can't I be both? I want to be hard/tough enough to face whatever life throws my way and not break under pressure ... yet keep a soft heart that still hopes for the best, sees the good in people and life while keeping a positive attitude.

I don't want to lose what makes me ME.

Sometimes it's hard. REEEEALLLLLY hard. Sometimes just the slightest thing causes a crack and there's no holding back tears. It's in those moments where a choice has to be made - do you shake your fist at the sky with anger, wondering why the hell must you endure something so unfair OR do you cry, feel what you need to before taking a deep breath and going on.

Life's going to happen regardless and sometimes ... sometimes shitty things happen to good people. Sometimes we don't get the outcome we want - what we've dreamed for - what we desperately long for. It's a bitter pill to swallow.

But, we'll survive. We'll get through it.

We'll adjust and keep on going.

So, be an egg AND a potato. Actually ... just be you. You'll get through it. I'll get through it. What doesn't kill you, defines and refines you, right?