You’d think that after four days off, I’d feel a little more rested and relaxed than I do. My parents were visiting, though, and we squeezed in quite a lot during the few days they were in town! Sometimes, I feel like my down time is more stressful than anything.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the QT with my fam! I have two nieces, and they are both July babies, so we partied hardy with the little ones. My older niece turned 4 years old on Sunday, and her little sister has a birthday later this month, so they had a joint party, and BOY can they go! Where do kids store all of their energy?! Seriously, I need to know their secrets! We also went to the zoo one of the days, ate out a few times, and played…a LOT. I was exhausted by the time my parents headed back home to New Jersey yesterday. Of course, my fiancé and I then had plans for friends to come over for a cookout and to watch the fireworks for Independence Day, so there was still little time to rest.
All I know is I am ready to relax! Midweek Me Time came at the perfect time. This evening, I am starting a new book, so I decided to pick some products to feature here that I thought went well with my new read.
I am kicking off Roar (Stormheart #1), by Cora Carmack, which released on June 13, 2017. One of the book clubs that I participate in, Buxom Book Beauties, voted this one of our BOTM for July. Check out the club on Facebook and Instagram! I love being part of the group and have “met” some amazing book buddies through this book club. Here is a synopsis of the book:
In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.
Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.
Have you read Roar, yet? I have heard some awesome things already, and I can’t wait to see what Cora dreamed up in this book! If you’ve read it, leave some spoiler-free thoughts in the comments.
I like to pair my bookmarks and books as best I can. This may seem odd, but it’s my thing. If I don’t have a bookmark for the book I’m reading, I try to choose one of my bookmarks that I think is fitting for the book. I received a great double-sided bookmark designed by Catherine at Hey Atlas Creative in my June Owlcrate, and although both sides feature ACOWAR quotes, the one side makes me think of Roar. The design and quote evokes a feeling that I also get when I read the synopsis, so I’m rolling with it!
Who else likes to set the mood while they read by burning a candle or using a wax melt? ME ME ME! Again, I love pairing books with scents that go together, which might be why I own so many bookish candles. I think all of this pairing stuff has to do with being a sensory reader. For example, burning a candle that smells like my book boyfriend, makes me feel like I’m hanging out with my book boyfriend – make sense?! So, in my June Nerdy Post, I received these wax melts from Paige at Nerdwicks. I mean, not only do they smell off the charts, but they look really cool (obviously, that won’t last long, but still…). These particular wax melts were inspired by the show Supernatural, which, even though I have never seen Supernatural (please don’t kick me off the island), seemed fitting for Roar. These are called “Salt & Burn” and the scent combination is apple pie, bourbon, and hell fire!!!
Finally, I really just want to unwind, and part of that (and this whole me time thing) is having a mini at-home spa sesh. I chose a bath and body product that I LOVE! If you haven’t tried Maddie’s products yet, you’re missing out! I picked out “The Feels” sugar scrub from Bookish Sugar Scrubs because it is SO GOOD! Period. It smells delicious and leaves my skin feeling like perfection. Plus, people have been raving about this book, so I thought “The Feels” would be appropriate. Not to mention, I believe the heroine in Roar is supposed to be pretty kickass, and Maddie is getting ready to send out her second BLISS box which happens to have the theme: “Kickass Heroines.” EEEEEEEHHH!
I love supporting other bookstagrammers and small business owners, which is another goal for my Midweek Me Time, so please take a minute to check out their Instagram and business pages. I have linked all of these businesses, and I highly recommend you check them out. Remember, shop small; shop local!
As for me, I am off to enjoy myself, my new book, and all of this awesomeness! Until next time…