Friday, March 27, 2015

Blog Tour: Playing Autumn by Mina V. Esguerra (Review +Giveaway)

by Mina V. Esguerra
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary


Haley Reese is going back home to Houston and she's dreading this trip. She volunteers as a mentor to young musicians at an annual festival, and the longer she's been doing it, the more she feels like a fraud. It's been years since the web videos that made her sort-of famous first came out, and she hasn't done anything else to pursue the career in music she's always wanted. Things start looking up when she shares a plane ride with Oliver Cabrera, music prodigy, rock star, and the reason why she picked up an instrument in the first place.

Oliver Cabrera hasn't called any place "home" since he started touring professionally in his teens, but Houston is as close to it as any. He's also nearly broke, his career just about over. When he gets the invitation to mentor at the Breathe Music Festival again, he decides, what the hell, he should finally show up. He meets Haley, Hot Piano Girl herself, and finds her own fear of failure might be easier to fix than his own.

Playing Autumn was first released in 2013 in the Rock Gods of Romance ebook anthology. This is a revised, expanded, and steamier edition.


I first read the book as part of the Rock Gods of Romance compilation. I liked it then and I like it more now that the book has become longer and steamier.

The concept of having this romance revolve around a music festival is new to me, I have never read anything like it before. I loved that it involved music, because it is something that I am interested in. Going into that world and being given an idea of what makes it tick was fascinating to read about.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Little Girl and Her Hair

It was around 2006 or 2007 when I first noticed her.

On my way to work I often saw this little girl walking around the front of her house, playing by herself. She was a very pretty girl with a bright smile, the only thing that marred that was the fact that part of her head was very badly burned.

I’ve seen her grow up through the years and I’ve often wondered if any of the kids bullied her when she went to school and how she was dealing with it. I know how cruel some kids can be and having the condition that she did, I worried that she might be bullied.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Time To Wake Up!

How many earthquakes has there been since the year started? I think I remember at least four.

How many sinkholes all over the world have been reported just in this year alone? I can’t even count.

How much ice in the North and South Poles have melted? I don't even want to think about it.

If those things are not a sign from Mother Nature telling us to wake up, I don’t know what is. I am very worried that the world is breaking down and the world’s leaders have not been aggressive about preventing it. Yes, efforts are being made but they seem so simple compared to how bad things are these days. With all the technology we have, can’t we do something to make things better NOW?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hello Stranger

A work acquaintance of mine recommended this movie to me and I didn’t get around to watching it until recently. Being a rom-com and Asianovela fan I was curious about this but it took a while for me to get used to listening to the Thai language enough to enjoy the movie.

The story revolves around two Thai tourists in Korea. One was there to enjoy a trip he was supposed to take with his ex-girlfriend and the other was there to attend a friend’s wedding. During the course of their trip they bare their hearts to each other and fall for each other in the process. Sadly, the relationship doesn’t progress because the guy gets back together with his ex-girlfriend, who followed him to Korea.

Monday, March 23, 2015

From Talk Show to Own Show

Our cable service doesn’t carry The Ellen Degeneres Show or The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon but I do get to see parts of the shows on YouTube.  I enjoyed watching the hidden camera pranks that Ellen had as part of the show complete with celebrity accomplices. My sisters and I just recently had a good laugh watching the lip sync battles that Jimmy Fallon has with his guests.  It was a pleasant surprise to find out that both portions have now evolved into their own TV shows: Repeat After Me and Lip Sync Battle.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Somewhere in Time

The movie Somewhere in Time is one of those classic films that I’ve loved since I was a child. The recent episode of Jane the Virgin which had Jane Seymour as a guest sparked an urge to write a post about my love for this movie. When I saw her on my TV screen, I had a flashback of the first time I saw the movie that I think made me become such a hopeless romantic.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

My TV-Movie Obsession

It seems that as I get older, I get softer – pop culture-wise, anyway.

I used to think that made-for-tv movies were the most boring things ever but these days I enjoy them. I love them actually. Sometimes I even watch these movies over and over again because I like them so much.