Making Mornings Easier to Manage and a $100 Giveaway

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I love to have a smoothie in the morning.  It is quick and tasty. more

Friends Help Make Breakups Bearable

I don't think there's really any way to say it except this -- breakups suck. Whether you are prepared for them, are the person doing the breaking up, or if you are blindsided by them, they just simply suck. We might pretend everything is ok and go through our days telling everyone that we are just fine, but friends know better. They know when we're lying to them and when we're lying to ourselves....more
I really enjoyed this part of the book.  However, I think I'm lucky in that I've never had a ... more

Using Texts To Strengthen Your Relationship

I firmly believe that technology had changed how we do relationships. When we are apart from our loved ones we don't just have to rely on phone calls and letters. We have emails, social media, and yes, even text messages at our disposal as a means to communicate. Sometimes it's easier to put our thoughts out via text than it is in person, as Sophie Morgan discovered in Diary of a Submissive:...more
I think everyone communicates by text nowadays, and it is certainly handy for quick discussions ... more

Using the Internet to Find Your Community

The process of finding your community has changed a lot since the internet came into being. It used to be that we'd have to head out in our actual physical community and attempt to find the people with the same interests as us. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. If it didn't work, you could feel very isolated. When the internet came along, we could find and connect with people that shared those interests from all around the world....more
I have a lot of bookish friends, but I also love the book blogging community.  When I first ... more

Real-Life Erotica: Diary of a Submissive

When I look back at 2012, I may very well remember it as the year everyone seemed to discover erotica. I've been reading romance book blogs for years, so I've always been a bit aware of what was happening in the world of erotica, but this year, it went mainstream. While it's been great to see readers expanding their literary circles, nonfiction erotica hasn't been as fully explored as fiction. Enter Diary of a Submissive, the true life history of Sophie Morgan. ...more
I agree with you all.  I wanted to read more reflection, especially through middle section of ... more

Where Do You Find Confidence?

Confidence takes many forms. We can have confidence in our abilities. We can have confidence in our personal relationships. Most of all, we can have confidence in ourselves. In Diary of a Submissive, Sophie Morgan shares her story about how she found the confidence to not only take what life threw at her, but also to seek the things she really wanted in life. ...more
I think I get confidence from the ability to do something well.  I guess that comes mostly with ... more

Do You Like Your Name?

In Eleanor Brown's The Weird Sisters, the three sisters felt defined by their names and their roles within the family dynamic. Due to being named after characters in Shakespeare's plays, the sisters felt that their roles had been chosen for them. ...more
I like my name just fine.  It is a family name, and I like the history.  It is also just unique ... more

I Could Have Been A Different Person

The character of the mother in Eleanor Brown's The Weird Sisters was one of the most interesting characters to me. She is never given a name, she is just the mother. Yet more than anything it is her illness that pulls the girls back home and it is her words that help to, finally, push Rose out of the nest. ...more
Certainly educational decisions have been a huge part of shaping my life, both personally, and ... more

Do You Have a Library Card?

One of the things I loved most about Eleanor Brown's The Weird Sisters were all of the lovely passages about books and libraries. Almost every time books were mentioned I found myself wanting to stick a Post-It on that page to mark its spot. Brown and the Andreas sisters understood book lovers. ...more
I have the same library card that I have had since I was a kid. I gave it to the librarian the ... more

Which Of The Weird Sisters Are You Most Like?

Eleanor Brown's The Weird Sisters is the story of three sisters. They are bound by familial love, but really they don't particularly like each other. They are too different from one another and were never really bothered to get to know one another until they are all called home by their mother's illness. ...more
I am an only child, so I can't totally relate to any of the sisters. However, I think I'm most ... more