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Some Other Movies From 1991

Thoughts on books, comics, movies, and even the odd album. 2019年4月28日 星期日 Some Other Movies From 1991 During the first half of 1991 I was a sophomore in high school, and during the second half I was a junior. I don’t remember it as being a particularly good time in my life, but I suppose I learned a few things. The top 5 movies of 1991 were Terminator 2: Judgement Day , Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (the one with Kevin Costner), Beauty and the Beast (the original animated version), Hook and The Silence of the Lambs . Of these movies my favorite is definitely The Silence of the Lambs , with T2 a distant second. Critical favorites of 1991 were JFK , The Prince of Tides , The Commitments and the above-mentioned Silence of the Lambs . I still think JFK is a good movie, if a bit overwrought. Other good movies from that year were The Doors (also by Oliver Stone, and much better than JFK ), What About Bob? , Backdraft , Thelma and Louise , Boyz in the Hood , Point Break , The Fisher King , Little Man Tate , Cape Fear , Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (pretentious but gloriously so) and Rush . Rush , featuring Jason Patric and Jennifer Jason Leigh, was really overlooked at the time. For Worst Picture I’d nominate Father of the Bride . There’s just something about Steve Martin (especially in that movie) that makes me want to stab him. Some Good Ones 1. A Brighter Summer Day Taiwanese film about Taipei in the 60s. Among the children of newer KMT arrivals gangs are prevalent, and several high school students negotiate their way through the various factions present in Taipei. It’s easily the best Taiwanese movie I’ve ever seen, but be warned that it’s LONG – and also very serious. I recommend breaking it into two sittings. 2. La Belle Noiseuse Not to put too fine a point on it, but the star of this movie, Emmanuelle Beart, could give a dead man a hard-on. In La Belle Noiseuse she plays an artist’s model, and spends most of the film nude. I don’t speak French, but based on a conversation near the beginning of the movie I suppose the title could be translated as “The Noisy Beauty” or even “The Troublesome Beauty.” It’s about an artist trying to recapture lost inspiration, and the film makes some interesting points about artists and their muses. Be warned, however, that this movie moves even slower than A Brighter Summer Day . It’s full of strange conversations about art and lingering shots of an artist drawing and painting on canvas. Also like A Brighter Summer Day , this movie was a big awards-winner in 1991. It’s definitely one of the more interesting movies I’ve seen lately, even if it’s not exactly an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride. 3. The Doctor Has William Hurt ever been bad in any movie? Has William Hurt ever even been in a bad movie? The guy has a stellar track record. I just looked through his filmography, and the only movie I’m not fond of is The Big Chill , which was still a commercial success. In The Doctor Hurt plays a surgeon struck with cancer. He’s great as usual, and the supporting cast adds a lot to this film. With my phobia of doctors and hospitals it was a bit uncomfortable at times, but as movies go I can’t think of anything bad to say about it. 4. Delicatessen French movie about an apartment building in which the residents eat one another. This was one of director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s early successes, released four years before The City of Lost Children . I liked it a lot more than Amelie , which I also watched recently. 5. Sleeping with the Enemy A.k.a. “Sleeping with Rich White People.” In this surprisingly un thrilling thriller Julia Roberts tries to escape an abusive husband with predictable Hollywood results. It’s definitely not terrible, but it doesn’t do the best job of setting up its characters. Would I see it a second time? Nope. Fun Fact : Julia Roberts appeared in this the year after Pretty Woman . She wasn’t quite a superstar yet, but she was well on her way to being one. 6. Europa Ooh, symbolism! But then again it’s Lars von Trier, so a certain heavy-handedness is to be expected. In Europa an American goes to work as a sleeping car conductor in post-War Germany. Aside from arty splashes of color, most of the movie is in black and white. It recalls the noir films of yesteryear (in particular some of Hitchcock’s earlier movies), and requires a fair amount of concentration, but it’s a solid movie with some great visuals. 7. My Own Private Idaho River Phoenix (remember him?) and Keanu Reeves star as a pair of street hustlers looking for Phoenix’s mother. I think the Shakespearean bit in the abandoned hotel was a misstep, but the rest of the movie is solid. It was director Gus Van Sant’s third movie, and compares favorably to other films he’s done. Fun Fact : Udo Kier is in both this movie and Europa above. 8. High Heels It’s Almodovar, so expect the usual aggressive older women, drag queens and sexual ambiguity. In this one a Madrid socialite deals with a looming divorce and a famous mother. It’s a great movie, and if you’re into John Waters’s early films you’ll get it immediately. American critics didn’t really understand it, but that’s no reason not to see – and enjoy – High Heels . 9. Out of the Rain The town bad boy returns for his brother’s funeral. Michael O’Keefe stars, with Bridget Fonda as his love interest. It’s a good movie, even if it takes a while to really get going. It took me a while to realize that O’Keefe played Chevy Chase’s protege in Caddyshack .

20 Questions with Naturalicious Founder Gwen Jimmere

Naturalicious founder Gwen Jimmere tells SEEN why she came up with an all-natural hair care product for African-American women and how she applied for a patent by herself. She also shares why son is the Chief Candy Officer.
By Stephanie Steinberg
Title: Founder and CEO of Naturalicious
Hometown: Cleveland
Current City: Detroit
Age: 36
Naturalicious is a pretty innovative natural hair care product. Can you tell us how you came up with the idea and why?
I was pregnant with my son who is now 8 years old. At the time, natural hair wasn’t what it is now. But people were starting the buzz about considering not relaxing their hair anymore or using chemicals on their hair for health purposes and also just appreciating who you are.
Chris Rock produced this documentary called “Good Hair” around this time, and in true Chris Rock fashion, it’s funny, but it was really a documentary about women of color accepting who they are, loving themselves, the political nature of our hair, the self-esteem aspects of everything. There was a section of the movie that he’s with a chemist, and he takes this soda can and they submerge it into this beaker of hair relaxer. Within a few hours the can had completely disintegrated. They had one Coke can that was for two hours, and all the color of the can was gone.The whole Coke logo — all that stuff had disappeared because of what is used in this relaxer that most of us had been using almost all of our lives. Another aluminum can had been in there for three hours, and another for four hours and they had completely disintegrated.
So here I am pregnant looking at this aluminum can and thinking, “OK, our skin is our largest organ. If this enters my body, which it will because I’m putting it on my scalp, what am I doing to my baby? Is my baby going to disintegrate? (laughs) Like, what’s going to happen? What kind of damage could be done to the flesh of a child with this crazy chemical?”
In that moment I decided I was going to stop relaxing my hair. It was never meant for me to do it forever. It was just really for the health of my son. Luckily, I saw this movie early on in my pregnancy. So I had nine months to experiment and figure out my hair situation. During that time, I’m starting to feel my hair for the first time. It’s curly; I can feel the waviness of it. I’m like, I’ve never experienced this. I’ve been relaxing my hair since I was 9. By this time in my late 20s, I didn’t really know what my hair looked like or felt like. So I was like, this is really cool. Maybe I’ll keep this going forever.
So I go to the store. I have to find something I can use for this new hair of mine. So I hit up a local health foods store, and I buy what’s considered organic and natural products. I get it home, and I use it on my hair, and I look like a basketball player from the ‘70s. I’ve got this huge afro, and it’s not what I want. I’m looking for curl definition, and it’s just completely not giving me what I want. I’m like, this isn’t going to work.
I found that it was very easy to find products that were natural and organic, but they didn’t really work that well on my texture of hair. I could also find chemically-laden products that worked great. So I was like, “Where am I going to find the product that’s going to marry the two?” So I said, “OK, I’m going to go in my kitchen and figure this out on my own.” You know you always hear about people who use eggs and avocados and stuff, so I’m Googling what I could use.
And I come up with this recipe for myself. It’s OK, but it’s not perfect. So I call up my mom who is a master herbalist, and I say, “Mom, what can I combine with these eggs, avocados, olive oil and all this other stuff that I have in my pantry to really give my hair the healthy nature that I want, but also a lot of curls to define themselves and look great?”
She gives me a couple recommendations and one of those led me to an ingredient called Rhassoul clay. You can’t find Rhassoul clay anywhere. It comes from Morocco so you have to order it from Morocco. So I send off for this Rhassoul clay. It comes in, and I mix it in with what I already have. I change some formulations around and perfect it, and it was like the gates of heaven just opened for me. And for the first time in my life, I actually liked my hair. I had never liked my hair before. Even when it was relaxed and straight, I had never got it to really hold a curl well. It never really was full and voluminous, and I like big hair. It never did what I wanted it to do. I made that formula and I was like, this is such an awesome feeling. So it was designed to be my little secret. It was never supposed to be for anybody else. I didn’t even tell anybody else.
2. So how did the “secret” get out?
My mom would come by and visit. My sister would come by, and they wanted to know what I was using on my hair. So I was like, “I’ll tell you guys, but I won’t tell anybody else.” I would package it up for them and give it to them. My sister would use it on her hair, and she would go to work, and people would say, “Your hair is looking so good. What are you doing?” She’d say, “My sister makes this stuff.” And I’m like, “No this is for me! Don’t tell anybody!”
It turned into this situation where her co-workers were asking where they could buy it. And then my friends would wear it, and their friends would want to know where can I buy this? So now all the sudden I have to set up this makeshift website. I was working at the time as the global communications director for Ford. So I’ve got this big cushy job, and I’m not thinking about turning this into a business. Everything is seeming to go pretty well with the hobby and my job. This was 2010. I’m married, but I find myself not being able to stay in that marriage. It was an abusive marriage, and it just wasn’t an environment I wanted to raise my son in. So I left as quickly as much for me as I did for him because I didn’t want him to think that sort of thing was normal.
So I divorced him. I get laid off 30 days before my divorce is final. Now I’m not making any money because I’m the breadwinner in the family. So I’m paying for my divorce. I’m paying for his divorce. And I’ve got $32 in the bank. I’m a single mother, and I’ve got no job, no second income, all my family lives in Ohio. So I’m like, “Well, what am I going to do here? I guess I gotta turn this little hobby into an actual business.” But it had to happen by divine intervention, because luckily for me, I had already perfected the formula. I already had a concept. I already had a little website. It wasn’t a perfect website, but it was a website where I could take orders, and I had packaging. So I had the things in place for a startup. I just hadn’t actually started up.
I got laid off on March 4, 2013, and March 4, 2013 is when my business became an official business.
3. How is Naturalicious different from other hair care products?
What was unique about the product I created was not just that it made my hair look amazing, and everyone else who used it, but it was the fact that it evolved into a system of three products, and those three products I named the Hello Gorgeous System.
Those three products actually deliver the results of 12 products. It was so unique and innovative because I found that, as a mother, I just didn’t have the time to spend on myself like I did before. Before I could spend all day just pampering myself and doing my hair, and as a new mom, my son was a cat napper. He wasn’t one of those babies who slept forever, so I had to figure out how to get my hair done in 30 minutes as opposed to the four hours I would spend. That’s what a lot of us naturals experience. We loathe what we call “wash day.” It’s the day you take out of your week to literally spend washing your hair. A lot of people who don’t have those same sort of challenges, they don’t get it or even know how to relate to that. Four hours is not uncommon, but even two hours, you’ve got too many things to do in your life that you could be doing enjoying your life with your loved ones, living however you want, than to be stuck in the bathroom doing your hair. Via Naturalicious’ Facebook
So those three products delivered the results of 12. The first product is the Moroccan Rhassoul Clay Treatment. That’s our flagship product. It’s the one everyone knows us for. That product is a shampoo, conditioner, deconditioner, detangler and it does the work of a leave-in conditioner all at one time. So that’s how we’re able to combine several steps into just a few because every one of those three products does the work of at least three other products you have to use.
Step 2 in the line is our Moisture Infusion Styling cream. It’s the moisturizer, especially for people who have naturally dry hair. It’s also a heat protectant. Typically you have to buy heat protectant for the blow drying of your hair. You have to use another moisturizer and then something else to style your hair. All that is in one product.
The third product is called the Divine Shine Moisture Lock and Frizz Fighter. That product fights frizz. It’s also a nice shine; it doesn’t get your hair greasy. So these three products give you the results of 12.
4. What was one of your biggest challenges in getting started and bringing the product to market?
So here I am divorced. No money. I’ve got to turn this into a business, and I’ve got this system. I know there was a Whole Foods store opening in Detroit. So I said, “If I could get my products into Whole Foods that would be amazing.” I knew that Whole Foods was very big on supporting local businesses. But at the time, the store was not even open. It was ground zero. No building, and it was the first time a Whole Foods was opening in Detroit. This was national news.
I remember calling around all the different Whole Foods just to try to figure out who was in charge of that building. Finally I got in touch with the right person. He tells me to come down for a meeting. I go in there. He’s middle-aged, really nice, but a balding white guy. So he’s not getting why people are spending so much time on their hair. He doesn’t have that problem, you know? He’s like, “I don’t understand what the need is for this.” So I feel like I’m losing him.
In walks this Latina woman with this big head of curly, amazing hair and she’s like, “Can I join this meeting?” And this look of relief goes over his face. He’s like, “Yes, please join the meeting!” I start the pitch all over. I’m about 10 minutes in, and she’s like, “I need this in my life. See all this hair? I’ve got two little girls with the same hair. I have to get up three hours early every day just to do hair. I would love to get up at 8 instead of 5 to deal with hair every day. If I can get all of our hair done in less than an hour, that would be amazing for me. It would change my life so much.”
She gave me my first purchase order.
That was just one store, but I milked it like it was every store. Now I’m in Whole Foods and can validate it to the consumer. You know automatically what the price point should be; you know what the level of quality should be. That really set us up for a lot of really great things being in that one store. That was 2013, and now we are in 1,200 Sally Beauty stores, and we’re still in Whole Foods, by the way.
5. You’re the first African-American woman to patent a natural hair care product. Was that process challenging?
It was because it’s easy to find an attorney who will be your patent lawyer, but what a lot of people don’t understand is when you apply for a patent, you don’t get the money back if you’re not granted the patent. Patents are very hard to be granted because you have to prove that you have something that no one else has ever done, ever thought of, ever put to market. It has to be a very unique invention, and we’re in 2019 right now. How many things are really unique?
My mother was really the one who coerced me into getting the patent. I didn’t think you could get a patent on a hair care product, and she kept telling me, “Gwen, you need to patent this.” My mom is not one of those moms who will say, “My kid did this, so it’s great.” My mom is very quick to let you know if what you’ve done sucks, so I knew she was the person who was going to be the most real with me.
She was like, “You have to patent this.”
I’m like, “Mom, you can’t patent a hair product.” She’s like, “You haven’t even tried.”
I said, “I’m a single mom. I don’t have time to patent stuff.”
She’s like, “Imagine this. One day, you’re going to be sitting on your couch. You’re going to be watching TV, and you’re going to see a commercial from L’Oreal or somebody, and it’s going to be your product. And there’s nothing you can do about it because you didn’t protect yourself.”
I had this vision of how angry I would have been had that happened, and so I was like, “I still don’t think I can patent a hair care product, but I’m going to go research it just to prove to you that you can’t patent a hair care product.”
So I go onto Google, and I start researching and realize that you can. I’m like, “Oh my gosh, now I gotta tell her that she’s right. Damn!” (laughs)
Once I found out she was correct, I started researching patent attorneys. They’re $18,000, and I’m like, “I’ve got like 50 bucks. I don’t have money for this!” But I did find out that you don’t have to have an attorney. You can do it on your own if you do it correctly. So I took the route of trading time instead of money to get it done. I would go to the local library. They had a whole section on intellectual property. So I was there like I was in college again. Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 12 to 3 I would be there like clockwork. My son would go to day care, and I was there learning about patent law, the history of it, what was on the books, what might change with the new administration. All these sorts of things.
Luckily in Detroit we were the first city to get a USPTO satellite office so I utilized that a lot. I was there so often that if I wasn’t there one day, they would see me the next time and be like, “Are you OK? I thought you were sick.” I did that for about eight months. Literally immersing myself into patent law like I was in law school for intellectual property.
I taught myself how to do a drawing — it’s more like a diagram of what it does, which is difficult to show in a formula for a hair product. Nonetheless, I taught myself how to write the patent, how to defend it if I had to defend it to the USPTO office, and I did that in about eight months. In about a little less than a year after that, I got the call that I was going to be granted the patent. It was all thanks to mom.
6. That must have been one of the best feelings?
It was an amazing feeling. At the time I didn’t know I was going to be the first to do this. It never even crossed my mind that that was even a possibility. At the time it was 2015. That’s when I found out I was the first African-American woman to have one, and it was such an honor.
Black History Month comes around each year, and I get asked to speak at places, and it’s really cool, but what’s so fun about it for me is the fact that I’m the first inspires others to realize they can do it too. And I think it’s also because they know the story of that I don’t come from money, I don’t have a rich uncle, I did this with my time. I didn’t have $20,000 to pay. I was a single mom so if I could do it, anybody could really do it. There’s really no excuse.
Although I am the first, I don’t aspire to be the only. I definitely hope that my achievement blazed the trail for other people to realize that they can do it too and protect themselves because it’s definitely a great way to build generational wealth for you, your family and your community.
7. Naturalicious is in over 1,200 Sally Beauty Supply locations and other retailers around the globe. Do you have any advice for women who have a product they want to get in stores or expand to more places?
I would say start where you are and work with what you’ve got. A lot of times people want their product to be just right. They want to compete with the big boys at Sephora, and and they feel like they’re not there yet so they wait around, and I always say “waiting is not a wealth strategy.” You’re waiting for the right time, and usually when that one thing that you’re waiting on gets to the point that you’re ready, there’s some other challenge that happens. And you’re just waiting, waiting and waiting. So don’t wait around. Work with what you have right now.
You know when you go to a conference and they hand you a lunch, and it’s a sandwich and it comes in a box? When I approached Whole Foods, I kid you not, that’s what my system came in at the time. And that was actually on the shelves at Whole Foods. I had white bottles that had white labels so they were very nondescript, very boring, not standing out on the shelf at all. It had a white lunch box I had literally got from a restaurant depot place, and that’s what my package came in. And they accepted me, because I think they saw something in the value of what I was bringing. Via Naturalicious’ Facebook
I say all that to say, start where you are and work with what you’ve got because if you start, more than likely you will eventually be given an opportunity that will help you level up. Our packaging now looks nothing like that. It looked like it had been created in my bedroom because it had, and it was what I had to work with.
8. You were featured on Harry Connick Jr.’s show “Harry.” We have to ask, what was that experience like?
Oh my gosh. Harry is so dreamy. He is everything you would expect him to be, and he’s so nice. There was this part in the filming I tell him I got laid off March 4, and I always call that my emancipation day. I actually celebrate that day. And he said, “Well, you know ‘March fourth’ literally means ‘to go forward.’ So it was almost serendipitous that you got laid off on March 4.”
I was like, “I never thought about that before.” After we finished filming, he came over to me. It was just me and him, and he’s like, “I am so inspired by you.” I was like, “Really?” Because my mom was in heaven when she found out I was going on “Harry” because she has been a Harry Connick Jr. fan since I can remember. She always thought he was the bee’s knees. He’s like, “There’s a special place for people in heaven like you.” I was like, “Are you kidding me? He’s so sweet!”
I hire special needs workers, and he’s like, “There’s a special place for people who are making a profit but don’t just give money back. They actually find ways to not just give someone a fish, but train them to fish.” He’s like, “I’m really happy you came on the show.” He gave me a hug, and he smelled amazing. And it was great. I’m sad the show got canceled, but I’m really glad I had a chance to be on it. Via Naturalicious’ Facebook
8. You call your 8-year-old son your Chief Candy Curator. What does that title involve?
He came up with this job for himself. When he was about 2, he said he wanted to work for Naturalicious. I’m like, “Doing what? What can you contribute at 2?”
He’s like, “Everybody needs candy. We should give candy to everybody who buys from us.”
I’m thinking, how are we going to do that for people who buy at Whole Foods and these other stores? But then I realized we could do it for people who buy online.
So he decided that we were going to go to Sam’s Club or someplace that sold big bags of candy. He would pick out the candy, and he would include it and a note. They were like little scribble scrabbles because he was 2. And he would literally pick the candy, put it in the bags, fold it up and we would ship it out. This is when I was working in my basement.
As we leveled up and got into a dedicated space, by that time he was going to kindergarten and in school during the day while we were shipping, so he could no longer pick the candy and put it in the bags, but he still does select the candy. So he’s still in charge of what candy goes in the bags and he takes requests from Facebook live. We go to the store and buy a ton at once, usually once a quarter. We’ll tell our tribe, “Hey, we’re going to be buying candy on Saturday. Would you guys join and put your requests in?” And he will take requests. Someone will say, “I really want Snickers or Gobstoppers.” And he’ll go and try to find it and say, “I’ve got your Gobstoppers!” It’s a big deal, and it’s really fun.
It’s funny because he’s getting older, and he’s been doing it since he was 2. He’s 8 now, and so the customers are always like, “Caiden is going to be like 35 and still picking out candy!” Via Naturalicious’ Facebook Caiden, the Chief Candy Curator.
He’s starting to take on more responsibility now like in the summers, and when he’s at home from breaks he helps with fulfillment. He puts boxes together. He’ll help with production sometimes. So I’m grooming him to do things other than the candy thing, although the customers love it.
He’s so popular with the customers. His birthday on Jan. 4 comes around. I kid you not, we get cards in the mail. We get toys in the mail for him. We get “Happy Birthday Caiden!” in emails, letters, Facebook comments. My birthday comes around? Crickets! Nothing. I’m like, “He’s only giving you candy. I’m changing your life with a hair care product!” (laughs)
9. Your manufacturing facility is here in Detroit. What makes Detroit a great place to start a business?
Oh my gosh. There’s so many resources here for startups! First of all, the cost of living is very reasonable in comparison to Silicon Valley or even New York. There’s a lot of programs and resources for funding, which every business needs in order to run. We have Motor City Match, the Hatch Detroit competition and the Build Institute which is great for people who are at the very beginning and they need some training and help to level up and start up their startup.
Detroit has a wealth of resources. You just have to be tapped into it.
For me, Detroit is a perfect place to start a business. People underestimate Detroit, and they don’t expect a lot out of you. So when you perform extremely well at certain levels, they’re like, “Woah, that came from Detroit?” It’s kinda cool. I’m not originally from here, but I jokingly call myself “the Detroit defender” because when I tell people I live in Detroit, they always think about the bailout and auto industry and all the negative things. They think about that one section of Detroit that CNN always shows that’s abandoned where nobody lives.
So when I tell them, “There’s no place I’d rather be in the summer than in Detroit — it’s so lively and bustling. The ecosystem for entrepreneurship is incredible in Detroit.” They’re just like, “Really?” They can’t even fathom that because it’s not something they’ve even heard of before. So I love Detroit for those reasons.
10. What do you love most about what you do?
Seeing the faces of my customers light up when they finally find the products that work amazingly well for their hair. It can be a huge chore searching around for exactly the right products for your hair, and once you find them, you hold onto them forever, because from that point on, you know there are nothing but great hair days ahead.
11. Who’s been a mentor in your career and why?
Alfred Edmond Jr., editor of Black Enterprise magazine. He has interviewed and profiled some of the wealthiest and most accomplished people on earth. He’s a wealth of knowledge himself, and he is always eager to share his learnings from years in his career.
Jacki Kelley, deputy COO of Bloomberg. The first time I met her, I was just in awe of how smart, savvy and collected she was, despite how much responsibility she has. She’s also a wife and mom, and obviously has a super demanding career. She seems to always have the right answers about everything in business. I just adore her. I’m really honored to be a mentee of hers. Via Naturalicious’ Facebook
12. What’s something you learned along the way that you wish you knew before you started Naturalicious?
That at every level there’s a huge shift in how you must operate to be an effective and inspiring leader. You start your business as a doer, doing everything yourself. Then you hire some staff, but you’re still working ‘in” the business, so you become a “coworker,” essentially, as you work alongside your staff. Over time, you stop working so much “in” the business and start working “on” it. At that point you become a manager of people and the business. And then you eventually hire managers, as you shift into the role of a leader. You’re leading the entire time at every stage, but there’s a definite change in how you have to lead. I’ve recently made that shift from manager to leader, and it’s been quite different. It’s a total mindset change. I’m enjoying the process.
13. Favorite Instagram accounts to follow and why? @SaraBlakely — we met once so technically she’s not a formal mentor of mine, but I really feel like she and I are practically the same person in different bodies. Our personalities are pretty much exactly the same. I follow her and am always impressed by her grit, determination and willingness to put herself into any situation, whether it’s uncomfortable or not. She never takes herself too seriously, and I just love that about her. We have so much in common that it’s uncanny. Except for the billionaire part. But I’ll get there soon.
14. A book that everyone must read? “ Purple Cow” by Seth Godin Your Local Love List…
15. Go-tos for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Breakfast: Anna’s House. Lunch: Brooklyn Street Local. Dinner: Ottava Via.
16. Favorite coffee shop? I don’t drink coffee, but I do love tea; and for that I like Just Delicious Scones & The Royal Treat Tea Room.
17. Your go-to clothing shops? The Peacock Room and Busted Bra Shop.
18. On With my family, likely at a kid friendly outing that my little 8-year-old superhero son will enjoy. Lastly…
19. A friend told me that a teacher of his used to always say, “Excuses are tools of incompetence that build a bridge to nowhere. And those that specialize in them rarely specialize in anything else.” I love this quote and, while it sounds harsh, it inspires me to go for it, to get things done and always do it with excellence.
20. What’s next for you? Taking over the world, of course. LOL. Making Naturalicious’ timesaving beauty solutions even more accessible to our customers all around the globe. And traveling internationally…always. I can never have enough stamps on my passport.
have a third-degree black belt in karate. Hear Gwen Jimmere

COMING TO RETAILERS THIS WEEK!!

NEW RELEASES FOR WEEK OF APRIL 28, 2019.
ACCIDENTAL HUSBAND (INKED HEARTS) BY CRYSTAL KASWELL
Release Date : April 29, 2019
SYNOPSIS
It’s all fun and games in Vegas… until you accidentally marry your best friend.
Last night, I married Jules.
That’s right, I married the girl who thought I had cooties in fourth grade.
Yeah, we drank a few too many shots of tequila. We danced a little too close. But nothing prepared me for the taste of her soft lips.
All of a sudden, we were in a borrowed limo (don’t ask), ripping each other’s clothes off, whispering dirty promises.
Then I was on one knee, asking her to make it forever. And she was saying yes.
This morning, everything changed.
She wants to erase our night. Go back to normal.
Only there’s no more normal. I’m acutely aware of her long legs, her soft curves, her sweet moan.
Mistakes be damned.
She’s my wife. I’m not about to let her go.
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REVIEW : ACCIDENTAL HUSBAND (INKED HEARTS) BY CRYSTAL KASWELL
Accidental Husband by Crystal Kaswell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Why didn’t you tell me I was in love with you.” – Easter Parade, Fred Astaire (Don Hewes), Julie Garland (Hannah Brown)
Step aside Fred Astaire and Julie Garland, I’ve found a new favorite couple. Accidental Husband makes it okay to fall in love with hokey. Griff and Jules are match made in old movie heaven with a modern day appeal. Kaswell turns flawed into flawless with a comedic flair that stays in your mind and in your heart. That’s why she is a constant on any bookshelf.
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ENTANGLED (THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES) BY J.S. SCOTT
Release Date : April 30, 2019
SYNOPSIS
There’s nothing richer than a second chance in the steamy second book of New York Times bestselling author J.S. Scott’s Accidental Billionaires series.
Aiden Sinclair was a commercial fisherman before he suddenly came into his billionaire inheritance—not that he’s complaining. Being a Sinclair does have its perks. But things were simpler before the money. He may have been dirt poor, but he loved his job and fully intended to always come back from the sea to his girlfriend, Skye Weston, so they could move toward something more permanent. Or at least that had been the plan . . . until he returned from a two-month fishing trip to discover that she had moved away and was marrying somebody else. It tore his world apart.
Now Skye’s back in town after nearly a decade. She’s a single mother and just as beautiful as ever. However, for some odd reason, she appears to hate him, when it should be Aiden who wants nothing to do with the woman who dumped him. Unfortunately, more than nine years of separation has done nothing to put a damper on their white-hot chemistry when they’re together. But even if those feelings are real, Skye has been keeping secrets. The truth of the past is about to come to light, and there is so much more at stake than just Aiden’s heart.
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REVIEW : ENTANGLED (THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES) BY J.S. SCOTT
Entangled by J.S. Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fear made her fearless. Pain made her strong and love helped her survive. Entangled is a salute to the voices never heard. The hopes forever lost and the fighter who never quits. Scott celebrates the spirit of every person who has survived what seems impossible and found the hero and/or heroine within. For Aiden Sinclair and Skye Weston life was never a fairytale, but the glow of young love helped them get through. Until it all came crashing down. Can these former soulmates find their second chance in the ashes that were left behind?
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TANGLED UP IN YOU (THE SHAUGHNESSY BROTHERS) BY SAMANTHA CHASE
Release Date : April 30, 2019
SYNOPSIS
They’ll change each other’s fate…
One fateful night Bobby Hannigan sustains a gunshot wound that could end his career as a police officer. If that’s taken from him, he doesn’t know what he’ll do. The only ray of hope is Teagan Shaughnessy—a kindhearted single mom who understands his struggles…
Teagan and her young son have just moved back to the Carolina coast to be near family. When she meets Bobby, the timing feels wrong, but everything else feels oh-so-right. Bobby and Teagan each had plans for their own futures. But they’re finding that those plans are meaningless if they can’t be together…
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REVIEW : TANGLED UP IN YOU (THE SHAUGHNESSY BROTHERS) BY SAMANTHA CHASE
Tangled Up in You by Samantha Chase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A Samantha Chase read is like a favorite treat. There’s no way I can stop at just one. Chase opens our eyes to the best and worst that emotion has to offer by showing our hearts all the possibilities. Tangled Up in You is my lastest addiction. Chase gives readers a stroll down memory lane with a familiar family and some fresh new faces. Finally, Bobby Hannigan gets what he deserves and it’s not what I’d have expected. I remember Bobby as Anna’s older brother, from Always my Girl and to be honest, he didn’t make the best first impression. However, with a little help from life, he cleans up quite nice. The human bulldozer finally shows us his sensitive side. Who knew a Shaughnessy could tame the beast by giving him a reason to smile?
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THE SLOW BURN (MOONLIGHT & MOTOR OIL) BY KRISTEN ASHLEY (AUTHOR), STELLA BLOOM (NARRATOR), LANCE GREENFIELD (NARRATOR)
Release Date : April 30, 2019
SYNOPSIS
Tobias Gamble knew from a young age precisely the kind of woman he was going to make his. She was not going to be like his mother. She was going to be like the mother he claimed.
In other words, she was going to be just right.
And when Toby returns to his hometown of Matlock, Kentucky, and claps eyes on Adeline Forrester, he knows she’s the one.
The problem is, his brother Johnny has a new girlfriend. And Addie is her sister. Last, Toby would do nothing to hurt Johnny’s chance at happiness.
Toby hangs around town to get to know the woman Johnny fell in love with. He also hangs around to get to know Addie.
But he’s fallen hard, and he knows the best thing for him – and Addie – is for him to leave.
Addie Forrester is thrilled her sister Eliza found a good, solid man. Johnny Gamble is the salt of the earth. The best guy in the world.
The best except for his brother, Toby.
Toby doesn’t know it, but Addie’s fallen hard too. He’s perfect, except for the fact that he’s hands off and it’s torture, being friends with Toby when she wants so much more.
Addie also has a lot on her mind. She’s got bills to pay, her young son needs food, Christmas is coming, and her job at the grocery store just isn’t cutting it.
Toby is steering clear of Addie. Addie is steering clear of Toby. But everyone around them knows this is the slow burn.
Because just like Eliza and Johnny, Addie and Toby were made for each other.
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REVIEW : THE SLOW BURN (MOONLIGHT & MOTOR OIL) BY KRISTEN ASHLEY (AUTHOR), STELLA BLOOM (NARRATOR), LANCE GREENFIELD (NARRATOR)
The Slow Burn by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ashley has a way of grabbing hold of a heart and never letting go. The Slow Burn makes it easy to understand why. Addie and Toby have both experienced less than perfect. Just as they are ready to throw in the towel, love presents itself. At the worst possible time. Do they take a chance or walk away? I had the pleasure of discovering their journey in audio. Bloom and Greenfield brought life to an already emotional read. It felt like watching a movie unfold. There is something about hearing the words that stirs the inner workings of every emotion. I loved the experience.
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MORE THAN TEMPT YOU (MORE THAN WORDS) BY SHAYLA BLACK
Release Date : April 30, 2019
SYNOPSIS
I romanced her for revenge…but what if she’s not the enemy after all?
I’m Clint Holmes. I was an ambitious guy with a busy life and a growing business. Sure North Dakota wasn’t a tropical paradise, but I was happy enough—until tragedy struck. Now the only thing that matters is finding the person responsible and making her pay. But Bethany Banks is a Harvard-educated shark used to swallowing her enemies whole while playing dangerous corporate games. How can a blue-collar oil man like me possibly beat her?
The moment I lay eyes on my beautiful nemesis, the answer is obvious. I seduce her.
On Maui, where she’s fled, I get to know the man-eater who caused my family so much pain…only to find she’s not the brazen ballbuster I assumed. She’s skittish, secretive, vulnerable. For some reason, my instinct is to protect her. I can’t abandon my plan…but I can’t stop wanting her. Night after night, I pry her open with my touch until I’m drowning in our passion. Soon, I’m questioning everything, especially the fine line between love and hate. But when the past comes back to wreak vengeance and the truth explodes, can I prove that I’m more than tempted to love her forever?
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REVIEW : MORE THAN TEMPT YOU (MORE THAN WORDS) BY SHAYLA BLACK
More Than Tempt You by Shayla Black
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Shayla Black is one author that knows her stuff. She’s not afraid to go beyond the beauty and expose the flaws that are often glossed over in romance. She dares to be bold and show the human side not just the fairytale fantasy. More than Tempt You begins as a temptation. A plot for revenge proves a wake-up call for two guarded hearts. Clint has seen his share of tragedy, will he be instrumental in becoming his own undoing? Broken hearts, hidden agendas, explosive chemistry and tons of emotion, make for a wild ride anytime Ms. Black is running the show.
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FLUFFY BY JULIA KENT
Release Date : April 30, 2019
SYNOPSIS
An all-new STANDALONE from New York Times bestselling author Julia Kent.
It all started with the wrong Help Wanted ad. Of course it did.
I’m a professional fluffer. It’s NOT what you think. I stage homes for a living. Real estate agents love me, and my work stands on its own merits.
Sigh. Get your mind out of the gutter. Go ahead. Laugh. I’ll wait.
See? That’s the problem. My career has used the term “fluffer” for decades. I didn’t even know there was a more… lascivious definition of the term.
Until it was too late.
The ad for a “professional fluffer” on Craigslist seemed like divine intervention. My last unemployment check was in the bank. I was desperate. Rent was due. The ad said cash paid at the end of the day. The perfect job!
Staging homes means showing your best angle. The same principle applies in making a certain kind of movie. Turns out a “fluffer” doesn’t arrange decorative pillows on a couch.
They arrange other soft, round-ish objects.
The job isn’t hard. Er, I mean, it is — it’s about being hard. Or, well… helping other people to be hard.
Oh, man…
And that’s the other problem. A man. No, not one of the stars on the movie set. Will Lotham – my high school crush. The owner of the house where we’re filming. Illegally. In a vacation rental.
By the time the cops show up, what I thought was just a great house staging gig turned into a nightmare involving pictures of me with an undressed star, Will rescuing me from an arrest, and a humiliating lesson in my own naivete.
My job turned out to be so much harder than I expected. But you know what’s easier than I ever imagined?
Having all my dreams come true.
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REVIEW : FLUFFY BY JULIA KENT
Fluffy by Julia Kent
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fluffy is everything you would expect from a Julia Kent novel. Mischievously funny. Irresistibly charming and hard to let go of in the end. I laughed my way to tears. Mal is a tad goofy, but all heart. When desperation lands her in an awkward situation is when the laugh out loud moments begin. What I love most about this author is that the imperfections are what make the story great. Ms. Kent finds gold in the awkward and that’s what appeals to the human in us all.
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ONE NIGHT OF SURRENDER (WICKED DUKES CLUB) BY DARCY BURKE
Release Date : April 30, 2019
SYNOPSIS
After one passionate night a decade ago, Valentine Fairfax, Duke of Eastleigh, never forgot Isabelle, the intelligent, witty and forbidden daughter of a head of college at Oxford. However, since suffering a disastrous marriage to an unfaithful wife, the duke has vowed never to succumb to temptation again. Until the day he discovers his friend’s governess is the one woman who still haunts his dreams.
Once penniless, Isabelle Cortland has finally saved enough money to finance a school for impoverished girls. But when a chance encounter rekindles buried desires, Isabelle knows she can’t be a duke’s mistress and a headmistress at the same time. No longer a naïve girl, Isabelle won’t repeat the past. Not even for one night of surrender…
Meet the unforgettable men of London’s most notorious tavern, The Wicked Duke . Seductively handsome, with charm and wit to spare, one night with these rakes and rogues will never be enough…
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REVIEW : ONE NIGHT OF SURRENDER (WICKED DUKES CLUB) BY DARCY BURKE
One Night of Surrender by Darcy Burke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Darcy Burke dreams up some of the best heroes and heroines. They charm as much as they frustrate, yet it’s the skill in which she exposes their imperfections, that make them captivating to read. One Night of Surrender is a passionate tale. Valentine and Isa are two ships passing in the night until fate throws them a lifeline. Will they survive the dark waters ahead or wind up shipwrecked on Heartbreak Island? Burke packs a mountain of turbulence into a mesmerizing love story.
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DUMP & CHASE (NASHVILLE ASSASSINS: NEXT GENERATION) BY TONI ALEO
Release Date : April 30, 2019
SYNOPSIS
Shelli Adler has known what she wanted since she was eleven years old.
Aiden Brooks.
But Aiden has always had other ideas. After spending the early years of his life without his dad, hockey legend Lucas Brooks, Aiden is determined not to settle for anything less than true love. When he’s ready. Now he’s living the fast life of an NHL bachelor. He won’t give his heart to any one girl, but they can have his body—all night long.
The party to celebrate the start of the second half of the season was supposed to be no different from any other night. And when a stunning stranger approaches him, he can’t seem to keep his hands off her.
The next morning, she’s gone, and he’s been traded to his dad’s former team, the Nashville Assassins. All of his professional dreams are coming true, but he can’t shake the memory of the girl from that last party. He wants to see her again. Though, after moving across the country—and without knowing her name—that dream seems like a puck destined to miss the net.
For Shelli, her night with Aiden was everything she’d ever imagined it could be, and she’s sure it is all about to change for them. But for that to happen…he would have to know who she was.
The Dump was only the beginning. The Chase is worth waiting a lifetime for.
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REVIEW : DUMP & CHASE (NASHVILLE ASSASSINS: NEXT GENERATION) BY TONI ALEO
Dump and Chase by Toni Aleo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Old friends discover an alliance of the heart, that’s been years in the making. Shelli and Aiden are about to learn that a happy ending is worth the heartache in Toni Aleo’s, Dump & Chase . Shelli Adler has always had a soft spot in her heart for Aiden Brooks. Her childhood crush turned to an adult yearning. After years of longing, she surprises herself by acting on her feelings, unfortunately cold feet had her disappearing the morning after. Aiden gave his body to a stranger. One night has him wanting more, but what happens when that mysterious stranger turns out to be more familiar than he could have ever dreamed? Dump & Chase slides right into your heart. Aleo mixes sentimental with sensual and creates an unforgettable romance. View all my reviews
RETURN OF THE PRINCE (THE PRINCE DUET) BY NANA MALONE
Release Date : April 30, 2019
SYNOPSIS
They said I’d never come home again…they were wrong.
There is one person worth returning home for. Her. One little problem. She hates me. She should, I left her behind.
Now I’m back and I with a score to settle, and I will do what ever it takes to to win her back.
Even if it means spilling my secrets.
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REVIEW : RETURN OF THE PRINCE (THE PRINCE DUET) BY NANA MALONE
Return of the Prince by Nana Malone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The wait is over. Ariel FINALLY gets the chance to unbreak her heart. Malone has kept readers waiting long enough and she delivered as only she can. With Return of the Prince , I got to revisit old friends, discover new ones and dive into danger with an intriguing royal entourage. Is this the beginning of the end? Or the start of something new? By now these characters are embedded deep within my heart and reside in a place of honor on my bookshelves. My only disappointment is that I have to wait To Love a Prince . View all my reviews
FIGHTING FOR OUR FOREVER (BEAUMONTS: THE NEXT GENERATION) BY HEIDI MCLAUGHLIN
Release Date : April 30, 2019
SYNOPSIS
The members of Sinful Distraction are living their best life as they travel around the country on the heels of 4225 West’s sold-out tour. Unfortunately for drummer, Ajay Ballard, that means a stop at the county jail after he’s arrested for an outstanding warrant – one he didn’t even know about. With an overzealous judge, Ajay’s forced to hang out in his hometown longer than anticipated.
While the town folk aren’t exactly rolling out the red carpet for him, Quinn, Elle and the rest of Sinful Distraction are warmly welcomed into the fold.
Some never get over their first love while some just can’t erase the memories. Jameson Foster falls somewhere in the middle. She’s done her best to let the past stay in the past…until she’s forced to save the one man who ruined her.
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REVIEW : FIGHTING FOR OUR FOREVER (BEAUMONTS: THE NEXT GENERATION) BY HEIDI MCLAUGHLIN
Fighting For Our Forever by Heidi McLaughlin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Don’t break the heart that loves you or it could come back and bite you in the ***. McLaughlin proves herself too be a connoisseur when it comes to matters of the heart. Jameson and Ajay make it hard to say goodbye, even for a little while. Fighting for Our Forever is a second chance that is as haunting as it is humorous. This couple make get off to a rocky start, but once they see their way clear, they embed themselves into the deepest recesses of the heart.
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TERRIER TRANSGRESSIONS (PET WHISPERER PI) BY MOLLY FITZ
Release Date : May 1, 2019
SYNOPSIS
I’m finally coming to terms with the fact I can speak to animals, even though the only one who ever talks back is the crabby tabby I’ve taken to calling Octo-Cat. What I haven’t quite worked out is how to hide my secret…
Now one of the associates at my law firm has discovered this strange new talent of mine and insists I use it to help defend his client against a double murder charge. To make things worse, I kind of have the hots for this Charles Longfellow, III.
And even worse than that? Octo-Cat can’t stand the guy and not-so-lovingly refers to him as “Upchuck.” Ugh! Despite none of us being happy about it, we’re a team now, which means it’s up to us to find out who committed the crime our client is being blamed for.
Throw in a spastic Yorkie who hasn’t figured out his owner is dead, and oh boy… How is this my life now?
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REVIEW : TERRIER TRANSGRESSIONS (PET WHISPERER PI) BY MOLLY FITZ
Terrier Transgressions by Molly Fitz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Move over Sherlock Holmes. Here’s comes the pet patrol. The Pet Whisperer and her trusty crew of misfits are on the case. With danger on their tail and a murderer in their sights, Angie and Octo-cat may have bitten off more than they can chew. Add in a heartbroken, somewhat clueless Terrier, a not so well guarded secret and an unpredictable chain of events, leads to an intriguing mass of chaos. Terrier Transgressions is a different kind of mystery. Humorous adventure, captivating story and an enchanting concept. I get a kick out of over the top and Fitz delivered the goods.
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ALL IN (7 STUD CLUB) BY CHRISTIE RIDGWAY
Release Date : May 2, 2019
SYNOPSIS
Seven Poker Night buddies are very good with their hands…and are about to lose their hearts! Each one comes to learn that only great risk leads to great reward…
John Boone loves women, and avoids focusing on just one until he meets his temporary next-door-neighbor, Gemma Marquette. She’s fancy high heels to his scuffed construction boots and soft pop to his hard rock, yet there’s an attraction that neither can deny. But he also recognizes a woman who wants forever, so he’s determined to keep his hands off until Gemma suggests one way to manage their combustible chemistry…a fling!
Experience has taught Gemma to distrust commitment no matter how much she might desire it, so she’s on a guy hiatus when a handsome, sexy mountain of a man takes notice of her. All those muscles might be too hot to handle, but she finds herself compelled to give it a try…while still holding her heart safe. For as long as she can, that is…
ALL IN is book one in the 7 Stud Club series and is a STANDALONE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE.
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REVIEW : ALL IN (7 STUD CLUB) BY CHRISTIE RIDGWAY
All In by Christie Ridgway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
His body may be a free agent, but he keeps his heart under lock and key. She was never part of the plan, but his heart has him rethinking everything. Gemma has had her heart stepped on far too many times to trust it. Can the playboy next door, give her the courage to give love one more try? All In is a party. Emotions tend to travel all over the place, yet Ridgway proves her staying power with well placed humor that hits straight at the heart. Another bullseye for Christie Ridgway.
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KISS ME TONIGHT (PUT A RING ON IT) BY MARIA LUIS
Release Date : May 2, 2019
SYNOPSIS
I had it all.
The Super Bowl rings.
The hot shot TV gig.
Then I got fired.
Now I’m living in
middle-of-nowhere Maine, playing assistant coach to the woman of my nightmares.
Did I mention that she
and her son are my new neighbors?
If you talk to the
locals, they’ll tell you Aspen Levi is the queen of high school football.
But if you ask me, my new head coach is a pain in my left nut sac.
She’s too blonde.
Too peppy.
And way too sexy for my
peace of mind.
Only, one minute we’re
fighting, and the next I can’t keep my hands off her. One hot kiss. One
forbidden touch. I don’t do love but . . .
What I want, I take, and
what I want is Aspen Levi.
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REVIEW : KISS ME TONIGHT (PUT A RING ON IT) BY MARIA LUIS
Kiss Me Tonight by Maria Luis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There was a great deal to love about Kiss Me Tonight . Dominic and Aspen are a work in progress. They don’t always see eye to eye, but it’s easy to tell there’s something simmering just below the surface. Hats off to Luis for creating a character like Aspen. Fearless when it comes to loving her son and being the best mother she can be. Single motherhood is hard work and I applaud every woman that has been faced with that challenge. Dominic makes it tough to get to know him, yet hard not to love him. Kiss Me Tonight is a humorous, heartwarming, frustrating, unpredictable, irresistible work of art. TOUCHDOWN! View all my reviews
BIRTH OF A BABY DADDY (THE BAILEY’S) BY PIPER RAYNE
Release Date : May 2, 2019
SYNOPSIS
If you’re having fun living your bachelor life in your Alaskan hometown and out of nowhere a woman shows up holding a baby she insists is yours, you need a plan-a birth plan.
BP Step #1 – Lift your jaw off the floor.
BP Step #2 – Figure out the baby’s age-do the math.
BP Step #3 – Try to remember the woman and with any luck, her name.
BP Step #4 – Double check that she’s not confusing you with your twin brother.
BP Step #5 – Ignore your five sister’s scowls as your entire family watches the drama unfold.
There’s only one thing you shouldn’t do.
BP Step #6 – Don’t assume she’s there because she wants your daughter to call you Daddy. You’ll only end up disappointed.
Time to figure out a new plan-one that changes her mind.
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REVIEW : BIRTH OF A BABY DADDY (THE BAILEY’S) BY PIPER RAYNE
Birth of a Baby Daddy by Piper Rayne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
More shake ups to the Baileys’ clan are on the horizon and this time it entails more than romance. Piper Rayne delivered a cliffhanger at the end of Jilted Bride that left die hard fans in an uproar. Birth of a Baby Daddy provides the chance to finally get the answers wanted, while falling in love with a family that’s hard to forget. Harley and baby Calista give hearts something to sing about in this emotional, witty, addiction inducing, heartwarming read.
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Contemplation: April 29, 2019: Travelling Companions

Contemplation: April 29 , 2019: Travelling Companions
Travelling Companions
On the journey of life, we find many travelling companions. Some are like-minded, others’ are incompatible. Some encourage us to travel further; others’ may hold us back. Some stay with us until their own journey steers them on a different course, and then we say goodbye!
Today, take a moment to appreciate your travelling companions.
Co-operation
Normally there is a tendency to do everything alone. We mostly feel
that it is much easier not to involve too many people in order to
avoid the different kinds of personalities we have to deal with. We do
expect others’ help but not always do we get that. We then continue to
blame them which only creates negative feelings. So the responsibility
seems like a burden and we feel heavy. The basis of the success of any
task is the combined resources of many people. Each and everyone have
his own specialties and when we are able to connect to them, we are
able to make use of them for the task. So even the biggest task seems
easy with the cooperation of all. Secondly, our positive feelings
combined with the good wishes of all involved will be for the task
which will add to its success.
Identity Crisis
The primary quality or the original condition of a pure mind, a pure self, is peace. Initially there was no confusion about ‘who I am’. As time passed by, and we came in the process of birth and rebirth, we began to identify with what we are not, starting with our own physical form, and then with external things like lands, positions, material possessions and people. These multiple identities generated the first confusions. In those moments, our inner peace was broken. This is why today many of us suffer from an identity crisis, but we are so used to living in this crisis that we are not even aware that it is a crisis. We are not sure what we should be. We are constantly comparing ourselves with others. We regularly aim to be like others. We even imitate (copy) the lifestyles of others: all signs that we don’t know who or what we are. And if we think we are sure about who we are, the stability it brings does not last for long, as it is almost always based on something external to the self, something that must therefore be subject to change. In other words each and every one of us has learned to identify with something we are not.
This loss of true self-identity, at the most deep level, the spiritual level, is what gives rise to fear. And when what we fear might happen actually does happen, we get angry and try to control what we cannot control, so that it doesn’t happen again.
Soul Sustenance
Performing A Spiritual Audit At The End Of The Day – Part 1
Our normal day at the office or/and at home is filled with lots of actions and interactions. On a normal day, without realizing consciously, we create almost 30,000-40,000 thoughts. So, not only are we active physically but extremely active on a subtle or non-physical level also. Imagine sleeping with all this burden of thoughts, words and actions which have been created throughout the day, many of which have been waste and negative in nature. What would be the resulting quality of my sleep? So it is extremely important to perform a spiritual/emotional audit or evaluation at the end of each day.
In a lot of professional sectors of life today, people recognize the need for reflection and audit, not only of financial records but also a general evaluation of the respective sector, to maintain and improve both the service to customers and the job satisfaction of people working in the sector. Checking my own behavior, as a daily exercise; not just checking, but also bringing about respective changes for the next day, enables me to continue to develop and grow, as a human being and in the quality of my work and personal and professional relationships. Have gone through the self-evaluation, it is also advised to become completely light by submitting the mistakes made and heaviness accumulated in the day to the Supreme Being. Doing this helps me put a full-stop to the same and settle all my spiritual accounts at the end of the day. I need to put an end to all commas (when looking at scenes that caused me to slow down and reduced the speed of my progress), question marks (when looking at scenes which caused a why, what, how, when, etc…. in my consciousness) and exclamation marks (when looking at negative or waste scenes, which were unexpected and surprising) which were created in the day’s activities. Along with remembering what all good happened during the day, what did I achieve and what good actions did I perform, there is lots to forget at the end of the day, which should not be carried into my sleep at any cost. Disturbed, thought-filled, unsound sleep, will result in a not so fresh body and mind the next morning, which will cause my mood to be disturbed, adversely affecting the following day.
(To be continued tomorrow…)
Message for the day
To be clean at heart is to give happiness to others.
Expression: The one who has a clean heart is the one who always tries to do the best for those with whom he comes in contact. Thus, the person develops the ability to accept others as they are and ignore anything wrong done by them. Instead, he is able to do the right action without losing the balance. So such a person brings happiness for himself and for others through every action he performs.
Experience: When I have a clean heart I am able to have an experience of my inner qualities. I am able to enjoy the beauty of the different relationships, each relationship and each person being unique. Thus others are able to get in touch with their inner beauty too. So there is happiness experienced by all.

Be Always With BapDada

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  1. Fritz September 16, 2019
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