January 13th, 2015

Damon Braces are On!

So I have my braces on! Woohoo!

2015-01-09 After Braces On
Without getting into too much detail  here, just know it went well.

I have posted a few YouTube videos detailing my experience.

I did NOT edit the first video…I will go back and correct that this weekend. But I did get a chance to edit the other videos. So I apologize in advance for the two encounters with my children while filming.

Questions and comments are always welcome.

I have a few upcoming book giveaways so stay tuned!

Damon Braces Adventure Videos




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Personal Updates

January 6th, 2015

Damon Braces in 3 days!

Book lovers, please excuse these personal blog posts covering my journey with braces. Unless, of course, you are interested!

A few months ago I committed to correcting my teeth. Many never would have thought that my teeth were a sensitive subject of mine but they are and have been from a very young age.

Take these school portrait pictures for example.

000 Jessica Kindergarten

Kindergarten

001 Jessica 1st Grade

1st Grade

002 Jessica 2nd Grade

2nd Grade

003 Jessica 3rd Grade

3rd Grade

004 Jessica 4th Grade

4th Grade

005 Jessica 5th Grade

5th Grade

007 Jessica 7th Jennifer 3rd Grade

7th Grade

 

Up until 4th grade I had a massive cheese going on. 5th grade I was like, “nope, not happening again this year”; maybe the crazy vest made up for it though? Couldn’t find my 6th grade picture but I was back to a big toothy smile in 7th grade with my little sister Jennifer. By then I seemed to have grown into my large smile but still had issues with showing too much gum.

I have since mastered that issue by controlling just how much I smile. That is not fun and no one should feel like they need to limit their smile for fear of showing too much gum or funky teeth but we still do. I am 31 and I have had enough with feeling bad about my teeth and smile.

Many people have vocalized their confusion as to why I think I need braces. “Your teeth are fine.” they say. The simplest answer is because I do. :P I need it for myself. It is not a want, it is a need. I need it for my emotional health. Yes, there are also physical health benefits as well such as correcting my bite. I also have a slight issue with TMJ that braces will help fix once my bite is realigned. I also have overcrowding on top and bottom, which cause the hated issue of food continuously getting stuck in my teeth causing a whole other issue I hate dealing with in public. But mostly I need to be able to feel comfortable with smiling. I need to feel good about my teeth. Because right now I do not.

The orthodontist I selected was based on the location of offices and word of mouth. Dr. Toothman of Toothman Orthodontics is based in Frederick Maryland but also has an office in Hagerstown. They offer a variety of orthodontics but I have selected to go with the Damon System utilizing the Damon Clear brackets on my top 6 front teeth and the metal Damon brackets on the remaining teeth. I initially wanted to do Invisalign but since they are removable I decided I did not want to potentially waste my money because I am a known quitter.

I plan to do vlogs (video blogs) to update my progress with the Damon braces. I hope to start them after my braces are put on and monthly or so afterwards.

My braces go on Friday, January 09, 2015 at 8:30 am. I am excited!

Here are my before braces pictures. Click to see a larger picture! Wish me luck!

2014-11-18 Initial Exam-Composite

 


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“What if you could live forever?”

Drinking from the spring in Tuck Everlasting promises that you will be granted the opportunity to live forever. Would you drink from the spring?

That is a tough question to answer. It is almost like would you become a vampire or werewolf which also promises immortality? The spring merely promises you to continue being a human. While the prospect of immortality is interesting to me it is not quite as cool as a supernatural ability or super power. I think if another attribute came along with it then I might drink from the spring. Just being a plain human sounds like life would get boring, unless I was able to share that time with another person I love and adore, such as my husband. However, when you mix our children into the equation my answer will change. I would love to live old enough to see my children prosper and even see my grandchildren or great-grandchildren even would be lovely. However, I would not want to see anyone I love to perish before me. That would be torture and I do not enjoy torture.

What about you?

The 40th Anniversary Edition publishes on January 20th; however, you can pre-order a copy by going to the Macmillan website!

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Book Reviews

Captive

Book Covers

For me personally, book covers, titles, and series titles should support the story as much as possible. These elements are the initial marketing that readers see or hear. They either grasp our attention and interest or they…..don’t.

Pawn
The cover of Pawn is a great example of tying the cover to the story. Before reading the book you would not be able to see all the details and how they factor in but there are many in this cover.

First, the title Pawn is supported with the chess piece in the upper right hand corner. It is also supported by the teaser line of “The first move is hers…”. Then we see the maze like center, which is later revealed to be a necklace that Lila receives. The center of the maze details an eye and the Roman numeral of three. The importance of the bright blue eye is explained. Kitty’s eye color is a perfect match to Lila’s, a Hart signature, and we find out that the eyes are the one thing that cannot be changed when someone is masked.  The number three represents Kitty’s status in society. The cover is gray such as the color of stone.

Captive
Taking a closer look at Captive we see the same blue eye but the three is no longer there and is replaced with a seven. The maze like detail has changed. I suspect this might be to represent Section X of Elsewhere. The chess piece in the corner has increased rank from a pawn to a rook. The teaser line is now “Some moves are riskier than others”. The color of the cover is now a wood color which would represent an increase from stone. This cover does not have as many details to uncover as the first book. The major differences are the maze, the number in the eye and of course the cover color.

The next book in the series was announced to be called Queen. I suspect to see a queen chess piece in the corner, an X in the blue eye and I am not quite sure about the maze or the cover color. I want to say an iron color but that would be too close to the Pawn stone colored cover.

What are your thoughts on these covers?

About Captive

For the past two months, Kitty Doe’s life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister’s niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she’s accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she’ll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

About Pawn

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.
 
If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.
 
There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand.

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Book Reviews

Dark Triumph
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. What an amazing book!

I read the first book of this series quite a long time ago.
I hardly remembered what happened in the first book but I knew one thing: I loved it.

This book is no different. LOVE.
Sybella is such a strong character. She endures so much and overcomes everything while retaining who she is. Her family is whacked. WTH is wrong with those men!

Beast, oh Beast. He really steals the show sometimes. I also loved this character. Sybella and he are perfect traveling companions. She plays nursemaid very well.

If you enjoyed the first book you will no doubt love this book too.
If you enjoy historical fantasy you will also enjoy this book. It is full of adventure, historical political issues and alight with humor at perfect times.

I especially loved the author’s closing notes at the end where she justifies some of the terms she used. She also explains the timing of actual historical events that she based this book on. I found it intriguing to learn that such events actually happened!

I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

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Book Reviews, HMH, Read in 2014

The Vault of Dreamers
The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A great concept. Love this author. I was skeptical about this book about half way through but then realized that I had to have faith in the author.

What a fantastic read!
Highly recommend.

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Book Reviews


Undertow by K.R. Conway

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book.

It is unfortunate that it has some similarities to Twilight and Vampire Diaries but overall, I enjoyed it so much that I forgive these likenesses.

Eila and Raef have one of those instant super natural charged love at first sight things going on.
It’s strong and hot, which is an okay thing but I guess I’ve just read enough contemporary stories lately that I missed the getting to know you background filler. Instead we’re thrown into this strange world of otherworldly creatures with special abilities and oh, my goodness, everyone is trying to kill me situations.

I love the side characters of Ana, Kian and MJ.

I’m off to start the next book of the series! I guess that goes to show that I really did enjoy this book in the end.

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Book Reviews

Suspicion
Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Suspicion had the premise to be an excellent book.

However, I believe the layout and details put into the beginning chapters was done all wrong.

Too much time was spent leading up to Imogen’s move to Rockford Manor. Once there Imogen’s story moved much faster, maybe even too fast.

Overall, the concept and the characters were great. Unfortunately I did not love it all that much.

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Book Reviews

The Bridge from Me to You
The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a super cute book about two teens struggling through some tough times.

It’s difficult to review this without getting into the details. Let’s just say that if you enjoy sports references as well as strong willed girl characters you’ll probably like this book.

I especially love the title. I can’t help but swoon when the title plays such a heavy relevance to the story.

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Book Reviews

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Are these moments some of your favorites?

Which moment is your favorite?

One of my most favorite moments is when Augustus, Hazel and Isaac are egging Isaac’s ex-girlfriend’s car. Hazel is feeling a little weary of throwing eggs in the middle of the day and asks Augustus if they should come back when it’s dark. Augustus’ reply is brilliant “It’s always dark to Isaac.”. BRILLIANT.

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Giveaway will end at midnight next Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Open to US and Canada only.


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