This collection is eclectic because I only recently subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, so I’m reading whatever has the best reviews. Except for The Dark Monk (sequel to The Hangman’s Daughter) and Wool, these are fast-paced novels that can be completed in under 10 hours. Oh, I should also mention the The Dark Monk isn’t on Kindle Unlimited. I just happened to have a copy.

Wired by Douglas E. Richards

By and far, Wired is my favorite title on this list. I felt like I’d learned a lot, but it wasn’t like classroom study. Richards is creative in that way. He can weave philosophy and science into a story without distracting from the story. Everything is interesting and everything has value. This one’s a page-turner for sure.

It’s action, sci-fi, and a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. The story follows David Desh, a sexy, ex-special forces soldier. He retired from the military after his team was viciously murdered in Iran, but he’s activated a final time to take down Kira Miller, a brilliant genetic-engineer-turned-bioterrorist.

Kira’s discovered a technology that allows the user to expand their mental capacities beyond the boundaries of normal human capacity (think Limitless); however, this superhuman intelligence comes with a price, a terrifying megalomania. Desh finds himself involved in a dangerous plot that has the potential to change the course of human history. He’s lured into a complex web of deceit and lies, and will ultimately have to choose between following the orders of his government and trusting the one person he’s been told he can’t trust.

I recommend this novel to everyone.

Wreckage by Emily Bleeker

What the… huh? Although I really liked Wreckage by Emily Bleeker, it left me with a lot of questions. The novel is great until the end where I was left scratching my head. I won’t give away any spoilers, but I would love it if someone I knew read it, so we could discuss the somewhat ridiculous ending.

Lillian Linden and Dave Hall are the sole survivors of a plane crash…Or are they? After the crash, the survivors found refuge on a deserted island in the South Pacific. I love island romances, and this one didn’t disappoint. Lillian and Dave feel drawn to one another, such as two connecting puzzle pieces.

The novel is told from two perspectives, Lillian’s and Dave’s. It opens post-crash, Continue reading

How to Use SEO and SEM to Improve Your Blog

You have to blog

Blogging is the perfect way for an individual or business to publish content online. It can be used to display a wide range of media, including text, images, video, sound, and movie content. Because a blog is an effective way to promote products, services, brands, and personalities, it’s essential that blogs meet the needs of modern search engines (specifically the giant Google), so users are able to find your content in organic search results.

Remember: The Google search engine is currently the most powerful of all the search engines. With over 100 billion hits every month of the year, Google is extremely important to the success of your blog. Google is currently punishing sites that aren’t mobile-friendly, so make this change if you haven’t already.

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. SEM stands for Search Engine Marketing. Both are extremely important to your blog’s success. SEO and SEM are the ways in which search engines find your blog, rank it, and thus deliver it in results pages. So, what’s the importance of high-quality SEO implementation to your blog? Well, in short, the better your SEO, the sooner you’ll come up on search engine results pages (SERPs). If you want to come up on the first page of Google, you’ll need to do some work. Only SEO can effectively be implemented in a way that allows your blog to reach a large targeted audience.

How to Use SEO on Your Blog

Both written content and your site’s architecture will have an impact on SEO.

Your site’s architecture is essentially its design. Your user interface needs to be well-designed, easy-to-use, and all elements must be visible to the reader. If you have a high number of ads, Google will rank you lower.

Content must be well-written an informative to make an impact. Written content should feature keywords, specifically researched to draw traffic. Google offers development tools to aid in the keyword selection process. Seek out keywords that are low competition, and write articles that include the keyword once or twice per page.

Focus on your subject and become an authoritative figure; meaning, know what you’re talking about and deliver high-quality content. Once Google views you as an authority on a given topic, it will direct more traffic your way.

Plus, by delivering high-quality content, you will stand out to your readers. You will begin to create a group of loyal readers, Continue reading

Top 5 Reasons to Hire an SEO Company

Cycle of SEO

From the biggest industry giants to the recently opened neighborhood barber shop, one fact always holds true – products and services need customers. Advertising plays an integral role in securing customers. Corporate entities allocate substantial sums of money for advertising to ensure the public recognizes their brands, and the products/services they’re offering. Even small businesses understand the importance of advertising, but who has the time to manage an ad campaign; especially, an online campaign that requires weeks of research and content implementation?

That’s where we come in; SEO companies are capable of leveraging today’s technology in order to take the art of advertising into broader frontiers. We ensure your business competes on a level playing field. Below are the top 5 reasons to hire an SEO company to promote your products and services.

Technology and Internet Trends Change Constantly

SEO professionals consistently improve their skills to meet the demands of algorithm changes. Google, the search engine industry giant, constantly changes the way it ranks websites. SEO professionals keep up with these changes, and regularly update your site’s architecture and content to meet the needs of search engines. This ensures you’re never outranked.

Google’s changes have caused some businesses to face hardships, but a quality SEO professional can tackle the changing algorithm in a way that never affects your rankings. For example, I knew long before April 21st that Google would implement mobile changes on that date. The search giant was going mobile, and that meant a few of my customers would face losing their ranking if their sites weren’t updated. Using fast one-click installs, my customers were mobile long before April 21st.

If your site isn’t mobile-friendly, Google is punishing you. The search giant does not favor basic sites. An SEO professional can improve your site’s architecture; including configuring it for mobile devices. Plus, this configuration will lead to a more favorable customer experience. A better website could result in more sales, and happier customers typically boast the benefits of your business both in-person and online.

SEO Companies Connect and Manage Your Social Media Accounts

SEO companies can help with new and powerful strategies to reach the masses for any business large or small. Social Media Marketing campaigns, together with SEM (Search Engine Marketing) techniques, can drive traffic to a businesses’ web address. The “word of mouth” reports that naturally occur on social media platforms spread Continue reading

5 Truths about Google’s latest updates on Mobile-friendliness

Get Mobile Friendly

It’s so unfortunate, but many have not taken heed of Google’s April 21st update on mobile friendliness. If your site isn’t mobile friendly, you’re going to see a dip in traffic. Google has changed its ranking algorithm, which has put your non-mobile-friendly site in deep trouble.

There are many things you must learn concerning this algorithm change. Luckily, Google has furnished a lot of information about the changes because they don’t want webmasters caught off-guard. Learning and implementing the changes will save you from the imminent danger of being blacklisted by the mega-search-engine.

Make Your Site Mobile-Friendly

Talk to your host if your site isn’t mobile-friendly. If you’re using a web developer or service to maintain your site, you must ask them to update the site to become mobile friendly.

This isn’t difficult, unless your site is running a complicated algorithm, in which case it may be costly to make the upgrade. If your site features a fairly simple design, the upgrade to mobile-friendliness should not take more than a few minutes, and shouldn’t require a large financial investment.

You can check if your site is mobile-friendly using Google’s mobile-friendly test. If your site doesn’t score well, there’s a serious problem. Address is immediately to ensure you don’t lose traffic and rankings.

It’s Okay to Use Separate Hosting for Desktop and Mobile Sites

What’s the relationship between responsive web design, and sites that use separate hosting for their desktop sites and mobile sites, such as and According to Google, they treat mobile-friendliness the same across all configurations, so if you have a separate link, you’re adhering to their policy and your site won’t be affected.

It doesn’t matter if your desktop site is designed to be mobile responsive, so long as mobile users are redirected to the separate URL, and therefore capable of viewing your site on their devices. The bottom line is that you’re sure Google bots are properly crawling and serving all mobile pages.

The High Cost of Not Adhering

Google uses a number of factors to determine the ranking of your specific page. You may still be ranked if your site is not mobile responsive, but your current ranking can and will go down. In fact, Google may stop ranking you all together, and allow you to slip from search engine results completely.

Don’t let this happen!

SEO SEM campaigns will Continue reading

Rheumatic knees


Osteoarthritis is the most common rheumatic disease and it is degenerative in nature. Its frequency can be explained by prolonged life expectancy as well as unhealthy habits that most modern people have. It is characterized by deterioration of cartilage which is present in joints. Although it can affect any part of our body, it usually affects bigger joints such as knees. This comes as a no surprise given how much pressure our knees have to endure during the life.

Besides cartilage, this disease can also affect other parts of the knee, primarily connective tissue and other parts that are regularly spent during movement. This tissue is regularly replenished within the body of healthy people. But, those who are affected by osteoarthritis spend it much faster than they can replenish it. In time, they weaken and eventually disappear. At the same time, this leads to severe changes to the bones, they are becoming harder (due to mineral salts deposits) and growth called osteophyte starts to appear on the surface. People who are well in their forties are the risky group and at age 55 and above, the chances of getting osteoarthritis increases immensely. Luckily, modern treatments and drugs such as Orthovisc, Euflexxa and Synvisc are great way to treat this issue.

The biggest problem with this disease is recognizing it on time. At first, only mild pain appears. In time, pain starts to get worse and worse and it can even appear when the person is inactive, while sitting or lying in bed. Pain appears during a specific movement and it is reduced gradually after it. As the disease progresses, patients loses range of motion which sometimes leads to complete loss of function. Good thing about the disease is that it is developed slowly, giving the individual enough time to react. Unfortunately, after the cartilage starts deteriorating, loss of motion is permanent. The disease can be visible by surface changes that appear on joints. Sometimes, patient can even hear it because of the friction between the bones. As the time goes by, joint is becoming unstable and the muscles are starting to weaken. Ultimately, it leads to complete deformity.

Even though this disease can’t be fully cured, it is possible to improve quality of life of person that is affected by it. It is possible to alleviate the pain, reduce swelling and retain mobility. First and foremost, person should start with Continue reading


Disclaimer: I received this product free from Influenster in exchange for my 100 percent honest review

I received “The most iconic VoxBox,” and I’ve had the weekend to try out the included YSL mascara. So far, I really like it. It’s a great mascara, provides plenty of volume, and the packaging is very stylish.

YSL Mascara’s Remastered Triple-Intensity Formula

From YSL:

“The most emblematic ‘false lash effect’ volume mascara, now with an all new Lash Care formula…Its secret is the triple-intensity formula: intense volume, intense color, and now intense care.”  

The formula is a secret, but what’s not a secret is the effect this mascara has on my lashes. The mascara does provide intense volume and striking black color. Lashes look fuller, and there’s no clumping after application.

Volume, Length, and Lasting Color

Last Saturday, I went out to celebrate Saint Paddy’s Day on a night that wasn’t Saint Paddy’s actual Day. It was fun, and it provided a unique opportunity to do something cool with my makeup. I opted for a smoky green eye, and some sparkly green stickers around the eyes. I finished the look with the mascara.

It’s a great look, and it currently ranks among my favorite mascaras. It certainly lengthened my stubby lashes, which is chief among things I require in a new mascara. Moreover, the color was blackest black, and really allowed my lashes to stand out, even when overshadowed (pun intended

Fitibit Flex
I can’t believe it’s nearing the end of the first quarter of the year already. My resolution this year was the same as it has been for the past several years; make healthy eating choices and lose weight. Last year I had some success; I got halfway to my end goal. (I count this as a win, since I had a rather lofty weight loss goal.) I was planning to extend that success into this year, and get through the last half… so far, things haven’t gone as planned.

I started January first with high hopes, and bought a new fitbit charge on Amazon. I waited -very impatiently- the two days it took for it to arrive via prime shipping. After I put it on I immediately found that I was more inspired. I wanted to see my fitbit dashboard with glowing green panels. (Green when you’ve reached your goal for the day for steps, stairs, etc.) I loved it. Everything was going well. I was busy at work, which really helped in meeting the daily goals. Running around a 3 floor hotel, for eight hours a day can really help you meet your steps and stairs goals, let me tell you! And then, tragedy struck. Less than one month after purchasing my fitbit, it went missing. Probably fell off while I was running errands at the hotel, or while outside cleaning the damn snow off my car.

Since then, I have not been concerned with eating well, or moving around. Who cares when it can’t be accounted for by my fitbit? I know, it seems crazy, but that little rubber watch was keeping me on track, and without it I went into a nose dive; I gained back a couple pounds and made some poor choices.Now, I’m ready to start over again. I wish I could buy another fitbit, but I don’t think I want to spend another hundred-some dollars on something with such a weak clasp. I’ll try going back to my pre-fitbit methods, and see if that works. I may keep my eyes open for another tracker that is more secure.

I find that it’s good to reflect on my progress at the beginning of each month. I generally am able to pull it together and try to get back on track. It’s still early in the year and I think I’ve caught this problem in Continue reading

Sometimes You CAN Fool Mother Nature…
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Are you feeling sunshine-deprived? Missing the glow of sun-kissed cheeks and shoulders? Yearning to slip into a skirt without grimacing at pasty legs? Yeah, me, too.

Mother Nature has been moody again this winter but I’ve discovered the BEST way to beat her at her own game. I clicked on over to to take matters into my own hands and in just two days I had the solution in hand. (Shipping was FREE, too!)

At this moment, I’m all aglow thanks to Amir Argan Oil Touch of Bronze Sunless & Bronzing Moisturizer. After my shower this morning, I treated my dry skin to this silky moisturizer and got instant results! Right away I noticed a subtle bronze glow that’s streak free and actually has a coconut, beachy smell instead of the usual self-tanner chemical cloud. There’s also a touch of self-tanner in the mix so I darkened a bit more over the next couple of hours (but still very natural and not orange-y at all). Plus, since it’s an Amir Argan Oil formula, my winter-dry face and body feel fantastic!

There’s so much to love about Amir Argan Oil Touch of Bronze Sunless & Bronzing Moisturizer. It’s actually given me hope that we’ll see warm, sunny days soon. Sometimes You CAN Fool Mother NatureSo bring it on Mother Nature. Now, I’m ready.

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Take Care of Your Hair at Uptown Spa

Uptown Spa

Toronto, Ontario is the biggest city in Canada. It is a cultural and entertainment center of the country and the whole region. Many Canadian celebrities made it their home and they are enjoying all the content this city has to offer. In a place such as this, people take good care of their appearance because Toronto is a fashion center at the same time. Different companies made their name by providing great services to the inhabitants. There is one place in particular that has a good reputation and it stands for one of the best salons in the city. This is the Uptown Spa and Salon. After visiting this place, you will be ready to shoot a movie.

Unlike most of the salons, this one has all the services your heart can desire. Its long list consists of body treatments, haircuts and styling, anti-age and facials for the skin, pedicure, manicure, waxing, permanent hair removal and specials. To top it all, there is a possibility for you to take special bundles. There combinations of products allow you to receive your favorite treatments and services with a nice discount. Naturally, it is always nice to share a good service with others. Whenever you are in a mood for giving, you can purchase a gift certificate. Bring your husband to a couples massage or treat your wife with a nice bundle for the anniversary.

This entire industry is customer oriented. Although the products need to be excellent, this business is mainly based on the staff and the work they are providing. Like a well-oiled machine, everyone needs to know its place and to provide maximum efficiency in order to reach the goal. Luckily for this company, this is one aspect they don’t need to worry about. All the guys and the girls are really pleasant, there is nothing they are not willing to do in order to assist you. Furthermore, it is safe to say that they are transferring their nice energy to you. You will feel safe in their hands as they do miracles with you hair, nails and body.

Solid work and quality of a product often depend on the environment in which we are. Companies all over the world are investing heavily in their work space making a better atmosphere for guests and staff. In that regard, it is worth mentioning that this place is incredible. Walls are Continue reading

Madison Reed Hair Color Review

I was invited to try a Madison Reed Hair Color Box, and I’m super impressed with my results. One of my favorite things about Madison Reed is the in-depth service they provide. There are many ways to be assisted, which takes a lot of the effort and confusion out of purchasing boxed hair dye.

Have you ever stood in the hair dye aisle and studied boxes upon boxes, and still felt unable to choose a color? I’ve been exactly there, which is why I was really happy when Madison Reed offered me a complimentary box, in exchange for my honest review.

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Madison Reed Hair Color

Speak to the Color Crew for Custom Recommendations

I began my journey by visiting the Madison Reed website. I found a lot of useful information, such as the natural ingredients they add to their hair color to ensure hair is vibrant and protected after coloring. Those ingredients include: argan oil, keratin, and ginseng root.

I also learned that I could speak to a Color Advisor, which is a service you won’t find in a store aisle. There are options to call, chat, or email their Color Crew. I chose to call, and I spoke to Kellay, who was knowledgeable, helpful, and suggested the right color for me.

Kellay began by asking me questions to build a “hair profile,” which would lead me to the best color for me. She asked me all sorts of questions, such as do I have gray hairs? Yes, I do. I also have dry, damaged hair. She asked if this was the first time I colored my hair. I laughed, and answered no. I told her that I’d dyed my hair black in October, but that I wished to return to my natural light-brown color. She advised that it wasn’t possible to lift color, but based on my hair profile I would benefit from their Venezia Brown color, which is a chocolaty brown (pictured below).

Dying My Hair with Madison Reed Hair Color

Shipping was very fast (within a week), and the hair color packaging looked very high-end. The products ship in a deep-purple slip cover, which pulls off with ease. Inside, there is a box which opens to feature the included hair coloring products. Instructions, and a letter from Madison Reed, are printed on the side flaps. It’s very good-looking package, and I was pleasantly surprised Continue reading