All About Them Books

I just saw this on the Touchstone Books Facebook page, and just HAD to share it here on the blog!

“All About Them Books” is officially my new favorite parody… SO MUCH LOVE for this!

Enjoy!

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Music Monday (80s Edition) Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew @The Tattooed Book Geek. All you have to do is pick a favorite song or video and share it on Mondays.

This (obviously) isn’t the official graphic for the Music Monday meme—I decided to make one of my own, with colors that complement the ones I use on TGB. The original graphic can be found on Drew’s blog.

Today I’m sharing another old favorite… Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N’ Roses. Enjoy!

Lyrics:

Welcome to the jungle we’ve got fun and games
We got everything you want honey, we know the names
We are the people that can find whatever you may need
If you got the money, honey we got your disease

Jungle, welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to your shun n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n knees, knees
Uh, I, I want to watch you bleed

Welcome to the jungle we take it day by day
If you want it you’re gonna bleed but it’s the price to pay
And you’re a very sexy girl, very hard to please
You can taste the bright lights but you won’t get there for free
In the jungle welcome to the jungle
Feel my, my, my serpentine
Ooh, I want to hear you scream

Welcome to the jungle, it gets worse here every day
You learn to live like an animal in the jungle where we play
If you hunger for what you see you’ll take it eventually
You can have everything you want but you better not take it from me

In the jungle, welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to your knnn knne knees, knees
I’m gonna watch you bleed

And when you’re high you never ever want to come down
So down, so down, so down, yeah

You know where you are?
You’re down in the jungle baby
you’re gonna die

In the jungle welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to your shun n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n knees, knees
In the jungle welcome to the jungle
Feel my, my, my serpentine
In the jungle welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to your shun n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n knees, knees
In the jungle welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to you
Its gonna bring you down, ha!

Songwriters: Slash / Izzy Stradlin / Duff McKagan / Steven Adler / W. Axl Rose
Welcome to the Jungle lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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Artist: Guns N’ Roses
Album: Appetite for Destruction
Genre: Hard Rock
Released: 1987

Music Monday (80s Edition): Like a Virgin – Madonna

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew @The Tattooed Book Geek. All you have to do is pick a favorite song or video and share it on Mondays.

I’ve chosen “Like a Virgin” by Madonna to share with you all today. I used to love this song… and I’m pretty sure I had that hairdo (or something similar) at some point. LOL

Enjoy!

Lyrics:

I made it through the wilderness
Somehow I made it through
Didn’t know how lost I was
Until I found you

I was beat incomplete
I’d been had, I was sad and blue
But you made me feel
Yeah, you made me feel
Shiny and new

Like a virgin
Touched for the very first time
Like a virgin
When your heart beats
Next to mine

Gonna give you all my love, boy
My fear is fading fast
Been saving it all for you
‘Cause only love can last

You’re so fine and you’re mine
Make me strong, yeah, you make me bold
Oh, your love thawed out
Yeah, your love thawed out
What was scared and cold

Like a virgin, hey!
Touched for the very first time
Like a virgin
With your heartbeat
Next to mine

Whoa-oh, oh-oh
Whoa-oh, oh-oh, ah
Whoa-oh, oh-oh

You’re so fine and you’re mine
I’ll be yours ’til the end of time
‘Cause you made me feel
Yeah, you made me feel
I’ve nothing to hide

Like a virgin, hey!
Touched for the very first time
Like a virgin
With your heartbeat
Next to mine

Like a virgin, ooh-ooh, ooh
Like a virgin
Feels so good inside
When you hold me
And your heart beats
And you love me
Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
Ooh baby, yeah
Can’t you hear my heart beat
For the very first time?

Songwriters: Billy Steinberg / Tom Kelly
Like a Virgin lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Artist: Madonna
Album: Like a Virgin
Released: 1984
Genre: Pop

 

No Fourth River by Christine Clayfield #BlogTour #Review

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It’s my stop on the blog tour for Christine Clayfield’s No Fourth River. Welcome!

It takes a great deal of courage to write about the abuse you’ve suffered through during your childhood and (first) marriage, but Clayfield rose to the challenge in No Fourth River. In it, she writes about her abusive father, her miserable years at a boarding school, and her disastrous first marriage to a brutal man who married her hoping to get his hands on some of her father’s riches. After nearly being beaten to death by her violent husband, Christine was determined to turn her life around and find the elusive happiness she longed for in her life.

What I Liked

Clayfield didn’t shy away from telling her story like it is—whether it was discussing the abuse suffered at home, the daily public shamings at boarding school. or the electroshock therapy she was forced to endure as treatment for her nocturnal enuresis. The isolation and despair she felt during her childhood is heartbreaking to read about, and it’s equally difficult to discover the cruelty of her first marriage.

Far from being melodramatic, she states the events of her life as they were, without embellishment, and with the willingness to forgive that is inspirational.

What I Didn’t Like

The second half of Clayfield’s life—free from the abuse of the past—at times feels a bit too pat for comfort. For example, she meets and marries the perfect man, has the identical twin daughters  she always dreamed of having, and starts not just one, but several successful businesses over time. It’s not that these things are impossible… it all just felt a little too good to be true, and often through me out of the story as I marveled at yet another stroke of good fortune.

There are times when the writing feels a bit awkward and unpolished, as well. Overall, it was pretty good, so I’m putting it down to the fact that English isn’t Clayfield’s first language—that would certainly account for that.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I think this is a good book with an important message about abusive relationships—parental, spousal, etc.—that encourages people not to stay in the role of a victim. Despite the odds, Clayfield survived everything that life threw at her with grace, dignity, and a heart that wasn’t afraid to forgive. If that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is.

I received an advance reading copy of this book courtesy of RASC Publishing via Bookollective.

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Author: Christine Clayfield
Title: No Fourth River
Genre: Memoir
Published: November 22, 2017 by RASC Publishing
Rating: 4 stars

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About the Book

Electroshock therapy, child abuse and modern-day slavery… just another day in Christine’s life.
Take a heart-wrenching yet inspiring ride through one woman’s incredible journey that is so compelling that you are simultaneously trying to look away and unable to stop yourself from reading on.
Christine’s father is a wealthy, tyrannical man renowned in the diamond business. At the age of just five, little Christine is cast aside into a boarding school where she is ridiculed for two embarrassing problems. She grows up in a never-ending circle of traumatic experiences both in her boarding school and at home. It culminates into a falling out between father and child that was never fully mended, leading her into a world of promiscuity and alcohol, eventually landing her in a violent marriage.
Driven to the limits of despair and heartache, she creates a plan to escape her world of misery. Will her plan work?
A story that asks: How do you find the strength, when you suffer almost unbearable abuse and are broken beyond repair, to pick up the pieces of a shattered life?

About the Author

Christine Clayfield is a best-selling author, Internet marketer, Entrepreneur, Infopreneur, Public Speaker and Book Publisher.
After many years of being a successful business woman and mentor she took one step further to empower and inspire the world, with the release of ‘No Fourth River’ a novel based on her life.
Christine’s past holds much pain and abuse, but it did not stop her from being the woman she is today by changing her life and building the future she wanted.
‘No Fourth River’, is Christine’s way to let the world know that despite the pain of your past, YOU have the ability to change your future. YOU can make it happen if you just believe. It all starts with YOU.

Music Monday: Love is a Killer – Vixen

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew @The Tattooed Book Geek. All you have to do is pick a favorite song or video and share it on Mondays.

Today I’m sharing another favorite song from my younger years, “Love is a Killer” by Vixen.

Lyrics:

Only a fool believes
It’s better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all
But I don’t wanna take that fall
It’s a long long long way down

I’m hurt
Love struck me down again
Enticed me in and pulled the pin
Blew my tender heart sky high
Now in my pain I’m asking why
As I’m crying
Should I give it my last try
Or say goodbye

Love is a killer
A homicidal fiend
Love is a killer
It’ll be the death of me
I got a target on my back
For a cupid dressed in black
Love is a killer
It’s killing me

Love so sweetly beckoning
I’ve seen your face
Called your name
I tasted tears you cried
Lived in shadows in my mind
Frozen here in time
Don’t leave me here to die

Love is a killer
A homicidal fiend
Love is a killer
It’ll be the death of me
I’ve got a target on my back
For a cupid dressed in black
Love is a killer
It’s killing me

You fascinate and yet frustrate
Demand so much of me, yeah
I’ve had enough
It’s tearing me up inside
Cross my heart, hope to survive
You got a smoking gun
Well don’t shoot my love, no!

You’re a killer
A homicidal fiend
Love is a killer
It’ll be the death of me
I’ve got a target on my back
For a cupid dressed in black
Love is a killer
Love is a killer, no
Love is a killer, no, no
I got a target on my back
for a cupid dressed in black
Love is a killer
It’s killing me

Songwriters: Harry Paress / Roxy Petrucci
Love Is a Killer lyrics © EMI Music Publishing
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Artist: Vixen
Album: Rev It Up!
Released: 1990
Genre: Rock