World Stroke Day

Did you know one in six of us will experience stroke in our lifetime? And there are an estimated 17 million strokes worldwide each year? For World Stroke Day on October 29th, the American Stroke Association is educating on the F.A.S.T. warning signs and bringing together stroke survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals to show that there is life – and hope – after stroke.

👆🏽 from the American Stroke Association

http://www.American strokeassociation.org

I just want to communicate it! 👏🏽 Strokes are seen as a negative (and rightfully so) but I also view it as a celebration of life 👏🏽 Why not tuen this into a thing?!

For all of the advice, input, inspiration, and help ❤️

It’s no surprise I’m new to blogging 😂 So I have lots of questions 🤔 I turned towards those more experienced than me… Thank you for putting up with all my questions 🙏🏾 One of my leadership colors is blue (and gold 😂). That means I generally like to please people… That kind of explains my need for clarification… What I’ve learned from romance is miscommunication is unnecessary… As a gold, I’m goal-oriented and want to do things well… For anyone offput by my aggressive nature, I apologize 🙏🏾

You’ve heard me ramble on about having a stroke… But when I was in the hospital, I was very sad.. I felt I had just got licensed as a nurse, there was more life to live… And I had to start over remembering how I lived before.

So thank you for all the advice, feedback, and help as I start this! Though the idea 💡 and set up are mine, I couldn’t do it all ❤️

Life Update 4/6/2021

Mood: Inspired, thanks to this blog 😄

Currently Reading: Beguiling The Beauty by Sherry Thomas and rereading From Blood And Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Walk it out: Geting back into it! Starting 1 block at a time!

Events I’m excited for: Currently participation in a From Blood And Ash Readalong 😄

Funny story 😂: “You gotta fight, for right, to drink boba 🧋 “ 🎶

Something inspirational: Working towards getting back to pt. I feel like the vaccine is sign for hope 🤞🏽 Things are going to return to normal 😀

Texas Destiny Reading Blog

My first book club read due in April 2021…
Let’s just admit… I’m a fan of reading blogs! Not sure if I’m doing them right 🤷🏽‍♀️but I genuinely enjoy them! You don’t need to read the book 📖! These are just my reactions to it 😂But if you did, I’d love to see it! Be it blog or vlog! 👏🏽

One thing about me concerning reading… sometimes I miss aspects of the plot 😂 To wirk to lessen that, I prepare beforehand… Crystal from @crystalsbookisife mentioned Texas Destiny
30:36.

What I got was:
Amelia, is a male-order bride arranged to wed Dallas. But she meets and falls in love with his brother, Houston… 🤔 I’ve got feelings…

But I’m excited 😜 This is my 1st Lorraine Heath and 1st western! 👏🏽

Hopefully 🤞🏽 the way I structure my blogs work for you! I put a LOT of times watching vlogs, most notably Riley from @rileymarie.

Note: I blog 1 book at a time. Themed vlogs seem popular but looks like it could be hard to think of themes… I read for fun so I want to make mine (and everyone’s life) as stress-free as possible 😂

I love my book clubs! I can rely on (mostly) good and accessible picks every month! I, also, appreciate how they give me people to gush to 😉

Chapter 6
I feel like Ive got a good handle of the story…

Appreciate how Amelia repeatedly brings up Dallas. It constantly reminds them…

Chapter 17
So I have to say, I’m not a fan of the premise… but the way its handles is 👌🏾

I find myself shipping Amelia-Houston, though that’s uncharacteristic of me… This is very taboo but the couple has managed to gain my empathy…

End of book 📖
This book is controversial but tasteful… Appropriate how Houston-Amelia were not physical… The premise is SO wrong but they dioact on it and cheat! That would make them irredeemable to me!

Glad I read this! I was in constant fear a line would be crossed… But, in the end, the book succeeded in providing context and evoking understanding… Even Dallas understandable them…

Appreciate they weren’t intimate 🤞🏽 Kept the book tasteful 👍🏽

Think I want to read books for Dallas and Aistin now… ❤️ I had expected feeliy, but this story surprised me… It got it right 👍🏽

Between The Devil And The Duke by Kelly Bowen Book Review

Between The Devil And The Duke by Kelly Bowen

#3 in Season for Scandal

Read: 3/31/21 – 4/1/21

Star Rating (of 5): ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Trigger warnings: Death of a loved one

Prevalent Tropes: 🤷🏽‍♀️

Honestly, unsure…You can say that’s a good thing… Makes tge story unique…

3-word Summary: Gambling-inspired love ❤️ 

The set-up:Angelique gambles at Alex’s gaming club…

Thoughts 💭: 

  • The morality of hustling
  • Sacrifices for loved ones
  • Finding out the truth 

Movie/show rec: 21

Between The Devil And The Duke Reading Blog

I tried to read a book for my reading goal…

Vlogs are my favorite type of yt video. Usually, I watch them as I eat or go to sleep… Always open to recs of vlogs to watch! 🤗 To make my site more fun for me… I’ll try to blog what I read more! Spoilery content will be actively avoided, but the commentary I like will be there! Enjoy as I 🤞🏽 enjoy!

One of my reading goals is to read books by diverse authors every month… But when I logged on last night to my listening app, the full version of my audiobook won’t be available until 4/7…I tried for the next book on my April 2021 TBR. Still currently unavailable… So, I had to go in 3 books deep. I ended up picking up Between The Devil And The Duke by Kelly Bowen. It’s for one of my book clubs! This season’s theme is Spring of Spiy🤗 I had to join in for book 3 of 7, since I could join in if the book is on I’ll be joining on3/7 books ! 🤗

Check-ins


Chapter 6


I think I have the ground work down. It’s a very interesting storyline… From what Ive gathered, the female protagonist has a brother who screwed her over… She’s probably going to have to take the job the male protagonist is offering her… They’re both attracted to one another. I forsee the conflict stemming somewhere close to there…


Not necessarily loving the book but my interest is piqued… 😏 Liking it not loving it… The last book I loved was My Darling Duke, it spurred a visceral reaction from me 🥰 That’s how I make the distinction…

As I listened, realized I couldn’t read Beguiling The Beauty by Sherry ThomS yet (available 4/7) but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t read another novel by a POC! 👏🏽

The title is Between The Devil And The Duke, who is the devil 👿? 😂 Did I miss it? 🤦‍♀️

Chapter 11

3rd act conflict… not as high stakes as I’d hoped… But like Alex’s character 😍 Remind me of daddy-long-leg type ❤️

End of book 📖

Last 3rd of the book (all the reveals 👏🏽🙌🏽). Last scene had a lot of action 🤗 Her talent with numbers 😂 I liked the changes Angelique instituted at the club 😄 Not a typical ending (no epilogue) but I’m still satisfied…😄

Would have wanted to know more about Alex’a former life as a spy/assassin though 🤔….

See my book review for my rating and more! 🤗

Listen With Precious 🎧 Book Bundle

Realized I saw a trend in my bookish posts… With each book I can write a book blog, book review, and book event live reaction! Once I have a solid inventoty… I wouldn’t have to do a book blog for every book… Here’s how to distinguish between the three!

Book review – Written for every book 📖 

Book blog – Shares my thoughts while reading the book! I enjoy writing ✍️ them! 🙌🏽 I write this with non-readers in mind 😉 Spoler-free! Enables me to keep reading 😀 like how it lets me marry my personal with my reading life! 👏🏽

Book event live – Always link a YT video! Can be for a book club, read-along, readathon, etc. If applicable.

This thought just helped to calm me down 😂

Historical Romance 101

Not an authority, but will gladly pose questions for those more experienced!

Characteristics;

1. Historical – after WWII

2. Romance – main aspect of the plot romance between characters

3. Always ends in a happily ever after (HEA) or happy for now (HFN)

4. Classified according to time period or trope

Time periods

Ancient times

Medieval time period, include highlander romances and viking romances

Tudor period

Renaissance period

Elizabethan period

Georgian period

Regency period – most commonly written in (1811-1820)

Victorian era

Modern period

Note: American romances are like another layer! Think of the side by side!

Colonial period

Civil war time period

Western Period in Canada, America, or Australia until WWI

4. Tropes – archetype & themes reported over time ❤️

5. Covers & stepbacks

Can help you identify the genre!

Illustrated = rom-com

6. Smut = intimate scenes

  • Watch alone! 😂

7. Romance is legit!

– The romance genre grosses a lot for the book industry!

Hierarchy

This might help https://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/The-British-Peerage/

Monarch (Prince, King)

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Duke

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Marquess

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Earl

⬇️

Viscount

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Baron

Female archetypes:

Wallflower

Spinster

Diamond 💎 of the 1st Water

Blue-stonking

Lady of the night

Male archetypes:

Rake

Scoundrel

– scandalous 

Rogue – 

scandalous

Alpha hero

Beta hero

Cinnamon roll hero

What are they talking about?

Saphic romance/ W/W romance – woman-woman

M/M romance- male-male

Steampunk – Story takes place within a specific period of time (early 1900s)

Harlequin – publisher

The YT videos reference below, contain recommendations! Still learning so unsure about recommending stuff…

Videos used for reference:

These videos were great at introducing you to historical romance (HR).

Breaking Down The Time Periods In Historical Romance by @bookswithsamantha – https://youtu.be/qLOnbFJwQwU

Historical Romance Terminology 101 @bookswithsamantha – https://youtu.be/VqvgrCVKQ68

Historical Romance 101: Genre Breakdown and Recommendations by @thebookrefuge https://youtu.be/OQ-SAjBsa3Q

Fated Mates podcast – What makes a romance novel a romance

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fated-mates-a-romance-novel-podcast/id1440190146?i=1000511377171

Life Update 3/28/21

So not everyone reading this is from the bookish world I’m trying to get into… been trying to tailor my posts more for non-readers (my sister’s suggestion). My best friend also told me she’d like to see more lifestyle stuff, hence stuff like this! Please refer to https://listenwirhprecious.com/2021/03/01/the-goal-%f0%9f%98%ac/. This post is meant to further elaborate on that! I’ve always been a person with multiple sides. I may have created a platform where I can express that! 👏🏽 I, also, like to bake, have a YT channel, used to love sports and rock climbing. Not everyone may be of interest to you, but that’s okay 👌🏾 All I can ask is you read my story (under the informational tag) and if you like what you see, please pass it along. My dream in making this is creating a space shere other stroke survivors can see, life doesn’t end with a stroke!

If I can serve as 1 example, that’d be a score for me 😂

Im jugoing to go back to what I’ve heard, a blog is a jourrnal… 🙋‍♀️ journal! 😂

Feeling of the day: Inspired

Just heard feedback on my first honest book review 👏🏽 Man, I feel euphoric! As many know, I’m a people pleaser.. and Filopino 🇵🇭 😂 I want this sight to be accessible and Id like to have content EVERYoNE can enjoy 👏🏽 If I can think of a way to do it, I’ll do it! 

Please note Still thinking of a way to handle comments… Just give me time, may be easier to DM (direct message) me… But if theres a lag, please know I’m trying… Frequently have to think of alternative ways of doing stuff!

I’ve alwauybeen an idea person. May be a lot now… But may may drop off a little next month.. Working on being more consistent. So far, this blog helps me feel inspired 😍 and more on it! Its already helping my messaging! It helps me stay busy! Gaurentee You can count on 1 life update every Sunday! So I hope you enjoy! Juyknkw I’ve got ideas 💡 please look forward to them!

I’ve surrounded myself with protective factors (sorry RN) Mental illness and burnout are real! If you need help, please seek help!

I have abandoment issues… Always feel like a bother… Please let me know if I ever am! Like rom-coms, just communicate please! Also rec incognito mode 😋 Or silence chats.. Do not disturb mode helps too! Sometimes I don’t see the time! 🙏🏾 The excitement just moves me! 😂

Love to chat 💬 So its good my typing is getting better! 👏🏽 Do notice more straining at night… please keep that in mind 🙏🏾 My condition requires patience and accomodation! For everything you do, I have to think and strategize alternative ways of doing it…

Reading Goals: Read the Go-Tos

A go-to us a title that’s been mentioned time and again, like the Wallflower series and Uptown girl series. Trust, they’re on my to be read list (TBR)! Similar to the blog for my other goal, will still be doing a book review!

Note: Will be updating as I go, please check back!

All the booktube recs for beginners to historical romance (Hk) is Tessa Dare’s Girl Meets Duke series! So I’m reading it!

Girl Meets Duke

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

The Bride Betby Tessa Dare (unreleased)

Also recommend for new HR readers, Tessa Dare’s Castille Ever After series! Also plan to read to! 😂

Castle Ever After

Romancing The Duke by Tessa Dare

When The Scot Ties The Knot by Tessa Dare

Say Yes To The Marques by Tessa Dare

Do You Want To Start A Scandal by Tessa Dare

Wallflower series

Uptown Girl series