Friday, July 31, 2015

Floral Skirt + Leopard Pumps #Passion4Fashion


I've had a crazy, and not in a great way, kind of week, so it's going to be short & sweet. Although I'm not ready to go into it here, I would ask for any of you that believe in prayer to send one my way. Positive vibes and virtual hugs are welcomed too! I don't want anyone to worry too much. We're FINE, but we've had a trying week. 

Although it wasn't easy, I did wake up every day, get dressed and go to work. This is the only outfit I had the chance to document... I love mixing patterns and my floral skirt & leopard wedge pumps were the perfect match!

Really looking forward to checking out all your fashion posts this week! Be sure to grab a button for your sidebar & spread the word!  Feel free to tag me on Twitter & Instagram (@lenabactually) and use hashtag #Passion4Fashion so we can find you!

Lena B, Actually


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Friday, July 24, 2015

Kimono #Passion4Fashion

 

I finally took the plunge and jumped on the kimono bandwagon! I started small with this cute one from Rosegal and I'm thinking I might need to add a few more to my closet asap! I just love the vintage floral pattern and tassels! I have to admit, I wasn't sure about ordering from Rosegal since it's sizing can be a bit tricky and I knew shipping, although FREE worldwide, might take a while. The experience was pretty awesome, though. As long as you pay attention to the sizing details, there's definitely something for everyone! I especially love the accessories! Shipping wasn't too bad either... a few weeks after placing my order, it was here! 

I paired my new kimono with a pair of skinny high-waisted jeans from Forever 21, my Sevenly tank (to support autism awareness) and a cute new pair of wedges from Walmart (they were only $9!).  I've been on holidays all week, so I could basically wear anything I wanted!

Disclosure: Some items in this post were gifted to me, but all opinions are my own.

Really looking forward to checking out all your fashion posts this week! Be sure to grab a button for your sidebar & spread the word!  Feel free to tag me on Twitter & Instagram (@lenabactually) and use hashtag #Passion4Fashion so we can find you!

Lena B, Actually


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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Author Visit: Luke Murphy & his novel 'Kiss & Tell'

Luke Murphy is the International bestselling author of Dead Man’s Hand (Imajin Books, 2012). He's also the dad of one of Ruby's best friends. So cool to have a local dad following his dream and honored that he has taken over the blog today to tell us a little more about his new novel!

Murphy played six years of professional hockey before retiring in 2006. His sports column, “Overtime” (Pontiac Equity), was nominated for the 2007 Best Sports Page in Quebec, and won the award in 2009. He has also worked as a radio journalist (CHIPFM 101.7).
Kiss & Tell is Murphy’s second novel. For more information on Luke’ books, visit: www.authorlukemurphy.com, ‘like’ his Facebook page here and follow him on Twitter.


My “Baby”
This novel took me 15 years to write. Well, not exactly, but...
Even though Dead Man’s Hand was my first published novel, it’s not the first book I wrote. Kiss & Tell is my “baby”.  It’s the first book I ever even attempted to write. I started writing the novel in the winter of 2000, while playing hockey down in Oklahoma.
A lot of circumstances surround this novel, and it’s the reason I started writing in the first place. This novel, and all of my writing, happened by “chance”. I was playing professional hockey in Oklahoma, and was struck in the eye with a stick in a preseason game. That injury ended my season before it began.
My wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, was attending a French college in Montreal, and her English professor assigned the class the task of writing a short story.
My girlfriend knew that I was an avid reader, so she asked me if I would help her develop the story, which I did. I had so much fun with the project, that when we had finished, I took one of the characters we had created and started writing my own story.
I wrote Kiss & Tell in six months, but it was nowhere even close to being publishable. Actually, it stunk. It was a practice story for me, so I left it sitting in my computer, and started writing a second book.
After I published Dead Man’s Hand in 2012, I decided to reopen Kiss & Tell and take another look. My first reaction…it was bad, written by a first-time, newbie, amateur author. But I loved the plot, cast of characters, and the potential. I didn’t want to give up on this story.
So I took everything I’d learned about the craft of writing and the industry and put it into editing Kiss & Tell. The revisions completely changed the entire book.
After I’d completed it in 2001, Kiss & Tell was written from the point of view of Jessica Philips, the primary murder suspect in the Ken Anderson investigation, and the story was told from Jessica’s first person POV.
The Kiss & Tell that came out in 2015 is told from Detective Charlene Taylor’s point of view, written in third person. Although the plot never changed, some of the characters and scenes did.
A major scene/twist change that occurred?
In the original Kiss & Tell, the identity of the Celebrity Slayer was never revealed. I was planning on turning this CS plot into a series, extending the investigation through a number of books. But, taking into consideration a suggestion from one of my editors, I decided to change that. But don’t think I don’t have more plans for the Celebrity Slayer, in upcoming Charlene Taylor books.
But that’s for another time, and another place.
Buy the book here: http://myBook.to/Kiss  

Thanks for visiting the blog, Luke! I can't wait to grap my copy of Kiss & Tell!


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