Journee and Jordyn are back! It’s a new year and things have shaken up alot between The Bell Twins after the untimely death of Kalena’s husband Todd. Coming back alone from her honeymoon, discover if Kalena will find peace with Todd’s death and happiness within her own life again.
Jordyn’s shocking secret only gets worse as it takes a turn down a path that leaves everyone more confused than before. Will Jordyn and Chris survive? Now that Jordyn’s mayhem has put Journee in the middle of her and her sisterhood, Journee has to decide what’s more important now, the friendship that the girls have shared for over twenty years or the relationship with her twin sister.
Chelsea & Najah’s lives have changed as well as Journee’s when Drew comes home from prison. This is the moment that Journee has been waiting for but is she ready to leave her broken past behind and marry him? Has she really moved on from Jason? On vacation in Cabo San Lucas, things about him are uncovered and the truth is finally revealed to her.
As you witness more drama and celebrations, follow Jordyn, Journee, Kalena, Najah & Chelsea as the year 2009 just might be their year after all.
Michelle Robinson was born and raised in Oakland, CA. Oakland’s rich culture has laid the fabric for this story. She’s been doing hair for two decades. As a hairstylist, it’s safe to say she has also served as a therapist to her clients. She has heard and witnessed it all right behind her styling chair. From her experiences, she’s given advice to many and has watched people’s lives transistion. With this driving force, she has finally penned her second novel.
Get to Know Michelle Robinson Tell our readers 10 random facts about you:
- I text but I’d rather talk.
- I love washing clothes.
- I wish I could wear flip flops every day.
- I keep an extra phone battery in my purse.
- I have to sleep with the T.V. on.
- I dance with my pet fish every morning.
- I met Ice Cube on Monday March 17, 1997 @ 5pm, it was the best day of my life.
- I would love to be a D.J.
- It’s not often that I can watch a movie again.
- I love saying thank you.
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In this scandalously provocative soap-drama series, deceit, seduction, and a tempestuous affair intertwines the lives of lascivious lovers who will go above and beyond to keep their sexual trysts a secret, but the curse of temptation will lead to revelations that may result in their own demise
Still mourning the death of his lover, Denise, Greg Adams conspires to leave his wife. He believes that Denise has come back to him in the form of a woman named Naomi Brooks, and he can’t forget her. But there’s one problem—his wife is going to honor every line in their wedding vows until death does them part.
Naomi Brooks, a recovering alcoholic, enters into an orchestrated affair to deceive Greg by creating the perfect illusion. Will the plan work or will she find herself a victim in a twisted game?
A long-term torrid affair with her best friend’s husband, Jeff, has scarred Nadine Collins for life. Nadine decides she must take a vow of celibacy to cleanse her spirit. While her journey seems impossible, she can see a light at the end of the tunnel. There’s only one problem—she’s still not over Jeff, now a divorcé living life in the fast lane.
Ménage, an aspiring actress, has her sights set on Hollywood. She will do anything to ensure her rise to the top, including robbing Jeff of all the life insurance money he collected after his wife died. But a blast from the past slows her down. When Jeff comes running to her rescue, it proves to be the perfect setup.
The real twisted games are just beginning.
One by one, Madaris men have surrendered to the matchmaking schemes of Felicia Laverne Madaris, matriarch of the family. But Lee Madaris isn’t letting anyone else control his destiny. He’ll bring a bride of his own choosing to the family’s holiday gatheringif his hotel’s gorgeous new chef will agree to a marriage of convenience.
It’s not just the chance to work at the Strip’s hottest hotel that brought Carly Briggs to Vegas. Witnessing a crime in Miami may have made her a mob target. Though she’s reluctant to complicate their working relationship, Lee’s tempting offer is so hard to resist. And soon, desire is clouding their no-strings arrangement.
The danger that made Carly flee Miami is about to land at their door. So Carly and Lee must decide who to trust, when to let goand whether a love they never anticipated is strong enough to pass the ultimate test.
KING AND MAXWELL
It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father . . . after his supposed death.
Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler’s father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target?
Sean and Michelle soon realize that they’ve stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined. And as their hunt for the truth leads them relentlessly to the highest levels of power and to uncovering the most clandestine of secrets, Sean and Michelle are determined to help and protect Tyler–though they may pay for it with their lives.
For those cold winter nights, why not cuddle up with a good book or download one on your e-reader. Below are a few suggestions:
Seducing Sheri: A Climax Creek Short
Welcome to Climax Creek, North Carolina
“Built on Tradition, Moving Toward the Future”
Climax Creek is a small, quaint town situated between Greensboro and Sanford in North Carolina. Bordered by I-85 and three North Carolina state highways, it’s occupied by less than sixteen hundred people. Climax Creek is the kind of town where you won’t find a Starbucks, but you can get a great cup of coffee from Paulina down at Cool Beans. Watch out for Paulina- she’ll talk your ear off if you let her. Down at Phipps Pharmacy, Quinn Phipps has got a cure for whatever might be ailing you. Say the wrong thing to your significant other? Minnie Hughes has got an “apology special” running down at her flower shop- she’ll fix you up. Feel the need for some spiritual guidance? Climax Creek has four churches- take you pick. If you’re looking for something fancy and pretentious, this isn’t the place. But if you’re looking for a little Southern comfort, the kind that you can’t get out of a bottle, then stop on by.
Home for the holidays…
Sheridan Cole works hard as an accountant and financial planner- so hard she’s barely had to to sleep, let alone date. She’s looking forward to a relaxing Christmas at her parent’s home, in the tiny North Carolina town of Climax Creek. But a chance encounter with a handsome man from her past changes everything.
An Unfulfilled Desire
Nick Dunn has spent the last several weeks trying to keep his family’s business from being taken over by a large corporation. As the eldest of the four Dunn children, keeping his family legacy intact is important to him. That situation holds his entire focus…that is, until he runs into his high school crush at the local coffee shop.
Two Feuding Families
Ever since Sheri and Nick were children, their families have been embroiled in a bitter dispute. Neither of them knows the root cause, but the Coles and Dunns businesses are in direct competition, and that hasn’t helped heal the rift.
A Burning Passion
The heat between Sheri and Nick is palpable, undeniable, and inescapable. Before Sheri can even get a sip of her coffee, she’s on her way home with Nick. But is this just a sexy holiday fling? Or is Nick using his sexual prowess to convince Sheri to enter a business deal with him?
Or could he be after her most guarded possession of all…her heart?
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Caron Taylor, Teresa Sanders, and Pamela Jefferson are three women looking forward to celebrating the upcoming holiday season with their family and friends.
After becoming engaged to the love of her life, Caron finds out she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The first person she confides in is her fiancée’, Michael. He is stunned by the news and suddenly drops out of sight.
Teresa is a pediatric nurse who considers all of the children in her ward as her very own. She is also a twenty year cancer survivor who has never shared her diagnosis with anyone. After her marriage fell apart she chose to have the surgery alone and never speak about it with another living soul until fate and circumstance force her to open up her secret box.
Pamela Jefferson has just completed radiation and chemotherapy following her diagnosis. Although she lost both breasts to the disease she is not letting a little thing like a double mastectomy slow her down or steal her joy.
These three women, like so many, are fighting breast cancer and its lasting effects bring them all together this holiday season to celebrate.
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This was the most wonderful time of the year, or was it?
Freelance journalist, Olanma Obinze, just landed the interview of a lifetime. She didn’t like the commercialism of Christmas, so the trip to Dubai was the perfect destination and it was happening at the perfect time. She’d get to escape the Christmas hoopla; and the big paycheck once the article was sold would ensure she didn’t have to go crawling back to her father for money.
Abayomi Rice was in charge of scheduling interviews for his grandfather, but would only grant Olanma’s request if she accepted his ultimatum—a trip half way across the world to Cape Town, South Africa. After all they did have unfinished business.
Olanma wasn’t falling for the charm of a recovering playboy and a rich one at that. But with her plans going up in smoke before her eyes, Olanma must decide whether to give in to the ultimatum or leave empty handed.
Who said it was the season to be merry?
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Yes, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but unless the jewel is going on Solae Wyatt-Palmer’s ring finger, they hold little value to her.
When she meets Fire Captain Hershel Kavanaugh, their magnetism is undeniable and there’s no doubt that it’s love at first sight.
Since Solae adores Hershel’s two boys from his failed marriage, she wouldn’t blink at the chance to become a mother to them. But when it seems as if Hershel doesn’t have a proposal on his agenda, she has no choice but to cut her losses and move on.
But Christmas is coming. And in order to win Solae back, Hershel must resolve some past issues before convincing her that she possesses everything he wants.
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The Love at Christmastime series is two sweet holiday novellas, A Heart for Christmas, and Two Hearts for Christmas to warm your heart and soul any time of the year.
In A Heart for Christmas, Yvette Stilwell, a young widow, has overcome a terrible loss. Her eight year old daughter, Lacey, is her primary focus and romance is a thing of the past…until now.
When Christopher Darcy realizes that the woman sitting next to him in the airport is the “one that got away” so long ago, he is amazed at his good fortune. But Yvette is not exactly ready to rush into anything, even after she discovers just how attractive a holiday romance may seem…
Will the magic of the season and some well-placed mistletoe bring them together?
In Two Hearts for Christmas, the Darcy’s have a two-year old son, a pre-teen daughter, and work keeping their family on the go. When Christopher begins spending long hours running his parent’s Christmas tree farm, it causes stress at home.
Will a hidden secret and unexpected news threaten their bond, or will they find a way bring their family joy at the holidays?
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Even with love in the air, Anya has some Scrooge-like moments that put a damper on the holidays…
One man. One woman. One wish.
After five years in a dead-end relationship, the last thing Anya needs is a man to upset her ordered existence. A quiet, Christmas season with family is all that’s on her agenda, until her job puts her in contact with Christophe Mondesir, who refuses to play by her rules.
Caught between an interfering ex, a secret that gives her anxious moments, and a man with the power to make her forget promises to herself, Anya faces more complications than she can handle.
If her ex would stay gone, she might take a chance on romance with the man determined to spin her world off its axis. But the obstacles in her way leave Anya stuck in a groove with work as the main diversion from her problems.
Only Christophe’s resolve to win Anya’s love makes the difference between staying in a rut and pursuing her dreams.
Anya’s Wish is the prequel to Chasing Anya.
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Candace Walker, Kaylan Smith, Jordan Tate, and Tiffany Thomas have their share of sorrows, but neither of them realizes how deep the sorrow goes. What happens when they agree to meet for a weekend of relaxation in beautiful Napa County? Which one will leave the same or worse?
For Candace Walker, life has left her battered and bruised. Kaylan Smith has struggled with prejudice from her in-laws. After fifteen years of marriage, bitterness is trying to raise its ugly head for Jordan Tate, whose husband wants to call it quits. And for Tiffany Thomas, dealing with rejection has never been one of her greatest feats.
Although they have been friends for years, they thought they knew each other well. But will a secret destroy their relationship and bring the sisterhood to a complete halt? Will they be able to forgive and allow God to mend that which might be torn?
Paulette Harper is an award-winning and best-selling author. She is the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and is passionate about helping authors succeed in publishing and marketing their books. Paulette has been writing and publishing books since 2008. Paulette is the author of That Was Then, This is Now, Completely Whole and The Sanctuary. Her articles have appeared on-line and in print.
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- Candace struggles with self esteem
- Kaylan organizes the retreat
- Tiffany has issues with men
- Jordan gets heart breaking news
- A conflict jeopardizes their friendship
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The Future seems to hold limited possibilities for Son Erby. The African-American child of a farm laborer in 1930’s Tennessee, his fate seems as certain as the sunset at day’s end. But when his father takes him to work at the Coleman farm and hands down the secret to making corn liquor, everything changes.
Moving from shadowed parlors of the wealthy Sawyer clan to the illegal activities in the woods along the Mississippi River, this perspective novel explores the roots of racism, and the dangerous power of secrets that will shatter every taboo in a sleepy town caught between the past and future.The Legend of Quito Road is a look at a bygone time, the sobering echoes of which can still be heard today.
Chapter 7—A SECRET SCIENCE
In the scene below from The Legend of Quito Road, Papa Gill Erby, a religious man, teaches his only boy how to make illegal whiskey and keep secrets. Are there really many spiritual or physical differences in making crack cocaine or crystal meth today and white lightning yesterday?
“Now, Son, this is serious business, awful serious for a boy. Remember when we talked about the Ghost of Quito Road yesterday?”
“Yessuh, he was a runaway slave.”
“Son, I said that and plenty folks ‘round here know it. But they don’t talk it in public. I waited five years after we married befo’ I spoke with Sarah on this. Now, I’m telling you that the Ghost wasn’t just any man. He was my daddy, Gillam Hale.”
“Gillam Hale…” The boy paused while he processed it. “Papa, why’s your daddy’s name different than ours?”
“Well, I’ll tell you that long story after we get things set up. But, for now, I need to get a few things straight. Understand?”
“Yessuh, I do.”
“Son, remember, you promised. You know Sarah gone ask, but don’t you tell yo’ momma one thing. You hear me?”
“This week, we doing the same thing that made Gillam Hale a valuable slave to the white folks.” Papa Gill looked around as if someone else was there. One of the mules snorted. He whispered, “Me and you gone make whiskey this week on the Coleman place.”
“Whiskey?” the youth said, twisting his face.
“Yeah, that’s what we gonna do. We’ll fill every five-gallon jug in the back of this wagon with white-lightning whiskey.”
“Papa, we got twenty-five jugs! What’s Mr. Rafe and Mr. Conrad gone do with all that whiskey?”
“Sell it!” Papa Gill spat out. “They’ll probably get as much as six dollars a gallon off the whiskey we fixin’ to make.”
Papa Gill placed his left hand inside his overalls and a strained silence surrounded them from the naked roadside underbrush. Only the noises of the mule team’s hooves and the slicing sound from the steel-lined wagon wheels echoed along sandy Quito Road.
Son’s breath trails thickened in the winter air as he did the math in his head and pondered the economic possibilities.
On that farm, Mr. Conrad and Mr. Rafe Coleman raised cotton, sorghum and corn—corn so sweet that Son liked to eat it straight off the cob in the field during the summer months. You could use corn for feed or you could grind it into meal. But during this third week of December in 1932, thirteen-year-old Son Erby learned you could use corn for something else.
That week, Papa Gill taught his son to make white lightning like Gillam Hale had showed him. Making illegal corn liquor changed everything for that colored boy. Son was never the same. He learned a secret science and he learned it well.
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Dwight Fryer has inspired audiences at universities, corporations, schools, faith communities and nonprofit organizations. His passion is to help people do all they can to succeed and use his experiences to inspire others. Fryer was diagnosed with cancer two days after a 1998 layoff. In 2001, the disease meningococcal meningitis took his youngest daughter’s life. He works as an advocate for immunization against bacterial meningitis with the National Meningitis Association. He survived a wreck caused by a driver under the influence. Contact him today for more details via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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From Codeblack Films and the producers of FRUITVALE STATION. Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist/spiritual advisor who advocates a synthesis of world religions and positivity. He’s parlayed this vocation into a successful book release that one day draws the attention of Angel Sanchez (Forest Whitaker), a profoundly troubled man fixated on the “untimely” death of his mother. When Carter takes on Sanchez as a personal client in an effort to raise funds for his indebted brother Ben (Mike Epps), things quickly take a turn for the worse. Angel needs much more than a simple life coach.
What may be simple to grasp for some is the idea that single actions in the past comprise tidal waves of reactions in the present. Director Philippe Caland’s REPENTANCE examines these issues against a backdrop of kidnapping and murder.
REPENTANCE will open on February 28, 2014, in limited release.
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps, Nicole Ari Parker, Sanaa Lathan
Director: Philippe Caland
Writer: Shintaro Shimosawa
Producer: Philippe Caland, Nina Yang Bongiovi & Forest Whitaker
Outside production company: Significant Productions, Juntobox Films
Genre: Suspense, Drama
Country of origin: USA
Rated R – Violence Including Torture and Language
As one of the hottest radio personalities, Kayla, the Gossip Queen, has the fast-paced, glamorous life that many dream of. But one thing eludes her. Love. Growing up in a family where her father was nothing more than a monthly check, Kayla sets her sights on finding true love, even if he comes attached to another. She s determined to create the perfect family of husband, wife, home, and children–even if she has to slip up and make a ton of mistakes along the way.
After a decade of being with a man who constantly makes her question her role in his life and her vision of the perfect family, Kayla has to ask herself, “Am I right to fight for this love, or am I being foolish?”
Donneil D. Jackson is a writer by nature and a Jersey girl by heart. Growing up a sheltered child, she used writing as an escape from her everyday life. She discovered that with writing she could be someone else, do things Donneil would never do and entertain others. Donneil has been writing for as long as she can remember, ever since her mother placed a pencil in her hand. The girl has a niche for painting an elaborate scene while telling a descriptive tale. One day she began writing Chante’s Song marking the beginning of her professional writing career.
Something about Donneil in her own words:
Writing for me is like living in La La Land, where my best friends are Nia Long and Regina King. My neighbors are Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big. The love of my life is tall, dark and handsome; maybe he resembles Morris, is sexy like Mekhi, or has the swag of Idris and Denzel rolled up into one. Or maybe I have a taste for something different, in the form of Laz Alonzo or Dwayne Johnson. I am desired by many, but one man holds the key to my heart, while there may be a Jason lurking around possessing the secret to my love coming down. Christian Louboutin’s cover my perfectly pedicured toes. The finest fabrics and best designers dress me, while a girl’s best friend, diamonds is my accessory of choice. A Porsche Panamera sits in my parking spot with a tank full of premium gas waiting for me to drive off into the sunset.
Writing allows me to escape to another place, to be someone else and do things Donneil would never do and share my tales of infidelity, deception, love, lust, romance, betrayal, hurt and pain along with the glitz and glamour with an audience who would also like to escape to another place.
As long as you will read, I will write. Get comfortable, kick off your shoes and escape into pure bliss. You will enjoy!
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1. TELL THE READERS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU.
I’m a single mother to a beautiful 12 year old. I am a Benefits Administrator by trade and writer by nature. I enjoy reading and writing. I didn’t enter the writing world to change the game as some may have. I just want to add my tales to the great world of fiction.
2. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR INSPIRATION?
I love writing. And I love for people to read what I write. If you laugh I want to know what made you laugh. If you make a sound I want to know what I wrote that made you react that way. I wish I could say that I’m in it for the money, but I’m not. I write because I enjoy it. I love entertaining others with my words.
3. WHAT SETS YOUR NOVELS APART FROM OTHER NOVELS IN ITS GENRE?
The way the story is told. I try my best to be as descriptive, candid and realistic as possible. My characters are real people that we know or have encountered at some point in time. I think we all have read a”Chante’s Song” or “Foolish” before, yet we have never read a Donneil D. Jackson tale. The manner in which the story is told is what sets my novel apart from other novels in it’s genre with the same subject matter.
According to Katie, the top nail trends of the 2013 Holiday season are:
Gleeful Glitter: Everything seems to sparkle during the holidays, and this should also hold true for your nails! Paint your nails red and green, alternating the colors on each nail, and let dry. Then, paint each red nail with a coat of red glitter polish and add a coat of green glitter polish to all of the green nails. Let dry and voilà! Your nails are ready to steal the spotlight at all your merry festivities!
Winter Snowflake Mani: Snowflake nail stamps are a fab and festive way to add pizazz to your holiday mani! Before you do this design, make sure you have blue polish, silver polish, clear topcoat, and a nail stamp kit with a snowflake stamping plate on hand. We like the Nail Art Stamping Set by Shany Cosmetics. Paint your nails blue and let dry, then place silver polish over the snowflake design on the stamping plate, and use the nail kit’s scraper to rid the plate of excess polish. While the silver polish is still wet, place the stamper over the plate so the snowflake design transfers, then press the stamper down on the nail. Do this until each nail is adorned with cute little silver snowflakes. Finish the look by adding a clear topcoat to each nail.
Christmas Tree Tape Mani: We all love gazing at dazzling Christmas trees during the holiday season. Celebrate this lovely holiday tradition with a merry Christmas tree tape mani! To do this nail design, have on-hand green polish, red polish, Scotch tape, scissors, nail glue, and gold nail gems. Paint the first nail red and let dry, then lay a piece of tape from the bottom left edge to the center of the tip, and place a second piece of tape from the right bottom edge to the center of the tip, making sure the pieces of tape intersect at a point below the upper edge of the nail. This will form a triangle “tree” of space in the middle of the nail. Cut several strips of tape and place them horizontally across the “tree,” making sure they are not exactly parallel. Paint over the nail and tape strips with green polish and remove the tape strips while the polish is still dry. Let dry and repeat for each nail. Once all the nails are adorned with little green Christmas trees against a red background, add a clear topcoat to each nail. Once dry, use nail glue to glue gold nail gem “stars” at the top of each tree!
Pretty Presents: Make sure your nails are like cheerful little holiday gifts this season! To do this mani, have on-hand red polish, green polish, purple polish, gold polish, and silver polish. Paint each nail either red, green, or purple, alternating the colors for each nail. Then, using a toothpick, paint a single gold “ribbon” from the top of each nail to the bottom, and add a silver line next to the gold. Let dry, then use the toothpick to draw horizontal gold and silver ribbons through the middle of each nail. Once dry, use a toothpick to add little silver and gold “bows” where the ribbons intersect. Add a clear topcoat to complete the look.
Cheerful Champagne Mani: Nothing says “Happy Holidays!” like a glass of bubbly with all of your closest friends and relatives! For this festive holiday manicure, paint your nails with a coat of shimmery gold polish and let dry, then add gold glitter polish to the tips. This fun holiday mani is sure to get you noticed this season!
Jubilant New Year Mani: This flashy nail design will help you look fabulous as you count down to the New Year! Paint all of your nails royal blue and let dry, then add a coat of multi-colored glitter polish on each nail. This is a fun and festive way to celebrate the New Year!
Christmas Lights Mani: Show off your artistic side with this lovely manicure! Paint your nails red and let dry, then, using a toothpick and black nail polish, draw a squiggly black “light cord” from the outer edge of your thumbnail to the outer edge of your pinky nail, making certain to only get polish on the nails. Let the polish dry, then paint little holiday Christmas lights both above and below the cord, using polishes of all different colors. Once complete and dry, add a final topcoat to complete the look!
Joyous Water Marble Mani: An eye-catching red and green water marble mani will look great with all of your holiday get-ups! To do this intricate and eye-catching design, start off with a cup of room temperature water, a bottle of red polish, and a bottle of green polish, as well as tape and several toothpicks. Place tape around the edge of the first nail, covering the cuticles. Add two drops of red to the water and let spread, then a drop of green polish in the middle of the red polish. Then, take a toothpick and drag the edges of the polish to the center of the circle. Press your nail into the design, use a toothpick to scrape excess polish away from the edges of the nail, and take the nail out of the water. Then remove the tape and let dry. Use a toothpick to clear the polish from the top of the water, and repeat the process with the rest of the nails. Add a final clear topcoat to complete the look. The end result: a jolly water marble mani that is sure to be the talk of every seasonal soiree you attend!
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It’s no secret that finding a partner these days is getting harder and harder. The number of single person households in the UK has overtaken married couple households for the first time. The whole demographic of the UK is shifting away from the conventional married with two children ideal, to a more fluid and changing state of affairs. Being single, it seems, is becoming the norm.
But what if you don’t want to be single? What if you dream of finding your soul mate to settle down with and live happily ever after? This is still highly likely, but there are a few extra things that can be done to load the odds in your favour.
Here’s a list of some of the most unattractive habits and behaviours that will virtually guarantee there will be no second date. Take a look and ask yourself honestly if you are totally innocent…
Talking Not Listening
When you meet somebody new for the first time of course to a certain extent you are making a sales pitch. But don’t over do it. If you talk constantly the other person has no chance of asking questions or letting you know about themselves. Blowing your own trumpet comes across as conceited and thoughtless – do you really have no curiosity about your date? Feedback from dates on singles websites often cites this type of behaviour as the most irritating and ignorant of all. Be attentive, listen to the other person, ask them pertinent questions, be polite and genuine - if you want to make a good impression try talking less and listening more. You’d be surprised what an effect this simple thing can do.
Why would anyone be interested in someone who isn’t interested enough in themselves to keep clean? Dirty finger nails, greasy hair, unshaven face and body odour are all total turn offs and indicate a lack of self respect. Turning up looking as if zero effort has been made is hurtful and insulting to your date. Have a shower before your date, wear clean clothes and don’t pong of chilli or garlic.
If you are a smoker looking for love you are making things difficult for yourself. Smoking is widely considered an unsociable habit which causes bad breath and stained teeth. Admittedly, going on dates with new people may be nerve racking and puffing on a ciggie is just what you need to calm you down, but you are seriously running the risk of putting someone off. Consider giving up smoking or trying alternatives such as hookah pens which do not have the same health or social implications. Hookah pens are like e-cigarettes – they come in a range of fresh fruity flavours and there is no smoke, simply water vapour. The added benefit of hookah pens is that you can smoke them indoors, no need to abandon your date for a puff outside in the pouring rain.
Don’t get drunk on a first date. You need to have your wits about you to make sure you are creating the best impression. A couple of drinks will be fine to relax you, but be cautious about over doing it. Your new date does not want to be having to baby sit you or listen to rambling, drunken monologues.
The Ex Factor
A sure fire way of ruining a first date is to spend most of it talking about your ex. This is rude, thoughtless and insensitive behaviour and will be certain to get you absolutely nowhere in the dating game. A brief passing mention of them is acceptable if asked, but move on quickly to let the other person know that the ex is very definitely in the past.
Focus On Your Date
The whole point of having a date with someone is to enjoy their company. Switch off your phone and do not text other people during the date – this is the height of rudeness. Do not flirt with waiting staff or other people in the establishment, do not ogle others or make lewd comments. It’s a shame this has to be spelled out, but you’d be surprised how often this comes up as an issue on date fails. On the opposite side of the spectrum, over possessiveness and or jealousy is an equal turn off and will result in the coolest of receptions with most people.
Take note of the tips above before heading off on your next romantic interlude – it may effect the outcome in a really positive way. Happy dating.
Chris Jenkinson writes for the Hookah Pen Shop a retailer of nicotine free hookah pens.