My TOP 5 Books to read this year in 2021 (PART 1)


The following five books are a few books that I would recommend to read for the year of 2021. I actually have a signed copy by Charles Spencer himself for number 2 which is exciting and thrilling nonetheless.

I am taking my time with these reads as the first one is quite detailed and full of lots of information. Highly interesting and intellectual and I find it knowledgeable and it probably could lean towards the word, scholarly. I added three books in the following picture that aren’t in the blog but I may do something about the book on Victoria by A.N. Wilson. I started reading it in Scarborough and still have yet to finish that one as I went on a rushed shopping day to Koorong not too long ago and bought all those books I blogged about previously.

Here is an account for each book and I hope you enjoy reading! 📖

1. Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin

Charles Dickens was a phenomenal writer. His novels are read the world over and he enriched the English Language. He mocked power and greed while speaking up for ordinary people. His public readings brought adoring crowds, and he was seen as a cheerful family man. Yet there was a darker Dickens whose demons drove him to reject his wife, fail his children, break with friends and conduct a secret love affair in his last years. In this book, Claire Tomalin gives us the best account yet of the man, his works, his times and, most of all, his extraordinary genius. It is powerful and remarkable as said by “The Times”.

2. To catch a king – Charles Spencer

How did the most wanted man in the country outwit the greatest manhunt in British History? King Charles I was beheaded in 1649 outside his palace of Whitehall, when his eldest son, Charles, returned in 1651 to fight for his throne, he was defeated by Cromwells armies at the battle of Worcester. Expecting to meet the fate of his father, Charles fled for his life. From hiding in an oak tree to travelling as one half of an eloping couple and observing celebrations of his rumoured demise, he relied on grit, fortitude and good luck to survive.

In this gripping action packed, true adventure story, best selling author Charles Spencer draws on extensive archive material, Pepys account and many others to retell the epic adventure of Charles II.

3. Henry V – William Shakespeare

Henry V is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written near 1599. It tells the story of King Henry V of England, focusing on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years’ War. 

4. The Children’s Book – A S Byatt

Famous author Olive Wellwood writes a special private book, bound in different colours, for each of her children. In their rambling house near Romney Marsh they play in a story book world but their lives, and those of their rich cousins and their friends, the son and daughter of a curator at the new Victoria and Albert Museum, are already inscribed with mystery. Each family carries its own secrets.

They grow up in the golden summers of Edwardian times, but as the sons rebel against their parents and the girls dream of independent futures, they are unaware that in the darkness ahead they will be betrayed unintentionally by the adults who love them.

The “Irish Times” says the book is “compelling and tremendously enriching an intricate tale, energetically fashioned by a spinning fairy in the attic, an indefatigable storyteller.”

5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Schaffer

It’s 1946. The war is over, And Juliet Ashton has writers block.

But when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adam’s of Guernsey – a total stranger living halfway across the channel, who has come across her name written in a second hand book – she enters into a correspondence with him, and in time with all the members of the extraordinary Guernsey literary potato peel pie society.

Through their letters, the society tells Juliet about life on the island, their love of books and the long shadow cast by their time living under German occupation. Drawn into their irresistible world, Juliet sets sail for the island, changing her life forever.

Please let me know in the comments section which book you would love to read first?

Do you have a favourite?

Love Emmalisa

How to wear french lipsticks with red color like a Parisian?

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How to wear french lipsticks with red color like a Parisian?

Meta: Parisian with red color of french lipsticks is a symbol of beauty to most women. Let’s explore tips to wear red lipstick like a Parisian in this article.

Red lipstick is one of the most important factors making charming, attractive and classy looks of Parisian women. The beauty with red lipstick of Parisian is truly the symbol of beauty in the world which makes many women aspire to. 

Therefore, ‘How to wear red lipstick like Parisian’ is the question of many women. Let’s explore in this article much useful information about french lipsticks, makeup and how to attain amazing Parisian’s looks with red lipstick.

Incredible Parisian beauty with red lipstick of Léa Seydoux, a famous French actress

1. Why should you choose a passionate red color of french lipsticks?

General information about french lipsticks 

Cosmetic industry has increasingly developed in France for centuries and contributed significantly to the economy’s revenue. France now is the largest beauty products exporter in the world, thanks to so many leading beauty care brands such as L’Oréal, REVLON, The Estée Laudre,… which have both fame and prestige.  

French lipsticks are the worldwide favourite beauty products. Most women will take a look at french lipsticks if they want to find a new one. These beauty items are famous for high quality and wonderful colors, especially passionate red color which can give users charming and attractive looks.

And do you know what lipstick in french is? French call it ‘rouge à lèvres’. 

Why should you choose red lipstick?

French lipsticks are always good choices for your makeup. But why is red color choice remarkable? 

Unlike other red items, red lipstick gives an incredible beauty for women. A woman with red lipstick looks more outstanding and attractive. In psychology, this color expresses a powerful and energetic spirit. It also creates the impression about boldness and braveness. 

That’s why women use red lipstick to attract men’s attention on dating. Besides, it’s also an effective way to evoke inspiration, motivation and confidence for work and many challenges in life.

Parisian red lipstick – standard of red lipstick

There are many reasons making Parisian red lipstick the standard of this lipstick type. But the main one is that it’s from Paris, the heart of France, where the biggest cosmetic industry in the world was born. Paris is also where many leading beauty brands place their headquarters. 

With long-term development, french lipsticks have high quality with a wide range of colors. Red colors are steadily at the top best-sellers. In the lipstick world, the colors are very varied. If you go to the store and just ask for a red lipstick, the sales assistant will give you dozens of types to choose.

Parisian red lipstick is considered as the trend maker. As a pioneer, french leading beauty brands manufacture their lipsticks with many red tones, creating lipstick color trends in the word and deeply impact other foreign beauty brands.

However, the important thing that makes most women aspire is the beauty of Parisian girls with red lipstick. They have remarkable looks with classy beauty, confidence, braveness, powerful and energetic spirit. All make other people have to pay their attention to them.

So, how to put on red lipstick like a Parisian is a helpful beauty tip, as well as the concern of many women.

REVLON is one of the leading beauty brands with high-quality french lipsticks

2. Put on passionate red color of french lipsticks with Parisian’s tips

Not just choosing a red lipstick, Parisians do more to attain their attractive looks. Red lipstick makeup, red lip outfits, the way to better lips, etc. are what you should take a look at to know how Parisians have such beautiful looks with red lipstick. Here are 4 tips to wear red lipstick like a Parisian.

Choose suitable red lipstick

First of all, suitable red lipstick is the most important factor. The right red tone will help bring out your face. You can find it with 3 steps below:

  • Find your undertone
  • Determine what you want: to match or contrast
  • Complement your complexion

Besides, the textures of lipstick, including 2 two main types are matte and liquid, also impacts on the effects of lipstick. It’s relevant to lasting-color time and ability to conceal the lip’s blemishes. In common, matte texture is better at lasting color and liquid texture is better at concealing lip’s blemishes.

Red lipstick makeup

Makeup styles with red lipstick

Red is a remarkable color and often considered as evening lipstick color. But you definitely use red lipstick for daily makeup. Not just day or night, it’s also suitable for almost all situations. Thus, when to wear red lipstick is no problem. You can choose this lipstick color whenever you want to be more attractive and energetic.

Classic red lipstick makeup with smoky eyes and cat-eye liner is the perfect choice for evening events. In case of daily makeup, all you should do is skip the eye makeup step and replace with slim eyeliner. 

Lip makeup tools

To gain the perfect lips with red lipstick, don’t forget to use lip makeup tools such as lip liner and lip brush to apply lipstick steadily on your lips. Lip concealer is another tool you should use to make it easier applying.

Red lip outfits

Fine feathers make fine birds. The outfits play an important role to give you an attractive appearance. If you have a good makeup look with red lipstick, bring it out with suitable outfits, going with your makeup style. Classic red lipstick is the popular red tone because it helps you combine outfits easily.

Amazing red lip outfits for powerful and classy beauty 

Lip care

Another important factor to make perfect lips with passionate red color of french lipsticks is lip care. Dry lips with flaked skin can’t be ideal to apply any lipsticks. To care for your lips, there are 2 main steps, including exfoliation and moisturization. 

Exfoliation

There are some notices about exfoliation you should remember:

  • Exfoliate your lips 1-2 times per week and avoid over exfoliation
  • You can use an exfoliating product for lips or do it yourself with common ingredients such as sugar, cinamon, etc.
  • Treat gently with your lips because it’s rather thin skin and vulnerable. Don’t scrub hard.
  • Scrub in small circles for best effect.

Moisturization

Like other skin parts of our body, lips need to be moisturized for smoothness. There are more moisturizing products for the body and face than lip. In case you have Asian skin, let’s consider these products from Korea. Korean moisturisers that will suit Asian skin now are very easy to buy with affordable prices.

However, there are still thousands of moisturizing products for lips which are called lip balm or lip gloss. In case you want to use organic products for your lips, moisturizing ingredients such as olive oil, honey, etc. can be the perfect choices. You can directly apply them on your lips before sleeping.

Conclusion 

French lipsticks definitely deserve the favorite beauty items of most women with high quality, fame and prestige. And their passionate red color of french lipsticks is one of the most important factors making charming, attractive and classy looks of Parisian women.

To answer the question ‘How to wear red lipstick like Parisian’, this article gives you much information about french lipsticks, makeup and lip care tips. Hopefully you find it useful to attain amazing Parisian’s looks with red lipstick. 

Thanks for your reading!

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Brand Collaboration with TOUCHBeauty


I recently received an email from a Brand Collaborator at TOUCHBeauty, the lovely Jenna sent me an email and I was beyond excited to be able to do a review of one of their products at TOUCHBeauty.

I was eagerly awaiting for the package to arrive, and it came on Monday the 26th October which was a bonus to start the week off with!

This product is called the UltraSonic Scrub Device which is also an exfoliating skin scrubber as seen on the website.

This Ultrasonic Scrub Device was easy to put on charge. It came with a cord, and then you place the device on top of a silver spoon looking object where it can sit on top whilst charging. It comes with an Instruction Manual, which tells you how to do things properly, and before using the device you have to ensure that your skin is cleansed thoroughly, and that all makeup is off.

I did this before trying, and then I double tapped the Double Touch Switch button once I felt it was charged enough although it says to charge the device for four hours.

The device came in excellent condition, and it was absolutely clean, and the packaging was all boxed up nicely as you can see in the pictures. So, presentation and appearance was in highly good physical condition.

I then unpacked both objects as seen in the picture, and then plugged in the cord, once charged I double tapped the button, and slid the Intensity Touch Switch bar up with my finger slightly, starting up with the first level,

I tried using the product with that level, but then decided to increase the intensity level. It felt warm against the skin, and moisturised almost.

Using the appliance you have to place the Ultrasonic Spatula blade on the skin at a 30 degree angle and then move slowly on the skin.

Whilst doing this I could feel it working against the skin and you have to massage it against the skin.

It deeply is exfoliates the skin and as said on the website it produces up to 26,000 HZ ultrasonic vibrations per second to cleanse the skin without hurting or damaging the skin.

It also is good for blackhead removal when you put the spatula on it with a light pressure, it clears them using high frequency vibrations to get rid of the sebum and debris out of the pores.

I received this product from TOUCHBeauty in which they pride themselves on having a professional attitude towards the beauty and personal care devices industry. They have twenty years experience in the industry and focus on innovation and high quality products.

Here are 5 points on the device/product:

1. Utilizing cutting-edge technology and award-winning design concepts to cleanse, exfoliate, and massage the skin. It produces up to 26,000 ultrasonica vibration per second to deeply cleanse and exfoliate the skin without hurt or demaging the skin. Note: Please make sure that you wet the face with water before the use.2. It has 2 main functions and features 5 intensity levels adjusting to different skincare needs. You can choose the intensity level that best fits your skin.
3. The pointy side is the cleaning function. Try using it after removing your makeup, and you will see how much makeup residues were hidden on your pores.
4. The flat side is the message function. Boost the absorption of your favorite serum or cream, the vibration will increase blood circulation while promoting relaxation.
5. Wireless charging system and cordless operation. It has a charging dock to charge the device and does not require a cable. Convenient touch operation. If you have longer nails, this will make your life so much easier.

Code: EMMALISA (30% off for the Ultrasonic Exfoliating Skin Scrubber)Shop link: https://touchbeauty.com/discount/EMMALISA?redirect=%2Fproducts%2Fultrasonic-scrub-device

Exquisite Emmalisa

In collaboration with TOUCHBeauty

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What to Say and How to Do: Writing Victorian Historical Fiction


By Sarah A. Chrisman

A Book Is A Time Machine

            A book is the best and cheapest time machine you will ever buy.  As a writer of books about the Victorian era I often think of myself as a tour guide to another time.  When showing my fellow travellers the delights of a foreign time, I always remember the importance of not only knowing the terrain through which we’re travelling, but of being respectful of its people as well.  Something I was once told about understanding modern cultures is just as applicable to understanding cultures defined by time rather than mere distance: on my first day of French class at university the professor opened her very first lecture by telling us, “French people do not say things in French because they mean them in English and just don’t know any better.  French people say things in French because they mean them in French!”  So, too, with people of different eras.  They were not modern people acting certain ways and doing certain things because they didn’t know any better: they were members of a vibrant culture of time.  If you are going to bring strangers into their world to walk amongst them, you must first understand them.

Choose A Destination

            Be very clear with yourself about the time and place that form your setting.  The Victorian era was very long and covered an immense diversity of places.  Tombstone, Arizona, of the 1880’s was very different from London of the same time, and Paris of 1900 was a radically different city from Paris of 1848.  A specific choice of where and when you’re going is the first step towards getting there.

Research, Research, Research!

            I draft all my manuscripts by hand – a number of interesting studies have shown that the creative process works differently when writing by hand than when typing.  Next to my desk is a wicker basket full of notebooks, and each one is devoted to a different book in my series.  In the back of each of these is a reading list I’ve compiled for myself of materials I want to either read or revisit before I start writing that particular story.  For example, I just finished a novel about a reporter in the American Pacific Northwest in 1889.  Looking at the reading list I assigned myself before I started writing his story, I see the memoirs of a 19th-century journalist; four Victorian-era style guides and two period articles on the subject of how to write for the press; five detective memoirs from the time; two 19th-century novels about journalists; a journalist’s trade magazine; and a number of books, magazines and newspaper articles related to my hero’s personality and the historic events through which he’s living – and this is all just background!  As I write a book, I’m constantly doing still more research and delving deeper into my characters’ world and their motivations.

            How do I put together these reading lists?  By constantly reading everything I can about the Victorian era and compulsively taking notes on them.  When I see a quote, fact or witticism that seems like it might fit into a particular story, I’ll jot it down in the notes I’m compiling for that story.  When I come across things that don’t fit with any planned project but are nonetheless worth remembering, I add them to my latest commonplace book.  This may seem like a slow and haphazard way to go about things at first, but once you’ve been at it a while you’ll be amazed at how much information you’ve compiled and how much more you’ve learned than a simple keyword search could have taught you.

Get Your Facts From the Original Sources

            Remember what I said about books being time machines and authors being tour guides?  Your research is your tour guide training, and it’s best to get that training first hand.  In other words, read materials actually written in the Victorian era, not just modern things about the Victorian era.  Think about it this way: if you landed a job giving tours of Paris, wouldn’t you rather learn your routes from a native-born Parisian than from someone who’d never been there? 

            So many written materials of all sorts were produced during the Victorian era there’s really no excuse for not reading some of them.  Try to read the same materials your characters would have been reading.  If you’re writing about a middle-class American woman, read Godey’s magazine or period issues of Good Housekeeping.  If you’re writing humor about late 19th-century London, read the hilarious novel, The Diary of a Nobody.  If your hero’s a doctor read The Lancet; for a nurse read the works of Florence Nightingale.  

            You can buy a wide variety of antique or reprinted books through websites like Abebooks.com and eBay.  Digital copies of many hard-to-find works can be downloaded for free by using the Google Books Advanced Search function, and you can then print these out and bind them into a hardcopy format.  Don’t forget about period newspapers, too!  Many communities operate digital archives of their periodicals, and these can be absolute goldmines for knowing exactly what was really happening at the precise time of your story.

            My favorite resources of all are diaries written in the 19th-century.  A surprising number of these have been published – I highly recommend Maud: The Illustrated Diary of a Victorian Woman.  Large archives often contain original diaries from people associated with their institutions; and if you’re very lucky you can sometimes find original diaries for sale from rare book dealers or even on eBay.  There is no more intimate connection to an era than reading the hand-written diary of someone who lived through it.

Some Travel Tips

            Before I send you along on your journeys, oh fellow tour guides, here are a few tips for your journey:

            —Avoid Anachronisms.  I don’t need to tell you not to give your Victorian heroine a cell phone.  Be aware, though, that it’s just as inappropriate to give her modern opinions and motivations.  Unless you are literally writing a time travel story DON’T give it a heroine who reads like she just stepped out of the twenty-first century.  Respect the world and culture you’re depicting by learning as much about it as you possibly can, then write characters appropriate to that world.

            —Don’t Stereotype.  Don’t insert modern characters into historical settings, but don’t fill those settings with flat clichés, either.  Remember that you are painting a picture of a diverse community where every individual has a complex personal history.  Flesh out those backgrounds for yourself and you can make the world come to life for your readers.

            —A Couple Basic Guide Books.  Every work of historical fiction has an entire library behind it, but there are a couple types of books that are useful to every writer of the genre.  You’ll want a period style guide.  My personal favorite is Wolstan Dixey’s The Trade of Authorship from 1889.  (Give particular attention to pp. 74-91, “The Trade”.)  Familiarizing yourself with writing advice from the time will help you settle into a style of your own that feels natural for the period.  Besides this writing guide, you’ll also benefit from a period etiquette guide.  I’m a fan of Hill’s Manual of Social and Business Forms.  This will give you a succinct overview of advice from the time and help you (and your characters) avoid common pitfalls.

Bon Voyage!            Your readers are depending on you to bring them to another time and place.  Be worthy of their trust by learning as much as you can about their destination and presenting it in a respectful and realistic way.  Pleasant journeys and happy trails! 

— 

“Books are the windows through which the mind looks out.” —Anonymous, Zion’s Home Monthly, January 15, 1889. p. 197.

Written by Sarah A. Chrisman

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Make Up Blog COMPETITION


Makeupblog.com is hosting a competition for girls all over the world where you can enter online and be in the draw for some FABULOUS prizes.

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The MakeupBlogs.com Top Looks of 2020 Contest

Is your phone full of great makeup selfies? We invite you to submit a photo capturing your best look in any of the categories below. The contest will be judged by MakeupBlog’s expert team of makeup lovers.

5 categories

Smokey Eyes

Cat/Winged eyeliner

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$1,000 in prizes!

If you go to the Makeup Blog website, you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and even Share your looks to Pinterest! You can enter any of these categories, and even use a photo you may have taken from a previous photo shoot you have done in the past or something. Whether its glam, or a natural look! This can also give you inspiration to shoot a new look if you want, whether its professional and/or just with your own iPhone camera. You can do your makeup yourself or get someone to do it for you for fun! If you do a smokey eye look we will need you to do a full face shot also. If you do not know what an editorial look is, for example, it can be very artistic and a runway style as featured on the website. For more information head on over to the website makeupblogs.com and you will find what to do to enter the competition! Requirements are listed as you have to be 18 years old or over, the photo has to be of yourself and no one else, and you MUST own the rights to your photo. Deadline for this competition is 1st February 2021! I hope you have fun with inspiration for creating a look for the competition!

Thankyou to MakeupBlog for collaborating with ExquisiteEmmalisa.

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Holiday in Paris! (2018)

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If you are like me, you would know that binge-watching the world famous show “Emily in Paris” is the most EXCITING and FASHIONABLE experience you will ever have off sight of Paris to make you feel like you are IN Paris!

Ooo La La! The clothes, the crossaints, the culture, the architecture! Even the trees!

The day I stepped foot in Paris I remember lots of cars to be honest. And the architecture was simply BREATHTAKING!!!!!

On every corner there is something stunning.

Everywhere you go, there’s something for you to enjoy.

I can’t exactly remember everything we did, because it was in July 2018 that I went, but I remember Tullieries Garden was absolutely stunning and beautiful and I felt I was in a movie! Walking through the gardens and park, it was glorious!

We went on “The View” which is a smaller Ferris wheel type of machine, and we could see a view of the Eiffel Tower from there, the views were absolutely breathtaking, and the sky opened up, as my eyes opened up!

This is what the View looked like.

This is the garden where Tullieries was, it was SO pretty! 😍

Just look at the buildings! and the scenery!

The best part about travelling is exploring, and can you see that TALL lamp post in front of the building? Its simply gorgeous.

SO much to explore! You could be there for DAYS! I think we spent four days in the city. and we stayed at The Normandy in Paris city.

We went on a river cruise on the Seine, which was so romantic. It was actually at night when we went, and I remember the Eiffel Tower lighting up, and the moon was hanging above the sky on the right. It was the most romantic thing I have ever done! This is where the river cruise was held, and there was a tour guide telling us about the buildings on the side, I don’t remember any information because it was so long ago, but it was informative from memory. Paris is full of history.

Here is a photo I took from the Eiffel Tower. SPECTACTULAR!

Aren’t you amazed?

I was absolutely taken by the scene, and the landscape of Paris!

I was more than amazed! Don’t you just love these photos? I was impressed myself from taking these, I was scared about going up the Eiffel Tower, but someone said millions of people do it everyday, so that made me feel more confident and before you know it I was up there CLICKING away!!!!! I love the landscape of Paris, its just breathtaking and really makes me feel (not just at home), but it makes me feel so heartfelt, and its a heart warming when you see what’s right in front of you.

Look below at those gardens!

Getting my Parisian on….. Do you like my red beret?

Along with my London bag…

In the Eiffel Tower was this long macaron tower, I wanted to EAT it!!!

One day we had a delightful afternoon tea in The Ritz in Paris. I really wanted to go there because that was the last place Princess Diana was before she passed away.

Inside was absolutely beautiful and everything was so golden.

Every time I look at this dress in my wardrobe I remember it was the dress I wore to The Ritz!!!

Well, I hope you enjoyed these lovely pictures of Paris from when I spent a few days there. It was July 2018, but I never posted the photos on my blog and I thought it was time to use them for something, plus! You can see what I got up to when I was there. I remember I had the best cinnamon sticks in a little place right near where The View was. I loved going on holiday there, and I would go back in a heart beat if I could. For now, I could just watch Emily in Paris for the FOURTH time, but maybe I will wait for Season TWO!!!! Who’s with me on that?

Im an Emily in Paris FAN!!!!

Love Emmalisa

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A List of my Favourite Author Blogs

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This week has been a little more hectic compared to my normal lifestyle of listening to music, watching my favourite TV shows and movies on Netflix or Google play, and reading a few books here and there and then using my new laptop to play my digital piano and record some songs for fun. I have started volunteering at Save the Children in Malaga which is a 10 minute drive down the road from me and I was excited to be starting there yesterday as they put me straight onto the “books”! in the warehouse. It is a fun job and I think for now it is the perfect job for me three days a week as I don’t have a permanenent full time job or anything, but I have one thing in the pipes music wise, so lets hope that works out down the line but that is another story for another time! I will keep you updated!


So, I started on unpacking books, and putting them into their categories, and I learnt a lot already just from the first two hours of working there!
I even remembered when they had a box for Art that that was the number 700 from the Dewey Decimal Classification System, so my brain was quite on par library wise!

It is so fun to be able to do the work, but lets see how its goes down the track! I recognised a lot of authors names, Dan Brown, Robert Ludlum, Di Morissey, you will always recognise author names when working in books, and so I have decided to make this post a little more delightful and create a list of my favourite authors names but also put their blog link with it so it gives you the chance to be able to check them out!!!!



My first and favourite one is:

1. Carrie Turansky – carrieturansky.com – this is such a stunning page and my favourite book of hers is “The Governess of Highland Hall”. I have probably mentioned that way too many times before! Her latest release is “No Journey too far” and I have read the rest of the Edwardian Bride Series and Shine like the Dawn. I want to get No Ocean too wide and Across the blue. You can sign up to her newsletter on her website and she also has a Book List!

2. Alena Kate Pettitt – of “The Darling Academy” – I just absolutely love the writings of her book Ladies Like Us as she goes through such beautiful topics such as Being a lady, being a darling!, emotional and social intelligence, and poise. My favourite section was on Defining your goals and aspirations as it really honed in on setting lifetime goals, and attitudes of the heart! It is beautiful written and you will not be disappointed if you purchase Ladies like us. She also has another book called English Etiquette which I want to get for myself! You can buy her books HERE.

3. DickensBlog – a Blog for all things Dickens! Here you can experience a blog page that promotes Charles Dickens’ books. There is a book you can get through this page called The Gospel in Dickens: Selections from His Work. It is $18US. I particularly liked the fact that on the 6th September 2020 that did an online conversation with a descendant of his!!! You will find this on the blog page link provided if you click on “A blog for all things Dickens!” You can easily subscribe.

4. Natasha Lester – This is particularly one of my favourites as she shares her “Writing Routine. ” She writes blogs that are more succinct and concise. For example, you should read How to Fit Writing Into Your Life: 6 Tips Based on My Writing Process on her website at natashalester.com.au. If you are a writer yourself, then articles and blogs are the way to go for you to read. It will give you so much more inspiration and will drive you to be a better writer!!!

I have the first two of her books.

The Paris seamstress

You will find this picture on my Instagram page.

The French photographer

She blogs every Tuesday and really sets her time working on her novels as you can see through her writing and blogs. So keep your eyes peeled every Tuesday, and her newsletters go out every Tuesday as well. So make sure to subscribe to her newsletter on the right hand side of the page/website.

I am excited to see her bring out The Paris Secret, but I am still on The Paris Seamstress and sooooooo excited and looking forward to reading the French Photographer as it looks completely stunning.

I don’t want to overload you with too many author blog pages, so I will stick to four for now and if I think of any more that I tend to read for myself I will create a Part 2!

So keep your eyes peeled incase I do do a part 2 of this blog. I hope that you enjoyed reading about these four favourite author blog pages of mine, and that you click on them and browse through them. There are some gems! and you never know some giveaways might be around the corner!

Emmalisa

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Do you have a favourite author blog?

If you don’t follow a blog of an author, do you follow any other type of bloggers?

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Sweet Sunday Smoothie


I have started to create more of a healthy ritual with a particular smoothie which was created by “The Beauty Chef”. I came across their Instagram and Facebook page and immediately felt like I needed and had to have the products!!!

Here I want to share with you my recipe of a delicious Sunday smoothie which was originally was from the Get up and Glow Smoothie but I took out a quarter of a small-medium ripe avocado, 2 Brazil nuts and freshly squeezed juice of 1/4 of a lime.

Combining healthy gut nourishing fibre and clean plant based proteins this smoothie is equal parts delicious and nutritious. With the goodness of antioxidant-rich fruits and the Glow Inner Beauty Essential – which contains bio-fermented Probiotic whole foods to support healthy skin, hair and nails.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup (100g) mixed frozen berries

1 teaspoon GLOW Inner Beauty Essential

1/2 scoop BODY Inner Beauty Support (vanilla)

3/4 cup (180ml) unsweetened almond milk, or your preferred nut milk

1/4 cup (60g) coconut yoghurt

Method:

Place all the ingredients in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth

And voila!

A berry Sunday Smoothie!

Emmalisa

Four Books to read this year in 2020


Today I went for a visit to Koorong the Christian bookstore in Mount Lawley PERTH Western Australia 🇦🇺

I bought two gifts on prayer but won’t include them here as I want to focus on the four that I bought for myself and you will see what categories they come under once I’ve talked about them.

I initially had all the books in a basket walking around the store before I purchased this stunning tote bag saying “Do everything in love”.

I absolutely love this bag, I was able to fit everything in it and the books fitted perfectly in it.

Next I bought a journal that is a Joyce Meyer journal. It’s got scriptures at the bottom like most Christian journals but at the top on the left it has quotes to do with that scripture. It is called Living a life I Love Journal 💓 I will be using it for either writing songs or a novel writing idea 💡 ✍️ and carrying it with me everywhere I go whether it’s this bag or my handbag.

I then bought The Faith of Queen Elizabeth which I was intrigued about for ages. Someone had told me about just on Saturday and I knew I HAD to have it! I will be posting this one on Instagram for sure! I bought three English historical novels From this moment is by Elizabeth Camden and she is the author of 8 historical novels and has been honoured with the RITA Award, the Christy awar and the carol award. She has a Masters in history and also library sciences, she is a research librarian by day and works on her novels at night. She lives in Florida. http://www.elizabethcamden.com

Stella West’s artistic talent made her the toast of London but when her sister dies under mysterious circumstances she abandons everything and heads for Boston. With single minded determination she fights to pierce the ring of secrecy surrounding her sisters death. Upon meeting Romulus White a publisher with connections into every important power circle in the city, she quickly realised he could be a valuable ally in navigating Boston society.

Romulus has been pursuing Stella for years to create art for his magazine. Her luminous illustrations are the missing piece he needs to propel his magazine to the forefront of the industry and he will stop at nothing to get her on board.

Sparks fly the instant they join forces but he is unsettled by the unwelcome attraction he feels towards Stella, fearing she might be the one woman who could disrupt his hard won independence. He may have finally met his match in Stella but is helping her solve the mystery of her sisters death worth the risk to his publishing empire?

This happily ever after romance tells the captivating story of two women bound together across time by a shared dream and a mysterious writing desk. 

Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration?

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase. 

“Rachel Hauck enchants us again! Tenley and Birdie are bound together by the understanding that creativity is a guiding force and that their stories must be told. A tale both bittersweet and redemptive, The Writing Desk is your must-read.” —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author 

This sweet, split-time read is a standalone novel, though characters in this story appear in Rachel Hauck’s book, The Fifth Avenue Story Society. Includes discussion questions.

“To escape a scheme to marry her off to a dishonorable man, Margaret Macy flees London disguised as a housemaid. If she can remain unwed until her next birthday, she will receive an inheritance, and with it, sweet independence. But she never planned on actually working as a servant. And certainly not in the home of Nathaniel and Lewis Upchurch–both former suitors. As she fumbles through the first real work of her life, Margaret struggles to keep her identity secret when suspicions arise and prying eyes visit Fairbourne Hall. Can she avoid a trap meant to force her from hiding?