Monday, August 17, 2015

Review of Runaway Couple

Wow!
I am touched, truly touched!
I would like to share with you this wonderful review of Runaway Couple. Thank you so much deb1210.
By deb1210 on August 17, 2015
Format: Paperback
Runaway Couple is the first book in the new Bridesmaids, Weddings, and Honeymoons series by Maggie Tideswell. It is also the first book I have read by this author. I was intrigued by the blurb and was delighted with the story that unfolded before me.

Piper's sister is getting married and she has chosen a Gothic theme for her wedding. Complete with a venue of torches, candles, and shadows lurking, they are scaring the crap out of the guests! Piper is the maid of honor and unfortunately she finds she is shackled to her childhood tormentor, Marcus, as he is the best man. It is said the best man and the maid of honor are the most-likely to have sex on a wedding night known as runaway couple. While Piper thinks Marcus is easy on the eyes, she's wary of the humiliating pranks he pulled on her during their youth, and wants nothing to do with him. He, little does she know, has plans for her!

Once at the reception, a nasty storm rolls in full of thunder and lightening and a thick as pea soup mist, all adding to the creepiness of the hotel. Weird things begin to occur. She blames Marcus for being up to his old tricks. She is unnerved and scared literally into his arms. Are the things happening in her head, Marcus himself, or some strange force pushing them together??

I totally enjoyed the paranormal romance! Maggie Tideswell has a real gift of writing! I felt just as creeped out as Piper did while reading! It was detailed just enough to give you what you need without being wordy or excessively descriptive. It had so much mystery, I had to find out what happened next! The love/hate that Piper and Marcus has for each other was fantastic! Their chemistry was so incredible! And the sex-off the charts hot! You will fall in love with these characters and you will love this romance of Piper and Marcus! And the ending??? Awesome! It is worth every minute spent getting there!

4.5 stars/4 flames

This book was given to me by the Jeep Diva for the express purpose of an honest review. The rating and review are solely my opinions and in no way was I compensated.

Friday, August 7, 2015

What Makes For A Successful Marriage?


The one question in every prospective bride's mind has to be whether or not her marriage to the man of her dreams would survive the test of time.

I have often wondered about, not only what characteristics attract people to each other, but also what keeps them together after the wedding.

I went searching for the statistics for the success rate of marriages. Success rate is of course measured by how long the marriage lasts.

We all know that families - read couples - who eat together, are said to stay together, but how many people know that the same is true for couples who watch movies together? Here are 8 equally surprising things that lead to a long-lasting marriage http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/15/surprisig-facts-happy-marriage_n_6302554.html

How many people know that there is such a thing as an infidelity gene? Or that the 'big wedding' had to do with the commitment of the couple? http://www.salon.com/2014/09/22/6_extremely_weird_facts_about_marriage_partner/

For those who would like to have answers before they take the plunge, check out these surprising predictions http://www.bustle.com/articles/81561-8-weird-factors-that-predict-a-successful-marriage-according-to-science-because-you-may-want-to

Between the three articles, there are contradictions on the results of the cost of the wedding. You decide for yourself which is true. To help you, here is an article about abstinence, you know, not doing it until the wedding night. Maybe our grannies had a point, although they might not have understood the why behind it. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1341126/Want-secret-happy-marriage-Dont-sex-wedding.html

I     I just love the wedding theme, don't you? From the traditions and superstitions attached to the big day, the wedding themes and the lengths people would go to to stand out and make that day memorable, to random statistics like these, I think there is enough scope for many more novels after my Bridesmaids, Weddings & Honeymoons series. Book 1, The Run-Away Couple, is available on amazon here  http://tinyurl.com/onopuv4 . Book 2 in the series, He's Married, will be released on August 26, 2015 and book 3, You're Wrong, sometime in September.
 
      All the pictures in this post was taken of my beautiful daughter, Muriel van der Linde, and her husband Zack's wedding 5 years ago, by Louis Kleinhans.