Monday, July 21, 2014

Stress: You can do it!

For a few weeks i've been feeling mega stressed out; i'm studying for the GRE's, working out, writing, querying agents, and i'm an inten. I know, I know-it's not that much and I really shouldn't complain (and i'm not!), but stress gets to you after a while. I'll be honest, I get stressed out from time to time.Thankfully, i'm not feeling stressed out anymore. My mom always says this super awesome thing that helps me whenever i'm feeling overwhelmed: no problem is so big that you can't break it down into its smallest components. 
I live with that in mind. I  need to breathe, think, and believe in myself and in God; with all of that in mind I just need to Be the best that I can be and Do the best that I can. Everything in life (within reason) is doable. It's your mindset that's hard. If you fix your mindset then you can fix the challenge. You can do it!

 







p.s. I apologize that guest blogger month did not happen. All the people who showed interest ended up not having time to write a post. I'll try to do this again next year!
p.s.s. I'm also currently closed to unsolicited book reviews for the rest of the summer. I'll be open again starting in January! 



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Introducing Guest Blogger Month!

Hi everybody!

As some of you may know, I have dedicated this month to a host of different bloggers from around the internet and from around the world. They will be creating one post a week (reviews/style/DIY/etc etc) for you to view!

This month is crazy busy for me. I have an English Teaching Assistantship internship at a college, and i'm really busy with life; however, I did not want to leave the blog! So each week we'll have 1 to 2 bloggers on Imma Be Ama. Make sure to check it out! The first post will be out next week. If you would like to be a guest blogger please feel free to contact me. I have numerous contact/social media buttons on the right hand side of this blog.

Have a great day!! :D

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lucky Us: Book Review and Giveaway

Synopsis:

"My father's wife died. My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us."

So begins this remarkable novel by Amy Bloom, whose critically acclaimed Away was called "a literary triumph" by The New York Times. Brilliantly written, deeply moving, fantastically funny, Lucky Us introduces us to Eva and Iris. Disappointed by their families, Iris, the hopeful star, and Eva, the sidekick, journey across 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris's ambitions take them from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island.

With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine through a landscape of big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war. Filled with gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and surprising events, Lucky Us is a thrilling and resonant novel about success and failure, good luck and bad, the creation of a family, and the pleasures and inevitable perils of family life. From Brooklyn's beauty parlors to London's West End, a group of unforgettable people love, lie, cheat, and survive in this story of our fragile, absurd, heroic species.



Friday, June 13, 2014

Merlin's Children: Children and the Blood ~Review~


Merlin's Children cover

Megan Joel Peterson has done it again! I don't know if I should be happy for a great series or sad that it's over. Perhaps I can be both. With a new cover and great prose, this book will be sure to grab your attention.


Synopsis:
The stakes of the war have never been higher.

But what will be the cost to win?

Ashe knows loss, knows sacrifice and pain. Her allies are scattered and too many lie dead. The Blood are stronger than ever and more connected than she could have imagined.

But the worst is yet to come. The war has taken so many people she loves.

Now it just might take everyone who's left.

(Conclusion of The Children and the Blood trilogy)


Buy this book at
Amazon
Barnes and Nobles


A Writing Junkies Perspective


       This review has been long in the making. With my junior year of college wrapping up and with 21 credits worth of classes, I was feeling pretty overwhelmed. However, even when overwhelmed a good back helps to keep me sane, and I must say that this last installment of the the children and the blood series, Merlin's Children, did not disappoint and it was a very good book. 
       I have been saying this since day one, Peterson has a gift with words. Her characters come alive and the page burns (no pun intended :P) with life. 
     Merlin's Children transports the reader the reader where Taliesin Ascendant ended. Ashe, Cole and Lily are all together now. Ashe is is attempting to find a way to end the war and protect her sister, but her initial misgivings about Cole set her off. Cole seems to be equally as wary of Ashe; he still wishes to protect Lily and is fiercely protective of her. Harris is still roaming around trying to act out his revenge, but even he seems to have misgivings about the people he is working with and those he is working against. This final installment of The Children and the Blood trilogy has out main characters trying to figure out what to do and fighting the bad guys with the same nail biting, page flipping suspense that the last two had. 
      The only issue I had with the book was that since it had been a while since I had read the second book, I was a bit lost for the first few pages, but I quickly got back into the groove of the plot. 
      As with every good story, the plot thickens and leaves you hanging suspensefully off of each page. Trust me, this conclusion to the series will take you for a ride. 



This book gets 4.5 out of 5 Writing Junkies*! (I stink at photoshop so I could only make 4 boxes  :/)




About the Author

Megan Joel PetersonMegan Joel Peterson lives somewhere between the cornfields of Illinois and fantasy worlds filled with magic and wizards. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Illinois, and has worked a little bit of everywhere over the years. Now she spends her days and nights creating new stories, and thinks writing is the best job she ever could have asked for. The Children and The Blood is her first published novel.




* 4/5
4 – Great Story: These include books that are very enjoyable for me to read but have some very minor issues with the writing, such as characters that are missing something or maybe were way over written, or if the language confused me at one point in time. 


*A copy of this book was provided by the author for review



BLOG UPDATES:
June and July are guest blogger month here at Imma Be! For the whole month you'll be reading posts from a variety of different individuals. You'll enjoy everything from book reviews to fashion how to's. Get ready for Guest blogger season!! Woohoo!

Friday, June 6, 2014

"Lucky Us" by New York Times Bestselling Author Amy Bloom,giveaway!!

A few weeks ago I told you all that an amazing thing has occurred! I have teamed up with Random House to give away free copy of New York Times Bestselling Author Amy Bloom's latest novel, "Lucky Us"! And no, this is not an E-Copy it's  hard copy that will be mailed to you by the major New York publishing house Random House.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Havana Hair Review and Styles


I recently bought some havana hair from Finger Comber. Before buying the hair I looked at tutorials and reviews to make sure that the price ($12.99) matched the quality. I must say, I was not disappointed.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Sweet Rainy Morn'n: Purpose


I woke up this morning to a slight drizzle occurring outside of my window. It's been really hot these past few days, so the rain is a welcomed change. I headed downstairs to make breakfast and decided on having  cup of tea and a cup of fruit--a mixture of something warm and sweet on this rainy morning.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

잡채 inspired- Vegan and Simple (Vegetable Stir-Fry)

As some of you may or many not know, i've been studying Korean for about four months with a pen-pal of mine. I love everything about the culture: traditional dresses, food, music, the people, movies, and dramas.  Today I decided to try my hand at a dish called 잡채. Traditionally it is a dish made from sweet potato noodles that has been mixed with various vegetables,meat, sesame seed oil and soy sauce. Unfortunately, I did not have all of the necessary ingredients so I improvised and added in some new stuff. Of course the meal is no longer real and traditional 잡채. I have made the dish vegan and it has maintained the lightness that it normally has.  I'll probably ask my pen-pal about it next time I email her.



So let's call this the Ama version of 잡채. If you would like to enjoy a traditional meal please check out this!

Ingredients:
-SoySauce 2 tbsp or to taste
-Black Pepper 3 tsp or to taste
-One clove of Garlic
 -1/8 box of Angel Hair Pasta

-  2 tbsp Olive Oil
-1/2 cup of carrots
-1/4 green bell pepper
-1 medium celery stick 
-3 mushrooms (traditionally shiitake should be used)

Cooking and Prep time: 40 minutes
Makes two servings