Samantha Talks:The Problem With Indie Book Authors

Hello Everyone,

Today I know I was going to post a book review and a weekly book reading wrap up but that can wait till tomorrow.

Today I want to talk about Indie Authors but first I am going to post a pic of Lush bye bye products that are leaving us.

 

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So on with the blog post. I buy all my ebooks on kobo since I live in Canada and own a kobo ereader and have for years.

I finish the second book of this unnamed indie author and emailed them I can’t find books 3 and 4 in the series which I was going to buy. I get a message back sorry but I don’t make enough money on kobo. You can buy the book on amazon.ca. I thought okay that is reasonable but later that day I see the book was picked up as a movie coming out in 2 years and they are on the best sellers list.

Which left a very sour taste in my mouth thinking sure you don’t make enough money. Which made me a little disappointed in how the world and book publishing became money greedy.

 

Here are three books series that I want to finish but was taken off kobo due to not making enough money there. Yet their first book is still for sale on Kobo.

 

The Black Mage Series By Rachel E. Carter

Isa Maxwell Series By Ana Spoke

The Arc Series By Alexandra Moody

 

Yes I know this post seems like a bitter Betty post but when you buys so far in the series.You are hoping the last book will stay on the site you bought the previous books more then a week of publishing.

 

(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)

 

 

 

 

 

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Topbox May 2017

Hello Everyone And New Followers,

You probably notice that no posts went up on Friday or Monday. I decide to take my computer in and get the fan changed. After hearing Get to the chopper every time I turned it on. I decide it was time to take it in. Tomorrow you will be getting a book review and a weekly book wrap up.

Last month I signed back up to topbox monthly box. I will be using all the product and will be review what I finish in next month topbox wrap up.  So lets get started.

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Smashbox Liquid Lipstick

Benefits The Porefessional Primer

Cake Beauty Heavy Cream Hand Cream(Full size)

Seche Vite Top Coat

Extra Colgate Optic White Toothbrush And Whitening Pen(Full size)

 

Topbox costs me 13.44 dollars.

 

(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)

 

 

Book Review: Big Little Lies By Liane Moriarty

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About the Book: Madeline, Celeste and Jane who is new in town. All three ladies have children starting kindergarten.

Kindergarten is not what they expected for their children. With bully happening and the blame game going on. These three moms start a friendship to support the mom who got blame and set out to find out which child is the really bully.

With spicy secrets of their own personal life that their dealing with.

Desperate housewives meets a murder TV show. Which one? You decide.

 

 

My thoughts:

I got this book in my book swap. I can’t say it was more of a perfect book. My youngest is starting kindergarten next year.

I love this book so much that I am sure when she starts school I am going to read it again. I am for sure going to watch the tv show.

I can’t say too much cause I am afraid I would ruin the book. Just say I love all three of the main characters.

I also didn’t have problems with this book.

I give it 5 stars out of 5 stars and the award of best book I have read this year.

 

(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)

 

Product Review: The Body Shop Early Raspberry Body Scrub

Hello Everyone,

Today I will be doing a product review and on Wednesday and Friday will be two book reviews.  So lets get started.

 

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200 ml for $22 dollars or you can find it on sale for 10 dollars.

 

My thoughts:

I love this scrub it reminds me of a home made raspberry jam that my grandmother use to make.  The only down side is that it had seeds instead of sugar for the scrub.  Which can be a love or hate depending on the person.

I personal love this product it is one of my top 5 can’t leave without along side Lush Cosmetics Rose Jam Shower Gel.

 

I give this product 5 out of 5 stars.

 

(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)

 

Canadian Beauty Bloggers Secret Santa Book Swap 2017

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday I received my package for the secret Santa book swap.

 

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I was gifted Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and this lovely Caroline Gardner fine bone china mug in chrome.

So thank you Stephanie of  Fun Size Beauty. you can check here out here Fun Size Beauty

 

If you want to see what I got last year in the book swap you can find it here CBB March Book And Mug Swap With Megan Of The Makeup Monologues 2016

(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)

 

Bi Weekly Empties #8 2017

Hello Everyone and New Followers,

I have decide for the first blog post to tell you monthly how far we are for my next giveaway. We are 22 followers away from 350 followers.

So I thought I could not top last empties with 20 empties but this month I smashed it with 26 empties in two weeks. So lets get started.

(CF)= Cruelty Free

(BCF)= Batch Cruelty Free

(ETB)= Empty that basket challenge

 

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Garnier Fructis Clean & Fresh 2 in 1: I will not be rebuying this product.

Montagne Jeunesse Deep Pore Cleansing Peel Off(CF): This mask really did nothing for my husband or me. We really love the scent but will not be rebuying.

Wet Ones: I already rebought.

The Body Shop Raspberry Scrub(CF): I will rebuy after I use the last one in my stash.

LEBELAGE Green Tea Paper Face Mask(CF): I love this mask. It smells just like green tea. I will be rebuy it.

Scentsy Layers My Dear Watson Shower Cream: I love this scent. It smells just like doctor Watson would smell like.  Unfortunately this scent can only be bought is wax melt and not in body care.

The Body Shop Raspberry Shower Gel(CF): Never again will I buy this shower gel. If you want to see why you can find my review here Product Review: The Body Shop Early-Harvest Raspberry Shower Gel

Luv Oder control in fresh linen: Yes I will rebuy this scent.

Dial Hand Soap in Miracle Oil: I will rebuy this scent but in a shower gel.

Body Drench Candy licious lip balm in Lemon Drop: I will buy this lip balm.

Modere Day Lotion Combo skin type (CF): I will not be rebuying it. It was very oily for my skin type.

Aveeno Sunscreen lotion in spf 60: I will rebuy this product. It had a nice wipe texture.

 

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THEFACESHOP Collagen Pomegranate sleep mask: Not rebuying.

Lens Wipes: rebuying.

Caudalie Vinosource moisturizing sorbert(ETB): I will not be rebuying this product.

Cerave Dry to normal face lotion: Yes I will rebuy this product.

Benefit They’re real lipstick in Pink Thrills: Will not be rebuying.

Glamglow Flashmud: I will not rebuying it. It had two much of a fruit scent.

Beyonce Heat Rush Lotion(ETB): I will rebuy it.

Time Revolution Serum: I will not be rebuying.

Avon Bubble bath in white lily: I will not be rebuying.

Villians Ginger Snapped Soap(CF) I will rebuying but it depends on shipping cost.

Waterslip Rush of Roses(CF): I will rebuy the next time I go to the island.

Glysomed Hand Cream: I will rebuy it.

Lush H’sen Hair Mask(CF): I will not be rebuying.

Origins Ginzing: I will be rebuy a full size of this.

 

 

Full Size: 78=15=93

Deluxe Size:23+9=31

Foil Size: 4+2=6

Total All Together:131

How many Cruelty Product:84

How many Batch Cruelty Free Product:4

How Many Cruelty Free Products:43

Empty That Basket:43-2=41

 

(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)

April Haul 2017

Hello Everyone,

I was not planning to buy anything this month but my husband want to buy me a few goodies for finishing 100 products. I asked him to keep it simple and not to overspend. Cause I was not really in need of anything. So lets see what he bought me.

 

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First he picked up for me Botanika Naturelle Mango Body Butter. It has a pump and a screw off lid so you can get every drop of product. I love the scent. It’s a sweet and tangy mango scent.

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He picked up Nivea Milk And Honey lip balm x 2.

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He picked up Dial soap in sea berries scents. I have no clue what it will smell like.

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Last item he picked up was Yardley London English Lavender.

 

(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)

 

 

Book Review: The Witches Of East End By Melissa de la Cruz (The Beauchamp Family Series)

Hello Everyone,

Sorry about there not be a blog post on Monday. All debt machine where down in my area. Which add up to a hour wait at the bank to get out cash. So Monday post has been move to Friday and so on. So lets get started.

 

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About the book:

The story is a mother and her two daughters are banned from using magic of any kind. Freya can’t keep from help use her magic to help couple find true love by mixing love potions at the bar she works at. See her sister break the magic banned and nothing bad happening leads Ingrid to do some magic of her own by helping a friend to have the baby she always dreamed of.

The girls soon realizes that not all magic spells and potion won’t come back to bit them.

 

My thoughts:

I love this book. After reading Norse mythology by Neil Gaiman made me want more Norse mythology which this book served on a silver platter.  I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series and reading the spin off.

 

I give this book 4 stars out of 5 stars.

I will be adding the rest of the series rating down below as I read it.

 

(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)

 

 

Product Review: The Body Shop Early-Harvest Raspberry Shower Gel

Hello Everyone And New Followers,

I first like to congrats Lisa From Canada for winning my the body shop gift set giveaway. We are only 24 followers away from the next giveaway or when I got to Imats in October. So really whatever comes first.

 

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The Body Shop Early-Harvest Raspberry Shower Gel in 250 ml or 8.4 fl oz. Retails for $10.00 and can only be bought on the website.

 

My thoughts:

I love the early-harvest raspberry scrubs which smells exactly like sweet raspberry jam. However the early-harvest raspberry shower gel smell like really sour raspberry candies.

It foam up nicely and the new bottle was easy to use.

What really put me off was the scent.

 

I give this product 2 stars out of 5 stars. Mainly due to scent.

 

(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)

Movie Review: The Lego Batman Movie

Hello Everyone And New Followers,

My husband and my youngest daughter decide to take me for my birthday to see the lego batman movie.

 

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What is the movie about?

There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Maybe his superhero sidekick Robin (Michael Cera) and loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) can show him a thing or two.

Run For: 1Hr and 46 Mins

Rated: G

Fave parts of the movie:

Husband:  I really love the nod to Nightwing that Dick becomes in the future. Also the nod for Super Cafe.

My Youngest Daughter: Batman, Batman and cause he is Batman.

Me: I really love the scene where Barbara Gordon is introduce and Bruce does not know what to think or feel for that matter.

 

Overall Thoughts:

Husband: It was okay. The story could have been better. A solid 3 stars out of 5 stars for me.

My Youngest Daughter: Whoa a dance.  A solid Batman Batman rating.

Me: I agree with my husband. The story could have been better written. I thought the jokes where amazing cute and simple. A solid 3 stars out of 5 stars.

 

Will we be buying this movie for our collection?

Yes and we are looking forward to future lego movies.

 

(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)