Newest TV AD by McDonald’s Philippines

It’s common knowledge that Filipinos are a close-knitted bunch. We place very high value to family and friends. And McDonald’s knows this. For years, they have continuously given us heartwarming TV Ads that focus on Love, Family, and Friendship. With their latest commercial, they take us back to the time when we were children and lovingly cared by our dear grandmothers.
I do miss my grandmother whenever I watch this ad. It brings back sweet memories… 🙂

Latest From Nalini Singh

Okay, this just got me excited!

Today is an awesome day. Not only did ARCHANGEL’S LEGION receive a starred review from Publishers Weekly that calls the book “intense, vivid, and sexually charged”, I have the okay to announce the title and blurb for Psy-Changeling #13. (Please share).
Ready?
Here you go!
SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini Singh
Coming June 2014
“The alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) draws us back into her extraordinary Psy-Changeling world, a world torn between violence and peace, passion and ice…
Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.
For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…
Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to stifle her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…

Oooh Vasic! The best teleporter of the Arrows. I’ve always seen him as an enigma. In the latest published book (Heart of Obsidian, this book blew me away. I can’t stop thinking about it for days!), it was mentioned that he’s beyond redemption. And that the other Arrows should kill him when the time comes. I already knew that there’ll be more about him. And now, here’s his own story! *sigh* June is so far away 😦

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BOOK REVIEW: THE SHEPHERD (TRAVIS LUEDKE)

The ShepherdThe Shepherd by Travis Luedke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Skate punks, kleptomaniacs, clairvoyant visions and reincarnation… …THE SHEPHERD is unlike any other Young Adult novel you have ever read. Mike Evans here. Sixteen year old skate punk squatting in a white-trash trailer park with my loser drunk Dad. Seems I lost most of my friends when Dad lost our home in foreclosure. Only Anita stuck by me. Worse, I keep having strange clairvoyant visions of things that always come true. Then I almost ran over Nadia in my Geo. A passing truck finished the job – left a crumpled heap of skin and bone on the road. I fixed her. Me. Now this fourteen year old girl won’t leave me alone. I sorta let her sneak in my window when she needs a place to crash. I have a double life: daytime at school, Anita, skating, and then my nights with Nadia. She’s my secret friend, gives me money and listens to my problems when nobody else will. My world is spinning out of control. Old friends have turned enemy, my grisly visions of death won’t quit, and Anita’s intentions make my head spin. Even with all that, I’ve got bigger stuff to worry about. Nadia’s hiding something.

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I’m not really into YA but I enjoyed this book. It was fun and full of suspense.
First of all, I love the cover. It gives an aura of young, feminine strength. Although the protagonist is male, Nadia is the stronger character in the novel. And the story kind of revolves around her too.
2nd, I love the writing style. It was in first person and in a journal format. It’s so young and trendy I didn’t have a hard time with the dialogues. It’s also fast-paced and you’ll never get bored.
I also like the characters. Mike is a typical teenager who loves rock music and skateboarding. But he’s pretty decent compared to the other guys. He works, doesn’t drink, and dreams of going to college. He is also pretty admirable as a person. I also like Nadia. She may be cold-hearted when it comes to protecting Mike but she got this honest attitude and cute sense of humor. And then there’s Anita. The first time Mike described her I already thought she was hot. I also think she’s brilliant and fierce.
Storywise, this is pretty good. It was consistent and intense. I like the plot. The air of mystery surrounding Nadia and Mike kept me glued since the first chapter. I also love the theme of friendship and love. I loved it when Mike’s father made efforts to become better for his son. That was really heartwarming. I also liked the friend-to-lover status between Mike and Anita. Their scenes after the status change were hot and sexy.
Overall, this is a book worth reading. I highly recommend this to all YA fans and to people who want some fun, unique read.

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Caressed by Moonlight (Rulers of Darkness, #1) by Amanda J. Greene

Caressed by Moonlight (Rulers of Darkness, #1)

Dorian Vlakhos is no ordinary aristocrat. He is a vampire king, who will do anything to save his clan from complete annihilation, before an ancient curse can claim his immortal life.
Penniless and orphaned, Victoria Kingston has nothing to bring to a marriage, yet she must shackle an unsuspecting gentleman into marriage by the end of the month or forfeit her rights as guardian of her younger sister. With the help of her dearest friend, Victoria begins her hunt, and vows to stay far away from the dark, mysterious, Dorian Vlakhos.
After meeting the beautifully innocent Miss Kingston, Dorian had to have her. He would do absolutely anything to make Victoria his. One sweet stolen kiss would bring them together while a force, more powerful than any vampire would bind them for all eternity. But treachery, war, and death rule Dorian’s dark world and Victoria would be fortunate to survive.

I didn’t think that I will enjoy reading this book. I was disappointed at the start, I found the first few chapters boring and not that believable. Some parts of the plot bothered me, as well. But as the story progressed I can’t seem to put my e-book reader down for a long time. I was already absorbed by the story. I know this is PnR but I see it more as a historical romance. Sure there were witches and vampires but the author followed the usual formula for historicals. Not that I’m complaining, though. Lol! Overall, the author did a good job. I enjoyed reading this immensely. I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

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Today in History 2

Today in History – September 20

2001– During a televised address to a joint session of the United States Congress, U.S. President George W. Bush declared (and coined the phrase) a ” war on terror” against Al-Qaeda and other global terrorist groups.
This action started as a result of the 9/11 bombing of the World Trade Center in New york. Many NATO and non-NATO countries participated in the conflict and became widespread across the different continents.
Civilian as well as military personnel that are held as prisoners or detainees by the U.S. in the War on Terrorism are neither considered suspected criminals, nor prisoner of war, but unlawful combatants, denied protection by the Geneva Conventions.

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Today in History 1

September 20

1066– King Harald III of Norwayand Tostig Godwinson, his English ally, fought and defeated the Northern Earls Edwinand Morcarin the Battle of Fulfordnear York, England.
The Battle of Fulford took place at the place identified by Symeon of Durham as the village of Fulford near Yorkin England, on 20 September 1066, when King Harald III of Norway, also known as Harald Hardrada(“harðráði” in Old Norse, meaning “hard ruler”), and Tostig Godwinson, his English ally, fought and defeated the Northern Earls Edwinand Morcar. Tostig was Harold Godwinson’s banished brother. He had allied with King Harald of Norway and possibly Duke William of Normandy but history has left us no record of what role Tostig saw for himself if the invasions were successful. The battle was a decisive victory for the Viking army. The earls of York could have hid behind the walls of their city but instead they met the Viking army across a river. All day the English desperately tried to break the Viking shield wall but to no avail.
Tostig was opposed by Earl Morcar who had displaced him as Earl of Northumbria.

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RANDOM TRIVIA 12

EVIL CLOWN FOR HIRE

Evil Clown hired for stalking, threats and a pie in the face. photo credits

There’s an evil clown who offers his service to desperate parents with unruly children…for a fee.
The Swiss actor, also known as Dominic Deville, will stalk your child for a week.
Deville will send notes to the children warning them that he’s watching them and that he will attack them soon. Then he would actually do it!
He will stalk them, scare them, and eventually attack them; but not in the dangerous or harmful way. The ultimate attack will be a cake smashed in the children’s faces when they least expect it.

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RANDOM FACT 11

A world map entitled Nova totius terrarum orbis tabula Amstelodami, created in 1689 by Gerard van Schagen. This map, created in Amsterdam, measures 48.3 by 56.0 centimetres (19.0 by 22.0 in) in size and was made using copper engraving.

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