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Agoraphobic: Inside Out by Sara Secora Review

Agoraphobic: Inside Out

by Sara Secora
A short story - 11 pages
Release Date: January 30th 2017

28-year-old Kade hasn't been able to make it past his sidewalk in eight years. In this chilling short story, you will be given a glimpse into the inner workings of his mind as he goes through the process of trying to face his irrational, but very real fears.

Experience firsthand what goes on in an Agoraphobic's mind and begin to understand the silent disorder that millions of people across the world struggle with.

  • Tunnel vision on Kade struggling to leave his safe zone
  • Very descriptive regarding the terror, the anxiety, the mental and physical toll
  • Short = scant on details on how Kade survives on his own, therapy, etc. obviously
  • Love the fishy friend included. Fish don't get enough respect as pets.
  • FYI: no family in sight which might be hard for some people to read.
  • Don't know if this is #ownvoices or not
  • Disappointed there isn't information at the end, like a list of resources or further reading for instance.

Agoraphobic: Inside Out is a short story with 11 pages of content. It's available on Amazon for 99 cents. If you think about it, that's a whopping 9 cents per page and is worth it.

If I knew if this was own voices or if there was list of references in the back, I'd give 5 stars. 

Another fiction book about agoraphobia that I've read, loved, and recommend:
Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall, #ownvoices YA contemporary.

About the Author

Sara Secora has a passion for all things gamer and nerdy, as evidenced on her YouTube channel, AviGaming. She is also a well-branded voice over artist.

Secora has always been in love with writing, and nearly a decade ago, she finally turned her talents to the arduous endeavor of authoring an exciting fantasy trilogy. Her whimsical stories are full of enchantment, mystique, and insight—destined to intrigue readers of any age.

Secora lives in Detroit, Michigan, where she continues to explore old and new avenues for her talent and hard work.

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Broke Home Reviews 4 Things From Straightener Brush to Shoes

Brooke Banks | 8:30 PM | | Please comment!

More trying out products, yay! Don't worry, I'll have more book reviews soon, but they take more out of me. Plus, I'm kinda working on something big....

Hair Straightener Brush by Sara Mor:

Heated Gold Detangle Comb for Straightening, Infused with Anion, Rapid Heating Ceramic Plates, and Thermal Insulation Tips plus Free Travel Bag and 2 Hair Clips

Look, I'm a lazy girl. Doing my hair is very low on my list of stuff to do even though the general state of my hair is irritating. I just don't have the time or the energy.

Originally, I was getting this straightener brush out for my daughter. She love getting her hair done and straightening it helps a lot. Thankfully, we don't get ready at the same time and have to leave at the same time or we might be fighting over this one.

My hair is a lot of fine strands with bangs I've grown out, layers, wavy baby hair, flyaways, and it's almost down to my butt. I've usually got a bump from just throwing it up in a ponytail.

While my daughter has thick, luxurious wavy hair that's down to her butt and likes to frizz out all the time. She hates putting it up, except for an occasional braid.

This Sara Mor's straightener brush works wonders for the both of us. 

Using a brush instead of the plates feel so much more natural and so easy! It's not too heavy or bulky at all. I was able to do my hair and my daughter's hair. That's NEVER happened before with the plates. Usually I'm dead before she's even halfway done.

Everything about this straightener rocks, but I cannot get over how fucking clever it is to make it a brush.

The automatic shut off saves me from my anxiety and the finger guard saves me from burning myself when forgetting this brush is hot.

I'm a complete and total convert. My daughter loves it. My co-workers are now asking about my hair style in a complementary way. I don't have first hand knowledge of how it works on curly or coarse hair, but there are several positive reviews on Amazon for women with it.

I highly recommend Sara Mor's Straightener Brush. Sorry I forgot to take pictures of our hair before and after, I'll take pictures when I can next time and do an update.

SILYHEART Love Heart Swarovski Elements Crystal Tennis Bracelet

Sparkley but tight on me.

Looks Much Better On My daughter.

See how tiny the circumference is? And the link holding onto the lobster hook is the one that came loose.

  • Sparkly! Shiny!
  • Barely fit me with the last link on the extension & needed help putting it on.
  • Even my 9 year old had to use a couple links on the extension.
  • I had a reaction to the metal, my daughter didn’t.
  • My daughter wore it for 2 weeks before the hook came off. It didn’t break, but slipped off as the holder link stretched out.
  • Hasn’t tarnished or irreparably broken
  • Made for tiny wrists but good costume type jewelry

Because the bracelet has been on sale and I got a coupon to review it, I didn't notice the full price at first. 100 bucks?!? No way in hell is this bracelet worth it, TBH.

 Yes, it's sparkly and catches the light well and is very attention grabbing. But, unless you've got the budget to buy one piece of costume jewelry for children-sized wrists and really must have the design, then obviously stay away.

Did I mention the clasp slipped after only 2 weeks?

I never would have bought this without a coupon even with it being on sale. My daughter loves it and makes her happy, but there's no doubt in my mind how much it's worth.

New Generation - Velvet Poster GO Alive Unicorn

Augmented Reality coloring 11x15 Velvet Posters - 2 PACK of Fuzzy Posters

The Good The Bad & The Other
Coloring Fun w my daughter App Took Forever to Download
Velvet Didn't get Everywhere The "Come Alive" aspect is a lie
Markers included are an upgrade from the usual

I am pretty proud of our coloring job. 😊

I'm impressed with how well the included markers did. We only used Crayola markers for the colors not included. We haven't done the pegasus poster yet. We may get back to the pegasus over spring break.

 I didn't watch the video for the VR before hand and just took New Generation's word on it.. The VR letdown really took the wind out of our sails. It's not even close to what the posters are like and is generally terrible.

If you take nothing else from this review: make sure you check out the VR video before getting your hopes up!

Other Designs:

Look, dragons! But I haven't found them ANYWHERE online. It's like they don't exist! BOOOOOOOO!

I wouldn't pay the regular price for them. $20 bucks is insane. Not even an option, not even for the dragons.

For $15 bucks, get it if you love the designs and miss fuzzy poster coloring. Forget the "come alive" part, will you be happy with the posters for this price? For the unicorn & pegasus, I'm very happy I didn't pay for full price.

Before you get excited, ALWAYS check out the videos for the VR aspect. The dolphins, horses, and butterflies are pretty and much better than the alicorn for this poster but not worth $15 bucks if you're not into the posters themselves.

Do you see that giant pink horn? The terrible wings? The whatever facial expression? For something I really love like dragons, my tune might change but it's not online so....*shrug* My daughter wants the dauphin posters and I'm entertaining the idea. Perhaps for her B-day in May if she's still asking for it then.

Cut Out Buckle Ankle Bootie - Low Stacked Wood Heel

Vegan Leather Sammi by J. Adams Campaign

Sorry, no pics of me wearing them. I totally forgot and now that I'm in recovery from surgery wearing heels is not on the agenda for a bit.

  • Had some trouble receiving them. At first, I was sent the wrong size. I had to return them and reorder them as my size 11 wasn't in their warehouse. From another reviewer on Amazon, it looks like there might be an issue with the larger sizing getting shipped right.
  • Had to break them in a bit the night before.
  • Was able to wear it a full 12+ hours the next day. No pain except being used to flats for so long.
  • My feet get sweaty and the smell was terrible with these shoes.
  • Either my feet are extremely wide (news to me) or these are as wide as others say.
  • All scuffs, dirt and bending shows up
  • Easy to clean off so far
  • Heal is solid and love the clomp sound
  • Cute as shit

All in all, easily recommendable for people with smaller feet. If your feet are larger, you might have problems receiving them correctly and may have to work to get them to fit.

That's all for me today, what did ya'll think? Is there any product or type of stuff you'd like me to review?

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Biker's Librarian by Shyla Colt Book Blitz & Giveaway

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | | Please comment!

Biker's Librarian

by Shyla Colt
Contemporary Romance
Date Published: Re-Releasing March 2nd
Publisher: Hot ink Press
Recovered from an abusive relationship, Juliette Moore is ready to live life on her own terms. Successful, intelligent, and slightly timid, she makes a pact with her best friends to seize the day. She gets more than she bargained in the tall, dark, and dangerous biker Shooter.

Drawn to her purity and charm, Shooter, finds himself smitten before he knows what’s happening. With his claim firmly placed, he’s ready to go to war when she’s threatened by a madman from her past. Together they weather life’s storms and find common ground as they merge their two very different worlds.

About the Author:

Shyla Colt is the sassy international bestseller of the popular series Kings of Chaos and Dueling Devils M.C. This genre-hoppers stories feature three of her favorite things: strong females, pop culture, and alternate routes to happy ever after. Listening to her Romani soul, she pens from the heart, allowing the dynamic characters, eccentric interests, and travels as a former flight attendant to take her down untraveled roads.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, this mid-west girl is proud of her roots. She used her hometown and the surrounding areas as a backdrop for a number of books. So, if you’re a Buckeye, keep an eye out for familiar places.

As a full-time writer, stay at home mother, and wife, there's never a dull moment in her household.

She weaves her tales in spare moments and the evenings with a cup of coffee or tea at her side and the characters in her head for company.

You can interact with Shyla Colt online via her website

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The Secret Billionaire by Teymour Shahabi: Excerpt & Giveaway

The Secret Billionaire

by Teymour Shahabi

1960s — March 24. Billionaire Lyndon Surway takes off in his private plane and never returns.

His will leaves the entirety of his wealth—one of the largest fortunes in history—to his “dear friend Lucian Baker.” Only there is no trace of anyone by that name. And the fortune itself is nowhere to be found.

Andrew Day knows nothing of wealth and privilege, but he won a scholarship to study at the most exclusive school in the country, in the town where the mystery, decades later, remains unsolved. There he discovers friendship and danger with the aristocratic Cameron and the beautiful Olivia. But watchful eyes follow him everywhere... Until, one night, he comes across a secret that will change his life. As he begins to unravel what really happened to the Surway fortune, the question remains: who is Lucian Baker?

The Boots” Excerpt from The Secret Billionaire, by Teymour Shahabi

They continued to follow the fence on the sandy path along the road. But the House remained hidden. The elms on the other side of the fence barred their sight. They all sensed, without saying so, that the trees would thin out. They were so hopeful for a clearing that they could picture it as they went, lying just beyond the shadow of the last trunk they could see. But the last trunk kept receding, and the curtain of trees kept on going beyond it, as silent and unhelpful as the empty road alongside.

All of a sudden, Olivia stopped. Her eyes were fixed on the ground. Neither Cameron nor Andrew could make out what she was staring at in the sand of the path. She brought a hand over her knee and crouched. The boys gathered closer. Their shadows mingled over her. She looked up into their faces. After a few seconds, she asked,
“ What do you guys think?” “ What do we think of—?”
Cameron began, taking another step closer, when suddenly she shouted,
“ Cameron, stop!” She jumped up and held out her arms.
“ What the hell was that?” he yelled out. “ Don’t step on it!”
“ Don’t step on what?”
“ The footprint!” she answered in a whisper, as if just remembering the sound of her own voice. She glanced over both shoulders, gave Cameron and Andrew a significant look, and slowly lowered herself once more to the ground. The two of them mirrored her movement. All at once, Andrew saw it. It was a footprint, unmistakable, elementary, like a picture in a comic book, a single elongated shape with a line separating the heel. Cameron asked in a muted voice,

“ What kind of shoe is that? It doesn’t have any—any details.”

Olivia rolled her eyes. Not even whispering could soften her contempt.
“ It’s a boot,” she said. “ A boot,”

Cameron repeated. And after a second’s reflection,
“ So it’s a boot. So what? People leave footprints every day on every path in the world. Some of them wear boots.”
But he didn’t dare to go back to his normal voice.
Olivia continued to study the print as if he hadn’t spoken. It was Andrew who answered,
“ But no one leaves footprints on this path.” Cameron and Olivia looked up.
“ There’s nothing along this road, nothing for miles in either direction, right? Nothing but the gate of the Surway House.”
They stared at him without reply.

“ Well,” he went on, examining the footprint, “ assuming that’s the case, then there’s really no reason for anyone to have come here recently—no reason other than...” His eyes turned to the fence.

Olivia’s gaze followed his.
“ It’s not just the fact that someone was here recently—” she began.
“ How do you guys know it’s so recent?” Cameron broke in. “ The print could go back several days, anytime since the last rainfall. For all we know, someone could have left it over the weekend. No one here’s an expert in detection.” “ No,” Olivia rejoined, “ but I’m an expert in shoes. That’s how I know it’s a boot.”

About the Author:

Teymour Shahabi was born in Paris in 1985 of Persian parents. He moved to the United States to study Comparative Literature and Mathematics at Harvard University. He currently lives in New York City, where he's spent the last few years among serious grownups who probably have no idea he’s doing this. The Secret Billionaire is his first published book.

You can watch (and help) him try to figure out writing and life at www.youtube.com/PageWingChannel.

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Broke Home Review: Biofinest Self-Care Pay Day + Reviews

Brooke Banks | 4:00 AM | | Please comment!
Disclosure: I promised a honest review on my blog & social media channels to get a coupon so I didn't pay full price for any of the products. Sadly, they still weren't free.

Biofinest Coconut Oil Hair Mask 

with 100% Organic Shea Butter, Rosehip, Vitamin E- Deep Conditioner for Dry/ Damaged/ Color Treated Hair (250g)
Buy on Amazon: Currently on sale for $12.95 (Reg. $19.95)

I love my hair but hate the upkeep. It's long (down to my butt), split ends galore, flyaways, and *floofs*. With my life and amount of spoons, I throw that bitch up in a ponytail and call it a day. That of course makes my hair worse, harder to treat and the cycle repeats.

Not to say that I haven't tried in the past. I've Pintrest'd up on DIY masks and treatments. Did they help? Yeah, sure but it's such a pain in the ass I gave up. Where is the reasonable Pintrest for everyday people and spoonies?!?

Before & After:

What you can't see in my terrible pictures is how damn soft my hair is! I kept playing with it and stroking it. I haven't bother having my hair down or out of a ponytail in SO LONG.

The process was real simple and quick. It didn't feel oily or drip everywhere. It was easy to apply the right amount and wash it out.

Afterwards, my hair still felt clean. I swear doing other hair masks have been awful. I honestly didn't want to do it again. BUT Biofinest gave me a discount for review and their other products impress me so I gave it a shot. I'm so happy I did! I can't wait to use this on my hair again.

Not a miracle cure, but gave results and even helped my terrible ends a bit. Just a bit because those split like bananas and have to be chopped off.

Biofinest Himalayan Body Scrub 

This is the one product I was MOST excited for as I've heard a lot about Himalayan Sea Salt but have never used it. However, it was the most disappointing Biofinest product I've tried. Not utterly awful rubbish, but not for me.

  • Smells bad in the jar though not so pungent in the shower when using it
  • The large pieces made it difficult to use.

My skin felt nicer afterwards but I think that has more to do with the oil in it. I honestly did NOT feel scrubbed or extra clean after using it. I even tried just using it on my face at the sink and still, meh.

I rubbed it on, a lot of pieces fell off to the bottom of the tub/sink wasted, and mostly massaged oil in my skin. No miracle results or noticeable effects either time.

I'll keep trying since I have the whole jar now, but unless you've used this large particle type scrub before I'd steer clear. Since it's my first scrub like this I don't know how it stacks up against the rest but it's saved by the oil and doesn't smell pleasant so not something I'd recommend.

Biofinest Dead Sea Mud Mask 

This one is much better than the other dead sea mask I tried. It didn't dry out my skin. Instead, it felt clean afterwards plus so soft, smooth with pores minimized, and redness reduced.

Followed with Grapeseed Oil as a moisturizer and my skin was VERY happy. This is being added to the rotation immediately and replace that other mask permanently.

Biofinest Green Tea Scrub 

This one was my absolute favorite. I felt scrubbed clean afterwards with most of the same results of the Dead Sea Mud Mask with one awesome extra: the oil in it meant I didn't need to use moisturizer afterwards.

I LOVE being able to skip a step. Whenever my time is short, the first things to go is my self-care routine. Any time saved is a plus. The smell wasn't great in the jar, but I didn't notice any while using it or afterwards.

This one is honestly worth the $20 full price, but it's on sale now so I'd check it out while that's going. Once you buy a product you get coupons and deals to make you a return customer too!

Biofinest Coconut Milk Body Scrub 

  • This was the scrubbiest scrub of the bunch, akin to a sugar or baking soda scrub
  • Smelled the best
  • Oil meant no need for moisturizer again!

Now I know the Green Tea Scrub and the Coconut Milk Scrub look and sound a lot a like. I prefer the Milk scrub on my body and the Green Tea on my face.

The Milk scrub comes with a couple of benefits that make it worth keeping around, like sagging skin (stupid boobs...) and UV protection, especially since I live in AZ.

Plus, coconut oil is the preferred moisturizer for my body but NOT my face. It doesn't break me out but makes it easier to break out and makes my face feel grubbier compared to other moisturizers.

On each side of the box, there's a breakdown of the benefits shown here side by side:

Hope that helps!

Tl;DR: OMFG HAIR MASK, Boo Himalayan Salt Scrub, YESSS Green Tea Scrub, and Alright You Coconut Milk Scrub.

I haven't had to interact with Biofinest so I can't review them as a company but watch out: they're products aren't Prime eligible. They all have +3.99 shipping. Which makes it all the more important to use those sales and coupons.

If I could only buy ONE, I should pick the hair mask because my hair needs it that badly but I'd want the Green Tea Scrub.

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Broke Home Reviews: NAOREL Silicone Grill Mitts

Brooke Banks | 9:57 PM | | | 2 Comments

NAOREL - Silicone Cooking Gloves Green

Honestly, I've always been the "whatever, buy it from the dollar store" kind of girl. I'm ever so slowly upgrading the everyday household shit that gets overlooked. Like oven mitts.

I won't lie to you, these are not attractive but they are awesome.

We have a Foreman standing electric grill that we use inside for things like burgers and we were able to pick up the grill surface while it was still hot using these gloves. I didn't feel any heat while wearing them and my grip was strong.

And by we and I mean me and Roomie B, a 6 foot tall dude. We could both wear and use these gloves without a problem, as could my mother with smaller hands than me and arthritis. The extra room didn't affect us at all.

  • Fit me, mother, and Roomie B
  • Comfortable with inside lining
  • Really does protect your hand from heat
  • Great grip with the texture, but will crush small,delicate pieces of food
  • Easy to hang up with the loops, though you might want two hooks due to how thick the gloves are

And the bonus silicon brush:
We haven't used the brush yet, but I'm sure we will be soon enough.

$17 bucks is enough for me to weeble-wobble on buying something, but these are absolutely worth it.

I didn't realize how much I used oven mitts and how careful I had to be with mine. It's not a giant time sink, but I always had to adjust and fiddle and be extra sure where the mitts where at all times.

And those fabric gloves? Ugh, I HATE those. They can't drip anything for shit and feel so awful on my hands.

It's a small thing, but it's definitely an upgrade and makes me happy. Sounds terribly pathetic, but every spoon counts.

Getting better oven mitts should be on a list of "Make Yourself Look and Feel More Like An Adult, Even When You Really Aren't".

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Review & Giveaway for Murder by the Book by Devorah Fox

Murder by the Book: A Mystery Mini

Print Length: 27 pages
Publisher: Mike Byrnes and Associates, Inc. (February 27, 2016)
Publication Date: February 27, 2016
An ordinary work day at the western Massachusetts Sugarloaf Inn turns more chilling than the winter weather when staff member Candy Wadsen makes a gruesome discovery. Her day goes from bad to worse when Candy realizes that Detective Sergeant Dan Petrowski suspects her of committing the crime.

FYI: Blackmail Rape. Domestic Violence.

It’s short obviously, and I think if you know that going in you’ll be alright. My e-copy was 28 pages with the cover, but 3 were for the standard table of contents & about the author meaning it has 24 pages to devoted to the story.

Candy is an immediately likable protagonist for me, with an asshole boss just trying to make it through the day-to-day. While Mr. Sleink is hated by everyone, Candy can’t imagine who would actually murder him. Little does she know…

Murder by the Book has twisty relationships, an attractive detective, and an ameteaur bumbling along. Though the set up for her being involved is solid rather than outlandish like some.

Because it’s so short, things just tumble out instead of her having to tease, plod, and sleuth. Her co-workers basically blurt out their secrets to her. On the flip side, confessing to the cops under pressure quickly makes perfect sense.

I will say the clues the dead man supposedly gave was a bit outlandish for me. It’s not established that he’d be the type to do this, that he thought this way, or that he had the time.

Thankfully the standard interviewing of suspects, motive, opportunity, and such are realistic.

Murder by the Book is a cozy mystery, but condensed so the hijinks were cut and the realism amped up. With this set-up, characters, and outcome I think it’d work well as a full novel.

BUT it’d have to handle the rape and domestic violence and the victim well. With so little page time focused on it here, it’s hard to criticise as it’s just there.

It’s short and good, no worries there. I was happy with my choice and didn’t regret it. It was pleasantly surprising how nice it was to complete when I usually go for the long fantasy novels.

It’s 99 cents on Amazon, so the only question is if it’s worth it to you. It’s too bad it’s not on Kindle Unlimited, though that makes sense given the low page count.

It’s a short story if you need a brief escape, or an easy way to meet challenge numbers ;)

Not that there was major issues, but my feelings don't rise above liking in this case

About the Author:

“What if?” Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. Best-selling author of an award-winning literary historical fantasy series and several thrillers, she also penned Mystery Mini Short Reads and contributed short stories to popular fantasy anthologies. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats … and a dragon named Inky. Visit the “Dee-Scoveries” blog at http://devorahfox.com

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