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Chapter One

As promised here is chapter one of the short story that I am currently working on. This story is not complete yet so I will post whenever I finish the next chapter. Since I am not a professional writer, any feedback is welcome. If any of you enjoy editing and want to join me on this journey, e-mail me and we will work something out. With out further a do, here is chapter one. Thanks for stopping by!

Chapter One ” There’s a first time for everything”

Another night spent at home alone doing absolutely nothing. I can hear my mom downstairs calling my name, which can only mean one thing. I am in trouble. The best thing to do when my mother gets into one of her moods is to ignore her and hope that she will forget whatever she’s ranting on about.  “ Sofia I know you can hear me, come down right now” Instead of listening to her I decided  to browse the internet to pass the time.  I ended up on a social networking website called connectU. ConnectU in a online dating website that my friend Ivy had told me about. Sitting in my room alone, I decided to check out the website and see what kind of people were on it. ” There’s a first time for everything” I thought to myself. I knew this was something that I have been wanting to try for a while but at the same time I was ashamed of it. Growing up as a Muslim woman, we never spoke about dating let alone online dating. If I wanted to try this, I would have to keep it to myself. I looked at my watch and noticed that it was already 7:00 pm. I really need to start my math homework. As much as I hate school, summer class allowed me to get out of the house more often. This way I was still able to see my friends and socialize.  I spent the next few hours working on my homework but when 11:00 pm rolled around, I decided to browse the profiles listed on ConnectU. Some of these people were really creepy and others seemed really intriguing. After one hour of searching I decided to sign up. I filled out all the required fields and included a short bio. I even went as far as adding a picture hoping that no one I knew would be on this website. Right away I received a couple of e-mails that made me really uncomfortable. Two of them consisted of guys asking me for nude photos. Maybe this is not for me? An hour and a half later I received an email that caught my attention. The first thing I did was skim through his profile, it looked promising, I then proceeded to look through his pictures to confirm that he wasn’t fake.  Right when I noticed his ethnicity, I knew this was going to be a problem.

1:30 AM
E-mail from Carson Thompson

“ Hi, my name is Carson, I know you must receive a lot of messages on this website so I will keep this short. I would like to start off by saying that I am very intrigued by your profile, from reading what you wrote I feel like we have a lot in common. If you have the time, I would like to chat and get to know you better. Thanks, Carson.

That is the first e-mail that I have read from this dating website that did not make me cringe. At this point I got curious and decided to completely read his profile. “Single, college student, personal trainer.. not bad” I thought to myself, maybe this guy isn’t such a creep after all. I spent the next ten minutes crafting the perfect message and all I could come up with was “Thanks for the message, I read your profile and  I also wouldn’t mind chatting. By the way, my name is Sofia”

That’s all I could think of, mind you its 1:30 am and I’m supposed to be working on my math homework instead of surfing the net.
Five minutes later Carson responded with a small bio of himself which included where he attends school, what kind of music and food he enjoys, his goals and ambitions. Everything he said was what I was looking for in a partner. So far, he is selling himself really well. We ended up messaging each other back and forth throughout the night. Around 5:20 am we decided to call it a night and promised that we would resume our conversation later that day. The last thing he said to me was
“ I hope this is not to forward but can I have your phone number?” I gave him my phone number and two minutes later received a text message saying “ It was nice to meet you Sofia, sweet dreams”  At first I was worried about the fact that I just gave a stranger my phone number but for some reason, I felt like I could trust him.

10:00 am

Text message from Carson

I could barely sleep all morning, all I kept on thinking about was him. Would he text me?  “Good morning Sofia, how did you sleep?”  I have been waiting for this text all morning “well “ I replied “ How about you?” To tell you the truth I did not sleep one blink last night, all I kept on thinking about was how this boy could make me feel this way when we have only been speaking for a few hours. There was something about the way he wrote that made me feel like he cared about me already. He never used slang or improper grammar and at the end of every sentence he would include my name. We continued talking throughout the morning until I had to attend my summer class.

When I got home that day, my mother was cooking supper for me and my sister. I walked in said my hellos and headed straight to my bedroom. Let me tell you a little bit about me and my family. My name is Sofia, I am 24 years old and I am part of a very strict Islamic family that consists of my mother, two brothers and three sisters. Growing up we had it all, my dad was a wealthy man and treated my mother like a queen. When I was 5 years old, a war broke out in my home country Somalia. Before I knew it my mother packed our things and we were on a flight to Canada. Things did not go according to plan and instead we ended up in Spain where I lived for four years before moving to Canada. Once we moved here I quickly realized that my life was never going to be the same again and boy was I right.

If you have any feedback, please leave them below, it will help me improve. lastly, if you love editing and want to contribute, email me at syassin@hotmail.ca. Thanks!

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Exciting news

Hi everyone,

I have some exciting news to share with you guys. I am not sure if I have mentioned it before, but from time to time I like to write when I am feeling a certain way. Whether it be a poem or a short story, I like to express myself through writing. I have always claimed that I am not the best writer, I do this to help improve my writing. I do not consider myself a professional by any means. I just enjoy writing. Now on to the good news. A couple of years ago I decided to write a short story based loosely on my life. I use the term “loosely” because not all the events written in my short story are true. Even though I started this short story a couple of weeks a go, it is still not finished. After writing two chapters I decided to put it on hold. Things like college and work got in the way leaving me with no time to actually sit down and write.  A couple of weeks ago I decided to continue with my short story, I had to find my old notes and get the hang of things while figuring out what direction I wanted to take this story. I have written one paragraph since then and now I kind of what to share it with you guys. I know I will receive a lot of negative feedback but hopefully some of it will be good. I am all for constructive criticism. As I mentioned before, I am not a professional writer, this to me is simply a hobby. It is a way for me to share some of my experiences. Most of what I talk about happened almost three years a go so at this point I am filling in the gaps by adding what I think happened, it may not be exactly how it happened, but it is close enough.

I want to publish my first chapter in my next post ( I need to edit it before I do so) but in the meantime, here is the synopsis:

Interracial Love

By: Sue

Sofia is a 24 year old sheltered  Islamic woman who is finally ready to step out of her shell to find love. Will outside influences from her strict Muslim mother destroy her chances of finding a relationship? Join Sofia on her unconventional journey to find happiness and most of all love. Ups and downs, Sofia is now realizing it might not be as easy as she thought, right when she was about to give up, he came along. Carson, 21, handsome, white and definitely not Muslim. What will she do?

This is not the official synopsis, I wrote a short one to give you guys a idea of what this short story is about. Let me know what your thoughts are  so far. Thanks for stopping by!

Guest Blogger reviews: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Hi everyone,

Today’s review is by a guest blogger named Karla, she will be reviewing The Edge of Never by J.A Redmerski. Make sure to check out her blog by clicking here. Thanks Karla for your review!

aThe Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

“The heart always wins out over the mind. The heart, although reckless and suicidal and a masochist all on its own, always gets its way. The mind may be what’s best, but I don’t give a shit what my mind is telling me anymore. Right now, I just want to live in the moment.”

It has been days since I read this and I don’t know why but I’m still hang-overed from the story. Sigh. I don’t even know where to start this review for I’m still lost for words and this is definitely one of those rare times that I wish I could’ve given more than 5 stars rating.

The Edge of Never is definitely on of the best books I’ve ever read this year. As I’ve said I’m still hang-overed from the story even after days of reading this. In all honestly, I have extremely high expectations with this book because it appears daily on my feeds on goodreads and it really did get me curious and after reading the blurb and seeing and reading all the raves and reviews about it I immeadiately wanted to read it and wow all the raves and reviews is indeed true, this is one good book!

It has a beautifully written story that is overflowing of emotions. It was poignant and the characters were just so honest and easy to relate to. At certain times, I began to think that I know here the story was heading but y’all I’m definitely wrong when the story suddenly turned another way around, it was predictable in a very unpredictable kind of way – uhm does that even make sense?

A journey of discovery is what this story is about. Andrew was taking the long road avoiding a certain thing while Camryn was taking the road to nowhere and it just so happens that a series of unfortunate events lead them to the same place and to one another; they’re similar to some degree yet completely different in another.

I love road trip stories and everything that accompanies it but Camryn and Andrew take my fondness of it to another level. Their journey was moving and very touching. I like their easy conversations, teasing and flirting, especially the playlist they have. The songs mentioned are oldies but it makes me feel nostalgic (more songs to add on my book playlist! Yay!)

Andrew and Camryn are both lost and they’re still both so young and most of the things they did was by impulse but it really did get them to where they wanted to be and being able to commit with another. I really love watching their relationship grow and sigh sigh sigh they’re just so perfect for each other.

The story packed up amazingly! It was just perfect and behold there’s an epilogue so yay for that! It was a beautiful story about love, friendship and living in the moment and to its fullest. It is one of those rare reads that you should definitely not miss, so do yourself a huge favor and give time to read this.

Book review: Reflected in You- Sylvia Day

13596809 Reflected in You is the sequel to Bared to You from Crossfire series.

Synopsis:

“Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction… my every desire… mine.

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful… except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity.

We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession…”

My review

I didn’t just like this book, I loved it. If you enjoyed Bared to You then you will definitely love Reflected in You. This book picks up right where the first book left off.

I found this book to be a better read than  Bared to You,  the author does a great job of explaining some of the issues that had bothered me in the first book. One of them being how Gideon became so successful at the age of 28. ( I still sometimes doubt it)

Every book has it’s faults, both Gideon and Eva to me were way too needy. I found their relationship to bee a bit obsessive and sometimes unhealthy. Gideon’s over “protectiveness” and Eva’s insecurity definitely made this book an interesting and emotional read. Reading through the first couple of chapters, I found Gideon’s obsessive nature and Eva’s behavior immature. The second half of the book  was more interesting to read.

Sylvia Day does a great job describing each character with great detail. You can feel the passion they have towards each other and the need to always be together. After getting though the first part of this book, I could not stop reading it. As unhealthy as their relationship sounds, you can’t help but root for them. Right when you think they have overcome their problems, your wrong. Their past always has a way of catching up to them. Like usual, I don’t want to give away to much, that’s why my reviews are short. I want you guys to experience this for yourselves.

I really did enjoy this book, if you are ready for a emotional roller coaster ride, buckle up, make your favorite drink and read on!

This book can be found at pretty much any book store and online at Amazon.com

Rating: 4/5
Would I recommend this book? Yes.

Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box below.

Thanks for stopping by!

I got the fever for books

There are a few books that I am looking forward to buying once I get my Christmas shopping out of the way. One of them will not be released until February of 2013.

In no particular order, here are the books that I’m looking forward to purchasing 🙂

– Entwined by Sylvia day
– Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
– Beautiful Bastard by Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings under the pen name Christina Lauren. (Release date February 13th)
– Divergent by Veronica Roth
– Fallen by Lauren Kate

Those are the books that I can name from the top of my head. I heard a lot of good things about Divergent so that might be the first book I read. Another one I’m really excited to read is Beautiful Bastard. I’m a sucker for romantic novels!

If anyone has suggestions on books I should read, feel free to leave it below.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Book review: Bared to You

BaredtoYou-200x300Hi everyone,

Today’s book review will be on  a book by Sylvia Day called Bared to You. Price: $11.99 CAD at Walmart

Synopsis:

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness…

He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds… and desires.

The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…

My review:

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I thought to myself ” Great another 50 shades copycat” I was never a really big fan of that series, so when I went searching for a book to read, I was hoping to find a romance novel without all the kinks. ” Never judge a book by it’s cover” That is exactly what I did when I first came across this novel, but since I was determined to buy a book that day, I bought it anyways in hopes that I was wrong about my assumptions.

Bared to You is is narrated in first person by one of the main characters Eva Tramell. Eva moves to New York in hopes to start her career  as a executive assistant at a advertising firm. Joining her in New York city, is her hilarious bi sexual best friend Cary. Eva and Cary are roommates living is a luxurious apartment in Manhattan courtesy of Evas step father.

During her first weekend living in New York, Eva decides to visit her new work place at Crossfire in order to get a feel for the place that she will soon be working at. While helping a woman who dropped her belongings, Eva bumps into the man that soon will win over her heart. Gideon Cross, is a self made millionaire who owns all sorts of businesses throughout Manhattan.

With out giving too much a way, this novel is a roller coaster full of emotions. Early on in the book you learn that both Eva and Gideon experienced traumatizing ordeals during their younger years. Those experiences cause a lot of problems for them. Eva from the get go is attracted to Gideon, who can blame her? Gideon is the CEO of his  own company and he is only 28. His wealth is not the reason she is attracted to him though, Eva herself comes from a wealthy family. Her step father is a high powered millionaire. I found this aspect interesting because in most romantic novels, one character is wealthy and the other isn’t. There was a lot more to this book than I expected, the author does a great job is describing all the characters which in the end made this book a good read.

Final thoughts.

I enjoyed reading this book, as similar as it was to the  50 Shades series, I feel that this book had more to offer besides sex. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of that in this book but not as much. What I found the most interesting is the troubles that each of them experienced and how they dealt with it. If you are looking for a light read, this is the book for you. I know this is not a lengthy review, I want you guys to form your own opinions.

If you have read this book, let me know what you thought of it without spoiling it 🙂

Thanks for stopping by 🙂