Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Birthday, Daisy Calloway!

Today, we celebrate our youngest Calloway's birthday.  Daisy turns 21 in the Addicted world and we couldn't be more proud of the woman she's become.  She's been through so much and yet she still somehow creates a ray of sunshine for everyone around her.  She's the light in the dark days and to some, she is the sun.

My heart hurts for everything Daisy has been through.  She's been dealt a really shitty card but she persevered.  She stayed strong and kept her head above water.  She may not have been lucky in life, but she's definitely lucky in love.  She's surrounded by family and friends who love and care for her so very much!  Most of all, she's got Ryke.  Her protector.  Her wolf.  Hard to her soft.  Rough to her sweet.  Stone to her wild.  To paraphrase Samantha Calloway, they are lightning you can't bottle up.  Together, they make the perfect storm.

If you're a member of the Fizzle Force group on Facebook, we have something special for you!  So be sure to stop by and check it out!  Also, don't forget to pay a visit to Krista & Becca's blog for any updates.  If you want to, you can also check out the fan made trailer for Hothouse Flower that I put together just a little over a year ago. 

Please join me in wishing Daisy the most cake-worthy birthday!  In celebration of Daisy's birthday, I am having a small giveaway for one "Two Feral Creatures" Mug (pictured below)!

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

My Review: INFINI

Infini (Aerial Ethereal, #2)Infini by Krista Ritchie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of my most highly anticipated books this year and it's now available for pre-order! The book releases on 31 Jan 2017.  This is the second standalone book in the Aerial Ethereal series which is set in the same universe as the Addicted Series.  So, expect to see mentions of our beloved core 6 from the Addicted world as well as some of the same products and merchandise from that world!

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I feel like I've been waiting for this book forever and I was even more anxious after re-reading Amour Amour, the first standalone book in the Aerial Ethereal series. I came in without any real expectations except for the known fact that this is a best friends-turned-lovers trope. I wish I could write about every moment and every emotion I felt throughout the story but I would spoil everything and I want you to go into this like I did, with little to no expectations or pre-conceived notions. I want you to experience all the highs and lows of this story. If you’ve read Amour Amour, I’ll tell you that the tone in this book is very different. Whereas in Amour Amour, we get to see and experience the beauty and excitement of the circus through a newcomer’s eyes; in Infini, we get a whole different perspective from someone who grew up in the industry and we get a different sense of what happens behind the closed curtains, away from the audience’s eyes. In that respect, Thora (the main character in Amour Amour) has a very different personality from Luka. They come from different backgrounds and have different life experiences so don’t go into Infini expecting it to be anything like what you’ve read, felt, and experienced in Amour Amour. Whereas Amour Amour was more upbeat and fun, you’ll notice that Infini is more…emotional with lots of angst. I don’t want to elaborate any more than that; you’ll see what I mean when you start reading the book.

This book touches on some very real and very serious issues and I’m glad that the authors recognize this and wrote a trigger warning at the very beginning of the book, so it’s no secret. You know what you’re getting yourself into from the start but even so, each moment will hit you like a ton of bricks when you get to each point in the story when these issues are revealed. It took my emotions through one hell of a rollercoaster ride and Luka and Baylee’s love is just so deep and significant that the feeling is so overwhelming at times.

I love Luka’s character. I want to protect him at all costs. He’s got secrets that he keeps from his family and the people he loves, and his way of dealing with his issues makes him the least liked Kotova. But the thing that caught me off guard is that no matter what he does, he takes full responsibility for all his actions. He doesn’t back down or cower, or make any excuses. He doesn’t take his personal issues with him when he’s working. He keeps an easy-going attitude and it just makes you want to protect him even more.

I love meeting Baylee. Off the bat you get who she is and she’s such a wonderful, fun, character. She’s shy and doesn’t like any attention on her, good or bad. And no matter what life throws at her, she tries to keep a positive attitude. I think her love for soca music really fits her personality and I very much enjoyed discovering this type of music. It’s very upbeat and energetic that you can’t help but dance to it. There’s no way you can listen to soca music and not bob your head to the beat.

Some Love is Infinite

Infini has all of the essential elements that I absolutely love about Krista & Becca’s books. As I’ve already mentioned above, it touches on very real and very serious issues and they don’t just throw it in there for the sake of drama or to give the character the “troubled past” that is often expected. They actually put their all into it and it shows that they’ve researched the crap out of these issues to make them realistic and very much a part of the story. Also, as you may have noticed from above, I love the main characters and they are very relatable. The other elements that truly make this one of my most favorite reads this year are:

Family dynamics. I’ve been looking forward to reading more about the Kotova family and what better way to get an in-depth look at them than through a Kotova’s eyes. There’s such a strong family bond and I love getting to know more about Timo and Katya and Dimitri. Dimitri really stood out to me in this book and there’s just something about him that makes me want to know more. Apart from Dimitri’s very crude, abrasive, and unapologetically rude attitude, I feel that there’s also a loveable side to him that we don’t get to see. He’s Nikolai’s (Nik is the male lead in Amour Amour) best friend for a reason and I’d like to think that Nikolai is a very good judge in character.

Infini Family

Strong friendship. With most of the books I’ve read, the focus is always on the main characters, which makes sense, but sometimes the secondary characters are forgotten or don’t play as huge a part in the story. Not with Krista and Becca’s books. If they’re the main character’s best friend, then you better expect that you see them a lot in the story and to play an integral part in the main character’s life. After reading Amour Amour, I wanted to know more about Katya and Camila. I’m so glad to see them return in this story and I now I want both of them to have their own book. I want to know more about Katya since she’s the only girl in the Kotova clan. She seems fierce and I can understand why after growing up around her brothers and male cousins. And Camila is just too flippin funny and cute and outgoing and I like that she’s all about love. She also seems to have a keen sense of things around her that no one else notices. I would love it very much if Camila got her own book. There's some strong female bonding moments that I absolutely LOVE and as always,  I love the sense of humor and banter that the authors add to their stories.

It was fun to get to know more about characters introduced in Amour Amour and I also love the addition of new characters. Krista & Becca never fail to give us an unforgettable cast of characters. They’re all very well developed and not one-dimensional. I honestly don’t know how they create a new world of characters and give us more than we ever asked for, yet still leave us wanting more in the end! Seriously. I feel like there’s so much left to be told about the secondary characters. I hope Infini isn’t the last book in the Aerial Ethereal series. This is the second standalone book and you don’t need to read Amour Amour before you read this one. Infini stands well on it’s own and you won’t feel lost if you haven’t read the first book. However, if you want to go back and read about Thora and Nikolai, get a different perspective of the circus world, or just want to read more about the Aerial Ethereal series, then I highly recommend reading Amour Amour.

Krista, Becca, thankyouthankyouthankyou for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review! You've done it again!! You are still superstars and superheroes in my eyes.


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy Birthday, Connor Cobalt!

It is 2017, can you believe it!?  And January 3rd of this year marks Connor Cobalt's 28th birthday in the Addicted timeline.

LiLo may be my #1 OTP but I swear a lot of my favorite motivational quotes I find are from #Coballoway, such as this one from Fuel the Fire:

Connor is by far one of my most idolized characters in the history of all characters.  He inspires me to seek knowledge and be smarter, to stand for what I believe in and for myself, and to reach high and kiss the sky.  He exudes confidence that only his rival, nemesis, lifetime companion, and love of his life, Rose, can match.  I only wish I could come close to being as confident and intelligent. 

I remember making this video of Connor a couple of years ago.  That was around the time when Krista and Becca's dream cast for Connor, Oliver Altman, acknowledged us and even responded to some fans on Instagram.  That was a pretty big deal.

If you're a member of the Fizzle Force group on Facebook, we have something special for you!  So head on over there and check it out!  Also, don't forget to pay a visit to Krista & Becca's blog because I'm sure they wouldn't forget Connor's birthday.

Every year, Connor has successfully avoided celebrating his birthday. But this year is different and I'd like to ask you all to help join me in wishing him the most wonderful birthday!  In celebration of Connor's birthday, I am having a small giveaway for one "Pour Toujours" Mug (pictured below)!

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Birthday, Loren Hale!

One of my absolute favorite male leads is celebrating his 26th birthday today!  At this point in the Addicted timeline, Lo (and Lily :)) have overcome so much and are continuing on a positive path.  Sure, they still struggle everyday with temptation but let's face it, they will be struggling with it for probably their entire life.  What's important is how much they've grown and how much stronger they've become.  Lo's transformation and character progression is one of my favorites to witness.

I look back and remember how amazed I was (and still am) at Lo's unconditional love for Lily.  He truly is one remarkable human being (ha! listen to me talk like he's a real person. He's real to me, I don't care what people say! :P).  HAVE ONE HECK OF A BIRTHDAY, LOREN HALE!

** Flashback to the very first videos I made (keep in mind, I was still a novice in video-making)**

When Lo was one of the nominees for the NA Crush Tourney in 2014

Okay, okay, enough with the nostalgia (*sniff* I have something in my eye).

Be sure to head on over to the Fizzle Force group on Facebook for an exclusive treat!!  And don't forget to visit Krista & Becca's blog, as I'm sure they won't forget to celebrate Lo's birthday today.

In celebration of Lo's birthday, I am giving away one mug - winner's choice!  Winner can take their pick of one of the following two designs:

Everyday is TACO day

"Souls fused together"

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Happy Birthday, Ryke Meadows!

In the Addicted world, Ryke, our lone wolf, turns 27.  I look back and remember the first time he was introduced in Addicted to You and thinking, OMG he's going to be trouble.  Back then, I thought he was going to come between Lily and Lo...and he did in a way...but not in the way that I was expecting.  With the way Lily was describing him looking similar to Lo, I thought she would grow attracted to him.  It's seems so funny now that I think about it.

Ryke had so much to do with Lily and Lo's recovery.  He helped kick start it and he's made such a huge impact in Lo and Lil's life that it's hard to imagine how they would have ended up and where they would have been had Ryke not decided to come into their lives.  At the very beginning of Hothouse Flower, Ryke says, "I'm raw.  I'm hard.  I'm the thing you shy away from.  So I'm warning you now.  Back away.  Because once you enter my life, I won't ever let you leave."  So far, he's kept that promise and I never ever want him to leave.  I loved witnessing Ryke's relationship with Lo, Lily, Rose, Connor, and Daisy change into something wonderful.

Happy Birthday, Ryke!  Today, we celebrate you.  The Addicted world would not be the same without you in it. 

Check out the Fizzle Force group on Facebook for a special treat!

In celebration of Ryke's birthday, I am giving away this Raisy inspired mug with a quote from Krista and Becca.  Enter to win below (open internationally).

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Happy 2nd Fandom-versary, Fizzle Force!
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Would you believe that today marks the 2nd year the fandom name “Fizzle Force” became official? Let's take a quick stroll down memory lane and see how the fandom name was chosen.

It all started sometime around the beginning of August 2014 when talk of a fandom name came about. One of the earliest conversations I found suggested "KB Addicts," "Ritchie Lovers," and "KB's Addicted Darlings" as options for the fandom.

It wasn't long before word started getting around and next thing you know, Krista & Becca have set a challenge. 

Then more suggestions were thrown in: "Calloway Clique" and "Fizzle Fraternity."  The list was growing.

Krista & Becca announced a poll to let the fans choose which fandom name they loved best.

Finally, the fans have spoken and the winner was chosen.  The fandom was given an official name on August 19, 2014.

It was a lot of fun reminiscing and going through all these links.  Hard to believe it's been 2 years since.  But of course, Krista & Becca's fandom have been around, albeit nameless, for longer than that.  Here’s to more years of fangirling with all of you!! Cheers!!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Happy Birthday, Rose Calloway!

It's August 5th and today, we celebrate Rose Calloway's birthday!   On this day, Rose turns 27 in the Addicted series timeline.  She is fierce as she is loyal.  She is intelligent as she is beautiful.   

Rose is driven and passionate in empowering women and making them feel confident.  She strives to help women know their worth and to love and accept who they are.  Rose is an inspiration; someone we can all look up to and admire.

If you're a member of the Fizzle Force group on Facebook, we have another something special for you!  So head on over there and check it out!

In celebration of Rose's birthday, I am having a small giveaway for one Calloway Couture Mug!  Enter to win below (open internationally).

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