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)!

Enter to win below (open internationally)

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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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Monday, August 1, 2016

Happy Birthday, Lily Calloway!

August 1st celebrates Lily Calloway's birthday, and also marks 3 years since Ricochet was released.  This year, 2016, Lily celebrates her 25th birthday in the Addicted Series timeline.

At this point in her life, Lily has overcome so much and has grown immensely in character.  She's fought and won battles she never thought she could, and she's much stronger than she even realizes.  Along the way, she's learned to love herself and to accept who she is.  Out of all the Addicted series characters, she's the one I relate to the most.  Lily is my spirit animal.  Cheers to you, Lily Calloway!


If you're a member of the Fizzle Force group on Facebook, we have something special for you!  Head on over there and see!

In celebration of Lily's birthday, I am having a small giveaway for one Halway Comics Mug (your choice in either red or blue/green).  Enter to win below (open internationally).

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My Review: Some Kind of Perfect (Calloway Sisters #4.5) by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Some Kind of Perfect (Calloway Sisters, #4.5; Addicted, #3.5)Some Kind of Perfect by Krista Ritchie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this epilogue book!! Now, before you go diving into it, please take note that this is no ordinary epilogue. By that, I mean this is one gigantic book that is about 700 pages long (not quite sure of the exact page count yet since the paperback isn’t released). To me, it’s like a huge Addicted Series bonus material, only I get to keep it on my shelf in book form :D. It is 100% character driven with no central conflict. It’s what you would expect in an epilogue only it spans a period of 10 years (between the time that Long Way Down ended to the Long Way Down epilogue), contains 6 POVs, and it serves as: 1) a conclusion to the Addicted Series; 2) all the questions you ever wanted answered about what happened to the core 6 characters are probably contained in this book; 3) you get to witness the next generation of kids being born and growing up; and 4) it’s a great transition to the Like Us series which features the Addicted kids all grown up. Do you have to read Some Kind of Perfect? No. Let me reiterate. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. I would say that this book is really meant for all the hard-core, devoted fans of the Addicted Series who just can’t seem to get enough of their beloved characters. As Krista and Becca Ritchie clearly pointed out before releasing this book, you can read Long Way Down and the epilogue at the end of that book. Long Way Down ’s epilogue was put in place for anyone who doesn’t want to read Some Kind of Perfect and still have a sense of closure. Some Kind of Perfect just simply gives you more.”

If you’re one of the hard-core, devoted fans of the series, you don’t want to miss out on this perfect epilogue! I think that you will absolutely love this book because you get to read LiLo’s, Coballoway’s, and Raisy’s POV one last time and see them as parents. Witness each of them still working through their challenges, and get introduced to different challenges as parents. It was truly marvelous to witness how much they’ve grown and how far they’ve come, and how much they’ve overcome.

The past can’t drag me under.
I relive the better parts that are intertwined with bad. Because I look back and think, Christ, we were so goddamn fragile.
Look how far we’ve come.
Look at us now.

You will also get to read about Willow and Garrison. Their scenes are so much fun to read and I can’t wait for the next chapters of Whatever It Takes to be released! There are so many heartwarming moments and I laughed in every single chapter for about the first 35% of the book. After that, it was a mix of emotions. There will be lots of tears shed. LOTS. Crocodile tears. Especially if you hate goodbyes. You’ll witness some of the trials and tribulations that the core 6 and their children will face and it makes me thrilled and anxious to read the Like Us series.

Truly magnificent. THANK YOU KRISTA & BECCA for gifting us fans this one final Addicted book to satisfy our cravings!!

Sharing Lanie's amazing Fan Made Book Trailer on Some Kind of Perfect

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Addicted After All
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