Closing Blog Temporarly

Hey everybody! With regret, I have to announce that I will not be doing any new posts in the coming weeks. The reason for this break is my novel. I want to take time to solely concentrate on my writing these coming months so that I can finally finish my first novel.

It will be a tough journey, but it needs to be done. In my heart, I’ve always been a writer and I’ve put myself on second place for long enough. This is my time and my stories will be put into writing. I can’t wait to see what comes out of this.

Much love,

Iulia Lesley x

 

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REVIEW: “Tangle of Need” by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling #11)

Hardcover: 422 pages

Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: May 29, 2012

Series: Psy-Changeling #11

Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past–one as unpredictable in love as it was in war. Now comes a new territory, and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to a desperate woman who belongs to another.

For Riaz, the primal attraction he feels for Adria is a staggering betrayal. For Adria, his dangerous lone-wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It consumes her. It terrifies her. It threatens to undermine everything she has built of her new life. But fighting their wild compulsion toward one another proves a losing battle.

Their coming together is an inferno…and a melding of two wounded souls who promise each other no commitment, no ties, no bonds. Only pleasure. Too late, they realize that they have more to lose than they ever imagined. Drawn into a cataclysmic Psy war that may alter the fate of the world itself, they must make a decision that might just break them both.

My thoughts

With this installment, Nalini Singh manages to bring even more interesting bits and pieces to the table and I’ve enjoyed this story immensely.

The book features Riaz and Adria, both soldiers for the wolf pack SnowDancer, but we are also treated with many scenes from other past main characters such as Hawke, Sienna, Mercy, Riley and many others. I knew this book was coming out on May 29, so I pre-ordered it for my Kindle and woke up early to start reading, and boy, was I not sorry.

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Mannheim, Nalini Singh & Lara Adrian Signing

Nalini Singh (left), Lara Adrian (right)

I’ve been planning my trip to Mannheim for a few weeks now, ever since I’ve heard that the amazing Nalini Singh and Lara Adrian are coming to Germany! Together, a very good friend of mine and I, woke up early yesterday and drove around 250 km to meet these lovely ladies.

My friend and I, we’re both massive fans, so we were naturally pretty excited to meet them. We arrived in Mannheim around noon and the signing wasn’t until 6 p.m., so what should two girls do when in a new city and with lots of time to spare? Go shopping & exploring, of course!

Mannheim is an impressive city with a surprising amount of shoe stores – yes, we’ve been in every single one we could find🙂 – and a few designer clothes stores. We walked around till our feet hurt, and I’m still in pain today, then sat down to have some lunch. Spaghetti Carbonara was on the menu for me, and it was delicious. Yeah, yeah, I know, but who cares about fitness when you’re in a new city and you’re exhausted? I don’t!

Anyways, afterwards we went to visit the famous university to scout the place as a possible option for the postgraduate degree. Yep, it sure was something! Have a look below:

Mannheim University

I think the picture says it all, doesn’t it? And that’s not all of it. The university used to be a castle and trust me, you can get lost in that place really easily! That done, we then returned to our exploring for another two hours, then went on to join the queue an hour before the actual signing even started. And we were not the first ones there! The line was so long, I couldn’t even see the end of it, but we were luckily among the first ones to get our books signed.

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Good Moods & Lovely Nominations

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G’day everybody! Just woke up this morning in a downright cheerful mood. I have no idea what caused this bubbly feeling, but I feel ready to take on over the world. And I’m not a morning person!!! Hmm…something smells funny. Anyways, I was then happy to discover that my new good friend and long-lost sister Stephanie Konar has nominated me to win the Lovely Blogger Award. I’m grinning from ear to ear as I write this, so yeah, thankyouuu!

I never thought my blog would have this much success after changing its theme a bit, and I’m very grateful for all the love. Anyway, part of accepting this nomination requires that I post seven random facts about myself. Well here goes nothing:

1. I’ve been attempting to write my first novel since I was sixteen years old. I’m getting there!😀

2. I was born and bred in Romania, but since my mother is German, I was sent to a German school and then ultimately moved to the lovely country which is now my home to start my university studies. 

3. I speak speak six languages, among them Romanian, German, English (duh!), French, Italian and Spanish.

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Pocket Yoga Is So Much Fun

I’ve recently discovered a new app in the Mac App Store called Pocket Yoga. Since I was curious to try it out, I bought and installed the app on my laptop. I’m so happy I did this!

It’s amazingly simple to work with it and it offers programs for beginners, intermediaries and advanced practitioners. Cool, right? You can even set up for how long you want the exercise to last. For your first routine, I recommend going for half an hour. I went for 45 minutes because I thought I was fit from being in the gym all the time, but boy, yoga can be tough. Once the programme starts, the background music relaxes you as a female voice guides you through your positions. They are easy to follow, especially since you can also see on the screen what the position looks like.

Well, anyways, I went through the 45 minutes of which the first 20 were an absolute torture. I was stretching out muscles I didn’t even know I had! Yet the cool thing about this app is that it also gives you breaks in between sequences. At the end, I felt completely relaxed, even though my shirt was wet from sweat. I would have never thought that it will be this much fun and this much of a challenge. I am determined to continue doing yoga every day this week and see how my body adjusts to the idea.

Any yoga practitioners out there willing to give some tips?

I’ll update you on my progress with yoga during the week. I love it! x