Crashing Into Love by Melissa Foster

I received a free copy of Crashing Into Love written by Melissa Foster to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours. No other financial compensation was received and, as always, all opinions shared are 100% mine.


Book #12 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #20

Only one woman could hurt ultra-alpha bad boy Jake Braden.
Only one woman can heal him.
Fiona Steele has arrived…

Fiona Steele has a great career, strong friendships, and a loving family. To an outsider, her life appears happy and fulfilling. But the one thing that’s missing is true love, and the only man Fiona wants is the one she can’t have, sinfully handsome and seductively intense Jake Braden—the man whose heart she broke, which she has regretted ever since.

As an LA stuntman, Jake Braden’s at the top of his game. He’s hired for all the best movies, hooks up with the hottest women, and lives an unencumbered lifestyle where his needs come first—and where he doesn’t have to examine his life too closely. Except when he visits his family in his close-knit hometown of Trusty, Colorado, where he spends his time avoiding Fiona—the only woman who knows who he really is.

When Fiona’s best friend is hired to act in Jake’s movie, Fiona jumps at the chance to try to win him back. There’s no denying the white-hot attraction burning between them. With every encounter, Fiona hopes Jake can’t resist falling back into the love they once shared. But her well-orchestrated rendezvous doesn’t go over well with the brooding heartthrob. Living in the fast lane is perfect for a guy who’s buried his emotions so damn deep he’s not sure he can remember how to feel—and he’s not sure he ever wants to.

THE BRADEN COUSINS are one of the newest additions to the LOVE IN BLOOM series.

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Renewable by Eileen Flanagan

I received an advanced copy of Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope by Eileen Flanagan to review and share with my readership here on Divas With A Purpose.

I’m one of those persons who always reads the back of the books and the reviews included. This quote from the Executive Director of Greenpeace International really stood out and piqued my interest the most:

…shows us how one person can change their life while working to change the world we all share.”

Renewable: One Woman's Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope by Eileen Flanagan

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100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women

I received an advanced copy of 100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women by Betsy Teutsch to review and share with my readers here on Divas With A Purpose. In 100 Under $100 the author arms readers with simple and effective tools to empower women challenged by poverty.

Ever wanted to help but didn’t know exactly how or where to start? 100 Under $100 is the book to start! Betsy Teutsch has provided a resource of free and low-cost tools that will help to empower women globally – from public health to personal finance and so much more! 100 Under $100 offers information and inspiration for you to start doing your own part in helping to alleviate poverty in the developing world.

100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women

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Saving For A Rainy Day While Enjoying My Sunny Days

“Michelle, if I was you I would put some of that in the bank for a rainy day. You always want to be prepared.”

I can still hear my mother’s words to this day. Growing up, she tried to instill the importance of having a savings to my sisters and I. Not just with her words but with her actions.

We all had bank accounts early and would take bi-weekly trips to deposit a portion of our allowance earned from completing additional chores around the house. She would show us our statements and hype us up over how those small deposits were growing over time. And INTEREST? Why, that was FREE money the bank gave to you for letting them protect your money for you. With that type of role model and enthusiasm, you’d think I grew up to be a world class saver, right?

I am. Now. But in my teens and twenties? All of my mother’s advice and practices went straight out the window when I saw my first real paycheck.

“You never know when the rain will come, Michelle. But being prepared will make a difference.”

Divas, I’m here to tell you. When it rained – it poured. Like a torrential monsoon downpour type of rain.

And I got soaking wet. No umbrella. Not even a newspaper to try and duck under while I ran for cover. It was ugly. I survived. I learned. I changed my ways.

These days “saving for a rainy day” means being prepared for that unexpected downpour. It means having an umbrella readily available – not just for me, but for my family. I have literally been in a place where I have lost everything. The thought of experiencing that with a husband and three children along for the fall – that fear motivates me to be prepared for those rainy days that may come along.

In the meantime, I choose to enjoy and live in my sunny days.

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Affirmations To Build My Teen Son’s Self-Esteem #VoicesForOurSons

I can vividly recall the first time I realized my tween son was struggling with his self-esteem.

He’d gotten in trouble for something and written an apology note to me. Throughout the note he referenced being “stupid” and “bad” and “not good enough”. It truly broke my heart.

The topic of self-love is no stranger here on Divas With A Purpose.

On one of my older articles entitled Inside Out Beauty I shared these words:

As a parent, I try my hardest to instill self-confidence in my children. Not in regards to their physical attributes, but to what’s inside them. I want them to know that they are beautiful beings from the inside out and not the outside in. The most beautiful looking person can have the ugliest heart and attitude. However, someone that may not have the physical attributes that most of society deems as pretty can have the most wonderful and beautiful spirit. Who would you want to be around?

Affirmations To Build My Teen Son's Self Esteem #VoicesForOurSons

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Simple Ways to Grow Your Business

You can’t have a business without growth. The business world is always changing, and you have to know how to grow your business to avoid losing your share of the market to newcomers. A lot of this has to do with consumers constantly looking for the next big thing. This is achieved by expanding and building on the success your company has already earned by remembering a few key tips.

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8 Action Items For Stopping Negative Behavior

Each month I meet with a group of DIVAs in Columbia, South Carolina as part of The Divatude Challenge – our on-going focus on SMART goals within our personal and professional lives. One discussion that comes up fairly regularly with new participants is stopping negative behavior.

I am a huge proponent of positive self-talk. Often we talk ourselves out of doing great things before we even get started!

Do you have negative behaviors that you want to get a handle on? Whether it’s something you do to sabotage yourself or an action that affects others, it’s important to examine the impact of what you’re doing.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could hone in on and change your difficult behaviors before they spread negativity all around you?

8 Action Items For Stopping Negative Behavior

Stopping Negative Behavior:
8 Action Items

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