Alicia’s Prime Day Picks!

In case you haven’t heard, today is Prime Day on Amazon!

That means if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can get some pretty awesome deals on Amazon today.  Check out the ENTIRE LIST of Prime Day deals! 

Here are some incredible deals that I personally think you’ll like!

Books

Do you belong to the Kindle Unlimited program?  You know, the subscription program that’s like Netflix for books?  If not, and you’re interested, today is a great day to subscribe because you can get 3 months of unlimited Kindle reading for only 99 cents!

By the way, all of my books are in the Kindle Unlimited program!  If you are a subscriber, you can read them for FREE!

Prefer to listen to your books on Audio?  Try a FREE 30-day Audible trial plus get 2 FREE audiobooks!  AND did you know that Amazon can scan your Kindle library to find Audible companions for Kindle books you already own? Try it HERE!

Prefer paperbacks? Today only, use promo code PRIMEBOOKS18 to save $5.00 when you spend $20.00 or more on Books offered by Amazon.com.  I just ordered the below three paperbacks (by three of my favorite authors)! 


All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us—whose writing is “emotionally wrenching and utterly original” (Sara Shepard, New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series)—delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen

A YA novel from USA Today bestselling author Sarina Bowen.

Never ask a question unless you’re sure you want the truth.

 

All the Little Lights by Jamie Mcguire

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire comes a riveting tale of first love that starts young but runs deep.

 


Music

Amazon Music

4 months for $0.99! (Unlimited access to any song; On-demand; Always ad-free; Hands-free with Alexa; Cancel anytime)

 


Electronics

Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa

(Reg $49.99, today $29.99 for Prime Members) Amazon’s Best Selling Fire Tablet!

Echo Dot Smart Speaker with Alexa

(Reg $49.99, today $29.99 for Prime Members) A hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, read the news, set music alarms, read audiobooks from Audible, control Amazon Video on Fire TV, and more.  My mom’s got one of these and she loves it!

Fire TV Stick with Alexa

(Reg $39.99, today $19.99 for Prime Members) Enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills with access to over 500,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, NBC, and more. Plus, access millions of websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit with browsers like Silk and Firefox.


Back to School

Get started early on your back to school shopping! So. Many. DEALS!


What else can you get a deal on? CLICK HERE to find out!!!

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A Completely Random Post About Music that has Nothing to do With Anything (And the Longest Blog Post Title in the History of Blog Post Titles)

Today, on the way home from dropping the kids off at school, a song came on the radio.  This song instantly relaxed every tense muscle in my body, washed away my stress, and gave me a feeling of inner peace.  It brought me into the moment, making my worries about the future move to the back-burner of my mind.  It made me feel like no matter what, everything is ok and it will always be ok.

Not that I have any serious problems or anything.  But we all have stress that we carry on a daily basis, and isn’t it wonderful when we have those moments where all our worries just float away?

I thought about this song, and realized that out of the millions of songs in the world, there are only a handful of them that seem to lift the burdens of life and just make me feel good.  I’d like to share them with you.

 

Soul to Squeeze by Red Hot Chili Peppers

This is the one from this morning.  *Sigh*

 

Thing for You by Hinder

I don’t know what it is, but that opening guitar and drum in this song?  Damn.

This song makes me think of my early days with my husband–before we were “a thing.”  The life that we’ve built together all started because way back when, he had a bit of a thing for me.  🙂

 

Sleep While I Drive by Melissa Ethridge

I first heard this song as a teenager in the 90’s, when I watched the movie “Where the Day Takes You.”  Loved that movie.  Now, when I hear it, I remember what it was like to have nothing but a car, and that one person who believed in me.  And it reminds me that having ‘stuff’ is irrelevant.  Because all we really need in life is love.

And–I think about road trips.  Road trips are fun when you’re young and free.

 

Rocket Queen by Guns N Roses

Okay…I was “that girl.”  I was the girl who held on to 80’s glam-rock/hair-band music a little too long.  I’m over it now, I promise!  But despite GNR being totally weird and a tad bit uncomfortable now–you know–in present day–I’ll always love this song.  It makes me smile.

 

XO by Beyonce

I played this song on repeat about 50 bajillion times when I first heard it.  It has such a unique sound.  And something about this song pulls me out of writer’s block.  Every.  Single.  Time.

 

Wait for Me by Kings of Leon

I can’t really put into words why I love this song so much.  I know, sucky writer moment, right?  Oh well.  I just love it.  Maybe it’s because it gives a feeling of hope.

 

Waves by Mr. Probz

The final (and most recently released) song on my list.  Such simple, poetic, lyrics with such a deep meaning that I think we can all relate to.

 

That’s it!  What songs make YOU feel like the weight of life is lifted off your shoulders?  Which song do you never get sick of?  Leave a comment with the songs that “do things” to you!

Play it loud! And often!

Who’s kids say to their parents:  “Turn the music down!”  and “why do you ALWAYS have to listen to music?”

Mine.

My answer: How boring would everything be without it?  Music is motivation.  It makes doing laundry easier.  It makes driving more fun.  It enhances experiences.  We all know there are certain songs that, when you hear them, immediately take you back to a time and place.

Collective Soul came on the radio today and I was in high school again.  Sweet Child O Mine takes me there, too.

Every time I hear Drive, by the Cars, I travel back to my childhood bedroom where I would play my Cars cassette over and over again on the purple tape player that I got for my 8th birthday.

Crash by the Dave Matthews Band?  I’m in the Smoky Mountains where my now husband/then boyfriend and I took a spontaneous camping trip and forgot to pack our sleeping bags.  (Brrrr!)

Music plays constantly while I write.  Most of the time, I’ll play a song over, and over, and over again until a scene is done.  In fact, the sunrise scene had 2 huge inspirations:

This song:

And this sunrise:

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Here’s my point:  Listen to music loud and often.  I believe my children like music just as much as the rest of the world does.  They just like to go against the grain…