Review: Raging Fire

Review of my newest release RAGING FIRE

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Raging Fire (Guarded Secrets, Book 4) by Sara Schoen

Review by Cora Kenborn

It’s hard to go into the tail end of a series and not feel like you’ve jumped into the deep end of a pool with ankle weights tied to your feet. Unless the author is a master storyteller, it’s usually impossible not to draw some of the previous storylines from earlier books into the plot. I went into this book wondering if I’d drown in acronym hell. I knew of the CIA and FBI, but CIRA was a new one, and I had no clue why the main characters all had names that sounded like Gremlins (Spit Fire, Night Stripe, Whip Lash…) However, the prologue hooked me with the cool, collected, and somewhat robotic “Spit Fire” girl, who sat in front of a handcuffed high-ranking cartel member and calmly shot him up gangster-style.

Yes, please.

I love…

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Raging Fire Releases TODAY! (GIVEAWAY and series SALE INCLUDED)

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Blurb:

CIRA agent, Spit Fire, has a mysterious past…

No one knows what she went through before joining the agency, and that’s how she wants to keep it. She survived and managed to walk away, or did she? Even after establishing a life at the agency there’s something she can’t let go of—the need for revenge. She fights to keep innocent lives safe, but in her world, safety is only an illusion. Especially when Camden Cardoza reveals her worst nightmare has come true…

Her stepfather, now under the alias of Harley Sanchez, is the new leader of the Cardoza Cartel. Harley knows she’s an agent and he’ll be expecting an attack from CIRA, but he won’t expect her to come alone. Spit Fire isn’t willing to risk losing any more lives to the Cardoza Cartel. She’s determined to put an end to Harley once and for all. Not only to avenge those she’s lost, but also to give others a chance to live. After all, he ruined her life and now she’s hell bent on returning the favor.

Revenge and the need to protect the other members of CIRA has always been her first priority.

For Spit Fire, this is her life and her family.

Family…that was always the problem.

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Best Seller Status for Rebellion Project!

Romance, Contemporary Romance, and Coming of Age BEST SELLER. The perfect summer beach read for romance readers according to reviews. Rebellion Project, hit #9 in hot releases on Amazon! Is currently #22 in contemporary romance, #88 in Romance, and #59 in Coming of Age! Ratings are average of 4.6 on amazon!

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“Wow!! This book was honestly amazing. I am definitely a sucker for a good romance novel and this one went above and beyond my expectations. I was truly surprised throughout the book. Definitely not your typical predictable romance novel. If anyone is looking for something to read, I highly recommend “Rebellion Project.” I could not stop reading and will definitely be looking to read more books by Sara Schoen. She’s an amazing writer. You will not regret reading this book!!” Amazon Customer

“This novel by Sarah Schoen is very well written . She does well in her explanation of the high school experience as told by the goodie-good girl . I would rate this book a four star novel . I would recommend this novel to anyone that does not have a real experience as to what it is to be on the wrong end of bullying . Also , I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good YA novel.” – Books and Boys

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REBELLION PROJECT by Sara Schoen

*~BLURB~*

Lauren Scott has always been tormented by her peers for being a good girl…

She is viewed as the golden child by her parents—following their rules and allowing them to make all of her life decisions. But after a lifetime of walking the straight and narrow, Lauren feels as though her life is passing her by.

When she catches her father having an affair, she throws the rulebook out the window…

Lauren realizes that even if she does everything perfectly, life can—and will—surprise you. When life throws her a major curveball, she sets out to live for herself, making the rules up as she goes and smashing through everyone else’s expectations, but she doesn’t know how to live without a guideline. So, Lauren is forced to ask her biggest tormentor for help—Kayden Daniels.

Kayden is nothing but trouble—which is why Lauren needs him so badly…

Kayden turns Lauren’s whole world upside down with a mischievous smirk and a proposition. But if Lauren wants his help to remake herself, she has to pay the price—her virginity. With no one else willing to help her, she agrees to make the trade. But when her change becomes too much to handle, will she give up or will she keep moving forward with a new reputation and a more adventurous life?

Cliques, stereotypes, popularity contests, and drama.

Some say it’s just another day in high school.

For Lauren, it’s the Rebellion Project…

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*~WATCH THE TRAILER~*

 

Iguana Falls – Argentina and Brazil sides

If you want to go to Argentina in the winter (aka United States’ summer) but don’t want to be cold. I suggest Iguazu, where you can see the number 2 ranked water falls in the world (a note for my American friends, Niagara Falls is number 9). Thanks to the Olympics being hosted in Rio, Brazil waived the need for a visa so by chance we were able to see both sides of the falls! The falls are the boarder between Argentina and Brazil and the experience of seeing both sides was amazing.

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Brazil shows more waterfalls with a better view and a catwalk, where you will be soaked so a poncho is recommended, and Argentine side let us going on a Gran Adventura, which is being able to boat UNDER the waterfalls! It was cold but so worth it.

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The Argentine  side also let us see the falls from above, whereas Brazil was from below. I’m thrilled we got to go to both sides, Brazil was my favorite side though. Can you blame me? Look at these photos!

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The hotel was great too, the Saint George, I got a plate of warm cheese (called Provoletta) in a pan every night for an appetizer. Best. Thing. Ever. I ate straight cheese and LOVED it so much I did it for three days in a row.

The town is much like a beach town in used to in the states and really made me feel at home. We walked to see the sunset at the river, joined a random Zumba class, and got to enjoy some warm weather before heading back to Buenos Aires to winter.

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P.S watch out for Coaties…They like bags and will steal from you.

Cemetario Recoleta

On the list of things you must do while in Buenos Aires is the Cemetatio Recoleta. Home to over 5,000 above ground tombs and graves and filled with a history to last centuries. I highly recommend a tour but BA walking tours (look for the guys in the orange jackets) they run a tour around 3 every day but get there a little early.

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Let me first say that I love cemeteries, it’s a very strange thing to say but I find them fascinating. Cemetario Recoleta only made me that much more excited to be there. The architecture of the tombs and the sheer size of them is enough to make you stop and stare. They are beautiful monuments to countless people included Eva Perón, who is buried in the Duarte family tomb.

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The tour will give you the back story you won’t find anywhere else, but if you’re a tomb raider yourself and take an interest in all the small places you won’t see on a tour, don’t take one. You’ll want to go it alone and search for anything you can. Sometimes the best way to learn history is just to explore it.

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All in all, a creepy but much needed visit to BAs most popular cemetery should be on your list, just don’t forget to look inside of the tombs, you never know who was buried alive or what could be waiting for you on the other side.

 

Subte Adventures

When traveling abroad always remember your map, the language your supposed to know, oh and how to get back home. If one fails, you have the other two, but if all fail, you’re screwed.

There’s two ways to get directions in Argentina, to no surprise they are the same as in the states, you either except the fact that you need help until someone helps you or you suck it up and ask. Usually I am one to just ask, but something about being in Argentina makes me force myself to learn.

So here we are, four of my group including me, on the corner of Paraguay y Florida holding a map out in front of us trying to find our way to the subte. We really only know the green line, and went we wrong direction to get to the green line. We can find the intersection on our map, and at this point multiple people have passed us. We have no idea where the nearest subte is but we are determined to make it there.

Thankfully an Argentine who knew English helped us out and we made it back to the residencia unscathed. Success.

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There’s also a few ways around the city of Buenos Aires other than walking such as, bus, bike, rollerblading, taxi, and of course, the subte. The subte is their underground/subway. Like all subway systems, it’s packed with people during high traffic times like when my friends and I are going to school. Well, if you ever want to clear a subte car learn from me and just puke…I’m not kidding. When you think people can’t move because they are so packed in, you’re wrong. I got motion sick on the subte and I was convinced I could make it to my stop at cadetral before getting sick, again I was wrong. Though I have to say people on the subte are way more polite than I’m used to in the states. Before I got sick one man offered me his seat because I was not looking good about four stops from my destination, but also someone gave me a cough drop, which I learned is a social thing in the winter from my professor, so after I got sick I had something to get the taste out of my mouth.

Fun fact: I also threw up on Scotts pants, I can gareentee you he doesn’t want to see my breakfast ever again,  but mostly on myself so no one else was effected by it really. I threw up one stop away from my destination and they cleaned the train. And don’t worry, I gave Scott a medialuna as an apology and told him breakfast was on me that day instead of on him.

Moving on to taxis, we had a week of free travel and for some of that I was with my parents in Rio de Janerio. Well, in the grand scheme of traveling problems that could happen, getting up at 3:30am to confirm my reservation and being told I had one, then at 4:30 not getting the taxi I reserved from the airport because I was told they were more trust worthy than regular taxis, 4:50 am being told they don’t have my reservation (after they confirmed it and my professor had made the reservation for me) and that I had to get a taxi to basically get there right then is pretty bad.

I won’t lie, I cried a little bit.

It was really frustrating and I was scared to take a regular taxi cab because I had heard all these terrible stories about them, but you know what? It worked out. After hailing my third taxi, one waved at me when I raised my hand to get his attention and the other just drove off while glaring at me, I got in and told him where I had to go, in Spanish, and he took me to the airport. He didn’t do anything, he didn’t even talk to me which with the morning I had was just what I wanted. Sure, I was worried he was taking me for a ride, but I wasn’t in the position to do anything about it. It was 550 pesos to get there and it was the same to get back to my residencia when I got back and took a different taxi, not from taxi Eziaza. This time I had exact change so it was even better. I guess what I want to say is don’t believe everything you hear and embrace the experience of just giving away to chance. I made my flight, the driver was nice to me, and as far as I know neither took extra money from me.

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#LiveBravely

#How far will my converses go? La Museo Benito Quinquela y La Boca

Today my group went to La Boca to see the la Museo Benito Quinquela. We saw wonderful art, the colorful houses you see when you look up Argentina on the internet, and got to go on the terrace of the museum and see the entire city from there.
I also have decided to answer the age old question of “How long will my converses last?” If you haven’t asked this it’s because you haven’t used your converses as much as I have. I wear them until I walk out of them, that includes a pair that had holes worn into the bottoms of the shoes and I still wore them after my mom bought me new ones for a christmas present (I wore them until Mother’s Day of this year when I decided I couldn’t go outside with them because the holes were too big and let rain in).
So far on this trip I’ve walked a grand total of 73,859 steps in four days… FOUR DAYS! My app (Pacer for anyone curious along with my roommates fitbit) says I’m 99.1% more active than other users…Gee I wonder why…
So I’m probably going to walk out of these converses sooner than my other pairs, seriously, one pair lasted four years. From my junior year of high school to the middle of my junior year of college. So I’ll keep you posted on that. I’m also totally going to start the hashtag of HowLongWillMyConversesLast. So join me if you so please.
Back to La Boca.
This small tourist place is not only pretty in an artsy sense, but also in it’s own unique way.
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The colors are fun and lively, there are animals running around (dogs chase cats, cats outsmart them and get away).
This town is talked about, shown in photos, and mentioned more times than not when Argentina is mentioned, especially Buenos Aires. There are professional pickpockets I’m sure, and we were advised to leave the area by 6pm (sundown/night) because it can get a little sketchy…But I digress. We all managed to find something, or discover something we thought would make a great souvenir. Unfortunately, we went late in the day and most stores were closing. But we made the most of it.
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Most managed to find Argentina Jerseys for pretty cheap, about 200 pesos with the lowest being 120 for two (they were large so the boys took them). I saw flag patches, you know the ones people sew into their denim jackets and stuff, which I’ll sew into my backpack to show where I’ve been. I got one today, but not from La Boca as they didn’t have any of Argentina when I was there. I got lucky and found it on Florida.
The shops are obviously the most visited place, but I think the Museo Benito Quinquela is underrated. It’s filled with beautiful art by Benito Quinquela and by other local artists. With an incredible terrace, which even if you don’t like art, but love to take pictures, you should venture to. There is a fee for the museum, so maybe that’s why people don’t visit, but I’m glad we did. I loved the paintings and the view.
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And don’t get me wrong, La Boca had great art all on it’s own.
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But nothing can beat the view from the top of La Museo Benito Quinquela.
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So I don’t know about you, but I would chose the museum again and then go to La Boca for the tourist stuff and souvenirs. Museums should never be passed up. They hold some of the greatest reminders and inspirations we can offer to others. Even those from other countries.
Onto the next adventure, wherever we go and however far my converses will go with me.

The beginning of my Argentina Adventure

I took off for Argentina last Saturday (18/6/16) leaving my friends, boyfriend, family, and life behind. Most would tell you about the tears shared with family and the well wishes prior to send off but I can’t. My family and friends didn’t share a tearful good bye. Instead they wished me well and to learn a lot, in fact they didn’t even go with me into the airport. My parents had to go to a wedding which occurred a few hours before take off a couple hours away, my sister and brother in law dropped me off and left, and I visited very few friends before leaving.

I was alone, and I wasn’t scared like I thought I would be. Though I should clarify I was worried my suitcase wouldn’t make it to Argentina with me and I’d have to pay a new wardrobe upon arrival, but it arrived!

I was alone until my layover in Peru, where I met up with the others I would be studying with while in Argentina. I found three of my soon to be best friends (living together for two months can do that to people, right?)

I quickly met up with others of my group and we spent the next few days getting acclimated. We wandered around Buenos Aires, near la Casa Rosada and the Cathedral, and then around the streets of Florida, Lavelle, and other streets in the area.

We saw some political posters in the Plaza de Mayo.

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We saw the Casa Rosada (where the president works!)

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I feel the need to mention we were here for Flag Day (this is a big deal for them unlike the United States!) because it’s one of their days of independence, there’s two.

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We ventured into the Cathedral to see the tomb of San Martin.

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We say the Plaza de Mayo, where every Thursday, the mothers of the disappeared, protest for those kids were “disappeared” between 1976 and 1983. We will be going next Thursday to see them and what happens so I’ll update for that.

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We saw the obelisco de Buenos Aires.

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We found the BA hedge and proceeded to take a selfie

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Then wandered back to Palermo, via the Subte, and made it back to sleep for the night. All to do it again the next day.

On to the next adventure in Argentina!

Bienvenidos Argentina!

So I’m leaving for Argentina soon, and when I say soon, I mean tomorrow… Wow that came up really fast. Anyway, I’m all packed. My parents won’t be at the airport with me as they have a family wedding to get to and my sister is dropping me off, then I’ll be on my own for my first trip abroad. Exciting.

I’ll be gone for 7 weeks, travel to Buenos Aires, Misiones (Argentina), Rio (Brazil), and possibly a few other places. I’m hoping at least Paraguay in colonias, but we will see.

So for 7 weeks (in Argentina’s winter and preparing for the warm weather of Misiones and Brazil) here’s what I packed:

  • A lot of underwear (I have packing cubes and filled one with underwear. I’ll never run out of that)
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • 5 sweaters
  • One nice shirt and a cardigan to go with it
  • One jacket (medium weight)
  • One dress (I was told to bring nice clothes or I would have left it at home because I don’t wear them often)
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • My converses (I wear these everywhere) – one pair
  • One pair of boots (for when it enviably rains)
  • One pair of flats (again I was told to bring nice clothes so sneakers wouldn’t have been a good idea)
  • One pair of Flip-Flops for warm weather
  • Toiletry things
  • A kindle (I like reading on long plane rides-Charger also was packed)
  • My laptop (and charger)
  • My camera (again charger)
  • 2 towels (I was told to bring my own)
  • 5 washcloths (obviously needed since I had to bring towels)
  • Any prescriptions (though I forgot advil so that sucks) and insurance card from my school.

I packed all of this in one suitcase, a backpack and a Travelon purse that I carry with me everywhere I go. How? BUNDLE PACKING! Saved my life and space in my suitcase. 10/10 recommend if you can unpack once you get somewhere. Not recommended for backpacking though. It would be an inconvenience in every since of the word.

Announcing Sara Schoen’s New Release: Rebellion Project and a Signed Paperback Giveaway

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by Sara Schoen

“This book started out kind of slow and rough but then had me in tears while connecting me to the protagonist plight of wanting to be free and understood. Seriously I was caught crying and it was not pretty. The story deals with bullying, self improvement, trust, family and making amends, oh and of course finding love.” – 5 stars from Avid Reader

A new YA Romance has just released and been raved about. Rebellion Project, hit #9 in hot releases and #65 in contemporary romance on Amazon!

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Lauren Scott has always been tormented by her peers for being a good girl…

She is viewed as the golden child by her parents—following their rules and allowing them to make all of her life decisions. But after a lifetime of walking the straight and narrow, Lauren feels as…

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