The Shameless Hour

The girl who’s had everyone meets the boy who has no one.


For Bella, the sweet-talking, free-loving, hip-checking student manager of the Harkness men’s hockey team, sex is a second language. She’s used to being fluent where others stutter, and the things people say behind her back don’t (often) bother her.

So she can’t understand why her smoking hot downstairs neighbor has so much trouble staying friends after their spontaneous night together. She knows better than to worry about it, but there’s something in those espresso eyes that makes her second guess herself.

Rafe is appalled with himself for losing his virginity in a drunken hookup. His strict Catholic upbringing always emphasized loving thy neighbor—but not with a bottle of wine and a box of condoms. The result is an Ivy League bout of awkwardness. But when Bella is leveled by a little bad luck and a downright nasty fraternity stunt, it’s Rafe who is there to pick up the pieces.

Bella doesn’t want Rafe’s help, and she’s through with men. Too bad the undeniable spark that crackles between the two of them just can’t be extinguished.

The Author

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Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont. The Ivy Years is her bestselling series. Centered around the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college, The Year We Fell Down began breaking hearts in March, 2014.

There are three novels and a novella in the series so far. See

TheIvyYears for updates. For lovers of angsty snowboarding heroes, Sarina also writes the Gravity series! Coming in From the Cold features a downhill ski racer and one of the most unique plot conflicts in contemporary romance today. Falling From the Sky is book #2, about a freestyle snowboarder who nearly loses his life in the halfpipe.

Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary. She would be honored to connect with you at

The Palm Tree: The Subsistence Of Life In Africa


Palm 9I understand the reason worldwide; many are fighting very hard to protect our environment because all of us depend on the  global ecological system as human beings. Our environment matters so much that pollution and deforestation are discouraged to make life worth living.

Trees for ages provide human beings life’s essentials, such food, oxygen, shelter, tools, and medicine. In Africa and Asia, there is a particular tree called ‘The Palm Tree’ which nothing of it is wasted. The palm tree is indeed a magic tree which may have multiple products than any tree in the world. Because of its multiple products tree plays a major role in sustaining the economy of many countries locally for consumption and internationally through export.

Malaysia and Indonesia dominate world’s production of palm products and in West Africa, oil palm is cultivated in West Africa, especially in Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. How do you classify a tree which produces, two different kinds of oil, palm red oil, and palm kernel oil, broom, soap, margarine, Candle etc.


Stage One: Ripe palm fruits on a tree.

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Stage Two: Rich oil palm fruits.

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Product One: Palm oil beauty products, including soap.

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 Product Two: Palm oil for cooking stew or gravy

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Product Three; Palm Kernel Oil for frying fish, medicine and body oil.

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Product Four: Biscuits

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Product Five: A palm tapper tapping fresh palm wine from the palm tree. Fermented palm wine can also be used to brew fresh sweet flavour home Moonshine. 

Soup 3Cream extracted from palm fruit produces palm nut soup, usually eaten with fufu, mixture of pounded cassava and plantain. This food is mostly eaten in Ghana and Ivory Coast. The picture shows a white lady having a taste.

There are more products the palm tree can manufacture, such as margarine, soap, medicine to ease coughing, body creams and lubricants . The hardcover of the nut is widely used by goldsmiths in a furnace to melt gold and iron ore, because of its high temperature. Palm products are always available at African and Asian supermarkets.

Finally, the branches of a palm tree are also used to produce traditional sweeping broom. Broom sweeps our compound in both villages and our houses. What else can I call the palm tree? It’s truly a magic.

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Children sweeping their compound with locally manufactured brooms in Africa.