Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Turkey Day

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Remember to give thanks for all you have and when I say all you have I mean all the amazing books you have read and will read though out the year.

Here is what I am thankful:

1. My faith in God
2. My Husband
3: My children
4: My heath
5: My families Health
6: My ability to read
7: Friends who get my Humor
8: My beautiful Home
9: The Fact I do not Live where there is SNOW! I HATE SNOW!
10: I am grateful for men and women who have willing fraught in wars to keep my family safe.

Fun Fact I have family that came over on the Mayflower. Most are Great Great Grandfathers I have one great grand mother Mary. That is all I have on her name

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Book Review: Witness in the Dark (Love Under Fire #1) by Allison B. Hanson

Witness in the Dark (Love Under Fire #1)
Title: Witness in the Dark (Love Under Fire #1)

Author: Allison B. Hanson

Stars:  3 1\2 out of  5

Allison Hanson fell into the same hole many romance or mystery writer do how to combine romance with a mystery without having one over power the other half of the story. The first half of the story was suspenseful, fast pace and kept readers excited but soon as the romance started the story went from exciting to almost a dead stop. The romance took over slowly down the story to a dead crawl and while the small twist towards the end was fun. I couldn't help but wonder if the last half of the book was written by someone else.
Readers will love feisty Sam who is stronger the more control she is given. Garrett is flat, boring and uninteresting. 
The story falls on too many cliches to make it a 4 star book. The bodyguard, congressman to the ending it all falls into a typical bodyguard stories that lack any true creativity.
Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for the Advance Copy of  Witness in the Dark (Love Under Fire #1).

Deputy Marshal Garrett McKendrick does not get involved with witnesses he's tasked to protect. Especially when his boss has a very personal reason for keeping Samantha Hutchinson alive. Can you say off limits?

But as Garrett battles to keep Sam safe from the powerful and influential people out to silence her—permanently—he finds she's strong, feisty, and willing to risk everything to tell the truth. And totally irresistible. 

Losing everything you know and love might just be worth it to meet an amazing man like Garrett. But when Sam learns he has been keeping secrets from her—big ones—she’s convinced his affectionate words were all for the sake of the job. She sends him packing. But can her new protective detail be trusted? The last team betrayed her to the enemy...

Garrett isn’t about to take any chances. Not with the woman who has stolen his heart.

Expected publication: November 27th 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Amara)

About The Author:
Allison B. Hanson
Allison lives near Hershey, Pennsylvania. Her contemporary romances include paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery suspense. She enjoys candy immensely, as well as long motorcycle rides, and running.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Book Review A Brave Black Regiment by Captain Luis F Emilio

A Brave Black Regiment: The History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 1863-1865 by [Emilio, Captain Luis F.]
Title:  A Brave Black Regiment

Author: Captain Luis F Emilio

Stars: 4 stars out of 5

A very dry book (1891) by the author which details the history of the Black Regiment in which he served during the Civil War. It is not a modern day action adventure but a history book written by someone who was there. There is no sugar coating or politically correct language in the book. Although, I would suppose that, for the time period it was politically correct. It contains the story of Stephen A Ellison who was the first black commissioned officer in the US Army. In my opinion, that alone, makes it a book to read.

I have rated this book 4 stars. I have given it this rating because you will have to be dedicated to work your way through the strictly fact based details.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.

In January 1863 the Union War Department authorized the creation of "a special corps" composed of "persons of African descent"—the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Col. Robert Gould Shaw.
Hundreds of free blacks enlisted. When the 54th Massachusetts spearheaded the suicidal charge against Fort Wagner on July 18, 1863, the regiment was showered with acclaim, but that defining event was not its only illustrious moment.
After the devastating repulse at Fort Wagner left all of the unit's ranking officers dead or wounded, Captain Luis Fenellosa Emilio (1844-1918) emerged as the 54th's acting commander.

About The Author:

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday AHHHHHHH That is me remembering my kids will be home Thursday and Friday from School.

I adore my family in fact I love them to pieces but lets face it as a mom who only gets 3 hours 3 days a week to herself.  It just need me time.
I even begged a friend to go out but she is kid free this week so I can't blame her for not wanting a girls night out. After all if I could have three days just hubby and I wouldn't even turn my phone one.
Each one of us created self portrait. The Red, Yellow Green line was originally the youngest but his sister demand a picture. He is the green one. Everyone helped make the picture. 

Motherhood is hard. Its about putting yourself first and last all the time. It is really hard when I put myself first because I feel selfish but when I put myself last I slowly wear out to the point I am physically, emotionally and mentally sick. Find the balance feels like an impossible task. Pretty much like laundry and never ending.
I was once told a song Give said the little stream is a terrible song because what happens when the stream is empty? You can't keep giving when you have nothing for yourself.

As I reflect on the year it has been a roller-coaster of crazy.
I'm blessed that not one of my kids has broken their body parts even after all the crazy stunts they have pulled. AKA "I didn't push him off my bed I touched him and he fell" Man number 2 daughter will be an amazing lawyer.

I'm blessed to have a dog that help bring down the family anxiety but brings in my allergies than I never thought possible.

I'm blessed to have health insurance that takes care of my families physical and mental health.  Even when it means a I need to take one of the kids in for blood work. It scares me because I HATE NEEDLES. That's right its all about me even though she is getting poked and more blooded taken than I think she has. Man I am going to promise her the world.

I'm blessed to have a beautiful home that my family can kind find peace and harmony in. I'm also blessed my kids feel comfortable enough to bring their friends home. Although its would be nice if those KIDS stopped eating me out of house and home. (I need to bake Chocolate chip Cookies again. Man those kids can shovel them down)

I'm thankful and blessed to have an amazing understanding husband who is able to hold me when a movie I thought would be the greatest of all time sent me into a wave of painful blocked memories.  Yup there is a reason I had blocked those memories. A rough childhood memory but good movie.

I'm Blessed for all the good and I am blessed for all the not so good. Why? Because it shows we how much I have grown personally, physically and most importantly emotionally. I have been able to cry when needed without feeling shame. I have been able to express my love freely without worry.  I am starting to feel so much more comfortable hugging those around me. Not because they need a hug but because I want to show my love for them.

I have been blessed to express my love to my  family which I have found in my friends.  The friends I prayed to God for and he brought them into my life and I can't ever let go. (Totally in stalker type of way. Just kidding.)
Now enough with the sappy.

Have a wonderful week of Thanks and remember with the bad there is good you just need to want to find it.
Always Always Find the Good in the worst of times because it is there.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Book Review: The Sweetheart Mystery (Brash & Brazen #4) by Cheryl Ann Smith

The Sweetheart Mystery by Cheryl Ann Smith
Title: The Sweetheart Mystery (Brash & Brazen #4

Author: Cheryl Ann Smith

Stars: 4 stars out of 5

I jumped into the middle of the series and while most readers can start at book 4 after finishing this book I can't wait to start reading the first in the series.
The Sweetheart Mystery is laugh out loud fun that will have readers smiling. The author descriptions of the different characters is cute and fun which will bring a smile to readers.
The story is a cute blend of mystery and romance which will have readers falling in love with Cheryl Ann Smith Characters wanting to read more. 
The Sweetheart Mystery is a laugh-out loud funny romantic mystery that will bring a smile to readers.

Thank you to Netgalley and Lyrical Shine Publishing for the advance copy

Sure, Harper made a few unsavory threats against her team’s manager—she’d had a few drinks and she despised the skimpy uniform he expected her to wear. That didn’t mean she wanted him dead.  But when the sleazy dude is found murdered in his tighty whiteys, Harper is the number one suspect—and former FBI agent Noah Slade is the one man who can help. Too bad she once told Noah she never wanted to see him again . . .

Noah may have done a number on Harper’s heart all those years ago, but he’s determined to do right by her now. Yet the fiery beauty isn’t the only demon from his past, which makes hunting down a murderer by her side . . . complicated—never mind the powerful attraction still pulsing between them.  Good thing he’s willing to do just about anything to keep from losing Harper again. And an old love just might bring her a new career—assuming she can stay out of jail . .

Kindle Edition1st edition228 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by Lyrical Shine

About The Author:
Cheryl Ann Smith
A fan of historical romance fiction, author Cheryl Ann Smith combines a love of history and all things English to create stories that link both passions.

She lives in Michigan with her family, two cats and a very hairy dog. She enjoys outdoor adventures and traveling, when she has the time, and hopes to make her first visit to England in the very near future.

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