Friday, December 2, 2016

Month of Service Little Ways we can increase Love in our families and those Around Us


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Starting December 1st our family is following a list of service we can do for others in our family and outside of our family.
Each day has something easy for everyone from ages 3-99 to be able to do.   Everything from opening a door to telling someone they look nice that day.  Each act of service or kindness helps increase love in our little family.

Every Calendar will be different because every family is different with different ages and abilities.
Last night my husband helped a family move into the area while the kids and I decorated out Christmas tree.  Today at school the kids are making a card for a school staff member thanking them.  I plan to leave a note for a neighbor thanking them for being wonderful neighbors.

Another act of kindness is Introduce yourself to someone new.  This one is wonderful for children because it helps them break out of their shells and group of friends to find new friends who are different from themselves. Another act is say Hello to everyone you meet with a smile.   In this day and age a smile can go along way to help someone who is struggling in life and help them find a small amount of joy.

Give someone an unexpected gift, Make a list of things you are thankful for and posted, Tell your parents Thank you. (Trust me It will never get old.  I am a mom of 4 and I still tell my parents Thank You. Mainly for keeping me alive and loving me at the most unlovable times.)

Help Unload the Groceries from the Car is on December 24th. This one for our family will be a little different it will be help bake cookies and give them to the neighbors.

Small acts of kindness not only help those around you feel love but you will feel an extra hop in your step on the days you want to drag your feet.  We all have those days so push though and think of how your smile might help others.

Please find a Kindness Calendar that works for you or your family. Find the Christmas joy everyone is longing to feel right now.  If you find this changes not only your heart but those around you create a Calendar of Kindness for the year and see what a change it can make in your life and those around you.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Book Review Stalked (ALIAS, #1)

Stalked by Lisa Hughey
Title:  Stalked (ALIAS #1)

Author: Lisa Hughey

 Stars: 4 out of 5

Review: 
Lisa Hughey has always written good Romantic Suspense and this one is equal to all her others. Smart Ass broken Kita goes head to head with rules following Alex to protect one sleazy Judge.
Stalked is a new series by author Lisa Hughey and has potential to be a fun series to follow.
The one things I personally as a reader dislike is sexual attraction or Instra love that involves non stop thoughts of sex because the characters going from depth to superficial making the story almost unbelievable. With the current romantic suspense there is sex scenes which or explicit but personal I skipped it because it didn't add anything to the story. Always it was mind blown changing experience.
The twist where Alex fines more emotional connection and Kita finds a release from stress comes from their backgrounds being so different. 
I plan to read more in this series.

Received Advance Copy from Netgalley. Thoughts expressed are my own.


Synopsis: 
Stalked: Opposites attract, unfortunately. 

Rule follower, Federal US Deputy Marshal Alex Saunders has been assigned to protect a federal judge after the judge receives death threats. This detail is standard until the judge insists on his son’s PR firm provide backup security, which isn’t even in the rule book. But because Alex is already in hot water, he follows orders to keep the judge happy. 

Rule breaker, and former CIA analyst, Kita Kim reluctantly agrees to go undercover, posing as the judge’s aide slash girlfriend, but in return she expects her boss at ALIAS to help her protect an abused woman and her nieces even though technically keeping the children from their father is against the law. 

From the very start, Alex and Kita disagree about everything. But their sizzling attraction continues to grow as the threats against the judge escalate and put them all in danger. Can these two opposites find enough common ground outside the bedroom, or will their diverse philosophies result in disaster? 


Kindle Edition210 pages
Published October 31st 2016 by Lisa Hughey

About The Author: 
Lisa Hughey

USA Today Bestselling Author Lisa Hughey has been writing romance since the fourth grade, which was also about the time she began her love affair with spies. Harriet and Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys later gave way to James Bond and Lara Croft and Jason Bourne. Exploring the complex nature of a profession that requires subterfuge and lies fascinates her. She loves combining her two passions into fiction and hopes you love the results. 

You can find her on the web at http://www.lisahughey.com, or the group blog http://www.pensfatales.com ,on Twitter @lisahughey and on email: lisahughey@pacbell.net , Like her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Hu...

She loves to hear from readers!
Happy reading! 


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Throwback Thursday Inferno - Dan Brown

Monday, December 16, 2013

Book Review - Inferno - Dan Brown

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Title:  Inferno

Author Dan Brown

Review:  Well I had been on the list at the library for months and I finally got the book on a Friday and read it over the weekend.  This is a fast paced book with lots of action that you come to know from this author, but I didn’t really get or care for the subject of all that speed.  Yes…Dante’s Inferno is interesting and everything, but the idea that the super genius is using it to send clues to others on how to sop his deadly plans for the world?  Are we James Bond now?  Really I think the subject could have been better.

I like Landon and the new characters he meets along the way as he tries to stop the end of the world…plaque…who knows…But I really think that the idea of this plague is just plain strange and really?   Sorry but I didn’t get it and yet it was interesting like the rest of this authors books and maybe it has been to long since I have read one that I forgot what silly premises these books are set on.

If you enjoy this author then read the book, just know that the ending will leave you wondering What the Heck happened?  That is about all I can say about this thriller…too bad because it had such a good start.

I will try to find some reviewers that completely disagree with me in the other reviews section.

Publisher:  Published May 14th 2013 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385537858
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 463
Where did I get the book: I picked it up at my local library, I was on the list for months.
Quick Review:  3 out of 5 stars


Synopsis:  In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.
Dan Brown 
Author Biography:   Dan Brown is an American author of thriller fiction, best known for the 2003 bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code. Brown is interested in cryptography, codes, and keys. Currently his novels have been translated into many languages.

Although many see Dan Brown's books as anti-Christian, Brown is a Christian who says that his book The Da Vinci Code is simply "an entertaining story that promotes spiritual discussion and debate" and suggests that the book may be used "as a positive catalyst for introspection and exploration of our faith."

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Book Review: Overwhelming Force (Omega Sector Critical Response #5) By Janie Crouch

Overwhelming Force (Omega Sector: Critical Response #5)
Title: Overwhelming Force (Omega Sector Critical Response #5)

Author: Janie Crouch

Stars: 4 1\2 out of 5

Review: 
I can honestly say I never expect much from Harlequin Romance books. Just a quick easy read with every little substance.
This book not only had substance but a message too. The characters are well developed with a back story that gives readers hope for second chance romances in the real world along with humorous moments.
This is the first book in this series as well as by the author Janie Crouch and I plan to go back to read more by this author.
There is no surprise why the killer is killing and the readers will be given pcies why it is happening but if you pay attention it doesn't take long to figure out why. The story has a great build taking its time making sure you understand each of the characters without making it borning or slowling down the story.
The message is all about how people normal person are treated in the media when the spot light hits them. We tear about their lives, their body types and education. Women are the worst. We tear each other apart treating each other less than equals just to make ourselves feel better.
We demand to be treated as equals in the world but we can't treat each other as equals. How can we expect men to treat us as equals when we can't treat another woman as an equal. 
The only problem I had was in the final as my son would call it boss battle. I had to read it several times to understand what was happening. That is why it is a 4 1\2 instead of a 5. I think it could have been explain better to keep the readre from getting confused.
Advance Copy from Netgalley
Synopsis: 

Despite an illustrious career as a top hostage negotiator, Joe Matarazzo is haunted by the past. It was a year ago that three innocent lives were lost under his watch. But Joe isn't the only one who remembers that day. When Joe's exes begin to fall victim to a violent stalker, Joe seeks the help of Laura Birchwood—a lawyer and the woman he once loved. Despite old wounds, Laura agrees to help Joe find out who's framing him. And while they expect to be met with danger, they're unprepared for passion that still burns strong, and their determination to give what was between them a second chance

Paperback288 pages
Published November 22nd 2016 by Harlequin

About The Author:
Janie Crouch

Nominated for the 2014 & 2015 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award and winner of the Golden Quill for Best Romantic Suspense , Janie Crouch has always loved to read romance. She fell for Harlequin Romances when she lived in Wales, UK as a preteen, then moved on to a passion for romantic suspense as an adult. To be able to write books like the ones she has always loved to read is a dream come true.

Janie recently relocated to an American Army base in Germany with her husband and four school-aged children after living in the Tidewater Virginia area for twenty years. Her "day job" is teaching public speaking and communication at a local community college. When she's not listening to the voices in her head (and even when she is), Janie enjoys traveling, long-distance running, movie-watching, knitting and obstacle racing. 

Check out Janie's updates and more on her website at http://www.janiecrouch.com

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Book Review The Dollmaker (The Forgotten Files, #2) Mary Burton

The Dollmaker (The Forgotten Files, #2)
Title: The Dollmaker  

Author: Mary Burton

Stars: 5 out of 5

Review:

This is the first book I have read by Mary Burton. I will be picking up more of her books in the near future.
The Dollmaker is one of the few books I have read that had me guessing who the killer until the reader finds out. The Dollmaker is intriguing, captivating and suspenseful book I have read in a long time. The boo has a slow build pulling the readers right in keeping them hooked.

Dr. Tessa McGowan and Dakota Sharp’s are very like able characters. I would have loved more of a back story to understand them better. They each had a way of making you trust them as Mary Burton told the story. I couldn't put this book down and I can't wait to read the next in the series.

Twist, Turns, suspense that will keep reader reading and wanting more.
Advance Copy from Netgalley



Synopsis:
Dr. Tessa McGowan had never seen anything quite like it. But the mutilated bodies on her exam table tell a stunningly macabre tale: someone with a twisted mind is kidnapping women and altering their faces to resemble real, life-size dolls. As a forensic pathologist, it’s her job to aid the agent leading the case—even if that agent is her estranged husband.
Twelve years ago an unspeakable tragedy destroyed Dakota Sharp’s world. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, he’s devoted himself to capturing killers. His only regret is that it cost him Tessa. Now, as the Dollmaker case brings them together—and raises his suspicions that he’s crossed paths with this deranged psychopath before—they may just have their second chance. But it seems Dakota’s not the only one who wants to make Tessa his own…
She may be the Dollmaker’s next target, but Tessa has no intention of winding up as another toy on his shelf. Can she and Dakota stop this ghastly killer before his next deadly playdate?
Kindle Edition352 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Montlake Romance

About The Author: 
Mary Burton
Mary Burton loves writing suspense, researching forensic and law enforcement procedure, baking, books, and tiny dachshunds. Not necessarily in that order.

She also enjoys hunting down serial killers, which she does in her New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels of suspense and romance. She’s tracked them down in stories set in her hometown of Richmond, Alexandria, Austin and Nashville that have been praised by readers and reviewers. Her work has been compared to that of James Patterson*, Lisa Gardner** and Lisa Jackson***.

Research is a favorite part of Mary’s work day. She never tires of learning more about police work, evidence collection and analysis, and doesn’t hesitate to take a hands-on approach, whether it means interviews with those working in the field, forensic seminars or lessons at the firing range.

A Richmond native, Mary has lived there for most of her life. She is a graduate of Virginia's Hollins University and worked in marketing before she began writing full time. Her first book was published in 2000 and now she’s the author of thirty-one novels and five novellas, including her contemporary women’s fiction written as Mary Ellen Taylor.

Her new book, The Dollmaker is the second of her The Forgotten Files novels, which began with The Shark. The third, The Hangman, will be published in early May 2017. Her recent bestsellers, the popular Morgan Family novels Vulnerable, I’ll Never Let You Go, Be Afraid and Cover Your Eyes, feature Nashville's preeminent law enforcement family.

When not traveling for research or visiting with readers at bookstores, book festivals and conferences, Mary is very much a homebody. She and her husband spend time alternately enjoying and lamenting their newly empty nest and spoiling their four legged babies Buddy, Bella and Tiki.

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