Monday, February 29, 2016

Motherhood: Hiding place Bathroom, Bedroom Where do you hide?

As a kid the only time I would get to talk with my mom was in the bathroom.  Than again their were 7 of us so fighting for moms time we took it when could get it. So sometimes it was sitting on the bathroom counter talking to her about whatever was going on.
Now that I am a mom the bathroom is my quite time away from the tiny humans who go hunting for me the second I step out of their line of site.
I tried the whole come on in while I take care of business but soon my private bathroom time became lets ask mom 20 questions about what she does in the bathroom to my toddler pointing at my body and asking questions.
Yes some of you might say this is good teaching the kids about how their bodies are different but for me I just needed a few seconds of not being asked questions. I shut the door trusting in the few mins it take to use the bathroom no one would kill, hurt or mane their siblings. Lesson learned ALOT can happens in a few seconds.
My toddler decided he hated the locked door so he would lay his head down and cry as his little fingers appeared under wanting to get in.  It was hard but soon he realized I wasn't coming out until I was done. So he would stand at the door like a little sentry and the second I was out he announced to everyone and yes they would all come running like I was coming for for the first time in weeks.
I learned hiding from my kids for a few minutes a day was heavenly and the best hiding places their bedrooms.  They never came looking for me in their bedrooms Go figure.

In the famous words of my 5 year old (Counting down the days until she is in ALL day Kindergarten)
You never listen to me... WHY don't you listen to me? What do you have to use the bathroom? Why do you always pee? Why do you have to poop. I need you to stop that and listen to me!

Why indeed?

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Book Review: Hot Protector

 Hot Protector by Lynn Raye Harris
Title: Hot Protector

Author: Lynn Raye Harris

Stars: 3 out of 5

There are two story lines I am so tried of reading one when the woman gets pregnant after one hot long night and the second stepbrother romances.
Lynn Raye Harris did a great job of writing and kept the story moving from beginning to end never once causing the reader to get bored. The Romance is hot just like all the others but something was off about this book and I can't quite put my finger on it.
The story moves quickly with an another explosive end and a romance that will last a life time.

If you do not like Swearing, graphic sex, and endless action this isn't your book.
Sent to me for my honest thoughts from the publisher.

 The 10th novel in the bestselling Hostile Operations Team series. Chase “Fiddler” Daniels finds himself on the run with Sophie Nash—the step-sister he loves to hate. Protecting Sophie from a Russian mobster shouldn’t be too hard. Protecting himself from Sophie’s charm? Somehow, that’s a whole lot harder… 

About The Author: 
To be kept up to date about all of Lynn's new books, as well as to receive exclusive content and have the opportunity to enter special giveaways, sign up for Lynn's newsletter here. Or text the word HOTTIES to 33733.

Lynn Raye Harris is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the HOSTILE OPERATIONS TEAM SERIES of military romances as well as 20 books for Harlequin Presents. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award and the National Readers Choice Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former-military husband, two crazy cats, and one spoiled American Saddlebred horse. Lynn's books have been called "exceptional and emotional," "intense," and "sizzling." Lynn's books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

You can learn more at her website,, or come and visit her at her Facebook page: Lynn loves hearing from her readers! 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Book Review: Souther Spirits

Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, #1)
Title: Souther Spirits

Author:Angie Fox

Stars: 4 out of 5

Although this book is not a genre that I would normally choose to 
read I must confess that I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I was drawn in 
by the brief synopsis that was given with the eBook listing on Amazon. I
 began reading with a jaundice outlook and was slowly drawn into the 
story and the plight of the heroine. It has all of the basic ingredients
 of a light comedic ghost story with a grand finale of a finish. I would
 recommend this book to anyone seeking a light cozy murder mystery ghost
I gave this book a 4 star rating.
I obtained this book in Kindle format from Amazon.

 Thank you Frank for the Reviews

When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability see spirits. It leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town’s bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with.

Ellis Wyatt is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland Tennessee’s finest former citizens. Only some of them are growing restless—and destructive. He hires Verity put an end to the disturbances. But soon Verity learns there’s more to the mysterious estate than floating specters, secret passageways, and hidden rooms.

There’s a modern day mystery afoot, one that hinges on a decades-old murder. Verity isn't above questioning the living, or the dead. But can she discover the truth before the killer finds her?

About The Author: 
 Angie Fox
New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox writes fun, action-packed stories. She is best known for her Accidental Demon Slayer series, about a demon slayer who runs off with her grandmother's gang of biker witches. Angie is also catching a lot of buzz for her new Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries. The first book is called Southern Spirits.

While Angie's characters may be clever and fearless, in real life, Angie is afraid of basements, bees, going up stairs when it's all dark behind her, and (her friends have way too much fun with this one) puppets.

Angie lives in St. Louis, with her football-addicted husband, two kids, and Moxie the dog.

Visit Angie at

Friday, February 26, 2016

Book Review: A Spy's Devotion By Melanie Dickerson

 A Spy's Devotion (The Regency Spies of London #1)
Title: A Spy's Devotion

Author: Malanie Dickerson

Stars: 4.5 out of 5

A truly wonderful historical romance set in London during the 
campaign against Napoleon. It has all of the elements one looks for 
romance of this era, a penniless orphan, dashing war hero, traitors, 
bounders and agnst in both the heroine and hero. But as in all excellent
 stories true love will overcome all obstacles.
I give this book
 a 4.5 star rating with a further NGS (No Graphic Sex) annotation. I 
would buy and recommend this book to my friends.
I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.
 Thank you Frank

In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and tawdriness thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary.

At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?

About The Author: 
 Melanie Dickerson
Melanie Dickerson is a two-time Christy Award finalist, two-time Maggie Award winner, Carol Award winner, two-time winner of the Christian Retailing's Best award, and her book, The Healer's Apprentice, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Melanie earned a bachelors degree in special education of the hearing impaired from The University of Alabama and has worked as a teacher in Georgia, Tennessee, and Ukraine. She lives with her husband and two children in Huntsville, Alabama.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday

Friday, June 28, 2013

Book Review - Beautiful Stranger - Christina Lauren

Beautiful Stranger (Beautiful Bastard, #2)
Title:  Beautiful Stranger
Review:  Wow what can I say about this book….well if you like sex then this is the book for you…lots and lots of it in many, many places.  As I was reading it took a bit of work to find the plot…it was mixed in with so much sex that I was not sure I actually understood what the book was about until after the half-way point and then the plot came clear to me.
This is not what I would call a romance.  With a romance there is a bit of romancing going on before the actual sex…in this book it is slam bam thank you ma’am or slam bam thank you man…it is an equal opportunity book, everyone gets off and everyone gets thanked in the process.  This is more an the erotica side of romance and so beware.  For some of you beware is a call to read (so go for it!), for others it is a book to pass on.
The plot was thin in my opinion, but I don’t think the plot is why people read this type of book anyway.  So that said I guess it is up to you whether to read this book or not, do you like books heavy in sex and light on content?  Then this is the book for you…if not then skip it.  I do love the fantasy aspect of these two authors…always rich and always super hot…if I had a fantasy character I guess that would be it too.  Why not dream big…it all areas…if you know what I mean....wink wink!!!
Publisher: Published April 16th 2013 by GalleryBooks
ISBN: 9781476731537
Pages: 352
Quick Review: I really need to let you decide for yourself
Why I Read It:  Sent by the publisher for review.
Synopsis:  A charming British Playboy. A girl determined to finally live. And a secret liaison revealed in all too vivid color. Book two in the NYT Bestselling series.
Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon's moved to New York City and is looking for excitement without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night's fun. But the manner--and speed--with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup and into her Beautiful Stranger.
The whole city knows Max Stella loves women, not that he's ever found one he particularly wants to keep around. Despite pulling in plenty with his Wall Street bad boy charm, it's not until Sara--and the wild photos she lets him take of her--that he starts wondering if there's someone for him outside of the bedroom.
Hooking up in places where anybody could catch them, the only thing scarier for Sara than getting caught in public is having Max get too close in private.
Christina Lauren 
Author Biography:  Christina & Lauren have been writing all kinds of stories together since 2009. This is not the first erotic romance they’ve ever written . . . but it is the first one under this name. Separated by the pesky state of Nevada, these co-author besties talk several times a day, agree that Ruby Pumps is the best nail polish color ever, and would, if given the choice, spend all day staring at the ocean from the San Clemente pier.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Book Review: High Hand By Curtis James

 High Hand
Title: High Hand

Author: Curtis J. James

Stars: 5 out of 5

I love political\spy thrillers. From first to last page will have the readers wondering more about the geopoliticals around the world. What the readers knows, what they think they know and honestly how we do not know anything. The suspense and unexpected twist will keep the reader hooked. The authors created an amazing story that almost seem plausible.

The characters are well created and you knew what they would do without question. Each one bring the story to its amazing ending that has readers wanting more.

This story is a perfect blend of the questions, answers, suspense and roller coaster ride readers will not want to leave.

Is there a connection between a bomb blast meant to kill the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and a group of prominent men who played poker in Moscow years ago? What is Operation Long Shadow, and what does it have to do with the xWave--a new high-tech device that can receive and transmit data via brain waves? Frank Adams must discover why he and his former poker buddies are being targeted for assassination and finds a surprising ally in his ex-wife, Lisa Hawkes, a brilliant Russian linguist and CIA covert agent, to learn the truth in this international thriller.

About The Authors: 
 Curtis J. James
Curtis J. James is a pseudonym for three distinguished Washington, DC-area professionals: Curtis Harris, a world-renowned cancer scientist; James Rosen, an award-winning political journalist; and James Ellenberger, a former senior official of a national labor union.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Book Review Play To Win by Tiffany Snow

Play to Win by Tiffany Snow
 Title: Play To Win
 Author: Tiffany Snow
Stars: 4 out of 5

The first book in the series had me so excited that I found something fun with just the right amount of romance to the suspense. However by book 3 I really didn't care what happened to Sage she must have broken a mirror and didn't know because she was endless danger. The Sage I met at the beginning of the series isn't the same Sage at the end. I get she went though a lot but I was hoping the author would keep some of the fun she created in the first book.
The Men of the series did change from the first and second book but Ryker changed the most and he ended up being the man I had hoped for from the beginning. It feels like the author decided to throw Sage under the bus with the typical danger and focus on Ryker and how he develops at the end of the series VS Parker and Sage who stay basically the same.
The twist that happens at the end of the book is the only reason I am giving it 4 stars because I didn't see it coming or I didn't want to see it coming.
Everyone gets their HAE which is way better than what happened at the end of Kathleen Turner Series that had several readers upset.
Its the end of a series but nothing I couldn't have lived without. I do plan to read the next series Tiffany Snow writes because I loved her first three Tiffany Snow Series as well as Blank Slate
I loved Blank Slate and wish for more of that than the love triangles.
AC from Netgalley and publisher for my honest review.

Falling in love with polar-opposite men was an intoxicating ride that nearly ended Sage Reese's life. Now it's time for Sage to decide: Parker, the clean-cut, filthy-rich business magnate . . . or Ryker, the tough-as-nails undercover detective. Her choice? Neither. Because she can't stand the thought of coming between two brothers-in-arms finally trying to repair their friendship.

Yet not everyone feels the same way, including a mysterious woman who's come to Ryker and Parker for help. Sage knows firsthand how hard it is for the two former Marines to resist a damsel in distress. But something just doesn't feel right.

Now there's a danger closing in that only Sage can see, and she intends to do everything she can to protect Parker and Ryker-even at the risk of losing them both.

Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Forever
About The Author:
 Tiffany Snow
 I love to stick with characters over a series of books when I read, which is the same way I write. My first series - THE KATHLEEN TURNER SERIES - includes five books, two companion novels, and features a love triangle. My new series, coming from Montlake Romance December 16, 2014, is the TANGLED IVY TRILOGY, beginning with IN HIS SHADOW.

As for me, I've been reading romance novels since I was way too young to read such things, have an unhealthy obsession for all things Doctor Who, prefer Pepsi to Coke and Absolut to both, think men who drink girly cocktails are wusses, have learned to never stop believing in my beloved St. Louis Cardinals, and can recite the entire scripts of When Harry Met Sally and Apollo 13. George Washington is cool, Bon Jovi still rocks the house, and Bruce Willis is the ultimate alpha-male hero. Most of all, romance never, ever gets old.

Visit my website for more information and special extras.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Motherhood Monday

Last week Doug and I went to Las Vegas for MAGIC in other words Clothing Expo. My parents came to visit bringing there Cocoa a little white Hinze 57 mutt. Very sweet Dog but still a dog and I have two little ones that loves and I mean LOVE dogs and two that are very very scared of Dogs.
 As I walked out the door for my trip I watched as my 2 1\2 year old refused to move from his perch on the kitchen table and 5 year old every so often muffling a cry. I walked out the door ready for my 3 days of not once hearing "Mom!" Or having anyone walk into the bathroom demanding my attention and questioning why I am sitting on the mommy thrown.

Three days of fun, peace and spending over and hour showering and getting ready for my day.

However reality came back as I walked into the door and I had to two very tried looking grandparents as well as a little 2 year old who needed his mommy. The next morning I expected we missed you mom instead I got :
9 Year Old: "No! Why does Cocoa and Grandma and pa need to leave? You came home too early."
7 Year old: "Mom can you go away please we need more time."
5 Year old: "My grandma can't leave she needs me to be loved."
2 1\2 year old: He wouldn't let go of me even to eat breakfast.

Later that day
9 year old: "Mom I think it is time we got a Dog."
7 year old: "I want to name our dog Roise."  (FYI his or her name will be stinky.)
5 year old: "Where is Cocoa? Where is my grandma? Why did you send her away? Don't you love me?"
2 1\2 year old: "Where Papa? Where Cocoa?"

A few things I have learned about being a mom is:
1. Don't take life IE your kids too serious they love me no matter what.
2. Nothing can replace Grandparents and there undying love.
3. No matter what Sleep is never overrated in fact I can never get enough of it.
4. When leaving a 2 year old who is scared of Dogs make sure the babysitters understand they will be carrying said two year old everywhere.

Thursday, February 18, 2016


I thought I had scheduled Reviews for the three days I was at MAGIC in Las Vegas but I forgot to hit save on the schedule button.
MAGIC isn't what you might thing. It is a Clothing Trade Show for Men, Women and Children that happens every 6 months in Las Vegas. Last time I went I was 6 1\2 months pregnant and walked over 6 miles a day looking at all the new styles for men suits and women's clothing. (3 Years Ago)
It is the best people watching you could possible find and more. The fall fashions are very hippie with the pale tones, or dusty tones. Nothing out there and most of your bright bold colors are slowly going away.  As well as workout clothing as every day wear! Wahoo!!
Every part of the country has there own style of clothing and if you think you are an individual in your style trust me you are not!

My parents came to stay with my kiddos so I could get away and enjoy some time off as full time mommy. They already miss them and keep asking when they will be back.  So a Big thanks to Grandma and Papa for loving my sweet babies who love them right back.

I will get reviews back up and posted as soon as I am back from birthday party for my 5 year old and school pick up and homework. Life might have moved a little slower while I was gone but it didn't stop.

Las Vegas is crazy as always and a drunk, fat, stinky, scooter driving Elvis threaten to run over my toes if I took a picture of him without paying.  Yes he tried to run over my toes which were thankfully covered. Oh on the plus you can look at the ground without seeing naked women for sale.  Each hotel pays for the front of the hotels to be cleaned non stop.
However the endless smoking I think took 10 years off my life. YUCK
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Friday, February 12, 2016

Book Review: A Mermaid Called Marissa

A Mermaid Called Marissa
Title: A Mermaid Called Marissa

Author: Georgie Cornwell

Stars 5 out of 5

My daughter who is 7 years old read the book to her 5 year old sister.  These are her thoughts on the book.
Daughter: "Thank you so much mom that book was awesome."
Mom: "What did you like about it?"
Daughter: "Marissa explored her ocean by playing hide and seek and she meets a lots of different animals. Mom did you know Sea horses carry their babies in a pouch? She also met lots of new animal friends by exploring. I love to explore too mom."
Mom: "So did you enjoy the book?"
Daughter: "Yes Mom it is 5 out of 5. Please Review this book and let the author know I loved the book!"
Thank you little one for your love of reading.

A Mermaid called Marissa is a simple story for any child to read or be read to at bed time. The art work is very simple but helps tell a story.

Sent to me for my honest review.


Marissa is a happy young mermaid, spending her days playing with her friends. She loves being surrounded by, and learning about, the many beautiful plants and creatures that share her ocean homeland. Until one day whilst playing hide and seek with her friends, she finds herself in unfamiliar territory and very much alone.


About The Author:

Georgie Cornwell graduated from Birmingham College with a degree in Art and design. After Graduating, Cornwell completed a stint as freelance designer for a well know textiles company.  She currently resides in Bangkok with her Husband

Thursday, February 11, 2016

ThrowBack Thrusday

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Spider Bones - Kathy Reichs

Title: Spider Bones

Author: Kathy Reichs
Publisher: Detroit, MI : Wheeler Pub., 2010.
ISBN: 9781439102398
Copyright: 2010Pages: 306

Quick Review: 4 stars (out of 5)

Why I Read It: I’ve read the rest of hers and wanted to continue the series.

Where I Obtained the Book: Got it at my local library.

Synopsis: Kathy Reichs #1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the FOX television hit Bones returns with the thirteenth riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan. John Lowery was declared dead in 1968 the victim of a Huey crash in Vietnam, his body buried long ago in North Carolina. Four decades later, Temperance Brennan is called to the scene of a drowning in Hemmingford, Quebec. The victim appears to have died while in the midst of a bizarre sexual practice. The corpse is later identified as John Lowery. But how could Lowery have died twice, and how did an American soldier end up in Canada? Tempe sets off for the answer, exhuming Lowery's grave in North Carolina and taking the remains to Hawaii for reanalysis to the headquarters of JPAC, the U.S. military's Joint POW/ MIA Accounting Command, which strives to recover Am
ericans who have died in past conflicts. In Hawaii, Tempe is joined by her colleague and ex-lover Detective Andrew Ryan (how is he?) and by her daughter, who is recovering from her own tragic loss. Soon another set of remains is located, with Lowery's dog tags tangled among them. Three bodies all identified as Lowery. And then Tempe is contacted by Hadley Perry, Honolulu's flamboyant medical examiner, who needs help identifying the remains of an adolescent boy found offshore. Was he the victim of a shark attack? Or something much more sinister? A complex and riveting tale of deceit and murder unfolds in this, the thirteenth thrilling novel in Reichs's cleverly plotted and expertly maintained series (The New York Times Book Review).

Review: It pushed the story ahead and I enjoyed it much more than her last book. Temperance’s relationship with Andrew is still iffy, but they spend more time together. This part of the plot seemed contrived, I can’t see me just jetting off to Hawaii because a friend is there. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to. (Anyone out there need a visit in their tropical paradise?) We got to know her daughter a bit better. Jargon heavy, but she explained most of it for the dummies like me out there.
These books are nothing like the TV show ‘Bones’ but the show is based on some of the characters. I enjoy her writing and I always learn something interesting about the world of forensic work. The twists and turns in her stories are good, and she somehow survives some hair rising events each book.
Author Biography: Kathleen Joan "Kathy" Reichs was born in 1950 and is a native of Chicago. In 1971 she graduated from American University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology, and in 1972 she earned a Master of Arts in physical anthropology from Northwestern University. Reichs received her Ph.D. in physical anthropology from Northwestern University in 1975. She works as a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale in Quebec and has taught at Northern Illinois University, University of Pittsburgh, Concordia University, McGill University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her work as a forensic anthropologist is internationally recognized, as she has traveled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, helped in an exhumation in the area of the highlands of southwest Guatemala, done forensic work at Ground Zero in New York, and so forth.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Book Review: Judgement: A Cassidy & Spenser Thriller #1 (Cassidy & Spenser #1)

 Judgement: A Cassidy & Spenser Thriller #1
Title: Judgement: A Cassidy & Spenser Thriller #1 (Cassidy & Spenser #1)

Author: Carey Baldwin

Stars: 5 out of 5


I picked up this book for free on Amazon because it sounded interesting but soon found other books that took me away from this book. Monday I came across the book again and thought why not.
What kept me from reading this fast moving psychological thriller I have no idea.
From beinging to you the reader is pulled in so many different direction each one darker than the next until the reader and Dr. Cassidy are  discovering the truth together.
Judgement is a captivating story that has everything a reader could want and more in a psychological thriller.
Carey Baldwin paints a very Bones type of relationship between Dr. Catlin Cassidy and FBI agent Atticus Spenser.  There is sexual attraction but the readers are kept waiting as they work together to find a killer. I loved that Agent Spenser was ADD and had difficultly keeping his mind from wondering. Carey Baldwin make the Special Agent very human and not the typical Alpha Male. 
Catlin is struggling as she discovers the truth about her father and her past.

The book can get a little wordy but it makes up for the suspenseful scenes and the very end of the book. 
In a nutshell this book is entertaining psychological thriller and I can't wait for more. 
I still have no idea what a forensic psychiatrist is.

When a coed falls prey to a sadistic killer, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Caitlin Cassidy and Special Agent Atticus Spenser are called in to testify—one for the defense, one for the prosecution. With warring approaches on justice, these two rivals have been butting heads for years—both in the courtroom and out. And at first, this case appears to be no different.

But when a brutal attack leaves the accused man dead and Caity in critical condition, petty differences take a backseat to saving lives. As the lone survivor, Caity knows too much and the killer—a madman calling himself the Man in the Maze—is coming back for round two. Now, Caity and Spense must join forces to uncover the killer’s identity before Caity’s time—and luck—runs out.

About The Author:
 Carey Baldwin
 In real life I'm a mild-mannered brunette. A very nice doctor who happens to write edgy romantic thrillers.

Oh, and before I became a doctor, I used to be a clinical psychologist. I guess that's why writing about psychopaths comes naturally. I still haven't decided precisely what I want to be when I grow up, so you can expect to see me serving up a genre mix.

Here's my favorite recipe:
A dollop of romance + a dash of medicine + a cup of crazy. Fold into a story. Bake until it rises, and voila, you've cooked up a delicious thriller!
First Do No Evil
From Samhain Publishing June 26, 2012

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Book Review: The Isaac Project

 The Isaac Project
Title: The Isaac Project

Author: Sarah Monzon

Stars: 5 out of 5 Stars

A truly well written book with a story line as old as the bible. 
Girl needs husband in order to make her Grandfather happy. So she 
commissions her friend to find her one. This story will tug at your 
heart strings and make you soar with its finale. It is a real pleasure 
to read a book that does not depend on graphic sex scenes to keep the 
readers interest.
I give this book a 5 star rating.
I obtained this eBook from Amazon.
Thank you Frank for the Review!

Becky Sawyer’s life unravels in a single day. Not only does she catch her boyfriend, the man she hoped to marry, lip-locked with another woman, she also receives the gut-wrenching news that her grandfather, the man who raised her, is dying. His last wish? To see her happily married. Heartbroken, Becky seeks inspiration in the pages of the Holy Scriptures. And finds it in the story of Isaac and Rebekah.

If love couldn't keep his parents together, Luke Masterson wonders what will make a marriage last. He decides to steer clear of all women—especially crazy ones like Becky Sawyer, who employs a friend to find her a husband. But when he feels the dogged promptings of the Holy Spirit to move across the country and marry a complete stranger, it seems love has little to do with it anyway.

With commitment their only foundation, and love constantly thwarted, can an arranged marriage find happiness in the twenty-first century

About the Author: 
 Sarah Monzon
 Sarah Monzon is a pastor's wife and a stay at home mom of two small children. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Southern Adventist University. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, The Isaac Project is her debut novel.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday Motherhood

As I have been reflecting how  to make the blog a little more fun I decided to start Monday off with a bang.
  Life as a mom isn't easy and if you think so than you are not a mom.
When I first became pregnant I had everything figured out and how perfect my children would be. Than number 1 was born and I soon learned quickly I wasn't in control of anything. If I got two hour of sleep during the first year of life I was excited. I still question how we made it to his second birthday sane. (It is still in question.)
As I am blogging, reviewing books I hear my kids talking in the other room playing Minecraft. Yes we came to the darkside and no matter how hard we try to leave we are here forever.

Converation between number 1 (9 years old) and number 2 (7 year old).
Number 1: "Listen I want a fish for a pet."
Number 2: "Cool catch me a fish and I will name him Ivy but than I guess that would be a girl."
Number 1: "Thats a good name."
They keep playing talking about the best way at catch a fish and now they love nature.
SCREAM and I leave my compture to see what horrible thing has happened. I find number 2 on the floor crying and I look at number 1 and ask what happened.
 Number 2: "He ate Ivy. I named my fish which means we can't eat it. Remember mom's rule we do not name things we eat otherwise they become real!"
I take Number 1 aside. "Listen catch her another fish and re name it Ivy. Please.
Number 1: "Fine mom!" As number turns back to the game we see one of number 1's dogs is missing. "What did you do?"
Number 2: "You killed and ate my fish. So I killed and ate your dog."

Yup I left the room and simple asked them to work out the problem on their own.  Honestly not sure what to think other than I need to explian we do not live by the rule An Eye for an Eye.

Next week the terror of the modern Toddler and all the havoc two little hands can create.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Book Review: Necessary Risk (Bodyguard, #1)

Necessary Risk (Bodyguard, #1)
Title: Necessary Risk

Author: Tara Wyatt

Stars: 2 1\2

Necessary Risk isn't really a risk at all. Nothing about this book charming, new or even sets its self apart from all the other book in the suspense romance. This book wasn't really all that suspenseful. I really dislike Sierra because she threw herself at Sean only to rejected over and over again. He tells her its because its his job to protect her and can't protect her if they were together.
There were moments of fun dialogue that kept me hoping it would pick up but it just never could deliver.
This book is reminisce of the movie The Bodyguard so if you fell in love with that movie you will enjoy this book.
I will try this author out again because I did like her writing style just not the story.
ARC from Netgalley.

Former child star Sierra Blake is making a stunning Hollywood comeback—and attracting a scary amount of attention. When her home is vandalized and her safety threatened, she knows it’s time to bring in the professionals. But from the moment she sets eyes on her indecently sexy new bodyguard, Sean Owens, Sierra’s thoughts are anything but professional…

Few things in this world scare Sean—until he realizes he’s in serious danger of losing his heart to his new client. No matter how much he wants to, Sean won’t let his feelings for the smart and gorgeous Sierra get in the way of doing his job. Because as the attacks against her escalate, crossing the line between business and pleasure could get them both killed.

About The Author:
Tara Wyatt
Tara Wyatt is the author of The Bodyguards series, coming in 2016 from Forever Romance. Her debut novel, Necessary Risk, will be published in February 2016. Known for her humor and steamy love scenes, Tara’s writing has won several awards, including the Unpublished Winter Rose, the Linda Howard Award of Excellence, and the Heart of the West. A librarian by day and romance writer by night, Tara lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her dog and husband. Visit her online at, or find her on Twitter @taradwyatt.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ThrowBack Thursday Elegy - Amanda Hocking Book 4 in the Watersong Series

Friday, November 29, 2013

Book Review - Elegy - Amanda Hocking Book 4 in the Watersong Series

Title:  Elegy
Review:  This is book number 4 in the Watersong series and I think it was a good ending to the series as a whole.  The sirens could be really scary at times and creepy at others.  I don’t think I ever liked them even Thea, she was weak and let thing happen instead of doing anything about it…at least until the end and the she did get a back bone…finally. 

Notice the page count and you will see this is a book that will take more than an afternoon to get through.  I think at times it felt long and drug on…I wish Amanda had cut a bit more out.  I found the background interesting, but just too much information that did not seem relevant to the on-going plot line…interesting yes…needed no.  I love long books, but every word needs to hold my attention if I am going to read close to 600 pages in the 4th book in the series.

I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but I enjoyed the series and look forward to Amanda’s next project.  This book took a step up from the teen romance and added sex to the equation which makes me glad my 13 year old is still on the second book and doesn’t read that fast….I would not recommend this series to younger than 15 or so, but we went to a book signing and Cenneidigh insisted she had to read the series after meeting Amanda.

Good series and worth the time to read if you enjoy young adult romance/supernatural.  Mermaids, mythical monsters, goddesses and the like fill the pages and it was fun to escape to a small seaside town to see life from a different point of view.
Publisher: Published August 6th 2013 by St.Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2013)
ISBN: 9781250005670
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 542
Quick Review:  4 stars out of 5
Where did I get the book:  Purchased at Amazon.
Synopsis: Readers won't want to miss the explosive final book in the Watersong series by New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking
Now that Gemma holds the key to breaking the siren curse, the stakes have never been higher. At last, a future with those she loves—and a romance with Alex—is close enough to touch...but not if Penn has anything to say about it. Penn is more determined than ever to have Daniel for her own and to destroy Gemma and Harper along the way, and Penn always gets what she wants. Now a final explosive battle is about to begin, and the winner will take everything Gemma holds dear.
Amanda Hocking
Author Biography:  I live in Minnesota, and I write young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy mostly. The My Blood Approves series is about vampires in Minneapolis, and its available now. I also wrote the Trylle Trilogy, which is a paranormal romance without vampires, shifters, mermaids, fae, angels, dragons, ghosts, or ninjas.
My latest book is Hollowland - a zombie urban fantasy set in the dystopian near future. It's a bit more violent and gritter than my other books, but there is still romance. Mostly though, Remy kicks a lot of butt.
I also enjoy Red Bull, Jim Henson, Batman, Jane Austen, Star Wars legos, and I absolutely hate long walks on the beach out of my intense fear/hatred of wet sand
My favorite authors are Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, Alan Moore, and J. D. Salinger, but I don't write anything like them. I have an obsession with River Phoenix, and I've seen Silence of the Lambs more than any other movie, even The Dark Knight. If I were trapped on a deserted island, the one thing I'd take with me would be a boat capable for taking me home.
I'm also the guitarist in a band called the Fraggin Aardvarks, and even though its even twice as cool as it sounds, we haven't had a practice in like two years, so I'm not sure that technically we are still a band. But we never broke up, and it's an awesome thing to tell people, so I'm sticking with it. (We even had a synethesizer!)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Book Review: A Girls Guide To Moving On

 A Girl's Guide to Moving On (New Beginnings #2)
Title: A Girls Guide to Moving on

Author: Debbie Macomber
Stars: 5 out of 5

A brilliant story of two women who go through divorce and give each
 other physical and moral support. You may say what is different about 
this? Well it is a young lady and her mother-in-law (MIL). The MIL 
divorced her husband after years of acting like she was not aware of his
 numerous affairs. When the young lady becomes aware of her husband 
having an affair she is supported by her MIL. This is a story told by a 
master story teller and by the final page you will feel like you have 
known the characters for years.
Watch them go from heart ache to new found love.
I have rated this book at 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone seeking a heart tugging romance.
I received this ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.
Thank you Frank for this Review! 

 In this powerful and uplifting novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber, a mother and her daughter-in-law bravely leave their troubled marriages and face the challenge of starting over. Leaning on each other, Nichole and Leanne discover that their inner strength and capacity for love are greater than they ever imagined.

When Nichole discovers that her husband, Jake, has been unfaithful, the illusion of her perfect life is indelibly shattered. While juggling her young son, a new job, and volunteer work, Nichole meets Rocco, who is the opposite of Jake in nearly every way. Though blunt-spoken and rough around the edges, Rocco proves to be a dedicated father and thoughtful friend. But just as their relationship begins to blossom, Jake wagers everything on winning Nichole back—including their son Owen’s happiness. Somehow, Nichole must find the courage to defy her fears and follow her heart, with far-reaching consequences for them all.

Leanne has quietly ignored her husband’s cheating for decades, but is jolted into action by the echo of Nichole’s all-too-familiar crisis. While volunteering as a teacher of English as a second language, Leanne meets Nikolai, a charming, talented baker from Ukraine. Resolved to avoid the heartache and complications of romantic entanglements, Leanne nonetheless finds it difficult to resist Nikolai’s effusive overtures—until an unexpected tragedy tests the very fabric of her commitments.

An inspiring novel of friendship, reinvention, and hope, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On affirms the ability of every woman to forge a new path, believe in love, and fearlessly find happiness.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Ballantine Books

About The Author:
 Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 770 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Ten of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2015, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications included Last One Home (March), Silver Linings (August) and Dashing Through The Snow (October) and paperback editions of Blossom Street Brides (March), Love Letters (July), and her Christmas novel, Mr. Miracle (October). In addition to fiction Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

Macomber’s beloved and bestselling Cedar Cove Series became Hallmark Channel’s first dramatic scripted television series, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, which just completed its third season at #1 on Saturday nights. In addition, Macomber’s upcoming Christmas novel, Dashing Through the Snow, will be made into an original movie premiering on Hallmark during the 2015 Christmas season. The Hallmark Channel has produced four other successful Christmas movies based on Macomber’s bestselling Christmas novels, Mrs. Miracle, Call Me Mrs. Miracle, Trading Christmas, and Mr. Miracle.

Macomber owns two businesses in Port Orchard, WA, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove series. These include the Victorian Rose Tea Room, featured in the Cedar Cove series, and A Good Yarn Shop, introduced in her popular Blossom Street novels. They are located on the Village Square campus, which also serves as Debbie’s corporate headquarters.

She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and her husband Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington and winter in Florida.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Book Review: The Flood Girls

 The Flood Girls
Title: The Flood Girls

Author: Richard Fifield

Stars: 3.5 out of 5


 I liked the premise of this book but was disappointed in the 
presentation. The basic story line was great and well  thought out and 
made for a good story. However, I also thought that some of the 
characters were just too much over the top and played on people's 
perceived expectations of the character's sexual 
I gave this book 3.5 stars in the rating system.
I received this ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.

 Thank you Frank for the Review!!

This snappy, sassy 
redemption story set in small-town Montana is “a wild and crazy debut 
novel by a talented young writer” (Jackie Collins), filled with an 
uproarious and unforgettable cast of characters you won’t want to leave 

Welcome to Quinn, Montana, population: 956. A town where 
nearly all of the volunteer firemen are named Jim, where The Dirty 
Shame—the only bar in town—refuses to serve mixed drinks (too much 
work), where the locals hate the newcomers (then again, they hate the 
locals, too), and where the town softball team has never even come close
 to having a winning season. Until now.

Rachel Flood has snuck 
back into town after leaving behind a trail of chaos nine years prior. 
She’s here to make amends, but nobody wants to hear it, especially her 
mother, Laverna. But with the help of a local boy named Jake and a 
little soul-searching, she just might make things right.

In the 
spirit of Empire Falls and A League of Their Own, with the caustic wit 
of Where’d You Go, Bernadette thrown in for good measure, Richard 
Fifield’s hilarious and heartwarming debut will have you laughing 
through tears. 
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: February 2nd 2016 by Gallery Books

About The Author:
Richard  Fifield
Howdy! Thank you so much for 
checking out my Goodreads author page! My debut novel, The Flood Girls, 
will be released by Simon & Schuster on February 2, 2016. About me? 
Blond hair, blue eyes, six feet tall, Virgo, sober, vegetarian, animal 
rights activist. I won't add any more, because it feels like a dating 
profile! (Although I will seriously consider every marriage proposal 
that should come my way.) Any other questions, please feel free to ask 
me directly! I love to interact with my readers.

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