Friday, October 30, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things: October 30, 2015



Celebrate the Small Things is hosted by Lexa Cain along with wonderful co- hosts Writing Off The Edge and The Cyborg Mom.

This week I am celebrating that I don't have to rush home from work to take the kids trick or treating!  Also that they got to go to the Halloween dance at school last night and have tons of fun.

What are you celebrating this week?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Currently: October 21, 2015

Currently....

{I read Jamie Morrow's Currently every week and I always want to hop on board because it seems like such a fun way to keep you guys updated on the stuff going on in my life so here I am.}

Loving...

Hot coffee on a cold morning, there's nothing better and Mike makes me a coffee to go every morning before work so that I can enjoy it on the walk to drop off the kids.

Reading...

I am reading Ready Player One again in preparation for reading Armada. I know they are not exactly related like that but that's how I like to read.

Watching...

Still watching Sherlock Holmes but I have now added in Jane the Virgin and rewatching Doctor Who.

Listening To...

90's workout playlists at the gym.  I find nothing more inspiring right now that the music I used to listing to.



Thinking About...

Wedding planning!  It's approaching much faster than I would like and we have so little done. :(

Anticipating...

Dinner at my favourite steakhouse on Friday to celebrate the fact that in one year we will be married. 

Wishing... 

That there were more hours in the day so that I could do all the crafting I have on my list. 

Making Me Happy...

That Ace's big toe is not broken.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things: October 16, 2015



Celebrate the Small Things is hosted by Lexa Cain along with wonderful co- hosts Writing Off The Edge and The Cyborg Mom.

This week I am celebrating the fact that we have a balcony now, I hate when the rain wakes me up but I love watching the storms.

I am also celebrating the fact that we got the kids snowsuit purchases out of the way last weekend, I just heard we are in for flurries this weekend.  Eek!

What are you celebrating this week?

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop


When I was much younger than I am now, I loved nothing more that a good "spooky" story.  I spent many nights laying up in bed reading books that were designed to make your skin crawl and leave you with goose bumps.

My personal favourite author for Young Adult Thrillers was and probably still is Christopher Pike.  Twenty years after reading his books some of them still stand out in my mind in perfect clarity.  The top one would be Remember Me.


Something about Shari's story struck a chord with me that has echoed through the last twenty years, as any good book should I suppose. Sadly when I was a teenager I didn't hold on to as many books as I do now so I spend a lot of time hunting to replace the ones I really wish I had kept. (Sweet Valley High anyone?)

I am giving away a $15 Amazon gift card in the hopes that you can use it to buy a book to be loved as much as I loved this one.


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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Currently: October 14, 2015

 Currently....

{I read Jamie Morrow's Currently every week and I always want to hop on board because it seems like such a fun way to keep you guys updated on the stuff going on in my life so here I am.}

Loving...

Fall, so many beautiful colours and the weather is gorgeous.



Reading...

All the books, am going through a reading phase.


Watching...

We just started watching Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett.  Really worth the time.

Listening To...

Pop mixes on Google Play, need happy music right now.

Thinking About...

My health, worried that all this medication switching to control my migraines is adversely affecting me.

Anticipating...

Halloween!

Wishing... 

For nice weather this weekend.

Making Me Happy...

Preparing for Halloween, getting caught up on my pen pal letters.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Castle Collection Blog Tour

Castle Collection (1)


Castle Collection

Sweet & Sassy Anthology: Castle Collection

Readers will be delighted with five sweet, romance novellas in Sweet & Sassy: Castle Collection. In this charming anthology, you will fall in love again and again.

Dangerous Truth by Cindy M. Hogan
All By My Selfie by Jo Noelle
A Savage Ghost by Donna K. Weaver
The Ghost of Dunlow Manor by Paige Timothy
Rose of Sherwood by Kaye P. Clark

DANGEROUS TRUTH
Olivia loves everything about Belgium. So far, her humanitarian trip has gone perfectly--that is, until she sees a picture of a man she thinks is her father in the newspaper. The father who abandoned her family nine years ago without a word.

She tries to forget she ever saw his photo. He's forgotten about her, after all. But soon it's apparent that she can't leave without knowing what happened.

Armed with years of hurt and the help of a gorgeous French photographer, she decides to confront him and his secrets once and for all.

Unfortunately, her father seems determined to keep those secrets hidden. . . and Olivia is one of them.

ALL BY MY SELFIE
While on vacation at McLeod Castle in Scotland, Gwen Mackenzie has nightly dreams of an ancient warrior bound by a curse. During the day, she sees Niall, nicknamed #ScottishBoyfriend. Oh, and can that man rock a kilt! As she gets to know him, she realizes that Niall is the warrior from her dreams, cursed to live as a ghost for the past five hundred years, to see life around him but never sense any of it—except Gwen.

A SAVAGE GHOST
Lia Savage reluctantly puts her dream of opening a dessert boutique on hold to help her dad remodel a castle he’s inherited in Washington State. Soon, a specter targets her younger sister.

Lia enlists the help of Coop Montgomery, the head gardener and her former crush. As they search together for a way to rid the castle of its ghost, the romance she used to dream about with him kindles. But Lia’s gentle giant means to stay in Washington while she’s determined to return to California. She must find the courage to face both the ghost and her future.

With Coop. Or without him.

THE GHOST OF DUNLOW MANOR
Bestselling author Alexis St. John needs an escape, and Nate, her personal assistant, thinks that a trip to a real castle in England will be just the thing. What neither of them planned on, though, was to encounter an actual ghost.

Lady Catherine Dunlow hates the idea of sharing her castle with tourists and does everything she can to chase them out, much to the amusement of her roguish suitor. But when her two newest guests stumble upon a mystery surrounding her death, she decides to let them stay.

With an eternal fate in the balance, Nate and Alexis must move quickly to bring the killer to light before Catherine is trapped forever.

ROSE OF SHERWOOD
Lady Rosamund, Baroness of Ravenswood Manor, is a destitute widow, imprisoned in Nottingham Castle. When the prince declares she must marry the ruthless man who had seized Ravenswood, she escapes with the help of a band of outlaws to Sherwood Forest. Her first love, a battle-worn knight, promises to help her find safety at a convent. Confused and afraid, her heart yearns for love. But are the risks too high?

Excerpt:

The long, high-ceilinged room was almost ready for the prince’s arrival. Fresh-smelling rushes had been laid on the stone floor; new candles had replaced the old. Soot-darkened wall hangings had been taken down. Men on ladders hung brightly-colored tapestries in their place.

Lady Blanche, the sheriff’s wife, sat at the high table overseeing the work. Her pale, blonde hair hung in long braids, entwined with black ribbons. She rested her hands atop her bulging belly. Blanche was the queen bee, and I knew from experience, her sting could hurt.

Blanche stepped down from the dais to confront me. “You vex me, girl. Your flowers may please the prince, but they do not please me. I needed your help earlier.”

I drew in a long breath. “I am not a servant.”

“You certainly look like one. You’ve been out in the sun without a hat; your face is freckled already. And look at your hands! They’re filthy!”

“I am the wife of Sir Godfrey of Anjou, Baroness of Ravenswood Manor,” I said, hiding my hands behind my back.


“Little good that does you.” Lady Blanche snatched the lavender bloom from my bodice and tucked it in her own. “You’re confined to Nottingham Castle until your husband returns. If he returns.”


About the Authors

Cindy M. Hogan is inspired by the unpredictable teenagers she teaches. More than anything she loves the time she has with her own teenage daughters and wishes she could freeze them at this fun age. If she's not reading or writing, you'll find her snuggled up with the love of her life watching a great movie or planning their next party. Most of all, she loves to laugh.

Jo Noelle grew up in Colorado and Utah but also lived in Idaho and California. She has two adult children and three small kids. She teaches teachers and students about reading and writing, grows freakishly large tomatoes, enjoys cooking, builds furniture, sews beautiful dresses, and goes hiking in the nearby mountains.
Oh, and she’s two people, Canda Mortensen and Deanna Henderson, a mother/daughter writing team.

Donna K. Weaver: A wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Navy brat, Army veteran, and karate black belt. Donna is an avid cruiser, having sailed the Pacific five times. She’s lived in South Korea, the Philippines, Germany, and many US states. She and her husband raised six children and currently have nine grandchildren.

Paige Timothy has been writing for as long as she can remember… and probably before that, too, because her memory gets spotty at a certain point. She loves watching romantic comedies, blushes when the characters do something embarrassing, and sighs in all the right places.

Kaye P. Clark was born in New York City, grew up in southern California and raised her family living on remote cattle ranches in Arizona. She now makes her home in Idaho where she works part-time at the county library and teaches art to young children. She’s a mother and grandmother with a very patient husband who puts up with her passion for writing.



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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Currently

 Currently....

{I read Jamie Morrow's Currently every week and I always want to hop on board because it seems like such a fun way to keep you guys updated on the stuff going on in my life so here I am.}

Loving...

Fall and breaking out the cute jackets and boots.

Reading...

Melanie Rawn's Thornlost, I have been devouring this series over the last week and a half.

Watching...

Hindsight on Shomi.

Listening To...

Alternating between War and Peace and Ready Player One on Audible.

Thinking About...

How excited I am not to be cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Anticipating...

Having more time to do crafts.

Wishing... 

Unpacking elves would come and finish unpacking our boxes while I am at work.

Making Me Happy...

The fall leaves, so beautiful.  Hoping to get out and take some pictures this weekend.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Today's List: October 4, 2015

Books I Loved When I Was Very Young:


  • The Wind In The Willows - Kenneth Gramah

  • Jillian Jiggs - Phoebe Gilman 

  • The Babysitter's Club - Ann M. Martin


  • Amelia Bedelia - Peggy Parish

  • Sweet Valley High - Francine Pascal

Book hoarder that I am now I wish that I still had my Babysitter's Club and Sweet Valley books to share with Cat when she got the right age for them.  That little monkey loves to read almost as much as I did when I was small.  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Oct 1, 2015


Throwback to taking Cat to see Mickey's Rockin Roadhouse.  Taking her to see her next musical next month.