Monday, February 27, 2017

Touch of Frost Reread Review



My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy; a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why; especially since I should have been the one who died... 

I enjoyed this book on the first read but not as much on the second read, not a book that I will be keeping for my bookshelf.  It is a decent read though if you like YA fantasy.

The Gratitude Project

February 20, 2017

- having weekdays off, always nice
- extra days home with the kids

February 21, 2017

- having a doctor who cares
- quiet children

February 22, 2017

- getting to clean my house
- clean laundry

February 23, 2017

- juice delivery

February 24, 2017

- all the energy that I have felt since starting my new diet

February 25, 2017

- getting to go for fun walks downtown

February 26, 2017

- finishing my first Stepbet


Friday, February 24, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things: February 24, 2017



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

This week I am celebrating learning new things, which is always a good thing.

I am also celebrating signing Cat up for another year of karate.  I am happy for her that she has found something that she loves so much.



What are you celebrating this week?


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

My Favourite..... SciFi Novel



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

My favourite SciFi book is a super easy one.  I read this book ages ago and though it is long overdue for a reread it stands out in my mind as being a favourite.  I far prefer older Scifi to newer stuff, there is something slightly chilling about it all.  


The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known.

What is your favourite SciFi novel?  Have any I should add to my TBR pile?

Sprinkled With Love Book Blast



Sprinkled with Love by Jennifer Faye

What does one do with a matchmaking cat named Romeo?

Spirited and beautiful, Jillian Parker is one of Marietta’s newest business owners. Still, her mother worries about Jillian’s bare ring finger. So in order to give her mother something else to fuss over, Jillian adopts a cat named Romeo. He turns out to be anything but a docile lap cat.

One snowy night, Romeo makes a break for it. With Jillian right on his heels, they have a near miss with a passing pickup driven by Avery Wainwright, one of Jillian’s closest friends. A rodeo accident has the sexy cowboy returning home to recuperate, and he’s not happy about it.

So when Avery finds himself lassoed into the Bachelor Bake-Off, he turns to the one person who has always helped him out—Jillian. But will teaching him to take chances outside of the show ring have them both discovering that their feelings for each other run much deeper than they ever imagined?





EXCERPT:

What in the world? There was something in the road. Avery tramped on the brakes. He squinted. Between the falling snow and the long shadows of evening, he was pretty certain it was a person.

The pickup hit a patch of black ice. Though he hadn’t been going very fast, the vehicle refused to stop.

Avery’s heart slammed into his ribs. “Move!”

It wasn’t like the person could hear him, but he felt as though he had to do something to gain their attention. The distance between them was shrinking with every beat of his heart.

Five feet.

Four…Three…Two…

And then the truck slid to a stop.

The breath that had been trapped in Avery’s straining lungs rushed out. The surprise, worry, and fright all ganged up on him. In turn, anger pumped in his veins. What had this person been thinking to run out in front of a moving vehicle?

He threw the pickup into Park. Ignoring the pain from his injured leg, he alighted from the truck. “What do you think you’re doing? I almost hit you—”

“You almost hit my cat.”

He immediately recognized the female voice. It was Jillian. What in the world was she doing in the middle of the road in the dark?

With his heart still pounding, Avery stepped around the front of the idling vehicle. A cold breeze rushed past him, but it wasn’t enough to cool his temper. “Do you know how close you came to getting hit?”

“I had to save Romeo.”

Avery shifted his weight to his good leg. “Who? I thought we were talking about a cat.”

“Romeo is a cat.” Jillian stepped in front of the pickup’s headlights and then she lowered her hood.

His next words stuck in his throat. He hadn’t seen Jillian since his brother and sister graduated high school eight or so months ago. Since then he’d been in Marietta infrequently, spending all of his time going from one rodeo to the next.

How was it possible that Jillian had grown even more beautiful? Her long hair was like spun gold and her ivory complexion was flawless. One of the things he admired about her was how she didn’t hide her beauty behind a bunch of makeup. Sure, she wore a little, but not too much.

And this was the first time he’d been alone with her since she’d worked for him. Normally, he had no problem speaking to her, but suddenly things felt awkward. What was up with that?





Author Jennifer Faye

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

Now living her dream, she resides with her very patient husband, amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter is off chasing her own dreams) and two spoiled cats. When she's not plotting out her next romance, you can find her curled up with a mug of tea and a book.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

The Gratitude Project

Another week another list of what I am grateful for.

February 13, 2017

- being able to surprise my kids with cool things
- football

February 14, 2017

- having the will power to say no to the cupcakes
- friends

February 15, 2017

- short line ups at the bank

February 16, 2017

- knowing when to step back and take a break

February 17, 2017

- getting to try new recipes

February 18, 2017

-work days that pass quickly

February 19, 2017

- family outings

The Rise of Miss Notley Book Blast

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The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachael Anderson

When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow. The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he dare offer her the position of housekeeper or will doing so result in catastrophe?





Excerpt

Cora nodded and followed Mr. Ludlow into the parlor. He closed the doors and stood in front of them with his arms folded, looking far more intimidating than he had during their last meeting. He said nothing, merely lifted an inquiring eyebrow and waited.

Caught unprepared, Cora stared at him, trying to organize her thoughts into words. After a few moments of awkward silence, he lost patience. "What is it you wished to speak with me about, Mrs. Notley? Or are we to stand here staring at each other all afternoon?"

Not knowing how else to begin, Cora blurted, "Why have you hired me, sir?"

He blinked a few times before frowning. "I believe I have made that perfectly clear. You are to be the housekeeper, are you not?"

This was going to be more difficult than she had imagined. "Yes, of course, but there has been some talk about, or rather concerns expressed . . ." How did one put this delicately?

"About . . .?" he prodded, obviously not thrilled that his morning regime had been waylaid.

"About the reasons I have been offered the position," she quickly said, hoping that would be enough to make him understand her meaning.

Unfortunately, his brows drew together in confusion. "What are you saying, Mrs. Notley? I have hired you to do certain duties that will hopefully make my household run more smoothly. What other reason could I possibly have for offering you the position?"

"You have hired me to do a job I am untrained to do," she said. "While I am grateful for the opportunity, I also find it necessary to clarify that I have come here to be a housekeeper and only a housekeeper. Even though I am young and . . ." Her voice drifted off. Had she almost referred to herself as pretty? Goodness, this was proving to be very awkward indeed.

"Beautiful?" he finally guessed, not looking at all pleased with the direction the conversation was taking.

"I was going to say not repulsive," she fibbed.

"Very well," he said. "Even though you are young and not repulsive . . ." He moved his hand in a circular gesture, urging her to finish her thought.

Cora straightened her shoulders and forced herself to continue. "I am not the sort of girl who would ever . . . fraternize with her employer." Her face infused with heat, but she forced her gaze to remain steady.

"I see." He walked slowly towards her, rubbing his chin with his hand. A few steps away, he stopped and eyed her quizzically. "Have I made any improper advances towards you?"

"No, sir."

"Have I spoken to you in an unprofessional manner?"


"No."
"Have I looked at you in a way that has made you feel uncomfortable?"

"No." Cora suddenly wished she had not felt the need to clarify anything. He made her feel as though she had put the cart before the horse when what she had been trying to do was see that the cart and horse simply stayed in their proper places. Was that so wrong?

"Might I ask who, exactly, has led you to believe that I am the sort of man capable of—how did you put it? Fraternizing with my help?"

"I, er, would rather not say, sir." Though Cora felt no loyalty towards Sally, she refused to bring Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd's names into the conversation. "I did not mean to besmirch your name or cause any offense, Mr. Ludlow. I merely wanted to make my feelings on the matter clear."

"And you have."

"Good." Cora dropped into a quick curtsy, anxious to get away. "I shall go and find Watts now."
She was almost to the door when his voice stopped her. "Once again, you are attempting to scuttle away before we have completed our conversation."

Slowly, she turned around and lifted her eyes to his. "I never scuttle, sir."

"What would you call that rapid walk of yours?"

"A rapid walk."





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Author Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.




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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

My Favourite......Romantic Moment



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

Happy Belated Valentine's Day everybody!!

I am not an overly romantic person so I am sure that there is tons of stuff that Mike does that other girls would swoon over and I'm like meh whatever.  I know...I have been wracking my brain for a moment for this post and most of the things I came up with I personally did not find all the romantic.

My favourite romantic moments are the ones where he does the little things like rearrange his schedule to take Ace to the orthodontist so that I don't have to kill myself trying to figure it out.  Or make me steak after we just went to a restaurant because I hated my meal.  (that was a really good steak)  Or watch The Princess Bride for the 400th time because I don't want to watch something else.  Gee I am a lucky girl.  

What is your favourite romantic moment? 








Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Book Blast!

WELCOME TO THE VALENTINE'S DAY BLAST! 

We joined together with many Authors to bring you a list of Romance Books available for you to read this Valentine's Day! 

Click on any of the below book covers to be taken to the page that has more information on the novel as well as the Buy Links!

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A Crazy Homecoming - RABT Book Tours

HanksJustice - RABT Book Tours

Rock You - RABT Book Tours

Control - RABT Book Tours
Priceless - RABT Book Tours

Sunset Reads - RABT Book Tours

The Trouble With Falling - RABT Book Tours Breaking Free - RABT Book Tours
The Best Seller - RABT Book Tours

Love Redeemed - RABT Book Tours

All That Glitters - RABT Book Tours

 Beauty and the Recluse - RABT Book Tours
Coed - RABT Book Tours

Sunset Reads - RABT Book Tours

Destiny - RABT Book Tours

Evanthia's Gift - RABT Book Tours
No Trouble At All - RABT Book Tours

Going Against Type - RABT Book Tours

Highland Hope - RABT Book Tours

Lawless - RABT Book Tours
Love By Knight - RABT Book Tours

Love on the Nile - RABT Book Tours

Love of Our Lives - RABT Book Tours

 One Night in Barcelona - RABT Book Tours
Wonderfully Wicked - RABT Book Tours

Waiting For Aegina - RABT Book Tours

Wynter's Bite - RABT Book Tours

Touched - RABT Book Tours
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Planted - RABT Book Tours

One Night In Sydney - RABT Book Tours Careful What You Ask For - RABT Book Tours


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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Gratitude Project

This really does get harder instead of the easier I thought it would get.  Maybe it gets easier in time?

February 6, 2017

- being able to speak my mind
- kindle unlimited

February 7, 2017

- instafreebie (really feeling grateful for free books right now)
- my kids having such a great team at school
- evenings off from work

February 8, 2017

- Ace cooking dinner
- Cat always pushing me to take the extra steps and do the work out

February 9, 2017

- when people to the extra mile to help you out
- when you can make the insomnia work for you

February 10, 2017

- short work days
- that Cat is enjoying karate and sticking with it even though she is not perfect at it

February 11, 2017

- that the guy at the phone place can always fix things
- cat snuggles

February 12, 2017

- snow
- when the kids just want to hang out with mom

Friday, February 10, 2017

Celebrate The Small Things: February 10, 2017



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

Today I am celebrating the temperature not jumping 10 degrees overnight so that I woke up without a headache for the first time this week.  An excellent end to the week.

I am also celebrating FINALLY getting caught up on some off my giant mail pile.  Waking up early without a headache also gave me a chance to get some letters out.  I was starting to feel like the worse pen pal ever.

What are you celebrating?