Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

It is almost July, and I have no idea where all the time has gone this year.  It seems like I have been going since the first of the year and if I am honest, I need a break.  I wish I had the time to take a few days off of work and relax but because of the days I take off my infusion, I don’t have the time to take a day off where I don’t have anything to do.  I guess it could always be worse, and at least I have a job and health insurance.  Anyway,  let’s just get right into the links from this past week.

My Father’s House by Rose Chandler Johnson

Lao Tzu – Quote Of The Week

Medical Judgement by Dr. Richard Mabry

Adoption Thoughts- A Hard Year

Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano

Top 10 Vacations I Want To Take-Writers Workshop

Those are all the posts from this past week.  I hope you all had a great week, and I will see you back here next week for more reviews.

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Top 10 Vacations I Want To Take-Writers Workshop

Top 10 Vacations I Want To Take

This week I wanted to write about ten vacations I want to take for the writer’s workshop.  Now when I say that there are places on this list that I don’t know if I will ever make it too because the thought of flying makes me super nervous.  Let’s get on to the list of places I would love to visit.

  1. New York City, New York-The first place I would like to explore is New York City.  I am sure after a few hours I would be overwhelmed by all the people, but I do think it is something that everyone to experience at least once in their life.
  2. Ireland-Six or so years ago I got into Celtic Thunder and because of that, I have wanted to go and explore Ireland.
  3. Yellowstone– I have been to Yellowstone so many times, and it is still one my favorite places to go on vacation.  I can’t get enough of it, and I hope that in the next few years I will be able to go back.  Even though I have been there so much, it changes so each time you go so even though I went a few years back I know will be totally different.
  4. Australia- I do have family that lives in Australia, and it is a place that I hope one day I can go and explore the entire country.
  5. England- I want to explore all of the historical sites and things like that.  There is so much history in Europe, and I hope that I can explore it all one day.
  6. Orlando, Florida-Last week I wrote that I want to go to Orlando so that I can go to all of the amusement parks that they have there.
  7. California- I want to go here because I want to visit all the amusement parks that they have.  I also would love to go to the San Diego zoo again because when we went there when I was younger it was raining so we didn’t get to see much because of the rain.
  8. Hawaii- I have always wanted to go to some place like Hawaii because I would love to live in a tropical environment because it seems nicer than Utah’s weather and I would love to live in a place where it doesn’t snow.
  9. Scotland- The reason I want to go here is the same reason I had for going to Ireland & England.  Europe is full of history and has tons of places I want to explore.
  10. Michigan- Back in 2003 my Grandma and I took a two-week vacation in Michigan and ever since then I have always wanted to go back and see what else I can find and see.  I can’t say enough good things about Michigan.  Everything about that state was amazing, and I hope I can go back one day soon.

Those are the ten places I would love to visit.  I have written a post like this before, and as I was looking back at that post, I realized that the places I wanted to haven’t changed in years.  If you want to check out that post, you can click here to read that post.  Where is one place you could love to visit?

Here are all the prompts for this weeks writer’s workshop in case you want to join.
1. Throwback Thursday: Choose a photo from a previous June and write a poem or a blog post.
2. Create a summer playlist and share it.
3. Share a lesson you learned from your Father that still sticks with you to this day.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: won
5. Share a side by side of your child’s first and last days of school. What has changed?
6. List 10 vacations you wouldn’t hate taking.
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Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano

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FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano was a book that I surprised by how much I liked it in the end. When I started the book, it was one that I didn’t want to put down until I was at the end of the book. This isn’t a book that I would usually pick up but once again I am glad that I did because in the end I enjoyed the story and I am for sure going to check out other books by this author in the future. I enjoyed the characters and the setting of this book. I am not usually into YA books but like I said I enjoyed this book. It is one that I am sure most people would enjoy, and it is a super easy read as well.

Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano

About The Book

John “Smoke” Conlan is serving time for two murders but he wasn’t the one who murdered his English teacher, and he never intended to kill the only other witness to the crime. A dangerous juvenile rehabilitation center in Denver, Colorado, known as the Y, is Smoke’s new home and the only one he believes he deserves.

But, unlike his fellow inmates, Smoke is not in constant imprisonment. After a near death experience leaves him with the ability to shed his physical body at will, Smoke is able to travel freely outside the concrete walls of the Y, gathering information for himself and his fellow inmates while they’re asleep in their beds. Convinced his future is only as bright as the fluorescent lights in his cell, Smoke doesn’t care that the “threads” that bind his soul to his body are wearing thin-that one day he may not make it back in time. That is, until he meets Pink, a tough, resourceful girl who is sees him for who he truly is and wants to help him clear his name.

Now Smoke is on a journey to redemption he never thought possible. With Pink’s help, Smoke may be able to reveal the true killer, but the closer they get to the truth, the more deadly their search becomes. The web of lies, deceit, and corruption that put Smoke behind bars is more tangled than they could have ever imagined. With both of their lives on the line, Smoke will have to decide how much he’s willing to risk, and if he can envision a future worth fighting for.

Elle Cosimano

About The Author

Author of NEARLY GONE, NEARLY FOUND, HOLDING SMOKE, and THE SUFFERING TREE (Disney*Hyperion, 2017). Represented by Sarah Davies of The Greenhouse Literary Agency.

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Adoption Thoughts- A Hard Year

 

Adoption Thoughts

I wanted to do another post in my adoption thoughts series because I haven’t done one in awhile.  If you want to read any of my past posts in this series, you can click here to check them out.  This post is going to be about how hard this year has been since I

July 7th will mean that eleven years has gone by since I placed my daughter for adoption.  I can’t believe it has been that long since I had her.  I have found myself thinking more and more about her this year, and I think that is because I had to put Alley Cat to sleep earlier this year.

I have always said that Alley was my replacement baby, and now that she is gone I can’t stop being taken back eleven years.  There are some days that it seems like it all just happened a few days ago.  I can still remember all the feelings and how I felt the moment I handed her off to her parents.

I feel like I just can’t wait for this year just to be over so that I won’t have to think about it anymore.  Even as I type that, I know that just because her birthday passes it won’t just go away.  I know that only time will make it not hurt as much, and I hate waiting for time to pass because it seems to take forever.

There isn’t anything that I want to say other than that I am struggling with everything this year.  I just want to go to sleep and not wake up until the middle of July.  I know that it won’t make it better or make it hurt less, but I hope that by getting the thoughts out of my head and written down will help me deal with it all.  That is all I have to say, and I am hoping to have another post about adoption up on her birthday.

*I did write a post earlier this year about saying goodbye to Alley so if you want to check that out, you can click here to read that post.
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Medical Judgement by Dr. Richard Mabry

Medical Judgment Richard Mabry

FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

Medical Judgement by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. was a good book but not my favorite one by this author. I had a hard time getting into the book for some reason but even when I say that I still enjoyed most of this book. I had a hard time connecting with the characters in this book which made it hard for me to care about the things that happened to them. I love this author writing, and I loved that his books are all medical thrillers. So even though I wasn’t a huge fan of this book is was still a good book and one that I would recommend to anyone who loves medical thrillers as I do.

Medical Judgement by Dr Richard Mabry

About The Book

Medical Judgment (Abingdon Press, May 2016)

Dr. Sarah Gordon lost her husband and daughter. Now she’s about to lose her life.

After losing the two people she loved the most, Sarah Gordon doesn’t think life could get worse. But, after a fire in her garage is ruled an arson, she begins to realize someone is after her—and that person wants to see her dead. But first, they want to see her suffer.

Her late husband’s best friend, Kyle Andrews, and a recovering alcoholic detective, Bill Larson, are trying to solve the mystery before it’s too late, and they’re both trying to win her heart, too. Not only does Sarah feel torn between two men, she also feels as though she cannot trust anyone.

With creepy threats that become more and more sinister, Sarah finds herself in constant fear, but even the best home alarm technology won’t protect her. Who is doing this, and why are they after her?

Dr. Richard Mabry

About The Author

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.

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Lao Tzu – Quote Of The Week

Quote Of The Week

This week’s quote is by Lao Tzu-Laozi.

Lao Tzu-Laozi

There isn’t much I can say about this quote because I agree one hundred percent with it.  I always have music playing because I can never get enough of it.

What do you think of this week’s quote by Lao Tzu-Laozi?

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My Father’s House by Rose Chandler Johnson

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FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

My Father’s House by Rose Chandler Johnson was a book I wasn’t sure if I was going to like when I started it. I always hate when I am not certain if I will like because I hate forcing myself to read books that I don’t like but let’s get on to this book. By the end of the first chapter, I didn’t want to put the book down. I did feel so sorry for Lily, and I had to keep reading because I had to know how things worked out for her in the book. I love that this book covered a good amount of time, but it wasn’t super long and didn’t leave me feeling like things were rushed or as if things were missing in the story. I have read other books that they cut things out to keep the book shorter, but they didn’t in this book, and I loved that about it. I felt terrible for Lily most of the book, and I think that is because I can see a lot of myself in her. If you love books that seem like they are real stories than you need to pick this book up because it is one that I could see happening.

My Father's House by Rose Chandler Johnson

About The Book

My Father’s House (March 2016)

Growing up, life is idyllic for Lily Rose Cates due to one constant — her father’s love.

But in her sixteenth summer, all that changes without warning. There begins Lily’s struggle to find herself and the life she’s lost. . . . Marriage promises fulfillment, but her happily-ever-after barely survives the honeymoon. Her husband’s sophisticated façade hides a brooding man with even darker secrets.

When all illusions shatter, Lily must make hard choices — abandon her husband or risk losing much more than her marriage. She flees their home in Detroit and sets out on a fearful journey to a house in Georgia that her husband knows nothing about. This is one woman’s compelling tale of love and survival as she finds her way back home to who she’s meant to be . . . in her father’s house.

Rose Chandler Johnson

About The Author

Rose Chandler Johnson is the author of the award winning devotional God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments. My Father’s Houseis her first novel. She happily makes her home near Augusta, Georgia.

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Weekly Wrap-up

Weekly Wrap-Up

Another week has come to an end which means that it is time for another weekly post.  Let’s get straight into the links from this past week.

Joseph Brodsky-Quote Of The Week

Dawn At Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd

Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman

7 Things I Would Rather Be Doing This Summer

Those are all of the post from this past week in case you missed any of them.  I hope I will see you back here next week!

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7 Things I Would Rather Be Doing This Summer

7 Things I Would Rather Be Doing This Summer

I wish that I was a child again because I would love to have the whole summer free.  I hate that because I am an adult I get stuck having to work all summer long.  I think everyone should get a few weeks off each so we can do something fun.  If I did get a break, these are the seven things that I would rather be doing.

  1. I would love to go to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.  It is one of my favorite places to go, and it changes all the time.  We used to go all the time when I was growing up, and it is something that I miss.  Even though when we went the last time, I couldn’t do some of the hikes and what not because of the MS.
  2. I would love to have two weeks off that I could do nothing but read. I would love to be able to pick a few books of my own or even read some of the ones I have found over the years but never had any time to read.  ( I might just take a break because I am dying to finish the 3rd book in the Divergent series.  I started it, but I haven’t had time to finish it, and I have to know how it ends lol.)
  3. I would love to go to a different country on vacation and get to meet new people and explore new places.
  4. I would love to go to Florida and go to all the parks that they have in Orlando.
  5. I would also like to take time off and catch up on all the movies I had missed over the past few years because I never have the time or energy to go and see them when they came out.
  6. I would love to be able to sit at home and do absolutely nothing all day long.
  7. I would also love just to get in the car and take a road trip somewhere.  I am a huge fan of taking road trips because I like to find and see new places.

Those are seven things I would rather do this summer instead of having to work all summer long.  What would you like to do if you could do anything you wanted to do?

I got the idea for this post from Mama Kat.  If you are looking for things to write about you can click here and get some great ideas.
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Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman

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Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman wasn’t the right book for me. When I first started reading this book, it reminded me of the book “Defending Jacob by William Landay” even though they aren’t about the same things the writing reminded me of that book but that is about all because I found myself getting lost in all the details. I couldn’t sit down and read this book for extended periods of time because I got distracted and just couldn’t keep my focus on this book. I am sure this book will be great to some people but for me it just bored me, and I couldn’t wait until it was over.

Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman

About The Book

A tour de force about three friends affected by a campus murder, for readers of Donna Tartt, Meg Wolitzer, and Jeffrey Eugenides

Georgia, Charlie and Alice each arrive at Harvard with hopeful visions of what the future will hold. But when, just before graduation, a classmate is found murdered on campus, they find themselves facing a cruel and unanticipated new reality. Moreover, a charismatic professor who has loomed large in their lives is suspected of the crime. Though his guilt or innocence remains uncertain, the unsettling questions raised by the case force the three friends to take a deeper look at their tangled relationship. Their bond has been defined by the secrets they’ve kept from one another—Charlie’s love and Alice’s envy, Georgia’s mysterious affair—and over the course of the next decade, as they grapple with the challenges of adulthood and witness the unraveling of a teacher’s once-charmed life, they must reckon with their own deceits and shortcomings, each desperately in search of answers and the chance to be forgiven.

A relentless, incisive, and keenly intelligent novel about promise, disappointment, and the often tenuous bonds of friendship, Bradstreet Gate is the auspicious debut of a tremendously talented new writer.

From the Hardcover edition.

Robin Kirman

About The Author

ROBIN KIRMAN earned a BA in philosophy from Yale College and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, where she served as a writing instructor in the English department. Robin lives in New York City and Tel Aviv.

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