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May 2013 Favorites

May Favorites

 It is that time of the month again and here are some of the things I have loved during the month of May.

  • Here are a list of books that I have totally loved during the month of May: Catching A Falling Star, Once Upon A Prince, A Noble Groom, & The Cat That God Sent.  The review on Catch A Falling Star will go live on Tuesday the 4th of June.  If you ever are in need a good book to read let me know because I read pretty much everything.
  • I loved changing up my cell phone case’s often.  I am not sure how many I have but I have tons and I keep buying new ones because they are a good deal.  I am going to do a post in the coming weeks on all of my cases.
  • I had this in my favorites a few months ago but it is still something I use almost all day long and that is my iPod.  I love it even more since my laptop has died and I don’t have access to my music that was on there.
  • I just discovered this song at the end of the month but since I bought the song I have basically had it on repeat and it is pretty much all I listen to.  I have been loving Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.  Here is the link to the music video.   I can’t help but smile when I watch it.
  • I have been loving the new Brown Rice Baked with Sweet Potato Triscuits in the Roasted Sweet Onion flavor.  One I start eating a box I tend to eat the whole thing in just one sitting.  If you have never heard of these click here to see and read about them.

Those are some of the things I loved during the month of May.

What did you love during May?

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15 Reasons I Am Awesome

15 Reasons I Am Awesome

This week I was so excited that I could actually participate in the writers workshop and I chose to write about 15 reasons I am awesome.  I chose this one because there are times you just need to read a list of good things about yourself so it was a great way to make the a list like that.  So here it goes :

15 Reasons I Am Awesome

  1. I learn things fast.  I usually only need to be shown once maybe twice I have it down.
  2. I will do anything for just about anyone.  I love to help out when needed and I hardly ever say no.  Now this can always be a bad thing but I try to stay positive about things.
  3. I can piss off one of my cats in 5 seconds flat just by looking at her.
  4. I can always hit a curb while driving even when I think I am no were near them.
  5. I am very loyal and will stay at a job even when I know it isn’t the right place for me.
  6. Being single!
  7. Washing clothes and then just throwing them in a pile somewhere and never putting them away.
  8. Not following through with everything I say I am going to do because like I said in #2 I have a really hard time saying no.
  9. Doing the exact opposite of what someone tells me to do.
  10. Not listening to my doctors unless they say what I want to hear and I am also great at not being afraid to go to other doctors and get a second opinion.
  11. Dealing with drug & insurance companies.  For instance I get my Multiple Sclerosis medication for $10 a month instead of $6300.
  12. Talking about my experience with adoption and my experience being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis so young.
  13. Watching the same movie 100 times and never getting tired of it.
  14. Blasting my music even when I have a headache.
  15. Getting place on time which in my world means early!

Those are some of the reasons I think I am awesome.

What makes you awesome?

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“Once Upon A Prince” by Rachel Hauck

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My Review of “Once Upon A Prince” by Rachel Hauck

I read this book in 8 hours from cover to cover and lets just say I instantly fell in love with the characters. From the moment I started the book I fell in love with Susanna and Nathaniel or Nate. I love how this book was a modern take on a fairy tale. This is the sweetest story I have read it months and I was sad when it ended. I can’t wait to read more books in this series because I loved this book so much. If you love sweet stories you will eat this one up.

About The Book

The Royal Wedding Series Book One
 
Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess–just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.
The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.
Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s an ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.
It’s the ultimate choice. His kingdom or her heart? God’s will or their own?

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About The Author

Rachel Hauck is the bestselling author of Carol Award winner “Sweet Caroline”, and RITA Finalist “Love Starts With Elle”, and of the critically acclaimed fiction collaboration with multi-platinum country artist Sara Evans, “The Songbird Novels”. She lives in sunny, though sometimes hurricane plagued, central Florida with her husband and their ornery pets. Rachel earned adegree in Journalism from Ohio State University and isa huge Buckeyes football fan. She is the past President of American Christian Fiction Writers and now sits on the board as an Advisor.
Find out more about Rachel at:http://RachelHauck.com

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“Undeniably Yours” by Becky Wade

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“Undeniably Yours” by Becky Wade was an amazing book.  I loved Meg and I loved following along with her journey and hoping she got all she wanted in the end.  I was hooked from the first page right up until the last page.  This book follows Meg and her journey to take over her fathers business’s after he passes away.  You first meet Bo when she calls him in because she is going to shut down the horse farm that he runs for her father.  He gets her to give him 6 months to earn back the money that was invested into the farm before he shuts it down.  As I am sure you can guess they start to fall in love throughout the book.  I am not going to say anymore because I don’t want to give anything away.  I loved this book and I can’t wait to read more books by this author.

About The Book

When Meg Cole’s father dies unexpectedly, she’s forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of his empire. The last thing she has the patience or the sanity to deal with? Her father’s Thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives its manager, Bo Porter, six months to close the place down.

Bo knows he ought to resent the woman who’s determined to take from him the only job he ever wanted. But instead of anger, Meg evokes within him a profound desire to protect. The more time he spends with her, the more he longs to overcome every obstacle that separates them and earn her love.

Just when Meg realizes she can no longer deny the depth of her feelings for Bo, their fragile bond is broken by a force from Meg’s past. Can their relationship-and their belief that God can work through every circumstance-survive?

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About The Author

Becky Wade is a graduate of Baylor University. As a newlywed, she lived for three years in a home overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, as well as in Australia, before returning to the States. A mom of three young children, Becky and her family now live in Dallas, Texas.

Visit her website at www.beckywade.com.

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6 Random Facts~Writers Workshop

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One of the prompts from last weeks writers workshop was to list 6 random facts about me.  Since I am not sure what I have shared and what I haven’t shared I decided I was going to ask my grandma to tell me six random things about me from when I was growing up and I would post what she said so here are her answers: (I was hoping to have pictures for most of these but I couldn’t get my scanner at home to work so there won’t be any pictures)

  1. I was probably 3 or so but she put me in a tree and took a picture of me and I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not.  I thought this was funny because I hate heights to this day so this is still so true!
  2. I loved to wash dishes when I was younger.  When she told me this I looked at her and said to bad I am not like that anymore lol
  3. There was one time when my mom dropped me off at my grandparents house that my braids were so tight that they stuck out from the side of my head like Pippi Longstockings did and mine didn’t even need wire in them!
  4. I have loved cats since I was a baby.  There are pictures of me looking at cat books and what not when I was a baby.
  5. I eat strange things such as Avocado’s, Kiwi’s, Pomegranates and things like that.  Now this isn’t weird now but back when I was in elementary school it was super weird because people didn’t eat many things like that.
  6. When I was learning to ride a bike I guess I borrowed a bike of one of the kids that lived behind us at the time.  Well his older sister came to get the bike and I was pissed off because he said I could borrow it.  Well as she was leaving I yelled out this out the door at her “You’re a butt head and your whole family is a butt head!”  I still laugh when she tells me about this because it just so me and who I am.

So those are the 6 random facts about me that my grandma told me!

Mama’s Losin’ It

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A Trend I Don’t Understand

Crazy Fashion Trends

Last week for the writers workshop one of the prompts was about a trend I don’t understand.  So when I think of trends that are going on right now all I can think of is the shirts that look like you are wearing old drapes or an old couch that could be found in someones attic.

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I mean who in the heck wants to walk around looking like you are wearing a couch???  I have never been one to follow what the trend is or anything like that but these last few years I haven’t seen anything for the most part that I would actually wear.

I was looking at trends for Spring 2013 and I saw that people are wearing things that make you you look fat???  How does that work?  I mean why in the heck would I want to wear something like this:

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I don’t think I need clothes to make myself look fatter thanks though!  I don’t how clothes like this are flattering at all for anyone.   I am also sure that most people don’t put on their clothes hoping to be fatter or at least I don’t that is for sure.

Do you like either of these fashion trends?  Would you wear them? What trends can’t you stand?

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Quote Of The Week~Henry Ward Beecher

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Enter to win an Amish Baking Box from Tricia Goyer and RSVP for her 6/12 Facebook Party!

Tricia Goyer is celebrating the release of her lastest novel, The Promise Box (Zondervan), by hosting an Amish Baking Box giveaway and connecting with readers during her June 12th Book Chat Party!

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One “promising” winner will receive:

  • Apron, hot mitts, and kitchen towels
  • Amish baking items (rolling pin, pie plate, etc…)
  • Sherry Gore’s Simply Delicious Amish Cooking
  • The Memory Jar and The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer 

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 11th. Winner will be announced at the The Promise Box” Facebook Author Chat Party on June 12th. Connect with Tricia for an evening of Amish fun – book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Tricia will also share an exclusive look at the next book book in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and give away books and other fun prizes throughout the evening.

 
So grab your copy of The Promise Box and join Tricia on the evening of June 12th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 12th!

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It Happened At The Fair by Deeanne Gist

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My Review

I loved this book from the moment I started it until the moment I finished it. I fell in love with the characters and the authors way of telling the story. I loved how I felt like I was there and how I could understand what the characters were feeling.  I really wanted everything to work out for Cullen because he really had so much to lose if it didn’t work out for him.  I have always been interested in this time period and I really loved this book and can’t wait to check out more by her soon!

About The Book

A transporting historical novel about a promising young inventor, his struggle with loss, and the attractive teacher who changes his life, all set against the razzle-dazzle of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Gambling everything, including the family farm, Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the Fair’s Machinery Palace makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading.

The young teacher is reluctant to participate, and Cullen has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons while intently watching her lips. Like the newly invented Ferris Wheel, he is caught in a whirl between his girl back home, his dreams as an inventor, and his unexpected attraction to his new tutor. Can he keep his feet on the ground, or will he be carried away?

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About The Author

Deeanne Gist—known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee—has rocketed up bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very fun, very original historicals. She has received numerous RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, and rave reviews. Deeanne has a background in education and journalism and a degree from Texas A&M. She has written for “People,” “Parents,” and “Parenting.” She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and has four grown children. She has a very active online community on her website at IWantHerBook.com.

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ICE Blue by Susan Rae

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I didn’t read the first book in the series so I found that I was a little lost with some parts of the book but I still loved this book.  I am going to go back and read the first book and then I am sure this book will make more sense to me.  I really did enjoy this book though.  I liked the characters and I felt like they really could be alive and they also seemed like people I would get along with.  I love the authors writing and I can’t wait to check out more books by her in the future.  This is also a book that once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down.  From the start I had to know how it was going to end.  It needs to be at the top of your list if you love suspense books.

About The Book

Romantic Suspense~Date Published: 3/15/13

When lives are on the line, sometimes the wrong thing is the right thing to do.

Born into a Chicago cop family, Angela DeLuca gets her rush from saving lives while her brothers get theirs from catching the bad guys. A tough beauty with a heart perhaps too big, she champions the underdog because, as the youngest of six siblings, she often felt like one.

ICE Special Agent Troy Deavers became a cop to prove he wasn’t like his father—a southern politician who brought his family down with greed and corruption. He doesn’t suffer victims well. At first intrigued by Angela’s passion, he soon fears that the fire in Angela’s heart will be her undoing.

What happens when Troy falls in love with the lovely but infuriating Angela, the Chicago paramedic who insists on protecting a young witness and her unborn baby—a witness who could break his case wide open?

You met the DeLuca family in heartbeats, now come to know them even better in ICE blue.

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About The Author

I write, basically, because I just can’t help myself.  I can’t resist the challenge of taking the intriguing characters and storylines that pop into my head and fleshing them out into compelling manuscripts.  Romantic suspense is a natural to me, because it allows me to combine a sexy, passionate love story with a gritty suspense tale—in my opinion, the best of both worlds. It also lets me express my appreciation for the outdoors in the settings which I recreate on the page.

Freefall, my second novel, takes place in Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine Forest and beautiful Door County. ICE blue returns to the busy streets of Chicago and the shores of Lake Michigan to continue the story of the DeLuca family which began in my award winning first novel, heartbeats. I am currently working on the third book in the DeLuca series, TRUE blue, due out in 2014, where it seems my characters must take a trip to Montana’s majestic Glacier National Park.

When I’m not sketching characters or working out plot problems, you might find me on the golf course working on my handicap. I also enjoy traveling around the country seeking out new settings for my novels with my husband and my empty nest puppies, Ginger and Nikute.  To read more about my novels and the writing life, please visit my website/blog at www.susanrae.com.

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