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Guessing At Normal by Gail Ward Olmsted

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FTC: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for this review.  I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review at my own.

Guessing At Normal by Gail Ward Olmsted was an excellent book.  This author found me through Goodreads, and I am so glad that she did.  I will be reviewing another book by her next Wednesday, and because I loved this book as much as I did, I can’t wait to read that book and see how I like it.  I loved this book because I loved how the characters seemed like they are real people because that makes me get into the book even more. I was sad when this book ended because I loved the characters in this book. I also was a huge of how this story was told and how the author was able to make me feel like I was there with the characters. If you are looking for a good chick lit book to read, I would recommend this one to you. Also, keep your eyes open next week because I will be reviewing another book by this author

Guessing At Normal by Gail Ward Olmsted

About The Book

Jill Griffin has mastered the art of being invisible, so when she falls in love with sexy rocker James Sheridan, at first she is content to live in his larger than life shadow. Building a ‘normal’ life together under the glare of the media is challenging and further complicated by constant touring, James’ partying and the mixed signals she gets from James’ twin brother Alex.

When her poems and journal ramblings become the songs on James’ best-selling album, Jill has to step out of her comfort zone and figure out how to live her life in a spotlight all her own. With no road map to follow, she struggles to navigate her way in her search for happiness. As her professional success threatens her relationship with James, Jill questions whether she can make a living writing love songs without the love of her life.

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About The Author

I love my family and friends, especially when they will walk or swim or shop or drink coffee with me. Eating ice cream works too!!

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April Book Reviews

Book Reviews April 2016

I have decided that I am going to list all of the book reviews that I have come up for the month in one post, and once the reviews go live I will update this post with the link for the review.  That way you will know what is coming up as far as reviews, and you will also have all of the reviews in one place if you are just looking for one review.

April 1st-In The Context of Love by Linda K. Sienkiewicz

April 5th- Blackbird Summer by Em Shotwell

April 6th- Jeep Tour by Gail Ward Olmsted

April 7th- Pocket Prayers by Max Lucado

April 10th- Sit Stay Love by Dana Mentink

April 12th-Tears Of The Silence by Misty Griffin

April 13th- Asperger’s on the Inside by Michelle Vines

April 14th- A Dream Of Miracles by Ruth Reid

April 15th- The Bachelor Girls Guide To Murder by Rachel McMillan

April 17th- Simple Pleasures by Marianne Jantzi

April 19th- Freedoms Child by Jax Miller

April 20th- False Prophet by Richard Davis

April 25th- Scar Tissue by MC Domovitch

April 26th- Song Of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti

April 26th-Last Light by CJ Lyons

April 27th- Keeper of The Stars by Robin Lee Hatcher

Those are all of the reviews that I will have up in April and I can’t to get through them all and see if I like them or not.  I will see you back here next month with a whole new list of reviews.

 

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Back In The Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne***Updated Review***

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FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.  I received no other compensation.

Back In The Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne was an excellent book to read.  This is the first book I have read by this author, and I am so glad that I read this book because I now have another great author that I can add to my list of great authors that I want to read in the future.  I like all the characters in this book right from the start.  I did spend most of the book hoping that Colt wouldn’t leave after the market recovered and what not.  After I finished this book, I can’t wait for the next book in this series to come out.  I fell in love with the entire cast of people in this book, and I can’t wait to catch up with them in the next book but also to find out more about the other characters.  If you love chick lit, I know you will love this book, and it is also one that I will be keeping in my collection of books.

Back In The Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne

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About The Author

Ruth Logan Herne has more than half a million books in print, including fifteen Love Inspired contemporary novels. Back in the Saddle is the first book in her new western romance series. Ruth is a founding member ofSeekerville, a popular writing collective blog. A country girl who loves the big city, Ruth and her husband live on a farm in upstate New York.

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Waking Amy by Julieann Dove

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FTC: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I received no other compensation for this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are mine.

Waking Amy by Julieann Dove was a book I was excited to read because I saw it all over the place and I had to know what all the hype was about.  That being said it was a good book, but I couldn’t figure out what all the hype was about.  It isn’t the best book I have read lately, but it was one that I will give four stars too.   For some reason, I just couldn’t get into the story and at times the book seemed to go super slow. I liked Amy because I could see a lot of myself in her, so I know how she was feeling.  I wasn’t a super big fan of Mark because he seemed to be the type of guy that just likes to play women and I don’t like that.  All in all, it was an okay book just not the right fit for me.  If you like chick lit then I would check this one out because I know most people who like chick lit would love this book.

Waking Amy by Julieann Dove

About The Book

Amy Whitfield is blindsided when she comes home and finds a note on the fridge from her husband, Wesley, stating that after four years of marriage, he’s leaving her. Amy was in the midst of trying to spice things up, to bring life back to their boring marriage. It seems now that she was too late.

As Amy sits with her head between her knees, trying to figure out what to do next, a call comes from Mercer General Hospital. The ER nurse is telling Amy’s answering machine that Wesley has been in a car accident.

When Amy arrives at the hospital, she finds her husband in a coma. The doctors say there is no sign of brain damage, and Wesley will eventually wake up. Relieved, Amy sees this as her second chance: the chance to get it right this time. To channel the girl Wesley won’t leave when he regains consciousness… She just needs some help to pull it off. After all, she was voted girl most likely to die a virgin in high school.

Amy would never figure on getting that help from Mark Reilly…Wesley’s doctor! He’s a non-committer, too-cute-for-his-own-good bachelor, and completely the guy Amy begins falling for. It’s a race against time to see who wakes up first—Amy or her husband.

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About The Author

Julieann lives in Virginia, yet longs to live everywhere else. It doesn’t come as a surprise that along with her gypsy soul, comes an active imagination. That’s why she loves to write and invent worlds and people, so that she can formulate their happily ever after. Hobbies include cooking new recipes, sewing, and spending time with her cute boyfriend/husband and five fabulous children. Vacations happen in Nantucket or the Carolina beaches—anywhere there is inspiration for her next book. One day she hopes to travel to Italy, drive one of those little cars around the countryside, and speak the language fluently!

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The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd by Holly Kerr

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

The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd by Holly Kerr was and interesting book.  When I first started it I was super confused and wondered if this was part of a series.  After I looked into it I couldn’t see that it was so I just stuck with it and once I got to chapter 7 I had figured out enough that I wanted to keep reading the book.  Once I was into the book I didn’t want to stop reading it because it was a fast moving book and I loved the whole concept of the book.  This was a super easy book to read and it went super fast for me as well.  I found the concept of this book pretty unique which I also enjoyed because books tend to be pretty similar and I love when I find a book that isn’t like other books.  If you love mystery books I would recommend this book to you.  I also say give it a little bit of time to get into it and for it to start to make sense before you give up on it because I am glad that I gave it the time.

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About The Book

List Price: $14.99
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
398 pages
Three Birds Press
ISBN-13: 978-0994993434
ISBN-10: 0994993439
BISAC: Fiction / Action & Adventure

Charlotte Dodd is having a very bad day.

After taking an experimental drug to erase her memories of saving the world (or at least the country – several times) Charlotte is given a new life – a quiet, unassuming job, a second chance at love with Luke, and no one trying to kill her.

Two years later and with no recollection of saving the world, she steps in to help a random stranger and is amazed at the ease in which she dispatches her opponents using a rolled-up magazine. But how is that possible? She has Buffy-like fight moves, fires a gun with deadly accuracy and can use the air from car tires to keep breathing underwater.

When she meets Ham – why is he so familiar? The flashes, the déjà vu, the dreams – they’re not really dreams? Blowing up a building in Mexico, being buried alive – those things really happened to her? And what is her brother doing flying a plane? Turns out those two years of quiet with Luke was really an undercover mission to help bring down a secret organization targeting her family.

Charlotte needs to remember her secret life if she wants to save the world again and the only man she’s ever loved.

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About The Author

Holly Kerr writes chick-lit with the sole purpose of showing the world there is more to the genre than pretty shoes and brooding heroes.
Except for J.B in Unexpecting. He can be kind of broody.
When she’s not writing, Holly spends time with her kids, watching Star Wars and super hero movies and training for this marathon she signed up for.
Find out more at www.hollykerr.ca

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Walt Disney-Quote Of The Week

Quote Of The Week

This week I chose a quote by Walt Disney.

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I loved this quote because it is a great thing to remind yourself and a way to think more positive.  I love quotes like this one because they are an excellent way to stay positive.  I print things like this off and put them on my desk so that I always have something that reminds me to be positive and not let the negative thoughts take over.

What do you think of this week’s quote by Walt Disney?

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Leaving Barringer by Tina Martin

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FTC: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I received no other compensation for this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

Leaving Barringer by Tina Martin wasn’t my favorite book, but it was still an excellent book.  This is the second book in the “The Blackstone Family” series.  Even though I didn’t read the first book I didn’t feel lost at all when I was reading this book.  So you don’t have to read the first book if you don’t want to.  I do like when you don’t have to read the other books in the series to understand books after it.  After I was a couple of chapters into this book, I started to enjoy it more, and I even began to like all the characters.  I do say the one thing that bugged me was the fact that Barry wouldn’t just be honest with his wife about what was going on with him and the reasons that they didn’t have kids.  I know that is part of the story, but it just bugged me is all.  All in all, I did like this book, and I would consider reading rest of series.  If you are a huge fan of chick lit I know you will enjoy this book, and you should check it out.

Leaving Barringer by Tina Martin

About The Book

Calista Blackstone has no problem playing her position as the supportive, dutiful wife of Barringer Blackstone. All she wants is a family, but after five years, she’s given up hope of actually becoming a mother – at least to Barringer’s children.

Barringer (Barry) Blackstone is too busy making money to make babies. CEO of Blackstone Financial Services Group, he’s actively working on taking his father’s company to the next level and avoids the subject of children. He’s no longer certain that he wants the added stress of trying to raise a family while growing the business. But the workaholic will learn the hard way that money should never precede family.

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The Blackstone Family novels are all standalone books.

Evenings With Bryson, Book 1 – Bryson and Kalina
Leaving Barringer, Book 2 – Barringer and Calista

About The Author

Tina Martin is the Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author of over thirty women’s fiction and romantic suspense novels and novellas. She was born in eastern North Carolina.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, traveling, cooking and spending time with her family.

She released her newest novel, Wives And Champions on February 26, 2016 and a novella, Claiming You, on February 2, 2016.

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Breaking The Story by Ashley Farley

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FTC: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine.

Breaking The Story by Ashley Farley was an excellent book.  I reviewed the first book, and if you missed that review, you could click here to read it and find out more about it.  You don’t have to read the first book if you don’t want to understand this book, but if you want to read them both, I would suggest reading them in order.  You can read this book alone and be able to understand everything that is going on.  I love this author writing and how she can make me completely understand why the characters do what they do and why they make the choices that they do.  This book was an easy read and I loved that because there are times where I love reading books that you don’t really have to pay close attention to the details and not get lost or confused.  I would recommend this book to anyone who loves books that combine both romance and mystery in the same book.

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Release Date: March 17, 2016

Genre: Suspense

Passion, peril, and a scandal that will rock American politics.

Scottie Darden’s life is a disaster. Her marriage has become toxic, and her career as a photojournalist has stalled out. To attract the attention of the main players in the news industry, she needs a standout story with a unique perspective. What she finds is a scandal that could turn the 2016 presidential election upside down. But before she can release her damaging images to the media, Scottie must uncover the truth behind the photographs. She turns to handsome mystery man Guy Jordan for help. When they join the campaign trail in search of answers, their investigation quickly becomes deadly.

Hop on board for a wild ride of adventure where desire ignites, lives are threatened, and secrets are revealed.

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Ashley Farley is a wife and mother of two college-aged children. She grew up in the salty marshes of South Carolina, but now lives in Richmond, Virginia, a city she loves for its history and traditions.

After her brother died in 1999 of an accidental overdose, she turned to writing as a way of releasing her pent-up emotions. She wrote SAVING BEN in honor of Neal, the boy she worshipped, the man she could not save. SAVING BEN is not a memoir, but a story about the special bond between siblings.

HER SISTER’S SHOES—June 24, 2015—is a women’s novel that proves the healing power of family.

MERRY MARY a heartwarming story of the powerful connection between a caring soul and an innocent child in need released October 15, 2015.

 

 

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Multiple Sclerosis Update-March 2016

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I had my infusion, and I also saw my Multiple Sclerosis doctor on Monday, March 21st, so I figured that now was a good time to post a small update on how things are going and how I am feeling.

If I am going to be a one hundred percent honest with everyone I have to admit that I have been feeling pretty sick most days for the past couple of months.  Which has made my life harder but is part if the game when you have diseases like Multiple Sclerosis.  The last time I saw my doctor was back in December before I switched jobs and insurance companies.  I am sure the new job along with the stress of it is part of the problem.

I also have been feeling like I going to have a relapse soon because of some strange things that I have been feeling for the past couple of weeks.  I remember one morning a couple of weeks ago that as I stood up to turn off my alarm my legs gave out. After I had sat back down for a few minutes, I was able to walk, but my legs did feel weak. I also have also had times where out of nowhere I feel like my legs may give out on me.  They haven’t thanked God, but it is such a strange feeling to feel your legs get weak and then have it go away after a few minutes.

Nothing was changed at my doctor’s appointment which I guess is a good thing. The only thing that she did was to schedule my next MRI for the 2nd of April, so I have that to look forward too. So other than all that my life has been pretty stable which is always a good thing. I hope you are all doing well, and I hope to see you back here tomorrow for another book review.

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A Few Of My Favorite Songs

A Few Of My Favorite Songs

I haven’t written about music that I love for quite a long time, and I wanted to list a few songs that I am loving.  I used to post songs I loved on Mondays and if you wish to check those posts out you can click here to see them.  Let’s get on to a few of the songs that I am currently loving.

 If you click on the title of the song, it will take you to the video on YouTube that you can watch.

  1. See You Again ft. Charlie Puth by Wiz Khalifa.  I loved this song since I first heard it.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie, but I do love this song, and it is one of the ones that I put on repeat as I drive home from work.
  2. Love Yourself by Justin Bieber.  I just started listening to this song last week because I don’t follow the popular music anymore, so I never hear about songs until they are older.  I can’t help but sing along with the song, and it makes me wonder what else I have missed.
  3. Time Of Our Lives by Pitbull & Ne-Yo. This song is one that I loved when it came out but I forgot about it until a few weeks ago, and it reminds me of why I love Pitbull & Ne-Yo.  This song makes me car dance because you can’t help but dance when you listen to it.
  4. Black And Yellow by  Wiz Khalifa.  I am adding this song because even though I don’t listen to this song all that often it is one that I will randomly just start singing because it gets stuck in your head no matter what you do or, at least, it does for me.

  5. Big Guitar by Blackhawk.  I didn’t know anything about this song until 2014 when I started to listen to the 90’s Country station on Pandora and once I heard this song I was hooked.  They have such a different sound, and I know that is why I love it like I do.

I am going to stop at five but if you would like me to do this more often let me know and I will do it again.  What songs or artists are you currently loving to listen to?

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