Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

How are almost at the end of July?!?!?  I am glad that July is over because it was a rough month for me to say the least.  Let’s get on to the posts from this past week.

Mencius-Quote Of The Week

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

The Painting and The Piano by John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo

8 Things I Love About My Freedom

I have three book reviews coming up next week along with what TV shows I am currently loving.  I hope to see you back here next week.

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8 Things I Love About My Freedom

8 Things I Love About My Freedom

This week’s for the writer’s workshop I am going to write about number four which is: 8 Things I Love About My Freedom.  I chose to write about this one because I am so thankful that I live in the United States and even though there is so much chaos going on here right now I am still glad that we can voice our opinions. I don’t agree with the majority of the things happening, but at least we have the ability to say what we think even if it isn’t the most popular opinion. Let’s get on to the 8 things I love most about my freedom.

  1. The first thing I thankful for is as I said earlier we can speak our mind even if other people might not agree with us. I can’t imagine living in a country where if you say something the government doesn’t like you can be put in jail or even killed.
  2. I am thankful that I was able to graduate from high school and even go on to college.
  3. I am grateful that women can vote and that women can fun for public office. I think it is a great thing that women can run for president. (With that being said I don’t like Hillary Clinton at all and I wish that she wasn’t the first women to ever run for president.)
  4. I am thankful that women have equal rights to men. (I know that things could be so much better for women in this country but at least we are able to work and go to school. When in other countries you don’t have the option of working.)
  5. I am thankful that I live in a country where I can treat my Multiple Sclerosis so that I can work and still contribute to society.
  6. I am thankful that I live in a country where I chose my religion, and I am not forced to believe something that I may not agree with.
  7. I am thankful that I live in a country where we can help others when they have natural disasters’. I say this because it is great we can help, but I don’t agree with us always getting in the middle of everyone else’s wars.
  8. I am thankful for all of the soldiers that put their lives on the line so that I can have everything that I have.

Those are all of the things I love about my freedom.  I know there are other things that I am thankful for but those are the first eight things that came to mind when I was writing this post. I know that we have so many problems we need to work through and things we need to figure out in this country but we do have it so much better than so many other nations. I wish that instead of killing each other we would all work together to change the things that are wrong in our country. I am not going to say anything more about that because I have no idea how to fix the problems we have and I am sad about all the killing that has been going on these past few years.

What is one reason you are thankful for your freedom?

Here are all the prompts for this week in case you are interested in joining in.
1. Write a blog post inspired by the word: sparks
2. Tell about the worst sunburn you ever received. How did that happen?
3. Share something you learned in June.
4. We just celebrated America’s Independence. List 8 things you appreciate most about your freedom.
5. It’s hot, the kids are home and crazy, our pets are panting, the days are long…share your Summer Survival Tips.
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The Painting and The Piano by John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo

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The Painting and The Piano by John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo was a hard book to read at times. I say that it was hard to read because of some of the things that the characters went through in this book. I know that this book could be triggering to some people as well because of the topics talked about. With that being said I did enjoy this book and found myself wanting to read it until the end because I wanted to know how it all played out in the end. I liked this book so much because it is a true story and I always find myself loving books that are true stories. There are parts of this book that reminded me of my childhood, so I know also helped me understand what the characters felt at certain points throughout the book. I enjoyed this book even though it was hard at times to read it. I loved that the characters made it through and wrote this book to help other people learn from the things they went through as children. If you love autobiography types books than I know you will love this book just as much as I do. This is one that I am going to be adding to my personal collection of books because I would like to read it again in the future.

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About The Book

The Painting and The Piano, by John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo, is an improbable story of survival and love.

Genres: Literary Nonfiction / Romance / Memoir / Addiction and Recovery

Growing up more than a thousand miles apart and worlds away from each other, Johnny and Adrianne seemed to have all that a child could ask for. However, the demons of their respective mothers would tear their young, fragile lives apart.

Eventually, destiny would bring Johnny and Adrianne together, but first they had to endure the painful toll that alcohol, drugs, and a negligent court system would take on them. With parts of Adrianne’s story ripped from national news headlines, their story takes them from the depths of despair and near death, to their first serendipitous introduction and the moment each knew they were finally safe.

Filled with hope, inspiration and humor, The Painting and the Piano is an unforgettable story of pain, loss and the undying human quest for happiness. Told as a tandem narrative, Adrianne and Johnny’s stories are unique, but share parallels that create a taut and emotionally compelling narrative.

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About The Author’s

Johnny and Adrianne reside in South Florida with their Yorkie, Holly.  Both are involved in the AA/Recovery community. Adrianne currently works at a recovery house and Johnny continues speaking, sponsoring and helping others in recovery.

Readers can connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

To learn more, go to http://www.paintingpiano.com/

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Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

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Baby Doll by Hollie Overton was an excellent book. I was hooked right from the start with this book, but I figured that I would like it because of the description of the book. These types of books are my favorites, and this one didn’t let me down in the least.   I have always been a fan of suspense/thriller books, and this one kept me on the edge of my seat throughout most of the book.   This is the first book I have read by this author, and I can’t wait to read other books by her in the future. There were parts of this book that were hard to read because of what was going on, but it wasn’t anything that made me not want to finish the book. I was able to get through this book fast because it was an easy read. If you love suspense novels than I know, you will love this book as much as I did.

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

About The Book

For fans of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, Baby Doll is the most tense thriller you will read this year.
Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter Sky has been a captive her whole life. But one day their captor leaves the deadbolt unlocked.

This is what happens next…

…to her twin sister, to her mother, to her daughter…and to her captor.

Hollie Overton

About The Author

Born in Chicago, I was adopted at six days old, along with my identical twin sister, Heather, and carried home in matching red Christmas stockings. After our parents divorce, we moved back to my mother’s hometown of Kingsville, Texas. Painfully shy, Heather and I were encouraged to audition for the local production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The minute I stepped on stage, I was hooked! My mom, also a film and TV junkie nurtured my talents, ensuring that I would never pursue a “normal” profession.

My love affair with storytelling led me to NYC where I studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, writing at Hunter College and Burlington College and mixology in Murray Hill.  After heading to Hollywood with dreams of becoming a star, my celluloid claim to fame was one episode of TNT”s “Leverage,” opposite DB Sweeny.  Thankfully I realized my talents were better suited behind the scenes and began my screenwriting pursuits.

I landed my big break in 2008 when I was accepted into the coveted Warner Brothers Writers Workshop, a bootcamp style program for aspiring TV writers.  After completing the workshop, I was staffed on the CBS drama “Cold Case,” and went on to write for two seasons of Lifetime’s The Client List.”  I’m currently a writer on the new ABC Family dramaShadowhunters, based on Cassie Clare’s international bestseller “The Mortal Instruments.”

I always dreamt of publishing a novel but let’s be honest, writing a book is daunting. I mean it’s really really daunting. Luckily, in the spring of 2012, I finally sat my butt down and just kept writing. My debut thriller “Baby Doll” will be published on July 12, 2016 by Red Hook, an imprint of Hatchette in the USA. Baby Doll will also be published by Peguin Random House in the UK and translated into eleven other languages.

I live in West Hollywood with the love of my life, my rescue dog Stevie and my husband David (he’s comfortable where he stands). When I’m not writing, I can be found exploring LA (and beyond) with my twin sister/ best friend, Heather. Sometimes we even let Stevie and David join us.

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Mencius-Quote Of The Week

Quote Of The Week

This week’s quote is by Mencius.

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I have always felt this way since I was young.  I have never been close to anyone that I was related to by blood, and I have always looked at friends as if they were my family.  I don’t have much else to say about this quote.

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

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Weekly Wrap-up

Weekly Wrap-Up

Another week is over, and we are one step closer it having either Hillary Clinton or Donald Drumpf running our country.  I remember when this all started thinking there is no way that either of them would make it until the end and now that I have I wonder what will happen at the end of this year.  Let’s get to the posts from this past week and pretend like we don’t have major problems coming up in the next few months.

Helen Keller-Quote Of The Week

Not So Far Away by Deborah Pierson Dill

Northern Light by Annette O’Hare

A Beginner’s Guide To Corruption by David Misch-If you only read one post this week read this one.  This is so right on with all the crap that is going on in politics, and it made me smile.  At times the language was strong but it spot on with how things are going

Those are all the posts from this past week in case you missed any of them.  Like I said I would recommend  A Beginner’s Guide To Corruption by David Misch if you are looking for a great book to read.  It is also only like 71 pages, so it is super quick to read and so funny.  I hope you all have a great weekend and I will see you back here next week!

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A Beginner’s Guide To Corruption by David Misch

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A Beginner’s Guide To Corruption by David Misch was a great book. It is under one hundred pages, and I was able to read in under an hour. I loved this book because it is one hundred percent accurate and the author’s style of writing made me laugh. I loved that he was so candid about what he was talking about. This book has some harsh language in it so if that bothers you then this book isn’t for you but it didn’t bother me in the least. I can’t say much more about this book because it was so short but I enjoyed the book, and I love how honest the author is in this book. If you are looking for a fun short book to read, I would recommend this book to you.

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About The Book

Most people believe that the high-paying world of lying, cheating, stealing, kickbacks, bribes and blackmail is hopelessly out of reach. They’re right… unless they buy this book.

In just 71 fact(ish)-filled pages, comedy writer David Misch shows you dozens of sure-fire, time-tested and only marginally illegal ways to feed at the trough of political, financial and/or romantic depravity. But don’t take our word for it – listen to the master…

“Not everyone can be corrupt; it takes a magical combination of opportunity, moral turpitude and having something to sell: wealth, power, sex. (Got the set? Score!) Or, in lieu of those admirable attributes, a willingness to give up all moral standards and betray anyone who trusts you. Does this sound like you? Then welcome to “A Beginner’s Guide to Corruption”!”

And remember, “A Beginner’s Guide to Corruption” by David Misch has been called “The funniest book ever written about corruption” by corruption expert David Misch!

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About The Author

David Misch has been a comic folksinger, stand-up comedian, and screenwriter; his credits include the multiple-Emmy-nominated “Mork and Mindy”, the Emmy-losing “Duckman”, the Emmy-ignored “Police Squad!”, the Emmy-engorged “Saturday Night Live”, and the Emmy-ineligible “The Muppets Take Manhattan”. David wrote “Funny: The Book” (Applause), blogs for The Huffington Post, and his play “Pretty Naked People” has its world premiere in Los Angeles this winter.

David’s taught comedy at USC, musical satire at UCLA, and lectured at Oxford University, the Smithsonian Institute, and the University of Sydney (Australia); Yale, 92nd St. Y, Actors Studio, New York Public Library; American Film Institute, Burbank Comedy Festival, Grammy Museum (Los Angeles); Lucasfilm; Austin Film Festival, Midwest Popular Culture Association and VIEW Cinema Conference (Torino, Italy). More at davidmisch.com.

Connect with David: Website | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads

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Northern Light by Annette O’Hare

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Northern Light by Annette O’Hare was an interesting book. This book was an easy book to read but at times it seemed rushed, and I wished that they would have taken more time explaining certain things. Even with that being said I still really enjoyed this story. I was always laughing at some of the antics that June with pull. I spent a good part of the book just laughing about things she said. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Margaret, and I am not sure why. She annoyed me right from the start of the book, but it wasn’t so bad that I didn’t want to read the book. I like Thomas, but I am usually a big fan of characters that are from Ireland. All in all, this was an excellent book, and if you like historical fiction, I would say check this one out and see what you think of it.

Northern Light by Annette O'Hare

About The Book

Civil War has robbed Margaret Logan of all she holds dear, including her beloved New Orleans home and her fiancé. When her family moves to the desolate Bolivar Peninsula to manage a lighthouse that is no longer there, all her hopes for a normal future are dashed. Her world is rocked once again when a wounded Yankee soldier washes ashore needing her help. Despite her contempt for the North, Margaret falls in love with Thomas Murphy. As their love blooms, Margaret’s sister is overcome with neurosis, and her mind slowly slips away. Bitterness, psychosis and depression yield a decision fueled by contempt. Will one fatal choice cause Margaret to lose the man she loves and condemn Thomas to death?

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About The Author

Growing up in Houston, Texas in the 1970’s, Annette loved the stories about ghosts haunting the Spaghetti Warehouse and the mysterious “blue light” cemetery. But it was “Devil’s Island,” the magical woods across from home where her imagination blossomed. She created fantastic scenarios to act out with her brother and the neighborhood kids where worlds were conquered and dragons were slain. Annette is still making up stories, and is looking forward to the release of her first historical romance with Pelican Book Group. Her love for the history and heritage of her home state of Texas shines through in her writing and she’s made it the backdrop for her book series. Annette is a longtime member of American Christian Fiction Writers and her local chapter, ACFW-Writers on the Storm. She lives north of Houston with her husband, Dan of 30 years. Dan and Annette are the proud parents of two Texas A&M graduates, one exceedingly imaginative high schooler, and two rambunctious, loveable rescue dogs.
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Not So Far Away by Deborah Pierson Dill

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Not So Far Away by Deborah Pierson Dill was a hard book to read for the first several chapters of the book. This book could also be triggering to people who have dealt with domestic abuse because of some of the things that happen in the book. I have never dealt with anything like domestic abuse, but I felt like I understood what she went through because of the authors writing. At times this book was hard to read because of the subject matter, but I loved that because it made me feel like I was there with the characters in the book. This was an easy read, and I was able to read in just a few hours one day. This would be a great book for people who don’t have a ton of time to read because you can get through it pretty quick if you need to. I did find this book kind of predicable but I still really enjoyed the book and the story. If you love chick lit books than I am sure you will enjoy this book.

Not So Far Away by Deborah Pierson Dill

About The Book

Laurel Kerr lives each day fearing it could be her last. Years of pleading with God for deliverance from her husband’s deadly temper have convinced her that she’s beneath the Lord’s notice. Still, she perseveres, hoping that a redeemed husband and a Christ-centered marriage might one day be possible. Dr. Boyd Wendall has a soft spot for Laurel. Although she’s not his to take care of, she stirs his protective instincts. Time and again he finds himself in the midst of her trouble, and he can’t help but believe there’s a reason for it. When Laurel’s deliverance comes suddenly and unexpectedly, it raises questions about Boyd’s integrity, reopens wounds from his past, and leads to a trial the two cannot escape. Apart, they are just one man and one woman facing tribulation. Together, they’ll discover that God is not so far away.

Deborah Pierson Dill

About The Author

I write character driven, inspirational romance. My Blithe Settlement series was published by White Rose Publishing in 2010 and 2011. In 2012 my Christmas novella, Ransomed Hope was published by Pelican Book Group, followed by Ransomed Trust in February, 2013.

When I’m not writing I’m trying hard to get the hang of my new day job, keeping my kids more or less in order and ministering along side my husband at the First Baptist Church of Bangs, Texas.

I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. But I spent seven years in southern Illinois before moving back home to central Texas.

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Helen Keller-Quote Of The Week

Quote Of The Week

This week’s quote is by Helen Keller.

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What do you think about this quote by Helen Keller?

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