The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

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The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger was such a strange book for me.  It was an interesting book but it was strange in the fact that it was all just emails, memo’s and things like that back and forth between all the characters in the book.  I have never before read a book like this before but it was interesting after I was about 20 pages into the book.  It did take awhile for me to get into it but once I was I didn’t want to put it down.  There are parts that I don’t know if they were meant to be funny but they did make me laugh because I could see things like this really being said.  It is a book that I would tell you to give a chance because it is a great book it just takes time to get going.  I liked that there aren’t any really chapters in this book so I could just read a page or two and be able to stop.  I think anyone would like this book and I would recommend this one to everyone.

The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

About The Book

Witty and wonderful, sparkling and sophisticated, this debut romantic comedy brilliantly tells the story of one very messy, very high-profile divorce, and the endearingly cynical young lawyer dragooned into handling it.


Twenty-nine-year-old Sophie Diehl is happy toiling away as a criminal law associate at an old line New England firm where she very much appreciates that most of her clients are behind bars. Everyone at Traynor, Hand knows she abhors face-to-face contact, but one weekend, with all the big partners away, Sophie must handle the intake interview for the daughter of the firm’s most important client. After eighteen years of marriage, Mayflower descendant Mia Meiklejohn Durkheim has just been served divorce papers in a humiliating scene at the popular local restaurant, Golightly’s. She is locked and loaded to fight her eminent and ambitious husband, Dr. Daniel Durkheim, Chief of the Department of Pediatric Oncology, for custody of their ten-year-old daughter Jane–and she also burns to take him down a peg. Sophie warns Mia that she’s never handled a divorce case before, but Mia can’t be put off. As she so disarmingly puts it: It’s her first divorce, too.


Debut novelist Susan Rieger doesn’t leave a word out of place in this hilarious and expertly crafted debut that shines with the power and pleasure of storytelling. Told through personal correspondence, office memos, emails, articles, and legal papers, this playful reinvention of the epistolary form races along with humor and heartache, exploring the complicated family dynamic that results when marriage fails. For Sophie, the whole affair sparks a hard look at her own relationships–not only with her parents, but with colleagues, friends, lovers, and most importantly, herself. Much like “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” “The Divorce Papers “will have you laughing aloud and thanking the literature gods for this incredible, fresh new voice in fiction.

About The Author

Susan Rieger is a graduate of Columbia University Law School. She is also a former Associate Provost for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at Columbia University.The Divorce Papers is her debut novel.

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George Bernard Shaw-Quote Of The Week

Quote Of The Week
This week’s quote is by George Bernard Shaw.
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I love this quote because it is true to have any kind of progress you have to change something.  There won’t be progress if you don’t do anything different in your life.

What do you think of this weeks quote by George Bernard Shaw?

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If I Run by Terri Blackstock

Book Review 1-2016

If I Run by  Terri Blackstock was another great suspense/thriller novel.   This is the 4th book I have read by this author, and I am starting to think that she can’t write a bad book.  I always get sucked into the books from the first chapter right up through the end of the book.  Once the book ends I find that I am usually sad because I have fallen in love with the characters and hate that the book has ended, and this book was no different.  I wasn’t sure if I liked Casey throughout most of the book but in the end, I did enjoy her.  I had a soft spot for Dylan because of the things he went through and for being a veteran.  I love this book because I wasn’t able to figure it out super early on which means that I love it.  If you love suspense/thriller books, I know you will love this book as much as I do.

If I Run by Terri Blackstock

About The Book

Casey knows the truth.

But it won’t set her free.

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices. The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

Terri Blackstock

About The Author

Terri Blackstock has sold over six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of “Intervention,” “Vicious Cycle,” and “Downfall,” as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, Restoration, and Moonlighters.
Find Terri online: website, Facebook, Twitter

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

Let’s get right to the posts from this past week.

Ralph Waldo Emerson-Quote Of The Week

Special Agent: Austin by Joni Hahn

The Body In The Landscape by Larissa Reinhart

20 Ideas To Make 2016 A Great Year

Those are all the posts from this past week in case you missed any of them.  I have three book reviews coming up next week along with a post where I talk about some of the things that are currently frustrating me.  I hope you all have a great week, and  I will see you back here next week!

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20 Ideas To Make 2016 A Great Year

20 Ideas To Make 2016 A Great Year

This week I chose to write about number 2 which is: 20 Ideas To Make 2016 A Great Year.

  1. Make a list of YouTube videos that make you laugh.
  2. Pick a different quote each day to focus on for the day.
  3. Do something every day that will make you smile.
  4. Think of 3 things that you are grateful for each morning right when you get up.
  5. Try and focus on the good in your life and not on the negative stuff.
  6. Get a new pet to love.
  7. Spend times with your friends more often.
  8. Pick a good book to read once a month.
  9. Find a hobby that you love and try to do it once a week.
  10. Try and not be around the toxic people in your life.
  11. Watch a movie that you know will make you laugh.
  12. Try and find the good in every day.
  13. If you are unhappy with your job, then find a new one that you will enjoy.
  14. De-clutter your house and your spaces.
  15. Spend time in the real world more often and put down your digital devices. I do this because one the weekend comes the last thing I want to do is turn on my computer or mess around on my phone. I started this when my last laptop died, and I have to say that I have kept it up because it is a great feeling to be able to disconnect for a few days.
  16. Don’t watch or read as much news because we all know that watching/reading the news will either piss you off or make you depressed.
  17. Put a limit on how much time you spend on Facebook. Nothing good ever comes of spending your entire life on Facebook.
  18. Spend your money wisely and put money in savings.
  19. Take the money you have saved and go on a vacation even if you stay in the state you live in. Get a hotel room and just relax for the night.
  20. Go and get pampered because everyone needs to feel special some of the time.

Those are the 20 things that I was able to come up with.

What are you going to do to make this the best year yet?

Here are the prompts for this week in case you want to join in or if you are just looking for something to write about on your blog.  If you do join in make sure you click here and link up your post so I can check out what you chose.

1. The last time my heart melted was because…
2. A list of 20 ideas to make this your best year yet.
3. Write about how you would spend the perfect Snow Day.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: fight.
5. If you could have given yourself a snapshot five years ago of what your life is like now, what would the picture be of and how do you think you would have felt about it?
6. Share a favorite recipe you have been loving.

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The Body In The Landscape by Larissa Reinhart

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The Body In The Landscape by Larissa Reinhart was an okay book.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the story but it was well written and I am sure that most people would enjoy this story.  I want to check out other books by this author because I loved the authors writing style and I try not to  write an author off if I don’t like the first book I read by them.  This is the 5th book in the series and it is the first one I have read.  I was able to understand what was going on in this book but it would have been nice to read the other books first because then I would have known the back story but you can just read this one and understand what is going on.  If you love chick lit books than I am sure you will like this one.  I think one of the things that turned me off of this book is the fact that part of it has to do with hunting and I am not a fan of that.  That being said there isn’t to much of that in the book but it just turned me off right from the start.

The Body In The Landscape by Larissa Reinhart

About The Book

“Anyone who likes humorous mysteries will also enjoy local author Larissa Reinhart, who captures small town Georgia in the laugh-out-loud escapades of struggling artist Cherry Tucker.” – Fayette Woman Magazine

“Cherry is a quirky spitfire who lights the match that sets her little town on fire.” – Dru’s Book Musings

When Cherry Tucker’s invited to paint the winning portrait for Big Rack Lodge’s Hogzilla hunt, it seems like a paid vacation. Back home in Halo, a Hatfield-McCoy-style standoff builds between Luke and Cherry’s families. She’s ready for a weekend away, hobnobbing with rich and famous hunters, where she can forget her troubles and nobody knows her name.

As Georgia sunshine turns to bleak December rain, Cherry’s R&R goes MIA when she finds a body in the woods. While the police believe the local drunk took an accidental spill, Cherry has her doubts, particularly when a series of malicious pranks are targeted at the rifle toting contestants. With loyal companions at her side—sort-of-ex-husband Todd and a championship bayer named Buckshot—Cherry tracks suspects through a forest full of pitfalls and perils. And all the while, a killer’s stalking the hunt party with a bead on Cherry.

Larissa Reinhart

About The Author

The 2015 Georgia Author of the Year finalist for best mystery, Larissa writes with a particular focus on sassy female characters with a penchant for trouble. The Cherry Tucker Mystery series is published by Henery Press. The first in the series, PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (2012), is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW, HIJACK IN ABSTRACT, and DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE follow, with the Cherry Tucker novella, QUICK SKETCH, in the anthology, HEARTACHE MOTEL, as a prequel to PORTRAIT. The fifth Cherry Tucker Mystery, THE BODY IN THE LANDSCAPE, releases December 15,, 2015.

Although Larissa calls Georgia home, she has moved back and forth from Japan over the years and is now living in Nagoya, Japan, with her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit. Visit her website or find her chatting at her Facebook page, Twitter, Tumblr, and Goodreads.

A personal note: I love interacting with readers, but I don’t comment on individual reviews to respect the privacy of reviewers. I really appreciate you taking the time to give feedback and I do encourage readers to contact me through private messaging if you want to ask a question or chat!

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Special Agent: Austin by Joni Hahn

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A D.I.R.E. agency candidate falls for an assassin ordered to bring down the agency… An alpha male meets his match in this spicy, suspenseful tale of assassinations, staying alive, falling in love, and all the trouble those things bring. Special Agent: Austin is a D.I.R.E. Agency Novella – short, not-so-sweet, and filled to the brim with action – in the bedroom and on the run. If you like your romance with a little bit of daring, you’ll love this new book by Joni Hahn.

 

Join Joni Hahn and the Killion Group, Inc as we celebrate the release of Special Agent: Austin, a D.I.R.E. Agency Novella with a Release Day Blast. The one-day celebration will take place January 19th and will include exclusive content and a giveaway. ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a Kindle Fire!

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Title: Special Agent: Austin

Author: Joni Hahn

Series: D.I.R.E. Agency Novella

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: January 19th, 2016

Publisher: Indie Published

Print Length: 114 pages

Format: Paperback and Digital

Paperback ISBN: 9781522819257

Digital ISBN: 9781310781858

Synopsis:

Special Agent: Austin Rose

Objective:

  • Make the D.I.R.E. Agency

Credentials:

  • None

Twelve years ago, Austin Rose silently stood by while his mother sent his brother away from home and their stepfather’s abuse. Now that he’s learned the truth behind his family’s lies, Austin is a changed man, determined to make things right with the D.I.R.E. super agent – and himself – by making the elite security agency.

A hit gone bad changed assassin, Belle Mason’s life forever. Assigned to San Diego for a D.I.R.E. agent’s wedding, she’s determined to bring down D.I.R.E. while its vulnerable, and give her sisters a new life. What she doesn’t count on is interference from the distracting, forbidden Austin Rose, or his knack for dispelling her lifelong truths.

When Austin’s chances of making the agency hinge on going undercover with Belle – literally – he’ll do whatever it takes to make the team.

But, when Belle decides to put her own life on the line, only one truth remains, and Austin won’t silently stand by…

Excerpt

Looking out over the crowd, a flash of sky blue caught his eye. He did a double take.

It was her.

Wearing a long, flimsy dress that hugged her ample breasts and flowed to the floor in a pool of fluff, she stole the spotlight. The green tips had vanished from the the blonde ringlets now piled high on her head, her nails painted a soft pink. Her face looked pale and ethereal, her skin glowing in the dim, chandelier lights. The diamond stud at her nose twinkled, but not nearly as much as her round eyes which seemed to fade into the dress. She looked nothing like the tough, leather-bound smart-ass at the airport, but an exquisite, delicate woman.

A chameleon.

Who was she? Security was tight, with invitation-only admittance. Now was his chance to find out why she skipped out on him and possibly get more information for Jaydan and Grayson Donner.

He squeezed Hope’s elbow. “Excuse me a minute. I see someone I know.”

Making his way through the ocean of body heat and free-flowing drinks, he found her standing at a bar height table with two couples, a plate of food in front of her. The others ignored her while she dug into her extravagant fare.

“Sweetpea, fancy meeting you here.” He nodded at the others, a false smile pasted on his face.

A model of composure, she straightened her napkin on the table before turning to look at him. “Well, Honey Dump-”

She gave him a slow perusal, her eyes shining brighter the longer she looked. Heat climbed in his face and filtered through his body. That’s the second time he’d gotten hot and bothered around her. She was so…obvious about her attraction to him. It made him uncomfortable.

But, horny as hell.

Her voice barely carried over the buzz of conversation. “You take my breath away, Dumpling.”

Stick to business, Rose. Don’t let her distract you.

“What are you doing here?”

Picking up a cracker, she said, “Free food.” She scooped some caviar onto the cracker and took a bite.

God, the woman was a complete smart-ass. So, why in hell was he standing beside her, aroused, knowing she skipped out on him and could have information on a missing woman?

Dumb-ass, Rose.

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About Joni Hahn

By day, Joni Hahn keeps her secret decoder ring hidden while she works as a mild-mannered contemporary romance author. She believes the world can never have too many superheroes, and anxiously waits for the call when one will need help saving the world… or getting into his costume. Joni was born with a hopelessly tender heart and believes there is nothing on earth more exhilarating than falling in love. A native Texan, she thinks cowboys are the epitome of masculinity, and that country music is the other soul music.

Joni is a member of The Authors Guild, the Romance Writers of America and its Published Authors Network. She is a member of several RWA sub-chapters and has served in numerous board positions with the San Antonio Romance Authors. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, going to movies and concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson-Quote Of The Week

Quote Of The Week

This week quote is by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I loved this quote when I found it but if I am being honest I don’t know that I could ever do anything like this.  I am very much the person who will follow a path because I am so shy and hate to be noticed.  I am okay to just be in the background and not be noticed.

I have always wondered if it was something I would grow out of but now that I am 31 I think this is just who I am.  I can at times push myself and make myself do things I don’t want to but not very often.

Since I am being honest I can say the reason I have been at my job for 8 years even though I hate it is because the thought of finding and starting a new job makes me sick to my stomach.

What do you think of this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson?  

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

Another week has come to an end, and I am glad that it is over.  It was a good week, but I am just super tired and what not so I am so ready to be able to sleep in and relax this weekend.  Here are all the posts from this past week in case you missed any of them.

Samual Beckett-Quote Of The Week

Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble

20 Short Ones by Dan Salerno

Ian Leaf’s Fraud, Fraudsters and Scams #IanLeaf.

Those are all of the posts from this past week.  Next week I have two book reviews and a promotion post for another book.  I also will have a quote up first thing Monday, and it talks about not following the path everyone takes but to make your path.  I can’t wait to see what you think of it because I don’t know that I would ever make my own path.  I hope you had a great week, and I will see you back here next week.

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Ian Leaf’s Fraud, Fraudsters and Scams #IanLeaf


Book Review 1-2016

Ian Leaf’s Fraud, Fraudsters and Scams was an interesting book to read.  I am glad it was a shorter book because I don’t know that I could have gotten through it if it had been longer.   This book walks you through setting up an Instagram account for your business as well as what to post on it and how to use hashtags and think like that.  I haven’t gotten into Instagram for my blog but after reading this book, I think I am going to try and see if it really will help me build a bigger audience.  This book is written in plain English and isn’t something that you wouldn’t understand if you are 100% knowledgeable on Instagram and how it works.  I am going to test out what this book says to do and in a few months, I will come back and let you know how it all worked out for me.

Ian Leaf's Fraud, Fraudsters and Scams #IanLeaf

About The Book

With the world around us changing at a seemingly breakneck pace and technological advancements radically altering the manner in which we communicate and do business with each other, far too many people are falling prey to fraudsters who understand all too well how to take advantage of our rapidly changing world. Ian Leaf’s newest work focuses on addressing this important issue by demonstrating how people can utilize new and innovative social media platforms like Instagram without placing themselves at risk of being scammed in some unforeseen way.

In “Fraud, Fraudsters and Scams – What to Watch for on Instagram,” Ian Leaf uses his professional expertise to demonstrate the safest methodologies available regarding the effective use of Instagram, Facebook and other social media platforms that are becoming increasingly critical communication tools for both personal use and for enhanced brand awareness. Through Leaf’s new book, consumers, brand managers, entrepreneurs and others can continue to experience the many benefits made possible through effective social media use while eliminating any concerns relating to being taken advantage of by those engaged in deceptive behavior and outright acts of fraud.

Leaf’s text begins by sharing similar circumstances he experienced with fraudsters taking advantage of consumers using Amazon’s platform, outlining how his efforts revealed this unscrupulous behavior and ensured that consumers were able to conduct business without the negative influence of scammers going to great lengths to manipulate product reviews for their own financial gain. His success in exposing this fraudulent behavior is not an isolated incident, as Leaf has enjoyed a long professional career in fraud detection and has assisted many consumers in learning how to recognize fraud and how to defend against being victimized.

The book also covers some of the more practical aspects of social media use, as Leaf takes the time to go through the step-by-step processes involved in registering for an Instagram account and setting it up for personal or professional use. The educational components cover both simple and complex issues relating to social media use, from explaining how to effectively employ the use of a hashtag to detailing how to link multiple social media accounts so they are thoroughly protected from the tactics commonly used by scammers and fraudsters. With practical advice, straightforward explanations and rare insight, Ian Leaf’s “Fraud, Fraudsters and Scams – What to Watch for on Instagram” provides valuable information for anyone who wishes to avoid the consequences of being victimized by fraudsters while using various social media platforms.

About The Author

My name is Ian Leaf, founder of Ian Leaf Corporation, which is built to serve those to feel safer in their communities. I am also the starter of Ian Leaf HFC which serves as an individual department within the corporation to stop scam, schemes and fraud. All schemes that have been found out and reviewed here are tagged with Ian Leaf Scam, Ian Leaf Tax and Ian Leaf Tax Fraud. This ruling also goes to shining the spotlight on the cons of these schemes by tagging them with the phrase, “Ian Leaf Fraudster”.

The purpose of this blog is to expose scams and cons with any information we have back home at Ian Leaf Corporation and Ian Leaf HFC in order to keep you and your loved ones safe from the threat fraudsters and schemes pose. Check back regularly as evil never sleeps and new information is published ASAP.

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