Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

I can’t believe we are already in the first week of September.  On a high note though football started last night, so that is always a good thing in my world.  I am upset that I can’t watch one of my teams play because our satellite provider doesn’t carry the channel, so that sucks, but I will figure it out.  Here are the links from this past week:

The Things We Knew by Catherine West

Viktor E. Frankl – Quote Of The Week

Murder On Moonshine Hill by Joan C. Curtis

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Why Can’t I Lose Weight? – Writers Workshop

Monthly Book Reviews – September 2016

Here are some fun stuff I saw on Facebook that I wanted to share as well.




That is all I have for this week. I hope to see you back here next week!

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Monthly Book Reviews – September 2016

Sept 2016

How is it already September 1st?  I can’t believe how quickly this year is going.  Here are the reviews that I have coming up this month.

September 3rd-Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall

September 6th-Alabama Irish by James Russell Lingerfelt

September 7th-House of Eire by June Gillam

September 12th-Scapegoat by Emilio Corsetti III

September 12th-Mummy’s Little Angel by JW Lawson

September 14th-An Amish Harvest by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Amy Clipston

September 18th-Secret Crush by Victoria Pinder

September 20th-There’s Been A Change Of Plans by Amy Koko

September 21th-Borderline Insanity by Jeff Miller

September 27th-Everlasting Lies by Barbara Warren

September 29th-The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

September 30th-The Things We Said Today by Lise McClendon

Those are the reviews that I have coming up this month.  I do have quite a few reviews coming up this month.  I have already read quite a few of them, and so far I have enjoyed most of them.  There is one that I wasn’t the biggest fan of, but you will have to wait and see which one that is.

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Why Can’t I Lose Weight? – Writers Workshop

Why Can't I Lose Weight

This week for the writer’s workshop I am going to be talking about a few reasons why I can’t lose weight. I know there a ton of reasons, but these are the ones that came to my mind first when I was writing this post. I also am well aware of what I am doing will cause me to gain weight or just make is so I can’t lose weight.

I had lost a ton of weight about six years or so ago, but I started a medication that made me put on tons of weight in a short period, and I haven’t lost all of it. Even though at times I have tried harder than other times I can’t see to get the weight off again. Here are a few reasons why I can’t lose weight.

  1. The first one is because I refuse to stop drinking Dr. Pepper. I have had to cut out so many other things out of my diet because of allergies or because of sensitivities to things like gluten. I know I would lose weight if I could do it out, but there is no way that will ever cut it out.
  2. The next reason is that I enjoy eating chips and fried foods. I love salty foods, and I would eat them for every meal if I could get away with it.
  3. Another is that I don’t work out, and I have the desire to start. I always say I can’t work out because of the Multiple Sclerosis, but it is just because I am lazy, and I don’t want to.
  4. I also know that I would lose weight if I had another job where I wasn’t sitting at a desk all day long and rarely leaving my desk. I used to help out in the warehouse when I was bored but because of the job I am training to do I am pretty much stuck at my desk all day.
  5. I also just sit around and watch tv on the weekends or read a book. For example, on Sunday I am lucky if I get over two thousand steps in. Most Sundays I only get about fifteen hundred steps. I know if I were more active I would lose weight. It also gets hard for me to do things because my sleep is terrible so by the time I get off work it is all I can do to go home take a bath and go to bed.

Those are five things that I know if I changed I would lose weight but as you can see I am not highly motivated to do any of them.

What is one reason you aren’t losing weight?

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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult was another great book by one of my favorite authors. I have read most of her books so when I got the chance to review this book I knew I had to. I love that this book tackles things that most authors would never want to write about because they are hard to write about. They also are controversial and could make people upset, so I love that she isn’t afraid to write about them. I loved everything about this book and the subject matter. I have always been a huge fan of her writing so I knew I was going to love this book and I was right. She is always able to get me interested in the book from the outset, and this book was no different. If you books that address current issues than I know you will love this book as much as I did. It is also a very easy book to read, and I was able to get through it pretty quickly.

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

About The Book

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

Jodi Picoult

About The Author

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-three novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Her new novel, SMALL GREAT THINGS, is available in hardcover, ebook, and audio on October 11th.

Website: http://www.jodipicoult.com/

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Murder On Moonshine Hill by Joan C. Curtis

JoanbooktourMURDERMOONSHINE_LARGEWhen Jenna decides to go to this wedding, she expects to dredge up old secrets and old hurts and she expects to see people from her past, but she doesn’t expect to stumble on a dead body.

Jenna’s friend is arrested. The wedding is cancelled. And Jenna’s tendency to stick her nose where it shouldn’t be leads her into the path of the killer.

Set in the serene mountains of North Carolina Murder on Moonshine Hill is filled with suspense, humor, and a quirky cast of supporting characters.

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e-Murderer copyOn this anything but typical Monday morning Jenna Scali, who works part-time for a shrink, opens an email that depicts the brutal death of a young girl. On that same day the police uncover a dead coed two blocks from Jenna’s house. The e-murderer’s description creepily echos the death described in the newspapers.

When Jenna receives other emails, she takes what she knows to the police and thus begins her journey in the path of the e-murderer. Her curious nature impels her from e-messages to dead coeds to a ring of prostitutes. With the help of her quirky friends, Jenna learns that she’s more than a conduit for the killer. She’s his target. New secrets unfold, and finally her love life takes a tumble when the true killer emerges.

THE E-MURDERER is a race to find a psychotic killer before he kills again.

This new mystery series with a young female sleuth promises to keep you glued to your seat until the last page.

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Joan is an award-winning writer who has published 6 books and numerous stories. Readers compare her to the great Southern writer, Fanny Flagg. “She writes characters and a story that will joancCurtisstay with you.”

Her debut mystery/suspense novel, The Clock Strikes Midnight, won the silver medal for fiction/suspense in the Global eBook Awards for 2015 and is a finalist for the Royal Palm Literary Award. The e-Murderer won first place in the Malice Domestic Grants competition for new writers.

Joan has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember. She reads all kinds of books, including women’s fiction, mysteries, biography, and nonfiction. Mystery/suspense with a psychological twist is exactly the kind of book Joan loves to read.

2016finalist“I write about characters who remind me of myself at times and my sister at times, but never fully so. My stories are told from a woman’s point of view with a destiny. Characters drive my writing and my reading.”

Having grown up in the South with a mother from Westchester County New York, Joan has a unique take on blending the Southern traditions with the eye of a Northerner. She spent most of her childhood in North Carolina and now resides in Athens, Georgia.

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Murder on Moonshine Hill by Joan C. Curtis was an interesting book. This was more of a light-hearted mystery than what I have been reading lately and I really enjoyed that. This is the second book in the series but you don’t have to read the first book in order to understand what is going on in this one. I didn’t read the first book and I had no problem understand what was going on in this book. I have been reading tons of more intense mystery books lately so I loved the change of pace. This book still kept me wanting to read and I read it pretty quick as well. I am going to go back and read the first book in the series because I really enjoyed the characters in this book and I can’t wait to other books by her. If you love mystery or suspense books that I would give this one a shot because I am sure you will enjoy it.

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Viktor E. Frankl – Quote Of The Week

Quote Of The Week

This week’s quote is by Viktor E. Frankl.

Viktor E. Frankl

I like this quote because I am a firm believer in the fact that you can only change yourself.  You can never change someone else and at times it is hard even to modify the situation you are in.  The best example I have of this would be when I worked for a company that in the end put us out of business, and we all got picked up by the business I work for now.  For the entire five or six year’s everything was always so negative, so I had to change myself and be more positive because being so negative was ruining my life, and it was making the Multiple Sclerosis worse.  I just learned to focus on the positive things even if it was hard to find something.  Now because I did do that with the job that I hated it is so easy for me to do now with the job that I am currently loving.

What do you think of these week’s quote by Viktor E. Frankl?

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The Things We Knew by Catherine West

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The Things We Knew by Catherine West was a good book. This book was a slower book and not one of my favorites. Even with that being said I did still want to know how the book ended and what ended up happening so I didn’t have a problem finishing the book. This book reminded me of when I worked at the nursing home, and I loved Lynette’s dad right from the start. I have such a soft spot for older people like him. I did love that there was a little bit of a mystery, and I know that is why I wanted to keep reading the story because I always have to know how it all works out in the end. I love that I don’t have to worry about what will happen in the books because it is written by a Christian author. If you love Christian fiction than I know, you will love this book.

The Things We Knew by Catherine West

About The Book

A tragedy from the past resurfaces in this tale of family secrets and reignited love.

After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to harbor animosity toward their father, silently blaming him for their mother’s death. Nobody will talk about that dreadful day, and Lynette can’t remember a bit of it.

But when next-door neighbor Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, he brings the past with him. Once her brother’s best friend and Lynette’s first crush, Nick seems to hiding things from her. Lynette wonders what he knows about the day her mother died and hopes he might help her remember the things she can’t.

But Nick has no intention of telling Lynette the truth. Besides the damage it might cause his own family, he doesn’t want to risk harming the fragile friendship between him and the woman he once thought of as a kid sister.

As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets begin to surface—secrets that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question all they ever believed in.

Catherine West

About The Author

Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border collie for long walks on the beach or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children.

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

I can’t believe that I didn’t get the wrap-up post up last week.  I was swamped at work all week and then when I got off work on Thursday night I never got around to writing it once I was home.

Jim Rohn – Quote Of The Week

It Takes One by Kate Kessler

A Small Multiple Sclerosis Update

A Chilling Absence by Shelly Maynard

Adoption Thoughts- 11 Years

John F. Kennedy – Quote Of The Week

Oh Ship! Tales Of A Cruising Chick & Other Travel Adventures by Lori A. Moore

Until Then by Krista Noorman

The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray

I am going to share a few more of the fun things I have seen on Facebook and Youtube like a did the last time I wrote one of these posts.  Let me know if you like this because if you do I will keep doing it but if you don’t then I won’t spend the time.







That is all I have for this week.  I hope you all have a great weekend and I hope to see you back here next week!

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The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray

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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.

The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray was a book I knew I was going to love because of who wrote it. I can’t even count the numbers of books I have read by this author and so far I think I have enjoyed them all. This book takes place after the Civil War ended and from the moment I started the book I didn’t want to put the book down. This is one of the books that I started on a Sunday morning, and I didn’t go to bed until I finished the book. I felt bad for and liked Miranda from the outset. I did find the book more on the predictable side, but that is usually how books like this are for me. Even with me saying that I still really enjoyed this book. I know that if you like historical novels then you will enjoy this book as much as I did.

The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray

About The Book

Robert came to Galveston to fulfill his promise to a dying man and look after his widow. He didn’t expect to find love in the unlikeliest of places.

Robert Truax, former Second Lieutenant and Confederate officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his comrade Phillip Markham. If anything happened to Phillip, Robert would look after his beloved wife, Miranda. She was his life, his world, his everything.

After the war, Robert is left to pick up the pieces and fulfill his pact. When he arrives at Miranda’s home in Galveston, Texas, things are worse than he imagined. Phillip’s name has been dragged through the mud, everyone in town believes him to be a traitor, and his widow is treated as an outcast. Even more disturbing is her emotional well-being. Miranda seems hopeless, lost, and so very alone.

Robert had thought his duty would be simple. He would help Miranda as quickly as possible in order to honor a promise. But the moment Robert laid eyes on her, his plans changed. He’s mesmerized by her beauty and yearns to help her in any way he can.
He makes it his duty to protect Miranda, turn her reputation around, and to find some way to help her smile again. But it doesn’t prove to be an easy task—Robert knows something about Phillip that could shake Miranda to the core and alter her view of the man she thought she knew so well.

Shelley Gray

About The Author

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

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Until Then by Krista Noorman

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Until Then by Krista Noorman this is the second book in the series, and I did enjoy the book. I did read the first book as well so if you want to check out that review you can click here to see it. Like I said, I enjoyed this book but if I had to pick between the two I would pick Goodbye, Magnolia because I felt like I connect better with those characters than I did with Michelle in this book. Even with that being said I did enjoy this book, and I still love the authors writing. I love this author writing, and I hope that she will come out with other books in this series because I can’t wait to read other books by her.

Until Then by Krista Noorman

About The Book

Growing up with a distant mother and absentee father, Michelle’s childhood has been far from idyllic. Her only attention comes from her partying friends and the guys who are more than happy to give her the affection she longs for. But when one party goes wrong, Michelle’s family hatches a plan to get her out of Chicago and away from her so-called friends.

College plans are low on Michelle’s priority list, especially with no money to pay for it, until her grandparents offer to foot the bill for her entire tuition. There’s just one catch. Michelle must choose between three schools – all hours away from Chicago and all Christian colleges.

Michelle’s reluctant choice leads her to an unfamiliar place, where she’s faced with new relationships and unexpected decisions that could change her life and her heart forever.

PG-13 for sensuality

Krista Noorman

About The Author

Krista Noorman is the author of the young adult novel, The Truth About Drew , and theCornerstone contemporary Christian romance series. Most of her life has been spent scribbling away in journals, while documenting her every day life, but it wasn’t until she took part in National Novel Writing Month that she found her true calling and turned her pen to fiction.

Krista studied music education at Cornerstone University. After college, she turned to her love of photography and spent nearly a decade running her own wedding photography business. She is constantly inspired by books and movies, enjoys beautiful instagram feeds, and loves a great cup of coffee. Krista makes her home in a small town in western Michigan with her husband and their two children. She writes about life, family, faith and whatever else comes to mind at bykrista.com .

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