Can I make a difference in the world today?
Geen categorie / 22 March 2017

Last year on this day my world got shaken up. Belgium, the country I live in, and love, got attacked by terrorists, resulting in the death of 35 people and injuring 340 others. The last of the wounded was released from the hospital in February of this year, almost 11 months after the attack. The press reported the possibility of these victims having to possibly return to the hospital for further treatments and possible prosthetics. The impact was far reaching. Today, one year after this horrific event, London, the city where so many of my family and loved ones live in, was also attacked. The reports so far have numbered the deaths at 4 and the injured in the twenties. I remember last year as being the day that brought terrorism to my back door. One of the terrorists literally past by one of my businesses on his escape route. I felt all kinds of emotions: anger, hurt, fear, worry, frustration, empathy,… I remember watching the images over and over until I couldn’t handle it anymore, and making sure none of my nearest and dearest was caught in the chaos that abounded. Today so many commemorations were held to remember…

Lake Town by Jane Redd
Geen categorie / 1 March 2017

Happy Release Day to Jane Redd. This book is a great read, one that had me turning pages at top speed until late at night! Book USA Today bestselling author Jane Redd presents LAKE TOWN, A Solstice Novel, #2: Jezebel James is on the run after her true abilities are discovered by the Legislature, and the only one who can protect her is Sol. In order to survive, Sol sends her into an underground hideout where she quickly discovers all that she thought was true in her dying world is false. Jez reunites with Rueben and his band of insurgents, and together they escape to Lake Town, only to find that the entire island is preparing to invade the City. But Sol has been left behind and forced to join the ranks of the Faction, who are working against the Legislature from within. As Jez works with the insurgents and their plan to destroy the City, she learns that attacking the City might save thousands of lives, but it will destroy Sol, the man she knows she can’t live without. Praise for SOLSTICE, Book #1: “In this slickly told YA sci-fi tale by Redd, climate change has brought about the…

The Rise of Miss Notley – Book Blast + $50 Giveaway
Geen categorie / 27 February 2017

    The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachael Anderson When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow. The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he dare offer her the position of housekeeper or will doing so result in catastrophe?   Excerpt Cora nodded and followed Mr. Ludlow into the parlor. He closed the doors and stood in front of them with his arms folded, looking far more intimidating than he had during their last meeting. He said nothing, merely lifted an inquiring eyebrow and waited. Caught unprepared, Cora stared at him, trying to organize her thoughts into words. After a few moments of awkward silence, he lost patience. “What is it you wished to speak with me about, Mrs. Notley? Or are we to stand here staring at each other all…

Resolutions and Goals and the Craziness It Causes
Geen categorie / 7 January 2017

In 2016 I, like so many people out there set a list of goals, resolutions if you will. I also decided to set a reading goal for the very first time. I wanted to see if I could put a number to the amount of books I was going to read, as I never really keep count. So being the planner that I am, I made an excel document, and typed up all the books I had already agreed on reading, and made a neat little list to keep track of my progression. I set the goal to read 100 books in 1 year, and as I started off, it seemed like a pretty high goal, but an achievable one. As the months past, I got the impression I was definitely going to make it. I even got a little crazy and embarked on a very adventurous and ambitious other project, but I’ll fill you in on that later. Then life kicked in, at a much faster gear, and plastered me to my seat. I literally lost my bearing there for a minute. And with it I kind of went on auto-pilot, getting all the urgent matters done, but there was…

How I Met Your Brother by Janette Rallison – Book 11 in the Power of the Matchmaker Series
Geen categorie / 3 November 2016

This book released on the 1st! It is the 11th book in this series, and exactly what I remember of a Janette Rallison read! Book The best day of his life, the worst day of hers. Back in college, Marco Dawson never thought of Belle as anything more than a friend. If she had crossed his mind on his wedding day, it was probably only to wonder why she hadn’t shown up to be a bridesmaid. After all, his new wife was her old roommate. Seven years have passed since then, and Belle just found out that Marco is divorced and vacationing with his family in an elegant Cancun resort. She’s not about to let the right man get away twice. She heads to the resort where she plans to casually bump into Marco and ignite some romantic flames. But Belle hadn’t planned on one thing: Flynn Dawson, Marco’s handsome, charming, and determined twin brother. He thinks Marco and his ex-wife can make amends and he’s not about to let Belle stand in the way. Part Sabrina, part While You Were Sleeping, romantic comedy readers will eat this book up! Review Isabelle has loves Marco since she laid eyes on…

Love in an Elevator – Book Blast and $50 Amazon Gift Code or Paypal Cash Giveaway
Geen categorie / 21 October 2016

  Love in an Elevator: A Romantic Comedy Anthology Laugh, swoon, and escape with this romantic comedy anthology! Will an elevator ride change her life? In HOLD THE LIFT by Aven Ellis, Sierra Crawford ends up meeting sexy British hockey player Jude Parker after their elevator sticks. Sierra finds herself getting to know Jude—and she likes what she sees. But he wouldn’t be interested in a food-obsessed assistant editor right? Sierra knows she’s quirky—her fondness of Magic 8 Balls is proof of that—so there’s no way he could look her way. Or can he? In DOWN, THEN UP by Beth Labonte, Lauren Oswald never expected to see her college love, Jamie, again. Not after the way things ended. She certainly doesn’t expect to see him ten years later at a bachelorette party in Vegas, waiting inside a hotel elevator. Slightly older. Different haircut. No wedding ring. Same eyes. As the pair embark on a late night errand, Lauren is flooded with memories of how Jamie became the one that got away—and she realizes that this one night could be their last chance to make things right. In GOING UP? by Whitney Dineen, Fiona Kitchen had a dream when she moved…

Madam President The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson BOOK BLAST
Geen categorie / 18 October 2016

  Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson by William Hazelgrove After President Woodrow Wilson suffered a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 1919, his wife, First Lady Edith Wilson, began to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the Executive Office. Mrs. Wilson had had little formal education and had only been married to President Wilson for four years; yet, in the tenuous peace following the end of World War I, Mrs. Wilson dedicated herself to managing the office of the President, reading all correspondence intended for her bedridden husband. Though her Oval Office authority was acknowledged in Washington, D.C. circles at the time–one senator called her “the Presidentress who had fulfilled the dream of suffragettes by changing her title from First Lady to Acting First Man”–her legacy as “First Woman President” is now largely forgotten. William Hazelgrove’s Madam President is a vivid, engaging portrait of the woman who became the acting President of the United States in 1919, months before women officially won the right to vote. Praise William Hazelgrove’s riveting style lets us into the backrooms of the White House to see how a woman who had only two years formal education was able to pull it off…

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Cinder & Ella By Kelly Oram
Geen categorie / 14 October 2016

I wrote this post up a long time ago to share with you at some point. As this book has recently gotten a new cover, and is set at the unbelievable price of $0.99 this week, I thought I would share this true gem with you! And on a very positive note, this book is set to get a sequel in February of next year – YAY! So if you haven’t read this beauty yet, DO SO NOW!! Book It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder. ……

Between Hope & The Highway by Charissa Stastny Book Blast + Review
Geen categorie / 6 October 2016

Between Hope and the Highway by Charissa Stastny Sometimes things get so messed up you have to pick up and get the heck out of Dodge. That’s what Liz Ruthersford does. Memories can be weapons, and hers have become incoming missiles. Fleeing home and her parents’ pity, she seeks refuge on a remote ranch in Montana where no one knows her tragic past. When she meets Bentley and Rawson Law, brothers with wounds of their own, life veers off course from her plans. Embers of hope and love flicker to life, but will Liz let them burn bright enough to warm her heart? Or will she hit the highway and run once again? A clean, heart-pounding romance and redemption story. Praise for Between Hope and the Highway “Stastny has weaved an endearing tale with Between Hope and the Highway. It is a beautiful story about love, loss, redemption, and forgiveness of not only others, but most importantly, ourselves. This is more than a love story, it is a story of family and coming together.” –Jennifer Peel, author “…an epic tale of romance, unconditional love, redemption, and the power of the human spirit to survive and transform amidst adversity. The metamorphosis…

Pianos and Promises: Three wonderful novellas by Jennifer Peel
Geen categorie / 5 October 2016

Yesterday Book 3 in this series released, and I realized I haven’t posted a single review, yet I have read each book ages ago when Jennifer sent these out to me to read them in advance. I soon fell in love with these characters and the stories told in these novella’s. Here are all three of them lined up with my reviews. Book 1: Christopher and Jaime Jaime Seger has two goals in life: marry her best friend, the man that owns her heart and soul, and buy her very own grand piano. But Christopher McKay, who has no idea Jaime’s been in love with him since she was eleven years old, never gets the memo and marries someone else. When Christopher’s wife dies, Jamie finds herself helping him raise his young daughter. A year later, she is on the other end of a very unlikely proposal, promising everything she thought she ever wanted. But will Christopher help Jaime finally realize both of her dreams, or will she only be left with broken promises? Review Book 1 is a little more serious, as Jaime and Christopher find themselves not so very happily ever after and struggling to make a not…