Monday, July 24, 2017

Its the Most Wonderful l Time of the YEAR!

That's right everyone my kids are already heading back to school tomorrow!!
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My kids are in a modified school year which means they are already headed back to school tomorrow.  I will have one at home until the end of August than the last will be gone 3 hours 3 days a week at preschool. The same preschool that taught all of my kids to read, write and love school before they all turned 5 years old.

Am I excited? HECK YES!!  This is a family friendly site swearing is only in the books we read.
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This series of books are so cute
I am not completely free of kids just yet and yes I am counting down to next school year.  My oldest is worried what will happen when they are all in school. I promised him I have enough to do keep me busy most days and when I am not busy well. The world is my mind to conquer.
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Next year I might go back to school and finally get my degree that I am a few credits shy of having. To bad I will have to start all over again but hey this time I bet my grades will be better than C's.
I want to go back to school and get my degree but this time for me. Not to prove to anyone that I am smart or that my Learning Disabilities which there are a lot of them prevent my from learning.  I am going back to school for me.  I was told my whole life I would never be able to read above the 3rd grade level. Sorry to all the authors out there but I guess your books are easy enough for a 3rd graders mind.

I asked by my college adviser  how the Heck did I get into college with my ACT score and ok grades?
I wanted to tell him because grades and test do not show anyone what I know.
Instead I left is office questioning why I was trying to prove to the world I was smart if all they saw was grades and test.
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Talking to my sons 5th grade teacher as we talked about my son she looked at me and said "You understand you are twice gifted right? I have never met a mom with so much knowledge and the amazing ability to understand her child's needs like you. You make me feel like to don't know anything as a teacher.  You are not dumb but twice gifted. Just like your son.  You were given a label that was unjust.  You and your son can't take test which means to the education world you have learning disabilities. I hope you take all those negative thoughts in your head and use them to get your degree because they world needs you or at least more moms like you."

I was overwhelmed by her comments and realized maybe I wasn't as dumb as I had accepted I was because of the standards the world had put on my tiny 6 year old shoulders and once again 14 year old shoulders and again at 20 years old.
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These might be disabilities to you but they are my super powers
Can you read, write upside down? Can you write forward, backwards and upside down? Do you know how amazing you are when you can learn in ways no one else can?

Book Review: Growing Friendship A Kids Guide to Making and Keeping Friends by Eileen Kennedy-Moore and Christine McLaughlin

Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends
Title: Growing Friendship A Kids Guide to Making and Keeping Friends

Author: Eileen Kennedy-Moore and Christine McLaughlin

Stars: 5 out of 5 (8 year old Review)

This review is written by my 8 year old daughter. The book arrived in the mail as I opened the package my daughter grabbed it out of my hands.  It took me a week to find it.  Its was in my daughters bedroom and she was reading it. I ask what do you think?
  She said "I don't have trouble making friends or keeping them. Yet I should read this just incase."

Like: Mom this book has a great story using Cartoons. Who knew I could learn so much about friendships.  I hated it when a friend would one day say you are not my friend anymore and than the next week we are finds again.  This book is teaching me how to deal with that instead of getting hurt and crying." 
Dislike: Well sometimes I wasn't sure what they were talking about because the words didn't make since. Than again I didn't know the word anyway but the cartoon totally helped. I mean seriously mom when do I have have trouble figuring out a word. I read 7th grade site words.
That is my daughter.
I plan to read the book as soon as I can get it out of my old child's hand.

Thank you to the publishers for sending me this wonderful books my kids could enjoy and learn from

From psychologist and children’s friendships expert Eileen Kennedy-Moore and parenting and health writer Christine McLaughlin comes a social development guide that gives kids the answers they need to make and keep friends.

Friendship is complicated for kids. Almost every child struggles socially at some time, in some way. Having an argument with a friend, getting teased, or even trying to find a buddy in a new classroom…although these are typical problems, they can be very painful. 

With research-based practical solutions and plenty of true-to-life examples—presented in more than 200 lighthearted cartoons—Growing Friendships is a toolkit for both girls and boys as they make sense of the social world around them.

Children everywhere want to fit in with a group, resist peer pressure, and be good sports—but even the most socially adept children struggle at times. But after reading this highly illustrated guide on their own or with a caring adult, kids everywhere will be well equipped to face any friendship challenges that come their way.

About The Author(s)
Eileen Kennedy-Moore
Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, is an author, psychologist, and speaker, who specializes in parenting and children’s social and emotional development. Her approach is both gentle and practical. She's the author of an award-winning children’s book, What About Me? 12 Ways to Get Your Parents' Attention Without Hitting Your Sister (Parenting Press). She's also co-author of two books for parents: Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential (Jossey-Bass/Wiley) and The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends (Little, Brown). Dr. Kennedy-Moore serves on the advisory board for Parents magazine and blogs for Psychology Today. She has a private practice in Princeton, NJ, where she works with adults, children, and families, and she often presents at schools and conferences.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Book Review: A Love to Remember (The Disgraced Lords #7) by Bronwen Evans

A Love to Remember (The Disgraced Lords, #7)
Title: A Love To Remember 

 Author: Bronwen Evans

Stars: 4.25 out of 5

A historical romance of the first water. The heroine is a young widowed Duchess and the hero is a newly minted Earl. He has acquired the title as his older brother, the Earl, was killed while saving his life on the battlefield. The story is lusty and poignant. They love each other but both have an aversion to the commitment of marriage. The burning question is can they find away around the emotional baggage they are carrying in abundance.

I have rated this book 4.25 stars and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a well written historical romance.

I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.
Thank you Frank 

For Rose Deverill, one husband was enough. As the wealthy widow of the Duke of Roxborough, she has cultivated an unsavory reputation meant to discourage wife hunters. Thanks to a string of steamy affairs, Rose is perfectly content to be known by polite society as the “Wicked Widow”—until she’s reunited with the man she fell in love with at age fifteen. Their bedroom encounters are scorching, but it breaks Rose’s heart to wonder whether her reckless behavior ruined her for Philip Flagstaff.

The second son of the Earl of Cumberland, Philip never wanted the title. But after Philip’s older brother, Robert, follows him into the Battle of Waterloo, his worst fears come to pass. Now Robert lies in a soldier’s grave, and Philip is determined never to pass on the inheritance to children of his own. Then Rose appears, soothing the pain with her delightful curves and passionate kisses. The notorious Duchess seems to want nothing from him—and yet Philip has never ached to give a woman more.

Kindle Edition
Published June 6th 2017 by Loveswept

About The Author: 
Bronwen Evans
USA Today bestselling author, Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Evans is a three-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand with her dogs Brandy and Duke.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Book Review Spectrum By Ethan Cross

Title: Spectrum 

Author: Ethan Cross

Stars:4 out of 5

Ethan Cross brings a story multiple story lines that shows how the governments will work with terrorists to bring down the bigger terrorists.  Readers might find themselves a little lost as they find each multiple story time intertwines and than moves into their own story time only to be pulled back together.
The characters are well thought out with a focus readers will be able to follow. 
Spectrum  is a very dark story filled with graphic scenes of death that will pull at heart string of readers.  I have to admit as a reader I did find myself lost several times when the stories were separate and than intertwine and separate again.  
The cast of character is very large so much you as a reader you pay attention. 
Once the story gets going no one will be able to put down the book until you discover why its called spectrum.
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy. 

A fast-paced thriller from the author of the international bestselling Shepherd series.
The gruesome killing of more than 300 white squatters in a South African village is still unsolved when the alleged assassin enters a storage facility in the US and takes several hostages.
No demands and an obvious play for time leave hostage negotiators on edge. When the FBI is called in, they bring Dr. August Burke, a young man with James Dean looks and a brilliant mind capable of seeing behavioral patterns where others can’t. Unfortunately, Burke hates being around people. Can he put his social anxieties aside and solve the mystery before it's too late?
Together with FBI Special Agent Carter, Burke finds the door to a secret laboratory beneath the storage facility. Is this what the culprits are really after? Soon Burke realizes they are dealing with an enemy who is willing to kill thousands without batting an eye.
Across the globe, Constable Isabel Price picks up her gun and starts the hunt for the killer behind the village massacre, even if that means losing everything. She has no intention on bringing him back alive. Her thirst for revenge leads her to the US, and her path intertwines with the hostage takers.
Between Isabel Price’s quest for bloody vengeance and August Burke’s uneasy gift, Spectrum weaves a web of intrigue and complex characters into an action-packed crime novel.

About The Author:
Ethan Cross
ETHAN CROSS is the International Bestselling and Award-Winning Author of THE SHEPHERD, THE CAGE, CALLSIGN:KNIGHT, and his latest, THE PROPHET--a novel described by bestselling author Jon Land as "The best book of its kind since Thomas Harris retired Hannibal Lecter" while #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner said, "The surprises are fast and furious and will leave you breathless to read more."

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Review The Hunting Grounds By Katee Roberts

The Hunting Grounds (Hidden Sins, #2)
Title: The Hunting Grounds

Author: Katee Robert

Stars: 3 1\2 Stars out of 5

I have to admit serial killer killing in national parks had me agreeing to the book before I even knew who the author was.
The Katee Roberts created two story lines for readers to follow a group a young hikers who can't seem to get past the past and second chance romance Maggie/Vic.  The first few chapters the author caught readers up with everyone past but soon the past kept being brought up to the point readers will be pulled out of the story.
The story suspense would be well paced and than slow down only for the author to rush readers into scenes that had no building up.  I even found myself finishing the book wondering if I had skipped a few pages.   The best way I can put it is the author had a word count and she was running low. 
I am interested in reading more by the author as she develops her voice in the Romantic suspense genre.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy.

For two FBI agents with a past, love becomes a matter of life and death in the new Hidden Sins novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert.

Maggie Gaines used to be an FBI agent—top of her class and one of the bright, up-and-coming stars—until she spectacularly fell apart during her first high-profile case. That was eight years ago. Now she’s a ranger at Glacier National Park, and she’s found some measure of peace. But when the body of a murdered woman is discovered, she must finally put the past behind her and work with the one man she thought she’d never see again.

For months, Vic Sutherland has been hunting a killer who’s been targeting unsuspecting hikers in national parks—and now the predator has come to Glacier. Vic knows the case will bring him face-to-face with his former partner, yet nothing can prepare him for seeing Maggie again after all these years, or for the memories of passion it stirs in both of them.

As the investigation brings them closer together—and closer to the killer—Maggie and Vic fear they have only each other to trust. But even that might not be enough to make it out of Glacier alive.

Paperback318 pages
Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Montlake Romance

About The Author: 
Katee Robert
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension." When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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