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Let’s Read Together!

Let’s Read Together!

I’m late getting this post up, but it’s been crazy hectic what with the husband being gone for so long, illnesses going around left and right, and my newfound addiction of Candy Crush Soda Saga (don’t judge, you know you have your goofy game addictions, too) I had this mostly ready to go and then got sidetracked.

Then I spent a weekend out west sneaking in time to see the husband in between his jobs and such.  Now I’m home.  Now I’ve got the pdf finished.  Now I’m writing this up.

Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked again.  I like to read and I haven’t picked up a single book yet this year.  I know.  I’m just as shocked as you are.  I’m not sure how that’s happened, but it has.  I’m ready to remedy this situation and I want you to join me in pledging, even if only to ourselves, to read this year.

I’ve randomly written down different genres and other little “requirements” for a book to meet in order for it to be able to make my Books I Read in 2017 list and I would love for you to join me in trying to read 20 different books this year, one for each category.


It could be total fun!  What’s a little competition between friends if it’s not fun?

Here’s the pdf of The List.

And on that note, I must say that I am most excited about the upcoming release of Chevy Stevens’s new book, Never Let You Go.

What book’s release are you most looking forward to this year?

Will you join me in my own personal 2017 reading challenge?

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Posted by on February 23, 2017 in Books, TBR


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10 Facts About Me

10 Facts About Me

We are going to continue getting to know me today.  I’m going to tell you 10 random facts about me that not many people know.  My trusted circle is small.

If you continue reading, you are agreeing to keeping my secrets safe.  You are agreeing that you will only tell no more than 1,573,068,632 people, ever, what I am going to reveal to you in just a few more moments.  This list is not exhaustive of all of my secrets.  It is not even close to all of the nittiest grittiest dirtiest of facts about me.  They aren’t even close.  But they are all true, I swear it.

Now, without further ado, I bring you the much anticipated list of 10 Facts About me!

10. I have a fascination, nay, an obsession, with even numbers.  I can’t even eat M&M’s unless it is two at a time.  If there is any extra left over (I also sort them by color and only eat one color at a time), I offer them first to my husband, my children, and then my boxer dog in that order of their availability.

9. I am an avid reader.  I love to read just about anything.  I’ll pick up a book because it’s on sale and find a new favorite author.  True story.  That really happened.  I picked up a copy of Still Missing by Chevy Stevens one day off of the bargain table at the front of a Barnes & Noble just because the front cover looked super awesome.  I have since bought at least a single copy of each of her following books, sometimes two copies (an e-book and an actual book).  I’ve also won two, that’s right, TWO, advanced reading copies of her books before they were released, thanks to Goodreads.

8. I am a lover of all things I deem awesome.  Like these socks my husband and son surprised me with one day.  Not only are they purple, which is my favorite color, but they are Batman (that’s a whole story by itself), and they have their very own capes!  It just does not get more awesome than that.
awesome socks

7. I am currently 26% fluent in German according to Duolingo.  I must admit that I have come pretty far from just knowing how to say pretty much nothing to actually reading and understanding and knowing what a tweet said last night in my feed, when it was in German!!  I was pretty proud of myself.  Then I woke up this morning, still riding the high, and did today’s lesson.

6.We move around, a lot, for my husband’s job.  In fact, we are in our third house in our third town in as many years.  The last place we lived didn’t have too much room and we left several boxes packed up, sealed, and left alone.  Because of this reason, I have realized, with this most recent move into a slightly larger place with a garage that I don’t NEED all of this stuff. Some of it has no place in my house except to cause clutter.  For this reason, and the fact that I am tired of dealing with clutter and shuffling things around my house all the time, I am taking part in the #Declutter365 mission to help reduce the amount of clutter and to help improve my peace of mind.  I’m following this blog, Home Storage Solutions 101, and doing the daily decluttering missions.  I already have a small tote half full of things to put in our garage sale this spring, along with a few other things we deemed should go to someone else who needs them that we put in a corner of the garage for the same garage sale as we started unpacking the house.

5. I am a die hard Law & Order: SVU fan.  It is my number one favorite show.  I have yet to miss an episode, though I will admit I sometimes record them for a month or so and then binge watch the new episodes.  If there is a marathon on USA, it’s a pretty good bet that I’m watching it, or at least have it playing in the background while I go about my day adulting and such.

4. I have completed a single 5K before, the Color Me Rad 5K.  The kids did it with me.  We had a great time and I would love to do one again soon.

3.  I love to open a bag of chips and see all the chips that were cooked a little bit longer than the others.  We call them darkies and I think they are the best tasting chips in the entire bag.  I once opened a bag and found several just waiting there near the top for me to pick them up and savor them, one at a time.  That was the best bag of chips ever.

2. I once made the best batch of Loaded Baked Potato Soup in the crock pot once.  I have since tried a couple of times to replicate it, but it hasn’t been as good as that first batch.  That’s another post on it’s own, too.  I promise it’s coming and I promise I’ll share pictures and the recipe I used.

1.Last but not least, there’s this little tidbit of information.  I am a natural blonde.  Even all these thirty plus years later, no matter what color I put in my hair, it is blonde at the roots and grows out blonde.  It’s not as light as it used to be, I attribute that to the boxes and bottle of dye I used on it in middle and high school and the crazy colors I’ve put in it since.  However, I love being a blonde, and the old adage rings true for me.  Blondes have more fun.
So, there you have it.  10 facts about me.  Tell me something about you.  What is something that not everyone knows, but is ok to tell me?

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Posted by on January 5, 2016 in Books, Family, Life


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My Read More Reading Challenge 2016

My Read More Reading Challenge 2016

I’ve always wanted to complete a year long reading challenge.  I’ve searched and searched Google and found several that were some pretty awesome challenges.  None of them ever quite fit me, though.  So, I’ve made my own!  I’ve even got it set up so that you can download it yourself, print it out, and read along with me!  Just click the link right down there at the bottom of the page and bam!  It’s yours to use.

reading challenge

It has forty different book descriptors to help broaden your reading horizon and to challenge you to finish all forty challenges.  If you complete all forty reading challenges with a different title for each line and share your completed pages with me, I’ll enter you into a drawing at the end of the year for a surprise reading goody basket!

As I read the books, I will be reviewing them here.  Be sure to check back throughout the year to see what I read and what I think about the books.  I am really looking forward to 2016 being a great new year!  Are you going to tell everyone about the book challenge or keep it to yourself?

Here’s the link to download the pdf file.

Read More Reading Challenge 2016

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Posted by on December 29, 2015 in Books, Giveaways, TBR


Summer Days

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.  There’s been a lot, and a lot of nothing, going on.  So, let’s start with July.

Back in June, I signed up for a challenge known as Camp NaNoWriMo.  I challenged myself to write 50,000 words in 31 days.  Because of things coming up unexpectedly, I had to drop my word count goal down to 30,000 and I barely made it.  Final count July 31 right before midnight was 30,146 words.  Whew!  Just by the hair on my chinny chin chin.  Ok, not my chin.  I don’t have hair on my chin.  Just by the hair on my leggy leg legs.

Right before Camp got started, I had to make an unexpected visit to my dentist.  Fortunately, they were able to squeeze me in the next day, and we came up with a LONG plan of things that needed to be done.  The last dentist that I went to, up in Pennsylvania, totally screwed my mouth up.  After everything was all said and done, I ended up with three crowns and nearly eight fillings, although two of them were touch ups to old fillings.  After three months, I am finally done and just down to routine cleanings!!  Yay!  So I had a lot of up and down time.

The kids have also been home.  We’ve been spending some time together, both with and without (but mostly without) their dad home.  We tubed the Comal River.  We walked the River Walk.  We even made a trip to DFW to watch their grandmother walk across the stage and get her bachelors degree in business.  We also went to Albany, Texas for the Fort Griffin Fandangle.  That was amazing!!

My sister spent a week down here.  My grandmother spent a few days.  My mother, stepdad, and sister (and when I say sister both in this sentence and the one a couple before this one, I mean my sister and my nephew) came down for a weekend, which happened to be my nephew’s birthday weekend.  We went to Rainforest Cafe on the River Walk and spent the next day at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels.  We all had so much fun!  Also, my partner in crime, we will call her Robin so we don’t give away her secret identity, moved back to Texas that same weekend!  Hooray!

Now we are spending the last couple of weeks of August getting ready for school to start back up.  It’s going to be the start of a bittersweet school year for me this year.  My wonderful daughter, Bailey, will be starting middle school this year.  Gasp!  I don’t think I’m ready for this!

And that has just about brought you up to speed.  I’m working on a couple of other posts and hope to have them coming your way pretty soon.

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Posted by on August 11, 2013 in Family, Kids, Life, My Book


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Camp NaNoWriMo – July 2013

It’s official!!  I’m a camper at Camp NaNoWriMo!  I even have my own camper profile page.  It’s here.  I’ll wait for you while you verify what I say.

See!  I told you it was true!  My goal for July’s session of camp is to write (drumroll please) 50,000 words in 31 days!  Wow!  That’s a lot of words.  I think this may be just the kind of push and inspiration I need to stay motivated and actually finish any book that I am trying to fully get on to paper, or rather my hard drive.

Also, Camp NaNoWriMo is made possible by the Offices of Letters and Light.  It is a non-profit organization that helps bring writing to people of all ages.  You can sponsor me at camp by either clicking on the Sponsor Me picture on the right side of my camper profile, or you can click the picture on the right hand side of my blog of Camp NaNoWriMo, or you can click the picture right below this sentence.
2013-Participant-Facebook-CoverNow that I’ve given you all the different ways to sponsor me, let me just tell you what happens if you sponsor me.  Once I reach certain levels of sponsorship, I receive awesome and amazing items to help me get through camp alive and un-mauled by any bears.  You can also use your donation as a tax deduction.  That in itself is pretty awesome.  You also help to bring writing programs to those that might otherwise not get them.  And you show me that you support me and that you have confidence in the fact that I can do this!

Another plus, if you donate $10, or more (hint, hint, wink, wink, nudge, nudge, chuckle, chuckle), I will name either a character or a place of business in the novel I will be working on at camp after you!  You can choose to be either a character or business, until/unless all of one have been taken.  If they both get all filled up, I’ll toss in an extra character or business just for you!

Wish me luck at camp!  Now, how does this tent go together?

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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Books, Life


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And the Winner Is…

After getting everyone’s name for the entries for the Dollanganger Giveaway, I went to a random name picker website, put in everyone’s name the appropriate number of times, and clicked “Pick Random Line” in order to choose a winner.  And without further ado, the winner is…

Dollanganger Giveaway WinnerGayelena, I will be contacting you to get your information to get your prize to you.  I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.

Book Giveaway



Posted by on April 1, 2013 in Books, Giveaways


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Always Watching by Chevy Stevens

Last week I received an Advance Readers’ Edition of Always Watching by Chevy Stevens from St. Martin’s Press.  This book is set to be released on June 18, 2013.  I forgot that I had entered for a chance at receiving an ARE of this book, so I was very confused when I found an envelope from St. Martin’s Press.  I had no clue what it could be because all the books I had ordered recently were series and would have been in boxes (and they happened to arrive the same day).  I opened the envelope, pulled out the mystery book, looked it over in confusion, then squealed like a little school girl when I realized what it was.  I wanted to start reading it right away, but I had family down for Spring Break so I didn’t start it until Saturday night.  I finished it late late last night (rather, super early this morning).  I could NOT put this book down.

Always Watching

Always Watching is the third book by Chevy Stevens.  I have read her first two and was super excited to read her third.  I had no idea what it would be about, but I still HAD to read it.  Her first two books were told in the first person narrative to the narrator’s psychiatrist, Dr. Nadine Lavoie.  I was expecting this book to be told the same way.  However, she deviated from that writing style and told Dr. Lavoie’s story, instead.

Dr. Nadine Lavoie moved from Nanaimo to Victoria, in British Columbia, after being attacked.  She also hoped to find her daughter, last rumored to be living on the streets in Victoria.  She is no longer in private practice but working at a hospital.  When Heather arrives on the ward after a failed suicide attempt and mentions the center and Aaron Quinn, Nadine is suddenly awash with memories that had been long buried from her time spent at the commune when she was a child, back before it moved to the Victoria area.

This book follows Nadine as she works to save her daughter, Heather, and even herself.  Her long buried and somewhat forgotten past rushes into her present.  Through many twists and turns, I found myself hoping that Nadine would have a happy ending and finally find answers to questions that had plagued her since her time at the commune.

I could NOT put this book down.  I read the first few chapters Saturday night.  Sunday morning, I picked it back up and started reading again.  I read the last words early early (like 1:30 am early) Monday morning.  This book kept me thinking, kept me guessing, kept me turning the pages, and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read suspense.

Have you read any of Chevy Stevens’ other books?  Are you looking forward to the release of Always Watching?

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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Books, Reviews


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