On the Run (Big Mike and Minnie) by Susan Amanda Kelly

On the Run (Big Mike and Minnie #1)On the Run by Susan Amanda Kelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just loved Big Mike and Minnie. Minerva was raised by a family that headed a biker gang in California. Minnie lived in New York. She was in her way to being a super model. Her family wanted her back in Cali and were not taking no for answer. So what does a promising super model do? She runs for NYC any way she can.

Trouble soon catches up to her at the airport. That is when she meets Big Mike. Trouble continues to follow her so she and Michael have some crazy tricky maneuvers to escape them. It is funny exciting and as sexy as all get out.

Minnie does not want to be bossed around. How can Mike get her to do what is best for her? It is a balancing act that becomes even more difficult when rival gangs get in an uproar.

There are some over the top hilariously funny scenes. They make the book even better. There is the elevator scene that was just priceless. Minnie is trying to salvage her potential supermodel career and stay safe at the same time. Big Mike doesn’t realize just what a quick thinker Minnie is. He will come to find out she is a force to be reckoned with.

Susan Amanda Kelly has written one great book. The characters are so alive and real and the adventures are all within the realm of possibility. This book is totally worth picking up and reading. Now I want the second book. There are no cliff hangers but I did not want the story to end.

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Interview with Steve Walle

A great interview with a wonderful musician Steve Walle!

David Snape and Friends - The place to show off your hidden talents

From Montana, USA, Steve Walle was blinded at the age of 5 when he get run over by a street cleaner. But that didn’t stop him becoming a musician even since he got a guitar that very Christmas. He has a passion for choir, traveling round Europe and releasing his album, ‘A vision’ a couple of years ago. A very like-able man with a great story to tell.

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The Versatile Blogger Award!

I am so excited that I can barely speak.  I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Sophie from Book Wish. Thank you Sophie, you made my day!  This is my first blog award and I am so honored to receive it.  I write this blog to pass along great books and original stories.  It is an effort of love and I am glad to have friends and other writer and readers come to it. All I can say is YAY!

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Here are the rules:

  1. Show the award on your blog
  2. Thank the person that nominated you
  3. Share 7 different facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
  5. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination

7 fun facts about me:

  1. I am a huge BBC North and South fan.

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2. I am a huge fan of Richard Armitage.

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3.I am addicted to Goodreads. 

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4. I have 3 children and 13 grandchildren.

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5. I live with 2 dogs and 3 cats.

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6. I love to watch Criminal Minds!

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7. I love Monet!

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Here is the list of amazing blogs I am nominating:

Jade from Scatterbooker

Millie from Coffee, chocolate & writing

Adriana from Cozy Corner

Miri and Jake from A Short Conversation

Rebecca from A Word Of Substance

Tony and Tetiana from Unbolt

Kathy Lauren from A View To A Book

Abbie from Cafe Book Bean

David from David Snape and Friends

Joslin from Joescribe

Brenda Scruggs

Klinta from Book Owly

Susana from Susana’s Parlour

Steve from Life in Russia

Billy and the team from The Whitechapel Whelk

 

Enjoy your nomination you all deserve it!

I wish the list could have been longer because I absolutely  love all the blogs I follow.  

Thank you again Sophie,

Vicki

 

 

 

 

The Goodwill Gesture by K.C. McKay

The Goodwill GestureThe Goodwill Gesture by K.C. McKay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am going to start this by saying that this book was nothing that I expected. First of all it was from a male point of view. It was great. It gave insights into how a man finds a woman and how he falls in love.
It tells how a man feels when he is faced with big burly marines and has no choice but to face them down. It was filled with humorous moments that made me laugh out loud.

Secondly the main character Zac Chambers was just always making a mess of things and getting into brawls when he did not mean to. He never even wanted to be on submarine duty. He had his naval career mapped out and it had included the Philippines not Scotland. But he was here and he was willing to do his part. He only wanted to find some sweet Scottish girl to share his evening on shore. Again he is not looking for trouble, it just finds him.

When he is introduced to his boss Lieutenant Darcy Novack. Zac tries to steer clear of her because he doesn’t want any trouble. He can’t help that he keeps thinking about her. He can’t help that he is unintentionally comparing her to the other girls he sees on and off the ship. Once again he realizes he doesn’t look for trouble, it just seems to find him. The circumstances for his building interest with Lieutenant Novack is very well written. She was a unexpected supporter of Zac, even when things looked bad.

The others on the ship and especially in the Pipe Shop, all have distinct personalities and that makes it a lively read. His co-worker Billy Earl is quite the character. He is from Kentucky and has the best way of handling people. He is hilarious. There are also some not so likable characters that cross Zac’s path, but Zac just tries to stay out of trouble. I will say I will never look at a backscratcher the same again.

I think that this was a wonderful book. The humor and the emotion in the book is so good. You pull for Zac and Darcy, even when things do not look good. Zac is personable and you really want things to turn out well for him. A great story. I am glad I was given the chance to read it. The book is a new release and I would say you should not miss reading it.

I was given a copy of the book by the author for an honest review.

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Two Biographies and an Autobiography by Will Foret and Helen Keller

A Life of Learning: Abraham Lincoln's Pursuit of WisdomA Life of Learning: Abraham Lincoln’s Pursuit of Wisdom by Will Foret
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There was plenty of good new information on the learning process of Abraham Lincoln. The book was filled with amazing facts about Abraham Lincoln’s education. It is unbelievable that he was able to write and read with his limited education.

To be basically a self taught man, he had a firm grasp on Latin, the classics, history books and so many more. It surprised me to find that he had only attended school sporadically.

I was totally impressed with his willingness to walk wherever he could find a book to borrow, no matter the distance.

Abraham Lincoln was a great thinker and an avid reader. He continued learning his entire life always seen with a book in hand.

I got this eBook while it was free on Kindle and I am so glad I found it. It is very short but has a lot of new and unusual information on this beloved president.

How Teddy Roosevelt Became A ManHow Teddy Roosevelt Became A Man by Will Foret
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is so much personal and sometimes painful information packed in this little booklet. Teddy Roosevelt endured so much from the beginning of his life through his entirety.

Teddy was born sickly and the treatments they prescribed were so strange in the mid 1800’s it will make you shake your head in wonder. The good part of his being a sickly child was the drive that it instilled to improve himself.

He had people that he looked up to and emulated which helped him choose his path in life.

The man lost so much in his life. One day he lost two special people. Each death really affected his life and his decisions. There is such sadness knowing that his grief overshadowed his heart.

This is a quick little read that makes you appreciate the President even more than before.This book is worth picking up and reading!

The Story of My LifeThe Story of My Life by Helen Keller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved reading this book. I read it as a school girl and was awe struck. I lived in Alabama myself so I knew of her home, Ivy Green, and have visited it several times over the years. There was something wonderful about seeing from her own words how she had not only survived but thrived.

She had such an indomitable spirit that shone through. She was my hero when I was a child and she has not lessened the impact she had on me even today.

I have just re-read this book and I gained even more insight into her beautiful life. I had forgotten that she was able to read in English, German, French and Latin. She met people like Alexander Graham Bell and began friendships that she maintained all through her life. Her desire to learn and witness everything available to her was flawless. She attended plays and fairs and every event while having Anne sign into her hand a vivid description of her surroundings. She could describe these events in detail later in her life with such elegance that I could visualize it myself from her words.

She worked tirelessly on learning to speak and her greatest pain came from knowing that she was unable to communicate in a manner that everyone could understand. She and Anne Sullivan worked on correcting her pronunciation throughout her life with that one goal in mind.

Anyone that reads this will come out ahead realizing how amazing she truly was. With all her struggles she just pushed and pushed to make her life an amazing never ending adventure. Such an inspirational book, it is not to be overlooked.

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Once Upon A Billionaire by Jessica Clare

Once Upon a Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club, #4)Once Upon a Billionaire by Jessica Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once Upon a Billionaire is book four of the Billionaire Boys Club series.

This book is about Griffin Verdi one of the six billionaires in the secret society. He has been required to return to his home country where he is part of the royal family for a cousin’s wedding. He needed a temporary assistant for the trip and Hunter offered him the services of his own PA, Maylee.

Maylee Meriweather was a sweet southern girl from Arkansas. She had moved to New York City to work so that she could help her family back home. She is adorable. She has such southern colloquialisms that she uses and it absolutely drives Griffin crazy. He works very hard to change her so that she will not embarrass him or herself while in the presence of his family.

This book really does have a lot of heart. Maylee feels the underlying tension in Griffin when he is around his family. Griffin has spent most of his life avoiding showing his emotions so he is making Maylee feel uncomfortable.

The words and terms that she uses made me laugh so much. I am a southern woman myself and I recognized her phrases. Griffin did not at first find it endearing or even proper English. He keeps calling her out on her speech and it is hilarious.

There are so many side stories going on with Griffin, Gretchen and Maylee that make this book just a real joy to read. I have loved each story so far and this one was just so funny it was easy to love. This is an awesome series and I will be continuing all the way through to the sixth book.

Happily on to book five.

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The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed by Jessica Clare

The Wrong Billionaire's Bed (Billionaire Boys Club, #3)The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed by Jessica Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was the third book in the Billionaire Boys Club series and it was just as wonderful as the preceding books. I can totally see why these men were all friends in college and formed a secret society. They all have over the top personalities. Winners in their business world and strong personalities.

This book was about Reese Durham. He was considered the playboy of the group Since he is introduced at the beginning in the hot tub with a socialite, it made sense. That is how Audrey Petty first stumbled upon Reese after reaching Cade Archer’s cabin with her twin sister. Audrey and Daphne Petty had expected to be alone at the cabin with Cade to help Daphne detox and get a hold of her addictions. We met Daphne in the last book when she wrecked Hunter and Gretchen’s party.

Audrey and Reese are not getting along at first because Reese suspects that she has a crush on Cade. He finds himself drawn to her, because he senses her fiery personality right below the surface. He hilariously draws her out of her comfort zone and she lights up when he succeeds. Those make some great scenes. She is very fiery.

There are so many fun aspects to this story. They both are at odds with what they feel and that keeps causing rifts in their fling. There are also some deeper subjects that are covered in this book in a compassionate and emotional way. It is an excellent book. This is a series that keeps getting better each book.

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