A-Z PE Challenge Day 3 (C)

This challenge is to post a different blog daily starting with the letter  A  all the way to  Z.

Today we are celebrating the curvy letter C!

This means we take a trip to the great state of Ohio.ohiostateoldredbrick

Ohio is where we will meet and get to know more about Amanda. The first thing to know is that Amanda has a really wonderful blog called:

Cover2CoverMom

Her blog’s motto is “Escaping the grind of everyday life, one book at a time.

Amanda is a 29 year old who is married to her high school sweetheart and is the mother of two. She stays at home with her children and she stays really busy with sports, fitness, teaching her children, cooking, and chauffeur.
She lists even more jobs in her about me section.

Amanda says:

“To her, books are a way to escape the grind of day to day life.  She loves to get swept away in a book that transports her to another time and place.  Amanda’s reading comfort zones are historical fiction and contemporary fiction, however she is actively trying to branch out and expand her literary horizons”

Amanda also does a variety of book reviews. She writes her reviews in many different genre. When I go to her blog I am always impressed with her viewpoint and her lay out. She makes her reviews look so nice and professional. Her reviews always include the synopsis as well as her own thoughts on the book. She also does ARC reviews.

Amanda is happy to share her weekly wrap up and hauls with her followers. The entire blog is interesting and easy to navigate. She also is willing to do Book Tags and has won several awards for her blog. It is just a creative place to visit.

This would be the perfect time to hop over and meet her. She is quick to respond to comments and to visit my page when I post something new.

Amanda @ Cover2CoverMom this is all about you. Enjoy your special letter day!


About the A-Z PE challenge.

This is a fun way to showcase blogs that you like and people that you want to know better.  Come join us on the 26 day challenge!

This challenge was created by gapawa.

He came up with the A-Z People Edition challenge and it is an awesome idea. If you want to join in the fun, then just join us.  Here is the link to the instructional blog you can visit

Here is a Quote from his blog explaining his motivation for this fun challenge.

” This is the people edition!  So on the first day you find someone who’s screen name starts with A and you check out their blog.  The idea is that you read through some of their posts, introduce yourself and give them some feedback.  Then, write your post of the day and publish it, describing who the person is and your experience finding and interacting with them, what you thought of their posts.  What you came away with.  I think it could be fun:)”

 

Book Review: Lord Grenville’s Choice by G. G. Vandagriff

Lord Grenville's Choice (The Grenville Chronicles #1)Lord Grenville’s Choice by G.G. Vandagriff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Enjoyable conflict filled romance

Felicity and Alex have been married for five years when his first love becomes widowed. Felicity has always known that she was not Alex’s first choice. Between gossip and unhelpful family members felicity worries that he will choose to go back with his first love Elizabeth. Elizabeth had been his first love. They had wanted to marry when Alex was escorting her about during the season. Elizabeth’s father married her off to an older richer friend of his. Now that Elizabeth’s husband has passed away, could he get her back? He was certainly tempted when he heard the news. I thought he had treated Felicity pretty lamely knowing that she too knew about Elizabeth’s husband. Felicity I thought gave up too early. She was in love with him and she should have wanted to fight for him more.

There are many events that occur to cause a division which Alex faces that means he has as big decision to make. Stay with his wife of five years or pick up with Elizabeth.

It kept me interested and I liked Alex as a father. I questioned him as a husband because he did not let felicity know if she was important to him. Felicity was a wonderful mother and so their son, jack was a very loved happy child. I wanted this family to be happy and stay together.

I sure rooted for Felicity and Alex to work through their problems and survive all the intrusions in their lives. I liked the book a lot. The writing was wonderful and the story unique and interesting. It has warm feelings all through it. Sure it was a little aggravating, but that kept it from being boring.

I would really like to read the rest of the Grenville Chronicles by G. G. Vandagriff.

This book is available on Kindle and KindleUnlimited as well as in paperback form on Amazon

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A-Z PE Challenge Day 2 (B)

This challenge is to post a different blog daily starting with the letter  A  all the way to  Z.

Today we are celebrating the lovely letter B!

We are going to travel halfway around the globe to the wonderful country of Belgium.

The Blog dejour is:

THE BELGIAN REVIEWER

Now the Belgian Reviewer is actually named Inge. She lives near Brussels in Belgium.  Inge is an avid reader and she loves to review the books that she reads.  She is always a enjoyable reviewer because she tells her feelings about books.  She makes you understand the reason behind her rating.

I am including just a small blurb from her review to show what I mean.

“Review

If you’re looking for your next cosy mystery to read, you don’t have to look any further and you seriously might want to give this one a go. I don’t have much experience in this genre but I quite enjoyed this light read. This novel made a nice mixture of whodunit with a touch of romance.”

Inge loves Colleen Hoover for YA and Romance books. She also loves to read Chris Carter. Looking at the books on the posts, you can see that she likes many different types of books.  I like that about her.

She is always kind in comments and she is quick to respond to your comments on her blog.  Her outgoing personality comes through while visiting her blog.

Inge loves her cat and enjoys a good snuggle along with coffee and belgian chocolate.

I also know that Inge loves to be involved with Challenges, tagging and awards.  She deserves all the nominations that she get. Her blog is flawless! When she does the Blog Book Tours she makes it fun, interesting and complete with links and reviews.

The followers of her blog are quick to nominate her for awards. She has won the Real Neat Blogger Award and The Liebster Award. As I said she likes tags and makes them fun. She participated in the Who I am tag,and I found out that she is a Virgo and and her name is a good name that is natural, classic, informal, as well as nerdy. Love that!

Enjoy your special Letter day Inge

About the A-Z PE challenge.

This is a fun way to showcase blogs that you like and people that you want to know better.  Come join us on the 26 day challenge!

This challenge was created by gapawa.

He came up with the A-Z People Edition challenge and it is an awesome idea. If you want to join in the fun, then just join us.  Here is the link to the instructional blog you can visit

Here is a Quote from his blog explaining his motivation for this fun challenge.

” This is the people edition!  So on the first day you find someone who’s screen name starts with A and you check out their blog.  The idea is that you read through some of their posts, introduce yourself and give them some feedback.  Then, write your post of the day and publish it, describing who the person is and your experience finding and interacting with them, what you thought of their posts.  What you came away with.  I think it could be fun:)”

 

 

 

 

Book Review: The Sheikh’s Irresistible Proposal by Holly Rayner

The Sheikh's Irresistible ProposalThe Sheikh’s Irresistible Proposal by Holly Rayner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to start by saying what a fun story. I liked Sheikh Sadiq bin-Haled al-Halam. He is visiting the club, watching her sing and then he offers her half a million dollars to sing for him. Hannah Green is just a jazz singer in a run down club. Her boss is a total jerk and maybe even a little underhanded. Needless to say, Hannah is not happy with anything about the situation, except for the singing. I liked Hannah. The Sheikh wanted her to sing for him back home. Who could resist half a million dollars for six weeks of singing while hanging out with a Sheikh? I am happy to say Hannah couldn’t.

It was a really sweet story, filled with confused emotions that made you hope for them to see each other with love. There is a difference in the cultures that make for some hard feelings and hurt feelings. I enjoyed the colorful descriptions of his country and the foods. Then Hannah’s interactions with the people was really nice to see.

It is a really well written book that was just a quick (too quick) read. I could have read more about them! I appreciate being given this book as a ARC by Holly Rayner in exchange for an honest review.

This was my second book by Holly Rayner and I loved the first one I read. Last christmas I read The Billionaire’s First Christmas. With two very good books in my Read pile by Holly, I know it will not be the last. It is always fun to find an author that has a wonderful way with characters! Next I get to read Holly’s newest book, The Sheikh’s Secret Princess, for review. I am looking forward to that. I like that Holly Rayner makes sure there is a happy ever after in all of her books. I love that in a book!

You can find The Sheikh’s Irresistible Proposal for Kindle and through KindleUnimited at Amazon

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A-Z PE Challenge Day 1 (A)

This challenge is to post a different blog daily starting with the letter  A  all the way to  Z.

If someone hasn’t made a Z blog, please do so before I reach that letter. smileyThank you.

 

Today, day 1  I start with  TRTY

The blog dejour is:

AMERICA ON COFFEE

America on Coffee writes about music from back in the day.  I love her posts. They are a mixture of good music, great coffee and wonderful photos of tables set to perfection and Bed and Breakfasts.

Miss Back In The Day USA

This is another of  her blogs. Not only does she post the video of music from back in the day, she takes the time to post information about the singer, their history and other songs by them. It is always a learning event to go to her blog.

She is one of the sweetest commenters out there.  She lifts my spirits with her music and her sweet comments.  When others comment on her post she is always gracious and kind.

Not only does she post music, but she also posts the most beautiful, calming and delicious  pictures.  T always enjoy going to her blog each morning.  Funny how there is always coffee steaming in the pictures.  It is like a fresh cup of coffee without having to leave the computer!

If lopsided humor is your thing, like it is mine.  You can always check out her other blog called:

PEERK N’ COFFEE!

Now I might be using that one for my P challenge day, so be warned.

There are several other blogs that she keeps up with as well.  Beautifully created and special in their own right.  When you go to their page all the links will be there. This is one spiritual, fun loving and musically driven blogger. I have 25 more letters to get to, so I can’t give away all my secrets blog info.

All I can say is if you like good fun, humor, coffee and music, then get to  know America on Coffee.  Their motto is:

 We are America On Coffee!  Follow Us … and let us hear you say… ‘More fresh, hot coffee please!’

 

America on Coffee this is about you! Enjoy your special letter day.

About the A-Z PE challenge.

This is a fun way to showcase blogs that you like and people that you want to know better.  Come join us on the 26 day challenge!

This challenge was created by gapawa.

He came up with the A-Z People Edition challenge and it is an awesome idea. If you want to join in the fun, then just join us.  Here is the link to the instructional blog you can visit

Here is a Quote from his blog explaining his motivation for this fun challenge.

” This is the people edition!  So on the first day you find someone who’s screen name starts with A and you check out their blog.  The idea is that you read through some of their posts, introduce yourself and give them some feedback.  Then, write your post of the day and publish it, describing who the person is and your experience finding and interacting with them, what you thought of their posts.  What you came away with.  I think it could be fun:)”

AudioBook Review: The Story of Atlantis by W. Scott-Elliot

The Story Of AtlantisThe Story Of Atlantis by W. Scott-Elliot
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book is interesting, there are references to even older books that tell the history of mankind. The concepts were based on several inhabited continents and islands that were close to one another near Greenland and had many different inhabitants. The movement of man around the world is explained as part of the people from Atlantis relocating and beginning civilizations all over the globe. The people from Atlantis according to William Scott-Elliot were red, yellow, black and white. There were men as tall as eight feet and some of the people had cone like heads and other small heads. Their hair were also different colors and textures. It is implied that this was the original eden.

The worship of all nations are supposed to be based from the religion of the parent continent.The author contends that the languages of Egypt and the Middle East came from Atlantis and the adjacent islands. Ireland was only inhabited by the Atlantis survivors. Many of the animals that live in Chili and America were speculated to be descendants of the animals from Atlantis. The horses were genetically engineered on this continent.

The author believes that the world has regenerated its self at least five times. There are interesting points and some that may be truth, but for now it seems to be speculation. There was too much speculation and not enough artifacts and proof for their ideas. I tend to believe that there probably was an Atlantis and I believe that these people could have helped to populate the earth. The other confusing thoughts did not make a lot of sense to me. The ideas of beginnings and ends of civilization seemed hard to accept. Even thought I did not believe every concept that was presented, It made me think, wonder and question. That is a good response to a book.

It is worth reading or listening to on Audio Books as I did. The narrator had a bit of an accent. Some of the words at first were hard to understand but once you get used to that accent, it becomes easier. Her voice is pleasant and her tone is steady.

If you are curious about Atlantis, then I think this is a good book to read or listen to, in order to get a different perspective.

Overall ***
Narration***
Story ***

This is available on YouTube as an Audiobook and is also available as a kindle book under the title of The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria at no charge. There is the book The Story of Atlantis by William Scott-Elliot, also available for $.99 on Amazon.

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The Daily Prompt, 2016: One Note

The Prompt from: The Daily Prompt 2016 by J. C. Cauthon

Use the following items to create a scene:

A Post-It pad, a nightstand, a wedding dress, a ballet slipper

One Note by Sojourner McConnell

Sylvia stood in the doorway, looking back and forth at the small furniture. She stopped panning the room when her eyes fell on the lone ballet slipper that was lying next to the dressing table. The frilly lace cover almost blocking that small sliver of pink from view. But Sylvia saw it and it made her smile. A forlorn smile that spoke volumes about her emotional state today.

Sylvia, again looked across the room, her mind filled with visions of her little Tracey carrying her ballet slippers into her bedroom every Monday night. Always with the little bun on the back of her head and the pink leotard with flouncy skirt. Her memories were so vivid she could almost touch that golden hair stiff with hair spray and gel.

Blinking back to the present she stepped farther into the room and her eyes lit on the white lace dress placed carefully on the foot of the bed. The white in sharp contrast to the pink and black stripes of the comforter. Reaching out a hand she touched the crisp lace and her hand gently smoothed the material.

Her mind floating back to earlier in the day when that golden haired woman had entered the chapel her face bright with emotion. Her eyes filled with love looking only at the handsome man standing by the alter.

Sylvia wanted to make eye contact with her little girl one more time before she became a married woman. A woman that was starting out life in a different direction. A direction away from her doting mother. Sadness was there, but oh, so much pride. So happy that her beautiful daughter had found the man that she would love, cherish and assist through their life together.

Sylvia never got a chance to look at her, nod in approval and smile with all the love that enveloped her heart when she looked at that dear face. Tracey was focused on the man that had stolen her heart.

Stroking the material, she sat down on the bed next to the long white beaded dress. Her eyes next noticed the small wooden nightstand that typically held her little ballet dancer lamp and the book that she wanted to read before bed. This room had been empty for the last five years while Tracey went to college and then moved into the city to work. Five years since her  girl spent more than a night or two in this room. Today there was only the lamp and a yellow post-It pad.

Sylvia did not remember a Post-It pad being in here the last time she dusted. Reaching for the small pad, she saw her daughters small fine penmanship and she read, Mom.
With tears in her eyes she continued to read the quick note on the little yellow square.

Mom,
You taught love.
Now, I’ll teach love.
I’ll love you always!
Tracey

A smile crept across Sylvia’s face. Perhaps her daughter did have room enough for her new husband and the mother that loved her so much.

“Don! Don! Let’s go out to dinner and celebrate our daughter’s happiness.”

Standing she went downstairs to the comfort of the living room where she knew she would find her husband. The husband that had always shared her heart with their daughter.

Sylvia remembered that her own heart had expanded to make room for the people that she loved. Both when she left her Mother to marry Don, so many years before, and yet again when she gave birth to Tracey.

Sylvia only needed that one note to remind her.