Monthly Archives: June 2020

Tuesday’s Post

In 1933, Gareth Jones is an ambitious young journalist who has gained some renown for his interview with Adolf Hitler. Thanks to his connections to Lloyd George, the former Prime Minister, he is able to get official permission to travel to the Soviet Union. Jones intends to try to interview Stalin and find out more about the Soviet Union’s economic expansion and its apparently successful five-year development plan.

Jones is restricted to Moscow, but jumps his train and travels unofficially to Ukraine to discover evidence of the Holodomor, including empty villages, starving people, cannibalism, and the enforced collection of grain. On his return to the UK he struggles to get his story taken seriously. The film ends by recording that Jones died in Mongolia on a return visit to the USSR, not knowing that his guide was employed by the Soviet secret service.

With another wet and windy day at an end, I have to admit I didn’t do a lot today. I read and listened to music for most of the day. Giving me time to think, this lockdown has made me realise we need to slow down. More time with family and friends is needed in our lives. We spend so much time rushing around. I’ve missed spending time with them, I might have read twice as much as I usually would, but if you can’t hug the ones you love, then what’s it all for? I have a month to prepare myself for going back to work, and I’ll admit it does scare me! I work with the public, and the team I work with isn’t a small one. I fear I’ll catch something, I fear the virus will come round again and take someone I love. I was lucky not to lose anyone the first time. Spending time at home without interaction from the outside world makes me want to stay indoors, I know it’s not healthy, but when your mind keeps you a prisoner in your own home, what can you do? I use the bad weather to keep me indoors, fear of catching a cold that turns into something more sinister is always on my mind. But like everything else in my life, I’ll get past it. But at the moment it doesn’t feel like it! I’m just thankful that I chat to people everyday, if not, then I think I’d be much worse.

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Books I read in June 📖📱👩🏻‍💻

Books I read in June 📖
  • Bears Behaving Badly (BeWere My Heart) Book 1 by MaryJanice Davidson 📱
  • Beneath the Surface by  Fiona Neill 👩🏻‍💻
    • Simply a matter of time (The FireMark Novel) book 2 by Kathryn Murphy TRC 📱
    • Original Sin (The Order of Vampires)  Book 1 by Lydia Michaels  TRC 👩🏻‍💻

    • London Vampires Romance Series Box Set (Books 1-3) by Felicity Heaton 👩🏻‍💻

    • Bait N Witch (legendary Consultants) book 3 by Abigail Owen TRC 👩🏻‍💻
    • Never an Amish Bride (Honey Brook) book 1 by Ophelia London. TRC 👩🏻‍💻
    • The Red Herring by R.G. Link TRC 📱
    • To love a Bear (Lumberjack Bears) book 1 by Emilia Hartley 📱
    • To save a Bear  (Lumberjack Bears) book 2 by Emilia Hartley 📱

    • To Trust a Bear  (Lumberjack Bears) book 3 by Emilia Hartley 📱

    • To Tame a Bear  (Lumberjack Bears) book 4 by Emilia Hartley 📱

    • To Redeem a Bear  (Lumberjack Bears) book 5 by Emilia Hartley 📱

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    📱Read on my phone 

    📖 Read an actual Book 
    👩🏻‍💻 Read on my Kindle
    🎧 Listened to an audiobook 
    TRC (The Reading Cafe) a blog I guest review on. 

    Arc Review …. Never an Amish Bride by Ophelia London. 📱

    Never an Amish Bride by Ophelia London. 

    Description…….

    Welcome to charming Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, where bestselling author Ophelia London will bring you on a moving and unforgettable journey through faith, forgiveness, and ultimately love.

    Everything changed for Esther Miller with the death of her beloved fiancé, Jacob. Even years later, she still struggles with her faith and purpose in the small, tight-knit Amish village of Honey Brook, especially now that her younger sister is getting married. All she wants is to trust in the Lord to help her find peace…but peace is the last thing she gets when Lucas, Jacob’s wayward older brother, returns to town. 

    Lucas Brenneman has been harboring a secret for years, the real reason he never returned from Rumspringa and the truth behind his brother Jacob’s death. Honey Brook still calls to him, but he knows his occupation as a physician’s assistant must take precedence. With sweet and beautiful Esther he finds a comfort he’s never known, and he feels like anything is possible…even forgiveness. But she was Jacob’s bride-to-be first. And if she knew the truth, would she ever truly open her heart to him?

    https://amzn.to/3g4cpOI

    My Review…… 

    I must admit I don’t usually read books on religion, they either tend to bog the book down on religion, or try and cram their beliefs down your throat! 

    With this book I didn’t get that, what I got was a lovely story about two people who should have been together from the start, reconnecting and finding one another again. 

    Esther was two weeks away from being a bride….. That was two years ago, she didn’t  marry the man she was betrothed to, he died. Not being able to move forward, Esther mourns for her dead fiancé, watching her siblings and friends marry. Will she forever remain a single woman? 

    Lucas left his old life behind him, moved on and became a doctor’s assistant. His love for his brother made him the man he is today, the frustration and anger towards his community and father was put across well. I got the impression he wasn’t happy with his way of life, and when he lost both Esther and his brother, it gave him the strength to go. 

    When they accidentally meet up, panic and confusion is uppermost in Esther’s mind. What is Lucas doing back here? Why now? Confused Esther goes back home to think about Lucas. 

    Lucas has always loved Esther, he knows she’s the only woman for him. But getting her to see him proves difficult, and then there is his family and council to face. Does he really want to come back to this place? And will Esther and his family listen and forgive him for turning his back and walking away? 

    I liked this book. We had Esther and Lucas finding their way back to each other. Misinformation and fear kept these two apart for too long. It was nice that Lucas found his family again, forgiveness on both sides was needed, as was the long talk they had before Lucas came home. 

    If a slow burn romance is your thing, then this one is for you. 

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    Publication date 30/6/20

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    Monday’s Post

    As it wasn’t really nice today, I did a fair bit of my painting today.

    In Hell’s Kitchen 1978, three women are married to members of the Irish mob. Kathy is married to the reluctant but kind Jimmy; Ruby is married to Kevin, the son of Helen and heir to the mob empire; Claire is married to Rob, who abuses her.

    One night, the men are busted by FBI agents and sentenced to three years in prison. Little Jackie becomes head of the mob and tells the wives they’ll be taken care of, but the money isn’t enough for the women to survive. When the women discover that the local businesses paying protection fees are not happy under Little Jackie, they begin collecting protection fees and helping out the neighborhood, making a profit and becoming beloved in the community. When Jackie finds out, he goes after the women, but is killed by Gabriel O’Malley, a former Irish mob enforcer called in by Ruby. With Jackie out of the way and Gabriel as their enforcer, the women begin running the neighborhood, while Gabriel and Claire begin a relationship.

    The women eventually are ordered to meet with Alfonso Coretti, the head of the Italian mafia. He suggests they make a deal and tells them he’s arranged for their husbands to be released from prison. Knowing that this will threaten the women’s power, Coretti says he’ll support them and give them more of the city to control. The women decide to take the deal. When their husbands get out of prison, Kevin thinks that he’s still in charge, Jimmy pressures Kathy for them to leave their life of crime, and Rob is furious that Claire has left him for Gabriel. When Rob tracks Claire down, she kills him. After Rob’s murder, Coretti tells the women that a contract has been placed on them by members of their own gang. Ruby offers more money for the mafia to kill Kevin and three other gangsters, but Kathy makes her drop teenager Colin from the list. The hit goes through, but Claire is killed when Colin comes back to exact revenge.

    After Claire’s funeral, Kathy realizes that Ruby has been paying off one of the FBI agents. Ruby explains that she set up their husbands to be caught on the night they were originally arrested so that she could take over. Kathy later finds that Jimmy has taken her children to Coretti against her will because Jimmy was unhappy about not having a place in the business. Feeling betrayed, Kathy leaves, allowing Coretti to kill Jimmy.

    Ruby asks Kathy to meet her at a vendor. When Kathy arrives, she finds that Ruby and Gabriel are planning to kill her, but Kathy has brought all of the local Irishmen as backup. Gabriel admits he only got back into the life because he loved Claire, and he leaves. Kathy tells Ruby that the only way the two of them will survive is if they work together, so the women reconcile, with plans to take on Uptown next.

    So as you know, I usually work in a restaurant, but not at the moment. In the UK, we are set for pubs and restaurants to open up on 4th of July.

    I won’t be returning to work for another yet. I have a lung condition, so work agreed I need to stay at home till August (we should know how the country is hopefully by then)

    Can’t believe it’s almost the end of June!!

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    Craft project 🧶✂️✏️

    I had lots of fun with these, drawing pins were used as scales ( I was thinking dragon eggs) they were pretty heavy once covered.

    So I did a project a little while back. And thought I’d share it with you, I had meant to put it on for Easter.

    I found once I stated I had loads of ideas. My granddaughter has had a few for her bedroom. I really should go back and do a few more.

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    Sunday’s Post

    The Lady in the Van tells the true story of Alan Bennett’s somewhat strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, a crabby, eccentric and unsanitary homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s before allowing her to park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home “for three months”. She ended up residing there for 15 years. As the story develops, Bennett learns Miss Shepherd’s true identity: Margaret Fairchild, a gifted former pupil of the pianist Alfred Cortot. She had played Chopin at The Proms, attempted to become a nun, was committed to an institution by her brother, escaped, had an accident when her van was hit by a motorcyclist for whose death she believed herself to blame, and thereafter lived in fear of arrest.

    Much of the dialogue is between two versions of Bennett – his “real self” and his “writer self”.

    During her 15-year stay in his drive, Bennett balances his writing career with watching over Shepherd and providing for his increasingly invalid mother. Though he denies “caring” for anyone, he slowly becomes aware of his growing friendship with Shepherd. After coming home early from a day centre he sent her to, she dies peacefully in her sleep in her van. Alan decides to write a memoir covering the years he has known her. In 2014, the real Bennett is shown observing this film’s final scene being filmed: his younger self unveiling a plaque on his home dedicated to “The Lady in the Van”.

    Got on with more painting today, weather wasn’t very nice today. Hoping for a better day tomorrow 🤞

    Just wanted to say thank you for popping and liking my posts.

    I hadn’t realised how many I’d done so far 😂

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    Saturday’s Post

    Following a cataclysmic conflict known as the Sixty Minute War, the remnants of humanity regroup and form mobile cities, called “Traction Cities”. Under a philosophy known as “Municipal Darwinism”, larger “predator” cities hunt and absorb smaller settlements in the “Great Hunting Ground”, which includes Great Britain and Continental Europe. In opposition, settlements of the “Anti-Traction League” have developed an alternative civilization consisting of “static settlements” (traditional, non-mobile cities) in Asia led by Shan Guo (formerly China), protected by the “Shield Wall”. Relics of 21st-century technology such as toasters, computers, and smartphones are valued by historians as “Old-Tech.”

    The city of London captures a small mining town called Salzhaken, absorbing its population and resources, under orders of Lord Mayor Magnus Crome. Tom Natsworthy, an apprentice historian, arrives at London’s “Gut” to collect Salzhaken’s Old-Tech for London’s Museum. Hester Shaw, a masked twenty-something woman among the Salzhakens, attempts to assassinate Thaddeus Valentine, Head of the Guild of Historians, but Tom intervenes, pursuing Hester to a chute. Hester escapes, but not before telling him that Valentine murdered her mother and scarred her face. When Tom informs Valentine of this, he pushes Tom down the chute.

    Tom and Hester are forced to work together to traverse the Hunting Ground, surviving Southies, Scavs on a night hunt, and finding refuge in a vehicle called Scuttlebug, but the owners lock them in a cell, intending to sell them as slaves. Hester confides that Valentine killed her archaeologist mother Pandora after stealing a piece of Old-Tech she found in a dig in the Dead Continent of the Americas, whilst young Hester escaped with a necklace her mother gave her. Meanwhile, Valentine frees Shrike, a reanimated cyborg known as a “Stalker”, from the offshore walking prison Sharkmoor, to find and kill Hester. At the slave market of Rustwater in the Outlands, Tom and Hester are rescued by Anti-Traction League agent Anna Fang. During the chaos, they are pursued by Shrike, whom Hester reveals she knows. Hester explains that Shrike had found and raised her after escaping Valentine, and Hester promised to let him turn her into a Stalker like himself, but she left after discovering that London had entered the Great Hunting Ground, giving her a chance to kill Valentine. In London, Valentine’s good-natured daughter Katherine grows estranged from her father, especially after Apprentice Engineer Bevis Pod informs her that Valentine pushed Tom down the chute, and they learn Valentine’s energy project in the re-purposed St Paul’s Cathedral is more than it seems.

    Hester and Tom travel on Anna’s airship, the Jenny Haniver, to the airborne city Airhaven, meeting other Anti-Traction League members. After questioning Hester, Tom realizes Pandora discovered a computer core for MEDUSA, a quantum energy-based superweapon used by the belligerents during the Sixty Minute War to instantly destroy entire cities, albeit shattering the Earth’s crust into a thousand pieces that have rearranged the former continents. The Guild of Engineers have stolen the remaining components from Tom’s museum workshop and built a MEDUSA under Valentine’s orders. Shrike catches up with them, resulting in a fierce skirmish that critically wounds him and destroys Airhaven. Realizing that Hester is in love with Tom, he frees her of her promise before perishing. As Hester, Tom, and Anna travel to the Shield Wall with the surviving Anti-Tractionists, Valentine kills Crome in a coup and musters support from Londoners by vowing to destroy the Shield Wall with MEDUSA and lead them to a new Hunting Ground in Asia. Anna convinces Shan Guo Governor Kwan to launch the Anti-Tractionist airship fleet against London, but MEDUSA destroys the fleet and blasts a hole through the Shield Wall. After coming upon a stone carving of Medusa, Hester discovers that her mother’s necklace hides a “crash drive”, a kill switch for MEDUSA. Hester, Tom, Anna, and the remaining Anti-Tractionists lead a raid against London, braving the city’s anti-aircraft guns.

    Hester and Anna infiltrate St Paul’s, and though Valentine mortally wounds Anna during a sword duel, Hester destroys MEDUSA with the crash drive. In a last-ditch attempt to destroy the Shield Wall, the now insane Valentine has his henchmen kill the city’s control crew and put the city on full throttle on a collision course with the Wall. With Katherine’s help, Tom uses the Jenny Haniver to destroy London’s engine. Hester catches and fights Valentine aboard his airship, where he reveals that he is her father. Tom rescues Hester and shoots down Valentine’s ship, which is crushed by London’s slowing tracks, killing Valentine. The surviving Londoners, now led by Katherine, make peace with the Anti-Tractionists, whilst Tom and Hester leave in the Haniver to see the world.

    As it really wasn’t very nice weather today, I got on with the painting.

    Friday’s Post

    Former U.S. Army Captain Nathan Algren, a bitter alcoholic traumatized by the atrocities he committed during the American Indian Wars, is approached by his former commanding officer Colonel Bagley to train the newly created Imperial Japanese Army for a forward-thinking Japanese businessman Omura, who intends to use the army to suppress a Samurai-headed rebellion against Japan’s new emperor. Despite his hatred of Bagley for his role in the Indian Wars, an impoverished Algren takes the job for the money, and is accompanied to Japan by his old friend, Sergeant Zebulon Gant. Upon arriving, Algren meets Simon Graham, a British translator knowledgeable about the samurai.

    Algren finds the Imperial soldiers are actually conscripted peasants that have no knowledge of firearms or battle. Early in their training, Algren is informed that the samurai are attacking one of Omura’s railroads; Omura sends the army there, despite Algren’s protests that they are not ready. The battle is a disaster; the undisciplined conscripts are routed and Gant is killed. Algren fights to the last before he is surrounded; expecting to die, he is taken prisoner when samurai leader Katsumoto decides to spare him. Algren is taken to Katsumoto’s village to live among his family. While he is poorly treated at first, he eventually gains the samurai’s respect and actually becomes friends with Katsumoto. Algren overcomes his alcoholism and guilt, and learns the Japanese language and culture. He develops sympathy for the samurai, who are upset that the pace of modern technology has eroded the traditions of their society. Algren and Taka, Katsumoto’s sister and the widow of a samurai killed by Algren, develop an unspoken affection for each other.

    One night, a group of ninja infiltrate the village and attempt to assassinate Katsumoto. Algren saves Katsumoto’s life, and then helps defend the village. Katsumoto requests a meeting with Emperor Meiji and is given safe passage to Tokyo. He brings Algren, intending to release him. Upon arriving in Tokyo, Algren finds the Imperial Army is now a well-trained and fully equipped fighting force. Katsumoto, to his dismay, discovers that the young and inexperienced Emperor has essentially become a puppet of Omura. At a government meeting, Omura orders Katsumoto’s arrest for carrying a sword in public and asks him to perform seppuku to redeem his honor. Algren refuses Omura’s offer to lead the new army to crush the rebels, due to his sympathy. Omura sends assassins to kill Algren, but Algren kills them. Algren assists the samurai in freeing Katsumoto; in the process, Katsumoto’s son Nobutada is mortally wounded, sacrificing himself to allow the others to escape.

    As the Imperial Army marches to crush the rebellion, a grieving Katsumoto contemplates Seppuku, but Algren convinces him to fight until the end, and joins the samurai in battle. The samurai use the Imperial Army’s overconfidence to lure them into a trap and deprive them of artillery support. The ensuing battle inflicts massive casualties on both sides and forces the Imperial soldiers to retreat. Knowing that Imperial reinforcements are coming and defeat is inevitable, Katsumoto orders a suicidal cavalry charge on horseback. During the charge, the samurai break through Bagley’s line. Bagley is killed by Algren, but the samurai are quickly mowed down by gatling guns. The Imperial captain, previously trained by Algren and horrified by the sight of the dying samurai, orders all of the guns to cease fire, disregarding Omura’s orders. A mortally wounded Katsumoto commits Seppuku with Algren’s help as the soldiers at the scene kneel in respect.

    Days later, as trade negotiations conclude, Algren, though injured, arrives and interrupts the proceedings. He presents the Emperor with Katsumoto’s sword and asks him to remember the traditions for which Katsumoto and his fellow Samurai died. The Emperor realizes that while Japan should modernize, it cannot forget its own culture and history; he promptly rejects the trade offer. When Omura attempts to protest, the Emperor silences him by threatening to seize the Omura family assets and distribute them among the populace.

    While various rumours regarding Algren’s fate circulate, Graham concludes that Algren had returned to the village to reunite with Taka.

    No bingo tonight, so we had a catch up via Zoom, watching Grace sing and dance. It was fun watching people in their own gardens, even Aaron managed to chat in his garden (and it’s a communal garden)

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    Book Review….. Bears Behaving Badly (BeWere My Heart) Book 1 by MaryJanice Davidson 📱

    Bears Behaving Badly by MaryJanice Davidson

    Description….. 

    These social worker bear shifters give the term “mama bear” a whole new meaning! Bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson is back with this brand-new paranormal romance series featuring a foster care system for at-risk shifter babies and teens.

    Werebear shifter Annette Garsea is a caseworker for the Interspecies Placement Agency. When a selectively mute and freakishly strong teen werewolf is put in her custody, Annette has to uncover the young girl’s secrets if she’s to have any hopes of helping her. And not even the growling of a scruffy private investigator can distract her from her mission…

    Bear shifter David Auberon appreciates Annette’s work with at-risk teen shifters, but he’s not sure if her latest charge is so much a vulnerable teen as a predator who should be locked up. All that changes when he, Annette, and her motley band of juveniles find themselves dodging multiple murder attempts and uncovering a trafficking cartel that doesn’t just threaten the kids, but risks discovery of the shifters by the wider world of homo sapiens.

    “We’re not dating, we’ve never been dating, we’re not going to hook up, no way, absolutely not…oh. Oops.

    My primary focus has always been taking care of were-babies in the interspecies foster care system. I am unapologetically a fierce mama bear shifter and I am completely united with my team behind protecting at-risk were-children. So I have no idea why the appealing scruffy bear shifter PI David Auberon keeps hanging around, asking for sweets, and being charming and flirty. I’ve certainly got no time for shy solitary bears who can’t ask for what they want.

    But what am I to do when a hideous bad guy shows up and I need to rescue a were-baby, except call on the skills of the handsome and growly PI? And if dodging enemies puts us in a tight spot…well, I’m not against tight spots.”

    BeWere My Heart series:

    Bears Behaving Badly (Book 1)

    My Review….. 

    Annette is a werebear, she’s also a social worker who specialises in juvenile shifters. She’s a great character, ready to defend the helpless, her heart is huge, is she a soft touch? I don’t think so, she ready with a hug, but also a lecture…..

    David Auberon is also a werebear, he works in the same department and is a private investigator. He’s had a soft spot for Annette for a while, so us happy to help her figure this case out, and who know, maybe he can get to know her a little better.

    I got the impression he’s a little shy, he can’t tell Annette he fancies her, so he just happens to “pop by” to help when she needs it the most. 

    We catch up with them just after David brings in a young female werewolf, she’s been caught beating up an adult werewolf, but can’t it won’t tell anyone why. 

    So it doesn’t help Annette that much, how can she sort the young girl out, if she won’t help?! 

    We have a story of child abuse and possible murders. Have Annette and David stumbled onto something more sinister? 

    The romance between David and Annette is a slow burn …which is ok, as I’m enjoying the mystery rather than the romance. 

    The secondary characters help to make this book an enjoyable read. 

    Both Annette and David’s colleagues are always trying to get them together. The juvenile shifters tug at your heartstrings. 

    This is my first book by the Author and the first in her new series …. BeWere series, and I’m hoping it won’t be the last. 

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    Thursday’s Post

    Painting coming along pretty well. Really pleased with the results so far.

    Hubby watched football on the tv tonight, so it gave me a chance to catch up with reading and finishing off a few reviews.

    On the hottest day of the year so far, I didn’t get much done today. Glad I’m not at work, but that’s going to be changing soon….

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    Wednesday’s Post

    With the sun on my back I got down to a little more painting today.

    Family quiz night. I’ll be sad to see it end, we’ve had lots of fun. But it will be nicer to see family in the flesh and not in the screen.

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    An Arc Review ….. 👩🏻‍💻 Bait N Witch (Brimstone Inc Novella) Legendary Consultants. book 3 by Abigail Owen 

    Bait N Witch (Brimstone Inc Novella) Legendary Consultants. book 3 by Abigail Owen 

    Description……. 

    Rowan McAuliffe has been hiding most of her life. Secretly trained in her powers by an unusual source, she’d been taught not to trust anyone. Especially other witches. However, after she was forced to perform a hateful act against her will, she now hides from the Covens Syndicate and their judgement.

    Greyson Masters is the Syndicate’s best hunter. On top of the danger of his job, Greyson is trying to raise his triplet daughters alone, budding new witches who display an alarming combined power no one understands. Too bad he doesn’t have a clue how to deal with them.

    Until Rowan walks in and the chaos settles for the first time in…well, ever.

    Little does Greyson realize that his new nanny is the very witch he is hunting, and she’s been hiding right under his nose this whole time.

    My Review…… 

    Greyson is a powerful mage, he works for the Covens Syndicate (it’s like a witches and warlocks council.) Basically finding witches or warlocks that break the rules set by the council. He either brings them in for judicial system to sort, or he can dispense justice there and then. 

    Rowan is a witch on the run, after being held against her will and made to do evil things, she escaped. But she always has her eye on the road, she can’t stay long. The nanny job is a great way to hideout until her trail has gone cold. 

    I liked this book. You could probably read without reading the previous books, I did, but I felt I was missing things. So I may have to go back and start at the beginning. 

    Well written, very descriptive.

    I sense there is more to Rowan than just a simple witch (do previous books give us more?) am I right? Read it and find out😉

    Grayson has pre-teen triplet daughters, his wife died in childbirth, so a succession of nannies have tried to help him. But his daughters aren’t having any of it, they don’t need a nanny (so reminds me of the film “The Sound of Music”)  and try to cause trouble for Rowan at every turn. But slowly she wins them over, she treats them like young adults rather than little children. Grayson also has a hard time with his daughters, he’s not sure how to relate to them, and when they ask about their mother, what does he say? 

    Rowan knows what it’s like to lose someone, her parents were killed in an accident, the woman/demon/witch who looked after and cared for her like a daughter was killed by the werewolf that took her. So Rowan can’t get attached to the teens, and certainly not the dad!! 

    The attraction between Grayson and Rowan was fun to read, the lust was practically instant, the trust comes later, (along with a few scorching kisses) but with both of them hiding secrets from one another, how long will it be before secrets coming tumbling out? 

    And how will the witch hunter react when the witch he’s hunting is right under his nose? 

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    Tuesday’s Post

    Isabel Aretas, widow of cartel kingpin Benito, escapes from a Mexican prison with the aid of her son Armando. Isabel sends Armando to Miami, tasking him with recovering a substantial stash of money his father Benito had hidden, as well as assassinating the people responsible for his father’s arrest and eventual death in prison. Isabel demands that Armando kill Miami detective Mike Lowrey last.

    In Miami, Mike accompanies his partner Marcus Burnett to the birth of his first grandson. Desiring to spend more time with his family, the aging Marcus tells Mike he intends to retire, to Mike’s chagrin. During a party celebrating Marcus’ grandson, Mike is shot by Armando and left in a coma for months. Chastised by Isabel for targeting Mike first, Armando continues to assassinate other targets on his list during Mike’s convalescence.

    Following Mike’s recovery, he is determined to seek revenge and unsuccessfully attempts to recruit the now-retired Marcus, causing a fall out between them. Mike violently obtains the identity of arms dealer Booker Grassie from an informant. Realizing that Mike will not heed orders to stay away from the investigation, Captain Howard reluctantly allows him to work with the tech-driven team in charge, the Advanced Miami Metro Operations (AMMO), led by Mike’s ex-girlfriend Rita. While the team surveils Grassie at an arms deal, Mike determines that the buyers intend to kill Grassie and intervenes, but fails to save him. Later, Marcus is called by Carver Remy, an old informant who believes the assassin is after him. Marcus contacts Mike and the pair travel to Carver, but are too late to save him. Armando escapes after a fistfight with Mike.

    Captain Howard later reveals his intentions to retire as well, offering advice to Mike that he needs to find a path forward in life. He is abruptly assassinated by Armando moments later. The captain’s death pulls Marcus out of retirement, but he intends to work as a team with AMMO. They track down Grassie’s accountant, who leads them to Lorenzo “Zway-Lo” Rodriguez. They infiltrate Zway-Lo’s birthday party leading to a destructive car chase. Armando arrives in a helicopter to rescue Zway-Lo but kills him when he blocks Armando’s ability to shoot the pursuing Mike. As he lines up a shot, Armando tells Mike “Hasta el fuego”. Gunfire from Marcus creates cover for Mike, who falls into the river below.

    AMMO is shut down because of the failed operation. In private, Mike reveals to Marcus that Armando may be his son. Before partnering with Marcus, Mike worked as an undercover officer in the Aretas cartel where he met Isabel. They fell in love and intended to run away together, using “Hasta el fuego” as a made-up secret catchphrase. Mike ultimately remained loyal to the police, realizing how dangerous Isabel had become. Despite Mike’s opposition, Marcus and AMMO join him in Mexico City to confront her.

    At the Hidalgo Palace, Mike meets Isabel and scolds her for concealing the truth from him. A shootout quickly ensues between AMMO and Isabel’s men. Marcus shoots the pilot of Isabel’s support helicopter, causing it to crash into the central lobby and starting a fire. Marcus confronts Isabel, while Mike tries to explain the truth to Armando. Armando begins to beat up Mike, but he refuses to retaliate. Demanding the truth from his mother, Isabel confirms to Armando that Mike is his father. Realizing the task he spent a lifetime training for was a lie, Armando tries to protect his father, leading to Isabel inadvertently shooting Armando in the chest while aiming for Mike. Enraged, she attempts to finish Mike, but Rita intervenes and shoots Isabel, sending her falling into the flames below.

    Sometime later, Rita has been promoted to police Captain, while Mike and Marcus are placed in charge of AMMO. Mike visits a remorseful Armando in prison, offering him a chance to earn some redemption, which he accepts.

    I tried to do a little painting in the garden, but it was drying the paint too quick! Do back indoors 😉

    Talks are in place about returning to work. I’m both apprehensive and ready to get back to work. But I need to work on myself, Ive not gone out, do my walk to work could be a struggle. But until then, I’m going to enjoy the sun, I think that’s on the change for the weekend!

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    Book Review …. Beneath the Surface by  Fiona Neill 👩🏻‍💻

    Beneath the Surface by  Fiona Neill 

    Description….. 

    Everyone is talking about Grace’s family. Once it was for all the right reasons – now it’s for all the wrong ones . . .

    Grace is determined to give her daughters the idyllic childhood she never had.

    Teenage Lilly is everyone’s golden girl, the one Grace never has to worry about – unlike ten-year-old Mia, whose wild imagination often gets her into trouble.

    But when Lilly suddenly collapses at school, Grace’s carefully ordered world is turned upside down.

    Because it soon turns out that Lilly wasn’t the perfect daughter after all.

    Grace is fixated on discovering the truth about Lilly. Which is when she takes her eyes off Mia . . .

    FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BETRAYALS AND THE GOOD GIRL. 

    My Review…… 

    Everyone in the Vermuyden family has secrets, Patrick, Grace’s husband has one, and its one that could ruin the family……

    Grace had a terrible childhood, so she was determined that her daughters Lilly and Mia would have a better one……

    But wanting a better childhood puts more pressure on Grace, so in turn she’s more intense with her daughters. 

    Lilly is a Grade A student and is top of the class, she doesn’t want to be a grade A student, she wants a little fun and less of her mother breathing down her neck. She loves her mother, but just wants a little freedom…..

    Mia on the other hand Is left waiting on the sidelines, waiting for her mother or father to notice her, her imagination keeps her entertained and so does her best friend a traveller called Tas. 

    It starts getting interesting when Lilly collapses in school with a fit. 

    Consumed at first with guilt, Grace needs to know why, and was it her fault. And when she finds evidence of a secret, then she had to dig further, what she finds could break her heart and her family. 

    I have to admit I did like Mia, she seemed the less screwed up member in the family. 

    I could see why Lilly wanted a secret life, but Is that secret the reason why she has the fit? 

    We have this misconception of what’s perfect, what’s seems like perfection to you, could be a foreign concept to me. 

    We need to let our children enjoy their childhoods, yes it’s important that they get a good education, but not at the expense of their mental and physical wellbeing. 

    Beautifully written. Well thought out. The description of the Fens, was both bleak and beautiful, I could imagine myself walking through it. 

    I would definitely recommend this.

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    Monday’s Post

    Eight years after the events of the first film, Miami Police Department (MPD) narcotics division detectives Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey are investigating a flow of ecstasy into the city, leading them to a KKK meeting and drug drop. In the firefight, several KKK members are either killed or injured. The other cops soon arrive and capture the surviving Klan members, who are revealed not to be the distributors but only small-time buyers of the drugs.

    Marcus questions if he wants to remain partners with Mike. Meanwhile, Mike is concealing a relationship with Marcus’ sister, Syd. Syd, not known to both Mike and Marcus, is an undercover agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration, laundering money for a Russian gangster group, who distribute ecstasy on behalf of Cuban drug lord Johnny Tapia.

    While transporting this money between the Russians and Tapia, Syd is attacked by Haitian ZoePounders planning to steal the money. Mike and Marcus inadvertently stumble into the action, resulting in a gunfight and car chase, devastating the local area and enraging Police Captain Conrad Howard. Marcus and Mike discover Syd’s involvement, and Capt. Howard demands they find the supplier of ecstasy.

    Both Marcus and Mike confront the Haitian gang, plus find out from their leader after interrogating him thoroughly that a local mortuary is possibly being used by Tapia as a front for more money laundering. The pair then go to penetrate Tapia’s mansion disguised as pest exterminators, and discover that Tapia has gotten rid of some of his Russian distributors and has begun to court Syd, still undercover with the DEA, for distribution.

    The detectives locate the boat used for drug smuggling after forcing a captured Klan member to reveal its location, observe a morgue van make a rendezvous with it, and give chase unsuccessfully. Mike and Marcus infiltrate Tapia’s mortuary disguised as ambulance drivers, and learn that he is using dead bodies to smuggle drugs and money. When the pair are almost discovered, Marcus accidentally ingests some of the ecstasy and Mike orders the disguised officers outside the building to crash an ambulance into it, creating a diversion.

    The mortuary and Tapia’s mansion are raided, the drugs and money intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard. However, during the raid a vengeful Russian gangster, Alexei, goes to the mansion on his own, planning to get revenge for his friends that died. He soon meets the exact fate as the cops arrive and eliminate him by shooting him while Tapia discovers Syd, kidnaps her and takes her to Cuba.

    With Syd hostage in Tapia’s compound, he demands the return of his money in exchange for Syd. Mike and Marcus, with a team of volunteer SWAT members, CIA operatives, and DEA agents, assault Tapia’s compound, rescuing Syd, and destroying the building.

    The group flee, an infuriated Tapia in pursuit, which ends in a minefield outside of the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, where Tapia holds Mike at gunpoint, with guards at the naval station threatening them. Syd activates one of the mines with her pistol, killing Tapia’s thug. Marcus defeats Tapia by shooting his forehead, causing him to fall backwards on a few of the landmines, obliterating his body. A grateful Mike thanks and congratulates Marcus for rescuing him before kissing Syd.

    Later, while they lounge in the new pool back at the Burnett house, Marcus finally makes peace with Mike dating Syd. Marcus’s peace is short-lived when Mike informs him that he and Syd can’t be together because of Marcus and his attitude. While a playful argument ensues over transfer papers, the family dog destroys the above ground pool, washing both of them into the sea as Marcus and Mike re-affirm their partnership as they celebrate their victory by singing Bad Boys.

    It was my husband’s birthday today. A quiet one as we usually go away for his birthday. His kids and grandkids Skyped him to jointly wish him a happy birthday.

    Watching the kids go back to school this morning, you could almost believe we were back to normal. Then you switch on the news and listen to what’s happening next, and you realise, we aren’t quite there yet!!

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    Sunday’s Post

    Michael Newman, an architect, is married to Donna and has two children, Ben and Samantha. Michael is bullied by his overbearing boss, John Ammer, and often chooses work over family. Michael visits the retail store Bed Bath & Beyond to buy a universal remote control. He stumbles around the various departments before falling asleep. Upon waking, a man named Morty offers Michael a free remote but warns it can never be returned.

    Learning to use the remote, Michael finds that it can control reality much like a television. He uses it to his advantage at work but also uses it to fast-forward past illness or use “picture-in-picture”, concentrating on a baseball game while Donna nags him. Morty tells Michael that during these times, his body is on “auto-pilot”, going through his motions of everyday life while his mind skips ahead.

    Michael is unable to buy bicycles for his children, but knowing that Ammer plans to promote him to a partnership, he uses the remote to skip to the promotion. He is shocked to find that a year has passed. During that time, he and Donna have entered marriage counseling, his children have grown out of their desire for bicycles, and the family dog has died. The remote, having learned his preferences, starts time-skipping in response to casual wishes Michael makes. Michael attempts to discard or destroy the remote, but it reappears in his hands shortly after each attempt, and Morty refuses to take it back.

    At work, Ammer tells Michael he plans on retiring, which would make Michael the new head of the International Division. When Michael presses the subject of his promotion, Ammer tells him that, in time, he could be promoted to CEO, which causes the remote to instantly fast-forward ten years into the future. While Michael is wealthy, he has become morbidly obese and Donna has divorced him. He returns home to find Ben and Samantha have both become moody teenagers. He argues with Donna and new husband Bill, which causes their family dog to jump on Michael, knocking him into a coma. The remote time-skips six years to when Michael wakes, no longer obese, having undergone liposuction to save his life as a part of his cancer treatment and subsequent heart attack. A full-grown Ben is now a partner at the firm, however Michael learns his father Ted has died of old age.

    While Michael is mourning his father, Morty reappears. Michael uses the remote to go to Ted’s deathbed, but it fails. Morty explains the remote only replays events in his life where he was present, and his father’s last hour was not one of them. Michael uses the remote to see when he last saw his father, when Michael rebuffed his father’s offer to take him and Ben out to dinner. Michael visits his father’s grave. Morty appears and reveals to Michael that he is the Angel of Death. Overcome with guilt and shame, Michael asks to go to a “good place”, whereupon the remote fast-forwards him several more years in the future to Ben’s wedding. Michael has a second heart attack when Samantha calls Bill her dad. When he wakes in the hospital later that night, he finds his family there, including Ben. Ben skipped his honeymoon to help fix issues with the firm. Michael, fearing that his son will make the same mistakes he made, implores him not to ignore his wife, but a nurse makes Ben and Samantha leave. Michael gathers his last bit of strength to follow them out of the hospital. He collapses and his family rushes to his aid. Michael tells Ben to always put family first and assures his family that he still loves them. He dies and Morty arrives to take Michael.

    Michael wakes in Bed Bath & Beyond and assumes that he was dreaming. He races to his family to make up for the mistakes he made with the remote and fulfills his promise to spend the 4th of July with them. He finds the remote on the counter with a note from Morty, reading “Good guys need a break”. Michael considers what to do for a moment before throwing the remote in the trash, and is overjoyed when it does not reappear in his hand.

    Got on with a little more painting. I’m trying to be patient, a title at a time, but if I put on my headphones, then the time just slips away.

    Today’s in the UK was Father’s Day. I didn’t get to see mine, but we had a lovely chat. And a joint call with my dad and my sisters.

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    Happy Father’s Day 🍺

    This is my dad. I know he doesn’t read my blog. But I just want to wish him and all those other dads (and single mothers) who do a great job.

    I won’t get to see him today, but we talk every day 📱and I think my sisters and I are planning to try a joint chat 😉

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    Saturday’s Post

    In Azusa, California in 1978, Roy L. “Rocky” Dennis (Eric Stoltz), who has craniodiaphyseal dysplasia, is accepted without question by those who know and love him: the boyfriends of his freewheeling biker mother, particularly Gar (Sam Elliott); his “extended motorcycle family”; and his maternal grandparents (Richard Dysart and Estelle Getty) who share his love of baseball card collecting. However, many others fail to see his humanity, intelligence and humor and thus respond to his unusual appearance with fear, pity, awkwardness, and uncertainty. Rocky’s mother, Florence “Rusty” Dennis (Cher), is determined to give Rocky as normal a life as possible, in spite of her own wild ways as a member of the Turks biker gang, as well as her strained relationship with her parents. She fights for Rocky’s inclusion in a mainstream junior high school and confronts a principal who would rather relegate him to a special education school, despite the fact that his condition hasn’t affected his intelligence. They then go to the doctor for Rocky’s semi-annual physical, where Rocky claims to be feeling well, despite continuing headaches, which his mother can sing away without medicine. A young doctor tells Rusty that Rocky will probably not live for more than six months. Rusty scoffs at this claim, as doctors previously made failed predictions that Rocky would be blind and suffer other maladies.

    Rocky goes on to thrive at school. He wins friends by assisting a fellow student with remembering his locker combination. Using humor when faced with an awkward silence during roll call, Rocky just repeats the prior new student’s line, “Wow, thanks a lot.” The class turns to smile and laugh with Rocky. He entertains his history class by giving a rendition of the story of the Trojan Horse and it being the turning point of the Trojan War. Gradually overcoming discrimination and tutoring his classmates for $3 per hour, Rocky is asked by the principal to accept a job as a counselor’s aide at Camp Bloomfield, a summer camp for blind children. Unsure, he declines the invitation, but says he’ll think about it.

    Rocky tells his mother that he needs a suit to go to his graduation. He is dismissed by the Turks and Gar tells him to bring a beer from the refrigerator. To his surprise, Rocky finds a suit inside, which he gladly thanks everybody for. At his graduation from junior high, Rocky takes home academic achievement prizes in mathematics, history, and science. Biker Dozer, who loves Rocky and has a thick stammer, tells Rocky that he is proud of Rocky’s achievements.

    After a visit from Rocky’s grandparents, where Rocky’s grandfather continuously puts Rusty down, they take Rocky to a baseball game. They return to find Rusty in a drug-induced stupor. Afterwards, Rocky feels the need get away from his mother, to help her break her drug habit, and accepts the job as the counselor’s aid.

    At camp, Rocky falls in love with Diana Adams (Laura Dern), a blind girl who cannot see his deformed skull and is entranced by Rocky’s kindness and compassion. Rocky uses his intelligence to explain to Diana words like “billowy”, “clouds”, “red”, and “green” by using cotton balls as a touchable vision of “billowy clouds”, a warm rock to explain “red” and “pink”, and a frozen rock to explain “icy blue.” Diana introduces Rocky to her parents, who are put-off by Rocky’s appearance, and do not want Diana to spend time with him.

    Near the end of the film, Rocky faces the pain of separation from the two people to whom he feels closest. His dream of a motorbike trip through Europe collapses when his best friend Ben (Lawrence Monoson), who was to come with him, tells him that he is dropping out of school and moving back to Michigan for good. This drives Rocky into berating Ben and calling him “stupid”. However, Rocky feels better after taking a bus trip by himself to visit Diana at the equestrian stables, located near Griffith Park. They share a romantic moment, and Diana tells Rocky that her mother prevented her from receiving his phone messages. But then, she reveals that she is going away immediately to a private school for the blind, and cannot be with him. To add to this, a member of his biker family, Red, passes away (presumably from cancer). Also, he attends high school, where none of his friends are, and where he used to respond to taunts with wit and humor, he responds to a boy by pushing him against a locker and calling him a son-of-a-bitch.

    One evening when Rocky’s “biker family” is visiting, Rocky is fighting a fierce headache and quietly withdraws to his room, removes the tacks from his wall map of Europe, and goes to bed. The next morning, Rusty tries to wake up Rocky for school and flies into a fit of grief-stricken rage when she realizes he has died. After destroying the kitchen, Rusty mourns the death of Rocky and says “Now you can go anywhere you want, baby.” She then re-pins his map of Europe.

    The movie ends with Rusty, Gar, and Dozer visiting his grave, leaving flowers and some baseball cards by his headstone and a voice-over by Rocky himself, who recites the poem he wrote for English class earlier in the film.

    In between a little housework and watching people walk past the house, I did a little painting.

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    Friday’s Post

    Upon leaving prison, “Driver”, alias James Cullen, breaks into a run until he retrieves his 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle. He drives to an office in Bakersfield, California and kills a man. Driver visits the man who gave him the car and gun, where he forces him to give him a list of names. Meanwhile, Driver is tracked by detective Cicero and her partner Slade Humphries “Cop”—a detective on the verge of retirement whose life is off track due to a debilitating heroin addiction. Cicero gets a break in the case when she recognizes Driver on video. Later, a nameless hitman, “Killer”, is hired to kill Driver. Killer promises his girlfriend Lily it is his last job.

    Driver heads to the second name on his list, an old man, Kenneth Tyson, who films his own personal snuff films. He is in the middle of filming a sexual assault when Driver busts in the door and shoots him dead. Killer initiates a gun fight in the hallway, but Driver escapes. This affects Killer philosophically, who proposes to Lily and takes the case personally. Cop and Detective are investigating Driver’s past and discover he was double crossed. Cicero remembers Driver from a video of his half-brother Gary’s death, filmed by the videographer, Tyson. On tape, an unidentified man shoots Driver in the head, but he narrowly survives, needing a metal plate in his skull.

    Driver visits his old girlfriend’s house. She knows he is killing the people in the video and, after revealing she aborted their unborn child and has begun a new life, she tells him she hopes he succeeds. At a strip club in Nevada, Driver stabs a bouncer, Hovis Nixon, who killed his half-brother, Gary. Soon, both Cop and Killer get word that the man survived the stabbing and is in the hospital. Knowing Driver will go back to finish him off, they converge there.

    Driver enters the hospital and kills Nixon when he is in surgery. Cop attempts to bring down Driver but is unsuccessful; however, Driver spares his life after seeing his badge. While driving away from the hospital, Driver encounters Killer. After a high-speed chase on the freeway, Killer shoots Driver in the neck after Driver shoots out his tires.[5]

    The name not listed is Driver’s father. Driver believes his father arranged to have him and his half-brother Gary killed after they refused to share the money they stole in a bank job. Driver is the result of his mother’s affair, which Driver’s father never forgave. Driver finds out his father died years before, and his mother stitches the gunshot wound on his neck and realises that it was his brother’s girlfriend who was the informant before he leaves. The last man is a traveling evangelist named Alexander Jerrod, and after his service is over and everyone has left, Driver confronts him. Jerrod knows why he is there and tells him that he has turned his life around, begging for forgiveness. Driver spares him, only to be confronted by Killer.

    Detective Cicero learns the true identity of the man who shot Driver. She hurries to the church; Cop is already on the scene. Killer tells Driver to pick up his gun so they can have a test of skill. Driver declines, saying he has no fight with him. Killer explains he wanted to be better since he could not walk when he was a child. Cop walks in and shoots Driver in the head, revealing it was he who shot Driver in the video. He gives Killer the money for the job, a single dollar, but Killer declines. Killer departs, telling Cop never to contact him again.

    Cop calls his girlfriend, telling her they will be okay because he closed the case and how he has been reading up on women. Cop’s wife Marina was Gary’s girlfriend and an informant for Cop. She told him about the bank job, and Cop put together the crew to take out Gary and Driver. Suddenly, he is shot by Driver, who survived the shot due to his metal plate. Detective Cicero arrives on the scene after Driver has already left, and she covers up Cop’s involvement.

    Driver scatters his brother’s ashes in the sea and drives off into the sunset; simultaneously, the Evangelist begins a sermon on forgiveness.

    The sun finally came out today.

    I’ve also be given 8 reviews to do! Only good thing is I’ve got till August to do them😉 but that’s won’t stop the review blog I guest review on sending me more👩🏻‍💻

    last night I had fun catching up with friends. It was a lot of fun, planning to catch up at least twice a week😉 we all need a little light relief 💜

    Family bingo night was tonight, that meant chaos and laughter. We all put money in, and winner collects the pot.

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    Book Review….. To Redeem A Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 5 By Emilia Hartley

    To Redeem A Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 5 By Emilia Hartley

    Description……

    Orion knows he’s losing the battle to control his bear. It’s only a matter of time before he’s so far gone that one of his friends feels obliged to put him down like a well-loved but rabid dog.

    That’s partly why he welcomes the sexy shifter from the Den who shows up with a silver-bullet with his name on it. Orion figures this will be the perfect end–he’ll have a bit of fun with this vixen and then stop complicating everyone’s life.

    Lumberjack Bears series……

    Book 1 – To Love a Bear

    Book 2 – To Save A Bear

    Book 3 – To Trust a Bear

    Book 4 – To Tame a Bear

    Book 5 – To Redeem A Bear

    My Review…..

    Orion wasn’t born a bear shifter, he had his thrust upon him, a hunting trip gone wrong. So he’d never grown up with the second voice inside his head. The bear and man always clashing, fighting each other for dominance.

    The only joy in his life is his ability to make things out of nothing. And now this ragtag band of shifters who have claimed him as family.

    Anais was also changed from human to bear shifter, and guess what? She’s from the Den that’s been causing them so much trouble.

    In fact she’s been sent to kill Orion, she’s been told he’s a loose cannon and if she kills him, then she get enough money to clear her brothers debts.

    But Orion is onto her from the beginning, but he’s going to play along for a while. He knows she’s going to kill him, but both the man and the bear don’t seem too worried.

    The more time Anais spends with Orion, the more she questions the Den’s motives. But she doesn’t really have much of a choice.

    Can she find a way to keep everyone alive?

    And if the Den come round again to finish off Orion for good this time, what side will she choose?

    I’ve liked Orion right from the start. His background was different from the rest of the bears.

    Loved how his humour came through at the most inappropriate times.

    Also his fight to retain his humanity, he feels like he’s slowly losing himself to the bear, he can’t find a balance.

    It was nice to have a female that could handle herself. Anais has had a troubled past, and her human brother is not helping it one bit, using her as a guarantor for his gambling debts!

    So it’s either kill Orion, or she loses her life and her brother’s.

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    Thursday’s Post

    At the Berlin Conference of 1884–1885, the Congo Basin is claimed by King Leopold II of the Belgians. Five years later, Leopold has accrued massive debts in exploiting the resources of the Congo Free State, and sends his envoy Léon Rom to secure the fabled diamonds of Opar. Rom’s expedition is massacred by warriors led by Chief Mbonga, who offers Rom diamonds in exchange for Tarzan.

    The man once called “Tarzan”, John Clayton III, has left Africa for his ancestral estate in Britain with his American wife, Jane, and embraced life as the wealthy Lord Greystoke. The British Prime Minister offers John an invitation from Leopold to visit Boma. The prime minister and an American envoy, George Washington Williams, explain that Leopold is defaulting on his loans, and a visit from Greystoke – whose exploits as Tarzan have made him a celebrity – would secure Britain’s influence in the Congo, but John refuses. George reveals to John his suspicions that Leopold is enslaving the Congolese population, and persuades John to go to the Congo to discover the truth. A flashback reveals the deaths of John’s parents after their shipwreck in Africa, and his adoption by the great apes called the Mangani.

    John, Jane, and George journey to the Congo, circumventing Rom and his corrupt financier Mr. Frum, and are welcomed by the Kuba village of John and Jane’s youth. Jane tells George of John’s life with the Mangani, and how she first met him. Rom and his men capture the villagers, killing their chief. George rescues John, but Jane and the captive villagers are taken aboard Rom’s steamship. Rom reveals to Jane that he arranged John’s invitation from Leopold to deliver him to Mbonga. Pursuing the steamship, John, George, and the village’s remaining warriors seize a train carrying Belgian soldiers and enslaved Congolese. An engineer informs them of Rom’s plan to take over the Congo, sanctioned by Leopold: using slave labor, Rom has built forts across the region, linked by railway and river travel, for an army of 20,000 mercenaries soon to arrive. With Leopold bankrupt, Rom needs the diamonds of Opar to pay for the army.

    Finding documents that will expose Leopold, John and George leave the proof with the Kuba warriors and rescued slaves to deliver to Boma, and the pair continue on through Mangani territory. Confronted by the apes, John is forced to fight their leader, his adoptive brother Akut. John loses, but he and George are permitted to travel on. Jane and a friend from the village escape the steamship and flee into the jungle. Sending him to rally the other tribes, Jane encounters the Mangani, and Rom’s men open fire on the apes. John arrives, saving the surviving Mangani, and pursues Rom, who takes Jane to Mbonga’s tribe. It is revealed that years ago, Mbonga’s son was killed by John for killing John’s adoptive ape mother, Kala. Mbonga attacks John, who gains the upper hand but spares the chief. George and the Mangani arrive, and he and John convince Mbonga that Rom is their common enemy.

    Rom takes Jane and the diamonds to Boma, where the mercenary army approaches shore. John and George send a massive stampede of wildebeest through the town, overrunning Rom’s men, as the Kuba warriors arrive by train and free their families. John rescues Jane and pursues Rom, who prepares to deliver the diamonds to Frum and the mercenaries. Williams sinks Rom’s steamship with a Maxim gun, but Rom strangles John with his spider silk rosary. Using a mating call to summon crocodiles, John breaks free and leaves Rom to be devoured by the crocodiles, escaping as the vessel’s boiler explodes. Frum and the fleet of mercenaries depart. George returns to London and presents the prime minister with an open letter to Leopold exposing the slavery and abuses of the Congolese people. One year later, John and Jane have relocated to Africa, in Jane’s father’s old house. They celebrate their newborn child, and John returns to the great apes as Tarzan.

    A damp day today. Didn’t get much done, in fact I spent the day dozing!!

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    Book Review… To Tame a Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 4 By Emilia Hartley

    To Tame a Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 4 By Emilia Hartley

    Description…..

    Aimee believes her life may finally be heating up. At last she can follow her dreams of opening a restaurant. And with Callie off with her new mate, Aimee’s got the gorgeous grizzly she’s fallen for (and his gourmet kitchen) all to herself. Dominick is as tasty as the feasts she loves to make, and he seems to find her irresistible.

    At least he does until the suffering caused by their fight with the Den makes him wild. The post-fight Dom is in constant pain and pulling away from Aimee as if afraid he might break her.

    Can Aimee convince Dom that she’s stronger than she looks in time to prevent his bear side from overwhelming the man she loves?

    Lumberjack Bears series……

    Book 1 – To Love a Bear

    Book 2 – To Save A Bear

    Book 3 – To Trust a Bear

    Book 4 – To Tame a Bear

    Book 5 – To Redeem A Bear

    My Review…..

    Aimee was rescued by her best friend as a young otter shifter, and they’ve been best friends ever since. So when Callie “To Trust a Bear” had business in Montana, Aimee jumped at the chance to travel.

    Things took an interesting turn when she meets Dom…..

    Dominic “Dom” has always been the calm and levelheaded bear shifter. A quiet man, who loves to cook.

    But all that was taken away from him after a huge fight and he was taken hostage, they beat him until he couldn’t stand up, and now he’s angry all the time, his bear is always on edge. He’s made his mind up that he’s no good for the cute otter shifter….

    With was a hard one to read, if you’d read the previous book, you’ll know he was beaten and tortured. That seem to break the connection he had with his bear side, he can’t keep him calm anymore, all the bear wants to do is fight, and so Dom is scared for his family and his little otter shifter, he doesn’t want to hurt anyone, but with his bear out of control he sees no option but to leave!!

    Dom wasn’t one of my favourite characters in the series, but with each book I grew to like him, and this book had me in knots. No matter how much Aimee tried to persuade Dom that they were meant to be together, it made no difference. He couldn’t control his bear side, the bear just wanted to tear things apart, it was only quiet when Aimee was around. So why didn’t he make that connection? His guilt I think had a large part in it, he thought he couldn’t protect his friends any longer, so there was no way he could look after a mate. Being captured and tortured had to be hard on him.

    Aimee I thought was great, such spirit, even when trying to convince her stubborn headed mate that they were meant to be together.

    Her lust for life, her spirit remained strong even after so many trials in her life,

    But I felt she was battling uphill with this one, how can you make someone see they would be ok if they didn’t believe it?

    The Den are back to take Aimee’s best friend back, so it’s another battle. But will this be the fight that tips Dom over the edge?

    Can Aimee be strong enough to pull Dom back from the precipice, or will he take them both down the path of heartbreak?

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    Wednesday’s Post

    In 1996, treasure hunter Brock Lovett and his team board the research vessel Akademik Mstislav Keldysh to search the wreck of RMS Titanic for a necklace with a rare diamond, the Heart of the Ocean. They recover a safe containing a drawing of a young woman wearing only the necklace dated April 14, 1912, the day the ship struck the iceberg.[Note 1] Rose Dawson Calvert, the woman in the drawing, is brought aboard Keldysh and tells Lovett of her experiences aboard Titanic.

    In 1912 Southampton, 17-year-old first-class passenger Rose DeWitt Bukater, her fiancé Cal Hockley, and her mother Ruth board the luxurious Titanic. Ruth emphasizes that Rose’s marriage will resolve their family’s financial problems and allow them to retain their upper-class status. Distraught over the engagement, Rose climbs over the stern and contemplates suicide; Jack Dawson, a poor artist, intervenes and discourages her. Discovered with Jack, Rose tells a concerned Cal that she was peering over the edge and Jack saved her from falling. Cal becomes indifferent, and it is suggested to him that Jack be rewarded; he invites Jack to dine with them in first-class. Jack and Rose develop a tentative friendship, despite Cal, his valet Spicer Lovejoy, and Ruth, being wary of him. Following dinner, Rose secretly joins Jack at a party in third-class.

    Aware of Cal and Ruth’s disapproval, Rose rebuffs Jack’s advances, but later realizes she prefers him over Cal. After rendezvousing on the bow at sunset, Rose takes Jack to her state room; at her request, Jack sketches Rose posing nude wearing Cal’s engagement present, the Heart of the Ocean. They evade Lovejoy, and have sex in an automobile inside the cargo hold. On the forward deck, they witness the ship’s collision with an iceberg and overhear its officers and builder discussing its seriousness.

    Cal discovers Jack’s sketch of Rose and an insulting note from her in his safe along with the necklace. When Jack and Rose attempt to inform Cal of the collision, Cal retaliates by having Lovejoy slip the necklace into Jack’s pocket, accusing him of theft. Jack is arrested and restrained in the master-at-arms‘ office. Cal puts the necklace in his own coat pocket.

    With the ship sinking, Rose flees Cal and her mother, who has boarded a lifeboat, and frees Jack. On the boat deck, Cal and Jack encourage her to board a lifeboat. While intending only to save himself, Cal claims he can ensure he and Jack get off safely. As her lifeboat lowers, Rose realizes she cannot leave Jack, and jumps back on board. Cal takes Lovejoy’s pistol and chases Rose and Jack into the flooding first-class dining saloon. After using up his ammunition, he relents. Cal realizes he gave his coat, and consequently the necklace, to Rose. He later boards a lifeboat by carrying a lost child.

    After braving several obstacles, Jack and Rose return to the boat deck. The lifeboats have departed and passengers are falling to their deaths as the stern rises out of the water. The ship breaks in half, dropping the stern into the water. Jack and Rose climb onto the back of it, and ride it into the ocean. He helps her onto a wooden panel buoyant enough for only one person. He assures her that she will die an old woman, warm in her bed. Jack dies of hypothermia,[8] but Rose is saved by a returning lifeboat.

    The RMS Carpathia later rescues the survivors; on board, Rose hides from Cal en route to New York City, where she gives her name as Rose Dawson. Rose says she later read that Cal committed suicide due to financial hardship as a result of the Wall Street Crash of 1929.

    Back in the present, Lovett decides to abandon his search after hearing Rose’s story. Alone on the stern of Keldysh, Rose takes out the Heart of the Ocean, which was in her possession all along, and drops it into the sea over the wreck site. While she is seemingly asleep or has died in her bed,[9] photos on her dresser depict a life of freedom and adventure. A young Rose reunites with Jack at Titanic‘s Grand Staircase, applauded by those who died on the ship.

    We had a lot of rain today, it really came down!! We also had some thunder!! Still feels a little muggy tonight.

    With my headphones on I managed to get on with the painting today. I have three brushes. Finding it difficult to erase the red lines and numbers, I might have to wait till the end and apply more!

    Family quiz night. My youngest stepdaughter and her son hosted it tonight. Think they made it a little harder tonight.

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    Book Review….. To Trust a Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 3 By Emilia Hartley

    To Trust a Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 3 By Emilia Hartley

    Description…..

    Morgan and his little gang of rogue bears are stirring up trouble.

    Never in a million years did Callie want to see Morgan, the cheating jerk who stole her heart and stomped all over it over a decade ago. Unfortunately for her, the leader of her idyllic Alaskan community of bear shifters wants her to bring Morgan’s group back to the fold before they ruin things for bears everywhere.

    The trouble is, the longer Callie hangs out with Morgan and his friends, the more she comes to doubt her upbringing. As everything she always thought important gets turned on its head, Callie must figure out who to trust and how to earn the trust of those she has inadvertently hurt.

    Especially Morgan.

    Lumberjack Bears series……

    Book 1 – To Love a Bear

    Book 2 – To Save A Bear

    Book 3 – To Trust a Bear

    Book 4 – To Tame a Bear

    Book 5 – To Redeem A Bear

    My Review …….

    Morgan has always known Callie was his mate, they grew up together in the den. She was his everything, so he couldn’t understand why she would want to rip his heart out and make him leave both her and the den.

    But he did it, and there hasn’t been a day in the nine long years he hasn’t missed her, or wished he’d pushed to find out why she spurned him!

    And now he’s getting a chance to put it right. She coming to see Emmy (“to love a bear heroine”) and he can’t make any mistakes, he needs her, his bear pines for his mate, so he needs to make it right!!

    Callie wants to go home and help the bears in her Den bring new cubs into the world. She doesn’t want to come and see a rogue pack, and she certainly doesn’t want to see the only man she’s ever loved. But with orders from her father burning in her mind, Callie doesn’t really have a choice, but she won’t let seeing Morgan disrupt her plans. Once she’s done, she’s going back home and getting on with her life!

    This one has a lot more action in it, a lot more story and background. Morgan wanting to pull Callie closer to him, and Callie definitely wanting to pull away. Morgan needing to know why his mate didn’t want him, and Callie not willing to listen.

    The cult side was an interesting twist, you assume the Den they all came from was a nurturing environment, and it does to an extent, but with a darker side. That side you don’t see until you step back and look at it in from another perspective.

    So will the Den allow Callie and Morgan to be together? Will Callie be able to move past Morgan’s betrayal? And will the group Morgan lives with ever truly be free of the Den?

    Again this book is different from the last two books in this series. Which is nice (nothing worse than the same plot reworded!)

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    Tuesday’s Post

    In the 28th century, due to cooperation between the Earth’s countries (beginning with the ASTP of 1975) and extraterrestrial peoples, the former International Space Station has been expanded until its mass threatens to cause it to fall out of orbit. Relocated to deep space using thrusters, it becomes Alpha, a space-traveling city inhabited by millions of species from thousands of planets. A special police division is created by the United Human Federation (a world government formed by a federation of Earth’s countries) to preserve peace through the galaxy, including happy-go-lucky Major Valerian and his partner, no-nonsense Sergeant Laureline.

    En route to a mission, Valerian dreams of a planet, Mül, where a low-tech humanoid race lives peacefully. They fish for pearls containing enormous amounts of energy, and use small animals to replicate them. Wreckage begins plummeting from the sky, followed by a huge spacecraft that falls and causes an explosion that annihilates every living being on the planet. Some of the sentient inhabitants enter a discarded vessel and accidentally trap themselves inside, but the planet’s young princess Lihö-Minaa is stranded outside. Just before her death, she conveys a telepathic message.

    Shaken, Valerian awakes. After an argument with Laureline regarding their relationship, analysis reveals he might have received a signal from across time and space. He learns that his mission is to retrieve a “Mül converter,” so-called for being able to replicate anything it eats. It is the last of its kind, and currently in the hands of black market dealer Igon Siruss. Before setting out, Valerian asks Laureline to marry him, but she brushes him off due to his aversion to commitment and his numerous affairs with colleagues.

    On planet Kirian, Valerian disrupts a meeting, in a zone forbidden to humans, between Igon and two hooded figures who resemble the humanoids from his vision. They also seek the converter, the small animal in his vision. Valerian and Laureline recover the converter and surreptitiously steal one of the energy pearls. Aboard their ship, Valerian learns that Mül was destroyed 30 years earlier, and all information about it is classified.

    They return to Alpha where the frosty station commander, Arün Filitt, informs them that the center of the station has been invaded by an unknown force, rendering it highly toxic. Troops sent into the area have not returned, and the infection is growing. Laureline and Valerian are assigned to protect the commander during an interstation summit to discuss the crisis; against the commander’s wishes, Laureline maintains possession of the converter.

    During the summit, unidentified humanoids suddenly attack, incapacitating everyone and kidnapping Filitt. Valerian chases the kidnappers on foot, in his spacecraft, and then in his Lexus SkyJet aircraft to the infected area and crashes the plane. Desperate for news of her partner and evading arrest for insubordination, Laureline enlists opportunistic aliens’ help to track Valerian, and finds him unconscious at the edge of the infected zone. She rouses him, but is kidnapped by a primitive tribe, the Boulan Bathors of the planet Goara whose colony is nearby, and presented at their emperor’s dinner as the choice course. Valerian infiltrates the tribe’s territory with the help of the shape-shifting Glamopod entertainer Bubble, who he met in the red-light district, Paradise Alley. They rescue Laureline and escape, but Bubble is wounded. Near death, she tells Valerian not to give up on his feelings for Laureline.

    Valerian and Laureline venture further into the infected area, discover it is not toxic, and that it contains the remains of some antique spacecraft. They reach a large shielded hall where they find the humanoids, known as the Pearls, with an unconscious Filitt. The Pearls’s leader, Emperor Haban Limaï, explains that his people lived peacefully on Mül until an orbital battle occurred between the Federation and a faction known as Southern Territories. Filitt, the human commander, ordered the use of three powerful fusion missiles that disabled the enemy ship and sent it crashing into the planet, annihilating Mül. Upon her passing, Princess Lihö-Minaa transferred her soul into Valerian’s body.

    When the surviving Pearls were trapped in a downed space vehicle from the battle, they managed to repair it and learned the humans’s technology and history. They eventually came to Alpha, helped by some merchants, where they assimilated more knowledge and built a ship of their own by stealing parts from Alpha’s various civilizations. They needed only the converter and the pearl to launch the ship so they could find a planet to use their technology to recreate their homeworld. Filitt admits his role in the genocide, but argues it was necessary to end the war—as was the coverup, to prevent humans from being expelled from Alpha. Valerian and Laureline disagree, arguing that the commander is trying to avoid the consequences of his actions. When Filitt becomes belligerent, Valerian knocks him out.

    Valerian hands over the pearl he stole, and Laureline persuades him to return the converter too, despite their orders. While the Pearls prepare their spacecraft for takeoff, Filitt’s pre-programmed K-Tron robot soldiers attack the Pearls, the government soldiers sent to assist Valerian, and their support staff, but are ultimately defeated. The spacecraft departs and Filitt is arrested. Valerian and Laureline are left adrift aboard a still-working Apollo Command/Service Module identified by radio technicians as Destiny 2005, and Laureline finally answers Valerian’s marriage proposal with a “maybe” as they wait for rescue.

    As the weather was lovely today, I caught up with laundry, what it with blowing on the line and the sunshine, it was soon dry.

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    Book Review …. To Save A Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 2 By Emilia Hartley

    To Save A Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 2 By Emilia Hartley

    Description…..,

    When Addison Stravinsky finds herself staring down the barrel of a gun at her banking job, she decides life is too short not to pursue her dreams.

    Her novel-writing dreams, that is.

    Not the dreams about the sexy stranger who saved her in the bank.

    But the new dreams won’t go away. Because the more Addison gets to know Reid Bronson, the more she’s attracted to this intelligent, sensitive, sexy, man. The trouble is, the more she gets to know him, the more she realizes he’s hiding something from her—something that’s threatening him from the outside and destroying him from within.

    Lumberjack Bears series……

    Book 1 – To Love a Bear

    Book 2 – To Save A Bear

    Book 3 – To Trust a Bear

    Book 4 – To Tame a Bear

    Book 5 – To Redeem A Bear

    My Review….

    We met Reid in the first book “To love a Bear”

    Reid is a grumpy unsocial bear shifter. He’s happy that Boomer has his mate, but that means he had to visit town once a week for groceries, and it always seems like it’s his turn!!

    Addison hates her job, being a teller in a bank isn’t her dream job, that would a writer. But it won’t pay the bills, so until something better comes along, this is where she has to stay. But an incident at the back has Addison re-evaluating her life, so she throws in her job, ends her lease on her home, and she’s gone, she’s ready for adventure.

    Taking up the offer that Reid offered her seemed like a good idea at the time, but now, now she’s not so sure, he seems really grumpy at her just turning up at his home!!!

    Reid is a nightmare, Addison feels something for him, she knows he feels something for her, but he keeps pulling away!!

    This book is totally different from the first. I liked Reid, although a grumpy bear, he does have a good heart. Finding out that Addison could be his mate totally throws Reid, he knows he could make her happy, but if he shows her his bear and she freaks out that that’s his happiness gone!!

    The action comes in the form of a hunter/hitman. He stalks both Addison and Reid.

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    Monday’s Post

    In 1850, backwoodsman Adam Pontipee comes to town in the Oregon Territory to shop and look for a bride. He eventually comes upon the local tavern, where he sees Milly chopping wood. After being convinced of her worth by the quality of her cooking and her insistence on finishing her chores before she would leave with him, he proposes and she accepts despite knowing him for only a few hours.

    On the journey home, Milly talks about how she is excited to be cooking and taking care of only one man while Adam begins to look uncomfortable. When they arrive at his cabin in the mountains, Milly is surprised to learn that Adam is the eldest of seven brothers living under the same roof. The brothers have been given Bible names alphabetically: Adam, Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, Ephraim, Frank (short for frankincense—supposedly due to no Bible names beginning with F—and their mother thought he smelled sweet), and Gideon. All of the brothers have red hair, and all but Gideon are well over six feet tall. Milly is also shocked at how dirty their house is, along with how unkempt and uncouth Adam and his brothers are. Later that night, Milly is angry and tells Adam that he wanted a servant girl instead of a wife. Adam acknowledges he needed her to be able to work because living in the backwoods is a hard life. After he plans to spend the night sleeping in a tree outside their window so that he won’t lose face with his brothers, she relents after explaining she was upset because she had had high hopes of marriage and love.

    The next morning, Milly decides to teach Adam and his brothers cleanliness and proper manners – especially at the table during meals. After the brothers wash and shave, Milly is shocked at how handsome they are, and that none of them got married. It turns out that the brothers rarely saw girls and never learned how to communicate with them. At first, the brothers have a hard time changing from their “mountain man” ways, but eventually come to see their only chance to get brides of their own is to do things Milly’s way. They try out their new manners at a social gathering in the town (a dance and barn-raising), where they meet six women they like – Dorcas, Ruth, Martha, Liza, Sarah, and Alice. The girls take a fancy to the brothers as well. However, all of them already have suitors among the young men of the town, who taunt the brothers into fighting during the barn-raising. At first, the six brothers remember Milly’s teachings and try to resist being drawn into a fight. The suitors finally go too far when they attack Adam, provoking Gideon into fighting back. A brawl ensues in which the brothers dominate their physically weaker town rivals. Although the Pontipee brothers did not start the fight, they are kicked out of the town by the townspeople.

    Winter comes, and the six younger brothers are pining for the girls they had fallen in love with. Milly asks Adam to talk to the brothers as she fears they will want to leave because of missing the girls. Adam reads his brothers the story of “The Sobbin’ Women” (taken from Plutarch‘s story of the Sabine Women), from the book of Stories from Plutarch that Milly had brought to the homestead along with her Bible. He tells them that they should take whatever action is necessary to get their women.

    Aided by Adam, the brothers kidnap the six girls, then cause an avalanche in Echo Pass so the townspeople can’t pursue them. The Pontipee homestead is cut off from the town until the spring thaw opens Echo Pass again. The only problem: the brothers forgot to bring the parson along to perform the marriages. Milly is furious with Adam and his brothers for kidnapping the women, and she kicks Adam and his brothers out of their house and sends them to the barn to “eat and sleep with the rest of the livestock,” while the women stay in the house with her. Adam, angered by Milly’s action, leaves for the trapping cabin further up the mountain to spend the winter by himself. Gideon tells Milly and begs her to tell Adam not to leave, but Milly refuses, saying: “He’s gotta learn that he can’t treat people this way.”

    Winter slowly passes, and the women vent their frustrations by pulling pranks on the brothers, though there is clear attraction on both sides. After Milly announces that she’s going to have a baby, the women and the brothers come together as a family. Milly gives birth to a daughter, in the spring. The daughter is named Hannah as a continuum to the names in alphabetical order, the last one being Gideon. Gideon rides to the cabin to inform Adam of his daughter’s arrival and asks him to come home. Adam refuses, saying that he had said he would return home when the pass was open.

    Adam does return home, when Echo Pass comes open, to reconcile with Milly and meet his new daughter. As a newly responsible father, he has become aware of how worried the townspeople would be about what has happened to the six abducted girls. Adam admits that he would have hung his daughter’s kidnapper(s) on the nearest tree; Milly forgives him for his past behavior.

    Adam tells his brothers they need to return the women to their families; the brothers are unwilling, believing their parents won’t let them marry their daughters, and the other six women refuse to return to their families, lest their parents to force them to return to their former suitors; they run away to hide. When Milly discovers that they are not in the house, Adam tells the brothers to find them and bring them back.

    The townspeople arrive, intent on hanging the Pontipee brothers for the kidnappings. The fathers, who find the brothers trying to force the women to return to town, misunderstand their efforts as assault, and charge to the girls’ rescue.

    Alice’s father, Reverend Elcott (Ian Wolfe) — the minister the brothers had forgotten to grab when they took the girls—hears baby Hannah cry in the distance, and worries that the baby might belong to one of the kidnapped girls. Elcott asks the girls whose baby he heard, and to not be afraid to tell. They each answer “Mine.” This misinformation serves the women’s and the brothers’ needs: the townspeople, including the girls’ fathers, insist on immediate  shotgun weddings, which are performed by Reverend Elcott, while Adam and Milly watch and the fathers stand behind their respective daughters’ grooms, guns over their arms. The film ends with the brothers kissing their respective brides in the living room of the Pontipee cabin.

    I watched that this afternoon upstairs by myself (if I’d watched it with hubby then I’d never get any peace, nor would I be able to sing 😉

    As you can see the painting is coming along really well.

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    Book Review …. To love a Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 1 By Emilia Hartley

    To love a Bear (Lumberjack Bears series) book 1 By Emilia Hartley

    Book 1 – To Love a Bear

    So long as the guys call him Boomer, Theodore Parker is content with his life. He has a place to stay, work to do, guys to hang—or fight with—when he wants, and the wilds of Montana to roam when he needs to be alone or go full bear. He has everything he needs.

    Until he finds a woman on the side of the hill, hurt and unable to remember who she is. The more he’s around this alluring woman, the more he realizes his life isn’t complete without her. He’s not so selfish as to doom her to a rough life with a bear-shifting mountain man, though.

    Lumberjack Bears series……

    Book 1 – To Love a Bear

    Book 2 – To Save A Bear

    Book 3 – To Trust a Bear

    Book 4 – To Tame a Bear

    Book 5 – To Redeem A Bear

    My Review …..

    Theodore Parker (or Boomer to his friends) is a grizzly bear shifter, he’s also a lonely shifter. He wants a mate, but where does he find one? Humans are too fragile, and if they find out about him, he either has to kill them or convert them (and that doesn’t always work)

    He’s resigned himself to working with his crew and always being alone.

    Emmy is on the run, always hiding, she can’t settle in one place for too long, she’s scared, but she won’t be taken ever again. Waking up to a handsome face at the bottom of a hill, Emmy has to wonder if her husband has sent someone to bring her home. But for the first time in what seems like forever, Emmy feels safe, it’s crazy, but if he isn’t here to bring her home, then she might just have a chance at happiness. If only she could remember.

    Emmy and Boomer bounce around the attraction they have for each other. Emmy wants to stay, and Boomer wants her to stay, so what’s the problem? She feels like he’s hiding something, something big!! And he is, but will he have the guts to tell her?

    And when her past finds Emmy, what will Boomer do about it?

    I liked this story, it sets up the rest of the 4 book series.

    Great storylines, really good characters. Liked the amnesia story, Emmy not sure of where she came from, or her past, but she’s drawn to Boomer.

    The bears are all loners, but they’ve formed a pack of their own, they fight a lot, but usually only to let off steam.

    Could go with being a little longer.

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    Sunday’s Post

    In 1711, England is at war with France. Queen Anne is in frail health; she shows little interest in governing, preferring activities such as racing ducks and playing with her 17 rabbits, surrogates for the children she miscarried or lost in childhood. Her confidante, adviser, and furtive lover Sarah Churchill effectively rules the country through her influence over the Queen. Sarah’s efforts to control Anne are undermined by Robert Harley, the Leader of the Opposition, who as a landowner argues against a doubling of property taxes proposed to fund the war.

    Abigail Hill, Sarah’s impoverished younger cousin, arrives in search of employment. Abigail’s standing has been tainted by her father, who gambled her away in a game of whist. Abigail is forced to do menial work as a scullery maid in the palace. After seeing the Queen’s gout, Abigail forages for herbs and applies them to the Queen’s inflamed legs. Sarah has Abigail whipped for entering the Queen’s bedroom without permission but relents and appoints her Lady of the Bedchamber after realising the herbs have helped the Queen. Harley asks Abigail to spy on Sarah and the Queen, hoping to circumvent Sarah’s authority. Abigail witnesses Sarah and the Queen having sex.

    With Sarah focused on the war effort, Abigail kindles a friendship with Anne that becomes sexual. Sarah becomes aware of Abigail’s machinations and attempts to send her away. Abigail drugs Sarah’s tea, causing her to fall off her horse and be dragged unconscious on the ground. Sarah awakens in a brothel, battered from the fall. Anne, thinking Sarah has abandoned her to make her jealous, takes Abigail into her favour and allows her to marry Colonel Masham, reinstating Abigail’s noble standing.

    When Sarah returns to court, she issues an ultimatum to Queen Anne: send Abigail away or Sarah will disclose her correspondence with Anne that details their sexual relationship. She tells Anne that Abigail does not love her and merely flatters her. Sarah, remorseful, burns the letters but Anne nevertheless sends her away from court. When Abigail, who has been promoted to Keeper of the Privy Purse, presents what she claims is evidence Sarah had been embezzling money, Anne exiles Sarah and her husband from Britain.

    With Sarah gone and her position secure, Abigail begins to neglect and ignore Anne while indulging in court society and openly having affairs. One day, while lounging in the Queen’s chamber, Abigail abuses one of Anne’s rabbits. Anne, now very sick, is awakened by the animal’s distress cry. Anne forces herself out of bed and orders Abigail to massage her leg while gradually bearing down on Abigail’s head with her hand.

    As you can see the painting is coming along really well. I tend to go from side to side, allowing the paint to dry completely.

    My son came down today to social distance in the garden. It was lovely catching up, but not being able to give him a cuddle was hard. But we will get there.

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    Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

    London Vampires Romance Series Box Set (Books 1-3) by Felicity Heaton

    Enter the dark, dangerous and decadent world of Vampirerotique, London’s premier vampire theatre, in this passionate paranormal romance boxed set of books 1-3 in the London Vampires Romance Series by New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Felicity Heaton, and discover a paranormal romances packed with passion, emotion and action, and filled with characters who will steal your heart forever.

    Books included in this vampire romance bundle:

    Covet

    Description…..

    They’ve burned for each other for two years, the forbidden attraction between them growing each night. Now resisting the sinful desires of their hearts is becoming impossible. Javier knows better than to succumb to his hunger for Lilah. The mortal female belongs to a powerful aristocrat patron of Vampirerotique, the theatre he runs with three other vampires. A single touch is all it would take to break the sacred law of his kind, sentencing himself to death, but his passion for her has become too fierce to ignore and he will risk everything to make Lilah his. When they find themselves alone in a private box during one of the erotic performances, will they surrender to their passion and live out their wildest fantasies in a night of wicked pleasure or will the threat of Lilah’s master keep them apart forever?

    REVIEW……

    Javier has watched and wanted Lilah since the day she came to work for the theatre. But she belongs to someone else. Touching her could mean immense pain for her and death for him!!

    But Lilah is willing to risk her master’s wrath, she’s grown to love Javier, and she wants to know what it’s like to kiss him.

    It all gets hot and heavy, Javier is back from a trip, he sees the new uniform the employees are wearing, enough is enough!!

    But what happens when her master finds out? Will they both have the strength to stand and fight for each other? Or will she have to watch Javier die by her masters hand?

    CRAVE

    Description…..

    His mind has been set on his work for the past one hundred years. Now a forbidden beauty has stolen his attention and is threatening to steal his heart too. Callum has come to the city of romance on business, not pleasure, but when he sets eyes on a gorgeous werewolf in a nightclub, he can’t ignore the dark carnal craving she ignites in him. His work for Vampirerotique, the erotic theatre he runs with three other vampires, can wait. The only thing that matters now is satisfying his sinful hunger for a woman who most vampires would consider an enemy. When Kristina finally gets a taste of Callum in a forbidden kiss, will she be strong enough to resist the allure of the vampire and his offer to share his bed for a week of unbridled, wild sex, or will she surrender to her own craving for the safety and passion she finds in his embrace?

    REVIEW……

    Werewolves and vampires don’t usual mix,

    but Callum can’t take his eyes of the female werewolf…..

    He’s here to recruit new acts for the theatre he co-owns, but it all goes out of his head when he sees her!

    Kristina is escaping from her pack, she has no intention of becoming a mate. She wants freedom and a choice….

    It’s very much lust at first sight, both know it can’t last. He’s back to London within the week, and werewolves and vampires don’t mix.

    But the more time they spend together, the more they realise that it’s what the heart wants.

    And when Kristina disappears, is it the work of her pack? And will Callum be able to find her before he’s ordered back home?

    SEDUCE

    Description…..

    Bloodlust runs in his veins, a dark master waiting for the day it will reign over him. Now a woman with a pure soul and wicked intentions has him in her sights and is determined to crack the ice around his heart, and she might save or damn him. Antoine stands apart from the world around him, a dangerous and broken soul who must maintain rigid control at all times or risk his dark addiction finally seizing hold of him. He cannot allow himself to feel, but when Sera walks into Vampirerotique to audition, she awakens dangerous desires in him—hungers that could spell the end of both of them. When Sera discovers the shocking truth about his past and the darkness that lurks within him, will she be strong enough to seize his heart with both hands and win him forever or will she lose him to the ghosts that still haunt him?

    REVIEW……

    Antoine wants nothing to do with love, it only brings heartbreak. He’s content with running the theatre and caring for his older brother.

    Sera has watched Antoine from afar, never having the nerve to speak to him. And he wouldn’t look at her anyway, he’s an aristocratic and she’s a lowly turned vampire (or elite) so socially she’s not even worth taking to.

    But Sera wants to show him that they could be happy together, she gets her chance with an audition at the theatre.

    Antoine and Sera then battle each other, she wants him, he doesn’t. But when Sera has enough, will Antoine fight or let her go….

    No cliff-hangers, just happily forever afters!

    Books in the London Vampires Romance Series by New York Times best-selling paranormal romance author, Felicity Heaton:

    Book 1: Covet

    Book 2: Crave

    Book 3: Seduce

    Book 4: Enslave

    Book 5: Bewitch

    Book 6: Unleash

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    Saturday’s Post

    Hey hey hey….. it’s the weekend 😉 but as we are all still social distancing, it’s the same as usual 🤨

    As you can see, the painting is coming along nicely.

    Michael Emerson (Jason Patric) and his younger brother Sam (Corey Haim) travel with their recently divorced mother Lucy (Dianne Wiest) to the small beach town of Santa Carla, California to live with her eccentric father, referred to simply as Grandpa (Barnard Hughes). 

    Michael and Sam begin hanging out at the boardwalk, which is plastered with flyers of missing people, while Lucy gets a job at a video store run by the local bachelor Max (Ed Herrmann). Michael becomes fascinated by Star (Jami Gertz), a young woman he spots on the boardwalk, though she seems to be in a relationship with the mysterious David (Kiefer Sutherland), the leader of a young biker gang. 

    In the local comic book store, Sam meets brothers Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan Frog (Jamison Newlander), a pair of self-proclaimed vampire hunters, who give him horror comics to teach him about the threat they claim has infiltrated the town.

    Michael finally talks to Star and is approached by David, who goads him into following them by motorcycle along the beach until they reach a dangerous cliff, which Michael almost goes over. At the gang’s hangout, a sunken luxury hotel beneath the cliff, David initiates Michael into the group. Star warns Michael not to drink from an offered bottle, telling him it is blood, but Michael ignores her advice. Later on, David and the others, including Michael, head to a railroad bridge where they hang off the edge over a foggy gorge; one by one they fall, Michael falling after them.

    Michael wakes up at home the next day, unaware of how he got there. His eyes are sensitive to sunlight and he develops a sudden thirst for blood, which leads him to impulsively attack Sam. Sam’s dog, Nanook, retaliates, causing Sam to realize that Michael is turning into a vampire by his brother’s semi-transparent reflection. Sam is initially terrified but Michael convinces him that he is not yet a vampire and that he desperately needs his help. 

    Michael begins to develop supernatural powers and asks Star for help, but has sex with her shortly afterwards. Sam deduces that, since Michael has not killed anyone, he is a half-vampire and his condition can be reversed upon the death of the head vampire. Sam and the Frog brothers test whether Max is the head vampire during a date with Lucy but Max passes every test and the boys decide to focus on David.

    To provoke him into killing, David takes Michael to stalk a group of beach goers and instigates a feeding frenzy. Horrified, Michael escapes and returns home to Sam. Star then arrives and reveals herself as a half-vampire who is looking to be cured. It emerges that David had intended for Michael to be Star’s first kill, sealing her fate as a vampire. 

    The next day, a weakening Michael leads Sam and the Frog brothers to the gang’s lair. They impale one of the vampires, Marko, with a stake, awakening David and the two others but the boys escape, rescuing Star and Laddie, a half-vampire child and Star’s companion.

    That evening, while Lucy is on a date with Max, the teens arm themselves with holy-water-filled water guns, a longbow and stakes; barricading themselves in the house. When night falls, David’s gang attack the house. The Frog brothers and Nanook manage to kill Paul by pushing him into a bathtub filled with garlic and holy water, dissolving him to the bone. Sam is attacked by Dwayne, another vampire, before he shoots an arrow through his heart and into the stereo behind him, electrocuting him and causing parts of his body to explode. 

    Michael is then attacked by David, forcing him to use his vampire powers. He manages to overpower David and impales him on a set of antlers. However, Michael, Star and Laddie do not transform back to normal as they had hoped. Lucy then returns home with Max, who is revealed to be the head vampire. He informs the boys that to invite a vampire into one’s house renders one powerless over said vampire, leaving them unable to exploit any weaknesses that the vampire has while there, explaining why their earlier assumption appeared to be incorrect. Max reveals he had instructed David to turn Sam and Michael into vampires so that Lucy could not refuse to be transformed herself, as his objective had been to get Lucy to be a mother for his lost boys. 

    As Max pulls Lucy to him, preparing to transform her, he is killed when Grandpa crashes his jeep through the wall of the house and impales Max on a wooden fence post, causing him to explode. Michael, Star and Laddie then return to normal. Amongst this carnage and debris, Grandpa casually retrieves a drink from the refrigerator and declares: “One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach: all the damn vampires.”

    Hoping the weather improves next week, need a little sun 😎

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    Friday’s Post

    As a child, shy and troubled Luke witnesses the aftermath of a mass shooting at a neighborhood coffee shop. He meets another boy among the onlookers at the scene: cool and confident Daniel, who invites him to play and quickly becomes his friend. Although adults such as Luke’s mother, Claire (Mary Stuart Masterson), cannot see Daniel, he appears physically real to Luke. The boys become close playmates, and their connection helps Luke cope with his parents’ divorce.

    Their friendship comes to an abrupt end when Daniel convinces Luke that blending an entire bottle of Claire’s psychiatric medication into a smoothie will give her superpowers. Instead, it results in a near-fatal poisoning. Claire convinces Luke to send Daniel away by symbolically locking him in her mother’s old dollhouse.

    Years later, the college-aged Luke (Miles Robbins) is paralyzed by anxiety over his future, his social life and his responsibility to his mother, who struggles with paranoid delusions and a hatred of her own reflection. He confides to his therapist, Dr. Cornelius Braun (Chukwudi Iwuji), that he is afraid he will eventually become just like her. One night, while sleeping over at his childhood home, Luke unlocks the dollhouse.

    Daniel (Patrick Schwarzenegger) reappears as an adult. His influence initially appears benign as he helps Luke thwart Claire’s suicide attempt, succeed in school, and begin a romance with an artist named Cassie (Sasha Lane). However, he quickly starts exhibiting aggressive behavior, becoming enraged when Luke doesn’t obey him. When Luke won’t have sex with a psychology student named Sophie (Hannah Marks) on a date, Daniel forcibly takes over his body, has rough sex with Sophie and attacks Luke’s roommate. Luke is banned from campus as a result and begins to question his own sanity, believing he may have schizophrenia. He attempts to banish Daniel back to the dollhouse but is unsuccessful.

    Luke becomes increasingly unstable, convinced that Daniel is taking over his body while he sleeps. He visits the father of John Thigpen, the shooter whose crime began the film, and learns John also had an invisible friend named Daniel. Luke begins to realize Daniel is a supernatural entity, not an imaginary friend.

    Dr. Braun makes a late-night house call in an attempt to separate Luke and Daniel, but only succeeds in allowing Daniel to take over Luke’s body and banish Luke’s consciousness to the dollhouse. Daniel then kills Braun. He decides his next target will be Cassie.

    Daniel reveals his true nature to Cassie, describing himself as “a traveler,” before chasing her to the rooftop of her apartment building. Cassie begs Luke to come back to reality; hearing her from inside the dollhouse, he summons the will to escape.

    In a final confrontation with Luke, Daniel shares more information about his past. He is a centuries-old psychic parasite who has fatally attached himself to numerous hosts, driving them to violence or suicide.

    Luke realizes he and Daniel can never truly be separated. After ensuring Cassie has escaped to safety, he kills himself by jumping from the roof. Cassie lies down beside his body.

    Daniel, surrounded by an otherworldly darkness, reverts to his true monstrous form, implying he will now seek out a new host.

    Family online bingo night. And it was Grace’s turn to win, and then watch her as she victory danced all round the room.

    Ran the vacuum round and did a pile of laundry today.

    I also have three new books to read and review for the reading cafe (the site I guess review on)

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    Arc Review …. Original Sin (The Order of Vampires)  Book 1 by Lydia Michaels 👩🏻‍💻

    Original Sin (The Order of Vampires)  Book 1 by Lydia Michaels  

    Description……. 

    Adam Hartzler has always been an honorable immortal, but the fine line between right and wrong begins to blur when he is called to his true mate. If he does not find and claim her soon, he will lose his soul and humanity, transforming into a vile predator controlled by insatiable bloodlust, sentenced to a demonic and tortured eternity as a vampire. 

    Adam sets out on a quest to hunt his mate and claim her before it is too late. His salvation relies on his destined mate’s surrender, but when she refuses to cooperate, Adam must set aside his morals and do what is needed to survive. Time’s slipping away with his control, and his territorial instincts refuse to let her go. 

    Annalise Snow awakens on a primitive farm removed from modern civilization and in fear of her life. Her captor is determined to keep her prisoner and believes he is somehow entitled to her future. But she will not surrender easily. When Adam asks for the ultimate sacrifice, she must decide if he lives or dies. 

    Passion and emotion collide in an explosive meeting of destined souls, but love is never a guarantee, especially when eternity begins with betrayal. 

    My Review …… 

    Adam has heard what happens to a male if he can’t find a mate. He knows an arranged marriage will work (like his parents) but he’s holding out for a true mate. His beliefs are strong. 
    Annalise works in a bar, she’s in school studying to be a nurse. Living a frugal life until she’s saved enough to move out of her crappy apartment and upgrade her dying car. She likes the work, her regulars look after her and she looks after them. 
    This was a good read. 
    Different from the usual paranormal books I read. 
    Very strong on beliefs and the will of god (each to their own, but not for me) 
    Most mates are found and sort of wooed, But Adam practically kidnaps her. He thinks he’s entitled, he can woo her after they are wed!! 
    And Annalise, oh dear, not happy at all. Living her life on her own terms, she’s got a five year plan and it’s getting there, she’s even sort of dating the barman where she works (but I get the impression it’s mostly on his side) 
    Adam’s attitude to Annalise was winding me up a little (but if your brought up with that belief, it’s hard to see it any other way). I don’t know how this is going to work! Annalise is a modern independent woman, Adam is not a modern man!! 
    Well written, very descriptive. You got the sense of urgency from Adam to find Annalise, you also got his frustration, but you also see him fight his dark side. He doesn’t want to turn into a vampire. He’d rather his family put him out of his misery. You rejoice with him, when he finally finds her, and you want to roll your eyes at his high handiness!! 
    You want to scream your frustration out at Annalise, her life has all been taken away, and at the sheer arrogance of the males in Adam’s village!! 
    I liked the idea of the dreams linking them together, Adam being able to track her, getting more information on her. I liked the idea that Annalise was involved, but hers were darker, did she sense Adam was almost ready to turn? 
    Twist at the end, Oh My God, did not see that coming!!! And for a minute there, I almost didn’t want to finish the book (it wasn’t looking good for Adam and Annalise!) 
    And it also leaves it open for a few other members to get a happy ending. And I really hope they get their books. 
    I highly recommend this book. 
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    Thursday’s Post

    Definitely think we’ve had our summer😉 back to wet and dreary.

    But at least it’s giving me time to concentrate on my painting. Getting use to the fiddly lines. And I have to do a different section if I want to do more, otherwise I smudge the paint!

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    Wednesday’s Post

    Another cooler day, with a few scattered showers.

    Managed to do some painting and reading. The family quiz was fun tonight, I got to host it, I’d spent the last few days working out questions and I think I found a balance of easy and hard ones.

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    Tuesday’s Post

    As young children being raised by a single mother, J. R. R. Tolkien and his brother receive help from a local priest, Father Francis, who must relocate them from their home to small apartments in Birmingham due to financial hardships. Their mother is supportive and loving, filling their minds with stories of adventure and mystery which she recites by the fireplace at night. She becomes ill, however, and one day upon returning home from school, Tolkien finds her slumped in her chair, dead. Father Francis becomes the boys’ legal guardian, and eventually finds a kindly rich woman who agrees to take them in, providing them with room and board while they continue their childhood education. There, Tolkien meets Edith Bratt, the woman’s only other ward. Tolkien is impressed with Edith, whose piano playing he admires, and the two become friends.

    At school, Tolkien immediately shows talent with languages, earning rough treatment from a rival classmate, Robert. When the two boys get into a fight, the headmaster – Robert’s father – orders that they spend all of their time together for the remainder of the term. While both initially resent the assignment, Tolkien is soon accepted into Robert’s small circle of friends, and the four – J. R. R., Robert, Geoffrey, and Christopher – form a close friendship, which grows with the years, even as they attend separate universities. Meanwhile, Tolkien continues his friendship with Edith, falling in love with her. Father Francis finds out about their relationship and recognizes that it is affecting Tolkien’s grades, and so forbids him from pursuing her while under his guardianship. Tolkien is distraught, not wanting to lose the priest’s financial support of his schooling. He relates the conversation to Edith, promising they will be able to be together when he reaches 21, the age of majority, but she instead ends the relationship.

    Tolkien struggles at Oxford, but attracts the attention of Professor Joseph Wright, a prominent philologist. Tolkien realizes language is his true passion, and enrolls in Wright’s class. When the First World War breaks out, he and his friends all enlist in the British Army. Before Tolkien leaves, Edith returns and the two declare their love for each other. At the Battle of the Somme, Tolkien, suffering from trench fever, goes to look for Geoffrey, convinced that he is calling him, but is unable to find him and collapses unconscious. He wakes in a hospital weeks later with Edith by his side, to find that Geoffrey and Robert were killed; Christopher survived but was left traumatized.

    Years later, Tolkien and Edith are married with several children, and Tolkien is now a professor at Oxford himself. The film ends with him inspired to write the famous opening of The Hobbit.

    Watching the children returning to school. I know not everyone is sending their children back, and I know some of the schools are opening yet. But it was nice to see the children walk by, it almost makes me believe we are slowly returning to normal.

    As you can see my painting is coming along nicely.

    Tomorrow is family quiz night, and for the last couple of days I’ve been collecting questions. I’m looking forward to quizzing everyone😉

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    Arc Review…. Simply a matter of time (The FireMark Novel) book 2 by Kathryn Murphy 📱

    Simply a matter of time (The FireMark Novel) book 2 by Kathryn Murphy

    

    Description…….
    Ethan Brooks has led an extremely long double life, one that always felt stable and secure—until he crossed paths with Nora St. Clair. Suddenly, the dogged police lieutenant is invading his office in her quest for answers about the mysterious Brightrock Island he hails from, an idyllic community off the coast of Massachusetts and home to a literal fountain of youth. Sworn to secrecy about his hometown, Ethan must protect the truth about the mysterious island and those who live there at any cost. But that’s easier said than done as Nora captures Ethan’s attention like no one ever has, upending his carefully cultivated life. 

    Resident Lizzy Brooks is enjoying her first taste of freedom from Brightrock Island after almost fifty years when Nora’s investigation throws everything into chaos, trashing Lizzy’s dreams when they’ve only just begun. With the clock ticking, Lizzy only has a few short weeks to explore what might’ve been a grand, romantic adventure with Caleb Broussard, her only connection outside the island. But this quiet, kind man whom Lizzy thought she knew has secrets of his own, ones that could impact everything.

    Now Ethan and Lizzy are both on borrowed time. But as Nora gets closer to uncovering the truth, Brightrock’s elders deliver an ultimatum: return home or leave the island forever, forcing Lizzy and Ethan to choose between their loves—or their lives. 
    My Review …… 
    Two stories for the price of one…. 
    Ethan is the island’s financial wizard. He’s been doing it for long enough. He’s gotten comfortable with his life, but that’s about to change, and he’s not happy….
    Nora is a detective, she’s looking into a case concerning the island and in particular Ethan’s brother. She wants answers and Ethan is the man to give them to her, but he’s being evasive, and now he’s on the move. She’s got no choice but to let it go, but that’s not in her nature…..
    Elizabeth “Lizzy” has waited forever to start her degree as a doctor, and now the elders are calling her back, it’s not fair! But Izzy isn’t going down without a fight, she’s going missing, and she knows exactly where she’s going …… 
    Caleb met lizzy briefly, he thinks there is a connection, so when he gets a call from her to meet up, he wants the chance to find out if she feels the same way….. 
    And when Ethan finds out Nora has been injured, why does he react the way he does? Is the fact she’s injured in a bomb blast that reminds him of the incident at Brightrock the trigger, or is the lovely lady herself? 
    And when Lizzy finds out Caleb’s secret, will she look at him differently? And can they make it work if she has to go back to the island? 
    Beautifully written. 
    The book starts not long after the last book, so you could read it without reading the first one, but I feel you’d be missing why Nora is stalking Ethan. 
    We get to catch up with old characters. 
    You get to feel Izzy’s frustration at being recalled back to Brightrock Island. You understand why she runs away, but is Caleb the right person to run too? He has his own demons to battle, and where will it take them? 
    The interaction between Nora and Ethan is great, his reluctance to also return to the island is felt. 
    And I love the banter between Ethan and Nora, it’s had me chuckling a few times through the book. 
    I would have liked two books instead of one, as I felt gaps were missing when we jumped to each couple. 
    We have a few twists in the book, we also have a few moments when I thought both couples would walk away from each other. 
    It’s a really good read. And I totally recommend it. 
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    Monday’s Post

    As you can see, the painting is coming along. Listening to music I got into the zone, and before you know it I’m doing a little more than i planned!

    Weather is definitely on the change. Cold for most of the day, and knowing the UK, that was probably our summer 😉

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    Sunday’s Post

    Responding to a complaint from farmer Frank Miller regarding a missing chicken, small rural town Centerville police officers Cliff Robertson and Ronnie Peterson briefly confront local eccentric Hermit Bob in the woods. On their drive back to the station, Cliff remarks that it is still daylight after 8 pm while Ronnie notices his watch and cell phone have stopped working. Farmer Miller talks about Hermit Bob with hardware store owner Hank Thompson at the local diner. Hank hears a worrisome radio report about polar fracking. Hank and diner waitress Fern also wonder why it is not dark outside. A song called “The Dead Don’t Die” plays on the radio, which Ronnie tells Cliff is the theme song.

    Following a news report seen at the Centerville Juvenile Detention Center, Geronimo tells fellow young inmates Olivia and Stella that polar fracking has altered the Earth’s rotation. Deliveryman Dean drops off rare magazines with gas station owner Bobby, who also sells pop culture memorabilia out of his store. Moonlight Motel owner Danny Perkins watches broadcaster Posie Juarez’s news report about pets behaving strangely, and his cats are missing. Farmer Miller also notices that his farm’s animals have disappeared.

    Cliff and Ronnie regroup with Mindy Morrison at the police station. The three officers discuss the strangeness around Centerville. At the diner, the waitress tells her customer Hank about Zelda Winston, the odd new undertaker at the Ever After funeral home. Meanwhile, Zelda practices her sword skills in front of a Buddha statue in the funeral parlor. Two zombies obsessed with coffee reanimate when night finally falls and maul the two diner workers inside the diner. Hank summons Cliff, Ronnie, and Mindy to the diner when he discovers the bodies in the morning. Ronnie tells Cliff he believes zombies slaughtered them.

    Zoe and her traveling companions Jack and Zach stop for fuel at Bobby’s gas station. After buying Sturgill Simpson‘s “The Dead Don’t Die” compact disc from Bobby, they check into Danny’s Moonlight Motel. Cliff and Ronnie discuss the diner murders with Danny. The two officers meet Zoe, Jack, and Zach while at the motel and tell them to not go out at night. Olivia, Stella, and Geronimo also discuss the diner murders at the juvenile detention center. Geronimo suggests an impending zombie apocalypse is responsible for the deaths.

    Cliff and Ronnie find open graves when they investigate the cemetery. Hermit Bob spies on the men from a distance before separately concluding zombies are loose. Ronnie gives Cliff guidance on how to kill zombies. Bobby and Hank have a similar conversation as they prepare weaponry. More zombies rise from the dead that evening. Danny is attacked at his motel and turns undead. Zoe, Jack, and Zach lock themselves in their room after a Posie Juarez news bulletin warns them of the danger.

    Cliff and Ronnie bring supplies back to the police station and tell Mindy about the zombies. Mallory O’Brien reanimates. Ronnie decapitates Mallory. Two corpses reanimate inside the funeral home. Zelda beheads them with her sword. Zelda then meets with Cliff, Ronnie, and Mindy and offers help. The three officers go out on patrol together, leaving Zelda alone at the station, where she sends an encrypted computer message using their computer. Cliff, Ronnie, and Mindy find Zoe and her friends dead when they investigate the motel. Ronnie beheads all three bodies to prevent them from reanimating. Ronnie takes Zoe’s Sturgill Simpson CD, which has played numerous times during the movie, and Cliff throws it out of the car window.

    Hank and Bobby are overrun by zombies in the hardware store. Hermit Bob sees zombies mauling Farmer Miller. Geronimo, Olivia, and Stella flee the juvenile detention center. Zombies surround the patrol car when it gets stuck at the cemetery. Mindy runs out of the vehicle to join her dead grandmother in the zombie horde. Ronnie tells Cliff he knew it would end badly because Jim gave him the entire script.

    Zelda takes Ronnie’s car through town and then walks calmly through the cemetery. Zombies amble away from the patrol car as a spinning UFO suddenly hovers over Centerville Cemetery. Cliff and Ronnie are astonished as the UFO beams up Zelda and flies away. Cliff and Ronnie decide to go on the attack, as Ronnie says it is in the script. The two officers exit their car and begin killing undead Centerville residents including Bobby, Farmer Miller, Danny, and Mindy. Hermit Bob observes the fray from the woods through binoculars, monologuing and lamenting the world is a terrible place as zombies eventually overwhelm Cliff and Ronnie.

    As you can see the painting is coming along slowly.

    Cold and wet today. So another day spent painting, reading and sorting out reviews for my blog.

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    Saturday’s Post

    In the five years since King Stefan’s death,[N 1]Aurora has reigned as Queen of the Moors, with Maleficent as its guardian and protector. Despite her service, the neighboring kingdom of Ulstead, home to Prince Phillip, deems Maleficent a villain, and while Phillip’s father King John wishes for peace, his mother Queen Ingrith has been secretly preparing for war; in the hidden areas of the castle, workers make weapons and ammunition out of iron, deadly to all fairies. Diaval, Maleficent’s raven and confidante, overhears Phillip proposing to Aurora, and tells Maleficent. While she advises against the union, Aurora vows to prove her wrong.

    Phillip’s parents host an intimate dinner, having invited Aurora, Maleficent, and Diaval. Maleficent maintains her composure as Ingrith taunts her throughout the evening by repeating the inaccurate story that has made the humans believe her to be evil: the story of Maleficent’s sleeping curse on Aurora is only half the truth, because no one has ever been told the whole truth about her loving Aurora and sacrificing herself to lift the curse. Ingrith alludes to Stefan’s death as murder, and openly claims Maleficent killed two human fairy poachers last seen near the Moors. Maleficent responds with equal iciness that humans have been kidnapping fairies, and hints that she believes the order to do it comes from the King or Queen.

    When Ingrith dismisses Maleficent’s maternal bond with Aurora and claims that the marriage will make Ingrith her real mother, Maleficent reacts by angrily unleashing a burst of magical energy. John suddenly faints, and Ingrith accuses Maleficent of cursing him, which Maleficent denies to a disbelieving Aurora. Phillip urges his mother to try and awaken John with a kiss. Ingrith demurs, and her weak attempt fails because she does not love her husband – especially for their differing views on peace and war.

    As Maleficent flees the castle, Ingrith’s right-hand, Gerda, shoots Maleficent with an iron bullet. Wounded, Maleficent falls into the ocean, only to be rescued by a mysterious winged creature. She awakens in a cavern where fairies like herself have been in hiding. Among them is Conall, their peaceful leader who saved Maleficent, and Borra, a warlike fairy who favors open conflict with humans, who killed the poachers near the Moors. Maleficent is among the last creatures known as the Dark Fey, powerful fairies forced into hiding and nearly driven extinct by human oppression. She is also the last descendant from the Phoenix, an ancient and powerful Dark Fey ancestor. She needs to pass through certain stages in order to harbor her full potential. When she brought up a human, she cleared the initial stages and Conall insists on forgiving Aurora in order to gain her final phoenix stage, but Maleficient disagrees. Because Maleficent’s magic is so powerful, Conall and Borra believe she is instrumental in ending the conflict with humans, either by peace or war.

    Meanwhile, the magical denizens of the Moors are invited to the royal wedding, but Aurora grows disillusioned with being an Ulstead noblewoman. Later, Conall sacrifices himself to save Maleficent again during a human attack on the Dark Fey, prompting Borra to declare war on the humans. Aurora discovers that Ingrith cursed John using Maleficent’s old cursed spindle, as she hates all Moor fairy folk. When Ingrith learns that Aurora knows, she reveals that she bitterly resents the Moors’ prosperity during a time when her kingdom suffered, and also blames them for her brother’s death; she plots to eradicate all fairies and woodland beings using the iron weapons as well as a lethal crimson powder developed by Lickspittle, a de-winged pixie. When the Moor folk arrive, they are trapped inside the castle chapel.

    At Ingrith’s command, Gerda unleashes the deadly crimson powder by playing the chapel’s organ. The fairy Flittle selflessly sacrifices herself to save everyone as a last resort by clogging the organ, rendering it unplayable, while her friends Knotgrass and Thistlewit cause Gerda to fall to her death. The Dark Fey launch an assault on Ulstead but the palace soldiers begin massacring them until Maleficent, channeling her Phoenix power, joins the battle. She nearly kills Ingrith but Aurora appeals to Maleficent’s humanity to spare her, and declares that Maleficent is her only mother. With Maleficent distracted, Ingrith fires her crossbow. Maleficent saves Aurora, but is struck by the arrow, dissolving into ashes. Devastated, Aurora grieves for Maleficent, but after Aurora’s tears fall on the ashes, Maleficent attains her phoenix stage.

    Horrified and infuriated, Ingrith throws Aurora off the tower to kill her, prompting Maleficent to rescue her again. Phillip forges peace between the fairies and humans and the Ulstead soldiers stand down. Maleficent reverts to her fairy form and finally gives Aurora and Phillip her blessing, realizing they belong together. Lickspittle decides to stop following Ingrith’s orders and gives Maleficent the spindle used to curse John and, previously, Aurora. Maleficent destroys the spindle and its curse, awakening John from his slumber. As she flees, Ingrith is stopped and captured by Borra and the other Dark Fey. As punishment for her crimes, she is transformed into a goat by Maleficent until she can accept the peace between the two people.

    After Aurora and Philip wed, Maleficent returns to the Moors with the other Dark Fey, teaching the young fairies to fly. She promises to return for Aurora and Philip’s future child’s christening.

    Cold. wet and windy today, not really a nice day at all.

    So I cracked on with my painting. Listened to music and had a housework free day. Caught up with my reading and polished up a few reviews.

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    Book Review 📱

    The Red Herring by  R.G. Link 

    

    Description…. 

    Meet William Miller. On the outside, he seems like an ordinary 20-something private investigator with a few scars, like we all have. But look beneath the surface and you’ll see the turmoil of a boy abandoned by his father and a man now struggling to run from the demons he thought he had left in the past.

    Meet Natalie Haynesworth. She’s smart, pretty, popular – everything a parent dreams their teenager will be. But Natalie has a secret that nobody knows until she is reported missing. Her mother hires William to find her, no matter what. But what he discovers is more sinister than could be imagined.

    Don’t be fooled. All isn’t as it seems to be.

    My Review …… 
    Love a good mystery, and this one was no exception. 
    William is a P.I (private investigator) an incident at the beginning of the book had turned Will into a bit of a recluse. He’s not doing well, he has flashbacks of the event as well as flashbacks of his time in the services….. 
    This book had me hooked after only a few pages, I felt Will’s struggle to stay focused, he was prone to panic attacks and really felt he wasn’t the best person for the job. But listening to Natalie’s mother, he felt he had to try and look into it. 
    Will hits brick wall after brick wall, none of her friends know where she is, the boyfriend has no clue, even the drug dealer she knew didn’t know anything, Natalie just couldn’t disappear without a trace, could she? Digging further Will can’t help feeling something is missing, but time is running out!! 
    We get to see a lot of William’s past, it’s definitely shaped him into the man he is today. It was helpful to see those moments, it helped me connect with the main character. 
    And when Natalie’s body is found, you’d think the case was closed? But Will couldn’t leave it alone, so he dug a little deeper, and things got darker, a lot darker ….. 
    It’s very well written. And the ending? Well I was surprised. But to find out why, you’ll have to read the book. 
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    Friday’s Post

    In 1996, star athlete Calvin “The Golden Jet” Joyner is being honored at his high school. Halfway through Calvin’s speech, a group of bullies led by Trevor Olson throw the nude morbidly obese Robbie Wheirdicht into the hall where the assembly is taking place. Only Joyner and his girlfriend, Maggie Johnson, are sympathetic towards Wheirdicht; the former going as far as to quickly cover Wheirdicht in his Varsity Jacket. Wheirdicht thanks Calvin and flees in embarrassment.

    Twenty years later, in 2016, Joyner is married to Maggie and works as a forensic accountantbut is dissatisfied with his career. Maggie suggests they see a therapist to salvage their deteriorating marriage. At work, Joyner receives a friend request on Facebook from a man named Bob Stone, who invites Joyner to meet at a bar. Bob Stone reveals himself to be Robbie Wheirdicht. Joyner is shocked to see that Wheirdicht has transformed into a muscular, confident man with advanced hand-to-hand fighting skills. Stone asks Joyner to review some online transactions, and Joyner discovers a multimillion-dollar auction with bidders from radical countries, with the final bids to conclude the following day. Stone avoids Joyner’s questions and spends the night on his couch.

    The next morning, a team of CIA agents led by Pamela Harris arrive at Joyner’s house in search of Stone, who escapes without a trace. Harris tells Joyner that Stone is a dangerous rogue agent who brutally murdered his former partner, Phil Stanton. Harris tells Calvin that Bob intends to sell satellite codes to the highest bidder. Soon after, Stone abducts Joyner and explains that he is trying to stop a criminal known as the Black Badger from selling the codes but needs Joyner’s skills to find the coordinates of the deal’s location. After an attack by a bounty hunter, Joyner flees and calls Maggie, telling her to meet him at the marriage counselor’s office. Harris intercepts him and tells him that Stone is really the Black Badger. She warns him to refrain from telling Maggie and gives him a device to alert them to Stone’s location. Joyner then arrives for marriage counseling, where he finds Stone posing as the counselor.

    Stone convinces Joyner to help him, so he sets up a meeting with Trevor Olson, who is able to track the offshore account for the auction so they can get the deal’s location. At first, Olson apologizes for his misdeed in high school, claiming he has found God; only to admit he was lying, laughs in their faces, and bullies Stone again. Harris calls Joyner and threatens to arrest Maggie if he fails to help them detain Stone. Joyner reluctantly betrays Stone, and the CIA arrests him. As Harris tortures Stone to get him to confess, Joyner decides to help Stone escape. Joyner finds that the deal is happening in Boston and helps Stone steal a plane. At an underground parking garage, where the deal is assumed to be taking place, Stone enters alone, while Joyner sees Harris entering a short while later. He assumes that she is the Black Badger and runs after her only to find Stone meeting with the buyer and claiming to be the Black Badger. Stone shoots Joyner, grazing his neck, to keep him safe.

    Phil Stanton arrives, revealing that he is alive, and claims he is the real Black Badger. The buyer attempts to retrieve codes from both Stone and Stanton, but the CIA arrives and a shootout ensues; wherein Joyner grabs both codes and runs outside. He encounters Stone and Stanton, who engage in combat. Unable to decide who is the criminal, Joyner aims blindly and shoots Stone, only for Stanton to confess that he is the Black Badger and that Stone is innocent. Joyner causes a distraction that allows Stone to rip Stanton’s throat out, killing him. The two deliver the codes to Harris, who then drops them off at their high school reunion, where Joyner reconciles with Maggie. Stone is announced as the Homecoming King, with Joyner revealing to Maggie that he hacked the voting system to ensure Stone’s win. Olson attempts to bully Stone a third time, but Stone knocks him out. As Stone delivers his speech, he relives his most embarrassing high school moment and takes off all his clothes confidently. He walks off stage to unite with his high-school crush, Darla McGuckian.

    In a pre-credits scene, Maggie is pregnant and Joyner has joined the CIA. As a gift for his first day on the job, Stone gives Joyner his varsity jacket from high school back, which he had kept. The two friends climb into Stone’s truck and drive off to begin their work day.

    As you can see the painting is coming along slow. It it’s really therapeutic just painting and listening to music.

    Slightly brighter today, but with a chill to the air. Family bingo tonight and after the discussion of shops finally opening…. the general consensus with my family, we aren’t going anywhere yet!!

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    Thursday’s Post

    A member of a large, loud, intrusive Greekfamily that only wants her to get married and have children, thirty year old Fotoula “Toula” Portokalos works in her family’s Chicagorestaurant, Dancing Zorba’s, but longs to do something more with her life. While working one day, she is immediately smitten with Ian Miller, a handsome, Anglo-Saxon man. She amuses Ian when he catches her staring at him and jokingly calls herself his “own private Greek statue.” That evening, Toula offers to go to college to learn about computers so she can improve the restaurant, but her father, Gus, becomes emotional, claiming Toula wants to leave him. Her mother, Maria, comforts Toula and convinces Gus to agree to Toula’s idea.

    As the weeks pass, Toula gains more confidence and changes her image: switching her thick-framed glasses for contact lenses, styling her hair, and wearing makeup and brighter clothes that show off her figure. She sees a notice for a course on computers and tourism and tells her Aunt Voula, who owns a travel agency, that she could apply what she learns in the course to Voula’s business. Voula agrees, and she and Maria slyly convince Gus to agree as well.

    Toula’s happiness working at the travel agency catches Ian’s attention and he asks her to dinner. Knowing her family wouldn’t approve of him, Toula lies that she is taking a pottery class. Ian realizes Toula is the waitress from Dancing Zorba’s and, contrary to Toula’s fear that he will lose interest in her, asks her out to dinner the next night. They begin dating and fall in love. Toula’s lie is ultimately exposed, infuriating Gus is furious that Ian did not ask his permission to date Toula. He refuses to let them continue seeing each other, but they ignore his wishes, so he introduces Toula to single friends of his own to no avail.

    Ian proposes marriage and Toula accepts. Maria tells Gus that he must accept their marriage, but he remains upset because Ian is not a member of the Greek Orthodox Church. To get the family to accept him, Ian agrees be baptized into the church. The family does accept him, but constantly inserts themselves into the wedding planning, designing ugly bridesmaid’s dresses and misspelling Ian’s mother’s name on their wedding invitations so it looks like his parents are two men.

    When Ian’s parents join the entire family for dinner and react to them as if they were “from the zoo,” Toula worries about whether her father has really accepted Ian. Maria explains that growing up her family experienced many hardships and that she and Gus simply want her to live life her way and be happy. Toula’s grandmother shows Toula photos of herself as a young woman and the crown she wore at her own wedding, which Toula puts on. When the three women all look at Toula in her bedroom mirror, the sight of three generations in the reflection makes Toula smile with pride.

    At the wedding reception, Gus makes a heartwarming speech focusing on how the differences in Toula’s and Ian’s backgrounds do not matter. He and Maria then surprise Toula and Ian with a house as a wedding gift. As the two families dance together, Toula narrates that while her family is loud and odd she has realized they will always be there for her.

    Six years later, Toula and Ian leave their house, located next door to Gus and Maria’s, to walk their daughter to Greek school.

    A change in the weather, so housework and reading were order of the day.

    And painting. I’m enjoying the process, the tiny numbers have me taking my glasses off to see the details. Listening to music usually puts me in the zone, and away I go.

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    ARC Review …. Slay Me: A Dragon Shifter and Curvy Girl Romance (Dragons Love Curves Book 9) by Aidy Award.

    Slay Me: A Dragon Shifter and Curvy Girl Romance (Dragons Love Curves Book 9) by Aidy Award.

    Description…..

    He lost his love a long time ago, but now she’s back, and wants to find him a new mate….

    Match is the most powerful Warrior of his day, and he’s one cranky son of a…dragon.

    His true love has been in Hell and doesn’t remember him….

    Now she’s back and wants to find him a new mate so they can save the world?

    He’ll have to find a way to get her to fall in love with him once again which would be a whole lot easier if the dark forces of evil weren’t trying to steal both of their souls.

    My Review……

    Match has known who his mate was in like forever…..

    But after losing her, Match withdrew from the world and became the dragon we all know now.

    Finding her time and again, but only to lose her or for her to hide from him.

    Enough is enough, he needs his mate, and after the last battle he fought and almost died in, he’s going to find her and mate her!!

    Fallyn has always known pain, for her birthday her father would give her lashes!! Telling her that love was painful!!

    She has to avoid the dragons, they will kill her on sight, but she has a mission, her mother gave her the task of finding mates for dragons!! (She can hear their voices in her head)

    It’s all about the war between dragons and her father the black dragon. He also wants her to find the mates of the dragons, but his wants were more nefarious (it’s all to do with the dragons soul shards)

    A soul shard was given to each dragon, he usually gives it to his mate to safe guard, but the Black Dragon has been told he can steal a soul shard and regain his soul!

    Her last challenge is the formidable Red dragon, she can’t hear his mate in her head, but she has her mission, and she’s going to see it to the end, even if it kills her!!

    I’ve loved reading this series. I’ve laughed like a loon at the antics of the dragons and their mates. I’ve shouted at my kindle when the dragons ballsed things up! And I cried when I read how much Match loved and missed his mate, how guilty he felt at not protecting her better!!

    I’ve waited patiently for Fallyn and Match’s book, it seems like forever.

    The backstory to how Fallyn and Match met and fell in love goes back almost one hundred and fifty years.

    It’s a beautifully sad story, one of young love that was ripped apart.

    We find out that Fallyn doesn’t remember Match, and so making her fall for him all over again seems like the only way forward.

    But the black dragon who has kept her prisoner isn’t her father, and slowly poisoned her against the dragon world.

    The action like in the previous books is fast paced, there isn’t time to catch your breath. We go from one scene to another at a hundred miles an hour!

    I’m sad the series is finished, I’ve enjoyed every minute. I’m glad Match and Fallyn finally got their story. It seemed fitting that they had the last book in this series.

    I have to admit I got a little confused over who was who at the end (and I had to read the last few chapters several times to get them straight in my head)

    But it did explain a lot.

    You could read it on its own, but your going to miss an amazing ride. You definitely need to read in order.

    And you definitely need to read this book.

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    Wednesday’s Post

    Coming along slowly, but it’s coming along.

    Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) is a writer for the women’s magazine Composure as the “How to”, subject-matter expert. She is bored and wishes she could write about more serious topics such as politics, economics, religion, poverty; matters she is genuinely concerned with. After Andie’s best friend Michelle (Kathryn Hahn) experiences yet another break-up, Andie is inspired to write a new article titled “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”; she will start dating a guy and eventually drive him away using only the “classic mistakes women make” in relationships.

    At the same time, advertising executive Benjamin “Ben” Barry (Matthew McConaughey) is striving for a pitch to advertise a new diamond campaign. When his boss questions Ben’s knowledge about romance, Ben bets he could make any woman fall in love with him if he wanted to. His boss accepts the bet and confirms that if he can make any woman fall in love with him before the upcoming company ball, in just 10 days, he will allow Ben to head the advertising for the new diamond company. Ben’s rival co-workers, Judy Spears and Judy Green (Michael Micheleand Shalom Harlow), who were at Composure magazine earlier in the day and are aware of Andie’s new assignment, set Ben up to have him pick Andie as the girl to test his theory on.

    Ben and Andie meet and soon start their quests, neither revealing their true intentions. Andie works hard to drive Ben insane and make him break up with her in order to complete her article, but Ben continues to stick around in hopes of making her fall in love with him. Andie gets Ben knocked out in a movie theater by talking aloud while watching a chick flick, rapidly moves her things into his apartment, acts overly possessive and sensitive and clingy, ruins his boys’ poker night for him and his friends, and takes him to a Celine Dionconcert when he was under the assumption he was going to see a New York Knicks basketball game.

    Ben stays with her despite everything, and after coming very close to breaking up they attend couples counseling, led by Andie’s friend Michelle. They agree, as a solution to their problems, to visit Ben’s family in Staten Island for the weekend. While vacationing together Ben and Andie begin to form a genuine bond, and upon arriving home Ben even refers to Andie as his girlfriend. Andie then tries to explain to her boss Lana (Bebe Neuwirth) that she cannot continue writing and publishing this article as she has “really got to know this guy”, but Lana remains insistent upon it. Around the same time, Andie and Ben go to the company ball together where Ben’s boss, Phillip (Robert Klein), meets Andie and tells Ben that he “met her, she loves you, you win”.

    Seeing Ben’s good news, Judy and Judy are instantly envious and set about to ruin it for their co-worker. They tell his close colleagues, Tony and Thayer (Adam Goldberg and Thomas Lennon), that Andie knew about the bet all along and was playing along to help Ben win. Tony and Thayer then rush to Andie’s side and beg her to keep quiet, when they do not realize she is still blissfully unaware of the bet. Almost simultaneously, Lana, who is unaware of Ben’s role in Andie’s “How To” article, reveals Andie’s true intentions to Ben. Upon learning of Ben’s bet, Andie attempts to humiliate Ben in front of everyone at the party, and the pair argue on stage.

    They go their separate ways before Ben is shown Andie’s article and encouraged to read it. She explains in it how she “lost the one person she ever fell for”, and, when he hears she quit her job at Composure and is on her way to Washington, D.C. for an interview, he chases her taxi and stops her. Once he accuses her of running away, they reveal their true feelings for each other and the film ends with Ben instructing the taxi driver to return Andie’s belongings to her home, and then they kiss.

    Weather definitely different from the last week or so, a lot cooler and a little rain (but at least I didn’t have to water the garden tonight.

    Family quiz night. When your granddaughter decides she wants to host the whole thing!! No wonder we ran over time😉and then she had a meltdown!!

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    Tuesday’s Posti

    Childhood friends Norbit Albert Rice (Eddie Murphy) and Kate Thomas (Thandie Newton), living at an orphanage doubling as a Chinese restaurant called The Golden Wonton owned by Mr. Wong (Murphy), are separated when Kate is adopted. Five years later, Norbit is rescued from playground bullies by a tough, overweight girl named Rasputia Latimore (Murphy), who becomes his protector from the other bullies and best friend. Rasputia grows into an arrogant and mean-spirited woman who eventually marries Norbit. After a while, she begins insulting and controlling him. Norbit is also belittled by Rasputia’s older brothers Big Black Jack (Terry Crews), Blue (Lester Speight), and Earl (Clifton Powell), working as a bookkeeper at their construction company. The Latimore brothers also run a “security business” and instill fear in the entire community except Mr. Wong, who refuses to sell them his business.

    Norbit discovers Rasputia is cheating on him with her dance instructor Buster Perkin (Marlon Wayans), throwing away his wedding ring and venting his anger at a puppet show for the orphans. He is stunned to see Kate for the first time since childhood, and his affection for her reignites as he learns she is buying Mr. Wong’s orphanage, but he is disappointed to learn she is engaged to Deion Hughes (Cuba Gooding Jr.).

    With help from ex-pimp friends Pope Sweet Jesus (Eddie Griffin) and Lord Have Mercy (Katt Williams) and other townspeople, Norbit meets Kate without Rasputia’s knowledge. Deion is revealed to be helping the Latimore brothers in their plan to turn the orphanage into a strip club. The brothers dupe Norbit into getting Kate to sign papers to renew the restaurant’s liquor license in the Latimores’ name. Norbit’s meeting with Kate leads to helping rehearse her wedding, where a kiss between them makes her reconsider marrying Deion. Norbit returns home to learn Rasputia witnessed their kiss, and she threatens violence against Kate if Norbit ever sees her again.

    Kate goes to confront Norbit about the deal, and sees him being held prisoner by Rasputia, in their house’s basement. Norbit reluctantly insults Kate, deliberately driving her away so Rasputia will not hurt her. Satisfied, Rasputia lies that Norbit has manipulated Kate since she came back to town. Heartbroken, Kate runs away, and Norbit decides to leave town for good when he finds a letter from a private investigator he hired revealing that Deion is rich from various divorce settlements.

    The Latimores reveal their plan to Norbit, and lock him in the basement again. Norbit escapes, reaching the wedding just in time to inform Kate of Deion’s schemes. Though his proof of Deion’s divorce settlements was destroyed after falling into a pond, Norbit presents Deion’s ex-wives (who he told his name was either Antoine or Luther) and his children. Deion flees, and the Latimores attack Norbit for ruining their plans, but the townspeople take up arms to protect Norbit. Rasputia fights her way through the crowd and prepares to kill Norbit, but Mr. Wong harpoonsher in the rear. Rasputia and her brothers are chased out of town, and Norbit and Kate buy the orphanage and marry under the same tree where they played as children. The Latimores move to Mexico and open up their strip club “El Nipplopolis”, where Rasputia becomes their most popular and lucrative stripper.

    As you can see the number are plenty, and lots are pretty small. So I’m hoping to do a little each day. Hoping I can colour over the red lines, especially with the white.

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    Monday’s Post

    Earl Stone, in his 80s, is an award-winning horticulturist and Korean War veteran in Peoria, Illinois. He is facing financial ruin and is estranged from his ex-wife Mary and daughter Iris for always putting work before family. He is still on friendly terms with his granddaughter Ginny and attends her wedding rehearsal. Desperate for money, he takes up an offer from the friend of one of Ginny’s bridesmaids and becomes a “mule” transporting cocaine through Illinois for a Mexican drug cartel. Facing little suspicion due to his age, race, spotless criminal history, and strict adherence to driving laws, Earl is soon trusted with huge amounts of drugs and is paid large amounts of cash. With the money he buys a new truck, settles his financial problems, and pays for renovations of the local VFW Post, as well as his granddaughter’s wedding and education. He becomes friendly with the cartel members, who call him “Tata (grandfather).

    Meanwhile, with details from an informant, a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) task force is narrowing in on the cartel’s deliveries to Chicago. Tensions within the cartel erupt when Gustavo, a power-hungry cartel lieutenant, assassinates cartel boss Laton, and subsequently demands Earl be kept under tighter control.

    In the middle of a $12 million cocaine shipment, Earl learns that Mary is gravely ill. After Ginny talks some sense into him, he postpones the drug delivery to make peace with Mary and stays by her side until she dies peacefully days later. After attending the funeral and finally reconciling with his family, Earl resumes the delivery as both the DEA and the cartel close in on him.

    The cartel’s enforcers catch him and, upon discovering he was away to attend his wife’s death and funeral (which they respect), call the cartel leader to request leniency. The cartel underboss allows him to continue, with the caveat that if anything goes wrong it will be on the enforcers’ heads. Earl continues towards the drop point, but the DEA agents finally catch up to him and arrest him. In court, disregarding his age as an excuse and guilt-ridden over his crimes and for failing his family, Earl pleads guilty to all charges and is sent to federal prison with his family showing him their support. In prison, he returns to horticulture.

    So as promised my painting project, I’ll add a few pictures each day. My son got it to keep me occupied 😉I must admit I’ve not painted for a while, and it’s harder than the one I have on my phone.

    Keeping up with housework and laundry. Also caught up with the usual people via phone or social media.

    Enjoying the garden for a little longer, think the weather is suppose to be changing!

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    Welcome June 🌺

    It’s my husband’s birthday this month. So celebrating it online!

    It’s still wear a mask and keep washing those hands. Apparently we can visit people, but only outdoors. No cuddles and you can’t even make a drink for your visitors!!

    Keep strong, it’s hard, and for those who are finding it difficult, reach out and message me, I really don’t mind. In this we should all look out for one another.

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