Sunday, November 6, 2016

My first Rafflecopter

I'm going to try my first Rafflecopter for the book, The Raven, by Mike Nappa.  I recently read and reviewed the book and really enjoyed it.  I thought this would be a good time and way to hopefully get a few more followers to the blog :) I hope you all enjoy and good luck!


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Book Review: The Raven

This author is new to me, this is only the second book that I've read by him.  I really enjoy his writing so far.  The title really jumped out to me for some reason.  I don't know if it was the Edgar Allan Poe relationship or quite possibly it was the cover of the book.  This cover really stuck with me.  When the book starts we find The Raven being beaten by some Ukranian men because of an item he pickpocketed  from a very influencial man in town.  They are interrupted when Trudi Coffey of the Coffey & Hill Investigations shows up.  She saves The Raven and he falls in love with her instantly.  She warns him that the Ukranian's will come back and suggests that he call her ex-husband, Samuel Hill, for help.  In the meantime Samuel is over visiting Mama Bliss because it in the anniversary of her grandson's death.  He has no idea at the time how intertwined he, Mama Bliss, The Raven and his ex-wives's lives are about to become.  This book is full of mystery, intrigue and history.

** I received this book at no charge for my honest review.

Book Review: Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

Pilot Kacey Fairing had a horrible crash in Afghanistan and is trying to recover from the mental turmoil it caused in her life.  She heads home to Mercy Falls, Montana to spend some time with her daughter and try her piloting skills at search and rescue for a while. She doesn't expect to return right in the middle of a horrible flooding situation. She is put to work immediately.  She doesn't expect to run into the love of her life, Ben King, who abandoned her years ago.  He left to become a country music star, but has returned home to help his father.  The two still have a connection even after all those years, but there are lots of hurt, anger and secrets to be exposed.


** I was given this book at no cost for my honest review.

Book Review: Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon

I LOVE the Men of Valor Series.  Every book in this series has just been fantastic.  I think many woman want a man that is going to be their protector and that's what all the brothers in these series have been.  Finn has recently left the Army Rangers and is struggling with some emotions from the time he served as well as where to go next.  He's off to spend a month in the wilderness and his brother's think he'll go crazy! He thinks it will be great, but he never imagined all the drama that would come with it. His first night he's awoken by a woman's screams. Instincts kick in, he grabs a weapon and goes to the rescue. After rescuing his neighbor, Dana Lewis, from her nightmares Finn isn't sure this plan was a great idea. He feels the need to make it up to Dana for breaking into her house in an attempt to save her. They slowly become friends and it's great for both of them. They are both struggling with issues in their own lives and with the help of the other they are starting to heal.

** I received this book at no cost for my honest review.

Book Review: Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson

Where Two Hearts Meet is the second book in the Prince Edward Island Dreams Series.  I really enjoyed the first in the series and enjoyed this one as well.  I really like how the author, Liz Johnson, makes the characters come alive.  I think my favorite character in this book was Caden.  She's the chef at the inn and has amazing talent and a big heart.  She teaches a cooking class to some of the teenagers on the island. When she finds out the inn is in danger of having to clue due to finances she wants to do whatever she can to help. As luck would have it they find out that the inn is going to be reviewed and they know that this will make or break the inn. Caden agrees to do anything she can to impress. When Adam shows up in her kitchen one day it unsettles Caden like never before. Knowing they are going to have a critic arrive soon, they all believe it to be Adam.  Throughout the book Adam is giving special treatment because they all believe he is someone else. He is fighting his own personal nightmare trying to get back to the love of his life, writing!

** I was given this book at no charge for my honest review.

Book Review: Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson

This book made me very sad when I first started reading.  Prosperity left her home to go unite with the man that she planned to marry.  He had been sent by the army to Key West.  There is nothing holding Prosperity to her home, so she decides to not wait for her fiance, but to go to him.  It's not an easy journey and when she arrives she finds that he has married someone else.  She is broken, defeated, hurt, has no money and nowhere to turn.  Fortunately for her she meets Elizabeth.  She takes her in, becomes her friend and helps her work on a new life.  She also meets a local doctor who becomes a friend and somewhat of a mentor to her.  She starts her new life as a housekeeper in the local hospital. Imagine the shock when David sees her and has to explain his actions.  This book has heart ache, love, physical and mental challenges and lots of twists and turns.  It's an easy read and one that will be enjoyed when finished.

** I was given this book at no cost for my honest opinion

Book Review: Another Day Another Dali by Sandra Orchard

A few months ago I read A Fool and His Monet by Sandra Orchard. I have to admit that I had a hard time finishing the book. It was one of those books for me that when I read the back it sounded great, but when I was reading it the book just didn't enthuse me.  When I read the back of this book it sounded great, so I thought I'd give her another try :) I have to admit that I enjoyed this book way more than A Fool and His Monet. I really don't have a reason to explain it because most of the same characters are in this book, it has a similar plot, etc. I really do enjoy the characters that are in these novels and I feel like there is an underlying mystery with one of the characters.  The mystery that we are reading about is about painting forgery and there are many twists and turns through the book.  Serena has a love of art because of her grandfather and she investigates art because of his death.  There is a love triangle between Serena, Nate and Tanner.  There is enough mystery to interest us, but not enough for us to figure out who is really the love of Serena's life.  I'm looking forward to the next book to learn more about the romance and hopefully figure out more about Serena's grandfather.


** I was given this book at no charge for my honest opinion.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Therapy Update for Issac

Issac recently started back to Occupational Therapy. He didn't want to go back because he felt since they released him a few years ago that he shouldn't have to go back. In just a few weeks he's made amazing strides!! He's done well with writing his letters with the correct spacing (LOL) We've worked on that for YEARS at this point and it seemed like nothing made it clear for him. His new therapist has lots of little sayings, neat visual cards and great ideas.  It's been amazing for him and he's enjoying it. Today he copied two sentences I had written and they were totally legible.  His letters get smaller the more he writes, so that needs to be addressed, but he's progressed amazingly in just a few weeks.  He's working on typing, so that he can do more since his hands get so tired.  He's been typing a paragraph a day that he copies from a book.
He also recently did quite a bit of testing for Speech. It looks like he WILL NOT qualify anymore.  For the first time since he was one, it looks like he won't be in Speech Therapy anymore! He's made HUGE strides in the last year. In kindergarten he started reading great, but when we took a break at Christmas it was like he forgot everything. We've been working ever since and reading just hasn't picked up for him. About a year ago the owner of where he attends therapy gave us some things to work on. We've all been working hard for the last year and it's just amazing the strides he's made.  I actually had to put a lock on my phone because he goes in now to read my text messages (LOL) Some of his testing is still in the low-average range, but it's not enough to qualify for him. We are going to continue working on the areas he was low in and hopefully start a new, online program in a few months that will work on those areas. I am just so proud at how much he's achieved in the last year. I know he understands he's done well, but I don't think he has any idea how far he's come.