Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Blog Awards



 


I love blogging, but as everyone knows, writing our posts can be daunting at times, especially when the think tank (brain) is lacking ideas. I really appreciate all of my followers who stick with me week after week. I love reading the comments and commenting back. I also appreciate the hard work everyone does on his or her blog.

So, in receiving this award, I was given two things to do. 1) admit seven random things about myself, and 2) nominate five other irresistible bloggers for this award.

Please be kind and don’t laugh as you read the seven random facts about me (some of you may already know these little facts):

1.         I love making up words to fit where there just aren’t any appropriate words.

2.         I hate really big bridges; especially the ones that go so high above your head as you are driving across it. I have been known to hyperventilate. I have nightmares about driving off bridges because a section is missing. I even carry around my Pieta book because it says I will not drown if I die with this book on my person (no, it does not say I won’t drive off a bridge.)

3.         I do not trust easily; actually, rarely ever. I have one true best friend and she didn’t come along until I was 46 years old; but what a gem she is (well worth the wait.) I am an introvert (off the charts people!) and I am extremely sensitive (my feelings get hurt easily.)

4.         As some of us tend to do, (and the rest is a quote from Amanda (Manda) “I lose myself in blogging. I think it may actually be a little unhealthy. I can mess around with my blog for hours and hours. Whether I'm writing posts, networking, changing the layout of my blog, looking for more books to read. I absolutely love blogging. Even if no one read my blog, I would still do it for me, because I love it.”

5.         I have a real issue with tailgaters! I have been known to slow to a slow crawl to back them off and then resume my speed. There was only one time this didn’t work (and he was an ass.) Yep! All you big truck drivers, I am the lady in the suburban that brought you to a complete halt on the highway so I could turn into my driveway – ya shouldn’t have been following so close!

6.         I am obsessed with my two dogs (German Shepherds) I am in love with them. If my husband would allow it, I would have them inside sitting at my feet in my office while I blog. That way, I could combine my two obsessions – my dogs, and my writing.

7.         I love public speaking. I can get up in front of a few hundred people and be perfectly at home. But, having to make small talk? Sends me into a panic mode. My best friend and I laugh when we sign up to attend Writer’s Conferences. There is always the proverbial “meet and greet” “social hour” thing. We never go. We only talk to each other and we can do that in the car on the way home.
Check out these wonderful blogs by clicking the links that I have provided. I promise you will love their blogs as much as I do. And, as soon as they post their seven facts, you know a little bit more about these wonderful ladies.

Thanks to my blog acquaintances/friends for being so awesome! 

Monday, May 30, 2011

Thank you to our service men and women today

"It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle.  It takes a hero to be one of the men who goes into battle."   - Norman Schwarzkopf 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Creed Legacy by Linda Lael Miller

The Creed Legacy








About the Book:

Rough-and-tumble rodeo cowboy Brody Creed likes life on the move. Until a chance encounter with his  long-estranged twin brother brings him “home” for the first time in years. Suddenly Brody is in Creed territory—at thirty-three, he’s a restless bad boy among family with deep ties to the land and each other. And a secret past haunts him as he tries to make plans for his future.

Carolyn Simmons is looking for Mr. Right in Lonesome Bend, as the tick tock of her biological clock gets ever louder. Then she falls for gorgeous Brody Creed, the opposite of everything she wants. Until lassoing his wild heart becomes everything both of them need.

Quotes:

“…I was referring, my prickly friend, to the bare-socket electricity arcing between you and Brody all evening. I’m surprised all our hair didn’t stand on end, and our skeletons didn’t show through our skin….”

“…because the nooky-ban obviously isn’t working any better for you than it is for me—which is to say, not at all….”

My Review:

            Linda Lael Miller does it again with this novel. I was looking for something light hearted to read with (sorry) a definite good ending and this book did not disappoint. It was funny and serious. We always expect funny, caught off guard scenes from Linda; but this book had a sad note to it as well. In the end, the cowboy’s heart as well as the cowgirl’s heart will mend with the help of their love.

            Brody Creed, downright handsome and boasting the sexiest blue eyes this side of the great Mississippi, bears a striking resemblance to his brother, Conner. There’s a reason for that, they are twins. Having lost their parents as babies and they were raised by a devoted aunt and uncle.

            The Creed twins have each suffered their share of tragedy and along the way find wonderful women who match them in spirit and that is what seals the deal with this trilogy. I enjoyed the Creed Legacy and you will too. I definitely recommend it.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the author, publisher or PR firm. 

By:              Linda Lael Miller
Publisher:    Harlequin
Imprint:       HQN Books
Pub. Date:   06/28/2011

This book can be purchased at Amazon.com


The Versatile Blogger Award

I am A Versatile Blogger - Yay! Here is the award my blog was given by another wonderful blogger, Amanda Reyes. Thank you Manda!


Manda at http://happyreadingsreviews.blogspot.com nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.

I love blogging, but as everyone knows, writing our posts can be daunting at times, especially when the think tank (brain) is lacking ideas. I really appreciate all of my followers who stick with me week after week. I love reading the comments and commenting back. I also appreciate the hard work everyone does on their blogs.

So, in receiving this award, I was given two things to do. 1) admit seven random things about myself, and 2) nominate five other versatile bloggers for this award.

Please be kind and don’t laugh as you read the seven random facts about me:

1.         I love making up words to fit where there just aren’t any appropriate words. (Example: Awardees - the blogs I am passing the award along to.)

2.         I hate really big bridges; especially the ones that go so high above your head as you are driving across it. I have been known to hyperventilate. I have nightmares about driving off bridges because a section is missing. I even carry around my Pieta book because it says I will not drown if I die with this book on my person (no, it does not say I won’t drive off a bridge.)

3.         I do not trust easily; actually, rarely ever. I have one true best friend and she didn’t come along until I was 46 years old; but what a gem she is (well worth the wait.)

4.         As some of us tend to do, (and the rest is a quote from Amanda (Manda) “I lose myself in blogging. I think it may actually be a little unhealthy. I can mess around with my blog for hours and hours. Whether I'm writing posts, networking, changing the layout of my blog, looking for more books to read. I absolutely love blogging. Even if no one read my blog, I would still do it for me, because I love it.”

5.         I have a real issue with tailgaters! I have been known to slow to a slow crawl to back them off and then resume my speed. There was only one time this didn’t work (and he was an ass.) Yep! All you big truck drivers, I am the lady in the suburban that brought you to a complete halt on the highway so I could turn into my driveway – ya shouldn’t have been following so close!

6.         I am obsessed with my two dogs (German Shepherds, Ryka and Calypso.) I am in love with them. If my husband would allow it, I would have them inside sitting at my feet in my office while I blog. That way, I could combine my two obsessions – my dogs (their pictures are all over my blog), and my writing.




7.         I love to bake. I am obsessed with cookbooks, especially the ones for chocolate (I have 60 chocolate cookbooks alone.) I also have a massive amount of cookie cutters.

This next part is the hardest. How do I pick just 5 bloggers out of all the awesome bloggers I know. Impossible, but here goes.

So, in no particular order: 

1.      Lisa at http://bookalicious-traveladdict.blogspot.com/ This girl travels and writes. Don’t we all envy her? YES!!

2.      Jenni Elyse at http://jennielyse.com/ She has a wonder blog with a little of everything on it. Book reviews, pictures, stories. Great blog!

3.      Adriana Iris at http://www.adrianairis.com/ When you visit her blog, you’ll know why I chose it.

4.         Dana Burgess at http://letsbookit.blogspot.com She writes about everything. Fantastic blog.

5.         Elisabeth Hirsch at http://ecwrites.blogspot.com/ There are no words. Wonderful blog.

Check out these wonderful blogs by clicking the links that I have provided. I promise you will love their blogs as much as I do. 

Don’t forget to check out Manda’s blog at: http://happyreadingsreviews.blogspot.com

Thanks to my blog acquaintances/friends for being so awesome! And thanks again to Manda for nominating me for this award; you made my day! 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Follow Me Friday!






Hi everyone! It's Follow Friday.  Click on the above button and head to the hostess, Parajunkee and give her a follow and then follow the guest host and add your blog to the linky list.

I am having a blast finding and following new blogs. If you are here via Follow Friday, please leave a comment with your blog address so I can find you too. Thanks.

I am hosting a give away this week for the book "Cruelty to Innocents: The 911 Abductions" by CK Webb and DJ Weaver. If you would like to read the review and enter the give away, please scroll down my blog to find it. Good Luck. I'll be announcing a winner soon.

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I am now a Famous Author!

How cool is this? Someone who lives in the next state over (MS) (we are in LA) was trawling with my husband and asked him if his wife had a story published about Hurricane Gustave. Someone actually bought the book, read my story and bio, and figured out that they knew my husband. I am famous!!!!!! (Ok - in my world, I am famous!) If only, my Google followers would come back.......Please Mr. Google, fix your problem soon.

Google follow

My Google Friend Connect is not showing up, at least for my eyes. Hopefully, it will be fixed soon. Thanks for visiting my blog and entering the give away.  Donna

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cruelty to Innocents: The 911 Abductions by CK Webb and DJ Weaver, Review and Give Away




Book Review AND Giveaway


About the book:
Who’s abducting children from 911 emergency scenes?

What if you were in your car alone with your small child and you came upon an emergency scene? Would you stop to help? What if, while you are trying to assist a victim of an accident or mugging, you left your young child alone in the car, thinking he or she would be safe. What if, instead of help, the call to 911 brought a terrifying, sinister result?

Someone’s abducting children from 911 emergency scenes in Aberdeen Maryland, while their parents call for help and lend aid to accident victims. Someone who’s also listening in, is a monster and vicious child abductor. In the midst of the chaos and confusion of the scene, that monster slips in and steals the innocent children leaving behind no trace for authorities.

Sloanne Kelly is unprepared for what awaits in her hometown as she travels back to Maryland. Her goddaughter is one of the victims and the clock is ticking. Together with her best friend and a local fireman, Shawn Tyler, Sloanne will face the most insidious of criminals and fight to recover the children before there is anymore, Cruelty to Innocents.


My Review:

            The story line captivates you and holds you bound to your chair with the reality of the subject; child abduction. The writers bring you into the lives of the characters and you feel their pain as clearly, as if you were sitting on the sofa next to them.
            Everyone would like to be a Good Samaritan. It is human nature. We all feel the need to help someone in misery. This book makes you question good deeds. The book leaves you weighing the simple phrase “should I or shouldn’t I help” when you see someone in distress. Do you grab your children and pretend not to see someone in need of help; or do you take the risk to turn your back for only a second...
            This book will make you look around you, into the faces of those you trust most, and have you wondering if you really know who they are.
            I figured out who the villain was the first time he can onto the scene, which left me a little disappointed; but maybe that was intentional because right when you think you have it all wrapped up, you are hoisted into the air and thrown against a wall with the surprise you didn’t see coming. I liked that.
            The book dialog was good. I was a little thrown by the simplicity of the dialogue between the heroine and the hero. It seemed a little out of place in the seriousness of the book. My dad is a retired law enforcement officer and I am married to a retired law enforcement officer so I enjoyed solving the clues along with the characters.
            Overall, the book was extremely good; and with the surprise ending, I am definitely anticipating the second book in the series. I recommend this book.

The Authors:
CK Webb
CK Webb was born and raised in Mississippi and dreamed of writing like the greats; Emily Bronte, Edgar Allen Poe and Stephen King, to name a few. CK joined the US Navy and traveled the world, but eventually returned to settle down in the tiny town of Millport, Alabama. A self-proclaimed ‘reformed bad girl’, this thirty-something writer now shares her life with her husband and two beautiful children. CK also enjoys spending time with her friends, family and book club. Although CK delights in preying on the fears of others and enjoys killing people…thankfully she does it the legal way; in her novels. She has just completed the first two novels in the 'Innocents' series which she co-wrote with her best-friend and mother, DJ Weaver. CK writes in a variety of other genres and also writes articles and book reviews for Suspense Magazine.

 DJ Weaver
  DJ Weaver originally hails from Pascagoula Mississippi, but relocated to north Mississippi in 1980. She took courses at Mississippi University for Woman andMississippi State University, studying paralegalism and Human Resources Management and has worked in the clerical field for twenty-five years.
DJ, along with her daughter and best friend, CK Webb, recently completed the first two in the three-novel Innocents series. She also writes in a variety of other genres.
When she isn‘t writing, DJ develops and maintains WebbWeaver Review blog, where she reviews books and interviews published authors regularly. She serves as co-chairwoman of WebbWeaver Book Club and also writes book reviews forSuspense Magazine.DJ is a 50-something year old mother and grandmother who now works part-time and makes her home in Millport Alabama.


CK's Facebook fanpage & Twitter

DJ'S Facebook fanpage & Twitter


Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the author, publisher, or PR firm. 

The book is available for purchase at the following locations: 

Amazon (US & UK & DE)
Barnes and Noble
Smashwords
Sony
Kobo
Diesel
Apple
Goodreads
Also on Individual Mobile Apps for Apple, Android, Windows Phone 7 and WebOS.




I know that everyone is anxious to find out how to win a copy of the 
fabulous book so here it is.


GIVEAWAY:

To win Cruelty to Innocents: The 911 Abductions in e-book format,
here is what you have to do.

MANDATORY

1. Be a follower of this blog.
2. Follow me on Face book: My Life. One Story at a Time.
3. Let me know why you would love to win a copy and please include your email address with your commentYou can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols if you prefer. The giveaway will end on May 30th and I will notify the winner by email.

RULES

Must be 18 years old. This giveaway is international!! Everyone is eligible!
You have 48 hours to reply to my email, if not I'll have no other choice but to contact someone else for the prize.
Please leave an email in the comment section so I can reach you if you win, no email no winner.

I will post the winner of the giveaway on Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

Good Luck!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Weekly Musings – Beginning May 19, 2011

            Thursday: Last week I had a request from Andrew for my double chocolate cookies (chocolate chocolate chip) for when he came back to my house today. First, how can I not say yes to such a precious little boy; and second, the look of rapture on his face as he devours the cookie is priceless.
            My husband spent his birthday (today) on a trawl boat, doing what he loves most, trawling for shrimp. He came home happy, but exhausted and bleary eyed. He has been trawling almost every day this past week. You gotta love it when he calls from the bay and ask if the sun is shining. Sooner (or perhaps later,) I’ll learn to "just say no" because if I say yes, then I have the chore of spreading his shrimp out in the sun to dry. And, that means, the dogs have to spend the day in their kennel (which they do not like.)
            Today I did not put the dogs in their kennel. I opened the garage door and they spent the day (the ENTIRE day) napping by the steps to the house; only briefly opening an eye or two as I made my way up and down the steps to put clothes in the washer or transfer them to the dryer. Those are my loyal companions. I know this because they chose me over trying to eat the shrimp.
            My husband is now cleaning fish in the garage kitchen (his man cave), the television blaring on his favorite channel – Retro. What is Retro you ask? Let me tell ALL about it. It sounds like the 1980’s in the garage (and the house – it’s that loud.) He watches Mr. T; Good Times, Sanford and Son, Archie Bunker, The Bundies, Dukes of Hazard (starting to get the picture?) I did not like these shows the FIRST time around and now I am doing penance for every sin I have ever committed! If there is a hell, this is it!

            Friday: I was supposed to spend the morning baking and decorating “pupcakes” for Cara’s birthday party tomorrow but somehow a book got in the way and the porch swing beckoned. Thank goodness for the boiled shrimp in the refrigerator because I also managed to forget about dinner! I have a very forgiving husband.

            Saturday: Baked and decorated cupcakes for Cara’s sixth birthday party today. She requested chocolate cupcakes with pink icing and purple sprinkles (can you tell she likes pink and purple?) I also made her icing shots because her favorite thing about cupcakes is the icing. She was very excited about that. All she had to do was pop the icing in her mouth and not bother with licking it off the cupcake.
            I finished Wingless, Book 1 by Holly Hood and posted a review. Good book and now I have such a curiosity about what is happening next that I purchased Book 2.
            My younger sister graduated with an advance degree in nursing (sorry, sis – I think it’s Nurse Practitioner.) Congratulations!! I am sure she’ll remind me of this the next time I need an ailment diagnosed (like the mysterious lifesaver looking bruise on my arm that I just sent a picture of to her.)

            ­Sunday: Supposed to be a day of rest but somehow, my husband forgot. Although, around 2pm he stopped and took a nap in his chair, about the time that he woke up, I fell asleep. We did spend a little time on the porch swing (with the dogs) enjoying each other’s company.

            Monday: The rat race is back on. Jeffery (husband) spent the day running errands and drying shrimp. The dogs love this because they sit under the large platform that he spreads the shrimp out on and hope that some of the shrimp fall. Ryka is a fussy eater and for some reason she has decided she loves shrimp. She actually jumps up and collects her own shrimp when no one is watching. Calypso is at her mercy as far as sharing goes. Calypso, on the other hand, is a little piglet. She thinks her food (and anything that resembles food) is hers and Ryka’s food is hers if Ryka doesn’t finish it soon enough.
            I baked Andrew more chocolate cookies. Although, after all of the chocolate chip pancakes he ate this morning, I don’t’ know how he is going to eat anything else all day long. If winter were close, I’d venture to say he’s storing up; but it’s summer. Maybe that’s it. This is his last week for Nana’s pancakes because it’s the last week of school.
            The kids were excited because Papa was home this morning. He always plays Papa says (Mother may I) with the kids. Then, he cuts up Cara’s fruit and they do the fruit song (# pieces on the plate – 12 little strawberries on their way to heaven, Cara ate one and then there were 11 – get the picture. That can get pretty funny.) After we drop Andrew off at school, Cara and I have begun playing roller coaster as we come back across the bridge. We chug, chug up the bridge, and then let go and wave our hands in the air (ok, I wave one) and scream as we descend and swing around the curves. We are all kids at heart! I even put the window down for her so she could feel the wind on her face. She loved it.
            And, what is Monday if not a great day to post a book review. I posted a review on The Pioneer Woman: Black heels to Tractor wheels. I really enjoyed the love story. I laughed so much. She is great writer and knows how to inject humor into the story. It also brought back loads of funny memories from when I was dating my husband.
            I also posted a review on Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller. She’s been a favorite author of mine from way back. After a lot of heavy reading lately, a lighthearted romance where you just know the blue-eyed cowboy is going to get the girl was a fun read.

            Tuesday: Andrew was packing in the pancakes again this morning. He is old enough this year that I allow him to flip the pancake. He thinks that it’s the greatest thing. Cara normally sits at the table and Andrew grabs a stool at the island. They have numbered their “tables” and give their orders to the cook (me.) It has definitely become “Nana-hop” around here in the mornings.
            Today, Cara had fun in the sun day at school. She had her swimsuit on under her school uniform. Mom gave me the sunscreen to put on her at the last minute hoping it would protect her a little longer. That was a Lucy moment trying to put sunscreen on under the uniform. We had the jumper unzipped, and Andrew was holding up the back of her blouse while I was trying to reach around Andrew and under the blouse to rub sunscreen on her shoulders. We were laughing so hard, we may have missed a few spots. Mornings around my house are always comical.
            I was out spreading a little love to the plants (water) and Calypso decided to join in the fun. She loves water and thought the sprinkler was great fun. I took a lot of photos and posted them. I’m thinking that along with the entire championship breed in her pedigree, there must have been a lab!

            Wednesday: It’s the second to last day of school today! It is the last morning that I will have the kids because they go to their dad’s tomorrow. We have had a great year together, the three of us. With all the road construction and bridge out lately, Andrew has become our "Time Keeper" and he is responsible for making sure that we have brushed our teeth and we are out the door at 7:30 a.m. sharp. He has also become "Keeper of the Grace" because with all the short orders for breakfast around here, I sometimes forget to have them say grace before their meal. We have blessed the food after we have eaten too many times. We have blessed the food in our bellies a few too many times.
             This morning Cara (who is SO competitive for a girl) decided that if Andrew could eat four pancakes, she could devour just as many slices of buttered toast. After giving her a skeptical look, and her looking back at me with her eye that she gives, I added bread to the toaster. She decided to skip the number "3" altogether and pretend that it was her fourth slice. Her belly couldn't quite keep up with her intentions.
            I have learned these things this year. Cara likes biscuits with strawberries and toast with watermelon (“because it goes better”.) She eats her bananas peeled but not sliced (like a monkey) and her strawberries whole (unless, of course, they are so big that when she bites everyone gets sprayed with juice!) She likes her watermelon sliced with no seeds and her cantaloupe sliced. She like her blackberries smashed with sugar, room temperature, not from the frig. Andrew likes an many mini chocolate chips on a pancake as you can possibly sprinkle, and then add more. We then use the pizza cutter to cut them up. He likes his milk in a little glass jar from the frig. He prefers to take his vitamin in the afternoon after school with orange juice while Cara likes hers in the morning; and he LOVES his Nana's chocolate chocolate chip cookies. They both love cranapple juice!
           Today I have a hair appointment but other than that, I think I may just forget about the housework and read. I haven’t had the dogs on their leashes for a couple of days so a little reminder of who’s boss (no, not them) may be in order today.

Hope everyone has had a great week! Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fun in the Sun Day





Cara had fun in the sun day today at school that involved playing in the water. That was my inspiration for the title to this post. I have one dog who will walk all the way around the house to avoid water and one dog that will walk all around the house to find the water. 


We've been having a slight drought here in South Louisiana (the mighty Mississippi and the Atchafayla Basin run off that has been threatening to flood us all doesn't count as rainfall.) I decided to put the water sprinkler out rather than standing there watering each individual plant. To just stand there would be a perfectly waste of reading time! It did not take the monkey very long to figure out playing in the water might be fun.


In the last picture, you can see Calypso's mouth wide open. For some reason she thinks she can drink her way to the sprinkler. She also attempts to do this when I am watering the pot plants. That was one wet, but happy dog. Notice in the pictures that Ryka stayed far away and high and dry.







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Monday, May 23, 2011

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond


 The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels--A Love Story

About the Book (from Booklist):

            Popular blogger and cookbook author Drummond shares the story of her courtship and marriage to her husband, whom she refers to as Marlboro Man. Though Drummond grew up in Oklahoma, she never imagined she’d end up there for good. After four years of college in Los Angeles, Drummond was only making a pit stop home before moving to Chicago. A chance encounter with a devastatingly masculine cowboy in a local bar changes everything. Though several months elapse before Marlboro Man calls her, the spark between them ignites as soon as they start dating. A rancher with deep roots in the land he works, Marlboro Man isn’t going anywhere, which means Drummond has to decide whether, to be with him, she’s willing to give up her dream of moving to Chicago. By the time Marlboro Man proposes, the decision is made, and Drummond prepares to marry the love of her life and discover what being a rancher’s wife will entail. Charming and bright, Drummond’s story will be an inspiration to those who despair of finding old-fashioned, lasting love. --Kristine Huntley

My Review:

            I really enjoyed this book. It is a great love story and it brought back so many memories of when my husband and I were dating. I laughed until I cried so many times while reading this book that I lost count.
            I loved the part when her mother knocked on the truck window at 2 a.m. in the morning to ask if it were Ree in the truck. First, what mother would casually stroll up to a strange truck parked in her driveway at that time of the morning dressed in her nightclothes and knock on the window? Wouldn’t most of us just phone 911?
            There was a very cold night when my husband and I were dating that we sat out in his truck in the driveway until odd hours of the night. We had the motor running to keep the heat going and that means the running lights were on (keep in mind that we were in our thirty’s.) My father attempted to come out of the house several times to bring the garbage to the street for the next morning’s trash collection. Each time he opened the door, the lights blinded him. He finally just gave up and went to bed. We still, to this day, laugh about that incident.
            Ree Drummond tells a story about how they both got food poisoning from lobster while on their honeymoon in Australia. Oh! How I laughed! My husband and I traveled to Boston a few years ago and we ate lobster. I had this idea that if I ever ate lobster, it would be in Boston. I had a reaction to the lobster and was violently ill for most of the night. I remember lying in bed willing the impending stomachache to just go away (we’ve all been there.) The longer I lay there, the worse it got until finally (I’ll leave out the details) I couldn’t pretend any longer. My husband was so scared that he prayed the entire night.
            I felt so sorry for the people in the hotel suite next to us. I am certain; their stay was not pleasant thanks to me. My husband wanted to take me to the hospital but I was so sick, I could not move.
            I have to say, it wasn’t funny then, but reading about the Drummond honeymoon made me cackle aloud!
            Ree is a down to earth woman to which we can all relate. She does not pull any punches and tells you like it is with humor.
            Anyone who loves a love story will enjoy this book. It is about meeting Mr. Right and falling hopelessly in love. It is a great read.

Author’s Website:

http://thepioneerwoman.com 

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I personally purchased this book for my own reading. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description were copied from Amazon.com.

This book can be purchased through the following link:








Creed’s Honor By Linda Lael Miller

Creed's Honor (Hqn)
 
About the Book:

          Conner Creed knows exactly who he is: a hardworking rancher carrying on his uncle's legacy in Lonesome Bend, Colorado. Maybe a small-town cowboy's life isn't his dream, but he owes the man who took him in as a kid. Until the identical twin brother he's been estranged from for years reenters his life.
          Conner struggles with identity issues as he gets to know his wilder brother. And then he meets Tricia McCall, a beautiful woman who knows a thing or two about living someone else's dreams. Together, they just might find their own dreams right here in Lonesome Bend….


My Review:

            I have been reading Linda Lael Miller for close to twenty years and this book did not disappoint. She takes you into the lives of her characters with such descriptions that if they were to walk up to you, you would recognize them. Her depiction of the town and ranches paint a picture in your mind and as the story unfolds, you find yourself living a life right alongside them.
            Who wouldn’t like a cowboy with eyes of blue and a heart of gold? Who wouldn’t want to be the stubborn girl that this cowboy is fixated on? I love a book with family history and love and intrigue and romance. Creed’s Honor does not disappoint.
            Linda Lael Miller has once again hit her mark with this series.


Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the author, publisher or PR firm. 

By:              Linda Lael Miller
Publisher:    Harlequin
Imprint:       HQN Books