Bringing in the New Year

Looking back on 2016, it has been a rough year for me. In just the last month I have been absent from my blog it was a roller coaster. My grandfather was in and out of the hospital with declining health before he passed away peacefully on December 16th 2016. I had wanted desperately to see him one last time but was never able to make the trip to Florida. The last time I spoke to him was while he was in the hospital, for about a minute I was able to talk to him before he became winded and the entire time it took everything in me not to cry on the phone. I hold the memories I have with my grandfather closer and I thank God that I and my siblings were fortunate enough to spend entire summers with him and my grandmother. It left me with many fond memories that I have been reflecting on daily.

While we were in Florida, all my girls fell ill. My older two with a stomach bug, my youngest spiked a 104.7 fever which landed her in the Er where we learned she had a bad double ear infection. Last night she found herself back in the Er because she had been vomiting bad and stopped eating and drinking. Everybody in my house is battling a bad cold. Needless to say these last two weeks have been brutal.

I gave up book reviewing. So much has been on my plate, and I devoted myself to my writing which I haven’t even been able to focus on the last couple months either. With 2017 just hours away and seeing friends and family making resolutions I have been contemplating how I would like my 2017 year to go.

For starters: it’ll be a hell of a lot better! It has to be!

I intend to get at least one book published (traditionally)!

I am going to strive to be healthier!

I also want to aim to read at least five philosophical books this year.

I hope every one of you has a fantastic New Years! Stay Safe and as always Happy Reading! 😀

That time of the year again!

It is that time of the year again! National Novel Writing Month!

This is my second year doing it and I am very much excited about it! Due to this I will not be very active on here, however, I do have two book reviews that will be posted soon and I am sure there will be one or two towards the end of the month!

I am not going to get into what I am working on, because right now, I am standing on a precipice between loving it and hating it. I love it because I love romance, especially paranormal romance.  I am giving writing in the 3rd person a shot, when I really love writing in first person, so that is where the uncertainty lay.

Anyways, my project is about love lost and love found. I have a beginning an idea for a middle and no idea for an end. Well a very vague idea, but I will flesh it out when I get there. So for I have been a plantser, I started planning it and then when I started writing, Nov. 1st, it just kind of went where it did….complete chaos!

So with that being said, see you all when I emerge from my writing cave! Happy Reading and if you are working on a project, Happy Writing! 😀

More Than Blood (Arcane Book 1)

more-than-blood Author: Amanda Vyne

Genre: Romance

Rating: 3 out of 4 stars

More than Blood is the first installment in the Arcane Trilogy.

Around this time every year I start to dip into the Paranormal Genre that is full of the typical Urban Legends.

More than Blood takes that legend and gives it a fresh spin that I thought to be very intriguing and not like anything I have come across in recent years.

Kel, a crossbreed, works for a security firm that protects everyone under the “Triumvirates” rule from human eyes. Cleaning up messes, and solving cases that have no business in the hands of a human, and ultimately keeping the Triumvirate from interfering. While Gabrial Ferrar, a House Marshal, is sworn to do the same thing, but for his own people. When their paths cross and they are forced to work together on a case, can they see past Kels great dislike for his House, and their blood bond, to work together?

It was refreshing to read a book that did not have the two main characters teetering on the fence. Loving each other one minute, hating each other the next. The conflict remained balanced and believable up until the end. It made Kel and Gabrial very believable and in my eyes less frustrating. There were no moments of, “come on , really?” That seems to develop for me when two characters are bipolar in their feelings.

Now, maybe it is just me, but I like a story that remains true to what would be realistic, and in my opinion, this story kept the romance just that, realistic. The hot, steamy scenes weren’t full of love and hope. They were tastefully written and with the book as a whole, I enjoyed it.

This is a book I would recommend, it keeps a regular even pace and does a swell job of keeping the readers attention.

I will be back with a review of the second installment: More than Life (Arcane Book 2)!

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

Endometriosis

So today I had my surgery for endometriosis. Last year on October 8th I was diagnosed with it. This year was rough all the way around for me and today my Dr went into check for new implants.

Now I am at home, sitting with my husband, mom, and my three beautiful girls, watching TV and messing around on the laptop.

As of right now all I want to do is write, to throw myself into writing because it helps take my mind off of everything I have been dealing with.

In a week I have to go back for a follow up and to talk about starting a 6 month round of Lupron to kill the endometriosis that she could not burn this time or the last. Reading up on the Lupron last year was scary, this year is no different but this time there is no going around it.

Emotionally, I have been more inclined to burrow into myself and throw myself into things were I don’t have to deal with other people or even with how I feel.  I hate talking about it and I won’t get into it now, but at the end of the day at least I can pump out of writing and that helps some.

With that being said I believe I will dive into some writing and chill for the rest of the night. My neck and shoulders are killing me, and my stomach is entirely sore.

 

If you have been or are being affected by Hurricane Matthew, I hope you are all safe! Happy Reading!

 

 

In Between

So it seems I cannot do both. Either I take time to write or I take time to do yoga. Between chasing youngin’s , keeping up with a house, running errands, and everything else that comes with being a wife, mom, and bookworm.

Lately, I have found myself either working on my latest project or doing yoga but never both in a given day. Which means I haven’t written a single word in my story in the week that I have been doing yoga.

Plus side, I didn’t realize how tight my muscles had gotten. Downside, I need to get back to writing.

Oh! And let me not forget I started book reviewing again!

I will have a review up soon so keep a look out!

One day I will find a good in between…one day…

*just a random rambling for today*

Now off I go to read me before you by Jojo Moyes. 🙂

Happy Reading! 😀

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Orphan Train is an historical fiction novel written by Christina Baker Kline.

What can I say about this novel? The emotions it stirred in me were many. Sadness at the way these children were treated, the poor circumstances after poor circumstances. With the chances of being taken into a good home seeming rare, my heart broke. I felt happiness when Niamh, now Vivian, found happiness after so much strife.

I was brought to tears towards the end of the novel when Vivian’s husband, a man who was her everything, died, while she was pregnant.

Orphan Train takes you on a journey. Twisting two lives, two stories into one well written novel.

Niamh/Vivian and Molly have so much in common and find peace and comfort in each other’s presence. Molly learns that through all the negatives in the end will come a positive. You can loos everything but gain something.

Molly being in the system from a young age, knows what it means to have people only want to care for you for the money. When she has to do community service with an old lady, her world is slowly turned upside down as she learns about Vivian’s life and everything that happened to her in her ninety-one years on this planet. From immigrating from Ireland to being placed on a train out to Minnesota where the people that truly cared were few and far between.

The novel was slow moving but as somebody who loves history, I found myself so immersed that I just didn’t care. I would rate this novel a 4 out of 4 stars because I absolutely loved it. I would also recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good historical fiction that can make emotions swirl through you like a wild wind.