Jul 30, 2017

Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa

Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary CatMaking Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a real tear jerker so if you don't want to feel like crying don't read it. The book revolves around Oscar a cat that lives in a nursing home and the patients who are suffering from dementia and assorted other ailments. Oscar seems to know when a patient is fixing to die and spends his time comforting that patient and their families.

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Jul 29, 2017

NYPD Red 4 (NYPD Red, #4)

NYPD Red 4 (NYPD Red, #4)NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kylie spends a good bit of the book trying to track down her drug addicted husband, she finally finds him when he has almost OD'd on Heroine and barely gets him to the hospital in time. Sadly he checks himself out of the hospital and it looks as if Kylie and Spence are over for good.

As usual Jordan is caught between helping Kylie and his girlfriend Cheryl. At the end of the book he seems to have made the right decision but if Kylie truly is a free agent who knows if Jordan and Cheryl can survive.

A beautiful starlet is killed during a jewelry heist but is it more than just a robbery gone bad. As the bodies start piling up a determined con woman gets her son out of hot water with the police and bags the Big Hunter who set everything in motion.

Sometimes catching the thieves is worse than letting them walk free. When Kylie and Jordan actually capture the thieves that have been stealing hospital equipment from hospitals all over the city the PR nightmare threatens to topple the new mayor. But thanks to Jordan's suggestion to get Irwin Diamond to find a solution everything works out in the end.

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Jul 27, 2017

Look Behind You (Kendra Michaels, #5)

Look Behind You (Kendra Michaels, #5)Look Behind You by Iris Johansen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Kendra goes up against a serial killer who has multiple kills in multiple States Lynch rushes home from China to protect her. It's a good thing he does because the serial killer is lurking in their midst and he/she isn't someone they suspect until the very end.

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Jul 25, 2017

The Duchess by Danielle Steel

The DuchessThe Duchess by Danielle Steel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It seems a bit far fetched. 18 year old Angelique is the beloved daughter of the Duke of Westerfield and yet he does NOTHING to ensure her safety after his death other than give her a large sum of money and the jewelry he bought specifically for her and her Mother. I understand about the estate being entailed and that there was nothing her could do to force Tristan to treat his half sister decently, but really no family friends that he could entrust his daughters well being too, no marriage plans for his lovely daughter to ensure her future.

The Duke dies and Tristan who has always been jealous of his half sister forces her to go into service with some of his friends as a nanny. He claims Angelique is his cousin, so he won't appear such an ass. Angelique actually enjoys the job as a nanny until a guest in the family's home tries to force himself on her, she fights him off but he tells her employers she tried to seduce him and they fire her without a reference. Without a reference she can't get a job in England, so goes to France to try to find a job there but discovers without a reference she can't get a job there either. After finding Fabienne hurt on the streets Angelique decides to open a high end brothel with the money her Father left her, it's a huge success and she meets many important men. Then one night a shooting at the brothel ends that chapter in Angelique's life and she leaves for America. On the ship she meets a handsome young man and after a whirlwind courtship she and Andrew wed. Unfortunately his Father was one of her former clients and he opposes the marriage as he was in love with Angelique and is jealous that she choose his son over him. After Andrew's death he forgives Angelique for marrying his son and ask to have a relationship with his grandson, Phillip (who is the future Duke of Westerfield as Tristan has no sons and his younger brother died)

When Angelique learns that her family's estate is for sell due to the debts Tristan and his wife have accrued she arranges to buy her family's home and takes great satisfaction in turning Tristan out.

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Jul 24, 2017

GoT - Stormborn

Obviously this is Daenerys episode. Tyrion urges her to meet with Jon Snow, but I don't expect this meeting to go smoothly as she expects the King in the North to bow his knee to her. While we know Jon is a Targaryen no one else does so it'll be interesting to see how this meeting goes. If I have the lineage right Jon is her nephew.

Arya learns that Jon has been crowned King of the North and changes her plans. She is headed to Winterfell when she comes face to face with her Direwolf Nymeria. She ask Nymeria to come home with her but Nymeria chooses not to.

Euron attacks and takes Yara prisoner Theon escapes overboard. Ellaria Sand and her daughters have also been taken prisoner or killed by Euron and his men.

Sam attempts to cure Jorah of greyscale.

Learning that Dragonstone is built on a mountain of dragon stone, he decided to risk meeting with Daenerys and leaves Sasha in charge of Winterfell. 

Jul 22, 2017

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     “To being wicked.” His grey eyes were laughing at me. “Together.”
     The pleasant thumping in my knickers became a vigorous pounding. Richard Cummings was gorgeous. I could feel his charm wrapping around me like a warm blanket.
     Irresistible, right? I heard myself quip, “Are you Cumming onto me?”
     He bounced right back, “Absolutely.”
     Oh well, I told myself. It’s just a flirt fest. I have those all the time, and it hardly ever comes to anything. Because of the curves, probably. Men like me, but after we’ve had a laugh, they go to bed with someone skinny.
     This was no different. I’d have a giggle with Richard, enjoy the charm and the good looks, lust after him a little bit, and know it was purely a game. Because tech billionaires with a penchant for A-list models don’t fall for curvy caterers.

Curvy chef Sophie Weston has given up on love. But when she is hired to cater for a very exclusive house party, she falls instantly for handsome tech tycoon Richard Cummings. However, she quickly discovers that Richard has a shady past. Should she trust him or should she walk away before her heart is broken again? A fun uplifting romance with a big beautiful woman and a yummy billionaire.

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Jul 20, 2017

The Lost (Witch & Wizard, #5)

The Lost (Witch & Wizard, #5)The Lost by James Patterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Darrius leading a team of magical thugs terrorizes  the city, which gives Bloom the excuse he needs to insist those who have magic submit and have it excised from them. In an effort to please his girlfriend, Janine (who doesn't have magic) Whit submits. But without magic he is just a hollow shell, Whit eventually leaves Janine and goes to live in a drain pipe when his parents banish him for giving up his magic.

Now Darrius is free to terrorize the city with his band of desert Horseman, but just when you think things can't get any worse Undead from Shadowland coming pouring from the tunnels that Darrius forced the people of they city to dig. Without the help of her brother Wisty fears she can't stop Darrius, but Aunt Bea saves the day when she finds a way for Wisty to share her powers with Whit.

Together again they face off against Darrius only to discover that he is really Pearce and that he shares his soul with The One Who Is The One. In a final confrontation Pearce stands up to his Father and Bryon Swain sacrifices his life to close the portals and keep The One Who Is The One locked away forever.

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Jul 17, 2017

It's Back!!! GoT - Dragonstone Still No Book

 Still aggravated that we DON'T HAVE THE NEXT BOOK YET.

Loved when Arya Stark posed as Walder Frey and poisoned House Frey. So nice to see the Frey's get what they deserved for the Red Wedding, that was the highlight of the episode. Hope Arya keeps her promise to kill Cersei although I was rather sad that she didn't return to Winterfell. Euron Greyjoy arrives at King's Landing hoping to marry Cersei, and while Cersei turned him down she left the door open, Euron is off to collect a prize for his Queen. 

Bran Stark is now "safe" at The Wall.

Sansa is still acting stupid and tried to undermine Jon Snow. I hope she stops listening to Little Finger and I hope they realize he was the one responsible for Ned's death soon.

Daenerys arrives at Dragonstone.

Sam sends word to Jon that Dragonstone is actually built on a mountain of Dragonstone which they need to defeat the undead. Poor Sam is having a rough time of it as he is being kept from the books that might help him learn the secrets needed to defeat the undead. Sam eventually steals the keys in order to read the books. At the Citadel Sam is pretty much being treated as a slave and forced to perform disgusting task. Sam isn't the only one suffering at The Citadel, Jorah Mormont (glad he isn't dead) is locked away there, he makes a brief appearance when he ask Sam if Daenerys has arrived.

The Hound is riding around with Beric Dondarrion

Brienne is with Sansa, I really wish that the romance with her and Jaime had been allowed to blossom.

Jul 16, 2017

Two From the Heart by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), Frank Costantini, Emily Raymond, Brian Sitts

Two From the HeartTwo From the Heart by James Patterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two cute short stories perfect for a lazy summer day. In Tell Me Your Best Story Anne visits people from her past collecting their best stories and discovers her future. In Write Me A Life, a man who can buy anything hires a pretty much unknown book author to write him a life and his "staff" make the manuscript come true until it gets too real.

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Jul 14, 2017

Camino Island by John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

Camino IslandCamino Island by John Grisham
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Well I didn't totally hate it, but I didn't really care for it either. BORING is the word that comes to mind.

The crime was hard to care about F. Scott Fitzgerald's handwritten manuscripts that hardly anyone gets to see were stolen from Princeton. Two of the thieves are captured right away, but when they don't check in the other two realize something is wrong. Seeing Trey as a weak link Denny kills him and makes off with the manuscripts.

Aspiring writer loaded down with student loan debt, Mercer agrees to work with a private insurance company to recover the manuscripts that they suspect a bookstore owner (Bruce) on Camino Island has in his possession.

Bruce outwits the FBI and the private investigators and smuggles the manuscripts under their noises to France where a lawyer brokers a deal with Princeton to return them for a princely sum.

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Jul 13, 2017

Sea Salt Sprays

TRESemme Perfectly Undone Sea Salt Spray 6.76 oz

 This is my top choice as it doesn't have a noticeable smell and it provides the tousled beach waves I love.


Got2b Beach Trippin Salt Infusion Waving Spray, 6.8 Fluid oz

It does a great job providing the tousled beach waves and you get slightly more in the bottle, but it has a slight vinegar smell.  I wouldn't consider it a deal breaker but it does make it my second choice.

 My favorite way to use  sea salt sprays,  apply to hair after shampooing and allow to air dry either scrunching the hair as it dries or putting it up in a twisty bun for even more waves, when I take it down.

Jul 12, 2017

Master of Seduction (Sea Wolves, #1)

Master of Seduction (Sea Wolves, #1)Master of Seduction by Kinley MacGregor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Jack kidnaps the enchanting Lorelei Dupree he gets more than he bargained for when she steals his heart. Determined to seek vengeance for the death of a man he considered a Father and to avenge the betrayal of his Mother Jack regrets that the price will be Lorelei's love, but when she stands up for him to Lord Wallingford he embraces the new life she offers him.

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Jul 10, 2017

Murder Games

Murder GamesMurder Games by James Patterson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Over the top even for Patterson. A serial killer is leaving playing cards behind at the scene of his crimes as well as Professor Dylan Reinhart's latest book. So the lead Detective Elizabeth Needham ask him to consult on the case. Eventually they discover the motive for the murders and after accusing the wrong man in the press they eventually discover the identity of the real Dealer. Hopefully this isn't going to become a series, it's too James Bond for words.

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Many of you know I have started using essential oils. Frankincense is one of my favorites. I love the smell and it has done wonderful things for my skin. Right now I am using a Frankincense and Lavender mixture to deal with the effects of too much sun.
I thought the box the diffuser came in was pretty. I often put essential oils in the diffuser for the cats and dogs. Scylla's favorite essential oil is Copaiba it has her feeling like a young kitten again. I mix a little Copaiba with a carrier oil ( I like coconut oil) and massage her hips with it. 

Jul 8, 2017

The Silent Corner (Jane Hawk #1)

The Silent CornerThe Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jane Hawk is determined to get to the bottom of her husband's apparent suicide. After her son is threatened she hides him away with family friends and begins to piece together the bizarre world of mind control via nanotechnology.

Trusting no one in the FBI, she turns to a homeless man she meet in the library. Not only does Dougal Trahern (aka DEET) turn out to have plenty of money, useful friends who will do anything for him but he has the skills she needs to get to the Shennecks who created the nanotechnology. When her boss Nathan Silverman shows up during their home invasion Jane first feels relief but she quickly realizes that Nathan is no longer acting of his own volition when he kills the Shennecks, and she is forced to kill him.

Dougal is shot during the home invasion but will recover. And Jane gets samples of the nanotechnology and the notes that Bertold Shenneck had in his safe. Now she is going after the man behind it all David James Michael.

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Jul 6, 2017

United States Post Office Does a Lousy Job Delivering Father's Day Present

My Dad finally got his Father's Day present yesterday, 15 days after the promised delivery date. The address on the package was CORRECT ( my Dad verified this when he FINALLY got the package) so the delay was entirely the post offices fault. Apparently at some point a bad bar code was placed on the package so it went from Perdido, Alabama (where the company I ordered it from was located) to Memphis, TN to Atlanta, GA back to TN then back to GA numerous times when it was suppose to be in Meridian, MS.

I understand mistakes happen, but the post office really needs to find a better way of dealing with mistakes. First getting to talk to a person is a PAIN, the automated computer system doesn't give you an option for talking to a person. You have to go through it's unhelpful system until the computer decides it can't help you or doesn't understand you and then you get put on hold for 30 + minutes. The first two times I called I got rude unhelpful men who had no interest whatsoever in locating my Dad's package and getting it to him. They did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!!  The third time I called I got a nice woman who opened an investigation, she discovered it had a bad bar code which was causing the looping. She called their distribution center in TN where it was going to have a human intervene in the automated process. Unfortunately that didn't work (apparently the humans in TN weren't interested in intercepting it). Another phone call resulted in emails being sent to both TN and GA apparently one of them finally intercepted it and got the bad bar code off of it and sent it on to it's destination. While the outside package was terribly banged up, the good news is the company that packaged it did an excellent job and the inside package was fine.

Bottom line is I wouldn't use the United States Postal Service if I had another choice.  

Jul 5, 2017

Crazy House by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), Gabrielle Charbonnet

Crazy HouseCrazy House by James Patterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ends on a bit of a cliff hanger but there is no indication there is a sequel so perhaps the reader is suppose to draw their own conclusions Ms Strepp did make it sound as if the Revolution was a long term plan.

Becca and Cassie live in an agricultural cell with very strict rules. Becca the more rebellious of the identical twins disappears one night when she is out in Cassie's truck. The kidnappers actually meant to take Cassie. Becca winds up in a jail on death row where she is made to fight other prisoners and learn things. She witnesses several executions so she is appalled when Cassie who has been looking for her is thrown in jail with her. Luckily for Becca she has won the heart of one of the prison guards, Tim. Cassie had become friends with the Provost's son, Nate (who happens to be the leader of the Outsiders in their cell) and he soon comes looking for her. With the help of a kid from a neighboring cell he finds them only to be captured himself and his leg is severely injured in a fight. Unfortunately they don't dare to wait to make their escape until Nate is healed so the kids find the tunnel The Kid's Father dug when he escaped from The Crazy House and with an injured Nate in tow escape during an execution. Tim is waiting for them with a pickup truck and they return to their respective cells. Tim wants to check on his Mother and sister, Becca and Cassie want to see their Pa, who has been in a medical facility since his botched suicide.

Their Father dies soon after their return, their home is for sale and the Provost intends to send them for a Mood-Adjust. Their Mother never returned after she was sent for a Mood-Adjust and Nate's Mother was drastically changed after she was sent for a Mood-Adjust. Not to mention all the people pushing assisted suicide on them to make way for a baby, things are indeed looking bleak and only get worse after they convince their fellow citizens that they were kidnapped and that some of the children who have disappeared from their cell were in the jail with them. They rally the citizens to go to the jail only to find it deserted. Imprisoned in their home to await their mood-adjust, it's almost a relief when Ms Strepp kidnaps them again. She then reveals to them that the Forbidden Zone is a paradise of relaxation and plenty for the wealthy while the people in cells are forced to labor away under harsh conditions in order to provide them with the luxuries and food they desire. Ms Strepp's "jail" is a training ground (with faked executions) for Revolutionaries to take down the United.

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