Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Romanov Empress by C.W. Gortner



***I reviewed a digital copy of this that Randomn House Publishing Group-Ballantine books and NetGalley graciously provided to me. All thoughts and opinions are my own.***

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My Thoughts

I have a fascination with history in general. I really love the mystery that has always surrounded the Romanov family.   This was a lengthy book but in the spirit of full disclosure.....it was AMAZING.  I couldn't put it down.  The way the story is told from Maria Feodorovna's point of view adds so much to the plot.  C.W. Gortner wove a story that combined truth and embellishments into a wholly believable tale of intrigue, mystery, family, murder, and politics.  5 stars all the way!


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

I Love This Book!






I have seen this actress on a few shows over the years but I love her on Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce so when I saw that she had a book out, I had to read it.  I absolutely love when a writer sounds on paper the same way they do in real life.  This book was filled with real talk and I was cracking up reading about her purse addiction as well as what it has taken for her to get to where she is in her career now.  Retta is a smart and determined actress that didn't sugar coat her story.  I am glad that NetGalley gave me the chance to read this book because it's been a while since I have read an autobiography that was as entertaining as this one.

This book was published May 29 and Barnes and Nobles has it so I recommend you grab yourself one to read! You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

What I Like Wednesday.....



Matcha Do About Nothing - NovelTea Tin NovelTeas




So I have been seriously off track with my blogging schedule these past few months.  I had no idea my daughter's last 2 months of high school would be so hectic and there were some family illnesses on top of that.  Finally, all is settled down for the moment and with the kiddo's move in date for college rapidly approaching in the next 6 weeks I figured it was time to get back on track. 

I am a huge fan of tea. I am not even kidding.  I actually have a designated tea cabinet in the kitchen and on any given day there are like 8-10 different kinds.  I also really like discovering unique new products and color me surprised when I stumbled upon not 1 but 2 tea companies doing some pretty cool things while I was scrolling through Instagram.  I will include links to their sites and/or social media platforms below the description of each. Please do yourselves a favor and check them out...you will not be disappointed.

First up is a company that shares my love of both books and tea in such a cool way. NovelTeas is a company that sells teas in in specialty tins or even loose leaf that are paired with a classic book for inspiration (see the photo up top right from their website because any photo I take could never do them justice). They literally create tea blends to match the theme of a classic novel.  I follow them on Instagram and Facebook because I just can't get enough of their cool designs and the tea.....is simply delicious. My favorite is Pride and Peppermint.

Here's where to check them out:
https://novelteatins.com/
https://www.instagram.com/novelteatins/
https://www.pinterest.com/novelteatins/


The second company is called Pollin8.  Their mission statement says it all.  They just want to spread love and happiness to everyone and their method of distribution are tea bags.  They have custom themed boxes with cool blends and names like Bestea and Beautea.  The best part about it are that the tags all have super positive and motivational sayings. The tags are even stickers so you can keep them anywhere you want so you will always have them.  I am planning to order my self some in the next couple weeks but I have a friend who has ordered in the past and says they are the cutest boxes ever and the tea is insanely good.  The story behind the company is really awesome too.

Here's where to check them out:
https://www.pollin8tea.com/
https://www.instagram.com/pollin8tea/
https://www.facebook.com/pollin8tea/

Monday, July 2, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Why I Liked It


I grew up watching the Jurassic Park movies and was a little excited yet skeptical when a new one showed up starring Chris Pratt.  I love Chris Pratt but I was unsure how they could capture the overall mood of the first movies and make it interesting for new, younger audiences.  Needless to say, it was amazingly well done.  I loved everything about the 1st one featuring these new characters ( and some older ones also). We loved it so much in my household that naturally we purchased a copy and then promptly had a Jurassic Park marathon.

Here we are in the beginning of Summer 2018 and the newest (and hopefully not the last) installment has opened.  My daughter and I couldn't wait to see it and it did NOT disappoint.  It had the same level of humor and balanced it perfectly with the right amount of action and thrills.  I  will hopefully not give away too much of the movie with my next few comments.  The movie takes place a few later and shows how the dinosaurs have been left to run Isla Nublar in the wake of the park breakdown.  The issue at hand is that the island contains an active volcano that is on the verge of errupting and potentially killing all life forms on it.  Claire Dearing ( Bryce Dallas Howard) has spent her time trying to gain public and poilitical support to save the dinosaurs and have them be given the same rights as any other animals. She is given the opportunity to help rescue as many of them as possible by an old friend  and she jumps at it.  This is where everything goes sideways.  I won't say anymore about the plot at this point BUT.....there was one particular scene that actually made me tear up. I was completely unprepared to feel that while watching this film.  There is also a surprise twist that I SHOULD have seen coming but yet didn't.  I loved this film..maybe even more than any of the others.  Great movie!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Digging A Hole- Mimi Jean Pamfiloff



BLURB:
From New York Times Bestseller, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, comes a new Romantic Comedy.
He’s the meanest boss ever.
She’s the sweet shy intern.
They’re about to wreck each other crazy.
My name is Sydney Lucas. I am smart, deathly shy, and one hundred percent determined to
make my own way in the world. Which is why I jumped at the chance to intern for Mr. Nick
Brooks despite his reputation. After ten failed interviews at other companies, he was the only
one offering. Plus, everyone says he knows his stuff, and surely a man as stunningly
handsome as him can’t be “the devil incarnate,” right? Wrong.
Oh…that man. That freakin’ man has got to go! I’ve been on the job one week, and he’s
insulted my mother, wardrobe shamed me, and managed to make me cry. Twice.
Underneath that stone-cold, beautiful face is the evilest human being ever.
But I’m not going to quit. Oh no. For once in my life, I’ve got to make a stand. Only, every
time I open my mouth, I can’t quite seem to muster the courage. Perhaps my revenge needs
to come in another form: destroying him quietly.
Because I’ve got a secret. I’m not really just an intern, and Sydney Lucas isn’t my real name.

MY THOUGHTS:
If ya'll haven't figured it out by now....I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (see how cute she is in the picture to the left!). This is book 3 in the OhHellNo series. I purchased the first 2 books on my own but this one was graciously gifted to me by Ms. Pamfiloff ( all opinions in this review are my own).  I  can't even begin to tell you how funny her writing is or how funny her characters are.  This is the story of "Sydney" who is a bonafide mouse.  She wants to prove to her family that she is so much more than just s young college kid with no backbone.  They need her to help save the family business and she needs to find her voice.  She takes a job working for Nick Brooks who is as hot as he is inappropriate and mean. The sparks fly and you can't help but get caught up in the wild ride that follows.  Do yourself a favor and read this series and then when you are done read some of Mimi Jean's other series. I promise you will not be disappointed.  This book was published on June 19 and I will leave all the details below on where to find it or more info on the author. Happy reading!!

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39880700-digging-a-hole

PURCHASE LINKS
AMAZON: http://smarturl.it/c21lio
B&N: http://bit.ly/2l5KinZ
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2MmtSEl
iBooks: https://apple.co/2LN3fHr
Paperback: http://smarturl.it/c21lio

AUTHOR BIO
MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author
with over a million books sold worldwide. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for
more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come
out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two
pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona.
She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather
pants will make a big comeback for men.

AUTHOR LINKS
Newsletter: https://bit.ly/26YeeDV
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MimiJeanPamfiloff
Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/MimiJeansJunkies
Website: http://www.mimijean.net
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MimiJeanRomance
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mimijeanpamfiloff

Smart Tass – is FREE
OhHellNO #1
FromNew York Times Bestseller, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff,
comes a new Romantic Comedy about enemies who just can’t keep their hands off each other.
He’s the hot college quarterback all the girls want.
She’s the smart girl he loves to pick on.
And now that they’re all grown up, things are about to get geekin’ ugly…
My name is Tass. I’m smart, I’m driven, and I am determined not to let prankster Hunter Johnson
continue raining on my parade. When we were little, he’d pull my hair and call me names. When we
were teenagers, he’d throw food and tease me for being a flat-chested virgin.
But now that we’ve ended up at the same college, he’s out of his hot head if he thinks he can keep
messing with my life. It’s like he’s fixated on me or something. Well, guess what, Mr. Amazefootball?
I’m not that geeky little girl anymore and you do not screw with a smart woman.
So what’s my plan?
It’s definitely wild, and he’s about to find out…
Buy links
http://www.mimijean.net/smartass.html

Oh Henry
OhHellNO #2
FromNew York Times Bestseller, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, Comes OH, HENRY, Book Two of the Ohellno
Series. (Stand Alone Story w/ Teaser for Next Book.)
SHE’S GOT ME BY THE FOOTBALLS…
My name is Henry Walton, and though I’ve been called many things throughout my life—tree trunk,
moose, walrus—I am now six foot five, solid muscle, and the hottest defensive end in the NFL college
draft. This is the moment I’ve been waiting for: fame, women, and glory.
Just one problem: I’m suddenly in a bad slump. And it started the moment I got dumped by Elle, the
nerdy goddess with thick glasses, a smokin’ hot body, and a genius IQ.
So what gives? We only dated for a few weeks, and it’s not like I’ve missed her. (Much.) Regardless,
all the facts point to one conclusion. Elle is my lucky nerd-charm.
So call me superstitious, but I have to get her back before I lose everything. Even if she’s the last girl I should want and she now hates my guts.
Buy links
http://www.mimijean.net/OHenry.html

Monday, June 4, 2018

Who Knew Soul Food Could Be Gourmet?

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Robin by Dave Itzkoff

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