Friday, September 26, 2014

Book Review: Hook Up

Hook Up: A Novel of Fort BraggHook Up: A Novel of Fort Bragg by William P. Singley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hook Up follows newly drafted recruits and a couple RAs as they start jump training in the 82nd Airborne Division in that nebulous time between the Korean and Vietnam “conflicts.” Their time training as paratroopers matures them all into men, but as it is in life it reveals the kind of men they are. Also as it in life, not all of the recruit’s outcomes are just or fair. In the late ‘50s the military was a different experience than the modern military - in some ways. In some ways it seems nothing has changed.

I enjoy history, and Hook Up reveals aspects that we don’t often record. Everyone has heard of some of the heroism and sacrifice of war, but how that individual came to be able to make that sacrifice or what his training was is often glossed over, when in fact without that the heroism would have never been exhibited. I appreciate that author William P. Singlely showed some of the unsavory aspects of the military and didn’t paint everyone in the hero swath. My civilian self also really appreciate the glossary at the end and the scene setting at the beginning of each chapter that detailed aspects of military life that I would not know otherwise. However, I did think the story dragged a bit and needed to focus on fewer characters as it got confusing when jumping from soldier to soldier. I also think that there might have been some issue with the Kindle formatting, as generally when switching to a different character perspective in the narrative there is a longer space than a single line, which added to the confusion when I wasn’t sure which character was being followed. However, I did find it an overall intelligent read, and appreciated the perspective and personal history shared that shaped the events in the novel.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Book Review: Glory Dogs - Forged Through glory

GLORY DOGS Forged Through GloryGLORY DOGS Forged Through Glory by DeZré Storm
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After years of successfully flying under the radar, Yoland “Kitten” Sleek is not happy about being discovered. Her deal is being honored, but she was not expecting the surge of pheremones from a Helion like Dog. As it turns out, most of Dog Team Four has a secret agenda, but will her secret be the key or the undoing?

I love sci-fi, and the actual sci-fi plot was interesting and unraveled well. Storm’s descriptive imagery is artfully written, and really helps the reader engage with the story. I also found the concept of modified humans well executed and would love to see more of that back story. I expected the sexual tension, but I felt like the amount ended up detracting from the rest of the story; or perhaps I’m just an unusually fulfilled sci-fi nerd and didn’t need that fantasy aspect. Perhaps it’s needed to set the stage for the rest of the series and it won’t be as big a plot point in th series as a whole. In any case, if off-world sci-fi romance and intrigue is your thing you will love this book.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book Review: Artist

Artist, book three in the Remote Psychic Thriller series, follows Cassie Reynold as she picks up her life following the tragic events of the previous book, Fatal. She begins training for what she feels is her destiny, and in the process follows a handsome detective in the NOLA police force, Kurt Dupond, as he tracks a local serial killer whose signature are the mysterious letters, CLV. She feels compelled to catch this evil man, even if she has to use her powers and kill him herself. However the feelings she has for Dupond force her to deal with her past while trying to move on with her life.

I really enjoyed the descriptive imagery in the book; in fact it seems that is author Eric Douant’s strong suit. As a reader you are able to visualize exactly where the scene is taking place and observe. This also goes for emotional internal monologue, which I always appreciate. Unfortunately, the actual dialogue was a little stilted in parts, particularly when dealing with personal aspects of the characters interaction rather than professional. Readers also should note that although this is part of the Remote Psychic Thriller series, there is really very little in the way of psychic abilities. Although there is an excellent brief but informative summary of the previous two books that details exactly how her powers can be used, it’s pretty clear that in this one Cassie is trying to see if she has what it takes without her abilities, so anyone hoping for a more supernatural thriller will be a little disappointed. As this is a series however, I trust that this is a link in a larger story and that subsequent episodes in Cassie’s life will fit the series title a little better.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Last Day to Buy the Ultimate Healthy Living Ebook Bundle!

If you have been contemplating buying this ebook bundle today is your last day to pull the trigger! I've told you a little about the books I'm interested in, and I've listed a lot more below courtesy of some canned copy put out by the bundle people (bundlers?) This is a huge wealth of information and really includes something for everyone who is interested in healthy living. Happy reading!

Alternative Health & Home Remedies

Audio Courses & eCourses


Gardening & Homesteading

Green Cleaning

Healthy Children

Meal Budgeting & Planning

Natural Beauty & Skincare

Real Food Recipes


Special Diets

Click here for more info or to buy now.
Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 7 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, September 10th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, September 15th.
Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle. Please note, while there may be affiliate links or payment for reviews, all opinions are my own. You can't buy a good review from me, people. I am way too mouthy for that.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Ultimate Healthy Living Ebook Bundle Plug - Alternative Diet Books

One thing I haven't mentioned much about administrating the Ehlens (see what I did there) is the dietary changes. I'm not sure why, because this part of it is super stressful. We figured out very early on that dairy was not going to work for our family. I'm still in mourning. I still sneak ice cream when the kids aren't looking. See, my system can tolerate dairy. This does not seem to be the case for the other family members.

The oils actually help some with dairy - Matt will use the "tummy oil" when he knows he is going to be bad about dairy. (This would be DigestZen for those of you who don't have small children who rename everything.) But in general, we abstain. In case you are wondering, David and Rachelle used to slurp dairy all day and we had milk delivered. However, once we decided to see if diet had anything to do with David's delays, we were floored when after 3 days of no dairy he was speaking in complete, multi word sentences, had stopped head banging when he threw fits, and was generally just less fuzzy, more easily focused on a direction or task. We can still tell when he has had dairy and didn't know it - his behavior tanks. So does his cognition. Sadly, this appears to be the same for gluten. Before you ask, yes we did allergy tests. No, he is not technically allergic to either. But it's hard to deny the behavior changes. I'm hoping that as he matures he might be able to tolerate small doses, but for now we are one of those obnoxious GFCF families. I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry. (Bonus points if you can attribute that quote!)

I hate cooking this way. I like sandwiches. I like pasta. I like creamy sauces. Truth be told, large amounts of produce staring back at me kind of makes me nervous. And I have a really sensitive palate to even slightly overripe produce. It totally grosses me out, even when not pregnant. But I am trying, because I know that it is better for me in the long term, and it is critical for my kids now. 

Given that I can, in fact, talk about things other than adoption and essential oils, and that diet is a huge part of how we live our life. I felt I would be remiss in not pointing out the fabulous resources available in the Ultimate Healthy Living Ebook Bundle. The sale is only on for a few more days, so don't wait! 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11 and Other Musings

Does anyone else still feel somewhat confused on how to observe 9/11/01? On the one hand I feel like I have to continue on with normality, because I still vividly remember the whole live-your-lives-or-the-terrorists-win sentiment that was so prevalent immediately after. On the other hand it feels somewhat sacrilegious to do that today, because of the enormity of the violence and loss of that day. On the other other hand (I have many apparently) I can honestly say I know no one who died that day. Seriously. I know people who knew people who died, but to my knowledge no one I knew personally. So it seems sort of odd for me to still feel like I have to feel so conflicted, since the affect on me was only that of a general national sentiment. My outrage is purely sympathetic. But it is still undeniably there.

Do you have weird feelings about going to work today? I honestly struggled with whether I was going to put effort into promoting the ebook bundle that I have been doing. I'm not sure why, but it seems disingenuous to try to sell people things today. Of course I'm terrible at sales in general and tend to feel personally violated when someone tries to sell me anything - even something I want to buy - whether it's 9/11 or not. So maybe that's just me. But even some of the adoption agency stuff, which usually I feel a moral imperative to do because it is important and needed and save the children and social work all the people etc. etc. etc., feels sort of sacrilegious. At least the stuff that's more about business and marketing rather than straight up counseling and crying. (For those of you who think everything is about counseling and crying, not so gentle reminder that without business and marketing there would be no counseling and crying. You have to know that I'm available to counsel and a safe shoulder to cry on, and for you to know that I have to get expensively licensed for it, advertise it, and be paid for it. Yeah, think about it. Ok, stepping off soapbox.)

If I was being a good marketer I'd huff some oils and tell you to do that too. But even linking affiliate links to this post feels weird. I'm gonna do it anyway, but know that in my heart it's very passive aggressive. Like I'm going to link because if you buy through it that's great and bolstering my personal economy which is good because my family is expensive, but I feel sort of guilty about it. But you know, buy stuff or the terrorists win. See, it is just still very unrelatable to me.

So now you know some of my inner conflicts. Am I the only introvert out there overanalyzing? Perhaps. But if I am I'm ok with it, because it's sort of how I roll. On the other other other hand (right? we're up to 4 or 5?) feel free to comment with your 9/11 stories, I still find it cathartic to read them.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Ultimate Healthy Living Ebook Bundle Sale starts today!

Today is the day, folks! If you are at all interested in healthy living and detoxing your life, and like me even a little bit, puh-leeze go buy this bundle! Don't be overwhelmed by sheer numbers of books and special offers, you can easily pick and choose what will work for you and your family. I suggest these if you are looking to take control of your healthcare:

See, I promised an essential oil book and look at some of the other great books offered! Another one of these books, DIY Natural Remedies, is written by a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, I just discovered! This is only a smattering of what's available, but the reason I got interested in this bundle in the first place. For the rest of the list go here and share the info with anyone who may be looking for healthy lifestyle options!

Oh, did I mention...

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