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Book Review: Hook Up

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Hook 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 …

Book Review: Glory Dogs - Forged Through glory

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GLORY 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…

Book Review: Artist

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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…

Last Day to Buy the Ultimate Healthy Living Ebook Bundle!

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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 RemediesCan I Get A Pickle Without Yellow 5, Please? by Sarah Nichols, M.Ed @ Simple Life Abundant Life ($3.99)DIY Natural Remedies by Nina Nelson @ Shalom Mama ($12.95)Essentials of Essential Oils: How to Use Essential Oils for Beginners by Rachel Ramey @ Titus 2 Homemaker ($2.99)Herbal Preparations and Applications by Natalie B. Vickery @ The Family Herbalist ($9.99)Repelled by Hilary Kimes Bernstein @ Accidentally Green ($1.99)The Eczema Cure by Emily Bartlett @ Holistic Squid ($29.95)The Nourished Metabolism by Elizabeth Walling @ The Nourished Life ($3…

Ultimate Healthy Living Ebook Bundle Plug - Alternative Diet Books

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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 h…

9/11 and Other Musings

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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 …

The Ultimate Healthy Living Ebook Bundle Sale starts today!

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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...


 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…

Book Review: The Labyrinth Wall

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The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like all other Mahk, Araina lives in the Labyrinth and spends most of her days hunting for obsidian to pay her taxes and tries to avoid being killed by other Mahk for food. But Araina has a secret friend, a bird named Blue. Blue would normally make a tasty meal, so Araina carefully hides and protects her, and in doing so finds some measure of comfort and friendship. Blue has a secret too, and when she reveals it all of a sudden Araina finds hope to escape her miserable existence and fight the Creators, who put her people in the position to only just barely survive. Will she be able to trust some other Mahk she comes across or are they just using her? Will they breach the wall and if so, what’s on the other side?

The Labyrinth Wall is the first in the Obsidian series, and as a fan of fantasy literature I think the series has huge potential. Author Emilyann Girdner has done a fabulous job of setting the scene and setting up …

Giant Ebook Bundle Sale starts Sept 10!

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If you haven't signed up for info about this sale do so here!

One of the most overwhelming things about having children is all of the unsolicited advice.Throw some special needs into the mix and it is just multiplied. I still rely a lot on personal research, trial and error, and just generally telling people to mind their own beeswax. I still regularly read books and ebooks about essential oils, gluten-free dairy free cooking, and detoxing my home. That's partly why I was attracted to this bundle - I read about stuff like this all the time, and it's a freaking good deal! A somewhat canned but highly useful informative post is below, and I suggest you all take advantage!

 For the ridiculously low price of just $29.97 (for the PDF version) or $39.97 (for the eReader version), you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of $1,030.The bundle contains a wealth of information from the very finest healthy living writer…

How to Get the Ultimate Healthy Living Ebook Bundle Free!

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I posted about this last week, but wanted to make sure I reached everyone who may be interested. Honestly hoping there is an ebook about essential oils and their use in healthy living. Maybe if there isn't I should write one for the next time huh...



These bundles come around every so often and they usually are a great value! Getting it free sounds awesome to me.

To get it free, you get an affiliate link and every time a friend signs up under your link you get rewarded, from $5 off the bundle to the whole bundle free if you have 10 or more friends sign up. So what are you waiting for? I want it free and I bet you do too.



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.