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This week takes us to Rhode Island with Spartina by John Casey.

Entertainment Weekly says – Dick Pierce works in Narragansett Bay, but his true passion is is the unfinished boat in his backyard. The tale may be standard, but Casey’s lyrical descriptions of the Rhode Island sea are anything but.

“If Rhode Island were a country, it would be part of the Third World. The largest employer is the military. Tourism is the major moneymaker, although most Rhode Islanders benefit from it only in service positions. The bulk of choice real estate is in the form of second homes or resorts run by absentee corporations. “There is a seafaring tradition, and there is—still—a fishing fleet. By comparison to the high-tech factory ships of Russia, East or West Germany, Japan, or the tuna clippers of our own West Coast, the boats and methods are quaint. But it is still possible—barely possible—to wrest a living from the sea.”

Spartina is one of those books that should be a total winner. Poetic writing, vivid descriptions, a real world to sink into.

A blue heron wading in the marsh on her stilts, apparently out for a stroll—suddenly freezing. An imperceptible tilt of her head—her long neck cocking without moving. No, nothing this time. Wade, pose. Abruptly, a new picture—a fish bisected by her bisected beak. Widening ripples, but the heron, the pool, the marsh, the sky serene. The clouds slid across the light, the fish into the dark.

Unfortunately, the main character Dick Pierce was just an ass. He was at first a crusty older man and I was fine with that. He had very much of a him versus the world attitude and believed that anyone from money was to be looked down at. He ran some cons and did a few shady deals, but he did it to support his wife and children. Nothing wrong with that, he was doing his best to survive. Then the story took an turn and I lost all respect for good ol’ Dick. He began to match his name and started a torrid affair with a woman in the neighborhood. First, I hate when adultery is used as a plot point. I have no patience with it and hate reading about it. Second, he had absolutely no remorse about his actions. He did not care if he was going to hurt the woman he promised to cherish or his children. Other stuff happened that was interesting, but I could not move past my hatred of Dick to enjoy the story. In the end he sadly did not get the comeuppance he should have and Dick continued to be just that as he sailed off into the sunset.



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Live Life On Purpose by Rachael L. Thompson Virtual Book Tour



Book Genre: Self-Help/ Career & Business Advice

Publisher: Mind Body & Spirit Entrepreneur

Release Date: September 29, 2016

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What is Your Life Purpose?

Are you looking to find the answer to the age-old question “What the hell should I do with my life”? Do you want to find work that simply makes you happy? Are you sick of dreading each day and only living for the weekends? If your current job situation does not bring you happiness but you do not know how to fix it, this book will help answer all of your questions. It will not, however, answer these questions in a typical fashion. It is not going to give you a personality test or an aptitude assessment. You’re not going to find a list of career or business options that you could try. This book dives much deeper than other typical career or business books you will find. The theory behind this book is that one must unlearn everything he or she has been taught before being able to authentically explore the best business or career choice.

How this book is different than typical career guides or business books: Clothing Analogy

Imagine you are asked to find one outfit to wear the rest of your life. Would you rather choose from a pre-filled closet or have your apparel custom-made? With other books, you are essentially looking in a closet full of different clothes and picking out the best option; it may not be your favorite color or fit just right but it will do. In this book, you will design your perfect ensemble

The book is structured into three parts:

The first section describes and gives examples of psychological concepts to explain how you have been shaped and exactly why you are in your current situation.

The second part is all about relearning how to live and think authentically. This is where you begin to explore and research, with fresh eyes, the best business or career choice for you.

The third part is focused solely on techniques that you can apply to assist in this process. Complex theories are broken down into simple steps, with examples to help explain how to apply these concepts in your own life.

Whether you want to find the perfect job, or start your perfect business, it will guide you through each step necessary to reach a life of happiness and fulfillment.

Sneak Peek at Everything that will be Covered:

Each of the following topics will be broken down into simple, easy-to-understand explanations and steps.

  • Psychological Learning Principals
  • Societal Norms and How They Affect You
  • Understanding Your Underlying Beliefs
  • Subconscious Structuring and Restructuring
  • Psychological Theories (Cognitive Bias, Distortions, Effects of the Ego)
  • Decision-Making Theories
  • Techniques to Explore Ideal Career or Business
  • Research Techniques
  • Goal Setting and Planning Strategies
  • Journaling Techniques
  • Affirmations
  • 6 Powerful Meditation Techniques (Mindfulness, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Imprinting Beliefs)
  • Visualization and Manifesting (Law of Attraction) Techniques
  • How to Find a Support System



Do you ever wonder your purpose?

A Single Woman’s Focus: Every Ruth Needs a Naomi by Carla R. Cannon


Do I have a book review for you today, my friends. I just finished A Single Woman’s Focus: Every Ruth Needs a Naomi by Carla R. Cannon and I about to pick it up and read it again, and again, and again…….


Let me digress here for a second to share with you how I came upon this book. Within the past five years, I have gotten divorced, been in a three year relationship that ended, and I have just gotten out of a three month relationship. Seeing the pattern here…….


Needless to say, I am a woman that does not like to be alone and will ignore so many red flags, will become my man’s doormat, and I will stuff all my feelings “where the sun don’t shine” until I finally end the relationship fully consumed with hatred for myself. Yes, myself. So, after enduring another heartbreak and a night of tears, I do what every woman does and goes to Amazon’s self help section to figure out what when wrong.


As I am looking for the right book to tell me that everyone else is to blame, I came across this book, A Single Woman’s Focus: Every Ruth Needs a Naomi and thought this is the one. Okay, so enough about me, let talk about the book. So I begin to read this book and by page 15, it is going to take an act of God to get this book of out my hands.


I swear the author is sitting next to me and speaking to me like we have best friends for years and she is telling me like it is, AND ISN’T WHAT I WANT TO HEAR, but it is exactly what I need to hear. Oh, did I forget to tell you that this is a Christian Book? Now, don’t go rolling your eyes and stop reading this because you need to hear this (unless you already have the perfect husband and the perfect marriage, then go carry on with your Mr. Wonderful) but for some of us that haven’t found our “Mr. Perfect”, we need books like these to realize that we don’t have to be perfect, but we do need to be patient. Not only do we need to be patient, but we need to get honest with ourselves and get honest with God. Yes, you heard me. GOD. I had a great relationship with God before I read this book; he was in the Heavens and I was down here doing things my own way and getting in my own way. Then suddenly this book downloads into my life, and I am singing “HALLELUJAH”!

 Finally, an author has written a book that awakens my inner soul, and makes me turn my life back over to Christ by not judging or condemning me but by pouring her heart out to me about her own personal experiences. 


Yes, my friends, this book has not only saved me from future heartache by trying to do things my way, but has saved my life! Because today, I AM FREE AND BORN AGAIN! I have given my heart and soul back to my Heavenly Father, who I am certain has been patiently waiting for me the whole time to surrender to Him. This book made me realize that I am never alone when I am in God’s hands and he has been with me all along. So now, I will return his Grace and patiently wait on his timing and work on my relationship with Him and myself until I am found by the man that He has for me.

I understand that this was supposed to be a book review but it has turned into a true testament of God’s work.  This book didn’t come into my life by accident but it came into my life when I was ready to receive it.


Even, if you are not a Christian, there are a lot of good things in this book that will help you in your quest for a husband.


I highly recommend this book and I will giving my 22-year-old daughter a copy and every single friend that I know a copy!!!!



Underneath It All (Country Heart) by Author Danielle Taylor


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Book Title: Underneath It All (Country Heart)
Author: Danielle Taylor
Genre: Romance
Release Date: October 26, 2016
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Callie earns her money as a stripper in Dallas. Every day she woke up and hated her childhood and how she had let it run the rest of her life. 

When she was younger she wanted to become an attorney. With perfect grades to get into Law school and an internship at a top Attorney office in Austin, she was bound to reach any goals she had.

One man ripped her life apart.

Her life turned dark and lonely. She hated herself and everyone around her. Hated every day she woke up and lived a life of hell. Numerous times she wished she could just end it all. 

Her life went down a path she wouldn’t wish upon anyone.

That was until Jace Thompson walked into her work and life. Jace makes her feel alive again and gives her a reason to want to be better. A reason to change her life and the path she was travelling. She wants to make something of her life for him to be proud of. 


“My eyes were locked on hers. I didn’t think I could move even if the place caught on fire. She stepped up in front of me with a questioning look on her face, but I didn’t move. I just focused on her beautiful face. 

After a long moment of gazing at each other she went to walk off. I stood and grabbed her wrist and pulled her back to me. She gazed up into my eyes as I lifted my hand to her stunning face and ran my thumb over her slightly parted lips. They were full and satin soft. 

I felt her shiver as I gently grazed my thumb down her neck and across her chest. Running my thumb along the edge of her top I whispered ‘Stay with me angel.’ She reminded me of a small delicate angel.” 

Jace’s football season ended early due to an injury. Then when his father died of a heart attack Jace had to give up his football career to take over the family ranch. 

Heading out one night looking for a way to feel alive and take away the pain, Jace headed for Platinum Girls where he comes across Callie. What he thought would be a long night of fun turned into much more.

Callie and Jace’s road ahead involves hidden truths, past affairs and ghosts. Will the love and fiery passion they share be enough to out run the bad?

Warning: Underneath It All is a fictional story that contains sexual content, strong language, promiscuity, sexual abuse and references to rape. Some scenes may be upsetting to readers and due to its content, Underneath It All is recommended for mature readers of 18+


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meet the author

Danielle Taylor is a new Australian author. She lives in Tasmania with her husband and two children. She is the Author of the new series, Country Heart. When she free time, she enjoys spending it reading romance novels.

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Welcome to the Fall 2016 New Adult Scavenger Hunt

New Adult Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the Fall 2016 NEW ADULT SCAVENGER HUNT!!!!

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Here’s what you have to do:

The hunt opens officially at noon U.S. Eastern Time–all posts by authors should be up then. 

During that time, you can go to the participating authors blogs and websites–you can find them here. The first thing on the page should be their hunt information, where you can find out about new authors and get exclusive content.

Take note of the highlighted number on each author’s hunt page. You need that number to enter the contest!

Each author is on either the Team GREEN, Team ORANGE, or Team PURPLEAdd up all the numbers of the authors on the green team to get the secret code to enter the contest for the green team. Then do the same for the orange and purple! You can find the prizes for each team here. You can only enter once, and your entry…

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