Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Vibrant Sunrise and a Linky


I took these photos of a vibrant sunrise from our balcony a while back. I'm including a full moon pic that I took at the end of January, which I originally shared on Instagram. My camera is a compact Canon PowerShot. It has a 40x optical zoom and it's a powerful little camera.





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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Saved by the Billionaire

Saved by the Billionaire
(Rich and Famous Romance Book 3)
by Michelle Pennington

Saved by the Billionaire (Rich and Famous Romance Book 3) by [Pennington, Michelle]

Book Description:

Protecting her got complicated.
“Just remember I’ll come to you. That’s a promise.”

Kara had always loved her best friend's older brother, but Warren was an unattainable dream. She tried to move on, marrying a man she thought was the next best thing. She was wrong.

Frightened by her ex-husband’s “business” dealings, she kept her pregnancy a secret and hid. But some secrets are impossible to keep. Desperate to protect her son, she remembered Warren’s promise and made the call.

Warren realized he loved Kara too late to save her from a bad marriage. He can’t change the past, but he can protect her—and her baby—by marrying her. He sails away with them on his private yacht to buy them time before confronting her ex. She’s so vulnerable and afraid, he’s determined to keep his feelings locked inside, no matter how hard it is.

But a yacht is the worst place to try to keep your distance.

This suspenseful, swoony romance will make you breathless with anticipation. Get it now!

Purchase on Amazon

My Review:

This is a wonderful story with a refreshing new twist on the marriage-of-convenience trope. There's danger with some action, wonderful romance, and real-life situations. The characters include an evil ex-husband, a devoted billionaire, a stressed-out mom, a cute baby, and two wonderful bodyguards. The baby is the catalyst and the glue to the storyline. Well done, Michelle Pennington, for writing a story that all moms can relate to while escaping reality at the same time!

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About the Author:
Michelle Pennington


Michelle Pennington spends her days quoting movies with her husband and making messes faster than her four kids. She loves to make magic by stringing words together, but she also creates designer sugar cookies, sings loud in church, and kills too many house plants.


Disclosure: I received an eARC of this book. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Easter Weekend and a Linky


We had all four kids with us this Easter weekend. Everyone had Friday and Monday off, so we made the most of it. We went through to my in-laws at the beach and had a wonderful time. Sometimes it was cold enough to sit inside by the fireplace, but other times the sun was shining. If you've been enjoying my sunrise and sunset photos, then you'll be blown away by the stunning sunset we saw at my in-laws'! I'll be sharing those photos later and probably on 1camera1mom instead of here, but I'll definitely include a peek on this blog as I always do.

Amanda was given rhyming clues by her sister, Samantha, for her Easter egg hunt. One of the clues took her to the beach. Ziggy, my in-laws' miniature Schnauzer, enjoyed that! One of the delicious meals my mother-in-law made was lamb with basmati rice and figs.













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Friday, April 19, 2019

What to Do When You're Feeling Blue

What to Do When You're Feeling Blue
by Andi Cann

What to Do When You're Feeling Blue by [Cann, Andi]

About the Book:

Title: What to Do When You're Feeling Blue | Author: Andi Cann | Pages: 35 | Genre: Picture Book

Book Description:

Sometimes kids are happy. Sometimes they are sad. Kids learn in this book that it’s okay, either way!

Your child will learn that sadness happens. Meant to be loved and enjoyed, again and again, this book with colorful pictures and rhymes will help children learn that all feelings are okay and offer ideas about coping with sadness. Children will learn that they have the power to feel better and that happy feelings are just around the corner! Most importantly, children will learn that they are important and loved!

Today, depression is a real problem and is affecting children early in childhood. Teaching your children that changing emotions are a part of life will help create resilience and cope with life’s ups and downs.

Please note: if you suspect your child suffers from depression, please seek help! The National Alliance for Mental Illness can be reached at www.nami.org

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Our Review:

Kids need to know that it's okay not to be happy all the time. This picture book lets children know that it's normal to have days when you are feeling blue and you don't need a reason either. It also gives a variety of ideas of what to do when you're down like read a book or think about things that you enjoy doing like. The unique illustrations inside are colorful and cheerful. It also offers a contact number at the beginning of the book for a loved one battling with depression.

Amanda (age 11) says the book is nice and the art is good for little kids. She likes that the author didn't just say a couple of things that you can do to be happy, but a lot of things. She also likes the rhyming words. Amanda and I both recommend this book for children ages 4 - 7.


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About the Author:
Andi Cann

Andi Cann

Andi loves writing books for kids! With two of her own, although they're grown now, she has always been an avid reader and an enthusiastic promoter of early reading!

It all started in Andi's early life in the Midwest part of the United States. Her life was rich with books, reading, and library visits. Nancy Drew was one of her best friends! Mrs. Gladieux, the town librarian, encouraged her love of reading, and allowed her to check out many more books than were allowed! Andi's stories are about children learning to embrace their uniqueness, find friends, or stand up for themselves.

Andi's memorable characters include Mr. Hoopeyloops, Alabama Oh, Jojo, Puddles, Rex, Rory the Elf, and MerryLyn, with many more on the horizon. Click "follow" to be notified when a new book comes out! And, if you liked the books, please leave a review. It helps me and other readers.

Andi lives in Arizona with her husband, a dog named Beau, chickens, and countless free range bunnies. She loves art, animals, and reading good books!

Visit her website!

Disclosure: Amanda and I own this book from Amazon Kindle. This is our honest and voluntary review.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

2 Sunsets and a Linky


I have two more sunsets to share with you today. I hope you like pretty sunsets and sunrises, because these aren't the last! I'm sorry that my linky widget stopped working last week! You're welcome to link any family friendly posts below and even more than one. 

We've been having a lot of fun over on Amanda's Facebook page. I've been sharing funny memes, kids craft ideas, and cute videos. Be sure to visit and like my page!






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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Striking Midnight ~ A Cinderella Retelling

Striking Midnight
by Jennifer Ellision

Striking Midnight: A Reimagining of Cinderella as an Assassin (Fairy Tale Lies, Spies, and Assassins Book 1) by [Ellision, Jennifer]

About the Book:

Title: Striking Midnight (Fairy Tale Lies, Spies, and Assassins Book 1) | Author: Jennifer Ellision | Pages: 200 | Genre: Fairy Tale | Recommend Ages: Young Adult and up

Book Description:

What if Cinderella was sent to kill Prince Charming?

Dawn will break. And she will rise...

When the Noctisian King passed, the Daylight Accord crumbled. Now, the Kingdom of Noctis exists in darkness and unending night, while their neighbors slowly roast.

The sun never sets on Sol.

The former prince of Noctis refuses to honor the bargain his father made with the Solian rulers and both kingdoms suffer without the balance the other brings. But when the time comes for King Knox to choose a bride, Sol sends forth their best contender: Princess Cyndria.

Cyn is beautiful. Poised. Demure… and deadly. Trained by Solian assassins since she was old enough to grasp a knife, she knows exactly how she’ll enchant the King.

And, once she’s queen… How she’ll end him.

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My Review:

This story was thrilling, but starts out slower and picks up the pace by Chapter 5. My heart was pounding by the end!

Princess Cyndria has been training as an assassin since she was little and knows how to kill. Her evil stepmother, the ruling regent of Sol, has plans for the princess. King Knox is seeking a bride and the kingdom of Sol sends out its best contender and most secret weapon. The choosing of his bride plays out like a bachelor reality TV show with many women competing. That part has some fun moments, but there's danger too. There are some tense moments between Cyn and Knox. The chemistry is also hot, but not steamy.

This series is young adult appropriate. It stops at a good point, but the story isn't finished. There's more to come and I can't wait!

Disclosure: I received an eARC and this is my honest and voluntary review.

About the Author:
Jennifer Ellision

Jennifer Ellision

Bestselling and award-winning author Jennifer Ellision writes about daring young women in magical worlds. She survives on a steady diet of books, podcasts, and her favorite magical tropes. Jennifer frequently wakes up early to work before she has to "people" and can often be found squirreled away in her office, getting some writing done--or in her local library, agonizing over revisions.

If all else fails, look under the covers. She's probably hiding out with a good young adult fantasy series.

Leave our world and escape into one of hers. Get the free novelette that introduces Jennifer's first YA fantasy trilogy when you sign up for Jennifer's newsletter at: https://www.jenniferellision.com/get-started-threats-sky-sea-series-today/

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