Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Our Cat Prince and a Linky


Today's photos are of our cat Prince on the balcony and carport. It was also trash day, which you can see in two of the pics. We're still on lockdown here in South Africa. We are glad that our president is being cautious. We prefer taking preventative measures, so we're not complaining.





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My Lates Book Reviews


Forgotten Magic Anthology

Forgotten Magic (Magic Underground Anthologies Book 3) by [Melinda Kucsera, Joynell Schultz, Lee French, H.B. Lyne, Raven Oak, Alesha Escobar, Tiffany Shand, C.S. Johnson, Anela Deen, Erik Kort, Devorah Fox, Stephen Wallace, Gwendolyn Woodschild, Leah W. Van Dinther, Barbara Letson, C.K. Rieke, William C. Cronk, Majanka Verstraete, Toasha Jiordano, H.M. Jones, AR Johnston]


Taxing Courtship



My latest Sock Sunday is Taxing Courtship by Jaycee Jarvis. I read most of it on Friday and finished it Saturday morning. I loved it so much that I've begun reading Deadly Courtship! Here's my full review on Goodreads: Taxing Courtship is a Fantasy Romance that has every ingredient needed to make a dynamic story! It’s the kind of book that you won’t want to put down! There are colorful characters who are facing trials and dangers set in a lush world of esteemed temples and honored customs. There’s a subdued magic system that doesn’t overshadow the story. The romance is complicated, but the chemistry and love is all there. Who would have guessed that a taxman could be swoon worthy? And, why would a lady from a wealthy home be driven to thievery? Find out in Book 1 of The Hands of Destin series by Jaycee Jarvis! #weekend #weekendread #socksunday #books #book #ebooks #ebook #bookreview #booklover #bibliophile #Bookstagram #bookaddict #bookstagrammer #indiebook #fantasy #romance #fiction #igreads
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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Forgotten Magic Anthology

Forgotten Magic Anthology

Forgotten Magic (Magic Underground Anthologies Book 3) by [Melinda Kucsera, Joynell Schultz, Lee French, H.B. Lyne, Raven Oak, Alesha Escobar, Tiffany Shand, C.S. Johnson, Anela Deen, Erik Kort, Devorah Fox, Stephen Wallace, Gwendolyn Woodschild, Leah W. Van Dinther, Barbara Letson, C.K. Rieke, William C. Cronk, Majanka Verstraete, Toasha Jiordano, H.M. Jones, AR Johnston]

Book Description:

In the first two Magic Underground anthologies, our heroes faced the seen, the unseen, and the wayward in order to save us all. These same characters now find themselves in a continuing world of trouble because as we know, life can be dangerous!

Forgotten Magic (Magic Underground Book III) concludes these characters’ stories in a breathtaking way as they face betrayal, family, and of course, magic. The stakes are deadly and growing deadlier by the moment! Inside you’ll find stories about:

  • An all-inclusive ren-faire with an enigmatic man who plans to destroy it all
  • A missing, teleporting chimera in danger of becoming someone’s lunch…or worse
  • An open portal that rains magic upon our world, meaning it may already be too late to save
  • A weakening magical spell that could lead to a reign of danger and chaos
  • An heir and an apprentice who must prove their innocence to keep their nation from plunging into pandemonium
  • A sister who must convince herself she’s enough to save the Earth from the wicked…after all, she’s all the Earth has
  • A woman who must choose between the mother who abandoned her and those who deserve her help
  • And more!

Authors in this anthology include: USA Today Bestseller Joynell Schultz, USA Today Bestseller Melinda Kucsera, Seattle Times regional bestseller & multi-international award winner Raven Oak, Tiffany Shand, Alesha Escobar, USA Today Bestseller Lee French & Erik Kort, H.B. Lyne, Anela Deen, Majanka Verstraete, C.K. Rieke, Devorah Fox, Leah W. Van Dinther, C.S. Johnson, Barbara Letson, Toasha Jiordano, Gwendolyn Woodschild, H.M. Jones, Stephen Wallace, AR Johnston, and William C. Cronk.

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My Review:

I'm reviewing The Mail-Order Witch Episode 3 by Joynell Schultz in the third anthology, Forgotten Magic. This is the final story and a happy conclusion. The overarching mystery of who has been sabotaging Ettie’s reputation and store gets solved. In this cozy magical mystery someone has been tampering with Ettie’s orders for magical items. Stock isn’t being delivered and her orders are being changed. The usual suspects are on her list, but then some new information leads to Ettie adding two people that she trusts! She’s trying to figure out her identity as an individual while also being a newly married couple with Roman. Her store takes most of her time and attention, which doesn’t leave much room for her marriage. Will she figure out how to balance owning a store with being married while catching a saboteur?

I'm also reviewing the short narrative serial “The Ones Who Choose” by C.S. Johnson in the Forgotten Magic anthology. This is part 3 and the conclusion to a heart-wrenching story. It’s possible to read it as a standalone as C.S. Johnson manages to catch you up in a few sentences. After Aidan helps Skyla save a boy bound by Bloodmagic, their utopian society begins falling apart rapidly. She couldn’t have predicted the terrible consequences that follow her act of mercy. Why would the boy that Skyla saves want to go back to his life of suffering? Is the benefit of having a utopian society worth it? Skyla must make a decision before things get worse. I didn’t expect the ending and it almost left me tearful!
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Joynell Schultz

Joynell Schultz

Joynell Schultz manages the family zoo (literally!) and writes romantic speculative fiction in her (nearly non-existent) free time. She's a pharmacist by training (boring!) but prefers to hang out with zebras and bears or some imaginary characters.


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About the Author:
C.S. Johnson

C.S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family.



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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Father's Day and a Linky


We celebrated Father's Day last Sunday. Since we're still in lockdown in South Africa, we stayed home and spoiled a well deserving husband and father to our four kids. My hubby is always there for us. He's a rock that we can lean.

I made a fruit salad and crustless quiche for breakfast. For my quiche filling (the one cup of optional ingredients), I added an overflowing cup of cooked bacon and potato with finely chopped fresh green bell pepper.

For lunch (to have with our soup), Samantha baked artisanal bread. It's a no knead recipe and really easy to make! Amanda also got involved and baked chocolate chip cookies. We didn't have walnuts, so she skipped that step and chopped a slab of hazelnut chocolate instead. Check out the links to the recipes. They're really good!






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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Life With Dogs During Lockdown and a Linky


Here are some more photos of us hanging out with our dogs in the front yard during lockdown. These photos were taken before it turned colder. We're in winter now below the Equator.

It's nice having my university daughters home during South Africa's extended lockdown. The South African school system runs on a calendar year, so my kids are in the middle of their school year. Amanda, who is in Grade 6, will start back at school this week. They will rotate the kids in 2 groups to come every other day to keep the classrooms at half capacity. She will also need to wear a mask and other measures are being taken.






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Friday, June 12, 2020

Happy Moms, Happy Homes

Happy Moms, Happy Homes
Empowering Moms to Live in Victory
by Christina A. Morley


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Title: Happy Moms, Happy Homes | Author: Christina A. Morley | Pages: 174 | Genre: Christian Inspirational

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Feeling Stressed-Out, Left-Out, or Maxed-Out? Don't Miss-Out! During times of stress, loneliness, financial difficulty, or whatever troubles life may bring, moms can still lead a victorious life in Christ. This book is sympathetic to moms and the challenges they face, offering tools to overcoming their obstacles. With heart, wisdom, and understanding, Happy Moms, Happy Homes offers mothers of all stages advice and direction as they walk with God and share his love with their children and others.

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An Excerpt from Chapter Six:

One thing I’ve come to realize about us moms is that we are quick to take care of our kids and slow to take care of ourselves. It’s also possible to neglect our husbands when we’re so concerned about our children. We may think that if we sacrifice our own needs all the time that we’ll build a perfect home where everyone is blissfully happy. The truth is that until we get our priorities in the right order, we’ll all suffer for it.

I was a stay-at-home mom for about four years. It was hard being restricted to the house for most of the day. Raising demanding and crying tots almost full-time drove me crazy. I was stressed out of my mind and very unhappy.…

If you feel guilty about spending time on yourself, then remind yourself that God’s love for you is greater than the greatest love you could ever have for your children. Of course, He loves your children with that same powerful love. Therefore, He doesn’t want you to neglect yourself. Sometimes you have to deny yourself for your family’s sake, but if you do it all the time then your family loses something very valuable, and that is you! Your family needs the real you with your personality, not a robot! Remember, God loves you for who you are and not for what you do.

Christina with her husband and four kids

Christina A. Morley is the author of Happy Moms, Happy Homes. She’s also a blogger, volunteer reader at the Blind Institute, and co-founder of Light and Life Bible Ministries along with her husband.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Our Rescue Dogs and a Linky





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Forest of Firelight

Forest of Firelight (The Riven Kingdoms Book 1) by [Shari L. Tapscott]


Siren & Scion



Today's Sock Sunday feature is Siron & Scion (Book 3) by J.D. Evans. The Mages of the Wheel is my newest favorite adult fantasy series! Evans writes achingly beautiful words with her wonderful cast of characters. She has struck the right balance between tension and romance. Her characters experience deep emotions. The love scenes are raw and honest. Her world-building is descriptive with the good and the bad of these interesting cultures and their caste systems. The author keeps the pace moving with plenty of action and adventure. The court intrigue is intense and the magic system fascinating. Each book features new characters who face their own unique challenges in a dangerous world of power and politics. I'm about halfway through Siren & Scion, which is a heartbreaking story that takes place in the Republic where human lives are exploited and thrown away by greedy people in power. Amara, a Water Mage, is tasked by Sultana Naime to find any Creation Mages in the Republic that might still be alive. Her mission is dangerous and having to face ghosts of her past doesn't help matters. She must first find an abolitionist whose name and identity are unknown to her if she hopes to have any success. Once they meet and begin working together, an attraction between them grows. However, any love they might have is hampered by secrets and misdirected ideals. Will love and honesty be enough to pave a way for them when they are both headed down different paths? #weekend #weekendread #socksunday #books #book #ebooks #ebook #bookreview #booklover #bibliophile #Bookstagram #bookaddict #bookstagrammer #indiebook #fantasy #romance #fiction #igreads @jdevansbooks
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