Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Merry Christmas and a Linky!


My daughter, Samantha, made both of these Christmas-themed digital art drawings recently. She gave me permission to share them. I'm including a photo of her below her art. 

We'll be visiting my in-laws for Christmas on South Africa's West Coast. I decided to make this my last blog post and blog hop for 2021. The blog hop will close on Monday the 20th, the day that we travel to my in-laws.

Wishing you a safe & blessed Christmas and New Year!



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Friday, December 10, 2021

Wishing Against the House

Wishing Against the House
by Janeen Ippolito


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My city is under attack by shadowfiends.⁠ Apparently, this is my fault, thanks to the family I’ve never met.⁠

At least the attack interrupted my first couples therapy session with Cendric. Small blessings, right?⁠ ⁠

Then my long-lost dad—yeah, the one that’s supposed to be dead—shows up to tell me that the shadowfiends are controlled by Raith, an old family member who’s here to recharge his magical batteries by any means necessary, including destroying Pittsburgh and me. Oh, and centuries ago, Raith picked a fight with the local dragons, so they’re after me as well.⁠ ⁠

Now I have to learn my family’s magic, stop Raith's path of destruction, and make nice with the dragons. Speaking of which, did I mention my oh-so-quiet secretary has eloped with one of the dragons’ worst enemies?⁠

Personally, all I want for Christmas is to survive until New Year’s.⁠
And maybe, a vacation.

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Wishing Against the House is the third book in The Steel City Genie series by Janeen Ippolito. This story has plenty of suspense, action, and tongue-in-cheek humor. There is never a dull moment! It has a full cast of characters, so be sure to read the books in order if you don't want to get confused.

Allis has always had a rough time, especially with family. Now she's faced with more family drama, and she gets blamed for their bad behavior. But Allis has the help of her husband Cendric and her half-brother Gideon, plus two or three other allies. It can't be all bad. Until all the bad comes calling, interrupting couple's counseling. How will Allis handle things, especially when she has unstable magic and emotional issues? And, what about that couple's counseling session?

Disclosure: I received an ARC, and this is my voluntary review.

Quote from Wishing Against the House:

"If I break, I get up again afterwards. It’s what I do."⁠


Allis and Cendric from The Steel City Genie series! Art by the amazing Inscape.Studio ⁠

Allis - blue-collar half-genie who gets into trouble even when she's mostly trying not to (ha)⁠ ⁠

Cendric - vegetarian vampire lawyer (was a raven shifter) who helps her get out of that trouble (or just joins her in it, he's fine with that too)⁠

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Janeen Ippolito


Janeen Ippolito believes you should own your unique words—and make them awesome! She’s a multi-published author of bestselling fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She’s also an experienced editor and marketing strategist, plus the head of Uncommon Universes Press, a publishing company with award-winning books. In her spare time, she helps her missionary husband with his youth swordfighting ministry, indulges her foodie ambitions, reads whatever books she feels like, and explores a slew of random hobbies. Her life goals include traveling to Antarctica and riding a camel while wearing a party hat. This extrovert loves to connect! You can follow her on the links below:


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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

My Son Turned 25 and a Linky!


My son turned 25 on the first of December! It was great to have Jeremiah home for a few days. We are also dog sitting my in-laws' Miniature Schnauzer, Ziggy. Jeremiah has been fortunate to have a steady job in IT during this pandemic. He usually has a bushy beard, but he came home clean-shaven. I made sure to get a couple of photos before he left!


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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Celebrating Thanksgiving in South Africa and a Linky


I was telling people that we wouldn't be doing any special cooking for Thanksgiving this year, but my daughter Samantha had other ideas. Hubby bought a roast chicken to save on effort. Samantha baked Hasselback potatoes, roasted a pre-marinaded pork belly, roasted veggies including butternut and sweet peppers, and I made coleslaw and boiled the sweetcorn. Samantha and Amanda made dessert. It was a peach cobbler with custard. Everything was delicious and eating the leftovers made the time spent in the kitchen worth it!

We had all three girls home for Thanksgiving, which was awesome. Tomorrow, our son is turning 25 and he'll be visiting us for a few days before he has to go back to work. He lives just over an hours' drive away from us. It will be super having all our kids home for a change!




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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Sunrise and Sunset with a Linky

 


I'm glad you've been enjoying my sunrise photos! Thank you to everyone who leaves a comment. I do appreciate reading them. Today I have pics of a recent sunrise and a recent sunset.

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it! We won't be cooking up a big meal, but all my daughters will be home and that's a treat in itself.

Are you interested to see the little church where Robbie and I got married? I only have two photos from the outside. We drove by it to show our girls on our Road Trip to Stellenbosch.






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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Yesterday's Sunrise and a Linky

 


Yesterday's sunrise was so pretty with all the pastel colors and dramatic contrasts of dark and light. These photos were taken with my Canon PowerShot. This morning I captured a pigeon in flight directly above the sunrise using the camera on my Samsung phone. You can check it out on Instagram.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Recent Sunrise and a Linky


These photos are of a recent sunrise taken from my balcony before 6 am. We don't have Daylight Saving Time in South Africa. But we do have electricity saving time called 'loadshedding' when our country's power provider cuts the power. At the moment, we are getting two to three power cuts a day and they usually last two-and-a-half hours each time. That's also why I'm posting this blog hop a bit later than normal.





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