Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Amanda's 13th Birthday and a Linky!


Amanda turned 13 on Sunday! Jessica and Samantha went through a lot of effort to make sure she felt special. We've been in lockdown in South Africa for nearly a year now. We'd rather be safe than sorry so we're not complaining. However, schools have resumed with pandemic measures in place. Both big sisters head back to their universities this weekend.

Amanda's big sisters came up with the day's activities. Her morning began with a western twist on a Korean-style breakfast, followed by a scavenger hunt to find her presents, and then an afternoon high tea. The girls also baked Amanda her favorite cake, a chocolate swirl cheesecake! We ordered the sushi from a restaurant. That was beyond our skillset.






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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Cut to the Heart


Book Blurb:

All Josie Framer wants is a man with fire magic—and to find the truth-knife that’s rightfully hers.

However, neither of these quests is going well.

After her latest date-turned-disaster, she's almost ready to give up—when she happens along the blade on the way home. Unfortunately, reclaiming her property makes her target of the Arcane Market, a nefarious underground trafficking ring for magical artifacts and magical beings.

To make things worse, she keeps running into Oliver Salamandras, a dangerously attractive fire elemental who’s on the run from his own hunters. Getting involved with him means more trouble. Plus he has enough baggage for an aircraft carrier.

If only he wasn’t just what she's looking for--right at the worst possible moment.

Faced with deadly foes and an irresistible stranger, a woman might just do something crazy.
Drastic.
Life-changing.

 



My Review:

Cut to the Heart by Janeen Ippolito is Book 1 of The Arcane Market Adventures. It is a two-book companion duology to The Steel City Genie urban fantasy series - a series within a series. It also has references to The Accidental Alien Romance Chronicles, taking place after My Alien Boyfriend and before My Alien Engagement. All of that might sound confusing, but the author does take the time to introduce some of the characters before jumping into Josie's story, who we first meet in The Steel City Genie series. Ippolito likes mashing things up and writing quirky characters. Her stories are fast-paced and laced with plenty of humor. It's good fun romantic fantasy with some deeper moments. This one has a strong Christian message in it too.

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About the Author:
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:


Disclosure: I received an ARC. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

On the Boardwalk Part 5 and a Linky


I'm sharing more boardwalk photos! I have two of Amanda and two of a unique sunset. There is a boardwalk in all four photos. You might have to look closely to see it in the last two. I think Amanda's hair swinging in the wind in the second pic goes well with the crashing wave behind her. December's summer beach days are over and the new school year has begun.




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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Sitting on the Boardwalk and a Linky


Sometimes we just need to sit and pause, especially when the day gets busy. It's about practicing mindfulness. That's why I am trimming back today's blog post. It's been a busy day and I don't want to lose sight of what's important. I chose photos that remind us to sit and enjoy the moment. These are my daughters and my husband. My daughters from youngest to oldest are Amanda, Samantha, and Jessica. Then there is Ziggy, my in-laws' miniature Schnauzer.









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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Blue Skies and Boardwalks with a Linky


I enjoy photographing the clouds as much as the waves at Britannia Bay on South Africa's West Coast. We were there over December. We live in a part of the beautiful wine region, which is just as nice.

I think the most unusual cloud formation is in the last two photos. The clouds were covering the sky like a comforter. My two favorite pics are of the softer clouds that look as if an artist smudged the lower half with their finger. Do you have a favorite?












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