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Friday, November 16, 2018

Veronica Reviews: FINDING HOPE by Tiffani Lynn

Finding Hope
A Colorado Veteran Christmas
by Tiffani Lynn
5 Stars
  
            Cy McMullen is a hero returned home like so many—suffering from a disease not easily explained nor cured.  Unable to stay in a confined area, Cy prefers to sleep outside and becomes one of the many living on the streets.  These homeless have become a target of cruelty and brutality, and Cy finds himself beaten and battered and in desperate need of medical care.  But can he get past his fears to reach out for the help he needs?
 
            Rosie Rossi is working through the demons of her past, and while volunteering at a local homeless shelter, she is drawn to Cy.  Seeing that he shares the same fears as her, she takes him to the hospital and makes sure he feels safe enough to get the care he needs.  Rosie sees beyond Cy’s dirty clothes and ragged appearance, and offers him a safe haven in her home to heal.  But it’s more than just Cy’s injuries Rosie heals, it’s also the piece of his soul he thought long lost.
 
            Tiffani Lynn has written a Christmas miracle with Cy and Rosie’s romance.  Finding Hope is a love story of two broken people that find love in the most unlikely of places.  I loved this story and highly recommend!
 
Sharing what I love, 
Veronica

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!


         Hello, gentle readers!
Can you believe next week is Thanksgiving?!?!? Oh my gosh, where has this year gone? Seems like only yesterday, I was wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
I will admit, I’m not nearly as ready this year as I have been in the past (although I have completed most of my shopping). I haven’t done the deep cleaning like I used to do (you know, like wash the walls, etc.). Just don’t seem to have the energy and I’m not sure why. Could it be that I’m getting older? Probably. Could it be that there just aren’t enough hours in the day? Yes, that, too. Could it be that I’d rather write? That would be a big, fat “yeah” (although, the work in progress is giving me fits)!
So, what am I grateful for this Thanksgiving? Well, it’s a long list (a very long list) so I’ll just give you the highlights. Family and friends, a roof over my head, food in my belly, a job that I’m loving, and the new German shepherd puppies in my life! I’m also happy to report the heat of the Arizona summer seems to be over! The weather has been beautiful!
My son and his lovely wife will be here for dinner. They’re bringing their dogs so it should be interesting in my house. Two four and a half month old puppies (mine), a full-grown Shepherd and a Chihuahua (both his). I’m really looking forward to their visit.
What are your plans?    

Until next time, remember to spread kindness wherever you go.
Marie

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Book Review: The Vixen and the Vet

My first thoughts on The Vixen and the Vet by Katy Regnery was that it was cute, had nice friction between the characters, and that it could be a really good book. And it was, but I stopped at 73%.

The story is about a journalist down on her luck and trying to fight her way back to the top, and a severely wounded war veteran trying to hide his scars from the world. So when I read it was a Beauty and the Beast retelling, I thought it could work. Had I not known it was a Beauty and the Beast retelling, I might have finished the book and adored it. Instead I was looking for comparisons. Yes, the vet has beastly scars. Yes, he does have a giant library. Yes, he's hiding from the world. Yes, the journalist is pretty. But that's where the comparisons ended. I wanted more of a fight between them. He accepted her into his house too quickly. And they were intimate too quickly. So, this part of the book fell flat for me.

Katy has really good reviews on her story and the book was a RITA finalist, so see for yourself.

The Vixen and the Vet


In this modern-retelling of "Beauty and the Beast," Savannah Carmichael, betrayed by an unreliable source, returns to her hometown of Danvers, Virginia with her once-promising journalism career in ruins. Given the opportunity to get back in the game by writing a patriotic human interest piece, Savannah turns her attention to the town hermit, Asher Lee, a wounded veteran who returned to Danvers eight years ago, and hasn't been seen since.

After an IED explosion in Afghanistan took Asher's hand and disfigured half of his face, he's lived a quiet life on the outskirts of Danvers where the locals respect his privacy...that is, until Savannah Carmichael comes calling in a borrowed sundress with a plate of homemade brownies. When Asher agrees to be interviewed by Savannah, he starts feeling things for the beautiful reporter that he hasn't felt in years.

Misfits in small-town Danvers, Savannah and Asher create a bond right away, touching each other's hearts in ways neither thought possible. When a terrible mistake threatens to drive them apart, they'll have to decide if the love they found in one another's arms is strong enough to fight for their hard-won happily ever after.

** Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity, realistically depicted scenes of war and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Veronica Reviews: FIRST EARL I SEE TONIGHT by Anna Bennett

First Earl I See Tonight 
(Debutante Diaries #1)
Anna Bennett
5 Stars

“Sometimes love is measured in altogether different ways—like shared secrets, understanding smiles and reassuring touches…”

The Earl of Ravenport, known by his friends and family as Gray, is a powerful Earl and future Count, but in name only.  Unfortunately, his coffers are all but empty, and his family estate is crumbling down around him.  His goal is to bring The Fortress back to its original grand splendor for his grandmother’s sake, and his reputation be damned.

Fiona Hartley’s family is rich as Midas, but since they have earned their money rather than been born with a title, they are not easily accepted among The Ton.  Fiona loves her family more than anything, and when she receives a blackmail note demanding money or a dark family secret will be revealed to all, Fiona will stop at nothing to pay off the blackmailer.  Desperate for funds, Fiona pens a letter to the Earl of Ravenport propositioning him to a marriage of convenience.  This will allow Fiona to gain access to her dowry to pay off the blackmailer, and give Gray the much needed funds to repair his estate.

Gray can’t believe the boldness behind Fiona’s proposal.  Vowing to never love or be loved, he invites The Hartley’s and his closest friends to a house party at his estate in hopes of scaring her away.  As the days go by, he’s slowly realizing that there is so much more to Fiona, and she may just well be the one to melt his frozen heart. 

First Earl I See Tonight is the first book I’ve read by Anna Bennett, and I absolutely loved it!  Once I started, the pages flew by and I couldn’t put it down.  Highly recommend to lovers of historical romance, and look forward to reading more from this author!

Sharing what I love, 
Veronica

Friday, November 2, 2018

YOU'RE KIDDING, RIGHT?


Hey gang, here I am back from a quick trip to the Midwest where I thought I’d get caught up on my rest. But I think I’m more tired than when I left.  Oh well, it was really nice to have the change of scenery anyway.  So…I hope ya’all are off to a fabulous start on your November!  I’m looking for a fun month ahead.

Okay, this weeks’ blog is going to be a quick update on the last one.  Remember the company I was fighting with in my efforts to discontinue the service for a personal security pendant for my mother?  The one who is an industry leader in providing caring service to your most precious loved ones?  Remember how I struggled to get them to let me return their product now that my mother has moved to an assisted apartment and no longer needs it?  Should be a done deal by now, two weeks later, right?

Uh…nope.

So, what happened?  You really won’t believe this!  It’s like my stars are crossed.

I left the box outside my front door for 3 days, expecting it to picked up by the shipping company on the first day, hoping they’d still pick it up on the 2nd, and beginning to lose all hope on the 3rd.  By the morning of the 4th day, I brought it in and left it on the dining room table because I had to catch a plane for my 10-day vacation to Arkansas.  I assumed they might call me when they figured out that no one picked up the package and, if not, I would have another opportunity to fight with them after I returned.

But it is never that simple for me, is it?  LOL

Yesterday afternoon I returned from my trip and as I hauled bags in from the truck I wondered at the enormous box that was sitting outside my front door.  I hadn’t ordered anything to be delivered while I was gone.  What was that, pray tell.

So I stow my bags and hurry to the front porch to drag the enormous box inside, where I check the label.  It is addressed to me, with a note that reads “RECEIVER DID NOT WANT, REFUSED DELIVERY”.

HUH?

I scan further and who do you think the receiver was?  Yep…my favorite personal security device company.  What the hell?  How could they refuse delivery on something I never sent?

I grab a knife and open the package which clearly is NOT mine, but it’s addressed to me, so I figure I’m not breaking any laws…even though I wasn’t really the sender.  I dig through the packing and pull out an enormous case with some sort of construction laser tool.



I stare at it for a few minutes, wondering why I have it.  Did the security pendant company feel bad and send me a gift?  Probably not…I didn’t get the sense they liked me that much.  Then a germ of an idea begins to form in my brain.  Retrieving my phone, I place a call to a neighbor down the road who owns a landscaping company and happens to have the same house number as mine—but on a different freaking road.

He answers, and I ask, “Hey, are you missing some sort of laser tool thingy?”  Well, that was pretty much all it took to unleash a tirade fueled by two weeks' worth of frustrating phone calls to the shipping company and the security pendant company.  He is poised on the verge of insanity—in exactly the same place I was standing two weeks ago when I tried to convince them to let me terminate service.

What happened?  Well, apparently the disease the security pendant company has is contagious because the shipping company has now been infected.  Apparently, the driver stopped at the wrong house, on the wrong road, and asked the resident’s girlfriend for the package he was supposed to pick up.  He never confirmed he had the right house, and she unthinkingly pointed to a box sitting just inside their door and said, “Must be that box.”

Voile.

The clueless shipping company driver takes my neighbor’s new $900 laser tool thingy that had just been delivered (probably by the same shipping company LOL) and “returns” it to the clueless security pendant company.  They get it and apparently scratch their heads over it for a couple of weeks while my frantic neighbor calls relentlessly trying to find someone, anyone who will return his new, expensive laser tool thingy.


Me?  I’m clueless in Arkansas.  (Thank You, God!)  I’m sitting in the Midwest fat, dumb, and happy while my neighbor fights with everyone he can get on the phone.  My only challenge is that I have to drag the big box inside and figure out why the hell the security pendant company would “return” a laser tool thingy to me that I didn’t send...or want.

And I still have my box, which the company has now scheduled (again) for pickup on Monday. I won’t even go into what I had to do to convince them that the package they “already picked up” was not my package.  But after several minutes, they finally agreed to do “another” pickup.

Sigh.  You can’t make this shit up!

Well, that’s my story, clueless and confusing, and I’m stickin’ to it.  Hang on tight now, ‘cuz we’re gonna go real, real fast!






Love ya,



Kayce