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Winning It Wednesday 4/16/14

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Book Review: Inn at Last Chance

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Jenny Carpenter is the unrivaled pie-baking champion of Last Chance, South Carolina’s annual Watermelon Festival and the town’s unofficial spinster. With her dream of marriage and children on hold, she focuses on another dream, turning the local haunted house into a charming bed-and-breakfast. But her plans go off course when the home’s former owner shows up on her doorstep on a dark and stormy night . . .

Mega-bestselling horror writer Gabriel Raintree is as mysterious and tortured as his heroes. His family’s long-deserted mansion is just the inspiration he needs to finish his latest twisted tale, or so he thinks until he learns it’s been sold. The new innkeeper proves to be as determined as she is kind, and soon Gabriel finds himself a paying guest in his own home. As Jenny and Gabe bring new passion to the old house, can she convince him to leave the ghosts of his past behind-and make Last Chance their first choice for a future together?

My Review of the Inn at Last Chance

This is one of my favorite series of books. They can all be read alone, but you get the most out of it reading from the first book to the last. The Inn at last chance brings another background character to light as we get to know Jenny Carpenter. She has just bought a new inn only to have the previous owner show up wanting to buy it back. This sets off the wrong type of fireworks between the two, but leads to the right type of fireworks and a wonderful insight into a background story that has started to appear in the other last chance books.

As with the other books I really enjoyed reading the Inn at last chance. If you like the idea of small town charm and the noisy people that charm brings then this is a book for you.

My rating of this book

5/5

Buy it on Amazon.com

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Congress and Unemployment Extensions

I have been spending a lot of time on my kindle as my computer is still dead and I still don’t have money to get a new one. I would have the money if congress would pass the unemployment extension as I am due a bit of cash, I only need $200 to fix my computer so it’s not much, but since with my part time job I only make $800 a month I barely cover my bills and don’t have the extra money to buy a hard drive and a new windows system.

I’m not complaining about that part though. I could easily put aside a few dollars each paycheck and have a working laptop in a year or so. Yep a year. I don’t make anything! I took a low paying job because I want to work. I’m hoping that maybe I can continue to get some unemployment for a while longer so that I can pay off some things and pay back a lot of the late fees I had when I was not making money.

Congress really needs to realize that most people on unemployment want to work! They did not quit their jobs because they just felt like it. They were laid off, fired or had circumstances that required them to leave their job. My situation was I had a 4 hour daily drive to a 12 hour job. I put in a transfer and they denied it. Unemployment decided I deserved unemployment. I didn’t have a choice, the drive and the job were causing health problems. At the age of 30 they thought I had a heart attack. I didn’t want to leave, but I couldn’t see myself doing that drive any longer and staying sane. Because they couldn’t transfer me I was forced to leave.

Now most on unemployment did not quit their jobs, most lost them due to downsizing and it’s hard to find work right now. Boehner is one of the problem makers, he believes that the unemployed don’t want to work and that extending benefits will only make them stay home. Guess what that is not the case. I love that republicans want democrats to come up with ways to create jobs, Why can’t the republicans do it. They have a few ideas, these ideas will increase pollution, give the wealthy more money with no insurance that they will create new jobs. The best thing both parties can do is pass both the Unemployment extension bill and the minimum wage increase as many people would then be able to support themselves on minimum wage and they would make MORE working then on their unemployment.

Another thought is to pass this extension but limit how long someone can stay on it. You get a year and a half total, but for every extension you get you have to look for 2 more jobs a week or something. Make people look for work. That will help with the ones who are lazy. Make them show if they have had an interview. If they have not been called in for an interview there should be an investigation as to if they are really looking.

Oh wait, this would mean more work for the unemployment departments, or maybe, just maybe they could hire a couple more people?

No that would fix the problem right?

What do you think about all of this?

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Book Review: Secrets at Court

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THE THRONE OF ENGLAND IS AT STAKE!
Anne of Stamford has long been the keeper of her mistress’s secrets, but when Lady Joan marries the king’s son, court life becomes ever more perilous. Sir Nicholas Lovayne has arrived to uncover the truth about Lady Joan’s past, and Anne must do something—anything—to throw him off….

Longing to escape the intrigues at court, Nicholas hasn’t counted on the way Anne distracts him—her refusal to accept pity for her clubfoot touches something deep inside him. Will he be able to follow his duty when every fiber of his being tells him to protect Anne?

Royal Weddings
A hint of scandal this way comes!

My Review of Secrets at Court

This was a very fun book to read as you know little about why Ann is hiding anything, but you know there is a reason, the rest of the characters do not. It’s really a fun read that is set is such a wonderful era.

What I love most is that Ann is not a normal women, she has some physical limitations, something that most people during this time had to deal with on their own and not in a pleasant way. People with limitations of any sort were looked down on, mostly homeless and many did not live very long. This adds something more to this story that makes you feel so much more for Ann, not in a sympathetic way, but you admire her strength even more.

This is a wonderful book for anyone who likes an historical setting. This is not a romance book though and really the story focuses more on Ann and her learning that she is so much more then she thought she could ever be.

Buy it now on Amazon.com

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Winning it Wednesday March 26th 2014

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Come list your giveaways and enter a few more!

 

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Still no laptop

So my laptop is officially dead. It’s been a struggle to get things done without it, but I am doing what I can. I bought another laptop from walmart, it was only $50 bucks and of course I get the only one without a hard drive! Yes this is my luck and the sad part is I stopped hoping for better luck. I just have to give in to the fact that bad things will always happen to just me. (not really but you get my meaning) My next new laptop will be bought at best buy as I have never had a problem with computers I have gotten there, except that I spilled tea on one and the other was stolen. :(

It not too expensive to buy a new drive and I’m keeping the laptop because it’s in better shape then my old one, but now I have to buy windows 8 and it’s more then I have to spend right now. Eventually I will get it, but if anyone knows where to get it cheap let me know because I need the full thing and don’t have $100 right now.

Other then that nothing really new to report. I have started working out again this week as my doctor keeps upping my diabetes medications and talking about insulin. I know I will gain weight with insulin so I’m going to work my butt off (something I need to do anyway) to keep my blood sugar down. It was so much fun to zumba again and I don’t care what people say the Wii Zumba is a good workout, but you have to put your all into it.

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Winning it Wednesday 3/19/2014

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Romance Book Review: David by Grace Burrowes

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About David

David, Viscount Fairly, has imperiled his honor…

Letty Banks is a reluctant courtesan, keeping a terrible secret that brought her, a vicar’s daughter, to a life of vice. While becoming madam of Viscount Fairly’s high-class brothel is an absolute financial necessity, Letty refuses to become David’s mistress-though their attraction becomes harder to resist the more she learns about the man…

Perhaps a fallen woman can redeem it.

David is smitten not only with Letty’s beauty, but also with her calm, her kindness, her quiet. David is determined to put respectability back in her grasp, even if that means uncovering the secrets Letty works so hard to keep hidden-secrets that could take her away from him forever…

Award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’s extraordinary writing will immerse you in a Regency world unlike any you’ve experienced.

My Review of David

I really enjoyed this book. Not only do you love how David and Letty interact, but I love that there is so much more to both David and Letty’s characters that bring such twist and turns to this romance. I really had no idea where this story was going until close to the end and for me that makes an amazing read and a fun get a away time.

If your looking for a book that is a bit different from other romance books. A book with well developed characters and a plot that leaves you wondering what strange turn it’s going to take next then this is the book for you!

Buy it now on amazon.com


 

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Find a Perfect Prom Dress for Your Teen

Are you a parent who is looking for that perfect prom dress? Do you wish it was easier to find what your teen really wants? If this is how your thought process is during prom time then I have a site for you to check out. www.jenjenhouse.com has some great styles for everyone.I really love the selection they have and it’s not very expensive either. Your teen will be sure to find something really cool. I’m going to be sharing this site with a friend of mine who’s daughter is a senior this year and I know she will love whats available.

I still remember the horror of shopping for my prom dress. We had to drive a couple of hours to find one that would fit me. I was a plus size girl in the 90′s and there was nothing available for me. I spent weekends trying to find an enexpencive dress that fit me and one that I liked, lets say I was almost ready to just not go at all. I did go, even though I had no date, but that was not an issue, my memories are great, except for the dress shopping. With the internet and sites like Jen Jen House it’s so much easier and now is the time to start looking. Not only because you want that great dress, but you want time to alter it if for some reason it’s just a bit off!

Here are a few of my favorite dresses from Jen Jen House.

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You can of course find more at http://www.jenjenhouse.com/Prom-Dresses-c18/. Really the selection of dresses and colors are so amazing, be prepared to have a hard time choosing one!

What I also love about the site is that it’s so easy to use, so you can find what you are looking for easily. I have been browsing it for a few days on and off and I have yet to find an issue with it.

Have you placed an order with Jen Jen House? Share your experience.

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Computer Down

So my laptop has completely crashed and died, it will be a while before I can get it back up and running so I am going to be using my mom’s, but I only have limited access so please stay with me as I work on getting things figured out. I’m thinking this time I’m going to go a bit smaller and cheaper, but I need to do some shopping around first and of course save up some money.

If anyone has any suggestions please let me know.

I’m not interested in apple, but other then that very open to suggestions!

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