Not just a one day event, I'm blogging every day about what I'm thankful for

Catch up

I haven’t blogged in quite awhile. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t had plenty to be thankful for. Quite the contrary. In no particular order:

We haven’t had the weather we had last year. It’s still not summer, but at least we aren’t neck deep in snow or bitter temps.

My dad finally got approved for Medicaid. That was a weight lifted. His house didn’t sell at auction so it’s just listed on the regular market. I need to paint a few rooms. I’m figuring I will lose my entire vacation painting but I really must get it sold.

Dad doesn’t want to go out on Christmas. How is that something to be thankful for? It means I don’t have to spend Christmas with my sister! Mostly her in laws. I will have lunch with dad at the nursing home. I’ve already reserved a room for that purpose.

Dad turns 80 on January 3. We are having a birthday party for him then and my daughter and grandson will be home. Yay!

My staff Christmas party was tonight. I always have them over to my house. I cook. I usually try and do something special. Since I hate to cook I went with easy instead this year. Crockpot chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes and yeast rolls. It was good enough that people took seconds. I am blessed to have a great staff. They make my life so much easier

I found health insurance that will save me over $10,000 a year. I know not everyone is happy about the ACA but it has been a big deal for me. With my MS I haven’t been able to shop around or even get insurance. Plus the cost was nearly prohibitive. So, yeah, this is a big deal for me.

I think that’s enough for now. Back to my crazy busy insane world.

Pamela Beckford:

If you are looking for an engaging book based on facts, I would recommend this book as well

Originally posted on Susan Marie Molloy:

Over the next few days, I will be recommending several fabulous books that I read this year and that I believe you will like, too.  These books will make absolutely thoughtful gifts also, and I invite you to follow my links below to read my reviews in their entirety.

Today I am showcasing author S. K. Nicholls.

“Red Clay and Roses” by S. K. Nichols is an honest look into the joys and ruthless realities of life in the Deep South during the 1950s and 1960s. The novel predominantly delves straightforward into lust, rape, murder, criminal abortion, lies, adoption, denial, and love, and particularly how race and gender relations intermingled within those ruthless realities of life.

You can read my full book review here by following this link —> Red Clay and Roses Book Review by Susan Marie Molloy.

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Thanksgiving and this blog

I’ve been thinking about this blog for awhile now. I rarely blog anymore. I do some reblogging and reviews – but I also do those on my other blog, Poetry by Pamela.  I’ve been thinking about abandoning this blog. I faithfully blogged daily for well over a year but life has been interfering lately.

So, I think that I will keep the blog here because of the reviews and such, but my main blog will become my poetry blog.

But then I got this last night.

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But still I don’t think feeling guilty for not blogging is a good thing for anybody. Catch me at Poetry by Pamela

Originally posted on Legends of Windemere:

Read Tuesday

After the vicious crowds of Black Friday
And the mouse shattering of Cyber Monday
You may feel like something is a miss
An area left without a sale
Forgotten among the games and clothes
What about the books?

From free to Kindle Countdowns
Every reader has a choice
Spanning reality and fantasy
Many books are on display
Just waiting to be snagged and read
Or handed to a friend

So all you readers bookmark
And all you authors join
For a day of literary fun
Where words will be on sale
To every age and interest
Read Tuesday has come again

                                                                                                                                                                                       

In TWO WEEKS, it will be time for the second year of READ TUESDAY!  This was a big success last year as it filled the void left by Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  There was no sale that focused on books, which is what this is about. …

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From Amazon: A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

My Review: Four Stars out of Five (although I am really leaning to a low four stars)

I fell in love with the writing of Stephen King when I read my first book – Carrie gripped me. Then I read another, and another and then The Shining. I loved his writing and devoured his books…until I didn’t. He got weird and I just couldn’t get into some of them. Then some of them became hundreds and hundreds of pages and they were torture to finish. I thought he was returning to his roots when he released Doctor Sleep…almost, yet not quite.

Revival was still almost, yet not quite. While this wasn’t a terribly long book, it still started dragging in the middle of the book. I kept waiting on something to happen. And it did, but not until the last 10% of the book. Even then it didn’t end when it should have. It was rather anticlimactic.

Would I recommend this one? Yes I would. It was a good story. But if you are looking for original horror from the King of Horror, you will most likely be disappointed. Maybe I’m still stuck on REDRUM.

Changelings Blog Tour

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Changelings. They were the descendants of Man and Fae. They walked between worlds – as healers, mystics, even kings – but no more. He thought he was the last, alone and lost, until the day he saw them.

Irish teens Maureen O’Malley and Sean McAndrew are lost in time. To find a way home, they must curry favor with pirates, dodge a revolution, and defy a king out of Ireland’s deepest legends.

They are Changelings, and they have magic in their blood – magic, which will rekindle a centuries-old war that threatens to tear the very fabric of time.

Pirates and rebels and myths, oh my!

Changelings: Into the Mist is the first book in the exciting Changelings series, and it is available in print and digital from Amazon today!

And, check out the IndieGoGo Campaign for your opportunity to not only have Katie sign your copy of Changelings, but to get some gorgeous perks – all while helping an indie author fund her ongoing marketing campaign!

Chapter One

I sat in the grove of my own creation and stared out at a world and a people descended of mine own. As I watched, trees gave way to stone and the Many lost their claim to the priests of the One.

Then the wheel turned. The sacred trees grew around my effigy of stone and the Many came out of hiding. I sat in my grove and watched a world outside my imagination, willing it to see.

She saw. She saw me with uncanny green eyes – the green eyes of my mother and her mother before her: witch’s eyes.

Joy rose in me. It was time – time to join the world after years of solitude, time to act after centuries of stillness.

I closed my eyes and reached across the barrier, to touch my future and my past…

Advanced praise for Changelings: Into the Mist

“It’s a love-letter to Ireland.” ~ Helena Hann-Basquiat, Memoirs of a Dilettante, Vol. One

“Katie Sullivan has penned an imaginative, entertaining debut novel.” ~ Andra Watkins, To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis (GoodReads Review)

Get your copy today!

Katie SullivanAbout the Author

Descended of pirates and revolutionaries, Katie Sullivan is a lover and student of all things Irish. Born in the States, she is a dual US/Irish citizen, and studied history and politics at University College, Dublin – although, at the time, she seriously considered switching to law, if only so she could attend lectures at the castle on campus. She lives in the American Midwest with her son, two cats and a pesky character in her head named D (but you can call him Dubh). She can be found writing with said character weekly at her blog, The D/A Dialogues.

Connect with Katie!

The D/A Dialogues | Katie Sullivan, Author Website

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The Cosgrove Report Review

From the book description on Amazon: The Cosgrove Report is both a gripping historical thriller and a new and entirely plausible solution to that still unanswered question: Why was Abraham Lincoln murdered? Republished to coincide with the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, this is a novel of immense power and imagination, based on meticulous research into the government’s official records of the assassination and the forgotten memoirs of many eyewitnesses. The novel opens when a recently discovered nineteenth-century manuscript falls into the hands of modern-day private investigator Michael Croft. His assignment is to verify the historical accuracy of the papers, which reveal the shocking cover-up of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the alleged capture and death of John Wilkes Booth. The manuscript itself, written by Pinkerton detective Nicholas Cosgrove, plunges both Croft and the reader back into post-Civil War Washington, where Cosgrove is hired by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to investigate rumors that Booth is still alive. His search brings him face-to-face with some of the most illustrious people of the period, and exposes a trail of lies and evasions equal to any modern day political scandal.

My review:

I struggled with this book. It started off slowly. It did pick up the pace in a few places. The storyline Cosgrove follows is beyond belief a time or two. It put me to mind of Sherlock Holmes in a few places. But then it went too far and too much belief had to be suspended.

I was put off by the language. The language was I’m sure authentic for the time period, but it made for slower reading. And since this was nearly a 500 page book already, it took a long time to wade through it, especially those sections that were slower.

I gave this book three out of five stars. It was written well, but the storyline and I just couldn’t seem to mesh.

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