The “real” me and moving on

The “real” me and moving on

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The people who know me and know me well are not shocked I am quiet most of the time. I keep my personal life pretty quite. I don’t want to air out my laundry and have people feel sorry for me or think differently of me. I am a very caring person and love to help others, but it is hard for me to ask for help or even take it.

Why am I writing this post you may ask? A person can only take so much before they start sticking up for themselves. A few things people have no clue and might be shocked by what I am about to say/write.

I will be 45 in October and I have been through a lot in the amount of time. I am a cancer survivor as of 1997. I had Hodgkins Disease when I was 18 years old. I made it through a year of chemo and a year of radiation. After which I contracted Thyroid disease due to the radiation killing my Thyroid gland. During all of this treatment I divorced my first husband as he was cheating and left Ft Bragg NC. Met my husband now and married in 1998.  We lost a son Kincaid and buried him in 2001 he made it for a few hours after being born but his lungs could not make it.  Wasn’t the easiest thing to do and I still miss him dearly.  We tried and tried and decided to adopt and we now have 4 wonderful boys.  Eight years ago my husband found out he had cancer. No big deal been there done that until the doctor told us 1 in 100 doctors barley see this type of cancer. Adenoid cystic carcinoma  there is no cure and living 15 from the date diagnosed is 40%. I try not to think about losing my husband I try to live each day the best we can.  He still works hard and goes on. Eight months ago I lost my mom. She was not sick and nothing could prepare for her sudden death.

I just keep moving on and trying to make each day a good one.  I work hard and love what I do.  When people say suck it up and go on to others I just shake my head.  You might not know the whole story. It is not as easy as you think it is.

 

Barb
A – Z Challenge today’s letter is H

A – Z Challenge today’s letter is H

2014-03-29 11.24.37Today I would like to talk about the letter H and  Hotties.  

I recently went to a conference in Atlanta and got to meet Steffen Hughes ( cover model on Becky Mcgraw’s books ).  As you can see from the picture I think he is a hottie.  Which brings me to my point.  Cover on books.  Do you look at the covers and what do you think about the latest models?

I read the blurbs first and then turn the book over and look at the cover if I am in a book store.  If I am online I admit you see the cover fist then I read the blurb.  I like cowboys so for me looking at the covers has been eye opening to say the least.

 

What do you like?

 

Barb
WHAT THE LADY WANTS cover reveal

WHAT THE LADY WANTS cover reveal

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

In late 19th century Chicago, visionary retail tycoon Marshall Field made his fortune wooing women customers with his famous 

motto:“Give the lady what she wants.” 

His legendary charm also won the heart of socialite Delia Spencer, and led to an infamous love affair.

The night of the Great Fire, as seventeen-year-old Delia watched the flames rise and consume what had been the pioneer town of Chicago, she couldn’t imagine how much her life, her city, and her whole world was about to change. Nor would she have guessed that the agent of that change would not simply be the fire, but more so the man she met that night…
Leading the way in rebuilding after the fire, Marshall Field reopens his well-known dry goods store and transforms it into something the world has never seen before: a glamorous palace of a department store.  He and his powerhouse coterie— including Potter Palmer and George Pullman—usher in the age of robber barons, the American royalty of their generation.

But behind the opulence, their private lives are riddled with scandal and heartbreak. Delia and Marshall first turn to each other out of loneliness, but as their love deepens, they will stand together despite disgrace and ostracism, through an age of devastation and opportunity, when an adolescent Chicago was transformed into the Gleaming White City of the Chicago’s World’s Fair of 1893.

 

Praise for Dollface 

“Intoxicating….Fans of Boardwalk Empire will love Dollface.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Sara Gruen

“A lively, gutsy romp of a novel that will keep you turning pages.”—Karen Abbott, New York Times Bestselling Author of Sin in the Second City

 

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Barb

A-Z Post today is G

Today’s letter is G  I would like to talk about Goodreads.

Now a days you either like Goodreads or you hate it.  There is no in-between much.  I started using Goodreads back in 2009.  I was using it to post all my books I have read to help me keep track.  When you start reading a lot and over 100 books sometimes you can lose track of what you have read and might start reading a book a second time.

I started making friends and also following fellow review bloggers.  We would exchange book recommendations, events, blog tours etc.  We still do and it is great for that purpose.

Now that I have a few books out I have switched to an author on Goodreads but still mainly use it like I do above.  I have seen bloggers and authors bash each other on there and it is discouraging.  It can’t be fun for either one and hopefully it stops soon.  Reading and writing is suppose to be fun not a chore or to get bashed.

Do you use Goodreads?

Barb

A-Z Post today is F

Today’s letter is F and I would like to talk about  Free Books.

Let’s face it we all like free books who of us don’t?  There are several places now you can get free books.  Amazon and Bookbub are the main ones I use as they give you a variety. Bookbub actually sends you an email each day to let you know what book is free.  Amazon you have to look up most of the time to find something you might like.  It’s nice everyone once in a while to find something different and good to read.  I also find it a new way to find different genres to read.

What site do you like to use for free books?

Barb

A-Z post today is E

Today is the letter E for my post I wanted to talk about Ebooks

Ebooks are making a huge impact on authors and sales. The big rumor that has been around for a while, ebooks will push out paperbacks and hardback books.  What do you think?  I know I for one still like reading a “real” book at times. There is something about turing the pages.  You can still take your book anywhere with you as long as you have a decent size purse. The same is sad for a tablet or e-reader.  You can take it with you anywhere as well.

The difference between a real book and an e-reader? We all know an e-reader can hold a lot more books.  So you have more choices when you are out and about.  So it comes down to choice of what you would like to have.  I know some readers still only read paperback books and do not have an e-reader.  I do have to say most of my friends and bloggers use their e-readers for most of their reads.

Now a days people like the instant gratification so e-readers are the best way to go.  If you are like me you like both.  I don’t see paperbacks and hardcovers going away any time soon but I could be wrong.

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Barb
The Fascination with Governesses in Historical Romances By Susan Frances

The Fascination with Governesses in Historical Romances By Susan Frances

Have you ever noticed that historical romances offer limited roles for women? Many authors demarcate the women of yesteryear in three categories: ladies/maidens of the haute ton or high society, prostitutes/courtesans/actresses belonging to the demimonde, or paid companions/governesses. The third category is a lowly occupation that many female readers of historical romances identify with, relating to the untitled woman in society who must work for her livelihood, taking menial wages while keeping her eyes looking upward toward a better life that is always tied in to finding her true love. This image of a governess as a type of princess-in-waiting can be credited to Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre about a sympathetic character who is raised by an abusive aunt and her villainous cousins. She takes a job as a governess at Thornfield Hall to escape her tormenters. The trials and tribulations which she experiences at Thornfield Hall bring her and the master of the manor, Edward Rochester, together, battling the negative forces around them. At the conclusion, Jane wins Rochester’s heart not through any sort of manipulation on her part, but through the natural course of their feelings. The character of Jane Eyre has become the general template that … Read More »

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Become a BTS Blogger

Become a BTS Blogger

 

 

Being a blogger for BTS has benefits! Become a blogger for BTS and be a team member in the ongoing work to promote authors, as well as BTS Book Reviews emag.

There are 3 ways you can help and benefits for each.

BTS Street Team member. Sign up and help promote the magazine weekly. Babs Hightower, the Team Leader, will send you posts so it’s easy
to have fresh material for your blog and social media. She also will send you the code for the magazine to post on your blog.
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sent a post after each new issue is out. This will give you fresh info to post. Bloggers are asked to place the emag on their blog.  http://btsemag.com/community/monthly-media-kit-team/

What will you receive? Both groups are eligible for a $25 monthly gift card drawing, a “thank you” from BTS for helping.

BTS Bloggers Paid to Post the emag. We choose a number of bloggers each month and pay them to post the magazine on their blog and make
the post about the new issue being out. Information is sent to the blogger, so it is easy. If you are interested in this opportunity write Myra@btsemag.com
for details.

Barb
The Cowboy Lassos A Bride (The Cowboys of Chance Creek #6) by Cora Seton

The Cowboy Lassos A Bride (The Cowboys of Chance Creek #6) by Cora Seton

20764346Jake Matheson loves everything about ranching the Double-Bar-K, except for his father’s controlling nature. It’s bad enough the old man won’t step down and let him run things his own way. Now Holt has demanded that Jake find a wife—in the next thirty days. Jake knows just the woman he wants–Hannah Ashton–but they haven’t even gone on a date, let alone been together long enough for him to propose. He’ll have to work fast to secure her hand in marriage before his time is up.

Hannah Ashton loves the fifteen hundred pound bison she rescued from being the object of a trophy hunt. She’s grateful for Gladys’s temporary home on the Double Bar K—and for the chance it gives her to see Jake on a daily basis. But now Holt Matheson is threatening to kick Gladys off the ranch—or eat her!—unless Hannah spends fourteen consecutive nights with Jake. What they get up to together is their business, but if Hannah misses a night, it’s bye-bye bison.

Jake can’t believe Hannah has agreed to move into his cabin, but now his brother Ned is stirring up trouble, trying to break them up before he can propose. Hannah’s beginning to think it’ll be hard to leave the ranch when her fourteen nights are over—even if she’s heading to veterinary school. She’s falling for Jake–hard–but Jake wants a traditional wife, not a career woman.

Will a pregnancy scare unite Jake and Hannah in a common goal? Or will it drive them apart for good?

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I love this series. Cora Seton knows how to write a great story. Jake is the oldest of the Matheson brothers. Hannah is Bella’s helper at the vet in town. All of Hannah’s friends are married to great guys and evener boos is about to get married to a great guy thanks to her. She helped Bella get on a TV reality show and win enough money to keep her vet practice going and met a great man as well. Hannah wants to become a vet as well and has to take classes. Now that she broke up with her boyfriend she can concentrate on that and forget men in general.

Jake has always like Hannah from afar. She was always with her boyfriend and he never had a chance. Now they have a chance and he wants to see where it goes. They get thrown together with some help Hannah has 14 days to see what can happen but if that going to be enough to see where these two go?

Another great book in this series. The author has a way with getting you sucked into the story to see where things go. You get to hear more of past characters you have read and about and meet a few news ones along the way. There is never a dull moment in any of the books.

Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read for an honest review.

Barb
The Husband Campaign (The Master Matchmakers #3) by Regina Scott

The Husband Campaign (The Master Matchmakers #3) by Regina Scott

18668410A Marriage of Necessity
The moment John, Lord Hascot, encounters a young woman sheltering in his abandoned stable, his future is sealed. To prevent scandal—and protect Lady Amelia Jacoby from her parents’ ire—he must propose. John’s ability to trust vanished when his former love married his twin brother. Yet he offers Amelia everything she could want—except affection.

Amelia sees John’s true nature shine through when he cares for his horses. But the brooding aristocrat seems determined to keep her at arm’s length. Little by little Amelia will turn Hollyoak Farm into a home, but can she turn a marriage of convenience into a joyful union?

The Master Matchmakers: Wedding bells will ring when downstairs servants play Cupid for upstairs aristocracy.

Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: April 1st 2014 by Love Inspired
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0373282583 (ISBN13: 9780373282586)
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Amelia takes refuge in an abandon stable and is upset at her mom over forcing her to get married with out love. She is found by John, Lord Hascot and he tries to help but is a bit standoffish. He knows since she spent the night he has to do the right thing by offering her his hand. She refuses and goes back to her mom.

John doesn’t want another love the one he had married his older twin brother and broke his heart. All he wants is to tend to his horses that is what he loves and understands them. He is summoned by Amelia’s father and given an ultimatum to marry her.

They marry and what begins a long road for Amelia to wedge herself into his heart and wants him to care for her like he does his horses.

The characters are well done and the setting is remarkable. The story takes the reader in and you want to see these two become a wonderful couple and work things out. John takes a lot of work but it is worth it in the end. The twits that his ex-finance throws in makes you want to smack her silly. I loved it and I think others will too.

Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read for an honest review.

 

Barb

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