The Saga Continues…

Round two I mean, book two of Shadow’s Fire Trilogy from Christopher Patterson, and we are right back where book one left us.

Erik journeys on facing his ever growing fears. Erik’s world is changing with evil becoming stronger and stronger. Right now this book is the perfect mirror to the world we live in.

While Erik moves forward on his adventures no matter evil throws in his way. We too move forward no matter what hate is thrown our way.

While our world at times may seem like a scary place, Patterson‘s novel allows you to escape into another world where evil is conquerable with help from the right friends. Or so it seems…

The Adventure Begins…

My knowledge of dwarfs involved Snow White, and as for ogres – there is Shrek! But this book made me see them in a whole new light. It started out like a tale of the old past but then the author put in some interesting characters. Cat-like creatures, a sword that I really need to get and powerful dwarfs got the story moving at a quick pace, and before I knew it, I was done reading. I was not sure if I would be a fan of fantasy but I was and happy to found out there are two more. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

WTFae!?

Every Monday through Friday, 7 am to 3 pm you can find me working with teenagers in the foster care system, but I am yet to meet one like Trisha.

Granted I don’t know what I would do if one of the teenagers turned out to be fae. Trisha has the voice of a teenager; one that reminds me of my inner voice and sometimes outer voice.

This book is engaging and well written! Check out more of Cassie’s work here!

742 miles apart

My parents married when my mom was 24, and my dad was 26. I looked up to them as I grew up and had this fantasy in my head that I would be married when I was 24 like my mom and life would be sunshine and rainbows. Well, I’m 26 years old, and I’ve never been married.

When smartphones came out, online dating became easier. The first time I set up an online dating account I was 16. A decade later I am still doing it. My photos and bios on the sites have changed as I grew up and matured. As I evolved so did the dating apps. There’s an app for hook-ups, fetishes, religious partnerships, and affairs. In my desperate attempts to find love and connection that would blossom into a lifetime marriage, I went on them all. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

After being on so many sites at once (upwards of double digits) I got to the point that I needed to step up my game and get serious. I upgraded my Bumble account for a month last August then crossed my fingers. 28 days into my “premium” month I was matched with a girl in Kansas City. I had burned and shot down so many times that I thought ‘What’s the harm in talking to this girl? It would be good practice!’ Little did I know that the 742 miles that separated us would help us to create the best relationship either of us has ever had.

Seven months later I am still talking to that girl. Don’t get me wrong; I love this girl, but the distance is rough with a capital ROUGH! Somehow we make it work. Every day starts with a text to the other person and ends with a video chat. Now don’t start thinking ‘have they even met?’ Yes, we’ve met! She’s met my parents and friends, and I met her friends, and I am scheduled to meet her parents at her brother’s wedding this year. This winter I plan on moving to Kansas City to make a real “go” of the relationship. She is still in graduate school for social work, so her moving is not an option; my life is just easier to move.

Being a stay-at-home-daughter may come to an end this year.

Is this why our government is where it is now?

In a world of government shutdowns, wall building, and climate change debates I’ve wondered how this world came to be.

Robert J. Emery or R.J. Eastwood shows how our current environment could have been formed. Who would have thought that sci-fi novel could tell the future? This all happened because of someone that looks like a 12-year-old boy, I’m not talking about our current president, or was this all our own undoing?

This quick read gives incite into our world, which is probably why it was Book Talk Radio named it the Book of the Year for 2018.

Check out Emery’s interview on Book Talk Radio here to learn more about how this man’s mind works in order to create an amazing read for all to enjoy.

Not Your Average Joe

Is this what corporate America is like?! I thought social work with teenagers was a lot of drama, but really it is high tech corporate America that is filled with excitement. The author did not spare the reader the darker side of that world, and I for one am sticking with nonprofits!

Joe is not your average Joe.  He was a boxer, and that personality comes through in the way he deals with his coworkers and what he does when coworkers start being murdered.

This is a quick paced read. It was great to read a book that showed that my work drama is nothing compared to what Joe had to work with. Having the story set in Austin also helps to add more intrigue and realism to the book, especially since I’ve been to the Austin hot spots mentioned in the book.

Buy this book for the mystery, read it for the drama.

32 Years Later

 

 

For some reason 32 years ago my parents thought that getting married would be a good idea. Somehow it all worked out. They are still grossly in love with each other. Any night they are apart from each other they will call to make sure that their voice is the last one the other one hears before they go to sleep.

In those 32 years they:

  • Built 2 different homes
  • Lived in 6 different places
  • Created and raised 2 adequate adults
  • Raised a cat to almost 19 years old
  • Adopted 3 dogs
  • Fostered 44 dogs
  • Felt the loss of a mother
  • Owned 11 different cars (including the clunkers that the children drove)
  • Felt the loss of the family dog twice
  • Held each other up during times of sickness
  • Retired from the daily grind jobs to pursue and flourish in their passion projects
  • Put up with 13 years of the daughter in Girl Scouts
  • Attended countless Track and Cross Country meets where they spent more time watching the woods, for the children to come out running or hoping that their kids didn’t turn right on the track, than anything else
  • Had countless arguments, mostly about their children
  • Fell in love daily
  • Best of all taught their two offspring that it is better to help the world than it is to do nothing