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February Monthly News

Welcome to the February edition of monthly news!
I hope you had a great month! 
We've been bearing the extreme cold and snow, which seems to have finally stopped. Thank you, God, Mother Nature, or whomever it may concern. Spring can be sprung anytime now...
Had a couple of deaths in my family this month. My cousin passed away a few months after having heart surgery. He was only 52. My Opa also finally succumbed to Prostate Cancer. He was 73. It has been a tough month for such a short one. Reminds me to hug the family tighter that I have left and I hope you will do the same.
I did manage to read a bit though.... How are you coming along on your reading challenges? I'm ahead of pace according to Goodreads. :-)



BOOKS: Wedding Cake - Josi S. Kilpack (recommend)Grave Danger - Heather Graham (recommend)Trigger Warning - Neil Gaiman (recommend)Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas (recommend)Fairest - Marissa Meyer (recommend)Sweet Water - Christina Baker Kline (recommend)Those Girls - Chevy Ste…

Everyday Elegance with eShakti

Let me introduce you to the new love of my life. eShakti. Their tagline should be, 'Dress by Design'. Maybe that's taken, I don't know, but it sounds fitting.
eShakti takes beautifully tailored dresses to a whole new level.
You go on to their site, and browse for hours because you will want everything, when you feast your eyes on the perfect little number.
After deciding that bad boy is yours, you get taken to the measurement page. If you are lucky, like me, to be the same measurements for the last twenty years or so, you will know your measurements. If you're extra lucky, again, like me, you will be able to choose one of the pre-recommended sizes for average ladies. If not, and your frustrated for having to get a dress that fits up top but too long, or is just long enough but doesn't fit up top, you are able to record your exact measurements and the dress will be tailored to fit your beautiful figure.
LOVE THIS!
I am a tall girl, but small up top, it is hard to get…

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings)

Welcome to Week 216!


Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. 
*It's that simple.



UK COVER
The sun was setting, the citizens of St. Deborah by the Water gathering for the performance. Far fewer of them now than there had been, no more than thirty in two grim-faced rows on the grit of the former parking lot. A wolfish grey dog lay on its side at the end of the front row, its tongue lolling. The girl who followed Kirsten was nowhere in sight.


The king stood in a pool of blue light, unmoored. This was act 4 of King Lear, a winter night at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. Earlier in the evening, three little girls had played a clapping game onstage as the audience entered, childhood versions of Lear's daughters, and now they'd returned as hallucinations in the mad scene. The king st…

#17: #Giveaway: Ten Fingers Touching - Ellen A. Roth

Evil plots his return to power and Good fights to defeat Evil s sinister plan. Caught between them in this epic struggle are two young lovers Martak, master of the forest, and Marianna, a beautiful maiden and governess to Rosy, the impetuous, young princess. Evil s desperate scheme to outwit Good and rule the Kingdom puts Martak, Marianna and the Princess at risk as they are drawn into the conflict. Will the soulmates realize their happily ever after? Martak must first unravel the curse and destroy Evil. In this land where magical forces vie for dominance, could true love be the most powerful weapon of all? A beautifully illustrated tale for women of all ages, Ten Fingers Touching explores the complex nature of love and fate. It is an enchanting journey of romance, mystery and adventure. Ellen A. Roth s debut novella is an imaginative take on a classic genre and a treat for the romantic soul.

Hardcover: 108 pagesPublisher: Getting to the Point, Inc. (December 9, 2014)ISBN: 9780990726821

Blasting About: The Third Twin (With #Giveaway)

Freda's Voice is happy to be part of the book blast tour for, The Third Twin. Be sure to read on to the end for a great giveaway! Good luck!

The Third Twin by C.J. Omololu

When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia’s guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything.

The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they’d never, ever be with in real life.

Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect—Alicia. The girl who doesn’t exist.

As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another b…

#16: The Intern's Handbook - Shane Kuhn

John Lago, an intern at one of the biggest law firms in Manhattan. He clocks eighty hours a week getting coffee, answering phones, and doing all of the grunt work no one else wants to do…and he doesn’t make a dime. But John isn’t trying to claw his way to the top of the corporate food chain. He was hired to assassinate one of the firm’s high profile, heavily guarded partners. His internship is the perfect cover—he can gather intel and secure the access he needs to execute a clean, untraceable kill. 
The Intern’s Handbook begins as an unofficial survival guide for new recruits at Human Resources, Inc.—a front for one of the most elite assassin training and “placement” programs in the world—and becomes a chronicle of John’s final assignment, a twisted, violent thrill ride in which he is pitted against the strongest (and sexiest) adversary he has ever faced: Alice, a federal agent assigned to investigate the same law firm partner John’s been hired to kill.

Kindle: 1746 KBPrint Length: 289 …

Teaser Tuesdays

Page 119
"Oh, don't worry, Firebrand," Stepping back, the rogue dragon opened his wings, casting a dark shadow over the rocks. His eyes gleamed yellow as he gazed down at me. "I'll find you."

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#15 Those Girls - Chevy Stevens (EARLY REVIEW)

They wanted him gone . . . Then it was their turn to disappear.

The three Campbell sisters, Dani, Courtney and Jess, had always dreamed of a day when their dead-beat alcoholic father would disappear . . . But when their dream becomes a reality, the consequences are more frightening than they ever imagined. Assuming new identities, they have to permanently forget the past.

Eighteen years later, Jess, who now goes by the name Jamie, is faced with a serious problem. Her own teenage daughter is asking too many questions; to answer them will involve her unveiling long-buried secrets about her youth, truths she has spent so long trying to forget. Because why did they all run away that night? And what really happened to their father?

Will those girls ever be able to leave the past behind or is it doomed to haunt them for ever?

A thought-provoking and thrilling portrayal of the lengths people will go to protect the ones they love, Those Girls is the latest novel from bestselling author of That Ni…

Birdman

A washed up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of a Broadway play.



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Rated R 120 minutes
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REVIEW:
Here is the one person that didn't like it.
It's me. I just didn't enjoy it or get it, frankly. I also don't get how this film stole all the awards' nominations at the Oscars. I get it was a sophisticated story, but maybe too sophisticated for me. I felt the degrees of separation were just too far for my tastes. It was so hard to decipher what was real and what was fantasy. Was he crazy, suicidal or both? I feel like I will never know.
In the end, I feel like this is two hours of my life I can't get back.

1/5


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The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 215!


Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. 
*It's that simple.




I glanced back where the guys had gone into the bushes, saw them walking out.
"You think they're okay?" I whispered. Dani turned and looked at them. "Yeah, they're just typical boys hoping to get lucky. If they want to be nice, fine, but we don't have to do anything else."











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#14: Sweet Water - Christina Baker Kline

When a grandfather she never knew bequeaths her a house and 60 acres of land in Sweetwater, Tenn., a restless young artist leaves New York to recover her past and rethink her future. Cassie Simon's mother Ellen died when Cassie was only three; raised in Boston by her grieving father, she never knew her maternal relatives. Unprepared for the thick veil of mystery that surrounds them, Cassie is especially bewildered by her brusque grandmother, whom rumor credits with hiding a terrible secret about Ellen's death. In alternating sections told from their respective points of view, Cassie and her grandmother fight their separate battles to cope with the truth about the tragedy. Kline perfectly renders each woman's voice: Cassie's, probing and often uncertain, propels the narrative and creates an appropriate level of psychological suspense; the grandmother's quavers with the weight of memory as Cassie's search forces her beyond family myth to a painful and perhaps dan…

#13: Fairest - Marissa Meyer

Mirror, mirror, on the wall.
Who is the Fairest of them all?

Pure evil has a name, hides behind a mask of deceit, and uses her "glamour" to gain power. But who is Queen Levana? Long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress in The Lunar Chronicles, Levana lived a very different story—a story that has never been told . . . until now. New York Times –bestselling author Marissa Meyer reveals the story behind her fascinating villain in Fairest, an unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes a special full-color image of Levana’s castle and an excerpt from Winter, the exciting conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles.


Kindle: 640 KBPrint Length: 272 pagesPublisher: Feiwel & Friends (January 27, 2015)ASIN: B00L0IACSG
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Author Bio:

Marissa Meyer lives near Seattle with her husband and their three cats. She's a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her booksh…