Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September Monthly News

Welcome to the September edition of monthly news!
This month went waaaay to fast for anything exciting to have happened. Well, my youngest did start university for journalism, so that is exciting but in a different way.


MOVIES:
  1. Spy (recommend)

Yearly Total: 76 Books, 9 Products & 15 Movies

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Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel Presents

I've always wanted to visit the state of Louisiana. It's the home of famous cities such as New Orleans. You know what else it's home to? Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel. The name alone promises fun!



Located off the I-49, Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel is the premier racing, dining and casino entertainment destination in all of the Lafayette area. It's state-of-the-art design is almost 750 acres and even features a 7/8 mile turf with almost 1000 horse stalls. The casino has more space than you can possibly imagine, and houses more than 1300 slot machines. That's a whole lot of cha-ching going on!

Now making it's debut at Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel is;





“The Spotted Horse is a dining experience unlike anything else in this region,” said Ted Bogich, Senior Vice President of Operations for Boyd Gaming, owner and operator of Evangeline Downs. “With modern takes on traditional Louisiana flavors, offered in a beautifully designed and whimsical setting, the Spotted Horse gives customers another great reason to visit Evangeline Downs.”

Inspired by an urban legend of a 'long-necked spotted horse' winning the race by a neck, the restaurant features a tavern on one side and a full-service restaurant on the other. In the tavern you can taste the local craft beer and eat down-home food, or in the restaurant order yummy Southern dishes like chicken and sausage gumbo or Louisiana catfish which are Southern favorites. There is even some handy dinner-for-two options like Beer Can chicken or certified Angus beef tenderloin. Then be sure to have something from the delicious dessert menu like their bread pudding.

The thing that caught my attention most is the menu of almost 20 hot pepper sauces that customers can pair to their dishes. They have a ghost pepper and blueberry sauce and a Habanero carrot curry sauce that piqued my taste buds. 



I know I am keen to visit Evangeline Downs. With a casino and horse track for entertainment and the restaurant for good eats, the hotel is a must. You will be so tired and full, you'd need the bed soon after.

Evangeline Downs is a property of Boyd Gaming. The Spotted Horse is the latest addition to enhance the amenities at Boyd Gaming Properties across the US. To learn more about this project and others, visit BoydGaming.com/Amenities





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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

#76: Monkey Ranch by Julie Bruck

Comic and sober by turns, these poems ask us what is sufficient, what will suffice?
... a mandrill, a middle-aged woman, a shattered Baghdad neighborhood, a long marriage, even a spoon, grapple with this unanswerable conundrum -- sometimes with rage, or plain persistence, sometimes with the furious joy of a dog who gets to ride with his head through a truck's passenger window. Julie Bruck's third book of poetry is a brilliant and unusual blend of pathos and play, of deep seriousness and wildly veering humor. 

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Brick Books (March 1 2012)
  • ISBN: 9781926829746

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REVIEW:
Meh.
I'm glad that poetry is an art of words and everyone who reads them interprets them differently. Some will like it, and some will not. With this selection, I fall into the latter category sadly. Most of the poems just didn't make any sense to me. I would often feel the flow and then part way through, would begin to get lost and wonder why the ease of the rose stopped.
The was literally one poem in the whole thing that I sort-of liked, Emily Bishop's Room. Even this one I felt it was unfinished. I guess in the end, it didn't really work for me either....
Since poetry is so widely interpreted, I hope my not liking it doesn't deter you if you are interested. You may think the complete opposite to me.

1/5


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Monday, September 28, 2015

#75: Ms. Rapscott's Girls - Elise Primavera

Fans of Mary Poppins will love this whimsical tale of a boarding school for children of very busy parents, where an extraordinary headmistress teaches them life lessons about courage, adventure, friendship . . . and the importance of birthday cake.

Nestled inside a lighthouse, Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents takes its motto from Amelia Earhart: Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Headmistress Ms. Rapscott couldn’t agree more, but her students, who are shipped to the school in boxes, could use a little convincing. Still, despite their initial reluctance, the students are soon soaring through the sky and getting lost on purpose. In addition to learning what birthday cakes are and how best to approach a bumbershoot tree, the students also manage to learn a little something about strength and bravery.

Bestselling author Elise Primavera has created an irresistible, richly illustrated story about finding your way.


  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books; 1 edition (March 10, 2015)
  • ISBN: 9780803738225



Elise Primavera has been writing and illustrating children's books for more than twenty-five years. She has received numerous awards for her work and in 2004 was asked to illustrate the Christmas Brochure for the White House. Her bestselling book AUNTIE CLAUS has sold over half a million copies and is in active development for a feature length animated movie. Elise wrote her first novel the popular SECRET ORDER OF THE GUMM STREET GIRLS in 2006. Her second illustrated novel LIBBY OF HIGH HOPES, arrived in 2012. Her latest book MS. RAPSCOTT'S GIRLS, also an illustrated middle grade novel, will be out in January 2015 from Dial Books for Young Readers. For more information visit www.eliseprimavera.com.


REVIEW:
Delightful!
Filled with magic, adventure, humor and wonder, this story takes you away to the most wonderful lighthouse. Ms. Rapscott's School for Girls with Busy Parents. These girls learn many things at the school, things only children of busy parents need to know.
As a parent, reading the book I lovd how the author used magic and adventure to teach self-love, confidence and more. These girls struggled with these issues having such busy parents, and Ms. Rapscott had to teach these girls they were still very much loved. How hard that must be!
I loved the pencil illustrations too! Being a very visual person, it really brought the story to life. Parents and kids are going to love this book. It is so much fun to read, plus they learn moral content in a fun way.
I hope for another book, taking us to the next semester in September. That would be ideal!

5/5


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Sunday, September 27, 2015

#74: The Fine Color Of Rust - P.A. O'Reilly

Set in the Australian bush, a wryly funny, beautifully observed novel about friendship, motherhood, love, and the importance of fighting for things that matter. 

Loretta Boskovic never dreamed she would end up a single mother with two kids in a dusty Australian country town. She never imagined she’d have to campaign to save the local primary school. She certainly had no idea her best friend would turn out to be the crusty old junk man. All in all, she’s starting to wonder if she took a wrong turn somewhere. If only she could drop the kids at the orphanage and start over . . . But now, thanks to her protest letters, the education minister is coming to Gunapan, and she has to convince him to change his mind about the school closure. And as if facing down the government isn’t enough, it soon becomes clear that the school isn’t the only local spot in trouble. In the drought-stricken bushland on the outskirts of town, a luxury resort development is about to siphon off a newly discovered spring water supply. No one seems to know anything, no one seems to care. 

With a dream lover on a Harley unlikely to appear to save the day, Loretta needs to stir the citizens of Gunapan to action. She may be short of money, influence, and a fully functioning car, but she has good friends. Together they can organize chocolate drives, supermarket sausage sizzles, a tour of the local slaughterhouse—whatever it takes to hold on to the scrap of world that is home. Warm, moving, and funny, The Fine Color of Rust is “a story about love: where we look for it, what we do with it, and how it shows up in the most unexpected packages”

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Original edition (September 4, 2012)
  • ISBN: 9781451678161

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About the Author

P.A. O’Reilly is a writer from Victoria, Australia. Her work has been published and broadcast widely in Australia and internationally. Her short story collection, The End of the World, was shortlisted for several awards. Her debut novel The Factory was broadcast in fifteen episodes as the ABC Radio National Book Reading in 2009. Find out more at PaddyOReilly.com.au.

REVIEW:
My first trip to Australia!
Even if only in story.... I liked it too and would go back! I also liked the family that the story was centered around. The mother, Loretta, reminded me of Erin Brockovich. She knows that there is an injustice going on and she tries to stop it. With it being about nature and development is where I draw lots of similarities.
I hope another book comes with Loretta and Justin falling in love. That is literally the only way this story could get sweeter.
I admit, I liked the story. That's given. It was a new place, a fresh bunch of characters, but it didn't blow me away. There was a whole lot of running around trying to save things, but I didn't really see a lot of saving. It was mostly the road to get there and then nothing. That was disappointing. I want to know if all ends well, and I never will.
Oh, well. I still met a great family who knew many wonderful people. Norm and Justin were the closest to Loretta, but there was a bunch more too. The dynamic of the people made it a decent read.

3/5


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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Spy

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, desk-bound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis.


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119 minutes
Rated R





REVIEW:
So funny!
With two of my boyfriends in this film, (Statham and Law), it didn't really matter to me what it was about because I was gonna watch it anyway. Thankfully, it was a barrel of laughs and worth watching. Them being it is became a plus.
Lots of action in this film too, being the spy theme, so watching it with the hubby went over well. He loves watching things get blown up, which there was tons of. Then mixed with Melissa McCarthy's crazy comedy made it completely hilarious. It was a decent story line too, almost like a Bond satire.
Not for the kids though. There is a reason this is R rated. Very graphic moments, and tons of swearing. I like that stuff but it's not good for the lil ones. 
Lots of adults are gonna love this one though! I know I did, and so did the hubby!

5/5


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Friday, September 25, 2015

#Win The Last Man On Earth Season 1 DVD (US & CDN)

NOMINATED FOR FOUR PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN COMEDY SERIES FOR WILL FORTE,
THE OUTRAGEOUS COMEDY ARRIVES ON DVD SEPTEMBER 22


The year is 2020, and after a deadly virus has swept the planet, only one man is left on earth:
Phil Miller (Will Forte). He used to be just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job. Now, in his RV, Phil searches the country for other survivors. He has traveled to every city, every town and every outpost in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and has found no one. As he returns to his hometown of Tucson, Phil comes to the painful realization that he is almost certainly the last living being on the face of the earth. 
All he wants is for someone – anyone – to find him in Tucson – preferably a woman.
 



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Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings & Instagram 56)

Welcome to Week 244!


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.



Or join The Friday 56 on Instagram!

Rules:
* Grab a book and find a creative way to showcase your 56.
It can be a photo of the book and the 56 in comments, or whatever you come up with.
Make sure to use the hashtag #Friday56
*Add your Instagram url to the Linky.
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You take off your belt.
 And it happens again.



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#73: The Bali Mystery - Linda Weaver Clarke

Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of Rick Bonito, her sometime partner, her business is flourishing.

When Mrs. Brody hires Amelia and Rick to find her missing brother, they find themselves in Bali, Indonesia. They are mystified why her brother quit his job, put his home up for sale, and ran off to this mysterious and exotic island without telling a soul.



  • Kindle: 675 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Red Mountain Shadows Publishing (April 20, 2014)
  • ASIN: B00JU2W4ZS

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Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching and encouraging people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the author of several historical sweet romances, a mystery/adventure series, a cozy mystery series, and two non-fiction books.




REVIEW:
Quick read!
I love how easy the story flowed. Rick and Amelia have a great dynamic too.
These are the type of characters that do well enough alone, but are even better together. Which I hope in the next book I read, they really get together.
The Shamrock Case, they do more than kiss. Like, get married and have babies already!! (LOL) That's what I hope for them.  Get together, get married, have a family.
The mystery was fun to read. It wasn't one where you guess along with it, but it was more upfront and in-your-face about it all, which made for easier following.
A fast, clean and decent read. I look forward to reading more from this great author!

4/5

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

#WIn Hold On CD

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Eric Robertson, a popular producer in Provo, has brought together an impressive list of talented vocalists to sing on new, fresh productions of classic Michael McLean songs. The
vocalists include some of the top names from the burgeoning Provo music scene, including Elaine Bradley, from Neon Treesand Ryan Innes, one of the top contestants on NBC’s The Voice. Eric grew up listening to Michael McLean songs and still feels a strong connection to them. This album is an effort to pay tribute to those songs and produce them in a way that will speak to a younger generation of LDS youth.



Track list:
Be the Joy
Promise of Light
Hold On, the Light Will Come
You’re Not Alone
Give a Little Bit of Yourself
I Can’t Do Everything
Share the Joy
You Are the Reason
You’ve Always Been There for Me
Homeless


Eric Robertson has produced music for many of the top artists in the Provo music scene, such as Mindy Gledhill, Stephanie Mabey, Elaine Bradley, and Ryan Innes, and many others have collaborated with him.


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#72: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Alice
COULD BE ANYONE.
Alice
COULD BE SOMEONE YOU KNOW.
Alice
USES DRUGS.
 
With over a million copies in print, Go Ask Alice has become a classic of our time. This powerful real-life diary of a teenager's struggle with the seductive -- often fatal -- world of drugs and addiction tells the truth about drugs in strong and authentic voice. Tough and uncompromising, honest and disturbing -- and even more poignant today -- Go Ask Alice is page-turning and provocative reading.

  • Kindle: 444 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0689817851
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (July 13, 1999)
  • ASIN: B000FC0PA8

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REVIEW:
Raw.
So real that you want to jump into the story and help her. 
I connect with her on so many levels with my history of addiction. I was older than her though, she was only 15, but a lot of the emotions and general events are similar.
There is no happy ending.
This is not some mediocre story about a young, addicted girl. This is someone's life. Real life. It's so gritty that you devour the pages. 
About that; the pages. This book is her diary. You really violate her privacy, but if people don't read it, they never get the point. Even she wrote, then it would all be for nothing.
A brilliant book, but for reasons that only someone who's been touched by addiction would understand. People who have not lived that life, or known someone close to them who has, probably will turn a nose at it. Ignorance is bliss, after all. So not everyone will appreciate this book, but I sure as hell do.

5/5


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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

#Win The Cokeville Miracle DVD (US/CDN)

On May 9, 1986, in the small, ranching community of Cokeville,Wyoming, David and Doris Young took an elementary school hostage for several hours before detonating a bomb inside a classroom that held every teacher and student in the school. In the wake of the madness, Ron Hartley, whose children were inside the classroom, must fight his skepticism and unbelief as he hears eyewitness accounts from the students about miraculous, heavenly intervention during the crisis. When tragedy strikes . . . what do you see?


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Page 176

But I wasn't dead.


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