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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.

BOOKS: Second Chance Summer - Morgan Matson (recommend)Hostile Takeover - Shane Kuhn (HIGHLY recommend)Rogue - Julie Kagawa (recommend)Go Ask Alice - Anonymous (recommend)The Bali Mystery - Linda Weaver Clarke (recommend)The Fine Color Of Rust - P.A. O'ReillyMs. Rapscott's Girls - Elise Primavera (recommend)Monkey Ranch - Julie Bruck
PRODUCTS: Costume Supercenter (recommend)
MOVIES: 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;


 Spotted Horse Tavern and Dining Parlor


“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…

#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 pagesPublisher: 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 …

#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 yearsGrade Level: 3 - 7Hardcover: 272 p…

#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 spr…

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.


AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 9!
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119 minutes Rated R
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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 …

#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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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.
You take off your belt.
 And it happens again.


#Friday56 is chilling this week! A photo posted by Freda Mans (@fredasphotos) on Sep 24, 2015 at 8:03pm PDT                                    ONLY FRIDAY 56 PARTICIPANTS MAY USE THE LINKY.

Book Beginnings leave your links in the comments if you didn't join in the Friday 56.
Susanna Byrd turned nine that Thursday morning at 7:17am.


#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 KBPrint Length: 224 pagesPublisher: 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…

#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 Trees, and 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 w…

#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 KBPrint Length: 192 pagesPage Numbers Source ISBN: 0689817851Publisher: 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…

#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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Teaser Tuesdays

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But I wasn't dead.

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