Monday, October 31, 2016

October Monthly News

Welcome to the October edition of monthly news!
My life is chaotic at the moment.
No kids at home, and my mom has moved out.
Empty-nesting is my life, and so is downsizing.
Yup. Trying to find a place nowadays is harder than it used to be. It's either not what we like, too overpriced, or just in the worst place of the city.
The housing market sky-rocketed and mixed with rising hydro rates... I wanna scream!
But I digress. This is life. Welcome to adulting. 
So, you may see less in the next couple of months. I will still be here, but with moving and working outside the home now, it will be a little less. Maybe.
Tell me what has happened in your world lately... 
Happy Halloween, everyone!

Yearly Total: 71 Books, 5 Products & 13 Movies


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Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach (71)

Now a major motion picture starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Billy Nighy, and Dev Patel.
 
When Ravi Kapoor, an overworked London doctor, reaches the breaking point with his difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: “Can’t we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away.” His prayer is seemingly answered when Ravi’s entrepreneurial cousin sets up a retirement home in India, hoping to re-create in Bangalore an elegant lost corner of England. Several retirees are enticed by the promise of indulgent living at a bargain price, but upon arriving, they are dismayed to find that restoration of the once sophisticated hotel has stalled, and that such amenities as water and electricity are . . . infrequent. But what their new life lacks in luxury, they come to find, it’s plentiful in adventure, stunning beauty, and unexpected love.


  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 13, 2012)
  • ISBN: 9780812982428


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AUTHOR BIO:
Deborah Moggach is the author of sixteen successful novels, including the bestselling Tulip Fever, and two collections of stories. Her screenplays include Pride and Prejudice, which was nominated for a BAFTA. She lives in North London.


REVIEW:
Better than the movie!
At times I felt it was so different too. I love how it was interpreted, but I do love the flow
of the story more when reading it.
I actually had to forget what I had seen. The characters they chose for the film seemed
quite different than the book. While some I could connect the dots, others it was hard, so I just let it go and read. I'm glad I did too. I found the book so much more rich in Indian culture. It made me want to go and stay at the Marigold Hotel myself, or even the Hotel Balmoral. I just want to be there.
The story, or rather one specific character, is more racist than I remember in the movie.
'Only a different color skin could get his mojo working. Women like these knew how to 
satisfy a man, it was their culture'. Say what?! My mouth hung open for that one. But I'm
glad it didn't put me off or stop me from reading. Those shocking moments, or character 
flaws, kind of make the story more real. It's sad, but there is some really racist people out
there.
All in all, if you haven't seen the films or read the book, I suggest starting with the story.
So good. So very good.


4.5/5



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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Friday 56 (With Instagram 56 & Book Beginnings)

Welcome to Week 297!

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*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your 
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Ice Age Collision Course

The fifth installment in the CGI-animated comedy adventure franchise. When Scrat (voice of Chris Wedge), still determined to get his elusive acorn, finds himself catapulted into outer space, he crashes his craft setting off a series of catastrophic cosmic events that threaten the future of planet Earth. As an asteroid hits Earth, Manny (Ray Romano), Ellie (Queen Latifah), Sid (John Leguizamo), Diego (Denis Leary) and the gang decide to pack up their things and move as far away as possible from the falling boulders. As they embark on an epic journey to find a new home, they come across some new and exciting sights as well as some interesting characters. The all-star voice cast also includes Melissa Rauch, Jennifer Lopez, Simon Pegg and Adam DeVine.


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Rated PG
94 minutes


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REVIEW:
Another awesome movie for the Ice Age series!
Keeping in line with the previous films, this one was full of excitement, drama, and laughs. I laughed so many times that you would think it was an adult movie. Mind you it is geared for the whole family. The kids will love it and stay engaged while watching all the animals talk and really cool space scenes with Scrat, the squirrel. Parents will find it lighthearted and find the jokes pretty entertaining. Most times, the kids won't get them, but that's ok.
I love the animation for this series too. It's so vivid and detailed that the hairs on the mammals sways in the wind. I found little detailed touches like that very visually stimulating.
A great movie for family night!!

5/5


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Blasting About Jack Templar and the Last Battle (with #Giveaway)

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In the last book of the Jack Templar series, Jack and his friends race to stop Ren Lucre before he launches this Creach army against humankind. But the Lord of the Lesser Creach and the Lord of the Zombies hold the last two Jerusalem Stones Jack needs to have any chance of success. To make matters worse, the Oracle predicts that one of their group will die in the upcoming fight, and Jack discovers betrayal among those he trusts most.

Even so, Jack must find the courage to lead his friends into battle. Either they collect the Stones in time to defeat Ren Lucre or die trying. It’s "Do your duty, come what may" no matter the cost. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.

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Before the witch could move, a shadow crashed through the hole in the collapsed roof, snarling and growling. Simultaneously, the cottage door flew open, nearly ripping from its hinges, and something ran into the room moving faster than I could track it. A second later, a person flew in from a side window, landing on the floor with a grunt, rolling and then popping up into a fighting stance.
This last addition was Will, sword pulled, ready for a fight. The other two took me a second because my mind still wasn’t used to their appearance. Daniel had dropped in from the roof, but he was in his werewolf form. Up on his hind legs, he clawed the air in front of him, lines of saliva dripping from his long snout. The shadow that had rushed in from the door was Eva. She stood near the fire, but even in the glow of the flames, her skin appeared pure white, almost translucent. Her posture was perfect, her back slightly arched. Chin out, she stared down the witch as if challenging her to one-on-one combat.
“What took you guys so long?” I asked.
“Oh, I don’t know. You sneaking out without telling anyone. And then trying to cover your tracks,” Will said. “You’re a real bonehead. You know that, right?”
“He knows,” Eva said. “Everyone knows.”
“Thanks,” I said. “I kind of liked it better when it was just me and Bella.”
“Really, looked to me like she was about to let you have it. If you want, we could just leave and –”
“Enough,” the witch yelled, sending the flames higher in the fireplace. “This changes nothing. You think you are any match for me?”
“I don’t know,” Eva said. “You’re looking pretty beat up to me. I feel like I might be able to get a little payback for last time.”
Daniel snarled, chomping the air with his teeth in agreement. The last time we’d had a run-in with Bella of the Woods, she’d easily mopped the floor with Eva and Daniel. I wondered if her ragged appearance meant she was less powerful now – or just more desperate and dangerous.
“We don’t have to do this,” I said. “We all want the same thing.”
“That’s where you’re wrong, Templar,” the witch said. “You want to save your friends. Save your father. Save the world by stopping Ren Lucre’s mad plan to start an open war against humans all over the world. All I want is to have my son back.”
I lowered my sword, hoping to buy more time. “You can’t get him back,” I said softly. “I think you must know that by now, even if you don’t want to admit it. Look at all of your attempts,” I said, pointing to the stack of Talib heads against the wall. They all stared, wide-eyed, their mouths opening and closing like fish out of water gasping for air. “That’s not your son. Not really. And you know it never will be.”
The witch hunched over slowly as if each word I said made her chest ache more. I decided to make my final appeal.
“I said this to you last time I was here. If you can’t bring your son back, at least let me take my best shot at avenging his death. Let me have the Jerusalem Stone back so I can continue my quest to defeat Ren Lucre once and for all.”
The witch’s head twitched to the side as if she heard a new noise. Her lips curled into a cruel grin. “Sorry, Jack. That’s not what I had in mind.”
With a high-pitched scream, she pointed her hands at Eva and Daniel. The two of them blew backward as if a battering ram had run into them. That instant, Will was on the move. He was in the air as the witch turned to him, but he’d been just fast enough. He landed both feet on the witch’s chest, kicking her backward.
The dozens of Talib heads opened their mouths, and their screams joined the witch’s. I lunged forward, ducking as she spun around, the hand with the Jerusalem Stone stretched out toward me. I felt a surge of energy pass over my head like a solid thing. No doubt, if I hadn’t ducked, it would have taken my head clean off my shoulders.
I rolled onto the ground and used my momentum to crash into the witch’s legs. It wasn’t the most graceful move, but it worked. The witch tumbled over, her hand with the Jerusalem Stone smashing into the stone hearth. The Stone rolled out of her hand and into the fireplace.
“Bella, don’t!” I yelled.
Too late.

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Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel or on JeffGunhus.com.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

DIY Guide to Overcoming Depression - Oh No, Not Another Self-Help Blog!

According to the media and several bodies of research, depression is almost always at epidemic levels, but some people just cope better than others. However, there are those who simply can’t identify this condition for what it is and consequently don’t seek treatment as they can and should. Oftentimes, social workers are called in to assess the situation and recommend treatment plans which may or may not include ongoing consultations with the client. If you are among those who have feelings that can be easily identifiable as depression, it is in your best interest to seek the help and advice of a social worker within one of your community social services networks, so that you can learn to overcome it.

Initial Meeting with the Client

When being assigned a caseload, a supervisor who probably holds a masters in social work will try to match specific cases with the expertise and specific experience of the social worker. Although this is not always possible due to the sheer numbers of people who are presenting in various stages of clinical depression, social agencies try to match geriatric patients with a social worker who specializes in the elderly and those with PTSD and suffering depression as a consequence with a worker who has done extensive work with those who are afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder. Again, it isn’t always possible to do so, but whenever possible, social workers will be assigned cases within their field of experience.


Now That You Know What Happens

Now that you understand that there is no social stigma to suffering from depression and that it is a serious condition that afflicts a large portion of the population, you should feel more relaxed about talking to someone about your feelings. Rather than give you all sorts of platitudes reassuring you that things will be better in the morning or that you can lift yourself out of depression, it is recommended that you really do seek help. It is out there. Social workers study in nationally renowned programs such as this one to get their MSW online and are there because they care. They are not there to judge nor are they there to assume they know what you are feeling. They are there to listen to you tell your story and explain why you have the feelings you have.

Plenty of Reasons to Be Depressed


There are many uncertainties in life and with all the geopolitical strife and economic problems besetting us on a daily basis, there are plenty of reasons in life to be depressed. The only real problem is that most of us haven’t learned the coping strategies we need to overcome depression before it becomes clinical in nature. A social worker can best assess your current situation and recommend a program appropriate to your needs. If you are depressed over an extended period of time, seek the help you need. You are not alone as there are millions of depressed people in this country alone facing similar feelings to yours. Help is out there so don’t be afraid to ask.


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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Carniepunk: The Three Lives Of Lydia by Delilah S. Dawson (70)

Set in the enchanting land of Sang, a Blud series urban fantasy short story by the winner of Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Steampunk, Delilah S. Dawson, from the thrilling Carniepunk anthology.

The question isn’t whether Charlie Dregs has met Lydia, a Sang riff on Lydia the Tattooed Lady, but rather whether the woman has even met herself. Enter the mysterious steampunk world of Sang, and prepare to be amazed.



  • Kindle: 3307 KB
  • Print Length: 39 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (December 15, 2014)
  • ASIN: B00JYDKUX6

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Delilah S. Dawson is the author of HitServants of the Storm, the Blud series, Star Wars: “The Perfect Weapon,” a variety of short stories and comics, and Wake of Vultures, written as Lila Bowen. She lives in north Georgia with her family and a fat mutt named Merle. Find her online at WhimsyDark.com.




REVIEW:
OMG.
My mouth is agape and I'm like wow. Didn't see that coming.
So good. So sinfully good. It's like that thing you have to have but know you shouldn't.... oh, but do it anyway....
What a twisted little tale.
I loved it.
I don't know whether I like the imaginative part or reality part better, but boy-oh-boy, I liked it.
see, and now I need more. I need, Wicked As They Come. NEED.
Listen, read the synopsis. If you think you might like it, you probably will and should read it. I think you have to be into the unusual, but that's a good thing.

5/5


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Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Friday 56 (With Instagram 56 & Book Beginnings)

Welcome to Week 296!

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!


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The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter (69)

Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.
Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.
The author of Pretty Girls returns with an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges its fascinating protagonist into the darkest depths of a mystery that just might destroy him.
With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.
Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn't belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn’t found.
Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers—a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away.
But the worst is yet to come. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case . . . and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends—and even the suspects he pursues.
Relentlessly suspenseful and furiously paced, peopled with conflicted, fallible characters who leap from the page, The Kept Woman is a seamless blend of twisty police procedural and ingenious psychological thriller -- a searing, unforgettable novel of love, loss, and redemption. 

  • Series: Will Trent
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (September 20, 2016)
  • ISBN: 9780062430212

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Karin Slaughter grew up in a small south Georgia town and has been writing short stories and novels since she was a child. She is the author of the international bestselling Grant County and Atlanta novels, the novella Martin Misunderstood. She is also the editor of Like A Charm, a collaboration of British and American crime fiction writers. She lives in Atlanta.








REVIEW:
So vivid and gripping!
I'd not read any of the other Will Trent books, and frankly, I don't feel lost. I will go back and read them all at some point, because the author is that good, but I don't feel like I lacked in anything for having not read them.
I read someone had commented that this book was gory. I suppose in their mind it would be, but in a thriller is that not an element that is sorta par for the course? I didn't find it gory at all. Vivid, yes. Gritty, yes, but not gory. You have to remember, the things that I read in the book were things that probably happen in real life. There are some real sickos out there that paint nasty pictures, so this wasn't far-fetched at all.
That's what makes Karin a great author. She can put you in a situation in the book, and it feels so real, it's like reading a news clipping. I can't wait to read more from her!

4.5/5


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