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The Friday 56 (With Instagram 56 & Book Beginnings)

Welcome to Week 340!
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.
Onto a free read! πŸ™‚ Hopefully I get it done before the time runs out....
And Happy Labor Day weekend!
An improvisation. The beginning of the book, since I am just staring as we speak.

No Instagram post this week.... sorry peoples.

August Monthly News

Welcome to the August edition of monthly news!
My uncle is home from the hospital and improving slowly. Thanks to all of you for the well wishes!
Shared my Minestrone Soup recipe. I hope you all try it!  See below!
I did have some excitement at Canada's Wonderland this year. A break from 3 jobs is nice!


We lived..... πŸ˜„ A post shared by Freda Mans (@fredasphotos) on Aug 23, 2017 at 12:59pm PDT

As you can see, by my open mouth, that was awesome!!
My hubby was the most enthusiastic, as you see, and my bestie was literally crying as she got off. Tears of complete fear though.
Yeah, rollercoasters are not for everyone.
What did you do this month?
BOOKS: Last Breath by Karin Slaughter (recommend)Donna by V.C. Andrews (recommend)One, Two, He Is Coming For You by Willow Rose (recommend)Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper (recommend)
Yearly Total:  17 Books, 8 Movies & 2 Products
Book of the Month:


Book of the Year:

SPECIAL POSTS:

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper (17)

Kindle: 843 KBPrint: 384 pagesPublisher: Pocket Books; Original edition (March 5, 2009)ASIN: B001ULOPRW
Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed twenty-five dollars in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood. 

Jane is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate. She has to fake breathing and endure daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family. She's forced to forgo her favori…

The Friday 56 (With Instagram 56 & Book Beginnings)

Welcome to Week 339!
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.
Week 3 with this book and I'm almost finished it.  Next week will be a different read, but I hope these snippets have enticed you to read a Karin Slaughter book. She's epic if you like a thriller!πŸ™‚
An improvisation. The beginning of Chapter 12 for my 56.  (63% on Kindle)

One, Two... He Is Coming For You By Willow Rose (16)

Kindle: 6383 KBPrint: 246 pagesPublisher: DMC; 4 edition (December 17, 2013)ASIN: B004WPP8YW
Set in the Danish coastal town of Karrebaeksminde, journalist Rebekka Franck returns to her hometown with her six-year-old daughter. She is trying to escape her ex-husband and starting a new life for her and her daughter when the small sleepy town experiences a murder. One of the kingdom's wealthiest men is brutally murdered in his summer residence in Karrebaeksminde. While Rebekka Franck and her punk photographer Sune try to cover the story for the local newspaper another murder happens on a high society rich man. Now Rebekka Franck realizes that the drowsy little kingdom of Denmark has gotten its first serial killer and soon a series of dark secrets - long buried but not forgotten - will see the day of light.


AMAZON US   |   AMAZON CA   |   AMAZON UK

Books in this series: One, Two...He is coming for you (Rebekka Franck #1)Three, Four ... Better lock your door (Rebekka Franck#2)Five, Six ... …

Why Upping Your PR Skills Can Help You as a Blogger

**This is a guest post.


Why Upping Your PR Skills Can Help You as a Blogger

When it comes to running a blog, there are a lot of things you need to think about to be a success. Some of them are obvious, like coming up with quality content and marketing yourself well on social media, and yet they can be forgotten by a lot of bloggers. You may have great content but if you don't have good ways of boosting your blog's image, or dealing with the people who engage with you, then you'll be talking into a void. Here is why having good communication and PR skills, and even studying to improve them using something like an online master of communication management degree from the University of Southern California, is so vital for blog owners. You Want to Be a Credible Source of InformationWhen you put content out on the web, you want it to be either entertaining or useful – ideally both. You may work hard on writing good posts or hiring people who can create useful and interesting stuff…

The Friday 56 (With Instagram 56 & Book Beginnings)

Welcome to Week 338!
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.
Ok, so I'm still on the same book. That should be of no surprise.  3 jobs and it's hard to find reading time, but when I do... Oh boy, this is a good one so far for me. πŸ™‚
An improvisation. The beginning of Chapter 6 for my 56.  (31% on Kindle)

#Recipe Minestrone Soup

**Recipe and photo owned by Freda's Voice.


Minestrone soup is one of my favorite soups that my mother-in-law makes, and since moving out of her home and into our own again, I need to figure out what went inside hers so I can make it myself. I'm happy to say I did get it, and the hubster says it is just like hers! That's a compliment!! So here is my rendition of my mother-in-law's soup.



INGREDIENTS
1 cup Ditali pasta shells 1/2 large onion, diced 2 tbsp olive oil 1 large garlic clove, minced 2 on-the-vine tomatoes, diced 1 zucchini, diced 3 organic carrots from bunch, diced 2 celery stalks, diced 1/4 head of cabbage, sliced and diced 1 can Cannellini beans, rinsed (white kidney beans) 2 cartons of vegetable stock 1 sprig of thyme 3/4 tbsp salt 1 tsp pepper 2 bay leaves
METHOD
Heat the oil in a pot on medium-low heat.  Add the onion and garlic, saute until golden. Add tomatoes, stir. Cook 2 minutes. Add zucchini, stir. Cook 1 minute. Add carrots, stir. Cook 1 minute. Add celery, stir. Cook 2 mi…

Donna by V.C. Andrews (#Win Too!) (15)

Publisher: Pocket Star (August 14, 2017)Publication Date: August 14, 2017ASIN: B01MFEYUJP
Book Two of the Girls of Spindrift. From the New York Times bestselling author of the Flowers in the Attic and My Sweet Audrina series, now Lifetime movies, continues a haunting new series featuring highly intelligent teenage girls who struggle to survive a specialized high school and find their place in a world that doesn’t understand them.

Such is the burden of being brilliant.

Being gifted is not something Donna ever wanted. It’s difficult enough to have a Latino father and Irish mother, and her genius only separates her even more from the other girls. They don’t say it, but they blame her for everything that goes wrong, just because she’s different.

And on the precise day she tries her hardest to fit in, everything turns out a disaster. A fight breaks out, and somehow Donna ends up in the middle. It’s not her fault, but it’s her word against theirs, and this time, the other girls aren’t going to …