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April Monthly News

Welcome to the April edition of monthly news!
Went to see Johnny Reid with my mom and hubby. If you don't know who he is, check out my video below. He's amazeballs!!!
Did you do anything exciting?


Johnny Reid A post shared by Freda Mans (@fredasphotos) on Apr 9, 2018 at 5:06pm PDT

BOOKS: Notes From The Underground by Fyodor DostoyevskyOne Step Too Far by Tina Seskis (recommend)Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne (recommend)Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (recommend)
MOVIES: Murder On The Orient Express (recommend)The Mountain Between Us (recommend)
 Yearly Total: 18 Books & 8 Movies

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The Friday 56 (With Instagram 56 & Book Beginnings)

Welcome to Week 373!
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.
Spring has finally sprung around here!! WOOHOO!!
Check this book out at https://amzn.to/2Js4KcX Page 56 on Kindle



The Mountain Between Us

AVAILABLE NOW!
Rated PG-13
112 minutes
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Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness. Starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba.


REVIEW: Oh My Gosh!!! What a powerful movie!  Right from the get-go I was hooked on this exciting and frightful story. Then even more things happened to heighten the emotions that were already roiling inside me. The conviction of these two characters that are trying to stay alive is  truly inspiring. Most people would have given up. It helps that fantastic thespians played these roles. Kate and Idris both bring these two to life, while Alex and the Doc fought for theirs. Yup, an incredible film. It had me bawling like a baby, so bring tissues!! Lots of them.

5/5


**Compensation may be earned from the links within. A screener was provided to facilit…

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (18)

Kindle: 2183 KBPrint: 662 pagesPublisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (Sept. 1 2015)ASIN: B00TU3BTUI
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Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire-for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past...
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight. 
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.
Celaena's epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold reader…

The Friday 56 (With Instagram 56 & Book Beginnings)

Welcome to Week 372!
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.
Is it Spring yet?  No, seriously...
Check this book out at https://amzn.to/2F0HbFq

Page 56 on Kindle

Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne (17)

Paperback: 84 pagesPublisher: Lion's Quill Press; 1 edition (24 Sept. 2013)ISBN: 9781940584003
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James is skilled, efficient, and deadly, a hired blade navigating the shifting alliances of a deteriorating Assassin’s Guild. Then he meets Thalia, an alluring but troubled dancing girl who offers him a way out—if he’ll help her kill a powerful nobleman. With the Guild falling apart, it just might be worth the risk. But when you live, breathe, and love in a world that’s forever flirting with death, the slightest misstep can be poison. 
New York Times bestselling author Livia Blackburne wrote her first novel while she was a PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she conducted research on the neuroscience of reading acquisition in children. Upon graduation, she switched to writing full time, which also involves getting into people’s heads but without the help of a three tesla MRI scanner.


REVIEW: I need to read Midnight Thief no…

Split Pea And Ham Soup

My husband's favorite soup is pea soup. He likes that Habitat can soup. I'm not crazy about anything that comes in a can, so I tried my hand at some homemade soup. It turned out amazing! I won't buy that canned stuff for him ever again.
It helps I had a leftover ham hock from Easter waiting to be used for some kind of soup....
Happy birthday to my husband, Vince. This recipe is dedicated to him.
INGREDIENTS leftover ham hock2 tbsp margarine2 big carrots, peeled and diced2 celery stalks, washed and diced1 nice size onion, diced1 & 3/4 cups split yellow peas, rinsed (they're a buck cheaper than green)1 bay leaf1 tsp dry thyme2 cartons chicken stock3 cups waterpepper to tastebaguetteMETHOD
In a large soup pot, melt margarine over medium heat. Add carrots, celery and onion. Coo until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in split peas, bay leaf and thyme. Cook another couple minutes. Stir in stock and water, then add the ham hock to the middle of it. Bring it to a boil, then reduce…

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis (16)

Kindle: 1331.0 KBPrint: 307 pagesPublisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (Jan. 27 2015)ASIN: B00K53D3JC

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No one has ever guessed Emily’s secret. Will you? A happy marriage. A beautiful family. A lovely home. So what makes Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life—to start again as someone new? Now, Emily has become Cat, working at a hip advertising agency in London and living on the edge with her inseparable new friend, Angel. Cat’s buried any trace of her old self so well, no one knows how to find her. But she can't bury the past—or her own memories. And soon, she’ll have to face the truth of what she's done—a shocking revelation that may push her one step too far. . 

Tina Seskis grew up in Hampshire, England, and after graduating from the University of Bath spent over 20 years working in marketing and advertising. She is the author of two novels, One Step Too Far and When We Were Friends (previously called A Serpenti…

The Friday 56 (With Instagram 56 & Book Beginnings)

Welcome to Week 371!
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.
A little late.  I was working.

Wishing you a safe and happy Friday the 13th!
Check this book out at https://amzn.to/2Hubp6x

Page 55 on Kindle

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