My Review 🌹 Bait

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Title: Bait
Author: Jade West
Genre: Dark-ish Erotic Romance
Rating: 5 ‘s


A stranger online. Dark hair and even darker eyes that knew my dirty desires before I did.
A fantasy that should never be spoken. But he pulled the confession from me.
And now he’s coming for me.
Rough. Dirty. Dangerous.
It’s supposed to be one night to get me off and make me forget.
He’ll make me his and I’ll pretend I don’t want him to.
I’ll run and he’ll chase.
Because I asked him for this.
I begged him for this.

Tonight, in the darkness, he’s the hunter.
And I’m the bait.

🌹 My Review 🌹

I’m a new reader of Jade West, admittedly because I’m often disappointed by all the hype – that was so not the case this time! New reader, and definitely a new fan. I will commence with the cyber-stalking momentarily, first my…

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“Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961” by Nicholas Reynolds

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“Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs > Professionals & Academics > Military & Spies

Release Date: March 14, 2017

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A “riveting”* international cloak-and-dagger epic, here is the stunning untold story of Ernest Hemingway’s dangerous secret life — including his role as a Soviet agent code-named “Argo” — that fueled his art and his undoing.

In 2010, while he was the historian at the esteemed CIA Museum, Nicholas Reynolds, a longtime American intelligence officer, former U.S. Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to uncover clues suggesting Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway was deeply involved in mid-twentieth-century spycraft — a mysterious and shocking relationship that was far more complex, sustained, and fraught with risks than has ever been previously supposed. Now Reynolds’s meticulously researched and captivating narrative, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy, “looks among the shadows and finds a Hemingway not seen before” (London Review of Books), revealing for the first time the whole story of this hidden side of Hemingway’s life: his troubling recruitment by Soviet spies to work with the NKVD, the forerunner of the KGB, followed in short order by a complex set of secret relationships with American agencies, including the FBI, the Department of State, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a precursor to the CIA.

Starting with Hemingway’s sympathy to antifascist forces during the 1930s, Reynolds illuminates Hemingway’s immersion in the life-and-death world of the revolutionary left, from his passionate commitment to the Spanish Republic; his successful pursuit by Soviet NKVD agents, who valued Hemingway’s influence, access, and mobility; his wartime meeting in East Asia with communist leader Chou En-Lai, the future premier of the People’s Republic of China; and finally to his undercover involvement with Cuban rebels in the late 1950s and his sympathy for Fidel Castro. Reynolds equally explores Hemingway’s participation in various roles as an agent for the United States government, including hunting Nazi submarines with ONI-supplied munitions in the Caribbean on his boat, Pilar; his command of an informant ring in Cuba called the “Crook Factory” that reported to the American embassy in Havana; and his on-the-ground role in Europe, where he helped OSS gain key tactical intelligence for the liberation of Paris and fought alongside the U.S. infantry in the bloody endgame of World War II.

As he examines the links between Hemingway’s work as an operative and as an author, Reynolds reveals how Hemingway’s secret adventures influenced his literary output and contributed to the writer’s block and mental decline (including paranoia) that plagued him during the postwar years — a period marked by the Red Scare and McCarthy hearings, which destroyed the life of anyone with Soviet connections. Reynolds also illuminates how those same experiences played a role in some of Hemingway’s greatest works, including For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea, while also adding to the burden that he carried at the end of his life and perhaps contributing to his suicide.

A literary biography with the soul of an espionage thriller, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy is an essential contribution to our understanding of the life, work, and fate of one of America’s most legendary authors.

2017 Color of Love Blog Hop Sign-up!

Color of Love ButtonIt’s time to start getting ready for this year’s celebrations and participation has been expanded to include authors, bloggers, and sponsors to sign up. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate diversity in romance novels while drawing potential readers to your blog and books.

Every year, over $200 in prizes of both gift cards and ebooks are given away and this year will be no different. This year the event runs from November 23rd to December 3rd.

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Please note that since this event is about celebrating interracial and multicultural romance novels, your book needs to feature at least one main character who is a person of color.

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Fibromyalgia and Relationships

Fibromyalgia and Relationships

As a chronic pain sufferer, there are a lot of things that you have to deal with and think about that other people do not understand. The situation is made even more frustrating when it is a spouse/partner that does not understand your limitations. The results of this misunderstanding can lead to anger, bitterness, and ultimately the ending of the relationship. This article is a closer look at what to do when your significant other does not understand your limitations.

When you are dealing with chronic pain, fatigue, or any of the many symptoms of fibromyalgia, you are constantly aware of your limitations. You know when the pain is getting too great and telling you to stop. You know what combinations of tasks are sure to put you in the bed for a day or two. You also know that some days are better than others and that you can’t always count on your body to do what you want it to do. The process of learning to honestly assess your limitations is not easy and is really the first step of communicating that information to your loved ones. You are their teacher now. How can you communicate your limitations to someone if you do not know them yourself?

When you are first learning to deal with a chronic condition, like fibromyalgia or chronic pain, it quickly becomes clear that you are not able to maintain the same level of activity as before. To the person that is in a relationship with you, it can be confusing and frustrating when the roles in the household suddenly change. If you were the person that always shops, cooks, cleans or whatever else, and now suddenly you are not able to do as much as before, it is hard to process that shift. It is also hard for your family and significant other to process that shift as well. So, after you honestly assess your limitations as a result of your condition (which can take many months or even years), it is imperative that you have honest and open conversations with your spouse/partner. Communication is key! You can not expect them to understand what is going on if you do not communicate it to them. If you are not entirely sure of your limitations, then you need to communicate that. Be prepared to answer questions and discuss solutions. It may take more than one or ten conversations to get clear on your reality, and that reality may change over time. Keep those lines of communication open, so that you can try to be on the same page all of the time. This is an adjustment for them too. Be patient and calm, and try to keep from getting frustrated and upset if they do not understand. You can always pause the conversations and revisit it later if it is going off of the rails.

When you are trying to explain your limitations to your spouse/partner, and they are just not understanding or are making it all about themselves, it can be very frustrating. Firstly, If they do not understand the reality of that situation, it is useful to use analogies that help to explain it. Spoon Theory is a great tool for anyone with a chronic condition, to help their spouse/partner understand their limitations. Second, If you have a partner that is determined to feel sorry for him/herself because of this shift, then you may need to give them a reality check. You are not taking a break, or deciding to be the evil stepmother to their Cinderella. You are dealing with chronic symptoms and pain that is limiting your energy and activity. Make it clear that you would rather keep things the same if it meant that you could not hurt all of the time. Being in pain, exhausted, depressed, and bed bound is not a privilege, and is not your choice. This happened to you, you did not choose it to get out of housework. If your significant other cannot step out of themselves and see the reality of your situation, then you may need to think about counseling or outside professional help to address that situation. If you have access to counseling or psychiatry, it is not a bad idea to seek help for yourself and/or your relationship during this process.

With enough communication and dedication to solving the issues that surround your chronic condition, you can keep your partner/spouse close to you, and they can be there to help support you while you deal with your issues.

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“Accidental Lawyer” by Kim Hamilton #BlogTour

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Title: Accidental Lawyer

Author: Kim Hamilton

Genre: Crime Fiction

Set in the brilliant and diverse city of Baltimore, Accidental Lawyer is a humorous, often irreverent portrayal of the dubious practice of personal injury law. Jessica Snow has a crisp new law degree, a grinding ambition, and a pesky moral compass that is often at odds with her new job as an ambulance chaser. Her face and name appear on billboards and buses throughout the city, and if that isn’t enough to embarrass her mother, there s a television commercial in the works. Her elevated status has her wrangling with a local mob boss, duping a drug dealer, and confronting phony clients. With the help of her bold and brassy sidekick, Kari, Jess develops a remarkable proclivity for this ignoble profession by wrapping up difficult cases and finding new business in unexpected places. When trumped-up murder charges are brought against her boss, she faces her biggest challenge yet tracking down a killer. Along the way, Jess builds a new kind of family for herself, her own tribe, made up of friends, colleagues, and clients, many of whom are sure to raise eyebrows at her mother’s dinner table.


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Kim HamiltonKIM HAMILTON was born in the D.C. suburbs and currently resides outside of Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, where they raised their two daughters. After beginning a legal career in real estate, an unusual set of circumstances thrust her into the family’s personal injury law firm. She spent ten inglorious years there as an ambulance chaser—an experience from which she has almost fully recovered. Accidental Lawyer is her first novel.

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“The Peacock Door” by Wanda Kay Knight #ExcerptReveal

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Grizzles and Lola:

He hobbled and wobbled when he walked as though sharp tacks protruded from the floor; his shoulders were hunched, and his head bent forward; he was ancient, no doubt about it—he was an ancient, old man. Giant folds and wrinkles covered his face; his white hair fell in large loopy whorls about his head, and they might have redeemed the face if it were not for the huge bulbous nose and the tiny squinty eyes. But the part they noticed the most was the fingers; gnarled, wrinkled fingers with long, yellowed talons for fingernails.

He twisted around and snarled at them; his raspy voice interrupted by his own heavy, noisy breathing, “Can’t you see that I am busy? I don’t like people, and I especially don’t like children. I ate the last child that came here.” He picked his tooth with a dirty fingernail. “What do you want?”


 Icy Stone Steps:

A full moon had risen in the cobalt sky casting a bluish glow over the icy, snow-swept mountainside, illuminating the entire hamlet. Icicles dangled from the steep, high pitched roofs of cottages nestling here and there, jumbled together at odd angles wherever the mountainside allowed. Jagged, ice covered stone steps, cut into the mountainside, curved up and around the icicle laden cottages until finally reaching a summit—a high, flat plateau. And it was on that plateau—high overhead and overshadowing the village—that a Citadel, a snow-covered stone fortress—overwhelming with its massive and imposing presence—rose up out of the mountain as though etched and carved from the rock itself.

They stood exhaling puffs of frosty mist; entranced by the ethereal beauty of their snow laden destination and shocked by the terrible price they must pay to get there. Finally realizing the price for warmth and comfort for the night so they would have an audience with the Oracle tomorrow was a midnight climb up jagged icy stone steps tonight. It was foreboding and frigid; it was ethereal and sublime.

“We can do this,” Eleanor whispered. She slipped over and laid one arm on Ivan’s shoulder and the other on Tilly’s. Addison silently reached down grabbing Brody’s hand—and he let her do it. Claire moved over to stand beside Levi who had taken Esmé back into his own arms. He smiled a grim smile, and then he turned, planting his foot on the first jagged, icy stone step as each of the cousins formed a silent line behind him, breathing in the cold, frosty air, and preparing to follow.

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Title: The Peacock Door

Author: Wanda Kay Knight

Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy

In a magical tale of adventure, eight cousins sneak through forbidden treehouse doors, only to find themselves separated from each other and lost in strange worlds. In their quests to return home, they must unravel mysteries, escape snares and villains, find one another, and search for the elusive Oracle. The Peacock Door is a rich story of camaraderie, loyalty, love, and determination with a bit whimsy sprinkled throughout.

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Wanda Kay Knight lives in the Pacific Northwest, teaches literature, strives really hard to keep up with her adventurous/competitive family, makes things out of yarn (mainly unique hats), enjoys collecting pretty rocks, and writes a lot.



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