Here’s to 2015!

Happy New Year to you all!

There will be no resolutions here. I resolve not to make any resolutions.

I would like to say thank you to all of the new friends, new writers and readers that I’ve met this year. You have no idea how much joy you have all given me.

2015 started off with the death of a loved one and it just seemed to continue.  Friends, family and even childhood heroes. I lost a lot this year, but as I sit here tonight, I realize I gained quite a lot too. I have a home, food, security and a job I love. That’s a lot more than most of the world has and I am thankful every day for my life, my family and my friends and of course my books!

I have read some amazing stories, and to all my blogger friends, that includes your stories! Some great poetry, had some serious political debates and made some new friends that I will forever cherish!

So what about 2016?  Who knows!  I’m hoping you all keep me supplied with great reading material and I have another year where I don’t have to cook anything…except tea, I can cook tea.

Personally, I have huge changes coming over the next few weeks and for once I’m just going with the flow and not trying to control every tiny aspect of this new adventure. Which is going to be very hard for me to do as I pretty much control everything in the general vicinity of where I am.

There are way too many of you to mention here, but you know who you are and I wish that this new year brings you good health, joy, freedom, security and Magic. Always leave room for a little Magic!

Happy-New-Year-2016

 

 

Celebrating the Darkness

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Welcome to the Open Book Blog Hop, where we are looking at how we celebrate New Year’s. Please check out what the other authors wrote and while you’re at it, get to know the books of Tracy Krimmer.

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Last week, I declared that Christians can celebrate Christmas without running afoul of God because we have freedom in Christ and we may practice our universal faith within our local culture. Anyone following my blog also knows I believe the Christian faith must be Biblically based.

So, unsurprisingly, we don’t really celebrate New Year’s Eve, which in the United States is mostly a drunken party. There is no way I can redeem that part of my culture for Christ by joining into it. Unlike many evangelical Christians, I don’t object…

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Open Book Blog Hop December 23 – 29th 2015

This week on the Open Book Blog Hop we’re talking about how we spend the Christmas holidays.

On Christmas Eve, we make a huge pot of gumbo and share it with all of our friends and family. It’s a tradition in southern Mississippi. It’s the one time of year you can find the transplants from Louisiana and Mississippi all at the same seafood company so it’s like a once a year reunion!

After the gumbo eating, we all go to midnight mass together. Just sitting in the darkened church singing all the beautiful Christmas songs and just being in the moment, silent with our own thoughts of Christmas and prayers for our family far and wide.

On Christmas day it’s Mimosas and Christmas songs in the background as we watch the kiddies open their gifts.

Then it’s on to the parents and in-laws for lunch and Secret Santa fun. Then home to turn off the lights and enjoy the tree and carols!

 

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Open Book Blog Hop December 23 – 29th 2015

Open Book Blog Hop December 23 – 29th 2015

Open Book Blog Hop December 23 – 29th 2015

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Open Book Blog Hop new banner 1This week on the Open Book Blog Hop we’re talking about how we spend the Christmas holidays.

The afternoon of Christmas Eve is usually spent with my youngest son and his wife at my daughter-in law’s parents’ house.  For some years now we have always eaten Christmas dinner with them.  I’m not domesticated in the slightest, I hate cooking, but fortunately my son’s mother-in-law Sue loves it.  It therefore works quite well for me; we provide the turkey on Christmas Eve, and Sue cooks it on Christmas Day, along with mountains of other juicy fare, and I don’t have to cook a thing!

Christmas Day is quite busy this year.  During the morning we will visit my 91 year old mother, who is refusing to leave her flat for the first Christmas ever.  After grabbing a sandwich back at home we will then visit our eldest son, his wife and two children for a couple…

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The Unbecoming of Jonathan Jones (An Unlikely Hero Book 1 ) by BK Lyon

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When one thinks of Super Heroes, Jonathan Jones is probably not the type that first comes to mind.

A depressed superhero, desperately trying to be “normal” meets his dream girl and the adventure begins.
The multiple plot lines along with short chapters keep you engaged and wanting more.

A unique take on the Boy meets Girl story as well as the Superhero story. We have come to expect the action, and seemingly all powerful traits of the Superhero stories, but this one gives us the human emotions that most of those stories are missing.

Can you be a Superhero and still be depressed? It seems you can. Mr. Jones may be an unlikely superhero but a hero he is.
The underlying voice of depression comes through as only someone who has been there can make us see.

I was very glad that this was Book 1 and I will definitely read Book 2! Congratulations Mr. Lyon!

Fallout: A Sam Jameson International Espionage and Conspiracy Thriller by Lars Emmerich

 

Fallout: A Sam Jameson Espionage and Conspiracy Thriller (Sam Jameson Espionage and Conspiracy Thriller Series Book 6)Sam is back from the dead! And dropping right back into the thick of things as usual!

In Fallout, Sam has been sent to Hungary to do a quick check into the death of a fellow agent. Seems straightforward enough that she invites Brock, the oh so hunky boyfriend, to join her in Budapest for some much needed R & R and a little personal time.

But almost as soon as she gets there she is ordered to come home at once by her bosses. They need her back for a Top Secret reason they won’t even tell her about. When she knows she’s being watched and followed, Sam, being Sam, ignores the boss and goes on the offensive to find out who is following her and why.

It’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys and Sam is determined to get to the bottom of things.

With Fallout, Mr. Emmerich has once again shown why we so eagerly wait for the next book to come out. The characters have become like old friends and we are fully invested in every outcome, rooting for Sam and her team and holding our breath as we turn each page.

One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. If you are a fan of Flynn, Child and Patterson, you are in for a real treat with the Sam Jameson series!