Sunday, May 31, 2015

On my Mind..sing along with me!

All weekend lovelies..all weekend this song has been on repeat in my noggin.  Reading Outlander series..still got "all the cool kids"...doing dishes.."cool kids cool kids'...snuggling with my furbabies..that's right y'all "wish that I could be like the cool kids.."

So I thought let me post this so we can all enjoy having this tune on repeat!!  Thankfully I do love this song, but I am not sure if family and friends do now that I have been humming the chorus all weekend..(gulp)

Cool Kids by Echosmith

Happy Sunday Funday y'all! 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Essential Oils~ Touching Base

Hello lovelies...I have held off on updating y'all because I wanted to give a good amount of time to keep learning about these oils, see how they work with me, see how they work on my parents, etc.

Since I made my first purchase of essential oils, I have made 3 more and y'all I am in love with these oils!  They have made such a difference in a variety of ways.  My mom and I split each order and I have used this time to slowly start learning more and more about the oils (history, uses, research, etc.) and I must say I am extremely impressed and floored at their effectiveness and ease of use.

Now these are not a cure for any illness, diagnosis, etc., but they have helped me out with several of my health issues (headaches and stomach issues for just a few).  Every order has contained the oils to create a headache helper blend and an oil that helps calm or soothe the stomach.  Again, it has not cured me of any health issues but boy does it help calm the side effects that I experience from them!  Additionally my mom has been taking the life long vitality supplements and is loving them.  If you want to know more details please just let me know and I will blog about them or I will gladly discuss them individually.

I have mainly used my oils topically, but I have also diffused a few and tried some in my water.  Ingesting the oils is a bit tough for me because it is leaves a residue on my lips at times.  However, diffusing them is fantastic because they all have great scents so far (Again I am new to oils so my collection and my experiences are not that vast yet).  Applying topically has been the easiest and quickest way for me to utilize and appreciate these oils so far.  If I am having a flare up with my inflammation I go to my Deep Blue and am amazed at the success I have enjoyed from it (also love the smell!).  Headache...I quickly get to my oils or blend if it is already made up and rub it on my temples and the back of my neck.  It does take a little bit to work, but considering my headaches usually put me down and out for a long time I am very impressed with the ability of oils to help alleviate some of the pain associated with my headaches.  Then, DigestZen is maybe my favorite oil to date.  I carry it with me on the road, to dad's doctor appointments, essentially everywhere!

Having such success and positive experiences with myself I am starting to utilize the oils such as lemon in my laundry, cleaning, trying grapefruit, lemon or wild orange in my water and researching more blends to try out!  The latest one I tried was for bug repellent and dealing with mosquito bites.

If you would like to learn more please research away or feel free to contact me!  Additionally if you are interested in any of the blends or specific oils I mentioned you can find them here.

The pictures I provided here are my first three orders.  I am excited to receive my next order because it has some new oils that I am ready to try out and create some more blends to help alleviate pain, tension, allergies and more!  I have found blends for helping with some issues my parents face and will share with y'all later if these blends did work for them in helping cut or lessen any symptoms!

Hope y'all are having a great week and thanks for checking out this post!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Tea Time with my Ms. Tilly Taylor

What can I say.. I love a little alliteration:)

If you know me or read my blog frequently you know several truths.  The first of which is that I am a huge animal lover.  I love animals, think they are adorable, should be spoiled, talked to, sang to, pampered routinely, etc.  I am blessed that I was raised around a variety of these little furbabies and now have a few to call my own.  The second truth is that I am a huge proponent of tea.  Admittedly this goes to the non healthy and healthy varieties (eck!) but I do love me a cup or glass of tea at almost all points in the day!

In trying to expand my blog I want to incorporate my girls in here more often and continue expanding on gluten free options.  So for the next bit I will be doing a series on healthy teas with little pictures of my little Ms. Taylor:)  Please sit back with  your tea (or beverage of choice) and enjoy!

Today's tea is......Tiny Tea by Your Tea

If you are on Instagram you probably have already seen the plethora of pictures and information out there about their product, but I just love it so I wanted to start this tea time off with them and their Tiny Tea (Gluten Free) Teatox.

I will admit when I first started learning about it I was like what tea has gluten? Then I was like WHOA tea costs how much?!?! But then I started my research process and reading of reviews and knew I had to give it a go.  I was experiencing so much stomach pain and issues at this point I was like something has to help!  Thankfully, it was during a sale so I got my first set of 14 day Tiny Tea and yes that is when my obsession/love affair/favorite drink ever began!

Such a little bag, but such amazing results.  Since I did the first 14 day teatox, I have repurchased the 28 day teatox several times.  Now there are some claims of how it can help with weight, which I have not experienced, but I have enjoyed clearer skin, less bloat, a great deal less indigestion and a more settled stomach.  I now carry one or two of these tea bags with me at all times just in case my stomach or GERD flares up.  Each person is different though, so how it has helped me might be different for you, and you and you and you..hehe
In regards to the first I thought it was somewhat bitter and I needed honey in it or it was a no go.  Slowly though as I continue to work on my overall nutrition I have found that I love it just the tea and hot water.  Occasionally as a treat I put in the honey, but I enjoy this tea as is.  If you like the sweet or dessert style teas, this is not that tea.  This is savory and somewhat bitter with a very homey smell to it.In regards to the company I am very impressed with the website, the ease of use, the ingredients, the other products, the fast delivery and the customer service.  If you want to try this tea you should certainly check out their website and learn more because as you read about the who and how this company and their products were created you will want to try all of their teas... I know I do!!  Also you may want to buy all their mugs because hello they are fantastic.  Everytime I see a picture I am like ohhh yes one day friends! I put two pictures (from the Your Tea website) of the first two mugs I really want to buy, but I love all the mugs they offer! 

The only complaint I have ..seriously the that the tea is pricey!  Though full disclosure, as I have continued to research teas, the health benefits and how many teas have a plethora of fillers, I must say that they are competitively priced with similar teas that contain such healthy ingredients and not just chemicals or fillers!  Still working off of a budget this tea price does cause a bit of a grimace when I hit the pay button:) so worth it when I get it and my tummy feels better though!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Christmas in Snow Valley by Cami Checketts et al, on SALE

These books are sweet, sassy and a great way to sit back and relax! I have read a few of Cami's books now and when I learned that this set of her and some authors work was going on sale..I had to read some more!

Summer in Snow Valley is available for pre-order for only $.99. Release date is June 1st and the $.99 special will last until June 6th. If you haven't read Christmas in Snow Valley, now is your chance to buy it May 24th through the 31st for only $.99.
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Catching Caytie by Amazon Top Seller Cindy Roland Anderson

On the night Caytie Holbrook intends to break up with her cheating boyfriend, he blindsides her by announcing their engagement at a dinner party. When Caytie discovers her father is in on the scheme, she runs away from her home in Beverly Hills to hide out at her uncle’s ranch in Snow Valley, Montana. While Snow Valley is a beautiful place, Caytie only plans to stay until her twenty-fifth birthday when she’ll inherit a trust fund her grandmother left her, allowing her to pursue her dream to move to Italy. That is until she meets Jace McAllister, an incredibly sexy—although somewhat grumpy—cowboy who threatens to disrupt her plans.

Tin Foil Tiaras by Amazon Top Seller Jeanette Lewis

Cameron Elliott has come to Snow Valley to coach Annalisa Drake in the Miss Snow Valley pageant, and prove to her demanding boss that she deserves a place at the prestigious Westbrooke Agency. But Annalisa’s handsome and protective big brother, Kyle, is determined to keep his sister from becoming a reluctant beauty queen. As Cameron tries to win Kyle over, Kyle insists some things are more valuable than a title and as crazy as it sounds, Cameron might just believe him.
A Touch of Love by Amazon Top Seller Cami Checketts

Annie Stirland has endured a lifetime of teasing, embarrassment, and isolation due to her speech impediment. When irresistible cowboy, Luke Wilson, seems to be falling for her, she’s certain he’s too good to be true. A tragedy involving his ex-girlfriend proves she’s right. What man can resist sheltering someone they once loved? Annie knows she should walk away, but Luke isn’t ready to give her up.

First Love by Amazon Top Seller Taylor Hart 

Janet Snow doesn’t expect to get caught in a full-blown make out session at her brother’s wedding. Especially not with Michael Hamilton, the boy she’d written off ten years ago. Even though they both agree to no complications, Janet's not sure they can stick to it given their past. After a trip to the hot springs, a helicopter ride, and a proposal, even the most cautious single mother would start to wonder if true love really is just about the timing. Now Janet has to make a choice—play it safe or trust that her first love could also be her last. 

Romancing Rebecca by Amazon Top Seller, Kimberley Montpetit

Rebecca Dash loved spending her teen summers swooning over Jane Austen and helping her aunt at the Starry Skies Bed & Breakfast in Snow Valley. But as a recent college grad, she’d rather write sappy romance novels than go out with guys that make her a nervous wreck. When a team of fire-fighters set up camp on the lawns of the B&B and Captain Wade catches her eye, Becca soon learns that there’s more to a happily-ever-after than a flirty fireman with muscles the size of the Montana hills.

Love in Light and Shadow by Amazon Top Seller Lucy McConnell

Mercedes O'Shay has sworn off gorgeous men because they have a tendency to break her heart. When she meets her new neighbor, Chet Bauer, she immediately puts him in the Do Not Date category based on his well-defined muscles and stunning blue eyes. But the more Mercedes learns about the cowboy who reads classics and forges iron, the more she realizes the heart doesn't see in black and white; it sees light and shadows.

Conviction by Corinne Michaels, Release Blitz

 Liam and Natalie’s return in Conviction by Corinne Michaels!

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Book Two in the Consolation Duet

I fell in love with Liam only to be left shattered into a million pieces. Again. The idea of being without him cripples me but the reality is, he’s gone.

He doesn’t understand and I can’t make him.

If only he’d see the conviction behind my words—then he’d still be here.


Excerpt #1

Time isn’t something I ever thought much about.
It ebbs and flows, but it never changes. I can’t make it stop—no matter how much I want to. There’s no way to rewind the clock or halt it. In this moment, all I want is to make the world stop and go back to when I was happy and ready to tackle the world. Just two short minutes ago, there was no worry about how my day would go. I was going away with the man I love, the one who healed me. But time isn’t my friend. It slaps me in the face and laughs as I stand here wondering how the hell any of this is happening. I don’t want to move forward, and I sure as hell don’t want to slow it down.

Excerpt #2

His voice is thick and husky as he refuses to break from my eyes. “Tell me you’re real.”
“I’m real.”
“Tell me you’re really here.”
“I’m here with you.” My hand rises, and I press my thumb to his lips. “I’m here for you. I’m here with only you. I need you so much.”
His eyes close as I rub my thumb, savoring the rough feel on my skin.
“Stay with me,” he pleads.
Liam’s hands rest on each side of my face as I drag him down further. “There’s nowhere else I want to be.” Our lips meet, and I lose myself.  
Consolation (Book One)

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Liam wasn’t supposed to be my happily ever after.
He wasn’t even on my radar.
He was my husband’s best friend—forbidden.

But my husband is dead and I’m alone. I ache for him and I reach for Liam.

One night with Liam changed everything. Now I have to decide if I truly love him or if he’s just the consolation prize.

About the Author

Corinne Michaels is an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.

Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha Navy SEALs are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Blood Magick by Nora Roberts, Book Review

General Information
Genre: Romance/Magic
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Published: October 28, 2014

Book Summary (per author's webpage)
County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna’s special touch.
Branna’s strength and seflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family – along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound.  But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…
She had it once – for a moment – with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood.  Which is why Fin has spent his life traveling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion.
My Thoughts:
This was a fantastic conclusion to the The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy.  I have found upon looking at NR body of work that my favorite romances are her trilogies.  These all have some extra thriller, suspense, twistiness to the plot....and I love that!  After reading the summary and/or the first two books it was clear this was the story of Fin and Branna...and one assumed they would get a happy ever after AND beat the villain.  What was extremely enjoyable about this book though is that each time I got to where okay here is the happy ending there were little glitches or a big glitch.

Additionally, while this is their story, the other two cousins and their significant other are still front and center in the story and plot.  I loved seeing how their relationships had grown, how other secondary characters returned (their aunt is quite adorable) and how this town in Ireland came to life on the pages.  After I finished the book all I could think is 1)I really want to go to Ireland, 2) that soap and those candles sound amazing and 3)I love how they all got their stories,  4) will there be any revisiting to see how they continue or do continue with seeing their ancestors and 5) how does the exchange of magick affect everyone?!?

Overall I would recommend this book and this trilogy to readers of all genres since there is a wee bit of everything here.  It is perfect for a read over coffee and tea, on the deck, at the beach, snuggled in on a rainy night etc. because it is a quick and enjoyable read that draws you into their world immediately.  

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Disclaimer:  I am an avid reader and borrowed this from the library.  I did not receive any book for this review.  As always though all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, Book Review

General Information
Genre: Romance, Historical, Action, Sci-Fi and more
PublishedL August 7, 2001 (originally 1993)
Publisher: Delta

Book Summary (per Goodreads)
Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her... and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.
Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her...the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland... and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite or forever doom her timeless love.
My Thoughts
Clearly I am working my way through the Outlander series.  If this is the first post you have read on my blog..maybe not so clear:), but the posts about Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber can be found via their links.  I was not sure what to expect when I started this book.  I mean I loved the first one, enjoyed the second but not a huge fan of the story line, but was left with high hopes for a good outcome in book three!  DG did not disappoint.  I love that the story addressed what took place in the twenty years for both of them, the details about her current life and oh the tie ins (especially with that skeleton and her reaction to it at her friends office),  I was surprised at the ease and general assumption that obviously she would return to Jamie, but at the same time it just built their love for each other to a  higher level for me.   I loved the stories telling how Jamie survived the battle, his time in Prison and more.

I do have some confusion at this point because several things just were told as there you have it and Claire went along with it, but in her time period she comes across as a strong woman who would question things.  Additionally, I thought the telling of the twenty years took a bit to much of the book.  Other questions were silly such as ...why did she not bring more of blank, or read more about blank..or do more research about how the stones work, etc.   Regardless the questions I have are immaterial because the story kept moving along and the reintroduction of so many characters were brilliant!  I loved the story line of Jamie and Gray.  I did not see any of that story line taking place, but thought the balance of who was in "power" and then to friendship and family was fascinating.  I was shocked at the role that the other time traveling woman played and her development in this book.  Even with the way her story was told I still feel like we have not seen the last of her or her problems.

By the end of this book I am back to being fully ensnared in the series and Jamie and Claire's life.  I also look forward to seeing if and how we will learn more about young Ian, Fergus, their daughter, his son and more!

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Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from the library.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Devon's Choice by Catherine Bennett, Book Review

General Information
Genre: Christian Romance
Publisher:Clean Reads
Published Date: January 12, 2015

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
Life holds no surprises for Devon Murphy. Her life consists of keeping tabs on her aging Irish father, working part time at a coffee shop, and building her online graphics design business. Devon’s only tricky situation is a shallow relationship with the pampered and affluent Michael Turner, who sees her as just another woman to conquer. 

Following his father’s death, Brandon’s only goal is to expand the family business and live life on his own terms. That is, until he walks into the coffee shop one snowy evening and meets the enchanting, red-haired barista behind the counter. But can Devon and Brandon’s attraction for each other be strong enough to help erase their deepest disappointments and renew their faith in God? 

My Thoughts
Overall this was a quick and good read.  The characters were well developed and relate-able.  I enjoyed the interactions between Devon and her father the most.  I really could visualize the dynamic between the two and their conversations.  I thought Catherine Bennett did an excellent job in describing the scenes, emotions and conflicts within the book.  

My hesitation to go further and say this book is a favorite is because parts of the story were predictable and the ending was what I expected from almost the beginning of the book.  This is just me, but I like my romances, thrillers, mystery, YA, etc. to have some twists in there.  This book does introduce a "villain", but not in such a way as the character is of any real importance.

If you like the sweet reads where the character has some conflict in their life, meets someone, grows together but has a wee bit of conflict that is readily overcome by the last page you will love this book.  If you like more surprises and WHATT moments this book will still be enjoyable because again the characters are very well developed and relate-able, but this book will probably not make it to your favorite shelf.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Birthday Girl

Happy Birthday to the bestest oldest but littlest sister a girl could ask for!  That's right y'all today is my sister's birthday! I can't be with her today, but I am making sure to share it far and wide on all my social media sites so that she can hopefully get a little smile and know I am thinking of her today:)

This picture is from her engagement announcement/party last summer.  I can't believe that time has gone by so fast since she is getting married in just a few short months!

Anyway I love you my Izzy and am so thankful you are my older but littler sister!


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Music to get you thru Hump Day

Love music? You will love this post!  Just a quick post on songs and sounds I am loving this week.

FourFiveSeconds by Rihanna, Kanye and Paul M.
Dear Future Husband by Meghan Trainor
Moonlight by ThePianoGuys

Redeem This by Cami Checketts, book review

General Information
Genre:Clean Romance/Thriller
Publisher: Birch River Publishing
Published Date: February 16, 2015

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
Some men are beyond redemption. Alex is one of them.

After Alex Chakhota was blackmailed and manipulated into becoming a hit man to protect his sister, serving time as the FBI’s assassin doesn’t do much to ease his conscience. His next assignment brings him face to face with Brittany, a beautiful woman that believes he’s more than the killer he’s been made into. The road to redemption is long for someone with a blackened soul, and with lives hanging in the balance, Alex has a short deadline.

Detective Scott Bentley’s days of law enforcement are behind him. When he's asked to host agents at his secluded ranch for an FBI sting operation, Scott cannot refuse. Ivy McMahon shows up with the team, and Scott gets more than he signed up for. Not only can she hack into the any computer system, she's found a way into Scott's heart. The trouble is that she’s in protective custody and when the job ends, she'll disappear.

With danger crowding too close, it might take more than a hit man and a hacker to save the day, it might take true love.
Is redemption possible for those whose lives are scarred by the past? With danger crowding close, not even love may have a chance to redeem before it's too late.

My Thoughts
I enjoyed the first book Blog This, but I loved this book.  I will admit there were some parts that I did not see how someone could be that open minded or open-hearted, but that is also what led me to just appreciating this book and its TWO love stories even more!  This book took two of my favorite characters from the last book and shared their own stories of finding true happiness.  Each story was fully developed and could stand alone, but together it brought an even richer appreciation of the changes and trust that the individuals had to develop to allow their love to happen.

When I finished this book I was like I think these may be some of my favorite characters and story lines in a while.  Due to how much I loved this book I waited to write my review because I wanted to ensure I actually did enjoy it that much.  Again, it is rare that I like, let alone love, a character who was the bad guy or "villain" in the story.   I think the closest I have come to liking the "bad guy" would be Voight on Chicago PD (another story another post I know!!).  It is also rare that I am torn on who my favorite character is in a story, but again here I face that quandary. I think the connection I have with both of those rarities for me is that I do think this story, along with Blog This, could be a TV show or movie.  It would have romance, friendship, drama (helllooo living with the man who had a hand in killing your fiance...I don't think so!), action, and more..I think that screams that people would enjoy seeing this on the screen.  

I talked about it being a TV option, in my opinion, in the first books post so I won't go on, but I do want to share one more thing that I loved about this story.  I cannot even begin to tell you how I am still shaking my head and LOVING the twists and turns in the plot of this story.  I mean I thought there were at least 3 gotcha or what moments that I did not see coming.  One had my mouth dropping open, one I was crying and one was like shut the front door.  All in all I can't say that waiting to write my review changed the amount I enjoyed this book at all... in fact after waiting to write it I would go on and say I enjoy it more now that I had time to reflect on all the good parts and details!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, Book Review

General Information
Genre: Romance, Historical, Suspense, Action
Published: August 7, 2001 (first published in 1992)
Publisher: Delta

Book Summary (per Goodreads)
For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones ... about a love that transcends the boundaries of time ... and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his....

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart ... in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising ... and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves....

My Thoughts
I loved the first book and was somewhat surprised to find there were more books after reading the ending.  Yes I already knew since the Outlander series is everywhere, but I loved the ending to the first book.  So I quickly got this book and started reading it...straight up..the writing is excellent, the story is very multi-faceted, but I did not like this book as the first (It still is good, just not as good for me).  Mainly because it one was a wee bit slower in action, two it kept jumping around which was a different writing technique from the second and three I was not happy with where DG took us readers in Claire and Jaime's story!!  I do wonder if I had read the book summary before reading the book if I would have felt different, but I rarely read a book summary (eck)  All I know is the feels and tears for this story..yikes.

Now about halfway or 2/3 of the way through the book I was ensnared!  The plot had so many twists and turns and the way that information was released between the two...genius!  That Jamie..wowza..he lived a very interesting and twisting life in those twenty years. One thing that remained the same for me for both books was my absolute admiration and enjoyment of the depth and full development of the individuals in the story.  I kept looking for more information about Fergus and Ian and loved the stories shared about James. his men, the battles and how Claire convinced her daughter and Roger to believe her story!  The ending left me devastated but hopeful (seriously so many feels in this book and series!)  Once I finished this book I knew I had to get to the next one and just hoped it moved a bit faster, had a happier story plot...and..well that review will be up shortly!!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Book Review

General Information
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Action
Publisher:Dell Publishing Company
Published: July 26, 2005 (first published 1991)

Book Summary (Per Goodreads website)
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
My Thoughts
Obviously I am beyond the times since I am just reading the books now, but my lord I wish I could kick my own booty because this book, and now that I am on book 4 in the series, is FANTASTIC!! I will admit I had not really heard of this series or author until the TV show premiered.  Then due to the previews I was not really keen on reading it because generally I have a hard time getting into the whole time traveling and or historical romance type reads.  Then I kept seeing bloggers that I have used to find new books discussing this series and thought well let's give it a try.

Once I decided that I went to the online library and thought shut the front door that many people are waiting to read this book?!?!?! But yes I added my name to the list and started my wait... I didn't realize the books were so long and that is what was taking so long:)!  Once I got the book I started reading and enjoyed the book.  The first part of the book before Claire gets to Jamie I thought was well developed and bit slow, however, once I got into the book I realized the importance of all those details and time spent showing her life after the war with Frank.  I really enjoyed that I did not know and could not tell who Claire was going to end up with out of the Scots at first.  The character development is absurdly detailed and enjoyable.  Claire, Jaime, his uncles, etc. all felt real when I was done reading this book.

Once I finished this book I immediately went to get the second book at the library.  It also was on a wait list but thankfully not as long!  I must say I was immensely impressed and entertained by this story.  Scotland, historical time periods and cultural questions are bounding about in my head.  While I am still not sure if I want to watch the TV show (edit~ I probably will after watching all the trailers and clips to find the ones I wanted for this review:), I do want to travel to Scotland, see some of these sites, learn more about history rather than the bare bones I learned while in school and continue reading this series!  Regardless if you are a slow reader, fast reader, occasional reader or voracious reader I would recommend this book as it has a bit of everything for everyone.  Seriously there is fighting, family conflict, royal intrigue, romance, witchcraft, sci-fi, health, religion and more! *I would put a small note of warning though that it should be for mature audiences as the book does involve sex, rape,  murder,violence and death.

For those interested in the TV show I have put a view trailers/previews below!
Outlander First Look on STARZ
Outlander Trailer for episodes started on April 2015

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Links to Purchase the Book
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Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from my local library.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Birthday Boy

Today is one of the best days of the year!!!  It is the birthday of my daddy:)  Now obviously I am biased, but I love my dad's birthday and any time where I get to share with everyone how lucky my sister, mom and I are to have dad in our lives.  If you have been following my blog for a while, or have worked with me, talked with me, etc. you know my dad has and still is dealing with some medical issues so every holiday, birthday, special occasion is always something I am thankful for because there have been some times where we did not know if we would be fortunate enough to have dad with us or home with us, etc.  Thankfully on this birthday my dad is doing very well and I can't wait to celebrate his birthday with him and mom!
Love you daddy!