Monday, April 21, 2014

Death by the Book, a sequel to Rules of Murder

I liked Rules of Murder, here's my reviewDeath by the Book (A Drew Farthering Mystery) by Julianna Deering takes off suddenly, without much back story so I would recommend reading Rules of Murder first.  My favorite character was Madeline's Aunt Ruth.  Aunt Ruth has come to visit and she is making her case against Drew quite obvious.  She definitely livens up the book!  But you'll have to read the book to find out if Drew can win her over.

Like Rules of Murder, Death by the Book is set in 1930s England.  Though it wasn't crucial to reading the book, I easily became lost in the Shakespeare references.  But this shows my lack of knowledge because the Shakespeare element actually makes the book more interesting.

Thanks to Bethany House for giving me this book to review.  Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Time change

I hate time changes, whether traveling or celebrating Daylight Savings Time.  I forgot to change my meter last Saturday.  I realized it yesterday or the day before but didn't change it until today.  Why?  One reason is because I have a dr's appointment Tuesday and for once I'd like to look like I get up at a decent hour!  :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

A Stillness of Chimes

A Stillness of Chimes by Meg Moseley has an interesting cover.  I kept coming back to the picture.  I think I was drawn in by the perfect berries sitting on a clean palm with berry-stained fingers.  Then the intriguing story gets a hold of you and this book is really hard to put down.  Is Laura's father still alive or not?

I loved how the author used creative phrases and made me laugh.  I hadn't read anything by Meg Moseley before but her writing was wonderful!  She wrote the book using different characters' viewpoints but it wasn't jolting.  I could talk about the warning that you can take from the book but it would be a spoiler so I won't.  :)

You can read chapter one here (pdf file to download)

I had trouble keeping some of the characters straight b/c sometimes they say Daddy and sometimes they use first names so here is a character list
Laura Gantt - main character, starts when she's young and then continues when she comes "home" to clean our her mom's house (May)
Jessamyn Gantt - Laura's mother, also called Jess, she has died (April)
Elliott Gantt - Laura's daddy
Sean Halloran - Laura's high school sweetheart who still hasn't gotten over her
Keith Halloran - Sean's older brother, married with kids
Dale Halloran - Sean and Keith's dad
Cassie (Bright) ? - best friend of Laura's, home visiting, married to Drew
Tigger (Bright) ? - Cassie's little sister, married to Tom, son Trevor
Gary Bright - Cassie and Tigger's dad, married to Ardelle

Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah for giving me this wonderful book to review.  Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Is your life in danger?

Unfortunately, former supermodels Juliette Taylor and Raven are about to be reunited and both of their lives are in danger.  The book Beauty to Die For: a Spa Mystery by Kim Alexis & Mindy Starns Clark started a little slow but I was soon caught up in the story.

Beauty to Die For was a mystery like other Mindy Starns Clark's books that I've enjoyed.  I felt Kim Alexis definitely added some of her story and experiences to the spa/supermodel part of the book.  The book makes the reader want to reserve a weekend retreat at a spa and enjoy some time in comfy robes and pampering time.  I liked how the book emphasized we all need to rest in the Lord and take care of ourselves.

If you liked Camy Tang's Love Inspired Suspense spa series or want to learn about why a supermodel would retire, you'll need to get this book!

Thanks to B&H Publishing Group for giving me this Advanced Reader copy to review.  Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from B&H Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I was LOL!

I loved Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrel but the book seemed to end abruptly and too soon so I was excited to get a chance to read and review book 2 in the A Dear Daphne novel series: Dating, Dining, and Desperation by Melody Carlson.

Dating, Dining, and Desperation (DDD) picks up pretty soon after the first one so you should definitely read Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrel before reading DDD.  But since Daphne is waiting on God she isn't running into any relationships until a new neighbor talks her into it!  The new neighbor cracks me up.  But a different neighbor will steal your heart like she stole mine. 

Melody gives an update at the end of the book that there should be two more books available in this series but they will be ebooks so get your e-reader ready!

Thanks to B&H Publishing Group for giving me this wonderful book to review.  Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from B&H Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, February 17, 2014

Take Flight! book review

Take Flight!: A Sisterchicks' Devotional by Robin Jones Gunn & Cindy Hannan was a great book.  I've read most of the Sisterchicks books and have enjoyed each one.  Take Flight is a devotional taking some of the best quotes and ideas from Sisterchicks and then adding and expanding to make more of a deep daily devotional to help you in your Christian walk.

I have never read anything by Cindy Hannan but enjoyed this co-project.  I wanted to underline and highlight LOTS because a lot of the ideas really hit home with me.  Some devotionals are light and fluffy but this was deep and fun at the same time.  I think this would make a great gift for any woman!

Here is more information about the book including a link to read the first chapter of Take Flight!

Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah for giving me this wonderful book to review.  Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

(Nov Awareness Month) Trying to eat

See Days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

My youngest child is 6 years old now.  I would think it would be easy to get everyone settled down to a meal and actually eat.  But being diagnosed with diabetes complicates everything!  First I have to settle the younger three kids down.  Second I have to help my oldest daughter (type 1 diabetic) to calculate carbs and dose insulin through her pump.  Third I have to take my blood sugar, calculate my carbs and dose my insulin pen (which all of the kids cringe at me getting a shot whether it hurts that time or not).  Then I have to keep everyone away from my food because I bloused for all of that!!  I need to apologize to God because sometimes I forget to pray or don't remember until I'm halfway done.  :)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

(Nov Awareness Month) Tip for insulin pens

See Days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Sorry I've missed a few days.

We figured this out but it was confirmed by a diabetes educator.  When inserting insulin pens, hold the pen in your skin for at least 10 seconds.  The plunger needs 10 seconds to release completely.  I usually try to add 10 seconds plus the amount of the shot if 10 units or less, so a total of 11-20 seconds.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

(Nov Awareness Month) So many questions

See Days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Questions I get tired of answering (my daughter has had type 1 diabetes for 5 years)

Q: Did your daughter get diabetes because she ate too much sugar?
A: NO.  She has an autoimmune disease and her pancreas doesn't work right (their eyes glaze over b/c they pretty much don't understand what I'm saying).

Q: Your daughter will grow out of it right?
A: NO.  Until there's a cure, her situation won't change.  Take insulin, take blood sugar, repeat.

Q: Can she eat that (donut, cake, ice cream, whatever)??
A: YES.  As long as she boluses insulin, we estimate the carbs, and (our personal choice) her blood sugar at this moment isn't over 400.

Q: Have you tried ___ or ___ or ___ (natural remedy), because that cured so and so's diabetes?
A: Um no, until her pediatric endocrinologist or someone completely reputable recommends ___ we're going to keep dosing insulin thank you very much.

I know I'm not alone in these questions or the answers.  :)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

(Nov Awareness Month) Concerns of type 1 diabetics

See Days 1, 2, 3, 4

Every diabetic faces certain concerns: a1c measurements, daily blood sugar levels, low blood sugars, future complications, etc.  When my daughter was diagnosed we faced an immediate concern, slow healing.  You can read my original post here, she had surgery to remove the "boil" and so we had to take care of her wound at home.  Due to high blood sugar, her healing was even slower than normal.

When I was diagnosed last year, I cut my ankle shaving.  I intentionally didn't put any ointment on it and waited to see how long it would heal - one month.  One month for a shaving cut!  I really do worry about healing and illnesses.