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Sweet Pepper Subs... | #WeeklyMenu Week #247

I have to admit that it is nearly 10 pm and I am beat. It's been a long day, so I'm going to keep this short. Have a great Monday and enjoy this weeks menu!

Monday - Spaghetti 
Tuesday - Italian Beef & Sweet Pepper Subs
Wednesday - Spring Chicken Grain Bowls
Thursday - Steak Fajitas
Friday - Crispy Chicken and Rice
Saturday - White Cheddar Grilled Cheese
Sunday - Leftovers Night

Before it's too late... | From the Earth to the Shadows by Amanda Hocking

Title: From the Earth to the Shadows By: Amanda Hocking Genre: Urban Fantasy Pages: 336 Release Date: April 24th, 2018 Publisher: Wednesday Books
Summary from Goodreads: While dealing with dark revelations about her life and her world, Malin finds herself with new allies--and new enemies. Her quest for the truth leads her to places she never thought possible, and she's never been one to shy away from a fight. But for all her strength and determination, will it be enough to save the world before it's too late?
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Review: Super excited to grab a copy of this book. I love anything Asguard and the Valkyries in this series are awesome. The pace was fast and furious, with a lot of action to give you the chills. At time, the story did feel a little hectic, but it was easy enough to get through. I really enjoyed this read and diving into the world of the Valkyries again. I would recommend to anyone who loves urban fantasy and Thor. 
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for…

A satisfying bang | The Devil's Standoff by V.S. McGrath

The Devil’s Standoff
V. S. McGrath
(The Devil’s Revolver #2)
Publication date: April 2nd 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Welcome to the birthplace of the Devil’s Revolver, where untold danger lurks for Hettie Alabama and her companions…
The second book in the epic, magic-clad Devil’s Revolver series follows Hettie and her sister south of the Wall into Mexico, where they must unmake Hettie’s infernal mage gun while confronting a magic- and land-hungry army and a monster from hell drawn to the powers of the weapon. Hettie wants nothing more than to break her bond to the cursed Devil’s Revolver and find a way to keep her sister safe — but Abby’s indigo powers are growing stronger, and in the gated, walled village where they take refuge, nothing is exactly as it seems. Pursued by the Pinkertons, left without allies or guardians, Hettie has to rely on her own grit and determination to do the right thing, no matter the cost.
This second installment of V. S. McGrath’s sweeping and high-stakes …

Time is running out | ISAN by Mary Ting

Mary Ting
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: May 1st 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into our quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.
Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will make her “better.” To receive the serum, Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.
While on a mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava mu…

Shake it up! | #WeeklyMenu Week #246

Woop Woop, Monday! We are on the count down to summer. The weather is warming up and the sun has been out for a few days. I love sitting on my front porch in my swing with a warm blanket and a good book. To bad, that never happens. I'm always too busy.
This week has been spring cleaning. Bathroom, kitchen, living room. It's all been cleaned. There is still a lot to do, but it will never end, so what do I care, ha. 
Enjoy this weeks menu! 
Monday - Pork Cutlets
Tuesday - Seared Steak and Maple Brussels Sprouts
Wednesday - Chicken Tetrazzini
Thursday - Orange Beef
Friday - Chicken Tostadas
Saturday - Taco Salad
Sunday - Leftovers Night

One will wear the crown | Eden Conquered by Joelle Charbonneau

Title: Eden Conquered By: Joelle Charbonneau Genre: Fantasy Pages: 320 Release Date: June 5th, 2018 Publisher: HarperTeen
Summary from Goodreads: The electrifying conclusion to the Dividing Eden series by the New York Times bestselling author of the Testing trilogy, Joelle Charbonneau.
The Trials of Virtuous Succession have ended. Prince Andreus is king—and Princess Carys is dead.

But even as he’s haunted by what he did to win the throne, Andreus discovers that his dream of ruling only brings new problems. The people love his twin even more in death than they did when she was alive. The Elders treat him as a figurehead. And worst of all, the winds of Eden are faltering.

But despite what everyone believes, Carys is alive. Exiled to the wilderness, Carys struggles to control the powers that have broken free inside her. And as she grows stronger, so does her conviction that she must return to the Palace of Winds, face her twin and root out the treachery that began long before the first Trials sta…

Blue Apron Week | #WeeklyMenu Week #245

So, I've been sneaking around the internet, and looking at the recipes on those food box sites. This week was Blue Apron. They have some delicious looking dinners that I can't wait to try. I love that I can access their recipes without having to buy their boxes. I couldn't afford that, especially since my kids don't eat half of what I make. Why waist the money.

Enjoy this weeks menu!
Monday - Italian Meatloaf
Tuesday - Florentine Pork Chops & Salsa Verde
Wednesday - Sweet Chili & Hoisin-Glazed Chicken Thighs
Thursday - Cheesy Chicken Pizza
Friday - White Cheddar Cheeseburgers
Saturday - Garden Quesadilla
Sunday - Leftovers Night

Destroy the crown from within | City of Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

Title: City of Bastards By: Andrew Shvarts Genre: Fantasy Pages: 320 Release Date: June 5th, 2018 Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Summary from Goodreads: While war rages in her Western homeland, Tilla, the bastard daughter of House Kent is far away, safely cloistered as a ward of the King in Lightspire. She's best friends with the Princess, treated like nobility, and is even given a spot at the prestigious University, where only the Kingdom's finest are educated. And yet, she finds herself unhappy, haunted by memories of her beloved brother, Jax, and plagued by a deeper sense of uncertainty, of not fitting in. Her boyfriend, Zell, who is now a recruit for the City Watch, puts on a brave face to hide the pain of leaving behind his Zitochi identity, while Princess Lyriana, stripped of her role as Mage, has begun rebelling against her conservative upbringing: drinking, partying, and hooking up with random boys. Then, Tilla returns to her quarters one night to find the cold body of her roomm…

The White Fish and His Daddy by Guido Genechten

Title: The White Fish and His Daddy By: Guido Genechten Genre: Picture Book Pages: 24 Release Date: May 21st, 2019 Publisher: Clavis
Summary from Goodreads: Little White Fish has a lot of friends. And they all have amazing daddies. Little Sea Horse's dad is really fast. Little Whale's dad is the biggest in the ocean. But, of course Little White Fish's daddy is very good at something, too! A heartwarming story for Father's Day, and every day, for ages 2.5 and up.
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Review: If my four year old loves a book, then I love a book. What draws us in, are the wonderful pictures and the fun stories. This book had great art. My little one kept pausing and looking over each page to make sure he didn't miss a detail. The story was fun, but the one thing that seemed strange was the abrupt ending. Either way, we read the book several times.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

Before her own mind destroys her | Before Mars by Emma Newman

Title: Before Mars By: Emma Newman Genre: Scifi Pages: 320 Release Date: April 17th, 2018 Publisher: 2018 by Ace
Summary from Goodreads: After months of travel, Anna Kubrick finally arrives on Mars for her new job as a geologist and de facto artist-in-residence. Already she feels like she is losing the connection with her husband and baby at home on Earth--and she'll be on Mars for over a year. Throwing herself into her work, she tries her best to fit in with the team.
But in her new room on the base, Anna finds a mysterious note written in her own handwriting, warning her not to trust the colony psychologist. A note she can't remember writing. She unpacks her wedding ring, only to find it has been replaced by a fake. 

Finding a footprint in a place the colony AI claims has never been visited by humans, Anna begins to suspect that her assignment isn't as simple as she was led to believe. Is she caught up in an elaborate corporate conspiracy, or is she actually losing her mind? Reg…

Fading by Cindy Cipriano #BlogTour

Cindy Cipriano
(The Fading Series, #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: April 10th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Leath Elliott is a seventeen-year-old competitive shooter living with her mother in Woodvine, North Carolina. Leath’s father was killed in a tragic accident when she was fourteen, and her friend Victor Santana has been there for her every step of the way since. But the friendship starts to change when Victor develops deeper feelings for her. If that wasn’t complicated enough, newcomer James Turner, an emancipated minor with a dark past, wanders into her sights. Leath is captivated by him and wonders if he might be the boy of her dreams—literally.
Fading is the first book in an exciting new fantasy romance series by award-winning author Cindy Cipriano.Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / KoboGUEST POST BY CINDY CIPRIANO Thanks for hosting me today. I’m thrilled to be here to talk about my new paranormal romance, Fadi…

The joy of new recipes | #WeeklyMenu Week #244

So, I found a new site full of delicious looking recipes, and I know you're supposed to buy their pre-made boxes, but seriously. I don't need a box of produce shipped to my door every week to know how to pick a good avocado. Even though I'm not ordering these meals, the recipes look amazing. You should see my produce list this week, its huge!
I made some progress on my writing this week. I'm up to chapter 35. Its a first draft, but its coming along nicely. I'm coming to the end and I'm really excited to get into edits.
Enjoy this weeks menu!
Monday - Ground Beef Nachos
Tuesday - Pineapple Pork Rice Bowles
Wednesday - Italian Meatloaf
Thursday - Chicken Orzo
Friday - Southwestern Beef Tacos
Saturday - Garden Quesadilla
Sunday - Leftovers Night

The games have only just begun | Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Title: Legendary By: Stephanie Garber Genre: Fantasy Pages: 416 Release Date: May 29th, 2018 Publisher: Flatiron Books
Summary from Goodreads: Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval
A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister's. Caraval has alway…

Geary and Darcy may not survive it... | Ascendant by Jack Campbell

Title: Ascendant By: Jack Campbell Genre: Sci-fi Pages: 336 Release Date: May 15th, 2018 Publisher: Ace
Summary from Goodreads: A young fleet officer and a Marine stand together to defend their colony in the continuation of the powerful and action-packed Genesis Fleet saga from New York Times bestselling author Jack Campbell.
In the three years since former fleet officer Rob Geary and former Marine Mele Darcy led improvised forces to repel attacks on the newly settled world of Glenlyon, tensions have only gotten worse.

When one of Glenlyon's warships is blown apart trying to break the blockade that has isolated the world from the rest of human-colonized space, only the destroyer Saber remains to defend it from another attack. Geary's decision to take Saber to the nearby star Kosatka to safeguard a diplomatic mission is a risky interpretation of his orders, to say the least.

Kosatka has been fighting a growing threat from so-called rebels--who are actually soldiers from aggressive colon…