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After Burn/After Shock Book and Movie

Last Friday Passionflix started streaming their newest book turned movie, After Burn/After Shock by Sylvia Day.  I’ll start with the book, it was okay.  I like the Crossfire Series more but this is actaully two novellas in one book.  So they are not as in depth, which I prefere but limited space means limited information.  I would have preferred more of Gia and Jax’s backstory.  On to the movie.  They did a great job following the book and hitting some of the major points.  I love that Passionflix is turning books into movies, this being the second, and I can’t wait for more.  I think I would have to say Hollywood Dirt was better but then again maybe that was just me liking that book better. 


NOLA In My Reading (Recommended Series In Depth Part 2)

I knew I was drawn to the city of New Orleans from my short trip there two years ago, I just didn’t realize how drawn I was. That draw has even found its way to my reading now. There are two series (both from my recommended series list) that based in New Orleans. The first is the Boudreaux Series by Kristen Proby and the other is the Bourbon Street Boys Series by Elle Casey.   

Boudreaux Series (in order)

– Easy Love

– Easy With You (novella)

– Easy Charm

– Easy Melody

– Easy Kisses

– Easy for Keeps (novella)

– Easy Magic

– Easy Fortune (novella)

– Easy Nights

I just learned about the first novella Easy with You so I am super excited to go back and read it. These are fun romances that really capture the essence of New Orleans. They are full of southern charm mixed with the music, magic, history, and night life of New Orleans. Reading these really made me want to go back to NOLA and since I don’t see that happening any time soon these were a fun way to take a little trip back there, even if it was only in my mind.


Bourbon Street Boys Series (in order)

– Wrong Number, Right Guy

– Wrong Place, Right Time

– Wrong Question, Right Answer

– Wrong Turn, Right Direction

The Bourbon Street Boys series are four quirky detective stories with some romance built in. Would I say these are the best books, not really, but they were a fun breath of fresh air. They kept me laughing and I really enjoyed the characters and their bond, so that was good. These are perfect for a change of pace reads, in my opinion.  

Good Luck Dale

As the 2017 NASCAR schedule is winding down, three races including today’s. It is hard to believe that after the final race of the season Dale Earnhardt Jr is hanging up his fire suite and retiring. I was a Junior fan before I was a NASCAR fan. How does that work you ask? Well I had seen Dale Jr on TV and thought he was cute, so he was my favorite driver, but it wasn’t until after Senior’s death in the 2001 Daytona 500 that I really sat down to watch a race and enjoyed what I was watching. I remember that week while it was yesterday, watching everything I could about it on the news and purchasing the newspapers, books, and magazines. I was in shock that a larger than life person like that was killed during the biggest race of the year. I cried tears of fear when Dale Jr. wrecked early in the next race at Rockingham and tears of happiness when Steve Park, driving one of the cars owned by Dale Sr., won the race. And the tears were really flowing when Dale Earnhardt Jr won the July Daytona race. I was excited when Dale Jr. decided to make the move to Hendrick and even more excited when they moved the 48 and 88 into the same shop, my two favorite drivers coming out of the same shop, they were going to be unstoppable, and for a while they were the it team. But then Dale Jr had that hard wreck last year, at Kentucky none the less, and the retirement gears started turning. It is going to be weird not having a “Dale Earnhardt” racing (and not just because of an injury). But I wish Dale luck and he is going to have a new little baby to keep him busy. And I know this does not been he is leaving racing completely, it’s just a little sad for a long-time Earnhardt fan like myself to see him walking away without ever winning a championship. And I know there will be more tears flowing in a few weeks when they race that final race at Homestead Miami.  

The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories by: Celeste Fletcher McHale

They always say you can’t judge a book by its cover, well I chose my books by their cover, most of the time. The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories is one of those. I was drawn to this book the moment I saw the cover. (Plus, I am drawn to all things magnolia.) It was a nice easy read with a story that pulls at the heart strings.
On a roof time during a flood, is that where someone expects to find the love of their life? Usually no, but that is what Jacey is wondering a year later after meeting Colin in that exact way. Is he the love of her life and where does she go to find him? But they find each other in the most unexpected way and what ensures is a journey they both must take to see if the feelings they have toward each other is love or something else.  

I enjoyed taking the journey with Jacey and Colin. They have some bumps along the way, which of course makes the story more interesting. I have never read a story quite like this before, it was an easy read that opened my eyes a little at the same time. I will keep books Celeste Fletcher McHale on my watch list. I know she has one other one that I have not read yet but I am hoping to soon.  

Missing H°o°me

Thanks to my Time Hop I was reminded that two years ago today I was at Disney World.  Which just increaded my h°o°me sickness.  That trip was hotter then heck (they were breaking records from the 20’s) but it was fun to see the trasition from Halloween/Fall to Christmas.  I would love to go back again in November or Early December, but then again I’m game for a Disney Trip almost anytime. 

Recommended Series In Depth (Part 1)

1) Morgan Run Series by M. Lee Prescott 

Books in Series (in order)

– Emma’s Dream

– Lang’s Return

– Jeb’s Promise

– Rose’s Choice

– Hope’s Wonder

– Ruthie’s Love (coming soon)

I purchased Emma’s dream for free with the help of Book Bub. It sounded cute and it was free so I thought I would give it a shot. I fell in love with the Morgan family and their Arizona ranch. I am so excited for the next book to come out later this month. This series would not have to be read in order but I would highly recommend it. The nice thing is too is there is room for a lot more books. I can’t wait!


2) Cameron Saga: Civil War Trilogy by Heather Graham


Books in Series (in order)

– One Wore Blue

– One Wore Gray

– And One Rode West

These are books four through six in the Cameron Saga but books one through three in the Civil War Trilogy of the Cameron Saga. I have not read any of the other Cameron Saga books, only these in the Civil War Trilogy. I am a sucker for a good civil war romance and these did not disappoint. These are about two brothers and a sister. The brothers, like so many families during that time, were divided just like America (as you can probably tell by the titles). These books too are probably better if you read them in order, but since they are a trilogy of their own, I don’t feel like I missed anything having not read the other books.  

Traditions are not Changeable 

Opening Day in Cincinnati is special and has been for decades.  The energy level on Reds Opening Day is through the roof.  So I can’t believe Findley Market is changing it next year and that the expect the fans to accept it.  How can you have a Reds true opening day without the opening day parade?  It is a tradition not just a one time event.  Change is not always a good thing when tradition is envolved.