And this is how it happened…

And, here goes a typical day in my life. I was cleaning up the kitchen island and decided to finally relocate the bag of epsom salt to the bathroom (it had taken up residence there.) I went into the bathroom and realized that I needed a stool to climb on (the physical therapist would have a stroke. That is why I am in PT. I fell off a step stool.) I went to the garage and got the step stool. While I was rearranging a shelf in the linen closet to make room for the epsom salt I spotted a container and had a grand revelation – it was the perfect container for the problem area in my office for which I have been struggling to find a solution. 

So, I abandoned the linen closet and went to my office. I had an identical storage container in my office closet and commenced with organizing some things in my carts. By combining some like items I freed up a gazillion other smaller containers and I am confident that this system is perfect – until I have another epiphany and decide to organize again. That’s how my mind works. It automatically updates organizing systems I come up with much like the GPS updates.  Hubby calls it my “recompute” system. 

The linen closet has also been updated; all within the space of 45 minutes. I’m happy. Are you? The appropriate answer would be yes. Lol


Daily Journal – Day 19

I may have to make a trip to Hobby Lobby soon for some more “love” paper. It is so cute and fitting for this journal. Also the prayer paper. 

Daily Journal – Days 17 and 18

Beyond Reason by Kat Martin – Book Promotion, Excerpt

In a bold direction with more suspense than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin raises chills as danger stalks a woman determined to make it in a man’s world . . .

Five weeks ago Carly Drake stood at her grandfather’s grave. Now she’s burying Drake Trucking’s top driver, and the cops have no leads on the hijacking or murder. Faced with bankruptcy, phone threats and the fear of failure, Carly has to team up with the last man she wants to owe—Lincoln Cain.

Cain is magnetic, powerful, controlling—and hiding more than one secret. He promised Carly’s granddad he’d protect her. The old man took a chance on him when he was nothing but a kid with a record, and now he’s the multi-millionaire owner of a rival firm.

But Linc’s money can’t protect Carly from the men who’ll do anything to shut her down, or the secrets behind Drake Trucking. If she won’t sell out, the only way to keep her safe is to keep her close . . . and fight like hell.

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https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781420143157

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31937763-beyond-reason

Beyond Reason

By Kat Martin

Excerpt

The helicopter flight back was quick and uneventful. By the time they reached the ranch house and she made her way into the kitchen, her heart hurt and despair had her mouth so dry she could barely speak.

As if he had some kind of special Carly radar, Linc followed her and just stood watching.

“What happened today?” he asked, the unnatural calmness in his tone putting her on alert. “Something happened that changed things between us. What was it?”

He was amazingly perceptive. She thought about lying, but it wasn’t worth the effort.

“Sophia happened. She reminded me of the way things really are.”

“Sophia Aiello?” He frowned. “What does Sophia have to do with anything?”

“She came to see you. You didn’t have time for her, but I’m sure she’ll forgive you.”

“I’ve never slept with Sophia.”

“You have a date with her next week. Were you going to tell me the truth or make something up?”

A knot of anger surfaced in his jaw. “It’s just a PR stunt to raise money. I have no interest in a woman like that.”

She didn’t believe him. She wished she’d never met him.

“I want to go home. I’ll sleep in one of the other bedrooms tonight, but tomorrow I’m going home.”

His jaw went harder. “You’re not leaving. I’m not letting you put yourself in that kind of danger.”

“You can’t tell me what to do.”

“You don’t think so? I’ll tell you this–I’m not letting some spoiled, self-absorbed female I don’t give a damn about ruin what’s happening between us.”

Her head came up. “Nothing’s happening. It’s just sex.”

“Is it?” He stalked toward her, caught her shoulders. He was mad, furious. She didn’t understand why he was so angry.

“I don’t know where this is going. But if Sophia upset you that badly, I mean more to you than just sex. We’re going to see where this leads. We’re not going to let other people decide the outcome.”

He fisted a hand in her hair to hold her in place and his mouth crushed down over hers. She pressed her hands against his powerful chest and told herself to stop him, that he was just saying the words every woman wanted to hear.

But what if she was wrong? What if Linc was the one man who was exactly what he seemed? She wanted to believe it so badly.

Carly struggled against him, but the heat was too much, the yearning too strong. She kissed him back with all the need she felt for him, all the hunger. She whimpered when Linc broke away.

“Another thing you should know. I’m not above using sex to get what I want. Since I know how much you like sex with me, I’m going to remind you exactly why you decided to stay with me in the first place.”

When Linc kissed her again, Carly closed her eyes and let the storm of passion roll over her.

 

 

 

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By What is Sure to Follow, A PTSD Odyssey by Don Burton – Review

By What is Sure to Follow by [Burton, Donald N.]

 

Ex-Marine Force Recon Luke Sims is a veteran of two wars: Vietnam and the one inside his head. He’s spent the last fourteen years attending self-help group sessions at a local Veterans’ Center to help him be normal, to cope with the memories and trauma of his tour of duty. On the outside, he seems fine. But looks can deceive and it’s not long before Luke goes to war with his incredible skill set against his inner demons and the depth of his pain is at last revealed-with deadly consequences.

Based on actual in-country events of uncommon valor, unbelievable luck and supreme dedication to brethren, By What Is Sure To Follow: A PTSD Odyssey dramatically follows one veteran’s path, chronicling unknown exploits into North Vietnam during the early years of the Vietnam War. With stark realism, it reveals the potentially devastating aftereffects of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) on those who go to war and painfully decries the failure of a nation to protect and heal its warriors when they come home broken.

What is being said –

By What is Sure to Follow’ is a riveting book.  Sadly, as we have learned from those who have returned from war, PTSD  can have a terrible impact on a soldier. If you are a veteran, you will empathize with Luke Sims, Burton’s book informs the reader that the bonds formed in war are permanent and there is a price for everything. It is a great book, but it is gut-wrenching at the same time. I highly recommend it.”  -Leo Barron, recipient of two Bronze Stars, is a former U.S. Army captain who served with the 101st Airborne, has seen two tours of active duty in Iraq.

Donald Burton certainly knows how to tell a story...” Five Stars – Budden Book Reviews

Military Writers Society of America
“A troubling look at the invisible wounds service to our country can inflict. The book… portrays very well the brotherhood of arms.” – Military Writers Society of America
Donald N. Burton

A Southern California native, Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April 1966. During his nearly four years in the Navy, he did three tours in Vietnam, logging over 250 hours as a helicopter air crewman gunner and attaining the rank of Petty Officer Second Class.

His first West-Pac (Western Pacific) tour was on the USS Cogswell, (DD-651), a Fletcher-class destroyer. It briefly performed “plane guard” duty off Vietnam (Yankee Station) for the aircraft carrier USS Kittyhawk (CVA-63). While on coastal patrol on March 2, 1967, the Cogswell, and the USS Canberra (CA-70), a Baltimore-class cruiser, came under fire from North Vietnamese shore batteries that resulted in a 5-inch gun turret wbeing blown off the side of the Canberra.

Before his second cruise, Don became a Naval Photographer’s Mate and was transferred to the USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2), an amphibious assault helicopter carrier. It hosted a squadron of Marine helicopters that ferried the ship’s nearly 2,000 Marines into battle. His duties included documenting the resident Marine Battalion’s activities shipboard and occasionally in-country whenever aerial or on-ground reconnaissance documentary photographs were needed, Don’s duties included serving as a helicopter air combat crewman, manning a .50-caliber machine gun when officially photographing the war.

My Review –

The war in Vietnam was a war that drew everyone’s attention. It was a war that perhaps we should never have entered. Rumors of why we were there were something this country shouldn’t be proud of. It was a war that I remember vividly. I was a student in high school and new boys from the neighborhood who left home to serve their country in this conflict; boys I saw come home changed.

Don Burton describes well the trauma suffered by so many Americans who were victims of the Vietnam War. The horrors our young men witnessed, participated in, and were victims of were nightmares, many would suffer from the rest of their lives in the form of PTSD; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Some have learned to deal with what happened, others have never been able to move past the horrors.

In this book, the reader will experience the everyday life of a war zone where no one was to be trusted; not a woman, not a child. In a country where there were few friends and the enemy could very well be the child standing next to you, soldiers had to be on guard at all times, for to offer aid to an innocent looking person could mean the difference between life and death – your death.

Don Burton has written an amazing account of the war that brought many to their knees, and how our country failed our soldiers upon their return. He exposes the pain and confusion that so many men suffered, to the point where the mind takes over in order to protect. Growing up in small town America, the world did little to prepare our young men for the reality of a brutal war that would forever change their lives and those around them. The book will open your eyes to the true casualties of war.

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Flynn’s Firecracker, book 5 in Heroes for Hire by Dale Mayer, Book Promotion

A four-man unit brushes up against Mason and his ‘Keepers’ unit. Sparks fly from the beginning as not one of the men are looking for romance. But there’s no choice – cupid has a soft spot for SEALS and he’s lined his sights up on Devlin next. :)The right place at the right time… or the very wrong place…As part of a group helping to training Iraq soldiers, Devin is doing additional training on how to use the latest drones. But when a murder is committed on the base and suspicion is thrown on the drone’s designer, he can’t stop himself from helping her. When they return stateside, another employee in the same company is murdered. Once again suspicion falls on the designer. And as tension climbs, Devin wonders who will be next…

Bristol didn’t want to take her latest drone models to Iraq, but she was behind schedule and her bosses were pushing.

Then disaster strikes, and she’s the one everyone blames. She loses her research and her best friend, and now she’s determined to find out who did this… no matter how dangerous it is.

The killer isn’t done. He got what he wanted but there’s more that he needs… and he’ll kill to get it. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time…

 

Dale Mayer is a prolific multi-published writer. She’s best known for her Psychic Vision Series. Besides her romantic suspense/thrillers, Dale also writes paranormal romance and crossover young adult books in different genres.To go with her fiction, she writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system.

She has recently published her Career Essentials Series .

All her books are available in print and digital format.

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