Feb 19, 2017


  • Finally started to get accustomed to my new glasses.  Took longer this time with them causing dizziness and headaches.  I can definitely see better far away,  up close though I have to slide them down my nose.  Getting older and blinder is a bitch.
  • I had a funny feeling that once menopause hit, I wouldn't be dealing with a lot of hot flashes since those are caused by a loss of hormones.  My hormone level has always been low though.  One thing that I have noticed though is that my internal thermostat seems to be stuck on warm which is a total change for me.  I used to freeze anytime the temp was below 70 and now I am running the fan in the winter because I am too warm.
  • I think that one of the best things that I have done is to join the Red Hat Society.  I tend to be a recluse by nature and this forces me to get out of the house to experience life and have fun.  I went out this last Saturday to a Pirate themed party and had a blast.  I just wish that I could still dance and enjoy music without paying for it the next day.
  • I think that I have found a new favorite thing. For some reason, on Tuesday my fibro was acting up so badly that wearing clothes hurt & sitting taking calls at work was an exercise in pain. I had won a voucher for a Chinese foot massage better known as reflexology.  Within 20 minutes of the session beginning, my nerves calmed down. What blessed relief!
  • Finally got a halfway decent pic of my hair. Love the slight purple tint. 
Feb 17, 2017

Book Review: A Merciful Death

FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick has been waiting her whole life for disaster to strike. A prepper since childhood, Mercy grew up living off the land—and off the grid—in rural Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. Until a shocking tragedy tore her family apart and forced her to leave home. Now a predator known as the cave man is targeting the survivalists in her hometown, murdering them in their homes, stealing huge numbers of weapons, and creating federal suspicion of a possible domestic terrorism event. But the crime scene details are eerily familiar to an unsolved mystery from Mercy’s past.

Sent by the FBI to assist local law enforcement, Mercy returns to Eagle’s Nest to face the family who shunned her while maintaining the facade of a law-abiding citizen. There, she meets police chief Truman Daly, whose uncle was the cave man’s latest victim. He sees the survivalist side of her that she desperately tries to hide, but if she lets him get close enough to learn her secret, she might not survive the fallout…

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I really enjoyed A MERCIFUL DEATH especially because it gave me new insight on the prepper movement.  The way that Ms. Elliot portrays it makes total sense and it causes me to wonder why more of us don't take part in it at least as far as having food put aside.  I am thinking that I might want to have enough canned goods for my family set aside just in case.

This book is mainly character driven and I love the characters especially Mercy.  She is a modern woman who makes the most of today's conveniences to do her job yet if world ended tomorrow, she is ready for that also.  She has a strong sense of justice that both tortures her and drives her.  She is also someone that I would love to have a friend.  I am really looking forward to seeing more of this lady and hopefully Eagle's Nest's police chief Truman.

This book has a great pacing with the tension and danger increasing throughout the story especially when they discover that some older crimes might have bearing on the current murders.  I really do think that my readers who enjoy romantic suspense would enjoy A MERCIFUL DEATH.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Feb 16, 2017

Book Review: Framed and Burning

The Dreamslippers are a family of PIs who solve crimes using their ability to 'slip' into your dreams. But that isn't easy. In Framed and Burning, they have to defend one of their own. Someone sets fire to Mick Travers' art studio, killing his assistant, and Mick won't give an alibi. His sister is convinced he's innocent, but her granddaughter and the police aren't so sure. Was it really Mick, or is something even darker behind the fire?

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FRAMED AND BURNING is a different type of mystery in that it delves in the world of the dream.  Amazing Grace, her granddaughter Cat and her brother Mick all the ability to share the dreams of others.  It can be heart wrenching but it also has the ability to give them clues to investigate.  

When Mick's studio is burnt down, his friend and assistant Donnie happened to be asleep there.  Now Grace and Cat are trying to find out just why someone would burn down the studio.  Did Donnie have someone looking to kill him or was his death accidental?  They are out to clear Mick's name but he isn't being cooperative.

I really enjoyed this book.  It's a mystery but it is also a story about family and how we interact with them.   Grace and her brother haven't been close for years.  Seeing them interact and become close again is a true treasure.

I think that my readers who enjoy mysteries with a touch of the 'other' will love this book.  I plan on going back and picking up the first book myself.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.