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Me and JP, Conversations with a 3 1/2 year old…

J20151005_103457P is my now 3 1/2 year old grandson. He and his mom and dad and their English bulldog lived with us while their new house was being built.  One of the best things about having them here was spending time talking with him.  It makes me hopeful for the next generation.  He is so wise and so much fun!   You can find all my Me and JP stories here.


A few quick JP updates.  He is fascinated with the bathroom lately (still!)


JP:  Granny sits in a chair a lot.  (That is his great grandma, who is in her 90s.)

Me:  You mean a wheelchair?

JP:    Yes.  And Granny goes potty anywhere she wants!

Me:  Really??  (I found out later Granny has a portable commode, lol.  So anywhere she wants to put the commode…)


JP:  Nana, where do pterodactyls go potty?

Me: Um, like birds, I think, you know, they sit on a tree branch?

JP:  No, I think they use the bathroom.

Me:  Well, okay…


JP:  Nana, I have on Mickey underwear.  There’s a big Mickey on the back side of my butt and a little Mickey on my man stuff.

Me:  Good to know, thank you!


Jackson’s Trust…

Jackson's Trust (Fourth Down, #1)Jackson’s Trust by Violet Duke

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I haven’t done a romance review in awhile and I’m glad I had this one to read and review right now, because I really liked this fun and sexy book that’s the first in a new sports series by Violet Duke.  I would have given the book five stars but I felt the beginning was a little slow moving and the ending brought in some unusual events that didn’t seem to mesh with the rest of the story.

That said, all the chapters in between are fabulous fun in a story of brilliant network sports analyst Jackson Gray being asked to mentor newly hired sideline reporter Leila Hart in this football oriented story.  Jackson immediately senses that Leila is hiding a keen understanding of the game and he can’t imagine why.

The two begin a very flirtatious and fun working relationship, both vowing they won’t allow their attraction to turn into anything more. And Jackson admits he has some deep, dark secrets, as well, which we find out about late in the story.  Sports and romance, what could be better?

I received this as an ARC from NetGalley.

Kiss Me in Christmas Release Blitz and Giveaway…

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Actress Chloe O’Connor has become America’s sweetheart, but back in little Christmas, Colorado, she’s still remembered as a shy, awkward schoolgirl. And there’s no one she dreads (and secretly wants) to see more than her high school crush, Easton McBride. Just one look from the former star quarterback and it’s like she’s instantly transformed from daytime drama queen to tongue-tied teenager. She’s kissed Hollywood actors and famous cover models, so she can certainly play it cool while turning up the heat, right?

 After an injury ended his military career, Easton McBride built a good life in the rugged countryside of his hometown. And the last thing he needs is his quiet solitude shattered by a high-maintenance temptress who isn’t anything like the sweet Chloe he misses. While he enjoys the flirtation with this new bold and beautiful woman, he can’t help but wonder whether a kiss could have the power to bring back the small-town girl he’s grown to love.

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Debbie Mason


About the Author:

Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their “likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots” (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn’t writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.

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Leaving Yesterday…

Leaving Yesterday (Laurel Falls, #1)Leaving Yesterday by Zoe Dawson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book in a new series and wow, it covers a lot of ground and introduces a huge cast of characters who live in and around Laurel Falls, Montana. Rafferty Hamilton is sent by her father out West to scout a location for a new resort hotel he wants to build. But as she’s nearly at her destination, her sporty little car breaks down and gorgeous mechanic Trace Black comes to her rescue.

Rafferty doesn’t want to let on why she’s in Montana, but it gets harder and harder not to talk about her reasons as she ends up staying longer than anticipated while they wait for specially ordered parts for her foreign sports car to arrive.

And the longer she stays, the closer Raff gets to Trace and his family; little sister Cadie who’s in high school, and his equally good-looking brothers Reese, a rugged firefighter, and Harley, who was severely injured after following Trace into the military.

Cadie’s got boyfriend problems, Harley has physical wounds and is fighting with PTSD and Reese seems to be always happy, but Raff suspects there’s more going on under the surface.

Then there’s Anzu, a talented but awkward Japanese teenager who’d been adopted by Eden whose home Rafferty stays in and rents a room from while waiting for her car.

This was an interesting read that started out a little slow for me. But once I got farther along and got to know the characters a little better, the pace picked up and I found it rather charming.  Waiting anxiously for the next book in the series!

I received this as an ARC from NetGalley.

A Romantic Little Novella…

The BridesmaidThe Bridesmaid by Julia London

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

If you’re looking for a funny, romantic, heartfelt but quick read, this novella is perfect for you! Joe Firretti and Kate Preston “meet” sitting next to each other on a plane that gets diverted to Dallas while they’re on their way to Seattle. They don’t really care for each other at first — he thinks she’s an armrest hog and she tries to have a friendly conversation with him, but he’s a little hungover and not very responsive.

Kate just moved to New York to take an editorial job and is going home to Seattle to stand up in her cousin’s wedding, carting along her huge, ruffly peach bridesmaid gown encased in what Joe refers to as the “pink life raft.” And Joe is moving from New York to Seattle, having just taken a new job there. Kate needs to be in Seattle in time for the weekend wedding and Joe needs to be there to start his job on Monday.

Julia London sets up a wonderfully fun series of travel debacles including storms and sold out car rentals and a looming air traffic controller strike that have the two of them scrambling to get to their destination and ending up falling in love as they help each other get across the country.

But, then, what’s the answer when Kate lives in New York and Joe just took a job in Seattle?   Can that long distance of a relationship really work?

I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca and it’s also being featured on their chapter a day email that you can sign up for here.  When you sign up, you’ll receive a free chapter of a select Sourcebooks Casablanca romance every weekday in your email!  Totally free!