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Happy Veteran’s Day…

My dad…
My brother in law…

And to my father in law, uncle, and all the men and women who gave up so much to serve our country. So proud of all our military!

Song a Day (4)…

My friend Dr. Meg at Meg Sorick, Writer, tagged me for ‘a song a day’ challenge.  Meg writes and draws and bakes.  And she’s a chiropractor — can you say overachiever??   But seriously, you need to check out her blog if you don’t follow already.  It’s wonderful.

The rules are to post the lyrics of a favorite song five days in a row, explain what they mean to you (if you like) and add the video if available.  Even my kids tell me I have the musical taste of a preteen girl, so sorry about that 😀  You are then supposed to nominate two other bloggers who can participate if they wish and my choices are:

The Happy Quitter

Wendy at Ramblings and Musings

I know I’ve mentioned that I come from a somewhat military family.  My husband, father, father-in-law and one brother-in-law all served, so this song holds a special place in my heart.  Angel Flight was written to honor the U.S. pilots who bring home their fallen brethren from combat zones around the world to their final resting places.   The song is performed by Radney Foster with Darius Rucker singing back up.  The video explains the reasons behind writing the song and then it’s performed at the end.  Please grab your tissues and listen…

All I ever wanted to do was fly
Leave this world and live in the sky
I left the C130 out of Fort Worth town
I go up some days I don’t wanna come down

Well I fly that plane called the Angel Flight
Come on brother you’re with me tonight
Between Heaven and earth you’re never alone
On the Angel Flight
Come on brother I’m taking you home

I love my family and I love this land
But tonight this flight’s for another man
We do what we do because we heard the call
Some gave a little, but he gave it all

I fly that plane called the Angel Flight
Come on brother you’re with me tonight
Come on brother you’re with me tonight
Between Heaven and earth you’re never alone
On the Angel Flight
Come on brother I’m taking you home
Come on brother I’m taking you home

Well, the cockpit’s quiet and the stars are bright
Feels kinda like church in here tonight
It don’t matter where we touch down
On the Angel Flight its sacred ground

I fly that plane called the Angel Flight
Gotta hero riding with us tonight
Between Heaven and earth you’re never alone
On the Angel Flight
Come on brother I’m taking you home
Come on brother I’m taking you home
Come on brother I’m taking you home
Come on brother I’m taking you home

Songwriters: Darden Smith, Radney M. Foster

Taking Fire…

Taking Fire (One-Eyed Jacks, #4)Taking Fire by Cindy Gerard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of my favorite authors, Cindy Gerard, is a master of the sexy, action-packed alpha male novel and she proves it again with her new book, releasing today! Former special ops turned government contractor, Bobby Taggart meets a beautiful Israeli while on assignment in Kabul. He knows she’s working hard to get his attention but he can’t figure out what her end game is. And soon it doesn’t matter as he finds himself falling hard for the sexiest woman he’s ever met.

But when Talia Levine uses him to lead her elite organization to find and kill a man that the Americans wanted alive for questioning, Bobby can’t believe he’s been played. And when he gets back to the hotel room where they’d had some extremely hot nights, there’s no trace of her.

Fast forward six years to when Talia and Bobby meet up by chance right before the embassy in Oman that they’re in is bombed. Forced together to help each other escape, Bobby soon finds that Talia’s young son was kidnapped and the bombing was targeting her in retaliation for the assassination her organization committed six years earlier. She is nearly hysterical when her son’s bodyguard is found murdered and she knows who’s taken her son. Bobby is still furious with her for what happened years ago when she put a tracker in his phone, but he sympathizes with her fear for her son — a son that is just about the right age to be his…

I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.

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.

RELEASE BLAST — Till Death Us Do Part by Cristina Slough…

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Cristina Slough
Releasing Dec 29th, 2015
Limitless Publishing


The fateful day Mimi Marcus has
dreaded begins with a phone call…
The wife of a U.S. Marine, Mimi
spent countless nights worried that her husband Joel would fall in the line of
duty. He had fought valiantly and served his country with honor. That’s exactly
what they tell her when they deliver the news—Joel was taken by the enemy in
Afghanistan. Her husband is dead.
In desperate need of closure, Mimi travels to the one place Joel still has ties—The Marcus Ranch in Texas,
inherited by his handsome younger brother Austin.
New beginnings are only an
The closer Mimi grows to the Marcus family, the more she considers it home. But when suspicions of Joel’s past
surface, Austin refuses to disclose family secrets—even to his brother’s widow.
It’s only by accident she uncovers evidence of Joel’s tainted past. Devastated
by his lies and betrayal, she slowly opens up to Austin, and together they unfold
layers of pain and grief.
Mimi is sure she’ll never love again, but is Austin the man to prove her wrong?   Then
the unthinkable happens…
Just as Mimi finds new hope in a future with Austin, Joel returns home from war. Enraged, traumatized, and
teetering on the edge of insanity, Joel confesses to a history of deception,
revealing yet another secret—this one too terrible to forgive.
In an awful twist of fate, Joel proves marriage vows are made to be honored.No matter what.


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Novelist, movie addict, and animal lover, Cristina Slough is the author of Till Death Us Do Part, her debut novel.

Cristina has always been a bookworm, rarely seen without a pen and paper in her hand, she loves delving into a literacy fictional world of her own.

At the age of 11, her junior school teacher told her mother that she would be wasting her life if she didn’t become an author. Throughout her teenage years and beyond, her parents spurred her on to keep writing. She later began a career in commercial real estate, working in London’s West End, a corporate bubble where she was unable to fuel her passion to write.

It was on her Californian honeymoon in 2012 that the bug to write was becoming increasingly difficult to ignore. After visiting Yosemite National Park she was inspired by the natural beauty of the land that surrounded her. Holding a special place in her heart, Yosemite would later be written into her debut novel.

She finally gave up the ‘big smoke’ when her son, Lucas, was born in October 2013.

When Lucas was a newborn, Cristina was told to sleep when the baby sleeps. She never could. There was a calling inside her to write. After getting to grips with her new role as a mother, she began working a psychological thriller, but she couldn’t fully connect to the characters she created. She ditched the manuscript and started Till Death Us Do Part (Limitless Publishing, 2015).

Cristina is married to Adam, who runs a successful business; together they share their Bedfordshire home with their son, crazy white German Shepherd and three spoiled cats. They can be found trekking through woodlands, or around the many shops Cristina loves to explore. As a family, they love to travel frequently, the United States being a firm favorite.