Posted in Family, Parenting, Personal

19 years ago today

At this time (thank you scheduler), I was introduced to this 6lb, 1oz baby boy who was just as confused about what was going on as I was. 

When they placed him in my arms and he immediately stopped crying, I sobbed. I was 19, had this perfect baby and had no idea how I was going to do it. 

That perfect baby helped me grow in so many ways I can’t list them all. It was me and him for nearly three years and not only is he one hell of a kid, he is my best friend, one half of my heart and I’ll die if it meant he and his brother would be ok. 

It’s killing me that I can’t be the mother he needs right now, I just hope he knows that I gave him my strength when he was born. I pray everyday that he will be quadruple the person that I will ever be. That he is smart and capable and no one will ever hold him back from what he wants to accomplish. He is MY son. And damn it, that means something. 

Happy 19th birthday, Bert. You are amazing.


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Review: ShadowHunters Season 2

Yeah, you read that correctly. After being severely disappointed half way through season one and swearing I would never watch another episode… here I am lol.

I was still unhappy with season one but season two has been SO MUCH better! Especially the Jonathan/Sebastian storyline. Clace is awesome, Malec is awesome, hell I even love that there isn’t a Maya/Isobel triangle (yet?)! The actors seem so much more comfortable in their roles and are truly bringing them to life.

I’m now a follower on Twitter and was pleased to see season three is in the works. Can’t wait to see how they interept Lilth!

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Book Review: Seventies Child by David P. Anderson

Seventies Child


Seventies Child recalls a bygone era when children were free to explore and often ran wild. A collection of humorous and often heartfelt stories that examine universal themes that define growing up: sibling rivalry, fear, bullying, envy, peer pressure, friendship, and infatuation.

This fictional memoir follows hero/anti-hero Samuel Ballard as he struggles to mature from five to fifteen in 1970s suburban Boston. Whether he’s battling insomnia and his brother to be the first to open his presents in “The Christmas Alarm Clock”, teaming with his best friend, weirdo Jocko to dodge jail in “The Card Heist” or reluctantly associating with the hated “Preps” to woo his dream girl in the “The First Girlfriend”, Samuel is hard to root against despite his proclivity towards mischief. Seventies Child is a time warp back to the days of disco starring a hard rock hero.

reviewthree cup review(Score due to many grammatical errors.Contacted author to see if the copy given to me was an ARC or the final product, no response)

Seventies Child gave me a look into the era I was born into and have no memory of, lol.

This story is set as a memoir for Samuel Ballard, you’re normal everyday kid just trying to get through adolescents in one piece. He guides us through the story of his upbringing with strict parents, squabbles with siblings and asking out a crush for the time.

Anderson does well painting the picture of this large family and I was able to place myself into Samuel’s misadventures more than once.  It was a great story and I wish I could have given it a higher score but having to go back and reread sentences really ruined the flow.

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Review: Vampire Girl by Karpov Kinrade

Vampire Girl


You think it’s safe to walk alone at night. It’s not.

You think the only threat is other humans. It’s not.

Monsters are real. Demons are real. Vampires are real.

And I’m about to become one of them.

My name is Arianna Spero. I was an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, until my mother lapsed into a coma. Now, I am her only hope. She made a deal with the devil, and on my 18th birthday he came to collect. But there’s a way to save her. There’s something the princes of hell want more than my mother.


So I signed my soul away and promised to pick a prince to marry. I would take the blood oath, become one of them, and give them an heir. I would become a princess of hell, and my mother would live.

I expected fire and brimstone. I expected pain and misery. I didn’t expect beauty. I didn’t expect magic.

I didn’t expect love.

But the princes are keeping secrets from me.

Secrets that could shatter everything.review5cupreview

For anyone who knows me in person, they know that I love Twilight. The horribly acted, morally questionable, good God what have I gotten myself into Twilight by Stephanie Meyers. And now any vampire book, especially one compared to Twilight, better deliver. Vampire Girl has done this and so much more.

I saw an ad on Facebook for a free promotion weekend and I figured I’d get to it when I got to it; and thanks to my insomnia I got around to it quicker then I expected. Vampire Girl is a fast paced, action filled mystery of why (and how) the hell (no pun intended) did Arianna’s mother make a deal with Lucifer himself?

The Karpov Kinrade’s are masters of descriptive imagery and pulling the reader into the story quickly and keeping them there, which is great since I have a short attention span lately (thanks fibro)… can I add anymore parenthesis (yes, yes I can)? I went and one-clicked Midnight Star before finishing VG and can’t wait to be able to one-click the rest!

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Review: Just An Illusion EP by Dee Kelly



Just An Illusion – EP (Illusion Series – Book 3)


Cover Design: Regina Wamba / Mae I Design and Photography

Release Date: June 21, 2017


Lives are turned upside down …

Everything was perfect before life came to a screeching halt


When devastating loss flips Amelia’s world on its axis, she loses

her spirit. Mel isn’t the only one hurting, though; the members of BAD are also struggling to find their way after that tragic night.

Life goes on …

Amelia’s friends move heaven and earth to help ease her sadn

ess. Knowing she’s on a dangerous precipice, they fight through their own pain to bring her safely to the other side of her grief.

Love can conquer …

Amelia knows bottling up her feelings isn’t helping an

ything. With love at her fingertips, all she has to do is reach for it. Mel’s loved ones desperately hope she can once again find her way to happiness.

Can Amelia overcome her fears to let love in

again, or will she let the weight of that night continue to drown her in sorrow?

Just an Illusion – EP is book three in The Illusion Series



She warned us. Literally:

Warning – Per the request of The B Side reader group. Please have wine, tissues, and chocolate in hand. I’m pretty sure if you’ve read The B Side this is a given, but I’m my due diligence by extending a warning.

And even after that warning, and having read The B Side and crying my eyes out at the end, she did it again. We let the woman do it to us AGAIN. I read the fist three chapters in sobs, but the tears were bitter sweet as we learned that Mel and the baby survived the bus crash, only to have her world ripped apart again.

Now set two years after the tour ending/bus crash Mel recounts her memories with the help of the band mates that witnessed everything. We are taken into such a deep grasp of emotions, you’ll find yourself not able to breath at times. I knew I could have finished this book in one night (as I have the others) but I had to put it down several times just to process not only what Mel was feeling, but what I was feeling as well. I can relate to one of the death’s of the book, a friend taken too soon, and all those emotions of from the moment I found out she was gone, to the nights crying myself to sleep all came rushing back.

I have to admit something I first considered a flaw (the length of Mel’s recovery) was actually something that readers need and authors need not fear to write. We are reminded of several life lessons, especially no one can tell you how to grieve or when it needs to end.

I normally post coffee cups as ratings but for this one folks you’re gonna need at least three boxes of tissue. #truth

bioDee Kelly was born and raised in Southern California. She is the author of The Acceptance Series and the upcoming Illusion Series. Dee has loved writing since she was a child and used to enjoy spinning stories to her childhood friends and seeing their reactions. Dee is a mom, a wife, a dog lover and a margarita enthusiast. She also loves chocolate, caramel, Starbucks, and sarcasm.

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Review: A Whisper of Solace by K.J. Coakley



A Contemporary Romance. A Whisper Of Solace is a stand-alone novel.


I read somewhere there were five official stages of grief.

Denial: I lived in this state for the last two years. If I didn’t allow myself to believe my wife was gone, then I didn’t have to accept it.

Anger: I was pissed…at everything.

Bargaining: I would continue on the journey that Sophia and I had begun—when I was ready.

Depression: I felt hollow inside.

Acceptance: When I met Kara Murphy, I finally accepted that maybe I was meant to love again. But then, everything changed.


I saw a show on TV that said there were four stages of Battered Women Syndrome.

Denial: It took me almost ten years to finally admit to myself that my husband was an abusive ass.

Guilt: It was all my fault—until it wasn’t.

Enlightenment: It was time to escape.

Responsibility: The day I met Will Scott was the day it all changed. But just when I thought I was taking back my life—it all came crashing down.

AUTHORS NOTE: Due to language and adult content, this book is intended for readers 18+.



A Whisper of Solace was the first book I read by K.J. Coakley and it will not be the last.

We are quickly introduced to Will Scott who experiences a tragedy that we all fear of happening too soon, the loss of a loved one. We are then taken into the life of Krista/Kara and her brave escape from a life of torment. The circumstance that brings these characters together was a fresh twist for me and heartwarming.

We follow the couple as they feel each other out and overcome the obstacle of just getting to know each other when both have walls up that are as impenetrable as China’s. When those walls do come down though it is obvious that they are meant for each other and while still healing from the wounds of their past relationships, they help each other recover.

The ending was a tad predictable but it still worked.