-The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversey.--Martin Luther King Jr. 2 (1).jpg

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Book Review – The Light of Day

The Light of Day (Beyond The Horizon #2)The Light of Day

Stand Alone Novel

By: Kristen Kehoe

Book Description:

Every action has its own consequence…

Cora Whitley has learned the hard way that there are some choices you can’t escape, you merely survive. And she is, surviving that is. She’s living, breathing, eating, sleeping, working, all of the things you do when all you’re trying to do is get from one day to the next without truly remembering who you were.

Jake Ferrari recognizes Cora the minute he sees her. Maybe it’s because somehow he knows she’s as broken as he is, or maybe it’s because when he looks at her he sees that the life he thought was over when his elbow blew out and his pitching career came to a halt can now be something different. Something better with her.

But nothing comes for free, not even love. Follow Cora and Jake as they piece together their lives and deal with the consequences of falling in love with the one person they know they can’t have.

–Includes mature content.

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Best Vacation To-Date

During the summer of 2015, I had the chance to travel to Europe. While in Europe I got the chance to visit Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Liechtenstein.

One of my favorite Locations that we visited was the Neuschwanstein Castle. This castle is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. While visiting the castle we got to tour some of the main rooms then hike to Queen Mary’s bridge, which is where the picture below was taken of the castle.

 

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Neuschwanstein Castle from Queen Mary’s bridge — Schwangau, Germany

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Book Review – Left Drowning #1

Left Drowning #117325147

By: Jessica Park

–  399 pages  –

Book Description:

What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

*This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.
Note: due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+

Book Review from Goodreads – Left Drowning For more information and other book reviews from this book click on the link!

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January movie releases that have me interested…

Hidden Figures – PG click for larger (if applicable)

Release Date: Friday, January 6

Length: 2h 7m

Genre: drama – true story

Director: Ted Melfi

Stars:Taraji P. HensonKirsten DunstOctavia SpencerJanelle MonaeKevin CostnerJim Parsons

Description: Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Movie Preview Link: Hidden Figures preview


Patriots Day click for larger (if applicable)

Release Date: Friday, January 13th

Length: 2h 10m

Genre: Drama- Thriller

Director: Peter Berg

Stars: Mark WahlbergJ.K. SimmonsJohn GoodmanMichelle MonaghanKevin BaconAlex Wolff

Description: In the aftermath of an unspeakable attack, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and celebrates the strength of the people of Boston.

Movie Preview Link: Patriots Day preview

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2016 Books I have Read

Here are the books I have read in 2016, in no specific order. If I have done a book review on them I will also include a link to it, otherwise, I will put up a link to Goodreads.com so that you can check out the books yourself!

  • It Goes On – Ashley Claudy51xsuamfuul-_uy250_

 

 

  • Falling to Pieces (Fate & Circumstances #1) – Leddy Harperdownload-2

 

 

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Book Review – Scoring Wilder

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By: R.S Grey

What started out as a joke— seduce Coach Wilder— soon became a goal she had to score.

With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He’s a professional soccer player, America’s favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper.

• A face that makes girls weep – check.
• Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) – check.
• Enough confidence to shift the earth’s gravitational pull – double check.

Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits . Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley’s already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.

Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.”

A fun & sexy New Adult Romance (age 17+)

Book Description from Goodreads-Scoring Wilder

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Your Last

Well, Seniors, you are now at the halfway point in your last high school year. If you are anything like me this year has gone by incredibly too fast. At times it scares me how fast time goes, because what happens next? We are so used to being in the high school bubble. Am I really ready for the ‘real world’?

One day, if it hasn’t happened already you will step foot in your high school for the last time. Eventually, it becomes your year of ‘lasts’. Your last first day, last game, last practice, last dance, last pep rally, last test, your last day. Thinking back on it I always felt as if I had forever. You think that you will be friends with these people forever. I mean you did watch these people grow up before your very own eyes. You watched these people grow, mature, fall in and out of love, succeed and fail, by the time you graduate you have spent 13 years with these people. Some of these people you grew very close with forming an unbreakable bond, some you barely know, some have been your teammates for years, best friends, significant others, and maybe even an ex-best friend or two. The day you walk across the stage at graduation will be the last time that all of these people will be in the same room again at one time.

It all sounds so cliche but seriously thinking back you can never take a moment for granted because senior year is the year of lasts. If you are in sports eventually it will be your last practice, last round of conditioning, last time wearing your jersey, last game, last time with the people you have spent years playing with. These are the same people you started the sport with all those years ago, the ones you grew as a player and a person with. With teammates an unbreakable bond is formed, so many memories are created full of ups and downs. One day this will all come to an end and you will only be left with the memories.

If you are in sports eventually it will be your last practice, last round of conditioning, last time wearing your jersey, last game, last time with the people you have spent years playing with. These are the same people you started the sport with all those years ago, the ones you grew as a player and a person with. With teammates an unbreakable bond is formed, so many memories are created full of ups and downs. One day this will all come to an end and you will only be left with the memories. As a freshman you sit around thinking that you are never going to be a senior… four years is a long time right? Well eventually time passes and you become the senior. Eventually, the four years of practices and games dwindle down until you have no more. Never take that practice or game for granted because you will never get that time back.

So with your high school experience you are going to have the ups and downs just like most of us, but never take a moment for granted because one day you are going to be wishing for a do-over. You will never get to press that rewind button that puts you back to your underclassmen days. As cliche as it sounds soak it all in because in a blink of an eye it all comes to an end and soon all you will have left are the memories.

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