Sassy Sunday Update: January 21, 2018

Happy Sunday! It’s been a busy week for me. First week of classes starting back up for the Spring 2018 semester. I work at a University. I’m an Administrative Assistant for the Mechanical Engineering Department. What a week…On top of the students coming back, I started my final class for my College Degree. I am taking a Biology class; Human Anatomy and Physiology. It should be interesting since I am not a Science person. Give me a good book to read any day and I am happy, I can even write papers, but science and math, not so much. I am also not a fan of history, sorry to anyone who really likes these subjects, but they are just not my thing.

I was actually ahead of schedule on my review schedule this week, so after binge reading the New York Crime King Series last weekend, so that I could do an ARC review of Guts & Glass, by Skyla Madi, I read Scoundrels and Scotch, by Alta Hensley for an ARC review. In between reading my Biology text and doing a Bio lab, I started reading a book that was on my TBR list on my iPad. I read Daughter of Darkness: Jezebel, book 1, by Kristen Middleton. This is a book that is part of the Daughters of Darkness Series. Four authors each took a different daughter born from the Prince of Darkness, Vlad Montour. (Also known as Vlad the Impaler, an evil villain from history). The first book in the series is Blair, by Chrissy Peebles, I just started this one. The second is Jezebel, by Kristen Middleton, the third is Victoria, by W.J. May, and the fourth is Lotus, by C.J. Pinard.

The four girls are each half vampire, from their father, but they each have another half from their mother. Blair is half witch, Jezebel is half succubus, Victoria is full vampire, and Lotus is half faery. The girls each have a different mother, and their father, Vlad wants them dead so that he can harness all of their powers. After reading Jezebel’s first book, I bought the second to read. I then had to buy the Anthology, with the first story for each girl. These books are very well written and even though they are written by different authors, they did a great job of incorporating each sisters story into their story.

This week I read a total of twelve books, not including my biology text. I know that my reading will slow down a bit now that I am back in class, but I will read and review a few more books this month. I just wanted to read something without having to make a deadline, so I decided to read Daughters of Darkness, and I am very glad that I did. I’ve found them to be very entertaining and enjoyable to read. I am looking forward to reading all four sisters’ stories.

Have a great week, and if you are in the path of snow, stay warm and safe. Happy reading.

End of 2017 Musings – Friday, December 29, 2017

It has been a good year. I have a new grandchild, and my children are all doing well. I am hoping for a good 2018 as well. I am all signed up to take my final course for my BA in English and should be graduating in May 2018. I may have to back off on my reviews and reading to a minimum in the Spring 2018 because of the class I will be taking, Biology. I will need to read and study for the class more than I did for my English class I just finished up. I started this blog to have something to do when I finish my degree.

I like to keep busy at night and thought this would be a good way to keep busy and still keep my mind active. I enjoy reading and love to find new authors to read, and this blog has helped me to expand my library. I was playing with the idea of doing this blog when I connected with a new author to me, Sue Colletta, little did I know that she would become a great resource to me and help me get my blog up and running. She is a great author and a great person. @SueColletta1, thank you for your help and guidance in setting up my blog and expanding my library and my mind. I look forward to one day in the near future, meeting you in person and having a cup of coffee with you. Thank you also for guiding me and telling me to contact Rosie Amber, she has also become a great resource for me and I am a huge fan of hers and glad to be part of her review team. @rosieamber1, thank you for your guidance. You are both great resources and I am happy to call you both friend.

WWW – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017; What have I been reading this week?

The three WWW’s are:

What have you been reading?: Everest, by S.L. Scott


A beautiful read about a billionaire who is fighting to regain his life,  and a young woman who is struggling to make her dreams come true. This book was well written and I really enjoyed reading it. There is love found, tragedy, and a sense of belonging in this book.


What are you currently reading?: Another Round of Whiskey, by S. Moose


A book in the Kelly Elliott Wanted Kindle World. I am looking forward to reading this one.

What will you read next?: Hinterland Series; The Wolf’s Bounty, by K. T. Harding


The first in a series. I am looking forward to this one as well. It looks good.


I don’t normally do this, but today I need to post something really personal. I am only posting this to my blog because I just needed to get it off my mind so that I can concentrate on work. I know that it won’t clear it from my mind, but I needed to get the thoughts out of my head today.

We were informed on Tuesday night that a cousin, Jimmy, passed in his sleep.He had a heart attack. The issue I am having with this is that he was only 33 years old. He was a young man who had so much going for him. He had a rough start, but he had come around and had made good choices in his life. He had a beautiful little girl who was the apple of his eye. His mother is my husbands cousin. We spent Thanksgiving together when our kids were young and the tradition was carried on. Up until the past couple of years, we were still celebrating Thanksgiving together. He was one year older than my oldest child. He had one of those smiles that lit up his face when he genuinely smiled at you. He had those smiles of recognition where they didn’t reach his eyes, but when he was truly happy and enjoying life, his face just lit up when he smiled. He had a heart of gold and was such a sweet little boy, and grew up to be a sweet young man.

I can remember during Thanksgiving when his mother would stress so because he was such an active little boy. He was a hyper little boy and his mother always worried too much some times that he was  being loud and rambunctious, but he was never doing anything wrong. She is a wonderful mother. Jimmy always held a special place in my heart because he was such a sweetheart, and always seemed to be happy. He was a handsome young man, a great father, a hard worker, and a special young man. I hope that he is with his grandmother, niece, and other family members that left before him and looking down on his daughter, sister, mother, and anyone else that he loves.

Please remember to tell the ones you love that you love them, keep in mind that life is too short to hold grudges, be mean or angry with people. Enjoy the life you have and spend as much time as you can doing what you want.

RIP Jimmy, you will be missed by many. You were a loved young man who made a difference in many lives. Love you Jim.



WWW Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – What I am reading this week.

The three W’s are:

What have you finished reading?  I just finished reading Hushed Torment, by Bella Jewel


I loved this book. A beautiful love story between two very different people, but they work very well together.



What are you currently reading? I am just getting started on On Her Guard, by Skyla Madi

On Her Guard


What will you read next? I will start The Plan, by Ella James once I finish reading On Her Guard.

The Plan

WWW Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – What I am reading

What are you Currently Reading?:
Book Cover

Currently reading: I am almost half through “The Keys to my Diary, Marina”, by Ann Omasta. I am enjoying the life of Marina and her journey through life as a single woman. I should be able to finish the book in the next couple of days.


What did you recently finish reading?:

Heart of a Cowboy Ebook Cover

Recently finished:I recently finished reading “Heart of a Cowboy”, by Kristin Vayden. This story pulled at my heartstrings in many ways. I loved the book!


What do you think you’ll be reading next?:


Hero's Honor

Reading Next: My next read will be “A Hero’s Honor”, by Tessa Layne. I am looking forward to reading this book. Don’t you love the front cover?



The end of October and the beginning of November Sunday Rambling

We spent Halloween with our daughter, son in-law, granddaughter, and grandson. Our grandson is only two months old, but he was dressed up as a skunk, and our granddaughter was a Belle from Beauty and the Beast, she is three. I walked around and went trick or treating with them. My granddaughter was so proud of herself when said trick or treat, although it was usually after she got the candy. She learned very quickly about bowls on the porch with candy in it. Her mother told her there was a note with them that told how much candy they could take. As soon as her mother told her how much she could take, she promptly counted out that many and put them in her pumpkin.

My reading for this week has been on the light side, it was a busy week at work as well, especially with a short week for me, because I took Tuesday and Wednesday off for Halloween. My daughter lives 4 hours away from us, so we stay over when we go to visit. I read “Wormwood”, by Larry Enmon this past week, and reviewed it. A great read, you should buy it and read it. I am three quarters into a book and should be finishing it soon. I’m reading “The Betrayal”, by Anne Allen. I am really enjoying the book. I love these crime thrillers. You should buy this book too, and read it. My next book that I will begin reading next will be “Innocent Lies”, by Chris Collett. I have some others that I am waiting to hear back on to read and review as well as being involved in the blitz for them to come out.


End of October Rambling!

As I get older and watch my children work their way through life, I sit and think at times that I really wish we had some time to just sit and talk about everything and anything. We do this when we can all get together, but those times are too few and far between as they are living their lives and trying to make their dreams come true. It is also getting harder to get everyone together now for holidays, birthdays, or just spending time together.

I am very proud of my children and their lives. They are all very smart, kind, and fun loving.

I love my family, and how we all support each other in whatever we endeavor. As I have stated before, I am working on my BA as an adult, and my husband and children have been my loudest supporters for me to complete my degree and continue when I was discouraged and ready to quit. This is why I wish we could spend more time together and enjoy our lives.

Sunday thoughts and ramblings – my first non-book review post.

This weekend I’m writing a paper for my English Seminar course, Doubt and Knowledge. We are reading religious books from very early centuries, and I have to write a reflection paper on one of the readings we have done so far. I chose the book “The Life of Christina of Markyate”, to do my reflection paper on. While I was beginning the paper, I began to wish I had some Twizzlers to eat while writing. Then I began to wonder, why do I need something to eat while I am writing? Whenever I have a paper to write for a class, I have Twizzlers on hand so that I can munch on it while I am thinking and writing the paper. I have noticed that some of my favorite authors will talk about food that they have on hand when writing as well.

It’s funny how I lost my train of thought on my paper, which by the way is 2.5 pages out of a 5 page paper, but I am able to ramble on my blog post. I guess it’s just that I needed a break from the MUST write paper, and do some rambling, and hopefully my mind will begin to work again for the paper I need to write.

I am one semester and a half away from graduating with my BA in English. Now mind you I am no longer in my 20’s, I am a mature woman with three wonderful, grown children, one married, and two beautiful grandchildren, but I did not go the traditional route when I graduated high school, and I decided to go to college after my children were born and in school full time. This semester is my final English course to have my credits for my major, and then next semester I have to take a Biology course, yuck!, to complete my degree and graduate in May 2018. It has taken me 12 years to get here, since I only take one class each semester, Spring, Summer, and Fall, because I work a full-time job, and was raising a family. I changed my major and minor around once, rather than quit because I was not getting the grades I wanted. I also had to take a few semesters off throughout those 12 years, due to surgeries and other extenuating circumstances.

Happy Sunday!