August 31, 2018

Monthly Wrap Up: August

August has flew on by. Summer is coming to end. School is starting back up for some. I look at August as a good decent reading month. Though for me I was dog siting for end of July early August. During the first weekend in August, I lost my baby boy Pumpkin.

August 5, early in the morning hours he passed away.  I came home Saturday and he my baby boy Pumpkin was in a lot of pain and I was in the middle of watching him pass and keeping eye on him and watch him suffer. I have a blog post for him which is called "In Memory Of - My Precious Loving Baby Boy Pumpkin". Take a look and read it.

Football back in season for me. My Pittsburgh Steelers are 3-1 for the preseason. The scores for the games maybe added to the monthly wrap up with the wins and lost or at least the win and loss for the month. Who knows. Lets Go Steelers.

Books Read in August:

  1. Death Logs Out by EJ Simon (Review coming Next Month)
  2. The Christmas Gate 2 by T.A.  Cline
  3. Ours for a Season by Kim Vogel Sawyer
  4. Bonjour!  Let's Learn French by Judy Martialay
So for the month of August, I have read a total of 845 Pages. You can see what my total for the month by book below.

Total Pages by book for August:

  1. Death Logs Out - 303 Pages
  2. The Christmas Gate 2 - 150 Pages
  3. Ours for a Season - 352 Pages
  4. Bonjour! Let's Learn French - 40 Pages
So Far for the 2018, the Total Pages Read is 9,486 Pages. That is a total of 8 months of this year. Take look at the total per month below.

Total Pages Per Month:

  1. January - 1,135 Pages
  2. February - 1,359 Pages
  3. March - 1,834 Pages
  4. April - 1,558 Pages
  5. May - 304 Pages
  6. June - 1,346 Pages
  7. July - 799 Pages
  8. August - 845 Pages
So Far as of 2018 the Total Books Read are 40 Books.

Total Books Per Month:

  1. January - 4 Books
  2. February - 7 Books
  3. March - 5 Books
  4. April - 7 Books
  5. May - 3 Books
  6. June - 6 Books
  7. July - 4 Books
  8. August - 4 Books
What was written and posted in August. Some of the books were read in 2018 and that is way you are see them posted in later months of 2018 as for I choose those dates for the tours. You will that I have Reviews that will be posted this year that go to book that were read before or during the previous month of 2018. Though I am trying to keep up with current reviews with book read this year there are some from back log. I just did not get to write the review. They will be marked.

      Want to see all the wraps so far. Take a look Below at the list.

      2018 Monthly Wrap Up:

      1. January
      2. February
      3. March
      4. April
      5. May (this is a book off and I miscalculated when i did the wrap up. Sorry, Should have 3 book but only has two)
      6. June
      7. July
      Rest In Peace:  
      Pumpkin (My baby boy) - Cat
      Senator John McCain
      Aretha Franklin (Queen Of Soul)

      What did you Read this month? Lose someone or furbaby this month? Read any Educational books for those at are going back to School?

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      In Memory Of - My Precious Loving Baby Boy Pumpkin

          My Precious Loving Baby Boy Pumpkin

      Patches and Pumpkin
      May 2006
      Me holding Patches
      and Pumpkin
      Pumpkin was my baby boy. Though he was a cat. I loved him and his brother Patches. I got them both together from a friend. I thank that friend for allowing me to take them both. We could not let one stay and the other not. So we keep them both.

      Oh how I am glad we did. This brother and Pumpkin were a team and fun to watch. As kittens one was independent and the other was gentle and loved to be cuddled. Can you guess which was which. We named them Patches and the other Pumpkin. There names came from one being Orange and white and the other black and white with Patches. So, That is how they become to named. They came to me in May of 2006.

      To Pumpkin, who this is to be about. I have memories of him. He was so sweet and loving. He sleep with me at night and he did up until month before he passed away. He was still wanted me to pet him and we wanted more when I went and found and pet him.

      Christmas 2014
      One other thing about Pumpkin is that he meow at me when he was hungry or when he was ready to go up to bed. It was funny but loving. He come find me and want me to go to bed and meow until either I took him up to bed or told him head on up and I be up.

      Another memory I have of him is wanting to be petted while I was reading a book. Even if I was in bed and reading he swat at me playfully to pet him. He did this to me every night at least except for when he was hurting and the last month of before he passed away.

      Pumpkin playing with Icicle

      I know my pumpkin also loved to play with birds. If a bird end up in the house or in the basement of the house, the bird was alive and he still be playing with it. He was really gentle but playful and funny to watch. He was even like this after losing a leg and before say a month before he passed.

      Me Holding Pumpkin
      December 2017
      He was loving and so sweet and will be missed. Those are the memories I will hold and remember and still do. I miss my baby boy Pumpkin and will love him. I understand why he was to go and wanted him not to suffer so when he passed on August 5, 2018. It was relief for me. I will miss him and love and still and will always will.

      He was 12 years and few months old. Rest in Peace my baby boy. He passed away around 3:30 am on August 5, 2018. His brother Patches is still around. Check out my In Memory of Pumpkin or This one
      Pumpkin and Icicle
      RIP Pumpkin
      Born: May 2006
      Died: August 5, 2018

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      August 30, 2018

      Review: Ours for a Season by Kim Vogel Sawyer

      Book Title: Ours For a Season
      Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
      Genres: Romance, Christian, Amish
      Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah
      Publish Date: 2018-09-11 (352 Pages, Paperback)
      Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy from the Ours For a Season Book Launch Team. This is my honesty review.
      Description: An Old Order Mennonite couple's vows and beliefs are challenged in this stirring contemporary novel for fans of Cindy Woodsmall or Shelley Shepherd Gray.
      Anthony and Marty Hirschler are part of an Old Order Mennonite community in Pine Hill, Indiana. The couple has grown apart since a doctor confirmed they would never have children. Marty longs to escape the tight-knit area where large families are valued, and the opportunity to do so arises when her childhood friend, Brooke Spalding, resurfaces with the wild idea of rebuilding a ghost town into a resort community. Brooke hires Anthony to help with the construction, drawing the Hirschlers away from Indiana and into her plan, and then finds herself diagnosed with cancer. Moral complications with Brooke's vision for a casino as part of the resort and the discovery of a runaway teenager hiding on the property open up a world neither the Hirschlers nor Brooke had considered before. Will they be able to overcome their challenges and differences to help the ones among them hurting the most?

      We meet Marty and her husband Anthony. We learn that they can not have biological children of there own. They seem to be having a hard time getting along. Marty seem to not be able to move on from the news and feeling likes something is missing. God seem to have bigger and better plan for her and Anthony.

      We go though several different kinds of issues and Sawyer bring them to the for front. Brooke got to deal with painful disease and it is brought up which is Cancer. Will she beat it? What is Gods plan for Brooke. What is Gods Plan for Eagle Creek? God decides to bring Marty and Anthony to Kansas?

      We meet a young teenager named Elliot and a young girl. Will there be healing for these three friends? Will a drifting marriage bring back to life? Will Brooke find her heavenly father? What could Gods big plans be to bring Marty and Anthony and Brooke together?

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      Review: Bonjour! Let's Learn French

      Book Title: Bonjour! Let's Learn French,
      Author: Judy Martialay
      Genres: Learning, Educational, French, Cultural, Children, Nonfiction
      Publisher: BookBaby
      Publish Date: October 31, 2017 (40 Pages, Paperback)
      Disclaimer: I received this book free from Books for Review for an honesty review and the author sent me a copy.
      Description: Bonjour! Let’s Learn French gives children roughly 6-10 an early and fun introduction to French. Kids board Pete the Pilot’s magic airplane en route to France. On board, they learn their first French words and phrases. In France, they meet Louis, l’escargot and his friends, and follow their adventure while learning French and absorbing the culture. The French words and exp

      Every want to learn a new language but it a bit hard to learn and remember. Well then this book is good for you and your family if they want to learn French. The book is called “Bonjour! Let Learn French” is a good beginner book for children and adults that have a hard time learning French.

      You will lean some words in French like the days of week and Colors. It more of story with a learning guide to learn some words in French. You will learn “My Name is” in friend. You can act out skit in French with a friend or friends. You will also learn some words that goes along with beach and learning a boy and girl in French.

      Think is really good to have on your child bookshelves or even in your child school so that they can learn new words and a new languages. It good for though that are going on trip and to have for your child or children learning the words while on a plane or in the car. Maybe your parent that want all kinds of educational books for your child or children. This book is good for that as well.

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      August 13, 2018

      Review: The Christmas Gate 2 By T.A. Cline

      Book Title: The Christmas Gate 2
      Author: T. A. Cline
      Genres: Holiday, Christmas, Ghosts, Christian Fiction
      Publisher: Create Space
      Publish Date: November 2017 (150 Pages, Paperback)
      Disclaimer: The author asked me if I would be interested in the second book. I was once I read the first one. I got a free copy of the book. This is my honesty review
      Description: “I became paralyzed with fear. Tears started to run down my cheeks as I sat motionless on the bed facing the locked door.”

      Patty had slowly opened up to Bob. She thinks she might be falling in love with him. Even so, he has gone back to New York, and she has not heard from him in two weeks. It is another loss for her. First, her mother died when she was young, and then her husband, Matt, was killed in Afghanistan. She has lost all that were close to her. All but her dad and he is her rock. He is the one that gives her strength.

      In, The Christmas Gate 2, Patty’s life becomes like a roller coaster, with the ups and the downs. She loses, and then wins, only to lose again. Then Patty is rocked with an emotional bombshell. She tries to gather herself together, then only another heartbreak again.

      She resigns herself to wait at the old farm house until Bob returns to her. She unleashes what Bob had uncovered during his earlier stay, and she too is taken on a journey that will bring to the surface the things she has buried deep inside her, things that she has forgotten, things she refuses to confront, and things that could eventually set her free. Patty and Bob’s story continues in, The Christmas Gate 2.

      The Christmas Gate 2 opens up with Bob wanting to talk to his publisher. Once he does he makes deal that get him the lovely farmhouse where he could write his stories. Well things get a little more interesting once he moves in to his new farmhouse.

      Once things get close to Christmas and plans are made for him and Patty. Patty get a knock at the door. Once does she find out her husband is alive and in the army hospital. What will happen with Patty and Bob?

      Bob meets an woman and tell her his story. She get him advice and once she is gone for a bit he does do something inside the book she has. She doe not know until she opens it. He never mentions it either.

      Bob make a decision to help Patty out by making it easy for her. Patty does not know this when he leaves after seeing her and getting the message from her friend Lucy. It seem that Patty has to do her own journey as to go on.

      She finds a poem or letter addressed to her after Jim and everyone thinks Bob has pass away. Jim does his deal that the farmhouse is to go to Patty if something happened to Bob.

      She reads something that Bob wrote at the end of the journal. “The Christmas Gate is not Fiction” and this get her attention and she goes to find the box and she does and she opens it. She think will get 7 visions and what will happen. The journey begins. You will not believe it but her candles and messages are different for her but her journey is bit different then Bobs. Will she find Bob? Will she be able to bring him home?

      I really like the theme and plot of the candles. It really well written. The messages were different for each person on their own journey. You will not know until the end who the light form might be. It a fast read and enjoyable as well.

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      August 3, 2018

      Review: The Hope Jar

      Book Title: The Hope Jar
      Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
      Genres: Amish, Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction,
      Series: The Prayer Jars #1
      Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
      Publish Date: August 1, 2018 (320 Page, Paperback)
      Disclaimer: I received a copy free from Wanda Clippitl-y Clappy Club and from Publisher for an honesty review
      Description: What happens when making an elderly Amish couple very happy means going along with a lie that gets bigger by the day?

      Michelle Taylor is not who her new family in Lancaster County believes her to be. The Lapps were looking for their long-lost granddaughter when they met Michelle and she assumed the identity of Sara Murray. Once homeless and hopeless, Michelle has come to love her new Amish friends and even considers the idea of romance among them.

      Finding an old blue jar in the barn that is filled with slips of paper containing thoughts, quotes, and prayers by an unknown author becomes a boost to Michelle’s budding faith— but also convicting. How can she tell the truth without hurting the ones she has truly come to love?

      Wanda does it once again with her latest book. Ever wonder what would happen if you mistaking though someone was your relative or grandchild by think that the person got the same hair color as your daughter?

      That person goes along with it by pretending to be someone they are not. Well, that is kinda what goes on in this book. Can you fault the person that was asked, if you are acting as that person even though you are not them?

      Well, the Lapps do this when they get a letter from their granddaughter Sara and hurry to pick her up at the bus station that day which is July 5th. Not knowing what she looks like or if she is even coming that day.

      Michelle is asked if she is Sara Murray? She goes along with them. She never really says their granddaughter or not. We know she wants to stay away from Jerry and his abuse.

      As she stays with them, she learns about the Amish culture and a little bit about the Lapps. She meets the family. She is asked questions by the Lapps. She too has questions.

      We Eli as well. He seems fond of Michelle. Does he not know if he wants to stay Amish or go English? What will he decide? He comes to help Michelle (Sara), and Lapps. He comes over to the Lapps to see Michelle (Sara).

      How does it end? Do we meet the real Sara? You will have to pick up a copy to read to find out.

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      August 2, 2018

      Review: The Inn at Ocean's Edge

      Book Title: The Inn at Ocean's Edge
      Author: Colleen Coble
      Genres: Romance, Mystery, Contemporary, Christian, Christian Fiction, Suspense, Fiction
      Series: Sunset Cove #1Publisher: Thomas Nelson
      Publish Date: 2015-04-14 (336 Pages, Paperback)
      Description: Claire’s visit to a luxury hotel in Maine awakens repressed memories, threatening all she holds dear.
      In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline on the island of Folly Shoals, Maine. She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation. Nobody knows where Claire spent that year—and until now, Claire didn’t even know she had ever been missing.

      But when Claire returns to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business meeting with her CEO father, disturbing memories begin to surface . . . despite her parents’ best efforts to keep them forgotten.

      Luke Rocco lost his mother under equally mysterious circumstances—at the same time Claire disappeared. After a chance encounter reveals the unlikely link between them, Claire and Luke set out together to uncover the truth about what happened that fateful year.

      With flashbacks swimming just beneath her consciousness and a murderer threatening her safety, Claire’s very life depends on unscrambling her past . . . even if her family refuses to acknowledge it. Someone—maybe everyone—is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light.

      I would say this book is really a good read. It sure has the mystery element to it. We learn the mysteries throughout the book. It more of a thriller and mystery combination.

      There are crime and detective going on as well in this story plot. Claire returns to the Inn at the Ocean Edge and things start to happen to her. Is she the real Claire Delmore?

      There seems to be a cover-up story or is Harry Delmore hiding something from his daughter? Her grandmother also is acting strange when Claire starts wondering and questing about herself.

      We also meet Luke Rocco and his sister. He thinks that Claire had disappeared around the same time his mother disappeared. Is there a connection between the two?

      Colleen does tell a story that will make hungry for more. The plot is written well. The characters are developed and show their personalities. This book a cannot put down the book once you get into the action.

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      August 1, 2018

      Review: The Small Chandelier

      Book Title: The Small Chandelier
      Author: Mary Lynn Plaisance
      Genres: Drama, Suspense, Paranormal, Sci-fi Fantasy, fantasy, Sci-Fiction
      Publisher: CreateSpace
      ISBN: 9781976397455Publish Date: 2017-16-12 (164 Pages, Paperback)
      Disclaimer: I received this book free from Author Den for an honesty review
      Description: A feminine voice from the light in a small chandelier inside of the little cottage that Joseph and Jenny Buttons bought for her beauty parlor, has no power source. Jenny said the light has charm. Joseph soon finds out that the charm of the light can't be destroyed, and the voice tells Joseph what to do to help Jenny when she goes into a coma after she is traumatized by a huge snake that only she sees at the cottage. They are doing well in the little town in Mathews, La. but the rest of the world is in economic and social turmoil. Wars in every country. Can a miracle happen to bring peace to the world from the planet Jupiter? The snake is divine, and with an old tale from an ancient book, can Joseph help Jenny? She’s a Lazuli. If he can’t complete his mission, the planet is doomed and she will stay in a coma forever. Joseph has lost so much in his life, he can't lose Jenny. He would die for her.

      I have a question do you ever think that maybe you can go into the spiritual world? Well, I cannot answer it for sure but you can experience it a bit in the book called “The Small Chandelier.”

      We some our see what our world could become and that there a mission for Peace on Earth. It starts once Jenny gets bitten by a snake? We go adventure with Joseph and then things start to get more exciting as he starts to investigate and find out if his wife was bitten by a snake.

      Mary tells the tale and the story quite well. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. It funny a little bit but it shows what could happen to our world if it not already happening now. We may be experiencing some of what been going on in this book. With some of the events that we had this year and last year with ellipses and the leaders around the world. Peace on Earth could be in the works here on earth.

      Please do know that this is a work of fiction so please know that I have not really an idea that it really happening in our real world. It could be just coincidence that what is mentioned in this book that the author is using it for some of her plots.

      Other than that the author plot is done well and grabs your attention. I have read a few other books by her and they are just as good. I would suggest picking up one of her books and reading it.

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