Archive | September 2015

Getting Something Off My Chest 

I want to apologize in advance for this post. I do not want to use my blog as a complaining board but there is something I have got to get off my chest. With that being said, here it goes.
I cannot handle adults that wine to get what they want. You are older than me, grow up and deal with it. We have all been there and done that, you are not the only person. Just because you are “special” in your mind doesn’t mean you should get special treatment. Put your big girl panties on and deal!


I’ve been going at 200 MPH it seems lately. Work, work, and the kids are all I seem to focus on here as of late. Well I need to slow down and refocus. I have gotten away from myself and the things I love. Don’t get me wrong I love spending time with the kids but I don’t have to make it a priority like I have been. I can’t tell you the last time I have really baked something, well that is going to change tomorrow night. I actually cooked dinner last night too, and I mean really cook dinner, homemade baked ziti, with homemade sauce. And I really need to refocus on here and get back to posting. I love doing this blog, I really do. Here are a few things that have been happening.
– Dad applied and interviewed for a Job in Florida, so that brought that more to reality

– I am counting down the days till we go to the Smoky Mountains, I need to get away, there are few people that are getting on my last nerve

– What I have been reading

o The Dare Valley Series by Ava Miles

o One Lavender Ribbon

o War Brides

o Message From Nam by Danielle Steel

– We took the kids to princess night at the local frontier league baseball game

– We took the kids for their first day at the local amusement park 
I guess that is about it.

Update: 2016 Reading Challenge, Books I Should Have Read When I Was Younger 

Here is my list so far, but it is not set in stone either…

1) Their Eyes Were Watching God by: Zora Neale Hurston

2) Across Five Aprils by: Irene Hunt

3) Rifles for Watie by: Harold Keith

4) The Red Badge of Courage by: Stephen Crane

5) Little Women by: Louisa May Alcott

6) Uncle Tom’s Cabin by: Harriet Beecher Stowe

7) A Farewell to Arms by: Ernest Hemingway

8) The Catcher in the Rye by: J.D. Salinger

9) Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret by: Judy Blume

10) The Color Purple by: Alice Walker

11) Anne of Green Gables by: L.M. Montgomery

Treasured by Thursday Blog Tour Review




The Weekday Brides Series, Book SevenTreasured 400x600

Montlake Romance, Contemporary

August 18, 2015, First Edition

Paperback & Kindle


The seventh and final tale in the dazzling, heartwarming, and pulse-racing Weekday Brides series.


Gabriella Masini: She’s a woman haunted by her past, with the scars to prove it. She believes that fairy tales are for other people. An elite matchmaker at Alliance, she’s great at crunching numbers, but something doesn’t add up with her latest prospective client: a billionaire bad boy with his own secrets. When Gabi refuses to be his temporary wife, Hunter forces her hand with an offer she can’t refuse. But marriage to a man like that could never last…or could it?


Hunter Blackwell: Only his bank account is bigger than his ruthless ability to obtain anything he wants. These days, he has a secret reason to settle down, at least for a while—and he thinks the sensual and sassy Gabi will fit the bill perfectly. But when their marriage of convenience becomes downright dangerous, Hunter must decide how far to take his vow to honor and protect Gabi forever.


Praise for Treasured by Thursday

“ exquisitely written and complex story brimming with pride, passion, and pulse-pounding danger… Readers will gladly make time to savor this winning finale to a wonderful series.” –Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Bybee concludes her popular Weekday Brides series in a gratifying way with a passionate, troubled couple who may find a happy future if they can just survive and then learn to trust each other. A compelling and entertaining mix of sexy, complicated romance and menacing suspense.” –Kirkus Reviews

The Weekday Brides never disappoint and this final installment is by far Bybee’s best work to date..” –RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick!













“I think we should talk about what’s going on here.”


She swallowed. “We’re cooking.”


“Gabi, look at me.”


She shook her head, taking the coward’s way out. If she noticed the lock of hair falling into his eyes a second time, she might have to push it back in place.


“Gabriella?” The smooth texture of his voice was like chocolate on her tongue.


His sticky hand tucked under her chin and forced her to meet his gaze.


He stepped closer, his frame molding to hers and pressing her back against the counter.


She couldn’t breathe.


His thumb traced her bottom lip. “This is a bad idea,” he mumbled her thoughts.


She nodded. “Very poor choice.” Her hands gripped the side of the counter to keep from touching him.


Hunter sucked in a deep breath. “You smell like flowers.”


“I’ll change my shampoo.”


He started to dip his head and she kept talking. “Something musky, so you won’t notice me.”


“I don’t think that’s going to work.”


He was close enough to catch the scent of mint on his breath. “I don’t even like you.” One of her legs lifted and rubbed against one of his.


“I don’t trust you.” His hand moved from her lip the side of her neck.


“You blackmailed me.”


“You tricked me into cooking with your mother.”


She smiled. “The two hardly compare.”


Instead of dropping his lips to hers, he detoured to the side of her neck and kept talking, his breath brushing her skin. “Have you met your mother?”


“That’s sill—”


His lips found her neck.


She moaned and closed her eyes. Such a deliciously bad idea.




Gabriella (Gabi) Masini was scarred mentally and physically by the man she thought loved her and she loved. Hunter Blackwell will do anything it takes (even blackmail) to get what he wants. For Hunter, Gabi may just be worth blackmailing for and for Gabi; Hunter may just be what the doctor ordered to heal her wounded soul. Treasured by Thursday is not only Gabi and Hunter’s story but also the seventh and final book in the Weekday Bride Series by Catherine Bybee.

Gabi is not sure if she wants to love again after the pain loved caused her in Seduced by Sunday. Hunter just wants to love them and leave them when it comes to women. But when he needs a wife to get something he wants, he turns to Gabi and Alliance to find him a temporary wife. When Gabi turns Hunter down he takes matters into his own hands and lets his money do the talking. Little do they both know that when they let their guards down the sparks will fly and together they can take on whatever comes at them.

I loved Treasured by Thursday, I loved Gabi and Hunter’s story and I liked the fact that while not so happy, Catherine Bybee had a back story in this book that dated back to the first book in the series. One of the things I like best about this series is how the couples from the previous books make appearances in the later books, and this book was no exception. And since it was the final book in the series the previous couples were out in full force to support Gabi and Hunter.

I am not going to lie the release of this book gave me mixed emotions. I was excited to read Gabi’s story, since she is a returning character from Seduced by Sunday, and to learn about Hunter, since he was new to the series. At the same time I was sad because I knew this book was the last one in the series. But I was not disappointed how the series ended. And there is supposed to be a Holiday Brides series coming soon.


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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.











End of Summer

It’s hard to believe that the end of summer is almost here.  It feels like just yesterday I was pulling out the capris and buying new flip flops.  I am not looking forward to fall because no sooner fall starts then winter is here and so is the snow.  I love flip flop weather, I am not ready for cooler weather.  On the plus side I am going to Florida in November so that means flip flops!