Book Review – When the Time Feels Right by Sarah Lithgow

When the Time Feels Right by Sarah Lithgow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Twenty-four-year-old Katie has loved Jack, her brother Matt’s best friend, since she was fourteen. But Matt’s strict rules that his sister is off limits and Katie’s awkwardness around Jack, has ensured her feelings are never revealed to either of them. Besides, Jack has plenty of girlfriends to keep him occupied. It’s time for Katie to finally move on, find herself a boyfriend, and forget all about Jack. But can she?

When the Time Feels Right is Author Sarah Lithgow’s debut novel, and I have to say, it’s a good one. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It’s sweet, and funny, and even has a couple of not-so-nice characters who seem to want to mess things up. The story is well-written with few grammatical errors or typos. It’s well-paced with believable dialogue. I would have liked a little bit more at the end because I adored the main characters in this story and wanted it to continue.

I recommend this heart-warming and amusing book.

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Sandra J. Jackson

Sandra J. Jackson

My first interview of the year. Thank you, Mary Deal!

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The four books in Sandra Jackson’s series are unique. I have read and reviewed them all. As far as her gardening, I wish we lived closer to share ideas. My small plot would look a whole lot better.

Please, introduce yourself. Tell us about your personal life, family, education.

Hi, my name is Sandra J. Jackson, and I live in a rural area of Eastern Ontario, Canada. I am happily married to my husband of 29 years, and we have two wonderful adult children. We have a female dog named Bailey and two cats named Sophie and Ivy.

Growing up, I was always creative. I drew on walls, and doodled in books. So, naturally I studied Graphic Design in college. But by the time I graduated, computers took over. I worked for a little while in pre-press for a local newspaper but was laid off due to lack of work…

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Book Review – Shoot or Die by Robert Lalonde

Shoot or Die by Robert Lalonde

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tommy D. is a hit man with an impeccable record. When he’s asked to take Mickey, an ex-con, under his wing and show him the ropes, he knows it’s a bad idea.

Ryan Kelly builds log homes. His wife, Jennifer, works for a local builder. But a case of mistaken identity puts their lives in danger, and the couple find themselves in a witness protection program.

This is an entertaining, fast-paced crime thriller by Robert Lalonde. Great descriptions and dialogue made this story play out like a move with interesting characters, especially the villains. And though they are quite awful, their interaction with each other was enjoyable to read.

If you like crime thrillers, give this one a try!

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Cee’s Black and White Challenge – Pairs

One of the reasons I like participating in this challenge is because I get to revisit my pictures (and my memories) as I look for the perfect representation for the challenge.

The rules state the pictures must be black and white, desaturated, sepia, or a focus on one colour. I have a mixture of black & white and desaturated this week.

If you’d like to join the fun, click here.

Book Review – Chameleon Games by June V. Bourgo

Chameleon Games by June V. Bourgo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chameleon Games is the second book in The Crossing Trilogy. The story follows Chelsea Grey, a 40-year-old woman who spent the last 20 years imprisoned in her neighbour’s basement. Nine months after her freedom, she is struggling with building relationships and trust. She lives with her mother and is also trying to build a bond with her daughter, Sydney, who was only a year old when she was abducted. The problem is, everyone treats Chelsea like she’s a victim. Chelsea makes a bold move to live on her own in a secluded area. Hoping the separation will allow her to know herself, figure out what she wants, and learn to trust again.

I really enjoyed this second book of The Crossing Trilogy. The story is well-written and it’s easy to like the characters in this book. Except for the villains, and there are a few. There are moments that brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. Not to mention a few action-packed and tense sections. The story kept me involved, and I looked forward to reading it every day. This was truly an enjoyable read.

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Facebook, the Australian Government and Me

Marketing for authors is a daily chore that is not always easy. And when an author comes from Australia, the news ban from FB has made it even more difficult.

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“Thank you for reaching out. In response to Australian government legislation, Facebook restricts the posting of news links and all posts from news Pages in Australia. Globally, the posting and sharing of news links from Australian publications is restricted. We are working on restoring any pages that have been restricted in error.”

That was the email I got yesterday from Facebook’s help centre after Facebook put a blanket ban on Australians accessing news on their platform. They acted in advance of the Australian government’s proposed legislation or new media code requiring that Facebook pay for news content after the Australian branch of the Rupert Murdoch empire News corp kicked up a stink over lost advertising revenue. The government chose to include a very broad definition of ‘media’ to include any and all publications. Facebook then took that definition and went ahead with the ban.

We can’t see any news at…

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North American Cardinal

Since last fall, a lone male cardinal has been visting the trees and birdfeeders in our yard. He’s been a rather shy bird, and every attempt at getting a good photograph of this beauty has turned out to be a red blur. He now no longer flies away as I slowly open the squeaky window to get a shot, even though the blue jays gathering in the same tree take-off at the slightest noise.