Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Charlie and my Summer Bucket List

Has been completed and you can read about the things we want to do before School starts if you search Mommies Point of View.

But in the meantime one of the items on the list was to visit the Zoo. So the other day I was sent a email from the Zoo and it is for Safari Nights which I had never heard of. So I think Charlie and David and I may try and go. If we can sneak away from my dad and brother who will be visiting.

In the mean time have you ever been? Or would you go? If you went who would you take with you and why them?


This will be a whole lot of fun for my family as we have never been to the Dallas Zoo. Only to the Fort Worth Zoo!!

Thanks, 

Glenda, Charlie and David Cates 

Chef Remi Cooking Thermometer

This is a Review I was able to conduct for a company called Giveaway Services. Where I was sent a code to order Remi Cooking Theremomter off Amazon. In exchange for a review. The thoughts in the review are all mine and no one else.


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The other day David and I decided to cook a Pork Roast I had in the freezer for a while. But I told him it would need to be cooked in a pan much bigger than any I had in our home. As this Pork Roast was huge.

So at one time my mother n law had said I could borrow her Roaster over so I called and asked if it would be OK. She said yes, so I sent David down to get it. Since I did not know how long the Roast would have to cook in it. I showed David the thermometer I was sent from Remi.

We sat down and read the instructions to it. So as the Roast cooked we would know how it worked. So before David started the Roast he wanted to test it out. So he made us some Breakfast Sausage and I am glad he used the Thermometer from Remi as there has been times when the Sausage he cooks was not fully done.

Now if your like me you know Pork has to be completely cooked or you can end up with Food Poising. So as the Sausage cooked David kept checking it and he knew when it was perfectly cooked thanks to Remi Cooking Thermometer.

The Roast turned out Medium Well as David wanted as we used the Thermometer and it showed us what temperature it needed to cook to. I will not be with out it. As we can use it inside on the stove, in the Crock Pot as well as the Barbecue Grill when David is cooking Steaks and Pork Chops.

This will also stop the Hamburgers from either being raw or under-cooked. Which I am so happy about as I love Hamburgers and we had stopped cooking them on the Grill as they never turned out right. Which means we can resume making them and not having to go out and purchase them. Which will save us a lot of money. Which is a plus.

I asked David how easy it was to insert the thermometer inside the meat and he said it went right in and it stayed in place. I also asked if the handle ended up hot as the stick is metal he says it did not get hot at all. Once we was done using it we ran it under hot soapy water and it only took a couple minutes to clean.

Remi Cooking Thermometer would make a wonderful Christmas Gifts for not only the experianced chiefs but also novice cooks. As it will tell them how to cook the meats they are fixing.

If you make candy you can even use it for that. So at Christmas I will feel more confident when I am making Fudge as I know have it and will know what temperture the Fudge is at. Plus I know my mother n law would like it as well as she also makes breads and candy for Christmas.

If you purchase Remi Cooking Thermometer and something goes wrong there is a 100% guarantee so you will never be without your Thermometer.

I like that it has a automatic shut off and that there is a case to store it in. As the point is sharp and you will not hurt poke someone with it. Or while looking in a drawer stick it in your hand. Which would hurt.


  • INSTANT READ - Digital cooking thermometer with LCD instant read display giving you accurate temperature results in seconds. Also features an auto-shut off battery life
  • EASY TO USE - Best meat thermometer with probe and innovative splash proof design, making it perfect for indoor or outdoor use
  • MAXIMUM VERSATILITY - An extensive temperature range with both Fahrenheit and Celsius reading options for your convenience. Range: -58°F to 572ºF (-50ºC to 300°C)
  • HANDY STORAGE CASE - BBQ thermometer with handy storage case for both home and professional use whether cooking for your family, preparing a function or entertaining your friends this summer
  • LIFETIME GUARANTEE - Cooking thermometer comes with a working battery, full usageinstructions and a 100% Money-Back Lifetime Guarantee for this multi-use Food Thermometer.

Product Description

The Chef Remi Digital Cooking Thermometer enables you to prepare perfectly cooked meals without the need to slice food open or leave huge knife puncture marks in your food. It features an extensive temperature range in both Celcius and Farenheit going from -58ºF to 572ºF or -50ºC to 300ºC.With an easy to read electronic LCD display, it also has an auto shut off to save on your battery life. The digital thermometer takes an LR44 battery which is included with your purchase. It also comes with a handy storage case convenient for any kitchen or BBQ. Cook your food perfectly every time without the worry of overcooking or even worse illness from undercooking.
Use it on meats, fish, casseroles, re-heated foods, breads, deep frying and candy. You don't have to have to be a Chef to be a great cook, however, celebrity chefs and several food writers have testified that our thermometer will make you a better cook.
Also comes with a 100% Lifetime Money-Back Guarantee so you can order with confidence.
Copyright © Chef Remi 2015. Sold Exclusively By Chef Remi. Products sold by the Chef Remi brand are original, as described and under life-time warranty, and no other sellers are authorised selling our cooking thermometers. Our shipments are USA based and will be with you within days, not like our counterfeit competitors
Thank you,

Glenda, Charlie and David Cates 


Yuba Bikes

Who even needs a car anymore?



With Christmas right around the corner and David wanting to get all of us Bikes when this came in my email I showed it to him and asked him for it. He says no, I have to have a 3 Wheeler which is fine. But I would like this one. 

So I have decided to start me a Wish List for Christmas and if you would like to buy something for me this will be on it. Plus I am going to sit down when Charlie writes his letter to Santa and add this bike for myself. 


The most advanced electric cargo bike on the market, the Spicy Curry, is finally here! If you have not had the chance to ride one yet, pedal to the nearest Yuba dealer to experience the awesomeness of this bicycle. The Spicy Curry takes all your favorite elements and packs them into the most innovative, safe and functional cargo bike ever made. The software is so smart, it feels like it's reading your mind. Going up hills loaded with cargo is now effortless! It’s the best option for all your precious cargo: yubabikes.com

Watch the video below to learn more about the Spicy Curry:





https://youtu.be/44QeMdPNQh8

Spicy Curry Features:
  • 20 inch rear wheel for better balance.
  • Plug-in cargo system with optional Carry-On "truck bed" Add-On creating a cargo area that is four square feet.
  • Integrated adapter for easy installation and removal of Yepp child seats(two seats fit on the rear rack).
  • Secure your bike in seconds with a lock that inserts through the rear wheel and stows easily on the frame when riding.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes for stopping power.
  • Big Apple Schwalbe tires for a softer ride, fenders for all-weather riding and LED lights for safety.
  • Chromoly fork, sturdy 1.5 inch steerer tube for dissipating the forces of acceleration and deceleration.
  • Low battery placement for better balance.
  • Lifetime frame warranty.* two year warranty on electric components.**
*limitations apply, see conditions online
**one year warranty on battery

                         
Thank you, 
Glenda, Charlie and David Cates 








Under His Claw by Viola Grace

Under His Grace by Viola Grace is another book where I was sent a PDF copy to read the book and review it. But the thoughts in the review are all mine and mine alone.


Just take a look at this cover and those MUSCLES!! Man on man I would like to have a man that looks like that. I also like the heroine and her dark good looks. She has that 'devil may care" look. Which leads me to want to dive into the book to see what has caused that look.

I decided to review this book as it was about Vampires and David enjoys these types of stories. Now I am not one who likes Vampires but since I have been trying to get David more involved in reading I asked to review it.

Once it arrived I sat down with David and we looked at the front cover and I read what I found on Amazon to him. Once I was done he said he would like to read it as it had a good story line. So once Charlie went to bed we sat down together and I read part of it to David. 

David said he liked the story line as it is suspenseful and that he can not wait to find out what happens. He also asked me if there was other books besides this one. So I knew it was a hit with him. 

As for me I enjoyed the book much more than I thought I would and I will be looking for more books with Vampires to share with David. As well as other books written by Viola Grace as I enjoyed her style of writing. I can not wait to see if she writes things with out Vampires in them. 

Traded for a blood debt, in service to a vampire, and loaned to a shifter, Zora never thought to find pleasure… 

Zora has always felt the stigma of being born to a family tainted by vampire blood. That family legacy becomes vividly real when her great-great grandfather tracks her down and trades her for a blood debt owed to the local vampire king. Zora finds a way to use her particular skill set in the vampire court and her first week goes well, until the vampire king decides she needs the comfort of a warm shifter next to her at night. 

Dragon shifter Rigeck has come to see the woman his friend wants him to heat up. The shy miss surrounded by salivating potential suitors is just what he’s been looking for. Her blood will confirm if his instincts are correct. But first, he’ll taste the rest of her, for his own entertainment. 

Will their one night together be enough to keep him from taking her to his lair, or will instinct win the day? 


More About the Author

Biography

Viola Grace (aka Zenina Masters) is a Canadian sci-fi/paranormal romance writer with ambitions to keep writing for the rest of her life. She specializes in short stories because the thrill of discovery, of all those firsts, is what keeps her writing.

An artist who enjoys a story that catches you up, whirls you around and sets you down with a smile on your face is all she endeavours to be. She prefers to leave the drama to those who are better suited to it, she always goes for the cheap laugh.

Listening to readers has gotten her this far, and with her 300th short story looming before the end of 2014, she will continue to listen in the future.

Thank you, 

Glenda, Charlie and David Cates 

Quinn's Virgin Woman by Sam Crescent

Quinn's Virgin Women by Sam Crescent is book I was sent to review but the thoughts in the review are all mine and mine alone. 

"MAN OH MAN"!! I wish I had a man like this. This man knows what he wants and he goes after it. I loved the story line. So much that I could not stop swooning. I will be looking to see if there is a second novel to this epic love story. 

I let several of my friends know about the book and a couple of them purchased it for themselves as they wanted to see if what I said was true. Let me tell you they was as hooked on it as I was. We all thought it reminded us of "A Office and a Gentleman".

One thing I would like to point out is is there is explicit sex in the book. But it is done in a tasteful way. But I would not like for anyone under 18 to come upon it. So if you have young ones in your home keep it out of there reach.

If you would like to pick up your own copy of Quinn's Virgin Women you can by shopping on Amazon at: Quinn's Virgin Woman (Alphas Book 11) by Sam Crescent for $2.99 http://amzn.to/1DqsTwc via @amazon

Preview: 

Claiming his woman will be his greatest mission yet! 

After completing his last mission Quinn Powell is leaving the Navy SEALs behind to tackle what just might be his greatest challenge yet, claiming Kaley Woods. The woman is both his sister's best friend and Quinn’s greatest weakness, two things that would send any sane man running in the opposite direction. But then Quinn’s not the type to run. 

When Kaley heard that Quinn was coming home, she wondered if he’d still affect her in the same way. Now that he’s living in her apartment, she has her answer. Everywhere she turns, he’s there—strong and intent—his effect on her more powerful than ever. She knows he’s returned in search of something. What she doesn’t realize is he’s come determined to make Kaley his…in every way possible.

More About the Author

Sam Crescent

Biography

Sam Crescent is a USA Today Bestselling author who is passionate about romance. She resides in the UK, and loves creating new exciting characters that take her on a journey she never expected.

When she's not panicking about a story or arguing with a character, she can be found in her kitchen creating all kinds of havoc. 

You can reach her here http://samcrescent.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sam.crescent

One of the questions I get asked a lot is about the reading order of The Skulls and Chaos bleeds. I have posted the reading order here on my website: https://samcrescent.wordpress.com/the-skulls-and-chaos-bleeds-reading-order/

Thank you, 

Glenda, Charlie and David Cates 

His Flight Plan by Yvette Hines



As I sat down to read His Flight Plan I figured it would be your typical romance where the guy has to save the women at every turn. But it was not like that. Which was a refreshing surprise. I like how Kiera and Drake work out there problems with out running away from each other. The relationship is real and like something from real life. 

I liked knowing he had a regular job like the men in my life as it made the book more realistic. Getting to know them and her mom and dad made me want to become friends with them. I would love for there to be a sequel to find out what will happen next. 

If you have not read His Flight Plan I would like to invite you to check it out and if you wonder where you can get it at it is on Amazon at: (Alphas Book 9) by Yvette Hines for $2.99 http://amzn.to/1KO7EqS via @amazon


Preview:

Last thing he expected was to be captivated by her and have his heart take flight… 

Kiera Stanfield is tired of making bad choices when it comes to men. Her socialite mother and business mogul father haven’t faired any better when it’s come to matchmaking for her either. Believing the right man will never come along she takes herself out of the dating scene. It’s not like she’s going to miss it. Running her community center takes up most of her time anyway. 

Drake Rhine has his hands full being a commercial airline mechanic. As if the problems that entails aren’t challenging enough, his life gets more complicated when, at the end of his shift, he volunteers to help with a difficult customer. What he doesn’t count on is her being thoroughly captivating. 

The last thing Kiera wants is to be caught up in another impossible relationship, but she can’t get Drake off her mind. Will this be just another hopeless relationship doomed to fail, or is Drake her destiny?

More About the Author

Biography

USA Today Bestselling Author, but I'm still simply Yvette Hines, some people call me SASSE or SASSE Yvette. I'm an erotica author that loves pleasurable hours between the sheets. Whether it is a blended tale of interracial lovers, the clandestine bite and wicked passion of a paranormal mates or the sting of a commanding whip against tender flesh. Even better, make my day and toss in two gorgeously, decadent men who only want to pleasure their woman. I write Short and Sexy, Sensual Erotica (SASSE). Occasionally, you may get a full length novel from me. However, life is too busy and most of us have more than one job, family and other activities that don't allow us long hours to read any more. 

I've been penning erotic tales since 2006, on the hedonistic side of the romance genre. However, I've been writing romance under a different pen for a while. I'm eclectic by nature.

I'm a member of Chesapeake Romance Writers, RWA and a proud RomVet. You can find out more about me at: http://yvettehines.com

Facebook: Yvette Hines (or Author Yvette Hines)
Twitter: @sasseYvetteH
Blog: http://sassesheets.blogspot.com/

Thank you, Glenda, Charlie and David Cates 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Zip Omega 3 Fish Oil Pills

This is a review I am conducting from Omega 3 Fish Oil Pills. As I applied to  Giveaway Services for them to send me the pills. In exchange for a review of my thoughts.


There was several reasons as to why I wanted to try out these Omega 3 Fish Oil Pills. From High Blood pressure that I seem to have. But I haven't been to the doctor as we do not have insurance. So I check my blood pressure on the machines in the stores we shop. And it is always high. Plus I have been having a lot of head aches and I know High Blood pressure can cause this.

Plus my knee has been hurting a lot and it is swelling more and more. So I knew people in the past that had used Fish Oil for these problems and they worked. So I decided to try it out as well. I must tell you in just a couple days my Blood Pressure has came down.

Plus I seem to sleep better at night as my knee does not hurt. Plus it has not been swelling. I have been able to walk more. Which will help me with the weight loss I am working on. Plus I have heard it can help with that. Which I hope is true.

The only thing I was afraid  of with the Fish Oil was having a Fish taste in my mouth and burping the taste of Fish up. As I had used Fish Oil in the past and that happened a lot. This does not happen with this brand. So I will be using it for a long time.

I also like knowing I can purchase it on Amazon and not have to leave home. There is a nice amount in the container so it will last a while. Plus it was cheaper than the Fish Oil I have purchased in our local store.

I asked David if he would try it out and he says after I use it a while he will. As he wants to research and see what all Fish Oil is good for. So this will give us something to do as a family. Which I like as it means Charlie and David will be able to practice there reading.

If you have not tried this Fish Oil I hope you take the time to check it out as it will work. It is better than the brands you purchase in your local stores.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pmf7a23934663d0479450d75481425c26b


Thank you,

Glenda, Charlie and David Cates




Product Details

Omega 3 Fish Oil Pills

Omega 3 Fish Oil Pills (60 Softgels) - MAXIMUM POTENCY- Triple Strength 1,500mg Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids 800mg EPA 600mg DHA - The highest amount of EPA & DHA per serving (3-4 times more than many other brands) Clinically Proven to support cardiovascular health, brain function, inflammation & joint pain

MOLECULARLY DISTILLED FOR PURITY - Fish Oil Pills Purified with Molecular Distillation Which Extracts Unwanted Contaminants Such as Heavy Metals Including Mercury Leaving Our Fish Oil Concentrate So Pure That Toxins Are Below Detectable Limits. The CLEANEST & PUREST Fish Oil Available.

TASTELESS, ODOURLESS & SUPER FAST ABSORPTION - Perfect if you've ever had issues with fish burps or a terrible aftertaste that can linger for hours. Does not leave fishy smell on your hands or breathe like you may have experienced with other fish oils.

5 STAR RATING ON AMAZON - MADE IN THE USA in a GMP certified facility. Zip Nutrition Omega 3 Fish oil has been Third Party Tested for quality and purity
Thank you, 
Glenda, Charlie and David Cates 



Dana Sibilsky's Tips to Successful and Profitable Blogging

This is a Review I am conducting through a site called Giveaway Services where I received a copy of this book written by Dana Sibilsky's  called Tips to Successful and Profitable Blogging.


As a Blogger I am always looking for new resources to help me become a better blogger. As I know there is a lot still to learn. Plus I have been struggling with my stats and page views and to get the kind of jobs I would like to have I need to figure out what I am doing wrong and work on fixing it. 

This is why I was excited to find this book called  Tips to Successful and Profitable Blogging which is written by Dana Sibilsky.  I liked knowing she is a blogger as I knew she would understand some of the problems I am struggling with. Plus I figured there would be tips inside the book that would help me in so many ways. 

So once the book arrived I immediately sat down to read it. As soon as I did I found myself reaching for a notebook to make notes on things I needed to work with. This way I could check off the items I did and track how well they worked for me. 

If you are a Blogger and would like to learn more about the book and the blogger behind it then Please take the time to follow them on the following sites. As I personally will be following her on all of her sites as I can not wait to see if she writes a second book.

http://danasibilsky.com

http://www.amazon.com/Dana-Sibilskys-Successful-Profitable-Blogging/dp/1515196860

http://danasibilsky.com/my-book/

https://www.createspace.com/5635149

https://danasibilsky.wordpress.com

https://danasibilsky.wordpress.com/dana-sibilskys-tips-to-successful-and-profitable-blogging


Preview: 


Dana Sibilsky suggests that blogging has moved from an pastime to profession for many people. The sheer amount of effort required to create and maintain a profitable blog these days has caused many people to make it a full-time job, but the bar of entry is staggering. Tricks of the trade have transformed this hobby into something akin to marketing; a combination art form and science requiring intense study and insight. Sibilsky boils down blogging into terms that anyone can understand.


Biography

In her first book, Dana Sibilsky shares her experiences with blogging, profit, expenses and more in the short, easy to read book, "Dana Sibilsky's Tips to Successful and Profitable Blogging".

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pm56f2eaa35dee4797dc86b2c6e1bbfacc

Thank you, 

Glenda, Charlie and David Cates 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Do What You Gotta Do
by Christine Young-Robinson

Purchase Your Copy Today!

 
Do What You Gotta Do
 
A compelling story about three sisters who come from a family of wealth-and whose lives are shattered by tragedy, scandal, secrets, and betrayal.

The three Houston sisters, Milandra, Noelle, and Kenley, are enjoying a regular day out with their mother, when they come home to find their father lying on the floor-dead! Overcome with shock, their mother falls down the stairs and dies at the feet of her daughters.

Despite their grief, the sisters start to make discoveries about the shadowy past of their father-one of South Carolina's wealthiest men. Soon questions arise: Is there really a fourth Houston sister? And what are the true identities of Tessa, their former housekeeper, and Aniyah Sanchez, a mysterious and seductive woman who shows up at the funeral?

Worse still, the sisters are devastated to find out that Aniyah has inherited their home, the Houston Estate, and they must move out. Will Milandra, Noelle, and Kenley fight back, or will their fortune stay in the hands of this wild woman from their father's past?

 
Order Do What You Gotta Do by Christine Young-Robinson 
 Excerpt: Do What You Gotta Do  

Chapter 1
 At last, Aniyah Sanchez would no longer be like a lion locked up in a cage. After spending four years in a South Carolina prison for fraud and kidnapping, she was being released.

As she stepped out of her cell, a male prison guard whispered in her ear, "Fruitcake, I'll see you when you get back."

Sniffing the fish odor that escaped from his breath, Aniyah turned up her nose. Didn't he know after lunch to eat a peppermint?

"Goodbye, Slut," an inmate yelled from another cell to her.

"You better get your last feel, Officer Mann," another inmate added.
The inmates laughed throughout the ward, including the guard who sported a broken front tooth. He cupped Aniyah's left breast with his right hand. Then he took the club he held in his other hand and placed it between her legs.

"I don't think so!" Aniyah snapped her head, brushing him away. "Your time has expired."
During her prison term, she had fulfilled the guard's sexual needs in exchange for protection from conflicts that she had endured with other female inmates.

Aniyah, almost jogging, hurried ahead until she came to a point where she met up with another guard and other inmates that were being released.

Once the official documents were finalized, the guard let Aniyah out of the last door that gave her back her freedom. A chill ran through her body, but it quickly disappeared once the doors were slammed shut behind her.

Turning around, she took one last look at the place of residence she had called home. The fourth inmate in line wearing loafers donated by church volunteers, her feet made contact with the concrete ground.

Aniyah adjusted her eyes to the sunlight that blinded her. She pulled down on her red spandex dress that had risen up to her hips. It was the same dress she had worn before she became a part of the prison system.

Her once slender hips stretched the dress to its limits, but Aniyah strutted as if the garment was brand-new. She faulted her excessive weight gain from her no longer being able to shake her hips in the nightclubs. In prison, she mostly sat on her rear in her cell or in ongoing therapy sessions.

Under her armpit, she carried a plastic bag of her belongings and a pair of pumps. Her hands free, she twisted her flowing black hair up in a bun.

Other released inmates stopped to say farewell to each other, but Aniyah kept walking, too afraid that she might be called back by one of the guards.

Two female inmates ran past her, once they saw familiar faces of loved ones waiting to take them home. Aniyah was not looking for any family to come to her rescue. She would not know her father from any other black man on the streets. He was her mother's one-night stand with no name.

Julia, her mother, had died two months ago in Mexico, during the time dyed eggs were given to inmates for holiday treats. Aniyah remembered the day the warden delivered the news to her. Guilt troubled her, since she had run away from home at the age of sixteen, leaving her mother behind to suffer a broken heart.  

The only family she had left was her mother's sister, Tessa Sanchez-Chavis. And she was not counting on her self-righteous aunt to come to her rescue.

Where am I going? I have no idea.

As the heat beamed down on her forehead, sweat dripped down her neck. The spandex dress felt like rubber against her body.

"Rosie Aniyah Sanchez." She heard the name echoing in her ears.

Her eyes lit up, when she recognized the familiar voice. She locked eyes with her aunt. The solemn look on her face turned into a bright smile. "Aunt Tessa."

She studied her aunt, noticing how much she had aged. Streaks of gray highlighted Tessa's jet-black hair. Aniyah, elated, ran into her aunt's arms. "I can't believe you're here."

"You're family," her aunt said humbly in her Spanish accent and giving her niece a kiss on the cheek.

Together, they strolled to a parked black Mercedes-Benz.

Admiring her aunt's ride, before prison life and without hesitation, if a man were driving the Benz, Aniyah would have easily flagged down the ride. She would have unraveled her bun to let her hair fall past her shoulders, propped one hand on a hip and batted her dark brown eyes. Then she would have worked her charm on the man behind the wheel, giving him her middle name instead of using her first name, Rosie. Played him for a sucker.

After all the counseling, her former lifestyle of being an escort and manipulating people, especially men, was supposed to be her past, but only time would tell.  Tessa unlocked the car door, hopped in and quickly Aniyah jumped in and took a seat on the butter-colored leather seats. A free ride from her aunt would do.

"How did you know I was getting out?"

Tessa reached over and gave her niece another loving hug. Then she became emotional. "I've been keeping up with you. And although I can't forget what you did to the Houstons or me, you're still family. I have made peace with it."

"How about your lawyer-hubby, Baron?"

"He's Mr. Chavis to you from now on. And, he'll never forgive you for what you did to the Houston family, nor him," Tessa admitted with a hint of bitterness.

"It's not like it was his money." Reaching down between the seats, Aniyah picked up a bag of boiled peanuts. She cracked open the peanuts, tossing a few in her mouth. While chewing, she continued to speak. "The Houstons are garbage people. Mr. Houston was a male whore. How can you defend him?"

"Don't speak of the dead in a bad way," Tessa argued. She recalled working as a young woman in the home of Rupert Houston, owner of Houston Commercial Construction Company. He was a man who loved to have his way with his beautiful female workers.

Aniyah sucked her teeth. "Mr. Houston can rot in hell. And so can his spoiled-ass daughters." She slouched back in the seat.

In past years, Aniyah had crossed paths with her aunt's prior boss, Rupert. Her greed for money led her to become his mistress. He had promised her a false dream on Lake Murray, South Carolina, to later do away with her.  

Aniyah vowed to get revenge on him. To keep her quiet, Rupert included her in his will. 
Aniyah took a few more peanuts, folded the bag, and placed it back where she got it. "I still say you were more loyal to his spoiled-ass daughters than you were to me."

Staring at her aunt as she drove, Aniyah wanted to grab and shake her. Rupert's unexpected death had left her a happy and wealthy young woman, instead of his three daughters, until Tessa discovered her wrongdoings. Instead of living the life of royalty, Aniyah had landed in prison.
Tessa sensed Aniyah was still bitter. "I believe in doing what's right. You had no right to do wrong."
   
"I didn't want to be a maid like you and mama. I could have sent plenty of money to Mama." Aniyah lowered her voice. "Now she's dead."

Tessa was surprised. "I asked the warden to not tell you about Julia."

"You should have come and told me yourself."

"I didn't want you to be hurt. You couldn't go to Mexico to your mama's funeral."

"Did you go?" Aniyah asked sadly.

"I went to visit her in her sickbed a month before she went to her heavenly home. She wanted so much for you to come to her bedside. I simply couldn't tell her that I found you. You were in jail for doing bad things. It would have destroyed her. I stayed by her side to the end."

Tears flowed down Aniyah's face. "I'm glad you didn't tell her."

Tessa softly patted her niece on the hand. "Your mama loved you with all her heart."

"I know...I miss her." Aniyah wiped away her tears.

"Let's go shopping. You don't need to dress like you're a loose girl." Tessa had witnessed her niece's dress code. The dress had risen up on Aniyah. It resembled a tunic shirt.

"I'll go shopping. But I'm not throwing away this dress."

"It's too little."

Aniyah saw her aunt glancing at her. She tugged at her dress, trying to cover her exposed thighs. "So I gained a few pounds. No big deal."

"After shopping, you'll trash it."

"This hot dress stays with me."

Tessa concluded that it was going to be a long day for her. The sooner she took her niece shopping and got her settled, the sooner she would be rid of her. She sighed. "Aniyah, you have always been difficult."

"I think for myself. No one tells me what to do."


***
After shopping, Tessa drove Aniyah to a two-story apartment complex in nearby downtown Columbia.

Aniyah looked out at the buildings as Tessa parked. Startled, she said, "This is where you and Baron live now. What happened to his house?"

"We still have our home. This is where you're going to rest."

Aniyah's voice escalated. "Are you for real? Here?"

"I'm sorry, but there's no way Baron will let me bring you into our home."

"I'm your niece. He can now trust me."

"I'm afraid not."

Aniyah marveled. She heard the nervousness in her aunt's voice. She was flattered that her aunt thought of her as a threat. In the past, she had seduced her aunt's husband, prior to their marriage, in order to manipulate him to get to his client's fortune.

They got out of the vehicle, carrying shopping bags by the handles. Aniyah followed her aunt to the front door. Unlocking it, they entered the one-bedroom apartment.

She proceeded to the middle of the living room, while Tessa, clenching her handbag, stayed put near the door.

Aniyah felt her aunt's eyes piercing on her, well-informed that she was uncomfortable being alone with her, but her attention was focused on her living arrangements. Next to a small wooden table, she tossed the bags that she held on a futon. Then she headed to see where she would sleep; leaving her aunt on edge to figure out if she would show any signs of psychotic symptoms.

Inside the bedroom, Aniyah spotted a four-drawer chest and twin-sized bed that was the bottom half of a bunk bed. Secondhanded crap.

"I hope you like it." Tessa dropped the other bags on the linoleum floor.

Aniyah mumbled under her breath, "No bigger than a jail cell."

Returning back into the living room, Aniyah decided not to complain. She was convinced without her aunt rescuing her, she might be sitting on a bench like a homeless person.

Aniyah grinned. "It's good."

"There's food in the refrigerator. I've stocked it with a few things, sodas and sandwich meats. In the cabinets, there're cans of corn, black beans and a five-pound bag of rice."

"Any steaks, lobster tails or shrimp?"

Tessa laughed. "There're frozen foods, and chicken for you to cook. Tonight you can heat a frozen chicken TV dinner."

Aniyah went directly into the kitchen adjacent to the living room. She looked in the freezer to see that few products loaded the freezer, including one ice tray. She slammed the door shut. Then she opened the refrigerator section. Removing a can of orange soda, she snapped it opened and took a swallow, quenching her thirst.

Tessa entered. As she watched her niece's every move, she noticed the spandex dress Aniyah wore had risen up her thighs. "I say you should change into something more appropriate."

Aniyah tussled with the dress. "Stop looking at my clothes. It'll fit fine once I lose a few pounds. I'll get sexy-looking again." Shaking her hips, Aniyah looked around the kitchen, noticing something was missing. "Hold up...no microwave?"

"You can use the stove to heat a TV dinner."

"Whatever." Aniyah rolled her eyes.

"Change your style of dressing. Start off fresh by getting yourself decent work. And, find a good man that you can start a family with," Tessa lectured with an air of sophistication.

Aniyah stared at her aunt as though she were a hated prison guard. She had not thought about a job. She twirled around. Cheerfully, she said, "I can use a money man."

"It's nothing like making your own money."

Aniyah walked past her aunt, stepping back into the living room. Tessa followed behind her while Aniyah searched for any sign of communication technology.

"No telephone in here?"

Tessa shook her index finger at her. "When you get work, you can buy one."

"If you want me to get a job, at least get me a cell phone."

"For now, no phone. I'll be coming by to check on you."

Aniyah slouched down on the futon. She shoved her fist into the cushion, feeling the steel frame underneath. "I hate being broke."


(  Continued...  )


© 2015 All rights reserved. Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, Christine Young-Robinson.  Do not reproduce, copy or use without the author's written permission. This excerpt is used for promotional purposes only.


Christine Young-Robinson is the author of the novel We Didn't See It Coming and the short story "Miss Amy's Last Ride," which was featured in the anthology Proverbs for the People. A wife, mother, and grandmother, Christine resides in South Carolina. She is the co-chairperson of the Eleuthera Book Club.


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Genre:  Fiction. Suspense
Released  on August 11, 2015


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Malibu Betrayals by MK Meredith

This is another book I thought you might enjoy. But keep it out of reach of children!!

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Malibu Betrayals by MK Meredith

Title: Malibu Betrayals by MK Meredith
Published by: Entangled Select on July 28, 2015
Genres: AdultContemporaryRomance
Format: eARC
Pages: 280
Source: NetGalley
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Rating: two-stars
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Her chance to write a whole new ending...

Hollywood screenwriter Samantha Dekker spent the last year picking up the pieces after her husband's suicide. Along with grief, guilt, and tabloid hell, she's had to watch helplessly as the film industry slammed its doors in her face. Now Sam has the rarest of Hollywood opportunities - a second chance...working with the one man she swore never to see again.

Hunktastic A-lister Gage Cutler knows that Sam blamed him for his part in her husband's death. Still, Sam is the one woman he can never forget. All he wants is a second chance of his own - to prove he's not the player she remembers. And Malibu is the perfect backdrop to make a girl swoon.

Except they're not alone. Someone is watching Sam and Gage's steamy off-screen romance with the most dangerous of intentions...
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A Gateway to Hope by E.C.Jackson



Twenty-one-year-old Neka is a bit of an introvert, she also happens to be stunningly beautiful.
When she discovers her friend James is about to be dumped, she sees the perfect opportunity to escape from her quiet life. Can she summon the courage to leave it all behind?
 
James Copley comes from a ruthless family. It’s rubbed off. Years ago, he disengaged from his brother’s smear campaign, but now his father has offered him an ultimatum, “Get married or lose your seat at the table.” Plotting to stamp his design on the family business, he proposes to a woman, even though he doesn’t love her. But his carefully laid plans start to unravel when she leaves him on the day she’s due to meet his family. Could years of planning his comeback vanish with her departure?

A possible solution comes in an unexpected form: Neka. She’s not only a friend, but the daughter of his benefactor. And she’s right there, offering to support him. But will her support stretch to marriage? He attempts to win her over to his plan but collides with her powerful father who wants to leverage the situation for his own gain.

In their fight for survival and love, they are forced to face some uncomfortable truths.
Can they overcome thwarted dreams and missed chances to find true love, or does forcing destiny’s hand only lead to misery?

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E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years, she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years led naturally to her current endeavor, writing inspirational romance novels. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.

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