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Sunday, October 23, 2016


Sheriff Ethan Blackwood is obsessed with bringing his wife’s killers to justice. A simple errand at the Cooper's Creek Bank put her in the middle of a robbery-turned-bloodbath. Ethan vows to find the outlaws, but he needs a caretaker for his two small daughters. 
After killing her stepfather, an abusive, heartless man who wagered her in a poker game, Annie Benton Holt is on the run—with a weak, newborn baby. Even though she killed the man in a struggle for her own life, when her stepbrothers find out she’s killed their father they’ll be out for blood. If the law doesn’t put a noose around her neck first.
When the baby’s health forces Annie to stop in Cooper's Creek, she is befriended by the town’s doctor. Broke, homeless, and with her baby’s health unstable, the doctor proposes a marriage-of-convenience between her and his widowed brother. Annie believes this mutual arrangement is the perfect solution.
But her perfect solution has a major flaw. The doctor’s brother—and Annie’s new husband—is the sheriff of Cooper’s Creek.      -I will be giving it 3 Stars on Amazon when I am able to review it.-

I really wanted to like this book more than I did.  I mean it had good main characters, sweet children, Ethan had good family members and the challenges were there to be overcome.  The author did do a good job drawing out a few surprises when it came to all the parts of Annie's predicament.  Still it was somewhat predictable until closer to the end when some surprise twists come into play.   I guess for my part, there was a bit too much angst that went on longer than I liked in this story.  
But maybe that is just me.  The story does have a reason to be emotional.  Both for Annie and Ethan, who each have good reasons for feeling the pain that they do. Annie spent so many years just trying to survive.  Ethan was still reeling from the death/murder of his wife. The plot was a good idea, but it just felt like it was missing something.  

I do like the cover for the eBook though.  Very attractive, it gets your attention.  

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  


My Seductive Highlander: A Highland Hearts Novel by [Greyson, Maeve]
Though part of a legacy of time-traveling sisters, Lilia Sinclair is planted firmly in twenty-first-century Edinburgh. Her granny’s matchmaking with thirteenth-century Highlanders isn’t about to lure her into the past, especially as ancient Scotland enters troubled times. After all, Lilia is blessed—or cursed—with dire prophetic visions. To protect herself, she’s put up an icy emotional wall no man could cross—until a pair of gorgeous, rippling arms breaks right through.

Graham MacTavish is pure trouble. Once the dragon bound to Loch Ness, he’s transformed into a philanderer of the first order. In fact, because of his dalliances with other men’s wives, a rival clan wants his head on a pike. Before he provokes an all-out war, Graham is banished to the twenty-first century, where he must win Lilia’s hand—or return to die. But after meeting a lass as fierce as any Highland warrior, Graham knows one thing: life with Lilia, in any century, is a fate to embrace.   AMAZON  4 STARS

I was surprised that I found myself smiling often  as I read this book.  
Graham was so over his head when it came to dealing with his new time zone and Lilia.  But it wasn't very long though before I was pulling for him to win her over.  A lot of my smiling and some laughter came from Graham and his partner in crime, Angus.  Their reactions to some of the newfangled things in their new world was hilarious.   First car ride?   Funny!
There is magic, danger,romance, good friends, and finally a HEA.  This book rounds up all the sisters and shows how they each satisfy Granny by all having their lives on track.  Everything she ever wanted.  Interesting danger and twist at the end.  
Speaking of good friends, Vivienne and  Alberti really fit that bill.  Vivienne was hilariously her own person and carried it out in fun ways. 
Even Angus in his rough, clumsy, often unthinking ways was a friend of sorts.  
Yes, there will be sex.  Yes, there will sexual innuendo and words.  
Even though I do not believe in animal familiars, that was not a huge part of the book but it was implied.  That made me a bit uncomfortable when I recognized that but  was glad it wasn't a big part of the book.   There is other magic elements to the story which made it believable as their family being  time runners. 

On a side note, I really smiled when the author mentioned how much she appreciated her husband being her supporter for over 35 years.  The smile came in, when she said that he learned not to throw sticky notes away that were filled with strange phrases.  Sounds like he learned it the hard way.  

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Soften Their World Baby Blanket

Soften Their World Baby Blanket

Soften Their World Baby Blanket

Skill Level-  EASY

Crochet Hook: J/10 or 6 mm hook
Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
  • Simply Soft (170 g/6. oz;288 m/315 yds)
    • Contrast A Soft Pink (9719)    -  3
    • Contrast B Off White (9702)   -  3
  • One size US J/10 (6 mm), or size to obtain gauge.
  • One size US H/8 (5 mm), for border.
  • Yarn needle
Size: Approximately 34"/86.5 cm wide by 37"/94 cm long, including border.

Using larger hook, 13 sts and 18 1/2 rows = 4"/10 cm.


Modified Front Post Double Crochet (Mod FPdc): Unlike a 'standard' FPdc, the st behind the posted st is NOT skipped, but is worked as part of the Modified FPdc. This will eliminate the 'hole' on the reverse side which normally occurs when working posted sts, and the reverse side will lay flat. (RS) Yarn over, insert hook from RS to WS at the side of the st indicated, bring hook around WS of st, returning to RS on the opposite side of the st, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; insert hook into top of next sc of current row (behind FPdc), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through 3 loops on hook.

Stitch Pattern:
Multiple of 4 sts
Row 1: Using A, sc in second ch from hook, * dc in each of next 2 ch, sc in each of next 2 ch; repeat from * across to last 3 ch, dc in each of next 2 ch, sc in last ch, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across, changing to B in last st (see Notes), turn.
Row 3: Using B, ch 1, sc in first sc, * work Mod FPdc around each of next 2 dc in second row below (Row 1), sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, work Mod FPdc around each of next 2 dc in second row below, sc in last sc, turn.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2, changing to A on last sc, turn.
Row 5: Using A, ch 1, sc in first sc, * work Mod FPdc around each of next 2 Mod FPdc in second row below, sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, work Mod FPdc around each of next 2 Mod FPdc in second row below, sc in last sc, turn.
Row 6: Repeat Row 2, changing to B on last sc, turn.
Row 7: Repeat Row 5. Repeat Rows 4 – 7 for Stitch pattern.


1. When changing colors at end of row, change to new color while working last st as follows: Insert hook and pull up loop with current color, yarn over with next color and draw through 2 loops (sc completed).

2. Colors are alternated every 2 rows; when changing colors, do NOT fasten off previous color; carry it along side of work. When working first round of Border, work OVER carried yarn for a neat edge.


Using larger hook and A, chain 105. Begin Stitch pattern—104 sts after Row 1. Work even in Stitch pattern until a total of 161 rows have been completed. Fasten off B. BORDER Change to smaller hook; continue with A.

Round 1: Ch 1, work 3 sc in side of last sc worked (corner), * sc in each row end along side edge; working 3 sc in corner st *; sc in each unworked loop of beginning ch (lower edge), working 3 sc in corner st; repeat * to * once, sc in each st across upper edge, join with a slip st to first sc.
Round 2: Ch 1, working in back loop only, sc in each sc around, working 3 sc in each corner st (center st of 3-sc at corners), join with a slip st to first sc. Fasten off A; join B with a slip st in any corner st.
Round 3: Using B, repeat Round 2. Fasten off.


Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.