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Welcome to Endurance

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Hello beautiful readers of romance.  I have put my head against best selling author, Siera London and we came up with this series on single fathers.  I know it is just in time for father’s day.

This is a fresh take on the single father, going beyond just the #DILF.  I firmly believe that life, and love, all have a season. We could think of no better way to introduce you to this series with men for all seasons.

We started the series off with a May/December romance, with a Walk through Endurance, to give readers an introduction to the small mountain town.

Abel and Julie was a sweet romance with an undertone of sexy that was not in your face, over the top.  We wanted to step back a little and revisit the standard romance book and allow the romance to blossom in a small town, where everyone knows your name.

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Written by Alexis Clarke and James NewmanAbel Burney hated flying and today he was stuck on a plane with the worst turbulence he’d ever experienced. Grabbing the hand of the attractive lady next to him for comfort, his fears soon abated. It didn’t take long for Abel to realize she had a calming effect on him overall.

Julie Kratzner was on assignment for a year to cover the Endurance Capital of the world’s sporting events. The small town was charming, but not as charming as Abel Burney. He came to her rescue more than once showing her that life and the small things in it should be enjoyed.

Come take a walk through Endurance and fall in love with the little moments which make life oh so big.

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Intervals of Love

Dr. Chadwick Winter lived his life in sporadic intervals. The only constant was his love ofIntervals of love.png cupcakes which he made a point of securing at least three times per week. However, it didn’t take him long to realize it wasn’t the cupcakes he was looking forward to seeing each week, but the cupcake maker.
Sherron Baker was different. Her lifelong stuttering problem taught her to communicate differently with her customers and the men who sought to take advantage of her impediment, but the doctor found a way to break through her barrier.

Faced with an upcoming class reunion, Dr. Winter suggests that the cupcake lady pose as his fiancé. Sherron admired the single father of a 3 year old hellion, but she wasn’t sure her life could handle such a drastic change – pretend or otherwise. Taking a break from her self doubts, she plunged headfirst into the fake engagement, pausing only to enjoy the intervals of love.
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Staying the Course

goingIvy Summer’s poor choices have deposited her at the last knot in the proverbial rope. With forty dollars to her name and a broken shoe heel, she walks into the town of Endurance desperate and searching for a way back home. But this street-savvy lady is used to taking care of herself and fighting for everything she has. She’ll do what’s necessary to survive—even take on a grumpy mountain man in the middle of the night.

Single father, Owen Tate wants to be left alone, especially by the sexy trespasser who demands entry into his bar. She has a truckload of attitude, a penchant for manipulation, and a ton of baggage trailing behind her. Yet Ivy’s zeal for life might be the kick in the pants a wounded man needs to bury the past.

How will two people used to staying the course change direction and learn to fight for each other?

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Grab a cup of coffee or tea, crack open the pages and sit down to enjoy some really good stories with a warm and fuzzy, happily ever after.

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Hello beautiful readers of romance. I have put my head against best selling author, Siera London and we came up with this series on single fathers. I know it is just in time for father’s day.
This is a fresh take on the single father, going beyond just the #DILF. I firmly believe that life, and love, all have a season. We could think of no better way to introduce you to this series with men for all seasons.
We started the series off with a May/December romance, with a Walk through Endurance, to give readers an introduction to the small mountain town.

Abel and Julie was a sweet romance with an undertone of sexy that was not in your face, over the top. We wanted to step back a little and revisit the standard romance book and allow the romance to blossom in a small town, where everyone knows your name.

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What I’m Watching: Ugly Delicious

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NETFLIX: Traveling the world with his friends, award-winning chef David Chang discovers exciting twists on iconic dishes and surprising links between cultures.

As a self-proclaimed Foodie, not a refined palate or anything, I just like to frickin’ eat.  I saw this Chef on the Daily Show and finally got around to watching an episode that resonated in my belly. It was Episode Five, The Fried Chicken Episode where David Change traveled the world visiting, speaking with and eating loads to fried chicken.

It’s rare that you can watch a documentary and really learn something.  Here is a quick history lesson which coincides with women’s history month.  Black women were some of the first entrepreneurs having small businesses cooking, what else chicken. The only live stock blacks or negros could own were chickens, the old yard bird.  In order to make more money for feed and seed, on Sunday’s the women sold fried chicken dinners.

Black women also worked the train stations, selling fried chicken dinners to travelers in need of a home cooked Southern meal.

Restaurants throughout the south catered to the black family who wanted a meal outside of the home after church on Sunday, which led to the Green Book: The Negro Traveler’s Guide.

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The NegroTravelersGreenBook was a travel guide series published from 1936 to 1964 by Victor H. Green. It was intended to provide African American motorists and tourists with the information necessary to board, dine, and sightsee comfortably and safely during the era of segregation.
Stopping in the wrong place asking to use the potty often resulted in brutal beatings if not death. The Green Book also provided up to date road etiquette guides on how to travel the roads. This included not passing a white person on the road by speeding past them which was taken as an act of aggression by pulling ahead of the man.  This also could result in a beatings if not death.
A digital version is available through the University of South Carolina, which detailed on satellite the hotels and restaurants people of color could stop for a good meal, a place to sleep or event to get drinks. 

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Not to digress to much, let me come back to Chef Chang.  The documentary on fried chicken covers a great deal of information, but also how well the yard bird is loved world wide.  It is pretty good show, and worth a binge watch on Netflix.

I think I enjoyed the most his recounting his first taste of Nashville Hot Chicken. Once you watch it, come back and share with me how hilarious you found his story.


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Scott & Zelda are Back

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In this entry into Zelda’s dairy, Scott arrives at Zelda’s office to steal her away for a quiet weekend. However, he failed to tell her the getaway was with his family.

The laughs are plenty, the moments tender, and the love overflowing as Scott & Zelda are just steps closer to their happily ever after.

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Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079YM1H34
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079YM1H34

 

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What I am Watching: Annihilation

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Annihilation in movie theaters now.

Lena, a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X – a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline. Once inside, the expedition discovers a world of mutated landscape and creatures, as dangerous as it is beautiful, that threatens both their lives and their sanity.

Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac.

It was written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later). 

Okay, so I went and saw this movie.  I was eager.  Excited and ready to watch it.

Thirty minutes in I wanted to shoot everyone in the film.  Natalie Portman is supposed to be ex-military.  She is already secretive, and gets more so during the movie.  However, many of decisions made by the characters are stupid, especially since they know they are dealing with an extra -terrestrial life form.  I won’t say that self-preservation is primary to human nature, when most of these characters have death wishes.

The movie, although visually stunning, appeals the eyes but not to the grey matter.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts on this movie.

What I am Reading: Grizzly Mountain

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A Bear Shifter

Grizzly Mountain (Arcadian Bears Book 1) by [Jameson, Becca]Heather Simmons is excited to start a new job in Alberta, Canada, as a glaciologist. But when a minor accident leaves her trapped on a hiking trail overnight, she finds herself facing a burly mountain man and a pair of grizzly bears. From that moment forward, things could not get weirder.

Isaiah Arthur knows instinctively that Heather is his mate the moment he scents her clothing before heading up the mountain to rescue her. The sensation is confusing since she is obviously human, and converting a human to his species is strictly forbidden.

A rogue shifter takes Heather’s transition out of Isaiah’s hands, however. Isaiah is left with no choice but to take her home and find a way to inform her of her unintended fate, while fighting the intense need to make her his as soon as possible.

The North American governing body, the Arcadian Council, is not amused by the rare turning of a human, and chaos ensues as Isaiah races against the clock to bind his mate to him forever before someone steps in the way and takes the opportunity out of his hands.

Okay, Okay, I get it.  You are attracted to her, but these people had sex in almost every chapter.  Don’t get me wrong, it was hot and steamy, but there are a couple of points I have to make on this one.

He is six feet four and big. She is petite.  So petite in fact that when she shifts into a bear, she is the size of a cub. Look at this image and allow the size difference between these two people to marinate in your mind.

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Granted, big men, like to make love to petite women, however, some of the acts described in the book made me cringe. I mean it works, but the rate that man was going at Heather, she shouldn’t be able to walk.  Image result for shaq and hoopzEspecially going at it morning, noon and night. Yeah, think of Ariana Grande and Side to Side.  

She would have been so sore, had he been as big as she intimated in the book.

That was my first issue.

My second, was the plot or lack thereof.  It seemed like the plot was about her being scratched by a bear, as in werewolf folklore which forced her to become a bear, the very next day.

Then there was the war between the clans over water rights and beer making.

Our hero is friends with Austin from the warring clan, whose cousin was the rouge bear that scratched our heroine Heather.

Did I mention the bears communicate telepathically. However, the rouge bear with a penchant for scratching human women to force them to shift, isn’t that bad guy that comes for Heather.  It is Austin’s cousin, Antoine.

WTF is Antoine?  Where did he come from? Why is he so angry and wanting to snatch Heather and bite her?

Yeah, they bite and draw blood when they select a mate to bind them forever to each other, which becomes another plot point.  Isaiah won’t bite Heather during sex because he claims she is mentally compromised in her heated need for his bear love stick. However the bite is the one thing that can stop the Bear Tribal Council from squirreling her See the source imageoff to kill her to protect their secret bear shifting lives.

In the end, she bites him.

The whole book could have been over by Chapter 12 if the cub had just bitten the big bad bear.

My rating for this one is kind of low.

I gave it three stars because the writing is good.  It is the use of some common language which drags you out of the moment and makes the reader cringe. 

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The sex scenes are hot and frequent, and it kind of made me understanding the whole shifting genre. It was an interesting read.

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Createspace is coming to an end

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by Derek Haines on Just Publishing Advice: Createspace is coming to an end If you have published paperback titles using Createspace, it is time to think about moving your books to Amazon KDP. (Kindle Direct Publishing) There have been many problems with Createspace over the years. Most of the problems have involved unfair electronic payment options […]

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