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"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly."
-- Buddha
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I just finished reading City of Fire by Robert Ellis. It was such a good book. I highly recommend it! It was nonstop suspense from the beginning to the last page! Here's my review that I wrote for the review site.


Nikki Brant has just found out she is pregnant. She is overjoyed and can’t wait to share the news with her husband, James Brant. Unfortunately she won’t live to tell anyone. A killer has entered her home and crawled into her bed.

When James Brant finds his wife, naked and viciously murdered, he is overcome with grief. Detective Lena Gamble and her partner Detective Hank Novak are assigned the case. James Brant is the perfect suspect and the police assume he killed his wife. Gamble quickly discovers that her first case, the murder of Teresa Lopez, is somehow connected to the murder of Nikki Brant. Gamble and Novak realize this is not an isolated incident but is instead a serial murder case. Quickly the pair put together the clues and DNA to find the perpetrator before he has the chance to kill another woman.

Gamble’s brother, David, was a member of a famous rock band until he was found shot to death in his car. David’s murder was never solved and it’s haunted her to this day. Now five years later, Gamble’s current case starts to connect to her brother’s murder. The police assume they’ve found David’s killer, but Gamble doesn’t believe that’s true. She concludes that the police are trying to close an old case by pinning it on a dead man who can’t defend himself and his character. Gamble doesn’t trust her own colleagues and starts to suspect an elaborate cover up is happening.

As the hunt for the killer intensifies, Gamble becomes his next targeted victim. The police search for the latest missing woman as time ticks away and forest fires ignite throughout the city. Will the police save the latest victim in time or will they be too late?

CITY OF FIRE was the most fascinating, suspenseful, tightly woven, scary, nail-biting, mystery that I’ve ever read. The suspense is so unbelievable that you will not be able to put it down. The writing was spectacular and I would definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy a suspenseful whodunit with an explosive and satisfying ending.
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In my room
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chipper chipper
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I will begin this by saying a very good friend of mine online passed away a couple months ago. I only found out about a month ago and was dreading returning to Live Journal since this journal started thanks to that friend, Chelsea. We used to Live Journal exclusively to each other and it makes me very sad to know she can't see my posts anymore. Chelsea was only 21 years old when she died. She had a disease that she was born with and knew she wouldn't live to a ripe old age. Her dream was to become a writer but she died before she could accomplish this. She was a fabulous writer and her books would have flew off the shelves in the bookstore. She was a very kind soul and so kind at heart. She never complained about anything and was always so upbeat. Chelsea will be greatly missed.
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In my room
Current Mood:
okay okay
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Wow it's been a long time since I posted on here. That is for numerous reasons. #1 I forgot my password! I tried so many times to post but couldnt remember my password so I gave up. I just thought of what it could be and decided to try one last time to log on. Yes I know they probably could have emailed me my password but I'm too lazy to do all that. LOL

My 25th birthday is coming up December 10th! My friends Linda and CJ are taking me to get my hair done, so I am super excited! I'm going to a show in AC a couple days after. I'm going to my mom's house to help set up her Christmas tree this Sunday. Then we're going to have cornebeef and cabbage for dinner.

I start my job training in December some time so I'm excited about that too. 10 days until my birthday! :) I'll post more soon. I am way behind in my bookclub book and I have 2 books to review that are due soon. Off to read!

Current Location:
In my room
Current Mood:
cheerful cheerful
Current Music:
Raymond's video game music
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I finished The Mephisto Club which is Tess Gerritsen's best book ever! I wrote the review and submitted it. Then I started Damnantion Street for another site I review for. I am kind of tired and wasnt in the mood for it so I picked up my 14 day library book which is a completely different subject so it wont confuse me. It's called The Yellow Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History by Lewis Buzbee. It's all about loving books, working in bookshops, etc. It's only 200 pages and the pages are really small, so it's a nice quick read. I love short little books. They're fun to read when you want something light and easy to read. I've read too many heavy books lately. I want to find the memoir section at the library. I'd love to browse it. The library is going to have alot of books for me soon so I need to get reading. I wonder if FF will send me more books now that I finished the Tess Gerritsen book or if they'll wait for me to do the Stephanie Bond book first. I think while I am reading my next book after these two, I'll read the Stephanie Bond one too in between. It's kind of fun reading more then one book at once. I dont usually do it. But this girl whose website I look at is currently reading 10 books at once and I found that fascinating and wondered why I dont read more then one. I guess I dont because you cant read two mysteries or two fiction novels at once cause you'll get confused. But there's no reason why I cant read something totally different at the same time. So that's the trick. They have to be 2 different genres. I should have written a book about the love of reading like this guy did. How easy is that? Everyone loves books about books! :) I want to find more books like this cause I really like it. Well that's it for now. Raymond got me flowers yesterday. They're gorgeous but they're getting a little droppy. I have to change the water tomorrow. It's 12 am. He's in the bathroom. I think I'll read some more before I go to bed. I'm reading the Yellow Lighted Bookshop. Nice little book. Light in my hands.
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In my reading world
Current Mood:
content and happy with my books
Current Music:
TV
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Wow it's been a long time since I posted! I read and finished The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield while on my trip to NY. Now I am reading The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen. I have 100 pages left. Hopefully I'll finish it tonight. It's her best book yet. I'll write more tomorrow.
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In my room
Current Mood:
chipper chipper
Current Music:
none
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I got my hair, nails, and eyebrows done today. It's raining now so it's a good thing I went early. I got a french manicure. I'm packing. I started to and stopped. Raymond isn't home yet. He's getting a haircut and his oil changed. Then we're supposed to go to Walmart for some things I need. We leave tomorrow morning for the wedding! YEAH! I am going to try to read some of my book. I would love to have a new book for the car ride. I have about 150 pages left in my book. Well I am going to bring the laptop with me to NY and I hope it works. That would be alot of fun if it does work. Then I can keep in contact with everyone and check my email. Well that's all for now. I'm gonna go read.
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Watching the rain
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anxious anxious
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Well I was going to read Tess Gerritsen's new book but my library book The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield kept calling me to read it! Plus I only have 14 days to read it because people have holds on it. It's an extremely popular book. I'm about 200 pages in and loving it. Great book. :) Tomorrow I have to get my hair, nails, and eyebrows done for the wedding. LOL not my wedding. Danny's wedding. And I have to go to Walmart for some stuff I need. Going to change into PJ's and curl up with my book. I have a huge pile of books to read and 4 books to review. :)Did I mention that I love books? We leave on the 12th! 2 days and counting! :)
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In my room
Current Mood:
excited excited
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none
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Hello! I read The Portrait by Iain Pears. I just finished it tonight. Now I started The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen. I'm reviewing it for FF. I'm trying to read it but I'm so sleepy now. Linda and me are going to a book convention tomorrow. Should be fun. I leave this coming Thursday for NY! :) I went to the used bookstore with Lindy tonight. It was fun. I got some good mysteries. My pile of paperbacks that I want to read is getting huge. I think I'll probably take paperbacks with me to NY. They're smaller and lighter to pack. Hmmm. Unless I still have books to review! EHHHH!!
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In my room listening to boring TV
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tired tired
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none
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I leave for NY for the wedding on the 12th! It will be the 5th in one hour. So 7 days and counting! :)
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Chilling
Current Mood:
chipper chipper
Current Music:
TV
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I finished The Hard Way tonight and wrote my review for it. It was a really good book but I found faults of course. I really liked it alot though. I'm not sure what I'll read next. I'm thinking I'll read my book club book The Portrait tomorrow. It's only 200 pages and really tiny pages, so I think I can read it all in one day. Maybe I should start it tonight? Hmmm. Then I'll read my Tess Gerritsen book to review for FF. Then my next book for the other site. Then the one the author sent me that I'm gonna review for FF. Then I'm out of books, but I'm sure there will be more before I run out! LOL I have The Thirteenth Tale out from the library and I am dying to read it.
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In my room
Current Mood:
calm calm
Current Music:
TV on
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October 1st! I love October. I love the weather in October. It's so beautiful out. I love pumpkin picking and apple picking. I love October! :)

I finished the Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA and submitted my review. Now I'm reading The Hard Way: A Rachel Alexander Mystery by Carol Lea Benjamin, reviewing it for the other site. It's good so far. I'm 85 pages into it.

I'm not sure what I'll read next. I guess I should read my other review books before I read something for myself. I am dying to read one of those Nancy Bartholomew books. I was browsing it and they look so good. I cant decide which review book I'll read next. Probably the Tess Gerritsen one cause I've had it longer so it should be next. I think I've only had the other book for about a week. Tess' book is about 2 and a half weeks I think. Gotta check my calendar. Well that's it for now. Just reading and relaxing.

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Watching football and reading
Current Mood:
tired tired
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Hello! Sorry I haven't written for a while. I finished The Third Victim by Lisa Gardner a while ago and loved it. Then I read Doggy Style by Jane May which was a review book. The book was narrated by Miles the dog and it was really cute. Now I am reading Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA by Ellen Meister, another review book. I have only 100 pages left in it, then I will read another review book! I have 3 more after this one. I'm going to pick up my suits for the weddding from the tailors tonight. The purple shirt and black shoes, ended up clashing with my gray suit. I need to get a different top and shoes I think. I used to have this polk a dot pink top. It's really pretty but I can't find it. It must have fell into my closet abyss. Well that's it for now. I must finish this book soon so I can start a new one!
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In my room watching TV
Current Mood:
amused amused
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None
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Hello! I am still reading The Third Victim! I need to get reading. I got my FF books in the mail. I'm still waiting for my book from the other site. I went to the dentist and they filed down my tooth a bit. I guess it isn't bothering me as much now, but my tongue is all scratched up still from the tooth. I schedueled a cleaning for next Tuesday. I wish I had insurance. I would go to the dentist alot more if I did. It's very gloomy outside. Ok I think I'm gonna go read. TTYL
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Watching Oprah
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bored bored
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None
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I just realized I haven't posted for a couple days. I went to the mall with my mom on Friday but they didn't have anything that I liked for the wedding. Saturday I went to the flea market with Raymond. There was nothing good to buy there. The book lady didnt have much. I read almost everything she had already. I'm currently reading The Third Victim by Lisa Gardner. Also reading Save Karyn by Karyn Bosnak. I'm going to go back to Save Karyn after The Third Victim. I'm expecting books in the mail soon hopefully. I think by Wednesday at the latest my review books should come from FF. Hopefully I will be done with the books I am reading by then. I really want to get my hands on some of the new books that have come out lately. There's this book called The Thirteenth Tale that is very popular and a debut novel. I want to check that out. Also Mitch Albom's new book comes out in a couple weeks. Robert Parker has a new one coming out. I cant wait to read Julie Leto's book Dirty Little Lies. I'll be getting that in the mail some time next week. My friend won it for me in a contest online. Tomorrow I am calling the dentist and hoping they have an opening because I either chipped my tooth or my white filling came out. I'm not sure which happened. All I know is that my tooth has a super sharp point to it and it is scraping up my tongue and making it ver hard to eat food. Raymond and me were just watching Dodgeball (the movie) on TV. It was pretty funny I guess. Stupid funny. He rented some movie with Paris Hilton in it, and it was so bad. Jayson Mewes from the Jay and Silent Bob movies was in it and Kevin James (silent Bob) had a small part. It just wasnt that good though. It wasnt put out by Kevin James, that I know of. Jay seemed so different in this movie then the others he's done. He was nowhere near as funny. So there proves it's the writing that made him so great. I have a headache. I took some Aleve a little while ago for it. My mom went to the flea market today with her friend. She's been having trouble getting along with this friend so I was hoping she'd call me after to tell me how it went. But it's late so I'll just email her tomorrow about it. Well that's it for now. I'm going to try to read more of my Lisa Gardner book if I can. I'm really tired though.
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In my room watching TV
Current Mood:
cranky cranky
Current Music:
none
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I finished reading and wrote my review for Sleight of Hand, last night. It ended up not being so bad after all. It's part of a series though and alot of questions were left unanswered. I should be getting books in the mail within 5 days or so. I'm so excited. I cant wait to see what they send me next. I think I'll start a new book today while I wait for more books.

My mother offered to pay for my hotel and outfit for the wedding. So I said ok. If I didnt, it would end up costing us a ton of money. We still need to pay for my hair, toes, present for them, gas, and food. So that will add up. I'm waiting for Raymond to get home from work, and then we're going to go to the mall to find me an outfit for the wedding. If I find something there, my mom said she'll pay me back for it so I dont have to spend so much. My brother said he's not going to the wedding.

I'm just watching soaps and going to do my makeup soon for the mall. Ok more later. :) Byee

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In my room
Current Mood:
blah blah
Current Music:
TV on
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I just finished reading Rice Mother. It could have been a really good book. I just feel like it was way too long and over done. Everything should have ended around page 300 when the father died. Instead the book goes on for 130 more pages of nonsense. It didn't even feel like it was the same book I was reading. It was a good book, but it just fell apart and dragged on forever after page 300. I really am in the mood for something short and less heavy, but I have a book to read and review now! It's pretty long but it's a mystery so hopefully I'll like it. It's called Sleight of Hand by Kate Wilhelm. That's all for now. I'm kind of tired from that book Rice Mother. It wore me out.
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in my room
Current Mood:
full full
Current Music:
TV is on
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My ear is killing me. It hurts so bad and I messed with it so now I can't hear. I have to press on it and make it repop cause I need to hear! Linda I'm so glad you're loving 20 Times a Lady. Such a great book. I could definetely reread that. :)
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in my room
Current Mood:
hungry hungry
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none
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I'm reading The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka. It's a really good book. I'm 254 pages in so far. There are 432 pages in all. Long book but I am really liking it. I am rushing a little to finish so I can read and review my last book, so I can get more in the mail! I have a little evil pimple under my nose and it hurts like hell. Raymond wanted to go see Steven play football tonight but he won't be playing so I dont think we're going. He was on vacation and missed practices so he won't be playing in the first two games. I've been reading for an hour and a half and my eyes are really sleepy now. I have so many books I want to read. I am overflowing in books. I guess those books would have been read if I didn't have to review so many books! That is cutting into my personal reading time. Hopefully the books I get next are shorter. I've been having weird dreams cause of my book The Rice Mother. Alot of scary war scenes in the book and it caused some weird nightmares. Luckily, I think that part of the book is over now. It's all about the children finding suitable mates and starting a family now. I wonder what year this was supposed to have taken place. I know obviously the story progresses over time, but I wish they had put the year on top of the page so the reader knows. Ok that's all for now.
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in my room
Current Mood:
tired tired
Current Music:
none
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Well I finished Ashes and Bones by Dana Cameron and I posted my review for it. It wasn't as good as I thought it would be. Kind of boring. I started The Rice Mother 3 days ago. I'm only up to page 86 I think, but it's pretty good so far. I think after The Rice Mother, I'll read my other ARC to review. I cant remember the name off the top of my head. Never heard of the author before. Well I'm off to find food. I'm starving.
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In an uncomfortable chair, cause Ray didnt get pc chair 4me
Current Mood:
cranky cranky
Current Music:
News is on
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