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review 2019-06-25 21:48
Don't Lick the Minivan / Leanne Shirtliffe
Don't Lick the Minivan: And Other Things I Never Thought I'd Say to My Kids - Leanne Shirtliffe

As a woman used to traveling and living the high life in Bangkok, Leanne Shirtliffe recognized the constant fodder for humor while pregnant with twins in Asia's sin city. But in spite of deep-fried bug cuisine and nurses who cover newborn bassinets with plastic wrap, Shirtliffe manages to keep her babies alive for a year with help from a Coca-Cola deliveryman, several waitresses, and a bra factory. Then she and her husband return home to the isolation of North American suburbia.

In Don't Lick the Minivan, Shirtliffe captures the bizarre aspects of parenting in her edgy, honest voice. She explores the hazards of everyday life with children such as:

•The birthday party where neighborhood kids took home skin rashes from the second-hand face paint she applied.
•The time she discovered her twins carving their names into her minivan's paint with rocks.
•The funeral she officiated for "Stripper Barbie."
•The horror of glitter.
And much more!


Now, let me begin my emphasizing that this is NOT my genre and I am NOT in the target audience for this book. I’m sure that if you have raised twins, you will probably find things to laugh about in it.

So, why did I read it, you ask? Well, the author is going to be a key-note speaker at a conference that I’m attending in August. I like to have some familiarity with the work of these folks before I attend. So I’ve also read a children’s book by Shirtliffe.

I also hasten to add that I am notorious for not getting written humour. I’m sure that when I hear the author in person, that I will at least smile, if not laugh out loud. I’ll be interested to hear her speak for that exact reason.

As a single & childless woman, I can’t appreciate many of the stories that the author tells. It’s just not my experience. But I can tell that Shirtliffe has spent a lot of time on her writing and is quite skilled at it. If you read mommy blogs and have raised children, you will probably enjoy this book far more than I did.

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review 2019-06-23 22:31
Book Review for DARKNESS RISING by Katie Reus
Darkness Rising (Darkness Series Book 9) Kindle Edition - Katie Reus



We have to say that this was our first book by this author and we really enjoy it by them and we loved getting to know all the character's as the were so interesting and fun.We loved Reaper from the onset and his cave man ways.After reading this story I really need to go back and start the story from the very beginning.
Reaper a Greer where amazing together and had amazing heat together and I am not talking about the, breathing fire kind.We loved their fun and flirty relationship.
I love reading about Dragon shifters and it was a whole lot of fun with great character's mystery and suspense and we loved that they had mates that where a different species as it just showed all the different personalities and alpha ways. 
Overall we loved it and we are sorry we didn't come upon this series sooner but, now that I have caught the bug we plan on reading the rest of the series.We thought it was an awesome read!
Recommended read to all!
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text 2019-06-23 05:52
Re Kathleen Hale

(Edit #1 at the end)



I've just received an email notification that someone going by the name "Sarah Hutchins" posted a comment to a post I wrote on a long-abandoned Wordpress blog.  The post is dated 22 October 2014.






I had completely forgotten about this blog.  It was one of those things I started and then . .  dropped.  I do that far too often.



Edited Sunday morning, 23 June 2019, to add


When I posted all this last night, I was took stunned and too tired to do any real research.  Thanks to GreyWarden aka darkwriter aka John Green over on Twitter, I looked for a link back to the writer of the post and (double facepalm) there it was right at the end of the email notification:




I just forwarded the emal to Scaachi Koul, writer of the Buzzfeed article that seems to have brought Kathleen Hale back into the spotlight.



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text 2019-06-23 05:23
Reading progress update: I've read 44 out of 303 pages.
The Skeleton in the Clock - Carter Dickson

The mystery hasn't started yet, but I've snort*laughed at least twice so far.  I'd quote one here, but both are slow build-ups and I'm unwilling to type that much for something that might fall flat out of context.  


A very promising start.

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text 2019-06-22 10:38
Reading progress update: I've listened 801 out of 925 minutes.
Mythos - Stephen Fry

The last couple of hours of the book, while still unbelievably entertaining, have entered the realm of Too Many Names To Keep Straight.  This has always been my biggest problem with Greek Mythology (or any other mythology, really)- the names are unfamiliar to me and the list of begats and family trees make my eyes glaze over.  Still, I'm loving this like I've never loved Greek Myth before, and I'm hoping to finish it before I leave for the States (although if I don't, it'll be something to listen to on the plane, providing I remember my noise cancelling headphones.

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