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Irwin Consulting Services Review: How to drive safely during winter

During this holiday season, a lot of people are getting busier in preparing for the upcoming Christmas and New Year, and some are even running errands going to one location to another using their cars. But during this winter, there are a few more concerns added to the list of dangers that you can encounter while you’re on the road.


On its previous posts, Irwin Consulting Services provided guidelines for every reader to remain safe inside their house and even outside while doing extreme physical activities, and now, the group will give helpful ways on how to stay safe even on the road during this winter and holiday seasons.


Firstly, put snow tires on your car. This kind of tire can give better traction than other tires when temperatures are at or below 7 degrees Celsius. With this, expect greater control and shorter stopping distances during the cold weather on road surfaces. Encourage your friends and other family members who do not own winter tires to buy some already. Indeed, it can be quite costly but winter tires are really recommended and even mandatory in some areas in the United States.


Secondly, be careful of drifts. Dangerous car spins could happen in a blink of an eye, so remain cautious all the time and look out for snow drifts because winds can push it on clear roads while you’re driving smoothly on a faster speed.


Thirdly, lids are important. Covering the tire valves can avoid moisture from freezing. Remember that the air can escape if the caps were not covered which can result in a flat tire.


Fourthly, provide sufficient pressure in your tires. Before facing the challenges of a wintery road, you need to consider a few important things first and one is checking your tire pressure regularly. As part of your good tire maintenance, this is crucial especially during low temperatures and high air pressure. 


During the ancient times, no one enters a battlefield without armors and a tactic. However, wintery roads are not a battlefield but your life also depends on it and how prepared you are in facing different accidents or emergencies especially during the winter season. So fifthly, always come prepared. Carry hats and mitts and a shovel all the time in your car as part of your winter driving kit. Don’t forget about kitty litter as well, yes you’ve read it right because such can give your car traction on snowy and icy roads. If you’ll be having a long trip, you need to have an extra jug of winter windshield washer fluid to guarantee visibility for a long period of time. 


Lastly, teach the teens in your family about essential information about winter driving. Irwin Consulting Services would like you to pass all your knowledge about safe driving during the cold weather to them to keep them safe as well.


You should be aware when to retire your tires. It is often advised to change snow tires every two to three seasons. You can give your old tires a brand new meaning and purpose as well with the care and expertise of a tire collector, so find one within your area today.


Irwin Consulting Services wishes for your safe winter driving during this winter and holiday seasons.

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review 2018-01-21 21:18
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Alyssa Cole,Rose Lerner,Courtney Milan

The Siege of Yorktown 1781. Colonel Hamilton has his army in place and is just obliterating the small town while awaiting for reinforcements. Two of the stories arise from the battlefield; the third is tied to the descendant of someone at Yorktown. They share their stories in letters and interviews with Eliza Hamilton as she writes her husband's biography after his death (roughly in the late 1810s and early 1820s).


Promised Land by Rose Lerner - 4 stars

Rachel faked her death to run away from her marriage and towards Washington's army. She meets up with her husband (one of Washington's spies) at Yorktown. I love a good "can this marriage be saved?" trope in historical romance and this one delivered. Both MCs are Jewish and the story really shined with the choice to have the MCs be of a religious minority; certain scenes that depicted how the Jews dealt with Jewish law and customs while also serving in the military were used to deepen their relationship. I thought the one sex scene was shoe-horned in and didn't add to the story, but by the time it happened I was already rooting for Rachel and Nathanial's HEA. This was my first time reading Lerner, but it won't be my last.


The Pursuit of.....(Worth Saga) by Courtney Milan - 4 stars

This novella falls third (or maybe #2.5) in the Worth Saga series, but you don't have to read the first two books to understand what is going on in this story. John Hunter is an ex-slave (ran away from his master, then returned to rescue his sister and mother) living in Rhode Island when the call for black men to enlist in Washington's army comes with an entitlement to freedom papers after the war. John's sister is married to enslaved man, so to keep her man at home while also earning his brother's freedom papers, John enlists in his stead. At Yorktown, he meets British Lt Henry Latham (see post from last week). John helps Henry escape from the British army; in return, Henry accompanies John on his way back to Rhode Island and his family. I love road trips, although this one is longer due to being on foot. There is stinky cheese, the sexual politics and morality of slavery, plus actual courting after John is reunited with his family and Henry goes back to Britain. I loved John and Henry, and seeing them as older men (thirty or so years after the HEA) was a real treat. The Milan magic is in full force here.


That Could Be Enough by Alyssa Cole - 4 stars

This novella ties into another of Cole's stand alone novellas, Be Not Afraid (from the anthology For Love and Liberty). In this novella, Andromeda Stiel (granddaughter of Elijah and Kate Sutton from Be Not Afraid) visits The Grange in her grandfather's place to give his story of serving under Hamilton (both in New York and Yorktown) to Eliza. It is at The Grange that Andromeda meets Mercy Alston, the maid and secretary for Eliza. I finally get a Boston marriage-style HEA! This is the shortest of the stories, as there is no military action or duties to add to the story. It also has a mostly fade to black sex scene.


I gave a half star more because of the authors' notes found in the back of the book. The authors tell the readers where they got their inspiration (each acknowledged Lin-Manual Miranda and his show) and historical research, plus what drove them to put the project together in the first place.

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review 2018-01-21 20:06
Love is Love by Various Authors
Love is Love - Phil Jimenez,Various

This anthology was created to raise money for Equality Orlando and the organization's support of victims' families and the survivors of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in June 2016. I think that because the anthology was the comic book industry's way of helping and coping with the incident, I was a bit more giving in the ratings area.


IDW publishing, with support from DC Entertainment, gave free rein to their artists and writers, so there are pages with familiar characters on some pages. Most of the artwork is amazing, and conveys the deep emotional impact as well as the broad spectrum of emotions this incident wrung out of people. My favorites, even after a week of thinking and giving the work another look, was the Wonder Woman page, the Muslim man meeting a gay couple on the street and hugging them after the incident made the news (from G. Willow Wilson of course!), the Supergirl page, and the page with older LGBTQIAA members giving solace to the young members of the community (those older community members who lived through the gay rights movement and the HIV/AIDS crisis).


With that being said, it was an okay effort in terms of quality of writing and introspection. I had a few problems with some of the work showcased, not for what it tried to convey but it's placement in this anthology in the first place.



1. For an incident that affected a big part of the Latinx part of the LGBTQIAA community, this anthology had a lot of white cishets working out their disbelief and grief over what happened, and many didn't know anyone in the area, let alone was affected by the incident. There wasn't very much Latinx voices in this anthology. Too much "how will I explain this to my kids" hand wringing as well - uh, the same thing you tell them about Las Vegas and Newtown - and just try to answer their questions as honestly as you can. Sometimes that honesty comes in "I don't know why".


2. Ace/Aros, pansexuals, and bisexuals got the short end of the stick here. Aces/Aros were mentioned once and used as kind of a punch line so that the writer could shake his/her finger at judgmental people. It distort the message and made it sound hypocritical. Bisexuals got Wonder Woman and that is it (and she doesn't even self-identify as one in the page). Pansexuals didn't get mentioned once. The predominance was white, gay, somewhat affluent in terms of character type.


3. Too much Batman. Seriously, the Gotham universe is not exactly a well of diversity, and having the rich white guy savior show up every 15 pages was not needed. Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy's relationship gets a page, but it was more like "lesbians - aren't they cute" sort of way.


4. The beginning of the book was too heavy on the dark and disturbing, especially when artists showed dead bodies lying everywhere. Or the use of multiple cell phones going off and nobody answering. There was a lot artistic renderings of the crime scene that did not add any value to a book that is supposed to celebrating love and life. Not much humor found in the rest of the book - maybe a line here or there, some unintentionally.


5. Some of the transgender characters were used to explore others' feelings about transgenderism rather than about the transgender characters' feelings or storyline.

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review 2018-01-21 13:49
Great story!
Liar, Liar - Winter Austin
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Finally, a story about the strong and independent Sheriff! This story was even better than the last but was full of surprises. I was impressed with the route that the Sheriff took with this story. I was quite pleased to see the return of certain characters as well.


This story was darker than I expected and was heartbreaking at the same time. The male lead and the female lead were both full of surprises and were both quite hard headed and independent.


As expected, there wasn’t a lack of detail or descriptions here. It held my attention from start to finish and sank its claws into me to keep me reading.


This story, I feel, had a little better suspense and the twists and turns were a little more sharp and it was nearly impossible to try to guess who was involved and who was the suspect. It made for a sitting on the edge of your seat read.


I have enjoyed every single story in this series. They are fun reads and are full of suspense. They keep you on your toes and make you keep reading. I’d most definitely recommend this series to you!

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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review 2018-01-21 13:46
Lovely read!
Sins of the Father - Winter Austin
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

This is book three in the four book collection, thus far, in the McIntire County series. I find myself thinking after each story that each one is better than the last and is my new favorite. This one is no different.


Just as book one and two book three is connected and involves some of the same characters and also introduces new characters to the storyline. I enjoy reading about the past characters lives and how they have changed or developed.


This story in a little more intriguing, for the fact that it also surrounds itself with the female leads family history, and the past timing of her father as the Sheriff.  The question remains; did her daddy have something to do with the coverup of the murder of a young girl just to be re-elected?


I was engrossed with the story. The detail and descriptions were perfect. They held my attention and kept me reading. The ability to picture the scenes as I read them was effortless. The detail was enough to keep things understood but wasn’t too much to be overwhelming.


One thing that seems to be pretty common place through each story is the attitude of the characters. At least one character in the story is very opinionated, has a strong opinion, and isn’t afraid to let it be known. They don’t get pushed around and they fight for what they believe is right.


I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next book.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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