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text 2018-12-28 06:14
Personal Update and Review of Road Trip! by Jan Fields
Road Trip #17 - Jan Fields

I'm trying to get things in order before the end of the year and catch up as much as possible with reading.  I lost my reading mojo for about 4 months so I totally blew my reading goal for the year.  I felt it slipping away in the last few months before it really hit me and I noticed I was reading less.  Then for 4 months I only read one book each month and they weren't even good books.  I had to make myself read because these hardback books took up so much shelf space.  I also really want to finish this Annie's Attic Mystery series.  The majority of them are not very good but I really liked a few.  I have another similar series of books that I've been collecting but they are too similar so I am waiting to finish the one series before starting it.  That one is the Patchwork Mysteries from Guidepost books.  I read the first 6 maybe in that series before stopping and I think that series is a lot better.  I'm looking forward to finishing the first series so I can start that one. 


Anyway, when I finally started to feel like reading again it came in a trickle with me thinking about reading and getting new books more than anything.  New books always help fill in the mojo hole.  I guess I have been focusing too much on getting through all the old books I've had here and not reading much new stuff.  I need to make sure to keep some new stuff mixed in and also some different genres.  I've always stuck mainly to realistic books and almost all mysteries.  Now I'm venturing out into fantasy.  I have found I like to read books about magic.  


Road Trip #17 - Jan Fields  Okay, so here is where I left off.  This is the only book I read in October.  Pretty sad really.  Going off memory here and it's like a sieve... 


So there is this needlework convention happening in Texas and for the first time the different needlework guilds are all coming together to include all types for this event.  There was a fashion show involving crochet, knit, embroidery, and who knows what other types of design work.  The owner of A Stitch in time entered Kate's crochet dress without telling her because she knew she wouldn't do it.  They all talked her into going and Annie agreed to model it for her.  At this event they were also going to be honoring Annie's grandmother for her cross stitch work and they asked Annie to bring along any of the pieces she had to display.  They all piled into one vehicle and made a road trip of it.  They were all having fun until they started noticing the same vehicle following them.  When they stopped at a hotel to get some rest they saw a couple of strange men watching them and then they were woken in the middle of the night by the car alarm.  Two men were trying to break into the car but were scared off when they went running out there. 


So this story was a typical "cozy mystery" where nothing really bad happens and things are just not very realistic.  I hate that.  The whole time I kept thinking, "like that would ever happen..."  ugh.... So, I know there are a lot of people who loved this book but I didn't.  

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review 2018-12-21 04:36
One Snowy Night (Heartbreaker Bay, #2.5) by Jill Shalvis (narrated by Karen White)
One Snowy Night - Jill Shalvis

One Snowy Night - Jill Shalvis 


~ reviewing the audio version~ 
Exactly what I was looking for. Cute, fun novella filled with sexual tension with a tiny, bit of spice thrown in. Rory and Max had been sort of antagonizing each other for a long time up until they are forced to share a ride back home. Trouble arises in the way and fortunately for them, that gives them time to sort things out and get things right. Everything wrapped up too fast but the ending was still satisfying. I definitely recommend if you're looking for a Christmasy, quick read. 

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review 2018-10-30 15:50
American Road Trip
American Road Trip - Patrick Flores-Scott
I absolutely loved this book. I woke up this morning at 3:30 so I could finish it. This novel is about sacrifices, family, war, about giving of yourself and yes, there is some romance. I loved the cover of this novel but I don’t think the synopsis gives the book the justice, that it deserves.
T’s brother is returning home from the war but in reality, the war is coming home with Manny. Manny has PTSD. T’s family is trying to reverse time and make things like they were before Manny went off to war. It sounds easy as they paint and refurnish their home with items from years past but the calendar has been flipping and times have changed and individuals have changed, all the while he was gone.
T is trying to turn his grades around so he can attend college, not an easy task when he was one of the low ones on the totem pole. His determined to change is Wendy. Wendy, the girl he grew up, the girl who thinks she knows T. Xochitl is determined to bring her family together. She wants her family to be the people they were before Maddy left and she will give up everything she has to achieve this.
Xochitl realizes the world that she wants is not coming into focus, so she plans a trip with just her two brothers. I’m not saying anymore about this novel except that I really loved it. It’s an emotional book, a book that gets to the heart of the matter. As I finished reading this book, tears where falling down my face. This story feels real. It’s definitely one that I highly recommend- it’s a keeper!


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url 2018-10-08 10:25
Car rental Agencies in Orlando: Peculiarities & Special Offers
Open Road Summer - Emery Lord
Two-Way Street - Lauren Barnholdt
On the Road - Jack Kerouac
Once Upon an Ever After (Once Upon a Road Trip Book 2) - Angela N. Blount
A Road Trip to Remember: An Activity Book to Remember Long or Short Road Trips - Kenneth Comer, Sr.,Kenneth Comer, Sr.
Road Trip: A Travel Activity Book - Holl... Road Trip: A Travel Activity Book - Holly Kowitt

A trip to Florida by car is a dream journey! Thanks to the developed network of highways, the state is ideally suited for traveling by car. Anyway, if you decided to travel on a rented car, there are some important moments of car rental you should know for sure.


Car rental Companies

There are several car rental agencies in Orlando Airport. And unlike European countries, it is often more advantageous to take the car out of the office in the city, namely at the airport. In any case, it is better to book a car in advance via the Internet. The choice of rental companies in Orlando is quite large: international (Dollar, Thrifty, Hertz, Alamo, Enterprise, Budget, Avis, National, Sixt and NU Car rental), as well as many regional ones. Among the local distributors in Orlando, there are Green Motion, Routes, Payless and Fox rent-a-car.


International or local company?

In both cases, there are advantages and disadvantages. Local companies tend to have slightly lower prices, but on such cars, you can travel only inside the region and return it to where you took it. The international company prices are slightly higher, but you can easily take the car in one place and return in another. Well, and if something happened to the car, then you will be given a help much faster, as there is found a more developed network of hire.



The cost of car rental in Florida varies in different companies. For example, in Florida, take Kia Ria with automatic transmission and air conditioning for rent for a week will cost you from $25 per day. Please note that it is included in the chosen rate: taxes, insurance, franchise size, mileage, and navigator. Often the cost of 5 days of rent is equal to the cost of 7 days. In addition, companies periodically hold promotions and offer discounts on rentals. So look for promotional codes.


What documents are needed?

Documents for renting a car in the US are as follows:

  • passport (foreign);
  • driver's license;
  • bankcard;
  • insurance.


Basic insurance, as a rule, includes a franchise, the amount of which can vary from 200 to 2000 dollars. Nevertheless, at any point of rental you will be offered to take full coverage of the franchise. In the event that you have booked a car without full coverage – we advise you to arrange it. This will save you from unnecessary worries in unforeseen situations.


Who can take a car?

Requirements for age and driving experience of the client in the US are standard. In some companies of car rental in Orlando, the hire is possible from the age of 18, others – only from 21 years, in the third – for drivers under 25 years there is a special young driver fee.


Offers for young drivers

Hertz offers for young drivers aged 21-24 an additional car fee of $15 for a car of economy class. For other cars (crossovers, intermediate, standard, except exclusive) – $25. Drivers from 18-21 years old must pay $41 extra per day of rent.


In Alamo, Dollar and National car rental companies there are so-called "golden packages for young drivers" – but on the websites of the rental offices about this there is not a word – they are available only through the dispatchers.


Advice! Before taking a car at any car rental, it is necessary to inspect the chosen car carefully, ask for additional equipment or other important questions, read every line in the lease contract. It is better to download GPS navigator into your phone or simple Google Maps and think of the rout beforehand!

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review 2018-08-26 16:57
SKULLFACE BOY by Chad Lutzke
Skullface Boy - Chad Lutzke

"My name is Levi. I’m 16. I’ve got a skull for a face. And here's how shit went down." The first lines from SKULLFACE BOY capture your attention and the narrative never lets you go.


Levi sets off on foot from the orphanage, (the only home he's ever known), in search of ...his father. He's not sure the man even exists, but he's heard tell along the way of a man with a skull for a face. Knowing nothing of the world, he sets off on foot for his favorite nun's former residence of Hermosa Beach, California. This book follows Levi on his trip west from Denver. Will he make it to the beach? Will he find his father? You'll have to read this to find out!


Levi burrowed his way into my heart and now he has a permanent residence there. His love of reading and his humble goals of having his own library of books and maybe someday a library of VCR tapes just slayed me. He loved to write too, so much so that he gathered napkins from fast food restaurants along the way to jot down his thoughts.


Even though he was raised in an orphanage and so often treated like a freak, (or maybe it was because of those things), Levi has a finely honed sense of right and wrong. He finds opportunities on his road trip to apply that sense and to do what's right...and so Levi comes of age. The characters he meets along the way were also memorable, but my favorite was Rainbow Rick. I'm not ashamed to say that Levi's encounter with him made me cry. Rick now has a space reserved in my heart as well.


I guess I need to wrap this up as I don't want my review to be longer than the book. I'll summarize with this: Chad Lutzke is an author to watch. With SKULLFACE BOY, he's moved up on my favorite author's list and getting closer to the top than you might think. His writing is fresh, creative, poignant, and dark. He is able to convey a sense of hope: in people and maybe even in the world. (A feeling I thought I had lost a long time ago.) Don't get me wrong it's not all butterflies and roses, but there's a sense that there could be a rainbow on the other side of the darkness. In this day and age that hope might be just enough to help people pull through.


So there you have it, the world needs Chad Lutzke, and so do you.


My HIGHEST recommendation!


*I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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