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review 2018-08-29 20:23
Oklahoma Is Where I Live by Gary Conrad
Oklahoma Is Where I Live: And Other Thin... Oklahoma Is Where I Live: And Other Things on My Mind - Gary D Conrad

Oklahoma Is Where I Live: and Other Things on My Mind by Gary Conrad is a series of heartwarming and thought-provoking essays that are reminiscent of another Oklahoma son, Will Rogers.

 

I gave it five stars because it reminded me of the days of my youth when there was a family get-together and we sat around an old octagonal oak table and told stories from our past.

 

I found this book to be a treasure chest of gem-like homilies. From the sweetness of a first kiss to an attraction to sugar and the resulting dental work, it kept my attention. The episode of snake capturing actually made me laugh out loud.

 

Learning the benefits of walking meditation or hiking is described clearly: "Something magical happened when you entered that space and completely concentrated your attention on just hiking. In truth, it's an intense contemplation of sorts.

 

In meditation, you attempt to bring your mind to a single point of focus, much like the tip of the candle flame. In hiking, your attention is likewise entirely focused. You intensely watch the trail for rocks--so you don't stumble. You gauge your breathing and your pulse rate, for if you become too fatigued the risk of falling increases dramatically. And an added benefit is that Mother Nature is all around nurturing and healing you."

 

Discussing necessary wall-building to be a medical professional: "Needing protection from this, most students develop what can best be described as an emotional wall, one that not only blocks emotion coming in but also going out. Without the wall, the training experience in medical school is too much, far too much…

 

Rather than a slow, gentle process, the wall has to be built quickly, not brick-by-brick as a mason might do. It’s much akin to pouring a solid slab of cement, which hardens in moments. It didn’t take long for medical students to recognize that fact, and we recklessly submersed ourselves into the experience, ready and willing to be toughened."

 

I was unable to build that necessary wall so left nursing after thirteen short years.

 

I received a complimentary copy from the author. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

I had previously read Murder on Easter Island: A Daniel "Hawk" Fishinghawk Mystery and enjoyed it tremendously. Please read my five star review for that book.

 

I look forward to reading The Lhasa Trilogy next and the upcoming Murder at Stonehenge, the sequel to Murder on Easter Island which will be published soon.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Oklahoma-Where-Live-Other-Things-ebook/dp/B00F0P5H1M

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review 2017-11-06 15:56
Footprints in Oklahoma
Footprints in the Dew, Damon "Chub" Anderson and the unsolved Mullendore Murder - Dale R. Lewis

I loved this book! It was a great look at another crime in northeastern Oklahoma and a great local read companion to "Killers of the Flower Moon."
This is truly the story of Chub Anderson, outlaw and roughneck, and his wild life. The whole book centers around the E.C. Mulledore III's murder in 1970. However, there is so much more to Chub's life and your drawn into this wild ride of guns, drugs, hiding from the cops, and eventually Chub's last days.
Recommend for true crime buffs and Oklahoma history readers.

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review 2017-08-19 00:00
Only in Oklahoma
Only in Oklahoma - Kirsten Osbourne Only in Oklahoma - Kirsten Osbourne A contemporary take on the mail order bride, I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
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review 2017-05-25 08:05
Release Blitz w/Review - The Friar

 

 

 

Adam Westfield gave his heart, mind, body, and soul over to God and entered the Franciscan Brotherhood, but a moment of rage had him breaking his vows and one of the ten commandments. Five years later, he’s released from prison a changed man once again. Unsure of his destiny now, he hits the road, roaming the United States, hoping to find a purpose in life again . . . and forgiveness.

A widowed mother of two, Sage Hammond is doing everything she can to hold onto the horse-breeding ranch that had belonged to her husband’s family for generations, but times are tough and she’s just barely getting by. Unable to find a ranch hand willing to work for meager wages, she thinks all may be lost and she will have to sell. Until a quiet, handsome stranger appears to be an answer to her prayers.

Adam is falling in love for the first time in his life, however, strange things begin to happen at the ranch—things that are putting Sage and her children in danger—and he finds he is willing to sell his soul to protect them. But will it be enough?

A man trying to overcome his past. A woman trying to secure her children’s future. Can they both learn to live in the present and discover that second chances do exist?

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

The FriarThe Friar by Samantha A. Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Adam is starting over and trying to figure out what that mean for him. He has had a rough past with a lot of pain. He only knows he has to keep going to find where he belongs.

Sage has had a painful past as well. She has to raise her kids without their dad. She has to save her farm. She also has to figure out why she is so attracted to a stranger.

This book was full of surprises. There was honestly something inside for everyone between the pages. I had said earlier that it had "heart, reverence, joy, respect, friendship, family, and sexy!" Imagine all that with suspense thrown in. Yes, I know, really makes it a must read.


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-05-25 03:52
Starting over
The Friar - Samantha A. Cole

 Adam is starting over and trying to figure out what that mean for him.  He has had a rough past with a lot of pain.  He only knows he has to keep going to find where he belongs.

 

Sage has had a painful past as well.  She has to raise her kids without their dad.  She has to save her farm.  She also has to figure out why she is so attracted to a stranger.

 

This book was full of surprises.  There was honestly something inside for everyone between the pages.  I had said earlier that it had "heart, reverence, joy, respect, friendship, family, and sexy!"  Imagine all that with suspense thrown in.  Yes, I know, really makes it a must read.  I give this story a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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