Friday, June 30, 2017

Book Review - Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

Hi all, yes I know it's been a good long while since I visited, but I'm working on that.  I thought I'd start back with a review of a book I just finished.  It's not romance, but it is a fabulously funny and instructive read, well worth your time.



Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is without a doubt one of the best political books I’ve ever read.  The balance between his comedy days and his Senatorial days is fantastic.  Not once in this book did I feel like I was only reading about an Al mask, he let it all hang out and shared with the audience the reality of Al.  This is the same feeling I get while watching him speak—he pulls me in and I always myself saying, “Hell ya, Al…you go for it, tell it like it is.” His voice is front and center and comes out clearly, making you feel like you’re sitting with him having a one on one conversation. Impressive!

If pressed, I doubt I could pick out one favorite thing from this book.  The humor is so well spread throughout you find yourself laughing quite a bit.  His instruction on how the government really works is simple and interesting and the work he does for Minnesotan’s, as well as the rest of the country is remarkable.

I’m proud to tell everyone that Al Franken is my Senator.

If only more people would follow the impressive and wonderful example Al Franken sets, we would then truly be on a path to greatness.  Hmm, wouldn’t that make a great award?  This award goes to insert name here for being an open-minded, caring, honest, and interested in making a difference through hard work and a genuine desire to improve the world for everyone living in it.  Oh, and ya gotta be open to laughing—every single day!  I shall call my award The Al Franken!


Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 Reading Challenge...

I did it!  I finished my 2016 reading challenge of 150 books and it feels good.  The last time I met the challenge was 2013.  So now, I need to come up with my 2017 challenge number...what to choose!

Check out my list below and share your favorite read last year.

Laissez les bons temps rouler
157. Forged in Fire by Trish McCallan
156. Sweet Submission by Sasha Gold
155. Bossed Three Times by Madison Faye
154. His Hostage by Willow Winters
153. Dirty Dom by Willow Winters
152. Craving Him Vol 7 by M.S. Parker
151. Serving Him Vol 6 by M.S. Parker
150. Serving Him Vol 5 by M.S. Parker
149. Serving Him Vol 4. by M.S. Parker
148. Serving Him Vol 3. by M.S. Parker
147. Serving Him Vol 2. by M.S. Parker
146. Serving Him Vol 1. by M.S. Parker
145. Wrong Question, Right Answer by Elle Casey
144. Paid For by Alexa Riley
143. Selling Out by Penny Wylder
142. Dirty Together by Meghan March
141. Dirty Plesures by Meghan March
140. Dirty Billionaire by Meghan March
139. Crash and Burn by Allison Brennan and Laura Griffin
138. The Lost Girls by Allison Brennan
137. Archangels Heart by Nilani Singh
136. Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs
135. Kept by Maya Banks
134. Leopard's Fury by Christine Feehan 
133. Tangled Web by Irene Hannon
132. One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis
131. Holiday Games by Jaci Burton
130. The Butcher's Boy by Thomas Perry
129. Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh
128. Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton
127. Bound by Marriage by Nalani Singh
126. Crimson Death by Laurell K Hamilton
125. The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis
124. Falling in Deeper by Shayla Black
123. With Every Breath by Maya Banks
122. Penalty Clause by Fiona Davenport
121. Chasing Danger by Katie Reus
120. Little Scarlet by Walter Mosley
119. Dirty Little Lies by Lora Leigh
118. Wicked Lies by Lora Leigh
117. Dark Carousel by Christine Feehan
116. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
115. The Angel's Share by J.R. Ward
114. A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean
113. Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis
112. The Five Orange Pips by Arthur Conan Doyle
111. The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
110. Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh
109. Devil and the Deep by Julie Ann Walker
108. Claimed By Her Web Master by Normandie Alleman
107. Tested By Her Web Master by Normandie Alleman
106. Wrong Place Right Time by Elle Casey
105. Billionaire Unmasked by J.S. Scott
104. Branding the Virgin by Alexa Riley
103. Grievous by Nancy Haviland
102. Her Dad's Friend by Penny Wylder
101. Ultimate Vengeance by Nancy Haviland
100. An Obsession with Vengeance by Nancy Haviland
  99. The Salvation of Vengeance by Nancy Haviland
  98. A Love of Vengeance by Nancy Haviland
  97. Bear's Bride Natalie Kristen
  96. Michael by Abbie Zanders
  95. Celestial Desire by Abbie Zanders
  94. Thin Ice by Irene Hannon
  93. Johnny by Abbie Zanders
  92. Celina by Abbie Zanders
  91. Broken Megan Hart
  90. Prince with Benefits by Nicole Snow
  89. Cockpit by Joanna Blake
  88. Forever Mine by Abbie Zanders
  87. Bottom Line by Abbie Zanders
  86. Having Faith by Abbie Zanders
  85. Beyond Affection by Abbie Zanders 
  84. Guardian Angel by Abbie Zanders
  83. Seeking Vengeance by Abbie Zanders
  82. House Calls by Abbie Zanders
  81. First and Only by Abbie Zanders
  80. Dangerous Secrets by Abbie Zanders
  79. Nightshift by Nalini Singh
  78. Crave by Megan O'Brien
  77. The Billionaire's Touch by J.S. Scott
  76. The Forbidden Billionaire by J.S. Scott
  75. No Ordinary Billionaire by J.S. Scott
  74. The Billionaire's Christmas by J.S. Scott
  73. Mr. and Mrs by Alexa Riley
  72. Holding His Forever by Alexa Riley
  71. Dark Promise by Christine Feehan
  70. Pursuing by Sarah Curtis
  69. Engaging by Sarah Curtis
  68. Alluring by Sarah Curtis 
  67. Master Delacroix by Trista Ann Michaels
  66. The Player by Kresley Cole
  65. All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan
  64. Shadow Riders by Christine Feehan
  63. Big Easy Temptation by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake
  62. No One Like You by Kate Angell
  61. Fighting Dirty by Lori Foster
  60. How the Duke was Won by Lenora Bell
  59. The Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones
  58. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  57. Poisonous by Allison Brennen
  56. Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh
  55. Mr. Black's Proposal by Aubrey Dark
  54. His Ransom by Aubrey Dark
  53. His Gift by Aubrey Dark
  52. Jagger by M.J. Fields
  51. Dominated by Maya Banks
  50. Mended by Sydney Landon
  49. Fractured by Sydney Landon
  48. Pierced by Sydney Landon
  47. Be My Fantasy by Alisha Rai
  46. Fire Bound by Christine Feehan
  45. Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis
  44. One With You by Sylvia Day
  43. One More Night by Mandy Baxter
  42. Out of the Blue by Jill Shalvis
  41. The Beast by J.R. Ward
  40. Dirty by Kylie Scott
  39. All I Want by Jill Shalvis
  38. The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter
  37. Morrison by M.J. Fields
  36. Hendrix by M.J. Fields
  35. Wicked for You by Shayla Black
  34. Taking Fire by Cindy Gerard
  33. My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis
  32. Hot Holiday Nights by Jaci Burton
  31. Whose the boss & Her perfect stranger by Jill Shalvis
  30. Spider Game by Christine Feehan
  29. Coming Back by Lauren Dane
  28. Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh
  27. Still the One by Jill Shalvis
  26. Bound to Danger by Katie Reus
  25. Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss
  24. Too Hard To Handle by Julie Ann Walker
  23. Alone in the Dark by Karen Rose
  22. Heir to the Duke by Jane Ashford
  21. Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake
  20. Targeted by Katie Reus
  19. The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean
  18. Mastered by Maya Banks
  17. Wrong Number Right Guy by Elle Casey
  16. Entwined by Kristin Callihan
  15. Darkest Before Dawn by Maya Banks
  14. Seduction in Session by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake
  13. The Dirt on the Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones
  12. Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
  11. Hard Love by Meredith Wild
  10. His to Take by Shayla Black
    9. Forever Wicked by Shayla Black
    8. Archangel's Enigma by Nalini Singh
    7. Bad for Me by Aubrey Dark
    6. Reaper's Property by Joanna Wylde
    5. The Billionaire Bargain by Lila Monroe
    4. Nauti and Wild by Lora Leigh and Jaci Burton
    3. Billionaire with a Twist 3 by Lila Monroe
    2. Billionaire with a Twist 2 by Lila Monroe
    1. Billionaire with a Twist 1 by Lila Monroe


~Educate, protest and stand for what's right.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

My your 2017 be safe and satisfying!


~Educate, protest and stand for what's right.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016

2015 Reading Challenge Finalized

Another year gone and another reading challenge not fulfilled, though I did find some amazing reads I wasn't expecting.  
I am going to give myself a break though.  That break being that I've been hip deep in continuing my education.  It's amazing how much time school work takes away from relaxing reading time.  :)
That being said, I'm going to reduce my 2016 reading challenge to 150 books.  Still more than this year, but less than my goal for last year.  Maybe I'll make it.
May 2016 find us a wealth of wonderful new reads!
134. Nauti Seductress by Lora Leigh
133. How to Write a Novella in 24 Hours by Andrew Mayne
132. Arrogant Brit (DNF) by Nikki Wild
131. No Good Deed by Allison Brennan
130. Out of the Shadows by Tiffany Snow
129. Bound for Salvation by Kendra Leigh
128. Bound for Nirvana by Kendra Leigh
127. Shadow of a Doubt by Tiffany Snow
126. Bound for Hell by Kendra Leigh
125. In His Shadow by Tiffany Snow
124. Seduce Me by J. Kenner
123. Wild on You by Tina Wainscott
122. Wild Cat by Christine Feehan
121. Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich
120. Wild Hearts by Tina Wainscott
119. Lev by Belle Aurora
118. Her Web Master by Normandie Alleman
117. Christmas Lovers by Jan Springer
116. Tough Love by Lori Foster
115. Dirty Little Secrets by Liliana Hart
114. All Wound Up by Jaci Burton
113. Dark Ghost by Christine Feehan
112. Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones
111. A Fall of Water by Elizabeth Hunter
110. Aim to Kill by Allison Brennan
109. Hard Limit by Meredith Wild
108. The Scam by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
107. Final Appeal by Joanne Fluke
106. Best Laid Plans by Allison Brennan
105. Edge of Darkness by Christine Feehan
104. Hardline by Meredith Wild
103. Hardpressed by Meredith Wild
102. The Wrong Man by Kate White
101. Playing the Field by Elise Sax
100. Grey by E.L. James
 99. Seventh Grave No Body by Darynda Jones
 98. Hardwired by Meredith Wild
 97. The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward
 96. Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones
 95. Dying to Tell by Rita Herron
 94. Falling Under by Lauren Dane
 93. Freefall by Suzanne Brockmann
 92. Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones
 91. The Way of the Warrior by Suzanne Brockmann and assorted others 
 90. Energized by Mary Behre
 89. Earth Bound by Christine Feehan
 88. The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer
 87. Vipers Rule by Stephanie Tyler
 86. Hell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker
 85. Nauti Enchantress by Lora Leigh
 84. Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis
 83. Slow Hand by Victoria Vane
 82. Safe at Last by Maya Banks
 81. Omens by Kelley Armstrong
 80. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones
 79. Opening Up by Lauren Dane
 78. Bengal's Quest by Lora Leigh
 77. Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich & Pheof Sutton
 76. The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
 75. Aftershock by Jill Shalvis
 74. Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones
 73. Holding Strong by Lori Foster
 72. Cover Your Eyes by Mary Burton
 71. Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
70. Filthy Rich by Dawn Ryder
69. Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton
68. Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh
67. Garrett by Sawyer Bennett
66. Alex by Sawyer Bennett
65. For I Have Sinned by Darynda Jones
64. The Shadows by J.R. Ward
63. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
62. Back to You by Lauren Dane
61. The Master by Kresley Cole
60. Cat's Lair by Christine Feehan
59. The Force of Wind by Elizabeth Hunter
58. This Same Earth by Elizabeth Hunter
57. Live on the Wild Side by Robin Kaye
56. Call Me Wild by Robin Kaye
55. Earls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen
54. A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter
53. Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon
52. If She Only Knew by Lisa Jackson
51. In His Keeping by Maya Banks
50. Captivated by You by Sylvia Day
49. Taken, Not Spurred by Ruth Cardello
48. Going Down by Elise Sax
47. Rock Hard by Nalini Singh
46. Running Blind by Cindy Gerard
45. Disclosure: The McCaffertys by Lisa Jackson
44. Rumors: The McCaffertys by Lisa Jackson
43. Closer Than You Think by Karen Rose
42. Dirty Secrets by Karen Rose
41. Immortal by J.R. Ward
40. Watch Your Back by Karen Rose
39. Broken Silence by Karen Rose
38. Did You Miss Me? by Karen Rose
37. No One Left to Tell by Karen Rose
36. Undone by Sara Humphreys
35. Fragmented by Stephanie Tyler
34. You Belong to Me by Karen Rose
33. Shelter Me by Catherine Mann
32. Quarterback Draw by Jaci Burton
31. Silent Scream by Karen Rose
30. The Manhattan Encounter by Addison Fox
29. Temporary Dom by Holly S. Roberts
28. In For the Kill by Shannon Mckenna
27. A Bloody Storm by Richard Castle
26. I Can See You by Karen Rose
25. Count to Ten by Karen Rose
24. The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
23. The Duchess Diaries by Jillian Hunter
22. You Can't Hide by Karen Rose
21. Wicked All The Way by Shayla Black
20. Wicked to Love by Shayla Black
19. Nothing to Fear by Karen Rose
18. A Raging Storm by Richard Castle
17. Viper Game by Christine Feehan
16. Kill for Me by Karen Rose
15. Love and Let Spy by Shana Galen
14. Holiday on Ice by Jaci Burton
13. Scream for Me by Karen Rose
12. Guarded by Mary Behre
11. Full Throttle by Julie Ann Walker
10. Broken Open by Lauren Dane
 9. A Brewing Storm by Richard Castle
 8. I'm Watching You by Karen Rose
 7. The Spanish Groom by Lynne Graham
 6. The Italian's Wife by Lynne Graham
 5. Outrageous by Lori Foster
 4. Notorious by Allison Brennan
 3. Have You Seen Her by Karen Rose
 2. Jason by Laurell K. Hamilton
 1. The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane

Friday, January 1, 2016

Friday, December 25, 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

Start of the Holiday Season...

LOL...I couldn't resist sharing. 

I used to be a Black Friday shopper, but it never went well.  One year I had a car accident in the parking lot of a big-name store, one year I darn near got thrown out of a small store that was pulling the old bait and switch.  Most years, I just missed getting the deal I was looking for.  Sufficed to say, I'm done going out on Black, just give me Cyber Monday and I'm all good!

Have a safe and wonderful day!