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Marvelous Monday

Monday, April 10, 2017
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After being offline for a couple of months, Lexi and I are back!

As you can tell from the title photo, Lexi is adapting pretty well to our new living situation. My friend, Mike, snapped this photo of her while she was waiting with him in the car when they picked me up from work one night. She has taken to riding in the backseat as Mike takes me to and from work, so I'll be using some of my earnings to buy a vehicle safety harness for her in the near future!

She has also decided to guard my dreams by running to my bedside when I'm thrashing around and whining until it passes. She then lays on the rug next to my bed and sleeps until it is time for me to wake up and walk her in the morning. On top of that, she's learned a couple of new commands! She stands up on her hind legs when I tell her "up" and waits when I tell her to. Well... we're still trying to master the "wait" command, but she's way better at it than she was before; especially with the help of tasty, bacon-flavored treats!

I'm kind of featuring her today because I really can't imagine going through all of this without her. She's happy to see me when I wake up, she's thrilled to see me when I come home, and she always seems to know when I'm anxious and does her best to ease my anxiety. My psychologist and I agree that she is definitely a bright spot in my life and having her in my life has helped me to improve!

What I'm Reading Now

I could write all day about Lexi, but you're probably wondering what books I'm reading now. To be honest, I took a break from reading books to review and read a few "old friends" from my personal library. I was having a hard time focusing, so re-reading a few of my favorites from my personal stash allowed my mind to wander, without having to worry about overlooking crucial plot points.

Having said that, I'm starting to re-read the books that I was reading to review before I took my break. While I do take notes while I'm reading to review, the notes didn't do much to jog my memory after a couple of months.

Seconds Before Sunrise, Shannon A. Thompson, currently reading
Two nightmares. One memory.

“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.

Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.

To Be Read

Fight for the Kingdom, Victoria Schwimley, to be read
It's summer vacation and all Aiden can think about is the coming camping trip, where he is going to convince his dad he's mature enough to join the Adventure Scouts. Aiden gets plenty of opportunities to prove this when he and his brother, Trystan, follow a mysterious light behind a waterfall and step through to the other side, and into the Kingdom of Anka-where they must defend the kingdom from an angry dragon, who is intent on retrieving her stolen egg. On their quest, they encounter some interesting characters, including the beautiful Queen Aryana-the youngest ruler in history; the peddler, Jay James-who possesses a magic stone the group desperately wants; Zachary-keeper of the foxes, who can't seem to keep track of a single fox; the two beautiful fairies, Jayden and Jacy-who help the group out of some sticky situations; the competent guide, Alyssa-without whom the group would be lost; and Fizzle girl, who will help them rise above their problems.

Twice as Fatal, Jarvis Mann, R. Weir, To be Read
Twice the business, twice the danger and Twice as Fatal. PI Jarvis Mann has two cases he is working, making his professional and personal life twice as difficult.

Ray Malone is a promising college football star whose career is derailed by injuries When he disappears, close friend Jarvis is recruited by Ray’s father to locate him. After tracking him down a video is sent of Ray with the warning of it going public, threatening his career and those that love him.

Case two has landlord Kate Tanner hiring Jarvis to gather evidence against her cheating, thieving husband so she can divorce him. As Jarvis investigates he learns of the husband’s connection to a powerful man, with a dangerously perverted agenda that crosses into Kate’s life with deadly consequences.

Across the Rocky Mountain Front Range Jarvis tries to balance both cases, each dragging him deeper into different sleazy underworlds, jeopardizing him, his clients and their families. With danger and death all around him, he somehow must rescue everyone before this fatal business claims the lives of all involved, his life and the one he is growing to love.

Camelot's Queen, Guinevere's Tale, Nicole Evelina, to be read
Forced into a marriage she neither anticipated nor desired, Guinevere finds herself High Queen, ruling and fighting alongside Arthur as they try to subdue the Saxons, Irish and Picts who threaten Britain from every direction. Though her heart still longs for her lost love, Guinevere slowly grows to care for her husband as they join together to defeat their enemies.

Meanwhile, within the walls of Camelot their closest allies plot against them. One schemes to make Guinevere his own, another seeks revenge for past transgressions, while a third fixes her eyes on the throne. When the unthinkable happens and Guinevere is feared dead, Arthur installs a new woman in her place, one who will poison his affections toward her, threatening Guinevere’s fragile sanity and eventually driving her into the arms of her champion.

Amid this tension a new challenge arises for the king and queen of Camelot: finding the Holy Grail, a sacred relic that promises lasting unity. But peace, as they will soon learn, can be just as dangerous as war. As the court begins to turn on itself, it becomes clear that the quest that was to be Arthur’s lasting legacy may end in the burning fires of condemnation.

This highly anticipated sequel to Daughter of Destiny proves there is much more to Guinevere’s story than her marriage and an affair. See the legend you think you know through her eyes and live the adventure of Camelot’s golden days yourself – but prepared to suffer its downfall as well.
Getting back into the workforce has been a bit of a challenge, so please bear with me as I figure out how I'm going to balance my work life, my home life, blogging, and taking care of myself. If I have promised to review your book, I intend to keep that promise; however, it may take a bit longer than I anticipated.

Thanks for your continued support, I really do appreciate it! Lexi and I hope you have a marvelous Monday and a fantastic week.