PARLIAMENT AND POTIONS

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TRAVEL

We had booked a tour of the Parliament building in Vienna and the MP’s were kind enough to leave the building so we could go and have a good gawk at it.

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It’s a very imposing building (I’m convinced I was Christopher Wren in a former life, I love gazing at architecture).

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I just love that sign telling you where you will find missing children! There didn’t seem to be any around to claim though.

HISTORY (WELL KIND OF)

Now that Carlos of Aragon is dead, busy haunting the streets of Barcelona, his younger brother Ferdinand is heir to the throne. We can forget about all the girl children, because under Salic law women cannot ascend the throne in Aragon.

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This is Ferdinand, but I couldn’t find a picture of him before he got a crown.

Isabella, still controlled by her mad mother spends most of her days praying…

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My Top 5 Favorite Books

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Hello all! I’ve done a lot of posts about movies and actors but I’ve yet to talk about books. Here’s my list (in no particular order) of favorite books.

1. Remember Me by Christopher Pike

I’ve read this book at least five times and I still want to read it. It’s suspenseful and fun and full of surprises.

2. The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo

Sure, sure… It’s a children’s book but it’s one I’ll probably continue reading the rest of my life. The story is amazing and the characters are ones you just want to keep returning to. It’s the only book from my childhood that I’ll continue reading over and over. (The cartoon is adorable too!)

3. The Secret Circle by L.J Smith

It was a close tie between this series and Vampire Diaries. Secret Circle won due to the simple fact that it bothered me how…

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First of the Month (July 2018)

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 Praise Be! This is my JULY 2018 Starter Plan. What are YOU planning on reading this month?

Audiobooks Of My Choice:     e-book:☀️ 1st Wednesday Book Club:☀️   ☀️ 2nd Monday Book Club:☀️
✿ July Kick: Kick-n-Pick for Me by Roxy the Fury:   
✿ July PKC Recommends by Victoria:    ✿ July RRRC Picks by Heather Marie:         ✿ July TCF DB: by Chelle:   
✿ July TCF FWYS: Danielle Gypsy Soul:  Texas Series remaining books are not on audio yet

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5 Star Book Review: Oracle’s Hunt by A. Claire Everward #SundayBlogShare @ClaireEverward

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I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review – thanks to The Book Club on Facebook. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.

This is the first book in the Oracle Series.

Donovan Pierce is a United States Federal Investigative Division Agent and he has been called to a new case – the destruction of the data storage facility for the worldwide defense and security services. This will not be a mission to be taken lightly. Ever since a group of forward thinking citizens of the world had formed a peaceful alliance calling themselves the Internationals and had grown in numbers, strength and support from major powers, there were factions desperate to topple the peace and take power for themselves. This latest act of sabotage shows all the signs that it has been carefully orchestrated by one such…

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After the Light, After the Love

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‘After the Light, After the Love’

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‘Is There A Price For Happiness?’

This is the most dangerous story that local journalist, Alex Price, has taken on so far and this time it’s personal.

Fifty years of love culminate in the magical wedding ceremony between Jack and Mary, a day full of love and laughter, but it will also offer up dark opportunities. Amidst the party atmosphere, as dusk falls, bridesmaid, Lily, is abducted from the celebrations.
Alex will need all of her ingenuity to get to the bottom of this story, which involves far more than she ever thought possible.
Will love triumph or will there be a price to pay for such happiness?

After the Light, After the Love.

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In After the Light, After the Love, we find Alex struggling to deal with multiple issues. Slightly darker than the other two books in the Alex Price series, but…

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Cover Reveal: Deception So Dark by Clara Kensie

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Today I’m helping unveil the cover for Deception So Dark, the second installment of Clara Kensie’s super-romantic YA paranormal thriller Deception So series. Without further ado, here is the cover, designed by Key of Heart Designs:

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Title: Deception So Dark (Deception So Series #2)
Author: Clara Kensie
Date: February 13th 2018
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

Synopsis

Dark as a starless night and black as a cavern of coal…

With no more secrets to keep them apart, Tessa and Tristan embark upon a desperate search to find her missing brother and sister. But not even Tristan can keep Tessa safe from the hostile classmates at her new school… or from the nightmare that haunts her even while she’s awake.

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Bookish Stuff

Two Gals and a Book

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Well I am sure that many of you are aware that today is Winnie- the -Pooh Day, and I have enjoyed reading many posts about it. All things Pooh is ultimately a celebration of friendship, and there is not much more I can say about it that has not already been said…. just give someone you care about a big bear hug in honor of Pooh! : )

It is also Thesaurus Day, and, sticking with a book theme, we chose a few books with variations of “female” in the title.

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Thesaurus Day marks the birthday of Peter Mark Roget, the British lexicographer and doctor who first wrote Roget’s Thesaurus.

So the books we have read with variations of female in the title”

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Blurb:

This new collection by New York writer Jacob M. Appel features two brothers fighting over a collection of iron lungs, a elderly suburbanite campaigns for the…

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MEET MADELEINE BLACK

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Madeliene Black is another of life’s survivors, but I will leave it to her to share her story.

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After many years of keeping quiet, Madeleine Black decided in September 2014, to share her story on The Forgiveness Project’s website and she completely underestimated what the response would be.

Many women and men got in contact and explained how reading her story gave them strength, hope, and a different perspective of what’s possible in their lives. The founder of The Forgiveness Project, Marina, often refers to the various people on her website as  “story healers” rather than “storytellers” and now she completely understood why.

In March 2015, Jessica Kingsley Publishers released a book called The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age, by Marina Cantacuzino. It’s a collection of 40 stories from the TFP website, including hers and has forewords by Desmond Tutu and Alexander McCall Smith.

The sharing of her…

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Review: Barbatus, by A. Drew

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Once upon a long time ago, when the gods still ruled the Earth, vulture shifter Barbatus lived with a small group of exiled shifters in a very hostile area somewhere in Anatolia; they take on the form of birds, goats and other animals. They are isolated, but the great goddess Cybele still protects them. They are a closely-knit community who love and care for each other.

Quite in contrast to the human town close by, where sin and violence prevail. Aylin, a young girl who had been sold into prostitution by her own uncle, escapes them and, wounded and sick, makes her way up the mountain to the ‘forbidden’ area of the shifters – with the help of Cybele herself. Barbatus finds her and nurses her back to health, and they fall in love. Can there be a future together for them, though? Will Barbatus’ community accept her – and…

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