Saturday, February 24, 2024

Favorite Song of the Week


New Kids On The Block- Remix

So if you are Gen X you'll probably recognize this group. I still like them and I love this song. This song came out 10 years ago but it's such a great song and the video is so much fun. I hope you enjoy. 

Friday, February 23, 2024

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another weekly Freebie Friday post, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a "Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to great samples at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

This week I received: 

A sample of LaRoche Posay moisturizer. 

It works good but most of the products I've tried from this company work pretty good. 

Did you received any freebies this week?

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Book Review: The Hitman's Weakness by Ivy Banks


Book Description

He was sent to kill her, but now he can’t escape her alluring grasp!

Lily would have gladly traded her billion-dollar inheritance for one more day with her beloved father. But someone else wants her fortune and will stop at nothing to get it—including sending a hitman to kill Lily.

As a vampire prince, Beckett is a natural killer, so he puts his skills to good use as a professional assassin, offing only the scummiest of the Earth. When he’s sent to kill Lily, everything changes. Something feels off. When he can’t bring himself to murder her, he must confront not only the way she makes him feel, but whether the hit put out on her was warranted.

Will she turn out to be the murderer he was lead to believe or his seductive soulmate?

If you like steamy, quick, and dirty vampire romance novellas, you will love Hitman’s Weakness!

WARNING: This novella is quick, sizzling hot, and ready to be devoured!

This is a stand-alone short and naughty story in the Royal Vampire Kingdom series. Each story in this series features an alpha vampire hero. No cliffhangers and no cheating, just good old fashioned hot, dirty fun! Intended for 18+ readers due to adult content.

My Review

Beckett is a vampire and a hitman but he only kills those really bad people. He's hired to kill Lily and is told she killed her father to inherit his company but that is far from the truth. Beckett doesn't kill Lily because he knows right away that she isn't a bad person and he's more than a little upset when he finds out that someone sent him to kill an innocent person. 

Beckett feels something for Lily and wants to keep her safe because someone obviously wants her dead. So they set out to find who wants her dead and why. I had a feeling who the bad guy was right away but it's sad to see Lily find out who betrayed her and her father. This was a quick read but I loved the romance and the mystery. Beckett is such a great guy for being a hitman. 

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Favorite Picture of the Week

My daughter took this picture a couple of months ago when the leaves were falling off this tree. We had been taking pictures of Falcor across the street in the fallen leaves because it's such a nice background. 

The picture isn't from this week but I liked how they came out so I keep sharing the pictures we took. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Book Review: Leopard's Hunt by Christine Feehan

Book Description

In this pulse-pounding novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Leopard series, animal instinct unites two elite shifters whose heads are at war with their hearts.

Gorya Amurov might be known as his family's peacekeeper, but the leopard inside him wants nothing more than to claw to the surface and unleash hell. A harsh life has shaped him into a vicious fighter with a calm exterior, but Gorya knows it's only a matter of time until he loses all control. Deep down, he truly believes he'd be better off dead, and that no woman will ever accept him as a mate....

Maya Averina has spent years hunting the criminals who destroyed her life, and she always takes down her prey. She keeps to herself, stays under the radar, and never loses focus. But with her body burning up and her mind distracted by her first heat, an ambush takes her by surprise. Now she's trapped, an unmated female shifter about to be sold off to the highest bidder. Maya is ready to fight her way out—until the most dangerous, powerful man she's ever encountered arrives to set her free....

My Review

Gorya is an elite Leopard shifter. He's taken over the criminal enterprise after killing everyone who used to run it. Now he's a better boss than his predecessor because he doesn't allow women and children to be abused and trafficked the way he was when he was a child. Gorya hires another couple to watch him closely because he thinks he might have to be put down because his Leopard is a cold blooded killer. 

Maya is also an elite Leopard and a killer. Her early life was very hard when people killed her family and kept her as a sex slave. When she and other escaped with the help of another, she grew up to be a killer that took out the men who made her life miserable. 

Now Gorya and Maya's leopard's have mated and their human sides are feeling things for each other but neither of them think they can truly be in a relationship with anyone because they are so broken emotionally. 

Maya meets the people that Gorya works with and his cousins and they all have to work together to bring down the bad people even though they don't trust her and she doesn't trust them much. When they find out that some of the people is Gorya's organization are still trying to traffic women and children, they have to work together to find out who, take care of them and save the women and children from a bad situation. 

Gorya is such a great character, he thought there was nothing redeemable about him and he was so wrong. When he and Maya start getting closer they bring out the best in each other and their leopards are helping them to heal. It was sad watching how broken they really are but great seeing how they tried to find a way though and make their relationship work. 

This book was a little wordy, a little slow at times which slowed down the pace for me but all in all it was a great story. 

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclosure: I was given this book via NetGalley but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Monday, February 19, 2024

Happy Raturday!


*All pictures this week courtesy of*

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Apartment Life #306

This is a weekly blog post that I'm calling Apartment Hell  Life. I've mentioned a few times some of the crazy things that have gone on in and around my apartment complex and in my neighborhood in the past 25 years that I've lived here and people keep telling me I should write a book. But instead of a book, I've decided to share the crazy things that have happened in and around my apartment complex in the last 25 years here in a weekly blog post.  

The police, fire truck and ambulance were down at the end of my street. That's where all the lights were coming from. The police helicopter had been flying round too. No idea what was going on though.

I was walking Falcor where I usually do and this big truck was parked on the sidewalk where people were trying to walk. You can see right next to the sidewalk the parking lot was empty and he could have parked there but no, he had to be a jerk. People park close to the walkway here to do drugs, pick up hookers and have sex in their cars (I've seen people a few times) and who knows what else they are doing. 

On Wednesday while my daughter was waiting on the bus to go to work, there was a car accident. 

My daughter waits for the bus right near the grocery store I showed you last week, so this was real close. I don't know how bad the accident was.

I don't have any new neighbors yet but the maintenance guys have been working hard to get two of the vacant apartments ready so I think there will be a couple of new people soon. Other than that, it's been quiet.

The high this week was 65F/18C
The low this week was 45F/7C

So that's it for this week's Apartment Hell  Life! Be sure to come back next week for more.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Favorite Song of the Week


Coheed and Cambria - Beautiful Losers

I've always liked Coheed and Cambria but this is such a good song so I wanted to share this one. I hope you enjoy this one too.

Friday, February 16, 2024

A Day In The Life of Someone With Several Chronic Illnesses and Medical Conditions

My insurance switched me to a different Prescription Drug Plan and when I got all my medications through the new mail order pharmacy I was like, dang! That's a lot of medications and Diabetes testing supplies. So before I started sorting everything, I decided to take a picture, not knowing what I was going to do with it and then sort it where it goes. 

Then I figured I would share a little bit about myself.

I have several chronic illnesses and medical conditions including: 

High Blood Pressure
Osteoarthritis in my knee's and hips
Schizoaffective disorder
Schizotypal personality disorder

There are a few more but these are the big ones. So I take a lot of medications. 

I test my blood sugar when I first get up and take my insulin. The thing that looks like a pen is actually a pre-filled pen with the insulin. I just dial up how much, stick a pen needle on the tip and inject the medicine. Sometimes they send me vials of insulin that I have to draw up into a syringe and inject it that way. It took some getting used to.

After a walk with the dog, I have to eat something so I don't get hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and then take 6 medications. 

At lunch I do it again as well as use a blood pressure machine to check my blood pressure. Make sure I have a snack before dinner and then take more medications after dinner and check my blood sugar again. I usually stick my fingers 3 times a day and give myself 1-2 injections. Some of the pills I take 4 times a day so it ends up being more than 17 pills a day. 

I have Osteoarthritis in my knee's and hips and take Celebrex for that. I am in pain most of the time but I can't take prescription strength pain medications because they make me really sick. I can take anti-nausea medication with the pain medication but they make me really sleepy and I want to be awake and functioning during the day so I end up taking Ibuprofen instead. 

My doctor comes out once a month to see me because I have so much going on right now. It's not just the Diabetes, high blood pressure and Thyroid problems. The mental illnesses I have cause me to have a lot of anxiety, hallucinations and voices but the medication does help somewhat with that too. There's a lot going on and a lot to keep on top of but I'm doing it. 

I see no reason to hide mental illness, it's an illness just like the others. The stigma around it at times is bad which needs to stop. 

So that me most days, how are your days?

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Book Review: Her Filthy Enemy by Adele Knight


Book Description

What do you do when snowed in alone with an arrogant flirt?

Don't walk in on him in the shower.

Too late.

I can't look away, and Noah loves the attention.

But it doesn't mean anything…
He's the guy who never goes home alone, and I'm the shy book nerd whose idea of a good time is staying late at the library and binging on red licorice.

Noah thinks I'm so forgettable that he can't remember my name, even though we share the same group of friends. So when the roads clear and our mutual friends finally turn up, including Eric, the sweet guy from my biology class, I'm determined to forget about water dripping off muscles and fists wrapped around...

But now Noah's acting differently. Sitting close to me, touching me, calling me by my actual name…
It's almost like he's jealous, but that's ridiculous.

Except, I swear the bathroom door was unlocked before I walked in.
Noah didn't leave it open on purpose...or did he?

Contains MF, FF scenes and an MMC who likes to watch.

My Review

Sophia didn't know that Noah would be there or she wouldn't have come on the trip. But now Noah and Sophia are snowed in and their friends can't get to the house for a while. They don't like each other or so she thought but Noah seems to be feeling differently after they've spent a little time alone together. 

Once the friends can finally get through the snow and join them, Noah acts differently, almost jealous that Eric is there and looking at Sophia like he likes her. 

This was a steamy novella because Noah likes to watch. Watch what? You'll have to read it to find out. *Smirk*

I love the enemies to lovers trope and while they weren't really enemies that hated each other, they were frenemies. So when she walks in on him in the shower and he just keeps doing what he was doing, knowing that she can't look away, I knew these two were going to be spicy and they sure were. 

I had fun with this one. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.