Book Review: The Reluctant First Lady

The Reluctant First LadyThe Reluctant First Lady by Venita Ellick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Although I wanted to kick Ashley in the butt several times, I really enjoyed this book!

Ashley’s husband is elected President of the US. Although she helps him to win the election, always with him on the campaign trail, she has no plans to become First Lady if he’s elected.

When he is elected, her plans become public causing her to have probably more attention focused on her than less. Ashley doesn’t like living in a fish bowl, doesn’t like politics but realizes that her marriage may be in jeopardy if she is constantly in New York working at her museum director job while her husband is in D.C.

I would never consider not being First Lady if my husband were president so Ashley’s vantage point was different than mine but I still enjoyed this book. :-)

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CoffeeCON Ticket Winner!

I held a giveaway for a pair of tickets to CoffeeCON and I’m excited to announce the winner is Dwana De La Cerna! 


I’m super excited to meet Dwana in real life and enjoy meeting another friend at CoffeeCON where I met four long time twitter friends last year. The face that coffee is involved makes it one of my favorite things to do in life! :-)

If you want to go to CoffeeCON but haven’t purchased your tickets, you can buy discounted tickets using the code: LCoffeeCon

Super excited to be in Chicago for CoffeeCON on Saturday and I hope to see you there! Carpe java! :-)

Book Review: Dog Gone, Back Soon

Dog Gone, Back Soon (Cyrus Mills, #2)Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was awesome! So cute!

This is a story about a veterinarian who goes back to him home town to take over his dad’s practice after his dad passes away. He has been working as a pathologist previously so working with pets and their owners is all new to him.

He likes a waitress at the diner and his less than suave approach with that relationship makes him feel like the high school nerd. I love a book with a good dog and Stash fills the bill here.

This is a great book and I highly recommend it. Although it’s the second in the series, I didn’t feel like I missed anything not having read the previous book. :-)

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Book Review: The Here and Now

The Here and NowThe Here and Now by Ann Brashares

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was very unsure of this book before I read it. I’m not a science fiction reader and I also made the mistake of reading some reviews before I started reading. But, big BIG surprise, I loved it!

This book is about Penna and some people from the future coming back in time to 2010 to avoid plague and starvation. Penna becomes friends with Ethan, who is able to see time travelers so knew she was one without her having to tell him.

Together they discover something that should set the future right. In the process, they fall in love, something that is completely advised against in there traveler world.

I liked the story of Penna and Ethan. It could have happened in any time frame and it would have been a good one. Two thumbs up! :-)

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Book Review: Waiting for Wednesday

Waiting for Wednesday (Frieda Klein, #3)Waiting for Wednesday by Nicci French

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow. Well, I really liked this book. It’s the third in a series and the only reason I’m giving it a four instead of five stars is that I wandered around about the first third of the book trying to figure out who people were. Would it have been better if I’d read the previous two books first? Maybe.

But…once I got into it, I couldn’t put this book down. What an amazing tangle of mystery and intrigue. Frieda is a psychiatrist but apparently has been injured and recovering? But still, she is brought into the murder of a mother of one of her niece’s friends. That story I would have never figured out.

Then came another story where her life intersected with a former newspaper man who was on the trail of murdered/missing girls. Another big surprise.

I give this book two thumbs up but it may be good to read the first two books first. I know I plan to read them! :-)

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Book Review: The Hiltons

The Hiltons: A Family DynastyThe Hiltons: A Family Dynasty by J Randy Taraborelli

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked this book! Like most people, I know of the Hiltons of today. But I was so intrigued with the history of the family.

The book chronicles Conrad Hilton’s rise in the hotel industry. I love knowing that he wasn’t “to the manner born” and worked hard to achieve his success. Twice, as he lost almost everything during the Great Depression.

I was especially interested in the hotel properties he acquired long ago that are still held and could feel his excitement about buying one he had his eye on.

It was interesting to read about his children’s lives. I didn’t know that they were involved with so many movie stars!

This was a terrific book. It drew me right in and I couldn’t put it down. Two thumbs up for The Hiltons! :-)

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Meet Me at CoffeeCON!

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If you’re not the lucky winner, I’ll have a discount code for you to purchase tickets when I announce the winner next Monday. Good luck! I really hope to see you there. :-)

How to Get Rid of Dead Bananas and Avocados

The other day when we were dropping the glambaby back home, my daughter-in-love, Nikki, asked if I wanted four avocados. They were pretty ripe and she wasn’t going to use them. I love avocados so I said sure. 

Paleo Chocolate Pie

I needed to use them right away, though, four of them. They were very ripe. That’s a lot of avocado for me to eat alone. I remembered seeing a chocolate avocado pudding recipe so I searched for it.  Since I also had some dead bananas, it was a perfect thing to use the avocados for. 

I thought, just maybe, that if it was good enough, David would eat it. And he did. He said it had an unusual flavor but he liked it. Awesome!

So today, I still had two very ripe avocados and two very ripe bananas left. On Tuesday, Nikki had given me some dates so I decided that I would make a chocolate pie with these things. I made the chocolate avocado pudding I made last night and then made Fudge Babies into a pie crust. 

I’m really looking forward to trying this after dinner. It looks delish! The best part is, it’s healthy and has no sugar in it. :-)

Book Review: Spin Sucks

Spin SucksI was super excited to be selected as one of the brand ambassadors to receive and review Spin Sucks before it was released.

I’ve long been a fan of Gini Dietrich and consider her a mentor and a friend. She is a smart cookie!

The book is great. I learned things I didn’t know and I implemented them while I was reading. I’ve only ever done this with one other book.

Gini is theĀ founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a digital marketing and communication firm in Chicago. In this book, she tells you how important it is to recognize how public relations and reputation management has changed in the digital age and gives you great suggestions of how to make this work for your company.

I loved the actual real life stories of companies who have done it right as well as the ones who have done it wrong. There is much to be learned from both!

If you have a business today, I strongly suggest you read this book so that you know how digital media can impact your company and how you can use it for growth and success.



Book Review: That Touch of Ink

That Touch of Ink (Mad for Mod Mystery #2)That Touch of Ink by Diane Vallere

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked this book! It was a fun, fast read.

Madison is an interior decorator who designs mid-century modern and dresses like Doris Day. I loved her character. She received a $5,000 bill from an old boyfriend and that begin a story that was suspenseful, funny, and quick.

This is the second book in the Mad For Mod Mystery series and I’ve not read the first but I definitely will.

Two thumbs up! :-)

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