WWW Wednesday: August 5th 2020

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Personal:

This past week has been a whirlwind. My kids schools (I have 3 in 3 different schools: High School, Middle School, and Elementary) needed an intent form filled out. Will they do virtual learning or do the blended learning plan? Miss R and Mr Z will be staying home (please pray for me and them!!). Miss B is determined to go to school. Since her HS is a Career/Magnet school, they only accepted 75 kids in for freshman year. Then they weed the kids out from there. The upper classes only have 15-20 kids in them. I am comfortable with her going to school and being able to social distance. Then they dropped a bomb on us with the dress code. We went from uniforms (polo shirts/khaki pants) to regular clothes. Which I wasn’t happy about. I had already bought Miss B and Mr Z their uniforms for the year. So, that money is down the drain….grrr.

Saturday, we headed up to the mountains to shop (they have outlets). We spent way more money than we should have but the kids have school clothes.

Sunday we spent taking our pool down. Somehow, it got a tear on the bottom and was leaking everywhere. So, down it went. I was a bit irritated by that but oh well. It lasted us 3 months (which was longer than our previous pools)

Monday and Tuesday were spent cleaning out closets and getting rid of clothes that were too small, plus all of my regular chores. I also have gotten back into the habit of watching Judge Judy on TV (when Miss R allows it. She has her shows she likes to watch). BK and myself have been watching Cursed and Stargate Atlantis after the kids go to bed. We want to start the Umbrella Academy but I told him to wait until after school begins and they are exhausted by 8pm. That way, we don’t have to pause it when Mr Z or Miss R comes in.

Today, Mr Z had his orthodontist consult (he goes every 4-5 months). Unfortunately, not so great news. He has to get two baby teeth pulled. His adult teeth are taking forever to come in and there is one adult tooth that the ortho is concerned about. On top of that, the ortho said that he might have two more teeth pulled if they aren’t out in 5 months. Grrrr. With Miss R having oral surgery and Mr Z getting teeth pulled, I am spending some quality time at the dentist/oral surgeon in the next month.

Miss R started her horseback riding lessons back up today. Her instructor was exposed to COVID and cancelled all lessons until her results came back. Fortunately, they came back negative and seeing that she had spent 14 days in self quarantine, I figured it was safe enough for Miss R to start up again. She didn’t get to trot (her favorite thing). Instead, she was working on turning the horse (who was being a jerk….lol).


What I am currently reading:

Woman of Flames

Based on the life of a Jewish prophet, “Woman of Flames” is a sweeping epic of how faith, lust, and revenge can drive nations into war. As a child, Deborah must convince those around her that her visions are a gift from the Hebrew God, whom she is called to serve.

As she matures, Deborah battles the prejudices of her people to achieve the position God has ordained, that of a spiritual leader for Israel. Growing in power and confidence, Deborah accepts God’s promise to use her to free her people from their oppressors. One man stands in her way—Sisera, general of the Canaanite army.

With nine hundred chariots, thousands of soldiers, and the help of a sadistic priest, Sisera relentlessly pursues his one objective-total annihilation of the Israelites. After he captures Deborah, his life is altered in ways he never dreamed possible. Attracted to her power and consumed by her beauty, Sisera’s single obsession becomes to possess Deborah, body and soul.

Deborah fights against the temptations of her enemy, and her own fears, to ignite a fire of rebellion that could set her people free.

Purchase Links: Amazon | BN | AbeBooks | Alibris


I recently finished reading:

Bound by Faerie (Stolen Magic, #1)

Sophie Morrigan inherited many magical gifts from her death goddess mother. Most of them inflict torture, except the most beautiful. That one kills.

As an agent for the Faerie Affairs Bureau, Sophie loves retrieving dangerous magical objects. The job lets her indulge her covetous nature, and most importantly, it pays the bills. But when a routine job goes south, she finds herself struggling to keep her deadly magic in check while fleeing the wrath of an enraged dragon.

In a desperate search for answers, Sophie stumbles across Owen, a fae nightclub owner who’s as sexy as he is irritating, but just happens to hold the key to her problems.

Sophie wants nothing more than to get her magic under control and return to her normal life, but first she’ll have to face off with all the dangers Faerie can throw at her. Can she fight her way back home? Or will both she and Owen fall prey to a crazed death cult?

Bound by Faerie features a gutsy, kick butt heroine, a broody and dangerous hero, and a ton of magical mayhem.

Purchase Links: Amazon | BN | AbeBooks | Alibris

They say money can’t buy love. Fortunately, it can buy everything else.

A week ago, I didn’t know who Nathan Turner was. That’s because he doesn’t own deals; he makes them instead. He’s the man behind the curtain — more powerful even than the man in front of it.

He’s a multi-billion-dollar networker. A connector, in his own words.

Nathan’s job is to pull strings. And when I butted my way into his office, he told me he planned to pull my strings, too.

I thought I could make my own deal with Nathan, but now I’m in over my head.

What he’s connecting now isn’t a takeover or a buyout.

I think he’s forming a secret society instead: a Syndicate of billionaires who want to pool their assets into a trillion-dollar pool, then rule the world.

I’m not up to this. I’m just an 18-year-old girl.

But there’s no way Nathan will let me out now.

The Connector is the first book in the Trillionaire Boys’ Club series by Aubrey Parker. Each book tells the story of another of the Club’s powerful members … and you’re going to want to collect them all.

Purchase Links: Amazon | AbeBooks | Alibris


What books I think I’ll read next:

The Legend of Little Sharpshooter

A Girl With Skill

Outlaws have gunned down Randy Carter’s pa to get revenge from his long past Texas Ranger days leaving the sixteen-year-old girl not only wounded, but on her own. The Anthony brothers didn’t leave unscathed though. Fearful they’ll come back and seek revenge on her too, Randy heads West with her temperamental horse Al, her gun Pearl, and the ashes of her family as her only companions.

A Horse Thief With Heart

All Trevor wants is a decent horse. When he sees the best looking horse he’s ever laid eyes on, he tries to steal it. He finds himself in an awful predicament when he discovers he wasn’t fighting a boy, but a very sick girl. He decides to save her life instead and is smitten.

The Real Journey Begins

Before the pair make it out of the New Mexico Territory, they run into an old family friend who knows Randy is a great shot, a skilled sharpshooter of the likes of Annie Oakley. As he exploits her amazing skill, her name quickly rises to fame across the West. Because no one knows the little sharpshooter’s pa is dead, not only are the Anthony brothers after her, but all the outlaws that had it out for her pa are out to get her too.

Randy didn’t plan becoming legendary as Miranda Carter or falling in love. With a growing mob of outlaws on their tail that are dead set on revenge, how much will she sacrifice to find the peace she was looking for?

Purchase Links: Amazon | AbeBooks | Alibris

Three Abductions and an Earl: A Regency Romance Novel (Parvenues & Paramours Book 1) by [Tessa Candle]

London-hating dreamer, Lydia Norwood, has failed spectacularly as a débutante. Now an encoretante whose family has lost a fortune, Lydia discovers that the beau monde is hard on a nouveau riche social climber, particularly one who is no longer riche and only wants to climb trees. Lydia must stave off the effrontery of rakes and conniving competitors long enough to make a good match, or else incur society’s scorn by earning her own money. Falling for the unattainable Lord Aldley is a distraction she cannot afford. But they share such an enchanted history, how can her heart resist?

The tragically virtuous Earl of Aldley is tired of ambitious families hurling debutantes at his head, but cannot hide in France forever. He returns to London to seek out the mysterious tree-climbing girl who once saved him from a scheming chit, and finds more than he bargained for. Abductions, seductions, trickery and injury all endanger Lydia, but Lord Aldley’s heart is imperiled beyond rescue. He has only just found her; will he lose her forever to his enemy, his best friend, or his own dangerous mistake?


Three Abductions and an Earl is a full length novel and the first book in Tessa Candle’s Parvenues and Paramours series.

Purchase Links: Amazon | IndieBound | Walmart eBooks

Screams of Steel (The Cacophony Blade Book 1) by [Mike Stagg]

A magic sword with a terrible price unleashes chaos in an honorable man’s life.

Torant has spent his life as a Stone Warden upholding the law. After being warned by a legendary sorceress, Torant must take down a mad bandit lord who wields a fearsome greatsword. When the sword falls into Torant’s hands, he learns it’s secret – the sword gives him the strength of the last person it killed at the cost of hearing that person’s soul. Now magically bound to the sword, Torant finds himself trying to thwart a plot against him while an angry soul whispers and screams in a voice that only he can hear. As his honorable life unravels, Torant fights to keep his oath, his sanity, and his life.

Screams of Steel is a Cacophony Blade Novel, the first in a series of stand-alone, sword and sorcery adventures that follow Torant, his friend Laden, and the Cacophony Blade. Dive into a world of fast-paced tales of magic, steel, and monsters in the tradition of Leiber and Moorcock.

Purchase Links: Amazon

No Prince Charming (Secrets of Stone Series Book 1) by [Angel Payne, Victoria Blue]

Once upon a time, there was a girl who dressed up and went to a big party at the palace. When she was there, she met a prince. They danced and fell in love…

Damn good line. Too bad I don’t believe a word of it anymore.

My name is Claire Montgomery, and I’m not a princess. I’m a fighter. I worked hard to earn my place on the emergency image repair team for one of the biggest public relations companies in the country. We’ve been called to the renowned Chicago headquarters of Stone Global Corporation, where it’s our job to clean up a heap of the Stone family’s filthiest laundry. Our success will be the biggest victory of my career. I’m on my game. I’m ready.

Why doesn’t ready include a contingency plan for Killian Stone?

Purchase Links: Amazon | IndieBound | Audible | Walmart eBooks

Baited Truth by [Jenn Hype]

Brooke

Nothing about my life has been easy, but that hasn’t stopped me from living it. So when someone sets out to steal that life from me, they better come heavily armed and with an army close behind, because nothing short of nuclear warfare is going to stop me from protecting what’s mine.

When my mom gets taken, I set out to find her and missing pieces of a puzzle I didn’t even know existed start to fall into place.

I might end up paying the price for someone else’s sins, but there’s no turning back now. I’m far too invested in this now – in finding my mom, in untangling the web of lies surrounding me, and more than anything else, I’m far too invested in the sexy, secretive and seriously annoying man helping me.

Grant

As an ex-SEAL that’s seen and endured horrors the majority of civilians think only exist in Hollywood, I really thought there wasn’t much that could surprise me anymore.

Then Jack, my boss and closest thing I have to a dad, goes missing.

He goes missing on the same day a pint-sized little spitfire that makes waterboarding sound relaxing compared to her relentless persistence shows up. She shows up someplace she doesn’t belong and claims to be looking for her mom, who was abducted the same day Jack went missing.

Her arrival starts looking less and less like a coincidence and more like karma looking to punish me for decades of sins I didn’t even know I’d committed.

She fights me at every turn. Challenges me in the worst ways. And turns me on like no woman has before.

Not that I have any plans of hooking up with the nuisance who lives to make my life difficult. I’d have to be a giant dumbass to get into bed with her before knowing if she’s friend or foe.

Apparently I’m a giant dumbass.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Walmart eBooks

6 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: August 5th 2020

    1. I’ll try Carla. To be honest, I am terrified I am going to screw my kids education up. But, it is for the best. There are a couple of books that I can’t wait to read (and hopefully be able to write a review).

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  1. I think it’s hilarious how closely my life is mirroring yours right now! My three girls go to different schools as well (university, high school, elementary) and all three boards have different plans for back to school. And uniforms are out so we also had to plan a back-to-school shopping spree. At least my daughters made it fun for me 🙂

    Thankfully we still got some reading done, right? Happy reading!
    My WWW Wednesday post.

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    1. Oh wow!!! That is funny :). I wasn’t expecting the dress code change (it was done last minute). Shopping was fun until my 6 year old decided she was done with her mask and shopping….sigh.

      Yup!!! Reading is my escape 🙂

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