The Striker Review by Monica McCarty
Can we get a slow clap for Monica McCarty. I am in love with this series. If you have not read the rest of the series I would not suggest diving into this book, which is number 10 in the Highland Guard series.
I love a good romance and their are certain things that take a series from good to great and for me it is all about character development. I have to believe in these characters. In order to make me believe, you have to put the characters in situations that are believable. Monica McCarty does this with every book in this series.
I truly love the character Margaret. She has qualities that I wish I had in myself. She holds her head up high even when being ridiculed with assumptions because she is different than a normal noble woman. This makes her attractive to Eoin Maclean, because she is the complete opposite of him and THAT is what makes them believable.
This book will make you laugh out loud with the quirks of Maggie and cringe for Eoin’s discomfort. It will also make you feel awful for Maggie and some of the things that she must endure, just because people are assuming things about her. In my opinion, this is one of the best books in the series. The emotional roller-coaster and the action will have you turning pages so quickly, you’ll be sad to see it end.
Lauren Stewart Book Review
Lauren Stewart is a great author. He characters are very believable Their situation makes sense and I don’t find myself rolling my eyes at dumb female characters (which can happen often in romance books).
I love that her books start in the fairy-tale format. I find this adorable.
If you have not read the first book in this series there is no need to worry because the books do not really build upon on another. The characters are friends but they don’t rely on you reading previous books to follow the story.
This book had great character development. It was believable how the relationship between Hayden and Andi grew from simple chatting online to wanting to know meet one another in person.
I like the fact that Andi, the female character, was smarter in computers than Hayden. I thought him being completely lost, in her world, made him venerable and not just a rich executive. Although we do find out later is a lot more vulnerable than we thought. I was weary about the wife situation in the synopsis, but I enjoyed the fact that she was not the normal “bitchy” wife who treats her husband like crap. She had a story as well and it fit very well within the story.
There was not a huge amount of sex in the book but the plot and situations were believable, which is, to me, the most important part of a story and what keeps you engaged.
This is a perfect poolside book and is quick read.
I am looking forward to the rest of this series.
It is Wednesday and I am starting a new venture but I don’t want to fail. I don’t want to be my unfocused self. My self-doubting self. Do you need a boost in your self-confidence. This TEDX talk and will give you a kick in the butt. Stop the self talk and do what you know you can do.
Vodka saves lives…and meditation too
For years I have talked about how Vodka saves lives. It has been my go to, to stop stress. I know, I know…not good. Well, apparently there is a safer alternative, and a lot cheaper. Its called meditation. I tried meditation off and on for a few years…mostly off. I tried different apps but as always I fell off. My focus could not be kept.
I then made it a point…to focus. I knew that this was my biggest problem. My lack of focus. I tried the Calm app. and it was pretty good. I remember it being somewhat limited. Then I moved on to the MHK app and I really enjoyed that. But, as with anything I could not stop there so I moved on to the Insight Timer app. This app is pretty neat because it is a community based app and you have different meditation coaches from around the world you can choose from, which is pretty awesome. There is also a map showing who else is meditating with you even at 4 am, which has become my meditation time.
You can create a playlist of your favorite teachers and repeat teachings over and over. I find that I am a fan of guided meditation or meditation with music. It helps me to regulate my breathing and I don’t have to rely on my own thoughts, which can cause my mind to wander.
I found myself doing it in the morning but now I find that if I have a rough day or know that I am going to bed upset I will look up a sleep meditation on my app and use it to clear my mind. It has become my go to when I fall out of sorts.
I am by no means a guru but when I find something that works that has changed how I view my life throughout the day, I feel the need to share. We don’t give ourselves that time to just breathe. We use that time to watch T.V, eat or other things that are not productive. I don’t feel guilty when I meditate because I know that this time is for me and I am very selfish with my time. It is not hurting anyone and it has truly begun to change my life.
Jesse Williams, he speaks so well.
I just listened to the speech that was heard around the world by Jesse Williams. The speech was outstanding, It is more of the reaction that is annoying me. I am sure people will read this and think, She is so negative. Why is she dogging out a good speech? I am not dogging out anything about the speech. However, there was an audience full of people with brand names on their back who probably bought some more before the night was out. People who heard it who are not even registered to vote, and they may or may not register after his speech. Then he is on a network created by black people and then sold to the highest bidder. The start of the network had shows like Teen Summit, Caribbean rhythms and the Tavis Smiley show. Now, you have a few sitcoms but their impact is nothing like it was when I grew up.
Saturday mornings we had Teen Summit and we could her a large group of youth speak fluently and articulate just like Mr. Williams. There is also an interesting article on reasons Tavis Smiley was fired. Although, I think it is tongue in cheek :). But, BET does this all the time with Black Girls Rock. Why do you need one night when black girls rock, when you have an entire network that should be dedicated to us rocking DAILY!! Probably because there are no longer high ranking black executives since BET was sold. Pulling from Williams speech..they committed suicide on our magic for a profit.
So, what is the aftermath of the Jesse Williams’s speech? Will, parents do as Jesse’s did and teach them things that aren’t in the history books? Will people vote so that a majority black city does not have an all white government? Will, parents teach their kids to give back to the world rather take from it? Will parents and teachers not say people who speak like Jesse are “trying to talk white” because he enunciates his words. Will we teach kids to focus on comprehension rather than career?
Nope, it will be hype for a minute. Hustle man will make Jesse Williams t-shirts. Then the new Jordans will come out and people will still be in line. People will use the excuse, that since Obama is gone we have no reason to vote.
Once this social media thing dies and “Black Twitter” moves on, nobody will care or move, at least no enough to make the difference that Jesse Williams knows we can if we stick together. A few will and really, I am sure that was his purpose. When you make a speech like that you are hoping that someone will grab it take hold of it. You can’t grab everyone but someone will move and make a change in their community and in the world.