C-PTSD this and that November 12, 2021

The worst thing about an emotionally high day, is the low day that is sure to follow. After two in a row, it has me seriously considering sticking to emotionally mediocre days. This statement is truer than I like to admit.

Today was one of those low days and most of the day was past me before I tried to derail my negative thoughts, replacing them with healthier positive ones. The hardest thing about accomplishing this is the high level of self discipline required.

Cracking out a Christmas DVD seemed like a good distraction and it was helpful. It even gave me the push needed to prepare supper for myself.

On these down days it’s easy to neglect eating altogether. Not exacting the best way to keep my emotions on a even keel

What we eat, or don’t eat as the case may be, can have a huge impact on our emotional well being, but who feels like thinking about it some days.

Usually after a week or two or three of avoiding the grocery store I stock up on bananas and vegetables and then wonder why I feel so much better all of a sudden.

For a few days I plan to do better but after awhile I lose the will power to stop the vicious cycle.

Hope lives eternal though. I hope that one day things will change and these unhealthy days will be behind me.

I know I’m not alone in this dilemma, I’m hearing similar struggles expressed by others.

When others are having similar issues, I have to wonder what’s behind it (besides PTSD). Seasonal changes? Political struggles? (everyone seems to have them these days) Something else going on? We may never know.

This song is from the DVD I was watching earlier. It’s upbeat and cheerful, just what was needed today.

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I’m gong back to my book for awhile.

My current read is from earlier today and it’s not easy to put down.

Security Detail: Faith in the Face of Crime (Secret Service Agents Book 1)

Happy Reading y’all

Bargain book November 12, 2021

1531 Entertainment has a mystery suggestion from an author popular on this site. I’m looking forward to this read.

Security Detail: Faith in the Face of Crime (Secret Service Agents Book 1)

GUARDING THE FIRST DAUGHTER 

Stopping to pick up a file late at night, former president’s daughter Kayla Harris discovers her law office has been ransacked—and the culprit is still there. But undercover Secret Service agent Conner Thorne comes to her rescue, and he knows exactly who is after her…just not why.

Conner and Kayla go way back to their time in the White House when she was the rebellious first daughter and he was the rookie who saved her neck. Now Conner will put his life on the line again to keep Kayla away from the mobster he’s investigating. And it’s about much more than his job, because this time the woman he’s sworn to protect is also the woman who’s claimed his heart.

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Yesterday we had grandsons experiencing snow and snowmen for the first time. This dude is used to winter and snow. The locals know how to dress.

A tradition in this town

Current read November 11, 2021

This current read is working for me, it is turning out to be a favorite read.

Double Exposure: An Inspirational Private Investigator Romantic Suspense Novel (The Justice Agency Book 1)

Discover the exciting opening story of The Justice Agency series from Susan Sleeman!

The Justice Agency: Family and law enforcement go hand in hand

Photographer Jennie Buchanan unknowingly captures a drug cartel meeting on film. And now she has become a killer’s next target. Even worse, her only protection from the danger that threatens her life is the man who threatens her heart. Dodging bullets almost seems safer than facing the feelings stirred up by seeing ex-FBI agent and ex-boyfriend Ethan Justice again. Ethan vows to safeguard Jennie from the deadly men on her trail. And for a second chance at Jennie’s love, he’s willing to risk anything to expose the truth—about the drug smugglers, the past and the future together he still wants.

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This is one of those early winter kind of days where we are getting a hefty dose of rain and snow mixed. The roads will be slippery. I’m glad not to be out in it.

My newly arrived grandsons lived in a moderate climate where they had no snow to speak of, this is an exciting time for them.

One thing about wet snow it makes good snowmen.

I have to say they did an awesome job with what they has to work with.

Once the snowmen were finished they moved across the street to the park to build forts. They have plastic molds to make bricks. This snow would be perfect for that. No pictures have been shared yet but I’m sure it will be impressive.

The wind is whistling out there tonight and the rain has turned to snow. Everything is starting to turn white seriously now.

A good time for me to go back to reading.

Happy Reading y’all.

Bargain books November 10, 2021

1531 Entertainment has several interesting suggestions today. Both of them are mysteries.

The Escape (US Marshals Book #1)

US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are thrust into a high-profile case when they are called on to transport two prisoners across the country on a private plane. But when the plane experiences engine trouble en route from the Pacific Northwest to Colorado, the pilots crash-land the aircraft deep in the heart of the sprawling Salmon-Challis National Forest. 

When Madison and Jonas regain consciousness, they find both pilots and one prisoner dead–and one fugitive on the run. They’ll have to negotiate the rugged and remote backcountry through Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado while tracking a murderer who is desperate to disappear–and will do anything to stop them.

This high-octane game of cat-and-mouse from bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris will have your heart pumping as you try to catch a fugitive with nothing to lose.

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Hometown Heroes: the complete collection by JL Crosswhite

Here’s your chance to read the complete Hometown Heroes series in one collection for the first time. Plus the bonus prequel novella, Promise Me.

In Laguna Vista, California, these heroes protect their hometown. But who will protect their hearts?

Promise Me (Hometown Heroes prequel novella)
What she witnessed could cost her job and her beloved farmhouse. Can she trust Greyson or will he only make things worse?

Protective Custody (Hometown Heroes book 1)
She’s a key witness in a crime shaking the roots of the town’s power brokers. He’s protecting a woman he’ll risk everything for. Doing the right thing may cost her everything. Including her life.

Flash Point (Hometown Heroes book 2)
She’s a directionally-challenged architect who stumbled on a crime that could destroy her life’s work. He’s a firefighter protecting his hometown… and the woman he loves.

Special Assignment (Hometown Heroes book 3)
A brain-injured Navy pilot must work with the woman in charge of the program he blames for his injury. As they both grasp to save their careers, will their growing attraction hinder them as they attempt solve the mystery of who’s really at fault before someone else dies?

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We’ve previously seen both of these authors and I expect another good read from them.

Happy Reading…

On this wintery day with a prediction of heavy rain mixed with snow. It’s happening, folks. Not at it’s worst yet but overnight probably we will see it.

Those of you in warm climates will appreciate what you have a even more after seeing this.

We are just a little bit jealous.

A new current read November 09, 2021

The last current read is finished and was enjoyed right to the very end.

It was called Yesterday’s Treasures, book 1 in the Blueberry Beach series.

The new current read is called Tomorrow’s Blessings and is book 2 in the series.

I have just barely started but so far so good. I expect to love it every bit as much as book 1.

Tomorrow’s Blessings: A Blueberry Beach Novel

Anitra Pollard has lived in Blueberry Beach all her life, an idyllic small, lakeside town where regular people go to escape real life.

Unfortunately Anitra’s real life couldn’t get much worse, despite the idyllic setting.

Her husband left not long before her oldest son was diagnosed with leukemia. Worse, the head doctor on the team assigned to her son looks very much like the man she had a short, but very sweet, summer fling with…and the father of the child she carries.

Her life couldn’t get any harder or messier, but she will let nothing get in the way of getting the very best care for her son, even if it means staying married to her cheating husband to keep his health insurance and rebuffing the overtures of the doctor who thinks he recognizes her.

Thankfully she has the support of her friends and neighbors in Blueberry Beach – her safe harbor in the middle of life’s storms.

But even they can’t protect her from the heartache of losing everything she’s always held dear.

Will her new baby be the beginning of tomorrow’s blessings?

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The listed reading time is 3 hours. Maybe I can finish before the night is over.

Happy Reading

Current read November 09, 2021

I’m liking this current read, a lot.

The story is interesting but I think it is her writing that makes it so great.

Yesterday’s Treasures: A Blueberry Beach Novel (Blueberry Beach Book 1)

She doesn’t want a divorce, she just wants…something. Something more than being a single mom yet doing a man’s laundry.

After fifteen years of her husband never having time for her, Lindy Coats moves with her teenaged daughter to their summer cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan outside the town of Blueberry Beach.

With a lonely single dad on one side of her, a crochety old business owner on the other and a young mother with terrible secrets and a son fighting leukemia across the road, it doesn’t take Lindy long to discover that learning to enjoy life is less about what she chooses to do for herself and more about what she chooses to do for others.

As she sinks into the small town atmosphere, healing her soul and excited at a new business opportunity, her ex shows up, wanting to reconcile.

Can she decide between her bright tomorrow or come to see the values of yesterday’s treasures?

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Check it out.

Free book November 08, 2021 Part two

BookRunes has a FREE suggestion this morning.

The Boy Who Cried Christmas 

9-year-old Logan Ailshie, the only son of well-to-do parents, was used to getting his way, especially during the holidays. For him, Christmas wasn’t just about making a list but making sure it was long enough. He also had a reputation for embellishing the truth.

That is until a chance meeting with an angel on the streets of Manhattan ends with a journey back in time to the birthplace of Christianity. Eventually, he makes his way home with a story that could change all their lives. He only has one problem . . . no one will believe him.

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My current read is fun; feisty women with dry and satirical humor. I’m loving this book.

Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

Miss Julia, a recently bereaved and newly wealthy widow, is only slightly bemused when one Hazel Marie Puckett appears at her door with a youngster in tow and unceremoniously announces that the child is the bastard son of Miss Julia’s late husband. Suddenly, this longtime church member and pillar of her small Southern community finds herself in the center of an unseemly scandal-and the guardian of a wan nine-year-old whose mere presence turns her life upside down.

With razor-sharp wit and perfect “Steel Magnolia” poise, Miss Julia speaks her mind indeed-about a robbery, a kidnapping, and the other disgraceful events precipitated by her husband’s death. Fast-paced and charming, with a sure sense of comic drama, a cast of crazy characters, and a strong Southern cadence, Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind will delight readers from first page to last.

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Happy Reading!

Free and bargain books November 08, 2021

LPC Books has FREE suggestions for us. They also have instructions for finding these free books if you are in a different Amazon zone.

If you are in another Amazon geography the FREE books are still free. Simply search for the title ASIN and you will find them free in your area.

Intertwined: A Contemporary Novel

Abandoned by her husband for another woman, Tammy Kuhn, an organ procurement coordinator finds herself in an altercation with a doctor. Now she is fighting to keep her job and her sanity when one late night she encounters an old flame facing an unthinkable tragedy.

Because they both find eternal purposes in every event and encounter, they soon discover their lives are intertwined but the ICU is no place for romance . . . or is it? This could this be where life begins again.

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Kill Order (A Landon Jeffers Thriller Book 1)

Grammy-winning pianist Landon Jeffers’s brain cancer has given him only a few years to live. But when he sleeps, the forgotten terrors of his past torment him. When he wakes, shameful memories come rushing back. Desperate for answers, Jeffers discovers that a brain implant intended to treat his cancer is really a device to control him, forcing him to commit terrible crimes. Now he’s being manipulated by an evil crime syndicate and a crooked cop.

When he sleeps, the forgotten terrors of the past come alive … and his future is a dead ending.

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The Girl Called Ella Dessa (Ella Dessa’s Story Book 1)

Ella Dessa Huskey bears ugly scars from a young mountain lion’s attack. After her mama’s death, the disfigurement symbolizes her pa’s rejection and his selfish decision to abandon her in a rugged cabin on the mountain. His rejection and her scars convince Ella Dessa she’ll never be worthy of love. When two brothers show concern for her safety and urge her to leave the cabin, she finds herself thrilled. But she’s even more self-conscious of her blemishes.

At the foot of the mountain, in Beckler’s Cove, Ella Dessa finds shelter. She moves in with a pregnant woman whose gold-seeking husband has abandoned her. The overburdened woman needs help with her household of five children, and Ella Dessa is eager to repay her for a place of shelter. She finds afternoon work at the only store in the cove and jumps at the chance to attend school. God’s grace brings friendship, even love. But will Ella Dessa ever be cherished for the inner beauty blossoming beneath her scars?

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Happy Reading y’all

Free and bargain books November 07, 2021

I forgot all about time change, it’s a good thing our devices are set up to change themselves.

To be honest, I really didn’t care, I didn’t have anywhere to be. It was kind of nice, though, to get up and find out it was earlier than I thought it was. An hour added to my day. Bonus.

So on to books.

BookRunes has a FREE suggestion that turned into three books. Two FREE and one bargain. There are 10 books already in my library from this author so that’s a good recommendation.

Sweet Attractions: A Small Town Sweet Romance (Love Happens Book 1)

Once upon a time she believed in him. Now he’s banking on that faith to give their love a chance.

Ethan Young understood the town of Sweet Blooms had already passed judgement on him when he was born. He came from the wrong side of the tracks. The best he could hope for was not to wind up in jail. Lydia Mason saw something in him that made him into the wealthy entrepreneur he is today. Now the town of Sweet Blooms needs a miracle of money and investment to save it. Ethan Young will save the day if Lydia Mason makes an honest man of him in front of the town and pretends to be in a relationship with him.

The only two things constant in Lydia Mason’s life is living in Sweet Blooms and loving Ethan Young. When he comes back to Sweet Blooms, she’s not sure if the boy she loved is still in there but she’s willing to take a chance. Can a fake relationship give two souls the opportunity to discover feelings that never died and nurture a love big enough to heal a town?

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Silver Destiny: A Small Town Sweet Silver Romance (Silver Fox Book 1)

One had already known love.
One thought love wasn’t for him.
Together they’ll find an unconditional love that heals.


Robert Parker has been in the army and traveled the world. He comes back to retire in a place called home. He is resolved to live his life alone, but fate has other plans. He meets a widow named Delilah Cade– whose poise and quiet grace make him abandon any plan of bachelorhood.

Delilah Cade has already known the love of a lifetime. When her husband passed, she dedicates her life to her family. Now her grandchildren need her to help out in the family business. She pairs up with Robert Parker– a private and enigmatic man who reminds her that she’s still very much a woman.

When these two meet, their core values and beliefs will be put to the test. They will have to decide if it’s worth putting aside their old ways to embrace a new life and a new love.

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Finding Heaven: Hidden Treasure 9 (Hidden Treasures)

A treasure worth having is a treasure worth sacrificing for

Lawrence Meyers had his freedom and nothing else. No plan on
what to do or where to go. He had tried in the prison as a chef but
that was something that had kept his sanity and brought him pleasure.
Unsure of what the future held he was surprised to see Darian
waiting for him on release day in hand with a new life. It seemed like a
great idea until he has to face Delilah, Darian’s protective sister.

Lawrence knows he should leave. The town has too many memories
and he’s carrying a secret that could cause more pain. However, Delilah
is proving to be a dish he can’t resist with her fierce loyalty, fearlessness
and gentle heart he keeps giving himself one more day of heaven.

Lawrence and Delilah pour their love into their work. Can they learn to trust another
person and discover the love of a lifetime? Can they’re newfound love weather the secrets of the past?

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It’s a beautiful day out there and since most of the leaves are finally off the trees I’d better go out and clean them up. It will be lovely working in the sunshine.

Hoping you are having a good day.

Happy Reading!

Bargain books November 06, 2021

BookBub has an interesting suggestion for us. It is book 2 in the series and since book 1 is also a bargain I think we need them both. I suspect book 2 will make more sense after reading book 1.

Tomorrow’s Blessings: A Blueberry Beach Novel Book 2

Anitra Pollard has lived in Blueberry Beach all her life, an idyllic small, lakeside town where regular people go to escape real life.

Unfortunately Anitra’s real life couldn’t get much worse, despite the idyllic setting.

Her husband left not long before her oldest son was diagnosed with leukemia. Worse, the head doctor on the team assigned to her son looks very much like the man she had a short, but very sweet, summer fling with…and the father of the child she carries.

Her life couldn’t get any harder or messier, but she will let nothing get in the way of getting the very best care for her son, even if it means staying married to her cheating husband to keep his health insurance and rebuffing the overtures of the doctor who thinks he recognizes her.

Thankfully she has the support of her friends and neighbors in Blueberry Beach – her safe harbor in the middle of life’s storms.

But even they can’t protect her from the heartache of losing everything she’s always held dear.

Will her new baby be the beginning of tomorrow’s blessings?


Reviews for Tomorrow’s Blessings:

★★★★★ “Could not put this book down! …this story has interesting twists that keeps you reading; along with doses of humor that will make you laugh out loud. Life is sometimes hard and this book reminds us that God accepts us where we are.” -KBH

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Yesterday’s Treasures: A Blueberry Beach Novel (Blueberry Beach Book 1)

She doesn’t want a divorce, she just wants…something. Something more than being a single mom yet doing a man’s laundry.

After fifteen years of her husband never having time for her, Lindy Coats moves with her teenaged daughter to their summer cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan outside the town of Blueberry Beach.

With a lonely single dad on one side of her, a crochety old business owner on the other and a young mother with terrible secrets and a son fighting leukemia across the road, it doesn’t take Lindy long to discover that learning to enjoy life is less about what she chooses to do for herself and more about what she chooses to do for others.

As she sinks into the small town atmosphere, healing her soul and excited at a new business opportunity, her ex shows up, wanting to reconcile.

Can she decide between her bright tomorrow or come to see the values of yesterday’s treasures?

Enjoy this delightful, heartwarming beach read today!


Reviews for Yesterday’s Treasures:

★★★★★ “Jessie has written an absolutely beautiful story of forgiveness. This story and her characters are believable and relatable. She has perfectly described the raw and real feelings of a couple who’s marriage is in trouble…This is a powerful and gripping story.” -KKRG

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One thing for sure, the lives of these characters look messy. Very messy. It will add interest to the stories, no doubt about that.

If we are honest, messy is not all that unusual in human relationships. Some us may be able to relate and maybe even gain a little hope reading these stories.

Happy Reading this weekend.