THE BUG JAR – A Book Review

THE BUG JAR – A Book Review

There’s a new girl in town, and she is a force to be reckoned with.  Ava Black debuted her first book  September 16, 2108 to rave reviews.  While it’s not my typical read, I enjoyed it immensely.  And maybe that’s  why I enjoyed it so much…because it is not my typical read, or even yours.  But don’t miss it!  It’s thrilling to find a book that doesn’t follow a typical pattern, that doesn’t always conform to the standard subject material.  Don’t get me wrong, it has everything I love in a book; it’s quick paced, exciting, never drags.  But it has elements that may surprise you.  Should you root for the heroine?  Or is she an anti-hero?  Read this book…decide for yourself. You won’t be disappointed, and will in fact be thrilled to have discovered a new, talented author on her rise to the top.

Barnes and Noble describes THE BUG JAR:

“For make-up salesgirl Samantha Holland, life is a constant struggle to cling to reality. Her tenuous hold on sanity is exacerbated by a toxic affair with wealthy and powerful State Representative Richard Harrison, who gets sadistic pleasure toying with her already confused mind. But Sam comes closest to losing her grip when Harrison’s emotionally disturbed stepson is murdered—and the police suspect her. When Harrison tries to break off their relationship, Sam tries to save herself by piecing together patchy memories of what might be her own involvement in the killing. The truth she uncovers is more sinister than she could have imagined.”

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Above, the lovely Ava Black

Let me make a prediction: I predict The BUG JAR will be made into a major motion picture.  And you can say, “Hey!  I read that book, way back when!”

DIY Wedding Florals

DIY Wedding Florals…We are almost entering “Engagement Season”!  ‘What is engagement season?’ You may ask.  Well, on the calendar, it’s Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day.  It’s the time period most engagements are made.  If you get engaged this fall, you just may want to get married next.  Looking for some fun DIY fall arrangements for your wedding?  Look no further!  Please enjoy a post written by a delightful FTD associate.  And her ideas… spot on! Do you have that, “Wish I could do that feeling?” Well, you’re in luck.  Alexandria has included a wonderful tutorial!  Enjoy!
“Fall weddings capture the season in its most beautiful form. From jewel-toned color schemes to bountiful tables of delicious food, the cool weather does not get in the way of a couple’s love and celebration of it.”

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Above: just one of the beautiful arrangements you can order from FTD for your fall floral pleasure.  Click on the link for more info.

“If you are embracing fall elements in your wedding, try including a chic succulent pumpkin display. Trendy succulents have been everywhere in summer weddings, but why not include them in your fall wedding?

To help you get started, FTD has a DIY pumpkin succulent tutorial that walks you through each step. Not only will these pumpkins look stunning on your wedding tablescape, but they can double as wedding favors when the night is done.
Let’s get started!”

Succulents are especially dear to my heart.  Growing up in Southern California, I never appreciated their beauty as I do now.  I just know that if I were getting married today, I’d have oodles of them at my wedding!

“Back Stabbers” A Book Review!

“Back Stabbers” A Book Review!  One of my favorite book series is the ‘Country Club Mystery Series’ by the talented Julie Mulhern.

If you’ve yet to read any of Mulhern’s books, you’re doing yourself a disservice.  “Back Stabbers” is the eighth book in the series, and my favorite.  I don’t know how Mulhern does it, but each book gets just a little bit better, a little bit more interesting, a little bit funnier.  Yes, funnier.  Because even though the series is about a 1970’s socialite/mother/painter, she is incredibly funny; laugh out loud funny.  I think Ellison and I would be great friends.  I’d enjoy solving a mystery or two with her, and laughing.

If you’re interested in pre-ordering, you can click on either link below.  You won’t have to wait long for your book to arrive!  The book debuts Tuesday October 23, 2018.  If you order an e-book, it will arrive automatically to your device on that date.

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So what is this book about?  You may ask.  Well, just take a look at Barnes and Noble’s website description:

“All Ellison Russell wanted was an update on her stock portfolio. Instead, she found her broker dead.

With an unexpected out-of-town guest at her house, Ellison is too busy for a murder investigation. Only this time, Detective Anarchy Jones wants her help, and she can’t deny the handsome detective. Can Mr. Coffee supply her with enough caffeine to keep her brain sharp and everyone else happy?

Juggling bodies (one, two, three, four), two-faced friends, her social calendar, and a cat (yes, a cat) is taxing but Mother might be the biggest challenge of all.

With a killer drawing closer, can Ellison put together the pieces or will she be the one getting stabbed in the back?”

Below, the beautiful author Julie Mulhern.

And what would my wedding blog be without a wedding photo of the lovely Julie and her new husband many moons ago?  🙂   Love her dress and hair!

 

Wedding Disasters, Natural and Otherwise…

Wedding disasters, natural and otherwise…are you prepared?

You can look at the weather, and plan for the inclement.  You can call all your vendors and try to make sure all are on-point.  But no matter how much you plan, there is usually something at every wedding that strikes the  unexpected cord.

Take the royal weddings for example.  Below, we have a photo of Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding to Philip of Greece.  The then Princess  Elizabeth had her heart set on wearing her Grandmother’s Fringe Tiara.  But as she was putting the finishing touches on her wedding ensemble, including the tiara, the tiara frame broke. Who would have known?  The royal jeweler was called in, and it was repaired, rather imperfectly.  If you look closely at the tiara, you’ll see it’s slightly off kilter.

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What about the wedding of Prince Charles to the Lady Diana Spencer?  When saying her vows, she flubbed his many names and said them out of order.  Oh well, what are you going to do?  It mattered not.  They were still married.

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On a more serious note, what to do when there is a medical crisis at a wedding?  I have had to call an ambulance only once at one of my weddings.  It was for a vendor, which raises a crisis situation all it’s own.  Who covers when a vendor is unable to fulfill his duties?  This is something you may want to look for in the contract the vendor asks you to sign. Is a contingency provision outlined in case of a medical or natural disaster?

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The biggest, unexpected problem I have at weddings is with deluxe portable-potties.  There always seem to be some sort of issue… water not turning off, smells, power not turning on.  Be prepared if you have a venue which requires porta-potties, and know whom to call if service is needed.

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Weather is your great unknown.  All you can do is prepare for the worst case scenario.  You can’t change the weather by sheer worrying.  Your take-away for this?  Worry about what you can change, and prepare for, not about what you can’t.