Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Review: Complicated Creatures by Alexi Lawless

Yesterday I finished Complicated Creatures Part One by Alexi Lawless. I was making lunch for the kiddos and I found myself still thinking about the book and how it ended.

I have done much of my reading on my phone/tablet lately. My new PC version ... LOVE IT!
Next read will be paper and in my hands though.
Then I found myself thinking about things like ... this book would not be for everyone. I would not recommend this book to this person or that person. I remember one time I was talking about books I have read with a group of bible study ladies. One said, "I couldn't finish that Emily Griffin book - too much sex. Too descriptive."  If you feel that way about Emily Griffin books you need to run from this book. There are sex scenes. There is more than one. They are explicit. If you don't like books with harsh language. This book is not for you. There is frequent use of four letter words.

I have been reading a lot of Christian fiction lately. This is book in no way is Christian fiction. In fact the book description asks, "Over 50 Shades?"

Now -- if you are still interested - time to talk about this book.

The characters are Sam Wyatt and her team including Carey Nelson, Jack Roman and his "team" including Mitch and his brother Jamie. The story is set in Chicago with a lot of travel.

Sam and her team are all part of a Human Asset Protection team. They protect high profile people. They are all former military special agents of some kind or another. Sam was a naval negotiator, and she is a Texan. She is strong, sexy, and intriguing.

Jack and his 'team' are in real estate. Jack is the tall, dark and handsome Italian playboy.

Sam and Jack meet when she purchase the penthouse across from his in The Whitney (a building that Jack owns and restored). He has no clue that S. Wyatt that just bought the penthouse was a woman which begins the "who is this woman?" for Jack.

The story takes you through the blooming of their relationship. While keeping you at the edge of your seat as you go to all these intense places Sam and her team have to go.  Since she has a dangerous lifestyle Sam keeps relationships "fun" and doesn't make attachments. Jack falls for her hard and fast.

Jack just keeps loving her and he wears her down. She starts to get attached, she starts to fall in love.

To be honest in the middle of the book I was starting to think if it would take a turn that would make me want to read part two. I wasn't loving it. It was a good story, but it was just a romance with some excitement to give it a different flair.

Then a new client brings Sam's past right into her present. Protecting an ex-lover, her boyfriend's brother testing out technology in a violent area with her team there to also protect him. Then things take a turn and ... THE BOOK ENDS!

It ends without any conclusion to any of the stories. You are left asking what is going to happen to Jamie, Carey, Jack, and Sam. Who is this new guy and what happened when to make that happen? Talk about a cliff hanger! I felt like I was watching a season finale of a show and now I have to wait ... for how long??? When does Part Two come out?!?!?!

Would I recommend this book to my friends? Depends on the friend. I would warn them about the language and the explicit nature. Would I recommend this book to my mom? No - I know this is not something she would read, but I would totally pass it along to a few of my aunts who read "steamy romance novels" or even my sister.

Get your copy here:

Interested in more? You can connect with Alexi Lawless here. Join her mailing list and you get a Free Novella for a limited time.  Complicated Creatures 1.5!

I was contacted by the publishing company to review the book a while back. When I reached out (I was ready to review things again) I was told that the book was free on Amazon right now and I was more than welcome to review it. I was not compensated for my review in any way and the opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What's New Wednesday #8

I am in a bit of funk the last few weeks. I am sure it has to do with us all being sick at some point and time over the last three weeks and now Hubsy has caught it.

One would think that I wouldn't be in such a funk with my birthday on Saturday but I just can't shake it. I get this way when I am trying to get tons of stuff accomplished and not really focusing. I should take that as a sign I need to refocus.

Since I am in a funk and need some inspiration I have a different kind of post today.

I am currently developing a Robot Unit.

How cute is this little guy from Make Do Friend?

Or these adorable recycling bin collage robots from My Adventures in Positive Space.

I am sure my kiddos would have fun with both of these.  

So what is new with you?  Link up below and share it with us all! 

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Best Seller Saturday #8

Hi all! How are you loving this winter weather? Here in Ohio we have been hit by the white stuff finally this winter. We were able to head out and play in it one time because to accompany the white stuff we are getting hit with Arctic temperatures. Makes for 2 not so happy little people in this house. Today we are getting blasted again. I will take it over our dear friends in New England any day.

So what are we here for today! to babble and rabble? ... YES! Nah just kidding. It is time for Best Seller Saturday.  I took a look over my sales this week. I have sold 1 item of everything that has sold this week.  Not even a double.  :)  Then I looked at revenue - one of the items was higher priced than the rest -- all week I sold only 1 and 1.50 items.  It was just silly!

So this is my best seller this week.

I love this coloring book. My dear friend asked me to make this for her daughter's birthday. I even left the dedication page in the book, so when it is purchased you are also graced with a jelly fish drawing from Little Miss.

You are not going to get all your standard animals in this one. A is for African Elephant instead of Ape.  E is for Emperor Penguin.  N is for Naked Mole Rat.  W is not for walrus, it is for Warty Pig. Many of these animals are inspired from our local zoo. If you purchase this I hope you love it as much as "Baby H" does.

As for my most downloaded freebie this week. It happens to be ...

more coloring pages.  This one was also put together with some little ones in mind. I will send my friends coloring books and resources from time to time. I hadn't done it in a while, so I put together this coloring book and sent it off.  It goes nicely with many winter themes.  Take a look at this feedback that I received on this one.

This is exactly what I go for when I design a coloring book. Simple and Cute.

Coloring books all started when I couldn't find simple enough coloring books for Little Miss when she was younger. These coloring books are truly drawn with 2 and 3 year old's in mind.  Simple enough for young hands, but complex enough for older children to still have fun.

Now it is your turn.  What are your Best Sellers this week.  Link up one paid and one free product below.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What's New Wednesday week 7

We are back! Sick still, but on the mend.

Seeing that we have all been sick over the last 2 weeks (some of us for 4) I haven't really posted anything new.  I am currently working on a Robots Bundle. I am also updating the spring resources.

The latest thing I have finished is updating this Counting Flower Craftivity and File Folder Game.

Here is a peek inside for you!

Kids will put the number of petals on the flower according to the number in the center.  Play as a file folder game or do as a craft. That is up to you! You can get yours here.

Now it's your turn! Can't wait to see What's New in your world!

Review: Crossing Redemption by Carrie Daws

The Crossing Series by Carrie Daws all in all is amazing. Each book is a great read.  Crossing Redemption is the final book in the series.

Crossing Values {Review Here}
Ryan's Crossing {Review Here}
Romancing Melody {Review Here}

Carrie Daws is a Christian author. Her writing style is refreshing and clean. I have said it in the other reviews, but it begs to be mentioned again. You can read these books anywhere and not worry that you will start blushing.

Crossing Redemption brings Amber back into the main character roll. In Crossing Value you find out that Amber has a past that created some baggage.  As not to spoil anything for you, but that baggage comes out in this book. Romancing Melody you also found that Melody's Aunt Patrica also had some skeletons she wanted to keep hidden. Patrica and Amber work on over-coming these demons together.

As I mentioned, this is the final book in this series.  {However, there are several short stories on Carrie's website about these families.} I hate to say it, but this was my least favorite of the series. Although I love Carrie's just enough details to let your imagination take over writing style, I would have really like more about "the baggage". What happened to make these women react the way they were reacting to the situations that were happening in their present.  I also missed the supporting characters that were more present in the other books.

This final book of the series did bring characters full circle. You really do see what God can do in their lives and how far they have come.

I look forward to diving into the short stories. I have recommended this series to youth pastors, friends and family. I think the series is great and I look forward to more from Carrie Daws in the upcoming year.

Thank you Carrie Daws for the copies of your books in exchange for a review. The opinions of these reviews are 100% mine.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Workin' It at Home Mama

I had a great time getting my mind off of things going on last week by linking up with "Currently" over on Choose Happy. I decided to link up again this week.

Currently I am developing:

A robot unit! Oh this one is going to be so much fun. It is coming with an A to Z coloring book! It will come with many of the goodies you have come to expect. Hands On Centers, File Folder Games and No Prep Printables.

Currently I am loving: 

We made a big investment in my business this weekend. Windows 8 touch screen laptop. It is fast, and wonderful. My brother said the processor is "baller" and it has a whole lotta RAM. I am super happy with it.  You can't tell on this picture, but when I type with it the keyboard lights up. It is pretty, silver and it was under budget! I can not complain.

The best part of this is that my kids don't even realize I am working. I can sit right here by them play with them. When they walk off or drift off to something else I can do a little on the computer. These little bits here and there will really add up at the end of the week.

Currently I am updating:

I am not sure you can see it in the picture there, but this bundle is 479 pages! I want to get it up to snuff as stuff for Spring is starting to sell.  This bad boy is full of games, puzzles and activities.

Currently I am reviewing: Crossing Redemption by Carrie Daws 

I have already reviewed the first three of this series. I was incredibly blessed to be able to review this entire series.  Come on back on Tell Me About It Tuesday to read all about it.

Check out all the other bloggers and what they are currently doing over at Choose Happy.  


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