Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Warbling Wednesdays - Goodbye 2014

Hello everyone. I hope you all avoided a sugar coma over the Christmas festivities. Why do we overindulge at this time of year? I challenge any of you, to truthfully say you did not. It doesn’t count if you don’t celebrate Christmas.

After stuffing our faces with turducken and drinking wine, my sister-in-law thought it would be a brilliant idea to play a game called Five Seconds. The objective is to list three answers to a question within five seconds. Sounds easy, right? Noooo, it’s not.

When that feeling of satiation hits you after a big meal and the alcohol starts to singe your brain cells, your body says, “right, well I’m off to bed now. You lot have fun without me.”

“Name three boy’s names starting with A,” my sister-in-law asks me.

“Err. Aaron, Adam and Ummmmmmm?” I open and close my mouth a few times hoping the answer will march across my vision. All the time I’m looking at my brother-in-law whose name starts with ... yes, you guessed it, an A - when the time runs out! Aargh. I could blame alcohol, but I only had half a glass. I blame the turducken. It was clearly a case of bird brain!

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve. The end of 2014. I can’t say I’ll be sad to see it go. I feel like I’m ready for the next challenge now. Although I’m probably completely mad giving myself a deadline at the end of the school holidays. Yes, okay, not probably - definitely. Who needs sleep anyway?

Be safe on party night. We might have to drag the kids out way past their bedtime to watch some fireworks.

See you all next year.


Cheers

The Flare Up

Warbling Wednesdays - Goodbye 2014

Hello everyone. I hope you all avoided a sugar coma over the Christmas festivities. Why do we overindulge at this time of year? I challenge any of you, to truthfully say you did not. It doesn’t count if you don’t celebrate Christmas.

After stuffing our faces with turducken and drinking wine, my sister-in-law thought it would be a brilliant idea to play a game called Five Seconds. The objective is to list three answers to a question within five seconds. Sounds easy, right? Noooo, it’s not.

When that feeling of satiation hits you after a big meal and the alcohol starts to singe your brain cells, your body says, “right, well I’m off to bed now. You lot have fun without me.”

“Name three boy’s names starting with A,” my sister-in-law asks me.

“Err. Aaron, Adam and Ummmmmmm?” I open and close my mouth a few times hoping the answer will march across my vision. All the time I’m looking at my brother-in-law whose name starts with ... yes, you guessed it, an A - when the time runs out! Aargh. I could blame alcohol, but I only had half a glass. I blame the turducken. It was clearly a case of bird brain!

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve. The end of 2014. I can’t say I’ll be sad to see it go. I feel like I’m ready for the next challenge now. Although I’m probably completely mad giving myself a deadline at the end of the school holidays. Yes, okay, not probably - definitely. Who needs sleep anyway?

Be safe on party night. We might have to drag the kids out way past their bedtime to watch some fireworks.

See you all next year.


Cheers

The Flare Up

Monday, 29 December 2014

Book Review - Abbi Glines - One More Chance (Rosemary Beach)




Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance, New Adult
Length: 272 pages

*Spoiler alert - If you haven’t read Take a Chance, please read it before continuing.*

The resumption of Grant and Harlow’s story from Take a Chance. Harlow has disappeared from Rosemary Beach and Grant is left in a mess. What he doesn't know is that Harlow, who has a congenital heart condition, is pregnant with his baby. She knows he’ll be terrified of losing her when he finds out. Harlow must remain strong against pressure from her loved ones to stop the pregnancy so she can save herself.

I admired Harlow’s courage, but I found it really hard to read this book at times. All due credit to the author for making me feel like that. I really worried that things were going to go bad. Ms Glines has brought us tragedy in Rosemary Beach before. The love story between Grant and Harlow and his acceptance of and hope for the baby, is what kept me going. It’s a worthwhile read for sure, but bring the tissues and prepare for a roller-coaster ride of emotions.

I always enjoy Abbi’s books. Looking forward to the next two new releases of hers, You Were Mine and Until the End.

4 Flares.








Cheers










Book Review - Abbi Glines - One More Chance (Rosemary Beach)




Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance, New Adult
Length: 272 pages

*Spoiler alert - If you haven’t read Take a Chance, please read it before continuing.*

The resumption of Grant and Harlow’s story from Take a Chance. Harlow has disappeared from Rosemary Beach and Grant is left in a mess. What he doesn't know is that Harlow, who has a congenital heart condition, is pregnant with his baby. She knows he’ll be terrified of losing her when he finds out. Harlow must remain strong against pressure from her loved ones to stop the pregnancy so she can save herself.

I admired Harlow’s courage, but I found it really hard to read this book at times. All due credit to the author for making me feel like that. I really worried that things were going to go bad. Ms Glines has brought us tragedy in Rosemary Beach before. The love story between Grant and Harlow and his acceptance of and hope for the baby, is what kept me going. It’s a worthwhile read for sure, but bring the tissues and prepare for a roller-coaster ride of emotions.

I always enjoy Abbi’s books. Looking forward to the next two new releases of hers, You Were Mine and Until the End.

4 Flares.








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Book Review - Lindy Zart - Roomies


Publisher: Lindy Zart, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance/ Romantic Comedy.
Length: 227 pages.

One of the funniest books I have ever read. Witty, blunt, and sometimes obtuse, Kennedy Somers is roomies with golden boy, Graham Malone. She’s completely in love with him and all his OCD gloriousness. He is oblivious and sees her as the BFF. Her favourite pastime is spewing out sexual innuendo at every opportunity to make him squirm with discomfort.

They are happily plodding along being Ken and Barbie (she's Ken, he's Barbie), until Graham’s brother, Blake comes to stay for the summer. He’s a messed up bad boy and just as gorgeous as his older brother. Kennedy becomes the meat in the brotherly competition sandwich. Let the hilarity ensue.

Will Blake steal Kennedy away or will Graham finally wise up and get his girl?

This book is a FUNNY, sweet coming of age tale. Well worth more than one read. The author paints these characters beautifully. The insightful moments keep it from being too frivolous. It was a joy to read how these relationships were challenged and developed. Kennedy is awesome, I want to be her.
I will probably read it again.

5 flares for sure.








Cheers


Book Review - Lindy Zart - Roomies


Publisher: Lindy Zart, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance/ Romantic Comedy.
Length: 227 pages.

One of the funniest books I have ever read. Witty, blunt, and sometimes obtuse, Kennedy Somers is roomies with golden boy, Graham Malone. She’s completely in love with him and all his OCD gloriousness. He is oblivious and sees her as the BFF. Her favourite pastime is spewing out sexual innuendo at every opportunity to make him squirm with discomfort.

They are happily plodding along being Ken and Barbie (she's Ken, he's Barbie), until Graham’s brother, Blake comes to stay for the summer. He’s a messed up bad boy and just as gorgeous as his older brother. Kennedy becomes the meat in the brotherly competition sandwich. Let the hilarity ensue.

Will Blake steal Kennedy away or will Graham finally wise up and get his girl?

This book is a FUNNY, sweet coming of age tale. Well worth more than one read. The author paints these characters beautifully. The insightful moments keep it from being too frivolous. It was a joy to read how these relationships were challenged and developed. Kennedy is awesome, I want to be her.
I will probably read it again.

5 flares for sure.








Cheers


Wednesday, 24 December 2014

WARBLING WEDNESDAYS - Merry Christmas

Well, it's Christmas tomorrow. How'd that happen? Oh yeah, the Earth spinning and all that.

Here in Australia, we haven't exactly had the best lead up. A hostage siege in a Sydney café and a tragic massacre of eight children, allegedly by their own mother/aunt. My heart goes out to those families and loved ones involved. Actually, the wider communities where those incidents happened were hugely affected, as evidenced by the masses of flowers and many gatherings of mourners. I can only hope that things like this bring people together and prompt us to ask each other, "hey. Are you doing okay?" and, "what can I do to help ease the burden on your shoulders?"

On a brighter note, a father and two sons who went missing during a road trip to Cairns (the far north of Queensland) were found by a local farmer, after 10 days missing. The farmer remembered seeing the same type of vehicle days earlier and he acted on a hunch as to where they'd be. Call it a hunch, call it a gut feeling, call it the angels of that father and his boys, just doing their job. It was absolutely brilliant that the farmer listened and acted, ultimately saving three lives.

We've all got to look after each other. Sometimes life is chaos and sometimes it's bliss. Other times it's excruciating. We're all here trying to do the same thing. Find our way and fulfil our purpose. So eat, drink and be merry. Hug each other. Smile at a stranger who looks frazzled. Put on your silly Santa hats and laugh at each other. Just be together.

We do the European Christmas Eve dinner in our house, with an Aussie spin. Seafood for our supper tonight, turkey lunch tomorrow. The best of both worlds.

If you don't celebrate Christmas, I hope you are safe and well and enjoying whatever celebrations you do at your place, whenever you do them.

I'd like to hear a bit about what everyone else does, so feel free to make comments below.

Cheers and take care.



The Flare Up

WARBLING WEDNESDAYS - Merry Christmas

Well, it's Christmas tomorrow. How'd that happen? Oh yeah, the Earth spinning and all that.

Here in Australia, we haven't exactly had the best lead up. A hostage siege in a Sydney café and a tragic massacre of eight children, allegedly by their own mother/aunt. My heart goes out to those families and loved ones involved. Actually, the wider communities where those incidents happened were hugely affected, as evidenced by the masses of flowers and many gatherings of mourners. I can only hope that things like this bring people together and prompt us to ask each other, "hey. Are you doing okay?" and, "what can I do to help ease the burden on your shoulders?"

On a brighter note, a father and two sons who went missing during a road trip to Cairns (the far north of Queensland) were found by a local farmer, after 10 days missing. The farmer remembered seeing the same type of vehicle days earlier and he acted on a hunch as to where they'd be. Call it a hunch, call it a gut feeling, call it the angels of that father and his boys, just doing their job. It was absolutely brilliant that the farmer listened and acted, ultimately saving three lives.

We've all got to look after each other. Sometimes life is chaos and sometimes it's bliss. Other times it's excruciating. We're all here trying to do the same thing. Find our way and fulfil our purpose. So eat, drink and be merry. Hug each other. Smile at a stranger who looks frazzled. Put on your silly Santa hats and laugh at each other. Just be together.

We do the European Christmas Eve dinner in our house, with an Aussie spin. Seafood for our supper tonight, turkey lunch tomorrow. The best of both worlds.

If you don't celebrate Christmas, I hope you are safe and well and enjoying whatever celebrations you do at your place, whenever you do them.

I'd like to hear a bit about what everyone else does, so feel free to make comments below.

Cheers and take care.



The Flare Up

Friday, 19 December 2014

Book Review - Christina Lauren - Dirty Rowdy Thing (Wild Seasons #2)




Publisher: Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster), 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance
Length: 336 pages

This is the second book in the Wild Seasons Series for the dynamic duo of Christina Lauren. Dirty Rowdy Thing is the story of Finn Roberts and Harlow Vega. As we know from Sweet Filthy Boy, these two were married briefly during a drunken night in Vegas. Finn runs a fishing business on Vancouver Island, while Harlow is an intern at NBC. Their lives are miles apart geographically and metaphorically, but the chemistry between them is impossible to ignore.

Each of them are faced with the biggest challenge of their lives and when Harlow unexpectedly finds Finn in San Diego, they use each other as an escape from their respective problems. Lust quickly turns to love, but how are they going to get over the hurdles they must jump and earn enough trust in each other to be together finally?

I loved reading about how these two grew to know each other more than the surface deep assumptions they had both made in Vegas. Both of them value family highly and have been in caretaker mode. They must learn to take a step back and care for themselves for once.

I don’t know which story I like the best in this series. These girls are definitely in my top ten favourite authors, maybe even top five. I simply adore their stories and this book is no exception. They have shared their brilliance, yet again. Thanks ladies!

5 Flares.








Cheers



Book Review - Christina Lauren - Dirty Rowdy Thing (Wild Seasons #2)




Publisher: Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster), 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance
Length: 336 pages

This is the second book in the Wild Seasons Series for the dynamic duo of Christina Lauren. Dirty Rowdy Thing is the story of Finn Roberts and Harlow Vega. As we know from Sweet Filthy Boy, these two were married briefly during a drunken night in Vegas. Finn runs a fishing business on Vancouver Island, while Harlow is an intern at NBC. Their lives are miles apart geographically and metaphorically, but the chemistry between them is impossible to ignore.

Each of them are faced with the biggest challenge of their lives and when Harlow unexpectedly finds Finn in San Diego, they use each other as an escape from their respective problems. Lust quickly turns to love, but how are they going to get over the hurdles they must jump and earn enough trust in each other to be together finally?

I loved reading about how these two grew to know each other more than the surface deep assumptions they had both made in Vegas. Both of them value family highly and have been in caretaker mode. They must learn to take a step back and care for themselves for once.

I don’t know which story I like the best in this series. These girls are definitely in my top ten favourite authors, maybe even top five. I simply adore their stories and this book is no exception. They have shared their brilliance, yet again. Thanks ladies!

5 Flares.








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