Curvy Women: Talks About Being Your Perfect Selfie

Curvy Women:
Talks About Being Your Perfect Selfie

     I think we have a perfect person in this summer of 2014 to be the spear head of this fight for all our young girls living in the world of selfies and it's Meghan Trainor.  She is a beautiful 20 year old young lady from Nantucket.  She lives in a fast pace world of song writing which started right out of high school for all kinds of famous artist like Rascal Flats and Rhianna.  With even as famous as she is she too has problems with body image in this perfect world.  Especially in this media everything has a perfect app but does the world really need a perfect selfies app.  Is this what we need our girls to learn that we have to be perfect?
     She thought this was a perfect way of sending a fun message out to all young women out there that there is no perfect and you don’t have to be.  I for one think that is wonderful.  We and (she) I am sure is not promoting being fat by any means so those who are going to start hating and fighting over what we are saying, What we are promoting is people or should I say women/girls  not being fat we are just being accepted no matter what.  What I am saying is that we as a nation need to be able, first and foremost, need to be able to accept ourselves and others for who and what we are no matter what we look like. 
     That 20 lbs. a thin person is trying to lose can be just as hard for an obese person by 10 fold.  We are just asking that people just have some compassion for those that have weight on them.  You do not know why they even have it.  It could be an illness, it could be medication, or it could really be none of our business.  Can’t we just humble ourselves enough to say, “There but by the grace of God go I?” Think about it as if it were you child or mother or father you would not think ill of them, would you?  If you would, Hmmm? 
     This song is catchy, fun and worth its weight in gold.  I just hope a lot of kids and parents can understand the greater message and work on it becoming its own new fad.

Now this video I can so relate to and I want you to see what we as mothers have taught our daughters is okay to do.  If you did not teach it we have allowed it and I have to take a front seat on this one too.  I have to admit to being guilty of both.  I am a work in progress, I so am.


DELICIOUS                                               ADRIANNE LEE
Posted:  July 21, 2014

Delicious (Big Sky Pie #2)Workaholic Nick Taziano is the proud owner of a successful marketing company in Montana. But his career takes a backseat when he learns his dad plans to remarry his ex. Nick fears she'll break his heart . . . again. And he doesn't like being reunited with her obnoxious daughter-until the all-grown-up beauty kisses him at the engagement party. The kiss might be a mistake, but once he tastes Jane's lips, nothing-not even her famous blueberry pie-compares.

A promising chef at Big Sky Pie, Jane Wilson never, ever wanted to see Nick Taziano again, but he's just been hired to do the pie shop's marketing. How's a girl supposed to bake the best pastries in town when he's a constant reminder of their steamy chemistry? His chocolate eyes and sexy dimples heat up the kitchen-and every part of her body. Jane has no room for a man in her life, yet sometimes the most delicious dishes don't follow the recipe . . .

The story opens up with Jane delivering pies she made from her new job as pastry chef to the party of her mother’s to announce who she is going to marry. She is not happy that her mom is going to get married for what she thinks or feels like is the 7th time. When she arrives there with her arms full she runs into a good looking man who holds the elevator for and helps her with the pies when the doors open. When is in the kitchen and thanking the man she is trying to stare at how good looking he is when a familiar voice shouts hi Nickey, she knows that voice as Romeo, her former step father, so now the man standing next to her is Nick Taziano or the Tazmanian Devil. Her once step brother, her mother showed up and said her name but she bolted and left the event and did not speak to her mother for a day, she had to wrap her head around all that was happening. As for not wanting to see Nick, that would be more of a problem. He was a photographer and into advertising. He was hired by a new pie shop in town to do the lay and marketing plan. The pie shop was the one where Jane is the pastry chef her dream job, and everyone in town loves her pies especially the blueberry. The story goes along with them at first wanting to stop their parents from marrying again, but the more they dig into the past they are believing that since they were both so young that maybe they are the ones that broke up the marriage the first time. The more people Jane asks she is getting that feeling. Meanwhile they begin to spend some time together and realize that they have feelings for each other. The way this plays out is too good to spoil you must read the story. There are a few twists at the end and a surprised. For me this was a surprised story of lost love and new and can you go back. A very well written story and I liked all of the characters. A very good book. I got this book from net galley.

1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever

1954                                                             BILL MADDEN
Posted:  July 21, 2014

1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever1954: Perhaps no single baseball season has so profoundly changed the game forever. In that year—the same in which the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled, in the case of Brown vs. Board of Education, that segregation of the races be outlawed in America's public schools—Larry Doby's Indians won an American League record 111 games, dethroned the five-straight World Series champion Yankees, and went on to play Willie Mays's Giants in the first World Series that featured players of color on both teams.
  Seven years after Jackie Robinson had broken the baseball color line, 1954 was a triumphant watershed season for black players—and, in a larger sense, for baseball and the country as a whole. While Doby was the dominant player in the American League, Mays emerged as the preeminent player in the National League, with a flair and boyish innocence that all fans, black and white, quickly came to embrace. Mays was almost instantly beloved in 1954, much of that due to how seemingly easy it was for him to live up to the effusive buildup from his Giants manager, Leo Durocher, a man more widely known for his ferocious "nice guys finish last" attitude.
  Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Bill Madden delivers the first major book to fully examine the 1954 baseball season, drawn largely from exclusive recent interviews with the major players themselves, including Mays and Doby as well as New York baseball legends from that era: Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford of the Yankees, Monte Irvin of the Giants, and Carl Erskine of the Dodgers. 1954transports readers across the baseball landscape of the time—from the spring training camps in Florida and Arizona to baseball cities including New York, Baltimore, Chicago, and Cleveland—as future superstars such as Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, and others entered the leagues and continued to integrate the sport.

Weaving together the narrative of one of baseball's greatest seasons with the racially charged events of that year, 1954 demonstrates how our national pastime—with the notable exception of the Yankees, who represented "white supremacy" in the game—was actually ahead of the curve in terms of the acceptance of black Americans, while the nation at large continued to struggle with tolerance.

This is a good book on the changes of baseball. So much was happening this year that after I finished this book you can really see why the teams that did not integrate were not going to be winners for many years to come. The teams that did and had players in the minors as well as on the major league roster. The book starts off with the Yankees winners of the 53 series. They would not win another one for a couple of years. It also goes into depth of how the Yankees traded away Vic Power to the Philadelphia Athletics, leaving only Elston Howard as the only African American ball player in their system and he turned out to be the first African American to play for the Yankees and the first to win the American League most valuable player award in 1963. Back to 1954, Willie Mays is back from the service, a guy by the name of Hank Arron would make his major league debut and there was so much going on I never even knew that that year was really a year of change in the game of baseball. There were a lot of first. The Indians played an all-Black (used in the 50s) out field. The Dodgers had the 1st game with more Black players on the field than white, Dick Young was the only newspaper man to mention that fact in his write up of the game. No other writer even mentioned it in from coast to coast. The Indians were also able to stay together in spring training together as a team and not be segregated. This was done by Larry Doby and the owner of the Indians. The Indians would win 118 games that year and meet the Giants in the World Series. This would be the first time that both teams had Black players starting on each team and it was a go series. This is the one that they always Willie Mays catch, but this is the second book that I have read that mentions. That yes the catch was great but the throw was better and that is what really changed the series. The Indians would loss and for the most part they have always said that if the first two games had started in Cleveland that they would have won. Who knows? The Giants won and this book is a great story about what was going on in the league and how the game was changing. Oh, I almost forgot Branch Rickey who was running the Pirates sent someone to Montreal to look at a pitcher that he was thinking about trading for with the Dodgers. Instead his guy saw an outfielder how he could not believe was there, his name Roberto Clemente. The end of the season the Dodgers do not put him on their roster and Pittsburgh with the worst record pick him up for$ 3,000, what a steel. This is a great baseball book. I got this book from net galley.


FAVORS AND LIES                                 MARK GILLEO
Posted:  July 21, 2014

Favors and LiesDan Lord is a forty-year-old private detective with a law degree working the blurred line between right and wrong in the Nation’s Capital. As a self-employed solutions broker and legal consultant, he works for a very select clientele. He doesn’t advertise and only takes cases on referral. But when two people close to him are murdered, Dan's work becomes very personal.

With the assistance of a newly hired female intern, extracting clues from a ladder of acquaintances, Dan bounds through both the underbelly and elite of society, each step bringing more questions and yet ultimately taking him closer to the answer he seeks. A bail bondsman, a recluse hacker, a court clerk, a university student, an old-school barber, a high-class madam, an intelligence officer, a medical doctor, and a police detective are among the list of people Dan must cajole for help. His quest will lead him to discover things he never wanted to know, and put him in the position to reveal things that important people would prefer remain unrevealed.

Tense, ingenious, and filled with the unforgettable characters that have become a Mark Gilleo trademark, FAVORS AND LIES is the most thrilling novel yet from one of the great new voices in suspense fiction.

Dan Lord, is a private eye and the lead character in this book. The book starts off with him sowing a judge some pictures and the way he enters the hotel bar and leaves really set up how this book is going to play out. After he gets home he receives a phone call from his sister in law and she is having a bad night. He rushes over there and finds that she is dead and this story takes off. Just about everyone who comes into contact with him either ends up dead or an attempt is made. This makes for a nonstop book. You find out a lot about Lord and most of it is good he has always been careful and that is a good thing. It takes him awhile to put things together about who is behind all of the killings but once he finds out he does not want to stop until they are taken care of. I thought this was a well written and a very in depth book about each character that came into play. It was a very fast read for me I did not want to put it down. I have never read anything by this author before but after this book I will look for some of his other books. A very good story. I got this book from net galley.


Posted:  July 21, 2014

A Match Made in Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas, #6)A Match Made in Texas is the sixth book in Katie Lane's bestselling, witty and sexy Deep in the Heart of Texas series. 

Living with four over-protective brothers is enough to make a good girl go bad. But the day Brianne Cates hits the road for a taste of freedom, she gets more trouble than she bargained for when she's arrested by a sexy sheriff in mirrored shades. Now doing a stint of community service, she's not going to let a cowboy cop like Dusty Hicks mess with her newfound independence-even if he awakens every wicked fantasy she's ever had. 

In Bramble, Texas, Dusty is the law. That means no leniency for the gorgeous rebel whose highway antics almost got them both killed. The divorced lawman doesn't need another rich, pampered princess, even if Brianne has the lushest body and sweetest smile in the whole darn state. But even as Brianne proves that she lives to walk on the wild side, Dusty begins to wonder if maybe he has what it takes to tame her....


A love story that does not start out that way. Brianne Cates is having to leave here home and hide out in a small town in west Texas. Her four older brothers are tired of her always showing up on the inter net or in the papers embarrassing them and the family. So they ship her off. On her way there she ends up in a game of cat and mouse with a man in a red Cadillac who looks like an older version of Elvis. He will not let here pass him and on her last attempt she has to go all the way over to the other side of the road and use that shoulder. When she gets back on the road she runs off the sheriff vehicle that she say at the last minute. He somehow stays up right and starts a chase she finally gives up but the red Cadillac is nowhere to be seen. She thinks it’s going to be an older man and she can sweet talk her way out of her problem, but it is Dusty Hicks, and he takes he breath away, never before has she felt like this. He is having the same feelings but being divorced has left him soured and the fact he cannot see their daughter all the time. Being his ex-came from money her father hired the best attorneys and he got well a bad attitude. This just makes the story better because she ends up getting away from their first encounter. Though she was in handcuffs, she was still able to get to her pepper spray well you can imagine the rest. Once she is found again and brought in front of the judge he decides to give her community service besides paying for the damages to the car. He community service turns out to be his house keeper, for no one wants to work for because of his surly personality. They of course start to work out their differences and there are some other story lines that are going on threw out the town that make this a very funny story at times. There are some serious moments as well but they don’t take away from the story. Overall I found this book to be a good story. I got this book from net galley.


Posted:  July 21, 2014

US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War IIThe classic 1951 movie Flying Leathernecks starring John Wayne immortalized the USMC pilots who had fought in the skies over Guadalcanal and the Solomons. 

The US Marine Corps has a long and proud heritage of aviation excellence, celebrating its centenary in 2012. While "flying leathernecks" made their mark in both world wars, Korea, Vietnam and more recently throughout the global war on terrorism, it was during World War II that they captured the hearts and minds of the public with their daring exploits. This is the first book to detail the legendary actions of famous fighter aces such as Medal of Honor winner John L Smith, Greg "Pappy" Boyinton, Marion Carl, Joe Foss, and many more. Barrett Tillman combines expert research into the history and organization of the Marine Fighter Squadrons with dramatic accounts of deadly dogfights.

This book is just like what the title says, the author goes through every Marine fighter squadron from the beginning of WWII to the end. He goes into detail were each were station on what islands and how some squadrons were very successful but were broken up because they needed more fighter pilots and the newer squadrons needed to be run by experienced men. But as men were transferred out some of the pervious numbers were not as high. He also goes into they were formed and he goes into some of the pilots time in the Pacific and the ones who stayed in after the war and flew in Korea and Vietnam. He also goes into the way some of the records were kept as far as kills went. He said that Pappy Boyington who was shot down had one number and when he came out of prison camp he had a different number. The Marine Corps has just stuck with his number not to rock the boat. Most flyers went with Joe Foss, as the one with the most kills because all of his were witnessed by fellow flyers. Another ace was Major Marion E CARL who was at 18.5 but was with Boyington the he got shot down and so they sent him home not wanting to the chance to lose another ace so soon, even though he did not want to come back to the states. They say he was in the same league as Joe Bauer, Major Carl would go on to set a postwar speed record in 47, in 53 he set an altitude record in the D-558-2 rocket, he was first Marine to make a solo flight in a helicopter, first to land a jet aboard a carrier and first to command a Marine jet squadron. Wanted to be an astronaut but was too tall at 6ft 2in. that went to Major John Glenn. In 65 he was now Brig General with the 1st Marine brigade in Vietnam, flying both helicopter and tactical jets. He was killed on the night of June 28, 1998 while defending his wife Edna, of 55 years from a teenage criminal. The murder was sentence to life in prison. General Carl had receive in his career two Navy Crosses, five DFCs, 14 air medals and 4 Legions of Merit. The other story I thought was interesting was Joe Foss, He was twice elected as Governor to the state of South Dakota, and he headed the Easter seals campaign and was the first commissioner of the American Football League. For his 26 victories he received the Medal of Honor. He was recommend for the Navy Cross for his actions at Guadalcanal but did not receive anything because the paperwork was lost. These were only two stories of many that are in the book, many that were never told about or written about. Most of these men did not care about numbers they carried about each other in the sky, the men on the ships and most importantly they all said the hardest part was the boys landing on the beach trying to help them as much as they could. This was a very through and well written book. I got this book from net galley. 


Posted: July 21, 2014

Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg***This is a Red-Hot Bliss Title! As such, it contains sexual content***
Conflict of interest is an understatement…
Since being disowned by her strict father, Cass Stone has spent her adulthood trying to prove him wrong. Her drive has led to more success than her family ever thought she’d achieve, and life is looking great. Not even an incredible and mysterious one night stand that leaves her a single mom can trip her up...until the father of her baby stumbles back into her life, as sexy and unreliable as ever.
Logan Alexander hasn’t forgotten the night he spent with Cass two years ago, but he never expects to end up undercover as her assistant. His job saves lives—like it should have saved his brother—and he can’t afford complications. It’s difficult enough to maintain his cover as a carefree wanderer when he realizes his attraction to Cass hasn’t faded...and then he meets Cass’s daughter.

     Cass Stone had always been a head strong and high spirited child.  This totally did not go over well with her judgmental, strong handed, and verbally abusive minister father.  So, it was no wonder when she was five and she tried to run away, not getting far due to a neighbor, and she was hit and she hit him back.  Not winning her any points with her father and dubbing her a willful child.  From that moment on she knew she needed to get away.
     She ran away at 15 and was gone for 3 months until all the money she has saved was gone and she applied for a job.  Where she applied knew she wasn’t old enough and called DPSS.  The social worker said the way to get out was with a good education.  They took her back home where she buckled down and earned a scholarship to engineering school.  Her father said no way no daughter of his was taking a spot away from a man.  That she was to apply for nursing or teaching she said no so when she turned 18 he kicked her out and told her never to return, call, or contact them in anyway.
     Now at twenty-five she is in a job where she uses her engineering skills but also works the corporate end of the business.  She is working her way up the ladder in fact she is at a conference she had just attended that went well.  She had one more meeting in the bar of the hotel she was staying at with a retired military Colonel.  He wanted her more that he wanted her business, she was there for.  The bartender caught on to this and knew his type and wanted to help her out.  So, when the Colonel ordered another round which would make it their third he made Cass’ a virgin drink.
     Cass had noticed him when the Colonel went to take a call.  He was sexier then hell.  Sparkling blue eyes and a smile that could melt your panties right off.  When she takes a sip and realizes what he’d done a hint of a smile plays on her lips and she makes eye contact with him.  There was that smile.  After that meeting she packs up and leaves.
     The bartender Logan Alexander feels disappointed he was hoping on his last day at his gig at playing a bartender he could do a little celebrating for the real job he was there for.  He was able to close the case for CSIS arresting the people involved with selling information to foreign enemies.  And it looked like Miss Hottie was celebrating something too.  Oh well, he would clean up and close up.  When he hears someone walking in Miss Hottie had changed into a tight pair of jeans a top.  “M-M-Mary Smith” he knew she was lying when he asked her name she wasn’t a good liar.  That’s okay she was harmless and wanted some excitement so did he.
     She leaves her extra key and asks him to be a good employee and return her lost key to her after his shift.  They hook up, they make a much deeper connection than they both expected for a one night stand, but Logan has a job to do so does she.  He sneaks out in the early morning she pretends she’s sleeping to save the awkward good-bye moments.
     Fast forward two months later Cass is ralphing into the toilet.  She knows she needs to try and contact him but just too at least let him know there is some of his DNA out and about.  When she final does try that evening and calls the bar they say that no one by that name ever even worked there ever.  Now she knew for sure she and her baby were 100% alone.  Not that she was ever going to ask him for help or anything like that, but there was that mustard seed of hope that he would want…
     I really enjoyed this book it had a lot of things going on between the two characters, the work employees, and her home life.  It really kept you interested.  Then there was Logan’s grandma she was a hoot and how that would impact all their lives especially Cass’s and Olivia’s.  I give this 5 stars.  Provided by net galley. 
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