Friday, May 29, 2020

MATEO'S LAW by Sandra Cox


Even if you've never read any of Super Sandra Cox's books,(you're missing a treat) you'd fall in love with her wicked wit and kind-hearted spirit, and she's kept me laughing since 2017.  Most people write one genre, but this incredible author has the skill set to write in many genres which is not easy.  How she finds time to travel, write, garden, live life, maintain a blog and visit other bloggers is a mystery, but this is the reason I've added "Super" to her name.

This time she's writing a very cool new paranormal novel that's so unique called Mateo's Law, and there's some shapeshifting going on guys. And with those amber colored eyes, I could fall madly in love with Mateo too!

So the question of the day is - if you could, what animal would you want to shift into?  I'd definitely want to be a lion living in a not too heavily populated area of Switzerland or Alaska surrounded by lots of trees, snow, books and wi-fi.  What about you?

Enjoy Sandra' excerpt below, and there are also links to purchase her book.  Don't forget to to stop by to say hello over at her blog too.  All links are listed below.

Book Release

MATEO’S LAW



Blurb:

A modern day, shape-shifting sheriff.

He’s the sheriff of a sparsely populated county in Montana. His blood brother and childhood best friend is Chief of Police on the Blackfoot Reservation, but they no longer speak. His deputy is a Southern transplant with the body of a high-priced call girl, a voice of honey and a mouth of a trucker. And if that’s not enough, he’s got a secret that would stun those that know him best. Other than that, it’s business as usual for Sheriff Mateo Grey.


Excerpt:

Mateo took a step past her, alert, dangerous.

Blair put a hand on his arm. Warmth surged through her fingers.  Motionless, his nostrils flared. She withdrew her hand.

One heartbeat. Two. The dark closed in around her.

Then the tension in him vanished as quickly as it came.

“Whatever, whoever is gone.”

“How do you know?” But she knew what his response would be. The same one it always was. 

“Gut feeling.” He shrugged.

A gut feeling that caused his nostrils to flare and draw in a heavy inhale as if he sniffed the air. She shrugged it off. She was too much a realist to give credence to ‘gut feelings’ but she was also savvy enough not to argue about the sheriff’s. Instead, got down to the matter at hand.  “Don’t worry about it. Something’s come up.”

He cast one long, last look into the deep, dark of the woods then turned his sharp gaze back to her. “What?” He raked fingers through thick black hair, sprinkled with silver. Moonlight outlined damn fine pecs and a lean torso. 

“We need to get to the rez.” 

“Not our jurisdiction.” He started toward the house.

“The chief of police specifically requested you.” She fell in step beside him. Demanded more like, but she wisely kept that to herself.

“Kipp? Jesse Kipp?” His eyebrows rose.

Blair strove for patience, not her strong suit, and just managed not to roll her eyes. There was only one on the rez. “Yup.”

“Why?”

They crossed the porch and he swung through the door.

She stepped in behind him and looked around. A small entryway led into a sparsely furnished, spacious living room with a large west window that always drew her. Pine and oak beckoned. And when the sun went down, it turned the whole landscape into a crimson and purple pallet of glory. But tonight, the view she loved made her feel vulnerable as the sky blackened and the branches reached out twisty, skeletal fingers. Impatient with herself, she pulled her mind back to the reason for being here.

“There’s a little three-year-old girl that’s lost. The weather is supposed to drop. Jesse needs all the help he can get.”

He straightened. His strange amber-colored eyes flared. He gave an abrupt nod. “Give me two minutes.”


Biography

Sandra is a vegetarian, animal lover and avid gardener. She lives with her husband, their dog and cats in sunny North Carolina.

Her stories consist of all things western…and more. She is a category bestselling Amazon author, Eppie finalist and Golden Ankh Award winner.

You can find her at: https://www.sandracox.blogspot.com .

Her twitter handle: Sandra_Cox

Her Amazon Page: http://tinyurl.com/SandraAtAmz

Order Link: https://tinyurl.com/MateosLaw

Her latest western novel TumbleStar is a wonderful romance story.  Feel free to grab the book today here: https://www.amazon.com/TumbleStar-Sandra-Cox/dp/1692371177


         CONGRATULATIONS SUPER SANDRA! 


There's nothing even remotely Italian about pepperoni, so even if you get super hungry, please don't ask for a pepperoni Pizza in Italy - unless you want red bell peppers scattered on the top instead.












Sunday, May 17, 2020

TIPS, TRIVIA & STUFF


So I noticed that I had 4 brand new never been opened 500 and 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles  sitting around, so I decided to put them on eBay, and bingo - they were all gone before I knew it!  I'm sure this happened because more people were sitting at home and looking for things to do. By the way, if you want to keep your noodle on point, try working on puzzles online for FREE at www.mindgames.com. My favorite is scramble words, but there are several types to choose from.  Be prepared - it can be quite addictive.


If you want to play some cool board games instead, Taboo will really have you screaming with laughter as you try to figure what NOT to say to win the game.


Other than working on a few projects, I still have time to watch Netflix.  If you want some suggestions, check out Miracle in Cell #7, Unorthodox, Extraction, The Willoughbys, Trolls World Tour and Never Have I Ever.  You'll be laughing, blubbering, clapping and dancing before it's all over.  If you want to try Netflix FREE for 30 days, visit  https://www.netflix.com/signup .    You'll need to provide a credit card# but they'll remind you BEFORE the expiration so you have time to cancel.

Speaking of Netflix, I am SO guilty of doing all of these. (lol) According to a survey from The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, we're doing everything else except sleeping.

Those between the ages of 18 - 44  are part of the 95% of people who are staying up late to binge watch something on television, and those older than that make up 88%. 

 When it comes to finishing a book, 71% of American women are burning the midnight oil and 75% of men will stay up at night to watch a sports event.



New Jersey is considered the diner capital of the world and has about 525 of them in the state.  It also has the most shopping malls within a 25 mile area.

Speaking of food, you may be surprised to know that North Carolina has lots and lots of sweet potatoes.  So many in fact that they produce more of them than the other 49 states across America combined!

Something about Iowa is very popular to pigs because as of 2019 there were almost 24 million of them living there.  As the largest pork producer in the US, there are only a little over 3 million people who live in the state, much less than the little piggies running around!

Did you know that in the state of Alaska there are over 3 million lakes?!  
Iliamna Lake is the largest lake there and the third largest in the United States. 

Also, no matter where you live in Alaska, be prepared for some sort of bear sighting. A little over 100,000 black bears live there along with 30,000 grizzlies.  They may look cute and cuddly but grizzly bears are very dangerous and more likely to attack versus black bears who can often just be scared away with loud noises, yelling or banging on objects loudly.  Whatever you do, and as much as you may be tempted - don't run!  In fact, grizzlies are so dangerous that they have been known to even attack black bears.  YIKES!

If you get along really well with your significant other and don't mind working together for at least 5 days a week, this site is for you.  I check it out periodically because it's amazing to see some of the places you can live with FREE accomodation, a salary and other unexpected perks. One job offers a salary + a 3 bedroom and 2 bath apartment!  But they only want a duo, hence the name
www.workingcouples.com. There are jobs in apartment complexes, assisted living facilities, resorts and hotels all around the world.

If you visit these sites and just click, you'll be making a much needed donation to worthy causes, and we thank you.

http://thealzheimerssite.com/clickToGive/alz/home

Do people tell you all the time that you should be a radio announcer because your voice is fabulous?  If  you enjoy working behind the scenes, why not get paid to do voice-overs or narrate novels?  Visit www.acx.com and click on narrators to find out how you can get started.  You can also advertise your skills over at www.guru.com.

I've known Mary over at http://scarymarythehamsterlady.blogspot.com/ since 2014, and she's always a hoot.  Her blog talks about scoring freebies, she reviews novels, shares recipes and lots more.  She also does a great job of visiting lots of other bloggers when she can. We interact via social media platforms, and also offline.  So it pains me to share the news that her husband has been diagnosed with malignant brain cancer and lung cancer and will be starting chemo soon.  I've been crying about this for quite some time because this is just devastating, and I feel helpless.

They don't have much money, but are desperately in need of a vehicle or cash for transportation to many of his appointments, or for anything not covered by insurance.  If you're able to help, please visit  https://www.facebook.com/donate/759712124560544/759712147893875/ .   For those not on Facebook who would like to donate, you may do so via Paypal- me8acat@yahoo.com as well as on her CashApp- $scarymary66. 






Monday, March 30, 2020

SOME MORE USELESS STUFF

Back in the day kids were always asked "what do you want to be when you grow up?"  So are we doing what we said we'd do now that we're adults?

Are you happy doing what you're doing?I started off wanting to be a neurosurgeon, then I realized my hands may be a little too shaky to actually work on people's brains.

Then it changed to being a nurse because I used to bandage up all the kids in the neighborhood who fell and got scrapes.(lol) Yes, I carried around bandaids and iodine. Finally, my ultimate dream was to be an English professor.  Yes, I read tons and tons of romance novels, but I was also obsessed with literature books all through school.  And every day I'd practice teaching in the mirror with different outfits.  Every once in awhile I wonder what my life would have been like had I fulfilled that dream.  But what about you?


Most of us have heard about the insane speeds allowed on the Autobahn, (there is no real posted speed limit) and according to a friend of mine who was stationed there in the army, he sped along the highway at 100 miles per hour or more  without giving it a second thought. 
With speeds like that, and the possible danger involved, it's illegal to run out of gas, and it's also illegal to walk to a gas station to get the gas you need to get moving again.  Either of these acts will cause you to get fined about $77.00. 


If you're looking for ways to earn some extra cash while at home, here's a few places to visit.

Survey Site
Paidviewpoint:  It is so easy to earn money here without jumping through hoops and there are no long surveys. 
https://paidviewpoint.com/?r=zs9h9k

Websites
Behance.net, 99Designs.com, Toptal.com, guru.com, pathforward.org.


Free Taco
Head on over to the Taco Bell Drive-Thru on Tuesday,(Today) 3/31 and score a FREE Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco while supplies last.


A special shout out to all of those out there on the front line.  We appreciate you so very much!


BANANA LOVE
According to Tufts University researchers drinking a banana smoothie in the morning will make you feel 75% happier and more focused AND you can slim down 55% faster.


Today is the day to develop some cool new ways to prepare peanut butter & jelly.

Let's reach out online to dance, snap your fingers, bob your head, or tap your feet to your favorite tunes and drink some lemonade with friends, bloggers, families and strangers - all from the comfort of your own home of course.  





Me looking at a cheeseburger(lol)






Sunday, March 22, 2020

RO'S RANT

It's bad enough that many are suffering from illness or the death of  a loved one.  It's sad that many have no income due to loss of jobs because of the fears of flu or COVID-19.  Now we can add ramped up domestic violence to the mix ,which includes women and men being locked in rooms so they are unable to leave their homes, or being beaten with no ability to get to a hospital for help.


Sheltering at home doesn't mean being confined under lock and key to one room.

I'm so angry right now that I'm crying, and like many of you, I feel helpless.  How in the world can these people be protected?  Because people have to be separated due to fears of getting sick, shelters are getting filled quickly, and many have been put up in hotels in an attempt to cope with the problem.  This is making a bad situation even worse.

In times of tragedy, it seems like we should be reaching out to those in need more than ever.  If you haven't seen or heard from family members or friends, now is the time to reach out to make sure they're okay.  Safety is critical, of course, along with common sense, but this may mean getting out of our comfort zones to knock on doors or peek in windows of the people we care about to ensure all is well. Someone's life may depend on it, please.





Wednesday, March 11, 2020

NOT MUCH TO SEE HERE

If you're ever in a restaurant and see me coming to your table with a pen and pad - run, because I'm probably going to screw up your order.(lol)Believe me when I say that you don't want me to be your waitress.


Years and years ago when I was very young, I worked for a madcap 3 weeks in a buffet style restaurant, and despite considering myself to be fairly intelligent, I could never remember where to take the food, or something would end up missing from somebody's plate.(lol)  I'm not kidding guys, it was like something from the Twilight Zone and the company was thrilled when I decided to move on.  What about you?  Did you have a job where you weren't at your best?

Were you afraid to take a shower or nervous around birds after watching movies like Psycho or The Birds and enjoyed psychological thrillers like North By Northwest or Vertigo?  I know I was.These intense movies and more were created by Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock and March 12 is dedicated to this unique director/producer.  By the way, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart each starred in 4 of his movies over the years.

Can you imagine someone stealing over 23,000 books worth 5 million dollars from 45 states and Canada from various colleges and libraries? The reclusive and anti-social thief  Stephen Blumberg was eventually arrested on March 20, 1990 and sentenced to 5 years in prison for his dastardly deeds.  Ironically on March 20, we now celebrate Bibliomania Day where book fans talk about some of their favorite reads.  


Another real life book thief who actually inspired Blumberg was James Richard Shinn, born James Richard Coffman.  He made a  living selling stolen rare stamps and jewelry before moving on to prized original books that he stole from various libraries. Then he resold these treasures for hundreds of thousands of dollars.  He was sentenced to  2 consecutive 10 year sentences in 1982 but was paroled in 1995 where he lived a quiet life before passing on in 2005.

If you've been walking in forests to get in those steps,  dormant ticks are waking up in March and ready to latch on.  According to the CDC, place your clothes in a hot dryer first for 6 minutes which kills the ticks, then go ahead and throw them in the washing machine.  

Most of us spit out the seeds while eating watermelon, but apparently we've been missing out on the best stuff.  Those seeds have lots of protein, magnesium (good for blood pressure) and plenty of fiber.More  more people are using these instead of pumpkin seeds or peanuts as a snack.  Sprinkle shelled and roasted  seeds over yogurt or in salads to get great health benefits.  Feel free to try some Watermelon Seed Butter Spread too!


I just grabbed this from Walgreen's


Do you remember PEZ Dispensers or do you have any around your home? Some of the older versions can be found from sellers at Etsy or Ebay, and if you have any from pre-1989, they could be worth money.
But Gary Doss, located in California is considered to have the largest collection in the world.  In fact, he and his wife have an actual museum filled with PEZ that's scheduled to reopen later this year.

Jim Blaine in Michigan is another Pez collector who has about 17,000 of these dispensers in a room in his home.  Do you have any in your home?

I started a new business, and here's a couple of pics of the merch.





Also, here's a couple of my planners that I work on to maintain my sanity at home.(lol)
Getting ready for April. Thanks to Adria for this fun Planner!


This is my Budget Planner which keeps me on track, and fits perfectly in my purse. There's a special section to track Expenses & Income which I need and love so much.  Thanks to Elizabeth for this awesome gift!


March Spread

Kindness and Hugging are Universal