Cheetah, In loving memory…

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Today, I am remembering my beautiful cat, Cheetah. She was born on July 22, 2001 and passed away on August 18, 2017 at 3:56 PM by my sister’s and mine side. It was heartbreaking.

She was my first pet in the United States. My mother and I spent weeks looking for a black female cat for you see, the ones that we found were males, and then we finally found her. She had a sister and I wish that we could have taken both of them, but my mother and I knew that my dad would be furious so we chose our Cheetah. My mother has a tradition of owning a female black cat by the name of Cheetah and so this tradition continued with my first pet in the United States.

When we brought her home and let her explore her new surroundings…we lost her the same day! Talk about, embarrassing. We moved everything around, and unhooked the bookcases from the wall after finding a hole that she could have used to get in and she wasn’t there. We ended up finding her under the sink. There was a hole that we didn’t know that existed and she used it to hide between the dishes…smart girl. After that, we covered that hole with a big towel so she couldn’t hide there. A nice memory. ^_^

Another fun memory is when she grew up a little and learned to climb stairs. Back then, I used to sleep with my door open and I woke up due to little stalking sounds. I was scared! I even thought that I had a ghost visitor (I did see a ghost once…it was at a neighbors house, don’t judge). But, it was Cheetah, the explorer! From then on, I started closing my door because I couldn’t have her in bed yet because I was scared of crushing her and wanted to keep her safe.

There is also a sad memory. At one point of her cat life, she got really sick where doctors said that they didn’t know what to do and said that maybe it was the right decision to put her to sleep. My mother and I refused to believe that. When she was sick, she would crawl to her cat littler box to do her business. She would roll in and roll out. My mother and I told her countless times, that it was okay to do her business on the towels, on the floor, anywhere really just to save energy. My mother stayed home for a week with her from work and rocked her close. After a week, her strength returned and she felt safe. From that moment, she became a lot nicer and loved my mother. She loved me less, but still we were her humans and my mother and I were happy that she lived!

Cheetah was there during a lot of memories- of when boys threw rocks at my window to apologize or confess to me in their love, when I went off to school dances or proms (I’ve been to three proms), when I was sick and when I was happy. She was there for my high school graduation when I received my Bachelor degree. She was also there when I received my masters. She there for a lot of memories like that and I’m thankful.

She did a number with her claws on my future husband when he was just a boyfriend. His arms were so scratched up that people asked if he was a cutter….what a cat! He still loved her, too and cried when he heard that she had passed away.

She was also there when I was pregnant. Boy, was she excited about meeting my little one. Whenever I would lay down for rest, she would walk over and lay near my tummy, purring. I’m so glad that she got to meet my son. She got to know him for his fist six months. I’m sad that I didn’t let her near him too much, I was afraid that she would scratch him by accident or that he would be scared, but I could see that she loved him.

Yes, she was there for a lot of my memories and I hope that she will always stay in my memories!

Thank you for listening,


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IMG_4589 (1)(when I was pregnant! Look at that love! She was purring!)


IMG_0551 (with my son in February in the first weeks of his life. He’s with Grandma and Cheetah in the pic)

Book Review: The Ghoul Next Door: A Psychic Cozy Mystery (Larue Donavan Book 3)

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Book Author:  Rose Pressey

Source: K.U.

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

Okay, so in place of Abe and Mae West, we get Elvis. It was hilarious reading the part where Larue sees Elvis for the first time. I was giggling!

Though with Elvis around, we also get a case where a TV crew is involved. That’s not all, it suddenly got dark…the story. Things are a little different in this one, we get bad spirits, case of an ex-girlfriend, and exorcism. This story is more action packed and more interesting… mainly due to so many things going on. ^_^

Good luck to Larue with everything!

This is a darker reading for anyone who likes to read about romance, ghosts, and mediums. I highly recommend. A good continuation to book 2 and it starts off right where book 2 ended. ^_^

Book Review: Ghouls Night Out: A Psychic Cozy Mystery (Larue Donavan Book 2)

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Book Author:  Rose Pressey

Source: K.U.

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

Okay, so Abe moved on and Mae West takes his place. Larue is one lucky gal to get all the attention from famous ghosts.

It gets more serious for Larue in this one. Not only is she still not lucky in love (again someone is after Callahan), but also there’s a new guy in town. With her past experience from her last case and learning that witchcraft exists, Larue, is confused, angry, and determined to yet again fight for the man that she’s interested in. It doesn’t help that her best friend, Mindy, suddenly hates her. Larue is in for another big ride!

Larue is getting better at solving the complex life that she lives, but still is a little slow to realizing who is behind the mischief.

Oh, and of course, she gets two other ghosts who have opinions on everything, including a young man who is in love with Larue. I loved his (Anthony’s) character, he added entertainment to the read.  Also, having a recently departed ghost helped for Larue because she had to handle less stress. I mean ghosts are stressful…the way that they don’t leave her alone that is. 😉

This is a light reading for anyone who likes to read about romance, ghosts, and mediums. I highly recommend. A good continuation to book 1 and it starts off right where book 1 ended. ^_^

Book Review: Me and My Ghoulfriends: A Psychic Cozy Mystery (Larue Donavan Book 1)

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Book Author:  Rose Pressey

Source: K.U.

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws


This was a funny read. I really liked how Miss Pressey depicted Abe Lincoln. That was actually why I chose to read it…after I read the part where the president gives dating advice to a medium.

One minus of the story line is that the main character, Larue Donavan, was a little slow to solve the mystery of what was happening to her love interest, Callahan. Though, after one finishes this novel, one may get why she was so slow at it, but her best friend, Mindy, was faster than the medium.

What’s different about this ghost story, you ask?

Well for starters, you get to spend time with Abe Lincoln. Two, you get to spend time with Larue, who knows a lot about being a medium and ghosts and never ever thought about any other type of paranormal activity. Another thing was that after each mission, she would take the ghosts with her…as long as she had room in her car for them that is.

This is a light reading for anyone who likes to read about romance, ghosts, and mediums. I highly recommend.


Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted Virtual Book Tour ended!

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All this is thanks to Aimee Brown, blogger and author of Little Grey Dress. Her blog is here.


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Kristin’s Novel Cafe – Book Excerpt
Living Life with Joy – Author Guest Post

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Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews – Book Review
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August 3rd

Book Lover in Florida – Book Excerpt

August 4th

Steamy Book Momma – Book Review
Authors & Readers Book Corner – Book Excerpt

August 5th

Novelgossip – Book Excerpt

August 6th

Judging More than Just the Cover – Author Q&A


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Today I’m extremely excited to tell you about a new book that’s out … and share an exclusive guest post written by the author herself. This is an interesting topic and I hope you enjoy reading her post as much as I did.

Young People, Disability and Ageism

Guest Post by author Angelina Kerner

No matter where we go, we’re being judged. Whether it’s something we’re aware of or not, we’re being judged. Sometimes, it’s unintentional. Sometimes, it’s with malice. Sometimes, it’s from being ignorant. And, sometimes, we’re the judges.

First of all – what is ageism?

“Prejudice or discrimination against a particular age-group and especially the elderly.” –

Problem with the definition stands out right off the bat because there’s even discrimination in the wording – against young people. That’s of course, mainly due to the fact that the most popular cases of ageism happens against the elderly.


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Little Gray Dress Book Tour @AuthorAimeeB here with @KernerAngelina #interview #review

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Emi Harrison has avoided her ex-fiance, Jack Cabot, for nearly two years. Her twin brother Evan’s wedding is about to end that streak.

From bad bridesmaid’s dresses, a hyperactive sister-in-law, a mean girl with even meaner secrets, and too much to drink, nothing seems to go right for Emi, except when she’s wearing her little gray dress.

When she speed-walks into Liam Jaxon’s bar, things get more complicated. He’s gorgeous, southern, and has no past with Emi. He may be exactly what she needs to prove for the last time that she doesn’t need or want Jack!

Her favorite little gray dress has made an appearance at nearly every major event in Emi’s adult life. Will it make another when she least expects it?


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Book Author: Aimee Brown

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Release Date: August 2nd, 2017

PublisherCrooked Cat Books

Genre: Romantic Comedy/Chick Lit

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Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5 paws

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That was a really fun read…. and was filled so many interesting characters!

I hardly ever read chick-lit though I do write it… weird I know, but that’s how I am. However, Aimee was recommended to me by NovelGossip for book tours and so when I went exploring Aimee’s book blog, I also learned that she’s an author like me! I, of course, jumped at the chance of reading her novel and returning the favor. ^_^ And, I wasn’t disappointed.

Aimee’s writing is carefree, easy to read, and at times was hilarious. This is one complex novel because of how it’s organized. While Emi Harrison is going through the motions of being a bridesmaid and drinking her way through her “modern life,” we’re being sent back to her past about her life with her ex-fiance, Jack. We get to remember the events while she’s trying to tell everyone that she had moved on in real time, including to the sexy bartender.

This is a great book for those of us who love romances and sometimes want to seek forgiveness but don’t know how…even when there’s umm complications. I know someone compared this novel to Bridget Jones, but honestly (and don’t kill me) –  I hated that movie. It made me cringe… it was too much for me. Little Gray Dress is way better! It made me sad and it made me laugh. It made me want to slap Jack and steal a kiss from Liam. Great writing!

I highly recommend to chick-lit book lovers. ^_^


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Aimee Brown is a writer and an avid reader. Little Gray Dress is her first published novel. My second novel is in the works now. She’s currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree in English Writing. She spends much of her time writing, doing homework, raising three teenagers, binge watching shows on Netflix and obsessively cleaning and redecorating her house. She’s fluent in sarcasm and has been known to utter profanities like she’s competing for a medal.

Aimee grew up in Oregon but is now a transplant living in cold Montana with her husband of twenty years, three teenage children, and far too many pets.

She would love to hear your thoughts on Little Gray Dress! If you’d like to chat with her she’s very active on social media. You can find her at any of the networks below. Stop by and say hello!

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Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

Really, the only thing I wanted from Little Gray Dress for readers is for them to feel good when it was done. To me, reading is a mini vacation that I want to have fun with. I hope readers laugh and fall in love with the characters in the same way I did as I wrote it.

What moment defined you as an author?

You know, I’m not sure I’ve even had it yet. Of course, there were those moments where I’d read what I’d written and feel like I was good at writing. But then again, I’ve had the opposite moments too. I’ve been having messages come in from readers who love the book and can’t wait for whatever else I write. I think that is what is really making me feel like an author. Otherwise, writing is just something I’ve always done over the last fifteen years or so.

If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

I think I’d choose Ashley Benson (Hannah, from Pretty Little Liars) to play Emi. I feel like she really has the right personality to pull Emi off. There is just something about Ashley that screams Emi to me.

Do you have a little gray dress? If, yes, please share a photo. ^_^

Honestly, I do not. I hate dresses and I think the last time I wore one was the day I got married (20 years ago!). I’m girly but not wearing dresses and heels girly. I love the idea of it and I fall in love with those types of characters on TV and in books so likely that is why I chose that kind of character. It’s the opposite of me and that’s always fun to write.

Is there going go be a standalone novel about Liam?

I gotta say, this is the question I get the most. The plan was that Little Gray Dress would be part of a 2-book series following Emi through a few years of her life. There will still be a 2nd book to Little Gray Dress.

But… just like everyone else who’s read the book, I fell in love with Liam too! So… I’m happy to announce that there will be a stand-alone book with Liam but, he’s only the second of two main characters… (aahhh… now you’re really wondering) I promise you will NOT be disappointed. I’ve kind of worked out a plan with how I’m playing this out for the future of the Aimee Brown brand.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

Oh, gosh. I’ve been a book blogger for a couple of years so I’ve read hundreds of amazing authors books both indie and well-known. There are so many! There are some who inspire me with their writing and some who inspire me with their author persona. I could never pick just one.

Describe your latest book in 4 words. (Don’t use the title)

I’m going to give you four ‘insights’ to happenings in the book.
1 – Portland Oregon (again, yes, I know the city well after living there for years – it’ll probably be the setting of most of my books)
2 – Vintage (I really want to bring back some of that vintage charm America has lost)
3 – Starlight Skate (roller skating may make an appearance)
4 – Set-Ups (everyone loves an awkward forced date)

What inspired you to write romantic comedy?

I fell in love with romantic comedy movies when I was young. I own all the classic 90’s rom/coms on DVD and watch them until I wear it out! It’s just me. I miss the feel good romantic comedies of the 90s. It seems like everything is so heavyhearted now days. We have enough drama in the world, give me some happy endings and I’m happy.

What books are you reading now?

Penguin just sent me over Jane L. Rosen’s new book Nine Women, One Dress and as soon as I read the first page I was hooked. It’s like the movie Valentine’s Day with a more Sex in the City type of vibe.

Who are you going to dedicate your next book to and why?

I don’t want to give it away quite yet but, I’ve had a few ‘early’ excited readers that really caught me off guard and I’d love to dedicate it to them.


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Weds – August 2nd

Blog on the Run – Book Review/Author Guest Post after 2nd
Books and Photographs – Book Review
Judging More Than Just the Cover – Book Review/Author Interview
Nicole Evelina – Book Review/Guest Post
The Novel Girl Reads – Book Review/Excerpt/Author Q&A

Thurs – August 3rd
Chick Lit Central – Author Interview
NovelGossip – Book Review
Hey Said Renee – Author Guest Post
Romantic Reads and Such – Book Excerpt
Steamy Book Mama – Book Review

Fri – August 4th

BrizzleLass Books – Book Review
O.D. Book Reviews – Book Excerpt
He Said Books or Me – Author Guest Post
Corinne Desjardins – Book Spotlight
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Sat – August 5th

JenaBooks – Book Review – Spotlight Post
Got Books, Babe? – Author Guest Post
The Writing Garnet – Book Review

Sun – August 6th

I Read Novels – Book Review
It’s my Life – Book Excerpt
RaeReads – Book Review
Keelee Morris – Author Guest Post
GrassMonster – Book Review

Mon – August 7th

Living Life with Joy – Book Review/Giveaway/Author Q&A
The Belgian Reviewer – Author Guest Post
Book Lover in Florida – Book Excerpt
Haddie’s Heaven – Spotlight Post
Books in my Opinion – Book Review
Literature Goals – Book Review/Excerpt/Author Q&A

Tue – August 8th

Reading to Unwind – Book Review
Kristin’s Novel Café – Book Excerpt & Giveaway/Book Review
Key of Dee – Author Guest Post
FrankyBrown – Book Excerpt
Smokin’ Hot Reads Book Blog – Book Reviews (3)

Weds – August 9th

Ink, Maps and Macarons – Giveaway/Author Q&A
Heartalefix – Book Review
Tea Party Princess – Author Guest Post/(possible) Review
One Book at a Time – Book Excerpt/Spotlight/Book Review

Thurs – August 10th

ItaPixie’s Book Corner – Book Review/Excerpt
Rosa Temple Writes – Author Guest Post
Life at 17 – Spotlight Post
Daily Waffle – Book Excerpt/Author Q&A

Fri – August 11th

Pretty Little Book Reviews – Book Review
Sparkly Word – Book Review
Books and Readers – Book Review/Excerpt/Giveaway/Guest Post
Ali the Dragon Slayer – Book Review
Katie Lady Reads – Book Review
Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews – Book Review/Book Excerpt

Sat – August 12th

Life of a Simple Reader – Book Review/Excerpt
Karlita – Goodreads/Social Media – Book Review
KD Reads – Book Review/Giveaway/Guest Post
D.K. Hamilton – Book Review/Author Q&A
20CC Reviews – Book Review
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