#Flashback Friday – My review of Suzie Carr’s ‘The Dance.’

Good morning everyone and welcome.  With the arrival of author Suzie Carr’s new book, ‘Beneath Everything’, people are talking about it in a big way.  However I wanted to share with you my review of her book, ‘The Dance,’ originally published on 29-July-16.  This book comes from the author’s heart and is one that you don’t want to miss.  Come see why Suzie’s work is so popular.  Read on.  #FF.

Hello Everyone and a warm welcome to you all.  Earlier this summer I finished Suzie Carr’s The Dance.  This book is the talk of the town so stop on by to see why.

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“You can tell a lot about a person by the way she dances,”  

Brooke from ‘The Dance’

Jacky is a dog whisperer who is very successful and loves her job.  Her family relations are strong and family comes first.  Jacky is sexually deprived which frustrates her.  Although she tries, she has little success.  She is quick to react and the tiger in her really emerges.  She is stubborn and does not back down very easily.   Despite this, she is a natural when it comes to the dogs and is able to get them to change their negative behavior.

A twist comes which totally changed the course of the story.   The author clearly describes Jacky’s frustration and her thoughts about her desire to turn back time to the place where she felt complete.  At the same time, she is forced to accept that some actions cannot be undone.

Brooke is a beekeeper who lives with her grandparents.  Her entire life is bees and it shows in her calm manner.  She hires Jacky because she cannot control her dog, a beautiful beagle who has been an asset to her life.  The tone of her voice is gentle, which reached out to me.  This character was an example of what a wise woman would be like, soft spoken, positive, and lives the life she wants the world to see.

Sophie is Jacky’s step daughter who lives with her.  She is very intelligent and grounded and mature for her age.  Her demeanor is very soft and peaceful.  A decision changes the course of her life, making her a strong young woman.  I was impressed by her determination for her long term vision.  Her fearlessness shows the reader that nothing is impossible.  It was beautiful watching this character develop.

However, Sophie is haunted by her past and ritualizes a strange memory that reminds her of why she is hurt.  Will she ever escape her pain?

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“Even her skin tickled as the light breeze blew in through the window, covering her in the romantic scent of a heartfelt high.”

Suzie Carr The Dance.

All of the characters are dynamic and complex.  The players are so well described that you get a sense that they are actual living people.  You will get into their heads and become aware of their desires and experiences.

The ‘mother-daughter’ relationship really takes hold right away.  The emotion that both characters share set the tone in these greatly written scenes.  It is easy to understand both sides to the story.  Both of them lead the reader along, wondering about the when.

Many times I was educated on certain facts as I was reading.  I picked up this book knowing nothing about bees and was actually a bit fearful of them.   Here the author goes into great detail about the experiences the characters had when around bees.  She visited a bee apiary for research, which is clearly seen in the story.  I applaud her for being brave and going for it.  Because of this, the characters are living the story instead of just playing along.  By the time I finished the book I had a much better understanding about bees. They add greatly to the story and the reader can see the affect they have on the characters.

The author offers many words of wisdom throughout the story that will enhance your reading experience.  You will feel your soul expand.

The author offers a sense of humor several times.    It will have you laughing.  The laughs are all in the right places and well thought out.

By the end of the story I felt like I had been on this incredible spiritual journey.  Suzie is a very passionate and positive storyteller who will grab your heart.  Plan your next free day for the ride and allow yourself to be swept away into the depths of your imagination.

Five Stars.

Until Next Time,

Lynn

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My Review for KA Moll’s ‘Blue Ice Landing’

Hello everyone. Today I have a special read for you. If you haven’t heard of KA Moll’s ‘Blue Ice Landing’, listen up. This book is really exciting and rich in descriptions. The main players, Coby and Coy, radiate their own uniqueness. This is fine work and is worth checking out. Just the title itself drew me in. Read on!

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What really got me excited about this story was the location – Antarctica. I have always been intrigued by that continent and it was a treat to be able to virtually visit there through the eyes of the main characters. I got to see how they adjusted to a place that is completely dark for half of the year and be away from their loved ones.

My first impression of Coby was that she was shallow spiritually. She is estranged from her family, making life tougher for her. She has no one to bond with so naturally she accepts an brave opportunity to go work in Antarctica at the South Pole.

I picked up a macho vibe from Coby. The saddest thing is her lack of self love, meaning that she can’t admit she needs help. Instead she lets her resiliance take over. Deep inside she carries around an armor of surpressed emotions, including shame and fear, creating a tortured spirit.

A glitch in the system cancels Coby’s work assignment, changing the course of the story. As disappointed as she is, she doesn’t let it get her down. She instead humbles herself with her new job. This is a good move on her part and shows character growth. She grew on me and I felt my feelings changing. The reader will identify with her ambition to better herself.In the book Coby encounters situations that are helpful with forgiveness. I applaud the author for adding this necessary life tool. Through this she was able to explore new talents, including one she shares with me – cooking. This added depth to her character and I felt a bond with Coby.

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Coy is an adventurist and an optimist and is enthused about her upcoming assignment to Antarctica. She understands the job is temporary, but still she knows she will miss the close bond she has with her loved ones. She is a physicians assistant with a heart of gold.

A secret from her past hinders a critical part of her growth. These are touching scenes and ones that will open your heart.

Coy is strong and never gives up. While on her assignment, she is faced with a tough situation where there is no turning back. During specific memorable scenes, she fully expresses her emotions. Her frustrations and fear were clearly seen through my eyes. I could relate to her feelings and you will too.

Both women have their own opinions, adding good drama. Also the story moves at a steady pace and is easy to follow. The romance in the story is addicting and keeps you on your toes. Another plus for the story is the research the author did for the topics discussed. It is fun to learn new things.

Plan an afternoon so that you can fully enjoy the everything of this intriguing story.

Five Stars

 

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Here is an excerpt from ‘Blue Ice Landing’

With a long-debated beer in hand, Coby moved to a table near the dance floor. It was crowded with intertwined couples, swaying to a mix of fast and slow. This is not what you need to be doing, she told herself. She guzzled number two and ordered a third. If she didn’t watch it, she wouldn’t stop. Who knows, maybe she was already to that point. She chugged it down as her gaze fell to the pretty blonde in the corner. When the woman rested her head on her boyfriend’s shoulder, Coby’s thoughts hurled back to the bar. Dear God, she wanted. She wanted so much. She wanted, and she felt her need as if it were a gaping hole. She shook her head and guzzled. Why did she do this to herself?

 

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Out with the old, in with the new.

A lot has been happening here this year. First of all I want to thank of the authors whose books I reviewed. More reviews are on the way, so stay tuned. Also I want to thank all the people for all of their support. I couldn’t have done it all without you.  And a special thanks to author KA Moll for stopping by two weeks ago to chat.  For more on her interview see the link below:

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After much discussion, we finally decided to turn the back room of our garage into a bonus room. The room is about 300 square feet and is perfect for a baseball party. We held them in our living room that had limited seating. In here we can put in a few couches and maybe a recliner.

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Previously, this space was an ugly cheap looking workshop with the only window painted shut. There was no air circulation in there, creating a stale environment. We mostly stored unused items here. It was depressing to go in there and we rarely visited the room. We saw the potential, which is why we pursued the project.

The glass in the windows provided some light, but only part of the day. Before the ceiling and walls had been all paneling, creating a dark cave. There was an old doorway leading into the garage behind where the TV now sits.

On the day of demo I remember feeling as though a weight was being taken off my shoulders. No more dense space. The first to go was the makeshift corner workstation that was in another dark corner. Secondly, was the old ugly window as well as the glass French doors. Who ever thought of putting these types of doors in a this type of building, I don’t know. Instead we put a single door and an attractive window, adding a good amount of light to the room.

Room 1

The process took several weeks to complete.   Each day we’d go take a peek at the room and see the progress. It wasn’t until they patched the wall’s doorway that I began to see the finished result in my head. By the time the drywall was up, it was already a new room.

Above the room, we created attic space for additional storage. We now have pocket lights in the ceiling, casting an inviting vibe. Ideally, a wet bar would be nice, but at least we have a place for beverages. Maybe some day.

Room 2

Along one wall we created closet space. Eventually we’d like to convert one of them into a powder room. That would make the space ideal. For now it’s a great place to hide boxes. The barn doors add a rustic touch. We had considered pocket doors but I’m so glad we chose these instead. Now all we need to do is furnish it. A couple of couches and maybe a recliner would be really nice. Or if someone is getting rid of a billiards table, let me know.

 

New Exterior

This is the finished outside of our once useless room. We plan to put a large plant in the corner to the right of the front door. We have also considered getting an awning to shield the front window from the intense summertime sun. We enjoy sitting outside throughout the year and this patio is one of the spots where we like to hang. Who would have thought that an old dusty room could be transformed into something as nice as this? I can totally see us with our friends in here rooting for the Dodgers. On the grill we’ll have the burgers and dogs.

We are very excited that our room is ready to be the party room. Baseball season is just around the corner too. Go Blue all the way 2017.

As I mentioned above, I’ve read some really good books this year, including KA Moll’s ‘Blue Ice Landing’, an adventure that takes you to the far ends of the earth. This is one you don’t want to miss. I will be sharing my review for this book next week, so mark your calendars and tell your friends. I am looking for people to discuss her book.

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Until next time,

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