For You by Kristen Ashley

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Set in: Indiana
Summary: Lieutenant Alexander Colton and February Owens were high school sweethearts. Everyone in their small town knew from the moment they met they were meant for each other. But something happened and Feb broke Colt’s heart then she turned wild and tragedy struck. Colt meted out revenge against the man who brought Feb low but even though Colt risked it all for her, Feb turned her back on him and left town.

Fifteen years later, Feb comes back to help run the family bar. But there’s so much water under the bridge separating her and Colt everyone knows they’ll never get back together.

Until someone starts hacking up people in Feb’s life. Colt is still Colt and Feb is still Feb so the town watches as Colt goes all out to find the murderer while trying to keep Feb safe.

As the bodies pile up, The Feds move in and a twisting, turning story unravels exposing a very sick man who has claimed numerous victims along the way, Feb and Colt battle their enduring attraction and the beautiful but lost history that weaves them together.

I have a love hate relationship with Kristen Ashley and her books. First she follows a pattern strong alpha male and strong female lead fall happily in love and run into the sunset. Under normal situations, this crap ticks me off, but when it comes to Kristen Ashley and her books, the send me into an out of control spiral of obsession. I got off the wagon because I need to you know… eat & sleep.

I told myself I was quitting Kristen Ashley, but I got on goodreads and read a review for a book in this series and I decided just one more book, it won’t hurt.

And oh my god, I am right back in the window of obsession. It is like my obsession with Eddie Chavez all over again.

Crazy in Paradise by Deborah Brown

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Set in: Florida
Summary: Dying in the Middle of Summer is Sweaty Business…

If you ever put yourself in trouble by picking up someone else’s past, you have to meet Madison Westin, an honorary Trouble Queen.

Madison is a quirky motel owner, who recently inherited her aunt’s beachfront motel in the Florida Keys. But that is NOT all she inherited, as the motel houses a slew of colorful tenant’s – drunks, ex-cons, fugitives, and whatever bad guy you can think of.

How to solve this mess…?
That is really not that difficult if you are Madison Westin.

Step 1: Take back control of YOUR motel

Step 2: Learn the ins and outs of blackmail, murder, and drugs

Step 3: If all fails, hope for the best…

Deborah Brown’s Crazy in Paradise is packed with Action, Romance, Intrigue, Mystery and Suspense. Oh… did I forget to mention the humor makes for a fast and enjoyable read? This book will be difficult to put down!

Well one thing is to be sure about this summary, the book is so funny you will NOT want to put this book down.  So I recommend not starting this book at 11pm.  I was up at 1am laughing my ass off at this book.

This may be a series for us Stephanie Plum lovers, I can’t remember the last time a book has made me laugh like this book.  The characters these situations… Madison and I have a lot in common.  I am someone that always gets into some sticky and trick situations, it is just a damn shame I don’t have a hot ex-SEAL like Zach to bail me out of the situation.

Sure some of the situations seem slightly not realistic, but that is the point of a fun beachy read, something that makes you escape from the “real world” and enjoy yourself.  The characters are well developed especially the back ground characters.   I can’t wait to see where the story goes, and I really really want something to happen to the lawyer… ugh.  No more spoilers here.

 

The story has some serious steam, but would you expect anything less in South Florida?  I am currently on book 2 and I can wait to dive into book three on my trip to the beach this week!

This book is a laugh out loud riot that will have yourself fanning yourself with plans on hitting South Florida in the very near future.

Purging your stuff

I have a lot of stuff, more importantly,  I have a ton of stuff I don’t use.

I have been reading a lot of RTW blogs and almost every single one of them mention selling your stuff before your depart.   I think this is an important step simply because when you are gone you don’t really need that stuff anyway and it is a great last minute way of boosting your $$$ for the road.

I decided that it is time to let some small stuff go, and since I do have the power of time I can sell the crap I don’t use slowly over time.   I am not going to go crazy and sell my car & couch cause obviously I need them for now, but at the same time my closet is bursting with junk that I don’t need or use, might as well sell it now & let it help boost my savings.

Do I need these damaged t-shirts?
Do I need these damaged t-shirts?

I am not leaving for some time, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have stuff sitting in my closet right now that I do not use.    Since I have  my online account for the trip, I decided whatever I make I can just transfer to that account & let it build interest.

So last night I sat down & in my room and started sorting.

First, I found about 20 damaged t-shirts.  I am not going to sell those, but I sorted them to the side and decided that I am going to make chew toys for the pups at three animal shelters.   2 t-shirts can make about 10-30 toys, so I should be able to make about 200 chew toys from these t-shirts.  So while I am not making any money off of the shirts, I am going to turn them into something great for great causes. Purging the junk should feel good too.

Second, I said every week I am going to get rid of 10 items that I don’t want or use.

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These are the items I came up with, two pairs of shoes that I have not worn in over two years and they are in great condition, I found 4 shirts that no longer fit & about 15 comic books that I bought at an auction because I was going to “make something with them”.   Even if I only make 2-3 bucks an item that is a couple nights lodging in South East Asia and maybe the items will go to someone that will actually use them.   I am going to list all these items this weekend on eBay.

Third I considered what to do with my DvD collection

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Man. I have over 600 dvd’s as a self proclaimed nerd, I buy movies like they are going out of style.  Lately I have been taking the digital route and even have found myself re-buying movies I own just so I own them digitally. I have started selling these slowly on eBay & to friends. I figure over time I can whittle my collection down vs trying to unload them all at once. I buy digital now anyway, so I might as well start clearing up the space. I just sold one $7.50 so some still have value. This will likely take the FULL 2 years to sell, but at least when it is time to go I am not trying to unload them at once… for mere pennies. Time allows me to get more per movie.

Fourth, I considered my unfinished craft projects.

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I have many and I do many unfinished craft projects. These are two projects, I found at the bottom of my junk drawer. I decided I am going to finish this week. One is the vacation box for the cruise I took with my parents back in 2013. I have a ton of cards from birthdays and I am going to put those in a memory book, because I love keeping cards. Not only does this organize my crap, it will be a finished project & clear out the junk drawer.

So there you have it, after one night of “purging” my room I came up with this. I am going to have THAT much more space & I am even going to make a few bucks. So my advice to you is, once you decide you are going to get on the road purge your stuff slowly & automatically transfer the money made to your RTW account. If you are a hoarder like me this is an easier way to get rid of things. Based on what I read, it can be a very emotional process getting rid of everything so I figure this allows me to get rid of stuff over time vs unloading it all over the course of a few weeks.

Travel: The Three Day Runaway: Refined and Luxurious Weekend Travel on $100 Dollars a Day By Katarina Green

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Summary: Travel: The Three Day Runaway: Refined and Luxurious Weekend Travel on $100 Dollars a Day
Do you want to explore the world, but feel like you lack the resources or the experience?

Do you want to make the most of a weekend in a new city?

Do you want to get the biggest bang for your buck and learn how to plan your adventures?

Do you want to skip student hostels and homemade bologna sandwiches?

Do you want luxury on a budget?

This book is perfectfor you. You will learn how to prepare yourself emotionally and logistically for a rewarding weekend in a new place. This book is really about packing in as much as possible and getting in everything you want without emptying your checking account. From how to choose your location to how to choose your dinner, this book is here to help you make great choices that will give you a great trip for the lowest possible price and the biggest possible impact.

“The Three Day Runaway” will help you plan a fun packed three days with a remarkably low price tag, and without compromising on basic luxuries.

In this book, you’ll discover:
How to work up the courage to go. How to choose a location. How to research and save your way to your destination. How to manage the line between prepare and over-planned. How to keep up your energy. How to pack for any season. How to stay well hydrated and well fed on thecheap. How to book chic lodging. How to save money on nights on the town. How to live like a local and get more for less. How to know when to say no, and when to splurge. How to save money at every step!

One good thing about planning a RTW adventure is the preparation stage, especially since I can’t do much else, although I will say my life is getting better with every paycheck.  That is a nice feeling.

Anyway, I have been using my Kindle Unlimited subscription to find books to read, especially books that are about travel, budgeting etc.  I found this book and I thought it would be fun to read since I don’t really have a target date set in stone, and I might want to take a weekend getaway.

This book is full of information, I found the book geared more towards Europe which for me isn’t really a weekend getaway, but still full of information none the less.  It gives you standard tips that any travel would know but I also found tips that were helpful in planning my trip away.  I also figured since Europe will be a stop on my RTW adventure this information will be useful.

If you are planning your RTW adventure or just a simple weekend getaway on a budget this book would be helpful in your planning.  I recommend reading this one if you are budgeting for any trip!

Just escape the cubicle already

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