John Wayne is From Iowa

In case you did not know….

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Cause if we are going to have an honest conversation, and I am all about honesty, I thought he was from Texas.   Clearly I was wrong. I guess that it is just the proud Texan in me. cause every famous cowboy has to be from Texas right?


Ha! Well not John Wayne, in case you are uneducated (like I was) he is in fact from the small town of Winterset Iowa, population 5190 per the 2010 census, but in 1907 when John Wayne was born it was about 2800. 

So just in case you missed that JOHN WAYNE IS FROM WINTERSET IOWA.  🙂 Believe me when I was arguing with a very proud Iowan, I was very sad to admit I was wrong.  Don’t make my mistake.

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So anyway, when I was in Iowa I figured it would be fun to swing by the land of John Wayne. 

Sadly I didn’t tour the house as I was on a mild time constraint,  but I did snag some pretty decent pictures of the house outside.

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I have to admit the house was smaller than I was expecting, but it was kinda fun sitting on the steps that a True American Icon walked on as a kiddo… Plus people I mean come on… It is Freaking John Wayne, even you anti-western people out there, have to admit it, it is kinda cool 😉

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Succubus Dreams By Richelle Mead

This week’s book review is



I am an avid lover of Richelle Mead, I got into her a few years back when the Vampire Academy started becoming a big deal, I stayed up well into the nght to find out who killed the queen, and to see if Rose would get her man… I am currently in love with the spin off Bloodlines series… and DO NOT get me started on how fabulous Age of X is.

So when I was looking for a new series to start reading and I stumbled across her Georgina Kincaid series, it seemed like the perfect series for me to start reading, but I stopped after a few books and let life get in the way.

When I decided this season’s list would be all about finishing series I started but didn’t finish,this of course would go on the list.  So let’s get onto the review… but honestly, don’t read the review… go start reading the series… like now… Go 🙂

I give this book

The series starts off with Georgina struggling with her current relationship with best selling author Seth Mortensen, because she is a succubus and is not wanting to take part of his soul.  Even though in the past books, they said sex would not get in the way, it is clearly starting to take it’s toll. And let’s face it, it wouldn’t be good drama if it didn’t start to take it’s toll.

If this was not a big enough problem she is being ordered by her superior that she has  to mentor a new succubus who is pretty much inept… or is she?

Then IF THAT WASN”T ENOUGH she is having dreams of a future that involve her having a child, and a mysterious man she never sees. Then she wakes up drained of her power, even when she took a man the night before.

She starts to seek answers from Dante a dream interpreter that has apparent ties to the underworld, and this pretty much opens a whole other world of shenanigins

I won’t get too much into the plot because I feel this book is a series changer but in case you just have to know who is doing the horrible acts to her.  AGAIN WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS REVIEW!! GO READ THE SERIES

***SPOILER ALERT Skip down now, if you rather not be spoiled… She is having her soul taken from Nix, who might or might not be showing her the future life she may have… which is odd, because she can’t have kids, and the little girl in the dream Georgina knows without a doubt is her daughter there is significantly more involved with this plot but this the general plot END SPOILER

OK if you didn’t read the spoiler let me just tell you that you need to go out right now and start reading this series, and if you are like me and took a break from the series you need to finish the series.

This book is a game changer for the series and I can’t wait to see what happens to both Georgina and Seth.

***SPOILER ALERT Seth and Georgina totally break up in this series, and Seth sleeps with Georgina’s friend GASP I know!!! END SPOILER***

Why are you still reading this post still?  Seriously go READ THE SERIES!

Until Next time



Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

Those of you that know me, know that I do whatever it takes to not think about work. I am not always able to get out and travel and explore, because of that delightfully evil thing called money, but I can excape in a good book.

Sunday is always a big reading day for me. I pretty much read every day, but I can often find myself lost in a book on Sunday. Sunday is my super quiet lazy day and that allows me to get lost in the story. So when I was thinking about adding something new to the blog, I thought why not review a recently finished book on my current Reading List?

So today I bring you, my review on


Now let me start off by saying I loved the first few books in the series, to the point that when the show came on, I could barely contain my excitement that a book series I cherish is going to come to life on the big screen.

After season 2, I realized my dreams were destroyed. The show is horrible. I really do only watch it because of Joe Manganiello and the hopes of seeing that god like body and because of the show, I stopped reading the series. I will say had I not read the books I think I would LOVE the show. I know, walking contradiction. As the book series just ended I decided I needed to finish it because I needed to know how Ms. Harris really wanted it to end, not the way HBO wants it to end. I need to know what happens to the characters I love.

and then I read this. Spoilers ahead. You have been warned. I really was hoping my faith in the series would be renewed, which is why I am semi sad that I am giving this book a


THe fairy wars are over, and Sookie is still with Eric. I have never been a fan of Eric, I am not sure why, but he has never screamed Sookie you must be with Eric. AS Eric, was not quick to come to Sookie’s rescue I was really hoping she would kick him to the curb but nope he explained he was practically being held hostage and could not come to her aid. All is forgiven and they love each other. I also felt like Eric was a lovesick child in this book, but not the Viking who oozes power & control.

Which brings me to my next issue. Sookie is written as such a strong woman. that is one of the reasons I adored her as a character. She is a strong role model . Yet in this book she seemed whiney. Really whiney. Granted I know she was tortured and all that, but still she has been nearly killed before and still came out strong.

Ok let’s talk Bill.  I had HUGE issues with his story line.  Bill is dying from blood poisoning but doesn’t want to contact his sister? So Sookie solves the problem with an email? Come out Ms. Harris, you can write better than that!

Claude has a larger role now too. Now I must admit I love Claude. I like the direction Claude took in this book. I felt Claude has a place in the series now, and I like the development that occured.

The ending also was just Eh… It left me wanting more, which is why I will start the next book. I felt like it was this big dramatic ending, but just so so plot development up to the end.

Overall I just felt this book was lacking the usual charm of the other books… and when she mentioned Jace Everett’s Bad Things in the book, I rolled my eyes. I really hope she is not writing the story to match the TV show, cause let’s be honest if you have read the books you know the TV series is so far gone, it might as well be it’s own thing. Which is how I treat it now.

I just feel the book lost it’s charm, and I am concerned this is going to continue into the next two books.

Those are my thoughts on the book, what are yours? Did you love it? Hate it? Felt like I did? Please share!

Until Next time



The Time I thought a Horse was a statue

See here is the thing,  I really love traveling (in case you could not tell) and when I travel I throw all my inhabitions into the wind and lose complete control of my surroundings and live in the moment.

So the fact that I did not notice a real horse was not a statute but a REAL horse is sad.

Ok let me back up.

We had just arrived in Iowa, and like always I just had to stop at the Welcome Center. cause to Jen, New state equals new Welcome Center and I just had to stop. (go ahead roll your eyes)

My quick snap with my ipad from the car... Welcome to Iowa
My quick snap with my ipad from the car… Welcome to Iowa

Except this was not really a welcome center.

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It was an Amish Store. Whaaatt? there are Amish in Iowa? I really thought the Amish were mostly in the North East. Clearly I need to read up on Amish more, because I was misunderstood.

Nontheless, I went into the store and walked around. The store was next to a Maid Rite and I must admit even though it is not “technically” a Welcome Center, it is a nice place to stop and stretch your legs.

I am going out to take pictures of the statues” I told the person I arrived with.

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As I am outside snapping away, all of the sudden the HORSE MOVED.

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and let me say I not only yelped I also jumped.

and to make it worse, I say something along the lines of the statute just moved.

I was humilated.

I quickly took a couple more photos & was ready to go. I couldn’t believe I thought a horse that was soooo obviously real was a statute.
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Either way, I took this as a sign that my trip was going to be one worth remembering.

Just escape the cubicle already

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