Sunday, October 26, 2014

Living life as a Diabetic and Asthmatic

It's hard being a home health nurse and a diabetic. The reason is because, inevitably, as I educate diabetics that are my patients I will get asked, "And what was your blood sugar today. As I type I haven't checked my blood sugar, today is my only day off. Admittedly I don't eat the best because I am on the road. I do eat healthy at home. It is hard being on the road, and it is just as hard to change your diet. I am improving however.my last HGBAIC was 7.4 For diabetics the goal is to be under 7 and more around 6 or 5 if possible. My goal is to get off this medicine. I have been on medicine my whole life. I have been as asthmatic for 49 years, and a patient for almost as long. It's a long road, but I am still here, and blessed with two beautiful daughters and a husband. I plan to post more on how to manage these two crippling diseases in hopes of reaching out and helping others. If you've been reading my blog, I am also a book reviewer, and I occasionally post giveaways. A girl has to have some fun!!!!

Be careful asthmatics, this is the time where your asthma can flare up.  I mention asthmatics, but anyone with a respiratory illness be careful as the weather changes.  Weather changes are a trigger for asthmatics, but can be triggers for those with Copd as well.



 Until Next time.

 Carole

Friday, October 24, 2014

Girl in Black Pajamas





Hello Everyone!


I got the opportunity to enjoy another book, and do this review.  Thank you all for allowing me the opportunity!  

I have to say, Chris Birdy does a good job at keeping the reader intrigued.  The first character, and most adorable, and endearing that comes to mind is Isabella.  If you have kids, you'll know what I mean.  What child can keep a secret?  Readers will fall in love with Isabella.  

This book is a page turner for sure, lots of twists, turns and gossiping.  The Mcgruders and their clan are functionally dysfunctional, and I had a keyhole into their world.  I think most love to look in on dysfunctional families, that aren't our own, and have a few giggles.  In this book the reader will!!!!   Relevant?  Yes, especially with hackers and lawyers included in the twists and turns.  I would recommend this book to anyone over 16, it's definitely a good read.  When you figure out who is related to who, give me a jingle.  I'm so not good at that stuff.   Read on my friends, read on!


Until next time

Carole

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R&B Investigations is under attack. Their employee is shot in the back as he enters the building, and a hacker is trying to compromise their secure network. While the Boston police investigate the shooting, Bogie McGruder needs to find the culprit who is trying to put them out of business.

Bogie and his partner Rose Jones can’t disclose their internet problems to the cops since Bogie is a hacker himself.

Bogie McGruder returns to Boston with his four- year-old daughter Isabella. He joins up with Rose Jones’ uncle Walter who is fresh for Lompoc Prison. Bogie and Walter strengthen their firewalls while they try to determine who is behind the invasion. As the R&B team hones in on the culprit, they uncover several murders and discover a plot to wipe out the financial institutions in Boston.

While Bogie is in Boston, his extended family in Palm Beach becomes enmeshed in a sex scandal that threatens to ruin lives and careers in the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.

Feeling like a wishbone about to snap, Bogie tries to handle problems in both cities while Isabella continues her quest for someone to teach her the Five-Point-Palm-Exploding-Heart technique as seen in Kill Bill Volume 2.

This tale of murder, revenge and greed takes the reader on a whirlwind trip from Boston to Palm Beach and back. Buckle your seatbelt!

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The Girl in White Pajamas
When Officer Bud the PR face of the Boston Police Department is gunned down, his brother, Bogie McGruder, returns from Palm Beach for the funeral. Since the BPD is investigating the death of one of their own, Bogie believes his trip to Boston will be a short condolence visit and a chance to meet his secret love child.

But interacting with a family fueled by alcohol and mired in scandals, Bogie is reminded why he does investigations for his Boston based company from a computer in Florida. Although Bogie wants to contact his ex-lover, Bailey Hampfield, he’s reluctant to do so since Bailey dumped him four years earlier. Knowing that Bailey had his child after she cut him loose, Bogie ponders how he can establish a relationship with the three year old daughter he’s never met. While he thinks about it, Bailey gets in touch with him and asks for protection. Someone is trying to kill her.

By the time Bogie meets Isabella, it’s apparent that he still loves the mother and adores the child. Bogie tells himself that he’s not interested in the BPD investigation into Bud’s death, but he continues to be drawn into it while trying to discover who is attempting to kill Bailey. The investigations seem to parallel each other, then intersect and become intertwined. As the story develops, Isabella, a precocious child obsessed with martial arts, slowly becomes the focus.

The underlying theme of this mystery is lies. Everyone seems to be running on lies and half truths. The only pure and true character is The Girl in White Pajamas.

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Chris Birdy was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, she did a four year stint in the Middle East. When she returned to the States, Chris settled down in the Boston area and became a true Bostonian by collecting college degrees while raising a family.

For more than twenty years, Chris has been a member of the legal community performing investigative work for Boston law firms conducting business in rough housing projects and crack house neighborhoods.  Several years ago, while sitting in a courtroom with a client, Chris watched as a police officer was lambasted by an attorney. The attorney was defending a young woman who crashed her car into two other vehicles before she passed out drunk behind the wheel. The occupants of the other cars were seriously hurt and the cop, a former EMT, tried to assist the injured while waiting for ambulances to arrive. The attorney questioned the cop's every move, shredded his testimony and made him seem inept. Embarrassed, the cop returned to his seat beside me and muttered, "Everybody lies. The judges lie, the lawyers lie, the witnesses lie.."  Chris wanted to tell him not to worry that in about five years he'd be just as good a liar as they were. The seeds for The Girl in White Pajamas were planted in that courtroom.

Chris lives outside of Boston and in Palm Beach, Florida with her husband.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Delia Colvin Giveaway!

Hooray! Hooray! I got it posted! Check out this new giveaway, and have at it! Follow the rules, and have fun. As always, any problems please contact me. Until Next time, and you JUST KNOW there will be a NEXT TIME!!! Enjoy! Carole
In anticipation of her newest book - 
Book Four of The Oracles: The Mists of Time, 
author Delia Colvin is offering a preview and a giveaway! 
It's the perfect time to get the rest of the previous books just before Book 4 is released,
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 "An edge of the seat read," Beck Valley Books 
"Love, love, love this series!" 


He was destined to love one woman for eternity... Until The Fates interfered. From International Bestselling author Delia J. Colvin, the saga continues with Book Four of the Bestselling Oracles series; The Mists of Time. Alex & Valeria are finally settled in modern day Manhattan. But the past is shifting. When Alex's sister, Antonia, returns through an opening in time, Alex follows and secrets are revealed which compromise not only Alex and Valeria's happy ending, but that of Paolo, Antonia and all of the oracles. 

Available from December 1st

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 "The Oracles does for Greek Mythology what Outlander does for the Klans of the Scottish Highlands!"

About the Author
delia colvin authorDelia authors a popular blog and is listed as a contributor in two business books. While developing her skills as an author, Delia worked in a variety of occupations from marketing to entrepreneur, Air Traffic Controller and Russian Interpreter. But her passion is in writing and helping people. Delia has donated both time and money to literacy programs around the country.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Another fun giveaway!!! Ends November 1st




Hello my dear friends!  I have another great giveaway  for you!  Enter until November 1st!  Tell your friends!




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"Paul Reid died in the snow at seventeen. The day of his death, he told a lie—and for the rest of his life, he wondered if that was what killed him." 

And so begins the battle for the afterlife, known as The Commons. It's been taken over by a corporate raider who uses the energy of its souls to maintain his brutal control. The result is an imaginary landscape of a broken America—stuck in time and overrun by the heroes, monsters, dreams, and nightmares of the imprisoned dead. 

Three people board a bus to nowhere: a New York street kid, an Iraq War veteran, and her five-year-old special-needs son. After a horrific accident, they are the last, best hope for The Commons to free itself. Along for the ride are a shotgun-toting goth girl, a six-foot-six mummy, a mute Shaolin monk with anger-management issues, and the only guide left to lead them.

Three Journeys: separate but joined. One mission: to save forever. 

But first they have to save themselves.





A secret lies buried beneath the haunting statuary in Old Willow Cemetery. In Concord, Massachusetts, the surrounding woods are alive with the spirits of transcendentalists Emerson, Thoreau, and Alcott. Elias Hatch, the cemetery keeper, is the last of modern-day transcendentalists. Does he know the secret power buried in Old Willow Cemetery? Would he reveal it? 

Next door to this cemetery is a lovely gabled house. When the Brooke family moves in, the secret of Old Willow strikes. 

On a cold afternoon in March, five-year-old Henry Brooke does not arrive home from the school bus stop. Antonia Brooke is frantic her child is missing, or—the unspeakable—stolen. Adam Brooke spends a harrowing night searching the Concord woods, fear gripping him as hours pass with no leads. 

Finally, a police dog tracks Henry’s scent inside Old Willow Cemetery. Detective Mike Balducci suspects that Elias Hatch knows the truth about what happened to Henry. Balducci knows Hatch’s metaphysical beliefs. What Balducci discovers buried in the cemetery is beyond the grave, beyond apparitions or shadowy drifts rushing through the pine trees. 

There are the dazzled faces in the darkened air … and their secret. 





The lives of two young black men from the Harlem "hood" of upper Manhattan in New York become inextricably intertwined through a series of seemingly unrelated events. 
Follow Noel -- the Dollar Man -- through his early life on the street, a brief respite in a group home following his parents' arrest for abusing his sister, Jenna, culminating in several years of incarceration at the Bridges Juvenile Detention Facility in the Bronx after making a bold, but short-lived escape from the group home together with one of his roommates. 

At the same time, become intimately involved in the parallel life of Terrell -- the Hustler -- who spends most of his life in the home of his grandmother, "Mama B," following his own mother's departure after she murders her friend, and who chooses to drop out of high school in order to embark on a life of drug sales, fast money, sex, and violence. 

Until he encounters Noel.   This fictionalized novel is based on actual events. 


We hope you will continue to purchase and read the books from our authors for years to come.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Giveaway Alert!!!!

I haven't posted a giveaway in a long time!  This is not my giveaway, and I am posting for my dear friend Naila Moon.  Here is the giveaway for Carol Roman.






I really hope I did this right!  Enter away!!!!

Carole P. Roman is starting the Fall season off right with two brand new books, 
If You Were Me and Lived In Greece and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis.



"Captain No Beard and his crew of loyal pirates heave anchor for another adventure, this time in the icy waters of the Arctic. Captain No Beard's steering a course due north, sailing by the light of the North Star. Everyone on the crew wonders what the captain's up to, especially as he gets embarrassed when they ask. When the captain finally admits his plan, the crew discovers he plans to steal the aurora borealis, the beautiful northern lights that brighten the arctic sky. They're all shocked. They may be pirates, but even they know stealing is bad. Besides, how can anyone steal the lights from the sky? A charming, engaging tale about doing what's right."


"If You Were Me and Lived in…Greece , early learners get a taste of what their life would be like if they lived in Greece while being introduced to the birthplace of democracy. This book is the latest installment of the educational series about the cultures of the world that speaks to young children about the topics that interest them, such as the foods people eat, the names of boys and girls, and the activities that children their age living in a foreign land are likely to engage in. This exciting visit to Greece also introduces the important concept of democracy to children and highlights some of the other cultural contributions that Greece has made to Western civilization. Basic information is offered in a playful way that won’t overwhelm children."

Join Carole P. Roman as she celebrates the launch of each of these books with a wonderful giveaway which includes a paperback copy of each of the books and $100 Paypal.
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Until next time!  Carole Harris

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My first book review/ My Dream Man







My Dream ManMy Dream Man by Marie Solka
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great read! I loved it! Being a home health nurse myself, I could relate to Samantha. Thinking back to when I was single, I could remember those oh so aloof guys that we all know notice us. But pretend not too. I love the touch of erotica without it being too much. It was an easy page turner to find out what was going to happen with Samantha and Greg, with that little bit of a surprise at the end. I'm a big romance buff at heart, so this was the perfect book if you like romance. I give it 5 stars!!!

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Hello my friends.  Today I am writing my first book review.  The ebook I will be reviewing is My Dream Man by Marie Solka.  

First let me say, that I can relate.  I married my dream man 20 yrs ago, computer, gaming, train, geek.  But a great guy.  Reading the book, almost sounds like she has touched on a few things in my life as well.  Yep, I too am a home health nurse who has met her dream man.  So on with the review.

Samantha, one of the main characters in the book, is a home health nurse, with a pretty normal life.  Roaming from patient to patient, with an ex pining for her.  She meets her dream man through one of her patients, actually it is his son.  At first his son is pretty aloof, however she is intrigued.  The reader follows Samantha on her mundane visits with her patients who no doubt are very sick, including Gregs' dad.

Samantha dreams about Greg, and eventually, Mr. Valero, sets the two up.  Samantha seeks advise from her elderly love guru patient, and her sister.  Her sister has her own love interest problems, and Samantha suspects her parents are having problems as well.  

This ebook was a page turner, and even though every reader isn't a nurse, if you love romance you'll love this book.  With a touch of erotica and surprise, it was a great read, and I would recommend to anyone.  Marie Solka also gives you a little taste of  her future book too, which, by the looks of it, is just as good.



Good reading and until next time!

Carole

Friday, August 22, 2014

Baseball adventure

So on August 21, we decided to go to our minor league baseball game.  Our Joliet Slammers were playing Rockford.  My husband got us seats on the thirdbase line, very close to the Rockford teams dugout.  I could have killed him, but all was forgiven when a gal was recruiting people for a contest.  AH, my wickedly funny revenge.  Chuck had complained he was hungry.  So I signed us up for the nacho eating contest.  Chuck was going to eat the nachos.  It was raining and I was sure that it would be rained out, but it didn't.  

After the 2nd inning came the nacho eating contest, and we were competing with another couple.  A young couple who was very determined to win.  I have to say it was the grossest contest ever, and we  lost.  I had to stand behind my blindfolded husband and feed him his nachos.  It was just gross.  I am not sure what the other couple won, but they deserved it.

Then, one of the Rockford players came over and asked our girls if they could get the players peanuts, they were hungry.  They ended up getting two bags, we bought a bag and they bought one...But the fun part was.  The girls got an autographed baseball from the Rockford team.  I will post pics on facebook and here when I can.  That was awesome!  AWESOME!  

We all had to go home early due to work obligations and school.  We even got some Milano buns, which in Joliet is a real treat!  The girls were exhausted, and even our non baseball family member (Becca) had fun!

Until next time.

Carole