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The Things We Learn When We’re Dead

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Humor

Publication Date: January 26, 2017

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With elements of The Wizard of Oz and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Things We Learn When We’re Dead shows how small decisions can have profound and unintended consequences, and how sometimes we can get a second chance.

On the way home from a dinner party, Lorna Love steps into the path of an oncoming car. When she wakes up she is in what appears to be a hospital – but a hospital in which her nurse looks like a young Sean Connery, she is served wine for supper, and everyone avoids her questions. It soon transpires that she is in Heaven, or on HVN. Because HVN is a lost, dysfunctional spaceship, and God the aging hippy captain. She seems to be there by accident… Or does God have a higher purpose after all?

At first Lorna can remember nothing. As her memories return – some good, some bad – she realises that she has decision to make and that maybe she needs to find a way home.

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The old man was as good as his word and a tray was swiftly brought by a male nurse in white clinical overalls who looked spookily like a young James Bond. On it was a plate of grilled lamb cutlets, string beans and sautéed potatoes. There was also a warm bread roll with a knob of butter and, under a silver dome, a bowl of chocolate profiteroles with cream. In short, exactly what she would have ordered in an expensive restaurant, given the choice, and if she’d ever been able to afford to eat in one. Also on the tray was a small metal jug of white wine, which made no sense. During her coma, had it become health service policy to keep patients inebriated? And why the metal jug?

“The boss says that you’re up and about now,” he remarked, placing the tray down and making sure it was well balanced on her knees. The jug of wine and glass he placed on her bedside table. Why wasn’t there a bunch of flowers in a vase? That’s the first thing her mother would have brought. It was the first thing she always took to friends and relatives in hospital, even the ones who suffered from hay fever.

“Who was the old man? The one who was here a minute ago?” she asked, as if there might be several old men in her wing of the hospital. “Grey hair. Beard. Beads,” she added.

The nurse merely gave a small shrug. “He’ll tell you himself the next time you meet. Anyway,” he added, making for the door, and looking uncomfortable, “if there’s anything else I can do, just ask.”

“I’d like to know how long I’ve been asleep.”

“Asleep?” The nurse raised one eyebrow.

“Yes, asleep. I mean, how long have I been here?”

He didn’t reply for a few moments, hands clasped behind his back. “Not long, as far as I know.”

“And how long is not long?” she asked. “Look, if you don’t know, could I please speak to someone who does.” Lorna, running out of patience, had raised her voice. The nurse took a step backwards towards the door.

“All in good time,” he assured her and indicated the tray. “For now, you need to eat. Get your strength back.”

“Look, I really need to know how long I’ve been here. Can I see a doctor? Actually, I shouldn’t have to bloody ask that, should I? What kind of useless hospital is this?”

The nurse, perhaps unused to being shouted at, had backed himself to the door. “Anything you need, just ask. Okay?”

Lorna wanted to scream at him. “But how?” she asked instead, looking around the blank walls for a call button. “And what did he mean by not feeding the little brutes?”

“Just ask, that’s all. Your room is sound-activated so don’t worry, I’ll hear.” He touched a blank place on the wall that somehow made the pneumatic door hiss open. “But he’s right about not feeding them,” he added as the white door closed again, leaving Lorna utterly exasperated. – The Things We Learn When We’re Dead

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What a spectacular novel that was filled with surprise and delight!!! When hearing about this book I wasn’t sure what to think but I am so glad that I chose to give it a chance because the reward was so rewarding that I wi have to read again in the future. From the first pages, this novel captivated me and didn’t let up either until the very end. I gladly endured a night without sleep for this 5 Star read and would without a doubt do it again.💙 This had to be one of the best books that I have read this year and I don’t take saying that lightly. If you are looking for a great plot, fantastic characters and a Book that will have you in awe, than this is the novel for you!😀💙 I overall just adored this 5 Star Read and I highly recommend it as well!😀

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I was born in Paisley, central Scotland, which wasn’t my fault. That week, Eddie Calvert with Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra were Top of the Pops, with Oh, Mein Papa, as sung by a young German woman remembering her once-famous clown father. That gives a clue to my age, not my musical taste.

I was brought up in the west of Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh. I still have the scroll, but it’s in Latin, so it could say anything.

I then worked briefly as a street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer and restaurant dogsbody before becoming a journalist. I started in Glasgow and ended up in London, covering news, features and politics. I interviewed motorbike ace Barry Sheene, Noel Edmonds threatened me with legal action and, because of a bureaucratic muddle, I was ordered out of Greece.

I then took a year to travel round the world, visiting 19 countries. Highlights included being threatened by a man with a gun in Dubai, being given an armed bodyguard by the PLO in Beirut (not the same person with a gun), and visiting Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave in Samoa. What I did for the rest of the year I can’t quite remember

Surprisingly, I was approached by a government agency to work in intelligence, which just shows how shoddy government recruitment was back then. However, it turned out to be very boring and I don’t like vodka martini.

Craving excitement and adventure, I ended up as a PR consultant, which is the fate of all journalists who haven’t won a Pulitzer Prize, and I’ve still to listen to Oh, Mein Papa.

I am married with two grown-up children and live in central Scotland. And that’s about it.

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Author Interview Featuring Author Candace Robinson

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Hey guys I am super excited to feature this awesome author/blogger on my blog today! She is such an amazing lady with a sweet presence and beautiful soul. I was so glad I connected with Author Candace Robinson!!!

So I am going to shut my babbling mouth up and start this interview because I am so excited to feature her on my blog! Woot!

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Will you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a writer or at least try to be. I have the tendency to fight with the little demon in my head who constantly tells me that I’m not good enough. Besides that, I live with my husband and daughter who support me through all my insanity. I also have a migraine condition and sometimes they are in the form known as hemiplegic migraines which are utterly debilitating.

Can you tell us about one or more of your novels?

I wrote Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault back in 2016 and ended up self publishing. After one of my new books, Clouded by Envy, got picked up by The Parliament House, I submitted Quinsey and the sequel to them in which they picked them up. After the new editing process, Quinsey is now how it should have been the first time. It’s full of retellings because I absolutely love them, and I chose the ones that shaped me as I grew up. Other than Quinsey, another of my books that I co-wrote titled Bacon Pie also just released. It has bacon and pie and some romance.

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Are the characters in your stories that are based off yourself or anyone else?

So, I have two manuscripts I just finished that aren’t published and I put a little of myself in there. I sometimes use moments that have happened in my life and sprinkle that in as well. In Hearts Are Like Balloons, the opening chapter about my dad ending his life is the same way it happened to me, except I wasn’t a teen when it occurred. Writing that book helped me get through things a little more easily.

What has been the hardest part of becoming/being a published author?

Marketing! Also trying to get an agent. I’ve been on a mission for a while now to find one, and I’m hoping eventually one will fall in love with my words.

When did you first start writing stories or any other kind of writings?

I wrote poems a little after my senior year in high school, but I didn’t actually write anything until I wrote Quinsey in 2016 right after my dad died. I figured life is always unexpected, and you can’t sit there and keep waiting to do something about it.

What inspired you to become an author?

I don’t really have a great answer for that. I just always have little images in my head that are waiting to be pulled together into a story. It knocks, knocks, and knocks some more at my head until they are written down.

Did you take writing classes or are you self taught?

No writing classes! I’m sure someone would argue that I need to! Lol!

What is the most difficult part of writing?

Believing that what I’m writing isn’t a big mess. In all honesty, the first draft is most likely always a catastrophe, but then you can go in there and sew it all back together with new words and removing words. Eventually, it all comes together!

What are your hobbies?

Reading and taking care of my daughter. She’s a huge Harry Potter fan so I’m pretty sure that makes Harry Potter my hobby!

Are there any authors that have inspired your love for writing?

I haven’t read a lot of the classics, so it’s mainly YA for me. And that would be Tahereh Mafi and Sarah J. Maas. I just can’t put their books down!

What is your favorite book? I know this can be a difficult question for readers!

The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi and Under the Never Sky series by Veronica Rossi

Can you share with us your favorite literary quote?

It’s not literary lol, but my favorite quote is actually by the singer Jewel back in the 90’s “I’d rather see the world from another angle”

If you could give young writers (who’s dream is to be published) a piece of advice that has anything to do with the writing process, what would that be?

Just keep at it. If you want to get published, it is probably going to take a while, but there is someone out there who will love your work. We all just have to find them.

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Author Bio:

Candace Robinson spends her days consumed by words. When she’s not writing stories, she maintains a book review blog. Her life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, and living with her husband and daughter in Texas—where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next.

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A Book Review Buffet, All You Can Read! Part 2

 

 

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But Folks, I am definitely not trying to be a Debbie Downer! Throughout all the mess I have been going through, I realized how important the blogosphere and other parts of the book community are me to me. I have hope and I am *happy dancing* again! And surprisingly, you guys still like me??? Whatever I did to have the most amazing friends and followers on the blogosphere (I may be a bit biased though)  and that makes me the happiest girl in the world!! Woot, Woot! Okay enough about my crazy ass me, let’s get to my buffet of reviews! I will warn you I am way overdue on my reviews so if you see a few of these posts you know why! I love you all and hope you are having a fantabulous week! I look forward to checking out your blogs and leaving some spam LOVE in your notifications! YAY! First a few words of thanks and then to the books!!!

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A prank war erupts in Lake Sackett, Georgia and coroner Frankie McCready has to turn to the gorgeous but surly new sheriff for help in Molly Harper’s newest Southern Eclectic novella, perfect for fans of Kristan Higgins and Amy E. Reichert.

The McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop has crickets running rampant in the store and hot sauce in the Snack Shack’s ketchup bottles. But as the county coroner, Frankie has enough on her plate without worrying about the increasingly mean pranks being played at her family’s business. And the arrival of Sheriff Eric Linden, both devastatingly attractive and painfully taciturn, is enough to push her over the edge.

Linden, who didn’t seem to get the memo about men in uniform and Southern charm, is condescending and cold, revealing absolutely nothing about his past as an Atlanta police officer, while also making Frankie’s job as coroner as difficult as possible. And with the town’s Fourth of July celebration coming up, it’s essential for McCready’s to be cricket-free and in good working order. Strangling the sheriff will make her job even harder. Can Frankie hold off the threats to preserve her own sanity?

With her trademark “clever humor, snark, silliness, and endearing protagonists” (Booklist), Molly Harper invites fans to return to the family they first met in Sweet Tea and Sympathy. Y’all sit down and stay a while, won’t you?

 

Book ReviewI highly enjoyed this fun and southern novella! This was a quick read that I devoured easily in sitting and was desperate for the next in the series to get some answers and it was based off my fave, Frankie McCready! From reading the first book in the series, I really enjoyed Frankie’s character. Frankie is a bit of a misfit and always is rocking some wild fashion statement. She’s a southern rock chick which I can totally relate to that. I can also relate to the fact that she battled something harsh like cancer and still has to deal with people treating her a certain way or not understanding because she was sick a lot. She is also just so freaking hilarious! I love it!
The reason I am not giving this a novella a five star rating is because it just left too much hanging like I don’t even know if you would call it any cliff hangers. I am hoping though that it will all make sense in the next book but overall this was a highly enjoyable read with the unusual McCready southern charm that I never want to miss out on!

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wp-1522860810294.pngFor fortysomething Poppy McAllister, taking a stroll down memory lane in Cape May, New Jersey, isn’t just awkward—it’s deadly.

Newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk, Poppy has been running on cookies, infomercials, and one-sided chats with her cat for months. There’s no way on earth she’s attending her twenty-five-year class reunion—especially after receiving a very bizarre letter from Barbie, the popular cheerleader who taunted her all through high school. At least, not until Poppy’s best friend practically drags her to the event . . .

Using the dreaded homecoming as an excuse to visit her eccentric Aunt Ginny, Poppy vows to leave Cape May with pride and Spanx intact. Too bad Barbie is still the queen of mean at the reunion. And worse, that her dead body is lying right in front of Poppy’s old locker. Singled out as the killer, it’s up to Poppy to confront her past and clear her name. But between protecting her aunt from disaster and tackling a gluten-free diet, can Poppy crack the case before she’s voted “Most Likely to Die” by the murderer?

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Wow,  this book was freakin’ hilarious and just fantastic all around!❤📚 I have to admit I pretty much read this book twice even though I have other ARCs I need to finish but in my defense it only took two days! 😀This is one of those stories you can just laugh out loud to and the main character is just freakin’ awesome!  I just needed this story to cheer me up!😊 Poppy is a plus size woman who is trying to get over her grief of becoming a widow and as the story plays out I love watching how she learns to break away from her grief and during her despair she is just freaking hilarious and so realistic. She is such a lovable hot mess that is incredibly relatable. I adored how honest and humorous Poppy was and even though I thought she was a walking disaster at times(which I can relate to 😉), she is the kind of girl you would want to hang out with!

“Sure. And maybe I’ll get a flying unicorn that eats rainbows and farts cupcakes.”
-Poppy talking to her friend, Sawyer.

 I loved Aunt Ginny as well. Eccentric old ladies are the bee’s knees! When I become a senior citizen I am going tho be eccentric plus more! I mean, why not? You can totally get away with it. You might as well give people the ‘Wtf face’*cough, cough* I already do that and of course I wouldn’t have a filter like Aunt Ginny doesn’t.

“You girls will be the belles of the ball.” Then added under her breath, Or the talk of the town.” She gave another look at my dress and shuddered. “I need a drink.”
       -Aunt Ginny when looking at Poppy’s new dress

Sighs,  one day my dream will come true. I dream of partying like a rock star and then racing my wheel chair. Anyways back to the book, this book even shares the message that we should not be afraid to be who we are and the main character’s personalities are a testament to that and I loved every bit of it.
  The plot was at a great pace and it made you want to flip pages like a ninja. The supporting characters were great too and this book was definitely worth the hype! I just can’t wait until the sequel comes out! I can’t recommend this book enough to anyone who loves a great cozy mystery that will make you laugh out loud! Hands down, a 5 star must read!😊❤📚💯

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wp-1522860810294.pngThe secret to my happiness started during my high school days (yes, drugs were involved) and continued through hitchhiking across the country, through the suicide of my girlfriend, through bartending in many cities around the country and then a move to Japan. I lived there for nine years, helping start a $500 million business, including a LARKINS (my last name) line of product, finding enlightenment and meditating in Zen temples in the mountains of Hiroshima, meeting Mother Teresa in Calcutta, partying with Bon Jovi, experiencing the death of my business partner and then the loss of my daughter, and all the life lessons that come with the following statement: I Get To do this!

Book ReviewI highly enjoyed this book and am so thankful that I got the experience to read this self help novel! It’s more of a badass self help book that will help you get all that shit done like the title implies! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a chance to get to be happy!💜 I loved traveling in this novel and along with all these adventures you are given a sense of peace. A Must Read Self Help Book!💚💜📚💯

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Welcome to the Ho-Lee Noodle House, where the Chinese food is to die for. . .

The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that a return to the Cleveland area to help wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means having to put up with her mother, who is dead-set on finding her a husband.

Lana’s love life soon becomes yesterday’s news once the restaurant’s property manager, Mr. Feng, turns up dead―after a delivery of shrimp dumplings from Ho-Lee. But how could this have happened when everyone on staff knew about Mr. Feng’s severe, life-threatening shellfish allergy? Now, with the whole restaurant under suspicion for murder and the local media in a feeding frenzy―to say nothing of the gorgeous police detective who keeps turning up for take-out―it’s up to Lana to find out who is behind Feng’s killer order. . . before her own number is up.

Book ReviewI really enjoyed this novel and it definitely was one of a kind! I picked up this novel because I worked in a Chinese restaurant for about five years before I became disabled and I became very close to my bosses and was even manager at the end. The reason I bring this up is because not only could I relate to this novel by knowing the ins and outs of working in a Chinese restaurant, I could relate to being around Asian cultures and how they talk. All of the things Lana was told I have been told by my employers. All the funny traits and cultural things just really made me laugh and just think of the good times at my work. I worked 70 hours a week though there had to be some good times or there were no times!
Also another fun fact is that I am actually mixed racial like the main character and my mom is Filipino so I have also felt I could relate to some things family life as well! But enough about me back to the book!
This story was funny and I think turned out pretty great for a debut. I loved all the characters besides every once in awhile the MC got on my nerves a little bit. The plot was steady paced but had a couple of short dull moments but I think it was because of the author establishing a solid background for the series. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to the next one and hope it grows even more as it moves along!

Thanks so much for checking out my book reviews, lovelies! I am sorry you guys haven’t seen me around as much as you use to but that is going to be changing soon! Woot! I know some things on my blog look different and some things are out of place but it’s because I am changing things up a little and trying to get back in my groove. Things are under a little bit of what you would call “maintenance” because I am setting up a new look and starting a newsletter and such. I don’t know a specific schedule yet but you know that this girl is too much of a free-spirit for a schedule anyways. Well… I miss all of your faces and I couldn’t be more thankful for all of you! I can’t wait to check out all of your talented blog posts. Woot! xoxo!

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World Book Day 2018

My email notified me it was World Book Day! Yay! I know I am a bit late but no matter our circumstances, it’s always great to celebrate the joy of BOOKS!❤📚💃💚🎉

Love all your faces and so glad to be a part of an awesome community! I hope everyone is enjoying a good read. Happy Reading and Have a great week!😊📚🎉💃

Manipulative Lives by H.A. Leuschel Tour

 

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I want thank Rachel’s Random Resources and H.A. Herschel for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views expressed are my own.

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Author: H.A. Herschel

Publication Date: June 8, 2016

Page Count: 273 pages

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Manipulated Lives

Five stories – Five Lives

Have you ever felt confused or at a loss for words in front of a spouse, colleague or parent, to the extent that you have felt inadequate or, worse, a failure? Do you ever wonder why someone close to you seems to endure humiliation without resistance?  Manipulators are everywhere. At first these devious and calculating people can be hard to spot, because that is their way. They are often masters of disguise: witty, disarming, even charming in public – tricks to snare their prey – but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim.   In this collection of short novellas, you meet people like you and me, intent on living happy lives, yet each of them, in one way or another, is caught up and damaged by a manipulative individual. First you meet Tess, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision, then young, successful and well balanced Sophie, who is drawn into the life of a little boy and his troubled father. Next, there is teenage Holly, who is intent on making a better life for herself, followed by a manipulator himself, trying to make sense of his irreversible incarceration. Lastly, there is Lisa, who has to face a parent’s biggest regret. All stories highlight to what extent abusive manipulation can distort lives and threaten our very feeling of self-worth.

 


I absolutely loved this book and how each of the five stories brought a unique group of characters and a steady paced plot to keep you hooked from start to finish. I’m going to be honest, I devoured this whole book in one night and stayed up all night with it! #WorthIt! 


I really enjoyed the different backgrounds of each character and how it brought a fresh perspective to the table for every one of the five stories. I became heavily invested in the characters and I ended up scrolling through my kindle as fast as I could so that I could discover the twists and outcome. Out of all the stories, I really adored Tess and Tattoos. It was a bittersweet story but like the rest of the novellas, it really made you think of the effects that abuse has on someone and what they all go through.

 As a woman who has been in a couple of emotionally abusive relationships, I really felt Tess’s pain but in the same sense I felt her joy!💖 Even though I faced abuse throughout my life, I thankfully didn’t find these psychological dramas a trigger. This beautiful collection of novellas are full of depth, heart-wrenching and heartwarming moments that I am sure many readers will love! I highly recommend these stories and am excited to see what the author comes out with next!






Author Bio – 

Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches Yoga.

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15337013.H_A_Leuschel

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Rachel’s Random Resources

*~Quick But Meaningful Literary Quotes~*

Why Must You People Do This To Me!!!

So, let’s start with the facts here.

  1. Life Sucks.
  2. I have been all depressed and shit.
  3. I have been overwhelmed by being so behind on my book reviews and other bloggy shit.
  4. Please excuse my constant use of the word “shit”.
  5. When I feel like giving up, you guys giving me all these warm and fuzzies and say so much nice shit about me. The first warm and fuzzy was given to me a while ago but I passed it laid on my table and was past due for a post!
  6. I realize how much I love blogging and how much I love all of your faces!
  7. I need to get over the fact life sucks because life sucks for everyone.
  8. Blogging was just meant for me and you guys are the BEST.
  9. I am going to show just a few examples of the LOVE I have received within just the last week.
  10. If I shared more I might look conceited and this girl is totally not that and it would take forever to find all the comments so I am just sharing mail I received from one of the best book bloggers Trang @ Bookidote and few links that I received in the last 3 or 4 days.
  11. P.S. I am so behind on posting what Trang did for me. This girl is really fantastic y’all. She sent me this package 3 times because I am a total doofus and gave her the wrong address and she lives in Canada. Okay, I just publicly humiliated myself but it was for a good cause to show you how great Trang was and she still took out that time and was so sweet to me and worried about me! She’s just awesome, positive and badass!
  12. There’s also some faithful followers that just mean so much to me and y’all know who you are!😁❤ Well I hope you do.🤔😯
  13. Now you can see why you guys just pull on my heart strings and why YOU are my numbre uno reason I blog!
  14. Guilty Party Number 1 Trang @ Bookidote This is only a few of the items Trang sent me!😍😍
  15. Guilty Party Number Two 1 Bookgraphy

Example 3

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You see why you people kill me and how much you make my day everyday! I can list names of the followers who comment everytime who brighten my day and also how they and others just are so supportive and make me *happy dance* but you guys would have a sista on here all day and to be honest I am so behind on some things!😓 I also know I need to catch up on the love showing and definitely will do! Keep being rockstars everyone! You guys are the the shizit and the bee’s knees!

Okay enough with the lovey dovey shit! Over and Out!❤