Super Bowl LII ~ Eagles Trounce Patriots 41 – 33

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Tom Brady, after fumbling the ball and realizing there will be no comeback for the Pats.

Okay. I know that outside of New England there aren’t millions of Patriots fans, and there are parties going on just about everywhere right now, celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles first Super Bowl win and the Pats comeuppance, but living in Massachusetts and being a lifelong Patriots fan, here’s how I’m feeling right now.

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Eagles quarterback Nick Foles celebrating the team’s first Super Bowl win. (Photo: AJ Mast/New York Times)

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Fine. I’ll be gracious. Congratulations to the Eagles and their fans. They played an incredible game. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some things I need to do.

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Words to Remember ~ Birthday Edition

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The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.

~ Madeleine L’Engle ~

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*This counts as my birthday wishlist every year as well!*

Senator John McCain’s Response To The Nunes Anti-FBI Memo

After ranting and raving and screaming many unmentionable words this afternoon regarding the Nunes memo, I was trying to gather my tumultuous thoughts together to write a post, when as usual, the wise and wonderful Gronda beat me to it.

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Republicans over promised the value of this controversial Nunes Anti-FBI memo and they under delivered. The memo is such a DUD from the start before investigative journalists even begin their job to analyse it with a fine tooth comb.

The memo does prove that the FBI began its formal investigation into the Trump campaign in July 2016 because of foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos.

Here’s the quote, “The Papadopoulos information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016 by FBI agent Peter Strzok.”

What this tells me is that the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe led by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III would have gone forward even without the republicans’ bogeyman the Christopher Steele dossier. That’s the end of the discussion,. CHECKMATE…

I am wondering if the democrats on the House Intelligence Committee even have to submit a counter memo. At least if they do, their memo will…

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365 Challenge: Day 321 – Discount

Argh! I meant to reblog this yesterday! One of my favorite books of 2017, “Watching Glass Shatter”, written by our fellow blogger Jay Cudney, is on sale as a Kindle ebook at Amazon for .99 cents. Thankfully you still have today to order it. If you haven’t read it yet, I can’t recommend this book highly enough and I urge you to take advantage of this deal!

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Discount: when Jay’s book goes on sale for .99 cents as a Kindle download

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If you love contemporary fiction with a focus on family drama, secrets, humor, tears and suspense, then you will enjoy Watching Glass Shatter, my debut novel set in modern day Connecticut. On February 1st and 2nd, you can download the Kindle version of this October 2017 release for only .99 cents. You can read it anytime afterwards, but the discount offer is only good for the next 2 days. Purchase @ Amazon.

For more on this book, you can check out reviews, Q&A and the blog tour:

https://jamesjcudney.com/category/watching-glass-shatter/

https://jamesjcudney.com/watching-glass-shatter-book-reviews/

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About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start…

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Black History Month Carter G. Woodson ~ ”Father of Black History”

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Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.

~ Carter G. Woodson ~

1875 – 1950

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Image Courtesy of Ancella Buckley Collection. West Virginia State Archives.

Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie Book One), by Amanda Hocking ~ 3.5 Stars

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Thanks to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: Available Now 

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Synopsis: Valkyries have one great responsibility to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—-she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.

I’ve enjoyed Amanda Hocking’s previous books and when I first heard about this new series with Valkyries my eyes immediately lit up. I LOVE Norse mythology! Between the Blade and the Heart wasn’t perfect, but it’s a pretty decent start and has me hopeful that some of the kinks will be worked out in the next book.

I wound up with mixed feelings about the heroine of the story, Malin. She’s bisexual which made me very happy. She’s kick-ass with a tough attitude which is perfectly in keeping of what a Valkyrie should be. But then there’s a love triangle between the new guy in her life, Asher, and her ex-girlfriend and as I’m not a fan of love triangles, naturally this got on my nerves. Making it worse was that I didn’t buy into the relationship that Malin had with either of them. There just didn’t seem to be any depth to them. And her helpless dithering between the two of them just didn’t  fit with the rest of her personna. 

Besides the Norse mythology, there’s a lot of other supernatural and mythological creature that live in this world. I had mixed feelings about this as well. There was a lot I liked, but at times it almost felt like too much was being introduced. That said, Amanda Hocking always impresses me with her world building and what she does here did not disappoint. It’s detailed and wonderfully descriptive and it’s most definitely unique. The plot itself was exciting and kept me turning the pages and I finished this in two sittings.

Overall, Between the Blade and the Heart left me feeling a slightly disappointed, but there are enough positives that I’m still looking forward to reading From the Earth to the Shadows, the second book in this duology. And I just won an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway so I’m a happy camper. So, if you’re a fan of Norse mythology I recommend you give this a try, especially if your already a fan of Hocking.

 

Trump Apocalypse Watch ~ January 28th, 2018

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What happened today.

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1. Trump refused to implement the Russian sanctions passed by a veto-proof majority in both the House and the Senate. He’s insisting they’re not needed. Laws? Checks and balances? What are those?

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2. Trump organized the early departure of well-respected FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as part of a political purge. Watch out Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. You’re next!

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3. Trump’s Republican minions on the House Intelligence Committee voted to release a classified and partisan memo written by Chairclown Devin Nunes in order to smear the FBI and Bob Mueller’s investigation. I’m usually all for transparency in the government, but there’s a responsible way to do this that doesn’t risk exposing classified intelligence and sources. In addition, Nunes refused to let the Republican Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr view the memo. He’s also disregarded the Justice Department’s warnings that this action would be “extremely reckless.” And finally, the Republicans are refusing to allow the Democrats on the Committee to release their own 10 page rebuttal memo. 

And just think. It’s only Monday!

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Cover Reveal ~ True Storm (True Born Trilogy #3), by L.E. Sterling

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I really enjoyed both the previous books in this YA trilogy, True Born and True North, so I’ve been eagerly anticipating the third book. Unfortunately it’s not coming out until May 1st, and I don’t have a premise for you, but I do have the striking cover to reveal!

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Is that striking or what? All the covers in this series have been gorgeous, but I think this is my favorite, probably due to those gorgeous purple undertones. So, anyone who’s already a fan of the previous two books, mark your calendars for May 1st. And if you’re new to this trilogy, you have plenty of time to catch up.

 

img_0431 L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature—where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of two previous novels, the cult hit YA novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye” of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate. Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt—inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada.

To find out more about L.E. Sterling and her books, please visit:

Website – https://le-sterling.com

Twitter – https://mobile.twitter.com/le_sterling

Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/LESterling22/

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7121486.L_E_Sterling

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/L.E.-Sterling/e/B00EAE01WE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1517184735&sr=1-1

If you’d like to check out my reviews of True Born and True North you can find them here:

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https://cadburypom.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/true-born-the-born-trilogy-by-l-e-sterling-4-5-stars/

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https://cadburypom.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/true-north-true-born-trilogy-by-l-e-sterling-3-5-stars/