The Other Woman by Sandie Jones REVIEW

I received an ARC from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was my first title to be approved by NetGalley and I’m so glad! It was truly a GREAT read!

You open the book and start to think you have it all figured out, that you’re reading about the worst future mother in law in the world and that they’ll breakup and that’s all BUT, then the story takes a dramatic twist! A twist that makes you shake your head like whoa, what just happened here?

I really love how Sandie Jones developed the characters and the sly details she puts out there, just enough to get you thinking and then when things are revealed, you realize she HAD thrown a couple of eggs out there but, you didn’t quite put two and two together.

“Pammie”, the mother in law from hell or was she? You’ll have to read to find out!! A definite MUST READ!!

A deliciously disturbing, compulsively readable debut domestic suspense–prepare to meet The Other Woman: there’s nothing she won’t do to keep you away from her son …

Emily thinks Adam’s perfect; the man she thought she’d never meet.

But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

The Other Woman is an addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between Emily, her boyfriend Adam, and his manipulative mother Pammie. –Goodreads.com

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Too many books? Is there such a thing? NetGalley and my ever growing book lists…

50 Book Challenge Bookshelf

Seven books I’m “currently reading” with one being from NetGalley! #netgalley This service is awesome! You get to read NEW and usually ARC’s, all just for an honest review. It does take some time to get approved but, well worth it. I’m currently reading The Other Woman and Feared through this service, so I’m trying to make these my priority so I can review and be approved for more titles. The rest are through my local library. #theotherwoman #feared

If you don’t use your library service you are really doing yourself a disservice. I’m not one for rereading books, honestly unless it’s poetry. So, why would I pay to buy a book I’ll never read again. Although I’ve bought MANY books in the past, I’ve really been trying to use my local libraries lately. Especially since Summer Reading began and they have all these cool little prizes for reading so many books, they have a program for Children, Teens and Adults. Seriously, go check out your local library!

Note: I am ALL for supporting authors, the sale of their books is how they support themselves so, if you LOVE a book, please PURCHASE it!! I do have my own little library because of this very reason.

So let me leave you with teasers of what these books are about.

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

Emily thinks Adam’s perfect; the man she thought she’d never meet.

But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

The Other Woman is an addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between Emily, her boyfriend Adam, and his manipulative mother Pammie.

This book is turning out to be a real page turner, I couldn’t put it down last night because it just flowed so nicely. The anticipation is building and I can’t wait to find out more!!

Feared by Lisa Scottoline

Machiavelli, a corrupt lawyer, aggressively strikes close to the DiNunzio household, attacking Mary’s father and one of their beloved family friends by filing a lawsuit that accuses them of embezzling from the treasury of a local South Philly social club to which they belong. The lawsuit is frivolous, but Machiavelli ups the ante by spreading rumors that support its allegations, muddying the reputation of Mary’s father.

The claims shake the DiNunzio clan to its foundations, threatening her father’s weakening heart, and Mary steps in to fight back. But Machiavelli is a more than worthy adversary. Then the unthinkable happens, and Mary goes to her own dark side, finding a part of herself that makes her more fearsome than ever before. Is it still a battle between good and evil, when good turns evil? And will Mary be able to find herself, before she loses her soul completely?

Feared, the sixth entry in the acclaimed Rosato & DiNunzio series, expertly explores what happens when we are tempted to give in to our own inner darkness.

I’m a LONGTIME fan of Lisa Scottoline, every book I’ve read is a page turner so, I expect this one to be no different. I just finished After Anna a couple of weeks ago and it was Amazing!!

So, are you reading this summer? What are your favorite books so far?

First book Review..If I Run SERIES

If I Run series by Terri Blackstock. I haven’t been this excited about a series since Lisa Gardner’s, Detective DD Warrens crime/mystery books.

It happened by chance that I found these books as well. I just happened to be in the library and saw, If I Run out of the corner of my eye. Should we judge a book by its cover? Well YES, if not covers would all be one color and not have any designs..right?

I picked it up and it’s only been a week and I’m almost finished with the last and sigh..final book. So so good! And interesting note, these books are published by Zondervan. So, they’re classified as Inspirational Fiction. That’s a HUGE plus in my book.

So, what are they about?

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices. The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet. Goodreads.com

That’s just the first book of the series. It’s written from the perspectives of Casey and Dylan and it just goes so fast, it’ll leave you craving more, quite honestly. It begins with Casey, our main character running from her friends house covered in blood. Which makes you wonder, why is she running and NOT calling the cops? That’s a question she’ll answer throughout the series and you’ll cringe at her answers.

It’s pretty neat to happen onto a series that is set in your state and a city you’ve actually lived in. Shreveport, Louisiana. I’m a sucker for reading and watching things with a setting in Louisiana. It’s just neat to “see” these places in your head as the characters move about.

I HIGHLY recommend this series, you should have already RAN to your library and checked them out by now..what are you waiting on? Umm you’re still sitting here..NO, get off the couch and GO! 😂

Until next time my bookworms..read and spend more time in between the crisp papers or warmness of your Ipad/Kindle.

What’s been happening?

Though I tried so very hard, I still didn’t stick with this page. I’m just BAD at keeping up with certain things quite honestly. However, I want to change that..like NOW!

Two weeks ago I had my thyroid out and was told yesterday that I had 2 cancerous spots on my left lobe. They had spread to my lymph nodes. Yeah, total shocker and sad emoji insert. Cancer runs so rapid in my family and practically everyone has had it. It’s more than scary. So, they want me to do the Radioactive Iodine Therapy to kill any remaining thyroid left. That will reduce my chances of it coming back. So, that’s the plan for the end of the month. I’ll get a break and spend 4 days away from my family because, the iodine is so dangerous. Whatever I have to do to keep that ugly, horrible word out of my body, I’m willing.

Have you bookworms ever heard of NetGalley? I got approved for my first book yesterday and I’m so excited! It’s a service that gives you advanced copies of new books in exchange for honest reviews. I have a voracious appetite for books and this service will be Amazing to help with that. As well as help me conquer my 50 book challenge for this year.

50 books in a year…how in the world did I decide to make it my goal lol? It’s cool though, and I know I CAN do it! I’m on my 24th book right now and it’s so good! I’ll write about that in a separate post.

Heres the link to the book challenge if y’all wanna take a look.

http://www.50bookpledge.ca/user/10103152533360174k/c/2018

So, what’s been going on with y’all? 404B5D0B-AA8A-42C1-92FD-DFA4B8D9E2B7See my battle wound? Proud and glad for that one but, it will heal and fade.

Tell me yalls stories.

Influenster Voxbox, L’Oréal EverCreme Sulfate Free Moisture Collection.

img_7045Hi everyone! I know it’s been forever since I last posted. Things just have been absolutely CRAZY!! Anyhow, I’ve been receiving Voxbox’s from Influenster and I thought I’d blog about my latest box.

Ive been REALLY hating my hair lately! It has been so dry, brittle and thanks to my thyroid has been coming out in clumps! So when you’re on the trying to grow your hair out phase this makes it even more difficult!

So, I received the L’Oréal EverCreme Sulfate Free Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner and Renourishing Butter and…it’s AMAZING!!! I am beyond impressed!! It’s made my hair so soft, supple and manegable! I will continue to buy these products for sure!! What’s even better is that they are affordable!

Thanks Influenster!!

*these opinions are strictly my own. I was given these products simply for an honest review.

Migraine HELL! 

If you’ve ever had a Migraine in your life then you know how I’m feeling right now. If you’ve never had one, consider yourself LUCKY!!!

 I am what they call a Chronic Migraine Sufferer. Meaning, I get them 15-20 times per month. What do they feel like? I feel like they’re different for everyone, pain wise they can be on either side of your head or even both. Mine tend to be on the right side and forehead area. Imagine a tool called a vice grip, with your head in between and then the part that tightens the grip, just keeps turning and turning never stopping. And imagine that pain being CONSTANT, NEVER STOPPING, just INTENSIFYING! 


This pain typically lasts anywhere from 12-48 hours, many times I have had a migraine that lasts a whole week! 

I’m posting this because I’ve had people in my life who haven’t always known how I feel or who have made comments about how you can’t really be in pain that much. Those comments hurt, it hurts to have people not believe you or question how you’re truly feeling. Would I really lie about pain? If I could be pain free all the time I would be SOO very happy!! 

That’s my rant for today…I’m on a level 10+ migraine right now…Thanks for allowing me to vent. 

Time has flown!! Catching up!!

I can NOT believe its been 2 years since I last published something!! Time has just been crazy and so many things have happened. Time really does fly, doesn’t it? 

I know for one thing, I can’t even believe my precious baby is 2 already! The last time I wrote, I was around 28 weeks pregnant. Baby Grayson (aka Baby Handsome, as we call him) arrived at 34 1/2 weeks because of a syndrome called HELLP. 

HELLP syndrome is a life-threatening pregnancy complication usually considered to be a variant of preeclampsia. Both conditions usually occur during the later stages of pregnancy, or sometimes after childbirth.

H (hemolysis, which is the breaking down of red blood cells)
EL (elevated liver enzymes)

LP (low platelet count)

Baby Grayson stayed in the NICU for 2 weeks so, I had my hands full. I think just being a new Mom in general is hard but when you have a preemie it’s even harder because of all the risks. 

We have been so blessed with our sweet boy! He’s been healthy and so far just 2 minor surgeries, one to open his left tear duct and one to untie his tongue. Little boys surely hold their Mommys hearts in their hands. 


March 2nd of this year, we lost my 2nd Dad, the Dad who taught me what it meant to have a true dad. My “stepdad” Paul. He had a stroke February 23, 2015 and was paralyzed on his left side, and never regained his strength from that. His heart was very weak to start with and the stroke just complicated it even more. He was an amazing man, the best man I’ve ever known. His physical heart was weak but his love was strong! 

So now here we are, July 5! We are currently waiting on our new (brand new!!) apartment to be finished. I’m soo very excited, I can’t wait to decorate! My husband got a new job at the end of April and he’s doing so Awesome! I’m so very proud of him and it makes me happy that he loves his job. 


August 23 we will celebrate our 3 year Wedding Anniversary and September 15 we will have been together 4 years…just WOW!! 😍😍 


How does one put into words just how BLESSED she is? For so many years, I prayed and cried out to God to send me a man that wanted to spend his life with me and give me children. I always felt in those moments that I’d end up alone without anyone, that somehow I didn’t deserve that kind of love. But guess what?He GAVE it to me! When I wasn’t even looking and had stopped “pestering” him about it. And he gave me a wonderful man. A man that loved my 2nd dad as his own. Those two were so close, once they met they were always texting and talking about both of their favorite subjects, Food! It was immensely fulfilling to know that I had a guy that my dad loved!! And once Baby Grayson came, he became Paw Paw and baby Grayson had him wrapped around his finger.


I’m filled with happiness, joy and sorrow tonight. I’m missing this man a lot! 

So I’m somewhat caught up…maybe the in between story next time. 🙂 

Peace & Love to you all!

Sam