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Book Review: Time, Tide, & Trouble by Carolyn Dean

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Author Carolyn L. Dean created the Ravenwood Cove Cozy mystery series just a few years ago and has been publishing 2 or 3 books each year. I enjoy the setting, characters, and lighthearted romance and mystery stories. I am trying to catch up over the next month so I’m current on the series. In this fifth book, Time, Tide, and Trouble, main character Amanda Graham, owner of an Oregon bed and breakfast inn, takes a step forward in her relationship with local cop, James. Two reasons I enjoy these stories… the handsome cop and I share a name, and Amanda’s last name is one of my own family names (and the name in my second book) just spelled differently (mine is Graeme).

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These books are shorter than the typical cozy by about 15% and focus both on the romance and mystery angles of the story. In some ways, they’re less about the plot and more about what’s going on in the life of some cool characters you enjoy getting to know. It took me about 90 minutes to read last night, curled up in bed just before going to sleep. I like the evolution of the inn and how the backstories come out on the characters throughout the novel — not just in the beginning to setup the crime. The crime is often less important in these books, but still helps push the overall story along. In this one, Amanda makes stronger connections to a few people in the town and learns how to build roots in her new home. I look forward to picking up the next few books to read in April. I can easily picture everyone in my head as I’m reading, but there’s not an overwhelming amount of detail – a good balance. Between 3.5 and 4 stars… rounded up to 4 as I would recommend the series.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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365 Challenge: Day 169 – Doghouse (RYDER RANT)

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Doghouse: (1) a place where a dog sleeps, (2) a place you go to when you are in trouble

 

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Feels like Groundhog Day. Every time I wake up lately, this laptop is sitting where my food bowl is supposed to be. And instead of getting to eat, I’m forced to type away for a few hours, coming up with some brilliant little “Post from Ryder.” I just hope you all realize the torture I go through simply so you have a few minutes of reading material. And all I ask in return is for my own space, a doghouse, where I can close the door and ignore the world around me for a few hours each day. But do I have one? No. Why, you ask? That’s a good question. Dad 2 wanted to buy the materials to build one. But Dad 2 doesn’t have those types of skills. Dad 1 might be able to build it, but he said things like “permission from the building,” and “are you gonna help?” Do you see what I live with? I have this lovely Enchanted Terrace outside and it would be amazing to retire for a few hours every afternoon where I can relax and have a cozy little sleep. I’ll keep working on them, but if you have any pull over Dad 1, please assist. I promise to make my posts even better.

So today’s word has a few meanings. I was in the doghouse again last night for something I have little control over. I am a food addict. I can’t NOT eat food when I see it. So I begged and begged for some of their dinner. They had beef cooked in a brown sauce in a giant orange Le Creuset pot in the oven. With carrot and potatoes and onions, and a whole bunch of deliciousness. Something about wishing autumn would arrive sooner. I don’t know. I just wanted the foods. There were 3 big pieces of meat in the pot. I assumed one for each of us. But Dad 1 said no, that the third piece was for lunch the next day. But I pushed and persisted and eventually they filled my bowl with some people foods, even though Dad 1 said it was a bad idea. Then it happened. It always happens. I can’t help it. After I eat the food, I run around whining that it hurts in my belly and I throw it up all over the floor. You remember that infamous rug I mentioned a few weeks ago? Yeah, happened again. It’s not my fault. They gave it to me! But now I’m back in the doghouse ’cause they said no more food for a week. Is there an emoji for a sad dog? That’s me. But today I get to see Grandma and Grandpa. They are coming for a visit. They always sneak me food. And I am never in the doghouse with them.

I am getting worried that I may have to put the dads in the doghouse soon. I heard them talking about a puppy again. I protest. I turn 10 years old on September 3rd and I’ve been an only dog for the last 5 years. I had a sibling my first 5 years, but she isn’t around anymore. (‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ has always been my policy. The dads think I am a Republican, but I’ll never tell.) Anyways, don’t you think I deserve to not have to put up with another dog in the house? Seriously… I don’t like them. They make messes. Rambunctious. Take all the food. Shed. Oh… wait… that’s me… now I think I understand why Dad 1 is always yelling about my fur babies rolling across the floor like dust bunnies. Mmm… rabbit. I’m hungry. Oh, off topic again. So no puppies allowed. They don’t get it. If they bring one home, I’m moving out. Does anyone here have a good home they want to share — two rules: (1) food all the time and (2) no other dogs. I might be OK with a cat. Or smaller animals I can eat. No birds either. They are mean.

 

I decided not to post pictures of me today as I don’t have a doghouse and until I get one, no pictures! But also because something happened with the link from the laptop to the iCloud and the pictures won’t open. Dad says he’ll fix it soon, but he’s so busy these days, who knows when he’ll get around to it. For now, he just hangs around the house all day long. I kinda love it. Both Dad 1 and Dad 2 used to leave around 7:30 am and come home at 7:30 pm. Twelve hours to myself is a lot. I would meet my friends for lunch at the French restaurant downstairs (they serve my kind thankfully). I’d go for walks. I’ve asked for a doggy door so I can get out to the terrace by myself, but that hasn’t happened yet. They don’t want me out there alone. I guess I can understand that. I do chase the birds and jump higher than they’d like. But now Dad 1 is home all the time. I don’t want him to go back to work. I like the company. But don’t tell him that! He’ll get an ego. OK, it’s time to get all cleaned up before Grandma comes. I’ll tell you more about her next week. Love you all! xoxo Woof!

This is what I’d do with my doghouse!

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About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

365 Challenge: Day 165 – Push

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Push: to exert force on (someone or something), typically with one’s hand, in order to move them away from oneself or the origin of the force

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You will always encounter a roadblock or a deadline where you need to simply push through until you find a solution or achieve the goal. Sometimes it’s easy, but it can also be difficult. Maybe you have the pressure being forced upon you by someone else, or perhaps you’ve given yourself a deadline to get something done. Knowing your limits is key to success. But failing to see your potential might prevent you from reaching it more than you know. There is time to push yourself even if it feels scary.

Today’s 365 Daily Challenge word is meant to turn your world upside down a little. Have you ever thought to yourself that you can only get so much done in a specific period of time? Or scheduled a goal that is realistic and reasonable, yet feels like it’s not enough? When I assigned myself the deadline to finish writing a first draft of my second book, Father Figure, I assumed 3 chapters per week could be written and edited. When I did the math, I ended up with a 9/30 deadline. Then I scheduled a vacation from 9/17 thru 10/1, which meant that completing Father Figure needed a new deadline. Scary thoughts.

But I told myself I could push through it and complete the first draft by 9/16, then let it sit for two weeks while I was away. Both the novel and I needed some time to relax, find our heart and prepare for a vicious round of editing. So I upped it to 4 chapters per week and re-set the deadline to 9/16. I got this. I’m good under pressure. For some reason, I felt the need to push myself a little harder. I love these characters. I breathe the air that they breathe right now. And I wanted to spend more time with them. Push. Push. Push. Through it, I kept motivating myself.

As you’re aware from last Friday’s status update, I decided to give myself a goal to finish 6 chapters this week and next week so that I could be done writing a first draft by 9/1, and then spend the first half of September editing it. I finished 6 chapters today at 12 noon, meaning I met the deadline I had doubled in half the time I’d planned. And then I said…. go for it. I pushed harder and wrote another chapter this afternoon, leaving me only 5 more to go before I can say it’s done. If I were a betting man, which I am known to be, I think I’m capable of pushing myself to write those 5 chapters tomorrow and Friday so that I have a first draft of the whole book by the end of this week, leaving me 3 full weeks to edit before I leave on vacation.

No, I am not bragging. I promise you. I have no idea how the quality is despite my faith in the quantity I am capable of delivering. But there is a great lesson here… sometimes it’s okay to push yourself. When you push yourself, you learn how far your boundaries can truly be tested. This doesn’t apply for all situations, all people and all times. But when you have a passion and a goal, and you can skim a few minutes off of all the things that steal your time away, imagine the capabilities you can unlock within yourself. I couldn’t keep up this pressure 24/7 every day of every year. But when things line up in the right way, we are all capable of pushing ourselves towards a safe and secure path.

It’s your life to choose what you want to do or how you want to live it. When you push through a little bit of pain and worry, sometimes you find the gold at the end of your own rainbow. I’m keeping this post shorter than usual today because I’m pushing towards my goal to complete this novel by the weekend. If at any point I feel the quality is truly suffering or I’m in any sort of pain (physical or emotional), I’ll back down. But if I can do this in an environment where I have friends and family to catch me if I fall, then it’s all the more reason to give myself the push I didn’t know I needed. That I didn’t know I deserved. Thank you to everyone for believing in me. I appreciate you.

A push to help a friend, or shove to knock him down? You decide!

Now it’s my turn to believe in you. What can you do to push yourself in the next few days towards achieving one of your goals — in a safe and secure environment — to see how strong you really are? I have confidence. So should you. Let it roll…

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

Review: Matilda

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Matilda Book Review
Roald Dahl gets 4+ out of 5 stars for his knock-it-out-of-the-park story, Matilda, from 1988. For some reason, I thought this was published before 1988, but I know I read it when I was 13, so… must have been right then. I thought it was great. Looking back years later, and seeing all the films and cartoons made from it, I love it even more. While she’s a good role model in many ways for young kids, she’s all a little too spunky and might give some the wrong impressions. Nevertheless, with the right guidance, she can be someone to look up to.

Not everyone gets the best parents, family, teachers and friends. And when you don’t, you better be a smart girl to be able to make it on your own. And that’s what she is… brilliant, funny, witty, sarcastic, friendly… everything all wrapped up into 1 adorable young girl. She has a few adventures, tries to make things happen and shows the world who she. And that’s all we can ask for! Great book. Great story. Lots to see and learn. Definite re-read some day!

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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