Thursday, October 12, 2017

Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley

Book review of Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley (Revell) by papertapepins



In an effort to get her security consulting business off the ground, Kelsey Allen has been spending a lot of time up in the air, rappelling down buildings and climbing through windows to show business owners their vulnerabilities to thieves. When she is hired to pose as a conservator at the Pink Palace Museum in order to test their security weaknesses after some artifacts go missing, she's ecstatic. But when her investigative focus turns from theft to murder, Kelsey knows she's out of her league--and possibly in the cross hairs. When blast-from-the-past Detective Brad Hollister is called in to investigate, Kelsey may find that he's the biggest security threat yet . . . to her heart.

First off, I love the cover. I just think it's sharp. Well done. Turns out I really enjoyed the rest of the book too! Kelsey is a fun character. She's feisty and really cool - hello, she rappels down buildings and breaks in to test their security ... when she's not hacking. Yet she has insecurities and troubles and family drama like the rest of us. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, Justice Delayed and this second book is as good or better than the first. They can definitely be read out of order or stand alone, although the series is so good thus far you really should read them both. They both feature strong female characters, albeit who are not without their flaws but that just serves to make them feel more human. The rest of the cast is strong as well, especially in this book. The suspense is high and the drama interesting. I had a hard time putting it down at night.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


THE AUTHOR

  1. Patricia Bradley

    Patricia Bradley

    Patricia Bradley is the author of Shadows of the PastA Promise to ProtectGone without a Trace, and Silence in the Dark. Bradley has been a finalist for the Genesis Award, winner of a Daphne du Maurier Award, and winner of a...
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Friday, September 29, 2017

2017 Kindgergarten Calendar and Morning Board Time


5 years ago I did a post about the morning board I was using for my older kids who were in grades 1 and 3. They are now in grades 6 & 8 but the little one is starting kindergarten this year. We didn't have much storage or any extra space in our last house so I got rid of that board. AHHHH! What was I thinking?? I had to start over. So here I go. It's still a work in progress because I need to finish laminated and putting sticky stuff on the back of all the pieces. These mounting squares are reuseable and I cut them up so they go 4-8 times farther but I hope to eventually (maybe for next year?) switch to velcro. It's just so much more expensive but it really does work the best.

We start by reading a Bible story from one of our many books. Right now this Treasury Of Bible Stories is our favorite. 

We fill in the calendar. Kait can verbally count over 20 but she is now learning to recognize the higher numbers.


We are using these literacy circle time chartsWe are doing What's The Letter, Sight Words and What's the Rhyme? I am behind on getting pieces laminated and sticky so we have only done L and O for letters. We are spending a week on each word, although now that she has the hang of it we may speed up a bit for 2 letter words or reviewing words she recognizes. We have done the, in, and. 

We are now on the 11th day of school. We are supposed to be adding the day up (ie 10 + 1) but those pieces still need to be made. She picks another popsicle stick each morning and we are bundling them in 5s. We add and subtract with them usually.

We sing the days of the week with the calendar and then we do yesterday was, today is, tomorrow will be.

I can spell my name: Kait chooses whether to spell Kait, Kaity or Kaitlyn and upper or lower case letters or both and sticks them on. 

I now have some pieces for I know my address. At this point it is up there and stays and we just read it together.

I have phone number pieces but they aren't sticky which works anyways because I dump out the numbers and we find all 10 digits. She's getting pretty good at it.

The shoelace usually gets ignored but we are working on tying shoes because she's in kindergarten and in our family that's when you get your first pair of tie shoes and I don't want to tie them forever. That is going slower this time because Kelly and Zack usually tie her shoes so I'm not getting annoyed/motivated lol.

What's the weather? is another resource from Mrs Jones Creation Station. 




Blue is the color of the month because we are using this editable tracing sheet and other September pieces also from Mrs Jones Creation Station. I put two pages in page protectors and she traces them in our morning board time. 

We haven't started using the clock at all yet but we'll get there. 



I haven't been updating this blog except for book reviews lately but I thought I'd share this in case it helps someone else out. :)




Thursday, September 28, 2017

Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason

Book review of Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason (Revell) by papertapepins.



Intensity. Skill. Tenacity.
The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.
When a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan's life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she's made a career out of taking care of others. But after she has an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her--and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he's not about to let Haley fight this battle alone.

In a sweeping plot that takes them into long-buried memories--and the depths of the heart--Haley and Steven will have to solve the mystery of Haley's past while dodging bullets, bombs, and bad guys who just won't quit.

This series just keeps getting better and better! I wasn't completely sold on the first book, but I enjoyed #2 and #3 and I love this one! This is another creative storyline that takes you out of the usual but is still believable. Right off the bat it grabbed my full attention when it started out in modern day ... in a castle! What?? Awesome. 

I love the characters of Haley and Steven, and I appreciate that the romance aspect does not overpower the rest of the story. Not to say it isn't there, but there's much more to this book than simply that. The suspense is high, the plot thick, it's wonderfully written and you won't want to put it down. I highly recommend this entire series as it's best to start at the beginning and in my opinion each book so far is better than the one before it so you will have that to look forward to, or perhaps you will have a different favourite set of characters because that's really what I think it comes down to.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

THE AUTHOR

  1. Lynette Eason

    Lynette Eason

    Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, and the Hidden Identity series, as well as Always WatchingWithout WarningMoving Target, and Chasing Secrets in the Elite...
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