#BookBlurb: #WalkerBride by Bernadette Marie

Book Blurb for Walker Bride:

Always the bridal consultant, never the bride. That was former bad girl gone business professional, Pearl Walker’s life until she put her hands on Tyson Morgan while measuring him for a tux.

Tyson was happy being a miserable man, taking care of his family’s land, and not involved with a woman. However, even he can’t resist the pull of attraction to the beautiful, and off limits, Pearl?

The feud between the Walkers and the Morgans had torn apart friends and families for generations. What might happen when Pearl Walker and Tyson Morgan become business partners—and more?

Berndette Marie

BIO:

Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011, along with her other series and single title books. The married mother of five sons promises Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it, because she lives it.

When not writing, Bernadette Marie is shuffling her sons to their many events—mostly hockey—and enjoying the beautiful views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from her front step. She is also an accomplished martial artist with a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.

A chronic entrepreneur, Bernadette Marie opened her own publishing house in 2011, 5 Prince Publishing, so that she could publish the books she liked to write and help make the dreams of other aspiring authors come true too. Bernadette Marie is also the CEO of Illumination Author Events.

#BetaReaders for #LoveandDrugs

Camp NanoWriMo is coming to a close, and I am very close to finishing my book. I know it is a bit crazy to think I can write a little less then 10,000 words in three days(especially with me taking time to write this) but I only have a chapter and a half left. So I’m ready to start looking for beta readers. Any takers? Email me and I can send you a copy, once it’s finished of course. 🙂

The book is about Magdalene, a senior in college, preparing for a trip to Europe and finally got the girl of her dreams. She has a perfect job working for a flower shop (that isn’t your typical flower shop) and not a care in the world. But Magdalene has a couple of pretty big secrets, that she wants to keep. However, the most dangerous of secrets walks in on the first day of school. Her ex-boyfriend is back in town and ready to violate his restraining order, as well as mess with her job. So she calls in her favor to The Family, and all hell ensues. In the end only one will survive, but who is going down?

Excerpt: “I was overweight in high school, so this uniform didn’t look half as good on me then as it does now. Boys and girls a like would pick on me and drive my self-esteem lower and lower. Then one day I met Alex. Handsome and smooth talking Alex. We bonded over our love for music and when we sang in choir, it was magic. We started out as friends but wanted to take it a step further.
“So we tried dating. Everything went smoothly for the first few weeks, we would hold hands and kiss each other goodbye on the cheek. He took me to movies and watch sunsets from high up on the ridge of the rock query, he was a perfect gentleman but then he tried to force himself on me.” I looked over at her to see how she was taking it so far. Monica seemed OK so far, but the tale is only starting to go dark.
I continued, “I fought him off and just treated it like he was joking around. He persisted and I broke up with him. Of course he spread it around that he broke up with me because I was too clingy or something.
“Then a few months later, he roped me in saying he was sorry and wouldn’t try anything like that again until I was ready. So we tried again and everything started the same as before. After awhile he began to force himself upon me and I would fight him, this time he would shame me into having sex with him.

#Musical Monday Review: Mulan

Overview: Ancient China is under attack and Mulan’s already battle worn father is drafted into the army again. Foregoing her duty to marry a man of great honor, she cuts her hair, dons her father’s armor and with the help of her ancestral guardian, she joins the army. Under the name Ping, she trains to become a warrior and defeat the Hun’s. Once her captain is certain the troops are ready, they set out to meet his father and instead find a burning village and his father dead. Following the Hun’s path, there is an epic battle where Mulan saves the day. However, she is struck in the chest and her secret is out. Her ruse is one punishable by death, but as she saved her captain’s life, he spares hers and leaves her on the mountain. Not quite as dead as they seem, the Hun’s pop out of the deep snow and head for the capital. Mulan observes this and heads off to warn her friends. They do not believe her, because she is a woman and are attacked. The emperor is taken hostage as everyone is sealed out of the palace. Using skills taught in training, Mulan gussies up the boys as concubines and sneaks in. Underestimating them, the guards are quickly disarmed and the emperor is saved. Mulan kills the leader of the huns and brings great honor to her family.

Opinion: This is the second Disney movie where the girl doesn’t have to be rescued by the man. In 1995, the first Disney Princess movie to do this was Pocahontas (Mulan came out three years later), before this girls were being taught that they had to be rescued by a man in order to survive. Mulan taught us that we could be just as strong and independent as men. Mulan also teaches us that no matter what the laws are, you should always do what is right. Her father was slightly disabled and would not survive another war, but because he had no son the honor of fighting was on him. Mulan felt it was right to take his place, but that would never had been allowed in this time period.

Favorite song is “Make a Man” where Shang is singing about making men out of the worthless boys he was sent to train.

“Honor to Us All” gives great insight to the time period and what the expectations were of women.

Discipline or Abuse?

A little while ago a TV show aired a miniseries about a man slapping a child. (Little clear up, I watched the Australian version.) Each episode gives a different point of view from those that were around at the time of the incident. The first episode sets the scene, it is Hector’s 40th birthday and his wife is throwing him a party with friends and family. Hector is having his own issues leading up to the infamous slap, and before he can have a nervous breakdown his cousin slaps a child that isn’t his.

This child in question is about four or five years old, single child and spoiled. His parents allow him to get away with anything and they display that through out the show. He is first in trouble for biting another child, then he breaks a video game controller. Hugo, the child, is then caught messing with CDs  and vinyl records, coating them in chocolate and chips as well as scratching them. The last incident before the slap is him being yelled at by his parents for repeatedly pulling up flowers from the roots. The mother’s response is to pick him up and breast feed him in front of the other children and Hector, who comes to sort out the arguing. The children went outside to play cricket, and the child has the bat/paddle thing. Playing by the rules, he was out and didn’t want to give up the bat. He starts swinging it around aiming for the surrounding kids, and that is when the cousin stepped in, took the bat and smacked him across the face.

His father is an argumentative sort, who finds problems with everyone and all of their choices. Obviously he really flies off the handle when his child is hit, especially when it was by a man he had been having a heated argument just seconds before.

First off I do not have children, but helped raise three sisters and grew up surrounded by little cousins as the oldest in the group. Secondly, I do not support child abuse, but I do believe in spankings. I want that clear.

I can understand where the cousin was coming from. Someone should have taken the child to task before it got that out of hand. Hugo was attacking his child and the other children with a bat, had no one stepped in someone was going to get hurt. Then the kid would have hurt someone and gotten away with it.

While I feel that action needed to taken, the approach was wrong. Children need discipline and to be taught right from wrong. Sitting in a chair and yelling at a child who obviously never listens, is not going to work. Babying him when he is so clearly in the wrong is detrimental to his social development. He is going to grow up feeling entitled and used to everyone giving him whatever he wants on a silver platter.

It drives me insane when children are not taught any manners, but to go around doing things they are not supposed to be doing is worse. It also shows the other children rebellion. If that kid doesn’t have to listen to his parents why do I? With unruly children, people wonder why the world is going psycho.

Reprimanding a child for wrong doing is completely fine, but slapping the child was wrong for different reasons. One you don’t slap a child, they need a spanking, time out or some sort of action that makes them realize they are doing wrong. Secondly it was not the cousins place to do it. The parents should have stepped in and done something. And I don’t mean breastfeeding, the kid was too old for that anyway, or separating him from the other children with the promise of explaining why he was wrong later. Discipline should be done in the moment so the child fully understands what he did wrong.

Am I wrong in thinking this? It seems like parents no longer care about their children or how they turn out. Then when the kids are all grown up, everyone expects them to act right, but how can they when they were never taught how? At the very least, if I did half the crap that kid did, I would have gotten a stern talking to and put in time out. That’s the least, at most I would have been spanked, told to say sorry and put in my room or some room alone to think about my actions.

I know I’m not the best example, but seriously people need to take control of their kids or not get upset when others do it for them.

#BookReview: To The Gallows by G.S. Luckett 4/5 Stars

Overview: Cole Winters is an African-American U.S. Marshal being hunted for killing the men who killed his wife and son. Joseph Two Guns is a Native-American being hunted for robbing a bank and killing a big-shot’s son. These two men grew up as brothers, and Cole had married Joseph’s sister. Now they are running for the border, but these gentleman stop to help a gun-toting lady in distress. Jessie was traveling to meet her sister and father, when she ran into some trouble in the same town as Joseph. She joined the brothers and gave them shelter once they made it to her “Indian-raided” home. Finding her sister taken by a lawless lawman, the men decide to help her and rescue the sister. The men hunting Cole and Joseph, then team up with the captors for a big gun fight at the end.

Review: I know I said I wasn’t going to do anymore classics or history pieces for awhile but I had been asked to do a review on this book and I was hooked the moment I started reading. I’m not usually one for an old west type of book, but this was good. There was always action or wonderment that kept the story moving. The author does jump perspectives a bit, but it is more planned out and easier to follow from the beginning. Luckett really does paint a picture of everything happening and moves seamlessly from point A to point B.

Recommend: Yes.