Stan R. Mitchell’s Newest Release

Just wanted to let you all know, especially my friends that are thriller readers and fellow Vince Flynn and Brad Thor fans, my friend Stan Mitchell released his newest book, “Mexican Heat” which is a sequel to “Sold Out”.

“Mexican Heat” book description:

Nick Woods is tired of waiting. America’s greatest sniper has spent the better part of two years up in the mountains of Montana, waiting for the government to double-cross him and try to come get him. He has good reason to be wary. The government has betrayed him twice already, but Nick’s a hard man to kill. And just waiting in isolation, with his wife Anne gone, and his paranoia at dangerous levels, is killing him, day-by-day. And so Nick ventures out. Carefully, like Nick does everything. But what Nick doesn’t know is that the Mexican government stands on the verge of complete collapse. A brilliant madman has united the drug cartels into a deadly alliance, and the Mexican President holds a perilous grip on power. Now, Mexico’s leading businessman — a multi-billionaire who owns much of the country — is about to exit the country, selling off his businesses and taking his capital out of the country. Such a move would lead to an exodus of other businesses and just like that, America would face one of its largest catastrophes in recent times: a third world country on its borders, run by a drug cartel whose reach spans from South America into deep within the United States. America has already sent special forces to deal with this cartel, but that proved a catastrophe.

The country needs Nick Woods again, and it needs him now.

 

Learn more about Stan here.

Purchase “Mexican Heat” here.

Purchase “Sold Out” here.

 

HAPPY READINGS!!!

The End of Summer is Near

It is hard to believe that once again, summer is almost over. Labor Day officially ends summer for us up here in MN/WI. It doesn’t bother me too much, because fall is the season that I love the most. The crisp, fresh air. The changing and falling of the leaves. Sweatshirt weather. LOVE it. But it sucks to see summer end when you had a really crappy short spring, a short summer, and likely a short fall, with the dreaded long ass winter. Seriously.

It’s been a busy week, and I have been neglectful of my blog. Things will be changing for September. I am going to go back to the blogging every day.

Sunday I went to a little family reunion on my Mom’s side. It was pretty fun. But a long drive.

On Monday, I got out to the MN State Fair. We had some awesome weather, luckily the humidity and dew point dropped. It was in the 80s, sunny, and breezy. Perfection. It was a long day, left the house at 10:30 am and got home about 11:45 pm. About 3 hours total travel time, the rest was spent out at the fairgrounds!!

Wanna know what I ate? I bet you are just dying to know, huh? To me, the fair, is all about the food, lol. I had a fudge puppy (belgian waffle on a stick, coated with chocolate, and then whipped cream and sprinkles or nuts, depending on the type you get); Dole Whip in a cup (the machine wasn’t cold enough for a cone – complete pineapple deliciousness); an orange soda (which I wasn’t too impressed with); lunch was chinese food: fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, and some wontons; then got my cheese-on-a-stick (which is a MUST) and a lemonade; mac and cheese-on-a-stick (which was pretty good, and was now in a cheese coma) and a water, a Jonny pop (which is like a popsicle, basically a smoothie on a stick, I had the choco latte flavor and it was heaven); and finally dinner was french fried beef ravioli with a meatless sauce to dunk in and a diet coke.

And that night, we caught the concert at the Grandstand. It was the “Happy Together Tour 2014” and I was so excited to see it. And it was pretty phenomenal!!! One act, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, couldn’t make it. But we saw: Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad), Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), and Flo & Eddie (The Turtles). It was so awesome!! This (oldies and classic rock) was music I grew up on! It was so so so so so much fun! And I hope they come back next year. This would be considered the first concert I have been too. I have seen other acts on the little stages during the day at the fair, but have never been to the Grandstand for a show. 🙂

Tuesday, I didn’t do a damn thing, but to recover, and walk the dog like 4 times.

Wednesday, I worked the PM half day shift, since my boss was off the day.

Today and tomorrow, normal work days, and then it is Labor Day Weekend!! Wowzers.

ALS

ALS. What is ALS?

If you are on any type of social media, then you probably  know about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It is where a person has been challenged to dump a bucket of ice water on their heads, and then challenge 3 others to accept the challenge within 24 hours. If they choose to dump the ice and water on their head, they are to make a $10 donation, and if they decide to not dump the ice and water on their head, they are to make a $100 donation.

Even though the ice bucket challenge is helping bring awareness to ALS, many still don’t have a clue what this devastating disease is or how it affects people.

ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly called Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive and fatal neurological disease that causes neurons that control voluntary muscles to degenerate. From onset of symptoms, most people will die from respiratory failure within 3 to 5 years, with about 10% of those with ALS survive 10 or more years.

Early symptoms include: muscle twitching, muscle atrophy, and cramping. As the brain loses the ability to communicate with the voluntary muscles, other symptoms might appear: rigid muscles, muscle weakness, stiffness in arms and legs, difficulty in walking if the leg muscles get affected, and difficulty in lifting or holding objects if the muscles of the hands get affected. As the disease progresses, the muscles of the face and torso could also get adversely affected and the following symptoms that might occur: difficulty in swallowing, difficulty in chewing, and speech problems. When the muscles associated with breathing get affected, mechanical ventilation might be required.

There is NO cure.

So, whether you have been Ice Bucket Challenged or not, please visit alsa.org and consider making a donation today. I have. I lost an uncle many years ago to this. ALS is a devastating, heartbreaking, and horrific disease. We need to find a cure!

Naps

Naps are just great. I don’t get to take them very often, but when I do, they are fantastic. Except when you take one too late, then you wake up super tired and just want to go to bed, then when it is bedtime, you are wide awake.

What a perfect place it would be if everyone had naptime in the afternoons like we did back in kindergarten 🙂

The Journey of Reading a New Book

I’m not sure if anyone else goes through these stages, but sometimes, a lot of the times, reading a book is like riding a roller coaster, with lots of ups and downs.

Beginning: Starting a new book is very exciting! I am pumped. Let’s do this!

Beginning to Half Way: Up until I get to the half way through point, I feel very unaccomplished. It seems like it takes me forever to get to that point. I’m getting a feel for the characters and thinking about what lies ahead for them.

Half Way: The excitement returns!

3/4: When I get about 3/4s of the way through, the adrenaline starts kicking in. The questions start twirling in my head. “I’m almost done!” “What’s going to happen?” “How is it going to be tied up?” It’s like I am in a race and can see the finish line.

The last 10-20 pages: The dreaded last 10-20 pages. It’s almost done! NO! I don’t want it to end! I want more!

The End: I am sad. I have probably enjoyed the story and have fallen in love with a character or two. If the book is part of a series, then it isn’t as much sad because the story continue and so does the lives of the characters.

It’s so funny how when I start a book, I can’t wait to get to the end, even though, when I get to the end, I wish I was just starting it. It’s a vicious little cycle.

Happy Readings!!

By stacyreller Posted in Reading

Rest in Peace, Robin Williams

I was very saddened upon learning that Robin Williams passed away yesterday, as much of the world was as well.

He was a comedian. Yet, most of my favorite movies of his were ones in which he had dramatic roles: “What Dreams May Come”, “Dead Poet’s Society”, “One Hour Photo”, and “The Final Cut”. For the comedies, it is “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “RV”. And I loved the tv show “Mork & Mindy”.

I could probably go on and on and make this a really long blog, but I’m going to keep it short. There are plenty of tributes out there. One thing for sure is that Robin Williams will be missed.

We all fight battles within ourselves. But just remember, you are not alone. We are all in this together. If you need to, please talk to someone. Someone cares about you, even if you don’t know it. 🙂

God Bless!
Keep the Faith!
Stay in the Fight!

A whole week went by

Hard to believe that it has been a week since I last blogged.  To be honest, every day that went by, I thought about blogging, but didn’t have much to say. Had no clue what to blog about. So, I just didn’t. And I still don’t know what to blog about.

Hopefully, I will get back on track this week! And cook up some interesting topics.

The Weekend is Winding Down

I’ve had a pretty good weekend. How about you?

I challenged myself to another #DropTheDigitalLifeSundays and I was pretty damn successful. Yay!

It really refreshes me, and I am ready for another work week.

Wishing everyone a successful week ahead.

Monthly Goals August 2014

Updates on July’s Goals:

  1. Finish Poetry Book collection and send off for copyright BY July 10th! 🙂
  2. Finish I of X in my current project 😦
  3. Watch season 9 of “Murder, She Wrote” 🙂
  4. Read 5 books this month. 3 at the minimum 😦 / 🙂

So how about some goals for August?

I am not making any goals. It is pretty much the last month of the summer, so I am going to enjoy it. Many of the weekends are filled, and if I have busy weeks at work again, I don’t want to feel disappointed in things that I goaled and failed at.

Sit back. Relax. Enjoy the rest of the summer.