Coffee Monday

Today is Memorial Day in the United States.  I would like to take Coffee Monday and honor those who have given their lives for our country.

Thank you.

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Below are links to find out more about the history of Memorial Day.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/05/22/historical-facts-memorial-day/27817017/

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

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News, Reviews and Giveaways for the week of May 24, 2015.

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.

It looks to be another great week on the review sites.  I am including three review sites that do not feature a coming soon section but are review sites that I follow.  In fact, Live Your Life Buy the Book and It’s About The Book are two sites that are dear to me.  I did my first book reviews for Live Your Life Buy The Book.  After a brief hiatus, Live Your Life Buy The Book creator, Barb, is back with reviews, blog tours and giveaways.  It’s About The Book was started by some of my fellow reviewers from Live Your Life Buy The Book and  features reviews for a mix of genres, so there is something for everyone (There are even cook book reviews. :D).   All of the sites have something fun and exciting to share.

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The Novel Approach Reviews

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Check out the post Sunday Spotlight Post by Brandilyn.  (Wishing you a speedy recovery)

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Happy Reading

Melyna

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Rotgut Gin: A Sinner’s Gin Ficlet by Rhys Ford for the Hop Against Homophobia, Bi- and Transphobia

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I had been looking forward to this post since I saw it listed on Sunday’s Coming Soon post at the Novel Approach. It is beautiful. If you have not read Rhys Ford’s Sinner’s Gin series, I highly recommend it.

Originally posted on The Novel Approach :

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Support for the LGBT community and the HAHBAT tour continues today with a special look back at Miki, Damie, and the Sinner’s Gin boys. I’m so honored to be able to share this with you, so enjoy! And then be sure to check out the giveaway below.

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Four damned sinners went into the rain
Strings bleeding red, soaking up their pain.
Sky fell apart, piercing their souls,
Night closed down, shadows filling the holes.
One woke up, And then there were two
Sun came back out, the sky black and blue
Too bright to be warm, too sharp to be kind,
Missing twin shadows, by the two left behind.

— Four Sinners Gone Walking

“Get the fuck in, Damie!” Johnny screamed out of the driver’s window, tapping the brakes of their van to slow the vehicle down enough for Damien to jump in through the open back doors.

Miki lost…

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New Camera, Flowers and Bugs. Oh My.

I recently received a new camera for my birthday.  It is an Olympus Pen Lite E-PL5.  It is a Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera.  I wanted more than my Canon point and shoot camera, which I love and has served me well, but has some issues that I have found limiting.  I was not willing to step up to a large Digital SLR.  This is my compromise.  It is smaller than the larger Nikon DSLR I had at one time, allows for some creative choices and  interchangeable lenses with the fun aspects of point and shoot.  It came with a 14-22mm zoom lens and I also bought a 40-150mm zoom.  I am still getting used to it, but I like it more every time I use it.  Today I took it out to try some macro shots and was satisfied with the results.

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Katydid on Gallardia

Katydid on Gallardia

Spiderwort

Spiderwort

Fuzzy Caterpillar

Fuzzy Caterpillar (I see myself in this one – lol)

Beetles feasting in Cactus bloom

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closeup of Beetles in Cactus bloom

Peach

Fuzzy Peaches

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Yucca Bloom

Yucca Bloom

The rain continues and the flowers are loving it. (so am I)

I am almost afraid to say anything to jinx the unusually pleasant weather we have had (so far).  It has given us a bumper crop of dewberries.  These grow wild near our house. We picked two quarts today.

Dewberry bloomsThese beautiful flowers have now become this:

Below:  These Gaillardia pulchella have just started blooming on our land.

They are beautiful along the roadsides in the Hill Country right now.

This thistle was a bit weather beaten but I loved the way it looked.

This little Syrphis Hoverfly did too.

Wet thistle and sweat bee

Sensitive Briar (Mimosa quadrivalvus) grows wild along the railroad tracks.  I remember it being more fragrant than the ones I found today. Oh well, it is still beautiful.

 

News, Reviews and Giveaways for the week of May 11, 2015.

Hello!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  It was incredibly hectic around our house.  Not one hour available to read.  Sad, I know.

This led to no blog post about the up coming week.  Well, I am sneaking in some time before work to remedy that.

It looks to be another great week on all of the review sites.  I spotted some new cover reveals, interviews, blog tours, reviews and of course giveaways. All of the sites have something fun and exciting to share.

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The Novel Approach Reviews

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Joyfully Jay Reviews

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Prism Book Alliance

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Happy Reading

Melyna

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