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Friday, May 6th, 2016
The Mother’s Day Hop #contest #books

Mother's Day Hop

From Friday, May 6th at 12:30am EST until Monday, May 9th at 12pm EST, 133 authors and blogs have come together to offer prizes on every page PLUS the chance to win part of the grand prize through the giveaway below.

Don’t miss out! Visit one, or all to participate. Easy entries.

Meet some new authors! Discover some awesome blogs.

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Thursday, May 5th, 2016
Travel: A Younger Me with Braids

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This is another photo of a younger me. It was taken in the Central African Republic after the local ladies came to our campsite and braided our hair. I kept my hair like this for a few weeks, and when I finally took the braids out, I looked like the wicked witch of the west. Lots of frizz and hair sticking out in all directions!

Hubby got his beard braided, but that’s an entirely different post…

Have you ever had your hair braided?

Monday, May 2nd, 2016
Delicious Oatmeal Cookies #recipe

Oatmeal Cookies

This weekend I had a yearning for cookies. After checking through my favorite recipes, I decided I’d try a new one for oatmeal cookies. They turned out very well – the recipe is a keeper.

Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

4 ounces brown sugar

3 1/2 ounces fine caster sugar

4 ounces butter

1 egg (large)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon milk

7 ounces plain white flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

salt

3 ounces of rolled oats (oatmeal porridge)

6 ounces of either – chocolate chips, raisins, chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)  coconut or dried cranberries.

Method:

1. Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.

2. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk.

3. Add your choice of the optional ingredients – I added chocolate, cranberries and a few walnuts.

4. Add the baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour and mix well.

5. Roll into walnut sized balls and flatten slightly. Place on greased baking tray.

6. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes in a pre-heated oven 180C/350F until lightly browned.

7. Leave on the baking tray for a few minutes before placing on a rack to cool. Makes aprox. 35 cookies.

Shelley’s Notes:

1. I cooked mine for ten minutes using fan bake. They turned out soft and a bit chewy.

2. Next time I’ll cook them slightly longer to see how they taste when they are a bit crisper. Just an experiment. This batch was delicious as they were.

Friday, April 29th, 2016
Last Day for Field Stripped Pre-order Contest! #contest #books

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Field Stripped Box Set

Authors: Marissa Dobson, Nicole Garcia, Piper Presley, Ellie Keys, Julie Morgan, Alyssa Breck, Lily-Ann Johnson, Natasza Waters, C.J. Pinard, Tamara Hoffa, Shelley Munro, S.E. Babin, Carly Carson, Xandra James, and Calinda B

Genre: Military Contemporary Romance

Field Stripped Box Set

15 Steamy Military Romances from today’s New York Times and Amazon Bestselling authors. FIELD STRIPPED with stories filled with love, romance, and smokin’ hot alpha men sure to get your temperature rising.

Bestselling Author, Marissa Dobson Ace in the Hole: Ace in the Hole-Returning home from a deployment, Navy SEAL Ace Diamond finds the only woman he’s ever loved pregnant and living in his house. Gwyneth didn’t expect reuniting with the man who broke her heart. After all these years, will they give love a second chance?

New York Times Bestselling Author, Nicole Garcia Saving Private Blue: Savannah has endured years of heartache ever since Billy broke up with her and joined the Army. Her only comfort is Travis, Billy’s brother. What happens when two brothers love the same woman? Can broken hearts be mended? Will true love prevail above all else?

Amazon Bestselling Author, Piper Presley Thorn of a Soldier: Young and newly married Marisa and Brody Clark will soon be separated when army soldier Brody gets deployed. Will Marisa remain Brody’s devoted military wife or will an ex-boyfriend convince her to untie the knot?

Ellie Keys Belinda’s Mission: Belinda Banneker (B.B.’s) world has been rocked in more ways than one and only one person can set it to rights. The only problem is no one knows where this man, well no one, but B.B.

Bestselling Author, Julie Morgan Delta Force: Fighting in the war changed Logan Saunders. Facing the possibility of losing everything, he has to make a choice: In the line of fire, there is fight or flight. This is a fight Logan intends to win.

Award-Winning & Amazon Bestselling Author, Alyssa Breck Locked and Loaded: After society turned its back on him, ex-Army Ranger Hunter McKay finds a family in an outlaw motorcycle club. When Holly Farris’ research lands her in a seedy bar, the biker and the journalism student collide. Can an ambitious young reporter win the heart and trust of a jaded former soldier?

Amazon Bestselling Author, Lily-Ann Jonson Blondie’s Hero: When Teufel Hundens Bar & Grill needs a new bartender will Retired Marine Jake Peterson be the hero that Blondie needs? Or will hidden truths and her ex’s anger have Blondie doubting not only Jake but their budding love as well?

Amazon Bestselling Author, Natasza Waters Committed to Chase: Combat took Jesse’s leg, but as a retired SEAL he has no regrets. He’s got a new mission. Her name’s Charlie and the chase is on.

C.J. Pinard Antihero: He’s dealing with a haunted past of crime and war. She’s trying to stay clean and walk a straight path. Is the chemistry storming between them enough to keep them together?

Bestselling Author, Tamara Hoffa Healing Love: A sniper’s bullet shattered Army Medic Sandra O’Donnell’s shoulder and her sunny outlook on life. Can fellow soldier, Zach Winters provide the Healing Love she needs to fight the nightmares and dare to care again?

Shelley Munro Innocent Next Door: Special Air Services soldier Nikolai Tarei owes his neighbor and friend a favor, but looking out for his twenty-two year old niece is stretching friendship too far. Summer is young but her sex appeal, sassiness and brazen disregard for safety have Nikolai scrambling to protect both her and his battered heart.

Award-Winning & Amazon Bestselling Author, S.E. Babin Flight Risk: Just when he thought he’d gotten rid of her, Lennox King shows up as a combat photographer embedded with his unit. Brooks is in the hot zone already, but her presence is guaranteed to make it a scorcher.

Carly Carson Taken by the SEAL: Navy SEAL Declan Moynihan has orders to clandestinely shut down a notorious slave brothel in a Middle East war zone. Laila Catami, his accidental captive, is the mysterious woman being brought in to run the brothel.

Xandra James SEALed with a Vegas Kiss: SEALed with a Vegas Kiss- I’m in Vegas to stop a wedding. I’ve been in love with Molly ever since I could remember but I’m no good for her, so I’ve stayed away…when I could. But now her brother—and my CO—has found out the groom-to-be is a dick, and I have no intention of ignoring a direct order to take him out of the picture. My mission is to stop the wedding at all costs, but success hinges on whether I can keep my hands

Amazon Bestselling, Calinda B Blurred Lines: A lonely young woman meets a Navy submariner on leave. His heart has been broken; hers has never awakened. Will their lust-filled communion make a difference?

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Friday, April 22nd, 2016
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Saturday, April 16th, 2016
Forbidden City, Beijing #travel

Forbidden City Roof

This is another photo taken in the Forbidden city, Beijing. The carvings and figures on the roof are amazing. The roof design allows people to see the figures easily and they add a decorative touch. The figures all have meanings, and they were only used on important buildings such as palaces, government buildings and temples.

Friday, April 15th, 2016
Exploring the Forbidden City #travel

ForbiddenCity

This is me in the Forbidden City in Beijing. This previous imperial palace is now a large museum. We visited twice while we were in Beijing and spent hours wandering around the huge complex. Lots of color and beautiful buildings. Lots of people too, although we were early enough to avoid the worst of the crowds.

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Mackenzie: Sheep Stealer and Explorer #travel #NewZealand

James Mackenzie and Friday

This statue of Mackenzie and his dog Friday stands in the main street of Fairlie, New Zealand.

The real story of James Mackenzie, the sheep thief and man from whom the Mackenzie country in the south of the South Island takes it name, is still shrouded in mystery.

He departed from his home country of Scotland under a cloud after doing some double-dealing with some cattle that didn’t belong to him. At first, he went to Australia and then on to New Zealand. No one is sure of his exact arrival in New Zealand.

He first came to notice when he was discovered in the possession of one thousand head of sheep belonging to Robert and George Rhodes. Captured, he managed to escape, fleeing barefoot into the surrounding countryside. This was on the 4th March 1855.

It wasn’t until ten days later that he was arrested in Lyttelton on the charges “feloniously taking, stealing and driving away sheep.”

On 17th April 1855 he was found guilty by a jury in the Supreme Court at Lyttelton and sentenced to five years of hard labor on the roads.

Nine months later on 11th January 1856, he was granted an unconditional pardon. The hard labor had caused his health to deteriorate and he also staged many escapes, which were expensive for the Government because they had to recapture him each time.  James Mackenzie spoke Gaelic and his English was poor, which meant he didn’t understand a lot of what occurred during his trial. These circumstances were communicated to the Governor by Mr Henry John Tancred, the Resident Magistrate at Lyttelton and Mackenzie’s pardon went through.

James Mackenzie left New Zealand shortly after his release and went to Australia. It is thought he died in Australia but no one knows for certain.

Mackenzie’s collie dog was called Friday. it is thought Mackenzie gave Friday commands in Gaelic since the dog refused to work for anyone else. She was a silent collie and worked the sheep in silence. I’ve heard it said that Mackenzie’s dog Friday was so well trained she could move a herd of sheep by herself while Mackenzie drank in the local pub. I don’t know how true this is, but it certainly adds romance to the tale.

I’m not sure what happened to Friday while Mackenzie was serving his sentence, but the dog was produced during the trial. It’s said the dog whimpered, Mackenzie spoke to her in Gaelic and then broke down and cried.

Visitors to Mackenzie country might find it strange that we’ve named an area after a sheep thief, but as well as being a shepherd, Mackenzie was an explorer and he found a region that is perfect for sheep. These days several large high country stations farm the Mackenzie region.

Source: The Story of James Mackenzie of the Mackenzie country, New Zealand, presented by Catriona Baker.

Saturday, April 9th, 2016
White Desert, Egypt #travel

This is the last of the photos in my series of shots of the White Desert in Egypt.

White Desert Shelley Munro

This is me sitting on one of the white rock formations in the White Desert. And yes, I was having a very bad hair day since we’d been camping for several days and it was stinking hot. This photo was taken toward the end of the day, not long before the sun set.

Friday, April 8th, 2016
White Desert 5, Egypt #travel

White Desert Formation

A close up of one of the rock formations in the White Desert, Egypt. They are amazing, formed by wind and sand action. The rock is white, hence the name of the desert.