What I’m Reading This Weekend #FridayReads (44)

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Hellooooo!  This is heather and another episode of …

My kids have been listening to way too many Minecraft videos.  I think it is Stampy that starts his out every single time with that.  Seriously, cannot escape minecraft in this house.

I even sat on a creeper last night.  It is everywhere in this place.  You can all raise your hands and say my house too because if you have kids around my kids’ ages (5, 7, 10, even the 15 year old plays), you too have Minecraft going on over there.

How are you all doing?

This has been the dance week from Hell.

Not that I don’t enjoy dance, I love Leecy in dance.  I love dancing myself.  But holy cow have we been on the move.

Today marks hours 18, 19, and 20 in dance classes for Alyce this week.  20 hours she will have put in dancing by noon today.   This is what happens when your 7 year old wants to try out for the competition team just like her cousin, who adores, who is almost 16.  She has had dance camp every day this week from 9-12 where they focus completely on jazz.  I can’t complain really because difference in the cleanness of her technique is amazing in just 4 days (I am not counting today because she has not been there yet as of my typing this up.).  I have never seen that child put such a conscious effort into her toes being pointed or into her arms being like raw spaghetti, not cooked spaghetti.  She fell out of her pirouette in the video I will put in another post, but her body positioning in it is so much better.  That camp has been amazing.  Every day since Tuesday we have had something going on around the time of dance camp.  Tuesday morning I had a doctor’s appointment at 7, then camp at 9-12, then Jordan had  a dermatologist appointment and needed to go pick up his new glasses, then we had to hit the dance store because Alyce has outgrown all her dance shoes in the last 2 months… Wednesday was dance camp, then Jordan had therapy at 1 while Pato took Alyce to the other dance store because the first one we went to had her ballet and her jazz shoes but not her tap shoes, the other store had the bloch tap shoes she needed.  Then back to the studio because Alyce had poms, jazz, hip hop, and tumbling that night.  I seriously thought I was going to have to carry her out of there at 7:15 when she was done.  Yesterday was dance camp, then Nano had to have a cavity filled, then back to the studio where Katiana’s friend met her to take her to the library for a tween thing while Alyce had leaps & turns, tap, and ballet.

Today is just the 3 hours of dance camp and then this mama is taking a nap.  She was supposed to have another dance camp tonight and tomorrow, but it has been rescheduled for next month.  I couldn’t help myself.  If she missed dancing with Kent Boyd (SYTYCD) and another guy from SYTYCD she would be so sad.  What is it about Kent Boyd?  He plays in one of her favorite movies, Teen Beach Movie.  He is Rascal.  It is awesome to be able to dance with the professionals the studio brings in for workshops, but it is even more awesome to a 7 year old when he has been in a movie she has watched 100 times.  Anyways, Kent Boyd had to start filming Teen Beach 2, so he will be at our studio sometime next month instead, giving me a much needed break from running.

I am freaking exhausted because my boys have been getting me up before 6 for some irritating reason, and I don’t typically go to bed until 1 or 2 AM.

I just need a vacation from summer vacation.

This was supposed to be a post about books, was it not?  I should have vented about my week in it’s own individual post.  You guys don’t mind do you?  Cool. 

On to the books.

I have wanted to read this one since I posted the blitz for it. I got it on Netgalley and started reading it last night:

I used to think I could be a hero, but one deadly night destroyed that delusion. So I’ve come home defeated. My military career, my best friend, my purpose—all of it is lost.
What I find is her.
She’s my best friend’s sister, and she’s everything I shouldn’t want. She’s on a hopeless quest for answers about her brother’s death, but those are secrets that can never come to light. She’s always been a fighter, and she desperately wants the truth.
I desperately want her.
Someone is trying to kill her now, and she won’t let me keep her safe. I have to do it anyway, even if she doesn’t trust me, even if she hates me for it. A man protects what’s precious to him, whether or not he can ever claim her for his own. So she becomes my purpose.
I’ll become a hero for her.

Purchase Duty Bound
Kindle|Nook|All Romance Books


Samantha Chase

Noelle Adams

Next is one that I am now kind of nervous about.  I want to like this so bad – but looking at the reviews that have come in after I said I would review it makes me iffy about it.  I will go into it with an open mind and hope for the best.


Bailey Wrenn is a small town girl with a big back story. Her mother left when she was young, leaving her in the care of an out of touch alcoholic father that barely noticed her existence. After trudging through life with no clear direction, she begins to wonder if she needs to leave this scarred memory of a town behind and finally move on. When Bailey hears from her friend Julie that life in Chicago is great and she should come out sometime, she takes that open invitation, and comes to visit her old friend with no idea of when she’s going to leave.
One night, after Julie drags her from the apartment to see a local fight, she sees Kyle, a mysterious MMA fighter with a winning streak and an elusive personality. He doesn’t talk to anybody after his fights, and disappears faster than Bailey can blink. One day during a chance encounter filling out job applications, Bailey runs into Kyle at his work, and the electricity between them is bright enough to light up the city.
It’s only when they begin to get close, though, that things are turned upside down. An old boyfriend and a brutal and devastating past makes Bailey believe she can’t be close to another man ever again, even if he seems perfect. She feels alone. She’s broken.
HEA and no cliffhanger! This is a standalone novel.
*This book is recommended for readers 17 and up for violence, language, and some adult situations.*

Purchase Broken

M.L. Young


You know, I think that is all I am going to put on myself this weekend.  If I get more done great, if not, I good with that too.  I am going to try to get caught up on a few of my favorite TV shows that have an entire season sitting on the DVR waiting for me to watch.  I am really missing my Ghost Adventures Crew guys.

What is on your list this weekend?

Books I have bought this week –

Spice Box Preorder $.99|Consumed $.99|Collide $.99

The Resurrection Of Aubrey Miller $2.99|Silk $.99

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Heather has read 134 books toward her goal of 200 books.

I am getting there on my challenge.  How are you doing?
I think that is it for me.  I have to get Alyce up to the dance studio and then I am coming home and crawling into bed for a couple of hours until it is time to go back up and get her.
Have a great weekend all!

Not Everyone’s Mama

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