28 July, 2017

Dengue Fever - Causes and Symptoms

This is the time for monsoons in India. Stagnant water gives rise to more mosquitoes and thus more mosquito-borne diseases like Dengue virus.

Half a million patients are hospitalized every year with dengue virus globally. So, the awareness about the Dengue fever will be helpful for its prevention.

What is Dengue?

Dengue fever is mainly found in tropical and sub tropical areas in the world and it can be caused by any one of the four viruses that are spread by mosquitoes. It is transmitted by the bite of Aedes mosquito infected with a dengue virus. When the infected mosquito bites, the virus enters into the person's blood stream.
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Symptoms of Dengue :

The symptoms usually show up 4 to 5 days after getting an infection and it can last up to 10 days.
Initial symptoms include:

  • sudden onset fever
  • headache
  • mouth and nose bleeding
  • joint pains
  • vomiting
  • Skin rashes
  • diarrhea
  • Nausea etc.,
How can we prevent it?

It is better to be safe than sorry. Here are a few tips that might help.
  • Keeping house clean without stagnant water by reducing mosquito habitat
  • Wearing protective clothing
  • Using mosquito repellent 
Dengue is not contagious but the infected mosquitoes can spread the disease quickly. 

Be safe in the monsoons :-)

Until next time,

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dengue-fever/basics/causes/con-20032868

27 July, 2017

Why are moms always tired?

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Recently, I was discussing with my friend why I am looking tired most of the time and this triggered me to write this post. 

I am a mom of 2 boys aged 6 and 2. I left my job due to relocation and I thought, I will have more free time to rest :-) I have realized, it's not true. Though I used to work with 2 kids earlier, I had some support from parents, in laws and house help. 

The summer holidays are over for children in India, but in the USA, we still have to survive around 20 more days until children start going to school. So, it is really tough since last 2 months to engage kids and also manage household activities.

Engaging a 6-year-old is not a big deal but handling a toddler will take up more energy.

Why are moms of toddlers always busy? 

Here are a few reasons:

1. Engaging children is not easy
I try many ways to engage my kids. I read them books, teach them house hold works, give them time for free play, take them to park/ library/ movie/ museum/ friend's house, plan an outstation trip at least once every 15 days. I also sit with them and help in painting, creating crafts (and cleaning the mess afterward :)) , teach them our mother tongue and tell them nice stories. When I am dead tired, I allow them to watch Tv and play games on the tablet (No guilty conscious there, as this is the last option). 

Now, tell me, how much energy does these coordinations require? This is one of the first reason for my tiredness.

2. Running behind the toddler
Running behind toddlers is super tough, I say. My 2-year-old does some or the other naughty thing in a blink. Once, he applied Vicks Vapourub to his hair when I was busy with cooking. He explores all the corners of the house and sometimes tries his hands on glue and crayons. 
Sometimes, he simply scatters all his building blocks. So, running behind him and cleaning the mess takes more energy.

3. Feeding struggles
I read hundreds of articles on how to cook and feed healthy food to children. I am not a good cook and also don't enjoy cooking. I mostly rely on youtube. To add to my problems, my younger one is a fussy eater. I can't blame his age. He is more interested in playing with his toys than focusing his energy and skills on learning to eat. I have to wait one more year to escape from this problem.

4. Not focusing on my health
I feel bad to say this. But, I have to agree that I am ignoring my health. I am not eating food at the right time(I am trying hard to eat lunch at 12.30 itself and start feeding my kid later even though my heart won't allow). I think I have to focus on my diet and concentrate on rich protein food. I say this to myself many times and I know this cannot be an excuse for tiredness.

5.  Taking time for hobbies
'Me time' is essential for my happiness. But I have to sacrifice a few things to get that free time for my hobbies. It leads to less sleep and not having enough rest.
So, these are some of the factors that keep me busy and tired. Do you also feel the same way? What do you do to keep your energy levels high and be healthy? 

Please share your tips in comments. 

 Until next time,

#ThursdayTreeLove 19 - A foggy morning

I loved this specific morning walk when weather was foggy and the Sun looked beautiful. Do you like it too?

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24 July, 2017

Thomas Troll's Travels by Nicolas Starling - [Book Review]

Thomas Troll's Travels 

Thomas the Troll comes from Norway. Like most Trolls he is mischievous, naughty and full of adventure.
One day, he has to leave Norway because the troll elders are going to punish him for being so cheeky.
Thomas decides to live in England and has had all kinds of adventures on the way there.
He meets elves, gnomes and brings Ticklefish with him; Ticklefish are great fun and nearly as naughty as Trolls.
Thomas meets pirates a friendly ghost and even thinks he's sees the queen!
Some people think Trolls are a fairy tale. I don't. Do you?

My Review:

Trolls are cute little beings. I never heard about them until i saw 'Trolls' movie. This children's book is about a naughty and brave troll Thomas and his adventures. 

The story is a bit lengthy but good for children above 6 years old. The story teaches kids about bravery and encourages their exploring nature.

The writing style is good with medium pace and a casual friendly tone. The cover is amazing and attractive for kids. The title of the book is apt. I loved the characters of Ronnie and Tracy. The story is unpredictable with minor twists. Overall, a fun read for kids. I would have loved if there are some pictures/ illustrations in the book.

My Rating: 3.5/5

PS: I have received this book from the author in exchange for a review and this is my honest opinion on the book.

About the author: 
Living in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, retired Butcher Nicolas Starling hasalways enjoyed entertaining people both young and old with his vivid imagination.

In Author's words:

Thomas trolls travels happened quite by accident really. I am a 62 year old man that has taken early retirement through ill health and one day my sister visited us with her granddaughter Gracie. Gracie is a lovely little girl that is nearly three years old. She has a really mischievous smile and never sits still or shuts up. When she talks I can understand the odd word but no more so I talk back to her and hope I am saying yes and no in the right places. A few days after they had gone I was sat having my morning coffee and it was raining I started thinking about what to do to stop boredom setting in and I thought I would write a story to read to Gracie. But what could I write about? I have been to Norway six times on holiday and it really is a beautiful country. I was looking through photos and I had taken one of my mother stood next to a big troll and that's where I got the idea from.

I have always loved tormenting and being tormented. Especially by children and I always try to work it so the child has the last word. As I have been told I have a vivid imagination so being a very early riser would get at 4.30am make my coffee and let my imagination go. Thomas is mixture of myth and Gracie and he is only in his 60s which is very young for a troll and full of mischief which got him in trouble. If you notice in the story he always has help on his journey so that's where I thought of troll toffee hoping that kids would think it is something nice and help Thomas. The pirate ship is a mode of transport and Ronnie is his first friend on the journey and together they have great fun. But when the pirates get caught they leave the ship in London. Theticklefish came to mind again early morning coffee time. I keep tropical fish and find them very relaxing to watch. A pair of guppies were doing what nature intended and ticklefish just appeared in my thoughts. I think the ticklefish are great because they appear wherever needed and hopefully will attach themselves to parents, grandparents or any adult friends of a family and tickle the kids.

Gnomes originated from Germany hundreds of years ago there job is to look after farmers crops from diseases and getting eaten by wild animals so he popped up to help while Thomas and Tracy were trying to get out London. Thomas saw Tracy Troll first when she was made of stone and fell in love straight away. Ronnie made a spell to make Tracy real and they both set off on their journey Tracy taught Thomas how to read and tried to teach him how to behave. They sneaked in to Buckingham palace when the royal standard was flying. They thought they saw the Queen. But they got caught and sent to the tower of London where they met the ghost of Anne Boleyn who was a very nice ghost .I thought with Anne Boleyn I would try and bring a little bit of history into the story. When they had escaped the Tower they sneaked on the back of a lorry which happened to be full of sweets and pop, Thomas got told off for being greedy and sulked. Then they got off at the seaside where Thomas and Tracy got married. I did that to try and bring a little bit love and loyalty into the story. The final part in Scotland is where they meet Chrissy mc Car the lady who ran the donkey sanctuary which both came about from my tormenting. ChristineCarr is a close friend of the family and will do anything to help if she can, and the donkey sanctuary comes from me singing little donkey to her. My singing is absolutely terrible but I tell her it's beautiful and what she says couldn't be put in a children's book. So Thomas just started as a story but everybody thought it should be published so I thought I would have a go.

.P.S I would just like to add that without the help and patience of the publishers I couldn't have done it.

Until next time,

20 July, 2017

3 new healthy habits that I started...

Health is a Gift and we realize its importance as we grow old. I have added 3 simple routines to my daily life and I hope these can make a big difference to anyone who embraces them.

Green Tea:
I have started taking green tea a long time back but couldn't stick to it. I started it again and my target is to drink green tea at least twice a day. I cannot drink it bitter, so I am adding honey to it. Tetley and Twinings have a lot of flavors and my favorite one is honey and lemon flavor.

We all know that Green tea has a lot of benefits due to its antioxidants and nutrients.
Read this article to know about more health benefits.
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Overnight oats:

Inspired by fellow bloggers Mayuri and Vidya, I have started eating oats soaked overnight. It is not only tasty but healthy breakfast. I am layering oats in a jar with milk, Greek yogurt and berries/cherries. I keep this in the refrigerator for a night and eat it the next day as breakfast with any fruit like blueberries, strawberries or banana slices. The Greek yogurt I use is flavored with peaches/ cherries/ berries and is sweet. So, No need to add sugar/ honey.

Read this article to know more about the benefits of having this breakfast.

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40 min exercise rule:
It becomes difficult with kids and family responsibilities to spend even 1 hour on exercise. So, I chose the simple form of exercise like walking for at least 40 mins a day. I plan to start aerobics work out in the evenings at least for 30 mins and replace walking with jogging in the future. Not sure how long I can continue but decided to make this rule a part of my life from now on.
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Did you also start any new healthy habits recently? Do let me know in comments.

Until next time,

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Life through my Bioscope

Fairly Safe by Deborah Ann Davis - [Book Review]


 Young Adult Romantic Suspense 
Date Published: August 2016
Publisher: D&D Universe, llc

When Mistaken Identity collides with Secret Identity, who wins?
   JACOB HAS COME A LONG WAY FOR AN ORPHANED KID. He has a mentor, a great job, and has finally fallen in love. Granted, she mistook him for a stalker when they met, but every relationship has its little problems. Unfortunately, for the past few years, as the object of his affection pops in and out of his life, she has refused to share any personal info, like where she’s from…or her real name. Regardless, Jacob is ready to take their relationship to the next level. Now, if only he can locate her so he can tell her.

    CASEY’S FAMILY IS IN THE WITNESS PROTECTION program. Safety has to be their only priority. Their cover has been blown before, so Casey knows at any given time they could be forced to disappear again. Obviously, a shy young man with hopeful eyes cannot possibly be added to the mix. Now, if only she can stop thinking about him.

    JACOB’S AND CASEY’S WORLDS UNEXPECTEDLY COLLIDE when Jacob inadvertently helps hide her family. Exposed to their 24/7 vigilance, Jacob realizes he must come up with a plan to keep them out of harm’s way, because this time if Casey disappears, she will be taking with her Jacob’s heart, and his hopes of finally having a family of his own.

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My Review:

This is my first book of this genre - A romantic suspense. This is the story of Jacob, an orphan, and Casey who is in witness protection program. Casey had to give preference to her safety than her love life due to her circumstances. Jacob and Casey meet unexpectedly and it is love at first sight. Casey is a mystery girl and doesn't give any of her details to Jacob even after many meetings but is in love with Jacob. An accident gives them a chance to meet again, but will Casey run away from Jacob again? 

My favourite part of the book is the suspense. The story is revealed slowly as we move, letting us know each character and their purpose. The story is narrated in the perspective of the old man William, Casey and Jacob. The mystery is maintained till 3/4th of the book on why Casey always runs away from Jacob leaving him clueless. The writing style is cool and casual. The characterization is deep enough for the readers to understand the layers of characters. I loved the gentle romance between Jacob and Casey, liked the way Jacob is protective about Casey and tries to keep her safe. I loved the way Jacob prefers Casey's safety to his love. I also loved the characterization of Hanson and Maggie. Even though the ending is predictable, the author puts together all loose ends in the climax. 

I expected more romance but was disappointed. The story is medium paced and not boring. The title and cover are apt. I would recommend this to suspense lovers who also like a light read. 

My Rating: 3.5/5

Ps: I have received this book in exchange for an honest review and this is my unbiased opinion on the book. 

About the Author:

I currently reside in lovely Connecticut where I enjoy dabbling with living a sustainable life, developing my Girl’s Guide To Good Guys: The Power of Being Patient & Picky program to promote an empowering way for teenage girls to see themselves, writing novels for my Love of Fairs series (Fairly Obvious will be out in 2017), dancing, playing outside, and laughing really hard every day. I promote increasing the amount of movement throughout your day via Wiggle Writer posts on my blog, Merry Meddling, and on Twitter @WiggleWriter and @DeborahAnnDavis.

Contact Information
Twitter: @WiggleWriter and @DeborahAnnDavis.

Until next time,

#ThursdayTreeLove 18 - A cloudy day

Trees looking fresh and green on a cloudy and rainy day.

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18 July, 2017

The Toilet Papers by Jaimie Engle - Book Spot Light and GiveAway

Short story collection (horror, humor, & historical)
Date Published: 7/23/2017
Publisher: JME Books

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Have you ever noticed that reading a book on the toilet takes forever? Wouldn’t it be nice to have stories suited to your specific potty needs? This collection of short stories ranges from 50 words to more than 50 pages, separated in categories labeled to fit your bathroom needs: NUMBER ONE, NUMBER TWO, and FARFROMPOOPIN. The idea is to give you, the reader, a great deal of material to read, tailored and categorized to the needs of your intestines and bladder. So go ahead, get comfortable, pull out your Squatty Potty® and enjoy some fantasy, science fiction, horror, adventure, and humor from the comfort of your own throne…the john…the latrine…your office…the bathroom, whatever you want to call it. Just be sure to wash your hands once you’re done. 

About the Author

Jaimie Engle was once sucked into a storybook, where she decided she would become an author. She has modeled, managed a hip-hop band, and run a body shop. She loves coffee, trivia, cosplay, and podcasting on ORIGINS, where myth and science meet (podcastORIGINS.com). Basically, if it's slanted toward the supernatural or nerdy, she's into it! She lives in Florida with her awesome husband, hilarious children, and the world's best dog. She also happens to have the world’s best literary agent, Saritza Hernandez. Become a fan at theWRITEengle.com. Follow on social media @theWRITEengle and pick up books at jmebooks.com.

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Rafflecopter: July 6 – Aug 6 ($30 Starbucks GC; Toilet Papers ebook) 

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17 July, 2017

Love on the line by Kirsten Fullmer - Book Spot Light

Date Published: June 2017

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Andy may not have pipeline know-how, per se, but she’s got brains and every right to prove that she can do the job. Her estranged grandpa, Buck, believes she has what it takes to be his engineering assistant, and she’s not about to let him down.

Rooster isn’t a bad guy. He respects women, he was raised by one of the best. But that new girl is too small and… feminine. She’s a distraction, plain and simple, and she doesn’t belong on a pipeline. This job is his chance to impress Buck Brennan, a pipeline legend, and no girly greenhorn is going to ruin it for him.

Will Andy prove herself to her grandfather and forge a relationship with the old man, or will continuous disagreements and unexpected sexual tension between Andy and Rooster derail their hard work?


Excerpt From Chapter 12, Love on the Line by Kirsten Fullmer

Craning her neck, Andy stared down the right-of-way, but there was no sign of Buck. Rooster was now nearly the only man left on site, and she sure as hell wasn’t going to ride back to the access road with him.

As if she’d conjured it, Rooster hollered at her from across the right-of-way.

“Hey, I’ll give you a ride back. Get in the truck.”

“So that’s how is now,” she muttered. Just a hey you, get in the truck. “No thanks.” She yelled back, motioning down the road. “Buck will be along soon, I’ll walk.” Grandpa wouldn’t forget her, she reasoned. She wasn’t being difficult, just…

Rooster hesitated for a second then pulled a sour face and finished loading his equipment on his truck.

“Whatever,” she sighed, turning her back to leave.

The steep slope of the right-of-way as it led down the hill was a problem, but added with the slick mud, Andy had to concentrate on each step to not slip and fall. She’d slogged about a hundred feet down the hill when a noise ahead drew her attention, and she stopped to watch one of the crew trucks slide sideways. Mud flew up behind the truck’s tires like a fantail before the rig straightened out and continued on.

Rooster’s truck started up behind her with a roar, riling her anger even more. Allowing room for him to pass, she moved to the side of the right-of-way, but what looked like a puddle turned out to be much deeper, and to her horror, one booted foot sunk nearly to her knee. Desperate to get her footing, Andy worked to plant her other foot on some sort of solid ground so she could pull her boot loose. Unfortunately, the ground was thoroughly soaked and churned, and every move made her sink further in the mud and mire. Soon both feet were stuck to the point that she couldn’t lift either foot.

Rooster’s truck chugged passed, and she seethed, glaring at his face through the mud-splattered window. Steam likely came out her ears, she thought, clenching her teeth in frustration. Could the day possibly get any worse? Depending how long it took Buck to find her, it certainly could, she supposed. She may have to stand there all night.

Frightened more than a bit by the thought, she tried again to loosen her feet from the mud, but to no avail. She was stuck, no ifs, ands or buts about it. “See what being stubborn gets you, Andy?” she huffed under her breath.

Twenty feet ahead, Rooster’s truck came to a stop and Andy could see him peer into the side mirror to watch her struggle. Humiliation settled like a boulder in her stomach and she froze. Sure enough, right on cue, the day had gotten worse.


“And… she’s stuck.” Rooster muttered.

Turning from the mirror, he leaned back in his seat, removed his safety glasses, and rubbed his hands over his face. As if trying to pretend she wasn’t driving him insane all day hadn’t been enough torture, now he had to rescue her. There was no doubt in his mind that she would not want to be saved, but he’d been stuck in the mud a few times himself and he knew what it felt like. Besides, she was Buck’s granddaughter, and the old man would not be pleased if Rooster left her out on the right-of-way alone. Not that he’d ever leave one of his crew, or anyone else out there alone, he reasoned. Buck had told him over the radio at lunch, that he’d be back for Andy, but he must have been delayed, which left Rooster to do his duty.

He’d known as he packed up, that he’d have to offer her a ride, but of course she’d told him to buzz off. Now he was just as stuck as she was, only this was a trap of his own making.

What a mess. This was supposed to be an epic job, he lamented, the one where he made his mark as a respected tie-in man. Now everything was going pear shaped. First he’d accidentally jumped the boss’ granddaughter, and then the relentless rain and mud had brought work to a stand still for nearly a week straight.

He took another glance in the mirror. She was still there, looking angry as a wet hen. He sighed. Would the memory of kissing the woman never let up? Every move she made reminded him of having her under him. When she was around, he could barely concentrate on the task at hand.

Andy hadn’t said a word to him since that night in his trailer, not that he blamed her. He’d been an idiot all the way around. She was the one woman within a hundred miles that he should stay away from, and he’d known it all along. Yet what had he done? Invited her right in and…

He pounded his fist on the dash. Fate was cruel. He was finally working with the one boss he wanted to impress more than anyone else on the planet, and all he could think about was getting the old man’s cherished granddaughter naked!

His red, tired eyes were drawn once more to the mirror. It was growing dark and Andy was obviously not going to get out of the mud without help. “Damn it all!” He cussed as he reached for the door handle. 


“Well, here it is” Andy said with her shoulders slumped and her arms hanging limp at her sides. . “The moment I finally die of embarrassment…”

Unable to bear it, she turned her head and refused to look at Rooster as he approached, but she could see the scene play out in her mind’s eye. There they were, on the muddy right-of-way, his truck chugging where he’d left it with the door hanging open. He’d be stomping towards her with his fists clenched. Oh, and he’d be frowning for sure, likely more of a black scowl, she amended, adjusting the vision in her mind. He’d slosh up to her and say something snotty and condescending, like “Don’t you know better than to step in the mud after a week of rain?”


As he struggled up the hill toward Andy, Rooster had to admit that the walk was a treacherous one. He’d be lucky to make it to her without getting stuck himself. The afternoon sun had dried the mud to the thickness of wet cement, and since the crew’s trucks had passed, it was a damned disaster. If it rained tonight, they’d be lucky to make it up the hill in the morning.

He glanced up from his feet and his heart sank in his chest. The poor girl looked as if she wanted to cry. She was splattered with muck from head to foot, and two mud soaked gloves hung from each of her front pockets. She was sweaty and sunburned, and her face was turned away, as if she couldn’t bear to look at him.

He’d been a complete clod, he moaned. None of this was her fault. This wasn’t how he treated women. Especially women he liked.

Resolved to handle her with more consideration, he reached for her arm. Just as his hand made contact with her elbow, she whipped toward him, her expression angry as all holy hell.

“Yes, I know better than to step in the mud!” she snapped, jerking her arm away.

“I never said you didn’t,” he returned, stung by her response.

She sputtered momentarily, then continued, crossing her arms across her chest. “Maybe not, but I’m sure you thought something along those lines!”

He scowled. That hadn’t been his thought, but it could be…

“Just help me out of this, and I’ll be on my way.” she snapped.

“There’s no need—” he started, but she cut him off.

“Don’t bother to pretend you care.”

He tossed his hands in the air. “I’m not pretending—”

Eager to have the whole confrontation finished, Andy reached for his safety vest and grabbed hold, tugging hard in an attempt to gain leverage.

Startled, Rooster swayed, braced himself, and grabbed her arms. “Hold on a minute, don’t—”

Andy felt one of her boots move in the mud. Excited, she grappled her way up Rooster’s shirt and safety vest. “I’ve almost got it…just…”

Struggling to brace one foot behind him to keep his balance, Rooster shifted, right as Andy’s boot came loose. Barely managing to keep his footing, he glared down at her.

“I’m just about out!” she cried excitedly, clasping one hand around his neck to pull at her other foot with all her might.

“Wait, wait… don’t—” He stuttered, working to get his own footing secure.

Not listening to anything or anyone, Andy continued to tug at her boot. A sucking noise was heard seconds before her muddy, stocking-clad, foot slipped completely from her laced boot. Andy flew forward, hurling directly into Rooster’s chest.

He grasped her, knowing for sure that he could not stay upright, but he was determined to break their fall the best he could. His concern was needless, however, because they fell directly back into a giant pool of goo, with Rooster on the bottom and Andy riding on top. An enormous splash enveloped the couple, and neither could do much beyond sputter and blindly paddle at the mud. Rooster got the worst of it, by far, but Andy managed to get a mouthful of mud as they went down.

He knew she was okay when he heard her spitting. Beyond angry, he shoved her off his chest and grappled to stand, rubbing mud out his eyes. He made it to his feet first, still unable to comprehend the sheer amount of mud that covered him. Unfortunately, Andy’s similar attempt to stand resulted in her slipping and falling backward, causing another huge splash.

She pushed to a sitting position, looking up at Rooster exactly like a furious wet cat. Nearly every inch of her was soaked and most of her was covered in mud, even her face and her hair. It was like she’d been dipped in dirty chocolate. Mud was in her eyes and her ears. Bugs and bits of branches and leaves, rocks and gravel, stuck in the mud as well. Rooster couldn’t help himself, and laughter rang out into the twilight. Able to see humor in the situation, he reached out to help her up, only to be shocked when she gave his hand a solid jerk, sending him headlong into the mud at her side. 

Spitting sludge, Rooster surfaced to see Andy grinning wickedly behind the mud covering her face, so he swung one arm around her waist and swung her over him and back into the mud. Laughing and screaming, she clutched at his clothing, struggling to get a grip so she could drag him down with her.

“What have we here?” a loud voice boomed over the couple’s heads and both froze. Rooster worked to swipe mud out of his eyes as Andy caught sight of Buck standing beside his truck with his arms crossed over his chest.

Paddling and splashing, Rooster hurried to stand, then offered a hand to Andy. She pulled herself silently to her feet, by his side. He bent to collect his hard hat and plopped it on his head, mud and all. Silence settled on the right-of-way, then Andy cleared her throat.

“I lost my boot…” She muttered, holding up one unrecognizable bootless foot.

Buck was silent for a moment, then one brow arched. “You’re either riding home with him,” Buck tossed his head toward Rooster, “Or in the back of the truck…”

The younger man took a step forward. “Sir, I...”

With a blush burning under the mud, Andy collected her hard had, turned it over to dump mud and water from it, then headed toward Rooster’s truck.

“Don’t forget your boot,” Buck reminded her, “You can’t come out here barefooted tomorrow.”

Andy did an about face, feeling like a naughty child, and gingerly picked her way back to the mud hole to search for her boot.

Buck and Rooster stood with their gazes locked, like stags in battle.

Rooster spoke first. “I’ll take her home, Sir.”

Finally a grin played at the corner of buck’s mouth, and he nodded at the young tie-in foreman. “See that you do…” He said with a wink.

About the Author

Kirsten Fullmer lives and writes in her 36 foot travel trailer, touring the country with her husband as he follows pipeline construction. Her three other novels, The Shabby Chic Trilogy, have spent the last two years rising to the top of the Amazon Kindle market.

Love on the Line is Kirsten Fullmer's fourth novel, and it's based loosely on her own daughter's experiences working on a pipeline with a group of rough and tumble men.

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12 July, 2017

#ThursdayTreeLove 17 - Green tree in snow

Spotted this green tree on a snowy day last year!

A tree with strong roots laughs at storms - A Malay Proverb

Until next time,

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Love, Murder & Mayhem - Anthology - Release Day

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Love, Murder & Mayhem

About the Book

Love science fiction stories that all include
elements ofLove, Murder & Mayhem?


Then welcome to the latest anthology from Crazy
8 Press! This amazing collection from 15 all-star authors will delight you with
superheros and supervillains. AIs, off-worlders, and space cruisers. We’ve also
got private eyes, sleep surrogates, time travelers, aliens and monsters—and one


With tales ranging from wild and wacky to dark
and gritty to heartbreaking and fun, take the deadly leap with authors Meriah
Crawford, Paige Daniels, Peter David, Mary Fan, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert
Greenberger, Glenn Hauman Paul Kupperberg, Karissa Laurel, Kelly Meding, Aaron
Rosenberg, Hildy Silverman, Lois Spangler, Patrick Thomas, and editor Russ


You’ll never look at Love,
Murder & Mayhem
same way again—and that’s just the way we like it.

About the Editor

Russ Colchamiro is the author of
the rollicking space adventure, Crossline, the hilarious sci-fi backpacking
comedy series, Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and is editor
of the new anthology, Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.
Russ lives in New Jersey with his
wife, two children, and crazy dog, Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself.
Russ has also contributed to several other anthologies, including Tales of the
Crimson Keep, Pangaea, and Altered States of the Union, and TV Gods 2. He is
now at work on a top-secret project, and a Finders Keepers spin-off.
As a matter of full disclosure,
readers should not be surprised if Russ spontaneously teleports in a blast of
white light followed by screaming fluorescent color and the feeling of being
sucked through a tornado. It’s just how he gets around — windier than the bus,
for sure, but much quicker.

Until next time,

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