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My New Joy

The new family of four!
So some, (who knows maybe many?) of you are wondering why the posts aren't as often as they used to be? Well it's because I have a new little daughter! That's right, on Jan 27, 2013 7:09pm Kaia Renee came into this world. Albeit by emergency c-section which was scary, but I'm okay and Kaia is wonderful. (It wasn't REALLY bad as in rushing to the operating room everyone get out of the way, but as my OB put it, the operation was an urgent emergency situation, as opposed to an emergency emergency. -- Her heart rate strip kept going flat during labour, as in not enough variance) She came into this world at 8lbs 3oz and the doctors are pretty sure they got my dates wrong as she was born at 36 weeks and 6 days. Ya think? She cried healthily through the rest of my operation and I was out of recovery pretty quickly.

I can't be more thankful that we are both okay and healthy, but oy-vay. If at all possible do NOT have a baby via c-section. I'm still no feeling completely myself, over 3 weeks later. My incision still hurts on and off. And I'm sick of not being able to do the things I'd like to. To top things off I got mastitis 5 days ago..... so ummm yeah I definitely have an excuse to not be blogging as much. :P LOL. The point is though, despite the fact that I've missed a few posts I can't be away from my computer for too long. I love writing too much, and this blog has really become an amazing outlet. A source of therapy I guess you could say. When my mind can no longer revise or edit in the fiction world, I can come here and hash out thoughts, type out ideas and really just write.

So in the coming weeks my posts may come as often as I'd like them to or they may be terribly erratic and barely show up at all. But this new little girl has stolen my heart so much that I'm sure it's more than understandable. I'm now part of a family of four. Me, my husband Tim, my son Everett, and my daughter Kaia. To quote Bella from the Twilight novel Breaking Dawn: "There was no division--my love was not split between them... It was more like my heart had grown, swollen up to twice its size" I love each member of my family just as much and it's simply that my capacity to love has grown. Kaia is a new and wonderful joy in my life. Here's to new motherhood! :D


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Peacock Flock Review #20 - Falling For Your Madness

Falling For Your Madness 

Author: Katharine Grubb

Length: ~ 250 pages

Genre: Romance

Heat level: Clean  

Stars: 3.5 Somewhere Between Stars 

Book Summary:
Eccentric literature professor David approaches Laura for a counter-cultural, rule-filled relationship filled with poetry, flowers and bottom-less cups of tea. He makes it very clear to her that they are just friends. If she wants to be more -- if she wants to be sweethearts -- then she is the only one that can move them forward. Laura is smitten by his humor, his charm, and his English accent (which turns out to be fake). In his company, she has never felt more beautiful or ladylike. David tells Laura that the reason he has these rules is because he is bound by the laws of chivalry, both body and soul. Then Laura finds out the real reason, one that's ancient, filled with legend and magic. Yet Laura has complete control of this madman. Should she release him or tell him she wants more? Is he eccentric or just mad? Falling For Your Madness is not just a romantic comedy, but it also asks the question, who has the most power in a relationship? The lady? Or the gentleman?

We thought this was a good cozy up book. We enjoyed laughing at the eccentricities of David and the antics and situations that he and Laura would find themselves in. David's almost too stilted way of saying everything but at the same time being extremely unsure of himself was great to read. We enjoyed the romance. We really liked the premise of how over the top chivalrous David was, great contrast to a lot of men who are not like that today. A couple little things bothered us. David's abrupt change at one point in his physical desires seemed odd, most especially that Laura's protests alone wouldn't pull him out of it. It felt strange that it was only when someone else had entered the room that David realized what he was doing. We also wanted to feel more from Laura. We liked her and enjoyed her character, so much so that we wanted to know her better. We wanted to read about more of her reactions and feelings in her internal monologue. We heard and saw a lot of her feelings and reactions through dialogue and scenes, which was wonderful, but we also wanted to see how David's appearance in her life affected her day to day. But we weren't given much information on what her life was like before him. All in all a great cozy little romance that we enjoyed. It could've used a larger dash of suspense/intrigue but we enjoyed it just the same. We would've loved an epilogue giving us just a hint of their married life and future children. :D

That's it from the flock! 


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