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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

2010 International Cup Regatta

Here is a collage of some photos I took at the 2010 International Cup Regatta held in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on June 5 & 6.

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On May 15, 2010, in conjunction with the North Carolina Potato Festival, the Museum of the Albemarle held a 'Pirate Day' where visitors could meet members of Blackbeard's Crew, a Virginia based historic reenactor group, that invaded Museum of the Albemarle for the public to experience a pirate's way of life through a live encampment and demonstrations. This video is just a bit of some of one of the activities going on that day.


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Friday, June 25, 2010

Made the Grade: Doctors in Training Series, Book 3

Format: Paperback | Pages: 217 | Release Date: July 2010 | Publisher: Silhouette Books

"The Doctor's Undoing" [Doctors in Training Series, Book 3] by Gina Wilkins

My Book Summary : Haley and Ron are friends, medical students in their 3rd year of training, and they are on the same rotation while their other friends from the study group their in are somewhere else. Ron has grown up not knowing if he would be able to amount to much, and because of that anytime something tough happens to him he walks away from it before it gets too hard. Which is also what he applies to every aspect of his life from what he does for a job, how he makes it through medical school, and in his personal life with the woman he dates. Haley is what Ron calls a "cheerleader", as soon as he or anyone around them starts complaining about giving up she is right their to cheer them up and on to the next course of their schooling. Because of their different, point-of-views they have had their share of fights/arguments during their study sessions. However, since the beginning of their 3rd year, they have been on better terms then they usually are.

With all their friends in different rotations, except for each other, they become closer in working together and studying with each other. So much so that they both try fighting their attraction at first because they don't want to ruin their friendship. But after that first kiss, Ron is committed to Haley wanting to see where this will take them. Now he just needs to convince Haley that just because his motto usually is to ‘walk away when things get tough’ doesn't mean he plans to ever walk away from her.

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. This is my first doctor book and as short as the book was I really liked how smoothly it guided it's scenes to fit in more detail then I originally expected. Lets just say I was pleasantly surprised. =0)

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Almost Famous

Book Teaser(s) :
He was starting to sound annoyed, and she bit back any more expressions of concern that he seemed to be so nonchalant about the possibility that his unpleasant resident would hurt his résumé. Maybe he was right, maybe one ill-tempered resident and one uncaring attending wouldn't cause much trouble for Ron. But that didn't mean he should just give up and say there was nothing he could do about it.
Irked with him for not listening to her, she shrugged. "Fine. It's your career."
"Exactly." ~ within Chapter 7

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Idolizing In: A Summer Novel, Book 2

Format: Hardcover | Pages: 276 | Release Date: April 2010 | Publisher: Simon & Schuster

"It's Not Summer Without You" [A Summer Novel, Book 2] by Jenny Han

My Book Summary : Belly has always loved summer. She use to wish her days at school pasted by quicker so she could be with her family and their closest friends at Cousins Beach. But this is the first year that she won't be and she's just doesn't know what to do with herself.

The reason for this is because her mother's best friend, Susannah -- who owned the beach house, dead from cancer two months ago, Belly's ex-boyfriend was that Susannah's son, and ever since the funeral she hasn't been able to put the pieces of her broken heart back together. So, when her best friend, Jeremiah -- who is another son of Susannah's, calls to tell her that Conrad (Belly's ex and Jeremiah's brother) has taken off and is asking for her help in finding him, even though she's afraid of confronting Conrad again, she immediately agrees. However, the thing Belly doesn't realize is that Jeremiah has fallen for her too.

They find that Conrad has run off to the beach house and they go after him since he took off the weekend before his summer finals at college, so he needs to return soon. Once there, Jeremiah and Belly find that Conrad had actual reasons for leaving instead of just running away from his responsibilities like they originally thought. In addition, Belly unknowingly finds herself in a love triangle between two brothers, one who would do almost anything to please her and the other who will only show he cares when it suits him best .... what will she do? And when she decides ... how can she choose in a way that won't hurt them all after?

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!!! I loved this continuation of Belly's story! Especially with getting to read some of Jeremiah's point-of-view! With the way the author left the book I think there will be another one, I hope, and I can't wait to see what that "a couple years later" part was about and who with!! Maybe we'll even get to read a bit from Conrad since he is one very moody character I'm curious as to what he's really thinking about. In truth ... I like both brothers and I can't make up my mind as to which one I want Belly to be with. In some ways I wish she could just have them both ... but I know it's not that kind of story either. LOL. This was a great story about the meaning of friendship, how sometimes that friendship can evolve into something more, what brothers or even best friends will do for one another, losing a person who meant quite a bit to you, and the power of teenage romance -- what's true about it and what we just want to see in rose colored glasses.

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1

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"When you swim," he started to say. I thought he wasn't going to continue, but then he said, "You wouldn't notice if the house was on fire. You're so into what you're doing, it's like you're someplace else."
He said it with grudging respect. Like he'd been watching me for a long time, like he'd been watching me for years. Which I guess he had. ~ within Chapter 21

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    When I was near her, I just wanted to grab her and hold her and kiss the shit out of her. Maybe then she'd finally forget about my asshole brother. ~ within Chapter 8






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    Monday, June 21, 2010

    Feasted On: Sign of the Zodiac Series, Book 5

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 515 KB | Release Date: May 2010 | Publisher: HarperCollins

    "Cheat The Grave" [Sign of the Zodiac Series, Book 5] by Vicki Pettersson

    My Book Summary : Jo is back and kicking ass!! However, things have completely changed in her world again ... she's now mortal. With that knowledge her troop kicked her out and she is no longer an agent of light. She also just went trough loosing her lover to his ex and has a crazy man, named Mackie that wants to kill her with his soul blade, chasing after her. Not to mention that if she makes contact with any of her old collages from the troop or any superhuman being then the leader of the troop of light, who's also her old boss, will have no problem killing her. Along with quite a few more people/beings who would like to kill her too, and one of them just happens to be her birth father.

    But in some twisted turns of events she might just come to find she does have some allies she can lean on, that is if she looks in the right places...

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Okay ... yes I skipped over 3 books in this series to read this one and I am happy I did so, especially because it was written in a way that I didn't really need to read the others (unless of course I want to know exactly what happened), since this book could probably stand alone in the way it describes all that has happened to her in recent events. But I liked this book sooo much more then the first one that I can't complain at all ... even about not reading the previous books. I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL THE 6TH BOOK COMES OUT!! And I REALLY hope things will work out between Hunter and Jo!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1

    Book Teaser(s) :
    She smiled back, sweet and with tears moistening her eyes, before turning to Hunter. "You are a part of me now, and I will love you forever."
    A relieved smile overtook his face, and faded like a ghost. I whirled on her. "I'm going to kill you!"
    Olivia laughed merrily. "I believe I have the advantage here."
    "Ugh, God!" I pulled at my hair. "Olivia! What the fuck?"
    She laughed some more. "Yep. That's about as T-Rex brain as you can get." ~ within Chapter 5

    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Vicki, then please check out her website.



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    My Book Summary : Joanna (Jo) grew up in a rich family but when she was sixteen she was raped and her life completely changed. Now it's her 25th birthday and her life is changing again ...

    After going out on a date with a man who tries to kill her (and possibly the room-full of people at the restaurant), she meets up with her first love again and sparks fly. But then she finds out that her father, Xavier, isn't her birth father and because of that he cuts her out of her inheritance. Then the big thing is more people are out to kill her just because of who her birth parents truly are and what Jo will be able to do in the future, which means if she doesn't go into hiding (or something) she will definitely die.

    However, it seems that the men after her underestimated her ... now that time has past her 25th birthday .... she is introduced to a whole new world without really knowing where she belongs. And what doesn't help is that even those who seem to be helping her, don't trust her....

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. Okay this book, I almost gave up on it. I got through the first 5-6 chapters and I was bored. But thankfully I skimmed to the good parts and kept reading since I did finally get hooked. However, you have to admit that the beginning is kinda unreal ... it's like she gets everything and nothing at all, which completely ruined it for me. But anyway ... if your like me then I recommend to keep reading it once you start since it does get better!

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "We all have our disguises," Warren added helpfully.
    "What?" I snapped angrily. "And 'Yoda on crack' was the best you could come up with?"
    "I see you did nothing about her temperament," Warren muttered.
    "Some things even I can't fix." ~ within Chapter 10

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    Monday, June 14, 2010

    Feasted On: Honey Moon by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 440 | Release Date: June 1993 | Publisher: Pocket Books

    "Honey Moon" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    My Book Summary : This is about Honey, the two man that loved her and how she loved them back...
    • Honey :
      • At six years old her mother kills herself leaving Honey to live with her aunt Sophie, her uncle Earl, and her cousin Chantal, a family who doesn't respect her and uses her to no end. The only good thing that came out of it was that it made her tough, since she was always looking little and years younger then her actual age, she learned to always take things on with your fists swinging and you usually will be able to make whatever you want happen.

        That characteristic of hers helps since after her uncle passes away, at 15 or 16-years-old, she is left in charge of the amusement park that her family owns and lives at. However, when you still look young for your age, it's hard to have anyone take her seriously. Therefore, when times get tough on her family and the state shuts down the amusement park, Honey signs up her cousin for a beauty pageant where the grand prize is an audition in LA for a new show that is planning to air soon. As luck would have it, Chantal wins but shortly the grand prize changes and Honey does everything she can to not see there future go up in smoke, so she finds an old truck and drives her cousin across the country so she can audition.

        Once they get there the audition people find Chantal very pretty but not right for the part, but Honey captures the eye of the main star Dash Coogan who does everything in his power to have her play his daughter for the TV show. And over night, her life completely changes ...
    • Dash Coogan :
      • He is in his early 40's and a big-time Hollywood star (or should I say cowboy) with money troubles in the form of the IRS. So, to pay it off he agrees to make and be apart of The Dash Coogan Show even though it's against his better judgment. During the auditions he tells the producer to change the script so that Honey can play his daughter since she fits in a lot better then any of the other girls they were looking at.

        Once the filming starts, however he goes from being nice to Honey to completely trying to avoid her. He has problems with having people get to close, which is why he admits that he has 3 ex-wives and children that he has never raised. However, Honey just wants a family and looking for one in all of the wrong places, like trying to get him to be her role model or her substitute father.

        Therefore, when Honey starts getting out-of-hand on set a co-worker of theirs gets him to step-in and take control of the situation. Once he does, his life will never be the same...
    • Eric Dillon :
      • He's the bad boy co-star on the The Dash Coogan Show, and the crush of Honey's right off the bat. But Eric has a past that always seems to stop him from not being able to live his life, especially when he believes that anyone he considers an innocent will ultimately get hurt if he has anything to do with him. This goes on throughout his life, making him walk away from anything good or not really seeing the things/people who care about him. Honey just happens to be one of those innocents he was always talking about. When he meets her, he can tell by the look in her eyes that she has a crush on him, so he does everything in his power to be mean to her so she'll stay away from him.

        As the years past, Honey and Eric's lives go in completely different directions but when they both seem to have hit rock bottom they manage to help pull each other through...
    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! At first I wasn't sure what to make of this book but it really drew me in and I could get enough. I loved the relationship between Dash & Honey, just thinking about it makes me cry. Eric & Honey made a good couple too after all of the struggles they went through. It's a story about love, hope, friendship, and family. In addition, it's about what someone who had never grown up with almost any of that would do to keep the family she has together at all costs, and find out what real love is all about. Warning though at certain parts of the book I cried like a baby so you might too.

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Ain't She Sweet | What I Did for Love | Nobody's Baby But Mine

    Book Teaser(s) :
    He spoke softly, still not looking at her. "You really mean it, don't you?"
    "I really mean it."
    He gazed at her, and even though he cleared his throat, his voice was husky with emotion. "You're the damnedest, most aggravating female I've ever met."
    At first she thought it was a trick of the firelight, but then she knew it was no trick at all. Dash Coogan has tears in his eyes. ~ within Chapter 18

    When I think of this book which song do I think goes with it? : Looking For Love by Johnny Lee

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    Saturday, June 12, 2010

    Made the Grade: How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend by Janette Rallison

    Format: Hardcover | Pages: 265 | Release Date: June 2007 | Publisher: Putnam

    "How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend" by Janette Rallison

    My Book Summary : Giovanna (Gi) has a handsome, sweet, and popular boyfriend named Jesse. The only problem she has with him is his friends, they are arrogant, mean, and most of them snub her whenever Jesse is away. So, when Dante, Gi's twin brother and a friend of Jesse's too, decides to run as student council president against another one of Jesse's friends named Wilson, who just happens to be the Mayor's son, things in their relationship go from great to nonexistent. Especially after Gi learns that Jesse had agreed to run as Wilson's campaign manager not long after she requested he be the campaign manager for her brother, so her emotions get out of hand for her and she tells Jesse that they're through.

    So now she has to deal with:
    • the politics at a high school where everyone believes she is a criminal
    • seeing a girl she hates hang all over Jesse
    • trying to date other guys (at first for herself and then to make Jesse jealous)
    and now .... trying to win Jesse back since after everything she did and even though they are helping other opponents she just can't help but miss him. But will he ever take her back?

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. It's a cute story. Definitely had some unexpected twists that made me want to find out what would happen next, but it wasn't as good as I would have liked it to be. However, I did like the main characters .... especially with all of the antics that Gi got herself into without even trying. =0)

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Just One Wish

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "It's the biology break-in, isn't it? Nobody wants to take a criminal to prom."
    Daphne let out a sigh and twirled the end of her straw in her mouth as though unsure whether to tell me a secret or not. "Actually, Jesse told all the guys he knows that they'd better not ask you out."
    "What?" I looked around the lunchroom, searching for Jesse so I could, I don't know, pelt him with carrot sticks or something. "He can't do that. We're not dating anymore."
    Daphne nodded sympathetically. "I know. It totally violates the rules of breakup procedure, but obviously he's not over you yet."
    Raine bit into a chip. "Or he wants to make you suffer." ~ within Chapter 5

    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Janette, then please check out her website.



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