MCBRIDE'S MAYHEM




Thursday, August 17, 2017

McBride Moxy Book Review









The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts


Ryder Montgomery is the oldest and probably most ornery of the brothers.  He’s rough and unpolished, but a hard worker.  He likes getting his hands dirty and is not afraid to throw a punch if the occasion calls for it.  He’d proud of the work they’ve done to get Inn Boonsboro back on the map, but is not sure the new manager is right for this job.

Hope Beaumont is Avery’s college friend and is ready to relocate.  The manager job for the Inn Boonsboro opens up and she can’t resist the opportunity to get away from the D.C. hotel she’s been managing even though she’s uncertain after meeting with the Montgomery brothers, especially Ryder.  Still she is herded into the job by Justine Montgomery and moves in.

The two are like vinegar and water, and I love their interactions—possibly because it’s kind of like my own love life—but that’s not the point.  Anyway, it’s sweet how he stands up for her when a man from the past makes an appearance, and how she tries to tame him a bit.

Again, I love the family and how they deal with things.  I love how the brothers deal with each other as well and the strong bond between them.  Add in the strong-willed, determined women and you have an entertaining read for all three books.

It gets a 10+ on the McBride Moxy Meter

Check out more of Ms. Roberts’ books at:  http://www.noraroberts.com/books/

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

McBride Moxy Book Review










The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts


Owen Montgomery is the driving force behind the Montgomery construction business.  He is organized, always on-time, always professional, and has a list for everything.  He’s focused on the remodel for the Inn Boonsboro, except when Avery comes around.

Avery McTavish owns the pizzeria across the street from the Inn and comes around with coffees and to get a tour of the Inn on a regular basis.  She’s anxious for the renovation and all the people it will bring.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Owen is onsite all the time.  They grew up together.  He was her first boyfriend.

The ghost in the Inn helps the budding romance along.  That brings the paranormal into it, and makes the participants a bit nervous…LOL

I can’t express how much I enjoy these brothers.  I definitely feel close to them and love every minute I spend with them.  It takes me to Boonsboro for a while.  I’ve even considered actually taking a trip up to Maryland to stay at the Inn and check out the bookstore.

It gets a 10+ on the McBride Moxy Meter

Check out more of Ms. Roberts’ books at:  http://www.noraroberts.com/books/

Thursday, August 10, 2017

McBride Moxy Book Review










The Next Always by Nora Roberts


I guess I will start by saying that this is another wonderful trilogy by Nora Roberts, and I’m not a bit surprised.  I love most everything that Ms. Roberts writes, as I’m sure all her fans do.

The Next Always is Book One in the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy.  The town of Boonsboro, Maryland’s historical Inn is being refurbished and renewed by the Montgomery brothers – Ryder, Owen, and Beckett.  They are contractors who have taken an unusual interest in the rehabbing of this small town.  On Main Street sits the Town Hall, the Inn Boonsboro, Vesta Pizzeria, and Turn the Page Bookstore. 

If you pay attention to Nora Roberts and her life, you will know that Turn the Page bookstore is a real place owned and started by Ms. Roberts.  The Inn Boonsboro is also a real place.  This trilogy is about the “facelift” these places in the town received, and I believe you will see some similarities to Nora Roberts and her family as well.

Beckett Montgomery is an architect and the youngest of the Montgomery brothers.  Remodeling the Inn has become a huge event, and he’s drawn to the place by the fabulous history, and the ghost within.  The Inn is not the only thing that draws his interest.  An old friend from high school has returned and old memories have returned too.  He would like to get to know the new Clare—well.

Clare Brewster returns home after her military husband’s death, dragging her three sons along.  Determined to make a new life for them in a familiar place, Clare gets a job as manager of Turn the Page Bookstore.  She focuses on doing a good job for Justine Montgomery—matriarch of the Montgomery clan and owner of the bookstore.  She certainly hadn’t planned a new relationship.

The story is a mixture of family, mysteries, and juicy love scenes—all the things I anticipate in a Nora Roberts’ novel.  As we watch the town come to life again and the love blossoming for the Montgomery boys, we enjoy the family bond.  The paranormal makes its appearance with the ghost, and the story behind her being there is an interesting one.

I also love the fact that there is a map on the inside flap of each book.      

It gets a 10+ on the McBride Moxy Meter

Check out more of Ms. Roberts’ books at:  http://www.noraroberts.com/books/

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

McBride Moxy Book Review






Born Wild by Julie Ann Walker


This is part of the Black Knights, Inc. Series.  Total dreamboats!  The Black Knights motorcycle club fronts for a secret government agency who do special ops.

Wild Bill Reichert is an ex-Navy Seal bomb expert.  His life is filled with exciting challenges and he likes it that way.  He isn’t ready to be derailed, but seeing Eve again does just that.

Even Edens has money, looks, and a past with Wild Bill.  She’s certain that someone is trying to kill her, but the Chicago Police don’t believe it.  Against sane judgment she goes to see the Black Knights for help.

This is a wild ride in more ways than one.

Love the series!!!!!!

It gets a 10 on the McBride Moxy Meter

Check out more of this author’s books at:  http://julieannwalker.com/



Monday, July 31, 2017

HEALTHY EATING

I used to love to cook, well at least I didn't mind doing it.  I loved to bake though.  I looked forward to when my kids got a little older, so we could make cookies together and do all those fun things at holidays that you see on television shows and movies.

Well the kids got older and had no desire to bake with me.  They saw it as just more work.  Huh!

Anyway, now they are into eating healthier to lose weight, and my daughter is working with a trainer and working out.  I joined a gym too because there is only so much workout equipment I can fit into my house.  I have the elliptical right in the middle of my bedroom. 
 
 Healthier means less or no red meat, and they don't like fish, so you're talking chicken, chicken, and more chicken.  I mentioned that I have to find a million ways to make chicken at work one day, and one of the lawyers suggested that should be the title for my next book.  😀


So me and my daughter started watching the Food Network and Beat Bobby Flay which are very entertaining.  I've gotten a couple of ideas, but my problem is I don't know what the stuff is that they use when they mention it, and I don't know what it does to enhance the cooking.  I've looked for some cooking classes around here.  Most of the cooking classes I find are to make a specific dish, but not just a general one to teach me about spices, and different flavors and how to get them.

I don't want to be a chef because my family would never eat those kind of foods, but I'd love to learn more about enhancing dishes and making them taste good.  Pinterest is a good source for different recipes so I've been definitely checking out different recipes that other people have posted.

Do you have any good recipes for chicken?


~~Sloan


Monday, June 26, 2017

GENERATION X






So I have to give kudos to the National Geographic Channel.  I have been watching their show Generation X.

Now I’ve gone through my life knowing that I’m different, weird some might say, but I’ve always known it.  I’m a creative genius – well genius is stretching it – but I am creative and always have been as far back as I can remember.  My mom used to tell me stories about when I was a kid and all the weird things I did, like in kindergarten I would finish my work and go around helping all the other kids in the class do their work – teacher’s pet – to make sure everyone did it right.  Even then I wanted everyone to be successful.  Go figure!


Back to my earlier point – Generation X.  Generation X is for those born between 1961 to 1981.  We are, as Christian Slater says, somewhere in between the baby boomers and the millennials.  The show goes through everything that has happened in my lifetime.  To think I was around before the internet, CD players, video games, and Amazon….LOL.  Space invaders on the Atari system was my favorite video game, and yes I had a Walkman cassette player too.  I’ve seen a lot of things, and who knows what else I will see change/happen before I die.  



 


Honestly, now I know why I’m so different – I’m a member of Generation X and that’s kind of awesome.


Sloan