Review | Hate Notes | Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

About The Book

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress.

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I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.”

Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true.

The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there. Because I’ve since found out something else about Mr. Starry-Eyed.

He’s arrogant, cynical, and demanding. I should know. Thanks to a twist of fate, he’s my new boss. But that’s not going to stop me from discovering the story behind his last love letter. A love letter that did not result in a happily ever after.

But that story is nothing compared to the one unfolding between us. It’s getting hotter, sweeter, and more surprising than anything I could have imagined.

Something new.

But I have no idea how this one is going to end…

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My Thoughts

What happens when you bring 2 seasoned writing artists together to create a new work of art?  You get a masterpiece.

Hate Notes is a fun contemporary romance for any HEA lover.  The storyline is unique in its own way and I was drawn into it from the very beginning.

The characters were so well written, that I could easily visual them in my head. A quirky female and a stubborn male….what could possibly go wrong.

With twist and turns and a few “Whoa, I didn’t see that coming” moments, Hate Notes is the perfect weekend read.

So stay in those comfy clothes, find a snuggly blanket, a cup of tea or a glass of wine and dive into this 4.5* read.

About The Authors
Vi Keeland

Vvi_headshot_2018i Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author.  With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over ninety Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living our her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

7105545She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor.  Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over 1.5 million books sold, she is a twenty-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels.

In 2014, Penelope’s fourth novel, Stepbrother Dearest, became the #1 bestselling independently publish Kindle ebook of the year on and was credited with igniting an entirely new subgenre of romance.

Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.

Penelope can be found chatting live with her readers in her private Facebook group, Penelope’s Peeps.

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Share Your World – Sept 3, 2018


Its been a bit since I posted any thing and I thought what better way than to play along with sparksfromacombustiblemind‘s Share Your World questions for this week.

When you are old, what do you think children will ask you to tell stories about?   If you are ‘old’ (a term with different meanings for everyone); what stories do you tell your grandchildren?

Ummm….this one is a thinker!  Not sure.  My husband and I set up an email address for our son that we will give him the password to when he turns 18.  In it are emails with pictures and thoughts and events that have happened over the years.  Each of us writes separately but neither of us looks at what was written.

I would like to think that we would continue this with any children he may have, telling funny stories or happenings, sharing photos or memories.

When did something start out badly for you but in the end, it was great?

HA!!! Can I put labour here?  I had a great labour, but I mean at the end of the day I was pushing 9lbs of human out of very tight spot.  And that kid had one hell of a big head.  But the end result was worth every ounce of pain and discomfort.

What would be the worst thing to hear as you are going under anesthesia before surgery?

“I’m not 100% confident that this one’s going to make it”

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

Ah…this is easy!!!  It was Back To School!!! Oh yeah.  hahaha!!!  I mean who doesn’t love back to school after a long long summer.  Except the lunches,  I hate making school lunches.


Day Somewhere in the middle of week 7 | The Road to 2 Chesticles

I haven’t posted in awhile about my 8 Week Challenge journey so I can’t actually remember what day I am at.

So lets see….I have sitting pretty steady at an 11 lbs lost at this point.  Also I have lost 4 inches off my waistline.  I have maintained the Challenge Friendly, cleaning eating food plan for pretty much the entire challenge.

I did however have a few cheats along the way.  The most recent was this past weekend when we went out for some Gelato.  I mean I couldn’t pass up a small bowl of that goodness.   And it was hotter than Hell outside so the cold treat was well deserved.

I am exercising more that ever and have started doing some strength training.  I honestly never thought that I would enjoy it, but I really do.  I always shied away from it, 1) because lets face it, I hate to exercise and 2) I was always worried about getting big Hulkamania muscles.  Gross!

But this challenge has changed the outlook on so many things for me.  The fact that I can do without sugar in my life.  I really don’t miss it at all.  I feel like I have more energy and my sleep has improved.  Also, overall I just feel better.  I feel like I carry myself better.  Even my palate has changed.

Right now I am addicted to spinach. Couldn’t not stand it before the challenge.  I thought the taste of it was horrible.

Now??? Now I eat it all the time.  Currently I am loving it in shakes, you know the ones that look like green sludge, yup those shakes.  Just had one for lunch….so delicious!

I am certainly looking forward to what the final stretch holds over the next week and a half.



Kids | Sleep | Secure The Unsecure

Morgan Freeman says it best: “Go The Fuck To Sleep”


I think every parent know that frustration of getting to the end of the day and your child will not go to sleep.  For some its just a faze and for others its a constant nightly battle.  Your child could right a book on excuses to delay the inevitable bedtime.  They have never had to pee more, drink more, or been more starving then at bedtime.

And us as parents??  We are freaking exhausted.  We just want some quiet. Some down time. Some me time.  Kids just don’t care!

If you are the parent of a child who goes to bed peacefully and on their own, then your a unicorn and will be the subject of tonight’s voodoo doll…..Just kidding, kinda, no really I am, maybe.

So all this bedtime battles normally takes place when kids are toddlers and maybe a bit older.   But what happens when this battle is still taking place in an older child? 478d8d7e0c63645b83a2a3d224459918When it turns from just not wanted to go to bed, to anxieties about going to bed.   And I am not writing this because I have any tips or tricks.  Actually I’ve have none.

I am writing this because I have none and desperately need some.

My son is 12 years old.  Extremely outgoing.  Loves being busy and is very social and independent from us, except for at bedtime.   He could be gone from first thing in the morning to late and night and be completely fine away from my husband and I, but when bedtime hits he needs to be home.  And not only that, he gets anxious at bedtime.  He has these anxieties about being awake and we are asleep.  Or not being aware of where we are in the house while he is trying to fall asleep.

He will not go for sleepovers at friends houses.  And he doesn’t even try to make excuses as to why he can’t.  He just tells them outright that he likes sleeping at home.  He is not at all embarrassed about it.

Now that he is getting old though, he is wanting to stay up later.  I am getting older and going to be earlier.  This is not a winning situation.  And I will say, and my husband will be completely agree, I am to blame in a lot of this.  I enabled it to happen for far longer than it should have.  Laying with him to fall asleep well past the years when he should have been learning to self sooth.

sleep7And I will agree a lot of it was purely selfish.  It was the end of the day and I just wanted him to go the fuck to sleep!  So why not lay with him if that was the fastest route from A to B.

Well his sleep anxieties now are why not!!!

So I am asking for help.  Have you experienced this with your older son or daughter, and if yes? What helped? Did they just grow out of it on their own? Tough love?

I have read many articles but they always seem to be geared towards younger children.  Nothing much for the older child.

We have tried Melatonin, but I really don’t want him to become dependant on a sleeping aid.  He gets tons of exercise.  Eats pretty well.

Really it just about getting him past this fear.  And I’d like to break it now because I don’t want him to miss out on things in life…… Let’s secure the unsecure!

Day 24 – The Road To 2 Chesticles

Soooo…. I cheated last night. Yup it happened. I broke down in a moment of weakness and said F it, I’m on vacation, I’m having ice cream.

I scoured the list of offerings, a few times. I mean if I’m going to cheat, I might as well go all in right?!?!

So after much deliberation, while warring with the voices in my head, I settled on Death By Chocolate.

Appropriate name don’t you think?

And you know what?? After 23 days without sugar, it didn’t taste all that great. Not at all like I remembered. On top of that I felt horrible afterwards. Not guilty horrible, but sick horrible.

So, the lesson, it wasn’t worth it. And today I am back on track again.