Feb 212017
 

Chaos (Scarpetta #24)
by Patricia Cornwell
ISBN: 0062436724
URL: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062436726/chaos

Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning—except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center’s director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God.

Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie. Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta’s conclusions, the threatening messages don’t stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty-four hours after Elisa’s death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley.

She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta’s surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can’t explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chief’s judgment and “a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion.”

My Review

I absolutely LOVE Cornwell and the Scarpetta series, however this wasn’t the best in the series. There was a lot of buildup to a fairly fast ending. The book is entirely narrated by Kay Scarpetta and talks about her family and the past and things that anyone who has read the majority of this series would already know. That said, its a GREAT book for someone who is new to Cornwell and the Scarpetta series! It wasn’t as big of a page-turner as other Scarpetta novels, but it was still good and a book I will keep on my shelves to read again!

I did feel like I have missed the last book previous to this because there were some major life changes for one of the main characters, but it was explained enough to understand and to be honest, I don’t know if it would be in a prior book. I will certainly find out when I see the book I am missing!

About Patricia Cornwell

#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning—except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center’s director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God.

Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie. Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta’s conclusions, the threatening messages don’t stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty-four hours after Elisa’s death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley.

She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta’s surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can’t explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chief’s judgment and “a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion.”

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Feb 012017
 

It’s that time of year where we have all made resolutions and set goals. Some of us want to learn to play an instrument or take lessons. If you are in Austin or have a Guitar Center nearby then you should definitely check out the classes they are offering!

The Austin music stores at Guitar Center are open from 10am until 9pm on weekdays and also have hours on both Saturdays and Sundays! They offer services for rentals, repairs, and even for professionals!

Rentals available at Guitar Center Austin Include:
Guitars
Effects
Drums
Keyboards
Lighting
DJ gear
Sound systems
Microphones
PA systems
Speakers
Backline equipment

Definitely go and check out Guitar Center Austin or find one near you on their website! You can start your journey by taking lessons or pick up professional equipment for any event!

Jan 022016
 
Author: Terri Ragsdale
Paperback, 509 pages
Published December 1st 2009
By Booksurge Publishing
ISBN 1439203547
ISBN13: 9781439203545

Summary

WINNER OF THE PINNACLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN LITERATURE HISTORY!

A suspenseful novel filled with unbridled passions, jealousy, incest, murder, witchcraft and dark superstitions. Roots of Indifference is interwoven with the story of a prestigious family during the early 1900s, struggling with racial intolerance as they try to carve a place for themselves in a hostile land during the Mexican Revolution, World War 1, and The Great Depression. This fascinating novel brings to light the horrendous injustices inflicted upon the Mexican-Americans, who suffered cruel indignities and discrimination. It is a story that needs to be told about the turbulent times during those dark years of indifference.

My Review

This book is LONG but well written and it contains a lot of history that we don’t often think much about any more which I personally enjoy. The author does a good job building characters. I think that this is a book for people of all ages and that it would be welcome reading for school projects or book reports. This is a story of injustice, racism, wartimes and everything else that was going on in the early 1900’s. I absolutely love reading fiction that is so well done that you believe it to have actually happened as written and that is what Terri Ragsdale does, she brings us to the past and lets us live through her characters so we can understand how bad things were. A MUST READ!

A suspenseful novel filled with unbridled passions, jealousy, incest, murder, witchcraft and dark superstitions. Roots of Indifference is interwoven with the story of a prestigious family during the early 1900s, struggling with racial intolerance as they try to carve a place for themselves in a hostile land during the Mexican Revolution, World War 1, and The Great Depression. This fascinating novel brings to light the horrendous injustices inflicted upon the Mexican-Americans, who suffered cruel indignities and discrimination. It is a story that needs to be told about the turbulent times during those dark years of indifference.
$19.99 USD
Oct 052015
 

Lemon + Sage My Current Favorite Scent!

Last winter I started to use the Bliss Spa body butter on my dry chapped skin. It is the FIRST lotion I have ever been able to use with success! Throughout the summer I actually used the body butter as a shaving lotion, and didn’t have any irritation from the razor on my extremely sensitive skin!

Pro’s:

  • Smells amazing -I have used White Pepper + Blood Orange as well as Lemon + Sage and they both smell like fresh cut fruit, I have been tempted to taste it!
  • Non-greasy. Yeah I know, all lotions make this claim, but this one actually follows through. It actually goes on and is dry immediately, which works great for me because I live in Canada and do NOT appreciate having moist skin in the chilled air! This is a body butter I use regularly on my entire body, on my hands after dishes and even on my face and lips when they are extra dry with no irritation or breakouts!
  • A little goes a long way
  • You can use a lot but still not feel greasy if you accidentally squeeze out too much
  • It comes out thick and melts in with a few quick rubs
  • The scent lingers, but not for too long and is not overwhelming -simply smells clean and doesn’t compete with perfume or other fragrances
  • Works as a shaving lotion – I use this on my legs and underarms before I shave and have no irritation, regular shaving creams or gels cause irritated and burning red bumps
  • Comes in several sizes and is great for the whole family
  • Companion products like shower gel and body wash in the same scents

Con’s:

  • It’s a bit pricey when you need a new one, but it definitely lasts long enough to make it worth the price (they do offer coupon codes and deals on sets if you sign up for their email)

I absolutely love Bliss body butter and it gets 5 bright shiny stars. I have some on my bedside table as well as in the bathroom and as the weather cools down one will be placed in my purse! It is awesome to not have to keep looking for that holy grail of lotions anymore and even more awesome to have skin that isn’t chapped and painful!

Visit bliss and get a $20 bonus on orders of $100 or more! 

Oct 032015
 

About a month ago I received these wipes in the mail as a sample. I really wanted to like them because they are inexpensive and are an Allure Best of Beauty award winner.

I don’t wear much for makeup, a CC+ Cream as my foundation, Bye Bye Undereyes as my all over concealer and brightener, and a lot of nude shadows with waterproof tightline mascara. All of my makeup is from IT Cosmetics, except for my favorite eyeliners, which are from Smashbox. I also have some drug store lip colors from NYC and a few eyeliners from Avon (you need Avon eyeliner in your life).

I was using Skinn cosmetics makeup removing wipes which were about a dollar a wipe through The Shopping Channel in Canada. They worked well, but they were a DOLLAR each which is crazy!

So when I finished up the Skinn wipes I opened up my sample of Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes, which claim to even remove waterproof mascara and are made for sensitive skin, I break out easily and have sensitive skin and a lot of allergies.

The pro’s:

  • No strong fragrance, they didn’t smell like anything really
  • They were very moist
  • They were super soft
  • They didn’t burn or sting my eyes
  • They did not cause me to break out
  • They are in fact hydrating as claimed
  • No residue left to wash off on lazy days

The Cons:

  • They did NOT remove my makeup -not my CC+, eyeshadow, lip color or concealer, in fact, the wipes looked clean when I was done using them
  • I ended up having to scrub to get any makeup off
  • I had to use more than one wipe each evening

Unfortunately, I will not be buying the Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes because they just don’t do what they say they are going to do. On no-makeup days my skin did feel refreshed and cleansed but for $8.27 for 25 wipes that don’t remove makeup it simply isn’t worth the price.

I am giving these Simple Facial Cleansing Wipes 2 stars because they were gentle and didn’t irritate my skin. It is really unfortunate because had they removed my makeup as promised I would have definitely purchased them!

ALL of this said, I would try their other cleansing products, maybe their formula is better when it isn’t in a wipe. I loved the fact that they didn’t break me out or anger my allergies. I will definitely keep an eye out for other products in this line and try them out.

Have you tried this brand? Was your experience the same as mine? What is your holy grail makeup remover!?

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