Biography, Drama
132 Minutes
Director: Lee Daniels
Writer: Danny Strong
Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr.
IMDb (7.1/10 Rating): “As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society.”
4 out of 5 Stars

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Recipe: Santa Fe Soup


This is a recipe that I have been asked for time and time again!  I’ve made it for family gatherings, for our football tailgates and just for something delicious for Tony, Jera and I to enjoy for an evening meal! It is super easy, but very delicious!  Keep this in your pocket for a chilly night, or for a fun gathering!

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Urban Fantacy
310 Pages
Hastings Hardback: $22.99
St. Martain’s Press
Released: February 1, 2011
Charley Davidson #1
4 out of 5 Stars

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Hello All! 

I have been watching your twitter posts here and there this past week and a half.  We’ve had a lot going on, mainly at work, and I’ve been super busy and unable to post OR read my friends blogs!  Then, on top of that, Easter hit and my hands were completely tied to do anything reading/blogging wise on the weekend…so I’m back in action.

This week you will have a book review about First Grave on the Right, a recipe called Santa Fe Soup (one of my most popular recipes), a movie review on Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and of course…my challenge update! I might not have been keeping you ladies updated, but I’ve been getting my exercise/walk on the past week and a half!! :-)  Yay me.

Currently I’m reading, and almost finished with, A Child Called “It”…I’m really unsure how I’m going to rate this book. So hopefully I’ll have some direction on that once I’m completely finished.  Then I plan on picking up The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan, and haven’t been able to read this extra piece of (hopefully) awesomeness.) After I finish that, I’ll be moving onto book 2 of the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. Oh yeah!

Looking forward to catching up with you all this week and seeing/catching up on what fun events I might have missed in your lives!

Sweet Satisfaction

Amazon Kindle Edition, $2.99
The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Released: May 22, 2013
Sweet #3
5 out of 5 Stars

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Monday Funday #13


Enjoy some funny cartoons that had me giggling and smiling!:-) You’ve got to enjoy some good cartoon humor.

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Title: Another New Life

Author: Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Publication Date: June 2, 2014

New Adult Contemporary Romance

**This book contains adult subject matter. Not intended for young readers.**

Cover Design by: (C) Arijana Karčić, Cover It! Designs

Miranda Preston is a walking contradiction. Beautiful on the outside, but, insecure, haunted and damaged on the inside. Despite these contradictions, she’s ready to start Another New Life.

When her talent wins her a piano scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, Miranda arrives on campus determined to experience everything college has to offer and to keep her secrets in the past where they belong.

An easy task, until the first guy who catches her eye happens to be someone, she’s known all her life.

Eight years have passed since the last time Miranda and Troy saw each other. He reminds her of the best and worst times of her life, but she can’t think about one without dwelling on the other. As they grow closer, every day their attraction reminds them they are no longer kids.

The epic romantic love story that is Miranda and Troy seems to be destined for a happy ending, but Miranda knows it’s only a matter of time before her secret is discovered. A secret that will not only destroy their relationship, it will destroy Troy, too.

Can Miranda focus on her future with Troy while preventing her past from tearing them apart all over again?


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Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a New Adult Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who 

Sydney has been blogging at for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, reviews books (New Adult & only the ones she loves) and journals about her writing and editing process.hailsfrom Texas. After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.

Sydney’s self-published debut New Adult Novel Another New Life will be available June 2014. An active tweeter, she is also a JuNoWriMo (2x) and NaNoWriMo (2x) winners who notes the sci-fi action flick “The Matrix” as the best representation of her life in the past. She is blessed to be awake now and doing what she loves.

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