Another Chance at Lake Placid #mgtab @Natalieann1212

In December 2016, I published the first book in my Lake Placid series, Second Chance. Every three months I put out another book until the sixth book was released, Last Chance, in March 2018. I took a break from that series and started to work on my Fierce Five and Love Collection. But I’ve grown to miss my characters who seemed like family to me.

So what did I do? I decided to bring them back to life, or give them Another Chance!

That is what Matt Winters did. He was ready to give Lake Placid another chance. He had everything charted out exactly as he wanted it in life. He was going to be a high profile attorney in a big city. Lake Placid couldn’t give him what he wanted, so he left his true love behind when she wouldn’t agree to move. Then life changed drastically years later, his world was turned upside down, and he realized that having it all meant nothing if he couldn’t have Dena. But she swore she’d never give him another chance and he was determined to win her over…somehow.

Dena Hall had her life all planned out. She was already making wedding plans with her high school sweetheart and thinking of the number of kids she wanted. He’d said he wanted the same thing, only he didn’t want it in Lake Placid. But she wasn’t leaving her hometown. Rather than talk it out, he broke it off out of the blue, swift and harsh. She swore never to forgive him or take him back.

Check out the full Lake Placid Series here!

Curried Deviled Eggs #Recipe

Easter is just a couple weeks away and that means we’ll all have extra boiled eggs. This recipe for Curried Deviled Eggs is one delicious way to use them.

Curried Deviled Eggs

Curried Deviled Eggs

6 Boiled Eggs, peeled

1/3 Cup Mayonnaise

2 Teaspoons Yellow Mustard

1 Teaspoon Curry Powder

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

2 Tablespoons Celery, minced

2 Tablespoons Zucchini, minced

Sweet Paprika for garnish

  1. Cut the eggs in half, placing the yolks into a bowl and the whites on a serving plate.
  2. Combine the egg yolks with the mayonnaise, mustard, curry powder, and salt. Stir until completely combined. Add the celery and zucchini to the filling mixture and stir to incorporate.
  3. Fill the egg cavities with the filling, mounding it up for a nice, generous portion. Garnish each egg with a bit of paprika. Cover and chill thoroughly before serving. Store leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator. Curried Deviled Eggs will keep for three days.

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Airboat ride through the Everglades—hard pass on the frog legs

I am so excited to write this blog today and share with my fellow South Floridians the amazing wildlife and nature trails we have in our backyard. I can’t remember all that our driver said about fresh water and salt water and Lake Okeechobee, but to be honest, my attention was on the alligators we saw everywhere. And blue herons, which seem to be a thing in my life that I plan on delving into later. Yellow snapping turtles you don’t want to mess with either, or the saw grass that is smooth if you touch it the right way, but can cut you to the bone if you do it wrong. Lots of dangerous beauty. 

I can’t believe that I’ve lived in Florida since 2001 and this is the first time I’ve done this—sure, we did other gator tours with the kids, so I’m not sure how we missed the airboat. I highly recommend it if you have the chance! At no time did I feel unsafe as the guides were fun and informed, and told us to keep our hands inside the boat if we wanted to keep our fingers, lol

Air plants, willow leaves that cowboys  used to chew after a long day to relieve pain, and the bulb of the lily plant the Indians (I can’t remember the tribe) could eat for nourishment. Our driver (Sam) had us whipping around the two foot-deep water between twenty-five to thirty miles an hour at one point—a blast! He gave us cotton for our ears to help with the giant fan behind us. I would do it again in a flash, I had so much fun. We passed a grove of mangroves and we were allowed to get out of the boat, into the clear water. I sank into the soft spongy mud but what a thrill.

We used Coopertown Airboats: http://coopertownairboats.com/

 

Have a wonderful day!

<3

Traci

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Red Sparrow, Movie and Book

Norman and I listen to a lot of books, and I decided to try Red Sparrow, maybe because it had been made into a movie. The book turned out to be a really good spy story. The sequel, Palace of Treason, was almost as good. But I was looking at reviews of the third book, The Kremlin’s Candidate, and could see that it ended very badly. Plus there were complaints that the author rushed through it, based on his forgetting a lot of details from the first two and his changed use of language. (You can draw your own conclusions about why that might have happened.) I don’t want to read the third book, but I did want to see what happened with a Hollywood treatment of the first.

We watched it on DVD, and I thought they did a pretty good job of boiling down a long book for the big screen. (Actually, it would have been a lot better as a Netflix series where they could have developed the characters and the plot.) They took a lot of shortcuts—like starting the movie well into where the book began and combining Dominika’s sparrow training with espionage officer school. Plus Joel Edgerton was all wrong for my mental picture of the hero. He was perfect for Zero Dark Thirty. But he doesn’t look like a guy who comes from an old Southern family with money.

After we saw the movie, I started reading reviews. A lot of people hated it. One guy was going to give it three stars, until he got to see Jennifer Lawrence naked. Then his enthusiasm went up significantly.

There’s a lot of exploitive sex in the movie, plus a lot of other violence and torture. But conversely, it doesn’t have as much action as the average movie based on comic-book characters. Nor does it have impossible acrobatic feats like jumping 10 yards from one building to another or hanging from a moving helicopter.

Many people couldn’t follow the twists and turns of the plot and weren’t sure about the heroine’s motivation. I had no problem because I knew the story, although the film changed a major element in the climactic moments. A lot of people thought that the relationship between the h/h was not developed well enough. Again, I got plenty of this development in the book.

If you saw the movie—give the book a try. And if you like a great spy novel, with lots of authentic details about how the CIA operates plus a good romance, you’re in for a treat.

Did you see the movie? What did you think? What about the book?

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