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Good morning everyone, welcome back to my blog :)

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and got some much needed rest.  Our weekend was great, spent a lot of time together and got a lot done, but feel like it went by a bit too quick for my liking.

I must say though, I actually really like Mondays, and I know most people don't and that is understandable, but I love them.  I don't know if it is the beginning of a new week and having a fresh blank page ahead, or what it is, but I really do love Monday morning.

Right, let's see what we have ahead for the week.  


The weather:::
We have been enjoying sunny and hot days, but woke up to a right looking winter day.  It's foggy, cloudy, dark and we have storms headed our way. 

Monday - Morning shower, 87
Tuesday - Strong thunderstorm, 91
Wednesday - Strong afternoon thunderstorm, 91
Thursday - Times of clouds and sun, 98
Friday - Mostly sunny, 99


On my reading pile:::
The Great Unexpected by Dan Mooney.




Movies or Shows I watched this weekend:::
Didn't really watch anything, hardly touched the TV because we were out most of the weekend.  I did put on some documentaries while I cleaned or ironed, so I guess that counts as some tv watching.


On my TV this week:::
General Hospital
Homemaking vlogs
The Spanish Princess
60 Minutes Australia
Real Stories


On the menu for this week:::
We are back on track with proper cooking.  Also, I started a Friday feature here on the blog, where I'll be sharing my menus.  I will still share them here on the Happy Homemaker Monday, but if you're interested in a bit more detailed meal plan, including desserts for the week, check out my Meal Plan Friday. 

Monday
Slow Cooked Beef and Broccoli with Panda Express Chow Mein

Tuesday
Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches, Waffle Fries, Chick-Fil-A sauce

Wednesday
Carne de Panela (Portuguese Beef Tips), Rice, Beans

Thursday
Hot and Spicy Lasagna, Garlic Bread

Friday
Copycat Rodeo King Burgers, Fries


On my to do list:::
Call dealership and towing company
Get broccoli beef in the crockpot for dinner
Clean and tidy house
Lunch and shopping with sister in law today


What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
New crochet project, nothing big but something for my bedroom wall.


Looking forward to:::
Getting my sweet little car back, it's been far too long since I've been able to drive it.


Looking around the house:::
It looks so dark, it's like waking up in the middle of winter, just crazy.  The house itself is clean, so I don't have too much to do on that front.  The kitchen seems to be the spot that is always needing attention, because I think it's the most used room in the house.  I need to unload and reload dishwasher, clean counters, get dinner going in the crockpot, sweep and mop. 


From the camera:::
My big boy, he is huge but the sweetest soul. 

 


What I'm wearing today:::
Probably a summer dress or some jeans and cute top.      


One of my simple pleasures:::
Driving around with my husband.  We love just getting in the truck, heading out in the morning and either browsing through stores or stopping for a coffee somewhere.   


Bible verse, Devotional, prayers::: 

Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned,
and flame will not scorch you.
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One of the best feelings in life, is that of being surrounded by your family.  I always tell my husband that when he is away I feel like I'm just going about my day without breathing.

The minute he walks in the door, everything goes back to normal and my body immediately relaxes, so much so that I laid down in bed at 8pm last night and by 8:15 I was completely out, even dreaming.  Goodness hahaha

Marley was beside himself with happiness, he couldn't believe his daddy was home, and the kids were both thrilled too.  No matter how old they get, daddy is daddy and they love him dearly.


My Saturday started with the usual tossing of clothes from hamper to washer, and then to dryer.  I gave the kitchen a good cleaning, unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher and then went outside to help hubby get my car ready to be towed to the dealership this week, where it will finally get the turbo replaced.  Praise the Lord!


We then headed out the door with the kids.  My sister in law's birthday is tomorrow and we needed to get her a gift, we also wanted to get Nick a haircut although it was super hard to find any place that was either open or didn't have an hour wait.  Gave up on that and I'll take him for a haircut on Tuesday morning when I take Jasmine to work.

Had a really yummy lunch at Red Robin, laughed, talked and really enjoyed each other's company.  I find that as the kids have gotten older, the time we all spend together is that much more meaningful.  It's different, it's more mature and interesting in a way.

When they're young we loved spending time with them but they really just wanted to play with their toys, and weren't into any kind of conversations, not to mention how hard it was keeping them entertained for the time we were out.


Since Red Robin is at the mall, we walked around a bit trying to find something for the birthday but couldn't really find anything.  I did find a few things for our home in the clearance aisles at In Home.


Absolutely loved the way this candle looked and for $3 it was a bargain.  I also picked up a pack of these ImPress Press on Manicure to give them a go.  I've been seeing them all over Instagram lately and was quite curious.

You know that I don't much care for long nails, don't have patience to even go sit and get them done, and I find them a waste of money.  But I do love having pretty nails so I usually just do them myself at home.

And the long nails thing????  Just not for me, they bug me, they get in the way, I feel like I can't feel what I'm picking up or doing and it just drives me insane.  But I really wanted to give these a go, so I popped them on about an hour ago.    They were very easy to get on, which I'm surprised by, and they look really pretty.

Within 10 minutes, I had taken out my nail clippers and clipped them down to a more manageable size.  I just can't do it, it's no use, I can't handle long nails LOL

If you're interested to see how they look, I put a picture up on Instagram.


The last two items I picked up were these Curtain Lights.  I've been wanting them for my bedroom, to go behind my bed, but hadn't yet found the ones I liked.  These are clear wired, which is exactly what I was looking for.

I'll set them up tomorrow and show you how they look.

And that is it, just a very simple, family day, but definitely my favorite ways to spend the weekends.

Tomorrow is a home day, I have a lot of prepping to do for the week ahead, want to bake some goodie and I need to get in the backyard to pull weeds from my little garden.  I already have a tomato and my chili peppers are growing too.
I'll be back tomorrow to show you all of that and more :)
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Friday segment spotlighting the meals for the week ahead. Why Friday? Because I grocery shop Bi-weekly, on Fridays.

This week's plan includes 2 new recipes, therefore no links for those yet, and some family favorites which you will find on the food blog, Full Bellies, Happy Kids.


Hello everyone, and welcome to my first Meal Plan Friday post.

Over the years I have talked about how much I rely on meal planning.  I first dabbled with meal planning when I was about 15.   I was still at home at the time, not married, but my stepmother had always meal planned for our family, and anytime she and my dad were away from home, it fell to me to plan and cook for myself and my brothers.

It was something I thoroughly enjoyed and actually looked forward to.  She would leave me the money for the grocery shopping in an envelope and I would take it from there.

Once I got married and moved to the United States, I continued planning our meals and have done so for the past 21 years.  I can't function without it, and find it quite stressful to figure out meals if I don't already know what I'm preparing ahead of time.

With that in mind, you also already know that I shop for 2 weeks at a time, so my meal plan is is done in two week increments.  I decided that instead every Friday I would share my meal plan for the week ahead.  I was going to do it for two weeks at a time, but that would be a pretty long post, so I'll just stick to one week.  Yes I do share my meals in my Happy Homemaker Monday, but this post is a bit more detailed in that I'll share the links, photos and talk about any new recipes I'll be trying or any that we tried and so on. 

Maybe it will give you some inspiration, or you may find a new recipe to try for your family.

Whatever the case, I hope you enjoy this new bi-weekly segment.  Have a wonderful weekend 🙂




Dinner Out - Mexican Restaurant

Beef and Broccoli with Rice



Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches, Waffle Fries



Carne de Panela (Portuguese Beef Tips), Rice and Beans



Frango Estufado (Portuguese Skillet Chicken), Mashed Potatoes, Salad



Hot and Spicy Lasagna, Garlic Bread






Lunch Lady Brownies





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I'm so ready for him to be home, and thankfully this is the last day without him.  Matter of fact, I just got off the phone with him and he is just as equally excited to be wrapping up this week away from home.


Didn't sleep very well last night, so this morning, that first cup of coffee was very much welcomed.  I don't know what it is, but for me, the first sip is an experience in itself.  You know what I mean right???  I'm looking at all you coffee drinkers out there.

My day was spent driving back and forth, doing some laundry and housework, so I don't have much to tell you about today, nor did I take many pictures because there wasn't really anything going on that was that exciting.

I guess I could tell you how the water heater was finally replaced???

I can't though, because, 𝓽𝓱𝓮𝔂.𝓷𝓮𝓿𝓮𝓻.𝓼𝓱𝓸𝔀𝓮𝓭.𝓾𝓹!

At this point, I could care less, I still have water in every room that needs it, we still have hot water in the kitchen and Nick's bathroom, so really, it's not affecting us anymore since the leak has stopped and been resolved.  But truly, how frustrating???

Anyway, a pretty basic normal day for me.  Dinner tonight was the kid's request, homemade macaroni and cheese and cheese pizza.


Love using my little Pizzazz machine, it bakes it perfectly every time and I don't have to turn on the oven, especially in the summer.


The crochet I wanted to start last night, didn't happen.  I was faffing about with my menu plan and grocery list, and ran out of time.  Maybe some time this weekend?  Although we do have quite a few things planned as well, and with Curt being back, unless he is busy with something else, I won't be sneaking off to crochet as I want to spend time with him.

So there you go, just a very quick check in, I could have not posted but I've missed daily blogging and I'm determined to stick to it.

Well friends, I'm off to make sure my grocery list is ready for the morning, close the house down for the night and get into bed.  Hoping for a good night's sleep tonight.
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Day 4 without hubby, and I'm quite done with this already.  I have always been someone who has managed to deal with the separations, after all, 20 years of military active duty life meant a lot of separations, sometimes months at a time.

I just got on with life and made the best I could of the situation.

But, I'm not liking this at all.  I think in a way my mind settled into a new normality, one where there were no deployments or long periods of time apart, and just when I was getting used to that, here it comes.  It's almost over though, and I'm counting down the minutes until he walks through the door.

In case you think it's just me feeling this way, it's not.  He is not enjoying this time away from us either and is quite ready to be done and back in his home with his family.


My days have been busy, keeping up with a routine has always been the easiest way to deal with any kind of separations.

I continue to get up early, do what I need to do, drive my girl back and forth from work, cook dinner, spend time with the kids and clean, do laundry and all that fun stuff.



Woke up this morning to bright lightning and thunderstorms.  They puttered down on and off for about two hours and then gave way to beautiful blue skies.


As always, the very first thing I do each morning is take care of the pets, and that means uncovering the bird cage and saying good morning to them.  It's sweet how they immediately start chirping away the minute the covers come off.

Next is this little Mister who is completely confused as to the whereabouts of his daddy.  I find him in this spot throughout the day, just watching, waiting.


It's heartbreaking at times, because he whines and you can see that he is missing his daddy.  You know the bond between dog and his owner is something of beauty.

This morning I decided to give the kitchen a good top to bottom clean.  Usually I do my daily cleaning and tidying, but once a week, I try to do a more in depth cleaning, meaning wiping down all the cabinets, taking everything off counters, wiping appliances really well etc.

I just love the smell and look of a clean kitchen.


Once that was done, I sat down to compile the new menu plan for the next two weeks.  I've talked about this before, and I've shown you all how I do it so I'm not going to bore you with the details.



I did pull a few recipes from this slow cooking cookbook, it is one of my favorites as I don't think there are many recipes from it that I wouldn't try, probably one or two that I know my family wouldn't enjoy, but all the others are delicious.


One of my daily tasks is to take care of the plants, water the ones that need it daily and so on.  I noticed that my beautiful little cactus was not doing very well, some of it's branches had fallen down and were looking quite sickly.

I did a quick clean up and transplanting and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it takes and comes back to life.


The rest of the day was spent pottering around the house, hanging out with my girl and then a quick run to Subway for dinner for myself and the kids, just a little treat for the kids. 

I then went through my yarn stash and picked out these 3 to start on a little project that I want to make for my bedroom.  It will actually go on my wall.  I'm going to start on it as soon as this post is published.


Feels so weird saying that, it's been a long time since I've even talked about a new crochet project.  Goodness!!!

Anyway, I have a busy day tomorrow, I'll be back and forth taking Jas to work and running errands, doing the usual housework which will no doubt include a mountain of laundry, and hopefully getting the new water heater installed since they failed to show up today.  Yes, that story is still ongoing.

Right now, I'm waiting for my hubby to call, so I'll pop on a documentary and get cracking with my crochet.
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Hi everyone, happy Wednesday :)

Well, I am back in business, finally.  I'm so thrilled to have my camera working the way it is supposed to, and I've been happily snapping away as I go about my day.

My morning started bright and early, as it always does.  Curt messages me every morning before leaving for work, and I love waking up to his sweet texts.  I then lay in bed for a little longer with Marley, scroll through my phone or watch a little tv before getting up for the day.


My morning began with getting Jasmine off to work and then making a few phone calls.  I don't like talking on the phone, if anyone knows me in real life, they KNOW to text, but there are calls you just can't avoid and these were some of those.

What exactly did I need to make calls about?

Well let me paint you a picture!!!

It is Thursday morning of last week, we wake up to our garage with water, and water draining down the driveway all the way to the street.  After a quick check, we find that our water heater in the garage is leaking hot water from one of the pipes.  Curt did a check and shut off everything he could find, every valve and water faucet, gas line and so on.

I also immediately put in a maintenance work order for the heater to get fixed.

Friday morning came and still hadn't hear anything, so I called the realtor and was told it was under warranty and needed to be replaced so they would get the authorization to the plumbers so they could get out.

Called the plumber Friday afternoon and they still hadn't received the authorization.

Friday went, Saturday, Sunday, Monday......and mind you, even though we turned off everything we could find, water was now gushing out the faucet and running down the driveway.  (I don't even want to think of what our water bill is going to be this coming month).

This morning, I called the plumber first thing and asked why are we still sitting here with a water heater gushing and nothing is being done, and was informed that they had not yet received the authorization from American Home Shield.  That aggravated me so much.

I again picked up the phone, called the realtor and let them have it, actually told them that they will be paying for any damages caused by this and my water bill, since they had been sitting on this work order since Thursday morning.  What do you know, they finally got it done, but only after I had to call and get on them about it.  

Don't mind the weeds, I was in the middle of mowing and weeding when they showed up

You can actually see the water underneath the truck, it runs all the way down the driveway and out to the street.

They were able to shut down the water completely.  The plumber said that my husband had shut everything off that he needed to, but whoever installed this water heater, installed the valves backwards so he says even if we shut it all off, it does nothing because it will continue to gush out water.

After they did that, they left, and will be back tomorrow to replace the water heater.  At least for the moment the water is off, which is a huge relief.


The minute they left, I got right to business.  I was all out of bread and needed to bake some, and yesterday I wanted to do that, but woke up feeling really sick.  I think I had a 24 hour stomach bug.


I was planning on only baking some bread loaves, but I decided to take the recipe I use and dividing it up so that I could get 2 bread loaves, 1 cinnamon swirl loaf and some cinnamon rolls.

The recipe I used is on my food blog, it is called Homemade Bread and yields 5 loaves.


There's days that you just need a hot, fresh homemade cinnamon roll, and today was one of those.

I mainly had my kids in mind when I made these, because even though they are older and used to their dad being away at times while he was in the Air Force, they still miss him when he's gone, and it's in those moments that I like doing little things for them.



My baking day is done, my house is clean and now I'm sitting down with my book, for a little, before I have to go pick my girl back up from work.


I can't tell you how much I love baking and reading, it is probably the closest thing to a perfect day for me.  Throw in my camera, and I think that just tops it off :)
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Happy Monday everyone :)

Hope you've had a good weekend.  Ours was amazing, and totally unexpected.

On Saturday morning, Curt and I had a huge blessing fall upon us.  Something that we had been hoping for but didn't think would happen for quite a while.  We had placed it in the Lord's hands and completely forgot about it, and of course as always, He came through in a BIG way.

I'm not going to say exactly what it was, just that it was unexpected, it has helped us immensely and we are both so thankful for it.  So, great weekend.

Aside from that, Curt left yesterday afternoon for a week's TDY (temporary duty), some training that he required for his job.  The sad part is that he is away from us, but the good part is that it is only until Friday and he is near home, one call and he can be here shortly (if that were needed).

So I'm sorta flying solo for this week.

Anyway, let's get on with our happy Homemaker Monday.  Wishing you all a beautiful blessed week ahead.

OH and I almost forgot, I am back in business....the blogging business.  I got my lens in and it works perfectly.  Yay, stay tuned for daily blogs starting today :) 


If you want to save and use the new button, just click here.



The weather:::
It has been pretty hot the past few days, upper 90's.

Monday - Clouds breaking, pleasant - 79
Tuesday - Partly sunny, 82
Wednesday - Partly sunny, 85
Thursday - Partly sunny, 84
Friday - A shower or thunderstorm, 91


On my reading pile:::
The Great Unexpected by Dan Mooney.




Movies or Shows I watched this weekend:::
Watched the first episode of NOS4A2 with hubby and Jasmine.  It was........weird?  I don't know if I like it, I might watch the second one and see how I feel but for the moment, it's a no for me.


On my TV this week:::
General Hospital
Homemaking vlogs
The Spanish Princess
Criminal Minds
60 Minutes Australia
True Crime Daily


On the menu for this week:::
Keeping it super simple this week since Curt won't be home for dinner.

Monday
Pizzadillas




Tuesday
Tuna Salad



Wednesday
Breakfast for dinner (Sausage, Eggs, Hash Browns, Pancakes)




Thursday
Macaroni and Cheese (I'll probably have something else, not a huge fan of mac and cheese)



Friday
Stromboli, Lunch Lady Brownies



On my to do list:::
Make a few phone calls
Work on new menu plan
Work on blog ideas
Sweep and mop kitchen


What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Made a bird cage cover and seed catcher, last week.  You can check it out in this blog post


Looking forward to:::
This week going quick so that I can have my husband back home.  When he retired we hoped that would be the end of time apart, we had our fair share while active duty.  But, I guess there are still going to be a few training trips here and there. 


Looking around the house:::
I've already opened the birds, opened the curtains and blinds, and popped open the back screen door to let in fresh air.  It's a gorgeous morning, only 60 degrees right now so it feels amazing. The house is clean side from that, so not much to do.


From the camera:::
I am SOOOOOOO happy that I finally have my lens.  I can get back to business.  Soon as I got it, I popped it on the camera and gave it a go. 
 
 


What I'm wearing today:::
Summer dress and sandals.      


One of my simple pleasures:::
Working on the meal plan.  That may sound completely crazy but I love sitting down, figuring out meals, going through cookbooks and planning what my family will be eating. 
     

Bible verse, Devotional, prayers::: 


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As we go through our lives, there are lessons that we learn, from different family members.  Talents are tapped into and new skills are acquired.

By far, one of the best skills I was taught, was sewing, and I can thank my beautiful grandmother for that.

You've no doubt read my many posts about not only my grandmother but her being a seamstress, teaching me all she knew and so forth.

But back to today......



I don't get to sew near as much as I wish I did.  I just don't have the time, and if you've ever sewn, you know that sewing is one of those things that you can't just do for 2 minutes and move on.  There's so much involved, so it takes a while.

But today I had no prior commitments outside the house, which meant the perfect time to pull out the good ol' sewing machine and work on something that I've been trying to make for a long time.


The very first thing I made was this bird seed catcher.

I love the birds, but goodness they are messy and I'll often find bird seed strewn all around, which means constant cleaning and vacuuming of their area.



I didn't have a pattern, merely an idea of what I wanted to do, and scraps of material laying around.

I grabbed random pieces, patchwork sewed them together and there ya go.....super cute bird seed catcher which looks really adorable.

Now the next part was creating some sort of cover.

Up until now we have been using an old sheet to cover them at night, but that is neither pretty nor practical, so I've been meaning to make a cover for the cage.


Again, no pattern, just the idea in my head, assorted fabrics and a lot of praying.  Haha


My main idea was to have a cover that stayed on the cage all the time, but didn't keep it completely covered because the birds enjoy being uncovered during the day.

I didn't know how I was going to make it, or what exactly to do.  So I just picked the fabrics, roughly measured the dimensions of the cage front, sides and back and pretty much started sewing pieces together.



It is nowhere near a clean and perfect sewing project.  I still need to sew some hems on the edges of the front and back panels, but I am SO SO happy with the way it looks.

It stays on the cage and doesn't need to be moved off at all.

The side panels I actually made to a length where they fit right into the bird seed catcher, so it keeps them from flapping about.

The back and front panels, I sewed in some simple flaps so that I can roll them up and tie them out of the way during the day.

I did spend a couple of hours working on it but it just felt like the time flew by, and I loved every second of being at the machine and hearing the whirring of the needle sliding through the fabric.

Sewing for me is like crocheting, it's therapeutic and calming, and of course knowing that you are making something with your own hands, is the best feeling in the world too.

I hope you enjoyed my little bird cage project.  I plan on working on a few more sewing projects I have in mind, and will be sure to share them all with you :)

Before I leave, I just wanted to let you know that I've updated the food blogger template, and also put up a recipe for a super easy and delicious 𝓱𝓸𝓶𝓮𝓶𝓪𝓭𝓮 𝓫𝓻𝓸𝔀𝓷 𝓰𝓻𝓪𝓿𝔂.  You can find the recipe over on the blog, go check it out :)


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Hello everyone :)

It has just gone 6:30pm, and I'm sitting here killing time before heading to pick up my girl from work.  I thought I would come in and do a quick little post.

We just had a delicious meal, some oven baked pork chops, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli and homemade brown gravy.  So yummy!

I will have the recipe for the gravy for you all, probably tomorrow.

One thing you surely have noticed is that I have changed the template and I sure hope you like it as much as I do.  I'm also working on changing the food blog, but haven't decided yet on which template to go with.

I really need to do an overhaul of the food blog, bring it back to life, add more recipes, make it easier to navigate, and so forth.  But that will take time and I don't always have a lot of it to sit and mess with html.











In the meantime, I took my camera, slapped on the zoom lens and stepped outside for some shots.  I wanted to capture the true beauty of living not only out in the country, but in an area that gets so much rain, which means green, green and an abundance of green all around.

Inside, I rearranged my bookshelf.  I keep all my review books in the same shelf and usually in order of the day they need to be reviewed, it just makes it easier when I'm done with one, to pick up the following and not have to go looking for dates etc.





The next on the list is "The Great Unexpected by Dan Mooney".   I just started it today, so we will see how that goes.  By the way I know not everyone is interested in book reviews, but if you are, you can do a quick search for TLC Book Tours here on my blog and you will have a ton of book reviews to look through :)

I then went through some of my crochet baskets filled with projects that have been either finished or halfway finished, and I found this pillow I made years ago, back in Arizona still.   I need to find a pillow insert, and make a back for it.

I don't have this same yarn anymore, but I'm sure I can find it, just keeping my fingers crossed that I can find the same colors.



By the way, we finished the Lucifer series and I'm so annoyed at the ending.  I truly hope there is another season because I need some closure LOL

I haven't started anything else, when I have a spare moment, I usually pop on Netflix or a documentary on Youtube.

This past week I've watched:
Lucifer Season 4
Season Finale of When Calls the Heart
Various homemaking vlogs on Youtube
First and Last on Netflix
Girls Incarcerated on Netflix
True Crime Daily on Youtube (10 to 15 minute stories)
60 Minutes Australia on Youtube (10 to 15 minute stories)
Started Criminal Minds on Netflix

Well friends, I have got to pop out to pick up our girl, so I'm ending this post now.  Hope you've all had a good week so far.
Until next time, blessings!
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• Paperback: 383 pages
• Publisher: Vesuvian Books (May 14, 2019)

When her homeland is conquered by the mighty Alexander the Great, Roxana—the daughter of a mere chieftain—is torn from her simple life and thrown into a world of war and intrigue.
Terrified, the sixteen-year-old girl of renowned beauty is brought before the greatest ruler the world has ever known. Her life is in his hands; her future his to decide.

Without formal education or noble blood, Roxana is chosen by the Greek conqueror to be his bride. Soon she comes to know profound happiness and unyielding desire in her warrior’s arms.

However, being the king’s consort comes at a heavy price. To survive her husband’s treacherous kingdom, she must endure continuous warfare, deadly plots, jealous rivals, victory-hungry generals, and the stigma of being a barbarian. Persian blood will keep her from claiming the grandest title of all—queen—but her reign will seal the fate of an empire.

History tells his story. This is hers.



Purchase LinksAmazon | Barnes & NobleAbout Alexandrea WeisAlexandrea Weis, RN-CS, CRRN, ONC, PhD, is a multi award-winning author of twenty-five novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured animals. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans. Weis writes paranormal, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance.
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My Thoughts:
 I absolutely LOVE fantasy books and Alexandrea Weiss is one of my favorites, so when I was given the opportunity to review her latest "Realm", I jumped at the chance.  I may have even gloated a bit to the hubby because he too loves this book genre.

As a history buff there are many great names that I have found fascinating, and Alexander The great is definitely one of those.

In Realm, we meet Roxana, the daughter of a great chieftain who is attacked by Alexander The Great and his strong army.   Upon the defeat, Alexander decides to host a victory celebration and once Roxana and her sisters enter into his sights, during a dance for the host, he knows he has to have her.

Roxana is not exactly thrilled at first, after all, this is the man that has attacked and conquered her homeland, and now she is being forced to marry Alexander.

What follows is one of the sweetest love stories.  Roxana is a mere teenager when her life is catapulted into a world completely unknown to her.  She is now the wife of one of the greatest men in history and has to learn to not only care and love for her new husband, adapt to her role as a wife, but also deal with constant threats and danger to her life.

We often are only privy to the side of the great conquerors and their story, their lives and so on, but very rarely do we actually get to see the women who are their side and how that affects these men.  It's beautiful to see the women who bring a sort of vulnerability to the big bad macho conqueror or years gone by.

Alexandrea Weiss did an outstanding job in this story, she clearly and vividly brings to light a part of history that we don't often get to learn about.  What an absolute thrill this story was to read.
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