It’s Monday morning and I am still so sore from our hike at Hood Mountain Regional Park. I thought we were only going to hike for a few hours or so. I didn’t realize the hike would take five hours and test the very strength of my soul. We started at 9:45am  and I could tell right from the beginning it was going to be hard. It was all up hill and each section got steeper and steeper. By the time we were almost at Gunsight Rock, the path was so steep our faces were inches away from the ground. It was certainly one of the hardest hikes I had ever done, but I felt a huge sense of accomplishment as we sat there eating our lunch checking out the amazing views. I was very nervous taking pictures of the baby bassets, my partner in crime, and her son at the peak. It was so hard to get to the spot I worried what would happen if one of us were to be injured. How would we get down? Turns out my question would be answered soon enough. Is this when I make you wait until my next post to tell you? Naaaaw. After lunch we made it back down the mountain no problem by 2:30 in the afternoon. A friend of mine went on the exact same hike the next day though, and was not so lucky. She made it to Gunsight Rock, but was severely injured and had to be helicoptered to a hospital. I guess she is doing well enough because she keeps posting pictures of herself in the hospital smiling. I really could have done without my question being answered though.

Days Uncounted: A Historical Novel
by Eli Hai
4.9 Stars (21 Reviews)
Genre: World Literature | Literature & Fiction | Historical Fiction

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His world was split in two.
And now, he must make a fateful decision.

Iraq, the 1940’s. Elias, the son of a Jewish family who lives in the city of Basra and suffers from vicious harassment, finds himself caught in between two opposite worlds.

On the one hand, his family, which has lived through a tragic, earthshattering event, expects him to marry his cousin Doris, despite the fact that he has no feelings for her.

On the other hand, there is Elias himself, who is in love with someone else — Laila, the daughter of a Jewish family whom destiny put in his path and from that moment onwards, their love knows no boundaries.

When Elias and Laila ask to consummate their love, a window of opportunity opens up for both families to leave Iraq and immigrate to Israel.

However, at the height of their love, an unexpected act of wickedness tears the young couple apart and breaks their hearts.

Is their true love strong enough to survive the many hardships and hurdles they encounter on their journey or will the new reality pull them apart forever?

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The Eye of Shiva (The Project Book 8)
by Alex Lukeman
4.5 Stars (427 Reviews)
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Thrillers | Action & Adventure | Men’s Adventure

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On a mission to the Philippines, Nick Carter of the Project finds ancient gold coins in a terrorist stronghold. The discovery sets the Project team on a collision course with a ruthless terrorist who dreams of an Islamic Caliphate in India. All the while, a secret global conspiracy is manipulating events from behind the scenes.

Clues hint that the coins are part of a legendary treasure looted from India in the 18th century by a Persian King. Among the stolen artifacts is a mystical jewel known as the Eye of Shiva. A dying spy seeking revenge is obsessed with finding it and fulfilling a prophecy predicting the destruction of India’s enemies.

Nick and his lover Selena struggle with their doubts about each other, even as they risk their lives against murderous enemies. As the war drums grow louder and tensions rise on the sub-continent, Nick and Selena are caught in a race against time to stop a nuclear war that will devastate China, Pakistan and India.

The Eye of Shiva is a fast moving story of love, revenge and intrigue, guaranteed to keep you turning pages.

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In The Stars: Romantic Comedy Cozy Mystery Series (Amber Reed Mystery Book 1)
by Zanna Mackenzie
4.2 Stars (150 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery | Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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He’s a top secret agent. She’s an amateur sleuth. Will opposites attract when they’re forced to team up to catch a killer? Addictive, clean, romantic comedy cozy mystery series!

Amber Reed is a newspaper admin assistant tasked with making up the horoscopes. Her imaginary predictions seem as close as she’ll ever get to excitement. Until a desperate phone call plunges her into the middle of a celebrity murder investigation.

Battling to convince the scarily handsome special agent assigned to solve the case that she can help him catch the killer, Amber’s fighting something far more dangerous than she could ever have imagined – and it has nothing to do with the equally scary chemistry fizzing between her and special agent Charlie Huxton!

Has Amber’s wish for more excitement in her life landed her in big trouble – or is her fate written in the stars?

If you enjoy reading intriguing cozy mysteries then you’ll love the Amber Reed Mystery series.

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The Old Man of the Temple (The Seven Signs Book 3)
by D.W. Hawkins
4.7 Stars (105 Reviews)
Genre: Fantasy | Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Evil stirs. The world trembles. A terrible power will be seized.

Fugitives from the Conclave, Dormael and his friends flee with the armlet in their possession. Hounded by their former allies, they undertake a dangerous trek to an ancient ruin — a place where the only things older than the stones are the secrets buried beneath them. Pain and darkness wait in the halls of the dead, but something worse may be closing in from behind.

The war is just beginning, and the gods will weigh the price in blood.

The Old Man of the Temple is book three of The Seven Signs, the continuation of a sword and sorcery series full of magic, intrigue, conspiracy, violence, and mystery. If you’re looking for a new favorite world to call home, The Seven Signs will give you a reason to lose a little sleep.

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Traeger Grill and Smoker Cookbook: 150+ Easy, Delicious and Budget-Friendly Wood pallet smoker and BBQ Grill Recipes for Your Whole Family
by Margaret Albert
4.7 Stars (24 Reviews)
Genre: Arts & Photography | Computers & Technology

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Wood pellet grills are all the rage nowadays, and one of the best brands on the market is Traeger. Traeger Grills is a company in Oregon. It started when a person named Traeger choose to make a grill that would not fire up uncontrollably after one of his gas grills burnt. Now it has more than 6 models to its name with its sides of rubs and sauces. Their grill uses all-natural flavor woods or pellets as fuel.

Traeger wood pellet grills work with a motor moving a screw, which causes flames to increase or decrease by controlling the pellets’ fire. The smoke and flames than go into a chimney, which reduces fire hazards and burning of the meat. The wood provides an extra level of taste, which makes a more sophisticated flavor profile making every dish more delicious. There are many flavors that woods can provide like cherry, apple, or pecan.
The wood pellet grill developed by Joe Traeger has been the standard for most of the electric grills and smokers we have in our market today.
Traeger grills are sturdy outdoor cookers that are multi-functional and have been consistently among the overall top choice for wood pellet grills. Made from high-quality steel that has been powder-coated to give you that high-end finish, it is a worthy investment if you ever decide to take the plunge and purchase your own.

It is extremely versatile since you can smoke, grill, barbecue, bake, broil, braise, and roast with one equipment.
Traeger grills have continually improved with newer models equipped with the new direct drive mechanism that’s meant to improve all the things we already love from the previous models.

Traeger wood pellets don’t just serve as fuel, but it can also be tailored to your recipe to bring out the best-tasting flavors to wow your guests. Choose from among their bestsellers: The Signature blend, Texas Beef blend, Hickory, Apple, Mesquite, Pecan, Oak, and Cherry.
Pellet grills are plug and play cookers that rely on standard household electricity to function. Similar to an oven, it makes use of convection to thoroughly cook the food and infuse it with that signature smoky flavor that we all love.

You must first fill the hopper with pellets and flip the switch to turn it on. A hot rod will then start to burn the pellets in a small chamber called a firepot. The hot air and smoke produced from the combustion are later dispersed inside the cooking chamber with the use of intake fans until the desired temperature is reached. A cylindrical blade called an auger, continues to turn and feed pellets to the firepot to sustain the heat while you cook.
Pellet grills are far more superior to their outdated and old-fashioned counterparts since it allows you much more time to do anything else than tediously flipping, fanning, and feeding the fire. Useful features such as a temperature probe, thermostat, and Wi-Fi capability make Traeger a formidable contender in the market.

This book covers awesome Traeger recipes for:

• Breakfast

• Mains

• Sides

• Seafood

• Poultry

• Meat

• Vegetables

• Soups and Stews

• Snacks

• Dessert

• And much more…

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