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Book Review - Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook

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 Hey Everyone! I'm here with another book review and this time, I'm doing it on a cookbook from one of my favorite cooking YouTubers, Joshua Weissman ! I don't buy many cookbooks, mainly because I like to use Pinterest for my recipes, BUT since it was Joshua Weissman's cookbook, I had to buy it. Let me tell you why I added this book to my Christmas wish list About the Author and Chef Joshua was introduced to the kitchen when he was 3-year old by his mother, who also has a love for cooking.  At age 18, he moved to Austin, Texas, where shortly he started on his professional journey in the fine-dining scene. By age 22 he had amassed a remarkable amount of knowledge stemming from 13 years of consistent hard work and cooking that he decided to start creating YouTube videos about food. By the age of 25, he is fully self-employed and doing what he loves best, cooking! My Thoughts My first Joshua Weissman recipe was his but better McRibs and when I made it, it was easy, not har

Book Review: Odd Birds by Severo Perez

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ODD BIRDS by SEVERO PEREZ Genre: Literary Fiction Publisher: Texas Christian University Press Date of Publication: September 24, 2019 Number of Pages: 278 pages  Scroll for Giveaway ! The year is 1961. Seventy-year-old Cosimo Infante Cano, a Cuban-born artist in need of inspiration, follows his lover to Texas in what was to be a temporary sabbatical from their life in France. Unexpectedly, he finds himself stranded in San Antonio, nearly penniless, with little more than the clothes on his back and an extraordinary pocket watch. His long hair and eccentric attire make him an odd sight in what he has been told is a conservative cultural backwater. Cosimo’s French and Cuban passports put a cloud of suspicion over him as events elsewhere in the world play out. Algeria is in open revolt against France. Freedom Riders are being assaulted in Mississippi, and the Bay of Pigs debacle is front-page news. Cosimo confronts nightmares and waking terrors rooted in the hor

Book Blitz: Ghost Agents

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    GHOST AGENTS by NITA DEBORDE Categories: Science Fiction / Cozy Mystery / Paranormal / Texas History  Series:  The Ghost Agents Trilogy Publisher: Mabelonia Press Date of Publication: July 31, 2021 Number of Pages: 309 pages  Scroll down for Giveaway! An organization that has operated in secret for centuries... a mystery that threatens to burn it all to the ground… and she’s the only agent who can stop it… To the residents and tourists of Galveston Island, Claire Abelard is the friendly young woman who works at the local candy store by day and leads ghost tours of the island’s haunted locations by night. They don’t realize this persona is a cover for Claire’s real job as an agent of the Bureau for Historical Preservation, a clandestine organization that monitors and assists energy projections, or the entities more commonly known as “ghosts.” When projections begin disappearing from around the island, Claire worries that history

Manga Monday: The Girl from the Other Side

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 Hey All! I'm back with another Manga Monday that I've been meaning to do since I finished the series in November. But you know, holidays, winter, work, all the adulting things and commitments, bleh . But I finally was able to come around to it, now I want to talk about it, so vamanos , let's go! WARNING: SOME SPOILERS AHEAD!! Some Background The Girl from the Other Side is manga written and drawn by Mangaka, Nagabe . It was serialized in the monthly manga magazine, Monthly Comic Garden , from September 2015 to March 2021. Our story follows Shive, a white-haired, eccentric little girl who is abandoned in a forest. Shiva then meets a beast who seems much nicer than the others. She calls him Teacher. And thus, their journey begins.   My Thoughts I was first drawn to this story because I was looking for something like The Ancient Magus' Bride and was immediately directed to The Girl from the Other Side. I then became more curious because of the artwork. The art in this

Book Review: The Sparrows of Montenegro

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         THE SPARROWS OF MONTENEGRO by BJ MAYO Categories: Western / Historical Fiction / Texas Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Date of Publication: February 8, 2022 Number of Pages: 312 pages  Scroll down for Giveaway! Tree “Bigfoot” Smith and Cedar Jones first meet on the day they join the US Cavalry’s Fourth Cavalry Regiment based out of the Historic Fort Concho in what is now San Angelo, Texas, in 1870. Their journey takes them into the heart of the dangerous Llano Estacado region known as the Comancheria. The area is ruthlessly defended by a band of Quahadi Comanche and their stoic leader, Lonely Horse. The Troop encounters a large group of Comanches and the gun-running Comancheros at Mushaway Mountain, close to Gail, Texas. A quick battle ensues that leaves eight men dead. Post Cavalry life finds Tree Smith and Cedar Jones as cowhand and cook on the large Rolling J cattle ranch in South Texas borderi

Manga Monday: Shaman King Osorezan Revoir

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Hi all! It's been a while since I've written about a manga. I've been doing a lot of video reviews lately, but I still enjoy writing, it's just I don't seem to have enough time for both... most of the time. But today, I really wanted to talk about the Shaman King Osorezan Revoir Arc, because it is one of my favorite arcs in manga of all time. Therefore, I wanted to get my thoughts out in as many ways as I could! So, without further ordo, let's talk about this beautiful arc.   Osorezan Revoir Arc  The Osorezan Revoir Arc tells the story of when Anna and Yoh first met, and it gives us so much more context to some motivation behind Yoh and more story on why Anna is so OP.  Our story starts right after Yoh gives up being the Shaman King in order to save Ren, who has died. The Iron Maiden says she can resurrect Ren only if Yoh gives up being in the Shaman Tournament. He agrees and he starts saying sorry to everyone who he ever made a promise too, and as his oracle h

Book Blitz: Perfect Payback

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  PERFECT PAYBACK The Pepperman  Mystery Series by BY BILL BRISCOE COVER REVEAL Genre: Fiction Categories: Mystery / Thriller / Suspense Expected Publication: February, 2022 Number of Pages: 250 pages  When Jim and Laura Pepperman find a musty German Olympic jacket and an old journal in their attic, they stumble onto a gripping pre-World War II story of a cousin Jim knows nothing about. After a career-ending injury forces Hans Pepperman to lose his spot on the 1936 Olympic boxing team, he trades his athletic aspirations for a degree in mechanical engineering and secures his dream job working for the famous Willy Messerschmitt. Tasked to solve the stalling issues of the BF109 fighter plane engine, Hans finds himself smack in the middle of the Abwher Intelligence Service’s radar. Pro-Germany but anti-Nazi, he reluctantly agrees to help flush out the spy leaking secret information on the BF109 engine to foreign agencies . . . and finds himself a s