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I hope everyone, who is in the midst of the many weather storms taking place in different areas of the world, is safe. While I can imagine what it is like in the snow and ice, I have no idea what those in the midst of a cyclone must be experiencing. I just pray all will come through with no loss of life.

On the medical front, it is much as before though my blood sugars are back to their normal. BP...not so much...I also spent a fun couple of nights, in the hospital with two severe allergic reactions, not sure what the culprit is yet, but my epipen is not leaving my side!

Below the cut I have two fiction recs.

Some time ago, I posted two fiction recs. here I would like to rec. another by ocotillo_dawn. This time she has completed two books in a series called, The Book of New Life.

A Summery by the author: Over a century ago, a spaceark from Earth carried religious refugees to the promised land. But Philos is a hostile planet, barely habitable, and the theocratic utopia is suffering, with starvation and disease leading to cultural tension, racism, and civil conflict. Dustin, a young man desperate to escape his hometown, is sent to investigate the disruption of mining operations in the Salt Valley. An exciting opportunity, if it weren’t for that fact that his ‘cowboy’ escort is an asshole. Meanwhile, Thayil gets stuck babysitting a sullen rich kid. If they can keep from killing each other, they might find they have more in common than they think.

Once again ocotillo_dawn's characters are rich, and flawed, one of them I really didn’t like very much until the second book. My impulse to shake him was strong in several chapters! one of the many things I love about the characters she creates, they are so far from perfect, I feel quite at home!

As with her first book, the descriptions are wonderful, you can see this world, you feel it. The back-story, always important to me, is a gradual filling in, to create a great picture, and a truly wonderful read. This story is locked but the author is usually quite happy to add if you wish to read.

This next one is a re-rec. prompted, in part, by reading a rec. made recently by libby_drew who had just read for the first time and loved it. But also because this fantastic story has now reached four books! We are in the middle of the fourth. It is the wonderful,
Books in order are: Falls Chance Ranch, Three Traders, Mustang Hill, Silver Bullet, and a number of lovely interludes.

Author’s Summary:
"Are you worried about your executive? Is he burned out? Frazzled? Less than stellar? Is he an excellent employee that you don’t want to lose? If the answer to those questions is an unqualified yes! then you need to think about sending him to Falls Chance Ranch. In a matter of weeks or months, we’ll turn around your executive and return him to you fit and ready to pick up the reins again.

Falls Chance is a working sheep ranch deep in the heartland of Wyoming. Your executives will be put to work on the ranch while we retrain bad habits into good ones. Executives will remain on the ranch until we’re assured that they’re safe to return to their jobs. The average stay is eight weeks but can run shorter or longer depending upon the person. Our program is completely confidential and has a highly proven track record. Our graduates are in many of the top companies around the globe."

I wrote the following in my first rec.:
"The men in these stories are definitely multi-layered and fascinating. It is a working ranch, with all the usual activities taking place. One of the things I love about this story is how the normal is so much a part of the whole setting.
These are long stories with plenty of time, so that nothing is rushed. There is a lovely mix of psychology and plain common sense in dealing with the client, who has arrived stressed and really not wanting to be there.
I really liked getting to know these characters, they are some of the most well developed I have read. These are gay men, but that is not the main focus of the story and I should perhaps say here that sex, though it is obviously a part of their lives, is also not a main focus. This is a story about family, about making a life together and all that that entails.
One last thing. The descriptions of the ranch and surrounding countryside are beautiful, as is the detailed history of the area and the people. I found myself almost standing in the middle of this countryside, and it was indeed quite lovely."

I would say that with each book, it just gets better if that is possible, with the added enjoyment of both history of the area, and that of native American people, some of which is fascinating. In book four the authors have attempted to split each chapter to include an ascent taking place on Mount Everest. Due to their muses running off in the ranch direction, the latest chapters are not complete, and therefore not up on the site, they can however be read in the file section of the Yahoo group here I also have to say it is one of the few Yahoo groups where I have experienced great conversations and friendliness, it was the result of a few of us asking for a place to talk about the series, during the first book.

It is a well I don’t rec very often! Judging by the length of this post.:)

To-day’s Quote:
“Much learning does not teach understanding”.


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Feb. 2nd, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
Wow! Two allergic reactions? Hope they find the culprit(s) soon!

*hugs you*
Feb. 3rd, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)
My daughter was her for the second one with her lovely epipen! so it wasn't too bad.

No idea yet what caused them, but I am now booked for more allergy testing, not my favourite thing, but we'll see.

*hugs you*
Feb. 2nd, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recs!

Oh honey I hope you figure out what created that reaction. Need you around. Got some friendship building to do. :)

Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
I think you will enjoy them!

Now booked for more allergy testing, so perhaps some answers.

There is no need for building, my dear, it is there.:))

Feb. 3rd, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
The weather lady out of Halifax said we're having a three-course meal of snow. I guess we're finishing up our main course and the dessert will go through tonight. So far, we're not getting the winds that I've seen on the US news. Just snow. Oh yeah!

I hope you're feeling better, Liz. They better discover what caused the allergic reactions soon!

Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
A very unusual meal you have there.:P Just saw it on our news, it does look bad, hope you are warm and safe.

Thank you! Whatever it was, it hasn't happened again, allergy testing may give us the answer.

Feb. 3rd, 2011 05:05 am (UTC)
Seems like the extreme weather is having a convention these days, but not in my neighbourhood this time ;)

Just hope you're not allergic to LJ ;)


And thanks for the recs, will take a look when I have more reading energy.
Feb. 3rd, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
One very large convention!! not in mine either, apart from our usual rain!

Now wouldn't that be interesting...don't think there is a test for that yet.:))

Time and energy is very important...they are long, but great reads.:))

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Feb. 3rd, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
They weren't too bad, but yes the epipen is glued to my side at present.

I hope you enjoy them, they are great reads.:)
Feb. 4th, 2011 09:04 am (UTC)
Allergic reactions are scary stuff, hope they figure out what caused it soon so it doesn't happen again!

Thanks for the recs. :)
Feb. 4th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
I had the testing yesterday. Some new allergies, but nothing which would account for those two reactions. He has sent some blood off for more testing so will see what that shows.

Hope you enjoy them.:)
Feb. 5th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
Hope they can sort it out soon for you.
Feb. 7th, 2011 03:52 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks Liz!!

But really, mostly I'm struck by the mention of allergic reactions. You are overdue to catch a break. :(

I sure hope you are feeling better by now. :)

*serving you hot tea and cookies while you curl under a blanket with a good book*
Feb. 18th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome!

Allergy testing did show some new ones, but nothing to explain the reactions. Good news, no further reactions.:)

Hot tea, cookies, with a blanket and book sounds like a great idea...can I have Thayil for company!!
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