Shanny’s Run/Walk is a go.
There are 2 registration links. One for the in-person fun and one for the virtual run.
With Covid still a factor in our lives we are striving to do our part but still make Shanny’s Run/Walk happen.
The In-Person Run/Walk will be on Saturday, June 26, 2021
Link to In-Person Run/Walk registration:

The Virtual Run time frame will begin June 1, 2021 and end on June 30, 2021
Link to Virtual Run/Walk:

Reading APPs Are Not Worth The Time

While surfing through Facebook I have noticed these stories and I have checked them out but you get to the end of the teaser and to finish the book you need a reading APP like Dreame or iReader. So, I checked them out, why not? I have nothing better to do with my free time. I get into a few chapters and I have to “recharge” in other words purchase the app’s coins to continue the story and support the author of the story.

I get supporting the author, it’s why I write reviews and purchase books (especially from my favorite authors). But I don’t get why I should pay more to read a badly edited book than I would for an edited book from one of my favorite authors. Don’t get me wrong, some of the story lines are pretty cool and I think they could make money on them in a more legitimate manner, if they take the time to either edit them or find someone to help them with edits. In fact, when I see those stories on Facebook I do check to see if they been published and are a available in e-book form. I found 2 but, they were very over priced $9 each and very poorly edited just like the APP version, it’s a shame because they have potential.

The APP’s like the above mentions are not even worth the download time and I certainly am not willing to spend money again on any of these apps. Especially, when I have to spend the APP coin a second time on a chapter, I have already read but wanted to go back to for clarification on something. I will just WAIT and see if the authors actually edit and publishes their books, then I will be happy to consider purchasing and reviewing their books, because some of them have some real potential and may be worth it. I am just not willing to ripped off on an unedited, disorganized story from those apps when I can spend my hard-earned money on a decently written e-book by authors who care about how their stories are received by the public and want to earn an honest living.

Heaving Bosoms

Last week I was talking with my oldest daughter and she was telling me about how her and her ex-husband like drinking wine and reading my reviews. She was flabbergasted when I told her that the book, I just finished, had no sex scenes. Apparently, she did not realize that I read more than just “book porn” and she then went on about “heaving bosoms” and I have to tell you I was rather confused because I have never ever read the words ‘heaving bosoms” in any book I have ever read. This conversation went on for several minutes and she really wanted to see me post a review with the words “heaving bosoms” but this will be as close as she will get to me ever using that phrase again, especially, since I am still laughing about the conversation and I don’t think I will ever be able to write it again without laughing.

Happy Reading

Stuck at Home

Happy Thursday Everyone

As we stay at home wondering what is going to happen next and looking for things to pass the time, I thought I would share a few links where you can sign up to receive list of books that are either on sale for really cheap or even free. Since free is always a good thing on a dwindling budget I thought these would be helpful sites. Mostly they are site for signing up for mailing list but a few are normal site with links to free or really inexpensive books.


Digital Book Today


Book Shark

I Love Vampire Novels

The are several genres and I have even come across some kids books for my grandkids so I hope you find these links useful.

If you know of and other such sites please post a comment sharing those sites

Happy Reading

2019 In Review

It is time for my end of the year wrap up and since GoodReads and Nintendo were kind enough to wrap up 2019 for me, I thought I would share both with you.
I bet you are all surprised that I even own a gaming system but I do, actually I own a Switch and a 3DS. I used to play a lot of Nintendo as a teenager but kind of out grew it, only playing when my son invited me to play. Then Shanny was killed and I started struggling with a lot of different things so my son handed me his 3DS with a game called Fire Emblem Awakening and I got hooked and it helped me deal with large groups of people playing those games while talking to people. Now I have my own 3DS and a Switch both of which go with me everywhere. When we come up on anything while driving somewhere, they take my focus off the road so I can get through it and in large groups I can be involved but not. Weird right?
Ok enough of that, back to my year in books and video games.
My Year In Books According To GoodReads
My reading goal this year was 20 books but I fell short of that goal by 4 books
I read 16 books equaling 2,226 pages😊 at least I got to read something.
The shortest book I read was Impossible by Allyson Young which also happened to be the least popular book this year with only 16 readers in total.
The longest book I read was Black Hills Angel at 395 pages and probably the most boring book I read all year.
The most popular book I read on Good Reads this year was Cowboy Heat by Sable Hunter with 8,054 readers, I can see why as it is one of my favorite reads (I think I have read 4 or 5 times). It truly is an amazing story.
My average review rating was 3.4 stars
The highest rated book on GoodReads that I read this year was RNWMP: Bride for Joel by Amelia C. Adams
My first review of the year was on Stephanie’s Homecoming by Debbie Bailey, I gave it 4 stars
My last book of the year that received only 1 star was Stony Creek Cowboy by Taylor Berke.
I read one book by my all time favorite author that I am sure I will read again, that book was The Gorison Traveler Incident (Veslor Mates #1) by Laurann Dohner.
Even though I did not reach my reading goal I still had a pretty good year in books and am looking forward to more books in 2020.
My Year In Nintendo according to Nintendo
According to Nintendo I am a Nintendo loyalist based on how I play…. Very cool.
The games I played the most, out of the 6 I actually played, in order were Fire Emblem 3 Houses, Fire Emblem Warriors and Spyro.
I logged 449 hours of playing time most of that taking place in August and September.
I earned 486 gold points that now have to figure what to do with because I am sure I can not transfer them to my son
In addition to reading and video games I logged an hour or two of crocheting and many, many hours at the dreaded day job and or sleeping. I also logged 2 weeks recovering from 2 surgeries at once (yes, I requested to have them both done at once and yes, I am a little crazy).
 I was constantly behind in posting book tours and writing reviews, so I spent many weekends playing catch up.
Over all I have to say I didn’t get everything I wanted done, done but I gave it my best efforts.
In 2020 I will work hard to reach my reading goal and keep up with posting book tours and I would really love to do virtual interviews some authors. I would also like to finish the blanket I started to crochet and finish the diamond painting project I started 2 years ago. I also thinking it would be cool to beat my gaming records from this year, so wish me luck as I wish you luck for your goals.
Happy Reading

Hello Readers

I want to apologize for not getting all my posts out this week, I ate something on Monday (While on the way home from Arizona) that didn’t settle well and had me hitting every rest stop and gas station on the route home. It sufficiently kicked my ass that I wound up sleeping when I wasn’t working over the last few days. I am finally feeling better and will getting as much done as I can including the review I had been working on last weekend.

Happy Reading 

Thoughts and Updates

Hello Fellow Readers

I have been thinking a lot about my blog and what I have been doing with it lately and realized that with more and more tours to post that I want to create a separate page for them so that they have their own space and reviews will have their own space, kind of like newspaper sections. In addition, with all these tours so they get the focus I think they deserve, I am contemplating doing away with the daily release posts and only posting them when asked. I am not sure about it yet, I may just give them a section to.

I think I am sharing this for feed back and advice because changes like these can come with issues and outside opinions and advice may help me with the planning and transition.

The Day Shanny Died July 8, 2015

Shanny showing us the proper way to salute

It’s hard to believe that it has been three years, it feels more like a lifetime since I last heard Shanny’s voice and yet it seems like the nightmare has just started. Every day I wish I could wake up from the nightmare to a happy smiling/laughing Shanny pushing me out the door to get a Dutch Bros coffee.

On July 8 2015 Jerod (my son) and I picked her up at from the airport at 8:50AM from there we proceeded to find the closet Dutch Bros so she could get her favorite coffee. She and Jerod each ordered an annihilator while I ordered a caramelizer, she was so excited and was Snap chatting everything as we went, including the fact that we got lost in Portland with the help of GPS. It took us nearly 2 hours to find our way back to a highway that would get us to Forest Grove in time to have lunch with my husband, Doug. We did make to Doug’s work by 11:30 for his lunch break.

Doug was expected home by 5 and her 3 best friends were going to be over at the same time and in the meantime, she was going to go run some errands with her friend Jake. Jake picked her up at around 12:30/1:00, I was washing my Jeep so she could drive it during the week. 2 of the girls showed up early and were waiting and Doug was home by 5 as expected. At about 5:15 pm the Fire Departments air-raid siren

(that’s what I call it) went off indicating that something was going on, about this time, my daughter Kara showed up and the sirens from the emergency responders were loud and still going on. My daughter checked YAMCO Watch and learned there was an accident on Meadow Lake and Westside. By this time, we had started blowing up Shanny’s phone asking her where she was because Shanny would not be late without calling.

We figured that her and Jake had gotten caught in the traffic jam and would be a while and that Shanny had not answered her phone because the battery had died. At one-point Kara said one of the cars was red and I knew Jake’s car was red and I got to thinking that if it was them then they might need a ride and should go down and check on them and if they were just sitting in traffic I would go find her. The 2 girls decided to come with while Doug and Kara opted to wait incase she came home, they would call.

Shanny’s first track meet

The three of us hoped in the car and head for Meadow Lake only to discover it was barricaded and the person who was watching it directed us to Chief Graven at another barricade when we explained what we were trying to do. Chief Graven knew who Shanny was but didn’t know she had come home but when I explained and told him what we were thinking he radioed for someone to relieve him so he could back down to the accident, telling us to stay where we were. We also continued in our task of trying to get Shanny to answer her phone.

Chief Graven came back up with a Yamhill County Officer who asked me a few questions and told us to keep trying to reach Shanny and Jake before going back down to the intersection where the crash was at. We sat there for nearly 2 hours before they came back and pulled me from the car. I remember saying “your going to tell me something I won’t like aren’t you?” They showed me Shanny’s Military ID and her Drivers license and told me she died, about this time the girls were running straight for me because they had just

Shanny’s new car

been told too.

My head went into overdrive and I knew I had to get to Doug and tell him, as we came down our street I saw that the number of people at my house had grown because my father-in-law and my sister-in-law were there. I could hear them all screaming from 2 blocks away, they had been outside waiting. I went straight to Doug who had been lying down in our room. I remember yelling at my father-in-law to get the hell out of my way and out of my room because he was blocking my path to Doug.

We wanted to go down to the crash sight and had gotten ready to do just that when the victim liaison person and some of my neighbors told us we shouldn’t and stopped us halfway towards the door. From there everything becomes a blur of snippets of things. I remember bits and pieces of things, I lived in a fog for over 6 months and sometimes that very fog takes over. She had only been home for 8 hours and her sister and other family members hadn’t even gotten to see her yet.

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Carlton Fun Days and Shanny’s Run 2018

We had a very fun and yet incredibly busy weekend. With setting up the booth for Almost Better Than Crayons and Paper and getting everything together for Shanny’s Run. I made 6 runs into McMinnville for last minute things and last last minute things, including the candy for the parade. Everything went like clock work.

Shanny’s Run had 27 runners this year and sold a few t-shirts with all the proceeds going to the Shanny Foundation. Our sponsors were a great help in getting those t-shirts of which we still have a few for sell. I have already started planning for next years run.

Doug’s booth for Almost Better Than Crayons and Paper did well this year with 50% of his sells going to the Shanny Foundation. Doug had a lot of fun visiting with people and learning more as he talked art with others. I got to sit and watch him do his thing, and train our puppy, Trip, on proper etiquette in a park.

All in all a great weekend in a great community with amazing people.


I have been thinking about what to say for a few weeks now that everything is officially finished that pertains to the death of my daughter Shanny. She is always in my thoughts every day, and I visit her memorial as often as I can when the weather allows. I dust her urn regularly and I hug it often. The fits of crying are not as regular but they are still there because the pain gets to be more than I can handle but I still wake up and take care of the family I love more than anything, but things are not settled in my head or heart because I have more questions than I have answers. I know I will undoubtedly never have those answers but the thing is they just won’t go away; so maybe if I ask them like this maybe it will settle my mind and heart for a while because asking them out loud makes me so angry and hurt that functioning becomes a daily fight until I can work through it (it’s a horrible circle to be caught in). I know I am asking a lot venting this here so thank you for letting me for those who read this and I am sorry to those who just don’t want to know or care.

I read all of the police reports, now that we are ALLOWED to see them, seems to me the victims should be allowed to have access to them during the process so they can know when they are being snow balled by those that are supposedly fighting for them and to also make informed decisions and question why certain things were done or in our case NOT done. For example, according to the police reports no citations were issued to Kevin Milanez-Gomez, no MIP, DUII, not even for reckless driving or plowing through the stop sign citation (He didn’t even have a license or a permit to drive). Why would the Yamhill County Sheriff’s office fail to do such an important task when fatalities were involved? Then there is the question of which idiot from the same Sheriff’s office made the decision to recall the accident re-enactment team? Which could have been used as evidence against Kevin and his accomplice Dianna Muniz, ensuring a Measure 11 sentence. How could the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office drop the ball so badly that my daughter’s killer only gets 6.3 years (and he probably won’t even serve the full sentence) for her death AND the death of her friend Jake? How?
My next questions are for the D. A.s office and Yamhill County. Was it okay for the D. A., Brad Berry, himself to promise he would not settle for anything less that a Measure 11 sentence? Then turn around a piss backwards on the victims in the case by allowing his minion D. D. A. Alicia Eagan to settle for a much lesser charge. He promised a room full of us that he would have the case go to trial before settling for anything less than a Measure 11 sentence. Is it also okay for the D. D. A. Alicia Eagan to stand up in open court and lie to a Judge and a court room full of hurting people who loved Shanny by saying she had no evidence. She had the drug test results that proved that he was high and he had admitted to smoking a joint before ever leaving his home, but she claimed Oregon did not have a legal limit (We will get to that shortly) and the result would be set aside in court, which to  my mind made her all bark and know bite because she bragged about how she could get a Measure 11 conviction in a trial. She didn’t even try to fight for us, what does that say about her? All she cared about was her robot club and her trophy.
The question we have for the State of Oregon is very simple, the law makers knew when the stupid Pot Smoking law, that never should have been voted in, was going to go into effect, why weren’t they prepared? Why didn’t they set a legal limit for the state before the law from hell went into effect? WHY? Most states that have legalized pot have a legal limit of 5ng, so again why wasn’t Oregon proactive? It would have helped when the D. A.’s office didn’t want to make precedent in a court room. How am I to have faith in my elected officials when they have failed us by not doing what they should have done before it was too late?
The other question, I have asked myself is where were Kevin and Dianna’s parents in all this? I do hold them just culpable in this as their children. I think that says it all, especially when we were being harassed on social media while we were mourning and wanting justice.
For the record we do believe that Dianna Muniz is an accessory in the death of our Shanny and her friend Jake (even though the state says she is a victim, she was in a car with an unlicensed person who supposedly took said car without permission), because one witness said that as she was driving behind them she could see that there was something going on in the car in front of her but was unsure about what exactly. Then there is the fact the we heard that the Grand Jury felt she was lying to them and according to the police she would not talk to them without a lawyer, really? If she were truly an innocent person in all of this then she would have told the truth. And to add insult to injury she is still using pot according to her Facebook page and Instagram, did she not learn anything from hers and Kevin’s bad choices? Just from that information, alone I feel like Dianna could careless about what she and Kevin had done to my daughter and Jake because she didn’t have any consequences for her actions.
Where am I now? Well, I can’t stand hearing sirens any more, to many sirens and I go to pieces and functioning is next to impossible. Accidents on the road and I turn around and go home unless someone is with me. I also have a growing anxiety about driving, especially if I am alone in the car, that I wondered I how I managed to stay a bus driver while my son finished high school. This has not been easy on anyone in my family, we are all affected but I can only share how it has affected me because putting everyone’s pain into words would not be right because that is theirs to tell. But for me, no words could ever truly do just to the hell that Kevin and Dianna have forced upon us and everyday it is a fight for me to get out of bed to face another day without one of my precious babies.
I talk about it, mostly because people tell me I need to talk about it; but I don’t think it solves anything, it won’t stop the anxiety caused every time I hear sirens or whenever I have to drive some where by myself or when we prepare to leave for a trip or vacation. It won’s stop the feeling that something (more like someone) is missing at every holiday and family gathering or the sadness that is ever present in our daily lives (even during happy moments) and it most certainly won’t bring Shanny back to us. But, who knows maybe some day some one will listen and someday it will stop the system from failing another victimized family.
If you read this thank you for listening, so to speak.
Kevin’s Test Results
Part of police report which was 99 pages but whats funny is the parts of the report that I received from another source are not part of  the reports I got from the Yamhill County Sheriffs Office
This what happened to Shanny and Jake according to the Police Report
Witness account
Part of the warrant that list the charges
Police report pertaining to the marijuana that Kevin had on him
Second Witness

Yeah for Saturday

Wow, the last few weeks I have been on the run, well actually life has been really busy since I started
Doug on the drive home from camping last weekend

the new job back in February. The last two weeks were the hardest because it felt like I wasn’t getting to bed until midnight and I barely had the energy to just turn on my computer to check our blogs.

Last weekend we went on an adventurous camping trip with my sister and her family.  Just to get there was a challenge the minute we brought our camper home from the farm. My husband found signs of unwanted squatters in the toy hauler, so there was the major cleaning extravaganza. My husband took on the challenge, while I did all the running to get what was needed to deter future squatters from trying to move in. It seemed like there was a new list of stuff that was needed and the laundry seemed never ending, between the toy hauler stuff and the daily laundry, I wasn’t sure we would be ready to go in time. Thankfully, I married a miracle worker.
Doug’s turn to drive the side by side last weekend
This last week we had just as much going on in addition to hectic goings on at our day jobs, that by the time I got home I was too exhausted to even touch my laptop. Needless to say, I am grateful that we finally made it to Saturday and that my husband is currently driving us to Tillamook and from there to Lincoln City where the best crab shack in the state is located.    
In addition to my already crazy activity list, I have taken over some of the writing responsibilities for my husband’s blog so he has more time for creating art. I have also agreed to run the Facebook page for his art studio, which I hope to set up this weekend. So, between that and Shanny’s Run sites, I think I should be pretty busy most evenings for a while until things settle down to a regular routine.
I want to take some more writing classes and a few computer classes at some point but if I do I think I want to take them online. I think with how busy my life is daily, I think that would be the easiest way to get the job done as far as classes go.  

Trip exhausted from camping last weekend

I did finish a book a couple of weeks ago and will, with luck, have that review up this weekend baring any topsy turvy happenings. I did get my notes moved from my tablet to my laptop, so I am making progress. Now it’s just about putting my thoughts together, which is always an adventure. I think my biggest problem is deciding what I need to read next, which is a huge challenge with and ever-growing library and a huge reading list. So many books and so little time to get through them.
Happy Reading
First view of the ocean today
Our selfie of us with the ocean

Week Long Road Trip With My Husband

Hello Everyone

Doug and I have been so busy that we decided to take a break by going on a week long road trip that took us South on 101 to Martinez then on to San Diego from there is was Kingman. Now we are on our way home via Arizona and Nevada. It was an awesome trip and I wish we had gotten pictures of us at the border patrol stop because that was a new one on both of us.

Our Grand Adventure To Passion In Portland / Raffle Drawing

Friday, September 9th to Sunday, September 11th

At the Meet and Greet

This Passion in Portland was a three-day event consisting of the Meet and Greet on Friday night where we all enjoyed some really yummy rich deserts, that my daughter, Kara, raised her eyebrows at when I brought us a plate to share, I am supposed to watch my sugar intake, hehehe. There was also karaoke, that I myself will never do, it was a lot of fun watch others getting into it. I myself enjoyed some great conversations with Heather Carver and R. J. Van Cleave.

Roslyn McFarland and Tess Thompson

The Book Signing took place on Saturday, where Kara kept vanishing on me and always turning up with a new book, she enjoyed telling people that she was my driver but the loved the benefits of this event. The first table I just had to hit was Brandy L. Rivers table, I REALLY wanted the first box set of Others of Edenton which I got along with the first box set of the spin off Other of Seattle. I also needed to find a few books to donate, to the book basket, for the auction for the senior grad night party in June. Thank so much to you authors, Roslyn McFarland, Tess Thompson and Kristen Kehoe, who charged me half price and donated to the cause, it was truly

Sierra Hill and my myself

appreciated by me and the person in charge of handling this fundraiser.

The Blogger’s Brunch took place on Sunday and Kara and I were joined by Erika who was coming home on leave, making it hard for me to decide which one I was excited about, Erika being home or the Blogger’s Brunch. I was really looking forward to this part of Passion in Portland because I had recently just learned that some Authors didn’t like how bloggers (me included) were writing up blurbs to add to our reviews. Some of those blurbs just give too much
away and I get it, I really do. Not sure what exactly I will do about that in the format of my reviews but I want these wonderful Authors to want to read my reviews about their books to I am willing to work with that. For the Authors part the listened to us about what we need from them to help promote their books when they come to us directly when they seek us out.

Me and R. J. Van Cleave

This year’s Passion in Portland was so amazing, Kara and I had a such a great time meeting the authors that recognized us from last year and the new authors that we hope to meet again next year.

Kara and R. J. Van Cleave
Myself and Susan Hatler
Virna dePaul and me
Susana Hatler, Kara, Virna dePaul

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