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Song Lyric Sunday | “Let’s Hear It For the Boy” – Deniece Williams

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “a song from an artist/singer who shares your name.”

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No surprise I don’t know one single artist named ‘Felicia’… and Google was no help! Thanks for nothing, Google! So I went with my middle name which made the challenge easy peasy! 😀

1984 was a huge year for movies. Theaters were packed to see new releases like Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Beverly Hills Cop, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Purple Rain, and Footloose. The teen musical drama starring Kevin Bacon featured an amazing soundtrack which included Let’s Hear It For the Boy by Deniece Williams.  It was the second song from the soundtrack to reach #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, as well as taking the top spot on the R&B and dance charts. Let’s Hear It For the Boy also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Music (Original Song).

It’s not the same spelling but Deniece is close enough to Denise for me!

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com!

Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

Let’s Hear It For the Boy

by Deniece Williams

Songwriter: Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford

[Verse 1]
My baby, he don’t talk sweet
He ain’t got much to say
But he loves me, loves me, loves me
I know that he loves me anywayAnd maybe he don’t dress fine
But I don’t really mind
Cause every time he pulls me near
I just wanna cheer

[Chorus]
Let’s hear it for the boy
Let’s give the boy a hand
Let’s hear it for my baby
You know you gotta understand
Maybe he’s no Romeo
But he’s my loving one-man show
Whooa, whooa, whooa-oh
Let’s hear it for the boy

[Verse 2]
My baby may not be rich
He’s watching every dime
But he loves me, loves me, loves me
We always have a real good time

And maybe he sings off-key
But that’s all right by me, yeah
Cause what he does, he does so well
Makes me wanna yell

[Chorus]
Let’s hear it for the boy
Let’s give the boy a hand
Let’s hear it for my baby
You know you gotta understand
Maybe he’s no Romeo
But he’s my loving one-man show
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Let’s hear it for the boy

[Pre-Chorus]
‘Cause every time he pulls me near
I just wanna cheer

[Chorus]
Let’s hear it for the boy
Let’s give the boy a hand
Let’s hear it for my baby
You know you gotta understand
Maybe he’s no Romeo
But he’s my loving one-man show
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Let’s hear it for the boy

[Outro]
Let’s hear it for the boy
Let’s hear it for my man
Let’s hear it for my man
Let’s hear it for my man
Let’s hear it for the boy
Let’s hear it for my man
Let’s hear it for the boy
Let’s hear it for my man
Let’s hear it for my man
Let’s hear it for the boy
Let’s hear it for my man
Let’s hear it for the boy
Let’s hear it for my man
Let’s hear it for my man
Let’s hear it for the boy
Let’s hear it for my man
Let’s hear it for my man

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“Kasali’s Africa: A Novel” by Feyisayo Anjorin

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Kasali’s Africa: A Novel

by Feyisayo Anjorin

Genre: Literary Fiction/African

2.99 at time of posting!

Kasali’s Africa is the story of Kasali Adebayor’s struggle with the encroachment of the modern on the domain of the ancient in West Africa of the late 80s and 90s, as the states struggle in the treacherous waters of local politics; the time of the Liberian civil war, and the Sierra Leone diamond wars, and the military government’s devastating grip on power in Nigerian.

Kasali Adebayor, a barely literate farmer, who lives in the distant end of Akure, his home state’s capital city with his five wives and numerous children, gets a unanimous vote from all the farmers in the state as the head of the state farmers’ union; this happens at a time when government policy direction favours the agricultural sector.

The popular farmer, unprepared for the burdens of fame, becomes a hit with the press for his charisma and the myths attached to his name, and soon gets the attention of Liberia’s dictator, President Samuel Glay, who tries to match the desperation of persistent coup plotters with his own desperation to hold on to power by any means necessary.

Glay’s government is soon swept away, ushering in an unbridled reign of blood, tears, ruin and rot.

And with the passage of time Liberia’s national crises appears to unravel as Kasali’s family tragedy, as the farmer’s obsession with his youngest wife turns out fatal.

This is the story of humanity; the best of us, the worst of us, and everything in-between.

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#Review “The Wedding Date” by Zara Stoneley

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4/5 Stars!

After being dumped by her loathsome ex, Liam, Samantha ‘Sam’ Jenkins gets gob smacked again when her lifelong best friend asked her to be maid of honor in her upcoming wedding. Oh, and the loathsome ex and brother to the groom is the best man.

And he’s bringing his girlfriend.

His pregnant girlfriend.

Pregnant is one thing, but when bride-to-be, Jess, discloses that new girlfriend, Stella, is hugely pregnant, Sam realizes Liam was cheating on her long before he dumped her.

Not wanting to be the poor, pitiful, discarded ex-girlfriend at the wedding, Sam is torn about being in the wedding. Can she disappoint Jess? Can she face Liam and his new woman?

With the help of co-worker and good friend, Sarah, Sam considers hiring an escort. However, her hair stylist, Tim, introduces her to a woman whose brother is an actor.

Enter dreamy Jake.

The wedding ceremony turns into a week at a Scottish castle, and Sam isn’t sure she can pull off the farce even with accommodating Jake.

The Wedding Date is a cute RomCom with the snark level set to high. Characters Sarah and Tim are too much fun and I would have loved more of Tim.

Sam’s parents, David and Ruth, are a hoot! Ruth is oblivious to everything except what goes on in her own mind! HA! She believes herself to be a great thespian, but the comments and eyerolls from Sam and David say otherwise.

Jess and parents, John and Juliet, were fun, and I wish I could have seen the hat wars between Ruth and Juliet at the wedding!

Jake… is awesome. Dealing with his own betrayal and broken heart, he’s still Sam’s number one cheerleader. He always said and did the right things, and quickly won over all of the parents and wedding party.

Sam is my stumbling block.

During her relationship with Liam, she muses she ‘changed’, allowing staid, conservative, BORING Liam to dominate the relationship and her life.

Now free of Liam and being with Jake (despite it being a ruse), Sam likes herself again, and wants to reclaim the woman she was, set goals, and live a full life again.

Only problem for me was I never felt she was the independent woman she spoke of so frequently. She speaks of all she gave up being with Liam… to appease him, and it felt empty. It is normal (and natural) for people to evolve when new people enter their lives… especially love interests, but Sam never spoke of love…. Just what was comfortable. How do you go from living life out loud to … comfortable? It didn’t wash with me. Don’t get me wrong, Liam was the ultimate jerk, but Sam allowed it… so how fierce could she have been pre-Liam, who she readily admits was no prize?

Her emotions were all over the place about Liam, about Jake, about her unfulfilling life. Stop whining already!

She had brilliant moments and just when I was beginning to like and root for her, she over-thought something, spazzed out, and ruined it. Even when Jake makes what I felt to be a heart melting romantic gesture, Sam is still nit-picking in her head. I honestly didn’t see what Jake saw in her, and I just needed her to choose a personality and stick with it.

Technically, the writing style was distracting for me. Single quotes instead of quotation marks are used for dialogue. Is this a British writing style? Wasn’t sure, but it is consistent… no wavering back and forth.

Also, dialogue and internal thoughts share paragraphs and sometimes included multiple characters, making it difficult to know who was speaking or thinking.

Still, The Wedding Date is an enjoyable read with memorable characters… and dogs…*nods to Tank and Harry*, and will appeal to lovers of light romance and romantic comedies.

Enjoy!

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One ex.cover
One wedding.
One little white lie.

When Samantha Jenkins is asked to be the maid of honour at her best friend’s wedding, she couldn’t be happier. There are just three problems…

1) Sam’s ex-boyfriend, Liam, will be the best man.
2) His new girlfriend is pregnant.
3) Sam might have told people she has a new man when she doesn’t (see points 1 and 2 above)

So, Sam does the only sensible thing available to her… and hires a professional to do the job.

Actor Jake Porter is perfect for the role: single, gorgeous and cheap! Sam is certain it’s the perfect solution: no strings, no heartbreak and hopefully no chance of being found out.

But spending a week in the Scottish Highlands with Jake is harder than she imagined. He is the perfect boyfriend, charming, sexy and the hottest thing in a kilt since Outlander! And his dog Harry is quite possibly the cutest things Sam has ever seen!

As the wedding draws closer, Jake plays his part to perfection and everyone believes he is madly in love with Sam. The problem is, Sam’s not sure if Jake is acting anymore…

Purchase Links 

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Zara StoneleyAuthor Bio –

Born in a small village in Staffordshire, Zara Stoneley wanted to be James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. Writing novels means she can imagine she is all these things, and more!
Zara’s bestselling novels include ‘The Holiday Swap‘, ‘Summer with the Country Village Vet‘, ‘Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage‘ and the popular Tippermere series – ‘Stable Mates‘, ‘Country Affairs‘ and ‘Country Rivals‘.

She lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a naughty cockapoo, and a very bossy cat, and loves spending time in sunny Spain.

Where you can find her-

Website: http://www.zarastoneley.com
Twitter: @ZaraStoneley
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZaraStoneley

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zarastoneley/

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#BlogTour “The Wedding Date” by Zara Stoneley

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One ex.cover
One wedding.
One little white lie.

When Samantha Jenkins is asked to be the maid of honour at her best friend’s wedding, she couldn’t be happier. There are just three problems…

1) Sam’s ex-boyfriend, Liam, will be the best man.
2) His new girlfriend is pregnant.
3) Sam might have told people she has a new man when she doesn’t (see points 1 and 2 above)

So, Sam does the only sensible thing available to her… and hires a professional to do the job.

Actor Jake Porter is perfect for the role: single, gorgeous and cheap! Sam is certain it’s the perfect solution: no strings, no heartbreak and hopefully no chance of being found out.

But spending a week in the Scottish Highlands with Jake is harder than she imagined. He is the perfect boyfriend, charming, sexy and the hottest thing in a kilt since Outlander! And his dog Harry is quite possibly the cutest things Sam has ever seen!

As the wedding draws closer, Jake plays his part to perfection and everyone believes he is madly in love with Sam. The problem is, Sam’s not sure if Jake is acting anymore…

Purchase Links 

Amazon  iBooks  Waterstones

Zara StoneleyAuthor Bio –

Born in a small village in Staffordshire, Zara Stoneley wanted to be James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. Writing novels means she can imagine she is all these things, and more!
Zara’s bestselling novels include ‘The Holiday Swap‘, ‘Summer with the Country Village Vet‘, ‘Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage‘ and the popular Tippermere series – ‘Stable Mates‘, ‘Country Affairs‘ and ‘Country Rivals‘.

She lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a naughty cockapoo, and a very bossy cat, and loves spending time in sunny Spain.

Where you can find her-

Website: http://www.zarastoneley.com
Twitter: @ZaraStoneley
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZaraStoneley

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zarastoneley/

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Fibromyalgia and New Tests for Chronic Pain

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A blood test developed by Australian researchers called “painHS” can identify color changes in immune cells affected by pain. The blood test for chronic pain instantly informs doctors administering the test to the severity of their patient’s pain.

PainHS was developed by a team of researchers led by neuroscientists Professor Mark Hutchinson will present the findings at a meeting of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. This is the same team that came up with the “painSEQ” and “painCELL” blood tests. While those tests were accurate, they take a couple of days to produce results. The “painHS” test is instantaneous, which is a huge advantage.

Professor Hutchinson explained it this way:

“We’ve now discovered that we can use the natural colour of biology to predict the severity of pain. What we’ve found is that persistent chronic pain has a different natural colour in immune cells than in a situation where there isn’t persistent pain.”

The hope is that the test will lead to new and better treatments for people with chronic pain, and it will also be useful for patients who are unable to report their pain, such as babies or people with dementia who have lost the ability to speak. It can also revolutionize the treatment of animals. “Animals can’t tell us if they’re in pain but here we have a Dr Doolittle type test that enables us to ‘talk’ to the animals so we can find out if they are experiencing pain and then we can help them,” said Dr. Hutchinson.

Further Reading:

New painHS Blood Test Can Help Physicians Identify the ‘Colors’ of Chronic Pain – The Mighty

Breakthrough blood test reveals colour of chronic pain – ANZCA: Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

Breakthrough blood test set to help doctors diagnose chronic painNews.com,au

 

The preceding article if from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement intended.

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“Kiss of a Dragon” by Alisa Woods

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Kiss of a Dragon (Fallen Immortals Book 1)

by Alisa Woods

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Angels/Demons/Fairytales

FREE at time of posting!

LUCIAN: I am a Dragon Prince of the House of Smoke… and I am dying. Five hundred years is truly enough for a man like me. A monster. Yet a ten-thousand-year treaty will die with me, if I don’t spawn a dragonling to take my place. My two brothers are no use in this task. It falls to me, the eldest by a hair’s breadth, and yet, I cannot face the horror of another sealing. Another death. Another woman’s blood on my hands.

ARABELLA: I was saved from death in a dark Seattle alley by an impossibly beautiful man who swooped in on golden wings. Now he’s taken me to his lair, opened my eyes to a world of immortals I didn’t know existed, and given me an impossible task—find him a mate. Then, and only then, will he set me free.

He needs her more than he wants; she wants him more than she should; and the fate of both the mortal and immortal worlds depends on not just repairing their hearts, but finding a Love that’s True…

The FALLEN IMMORTALS series is a modern Beauty and the Beast story with flaming HOT dragon shifters, vengeful Dark Fae, and beguiling fallen angels.

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“Paddington at Work” by Michael Bond

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Paddington at Work

by Michael Bond, Peggy Fortnum (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s Book/Animals/Bears/Classics

1.99 at time of posting!

When Paddington returns from his trip to Peru, he doesn’t waste any time getting back to business. The Stock Exchange, the ballet, the barber’s shop, Mr. Curry’s kitchen…nothing is safe when Paddington gets to work.

First published in 1966, Paddington at Work is the seventh novel by Michael Bond, chronicling the adventures of this classic character. Paddington has warmed the hearts of generations of readers with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures. This brand-new edition of the classic novel contains the original text by Michael Bond and illustrations by Peggy Fortnum.

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