Monday, June 10, 2024

Thrillers, Mysteries, Suspense and all In Between That Make Great Summer Reads

 


Just click on the title that interests you. Enjoy reading.


Politics Thieves & Bullets: A Leroy Silver Adventure by Alex Cage - An ex-military assassin for the government, now a security expert, is assigned to check a new site that works with various law enforcement agencies until he is asked to check the security of a small bank.


Goodfellowe House (a 1920s Historical Mystery Book 1) by Persia Walker - A woman who was supposed to pick up a sick friend from the hospital disappeared in 1923 with very little concern from the police or the mainstream media. Still, three years later, a popular society columnist begins to look closer at the missing woman’s past.

 

The War Back Home by Alex Cage - Back from combat in Iran, an ex-military combatant faces a precarious battle at home.

 

Laws of Depravity (Martyr Maker Book 1) by Eriq LaSalle - A recent murder of a priest in New York City may be linked to killings going back thirty years.

 

Exodus from Treachery by Gwen Richardson - A reporter investigates a secret organization that selects candidates they can control for political office.

 

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris - A Black editor assistant attempts to create more diversity in a book publishing company, which becomes a problem when she gets her wish.

 

The Wife Inside by Winter K. Willis - A social media fitness influencer breaks up with her deceitful fiancé but her life is about to become a living nightmare when she accepts an undertaking from a successful businesswoman.

 

Raelee Scattering (Audiobook) by Sydney Arrison (Narrated by Makeda Grant) - A defense investigator sets out to prove her client is innocent of committing a murder.  E-Book

 

Joey’s Girl by Solsiré E. Felida - A man who has found bona fide love will face some ominous state of affairs when an ex returns.

 

Lincoln’s Touch (Book 1) by Michael R. Pope - A bequest left by a dead president will face obstacles when it is discovered that a fraction of the will must be left to an African American or a Native American before the descendants take control of any of it.

Monday, June 03, 2024

How To Plan a Frugal Wedding by Miss Know It All

Miss Know It All

Before you say, “I do,” consider the expenditure. The average cost of a USA wedding is 29K-31K. This does not include the honeymoon. Of course, prices will vary depending on the state and region.

 

Most couples set a sensible budget, but the money you allocate may have you spending more than planned, where you owe more than you have. To avoid going into debt, the following are some tips to plan a wedding that will not cost you an arm and a leg:

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Know How Much Money You Really Have and Are Willing to Spend. The first step to avoiding wedding debt is to set a practical budget. Take an honest look at your finances and determine how much you can afford to spend without going into debt. If you are already in debt, namely student loans, credit card debt, or car loans, consider offerings from your family and your current income. It’s essential to stick to this budget throughout the planning process.

 

Distribute Money Sensibly. Once you have a total budget, allocate funds to different aspects of your wedding based on your priorities. Remember, it’s about making smart choices that reflect what’s truly important to you and your partner.

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Prioritize Your Spending. Focus on what matters the most.

 

Identify The Elements of Your Wedding That Are Most Important to You. Whether it’s the venue, the photography, or the food, prioritize these items in your budget. Being clear on your priorities allows you to allocate funds more effectively and find areas where you can cut back.

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Cut Costs Creatively By Doing DIY. There are various aspects of your wedding that you can do yourself, from invitations to decorations. Not only does this help save money, but it also adds a personal touch to your unique day.

 

Opt for Off-peak Times and Days. Choosing an off-peak season or a weekday for your wedding can significantly reduce venue and vendor costs. Many suppliers offer discounts when demand is lower, providing an opportunity to save without compromising quality.

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Seek Affordable Alternatives. Consider non-traditional venues. Traditional wedding venues can be expensive. Look for non-traditional venues like public parks, art galleries, or family homes that can offer a unique setting at a fraction of the cost.

 

Shorten Your Guest List. While it may be tempting to invite everyone you know, a smaller guest list can drastically reduce your wedding expenses. Invite only your closest friends and family to keep the event intimate and affordable.

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Make The Most of Your Connections. If you have relatives or friends who have special skills, don’t hesitate to ask for their help. Whether photography, video graphing, music, baking the wedding cake, or preparing the food, using their expertise can save you money while making your loved ones feel involved in your special day.

 

Avoid Using Credit Cards Needlessly - While it may seem like a simple solution, relying on credit cards or loans to fund your wedding can lead to long-term financial tension. If you must borrow, look for options with low-interest rates and ensure you have a solid repayment plan.

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It’s Important to Remember That Your Wedding is Just One Day - While it’s a major and joyful event, avoid compromising your long-term financial goals for excessiveness. Keeping your future in mind will help you make wise decisions that will benefit you long after the wedding day. ♥