Friday, December 23, 2011

Rippler Series by Cidney Swanson

Rippler (Ripple, #1)Rippler by Cidney Swanson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cidney Swanson has written a spectacular piece of fiction in Rippler. I knew from the first page of reading this was going to be an awesome book. I love the way Cidney has taken a genre and put a new twist. There is never a dull moment in this story. It is page after page of interesting writing.

If you are looking for something different and interesting....this is it!!

This book was provided to me by Cidney Swanson, the author because I won book 2 off LibraryThing and wanted to read book 1 first.

View all my reviews Chameleon (Ripple, #2)Chameleon by Cidney Swanson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ms. Swanson did not let me down with this book in the series. It was just a interesting and suspenseful as book 1. I really liked the way book 2 picked right up where book 1 left off without any interruption.

The Rippler series is a super read with a different twist. When reading the first book, I remember thinking what a fantastic way to change the genre.

I was very fascinated by all the history entwined into the story line.

I would definitely recommend this series to all my friends.

I really can't wait for another book!!!

I won this book off Librarything and in return promised an honest review.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Tangled by Erica O'Rourke - A Review

Tangled (Torn Trilogy, #2)Tangled by Erica O'Rourke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As usual Erica O'Rourke has come through with another fabulous book. Once I began reading, I didn't want to put this book down. I was drawn into the plot and felt like I was there with the characters in this book. When a reader gets totally drawn into the story line and it feels like they are participating in the activities, then you know it is a GREAT book!

Mo Fitzgerald is your average teenager...but yet she isn't and with all the turmoil and twists within the book..I was really rooting for her to come out on top.

I highly recommend this series of books!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Still a Mistress by Tiphani Montgomery - A REVIEW

Still a MistressStill a Mistress by Tiphani Montgomery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Still a Mistress by Tiphani Montgomery there is so many story twists and turns that involve mayhem and murder that it keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next. Still a Mistress is definitely what I would call a "page-turner".

Two sisters, Chloe and Oshyn, one raised by their mother, the other raised by an aunt. They didn't even know they were sisters for a long time. It seems Chloe is the "bad" girl and Oshyn is the "good" girl. Most of the plot twists involve Chloe looking for revenge against Oshyn. Chloe believes everything Oshyn has should have been hers and she sets out to make sure that it is.

Tiphani Montgomery did an awesome job of creating three dimensional characters that readers could believe in. The plot and sub-plots are so believable that it is almost like I was there every step of the way.

I do recommend this book as a super read to anyone that loves mystery and mayhem. Be warned though, there are many descriptive sexual scenes within this book.

I was provided this book by the Remote Readers program through Kensington Publishing for an honest review.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead - A Review

Shadow Heir (Dark Swan, #4)Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don't give a 5-star rating real often...but Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead required it.

This is the final book in the Dark Swan series about Eugenie Markham, a shaman-for-hire. I haven't read the previous three books, but I will be getting them to read since this one was so good.

Eugenie Markham is half human and half Otherworldly. She can transport between both the human and the Otherworld without problems, which she does frequently. In this final book of the series, Eugenie is trying to keep the human world safe from Otherworld trespassers. At the same time she is attempting to keep her unborn children safe from certain entities in the Otherworld that believe her unborn son will fulfill a prophecy by the Storm King....who just happens to be Eugenie's father.

There are so many twists in the plot of Shadow Heir that it keeps you on the edge of your seat reading wanting to know more.

The characters are three dimensional and the plot, as well as the subplots are all well thought out and believable.

I truly enjoyed Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead and will recommend it to all my firends.

Shadow Heir was provided to me through the Kensington Publishing Remote Reviewers program for an honest review.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pleasure Bound by Anne Rainey - A REVIEW

Pleasure BoundPleasure Bound by Anne Rainey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For me to say that Pleasure Bound by Anne Rainey was HOT...doesn't really tell you exactly how HOT this book was. So let me just say this book is SEXUALLY EXPLICIT.

Jonas Phoenix meets Deanna Harrison at a friend's family picnic and Jonas is instantly attracted to Deanna but it takes several years before he begins his pursuit of her.

Once that pursuit begins, he is relentless. However, Deanna is reluctant to get involved with Jonas even though she is very attracted to him. She is looking for more than fling with someone and she believes Jonas is a playboy.

To get Deanna to see him as more than a playboy, Jonas issues her a challenge. He asks her to go to Miami for the weekend with him and allow him to prove to her there is more to his attraction to her than that.

In Miami the sexual tension between the two erupts full force and they forge a bond of closeness that become closer with each passing day. However, there is danger lurking in the shadows and it could mean disaster for both of them.

Now you know there is some twist here...that I am refusing to give away. So if you need to the book. I don't give spoilers.

Even with all the sexually explicit material in this book, the story line is fully developed as are the characters. This isn't your basic sex book.....there is a very interesting story to follow here.

The book was provided to me by Kensington Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Michael & William Henry - Blue Biscuit Book Club


Oh My!!! Last night I went to my first ever Blue Biscuit Book Club meeting and did I ever have a blast. A friend of mine had been trying to get me there for the past three months and I finally made it and I am really thrilled that I did. I had the best time ever!

I had prepared for the event by reading the book chosen for the month.....At Random by Michael Henry...if you haven't read this really should. It is FABULOUSLY written and has some of the best well-rounded characters I have seen in a while. The book review I did on the book is below this post. this book club meeting was none other than the author of At Random himself....Michael Henry and his son, William, who is also his writing partner.

Of course, me being me....I arrived way early. Yeah, I was like the first to arrive after Michael and William Henry. When I introduced myself, I was asked if I was from Inverness...I was shocked. How could they know this? Little did I know, they recognized the name because of the review I did on At Random and posted on the Amazon website. They had read it and loved it. Not only did they love is also posted on their website Henry and Henry Books.

The meeting was called to order and we talked some about At Random and then the authors began to tell about each of the four books that are already published as well as the two that are currently in the works. Oh yes, I said two books in the works....and since I didn't write down the titles....I can't even tell you....okay....I know, I'm slipping in that area....maybe I was author struck!!

Since I had originally bought At Random for my Kindle, I purchased it in print form last night along with the other three books that are currently available. Here the books that I purchased last night:

Three Bad Years - Michael Henry

At Random - Michael Henry

The Ride Along - Micheal & William Henry

D.O.G.S. - Michael & William Henry

Of course.....they are ALL signed by the authors!!!! Go Me!!!!

In case you didn't pay much attention to the photo up it is again....ME with Michael & William Henry!!!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Changeling Dawn by Dani Harper - A REVIEW

Changeling Dawn (Changeling, #3)Changeling Dawn by Dani Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a review of an ARC sent to me by Kensington Publishing that according to the front cover is due to be released January 2012.

In Changeling Dawn, Dani Harper weaves a story line about some paranormal creatures she calls changelings or werewolves.

This is not your everyday werewolf story line. Changeling Dawn has romance, kidnapping, and murder...along with some mystery and intrigue.

The story opens with a very young Kenzie Macleod running for her life away of some hunters when all of a sudden she shifts into her wolf form. While Kenzie suffers a traumatic experience, she isn't caught by the hunters and lives to grow into young woman who holds two doctorates. She is an accomplished and well-known archaeologist who has learned since her childhood experience with the hunters not to trust humans.

Kenzie's family or pack live in Canada and are hassling her to find a mate and settle down. She insists she doesn't need anyone and is happy just the way she is.

For me this book started out a little slow and bulky with all the back story being added at the front. It seemed a little top-heavy. However, after it moved on into chapter two, things began to pick up.

This book is not for has several scenes throughout the book after Kenzie meets Josh that are rather sizzling....after all she is a changeling and there senses run a little hotter than least according to Dani Harper.

All jokes aside, I did love the book once I got past the first couple chapters and the sizzling scenes did not detract from the story line at a matter of fact, I felt they moved it along quite nicely.

I would definitely recommend Changeling Dawn by Dani Harper to my friends.

This book was provided to me free of charge for an honest review.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

AT RANDOM by Michael Henry - A REVIEW

At Random (A Willie Mitchell Banks Novel)At Random by Michael Henry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Michael Henry did an awesome job with the twists and turns in the plot of At Random.

Willie Mitchell Banks is now my favorite character in a book. He is fit, strong, intelligent, and holds to his beliefs. Willie Mitchell is definitely a solid 3D character. It is almost as if he could step out of the book and shake your hand..Of course the rest of the characters are well-rounded out as well. Willie Mitchell is just my favorite.

The book is set mainly in Mississippi...maybe that is part of the reason I love it. Almost nobody uses Mississippi as a setting. Other places in At Random are parts of Louisiana, and Memphis, Tennessee. The descriptions of these places are 'spot on' and this Mississippi girl should know. Of course, Michael Henry is a native of Louisiana and now resides in Mississippi so he wouldn't have any difficulty uses these settings.

The story begins with El Moro handling a huge drug deal in the Louisiana swamps. As El Moro heads for Memphis, he has a car accident with none other than some sheriff's deputies in Jackson, Mississippi. When the accident happens.....the trunk of his vehicle pops open and money begins to fly everywhere. This is where we find out El Moro has five million dollars in his trunk from the drug deal.

El Moro sustains a head injury in the accident, but doesn't want to be caught with all that money flying around so he runs... high-jacks a car and keeps going..but with the head injury he runs off the road and this is where he ends up killing a deputy sheriff in another town in Mississippi.

It only gets better and better from this point on. We meet Willie Mitchell's son, Jake and Agent Dunne along with several other characters. Some I loved....others like the "Professor" I hated....even more than El Moro. Actually, I didn't hate El Moro...I just didn't like what his character did. But, the "Professor" on the other hand...he reminded me of all the politician types that are trying to climb up to the next level in politics.

Anyway...I'm not going to give any spoilers on this book...but it was FABULOUSLY written and I totally enjoyed the entire book....but I really LOVED the way Michael Henry pulled off the twist at the end. Now since I didn't give it have to go read it to find out what I'm talking about.

I would definitely recommend this book to all my friends. It is well-written, with believable , well-rounded characters and fantastic story line.

This book was chosen by the Blue Biscuit Book Club in Indianola, Mississippi as their November book to read. I look forward to joining in on the discussion of this book with the other members of the club and the author, Michael Henry on November 17, 2011 at the Blue Biscuit Grill.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Winner of GIDEON - 2nd NIGHTWALKER Book by Jacquelyn Frank

This is the first giveaway that I have hosted on my blog. However, I am hoping there will be many more.

I want to thank everyone that participated in my little giveaway!

Congratulations to Jennifer L. Bielman!! You are the winner of my very first giveaway on my blog!

Jennifer....I have sent you an email.....

Be on the lookout for my next giveaway....I am currently working out the details. I will post about it very soon!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

ADAM - New Addition to Jacquelyn Frank's NIGHTWALKER Series and a GIVEAWAY

Jacquelyn Frank has added a new addition to her NIGHTWAKER series. This new book in the series is called ADAM. Was released on Tuesday, October 25, 2011.


A small excerpt:

Haunted by magic, beset by evil, the Nightwalkers face their darkest hour yet. And when the unthinkable happens, only one legendary male has the power, the will, to save them: Adam.

Other books in the NIGHTWALKER series are:

JACOB (Book 1) - released December 1, 2006

GIDEON (Book 2) - released June 1, 2007

ELIJAH (Book 3) - released December 18, 2007

DAMIEN (Book 4) - released June 1, 2008

NOAH (Book 5) - released September 1, 2008

If you have read any of Jacquelyn Frank's books....then you know they are really good....if you haven' would be the time to give them a try. The first book in the NIGHTWALKER series....JACOB....will be on sale in the Kindle and Nook formats on their respective sites on November 4, 2011(ONLY).....for the low sum of just $1.79 each. have to get JACOB on November 4, 2011...if you want to get it for $1.79. This price is for JACOB only.

Now I also promised a giveaway....Kensington Publishing has provided a book of GIDEON (Book 2, NIGHTWALKER series) for me to giveaway to my blog readers. All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment on this post with your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.


This giveaway for is for residents of the United States and Canada only.

So...there are 3 rules:

1. leave a comment

2. leave email address

3. reside in the USA or Canada

The giveaway for GIDEON (Book 2, NIGHTWALKER series) will run through Monday, November 7, 2011. I will email the winner. I will also post winner on this website as well as on my Facebook, Google+ page and will tweet about.

Don't forget to go by and purchase JACOB on Friday November 4, 2011 when it will be only $1.79 each.

Good Luck to all!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Clara Claus by Alexandra Lanc - A REVIEW

Clara ClausClara Claus by Alexandra Lanc
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alexandra Lanc has flipped the Christmas story around and told it from the viewpoint of none other than Jack Frost himself! What a terrific twist!

Jack is in trouble with the Winter usual. Only this time he will be expelled and lose his Immortality if he doesn't meet the challenge placed before him by Kris Kringle. This challenge is that he must fall in love with a human before sunrise on Christmas morning. Where in the world of Immortals...will Jack find a human to fall in love with? In walks Clara Claus....Santa's granddaughter. Only Jack isn't really interested in meeting the challenge...his only desire is to destroy Christmas...and he will use Clara to ends if necessary....or will he?

Even though Jack Frost is mean soul you can't help but fall in love with him and want to help him!

I loved the story and would really LOVE to see the sequel!!

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Saturday, October 29, 2011


Dangerous Master (Masters of Desire, Book 3)Dangerous Master by Tawny Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Dangerous Master, Tawny Taylor has done it again. She has written yet another deliciously HOT read with an equally delicious developed plot line and believable characters. This is not just another erotic novel. Ms. Taylor has devised a fully developed plot that weaves mystery and suspense to keep you turning pages.

Mandy Thompson is a Private Investigator that is known as "Bulldog" because she manages to dig beneath the surface and uncover secrets about other people. While working on a case, Mandy meets Master Zane Clark and finds herself revealing HER most intimate sexual fantasies while delving into the dark and dangerous passion. Mandy finds she is no longer in control and gives herself freely over to the passion and ecstasy that Master Zane can giver her.

Ms Taylor has crafted another erotic D/s novel but with an usual twist. I will not reveal the twist within this review because I feel that would be a spoiler and I don't give spoilers.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a well written read with mystery and suspense.

**WARNING** This novel is sexually explicit. Like I said in the first sentence...Dangerous a HOT read!!

This book was provided tome by Kensington Publishing through their Remote Reviewers program for an honest review.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011


Forbidden (The Guardian Chronicles, #1)Forbidden by Megan Curd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

FORBIDDEN by Megan Curd was a fresh take on what seems to be a popular idea for writing books these days. Of course...who am I to complain about the books using the supernatural beings for characters....I TOTALLY love them!! However, Megan took the Angels & Demons idea to another level.

FORBIDDEN has so many different twists, it keeps you GLUED to your chair...right on the edge want NEEDING to know what is going to happen next.

Megan Curd has done an awesome job of spinning a story that gets the reader totally involved in the outcome.

Thank you Megan for allowing me to review your book. I have so enjoyed it!! I know what you are thinking...If I LOVED this book so much....why didn't I give it a 5-Star rating. I only give 5 Stars to books that provide me with some life altering experience.

Megan Curd provided for me a copy of her book FORBIDDEN free of charge for an honest review. Which is what you just got!!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Diary of a Vampeen by Christin Lovell - A REVIEW

Diary of a VampeenDiary of a Vampeen by Christin Lovell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In Diary of a Vampeen, Christin Lovell introduces us to another "Vampire" species. This particular species is part human...part vampire.

Lexi meets Kellan and they fall in love...actually they are "soul mates". Really a sixteen year old with a "soul mate". Anyway, this seems to be a romance with vampire tendencies. We even have a vampire fight thrown in for good measure. Yes, a vampire called Kiera tries to kill Lexi after her transformation, but alas, Lexi...a new vampeen, wins that battle against a seasoned vampire.

Most of the antics and attitudes in this book really make you think "high school" and that is good since this is a young adult novel. However, there were quite a few grammatical errors that kept distracting me from the story, even though I tried very hard to ignore them.

While I wasn't totally happy with this novel, I did continue reading until it was finished. How else could I write a true review? I don't mean to totally trash this book. What I always say is read it yourself and see what you think.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Wish on the Moon by Karen Rose Smith - A REVIEW

Wish On The MoonWish On The Moon by Karen Rose Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Wish on the Moon is the first book I've read by Karen Rose Smith and while I did like the story line, there was way too much antagonism/sexual tension between Laura and Mitch for it to be a believable story for me.

Laura Applegate Sanders is the estranged daughter of Ray Applegate a very successful jeweler. Mitch Riley has been Ray's partner for a few years when Ray need cardiac bypass surgery. Mitch goes and finds Laura and shows up on her doorstep to try and get her to come back to see her father.

Laura hasn't seen her father in 6 years when he disowned her because she married Doug Sanders, a man her father thought was just after the money she could supply him because he was an artist with no job and no prospects for one.

Mitch arrives at Laura's door with preconceived ideas about why Ray hasn't seen his daughter and he believed it was because Laura was a wild child and wanted her way and just left and never looked back. Boy...does Mitch have a lot to learn about the day Laura left her father's house.

Almost immediately Mitch feels some attraction for Laura and that tension builds as he gets to know more about her.

Does the boy get the girl? You will have to read the book to find that out....I don't give out spoilers in my reviews.

Why did I only give this book 3 stars if I liked it...and obviously I did like something about it because I took the time to finish the book and write this review. However, while the characters are pretty believable for me, the fact that two people could meet and almost instantaneously have a strong attraction for one another is just really difficult for me hold on to.

Go ahead and read the book....maybe you are more romantic than I am and will like the book more than I did!!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011


Vampire Assassin (Jane)Vampire Assassin by Samantha Warren
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In Vampire Assassin, Samantha Warren begins the story by talking about some man named Bob and giving a complete description of him. It happens that the narrator of this book is a vampire that hires herself out as an assassin and her target is this Bob fellow, who by all accounts is a cheating, scumbag. Apparently the wife has arranged in some way to have the assassin take care of Bob and he is found dead just as planned by the wife.

OK...I like vampire novels pretty well. But this one felt very stilted. The language is way too conversational. At some points, the author is even explaining why she said or did something. Vampire Assassin is billed as a short novella....but it is more like a serial read and this one installment is like maybe the first 3 or 4 chapters.

Lets just say, I did not enjoy the story line or the writing. Just my own opinion.

This book was recommended to me by a as you can see some people do like the story line.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

MISTRESS by MARRIAGE by Maggie Robinson

Mistress by Marriage (Courtesan Court, #3)Mistress by Marriage by Maggie Robinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Mistress by Marriage, Maggie Robinson put the sizzle on the page while allowing the reader to use their imagination. I truly enjoyed the struggle between Baron Edward Christie and his wife of 6 years, Caroline Parker Christie.

Baron Christie has a reputation of being reserved and calm. He takes this reputation to extremes in all situations except with his red-headed wife, Caroline. She stirs irresistible lust in Christie's body that he can't control.

Christie marries Caroline by special license only a week after they had met at a ball held by Lady Huntington. Within a year of that marriage he surprises Caroline on her birthday and finds her in a compromising situation with an old friend, Andrew Rossiter. Because of her supposed indiscretion, he moves her into a "love nest" house on Jane Street, where many of the influential ton kept their mistresses. Christie then visits Caroline every June 14 for sex and to inflict more anger on Caroline. The passion in this relationship flows both ways. Neither can control themselves.

Christie believes that Caroline committed adultery and after five years has decided he will petition for a divorce. Caroline is prepared for this news and believes it is for the best since they can't seem to live together or stay away from one another.

While this is mainly a romance, there is some suspense and mystery woven throughout the plot which only adds to the story line. The characters seem to react in believable ways in the many situations they are put into.

In my opinion, this is a fabulously written suspenseful, mystery romance. I would definitely recommend it as a read for anyone that likes romance.

Mistress by Marriage by Maggie Robinson was provided free of charge by Kensington Publishing for an honest review.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011


In the Barrister’s Chambers (Regency Barrister, #1)In the Barrister’s Chambers by Tina Gabrielle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tina Gabrielle has created convincing three dimensional characters in her book In the Barrister's Chambers. The characters speak, act and seem to feel the way a real person would in a similar situation. The plot has many twists and turns that keep you riveted to your seat and turning pages to see what happens next.

Lady Evelyn Darlington loves the law. After all she was raised by her widowed father who was a professor at Inns of Court that took pupils under his wing for tutelage. One such pupil was Jack Harding. Lady Evelyn had been entranced by Jack Harding even as a child.

Jack Harding is now a successful barrister and Lady Evelyn requires his services for her soon to be betrothed who has been accused of murder. After convincing Harding to accept the case, Lady Evelyn manages to worm her way into the investigation at every turn.

Because I don't believe in giving out spoilers, I will not talk about the rest of the book....but know it is a fabulous read. It does contain some well written areas that firmly sizzle on the page.

In the Barrister's Chamber is an excellent read. It contains romance, intrigue, mystery, and some revenge. You can't go wrong reading this one.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

RAW DESIRE by Kate Pearce - A REVIEW

Raw DesireRaw Desire by Kate Pearce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kate Pearce has taken "HOT" to a whole new level with RAW DESIRE. From the first page to the last it is full of riveting, STEAMY sexual scenes intertwined with mystery and suspense.

Ally Kendall has returned to her hometown to sell her mother's house. Ally had left her hometown in disgrace years ago and knew she wouldn't have an easy time returning. Rob Ward, her old boyfriend, who she betrayed with his best friend are both in town and she runs into them frequently. The sexual tension between the three is extraordinary.

RAW DESIRE is infused with BDSM and Gay/Lesbian scenes that are sexually explicit. While this is not necessarily the type of book I normally read, I must say that I did enjoy the main story plot. It was strong and well written. The characters were three dimensional and easily believable.

If you are looking for a HOT read...this is one to grab.

This book was provided by Kensington Publishing free of charge for an honest review.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase - A Review

Haunted on Bourbon Street: A Jade Calhoun NovelHaunted on Bourbon Street: A Jade Calhoun Novel by Deanna Chase
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Haunted on Bourbon Street, Deanna Chase spins a very "edge of your seat" supernatural thriller with a little romance thrown in for good measure.

This novel has plenty supernatural aspects....empaths, witches, low-level angels, and of course....ghosts...and plenty of them. Jade, the artistic empath is the main character in the book. She is an empath and right away upon moving to her new home in the French Quarter in Louisiana, she manages to get a ghost to attach himself to her...without her knowledge, of course. She begins to have very sensual dreams that include a man, she has dubbed as "Mr. Sexy", and it turns out he is a ghost.

Jade is very attracted to her landlord, who is also the owner of the strip club next door to the coffee shop where she works for Pyper. The ghost that has attached himself to Jade is becoming increasingly jealous of the attentions that Jade is receiving from Kane, her landlord. As the book progresses we find out why. It turns out that Jade isn't the only person haunted by a ghost...Pyper has her own ghost attachment....except that he is an evil ghost and causes her much pain and anguish.

This is the first book in this series and I, personally, cannot wait until the next book comes out....I will definitely be sure to read it....I can't wait!

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

The CAFE Book by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser - A Review

The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literary Assessment and InstructionThe CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literary Assessment and Instruction by Gail Boushey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you are an educator, this is a must read book. Boushey and Moser present an easy and practical way to integrate assessment into daily reading and classroom discussion and activities. The CAFE system is research based and the acronym stands for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand vocabulary.

The CAFE system provides support for teachers as they organize the assessment data so it can be used to truly inform instruction int he classroom. It also helps with tracking the student's strengths and goals.

In the CAFE system there are no expensive materials required. You don't even have to totally change the approaches that are now being used to utilize the CAFE system. It is built on flexibility and allows teachers to tailor the system to meet the needs of the students in their individual classroom. There is a companion book called The Daily Five which I will be reading and reviewing next.

This book was provided tome by my school district and I would recommend that all educators in elementary schools take the time to read about the CAFE system.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Widow's Walk LeagueThe Widow's Walk League by Nancy Lynn Jarvis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In The Widow's Walk League, Nancy Lynn Jarvis creates an ingeniously planned out novel of mayhem and intrigue. It keeps you in your in hand to see what will happen next.

Several of the husbands in Santa Cruz are being murdered and the local news is buzzing about a dark dressed figure described as DEATH has been seen at the scene of each murder. Regan McHenry, the real estate agent in Santa Cruz is hired by the new widows to sell their homes and she discovers all the murdered men had something in common.....all their wives belong to The Widow's Walk League.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys a great read!

I received this book through Goodreads First Reads Program. All opinions are my own.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Crime Fraiche by Alexander Campion - A Review

Crime Fraiche (Capucine Culinary Mystery)Crime Fraiche by Alexander Campion
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book seems well written, however I had a really tough time connecting with any of the characters. This non-connection made it difficult for me to make myself read and therefore, I didn't enjoy the book as much as I should.

This mystery by Alexander Campion is set in 16th Century Paris and has a lot of twists and turns.

Not everyone can or should like the same thing I encourage you to read the book yourself and see what you think.

This book was provided to me free of charge by Kensington Publishing for an honest review. These are my opinions.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Trip to the Tupelo, MS Flea Market

Today my husband and I decided we would make the three hour trip to the Tupelo, MS Flea Market just to have something to do. So about 7:30 am, we left the house and traveled in that direction. Of course, we took the scenic route....yes...we went up the Natchez Trace Parkway. It was such a deliciously delightful morning drive. be perfectly honest, in the past couple years the flea market has really not been a productive trip for us. Meaning...we usually don't find anything we want or need. Today really wasn't much different.......EXCEPT....that I met author Pat Brannon at the flea market. She had a table set up and was autographing her books. In case you don't know who Pat Brannon is....her is a bit of a blurb about her from her own web

Award-winning Christian poet, children’s author, singer, songwriter, speaker, encourager, and best-selling author in the Authors to Believe In Book Club, Pat Brannon is a lady you want to meet, even though you may not know it yet. Actually, Pat is the next person you want to invite to your school, church or community event. She does a highly visual, attention-getting, eye-opening character education presentation for all ages on the evils of bullying. Pat entertains and educates her audiences all at the same time.

Now...while I was waiting on dear sweet husband to finish his rounds in the flea market, I sat down and read one of the books I purchased from MS Brannon. Here is my Review of that book!

Food Fight FrenzyFood Fight Frenzy by Pat Brannon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book, Food Fight Frenzy by Pat Brannon is so cute and has a wonderful message for all children and adults alike. Ms.Brannon uses language that any third grade student can relate to and has the book set in the south, which for me is a definite plus.

The illustrations, done by Rachael Smith, are so vivid and wonderful. You just have to see them to believe.

I totally recommend this book for all truly teaches life lessons that all children need to learn. Like I said, it can also be beneficial for adults as well.

I purchased this book today at a flea market where the author, Pat Brannon, had set up a table. This review is honest and my own opinion.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Torn by Erica O'Rourke - A Review

Torn (Torn Trilogy, #1)Torn by Erica O'Rourke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Torn
Author: Erica O’Rourke
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

Erica O’Rourke did a fabulous job with this darkly, exciting novel about Mo Fitzgerald who is torn between two guys and worlds she doesn’t begin to understand. Torn is definitely addictive. You cannot put it down once you begin. The only thought is to get back and see what is happening next.

Mo Fitzgerald is a normal seventeen year old about to be senior in high school who is a witness to her best friend, Verity being murdered. Somehow, Mo escapes from the murderers and vows to find them and exact vengeance for Verity. Mo is no stranger to secrets, but learns that even best friends have secrets from one another. Attempting to get vengeance for Verity, Mo has to choose between two men that are both equally dangerous in their own ways. Colin, who is duty bound to protect her, and Luc, well he is very mysterious. In her effort to get revenge on Verity’s murders, Mo must enter a world she doesn’t know even exists, a world of raw magic and deal with people who aren’t everything they seem. Can she do it? No spoilers here!

O’Rourke has created characters and a story line that is made believable with her masterful crafting. Mo seems likes any other high school senior you might actually meet on the street and the dialogue between characters flows with reality even in the face of the unbelievable.

This book was provided to me free of charge by Kensington Publishing Corp for an honest review. The opinions are my own.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

The Canary List: A NovelThe Canary List: A Novel by Sigmund Brouwer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: The Canary List
Author: Sigmund Brouwer
Publisher: Waterbrook Press

The Canary List is a masterfully crafted, chilling, and thought-provoking story written by Sigmund Brouwer about a twelve-year old girl named Jaimie Piper who has no difficulty detecting evil in people.

Jaime is a twelve-year old girl that has been in and out of foster homes since she was an infant. Due to her attitude and behavior she has been placed in classes for challenged students where she comes in contact with, teacher, Crockett Grey. Crocket has his on agenda in the beginning; he just wants to relive the anniversary of his daughter’s death. But that is not to be. Jaimie comes to him terrified and begging for his help which starts them on a downward spiral of bizarre events that leads them to the Vatican.

I will definitely pass this book on to others with a recommendation for reading. Mr. Brouwer grabbed my attention and kept it throughout the book with his masterful crafting of the story web.

The Canary List was provided by Waterbook Press free of charge for an honest review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Gamadin Book 4 - Gazz by Tom Kirkbride

Gazz (Gamadin, #4)Gazz by Tom Kirkbride

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gamadin Book IV: Gazz by Tom Kirkbride is about a group of people from the 54th Century that are part of a very special ancient police force of the cosmos called Gamadin. The sole mission of Gamadin is to defend the the freedom an happiness of all peaceful planets everywhere regardless of origin or wealth.

This fourth book has the Gamadin trying to save a 16th Century planet called Gazz. All life on this planet is about to be wiped out by a lethal gamma ray burst and Gamadin must use the force field of their ship, the Milliwanda, to help save the planet. But, there is a problem and the ship loses power because it is sucked dry by saving Gazz. The ship has to be landed on this 16th century planet while the crew attempts to find a fuel source to get the Milliwanda back into space. I am not going to give any spoilers here.

Now, I didn't read the first three books of this series, but I had no trouble whatsoever reading book 4. It is a standalone story even though it part of a series. I have to say, I love fantasy stories and this one is no different. It has a lot of tight moments for the crew of the Milliwanda and many interesting events occur.

I would recommend to anyone that likes fantasy pick this up and read it. I am even going back and get the other three books so I can read the entire series.

I received this book through Library Thing's Early Readers Program. The opinion expressed in this review is my own honest opinion.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Bronze and the Brimstone (Verona Trilogy #2) - Lory S. Kaufman

The Bronze and the Brimstone (The Verona Trilogy #2)The Bronze and the Brimstone by Lory S. Kaufman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is so good I finished it in one day....I just couldn't put it down! Awesome! Can't wait for the the next book!!!

I would like to point out at this time....I don't give 5 stars unless the book is life changing in some way....if I give a book 4 is pretty awesome.

Title: The Bronze and the Brimstone (Verona Trilogy #2)
Author: Lory S. Kaufman
Publisher: The Fiction Studio

The Bronze and the Brimstone is the second book in the series of the Verona Trilogy by Lory S. Kaufman. This book picks up right where the first book, The Lens and the Looker, ends. Hansum, Shamira, and Lincoln are three teens that are from the 24th century and are trapped in the 14th century Verona, Italy.

The teens have experienced and survived many dangerous instances and have been noticed by the rich and powerful of the day by introducing futuristic technology into the past. In the book, Kaufman weaves the teens through many dangerous trials and tribulations and we watch them all grow and mature into responsible adults. Ok…they are still teens, but remember they are in the 14th century and things are much harder then and people grew up a lot faster. This book ends when the Black Death was sweeping across the area. Kaufman gives us an unexpected twist at the end of this book that makes us want to read the next one!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves sci-fi, fantasy fiction. But let me say this….it is historical. Both book 1 & 2 are set in Verona Italy in the 14th century. Up to this point there hasn’t been a lot of information given about the 24th century except in the first few little chapters of book 1. However, I’m fine with that. I love historical fiction!

BTW…there is a third book (hence trilogy). It is called The Loved and the Lost…and I CANNOT wait to get my hands on a copy!!!!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Lens and the Looker (The Verona Trilogy, #1)The Lens and the Looker by Lory S. Kaufman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: The Lens and the Looker
Author: Lory S. Kaufman
Publisher: The Fiction Studio

The Lens and the Looker is the first book in a trilogy by Lory S. Kaufman. I won the second book from Goodreads and didn't want to read it until I had read the book 1.

This book is about 24th century humans that with the help of artificial intelligence have created the perfect post-dystopian society. In this book we first meet with three teenagers Hansum who is almost 17, Shamira who is 15, and Lincoln who is 14. These three are what the elders in the 24th century call "hard cases" and have elected to send them to History Camp where they can learn some valuable lessons. However, while at History Camp the teens are kidnapped by a rogue ex-elder of History Camp and actually taken back into the past to 1347 in Verona, Italy. These teens have two choices at this point. They can either adapt to the lifestyle or die.

I'm not going to give any spoilers...but let me tell you...after i got past the first few pages that seemed a little slow for me..I didn't want to put this book down. The characters are so well-developed that I could visualize them taking part int he activities described in the story. I would definitely recommend this book.

Oh yeah.....and now I can grab the The Bronze and the Brimstone (the 2nd of the series) and begin to read more about the three teanagers and their adventures.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Leading With Soul by Lee G. Bolman & Terrence E. Deal

Leading With Soul: An Uncommon Journey of Spirit (Jossey-Bass Management)Leading With Soul: An Uncommon Journey of Spirit by Lee G. Bolman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Leading With Soul
Authors: Lee G. Bolman & Terrence E. Deal
Publisher: Jossey-Bass

In the book, Leading With Soul: An Uncommon Journey of Spirit, Bolman and Deal use a contemporary parable of a business leader named Steve, a conflicted executive who seeks counsel from Maria, a spiritual director. Maria assists Steve in a journey of awakening to his own inner world of soul and feelings. As Steve begins to get deeper into the personal aspects of himself he begins to change and so does his style of leadership. As he brings feelings into the workplace it is difficult at first but as time goes by the results are positive not only for Steve, but for his employees and company.

This story of Steve and Maria is told during the course of several meetings. With each of these visits Maria helps Steve recognize the importance of his own spirit that he has ignored. Between each of his visits with Maria, Steve struggles with himself and tests the ideas he's learned from Maria. With each meeting he describes the outcomes of his previous experiments. These outcomes are not always successful. But Maria assures him that change doesn’t come easy.

Maria knows that she must help Steve understand that the spirit is in everything around us. She uses nature to begin the transformation of Steve within himself. Throughout the book Maria explains the four gifts she believes are the answer for working with others effectively. These four gifts are love, authorship, power, and significance. Between visits with Maria, Steve tackles giving the gifts on his employees to get a deeper understanding of them. Steve learns is that timing is critical when learning about and using these gifts with others if you want them accepted. With love he found that it combines caring and compassion and must be shown in both good times and bad. Steve realizes that with authorship he must give his employees the ability to take on responsibility so there can be a sense of accomplishment that is so important for job satisfaction. He also comes to realize that he needs to empower his employees so they feel some autonomy in getting things done. Now he sees how power is one of the important gifts that Maria has talked about in their meetings. The fourth gift of significance, Steve discovered on his own when an anniversary celebration went awry. He realized after talking with Maria that significance blends ritual, spontaneity, and celebration and it is an importance aspect of creativity sharing on the job.

What appeared to be Steve's hardest lesson, however, is that of passing the torch. By story's end, Maria has become gravely ill and has died. Now, Steve must continue on his journey of self-exploration and growth by himself. Even more importantly, he must carry on the work of sharing the four gifts and showing others the importance of leading with soul.

Through out the book Maria is telling Steve that we must all make our own way and not put someone else in charge of our spiritual journey. We must recognize and trust the power within ourselves, and be ready for the new growth. I have not been to any management or leadership programs but according to the authors most of these programs ignore or demean spirit. The authors talk about infusing the leadership programs with spirit filled forms of such things as poetry, literature, art, music, history, philosophy, and dance. If this was done individuals would be able to reclaim their hearts, soul, and spirits. Then they could share their gifts from the heart.

Now for my response to the book. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. The sole reason this one got chosen over the other two is simply because I found this one on eBay for one dollar. I have since bought the other two and will read them next. I really enjoyed this book. It was in an easy to read format and very easy to understand. I really enjoyed being taken through Steve’s journey and his meetings with Maria. It made the whole learning experience feel almost like I was there with Steve learning at the same time. I am not in a leadership position but intend to use the gifts with my students this next school year because I believe it will work just as well for them as it will for adults in the workplace. I will give them love, authorship, power, and significance as I attempt to do it in the same fashion as Maria by allowing them to make their own way through the journey.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Surviving the Serengeti:7 Skills to Master Business and Life by Stefan Swanepoel

Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and LifeSurviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life by Stefan Swanepoel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Title: Surviving the Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life
Author: Stefan Swanepoel
Publisher: Wiley Publishing

Looking back, I'm not quite sure what I expected when I agreed to review "Surviving your Serengeti: 7 skills to Master Business and Life." It bills itself as "A Fable of Self-Discovery," that teaches seven skills to business and life and who doesn’t want to learn more and better way to master life?

This book is a story of a couple caught up in today's economy crisis with job losses and business failures. The wife has won a trip through her employer and chooses the Serengeti as their destination. The husband reluctantly accompanies her but his mind is on his failing business back home. Once they have reached the Serengeti and the husband realizes there is no he accepts that he should enjoy the time away and forget about the troubles back home. During the book the husband meets an old college roommate, who is one of the owners of the camp, and he becomes engaged with the environment, the animals, and his college roommate who leads him into some self-evaluation by observing the animals of the Serengeti.

I was disappointed that the other two couples introduced in the first chapter turned out to be nothing more than the laying of background for the author. We didn’t see those two couples again until the end of the book where they seemed to be used as a sounding board for the two main characters.

The book discusses seven Serengeti animals and the survival skill(s) they posses that help them to not only survive but thrive. These skills are also necessary qualities that each of us as humans can possess but often don't know we have or else we never fully develop. I had some trouble equating some of the animal behaviors to human qualities. Overall, the analogies really didn’t work well in my mind, at least not for me.

I was provided this book by the publisher through BookSneeze for an honest and unbiased review. The opinions are my own.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Cascade: A Novel (River of Time Series) Lisa T. Bergren

Cascade (River of Time, #2)Cascade by Lisa Tawn Bergren

My rating: 4 of 5 stars<

TITLE: Cascade: A Novel
AUTHOR: Lisa T. Bergren
PUBLISHER: David C. Cook

Cascade: A Novel is book two in The River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren. The first book in this series is Waterfall. This book begins exactly where Waterfall left off at the end of the book. So..if you haven’t read Waterfall, the first in the series…you definitely want to read it first.

Cascade starts with an exciting adventure. Ms. Bergren brought back the characters you loved in Waterfall and introducing new characters as well. The characters are instantly alive on the pages and face some severe challenges congruent with medieval Italy. The plot is strong and riveting. The characters are life-like and along with their action and adventures it keeps you turning those pages for more.

Cascade has not let me down. It is just as good, if not better than the first in the series (Waterfall). I am so in love with this series it isn’t even funny. I can't wait for TORRENT, book 3 in the River of Time Series to come out on September 1, 2011

Now to get my paws on TORRENT!!!!

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Waterfall: A Novel (River of Time Series) Lisa T. Bergren

TITLE: Waterfall: A Novel
AUTHOR: Lisa T. Bergren
PUBLISHER: David C. Cook

Waterfall: A Novel is the first book in The River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren. Ms. Bergren is an accomplished adult romance writer, but Waterfall is her first historical romance for teens. The Bettarini sisters are the focus of Waterfall. Join the sisters, Gabriella and Evangelia, as they travel back through time and find themselves in medieval Italy.

Waterfall is an exciting adventure and enchanting love story that is irresistible. Readers are transported on a journey back in time to a world where honor and nobility go hand-in-hand with cruelty and violence. This was a time when men were the protectors, and where danger could be found around every corner. .

If you looking for a great historical with lots of action, funny remarks and a love worth dying for, read Waterfall. This book is awesome. The characters are life-like and it is easy to relate to them. Ms. Bergren has written a plot so strong it rivets you to your chair. You do not want to stop reading. Every twist and turn of the plot, has you gasping, wanting more and pulling you into the reality of the plot. I can't wait to read the second book which I have ready and waiting to begin.

Did I mention just how much I LOVED this book???

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis, MD

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to HealthWheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis MD

My rating: 4 of 5 stars<

TITLE: Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path
AUTHOR: William Davis, MD
PUBLISHER: Rodale Publishing

In Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path, Dr. Davis talks about the genetic engineering that has taken place with wheat and that it is not the wheat of our forefathers. How this wheat is now actually causing more harm than good. Dr. Davis believes that if we cut out all of the wheat products in our diet, even though the American Dietetic Society says...wheat is good, then we will notice a definite improvement in not only our physical health....but also in our mental clarity as well.

This is an easy to read book that gives you a lot information on what wheat is doing to our bodies. Dr. Davis doesn't just tell us that wheat is bad and stop eating it. He also lays out a plan for stopping along with providing sample menus and quite a few recipes to help you along in your quest for a wheat-free life. There are also several pages of references for research to back up his claims.

I am not sure where I stand on belief of this claim, however, I am going to do my own research by giving up wheat in all forms for at least 4 weeks and see what the outcome will be.

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The 'What If' Guy by Brooke Moss

The The "What if" Guy by Brooke Moss

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

TITLE: The’What If’ Guy
AUTHOR: Brooke Moss
PUBLISHER: Entangled Publishing

In, ‘The ‘What If" Guy, Brooke Moss tells the story of a single mom who has lost her job and finds out her father is in the hospital. She reluctantly decides to return to her hometown to help her father until she gets back on her feet financially. Her twelve year old son is not happy about moving from the city to a very small town. But then, Autumn Cole isn’t too happy about returning to resume her role as the daughter of the town drunk. On her son’s first day at the new school, Autumn runs into an old love. Can he help her learn to forgive before it is too late?

This book is very entertaining but yet somehow feels like it could happen in real-life. Brooke Moss created fully developed characters with just the right touch of both internal and external conflict to keep the story moving along and keep the reader on the edge of their chair. This story was both happy and sad at times....fully riveting.

I would definitely recommend this book to all of my friends.

DISCLAIMER: This book was provided to me free of charge by Net Galley in return for an honest review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

13 Books to Read

I decided to participate in Thursday 13 today and thought I would list the 13 books waiting for me to read.
1. Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon
2. Friends of Choice by Linda Nelson
3. Love, Lust, & Petty Crimes by Hercules Bantas
4. Barbary Point by Alan Nayes
5. Laying the Odds by J. R. Tomlin
6. The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck by Kathleen Y'Barbo
7. The Bronze and the Brimstone by Lory S. Kaufman
8. The Lens and the Looker
9. Isle of Stumps by Bryan R. Dennis
10. Leading With Soul by L. G. Bolman & T. E. Deal
11. The Great American Novel by Eliot Stafford
12. Flight to Paradise by Mike Coe
13. Divergent by Veronica Roth

OK...these are all the books that I got in my mailbag this week..

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Storm Born #1 & #2 - Graphic Novel - Richelle Mead

Dark Swan Storm Born ComicDark Swan Storm Born Comic by Richelle Mead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first time hearing about the Storm Born series. However, it is so colorful and enticing that I am looking forward to reading more.

Eugenie has the ability to send the "gentry" back to where they belong. Her father who is now retired has taught her well but still worries about her. He still provides her with much information, help, and a source of inner strength.

The only flaws I saw with the book is that some of the flow of dialogue and such seemed to be confusing at times.
I have not read this series before and some of the scenes didn't seem to have enough to flesh it out. It really seems to me there is more to the scenes that what is seen in this graphic novel.

Once finished with this one, I immediately went on and read the 2nd in the series as this was so short. I am looking forward to reading the books these comics evolved from.

Richelle Mead's Storm Born issue #2 regular coverRichelle Mead's Storm Born issue #2 regular cover by Richelle Mead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book picked right up where book 1 left off. So, we still have Eugenie fighting otherworldly creatures. In this book Eugenie further contemplates whether she will cross over to the other world to try and save the young girl that has been kidnapped.

Eugenie learns that her new "love" has some things to hide...but she isn't sure yet what the things are. She has noticed an increase in the other world inhabitants that seem to have taken an increased interest in her sexually.

I think the second issue of Storm Born is better than the first as it allows the reader to learn more about Eugenie and how she thinks.

I look forward to reading more in this series.
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Alone and Alive by Janet Boyanton - A Review

Alone and Alive: A practical guide for dealing with the death of your HusbandAlone and Alive: A practical guide for dealing with the death of your Husband by Janet Boyanton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alone and Alive a practical guide for dealing with the death of your husband by Janet Boyanton is one of the most useful and down to earth self-help books that I have read in quite a while. Boyanton is a practicing probate attorney in Texas and writes about how her life was changed in an instant when her husband died suddenly.

In Alone and Alive, Boyanton addresses such issues as finances, children’s grief, probate, living arrangement, legal documents and even dating. She not only gives her personal insights on these issues but also concrete advice on how to deal with the loss. Throughout the book, Boyanton repeats one particular piece of advice that she says she gives all of her clients and that is:

Wait a year before making life-changing decisions.

Another one of the fabulous facets of this book is that in the appendix of the book, Boyanton has provided many different worksheets and forms to assist in getting all of your affairs in order.

I know this book was written to help widows who have lost their husbands. However, mine is still very much alive and let me tell you….I feel this book is not only for the widows, but for all women who want to make sure they know what needs to be done in this situation. Reading Alone and Alive really got me to thinking. It is time for my husband and I too take a look at all of the legal issues….such as wills, probates in our state, etc.

I was provided with this book by Janet Boyanton through the Goodreads ‘First Reads’ program. I was not required to write a review, much less a favorable review. The views I have expressed here are my own.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Seraph Seal - A Review

I received a complimentary copy of this book from in exchange for an honest review.

The Seraph SealThe Seraph Seal by Leonard Sweet

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Seraph Seal written by Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner is an epic tale about the four horsemen and the Apocalypse of Revelation. This book is well over 400 pages long. However it is a fast-paced, gripping suspenseful novel with interesting characters and an amazing ending that is well-written. My only real complaint about the book is that it does something that I consider annoying and that is jumping back and forth between different areas of the world far too often. It isn't a book that you will sit down and read mindlessly...not if you want to keep up with the story line.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Secret Life of an Avid Reader: Live Blogging This Week From Lauren Kate's Passion...

The Secret Life of an Avid Reader: Live Blogging This Week From Lauren Kate's Passion...: "Lauren Kate 's third book in the Fallen series, Passion, comes out tommorrow and as part of her promotional tour she will be stopping by Mi..."

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Writers Gone Wild - A Review

Writers Gone Wild: The Feuds, Frolics, and Follies of Literature's Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts, and MisanthropesWriters Gone Wild: The Feuds, Frolics, and Follies of Literature's Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts, and Misanthropes by Bill Peschel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In Writers Gone Wild, Bill Peschel really captured the essence of several literary greats in humorous well-written essay formats that are so easy to read. Mr. Peschel has done a terrific job of finding those little bits of faux pas that the famous or near famous literary figures have been involved in. While each piece is designed to stand alone and could be read in a few short minutes, I sat down and read half of the book before putting it down. This book is truly funny and the little known facts we never heard in history class are priceless. I would definitely recommend this book.

DISCLAIMER: I won this book off a blog contest, however the views expressed in this review are my own.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Enter to win Waterfall, Cascade, and some swag!


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This is an awesome contest.....Bunny says these books are fabulous!!! I for one....really want to read them! Come join in the contest!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Story Engineering: Mastering the 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing - A Review


Story Engineering Mastering the 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing by Larry Brooks is a terrific guide for anyone looking to improve their written stories. This book gives you, the writer, the tools needed to make your story successful.

I’ve taken numerous college writing classes, story development courses and seminars, but this book is the most to the point and thorough explanation of story crafting that I’ve seen. In this book, Larry Brooks tells you what the 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing are and explains each of them in detail. Throughout the book he uses different books and movies as examples of how the competencies were used and whether they were used properly or improperly.

I highly recommend Story Engineering to anyone who writes whether it is casually, educationally, or professionally. Larry Brooks lays out the essential elements of a story in a way that is easy to understand. Whether you want to get published or just express yourself better in a journal or your blog posts, Story Engineering can help you improve the way you write.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

"Missus Buck" by Katrina Parker Williams

I was friended over on GoodReads today by author Katrina Parker Williams. She offered me a short story that she had written and I accepted. Boy am I glad I did. This story is really good. Be sure to check it out!

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Missus BuckMissus Buck by Katrina Parker Williams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you Katrina for the opportunity to read this wonderful story.

"Missus Buck" is one of those old slave days stories that will set your teeth on edge. Ms Brandenburg, Missus Buck as the slaves called her,acted quite typically of the way slave owners would have behaved. I loved that the story is told from the view point of one of the slaves. This is a short story that keeps you reading and I'm not going to give away any spoilers here....but talk about a perfect way to end a story. Awesome!!

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Definitely a GOOD Read!!!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Preternatura: YA Review & Contest: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Preternatura: YA Review & Contest: Enclave by Ann Aguirre: "Today, I welcome a guest reviewer, author Marie Andreas, who writes fantasy-romance-science fiction and combinations thereof from her home i..."

Monday, May 23, 2011

New Beginnings in the Future

I know I haven't been here lately....I do so apologize...I am just posting a teaser tonight....because until the finalization is done....I really can't talk about the "New Beginnings".

Just know I will be back soon to fill you in on what is going on!

Until Next Time!!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

ADSD April Blog Train

It is that time again!!! Time for another ADSD Blog Train! There are 7 of us this month in the blog be sure to stop by all the blogs and pick up your freebies. This blog train will run from April 1 through April 30.

Here is my portion of the blog train....hope you enjoy!!


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Be sure to visit the rest of these blogs for the other freebies.

Dee's Delightful Designs - YOU ARE HERE
Digi Cyber Scraps
Mardesia @ Crafter's Boutique
Kimberkatt Scraps
Pheonix Flower Creations

Enjoy the blog train!!

Until Next Time!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Moo Two Birthday Blog Hop

At Moo Two Designs we are celebrating Miss Moo's birthday by having a blog hop and many activities on the grab all these offerings on the blogs and then go by the site and join in all the fun activities.

Here is my portion of the blog train:



Make sure to visit the rest of these blogs for the rest of these FABULOUS freebies.

Scrapz 'n Bitz Designs
Happy Scrap Arts
Dee's Delightful Designs - YOU ARE HERE!!
KatLen Kreations
Lizard Dau Designs
RoseMade Designs
Stylista Lori
SandEz Creationz
Sanko Studio
Heckenzwerge Designs
Panda Bear Designs
Teenybop Scraps
Moo Two Designs

I hope you enjoy all these fabulous FREEBIES.....and don't forget to stop by the site for a lot more fun!!!

Until Next Time!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Let's Party!!!!

We are having a party for Miss Moo over at Moo Two Designs.....come on over and join the fun March 24 - 31st!!!!


In celebration of Miss Moo's birthday, 18 designers got together and we are having a blog come on back on March 26th and download all the goodies.


Oh Yeah!!! I almost forgot to mention....along with the party and the blog hop....we are also having a sale....You will not want to miss this event!!!


Until Next Time!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tootin' the Horn for ActionFX today & a FREEBIE

Folks...if you haven't joined really should do is the best investment I have made for my digi designing needs....probably would be for you as well!! With digi scrappers getting more and more discerning....all the brushes and shapes available from can make tons of UNIQUE elements and secure your customer base.

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Now Hosting 142,000 Photoshop, PSE and Digiscrap Tools. Download ....EVERYTHING with membership - Commercial Use OK.

Did I tell you already.....this IS the BEST investment I could have ever made!!!!

Now....I used an action that I got from ActionFX to create your freebie pack today....this action will make 235 papers....that's right folks...I said 235.....and you can get this action by becoming a member of ActionFX!! Now what a cool deal that is!! is a preview of the FREEBIE for you today!



If you like the FREEBIE...please leave a comment...I just love reading all of the comments!!

Until Next Time!!