Tuesday, April 28, 2015

One Perfect Night by Bella Andre

5 Stars
This is a super cute, short story. It's the perfect length for a cheesy romance that makes you "aww" at the end. It's just fun and sweet.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Rising by Holly Kelly

4 Stars
A fun, quick, romantic read. I think parts of this story would welcome some more detail, but overall it was excellent. Something to check out if you enjoy romance and a new supernatural creature. I do have to wonder and be amazed that Sara lasted as long as she did without ever being experimented on ... Can't wait to read the next one.

Ask an Author

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This weekend, Ask an Author is helping you to find your new favorite author - and add books to your TBR list. Join us on FB Friday, April 24 - Sunday, April 26. Stop in and read previous postings, stay the whole weekend - it's entirely up to you. I will be helping to kick off the event on Friday, April 24 at 9:00 a.m. PST. It's a great time to chat with the authors, get to know the stories behind the stories, as the questions you're dying to ask, and win prizes.
The rest of the weekend should prove to be exciting as well. I know I've found a few authors I love from previous Ask an Author events - I'm sure you will too! :)
Nearly 40 authors over 3 days. 

Your TBR list is obviously not long enough, let us fix that for you. 

Times are PST (+3 for EST; +8 for UK)

Martyn V. Halm 8:00-9:00 am
Jean Booth 9:00-10:00 am
Jen Ponce 10:00-11:00 am
Ric Snead 11:00-12:00pm
Adrienne James 12:00-1:00 pm
Felicia Fox 1:00-2:00 pm
Serenity Valle 2:00-3:00 pm
Luke Matthews 3:00-4:00 pm
Christine Hughes 4:00-5:00 pm
Daniel Swensen 5:00-6:00 pm
Rachel Rawlings 6:00-7:00 pm

Miguel Rueda 8:00-9:00 am
Michelle John 9:00-10:00 am
S.J. Wolff 10:00-11:00 am
J.D. Hallowell 11:00-12:00pm
Mariana Thorn 12:00-1:00 pm
Kenneth Lashley 1:00-2:00 pm
Missy Ames 2:00-3:00 pm
Emily Snyder 3:00-4:00 pm
Fiona Skye 4:00-5:00 pm
A.D. Trosper 5:00-6:00 pm
Madison Daniel 6:00-7:00 pm

Cesya Cuono 8:00-9:00 am
Lexy Wolfe 9:00-10:00 am
Lynn Townsend 10:00-11:00 am
C.V. Dreesman 11:00-12:00pm
Martin Allen 12:00-1:00 pm
Greg Close 1:00-2:00 pm
Kristy Carey 2:00-3:00 pm
Rick Rossing 3:00-4:00 pm
M Todd Gallowglas 4:00-5:00 pm
Luke Green 5:00-6:00 pm
C.B. Pratt 6:00-7:00 pm

Friday, April 17, 2015

No regrets...

I've seen this statement running around Facebook over the past couple of years, and I wonder how many people actually think about this.
I don't have any regrets in life. Yes, there are things in my past that I cringe at when I remember them, or talk about. But when the twinge of regret rears it's ugly head, I ask myself, "would I be who I am today without my mistakes?" To that answer, I have no idea. Nor am I willing to take the risk. I like who I am. I like who I've become. And without the mistakes, I'm not certain I'd be who/where I am now in life.
For example: I was a nerd in high school. In my senior year, I was trying desperately to enhance my social life and become popular, while still focusing on what I wanted out of life - to be a doctor. I had received an academic scholarship for 8 years to any school in my state. I had my future meticulously planned out. I was going to get my pre-med, meet my husband, and while I was in med school we'd have the first of our 4 children. He would stay at home and raise the kids, while I was a pediatric surgeon and life would be bliss. Of course, life rarely goes as planned.
I met a guy when I was 17. He was supposed to be meeting his "girlfriend" for the first time. They had talked over the phone for a few weeks, yet had not physically met up to that point. She happened to be one of my good friends. He and I had an instant connection, and while I tried to ignore it, I couldn't help glancing at him and wishing things were different. Long story incredibly short, we wound up together. He was a manipulator, cheater, and over-all bad guy, and I was newly 18 and in "love." I got into a huge fight with my father over this guy, moved out to be with him, and was left homeless, penniless, and with an STD - HPV. I was able to contact my mother and moved across the country to pull my life back together, losing my scholarship in the process.
It was here where I discovered that I had the cancerous strain of HPV. After having surgery, I was told I would never have children. This was a huge blow to everything I'd defined myself as, and I was determined to prove them wrong. A year later, I met my husband. Together, we have a good life, 9 cats, and are very content.
Without the chance meeting of the first terrible boyfriend, I doubt I'd have ever met my husband, or have rescued the cat children we have today. I definitely wouldn't have discovered the joy of writing, or ever have felt the passion of creating stories.
While I sometimes feel regret for meeting him, and every poor decision I made from that meeting, all I have to do is look at my kitties, or laugh at some silly thing my husband did, and the regret slips away. And even though it isn't what I planned, I wouldn't change it for the world.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Dictator's Daughter & Scars of Defiance by Lorena Angell

I apologize as I cannot find a cover for this book. Apparently, this series does not exist, even though I have two of the books. Perhaps Ms. Angell removed them, or renamed them for whatever reason. For that, I'm very sorry for you.

 5 Stars

This book was beautifully written and SO GOOD! It's a story of brutal abuse, betrayal and survivorship. Eli's story is gripping, fast-paced, and exciting. I only hope Ms. Angell writes more and brings this series back. I've had this in my TBR pile for a long time and kept passing it over, thinking it would be boring an political, but it was so far from that. Sean is a great character and I have to wonder, how does a good looking, muscular man pull off looking like a woman?

I can't tell you how excited I was to discover the first book in this series on my shelf as well. Be jealous. It's okay. ;)

Just finished the first* book in this series, Scars of Defiance - still can't find either of these books on Amazon or B&N. I'm also still super sorry for you. If you do happen to run across either of these books - pick them up immediately. They're great. :)

Scars of Defiance
5 Stars

Such a good book filled with betrayal, intrigue and suspense. Just as good as the second and I wish I could find more. This author is amazing. She truly knows how to weave a tale that has you hooked and thinking of it long after the story's over.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Binding by L. Filloon

3 Stars
There are apparently two different covers for this book. Interesting. This was a good story that needs an editor. It's a very good story that has you turning the pages for more, but would be so much better if it were edited. I like the idea, the struggles they faced, and the flow of the story. The way the author switched voices at each chapter was fun, if a tad repetitive. I'm excited to grab the next in the series, I just hope the formal language is minimalized in that one. Contractions are your friend.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Readers' Favorite Review

Jean Booth took what could have been a typical zombie novel and turned it into something uniquely entertaining. The walking dead in this book can actually talk, think, and strategize, making them all the more frightening. I will have a hard time getting the images of disturbing scenes that involved so much blood and gore out of my head, which is exactly what I want from a horror story. Not only did I enjoy the violence, but I also found myself caring about some of these characters, which I think is important. A zombie book could be full of action and carnage, but if I don’t care about the people, there’s no point in reading it. So, I give Jean Booth credit for being able to accomplish both. Zombie War is definitely a must-read for any zombie or horror fans. It certainly won’t disappoint. I can’t wait to read more of this brilliant author’s work.
~ Readers' Favorite

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