Friday, December 30, 2016

Hangover Musings

Ok. I read the reviews. I was bored...
That's a lie.
So I've created a protag that my readers either love or hate, and I couldn't be happier. After much debate, I've decided that it's the perfect situation. Not everyone will like my work...I get that, but I only ever wanted to write to effect and judging by the reviews I am doing it right.

One can make an evening out of review reading--it's actually quite entertaining. I must say that book reviewers have made an art out it and are brilliant writers in their own respect. Black Heart Reviews makes me laugh every time.

I never read a review for a story that I want to read, but after I've finished, I read the reviews to see what others thought--it's always a healthy mix of love and hate, so...

My point to this post? Last night, I was snuggled on the couch, feeling indifferent about committing to a read, when I started reading reviews...three hours and a bottle of red or two later, I lay in bed pondering it all, feeling satisfied, that my books are doing exactly what they should be doing--entertaining and/or pissing readers off 😊 either way, I'm thankful they took the chance on my work.

That's all. Must get back to the cave. XX


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Best Reads of 2016

Narrowing it down to a top three was almost impossible, so I went with a top five this year. All different genres, and all are stories that truly amazed me; some left me in tears, some in awe, but all left a mark on my reading soul. My tribute to this year's best reads: Thank you to the authors for taking me away, from the blah of everyday boredom, and entertaining me--affecting me. XX


#1 Corvino: Loved this story the absolute most!
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#2 Third Time Lucky: Notting Hill Gossip
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#3 Bound by Steel
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#4 Broken Crown
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#5 Game of Thrones
Needs no introduction...is truly an epic fantasy series...



Friday, December 23, 2016

Best of 2016 Part Two: LM Foster

Next to Dan Brown, no other author has been able to yank my chain like this one.

While nosing through Facebook groups, I came across this book: Peter's Sisters. I rarely read the posts in this one group, but this night in particular, I did and I am so glad. What started as a lengthy debate over a cover grew into one of the best collaborations that I have ever experienced--authors coming together to help one another. As indies I feel like we get the shaft in many ways, so it is nice to see fellow authors connecting and helping each other improve the odds. Anyway, one thing led to another, and I assisted with this books updated cover creation.

Of course, being the book junky that I have always been, and knowing that if I came across this book on Amazon I would want to read it, I had to read the book. What. A. Ride.

Another thing led to another, and I am now assisting with the recovering of her other books. I am now a HUGE fan and I am slowly getting through her vast library. BUT the best part: I truly feel as if I have made a friend, someone I can commiserate with on this journey--she gets everything that I do and somehow we just mesh. What blows me away with each flip of the page is her unbelievable talent; this woman is going places and I will happily cheer her on. Her spins on all things occult, incubus, succubus, theoretical, mythological, and psychological are sassy, hilarious, a bit on the crazy side (but in a fun way), and intellectual--she obviously did the research and doesn't flake out with the usual romantic drab. You will think the story is going one way and then BAM she spins your head by changing direction, usually in a jaw-dropping kind of way. And I am always able to connect with the characters in a meaningful way. Her writing is intensely insightful...I could go on, but the point that I am trying to getting across, is you need to read her work.


Peter's Sisters was so well done that I decided I had to put it out there in Blog Land. If I had one complaint about this book, it would be that it left me with a severe case of FFS (Fiction-Fucked Syndrome). I literally sat there with my jaw hanging open after the last page, wondering wtf I just read and then spent the rest of the night going over the story in my head, trying to figure it out. I LOVE when I can put a book down and it still messes with my head for several more days...that's where I'm at, but definitely a MUST READ.





Corvino: Foster has over twenty books to choose from, but Corvino grabbed me, so I jumped in and once I started it, I was in for the long haul--real world be damned, I sat and read the entire book in one day. At the time, I had recently lost my dad to heart failure and was looking for escape--I got it and then some...

This was my first experience with an incubus tale and I was completely blown away. It starts off with a captivating mystery, as Rae experiments with a drink that she thought was Absinthe but turned out to be a potion; a potion that first lets her party with the dead and then she later discovers that it provides wild, sexy dreams to her person of choice (as long as they are alive). It's pretty crazy and I wondered at about the halfway point what was coming next because I know with Foster that I am going to be blown away.

Enter Corvino: the sexy incubus that Rae inadvertently invites into her world. Rae is more or less along for the ride and doesn't want to give up her newfound toy, but wants to be realistic...
Corvino isn't prepared to atone for his sins and therefore will only be there for physical pleasure. They connect and it evolves and the ending is so beautiful and spiritual...the quoting of my favorite piece of poetry, sonnet 43 from the Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, near the end was my undoing. I burst into tears as this was the poem I had chosen for my dad's funeral.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

I finished the book with a feeling of peace and awe and appreciation for Foster's writing that I can't explain, but I am now obsessed with her so I'm now a dedicated fan...I have to keep reading. Something about Corvino hit close to home, during this particular moment in my life; it was both uplifting and relieving in so many ways.

A Passing Resemblance:

'Have to hide the crazy. Have some dignity.'
Yup, those two sentences had me and I instantaneously knew that A Passing Resemblance would be awesome. As usual Foster stole my time with another of her impeccably written tales that spun me around in circles, leaving me stunned and again...blown away.

Marina's first love leaves her broken and she eventually becomes obsessed with men she can't have...not so known actors, musicians etc. But what seems like some lite fan girl stalking soon escalates in the most hilarious and maniacal way. There were many laugh out loud moments as Foster spun this tale from the point of view of an obsessed fan and I felt myself siding with her crazy antics--recalling my days as a crazy squealing teenager.
Duck Feet:
Duck Feet is a saga-like story and a wonderful journey into the lives of a unique family. Foster takes the time to weave the tale slowly but with skill and perfect pace, revealing the history or each character and intertwining them in such a magnificent way.

Evie returns home with her boyfriend after the death of her grandma. It is revealed that her grandfather disappeared many years before and the death of her grandma causes Evie to wonder--and then investigate. It is a story revolving around the strange disappearance but it ends up being so much more!

For the first half of the book, I kept wondering what duck feet had to do with anything, but as the tale turns, I got my answer. This book had romance, mystery (lots), witchcraft, and all the fixings for a perfect read that I couldn't put down.

The mystery kept building right to the very end with a surprise ending that was both gruesome but lovely...I expect nothing less from Foster, whose writing I am now addicted too.

One Wild Ride: a series that sums up what happens when you read Fosters novels...Reviews to come--I'm saving this lovely three part series for my Jamaican vacay, but I have had a peek and am really REALLY having to restrain myself...

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Best of 2016: Part One--Susan Ward

The Half Shell Series by Susan Ward
Sometimes you have to brag about something you read that was so profoundly AWESOME that you feel others should read it as well. This is how I feel about the Half Shell Series by Susan Ward. This series will grab you and take you on a fantastic emotional rollercoaster ride, leaving you breathless.

I find a lot of books via Twitter, so when this came across my feed, I thought I would give it a shot--the photo/post was really hot, which helped, and it was new adult, which is my thing. Having never read a Rock Star Romance before, this was new and exciting for me. I wasn't prepared for how addicted I would become...like five books in one weekend addicted. Yup. FIVE BOOKS! That is something new for me as well, and the hubs seriously had to fight for my attention that weekend, let me tell you!


While fighting the need for a cigarette (it's that steamy), I lived and breathed this series for one whole weekend, and I can honestly say that I have no regrets. Manny was so swoon worthy and his on again off again romance with Chrissie was so hot
and frustrating and angsty that I couldn't stop. I simply had to know what happened next. I lost count of how many times I shouted WTF, and just when I thought the two would finally get their happily ever after...BAMMM...it went another way. At times I was close to tears...let's just say that this series left a mark on my soul. I still think about it as one of the best series that I have ever encountered and I read A LOT!
This is an epic love story that follows Chrissie and Manny from new adulthood to middle age and it so deserves to be shared--thus the blog post, because you know, the whole point of loving a book is sharing it with everyone else :)
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A Week in the Life...

Last Wednesday: "God, I can't wait to get out of this freezer."
Last Thursday: Race to the airport, flipping Regina off as we soar above the clouds.
Last Friday: More flying, but thrilled as I deplane in Mobile, Alabama to 23 degrees and sun on my face.
Last Saturday: Husband's work Christmas party, a lot of vodka, a lot of wine, and...I can't really recall the rest :)
Sunday: Hangover
Monday: Race to the airport, crying as we soar above the clouds, leaving the warmth for the frigid fracking cold...
Yesterday: Happy to be home to see my babies, but tired AF from 18hrs of flying only to be dropped into a -40 HELL that has literally frozen over...
Today: Faaaacccckkkkk...Reality bites--I miss Mobile :(

Monday, October 31, 2016

Sneak Peek for You!


Prologue
An invisible force, beyond her control, steered her through the dark, second floor hallway towards her bedroom door. Apprehension mingled sadistically with a hint of terror, and it lingered in the air like a sick stagnant fog. The need to catch her breath, in protest of the ominous air, forced her to pause outside the sealed door. Closing her eyes, she sucked in one sharp breath before moving forward. She opened her eyes and stared at the door while delving deep to muster the courage to open it.
Intense trepidation had a grip on her mind, making it impossible to be rational. The other side of that door held the reason for her unease, and the impending doom taunted her without mercy. Something horrific waited for her—something that made her stomach clench and her heart ache. Attempting to shake off the uneasy feeling that weighed her down, she rolled her shoulders and stepped forward. Her hand trembled uncontrollably as it reached out—but hesitated when it came to rest on the smooth, brushed brass handle. Instincts voiced their silent concern by shrieking in her ears, urging her to turn and flee, but idiotic curiosity compelled her to move forward, so she turned the handle and eased the door open.
The master bedroom that she and her husband Greg shared was empty. Greg’s bedside lamp provided the only illumination in the room, but it was enough to clearly define the liquid that dripped down the wall at the head of their unmade bed. Stepping closer to the bed to investigate, she stopped dead in her tracks, gaping at the thick, crimson liquid that trailed down the wall and gathered in a pool on Greg’s pillow. She recognized the strange substance as the same life force pulsing through her veins with incredible ferocity.
Her mouth opened, prepared to release a scream, but icy terror paralyzed her vocal chords, so she turned and ran from the room. If she knew anything, it was that she needed to escape. With Greg unaccounted for, she had to save herself.
Tearing through the house, she made her escape through the patio doors and raced down the shadowy street. Convinced that a malevolent being pursued her, she glanced back several times, expecting to discover the culprit, but the only thing hot on her trail was senseless fear. Desperate to outrun it, she propelled her legs to the brink of agony, pushing through the pain until the world began to spin out of control. Her thoughts, a dizzying mass of confusion, forced her legs to stop. Her eyes searched in the dark as she tried to steady herself and form a plan, but her swirling mind made it impossible to go on, and she lost her balance, collapsing into nothingness...
As if she had really fallen, a full-body convulsion rocked Cassie Woods from her dream. Gasping for air, she clutched her chest while trying to gain control of reality. She turned to examine her husband’s sleeping form, but Greg Montgomery slept soundly—oblivious to her current state. Trembling with fright, her gaze shifted to the wall above Greg’s head.
No blood. “Oh, thank God!” Cassie whispered, releasing the breath she had been holding in.
Totally shaken, Cassie sat for several minutes, waiting for the terror to dissipate, her heart rate to normalize, and the tremors to wane. She rarely had nightmares, but that dream was awful—something happened to Greg in it, but she had no idea what. Shaking her head at the ridiculousness, Cassie lovingly admired her sleeping husband while reasoning with herself. Whether the dream felt real or not didn’t matter because Greg was unharmed, so there was no reason to be upset.
Common sense couldn’t erase the unease that had control of her body, and the thought of being sucked back into the same nightmare made it impossible for her to return to sleep. Leaning over, Cassie smoothed a wisp of Greg’s coarse brown hair away from his eye, and kissed his cheek. Rather than waste time stressing over a nasty dream, she could make use of the quiet. It was almost six o’clock, and she didn’t have to be at the office until nine, so she decided to go for a jog to clear her head.
Dressed in a grey track suit, Cassie gathered her thick, straight, slightly-longer-than-shoulder-length, medium brown hair into a pony tail, started a pot of coffee, and stepped outside. Her feet pounding against the pavement echoed throughout the sleepy predawn neighborhood that glowed beneath the shimmer of streetlights. Her warm breath mingled with the dank mid-September air, cooling her body as it passed through her lungs. It was the ideal temperature for a jog, and normally it would feel amazing, but her mind was preoccupied with images from the nightmare. Cassie shuddered as she recalled the blood on the wall. What would have happened to Greg in her dream if she had slept long enough to find out? Probably, she didn’t want to know.
Although Cassie couldn’t completely shake the uneasy feeling, she planned to ignore it by running until the high freed her mind from the negative effects of the dream. Forcing herself to change her mindset, she thought about making breakfast for Greg, and how nice it would be to enjoy a leisurely meal with her husband.
The opportunity to chat was rare because they were usually busy with conflicting work schedules, so they had to take advantage of every moment together. Suddenly appreciative for the fact that Greg was safe, Cassie wanted to spend as much time with him as possible…starting now. Pushing past the pain in her legs, she raced home, eager to be with her husband.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

LoveBooks: Book Spotlight: Sexy Bits by Remi Wild

LoveBooks: Book Spotlight: Sexy Bits by Remi Wild: BUY HERE Imagine a twenty-three-year-old virgin in this century...then imagine that virgin stranded at an adult nude sex resort. Thanks to my bestie, I am forced to participate in the vacation of her dreams, while trying desperately to hold onto my v-card--okay, so I'm not trying that hard. It's pretty difficult to hold onto something when your host for the week could melt butter with his gaze...

Facebook Giveaway today and tomorrow HERE


Thanks LoveBooks XXOO

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Eagle vs the Crow

I was blessed to see a Bald Eagle this weekend. This is a rare occurrence and the Cree superstitious side of me welcomes the good juju. HOWEVER...

A few hours before the sighting, I had the misfortune of hitting and killing a crow...I was mortified. Especially since it became lodged in my grill and I had to stop at the nearest town and beg a SaskPower man (who is nameless, but I now love) to help me out. He did, thank GOD, because I don't know what I would have done if he didn't. I was literally hysterical and losing my shit.
I love birds. To me, there is nothing more majestic than a bird soaring up above. They are my favorite of all species, so this was devastating for me. Also, killing a crow is BAD JUJU, so I pray, I pray, I pray that the two balance each other out...If I had dressed in black and buried it, my luck would have remained intact, but there was no way that was happening, since I was in the middle of Nowhere-Saskatchewan. He did get placed in a field of tall grass, and I cried, so I like to think that is close to a burial...

Does black lingerie count? I just hope the bad juju gods understand...

Fly with the angels sweet crow. XX

Now I must focus on the good juju (I can't think about the poor dead crow and the potentially shitty luck coming my way).

When an Eagle appears to you it means that you are being put on notice. they are a symbol of strength and at the time that I saw him, I was feeling awful for killing a crow, so...
Eagle totems appear to inspire (push) you to reach higher and become more than you think you are capable of. They tell you to be courageous and really stretch your limits and see what you can do. They bring a sense of courage and a desire to explore and grow. To dream of a flying eagle or one who is perched high signifies good fortune or victory coming your way. If it scares you or attacks you it means there are some self-imposed limitations you need to push through.

The lesson of the eagle is to take a look from where it sees. You must have the courage to relinquish stale and comfortable habits and beliefs to soar into unknown realms and new realities - continually expanding your view. Now is the time to take full responsibility for your life and be prepared for instant destiny. As your spiritual awareness increases, the positive and negative ramifications will become more immediate and have greater force.
reference for above: http://www.pure-spirit.com/more-animal-symbolism/629-eagle-symbolism

Friday, October 14, 2016

Orion is Out of Quarantine


Under Orion's Belt is officially out of quarantine on Kindle Unlimited. I have changed the cover and lowered the price for those interested in this sexy new adult romance novella.

Sometimes the worst moment leads us down the best path...
An unexpected discovery forces Zeta to face her worst fear--loneliness. Her only consolation is her love of astronomy, and it is under the blanket of stars that a forbidden rendezvous takes place.
She wants more than one night...
He refuses to take their affair further...
Zeta goes to ridiculous lengths to bring him back to her, even if her plan is stupid and maybe a little dangerous.



Now available in ALL ebook formats
Kobo: link to follow...
Nook:
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Amazon: http://amzn.to/2dZnkvA

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Right Place, Right Time

Most of my books are found perusing Twitter, Facebook Groups, or Goodreads Groups (where I found this lovely).
This one was a gift from the gods!
Right place, right time...seriously.

Bound by Steel makes me thankful for my passion for reading and appreciative of the time I took to thoroughly immerse myself within its pages.

Well! Where to begin...holy crap just about covers the feeling while reading this book. I started it and finished it in one (very long) sitting with hand on my chest gasping as I flipped the pages! This book is AWESOME!

What struck me from the first page was the characterization; Ryker and Lyra are both conveyed in a believable way, from simple mannerisms to conversation to thoughts. There were moments where I had to remember that the book is authored by a female because Ryker's character was so spot on masculine in every conceivable way.

I loved that the story is told from both perspectives, with a few others tossed in to keep me on my toes: At first, it was the steamy connection between Ryker and his rescue, Lyra; the steam literally floats off the pages, and I had many jaw dropping moments, and that was just the sex--there is a lot of that (trust me, I'm not complaining).

BUT, it's not just the sex...the plot was incredibly well-done! Lafortune had me from Part One to the end and just when I thought I had an understanding of what was happening, she completely blew me out of the water, and not just once, it happened again and again. Wild read--LOVED it!
I'm giving nothing away, except to say that not everything is as it may seem.
Definitely worth my time and five stars doesn't even cover it!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Chiclit AWESOMENESS

I read Victoria Browne's previous novels and LOVED them, so the release of Third Time lucky: Notting Hill Gossip was eagerly anticipated. This sequel to Third Time Lucky the Honey Trap was well worth the wait.
This book is chiclit at its finest and is professionally written and presented.

The story continues for Sarah and her friends as they move into new and exciting chapters. Sarah takes a job in New York and meets Nathan, a F1 driver. The pair immediately connect and as their relationship blooms, Sarah is forced to cope with the challenges of being with a celebrity. Her relationship with her friends is close and humorous and at times jaw-dropping, but well-conveyed.

As you read the romance, there is a build of mystery surrounding Sarah's bestie Laura and it culminates into an emotionally surprising twist at the end. What I loved most was the relationships in this story between Sarah and her friends and how their unconditional devotion to each other is tested; the best being how they overcome it and learn to love each other for who they are. On this journey, I laughed, I cried and became involved in this exciting read that spans the world from London to New York to California and then back to New York.
The ending was beautifully emotional and brilliant.
Easy five star read!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Changes and Thanksgiving Love

If you haven't had a chance to purchase Under Orion's Belt, now you can download it for FREE!!! But only until October 11th....
It will be coming off of Kindle Unlimited next week. I am going to give it a chance with the other major retailers as I have had success with them.

My experience with Kindle Unlimited hasn't been a bad one, just that I am broadening the horizons. I like to give each of my books a stint on KU once a year, but Orion has been on there all along...call it laziness, because that is really what it is :)








Wishing all my Canadian peeps a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with turkey, great reads, and love.

We have been slowly getting back on track in our house after the loss of my dad. It has been a time of sorrow and new beginnings. We are trooping on: smiling, laughing and enjoying life, as he would have wanted.

Not having my dad there to carve the turkey will make the day difficult but I plan to stuff myself with pie so who cares about the bird, anyway...

MWAH

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

How do I love thee?

It has been a trying time for me and my family. Losing my dad was a blow that none of us were prepared for. I have been in tears at the most ridiculous times and find myself evaluating every aspect of life.

After a couple of weeks of insane sorrow, I decided to relax and read a book, something I hadn't done in a while because I just couldn't settle in. I had just started Corvino by LM Foster prior to my dad's passing and wanted to get back into it, not realizing the connection made on a religious/spiritual level throughout the book. It happened to be the perfect book for me to read after such a loss.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book because the cover was a bit dark,  but the blurb was intriguing, so I was curious because I had read Peter's Sisters and enjoyed it (seriously, it was amazing: see FFS-Indeed), so I figured this had to be good. Good will never cover the emotions I have after reading this book.

What can I say about this author? She is a phenomenal author who writes with professional skill, passion, humor, meticulous organization, and she clearly puts a lot of research into each book.
This was my first experience with an incubus tale and I was completely blown away. It starts off with a captivating mystery, as Rae experiments with a drink that she thought was Absinthe but turned out to be a potion; a potion that first lets her party with the dead and then she later discovers that it provides wild, sexy dreams to her person of choice (as long as they are alive). It's pretty crazy and I wondered at about the halfway point what was coming next because I know with Foster that I am going to be blown away.

Enter Corvino: the sexy incubus that Rae inadvertently invites into her world. Rae is more or less along for the ride and doesn't want to give up her newfound toy, but wants to be realistic...
Corvino isn't prepared to atone for his sins and therefore will only be there for physical pleasure. They connect and it evolves and the ending is so beautiful and spiritual...the quoting of my favorite piece of poetry, sonnet 43 from the Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, near the end was my undoing. I burst into tears as this was the poem I had chosen for my dad's funeral.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

I don't think, next to Dan Brown, any author has been able to yank my chain like this one. I finished the book with a feeling of peace and awe and appreciation for Foster's writing that I can't explain, but I am now obsessed with her so I'm moving on to the next book...I have to. Something about reading this book hit close to home, during this particular moment in my life; it was both uplifting and relieving in so many ways.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Broken-Hearted

I've been lost for days...wallowing in the deepest inconcievable sorrow. If you're reading this, it won't inspire.

After a short, horrifying struggle my dad has passed from heart failure. I cannot even describe the pain, the shock, the complete familial confusion. This man, Smiling Bill, held us all together with his ever-present smile, brimming with optimism, his cheesy jokes, and his unending fierce love.

To say the least we are devestated, lost...

This past week, I have seen things that I wish I hadn't, and they are burned in my mind's eye, BUT...as awful as it was, we were there until the last beat of his ginormous heart and now we struggle to hold our family together, united by his dying wish--to take care of mom and each other.

I can't even begin to know how...but we are trying.

Please understand, when I tell you that all publishing, writing, etc., is put on hold. My family comes first...as it should be. Things will come...slowly.
XO

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Peter's Sisters: FFS indeed...

Well hell, I veered away from my summer TBR just slightly. But I had to. I came across this book in one of my authors groups as the author was looking for opinions about the cover...one thing led to another and I assisted with the latest cover creation. LOVE this :)

Of course, being the book junky that I have always been, and knowing that if I came across this book on Amazon I would want to read it, I had to read the book. What a ride.

The story starts out with Sue in a mental hospital, but we don't exactly know why. The story begins to take shape and it is revealed that she has a secretive relationship with her step-brother Peter. Life circumstances happen and Sue acquires a step-sister named Bonnie and she becomes Peter's love interest/step-step sister.

It's a bit twisted (I love that about it), and I had many WTF moments, but what I loved most about this book: the phenomenal writing (witty, professional, and raw), the character development (none of the characters are heroes or heroines and they're all totally nuts), and the interplay between the two points of view (Sue and Bonnie). The plot is masterfully written, but that is all you get from me--read it to find out the rest :)

This book was so well done that I decided I had to put it out there in Blog Land. If I had one complaint about this book, it would be that it left me with a severe case of FFS (Fiction-Fucked Syndrome). I literally sat there with my jaw hanging open after the last page, wondering wtf I just read and then spent the rest of the night going over the story in my head, trying to figure it out. I LOVE when I can put a book down and it still messes with my head for several more days...that's where I'm at, but definitely a MUST READ and of course, I'm adding ALL of LM Foster's books to my TBR. The woman has a gift for the written word and she is a bit crazy (but in a fun way).
5 BIG SHINY GOLD STARS
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Descended from Dragons: and I am in Love...

 
I found Descended from Dragons: Moonlight Dragon book one, while roaming aimlessly through posts on Twitter. The first thing to strike me was the cover; it is absolutely stunning and thought-provoking. I immediately downloaded it to my Kindle account, but sat on it for awhile, because like an idiot I read the reviews, and like an idiot I got discouraged by a couple of haters. As a neurotic, I should know better than to read the reviews on Goodreads, but I did...
 
I got over it and this past week, I added it to my TBR and then decided, during a moment of craving for something different, that I would give it a shot--WIN, WIN FOR ME.
 
When I was a little girl, I spent countless summer days with my grandma and most of that time was spent playing dress-up; she had the most amazing collection of jewelry. I loved one item in particular--her Cameo. I used to fantasize that the Cameo could talk and she would tell me secrets. Some of my fondest memories as a child were with my grandma, so when I came across the snooty uptight Cameos that loved to put their two-cents in, within the early pages of this book, I was hooked--connected to the story by my remembrance of my grandma's Cameo but the connection didn't stop there...
 
This unique urban fantasy had magic--so did the writing, and it pulled me into the story of a sassy Las Vegas pawn shop owner named Anne Moody whose familiar is a Chinese dragon named Lucky. Anne lives in the back of her pawnshop and it is described as cursed, but is haunted in the most disgusting way. Having been exposed to oddities, curses, and horror on a regular bases has numbed Anne to a typical human reaction and her cynical point of view is often hilarious. At times she comes off as numb to the world around her, but she is still a passionate hot-blooded woman, determined to prevent demons from taking over her city, while trying not to jump her gargoyle, Vale.
 
The author used the glitz and glory of Las Vegas to create the sense of magic hidden within the secretly cursed city; a community of magic creatures, of all types, that are controlled by the Oddsmakers. Having been to Vegas, I could see every detail described by the author and could totally relate to her twist on it's reality.
 
This was a unique read for me, but I couldn't put it down because I loved the use of humor--it made the story feel authentic and relatable. I laughed a lot, so much so that my husband would toss me looks of annoyance (he does this often--I live to annoy him, but with love).
 
So this is a shout it loud from the rooftops FIVE STAR read for me...obviously. I have already started on book two, Hunting Down Dragons.
 
This book is available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Not a Happy Place

My blog is a happy place... where I like to share my love of reading and joys in life...not today. Today, I digress, for today only...I won't give hate anymore than this...
There is so much in my heart today that I can't even breathe. Our neighbors to the south need help! I pray for Obama, a man who has fought hard for change and peace...What is happening to his people?
And the one running (I won't even say his name), who instills hate into the American people...he blatantly promotes it and like stupid fools, his followers are fully on board. Go ahead, elect that bigoted idiot and see what happens to your country--to your people (ALL of them). 
But this isn't just about the USA. We ALL need help? When did we become so sure that our personal beliefs (religions, race, sexual orientation, etc.) are the only ones that matter? Every corner of the earth is tainted with the blood of hate. I can't even imagine watching the man I love and father of my child get shot by a police officer, in front of his child, because of the color of his skin and...well that's really about it. And, getting a call that my wife or husband, child, or parent had been shot, at a peaceful protest because of the color of their uniform. DEVESTATION: no other word describes that kind of sorrow. The sad part is that out of tragedy comes more hate...
Can someone create a vaccination that makes us all colorblind? Even better yet, one that makes us immune to being hateful.
HATE breeds more hate, and it's offspring have run rampant in our world. Peace and love have been sitting on the sidelines, fighting, but it feels more like a war and the haters have weapons...lots of weapons--powerful ones.
None of us feel safe. As I sit and ponder where we have landed at this point, I can't withhold the tears. Our children aren't safe. They aren't safe at home, at school, at the playground, anywhere, really...None of us are safe. Even, living in a democratic country, where we are supposed to feel free, but we feel trapped--we are not safe.
And all the sugar-coating and blaming... I'm sorry, but when you have zero respect for life and feel it is your right to take it away, then you shouldn't have the right to live. This should apply to all people: yellow, blacks, whites, greens, law enforcement, every religion, believer, and sexually orientated human, (EVERYONE). That may sound harsh, but where has all this judgment and hate gotten us?
Prisons are crowded with people who have perpetrated heinous crimes, all in the name of hate, and we give them rights? We try to rehabilitate them.
Why? 
If you make the choice to take another life, you shouldn't have the right to live. Period. There are no excuses and sure you could sit around and come up with all kinds of 'reasons' but the fact remains that there is NO EXCUSE. A choice is a choice and we all have to live with the ones we make. And many have to live with the ones that some random hater with a gun makes. It's terrifying and so sad that words can never cover the stupidity, loss and deeply-ingrained pain. 
Things ARE getting worse, and until we adopt a zero tolerance for hate and START LOVING AND ACCEPTING EACH OTHER, nothing is going to change.Those with hate deep in their soul cannot possibly imagine a world of love and peace because they don't know any different. AND guess what? They should still be held accountable for their crimes against humanity...just them, not the peace-loving people who happen to wear the same color uniform or skin tone as the hater's target.
So this post is all I intend to give this: I'm taking action. I will be loving my peeps and our world that much harder and hugging my babies tighter...because you never know when some asshole is going to take love from you. The best retaliation against hate is to LOVE! Love harder, love longer, and most definitely love MORE...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Summer Reading List: I won't see daylight

Check out the books I have on my Summer 2016 TBR for July and August. I think I am more excited about my vacation, knowing that I have some amazing reading adventures waiting for me...I'll try to socialize a little. I love that my list has something from a bunch of different genres pleasantly mixed between mainstream and indie; the Moonlight Dragon series will be my first venture into urban fantasy...so excited!

Assuming I get through them all, I will post reviews on Goodreads and my favorites will make it to this blog...


 

 

 



 



 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Summer TBR: Beautiful Creatures

As with most reader, my biggest problem is finding the time to devote to my passion for reading. I cannot believe how fast my TBR is growing, but I'm super excited to dive into Beautiful Creatures.

This one has been on my TBR for a while, but I have finally decided that it must be read...ASAP :)
I expect to become one with this read, spending several long snuggly hours on my couch with a glass of Malbec, chocolate, and whatever else my heart desires.

Beautiful Creatures by 



What an Adventure!

I've been pondering this book since finishing it days ago and I feel like now I am ready to write this review. Vesta Mansion Trilogy – part one – The Power Inside had everything a fantasy should have and literally something for everyone. It's the kind of book that absorbed me with every detail and enough mystery to keep the many pages turning.

Alex Aylward is a regular guy, down on his luck, and not living a happy existence...he is barely existing. Then, out of the blue, he is introduced into a world where his life changes in every possible way. He is rich, has and acquires many daughters, newfound health, and special abilities. It's the average Joe's dream come true, but it comes at a hefty price and not without problems.

He discovers that he owns a mansion and decides to renovate it so that it is the perfect home for his daughters. But, the mansion is alive with a spirit he fondly calls House. The conversation (telepathically) between these two is often comical, but definitely interesting...

There is so much going on in this book, that it is difficult to pin it down. Lovers of witchcraft, demons, wolves, and pixies can find something in this book. The many characters make for an interesting read and the connections made by each character keep you guessing.

I loved being involved in every aspect of this story and it quickly became a read that I couldn't put down. I fell in love with Rho and the girls; I laughed, cried and had some WTF moments, but mostly I just enjoyed the journey.

This book is for all ages. There is a bit of violence, but it is definitely not graphic and there is no sex. Could easily be a YA read.

Of course I loved this book, so it is an easy rating of 5 STARS: The work and imagination invested in this book doesn't deserve any less.

It is available for purchase on Amazon or Kindle Unlimited to borrow for FREE and I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

July 2016 Comment Challenge

I am participating in the July 2016 comment challenge hosted by Lonna @ FLYLēF and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense.


Check out my buddy JM Cabral at Book Freak Revelations

Monday, June 27, 2016

Vesta Mansion: So Happy I finally Reached It!!!

This novel has been on my TBR list for a long time. I'm not sure why I waited because I absolutely loved P.A Priddey's short collection An Experiment in Emotions...Priddey is quickly becoming one of my favorite indies.

I finally cracked Vesta Mansion last night and have to say that it is a pleasantly twisted and frightening surprise. I still don't know WTF Alex is though. I wanted to put this up there for those looking for a dark fantasy that could probably be YA as well...so far nothing too graphic...

I will keep you posted.
It is available for purchase on Amazon or Kindle Unlimited to borrow for FREE and I highly recommend it!
REVIEW will be going up as soon as I am done :)

SYNOPSIS: The Vesta Mansion Trilogy – part one – The Power Inside
A story of magical creatures, witches, a warlock and his demons, set in modern-day United Kingdom.
Alex Aylward could only get around with the aid of a walking stick, so he never expected he would be running with wolves.
He never imagined he would have to save the daughters he never knew existed, fight demons, and live in a haunted mansion.
But when he dreams of future events, it all changes, secrets hidden for thousands of years are soon revealed.


Friday, June 24, 2016

The Girl of Sand and Fog: My Heart Aches for More!

As usual there are no words that can possibly describe the awe I have for Susan Ward. She has quickly become my go-to New Adult Romance author. I adored the Half Shell series, so I had to move on to read Kaley's story.

Broken Crown was the perfect introduction to Kaley's POV in the Girl of Sand and Fog series. Kaley's a spunky, spoiled rock star brat with so much heart and passion that my heart actually ached for her throughout this book.

I laughed, I cried, I had many WTF moments (as per usual with books by Susan Ward),and when the book ended...I want more!

This book took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride and I loved every second of it. It's the kind of book that stuck with me for days after reading it...

I am moving on to the Affair without End series now because I need more Jack and Linda. Haha :)

Don't worry, I will totally be blogging every book by this author. She's AWESOME!!!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Oops...I've fallen behind again

Yes, I know. I am late with Floozies and Fallout...
I have no excuse, other than life, you know...and sometimes I don't write when I should, ha-ha. Plus, it is summer and I have been actually enjoying the beautiful weather. We only get so much sun before it gets frakkin cold and those days are writing days :)

I have three projects in the final stages, and in the interest of not being one of the authors that doesn't deliver as promised, I won't give release dates...yet.

I will say that Floozies is close, but I'm still not happy with it...
I'll post links and social media the crap out of it once it is released though.

Patience my beauties ;)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

My Shady New Addiction

If you read YA or NA paranormal/fantasy romance and you're into the vampire thing, you know that Bella Forrest has dominated the categories for years. Of course I was curious, so I started the first book and now I can officially say that I am addicted to this series. The writing is AWESOME, the characters are complicated and angsty and extremely well-developed, and the world of the Shade is perfect as the backdrop for this series.

It took me awhile to actually crack this book because I was torn after reading reviews, but I ignored them and moved on. The passion in the writing, caused me to experience a myriad of emotions at various points of the book and I was left feeling awestruck, in love, and desperate to move on to the next book.

I am in love with this love story!

I'm also not going into great review detail as with this series it has been done to death. I will move on to the next book and see where it takes me. I'm totally in, but I'm also a bit hesitant as there are so many books, I wonder at what point, if any, that I will get bored.

If you are a YA PNR fan and you love being taken away on a long emotional ride, this is a great series. The best part is if you have Kindle Unlimited (and this isn't a plug for KU, just a fact), you can get your fix for only your monthly subscription fee which is great because there are almost thirty books in this series...

Friday, May 27, 2016

Craziness...and More Craziness

This post will be more on a personal level, so that my readers know what's happening in my world.

My followers know that I acquired two large breed puppies in September...well, they are both broken. One has a sprained front leg and the other has a sprained back ankle. SOOOOOO much fun!!! The front leg injury happened because they are constantly roughhousing and the hind leg injury happened when she stepped into a hole in the ground (that they put there) while roughhousing.

Let me just say that having two adolescent large breed puppies on strict rest is not fun. They are both practically jumping out of their skin and absolutely devastated that they can't play catch. Poor sad babies...

As I convalesce my fur babies, I am racing around the city like a mad woman trying to get my boys to their soccer games, plus working a full-time job and writing. Let's just say that I have received some strange looks for my often frazzled appearance on the fields or for showing up in heels and a skirt looking totally badass (okay, so this never happens), but hey, I'm getting the job done and not gracefully!

Those who love me ignore the fact that my house looks like a bomb went off in it, or they are too afraid to say anything...either way, I'm good.

So just like all of you, juggling life can be a struggle, but it is awesome...I'd be bored any other way :)

Happy Memorial Weekend to my American peeps. you deserve a break!!!


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Is this a thing?

I'm going to grunt! This sort of ruined my day.
I have been addicted to a new adult paranormal series that is really popular (not naming names). There are 9 books, and we fans have been waiting for two years past the promised publication date for the final book...then I find out that the author is rewriting all the books in the series and "cleaning" them up for YA. WTF? Is this a thing? Why would she do this?

Now the final book, that I know would have been awesome because she is an awesome writer, is going to be YA and "clean"...SO if I want to enjoy the final book that I have waited for, I have to purchase and reread the entire series to fully get it...and this is a complicated series so I WILL have to reread everything...the upside is she is an amazing author...but I'm not impressed. As a reader, I feel like she should at least have given the final book a stint before changing the entire series...I feel like I wasted my money for no payoff and now I will have to spend more to get the final book...GRRRR!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Floozies and Fallout NEWS!

Having had two bad experiences with editors, I think that I finally found the one! That being said, the work involved with overhauling the Third Eye P.I. series has been nothing short of excruciating. BUT, it's totally worth it. Third Eye P.I. book one has been polished (again lol), and will be uploaded this week. Floozies is in my new editors hands. I am hoping to have it polished and re-released by June 15th. In the meantime, I have unpublished it from all sites as I feel like it needs the extra love and I want my devoted readers to love it...

P.S. Remi has some exciting news coming soon...stay tuned

Friday, April 29, 2016

Five Books in One Weekend!

Sometimes you have to brag about something you read that was so profoundly AWESOME that you feel others should read it as well. This is how I feel about the Half Shell Series by Susan Ward.

I find a lot of books via Twitter, so when this came across my feed, I thought I would give it a shot--the photo/post was really hot, which helped, and it was new adult, which is my thing. Having never read a Rock Star Romance before, this was new and exciting for me. I wasn't prepared for how addicted I would become...like five books in one weekend addicted. Yup. FIVE BOOKS! That is something new for me as well, and the hubs seriously had to fight for my attention that weekend, let me tell you!

While fighting the need for a cigarette (it's that steamy), I lived and breathed this series for one whole weekend, and I can honestly say that I have no regrets. Manny was so swoon worthy and his on again off again romance with Chrissie was so hot and frustrating and angsty that I couldn't stop. I simply had to know what happened next. I lost count of how many times I shouted WTF, and just when I thought the two would finally get their happily ever after...BAMMM...it went another way. At times I was close to tears...let's just say that this series left a mark on my soul. I still think about it as one of the best series that I have ever encountered and I read A LOT!

This is an epic love story that follows Chrissie and Manny from new adulthood to middle age and it so deserves to be shared--thus the blog post, because you know, the whole point of loving a book is sharing it with everyone else :)

I am moving on to the next book in the Sand and Fog series this weekend. I have been saving it, and believe me it's been hard, so that I could devote my weekend to getting swept away...because you have to be committed :)


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Also, I love the cover art...check it out. The Half Shell Series and book one of the Sand and Fog series.









Thursday, March 31, 2016

Sexy Bits and Lessons Learned

Sexy Bits is probably my favorite writing experience to date. Writing this new adult romance was definitely an eye opener, and this first attempt at first person point of view took much longer than expected. I could have written three more books in the time it took to edit this one...so many drafts. Even though I pissed my editor off, repeatedly, I finally finished and absolutely love the result.
I adored the process.
There is nothing better than a writing challenge :)

Check it out here on Kindle Unlimited!