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
Buy HERE

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!