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Catching Up and My Neighbor’s Backyard Voodoo

13 Aug

Helllllllllllloooooo!  It’s been so long!  My life is finally beginning to settle down – a smidge at least.  🙂  So, while I was in the middle of traveling and moving and pulling out my hair, I managed to read a few books.  I thought I would just go ahead and post them on here but first, let me catch you up on my writing.

So, when it comes to erotica, there’s going to be a new kid in town soon, Lynn C.   She’s awesome – trust me.  (wink!)  I’ll keep you posted as to when she releases something.  She has a novella undergoing editing at the moment so, in other words, hot sex and major domination coming at you soon!

As for writing by yours truly, moving and changing facilities for the day job has really set me back.  I’m still working on the sequels for “The Missing Chapters” and “She Knows Something You Don’t Know”.  I don’t have any solid dates yet, but I’ll keep you up to speed.  I may even offer a teaser every now and again.  🙂

On the personal side of things, my new home is adorable!  North Carolina is beautiful but it will not stop raining!  It’s crazy!  I have a new neighbor  – which I’m not used to, and my dog keeps barking at him.  Now, I don’t want to stare, but he seems to be playing with a box in his back yard.  Yes, a box.  I absolutely cannot figure it out.  Maybe he’s aspiring to be a magician.  I’m just not certain.  I would ask him, but since we haven’t met yet, it seems a little odd for me to holler at him across the fence and ask him whats in his little box.  I may not want to know!  All I DO know is that he’s making my dog bark with his backyard voodoo. 

Moving right along.  Let’s talk books!  I gave 4 stars to:

The Festival of the Moon (Girls Wearing Black #2)

by Spencer Baum (Goodreads Author)
Spencer Baum has surpassed the first novel of this series with leaps and bounds by writing “The Festival of the Moon”. The writing style is fantastic and you are brought much more deeply into the story. You also really begin to identify with characters as well as just really hate others. I was completely into to this second installment of the “Girls Wearing Black” series. The plotting and scheming, the lying and manipulating…it was all great fun. I look forward to reading the third installment very much now that I know Baum can deliver like this! While it’s a YA series, it takes on a rather adult feel through much of it – not a bad thing considering the storyline. It’s still safe for the older kiddies but the adults get to enjoy it too. I wouldn’t mind following these characters through their lives as they turn into the same bastards that their fathers are and manipulative witches that are their mothers. Bring it on Spencer, I can’t wait!
 
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I gave 3 stars to:

Tilly Lake’s Road Trip

by Francis Potts (Goodreads Author)

First let me say, the writing is superb and I thought the plot was incredibly original and intriguing. So many areas of the book had me laughing out loud and saying, “What the…?” I also really thought that Tilly was going to turn into a full blown switch hitter – she may yet I suppose. All in all, this was a fun and fresh story that I enjoyed very much. 

Why only three stars, you ask? Allow me to explain.

Where the story grabbed me was with the characters. I love them. They are so fresh and unexpected. The humor was very good and the writing was amazing. Also, the plot was unlike anything I have ever read – the overall plot that is. I love the idea of turning the worst time in your life, into the best time of your life, in such an unexpected way. Tilly’s naivety was also quite endearing for most of the story.

Where the story really lost me was the idea that every single woman that Tilly comes across has secret dreams of taking topless photos, fondling/showering/making out with other women and demanding to have topless photos of themselves on stranger’s phones. It made it seem like it was more of some old man’s fantasy than a novel that’s supposed to be heartfelt and funny. 

I was also quite irritated and bored with the constant repetitiveness. I was at the point where I wanted to skip over the phone calls between Tilly and Anka because it was the same conversation over and over and over and over – literally. It was always Anka asking Tilly if she was going to sleep with Johnny, and that it would make her happy if she did – all in broken English. It was funny the first few times but after that, it became annoying as it seemed to happen at least two or three times a chapter. 

The other major repeat offender was Johnny telling Tilly she was a bad woman and Tilly telling Johnny that he was a bad man and demanding kisses from each other. I mean Jesus – if you want to kiss, just kiss. It was charming at first because they were working through the awkwardness of wanting to do it, but after a while, it seemed like they were saying it every few pages through the entire book. It definitely lost that charm. 

Another point that I found irritating was that I was forced to read the entire play-by-play of a foreign film that they were watching in the story. Was that truly necessary? It went on and on to the point where I finally just started skimming through it until I could get past that part. There was no reason to do it, it had no relevance later. A quick synopsis would have been just fine.

While these things took away some of the enjoyment of the story for me, it’s definitely worth the read. I don’t want deter anyone from reading this book, I truly liked it and am happy that I read it. I just didn’t love it – though I could with some minor editing. The characters are so enjoyable and fun, they make me want to run out and find a Welshman, a Russian and some English women to pal around with – sans lesbian fantasy picture-taking sessions and make-out fests. Potts should truly feel proud of this accomplishment. It was a pleasure. 

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I gave 5 stars to:

A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4)

What can I say? I love these books! However, I am at the point where I find myself wanting to skip certain character’s sections because they bore me. I force myself to read them though because before I know it, the storyline takes a turn that sucks me in! 

If you haven’t read the first three books, for God’s sake don’t start here. You will be utterly lost. Go get book one immediately and dive into a world that is magical, brutal, sensual and sometimes downright fricking sick. One thing’s for certain though, it’s always entertaining! 

If you have already read the other three books, what the hell are you waiting for? START READING book four!

 
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I read more, but that is plenty to get you started!  

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I’ll let you know how well I like it next time.  In true “telling you stuff I like” style, I want to share the most awesome thing with you.  Since I moved into my new house, I really am anti-hole-in-wall where decorating is concerned.  I never used to be like that, but then, this is my first brand new house.  Well, I decided to try out these Command strips to hang my pictures.  HOLY CRAP!  I now have about every product they make!  They are amazing!  If you want to hang stuff with no holes in your wall, this line of products is what you’re looking for!  There are different weight capacities, so make sure you look at that before you hang something or you may not have success.  Check ’em out!

See you next time!  Happy Reading my friends!

New Year News and Other Stuff I’m Rambling About

31 Dec

It’s hard to believe it’s New Years Eve again – how’s that for a colloquialism? It’s even harder to believe that we all survived the wrath of the Mayan calendar, I kid. I have been enjoying my ten days off from the day job. It has been very relaxing. During this time I have been writing and reading, reading and writing. Simply doing the things that I love to do. It has been GLORIOUS! I can only hope that everyone else has been able to do the same.

Now, down to some news. I have begun the sequel to my first novel, “The Missing Chapters”. It’s been easier than I thought to re-engage myself with characters that I created nearly four years ago. The big change will be the narrative of the story. It will not be in first person this time. The main reason for this is that there are a lot more story lines going on – many more characters insights and perspectives that need to be given. I think my readers will appreciate the change as switching from that many characters in first person would get pretty crazy! I don’t know a release date yet, but it will be 2013. As I mentioned on gr and fb, book two of “Death’s Gift to Sabrina” will be released first – no date on that one yet either, but look for mid-year more than likely.

With all of the reading I have been doing, I have also been doing a lot of reviewing. Some of the reviews, I think I will start sharing on here because some of the books I’m finding really deserve the attention. I’m going to start that now. Yesterday, on a whim, I borrowed a title from the Kindle Lender’s Library entitled, “Sometimes Never”. It is a mature YA novel but you do not have to enjoy YA novels to appreciate this one. It was amazing. Please check out my review below. Happy reading!

Sometimes NeverSometimes Never by Cheryl McIntyre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kudos to you Cheryl McIntyre. This is an amazing story on a very disturbing yet very real problem that is done with sensitivity and taste. I had to take a moment to collect myself before I could even write this review. I’m still at a bit of a loss as to what to say because this book has completely overwhelmed me – and that does not often happen to me anymore.

The complexity of Hope is magnificently crafted. Her vulnerability is consistently masked with her vicious strength, bitterness and sarcasm. You find yourself truly caring about what happens to her and at times, you want to reach inside the pages and shake her to get her to stop hurting herself. This character broke my heart.

Swoop in Mason, an equally damaged soul, who is trying to work out his own issues but realizes that Hope’s problems are much more serious than his own are. He makes it his goal to earn the trust and love of this broken girl knowing that he can help her and that she in turn, can help him. She quickly becomes the only thing that matters to him and the only girl he has ever loved or could ever love.

Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was always off a bit. I love that! I’m fairly certain that there were several times that my heart skipped a beat as the story unfolded. Truly well done. I was also enticed by the love scenes, definitely mature YA and very intense and realistic. There’s also some m/m going on with Hope’s gay best friend Guy, who happens to be completely adorable and enjoys public exhibitions in the movie theater apparently. You still have the same teenage angsts, twist and turns that are commonly found in YA novels however, this story touches on a much deeper and darker part of teenage life that is truly heart wrenching and disturbing. The writing is impeccable and I highly recommend this novel. I would give you more stars if I could. This novel truly touched me.

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Another Day at the Office

15 Sep

Hello Readers,

It’s been one of those days where things just wouldn’t seem to go right!  But I haven’t let it get me down, I’ve simply stuck with my motto regarding tough times, “Laugh or cry!”  I choose LAUGH!  🙂  Besides, once I left the day job, it was time to get home and relax a little before doing what I really love to do, WRITE!  Which leads me to an update regarding the novel I’m currently working on.

So I took a few days off to freshen my perspective and now I am ready to get back to it!  I hope that everyone is enjoying my novel that is currently available.  I have a lot of requests to write more about Kellan, Jessica and Alicia – I’m flattered and happy that people love those characters as much as I do!  However, my current project is not about our old friends the Delfords, it is about some entirely new (and hopefully just as lovable) characters who leave for a fishing trip and find themselves in some dangerous, comical and certainly unique situations with a little romance thrown in the mix.  🙂

Anyway, I’m off to get crackin’!  Have a great weekend everyone!

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