An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about a certain fantasy book by a debut author. I like fantasy and all its sub genres, but it has to be good fantasy. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean there can’t be magic and all the other fun things that come with the fantasy genre. I mean, why read it if all the fun bits are missing. But it has to make sense. It has to have logical flow. Some fantasies are just a mishmash of ideas and scenes shoved together into one book without a cohesive relationship.   But […]

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No Falling Allowed

No Falling Allowed

I began reading No Falling Allowed by Melissa West late last night. As in: I-have-three-kids-on-summer-vacay-and-will-be-awake-before-the-sun-and-I-should-have-already-been-in-bed-and-fast-asleep late last night. But I was anxious to begin and promised to: Only read one chapter. Every reader’s famous last words.   Well, luckily for me I hadn’t charged my Kindle. I was 31% into the story when it died. I spent the next few minutes cursing it and complaining that the charger cord was too short to reach my side of the bed. Then, reluctantly, gave up and went to sleep. If my Kindle hadn’t died, I would have stayed up all night to […]

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There’s a Dragon in my office

There’s a Dragon in my office

When I hear the term Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), I immediately think of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I think most writers think of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome sometime in their career. The simple act of typing, repetitively striking keys with our fingers, makes us susceptible to it. So when the pinky and ring fingers on my left hand started to go numb, and I had a strange tingling sensation, I chalked it up to the old writer’s pal: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I’d read a little on WebMD and the symptoms aligned (WebMD also told me I had some off the wall, weird, […]

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The Ex Trials

The Ex Trials

A feel-good romance about forgiveness and second chances. If you are looking for an independent female protagonist, and a strong, swoony leading man, Casey and Cole of The Ex Trials by Heather Topham Wood will likely fit the bill.   There is a nice subplot in the story which gives it more meat. Although the secret Casey is keeping is easy to figure out, there’s enough tension to keep readers flipping through pages to get to the end.   As far as mechanics go, there were some issues, such as typos, wrong word usage, and awkward wording. And there were […]

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Waking Olivia

Waking Olivia

I’m going to be honest, I almost didn’t finish Waking Olivia. My first impression as I read the beginning few chapters was: the character calls the leading guy an asshole too many times (or dick or something similar). And I wasn’t able to understand why she thought he was such an ogre.   Thankfully, I’d read enough good buzz about the book that I kept reading. And it wasn’t too long after my initial thoughts of abandoning the book that I found myself finishing it. Because, somewhere along the line, the story sucked me in so completely, I forgot I […]

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Suffer Love

Suffer Love

Suffer Love is hands down one of my favorite books so far this year.   First, I really like the cover. It’s simple, but eye-catching. I have a thing for covers. I love them. A good cover can set the tone for the book before a reader even reaches the first words of the story. In the case of Suffer Love, I think the cover fits the story wonderfully. It reminds me of an important scene in the story between Hadley and Sam.   I always look forward to the point in every story when I understand the meaning behind […]

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The Useful Book

The Useful Book

My family and I just moved from the Houston area to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This means we’re in a new home. Our new home has things that must be fixed and/or things I’d like to do to personalize it.   Enter: The Useful Book.   And, wow! I love this book. I usually don’t get too excited over nonfiction. I’m more of the “story” type of person. But, seriously, this book is awesome. I mean, how in the world have I lived so long without it? It has a little bit of everything inside:                Need to learn how to can? […]

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Blitz: Musings of an Earth Angel

Blitz: Musings of an Earth Angel

  “Musings of an Earth Angel” is a mystical story that’s fresh, inventive and will linger with you long after you are finished reading. Spirit junkies will relish this exciting new adventure and hunger for more.” -Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times best-selling author of Miracles Now   Purchase by Suzanne Adams Release Date: September 11th, 2015 About the trilogy: 22-year-old Samantha Kingston had the perfect job, perfect boyfriend, and perfect Friday nights. When disaster strikes she loses everything and is propelled into a journey where evil and good, dark and light are battling for her destiny. Will the Demon Brigade […]

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The Billionaire’s Ballet

The Billionaire’s Ballet

I love it when I find an author who writes consistently good books. The type of author that, when given the chance to read/review their work, I don’t hesitate to say yes because I know it’ll be a book that will not only be written well, I’m almost guaranteed to enjoy it.   I know Deanna Roy from her Forever Series, which I read and reviewed. (Unfortunately, some of my reviews were lost in the shuffle when I switched from Blogger to WordPress, but you can still check out the few that survived the transition.) Even though I knew she […]

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Something More Than This

Something More Than This

Something more than this was a good read. It’s the first of Barbie Bohrman’s books I’ve had the opportunity to review. And I would read her work again.   The plot centers on Katy, Dylan, and Conner. But before you stop reading, there isn’t really a love triangle. At least, not the way I define them. Katy is confused when her old crush, Conner, comes home to visit. She has trouble relating how she felt about him in high school to how she feels about him now. Dylan is her best friend and boss. When Katy becomes jealous of one […]

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