Showing posts from July, 2017

I Am So In Love With Books

Ahhh, books! How much do I love thee?
More than I realized, apparently.

While I was on my little hiatus from the reading and internet world last week, I went out into the real world and did something I hadn't done in years. I visited a brick and mortar independent bookstore and spent hours browsing. I looked at every used title and realized I owned many of them (oops) and then I went over to the new section and tried to touch them all.

It was heavenly.

You all need to do it at least once a week if you don't already, even if you don't buy anything (I didn't, I really wish I had but tbr guilt stayed my hand). Go, look, touch, smell (well, maybe don't smell if they look anything like this!) and savor the bliss that washes over your soul. There is nothing quite like it. I used to do this when I was young and free and had all the time in the world. I worked next door to a used bookstore and the employees all knew me by name and usually had a stack waiting just for me. I…

Audio Review: Last Night with the Duke by Amelia Grey

It was a lackluster love affair but the narration was lovely.

Last Night With The Duke by Amelia Grey, Narrated by Alison Larkin
Historical Romance, 9+ hours
Book #1 Rakes of St. James
Audiobook Released March 2017 by Tantor Media
The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind-until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity. Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin. His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist. She can't afford to be distracted by his devilish charms, because the stakes are so high for his sisters' debut Season . . . unless one of London&#…

What I Learned While On A Blogging Break

Hey all, I am back from my vacation and I read ZERO books. I know, I know. I completely unplugged and checked out but doing this refreshed me and I am ready to read through my entire TBR pile so I can start buying new books again without feeling the guilt.

Hey, it could happen.

Okay, maybe not . . .

While away I had a little time to ponder a few things.

I Have Realized I Do NOT Do Well Blogging Ahead

Nope. It is not for me. I had 15 posts scheduled a week or so before I went missing and had hoped to stay that way but I CURSED myself, as I usually do, by being all industrious and organized. Instead of staying ahead I frittered away my time doing other things and used up all of my reserved posts in record time before I had realized it was even happening!

I am going to continue to wing my way through blogging. I hope you don't mind. The rest of my life is pretty scheduled with workouts, budgets, menus, work . . . Reading and blogging are my outlets to do what I please, whenever I ple…

Taking A Little Blogging Break

Hey, everyone. I have fallen incredibly behind due to work, life, laziness . . . In an attempt to prevent burnout, I am planning to take a week off from blogging to refresh, actually get some books read, and catch up with my comments and resume visiting all of your lovely blogs. Talk to you soon!

Review: Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen

Starts out draggy, ends beautifully  . . .

Her Name In The Sky by Kelly Quindlen, Narrated by Piper Goodeve
Lesbian Young Adult, 11+ hours
Audiobook Released April 2017 by Tantor Media
Hannah wants to spend her senior year of high school going to football games and Mardi Gras parties with her tight-knit group of friends. 

The last thing she wants is to fall in love with a girl--especially when that girl is her best friend, Baker. 

Hannah knows she should like Wally, the kind, earnest boy who asks her to prom. She should cheer on her friend Clay when he asks Baker to be his girlfriend. She should follow the rules of her conservative Louisiana community--the rules that have been ingrained in her since she was a child.

But Hannah longs to be with Baker, who cooks macaroni and cheese with Hannah late at night, who believes in the magic of books as much as Hannah does, and who challenges Hannah to be the best version of herself. 

And Baker might want to be with Hannah, too--if bo…

Can't Wait Wednesday: Lady Castle by Delilah Dawson

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

To find out more about linking in visit the Can't-Wait Wednesday page at Wishful Endings here.

Lady Castle by Delilah S. Dawson
Scheduled Release: October 24, 2017
Amazon ♦ Goodreads

When the King and all the men of the castle die, it’s time for the women to knight up.

When King Mancastle and his mighty vassals ride off on a crusade, the women left behind are not at all put out—that’s a lot less armor polishing to do. Of course, when the men get themselves eaten by a dragon and leave a curse that attracts monsters to the castle . . . well, the women take umbrage with that.

Now, Merinor, the blacksmith’s wife is King, Princess Aeve is the Captain, and the only remaining (and least capable) knig…

Author Feature: Hitting the Cons with Mark Cassell

Today I welcome author Mark Cassell to talk a little bit about hitting the cons. I've never been to a convention but hope to change that one of these days. If you missed my review of Mark's newest work yesterday, Hell Cat of the Holt, please click here to check it out.

Hitting the Cons 
Over the last few years here in the UK, the comic convention scene has exploded. More venues around the country host them with some fantastic guests giving us the opportunity to meet our heroes, whether from our childhood or present-day. Plus it’s great to see the incredible effort people go to with their costumes, taking the experience of visiting a comicon to a more personal level. Walking the con with pride, these cosplayers become their heroes.

Stalls vary from creative-minds to collectable shops. We have artists and authors like myself, prop builders and gamers, clothing and comics and everything between. All of this in a venue charged with an atmosphere impossible to imitate elsewhere.


Review: Hell Cat of the Holt by Mark Cassell

Got a Hell Cat? Me too!

Hell Cat of the Holt by Mark Cassell
Horror Novella, 193 Pages
Series: A Shadow Fabric Mythos Novella
Released June 1, 2017 by Herbs House
Shy accountant Anne returns to the village of Mabley Holt to piece together her life after a family tragedy. When her cat vanishes, and a neighbour claims to speak with his dead wife, she soon learns there’s more to the village than any resident dares admit. In search of her beloved pet, she discovers not only family secrets but also revelations of a local legend. 

As she treads an unsteady path between folklore and fact, her confidence in where she grew up begins to crumble. Into hell. 

Set in the bestselling Shadow Fabric mythos, Hell Cat of the Holt is not just a ghost story, and is much more than a black cat sighting. 

A Supernatural Suspense Thriller 
From Mark Cassell, author of the best-selling supernatural horror novel The Shadow Fabric, this novella further explores his expanding occult mythos. 

My Thoughts

Retro Review: The Moan For Bigfoot Anthology, Volume 1 by Virginia Wade

Because if it "awes" Anne Rice, you know you have to read it!

The Moan for Bigfoot Anthology, Volume 1 by Virginia Wade
Monsterporn, 110 Pages
The love... the sex... and the endearing characters of Virginia Wade's naughty Bigfoot saga set out for another adventure. As featured in the October 2012 issue of Penthouse Magazine!

"...I am in awe!" - Anne Rice

"Right mix of horror and erotica" - Scarlett Jones

"...the abduction of the three girls by an old woman and her 'son' leonard the bigfoot is treated like hostel; where the porn world meets the horror world. and it's not at all bad." - Karen Woodside

Volume 1 of The Moan For Bigfoot Anthology contains books 1, 2, and 3 of the Moan For Bigfoot, Monster Menage Series. 

Moan For Bigfoot
If you go into the woods today...

On a weeklong outing in Mt. Hood National Forest, what begins as a flirty, fun-filled trip soon turns into a nightmare, when an ape-l…

Review: The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker

A tense thriller and an in-depth look at a twisted all American family and it's all in one book! Also, don't forget to enter the Giveaway!It's ending tonight.

The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker
Thriller/Serial Killer Fiction
Released June 27, 2017
The most anticipated thriller of the year - Optioned for both film and television

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called, “A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind.”

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive. 

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the m…