Monthly Archives: August 2013

Wish by C.H. Aalberry

Today I am reviewing Wish by Aalberry.





Blurb: What’s the most dangerous wish you ever made?

In the magical lands of the Seven Cs, anyone who find a piece of WishStone will have their wishes granted. Some wish for power, some for money and some for magic, but not all wishes end well.

Dak, a weak young orphan, wished himself strong and mighty only to find that his new appearance terrifies everyone he meets. Lae, a thief with a sharp mind and a sharper tongues, wished herself to safety and spent years living in a library, books her only friends. Both want to find the secrets of the Wishstone, but there is more at stake than Dak and Lae realise. Can they put their diffences aside to work together and journey across strange deserts, cold mountains and to dangerous forests in an epic fantasy adventure that might just save the world?

They will need to, because somewhere in the Seven Cs is a piece of WishStone large enough to make any wish come true, and the people trying to find it don’t make nice wishes.

Warning: this book contains magic, mayhem, maps, monsters, mountains, mushrooms and many other words starting with ‘m’. It also contains a small mongrel dog that might have fleas.

My Review: A fanciful book sure to be enjoyed by the younger audience. I had a little trouble with some of switches and turns but all in all a good one. 3 stars.




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The Boots My Mother Gave Me by Brooklyn James

Today I am reviewing The Boots My Mother Gave Me by Brooklyn James.





Blurb: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk through life in someone else’s shoes?

Strong-willed tomboy Harley LeBeau puts you in the boots her mother gave her, as she takes you along her journey of escape from an abusive childhood and the desire to find herself as she comes of age. Made to feel a burden to her father simply by her gender, Harley is determined to prove her worth and independence, leaving the small town she grew up in and the one boy who gave her a soft place to fall, Jeremiah Johnson. Torn between saving herself and abandoning her mother and younger sister, Harley chooses her own life in hopes they will choose theirs, too.

A mature, candid read for everyone. A must for women. The Boots My Mother Gave Me explores the dynamics of abuse and dysfunction, the courage to overcome, the strength in sisterhood, and the ongoing conflict and unconditional love between mothers and daughters. Climb into Charlene the Chevelle for a fast-paced story about a girl who is tough enough to survive and tender enough to learn to trust in love.

My Review: I loved this book. It is so real you feel like you could call up the characters and talk to them for awhile. Coming out of an abusive childhood Harley and her sister have very different ways of dealing with life and commitment. Harley just wants to run and Kat just wants to have what she never had growing up. The amount of growth in the characters is great and even though they will always carry the scars of their childhood you just know they are going to be OK. A must read this book has it all. It will make you cry, laugh and cheer for the characters. This book gets a big old 5 star rating.



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Writing – A Lot


So it occurred to me that I haven’t been around much in the last week or so. Where have I been? Well, I got viciously attacked by a story idea that would not leave me alone.

I started drinking gallons of sugared coffee, barely sleeping, and writing constantly. I wrote so much I even forgot to eat half the time unless my husband put food in front of me and reminded me that I should probably eat. It may be the first time ever that someone has actually lost a couple of pounds sitting still.


In fact, I wrote so much I actually completed the NaNoWriMo challenge in one week. Yes, you read that right. In exactly seven days (this includes the day I took off to recharge by spending the day reading and only a couple of hours writing) I wrote 50,031 words.


I took another day to read…

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Dark Pool by Helen Hanson

Today I am reviewing Dark Pool by Helen Hanson.



Blurb: Maggie Fender’s law degree remains a daydream as she supports her ex-felon half-brother and their incoherent father. Suffering from Alzheimer’s, Dad’s rarely lucid, but when he’s accused of murder, only the gorgeous Russian neighbor flickers Maggie’s hope.

In the news, disgraced hedge fund manager Patty O’Mara awaits trial for bilking investors out of forty billion dollars. The legendary dark pool wizard offered phenomenal profits. But the SEC discovered O’Mara never made a single legitimate investment. His fund was a total scam.

Maggie’s Dad barely functions, but her hacker brother swears Dad is sending them vital messages about O’Mara’s pot of gold. A private investigator hunts for the money and aims to find it before a notorious Russian mobster. When their efforts focus on Maggie’s father, her remaining hope turns to rampant fear.

She’s the only adult left in her family, and her weary camel won’t carry a single extra straw. Her teenage brother’s hacking skills landed his ass in prison, but he swears he was framed. No fans of the Fender family, the local police assume Dad ran away when he goes missing. Maggie will never find her father without help.

But who can Maggie trust when everyone has betrayed her?

My Review: I found this book to be a well written thriller. I really enjoy this genre and was not disappointed. The characters were believable and I really felt I knew them and cared what happened to them. The growth of Maggie and Travis as they dealt with the sorrow of theirs dads cruel disease and the dangers that threaten them was well done. I will have to take the tech stuff on faith as I am computer challenged and obviously investment challenged too as the details of that I got a little lost in. Still very engaging and kept me interested. I would recommend this one. It gets a 5 star.



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Peter’s Out How the Catholic Church Ends by Albert So

Today I am reviewing Peter’s Out How the Catholic Church Ends by Albert So.




Blurb: Peter will be the last pope. Born saintly, and a bit odd, the child, the adolescent, the teen, the young man, and the mature adult experience things that eventually infallible people rarely do: Kills a nun, hangs out naked with the other kids, pretends to say mass, deals with, you know, gay people and deconstructs a two-thousand year-old institution.
This mockumentary is enhanced by factual historical details as well as occasional avoidance of current events. The riveting narrative includes answers to questions that non-Catholics have pestered Catholics about for centuries: “What’s up with The Trinity?” “What’s up with the rosary?” and “What’s up with the Body & Blood of Christ thing?”
For the many unwitting purchasers who will wonder, “Is “Peter’s Out” controversial?” There is only one answer. Is the pope a Catholic?

My Review: I’m not really sure where to start with this book. While is was mildly entertaining I’m not really sure what the point of the whole thing was. Peter the main character seems to bump around life without a clue and ends up Pope. I agree with the premise he wanted to carry out as Pope yet the book just seems to muddle around a lot and not really get anywhere. The book was edited OK and I was able to get through it. It is not a book I would revisit or recommend it to anyone. I really didn’t feel like it answered any of the questions the blurb said it would. I give it 3 stars.



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Kentucky Moon: Solid Ground volume 1 by Cris Coursey

Today I am reviewing Kentucky Moon: Solid Ground volume 1 by Cris Coursey.





Blurb: Lily was alone and out of options. Creed was alone in the world with a secret. They find each other, but can they learn to trust? They had both followed rocky paths in their lives, but could they find solid ground with each other?
A supernatural love story. First of the Kentucky Moon Series.

My Review: Romance and werewolves what more could a paranormal fan want. The developing relationship between young Lily(human) and Creed(Werewolf) is really a sweet and touching one. When Creed finds Lily alone and starving in the woods he can’t help but feel for her and offers her a room and board option in exchange for domestic work around the house. Wary but out of options she accepts. Of course things can’t stay platonic forever and that’s where the romance comes in. I do feel like the characters could be fleshed out a little more to make them more interesting. Too much time is spent just watching TV when it could have been spent building the story more. It is almost as though the author ran out of energy writing the story. Some drama is thrown in however when Creed goes on a hunt and when Lily finally finds out what he is. Her back story really needed some punch to make where he found her believable. All in all though it was a mildly entertaining read. Will I read the next installment, maybe because I do feel like it might get better with time and the authors growth in writing. The editing was decent on this one which is refreshing. I give this book 3 stars.



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Mixed Media by Mahe Zehra Husain

Today I am reviewing Mixed Media( A Step by Step Guide to Creating Beautiful Pieces of Art) by Mahe Zehra Husain.





Blog: Join in the mixed media art fun with this easy to follow guide. Go on an adventure using nothing but items found easily in the home, like dinner napkins, old books, scraps of paper and paint. Learn how to make beautiful mixed media backgrounds and paper and then use these to make 12 unique and beautiful projects.

From frames to mixed media canvases to jewelry, this guide will show you how easy it is to upcycle and create beautiful pieces of mixed media art.

Use simple collage and paint techniques and turn the most mundane paper and junk into beautiful sheets of paper. The ideas and projects shared in this book will help you being your mixed media adventure.

Jam packed with art, inspiration and many step-by-step photographs and videos, this book will show you how to make all the projects and also offer inspiration for continuing your art journey.

The pictures and videos are visually very helpful and accompanied with step-by-step instructions make the projects in this book easily replicated.

Wonder no more about the mysteries of mixed media. Join the adventure today and become a mixed media artist yourself!

My Review: This is absolute must have for the artistic one out there and even for some of us without a lot of talent. One of the great things about the mixed media is there is not a lot of hard and fast rules. You can let your creativity shine. Another thing I really liked about this book is you don’t have to break the bank to get started. There are so many great ideas for the stuff laying around the house that would ordinarily be tossed but can be up-cycled to beautiful art pieces for your home and gifts for the ones you love. Maybe even earn a little in a gift shop. Now the downside. I am having trouble throwing anything away! Seriously though if you like crafts get this book. It is well done. It gets a 5 star.



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