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Remedial Rocket Science: A Romantic Comedy Susannah Nix

I think this die-hard fantasy nerd is falling in love with romance books, especially romantic comedies. This book is a good example of why. It was a lot of fun to read. I like, Melody, the main character because I have walked in her shoes so many times and if I haven’t I have friends who have. She was such a real character. The author created the plot and all the dialog so it was easy to get into her mind and laugh when she laughed and cry when she cried. All the supporting characters were just as strong and well-developed. We get to see not only the male love interest grow throughout the story, but also a few of the minor characters as they work to accomplish their goals.

I enjoyed the way the author incorporated pop culture references. It added a sense of comfort because I totally knew what she was talking about. I also liked a female lead who came from the science world which is typically not a female domain. The author did a good job reminding us of the lead’s computer background without making any of her descriptions too difficult to understand.

Since it is a romantic comedy there is a lot of predictability. However, I never felt like the story lagged and I just had to finish reading it so I could see how it ended. It was a fun to read and gave me all the feels of a good rom-com. It’s a great nod to the genre.

 

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Rocket science is no problem. Falling in love, on the other hand…
College student Melody Gage is craving a night of no-strings fun when she meets charming out-of-towner Jeremy, and that’s exactly what she gets. Until three years later, when Melody relocates to Los Angeles and finds herself thrust back into Jeremy’s orbit.
Not only does her hunky one-night stand work at the same aerospace company where she’s just started her dream job, he’s the CEO’s son. Jeremy’s got a girlfriend and a reputation as a bad boy, so Melody resolves to keep her distance. Despite her good intentions, a series of awkward circumstances—including an embarrassing crying jag, a latte vs. computer catastrophe, and an emergency fake date—throw her together with the heavenly-smelling paragon of hotness.
As the billionaire playboy and nerdy IT girl forge an unlikely friendship, Melody’s attraction to Jeremy grows deeper than she’s ready to admit. How much will she risk for a shot at her happy ending?
The debut novel from author Susannah Nix, Remedial Rocket Science follows in the tradition of contemporary romantic comedy favorites like Penny Reid, Sally Thorne, and Jennifer Crusie. This lighthearted second-chance romance is the first in a series of standalone romcoms featuring geeky heroines who work in STEM fields.

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Susannah Nix lives in Texas with her husband, two ornery cats, and a flatulent pit bull. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, knitting, watching stupid amounts of television, and getting distracted by Tumblr. She is also a powerlifter who can deadlift as much as Captain America weighs.

 

 

 

 

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Gone with the Dead edited by Lori Perkins

I am not a huge Gone With the Wind fan (please don’t throw rocks), but I am in love with the antebellum south. And if you read many of my reviews, you know I love a good paranormal story line. So this anthology of short stories truly felt like a good fit for me. I enjoy reading anthologies because I get introduced to several authors at one time. There was not one author in this group that I had heard about before reading this. Now I’m in love with each one of them and added several to my TBR.

Not everyone likes short stories, but I love them. I honestly think they are harder to write because there is limited space to tell the story. Each one of these authors did a fantastic job of creating powerful stories that started with a bang and ended with an even bigger bang. The plots moved fast, the characters were well-developed, and the stories felt original. It’s hard to say which were my favorites. There was only one I could not finish and that was no because it was written badly. In fact, it was written so well it gave me the willies. It was about bugs and I hated bugs. If a gun was held to my head and I had to pick two, I would pick “A Piece of Him” and “A Ferocious Blossom”.  But trust me when I say all these stories were good. It would be fun to read some of these for a Halloween book club.

 

Gone with the Dead
An Anthology of Romance and Horror where Gone with the Wind meets The Walking Dead!
When a convention of more than 4,000 romance writers and readers descends upon Atlanta Georgia, it can only mean one thing…a mash-up of two of the finest Georgia traditions.
Erotic romance anthologist Lori Perkins has brought together 16 tales of Southern love and death in this unique short story collection.
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Christina and the Virus by Sarah Bale – A Dead Man is Hard to Find by Ellay Branton – A Piece of Him by R. L. Merrill – A Happy Medium by Freddie Milano – Bait by Isabelle Drake – Bloody Line by Carolyn Haven – Devil’s in the Well by Harley Easton – A Ferocious Blossom by Marie Piper – Kissing Summer by Megan Hart – If I Only Knew By Genevieve Williams – Animals by Sue Ayers – Dogs of War by Andrew Robertson – The Music Man by Kimberlie L. Faye – Fallen by Xio Axelrod – Leftovers by Cassandra Chandler – Here for You by Kate L. Mary

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Terri Luvs Characters #1- Rhea

So the first thing I have to ask you is with everything you have seen and all the lives you have lived, what has been your favorite time and/or event from the past?

Hello, Terri. First I am very pleased to meet you. Thank you for your interest in my story.

When you have seen the world quite literally evolve, it is difficult to select one time period over another. Remember I have witnessed eons passing and participated in countless cultures and civilizations. Personally, I prefer a simple life, less populated areas, in sumptuous and luxurious surroundings. The Egyptians lived quite pleasantly. However, I confess the world today is enriched by the immediacy of technology. Imagine how medicine has evolved since the Black Plague. I continue to be amazed by all technological toys. Who would have ever thought a self-driving car or flying one, might be possible and yet, they are both almost here.

Despite everything, I believe my time in Russia during Peter the Great is my favorite moments. I still have the malachite and diamond necklace he gave me.

You have mentioned before how much you enjoy the company of other extraordinaries liked you. Do you have a favorite extraordinary? 

How wonderful of you to use my favorite terminology. Sounds so much better than saying “supernatural,” does it not? I was very good friends with a Slyth, someone I loved when I was first born. I flew with her while I was still a phoenix and we remained companion friends until sometime during WWI. A bomb blast destroyed her when she was caught in the after effects. I miss her. Since then, I must say my friendshp with Drahomira makes vampires my new favorite.

Tell us a little about Dra, your BFF. Is she really as scary as she seems?

If I do not say ‘yes’she will kill me. (laugh) Let us say only that Drahomira is her own woman and if you are her friend, she is loyal to the death. She can be quirky and irreverent and I am still growing accustomed to her sense of humor. She does like to joke about death. Some people definitely find that scary.

With all the countries you have lived in, which is your favorite and what brings you to the US?

I am a devoted fan of Scotland. The lush, rugged landscape reminds me of Atlantis’ countryside. I miss the crags and bogs as well as the forests and cliffs. And the secret coves there are magical. That is where I met my first fairy, you know.

Can you tell us how you made Reaper, the wolfhound, immortal or is that one of those “once I tell you I have to kill you” kind of things?

Now a woman has to have some secrets. I think I will say simply that there are many extraordinaries who have owed me favors throughout the millennia. Once in a while, I seek one.

When you think about the future, what do you dream about?

Oh this is easy. My beloved mate, my one true love. Phoenix are mated once and there are no seconds. Our mates are not supposed to die without us. I dream of not being alone.

What is your favorite pastime?

I love to read and listen to music. Do you play the piano? I love listening to Rachmaninoff.

If I were to take you and any key historical person out to dinner, who would join us and why?

Again, you ask me about the multitudes of people amid countless civilians. Since I have mentioned Peter the Great will skip him. Let me see. I suppose I would enjoy a dinner with Empress Jinju of Japan (169 AD-269 AD). She was probably the most famous of the first female martial artists (onna-bugeisha) and quite proficient in weaponary. I learned much from her.

You have so many hot men in your life, like Viseral. Can you tell us more about him?

(laugh) Have I so many hot men in my life? Oh I think the Archangel might scowl at me for that thought. I hope you will come to know many of the people I cherish. Some of them are women, too.

I ask everyone this. You can only have five books on your bookshelf. What are they?

My dear, you ask me to chose from my library of the world. It is impossible. I will give you a few favorites. The first complete book must be a Dutch dictionary, the Woordenboek der Nederlandsche Taal. It was completed in 1998 after 134 years. It is only 40 volumes printed. Then I must add the Complete Works of Plato’s dialogues, the Taoism of Lao Tzu, The Compendium of Sherlock Holmes (I love his sleuthing) and The Great Book of Forgetting, of course.

Perhaps one day soon I will add one of your books to my library, yes? We’ll see Rhea 

Thank you for sitting down with me. I hope you will visit me again soon. How about sometime before Halloween?!

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Rhea is a Scarlet Phoenix, the last of her kind. Born in Atlantis, she became a citizen of the world, a living legend to many civilizations. Long ago, sages prophecised that she and her mate were destined to bring a new future to the world.When her mate was murdered, Rhea abandoned her land, escaping the most dreadful cataclysm in Earth’s evolution.As she evolved with humans, her visage manifested as Isis, Kali, Freya, Vestra and so many other deities, and she fought alongside many warriors in the Dark, Middle and Medieval ages. She spends her life making the world a brighter place. Familiar with most of the supernatural creatures alive today, she works on building an understanding of them with mankind.

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Learn more about Rhea and all her friends in the upcoming novel TIME AND BLOOD (October 31, 2017) written by Sherry Rentschler or check out the other novels in the Evening Bower Series/World, MIDNIGHT ASSASSIN- A TALE OF LUST AND REVENGE & THE GYPSY THORN.

 

 

 

Let’s Chat- Violet Howe

Violet Howe enjoys writing romance with humor. She lives in Florida with her husband, who is her knight in shining armor, and their two handsome sons. They share their home with three adorable but spoiled dogs. When she’s not writing, Violet is usually watching movies, reading, or planning her next travel adventure. You can follow Violet’s ramblings on her blog, The Goddess Howe.

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I saw on your blog, that you’ve planned weddings but you also had many other jobs. So why did you choose wedding planning as the background for your series? And just how does one emcee a crab race?

 Wedding event planning allows you a unique window into other people’s lives. You are privy to family secrets, family dynamics, relationship issues, budgetary issues, and you get a front row seat to the drama that plays out which can be good and/or bad. Truth is quite often stranger than fiction, and what I saw and heard doing weddings was sometimes inspiring, sometimes revolting, and sometimes downright unbelievable. But all good stories, nonetheless. Throughout the years and the many events I participated in, I always said that one day I was going to write a book about those experiences. When I decided it was to be a fiction novel instead of a memoir, I wove together bits and pieces of many different people and events along with imagined people and events to create the weddings in Tyler’s fictional diary.
I got roped into being a crab race emcee as  favor for a friend with an entertainment company. He wanted someone who was comfortable speaking and performing in front a crowd (check), someone with a great imagination who could spin a story and engage an audience (check), and someone who wasn’t afraid to laugh at themselves and encourage the crowd to laugh with them (check). It didn’t hurt that I was also loud! The key to emceeing a crab race is to get the crowd pumped up and excited even though NOTHING is happening.

The crab races were usually a feature of a Key West-themed party for convention guests, and we had a special crab racing table (complete with checkered flags and a finish line) and a team of crabs adorned with racing numbers. Some crabs didn’t move at all, others moved in the complete opposite direction of the finish line, and some were more interested in the other crabs than in making progress. None of that mattered as long as the crowd was having fun. I encouraged them to choose their racer and cheer loudly, and I would talk in rapid-fire play-by-play reports on the megaphone. “He’s ahead by a claw.” “She’s pinching her way to the finish line.” “He loves the attention…it’s really bringing him out of his shell.” The cornier, the better.

On your blog, you mention you believe stories can “Transport us some place we’ve never been.” When you’re stressed and need a happy place to go in your mind, where do you go and why?

I love to get lost in a good movie or a good story when I’m stressed. I can fully immerse myself into what’s happening with the characters and allow my own life to become background noise as I live in the world on the screen or on the page. At night, when I’m trying to go to sleep and it’s hard to shut down my mind with the recap of the day and the worries of the day to come, I will close my eyes and picture a white sand beach (Pensacola Beach to be exact!). I try to hear the sound of the waves crashing and the distant murmur of people’s laughter and conversation with strains of music and the occasional call of one seagull to another. I try to imagine the feel of the ceiling fan’s air across my limbs is the gentle sea breeze and I imagine my worries and stresses being carried out in the gulf by the waves.

 Tell us about the Goddess Howe blog?

The Goddess Howe Blog started in 2012, when i first left teaching ro pursue writing full-time. It began as a way to express myself with words and pictures and to reach out and find if anyone was listening. It is a basically a collection of personal essays–some funny, some self-deprecating, some inspiring, some thought-provoking. With an occasional movie review or checkout line frustration tale thrown in for trivial measure. Before I began writing novels in earnest, I tried to publish there weekly, and I also used the blog to share my love of photography with a somewhat regular feature called “Saturday Through My Lens.” I set the same goal with the blog that I have set with my novels….to make people think and to make people laugh. Unfortunately, as publishing and marketing have taken the bulk of my time, I have been delinquent in keeping the blog current. But I set a goal this summer to return to The Goddess Howe’s essays once a month moving forward. I did get one published for August already, so hopefully I can stay on track!

Where did you get the idea for The Wedding Planner series?

 As I mentioned above, I had always thought I would like to write about the wedding experiences I had and share the unique view a planner gets into what is considered one of life’s most important events. I was working on an as-of-yet-unpublished novel in 2013, and I signed up to participate in Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) on October 31st that year. Nanowrimo is a global challenge for writers to get 50,000 words on the page in a 30-day time period (November 1-30). I thought it would be a good shove for me to finish that novel that had been languishing on my laptop. However, after signing up the night of the 31st for the event starting the next day, I read the fine print. (Always a good idea to read it AFTER signing up, right?) The guidelines asked that it be an original work, not one that was already started. Since I was four chapters and most of an outline into the novel I’d planned to write, I went into panic mode wondering how I was going to come up with an idea for a completely different story in a matter of hours. They say “write what you know”, so I fell back on my wedding experiences and began to tell wedding stories in a diary format. As I wrote, I ended each diary entry with a bit of reflection on the wedding and its participants, and with those reflections, a character began to emerge who was telling the story. It became her diary, and the story became more about her coming into her own as an adult and coming to terms with the reality of love and romance vs. the fairy tale idea of it she had clung to her entire life.

You travel to a lot of cons and reader events. What is your favorite part of doing that and how important has that been for your success?

My favorite part of cons and reader events is definitely meeting people. Readers, organizers, and other authors. In my career as a wedding planner and in my time as a teacher, I was part of a team environment. Writing can be a very solitary existence, and I missed the camaraderie and support of having a network of people surrounding me. Meeting other authors at cons and events has built up my network in this industry, and the knowledge they have shared and the support they have given has been crucial to my success. Being able to meet readers and discuss our mutual love of books and characters has been incredible. I have found new books to read, new genres to love, and new ideas to challenge me through the readers I have met. I have also found the indescribable joy that comes from opening your heart and your mind to put your characters and their story out in the world and have readers embrace them and love them. Publishing can be a very vulnerable experience that leaves you feeling exposed, but when someone shares that they’ve found something of value in your words–that it made them laugh, made them think, or allowed them to escape–it is an amazing reminder of how we’re all connected and on similar journeys.

You mention your involvement in community theater. Tell us a little about some of the plays you did? What was your favorite? How has this helped your writing career?

 I have been involved with the Moonlight Players Community Theater in Clermont, Florida since 1996. Unfortunately, I haven’t been on the stage in quite a while since my time and creativity has been devoted to writing, but it is still alive in my heart, and I would love to be back under the lights someday soon. My favorite roles are not only due to the character I played but also tied together with the cast I belonged to. Each cast is like a family with its own dynamics and personality and style. I’ve made lifelong friends through the theater, and you bond very quickly when you’re sharing emotions in such a public way. If I had to pick favorites, I would say my roles in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and Rumors would be near the top, but my all-time favorite role was Annelle in Steel Magnolias. (the Daryl Hannah character if you saw the movie!) Annelle went through a grand transformation in pretty much every scene of the play, and it was fun to play so many different aspects of one character. I think theater has helped my writing in that I see the entire scene as I am writing it. I think of the “props” and the “set” and try to describe them for the reader much like the stage directions describe them for the actor. I believe doing so helps immerse the reader in the story more fully, and allows them to hear what the character is hearing, see what the character is seeing, and feel what the character is doing. I also find that I write in scenes rather than by an outline or linear timeline.

 Tell us about your writing process and what keeps you motivated.

 I try to stick to a schedule of writing on Monday-WednesdayFriday and doing marketing, social media planning, and business on TuesdayThursday. Doing so allows me to set aside the “boring” or “taxing” parts of the business on my creative days, and it allows me to not feel guilt for not writing on business days. However, as I get close to the climax and ending of a book, that plan goes out the window and I write every single day, every single night, until all hours of the night! (And fall behind on EVERYTHING else!) I stay motivated by the stories that are constantly going on in my head, the character dialogue that is non-stop chatter underscoring everything else I’m doing or thinking about, and by reading books and watching movies that inspire me to write!

What are your future plans in regards to writing?

 I am working on the second book in the Cedar Creek series, and I have at least three planned for the main characters, Sloane and Tristan, as well as a spin-off for Tristan’s brother, Holden. I have two stories set on different horse ranches I’d like to get out next year, one of which I am planning to publish as part of a “Meet Cute” promotion with other authors. At some point, I want to get back to that unfinished novel that is still waiting since before my Nanowrimo project began, and I also have a couple of other ideas in the pipeline that I’d like to see developed into full novels.

I’ll buy dinner for you and any author or book character you would like. Who’ll join us and why?

Diana Gabaldon and Jamie Fraser! One of my dearest friends nagged me for over a year to read Diana’s Outlander, and when I finally got around to it, I flew through the entire series and became obsessed!! I am in awe of her writing style and the way she brings her characters to life for me and immerses me in their world and their lives to the point that I feel they are family members and I miss them when I’m not reading! I’m always impressed with her mind and her wit in interviews and on her Facebook page, and I would love to sit down and chat with her. And Jamie because, well, Jamie! He’s the King of Men. haha Her hero is tough, intelligent, powerful leader who is also tender, passionate, and so funny that I often laugh at loud at his dialogue. I have quite the book boyfriend crush on Jamie Fraser…me and several hundred thousand others!

You can only have five books on your bookshelf. What are they?

Oh wow. Very difficult to narrow that down.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (my guilty pleasure and the book that got me back into reading after years spent distracted by other things)

Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Thank you, Violet!

 

Greatshadow by James Maxey

About the Audiobook

Author: James Maxey

Narrator: Jake Urry

Length: 13 hours 20 minutes

Publisher: James Maxey⎮2017

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Series: Dragon Apocalypse, Book One

Release date: May 29, 2017

 

Complicated plot lines always intrigue me because it challenges my brain to remember everything. And when done right, it’s awesome. The story line for this book was done right. It was an intense action pack story about dragons and warriors. Right now, I’m on a dragon kick, so this book came along at the right time. The author’s world building is well-developed and it was easy to see the story unfold as if I was watching a movie. I think listening to the story helped with that because the narrator gave the story and even more intense level. I enjoyed the characters and the narrator did an outstanding job making each one of them unique. I was not expecting some of the twists this author wrote since my first impression was this book was going to lean heavily on testosterone. The female lead was just as strong and I am always very impressed when a male narrator does a great job with a female character. Overall the marriage of this story and the audiobook worked well and I still think about it even though it’s been weeks since I finished it. Books like this continue to challenge my writing ability and inspire me to be a better writer.

 

Greatshadow is the primal dragon of fire, an elemental evil whose malign intelligence spies upon mankind through every candle flame, waiting to devour any careless victim he can claim.
The Church of the Book has assembled a team of twelve battle-hardened adventurers to slay the dragon once and for all. But tensions run high between the leaders of the team who view the mission as a holy duty and the super-powered mercenaries who add power to their ranks, who view the mission primarily as a chance to claim Greatshadow’s vast treasure trove. If the warriors fail to slay the beast, will they doom mankind to death by fire?

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About the Author: James Maxey

James Maxey’s mother warned him if he read too many comic books, they would warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys.

In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read a lot of science, books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and Stephen Hawking. Turns out, Superman probably wasn’t based on any factual information. Who would have guessed? Realizing it was possible to write science fiction without being constrained by the actual rules of science proved liberating for James, and led to the psuedo-science fiction of the Bitterwood series, superhero novels like Nobody Gets the Girl, and the steam-punk visions of Bad Wizard.

In 2015, James was honored as the Piedmont Laureate by the United Arts Councils representing Orange County, Durham County, and Wake County. This is almost certainly a sign of the ongoing cultural decay gripping the nation.

James lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina with his lovely and patient wife Cheryl and too many cats.

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About the Narrator: Jake Urry

Jake Urry has been narrating and producing Audiobooks since February 2016, and in that time has released 17 titles, including The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry, White is the Coldest Colour by John Nicholl, and the PI Harlan Ulrich series by Ambrose Ibsen. His narration work is often dark and suspenseful, and he developing a reputation for Mysteries, Thrillers and Horrors. In 2017 Jake will be working on more work by John Nicholl and Richard Storry, along with a sprinkling of Fantasy adventures.

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Terri’s Own Fantasy World~ #1

I spend a lot of time reading fantasy worlds from other people. Sometimes it’s fun to create my own. I recently stumbled upon Arhaus and I wanted to share my dream dressing room. I’ve never owned a dressing a room and honestly, it is the one room I will probably never own. So this was, even more, fun to design.

My dream dressing room:

To me, a dressing room should be simple and be relaxing with basic colors so as not to take away from the clothes. As a mom of two, I would love a dressing room that was VERY ADULT and as far away from kid friendly as possible. I was attracted to The Evelyn Cheval Mirror in French Black. To me, it looks simple, but the rounded corners give it a small touch of class.  It also reminds me of something from a fairy tale.

With the color scheme established with the mirror, I picked The Evelyn 7 Drawer Dresser in French Black. Since both pieces come in the same finish, it’s a sure bet they’ll look good together.

I like the idea of a dresser inside the room, so small and intimate items can be stored for easy access. Since no kids will be playing in this room, I would love to have something pretty and glass to sit on the dresser. Something like a sea glass vase. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It would be fun to have a seating area in this fantasy room, so I could sit and enjoy myself or have friends over to help me pick out outfits. With all the dark furniture, I think a white couch would really stand out. So I would choose The Baldwin 76″ Slipcover Sofa in Deso Snow with 2 Taza Small Pendant lights centered over the sofa. Arhaus has a selection of pendant lights that you can check out here.

(I really like that light. It appeals to the steampunk gal in me)

The last detail would be a shag rug like this one:

 

Slytherin Book Lady Chills With Us #2- Hie to the Hunters

Title: Hie To The Hunters

Author: Jesse Stuart
Page Count: 265
Format: Hardback
Genre: Young Adult 
Published: 1950, 1978, and 1988
Publisher: The Jesse Stuart Foundation
ISBN: 978-0945084068

Summary: The Sparks family–salty old Peg Sparks, his wife Arn, and their sixteen-year-old son Sparkie– live in the Plum Grove Hills in a one room cabin. They don’t have a lot, but they would not turn a stray hound dog away from their door and certainly not a stray and certainly not a stray boy like pale, spindly Didway Hargis, who has run away from his wealthy home in town.
The boy from Greenwood, Did Hargis and the boy from the Plum Grove Hills, Sparkie, become good friends. Did learns to love the life of the hill people, as he becomes one of the Sparks family. He and Sparkie sleep in the hayloft, each with a hound dog for warmth.  At night they hunt foxes and possums, and Did learns the difference between the long, slow “trail bark” of the hounds, and the rapid, excited bark that means the hound has treed a possum. He learns how to shake a possum from a tree, and how to set traps. By the day the boys work on the farm. Did learns how to chop firewood, how to plow with mules, plant corn, and strip tobacco. The boys reminisce about last week’s barn dance, and look forward to next week’s moonlight cornshucking. As Did becomes accustomed to the world of Plum Grove, and as he comes to love the sparks family and their neighbors, who are generous and kind, he grows strong, brown, and happy.

But Did and Sparkie’s Appalachian idyll is interrupted by a feud between the hill-folk and a group of townfolk, led by Did Hargis’ father, who comes to take Did home. Events leading up to a gala midnight cornshucking that turns into a pitched battle in the Plum Grove Hills, and the battle’s after math, all make fast-moving, exciting reading.

Review: I remember the first time I ever heard of this book. I was in sixth grade and my sixth grade teacher would read part of this book us daily as soon as we got back from lunch. It happened to be her absolute favorite book. As soon as she got done reading, I had to go to the library to check it out for myself. This book is a great coming of age story for anyone that wants to read it. I would classify this as a young adult but anyone who is interested in hunting and a good coming of age story should read this book. It really makes you think about how much better we have it today then the way that it used to be back forever ago. This story puts multiple things in perspective for anyone that is interested in barn burnings and hunting. As the characters in the book grow, so do you. Did and Sparky are relateable boys and you will fall in love with the characters. You can feel their emotions as they grow and change.

About the Author: Jesse Hilton Stuart (August 8, 1906 – February 17, 1984) was an American writer, school teacher, and school administrator who is known for his short stories, poetry, and novels as well as non-fiction autobiographical works set in centralAppalachia. Born and raised in Greenup County, Kentucky, Stuart relied heavily on the rural locale of northeastern Kentucky for his writings. Stuart was named the poet laureate of Kentucky in 1954.

Rating: I would give this book a rating of three. I really enjoyed this book and I’m hoping that you guys do too.

Disclaimer: I got lucky when I found this book. If you would like to read I suggest checking your library first because when you buy this book its going to be super expensive. I found a fairly cheap copy on amazon, but I think it was the only one at that price.

Torment (Damned book 4) by L.M. Pruitt

Starting a series in the middle is always a risk. It must be hard for authors to balance continuing the story for devoted fans while also creating a book that could attack new readers. I think the author of this book did a good job of both. This is book four of the Damned series. I will admit, there were times when I was a little confused as to what was going one, but Pruitt did a good job of filling in the gaps of the story line. I like the fast speed of the plot kept me entertained and I pretty much ignored everyone until I made it to the end. I just wanted to see what would happen next. I like the idea behind this story and I do not know of another story that creates demon characters as anti-heroes. I believe, if I had started this book from the beginning I would have a closer connection to the characters and the premise of the story.

 

 

The international bestselling series continues…
Enemies are so stimulating.
–Katherine Hepburn
If you can look past the part where they’re trying to kill you.
The Damned want my head on a platter. The Winged have similar plans.
As for Morning Star and the Power… well, only They know.
One false step… and everything is lost.
CONTAINS SCENES OF GRAPHIC LANGUAGE AND SEXUAL ACTIVITY. READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

 

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She is the author of the Winged series, the Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, Taken: A Frankie Post Novel, and Pearls. Ms. Pruitt is currently at work on INSTRUCTION, a new adult romantica releasing in August.

 

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The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker

 

This book started out a lot like a typical damaged-detective-must-solve-the-crime-and-the-serial-killer-wants-to-play book. For me, that’s ok because I really like that genre. So I was already hooked from the very beginning.  However, the added twist that this author includes slammed me upside the head and I could not get this book read fast enough. (It will be hard to finish this review without giving spoilers, but I’ll try.)

The author tells a parallel story of the lead detective and the serial killer by including a diary written by the killer. In this diary, he shares a snippet of his life, and man, what a snippet. A series of events over a few days set this guy off on his quest for revenge in a most gruesome manner. I understand that most serial killers have deranged childhoods, but this guy lives in a family that is nothing like I have ever known. The chapters from “The Diary” and very detailed and intense. It was easy for me to see this story taking place as if I was watching a movie. The action of both stories is fast-paced and almost a little too much and the ending totally surprised me and I’m pretty good at figuring out stories.

I do want to warn any would-be reader this book contains graphic violence and sex.  However, it is done to further the story and explain the insights of the character rather than sensationalize the story.

 

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 five long years, the elusive Four Monkey Killer has terrorized his victims and sent Detective Sam Porter chasing lead after lead.

When one last clue surfaces, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding 4MK’s latest victim, before it’s too late . . .

 

 

J.D. Barker is the internationally best-selling author of FORSAKEN, a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, and winner of the New Apple Medalist Award. His work has been compared to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Thomas Harris. His latest novel, THE FOURTH MONKEY, released in June 2017. His third novel, THE FIFTH TO DIE, releases June 2018. He has been asked by the Stoker family to coauthor the forthcoming prequel to DRACULA due out in fall 2018. His novels have been translated into numerous languages and optioned for both film and television. Barker currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Dayna, and their two dogs, both of whom sit outside his office door daily, eagerly awaiting his next novel.

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Under the Parisian Sky by Alli Sinclair

**This post was originally posted on July 25**

 

One of my favorite parts of book blogging is interacting with the authors. I have a small amount of awe for all the authors I’ve reviewed. The ones that have been my favorite are the ones who put a little of themselves into the books they write. I haven’t met Alli, but after reading this book, I feel like I have. As I read this book, it was obvious how much heart and soul went into creating this love story.

The first part that impressed me was the dual pov. Telling one story well is hard, and telling two stories well is almost impossible. Sinclair does a fantastic job telling and connecting both stories. I enjoyed reading about Viktoriya and learning about the history of the time period. Sinclair did a good job showing us what life was like without any major info dumps that sound more like a history class than a novel. I enjoyed the interplay between Lily and Yves. I felt their connection and passion. The storyline about Lily and her sister was very realistic and it wasn’t until almost the reveal moment that I figured out the twist in their story (sorry no spoilers here- read the book to see what I mean).

The plot pushed me forward to the end. This was one of those “just one more chapters” kind of books. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

 

In the City of Light, one dancer must confront her fears about love and loss before she can step into a brighter future . . .
Lily Johannson has returned to Paris, the city that broke her heart and destroyed her ballet career, with two goals in mind: to overcome the grief surrounding her fiancé’s death, and to make amends with her estranged sister, Natalie, also a ballerina. But when Lily meets charming composer Yves Rousseau, he is convinced she has a third mission—as his muse . . .
Struggling to finish a score about an infamous Ballets Russes dancer from 1917, Yves believes Lily is meant to help him. Despite her resistance, she is swept once more into the exhilarating arms of the dance—and into Yves’ passionate embrace. But when her sister is cast as the infamous dancer and begins to imitate her tragic life, she soon goes missing. Now Lily and Yves must set out to find her—and along the way face their own demons, while also discovering that art, like love, should not be abandoned so easily . . .

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Alli Sinclair is a multi award-winning author who spent her early adult years traveling the globe, intent on becoming an Indiana Jones in heels. She scaled mountains in Nepal, Argentina, and Peru, rafted the Ganges, and rode a camel in the Sahara. Argentina and Peru became her home for a few years and when she wasn’t working as a mountain or tour guide, Alli could be found in the dance halls dancing the tango, salsa, merengue, and samba.

All of these adventures made for fun storytelling and this is when she discovered her love of writing. Alli’s stories capture the romance and thrill of exploring new destinations and cultures that also take readers on a journey of discovery.

Alli volunteers as an author role model with Books in Homes, promoting literacy and reading amongst young people.

To find out more about Alli, please visit www.allisinclair.com

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