Friday, August 29, 2014

The Beautiful Ashes

Book review on The Beautiful Ashes By +Jeaniene Frost


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 Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between...

This book starts out immediately with Ivy taken against her will by Adrian, who had to fight a demon in order to get her away from it and keep her safe. The setting is a bed and breakfast in Bennington. Ivy was showing pictures of her missing sister to anyone and everyone who would listen out of desperation.  This was also her parents last stop as well before their untimely death in a car accident.  So right off the bat, in chapter one this happens, whew!

Ivy is forced to tag along with Adrian, while he is trying to keep her safe from demons of the "other realm". Ivy is slowly, (and I can't stress enough how slowly), but surely, clued in by Adrian what is going on, who she is, and how to get her sister back from the demons that took her.   

Now that we are talking about who Adrian is, Zach an Archon, is introduced into the mix. Then, in  come the reinforcements Tomas and Costa, to help get Adrian and Ivy to the portals that open to the demon realms...I introduce you to the demon hunting entourage.

Since Ivy is a huge target and the demons are after her, she would fare a lot better if she were in disguise, so Zach makes her look like a hot blonde, then an old man, and last but not least, a demon hound.  Let me just say, these disguises serve for some fracking hilarious scenes throughout the book!  The other haha moment I had was when the entourage was headed to Boone, NC, for a vortex into the demon realm, which is only a hop, skip, and a jump from my location!  Better you than me Boone, HAHA ; )~

Unfortunately, the story isn't so funny for Ivy.  She is, needless to say, overwhelmed by her heritage that Adrian reveals to her. She only wants to save her sister and be done with all the demons and angels nonsense because it is too terrifying for her to handle.  

This rings true for Ivy when she discovers she has to find a weapon, in one of the hundreds of different demon realms there are, in order to get her sister back!  Only Ivy can sense the weapon and wield it apparently, sucks for her...  And once she does retrieve said weapon, Ivy starts a chain reaction to a shit storm, unknowingly of course.  Also has to deal with Adrian's past, and his destiny!

The ending of the book gives you the knowledge of what Ivy and Adrian's next quest will entail.  Pulling you in with the drama that transpires between Ivy and Adrian, along with the question of will Ivy survive through trying to fulfill her destiny!  What can I say, I'm a sucker for a good old fashioned "Good vs. Evil" book.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blood Sense

Book review on Blood Sense, (Blood Destiny #3) By Connie Suttle

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Blood Sense (Blood Destiny, #3)


Saxom is dead. The vampires know this. Anthony Hancock, Director of the Joint NSA/Homeland Security Department knows it as well. Tony and the vampires are now on the hunt for Saxom's brood, all of whom are determined to avenge their sire's death. Neither Tony nor the vampires are aware of the other's efforts to search out these rogues, who may number in the hundreds at the very least. Tony holds information the vampires don't—he knows that Xenides, Saxom's eldest vampire child, has allied with terrorists (both foreign and domestic). Tony also neglects to provide valuable information to Wlodek when he requests Lissa's help.

While struggling to recover from a near-fatal bout with the sun, Lissa fails to understand why Wlodek willingly sends her away on assignment so quickly. With very little information provided to her, Lissa is forced to face an enemy more deadly than anyone can imagine and unravel a plot that could kill millions.




I thought this book was phenomenal! This is the third book in the Blood Destiny series and it picks up right where the second book left off, from that insane cliffhanger!

Lissa is now recovering from her bout with the sun and trying to cope with her emotions about the punishment that the Vampire Counsel dealt out to her for disobeying her sire. Lissa is barely a year old as a vampire, and in the vampire world they have rules, structure, like a government, and she is still learning. The counsel told Lissa she has to live and learn with her sire for at least five years to make sure she is willing and able to live on her own two feet amongst the humans without endangering them or the vampires'  existence. The counsel and Lissa's sire Merrill, treat her as a child because she IS one in their eyes. She's only a year old people! She doesn't know squat about how to properly feed from a human without killing them, or how revealing vampires to humans would be disastrous for so many reasons. So, yeah this is why the counsel and everyone else seem controlling over Lissa! DUH! It's not that she doesn't have a spine, or self esteem, she is but one star in the whole fracking universe! Bigger picture! Heard of it?? Moving on now...

I thought the story line was great, having Lissa in so many different scenarios kept the book from getting boring and kept me on my toes. Also, introducing new characters (which I'm sure will come into play again in future books simply because they can't let Lissa's talents go unused by them) kept it interesting. Which brings to mind Senator Duff. Boy, he's a dick! The great Senator, in cahoots with Rear Admiral Dennis Hafer, to snatch Lissa up to do who knows what for them. Hafer runs like a little bitch to the President to "out" Lissa as a vampire. Like he didn't already know. Who do you think approved the "Paranormal Division" that Tony is in charge of, dumb ass!

My initial feelings about Tony were warm and fuzzy with a side of pity, ever since Lissa just up and disappeared on him. No longer do I feel that way about Tony, he's on my shit list. He betrays Lissa in such an awful manner, that I was so pissed I was yelling "you mother fracker!" I was so hoping that when Gavin arrived to pick up Lissa he would remove Tony's head from his body! The way the whole U.S. Government fracker's regard Lissa just makes me sick.

During Lissa's time away, which was month with Tony and his BS, Lissa is getting homesick and has been keeping in touch with everyone via email. When Lissa left there had been a string of children abductions and then their murdered little bodies found later. Lissa was asking questions of Charles when she would email him and eventually took it one step further to asking the Grand Master if he had anyone in London that could check things out for her over there. As things develop, Wlodek finally gets his head out of his ass and starts investigating matters based on the information Lissa has been giving his assistant Charles.

Next is the three ring circus they call the werewolves. Winkler is stuck marrying Kellee, a fling with a young 'thang' he ended up knocking up, and is now regretting big time! Kellee also happens to be extremely jealous of Lissa because of the way Weldon and Winkler feel about her and the HIGH regard they hold her in. So Kellee turns into a HUGE BITCH and gets Lissa transferred to another pack! If she wasn't pregnant, Lissa would have knocked that bitch into California! BTW, Lissa gets transferred to the Sacramento pack, my home town baby! Yeah! So now Lissa is a Cali girl, Hell yeah! That is not where the drama ends with the pack, unfortunately, but I'm not saying anymore to give the outcome away.

So in the end, there is another, "to be continued", at the end of this book. It ends in the middle of something big, but not a cliffhanger. I definitely feel that as Lissa grows and learns, she is going to turn out to be something great and big, but she's not going to continue eating shit and being bossed around for very much longer. If you remember, in the previous books, they mention how she "would be a Queen, if it were not for the compulsion", and we know, but they don't know, she can not be put under compulsion anymore. So just remember that, and that bit of info will come back to bite them in the ass! Can't wait for it!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blood Passage

Book review for Blood Passage, (Blood Destiny #2) By Connie Suttle
                                                                                     
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Blood Passage



"The sight of three naked, bloody men wandering into the clearing with moonlight clouding their eyes would probably send anyone else running for their life. I just sighed and watched them walk toward me."

As the first female vampire successfully turned in 700 years, Lissa finds herself in demand by the Vampire Aristocracy. Forced into an unexpected engagement as a result, Lissa feels trapped and stifled as she continues training with her surrogate sire. When a request comes from the Grand Master of the werewolves, Weldon Harper, Lissa leaps at the opportunity to work as his bodyguard once more.

Wlodek, Head of the Vampire Council, in an effort to solidify vampire/werewolf relations, allows Lissa to provide protection for the Grand Master during his yearly travels across the U.S. The only vampire ever named Pack, Lissa is permitted to work with the Grand Master without supervision from others of her kind.

Things become complicated and then downright deadly as old enemies reemerge. Intent on exacting revenge for a failed coup against the Grand Master, rogue werewolves join with new and perilous allies. Now, Lissa must find a way not only to keep the werewolf race alive, but the vampires as well.

  

 
OMG! This book has a serious cliffhanger, so there, I warned you.

The second book in the Blood Destiny series, Blood Passage, starts where Blood Wager left off. Lissa is in Merrill's care as her surrogate sire, teaching her the ways of the vampire and what not. Gavin also returns, trying to woo Lissa and gain her trust back.

Lissa discovers new things she can do with her abilities, of course at the wrong time, and keeps most of what she discovers about her vampire powers a secret for fear of what the vampire counsel might do to her. On top of that, the werewolf pack she was honored into calls upon her for another security detail as the grand master tours the U.S. on business. This is when all hell breaks loose in the book and the action doesn't stop, even at the very end, hence, the cliffhanger.

I felt serious concern for the characters, multiple times. This is how involved I am already and it's only book two of the series! Lissa's character means a great deal to me. When the friendships she develops with the other characters become harmed or threatened, it feels so real, it's as if I was a part of their world too.

So, if you like the first book and are getting ready to read the second one and are reading my review, know that you should just go ahead and buy the third book now, because when you hit that cliffhanger, you are going to want to start the third book right away! Happy reading! Enjoy cause I sure as hell did!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Jeaniene Frost is coming to Asheville, NC!

Hello my fellow book lovers! I have great news!  +Jeaniene Frost will be coming to Asheville, NC on Saturday, August 30th to the Malaprop's Bookstore Cafe at 3:00 pm for a reading and signing of her new book, The Beautiful Ashes

I am so freaking excited to meet her because I absolutely LOVE her Night Huntress series, and Night Huntress World Novels. They include Vlad and Leila in the Night Prince series.  I read all of them, in order, one after another until I was done, that is how much I loved them.

So pack your bags and join me on the road trip of a lifetime.  I will sure be there with bells on and I hope to see you there, (at least one of you).  If need be, to sweeten the pot, if ANYONE finds me there who's read my blog introduces themselves to me, I will mention you, along with your photo on my blog!  How 'bout that?  Deal or no deal?  Please, anyone...(anyone related to me included).

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Q & A with Connie Suttle

My Q&A with Connie Suttle, mentioned in my early post.


What was the inspiration for Blood Wager?


I was writing one of the Saa Thalarr books (the 12 I wrote before Blood Wager) and there are lots of vampires in that series. I wanted one of them to tell a joke, starting with "Two vampires walk into a bar." I never did come up with a punchline. What I did come up with instead was the seed for Lissa's books--the Blood Destiny series. Three years later, one of my son's best friends from college actually came up with a great punchline. Here's the joke:



Two vampires walk into a bar.

"We don't serve your kind in here," the bartender snarls.

"Are you sure?" asks one of the vampires.

"O, positive," the bartender replies.

How long did it take you to write it?



I didn't write Lissa's story right away; I wrote down the story idea, stuck it into a notebook and finished the Saa Thalarr series. Nine months later, I'd been thinking so long about Lissa that the first draft was written in 10 days. That was in 2009. It took me two more years, writing the rest of that series and rewriting and revising the first one before I felt comfortable publishing it :)


When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

That's a tough question. I always thought about writing, but never thought I'd be any good at it. It wasn't until 2007, When my husband almost died and I spent 6 weeks in ICU watching him breathe on a ventilator that I started writing seriously.  I haven't stopped since then.

What is the best part of being a writer?  The worst part?

The best part of being a writer is connecting with other people. I write what I love, so it is gratifying to know when someone else enjoys it too.  The worst part? DEADLINES :)

Will you write in only one genre?



Actually I write fantasy, Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy, with a little mystery thrown in.


What other books do you want to write?

too many to count, lol!

How do you keep track of your ideas?

I write a lot of notes on scraps of paper. Sadly, a lot of stuff stays in my head.

How did you find your assistant Joe?


Joe and I have been friends for more than 40 years, and we met through a mutual friend. He and I work very well together :)

It was a pleasure talking to you via Email Connie, Thank you!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sanctifying Grace

Book review for
Sanctifying Grace (Resurrection Book 3) By Elizabeth Davies
                                                                                                                          


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Sanctifying Grace (Resurrection)



                                    
This is the third and final novel in the Resurrection series. Grace is at the end of her life, Roman by her side. He has failed in his quest to discover how to resurrect those humans who can be enthralled and now Grace is facing certain death. How can Roman live without her - she has been a part of his life for millennia, but all he can do now is to be there for her.


This book was a crazy ride. I was in tears and despair for the first half of the book, as Grace's condition deteriorates, both body and soul.  She is trying to come to terms with the fact that she is dying.  Her family is also struggling with Grace's appearance as her body has become so weak and fragile.  

As Grace nears her end, not telling you which end, she is still going back in time, and each time she returns to the present, she experiences mind blowing headaches and is weakened even more, which makes witnessing her journeys even harder for the reader.   

However, finally coming to the end of the book, and finding out Grace's fate is well worth all the tears and heartache I went through reading the book.  The not knowing whether she lives or dies, whether Roman appears to her or not in her present is pain staking!  Yes, I have little patience, lol.  I absolutely loved this trilogy, it was pure joy to my reading experience. Thank you Elizabeth Davies! 

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Amazing Grace

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Amazing Grace (Resurrection #2) By Elizabeth Davies

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Amazing Grace (Resurrection)




  This is the second novel in the Resurrection trilogy. As Grace's health deteriorates in her own world and she moves ever closer to her death, she returns to the past where Roman is waiting for her and she falls deeper in love with a man whose sole purpose in life is his quest for blood.


  Wow! This book has betrayal in it, I love it! The villain in this book is Jerimaha.  Hate him...
Another character was also introduced into the fold, a beautiful female vampire that Grace is immediately jealous and fearful of.  Roman tries to reassure Grace that he will not let her harm Grace, but to no success.

  Also, Grace's brother seems to be getting more involved in the story, and not just wallpaper.
I'm reluctant to say too much in fear of spoiling things for you, so all I will say is that Grace ends up confiding in her brother what has been happening to her and whether he believes her or not is for you to find out by reading the book.

  As Grace continues to go back in time though, she seems to be going forward, so now we are in the 1700's, when she began I believe it was 1300's.  It will be interesting to see if her hallucinations catch up with her present time eventually.

Starting the next book right away to find out what the future holds, can't wait to see how it all ends.  


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State of Grace

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 State of Grace (Resurrection #1) By Elizabeth Davies                    
State of Grace



When Grace, 27 years old and with only a few months left to live, returns to her home town of Brecon, she is catapulted nearly 1800 years into the past. At first she attributes her hallucinations to her brain tumor but as the visions become more detailed and closer to the present day, she becomes involved with a certain wickedly handsome and rather inhuman Roman, who has an obsession with blood.
Grace is forced to confront her fears when the past begins intruding on the present, and she falls deeper in love with her phantom man.

'Death is only one option.'

A love story with a supernatural twist, it looks at vampires from an unusual angle, knitting together the twelfth century with the present day.


This is the first novel in the Resurrection trilogy..

**This is a ARC supplied by the author for an honest review.**

This book was a first read by Elizabeth Davies for me, so this surely is an unbiased review. The story line was fascinating. When I started reading it I had a hard time putting it down to sleep or eat. Grace and her situation were so heart wrenching. Then her hallucinations start and take her on an adventure of love and danger.

I found the character Roman to be very sensual, even when he was acting scary and/or deadly. If it wasn't for who/what he was, I don't think the story would have had such an impact. I love the mystery behind Grace's hallucinations. Are they really hallucinations or is she really traveling through time? Why does she always appear where Roman is? What is the link between them? Another part I enjoyed that had me LOLing, a lot was the language difference, phrases and words, it was hilarious. Could you imagine how hard it would be to ask someone a thousand years ago where the bathroom was?

I truly enjoyed this book, Grace, and her family and friends. It was brought together nicely and kept me wanting more, page by page. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

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Prequel to Convention

Prequel

This is the story that led up to the dinner with Connie Suttle:

  One day I'm browsing my kindle for books and I come across Blood Wager (Blood Destiny #1) by Connie Suttle for FREE. I purchased it, then proceeded to see that it is also available on whispersync, so I purchased the audiobook for $1.99. What a deal I thought, and it sounds like a good book to boot. After listening to the audiobook, I was hooked. Here is the review I left on Goodreads:

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Read in June, 2014

  What did I think? I thought this book was riveting! This was my first chance at reading a book by this author, or I should say listened to the audiobook. First thing, the narrator, Traci Odom was fantastic! She went from Lissa to Texan dude accent to English vampire dude seamlessly. It was amazing, she didn't skip a beat with changing voices and accents in a single conversation throughout the whole book. I really enjoyed her performance.

  Secondly, the story line was phenomenal. When I started the book, it seemed like maybe it was just going to be local, where the main character Lissa was turned, and maybe just her figuring out how to be a vampire, but it was much more than that. Connie made Lissa's character have simple common sense and deduction, which made her turning quite easy without all the drama and crying and carrying on that I have experienced in other books. It took me a bit to get used to, but I did pretty early on in the book. I really enjoyed the characters, and how Connie drew out the revealing of their true natures to both me the reader and to Lissa. I didn't figure things out before hand so therefore I was just as surprised as Lissa it seemed.

   The potential love interests for Lissa were quite a hoot and I was glad to see that there were more than one, which made for some interesting comments and pissing contests on the jealous suitors part.  Then just when you think everything is cool and Lissa is going to be off the hook and free to live her life as she see's fit, BAM! The story gets even more interesting as she is carted off by a secret hit man to another country to meet her fate by the vampire counsel that she never even knew existed. It was exciting and scary and very cool, all at the same time. To make things even more interesting, Lissa apparently has very rare and cool gifts that make her even more special than the fact that she is 1 in 16 female vampires in the whole world.
  I can't wait to start the next book, which the audiobook will come out next month and I am all over it!
  After that review, I went to audible to get the next book, it wasn't there.  I go into the Kindle store and it's there but not available on audible yet.  Well, how could this be?  I don't want to have to READ the book, I'm an audible girl all the way!  So after searching for Connie on Google, I arrive at  subtledemon.com.  I click on tabs and look around until I come across the page that displays all the books from the Blood Destiny series and underneath Blood Passage reads, audiobook coming in July.  So I wait, and wait and wait..........three weeks later, it's now mid July and no audiobook.  So I return to Connie's page and click on contact us.  I send a brief email about how I enjoyed the first book and I'm anxiously waiting for the second one on audible, could you please, please, please tell me when it will be on audible.  The next day I get an email back from Connie herself telling me they just finished recording it and are in the process of editing and it will be out ~ 10-12 days.  While I was looking around on her site, I notice a convention coming up in Charlotte, which is only an hour and a half from where I live, that she will be attending.  So I email Connie back thanking her for the update and throw out their, "See you in Charlotte".  The next day I get another email from Connie asking me what day of the convention will I be attending, because she would like to bring me a goody bag.  OMG was my reaction!  Before I could get back to her, I get an email from her assistant Joe asking me for my address so he could mail the goody bag to me and again, what day will I be there because Connie would like to have dinner with you..........WHAT!  Are you kidding me!  Connie Suttle wants to have dinner with me!?  So after hashing out the where's and when's, alas I meet Connie at Portofinos in Charlotte for dinner.
Their lays my story on how I came to have dinner with Connie Suttle.  I am still bathing in the afterglow of the whole ordeal.

Authors After Dark Convention-Charlotte 2014

Authors After Dark Convention-Charlotte, NC 2014

Authors After Dark hosted a convention in Charlotte, NC August 6-10th. I planned to attend the convention until I learned of the registration fee. Unfortunately, I ended up not being able to attend the convention itself. Before finding this out though, I had contacted an author that was going to be attending the convention and told her "see you there".

To my pleasant surprise, she invited me and a friend to dinner during the convention! I was so excited I didn't know what to do with myself. I invited my wonderful sister-in-law to come along because she too had read this author's book.

The author I am speaking of was the "Featured" author of this event, Connie Suttle, of the Blood Destiny series. Connie and her lovely assistant Joe kept in contact with me through the countdown to the convention, until we met for dinner. Joe brought not only Connie and her husband, but also "goody bags" for me and my sister-in-law.  We had dinner, lovely conversation, laughs, and photo ops. Connie was also kind enough to include her book: Finder, First Ordinance, in the goody bags, which she signed "To my favorite fan".  I was in seventh heaven!


The last day of the conference was book signing day which was open to the public. All of the authors that attended the convention were going to be there. The day of the signing I brought several books I had purchased from the Browse About Book Exchange store located in North Wilkesboro, which is where I reside.


With my mother-in-law in tow this time, we arrived sharply at 2 p.m. We were immediately overwhelmed by the sheer number of authors in the ballroom. Our first stop was Connie Suttle's booth, of course. Connie and Joe both greeted me with hugs. Connie surprised me with a generous gift; signed and personalized copies of Blood Wager and Blood Passage! I was really taken aback by her kindness towards me. She also gifted my mother-in-law with two signed books from her other series. My mother-in-law was very surprised and of course happy to get an unexpected gift.


While talking with Joe, I mentioned that I had questions for Connie and hadn't had the opportunity to ask during dinner the other night, and I wondered if could I email them to her. He invited me to stay til the end of the book signing and talk with Connie. Unfortunately I had to decline due to the baggage I had with me. Bummer.

After my visit with Connie, I had a lovely chat with author +Julie Morgan. She was a very nice woman that was more than happy to take a picture with me and autograph a card for me. I had not had the chance to read anything by her yet, but she was very nice despite that fact and gave me her info to look up on the internet.


Next was +Jennifer Estep. I had her book Kiss of Frost with me, but had not read it yet and didn't realize it was the second book in the Mythos Academy series. Again, Jennifer was very understanding with me being a new reader of hers and she flooded me with swag, print outs of her book lists, and their reading order, plus a photo together.


Then there was +Alexandra Ivy, btw, she was the Master of Ceremonies for the event. I brought two of her novels for her to sign, plus she schooled me on her series and took a lovely picture with me. Next in line was +Carly Phillips. Carly was decked out with all kinds of swag, more so than the others. I love free stuff! She was just as kind with signing the books and taking a picture with me.


I have to say at this point my head was spinning. There were so many authors, all of whom had swag, books, candy, cardboard standups, it was like Marti Gras I imagine, if I had ever gone, for authors.

Last, but not least, was +Terry Spear. Now Terry was busy signing ten thousand books by this ONE person, so as I patiently waited I had a nice conversation with the author next to her which was +Paloma Beck.

Can you believe it?! I was rubbing elbows with authors! Paloma was in agreement with me on Charlaine Harris' books, the Sookie Stackhouse series. We both LOVED that series and discussed which was our favorite and the fact that she hadn't read the last one cause she was scared to because that meant it was over. I TOTALLY know how you feel Paloma! I have actually cried when finishing a series. You are so invested in the books and have gotten to know and love, or hate in some cases, the characters, it's hard to say goodbye.


I am absolutely amazed at how nice and down-to-earth all of those women were. They are all taking a huge chance by putting their writing out there to be loved, hated, and scrutinized by everyone! Now that takes some brass cojones! Their act of courage has inspired me to start my blog. I have been wanting to do this for a while now and have been too afraid to. I am in awe of all the women I met on Saturday and I thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and feelings with me on the books we love!

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Rimshot, we're not in Colorado anymore!



Here lies the proverbial black sheep, transplanted from the West Coast to this itty bitty town in North Carolina.  I will be sharing my love for the books that most people won't admit to reading!

I will also be keeping you up to date on book signings, events, giveaways, and interviews with the authors I love, you love too, or you will come to love, that will be in my surrounding area. 

My blog is geared towards introducing you to books that you may not have come upon yourself, that I have read and reviewed, which includes my unique rating system.  I encourage discussions about these books on my blog, and also wanting to promote growth within this "community" which shares the same love for paranormal romance, sci-fi, urban fantasy, thrillers, and mystery/detective novels.  Warning, there maybe some Erotica in there every now and then as well.

So "follow me" now, share with your friends, family, and co-workers, as we all discover new great reads and friends, together.