Dec 7, 2016



  • Well it's official. I do have a new shift with weekends off. That will be nice since I won't have to worry about not being able to attend Red Hat events. My only concern is the fact that I will be working five days a week. Last time I tried that, my fibro objected.  Fiercely. 
  • I have been updating my new shop, Alchemee Designs  and will keep adding a few pieces every week. This shop is truly a labor of love since 25% of each sale is donated to Old Dog Haven  They are a wonderful nonprofit dog rescue which maintains a network of foster homes for senior dogs that are not healthy enough to be adopted. 
  • I was woken this morning by the dogs going off. When I answered the dog, my father-in-law was standing there. I haven't seen him in six years since my husband and his father don't get along. I think he has finally been struck by his mortality and wants to mend burnt bridges. 
  • I won a couple Amazon gift cards from work. As much as I shop there, these are as good as cash. 
Dec 5, 2016

Book Review: Church of the Spilled Blood

Jack Salvo teaches philosophy one night a week at a local community college, but he pays his bills by working as a Los Angeles private detective.

When a group of world-class Russian ballet dancers visits L.A., he signs on as a bodyguard. It's a piece of cake. All he has to do is hang out with beautiful women. Then one of his charges is kidnapped from under his nose. In pursuing the kidnappers, he evades the FBI, finds bullet-riddled bodies near the Hollywood Sign, and dodges bullets.

Drawn into a web of deceit and maniacal revenge, he finds himself in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Now he's a fish-out-of-water--an L.A. private eye in a strange land. The most popular historical site in town is called The Church of Our Savior Built on Spilled Blood. When Salvo tries to save the life of a ballerina with whom he has developed a close personal relationship, the church lives up to its name.

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I have really been in the mood for a hard hitting PI book after the last couple books that I have read and I do have to say that CHURCH OF THE SPILLED BLOOD hits it out of the park on all accounts.  This is a book that will keep you engrossed from the very first page.

I really like Jack Salvo.  He's a different type of PI who just happens to teach philosophy in his spare time.  Now that doesn't mean that he is a pushover but just the way that he thinks tends to be different from most of the PIs that I have ran across in books.  He can certainly dish out the blood and guts but he is a nice guy.
CHURCH OF THE SPILLED BLOOD is actually the second book in the Jack Salvo story and it stands really well on its own though there are some questions that come up such as how he can afford to bribe everyone with hundred dollar bills when he is on a case for himself.  I am going to definitely grab the first book in the series to see if I get some answers and because I want more of this PI.

I do recommend this book to any of my readers who enjoy mysteries and Private Investigators.  I am sure that you will enjoy it as much as I did.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Dec 4, 2016

Book Review: Born Mobster

Seven-year-old Tony Bruno is an outcast among his peers. Bullied by his classmates and rejected by his father, Tony is lonely and desperate. Tired of being bullied, Tony strikes back. In one act of blind courage, he shifts the balance of power. When Tony becomes a teenager, a new kid named Salvatore Morano transfers to his school and becomes the object of ridicule. Tony feels compelled to help the new kid. He has no idea who Salvatore is and what it means to be his friend. 

Soon Tony is sought out by Salvatore's father, Johnny Morano, the godfather of the Philadelphia Mafia, to help protect his son. Tony, who has admired the Italian mob from a distance, has always been fascinated by the Mafia's power. He quickly learns that with power comes sacrifice. Tony will be forced to draw upon strength from deep within to survive his new, unwanted life. 

From the dark corners of his new world, Tony is driven to emerge from the fires of hell to find happiness. Born Mobster is a haunting story of one bullied child who is deprived of love and taunted by corrupt individuals along his journey. Follow Tony through his rite of passage and experience the brutalities, murders, love, and honor that finally force Tony to become the man he was born to be.

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I don't know about being a BORN MOBSTER but life has certainly forced Tony down that path.  From a young child, Tony faced bullying at school and abuse at home.  Even so, he was still a child that could experience love.  It wasn't until he went to Juvie to save a friend that he experienced the true depravity that adults can drop too.  

Even after reading this story, I can't say whether or not I enjoyed it.  It kept me reading but it is far from a comfortable story.  Tony is a strong individual and I wish that I could say that his experiences were unusual but they really weren't.  Life can be hell for some children and it amazes me that we don't have more BORN MOBSTERs among us.  

I wasn't really happy about the ending as it pretty much concludes Tony's story and then tells the reader that another book about Tony is coming out.  I do think that my readers who enjoy reading biography style books might enjoy Tony's story.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.