Feb 20, 2018

Ramblings




  • Yeah. I disappeared again. At least it hasn’t been all that long this time.  I am having some issues with vertigo so I have mainly been flat on my back listening to podcasts & audio books. At least I am getting paid for being on my back but there are so many things I could be doing like finishing up a necklace, taking pics & getting them uploaded. 
  • I do have to say thank goodness for the job I have.  I might complain when they start messing with my commissions but they have good benefits.  My short term disability will cover all of my wages for the first six weeks.  
Feb 7, 2018

Book Review: Kiss Kiss Bang




Six-foot-two and ripped...with superior computer skills, Josef “Joey” Clad is not your typical ex-Marine. The co-owner of Iron-Clad securities is 100% Alpha male, but under his muscular physique, he's the best hacker in Miami who specializes in running Iron-Clad's cyber ops. The perfect skill set for their new client who is getting threatening emails, a client who he definitely wants to get to know better. Much better.

Single mom, widow, Olivia Monroe has exceptional dreams that she refuses to let go of. Fifteen years ago, she left her broken home in New York City and never looked back. Now a dark horse candidate for Florida governor, she's not looking for a relationship. Even with the hot guy who sweeps in and saves her computer the night before a big speech. Her hero has trouble written all over him. Joey is too handsome, too funny, too confident, and way too hard to resist.

Too bad he's now her bodyguard.


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The men of Iron-Clad Security are definitely eye candy and it sure doesn't hurt that they are all extremely intelligent.  Joey is no exception.  He is pretty laid back unless someone threatens someone that he is hired to protect or someone that he cares about.

Olivia is trying to run a clean race against the current governor who doesn't appear to care about anything but padding his pockets.  When she starts getting threatening emails and damage to her property, she is rather glad that her computer had broken down in the first place.

KISS KISS BANG is the third book this series that I have thoroughly enjoyed.  It stands quite nicely on its own merits though I do recommend the whole series. The plot is tight with the tension ratcheting up slowly until you are sitting on the edge of your seat.  The dialogue is witting and some of the scenes are flat out amusing.  Another thing that I appreciated with this book is how the sexual tension is allowed to build quite nicely before there is any relief.

I do recommend this book to any of my readers who like a good romantic suspense especially one that delves into the dirty world of politics.  Joey is worth drooling over and Olivia is a good example of a single mother trying to juggle her daughter, her job, and finding time for Joey.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Jan 25, 2018

Ramblings




  • It’s amazing what a difference that a good pillow can make. I have a new mattress, well less than a year old, with a fluffy memory foam mattress topper but I would still wake up sore. I tried out a few pillows last year and couldn’t find one that was comfortable after a few days. I have been using my latest for about a week and still waking up without all pain. If I still love it in a month, I am going to get a couple more and stash them away. Guess that is one advantage to owning my home. I have attic space. 
  • Why am I hearing birds outside tweeting in January?  And people say that climate change isn’t real. 
  • Book Review: Beasts of Extraordinary CIrcumstance




    Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.

    That tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn’t like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow over night, Weylyn’s unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn’t care. Since Weylyn saved her from an angry wolf on her eleventh birthday, she’s known that a relationship with him isn’t without its risks, but as anyone who’s met Weylyn will tell you, once he wanders into your life, you’ll wish he’d never leave.


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    This book is one of those that is hard to categorize.  It's a love story overall but there is so much more to it.  Weylyn is a man with a large heart and special gifts.  He has the ability to control the weather and to talk to the animals.  Now those would be great gifts except for the fact that he doesn't always control those gifts so he can be a dangerous man to be around.

    This story is told by the people whose lives have been touched by Weylyn.  We see a man with a high IQ who would like to fit in but he can't quite squirm into that round hole.  Everyone loves and welcomes him into their homes but they are quite accustomed to him disappearing for years.  We see the difficulties he can cause as well as how he enriches the lives of those who love him.

    I found BEASTS OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE confusing at first because I do like books that will fit nicely into a genre.  It didn't take long however before I was swept away.  I want to give huge kudos to debut author Ruth Emmie Lang for writing such a quirky and engaging novel.  I do recommend it to any of my readers who are looking for a delightful and unusual 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.
     
      
     
    Jan 23, 2018

    Book Review: Whiskey Sharp Unraveled




    The sharpest ache comes from wanting what you think you can't have

    Maybe Dolan has lived independent, free-spirited and unattached since leaving home at sixteen. Whiskey Sharp, Seattle's sexy vintage-styled barbershop and whiskey bar, gave her a job and a reason to put down roots. Cutting hair by day, losing herself drumming in a punk rock band by night, she's got it good.

    But a longtime crush that turns into a hot, edgy night with brooding and bearded Alexsei Petrov makes it a hell of a lot better.

    Maybe's blunt attitude and carnal smile hooked Alexsei from the start. Protecting people is part of his nature and Maybe is meant to be his even if she doesn't know it. Yet. He can't help himself from wanting to protect and care for her.

    But Maybe's fiery independent spirit means pushing back when Alexsei goes too far. Still, he's not afraid to do a little pushing of his own to get what he wants her in his life, and his bed, for good. Maybe's more intoxicating than all the liquor on his shelf and he's not afraid to ride the blade's edge to bind her to him."


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    First of, I do want to disclose that Ms. Dane is one of my go to authors.  It doesn't seem to matter what genre she is writing in.  It is always good.  To check out her other series and books, just click here.   

    This book is set in one of my favorite sections of Seattle, Pioneer Square, and it even comes complete with some of the touristy sites such as the Underground Tour.  The barber shop, Whiskey Sharp, doesn't exist but it would fit right in.

    What really sold me on this book however are the characters.  Maybe is loyal and protective to those she loves.  She isn't accustomed to being protected though.  That's where Alexsei comes in.  He is her boss and recently her lover.  He comes from a large family who adopted Maybe and her sister.  And he just can't seem to understand why Maybe's family would throw her away.

    This book resonates with family drama and true love.  I would recommend WHISKEY SHARP UNRAVELED to any of my readers who enjoy a well written contemporary romance with a bit of an edge.

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

    Jan 22, 2018

    Book Review: Mesmerized





    The only way to fight a powerful darkness is with a powerful love

    Olivia Moreland prides herself on discrediting charlatans, particularly the false mediums that flock to London. But when Lord Stephen St. Leger requests her help in investigating an alleged psychic’s claims, she can’t deny the ominous feeling she has within the walls of his ancient estate—or the intimately familiar connection she has with Stephen himself.

    The last time he’d called Blackhope Hall home, Stephen had watched as his elder brother claimed both the family title and the woman he loved. Now, in the wake of his brother’s murder, Stephen has reluctantly returned to find his family ensconced in scandal. Who is responsible for his brother’s untimely death? And what is it about investigator Olivia Moreland that so thoroughly draws him in, reigniting a passion he hasn’t felt in years?


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    I have always enjoyed stories sent in the time of the Spiritualism movement.  There is always such chicanery involved with convincing the ones left behind that they can really communicate with their loved ones.   I especially enjoy the stories about the people who debunk these con artists.  Olivia is one such debunker.

    Another thing that drew me to this book is that Olivia is part of the 'mad Morelands' who are not mad at all.  They just happen to believe in education for all and women's rights.  Olivia is an independent thinker who enjoys exposing the con men or women.  She gets to know Stephen when he hires her to expose a spiritualist who has attached herself to his mother.

    I really enjoyed MESMERIZED. It is a blend with the just right balance of historical romance with a touch of the paranormal and mystery.  I think that any of my readers who enjoy historical romances will love this book and author.

    *** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
    Jan 16, 2018

    Trees





    I know that it is strange to be thinking about trees in the middle of January but I live where they stay green pretty much all year.  Aw the wonders of Washington state. Still since it is winter, I decided to have my leaves be silver gray in hopes of a bit of snow. 




    And a pair of earrings to tie an outfit together. 

    Book Review: Storm Crossed




    Heir to a noble fae house, Trahern is forced to watch helplessly as his twin brother is cruelly changed into a grim—a death dog—as punishment for falling in love with the wrong person. Trahern doesn’t believe love exists, but he will do anything to keep his brother alive—even join the Wild Hunt and ride the night skies of the human world.

    Lissy Santiago-Callahan believes in love but has no time for it. She’s busy juggling her career as an academic and her home life as a single mom to a young son with Asperger’s. Her hectic life in sleepy eastern Washington is made even more chaotic with the sudden arrival of a demanding fae and his unusual “dog.”

    Mortal and immortal have nothing in common, and the attraction between Lissy and Trahern surprises them both. But when their desire places Lissy and her child in the path of a deadly faery feud, will the connection last, or will their separate worlds prove too great a divide?


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    First off, this is the forth book in the Grim Series and I came into this series without reading the first books.  This book stands very well on its own.  I am wanting to pick up the first three now but do not stress if you haven't read them yet.

    I very much enjoyed STORM CROSSED.  It is the first fantasy that has an autistic child and actually addresses some of their issues along with the solutions being put into place to address them.  I have some very good friends that have autistic children who would find it amusing to see a realistic portrayal in a fantasy book.   

    As you can tell, I just loved the characters.  The author should also get kudos for how well she did in her world building.  I grew up around Walla Walla and I was able to recognize it from the descriptions.

    If you are looking for an enjoyable urban fantasy then be sure to pick up STORM CROSSED!  I highly recommend it to my readers.

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

    Jan 10, 2018

    Book Review: The Wife Between Us




    A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
    When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.  You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.  You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.  You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.


    Assume nothing.


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    I love to read physiological thrillers even though I am usually able to figure out just what is going on rather quickly.  I just enjoy seeing how people's minds can twist and bend their reality.  However in THE WIFE BETWEEN US there were so many turns coming out of left field that I wasn't able to peg exactly what was really happening.  Heck there were so many twists that I plan on reading this book again hoping that I will be able to pinpoint them since I know the conclusion.

    I do have to say that THE WIFE BETWEEN US is one of the best thrillers that I have had a chance to read in a long time.  I would recommend it to any of my friends and readers who enjoy books that will keep them glued to the edge of their seats.  The fact that this is a debut novel simply blows me away.  Get this book!  You will not regret it.

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




    Jan 9, 2018

    Opposites Attract






    One thing that I am trying again this year is The Year of Jewelry Project.  This week’s prompt is Opposites Attract.  The first thought that came to mind was love. After all, me and my husband were pretty much opposites when we met. 

    This rustic necklace features an artisan ceramic heart hanging from a hand made beaded chain with genuine Czech Glass and sterling filled wire. It is a longer necklace at 30” and is finished with a silver chain and clasp. 

    I plan on getting it uploaded to Alchemee Designs but if you are interested, drop me a line.  I always offer a 10% discount when you save me the trouble. 


    Jan 8, 2018

    Ramblings







    • I really hate getting older. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that I hate my body getting older. It seems to take forever for me to recover. I took a walk with Keyla on Saturday and we had a bit of an issue. Come Sunday, my arms hurt so much that holding a book is problematic. If it is this bad in my fifties, I would hate to see myself in my eighties. 
    • Just when I figure out how to make money on our new commission plan everything changes.  Now I feel like I am falling behind again. I swear that it is getting harder and harder to keep up. Oh well. I guess the best I can do is try to do my best everyday. 
    • So I picked up a FitBit for myself & Saje for Yule.  I primarily picked mine up so that I can track my sleep but I have also discovered the wonders of competing against friends with steps and goals.  It’s been fun & I have started walking in the evening to reach my goal. I have been taking Keyla but she far from being a relaxing companion though no one will approach me at night with her by my side.  I think that come summer when the days are longer, I will have to train Pooka to walk on a leash.  He would enjoy the walk.  Maybe. 


    • Well it’s this going to be a boring post. I ended up flat on my back for 2 1/2 days wishing the world would stop spinning. I did find another podcast to follow, Color Me Dead. It’s a couple of women sitting around discussing true crime.  Definitely not safe for kids or work as they do not sugarcoat anything. Oh and their language is rather salty. They cover some interesting cases and definitely do some deep research into each. 
    Jan 7, 2018

    Ramblings


    • Yes I even plan on restarting my ramblings. And they might even be assorted thoughts that pop in. After all I have my tablet with me almost all the time so why bother with reminders that I always forget to check.  

    • Would you live in a trailer in Oklahoma?  Now nothing against trailers, or more properly in today’s language Mobile Homes, as I grew up in a few. Some of them were really nice and some not. Regardless of how fine they were, I was always terrified that they would blow away in a wind storm. There is NO way I would live in one in a state that will forever be known for tornados. 

    • You know I always wonder if I am disorganized simply because my mother is so organized. There are times when I have wanted to hire her to organize my house.  Perhaps then I would finally get my pictures on the walls. 

    • Only in Seattle.  Check out RainWorks!  I love the idea. Now to just get the energy to cover the cement portions of my yard.
    • One of my favorite things about the new year is that I get to start a new calendar.  I picked up a really cool Gothic one for my office but the weeks from Monday through Sunday.  I have to admit that it is throwing me off.  Has anyone else ran into this issue?