Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Currrently Reading The Gatekeeper's Challenge by Eva Pohler

During all of the holiday hustle and bustle, and the Lupus flares, I have started reading The Gatekeeper's Challenge by Eva Pohler.
Thank you Ms. Pohler for your contest on Goodreads! Thank you for sending me a copy of your fantastic book! I am loving it! My only con, is that I cannot bring it to work and have my employer pay me to read it!

Just wanted to let everyone know what is on the reading table right now... Back later with a full review!
The Gatekeeper's Challenge (The Gatekeeper's Trilogy, #2)

So far behind, I can see the front!

UGH. Lupus has been winning lately, but it usually does during the holidays. A bright spot though, while I have been stuck on the couch, I have had time to read some totally amazing books! I even managed to score  a couple Advanced Reader Copies! (Yes, I know it happens, just usually to other people! So it made me feel really special! :) )

Anyway, the first book I want to tell you about is When the Siren Calls by Tom Barry. This is an all-consuming book. You will not want to, or even be able to, put it down! Buy it! Read it, you will LOVE it!
Also, if you are on Goodreads, the author is kind enough to have a drawing going on so you can win a copy. Enter, buy it, borrow it, JUST GET IT! I loved it. 5 out 5 books!
When the Siren Calls

When The Siren Calls:
A sensational story of seduction, deception and betrayal

Tom Barry’s debut novel, When The Siren Calls, is the first book in the Siren Series trilogy, set for publication in November 2012.

When The Siren Calls has already attracted fabulous feedback from fellow authors and avid fiction readers.

The novel has also registered on the radar of literary agents A.M. Heath who were quick to sign Tom to an international translation rights deal for When The Siren Calls, two months ahead of publication.

Publication of a free online prequel creates pre-publication buzz

Thanks to a brave decision to publish the prequel, now available to download as an e-book free of charge, Tom has already become a focus of attention on the literary scene, ahead of the official publication in all good book stores (including Waterstones and WH Smith) and online as an e-book from November 1st 2012.

Published by Matador and distributed by Troubador, Tom is very well connected after decades working with global brands including Apple and Disney in the professional services sector, with more than 260 Facebook ‘likes’, 2500 Twitter followers, 500 connections on LinkedIn and XXX friends on Goodreads.

Tom says: “My decision to invest in a pre-publication awareness campaign for When The Siren Calls is paying off. I’ve built up a strong network of people who have read the prequel and are patiently awaiting the official publication of the novel on November 1. I’ve learnt a lot about self promotion, as well as writing and publishing, over the past year and I’m happy to share my lessons learned on my blog (http://www.tombarrywrites.com) and social networks.”

A selection of reviews…

“A pacy, racy, romance novel.”
 Tom Fletcher, The Leaping

“I thoroughly enjoyed the way the strands come together.”
Matthew Branton, The Love Parade

“It is exciting to find a new writer who tells life like it is, but with a delectable twist of romance, sex and humour.”
Stephanie J Hale, Millionaire Women, Millionaire You

“I see a lot of books that are described as page turners, and for once I agree. 'When the Siren Calls' draws you in and keeps you guessing. I genuinely enjoyed it and if you want a lighthearted but well written read, this is for you too. Nearly as good as chocolate and no guilt.”
Ella Fitzerald, Amazon review

“This is a high octane suspense story and a roller coaster of a ride as the headstrong heroine goes from one crisis to another. And a dashing stranger to lead her into mischief. Think Lady Chatterley meets Christian Grey. Or Audrey Hepburn meets Gordon Gekko. But this is no romantic comedy. It is high tension and suspense from the opening line, with innocence thrown amongst the devious. The characters are real and believable, I was really sucked in, rooting for Isobel from the start.

Somewhat surprisingly, the author brings the characters and scenes to life, while leaving much to the imagination. We learn more as we move along, with back-story cleverly drip-fed on a need to know basis. By the time the author tells us what we need to know about the characters, we care enough to want to know. Sexual tension lurks on every page but there are real moments of humour, and some great one liners.”
Anonymous review from Amazon


When the Siren Calls: story of seduction, deception and betrayal...
When restless and neglected Isobel is invited to an idyllic Tuscan retreat owned by the suave and streetwise Jay, she imagines a life of excitement outside her stagnant marriage. Despite fear and guilt, she abandons herself in a passionate love affair, but is soon trapped in a web of feminine manipulation, business intrigue, and ruthless ambition, while controlling Jay encourages conservative Isobel to push beyond her sexual boundaries.

But all is not as it seems in the hilltop paradise and as her lover battles for survival, she finds herself a player in a dangerous love triangle. Unable to know who she can trust, she must fight to control both her own cravings and to save what little of herself is left. As her life falls apart, she is torn between the consequences of infidelity, her love for Jay, and fear that he will be her nemesis. For both Isobel and Jay, the excesses and confusions of an uncertain and largely amoral age are about to be brought home to roost, right in the heart of their lives.

Witty and smattered with the best sort of irony, with twists and turns that keep you guessing, When the Siren Calls is a sensual and moving emotional drama that titillates the senses while racing along like a Grisham thriller. The novel will appeal to adult readers of romantic suspense and to fans of Fifty Shades of Grey.

About the author: Tom Barry

A published writer at University, Tom Barry spent 20 years in management consultancy with Accenture, Deloitte, and PwC, advising the Boards of leading global brands such as Apple, Disney, Toyota and Vodafone. His career prompted a specific interest in the art of persuasive communication.  He is passionate about nurturing young talent and has supported a number of UK and overseas schools, including the Nordoff Robbins Centre for Music Therapy. He lives near London and is currently working with the Brit Writers’ Awards, a charitable initiative to promote creative writing in our schools.

From consultant to author
You become a writer because you think you’ve got something to say worth listening to. I chose to be a novelist because I want to entertain my readers, not preach to them. The challenge is to transport readers to times, places and events where they can lose themselves in stories about heroes they can identify with, who triumph against the odds and who change and grow in the process; but most of all readers want to enjoy the ride.  

Back in my consulting days, it was a great buzz to work for household name companies and to meet industry icons like Bill Gates. Not many careers offer that opportunity to you when you are in your twenties and thirties. But like your first born, few things beat the thrill of holding your debut novel in your hand.
Five facts about Tom

          •        One of eight kids, my life story is the classic immigrant tale of seeking to live up to parental expectations, while working to mark out your own trail.
          •        I have aspects of an obsessive personality, establishing a work-life balance was a major challenge.
          •        I gave up on my business career in my mid-forties, I just didn’t tell my boss! Find something you enjoy doing, and you’ll never work another day.
          •        I tell my kids education is the best gift I can give them, it’s no weight to carry and no one can take it off you.
          •        I almost bought Northampton Town Football Club (my birth town) in 2001.

Suggested media angles (Tom is open to editorial commissions)

1.       Beware the siren call of the expat life in the sunshine – editorial example available upon request. Could include Tom’s personal experiences as a property owner in Tuscany, Mallorca and San Diego. It is estimated that 5.6 million Brits live abroad, with another half a million living abroad for part of the year.

2.       Can infidelity be justified? Is it better to leave a devoted husband or waste a life?

3.       Wealth and boredom lead to a search for an exotic and decadent lifestyle (as happens in When The Siren Calls). Peter (Isobel’s husband) values his career, money and status more than his relationship, it seems, and the lifestyle his wife enjoys is compensation for his lack of work-life balance. Discuss how the main characters manage these dynamics and Tom’s personal experiences.

4.       Tom and his experiences of writing a novel, self publishing and self promotion versus successful professional services career.

5.       Finding your feet in your 50s…life after heart attacks (Tom had two heart attacks before writing his first novel), a successful corporate career and bringing up three children.

6.       Breadwinner identity crisis: how to break the connection between your self worth and your position in your job.

7.       Why Tom chose to publish a prequel to my first novel…for free.

8.       More about Moll Malone, Tom Barry’s pen-name for his Erotic Seduction stories, his reasons for writing erotic fiction based on the characters in The Siren Series, responses from readers who may not categories themselves as erotic fiction readers, but who read – and enjoyed – 50 Shades of Grey.
Syndicated interview with Tom Barry:
Q: What prompted you to write WTSC
A.It was a goal of mine to write a business book about the art of persuasion, and I've been encouraged to do that. But when the opportunity came, I decided that, if I was going to be a writer, I'd rather entertain my readers than lecture them!

Q. Where did the idea for When the Siren Calls come from.
A. Once I had the idea of a character - a master persuader who would use his skills for business and pleasure - I thought about context and setting. I've lived and worked abroad much of my life, and I have bought property in Italy and Spain, amongst other places. I know a lot about the siren call of living in the sun, having answered that call myself, and I also know a lot about the perils and pitfalls of overseas property investment. So I set my story against the background of a dream holiday condominium for expats. It could be anywhere you find Brits in the sun, but I chose Tuscany because I love visiting there, and i knew stereotypical Italians add plenty of spice to my story.
Q. Other than your experiences overseas, what else qualified you to write this particular story?
A.  People tell me I'm a salesman by nature and i've spent twenty years in management consultancy, or what I prefer to call the persuasion game. My only tool was my pen, so what I was really selling was hope, hope to corporations looking for salvation. And that is what the master persuader appeals to in my story, to people's hopes,  and  to their dreams.
Q. But the master persuader is not your protagonist. What made you give the story a female lead?
A. I wanted the book to be about the characters and what happened to them, not a training manual in the art of persuasion or in living the expat life. The more the characters came to life as I wrote them, the more I fell in love with Isobel, the the more I wanted to tell her story.
Q. And what is that story?
A. Isobel is quintessentially english. A modern day Lady Chatterley. When she meets my master persuader, Jay, she imagines a life of excitement outside her stagnant marriage and free of her workaholic husband. When the Siren Calls tells what happens next – a tumultuous, dramatic story of sexual awakening set beneath the Italian sun, intertwined with all the intrigue of a business thriller.
Q. What makes your story different to all the other romantic suspense novels out there?
A. Several things. First, as I've indicated, I've written cross-genre. My book is a romantic suspense and business thriller brought together around three common threads, seduction, deception and betrayal. Second, it's written from multiple point of views; we don't see the story just trough Isobel's eyes. And every character is the hero of his own story. The result is a story with twists and turns that keep you guessing. But more importantly it is fresh and original because it does not follow the formulaic approach that all publishers now demand before they will even consider a manuscript from a debut author. The reader sees characters' actions through the characters' point of view, and the point of view of their adversaries, and it is for the reader to decide who the good guys are.
Q. So are you saying different readers will view characters differently?
A. Exactly. Take Isobel for example. I hope every reader will find her an empathetic character and I think most will be rooting for her. But not everyone will agree with how she behaves.
Q. How difficult was it to put yourself inside the head of a female protagonist?
A. That was probably the biggest challenge in writing the book. I immersed myself in the genre, and I had the help of my local book club which acted as a focus group. In the end my final court of opinion was my wife, who says she loved the book !
Q. WTSC is the first book in a trilogy. When can we expect book two?
A. Book two, Saving Jay is already written. The timing on the release is something I discuss with my agent regularly. We haven't set a date yet,but hopefully you will see Saving Jay in bookshops late spring 2013.

Notes to editors

Media contact: Helen Lewis at Fully Booked PR: Helen@fullybookedpr.co.uk / +44 (0) 7904801669.

PDF and paperback copies of When The Siren Calls are available to members of the media upon request. Images and extracts from the book are also available upon request. Tom Barry is available for interviews and comment. More information about Tom Barry can be found at http://www.tombarrywrites.com.

More about Tom:






Published 1st November 2012
RRP £7.99
Pre-order at selected retailers including online via Amazon, Waterstones and WH Smith for £5.99

ISBN 9781780883106
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Distributor: Orca Book Services.
Tel: 01235 465521
Email: tradeorders@orcabookservices.co.uk

BIC subject category: FRD Adult & contemporary romance
Paperback: 320PP 216x138 mm Portrait

Monday, November 19, 2012

Drug Combo for Lupus (SLE)

Majority of Americans Unaware of Lupus
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seventy-two percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 have either not heard about lupus at all or know little or nothing about the disease beyond the name, according to a new, independent survey released today by the Lupus Foundation of America. The statistic is particularly disturbing because this is the age group at the greatest risk for the disease.

YOU can help raise awareness:

Drug Combo Offers Long Term Benefits for SLE
WASHINGTON -- An 18-month treatment with the combination of rituximab and cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) stopped progression of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) for at least 3 years.

The mean SLE Disease Activity Index (SLEDAI) score decreased from 8.929 to 1.917 after the first 6 months of therapy and remained low thereafter, reported Thomas Lehman, MD, from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and colleagues at the at American College of Rheumatology meeting.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Review of Witchy, Witchy by Penelope King

Witchy, Witchy was a nice light read after the last nightmare of a book I read. 
It was your typical teenage high school drama, over boys, clothes, popularity, etc. with a bit of magic thrown in. Callie was a likable character and it was fun to hear her reactions to the things she was exposed to. 
Overall, I would give it 3 out of 5 books.  

I just love the name Penelope. Don't you just love the name Penelope? It brings to mind summer and ice cream for me. I don't know why, I've never known a Penelope... Oh wait! Yes I HAVE! In elementary school, we called her Penny. Duh! Sometimes the Lupus fog gets really thick! Lol  For all my Lupie buddies, you can relate, I'm sure.

Has anyone started their Holiday shopping yet? I have gotten a grand total of 2 presents. Yup. 2. Does ANYBODY have any ideas what to buy a 21 year old man in his second year of college for Chemical Engineering? ... Anyone???.. When I try to think about it all I hear are the crickets chirping... :)

Witchy, Witchy

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Review of The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum

This book made me physically disgusted. It was nauseating. I like thrillers, I like horror books, I like true crime books, I like all kinds of books!


If  Ketchum was going for the shock factor, it was over-board. WAY over-board. If this is the way his brain works, seek therapy, Ketchum . NOW! Don't wait.

I cannot even give this book 1 book out of 5. It is deplorable, disgusting, abhorrent. I am not even going to bother putting the cover up.

Don't waste your time on this garbage. Get a Ninja blender instead. They are fantastic and it will thoroughly shred this garbage.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Review of Spare Some Change by Gamal Hennessy

Again, Mr. Hennessy delivers a wallop in a short story! This one makes you think, and think hard. Are you going to be scared to turn off the lights tonight? No. Are you going to be scared to ride on public transportation? Maybe...

This story is so many things all in one short pop. You could go off on the tangent that you don't know a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes. Or, you could think that society has a serious problem with our homeless, OR you could just not ride public transportation ever again! Lol

Either way, you have got to read this book! It doesn't take long. It definately makes you think. While you're thinking, you think, "oh wow, I am really glad I am not THAT guy."

I give it 4 out of 5 books. Read it. AND it's free today on Smashwords. :) Free is awesome! So, see you have no excuse...
Spare Some Change

Review of Afraid of the Dark by Gamal Hennessy

I got this one free today from the author, Gamal Hennessy. You can get it free today also, along with two of his other books. Just copy and paste this into your browser.  www.smashwords.com/books/view/175448 

A short read that packs a punch. Don't try to out-think this one, I guarantee you won't win! The ending is perfect for the story, but the dark is not what you think it is... Thank you Mr. Hennessy. Well done.
4 out of 5 books.
Cover for 'Afraid of the Dark'

FREE Books for Halloween!

Here is a link to some FREE ebooks for Halloween (or if you don't do Halloween, then they are for creeps... ;) ). Anyway, who doesn't love FREE???

Gamal Hennessy has some amazing books that he is sharing with us for, you guessed it! Nada, nothing, zip, zero, free!

So pop on over to www.smashwords.com/books/view/175448 and get all of his free reads! I will be starting them soon and we can discuss them together. Sounds like a winner.

A humongous THANK YOU to Mr. Hennessy!
Cover for 'Afraid of the Dark'Cover for 'Dead on Arrival'Cover for 'Spare Some Change'

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Lupus is really getting obnoxious!(Or... I had a lot of reading time this week.)

  Soooo, I missed a couple of days of work this week due to the darn joint pain and fatigue that all lupies come to know and hate. ;) One good thing was that it gave me a little extra reading time.
I finished Hyde: An Urban Fantasy by Lauren Stewart.

I started reading this, expecting it to be similar to the Hyde we all know and love. It's not. Ms. Stewart went in a different direction. Which was good. It's like, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with a twist. It definately kept me turning pages to see what would happen next. Don't expect scary, it's really not. However, it is a good read. I gave it 3 out of 5 books. Hugs!
Hyde, an Urban Fantasy

Monday, October 22, 2012

Just checking in....

Hi! Hope everybody had an awesome weekend! I worked. It's a good thing though. I just started Hyde: An Urban Fantasy by Lauren Stewart. I also started Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. That's it for now, will get back soon with a review! Happy reading!
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Review of The Jakarta Pandemic by Steven Konkoly

Wow! This one had me hooked from the beginning. I could not out it down. Like I mentioned earlier, it's scary in an "oh my gosh, this could really happen" sort of way. The storyline is completely believable and the characters could be anyone's neighbors. I would definately recommend this book. It could have played on the medical side of the tracks, but it really didn't. Just enough was mentioned to relate the seriousness and establish the tone for this book.
5 out of 5 books! Read this one!
The Jakarta Pandemic
And a HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my awesome hubby!!!! I love you babe! Mwa.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Just Checking In...

Hi! I just wanted to check in , I am still reading The Jakarta Pandemic by Steven Konkoly.
It is amazing so far. I cannot put it down. It's not scary in a creepy, ghosty kind of way, it's scary in gosh, this could really happen kind of way...

The Jakarta Pandemic 

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lupus won yesterday

Sorry I didn't get to post yesterday. Lupus won another day, I was stuck in bed. Grrrr.  Anyway, I had some great reading time at least. :)

I finished Twixt and gave it 3 out of 5 books. I had started it Monday because it's October and I wanted a "witchy" (pretty sure that's not a word :)) read. Twixt was a quick read and the heroine was a very strong lady who has an amazing relationship with her daughter. I loved that.

Just started the Jakarta Pandemic by Steven Konkoly. It is really good so far. I will get back to you soon with a review. Hugs!

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Review of Hush by Anne Frasier (Theresa Weir)

 Hi! I hope you are all having a good Monday. Mine is ok for a Monday. I got out of the office for a little while and went down to the plant. It was kind of nice to be down there again. I broke a nail though, and my manicurist is going to scream! Lol Who gets their nails done to go grease a crusher??? :D

Anyway, now on to the book... I just finished Hush by Anne Frasier, (who, incidentally is Theresa Weir) the story was really great. It was a tad slow in the beginning, but not bad. Get through that and you get a real treat of a story. Just make sure you are not squeamish. It was a good choice for October.

I give it 4 out of 5 books.
Not sure what to read next... Any suggestions? Leave them in the comments section, please. (You could win a FREE e-book from Amazon.) :)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Review of Deliver Us From Evil by Dan Dillard

It's me again! Lol Just read a very short short called Deliver Us From Evil by Dan Dillard.
When the blurb says this is a short, it means it! So I will make my review short also. 
It was ok. 2 out of 5 books. 
I cannot find a cover picture to post. Sorry. :( 

Review of The Dex Files by Karina Halle

Absolutely, positively loved this book. I wanted to hate it. (Ridiculous, since I love all of the other books in this series.) Let me tell you why. 
In the other books, Dex is alternately a sweetheart and an a$$ to Perry. You love him, then he does something to tick you off, then he comes to the rescue, then he's sexy, then he's rude... You love to hate him, then he makes you sigh and melt (and tingle). ;p 

This book gives you the insight into Dex's mind and you get to see the reasoning behind his actions. (I am trying not to give anything away here...) 

Anyway, it's a fantastic book AND you get a lot of answers. Yup, definately recommending this one to EVERYBODY. Only after you have read the other ones first. 5 out of 5 books! Yay Karina! I forgot to put a picture of the cover in the first post, because I'm an airhead! 
The Dex-Files (Experiment in Terror, #5.7)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Review of The Quarry by Mark Allan Gunnells

This story is set at a college, near an old abandoned mining quarry... I work at one that's not abandoned lol so, I thought this would be a good way to start October off. I was right. This was a great book. The suspense and action are non-stop. No harm comes to the cinnamon rolls... Lol Definately recommending this one. 4 out of 5 books.

It's Wednesday and I am so ready for Friday! However, I am not ready for the slide into Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years! It seems like from here on out, we are in a free-fall with no parachute! It just goes sooooo fast...

The Quarry

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review of Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum by Mark Stevens

Truthfully, I'm glad this one is a quick read. It was told in such a way that it was simply a documentary. That's it. I am not sure what I was expecting, but this was not it. Maybe that had alot of bearing on my rating. The story could have been creepy, or disturbing, it could have gone off on many different tangents. However, I felt that it just kind of plodded through stating cases. I gave it 2 out of 5 books.
Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum

My Review of Stained by Ella James

Different subject from what I'm used to. That was a good thing in this case. This story kept me involved. The characters were likable and I found that I ended up rooting for them. Definitely worth a read! Overall , I would give it 3 out of 5 books.
Stained by Ella James

Hmmm... It's October. I have no idea what to read next. The book club wants to do creepy, which I am totally up for, but are there any truly creepy books out there anymore? I don't want gory, mass murderer broke out of prison creepy, I want, "OMG I have to sleep with the lights on" creepy. Lol Any suggestions?
How about we make it more interesting... The one who suggests the creepiest book will win a free ebook! Hugs!

Monday, October 1, 2012

My Review of The Atlantis Code by Charles Brokaw

I really enjoyed this book. It seems that I always enjoy books with an Atlantis, Bermuda Triangle-y type theme.( Yes I know triangle-y is not a word, but it's early and I need more coffee! Lol) Anyway, This book grabs you from page one and doesn't let go until the end. This one gets 5 out of 5 books.
Thank you Daisy! :D

I would have posted a pic of the cover of the book, but for some reason, it's not working for me right now. Darn computer gremlins... it is October... Hugs!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Review of Room One Thirty Eight by Victoria Greyson

Wow! Ummm, wow. This was a pretty steamy read! I can't say more without giving anything away...Very quick read. Definitely worth picking up! Thank you to my Twitter follower that recommended it! :D Now... off to find my hubby. ;P

Review of The Last Bookstore In America by Amy Stewart

The Last Bookstore In America really wasn't what it seemed to be. Having said that, I wasn't real impressed. It wasn't bad. It wasn't fabulous. It wasn't...Sorry.

I don't want to give anything away. Let me just say that selling books was not what kept the bookstore solvent, maybe even lucrative (?).
 Anyway, you know I don't recount the storyline, I just give my opinion. My opinion on this one, it wasn't my fave. I gave it 2 books out of 5.
The Last Bookstore In America

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Review of "The Devil's Metal" by Karina Halle

OMG!!!! I loved the EIT books by Karina Halle, so I knew I was in for something fantastic when I started "The Devil's Metal". I was sooooo not disappointed! Ms. Halle is so talented and her books grab you from the first sentence and suck your breath out of you for the entire content of the book. That's why you have to read them in one sitting, they are amazing and you don't get to relax and breathe in again until the end! Definitely, definitely, not only a must read, but a must read NOW! (I can't wait for the next 2 books... )
The Devil's Metal (Devils #1)

Friday, September 21, 2012

My Review of Dark Passage by Griffin Hayes

Ha! **** Really good read! Pretty creepy in spots. I love creepy. I have noticed the more creepy books you read it gets harder and harder to get creeped out. (Does that even make sense?) Lol Anyway, this was a great choice and it was one that was suggested by one of my Twitter followers, so awesome choice! And thank you Mr. Hayes. Really good twist at the end also! No more info. :)
Dark Passage by Griffin Hayes

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Experiment In Terror Series by Karina Halle

Ok post #2 for today.
I just realized that I have read all of Karina Halle's Experiment In Terror books and I have only commented on one!!!! Can you believe it??? I know, right? As much as I <3 her books and have read them all, I HAVE ONLY COMMENTED ON ONE???? What is wrong with me? ---- Don't answer that, I am just going to claim Lupus fog, and leave it at that! :)
Seriously though, if you haven't read this series, you are truly missing out. I LOVE them and I am on pins and needles waiting for Devil's Metal to be released.
Darkhouse (Experiment in Te...Red Fox (Experiment in Terr...Dead Sky Morning (Experimen...Lying Season (Experiment in...On Demon Wings (Experiment ...The Benson (Experiment in T...The Dex-Files (Experiment i...Old Blood (Experiment in Te...Into the Hollow (Experiment...

Review for Dead on Demand by Sean Campbell

Where to start?
This book was suggested to me when I asked my Twitter followers if they had any recommendations on what I should read. (Thank you very much Mr. Campbell.)
This book was apparently written in 90 days. Which to me is something akin to a miracle, I needed almost that much time in college to write one paper... (Lol - Just kidding...)
The beginning of this book was a little slow for me. It did pick up a bit as it went on. All in all, I would rate it at 3 books... Meaning I liked it.

Dead on Demand

Friday, September 14, 2012

Kindle Fire Giveaway

That is a link to enter a giveaway for a free Kindle Fire. I LOVE FREE!!! ;)
My awesome sisterfriend Kerry, shared this with me this morning, and I almost fell off the chair laughing! So, I'm sharing it with you, cuz I love ya! Enjoy!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Want a great, entertaining read?

This was a fast read, which is a bummer because I was not ready for this story to be over! I absolutely adored this book! It was fun, gripping isn't quite the right word. It does however, suck you in and keep you there until the end! It's great for all ages, there was nothing gory, just pure entertainment!
WBI: Witches Bureau of Investigation

A cold, cloudy day...

First, let me start by saying, this is one of those days where it's cold. It's cloudy. It's windy. I just wanna curl up on the couch, under a soft, warm blanket and READ. All. Day. Long. Sadly, my family likes to eat so I had to come to work. ;)
I just finished reading Blood Orchids by Toby Neal. Man, was this a great book! When you start it, ( because I have a feeling everybody will... ;) ) make sure you have plenty of time to read. You will want to sit and read it all in one shot. You will feel like Lei is one of your good friends and you will wanna hug Kiki. Cheers, Author Neal, this is a great book!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Review on The Delta Chain by Iain Henn

The Delta Chain had an interesting plot. Murdered bodies were turning up and were seemingly unidentifiable. Medical experimentation always kind of draws me in and then I have to pick it apart. It leaves me going "hmmmm... "
The story was well written and I liked it. Did I love it? No. Why? I'm not sure. I just couldn't really get close to the characters. 
This review is sounding like I didn't like the story. That is not my intention, I did like. I should just shut up and leave it at that. I liked it

Friday, September 7, 2012

Review for The Crypt by Jonas Saul

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Just finished reading "The Crypt" by Jonas Saul. The story started out great! Fast-paced, action, dead sister communicating with her living sister, mysterious men following her...

I really wanted this book to be great! Sadly, it just kind of fizzled into shoot-outs, and people chasing. Overall, it was ok.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Little behind.....

I know I am a little bit behind...Well OK A LOT behind. Sorry. We have a huge project going on at work.
OK enough of that. A very close friend of mine (we've only been friends for ummmm, 37 YEARS!) recently sent me a link to a really awesome and uplifting website. It sort of parallelled the Lupus issue, but not directly. These ladies have gone through a lot also and are focusing on the positive. Which is fantastic!!!!
Isn't that great??? I hope you enjoy it!

Oh, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was a truly amazing book! Some of it goes a little medical-
ly (not a word, but it works!) but it doesn't stay there for long. Just enough to get their point across. Read it. Truly. You won't believe the way one woman's cells have touched the ENTIRE WORLD! How awesome is that????

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Blindsighted By Karin Slaughter

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter was such a fantastic read! I truly could not put it down! Make sure you have time to read it through, because you will not want to put it down once you start reading!

I have started "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks". It tells the story of Henrietta, who had cancer and her cells were taken to be tested, and because her cancer was so aggressive, her cells multiplied at an alarming rate.

They have kept her cells and used them in several experiments, vaccines, etc. All unbeknownst to her and her family!

I absolutely cannot put this one down!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Just a quick note- HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAISY! Luv ya!

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

I started reading Blindsighted, by Karin Slaughter. This is the first Karin Slaughter book that I have ever read. I am really enthralled by this book. I cannot put it down!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Yup... Me again. Ok Note to self... Must remember to have guys clean food out of fridge at work! I opened it to get a drink this morning and a steaming, green wave of putrid stench puffed out at me! Plech! (That's what my Granddaughter says when she doesn't like something). Anyway, it smelled like dirty feet, bad beans, and baked butt! I must put on hazmat suit and go clean the fridge! I am going in. If I'm not out in 15 minutes.. It took longer. :(

Covergirl & Olay

Ok so this one has absolutely nothing to do with books...or lupus...well sort of lupus. I received Covergirl and Olay foundation in the mail from Bzzagent yesterday. YAY! It's a full size bottle of foundation and a full size powder compact! Who does that anymore??? Nowadays when you want to try something, you get a teeny tiny trial size! I put it on this morning and it's the first make-up I've used that actually covered up the butterfly rash!!! (Angels sing) !!! YAY! Confetti!<img src="https://img.bzzagent.com/image/covergirlOlay.jpg?Type=activity&Activity=1058041311&Campaign=3550050590&Uid=1344026&token=9d27dc1c7e9740294302f31dde2adc4a" alt=""/>

Living With Lupus

Because I have Lupus, I have a lot of time to read. Bright spot!
I just started reading the "Dark Spells" Boxed set by Scott Nicholson and J.R. Rain. Pretty good so far...Let's get back to the original mission of this blog. Lol
I finished "Heart Full of Lies" by Ann Rule. I rate it 4.5 books! (Out of 5). It was well written and though you could guess the outcome it's a true crime story) Ms. Rule kept the reader enthralled. I would definately recommend it!
Hugs! :@

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Review of Dark House - Experiments in Terror #1

So... After reading ALL day just so I could find out what happened, I stayed up a little late and tried to finish Dark House... Right up until my husband came into the living room and asked me if I was going to get up and go to bed or just drool all over the Kindle all night. (Apparently, I only thought I was still reading! )

I'm not sure what I expected from this one, but it wasn't haunted lighthouses and a creepy clown lady! ( Why oh why do I have to have  a clown phobia??? lol) Anyway, as I was saying, This poor girl was wandering around in her uncle's lighthouse and runs smack into a hot guy! Woo-hoo, he turns out to be real. Perry and Dex decide to team up to do ghost videos for the web. (Of course, I am really condensing here.) Poor Perry keeps running into this mysterious clown lady that has ominous warnings for her and Dex. It appears that only they can see her...If I say much more, it would ruin it, but suffice it to say, if you like suspense, thrillers, horror, this is a must read! Thank you for this awesome book Ms. Halle!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Review of the Speaker For the Trees by Sean DeLauder

I received this book complimentary from the author in exchange for my review.Thank you Mr. DeLauder. I must tell you, I was pleasantly surprised. This book is out of my usual comfort genre, so I was surprised how smooth it read. It kept my interest and not once, did I think, "I must put this down and move on..."
Hedge is the main character in the story. He has been sent to Earth to observe and report on humanity's destruction of Plants and the Earth. (Before you start groaning, let me just tell you, Hedge is such a lovable character.) Hedge has a human wife, and the poor guy even eats her pork chops because he wants to make her happy... There are tender moments and alot of unspoken bonds between Hedge and Ann, he doesn't realize how much until he has to be away for a while and their existence is at stake... I have to stop here or I will spoil it for you. So, jaunt on over and get a copy of The Speaker For the Trees  by Sean Delauder. It is a quick read, and don't forget your toaster...