Check out my new works!!!

I have been quite busy lately.  Unfortunately, reviewing hasn’t been my priority because I’ve been trying my hand at writing.  I have a couple completed works that I am slowly putting up on Wattpad.  I’d love for all of you to go check it out and give it a like if you dig them.

182790214-256-k760473Book Blurb:

When Christina loses her job an unexpected trip to London to take care of her uncle may just what she needs.  However, the reason for the trip was a trick to get her out of her funk.  So, when she meets the captain of the Winchester Wyverns, Finley, the connection is electric.  Christina knows she can’t trust athletes.  Her brain is telling her Finley is bad news but her body wants to climb him like a tree.

Finley is drawn to Christina the moment she sees her after a match.  Though, she is the cousin of his teammates and getting her alone is a challenge.  Once he gets her alone how can he convince her she is different from all the other girls?  That she has quickly become his addiction.

When they both finally let their walls fall, Christina’s past slams back into her life with horrible repercussions.  Can Christina and Finley find a way to love through heartbreak?

Check it out here!

182791180-256-k764142Book Blurb:

Talia is known as The Gossip Queen.  When she breaks the story of the century she becomes infamous throughout Hollywood.  But, when the tables are turned and she becomes gossip thanks to a night she can’t remember with sexy A-lister, Zee Jaxon,  her reputation and job are on the line.

When Zee Jaxon comes to her with a plan she is skeptical.  Become his fake girlfriend until the paparazzi get bored.  What could go wrong in a fake relationship with an A-list movie star who also happens to be her brother’s best friend?

Real love is not in the plan.

Check it out here!

The Ties that Bind

I was reminded today about the book 5 People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.  This book was thrust back into the front of my mind when I was reading a twitter thread #IfIDiedTomorrow.  The whole purpose of that thread was to put out there what you want remembered about yourself.  I began thinking about what I would post on this thread.  I drew a blank.  Then what came flooding into my mind was watching my father pass away in the hospital and immediately the book I read while sitting with him popped into my head.  I thought how strange that I was reading a book about death and the afterlife as I was watching someone close to me about to take that journey.

Thinking back on that book and re-reading it always hurdles me right back into the time when I was sitting in that hospital room just waiting.  I can still hear the dull sounds outside the room. Smell the hospital antiseptic that is always used.  I see my dad, who was dying of cancer at the time, only a shell of the man I knew.  All of these vivid memories connected to one book.  So, I began to wonder how many other books I could connect to such vivid memories.  I was surprised with how many different books supported and comforted me through sad and happy times like they were old friends.

J.R Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood popped into my mind immediately.  I started reading these books when I was 8 months pregnant.  I still remember laying in bed reading and feeling my little guy moving in my tummy.  Reading them when I was in the Doctor’s office getting blood taken.  I think I am so attached to this series and author partially because it carried me through my last month of being pregnant and helped me dampen nerves that were already rampant for a new mother.  The distraction that was the Black Dagger Brotherhood has now intrenched itself in my life and I have become a huge fan because of how these books carried me through to one of the greatest events in my life.

Many authors effect their readers emotionally. But, Nicholas Sparks has to be one of best known authors for taking a chunk of your heart every time you read his books. So, it was strange to realize one of my most prominent memories revolves around one of his books.  It was my first year of college.  I didn’t have anywhere to go for spring break because I lived so far away.   A friend invited me to go home with her and I went.  I remember the look of the house while I sat and read The Notebook.  I remember the quiet that only the deep south can give you.  The breeze that blew through the house occasionally.  The welcoming warmth of the family taking me in for the week.  An overwhelming sense of gratitude and peace comes with reading The Notebook and it’s not from the book itself.

So, it seems that books don’t just impact you with their stories.  It seems your story and emotions can tie to a book and it can become a symbol of a single moment or string of moments  that are emotionally poignant to you.  I know that I have many other books with these connections to my life and I foresee that many more will have an impact and become a symbol all wrapped up in the package of a good book.

So…I ask you reader…Do you have a book or story that ties you to an event in your life?

Anyone addicted to reading…please stand up

I confess…I am a book addict.  I love to read.  It actually seems that I have developed more of an addiction more recently.  I now am reading 2-3 books at a time.  You may be wondering how are you reading so many at once.  Well, when you have acquired a new taste for audio books and also reading a bo a person  can accumulate books very quickly.

Of all the books I am reading I would say only a portion really leave a memorable print in my psyche.  Some leave with a character you wish you personally knew or feel you already know.  Other stories are so soul searing you can’t get them out of your head.  And yet another sort of story is that of the palate cleansing.  I would say a majority tend to be the palate cleansing variety.  It’s almost like you go through many books to find those who you really attach yourself to.

First of all, off the top of my head I can think of multiple characters who I have grown to love.  JM, Qhuinn and Blay, in the BDB series.  Matthew and Diana in the Discovery of Witches.  Strider and Kaia in the LOTU series.  Theron, Orpheus and Titus in the Eternal Guardians series. Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.  Katniss and Peeta in Hunger Games trilogy.  Enzo in The Art of Racing in the Rain.  This is to only name a few.  Yes, this is just a few for me.  But, each of these characters in all of these books have made lasting impressions and I re-read these books just for interaction with these characters.

Some of the characters I mentioned are in the very stories who will stay with me forever.  To Kill A Mockingbird, The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Discovery of Witches, The Enemy’s Cradle, Lover Mine, Hunger Games, Cold Mountain and The Guardian.  To name only a few.  These very stories have caused pain, love, wantonness, intrigue and any other cornucopia of emotions.  You will notice that most of these are not ever going to be known as The Great American Novel with the exception of a couple.  That doesn’t mean they don’t have the same impact.

Finally…my in-between/palate reads.  This could be anything from the chic lit books or good beach books.  This could also be books that look good on the cover but you just trudge through so you can move on to the next book.  This can also be the book you start to take you through a tough part in another book you are also reading.  This can also be a book your reading quickly while you wait for the next in the series you are reading to come out.  I know I am not the only one out there who does this, but I am owning up to it.

I am standing up proudly (not really standing but sitting up straighter) and saying Yes, I am a book addict and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.  So I ask…are you an addict too?  Tell me about your book loves, likes and so-so reads.

Movies vs. TV

I have been away from my blog for a while.  That is partially due to the amount of new books that came out in late March and April and just life in general getting in the way.  So, I figured I would divert a little from books and talk movies and tv.  I have noticed that almost all of the new movies coming out are based on books, comic books or graphic novels.  I wonder where has all the creative innovation has gone.

Don’t get me wrong I like the idea of a lot of books being made into movies or tv shows.  The major problem with that is when I read a book a mini-movie plays in my head.  I create the looks from the description.  I create the voices from the description.  I create the look of the landscape.  But, what I create doesn’t mean the person sitting next to me who is reading the exact same book is watching the same movie in their head.

This is the major problem of adapting books into movies and television series.  I almost cringe whenever I hear about a new adaptation coming out.  Then on the other hand I can sit and drool over who will be cast as the main characters.  But, I think that as patrons of the movies and watchers of television we have such high hopes and even go as far as re-reading the books or reading them for the first time before the movie comes out.

Inevitably though we are caught in some sort of disappointment because producers didn’t put in something you/I thought was an important plot point or the characters don’t look anything like the characters in your/my personal movie.  The biggest travesty is when they change major plot points like True Blood did for Sookie Stackhouse or My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult’s ending which was one of the best parts was completely changed.

So…with all the pluses and minuses with making your favorite book series into movies or tv series I am asking you.  Which book series would you like to see your internal movie up on the big or small screen?

Reading…Does it really matter what?

I have noticed through a lot of the media that they are really coming down hard on certain types of books and the stereotypical people who read them.  These books tend to be on the romantic side and some have sexual undertones.  My question is does it really matter what your reading as long as your reading?

I don’t think anyone has the right to criticize and make people feel bad that they are not reading a certain kind of “acceptable” genre of book.  I like anything fiction.  But, I am currently in a trend of reading a lot of paranormal romance.  These books have some explicit language and sexual situation.  WHO CARES?  That doesn’t make me or anyone else who reads these books desperate, uninformed or sad.

The promotion of literacy is what really matters.  Whether you read Romance, Non-fiction, Comic Books or Magazine.  The younger generations will develop there love of reading by seeing it done in the environment they are brought up in.

As for the ridiculous criticism of “desperate, sex depraved” wives reading these sex riddled books.  Again, I ask WHO CARES?  I’m sure the ideas these wives get out of some of these books only encourage the bedroom acrobatics instead of deterring them.  And, if the husband/boyfriend/significant other is complaining then he needs to take up reading the books his wife, girlfriend or significant other is reading.  It may only improve your understanding of the person you care about.

To re-read or not to re-read…

March 27th is a big day in my book world.  I have two series’s that I currently read that have new books coming out.  Kerrelyn Sparks’s Love at Stake has Wanted: Undead or Alive coming out and J.R Ward’s Black Daggar Brotherhood has Lover Reborn coming out.  I have read all books in both of these series’ so I had a serious choice to make.  Which series do I re-read in time for the new book to come out?

I chose to read J.R Ward’s BDB.  I am currently on the most recent book and will be completed the re-read of the series in time for Lover Reborn.  This is not to say that I prefer one over the other.  They are two different series’ but both are about vampires.  I think I chose to re-read BDB because it has a lot more information that you need to be reminded of.  Love at Stake is a little more simplistic and easier to skip a re-read.

I do however suggest that if you are going to start a series start from the beginning.  It is really difficult to jump onto a bandwagon when the story lines have been so thoroughly established.  I would also suggest to not make any misinformed (stupid) assumptions or questions when you haven’t read or re-read the books.  No matter the series.  You just make yourself look bad. 

So, I say re-read whenever you can…and if you can’t well then just skip to the good parts you remember…hahahaha.  🙂

Currently Reading: RE-Reading Lover Unleased by J.R Ward

Currently Listening: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Coming Up: Lost December by Richard Paul Evans, Lover Reborn by J.R Ward, Wanted: Undead or Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks

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