Friday, March 31, 2017

The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias - Book Review

32076440The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Published August 8th 2016

A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago.

In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul.

As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors.

And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.

Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction?

Explicit Content Warning: "The Devil’s Prayer" is a historical horror thriller that contains brutality, rape, sex, drug abuse and murder. Readers may find its content offensive and confronting.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ten Authors I've Been Lucky to Meet

I have been so lucky to get to go to so many author signings over the last so many years. Especially lucky since I never had a reliable source of transportation, so sometimes I wasn't sure if I could go until the last minute. Subway with a bag of books? That's fun.

I say so many but thankfully because of all the festivals I've gotten to meet six authors in a day, sometimes all at once.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Songs of the Moment [3/21]

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.

For some reason I'm more likely not to share a song when I actually have a song in mind.
My brain has kind of been on vacation this, well, month if I'm being honest. I saw Dan Stevens (from Beauty and the Beast) earlier this month and after that everything has been kind of a blur. Really, my notebook has a note about it on March 6 and I didn't write anything else the entire week. What did I do? I don't have a clue. The following week I had to deal with some pretty stressful things so I know I shut down. Last week more personal stuff but I also went to see the musical An American in Paris.

Have I done anything productive?
Well I did plan out which books I'll need for next month's book events. So, no not really.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I have to confess, I have so not been in the mood to do anything. Which, seeing it written out, makes me think that's nothing really new for me. If it were new I wouldn't have just spent the last hour making a playlist with songs from movies where the characters are ready to go. Mainly Disney Princesses.

If I could I would just stop and read for a few days.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Why I Let Comparison Take Control

You always hear or see reports going on about how social media is ruining your own life, and how it can usually cause unhappiness because, maybe even without noticing, you'll start comparing your own life to the "fabulous" life that person you haven't even seen in years claims to be living. -from my last Thought Post.

In my last post I admitted to being guilty to doing this, and how I was trying to control that subconscious annoyance.
This is where I admit why I let it happen: Because I really don't have much going on.

Now there are the occasional exceptions; back in August when one friend from high school was posting about her second daughter's first day of school I was busy sharing my trip to Paris.
I'm constantly reminding myself to list the good in my life and that definitely was a good. No kids and I get to see the world.
(That wasn't meant to sound mean. I don't build myself up by comparing what I have to what others don't. Well, except in relationships I look at some couples and give thanks I'm not in a relationship like theirs.)

March Write On Review-a-thon

Write On Review-a-Thon

The Write On Review-a-Thon is a challenge hosted by Book Bumblings. From Friday through Sunday, we all band together and write as many reviews as possible. It’s a weekend for you to either catch up on reviews or get ahead on upcoming ones. It doesn’t matter if you write one review or 10 – if you write a review, you’re in. Join this month’s challenge here.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs - Book Review

30142139Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
March 21st 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young

Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Song(s) of the Moment 3/7

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.

In my last Song post I mention that it was kind of sad that I haven't had a 'moment' worth sharing in a while. Well I finally got one yesterday.

But first I'm going to go Disney and share (again) songs that have been stuck in my head.

Hold Me Down by Sara Taylor Woods - Cover Reveal

Monday, March 6, 2017

Comparison vs Happiness

"In the game of life, you're competing exclusively against yourself." The February message on my Get Your Shit Together by Sarah Knight calendar.

You know those moments where you read a line in a book or maybe hear a song and think: "Yeah, that really relates to me in this very moment?"
Well the above quote is exactly what I needed to have reiterated two days after my birthday. A day that was half spent crying over what I thought I should have and have yet to accomplish.

I'm not even entirely sure how it happened; the day started with my sister's kid getting on my nerves (he's my main trigger so no real surprise there) and resulting in me thinking "Screw this I'm going back to bed and watch Golden Girls (which is something I do every Sunday). Later I went online thanked the few people who sent messages on Facebook, talked with my cousin, found a list of musicians who died at the age of 27, thought to myself: "Well if I make it past this year at least I'll be doing better than them."

Friday, March 3, 2017

Teen Hyde (High School Horror Story, #2) by Chandler Baker - Book Review

29102925Teen Hyde by Chandler Baker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published January 10th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

High school meets classic horror in this YA contemporary twist on Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Head Cheerleader Cassidy Hyde’s life should have been perfect. But it really, really wasn’t, and she’s about ready to give up and disappear. Until, the first time she takes Sunshine. This new experimental drug makes Cassidy feel like the perfect, golden girl once again. A little memory loss seems like a small price to pay to get her life back . . . at least until boys start to go missing . . . boys that Cassidy NEVER wanted to think of again . . .

Thus begins Chandler Baker's second twisty-turny retelling of a familiar tale, once again set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying.

That's So '90s Pop! by Patrick Sullivan - Coloring Book Review

30687935That's So '90s Pop!: A Fill-In Activity Book by Patrick Sullivan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published October 4th 2016 by Clarkson Potter Publishers

Join Britney Spears in a maze searching for the necklace she once thought the old lady dropped into the ocean. Join Mandy Moore for a Candy-fuelled adventure in her green VW bug. Color in the scorching tattoos on Nick Lachey’s rippling biceps. All this and so much more to be discovered within the pages of That’s so ’90s Pop, a fill-in activity book featuring a bevy of beloved musical pop stars from the late ’90s/ early ’00s.

Pop Stars Include:
·         The Spice Girls
·         Backstreet Boys
·         Britney Spears

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, and Many Others by William Daniels - Book Review

30838588There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, and Many Others by William Daniels

Published March 1st 2017 by Potomac Books

There I Go Again is a celebrity memoir like no other, revealing the life of a man whose acting career has been so rich that millions of Americans know his face even while they might not recognize his name.

William Daniels is an enigma—a rare chameleon who has enjoyed massive success both in Hollywood and on Broadway and been embraced by fans of successive generations. Few of his peers inspire the fervor with which buffs celebrate his most iconic roles, among them George Feeny in 
Boy Meets World, KITT in Knight Rider, Dr. Mark Craig in St. Elsewhere, and John Adams in the play and film 1776.

Daniels guides readers through some of Hollywood’s most cherished productions, offering recollections of entertainment legends including Lauren Bacall, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Mike Nichols, Jason Robards, Barbra Streisand, and many more.

Looking back on his seventy-five-plus-year career, Daniels realizes that although he never had the courage to say “no” to being an actor, he backed into stardom. With his wife, actress Bonnie Bartlett, by his side, he came to realize that he wound up exactly where he was supposed to be: on the screen and stage.

Hometown Cowboy by Sara Richardson - Excerpt


HOMETOWN COWBOY by Sara Richardson is the first book in her brand new series, Rocky Mountain Riders. You can buy it now and pre-order the next book in the series, Comeback Cowboy! 


Jessa Mae Love is done with relationships. No matter how tempting he might be, she cannot--will not--fall for a man like Lance Cortez. The outrageously handsome cowboy is practically a living legend in Colorado, as famous for riding bulls as he is for breaking hearts. What would a big-time rodeo star like him see in a small-town veterinarian who wears glasses, rescues animals, and cries when watching rom-coms? Turns out, plenty.
Raising bulls, riding the circuit, and looking after his ailing father--Lance never stands still for long. Yet Jessa catches his attention, and the more she tries to resist him, the more he wants her. When she agrees to move to the ranch to keep an eye on Lance's dad, Jessa tells him they have to keep it professional: no flirting, no sweet talk, and definitely no kissing. But with Jessa now living under his roof, that's easier said than done . . .