Book Review: Black Poodle Over Seven Hills by Victoria Bastedo

I received an ARC of this book in return for an honest review

Okay, so I’m a bit behind here and I am really sorry about that. My head hasn’t been in the game as much due to a number of family things stemming from preterm labor to a shooting. It has been one of those months where I can’t help but look up and say “Okay God…what in the world are you doing?” So I am a bit behind on reviews and I am hoping to knock out a few of them today (*gasp*). Maybe I’ll even get some work done on The Misplaced Selchie. (*gasp again*)

 If you are curious as to what will be popping up in the next week, I’m working on reviews for these books:

Chasing Rabbits by Erin Bedford
Angel in Training by C.L. Coffey
Angel Eclipsed by C.L. Coffey
Angel Tormented by C.L. Coffey
The Portal Prophecies: A Keeper’s Destiny by C.A. King

That is, of course, not including this review you are reading right now which is a little bit outside my normal forte.  That’s right…this is a romance (*cue shocked gasps all around*). No, I jest. I’m not stranger to romance books. While they are definitely not my favorite, sometimes you just can’t help pick up one of those cutesy ones to make you feel a bit better. They can be fun and just as gripping as any other genre, so long as the author doesn’t completely forget the plot and just write page after page of sex and smut (I’m looking at you Laurell K. Hamilton). This book, did not have that problem at all though because, while a romance, it was about the story and not sex.


“You’re definitely not the man for this dog.”
“That’s because that’s not a man’s dog. It’s not a companion who flops down by your feet in front of a fireplace. That wears diapers. That has to be hand-fed. That wears a bow in its four strands of scraggly hair.”

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Book Review: Fangs For the Memories by D.R. Perry

I received this book for free from a random drawing.

I’m gonna make you bend and break…say a prayer but let the good times roll…

Wait…that’s not right.I’m sorry (no I’m not, I freaking love Fallout Boy). Seriously though, every time I sat down to read this book I was humming “Thnks Rr th Mmrs”. I’m actually rather sure that it was intended this way. So if any book has a soundtrack, it is this one. A lovely pop punky FOB one. 😉


“We have complex senses of smell, though, and coffee is one of the most calming scents to pick up. Another one is Earl Gray tea, which led to geeks everywhere wondering whether Captain Picard might have been a closeted vampire.”


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Book Review: First Light by Jeffrey Cook with Sarah Symonds

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Oof, to say I am behind is currently an understatement. The husband was out of town and binge watching some TV shows happened.  My bad. On the bright side, that means that this is gonna be like review week or something! Since my last review I’ve read Fangs For the Memories, Chasing Rabbits, and Dawn of Steam: First Light (oh hey!) So I shall have quite a few updates over the next week.


“It seemed he did not suffer fools lightly, and considered many men to be fools.”

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Book Review: An Oath of Wintersteel by JM Guillen

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What a hard week this has been for some odd reason. My anxiety just decided to kick in a lot this month, along with a lot of things going on with the family. If you are inclined to prayers, they are most welcome.

But right now I have my coffee, my hellion is eating breakfast and I am in a decent mood! Which means it is time to talk our favorite thing: books. And seriously, I got a good one for you this week. It is a new book by JM Guillen. I’ve had another one of his books on my to-read list for awhile now, but I’ve had some other books I needed to read first (ones that were in exchange for reviews, which reminds me…there will be a review for Jeffrey Cook’s First Light coming up this week also!). Then I got the chance to pick up this book in exchange for a review, and damn.

And it took me forever to pick a quote to post with this. The one I really wanted might have given away too much…as it is, this book is super freaking quotable.

Eso ci que eso.” He shrugged, his last word on the matter. That one phrase summed up so much about Domingo: Whatever shall be, shall be.


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Book Review:Grave Measures by R.R. Virdi

Earlier this week, the final nominations were released for the Dragon Con Awards. This is a big thing, as I am sure many of you know, and we have THREE Wrimo authors that made it into the finals: James Osiris Baldwin (Blood Hound), JF Dubeau’s The Life Engineered, and last but not least R.R. Virdi and his book Grave Measures.

*looks at title*
Oh hey!

But seriously though, if you haven’t yet, please register as a fan on their site, copy down your assigned number, and wait for your email. Then go and VOTE! Voting ends September 1 and  winners will be announced over Labor Day Weekend.

Just once, I wished someone would leave a note behind: “This is what killed me. You’re welcome.”


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Review: Blood Debt by E.A. Copen


If you have been following along on my spanking new Facebook page that I have FINALLY gotten around to creating, you may know that I have pseudo solved my Kindle problem. If not, basically my mom gave me her old phone, and although I haven’t been able to switch everything over, I can still use it at home since I have WiFi. So I have my Kindle back and can get back to my ebooks. My upcoming schedule for reviews after this one should look something like this:

Grave Measures by R.R. Virdi
Dawn of Steam: First Light by Jeffrey Cook
Fangs for the Memories by D.R. Perry
Mad Science Institute by Sechin Tower
Mina Cortez by Jeffrey Cook

Then I SHOULD be caught up with all my free books and able to move into the rest.

When I stood in its way after the third warning, that’s when he attacked. He was almost pleasant, except for the part where he tried to kill us.

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Writing; Fool With Dreams

I am still Kindle-less so let’s talk about writing for the moment!

Does anyone else that one scene that they wrote, that they just keep going back to again and again? That one scene where the words just seem to strike you in a certain way?
I have a few of those in my WIP, but outside of that I do a RP with some friends. There is this one scene I wrote for a character, Rhett, that I just always go back to and sigh softly. It is probably one of my favorite things I have written. Rhett has always been my laid-back character with a bit of a morbid past. He grew up in a werewolf commune and was a musician. Fell in love with a girl, got married, and they had a baby. But then bad guys came, as bad guys do and destroyed it all. He came home to find it decimated, and everyone killed. Quite frequently he tells me that the hardest thing anyone will ever do is to create a grave for a child.

Fast forward some odd years and things are starting to pick up for him. Which is where this post comes up. I think I did a rather decent job capturing the turmoil that goes on inside him.

So I hope you enjoy this. And if it helps any, I use Kenneth Nixon from Framing Hanley as his face. 😉

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Life; Mini Vacation

Hello there everyone!  No book review this time, just a short life update. I am a bit behind right now for a few reasons. The first is because we only just got back home from visiting family back in Seattle (And I am still a little bummed my schedule didn’t match Jeffrey Cook’s!). Because of that I had little to no time for reviewing, let alone reading (GASP).

The second and most irritating reason: my phone has decided that it no longer registers having a memory card. My Kindle app was on my memory card. Now, I was able to make enough room on my phone’s memory to reinstall the app….but I can’t download any of my books.

Why, Lora…why not just use your bitty’s tablet?

Well, since you asked, I was going to! Until he decided to throw it into the pool!

So with most of my books on my kindle, it will be a little while until I am able to read and review any of the Wrimo/Indie works. I suppose in the meantime, I will look at reviewing The Princess Academy which I read earlier this year, and maybe finishing up Cinder and A Wrinkle in Time. Then, once I get my apps back, I will be able to finish up First Steam and Blood Debt before moving onto Grave Measures.

So that has been my fun week. How are you guys doing?! Any fun kid stories to make me giggle?? Maybe a book you would like to suggest I read? Comment below!

Book Review: There But For The Grace by AJ Downey and Jeffrey Cook

I am obligated to say I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Two reviews in one day!? The craziness! Ha! I had been hoping to get these done before today but well…. I didn’t. My bad. So I’m knocking out two in one day so at least there is that!

I love books, what can I say. :3

“So I walked with Death, hand in hand with War, and even though I should have been seriously weirded out by that, I wasn’t.”


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Book Review: Barrow Fiend by Amy Hopkins

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I finished this book a few days ago and should have had this review done ….but well….Pokemon Go. What can I say, my younger self was all sorts of on that. So I got a little distracted between that and work and forgot to write this review.

But here I am now!

“You’re serious. We just ran hell for leather away from a giant creature stalking us in the dark, and you want to go back for a look?”

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