Mar 222016
Official announcement

Well, after several months of silence, I guess I can official say that I’ve lost the drive to blog about books. Even though I haven’t been blogging, I have still been reading, albeit much slower than in past years. I’ve been missing a connection to the publishing world, and so, have an announcement to make… I’ve created a new business that goes back to my love of self-publishing. Workaday Services offers editing and ebook formatting services, specifically getting works ready to be published through Smashwords. I’m focusing on shorter nonfiction works, such as the types of documents that webpreneurs offer […]

Jul 272014
Week in review July 27

This has been a quick week. A little rain, a little sun, and a fun kid’s birthday party on Saturday. Not too much reading though. Books read: Dirty Magic – I had to jump right into this book, and I’m glad I did. This was an exciting urban fantasy story, with lots of magical elements and ideas that are new to me. The Darwin Elevator – A military space alien story that didn’t feature much space or aliens, just military style action. Books received: Conduits by Jennifer Loring To Die Fur (Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot Mystery #2) by Dixie Lyle

Jul 192013
Review: The White Queen

This was an interesting story that mixes history with a bit of magic. The story revolves around the life of Elizabeth Woodville, and is full of political intrigue and war. I found the story quite long. There was a bit of repetition, and everything seems to move slowly. There were several times when I started to get bored because there wasn’t a lot happening. This may be partly because I’m not a history buff, and don’t know much about English monarch history. I got lost in the extensive cast of characters at times. I loved the addition of the magic. […]

Jul 172013
Review: Intangible

I was excited about this book going into it, but was left feeling a bit disappointed. The highlight of the story was the romance. It was sweet and cute, and very warm and fuzzy. There was a bit of a triangle developing near the end, and I must admit that I am rooting for the “bad” guy. I found him to be much more intriguing and likable. The actual plotline seemed a bit flat. I don’t appreciate when parents keep huge secrets from their children for no apparent reason, and this is the main reason the book fell flat for […]

Sep 142012
Blood and Bullets

Blood and Bullets (Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty-Hunter #1) by James R Tuck Source: Review copy from author Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website He lives to kill monsters. He keeps his city safe. And his silver hollow-points and back-from-the-dead abilities help him take out any kind of supernatural threat. But now an immortal evil has this bad-ass bounty hunter dead in its sights. . . Ever since a monster murdered his family, Deacon Chalk hunts any creature that preys on the innocent. So when a pretty vampire girl “hires” him to eliminate a fellow slayer, Deacon goes to warn him–and barely […]

Sep 142012
Blade Song

Blade Song by JC Daniels Source: Review copy from Shiloh Walker, Inc via Netgalley Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Kit Colbana—half breed, assassin, thief, jack of all trades—has a new job: track down the missing ward of one of the local alpha shapeshifters. It should be a piece of cake. So why is she so nervous? It probably has something to do with the insanity that happens when you deal with shifters—especially sexy ones who come bearing promises of easy jobs and easier money. Or maybe it’s all the other missing kids that Kit discovers while working the case, or […]

Sep 112012
Y: A Novel

Y: A Novel by Marjorie Celona Source: Review copy from publisher Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website “My life begins at the Y…” so starts Shannon’s story, a newborn baby dumped at the doors of the local YMCA. Bounced between foster homes, Shannon longs to uncover her roots. Where is she from? Who is her mother? And why would she abandon Shannon on the day she was born? The answers lie in the heartbreaking tale of her mother’s family, and their flawed and desperate fate. Through Marjorie Celona’s intimate observations and quirky wit, present and past converge to shape a unique […]

Sep 072012

Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu Source: Finished copy from BEA 2012 Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross […]

Sep 072012

Enclave (Razorland #1) by Ann Aguirre Audiobook narrated by: Emily Bauer Source: Local library Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups-Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember. As a Huntress, her purpose is clear–to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group […]

Sep 062012
Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden Source: Local library Links: Amazon, Goodreads Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to […]