Review: Under Wraps by Hannah Jayne

April 30, 2013 2013, book rating, C, reviews 0

Hannah Jayne is another new author for me! The New Authors Challenge 2013 is hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. Under Wraps by Hannah Jayne Underworld Detection Agency, book 1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by:  Kensington, 2011 E-book, purchased 352 pages Grade: C Synopsis: As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen, and the uncanny. Until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and… Read more »

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Blog Update…How I’m Learning an Old Saying Is Still True

April 29, 2013 2013, Blog Admin 0

Have you ever heard the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” Well, I’m beginning to wonder if I should have thought of that. My comment system for the blog wasn’t broken, but I decided to tweak it. 🙁 Yesterday I updated my blog to Disqus–a commenting system on the internet which works with different blogging platforms. It helps eliminate spam and helps encourage conversations between people. I’ve seen other blogs which use Disqus and read a little about it so I decided to give it a try. I’ve signed up for it and it’s supposed import the comments I already have into my new Disqus system. So far… Read more »

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Sunday Post–April 28

Sunday Post–April 28

April 28, 2013 2013, Sunday Post 0

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is where I take a look at my last week and look ahead to what I might be doing next week. Last Week Around the House More gardening, beautiful weather, reading and cards made and mailed. One thing I’m noticing is that I’m buying a lot more books than I’m getting read. One good thing is that these are all e-books so I’m not adding to my groaning physical bookshelves! On my blog One of the posts didn’t get completed so I posted another review instead. Updated the blog I decided to add grades to my… Read more »

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Review: The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

Review: The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

April 25, 2013 2013, B+, book rating, reviews 0

I’ve decided to add grades to my reviews as I do grade the books I read when I add them to my book list. I will add grades to my older reviews, too. The Duchess War by Courtney Milan The Brothers Sinister series, book 1 Genre: Historical Romance Publisher: Courtney Milan, 2012 E-book, purchased 270 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly—so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at… Read more »

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Review: The Scrapyard Incident by Phillip Nolte

April 23, 2013 2013, book rating, C+, reviews 0

Another new author! Another addition to the New Author Challenge 2013. This challenge is hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. The Scrapyard Incident by Phillip Nolte Junkyard Dogs, book 1 Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera Published by: Amazon Digital, 2013 E-book, purchased 365 pages Grade: C+ Synopsis: Ensign Tamara Carlisle, a brilliant, beautiful but decidedly quirky young officer on a remote assignment to obtain information needed to finish her advanced degree in Military History… Lieutenant Ryan Harris, a talented and experienced engineer who harbors doubts about his ability to command…Engineering Technician Angus Hawkins, a savvy veteran and former Chief Petty Officer busted down in rank for brawling… These three unsuspecting… Read more »

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Sunday Post–April 21

Sunday Post–April 21

April 21, 2013 2013, Sunday Post 0

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is where I take a look at my last week and look ahead to what I might be doing next week. Last Week Around the House One of our daughters came to visit this weekend. She helped me make some changes to my craft/art room. I made quite a few cards and even mailed quite a few…lol! We also bought planters, soil and herbs and got them planted. So happy to have herbs…basil, parsley, dill, oregano, thyme, mint, rosemary, lavender. I still need cilantro and a few more herbs. Also need some flowers. The other thing… Read more »

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Review: Assassin’s Gambit by Amy Raby

Review: Assassin’s Gambit by Amy Raby

April 19, 2013 2013, book rating, C+, reviews 0

This is a buddy review I did with nath over at Breezing Through. I had a lot of fun talking with nath about this book, but it did make me realize I’m not a very critical reader. While we discussed the book I had to admit a number of things in the book were problems! This is also a new author I read so this is another of my New Author Challenge 2013 books. This is hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. Assassin’s Gambit by Amy Raby The Hearts and Thrones series, book 1 Genre: Fantasy Romance Published by: Signet, 2013 E-book, purchased 400 pages Grade: C+ Synopsis:Vitala Salonius, champion… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday–Top Ten Most Vivid Book Worlds/Settings

Top Ten Tuesday–Top Ten Most Vivid Book Worlds/Settings

April 16, 2013 2013, books, Top Ten Tuesday 0

Note: I had trouble finishing up this post this morning after the terrible events in Boston yesterday. One of my daughters ran in the Boston Marathon a couple years ago so this brought back memories of my happiness for her that day with the horror of seeing those bombs go off  blanketed over those happy memories. Plus I have a nephew and his wife who just moved from Boston. My hearts go out to all the people injuried or killed yesterday, their families and to all of Boston. My thoughts are also with the police, FBI and everyone working to catch the person or person who did this: I hope… Read more »

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National Library Week–April 14 – 20

National Library Week–April 14 – 20

April 15, 2013 2013, books, National Library Week 0

April 14-20 is National Library Week here in the U.S. I love libraries. The small town I grew up in didn’t have any bookstores so the library in our town was very precious to us. Some of my earliest memories are going to the library with my mother. I remember the children’s section was in the basement. I was thrilled when I finally came upstairs and looked for books in the adult section! In those days there weren’t any young adult books though looking back a lot of the books I read were pretty much young adult–Mary Stewart, Andre Norton and some of Robert Heinlein, for example. I loved spending… Read more »

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Sunday Post–April 14

Sunday Post–April 14

April 14, 2013 2013, Sunday Post, Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy Month 0

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is where I review my last week and look ahead to what I might be doing next week. Last Week Around the House We drove home from Iowa this week. Lots of driving, but fun to see friends and family. My husband helped his dad clean up his yard to get ready for spring. We arrived back in the DC area and it was summer! The daffodils my sisters-in-law helped me plant last fall are blooming, tulips are growing and the lawn is getting green. We’ve only been in this house a few months so this… Read more »

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