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Blitz: Where This World Ends

Where This World EndsWhere This World Ends
(A Collection of Short Stories From Masquerade de Minuit)
By Kitty Honeycutt
GENRE: Supernatural Thriller
Release date: February 10. 2018

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Where this World ends there is another World inhabited by creatures that come from the imaginations of multiple people. Step inside their minds and meet them…

Many of these short stories have the same characters in them, in different times and in different places. This is the first book of chronicles of role play that started on AOL (American Online) years ago up until it’s demise.  All stories in this book take place in New Orleans in the 1800’s. The stories are collaborations by many people but mostly by my writing partner Amber Rendon and myself. We hope you’ll enjoy them, they are in their true form, some editing done for aesthetics as well as grammar and while I cannot promise they are in order to complete a whole story, I have done the best I could to put them together in such a way that each story is unique yet fits into the whole of a novel. There is something for everyone in this collection; vampires, werewolves, sex, seduction, blood and tears. This book is a celebration of a montage of writers from many places. We thank you for reading and wait in humble gratitude for your opinions and reviews.


Review: Romanov (Part 2)

By Samaire Provost
Publication date: January 24th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

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In an abandoned warehouse in Manhattan, two enemies battle to the death, while outside, a malevolent entity watches and waits and plots, eager for blood. On an island in the heart of Seattle, an immortal princess struggles to lead a normal life just as a flood of terrifying creatures starts to pour in through a portal that should not be there. A young man meets a classmate while walking home from the college library, and embarks on the most dangerous adventure he’s ever known – will he survive? A deranged madman hunts the girl he’s lusted after for a century, in a relentless pursuit for vengeance. A prehistoric, mythical beast jealously guards a primeval land, which is leaking into present-day Seattle. A sweet, forbidden passion blossoms between two lovers who steal moments whenever they can, while unbeknownst to them, they’re hunted by a deadly creature.

A royal family threatened at its weakest – yet lethal in its own right – is stalked by an ancient evil that will not rest until they are utterly destroyed: a nightmare incarnate that has waited millions of years for revenge threatens the very existence of the young lovers and their family.

Will they prevail?


See the first part of my review here.

Let me say this right up front – This is not the normal type of book I read. I’m not into vampires, and I’m not really into urban fantasy, and I don’t like sex scenes at all. So if I didn’t like it as much as I should have that because it not my type of book. I was really hoping that the Romanov angle would overcome some of those things though. Because I do like Romanov retelling and re-imaginings.

YOU might like this book though. If vampires, urban fantasy, and all that are your cup of tea then don’t let my preferences turn you off.

It took until about 60% of the way into the book for it to get really interesting for me. It seemed like the author had finally felt that the relationship had been established and now she could go on with the story.

Then we get the good stuff, with mythical beasts, cool fight scenes, magic, back story, and a very cool ending. The ending left me thinking all night long. I enjoy books that leave you thinking as long as they wrapped up the story nicely. It leaves you wondering, but generally satisfied with they way things wrapped up.

I enjoyed the dynamics between the members of the Romanov family. I thought the mythos of magic and vampires and the paranormal side of things was interesting.

Bottom Line:

It was an okay book. Cut down the sex scenes and get to the good stuff faster and it would have been much more interesting for me.

Also can we please get someone to make a webcomix with Jinx and Gypsy. (Or a short story? Or spin off novel? Or something?) I love the Kindred.

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Review: Solis

by Kat Ross
(Fourth Talisman #2)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: February 19th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

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In the second volume of the Fourth Talisman series, Nazafareen’s path takes a twist, setting her on a journey into the heart of the maelstrom…

It’s been a thousand years since the Avas Vatras tried to burn the world to ashes. A thousand years since they were imprisoned in the brutal wasteland called the Kiln. But revenge is a dish best served cold—even, apparently, by the children of fire.

In Delphi, Nazafareen joins forces with the followers of Dionysius to rescue her friends from the Oracle’s dungeons and seek out the three talismans whose extraordinary powers stopped the Vatras before. With her own breaking magic growing stronger by the day, she must walk a razor’s edge to control her volatile temper. And if the Vatras find the talismans first, their last hope will die.

In the frozen wastes of the Valkirin range, Victor strikes an uneasy bargain with bitter enemies to keep his tenuous grip on the Maiden Keep. The other holdfasts are coming for him. But it’s an enemy within Val Moraine’s walls that may prove to be his downfall.


See my review of the first book, Nocturne here. And see my reviews of the Fourth Element trilogy books 1 & 2 here and book 3 here. I strongly suggest you read at least Nocturne before reading Solis, but if you read the Fourth Element trilogy first you’ll have a lot more of the character’s backgrounds and the Fourth Talisman series will carry more emotional weight.

It’s hard to review another Kat Ross book, simply because they are all amazing! Nocturne left off at a huge cliffhanger, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Solis. It did not disappoint.

It’s thoughtful, mature (not as in x-rated, but as in developed and substantial,) and exciting. I love the complicated relationships between characters and the conflicting motivations (sometimes within the same character.) For a fantasy book this keeps it really grounded.

The world building is excellent. The books is fast-paced. What else can I say? Kat Ross hits another one out of the park. Fantasy readers who haven’t yet been introduced to her NEED to get their hands on one of her books.

Bottom Line:


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Review: Romanov

By Samaire Provost
Publication date: January 24th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

Book Reviews- It Was OkayIt Was Okay


In an abandoned warehouse in Manhattan, two enemies battle to the death, while outside, a malevolent entity watches and waits and plots, eager for blood. On an island in the heart of Seattle, an immortal princess struggles to lead a normal life just as a flood of terrifying creatures starts to pour in through a portal that should not be there. A young man meets a classmate while walking home from the college library, and embarks on the most dangerous adventure he’s ever known – will he survive? A deranged madman hunts the girl he’s lusted after for a century, in a relentless pursuit for vengeance. A prehistoric, mythical beast jealously guards a primeval land, which is leaking into present-day Seattle. A sweet, forbidden passion blossoms between two lovers who steal moments whenever they can, while unbeknownst to them, they’re hunted by a deadly creature.

A royal family threatened at its weakest – yet lethal in its own right – is stalked by an ancient evil that will not rest until they are utterly destroyed: a nightmare incarnate that has waited millions of years for revenge threatens the very existence of the young lovers and their family.

Will they prevail?


I had a problem with my initial ARC copy not working correctly with my Kindle. I thought I would have to drop out of the tour, but after reaching out to the author on Twitter I got a readable version! Because of that I am somewhat behind in my reading and only made it 50% of the way through the book.

By the way, authors who respond to reader on Twitter are the best!

The review reflects on my feeling and impressions so far and I will post again once I have finished the book.

Eric is a typical college student, working part time and living in a small apartment. Anna on the other hand has a very unusual life for a college student, she’s a vampire and she’s royalty. They met one night near campus, and after Eric shows a grieving Anna some compassion sparks quickly begin to fly.

Meanwhile another vampire, and an old enemy, is stalking the city. And something else is stirring.

At this point in the story it’s been a lot of focus on the romance and not much moving the plot forward. Which is sad, because the hints you get at the larger story are great, but they are few and far between. Instead we get a lot of the two lovers communing and sex scenes, which I skip over because that’s just not my thing (especially the kinky vampire kind.) There are some interesting things going on with the vampire mythos in this story, but so far they aren’t being put to much use.

I enjoy the interaction between the members of Anna’s family and think Eric’s cat Jinx needs to have his own series, but I keep waiting for the plot to move forward. But I have to admit that this is not really my kind of book. I was hoping the whole Romanov thing would be enough to overlook the vampire and romance parts, but so far there hasn’t been enough of that in the story. However, YOU might like the book. I totally admit that this is not my typical sort of fare. it might however be yours.

Bottom Line:

To Be Continued. . .

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Top Ten Tuesday #38

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

February 13, 2018: Love Freebie

I’m not a big fan of romance books. Occasionally I’ll pick one up, mostly just the ones by my friend Karen Barnett. Also I am not a fan of insta-love and love triangles which seem to be every where in the science fiction and fantasy that I normally read. But this being a love freebie I can go beyond romance books. So for this Top Ten Tuesday I’m going to focus on the most interesting and/or memorable relationships in books that I’ve read.

Listed in the order I thought them up, and no other. 🙂

Top Ten Six Most Interesting Relationships

  1. Culach and Mina The Forth Talisman series by Kat Ross. This is at the top of the list because I just finished reading Nocturne and Solis by Kat Ross (read my Nocturne review here.) I enjoy the development of this relationship because it’s mature, not in an X-rated sort of way, but in a “we are both adults, we have storied histories, and this is a conscious choice we’ve made” way. It’s so refreshing to read a fantasy story that doesn’t have insta-love or a love triangle.
  2. Catherine and Heathcliff – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I read this over a decade ago and it still haunts me. Poor Heathcliff. I still feel his heart break, but his revenge is pretty over-the-top. I know that this whole book is built upon love triangles, which I despise, but it is done in a masterful way. Most writers can’t even scratch the surface of Wuthering Heights.
  3. Aang and KataraAvatar the Last Airbender. Yes, I know it’s a TV show, but since I have a graphic novel I’m going to count it. I love the slow burn that this relationship has. It’s obvious to the audience that Aang and Katara are meant for each other, but they are only kids and there is a lot of awkwardness and growing up to be done before they can realize their love. It’s great to watch their friendship mature and become love, after-all that it the best way to fall in love (at least in the real world.)
  4. Ruth and Boaz – The Book of Ruth in the Bible. I just finished reading the book of Ruth to the 7 year old (I’ve been working on reading the stories of women in the Bible to her.) This is one of the strangest love stories ever told. She is a poor widow women and a foreigner gleaning in his fields. He takes pity on her and help protect her. Then later she comes and sleeps at his feet, a very strange manner of seduction, and then he has to talk another man out of marrying her. It’s strange, but sweet as well.
  5. Hamlet and OpheliaHamlet by William Shakespeare. I almost called this Hamlet and himself, because Hamlet seems to love himself so much that he hates himself, but that’s a story for another list. Here I’ll talk about his relationship with Ophelia and how it all went wrong in a hurry. One day Ophelia is expecting to eventually be married to Hamlet and become the future Queen of Denmark, the next she being told to go to a nunnery and that he doesn’t want anything to do with her and then he kills her father. Talk about a bad break up. Poor Ophelia.
  6. Arwen and AragornThe Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. It seems to me that when the age difference between lovers is something like 2600 years it just make the romance that much more interesting. That and the fact that they have to wait for about 60 years to do anything about their love. In a lot of books I read most characters can’t wait for 1 day, much less over half a century.

I tried really hard to get to ten this week, but just kept coming up blank. I even went back through a lot of my old reviews, and realized that most of the books I read don’t have anything to offer in this realm. (I also didn’t want to have repeats, eg fill the list with Shakespeare.) And I simply haven’t read a lot of the books on the lists of best fictional/literary characters.

So that’s it the top six most interesting relationships in books. What would you add to this list?


Guest Post: Your Personality Impacts Your Life

By Gigi Vorgan and Gary Small, MD –

Our friend Mindy told us about some real estate she and her husband bought after retirement, and used the phrase, “location, location, location.”  She said it had a gorgeous view and was close by so family and friends would come and visit.

We weren’t talking a scaled-down house, or condo.  We were talking about the kind of real estate you buy and keep for later.  Hopefully, much later.  We‘re talking cemetery plots.  Mindy said they’d gotten bunk-beds in Simi Valley.  We asked what bunk-bed plots in Simi Valley were selling for these days, and hoped they were dirt-cheap.  Mindy told us that they had already been approached to sell the plots to another party.

We’d never realized there was a market for this type of final-resting place real estate – people buying and selling cemetery plots like timeshares in Palm Springs, until this conversation.  We had never really thought about cemetery plots at all.  What if you change your mind and get cremated? Do your kids inherit your plot like a condo in Boca Raton?

Mindy’s personality would likely score very high on the conscientiousness scale.  She was the type of person who always thinks ahead and plans carefully for the future.

Conscientiousness is one of the five personality domains which have been shown to predict overall success in life.  Conscientious individuals are organized, punctual, thorough and trustworthy.  They also tend to have better relationships and lower divorce rates.

People who score high in conscientiousness are not only more resilient, they also enjoy better health.  These individuals are more likely to take their medicines and visit their doctors on a regular basis.  They tend to consume healthier foods, exercise on a regular basis, and not smoke.

Clearly, conscientiousness is a personality trait that helps people accomplish their goals.  But sometimes too much of a positive trait can become a negative attribute.  For instance, conscientiousness taken to the extreme can be seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD.  People with OCD are often extreme perfectionists, unusually rigid and stubborn, and not much fun to be around.  Thankfully only about 2% of the population have full-blown OCD, and effective treatments are available.

SNAP! Change Your Personality in 30 DaysThe good news is that most people can become more conscientious if they set their minds to it.  In our new book, SNAP! Change Your Personality in 30 Days, we provide readers with the strategies and tools to change their personality in just one month.

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Book Blitz: SNAP! Change Your Personality in 30 Days

SNAP! Change Your Personality in 30 DaysSNAP! Change Your Personality in 30 Days
Authors: Gary Small, MD, Director UCLA Longevity Center and Gigi Vorgan
Genre: Self-Help / Personality / Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: Humanix Books
Release date: January 9, 2018

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New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Small’s breakthrough plan to improve your personality for a better life!

Experts in psychiatry and psychology have long believed that our personalities are essentially set from early childhood and remain consistent throughout life. However, the latest scientific research contradicts this long-held assumption. New compelling evidence indicates that we can change our personalities – either on our own, with the help of a therapist, or a combination of the two – and meaningful personality change can be achieved in a snap! – as quickly as 30 days. These groundbreaking findings have shattered the false belief that we are locked into our negative personality traits – no matter how much they hinder our potential happiness and success.

As you read SNAP! you will gain a better understanding of who you are now, how others see you, and which aspects of yourself you’d like to change. You will acquire the tools you need to change your personality in just one month – it won’t take years of psychotherapy, self-exploration or re-hashing every single bad thing that’s ever happened to you. If you are committed to change, this book will provide a roadmap to achieving your goals and becoming a better you.

From New York Times bestselling author, head of the UCLA Longevity Center, and expert in neuroscience and human behavior, Dr. Gary Small, a practical look at the key components of personality development and tools and techniques for bringing the positive aspects of your personality to the forefront so you can become more successful, attractive, happier, and psychologically healthier.

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Review: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

By Stephanie Oakes
Pages: 400
Date Finished: 8/30/17

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The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.

And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something—but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in oneself.


I made the mistake of reading a free sample of this book. After devouring the first few chapters I had to buy the book so I could keep reading. This book hooks you and then doesn’t let go.

Minnow is a character of contradictions, a survivor who has gone through hell and yet she’s innocent and completely  ignorant of worldly things.  As the story of Minnow unfolds it’s layers, told mostly through flashbacks, I was at times intrigued, horrified, mesmerized and disturbed. Minnow is a puzzle, what happened to her is a puzzle, but why it happened is pretty clear. The mad cult leader, it all comes back to him.

Like her narrative, Minnows mind is twisted. You can’t trust her, but you can’t help but want to trust her. You want her to tell her tale, to share with you the TRUTH behind it all, but you don’t know who Minnow can trust (including herself) and you really don’t want her story ending up in the wrong hands or worse being used against her.

It’s so hard to describe the book without giving away spoilers! (So I’m going to stop here.)

The one thing I’m going to be nit-picky about is the cover. For a book that starts off telling us it’s about a girl who had her hands cut off, it’s pretty weird to see those hands on the cover. It just doesn’t fit the story or the mood of the book.

Bottom Line:

Wow! Wow! Wow! Even for someone like myself who doesn’t usually love psychological thrillers this was a great read. Highly recommended!

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Review: Nocturne

By Kat Ross
(Fourth Talisman, #1)
Publication date: October 15th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
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Nocturne, a wilderness of eternal night. Solis, a wasteland of endless day.

Nazafareen is a Breaker, a mortal who has the rare ability to shatter spell magic—although her power carries a high price. With the memories of her former self erased and nowhere else to turn, she comes to Nocturne hoping to start a new life under the triple moons of the darklands.

But when an assassin forces Nazafareen to flee to the sunlit mortal city of Delphi, she finds herself embroiled in a deeper mystery whose origins lie far in the past. Why was the continent sundered into light and dark a thousand years before? And what really happened to the elegant but ruthless creatures who nearly reduced the world to ashes? The new Oracle might know, but she’s outlawed magic and executes anyone caught practicing it. Nazafareen must hide her powers and find a way out of the city—before it’s too late.

As the net slowly tightens, something ancient and vengeful begins to stir in the arid death zone called the Kiln. A dashing daeva named Darius is pursuing Nazafareen, but so are a multitude of enemies. War is brewing again. Can she stay alive long enough to stop it?

So begins the first installment in an epic new fantasy series from the author of the Fourth Element Trilogy!


The Fourth Talisman series picks up the story of Nazafareen and Darius from the Fourth Element trilogy (See my reviews of books 1 & 2 here and book 3 here.) While it’s not necessary to have read them first, I recommend doing so because Nocturne will have a much bigger emotional impact.

Nazafareen has lost her memory and her homeland. Coming to the strange world of Nocturne, a place in perpetual twilight. Sharing this strange world is Solis, a place in perpetual sunlight. In between the two is the formidable Umbra, a place of unpredictable storms and harsh terrain.

Nazafareen is an odd duck in the community of immortal, elemental working Danai. Her relationship with Darius is strained because of his reluctance to tell her of their past together. As the saying goes, “secrets have a price.” In this book the secrets pile up and the price keeps rising.

Along side the story of Nazafareen and Darius is the story of Culach. Once the handsome prince of the Valkirins, this dashing leader has been reduced to a pitiful state after his run-in with Nazafereen. The Valkirin army was decimated and Culach returned to his mountain top home defeated, blinded and crippled. To top off this disgrace he may be loosing his mind, and his father’s attempts at vengeance aren’t going well.

All of the characters are so rich, with deep motivations, real conflicts (both internal and external) and complicated relationships. Set in a world of magic and mystery that feels lived in, but is foreign to the reader and strangely familiar at the same time, add to it the layers of secrets and intrigue all of which make Nocturne a fantastic fantasy read.

This story started out much slower than some of the other Kat Ross books, but then when it picks up steam… watch out! I couldn’t put it down for the last half of the book, and then it left off at an impossible place or at least the characters seemed to be in impossible situations. It couldn’t have left off there. Could it?

(Luckily for me I had already signed up for the ARC tour of Solis, the next book in the series, and I knew it would be coming shortly.)

Bottom Line:

BINGE WORTHY! I suggest reading the Forth Element trilogy and then picking up both Nocturne and Solis at the same time. Trust me at the end of Nocturne you won’t want to stop, you’ll NEED to read on.

Sidenote: Kat Ross is one of the awesome authors on Twitter who will respond to you. Follow her @katrossauthor . 


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December 2017 & January 2018 Book Pick Ups

December book pick upsThe Deliberate ReaderIt’s been a crazy January, which is why I haven’t posted my December pick ups yet. So you’re getting a two-for-one deal with BOTH December and January Pick Ups. Also I’ve been reading like crazy since I decided to fill up my February with ARC deadlines.

For Kindle:

Warning Call: A Novel of the Black Pages
Why I got it: The first book Empty Threat was fantastic (see my review here), and as soon as this book came out I snatched it up. I haven’t had the time to read it yet however.

NeverSea: Echoes of the Lost
Why I got it: It was on my list for Santa, and luckily my husband reads my blog from time to time and bought it as a Christmas present. It’s the Little Mermaid meets Peter Pan on a sci-fi world. Can’t wait to read this one!

The Blood King (Red Proxy Book 1)
Why I got it: 99 Days (Red Proxy Book 2)  is probably going to be my pick for book of the year for 2017. It had such an unusual and powerful message, without being preachy or over the top. Just characters who question the accepted morality of their culture and battle to do what is right. So when I got an unexpected Kindle credit I had to go back and pick up book 1.

The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner, Book 1)
Why I got it: I’ve been wanting to read this book forever and since I had some Kindle credit left over after purchasing The Blood King, I bought the Maze Runner too. It’s actually been recommended by a friend whose a sci-fi fan and not a YA fan, so I’ve taken that as a good sign (because I am a fan of both.)

When Gargoyles Rise
Why I got it: Author Freebie. I’m on the authors list and got a notice that I had won one of her contests and attached was the book as my prize, but I see it’s free in both KU and the price in Amazon is just set to $0.00. Sooooo, not much of a prize I guess.

Six Queens – Short Story Collection
Why I got it: Author Freebie. I’m on the email list for several author who decided to combine efforts and mailing lists into one called Six Queens. As a thank you to their subscribers they put together this collection.


Nocturne: Fourth Talisman #1
Why I got it: Kat Ross is Awesome! She’s become an auto-read author for me. Nocturne continues the story of Nazafareen and Darius from the Forth Element Series (read my review of the first two books here and of the third book here.) It’s a fantastic fantasy world with some interesting new twists. Look for my review of Nocturne coming Feb 8th.)


Ready Player One
Why I got it: My husband bought this one for me for a Christmas gift. 1. Because he already read it on audio book and 2. Because he thinks I need to read it before the movie comes out.

Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation
Why I got it: Actually I bought this one for my husband for Christmas. He (we) collect retro video games and this book has a lot of retro gaming history in it.

Heart and Brain: Body Language
Why I got it: My husband loves me. 🙂 And I love the Awkward Yeti (and my husband, mostly my husband.) Every year for Christmas and my birthday I get a big book of comics. I pretty told him that there wasn’t even a choice this year, I wanted the new Awkward Yeti collection. Being the awesome husband that he is, he got me a signed copy.

Owl Wonders Color Art for Everyone
Why I got it: It was a Christmas gift from my goddaughter. She combined two things I love, owls and coloring. She’s an awesome kid.

The Pings
Why I got it: I kickstarted this book after seeing it on Instagram. I wanted to back it because it promised to be a diverse children’s book with a Chinese-American story, and it had great pictures. However, they delivers waaay late and never gave the backers any updates during that time, then when I did read the book I was disappointed. Maybe before you write a book it would be a good idea to take a look at the concept of storytelling. The narrative is one of the most confusing I ever read in a children’s book. *sigh*

Ordinary Days: Family Life In A Farmhouse
Why I got it: I actually bought this for my Grandmother for Christmas, but after she read it she gave it back (I kinda knew that would happen.) At 92 she reads about 3 books a week and she doesn’t really like to reread books. She’s basically the perfect library user.

January book pick ups

For Kindle:

Sirens and Scales: a Limited Edition Urban Fantasy Collection
Why I got it: I finally gave in and bought this .99 collection. I pretty knew I would buy it when I first saw it, but I knew it was the last thing my already over stuffed TBR needed.

Sin of Mages
Why I got it: Author Freebie. I’ve been on the authors list for a while, but hadn’t read anything of his yet. So when an offer came up to get the first book free I took it. Sounds like a good fantasy story.

Twist of Faith
Why I got it: Kindle First. I don’t know what’s been up with Kindle First lately, but they haven’t had much to interest me. Still I feel like I have to choose a book, and so I choose this one and will probably never read it.

Legend: A Dragon Rising Novella
Why I got it: Author Freebie. The author K.N. Lee offed this book up for review and so I took it. Although, I’m not so sure about the reverse harem situation. In fact, I’m not sure about harems in any situation, but we’ll see how it plays out.

Court of Shadows: Forbidden Magic Book One
Why I got it: Author Freebie. Another K.N. Lee title.

The Buried Symbol (Runes of Issalia Book 1)
Why I got it: Author Freebie. An author whose list I just joined offered this for free to new readers. It’s a interesting magic school concept where, of course, the new pupil finds a new kind of magic and long buried secrets. Good be good, but again we’ll see.


Why I got it: It’s the sequel to Nocturne. Trust me you’ll want to get both of these book at the same time. Nocturne left me breathless with anticipation, and I could not get my hands on Solis fast enough.

Why I got it: Ever since watching Anastasia as a child I’ve had a thing for retellings/re-imagings of the fact of the famed Russian monarcy. This one brings it into the modern era as a urban fantasy story.

Kids Books:

Quest for the Heart (Disney Moana) (Step into Reading)
Why I got it: I had my goddaughter pick out a Step Into Reading level 3 book with her Christmas money and this is the one she choose.


Every Landlord’s Legal Guide
Why I got it: Every few Years you’ve got to brush up on the new rules and regulations. We try to keep on top of it, and these guide definitely help.

From the Library:

How Food Works: The Facts Visually Explained
Why I got it: I was interested to see what kind of information this book had and how balanced it was. It pretends to be balanced, but still has a lot of food myths in it, esp where it comes to animal agriculture. Even on the front cover it says that 75% of farm land is used to raise feed for animals. What it fails to mention is that is often the highest and best use of land that can’t be used to grow other crops. Want real facts about agriculture? Check out Common Ground.

How to raise an amazing child the Montessori way
Why I got it:  I’ve always been a fan of the Montessori method and I checked out this book because I was going to be teaching kids church ( the 4-7 year old group.) I wanted to see if it had any fresh ideas for me in it. I skimmed through it, but would really recommend this to any parents out there who want a better approach to parenting, one that is positive and proactive.