Review- Putting My Foot Down

Screenshot (15940)To be perfectly clear, I don’t “hate” it, but why would I pay to read an expanded version of his 2/23/16 Observer article? The original piece was all you needed to read to learn how to upload more badly written or barely written dreck to Kindle. There is far, far too much as it stands so no thanks to you, Underwood.

Read the original and spend your money on a Kindle author that is honestly trying.

And Underwood? The cover would have been better if the foot had polished nails. Nothing too bright, maybe a soft, shimmery pastelto add a little eye-catching color.

Death and Relaxation on sale today!

Screenshot (387)On sale on Amazon Kindle for $0.99 today.

I’ve read Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series and the Terric and Shame duology and enjoyed both but Ordinary was so much more fun.

It’s time for the annual Rhubarb Rally and police chief Delaney Reed and her sisters (and sister officers) have their hands full with the influx of tourists. And Delaney is still trying to figure out what or if she should do about the return of Ryder Bailey who she has crushed on since grade school. Then her ex-boyfriend returns unannounced, Death decides to vacation in Ordinary, and a god is murdered.

A god can die in Ordinary but his power doesn’t. The power is held inside one mortal, Delaney, and she has seven days to find the person the power will accept. Failure means death- for her and the town of Ordinary.

This was a fast romp with exploding rhubarb, perambulating caped concrete penguins, and baked goods.

Brides of Serenity: Book One

Just it time for holiday gifting or for the flu-ridden shut in, like me, or just because it sounds so good.

A Goode One

Every time I set up a pre-order for my newest book and have a firm deadline to complete my manuscript, the universe starts screwing with me. Something always goes wrong and I end up stressing myself out trying to hit a deadline while life spins out of control around me. So this time around, I didn’t set a firm release date. I set a date in my mind, but kept it to myself.

I figured I could outsmart the universe.

How’d that work out for me?

So glad you asked.

This happened:

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Then this:

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Followed by a lot of quality time spent with this:

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And copious amounts of this:

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And just when I finally started feeling like this again —

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— I found out about this:

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But somehow, despite all of that, guess what happened?

This:

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Letters to Caroline is now available on Amazon! It’s on sale for only .99…

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June and July Ebooks Read

Dumping a bunch of books off my phone and wanted to sort of rate them before they disappeared.
Screenshot (1783)Hope(less) 2.5 at best. Intriguing in parts but only in parts it seemingly stretched out like an endless drive on a flat road through =desert. Gabby and Clay’s relationship developes slowly but weirdly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vampires Never Cry Wolf-Fun and fluffy, Sadie fights her attraction to the werewolf prince Killian but Killian is dead set on having a relationship with vampire Sadie. I enjoyed this as the light, fun read it is- 3.5. I did not enjoy hearing the werewolf king be addressed as Your Highness, get a Debrett’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screenshot (1784)Hollywood Homicide- 3.5 again. I liked Kate and her new partner, Ted. This is the first book in this series I’ve read. A good little murder mystery. Kate and her sister find a way to a closer familial relationship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screenshot (1786)Firefighter Dragon- Shifters reach a new level of absurdity when a dragon shifter is a firefighter. Also dragons duel by listing their most valuable pieces in their horde. 2.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screenshot (1788)Witch Is When It All Began- PI Jill is trying to investigate a possible serial killer and trying to come to grips with the fact she’s a witch. 2.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screenshot (1789)In Sickness and In Elf- 3.5 A human wedding planner finds out the family wedding planning business does a brisk business in paranormal wedding planning and someone is trying to sabotage it. I’ll probably read more in this series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screenshot (1791)Death with a Cherry on Top- A lackluster mystery too easily solved by two sisters and their large Italian family. 2 at most.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screenshot (1790)Copper King- A werewolf and a werebear get together for an annual just-between-friends contest and the bear finds his mate. Even after I looked at a few pages I could not remember what this was about. 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screenshot (1792)Maggie For Hire- 4 Of all the books listed here this is the one where I will read more from this author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screenshot (1793)Hidden:Prequel- Turns out I read another book in this series and they aren’t bad. 3.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Smoke and Mirrors:  Blackhollow Academy- 3.5 to 4.  Kimberly just wants to graduate and secure a good position in a coven so she can take care of her non-magical mother but Kimberly doesn’t have the necessary skills and now she needs a really powerful familiar to get her through graduation and into the job of her dreams. If only she can find an obliging dragon. Here is another series I will continue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Aura and Double Blind- Read the first book and got halfway through the second when I realized I didn’t like most of the characters. The plot got me through the first one but I just don’t find the characters, including the heroine, all that interesting. 3

 

 

 

 

 

Screenshot (1797)Undercover Gorgon- Episode 1- Patrice is a gorgon who borrows magical objects from her day job at Mt Olympus to help out people in trouble. Short reads, this one was 46 pages, I’v got the second one waiting to be read. 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screenshot (1798)Sleuthing for a Living- 2.5 A single mother inherits a building and a PI business from her late uncle and decides to try to continue the business. It sounded more interesting than it turned out- at least to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screenshot (1800)Ondine- Did not connect with this book at all. 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screenshot (1801)Deadly Remains- A murder, a clairvoyant, a lot of police. I think in time I will like this series more than I do now. Interesting enough to make me pick up the next book. 3.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screenshot (1802)Trinkets, Treasures, and other Bloody Magic- I stopped at 97% I was that annoyed. I could see the “big bad plot” coming a mile away in the dark. 2

 

Death & Detention

Screenshot (634)I am really enjoying this book. David is offering D&D in five episodes, the first being free. After reading it I bought the book.

In the affluent town of Augustine, being picture-perfect means everything. Which is why the powers that be are so willing to write off a troubled teen’s suspicious death as an accident.

But when seventeen-year-old outsider Prudence Mallory finds an anonymous letter that makes her classmate’s death look like a homicide, she can’t turn away from the mystery. -Amazon

Two sentences that do not do justice to Prudence. She is simply, for me, the best 17 yr old heroine I have read in a long time. Mind you, I am only at 44% but Prudence has not disappointed.

Prudence is no stranger to what happens when doing the right thing makes you the pariah, she’s done that and is still there. She knows that her digging into the “accidental” death of a classmate isn’t going to make her popular but she believes that justice for Anna  is more important than being invited to the right parties- or any parties.

She can wield a mean can of coke, she has a bright pink scooter and a cell phone. She knows when a dumb idea is dumb but if that’s her only idea she’ll make it work out- somehow.

Oh, Prudence Mallory, I love you.

 

Death and Relaxation- Review

Screenshot (387)It seems lately that I have read nothing but pretty bad books and that’s not true. Devon Monk has given us the gift of Ordinary, Oregon and the mortals, gods, and paranormals who live and vacation there.

I’ve read Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series and the Terric and Shame duology and enjoyed both but Ordinary was so much more fun.

It’s time for the annual Rhubarb Rally and police chief Delaney Reed and her sisters (and sister officers) have their hands full with the influx of tourists. And Delaney is still trying to figure out what or if she should do about the return of Ryder Bailey who she has crushed on since grade school. Then her ex-boyfriend returns unannounced, Death decides to vacation in Ordinary, and a god is murdered.

A god can die in Ordinary but his power doesn’t. The power is held inside one mortal, Delaney, and she has seven days to find the person the power will accept. Failure means death- for her and the town of Ordinary.

This was a fast romp with exploding rhubarb, perambulating caped concrete penguins, and baked goods.

I liked the relationship between the sisters, the feeling that Delaney is still learning the position she inherited from her late father, the way she loses all rational thought when Ryder walks into view.

If I had one complaint it would be the finding-the-new-god part, even I had that figured out chapters before Delaney. It lacked  subtlety.

But the dialogue, it was wonderful.

“”Rhubarb exploded,” I said, answering his first question.

“You don’t often see that in the heritage strains,” he said.”

 

“The door to the office opened and Jean sauntered in with a gust of cool air. “Guess who got her box filled with free hot donuts this morning?”

“Please tell me that’s not a euphemism,” Myra drawled.”

 

“”And I am a man of my word.”

“Do those words include ‘breaking’ and ‘entering’?”

“”I know those words,” he admitted. “But only one of them might be on the agenda tonight.””

 

Book two is due out in July and I can’t wait to go back to Ordinary and see what happens next.