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My personal blog about every day life from dieting and reviews to writing along with my random Wordless Wednesday posts.

Updated: 2018-03-06T03:47:11.277-05:00


What would you do if you received a call from your departed friend or family member?


Mitch Albom has hit the nail on the head once again with this awesome novel about a small town that has been 'blessed' with phone calls from the deceased loved ones. What would you do? Would you question it or would you immediately believe that it's really them? If you aren't sure then you'll fit right in. Stop by the little town on Lake Michigan and find out. A fantastic, moving story from the first page to the last. 

The Lightbringers by H.C.H. Ritz... Our Future? A dystopian society?


The Lightbringers is a thought provoking read that makes you think seriously about whether or not this could really happen. Definitely an interesting read. It could have been used a little more work to make it a 5 star read. It was still enjoyable. I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in the idea of a dystopian society in our not too distant future. Is it possible? You tell me. 

Disclaimer: I received this book as an early review copy.

An Intense Read - Killer an Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman


Kellerman does not disappoint in his latest Alex Delaware novel, Killer. A book that had me finding every possible moment to read. This novel of a custody battle gone wrong has you wondering right up to the end. Haven't read any of the other Alex Delaware books? No worries, you can pick up this one and fall in love with the story. You will love this book and the incredible author's work. 

Disclaimer: I received this book as a review copy. 

Roku - Our go to streaming device


Our go to streaming device
By debdebtig from NH on 7/28/2013

4out of 5
Pros: Fast Setup, Simple Controls, Attractive Design
Best Uses: Home, Office
Describe Yourself: Enthusiast
Was this a gift?: No
We use the roku to stream vudu and hulu plus to watch our extensive video collection and for mom to catch up on her soaps. There are so many options to choose from it's almost too much. We've only run into an issue once, rebooted and everything was back to normal. I highly recommend a roku for anyone who wants to try streaming. It's worth every penny.

Vaporware - A Game Programmer's Delight or Greatest Fear, Which Will It Be for You? (Book Review)


Vaporware by Richard Dansky brings you into the development side of gaming. When what appears to be the best game they have ever made is suddenly shelved by the company many are disappointed. But no one more so than the lead designer, Ryan. Well, that's what Ryan thought. This was his baby, he put his heart and soul into the game and to have it shelved is awful. Ryan throws himself into the next project to try to bring the entire team on board only to have the sidelined project come back to haunt him. 

A great thriller for the gamer and programmer alike. An interesting storyline that keeps you interested. 

Disclaimer: I received Vaporware as an early review copy on LibraryThing.

Steel Breeze by Douglas Wynne Does Not Disappoint


Douglas Wynne's second novel ranks right up there with one of the best thrillers I have read. I loved The Devil of Echo Lake and was looking forward to his next book. I was not disappointed. Steel Breeze is about a widower with a young son who thinks his wife's killer may have come back to finish the job by killing his son. Is he losing his mind like everyone thinks or is there really someone after them? The story will keep you wondering right up until the end. 

If you enjoy a good thriller or enjoyed The Devil of Echo Lake you will definitely enjoy Steel Breeze. 

Disclaimer: I received Steel Breeze as an early review copy from LibraryThing.

Black Sun is a Wonderful Sequel to The Age of Apollyon by Mark Carver


I loved The Age of Apollyon and was hoping for a great sequel. Mr. Carver did not disappoint! Black Sun picks up where Age left off. Right in the middle of the hell on earth where Satan rules and anarchy prevails. Black Sun continues with the edge of your seat reading style from the first book. If you haven't read the first book in the series you'll want to get both of them so you don't need to pause. Incredibly written and breath taking visualization a that will keep you reading and begging for the next book to be released. I was disappointed when it ended only because I know it will be some time before the next book arrives. Fantastic 5 star novel, once again Mark Carver hits it out of the park. Love love love this book.

Disclaimer: This book was received as an early review copy.

Life with a 4-year old is an adventure - A book review


Because I'm Small Now and You Love Me, The World According to My Four-Year-Old by Gina London is a refreshing read. Gina writes about her daughter's life as she turns four. You watch this wonderful little girl grow from a baby to an extremely smart and outgoing person living in Italy. Her grasp of  the Italian language will stun you as much as it does her mother as she becomes more and more fluent.

This is definitely a 5-star book for me. It was one of the most enjoyable books I've read in years.

Disclaimer: I this book as an Early Review copy on LibraryThing.

A Dog's View of France


Dog Trots Globe - To Paris & Provence by Sheron Long is written from the viewpoint of her Sheltie Chula. The book comes off more as a short commentary on the different places in Paris rather than the story from the view of a dog. This would be a great book for an early French class to read to get an idea of the culture. But, it doesn't fit in the youth genre where I expected it to fit. The title gives the impression of something a 10 year old would enjoy reading. It's not. If you want to read about a dog in Paris, read something else. If you want to learn a little about Paris in a short book, this will work for you. 

Disclaimer: This book was received as an Early Review on LibraryThing.

Vampire's Forbidden Territory (Sídhí Summer Camp Series #2)


Teen vampires and summer camp who would have thought it would get your attention? Obviously, Jodie B. Cooper knows that vampires are huge in the the young adult genre right now and she has added a great series to the mix.  Yes, the title does say 'summer camp'. I was surprised that the idea of summer camp for vampires actually added to this story more than expected. 

The story takes place outside the human world in the land of our myths. Even vampires are unsure of what is real. The young vampires are sent to summer camp by the elders, dragons of a different kind, to work on bringing peace to their lands. Each of them is from the families of control in their land. And each brings a different view of the world and different abilities. 

One team has been whisked away from their cabin to keep them safe from forces that want to take them out. But, who is behind it? Why are they brought so far from the cabins? And, is one of them in on it? These questions will keep you reading and in the end you will be hoping for book 3 in the series. A definite page turner that I'll give 4 stars. 

Disclaimer: This book was received in a LibraryThing member giveaway.

Arlo's Epiphany - A Cat's View


Arlo's Epiphany by Jane Oldaker is a cute story about a barncat. In his other life, he is a covert operative. He comes to question his abilities as an operative after an attack by a local bully. What happens next surprises even Arlo.

The author does a fantastic job with the back story and writing from the view of Arlo. A nice short story that can be shared with anyone from 10 to 100. Everyone will get a chuckle out of Arlo's mishaps and the resulting operation.

Disclaimer: This book was received in a LibraryThing member giveaway.

The Age of Apollyon is a Great Apocolypse Read


Age of Apollyon by Mark Carver brings two brothers together during the time of Satan on Earth. Tourec has been told to find his half-brother Patric. They each have a plan, and each is following a different ruler. With the return of Satan the world has changed drastically. Christians and religions other than those who follow Satan are no longer safe. It has been many years since his return and things are changing.

An edge of the seat novel that keeps you guessing right to the last page. I give it a wholehearted 5 stars and can't wait for another novel from Mr. Carver.

Disclaimer: This novel was received as a LibraryThing giveaway.

Review: Creepy Christmas by Jaimie Admans


Creepy Christmas is a story that pulls you in and keeps you wondering. Katie is not a happy camper this Christmas. Her parents divorced this year and her mother has a strange guy staying in the house over the holiday. Things get stranger as identical snowmen appear at every house and the mall where her father works has hired not one but two Santas to work this season. Can Katie figure out what's going on in time to save Christmas and bring her parents back together in the process? 

The only issue I had with the book is that the children seemed older than the 5 and 10 year olds they were supposed to be. Katie, though a bit older than her 10 years, grabs your heart strings and makes you want to help her figure out what is going on. Check it out. 

Disclaimer: This book was received as a LibraryThing member giveaway.

Cursed by Darkness is a Great New Fantasy Novel


A daevor named Winx is being punished because she killed five humans. Her wings are taken away, how can a daevor go on without her wings? She is able to stay out of sight until a bandit named Keaton shows up and changes her plans. Keaton's pack is having issues with the Savages. Packs of Savages have been seen more than in the past and Keaton needs her help to save his pack from further attacks. Winx finds out that the lixyn, the highest authority in the supernatural world, have figured out where she has been hiding and want her to do the job she was trained to do. 

I greatly enjoyed this new spin on the supernatural world. This is the beginning of a new series. I look forward to the next book. This is a definite 4 stars for me. 

Disclaimer: This book was received a member giveaway at LibraryThing.

A New Series for Fans of Gaming and Faeries


Feyland: The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp takes you into the future of gaming. The Dark Realm is the first book in the Feyland series.

The main character, Jennett, is moved from the city to a small town when her father's company relocates after lead developer of their new game is found dead. Jennett is an avid gamer and is allowed to play the Alpha version on the system her father has. She finds herself at the final boss battle against the Dark Queen of Feyland. 

I greatly enjoyed the mix of folklore, gaming, and fantasy that the author brought to the book. It was refreshing to see a self published novel that didn't have me wishing for a better editorial review. This is an excellent book that I would recommend for both fans of Fantasy as well as gamers. I give it a wholehearted five stars.

Disclaimer: This book was received a member giveaway at LibraryThing.

Wordless Wednesday


She wins this time. She has Momma's lap.

She Speaks to Angels by Ami Blackwelder Will Have You Soaring


She Speaks to Angels by Ami Blackwelder is the first book in a new trilogy. A young adult novel that brings together angels, demons, romance, and suspense into a gripping story.

Allison looks in shock as a popular football player falls to his death outside her classroom window. Unfortunately, this is not as unusual as you would expect. This begins a mystery that Allison unravels piece by piece. Angels? Demons? How could that even be possible? And more importantly, why do they want to kill her?

You will be waiting impatiently on the edge of your seat as you wait for what will happen on the next page. I am greatly looking forward to the release of book two.

Disclaimer: This book was received a member giveaway at LibraryThing. You can read some of the book below via ReadWave: 

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Welton Isn't Your Average College (Lies and Prophecy)


Lies and Prophecy by Marie Brennan takes place on the college campus of Welton University in chilly Minnesota. Welton isn't your everyday college, it's one of the top schools in magic. Kim and her friends take us through the journey of your not so average third year college student studying Divination, Psychic Sciences, and a number of other tough courses. Kim's story pulls you in further each page until you feel you are sitting in the dining hall with them as they discuss their classes. When things stake a major unexpected turn you are hard pressed to put the book down.

The magic is not just part of the book but part of Marie Brennan's writing, she does an extraordinary job weaving the characters into your heart. I cannot wait to hear if there will be another book in this series. This book is highly recommended as I give it 4 1/2 stars.

Disclaimer: This book was received a member giveaway at LibraryThing.

I'm HUMANOID by S.D. Rasheed is Definitely Not Recommended


I was looking forward to reading this book as it sounds like a great story. I was very disappointed. This book is not ready for release, although it is currently available for purchase. The story line is the only thing that kept me reading this book. I wanted to know what happened with Tears.

I'd recommend the author remove the book from the shelves and have an editor go through it. It needs a spell check for one, a grammar check for two, and someone to redo it into a book to read rather than the screenplay style writing.

Due to the extremely poor quality of the book I had a hard time even giving it one star. If it was redone, as suggested above, I could give it a much higher rating.

Disclaimer: This book was received a member giveaway at LibraryThing.

On the Edge by Gill Shutt


This book had my interest from the first page. It is definitely a book that will make you think as it is a very deep book. As a novelette it surprised me at how much substance is included between the pages.

The book brings you to a group of young bipeds, Mids, who find themselves in a unique situation as they are confronted by strangers with a different look on life. The story is one that is difficult to put down once you get started you want to know how it ends.

This is not a book for the light reader due to the deep subject. It will make you contemplate your humanity and what may have happened as we advanced.

An enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend as an intellectual stimulating topic.

I received this book as an early reviewer. It was a nice surprise.

The Devil of Echo Lake is a Dark Mystery


The Devil of Echo Lake by Douglass Wynne is the darkest book I've read in a long time. One that I truly enjoyed more than I expected. The story is about a rock star, Billy Moon, his manager, who may be the Devil incarnate, and their young music engineer as they work to produce Billy's latest hot album. The twists and turns in this story keep you on your toes. 

An additional interest in this book for me was the location in the Catskills of NY. I lived there for a short time and could easily see the cabins and church of the hidden studio.

This book gets a definite 5 stars from me. If you enjoy a dark novel this is for you.

Disclaimer: This book was received as an early review copy at LibraryThing.

Good Read for Gamers and Sci-fi Buffs Alike


Gamers by Thomas K Carpenter is a book that truly catches your interest. I am both a gamer and into science fiction books so this was a perfect fit for me. The game is based in a future society where in order to get the good jobs and move up the ladder in life you have to gain points in the game that is life. Completing puzzles and games helps you along the path.

The book had me on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what was going to happen next. The only thing that keeps me from giving this at least a 4 star review is the high number of grammatical errors and typos. If you can get past those you'll love this book. 

Disclaimer: This book was received in a LibraryThing giveaway.

Great read: Talisman of El by Alecia Stone


(image) Talisman of El by Alecia Stone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It took me a while to pick up this book and start reading. Once I did I didn't regret it. After finishing the first chapter it was difficult to put down and got harder as I got further into it. The mix of fantasy, mythology, and even biblical references is fantastic. I would definitely recommend this book, but I personally wish it wasn't a trilogy as the way this left me was confused. I literally looked through my copy to be sure I didn't miss some pages. The end was sudden and unexpected.

Disclaimer: this book was received as an early copy for review

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iPhone 4S - Was the Switch Worth it?


I've had the iPhone 4S for just over a week now. I am very happily surprised by the new phone. Siri has been interesting, fun, and actually useful on occasion. The battery is incredible! Even after fiddling with it for ours I find that I still have 40 to 50% battery life left. That is a huge difference from the Droid Charge, which would be dead before I got home. 

I forgot how easy the iPhone is to use! It was a quick setup to switch from the Charge. Today, I did a quick check of the Charge to make sure I had all the apps I needed. I didn't find anything that was important to me without an app available for the iPhone. Ok, I take that back, the only thing I didn't find was my favorite jigsaw puzzle app. But, I don't need that on my iPhone, I still have it on my tablet. 

The size difference is something I quickly got used to as well. I'll use my tablet and/or my Kindle if I want something bigger than my iPhone. And if I really need size, I can always use AirPlay and send the screen to the TV. 

Conclusion: the iPhone 4S is definitely a recommended phone. If you want something easy to use, quick to setup, and with the largest number of apps available, get the iPhone 4S.

Android or Apple?


This week I had a major debate going on in my head. Last Spring when I upgraded my phone I bought a Droid X2 to replace my Droid X. I loved my X and thought that would be a great move. I was completely wrong. The X2 was not ready for release and all I had was problems for the time I had it. Once I realized this I quickly swapped to the Samsung Droid Charge. (That's a long story I won't go into right now.) 

It has been quite a few months with the Charge and I have finally come to the conclusion that the Android phones have just been unable to make me happy. I'm switching to the new iPhone 4S when it comes out next week. I miss the ease of syncing my phone with my computer. With the addition of iCloud it will be even easier. I also greatly miss the battery life of my old iPhone. The only Android device that I've owned that came close to holding a decent charge was the Droid X. That phone is still in use by my son but has since been returned for battery issues twice since I first bought it. Thankfully, I can get my iPhone from Verizon so I don't have to go back to the dropped calls issue that was a major factor in why I switched in the first place.

So, in conclusion, Android had me, but lost me due to ease of use and battery life.