Book Review: Notorious Nineteen

Notorious Nineteen
By Janet Evanovich

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Same old, same old. Nineteen books and the character of Stephanie Plum has not evolved at all. Same dilemmas, same stupid love triangle. I always wonder how much time has past in Stephanie’s world. There has been very little progression in her life. Unfortunately the once likable characters have pretty much become caricatures of themselves. Evanovich is just copying and pasting old stuff and changing the names. What was once light, fun beach reading is now a sad rerun. But, I’ll keep buying them for $5 from the bargain bin and passing the hours with a new Stephanie adventure. There’s something that keeps me trucking, but I really don’t know what it is.

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Book Review: The Dark Tower Book 7

THE DARK TOWER, Book 7 of the Dark Tower series
By Stephen King
Read multiple times

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This book is hard for me to review…but I’m going to try. This is more of a review of the series as as a whole.

I’ve read this series multiple times and love it more with each journey. This book in particular is heart-breaking. To come so far with all these characters, then to lose them so quickly… Stephen King has done an amazing job with this story. The connections with all his other work is incredible, and the characters are so clear and real. Eddie Dean is one of my favorites in all of King’s books. I’m so glad I read these back to back. I can’t imagine the wait between any of the books.

Now I know some people had issue with King putting himself in the story, and I did at first as well. I thought he was making himself a God of some sort and found it very pretentious. However, upon finishing book 7, I realized King was just another character in the story. He was not God, only a tool. Roland and his Ka-tet exist without King; he merely tells their tale. And who better? Who can weave a tale like Stephen King? Who can connect so many books/worlds together as well as him? I’m probably biased, but I think he is one of the best story-tellers ever…

As for the ending…well, I found it perfect. I was one of the Constant Readers who smiled at the last sentence. After all, Ka is a wheel.

Well done, Sai King, well done.

On another note, I’ve read the series three times and listened to the audio version twice. I highly recommend the audio books to any fan of the story. The narrator truly brings life to these characters and it is a completely new journey for the reader.

Gilligan’s Island and the Zombie Apocalypse

WINTER OF ZOMBIE 2014Winter of Zombie 2014

I am happy to once again be participating in a zombie blog tour. Today I have Bobby Adair guest blogging. He has several books out and his newest release THE LAST SURVIVORS sounds pretty amazing. You can learn more about Bobby on his Amazon author page!The Last Survivors cover

The stench of frozen rotted meat is in the air! Welcome to the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 10 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of November.

Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them!

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Book Review: WRAPPED IN BLACK

Wrapped in Black: ThirteenTales of Witches and the Occult

Read in November, 2014

Wrapped in Black coverI am a big fan of Sekhmet Press and their WRAPPED Series. Wrapped in Black is the third anthology in the series and the focus this time is witches and the occult. I will admit, witches aren’t my favorite characters to read about. I rarely find myself drawn to a book because it’s about witches, like I am with books about vampires or time travel. But Sekhmet has yet to disappoint me with their anthologies, so I was very happy to read this one!

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Catching Up With Me

My life has been crazy and peaceful at the same time in recent months. My husband and I moved in August. Moving is one of my least favorite things ever, add August heat to that and an extreme downsize in living space and you have a pretty miserable experience. Once we were out of the house, everything calmed down. But that move was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life.

You see, I’m not a planner and I’m not very organized. Oh, and I excel at procrastination. So, even though we had a month to pack and plan and move and store, we didn’t. We did it all in a week. And that last day was bad. We had some help, but it ended up being a lot more work than we anticipated. It was the downsizing, you see. We had so much stuff in our house. And that’s the only word for it, stuff. And junk. Old magazines and birthday cards. Check registers from the ’90s. Collections of things I used to collect that now reside in boxes. Untouched. How has all this stuff followed us over our sixteen years together? From apartment to duplex to house. Some things were still in boxes from when we moved in to the house! We were only about two piles of crap away from becoming hoarders.Woods

It was time for a purge. And we purged. Oh, man, did we purge. We did get a storage unit for antiques and sentimental items. But we ended up parting ways with about 75% of our possessions. And it was liberating. I felt this powerful relief when it was all said and done. We either sold, stored, donated, or trashed everything. The new living arrangement is too small to allow for much, so very little actually came with us.

After the move, we took about three weeks off from life. We read, we went to the lake, we spent more time with our sweet dog, we went swimming and hiking, and we rested. We regrouped. Sometimes the human soul needs that. Needs a step away from the craziness that is reality. My brain needed fresh air.

And now it’s fall. My favorite time of the year. It’s finally getting cooler, the leaves are falling, and they’re selling turkeys at the grocery store. Oh, and pumpkin spice latte is here. Yup, fall is good.

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Stay tuned for some bookish updates. I have read a lot of good stuff lately!

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Summer of Zombie 2014: Claire C. Riley

I am super excited to be participating in the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour this year. I got into zombie novels a couple of years ago and love discovering new authors in the genre. Here’s a good one that I will definitely be checking out. Welcome, Claire!

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by Claire C. Riley

So Armand said I had to write something, a blog post about zombies, and me, and about why he’s my favourite author—I don’t know where he got that info from (I jest Armand, you know I love you), oh, and it had to be interesting. Well hell, I hate writing this sort of thing. Give me some questions to answer and I’ll be done in two minutes, but actually let me loose to write a blog post and talk randomly?

Hold on, this could get messy. Or not. Well, only if Frank Edler gets involved.

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