Saturday, November 22, 2014

When Aliens Weep: An Alien Apocalyptic SagaWhen Aliens Weep: An Alien Apocalyptic Saga by JK Accinni
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was so excited to find that JK Accinni had written another story in her Species Intervention Series. This series in general has been an emotional roller coaster and When Aliens Weep does not disappoint. I was happy that she covered much of what happened at the end of The One and gave us closure on some of our favorite characters. I was sad to leave them behind. At first I was confused as to what was happening, but wouldn’t you be if you just left a familiar world for a new one? As the story played I was drawn farther and farther into it, losing myself in that world. JK Accinni has such a vivid imagination and incredible world building in her stories. I found myself falling in love with the characters in new ways. She covers the subject of evil very well and it is in all of her books. A person falling to the power of evil, and good doesn’t always prevail. JK Accinni always makes sure that the reader knows it comes from free will. There are powerful lessons to be learned in this book about the frailties of our species, as well as the frailties of the minions. All is brought to light in When Aliens Weep.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Defeating Depression: A Natural Guide to Overcoming Depression, Fear, and How to Improve Your Quality of Life By Brian Score

This book is a concise guide to helping the average joe deal with clinical depression. I found it very informative, the tips were easy to understand as well as the explanations for the tips. The book was excellent and I will use some of the tips Brian offers in my daily life. He explains the importance of diet, exercise, and having a good support system which are all good pointers to keeping depression at bay. He also asks that you challenge the depressed feelings and what is causing them and I found that extremely interesting. While it was a quick read it was super informative and I enjoyed it.

The Medical Marijuana Patient's Guide By Brian Stone

This was a very interesting book full of facts on the uses of cannabis for the treatment of various diseases. Before I read this I was unaware of how many different strains of cannabis there were and how they are differently utilized for the treatment of diseases like Cancer, Fibromyalgia, and MS. Mr. Stone also puts the usages into layman's terms that everyone can understand. He explains the different active chemicals in cannabis like cannabinoids and THC and their effects on the bodies of human beings. I found this book very informative and interesting in so many ways. I myself suffer from Fibromyalgia and I was unaware of the use of Marijuana for its treatment. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to know anything about Marijuana's medicinal uses and those who are beginning treatment with the drug.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Who We Were by Christy Sloat

This is a great coming of age story. I found the characters and situations very relatable. It took me back to my high school years when my best friends were found not in my school but out of my school. My favorite character was Nolan, he was a wonderful mystery to unravel. All in all this was a good read that pulled you in. I found it hard to put down. I also loved Kyleigh, she reminded me of my best friend in high school.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Amongst the Clouds By Wendy Nystrom 5+++ Stars

This is a beautifully written fantasy all my favorite characters are back for an incredible journey amongst the clouds. Wendy Nystrom wraps you in a
Incredible spell and holds you in it until the very end. I loved Matthias the dragon and the return of the yule lads. I also thought Ranni was a great addition to this universe. The artwork was very beautiful I loved how the characters were drawn. I am always excited for a new release by Wendy and this book did not dissapoint. Both my daughter and I truly enjoyed James' journey amongst the clouds. Well written and great for children young and old.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Pecha Kucha and English Language Teaching by Thomas Baker (5 stars!)

Pecha Kucha & English Language TeachingPecha Kucha & English Language Teaching by Thomas Jerome Baker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an interesting read I had never heard of pecha kucha before this now that it's been explained so well by Mr baker I love this idea. I had no idea about how many uses it had but as I was reading my mind started going as to places it could be used. It would be great in the workplace taking the place of extended meetings and streamlining performance. It's effectiveness with enlist teaching is astounding Mr baker explains it all in an interesting and entertaining way. The links provided in the book were really interesting as well. The uses for this form of communication are endless and could even be taken into the world of aiding disabled students. All in all an excellent and informative read.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Alien Species Series books 1-3

I had the privilege of reading the Alien Species series anthology which are books 1-3 in the series.All I can say is incredible. JK Accinni has a very different view on the end of the world. I cried my way through Baby, and fell in love with this amazing little alien who cares for the Earth, and also for his human family. She writes from the heart in this amazing tale of love, loss, and coming back from the edge of darkness. Book two is Echo, again another amazing read! I'd already fallen in love with Baby and then when Echo is introduced how can you not love her. Her bond with Barney is particularly touching. All of her characters are extremely well thought out and written so that you are living in their shoes. I've read the entire series and it's just beautiful and amazing how the animals and humans work together, and how the bonds form between them. You are in for an amazing ride in this set of books and it will leave you wanting for more! Guess what? There ARE more! They are all artfully written and the story came into my imagination in living color. I would recommend these books to anyone, JK Accinni is a master storyteller. You should definitely try these out!

Monday, May 26, 2014

The White Door By Christy Sloat

I absolutely loved The White Door by Christy Sloat. Having read the entirety of this series it brings it to a whole new world for all of the characters. Christy is an amazing storyteller who pulls you into the dark world of her characters. I am a huge Brylee Branson fan. She's such a strong female character with a whole lot of fight in her. The story brings the Brown House series to a close with a bang and an unexpected end to one of the stories of one of my favorite characters. I believe in the world beyond and The White Door doesn't dissappoint. It's got romance, intrigue, ghosts of course, and a curse that needs to be ended once and for all. This is a great book and I recommend this series to everyone! Christy is a wordsmith of the highest regard and I'm looking forward to more of her incredibly entertaining stories!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Serial Killers Case Files by RJ Parker

I just finished reading RJ Parker’s Serial Killers Case Files. It is a chilling trip down the rabbit hole into the depths of human depravity. Lizzie Borden joins BTK and the Beltway Snider in the pages of this informative book. The quips from the author on his thoughts about the different killers made me smile. I was completely impressed in how knowledgeable RJ is about these killers. He tells you everything without giving you information overload. I found it interesting how many serial killers were out there, and it gave me a new appreciation for being safe while I am away from my home. RJ Parker offers websites that you can go to for more information as well as to sign petitions to keep these criminals in jail. I particularly liked the clips from the different notes that some of the serial killers wrote. I was particularly fascinated with the chapter on Son of Sam, and the letters he sent to the different newspapers. I knew a little about this particular killer, but I learned many new things about him as well. This is a wonderful book and I would recommend it to those who are not faint of heart. The final words that the serial killers spoke at their executions was very chilling, they were very different and showed you where their heads were in their last moments of life. This book is brutally honest, completely factual, chilling, and amazing. I am looking forward to reading more of RJ’s books.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Breathless By Scott Prussing

Breathless.....left me ... well Breathless! This is such an amazing read! I'm a huge twilight fan and vampires are a part of my list of literature that I love. I had the opportunity to read this book and I really enjoyed it. I loved his take on vampires and vampire hunters this was very different than your commonplace vampire story. The one toothed gratham was also super interesting. Scott is a master storyteller and paints a beautiful picture in your mind of his characters and of the places they interact. I loved the main character Lisa she was so amazing, flawed yet beautiful. I also have a soft spot for Callie she is so perky and loveable! I cried during the final confrontational scene. I don't want to spoil it other than to say WELL DONE! I love this story and I will be reading the rest of the series for sure!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I just finished Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments City of Ashes Holy Gravy what a great book. It was quite a ride! I held my breath and yelled at the characters (in my head) and out loud! There was so much character exploration and expansion in this book  and it was really well written. I don't want to say too much but you NEED to read this!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Check out Indie Re-Con!

2014 Schedule

2014 IndieReCon Agenda
Tues, Wed, Thurs (Feb 25-27)
(Note: Items in BOLD are live chats - either on Twitter or on the web site)
*All Times are EST*

Tuesday, February 25th 
10:00 ~ Welcome/Kick Off  by S.R.Johannes/Ali Cross
>>10:15  - 11:00 ~ Q&A with S.R. Johannes/Ali Cross (Twitter Chat #IndieReCon)
11:00 ~ Facing Your Fears by Susan Kaye Quinn
>>11:30 - 12:00 Facing Your Fears with Susan Kaye Quinn (IndieReCon Facebook Page Chat)
12:00 - 2:00 ~ The Evolving Indie Industry and Standing Out in the Pile with JA Konrath and Barry Eisler (IndieReCon Web Chat)
2:00 ~ How To Write A Novel: The Seven Stages of the Creative Process by Orna Ross (in discussion with three other members of The Alliance of Independent Authors, Jessica Bell, Kevin Booth and Roz Morris)

Wednesday, February 26th
10:00 ~ Working with Hybrid Authors by Lara Perkins from Andrea Brown Literary Agency
>>10:15 - 11:00 ~ Hybrid Author Working with an Agent with S.R. Johannes  (Twitter Chat, use #IndieReCon to participate)

11:00 - 12:00 ~ Write It Forward:  How To Plan For and Builda Career as a Writer with Bob Mayer (IndieReCon Web Chat)
12:00 ~ Creating a Rock Star Publishing Team for Your Book by Miral Sattar from BiblioCrunch
2:00  - 3:00 ~ Write, Publish, Repeat: How to Turn Your Art From a Hobby into a Real Business with Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt and David Wright (Live Podcast)

3:00 - 4:00 ~ Write, Publish, Repeat: How to Turn Your Art From a Hobby into a Real Business with Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt and David Wright (Twitter Chat, use #IndieReCon to participate)
4:00 ~ Your BookRegistration Basics 101 by Peter Bowerman
6:00 ~ How to Begin a Successful Author/Producer Relationship by Kelli Shane   
>>6:15 - 7:00 ~ Producing Audiobooks: The Author/Producer Relationship with Ali Cross and Kelli Shane (Twitter Chat, use #IndieReCon to participate)
7:00 ~ THE #1Most Powerful Book Promotion Strategy (NOT Social Media) by Peter Bowerman

8:00 ~ Creating Book Buzz by KP Simmon (InkSlinger PR)

9:00 - 10:00 ~ Surviving Indie Publishing with Susan Kaye Quinn  (IndieReCon Facebook Page Chat)

10:00 ~ Building Your Indie Platform by Martha Carr

Thursday, February 27th
10:00 ~ Getting Started on Goodreads by Patrick Brown, Director of Author Marketing for Goodreads 
11:00 ~ Maximizing Your Sales at Kobo by Mark Lefebvre from Kobo 
12:00 ~ Publishing/Thinking Outside the eBox by Amy Edelman from IndieReader
2:00 ~ Understanding Amazon's Recommendation Engine by David Gaughran
>>2:15 - 3:00 ~ Let's Get Visible with David Gaughran (IndieReCon Web Chat)
3:00 ~ Taking Goodreads to the Next Level by Patrick Brown, Director of Author Marketing for Goodreads
4:00 ~ The Amazon Power of Selling by Jim Kukral from Author  from Author Ad Network
6:00 - 7:00 ~ The Guerrilla Marketer's Guide ToSelling Fiction On Kindle with Michael Alvear (IndieReCon Web Chat)
7:00 ~ Optimize Searches on Your Book (Metadata/SEO) by Lori Culwell
8:00 ~ Partnering Digital Sales with Indie Stores by Mark Lefebvre from Kobo
9:00 - 10:00 ~ Wrap Up & Giveaways with the IndieReCon Team (Twitter Chat, use #IndieReCon to participate)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Peregrine By Becki Brannen

I'm not much of a romance person but when I read Peregrine I couldn't put it down. Becki Brannen's a writing genius. She really gets you into the head of her main character. I felt my heartstrings pulled at going on a honeymoon to mourn your lost loved one. Stavros' character was written brilliantly I loved his heart and his style. This is such a beautiful story amazingly written and I know I will be reading more of Becki's books.

I give it 5+ stars!