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- Too Little Too Late
on Sep. 27, 2010
I love this short story. It's so true and so real. I think most of us have been there....
- Prisoner Of My Past
on Sep. 27, 2010
WOW! Raw and powerful, this short story leaves the reader with a tangle of emotions. The journey from abused child to adult is brutally honest and will leave an impression long after you finish.
on Sep. 30, 2010
I found "Again" to be an enjoyable read. It held my interest and with the 2 stories running parallel, made it one where I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what happened next in both "worlds".
Eryn's story takes place in the present. She struggles to work for her marriage and yet has a nagging feeling that something (or should I say someone) else is out there waiting for her. It all started with a dream, and yet, to consider a love so powerful that it would carry through time... could it be real?
Catherine lives in the 1500's and knows that she is to wed soon. Her 18th summer is coming and she will be required to chose a husband. Although she is expected to wed Galen, her lifelong friend, when she meets Johnathan, she knows that she has met the man for her. She outclasses Johnathan and marriage would be forbidden, but can that stop them?
I liked both Catherine and Eryn and adored Johnathan. I found this book to be a great romance with a fascinating twist.
**Parental note** Book contains some objectionable language and descriptive sex scenes.
- Santa's Little Red Spaceship
on Oct. 07, 2010
An adorable story that young children, especially boys, will enjoy.
- A Simply Wonderful Holiday
on Oct. 07, 2010
This may be the answer for those that celebrate Christmas, but find that they feel overwhelmed by the time the holiday arrives.
The author suggests downloading a copy of this book in October, putting it on your desktop (and password protecting it). For the next few months you will be able to access it easily, add notes, shopping lists, gift lists, and your address book.
This book includes not only hints but websites to shop, a grocery list as well as other lists for you to use.
- An Introduction to Natural Beekeeping
on Nov. 18, 2010
Nice introduction to natural beekeeping. Lots of information in just a few pages!! Includes internet links to more information at the end of the publication.
- Beekeping - Pure and Simple
on Nov. 18, 2010
WOW! Tons of information about bees and their habits. Also includes an introduction to natural beekeeping with lots of internet links to find more information at the end of the book.
- Carpe Noctem
on March 10, 2011
My only exposure to a vampire novels has been the "Twilight" series, so I'm coming from a "newborn" point of view. I have never read an adult novel up to this point - not even "Dracula" (does the movie count?)
"Immortalis Carpe Noctum" held me captive from the first page. Written in first person, it allowed me to climb inside Alyssa's head and experience her struggles and disappointments, thoughts and fears and her heartache of never being able to return to her life. All of this on top of her inner struggle gave this book a real feeling, making this a fantastic read.
I really took to Alyssa's character, and adored Lysander. He's was a gorgeous vampire that has a heart and conscience that ended up getting him into some trouble. This created an exciting storyline that kept me on edge and made for an exciting ending.
I'm really looking foward to Katie's next book in this series. Her writing style is captivating and her characters are ones I really want to get to know more of. This is definitely a must for this summer's reading list. It's great for the paranormal lover, but is also just a good story that would satisfy most.
- Nightmares From Eberus - A Speculative Fiction Collection
on April 02, 2011
I will say that I enjoyed reading a sampling of stories from the different genres. It kept me interested, but I will admit, I don't read story after story - but read one here and there.
The stories themselves were entertaining, however some seemed to end abruptly. The one that first comes to mind is "Reality". It moved right along until the end, when it seemed liked the author had been interrupted and someone else stepped in and quickly finished it. The flow was lost, and it was truly a disappointment.
The stories were entertaining and a very light read, but be warned - there are many grammatical errors. (Please note - I have a version from mid 2010, so it may have been updated and corrected since then.)
on July 01, 2011
Ariel is no stranger to being considered "weird" but finds herself shunned when her best friend disappears. Even though she is befriended by two new kids in school, Henry and Theo, she still needs to know what happened to her childhood best friend.
A fantastic story that I think most kids can identify with - being on the outside looking in. This wonderful mix of romance, friendship, mystery and thriller, with some paranormal mixed in, keeps the reader intrigued all the way to the end. The book ends with a surprise twist, and leaves you craving the next book in the series.
A great read that will please the young adult audience as well as most adults!
- The Eyes that See - A Prelude to the Balancer Chronicles
on July 01, 2011
This Prelude to the Balancer Chronicles was interesting, however, it didn't appeal to me the way the "Legacy" did. I enjoyed another story with one of my favorite characters from "Legacy" and found the story interesting and a quick read, but it didn't have the depth that I had enjoyed in the first volume. Don't let this stop you though, as it was still an interesting read. Balancers and Vampires - how can one go wrong?
- Sissy the Vampire Hummingbird Slayer
on July 21, 2011
Hummingbirds are my favorites. Their antics in the air are graceful and precise. So many times I've wondered when they go buzzing by - what happens if they misjudge. Ouch!
Take that thought and spice it up...Vampire hummingbirds. How would you ever get away?! This humorous story is a quick read that will have you chuckling out loud.
- Shelter (Blood Haze: Book One)
on July 30, 2011
I enjoy YA fiction and found this to be a captivating and interesting read. I liked the different take on vampires - not being portrayed as immortal and had families and children. To me this was an interesting baseline for the story.
I enjoyed the characters but found myself getting frustrated with Kai's immaturity - a total difference from the self-confident Max.
This is a captivating read and will appeal to those that enjoy Twilight and other YA paranormal romances. Be warned that this is a cliff-hanger (UGH! Now I NEED to know what happens next!) that contains no sex, but some offensive language.
I received this book from the author through LibraryThing for me to honestly review.
on Feb. 22, 2012
I usually avoid reading novels about Biblical figures because they never seem to match my idea of what those figures are like, but there was something about "Asenath" that made me really want to read this one.
Told through the eyes of Asenath, one quickly develops a connection with her. She's strong, captivating, innocent and curious, and most of all, she has a beautiful heart. At a young age, she was captured and enslaved, then was adopted by an Egyptian priest and priestess. Her life runs parallel to Joseph's and it only seems natural that she would befriend him. This creates a captivating and quite well written love story that brings to life Egypt during the time of Joseph and makes the reader feel like they are there and involved instead of "watching" from the sidelines.
There were a few times this novel didn't ring authentic for me. I couldn't help but wonder if women really were allowed to travel alone or with only one male? I got the sense that it was "normal" then, but it didn't feel "right" to me. I kept wondering why women weren't required to protect their virtue like they did later on in history. I also had trouble getting used to modern language being used in a story of a different time period. One example that sticks out in my mind was when Asenath was "hanging out" with her animals. I would find that after allowing myself to be "transported" back to that time, sometimes the 21st century phrases would break the "mood" for me and I'd remember I was reading a book.
These details shouldn't dissuade one from reading "Asenath", but it did keep me from rating this as a 5 star book. The story itself was very captivating and most definitely worth reading! Anna Patricia did a wonderful job capturing the essence of what I would imagine Joseph and Asenath to be like.
The author provided me an ecopy of this book to honestly review.
- Ain't No Sunshine
on Sep. 26, 2013
I've sat and tried to figure out my feelings towards this book. I've flopped between a 4 and a 5 star rating and decided on 5 because of all the emotions it instilled in me. I was certainly involved with the characters and their family. I hated the father, loved the older brother,Matthew, and neighbor girl, Ruthie, and was very involved with Stephen. With the story line being centered around abusive home life, I had so many ups and downs and was certainly wanting to change things for everyone. At times I hated the book and didn't want to read it because of the abuse, but still NEEDED to because I wanted to know how everything turned out in the end. This was truly a love-hate relationship for me. I'm still stunned by the ending and all the twists that happened before. What a ride!