Thursday, December 18, 2014

Reading Past the Blah's

Oh so many books.

When I go through a long jouney of blah's, I tend to want to stay in bed and pull the covers over my head. Recently I went through such a stage after the removal of half of my thyroid gland at the beginning of November. I only went out of the house to see my assorted doctors, as the bruising was serve.

I could not look down because of the swelling and thus taking away my ability to work with the sewing machine, hand quilting or any other means to stitch my cares away.  Even the holding of books had it's challenges. I turned to me Sony e-reader as it was a light weight alternative.

Need something short to read just before bed?  Well this one book has 2 little shorts in it that might have you dreaming of some hot quickies of your own. I will waiting to see what else this author up with in the future. This is

The Cost of Pleasure and Sexotherapy: Spicy Pleasures by Alexia Saint-Ange through Open Road Integrated Media



The Cost of Pleasure: The office is full of interesting relationships. Who knows what will happen when the boss wants to discipline the employees? 

Sexotherapy: When a minor traffic accident turns into a visit to the spa, the greatest sensual experiences await . . .

I have to give this 3.5 stars out of 5.

I received this little jewel from Net Gallery for my honest opinion, which has no effect on anyone associated with the making of this book.

Up next one is actually a complete series that spans over a year in the storyline. This charming set is Elderberry Croft: The Complete Collection by Becky Doughty through Aspendawn Books


The Coach House Trailer Park is the last stop down the road of life for most of its residents. But a new girl sweeps into the neighborhood, charming them all with her wild nature, her elderberry gifts, and her outrageous laughter. What brings the mysterious Willow Goodhope of Elderberry Croft to this dead end place? From what—or whom—is she hiding?

ELDERBERRY CROFT: The Complete Collection (all twelve episodes) is the tale of one woman’s journey toward hope and healing, and the people whose lives she transforms along the way. 

With the first page of this series, I was pulled into the stories of each character in the little community are like injured little birds that find a healer in Willow Goodhope. Who nurture each one with such care that seems to make them think she is their own angel as she faces her own challenges.

This series will have you going through your own emotional wheel of fortune as you go along these journeys along with the characters as they did me.

I give this a series note-worthy 5 out 5 stars. 

This great series comes to me through Net Gallery in exchange for my honest review.  The words are my own and should be taken as such.
Can an author known for his mainstream sci fi/supernatural thriller genre branch out? Here's Dean Koontz's The City through
Random House Publishing Group - Bantam Dell 



The city changed my life and showed me that the world is deeply mysterious. I need to tell you about her and some terrible things and wonderful things and amazing things that happened . . . and how I am still haunted by them. Including one night when I died and woke and lived again.

Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences. Set in a more innocent time not so long ago, The City encompasses a lifetime but unfolds over three extraordinary, heart-racing years of tribulation and triumph, in which Jonah first grasps the electrifying power of music and art, of enduring friendship, of everyday heroes.

The unforgettable saga of a young man coming of age within a remarkable family, and a shimmering portrait of the world that shaped him, The City is a novel that speaks to everyone, a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, it’s a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.

I would say so with a resounding YES!!  I was able to enjoy this book with a bottle of wine and some classical music.  It was a wonderful read and it was nice that he broke out of his pigeon hole in his typical story lines.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy his other books but this offered up a nice change.  I hope we might see more like this in the future.

I would give this a solid 4.5 stars out of 5.

I want to say Thank You to Net Gallery for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. And as always, my opinion is just that.... my thoughts on the book and should be taken as such.

 Here is the final book for this week. It's If I Stay by Gayle Foreman Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (April 6, 2010)


On a day that started like any other, Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she'll ever make.

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.

To me the book has a softness & subtleness to the subject of death & living that could make some readers either like it or not. I think this has to due a lot with how they preceptive death in their lives.

The storyline is well written and has you look at things from Mia's view of things on rather she is or isn't going to come back to her self or continue onto her journey that would rejoin her to her family. It is a difficult decision to make as an adult much less then a young adult barely out of high school.

Over all I liked the book so I'm giving it 3 stars out of 5.

I read this one when it became available in my local library so the expressed view is of my words.

Well I guess that is an enough for now.  I still have a stack of books next to me that are in need of write ups like those following below.

  • Nest by Esther Ehrlich
  • The Kidnapped Christmas Bride by Jane Porter
  • Love By Design by Evie Knight

I have so many more beyond that short stack i think it would take me a week just to catch up ...LOL.

Until later my fellow readers,