Saturday, May 26, 2018


AUTHOR: Jeffe Kennedy
GENRE: Dark fantasy
Rating: 4.5

Imperial Princess Jenna is the firstborn daughter of Emperor Einarr Konyngrr and his first wife Hulda. She has spent the majority of her life sequestered behind a seraglio’s gilded walls. Jenna diligently prepares for the day she leaves the seraglio and marries the man her parents had chosen. However, her betrothed is not what she expected. Can Jenna endure her husband’s mistreatment long enough to escape? Or will he be her doom?

I have been curious about Jenna’s story since her part in THE EDGE OF THE BLADE, book two in THE UNCHARTED REALMS. She is such a remarkable heroine, who demonstrates such growth towards the end of the story. I adore how Jenna uses her abuse to counsel her impressionable younger brother to treat women better. But, what I admire the most about Jenna is the sacrifices she willingly makes to keep her sisters from sharing her fate.

PRISONER OF THE CROWN is book one in Jeffe Kennedy’s fantasy series, THE CHRONICLES OF DASNARIA, another spinoff from her THE TWELVE KINGDOM books. The story surprised me. I expected a fantasy romance like the author’s prior books; however, this story has absolutely no romance in it. It does touch on violent triggers, especially domestic abuse against women. I like how the author delves into Dasnaria patriarchy culture and seraglios’ politics.

I already fell in love with Harlan, the hero from THE TALON OF THE HAWK, book one in THE TWELVE KINGDOMS series. His steadfast determination to help Jenna made me love him even more. However, I wish I could say the same about Kral, the hero from THE EDGE OF THE BLADE, book two in THE UNCHARTED REALMS. I am glad that he changed from this story to his.

PRISONER OF THE CROWN is a heartrending tale of a princess’s harrowing journey to escape her sheltered and privileged existence. I like how the entire story is written in Jenna’s perspective. I cannot wait to read the continuation of her future journeys.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Devil and the Deep by Julie Ann Walker Review

Madison “Maddy” Powers is an oil heiress, her father owns Powers Petroleum, US’s largest oil company. She orchestrates an outing on a remote island for three teenage scholarship applicants in order to be closer to Bran. Much to her chagrin, Maddy finds herself and her three charges at gunpoint. When Bran comes to their rescue, she decides a compromise: one night then they can resume their friendship status.
Brando “Bran” Pallidino is an ex-Navy Seal. He now works at Deep Six Salvage with his Seal comrades. Bran tries to keep an emotional distance from Maddy Powers, but he comes to her rescue yet again from unidentifiable threats. The threat keeps dogging their every steps forcing Bran to protect her from the men intent on kidnapping her.
I could not help but empathize with Bran. His childhood scarred him, and he carries the fear, allowing it from keeping Bran from forming any attachment to women. I love his banter with Maddy, but what I enjoyed the most is his discomfort around the three naughty teenagers.
Maddy is an easy heroine to like and enjoy. She has been through a terrible ordeal, and Bran, in his way, helps her deal with the mental trauma. I like her snarkiness and her determination not to give up on what she wants.
I especially like that Julie Anne Walker sows the possible start for Madison and Alex – or it is simply wishful thinking. I so want those two to be a couple. So I cannot wait for book three and hope
The other thing I like about DEVIL AND THE DEEP, the entire book takes place in the span of a day and a half.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Wine Glass Candles...

SCENT: Sea Petals

I had bought the glassware at a yard sale for the specific purpose to make candles out of them. As I am preparing for a Craft Show (husband and sister in law convinced me to try), I thought it was the perfect time to make them. I agree they look like something you'd find at a wedding or wedding anniversary party.

SCENT: Early Sunrise
I am in love with this scent. I wanted to attempt something different than the Sea Petals. Hard to see in the photos but there is a blush of pink at the bottom. Hence my attempt at Sunrise.

SCENT: Strawberry Cheesecake
My cousin had seen pictures of Sea Petals and Early Sunrise candle pair sets I made. She wanted to buy the Sea Petals but I had made them specifically for the Craft Show. So I offered to make her a set. I had to find glassware and she appeared happy with this. Bigger than the others.  She allowed me to experiment. The little wax hearts are scented with Strawberry Cheesecake too. I thought White Roses on Red backdrop was beautiful.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

eARC of Colleen Gleason's A Lily on the Heath Review

Expect this book on
January 15, 2013

My review:

My way of reviewing is a tad “different” than others.  Instead of waiting until I read the book through then write up my thoughts, feelings, and opinions, I like to stop at intervals.  This better records my thoughts as I have them.

A Lily on the Heath is actually my second foray with Colleen Gleason’s books.  I had read one of her vampire books years back.  Kris Kennedy had a contest for her street team members and I won the chance.

It has been a while since I read a historical. So 7% in and it is evident that the hero and heroine had known each other once.  And the two were more acquaintances than friends or close.  Sort of like a new bent to the reuniting theme…

So far I have not read enough on either Judith or Malcolm to form an opinion.  Though, the beginning scene does sort of show bits of Judith’s character. More in the way she deals with her Queen, behaving more out of necessity than a mindless sycophant.  

29% in…. Judith and Malcolm’s characters, quirks, and personality are defined.  Though she is close to the Queen Judith does not use the advantage like some would.  She knows her place in life and court but does not let it go to her head or reveals in it. Also she stands out among the ladies.  One aspect makes her stand out among the rest of the nobility.

So glad she is not the simpering, weak-willed type.  I like that she thinks for herself.

Malcolm…  though not crazy about his view on a wife’s uses, so I hope his views would change further in the book… He’s strong and alpha but is not arrogant about it. Quick to help the underdog from a squire to saving damsels in distress (in trees especially)

Though I am sensing an undercurrent…  especially in the attention Judith garnered.  The attention would not do her good especially in her standing and duties.

41% in …  The heroine has my sympathy for what she must endure. Had my hopes that something would intervene, would save her from that part in her life.  It really doesn’t sit well with me honestly. I had hoped the hero would figure a way to thwart it…

63% -  Absolutely love how Malcolm took care of the situation Judith landed in.  Mm, he so reminds me of the metaphor “knight in shining armor”. My opinion and thoughts of him notched higher.  Though what he planned could garner his death he did it in a way that spoke of his honor and character.

Since it had been some time since I read a historical romance, took me but a moment to get use to the speech patterns and assimilate to the time period.  Minor characters in the tale told me that this is in a series but stands alone – which I was correct.

The side little romance of two more minor characters lent the story a bit more.

The heroine’s misunderstanding did wear on me.  I had wished for a little more interaction between Judith and Violet. Just felt that bonding was missing.  Sometimes a child in a story can really do good for the plot and storyline.

Other than that I enjoyed the story. It was a great break from the paranormals and romantic suspenses that I have found myself reading of late.

Four Shillelagh

Monday, September 3, 2012


               Mmm, this blog has been forgotten for such a long time, and only used to endorse this contest or that.  Not to mention shamelessly plug some awesome authors and broadly display the many street teams I belong to.

               Decided to post my adventure as an amateur writer. Couple weeks back I had happen what many writers/authors dread. Not the deletion of the WIP file but really it comes close to that.  The file, the one that housed not only my written word but my notes in the right sequence placement got corrupted!

               Oh how I wanted to cry, toss my external out the window, and call it a loss.  At that moment I let discouragement consume me, even questioned about continuing writing.

               Fortunate for me I loved playing with the document. Decorating it and then saving it as a pdf file in the grand illusion of seeing how it would “look” as an ebook.  Hey everyone can dream write? Every novice writer likes to see their blood, sweat, and tears in book form.

               Lucky for me that paid off. No – not in the sense that I got a publishing deal.  My dreams have not reached that level. To be honest I dread it only because inwardly I do not believe my words are “good enough”. And that I would be told that straight up.

               No… lucky for me the corrupted file did not mean a complete loss.  All that was missing from the pdf was three or four of my notes that I had recorded in a file. Happy days when I found them!

               Since this particular Work in Progress is my longest story, ten years plus in the writing, revamping, and adding.  So I could not let the story die completely.  Besides I love the characters within so much to dishonor them in that way.

               I decided the arduous process of rewriting, hoping to get inspiration to write out the notes to the parts I need.  Each chapter’s rewrite’s completion I zip the file and email to the account I use for my Kindle to store. Backups!

               Just started the rewrites three days ago and I got the prologue and chapter one finished. Good progress if I do believe so.  It is going to be a long and slow progress.  My plan is to try to rewrite at least some part every day and then reward myself with reading.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review - Blaze by Joan Swan

      Excuse me as I have a fan girl moment here! Eeeee!  So yes, I am a total fan of Joan's, and willing to pimp out her books at every instant!  Another winner! Better than the first. Never disappoints.   Love love love mitch

The hotter they come, the harder they fall…

With a man like him, every mission becomes personal…
Ever since FBI agent Keira O’Shay started tracking a young boy named Mateo, she’s felt a connection even her empathic abilities can’t explain. She needs to save Mateo from the cult leader holding him hostage. Nothing can interfere with that—not even the reappearance of Luke Ransom, the hot-as-hell fire captain she’s regretted walking out on for three long years.

Losing Keira left Luke vulnerable—in every way. When they were together, the powers each possesses were mysteriously enhanced. But it’s the sexy, surprising woman beneath the tough exterior that Luke’s really missed. Even if she betrayed him utterly. And even if agreeing to help her uncover a government conspiracy means watching his life and his heart go up in flames again

 Book Two in the Pheonix Rising series, second book from her debut novel Fever. 

    Really like how Joan started the book with Keira.  We heard "of" the woman in Fever. Mostly her past relationship with Luke.  So this was a really good way for us readers to get a good introduction to her character and person. What drives her. Etc
 Luke played a vital role in the end of Fever, so we readers are already well acquianted with him. Enough to have formed an opinion going in. 

    Not so with Keira. Mostly what we know is hearsay.  And as a reader I like to learn about the woman more than what previous characters told us.

    First impression of Keira:  Strong. Not afraid to give her opinion to the higher ups. Even if it gets her reprimanded.  Cautious - to hide the secret she's harboring, to not let a speck or hint of it released, a secret that mirrors Luke and Teagans in the grand scale of things.

    Seventy pages in and my favorite side character makes a phone appearance.  Absolutely love Mitch's character.  Sarcastic and a wise-ass but he's there for those he cares about with all his connections.  So I got a goofy grin at the way he answered the phone:

"Mitch, it's Luke"
"Oh, it's only you. What number are you calling from?" Mitch didn't wait for an answer. "This better be important, Ransom, 'cause my Padres are spanking your Giants, and if I miss even one good pitch, I'm going to be pissed."

    When Keira told him not to trust anyone... that ol Mitch love there was the first to come to Luke's mind for help.

    Blaze is totally living up to a sequel to Fever.  Does not scrimp on the action and humor.  Even though I feel sort of dead inside the humor in the book has reached me, enough to have me crack a smile or laughing outright.

   Keira and Luke together is explosive.  The two characters are so quirky! So fun to read and follow. Sure they snipe at each other but what couple doesn't have their fights?  There are some unresloved issues between the two.

   Was curious about the child angle. Sometimes it works and sometimes it drags the plot down.  The boy really doesn't say much, the language barrier between the three but he seems to strengthen the plot and shows sides of the character.  We've already seen Luke with his niece - but seeing how easily he fell into with the boy was so awwing.

 137 - Caught this. Muahahaha moment:
She felt as if she'd fallen into an Indiana Jones Movie or an Elisabeth Naughton novel, in possession of a treasure everyone wanted, on a quest she didn't understand, running a race for which she had no timetable, no map.

   : ) Hummm, wonder if she is talking about Naughton's Stolen series

   228 pages in -  Last night, around two am I was loath to put this book down to sleep even knowing I had to get up at seven am to get my three sons up. I wanted to read the next page...

   Ahh we have been introduced to some new characters.  I have a hunch on who the elusive, mysterious Q is.  And damn Joan makes some believable villians because I hate Jocelyn. She's an evil B**ch...

   Ahhhhhh <--- Now that is the sound of a book high. I really do not think I can start another book right now. I want to settle on my contentment with this book.  Can't wait for more books! I seen some potential!!