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This week's question:

Q: Best cover? What is the best cover of a book that you've read and loved?.

The is a book from my brother's collection. I absolutely love this cover, there's so much action in this scene. 

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The Week's Question: 

What is the worst book cover for a book you love?

A good cover will make me pick up a book, but it's not a deal breaker for me, and a good story and what moves the book for the store ( or amazon) to my collection. Every now and then I see a cover change I don't care for. Here's some from two of my favorite authors. 

Michelle Moran: Nefertiti 

This book has more cover changes than I can count.The first one on the left is the one I have and my favorite. The last on the right is my least favorite. 

Tess Gerritsen:  The Sinner

Tess is one my favorite author's and I'd followed her series for years. The book covers started getting revamps after t.v. series launch. The original on the left is fantastic. The last one is lackluster.


Let's Read It: Confessions Fact or Fiction

It’s a cliché to say that the truth is stranger than fiction, the truth has to work within the bonds to reality, but fiction can be anything we wish…

Teaser/Why you’ll love it: This book is an anthology of wonderfully talented writers.  Each story could easily work as a standalone. You’ll find yourself wanting to know more, as each tale varies in length and some end abruptly. Many of the accounts are personal tales, and the authors do an excellent job walking the line between fantasy and reality. Even though you’re aware that not all of the stories in the anthology are real, you’ll find yourself wondering about is each one. Considering that the stories are short, this anthology that can be enjoyed over a period of weeks. It’s an excellent choice someone that likes reading a little at time but also being thoroughly entertained.

One important thing to consider when reading this book: “Does your perception of the stories and the authors vary based upon which ones seem real and which seem contrived?” Stories like the ones presented in this anthology are sent to publishers every day, most are rejected as novels. However, it is often true that same story would be accepted is submitted as memoir or true story. Consider that when reading this book.

Did I like it?: Overall yes, I found each story engaging, some of them blended together seamlessly, others ended abruptly when I was looking for more. When I was reading, it was easy to forget that many of the accounts were not all real. In fact I had a difficult time discerning which of the authors wrote factual story and which were simply spinning a tale. The use of person narration works well in this anthology, and adds to the illusion of realism. After finishing the entire collection I still have no idea which stories were true, however that is part of the fun. I would both recommend and read this book again.

Caveats: None

Who’s it for:

·         Casual readers
·         Advent readers
·         All ages
·         Anthology/short story lovers

Overall Rating:  5/5

Hip Hop!

Another Hop Carry On!

Today's Question: What blogger inspires you?

Answer: I don't have a favorite blogger or one that inspires me particularly, but I love to see a blog that's work of progress. That looks as though the owner put a lot of time into building and perfecting their craft.

Let's Read It= Let's Get It

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Let's Read It: "Hell To Pay"

In this riveting suspense thriller, the next corner you turn might just lead straight to hell…

Teaser: Detective Michael Bailey is a man haunted by the past and tormented by the present. As an officer of the law it’s his job to protect those in his city. Then why have things gone array? Failures tend to find Bailey at every turn and each crime he cannot bring to justice, each life he is unable to save, becomes another nail in his coffin. The only thing that seems to be left is the bottle, but even alcohol has long become something Bailey can’t handle. As the murders continue to pile up one man, George Graham, keeps ending up on the short list of suspects. Is he really just a middle aged shop owner living out his days in solitude after the death of his mother? Or is it more likely that George simply can’t control himself, can’t take the agony of his rejections and shortcomings? Something is lurking beneath his exterior and it’s more sinister than anyone can imagine…

Why you’ll Love it: Hell to Pay” is a story that skips the flowery lead in and dives right in. It’s a lengthier read and well worth spending a few afternoons with. A suspense thriller intricately weaved with supernatural; the novel will have you questioning everything you think you know about reality.  “Hell to Pay” is frightening, with demons, and ghosts and shadows lurking around each corner. It is heavy on all of its aspects, drama, tension, and action, which truly make this into a memorable tale.

Did I like it? : I found the novel particularly enjoyable as a suspense, thriller buff myself, “Hell to Pay” makes an excellent addition to my book collection. I felt like the author really knew where he was going with the story from beginning to end and each part left me wanting for the next. The stranger the story became the more I found myself wanting to know more. Bailey is a fantastic lead, and I felt that author made good use of the supporting characters. Antagonist, George, was perhaps my favorite; I could figure him out in the beginning, and I was completely enthralled with what he developed into.

Favorite Quotes:

“Yes. That God is dead and this is it. I‘ve heard junkies talking about how this is really Hell and that straight people are too stupid to realize it.”

“Be good boy, the devil‘s looking for you . . . and sent his hound to find you.”

Caveats: This book is for adults, contains adult situations, and violence.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Let's Read it: Deconstructing Infatuation

Deconstructing Infatuation” will have one rethinking the old phase, “love will make you do crazy things”. It is infatuation that leads us spiraling downward into the unknown, running face first with our eyes closed.

Teaser: Helene is a woman not terribly different from any other. She has a career, as a literary agent, an annoying roommate, and a steady boyfriend; her life is coming along as planned. However, when her roommate, Marleen, sublets a room in their apartment to an attractive man, Tiziano, Helene faces the ultimate test of her fidelity.  Charming, good looking, and new, Tiziano quickly captures Helene’s attention. His presence further highlights the shortcomings of her with relationship with boyfriend Mark. Helene is torn between the man she has a long standing bond with, and the fiery connection that could be with Tiziano.  Can Helene remain faithful? Or will she succumb to intriguing allure of the sultry stranger.

Why you’ll love it: “Deconstructing Infatuation” is a short, lightening fast read, but it gets the job done. Despite its description, the story is not too heavily bogged down in drama, and the author makes excellent use of humor. The lighthearted parts make a fantastic contrast to the main character’s trials. The story isn’t merely a tale of adultery, it examines the rush of emotion and perhaps irrationality that comes with infatuation.  

Did I like it? : The short answer is yes. As a rational creature I found myself angry with Helene’s character. How could someone be so instantly fascinated with a stranger, that they are willing to sacrifice a relationship they’ve put time and effort into? Perhaps this question arose because I’ve never been infatuated in such a manner. I think other readers will be asking themselves the same thing. I found myself loathing the way, the protagonist, Helene, behaves in the story mainly because her change is so sudden. However, life is something that changes suddenly and upon further evaluation, I feel that the character’s and situation are fairly realistic. A book which forces you to ask questions or evokes feelings for a character is one certainly worth reading. 

Caveats:  The book is for adults, due to adult situations I would not necessarily recommend this for young teens.

Overall Rating: 3.9/5

And The Hop Goes On!

Today's Question:

What would you do over if you were to start your blog again from scratch?


This blog is new less than a month old. It's also a work in progress, I make changes and get better as I go. So there's nothing I would change it I started from scratch. I'd love to hear suggestions about what I could do to make it better though.

Let's Read It: The Earle's

A dark tale of a twisted family and the innocent people who become their victims…

Teaser: Carolyn is a young, beautiful, successful woman with a loving husband and her entire life ahead of her. However, her future quickly begins to look bleak when she is taken hostage in the unforgiving back woods of her town by a warped family with devilish intentions. The Earles are keeping more than furnaces and equipment in the basement. They’re holding women captive and Carolyn will have to avoid becoming the next one to meet her end at their hands.  Schizophrenic, Phoenix, along with hot tempered mother and father enjoy using their imprisoned as prey but Carolyn along with fellow captive Greta will give them the hunt of their lives. It will soon become clear that winning this game of torture and terror won’t an easy victory for either side, when Carolyn finds herself fighting for the most important asset she has, her life.

Why you’ll Love it: “The Earle's” is dark, gritty and a little gory. As a thriller it’s got nearly everything going for it. The introduction of the crazed family is well written, there’s an immediate sense of what we’ll be dealing with for remainder of the story. You meet a family that doesn’t seem quite right and then directly after you meet the young woman tied up in the father’s pickup. The sense of fear is instant and overwhelming.  The pace is just right and urgency and desperation of the characters really shines through, an enjoyable thriller for genre aficionados and newcomers alike.

Did I like it? : I found “The Earle's” to be an exhilarating read.  The story is a fine edition to this genre.  It kept my attention and there were no moments where I felt like the story had fallen completely flat, or that the author was trying to compensate for lack of substance with filler. Just when you start to feel safe again, one of these thrillers makes you look twice at every person you meet.

Caveats: This story is adult, it includes violence, references to torture and the overall theme may not be suited for younger readers.

Overall Rating:  3.7/5

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Following the sudden and shocking death of her sister, twenty year old Rhegan discovers that she has been gifted with the remarkable ability to both affect the present and alter the past through her dreams. 

Armed with this power she sets out to change her sister’s fate and make an impression on the world around her in ways she never thought possible. However, when the reckless use of her abilities results in the deaths of innocent people, Rhegan must reexamine her power and herself. 

But unbeknownst to her, time has been running out since her first leap into the past and something that has been lurking in the dark during her travels will soon make its appearance to collect a debt from her present.

In this first installment of Lucidity, Rhegan and best friend Danni must begin to unravel the mystery behind their abilities and discern just how many people have been traversing the night unseen to worldly eye.

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Let's Keep On Hopping!

This Week's Question:

Q: Do your reading habits change based on your mood? Do you read a certain genre if you are feeling depressed or happy?

I've never actually thought about this, but I tend to read more when I'm in a bad mood, than when I'm happy. Unless I'm already hopelessly indulged in a book that is. Reading is an excellent way to jump of out a crappy  mood and into another world. You can take your mind off the ills of reality and fall into the land of fantasy/romance/thriller/suspense ect... There's no mood that can't be improved by a book!

This blog hop is hosted by ParaJunkie and Allisoncanread.

Lucidity part 2 excerpt

Chapter 2
(Flashback Kadja)

My babies need to eat; it is all I can think about waiting in line. The people among me snicker at my presence, but their petty taunting will not discourage me. Sadea’s illness has even kept her from dreaming. My brother Raame wonders if she’ll live. No doctor will see us; they are afraid of being haunted by spirits or cursed. The people that bring aid relief, they don’t believe in such things. They’ve even converted some of the neighbors to their religion.
The help Sadea needs is inside. I avert my eyes from the others and inch ever closer, my little ones coughing fits still resonating in my head, along with Lyra’s frightened gaze. A woman takes me, when my turn arrives.
“My child is sick”. I tell her.
“Some many sick ones this month” she replies. “Wait here”. She leaves me alone and I watch others in the tent being seen. These people who had all once cursed the arrival of strangers, now lined up with their hands open but not their minds. Thinking they could simply slip in and take what they needed inconspicuously. They would be shamed in the village square at the end of the week.
“He’ll go with you” the woman says approaching me. There is a man beside her, he smiles gently, and helps me up. He is half a foot taller than me, thin, but sturdy in his build, with dark brown eyes, and softly curled hair. He begins moving towards the exit and I follow.
“Come this way,” I tell him.
 “What are the child’s symptoms?” he questions.
“She can barely eat, she vomits most of it when she does, she has terrible coughing fits, and she’s been running a fever on and off for the last week.”
We walk in silence until we reach my home the man seems to be deep in thought. My mother greets us at the entrance, little Lyra is peaking from behind her skirt.
“Did you bring someone,” she asks.
“Yes, this is…”
“Dr. Haamed,” he interjects.
Sadea is lying in bed in the adjacent room, she is still like the dead and fear overwhelms me.
“Sadea!” I shriek.
Haamed calmly pushes me aside. He kneels down next to Sadea and places a thermometer in her mouth.
“103 degrees,” he says.
He then listens to her heart and lungs.
“Her symptoms seem similar to those of these other children in village.”
“Many of them have already started to recover; I positive she’ll be all right,” he finishes.
Haamed gives me medicine for Sadea. He explains when and how to administer it, one bottle is for her fever, once a day, the other bottle for her cough, two times a day.
“She’ll pull through, I promise,” he says.
“Do you need me to guide you back?” I ask.
“That’s all right” he responds. “I’ll make it.”
“If she doesn’t improve come and find me right away, don’t wait line, and just tell them Haamed sent you.”
 I nod my head in acknowledgment; he leaves me one last easy smile, before turning his back to leave.
That night I wait at Sadea’s bedside, mother and Lyra have already fallen asleep. I imagine that somewhere Sadea is walking in the land of dreams, even though I can see her spirit tonight. That’s where she must be, enjoying herself, skipping below the tree tops and spying on incest nests. There isn’t any pain or discomfort for her there.
The next morning Sadea opens her eyes. She makes slow progress over the next few days as her grandmother tends her side, while I work the fields. I wondered if Haamed was still in the village and muddle the idea of going back the relief location. I should at least thank him.
He is visible a few feet from the town entrance, I can see him smiling and laughing at the children. They must be those that have recently recovered as well. He looks up at me, as I approach.
“So there you are,” he exclaims. “Is everything okay, Sadea, I mean”.
I nod my head yes.
“That’s good,” he says. “I should come have another look at her.”
We walk side by side to my home. He looks as though he wishes to say something, but hesitates each time.
“The people here are a bit superstitious huh,” he attempts to say casually.
“They seem to think something unnatural is going on here.” He seems perturbed by what he has just suggested, and we walk silently for a moment.
“If something occurs how can it be unnatural, the fact that an event takes place at all, whether created by man, beast or otherwise must be natural,” I argue.
“That’s what I think anyway.”
“I think so as well,” he answers.
Sadea is up and moving around by the time we reach my home. She still seems a bit lethargic. She walks toward me and wraps her arms around waist and buries her head in my stomach.
“Are you all right, honey?” I ask. I can feel her nodding her head up and down. Pushing her away from me gently, I make her sit down.
“It’s okay he’s just going to look at you.” Haamed kneels down to her level; he takes her pulse and shines a small light into her eyes. He then listens to her heartbeat and lungs.
“Her lungs sound clear,” he says. “She’s breathing normally, her pulse is strong.”
“How do you feel?” he asks her directly. Sadea hesitates for a moment.
“It’s okay,” I reassure her.
“I feel fine,” she says nearly inaudible. Haamed grins at her.
“You’ll tell your mother if you feel ill again, won’t you?”
“I will,” she replies.
“Most of the other children have recovered as well,” Haamed tells me as we exit the house.
“It’s true, what they say about us”. He looks genuinely surprised.
“Earlier, I wasn’t necessarily talking about you,” he offers in response.
“They told you though, right…told you there’s something wrong with us that we’re spirit wanderers.” He stares at me as though he has no idea what to say.
“It’s true, we are.” I’d never willingly told anyone before, not even people who already knew, yet I felt comfortable enough with this stranger to share my secret. He mulls it over for awhile.
“Kadja, I’m not sure that’s possible,” he says softly.