Monday, February 19, 2018

TTT- Don't You Want Me Baby????

The top 10 weekly meme used to be hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but starting this week, they are handing over the reins to ThatArtsyReaderGirl who can be found HERE.  Each week she will focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading. 

This week's topic is Books I'm No Longer Interested in Reading.  Now I'm pretty much a mood reader, so it might be possible that 6 months from now, I will change my mind on a few of these.  But hey, that's the beauty of reading for enjoyment - I can do what I want!  

Any of the remaining Anita Blake books.  I checked Goodreads and I made it through book #11.  Man, I don't recall making it that far.  But I've lost interest and honestly, this series should have probably ended years ago.

I actually featured this as a Can't Wait Wednesday book not too long ago. However, since then, I've read a review and apparently there is quite a bit of animal abuse in here.  Therefore, it's not for me and I'm glad I never bought it.

I tried reading this and just couldn't get into it.  Maybe some day I'll pick it up but for now, it's not even on my radar.

I've kind of lost interest.  But don't tell Cass - you know, birds and all.

I saw the movie and I'm okay with leaving it at that.

I'm not even sure why I have this on a wishlist.  I'm not a huge contemporary reader and nothing stands out to me when I reread the synopsis.  

Read Partials in 2012?  That was some time ago.  I don't miss it so this is another book I will probably never pick up even thought I think it's on my Kindle somewhere.

I'm one of the few who hated The 5th Wave.  There is no way I'll read this one.

Just saw the movie and while I'm sure the book is probably better (aren't they usually?) I think I'll just skip it.  While the movie was okay, I found the MC annoying.

Hated the movie and STILL bought the book when I saw it used.  What was I thinking?

So, can you convince me to give any of these books a go?  The Ritual might come the closest just because I love horror and have heard good things about the author.  And don't even TRY to convince me to give The 5th Wave another chance!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

February Blog All About It - Red

Blog All About It is a challenge being hosted by Anna@Herding Cats and Burning Soup.  Each month we are given a prompt and have free reign regarding what we chose to blog about pertaining to that prompt. February's prompt is........................

So for most of my life, the color red has played a prominent role. Now this was never really planned and I have to admit, red isn't even my favorite color but for some reason, it's always been around.

For 12 years, my school mascot was a red devil.  Now I always thought it was kind of redundant to be called the RED Devils because aren't devils supposed to be red.  However, a neighboring town was called the Blue Devils so I guess clarification was needed.  
Growing up I was always obsessed with painting my nails.  And I remember for some reason my Dad HATED red nail polish.  He said it "sent the wrong message." So yep, you guessed it, every chance I got I was buying various red nail polishes.

Then when I got older and met the man of my dreams - aka Mr. Barb, we decided to have a small wedding yet still needed some kind of color scheme.  I was never into pastels and what I then called "girly-colors" so we ended up with a red, black and white theme - for no real reason at all.  An no, this isn't my ring, but I do love it and would love to have one some day.

After getting married, we soon needed some newer transportation and our first new car together, which was used, was a little red Sundance.  I LOVED that car.

And then a several years later, our first NEW car together was a red Sunfire.  I loved that car even more but sadly we had to get rid of it after 13 glorious years.  It was replaced by a "dog friendly" Kia Sportage which believe it or not, IS NOT red.

And those who are aware of my current neighbor situation, knows that the past few weeks, I've been "seeing red" quite a bit.  

So there you have it, the history of my unintentional love affair with the color red!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (148)/Sunday Post

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves or TBR piles, may it be physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in a physical store, online, books you borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and of course, ebooks! The original meme was started over at Tynga's Reviews. And it now has a new co-host where individuals can link up as well - Marlene from Reading Reality.  Clicking on the book (or title) should take you to the Goodreads page.  I'm also now linking up with the Sunday Post which is hosted by Kimberly@Caffeinated Book Reviewer

So first up let's look at the books I grabbed from Amazon.  I had to buy "Dog Rough" when I stumbled upon it (it's a fairly new release).  "Celebrity Chef Zombie Apocalypse" and "The Outsiders" were both free grabs.  And finally, told you I didn't think I'd be able to hold out on "The Belles" for very long.  And can I just say "Dog Rough" has one of the best dog covers ever!

And then of course I got a few books for review.  "In the Vines" is a thriller that doesn't release until this summer.  Hope the hype DOES NOT start building because that may mean the kiss of death for me.  "Devil Shark" sounds pretty interesting and come on, sharks.  It releases in June and nothing screams summer to me like a good shark book or movie.   "White is the Coldest Color" is another thriller (did I mention how I think 2018 is the year of the thriller?) and "The Uninvited Corpse" is a new cozy.  

So what books did you add to your shelves this week????

Weekly Reads (02/16/18

So I'm just going to leave the on-going neighbor saga at yes, we are all still okay.  Yes, the neighbors are still NOT okay.  Law enforcement is not being very helpful, although I will admit it depends on what officer we are working with.  And most importantly, thank all of you for your kind thoughts and words last week -  you guys are the best.  Now on to the fun stuff!!!!

We still seem to be hit or miss with movies and television.  I will say I am REALLY enjoying "Bellevue" and wish it was more accessible for people.  It's an odd little show to say the least.  However, Anna Paquin is STILL Sookie.  I fear it may all she can play right now.  However, it's kind of working for this character (minus the telepathy - and if Sookie got a job as a cop.  Can you imagine???)  We did watch "Justice League" on Valentine's Day.  Now I know it got poor reviews but I watched it because I wanted mindless action and good effects and that's what I got.  Oh, and Jason Momoa.  So it seems there may be a "thing" developing for dear old Aquaman.  

The pups are fine.  It has rained tons this week and more is predicted for the weekend.  Booker wants Dad to build an Ark and Cass doesn't understand that very rarely will birds drown. I will be visiting Grandpa this Saturday and have been doing some winter spring cleaning and hope to continue (aka - throwing junk out).  I am also kind of in a reading funk.  Not a slump per se, but just not feeling what I am reading.  Here's what I'm currently reading and what's up next.  I'm reading both The Cruel Prince and The Sandman right now and I hardly ever read multiple books at once so that should tell you something.

So I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead and have some fun this weekend!!!!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Author Renee George Visits The Farm

From Renee George:
I am a USA Today Bestselling author who writes paranormal mysteries and romances because I love all things whodunit, Otherworldly, and weird. Also, I wish my pittie, the adorable Kona Princess Warrior, and my beagle, Josie the Incontinent Princess, could talk. Or at least be more like Scooby-Doo and help me unmask villains at the haunted house up the street.

When I'm not writing about mystery-solving werecougars or the adventures of a hapless psychic living among shapeshifters, I am preyed upon by stray kittens who end up living in my house because I can't say no to those sweet, furry faces. (Someone stop telling them where I live!)

I live in Mid-Missouri with my family and I spend my non-writing time doing really cool watching TV and cleaning up dog poop.

1.  You have been writing since 2005.  Do you ever have a shortage of idea's or get writer's block?  If so, how do you handle it?  Can you share your writing process?

Hi Barb!  I can honestly say there is never a shortage of ideas.  If anything, I have too many ideas and it always seems that when I am working on one story, another one is playing around in my head.  As to the writer's block, oh my gosh, all the time.  Sometimes every word can feel like walking through quicksand...until it doesn't.  *grin* When I have writer's block I just keep putting one word in front of the other, even if it's bad.  I find that forcing myself to write, even when my muse is taking a vacation, will get the story going again.  I'm a pantser not a plotter, which means, I write a story with only a basic idea or where I'm starting and where I'm finishing, so when writer's block happens, it can feel like the sky is falling.

2.  You have numerous series going on such as the Magic and Mayhem Mysteries,  the Peculiar Mysteries, and my personal fave The Barkside of the Moon series.  Do you have a favorite to write for? Who are some of your favorite characters? 

All three of those series are fun to write.  The Witchin' Impossible: Magic and Mayhem books are finished now.  It concluded at book four, but I just released book six in the Peculiar Mysteries, "Furred Lines" and I have to say, it was the fun I've had writing in a while.  Now as you know, the Barkside of the Moon series has a very special place in my heart.  The books were inspired by my real life Smooshie, my lovable pittie Kona.  The minute I saw her I was in love.  She has inspired me to help raise breed awareness, human rescue shelters, and dog fostering.  I donate 10% of my royalties every month to, a no-kill shelter that recently completed building a new shelter that would provide for even more dogs to be rescued.  They are amazing. Wow, sorry.  I didn't mean to go off on a tangent, I'm just really passionate about the cause.  Right now, the Barkside of the Moon series is unavailable as they are getting facelifts with new covers and new titles, but they will be rereleased in March, culminating with the release of the long-awaited third book!  I will make sure you get all the information.

3.  What new books or plans do you have on the horizon?  You know I need more Smooshie in my life.  Do you know how many books you have planned in that particular series?

I am currently starting a new series called "Hell's Belle," a three book series with mystery and romance.  Right now, the third book in Barkside of the Moon is happening for sure!  I am currently finishing the WIP  to get to my editor.  I love it and want many more books with Lily and Smooshiem, but it will depend on what happens with the new release.  I have my fingers and toes crossed, along with a marketing plan.

4.  Who are some of your favorite authors and do you have any all-time favorite books?  What are you currently reading?  

Charlaine Harris is my #1 favorite author.  I love her Grave Sight, Sookie Stackhouse, Shakespeare, and Aurora Teagarden mystery series.  However, my all-time favorite books are a high-fantasy series by the late, great David Eddings (co-written by his wife Leigh) called The Belgariod and the follow up series, The Mallorean.  It is ten books that I have read a dozen times over the past thirty years.  I wish they would put them in ebook format so I could take them everywhere.

5.  This question is from my co-blogger, Booker T:  What 4-legged children do you share your home with and do they help or hinder your writing process?  Also, I've pretty much decided that Smooshie is Cass's "book girlfriend."  Do you think she'd be interested in a hyperactive Brindle boxer who is loyal but a tad unpredictable?

Smooshie would ROCK Cass's world! LOL!  I have four furbabies -  Kona, the lovable brindle and white pit breed, Josie, the tiny, unsociable beagle princess, Simon the cat who showed up on my porch this summer, only 5 weeks old and starving.  My cat of 22 years had died in February, and Simon was the spitting image of my Thumper.  It was like she decided I needed another cat.  Then Ash, another stray, who was nine months old, showed up in my yard three weeks later.  Kona adopted Ash so we had to keep her. LOL.

Booker T and I want to thank Renee for stopping by.  It's been fun seeing how passionate she is about her writing as well as the animals in her life.  You can follow Renee at the following links;

Renee has kindly shared some pictures of her pet family and below you will also see some of her fun series covers.  

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Romanov Blog Tour

Samaire Provost
Publication date: January 24th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
In an abandoned warehouse in Manhattan, two enemies battle to the death, while outside, a malevolent entity watches and waits and plots, eager for blood. On an island in the heart of Seattle, an immortal princess struggles to lead a normal life just as a flood of terrifying creatures starts to pour in through a portal that should not be there. A young man meets a classmate while walking home from the college library, and embarks on the most dangerous adventure he’s ever known – will he survive? A deranged madman hunts the girl he’s lusted after for a century, in a relentless pursuit for vengeance. A prehistoric, mythical beast jealously guards a primeval land, which is leaking into present-day Seattle. A sweet, forbidden passion blossoms between two lovers who steal moments whenever they can, while unbeknownst to them, they’re hunted by a deadly creature.
A royal family threatened at its weakest – yet lethal in its own right – is stalked by an ancient evil that will not rest until they are utterly destroyed: a nightmare incarnate that has waited millions of years for revenge threatens the very existence of the young lovers and their family.
Will they prevail?
MY THOUGHTS: I was initially drawn to this book because of the cover and to be honest, it had a Gothic feel to it which I love.  What I found was a book that while not exactly Gothic, did mix history with present-day times and a tale which thrilled to the end.  I'm been somewhat hesitant with vampire books the past few years and I have to admit I tend to like my vampires on the vicious side, but "Romanov" has a nice mixture of vampires, dragons and magic.  This is a fun read and those who like a little bit of romance with their vampires would probably enjoy picking this one up.


Author Bio:
Samaire Provost lives in California with her husband and son.
Her love of paranormal stories, odd plots, and unique tales as well as the works of Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Susan Cooper, Madeleine L’Engle and Stephen King has deeply influenced her writing.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (145)

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

FROM GOODREADS: Something weird is happening to the Los Angeles freeways—phantom cars, lanes from nowhere, and sometimes unmarked offramps that give glimpses of a desolate desert highway—and Sebastian Vickery, disgraced ex-Secret Service agent, is a driver for a covert supernatural-evasion car service. But another government agency is using and perhaps causing the freeway anomalies, and their chief is determined to have Vickery killed because of something he learned years ago at a halted Presidential motorcade.

Reluctantly aided by Ingrid Castine, a member of that agency, and a homeless Mexican boy, and a woman who makes her living costumed as Supergirl on the sidewalk in front of the Chinese Theater, Vickery learns what legendary hell it is that the desert highway leads to—and when Castine deliberately drives into it to save him from capture, he must enter it himself to get her out.

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  I think this sounds like a fun read and Cass happened to point out the bird on the cover.  Plus I want to know more about the costumed Supergirl character.