Thursday, March 24, 2011

Shame On It All...

It's almost the end of 1st quarter and I am not doing so well with my reading. I think I've only finished one book per month for the last 2 months. That is not good and I don't know if I even have a good explanation why. I am not doing well with my challenges at all, but I'm going to put some pep in my step and have a better 2nd quarter... :-)

However, I will be adding another book to my long list of books. On Tuesday, the next installment in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series comes out and yes I will be getting it and reading it ASAP...LOL. I just LOVE those guys.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Watcha Reading Wednesday

I have decided to join a meme hosted by Busy Moms Who Love To Read. This week's Watcha Reading Wednesday is to just tell what you are currently reading or about to start reading.

I'm currently reading Pandora's Succession by Russell Brooks

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Don't Go There! A Robblogger Look At Travel

Author: Rob Logger
Read on: Kindle

Product Description from

Here's what people are saying about the newest sensation to hit the e-book scene:

Stephen King – “Without a doubt the best thing I’ve ever read. Much better than anything I could have written. But I’m not Stephen King, I’m your landlord, and you can’t pay rent with e-books”

Candy Apples – “Without a doubt the best thing I’ve ever read. Much better than anything I could have written. But you can’t pay for lap dances with e-books”

Chastity Bono – “Without a doubt the best thing I’ve ever read. Much better than anything I could have written. The frosted side appeals to the woman in me. The whole wheat side appeals to the man in me. I laughed my balls off. I really did! Please call an ambulance!”

Not enough to convince you to find the spare change in your couch to dole out a measly $0.99? Wait, there's more...

Robblogger saves you from spending your hard won vacation dollars on destinations not worth the effort:

Mexico: Sadly, I’ll have to deduct points for the Piñata... I think this sends a poor message to mini señors and señoritas. That violence is rewarded with prizes, or that it is acceptable to beat animals with sticks. I don’t know what the message here is, but I don’t approve.

Ireland: From 1845 -1849 Ireland was struck by the great famine caused by a potato blight. Over a million people died from starvation. I don’t know what the draw of a famine museum might be. Replicas of blighted potatoes and pictures of starving Irishmen fail to capture my interest. I’m not sure why you’d want to commemorate such a horrible plague anyway.

Egypt: Maybe that’s why I have such a fondness for Egypt. In a previous life I was a ruthless, but forward thinking tyrant. I know all my slaves had dental. I was probably behind the initiative to invent dentists. That’s right, patient readers, Egypt gave us dentistry.

And Pearls like...

"I’m only a pair of leopard skin pants away from forming a Poison cover band. No thanks Egypt."

"Red sand, black sand…red door, blue door. Can’t you do better Greece? Who the hell am I? Doctor Seuss? I live on a beach in the U.S. of A, where people have the good sense to keep their clothes on."

"Since there hasn’t been a draft in decades, there’s little reason to visit Canada."

What’s this dubious literary offering really all about? Besides a pretty clever way to part you from a few pennies, my girlfriend has always wanted to travel. I care for the idea of traveling about as much as I care for the idea of soaking my head in a sink full of electric eels. Travel appeals to me not very much at all, slightly less than not very much at all, to be brutally honest.

So the birth of this e-book was my girlfriend suggesting countries we should visit. And me finding creative ways to convince her that visiting proposed country wouldn’t be fun.

My Thoughts

Don’t Go There was a humorous view at some of the places people like to visit or say they would like to go on vacation, along with the tourist attractions. The author gives the readers his point of view of countries and gives a rating of the country.

When I first began reading Don’t Go There, I thought I was going to be reading about the author’s travels and the satirical happenings during his visits. Instead, the book was about the reasons you should not visit certain places. The author cited information from Wikipedia and the US Department of State. We have all been told when writing papers that Wikipedia is not a good source for citing information. Needless to say, the author used the information he found to provide his readers with “facts” about countries to visit, or to not visit. I found myself laughing out loud at some points and in other parts of the book I wanted to truly find information myself. However, I didn’t because I didn’t want to ruin my reading enjoyment.

In his writing, the author tries to find some good in visiting each country. But it seems the good he tried to find didn’t outweigh the bad enough for him to want to visit. I think my favorite countries he wrote about were England and Egypt. Don’t Go There was a very light-hearted, enjoyable read. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys wit, sarcasm and humor.

DISCLAIMER: I was in no way compensated to review this book. These are my opinions of a book offered to me by the author for an honest review.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Twenty-five Years Ago Today... by Stacy Juba

Author: Stacy Juba
Publisher: Mainly Murder Pres
Format: Paperback, 262 Pages

Synopsis from Goodreads
Kris Langley has always been obsessed with murder. She blames herself for the violent death of her cousin when they were kids and has let guilt invade every corner of her existence.
Now an editorial assistant and obit writer for a Massachusetts newspaper, Kris stumbles across an unsolved murder while compiling "25 Years Ago Today" items from the microfilm. She grows fascinated with the case of a young cocktail waitress who was bludgeoned to death and dumped in the woods.
Determined to solve the case and atone for the death of her cousin, Kris immerses herself in the mystery of what happened to Diana Ferguson, a talented artist who expressed herself through haunting paintings of Greek mythology.
Not only does Kris face resistance from her family and her managing editor, she also clashes with Diana's suspicious nephew, Eric Soares - until neither she nor Eric can deny the chemistry flaring between them.
Kris soon learns that old news never leaves the morgue and that yesterday's headline is tomorrow's danger, for finding out the truth about that night twenty-five years ago may shatter Kris's present, costing her love, her career, and ultimately, her life.

My Thoughts
Twenty-five Years Ago Today was intriguing, captivating and realistic. The story about an unsolved murder being investigated by fresh pair of eyes 25 years after it happened is such a realistic story it grabbed my attention from the first sentence. The story is filled with drama, suspense, deception and romance. What I liked about the story was that it was not predictable. There was enough twists in the plot to leave the me asking 'well if he didn't do it, then who?'
Twenty-five Years Ago Today is a well written story with a well written plot and wonderful imagery. Stacy Juba was able to write a fascinating story that was easy to fall into and become consumed with.

DISCLAIMER: I was in no way compensated to review this book. These are my opinions of a book in which was offered to me by the author for a honest review.