Happy Birthday Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury by ~ArtemisiaSynchroma

I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.

Ray Bradbury

The author of Fahrenheit 451 was born on this day in 1920.

Haunting Obsession ? Book Trailer & Kindle Release Today

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HAUNTING OBSESSION

by R.J. Sullivan

Publication Date: August 14, 2012

“She wants to be loved by you…alone!”

Daryl Beasley collects all things Maxine Marie, whose famous curves and fast lifestyle made her a Hollywood icon for decades after her tragic death. Daryl’s girlfriend, Loretta Stevens, knew about his geeky lifestyle when they started dating, but she loves him, quirks and all.

Then one day Daryl chooses to buy a particularly tacky piece of memorabilia instead of Loretta’s birthday present. Daryl ends up in the doghouse, not only with Loretta, but with Maxine Marie herself. The legendary blonde returns from the dead to give Daryl a piece of her mind—and a haunting obsession he’ll never forget!

Haunting Obsession is a Rebecca Burton Novella. Readers who enjoy this tale may also enjoy R.J. Sullivan’s Rebecca Burton short story series from Seventh Star Press that began with Backstage Pass.

Pre-Review: Sandcastle and Other Stories

Sandcastle and Other Stories Sandcastle and Other Stories by Justin Bog

My rating: (not posted till my offical review goes live on Cabin Goddess July 11th

My review has yet to go live,  nor will I share my rating because I am touring with the book.

I am reading it for the fourth time, 2nd in it’s final version. THIS IS BY FAR some of the most solid group of short stories I have read in a long LONG time. Flannery O’Connor has a challenger to her work, though it is not nice to challenge a dead woman’s art. But yes, if you enjoy her shorts, though Justin has written in his own wonderfully dark and mind blowing style.

My oh so picky fiance was churning at the bit as I read each story out loud over a few days the second read through. Oh dear am I reviewing? We ended up discussing them and bantering back and forth and he hates talking books with me because he is so discerning.

I gave this collection to one of the professors at the University and he recently wrote me saying this book will probably be used as part of his lecture series on the world of self publishing he is doing to help dispel the stigma attached.

Come over to Cabin Goddess on July 11th for more~

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Review: The House of Order: Stories


The House of Order: Stories
by John Paul Jaramillo

This is a very personal collection of short stories and none of them left me with a feeling of hope. It is a stark picture into one Latino family living in poverty amidst the concrete and weeds, the alcohol and abuse, and then of course there are the rabbits (ok I had to mention rabbits because I have a soft spot in my heart for bunnies). “Esta las historias de la familia” within the pages of John Paul Jaramillo’s “The House Order” will leave you sad, despondent and wanting to rescue this grown child and his own family, from falling into the same footsteps his alcoholic father did.

The collection begins with Manito and his Uncle Neto sitting out back, amongst the weeds and urban decay of a neighborhood behind the family room with the backdrop of a failing steel mill. The thread that binds these as more than just a collection but a well segued group of tales leading you through Manito’s, the protagonist, own journey to discover the truth of their “historia”. Each title binds the symbolism within each story. After Uncle Neto finishes telling another Ortez family tale the title becomes relevant.

It is hard to label this an actual collection of short stories, it is more like a condensed taste of reality within the 108 pages and a beautiful cover. It is not a quick read, a few hours, but I took my time mainly because the stories were so dense with meaning and realism. The Ortez’s are a characterization of many “familias”in American today. This is not a story for Latino’s and just Latino’s, the machismo, the abuse, the abandoning of children and alcoholism is a problem with many impoverished in this country. In today’s struggling economy the situations that crop up over and over within the Ortez “familia” are mirrored within the stories. There is a choice Manito must make, with where this leads him, to break free “de liberarse” of the apron strings that drag him out the door? Or to let himself go down the path with her. What will it be?

Go grab your copy today, the book is beautiful, dark and though I will not be reading it again, I will be sharing it with many of my friends who can emotionally handle reading this.I was left depressed and brooding.

Who would I recommend it too? People that love well crafted, deep literary fiction. Who like art in their words when presented with a stark reality and sociologists! Yep, this would be a GREAT book to include in a sociological study. I already am planning on handing it over to my friend up at the university who is doing a study on the third generation Mexican Americans and the Machismo factor (or something to that effect).

My rating scale is as such:

5 stars for the cover design: The cover made no sense to me at first, then I got it. This is raw, exposed and rough. It is not pretty, painted and standing on a corner with a pill box hat. Deal with it move on and screw you I like my longs black. The cover is amazing.

4 Stars for the writing: Exquisite. There are a few problems I found in places where the flow was just to in erupted with the use of Spanish everywhere. Not just when characters are speaking but continually used in the monologue with Manito. I used it in the review to prove a point, it kind of derailed me a bit.

3 stars for character development: There were a lot to deal with. I think there could have been a bit tightening up of some of the development and less focus on others. It was almost like a rabbit hutch. To many, and I did re-read a bit. This could have been because I was derailed by the language usage.

3 stars for the “like” scale. I like it. I did not really like it and I did not love it. I have had enough despair and seen enough ugliness and depravity in my life I can handle crying in a book, but this book had me very sad and depressed. I was already struggling through some things while I read it but I doubt even if I was so happy I was about to burst would I give it higher than three on the Kriss LIKE scale! But you may definitely love it, I know many did.

In all it has a rating of 3.75 starsView all my reviews

GET YOUR KIDS EXCITED about GREAT CLASSIC FANTASY!

GET YOUR KIDS EXCITED about GREAT CLASSIC FANTASY!

The The Brotherhood of Dwarves by D.A. Adams is free today and Wednesday over at Amazon. Remember you do not have to have a Kindle to read a Kindle book!! 

Come on over to cabingoddess.com where I am hosting D.A. Adams today as my Tuesday Teasers! I also have original Artwork, sort of like THIS … but one of my favorites!

D.A. Adams | Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars (12)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Brotherhood of Dwarves is a Great YA Fantasy Read!
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R. I. P. Will

“All that glisters is not gold; Often have you heard that told: Many a man his life hath sold But my outside to behold: Gilded tombs do worms enfold.

William Shakespeare

The celebrated playwright and poet died on this day in 1616 at the age of 52.

Review: Forbidden Magic

Forbidden Magic
Forbidden Magic by Jennifer Lyon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review of ‘Forbidden Magic’ by Jennifer Lyon – Wing Slayer Hunter Series 4.5

The witches that once banished demons and assisted mortals, now have lost their familiars and high magic.

They must hide from the powerful men who once protected them, but now hunt them for their blood.

No one is left to stand between mortals and demons.

Until one group of witch hunters rises to become the guardians once more. With these words:

“I vow my allegiance to Wing Slayer, god of the witch hunters. I take the ancient oath of protection for the innocent and justice for the damned. And I swear to fight the curse to my death.”

They become…

Wing Slayer Hunters

Wing Slayer Hunter, Ram Virtos, must find his soul mirror witch and convince her to mate with him before his Thunderbird tattoo kills him. But while that witch might be able to save Ram’s life, it is the mysterious Ginny Stone who inflames his passion.

Ginny has been deeply fascinated by Ram for months, but dared not act on it or she’d be torn from her mortal life on earth and thrust into her dreaded destiny as a half-breed angel. But when her beloved brother’s soul is at stake, she must do the one thing she both fears and desires…

Take Ram to her bed.

Forbidden magic is listed under the genre of Romance and the sub-genre of paranormal romance. I truly never review books of this genre because they are not my thing at all. I do not know why I have such a problem with Romance, perhaps it was the babysitter who decided it was ok to read her Harlequins out loud to us since my mother paid her extra to read to us before bed. I do know that she at least did not read the sex scenes, I distinctly remember her humming through parts with a glassy look in her eyes. I also remember I fell asleep really quick because it was “icky”. I was seven, go figure! This also maybe why I had the misguided Idea that a man needed to be of a certain height, with a certain muscular build,  a certain length of hair and a pirate if he was going to be the man for me.

Seriously snark aside, I just am not into Romance. BUT I like paranormal stories.  And let’s face it, this cover is … yummy looking. Jennifer Lyon’s is well known for her tales of Dominant men who fight to protect witches and who prescribe to a winged god who slays the rogues who would kill the witches for the power of their blood. That is what I got from reading just this novella, mind you. Since I have not read any of the other titles in the series I have a unique perspective to give, at least I think so.

This novella doesn’t read like one either! It was not lacking on information due to the shortness of the presentation or  quick feeling. It reads like a full length book. Sure it starts off with a BANG, and it does not stop. It is sexy, and hot. Dark, brooding and definetly defining of the Hunter named Ram. It describes what is going on with his particular “gift” the problem with Ram, is he has half of a soul. His actual power, which as you can see from the cover comes from what I can only describe without giving any plot away, as a type of spirit animal with the symbolic representation of a tatoo of the Thunder Bird. But this symbolic representation seems to be waking up and the power can only be reined in with his soul mirror. Think of soul mate but without the pleasure of falling in love, the cosmos need them to be together in order for Ram to survive and keep all his yummy parts and what is left of his soul intact.  But the problem is, she ran away and he is not in love with her, he is in love with someone else, who loves him back, Ginny. Ginny is also half of something, half of an angel, and her Daddy is an asshole! It is quite the conundrum for them both. I just wanted to them a big ol’ bowl of bacon to drown their sorrows in!

Yep, this is what I can say about this novella right now, without ever giving a lick of the plot away to y’all. It reads ‘thick’ like a novel, not rushed, just jam packed. Ms. Lyon managed to do what novella’s associated with Series should do, cause the reader of said novella to go buy the series! I already grabbed the first one and when I find some spare time (ya umm maybe summer?) I will grab a nice COOL glass of ice water because I will be needing it to read about four MORE hot HOT HOT men like Ram without overheating TO much, sit besides a fan and read for the fun of reading.

I really enjoyed the book, it was a nice break from the heavy reading I have been doing, and it will be a great read for those that like a little magic in their romance. Plus they fly.. ya they fly, cool huh?

Not for the faint of heart, there are scenes with some violence against women, though it is avenged! One bad guy is a rogue who is dealt with and the other bad guy in this is a misogynistic bastard mentioned above whom I will take great pleasure into the hope he is taken down and by this I mean ALL the way down (winking at those that have read it). I want to see Ram and Ginny together forever, and everyone else win too! I want to be there with Pom-Poms and Bacon Hors’ devours and sprinkle glitter on everyone.

Yes it was FUN! I gallantly give my first true romance review with HOT men and HOTTER scenes a 4 out of 5 stars! Thanks Jennifer for sucking me into the world of Wing Slayer Hunters!

Go on over to Cabin Goddess and ENTER to win a signed copy of the Wing Slayer Hunter series book of your choice! This one is from Jennifer Lyon herself with her Book Blogger Blitz with 10 blogs and 10 reviews of the novella brought to you by by Innovative Online Book Tours. See below to enter.

Jennifer Lyon grew up under the shadow of the Matterhorn at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. She attended Walt Disney elementary school and her very first playmate was her beloved dog, Duke, who was cast in the role of hero in all their adventures.

Clearly Jen was born to daydream. But it took her years to figure out how to turn her imagination into a career as an author. After marrying and becoming a full-time mom to three sons, Jen launched her career with the award-winning Samantha Shaw Mystery Series and other romantic mysteries under the name Jennifer Apodaca. Later, she took the name Jennifer Lyon, combined her love of witches, alpha males and sizzling romance into another award-winning series, the Wing Slayer Hunters.

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Author Quote Inspires Monday’s Poem

tripping through a grey field of grass

drops of blood sprinkle down from the war raging above my head

a large cat smirks at me as his buddy the caterpillar offers me a splif

i reach the node, link up and dive in reaching out to her almost smelling last nights drinks

where are my cards, the deck is missing, i need to call my sister

i must not put it on, i must destroy it, i am so tired i must go to sleep

where are my pretty shoes, aunt em? where did you put them?

i slowly withdraw inside the door, closing it tight

putting it back on the shelf

Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.

– Philip Roth

Another author quote inspiration five minute fiction, what can you do with this quote? What worlds does a good book take you to?

Jacqueline Gardner featured and Mutiny giveaway Jess resides here

Jacqueline Gardner featured and Mutiny giveaway Jess resides here.

Eric’s life aboard a top secret stealth submarine as a member of the government’s M.E.R. program has been about discipline, cunning and survival. When he goes ashore on his first solo mission he runs into a complication he didn’t expect; Mariella, the target’s daughter. She’s about to change everything….

Read a review on her first novel and join in on another great review offered by my sexy book bunneh friend, Jess!


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