The picture

ImageHi everyone. A lot of you know that I’ve stopped updating this blog. However, I did get a message from the photographer of the photo that I used for it. I would like to post a link to his site: http://www.ryanhollowayphotography.com/Personal-Work/Black-and-White-1/5721141_qcMmwN

His photography is truly amazing. Ryan, you definitely have a gift with the camera.

So go check him out!

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REVIEW: Closure by Kim Carmichael

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Title: Closure
Series: none
Author: Kim Carmichael
Published Date: November 23rd, 2012
Publisher: Hot Ink Press
Format: ebook
Pages: 134
ISBN 13: 9780615729619
Copy provided by: friend
Genre: erotica
Add to: Goodreads 
PurchaseAmazon **warning: 18+ audience, with sexual content
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
 
Goodreads synopsis: There’s always the one…

He’s one person throughout life you think about every so often, the one who leaves his unique indelible mark on you, the person with whom you need closure.
For Margaret Collins that person was Mike Taylor. After he broke her heart seventeen years ago, she left everything she knew and reinvented herself. With a new home, a new look and a new name, Riley Williams is now an up and coming journalist given the assignment to interview a Mike Taylor. She never suspected he would be her Mike Taylor.
With Mike having no hint of Riley’s true identity, she must decide if she will make him pay for sins he doesn’t remember committing, or if she can wipe away the past and be with the one man who she has always wanted?
Can she finally have closure?

 
My review: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. 
We’ve all got that one person from childhood or our teenage years. That “what if” person. This book explores that idea….what if you came across that person years later? What would you do?
I loved this short story. I empathized with Riley as Margaret. True, I wasn’t the wanna-be Goth, but I was the painfully shy geek who preferred to have her nose in a book than to sit around gossiping about fashion and boys. But now Riley has her life together when she finds herself interviewing that person, her “what if” person.
I enjoyed how the author switched back and forth from Riley’s point of view and memories to Mike’s point of view and memories. Without that, it would have been so easy to demonize poor Mike. 
The sexual chemistry and scenes between Riley and Margaret were hot. I finished this book in one sitting, and really enjoyed it!

Hi everyone!

I’ve been thinking about this is past week or so when I look at everyone else’s blogs. I’ve noticed a lot of people are on on Blogger, versus WordPress. And then I noticed,really noticed why, when I tried to do a Rafflecopter giveaway on my blog for a tour that I was part of.

WordPress has been kind of aggravating me with the lack of flexibility that Blogger has. So I’ve made a decision to switch over to Blogger. Same person behind it, same amount of work, just a new name and new address.

It won’t be a sharp transition. I don’t want to lose any of my followers or contacts. I want this to be as gradual and easy for y’all as possible. So over the next 5 weeks (until the end of the year), I’ll be gradually switching over to my new reading/review blog. During those five weeks, I’ll be downramping this one, and revamping that one so that it will have the same things on it as now. It is a VERY different looking site, but one that is more me and not quite as dark as this one.

The new site will be:

Second Book To The Right (http://2ndbooktotheright.blogspot.com)

Until the end of the year, I’ll be posting on both sites until everyone has transitioned as smoothly as possible. So get over there and say hi!

REVIEW: Keeper of the Dragons: The Flute of Enchantment by Emmy MacKie

ImageTitle/Author: Keeper of the Dragons: The Flute of Enchantment by Emmy MacKie

ISBN: 1434910865

Buy it link (from Dorrance Publishing Company)

Rating: 2 stars

Synopsis:  A long time ago, there were twin sisters who lived in Scotland, Hope and Eden. Hope became a keeper of the dragons at the age of six and lived in the Realm of the Dragons since then. Eden later married Prince Ballador of the kingdom of Ruine and became the mother of Prince James, who was supposed to be the next keeper after his Aunt Hope.

Having a unique power with the creatures, Hope nursed the young and the injured dragons. At their death, she comforts them. For her, the dragons had been her family. She was a beautiful lady, who possessed grace, intellect, and gallantry—traits which made men fall easily in love with her. With the war between humans and dragons over the past 1,000 years still looming, Hope had to muster her courage to fulfill her duty as the keeper of the dragons, even if it means losing the lives of many, including her beloved ones. The kingdom of Norr had a new queen, Ariana, and she’s out to destroy the kingdom of Ruine and the Realm of the Dragons to avenge her kingdom’s loss in the war at the time of King Grant, her predecessor. Ariana coaxed a plan to get the flute of enchantment, a musical instrument whose sound will lull the dragons to sleep, making them easier to kill. Will Hope and her friends and allies foil her schemes and stop Ariana’s evil ambition? Or should they expect more battles and bloodshed ahead?

I received a complimentary copy of Keeper of the Dragons: The Flute of Enchantment as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team.  Visit dorrancebookstore.com to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team.

The storyline is unique and different. I liked that about the book. The writing was atrocious, though. There was very little description in the book, and I couldn’t put myself in the story. Some parts of the story made absolutely no sense to me (i.e….how does a full grown dragon creep through bushes unnoticed?). Speaking of dragons, I was never able to figure out if these dragons were Eastern or Western dragons, though, since they did have wings I would assume they are Western dragons. The author didn’t put enough of a decription of the dragons for me to get a clear picture.The writing wasn’t the best, and I don’t think I would recommend this book to anyone.

As a once writer myself, I know how hard it is to put so much work into a piece and have it ripped apart. I just wish it would have been better so that I could have given it a favorable review.

REVIEW: Jazz by Cristian Mihai

ImageTitle/Author: Jazz by Cristian Mihai

ISBN:

Amazon buy link/ smashwords buy link

Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Amazon.com synopsis:

A heartbreaking portrayal of ambition, treachery, and deception, Jazz tells the story of Chris Sommers, an aspiring writer from New York, who travels to Paris in the hopes of meeting Amber, a mysterious and beautiful woman he has always been irresistibly drawn to.
Chris is soon thrust into a world where everyone seems to be playing a dangerous and corrupt game. Anything is permissible, and even secrets that have been locked away inside the most hidden drawers of the soul will resurface.
 
This book had a very Gastby-esque feel to it. So if you like The Great Gastby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, you’ll love this book. I’m not a huge fan of Gatsby, which was why I am giving it 3 1/2 stars. The author did an exceptional job of portraying the way the main character’s emotions towards Amber devolved from a pure idealistic love, down towards a physical obsession.
Though the author got pretty close to Fitzgerald’s style of writing, he was never really able to get the depth of character that The Great Gatsby has. But, ultimately, this was a good, quick read.

REVIEW: Evermore by Alison Noel

ImageTitle/Author: Evermore by Alison Noel

ISBN: 978-0312532758

Amazon link to buy

Rating: 3 stars

From Goodreads: “After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people’s auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone’s entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact to suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school — but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.

Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He’s the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head – wieling a magis so intense, it’s as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she’s left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is – or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she’s falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.”

If you can get through the horrendous first half of the book, Evermore does get better. Reading this book made me look at the cover a few times to make sure I was reading Evermore and not Fallen by Lauren Kate. Other than the change in plot somewhat, its basically the same. Girl goes to new school after horrendous accident, girl meets incredibly, unbelievably hot guy who seems to be both obsessed with her and annoyed with her.

She can’t believe her luck, falls madly deeply in love with them, and finds out they’ve known each other over many different lifetimes, all with her dying before the love is consummated in some form. Oh, and don’t forget…the boy lives eternally, having to love and lose the same girl over and over again.

I adored the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. One would assume that I’d adore this series as well, however, I don’t find it as well-written as Fallen was.  It never grabbed me and held on. So….disappointment ensued, as well as many questions that were never really answered. Will the second book provide the answers? I don’t know…am I interested enough to read the second book to find out? Probably not.