Review: My Kill Play by Tim Patten



Ever since the birth of modern roller derby in the 1930s, this dangerous and dynamic sport has lit up the souls of millions of fans worldwide. Players risk life and limb in dazzling displays of daring, skill and strength, and audiences shower them with enthusiastic adulation and affection.

During the 1970s, roller derby became a sports entertainment phenomenon in North America. Matches were broadcast live on television and banked-track arenas were packed out with crowds cheering wildly for their favorite teams. In the 1980s, a deadly virus threatened to strike down many talented players. This book tells the inspiring story of one of these athletes.

As a child, Tim Patten watched his first roller derby match and initiated his lifelong love affair with the sport. After training incessantly, he eventually joined its ranks. He competed professionally for twelve years before going on to own a derby league.

With honesty and wit, he recounts the true story of his rise in this thrilling sport, and of his battle with the disease that threatened to end his life. You’ll experience his most intense and spectacular moments on the banked track and meet some of the friends he made along the way. This is a tale of passion, ambition, and the indomitable human spirit, and about finding and keeping true love.

Rating: 5 of 5 stars


My Kill Play, by Tim Patten is a wild ride of emotions and adventure. This author never ceases to amaze me with his writing. Every piece I’ve read by him is an autobiographical piece denoting significant events and people in his life, as well as history. Just like the rest of his works, My Kill Play is absolutely fascinating. I didn’t know much of anything about roller derby or the players within them, but Patten goes into depth about the struggles these individuals faced on and off the rink. He does so in a way that captures the reader’s attention the way a non-fiction action story would. It’s entertaining in a way I never knew a memoir could be. When you think of biography, autobiography, or memoir, the connotation brings a negative image to mind that the piece will be a boring retelling of someone’s life or an event, but that is not how Patten works. The story flies by in a whirlwind of excitement that keeps you reading through the very last page and wanting more. I cannot wait to see what else Patten has in store for his fan-base!

Review: My Razzle Dazzle: A Coming-Out Story by Tim Patten



Tim Patten has experienced a life journey like no other and survived to tell the tale. With equal parts pathos, humor, and heart, My Razzle-Dazzle recounts this singular yet universal story of how a quintessential American outsider came of age along with an entire generation.
You will live his story as if it were your own, crisscrossing the country and whirling around the Roller Derby banked track. My Razzle-Dazzle is a thrilling ride of unexpected beauty and mayhem.

Rating: 5 of 5 stars


My Razzle Dazzle: A Coming-Out Story, by Tim Patten, was an unexpected delight to read. It encompasses the history of an individual growing up hating who he was, but still coming out proud and happy with who he became. This is a fantastic example of how no one goes through life unscathed. Not one person. Although the challenges we face may be different, each and every one of us have our own demons to fight and crosses to bear. Some people let it beat them and turn to substances to help them deal with their struggles, but Patten’s story is one that proves how you don’t need to rely on anything besides yourself and friends to get you through. A stable support system is all you need. In time you’ll learn to love who you are and enjoy life.

I love how Patten shows the ups and downs of life in such a real and uncensored way. So many people are afraid to let go of their past and talk about it. He gives the reader the strength and courage to heal from their own wounds as you read about his life. It helps you open up and be vulnerable over your own issues. I think anyone and everyone can find the power to be and love themselves with this book. Please give it a shot. It’s worth it.

Masculinity Is Our Future



Masculinity has been invalidated and even seen as toxic for over four decades. However, a game-changing revolution is now underway. Inside this book is a ground-breaking, and all-inclusive understanding of what being masculine means. It destroys antiquated feminist stereotypes and demonstrates how manly traits are the world’s gold standard.

Based on years of study, hard data and cutting-edge research, these chapters offer uplifting insights about masculine definitions, understanding women, domestic violence, suicide, and rape.

These essays shine a light on the masculine virtues that liberate and protect our civilizations and they must be lionized, celebrated and valued. Human survival is at their mercy. It’s time that everyone witnesses the breathtaking future of these astounding qualities.

Millions of rebels, armchair enthusiast’s, and the general public have already risen in a counterculture movement. Are you ready to join the conversation?

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars


Masculinity Is Our Future, by Tim Patten, was a pleasant surprise. I expected it to be degrading to women and feminists everywhere. This was not the case at all. The book simply talks about men being proud of their masculinity and embracing it in a world has been oppressing men for years now. Patten talks about men being comfortable with sensitivity as well as what being a man entails. The breadwinner, tough guy, role model, and much more. He talks about men taking back the responsibility of being the father, taking care of his wife and kids, and making sure that his family has food in their belly and a roof over their heads. It’s encouraging how Patten works to empower men in a society that is predominantly against them. It’s inspiring, even for someone who isn’t part of the intended audience. Definitely a must read for everyone!

The Lemay Leveller by Erin Summers Norman



From the banks of the Mississippi to the streets of St. Louis, finally coming to rest in Colchester. The Lemay Leveller is a the story of one woman’s adventure from a troubled childhood, nihilistic youth and finally, triumphant middle age, weaving a thousand diary entries into a narrative that explores life, war, abuse, suicide, homelessness, religion, childhood, duty, patriotism, police violence, sexuality and yet more.

This is a book full of richly sketched characters, not the least of which is Lemay itself. A beautifully rundown area of a divided city “made for the John Waters films that circulated like guide books.” The Lemay Leveller examines society one person at a time, calling on us all to recognise our part in the greater story.

While harrowing at times, The Lemay Leveller never loses its sense of humour, bringing the reader along on a journey full of music, passion, and wry amusement over the absurdities of life.

Rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Lemay Leveller, by Erin Summers Norman, is an absolute roller coaster ride of emotions. From the very beginning, there are feels beyond belief. The struggles this woman endured, along with the amazing amount of hardships, is mind-blowing and few individuals would have been able to come through as levelheaded as she has. The book contains a compilation of diary entries that describe all of her experiences with finesse and class. Although the experiences weren’t the happiest of memories, this novel is written in a way that doesn’t beg for your sympathy. She doesn’t want it. Erin Summers Norman wants you to read the book and learn the lesson that no matter what life throws at you, anyone can come out whole with the right mindset and support.

This book is super relatable as well, so it’s difficult not to truly love this book. Recommended for all, not just those who have been through bad experiences. The lesson within is one that can be learned by anyone and everyone. Read it now!

The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm by Sybrina Durant



“The metal horned unicorns are doomed!” That’s what Lauda Lead Horn wailed when she first saw the tribe’s new savior. OK, so his horn was not metal. . .and he did not have a magic power. . .and he was really a puny little runt. But doomed? Were things really that bad?

Well, things were pretty bad in the land of MarBryn. Magh, an evil sorcerer utilized unicorn horns and hooves to create his magical potions and spells. Those he used, to increase his power and to conquer everyone in his path. All of the unicorns from the Tribe of the Metal Horn were now gone . . . except for twelve survivors.

Before the blue unicorn was born, Numen told Alumna, the aluminum-horned oracle, that he had a plan to bring the tribe back home to Unimaise. His prophecy was, “Only the blue unicorn can join with the Moon-Star. Until then, no new unicorns will be born.” Blue was the last unicorn born. Twenty years later, his horn was still covered with a plain blue colored hide. There was not a glint of metal to be seen on it or his hooves. And he still didn’t have any magic. But he was no longer scrawny and he had his wits. Though no one else in the tribe thought he had a chance, Blue felt ready to make Magh pay for his evil deeds. And he went off to do it alone. That was Blue’s first mistake. If the entire tribe was not standing horn-tip to horn-tip at the proper time and the exact place to help usher the Moon-Star Spirit into Blue’s horn, he would die. Then, the rest of the tribe would really be doomed.

Readers will follow along two journey paths in this book. Blue is joined in his travels by his mentor Gaiso, the Stag and his friend, Girasol the Firebird as they try to find their way across a danger-filled MarBryn to Muzika Woods. The rest of Blue’s tribe is forced to follow another route due to Nix Nickle Horn’s unfortunate incident with a Manticore. Nix, the great unicorn defender must safely lead the way for Ghel, the Golden-Horned unicorn; Silubhra Silver Horn; Cornum the Brass-Horned unicorn; Steel Horned Style; Cuprum the Copper-Horned unicorn; Tin-Horned Tinam; Dr. Zinko; Iown the Iron-Horned unicorn and the others in an action packed adventure to their destination in Muzika Woods. Both journey paths converge there in the Nebulium Circle.

This chapter book is a collector’s dream containing page after page of lavish artwork. It contains nearly 100 pages of story text by Sybrina Durant and the same number of pages of magnificent water-color illustrations by Dasguptarts. Each chapter is two pages long and each brilliantly colored illustration spans two 8 ½” x 11” pages. The reading level is for teens and older readers. Get the companion coloring book, too.

Rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm, by Sybrina Durant, is fantastic for younger children. Most kids dream of seeing or having a unicorn and this book will help them keep that magical innocence alive longer. The story line is unique and entertaining, too. Along with the fabulous illustrations, this book makes it impossible to not like the characters as we read their journey. Not only are the characters relatable, but the stories message is great for growing children. I highly recommend this book for parents looking for an original story about unicorns for their child. It’s magical and will be their new favorite book for years to come!

MGTOW Building Wealth and Power: For Single Men Only by Tim Patton



MGTOW, Building Wealth and Power is both a celebration of modern masculinity and a practical guide to ensuring that men like us experience long-term contentment and have a better financial future. Inside this book are investing techniques that work; paying homage to the massive social movement of men which is ending entanglements and enhancing happiness through bachelorhood. This book features empowering insights on patriarchy, power, masculinity and the ancient secrets of creativity, as well as practical strategies for managing our money and building wealth. Also included are two campfire tales–for our ears only–that offer lessons on reorienting ourselves towards a more productive and enlightened existence.

Men are the most remarkable and innovative beings on Earth. We have harnessed every aspect of our world, from controlling fire to landing a space probe on a live comet. It is the author’s hope that this book inspires you to draw on this innate power and help yourselves to live a better life. There’s no doubt that each of us can tackle the goals we’ve dreamed of and longed for, but this is hard to achieve without taking certain steps. Throughout history, having sufficient resources–money–has allowed men to be free and powerful. Inside is encouragement for all of you to budget, save and invest.

Rating: 4 of 5 stars


MGTOW Building Wealth and Power: For Single Men Only, by Tim Patton, was well written; no grammatical errors that I could find. This book was clearly not meant for me. I read it out of curiosity, more than anything else. It explains MGTOW and helps men regain their masculinity in a world where feminists and other activists have the spotlight. It has some really great advice when it comes to money and wealth. However, being a married woman, this book wasn’t for me. I gave it 4 stars because it has an interesting message for single men, and some great advice when it comes to income.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of the book to review by the author.

Review: Reckless Lust by Chris Lange

haunted ruined old house with wooden windows


This new world is dangerous, lonely, and scary.

At last, she’s no longer alone. At last, she’s found real people. Bad luck they turn out to be rebels with a cause. Unlike them, her special abilities protect her most of the time, and she doesn’t want to be heroic.

But when a weird desire binds her to a complete stranger, she can’t fight it. The feeling is too strong, too savage, too merciless. Powerless to resist it, she teams up with this uncanny hunter. Together, they have to find the treasure that will enable them to destroy the enemy and restore the world.

Rating: 5 stars


Reckless Lust by Chris Lange is a magnificent adventure. The third book in The Blast series, it continues to amaze me and pull me deeper into the story with every turn of the page. I can’t help myself. It’s how amazingly written this book and series is that I can’t help but become sucked into them as if I’m being pulled into one of Holly’s portals to another world. This book focused on Sage and her lover. A whole new twist comes with this book, too, that I did NOT see coming. Sage gets sent to a different dimension and meets a man who she has such a strong sexual connection with that she can’t be near him for long without both of them on their knees – controlled by their lust but unable to touch each other.

The plot continues to thicken and their pack grows in number with the journey that Sage has to take – not necessarily of her own volition. However, that makes the story that much more believable and fun to read. Similar to the previous book, it’s in the middle of the series but does an absolutely fantastic job of continuing the plot while giving the reader a unique insight to the characters introduced and focused on in this novel. We get to meet the last member of the group, Slate, and how he fits into the plan that Kat’s father has made for them. Even though everything within the book – Holly’s visions, Sage’s telekinesis, Bracken’s ability to uncloud Holly’s visions, and more – they are out of this world. Yet, Lange has found a way to wrap them into a story that feels so believable, that I wonder if it could happen in the near future!

This book is a fantastic addition to this series, and I absolutely love it. I NEED the next book. NEED it! I am so angry over how he ended this book. Not because it’s bad, but because it was a twist that there was no way I could see coming. Which is difficult to do – I can see most plot lines, but I didn’t see it here. Lange shocked me and made me need to read the next book. Not want or crave. I NEED to read it. I have never NEEDED to read a book before this one. As a fan of many series, this is the only one that has made me absolutely need to read the next book. I cannot wait to read it.

Thank you, Chris Lange for writing this amazing series, but I hate you for making me wait to read the next book! I’m looking forward to not only the next (IT BETTER NOT BE THE LAST ONE) book in the series, as well as everything else that Lange has written.

Bask in the fabulous world that is The Blast with me! Feel my frustration so I have people to discuss this with!

Review: Mute Desire by Chris Lange

Spooky old building in dark alley with small lit window and metal fire escape


This new world is dangerous, lonely, and scary.
Standing up to packs of Blasted has never been so risky. In spite of her visions, she can’t always tell where the next attack will occur. She needs help, even more so since the dice are loaded.

It happened a moment ago. There used to be four of them fighting the enemy, there’s only three now. They’re surrounded, trapped in a dreary place with no hope, with no choice but to surrender. Only one person can save them, the terrifying man who makes her heart skitter.

Rating: 5 stars


Mute Desire by Chris Lange is an absolute adventure from the first page to the very last, and makes you wish that there was more! The second book in The Blast series, I was absolutely stunned and did not want the book to end. I’m always leery of books in the middle of a series as they tend to be a little boring. They are always filler information while the reader waits for the juicy drama/end portions of the story. Lange does an absolutely PHENOMENAL job keeping my attention throughout the book and keeps me guessing at every turn of the page. It didn’t really seem like the second book in a series, nor did it feel like it while reading. It almost could have been a standalone novel if it weren’t for the connected storyline of the Blast, Cranium, and how the main characters are connected.

It was really cool to get more insight into Holly’s character in this novel. We still had cool notes from Kat’s father to read and wonder about, but it was amazing getting to know Holly and Bracken in this book. It not only gave the reader a fantastic, personal view of these characters and their connection, it pushes the plot of the entire series forward in a logical and entertaining fashion. I didn’t want to stop reading and wanted to know more about the relationship between Holly and Bracken, and the mystery behind the plot – how Kat’s father manipulated the events to ensure Kat and her group of miscreants would save the world. I need more!

Please read this book! It’ll give me more people to gush over how much I love this book and the entire series! I can’t wait until I read it again. I need more of this series and these characters! Damn you, Chris Lange, for creating such an addicting and AMAZING world to read about.

Review: Excel Japanese Cooking





Japan – what a beautiful country filled with rich history, extraordinary culture, and most of all, exotic food.

If you have ever eaten at a Japanese restaurant, you know just how exquisite the food is. The displays, the flavors, the textures – all like a fresh burst from heaven!

Experiencing Japanese cuisine is not merely another dining experience. It’s a journey, a lifestyle, and something that you never forget.

How would you like to create that experience for yourself at home? Whenever you are looking for a new way to cook for your family, why not give Japanese cooking a try?

Now you can with “Excel Japanese Cooking,” which will give you all the tools and information to get started today. It won’t be long before you’re whipping up delicious dishes that you never thought you could make!

Here’s a sample taste of what you’ll get:

Japanese Dining Culture and Etiquette. Knowing these will help you when you are eating out at a Japanese restaurant as well as when you are cooking.

Craftsmanship for Japanese Chefs. There are many specialized kitchen essentials needed for the Japanese chefs that will be covered.

Essential Breakfast Basis. The healthy Japanese version of breakfast that will get you going. Plus, the one most complicated recipe not for the faint of heart.

Follow-up Lunch Basis. The heartier follow-up meal to the lighter breakfast that will fill you up and energize you to keep going throughout the day.

Transition Dinner Basis. The guilt-free side of Japanese cuisine where the items are more varied and appetizing for dinner to end the long day.

…and that’s just for starters.

As you can see, this is not only some list of Japanese recipes thrown together. It’s a whole introduction to Japanese cuisine and culture. You’ll learn all sorts of things that you never knew before to be well-rounded in the art of Japanese culinary.

Whether you are interested in getting into Japanese cooking or you want to impress your friends and family with an impressive meal, “Excel Japanese Cooking” is for you!


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


I’m a huge fan of Japanese cuisine, which is why I decided to take a look at this book. I’ve never tried making sushi, or any other kind of Japanese food, at home and the idea intrigued me. Not being even close to a professional chef, this book was perfect in helping me experiment. The directions where clear and simple – anyone can easily follow the different recipes. Fabulous resource that made me confident I can make any dish I want in the future.

I was pleasantly surprised that there weren’t any grammar errors in this book! This isn’t my first book read from the “Excel” series of books, which is one of the big reasons I went with it. They have had some issues before with needing corrections but this one was pristine. It was fantastic. I’m looking forward to the next book I read in this series. It was interesting to read and no errors. I can’t ask for anything in a book, not even in one of my favorite fantasy novels.

There is one part of the book I did not like, which is why I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars: the entire first chapter of the book. Well, there aren’t really chapters, but I’m talking about the “Opening” and “Starters” sections. They were meant to be a type of introduction to the book, but it didn’t do a great job of doing that. I didn’t really see how it had anything to do with leaving the basics of Japanese cooking, it was nonsense that didn’t get me into reading further nor prepare me for what I was about to read. It was completely unnecessary. The book would have been so much better without these two sections at the beginning.

Still, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in making Japanese food themselves. It has fantastic advice, and clear instructions. There’s no way to mess up with how simple the writer made following the recipes. Anyone trying these out can feel confident that they can make their favorite Japanese food as well as a native, and allow themselves to feel comfortable to try new dishes not included within the book’s pages. Anyone even considering trying to make this type of food themselves should read this book first!

Review: 13 Days of Midnight

13 Days of Midnight


In a devilishly dark and funny debut, a teen finds himself the unwitting beneficiary of eight enslaved and angry ghosts seeking bloody vengeance.

When Luke Manchett’s estranged father dies unexpectedly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance: a collection of eight restless spirits, known as his Host, who want revenge for their long enslavement. Once they figure out that Luke has no clue how to manage them, they become increasingly belligerent, and eventually mutiny. Halloween (the night when ghosts reach the height of their power) is fast approaching, and Luke knows his Host is planning something far more trick than treat. Armed with only his father’s indecipherable notes, a locked copy of The Book of Eight, and help from school outcast Elza Moss, Luke has just thirteen days to uncover the closely guarded secrets of black magic and send his unquiet spirits to their eternal rest—or join their ghostly ranks himself.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


13 Days of Midnight, by Leo Hunt, was really good. I mean it. The plot was great, the characters were interesting and easy to relate to, and it was even an original idea. I’ve never read a book like this before and it was intriguing to read about. The writing was good, too; I only found a couple errors while reading. Which, if you’re familiar with my reviews, there are always an excessive amount of errors in the books I read. So, that was awesome from the start.

Still, I had some expectations for this book that weren’t met. For one, the book title doesn’t make sense. There is absolutely no tie into the story. There was nothing about 13 days of Midnight at all, so I have no idea what the title was supposed to mean. The book did go through 13 different days, but there’s no mention of why it’s titled “13 days of Midnight”. I don’t get it, and it’s bothering me since it isn’t clear.

My other beef with this book is how boring it is. The plot isn’t slow or bad, it’s great. I, honestly, can’t put my finger on what the problem was and that’s bugging the crap out of me, too. The pacing was okay, but I think that was part of it. Every event passed by rather slowly. I was, also, really distracted by the fact every chapter but two (there are only eight chapters in the whole book) are excessively long. I’m talking an average of 40 pages per chapter. So, I had a hard time staying in the world of the book when I couldn’t help but wonder when the stupid chapter was going to finally end. I’m not sure if shortening the chapters would have helped, though. Each chapter had portions where time would skip so there were plenty of opportunities to cut everything into pieces, and each one gave me time to refocus on what I was reading. I was still bored. It grinds my gears that I can’t put my finger on what it was that’s missing from the book, but it’s something.

I still recommend this book. The characters are interesting, and so is the story. It might be a little boring, but it’s a good read. I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it, and I hope you do, too. That way, we can talk about what’s missing!

Review: Dead Men Do Tell Tales: The Strange and Fascinating Cases of a Forensic Anthropologist



From a skeleton, a skull, a mere fragment of burnt thighbone, prominent forensic anthropologist Dr. William Maples can deduce the age, gender, and ethnicity of a murder victim, the manner in which the person was dispatched, and, ultimately, the identity of the killer.  In Dead Men Do Tell Tales, Dr. Maples revisits his strangest, most interesting, and most horrific investigations, from the baffling cases of conquistador Francisco Pizarro and Vietnam MIAs to the mysterious deaths of President Zachary Taylor and the family of Czar Nicholas II.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Dead Men Do Tell Tales, by William R. Maples, Ph.D., is a really great book for anyone even remotely interested in anthropology. If you’re simply a fan of the show, Bones, it won’t be an easy or fun read. I received this book as a Christmas Gift because I’m a big fan of the show. The book is very interesting, just not what I was expecting. Still, for anyone who has more an interest than that, it’s a fabulous book. It has great anecdotes and descriptions. The problem was the terminology. There were a lot of words that I didn’t really know what they meant since I’ve never studied anthropology, and I’m not a fan of keeping a dictionary next to me in case I need it while reading. That makes it less fun to read.

Even with all that, I would recommend this book. Just make sure you know what you’re getting into before committing to it!

Review – The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl



Is Sunshine Griffith who she thinks she is? Now that her luiseach powers are fully awakened, and having barely survived an abyss full of demons at the end of Book Two, Sunshine must figure out who—or what—has been organizing the forces of darkness against her.

Thanks to her brainiac boyfriend, Nolan, they not only unearth that Sunshine’s death would trigger a calamitous event, but that all civilization depends on her survival. So when an unexpected event unleashes a fierce war between the luiseach and the demon army, Sunshine will learn a shocking truth about herself. Can she bring herself to make the ultimate sacrifice to save humankind?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl, by Paige McKenzie, is an absolutely fantastic book. There were many plot twists I didn’t expect, a couple things that were super obvious, too. It was a bit frustrating that I figured things out much sooner than Sunshine when she’s supposed to be a brainiac, but overall I loved the book immensely. There are some grammatical errors though, which is why I give it a four out of five stars. As an editor, it was distracting and disappointing going through and seeing so many little errors that could have, and should have, been fixed. Still, it is an fantastic story and it was left open for another book. I really hope the series keeps going. I want to see Sunshine still being a luiseach even though her parents think she is merely human now. I want another story with more closure! The ending left a LOT to the imagination and I need more closure if the series is going to end! Fabulous book, please read it. 🙂

Review: My Sister, My Daughter, and Me

My Sister, My Daughter, and Me


Three crazy, fun-loving Hispanic women (Tres Señoritas Locas) who had big dreams of making a better life for themselves. The first, with her irrepressible sense of humor, struggled mightily with some very wise and very foolish choices along the way. The second, with her beauty and charm, showed great promise, but kept falling over and over for the wrong men. The third, loving and kind, painstakingly reinvented herself after a cheating husband threw her out. And one of the three, through freakish circumstances, met with a heartrending death.

Rating: 5 stars


My Sister, My Daughter, and Me by Shirley Rose Webb is a funny, yet entertaining memoir of a woman, her sister, and her daughter. Each of these women were crazy, fun-loving, and Hispanic. Their adventures together are told inside and it was enjoyable to follow along. Vibrant, engaging, and heartfelt. I loved how close these women were to one another. Their love for each other was strong. Each woman had a different journey but the same goal. A better life for themselves. Hurt, betrayed, and determined. Shirley Rose Webb is an inspiration to all. She was brave in sharing her story with readers everywhere. It wasn’t easy. Emotions like laughter, sadness, pain, as well as anger swept over me as I continued to follow the tale. Heartbreaking to read but one that will always linger close to the heart. Losing a loved one is difficult. Overall, I highly recommend, My Sister, My Daughter, and Me to all.

Review: A Minger’s Tale

A Minger's Tale


If only he knew where God lived, he would urinate in his letterbox! Growing up is a difficult time in the life of Ribban Bookmark, this book traces his journey down a Minger Highway, signposted with humour and littered with roadkill oneliners.

Rating: 5 stars


A Minger’s Tale, by R. B. N. Bookmark, is a wonderfully told memoir. Bookmark’s journey is one that intrigues and lures readers like myself further into the book. It is easy to relate to as the tale is about the writer’s ups and downs in life. Life can be awful, but some of us have more downs than ups. His struggles tugged at my heart. Following as R. B. N. Bookmark made mistakes, took what life gave him, and how he survived it all, made me really connect with the writer. Funny, inspiring, and truly an entertaining read. A Minger’s Tale is indeed the perfect title for this book. Once I opened it, I couldn’t stop reading. The raw openness of this writer has sucked me in whole. Overall, I highly recommend his book to all.

Review: Written in Love

Written in Love


When a postal error creates pen pals of two young Amish people, can they put behind their past mistakes to see the bright future God has written for them?

Jalon Chupp has a past he isn’t proud to claim. He’s worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted himself to his faith. When he receives a sweet note included in a piece of misdirected mail, he can’t help but write back. Soon, the letters he receives from Phoebe are the highlights of his days, and with a hopeful heart, he suggests they meet in person.

Phoebe, too, looks forward to every single one of Jalon’s letters. Living with her overbearing aunt, Phoebe doesn’t have too much to look forward to. But when Jalon suggests they meet, she panics—although she has shared some of the deepest longings of her heart with him, she hasn’t been entirely truthful about her past. But when Jalon shows up at her aunt’s doorstep, everything is revealed. And she can only pray he’ll forgive her for holding back the truth.

In order to reach beyond the errors of their pasts, both Phoebe and Jalon must put their faith in something—or Someone—bigger than either of them could pen.

Rating: 5 stars


Written in Love, by Kathleen Fuller, is a sweet yet heartfelt story. The characters are easy to relate to, and the plot is engaging. Kathleen Fuller is a talented writer. She clearly knows how to enchant her readers like myself into her books. Having read previous books by her, I still can’t decide which one is my favorite. I would have to choose them all.

Written in Love is about two young Amish people who write to one another. Pen pals who soon fall in love…But as with life, there are things they both hide from each other. Jalcon Chupp hides his past and Phoebe isn’t very truthful to Jalcon when she wrote him. Soon, their secrets are out and fate intervenes. Both will have to rely on their faith for guidance and strength. I loved following along. These characters felt real. Their problems were easy to understand. Overall, I highly recommend Written in Love, by Kathleen Fuller, to all.

Review: The Enemy Within



Seventeen-year-old Max has always felt like an outsider. When the agonizing apocalyptic visions begin, he decides suicide is his only escape. He soon finds himself in an institution under the guidance of a therapist who sees something exceptional in him. Just as he begins to leave the hallucinations behind, Max discovers the visions weren’t just in his head.

There are three others who have shared those same thoughts and they’ve been searching for Max. Like him, they are something more than human. Each of them possesses certain abilities, which they’re going to need when a covert military group begins hunting them down.

As the danger escalates, Max doesn’t know which side to trust. But in the end, his choice will decide the fate of both species.

Rating: 5 stars


The Enemy Within, by Scott Burn, is an exciting adventure from the very first page straight through to the end. It was really difficult to put down. Even with the science fiction theme, there are human elements and messages throughout that make it even more compelling to read. Max, the main character, not only learns that his visions are real, but he learns what it’s like to be an outsider – which is something most of us have felt at one point or another. It’s so easy to relate to his situation and what he’s going through that one can’t help but keep turning each new page. The connection between the characters and the development of the dangers they face is positively phenomenal. A riveting read that will keep you on the edge of your seat even after you’ve finished it. I was extremely impressed with this author’s debut novel and cannot wait to see what else is in store for us from him!

Review: A Chink in Time



This book combines the tranquillity of nature, with the bare facts of life that we all have to endure every day.
Experiences that each of us face as we go through our lives are captured in the words of a poem. Love, joy, pain, or anguish; then with the flip of a page you can immerse yourself in the beauty of a warm sunny day at the beach, or a stroll in the open countryside. This is a book that can help people put their life into perspective; by, for a few moments, taking them away from their daily angsts, to a place within, where their soul can begin to heal.
All this, plus the underlying spirituality that first gave birth to it all.

Rating: 4 stars


A Chink in Time, by Gina C. Baker, is a lovely read. Her poetry flows and has a magical story throughout the book. Each one relates to the previous one to create a fantastic theme of tranquility and life lessons to create a great picture in this package. It was strange, yet refreshing, going from a happy poem about a sunny day and turning the page to read a darker poem about struggles and anguish. Each turn of the page brings something new and exciting to the experience of reading this book. I wanted to give it a 5 star rating, however, the synopsis (taken from and even parts within the book (specifically the introduction) have spelling and grammatical errors that, I feel, could have been easily remedied. Even with those things, the book is a must-read. There’s so much to take away from reading it that it’s still a worthy book to own.

Review: After and Before: The Story of Hatley Chambers




Hatley Chambers is a young man trying to find his place in the world. Dreams of a career in photography and expectations of personal relationships crowd his thoughts when a horrendous and unexpected event changes his life forever. Two intertwined plots chronicle the aftermath of this event as well as the series of occurrences that led him to it.

Follow innocent young Hatley as he completes his education and heads out into the world with dreams of glory and a fulfilling life. Agonize with Hatley during the long process of picking up the pieces. Try to understand the sequences of events that can take a person on the ups and downs of life and the struggles they go through to cope with them. Force yourself to sympathize with somebody that you know you shouldn’t sympathize with.

Rating: 5 stars


After and Before: The Story of Hatley Chambers, by Glenn Seerup, is a fantastically compelling story about a man trying to find his place in the world before and after suffering from a tragic event that befalls him. We get to see his journey before and after; how he lived life before the fateful day and how he copes with it afterward. It’s written brilliantly so that you can’t help but relate and sympathize with the main character, Hatley. Seeing how this young man continues to go through life to fulfill his dreams is breathtaking and a marvel to read. I definitely suggest this book to everyone.

Review: The Secret He Keeps



Dr. Rachel Miller has no recollection of what happened that night she climbed in the car with her husband and he drove recklessly into a tree. She has no clue as to why she survived and he didn’t. Nor does she understand why strangers are coming up to her on the street and telling her things she can’t recall about a life that seems so long ago. But Dane Stone knows.
Dane Stone is Rachel’s business partner…and her deceased husband’s best friend. He knows about the notes, the hotel receipt, and the reason she got in the car that night. It’s for her protection that he keeps the secret, but inside he’s dying to tell her.

Rating: 5 stars


The Secret He Keeps, by Julieann Dove, is an absolutely mesmerizing read. The main character, Rachel, is attempting to recover from a traumatic car accident that took her husband’s life and her long term memory from a year before the accident, up to the day of the tragic accident. Although, she tries to hold onto the idea that her husband was a saint, she’s bogged down by others around her telling her otherwise. As she slowly regains her memory, she finds new romance that leads her down another path. This book is riveting and keeps you going through the very last page. A mystery that wants to be told. I cannot wait to read what else she has in store for us!

Review: Waking Amy



Amy Whitfield is blindsided when she comes home and finds a note on the fridge from her husband, Wesley, stating that after four years of marriage, he’s leaving her. Amy was in the midst of trying to spice things up, to bring life back to their boring marriage. It seems now that she was too late.
As Amy sits with her head between her knees, trying to figure out what to do next, a call comes from Mercer General Hospital. The ER nurse is telling Amy’s answering machine that Wesley has been in a car accident.
When Amy arrives at the hospital, she finds her husband in a coma. The doctors say there is no sign of brain damage, and Wesley will eventually wake up. Relieved, Amy sees this as her second chance: the chance to get it right this time. To channel the girl Wesley won’t leave when he regains consciousness… She just needs some help to pull it off. After all, she was voted girl most likely to die a virgin in high school.
Amy would never figure on getting that help from Mark Reilly…Wesley’s doctor! He’s a non-committer, too-cute-for-his-own-good bachelor, and completely the guy Amy begins falling for. It’s a race against time to see who wakes up first—Amy or her husband.

Rating: 5 stars


Waking Amy, by Julie Ann Dove is simply spectacular. I was expecting the usual romance novel: stuffed with sex scenes and an average plot line. This story took me completely by surprise, though. This compelling read not only has an amazing romance story, but also a fantastic plot that keeps you reading through to the end. It’s hard not to cheer for Amy the way this author has portrayed her. It’s a must-read. Something this wonderful needs to be shared among the masses!

Review: Big Bad Wolf (A Miss Hyde Novella Book 3)



Blythe wants nothing more than to get away from this. Not to just survive it, but forget it.
Strapped down, nearly naked, beaten, scared and drugged she has no idea where this dark and dismal place is. Kidnapped and being set up to be tortured again by the men who hold her, she has to find a way to break free and get away.
Can she dig deep inside and awaken the force that is her alter ego? Can she awaken the beast within? She is drawing hopeless thoughts and losing herself inside of the drugs that are repeatedly given to keep her weak.
Miss Hyde has her own list of ideas and not a single one includes just escape.

Rating: 5 stars

Review: Big Bad Wolf by Kindra Sowder…I have never in my life read something so disturbing and yet intriguing at the same time. It sent chills down my spine reading the things that happened to Blythe, and I couldn’t stop reading. Each page brought me deeper into the story and I didn’t want to come back out of it. Even though this is the first book that I’ve read of this series, it was absolutely fantastic and I’ll be looking for the rest of it. This dark story brings up dark topics like torture and kidnapping, but Sowder’s writing style makes it impossible to put the book down, even if some of the descriptions make me cringe. More people need to know about this book and Miss Kindra Sowder’s writing.

Review: Delicate Ink (Montgomery Ink)



On the wrong side of thirty, Austin Montgomery is ready to settle down. Unfortunately, his inked sleeves and scruffy beard isn’t the suave business appearance some women crave. Only finding a woman who can deal with his job, as a tattoo artist and owner of Montgomery Ink, his seven meddling siblings, and his own gruff attitude won’t be easy.

Finding a man is the last thing on Sierra Elder’s mind. A recent transplant to Denver, her focus is on opening her own boutique. Wanting to cover up scars that run deeper than her flesh, she finds in Austin a man that truly gets to her–in more ways than one.

Although wary, they embark on a slow, tempestuous burn of a relationship. When blasts from both their pasts intrude on their present, however, it will take more than a promise of what could be to keep them together.

Rating: 3 stars


Delicate Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan was an intriguing read. The first couple of chapters did a fabulous job pulling me into the story, but after that I feel like it calls apart. The family dynamic and feel of the business is interesting and fun to read, but once they leave it, when the main characters are introduced, the book leaves a lot to be desired. It didn’t have any errors that I could see, so that’s a plus, however, the several deviations from the main story line left me confused. I started questioning what the main story line actually was, especially since none of them (main story line included) had any logical or satisfying resolution. Still, the novel deserves a 3 out of 5 stars. It has wonderful potential to be a fantastic book, but needs more work on closing the different story lines and focusing more on the main plot line.

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