Book Review: ‘The Priest (The Ginecean Chronicles #1)’ by Monica La Porta
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The Priest by Monica La Porta My rating: 5 of 5 stars With so many stories that attempt to make true love seem complicated, it’s refreshing to read something that proves that it is one of the most simple things a human will ever experience – and almost certainly the most powerful. In ‘The Priest (The Ginecean Chronicles #1)’, Monica La Porta does a fantastic job of creating a society that seems to be the opposite of reality and then proving that it’s a lot more like the world we live in than we’d like to admit. The characters are vivid and believable. They will take you to the extremes of love and hate, but will never tell you until you arrive… and maybe not for a little while after. We see the world we live in. We see the good, the evil and the complacent. But we see it only from the tiny spot where we stand. Monica La Porta proves this in ‘The Priest’ and presents us with an invitation to take a closer look … Continue reading

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Read Me Dead by Emerald Barnes – Another enjoyable step outside my normal reading habits.
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Read Me Dead by Emerald Barnes My rating: 5 of 5 stars ‘Read Me Dead‘ by the young author, Emerald Barnes, is a book that’s completely out of my normal genre set… and I enjoyed the heck out of it! In ‘Read Me Dead‘, Emerald Barnes proves her ability in weaving the triumphs and heartache of teenage romance into a story about a terrifying fight with life, death and chipped fingernail polish. The characters and interactions are vivid and the plot twists are not in short supply. A fun read for everyone – male or female, young adult or old fart (like me). I’m looking forward to more from Emerald Barnes! View all my reviews Have you read this book? Let me know and tell us what you think in the comments section below! Thanks for spending time with me today!

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A vivid and tactile read. Trinity, by Clare Davidson, grabs you and won’t let go!
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Trinity by Clare Davidson My rating: 5 of 5 stars What a great story! A vivid and tactile read. Trinity grabs you and won’t let go! Outstanding scenery and ambiance painted expertly to hold a very appealing set of characters traversing a life changing set of events. Though life did not allow me the luxury this time through, Trinity is a book that most readers will find themselves blazing through all of it’s 269 pages (paperback) in one sitting. Clare proves her talent for plucking the reader from this world and thrusting them into the reality she has embedded in the pages. I’m thrilled to know that we can expect more from this story and from Clare Davidson. You can bet I’ll be setting aside time for future Clare Davidson releases! Find more about Trinity and Clare Davidson here: http://www.claredavidson.com/books View all my reviews Have you read this book? Let me know and tell us what you think in the comments section below! Thanks for spending time with me today!

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#FridaySnippets 13 – The Ending.
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This week’s snippet is my response to a response to one of my blog posts. Yeah, I know. But that’s what it is! I’ll spare you the complete explanation but, in case you’re interested in how this snippet came about, here are links to the two posts that led up to this: Snow Day Writing Prompt (My original post) Finish The Story(Emerald’s response to my writing prompt) That said, this is what I left in the comments section of her post. It’s rough. REAL rough. But since I have about a month’s worth of things to do this weekend… well, you get the idea, right? After you’re done why not try my Snow Day Writing Prompt and Emerald’s Finish The Story challenges. We’d love to see what you come up with! Okay, here we go! “Daddy?” “Yes Teacake?” “What are you doing here?” “I just came by to make sure you were okay. I know things aren’t easy for you right now and I thought maybe you could use some familiar company for a bit.” “How did … Continue reading

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#ThursdayWriteUp 15 – Unfinished Business
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I know… I missed another Thursday and Friday last week. Maybe I should change my posts to #EveryOtherThursdayWriteUp and #EveryOtherFridaySnippets? Anyway, what a couple of weeks it’s been! I’ve made good progress on a couple of my “secret” (and soon to be revealed) projects and better progress on my priority projects. Not only that, but I even posted to my blog outside of #FridaySnippets and #ThursdayWriteUp! I’ll tell you about that in just a minute, along with some other exciting news. I want to get to my famous bullet list before the A.D.D. kicks in. Here’s the breakdown of my activity for the last two weeks: Wrote about 2,500 words on WIP Worked on more music Started designing a sofa table Almost blew up my laptop Contemplated snow zombies Lost about ten pounds (that’s short for “I only lost about 8 pounds. I shouldn’t have eaten the whole pack of Oreo’s. *sigh*”) Picked for “Klema On The Road” Fed the cat Okay! Got that out of the way! Last Saturday it FINALLY snowed here! Now, it only … Continue reading

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Snow Day Writing Prompt
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We haven’t had much snow in these parts this year so, since it finally snowed while I was here, I thought I’d take some pictures around the property. I particularly like this one of my old bench. I’m not sure why, but I like it. That said, I decided I would post it on my blog as a writing prompt and see what you have to say about it. No contest or rules. Write as much or as little as you have to write about it. If it’s only a few lines, feel free to leave it in the comments below. If it’s longer than would be comfortable for a comment, post it on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments (either way, feel free to leave a link to your writing blog on this post!). That’s it! It’s a snow day for me and I felt like having some fun. Please join me! Maybe It will help me figure out why I like this picture so much! I’m looking forward to your … Continue reading

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#FridaySnippets 12 – More from “Boots”
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This week’s #FridaySnippets is from my current WIP “Boots”. This scene is simply the introduction of Special Agent Rake. It’s further into the story than anything I’ve posted before, but still closer to the beginning than the end. FAIR WARNING: This is taken from the first creative draft (before any edits or corrections) so be ready for some rough writing! “I don’t have time to waste on guesses. I need to KNOW what we have to work with.” “I understand completely. You just go ahead and keep hoggin’ all our donuts and coffee – you selfish, overdressed fuck – and we’ll continue doing all the work and making sure you get all the credit.” That’s what Dillard wanted to say. Instead, as one who actually appreciated the level of selfless integrity that was expected of an officer of the law… “I understand completely. We’re working on nothing else at this point and will keep you updated in a timely manner.” “That’s good to know and much appreciated. The last thing we need right now is a lapse … Continue reading

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#ThursdayWriteUp 14 – Better late than never
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The struggle is finally over! I am officially “plugged in” now. How do I know that? Because I spent most of yesterday fixing things that plug in. And that is as deep as I’m going to go in order to make excuses explain why my #ThursdayWriteUp post is a day late this week. That said, I will leave you with another bullet list of what’s been keeping me busy so I can get to my #FridaySnippets post, hopefully, before lunch. In the last two weeks I have: Re-purposed my netbook exclusively for writing by removing all things Microsoft in favor of a couple of Linux OS’s (faster, more stable and MUCH better battery life). Gained ten pounds (again). Watched all 14 episodes of “Firefly” and the movie (a continuation of the story) “Serenity” on Netflix. Completely jacked up a groin muscle somehow. Re-purposed a scrap of 2″ x 4″ as a walking stick. Crunched numbers for one of my “secret” projects. Lost five pounds (again). Wrote/re-wrote a few scenes between my three primary fiction projects. Spent some … Continue reading

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Blissful Moments – #1313
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ThursdayWriteUp #13 – 1/3/13 (and a week)
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Wow, I just realized how cool it would have been if I had jumped back in to my #ThursdayWriteUp routine last week. “#ThursdayWriteUp #13 – 1/3/13″ I KNOW! Oh well, I guess I should be happy enough that I survived the end of the world. That being the case, there’s much to do in 2013 and, sorry, no resolutions this year. This week I’ve spent most of my time sorting through all that I left alone by unplugging for the holidays. Re-organizing notes, lists and scraps with scribbles on them. I also spent about half a day attacking my email in-boxes (word of advice: If you plug in at all while on vacation, use that time to keep your “unread mail” number from climbing into the thousands). I took a little time to see what folks have posted on their social media sites and doing a bit of research for my projects. As far as the projects go, I’ve tapped out a few words this week but not enough to brag about. Most of my week was … Continue reading

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