I've read many romance stories, but never one like this. Now first, let me state there reason I jumped at the chance to read this. I heard it was banned from Amazon! LOL Curiosity killed this cat, for real! Now I've never wanted to read the E. L. James' books because it's supposed to be awfully graphic in nature and not what a Christian should be in to, but I do admit I've read many erotic books. They've never been bad, just a lot of sex. So my curiosity was peaked when the Fifty Shades of Grey didn't get the banning, but this one did. Okay, got that out in the open.
The synopsis of the tale is as follows:
The soul is not where it lives, but where it loves.
A countryside ranch, naughty notes and a neighbor boy. Kissing in silos and skinny dipping under a full moon. Ten years gone. An ocean, a tragedy...secrets and buried things. Letting go and hanging on. Remembering to forget.
My reality became his nightmare, but then my nightmare became reality.
Hawke Slater was not only my brothers’ best friend, he was a tender, sweet country boy. I never wanted to leave, but there was no choice for me. Two things kept my soul alive, and I’m hanging onto hope that one might be an option for my future.
I wish none of it had been my fault, but it was.
Sloan Story McQueen has returned. Why would I hold out an ounce of hope that she’d want me once she finds out what I do for a living. Some call it obscene, but I’m just chasing storms and rainbows.
She’s holding onto something big. If only it were me.
There is a warning here:
This novel contains adult content and is not intended for sensitive readers.
"Homesick for Dinner" That is what I translated the title to be- thank goodness I wasn't too far from the mark. The title is actually "Homesickness for Dinner"
I've always wanted to be a poet. Poetess. Female poet. I never could get the words out the way I needed them to. My rhythm was ordinary and I felt rather elementary. I admire those with the gift of word and so when I was asked to review this lovely book of poems. I graciously accepted.
Para Cenar Habrá Nostalgia, by Fior E. Plasencia, is a beautiful collection of poems that reads almost like a memoir. From the very first piece, you are carried through the experience of stress: remembering answers to questions, having money in your sock(bottom of your shoes), trying to not being nervous, to obtain a visa, to the flight that transported life and heritage to a new country.
Because my baby Spanish is hardly used (though my sister in law is Hispanic) and various dialects can destroyed in translation, I may never truly pick up on every Plasencia wanted to share with me, but I do know I truly appreciated what I did understand. A transplant of this magnitude had to have been both frightening and liberating. The parts of New York I've visited were parts she's grown up in and they are almost different worlds in themselves. I was able to see through her eyes and find the light she shared. The traditions, smiles, struggles and memories from home and new home. Even the pangs of being homesick.
Many poems are in Spanish, others in English and then there's Spanglish. That's the toughest to understand, but part of the fun was in the figuring- even calling my family to see what I was missing. I will treasure this book and whenever my family comes from CA, or when I go home, I'll be taking this with me.📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*A Field Guide to Catching Crickets is next.
**Book provided by Fior E. Plasencia, for an honest review.
When I made my TBR List, I somehow read this book but never scheduled the review for this book. It's a exciting NA read. The story is mild enough to not frighten off readers, innocent for a YA reader with only one scene that truly makes it an NA novel and clean enough, mostly due to the subject matter to allow one to walk away relieved and happy with the ending.
Lee Ann Ward, the fiction author of There in the Moon Mist, is an award winner and has a background in journalism and mass communications. She's an editor and publisher too! Wow! She's definitely knows how to acquaint a reader with an unexpected adventure.
I am contacted by authors all the time, asking to preview their short stories and novels. This time, I was asked to review a cute easter story about a bunny, with an offer to win a Kindle paper through Amazon.com. Since I'm all about winning stuff, I was a sucker and went for it.
But as a consolation prize, I was offered this free, ebook, short story. A sort of prelude to an actual novel, Pale Rider: Zombies Versus Dinosaurs is about a different sort of dystopian future. One with "Blues" or "Blue Brains" (the color of an infected brain) interfering with farmers trying to cope with the hand they've dealt in an apocalyptic world.
What irked me about this story was how the dinosaurs came to be and how they were used for survival. It made me think of that hoaky show I used to watch as a kid, Land of the Lost. Where dinosaurs were friends and protected you, except these were beasts of burden. They handled the plows and offered up fertilizer. That really stinks! To me, the most interesting part was the prologue! It gave history to the Blue's origin- now THAT was a story! It should have lasted longer than a few pages, but I later found out there's so much more. Sadly, this one didn't do it for me.
The last thing I guess I'd share about this tale is the confusion. The intro spoke of how the Blue's only ate human flesh, yet during the story, it spoke of how they were feasting on deer and such. When did that happen? I'm thinking right around the time the zombies learned to ride and control the dinosaurs too... Wha? Yup, they evolved. But why did they go from only humans to everything? There's usually a grace period, a time to develop. I could understand if they'd moved to the local animals of the forest like squirrels and the deer- but the story itself was way too fast for what was supposed to be happening. Unless... This is just a short-short, maybe a bridge between books? Because I found out there are more books, I guess they'd explain all of that, but as for this one, as a stand-alone, I had to be like the Ice Princes and: "Just let it go, Alyssa!"
Zombies versus Dinosaurs, by James Livingood, was just the right length. I don't know; maybe I'll go to the first book on the individual who's infection started it all! We shall see... 📚
Ratings: 👓👓 out of 5 specs
*There in the Moon Mist is next.
*Book provided Amazon.com, for an honest review.
I've managed to meet many talented writers since I joined Instagram. Kendra McMahon is one of them. I lucked out and downloaded Binarius for free, from Amazon.com. I was looking for a fantasy tale but received an otherworldly experience. This story is unlike anything I've read before, leaving me to use my imagination in more ways than one.
The Caller, by Dan Krzyzkowski is an amazing, psychological thriller concerning Leslie Calloway, an 800 operator for a latchkey children's service. When she receives a call from Justin, a seven year older left home alone, she's pressed into a predicament that could turn into a matter of life and death. Justin says, "I think there's a man in my house."
The Caller is an awesome story. There's tension, fear for a child and a lot of mental issues going on. But man if it wasn't just way too long! To me, this should have been a short story, but I can't truly complain. The story was good. I mean, real good! I also can understand how he wanted to get Leslie's story out there. The Caller isn't just about who she's trying to help, but who she actually is. And Krzyzkowski pulled it off.
The story reminded me of a movie I saw when I was a tween, where the babysitter was haunted by a guy in the house. It spooked the heck outta me, since I was a sitter for years because the guy kept calling the sitter and asking, "Have you checked on the children?" Something like that anyway, but yeah, the guy was in the house, calling her on the house phone. It was a serious mind-freak of a movie! This book reminded me so much of it- but it's totally not like that, so don't think I'm offering up SPOILERS or anything.
If you like to feel haunted, in a realistic sort of way, this book is one you should grab and read. Alone. With all the lights out. Only hearing your heartbeat and the quiet.
Because silence has a sound📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓 of 5 specs
*Binarius is next.
**Book provided by author, Dan Krzyzkowski, for an honest review.
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