January 18, 2015

A little house cleaning

Or rather a bit of kindle app cleaning. If you are like me you also have a kindle app or a kindle full of random books. Mine range from the free books I have gotten when they were kindle freebies, or the promo books that are always free , to assorted books from netgalley I was approved for and just never got around to.

One of my New Years goals is to be more organized. So I spent an afternoon sorting. I went through my kindle (well over 200 books) I sorted the books using kindle collections. Books I know I read went into one section, books I know I have not read into another and books I was unsure of into another. Then I added the books to my good reads, of course I did this the hard way before a friend told me Good reads can sync with your kindle (face palm gif here)

My goal to get through and review each book on my kindle. As of the writing of this post I have read and reviewed
At least 10 books on good reads. I suck at keeping track there too. I will try to work out some posts for here of course.
If you are interested in my progress follow me over on Good reads or Twitter or the blogs Facebook.


December 16, 2014

All He Ever Dreamed by Shannon Stacy

Josh Kowalski is tired of holding down the fort—better known as the Northern Star Lodge—while his siblings are off living their dreams. Now that his oldest brother has returned to Whitford, Maine for good, Josh is free to chase some dreams of his own.

As the daughter of the lodge’s longtime housekeeper, Katie Davis grew up alongside the Kowalski kids. Though she’s always been “one of the guys”, her feelings for Josh are anything but sisterly. And after a hot late-night encounter in the kitchen, it’s clear Josh finally sees her as the woman she is.

Katie’s been waiting years for Josh to notice her, but now that he has, she’s afraid it’s too late. Giving her heart to a man who can’t wait to leave town is one sure way to have it broken. But Josh keeps coming up with excuses not to leave—could it be that everything he’s ever wanted is closer than he could have imagined?

Yes, it is another Kowalski book. I requested this one from Netgalley an eon ago. See how long I let posts just sit half-finished here. I need a badge that says Worlds Worst Blogger.

When I got the book. I was so happy. I love those boys, and I enjoy Shannon's writing so much.

Now I'm going to tell you that if you don't want to be spoiled, you need to stop reading right now. I have a few choice words I want to say to the character Josh, and they might spoil some of the story for you

SO if you are leaving the post now I will give you the short version of my review

  • If you like the Kowalski boys and their universe, you wanna read this
  • If you like a good tear-jerker that makes you giggle in places, you wanna read this
  • If you like some hot sexing, you wanna read this
  • If you like a story where you get so angry at a character that you wish he was real, so you could storm over to his house and bitch him out for being an ass, READ IT

We shall take a short pause here while those who do not want to be spoiled leave, and I prepare for my bitch-out session with a pretend person ....

Take your time

For those sticking around, look at this.

Okay, are they gone? Good. Sit back, my dears. It's gonna get bumpy

Josh, what the hell is your problem? If you were real, I would be offering you a Midol, you old curmudgeon.

Yes, I called you a curmudgeon.

What the hell kind of man, and I use that term loosely, acts like this?

You have your lovely friend Katie, who not only likes sports but also likes you and puts up with your shit AND supports herself AND is hot and sweet. Granted, she cant cook as well as her mother, but you know that shit takes practice

I get the whole "I didn't see her as a female" thing, which is fine and all. I was great up until
Christmas Eve. Yes, the party you and Katie put together, because Rosie was not well enough to help out, which of course was all a plot by the brilliant Rosie to get you two knuckleheads to work together.

Anyway, there she was under the mistletoe that your bro put up, because he's a sneaky SOB, and
you're all hemming and hawing and making poor Katie feel like chopped liver, because you can't get over get over being fifteen-years-old !!!

I was so angry for Katie. There she stood in her pretty dress, all crushing on you, and you're being an asshole. If I was her I would have walked away and left you to kiss yourself. You did not deserve to kiss her

Poor Katie is so smitten with Josh, and he has his head up his ass for most of the book.
I know I know, he had to leave home and learn about how much she meant to him, but I swear I was so angry, I wanted to see him hurt more than Katie was hurting, which made Rosie hurt, and that made me cry

I just wish I was one of the aunties, because I would have hit him upside the head!

You know what I've said before. When I have a visceral response to characters, either good or bad, it means the character was crafted well.

I do not like Josh

I don't care if he was redeemed (it is a romance, so no shocker there).   I do not like him. He made me so angry

I liked Katie, even though I wanted to be one of her friends to tell her Josh wasn't worthy of her tears or devotion, and that if he came back, she should make him work for it

I knew Katie loved him, but HOLY COW there's only so much a girl should take. He;d better be the most amazingest hubby ever, because he's so so so lucky he isn't real.

Now, is it worth the read? Yes, I think it's worth the frustration, because I got to know Katie, and to me, she makes the journey worth it. I like her a lot.

Josh. not so much. He needs his brains rattled a few times

BUT he is very much a guy

I give this one 5 Stars just because it caused such a reaction within me.


December 14, 2014

Cinderella and the Ghost by Marina Myles

I know I usually write posts that are glowing five-star reviews of books I've enjoyed, because I'm lazy and busy and don' have the time to write up something full of complaints. If I don't like a book, I don't finish it, and in my mind, it's unfair to review a book I haven't finished. I guess I could start a flounce list along with reasons why I stopped reading, but that's another post for another time.

Someone once told me that negative reviews are important, because I'm  saving others from reading bad books.

Now it seems I had to take that person's advice. This had just about everything I despise in a romance novel. I have to say, I'm horribly disappointed

I love NetGalley, It gives me a chance to sample all kinds of different books. I was browsing there when I happened upon this cover:

Isn't it striking? I love a good cover, and this one didn't have half-naked people wound around each other. The picture made me want to read the summary, which is what a good cover should do.

When her demanding stepmother died, Ella Benoit knew just how far their fortunes had fallen, unlike her spoiled stepsisters. So she never expected the bequest from her late father. A chateau in France and the freedom to live her own life, all at once!

The chateau has seen better days, but Ella knows she can put the ruined house to rights. The life-size portrait of its first owner, Jean-Daniel Girard, seems to watch her work with approval, even pleasure. With bright blue eyes, strong features, and an athlete€™s body, the viscount is a tempting sight even now, more than three hundred years after his tragic death. But the more she looks at the portrait, the more convinced Ella is that shes met Jean-Daniel before. In another life, perhaps or maybe, as the form who haunts the halls at night, invading Ella€™s dreams

NOW I was intrigued, so I submitted my request later that day. I was excited to read about the cursed prince, but it all went downhill from here.

Here are the three main problems I have found in this book

1) A lot of telling, no showing

This is a huge problem in many books but especially in romance.

Telling me he is handsome and how pretty she is and how tormented she is by her life is NOT character building. You as an author have not given me reason to sympathize with her, nor have you shown me why he is desirable.

There are sentences like, "He is absolutely perfect." No! Just, NO! Please stop. It's torturous and makes for a tedious read. When an author goes on and on like this, it makes me skim to find when the hell something is going to happen. That is something you never want the reader to do, because they are pulled out of the story. Long, vapid descriptions of the hero's eyes and his perfection is not compelling storytelling, Not to mention the whining about how miserable she is and how terrible life has been to her and how she has no self-esteem and if only something would come along and save her. I have notes in my kindle version that include "get therapy" and "seek help"

Also, repeating it does not make it so! Aquamarine was used ten times in the book, nine of which was to describe his eyes. And it's a short book! Her eyes are described as Lapis, and her hair is ivory. Ummmmm...okay.

My other issue on this topic was the repetitive drilling into the readers' head about how miserable her life was with her evil step mother and stepsisters. Of course with it being a Cinderella book, I expected some of this, but I would have preferred a new take on it. Perhaps a humanizing of these characters or showing me how they were nonredeemable. Instead, we have Ella grousing about it to the point where she sounded bitter and whiny.
random Channing I found when googling "frustrated"

That is the difficulty with taking on something like Cinderella. It's a delicate balance. She can either be taken too far one way where she is a cross between a doormat and a saint, or she comes off as whiny and bitter.
I love my google

For these issues, a good pre-reader who tells the author to knock it off, would do the trick. And you as the author need to listen to these trusted people. A good pre-reading team and editor are not there to blow smoke up your ass. They believe in the writer, but they are also there to kick your ass, and book, into shape. They want you to present the best of yourself, and the best of your work.

this is what google gives me when I search faithful

2)  Continuity Errors

This is what a pre-reading team and editor are for. The writer is too close to their own work to catch these issues. The problem with continuity errors is that it disrupts the vision in the readers' mind.

3) Superfluous, Distracting Story Points

The main thing to me that could have been left out is (SPOILER ALERT) Ella was raped. First, it was not dealt with well, since it didn't happen in the story itself but before the story began. Again, this is a delicate issue.

Having a rape survivor in a book with some erotica needs to be handled better. In my opinion it was not handled well at all. It was just brought out to make the reader feel some sympathy for Ella. It did not work with this reader. To me, it was just piling on more crap. It didn't drive anything in the story. When I pre-read for others and come across something like this, I always ask the author, "What does this do to drive the story? Does this have a point? Is it needed? If not, get rid of it and expand on something else. There were so many places that could have been fleshed out, Things that could have been made beautiful with the right treatment. Sadly, these were ignored.

google is confused I typed in pleading and this is what I get!

This story idea had so much promise. It could have been something fantastic. In my mind, I had at least a dozen different scenarios as to different avenues the story could have taken. It would make a great writing prompt for a contest or writing practice.

In the end:

I felt no attraction to the cursed Prince

I felt no sympathy for lead female

I am horribly disappointed and would love to see someone take this idea and fix it


November 2, 2014

Misbehaving by Tiffany Reisz

A red-hot retelling of Much Ado About Nothing for people who love Shakespeare but thought his plays could use a few more sex scenes.

Wanted: Adventurous, open-minded man willing to try anything…
As a popular sex blogger, Beatriz gets paid to have orgasms. So being on deadline the week of her sister’s wedding isn’t as rough as it sounds. There’s just one hitch: Bea’s assignment is to write a review of a sex position manual, but she doesn’t have a plus one to play with.
The good news: Ben, the one who got away back in college, is also attending stag--and he's as temptingly gorgeous as ever.
The bad news: Ben turned down Bea’s offer of graduation night sex five years ago.
The best news: He’s not planning on making the same mistake twice.

Do you love something funny? with witty dialog fun characters and lots of hot well written sex? This is a sweet romantic comedy by The author of The Original Sinner Series. I know many who tried those gritty novels who said "I love the writing style and the dialog but the story is too squicky for me" to those people I say READ THIS ! lots of sex with a story to go along It was a good fun quick read. 5 stars to Ms Tiffany very enjoyable. 



October 16, 2014

I always said I was the worlds worst blogger

Yes I am!
So I missed posting about SYTYCWs 5th Birthday in July yes it happened I did mention it on Facebook
I have good reasons this time
life has been busy
family , I got a job, and my weight loss efforts have lead to less time to read and even less time to blog

I have read some FABULOUS books so Im going to give you some author Recs and say GO SEE THEM

and I will get some posts finished and posted soonish

1) Cara McKenna all I can say is read her stuff because HOLY HOTNESS it is fantastic

2) Penny Watson you really really really want to read her book Apples should be Red I will go into details why in a post dedicated to that book specifically

3) ANY of the number of books by Tiffany Reisz just do it

4) IF you are a gardener get the book The Incredible Edible Todmorden fabulous true story of a town that turned itself around by growing edibles in place of the usual decorative garden stuff. It is inspiring and just brilliant !

There you go have a great day I'm heading out on a walk!

June 16, 2014

How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with you by T.M. Franklin

I read the summary of this book when I saw the author post it in my timeline
and I KNEW I had to read this
I know it is a slight departure from my usual adult romances
it is after all a YA romance about high school kids that are my kids age
but this is so cute and so worth it !
Seventeen-year-old Oliver Wendell Holmes (Yes, his parents are just that peculiar, but his brother's name is Sherlock, so it could have been worse) knows that he's different. He's quirky, awkward, and he's okay with that. Oliver also likes making lists-meticulous procedures for achieving his goals, step-by-step. Whether it's "How to Get an A in Chemistry" or "How to Get Accepted to MIT," he has a process, and it's worked for him so far. He doesn't even care that the popular kids mock him. Oliver's got his eye on the prize. 
So when he decides it's time to declare his feelings for Ainsley Bishop, the girl of his dreams, it's only natural for him to make a list-a point-by-point strategy to win her heart. He knows it will take a grand gesture for her to see all he has to offer, and her approaching birthday provides the ideal opportunity for Oliver to put his plan into action. 
 Finding the perfect gift is a challenge Oliver meets with his usual dogged determination. He'll need to watch her carefully for clues to pinpoint exactly what he should give her. And along the way, he might just learn that what Ainsley really needs is not quite what he expected.
Oliver is adorable . I will not call him a book boyfriend because I am far too old for him but what a sweetheart ! This fabulous young man was so real he reminded me of my sons. All of his frustrations and successes are so very real. I just wanted to make it all better for him and cheer him on as things went his way and then hold him when they did not.

This book is full of fun and real teenage things without being overly emo sad or massively dramatic 
T.M. took normal everyday occurrences and turned them into something fabulous . I enjoyed this book so much even the side characters had "life" not just two dimensional things to be there but personality. 

Oliver is you average ordinary exceptionally intelligent hard working kid , he has to be to want to go to MIT. Ainsley is the pretty girl he has a crush on. I love that she is likable and not some device or stereotype. 

There is so much in this book I would love to talk about but I would spoil too much lets just say 
I laughed 
I cried
I sighed 
then I laughed some more 
I want a hard copy of this book because I want to hug it 
I have already told people in real life to read this one 
and yes I would read this one again so you know what that means


June 1, 2014

COVER REVEAL for the HIGHLY Anticipated book The Ropes

I know the Author of this fabulous book already did her own reveal but since I have a bigger mouth and I love to brag and talk about this story and this person I am doing my own cover reveal !!

That cabin door looks pretty small there Ann!
(a bit of an inside ongoing joke let me know if you want in on it!)
So the cover is very pretty ! wanna know what the book is about?


A storm is coming, and Mary Hinsdale is rushing to ready her colonial New Hampshire farm for winter. The ropes that are her lifelines are strung building to building, the animals are bedded down, and her food stores are checked. What she isn’t prepared for is Andrew Montrose.

Andrew, the black sheep of his well-to-do family, is wounded, privileged and playful. Work is something he avoids, and he’s quite good at convincing others to do his for him. He is shocked to learn that not only is he stuck on the farm until spring, but Mary actually expects him to help with the chores.

Tempers flare as expectations clash. Forced by circumstance to live together, they must learn to compromise, forgive, and adjust or they will either come to blows or fall in love.
This book and this lady are both very special to me. I was a part of the Writers Workshop group that helped edit this book. Ann and I have been friends for geez almost 5 years now. 
You will see me pushing this book
here is why 
Ann had an Agent

Ann did all the Agent wanted INCLUDING adding a scene to this book that did not fit the characters or Anns writing style 
the reason she did that 
The Agent said that a non erotic romance will not sell 

As Anns friend and a lover of Erotica I was livid 

I have bought and read MANY books without sex in them 
Sometimes I just want to read something sweet 
something that has that fabulous build up 
something different 
No publishers wanted the book
they say
Historical Romance readers will only read 
Regency Romance
THAT is what sells 

 I say because most of Historical Romance readers will buy something different
 IF it is offered 
MANY of us love the Regency period BUT are sick of it because
THAT is all there is 

WELL LADIES !! I have your something different 
The Ropes is set during the American Revolution

and WAIT till you meet Andrew 
NOW if you want to get to know my darling friend you can
Follow her on Twitter 
and make certain you like her Facebook Fan page

OH and she is on GoodReads