Sunday, July 23, 2017

Out of the Shadows Book Review

Out of the Shadows (Shadowlands Book 1)

By Ashlee Nicole Bye

 Out of the Shadows (Shadowlands Book 1) by [Bye, Ashlee Nicole]
From the streets of Melbourne to the bowels of Westminster, the delicate balance between life and death that is so painstakingly maintained by the reapers of The Order of Dark and Light is being tested by the return of an ancient threat. Tensions are rising within the hidden world of The Shadowlands and if this threat is not contained war will be inevitable. And the destruction of the human world is bound to follow in its wake.
 
Amidst this tension, eighteen year-old Sachi Manning is struggling to cope with the grief and guilt that has plagued her ever since her best friend was murdered six months earlier—that is, until she spots him seemingly alive and well and being held at scythe point by a hooded figure who looks more like a GQ model than the Grim Reaper.
 
Sachi shouldn’t be able to see through the glamours that shield Shadowlanders from the human world, so the reaper in question wants some answers. And so begins the craziest couple of weeks of Sachi’s life as she is drawn into a world of mysteries, magic, monsters, and mayhem, encountering dragons, faeries, soul-sucking demons, not-so-grim reapers, and even the Horseman of Death.
 
With a mix of heart, humour and hair-raising action, Out of the Shadows is the adventure of an afterlifetime, perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Paula Weston.

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MY REVIEW

After her boyfriend Gabe is brutally murdered, Sachi starts having nightmares. For the next six months, she becomes a hermit, until her friend Olivia talks her into going out to a local club for a night out. While there, Sachi discovers Gabe, apparently alive, being held at knife point by Julian, who she later finds out is a hacker for the Order of Dark and Light. This Order is tasked with maintaining the balance between life and death. Julian can’t understand why Sachi can see through the glimmer that he surrounds himself with to keep him out of sight of humans. This leads him to take extreme measures to try to find out why Sachi is so different, but still human.


This story was fast paced and very interesting, which was good since it was extra long. I was totally engrossed and couldn’t put it down. I liked this cast of characters a lot. It was easy to understand why everyone was so secretive, with all that was going on. This was worth reading for the humor alone. I mean, who would have imagined Beelzebub as rad and Facebook friendly. And all the t-shirt maxims were hilarious. This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it won’t be the last. I like that this is a series and that these characters will continue on.
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Free and Bargain Books Linkup Week 29


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 Leels Loves Books | IrishdaisylovesRomance | Book Babble | Traci Hayden
Tuesday
Celticlady's Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures 
Wednesday
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Thursday
Miki's Hope | Heidi Robbins
Friday
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance |
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Friday, July 21, 2017

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

I Was a Bitch Book Review

I Was a Bitch: A Romance Mystery Book

By Emily Ruben

I Was a Bitch: A Romance Mystery Book by [Ruben, Emily]
After waking up from a coma, Lacey Jones discovers that she is the ruling queen bitch of high-school and in the middle of a love triangle with two guys. If only she hadn't lost all memory of it!


When Lacey Jones wakes up after a horrific accident, she realizes that she’s lost all memory of the last two years. In this time, she has turned from a wallflower into the gorgeous and popular Queen Bee of her high school. Adding to the confusion, she is confronted with two guys who claim to love her; her football star boyfriend and the mysterious and attractive Finn.

Now Lacey has to figure out who she can trust as she starts to put her life back together and slowly discovers what really happened on the night of the accident.

Will she be able to resist her developing feelings for Finn and stay loyal to her boyfriend?

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MY REVIEW

Lacy Jones survived an auto accident, but was in a coma for two months. When she woke up, not only had she lost two months, she couldn’t remember the last two years of her life. Instead of being a sixteen year old ordinary nobody, she had become the queen bitch of her school. Afraid of letting anyone know of her massive memory loss, Lacy pretends to fit in, while she waits for her memory to return. But each snippet of returned memory brings more questions than answers.


I loved the characters and could see them in true teen click style. I liked being kept in the dark and learning about Lacy’s past alongside her. The mysteries of how and why she changed is what made this so interesting. The only negative thing I can say about this story is that it was too long. If I can’t finish a story in a couple of days, it’s hard for me to remember stuff from the beginning. It’s a good thing that it was so engrossing and hard to put down.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cricut July Mystery Box

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Endangered Species Book Review

Endangered Species

By Michael Altieri

Endangered Species by [Altieri, Michael]
Connecticut private investigator Brenda Corrino’s sixteen-year-old niece Madison has gone missing in Arizona. Known for bringing the DVD Murderer to justice during her stint as a Fairfield County homicide detective, her unacquainted sister Faith Brenna requests her help from Arizona.

Brenda recently went through a tough time herself, recovering from being raped and almost murdered by the DVD Murderer while working undercover. She broke ties with her boyfriend and wanted nothing to do with him, even though he helped to rescue her. She was labeled as having PTSD. After months of therapy, she has recovered to the point that she was able to resume her relationship with her boyfriend and now business partner, Dr. Darren Crowe.

Brenda arrives in Arizona and quickly befriends the local sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Logan Cartwright, who tells her about a similar case in a nearby town where another girl disappeared five years ago. The girl recently resurfaced unscathed and is unwilling to talk about where she has been for the past five years.

Faith and her husband have a few secrets of their own that Brenda must scrutinize to rule out possible suspects, including the two of them. She promises to not reveal Faith’s secret, as long as it does not get in the way of finding the people responsible for Madison’s disappearance. Brenda summons Darren to join her in Arizona to help find her niece.

Arizona is one of the states that has a large presence and reputation of human trafficking. Brenda becomes concerned that Madison may have become a victim. She realizes she is getting close to the truth when a Hummer purposely runs her car off an Arizona highway, causing her rental car to flip several times. She and Darren get banged-up, but survive. Brenda is now more determined than ever to find Madison and put an end to her sister’s fears.

Brenda and Darren attend a party with her sister to observe and investigate her friends under the pretense of participating in partner swapping activities. As the party winds down, Brenda’s unique investigative style has provided her with enough insight into who might be involved in Madison’s vanishing act. She informs Sheriff Cartwright of her gut feelings and together they devise a plan to uncover the truth.

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MY REVIEW

Brenda Corrino is a former cop who started her own private investigation company. Her boyfriend Darren also works cases alongside her. The business is doing well, when out of the blue Brenda gets a call from her sister Faith in Arizona. She was unaware that she had a sister, so it was a shock. Faith needed Brenda’s help in finding her daughter Madison who was missing. When Brenda gets to Arizona, she starts investigating by questioning everything and everyone. Of course that doesn’t make her many friends, and finding out that Faith and husband Al were close friends with a group of swingers certainly puts her investigating skills to the test. 


It was enlightening seeing the way that investigations are done. I really liked Brenda’s character, as well as boyfriend Darren. I think the author was spot on in his teen characters, as far as their innocence and their rebellion. It was obvious that this wasn’t the first story involving Brenda Corrino, but I didn’t feel that I needed to read the first book. Nevertheless, it did intrigue me enough to go back and read it. I like the writing style of this author, and will continue reading this series. It made for an interesting and quick detective mystery read.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

End of the Last Great Kingdom Review

End of the Last Great Kingdom (The Brimstone Chronicles Book 1)

By Victor Rose

End of the Last Great Kingdom (The Brimstone Chronicles Book 1) by [Rose, Victor]
The Brimstone Chronicles is a dark fantasy series following the life of the Mage Brimstone. The story is fast paced and filled with unique characters and captivating creatures. Be warned this series is not for the faint of heart. Death and suffering lie around every corner, and not even the innocent are safe.

Do you ever feel like the whole world is against you, but you can't figure out why? Brimstone has just that problem as he and his friends are thrown into the nasty world of war and politics, they must learn quickly and not be afraid to stand up against overwhelming opposition. If not they will be used and discarded.

The End of the Last Great Kingdom takes place at the beginning of Brimstone's torment and when his world is being racked with violence and politic change. It follows Brimstone and his friends through this period and begins to unlock the mysterious of the magical world of Sulphurium. Sulphurium is a vast land containing many different races. Some you are familiar with like humans and orcs, while others are unique to Sulphurium.

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MY REVIEW

Leaf had been a ward of the school for eight years. He wasn’t sure of his age much less his real name. What he did know though, was that he was an enlighten and still didn’t have a power. It made him the laughingstock of the entire school. But after the mage challenge, Leaf would gain respect and forevermore be known as Brimstone. After months of brutal training, Brimstone became a great warrior. Just in the nick of time it seems, because war broke out, and the Mage School is in the center of it all. Brimstone is accused of an infraction and is arrested by the Order. Now, he has to find a way to escape before it’s too late.


This is an excellent young reader even though there’s plenty of violence and retribution. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were of true fantasy persona. Although the plot was predictable, I didn’t want to stop reading until the end. I did lag a little at the demon part and didn’t understand it easily, but all in all rushed through the rest of it just to see how it would end. Imagine my disappointment to find the ending has a cliffhanger, whereas I wanted closure. 
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Free and Bargain Books Linkup Week 28


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Monday
 Leels Loves Books | IrishdaisylovesRomance | Book Babble | Traci Hayden
Tuesday
Celticlady's Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures 
Wednesday
Beck Valley Books | Jude Ouvrard
Thursday
Miki's Hope | Heidi Robbins
Friday
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance |
Colorimetry | J.C. Clarke
Saturday
3 Partners in Shopping | I Create Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings 
Sunday

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Friday, July 14, 2017

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Happiness Perspective Tour and Giveaway


The Happiness Perspective: Seeing Your Life Differently by Diane Wing

Are you longing for greater happiness, but you feel like it's just not possible?

Have you heard that happiness is just a state of mind, but you don't know how to attain that state? Diane Wing, a teacher, personal transformation guide, and intuitive consultant, has unlocked the secrets that make happiness possible. This book is packed with methods to help you transform your thought processes, patterns, habits, and behaviors so you can experience greater happiness, peace of mind, and abundance. Discover in these pages the art of seeing life differently through such processes as:

- Turning regular household chores into meditation activities
- Reducing the noise in your environment so you can focus better
- Knowing who you truly are rather than trying to be everything to everyone else
- Saying no in effective ways that don't make you feel guilty
- Learning to do less and appreciate more
- Cleansing your thoughts to remove negativity and ground yourself

Your personal evolution into greater happiness awaits you! Don't wait any longer.

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"The Happiness Perspective is a superb account of positive choices, exercises, and plenty of questions to ponder. I will be using it soon with my women's groups." --Barbara Sinor, PhD, author, Finding Destiny

"Profoundly transformative, The Happiness Perspective is a brilliant, comprehensive blueprint for self-awareness, inner peace, and the attainment of ultimate happiness." --Dyan Garris, author, visionary mystic, and New Age recording artist

"The Happiness Perspective is filled with tips and techniques that work to change your worldview and bring calmness into your life. I know because I've tried many of these techniques myself, learning how to do less and enjoy life more." -- Tyler R. Tichelaar, PhD. and award-winning author of The Children of Arthur series


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MY REVIEW

Have you ever wondered why you’re not completely and totally happy? Do you feel like you’re missing something in your life? Then this book is for you. The author has broken down every aspect of why your life isn’t perfect. She then goes on to explaining what is needed to change your life into one of perfect harmony.

After you start with a strong foundation, you will learn to shift your perspective inside and out. Listen to doubt because it’s telling you more than you realize. I resonated with the discussion on mindfulness and how doing things on autopilot is not always a good thing. The task of dumping and grounding was interesting and something I’ll definitely try. You will be inspired and motivated after just reading a few chapters.
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About the author
Author, teacher, and perspective changer Diane Wing, M.A. enjoys exploring the mysteries of life and the way that people experience themselves and the world around them. A phenomenologist at the core, Diane uses a variety of techniques combined with discovering unique patterns experienced by her clients to reveal a deeper understanding of the self and to shift their perspective enabling them to move past obstacles that keep them stuck.

Diane Wing is dedicated to helping people get grounded and trust themselves, so they can live a peaceful and fulfilling life of joyful self-expression. She inspires others and teaches them to safely tap into the energies around them to turn anxiety into tranquility. Her clients are those who are ready to stop struggling in their personal life so they can feel their best. 

Wing sees connections between things that seem disparate to others and can help you see their significance in your life. She’s an idea person who helps you shift your perspective to see yourself and your life in a whole new way and is a master at bringing magick into the everyday. She wants to live in a world where people feel inspired and motivated to evolve beyond their current way of being. As a Perspective Changer and Blockage Buster, she’s a wiz at helping people find their Inner Magick to help them be happy in the present while creating their ideal future.

To that end, Diane Wing created a body of work focused on knowing the self at a deep level in order to build self-trust and self-confidence. Her books, both dark fantasy fiction and enlightening non-fiction, hold lessons based in Universal and Magickal Law and energetic consciousness. Her games, Pathways and Insight Stones®, are systems of metaphysics designed to facilitate self-discovery, develop intuitive ability, and to enhance self-awareness. The emphasis of her school, Wing Academy of Unfoldment, and of her radio show, Wing Academy Radio, helps students and listeners learn ways to take metaphysical and personal development concepts and apply them to everyday life in their own distinct way. It’s about going deeper and seeing the patterns of your life.

Wing’s books create a transformational experience for the reader while incorporating a bit of the unexpected. Many say that her fiction has a sense of Karmic justice rendered within the realm of the unknown and that her non-fiction brings about a heightened awareness of the self and the world to enhance understanding of our own internal transformations. According to Diane Wing, “Ever since I was little, the world felt magickal. [Magick with a “k” is used to differentiate the magic of an illusionist or stage magician from the magick that includes your intuitive abilities and tapping into the flow of the Universe). The world was beautiful and mysterious, filled with things to learn and experience. The path led me to become a lifetime student of metaphysics, mysticism, magick, and spirituality and to achieve a Master’s degree in psychology…and it all shows up in my writing. You never know what’s waiting around the bend.

“The world still feels magickal to me; every act of nature, every energetic exchange, every new discovery is perceived through the eyes of wonder. I now understand that self-knowledge is the key to all magickal operations; the discovery of our own Inner Magick is essential to living in concert with the Universe. We are the Magician, as in tarot, orchestrating and creating life in accordance with our true self.” Diane is an avid reader, bibliophile, lover of trees, and a lifelong learner. She and her husband are pet parents to a sweet little Shih Tzu.

Find out more, listen to Wing Academy Radio, and take the Vibrational Quiz at www.DianeWing.com

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Ride in the back of the ambulance with Sherry Jones Mayo 

Share the innermost feelings of emergency services workers as they encounter trauma, tragedy, redemption, and even a little humor. Sherry Lynn Jones has been an Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Room Nurse, prison healthcare practitioner, and an on-scene critical incident debriefer. Most people who have observed or experienced physical, mental or emotional crisis have single perspectives. This book allows readers to stand on both sides of the gurney; it details a progression from innocence to enlightened caregiver to burnout, glimpsing into each stage personally and professionally.

"Corrections" the third realm of emergency care behind layers of concrete and barbed wire. Join in the dangers, challenges, and truth-is-stranger-than-fiction humor of this updated and revised second edition of Confessions of a Trauma Junkie. In addition to stories from the streets and ERs, medics, nurses, and corrections officers share perceptions and coping skills from the other side of prisons' cuffs and clanging metal door.

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Emergency Service Professionals Praise Confessions of a Trauma Junkie 
"A must read for those who choose to subject themselves to life at its best and at its worst. Sherry offers insight in the Emergency Response business that most people cannot imagine." --Maj Gen Richard L. Bowling, former Commanding General, USAF Auxiliary (CAP) 

"Sherry Mayo shares experiences and unique personal insights of first responders. Told with poetry, sensitivity and a touch of humor at times, all are real, providing views into realities EMTs, Nurses, and other first responders encounter. Recommended reading for anyone working with trauma, crises, critical incidents in any profession." -- George W. Doherty, MS, LPC, President Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute 

"Sherry has captured the essence of working with people who have witnessed trauma. It made me cry, it made me laugh, it helped me to understand differently the work of our Emergency Services Personnel. I consider this a 'MUST READ' for all of us who wish to be helpful to those who work in these professions." --Dennis Potter, LMSW, CAAC, FAAETS, ICISF Instructor 

"Confessions of a Trauma Junkie is an honest, powerful, and moving account of the emotional realities of helping others! Sherry Mayo gives us a privileged look into the healing professions she knows firsthand. The importance of peer support is beautifully illustrated. This book will deepen the readers respect for those who serve." --Victor Welzant, PsyD, Director of Education and Training, The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc

About the author
Jones, Sherry Lynn, EdD, MS, RN, FAAETS, EMTP (Ret.)

Sherry Lynn Jones is a registered nurse, QMPH, and retired paramedic with more than 25 years’ combined experience in EMS, trauma center ERs, and psych/corrections nursing (in chorus with civilian and paramilitary CISM response). A lieutenant colonel with Civil Air Patrol, Auxiliary of the USAF’s Total Force, Sherry was one of the key architects in introducing and developing CAP's CISM Program. She served as CAP’s National CISM Director providing training, staff development, and strategic responses that included air crashes and Joint Task Force Katrina.

Sherry’s education includes a doctorate in adult education, and a master’s degree in psychology specializing in crisis management and response. Her dissertation, Nurses’ Occupational Trauma Exposure, Resilience, and Coping Education, revealed gaps in nurses’ training and practice, particularly regarding self-care.

Sherry is the author of a Trauma Junkie anthology, has published in numerous books (also as Sherry Jones Mayo), magazines, and journals. Sherry is a faculty member and approved instructor for multiple ICISF courses (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation). An elected board member of the Michigan Crisis Response Association (MCRA), Sherry lives in Michigan and serves as CEO of Education Resource Strategies.

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