Saturday, October 14, 2017

My Review for Cade Brogan's 'Close Enough to Touch'

Good afternoon readers and welcome. Today as I promised I am sharing my review for Cade Brogan’s thriller, ‘Close Enough to Touch.’ This is her first book with this genre and one that you’re going to love!  


This story is one of a kind and has a daring theme. I haven’t read anything like this in a long time so it was exciting to read this one. The first character, Joanna, grabbed my attention from the beginning. There are three other players Rylee, Kenzie, and Chastity. Each woman is very different and glues together the story perfectly.

Joanna and Rylee know each other through work. Joanna is a strange girl and has a distorted view of life. The fascinating thing is no one knows her secrets except herself. She uses people like one uses a tool and right under their noses! She's slick and smooth and neatly lures others into her web. Her bizarre actions added to her madness. It was amazing how she did all this with her low-tech methods.

Although, I found her very conceited, her courageousness and confidence were very appealing. She is very organized and pays attention to details, from all angles. She’s a woman, if one didn’t know better, they would look up to since she is brilliant and personable when needed. She would do wonders if she could just switch her mind set.

Rylee, for the most part was a likable character, but has a dangerous profession. She is a tough and solid woman who focuses on the miracles when taking risks. Even in life, she’s not one to sit on the pity-pot wishing her life were different. She handles challenges very professionally and in a calm matter. I really like this woman.

Kenzie is Rylee’s old college girlfriend. Today, Kenzie walks around with a heavy heart and hides behind a façade and her church. Inside of her is pent up sexual energy that she desperately needs to release. I really felt for this woman because she is a good person. However, you’ll have to decide for yourself if at one time she had an ulterior mode with Rylee.

The love of Kenzie’s life is her daughter, Abby. It is obvious that Kenzie loves motherhood. She is strict and sticks to her guns, which I felt strengthened the bond. I loved the mother-daughter relationship and how Abby shows her independence. This was a great touch to the story.

During their time of separation, Rylee meets up with Chastity. Chastity has a one-track mind, very determined and clever. She chooses to wallow in the past, while attempting to recreate it in the present. She doesn’t let things go and I found this to be disturbing. Needless to say, I don’t care for her because I don’t feel she respected Rylee at all. The only thing going for this character is that she created some really intense drama.

In the present, Kenzie and Rylee meet up for the first time since college and it was fun watching the sparks ignite. The circumstances for their reunion couldn’t have been any worse, which I feel showed the strong woman in both of them. They are very believable and had real feelings.

I loved the flirting that went on between our two love birds. These parts were really well thought out and the flow kept me wanting more. The romance scenes were very hot and tender, but a bit graphic, just to let you know. If you love steam, you’ve come to the right place.

The story is fast paced and will keep you hooked the entire ride. The suspense is addicting. It took me about five and a half hours to read and I found it hard to put down. There were a few disturbing scenes that shocked me and were hard to read. I had to remind myself that this is just fiction.

You may be alarmed while reading this, but keep with it. This story will keep you wondering afterwards. I am recommending this book for all who love intense thrill-seeking drama paired with a flare of romance.




Here is an excerpt to get you started: 
“Come here,” Kenzie invited, setting her glass on the coffee table. “Sit right here,” she added, nodding downward, “and I’ll rub your shoulders.” It’s what she used to do every night during finals.
Rylee settled between her legs, leaning back against the couch. “Mmm, I could get used to this,” she moaned as Kenzie rubbed one, the other, and both. She tipped her head back, caught her eye, and added, “You haven’t lost your touch.”
“I should hope not,” Kenzie responded, smiling as she moved to rub her neck, and stroke her temples.
“Oh, yeah,” Rylee moaned, turning her head, her cheek resting on Kenzie’s thigh. She planted one kiss, and then another, turned a little more, and inched her fingers up her gown.
“Mmm, now you’re talking,” Kenzie responded, nibbling her lower lip, and scooting down.
“Are you sure about this?” Rylee asked, peering into her eyes. It was too soon, but if Kenzie wanted her to, she’d move forward. It wasn’t like they hadn’t been there before.
“Are you kidding?” Kenzie responded, her breath quickening. “I’ve never been more sure of anything in my life.” She nodded toward Rylee’s glass, saying, “Finish your wine.”

Five Stars

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Lynn 

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Hawaii Big Island 2017 Adventure

Good afternoon everyone and welcome. A big wish of mine for the longest time has been to visit the Big Island of Hawaii. Finally, this year we went. This island is known for its four active volcanos and black sand beaches. We stayed in Kona near the island’s fifth volcano, which is dormant. 

We arrived on a Friday and immediately knew we were someplace else. The salty humid air felt good against my skin.  We’ve been having beastly hot weather in SoCal for weeks so we were grateful for the lower temps.
 




Everywhere we went the locals were friendly and what is even nicer is that the city of Kona is really clean. What I like is the slower pace. I found myself becoming in tune with life. Although the little city is mostly touristy, we found some really cool spots. One of which is the black rock beach near our hotel. There is no sand and unless you are wearing slip proof shoes, I’d recommend enjoying the view from the shoreline. We sat there one sunset admiring the sea.

One excursion that I wanted to do was go zip lining. I’ve done this before on Maui and loved it. This time the tour was longer and we got to go on nine lines instead of three. Also, it was much harder as we had to do more hiking, climbing, and walking on suspended wooden bridges. I have never been on one of these and found it to be a thrill. The entire time I was on the bridge I felt as though time stood still and nothing else mattered.





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While riding on the zips, I tucked up my legs so that I could go at full speed. Again, free of anything except what was present in that moment. I had a blast and am going to do it again. The most thrilling part was when I had to stop. It was a huge rush of adrenaline.

You can’t go to Hawaii and not visit at least one beach. We spoke with one local and she recommended a favorite of hers, Hapuna State Beach. This beach is located on the northern side and has white sand. It felt so good to sink my feet into the granules as I walked over to the rushing water. Immediately I felt the warm water engulf my legs and I dove right in. The Pacific Ocean at home is often chilly. This was a real treat for us since we love to go swimming. Hapuna Beach has ample parking and a short walk down to the shoreline.  Showers and restrooms are available. This beach is definitely a must when you visit this island.


On one day, we went to visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a 96-mile drive from Kona. We got up early and set out. It was amazing watching the scenery change along the way. In Kona it is pretty lush, but as we drove further it changed to more desert-like. Then there were the lava fields, which are mind-blowing. They have a wave pattern and are solid black. Mixed in are desert grass. The sight is so refreshing as it is nothing I’ve ever seen before. 
Along the way we stopped off at a black sand beach and hung out for a while. The water here was cooler than Hapuna. I stood ankle deep in the rushing tide for a long time, my feet buried in the grainy sand. While there we saw a big turtle sitting on the sand.

Later, we arrived at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We were told that to see an active volcano, we would have to hike about four hours. We opted for a shorter walk to view some of the steam vents instead, as well as the crater in the below picture. It was eerie how the steam looked so much like smoke. The air had a slight sulfuric scent.


This was a very fun excursion and I definitely felt the energy. It was exciting to be so close to an active volcano. Still we’d like to see a live one. Next time we could take a boat cruise along the volcanic coast.
The best part of the entire vacation was the time we got to spend with each other enjoying the gorgeous sights together. It was so peaceful. It was nice driving around the island and having an ocean view for most of the ride. 
We have now been to three of the Hawaiian Islands – Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii. They are such special places and I feel blessed to have been able to visit them. I am carrying the Aloha spirit wherever I go. I am recommending a stay at the Big Island.

Until Next Time, 

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Friday, September 29, 2017

My Review for Annette Mori's 'The Termination'

Good afternoon everyone and welcome. Today I have a special treat for you that I know you're going to like. I am presenting my review for Annette Mori's 'The Termination.' This is a thriller romance that takes place in today’s world. The two main characters, Codee and Sawyer, take part in this adventurous story. 


Codee, a hospital HR executive, initially shows a side to her which stems from a shocking upbringing. To cover it up, she lives for her job. She is smart and adaptable to even the most bizarre settings. She is professional in all matters and never creates drama out of stress. She handled a totally unknown situation beautifully.

Sawyer is an admitting clerk at Codee’s hospital. She is loyal and will stick to you like glue. She is easy going, making her very desirable and fun to be around. She is empathic and knows how to soothe another. However, her lifestyle is too fast which causes her to make the same mistake over and over again when entering a romantic relationship.  

You can decide for yourself whether you feel that she oversteps people’s boundaries. I did not. She is overly caring with her patients, though. She is very cleaver, which grabs everyone’s attention. 

The secondary characters really add to the story. One, in particular, gave me a grandmother feel.  The way the author describes her made me feel I could trust her.  She is feisty and is in tune with everyone’s current affairs. She was like the mother hen to them and I feel the author did an excellent job creating her character. Some of the things she said made me crack up.  Her contributions to the plot are priceless and the story would not have been the same without her. 

An intriguing character, Chynna, is introduced later on that changes the direction of the story. She is smart, courageous, and physically strong. Her participation deepens the plot and sucked me in even further.  On the inside is her tender heart, fighting for what is right. She made me cry as she was sharing her truth. She is an important character who is going to melt your heart. 

During the story, there is a plotline that will give you the creeps and may upset some. 

The suspense is so thick that I felt like I was on a thrill ride. This is not a simple story and you will need to pay attention. The author provides excellent descriptions and the dynamic scenes are written very clearly. 

The sex is hot, a bit graphic, but tasteful.  These scenes will excite the red-hot lover inside the reader. They are full of tenderness and will leave a sweet aftertaste.  

You are going to want to carve out about five and a half hours to really enjoy this amazing chronicle. It will blow your mind. It is written very realistically and believable. I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. You can determine for yourself if one small infraction can change one’s perspective.

 Here is an excerpt to get you started on this chilling page-turner.
Codee remembered when she’d met the enchanting woman in new-employee orientation. Sawyer had pulled her long, chestnut hair back into a neat ponytail, and the gentle waves cascaded down her back. Although Sawyer had just finished a twelve-hour night shift, those soothing, green eyes never wavered in their intensity as she appeared to hang on every word. Her thoughtful answers to the questions she tossed out to new employees, accompanied by a hint of mischief in her smile, had Codee continuously seeking her reaction while she did her dog and pony show during orientation.
Codee knew she created a compelling and entertaining first impression, but she’d often felt like a phony when some of the stories she told were embellishments of the truth. Yet, the only way to truly illustrate a point was to create that connection to her audience with an intimate anecdote. She should have been an actress because the whoppers she told at these orientations were compelling. Not everything was untrue, but even the genuine experiences were enhanced for effect.
Codee wasn’t great with names, but Sawyer’s stood out as unusual, particularly for a woman, and whenever she passed the young admitting clerk in the hall, she made a point of saying hello and having a brief, albeit superficial conversation with her. She wished she had the ability to get to know her on a personal level, but that was out of the question. As the HR executive, she needed to maintain a strictly professional relationship with all the hospital employees—without exception.

Thank you for stopping by to read about this incredible life-like story. If you like this story, be sure to check out Annette’s other books. I have reviewed 'Locked Inside', which I know you’re going to enjoy. Feel free to talk about your feelings on ‘The Termination’ in the comments section. I’d like to hear your thoughts.  


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Sunday, September 24, 2017

#FF Flashback My Review of Adrian J. Smith's 'Memoir in the Making'


Good evening everyone and welcome. Today I'm sharing with you a book, who's protagonist has really stuck out in my mind since I finished the book, back in 2015. She is beyond sharp and her confidence is addicting. The author is Adrian J. Smith and her book is 'Memoir in the Making'.

During 2016, Adrian has published three more books, 'Deathscape', 'Lost & Forsaken', and 'Oblique.' Also she has been active on her blog, which you can check out. Recently I had a conversation with her. She is soon to be starting her next project. She is a proud mother of four and is very dedicated.





Good morning Everyone.  This is my first post to Wordpress.  I am publishing my latest book review from author Adrian J. Smith, "Memoir in the Making."  This book is one of a kind and one that I enjoyed very much.  Read on!

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Ainsley is bold, assertive and usually knows exactly how to accomplish her goals.  However, she suddenly realizes that something quite new – is drawing her into uncharted territory. Quickly, a raging passion arises within her as she yearns to reach out for this new found desire…love!

Inside, Meredith’s heart is broken and hardened by years of pain due to a horrendous breakup. Her temperament comes off as standoffish toward some, yet, toward most, she boasts confidence.

A very interesting secret of Meredith’s is disclosed and leads to surprising circumstances.

“Memoir In The Making” is touching and the characters are dynamic. This story is not a simple “woman-meets-woman hook-up” formula.  It’s a refreshing read with impressive depth, with just enough sizzle to make it exciting. Interactions with other people, and descriptions of scenes, etc. – truly contribute to this well rounded story.

While reading, you will experience an array of emotions.  For example, I felt anger at a particular point – then passion and intrigue at other times.  I had to remind myself that this was fiction.  I found myself obsessed, thinking about the characters even while I wasn't reading.

Author, Adrian J. Smith – creates the points of view clearly, making the dialog, etc. flow easily and sets the pace to an unrushed, completely thought out plot.
To find out more, go get the book.

Thanks to Ena Amanda for inviting me to this tour – and for introducing the wonderful Author, Adrian J. Smith to me – and to you.

Here is another exciting excerpt from “Memoir in the Making”.

 She looked down at Ainsley’s feet before locking gazes with her. “I hope you have fun tomorrow.”
  
“I will.” Ainsley grinned. “Pride parade is always a blast.” 

“It certainly is,” Meredith muttered. 

Ainsley grabbed her jacket from the hook and swung it over her shoulders and arms. She buttoned it up and was just about to tie it, but Meredith stuck her hand out and stopped her. Instead of saying something or letting go like she intended, Meredith kept her fingers on Ainsley’s. She rubbed her thumb against the back of Ainsley’s hand, reveling in how soft her skin was.

Everything slowed down. Meredith felt her chest rise and fall with each breath and heard Ainsley’s in response. Her heart thrummed along in her chest, and she licked her lips as they were dry. Meredith finally raised her gaze and looked at Ainsley, a blush on Ainsley’s cheeks.  

“I could get fired for this, you know.”

“I know.” 

Meredith’s breathing quickened. She wasn’t quite sure what to say anymore. Words had escaped her for the first time in her long life, and she was at a loss. Ainsley reached up, cupping Meredith’s chin and forcing their faces closer.

I don’t care,” Meredith murmured before their lips pressed together.

Stepping in closer, Meredith wrapped her arm around Ainsley’s waist and brought their bodies together. All thoughts left her as she focused only on the feel of Ainsley’s mouth against hers. She was so soft Meredith was afraid of breaking her. Ainsley shuffled forward, forcing Meredith to take a step back. She didn’t know where they were going, and she didn’t care.



Five Stars

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

End of Summer Fun


Hello everyone and welcome. It has certainly been hot summer here in SoCal as well as other places. I love barbecues and family get-togethers, especially the ones we host. For me this is a special time and I really cherish the moments I spend with family and friends. It’s fun to catch up with them and see what new is going on.

I chose to feature my mural picture because it is a place where I’d like to have a get-together. I could just imagine my small barbecue grilling up veggie burgers and dogs for everyone. I’d like to thank the artist, Ed Altomare for recreating this beauty for us.

As it is getting closer to fall, I wanted to share with you a summer dish that everyone loves - my potluck rice dish. It is easy and fun to make, since I get to use my food processor.


Here are the ingredients:

1 cups dry short grain brown rice
1 small white onion diced
12 Shishito peppers
1 Jalapeño chili finely chopped (Add more for taste)
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1-pound ripe tomatoes diced
Sea salt to taste
Grapeseed oil


Cook the rice to instruction. I recommend short grain brown rice because it really creates a unique dish. The alternative is to use your favorite rice.

While the rice is cooking, start cutting up the peppers and onion. I would recommend using a dicer when chopping them. I have an attachment that I connect to my mixer. Dice up the peppers and onion. Put these and the garlic into 2 Tbsp. of grapeseed oil and sauté for about five minutes. I prefer to use this oil since it has a high burn factor and doesn’t change properties when heated.

While the peppers and onion are cooking, dice up the tomatoes and set them aside.

When the rice is done, mix in vegetables and tomatoes. Add in the spices and tomato paste and stir well.

As a side note: for variation, you can add carrot slivers. Just add them to the pan when you are cooking the peppers/onions. They cook down nicely and add a nice flavor to the dish.

This dish goes great with homemade refried beans. Or you can have veggie burgers and corn on the cob. Don’t forget your favorite beverage.

I’d like to hear from you about your favorite summer dishes.

Enjoy!


Until Next Time, 


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Friday, September 8, 2017

My Review for Suzie Carr's 'Beneath Everything'


Good afternoon, everyone and welcome. It’s so good to see you. Recently I finished Suzie Carr’s latest book, ‘Beneath Everything’ and today I’m sharing my review. For those of you who don’t know Suzie or would like to learn more about her, feel free to check out my interview I had with her. Suzie’s work is phenomenal and you will see why.



The main characters of this story are Sarah and Jolene and the supporting characters are Frenchy and Maureen. Frenchy is Sarah’s best friend, married to Jolene’s uncle, and Maureen is Jolene’s mother.  They tell the story of how the four women search for what is important to them.

This book starts out with a bang for Sarah and this grabbed my attention immediately. I really felt the shame of the humiliation she was feeling at that moment.  The scene is brilliantly put together and the way Sarah handled it was priceless. You are going to want to read this.

Sarah is confident, but comes off as a workaholic.  She works in marketing for an advertising business and appears to like her demanding job. On the inside, she is lonesome and desperate for affection.  The number one person in her life who she looked up to was her father.

Staying on schedule is important for her and she doesn’t like to be inconvenienced. She is an introvert and would be the type of person who would exchange a text conversation instead of make a phone call.  At 35, she is insecure about her looks, but at the same time is all worn out. It was hard watching her suffer from her fears. The author provided a deep insight into her thinking.

She had to surrender to the moment at hand, dropping her negativity and drinking up all drops of insight her situation might present. She would seek strength over weakness, freeing herself from any vain attempt at controlling what couldn’t be controlled.


The other main player, Jolene is very laid back, but attached to her mother, Maureen. She is newly single.  Her blood ties are very strong and family comes first.  She enjoys the simple life and has a positive outlook on life. It’s no wonder that she has a beautiful, but somewhat dangerous career. There is no way you’d find this woman sitting behind a desk all day.  

Jolene lives in the moment without regrets.   She doesn’t dwell on what she doesn’t have; the glass is half full for her at all times. She has great faith and believes it is all going to work out for the best. 

She has a caring heart, but… You can find out more about this in the book. 

She lived to help people explore their deepest desires and open their eyes to the beauty of life beyond the terrestrial landscape that littered most people’s lives with ridiculously long and monotonous to-do lists. She found ways to create meaning and joy for others through her actions. 
Now let’s bring in the supporting characters. Frenchy is smooth talking and not afraid to take risks.  I found her to be clever.  She's the type of person who wants to see everyone happy.  I really liked this character and her role drew me further into the plot.  Her participation is a real page turner and she made me laugh hard at times.  

Maureen is soft-spoken, and has a good heart. However, she can be a bit possessive and has problems letting things go. She is a great supporting character and the author executed her very well. 

This story goes into depth regarding the relations of these women and it is beautiful watching them grow. Suzie’s stories have wisdom and knowledge in them.  She tells them in a gentle tone and offers her own insights. She really knows how to draw you in and keep your attention. I found that some scenes brought on feelings of peace and wonder. In all Suzie’s stories, she gives you insight into the character’s soul, which creates a connection. 

‘Beneath Everything’ is a story where you want to carve out about five hours to read. I say this because once you pick it up, you’re not going to want to put it down. It is very well written and easy to follow. The romance scenes add a really nice touch to the plot and I just love how they flowed. I am recommending this book for everyone who enjoys a nice heart-to-heart story.


Here is an excerpt to get you started on this amazing journey. 

“Right,” Jolene said, nodding her head. She scanned the lot. “Let me in your car,” she said. “We should exchange information in case you want to sue me.”

Sarah shook her head. “Absolutely not. You’re covered in them.”

“I’ll brush them off.” She glided around to the passenger side, and bent forward. “I won’t let any of them near you. I promise.”

Sarah weighed her options. Put the car in drive and gun it out of the parking lot, risking her friendship with Frenchy or let Jolene in and risk cicadas hoteling in her hair, the same hair she paid eighty dollars to have whipped up into an informal upsweep a few hours before in her home.

“I’m not leaving. I’ll keep standing here until you let me in.”

 In the seconds between her shallow breaths, Sarah battled her stupid fear, flinging it aside and putting Frenchy above it. She unlocked her passenger door and Jolene slid in while swiping cicadas off her sleeves. They flicked and buzzed.

Sarah squeezed her eyes shut and grabbed her head as if about to crash land from thirty-thousand feet.

“Don’t worry. I’m gathering them up.” Jolene’s arm bumped Sarah’s head. “Oops, sorry. Hang on. Let me get this little one here above you, and we’ll be all set.” She shifted even closer. “Damn. Hang on. Geez, she’s a quick one.”

Sarah’s whimpers filled the car.

“I got her. She’s the last. I have them all here in my satchel. If you open your eyes I promise to zipper them in until we get outside.”

With her eyes still closed, Sarah asked, “Are you sure?”

“It’s just you and me,” she whispered.




Five Stars
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