Thursday, December 6, 2012

Destiny's Revenge by Nancy Straight

Goodreads Synopsis:

There was no reason for Lauren to be in a coma. Her physical injuries had healed, but she had been non-responsive for so long that her doctors told her family and Max to move on. She awoke to find her life in a shambles; the man she loved was gone, her friends had moved on with their lives, and her family was ripped apart by her accident. No one knew of the evil forces watching, waiting for her in the shadows, in the lonely corners, even in the eyes of those she loved. Lauren needed to reclaim her destiny, to get her life back; the last thing she ever expected was Destiny’s Revenge

My Review:

From the start of book 1 of this series we are introduced to a very strong, courageous girl who is not afraid of anything. But in the start of book 2 After being attacked by a beast and put in a coma for almost 3 years Lauren wakes up not quite as brave and sure about everything like before. She is afraid of being alone, afraid of the dark and extremely afraid of the thought of ever having to see Samuel again. Now she has to find that courage and her strength once more so she can destroy the beast and get her life back. 

I loved Destiny's Revenge. I loved the new twists, and even though I didn't like it very much that Max wasn't there by Lauren's side when she came out of the coma it was a very good way to keep the reader reading and of course it made the story more exciting as well as interesting. With that said this book deserves 5 stars.

Adopt an Author, Review of Soemthing Witchy by AJ Myers & Giveaway

Giveaway Time

I am so happy and excited to have joined this amazing event at Young Adult and Teen Reader where we adopt an author. I chose to adopt AJ Myers author of the new series
 "Something Witchy" Mystics & Mayhem. For the next 15 days I will be promoting her like crazy. it would be great if you guys can help me by going to her amazon page like it, tag, and buy her book. All or one of those things you can do so everyone will know about this author will be great. If you guys are interested in participating to show the love for this authors they will apreciate you adopting one of them. This is an amazing way to help debut authors and to show how much we apreciate their hard work.

Amazon Book Description:


My name is Ember Blaylock. Welcome to the World of Weird—better known as my life.

It wasn’t always like this. I was once a normal high school senior, just filling out college apps and trying to stay sane long enough to get out of Moonlight, Missouri. Preferably before I ended up in a straight-jacket out of sheer boredom.

At first, my only problems were my increasingly unwanted ability to see the dead and my desperation to remove the stalker known as my ex-boyfriend from my life. Somewhere along the line I must have pissed off the Bad Karma Fairy. Maybe I stepped on the wrong toadstool or peed in Loki’s personal swimming pool—I really don’t know. All I do know is I’m about to have the worst week of my life. Maybe the worst week of any teenager’s life. Ever.

All because of a dead guy.

From the second pale, too-hot-to-be-real Nathan Ashley stepped out of the wreckage of his mangled sports car, my life spiraled into complete and utter chaos. One minute, I'm quasi-normal, the next I’m being kidnapped by a vampire, I’m having weird, creepy powers sprout up out of nowhere, and I’m running from a demon who wants to get more familiar with my anatomy…or kill me. Again. Yeah, did I mention he's done it before?

Anybody know if those straight-jackets come in pink?

My Review:

Wow Something Witchy has climbed the charts to my favorite books. No words can describe how perfect this book was. Believe me this has nothing to do with A.J. Myers being my adopted author. This book was perfect from cover to end. There was absolutely nothing in it I didn't like. It was easy to read, easy to fall in love with the story and the characters. The details and descriptions of what was going on in the story made me imagine it all like as if I was right there watching it happen in front of me. With that said A.J. Myers took a vampire story to a whole new level of extraordinary, nothing like I've read about vampires before with a new spice to it. AJ's got a new fan dying to read more and more of this series and more of her work to come.

After a conversation with her parents which did not go so well, getting a speeding ticket and getting Saturday school detention Ember Blaylock was really not in the mood to have to deal with Jack the stalker. Jack has been Embers friend since third grade. After going on two dates all of a sudden Jack thinks he owns her but she wants nothing to do with Jack. Just when she thought her day of hell was over Jack was ready to follow her car after school. With help from Kim and Blake she leaves unseen by jack but as soon as she thinks they got away from him. Ember sees jack's car behind the sports car that is behind. Not paying much attention to the road more distracted with trying to get away from her stalker Ember crashes into the sports car that had gotten right in front of her and had stopped in the middle of the road. It all happens so fast....... From that day on Ember's whole life changes. As if seeing ghosts wasn't enough she will discover a whole new world where witches, vampires, ghosts and demons are very very real.

The drama between Nathan and Ember, the romance between the two, their adventure, the kick ass action, those moments of horror and all the twists made a really amazing story that I am certain will engross everyone into the story completely making the person forget about everything else while reading this book. Do I recommend it? Hell yes, you won't be disappointed. 

                             About the Author:

AJ Myers lives in her own little world—but, according to the IRS, she actually resides in Arkansas—with her husband, who she loves more than life, her four amazing kids, and a crazy cast of family and friends who are perpetually keeping things interesting for her.

I have a BIG BIG favor to ask, if you guys LOVE reading and enjoy reading Paranormal Romance check out AJ Myers's book here and push like on her amazon page.
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Friday, November 30, 2012

Meeting Destiny by Nancy Straight

What was one of Lauren's normal night shift turned out to be the start of a very hard path. It all started that night when she felt something wasn't right as soon as she saw a suspicious man that alerted every danger alarm in her body. Somehow Lauren knew that if she didn't do anything something bad was going to happen. She knows she needs to take her friend Melissa out of harms way and she does. She tries to deal with the guy but things get out of hand. Lauren hadn't noticed what happened until her supervisor called the ambulance. It all happened so quickly. The paramedics arrived and that is when she looks into those eyes that have been in her dreams for four years. She meets her destiny, the guy who has been in her dreams for so long. Her whole life changes after that. In many good ways but also she will be face to face with evil. Lauren has to fight for her love, for her loved ones lives and for her own life. An evil being that wanted to end her life as soon as it discovered her gifts wants to kill her has been following her, watching her. He felt that she could be a threat. Lauren does not know she is in danger but soon she will. That evil has captured her so now she needs to fight. She needs to take control of her life and get her life back to the path that she was meant to follow.

It was so unfair, Lauren got a really hard life. She cant even spend a little time in peace with Max. Just when it seems everything will be ok something happens. I was so mad and sad for Paul. poor guy I really liked him. That whole chapter was killing me : (

What first caught my attention when I saw this book on Nancy's page was the title, then I read a few comments from her followers and I also couldn't resist that cover. The color of the cover is just so lovely I just had to read this book. I also knew it would be a great read and I was not wrong. It was an easy to read story, I felt I flew through the pages it had very clean originally unique plots that fell nicely with the story to make it even better. Nancy is very good at keeping me on the edge of my seat. I was going crazy when I wasn't even half way through the book lol. Truth is after I had finished reading this book I couldn't sleep I wanted to start reading "Destiny's Revenge" right away but I couldn't download it so I just downloaded the sample and read those first 30 pages then when I was done with it I couldn't sleep thinking about it. Thank goodness I was able to download it so I can keep reading to see what happens. I really am loving this story so far too just like I had enjoyed "Blood Debt" I really hope I won't have to suffer much with this second book but by the title of it I think there will be suffering.

Best Camp Counselor in the World By Mike Ronny

This book was given to me by the author Mike Ronny. Thank you Mike I really enjoyed reading this book. : )

First I want to say that Ken and little Catherine were my favorite characters. Ken is just so freaking fun and funny. He made me laugh so much at times, specially the way he was described in the book by Eddie. It made me laugh so hard. Catherine is a smart little girl and super friendly. It almost made me cry when she was saying goodbye to Eddie. She was just adorable. One of the funniest part was when Catherine and Donna were having a conversation with Eddie about relationships and them wanting him to meet their gym teacher, that whole conversation was so funny.

So the story starts with Eddie and Janie discussing Eddie's trip to Little Lobster Camp. Janie does not want Eddie to go but it would be Eddie's seventh year as a counselor and he is very excited to go again. When eddie is at the camp he meets Erika (who is not shy at all). Everything is fine for Eddie until he sees King Morrissey. A bully he knew from high school. Eddie was scared of what King would do to him if he would see him because his last encounter with king wasn't pretty and he was afraid king would want to fight him or worst, beat him up. In the end Eddie learns what matters most. He will learn to value what he has and that the one bad decision he was going to make would break one of the best things he had in his life. Funniest thing is that he learns this from the person he would least expect would help him open his eyes. He will learn that winning a contest is not as important as being appreciated and having a good impact in a kid's life. This was a fun short book that anyone will enjoy, remind one to value what one has and reflect on the things we want to do before we do them.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Her Sweetest Downfall Ophelia's Journey By Rebecca Hamilton

Goodreads Summary:

Ophelia's been successful at hiding her true identity, until the mark of the serpent appears on her neck—a death sentence, should it be seen by anyone in her town. Hiding the mark might save her from falling victim to the witch hunts of her era, but the scorching sensation it carries can’t be ignored.

When the mysterious Ethan is sent to collect her for a life of something more, she learns concealing the mark is the least of her concerns. She’s destined to do a new task—to join a dark, supernatural world and protect the future of people she may never meet.

What she doesn’t know—what she learns too late—is that her initiation won’t be complete until she kills the man who’s captured her heart

My review:

When Ophelia was first introduced into the story in the first book I had wished to read more about her. To know why she was helping Sophia so it was very awesome that Rebecca Hamilton brought us this book that told us Ophelia's journey how she got to the Maltorim and how she knew about Sophia.

The whole story was perfectly written from when Ophelia discovers the mark on her skin, getting send to deliver a letter that will never arrive to her destination because she was lured to where the music of her calling took her. To how Ophelia with the help of Ethan and Lenore managed to get her into the Maltorim to gain their trust and take her under their wing so she would be there for the day the girl she is to wait for arrives. One of the reasons why I read Rebecca Hamilton's books is because I love her writing style. It was a really easy to read story. Also a very enjoyable story with beautiful romance that in occasions made me cry but I am so very happy that nothing terrible happened because there was one moment I really thought something terrible was about to happen. I am happy happy it didn't. So yes I was very satisfied with this short but great book concentrated on Ophelia's story and can't wait to read the next book

I Love You to Death by Natalie Ward

The worst thing in the world that could happen to someone is to loose a loved one. It is something no one ever wants to think about specially if you feel whatever happened to that loved one was your fault. 

Asha is just a normal girl trying to live a normal life. She wants everything everyone wants everything every person desires. A family, friends, to love, to be loved and for once just once that she won't loose those closest to her. Asha feels it is impossible to have a normal life. She has lived in fear after loosing everyone she loved specially after loosing the last person she had left, after loosing the love of her life. She feels she has nothing else left to live for. Everything changes when she finds the letter Sam had left for her. Asha still wont let anyone in she keeps to herself but no matter how much she tries to keep Luke away he will not give up because from the moment he saw her he wanted to make her happy. From the moment he saw her he never wanted to loose her.

I always enjoy a book that can really come to life. "I love you to death" did that. The characters were real, the plot perfect, nice flowing words and fantastic description of what was happening. The playlist was an AMAZING touch too. All the songs were perfect for all the chapters and of course they are all my favorite songs. It is funny cause all but 5 songs are in my iPod playlist. They just fall perfect perfect for every chapter. Really made me get the chills. 

What I loved the most about this book and all the books I read is when they can make my soul fly out of my body, dance, float around and jump with happiness. The feeling that this books give me is amazing. I cannot explain at all as much as I try. But i'm sure everyone feels them too when they bump into the pages of a great book. Including the goosebumps when those certain parts come to life. Those goose bumps are one serious deal that I can only feel with reading AWESOME stories like this. A million of applause for Natalie Ward. 
I have to admit that for a moment I wanted to just stop reading this book, my view was so so blurry sometimes. My eyes hurt, my head, and even my brain hurt. I couldn't make that knot in my throat go away. I have read quite a few books that make me cry in some parts but this book either made me cry of happiness or sadness but it always managed to squeeze a gazillion tears out of me. Already had expected the worst but loved the ending. "I Love you to Death" did not disappoint me. I was once again a happy reader and once again cried of happiness. A must must read and a must must re-read really recommend it. You will love this book. Just have a clenex box close by, you will need it. 

Dexter in The Dark (dexter #3) by Jeff Lindsay

It is an ordinary day in the job of a blood splatter expert. Dexter is called to a crime scene when he arrives something about the crime scene forces his dark passenger go into hiding. Dexter seeks for answers, what made his dark passenger hide? Where did his dark passenger go and how could he get him to come back. 
Will he have to live a simple life with-out his dark passenger? 

Now I know why ShowTime didn't make the kids (Cody and Astor) as interesting in the show as they were in the book. In this third book we get to know Dexter a little more. We get to know what, where his dark passenger came from and who Dexter would be with ought his dark passenger. 

What I liked the most about this 3rd book was seeing a whole new Dexter being scared of almost everything almost having some kind of feelings. It was in so many ways funnier too. I couldn't stop laughing in some parts of the book. I was a little confused though when the story started going more to the supernatural side. At first I was a little confused by that but as I kept reading I thought it was pretty good though the idea of seeing dexter stupefied by the music he heard calling him wasn't very fun (I just dont like seeing Dex defeated by anything.) Even with a few little things I wasn't totally loving I still liked the plot and enjoyed reading Dexter in the Dark. It has pretty good dark humor and really love that dexter does not make mistakes like in the show.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Delta Legend By Kelan O'connell


didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)

Calvin Pierce and his childhood friend Rashawn Fontaine successfully hot wired a Cadillac from an impound yard. With a few complications but they managed to get away. They thought they had made it with no problems but then they were stopped by a police car. Lucky for Calvin the judge let him get off easy and he decided to let Calvin's mom decide what she would do. Calvin's mom decides to send Calvin off to the Delta where he will be helping his great uncle Samuel Diggs in his repair shop. Calvin thought he would be arriving to a very boring town where nothing exciting ever happens but soon after his arrival he will discover the Delta is not as boring as he thought. He will be face to face with a very old creature who the few people that knew about it believed the stories of the creature to be folklore or simple stories told to scare children.
Better late than never! I won this ebook on Laura's blog a little while ago( quite a little while) I hadn't been making much time to read. Everyday is a busy day for me so I really haven't been reading much. But I decided since for me October means halloween I decided to finally read Delta Legend because it sounded like a good story to read around this time. It's the first time I have read a book where there has been so many important characters with very interesting stories and background. So I cannot decide who was my favorite character because all of them were interestingly fun. Though Calvin Mei Li and Jess made me laugh a whole lot more Burt, Gladys and Ray were very fun characters.
 I love the water when I was little my mother had a hard time keeping me away from the water. I was always sneaking out and the place where my mother will always find me at was at the river that was a block away from my house lol. I still love the water but I have read so many books, heard stories and now I am a little scared of getting inside rivers or things like that. Freaks me out a little to think about what might be deep inside the water. Doesn't stop me from getting in the water but I will not get far in lol. After reading this book I'm very scared I will always be thinking about this creature when I see water. To me the scariest thing was when Calvin was in the water and he had no idea the creature was in there. For a moment I thought he was going to get eaten.
Delta legend will keep one in the edge of one's sit, it engrosses you in the story, it is easy to read, it is entertaining, will be hard to put down, has realistic characters each perfectly introduced in a few pages with entertaining stories, it will make you laugh, neatly put together and neatly written a really fun fun read. I give it five stars. A GOOD READ.
Thank you Kelan and Laura for the giveaway I am happy I won this book and to finally get to read it. : ) great job with this interesting story Kelan O'connell.

Dearly Devoted Dexter By Jeff Lindsay

didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating)

Goodreads summary:

He's a charming monster... A macabre hero... A serial killler who only kills bad people.Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. It's just not easy being an ethical serial killer - especially while trying to avoid the unshakable suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes (who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac...which, of course, he is). In an attempt to throw Doakes off his trail, Dexter has had to slip deep into his foolproof disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his cheerful girlfriend, Rita, and her two children, sipping light beer and slowly becoming the world's first serial couch potato. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher? How long before his Dark Passenger forces him to drop the charade and let his inner monster run free?

In trying times, opportunity knocks. A particularly nasty psychopath is cutting a trail through Miami - a man whose twisted technique leaves even Dexter speechless. As Dexter's dark appetite is revived, his sister, Deborah (a newly minted, tough-as-nails Miami detective), is drawn headlong into the case. It quickly becomes clear that it will take a monster to catch a monster - but it isn't until his archnemesis is abducted that Dex can finally throw himself into the search for a new plaything. Unless, of course, his plaything finds him first...

With the incredible wit and freshness that drew widespread acclaim to Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Jeff Lindsay now takes Dexter Morgan to a new level of macabre appeal and gives us one of the most original, colorful narrators in years.

My review:

I cannot say which was more terryfying. Well truth is I can. What happened to Doakes in this book compared to what happened to him in the TV show was by far the worst way for Dex to get rid of him. What I don't know is which I liked more. the more I read the more I could not compare the show to this second book of the series book. This is truly the first book that I cannot argue or be disappointed in any way they are both different in their own unique way and I like that from both of the 2 books I've read and the TV show.

Friday, October 12, 2012


Wendy H.

I notified the winner already, thanks everyone who entered I really appreciate that you guys entered the contest. I will be having more soon so keep an eye out. And congradulations Wendy I hope you enjoy your prize!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Hereafter by Terri Bruce

Goodreads Summary:

Thirty-six-year-old Irene Dunphy didn't plan on dying any time soon, but that’s exactly what happens when she makes the mistake of getting behind the wheel after a night bar-hopping with friends. She finds herself stranded on Earth as a ghost, where the food has no taste, the alcohol doesn’t get you drunk, and the sex...well, let’s just say “don’t bother.” To make matters worse, the only person who can see her—courtesy of a book he found in his school library—is a fourteen-year-old boy genius obsessed with the afterlife.

This sounds suspiciously like hell to Irene, so she prepares to strike out for the Great Beyond. The only problem is that, while this side has exorcism, ghost repellents, and soul devouring demons, the other side has three-headed hell hounds, final judgment, and eternal torment. If only there was a third option …

She got up and got dressed, her back to him.

“I’m leaving,” she said. “Tonight. Now. As soon as I get my stuff.”

He blew a cloud of smoke and didn’t say anything.

“Well, it’s been nice knowing you!” she cried, stung by his lack of response.

“What is it you modern girls say?” he asked sardonically. “Don’t get your panties in a bunch? If you wait twenty minutes I’ll get some pants on and come with you.”

She whirled around. “I mean I’m going through the tunnel.”

He stubbed out his cigarette. “I know what you meant.” He threw back the covers and stood up. For a second relief flooded through her.

Then it faded. She shook her head. “Ernest, you can’t…”

He was hunting for his clothes. “Don’t worry about it, Princess. I suspect if anyone tries to give me any grief you’ll clonk them over the head with one of these clogs of yours.” He tossed a shoe to her.

She shook her head again, even though he wasn’t looking at her. “It’s not that. It’s just that…you and me…”

He heard the uncertainty in her voice and straightened up quickly. “Don’t be stupid,” he said, but he sounded more alarmed than irate.

My Review

Before I won an ebook copy of Hereafter I had read the first few pages of the book. As soon as I read them I knew this book would be a really good read specially because I believe in a lot of the things that where talked about in the story. In some parts of Mexico people have a tradition called El Dia de Los Muertos it is very similar to the Chinese celebration and their believes but it is celebrated two days only November 1st and 2nd. I celebrate it every year and always set up my altar with my ofrendas(offerings). To me it is the most amazing traditions we have besides posadas of course it's just so incredible to be part of a tradition like this and celebrate it. That is why I really enjoyed the story. Terri Bruce did a fantastically amazing job with this story. The best way to write a book about a beautiful tradition and different culture's believes about what comes after death.

I really do hope that if there is an afterlife similar to that, that it really won't be hard to have things, that you don't have to work or be homeless. It would be terrible to carry all the things you own around. I do hope we can read because I would miss that terribly. That would be the worst thing that could ever happen from my point of view lol. In a way this story frightened me I sure hope it would be a little easier after going to the light.

Besides the story being amazingly written I also loved the book cover. That's what caught my attention as soon as I saw the book and I've got to say I never judge a book by its cover at all. What I usually do is read a small paragraph of the review or the book summary and that is when I say I've got to read this book. After that it goes on my to read list then to find time to read it. The color of the cover is beautiful, the light behind Irene the red dress she has on is just stunning. Everything in the cover looks amazing.

I think that on all my reviews I like saying who my favorite character in the book was and why he/she was my favorite character. In this book Jonah was the best I loved, loved, loved his character. He was so great, he was always there for Irene even if she was so cruel with him most of the time. Poor kid he had so many problems and he still had to deal with Irene. He was one of those friends that would be hard to find and I was pretty sure he had feelings for Irene too. He was so fun in a healthy way, funny, serious when he had to be and smart which was why I loved his character. Don't get me wrong I completely understood Irene I'm sure it was a nightmare for her to realize what she was missing once she died and to know she could never get all that back. That would be a perfectly created hell in my opinion. What I thought was great once she came back to her senses was that she did not want to live like that and wasn't very sad she died she excepted it and wasn't being dramatic about it. What she was mad about and was hard for her was to think about what would happen if she went to the light. She was just afraid about what she didn't know, didn't see and what was waiting for her beyond the light. Which was a very good reason to be freaking out trying to forget about it while she could. Would I recommend this book to people I know who love to read? Definitely yes. Hereafter is a must read. I enjoyed reading it and I definitely know you will too.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Whoever You Are review & Giveaway

Book Description:

What defines you…

Are you defined by your family, your career, your accomplishments? What happens when something you think defines you changes?

Emily McGinn, a recurring character from Where Secrets Lie, believes she knows exactly who she is and where she belongs in the world, until she receives an inheritance from an unknown benefactor. Uncovering the source of the inheritance leads Emily to discover buried truths undermining what she thought was a straightforward life. As the truths alter Emily’s perception of the people closest to her, her perception of herself shifts as well.

Set in the unique foothills community of Boulder, Colorado and its environs, Whoever You Are questions not only how we define ourselves, but also how we define family and whether we bear any responsibility for the actions of those who came before us


I received a copy of this ebook as a gift from Donna Marie Lanheady in exchange for my honest review.

Gosh I can't imagine having to go through what Emily did. I would be totally heartbroken. I would just be lost. It would be hard to forgive the person who failed and hurt someone you loved and even if I did, things would change in my opinion. Emily is so brave and strong. So even though it was hard for her she always knew exactly what to do.

Sometimes we think we know everyone we are close to like the palms of our hands. Until an unexpected discovery that makes you open your eyes and notice that even the people you trust the most are capable of hiding life changing truths. When this secrets are revealed it not only makes you doubt everything about your life it even makes you uncertain of who you are. But it also helps you get to know those around you better and discover who will be there by your side to support your decisions, understand and respect them. It is also hard because sometimes you would lose someone you love in the process of finding yourself.

My favorite character was Katie. She was so supporting, never questioned, disagreed or made Emily feel any different after Emily's parents told her the truth. I felt Eric really needed someone to slap him and bring him down to earth. I understood what his worries were but mostly he sounded selfish. If it wasn't for him acting the way he did all throughout the story I would've liked him. Whoever You Are really got to me. The saddest part was when I read the last page. I couldnt stop myself from reading the last 2 pages over and over again before finally closing the book. Whoever You Are is an amazing, captivating, refreshing and realistic story. Donna Marie Lanheady did an extremely amazing job with this novel, it was easy to read and flow through the story. A strong plot, characters you can relate to and feel so real. It is definitely a must read.

Thank you Donna Marie Lanheady for letting me read this fabulous novel it was better then what I had expected and thank you for offering to giveaway a paperback copy of Whoever You Are!

Chapter 1 – A Few Regrets

“Forgive me for saying this, Grace, but I’m concerned about Sterling’s reaction.” James removed his reading glasses and laid them atop the papers on his desk.
Grace shifted her gaze away from him.
“Yes, I understand, Jimmy. I just can’t deny this child any longer.”
Grace was the only person who called him that anymore. Coming from anyone else, it would make him cringe. However, the reality embodied in Grace’s appearance dimmed his smile.
Despite the weariness Grace’s illness etched upon her face, her sitting posture remained erect. Her silver hair was styled in a classic bob, her makeup sparse and tasteful. The tailored suit she wore held its lines even on her thinning frame.
Word was, Grace had a heart condition that could not be cured in spite of having the financial means to pursue any treatment. Given her labored breathing and her skin’s bluish hue, the doctors must be running out of options. Given these changes to her will, Grace must be running out of time.
“Would you like to include a personal letter to explain?” James asked.
“No, I’ll tell Sterling about the changes myself.”
“Actually, I was thinking about the girl. This will likely be quite a shock for her.”
To say the least. James had been their lawyer and friend back then too, back when Hunter insisted they renounce the child for the sake of decorum. It was clear to James then, doing so broke Grace’s heart. It was clear to him now, her heart never mended.
“I considered it,” Grace said, “but how can I possibly condense a lifetime into a letter?” And the choices. How in the world would she ever justify the choices?
James fiddled with his fountain pen, which Grace had given him last year for his birthday. Every year it was the same gift just a different model, a different color or design, and each year he looked forward to seeing what she chose. Odds were, the pen in his hand would be the last.
“No,” Grace said, “it’s better not to try. A letter like that would just muddy the waters. I don’t want to burden her with empty explanations or pleas for forgiveness. What’s done is done.”
It was too late to give this child anything but a token and an opportunity to discover who she was. It’d be up to the child to seize the opportunity or not.
“If she asks you any questions, Jimmy, just point her in the right direction and let her find her own way. If she’s anything like her mother, she’ll do just fine.”
“All right, Grace, whatever you say.”
A longer sample is available at Amazon!


The giveaway is for one signed copy of the paperback.
US residents only.
Blogger will determine winner and forward winner’s mailing information to Donna Marie Lanheady.

About the Author

Although Donna lives on the east coast now, she was born in a suburb of Denver, moved near Boulder as a teenager, and lived in the Boulder area for much of her adult life, which is why she chose Colorado as the setting for her first two novels, Where Secrets Lie and Whoever You Are.

Books captivated Donna at a very young age. All those years and all those books inspired her to become a writer. The journeys the books took her on enthralled her. Their ability to make something imaginary seem real is what spoke to her, got into her blood, and would not let her rest. She had to write!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Resident Evil: Retribution Review

The story picks up right where it left off in the last film Resident Evil: Afterlife. Alice (Milla Jovovich) and the few survivors were on a ship thinking they had survived and won the war. All of a sudden they see the helicopters coming, shooting and one of them crashes on the boat making Alice jump off of the boat falling unconscious in the water. As always expected Alice wakes up but wait..... not in another umbrella facility. This time she wakes up in a nice cozy bed with a different hair look her husband getting ready for work. Everything seems normal she's in the kitchen with her daughter and husband then suddenly they get attacked by zombies. Alice runs with her daughter while my poor Carlitos is getting infectected by those ugly zombies. Alice and her daughter manage to escape. Then Alice wakes up again and this time she's in an umbrella facility on the floor.

One of the few things I love the most is watching movies. I love all kinds of movies though not so much funny movies but there are a few I do enjoyed watching and would watch again. Resident Evil: Retribution is one of those movies I had been waiting for so long to watch and it was worth the wait. Yes there were a few things that left me wondering what had just happened. There was also a few things that really didn't make sense to me but even with those tiny little problems I still enjoyed and loved Resident Evil: Retribution. 

I had been waiting for Resident Evil: Retribution for quite a long time now mostly because of Carlos (Oded Fehr) and Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts) they are two of my favorite characters. What can I say I am fair lol. I like to have a balance between good and evil so I like one of the good guys and one of the bad guys. But I had not expected the good guy to be totally bad and really didn't like that Wesker had only a few scenes. I was pretty happy too to see Luther(Boris Kodjoe) he was one of my few favorites in Resident Evil Afterlife. Though I wasn't happy at all with what had happened to him either. Seriously what was the director thinking when killing or turning some of my favorite characters bad. I do got to say it was nice seeing them again. 

I had gone to watch a couple of movies in 3D but I really didn't think they were worth my money. One of those movies was Ghost Rider although it wasn't a bad movie I didn't feel there was enough 3D experience to get from it. But in Resident Evil: Retribution there was a lot of flying objects and three dimensional fire besides a few gigantic axes, knifes and even empty bullet cartridges popping out of the screen. One of the most fascinating things to see again was the ugly big creatures that always manage to scare the hell out of me. I had never liked playing the Resident Evil games. My brother has a few of them but the few times I tried playing I would get so scared I would just go ahead and run. So I don't know many of the characters in the video games. I only know Chris Redfield (which does not exist in the movies), Sheva Alomar (which does not exist in the movie) and Jill Valentine. There were a few new characters I didn't know but heard about them before watching the movie. Leon (Johann Urb) and Ada Wong (Bingbing Li) were part of the rescue team send by Wesker to get Alice out of the Umbrella facility. Although I did like the movie I thought the plot wasn't convincing. There were a lot of loopholes that left me thinking. Specially Wesker's reason to be on Alice's side does not make sense at all to me. At first he wanted to turn all humans into ugly creatures and flesh eating zombies and now he is all wanting to stop the evil red queen from doing pretty much the same thing. It all sounded fishy to me but no one will know what the real deal with that is until the next movie comes out. Overall I still enjoyed all the action. Alice kicking ass breaking zombie's necks, bullets being shot everywhere and amazingly the good guys surviving that, while the undead and bad guys are dropping to the floor dead. To me all of that made it worth watching. Now to see what the next resident evil will bring.